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9/8/06 6:35 A

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Mornin'!
Walk was great this morning...we're picking up speed again and my body is starting to re-adjust to the early wake up! I'm working through feeling a lot hungrier - that, too, will pass in time.

My course starts today - although I still need to order my texts! They'll be delivered quickly so I'm not too concerned. It's an online course, so for this weekend, I'll just download the materials and get myself organized. Hopefully nothing will be due to submit for a couple weeks.

I'm so impressed with you, Tricia! Running is amazing to me - I have a hard time imagining it! And I think biking is great!!! I know that weight makes a big difference... I biked to the library the other day to return our books - probably 30 pounds worth of books on my back. WOW!... did it ever make a difference in the difficulty of my ride! My bottom still hurts! It's exciting to realize that I used to carry that much more weight all the time, AND to think about how much easier it will be when I get more of this weight off!

Now, you be careful sharing the road with those trucks, girl!

Well, I'm off to start the day!
love and big hugs to all,
Kelly

Lord, I am so grateful this morning for a clear mind, for a fresh day and for friends who stand by me and hold me in my integrity. Thank you for blessing each of them today! Amen.

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9/8/06 5:28 A

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Good Morning, Kelly
Hope your walk this morning went well. The weather here has cooled down about 10 degrees and my run yesterday was easier. Now, I didn't say easy, just easier! RW wants me to "have fun". I'm not quite there yet, but I can see it in the future. I'm just trying to have it easy enough to be able to look up and see the view. I'm still having to concentrate lots and just look about 5' infront of me.

Hope the girl's school is okay. I don't want you stressed over all that happens. Remember, they'll talk lots because they know how much you love them, you're safe and a great listener. Emily talked my ear off with every detail (still does) and listening to her gave her a way to sort things out. It's like out loud thinking.

Will you be able to play some golf now that the girls are back in school? Oh, Johnny said I may be able to get a bike for Christmas. I'll have to get an aluminum one because anything else will rust here in short order. I think that would be another way for me to get some exercise and the roads here are flat. I could do 10 miles with little effort. The big 18 wheelers going down NC 12 (our only road) will help push me along. haha
Take care Kelly and have a great day. Oh, one more question. Will you be starting back on your course anytime soon? I know that was important to you.
Tricia

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9/7/06 4:44 P

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thanks, Mar... I'll be okay.
K.

"Forgetting what is behind and reaching forward to the things ahead, I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus." Phillipians 3:13,14

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Well then, here's a GBH from me too! If you needed one, two's got to be even better! Hope all is okay?

Love to you too!

Mary

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Since Christ is Lord of Heav�n and earth,
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9/7/06 4:03 P

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Thanks for the hug, Tric. Really needed it today.
Blessings to you - and Mary too!
love youo both,
Kel

"Forgetting what is behind and reaching forward to the things ahead, I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus." Phillipians 3:13,14

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9/7/06 6:07 A

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'Morning, Kelly
FMGBH??? I hope you have a super dooper day today. I hope your walk was good this morning. I've had to change my route a bit because there's so much standing water in the road from the storms. Don't like thinking that much! haha Just want to look 5 steps in front to not trip over a crack in the road. Maybe when I get better, I can look up and enjoy the scenery. I know it will all become easier as I do it more. Inch by inch, right??

Ted's school is going well. He switched from Spanish (class too big) to Latin and he really likes the new teacher. He has two more years after this one to take more Spanish if he wants it later. I think Latin is a great course to use in all sorts of other areas.

Hope Meg's friends will bring her lots of joy. I have found that my listening helps more than anything at her age. I think they need to release at the end of the day and the problems aren't nearly as big as they sound. Just need Mom to be a sounding board with lots of "oh's" and really's?". Hugs and I love yous help Ted to go a long long way. Gosh, I remember how hard it was at that age and I'm glad I don't have to go back!

