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The view from my window…

Friday, October 21, 2011



This is what I see while sitting in my favorite chair. Our Jacaranda is as close as we get to the seasons changing here in our Southern California yard and it is a lovely sight. Our flags change with the seasons as well. Today a scarecrow gently flaps in the autumn breeze as our tree still holds tightly to her summer canopy. The Santa Ana winds will start around Halloween and strip her bare for the winter. Come spring she will dress in bright greens and light purples. A truly magnificent specimen silhouetted against an azure sky.



Our neighborhood park across the street is mostly quiet now but served us well as we raised four children and now have five grandkids that have grown up playing there over the past 38 years with countless birthday parties and scout meetings. Egg tosses at Easter and water balloon fights on hot summer days. All the kids learned to ride their bikes on the basketball courts and would play hide and seek until the street lights came on. We still have a garage full of sports equipment for a quick basketball game or mud football during a downpour. Frisbees, kites and mitts stuffed with softballs wait patiently to catch the wind and hear giggles from sun kissed visitors. Cranky kids are often soothed with an evening swing or chased up and down the slides until happy again but exhausted. So many shoes filled with sand have found their way indoors. I sit and remember it all from the comfort of my chair.

Our Christmas tree blocks my view for several weeks in December through early January but once she’s down I can see several migrating cranes and storks stopping to rest. Occasionally a dog will break loose and chase the ducks into flight or a couple will steal a kiss while picnicking and then break into a squealing game of chase.

We have year round walkers and joggers prancing by. I’ve seen babies pushed in strollers grow up and parade past pushing their own little ones over the years. I’ve watched neighbors grow old right before my eyes. Every one of our children walked down that driveway to catch the bus to Kindergarten and then found their way home again from college. They all grew up washing their first car right outside that window and now I watch them approach the front door for a visit… grandkids racing to be the first to announce their arrival. Little do they know I’ve already seen them coming. I’ve been blessed to have two devoted husbands enter and exit that well worn driveway to provide for our family. My high school sweetheart left for work one day and continued his journey straight to heaven. The other rode up in his (t)rusty pinto station wagon five years later and saved the day almost 31 years ago. I love the view from my window.

The last several years I found myself sitting more…. watching the world go by. The less I did the worse I felt. My health was suffering and I could no longer rely on youth to get me through the day. I wanted to be a part of all those lovely memories I had that were still being made… some, sadly without me now.

Sixteen months ago today, I found Sparkpeople and my life changed completely. At 64 years old, with a loss of 70 pounds, life is good again. I’m able to spend less time just watching it pass me by and spend more time looking in, at an empty chair, while participating fully in all that life has to offer.



I’m almost at my half way mark to goal but I’m living my life NOW. I relish every ache and pain from over doing it and know that the more I do the more I can do…..



I like the view of my empty chair more now and I often think about rearranging the furniture in our living room but the view I’ve come to love so much would be gone. So for now I spend less time looking out and more time looking in as we head down the driveway to live a life worth “Sparking” about.



“There are many wonderful things that will never be done if you do not do them.” ~Charles D. Gill

  
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PATTILYNN224 10/26/2011 8:45AM

    A great blog Linda. Thanks for sharing. You have been much blessed.

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JAK106 10/24/2011 7:45AM

    Thanks for sharing with us. emoticon

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RORYLYONS 10/23/2011 2:15AM

    I loved going down memory lane with you...outstanding pictures & appreciate your taking me down your journey in life... emoticon & emoticonon your weight loss.... emoticonjob...

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JINLYNN 10/23/2011 12:39AM

    I enjoyed your reminiscing - it fueled my memory back to times when I was more active in life, and not such a spectator. Your journey, significant weight loss and reclaiming of a more active, involved lifestyle is inspiring and encouraging to me. Thanks so much for sharing.

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MISSY455 10/22/2011 11:49PM

    emoticon on your SparkVersary! I loved reading your blog! Thank you for sharing it with us!

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SUEJENN 10/22/2011 7:29PM

    I can feel the soft cozy memories as I read your blog. At the end of your blog I could feel the excitement as you spoke about becoming active and enjoying the participation in activities away from your chair. You carry your memories in your heart when you are away from your chair. I am 2 years younger than you and I have been struggling with health issues as well. I felt good reading your comment on my blog. Looking forward to your first 5K!

