CINDYCHARLENE's SparkPeople Blog CINDYCHARLENE's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community 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 The Lord's Tender Mercies <img src=""> <BR> Isn't it ironic when it is dreary and raining, some wish it would be sunshiny and quit raining. And when it is sunshiny some of us want it to cloud up so we can at least hope for rain that hasn't fallen yet and is so needed. <BR> <BR> From a child I have always loved the rain because living in the desert in Arizona, rain always cooled things off and I loved the smell of the wet land that came with it. I live in Utah... Fri, 9 Aug 2013 21:23:41 EST Do all that you do....... <img src=""> <BR> Colossians 3:17, "And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by him." <BR> <BR> What does that mean? That means discover through scripture study, prayer and personal revelation what God would have you do and then do it in the name of love alone. "God is love". <BR> <BR> There are levels of obedience, all having to do with our motives. The lowest... Thu, 25 Jul 2013 17:49:39 EST Believe <img src=""> <BR> "When you believe something can be done, our mind will find the ways to do it. Believing in a solution paves the way to a solution." David Schwarz <BR> <BR> I know without a shadow of a doubt that Jesus is the way, the truth and the life. <BR> <BR> John 14:6, "Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me. <BR> <BR> Mosiah 4:9, "Believe in God; believe that... Sun, 21 Jul 2013 22:37:30 EST Growing Toward the Light <img src=""> <BR> A dear friend sent me a scripture today, (we send scriptures back and forth to ponder on for that day). Jude 1:21, "Keep yourselves in the love of God, looking for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ unto eternal life." <BR> <BR> This is a wonderful verse of scripture and exactly what I needed to hear this morning. It got me thinking in these lines...... <BR> <BR> Because of the Lords great mercy He allowed me a tast... Mon, 8 Jul 2013 13:22:38 EST Free to Soar! <img src=""> <BR> Soar like the Eagle, carried on unseen currents, uplifted by a force not his own. He flies to lofty heights on the breath of God's Spirit! Be like the Eagle, spread the wings of your faith. Soar on the currents of God's Grace. Be lifted to New Heights not by your own efforts. But propelled to glory by the breath of God's Spirit. <BR> <BR> The spirit once told me years ago, in the very beginning of my recreation proc... Thu, 4 Jul 2013 17:34:57 EST Faith to Move Mountains <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Sat, 29 Jun 2013 22:48:27 EST Changing Focus Sometimes I get so bogged down being in the thick of things that I allow my talents to fall by the wayside, as I focus on how to change life when I should just accept it as it comes. I was once told years ago by the spirit, "You are always so frustrated, trying to change others". I agreed and thought trying to change others is not the only changes I would like to see happen. I vowed then and there I would stop trying to change others and circumstances and just go with the flow. But alas th... Sun, 23 Jun 2013 23:13:46 EST MIRACLE UPDATE Another friend on Facebook contacted me and is sending enough money for 2 and a half months. Only a year and a half left to finance. <BR> <BR> We are so blessed, especially in view of the fact that Sunday his mother blew out three disks in her back and cannot work babysitting as she had been doing. Please add her in your prayers. Her name is Julie Ann McCutcheon. <BR> <em>247</em> Wed, 5 Jun 2013 21:49:40 EST Miracle I am so grateful for all your prayers in my Grandson's behalf. They are 'paying off'. <BR> <BR> A family member who saw my plea for help on Facebook, who is not even a member of our church, has funded three months of Spencer's mission and says he will try to send more, simply because he admires the Mormon Missionaries and what they are doing. <BR> <BR> A former employer is also donating $50 a month as are my husband and myself. Keep praying. He has a year and 6 months left to have f... Sun, 2 Jun 2013 14:50:58 EST Go Into All the World <img src=""> <BR> This is our grandson, Spencer McCutcheon. This was taken at the Missionary Training Center in Provo, Utah. He is presently in Tennessee on a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, waiting for his visa to arrive so he can go to the mission he was called to in Brazil. <BR> <BR> Have you ever wanted to "Go into all the world and preach the gospel" and never had the opportunity or else have and know ... Mon, 27 May 2013 21:28:47 EST My Joy Is