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Expressing versus Stuffing Feelings
Saturday, December 24, 2016      9 comments

Today I consumed an entire fruit cake--it was a very small gift size about 3X2X1 inches. Still that is not characteristic. After some soul searching, I realized I had reverted to my old coping attempt to avoid facing my feelings by stuffing my f... Read more
What a Difference a Year Makes
Wednesday, December 03, 2014      16 comments

In December 2010, I decided that I had to change and lost 40 pounds. The loss was slow so explored gastric bypass surgery. December 2013, I had the surgery at VCU. Since the surgery I have lost another 85 pounds for a total of 125 pounds. I am s... Read more
Mourning to Joy
Tuesday, July 22, 2014      14 comments

In January last year my husband needed surgery on two areas of his spine. He completed therapy at the hospital rehab unit. While there, I wanted to surprise him for Valentines day but he could not have much in his small room. He seemed touched w... Read more
Down 100+ Pounds
Sunday, May 25, 2014      16 comments

Christmas, 2011, I reached my highest weight of 264. I wore size 2-3 X. Something clicked for me and I seriously began to work on losing weight. Spark People played such a crucial roll. The tracking is such a valuable tool. Several teams have g... Read more
Shedding My Jonah Persona
Monday, April 14, 2014      5 comments

Yesterday morning, I was so excited about the lesson on Passover and the Lord's Supper that I could not wait to get to church. However, when I arrived, the place I usually parked had a special permit parking sign. I did get permission to park wh... Read more
Passover / Lord's Supper
Saturday, April 12, 2014      4 comments

I love tying the Old Testament to the New Testament. For the past 20 years, I have tried to make the stories come alive for my second graders. The tables are in the shape of the cross. ... Read more
Thursday, April 03, 2014      8 comments

My life has gone thru so many changes. I waited nearly nine months since my husband's death to make a very important decision. For 30 years, we have called central Virginia our home. We have so many friends and ties to this community. My heart ... Read more
Wednesday, February 26, 2014      10 comments

It seemed like I was stuck in the caterpillar phase for a number of years. I had developed sleep apnea and was having issues with my back and joints. I could only walk sho... Read more
My Plan for 2014
Wednesday, January 01, 2014      9 comments

My plan for 2014. emoticon *To continue to improve my health as demonstrated by: increased energy, gre... Read more
My Plan for 2014
Wednesday, January 01, 2014      3 comments

My plan for 2014. emoticon *To continue to improve my health as demonstrated by: increased energy, gre... Read more
Saturday, December 21, 2013      8 comments

On December 2, I had gastric by-pass surgery at VCU. The procedure went smoothly. My niece flew out from the mid-west to support me as she had gone thru the surgery 7 years ago. She encouraged me so much to walk every chance I got. We spent s... Read more
A New Beginning
Wednesday, November 27, 2013      10 comments

A picture before my retirement at the beginning of this journey. I began this journey at 266 pounds six years ago on Spark People. Lots of life has happened since t... Read more
A Candle in the Wind
Saturday, November 09, 2013      6 comments

A fine, young man, only 39 years old, was murdered early this morning. After he finished college, I hired him to work with at-risk youth. He was an excellent role model. My heart goes out to his family at this time of loss. It is so senseless. ... Read more
Saturday, November 09, 2013      2 comments

October, November and December have traditionally been months for self-indulgence. This month I am working hard to break that pattern. I often joke that if there were reincarnation, I would come back as a hit fudge/caramel sundae. One of my fav... Read more
Chocolate Chip Cookies
Saturday, August 31, 2013      6 comments

Teaching 2nd graders in Sunday School class is one of my greatest joys. Tomorrow, we begin a unit on creation. I have wrestled for several years how to best get across to the kids that "In the beginning God...". I begin to ask the kids wh... Read more

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