CINDYCHARLENE's SparkPeople Blog CINDYCHARLENE's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Happy is the Man, Are You Ready? <img src=""> <BR> <BR> UGH!, I forgot my camera and cellphone and just had to paint the picture in my head. <BR> <BR> Regrets are often due to not being prepared in the event of unforeseen circumstances. I have been caught off guard all to many times when something happens that I didn't foresee coming. Life is full of surprises some good and some bad. How I choose to act or react depending on the circumstance... Thu, 16 Mar 2017 09:58:12 EST My Niece's Vehicle and Yesterday's Plan <img src=""> <BR> She got out with only buises, cuts and scrapes. God blessed her <BR> <img src=""> <BR> I came out with "buises, cuts and scrapes" but this morning I am back with it. a little wiser because I looked deeper into the reason I denied my emotional upheaval. <BR> <BR> I have a bad habit of procrastinating. Then when th... Sun, 23 Oct 2016 11:08:02 EST Music Heals My Soul <img src=""> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I am singing. "LOVE LIFTED ME" It is true! Yesterday I turned seventy seven. It reminds me that in order to be happy I must forgive seventy times seven. Because of Jesus who showed me the way, with His help I can forgive. Holding a grudge is like drinking poison and expecting your offender... Sat, 15 Oct 2016 10:43:51 EST Changing Focus Have you ever asked yourself what your goal is in losing weight? I thought my goal was to lose physical weight. But God has shown this "hard nut to crack", over years and years of trial and error, that my focus needed to change from trying to lose physical weight so I could love myself, to losing spiritual weight first, then the loss of the physical weight would follow. "Seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness and all these things will be added unto you". <BR> <BR> I was tryi... Sat, 13 Aug 2016 00:12:38 EST Good (or bad) Sunday Morning <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=" Sun, 7 Aug 2016 09:15:43 EST Fear Not I gave all my concerns (worries) to God and stopped trying to be in control. I never was but couldn't seem to let go trying. Worry is a sin. That is because worry is nothing more or less than fearing the future, (Fear =False Evidence Appearing Real) And Jesus said "Fear not" 365 times in the Bible. All commandments obeyed bring forth the blessings of Heaven. I like blessings. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <img s... Tue, 2 Aug 2016 23:49:57 EST A Secret: Picture Him <img src=""> <BR> I love to think on the words to this "song" and picture Him beside me always, even if I am not being tempted to eat wrong or too much. The painting is by Liz Lemon Swindle my favorite artist. <BR> <BR> If the Savior stood beside me, would I do the things I do? <BR> Would I think of His commandments and try harder to be true? <BR> Would I follow His example? Would I live more righteously, <BR> If ... Mon, 1 Aug 2016 09:51:22 EST Celestial Food Philippians 3:18 "(For many walk, of whom I have told you often, and now tell you even weeping, that they are the enemies of the cross of Christ: Whose end is destruction, whose God is their belly, and whose glory is in their shame, who mind earthly things.)" <BR> <BR> In this light, I have been an "enemy of the cross of Christ" (because I refused to repent wholeheartedly; I was double mind. I wanted my cake and eat it too) and my end would have been destruction because surely my belly w... Fri, 29 Jul 2016 15:15:13 EST "Some He Saves With Fear" It took an "act of Congress" (Jesus) to get me to give up the refined foods and the yo yo dieting for good, that was literally killing me. I was "blessed" with a mini stroke five weeks ago. I was only incapacitated for about 30 minutes this time, (I had one 10 years ago and may have been havingthem otherwise) but the after effects of the first had not really left me entirely, when I had this one; Unbalanced. <BR> <BR> Now added, is the tongue twisty, tingly face feeling on the verge of... Tue, 24 May 2016 23:54:19 EST Motivational Video Overcoming Adversity This is a very encouraging video. I loved it. Trying this "add a link" since the last one didn't work. Ugh, It didn't work. Copy and paste please. <BR> <BR><BR>hzg <BR> <BR> <em>381</em> <em>247</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> Thu, 5 Nov 2015 09:21:07 EST Liftoff! <img src=""> <BR> God can't and won't make