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close to Christmas

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

It has been a rough week.... On top of Hubby losing his job, the van is now broke down and not worth fixing... And on Saturday night we were woke up by the dreaded middle of the night phonecall...Rob (my hubby) his dad had been taken to emerg possible heart attack. So after 4 hrs we finally find out it wasnt and he is getting better.
The positive part is a Wonderful Christmas Angel left an Envelope containing $500 in my car. I am to make sure the kids get a good Christmas. Thank you my Angel...
I am 2 pds away from my end of year goal... So heres hoping i make it. I am trying my best to get there. I am trying very steadily to achieve this goal...
Incase i cant post again (my phone is funny about posting blogs) i would like to wish all my Spark Friends a Merry Christmas... Bless your family and friends...and Stay Safe.
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KEEPITSIMPLE_ 12/19/2012 9:39PM

    What an amazing blessing! Someone has a beautiful heart.

Merry Christmas to you and your family. I hope things are looking up for you all!



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NUTRON3 12/19/2012 9:06AM

    I love your attitude! I hope things gets better for you!!!

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THE_SHAKESHAFT 12/19/2012 3:07AM

    I hope you have a wonderful Christmas and a prosperous New Year.

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FUSIONFITNESS3 12/19/2012 2:30AM

    Not a week you want to repeat. However, what a blessing to receive some money to be able to give the kids a good Christmas.
Sounds like you'll be making your year end goal. Good for you.
I want to wish you a Merry Christmas too. Have some wonderful family time.
Maria

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holidays....

Friday, December 07, 2012

With 2 birthdays and Christmas and Hubby getting laid off i am sure going to be tested. And i would be lieing if i said i wasn't feeling some Stress. Bills are ok i make enough to cover those. But i have 0 money for Christmas.... Not even enough to do Stockings and 2 of my 3 believe in Santa. :-(
Everyone tells me its about the Holiday and not the gifts... And they are right i know that. But will kids understand that Christmas has become so Commercialized that they will not understand why there is nothing under the Tree. And its to late to get any help from the churches or programs in town.
I swore i would never disappoint my kids like their Father has numerous times... But i dont have a choice i have to ..... I could just cry..... :-(

  
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MAYBER 12/9/2012 9:48PM

    There are so many great programs in the cities today please go check them out
This is the time of year that the wealthy seem to give especially to the children
Yes it is hard to do but remember who you are doing it for your children
They are important and deserve what other have and someday you will be able to pay it forward
Have faith
One day at a time

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FUSIONFITNESS3 12/8/2012 2:22AM

    I understand that this can be very difficult for the kids. I apologize for my comments early which minimized your situation. I assumed it would be easy to just be involved with some meaningful activities and stated it wasn't always about the gifts.
I echo what others are saying about checking with the churches and agencies. There has to be some who are prepared to meet these "last" minute emergencies as you are experiencing.
Let us know how it works out.

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BAKER1009 12/7/2012 3:54PM

    Please check into the programs further. Even all the local news station if you have to. There are always people willing to help, and I am sure there is a secret santa just for your family!!

Hugs,
Beth

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CSAGIRL 12/7/2012 9:53AM

    I'll be thinking of you. There are a lot of toy drives in my area, and I know I've been donating to several of them. You might want to get in touch with one of those organizations, and let them know about your kids.

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KEEPITSIMPLE_ 12/7/2012 9:07AM

    I would re-check the church/churches all over your area. They help others all of the time, but be specific about in what your asking for and explain your struggle with the gifts and even a Christmas dinner. They are more likely to help with providing the "need", rather than giving money.

I would also check with the Salvation Army and other charitable organizations. Try as many as necessary.

And I would check out the Dollar Tree. That might be a good place to put a stocking together, If you have a little to work with.

My prayers are with you. Hugs!

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AJB121299 12/7/2012 8:23AM

    Sometimes the county children services might be able to help. Also go to a crafts store, they sometimes have days where one can make a free project. Good luck

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HOLLYS_NEW_LIFE 12/7/2012 8:18AM

    You really should check with the church, they ALWAYS seem to have planned for times like these. *hugs*

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frustrated....

Wednesday, December 05, 2012

I came home from my meeting happy cause i am done in weight! Yes..... Only to come home and find No Supper for me... The family ate everything without saving me a bite..and eat all my veggies to boot! oh boy did i snap....why all the veggies too! Nothing to eat now unless i go shop or in my frustration hit a drive thru. RRRRRRRRRR and i say its great the fam wants to eat healthy but why everything all at once. So i prepped what i had for tomorrow, and as for tonight not sure what i will end up eating... But it will not be drive thru.......frustration level 10

  
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FUSIONFITNESS3 12/7/2012 3:47AM

    Not fun. When I'm hungry and all the food's been eaten it enough to send me over the edge. I get what your saying. Good plan though not to let it sabbatoge your healthy eating. Sounds like you're determined not to hit the drive thru and that's a great plan. Must have been extremely tempting.

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LISAN0415 12/6/2012 10:17PM

    I hate it when my family eats all my "diet foods" (for lack of a better word).

Someones, I will come home, my 100 calorie snack packs are gone, they eat all my reduced fat cheese, just because it was easier for them to reach.

I have to put some of my food in a harder to reach place, everyone is welcome to eat whatever in my house, but it makes no snense to buy regular cheese and low fat, and they eat all my low fat cheese just because it was easier to see.

I had to eat a can of peas one day because some of my veggies went bad and most of my other food was gone.

