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A Thanksgiving Thought

Thursday, November 22, 2012

by Mariane Holbrook

Over there a soldierís thinking
Of a time not long ago,
When his loved ones got together;
ĎTwas Thanksgiving Day, you know.

Over there a soldierís dreaming
Of a turkey baked just right,
Mashed potatoes, golden gravy,
Chestnut dressing, pure delight!

Over there a soldierís hungry
For whipped cream on pumpkin pie.
Squares of cornbread, crusts so tender,
Homemade biscuits stacked up high.

Over there a soldierís wishing
He could have one buttered roll.
But he feasts on GI rations
While his unitís on patrol.

Over there a soldiers lying
In a ditch, his makeshift bed.
Mud and dirt are his companions;
Been awhile since heís been fed.

Over there a soldierís praying
That his open sores will heal.
He is sure that heíll feel better
Once he has a good hot meal.

Over there a soldierís hearing
Loud explosions, muffled cries.
Shrapnel killed his foxhole buddy
Right before his very eyes.

Over there a soldierís quoting
Scriptures learned at Motherís knee,
Proud that heís a mighty warrior,
Keeping all his loved ones free.

This Thanksgiving as youíre eating
That sweet corn that grandpa grew,
Say a prayer for that dear soldier
Who would love to be with you.

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HARPLUTE 11/27/2012 5:55AM

  Thanks for the poem Tanya.

Hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving.


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PATRICIA441 11/22/2012 11:24AM

  My heart cries for those men and woman so far away from home and loved ones. God watch over each and every one of them.

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Follow Your Dream

Tuesday, August 23, 2011


by: Amanda Bradley

Follow your dream.
Take one step at a time and don't settle for less,
Just continue to climb.

Follow your dream.
If you stumble, don't stop and lose sight of your goal
Press to the top.

For only on top can we see the whole view,
Can we see what we've done and what we can do;
Can we then have the vision to seek something new,
Press on.

Follow your dream.

I came across this poem and wanted to share it with all of you. Hope you enjoy it and maybe it will even help with motivation.

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IRISHEI 10/29/2011 7:27PM

    Neat poem, thanks for sharing! Never give up and keep moving
toward your goal. You can do it!


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CANBDONE 10/28/2011 7:13PM

    Thanks for the spark...I needed it! emoticon

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G_TWINS 10/24/2011 1:10PM

    To the Top!

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KAMAPERRY 8/23/2011 6:51PM


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Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Hope gives you the strength to keep going
when you feel like giving up.

Don't ever quit believing in yourself.
As long as you believe you can, you will have
a reason for trying.

Don't let anyone hold your happiness in
their hands; hold it in your own, so it will
always be within your reach.

Don't measure success or failure by
material wealth, but by how you feel. Our feelings
determine the riches in our lives.

Don't let bad moments overcome you. Be
patient, and they will pass.

Don't hesitate to reach out for help; we all
need it from time to time.

Don't runaway from Love, but towards love;
because it is our deepest joy.

Don't wait for what you want to come to you.
Go after it with all that you are; knowing
that life will meet you half way.

Don't feel like you've lost when plans and
dreams fall short of your hopes.

Anytime you learn something new about
yourself, or about life, you have progressed.

Don't do anything that takes away from
your self-respect. Feeling good about yourself
is essential to feeling good about life.

Don't ever forget how to laugh or be too
proud to cry. It is by doing both that we live
life to the fullest.

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CINDYCHARLENE 8/20/2011 10:57AM

    I really loved this blog! It is great. I am going to copy it and paste it on my mirror. Thank you!

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    I so needed this today!

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KAMAPERRY 7/26/2011 1:37PM

    Love this!

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MEMORIES7 7/26/2011 12:26PM

    I love your blog ! and you are RIGHT ON ALL OF IT !! emoticon

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Iím Feeling Defeated Ė Help!

Saturday, July 23, 2011

I woke up this morning still not feeling good. I was dragging yesterday, but I just thought I was overly tired so I took it easy all day. This morning something just didnít feel right. I felt ďstuffedĒ and very, very tired. I looked down at my feet and both ankles were very swollen. Okay, is that the stuffiness Iím feeling? I donít really know. All I know is I got on the scale and Iíve gain back the six pounds I lost. What gives? I donít understand this? Iím tracking my food and Iím even exercising every day. True, itís only a 10 minute routine, sometimes 15, but itís better than what Iíve done in the pastÖ.couch potato. Iíve stayed within my calorie range with the exception of the last two days whereby I was under my range. Iím supposed to have 1200-1550 per day and Thursday I had 970 and yesterday I had 1031. I just havenít been hungry.

I am just so disappointed in myself. I donít know if the heat is getting to me and causing my ankles to swell or if Iím retaining water? However, in either case, I can understand the water retention causing weight gain, but six pounds worth???? I just feel like sitting down and having a good long cry!

The only positive thing about this situation is I didnít turn to food to comfort me. Instead I chose to write this blog and reach out to all my friends for support.

Iím not a quitter and Iíll keep trying, but this day really saddens me. I don't even have the heart to reset my weight ticker. It would reflect failure to me and that's one word I omit from my vocabulary.



