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My WMD’s….

Monday, February 28, 2011

emoticonMy WEAPONS OF MASS DESTRUCTION emoticon

I was going to change the M to a W, as in “weight,” but Mass works for me. emoticon

SparkPeople is, of course, my number one weapon. The nutrition tracker, informative articles, SparkTeam challenges, motivational blogs and supportive members all work towards success if you take the time to use the tools available. emoticon

Steve Siebold’s Fat Loser program has become my one-two punch. I’m finding it’s the perfect combination with SparkPeople for me right now.

My dear SparkFriend “Tublady” recommended it some weeks ago in a blog titled “Can you handle some tough love?” Tisha is one of my “Sheros” and if you haven’t been blessed to know her yet then I suggest you get over there and check her out. She’s a 69 year old great-grandmother who joined SP in May of last year and has lost more than 150 pounds!!!! Yes, you read that right. She is also one of those Sparkers whom you look at and wonder “How can she be so motivated to exercise like she does?” I look at her routine and marvel at her tenacity and then just shake my head in awe of her progress. Well, she only had to mention the fat loser program once and I was all over it. True, we don’t agree with every thing Steve says but 99% ain’t bad!!! I’m not even sure if his words would have rung true with me before joining SparkPeople but they sure do make sense now. His program is free and online with twenty-one 8-18, minute videos with 3 daily homework questions. Very simple to do and very enlightening. I’m on Day 16, and have had questions answered that I didn’t even know I had. I’ve also learned what makes winners like Tisha tick and it’s some thing we all can benefit from in every aspect of our lives. This is not just about losing weight.

If you are interested in adding another weapon to your arsenal or just want a personal coach to cheer you on in your journey to a happier, healthier and more fit lifestyle, here’s the link.

www.fatloser.com/

I Googled Steve before even clicking on TUBLADY’s link because my life used to be fear and scarcity-based. Now it’s based in abundance. What a concept emoticon I’m learning to make decisions with logical thinking and motivate myself with emotion. The trick is to never mix the two. You may not like what he has to say but its spot on and blends beautifully with SparkPeoples philosophy. I’m so glad I can say I am a fat loser!!!!

  
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ESILBO 8/31/2011 12:39AM

    IT IS AN OLDER BLOG BUT I JUST HAPPENED TO READ IT AND IT IS GREAT...I MARKED DOWN THE FAT LOSER PROGRAM, IN CASE I GET IN A ROT SOMRDAY...THANK YOU
LISE

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TEACHINMOM 3/13/2011 8:50PM

    Hey, I had to come back and tell you that I'm on Day 12 of the Fat Loser program and I LOVE IT!! He is so to-the-point and BRUTAL ~ it's AWESOME!! So much of it I had learned before but those things that he's brought out that I hadn't, are like some serious fine tuning in my plan!!! I keep telling DH that I can't do this or that.....or I have to do this or that......because my mental toughness coach said so!!!LOL. Anyway, just though I'd let you know and say THANKS again!!!
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OCTOBER2842 3/3/2011 6:56AM

    COngrats on the new goal and many more to come

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TEACHINMOM 3/2/2011 2:11PM

    Wow! Thanks for sharing. I'm off to check these out as well!!!

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SUNNY2010 2/28/2011 10:05PM

    Sounds awesome! Great blog again!

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FRANCO1230 2/28/2011 11:09AM

    Thank you so much for sharing this with us. I am definitely going to check it out!!! So glad it is working for you. emoticon

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MADKAPKID 2/28/2011 9:57AM

    Linda, my friend, thank you for the heads up on your ONE TWO PUNCH...I am going to check it out! I need to shake things up a bit. Have a joy filled day, Karen emoticon

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GRANPATTIE 2/28/2011 7:29AM

    Nice blog, Linda. I'll go check it out! I need new WMD's to add to my arsenal. My first and formost will be Spark tools, but you have my curiosity up.

Have a blessed day,
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WENDYSPARKS 2/28/2011 7:14AM

    Great blog and good luck!!

Wendy :)

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PLAYBLUES22 2/28/2011 7:07AM

    Wow Sweetie, great blog , you got me going over to check out Steve and Tublady emoticon

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8 months and still Sparkling!!!

