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What? Not again!

Thursday, June 12, 2014

I try not to whine and complain for two reasons:

1. Generally that expressions of negative energy takes away from positive energy that can be applied to going forward.

2. I am a generally grateful person.

But (and here goes nothing) this morning I did my usual sparking, including reading one of the Harvard Health News articles AND the Health in the News. Later on I read a fellow sparkers status quote asking "Where did the Health in the News go?" Sure enough . . . POOF . . . GONE! Vanished. No longer there.

I don't know about anyone else but I found that site to be extremely beneficial in developing healthy lifestyle habits, helping me take care of myself, learning what to do (or NOT do!)

Hmmm . . . I very much appreciate that this site is free. That's a blessing. I can say for myself it saved my life literally, and I KNOW there are others out there who feel the same way.

Again with the big BUT . . . taking away essential tools that add to our ability to develop this healthy lifestyle we are all determined to build is not going to be a positive thing, I don't think.

I have expressed myself on Mr. Downey's page and hope that we're listened to. Indeed I hope there are enough out there who feel as I do that we can make a difference.

Respectfully hope it returns!

  
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COASTAL6 9/11/2014 2:44AM

    I hope your doing better today!
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CTUPTON 9/4/2014 5:23PM

    From what I understand you can still read those articles on another website, not on SP.

It used to so convenient . I loved reading those articles and learning lots.

chris

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BEAUTIFUL_REINA 9/3/2014 2:11PM

    I agree. If we all send feedback, it will be brought back. Remember what happened when they automatically hooked us up to Facebook and posted our private biz there...overnight they fixed that!

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SUNSHINE5268 9/1/2014 10:16PM

    good job, thanks for sharing, smiles.

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LEANJEAN6 8/27/2014 8:43AM

    How yu be???-----I see and look for your comments daily--but I never take the time to tell you how much I appreciate having you as a friend!---Enjoy the weekend coming up!-Lynda

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LEANJEAN6 8/21/2014 8:39AM

    You are so funny!-----I COULD just smack him!!--Imagine--eating like that and never gaining weight!---Totally not fair!!!!--Another day here--foggy!---Hugs-Lynda

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2BDYNAMIC 8/14/2014 9:27PM

    Maybe with enough squeaky wheels .......... it will come back. I also used to listen to spark radio daily and they went away too.................. dunno. Don't get it. Hmmm

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HIKETOHEIGHTS 8/9/2014 10:23AM

    That was my one of favorite features. Also, but I imagine it wasn't cost effective. I appreciate the "free" feature of the sight and I suppose they do what they need to do to be profitable. I hope they bring it back, thanks for chiming in for it's return, Victoria

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LEANJEAN6 8/8/2014 7:52AM

    Good morning virtual sister!----- How is yer hubby doing??-----It's foggy here this morning --which means summer is slipping away--sob sob!--Lynda

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LEANJEAN6 8/1/2014 4:20PM

    Well, Fat cat--who is skinny scrawny cat --had another pretty good day------so we will continue to live on the edge--the 2 of us!!--He must hear yer prayers!---Lynda

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NORASPAT 7/31/2014 9:32PM

    Hi Barb, The A to Z Health letters are there and it is now well in to the evening.
I read them and add them to some pages..
It is in the community post and I feel certain it is still there. I hope so. Pat in Maine emoticon

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LEANJEAN6 7/30/2014 7:38PM

    He GOT THE JOB???????--Oh man! I am so happy for you all!--Do you have to move?????----So so so happy!!!-Lynda

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NEWMEISHERE 7/26/2014 3:51PM

    emoticon I've often used the little tid bits on these to make changes and try to improve my health,hopefully the big cheese will listen.

P.s love the doggie background

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GENRE009 7/22/2014 1:04PM

    Here try these:
http://petersprinciples.c
om/television ( These aren't the link, so you'll have to type it in)
ALSO:

energytimes.com (get the free digital magazine that tell you about herb, vitamins, and health.)

lol, eva

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TINY67 7/22/2014 11:07AM

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JUSTYNA7 7/17/2014 7:53AM

    There have been such good studies going on and I think we should know about things lke flu shots and trends. But I think it is still available, just not as obvious. I am pretty sure I read something recently.

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PROVERBS31JULIA 7/14/2014 1:03AM

    Ahhh you and me both!! I liked getting the spark point for the news, although very frequently the same news showed up in our dead tree newspaper and other sources. My hubby subscribed to Eureka! alerts and many of them were same basic articles. I had sent my concern to the Soark Help and they explained their side, which is also okay, I guess!? I just know part of ot for me was in not getting my SparkPoint! They have made up other new ways to add SP and I could go walk some more, or rebound or other exercise and rack up points!! ;)

Will have to check the other links...

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SUSIEPH1 7/12/2014 8:05PM

    I too, am disappointed that this valuable tool has been taken away ..
You are not complaining my friend .. Just stating a fact ..
I often used the knowledge gained front those articles to help my health ..
Thank you for getting in touch with Mr Downey ...
Hugs Susie . emoticon emoticon

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LEANJEAN6 7/9/2014 6:48PM

    I liked that health thing too-----but--it's gone! Funny how they just change stuff-----Lynda

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JUDITH316 7/7/2014 12:21AM

    I hear you and totally understand where you are coming from, there have been a lot of changes in the past few months, I don't like a lot of the adds as they take away from the helpful articles that really can help us, I appreciate that SP is a Free Site and know in order to have a free site there have to be some advertisements but I also believe there has to be a better way, removing good positive articles that help and encourage members in my opinion is not beneficial for any of us, but that's my opinion, just the same I love SP and am thankful I am preparing to celebrate 4 happy years as a Member of this Fantastic Network!