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JOANNS4 10/22/2011 12:53PM

    A wonderful blog. Thank you for sharing your story and the view through your window. We will keep on sparking together.
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VTMAID 10/22/2011 9:37AM

    Linda, this was a beautiful blog! Thank you so much with sharing such personal thoughts with the rest of us...
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Karen

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DESERTBLUECAT 10/22/2011 1:12AM

    Beautiful entry. Your program is inspiring and so is your journey to to a fuller life. My motivation is the same--I found my life shrinking and the pain growing until it overshadowed even what few pieces were left. I realized that I would have to find my own solutions, take action, take control & find a way out. Sitting isn't the answer. I started a daily flexibility program, joined a gym (but can't get there without meeting my trainer), quit smoking, took up acupuncture & massage, learned about meditation, and gave up epidural injections in favor of successful surgery. Along the way I lost lbs., re-gained, lost again, etc. The lifestyle change you've made is the only long term answer. I'm joining you on the journey! Thanks for showing me where I want to be in 18 mo.
Glenda
P.S.Thanks also for stopping by to comment on my first blog entry, so I could discover your page!

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KAYTIE22 10/22/2011 12:37AM

    Great blog! You are one of the most positive, supportive people I know. You have also set goals and made a commitment to yourself and you have made awesome progress. I know you are going to make it all the way and that will all be due to your hard work and determination to get there. You are really an inspiration to me and I congratulate you and wish you continued success.

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ACIMPEGGY 10/21/2011 10:52PM

    WONDERFUL! And so many people do not realized how 'blessed' they are! emoticon

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GRANPATTIE 10/21/2011 9:24PM

    Linda, this was an extraordinary blog. What a beautiful way to make a VERY important point! I'm SOOOOO glad for you to have done it right and be looking IN at that empty chair now. You've certainly set an example. Thanks for this one, dear friend.

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ESILBO 10/21/2011 9:16PM

    GREAT BLOG LINDA, SO HAPPY FOR YOUR LOSS IN YOUR JOURNEY...IS NT IT A GOOD FEELING....I CAN JUST IMAGINE WHEN I GET THERE, BUT FOR NOW, I ENJOY THE ROAD...THANKS FOR SHARING
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LISE

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JILL313 10/21/2011 8:53PM

    Linda, what a marvelous walk with you down memory lane. . .I've lived in my house since my oldest was a year old and it's still a very comfortable home for us. Your home is lovely and it's great that you're spending less time being idle and watching life go by and more time moving and grasping all that Life has to offer. You've accomplished a lot in a relatively short amount of time and I know you and your family are so happy about that great progress. I have no doubt in the near future I will read a blog where you write you've reached your Goal and feel Fantastic--it's just around the corner. I'm so Happy for You. God Bless.

Hugs,

Jill

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KSNANA2 10/21/2011 8:15PM

    Loved reading your blog. DH and I are in the house where we raised our children and I love every inch of it. So many wonderful memories in every room. It may look outdated to some but it is a warm comfy sweater to me.
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COMPASS_ROSE 10/21/2011 7:54PM

    Your blog reminds me of one of my favorite childhood stories. When my girls were little, I used to read them a story called "The Giving Tree." It's about a boy and a tree and their life together. This was a beautiful blog. Thank you for sharing it with us. Congratulations on your weight loss and the remainder of your journey.
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LINOVER 10/21/2011 5:48PM

    Linda, Great blog and lovely pictures! You have a great view from your window!

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IOWAGRAMMA 10/21/2011 5:39PM

    Linda, what a wonderful blog and story! The pictures are so nice and really help us to visualize the message. And, you are so very right...the more you do, the more you can do. I'm finding that out in my journey, as well...who would ever have guessed I'd be able to walk 3 miles in one day? No me!! But, it is possible and the aches and pains are great reminders, as you said, that we are making our muscles and joints work a little more! I'm loving it! Congrats on your awesome progress, and if you're half way to your goal, I can't wait to hear when you reach it! Hopefully, there will be a few others of us close behind you. Hugs and love, Jeannie

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GINGER1OF16 10/21/2011 3:40PM

    What a lovely blog, Linda! I can picture myself there and can relive MY OWN memories through yours, including the jacaranda in my front yard.
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Keep up the good work as you are forging even more great memories, my friend. You are truely a winner.
Hugs!!!!