me do anything, and the devil certainly can't force me into anything I don't willingly agree to. For this reason, the responsibility for the direction of my life is in my hands. <BR> <BR> It is my choices and decisions, not my circumstances that create the quality of my life. I need to understand that I am where I am today because of the choices and decisions I've made. ... Mon, 19 Oct 2015 07:45:00 EST Bridging the Gap <img src="">w <BR> I AM MAKING PROGRESS FROM THE INSIDE OUT. I am beginning to recognize the relationship between my hurt feelings and my cravings. I used to not understand why I would have the cravings. But now after praying the Lord would help me understand why I have them, I am recognizing that my hurt feelings want to be soothed and the momentary pleasure of eating sweets or comfort foods seems to do that. <B... Sun, 18 Oct 2015 00:03:54 EST Thank you all and thinking outside the box <img src=""> <BR> I couldn't pass up this opportunity to thank all of my dear friends for thinking of me on my birthday and posting a comment on my page. <BR> <BR> It has been since May that I have been on SP, due to so many responsibilities. I put myself on the back burner because I think other's needs are more important than my own and I get bogged down with their "needs". One more responsibility just didn't ... Wed, 14 Oct 2015 10:31:27 EST Dismantling the Bombs <img src=""> <BR> I go to the church Humanitarian Center on Thursday mornings and tie quilts. What a joy to serve the Lord in that capacity. That, along with service in my church organizations and the Temple, I am finding to be so sweet that I don't have cravings for sweets while there. <BR> <BR> However, it is a different story at home. I want to remember that charity begins at home. "No other success can co... Fri, 29 May 2015 11:57:12 EST Do Not Attempt the Impossible <img src=""> <BR> One Aesop's Fable <BR> THE FROGS AND THE OX <BR> <BR> An Ox came down to a reedy pool to drink. As he splashed heavily into the water, he crushed a young Frog into the mud. The old Frog soon missed the little one and asked his brothers and sisters what had become of him. <BR> <BR> "A great big monster," said one of them, "stepped on little brother with one of his huge feet!" <BR> <BR> "Big, was he!" said the old Fro... Sun, 3 May 2015 23:58:54 EST The Rock THE ROCK <BR> From Mike O'Melia <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> There was a man who had a dream. He heard God speaking to him. "Press hard against the large rock". He did not understand this until the morning. He looked out from his hut and saw a huge rock that had rolled down the hillside. <BR> <BR> He began to push and push, but he could not move the rock. Throughout the day he had several attempts, but he could not move it. Convinced tha... Wed, 22 Apr 2015 00:10:06 EST Growing Toward the Light <img src=""> <BR> I came to the conclusion some time ago that building a Christ like character is what I needed to do. To love God with all our heart, might, mind and soul, is his greatest commandment and the second like unto it, love our neighbor as ourselves. We know that love fulfills the law. So I pray daily for the gift of charity or the pure love of Christ. <BR> <BR> There is so much involved in loving like He loves. Patien... Tue, 14 Apr 2015 17:16:12 EST He First Love Us <img src=""> <BR> I have been trying to identify the thoughts that trigger my cravings for sweets. Being surrounded by negativity, DH and DS who both have PTSD, DH from the Vietnam War and DS from the Drug war, I found no joy in being around it and that brought on the cravings for something to make me happy in spite of the opposition. l needed something to fulfill my longing for love, peace and joy and help me forget the pain of not fee... Mon, 13 Apr 2015 00:14:01 EST Old "Frogs" Can Learn New Tricks. <img src=""> <BR> I love all fairy tales, but one that really means something to me is "The Story of the Frog Prince" <BR> <BR> That is because in the early years of my marriage and praying to learn how to deal with offenses from my DH, (a military minded man who loves to be in control; something that most always sets me off on a sweets binger), I had a vision just before awakening one morning, having gone to bed the night before angry... Fri, 3 Apr 2015 22:39:55 EST Shake it Off <img src=""> <BR> Unkind words and rejection hurts. But it does not have to "kill" us. Paul just shook off the viper that was