DAWNDMOORE40's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=DAWNDMOORE40 DAWNDMOORE40's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community SparkPeople.com http://assets2.sparkpeople.com/assets/nav/logo_spark.gif http://www.sparkpeople.com/ Fast Forward or Rewind? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5800950 Do you ever have days where you want to fast forward because life isn't going the way you want it to? <em>40</em> <BR> Either you started the day not eating right or you didn't get in the exercise you wanted? Maybe, something didn't go right at work? Or you are just htting a rough patch and you don't know how to get through it? <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/0/l303106646.jpg"> <BR> Maybe no one supports your weight loss journey! Everyone around you is trying to sabitoze ... Sun, 19 Oct 2014 15:27:56 EST How many times do we tell ourselves... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5796910 <em>33</em> How many times do we tell ourselves during a workout that we just can't push it out of the box because it's too hard and we just don't have the motivation to get there! <BR> <em>252</em> BUT THEN...How many times have you then got on Spark People and read the many articles about people who have found success in this journey because they never gave up, and the reached deep inside to find that motivation to keep going! <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/8/l18092... Sun, 12 Oct 2014 15:26:15 EST Thinking outside of the box http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5792895 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/9/l1944819465.jpg">If we all just had the determination to do something different then what we've done before, we would all soar higher then we have ever been! We would go places that were endless! <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/0/l501072844.jpg">Kind of like the Seasons that keep coming around and there is no end to them! They may go away for a short time, but then they come back to show us God's beauty time and time again! ... Sun, 5 Oct 2014 16:32:15 EST Yogie or not? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5788464 <em>334</em> I debated for years on weather or not I wanted to try Yoga. It was one of those things where I thought, "How in the world does this benefit me? I won't burn near the calories that I should, and therefore it won't contribute much to my weight loss. <BR> Years went by and I had tried all other workouts, and then one day I decided, "You know what?" I said to myself. "I do need to try Yoga because it's thinking out of the box and trying something new in my life." What harm could t... Sun, 28 Sep 2014 13:59:23 EST What will your yes and no be today? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5784088 <em>334</em> So far today my yes was to 1 serving of shredded wheat and some blueberries along with a small banana for breakfast! <BR> <em>334</em> Yes to a step workout so I can burn off calories that I don't need! <BR> <em>334</em> Yes to this wonderful feeling inside I get that God has blessed us with the financial ability to put new siding on our house! It is looking wonderful and will enable us to refinance and get our rate down lower and maybe even lower our house payment! <e... Sun, 21 Sep 2014 13:43:10 EST It was an apple kind of a day! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5779916 <em>334</em> I had a great time today going to Tanners Orchard with my Son and while we were there, we saw my Step-Daughter with her Finance and my two Grandchildren! What a joy to be able to have them all in one place! <BR> <BR> We walked around and ate lunch together! We even got in a game of miniature golf which my Grandson was not too bad at for being 4 years old! <BR> <BR> On the food side of it, I had a strawberry smoothie without the whipped cream. Instead of having a hot dog or a... Sun, 14 Sep 2014 21:54:12 EST Holiday Plans.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5770377 <em>334</em> I am just smiling from ear to ear today because we have Todd's Sister here from Maryland and we are enjoying some much needed family time! <BR> <BR> Also, later on we plan on going to a cook out with some friends so that will be a lot of fun! <BR> <BR> My plans to stay on track are to possibly go to the gym today and run on the tread mill! Also, will have to watch what I eat at the cook out. <BR> <BR> I hope everyone has a safe and happy holiday weekend! Please remember th... Sun, 31 Aug 2014 09:53:24 EST Army chants...a mans best friend! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5766075 Today my Son and I decided to go for a run <em>306</em> <em>244</em> <em>252</em> <em>104</em> in the park. We knew it was a hot one, but we were <em>386</em> determined to do this! We got out there and my Son says to me, "I know how we are going to do this run, we are going to sing the German alphabet as an army chant." I thought it for a second, and then thought that is a great idea! <em>224</em> So every step we took we did the chant and it got us through almost 2 and 1/2... Sun, 24 Aug 2014 14:07:32 EST Happiness is...... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5761958 <em>337</em> Looking at your spouse, your best friend and soul mate that you walking down the isle with and seeing them smile back at you! <BR> <em>362</em> Exercising on a regular basis even if you don't feel like it because it just gets your heart pumping and at the end of the workout you feel so good inside because of what you just accomplished! <BR> <em>551</em> Eating a salad, even though you could of had the <em>473</em> because when you put on those jeans that have been sitt... Mon, 18 Aug 2014 08:41:33 EST Suffering? Is it a good thing? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5756931 Do you ever look back on your life and the causes that you fought for and then as you sit back and you fight for those causes in your life, you start to see opposition? I think about God and how he died on the cross for our sins! I think about all that suffering! I think about how heartbreaking it was, but he knew this was his calling for his life! <BR> Why do I mention God and his suffering? Today I listened to the church sermon about suffering. The preacher was asking if we actually suffer.... Sun, 10 Aug 2014 14:00:19 EST Trip to Lincoln.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5752419 This is going to be a short blog because I did not get to this until very late in the day. I wanted to share about our trip to Lincoln for our anniversary yesterday. My husband's Grandma took us to Crackel Barrel to eat which is absolutely wonderful because their food taste like Grandma's homemade cooking. Then, we went to Russel Stover's. They have so much chocolate to choose from. <BR> My point to all this is that I did wonderful with my food choices yesterday. When we went to the restaura... Sun, 3 Aug 2014 19:23:16 EST Can we say blissfullllllllllllll 4 years! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5747682 <em>337</em> Today I celebrate 4 wonderful years with my husband Todd! He is an amazing man, not only because he is a faithful husband, but because he has helped raised my Son who is now a teenager with more trials then ever, but I wouldn't change my life for anything! I believe God allows us to be parents because he feels we are capable of teaching them the right paths to take in this world, and sending them out to be wonderful ladies and gentlemen! I believe that is the kind of parents Go... Sun, 27 Jul 2014 18:48:34 EST Tennessee Happiness! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5743791 We finally arrived home from our family trip to Paris Tennessee. We had a great time visiting with my husband's Aunt and our friends Kerri and Mike were there at the same time so it was a lot of fun! We spent the day together out on the river! I have not been on the river in so long and I forgot how peaceful it is! It was so calming after the three weeks at home I have been dealing with. I really needed the time away! Here are some pictures of our day on the lake! <BR> <img src="http://phot... Mon, 21 Jul 2014 22:30:26 EST A month full of happiness.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5737852 <em>334</em> This month has been one happy moment right after the other! <BR> This weekend I was able to spend some time with my friend Amy whom I haven't been able to go out with in a year! We both have such busy lives! It was great to share our Birthdays together like we do every year. Her Birthday is in June and mine is in July! We have been best friends for almost 11 years! She was my rock when my Son's Dad left me all those years ago. If it wasn't for her, I might not be here today ta... Sun, 13 Jul 2014 11:34:20 EST Here's to getting to know your Spark Friends... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5733159 I borrowed this from CLAIREINPARIS! <em>304</em> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/1/l1101800752.jpg"> <BR> What is my favorite Season? Well, it's certainly not Winters in Illinois, but I will take the Summer we are having any day! I love being outdoors and I am just not one who likes to run in the Winter! <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/1/l2144249855.jpg"> <BR> What is my biggest accomplishment? Well, right now I would have to say it's bei... Sun, 6 Jul 2014 14:46:42 EST Prayers are most appreciated... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5728686 Tonight I struggle with such strong emotion about the issues that are going on here in our household. We just find out my 14 year old Son has been doing Marijuana, and I guess I am just disappointed more then anything. I had such high hopes for him. I know that this doesn't mean it's the end of his life, or that he won't turn it around because he is only 14, but it doesn't sound like he realizes that dangers of using it or why it's not appropriate at his age. I just keep praying for him and n... Sun, 29 Jun 2014 23:26:01 EST Short but sweet... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5723288 <em>334</em> Today the weather is so beautiful outside! What a great day for my husband and I to go to the Old English Fair! We do this every year and we even dress up for the event! <BR> <BR> My goals for this week are to continue to get in at least 8 cups of water and at least 40 minutes of exercise every day! I have been doing Yoga on Sundays so hopefully I will get to do that again this week! I plan on continuing to examine my goals and see what needs to be updated! <BR> <BR> I hope... Sun, 22 Jun 2014 09:44:24 EST Happy Father's Day to all of you! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5718472 Have you ever wondered what it would be like to have to raise your children all on your own without having your spouse there beside you? There are many women out there who act as "Fathers" and "Mothers" and it isn't an easy job! I am speaking from experience, but God gives us the strength we need as single Mother's to move forward and do the best we can to set a Godly example for our children. <BR> If you are one of the fortunate ones that has a spouse, then you know how important it is to r... Sun, 15 Jun 2014 13:41:24 EST Life is always changing.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5713726 My 14 year old Son and I were talking the other night, and he said something doesn't feel right Mom, things seem too out of the ordinary. I think what he was referring to is all the changes he is going through recently graduating from Middle School and moving onto High School. He is talking about his relationships and how things always seem to change. <BR> I explained that life is ever changing, and that we all go through changes, but it's how we accept these changes that determines weather ... Sun, 8 Jun 2014 21:51:37 EST Closing the gap between your fears and your reality! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5708346 I used to be afraid to look in he mirror because I always saw this person that was fat and I didn't feel great about myself. I would often say that there is no way I am ever going to reach my goals! I would tell myself this every day and you know what? Pretty soon I started believing it! I allowed my fears to take over my body, and then before long my mind believed it! It is never easy to let go of your fears to make your dreams a reality. Life is so full of chances, some we take, we wished w... Sun, 1 Jun 2014 20:16:34 EST Never forgetting our soldiers! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5702777 <em>67</em> What a beautiful Memorial holiday weekend! It is a time to be with family and friends and to do the things we can't normally get done otherwise! I love being able to say I don't have to do laundry today because I have a three day weekend and I will get his done, or I can do more with my Son because we don't always have the quality time together that we need! <BR> However, through all the relaxation and spending time with my friends and family, I never forget the fallen soldiers ... Sun, 25 May 2014 12:17:06 EST Weekly goals... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5697658 <em>334</em> What a beautiful day it is outside! I went for a <em>250</em> run and just enjoyed all of my surroundings! I hope to get in another race one day soon, but until then I will continue to drink more water and continue to exercise and eat right! I want life to be simple and that is how I have always been! <BR> <BR> Love this life, because it's the only life you will ever have! Live it to the fullest because God wants you to be all you can be! Love others no matter what because... Sun, 18 May 2014 12:30:29 EST God made beautiful Mother's! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5692658 <em>334</em> God truly did make us unique in every way! He build us to be all kinds of things, doctors, housekeepers, taxi drivers, teachers, caregivers, multitaskers and the list goes on! <BR> He made us to be strong for our children and our Spouses, Family and Friends! He gave us a great blessing and that is our children! I see myself in my Son every day when I look at him, and I wouldn't trade this for the world! <BR> I have set out to do a challenge and that is to spend more time with ... Sun, 11 May 2014 13:29:28 EST Fitness Fantasy.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5687383 <em>334</em> Today was back to the gym for me and my Son and I loved it! Not only do I get to spend time with him ,but I feel so motivated when I come to the gym! When you look around there is nothing but motivation starting you in the face saying come on you can do this! So today I got on the Eliptical for 42 minutes and I ran on it the whole time and I was able to get up to level 20 which is the highest the machine will go! <BR> Plus, I have been finding a lot of different workouts on yo... Sun, 4 May 2014 18:19:51 EST Priceless Memories! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5681743 I am enjoying time with family! I haven't got much done in the way of tracking, but who can resist this adorable face! <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/2/l1207759531.jpg">! We are headed back home tomorrow, but the plus side of that is coming home to a new bathroom and gettting back into a routine. <em>334</em> Sun, 27 Apr 2014 16:37:34 EST My first 5K! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5676386 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/2/l226554585.jpg">I never thought this would be me standing there, feeling so accomplished because set out to complete a goal to run in my first 5 k race and I did it! It was a beautiful day, the sun was shining <em>67</em> and I was feeling wonderful inside! Not because I ran a 5k because I know there were other runners out there who do this all the time and could run a half marathon, so this wasn't to say, "Hey look at me", but rather to s... Sun, 20 Apr 2014 13:30:51 EST The Merry-Go -Round just keeps going round and round! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5671164 <em>334</em> I came to an "ah" "ha" moment a week ago when my husband had to go out of town to Maryland because we had a death in the family! What was the ah ha moment? It was that point when I realized it could of been my husband that was gone! It could be me having to raise my two teenage children by myself. It was so surreal! It was the moment you step out of your life, and into someone else's. <BR> <BR> I know that marriage takes work, and sometimes it takes lots of work! You wake up... Sun, 13 Apr 2014 12:48:46 EST A word of God from the book of Isaiah http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5665702 I love this scripture from the book if Isaiah. I have been praying for healing for so many this week. If you are praying for healing for a loved one or praying for salvation for someone close to you, then read these words from the bible. They will lift up your spirits to know that God is always by your side no matter what your circumstance may be! <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> Isaiah 40:18-19 NLT <BR> 18 To whom can you compare God? What image can you find to resemble him? 19 Can he be compared... Sun, 6 Apr 2014 12:57:26 EST I am myself, I am no one else! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5660107 <em>334</em> When I look in the mirror I used to see this person with a lack of self confidence, not only about how I looked but about what I could achieve. I think I enjoyed self loathing better then I did getting up off the coach and doing anything about my situation. I think sometimes you have to hit the lowest point you have ever been in to make you wake up and realize that you are capable of everything you want in this life. <BR> I decided 4 years ago that I was going to join Spark P... Sun, 30 Mar 2014 15:04:15 EST What's inside your secret box? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5654664 <em>534</em> Since I did not see a box emoticon, I am using a brief case to symbolize a box. <em>334</em> <BR> Have you ever looked inside your box? Have you ever thought about getting rid of some of the things in your box that don't belong? Maybe yours is that you have been telling yourself for years that you need to eat right and exercise. It could be that you've been telling yourself you are going to set a goal to run in a 5k race and you have never done it. Whatever you have been t... Sun, 23 Mar 2014 14:40:58 EST Do you ever feel like an under dog? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5649096 When I think about being an "under dog" I think about those great leaders of the bible! One that comes to mind that I always love to hear about is David! He wasn't a king in the beginning. He wasn't in all the Veggie Tales movies, he was the under dog. However, God wanted to use David to do great things! God loves to use our talents to do great things! <BR> Have you ever felt like king David? Have you ever felt like an "under dog"? Did those fears keep you from wanting to try something new? G... Sun, 16 Mar 2014 12:09:28 EST Little girl dropped in a women's body! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5644852 <em>9</em> There was once this little girl that was crying and dying to get out! No matter how much she cried and begged for help, she could not find her way out of this tunnel she had found herself in. She kept crawling and struggling! She just could not find the light at the end of the tunnel! <BR> Then one day, there was <em>252</em> and this amazing transformation took place! This little girl came out of her shell! She now was doing the <em>9</em> skinny dance! She had overcome he... Mon, 10 Mar 2014 21:47:37 EST Features on Spark People! What a way to end my day! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5637975 I got onto Spark People today and saw that they featured my story about how I achieved success! I thought it was nice seeing for myself how far I have come compared to 3 years ago! I saw the before picture, and I thought, "Wow! That really puts it in a different light when you see yourself on a page and you realize that you really have dropped some inches and you look great!" I thought wow I just want to be an inspiration to others out there who think that achieving your goals are impossible ... Sun, 2 Mar 2014 19:43:23 EST That awww ha moment! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5631689 You ever had one of those moments where a <em>189</em> just comes on inside of your head and your realize that the way you thought about something before, might not be the way it actually is? <BR> I think all of us are guilty of putting too much into something. We usually try and look at something with only our own point of view, instead of looking at it from all different angles. <BR> I think that this weight loss journey can be the same way! We go into it wanting to be perfectionists ... Sun, 23 Feb 2014 14:33:45 EST Another sweet Valentine's Day! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5625557 <em>334</em> Good morning Spark People! I hope you have enjoyed your weekend! I have had a relaxing weekend spending time with my Son and my Husband! <BR> <BR> I really had a great Valentine's! We had snow come out of the blue on Friday, but it did not stop us from enjoying a nice dinner at Red Lobster and coming back home and watching a movie together! My husband gave me a beautiful necklace! A Celtic Love Knot! I really love it! It isn't about the gifts though, it's more about our love... Sun, 16 Feb 2014 13:26:01 EST On The Road Again.. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5619463 I love this old Willie Nelson song with the words, "On the road again, I just can't wait to get on the road again," Those words are joyful music to my ears! I am getting so excited for April! We have plans to go visit my entire family in Nebraska and my Niece from Colorado and my Great Nephew will be there too! It will be the first time in over two years that we all have been together! Those moments have grown short. <BR> I am so blessed because not only will I see my Great Nephew, but my ot... Sun, 9 Feb 2014 13:16:51 EST Who do you root for? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5613041 Are you rooting for the Seahawks or the Colts today? Today is Superbowl! The day to celebrate all the hard work for these two teams that made it to the Superbowl! <BR> We celebrate this day every year in hopes that are team is going to win, but sometimes our team isn't even playing, so we just watch the game maybe for the commercials or just to spend time with friends and family eating snacks, but what else should we be celebrating today? <BR> Are you celebrating God? He should be the most ... Sun, 2 Feb 2014 12:58:41 EST Let it snow...let it snow...let it snow... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5606558 <em>24</em> I hope everyone stays warm tonight and tomorrow because it's supposed to be bitter cold in Illinois. My Son will be happy he doesn't have school tomorrow, but I still have to venture out and go to work. I will be so happy when Spring gets here. <em>334</em> <BR> On a brighter note, I am focusing positive energy into my week by continuing to eat right and exercise every day! At least I can keep the sickness away while I am dealing with the yucky weather! <BR> My goals this we... Sun, 26 Jan 2014 20:41:25 EST Short and Sweet. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5600679 This week as been a busy one and we are just getting started, but that is the way I like it! It keeps my mind challenged and my body moving! I have joined a gym with my family and we have been going consistently and it has been a lot of fun to see us bonding together and getting healthy at the same time! I often wonder how some of you can go to a gym and keep up with everything else and work at the same time! I have a hard time going to a gym and keeping up with the house and work. I know we ... Mon, 20 Jan 2014 22:56:44 EST What influences are you living by? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5591223 I was listening to the Pastor give his Sunday sermon. We are study the city of Corinth! What I love about this story is that Paul was walking into a city that was very prosperous and strong and believed they were very powerful! They did not believe that they needed God! Paul talked about how if we are living by wordy influences, instead of leaning on the wisdom of God, then we are fooling ourselves. That those of us that don't believe in God will not understand his discernment, but those of u... Sun, 12 Jan 2014 13:08:08 EST What does your blog say about you? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5583294 I just wanted to do a blog wishing everyone on Spark People a Happy New Year! I hope that everyone has set their goals and that you are already working on them! God bless you! Sun, 5 Jan 2014 17:48:00 EST Amazing Journey in 2013... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5574691 Looking back through my journey in 2013, I have learned many amazing things about my life and my body! The number #1 thing I have learned is that no matter what anyone else thinks, you are in control of your life and your body! No one can make choices for you, you have to be in control and that those choices will affect every aspect of your life! <BR> I started back with Spark People on January, 2010, it was a slow journey getting started, but I learned so many wonderful tips about losing we... Sun, 29 Dec 2013 14:21:33 EST Today's Christmas Goals.