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Rewriting my Destiny

Consistent effort, no matter how small, sparks magic, fills sails, butters bread, turns tides, instills faith, summons friends, improves health, burns calories, creates abundance, yields clarity, builds courage, spins planets, and rewrites destinies. No matter how small.

Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, ...
Consistent effort, no matter how small, sparks magic, fills sails, butters bread, turns tides, instills faith, summons friends, improves health, burns calories, creates abundance, yields clarity, builds courage, spins planets, and rewrites destinies. No matter how small.

Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast,
a house into a home, a stranger into a friend. Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow.
Melody Beattie, Quoted in “Simple Abundance”, by Sarah Ban Breathnach

DESIDERATA by Max Ehrmann

Go placidly amid the noise and the haste and remember what peace there may be in silence. As far as possible, without surrender, be on good terms will all persons. Speak your truth quietly and clearly; and listen to others, even to the dull and the ignorant; for they too have their story. Avoid loud and aggessive persons; they are vexatious to the spirit. If you compare yourself to others, you may become vain or bitter, for always there will be greater and lesser persons than yourself. Enjoy your achievements as well as your plans. Keep interested in your own career, however humble; it is a real posession in the changing fortunes if time. Exercise caution in your business affairs, for the world is full of trickery. But let this not blind you to what virtue there is; many persons strive for hig ideals and everywhere life is full of heroism. Be yourself. Especially do not feign affection. Neither be cynical about love; for in the face of all aridity and disenchantment, it is as perennial as the grass. Take kindly the counsel of the years, gracefully surrendering the things of your youth. Nurture strength of spirit to shield you in sudden misfortune. But do not distress yourself with dark imaginings. Many fears are born of fatigue and loneliness. Beyond a wholesome discipline, be gentle with yourself. YOu are a child of the universe no less than the trees and the stars; you have a right to be here. And whether or not it is clear to you, no doubt the universe is unfolding as it should. Therefore be at peace with God, whatever you conceive Him to be. And whatever your labors and aspirations, in the noisy confusion of life, keep PEACE in your soul. With all its sham, drudgery and broken dreams, it is still a beautiful world. Be cheerful. Strive to be happy.

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Member Since: 9/14/2007

SparkPoints: 83,387

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My Goals:
My goal is to lose another 5-10 pounds of body fat and gain a few pounds of lean muscle mass.

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My Nutrition

Eat approx 1100 - 1400 calories per day. Macro break down = Carbs 40% Fat 28% Protein 32%

My Fitness Program

Kickboxing 2x a week
Strength Training 2x a week
Core and Butt work every workout
Cardio Intervals 2x a week.

Personal Information:
My name is Carolanne

I lost 80 pounds 7 years ago using Weight Watchers and have kept the majority of it off all these years.

I have 3 children (2 step) - they are 38, 35 and 24. The 2 oldest kids have blessed my DH & I with 5 gorgeous grandsons.

Other Information:
I work 3 days a week with my husband of 28 years servicing really big commercial swimming pools for our own company. It's a very physical job with lots of arm and shoulder work and heavy lifting (the chlorine jugs weigh 22 lbs each).

Last year I lost my job of 24 years as a purchasing agent and customer service rep due to the declining economy.

It's been surprisingly lovely to work with my husband. I feel really good about being able to help him and make his days a little easier.

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Member Comments:
7/15/2015 5:25:08 PM

Hi its been awhile but hey I just made a facebook group lol I am hoping with the chat I may hopefully be more consistent!! You want to come join us?? If you do just add me to your friends...LaDelle Ganter and I will add you as a friend and to the group! I hope you will...please?? lol emoticon

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3/20/2015 9:46:52 AM

Id like to invite you to join in my challenge to lose 10 pound in April The goal is 10 pounds but really u do what u can. The decision to how much is ultimately up to you. i know some of us might be saying 10 pounds? WOW, that is too much! cant do it! But i am here to tell u i did it for 7 months straight, (lost 75 pounds) b4 i got sick with cancer and had dropped out for 3 yrs. unfortunately due to lack of activity it took me 3 yrs to gain it all back, but im back to tell you that with your help I can do it again. if u stay within ur calories that are alotted and if u track everything that passes ur lips u can do it too. I was never one that stayed on a diet before, for more than 3 weeks at a time, and then I'd get discouraged and dropped off. i lost 75 pounds just doing calorie counting and tracking to make sure i never went over. i barely exercised ...i am handicapped and i cant do exercises in the conventional way but i flapped my arms while showering, and sitting did leg raises, went up and down my stairs whenever it struck me to do so. i did very minimal stuff. the idea was to keep moving and i did that. so i know with disipline, encouragement and motivation u can too.. so i invite u to come and join me on my 10 pound challenge! cut and paste link below

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12/27/2014 8:46:00 AM

Hey Surlygirl! Happy festive season. emoticon emoticon Wishing you all the best for 2015, and hope things are going well for you in the meantime. I've been away from SP this last while and the pounds have crept up, but things have improved in other ways - swings and roundabouts. Hope your 2015 is a brave and bold new year, take care emoticon

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12/25/2014 3:31:34 AM

I just read this poem & felt it too good not to share on this CHRISTmas Eve! God bless!

{This is another version of 'Twas The Night Before Christmas' }

'Twas the night before Jesus came
and all through the house
Not a creature was praying,
Not one in the house.
Their Bibles were lain on the shelf without care
In hopes that Jesus would not come there.

The children were dressing to crawl into bed.
Not once ever kneeling or bowing a head.
And Mom in her rocker with baby on her lap
Was watching the Late Show while I took a nap.

When out of the East there arose such a clatter.
I sprang to my feet to see what was the matter.
Away to the window I flew like a flash,
Tore open the shutters and threw up the sash!

When what to my wondering eyes should appear
But angels proclaiming that Jesus was here.
With a light like the sun sending forth a bright ray
I knew in a moment this must be THE DAY!

The light of His face made me cover my head
It was Jesus! returning just like He had said.
And though I possessed worldly wisdom and wealth,
I cried when I saw Him in spite of myself.

In the Book of Life which He held in His hand
Was written the name of every saved man.
He spoke not a word as He searched for my name;
When He said "it's not here" my head hung in shame.

The people whose names had been written with love
He gathered to take to His Father above.
With those who were ready He rose without a sound.
While all the rest were left standing around.

I fell to my knees, but it was too late;
I had waited too long and thus sealed my fate.
I stood and I cried as they rose out of sight;
Oh, if only I had been ready tonight.

In the words of this poem the meaning is clear;
The coming of Jesus is drawing near.
There's only one life and when comes the last call
We'll find that the Bible was true after all!

(by Reverend Edward M. Gionest, Sr.)

To those who receive Him, He gives the power to become the sons of God, even to those that believe on his name. Repent and declare with your mouth that Jesus is your Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised him up from the dead, you will be saved.

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12/2/2014 12:34:55 AM

Loving those Melody Beattie quotes! You sent me on a little journey down the rabbit hole with those -- "Oh Melody Beattie, I remember when she was a big deal, wonder what she's doing now?" Then I found her book Making Miracles in 40 Days, and I think I might try her plan. Gratitude as a deliberate act sounds like just what I need right now. :) Hope all's well!

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