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PATRICIA441 7/24/2011 3:21PM

  Isn't it great getting so many replies! I agree with increasing the water intake, really keep tabs on your salt intake, check canned food,etc. lots of sodium added to things. Good for you not eating over it. emoticon keep positive but if you need that cry so for it. Great stress releaser!You can stomp your feet too! Sending lotf of hugs and much love, Pat

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SUSANISBACK 7/24/2011 2:13PM

    I know from experience that this will mostly be water, and please check out this blog to see what I mean


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AKIEFER6 7/24/2011 1:45PM

    Drink lot of water!!!! You can also eat watermelon,cucumber, and celery this are food that will also help you stay Hydrated. Make sure you watch ur sodium intake too. The more sodium you have in ur body the more water your body will store because it trying to hydrate you on it own. Keep go and stay positive there will be week that you loss weight and week you will gain weight. Just keep chung along and in no time you will see results. emoticon

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11-RENEWAL-20 7/24/2011 10:02AM

    Above all do not quit drinking plenty of water...don't be out in the heat and sun more than you have to. Do call your Dr if the water retention/swelling continues. If you feel like having a good cry it...than replace those tears with a glass of water...sometimes, crying can relieve the tension/stress. Keep posting and let us help while you are helping us...I appreciate the messages you send; they seem to come just when I need a certain piece of advice or encouragement. Love You....Sharon

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HARPLUTE 7/24/2011 9:05AM


Please call your doctor and let him know what is going on. Swollen ankles is something that should not be neglected.

Love you so much,


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KAMAPERRY 7/23/2011 5:19PM

    Sounds like water retention to me too. Please don't get discouraged. emoticon

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SHAREDJOURNEY1 7/23/2011 3:56PM

    I agree that you are probably retaining water. When we are sweating more we can crave more salt and drink more. This is temporary. If you watch your salt intake for 1 day you should begin to feel the difference and the bloated feeling should go away. Hang on to this hope and see if it doesn't change things quickly. ((Hugs)) being sent your way.

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DONNAWINS 7/23/2011 3:51PM

    We are all here with you! If it were me, I wouldnt record the weight until next week. I like to feel successful and in your case it sure likes like something else is coming into play here. My thoughts are similar to what has already been posted..
1. Keep up the good work!
2. Increase your water intake and decrease sodium if it is there
3. Bring your calorie levels up a bit so that your body doesnt start hoarding fat because it is afraid you arent going to feed it enough.
4. If the swelling persists, seek medical attention, there could be something else going on...
5. Keep us all posted, we are here!!
Ta ta

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NANNA2ONE 7/23/2011 3:21PM

    In this heat, you are probably dealing with water retention. And yes it could add up to 6 pounds. The solution believe it or not is to drink more and stay away from the sodium. Heat does funny things to the body and the scale will show you this. Also not eating enough could be the problem. You need to eat enough to satisfy the bodies needs.

Hang in there. Keep doing the right things and one day you will step on those scales and they will just surprise the heck out of you. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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JLFISH1496 7/23/2011 3:18PM

    i am going with sodium too!
don't beat yourself up!
i would weigh yourself in a few days to see if it regulates.
(I only recommend that if you don't obsess about the scale)
Otherwise weight yourself next week at your scheduled time (you should be down if it was sodium)

Also on the days were you are not as hungry and you are low on your calorie intake you might want to add a veggie or fruit serving, paired with a lean protein serving to help you hit your calorie requirement. I know it doesn't seem like it would matter much but it does.

Everyone goes through this at some point! this is at least the third blog this week that i have read on this exact same topic! Don't give up and the fact that you didn't turn to food to comfort yourself is HUGE!!!! Good Job!

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BPEEK2008 7/23/2011 2:48PM

  Sounds like water weight to me. Make sure you are staying hydrated and also stay away from sodium.

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Who Would Have Thought?

Sunday, July 10, 2011

This morning I woke up wondering if I should get on the scales or not. You see, this week I've added several carbs to my food plan and to be honest, I've felt really guilty about it. Carbs and I just don't get along. I just knew that I was going to see a weight gain. In fact, one morning I even ate lasagna for breakfast thinking I could work it off during the day. How strange is that?

I'm 63 and by no means can jump around like the picture above. However, this morning I think I would have tried doing cart wheels along with the jump! This past week I lost another 4 pounds!

This entire journey with Sparkpeople teaches me something new everyday. The key here is moderation. Don't go without just because you think it's a "fat" food. Learn to adjust the portion. This past week my attention has been focused on this. I've weighed and measured everything I've consumed. Other than feeling somewhat guilty for the carbs, I was satisfied, not hungry and if the truth be known, I actually felt like I was cheating because of the pasta, brown rice and even a sandwich. Next week I am going to apply myself again to the same routine and add those carbs in but without feeling guilty. Maybe my previous lack of carbs has slowed my weight loss down. Everything I read today indicated carbs play a key role but again, the secret is moderation! It's taken me a long time to get it....but by golly I think I've got it! The old term of "Can't Have" is now changed to "Keep Balance".

I'm definitely a happy camper! Thanks for listening.


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PJGOOD123 7/14/2011 2:32PM

    I've had the same reaction to the amount of carbs. Previously I did the Atkins thing and lost 35#'s to regain that and more when I went back to "normal" eating. Now I am learning that balance is the key. You mentioned something that I haven't been really good at and that is measuring. I'll try it and work on the benefits that carbs can bring to my lifestyle. Thanks for sharing. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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PAMSDAZED 7/10/2011 9:38PM

    Woo hoo!!! Sounds like you are doing amazing!! It's a great feeling right??? No guilt on the carbs - sounds like you are eating all the right ones!!

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KAMAPERRY 7/10/2011 8:15PM

    Awesome!! Way to go!

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