Have a great day, sweetie. Keep smiling and know how inspiring you are to me.
Take care,
Tricia

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9/6/06 4:14 P

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Hi Kelly. Just wanted to answer your question about the girls in Colleen's circle. We've been very lucky with that. Although all the girls in her class are not all the best of friends with each other necessarily, they are a nice group of girls and they all seem to get along pretty well. There are issues here and there as I've witnessed in volleyball, but for the most part, they are all pretty nice to each other. There are about 16 girls in her class so maybe your daughter is in a bigger school?

On the few occasions when Colleen has had issues with one girl in particular, I've just asked her why she should worry about what that girl thinks about her. When she was confident enough in herself to let it go, she ended up becoming friends with the girl.

I do think her class is exceptional though. I know I've heard parents of girls in other grades complain about how their daughters were treated by certain groups. Girls can be especially vicious it seems. I wasn't one of the "popular" kids at that age so I can see things from that perspective and I think that helps me to help her through some of those issues too.

Anyway, long answer to a short question. Hope you get everything worked out. Have a great day!

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9/6/06 12:45 P

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Hello dear friends!
the first day back for the kids went pretty well. Some 6th grade girl issues are already surfacing, but we'll see how it goes. I'm struggling a bit as all the girls have lockers this year... but the school is not allowing locks. Hmmm... does that make it just an "er" instead of a locker? LOL.

4:30 is definitely an early start and I was crashing by 8pm last night. however, it really is the only time I can fit in for me - so I'll continue to do it! It's worth it for the fellowship with my buddy and for the good I know I'm doing my body!

Psychology, Tricia?! That's cool! Don't know if I ever told you that I have my BA in Psychology! You will be fabulous - you have a mind and a heart for understanding the inner workings of people!

Running and organizing... wow, could I use you around my place! Ha ha ...

Mary - glad things are going well back to school for your kids. How are the girls in Colleen's circle?

Well, I must get back to work! Good to hear from you!
love and big hugs,
Kel

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9/6/06 11:48 A

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Hi Kelly! How's everything? Are the kids adjusting back to school okay? Mine are doing pretty well. We had a couple of good mornings. With Colleen in the 8th grade, it's looking to be a very busy year.

How are you doing with your goals? Hope all is going well!

Mary

"Failing to plan is planning to fail."

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Since Christ is Lord of Heav�n and earth,
How can I keep from singing?


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9/6/06 5:24 A

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And we love ya right back!

How did the first day of school go for the girls? I hope all is well with the little ones. I'm sure they'll have new friends in no time. Meg's in the 6th grade? Wow, that's hard to believe! At Ted's school, the 6 graders now go to the secondary school. I wish her great success. She quite the young lady!

Forgot to tell you, I started my course (Psychology) yesterday. I'm anxious, but excited. When do you start back with your classes? I'm getting the house very organized now (a little each day) and will plan to spend 2-3 hours each morning after taking Ted to school and getting in my run. No rest for the weary!hahahaha

I hope your walk went well. I still can't believe you're up so early! I can barely drink coffee at 5 and I don't hit the pavement till 8:40. You're halfway through your day by then!

Have a great day. I'm so lucky to have you as an SP buddy.
Tricia

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9/5/06 4:15 P

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I just love you guys!!!!
K.

"Forgetting what is behind and reaching forward to the things ahead, I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus." Phillipians 3:13,14

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9/5/06 5:33 A

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Good Morning, Kelly!!!
Back from your run?? It will be easier when the girls are back into a routine at school. 4:30 is so early! How in the world can you get up that early?? I know you'll do it because you are so determined. I am always so excited when I see your post. You are always sooooo encouraging to me and everyone else. WHat a great asset you are to SP!
Have a great day. I'm off to the oatmeal making.
Hugs,
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9/4/06 9:49 A

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Hi Kel(((((big hug)))))
I want to help keep you motivated....we can do this !!!
So...
First of all take 3 deep, deep breaths, stetch your arms overhead and reach for the sky...allow your mind to get focused on being at peace and calm...
You can do this before your exercise.
now get going....I'm watching you .....emoticon

your bud, rw

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Hi guys! I'm still here... it's been a busy week getting the children ready for back to school. In addition, we are doing some renovations... so, needless to say, things are a little chaotic!

I'm looking forward to starting back at my morning walks on Tuesday and have stocked my fridge and cupboards with healthy choices for the week.

