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The 5 D’s of Dieting....

Friday, November 12, 2010



I came across some scribbled notes I had taken back in September about tips to help stave off cravings so with the holidays just around the corner I thought I’d share them with my SparkFriends in case you may have missed these five simple techniques.



The next time you are between meals/snacks and have a craving try to…..

Delay…. be mindful, take 10-15 minutes before you give in to your craving. emoticon

Distraction…. email a friend, make a call, drink a glass of water or do a chore.



Distance…. avoid foraging and keep food out of sight so it’s out of mind as well.

Determine… why do I want to eat? Is it emotional or physical?



Decide… again being mindful of your choice, decide what it is you really want and always record it on your nutrition tracker. emoticon

  
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ERICA071678 12/3/2010 10:20AM

    Cool!

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YIGOBUTTERFLY 11/14/2010 7:11AM

    I record it and then my calorie count goes too high. emoticon

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CLAVINOVA 11/13/2010 8:24PM

    Thanks for the 5 D's - every little extra help is great over the holidays! Have a Delightful weekend!

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ROCKPORT9 11/13/2010 11:11AM

    I so needed a reminder. I had a wonderful healthy eating day yesterday until 7 pm....and then emotional eating. Good grief! I am going to post this reminder. Thank you!

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JOANNS4 11/13/2010 10:05AM

    These are just great to remember. One day at a time. Thanks for sharing.
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ZINNER44 11/13/2010 8:54AM

    Great tips.... emoticon for sharing. Have a great day.

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PENGUINROSS 11/13/2010 1:15AM

    Timely reminder of great skills to use to avoid mistakes. thank you.

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DRB13_1 11/13/2010 12:57AM

    Nice reminder! emoticon

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JOANOFSPARK 11/13/2010 12:37AM

    Loved your blog.....and as others have said, very timely......*grin* what I wanna know is if you took a pic of me sneaking my snacks.....roflol!!;0 well, not now, but once upon a time, that would have been me especially if I were watching tv, or reading...:) thanks for sharing the tips... emoticon

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FXYGMA 11/12/2010 11:52PM

    I like those, thanks for sharing.

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ERLYWA 11/12/2010 11:49PM

    Great tips!! Thanks for sharing :)

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MTULLY 11/12/2010 10:18PM

    Incredibly clever and easy to remember! Very timely! Thank you so much for sharing!
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SUSIEPH1 11/12/2010 10:04PM

    How delightfully presented and just so apt! Well done linda.
definately very professional. A very timely blog especially with the holiday period almost upon us .. Hugs Susie

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I’ve slayed the Halloween Dragon!!!

Monday, November 01, 2010


I was more than just a little bit worried about Halloween this year and kept reminding myself that most things I obsess about are never as bad as I think they are going to be BUT that didn’t stop me. In a way that was OK too because it gave me plenty of time to “make a plan”, another thing I’m really good at doing along with list-making, and as a result I was prepared. Warrior Speedy



Firstly, we didn’t buy any candy this year. I learned when visited by the Halloween Past Ghost that if there’s candy in the house I will eat it even if it’s not the stuff I like. And I will eat it all before Halloween and go get more and then buy more bags after Halloween when it goes on sale and eat that ‘til it’s gone. Bad Speedy

Secondly, this year we bought prepackaged individually wrapped single serving Halloween decorated microwavable popcorn in bulk (44 bags) and left the box unopened in the garage. It stayed unopened until Halloween night at 5PM when we took half of it to our kid’s house to pass out to our family. The leftovers will remain in the garage and can be used at a later date. Good Speedy


Lastly, I woke up Halloween morning and had lost another pound so the thrill of success out weighed the excitement of actually planning on allowing my self to indulge while Trick-Or-Treating with our five grandkids later that night. Awesome Speedy


Facing the dragon…. While Trick-Or-Treating I was able to walk a good distance with the whole family, something I haven’t been able to do for a long time, and totally enjoyed several of the smallest bite size Three Musketeers I’ve ever seen. Satisfied Speedy


It was a wonderful Halloween. On the way home I got the giggles thinking about the fact that there’s no candy at our house and I now know exactly how I’m going to handle next year and the all the years after that….. I’ve finally slayed the Halloween Dragon and I’m burning all the Jack-O-Lanterns in effigy. Sparked Speedy

  
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JO2TOM 11/9/2010 10:58PM

    i love the popcorn idea. Really great idea. Hope I remember it for next year. I bought lots of candy I don't like, so it is in a ziploc bag in my work stuff to take there. It will just sit around here, and maybe someone at work will like it.