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MISSYGEEN 7/5/2014 3:36PM

    Most companies, especially internet based companies watch for the amount of hits they get on different aspects of their site. If it doesn't seem to get enough traffic or draw people in it may prove to be more expensive to run it than it is worth or (and I hope that I am not being to cynical here) but maybe it doesn't draw in the advertisers. I used to read them a lot but not much anymore since I can only view the full site when I am at the library and it is too much of a hassle to view on my phone.

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KIM22211 6/23/2014 12:44AM

    I noticed that too and was all boo hoo about it

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NANCY- 6/21/2014 11:43AM

    Update:
http://www.sparkpeople.c
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Shan2009 posted info.

You could bookmark:
http://health.usnews.c
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LEANJEAN6 6/19/2014 8:00PM

    Sometimes I click on the Ads and I don't mean to--makes me mad!--But I too appreciate this site being free!--Lynda

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MSLZZY 6/19/2014 6:08AM

    I didn't see that until after I got home from vacation-drat!

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BEAUTIFUL_REINA 6/17/2014 5:25PM

    I hear you. Also, the ads have gotten so intrusive that I don't use the site as much as I once did...

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BRADMILL2922 6/17/2014 2:56AM

    I understand that change happens but it seems to be a trend here that changes are usually made pretty drastically and quickly. I know a lot of people don't like a lot of the changes. I had not used that particular feature that you speak of but I can understand your frustration.

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PURPLEBIRD63 6/16/2014 12:34AM

    I'm embarrassed to say that I didn't know that was available.
I need to explore more and utilize this sure to it's fullest.

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OPALMOON 6/15/2014 3:03AM

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WATERMELLEN 6/14/2014 10:55AM

    Change is always upsetting -- and good for you drawing attention to it (NOT whining!!)


http://www.sp
arkpeople.com/resource/health_a
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Is this the link you were looking for? Maybe you got it reinstated!!

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CLAIREINPARIS 6/14/2014 10:17AM

    emoticon Thank you Barb!

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SANDISOCAROLINA 6/14/2014 10:00AM

    Too many negative changes and it's all about the ads now....no you're not whining or complaining at all....it's just sad fact. Hope it becomes more user friendly again. Thanks for calling it to spark guys attention.

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WORKOUTWITHPAM 6/14/2014 5:58AM

    I don't recall getting any type of notice that the Health News articles were being done away with. It was there earlier this week when I went there. Then I saw on someone's thread in the Business Forum that it was gone. I checked and, YEP! GONE! emoticon THANKS for posting this blog.

HUGS
Pam

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WINDY01 6/13/2014 10:48PM

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But... emoticon still!

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FLPALM 6/13/2014 10:46PM

    I totally agree! Reading the articles, was a great TOOL, and yes, we read, absorb information that may, or may not be pertinent to us, but it "helps" us be more careful, and mindful of some of our choices in life.

Let's hope it was a small "glitch" and soon back in our "Tool Box!"

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LIVINGFREE19 6/13/2014 10:24PM

    I miss those too!

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SWEETNEEY 6/13/2014 9:18PM

    Can't say I regularly read or familiar with the page.

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IGNITEME101 6/13/2014 9:11PM

    Thank you for pointing it out. I've been -well, you know, so I was unaware!

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BIGPAWSUP 6/13/2014 12:55PM

    Good luck

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WENDYJM4 6/13/2014 7:14AM

    i also enjoyed reading the health news. emoticon

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WORLDSERIES11 6/13/2014 12:21AM

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I really enjoyed reading the articles!

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SPARKFRAN514 6/13/2014 12:13AM

    I agree with the others you are watching out for us to complete the goal spark guy set out to do in the beginning to help us have a safe and healthy trip to good health. we need to speak up when helpful tools disappear . thanks

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CAT-IN-CJ 6/12/2014 11:18PM

    Hopefully it's hidden somewhere you haven't discovered yet . . . .


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FLYER99 6/12/2014 10:29PM

    In answer to LIVEDAILY, when I go up to "Articles and Videos" and hover over that, I don't see "Health News" at all. It was there yesterday, but not today

I posed the question in Technical Support and was told by an SP staffer that "Health News" was removed from the site with no reason as to why.

I agree, and have made the point, that this site IS free, but more and more ads are surfacing with less and less content.

And, the changes SP has made (and are making) to the site are terrible. They are NOT user-friendly.

As I mentioned in a message board post, if this continues, I will have to re-evaluate whether this site is of any use to me.

GREAT Blog! I totally agree with you on this!

Bob.

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It's Been a Long Time, Baby! But Here I Am!!

Sunday, June 01, 2014

Been a long time, baby! Thanks to the urging of Sparkfriend THINFITKINDVGAN, here it is. My goals for June.

Honestly, it has been an emotional roller coaster with DH having to job search and being 62. Not a good combination, for sure, his age and job searching, but at the same time, not impossible. Just taking it day-by-day and still here, so thatís definitely positive. There are promising possibilities right now, so just making it happen as it can!