sure to kill him when it bit him. But to the surprise of all around he lived, because he served God and God's Holy Spirit was in him and protected him from death. <BR> <BR> Satan knows one of my triggers for eating wrong and too much is rejection and unkindness coupled together. I take offense and I am "off t... Fri, 20 Mar 2015 12:10:37 EST Walking on Water <img src=""> <BR> I started dieting to lose weight when I was 15. Unbeknownst to me at that time was that I had a sugar addiction. I wasn't terribly overweight but chubby and I didn't like it. I compared myself to other girls less "weighty" or so I thought and found myself lacking. <BR> <BR> My first diet then was called the Mayo Clinic diet. I went on it for two weeks and lost 15 lbs. I was so thrilled with myself because my waist... Sat, 14 Mar 2015 09:19:20 EST Spring is Here <img src=""> Wed, 11 Mar 2015 11:08:55 EST "When I Am Weak, Then Am I Strong" <img src=""> <BR> I'm working on getting at least 10 minutes of walking in every day. I know that isn't much but it is better than nothing and then I will work up to more once I establish that habit. I know I feel much better after I walk. While I am walking my back muscles knot up and the pain is terrific and I feel like I am 100 years old and 300 lbs. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> But whe... Sat, 7 Mar 2015 23:25:18 EST What's Your Mood Today? <img src=""> Wed, 4 Mar 2015 12:17:25 EST Warning! Saw this on Facebook and it makes a lot of sense. DO NOT wash your hair in the shower!! It's so good to finally get a health warning that is useful!!! IT INVOLVES THE SHAMPOO WHEN IT RUNS DOWN YOUR BODY WHEN YOU SHOWER WITH IT. WARNING TO US ALL!!! Shampoo Warning! I don't know WHY I didn't figure this out sooner! I use shampoo in the shower! When I wash my hair, the shampoo runs down my whole body, and printed very clearly on the shampoo label is this warning, "FOR EXTRA BODY AND VOLUME." No... Mon, 2 Mar 2015 18:36:35 EST He Is Sufficient For Our Needs. <img src=""> <BR> My two eldest daughters are 55 and 54 and both are on SSI disability and both subsist on a little over $700 a month. <BR> <BR> All I can do is stand back and watch them struggle, to my great consternation, as I am able to do very little financially. Well, I forgot, I can and do one thing and that is pray for my children, which I do all the time. <BR> <BR> My eldest told me a couple of months ago, when I was talking... Mon, 13 Oct 2014 19:42:13 EST Your Body Serves <img src=""> <BR> I loved this e-mail sent to me and wanted to share it. <BR> Heavenletter #: 5005 <BR> Published Date: August 8, 2014 <BR> Date written: Feb 20 2014 <BR> Your heart is a pump of love. What is blood that runs through you but a form of love? What is all of your body but a form of My love? And, so, you always want to nurture your body and think well of it. Let Us hear no more of illness. Love everything about you. Love y... Mon, 11 Aug 2014 12:10:53 EST Bargaining With God <img src=""> <BR> Asking myself what my purpose for eating right and losing weight is, I am understanding better than ever the importance of pure motives. Being a Christian , my motives for doing anything of worth, including treating my body with respect because my life is a gift from God, must be for his glory because without Him I can do nothing. <BR> <BR> Until recently I thought my motives for treating my body with respect were ... Mon, 21 Jul 2014 17:07:21 EST Together Is Best! <img src=""> <BR> For the past couple of months I have tried to go it on my own without Spark People. I knew all the tricks of how to lose weight and told myself the time involved with keeping track of all I ate and exercised and weighing in and trying to motivate myself by being a motivator and so forth, here on SP was not necessary. I probably spent a good two hours a day or more on SP that I felt could be used in more important way... Fri, 18 Jul 2014 12:52:05 EST My Newest Workout Regime!!!! I have been trying to expand my work out routine. At my age it seems I look for the easy way to get things done. My Doctor is not my friend anymore, she has told me that the list I gave her of my exercise routine was not acceptable. She didn't even smile when reading this. <BR> 1 Jumping to conclusions. <BR> 2. Flying off the handle. <BR> 3. Climbing the walls. <BR> 4. Tearing the chip bag open. <BR> 5. Working the handle on my recliner <BR> And the one that really ticked me the most ... Thu, 22 May 2014 11:34:28 EST Are YOU Weary? Don't Quit! Dear beloved friends I am not dead, <em>334</em> <em>100</em> just "busier than a cranberry peddler", (one of my grandmother's and mother' favorite sayings). <BR> <BR> Mother's Day brought a lot of sweet memories. Sweet memories sure fill one up. One in particular was of my wonderful Grandmother who had such unconditional love for me. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> She enjoyed collecting all kinds of poems that she added to a scrapbook ... Mon, 12 May 2014 15:51:22 EST Steps to Unhappiness <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I found this article to be excellent. Here is the link! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>appy/ </link> <BR> <em>334</em> <em>247</em> Tue, 8 Apr 2014 11:51:04 EST Woe is me...or not? I slept good last night in spite of the fact my ear hurt. I was so tired from not sleeping the night before I guess I had to sleep. :D My ear hurts this morning but I have a wet hot pack on it and a dish towel tied around my head to hold it in place. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> Yup I'm a sight, but hey what ever works huh. The heat does help the pain. I just heat up a wet pack in the microwave about every twenty minutes and put it under t... Sat, 5 Apr 2014 12:00:42 EST Procrastination <img src=""> <BR> Procrastination <BR> <BR> A <BR> habit <BR> born of doubt <BR> or perhaps fear, <BR> procrastination, <BR> has dire consequences. <BR> Persistent nagging feelings <BR> of worry and anxiety build, <BR> because progression has come to a halt <BR> <BR> by Charlene Wed, 2 Apr 2014 23:22:10 EST Changing Focus <img src=""> <BR> by Charlene <BR> <BR> Every way wanting to get better and better. <BR> She tried hard to live the law to the letter. <BR> Knowing well His laws were right and good, <BR> Something was missing or not understood. <BR> <BR> Trying to overcome a weakness of the flesh, <BR> Negativity she found, kept her from her best. <BR> She was not able to conquer it with her will, <BR> Nor with sheer determination, the law fulfill. ... Thu, 13 Mar 2014 22:14:06 EST The Making of an Elephant <img src=""> <BR> I heard a sermon this morning on the radio by a pastor and something he said, though rather comical, made a lot of sense. He was telling of a man who was asking a sculptor how he made an elephant. He explained that he just chipped away every thing that wasn't elephant. Then the pastor said, "Since our mission in life is to become like Christ, God is chipping away everything that isn't like Christ. One tool he uses is... Sun, 9 Mar 2014 21:43:49 EST Immediate Stress Relief <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <img src=" Tue, 25 Feb 2014 21:10:44 EST An Answer to Prayer <img src=""> <BR> Having been inundated with family problems I became discouraged and prayed mightily for relief, if not from the challenges themselves, but while in them, to be strengthened and be able to endure. I also needed peace. <BR> <BR> I stayed home from our LDS Stake Conference and watched it closed circuit on my computer. The whole meeting was wonderful and uplifting but one sister who spoke in conjunction with her husband w... Sun, 23 Feb 2014 16:47:39 EST Why Worry When You Can Pray. <img src=""> <BR> I had an interesting experience this morning involving a friend's e-mail with pictures and statements on them showing the irony of some of the Obama administration's policies. <BR> <BR> My thoughts were on how it seems we as Christians are being almost forced to bow down to things we feel are not only not constitutional but morally wrong. I began to worry. Worry is my biggest trigger to eating junk food and in e... Tue, 4 Feb 2014 00:13:11 EST A Message From My Friend Jesus <img src=""> <BR> A Message From My Friend Jesus <BR> <BR> I just stopped by to say hello; I'll infinitely love you for ever. <BR> Be grateful for what I've given: fear not and doubt me never! <BR> Look for, find all the good; focus on blessings and you'll see <BR> Much more will come back to you and with me you will agree, <BR> <BR> Life has much more to offer you than thought of at one time, <BR> With the problems you had, fran... Thu, 23 Jan 2014 17:36:30 EST The Parable of Mama's Best Gift! <img src=""> <BR> Four brothers left home for college, and they became successful doctors and lawyers. One evening, they chatted after having dinner together. They discussed the 95th birthday gifts