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MADKAPKID 10/21/2011 3:07PM

    I am happy that 16 months ago you found and joined in the wonderful wide world of SPARKDOM! AND....I feel blessed that we found each other and have become friends. YOU have lost an incredible amount of weight..and I know that YOU WILL reach your goals. YOU are an amazing woman...and friend. Have a joy filled evening and weekend . Karen emoticon

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Will You Dance With Me?

Monday, September 19, 2011



This was sent to me by a friend... I hope you enjoy it emoticon

Too many people put off something that brings them joy just because they haven't thought about it, don't have it on their schedule, didn't know it was coming or are too rigid to depart from their routine.

I got to thinking one day about all those women on the Titanic who passed up dessert at dinner that fateful night in an effort to cut back. From then on, I've tried to be a little more flexible.

How many women out there will eat at home because their husband didn't suggest going out to dinner until after something had been thawed? Does the word ‘refrigeration’ mean nothing to you?

How often have your kids dropped in to talk and sat in silence while you watched ' Jeopardy' on television?

I cannot count the times I called my sister and said, 'How about going to lunch in a half hour?' She would gas up and stammer, 'I can't. I have clothes on the line. My hair is dirty. I wish I had known yesterday, I had a late breakfast, It looks like rain.' And my personal favorite: 'It's Monday.' She died a few years ago. We never did have that lunch together.

Because we cram so much into our lives, we tend to schedule our headaches. We live on a sparse diet of promises we make to ourselves when all the conditions are perfect!

We'll go back and visit the grandparents when we get Steve toilet-trained. We'll entertain when we replace the living-room carpet... We'll go on a second honeymoon when we get two more kids out of college.

Life has a way of accelerating as we get older. The days get shorter, and the list of promises to us gets longer. One morning, we awaken, and all we have to show for our lives is a litany of 'I'm going to,' 'I plan on,' and 'someday, when things are settled down a bit.'

When anyone calls my ‘seize the moment' friend, she is open to adventure and available for trips. She keeps an open mind on new ideas. Her enthusiasm for life is contagious. You talk with her for five minutes, and you're ready to trade your bad feet for a pair of Roller blades and skip an elevator for a bungee cord..

My lips have not touched ice cream in 10 years. I love ice cream. It's just that I might as well apply it directly to my stomach with a spatula and eliminate the digestive process the other day; I stopped the car and bought a scoop. If my car had hit an iceberg on the way home, I would have died happy.

Now...go on and have a nice day. Do something you WANT to... not something on your SHOULD DO list. If you were going to die soon and had only one phone call you could make, who would you call and what would you say? And why are you waiting?

Have you ever watched kids playing on a merry go round or listened to the rain lapping on the ground? Ever followed a butter fly's erratic flight or gazed at the sun into the fading night? Do you run through each day on the fly? When you ask, 'How are you?' Do you hear the reply?

When the day is done, do you lie in your bed with the next hundred chores running through your head? Ever told your child, 'We'll do it tomorrow.' And in your haste, not see his sorrow? Ever lost touch? Let a good friendship die? Just call to say 'Hi?

When you worry and hurry through your day, it is like an unopened gift....Thrown away..... Life is not a race. Take it slower. Hear the music before the song is over.

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www.youtube.com/watch?v=iN9bwC5UZUs

  
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CJMOK1121 10/4/2011 9:57PM

    YES, MY FRIEND LINDA, You may have this dance, and thank you for this blog and all your support. I'm doing a lot better and just learning to take my time.

Thank You again: CJ from OK.

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JINLYNN 9/23/2011 1:30AM

    This was wonderful - and so spot on! Thanks for the reminder that we pass this way but once. Lets take/make the time to make some memories that will last a lifetime.

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FRANCO1230 9/20/2011 11:07AM

    Thanks for the reminder! I'm going to print this out & post it in my closet where I can see it/read it each morning as I get ready for my day. A gentle reminder of what is truly important in life.
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MADKAPKID 9/19/2011 8:53PM

    Linda, my friend, this was really lovely. WE all need to slow down a little.... and enjoy life. Thank you for sharing this with me....Have a joy filled day, Karen emoticon

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IOWAGRAMMA 9/19/2011 7:52PM

    Thank you, LInda. It's a great reminder that we all need to slow down a little and just enjoy life a little more! Hugs, Jeannie

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JILL313 9/19/2011 7:42PM

    I just love this. . .and I'm guilty of putting things off until manana. . .This really hit home for me. Thank you so much for sharing it!!

