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I promised Me I would not fail!

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

This roller coaster ride called I lose it I gain it,is for the birds!I can be a nun with the food,and where does it get me?I bust my butt exercising and walking,I could probably navigate my walking areas blindfolded...I didnt cry this much when I was little!!At times I feel the fight is draining out of me...Then this superwoman comes out in me and I could fly...My Dh is afraid of me sometimes...He says Im miss jeckyl and hyde...I had to go up a pant size for the first time in years and its embarassing for..ME...Im getting ready to go back for some more tests..Doc dont believe in any more pills than I need...I believe in my heart its...MENOPAUSE coming on!...He says it could be thyroid??...Can you believe my B@@Bs are bigger??My Grandma Susan had bowling balls and a tiny body...I just got off the treadmill and its still smoking...I eat so well and dont eat ANY junk,Water haunts me at night...And my dog licks me all the time like Im a hambone...LOL...Am I a new menu item?hmmmm...I WAS getting comments from Familia that I looked sick. Now,Im looking healthy aka FAT!Do I subconsiously try to change for their comments?Well a gym trainer said he thought that its muscle(he sees me quite often)Why does my tummy bloat up like im pregger when im on my monthly?I've never had that prob before!I did promise myself not to give up and ya'll will see the AFTER hopefully real soon.....Pray for me PLEASE!.... emoticonSUSAN

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BETTERHEALTH123 1/25/2012 7:03PM

    I empathize with you cause I am going through some of the same things...

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CIRANDELLA 1/25/2012 8:54AM

    Sending you lots of hugs, Susan! It really is a roller coaster ride, isn't it? A pretty unpleasant trip...and the Jekyll-and-Hyde feelings will - I can promise you from experience - disappear as soon as the monthly monster makes its final exit! All will be well, but the notorious TOM can wreak havoc with one's moods. I'm here to tell you that once you're on the other side, though, all that misery will disappear - promise!

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MARTHASPARKS 1/25/2012 12:20AM

    Praying for ya, but this sounds a lot like peri menopause, with the swelling, crying, mood swings, bloating, Jeckyl and Hyde. Research supplements. I used some and they really helped me.

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SMILINGEYES88 1/24/2012 8:07PM

    Don't give up! I'll be praying!

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NSTARSMITH 1/24/2012 8:03PM

    DO NOT GIVE UP!!! This journey is not just about losing weight - it is a journey of discovery. Health is a much more complex issue that just the one dimension of weight, or even exercise! Don't you dare give up! Stay off the scale if you must but focus on whatever works! Menopause makes a LOT of things change and doctors do not know much about it. You can experiment with less food, less salt, less gas-producing food, etc. to reduce the bloat, but it's just an experiment. I went back to weighing and measuring food and staying at the low end of my calorie range this month. Got my program honest and clean and sped up the weight loss a tiny bit. I'll pray for you - just remember that you can tell us ANYTHING here on Spark and everyone will jump in to support your efforts! Take care!

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A few hours at the homeless shelter

Monday, January 23, 2012

My beautiful granddaughter Mercedes is 14 going on 20...they just grow up so fast!She is headed down a troubled road and her parents are at their wits end to help her.She has seen her parents split up and fight,argue and threaten each other.
Her brothers moving out and back in,her 17 year old brother got married and became a father,and life just couldnt be more unstable because she has moved about 25 times in 14 years!
I took her with me to the shelter.
She didnt want to go!
I did'nt ask her,I told her she was going!
She sulked and listened to her phone/music and texted.
I was talking to her and she ignored me.
I took the phone.
Her life was over!
Grammeeeeee!she wailed
I put my arms around her
she cried and yelled!
We were going to serve lunch and hand out welcome kits.
Me?she pouted.
Yes,honey you.
Did you know that I chose you to come because I love your personality?
You do?
She was interseted now.
You are so kind and an interesting person!
well grammy if you say so.
we apron(ed)up and began dishing food to homeless shelter folks.
After a while I looked down the line of us spooners,
There my beautiful girl stood
Laughing and smiling and just glowing!
Next up we go into the station where the shampoo,soap,towels and clothing
are given out.She was reverting to the cranky sullen girl.
Grammy?this is not me!
Give it a try honey.
If you dont like it,
I'll let ya sit it out.
Soon,She was there with her glow back!
I whispered in her ear,
Doesnt it feel great to help?
She was smiling with tears in her eyes
I was getting our jackets to leave when she asked
Can we stay to serve dinner?
Yes honey,but it'll be two more hours.
Thats okay grammy,
They need help in the nursery.
I couldnt have been more proud of her as I was at that moment!
Later when we were done I took her to a steak house.
No Grammy,I will eat some McDonald's!
Huh?My little meat lover wanted MICKEYDEES???
We went and had a great time together.
She hadnt even asked for her phone back!!
She ate and made a beeline to help with the little people in a good helper,huh Grammy?
Yes,Darling you are!!!!.......Then she got in the car and slept
ALL THE WAY HOME!Her dad said,what did you do? she did a complete
turnaround at school! emoticonShelter life will make you
change alot inside.Knowing we are blessed and those folks feel they are too?
Priceless....... emoticonSUSAN