Full! What in the world does Christ have to do with losing weight? He has everything to do with losing weight because He, and He alone, can help us get rid of the lies that keep us bound to our self defeating behavior of eating wrong and too much. <BR> <BR> The spirit told me years ago, "Get rid of the lies and doors will open unto you." For me lies are emotional weight that keeps me in bondage to excess of junk food, which results in excess of physical weight. I must "get rid of every weight ... Wed, 22 May 2013 00:53:16 EST Keeping the Peace <img src=""> <BR> Spring has sprung and I really rejoice. <BR> Because I have finally found my voice. <BR> I sure don't need to 'stuff it' any more <BR> Nor am I gonna kick him out the door. <BR> <BR> I now speak my little mind, yes ma'am! <BR> Don't need a piece of bread and jam. <BR> To stuff the sad, angry feelings galore <BR> I just boot those thots right out the door. <BR> <BR> I've lived with negativity all around me. <BR> It doe... Sat, 18 May 2013 16:46:33 EST Something Magic Happens! <img src=""> <BR> Something magic happens when one participates in Spark People, because people who need people are the luckiest people in the world. Remember that popular song 'People' sung by Barbara Streisand years ago? Well, I must be one of those lucky ones because I need Spark People. Since I have been away I have been made aware that even though I would like to think I can stay on track on my own, I really did so much better wh... Tue, 7 May 2013 23:10:01 EST Jesus Won I am maintaining my present weight of 136. I try to be diligent in my walking and eating right. I am sure I will break the plateau. I was given the admonition some years ago by the spirit to 'Work Within" and "Lay aside every weight which doth so easily beset you". Those are burdens that only Jesus can help lift. As I am able to lay aside my burdens through getting rid of the lies and replacing them with truth, the need to stuff my negative emotions is becoming less and less. <BR> <BR> The... Sun, 21 Apr 2013 15:38:48 EST Just Checking In Missing you all terribly but I know I'm doing the right thing for now by eliminating my extra curricular activities. My blood pressure is getting better. Just thought I would share the latest poem I wrote in my spare time. Hope it blesses your life as much as mine. Poems help me remember Heavenly Father's admonition to me. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> DANCE IN YOUR TRIALS <BR> by Charlene McCutcheon <BR> <BR> Gently they fall, like dew from t... Fri, 12 Apr 2013 13:27:40 EST Alveterzane There comes times in our lives when we need to reevaluate our priorities as well as our capabilities. It is so difficult to admit when one is not capable of performing all that one desires to do. I am at that point. With my health problems, on top of my family responsibilities with ill family members, I have to eliminate the extracurricular activities, at least for a time. Spark People is one of those activities I am so sorry to say I must eliminate for now. Trying to keep up with what ... Wed, 3 Apr 2013 18:17:43 EST A Gift From Heaven Above <img src=""> <BR> GIFT OF LOVE <BR> by <BR> Great Grandma <BR> Charlene <BR> <BR> A gift! Such as I have, give I unto you, <BR> Because silver and gold have I none. <BR> Thinking of you, He gave me this poem <BR> For your baby book; I had so much fun. <BR> <BR> You are a special great granddaughter <BR> Ella Charlene; I love your sweet name. <BR> My name sake, as well as my mothers, <BR> For which you can proudly proclai... Sat, 23 Mar 2013 19:04:59 EST God Bless Me! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Do you ever find yourself beating yourself up for failure to live up your perfectionistic expectations? I sure do and this Heavenletter spoke to my soul. <BR> <BR> Heavenletter #4494 Say, “God Bless Me.”, March 15, 2013 <BR> <BR> God said: <BR> <BR> The Truth of your heart is what counts. What else can compare? <BR> <BR> Appearances are like curtains. They do not necessarily indicate what is going on behin... Fri, 15 Mar 2013 12:08:19 EST Overcome Evil With Good! I was sent an advertisement e-mail for this book that had the following excerpt in it. I thought it was so good I wanted to share it. I need all the help I can get to overcome the human tendency of thinking and speaking negative. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> "Thankful" <BR> Nancie J. Carmody. <BR> A thankful spirit is a spirit. As the twists and turns of life lead to feelings of being out of control, sometimes our attitude is all that we have... Sat, 9 Mar 2013 13:05:37 EST