Love,

Jill

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ESILBO 9/19/2011 7:41PM

    SO BEAUTIFUL...THANK YOU FOR THE BLOG AND THE SONG AND REMINDING ME TO DANCE...
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MOLLYBROWN55 9/19/2011 7:35PM

    Wonderful!!
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My Sunflower Summer….

Tuesday, September 06, 2011



In early May we expanded our urban garden in anticipation of summer by planting corn, for my hubby and sunflowers for me. Every morning we’d sit side by side and drink our coffee as we counted the days to harvest. We enjoyed every stage of their growth through out the season. From the damp dirt that rose in clumps just before a hint of green popped into view to the late afternoon rustlings of the spent corn stalks standing proud guarding the last sunflower of summer. emoticon



The in-between times were met with joy and wonder as the corn and sunflowers raced to clear the garden wall and smile down on our neighbors. At first we had to bend and look down on the tiny plants but quickly found they were almost as tall as our grandkids.




Oh yeah, the children grew like weeds this summer too but it was a race the kids could not win.



It was a friendly race between the corn and sunflowers and before we knew it they were ten to twelve feet high.



Once the corn was ripe and the sunflowers reached their peek we had to lift each child to get a closer look at their incredible beauty.




I felt like Alice as we stood in awe of our own little wonderland watching the busy bees and wasps work their magic from sun up to sun down, just for an ear or two of corn per stock and the slow awakening of sunflower smiles.



We ate the corn raw, roasted and boiled. Warmed from the sun, hot off the grill and cold in salads, soups and relishes. More than 40 ears found their way from plants to hungry tummy's... a summer to remember. Along with our tortoises we all ate like kings this summer while the sunflowers graced our yard, decorated our home and lit up the faces of happy receivers.




It’s been hard to say good-bye to my sunflower summer. So I’ve saved several stalks of corn and tied them together awaiting the arrival of fall. I let the sunflowers dry on their stocks then harvested the seeds.




I cleaned, soaked, dried and roasted them in honor of all that they could be, which is more than just a healthy snack. I won’t have to buy seeds next year. It’s amazing how each tiny seed planted grew to produce only one flower with hundreds of future promises. Except for one seed that produced ten flowers on a single stock!!



I’ve carefully saved her bounty and next spring we will plant those seeds and count the days ‘till summer when we will once again enjoy Mother Natures’ boundless gifts.



“From seed to seed the smile of the sunflower is passed on.”

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www.youtube.com/watch?v=zst08tm9s6M

  
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JOANNS4 9/9/2011 8:34PM

    Beautiful. Thanks for sharing. It reminds me of our garden in CA when our kids were growing up. I love sunflowers! Have a great weekend.
Jo Ann




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HAPPYSOUL91 9/7/2011 11:41AM

    Your blog reminds me of the beauty we have. My favorite flowers are sunflowers, they always look up to the light.

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JINLYNN 9/7/2011 2:24AM

    What a wonderful blog - your photos are beautiful. And the link to the time lapsed sunflowers was fascinating. Thanks for sharing your story, pictures and harvest. I have never tried growing sunflowers, but you have inspired me. Next year I know exactly where to plant them.

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TORTILLAFLATS 9/6/2011 11:00PM

    Linda, Great Blog

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JILL313 9/6/2011 10:52PM

    Linda, It is the simple pleasures in Life that end up meaning the most to us. . .thank you for sharing your Summer of Sunflowers and Corn. . .Your Grandkids are beautiful and look so happy and healthy--and you are blessed with them and your beautiful family and DH!! It's great you'll have a nice reminder of your wonderful bounty and Sunflower/Corn Summer with the dried corn and sunflowers. I am so Happy you all enjoyed the Harvest and had fun!!

Hugs,

Jill

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KAYTIE22 9/6/2011 10:20PM

    Loved this blog; great job! It really put a smile on my face. Pictures and narrative are awesome and your grandkids are so cute. Also liked the link to the video. Really interesting. Thanks!!

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GRANPATTIE 9/6/2011 9:25PM

    Linda, this was fabulous. I loved your pictures and your descriptions. But watching that time lapse video...it truly is an awesome wonder!

