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The Ghost’s of Christmas Past

Monday, December 27, 2010

I’ve buried the ghost’s of Christmas Past this year, not with a shovel but with all the Sparkpeople tools that I’ve been honing for the last 6 months. There were several ghosts haunting me…. including December 23rd of 1957, when I was 10 and my Grandpap died unexpectedly. Then there was the week following Easter of 1975, when my husband was killed in an accident leaving me with two sons’ age 4 years and 18 months. And finally December 24th of 2007, when I lost my dad to cancer just 16 months after my youngest brother past away after several years battling cancer.

Sad memories associated with the holidays that filled me with pangs of quilt if I enjoyed myself too much. So I learned to use food because there were always plenty of goodies to fill up those empty feeling in an effort to sweeten the bitter pain. Like so many others I began to associate the holidays with food. Even when there wasn’t a lot of money for gifts, sweets were cheap and plentiful and encouraged. So I indulged, perpetuating the inner belief that there was always tomorrow and my health could wait. And as our family grew and the months filled up and overflowed with all kinds of celebrating… birthdays and anniversaries, graduations and showers, weddings and christenings’… along with all the “traditional” holidays there were fewer and fewer windows to slam on my weight gain. Just one more food filled celebration and then I’ll cut back… after our family vacation. Once the memorial is over…. After Girl Scout cookies and Boy Scout popcorn sales, family movie night, lunch with the girls, Bunko, bingo, cards. Tomorrow I’ll stop over eating, tomorrow will be easier…. but tomorrow never came and the over eating continued. I stuffed myself to fill the emptiness and never felt satisfied.

It takes a long time to know thyself. And once I was ready I think my biggest fear of finding out why I used food to suffocate my inner child was finding out something I didn’t want to remember. It scared me so much that I chose to be miserably fat until my health was so jeopardized that I felt like I was going to die.

Then by the grace of God and like so many others I found SparkPeople. I believe in miracles and having prayed for strength and guidance I know I was lead here. This journey has turned my life around. The weight loss has been a bonus to the emotional healing that has occurred. And from something as simple as a nutrition tracker. That’s all it took to get the ball rolling for me. Then a few streaks here and there. A couple challenges with small goals met… cashed in a reward and then I took that leap of faith and blogged. Wow, the responses were instant… the emoticon and emoticon from all my new Sparkfriends kept me focused. Finding out I was not alone and I could encourage others just by sharing my tears and laughter made the secrets not so dark. As I used more and more SP tools my successes multiplied. I’m far from done but I know SparkPeople works if YOU work it. It’s not magic… it takes a tremendous amount of time and effort, in the beginning. Then it becomes second nature and those tentative baby steps turn into huge strides. Weeks turn into months and if you’ve listened closely to that inner babbling that goes on when you reach for a second helping or start to reward yourself with food… if you really, really listen and stop long enough to ask “Why?” The answers will be there.

My answer was so simple.

“Love yourself more than food.”

This past holiday season I learned I can enjoy any celebration with out over eating. It’s not about the food. It’s about living a life that’s worth living. I don’t have to repress my emotions by stuffing myself… I can honor my ghosts by celebrating… it’s ok to be happy and successful. My grandpap, my high school sweetheart, my brother and my daddy would want me to be. So as I honor them by taking better care of my health I also put them to rest. It’s time for all of us to move on and for me to really live.

My dear husband and I have our 30th Wedding Anniversary to celebrate tomorrow as well as New Year’s Eve and Day to welcome in with friends and family…. so there’s plenty to rejoice in. Which is exactly what I plan on doing. There’s too many wonderful things ahead to ignore or avoid. 2010 was emoticon 2011 will be even better emoticon The biggest difference between both years will be all the marvelous things I’ve learned about myself.

Now the old me can RIP along with all the Ghost’s of my past. I do not fear what I might find out as my journey continues and I will not put off another year or month or week or even a day to live joyfully. I deserve all the wonderful things that await me and so do YOU. emoticon

Remember... "Don't let your life slip through your fingers by living in the past or for the future. By living your life one day at a time, you live ALL the days of your life."~Brian G. Dyson

  
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LINDABENEDICT 1/5/2011 1:08AM

    What a great blog ! Thanks for sharing your wisdom !