I'm so thankful to all of you who continue to walk through this with me... it's a life long journey, I think, and I look forward to getting to know you better and better!
God bless!
Kel

"Forgetting what is behind and reaching forward to the things ahead, I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus." Phillipians 3:13,14

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8/29/06 5:42 P

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Hi Kelly! Thanks for stopping by my journal. Check in soon and let us know how you're doing. You were doing well last week. How's that going? Thinking of you girl! Hope you're having a great week!

Mary

"Failing to plan is planning to fail."

No storm can shake my inmost calm
While to that rock I'm clinging;
Since Christ is Lord of Heav�n and earth,
How can I keep from singing?


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8/24/06 1:45 P

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Way to go Kelly! I've been having a really good week too! Getting my snacking and portion sizes down again. I've lost a few pounds myself. Official weigh in had me down 5 pounds since a week ago Monday. Not too bad. We can do this!! I just know it!

Have a really great day!!

Mary

"Failing to plan is planning to fail."

No storm can shake my inmost calm
While to that rock I'm clinging;
Since Christ is Lord of Heav�n and earth,
How can I keep from singing?


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emoticon Way to go Kel
That's what I like to hear from you...
emoticonHappy Dance!!
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8/24/06 8:09 A

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Good morning, Friends!
Well, 3 solid days down and I feel GREAT!!! I'm 3.5 pounds down this week - what a wonderful blessing!

I was mentioning earlier that I'm rediscovering the freedom that comes within the limits of knowing what my body needs and doing it. I'm still fighting cravings, but I know it will pass - and, like I said, I'm starting to remember how free I felt when healthy eating became a habit!

I'm so glad to be re-connecting with all of you and thankful that we're continuing on this journey together.

I pray blessings for your day and joy in your heart.
big hugs!
Kelly

"Forgetting what is behind and reaching forward to the things ahead, I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus." Phillipians 3:13,14

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8/22/06 9:04 P

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Hi guys! Good to hear from you RW!

Well, day 2 is a success! I'm at mid range for my calories... played golf for 3 hours tonight (walking) and, although I wanted them desperately, avoided the fries afterward!

Edie, Mary, Lisa... hope you've had good days too!!!

Sweet dreams, my friends. On to day 3.....
Blessings and big hugs to all,
Kel

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8/22/06 1:34 P

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Hi Kel, I'm just stopping in to say hiemoticon
I'm glad that you're back on track now and having some good days
emoticon big hugs (((((Kelly))))
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Way to go Kelly! I've had some pretty good days too. Let's try to get on this streak together and see where we can take it. Thinking of you and hope you have a great day!

Mary

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No storm can shake my inmost calm
While to that rock I'm clinging;
Since Christ is Lord of Heav�n and earth,
How can I keep from singing?


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Hi everyone!
Well, I'm on day 2 of a good streak... ate to the low end of my calories yesterday and I'm on track today as well as making good choices. We golfed Sunday, biked yesterday and we're golfing tonight.

I feel the momentum picking up!!!!
Hope you're all well!
Blessings and hugs,
Kel

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Good morning ladies (and RW, of course!)!
Well, I'm pushing the top end of my calories every day and have not been walking this week. Not expecting a loss. BUT, I am tracking everything and expect next week to be better. My little ones are away, so DH, Megs and I hope to golf several days next week - hooray!!!!

Edie - how are you doing, hon? How's the tracking for the BLC going? When does your hubby leave for his trip?

Tricia - I'm smiling thinking of you running and boating in your beautiful spot there... mmmmmm. I hope you're able to find some help with MIL... You do a beautiful job with her, but I know you also have a lot on your plate with Emily and Teddy.

Mary - my biking queen!!!! I hope you're enjoying these last few weeks of summer and happy to have the kids home. Sounds like you'll be busy with soccer and stuff!

Thank you, Lord, for this beautiful day, for family to love, for work to put our hands to. Help us to be faithful to you in all we do and say and give us strength and wisdom to make right choices in our food and in our activity. Amen!