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ACIMPEGGY 9/6/2011 9:02PM

    Marvelous! Great place you live! Gosh, a garden, a pool, fresh produce, great grandkids...

Wonderful digital camera, too.

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IOWAGRAMMA 9/6/2011 5:52PM

    What great photos! They tell the story by themselves!! I know how much joy you can get from working in the garden soil and then harvesting the bounty. Love the sunflowers, too. When there's room, it's fun to plant them in a way that makes a nice little "hidey hole" for kids to play in. Thanks for sharing your gorgeous photos, Linda. jeannie


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MADKAPKID 9/6/2011 5:29PM

    oh Linda, I LOVE the blog...and the photos....Awesome! How lovely it is to plant a seed...and then after weeks andmonths of tending to be able to partake of the fruits of your labor. And, I really enjoyed the link you shared. Thank you so much...Have a joy filled day, Karen emoticon

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I’ve only got 100 years to live!!!

Sunday, August 21, 2011



Fourteen months ago today, when I joined Sparkpeople, there was no way I wanted to live to be 100. That was another 37 years and I was not feelin’ good about myself or healthy in any way. My dear husband was not only dropping me off and picking me up right in front of everywhere we went but I couldn’t drive myself and park and walk and then shop. I couldn’t go any where without my cane. I was ordering my groceries online and having them delivered. I had to pick and choose what I could do that wouldn’t take me a week to recover from. I had five grandkids that I had never gone to Disneyland or Knott’s Berry Farm with even though we live only minutes from both. The less I did the less I could do. My 82 year old mother has chronic back pain that has taken over her life and I didn’t want to be like that in 20 years. One day I realized that I was her…. only 19 years younger. At this pace I was going to be in far worse shape, or dead by then, if I didn’t start taking responsibility for my own well being. I could hardly walk let alone exercise so it had to start with what I was putting in my mouth because only I had control of what I ate, when I ate and how much I was eating.



So I joined SP to save my life….. literally!! Without medical insurance I couldn’t afford gastric by-pass, even though my orthopedic surgeon said I was certainly eligible. In all sincerity it wasn’t the route I wanted to take any way so it was up to me because, like it or not, I had a lot of living ahead of me. I knew I wanted to out live my mom. She’s buried a son and husband and the least I could do was save her the sorrow of burying her only daughter and having to console my children and grandchildren. I wanted to out live my DH because I know how lonely widowhood can be. I wanted to be a good example to other family who were struggling with health issues of their own. I wanted to live so my children felt when it was time to let me go I had enjoyed a long and happy life. I wanted to live long enough to watch all my grandkids reach adulthood and not be without the unconditional love that only grandparents can give them. I wanted desperately to be able to hold my great-grandchildren like my mom and my dad got to do. So I’m guessing another 30 years just might do it!!! My neighbor is 93. My mom’s neighbor lived to be 97. My daughter-in-laws grandma is 95… in fact we’ve had a lot of family members live well into their nineties. Besides I’d love to be married another 30 years to my sweetie pie… the last 30 were pretty darn good and I’m just starting to really, really like the guy emoticon



Fact… Centenarians are the fastest-growing age segment: Number of 100-year-olds to hit 6 million by 2050. WoW… I’m right on target for that date. Today the life expectancy for a woman living in the US is more than 80 years now and the fact that I’ve reached 64 makes it even more promising. Every pound I lose and year I live ups the probability so if you see me logging in every day it’s more than likely I’ll live to celebrate my 65th birthday in June of 2012.



Today I celebrate 14 months of Sparking with more successes than I could have imagined. The cane’s gone; we park and walk together where ever we go. I can shop alone again and enjoyed a family camping trip this summer that I could only dream of the last 10 years. I’m gardening again and swimming in public. I’ve lost 67 pounds and I’m excited to wake up every day and face new challenges. There’s a bright future ahead of me that I welcome with open arms….. Thank God I’ve got a hundred years to live.

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CHATTIEGIRL 8/30/2011 9:26PM

    Hi Linda;

I will visit you when I reach a hundred because I am only 2 years from 70 and I thought that wasn't possible. When you are young 70, 80's and above don't get in your mine. Keep doing what you are and each goal you rearch you add years to your life. Stay with your healthy life style. God bless your always.
Learn from Spark people each day.