Monday, February 21, 2011

Well, not as Sparkling as I was the first several months. I guess it goes with the territory. For months now I've been the only one still huddling at the Spark Class Team for the week I joined. There are several team members who blog regularly but out of the 11,786 members who signed up for SparkPeople that week there’s very few of us left Sparkin’ along on this journey. Our leader left in mid October to live her life in the real world and has since come back but no one stops by any more. She was a wonderful leader and I admired her for trying to keep our class motivated and posting. She was/is way farther along in her program than any of us were/are and with little or no participation from the eleven-plus thousand other team members I don’t blame her one bit for concentrating on her self. Spark Team Leaders are a rare breed and need their team member’s support and gratitude as well. I am active on other teams that have leaders that should have National Holidays named after them… like St. Carolyn & St. Sheila’s Day…. amazing woman who lead by example. Not always successful and the first to ask for help on their journeys but supportive and motivating day in and day out. I look to both ladies for different reasons. Like a compass they lead the way I haven’t traveled yet… turning to call back occasionally with warnings about pot holes and mole hills with lots of emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon They live full lives outside of SparkPeople too that involves the well being of many others. And they do it joyfully. I applaud them both and all the other people who have stepped up and made SparkPeople a priority in their lives. I am most appreciative because without them I would not still be here. And still here I am after 8 months emoticon

2010 was awesome. I thought 2011 was going to be awesome to infinity just like so many other SP members. We huddled and blogged about it. Our current statuses are filled with motivating quotes and affirmations’ stating that we are staying strong and hanging tough or back and re-committed to our healthy lifestyle and goals. And yet I’ve noticed that several of my SparkFriends have closed their accounts and are gone. I pray that they are still finding their way outside of SparkPeople and know that some do return emoticon

Thank God my eight month journey has been successful and my life has changed dramatically for the best because my life depended on it. Some days were easy-peasy, others damn difficult. From mid June to the end of August I lost 27 pounds and left 300-ville behind FOREVER!!!! I lost 5 pounds in September, 1.7 in October, 9.6 in November, and 6.2 in December… all months filled with holidays emoticonI welcomed 2011, with great anticipation… renaming my blog from “Food is My Frenemy” to “2011 & Loving Myself More Than Food =]” With just a few more pounds to go (4.2) I was motivated and excited to reach my 50 pound loss and be able to proudly display that 50 pound loss icon on my SparkPage. I was soooooooooo Sparked. But by the end of January… after losing and gaining and then losing them again I was a little disappointed with only a 1.3 pound loss. No worries if I stick to my program it’s going to happen I kept telling myself. Well, here I am 21 days into February and down a mere half a pound. Clearly I’ve hit that dreaded plateau I’ve heard my Spark sisters and brothers grumble about. And grumbling I am grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr

What I haven’t done is quit…. another little side effect of 8 months of Sparking. And to my amazement I have no desire too!!! I can’t quit because old habits have given way to new ones. I don’t even think about not drinking 12-15 glasses of water a day. I don’t turn to sweets to sooth that crybaby inside. I don’t dish up extra portions to drown the disappointments. Instead of giving myself reasons why I can't exercise, I give myself reasons why I can. And I don't plan on deleting my Spark account no matter what. I do bitch a lot to my funny Valentine about how I don’t get it when the scale laughs at my attempts to manipulate the numbers but he signed up for those “diet-tribes” I launch into every morning after getting off that stupid scale. Thanks AGAIN sweetie. I know this too shall pass and I will get to post that envied 50 POUNDS LOST award because, like my sig says on all my forum posts….

Motivation is what gets you started. Habit is what keeps you going. NEVER QUIT =]

Eight months ago I was Sparked and now the fire burns deeply. My life has changed forever. I will never be the same. Good riddance to all the old bad habits!!! Eight months down, the rest of my life to go. Being a mother I can’t help but equate 9 months with new birth so we’ll see what the next month brings. And how sweetly appropriate that Spring will be the start of it emoticon emoticon

“Listen, can you hear it? Spring's sweet cantata. The strains of grass pushing through the snow. The song of buds swelling on the vine. The tender timpani of a baby robin's heart. Spring.”~ Diane Froloy & Andrew Schneider

  
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SURFKITTY 2/24/2011 9:03PM

    I'm glad you're still here, you have been responsible on more than one occasion for keeping me coming back to SP, so keep it up!