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ROCHELLE62 1/23/2012 9:15PM

    kinda hard to feel self pity about what you don't have when you have to look eye to eye with those that have far less.

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BARBAELLEN 1/23/2012 4:52PM

    This is a touching story. Your grand is at that age when most kids are trying to figure out what's what, and it's especially difficult when their life circumstances are tumultuous. I think you got a first-hand look at the importance of "purpose" in this process. Keep up the guidance. What a lucky girl to have a grannie like you.

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ARLENE_MOVES 1/23/2012 3:57PM

    Nice to hear about one more turnaround. You're awesome, grammy!

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KALYNWINN 1/23/2012 2:43PM

    What a WONDERFUL lesson!

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MSPRIS3 1/23/2012 2:02PM

    Great blog, and so very happy she enjoyed it.

That one little visit could very well give her a push to better herself, and maybe pursue a career in helping other in need

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went to the gym!

Friday, January 20, 2012

I didnt even get to do anything!It was packed so,I came home and lifted weights,ran on the treadmill and used the elliptical.I was so tired I fell asleep!!Woke up and washed the car,raked leaves and bathed my dog!I had a nice salad with cucumbers,tomatoes and grilled chicken(my DH was kind enough to make and freeze)showered and fell asleep again!!It's all good because night sleep hasnt been happening much.While I was at the gym,I overheard ladies talking about lost weight and what to do with TOO BIG workout clothes.I suggested they get with others and swap Clean stain free clothes with the size they need.I left my number just in case because,I have some nice Nike,Reebok,Adidas and New Balance work out clothes that are too big!Surprise!!I recieved 4 sets for my 4 sets,and some extras she didnt need anymore!!I got rave reviews for my idea from the gym too!No money was spent and all are happy with their new smaller/larger size workout clothes!It's good because I live in an area where there are lots of new moms getting back in shape.Plus,make sure to meet at a public place...ITS SAFER that way;)Try this idea out at your gym..... emoticonSUSAN

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ARLENE_MOVES 1/20/2012 7:11PM

    Good idea. We have at our Y a bulletin board that has an exchange area. I've seen workout gear on it, but I don't have any big to exchange (didn't use when I was bigger) and still need my current size. -- But, will definitely keep in mind!

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CIRANDELLA 1/20/2012 7:06PM

    Susan, what a wise, creative, and economically minded idea! Good for you...and I hope you all end up with some pleasant clothing surprises!

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LIBBYG7 1/20/2012 5:12PM

    Great idea~

Just wondering.....with all the equipment you have at home.....why go to the gym?? does your gym have a pool?

Good going!!!

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MARTHASPARKS 1/20/2012 3:32PM

    Great idea, Susan. You are wise in so many ways!

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ABETTERSOUL 1/20/2012 2:35PM

    What a great idea! Sounds like you got in quite a bit of exercise, even though it wasn't at the gym. Sometimes, just washing the dog is a workout in itself..LOL!

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CRYSTLE4HIMTX10 1/20/2012 2:32PM

    What a neat idea. emoticon

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JESSIJESS8058 1/20/2012 2:12PM

  Great idea! I'll have to try it out at my gym too.

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The grass isnt always greener!!