Smile Joyce



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KSNANA2 8/24/2011 9:12PM

    Beautiful blog! Reading it makes me very happy and inspired. You are a true blessing.
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REBELBLITZ 8/24/2011 11:25AM

    Linda, I am so proud of you. You have regained your health and vitality. You have added years to your life.

You are an inspiration to many.

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PATTILYNN224 8/24/2011 7:46AM

    You know Linda a lot of people on Spark are inspirational and motivating and funny.

You my SP friend are a gift sent to me by God. You touch my heart in so many ways. Your quotes lift my spirit and I am so blessed to be able to read and learn from what you have to say. I too pray that you have 100 more years.

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QTEALADY20031 8/23/2011 6:16PM

    Hi! This is a wonderful blog emoticon. I know I want to make it to 100 and enjoy a healthy happy life. You are doing great! I have to lose about 60 lbs so I am on my way.
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KAYTIE22 8/22/2011 7:48PM

    What an awesome blog and look how far you have come and what milestones you have reached! Congratulations on recognizing what you wanted, deciding how to go about it and then going out and making it happen.

Thanks for writing such a wonderful blog to motivate and encourage others. Continued success - I know you are going to make it all the way!

Marcia



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IOWAGRAMMA 8/22/2011 5:26PM

    Linda, thank you for sharing your dream and for the inspiring thoughts. It is obvious that you now have control of your life and that you are making great strides--literally!! Best wishes to you as you continue in your journey. Jeannie
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JILL313 8/22/2011 5:19PM

    Hi Linda, What a wonderful and well thought out blog. . .I sure can relate more to your before life than your after as I still need my cane and don't know what I'd do without my handicapped parking sign. I've lost less than 1/2 what you've lost so I am a very long way to go--but you give me hope that I will be once again more active in my life. I'd love to be 100 and healthy. I still want to lose over 100#s and then maybe I'll want to write a blog like yours. You are awesome and I am so happy for you.

Hugs,

Jill

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CANBDONE 8/22/2011 4:22PM

    Thanks for reminding me why I'm doing this!

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MADKAPKID 8/22/2011 3:19PM

    Linda, my friend, this is an awesome blog. I keep saying it to you...but, truly mean it...YOU are an amazing friend and woman. Have a joy filled day, Karen emoticon

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JINLYNN 8/22/2011 2:44PM

    Wonderful uplifting blog - both my parents have lived into their 90's - my grandparents into their mid 80's. So it is not impossible for me to do the same IF I stay on track and take positive steps to get healthy. Thanks so much for your inspirational blog - it is great motivational reading for me, and for other too.
Thanks for sharing and challenging me to not slack off.


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ESILBO 8/22/2011 1:44PM

    GREAT BLOG, THANK YOU FOR THE INSPIRATION YOU GIVE ME AND OTHERS

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RONIREDD 8/22/2011 9:06AM

    Thank you,

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GRAMLORI 8/22/2011 8:45AM

    I am right with you....my first inspiration to lose was when I thought of my grandkids, and I only had 2 then. Now I have 3 1/2 and that's only 2 out of 5 kids, so I know there's more to come. I've lost a brother and a sister, so I have to be here for my mom....I want her to live to be 100. She is 75 and in great health, so that's very possible. I want to live to be 100 also, I've only had 6 1/2 years with my DH and realized he's too good of a husband to cut our life short, so I have to be healthy to keep up with that army guy! I am very thankful for my SP friends, too.
Keep up the good work!
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CRYSTAL8488 8/22/2011 1:13AM

    Wow, what an inspirational blog! I love it. I'm so glad you were able to find spark people, and get your life back. Congratulations on your success! Thanks for sharing. :) emoticon

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ERLYWA 8/21/2011 11:58PM

    Absolutely beautiful blog. You are such a strong woman and you inspire me.
Thank you for sharing this, it really touched me...

Hugs!

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YOOVIE asked…

Saturday, August 13, 2011

“How are you celebrating the DIY Challenge Finale?”

With pride and a pat on the back!



Yay, I’m a finisher… I learned long ago that saying “yes” to every thing is the road to failure for me. So I don’t join in unless I’m committed to following through. It’s okay to say no. If you bite off more than you can chew you just may choke so I’m learning that moderation leads to balance which in turn can be reason for lots of celebrating. So this weekend we will have plenty of opportunity to exercise (so I’m ready for the final weigh-in) and then end each day by clinking glasses over candlelight.



