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Tuesday, September 14, 2010

We are traveling 3,388 miles in October.....the going fuel rate cost is $2.35 - $2.60 all the way from Texas to Pennsylvania.....we get 17 miles to the gallon in our full size 2000 Chevy van....but I am told that loaded down with luggage, we will probably get 15.

I have "map-quested" our journey, and their calculated fuel cost is $450 round trip. Do you find Map-Quest to be a reliable site? I checked out AAA site and they said it would be $520 - $550.....for us, that is a difference we certainly want to be prepared for. emoticon

I am organized and prepared for the journey....just a few loose ends like this one need tying up...our trip will be from October 6th through October 16th.

{{ Any tips, advice or suggestions for me? }}

I Appreciate YOU!! ~ Laura

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GOALIEGRANDMA3 9/14/2010 11:04PM

    I would say it is better to error on the higher side than the lower.

Go with AAA, or average the two.

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LIVE2RUN4LIFE 9/14/2010 6:52PM

    That's a lot of miles on the road! Are you visiting family?

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NORTHWOODSMOM8 9/14/2010 5:06PM

    GOOD job, sisterlove, on being so PREPARED!!!!! You're amazing! I love it!

If it were me, I would go with AAA's suggestions. :-))))

LOVE you,

P.S. WISH you were coming NORTH!!!!

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fearlessly entering the Autumn season Strong!

Thursday, September 09, 2010

....It's been a little over a week since I last blogged.....

I am doing quite well. Yes, I really have found my groove because I can't wait to exercise daily now! I just LOVE Quick Firing to praise/worship DVD's!!! The fitness routines ROCK!!!!

I am thriving in my "no sugar"'s a strong way to enter the Fall season ....a season chalk-full of holidays with holiday foods screaming at me. LOL!
I am on day 18 today of the No Sugar Challenge. Faithfulness is paying off. I am able to attend numerous church potlucks, parties, lots of get-to-gethers and leave the sweets alone. For me it is just better not to touch always gets me started..... I just despise feeling like I could eat a whole pan of brownies...I am not a one brownie kind of gal. I don't like that uncontrollable feeling. It's not worth it to me. emoticon emoticon emoticon

Last week I lost 3#, and I have held that loss this week. I hope to drop more soon!
I lost 1" last month, and really hope to drop more inches in September. I plan to!

My stats are:

*** Stats ***
Abs: 27.5"
Waist: 27.5"
Bust: 34.5"
Hips: 39"
Glutes: 39"
Thigh: 18"
Bicep: 11.5"

He learned discipline and obedience in the wilderness ~ Hebrews 4:15
.......sometimes this journey can seem like a wilderness, but be faithful and He will reward you openly! He gave His all for us!
....I can do all things through Christ Who strengthens me!
emoticonLet's Do It, Friends!! You are worth it! I am worth it! emoticon

Let's Live out this Adopted Lifestyle with zeal and it all we've
got! emoticon

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BELLACUDDLES 9/14/2010 2:57PM

    Isn't it amazing how getting rid of the weight can give us sooooo much energy and zeal! May God continue to set your hear aglow, Laura!


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DESERT_BIRD 9/13/2010 3:12PM

    Hi Laura,
You are doing great!


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PAMAPPLE 9/12/2010 3:36PM

    We can do all things through Christ who strengthens us! Thanks for following up on my progress! We are victorious through Jesus! emoticon

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JOYATLAST 9/11/2010 8:43PM

    You are inspiring me with the "no sugar" thing. I did that once with great success. Did not drink a soda for a year. I know I can "do it again"!!!!

I have a picture of Jesus laughing. Never seen one like yours. It's all part of being human.

Thanks for sharing your success. It's contagious.


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JOYFULMOMTO5 9/9/2010 10:44PM

So proud of you for sticking with the sugar fast & for the awesome weight loss. emoticon
Still praising our Savior with you!

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    I am glad you found your grove and are not tempted by sweets any more. That is fantastic. I think that one would be really hard for me. You are doing great!

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LIVE2RUN4LIFE 9/9/2010 3:39PM

    You are doing so well!
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SONYATAYLOR1 9/9/2010 3:28PM

    You go girl!! emoticon emoticon

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....I found my groove!

Wednesday, September 01, 2010

I have noticed that I want to exericse longer when I am doing it to Praise and Worship Particular....this album: Michael W. Smith - A New Hallelujah!

I can go on and on....increasing my intensity -- it is Amazing!!! Time just escapes me!! It is only after, that I realize just how intense the routine was!! I LOVE it! I am totally drenched.

I have truly Found my Groove!! LOL!! ...I use hand weights off and on, working the whole body and no breaks either....very much like the Shred. I do squat thrusts, lots of plank workouts, way too many jump jacks and double jacks, push up planks, oblique twists, lots of ab routines and even difficult Pilates moves as well as a warm up and cool down.....It is AWESOME! What makes the difference is that I feel I am at a Praise Concert, and my mind is so filled with laughter and worship that I lose track of time.
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I could do this forever....for a lifetime! So, this is my adopted lifestyle choice of fitness! LOL!