It has been 16 months since we have seen our son who lives in Alaska. He was discharged from the Army (medical discharge due to wounds in Afghanistan). Last Saturday he surprised us by coming home! Heís told my DH about it but wanted to surprise me. Well, he sure did! He spent the week and it was so nice! He was off yesterday back to Alaska. It was so good to see him.

DD completed her first year of college. YIKES. That was a roller coaster, too. BUT she's getting the "hang" of college-level learning expectations. Yup, you have to study independently. Information is not spoon-fed to you. She is a very smart young lady and wishing her success when she started her sophomore year in late August. In the meantime, it's work to earn $$$!

So, here we are, back to some semblance of normalcy (but what is normal anyway?!)

It is the first of June. I am fast approaching my 4 yr. sparkversary of reaching my goal (in July 2011). Maintenance . . . it requires lots of practice. When things donít go as planned, itís usually due to straying from the basics. So . . . here it is. My list of June goals, sticking with the basics!

1. Hike up the water. When the hotter weather hits, I have to get my 9 - 10 eight oz. glasses of water in. It really helps.

2. Get my meal plans done weekly -- doing the shopping list weekly. I have my list of staples, but add to it as I make my menus. The shopping list also focus my purchases so I am not tempted to stary into the land of those foods which arenít healthy for me.

3. Portion control is something that is challenging for me, so continuing to measure and weigh. I always find if I eyeball portions, they arenít accurate. And it makes a difference in my blood sugars, so accuracy is it.

4. Make sure I am getting my 8 hours of sleep. Just feel better when I do.

5. I have to weigh daily, but only really focus on my Monday weigh in weight. Maintaining is my goal.

6. Well, as far as meds, I am on thyroid meds which I hope to have reduced with my endocrinologist visit in August. Feel good, though. Suspect the warm weather really will necessitate it being decreased. It usually does every year. That's fine.

7. I want to continue to remain able to use nutrition and exercise to control my diabetes in lieu of meds.

8. And, of course, stay connected to Spark!

Those are my June goals.

  
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CANNIE50 9/10/2014 3:43PM

    I think somehow I missed this! I wish one of your goals was: blog more often because Sparklers really enjoy my blogs! : ) So, how are things going? How's your family doing? You are always so sweet and supportive, Barb. You are such a sweetheart. I am so happy for you, and so impressed by, your long term maintenance and your overall good health.

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FISHER011 7/31/2014 9:03PM

    I love your enthusiasm & your goals! Love hearing about your DS & DD & your awesome DH!
You inspire Me, as always! Thank you!
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MISSYGEEN 7/5/2014 3:39PM

    You have a lot going on but still manage to set goals for yourself. Good going. I am rethinking things in my life and monthly goal setting sounds like a great idea. As always, Thanks for sharing.

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IGNITEME101 6/13/2014 9:08PM

    So good to see you writing blogs again! Great goals, too~

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WENDYJM4 6/13/2014 7:17AM

    awesome goals. So glad you seen John.
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WATERMELLEN 6/11/2014 7:13AM

    Great June goals!! How nice to visit with your son . . . and congrats to your daughter in surviving year one (always the toughest year).

You're hanging in and staying upbeat and maintaining . . . what could be better than that???

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CHANGING4ME49 6/10/2014 11:25PM

    Your goals sound GREAT! Keep up the good work. Hope you have an outstanding summer my friend! emoticon

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ILOVEMALI 6/10/2014 4:51PM

  Barb, your goals are great. My only goal for June is to take off the vacation weight that the walking didn't blast!

Wishing your DH the best -- stressful times --

wonderful that The Boy was home!!!!

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LEANJEAN6 6/8/2014 8:40AM

    Wow Barb!!!!!--Yer goals look good----and I saw that yer son was home--that must've been wonderful!--And I really really hope that your hubby gets that job!---
As for where we live------we are 3-4 hrs west of Sault St Marie , Michigan, but a couple hrs north too from there!-----and in the bush--on a 10 mile long lake----The daylight hrs are great , till June 21st--then the days get shorter----mid December, we have daylight only from 8am, to 4pm-----That was a great blog you did!--Lynda

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SPARKFRAN514 6/6/2014 3:24PM

    Sorry i missed your blog this week what great goals for all of to follow as we travel though each day. I know how excited and great time you had with John. and being 62 and looking for a job is hard will keep praying . thanks again for the great tips for a good June on the trail.

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SPOKENWORD 6/6/2014 9:48AM

    Love, love, love! Praying for hubby to locate a new job, nice surprise from the son, and the daughter, like most kids, was in for a rude awaking with college. lol She will get the hang of it! Wishing you much success on your June goals!

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BEAUTIFUL_REINA 6/5/2014 11:23AM

    I really enjoyed your blog. I'm glad you are back. I'm sort of on a hiatus of late but I'll start posting again soon...

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BRADMILL2922 6/5/2014 1:07AM

    Welcome back! Glad you got to see and spend time with your son! You have some great goals for June!

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KIM22211 6/5/2014 12:05AM

    PICK ME UP OFF THE FLOOR! you blogged!!! so you have to weigh in daily? I get too bummed when I do and it sets the chains in a bad motion!!! lol

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SANDISOCAROLINA 6/4/2014 11:46AM

    Barb, So good to read a blog from you! My spark world is not complete without you in it. I think I'd faint if my son showed up like that LOL. Your guys did well to surprise you like that. My son had to figure out the first year of college like your daughter- and my husband has said he did too. (and he went to college back when dinosaurs roamed the earth hehehe) She will land on her feet and figure it out along the way. Hope your DH is able to find something soon. The employers should be jumping at the chance to get someone with maturity and experience. SO proud of you for never using any of life for an excuse to overeat or not eat on plan. You are a strong woman and good for you for taking care of your health. Love and best to you always.