"Forgetting what is behind and reaching forward to the things ahead, I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus." Phillipians 3:13,14

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Good morning Kelly! Sorry I haven't checked in this week. It's really been a busy one! Today I finally get a bit of a breather. Still lots to do but not as much pressure and not as many things likely to go wrong. Ohh, I can't believe I just said that! Really set myself up didn't I?!

Sounds like you've got some good plans in place. The exercise is so much easier for me than the food. I don't know why that is. Someone once told me it's usually the opposite. I'm riding my bike so much right now, I just wish I could get the food to work out too!

Hope you are having a great week! I think about you lots!

Mary

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How can I keep from singing?


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Good Morning, dear Kelly, I've been so bad to not come to your new journal before now. I think of you each and every day and often see you here on SP. My time has been crazy, but should improve greatly by the first of September. Dottie is now in an Assisted Living Facility. I wish it stopped there, but I always know that Gd will give us all the strength that we need. It's very important for us to visit the facility each day because if they don't see family, the residents do not get the attention. No amount of money can make a difference. Even the best ones are short staffed and the family must still provide lots of help. I am looking into hire an assistant to help me help Dottie. It will be a process, but I'm geared up and ready for the challenge.
See why I'm trying to run now?!?!?!? It's a great release.
I want badly for you to find all of the answers. Always know there is a Great Plan and you will know the right answer in time. What a great group of friends you have coming to visit you here! I am sooo happy to see Cruise Puppy!
I look forward to getting back into SP more as time permits. I've even been thinking again about starting back to school. It just wasn't meant to be before, but perhaps the time will be right in the future. Keeping the focus on a healthy me has got to be towards the top of my list because I can't function when I'm not healthy. You and my other SP friends have been such a HUGE support. I need you and look forward to our continued friendship.
You're the best!!!

TTFN/FMGBH?
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Hello sweet girl,
Here is my report from yesterday... only went over calorie range by 11; did 30 minutes of interval training on the treadmill, and got my 8 glasses of water in. Best of all for me, I was hungry before going to bed and thought of getting into the cheetos after hubby and son went to bed, but didn't... for me this is huge... no bingeing. Let me know how you are doing.
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Morning!
Well, Edie, my salad plan didn't work out... didn't realize that DH took salad for lunch yesterday so 1. he didn't want it for dinner and 2. I didn't have what we needed!
However, I ate pretty much what was on the meal plan for dinner yesterday. I think I ended up about 100 cals over for the day.
I'm going to try something new today... actually using the SP meal plan. We'll see how that goes for awhile - my way has not been working!
I'm off to work for the morning. Hope you have a great day!

Lord, bless my friends in their comings and goings, give them strength to face their challenges and love for those You place before them. Help me, Father, to listen to Your voice in me and to LISTEN AND OBEY!!! Amen.

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so-so, Edie. We had a staff meeting today and I had a sliver of coffee cake which (unexpectedly) was really high in cals. I'm going to have salad for supper, so the food will be fine. No exercise, though... my buddy's off for a bit again. I'll get back to business next week - plan to walk 5 days and we are booked to golf 3 days as well!
Have a good night, hon.
Talk to you tomorrow!
Kel

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Hello friend!!
Glad you are coming with me. I have had a good day so far, what about you??



 
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Hey friends!
Yes, Edie, I'm on board with you, girl. 12 weeks should put us about to Christmas, yes?! I'm excited!
Thanks for bringing me along!
Kel

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Hello Kelly,
Well, today we start... 12 weeks of being accountable. My goal is to post all of my food, not go over my calories, and get my workouts in. I am going to stick with this for the entire biggest loser 12 weeks. Hope you are on board!!! Blessings!!
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Waving hello to Kelly!

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Good morning, friends.

Okay - reading a new book ..." In Pursuit of Peace" by Joyce Meyer. It's time to get my walk with God back on track and the peace back in my heart!!!

Blinding flash of the obvious this morning... good things (peace, weight loss, joy, friendhships, fulfillment), do not happen TO us... we must actively pursue them to be able to enjoy them. I can't lose weight by just saying I want to, nor can I enjoy peace in my life just because I say I want it!

