CAROLFAITHWALKR's SparkPeople Blog CAROLFAITHWALKR's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Red-spotted Purple <img src=""> <BR> <BR> In August when I was losing my mind, the Lord sent me something significant between the two of us; a Luna Moth. I blogged about it, and totally unexpectedly, it became a Most Popular Blog. My first ever, I think, here on SP. <BR> <BR> I am in an emotional hole due to long term unemployment desert, and due to my current "un-job" I'm about to take. I haven't even stepped in the door yet, and had major, and mul... Thu, 18 Sep 2014 16:36:34 EST Saying "No" Graciously SparkPeople already has an article on saying "no" to food pushers. <BR> <BR> Saying "No" Graciously by Lysa TerKeurst <BR> <img src=""> <BR> This is not about food; it's about saying "no" to people asking for your time and help. I heard this on KLOVE this morning but couldn't find it on the KLOVE site. The following is from her new book: "The Best Yes: Making Wise Decisions in the Midst of Endless Demands." <BR> <BR> <img src="... Wed, 17 Sep 2014 12:31:35 EST Learning to Prioritize Yourself 1st? <img src=""> <BR> <BR> This year I've discovered a surprising link between trusting God and prioritizing yourself first. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Can anyone relate to surprising revelations on their SparkJourney? <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> A yearly goal for me in 2014 was to more consciously address the stres... Wed, 10 Sep 2014 20:35:56 EST Step Logs & Small Victories <img src=""> <BR> <BR> It's been a rough year with lots of ups and downs. The first 6 months weren't easy . . . but when July and August got here, they made the first six months look easy by comparison. <BR> <BR> Because July and August were doozies. <BR> <BR> So I'm proud of myself for attempting The Step Diet, and for logging my steps. Even though I had a pedometer malfunction in July, and no computer for half+ of August, I kep... Sun, 7 Sep 2014 18:26:23 EST Saturday <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Well, I am so grateful to be able to use my laptop again. Such a huge relief, and huge blessing. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Such a blessing to be able to post pictures again, as well! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Such a blessing to be able to run Swagbucks stuff again, too. So, so much I co... Sat, 6 Sep 2014 16:28:25 EST On SparkBreak The cord to my laptop died, so I'm on a SparkBreak until I have the replacement cord in my hand. <BR> <BR> Until then, I am rarely online at all. The public computer in the library only allows 2 hours, most of that is spent in job hunting activities. <BR> <BR> Brick and mortar stores charge too much, they only carry "universal" replacement cords, which are $59.97 at Walmart and I can't afford that (it'd be close to $70 with tax). <BR> <BR> So I have been waiting on an Amazon order sinc... Sat, 30 Aug 2014 10:49:49 EST MON - On SparkBreak I'm taking a SparkBreak until I have the replacement cord for my laptop in my hand. It's costing too much in gasoline to check my PO Box and go to the library to use the public computer everyday. <BR> <BR> The Amazon refund went thru last Sat, yippee!!, but I didn't have enuf time left (on the public computer at the library) to place the new order. Drove to the library today in the town 20 miles away, and put in the order. I should receive it by Sep 5th, they said. I also requested faster... Mon, 25 Aug 2014 11:47:20 EST Saturday Today is Sabbath and I'm tired for some reason. Yawning at library. I'm sure it's delayed reaction from this week's stress and frustration from job hunting at piddly pay jobs. I sooooo miss working in the professional atmosphere of the sciences. <BR> <BR> Checked my PO Box at 11:30 this morning; daily mail is supposed to be present in the boxes by 10a, tho that's not always the case. Replacement cord for plugging in my laptop, still had not arrived from Amazon. Today was the last day o... Sat, 23 Aug 2014 14:04:54 EST Thursday Still no computer cord. 2 hours at library on public computer is not enough. Thu, 21 Aug 2014 11:18:06 EST Wednesday I stayed overnight here in this town to use the public library