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PURPLEBIRD63 6/3/2014 12:51PM

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So happy to hear about your son surprising you!!!
And you daughter at college :)
our youngest begins her senior year in HS this fall....
can't believe it - she is so not close to being ready for college!!!!! LOL
Looks like you have GREAT goals for June!
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WORLDSERIES11 6/3/2014 1:06AM

    So glad you got to spend time with your son! Good job on the June Goals too!

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OPALMOON 6/2/2014 8:22PM

    Hi Barb,
That's wonderful that your son surprised you and you all had a lovely time together. Congratulations on maintaining for 4 years, and wishing you well with your great goals!
Hugs, Nattacia

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BOPPY_ 6/2/2014 7:48PM

    I like the family news and plan, together.

Shows how to do it, in the face of hurdles.

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4EVERADONEGIRL 6/2/2014 3:10PM

    So glad you got to spend time with your son finally!!! That is AWESOME!!! Sounds like life is pretty good lately, and the things that are challenging, you are taking in stride and finding the silver lining.

YAY!!!!

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MISSM66 6/2/2014 12:10PM

    very good goals,and glad you were able to see your Son,and that was a surprise emoticon nothing like when your Son or Daughter visit and give a surprise,keep up the good work and keep on working towards them you will succeed emoticon emoticon emoticon

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ALIALI2013 6/2/2014 11:28AM

    What fantastic goals, and a HUGE CONGRATS on your anniversary, so proud of you, Lady, you look great! You need more pics up, you know that right! Celebrate who you are! :)

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WILLOW49 6/2/2014 9:39AM

    How wonderful your son surprised you with a visit! Great he was able to stay for a week :) Good luck to dh in his job search. I'm sure dd will find her way as she continues with her studies. it's an adjustment for all, isn't it.

Congrats on your upcoming 4th Sparkversary! You have set some great goals, and I know they are attainable. Stay focused and keep up the good work!

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MSLZZY 6/2/2014 9:03AM

    Great goals and all doable to keep you at the top of your game! HUGS!

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-WRKNG2ABTTRME- 6/2/2014 9:00AM

    I'm sure you had an awesome time with your son!

Very detailed goals .....with your determination...you can...WILL do it!

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SWEETNEEY 6/2/2014 7:29AM

    What a wonderful surprise. Congrats on reaching maintenance - whenever it was. That must be a great anchor.

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RDEE22 6/2/2014 7:25AM

    You are so awesome Barb. Nearly 4 years of maintaining and getting so many of your health problems under control. I am a great believer in keeping that water up, after all that is what the body runs on. I love your commitment to yourself and your plan.
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STEPH-KNEE 6/2/2014 4:46AM

    Those are great goals! I am glad things are coming into place with the family and glad that you got to see your son!! I will keep fingers crossed for your husband to find a job soon. emoticon

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NANCY- 6/2/2014 3:52AM

    What a lovely surprise, darn those guys, your reaction to seeing your son must have been priceless. You must be so proud of your how your children are and have blossomed into adults. Transitions are both challenging and exciting.
Love that you have a plan for yourself. Reviewing and practice is what it takes to stay the course.
You are awesome and are doing...
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NEW-CAZ 6/2/2014 2:52AM

    emoticon Barb!
So pleased your son visited I hope his wounds are not long term concerns. You must be so proud of him and your DD!

Love your goals and that you're continuing to maintain! emoticon emoticon
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HOPESINGH 6/2/2014 1:26AM

    Hi Barb! It's great to read a blog post of yours, finally. I'm sure you enjoyed your son's visit, you must be missing him so much. And it's great to hear your daughter is starting to find her way in college, it sure is hard to change habits. I know - I teach at university and I see the students and what they brought from high school...
Have a great June, good luck with your goals and keep us posted.

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LYNCHD05 6/1/2014 11:08PM

    Nice to read a blog from you Barb. Your sons visit must have inspired you!!!
You are doing awesome in maintenance. I think I find it harder than when I was trying to lose. Now I can eat more but finding the balance is critical. Your goals sound like a livery positive way to go.
Have a great June!

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TINA8605 6/1/2014 8:42PM

  What a wonderful surprise...I would have wet myself! Sorry to hear your son got wounded though. I'm sure your DH will find a job. I'm only 53 and having a tough time finding work. Great luck at that. You will make it!
College is a learning experience all by itself much less classes! But like you said, she's smart. A little adjustment time and she'll be fine.
You have a great plan for yourself. I find maintance the hardest part of this whole weight thing. I haven't succeeded at that yet. I have been about not to gain weight to my last highest weight. At least I've been able to do that. I totally understand.
I would love to sleep 8 hours. That's a learned habit as well. Especially when meds make a difference. I take Ambien and still don't sleep 8. Oh well.
I think now that we have SP and our SP friends we will be more successful keeping that weight off. Stay connected to succeed!!!!

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WORKOUTWITHPAM 6/1/2014 8:21PM

    How wonderful that your son visited for a week. I remember when you got the word that he'd been injured. Many prayers were said for his speedy recovery.

CONGRATULATIONS on your upcoming SparkVersary! Doesn't the time here on SparkPeople just Fly by! It has surely flown by for me.