I joined SP the same week you did and I admit I rarely pop into the team area anymore, I don't even log into SP every day now. But I'm still plugging away, I figure since this whole lifestyle change thing has to be something I live with for the rest of my life, I need to get used to being able to stick it out even if the others drop out along the way. I still use SP, and I still read blogs and articles to help keep me on track (or pull me back on track when I slip) but it's not an "obsession" like it was in the beginning. At one point it kind of became a chore to "have to" spin that wheel or read 3 articles or log the food or the exercise to earn those Spark Points. I still do it when I feel I need to, but I don't beat myself up anymore if I forget or willfully choose not to.

I still have a long way to go, but some of those habits have begun to stick around, and some of those nagging voices in my head have given up and gone to find another "victim."

I admire your commitment though, gives me something to shoot for.

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EVER-HOPEFUL 2/24/2011 5:13AM

    great blog and you are right as a mother we tend to think 9 months for a new life.in my case i will need several new lifes.but we will get there.i am glad you said that over team leaders as well.as a team leader myself from the fit girls i know how hard it can be sometimes if you get the feeling all your hard work and effort are for nothing,lol. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticonon your weight loss so far.keep up the good work and you will gwt there emoticon

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CAROLYN0107 2/24/2011 4:10AM

    Congratulations on all your weight loss and a great blog. The weight will continue to come off. YOU are an insiration to ME so please do keep Sparking. I always enjoy seeing you on the threads. I have not seen weight loss success like you but I WILL NOT QUIT! Neither should you! We're in this together.

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KLH1982 2/22/2011 5:03PM

    I cant wait until February is over, then you can change your page background so I dont feel like eating candy every time I visit it! Haha :) Anyways I am proud that your are keeping at it, at least one of us is! I am going to try my best (once again) to be a better me starting tomorrow! It is so easy to just give up and so hard to keep it up, I have decided I dont want the easy way out! emoticon

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CHYRL_C 2/22/2011 4:56PM

    Happy eight month to you too. Thanks for keeping track ! I am like you in many ways, I have hit a wall in January and Februaryolsing very little weight after losing a lot of weight but I have not given up and I am still surprised how many good choices I make automatically now days emoticon

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FRANCO1230 2/22/2011 12:27PM

    "Eight months down, the rest of my life to go."

....LOVE that line you wrote! Guess I am one of the few 6/21/10's that is still here with you. I'm not sparking quite as much as in the beginning...like you said, got a life to live...BUT, I intend to be here to the end, too.

Spark-on, my friend!
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HAPPYSOUL91 2/22/2011 10:33AM

    Excellent especially what you said "What I haven’t done is quit", and that is what it is all about. To be successful, this must be our mantra

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JOANNS4 2/22/2011 9:29AM

    I'm happy you are here. Your blog was so great. We can do it. I hate the plateaus and have had many on my journey here. Then I drop a few lbs. and realize it's all worth it. I thank the great team leaders and supportive friends here and you for being here.
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JAK106 2/22/2011 8:27AM

    Awesome blog!!! Thanks so much! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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YIGOBUTTERFLY 2/22/2011 7:48AM

    Glad you are here to brighten our days!

Do keep sparking!

Jane on Guam

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JAKEANDNELLIE 2/22/2011 3:09AM

    What an inspiring blog! It's true that we all have our struggles and face obstacles along the way, but you are leading us by example! You are showing us the importance of having faith in yourself and staying on course, even when things aren't progressing as fast as you'd like.
I really admire your honesty and your willingness to share your journey with us all!
Stay positive!
Sheila

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SUNNY2010 2/22/2011 1:03AM

    What a delightful blog! I am so happy you are here and you are my friend!
It's sad to hear that some of your class Team Spark friends have left. I think joining Sparkpeople must be a prerequisite in high school so everyone learns the healthy habits. It really is not a destination, it's a life's journey.
Keep on Sparking! 8 months is a great deal of being healthier! emoticon Have another wonderful sparking months!
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JILL313 2/22/2011 12:17AM

    Linda, I am so sorry you've hit a plateau but just think what you already have accomplished so far more than most Sparkers do!! Soon those pesky pounds will start dropping off again. . .I agree with you about the Leaders--it does either make or break a Team. I never hear anything from several Teams that I'm on and I guess I should just drop them. I love the 60 & Over Team with . . .and my other favorite is the Chair Exercise Team as the Leaders are terrific and active. . .! Let's move forward and I agree that I could never go backwards only forwards. Great Blog!