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KIMINFOCUS 1/3/2011 4:00PM

    “Love yourself more than food.”... what a meaningful thought. :) Thanks for the encouragement!

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MADKAPKID 1/2/2011 7:19PM

    Linda....I can well see why this was voted most popular blog post! YOU are amazing. I think LOVE YOURSELF MORE THAN FOOD is something I might make a little magnet with the words on it and put it on my refrigerator door. YOU always spur me to think further and dare to try! I am so honored to call you friend. Have a joy filled day, Karen emoticon

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PRAIRELAKELADY 1/2/2011 1:16PM

    Great insights!

My mantra is "if not now, when-if not me, who?" as I was always hoping for someone to come along and do it for me so I wouldn't have to think about it. Thanks for the New Year's Boost, I needed it. emoticon

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OCTOBER2842 1/2/2011 5:33AM

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A wonderful story, keep up the good work

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    Great Blog Mom! emoticon

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BIGBONED8 1/1/2011 7:42AM

    You captured everything I am thinking. Thank you!

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TRABOLD8567 12/31/2010 1:11AM

  Thank you for sharing this!

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JEALOUSBAKER 12/31/2010 12:37AM

    I need to really start living in the present instead of dwelling on the past. Thanks for the reminder!

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L3DESIGNS 12/30/2010 10:24PM

    Great job! Keep it up! Enjoy 2011

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CATWOOMAN 12/30/2010 7:55PM

    This is going to be my mantra...."Love yourself more than food.”

I've just started reading blogs...been on sparkpeople for about 5 weeks now. It's really helped me stay focused.

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FARFROMASAINT 12/30/2010 2:44PM

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PFS_GIRL 12/30/2010 1:09PM

    emoticon I needed that! You're emoticon Have a GREAT 2011!

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SWEETSUGAR7 12/30/2010 12:33PM

    Awesome
Lets bring in the new year with cheer!

Have a great weekend and keep up the good work you are worth it!

Celebration time come on~

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DEBORAHANNDEE 12/30/2010 11:09AM

    WOW...love yourself more than food! You said a mouthful there. What a wonderful journey you have been on and will continue in 2011. Happy Anniversary and have a Blessed New Year!

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AZURELITE 12/30/2010 10:09AM

    You have spoken for many here. Thank you!

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AMYSNEWSPARK 12/30/2010 10:00AM

    This is a wonderful blog. I relate to it in so many ways. I have decided that this is the year I am going to move forward. I too have many ghosts that I keep quiet with food. Thank you for posting! This will help me to love myself more than food.


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145HEALTHY 12/30/2010 3:15AM

    Very well stated and written. It's good to read you love yourself and life once again. Wishing you a wonderful anniversary and 2011! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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JILL313 12/29/2010 5:37PM

    I got curious about you as I see you are a friend of a lot of my Spark friends so I decided to read and look over your page. You are so much like me in a lot of ways as I use food to comfort me and make me feel good. I actually think I hide behind my fat and my mobility is greatly affected by my weight. I'm also 63 and have over 100#s to lose and keep asking myself how I could do this to me?? Don't I love myself enough to take good care of me? You are having a successful Spark Journey and that is motivating me to do better and try harder as I love my family and want to be there for them as long as possible. Thank you for writing this wonderful and very honest blog.

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BETHV10 12/28/2010 7:50PM

    Excellent Blog! I completely understand what you have been through. "love yourself more than food" is such a clear statement that I will take to heart. Thanks you for your words of wisdom. emoticon

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KESTRIE 12/28/2010 7:00PM

    Wow!! So inspirational!! Happy Anniversary!! And Happy 2011!! It will be a wonderful year!!
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TUBLADY 12/28/2010 5:34PM

    Wonderful blog, everyone who is struggling with food addiction should read this.
It's so easy to use food for comfort or reward . It's always there. No matter the good times or the bad times, you can count on food .
You are right about loving yourself. Feeling positive and good about yourself. Once food is not the most important happening in your life, the whole world seems to open up.
Live for the present. Today is the day we are here.
Tomorrow is not promised.
Yesterday is gone.
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PAULAPOOH4 12/28/2010 4:57PM

    Linda, that is such an inspirational blog. There is a very good lesson for each of us to learn from your statements. Thank you so much for sharing.

