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The road to success is dotted with many tempting parking places.

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Half a month ago I was half way to goal. Since then I’ve re-gained half of what I lost in the month of October. I’m not half way surprised because I’ve been half-assed about the whole eating and exercising thingy for the first half of November. I’m not completely disappointed in myself.. yep, you guessed it… I’m only half disappointed. Because I’ve also learned to be gently and forgiving. I am only human and I’ve been pretty much on point for almost 17 months now and have made incredible progress. In fact I’m still Sparking because I know if I quit now those 70 pounds are going to jump right back on my wagon and all my hard work will be for not.

San Diego John posted a blog last Sunday saying there were only seven weeks left in 2011, until New Years Day. That was an eye opener and I thanked him for the heads up. It reminded me that small goals made up of weeks instead of months are a good way to refocus my efforts on the prize. My prize is finishing the year healthier and happier than I did 2010. I’ve had an incredible year of growth... physically, emotionally, and mentally but my weight loss has slowed way down. And there’s no reason to pretend I don’t know why. My portion sizes have increased… I didn't track that garlic bread I had with dinner last night. I entered 30 minutes of strength training on Mondays exercise chart and forgot to do it… wait, did I really forget??? No not really, my day got away from me and I was tired in the evening and figured 20 trips to the dumpster counted. But, it didn’t or I wouldn’t have gained another pound.

With six and a “HALF” weeks until New Years Day 2012 I'm going to kick it up a notch and be more than half way honest with myself again. Back to tracking and portion control. Back to exercising daily. Back to being half way to goal and then some… because I don’t want to feel half as good as I could for the next month and a half.

I’m not waiting until after Thanksgiving or Christmas or until New Years Day. Let’s finish up what we started this year and be ready for a brand new year in the best shape we can possibly be.

“Don't let the fear of the time it will take to accomplish something stand in the way of your doing it. The time will pass anyway; we might just as well put that passing time to the best possible use.” ~Earl Nightingale

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TEACHINMOM 12/6/2011 9:18AM

    GREAT BLOG!! I have 27 pounds to go to get off what I regained when I got half-assed myself - yup, regained 30 of my 72 pounds!! Could have been worse, I guess - definitely should have gotten control of it earlier though!! Great job doing just that and even if I did find your blog late, it's just what I needed to hear today!! Thanks!!
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JINLYNN 11/23/2011 7:59PM

    Wonderful positive attitude! Thanks for sharing your insight and the challenge to make the most of the time left in this year.
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PATTILYNN224 11/17/2011 6:53PM

    Oh Linda, I wish I had your attitude!!

Praying for a great week for you!

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JAK106 11/17/2011 7:14AM

    Thank you for sharing this. I can really relate to it.

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MISSY455 11/17/2011 12:26AM

    Very timely! Thanks for posting!
emoticon and I am recommitting to my plan as well! let's be healthier than we were at the end of 2010! WooHoo!

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FRANCO1230 11/17/2011 12:23AM

    It's such a darn difficult time of year, isn't it!?! Alright time to reverse all of our behinds out of those parking spaces and get our rears in gear!!! Just as the old adage goes, don't put off 'til tomorrow what you can do today. No waiting for 1-1-12....now is the time! Great attitude, Linda! You are so, right...don't beat yourself up, just get back to it!!! Bring it!!!

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MEEBELO 11/16/2011 10:28PM

    Thanks for writing this blog! I can so relate to what you're talking about as I've been slacking for the last few weeks. I'm going to take your advice and just move on, move forward and finish out the year focused and dedicated. We can do it!! emoticon

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TORTILLAFLATS 11/16/2011 9:32PM

    OH Linda, I thought I reconized you in that parking lot. No, I wasn't there too, honestly, I was just driving by, hmmmm
you do believe me don't you? LOL.

I really needed to hear what you said! Thanks for the great reminder. You said it well.

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JILL313 11/16/2011 8:49PM

    Linda, I so appreciate your honestly--You are Human After All--LOL! I'm so proud of all you've accomplished and even if you gained a few pounds and slipped up you're mindset now is where it has to be to continue to take off more pounds. Like Lise mentioned we've all been at the place you were at so I'm glad you're not being too hard on yourself. . .You are an awesome Lady and I trust that you will watch your portions and do the exercise necessary to make Your WL Goal Come True. I really admire You.