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TUBLADY 2/22/2011 12:02AM

    What a wonderful blog. I am so glad you are here a t Spark. what would my day be like if i did not here from you. You are forever my red high heel friend. Smile!
I know the frustrations you feel not seeing the scale move, but it will. Just stick in there as you are doing. Maybe check your food plan, maybe you can cut something out and kick start the body into burning more fat. We have to be crafty sometimes.
I can't imagine not having Spark. I am a very successful person as far as weigh loss goes. But I still need to Spark. I need to reach out and know the others are here with me. I want to interact with them.
Oh I am so glad you are not a quitter, no you are a winner, you have embraced a life change and are on the road to a better healthier life.
I always say the road is a crowded one, some traveling at different speeds, but the destination is the same.
Thanks for a very inspirational blog, from the heart.
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MADKAPKID 2/21/2011 8:04PM

    Linda my friend, Thank GOD you are still sparking! YOU were one of my first friends here on Sparks. AND, YOU motivate me! YOU are doing a great job! YOU will reach your goals. I've a long way to go but knowing you are here really helps keep me going! Have a joy filled day, Karen emoticon

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GRANPATTIE 2/21/2011 7:53PM

    Yes, I fully agree about leaders. The good ones are of a special breed. I've some of each, the good and the missing in action. I love the good ones, but when they're missing in action all the time, the team dies. Sometimes a member can work hard and bring some people back, but when you lose your leader, the loses it's identity. I'm very grateful for the good leader.

I'm so glad you're still sparking along. We'd all miss you if you weren't. All we can do is keep plugging. I got under 300 for New Year's day. But I haven't gotten far enough under yet that I never see it. If I hold fluid , I see it. If I don't drink enough water and get constipated, I see it. I soooooooooo ready to be DONE with that number. So I keep plugging away, too. If I quit, I'd go back up in a heartbeat.

Thanks for the blog, Sweetie.

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SUSIEPH1 2/21/2011 6:47PM

    Hi Linda what a great blog! I am so glad you are still sparking ... I don't worry about the scales any more.. Because we are building lean muscle and that weighs more than fat so my friend go by your clothes and how they fit and how you feel ... if you are eating well and healthy that is all that matters ... hugs emoticon emoticon emoticon

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My funny Valentine

Monday, February 14, 2011

emoticonI have so many sweet Valentines. With four married children that have given us five amazing grandchildren the initial count is an easy thirteen, not to mention “our” beloved mother *Cha-Ching* number 14!!! But my number ONE, Valentine will always be the sweetest of all because he is “perfectly imperfect.” My precious husband of 30 years… my knight in shinning armor.



Well maybe not so shinny any more. He’s getting a little dented around the edges from all the years of dedication and loyal service to his adoring subjects. Still affectionately known as Mr. Can-Fix-Anything, he regularly mounts his mighty steed and rushes to help family on a regular basis since they all have chosen to set up residence within a few miles of his castle. How lucky are we!!! He truly is my better half, with the patience of Job… and it is with him that my heart beats hardest. He is my rock and sounding board and has always loved me unconditionally. Actually, that’s how he got most of those dents… the poor guy.

His primary focus and greatest joy is family. Half of which he inherited when marrying me. I was widowed at 27, with two babies to raise. Five years passed quickly as I was busy, busy, busy. Too busy to even think about romance. And then one day he walked into my life… all professional and in control. So reserved and serious; looking a little sad and lost. My very first thought was, “I could make this guy smile.” And smile he did. It was a whirlwind courtship. We met in March, started dating in August and were married by December. My boys were 9 and 6 by then. He had full custody of his 5 year old daughter so our blending made the package complete. We were an instant family. He was my hero. Eighteen months later we completed the circle of love and added a daughter of our own. Boy did we have our hands full now. He worked three jobs to support us…. four kids are expensive!!! And having been single for so long it was quit an adjustment for both of us but we became a team to be reckoned with and always had each other’s back. Oh yes, we were blessed but not without the normal trials and tribulations that life can throw at you. We learned to laugh… a lot… and trust each other completely with all our secrets. We grew to feel safe in the knowledge that our commitment to one another was absolute. He calms me down, I turn him on. The perfect yin and yang... we are complementary opposites and even after many hardships and lots of struggles we find comfort in the fact that our marriage will always be a work in progress with a lifetime contract that we gladly renew every anniversary. Like Zig Ziglar says, “Many marriages would be better if the husband and wife clearly understood that they're on the same side.” A truism I remind myself of often even to this day.