May 2011 be the best year ever!!! We are going to be healthier and on our way to "lighter", for me.

You have been my SP Friend since I started Spark in July of 2010. I look forward to your continued support and motivation!

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FRANCO1230 12/28/2010 4:14PM

    This is a wonderful self-reflection. Thank you for having the courage to share such personal thoughts with all of us. You have no idea how much this will motivate all who read it. And you are right, all of those wonderful people that passed through your life and were gone too quickly would still want you to go on and be happy. Your quote at the end says it all. It's something for ALL of us to live by.
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HEALTHYASHLEY 12/28/2010 1:22PM

    It is really that simple isn't it! When I learned to love myself more than food was the day I was set free. Great blog! Thanks for reminding me.

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RIGBY31 12/28/2010 1:20PM

    "Love yourself more than the food".... thank you for this terrific blog. It spoke to my heart and my mind. Happy Anniversary, Happy New Year... Happy New YOU!

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ERLYWA 12/28/2010 12:42PM

    Really inredible blog! I am moved by your willingness to step into your own life and stop feeling guilty for being happy after losing so many loved ones. You are an inspiration!

Erika

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KIMJEWKES 12/28/2010 12:39PM

    Incredible blog. Had me in tears the entire way through it.

I didn't know much of your past prior to reading this blog, but wow, you have been through some tough stuff!

“Love yourself more than food.”

You are doing it =) You are an incredible, amazing woman. Thank you for sharing your story and your success with all of us!

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HAPPYSOUL91 12/28/2010 10:50AM

    Excellent blog without a doubt. Look at the progress you have made...outstanding

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MERRYMARY42 12/28/2010 10:48AM

    Thank You for such a great blog, all true, I have used the holidays as an excuse to eat, my neighbor sent over a large box of homemade cookies, and my husband just asked if it was cookie time yet, (asked while I was reading your blog) and Thanks to you, I broght him the box but refused any, because today is the day I have to get back on the wagon, and continue my spark journey. No more cookies (Ihope)
Good Job on your blog.

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WALNUT5612 12/28/2010 10:31AM

    I voted for this blog to be the best blog!

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BHSUZYCUE 12/28/2010 10:14AM

    Truly inspirational blog...thank you for sharing!

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CARRIE310 12/28/2010 10:13AM

    Awesome blog. Thank you so very much. emoticon emoticon

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ICANTODAY 12/28/2010 10:11AM

    What a great post! Thank you for sharing.

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PAWKETS 12/28/2010 10:10AM

    Dealing with a loss is so difficult
I will have to remember your answer
May you have a wonderful anniversary
and Happy New Year

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CLAVINOVA 12/28/2010 10:08AM

    Thanks SO MUCH for sharing this with us - this is one of the best blogs I've read here on Spark. You have an amazing story and are doing incredible with your journey to success! I also felt like God led me to this site and I'm sure many others here do too. God bless and keep enjoying your life the healthy way that you are now!!

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MACMOM57 12/28/2010 9:21AM

    p]] Awesome blog I was refereed to it. Thank you you are awesome. Blessings for many more anniversary's. Have a very Happy New Year.

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LIFES*2*SHORT 12/28/2010 9:09AM

  A friend also referred me to this page, probably because I have some of the same issues that you struggled with in your past. I am still definitely an emotional eater from all the stress in my life... but definitely took your blog to heart! Change happens one decision at a time.


Naomi

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MADKAPKID 12/28/2010 9:06AM

    Linda, you are such a blessing in my life! This is a wonderful blog.... and the quote at the bottom by Brian Dyson...well, it is something to think about every day.

Happy Anniversary dear friend....and best wishes to you and your husband for many many many more years of joy to come!