Hugs,

Jill

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IOWAGRAMMA 11/16/2011 8:21PM

    Love it, love it! So true and I'm with you 100% on this one. It's amazing that we have to live to be our age before we begin to get some great insight, isn't it? I'm betting on you...and actually, I'm betting on me, too, because I'm feeling pretty confident right now and plan to capitalize on it. I've actually started using my tracker as my daily planner--what I plan to eat and then do it, but change it if I don't. On the other hand...I can't seem to do that with the exercise and have to track that only AFTER I've done it! Go figure! We just have to keep on keeping on!!! Hugs, Jeannie
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POPSY190 11/16/2011 4:05PM

    Loved the title of this blog!
Also love your attitude and humour. You'll get there! emoticon

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ESILBO 11/16/2011 4:05PM

    LINDA YOU ARE SO RIGHT, JUST GO BACK ON WITH ALL THE HONESTY YOU HAVE, NOT THE HALF...LOL...WE UNDERSTAND, WE ARE ALL IN THE SAME BOAT AND WE CAN DO IT...THANKS FOR SHARING
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Half way to goal…

Sunday, October 30, 2011



I put a sticky note on my Spark calendar to write a blog when I reached 254.5 pounds. That’s my half way mark to goal and I figured a good time to Spark. But I’m not really half way because I have no idea when I’ll reach my goal and I’ll tell you why.

When I joined Sparkpeople the guide lines for setting up nutrition goals and a tracker required a starting weight and a goal weight. The starting weight was easy… painful to admit in public but easy… the scale said “326” so I entered it. The goal weight? Not so easy. Initially I wasn’t even sure I’d lose weight. So I checked the insurance guidelines for my height at 5’ 8”, honestly I think I’ve shrunk or my DH is growing because every time I braid his ponytail I have to reach even higher so I really must have my height checked the next time I go to the doctors. According to the life insurance underwriters the standard weight for a female my height is 155 pounds. On my wedding day in 1980 I weighed 151 pounds. I had just finished up a 9 month protein sparing fast and had lost 125 pounds. At that time I was half the age I am today, wildly in love, working two part time jobs and raising three children ages 6, 7, and 10. Frankly, 151 was too thin for me. Eighteen months later after having another baby at 35, I weighed 175 pounds and felt that that was the perfect weight for me…. and I was happy. Still not sure what the healthy weight for a 5’ something 64 year old woman was I thought hey, “143” would be the perfect amount to lose since I’d been using that special number online for over a decade. It’s an old pager code; remember pagers and beepers? It means “I Love You!” So one simple subtraction problem later I came up with a goal weight of 183 pounds. Close enough to 175, under 200, well into “Onederland” and maybe just “lucky” enough that I may reach it some day. So 326 minus 143 equals 183. I’m 254.6 today…. half way to goal.

Just the loss of 71.5 pounds is well worth a blog or two but more importantly than my weight are all the “NSG” I’ve realized. Maybe you’ve seen other Sparklers refer to that abbreviation and wondered what it stands for? I did, many months ago, but continued on my SparkAdventure hell bent on moving the numbers on the scale. Until one day when I realized how great I felt and how much more I was able to do and how completely my life had changed for the better. At the time I wasn’t even near being half way to goal but decided that there really are many, many “None Scale Goals” that earmark successes worth celebrating along our path as we continue the journey of living healthy.

Sparkpeople is a process that takes time and effort. The tools are available, the motivation is every where and the support is endless. Although I spin the wheel daily, enter every thing that crosses my lips and participate in team exercise challenges I no longer concentrate on how many points I can earn a day or measure my progress against others who exercise more, lose faster, or blog better.

Instead my journey has evolved to measuring my progress by beating my personal best and living life to the fullest. Granted some days are easier than others… I’m far from perfect but have enjoyed many successes and for one reason and one reason only. I have not quit. Oh, I’ve had my finger hovered above the post button more than once ready to declare that “I’m taking a SparkBreak.” I’ve had bags of candy in my shopping cart, second servings on my plate and tears in my eyes when the scale moves in the wrong direction. It’s scary how easy it would be to give up, gain weight and feel like crap again. But I’m half way to goal now and those 16 months it took to get here have been wonderful. The next eight months are enticing me to see what I can accomplish come my 65th birthday and second SparkVersary. Yep, I’m half way to goal and nothing is going to stop me now…. Not even me.

And especially NOT these............



Thanks to all my Sparkfriends who have celebrated with me this weekend. Stay strong and don’t let those Treats Trick you into making poor choices this Halloween.


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CHATTIEGIRL 11/15/2011 9:33PM

    Hi Linda;

You are doing so well and staying focused on loosing and reaching your goal. Stay with your healthy life style and being a good Sparker. Each day I get on and do my points, blogs, post everything because I am by myself and love talking to the people on Spark. God bless you always. Learn something new every day.

Smile Joyce

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VTMAID 10/31/2011 1:58PM

    Linda, that was a wonderful blog. Thanks so much for sharing it with us!
Hugs,
Karen

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FRANCO1230 10/31/2011 11:18AM

    "...there really are many, many “None Scale Goals” that earmark successes worth celebrating along our path as we continue the journey of living healthy."

LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this!!! And, I couldn't agree more!