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LISA0517 11/8/2010 2:06PM

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Sounds like you had a wonderful and healthy Halloween!
Go Speedy!! emoticon

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FXYGMA 11/2/2010 8:12PM

    Awesome blog and great idea with the microwave popcorn. I didn't buy candy either. I did however make cookies and took a plate full to the few families with kids and a couple without (around my apartment complex)then took the rest over to my daughters house and she took some of the cookies & put them out for the girls in the cookie jar and the rest she put in the freezer for later on. We went over to the church across the street and her 2 girls went trunk or treat and then they did a couple houses in their complex. emoticon So happy for you that you slayed the dragon though emoticon job!

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MRSSTUP 11/2/2010 12:47PM

    You go girl!! Love the pictures and the attitude.
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KESTRIE 11/2/2010 9:36AM

    emoticonYou kicked some candy butt!! emoticon
And it's so much more meaningful to be able to walk around on Halloween with your family. It's not really all about the candy. Kids, cute costumes, and family fun are way better than too much candy. (A little candy is OK, of course!) emoticon

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...And I second the Super Speedy costume idea!! emoticon
You could just dress up as Super Speedy any day and post pictures!! emoticon

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JESSIELOVE78 11/2/2010 8:48AM

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KIMJEWKES 11/2/2010 8:36AM

    Good job and great tips :) Keep up the great work!

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LBEEKMA 11/2/2010 12:54AM

    Great job...love the photos!

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KSHANTL 11/2/2010 12:29AM

    Very Good. It is the beginning of a tough season... to start it off with a bang is great. Congrats.

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JAKEANDNELLIE 11/1/2010 11:01PM

    Fantastic job! You are my new hero - in fact, you could have worn a super-hero costume for trick-or-treating!
Sheila

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PAULAPOOH4 11/1/2010 10:14PM

    Great Job....Wonderful Blog!!!!

Keep up the good work, you motivate all of us. I can't wait to read your next blog!!!

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PSMITH3841 11/1/2010 10:13PM

    emoticon Great Blog...Congrats on Slaying that Dragon! emoticon

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ZOEJADA 11/1/2010 10:04PM

    Great blog!

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CLAVINOVA 11/1/2010 10:04PM

    Great Job!!! You are really motivated now and that makes a huge difference - keep it up and have a great week.

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KLH1982 11/1/2010 9:57PM

    Ohhh if I could only follow in my Mom's footsteps haha! Good job Mom!

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SUSIEPH1 11/1/2010 9:42PM

    Loved your blog !! Great photos !! Well done on slaying the Dragon!! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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LAURIETAIT 11/1/2010 9:41PM

    WEll done! You're a stronger woman than me! Do you give warrior lessons?

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ACIMPEGGY 11/1/2010 9:40PM

    Wonderful blog!!! Fantastic photos! AND GOOD JOB, SPEEDY WOMAN!!! (I allow myself 1-2 of those 3 musketeers or snickers every couple days. I figure them in my allowances).

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WATCH OUT… giant potholes ahead!!!

Sunday, October 24, 2010



October is truly the month that gets the "FOOD" ball rolling at our house and Halloween is the gateway to what seems like an endless buffet through the holidays that won’t end until February 14th when Valentines Day arrives with 5 pound boxes of See’s Candy for the mother of all dessert parties. MMMMMMMMMMMMMMM See’s Candy *drool*

There’s actually three birthdays in September but October just escalates with an additional five. Essentially I’ve done very well and as long as I can stay away from the stores that offer Halloween candy on every aisle, even weeks after the fact, I think I may make it through October. At least that’s what I thought I was going to be able to do *sigh*


It all started last week when my weight loss came to a screeching halt. I was still staying within my calorie range of 1200-1500 and had even upped my exercise while participating in a SparkPeople Fall Challenge… shout out to the “Shooting Stars” hey-hey!!! No biggie I thought plateaus happen I usually loose inches so it didn’t faze me. Marching on the scale finally responded… well it didn’t respond the way I wanted it to. Up a pound one day. Up another a few days later. WTF!!! The child in me crossed her arms and stomped her feet and claimed “I’m not going to change my ticker, so there!!!” Then another pound up *weep*