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JOANNS4 12/28/2010 8:42AM

    I am so lucky to know you. How well you told your story my friend. I had done the same thing for a long time. I lost
my weight and was so looking forward to my new grandson years ago. He was stillborn. I began eating to self medicate. Needless to say it didn't take away my pain. My neice was murdered a couple of years later and then my daughters fiance was murdered. I kept eating. I was so happy to find Sp. Thank you for making it possible for me to say these things that I hadn't shared. God bless you and we can continue this journey together.
Jo Ann


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MSWEEZER 12/28/2010 7:39AM

    A mutual friend shared this blog with me. What a great blog indeed. Thank you for sharing and helping me (and others) understand that living in the present is oh so important. My favorite motto: There is no Then, There is ONLY NOW!

Congratulations on the 30 years. Enjoy yourself and many years to come.

Happy New Year!!!

Weezie

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GRAYGRANNY 12/28/2010 7:27AM

    What a terrific blog.........Congrats on your 30 yrs together.......so very sad that you don't see that as often as divorce these days

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YIGOBUTTERFLY 12/28/2010 5:34AM

    Wow, Speedy!
Great blog! So true for so many of us!

Keep on Sparking!

Jane

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JAKEANDNELLIE 12/28/2010 1:24AM

    Holidays often have bittersweet memories. I lost a grandfather and a favorite uncle on Christmas Days, two years apart.
You are making fantastic progress and your personal insights are phenomenal! You are inspiring the rest of us and showing us what success looks like!
Sheila

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JOANOFSPARK 12/28/2010 12:57AM

    what a wonderful blog; congrats on your anniversary......30 years is awesome!!:)

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SUSIEPH1 12/28/2010 12:46AM

    Well Blogged Linda!,
Isn't being a member of Sparks such a wonderful occupation ?
I also have been here for 18 Months now and also have learned so much about myself.
Is it not wonderful to blog, and be answered from Sparkpeople living all around this Wonderful Planet of ours?.
Congratulations my friend.. Hugs Susie emoticon emoticon

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FXYGMA 12/28/2010 12:27AM

    You have many of the same memories as I. I have not had the deaths but other devastating things happened that caused drowning my pain in eating and you are so right about the holidays are the worst because of all the goodies that are not in short supply. I am a work in progress and have learned a lot of things but need to learn so much more to actually be saying it is becoming second nature. I have a long time ahead of me but I will never give up as this is going to be my new lifestyle as it is not a diet to me. I live for just today taking it just one day at a time. I used to just beat myself up and really downgrade myself but am learning to make each slip a learning experience and going on. I have learned to forgive my shortcomings and am learning to love myself. Like I said I am a work in progress and it takes a lot of positive self talk to keep me going. I love all the tips I get from all my friends and I thank you for sharing.

Melinda

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JANI-LOU 12/27/2010 11:57PM

  “Love yourself more than food.”

WOW! What a great and profound statement that is! I hope you don't mind if I use it on my Spark Page, giving you credit of course! :-)

Loved reading your blog. So sorry to hear of your losses, but blessed to read how God has helped you to heal and enjoy this gift we call life.

Hugs,

Jan

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A doctor gives St. Nick a checkup!!!!

Friday, December 24, 2010



He's overweight, overworked — and what's up with his red nose? Could Santa be a closet SparkFriend of yours????

Overall, Santa's in good health, says Dr. Rachel Vreeman of the Indiana University School of Medicine. But he does fall into the the "obese" category, and his large waist-to-hip ratio could reduce his life expectancy — if he wasn't immortal, that is.

Cute article about Santa and his jolly belly below… ENJOY emoticonand Merry Christmas emoticon

www.msnbc.msn.com/id/40785461/ns/hea
lth-healthy_holidays/

  
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41SUSAN14 12/25/2010 9:51AM

    Very nice!

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HAPPYSOUL91 12/25/2010 8:44AM

    Merry Christmas to you

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GRANPATTIE 12/24/2010 9:50PM

    We can always count on you to send us a smile or a laugh. Thanks, Linda. Have a Merry, Wonderful Christmas!