I feel you!
Lisa

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SPIRALDOWN 12/6/2012 10:54AM

    Healthy somewhat.... Toast and cheese...and give into some Corn Twists

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SPIRALDOWN 12/6/2012 10:52AM

    Healthy somewhat.... Toast and cheese...and give into some Corn Twists

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NUTRON3 12/6/2012 7:39AM

    WoW!!!! Hope tomorrow, well today is better for ya!

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BAKER1009 12/6/2012 7:11AM

    My family would have been the ones running out to the store to restock the healthy foods and cooking me dinner to boot if they ever did something like that!!!
Sorry this happened to you. I hope you were able to work something out for yourself. Hang in there! Congrats on the loss too!!

Hugs,
Beth

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SPARKABELLA13 12/5/2012 9:51PM

    Wow, that's pretty inconsiderate. How about some healthy cereal or a bowl of oatmeal? You really should eat something.

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SPIRALDOWN 12/5/2012 9:30PM

    Truly .... And here i sit empty tummy and annoyed!

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JENNIK2 12/5/2012 8:53PM

    emoticon How irritating!

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LTMURPHY7 12/5/2012 8:47PM

 

Not considerate at all

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PAXTONBLUE 12/5/2012 8:46PM

    Ugh! That sucks. Sometimes families can be forgetful. Nothing sucks than tying to be good but then finding yourself with nothing to eat and an empty tummy.

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exercise

Tuesday, December 04, 2012

I am disappointed! Why you may say? Because i didnt realize how great exercise could be. I spent so much time ignoring it that i didnt realize what i was missing. Now i realize i was missing alot.
Whats everyone view on Organic vs Non-Organic? I am unsure... I must educate myself....
Hit the gym 2 days in a row feeling pretty stoked.... Loving it....

  
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SPIRALDOWN 12/5/2012 10:33PM

    Calgirl80 could u share the link to the "Dirty Dozen"

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CALGIRL80 12/5/2012 5:55PM

  I totally agree about the joy of exercise. My rule of thumb is if I eat the skin of the fruit of vegetable, I try and buy organic. I am blessed to live in Southern California so we have farmers markets year round. Shopping there saves quite a bit. It is a personal decision. For me, having grown up on a farm, I want to do what I feel is best for the farmer and the environment. Yet, I roll my eyes when I see "organic cookies." Usually most commercially produced cookies are processed. I was say if you have to choose between fresh non-organic or organic and canned/frozen. Pick the fresh. If cost is an issue choose to eat healthier whole foods rather than junk. Do what is best for you and your family.
One handout that I have often seen is "the dirty dozen". It is the most pesticide laden foods. Most friends I know on really tight budgets will only buy organic for these particular foods and purchase conventional for everything else.
Blessings on your journey.

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BAKER1009 12/5/2012 7:07AM

    So glad to hear you are finding a love for exercise. I think sometimes we look at some of the difficult aspects to exercise. For example, with me, that would be crunches. I hate them. But I don't have to do them either! There are plenty of forms of exercise I do love. We need to do what works best for us.

As for the organic. In the world of weight loss, I don't think it makes a big difference. And honestly, organic can be expensive. I only get it if it happens to be cheapest in the category of whatever I am buying. Fresh is best, regardless.

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FUSIONFITNESS3 12/4/2012 10:38PM

    Don't spend too much time regretting the past but think of all you have to look forward too because you've discovered exercise. It took me 54 years to discover exercise and real fitness. Too long really but I'm here now looking forward to another 5 km challenge, enjoying my time at the gym/pool 5 times a week, and looking for ways to bring it up a notch. Glad you've discovered the joy of exercising. Let's keep it going.
Maria

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goals

Monday, December 03, 2012

Have started my goal of gym three times a week. I made sure to sign up on line all 3 days.... December is my practice Run at how 2013 is going to work. 2013 is going to be about healing my bidy... Getting rid of Drive Thru food is this weeks goal...and being prepared! Having food on hand and menu prep for the week ahead.
Focus on Healing the body and you take the pressure of losing weight... Healing and losing will happen together
"Don't forget you always have a choice. You can choose to be your old self or choose the New You. The past only traps you when you forget you can choose" emoticon

  
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MAYBER 12/3/2012 9:16PM

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SPIRALDOWN 12/3/2012 8:27PM

    Thank you all for your wishes and support emoticon

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SPIRALDOWN 12/3/2012 8:26PM

    Thank you all for your wishes and support emoticon

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BMCOLLEY 12/3/2012 8:01PM

    Fantastic goals! I hope these goals will take you into a great 2013. emoticon

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KEEPITSIMPLE_ 12/3/2012 6:31PM

    Excellent goals! Health and healing go hand in hand. And I have found that I'm more successful when I've taken time to plan. I take some time on Sunday to get my snacks together, and meal planning is ongoing. I try to keep salad fixins on hand for some evenings, and I'm begun batch cooking. It is so nice to just pull something fresh and homemade out of the freezer. Planning really does make a difference.

We do always have a choice!

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FUSIONFITNESS3 12/3/2012 5:56PM

    emoticon It takes some time to plan ahead but it is so worth it. I got back to planning again last week and after a successful week am determined to stick with that. So yesterday was a busy day planning but I'll save time throughout this week when it comes to meal prep and won't need to grab my fast food go to - Lean Cuisine. Yesterday I prepared a pot of soup for lunches this coming week and then a squash dish which reheats well for some dinners this week. emoticon
I'm choosing the NEW ME this month!
Let me know how the planning goes for you. emoticon goal.
Maria

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PIXIE-LICIOUS 12/3/2012 5:16PM

    Awesome goals! I wish you success! emoticon

I love that you are focusing on health (healing the body) more than the weight loss. When you put health first and stick to it, the weigh DOES come off!
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