By now I was discouraged and that ‘ole voice began to whisper that four letter word in BOTH my ears… “QUIT” You are lying about what you weigh… just look at your ticker you big fat liar!!!! *grrrrr*


But I didn’t quit… and as I struggled with that demon to eat every thing in sight I learned more about that damaged little girl inside… I listened to her cries to be fed and comforted. She wailed so loud one night I thought the neighbors were going to complain. She acted out a couple times and got ugly with her DH but I didn’t let the pothole derail my journey *WooHoo*


Today I got on the scale again and I was up almost three more pounds… O-M-G, I am a loser, I can’t do any thing right, I’m a waste of skin, how could I possibly have thought I had any control of my life, I don’t deserve to be successful, happy, loved, healthy……. *crash*

My poor husband was sitting right there when I got on the scale and started hurling the insults at myself. The look on his face broke my heart. He was devastated and I was crushed to think that how I felt about myself affected him so much. I just couldn’t believe I’d gained six pounds in a week so I stepped back on the scale and it was up another 52 pounds… got on again down more than 100 pounds!!!! *blink-blink*

Obliviously, my scale needs an exorcism!!! I was so happy I hadn’t picked it up and threw it through a window. It never crossed my mind that there was something wrong with my scale… I blamed myself instead, as usual, and had tittered on the brink of undoing all the progress I’d made so far by giving in and feeding that hungry soul who thinks food is the answer to EVERYTHING.


My DH has been researching the purchase of a new scale as I write this blog and I’m sure we will be off to buy a new one today. In the mean time I’m prepared for whatever it says I weigh and even more resolved to stay the course no matter how many potholes lie ahead because I learned another life lesson that I can jot down in the margin of my roadmap to a healthier life style.

WATCH OUT…. Giant potholes ahead!!!

  
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KSHANTL 10/27/2010 12:25AM

    To often I get caught up in what the scale has to tell me as well. When it is happy... and feeling positive... I lose a pound here and there. But being the bi-polar scale that it is... there are days when it is vengeful... mean... and being just plain bullish... and I find it will add on multiple pounds... or read 'E'

I can't tell you how many scales have gotten chucked... always in search of a non-judgmental one... hasn't happened yet.

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ME2THESHELL 10/26/2010 2:45AM

    Aww what a mean scale. LOL I hope your new scale is kind to you. ^_^

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TUBLADY 10/25/2010 12:49PM

    As I read the blog I thought OH NO, you can't have gained. Was so happy when i got to the part about the scale being on the blink. Yes you do need a new scale.
i have a digital one that I just love. It even stores in memory what the last weight was so you know right away what you have lost.
I would say don't weigh every day . Once a week the same time in the same undress(naked) is the best.
If you have to weigh more often, in the middle of the week is a good time. I have to confess I do that sometimes just to see what i have to do to get the weight loss for the week .
this time of year is especially hard on us foodies. With the cooler weather, wanting to eat more hardy foods. With all the holidays coming up. Now is the time to be careful of what and how much we eat. And how much we exercise.
Don't ever think QUIT again. That is a a word that should be banded from your vocabulary.
good luck on buying a good dependable scale.
Have a nice day.
Your friend, Tisha

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KRIGER 10/25/2010 11:28AM

    I bitterly hate the scale. Mine is a spring variety and is a little tempermental also. I try not to get on it very often-once a week is too much for me really but I am in the challenge so we weight weekly. I do better to weigh in once a month especially when I am staying true to my program- less head games for me. I understand where you are coming from, completely. Maybe we both need to invest in a new scale??

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JAKEANDNELLIE 10/25/2010 9:14AM

    Definitely time to retire that scale and give life to a new one!
I can just imagine how frustrated you were! It speaks to your inner strength and desire to improve your life that you didn't give up but continued to push forward.
We can all learn a lesson from your experience!
Stay positive!
Sheila

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PLAYBLUES22 10/25/2010 8:40AM

    Sweetie, awesome emoticon

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YIGOBUTTERFLY 10/25/2010 4:17AM

    Hope you get a good number on the new scales.