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JUDY1676 12/24/2010 7:52PM

    Very cute! thanks!

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JAKEANDNELLIE 12/24/2010 7:48PM

    emoticonThanks for providing a Christmas chuckle!
Merry Christmas!
Sheila

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SUSIEPH1 12/24/2010 4:44PM

    Thanks for sharing !.
! Have as great day!!
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FRANCO1230 12/24/2010 4:29PM

    Cute! Thanks for sharing ;)

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My Christmas wish for YOU….

Sunday, December 19, 2010



We are all on a journey to discover a healthier and happier life. My Christmas wish for you this year is to awaken each morning, this holiday season, and truly see yourself for the wonderful gift you are. Imagine yourself as a portable present ready to take part at any given moment. It may be by giving a smile or by simply being patient. While one person has the gift of laughter, another person blesses us with silence and peace. Please remember each one of us is a work in progress, beautiful, and an essential part of the universal soul.



As we continue this journey into the New Year focusing on emotional growth and renewed physical stamina remember….

“For attractive lips, speak words of kindness.
For lovely eyes, seek out the good in people.
For a slim figure, share your food with the hungry.
For beautiful hair, let a child run their fingers through it.
For poise, walk with the knowledge that you never walk alone.
And remember people, even more than things, have to be restored,
Renewed, revived, reclaimed and redeemed; never throw out anyone.
And as you grow ever wiser, you will discover why we have two hands…..
One for helping yourself and one for helping others.” ~ Audrey Hepburn



It truly is a Wonderful Life when you count your blessings… May God continue to bless you and your loved ones today and always.



From my house to yours......

Peace & Love,
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ACIMPEGGY 12/20/2010 12:39AM

    Wonderful, sweet friend!

Can I wish the same back to you? Great pics, great quotes...from a great Spark friend and a lovely person!

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PAULAPOOH4 12/19/2010 5:50PM

    Your Christmas Wish is beautiful. I wish the same for you. I think the thought is not just for the Holiday season but, should be carried throughout the year.

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PAULA3420 12/19/2010 5:38PM

    Dear SPEEDY Linda,
Your blog was exactly what I needed to read today and I will keep your thoughts with me today and everyday throughout the holidays.

So much wisdom and truth in your message. And, so much to consider every morning as we start our day.

As i am recovering from surgery, I am reminded daily of the many blessings in my life and while in the hospital immediately following surgery, I was reminded of the importance of my renewed spirit and commitment to my Health and Fitness.


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emoticonMerry Christmas a THE BEST NEW YEAR!!!

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MADKAPKID 12/19/2010 5:13PM

    Thank you SOOOOO much for this lovely sentiment. The photo's are perfect....this is an amazing blog from an amazing lady...and best yet....a good friend. Christmas blessings to you my friend.... Holiday hugz.....Karen emoticon

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FXYGMA 12/19/2010 5:08PM

    Thank you so mcuh for the wonderful sentiment & photos! I really needed to be able to read this today. I really loved the Santa bowing over the Baby Jesus and I would love to think perhaps Santa was one of the Magi that was there that day and that is why he helps us to remember the importance of giving wnd with love at this time of year especially. Thank you for sharing this wonderful Wish for us all in this season of love, sharing hope and giving. Merry Christmas to you as well.

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HAPPYSOUL91 12/19/2010 4:56PM

    Thank you Linda for the beautiful wish..have a wonderful holiday

Carol

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SUSIEPH1 12/19/2010 3:15PM

    Thank you so much Linda ... you are such a clever lassie just loved your blog .Have a wonderful holiday season my friend .. Love and Hugs Susie emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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JAMER123 12/19/2010 2:59PM

    Wonderful and so emoticon !! Thank you for sharing a beautiful tribute. God bless and Merry Christmas to you and your family.

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SMILESRME 12/19/2010 2:53PM

    Thank you for your positive, uplifting blog! Christmas blessings to you as well!

Joy!
Julia : )

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RRP546 12/19/2010 2:37PM

  the same to you

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Bloom where you are planted….