I truly hope you find yours as it makes the journey enjoyable!

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NORTHWOODSMOM8 9/6/2010 12:55PM

    AMEN!!!! And I love this phrase: adopted lifestyle choice! I saw that updated on your profile as well! I may borrow the phrase with your permission. :-)

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CONDACHE 9/4/2010 3:45PM

    emoticonThats awesome! emoticon
I do the same thing maybe I should try Michael W. Smith, never heard of him.

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7PASTORMIKE7 9/3/2010 10:12PM

I really enjoy Michael W. Smith !
I workout to several of his CD's !
Having Godly music really gets you motivated to do more !
Thanks for sharing this !
Pastor Mike

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    I agree with you and I love that CD. I am so glad that is working for you. Keep it up and keep praising.

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BELLACUDDLES 9/3/2010 11:03AM

    That really does make for an enjoyable journey!!! PTL!!!!!

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DESERT_BIRD 9/2/2010 7:28PM

    Exercise is addicting!! I am so glad that you found your groove!

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BESTSUSIEYET 9/1/2010 9:52PM

    Your enthusiasm is Contagious!! emoticon wish I could be there with you!

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LIVE2RUN4LIFE 9/1/2010 5:39PM

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CYCLINGSANDY 9/1/2010 3:47PM

    You have decsrbed how I love to exercise too. I listen to Praise music when I ride my bike, am at the fitness center or do my exercise at home. It is the best way to me. We are giving God the glory and making our bodies more fit to serve Him.

Praise God you have found your groove! emoticon emoticon

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{{the enemy has been defeated!}}

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

....Just google this powerful song on YouTube -- Michael W. Smith - Shout Unto God (Live).....and Be Blessed!! LOL!!!!!! Shout to Him as you worship Him!

I am lifting my voice in Victory and declaring that the enemy is defeated in my Life once again...I Praise The Lamb!!!! ....I am laughing as I type.... =)
I laugh in the presence of darkness for my Jesus is with me in darkness and His light shines in darkness and lifts up my head above my enemies. My cup runs over as I trust His heart for me....His purpose may not be clear in the beginning of a challenge, But Hold On....He will ride it out with you - that's a Promise!

Thank You Jesus for the challenges, the testings, the warfare you allow us to walk through from time to time.......You are ALWAYS in Control! You never give us anything we cannot handle if we walk after Your Spirit...Romans 8:1
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I have been fasting different meals, eating less on the whole, quick firing like a maniac (LOL!) and resting in the Presence of Jesus as well as crying out to Him ....seeking His Heart.....clinging to life depends on Him!
...and in this time I have already lost 2# and feel energized through his Spirit and my obedience in this sugar challenge( day 9 today!)....self-discipline in one area of your life tends to flow in other areas too....I Praise Him!

Those of you who are being tested right now....Hold On!....He is faithful ....keep clinging and trust His heart for you! You are of Great Value to the King!!
Wait on Him and just see what He has in store for you!

love ~ Laura, His servant

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    Love it when the enemy is defeated! I've been defeating him this week myself. Whoo Hoo!

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NJOHNSTON64 9/15/2010 9:07AM

    I'm holdin' on! It's always good to be reminded.
emoticon for the great words of encouragement!!

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GODZDESIGN95 9/1/2010 11:50PM

    one of my favs. The devil is defeated indeed!!!!!!!

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GODZDESIGN95 9/1/2010 11:49PM

    one of my favs. The devil is defeated indeed!!!!!!!

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IAMWINNING 9/1/2010 8:00PM

    God if so emoticon

Thank you for sharing this joy and victory celebration with us. I'm glad I 'read the last page of the book' and know that God has already gotten the victory, and is just working it out in us until the day of Jesus' second coming.

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NORTHWOODSMOM8 9/1/2010 6:51PM

    PRAISE HIS NAME!!!!! I totally agree in prayer with NO weapon formed against you shall PROSPER! Hallelujah! He is VICTOR! Thank you, Lord Jesus, for all the victories YOU GIVE! We joy in the STRENGTH You give! Praising the LORD with you, my dear!

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7PASTORMIKE7 9/1/2010 2:40PM

    I rejoice with you my Sister in the Lord !! Praise God for the "VICTORY" !!!! We have already won the battle with Jesus on our side ! Nothing by any means can defeat us !! Shout out loud and proclaim that "No weapon formed against thee shall prosper; and every tongue that shall rise against thee in judgment thou shalt condemn. This is the heritage of the servants of the Lord, and their righteousness is of me, saith the Lord." Isaiah 54:17. I pray that the love of Jesus be all over you today, my Sister !! Pastor Mike

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PAMAPPLE 8/31/2010 9:34PM

    Praise the Lord that God gave you the victory!

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JOYFULMOMTO5 8/31/2010 7:50PM

    AMEN, dear Sister in the Lord!!! He IS faithful! Keep proclaiming His goodness. emoticon

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BESTSUSIEYET 8/31/2010 7:29PM

    Yes, Indeed!