While enjoying homemade meals of marinated wild pacific mahi mahi with sweet mango and roasted peppers, whole wheat noodles, broccoli, sliced tomatoes, from the garden, with feta cheese. BBQ chicken with more roasted garden veggies and fettuccini.









Beautiful food to nourish the body, mind, & soul. Remembering that you are what you eat so eat the best. My healthy journey isn’t all about what I can’t eat any more… it’s all about what I can and how empowered I’ve become since joining SparkPeople when I thought of food as my frenemy. What a concept!!

Thank you YOOVIE for the challenge. It was awesome just like YOU…

And if you are a DIY teammate and would like a pat on the back… step right up.



Above all remember…



So first and foremost FINISH what you start.



Otherwise…


  
  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

FITMOMTO4 9/14/2011 10:15PM

    Great Job!! By the way would you come cook for me!? lol The food looks great!!!

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ASHARON 9/14/2011 8:16PM

    Love it~ You did wonderful and great.
What a beautiful meal, too!!!

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JENBELLE13 9/14/2011 5:36PM

    Great job on finishing!! Love the picture messages!!

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YOOVIE 9/14/2011 5:16PM

    love thisssssssssssssssssss

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IONA72 8/19/2011 3:46AM

    Great blog, great advice, thanks! emoticon emoticon

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JUSFOLK 8/17/2011 10:15PM

    Wow...this is a great blog. Where do you find these creative pix?

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CANBDONE 8/16/2011 7:56AM

    Finding you this morning is like opening a present! I love your way with words. I'm a widow,too. My Beloved was called Home two years and one month ago. The doctor offered me anti-depressants two weeks after it happened...instead I chose to gain 50 pds.! I'm fighting my way out of the food fog.

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SUNNY2010 8/14/2011 4:11PM

    Another great blog from you, Linda! A huge pat in the back from me too!!!
And those grilled veggies look so yummy.
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PATTILYNN224 8/14/2011 12:51PM

    Yup. Been thinking lately about "A year from now you will have wish you started today". That's where I'm at.

Thanks for the blog.

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VTMAID 8/14/2011 9:58AM

    I love the saying about if hunger isn't the problem then eating isn't the solution. I have never heard that before!
Hugs,
Karen

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HAPPYSOUL91 8/14/2011 9:52AM

    There sure is a lot of wisdom in your words!

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IOWAGRAMMA 8/14/2011 8:55AM

    Good going, Linda!! So glad to hear of your success and your comments are spot-on! I'll have to give this more thought as it sure has a lot of implications for me. Thanks. Jeannie

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ERLYWA 8/14/2011 12:28AM

    What a wonderful blog! It's so nice to hear you are doing so well! Keep up the great work :)

Sending you big hugs!
Erika



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FRANCO1230 8/14/2011 12:02AM

    Ooohh, my, my, my....that food.....and those fresh veges! Can I just say, "YUM!" Congrats on a job well done, and a HUGE pat on the back from me. emoticon

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GRANPATTIE 8/13/2011 11:37PM

    Linda, the pictures of all that fresh food grilled to perfection made me really want those meals. I've been having a problem with follow through recently...in challenges and in mailing things...sorry! I need to pattern myself after you, I think.

Pattie

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JILL313 8/13/2011 10:56PM

    Linda, You are so right as I still have a tendency not to follow through on things I start not only with SP but in my personal life. I can't begin to tell you how many knitting projects I've started and never finished. . .We only should sign up and follow those that we know we will complete. Thank you for the reminder! Just looking at all that beautiful and healthy food made my mouth water--but it's just mouth hunger not stomach hunger--LOL!

Hugs,

Ji
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KSNANA2 8/13/2011 10:00PM

    Really enjoyed the blog today! I AM feeling really good about myself at the moment. I am finding I feel better since starting SP and learning to make better choices.
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ESILBO 8/13/2011 9:46PM

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LISE

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MADKAPKID 8/13/2011 9:46PM

    Linda...what an awesome blog. AND with a SUPER message. I have a problem with biting off more than I can chew. I am working on that though. AND...the grilled foods on the blog look SOOOOOO good! GOOD healthy food that makes you want to DIG IN! YUMMO! Have a joy filled day, Karen emoticon

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