Thursday, December 09, 2010


If I were to start a SparkTeam, and who hasn’t toyed with that thought now and again? It would definitely be called…..

“Bloom Where YOU Are Planted”

This adage speaks volumes for me. Anyone who’s lived long enough to take that 20/20 hindsight peek will tell you the same thing.



Stop waiting for that perfect year, that perfect day, that perfect moment, when you have the ideal job or marriage or home or life.

Stop waiting… PERIOD. And bloom where you are planted.

Believe me it’s not greener on the other side of the fence. All the problems that you blame for keeping you immobilized will travel with you as you try to escape. Every “if only” will continue to empower your long list of excuses for not making changes. The first step is NOT away from where you are stuck but towards the realization that you are exactly where you are suppose to be and everything you are waiting for is here and now. So dig in and Bloom where you are planted.



Let all the “if onlys” go. Stop blaming and take responsibility. Stop wishing and make it a reality. Stop running away from yourself and fully embrace who you are. You are no less deserving than anyone else. Forgive and forget.

Don’t wait until time is no longer on your side to make life changing decisions and never, never give up on your dreams.

Today is all you have. So begin now.



And when your actions begin to blossom into bouquets of opportunities then and only then may they take you wherever YOU want to go.



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TUBLADY 12/10/2010 2:19PM

    This is a lovely blog. The motivation to live your live now, don't wait . Love the pictures. I wish I could add pictures and create blog like you do.
So many people waste so much time waiting till the time is right. Like what is the right time??
Great blog.
You have a great day, Spark on and stay strong.

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JOANNS4 12/10/2010 9:50AM

    I love it!! Thank you. I love the little flower picture growing at the curb. I will think of your blog as I go through my day.
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JAK106 12/10/2010 8:33AM

    This is so inspirational. Thanks I need this. emoticon

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FXYGMA 12/9/2010 10:44PM

    Your blog was wonderful! So inspirational! Thank you for sharing that.
I truly love the photo of the tree. Immediately it looked like a ballerina but that just to me I am sure. Anyway I loved it!

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GRANPATTIE 12/9/2010 10:27PM

    Thanks for this blog. It's lovely. Years ago, in the choir I was in at the time, we had a song by this title. It was one of my favorites because it was so uplifting. You've reminded me of it. Now I won't be able to get it out of my head. That could be a good thing!

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CHATTIEGIRL 12/9/2010 8:54PM

    Hi Linda;

I will remember and live by that every day. Love that tree it is so beautiful. I have been trying to meet a man so I can have fun and go places. Seems I am not what they want but then I think they lost not me. They are still looking too so who knows what they want, they don't know. Honey stay true to yourself in you healthy eating, routine exercises, to reach your goals. God bless you. Love the Spark people.

Joyce

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KESTRIE 12/9/2010 8:37PM

    Such a great thought. Bloom where you are planted! I love it! emoticon
This is something I've just recently learned -- now that I'm 30! LOL emoticon
I thought something magically should happen when I turned 30 this summer, and I guess I did learn to make the best of what I have. And to be grateful for what I have, and to work with my blessings... And to try to improve parts of my life that aren't necessarily blessings... But "Bloom Where You Are Planted" says it all -- simple and sweet! emoticon

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ACIMPEGGY 12/9/2010 7:00PM

    Sweetie, this is wonderful!!! I agree 100%! It's what SP teaches, too.

Have a marvelous evening and tomorrow it's TGIF! emoticon

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SUSIEPH1 12/9/2010 6:38PM

    What a lovely blog !! Such a inspiration Linda!
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HAPPYSOUL91 12/9/2010 6:34PM

    Very nice, very timely and very true emoticon

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BOLLINGER25 12/9/2010 6:33PM

    That was a great blog! Very motivating! Thank you. We could all use reminders like that! emoticon emoticon

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3016DEBRA 12/9/2010 6:27PM

  That was beautiful!!! What an inspiring blog...it'll be on my mind while I'm driving my 30 minutes home. Thank you so much emoticon
P.S. I especially love that tree! So cool..... emoticon

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SMILESRME 12/9/2010 6:24PM

    Love it! Thanks for sharing such a positive message and reminder!