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JODIRICHARDS 8/31/2010 7:15PM

    Praise God from whom all blessings flow! Amen and Amen! Celebrating the victory with you! emoticon Yea GOD!

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Held by Christ

Monday, August 30, 2010

I am teary-eyed as I write.....

I wish life were a little more normal right now, but my life hid in Christ is really "The Great Adventure" I embrace Christ and His plan completely......LOL! I am holding on!! What a ride!

the truth is... there is a lot of stress in my life right now and other priorities are pushing to be first place on my list at the moment ....priorities that come before a "fitness challenge". I just realized today that I cannot do everything. Unfortunatley, I have made the choice to opt out of the 30Day Shred for now.
I am still sticking with the sugar challenge as it is great for me!..on day 8 today!

On a more positve note, I am still exercising because fitness is a part of my lifestyle. I will still be doing squat thrusts, jump jacks, double jump ropes, plank twists and all of those goodies that Jillian Michaels expects! - these moves are So effective! I will keep them in my daily Quick Fires!

I just cannot handle the increased intensity in the 30DS that the challenge requires....and how deflated I am when I miss a day and have to go back and make it up......due to the storm I am in once again.....

I am fasting today and praying as if my life depended on it....and it does!!...of course! We cannot choose what circumstances come our way every day, but we CAN choose how we respond. So I choose to bend when the wind blows, and be flexible when God allows His challenge to shape me. I am His and He is mine.
I wouldn't have it any other way.....I have been worshipping Him today and rejoicing in His Presence....I am truly Held by Him. PTL!

always appreciate your prayers ~ Laura

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JOYATLAST 8/31/2010 1:21PM

    God Bless YOU! emoticon

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JOYFULMOMTO5 8/31/2010 9:54AM

    Laura, Thank you for this blog. I love your transparency and allowing us to see straight through to a heart filled with Jesus. I know backing away from the DVD was a hard decision. I have "beat myself up" for not being able to finish what I started. What a wrong attitude for me to have...thank you for reminding me that whatever is happening, especially when it's out of our control, we are held in the hands of our Father. The prayers for you and yours will not cease. Keep leaning into His in His love for you. Love the words to "Oh How He Loves"~He is jealous for me..Love like a hurricane..I am a tree...bending beneath the wieght of His wind and mercy...OH, How He loves us SO!

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TJOEYMO 8/31/2010 7:54AM

    I loved this post. Truly, learning how to bend when the wind blows is a beautiful thing. I love that you're living your life with your eyes 'set in eternity'. THOSE are truly the things that matter most. Beautiful!


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JODIRICHARDS 8/30/2010 11:27PM

    Sounds like a wise choice, maybe when I get my DVD this storm will be over and we can do it together. Praying for you and enjoy Him!

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WARMSPRINGDAY 8/30/2010 7:29PM

    What a challenging, inspirational blog. Praying God will bring you through this storm a stronger woman for him. I have heard it said that what doesn't kill us makes us stronger; and so much the more true when we have God by our side through the storm. Your anchor is in the right place. Blessings, blessings and more blessings.

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PAMAPPLE 8/30/2010 6:45PM

    God truly makes His presence known to us when we reach out to Him and spend time with Him. God will see you through your storm in your life and wants us to draw near to Him as we depend on Him. Sometimes our own plans aren't what God intended for us and we will find His plans for us as He directs and guides us. May you rest in His peace and love.

--Pam emoticon

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BESTSUSIEYET 8/30/2010 5:07PM

    Yes, Friend, you are in His hands, and no one can snatch you away! Hold tight, for He is holding tight to you. I think all of us who are 'Sparked' must beware of the danger of letting THIS become an idol in our lives -- we must use the tools God gives us for HIS glory, not our own. In the grand scheme of things, the 30DS is not a biggie -- and God is going to honor your desire to choose healthy habits. He will complete the good work He has begun in you! Keep on walking with Him and trusting Him, and reminding us to do the same! You are in my prayers!! emoticon

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CYCLINGSANDY 8/30/2010 4:48PM

Your blog reminded me of the song, "Held." Yes, we are His and He is ours. I truly believe that God brings us closer to Him when life stresses out. Then we easily turn to Him. So, we will praise Him in the storm. I am certainly doing that right now too. May God get our obedience and our trust as we daily lean into His everlasting arms. Today and EVERY DAY I will choose Christ! Follwing Christ and His will is a choice we make.
I will be praying for you daily.

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    Laura you are in my prayers. He is holding you in His hands and you will get through this storm, as I am sure you have so many other storms. If there is anything I can do to help please let me know.

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BBGOOGIN 8/30/2010 4:07PM

    God bless you, Laura! Continue to be led by the Spirit and He'll keep you balanced and in His rest and peace.
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LASIE1 8/30/2010 4:07PM

  I will make sure that I keep you in mine as well. And you are right we have no control of what happens in the day before us but we do know who travels the road with us. emoticon

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