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5569873 I will not get stressed out over the little things that I need to accomplish today, but instead look at life with inspiration and courage to battle all obstacles that stand before me today! <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/6/l1647339927.jpg"> <BR> I will remember that non one expects me to be perfect, they just expect me to be me! <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/1/l914811065.jpg"> <BR> Don't let anyone tell you can't do it, because I can! <img src="http://pho... Sun, 22 Dec 2013 13:30:03 EST Have you had God a latte? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5564825 I have been so busy with the hustle and bustle of the holiday season that sometimes I forget what the true meaning of the season is! I forget that we would not be alive today if it wasn't for Mary and it wasn't for Jesus! If it wasn't for Jesus dying on the cross for the sins of mankind, then we wouldn't even be celebrating Christmas! I asked myself as I was at the drive thru at Starbucks, is God in my life a latte or a little? I sometimes wonder why I have all this room for everything else,... Sun, 15 Dec 2013 11:25:40 EST The weather outside is frightful, but the fire inside is delightful! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5559837 I love these words from an old Christmas song! I love listening to Christmas music that has been around for years! It is always soothing to put on some good tunes especially when the weather is not so great outside! <BR> I finally was able to get some presents shipped out yesterday! Thank goodness for the USPS! We were going to send the presents through Fed EX because that was all that was open yesterday afternoon, and found out to send one small package through regular ground delivery was $... Sun, 8 Dec 2013 15:02:35 EST Gearing up for the holidays! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5554215 <em>334</em> I had a great Thanksgiving with my husband and his family, but I sure did miss my Son because he was spending the holiday with his Father, Step-Mother and their family. I am not the type of parent to make my child choose and make them feel guilty when they want to be with the other parent for the holiday. I am so thankful that he was able to go! I did pretty good with my eating. I did eat small pieces of a couple different pies, but did not go back for seconds. I had only one s... Sun, 1 Dec 2013 13:50:58 EST My weekly check in http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5549059 Hi Spark Friends! I am anxiously awaiting the holiday season with all the goodies and festivities, but I never forget that God is the reason why we are here and why we have these wonderful times with our families and friends! <BR> I am looking forward to making a dish for Thanksgiving and spending time with my husband's side of the family! I am a little sad that we can't go spend Thanksgiving with my Sister and my Nieces and Nephews this year due to work reasons, but God has a reason for eve... Sun, 24 Nov 2013 11:58:36 EST God and Nature! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5544646 I am so thankful to be alive and that my house is standing and in one piece! Yes we were without power for a day and half, but it could have been a lot worse! I am so saddened for the people in Washington, Illinois and other surrounding areas that got it really bad! We did get hit here in Pekin, but nothing like Washington! My prayers go out to everyone! <BR> You really don't know what you have until you have to do without it! So hug your family tight and remember to be thankful for all you ... Mon, 18 Nov 2013 20:16:09 EST What inspires me? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5537348 The morning breeze as it blows through the leaves reminding us that God is always with us even in the stillness of the moment! <BR> <BR> The sunshine when it shines on me as I am running or walking outside as a constant reminder that God created our world and he gives us warmth inside and out! <BR> <BR> Spark People because of the wonderful resources and encouragement I get from all the members who never let me give up, but remind me that I am human~ <BR> <BR> My family that tell me that ... Sun, 10 Nov 2013 13:18:18 EST Anxiety comes in like a lion, but will go out like a lamb! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5530886 <em>24</em> I have been so anxious to start my new job and even though I have done this several times before, each job is a new experience, and I know that is how God would want us to look at it! <BR> I have not been doing so <em>250</em> with the eating over the past month. I am praying that God give me the strength to eat like I know I should and take care of my body! It is so easy for stress to bring us down, and to drain the energy out of us! I want to live my life with joy and not ... Sun, 3 Nov 2013 11:34:25 EST