Joy!
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You CAN teach an old dog new tricks!!!

Thursday, December 02, 2010



It’s exhausting but it can be done!!! And yes, I’m speaking from experience because I’m the old dog and SparkPeople know all the tricks.

I can’t believe its December already. Where did 2010 go? Well the last half of MY 2010 was spent learning a lot of “new tricks” and enjoying all the benefits. Having survived Halloween and Thanksgiving I’m looking forward to all the joys of December. I know I am prepared now to make good choices and continue to practice portion control by allowing myself to eat what I want while staying within my 1200-1500 calorie range. I do this by tracking every thing I put in my mouth and drinking enough water to sink a small boat.



I weigh every day and record it in a journal that I share openly with my most trusted confident. The same person I kept my true weight from for decades… Mr. Wonderful, my dear husband and best friend. The guy who (sometimes pretends to) listen to every moan and groan when I’m struggling and gladly joins in with every WooHoo when I succeed. The same guy who’s been paying a lot of attention to calorie and sodium content the past couple of months even though he doesn’t have an ounce to lose. My hero, who quit smoking 5 months ago in solidarity making the whole SparkPeople experience a win-win for EVERYONE!!!



Fortunately, my journey has been about more than just weight loss. There’s been tremendous emotional healing and spiritual growth. I’ve found my voice and I’m raising it in praise of a life worth living. So please join me in raising your water glass in a toast to “old dogs and new tricks!!!”


**********CHEERS!!!*********

And may all YOUR goals for December be realized as we all march confidently towards a healthier New Year!!!

  
  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

KIN59VARA 12/12/2010 5:53AM

    Love it!

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LAURIETAIT 12/9/2010 8:13PM

    Great blog! We are all a bunch of old dogs in training. So glad it's working for you. emoticon

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SUSIEPH1 12/9/2010 6:42PM

    Hi Linda, What a great blog ! I am sorry I must have missed it some how !! never ming better late than never ...
Such a Inspiration my friend ... just love the way to seem to put every thing into context ..
Happy Sparking .. Hugs Susie emoticon emoticon emoticon

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MARGARITTM 12/9/2010 3:23PM

    Great blog! Thanks..............is that my boat?

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HIKETOHEIGHTS 12/9/2010 12:17PM

    SO CUTE! I hope you are right about this. I know alot of old dogs who wont learn new tricks. I keep trying though, I am bound to get a win here sometime.

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ARCHITYPE1 12/8/2010 3:16PM

  Enjoyed your post. I am just starting, again. I am getting so discouraged that I am
thinking of just chucking it all. I've started so many times that I mentally can't
focus on a possible win. But, mind over matter must prevail. emoticon

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LIVINHEALTHY9 12/7/2010 8:31PM

    Loved your blog!

That's great that you and your hubby are working to be healthier together.
Congrats to you both!

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TCIGIRL 12/7/2010 1:45PM

    Loved this!

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COMPUCATHY 12/7/2010 7:45AM

    Sweet! Congratulations! I'm glad SP is working for you and teaching you the way to weight loss and good health! Isn't it awesome! Have a great December and a great 2011! Spark on! emoticon emoticon

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ESTERRL 12/7/2010 1:36AM

  I enjoyed your blog emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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SANDYMISA 12/7/2010 1:27AM

    Thanks for a happy and upbeat post!

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MICQUE1 12/6/2010 4:40PM

  I liked your blog. It makes me feel better to know that I'm not the only old dog here. I'm a newbie at SP and I'm still taking two steps forward and one step back and I'm looking forward to continue my journey with SP and read more encouraging blogs like yours. Thanks emoticon and yes that is water I'm toasting with! (Secretly, I'd still prefer a glass of wine!) emoticon

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KIMBERBAKOS 12/6/2010 3:42PM

    Love the pictures that you chose to add to the blog!