computer again this morning, and can't wait to get back to the other town with Planet Fitness, and with all the places I'm going to go back to, re, job hunting today. On my way to Planet Fitness I'll stop at the Post Office again to see if my Amazon order with the replacement cord for my laptop, arrived. I checked 3X Mon, 2X Tues. Originally, Amazon said Wed - Sat arrival (yep, today is Wed). But then Amazon emailed it'd been s... Wed, 20 Aug 2014 10:47:48 EST Movie Day, Unexpectedly No laptop cord yet in the mail. Checked my PO Box yesterday b4 9a, after noon, and again after 6p. And this afternoon it still wasn't there. <BR> <BR> So I went to the library. <BR> <BR> When I came into the library today to use the public computer for 2 hrs, there was a notice they're showing the movie, "Heaven is Real", at 6pm. I wanted to see that movie; I was going to go on Tuesday which is the cheap day here, $6.50 instead of $10. But it didn't stay long in the theatre and it was g... Tue, 19 Aug 2014 13:52:54 EST Saturday Found a laptop replacement cord, new, on Amazon for 8 or 9 $ only, instead of $65+ at Walmart for an expensive universal one (the only kind they carried). <BR> <BR> Thurs I ordered the cord and two bottles of SinuFix for less than $50 instead of $65+ for the cord only, and got free shipping, and paid with gift cards from Swagbucks. <BR> <BR> Problem solved! I am so thankful and grateful. Amazon shipped the order out already at 8:15am Fri, so I'll have it maybe by Monday. Free shippin... Sat, 16 Aug 2014 12:09:14 EST Thankful Thursday I checked Walmart last night to see if they had a computer replacement cord - um, yeh, for $59.97. <BR> <BR> I am sure my mouth fell open - sticker shock. I am sure I was catching flies. <BR> <BR> No way can I afford to pay ~$65.00 cash. I will see if I can order one off Amazon, and use Swagbucks gift cards to pay for it. But then I have to wait for it to be shipped, etc. Sigh. It is what it is. <BR> <BR> Hopefully, it's Swagbucks to my rescue. <BR> <BR> Today, I am thankful fo... Thu, 14 Aug 2014 11:47:54 EST Laptop Computer Cord Died It will be awhile before I can post a blog and pictures. Wed, 13 Aug 2014 18:48:59 EST Magnesium Dramatically Improves Metabolic Syndrome Magnesium Dramatically Improves Metabolic Syndrome <BR> by Carolyn Dean, MD ND <BR> <link><BR>dramatically-improves-metabolic-syndrome/ </link> Mon, 11 Aug 2014 15:22:04 EST Saturday Morning Gift This morning I saw this, except this one is on buds and the one I saw was on the side of a brick building: <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> There are certain gifts the Lord gives me when I really really need them. Luna moths are one of them. They are always unexpected, and they are always when I need them most. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> There are certain times in people... Sat, 9 Aug 2014 18:23:27 EST Thankful Thursday <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Today I'm doing job hunting errands, lunch at Soup Kitchen, food at Mission, then cleaning out the car. WIll apply at more places online tonight. <BR> <BR> Read SparkGuy's blog and it was encouraging (day 115 blog) - the magic WILL kick in if you stay the course. Sigh. I am on day 7 of my first 10-day streak of "10 mins or more of exercise". <BR> <BR> Thinking about Dave Ramsey's gazelles (see previous blog... Thu, 7 Aug 2014 10:46:54 EST Financial Encouragement: Dave Ramsey <img src=""> <BR> <BR> In this classic edutainment speaking engagement by Dave, be encouraged while you learn: <BR> <BR> - where North is (it's not where you think) <BR> <BR> - what do gazelles have to do with it?? <BR> <BR> - who is a slave <BR> <BR> - how to break the chains. <BR> <BR> You'll be encouraged no matter what your financial situation is. <BR> <img src=""> ... Wed, 6 Aug 2014 19:28:37 EST Natural Blood Thinners? <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Does anyone have first-hand experience with natural-only blood thinners (NOT prescriptions, NOT aspirin, NOT coumadin)? Please share if you do. <BR> <BR> The Natural-Only Blood Thinners I know about are: <BR> Fish oil <BR> Sea buckthorn <BR> Nattokinase <BR> <BR> I have long known about nattokinase, just never taken