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Today is a beautiful spring-like day mid 70's,sunny, I was having myself a walk and decide to change location of my usual haunt.I put some clothes and extra shoes in my car a while back just in case...There are alot of hills and a duck pond at this particular path,I am tired and stop for a sit down.A goose came waddling up expecting a treat and got aggressive...He chased me off to sit on another bench...that wasnt good enough he chased me some more...Should I pepper spray a goose?A little boy was laughing so hard he had tears pouring down his face...I wasnt finding it so hilarious but,that goose followed me until a dog came along and scared it...Whew!So after a snack and a water I resumed my walk forgetting about the FOWL bird...Can you believe that goose found me?I was running away when I stepped into the largest pile of dog poop I'd ever witnessed!!!Okay Is this park like bad for me?I changed the shoes and tried again only to have sprinklers come on full blast and drown me!!... emoticonI then went into the ladies room and put on my dry clothes and LEFT for home and my safe walking area.It goes to show ya that sometimes the grass is not only greener away from home its more dangerous emoticonToday was not my day emoticonSUSAN

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NAVYMOM133 1/24/2012 12:27PM

Wow, that sounds like one aggressive FOWL bird! Chasing you to another bench was one thing, but following you and harassing you? Yikes! I had to chuckle at the "Do I pepper spray a goose?" but what if he'd had the whole gaggle going? Carry a spare loaf of bread to throw down and run?
There are turkeys as my DH's work (these are the turkeys on the outside of the building). They get very aggressive when they see other turkeys, and many a shiny, new car owner has had his car pecked by turkeys thinking they're seeing a rival in the reflection!
emoticon emoticon I'm glad you're ok.

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BLEGNER1 1/20/2012 8:05AM

    It may not have been greener, but you had an unexpected adventure that brings laughter to the ones who read about it.

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NSTARSMITH 1/19/2012 8:43PM

    Oh man what a lark! I just laughed out loud! Them spoiled park gooses can be really demanding. And they BITE! I have also been attacked by a demon duck. He bit me over and over as I tried to stumble away. Evil fowl! But the dog poo pile and the sprinklers and the little boy laughing...??? Maybe if you had stayed in the park some loony toon axe murderer would have accosted you! An ill fated trek otherwise. Thanks for sharing!

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MARTHASPARKS 1/19/2012 2:01PM

    Silly goose...sorry, Susan but this is funny, especially the play on words...the FOWL foul bird.

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CHERRYTOMATO 1/19/2012 12:51PM

    haha, thanks for the laugh. Hilarious. I can only imagine that goose is south for the winter... and he talked to some of his northern buddies about the weather we are having... and it put him in a FOWL mood!


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When will people get it?Animals arent trash!

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Yesterday as I was taking my walk,A huge pitbull came out of nowhere!With my heart pounding and my walking club poised,I waited for him to pass.He was wearing a nice collar and had tags.I am by no means that brave but,he ran up next to me and sniffed me,licked my hand and I tried the sit command.
He obediently sat down.I reached in my waist belt and gave him a treat...What a good boy you are...He rolled onto his back and offered his tummy for a scratch...A big teddy bear!His tag read"Hi Im Bubba" and had info as to where I could call...Number disconnected...I leashed him up and he was so gentle!He didnt pull like pitties do.I called a friend Barney at the no kill shelter and asked him to look up Bubba's tag number and he offered to go by the address...Sadly enough they just moved out and left him behind.I had to cry I was so dam sad!!!
Barney patted my shoulder and said Susan you cant help them all...
I know but that dog dont deserve crappy owners!!
I put him in my yard with a chew bone and was determined to find Bubba's owner(s)The owner is a soldier at Ft.Hood so I tried his Company..Bingo!
Once I explained the situation,He was silent,hello are you there?Yes he said Im just in tears with relief!It turns out that his wife had left him and let the dog go out of spite!!
It was obvious the way Kenneth ran to my door 20 minutes later that Bubba was his baby!He hugged me so hard thanking me and shaking my hand!
When Bubba saw Kenneth I knew I did the right thing!Kenneth buried his face in Bubbas neck and cried while getting licked to pieces.His mission for my kindness is to pay it forward.Barney is expecting dog,cat and bird food on payday.He promised me he would.I will hunt him down,I have his info..LOL
I know I blog alot about helping strays and I do it because I love animals and do my part to help....YALL can too! emoticonSUSAN