Not only are we marriage partners, parents and grandparents but we are business partners as well which adds another dynamic to the equation. Yep, he wears a lot of hats, and wears them all well. It has been through his eyes that I have learned that I really do deserve to be happy and I am worth loving. I am truly blessed to be his wife and my greatest wish would be to spend another 30 years married to my number one sweetheart. God willing I look forward to celebrating many, many more Valentine Days together. Thank you Michael for everything. I love you! emoticon emoticon emoticon

  
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FRANKIEMOMMY 2/20/2011 9:12PM

    Aww that was beautiful! What a great hubby....Hope you and all your valentines had a super day! emoticon

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CHYRL_C 2/18/2011 7:05PM

    How truly wonderful emoticon

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SURFKITTY 2/18/2011 6:58PM

    I think the best thing about this blog is that you realize what you have, a lot of women unfortunately don't appreciate how great their husband/boyfriend/partner is. I think that's half the battle of a good relationship, and of course choosing well is important too and it looks like you made a great choice.

Happy (late) Valentine's Day to you both!



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BEANZFRD 2/17/2011 7:06AM

    Now that's what Valentine's Day is all about! So sweet!

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JUNEBUG150 2/16/2011 11:04PM

    Just happened to see this through JILL313. What a lovely blog, you are so blessed. I hope you have many more valentine days together too! emoticon emoticon

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JILL313 2/16/2011 10:22PM

    What a lucky and happy couple you are--and so in love more than 30 years later. This is a true love story and I appreciate your sharing it with us. You have been blessed and will share many more years to come. God Bless You Both, emoticon emoticon emoticon

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SUSABELLA627 2/16/2011 10:33AM

    awww Linda, just found your valentine blog and you have left me with tears in my eyes. So sweet your love story!! I will be married 15 yrs this April and your quote by Zig Ziglar is something I really need to remember.

Thanks for sharing your very Heart felt Blog!!

Susan

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FRANCO1230 2/15/2011 11:48AM

    I love this! I loved reading your story and getting to know you little more. I am in my second marriage, with "his, mine, and ours" kids (total of four, too), and we have also blended very well. I love where you said, "He is my rock and sounding board and has always loved me unconditionally. Actually, that’s how he got most of those dents… the poor guy." I was just thinking to myself the other day that my husband is pretty darn special, because I don't know who the heck else would put up with me sometimes. Thank you for sharing that beautiful quote by Zig Ziglar. I need to print it out so as to read it & remind myself of that EVERYDAY!

Thank you for sharing with us...what a great example of love.



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LINOVER 2/14/2011 6:22PM

    Sounds like you definitely got one of the good ones. I've been married to mine for 43 years and I wouldn't trade him in either! Happy Valentine's Day! emoticon

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MADKAPKID 2/14/2011 3:17PM

    Linda my friend, I am so happy. I love reading a good Valentine love story! YOURS is an awesome story I look a the picture you submitted and spoke volumes. I could feel the love! YOU both are so blessed! Thank you for sharing. Have a joy filled day, Karen emoticon emoticon

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GRANPATTIE 2/14/2011 2:41PM

    I don't know, Linda....he still looks pretty shiny to me! Look at those kind eyes and that soft smile. You two could be newly weds. Just look at your smile with him. You couldn't even pretend to NOT be in love if you tried.

This was one of the most beautiful love letters I've ever been privileged to read. Thank you so much for sharing such a beautiful picture, and your sweet story. I'd say you and Michael are both really blessed. No need to wish you....
...Happy Valentine's Day,
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SUNNY2010 2/14/2011 12:33PM

    Linda, you two are so blessed with each other! And the best of all - you appreciate and treasure each other no matter how many years you've been together! This blog is a beautiful tribute to your marriage!
Enjoy a very special day!
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A Valentine sweet that = 0 calories

Monday, February 07, 2011

Kid's Ideas About LOVE emoticon

Kids, aged 5 to 10, were asked questions about what they thought of love and marriage. Here's what they said…..