That first year of college is always the hardest. It takes our babies awhile to get used to being grown up. They usually do turn out OK though. emoticon In the fall, mine will begin his sixth year of teaching high school Algebra and coaching football.

I like your goals, and I wish you much success in reaching all of them. emoticon

Have a wonderful and blessed week!

HUGS
Pam

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WINDY01 6/1/2014 8:08PM

    I was just getting ready to sign off for the night when I noticed you wrote a blog! I was very excited to read your blog and offer support to you as you so often do for me! emoticon
It sounds like lots going on now for you and your family, and your goals are great! I really admire the fact that you have kept your weight off for 4 years! That's fantastic!

Thanks for sharing today! Thanks for encouraging me! I look forward to reading your blogs again soon! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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GENRE009 6/1/2014 7:56PM

    Good goals! Love the fact you got to see your son!eva

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SUSIEPH1 6/1/2014 7:52PM

    Hi Barb .. First of all, I think it is lovely that your son visited you both ..and your daughter is doing well in college. I hope your sons injuries will heal, and he can live a full productive life.


Your goals are excellent and very wise .. We do need goals to focus on ..

I applaud that your hubby is looking for work and I am sure he will get a great job really soon..
62 is not that old these days and think of all the experience he has gleaned from his previous positions. .

Thank you for all your wonderful support of me .. You don't know how much I appriciate you as a friend..
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PATRICIAANN46 6/1/2014 7:10PM

  Hi Barb........
How wonderful that your son could be with you for a week. What does he want to do after his discharge? It sounds like your daughter has adjusted well to college. I found the Sophomore year to be the most difficult and I think that it was because there were so many required subjects to get through before actually getting into your major. I hope that she continues to do well. I am also still praying for your husband. I hope that he gets good news soon.
Your goals sound great as does your state of mind. I know that you will continue to do well. You have a great TRACK RECORD..........no pun intended.
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SEPTEMBERSPIRIT 6/1/2014 6:47PM

    What a nice surprise for sure to have your son visit. Love your goals too! Let's make June an incredible month!

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LIVINGFREE19 6/1/2014 6:25PM

    Great goals!

That is wonderful that you got to see your son!

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GRATEFUL_DAWN 6/1/2014 5:23PM

    Those are great goals.

Thanks for the reminder on getting 8 hours of sleep a night and staying connected to SparkPeople.
Staying connected to SparkPeople has been my lifeline since I re-discovered it on late February.
I appreciated my Spark friends so much!

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MICKEYH 6/1/2014 5:16PM

    So glad that you had a great time with your Son. How nice of him to have spires visit. And congrats on your 4 year Sparkversary. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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LIVEDAILY 6/1/2014 4:47PM

    Such a treat to read a blog from you! Keeping your DH and you in my prayers. SO great that your son surprised you!! College is definitely a learning experience, in more ways than one. Great goals for the month of June! Keeping diabetes under control through diet and exercise is definitely doable. I was "pre-diabetic" for almost 2 years. My last blood test had my fasting glucose reading at 85, the lowest it's been in years, so it can be done! Your thyroid meds are lowered in the summer? Mine never have been. Isn't it interesting how each person is different with the same condition? Make those grocery lists!!

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ONEKIDSMOM 6/1/2014 4:10PM

    Appropriate and reasonable goals. So glad you got a visit from your son, Barb! It seems like children are ready to fly before we are quite ready to let go of the lingering hugs... and what a level of maturity he showed in surprising you with the visit. And it must also be gratifying to see your daughter growing with her education as well.

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CANNIE50 6/1/2014 3:58PM

    I am so glad to read a blog from you! I love that your son surprised you with a much-welcome visit. It's nice that your daughter got that first tough year under her belt, which will build her confidence for going forward with college. The difference between a college freshman and a college senior is so dramatic - lots of growing up in those four years. Your success at turning around, and maintaining, your health is always inspiring. I hope your husband finds a spot with an employer who appreciates him and compensates him well. Take care!

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EVER-HOPEFUL 6/1/2014 3:42PM

    souns like good goals to me love. thinfitkindbegan might have inspired you to write this blog but you also inspired her to write her june goals as well,lol.all my goals etc are on hold at the moment till this with op etc is sorted out.wow 16 moths since your son was shot,that has gone quick i didnīt think it was that long agao.timme flies it seems.like you i also have problems with portion cocntrol,too much to weigh each time and i canīt seem to find any measuring spoons or cups over here though i have been looking for ages.though that should be no excuse because i could weigh.oh well another thing to work on.keep on keeping on you are doing great. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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PEZCATHY 6/1/2014 3:33PM

    So awesome about your son! I only met my son two years ago, but he was also injured in a stint overseas, but in Germany (a satellite dish fell on him and injured his back). He also was discharged from the Army. Lost his house, everything in it. I hope your son is doing better than my son did those first couple of years. The government should help our soldiers if they are injured in active duty! He still has VA benefits, and has had two surgeries (and thank goodness he can walk). And whew! about your daughter; the first year is always the toughest. Good for her for keeping on track!
Great goals for you. So difficult for me to keep up with mine on a daily basis. But I know you can do it! Especially since you have been at goal weight for 4 years!
Good luck to your DH and his job search. It is so difficult to find jobs now, much less find one when you are over 60! I have been looking for 6 years, with still no luck. I will keep him (and you) in my prayers.