it til now. I will carefully start a trial protocol on myself. I will put my Amazon gift car... Tue, 5 Aug 2014 15:06:13 EST Phil 4:19; & Prov 4 <img src=""> <BR> This is such an inspirational picture when it is larger than shown in this blog. <BR> <BR> I'll put a cropped version at the bottom so it's easier to read here in this blog (such a shame to crop it). <BR> <BR> I am struggling with terror of August bills. Today's Versaday was appropriate. And this helps me: <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <em>296</... Mon, 4 Aug 2014 17:36:43 EST Psalm 31:24 <img src=""> Sun, 3 Aug 2014 17:27:50 EST Zucchini Recipes & PLU Codes <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I like zucchini lasagna (no noodles), with beef: <BR> <img src=""> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I always wanted to try a pizza SparkRecipe that uses shredded zucchini to replace pizza dough, but I haven't done it yet. <BR> <BR> I also love zucchini boats made the healthy way; great way to use up the one that g... Sat, 2 Aug 2014 14:53:08 EST Psalm 18:2 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I am starting 10 mins of exercise today, and it will be walking. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I failed to get started in July. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> My first streak goal is 10 minutes a day for 10 days. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <... Fri, 1 Aug 2014 19:52:44 EST Ground Zero Cross Victory The symbolic Ground Zero cross WILL STAY at the 9/11 Memorial Museum as atheists' lose their case! In the ruling the judge said, “The stated purpose of displaying The Cross at Ground Zero to tell the story of how some people used faith to cope with the tragedy is genuine and an objective observer would understand the purpose of the display to be secular.” <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Thu, 31 Jul 2014 13:48:50 EST Acts 5:29 <img src=""> Sun, 27 Jul 2014 13:21:26 EST Inflammation Fighting Red Palm Oil Inflammation Fighting Red Palm Oil <BR> <link><BR>palm-oil-healthy-fat-that-rivals-cocon<BR>ut-oil/ </link> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Thu, 24 Jul 2014 12:12:21 EST Do U Need Inspiration to Get Back On Track? <img src=""> <BR> <BR> The blog (linked below) is a GREAT blog. I so NEEDED this blog. <BR> <BR> I am going to read this several times a week. <BR> <BR> He took 8 tries to get back on track. When you see who it is, you'll probably like me, sit up & take notice. <BR> <BR> There are so many, SO MANY, good quotes in this blog. Here is one that is still impacting me: <BR> <BR> "Because after all, I know this works since I came ... Wed, 23 Jul 2014 14:10:42 EST Reclaiming My Positive Attitude <img src=""> Tue, 22 Jul 2014 12:43:50 EST No Excuses <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Mon, 21 Jul 2014 15:45:22 EST Sunday <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Thumbs up on keeping Saturday as Sabbath - panicked when I remembered on Friday (b/c of all the stuff I had to do this weekend), but I kept the Sabbath anyway and Saturday was great. When I got tired and yawn-ie, I simply went to bed early Sat night - no guilt. It was a great day and was not nearly as hard at all as I thought it'd be. It was really wonderful, in fact. <BR> <BR> Unexpectedly, Sunday morning was ... Sun, 20 Jul 2014 20:04:13 EST Where'd the Red Flags Go? They used to be on the Start page. Thu, 17 Jul 2014 14:13:38 EST Glorious Unfolding, by Steven Curtis Chapman GLORIOUS UNFOLDING, by Steven Curtis Chapman <BR> <link> </link> <BR> <BR> In You Tube, after 5 seconds, click on "Skip Ad" in bottom right of screen. <BR> <BR> Lay your head down tonight <BR> Take a rest from the fight <BR> Don’t try to figure it out <BR> Just listen to what I’m whispering to your heart <BR> ‘Cause I know this is not <BR> Anything like you thought <BR> The story of your life was gonna be <BR> And it feels like the end has started closi... Wed, 16 Jul 2014 14:08:50 EST TGIF - Christian Blog <img src=""> <BR> <BR> It seems to me there are 4 parts to this verse: <BR> Seeking the kingdom of God <BR> Seeking the righteousness of God <BR> Priority order, i.e. seeking His kingdom & righteousness FIRST <BR> Priority order, i.e. God's response; other stuff added into your life, NEXT <BR> <BR> This verse seems almost to me like a "natural law of the universe", the universe God created. Similar to the way the law of the harvest, o... Tue, 15 Jul 2014 16:28:56 EST Weekly Wrapup <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Job Hunting: <BR> The usual grind, and all the months and years of grind before this week, yielded nothing. I sent my resume to a local company that asked for it this week, after interviewing there 2 mo ago, but I am NOT getting my hopes up again just to be crushed again. I'm in damage control mode now; "shield yourself from rejection" mode. Remain pleasant, upbeat, professional, doing everything in your power t... Sun, 13 Jul 2014 21:11:17 EST Never Once, by Matt Redman <link> </link> <BR> <BR> On YouTube, after 5 seconds, click on "Skip Ad" in bottom right of screen. <BR> <BR> Standing on this mountaintop <BR> Looking just how far we've come <BR> Knowing that for every step <BR> You were with us <BR> <BR> Kneeling on this battle ground <BR> Seeing just how much You've done <BR> Knowing every victory <BR> Was Your power in us <BR> <BR> Scars and struggles on the way <BR> But with joy our hearts can say <BR> Yes, our ... Sat, 12 Jul 2014 12:48:11 EST Thankful Thursday <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Well I've taken some time to consider goals. It's the Second Half of the year. Time to get the second half of the game on the road, and get in the game. <BR> <BR> But . . . I didn't want to restart just for the sake of restarting; or just because it was July 1st. <BR> <BR> I wanted it to mean more than that. <BR> <BR> I always plan alot with my goals. And I never make it. (I always accomplish more th... Thu, 10 Jul 2014 10:59:29 EST Need a Smile Today? I laughed outloud. Puppy does not want to get up. It's hilarious. Turn your speakers / sound on. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>ark-videos-detail.asp?video=96 </link> Wed, 9 Jul 2014 14:02:54 EST List of Minerals in Food In regard to my previous blog, re, minerals for thyroid, I started wondering about the mineral content of fruits. I never hear about the mineral content in fruits. Just nuts, veggies, meat, etc. <BR> <BR> I got lucky when I did a search for minerals found in fruit. On my first try and first link I found a very good chart, which lists fruit, vegetables, meat, dairy, etc. Tho this info is avail from many sources including SP, this chart is very user friendly and very helpful; I just love t... Mon, 7 Jul 2014 20:07:38 EST Your Thyroid Needs 9+ Minerals <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Here is an email from Dr. Carolyn Dean. She is an MD, and is also an ND. Today she sent this email, "Your Thyroid Needs 9 Minerals", and I was impressed by the content so I wanted to share it. Disclaimer - she does sell stuff on her website, which is a turnoff for me personally; but at least it is healthy stuff instead the prescriptions doctors write you in their office that you buy (they sell, too).. The diffe... Mon, 7 Jul 2014 14:12:47 EST Sunday <img src=""> <BR> If you know these things happy are you if you do them. — Jesus <BR> <BR> What things do you know to do, but aren't doing? <BR> <BR> Hmmm. Sobering thought. My list would be long. Time to start living wisely, hmm? <BR> <BR> This morning the ALDIs I was near had $2 off mark-downs on 80/20 ground beef! And also pork chops, which I don't care about. <BR> <BR> The pkgs were $8 pkgs. For example, $7.98 pkg, $8.34 p... Sun, 6 Jul 2014 21:01:45 EST Saturday ALDI's Report: <BR> (Re, previous blog) Well my ALDIs didn't have many specials this morning. <em>24</em> They still had plenty of 99-cent lopes and $2.99 watermelons, however. Since I already had some, I didn't buy any. I'm having watermelon tonight though! <em>4</em> <BR> <BR> Their truck comes in Tues or Wed; and the new weekly sales always start on Wed morning at ALDIs. So sometimes Tue morn & Wed morn are better for overstock markdowns to make room for the new weekly specials t... Sat, 5 Jul 2014 19:29:16 EST 4th of July & ALDI's Alert <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I had a great time watching the fireworks last night. Another 20 minute display. Turns out I was parked in exactly the right location, at Starbucks, had to walk about 20 feet to see them. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I also learned from a radio special that one of the Founding Fathers - Jefferson or Adams or Madison? - wanted Independence Day to be ... Fri, 4 Jul 2014 15:51:03 EST Thursday <img src=""> <BR> Rio de Janeiro Fireworks <BR> <BR> Heard from my closest two friends yesterday on my birthday, got a voice mail of my brother & SIL singing Happy Bday to me, and had many SparkFriends celebrate with me. Thank you so much for thinking of me! <BR> <BR> In addition I celebrated my bday by watching Fireworks Sat, June 28, and if they're not rained out I'm also going to watch a second set in a neighboring town tonight at ... Thu, 3 Jul 2014 19:27:56 EST Wednesday - Time to Grow Up <img src=""> <BR> Nashville Fireworks <BR> <BR> Showered at Planet Fitness this morning but was not feeling good about myself so I didn't work out. Wasn't up for it, and kind of felt gross b4 the shower. I might go back tonight however. I feel better now. <BR> <BR> After Planet Fitness I went somewhere else and colored my hair. I stocked up on haircolor last summer. I stacked the store sale, with store coupons, with manufacturer... Wed, 2 Jul 2014 18:38:29 EST China Has Now Halted GMO Grain Imports from the USA <img src=""> <BR> Burbank Fireworks <BR> <BR> <BR> So happy to hear this! We'll defeat Monsanto one dollar at a time. These declined sales will help, by requiring more farmers to grow more non-Monsanto corn, in order to be eligible for sale to China: <BR> <BR> China has now halted GMO grain imports from the USA: <BR> <link><BR>ain_imports_GMOs.html </link> Tue, 1 Jul 2014 15:03:39 EST Sharing Last Night's Fireworks There were festivities and events throughout the day starting with the 11a parade, and then a 5:30-9:30 segment with the fireworks starting at 9:30. I only went to the fireworks and parked in a Food Lion grocery store parking lot to see them. <BR> <BR> They lasted 20 minutes and were very beautiful. I was surprised at the high quality for such a tiny town. <BR> <BR> This video captures the last 11mins including the extra fireworks at the finale: <BR> <link> Sun, 29 Jun 2014 12:52:44 EST Saturday <img src=""> <BR> <BR> After breakfast this morning I went to the library, which closes soon at 3p. I am not finished catching up on blogs and threads. <BR> <BR> Then am going to the laundromat; I already sorted it. <BR> <BR> Then treadmill and shower at Planet Fitness. <BR> <BR> I'm looking forward to the fireworks after that! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Sat, 28 Jun 2014 14:46:32 EST Friday <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I'm glad it's Friday and I made it through another week. I wasn't online yesterday. <BR> <BR> Looking forward to fireworks tomorrow night! I don't know why a local, tiny town has them early but they do. <BR> <BR> Yesterday and today I went to the Soup Kitchen for lunch, so I could go through the grocery line after. So far have not eaten the main item served for lunch 3X, re, pork. They must have had alot of... Fri, 27 Jun 2014 20:35:43 EST I Chronicles 16:11 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I need His strength. <BR> <BR> Week 3 of depression. Day 2 of consecutive supplements. Did 50 mins on treadmill today at Planet Fitness. No volunteering yet this week. Not up for it. <BR> <BR> I emptied the glove box so I could restock it with stevia and xylitol packettes so I can drink sugarless iced tea and lemonade again, which always makes me feel better, and restocked the car with water. <BR> <BR... Wed, 25 Jun 2014 17:17:47 EST Prosperity & Contentment <img src=""> <BR> <BR> ITimothy 6:6 Paul, writing to Timothy says: <BR> Godliness with contentment is great gain . . . <BR> <BR> 6 [And it is, indeed, a source of immense profit, for] godliness accompanied with contentment (that contentment which is a sense of inward sufficiency) is great and abundant gain. <BR> 7 For we brought nothing into the world, and obviously we cannot take anything out of the world; <BR> 8 But if we have food ... Mon, 23 Jun 2014 20:56:08 EST