"If falling in love is anything like learning how to spell, I don't want to do it. It takes too long." Glenn, age 7


"Love is like an avalanche where you have to run for your life." John, age 9

"I think you're supposed to get shot with an arrow or something, but the rest of it isn't supposed to be so painful." Manuel, age 8

"No one is sure why it happens, but I heard it has something to do with how you smell. That's why perfume and deodorant are so popular." Mae, age 9

"Love is the most important thing in the world, but baseball is pretty good too." Greg, age 8

"Once I'm done with kindergarten, I'm going to find me a wife." Tom, age 5

"On the first date, they just tell each other lies, and that usually gets them interested enough to go for a second date." Mike, 10

"One of the people has freckles, and so he finds somebody else who has freckles too." Andrew, age 6

"My mother says to look for a man who is kind. That's what I'll do. I'll find somebody who's kinda tall and handsome." Carolyn, age 8

"It gives me a headache to think about that stuff. I'm just a kid. I don't need that kind of trouble." Kenny, age 7

"When somebody's been dating for a while, the boy might propose to the girl. He says to her, 'I'll take you for a whole life, or at least until we have kids and get divorced.'" Anita, 9

"I'm not rushing into being in love. I'm finding fourth grade hard enough." Regina, age 10

"Most men are brainless, so you might have to try more than once to find a live one." Angie, age 10

"A man and a woman promise to go through sickness and illness and diseases together." Marlon, age 10

"[Being] single is better . . . for the simple reason that I wouldn't want to change no diapers. Of course, if I did get married, I'd figure something out. I'd just phone my mother and have her come over for some coffee and diaper-changing." Kirsten, age 10

"Love is foolish...but I still might try it sometime." Floyd, age 9

"Love will find you, even if you are trying to hide from it. I been trying to hide from it since I was five, but the girls keep finding me." Dave, age 8

My personal favorite…

"One of you should know how to write a check. Because, even if you have tons of love, there is still going to be a lot of bills." Ava, age 8



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OCTOBER2842 3/3/2011 7:39AM

    Cute and how true

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YIGOBUTTERFLY 2/13/2011 6:22AM

    Kids and what they say!

Thanks for sharing,


Jane on Guam

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LINOVER 2/9/2011 4:24PM

    Kids do say the darnedest things and, in their innocence, often say things that have a lot of truth! emoticon Thanks so much for sharing!

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TUBLADY 2/9/2011 3:10AM

    That reminds me of a TV program that used to be on with Art Linkletter, "Kids say the darnedest things."
Very cute.
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CHYRL_C 2/9/2011 12:12AM

    emoticon Very cute

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HAPPYSOUL91 2/8/2011 1:39PM

    emoticon emoticon very cute

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SUNNY2010 2/8/2011 11:38AM

    Too cute! Thank you for that!
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FRANCO1230 2/8/2011 11:05AM

    emoticon!!! Thanks for sharing!

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GRANPATTIE 2/7/2011 7:07PM

    Thanks, Linda, for sharing these. I always love this sort of thing. They do say the darndest things!

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SUSIEPH1 2/7/2011 7:02PM

    Thanks Still giggling Linda .. the things kids say are just so priceless
Hugs

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MADKAPKID 2/7/2011 7:01PM

    I remember a show on tv that was on a very LOOONNNNGGG time ago. It was Art Linkletter and he did segments called "kids say the darnedest things". This reminds me of that. Reading what the kids said makes you just have to smile! Thank you for sharing Linda. Have joy filled day.....Karen emoticon

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Peewee the Woodchuck says…

Wednesday, February 02, 2011

Did you know that Punxsutawney Phil is not the only famous weather predicting groundhog around? Some of the other famous groundhogs around the world include Dunkirk Dave, Shubenacadie Sam, Wiarton Willie, General Beauregard Lee, Peewee the Woodchuck and Staten Island Chuck. Fortunately, they all saw their shadows today and spring is on its way.



Well we always knew Spring was going to get here but some parts of the country have been longing for it sooner than others. Our winter in Southern California has been a mixed blessing with more rain than usual, beautiful warm sunny days and cold nights. We’ve even had some of those famous devil winds known as Santa Ana’s. In fact we had one last night that kept me awake for fear the house was going to blow away. Laying there all I could think of was the snow and ice storms predicted to hit the East coast and Canada, the bitter wind chills in the Mid West and Plains that will be 20 to 60 degrees below zero this morning, the cyclone racing towards Australia, the rains soaking the North East & Guam, the black ice on the roads in Europe and the stifling heat in Africa. You read about it online and watch it on TV but when you have SparkFriends who are living through it, it becomes personal. So I prayed for all my friends and thanked God for our mild winter. The morning light finally came, as will Spring, and the first thing on my agenda was to check what the groundhogs’ predicted and add the movie “Groundhog Day” to my Blockbuster queue. Love that movie!!!! It’s similar to my life before joining SparkPeople. I couldn’t seem to break that loop of starting and then quitting a diet. Now I know there are no bad foods so I can eat everything.. and I mean everything as long as it’s a single portion and I stay within calorie range each day. But that’s not the only reason I’ve been successful since joining Sparks. The people who I’m privileged to journey with have been a huge part of that success.