So, today IS a new day - let us rejoice and be glad in this day the Lord has made! I choose today to turn around and PURPOSE to pursue good things in my life! Nothing good ever comes from time spent in self-pity, does it?! I know there are some big decisions and changes to be made in my life. I need to listen to the wisdom that has come from my friends, seek God for His guidance and follow what He is showing me through both!

Thank you, Father, for another new beginning... for Your immeasurable grace and mercy ... for never turning your back on me. Thank you for friends who guide me in Your wisdom and remind me who I am in You. Bless these friends, Lord, each in their need - with healing in their bodies and minds, with comfort to their souls, with discipline in their journey to a healthy lifestyle that we may honour You with our bodies and with our lives. Help us all to make right choices today, Father... to bless one another for Your glory. Amen.

"Forgetting what is behind and reaching forward to the things ahead, I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus." Phillipians 3:13,14

A goal only seems unreachable until you DECIDE you're going to do it!


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Good Morning!
I do have a job, Janice. I've been working for my friends who have their own business. It started out as VERY part time doing strictly data entry. However, the business is starting to take off and since January I've been working 3 days/wk x 5hrs functioning in more administrative duties.

Anyway, must run.
Love you all.
Kel

Edited by: HEALTHY4HIM at: 8/15/2006 (06:54)
"Forgetting what is behind and reaching forward to the things ahead, I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus." Phillipians 3:13,14

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Just doing a fly by to wish our Kelly well!

Do you already have a job, Kelly, or did I misread that? It sounds like you and hubby are communicating on the issue, which is terrific. All the advice here is excellent (perhaps because it is God given?).

Loads of Love and Best of Blessings,

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Thanks Kelly-----Have a great evening!

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AJ - He has a plan especially for you - good and faithful servant.
love and blessings!
Kel

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Hi Kel,

That really sounds like a good plan. Just remember what Dr. Phil says----"The best thing you can do for your children and your husband is to take good care of their mother and wife"!

I hope someday I can get back to work because I feel somewhat lost and useless right now. I've never had children (I had step children when I was married)but I always had a very responsible position with many hours of work and it's been really difficult to accept my days now. I do believe that God was trying to tell me to slow down and I am trusting that he has a plan, even for me.

Enjoy this beautiful day,
AJ

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Morning friends!
There is so much wisdom to be gained from learning from the experience of others, isn't there?! I'm so blessed to have women in my life who will offer their own experience to my benefit. And, I'm grateful that God has given me a willingness to learn from that - not to have to experience it firsthand to reap the benefit of it!

Thank you, from the bottom of my heart, for your encouragement, wisdom, support and love. You are all such a wonderful blessing to me!

At this point, I'm looking toward a 4 day week, but reduced hours... perhaps 8-2:30. Not sure which day I will have off, but likely Fridays. My husband has listened and, as I should have expected, is willing to support me in this while we see what works best for me and, more importantly, for our family.

I'm not sure yet what I'm going to do about the church committment, but I'm praying about it. And, I think that one course instead of two will be sufficient for the fall.

I do want to be able to keep this committment to myself - to nourish and move my body and make it strong and healthy - for myself and for them!

Thanks again for such helpful and honest suggestions. You folks are truly wonderful.
love and big hugs,
Kel

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Good Morning! It made my day to find you are back here with us again! I've missed you!

I've probably told you before, but I was a stay at home mom for 25 years. I never really thought about a career and loved my 'job' of caring for my husband, home and family. However, a couple years ago, I decided to get something part time after the kids were grown, so applied at WinnDixie. However, God had other plans, and within the same week I was to start there, He gave me a whole different job in an office that has been a blessing since day one. It's not what I would have even THOUGHT about doing or thought I was qualified for! My point here is, He will guide and direct you as you trust in Him, and that is what makes life with Him such an adventure.

I agree with everything everyone has said so far, but I'd like to offer this one bit of advice. Try to begin with just a 3 day a week job. You are right that your responsiblities at home are still many with 3 girls to raise. Even though they are in school full time now, you will stay much more balanced and able to meet the needs of your whole family if you don't feel stretched to the max by being gone all week, too. You can still help share the financial burden this way, yet have a couple days a week at home alone to stay caught up on laundry, grocery shopping, etc. so your weekends would be more relaxed and open for spending with them as a family. A more rested, relaxed, in control of her life woman will be far more valuable to your family than just a little more money.