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BLEGNER1 1/20/2012 8:01AM

    I suppose people with learn that animals aren't trash when it realized that people aren't trash. It is sad to say about our world, but it is true. I am not saying everyone is that way, but many are.
God bless you for caring and being there for the ones who cannot speak for themselves

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LAURI39 1/19/2012 8:25AM

    The title of your blog caught my eye and then I read it and it brought tears to my eyes. I am a huge animal lover and just wanted to express how wonderful it was of you to go that extra mile to try and ensure Bubba was reunited with his rightful owner. As a German Shepherd owner I am glad that you gave him a chance to show you his true colours..:)
I wish there were more people like you in the world - it would be a better place for sure!
Thank you for sharing your story.

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FRAN0426 1/18/2012 8:45PM

    Thank you for taking the time to help animals in need. This had a freat ending because of you a owner and pet we reunited dispite the X-wifes meaness.

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HDHAWK 1/18/2012 8:36PM

    What a great story! Thanks to you for going the extra mile to find his owner. 2 happy guys for sure!

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LIBBYG7 1/18/2012 5:21PM

    I ADORE happy endings!! You're a pip, Susan = love 'ya for it.
When I was little, I was always bringing home strays = much to my mother's dismay. She didn't like dogs. (But my dad was a dog at least I know where I got it from.......)

Thanks for saving lives.

Hugs, Libby

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NSTARSMITH 1/18/2012 4:57PM

    Lady, I think you were put here so strays will find you!!! What a ear jerker of a story and for his Daddy to have almost lost him to his ex-wife's spite ... that was one lucky doggy (and doggy daddy)! Bless you, bless you, bless you! emoticon

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BETTERHEALTH123 1/18/2012 4:39PM

    Susan, Now I know for sure that you are an animal "whisperer".

There's horse whisperers, but you're the dog and animal whisperer...

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LENKA763 1/18/2012 2:02PM

    I'm so proud of you doing the right thing.
I have many times let another dog in my yard just to make sure the dog is not run over a car,since we live neat a pretty busy road.

Fortunatelly, they were always people looking for their dog.

As of the wife of the soldier , I can say only one thing.." you can be mad at your man as much as you can ,but you should never take your anger on a innocent animal!

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CRYSTLE4HIMTX10 1/18/2012 12:40PM

    So glad you found his owner. We found five abandoned pups in the woods this morning. There was a sixth but it was run over. They are so cute. We may even adopt one of them. Right now they are all eating and drinking. They were starved. So sad.

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STEPHAB1218 1/18/2012 12:20PM

    As a proud pit owner I am so grateful to people like you who give dogs a chance before passing judgement... My girl Dipsy is 2years old, weighs in around 80lbs, and is fully convinced she should be able to ride around in my purse and sleep on my lap. LOL... I have to be 100% sure that she is even better behaved and more trained than most breeds, just because of the stigma that goes along with the breed. But it was well worth it, she is by far the most loyal and loving dog I have ever owned, my three year old nephew thinks she is his pony, he gets on her back and rides her around and she LOVES it!! Too funny! Thank you for all you do for animals!!

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WILSON425 1/18/2012 12:14PM

    What a wonderful thing you did. For both the dog and the owner. emoticon

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HELOVESDOTS 1/18/2012 12:08PM

    LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this blog!! I am an animal lover, mostly fond of canines...I just recently became involved with a mobile low cost spay neuter clinic. I get so frustrated with people and the way they treat their animals! I have an 8 year old Corgi who is a spoiled rotten old grump and recently took into our home a chihuahua mix that had been passed around and not wanted, she is a spunky little ball of fire, we love her. I live in a rural area where puppies and kittens are over-abundant and people don't like to spay/neuter/leash or allow pets into their homes...sad, and aggravating! Now I could go on and on...I won't. Thanks for this blog! It warmed my heart!

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PCOLAGATOR 1/18/2012 12:07PM

    Most dogs are products of their environment. I worked at an animal hospital and saw some of the sweetest dogs of every breed but there were just some evil dogs of every breed. I think I've been attacked by more little "cute" breeds than the large breeds. I know several pits that look viscous but think they're lap dogs

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