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Update--8/28/13

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Hi to all my dearest Spark friends! I haven't fallen off the face of the earth, but sometimes it feels like I'm close! emoticon emoticon emoticon

Let's see--since I last updated a lot has happened.

Today is day 123 of no refined sugar, pasta and rice, and I believe almost 2 months since any refined flour, but that could be off a little--it's been at least 6 weeks. You would think I'd dropped a LOT of weight! But no--this postmenopausal, insulin resistant, hypothyroid gal just holds on to those stubborn pounds with my life, UNFORTUNATELY! I've only lost 7#'s since June 13th, but I'm not giving up the ghost quite yet! emoticon

Some friends blessed us with a trip out West and it was a fabulous time! We went to Mt. Rushmore, canoed and hiked in the Wyoming mountains, hiked at Devil's Tower, rode horses, visited Laura Ingalls Wilder's home, and just had a blast! Sammy likes to tell everyone that he got altitude sickness! That part wasn't fun! emoticon








Mary turned 11!

WOW! Here was her picture when I started SP She seemed to grow up overnight!

She also entered the fair this year--as a Jr. 4-H gal and won 2 firsts on her bread and cookies, a special award for her bread, and 1sts on both her bunnies.




We also got to visit our VERY dear friends in South Dakota! Here are some pics she took.



Okay, well that's probably enough pictures! emoticon

I'm still doing Trim Healthy Mama for my eating plan--basically a controlled carb and low glycemic diet, and I really love it even though I'm a TURTLE emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon when it comes to weight loss!

My husband is still without work--9 months, but there are some REAL possibilities so I hope soon I have good news. God has met us EVERY single step of the way! All our bills are paid, and food on the table! Praise His Name!!!!!

Furiously getting ready to start the new 2013-2014 school year, and I'll also be tutoring through the school year so I'll be very busy.

Loads of love to each one of you! I remember you guys OFTEN with great affection!

{{{{huge hugs}}}} Susan
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REBELBLITZ 10/6/2013 4:02PM

    Glad you are back! I am in the process of eliminating those white starchy foods too. It is not that easy, but I am getting there.

You went to a beautiful area. I hope to go again someday.

Hugs! Cheryl

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REBELBLITZ 9/16/2013 10:37AM

    Happy to hear from you!

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TEDDYBEARDONNA 9/7/2013 9:31AM

    Enjoyed your post. I don't get on this forum much any more since we don't have chatting going on. I found until I went on a low carb diet I just couldn't seem to loose. I have low thyroid also. It took a while to get used to eating low carb but it seems to be working as I am only 1 lb from my goal.

Enjoyed all the pictures.
Donna

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MYHANDS4GOD 9/3/2013 1:43PM

    remember slow and steady wins the race. I have not really lost either but I still feel better. It is awesome when you get to say Hey God is taking care of me. We have gone through similiar things. Praise God that your eyes are in the right direction.

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MARTHAWILL 9/2/2013 5:59PM

    Just checking in on you Susan. Hope you are keeping well. Miss you on the Teddy Bear Team.
7 lbs down is in the right direction. Good for you!
Take care.

Mary emoticon

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BELLACUDDLES 8/31/2013 3:17PM

    What fun pictures!!! I bet everyone's excited about going back to school, right!!??!!

Keep it movin......you'll get to your goal!!

Hugs,
Barbara

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KADULAC 8/30/2013 7:41PM

    Looks like you have had a fun summer. I was wondering if your husband had gotten a new job yet. I will continue praying for that, and your family. We visited Devil's Tower and Mount Rushmore 18 years ago. It was a lot of fun. My daughter wants to go back since she doesn't remember it. She was only 17 months old. emoticon

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FEMISLIM 8/30/2013 5:20PM

    You are blessed!!!!

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SAL1512 8/30/2013 1:31PM

    Thank you so much for the update!
You could not have picked a better part of the United States to vacation! We camped in the Black Hills for 23 years with our 2 boys. There was always something to do. Lots of good memories.
Sally emoticon
Praying for a job for DH !

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SAISHA100CJ 8/30/2013 7:23AM

    What an awesome trip! I tell you, photos of sweet little Mary just brighten my day.. what a fabulous smile! I think she has your smile. :-) All of you look terrific and I so enjoyed hearing about your trip and seeing the photos.
I hope Sammy is feeling better now after his altitude sickness. Hugs!!
Hoping and praying the perfect job comes along soon.
Enjoy the rest of the summer and have a excellent school year. You rock!
Hugs!!!!

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SANDEEB7 8/30/2013 1:29AM

    Always think of you and wonder how it's going. Thanks for update. You're amazing! :)

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RONNIEHUEY 8/29/2013 8:59PM

    Love the pictures

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AJDOVER1 8/29/2013 1:33PM

    Never enough pictures!
Thanks for sharing such happiness with us.

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BAMAJAM 8/29/2013 11:45AM

  Susan--- These are wonderful pictures. The joy of your family is just delightful--and so obvious to all the world. I truly enjoyed this "visit" with you (and yours)...
Hugs from Alabama!
PS I am a turtle too-- but slow can win the race!

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KITT52 8/29/2013 8:38AM

    emoticon ...7 pound loss is better than a 7 pound gain...

think positive
thanks for sharing the pictures

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DOROTHYBERO 8/29/2013 8:01AM

    Sounds like everything is going well in your life! emoticon

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JOYCRN 8/29/2013 7:49AM

    I am sorry that you seem disappointed in the 7 lb loss in 2 months. I think it is awesome! And it looks like you had a swell time this summer! emoticon

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CARMEL_466 8/29/2013 7:44AM

    Congrats on being sugar free. Love your pictures. Have a great day.

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GODZDESIGN95 8/29/2013 7:17AM

    Devil's Tower, wow what a sight. Thanks for sharing your travels. Slow and steady in wins the race. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon I am slow at losing too but I am going forward. Love your pics.

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RSSSLHB 8/29/2013 7:00AM

    emoticon pictures

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GOSPELCLOWN 8/29/2013 12:48AM

    What a lovely time with the kids! You look healthy and happy.

Keep up the great work!

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ERIECANALGAL 8/29/2013 12:22AM

    Great pictures and update on all your happenings. emoticon emoticon

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CRYSTLE4HIMTX12 8/28/2013 11:12PM

    Praying and believing for just the right job. emoticon

Loved the pictures. emoticon

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BESTSUSIEYET 8/28/2013 8:51PM

    Hugs back at ya! So glad you had the fun trip! Keep up with eating plan that makes you feel good. The rest will follow.

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KMICHA 8/28/2013 7:44PM

    Good to hear from you!! Thanks for the updates! God s so good! We are so blessed!!

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ELSAT137 8/28/2013 7:39PM

    Hi Susan!
Sounds like things are going well. I will put a job for your hubby on my prayer list! What a fun trip. You were in my neck of the woods again. I recognized a lot of those places!! That weight will come off! Keep doing what you are doing!

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EJOY-EVELYN 8/28/2013 7:31PM

    You're an incredible role model for how God's love gets you through the tough times. Stay strong and faithful, and you'll soon have more rewards you were not expecting. I love Mt Rushmore and Devil's Tower . . . it's been too long since I've made the trip (Sept 21, 2001). May God fulfill all your hopes and dreams. Hug, hug -- Evelyn

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