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LIGHTHOUSE0403 12/6/2010 11:31AM

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PROPMAN1 12/6/2010 10:05AM

  Congrats to you and your hubby!!!! Keep up the good work. We the 'old dogs' have much to be proud of and work toward. Thansk for sharing! emoticon

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ROUNDTOWNMOM 12/6/2010 5:26AM

    From another old dog learning new tricks (or relearning old ones!), thanks for the inspiration today!

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LIVNFITNHAPPY 12/6/2010 12:29AM

    Kudos to you!!!
I am an old dog as well and Spark People certainly has given us the tools to those tricks we never consistently performed before. WooHoo!

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JANI-LOU 12/5/2010 10:45PM

  A wonderful blog and I really enjoyed reading it! I weigh every day too. Keeps me honest. :-)

Jan

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2BEATIT1 12/5/2010 10:12PM

    Congrats on a great blog.
Jean

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JEMPOWER 12/5/2010 9:47PM

    Great!

Jem

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VKISAMORE 12/5/2010 8:58PM

  Maybe I'll be motivated to drink water now that I've seen your "sunk boat." Way t go!

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DUTCHIEKIWI 12/5/2010 8:26PM

    Loved your blog, loved your humour, loved the background pic....

actually, I think I LOVE you! ;0)

Will you marry me??

I promise to REALLY listen to all your moaning and groaning ;0)

Dutchie

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BBGYRL4 12/5/2010 8:12PM

    Loved the blog, thanks for sharing!!

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AZURELITE 12/5/2010 7:35PM

    Fun blog! Thanks for the smiles!


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JUST2SWEET 12/5/2010 4:44PM

    Cute blog, thanks for sharing.

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MASE72 12/5/2010 2:39PM

    Great Blog!

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BETTYA101 12/5/2010 2:38PM

  This was great! Thanks for sharing. Happy December. emoticon

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SQUASH@34 12/5/2010 1:41PM

    Great Blog ... food for thought.

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RAINBOWANGEL99 12/5/2010 11:53AM

    emoticon blog. emoticon on all your success so far! emoticon for sharing your inspiring story (love the 'old dog' pic!)
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TRABOLD8567 12/5/2010 7:45AM

  great blog!

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YIGOBUTTERFLY 12/5/2010 6:40AM

    Good for you Ginger! I am so glad your husband is supporting you and leading a better life style by quitting smoking and watching the salt.

May you both live a long productive life!

Jane on Guam

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KKFRENCHY 12/5/2010 6:27AM

    Great blog, brought a smile to my face, Congratulations!!

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LADYRH 12/5/2010 5:32AM

    Thanks for sharing, great blog and pictures. emoticon

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MOMMYKAY038 12/5/2010 2:04AM

    Beautiful! I am so glad for both you and your husband!

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LESSISMORE2010 12/5/2010 1:41AM

    Cute!!! Thank you for sharing!

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NANHBH 12/5/2010 12:50AM

    Great photos! Great blog!

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HOWLERMOM 12/4/2010 10:45PM

    Terrific blog - thanks for sharing!! emoticon emoticon

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BARBARAWEBSTER 12/4/2010 10:06PM

    emoticon emoticon really nice, and I really like your background too! Thanks for sharing!

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JEN40311 12/4/2010 9:44PM

    Keep up the GREAT work!!!

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CLAIRESML 12/4/2010 9:17PM

    Loved your blog. very refreshing.... much continued success!

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SUZYMARC 12/4/2010 8:54PM

    This is a emoticon and creative blog that just makes you emoticon and emoticon for the Sparker who has written it!

Keep that tag a waggin! emoticon

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IMNENA23 12/4/2010 8:06PM

    What a neat blog. You have such a positive attitude. Continued best wishes!

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KARENE10 12/4/2010 7:53PM

    What a nice blog! Thanks for sharing your journey~Your doing great!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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BASTEAT46 12/4/2010 6:26PM

    Very creative message. emoticon

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MELISSAJANEY 12/4/2010 6:26PM

    You are awesome. A positive attitude is a huge portion of this walk.

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W82GOWHEE 12/4/2010 6:19PM

    Thank you for an uplifting happy blog! Best to you.

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