Jane on Guam

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SURFKITTY 10/25/2010 1:50AM

    Haha I want that scale, down 100 lbs! Woohoo!

I know the feeling though, this past week or so has been bad for me too, I've been fighting temptations the last couple weeks, I dunno if it's the weather change or the holidays coming (what is up with Christmas stuff in stores at the beginning of October?) or what. And I finally gave in and bought some Halloween candy. But not a whole bag. Just "enough." And now a new week is starting and I'm gonna just start over ... again. I've done it before. We all have.

You'll do it too, just the fact you're writing about your struggles is half the battle (and it helps you be accountable too.) And who knows, maybe when you get that new scale you'll find you didn't actually gain as much (or any) weight after all.

BTW I really like your blog, and I love your use of visual images, it really makes my day.

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ZOEJADA 10/24/2010 10:20PM

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SUSIEPH1 10/24/2010 8:28PM

    emoticon emoticon Cangratulations Linda !! Well written and well done ..You will find the scales are wrong I am sure .. anyway if not don't sweet the small stuff. Just stay on track and all will be well ... emoticon emoticon emoticon

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ACIMPEGGY 10/24/2010 7:45PM

    I'm so happy for you! I only weigh once a week, first thing in the morning, almost naked with the scale in the same place each time.

Daily says SP...can't be counted on to be true weight. There's too much variation...is it that time of the month? Have you been using the bathroom regularly? Have you had more sodium than usual?...etc., etc., etc.

We gave a digital 'weight watcher's' scale. We really like it!

Have a better week, honey...and don't forget: NO MATTER WHAT there is no reason to be down on yourself!!!! Ever! "Every day in every way I'm getting better and better."

Love to you and DH.... emoticon

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JETERSGAL729 10/24/2010 7:43PM

    Wow that's something your scale messing with your head like that! Glad you figured it out!! :)

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KESTRIE 10/24/2010 5:32PM

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My husband likes to have a ceremonial "Destruction of the Appliance that Does Not Listen" every time something like that happens in our house.

Couldn't find a hammer in our list of emoticons, so how about some emoticonto blow that emoticonto smithereens!!!

Can't wait to read about your new
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As I evolve so do my rewards =]

Wednesday, October 13, 2010



This week’s personal challenge is to post a blog telling what rewards you have given yourself and the milestones you reached to earn them. What is the next reward you are working to reach and what milestone is involved? From the Over 60 with 100 to 200 Pounds to Lose Team.

I had posted a blog titled Goals/Rewards back on July 15th… when I went and read it I was so surprised to see the emotional growth I’ve made in less than three months. Needless to say I cut and pasted it here but have edited it, a lot, to reflect the NEW and improved me.


MY GOALS & REWARDS:

10 pounds…. 7/15/10 emoticon New scale (my old one sucked, a 20 year old hand-me-down that I had to get on and off of four times and then take the middle number as my weight loss for the day grrrrrrr) My DH went out the day I lost 10 pounds and bought it for me. emoticonfor my sweetie.

20 pounds…. Get my hair cut 8/25/10 emoticonActually got it cut on 9/16/10, more than three weeks after the fact. Epic fail for putting it off for sooooo long. Learned a great deal about the “old” me during this time and made a lot of emotional progress. Turned out to be a win-win situation emoticon

30 pounds…. Originally I was going to get new clothes but I was able to wear outfits I’d conveniently forgotten I had “out-grown” and as my newer things began fitting better I chose to change my 30 pound loss reward to a wii. emoticonWhen I was within two pound of my goal I bought it so I would be sure to have it on hand and not take weeks to reward myself like I did with the haircut. It sat unopened on the sideboard where I could see it for a week before I reached -30 pounds. Seeing it everyday was a huge motivation. emoticon9/24/10 turning exercise into fun, fun, FUN emoticon

40 pounds…. Naturally I moved the new clothing reward to the 40 pound loss because I know there won’t be anything in the house that will still fit me by then. Alas, another “Ah-Ha” bell rung loud and clear while completing this challenge and I decided that clothing shouldn’t be a reward…. clothing is a necessity. I want to reward myself with something special that will reflect the hard work and tenacity that went into turning my whole life around. I want something lasting that I’ll have for a long time that will remind me how far I’ve come and keep me focused on the goals ahead. So I’m going to buy myself a pair of pretty earrings. Yes, jewellery!!!! Something I never get or give myself… a reward that will make me feel pretty every time I wear them. This goal is less than 7 pounds away so I’m going to start looking today because I’ve already saved for this reward and I want to be able to wear them ASAP! emoticonGo Speedy!!