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THINFITFEMINIST 6/1/2014 3:17PM

    What a wonderful surprise about your son. I hope the wounds will not plague him the rest of his life.

Your DD's 2nd year of college will be easier now she's gotten over the initial Freshman Fear. She'll do fine.

Your DH is 62, looking for work and that is a problem to who?? Perspective employers should jump at hiring someone with experience and maturity. I get up in arms when anyone says 50 and 60 year olds aren't of value. Heck even 70 year olds can run circles around most 40 year olds and then some. I plan to be one of those. Look out world!!

As to your goals they are awesome! Nothing you can't do.

Thank you for saying you want to NOT be on meds for diabetes Type 2 which is a lifestyle type condition. Too many people are getting such sympathy by having this curable malady. I won't give it to them!! I use to have it and it's gone, gone, GONE! Easy peezy.

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You raise me up so I can stand on mountains . . .

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

you raise me up to walk on stormy seas,
And I am strong when I am on your shoulders!
You lift me up to more than I can be.
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Ok, everyone has problems and I don't like to be a whiner, but there are just times that venting is healthy, necessary, right to do. And this is one such time.

Yesterday, due to the affects of Obamacare (don't worry, I am not going to go "political") my husband was laid off effective 02 December. **SIGH** It was NOT a function of his not doing an outstanding job (I heard that from Jason's bosses lips myself). It was financial. . . like so many things these days. That doesn't make it hurt to your very soul any less, that's for sure.

You see, we ended up here in WI from IL for this job. He had been laid off his previous job for financial reasons, as well. We really took the gamble moving from IL to WI. And, well, that gamble lasted one week short of his being there 7 yrs. It just hurts like hell. That's how **I** feel. Believe me, it's even more devastating to DH.

So . . . where do we go from here? I really, honestly do not have any idea. None what-so-ever. Given Jason's age (61, almost 62) I just quake to my very soul. It was very difficult for him to finally land THIS job he had and that was 7 yrs. ago. Things have NOT improved since then. And don't see things getting any easier any time soon.

So, dear spark friends. Where does that leave us? It leaves us needing many prayers that SOMETHING will break for DH. We took a leap of faith coming here, and it is now so much harder to do that again. But that's what's necessary and that's what we shall do.

I always remember something a dear friend told me. "Don't tell God how big your storm is, tell the storm how big your God is." So . . . that's what my focus is @ the moment.

Thanks for listening. I know there are many, many, many others in the same situation, and honestly, it makes me overwhelmingly sad, because life should not be such a struggle. But I guess it is sometimes. I thank God I have family and friends and spark friends for support.

Just asking for prayers. Thank you all from my heart.

  
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IMAVISION 5/31/2014 4:42PM

    I have just typed a long reply to this blog & then, upon checking, I realize that this was posted some time back. I sure do hope that all went smoothly for y'all, while dealing with that trial of life.

God bless!

Ima

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LINDAMARIEZ1 5/26/2014 12:55PM

    I am a teriffic listener! You can vent to me and know it stays with me! We all need to talk! this happened to hubby too 5 x and then he just plain ole retired and now it is happening to one of my daughters! I heart is breaking!
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HZGLORY 4/25/2014 1:40PM

    Barb, I am so sorry for DH & you facing this. I totally understand the obstacles in your way. My Hubby is 61 and his company downsized six months ago and somehow he was still afloat afterwards, but now they are trying to merge with another company and if it falls through the company closes their doors. We have two sons completely reliant on us right now, one moved back home with girlfriend, and other is in college & we are paying for apt & college & that may have to go away here soon. So far we both feel the peace that God will take care of us but honestly I see my husband shaking in his boots because of his age and our bills. But once we were out of a job for six months with no unemployment money and through many annonamous gifts and odd jobs and family, we made it through without losing our house or car so we are trusting we will be able to do it again if neccesary. I have added your job issue to my prayers, so keep me up to speed on things. Hugs

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VIADOLOROSA 4/4/2014 1:53AM

    Please give us an update? I'm only now seeing your blog post, I added you as a friend too. I'm praying for you and your husband!

And, for what it's worth, I can't stand what this person in my white house has done to our country, it's sickening, truly evil.

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ALIALI2013 3/31/2014 3:15PM

    I'm sorry for what happened, that's all I'll say, because I don't like seeing anyone putting down our President (not speaking of you, sweets), no matter what, it's simply childish and I don't want to be drug down into that mess. emoticon

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2BDYNAMIC 3/27/2014 6:16PM

    Barb .......... I just hopped on and read ............ I do hope things are better now? ............ I know that Obama stuff is literally O-Bomb-Uh-Nation!!! emoticon .......... How on Earth anyone could possibly dream up such a miserable 'plan?' ........... of one tangled ball of yarn ...... is beyond me .......... But it is NOT BIBLE!! ................ anyway, I feel I am a day late and a dollar short reading this after the facts ................. sorry Barb ........ emoticon

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CINDYCHARLENE 3/10/2014 9:55PM

    Oh Bama, you sweet thing. How devastating, I have no doubt. And you certainly have a right and need to vent here where others love you and can pray for you. You are in my prayers. I am praying and trusting God that he will bless you even more than you can imagine.
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JUDITH316 3/5/2014 8:33PM

    Hi Barb, I am so sorry to hear this, how devastating for your DH and of course you and family. That is a long time to be there, so sad they have let your husband go after almost 7 years of work. For sure my prayers are with you and your family. Bottom line, I CARE and will stand with you always... emoticon emoticon

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SUSIEPH1 3/2/2014 1:36PM

    Just found this blog Barb .. Hope you are both ok .. Thank you for thinking of others when you are in such plight ... Hugs Susie xx emoticon

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CTUPTON 2/22/2014 7:10PM

    Thank you for commenting on my breathing blog.