Right now, even with no kids at home, I work 4 days a week, with Wednesdays off. This one day in the middle of the week free allows me to run errands and stay caught up at home and really keeps me SANE!

So...that's my addition to your food for thought. You can always work more in the future, but for the next few years I think you won't regret having less stress and pressure, and keeping a few days a week open to devote to your home and family. Being a full time provider is not one of the burdens God has made your shoulders to carry, so don't take on too much in that department at the expense of making your home a wonderful refuge for your husband and your girls.

Glad you are back, and I know you can reach your goals! It will be fun to see your accomplishment by Christmas!

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Hi Kelly!

Thanks for stopping by my journal. Sounds like you had a quiet week as I did. Things are just too uneventful around here with no kids.

Sounds like you're getting right back into the swing of things. Big interruptions can make it hard to return. Even just a vacation can throw me off my routine. But, with determination, you will get right back to it and I know you will succeed.

You have my support and I really appreciate having yours. Hope you are having a great day!

Mary

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No storm can shake my inmost calm
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Hi Kel
I'm glad that you're focusing on healthy food and exercise again, it's so easy to drift away and get into those old habits. I missed you very much over the past few months and it's wonderful to hear you're back now.
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Good morning, everyone!
Hi Penny! Good to hear from you!
I've yet to make it around to say hello to everyone... but I'm trying!

Yesterday was a solid day and I enjoyed my walk this morning. I'm counting on it all to snowball and gain momentum!

Thinking of you all with good thoughts and smiles!
Big hugs and blessings,
Kel

"Forgetting what is behind and reaching forward to the things ahead, I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus." Phillipians 3:13,14

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Welcome back Dear Kelly.

Take some time for you and then make the plans for you that work best for you and you family. I totaly agree with Janice on this.

Hope you have a great day will be back later.

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You guys are the BEST! Thanks - from the heart - for all the encouragement and wisdom! I will deeply consider what you've said, Janice... my walking buddy is telling me the SAME THING!

See you tomorrow!
Love to all,
Kel

"Forgetting what is behind and reaching forward to the things ahead, I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus." Phillipians 3:13,14

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Hi Kelly,

Take some much needed time for you and to recharge your batteries. I just had chemo yesterday and can't be on here very long, but will write more when I can.


I share your frustration with not being able to follow the program. I haven't been able to type or swim regularly for weeks and it's depressing. I, too, am determined to get on this train to success again!

Hugs,
AJ


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9/11/06 - 215
10/28/06 - 205
11/06/06 - 202
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Hi Kelly,

Happy August to you, too. : -)

Old habits do resurface and we do feel ashamed when they rear their ugly heads however, the good news is that we can welcome the new habits right back in to our souls and hearts. I liken it to an alcoholic going off of the wagon... we are foodaholics as food is the drug of our choice. And just as alcoholics still have to drink water (but not booze) we foodaholics still have to eat (just not in excess). It's tough. I've yet to keep off any weight longterm. I guess that's why God gives us eachother... to encourage eachother on.

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Also, about the kids all going to school and what to do with yourself.... if you can afford it, you need time to breathe for a while. Kelly, motherhood is fantastic and rewarding, and it is also 110% giving and very tiring work. When you do decide to go to out-of-the-house type of work, be sure to plan in advance with your husband regarding who will take time off when the kids are sick and need to stay home from school and also speak to your husband regarding housechores and which ones he will stewardly do without reminding or prompting from you. The goal is for you to share his financial burden and for your husband to share your work burden. Soccer practises and swimming lessons don't just happen on their own and your husband needs to understand that and he needs to be more than willing to help, he needs to say which practises, lessons and games he will happily be responsible for. And Kelly, you need to let him. That might sound odd, but we moms have a tough time letting go of our wee ones, even to our husbands. You might be feeling like you should be the one to do things with the kids and that you "shouldn't" need to share responsibility. But you do. And it's okay.