50 pounds…. Guess what???? I’ve changed my mind again from the original blog on this reward as well. Thank goodness I had added this codicil…. “ I reserve the right to come back any time and change the rewards if I think of some thing else I like better… and I promise it won’t be food” emoticon

Originally my 50 pound reward was an overnight trip with my DH. That should have worked out just fine since our 30 year wedding anniversary is 12/28/10. But now that I’m treating myself with more respect and valuing my worth why should I reward myself with a get away that we should be planning anyway?!? I shouldn’t!!!!!!!! And since I’ve stopped “shoulding” on myself I’ve decided that my 50 pound reward will be …............
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It WILL be something beautiful to remind myself of how wonderful I am. Something reminiscent of this joy filled journey that I’m on. Something very special….. just for me emoticon

To be continued……..

  
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GINGER1OF16 10/16/2010 2:47PM

    Atta girl, Speedy. Through your blog, I can just feel the joy and enthusiasm you are experiencing. Keep up the great focus and ENJOY those rewards!
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LISA0517 10/14/2010 3:52PM

    I love this blog! And your statement about clothing being a necessity rather than a reward has me rethinking some of my rewards. Thank you for sharing these wonderful thoughts!



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RENE54 10/14/2010 3:02PM

    I love your blog. I also love the rewards you have picked. I can't wait to see what your reward will be for 50 pounds lost!! You go girl!!! emoticon emoticon

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MRSSTUP 10/14/2010 10:47AM

    Tricky Linda making us wait for your 50 pound reward. I would love to see the earrings you are going to get. emoticon on all your hard work!
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PLAYBLUES22 10/14/2010 7:18AM

    Sweetie, what a great blog, your growth is quite apparent and I love the fact you are valuing yourself

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DRB13_1 10/14/2010 1:16AM

    You're doing GREAT!!!
I haven't made a reward list for this very reason - I knew when I reached the goal, my reward probably would have changed.
Also, it is really hard for me to lose weight on the scale, so I'm doing MUCH better working toward Spark Streaks.
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JOANOFSPARK 10/14/2010 12:43AM

    Loved your blog; great rewards. Yeah, I understand where you are coming from about using necessities as rewards, though a pair of jeans might just show up on my reward list. That is not a necessity for me, and it has been eons since I wore any and I never was comfortable wearing them, I look forward to seeing your new earrings. I love jewelry but haven't gotten any for myself since I retired. Maybe it's time to put some on my list :0

Isn't it amazing to look back at some of your older blogs and see just how much you have evolved and grown. I was looking at some of my old notebooks where I had been dieting. It sounded good but there was no depth to it and needless to say all my efforts came to naught, or soon faded away. This time is different; not only am I totally committed this time but I have so much more knowledge about foods, nutrition and exercise.

This time we will do it.... Not only can do it but we will do it. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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SUSIEPH1 10/14/2010 12:05AM

    Hi Linda, just loved your blog !! so very special my friend .. Thank you so much for you r lovely comments on my blog I so apppriciate your constant support and encouragement.. Love Susie emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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JAKEANDNELLIE 10/13/2010 10:50PM

    I love the way you think! The growth you have shown is incredible. I agree with not using one of life's necessity's as a reward. We need to give ourselves things that are special and unique - things we would not normally consider for ourselves!
Stay positive!
Sheila

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ZOEJADA 10/13/2010 8:53PM

    Wow - great blog! I love your reward system and I'm going to strive to put a similar system together for me. I think that's the part I usually fall short - defining the rewards for the goals.

You are doing great and are an inspiration - keep it up!

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KSHAGGY 10/13/2010 8:11PM

    You are doing great and I love your reward system (especially the right to change as you evolve). I also love that you bought the wii early as motivation to open it! You are doing great! emoticon

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KESTRIE 10/13/2010 8:00PM

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Congrats on your Evolution!! You're doing so well!! Can't wait to see pics of your new earrings!! emoticon
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Anguish, sorrow and defeat…

Thursday, October 07, 2010



My favorite poem....