So to all my SparkFriends cheers emoticonto the good news of an early Spring and keep on Sparkling emoticon

  
  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

SUNNY2010 2/5/2011 1:45PM

    There are some great blogs coming from you! I love your wit and your writing! Thank you for that!!!
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HARROWJET 2/4/2011 10:15AM

    Spring is my favourite season. It is a reward for surviving winter. emoticon emoticon

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ACIMPEGGY 2/3/2011 11:32PM

    Sweetie, you are part of the reason I'm here! GREAT BLOG!

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JOANNS4 2/3/2011 7:19PM

    Well, bless those groundhogs! emoticon I know how lucky I am to be in southern Cal. right now. It's chilly right now at the foothills but nothing like back east. I do wear gloves and my winter coat for morning walks but next week we will have 80's.,
thanks for the cute post my friend. emoticon
Jo Ann


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RENE54 2/3/2011 2:59PM

    I didn't know all of the ground hogs but about half I'd say. I am glad they predicted an early spring. We are getting some ice storms and low temps but like you am grateful that it is not worse. I hope it warms up soon for everyone. I am not fond of the cold weather. I too am looking forward to spring!

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HAPPYSOUL91 2/3/2011 10:02AM

    Sure are a lot of those little critters. Yup, I also am from Southern CA and thought we were going to blow away with the Santa Ana's and it wasn't warm.

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VEGASLADY24 2/3/2011 4:12AM

    emoticon I never new there were so many well known groundhogs. Cute blog. Here in Vegas it was 36 degrees at 11am today!!! BRRRRRR!! I actually had to put some socks on today! emoticon Piggies were talking to me!!
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YIGOBUTTERFLY 2/3/2011 3:15AM

    Did you feel like one of the "Little Pigs" with the Big Bad Wolf saying, "Let me it!" Strong winds in a house that is not built to sustain them can be scarry. Glad you are safe.

Thank you for being a SparkFriend. Sure need good friends.

Jane on Guam

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MORRIS1989 2/2/2011 11:35PM

    emoticon I can't wait until spring.

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SUSIEPH1 2/2/2011 11:05PM

    Great Blog Linda! I enjoyed it immensely!!
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TUBLADY 2/2/2011 10:24PM

    Very cute.
I lived my Groundhog day over and over too. But I havn't seen him for quite a while, Smile!
Glad you are doing so well and in good spirits.
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FRANCO1230 2/2/2011 8:14PM

    Yes, aren't we lucky for our SoCal weather compared to much of the country/world. I think Spring will definitely "spring" new life in all of us to keep moving forward!!!
P.S. I couldn't stand that movie, 'Groundhog Day'....LOL!!!
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PURPLESPEDCOW 2/2/2011 7:41PM

    I say we all do a sun dance! We still have six weeks to go until spring. I think we are all ready for spring!

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GRANPATTIE 2/2/2011 6:04PM

    Who knew there were so many Groundhogs on the job? emoticon I'm glad to know he agrees that spring is on the way. I saw a robin in my back yard back in the middle of January. Since he's here already, I bet it's welcomed news to him, too!

Nice blog, Linda. Thanks!

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ELAINESHAFF 2/2/2011 5:47PM

    I am just glad Spring is on the way, but I wish it would hurry up and get here soon. I live in Northern Indiana and we might get almost 100 inches of snow this winter.

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MADKAPKID 2/2/2011 5:37PM

    Yeah!! Lets all do some happy dancing and see if that helps make Spring come any faster? LOL Have a joy filled day....Karen emoticon

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JAKEANDNELLIE 2/2/2011 5:36PM

    There's also Buckeye Chuck in Ohio.
The groundhog that lives under my deck is snowed in so he didn't see his shadow either!
Sheila

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