The other option is not to 'work' outside of the home yet. I know some companies these days do have 'at home' programs for their employees. I think IBM is one of them. It might be worth it to send resumes out to larger companies looking for employment from the home turf.

I think because of my illness (depression) I have postponed the "who am I now that my kids have grown" stage until recently (and both my girls are in university this September!). As I surface out of my darkened cocoon of depression I am left wondering who I am, what I am capable of doing, what I might 'like' to do and what God might catch my attention with. I have no idea if I will ever have the strength to go back into teaching, but that is a whole nother story. It is perplexing, isn't it, to think of what we can do "out there" that would jive with who we are in the inside. And we are so lucky to have this problem as for so many in the world they are just wondering where the next meal might come from.

Oh Kelly I am rambling! There are books, too, to help you decide on a vocation... I think one is called, "What Colour Is My Parachute?".

Anyhoo, my Kelly, it is great to see you back and we will get our weight under control. Keep us up to date on the "to work or not to work, that is the question" thing.

God Loves you and so do we!

Loads of Love and Best of Blessings,

Janice

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My sweet, sweet Kelly!!
So glad you are back and I love the new photo... YOU are gorgeous!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I want to know what I can do to help you succeed!! First I am going to pray that you will move in whatever the right direction is career wise, etc.... I personally think that you have the gift of encouragement and a way with words if you could incorporate that into some kind of career. I also think that it is VERY IMPORTANT that you take time for yourself and verbalize what you need from your husband and family. Such as a HUGE celebration of you on your birthday, Mother's Day, etc... Don't let yourself be put last!!!! Let's do this together, sweet girl... your next 25 pounds by Christmas. 25 pounds for me by December 16th... my anniversary. Love you girl!!
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Hi Kelly!

Glad to see you back and posting. And you are your usual thoughtful self, always looking inward for ways to make your life better. I know you will figure it all out!

Going back to work will be a challenge. I've always worked, even when the kids were small so I know about that. It was easier once they were in school, but that also provides another endless flurry of activites. Hard to strike a balance.

Anyway, just wanted to check in and welcome you back. Hope you're having a great day! I missed you!

Mary

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Good Morning and Happy August to you!

Well, it's time for me to get back on this wonderful wagon. The last month has been a flurry of activity and challenge as we celebrated my sister's wedding. Now that we have them safely moved and off on their honeymoon, it's time to take my focus inward once more and look toward the next leg of this journey to a healthier lifestyle.

I am ashamed to admit how quickly old habits return when I'm not focused here. After a year at SP, I really felt I had integrated new and healthy habits into my life. Sadly, the old, bad habits are still stronger and took over during this time of being busy and outwardly focused.

HOWEVER... here I am, ready to re-mount and get this body healthy! So, back to basics... 10-12 glasses of water daily, 5 hours of walking per week as well as 2 weight lifting sessions. I really like the article this morning on high intensity interval training, so I may look into trying to make that part of my routine. Out goes the alcohol and junk and I WILL track my food each day. I would like to lose this next 25 pounds by Christmas.

I need to really take a look at the direction of my life... now that all three kids will be in school full time, my DH would love for me to share the burden of financial responsibility and take a full time job. Although I also would like to work and have an income, there are several problems... I still have to finish my courses for this new career of mine... I know that the housework and demands of the children won't end just because I'm at work - need to make sure I keep time for them... not really sure "what I want to be when I grow up" (ha ha ha - you'd think by now I'd have figured that out!)... and really, after 11 years of raising babies, I'm kind of tired and need time to rediscover (or perhaps discover for the first time) who I am and what I want to achieve in life. It's a dilemma.

Finally, I really need to make sure that I gear my life such that I make time to know God and to be in HIS will for my life. Not only to pray to Him, but to take the time to listen FOR Him.

Oh, this is a very long email. Sufficed to say, I'm really looking forward to reconnecting here with good friends who have been such an anchor for me this past year. I pray that you have been enjoying a wonderful summer and am excited to start on this journey again with you all!

For today, Must run.
love and big hugs,
Kel

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