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MOM2BOYZ1GIRL 2/19/2014 11:02AM

    Just wondering how things are going for you guys. It sounded like you just told my story. But my husband was laid off in July not December. Take care emoticon

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BEAUTIFUL_REINA 2/11/2014 12:34PM

    OH NO I'm so sorry!! Here, dozens of ppl I know have had their hours cut to 26 or less, due to the new health care plan. People can't support their families and are working at 3 or 4 half jobs like that and never getting home or sleep etc. Its a bad situation. I hope your hubby finds something else soon!!

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AWESOMECHELZ 1/30/2014 3:36PM

    I just read your blog from October in January and I am curious to see what has happened since. Did he get another job? Did you both move from Wisconsin? Just curious how you are doing since you haven't written any blogs since. emoticon I hope things are going better for you. emoticon
LOVE, CHELSEA

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UPPITYANN 1/28/2014 11:01PM

  I just stumbled upon this blog. I see no entries since this post. I pray that things are going well for you. It has been a brutal winter in Wisconsin.

Have you applied for heat subsidies? I think they have it in Wisconsin.

Also I'm sure that you should be getting unemployment.

Don't be shy about going to a food shelf and getting food stamps if possible. You might be able to 'scrape by' without the extra help but take advantage of it anyway. Every dime you save now will be much needed later.

I wonder if you and DH can do some handyperson chores for people, esp. the elderly. It is so hard for the elderly to find decent help and often they have more money than people in your age bracket do. Painting, yard work, even meals and house cleaning done on a cash basis can add up.

You will have to hunker down. Don't panic. Cut out ALL unnecessary expenses even if you can afford them now. No cable TV, eating out, expensive cell phone plan, even internet. If you can grow a garden this summer do so. A "night out" should be a trip to the public library or some free entertainment. It sounds dull but if you can keep ahead of the bills the massive reduction of financial worry and stress will be worth the effort.

The worst thing to do is to keep spending on unnecessary things thinking that things will turn around. Things will turn around, but not as soon as you'd like. Make a game of saving as much money as you can. Have a baked potato with cottage cheese and beans instead of a pizza for supper. You will save money, calories and feel just as full.

I've been where you are now. Went from $40,000 a year salary to lucky to get $5.00 an hour in telemarketing sweat shops, and got kicked out of many because that's the way that "game" is played. Finally after several years I found two half-job, which almost reached my former wage, and worked many 16 and even 18 hour days/nights. Then I reached Social Security. Don't let any politicians talk about Social Security being an "Entitlement". We have PAID for it; it's no Entitlement...it's delayed wages.

You will get through this. But remember this: you are not alone. So for every prayer that you pray for YOURSELF pray for OTHERS TOO. Pray: "God help me yes, but more importantly inspire good ideas into the minds of good leaders, and then make a way for those leaders to reform our entire economy so that everybody may be treated fairly and nobody has to suffer they way so many of us are suffering now."





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GENRE009 1/25/2014 4:02PM

    I have a health insurance that cover over $5ooo.oo in medical where they only took $1200.00 out of my social. They didn't need the 20%. If you need insurance & aren't old enough or someone isn't, I know of services, and how to get free prescription coverage. or, also How to get bills paid for & free prescriptions. In your house how to get furnace, insulation, & windows. found these out when I was looking for jobs. I went into your site today cause my machine lost some hard drive, what ever that means, and wondered why you aren't on my radar? Hey buddy what's new? It
S-U-C-K-S in Michigan. still trapped in my house cooking & eating up a storm. yet I have lost 8 pounds. I think its cause I don't eat enough when on this compute, or sitting really does make you lose weight, or maybe it really is the shoveling, every other day. have a nice day. And remember we are in cuddle alert weather. Don't have a husband, then put up a pet who likes to sleep on the bed! Ha, ha eva

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INFLATED 1/17/2014 5:54PM

    I just read your blog. I have nothing to add to what's been said. Can your husband draw unemployment? Could your son help with a small allotment to you two. I am brainstorming here, not trying to be a smart alec. CouponMom.com and Swagbucks will help a little when every little bit helps. 5,000 Swagbucks and you can get a $50 gift card or trade the points in earlier for $5 Amazon gift cards. You can get gift cards to stores and some food places. You and your husband are in my prayers.



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BEESPARKLE 12/23/2013 4:00PM

    RENOKAT52
Took the words out of my mouth. We had no car for two years. Her testimony was pure.

God provided us with neighbours who took us everywhere. You sure know your

friends when something happens. The ones you think are not there. God puts another.

So this year God supplied us with a carof waiting for two years. It takes too long to tell you about this miracle car. How we got it and what a miracle deal. Has all the bells and whistles.
Not of us never knowing. New tires winter and summer. Seates heated. I mean really we needed this not. Who am I to tell what God supplies when people prayed for us.