Footprints in the Sand

One night I dreamed I was walking along the beach with the Lord. Many scenes from my life flashed across the sky.

In each scene I noticed footprints in the sand. Sometimes there were two sets of footprints, other times there was one only.

This bothered me because I noticed that during the low periods of my life, when I was suffering from anguish, sorrow or defeat, I could see only one set of footprints, so I said to the Lord,“You promised me Lord, that if I followed you, you would walk with me always. But I have noticed that during the most trying periods of my life there has only been one set of footprints in the sand. Why, when I needed you most, have you not been there for me?”

The Lord replied, “My precious, precious child, I Love you and I would never leave you! During your times of trial and suffering when you see only one set of footprints, it was then that I carried you.” ~ Mary Stevenson, 1936

Thank you to all my SparkFriends who have walked with me through the process of finding my way. Just knowing we are all in this together and can take turns carrying each other on this journey gives me great hope for continued success. emoticonI promise I will carry you when you need a friend…….. Enjoy the video emoticon

www.youtube.com/watch?v=VpbUpP-mvHI

Footnote: The picture was taken by my daughter on her honeymoon six months ago... Thanks Katy & Ryan I know you both support me in everything I do emoticon

  
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KRIGER 10/25/2010 11:30AM

    I love this blog, Linda. We need to be reminded of that peom every now and again. It gave me chills to read it. Thanks.
-Kris

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MAMA_PICANTE 10/11/2010 11:50PM

    very sweet!

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SWEETLIPS 10/9/2010 10:50PM

    Very Nice and warm! emoticon

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CAROLYN0107 10/9/2010 5:59AM

    Thanks for sharing! God Bless you. Have a great weekend.

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SHORTCAKE48 10/8/2010 3:42PM

  Footprints is my favorite. I have a really nice one I cross stitched several years ago and have it hanging in my living room where I can see it often. During the low periods of life it is comforting to know He is carrying us in His arms.

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JOANOFSPARK 10/8/2010 2:05AM

    Love that poem; it always gives me goosebumps as well as a good feeling to know that He is always there.

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FXYGMA 10/7/2010 9:40PM

    I love that poem as well. The video was great as well. Thank you so much for sharing. I am reminded just how much everyone cares and how much they want to be there by the wonderful things they have said to inspire, encourage, and motivate me on this journey. I also try to do the same to my friends. We are in this together and for each other. Amen!

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LINOVER 10/7/2010 8:50PM

    This is also one of my favorite poems! I even have the cross stitch pattern for it but have not stitched it yet.

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ANGELBELIEVER 10/7/2010 8:45PM

    I love that poem and know it well. The picture is beautiful. with their footprints in it as well. Thanks for sharing something so beautiful.

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NANADERRICK 10/7/2010 7:35PM

    As so many others have said, that is such a beautiful poem and gives us all the reminder that we are NOT alone. Thank your for sharing and for the reminder. I love my sparkpeople friends and truly appreciate all the support.

Thanks Nancy

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MRSSTUP 10/7/2010 7:30PM

    Thank you Linda..Footprints in the Sand has always been a favorite of mine. The video and music were lovely.

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SUSIEPH1 10/7/2010 6:15PM

    Hi Linda,
Thank you so much for sharing that lovely poem and the link ... We all need comfort and encouragment at one time or another.
It is so wonderful that we have such a close knit community of friends in Sparks
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GRANPATTIE 10/7/2010 6:07PM

    Linda, This was absolutely beautiful. It's a message we can't hear too often. Putting it to music just enhances the message. Thanks!

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TUBLADY 10/7/2010 6:04PM

    Thak you for the reminder that we are not alone. i love that poem.

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TAFFIN2000 10/7/2010 5:58PM

    Thank you for the reminder that He carries us!

Beautiful picture.

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KATRIONAH 10/7/2010 5:26PM

    Linda,my friend,"FootPrints" is one of my very favorite poems. I have a small copy of it on my desk, serves as a constant reminder that I am never alone. This musical version you shared with us, gave me goosebumps. Thank you so much for sharing......Karen emoticon

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PLAYBLUES22 10/7/2010 5:14PM

    Thank you i think that is one of the most beautiful poems I have read in my lifetime emoticon

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