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KSNANA2 10/31/2011 9:32AM

    I just brought the Halloween candy out of hiding to get ready for tonight. I store it up high where I need a ladder to get to it, then make sure I store my little step ladder on a different level of the house! So the time between now and tonight is really a worry to me. But I have been shoring myself up with reading blogs on SP, and I think I can DO IT! Thanks!
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TXMEMAW6 10/31/2011 9:22AM

    What an encouraging word. Thank you. I really needed to hear that today. Congratulations on your weight loss to date. Keep up the good work, especially "striving to beat your personal best and living life to the fullest." I'm with you on that one. I think I will make that my motto also. I'm really proud of your success.
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MISSY455 10/30/2011 10:05PM

    emoticon on your progress to date! You are doing emoticon Great blog!!!

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LITTLEBJANET 10/30/2011 8:35PM

    Wonderful blog and testimony to your perseverance. I think one of the best NSGs is to look at the picture evidence of changes made as you lose. "Weigh" to Go (going, and gone!)
Happy Halloween
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JILL313 10/30/2011 8:17PM

    Great Blog Linda and love reading it and the great progress and NSG you've had. I'm about 5'8" now as I've shrunk an inch the last few years--maybe you're 5'7" now? You really make me think about what my goal weight should be. It's an individual thing as we're all built different some of us are big boned while others who are much more delicate structured would likely have different goal weights even though they are the same height. Like you, I had no idea what to put down as my goal weight so I remembered liking 160#s but that was when I was 30+ years younger. I have a little ways to go but my motto is I'll never quit on myself as I also see NSG myself. I'm so happy for your progress as your looking really good and sound happier--I am too with myself! I'm with you as I move forward slowing in getting these pounds off and feeling better all the time. I love your motto move more & eat less as I still remember your blog on it. Take Care and I know we'll eventually get to the Finish Line when it's time.

Love,

Jill

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ESILBO 10/30/2011 8:07PM

    LINDA, WHAT A GREAT STATEMENT OF THE JOURNEY WE ARE ON...CONGRATS ON YOUR LOSS AND THANK YOU TO ENCOURAGE ME WHEN I NEED IT (LIKE TONIGHT)...
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LISE

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SM-ARTGIRL 10/30/2011 7:48PM

    "my journey has evolved to measuring my progress by beating my personal best and living life to the fullest"
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Congratulations on sticking with it no matter what!!!
Thanks for posting I feel inspired!

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IOWAGRAMMA 10/30/2011 7:27PM

    Yea, Linda!! Like you, I try to beat ME, not someone else and think I'm growing, but in a good way! Still learning, still doing what I need to do and not what others say I should. And...guess what...I also don't know what my "goal" is or should be! LOL! You'd think we could just read the chart and do it, but IMHO we have to do just like you said...when it feels right and you feel good, that's where it will be!! Congrats on such awesome progress! Go, Linda!!!! Hugs, Jeannie

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JOANNS4 10/30/2011 7:06PM

    I will be changing my goal weight as I lose. When I started at Sp I weighed 234 lbs., I lost 40 lbs. in two years and reset my ticker later on. I have my goal at 175 and will again reset it if I feel like I need to lose more.

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HEALTHYMEEMS 10/30/2011 6:25PM

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SparkPeople theme song.....

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Need support? Always remember you can "Lean on me"


Speedy143

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GRANPATTIE 10/27/2011 10:39PM

    This is PERFECT for a Spark theme song. and YOU are perfect for a Spark friend.

Pattie

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GINGER1OF16 10/26/2011 5:53PM

    Gotta love it! Thank you! emoticon

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YIGOBUTTERFLY 10/26/2011 7:09AM

    Thanks!

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JINLYNN 10/26/2011 12:50AM

    What a wonderful video - it really touched my heart. Thanks for sharing it.

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JOANNS4 10/25/2011 7:53PM

    Oh this is so beautiful. emoticon

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MADKAPKID 10/25/2011 7:44PM

    Linda....This little blog....is HUGE when it comes to touching my heart. YOU are such a special lady! I wish I were there to just give you a hug. YOU bless us all with your friendship....Have a joy filled day...Karen emoticon

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JILL313 10/25/2011 6:12PM

    Linda, This is so Beautiful and so appropriate right now. I know I couldn't get anywhere without my family and friends including the wonderful Spark ones. Thanks for sharing this--just wonderful!

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IOWAGRAMMA 10/25/2011 5:51PM

    Linda, you have no idea how much I needed this today. It's been a struggle, and like Lise said, it brought me to tears just now. Thanks for sharing! Jeannie

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ESILBO 10/25/2011 5:02PM

    WOW... BEAUTIFUL, IT BROUGHT TEARS TO MY EYES...THANKS
HUGS
LISE

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X5X52000 10/25/2011 4:51PM

    nice 1

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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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    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...
Hugs
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
HUGS
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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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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