they were able to give their elderly mother who moved to Florida. <BR> <BR> The first said, "You know I had a big house built for Mama." <BR> <BR> The second said, "And I had a large theater built in the house." <BR> <BR> The third sa... Sun, 19 Jan 2014 12:37:45 EST Health Warning <img src=""> <BR> Saw the following on Facebook and it makes a lot of sense. <BR> <BR> DO NOT wash your hair in the shower!! It's so good to finally get a health warning that is useful!!! IT INVOLVES THE SHAMPOO WHEN IT RUNS DOWN YOUR BODY WHEN YOU SHOWER WITH IT. WARNING TO US ALL!!! Shampoo Warning! I don't know WHY I didn't figure this out sooner! I use shampoo in the shower! When I wash my hair, the shampoo runs down my whole body, ... Sun, 12 Jan 2014 22:19:38 EST A Baker's Dozen: Want to Help? <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I came up with thirteen triggers to my indulgences and over indulgences. <BR> <BR> There is something underneath my cravings that is causing it: a lie that I believe that gives me permission, so to speak, to indulge myself. <BR> <BR> <img src="">1. One little taste won't hurt a thing (lying to myself) <BR> <BR> <img src=" Sat, 11 Jan 2014 00:04:21 EST Peace Be still Having had some very rough days before Christmas I found myself trying to console myself by writing this poem. It helped and things are better now. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> Peace Be Still <BR> I was like a storm tossed ship at sea! <BR> Lord I cried, in my sinking desperation, <BR> Save me from these waves of negativity <BR> Expressed by others in this generation. <BR> <BR> Peace I leave with you; He answered. <BR> Listening, I heard ami... Sun, 29 Dec 2013 00:20:04 EST Giving Thanks Is More Than A Holiday <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <link><BR>7SsBhTk&feature=share </link> <BR> <BR> HAPPY THANKSGIVING TO YOU ALL! <BR> <em>426</em> <em>428</em> <em>430</em> Tue, 26 Nov 2013 16:58:47 EST Where Can I Turn for Peace <img src=""> <BR> WHERE CAN I TURN FOR PEACE <BR> 1. Where can I turn for peace? <BR> Where is my solace <BR> When other sources cease to make me whole? <BR> When with a wounded heart, anger, or malice, <BR> I draw myself apart, <BR> Searching my soul? <BR> <BR> 2. Where, when my aching grows, <BR> Where, when I languish, <BR> Where, in my need to know, where can I run? <BR> Where is the quiet hand to calm my anguish? <BR> Who, ... Sun, 24 Nov 2013 10:33:16 EST Ode to Sugar <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Terrible temptations! <BR> Oh, such tantalizing treats <BR> so titillating to the taste buds, <BR> they dance to the piper's tune of <BR> suicide by the spoonful. <BR> <BR> Cut the confections! <BR> Stop continued carelessness, <BR> that carries dire consequences, <BR> even creates callousness, <BR> and the law was given. <BR> <BR> Buyer beware! <BR> Bondage betrays beauty, best <BR> purchased by precious b... Sat, 16 Nov 2013 22:33:23 EST Good Morning <img src=""> <BR> Good Morning all my very special SP friends. I said I would not burn my bridges and I am glad I didn't because I made the decision to come back. I couldn't forget what a blessing you all were when I was active. It is hard to believe it has been two and a half months since I have been on SP. I have learned a lot about myself in the meantime and first and foremost is I need SP and you in particular. <BR> <BR> I am ... Fri, 15 Nov 2013 13:07:47 EST One more for the road; blog that is. I'll not burn my bridges. <img src=""> <BR> I have rethought my decision to close my account and instead will let it go dormant while I take a Spark break beginning Sept. 1st. For how long I do not know. As the Lord and I can see that I am able to keep my priorities straight and then act in moderation, perhaps the Lord will agree for me to return. I do love my Spark People friends. In the meantime I may just write some blogs to let you all know how I am doing.... Fri, 30 Aug 2013 17:01:23 EST To My Dear SP Friends <img src="">It is with sadness that I must close my SP account, due to too many responsibilities that must take priority. The stress of more than I can handle has caused me to rethink my priorities and the Lord's callings for my life at this moment must come first. Due to my tendency to be excessive with my computer, I will not allow myself the temptation to return until and if the Lord directs me to return to SP. <BR> <BR> You each ha... Wed, 21 Aug 2013 17:55:09 EST