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WOW--it's been a long while!

Saturday, December 07, 2013

Hello to all my dearest SparkFriends! I'm SO sorry I've been MIA for these last 4 months! I can't believe it's been FOUR months since I blogged! emoticon

First off, my dear husband started a new job on September 23 after 10 months of unemployment which was the FIRST time in our marriage without a job. He is working as a Sales manager for a GREAT COMPANY! God was so, so faithful to meet our every need during the time off, and we give Him thanks for His abundant lovingkindness towards our family.

I've been following the Trim Healthy Mama eating plan [controlled carb diet, lower glycemic diet: ;
] since June, and I've lost 10#'s, I have another 10# to lose before I'm back at goal weight. But the MOST significant thing I've learned in these last 6 months is that I have adrenal issues and that this is the trump card that **prevents** weight loss--the more I get healed, the more I'm seeing the scale cooperate! emoticon emoticon emoticon

My routine:

1. Natural vitamin C therapy called Lipo C

2. Epsom salt baths

3. Drinking Salt water 2x daily

4. Daily naps

5. 8-10 hours of sleep a night

6. Learning to deal with stress [daily prayer and time in the Word of God]

7. Natural calm at night before bed

8. Controlling my carbs--haven't had refined sugar [except hidden sources, I'm sure] for over 7 months. Eating a balance of good fats and good carbs has been very healing for my body.

9. Gentle exercising--no more than 1/2 hour daily, although I haven't done any lately because I'm dealing with neck and shoulder pain.

My kids are doing great. Nicholas graduates from UW Stout in May, Nate is going to the community college and is in the Army National Guard, Andrew is a Sophomore at UW Stout, Jonathan is at the community college and in the Army National Guard. Daniel is a JR., Stephen a Freshman, Mary is in 5th grade this year, and Sammy is in 2nd grade. My latest feat was processing and canning about 220 quarts of applesauce. emoticon

Okay, well that's about all in a nutshell. Love you all, and think of you SO, SO OFTEN!!!!!

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
JUDITH316 4/3/2014 6:40PM

    emoticon Susan, great to see you back Sparking and sharing your blogs.

emoticon on a great job, emoticon hearing all about the new things that are happening in your life, keep up the great work, I cheer you on your healthy journey...

God's Blessings, Judith

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WALKIN1 1/24/2014 2:35PM

    Just you know if there is a THM team on Spark People? I can't seem to find one, but I see a few people are following THM. I would love to find a team with people using the THM book. Just started in late December, but I've lost 8 pounds!

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MARTHAWILL 1/18/2014 1:28PM

    I just found this blog Susan. I've had problems getting messages from Spark People even though all the settings are correct. Wierd.
A belated congratulations on your husband's new employment. Awesome. So awesome also to hear how well you are doing. Keep up the good work!!
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MWESTICH 12/30/2013 9:05AM

    I was so glad to see your latest update. I, too, have missed you. You are kind of a mentor to me. I have read many of the books you have mentioned as being important to you. I have prayed for you and am very thankful that your husband has found a job and for the good things in your life. Kind of cool that your youngest are in the same grades as mine (except I still have the twins coming along behind) and I have 3 in college at the moment. Thank you so much for sharing the things that are helping you and links to find out more about them. Oh, and I am envious--the apples in our area did very poorly this fall and I did not can even ONE can of applesauce!

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COLOR-BLUE 12/15/2013 11:21PM

    It's good to read that DH is back to work, and you're both doing well.

Wow, girl! Your children are all over the place! Thanks Nate and Jonathan, "Thank you" for picking up, where I left off!" It takes a special breed of men and women, who would lay down their lives for their fellow man, and I appreciate you boys looking after us.

Get better from the neck and shoulder pain! No one should have to be in any kind of pain. If need be, see your doctor, as he might be able to help you out with some specific type of exercise.

If you need anything, just HOLLER!

Be blessed,

- Nancy Jean -

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KADULAC 12/11/2013 1:05AM

    That's great that your husband got a job, God is good. I've missed you, glad to see you again.

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BELLACUDDLES 12/9/2013 6:10PM

    Awesome that hubby got a n ew job and great to hear from you!

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AJDOVER1 12/8/2013 6:03PM

    woo hoo! Great to see you!

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NEWJEANSDAY 12/8/2013 3:36AM

    Welcome back! And emoticon

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SWEETMAGNOLIA2 12/8/2013 2:12AM

    emoticon Good to see my sweet friend. God IS so good seeing us through every trial. Be blessed! emoticon

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MJ7DM33 12/8/2013 12:59AM

  Welcome back! Happy Holidays to you and yours!

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ERIECANALGAL 12/8/2013 12:22AM

    Missed you! Welcome back! emoticon emoticon

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-WRKNG2ABTTRME- 12/7/2013 10:15PM

    Great to hear from you. Please take care!

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EJOY-EVELYN 12/7/2013 10:12PM

    emoticon Sound like you're also beginning to get a good handle on your Christmas letter, as well. Love to hear that you're half way through the battle of returning to your goal weight. Well done, good and faithful servant! Hug, hug -- Evelyn

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SAISHA100CJ 12/7/2013 8:41PM

    emoticon Missed you! emoticon

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KMICHA 12/7/2013 7:44PM

    emoticon emoticon back!!! Oh!! Goodness!!! We've missed you! I was just thinking of you this morning!!! I am glad to hear that you are doing well, and I hope you will be joining us more frequently!!! emoticon

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PATTYKLAVER 12/7/2013 7:29PM

    You've had a productive four months. emoticon emoticon

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HAPPYSOUL91 12/7/2013 4:20PM

    Welcome back, you have been missed

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NEPTUNE1939 12/7/2013 3:31PM

    Welcome back. emoticon Merry Christmas!

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MJRVIC2000 12/7/2013 3:21PM

    We are glad to see You back! God Bless YOU! Vic.

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