We had to trust the Lord in all things. He came in such a way. I cannot explain. Not a big car but I have long legs so the car. I can stretch out fully my legs while in car . We live in the country but God blessed us with friends who cared enough for us. We would give them money in hands for thanks and hide it in the car as we got out. Next day for groceries with them. Here was the money right back handed to us. So then I said. We will tell them we want them over for suppers. So they accepted the invites. We were so grateful. My hubby is a terrific cook. He learned everything from his Mom seeing he was from nine. What a blessing.

So your advise form your one friend you wrote about in your blog and this lady.

God given advise.

We do not rule our own life and never will. The Almighty God does.

I will keep you in prayer. Sit back and let go. Let God lead . Let him be the Royal Guest in your home. Let him sit at the head of your dinner table. Give thanks to him.

Hugs
Beesparkle.

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HOLLEEHO 12/8/2013 6:47PM

    Barb, Your blog says it all. I have great faith that the next chapter in his and your life will be a good and rewarding one. Granny always told me "when one door closes another one opens" and she also added that "the harder the door closes the better things will be in time" emoticon . You are both in my prayers! Hugs, Holly

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OPALMOON 12/2/2013 7:18AM

    Hello Barb,

I feel for you and DH and your situation. I pray for a good resolution for you both. Keeping you in my thoughts and prayers.

Big hugs, Nattacia

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BABCIATEA 11/22/2013 5:03AM

    Just saw this blog. I am praying for you now emoticon

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RENOKAT52 11/21/2013 5:07PM

    I am so sorry, losing a job and having the stress of not knowing what will come tomorrow is a horrible feeling. When I first got sick in 2008, I was fired (first time in my life) due to my boss and his wife's fear of my virus, was stuck in Indiana (from the Pacific side of the states), husband was layed off a week later, and we had no back-up due to past medical problems. Wiped out completely. And, signing up for food stamps, disability is embarrassing, they make it hard and treat you horrible. So, I totally understand.

I really had to reach deep inside myself to grab a hold of my faith. I had just started treatment, which is a form of kemotherapy and was very sick, and that made it harder to hold on. I could only form this thought: "Lord, You promise me that You would never leave me nor forsake me. Let me accept Your will, Let me learn what ever lesson You want me to learn from all this" and I said this over and over and over.

And, doors opened. No, not a lot of money, nor recovery, nothing like that, but, we were able to move back to Reno, we got food stamps, my disability came through fast, my husband got a part-time job here in Reno, the Lord provided for our needs. And, the lesson I learned, I am not super woman, I am not in charge nor control. My Savior has my whole life now, every part of it, no more holding onto anything.

I know, from reading your posts and listening to what you say, that you and your beloved husband will move through this storm. God will give you all your needs and His love and also, you have your Spark friends to lean on. Like you told me, its okay to be human and need to vent (not those words, but that is what I understood you to say). Anytime you need to "talk", reach out. You have touched my heart with your love and kindness, now let me be there for you.

Hugs to you and sorry this is so long, I have been having a good day and am on a roll!

Kat

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PROVERBS31JULIA 11/21/2013 1:15AM

    You are in Wisconsin? My dad just moved up there, Oak Grove. Long complicate story, and he was always self-employed. On the positive side, so far.... Wisconson is considered one of the top 10 states in the usa so far as best place to be for Medicaid.

But I totally empathize because my husband is rapidly approaching that age where corporations in his industry think nothing of tossing out the guys his age for young inexperienced engineers straight out of college. So far it hasn't been as bad here as in the locations in other states like CA or TX... But, just like the biblical Joseph "...there arose a New Pharoah who knew not Joseph..." And basically Joseph and his people were kicked to the curb and bound in slavery. Or lost their good jobs, in other words - and I remember poverty...

So it's a valid venting of concerns... It ain't over!! I feel for you, will keep you in prayer and thoughts ...



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DISKATDREAMER 11/19/2013 7:45AM

    So sorry to hear about your DH job. It is a shame how many people are in the same or similar situation. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. emoticon

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BROWNCOFIDDLER 11/13/2013 9:22PM

    Oh my dear friend......I'm late to the dance. Just saw this and apologize for not seeing it sooner. It looks like you have most of SP holding you & DH up, giving you hugs, prayers and lotsa love. This really is a wonderful place. You and DH will be held in my thoughts & prayers until this storm blows over. I try to the extreme to be apolitical on SP. Never saying what I think. Always keeping it positive and bland as a bowl of oatmeal. Yes, I hear you and can read between the lines. I'm SO in your corner - you just can't imagine. Give this up to God. He will give you both an answer as to what your next move (or not) will be. What door will open for DH. The right path to follow. I just turned 62 and from the age standpoint also understand what kind of position this puts a person in. My DH will be 63 in Jan. We feel trapped in our bus driving jobs b/c of our ages too. Will another school corporation hire 60 something drivers? It would be a real gamble to pursue the answer to that question. It's why we just stay here and deal with it. I also feel like I HAVE to work at this job until I turn 65, when we're both eligible for Medicare OTHERWISE.....we'll be faced with the dreaded Ocare, which we could never afford. Can't let that happen.

Barb, you're very strong and have deep faith. Worried sick, yes, who wouldn't be? God has a wonderful plan for you & DH, it will be revealed in His time. Keep praying, take comfort in your Bible and know that you have a whole bunch of dear SP friends who are also lifting you & your family up in prayer every day.

Much love, hugs & prayers,
Kathy
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BARBANNA 11/13/2013 6:56PM

    I am very sorry for your really bad news. I am in the same boat, so I studied to take a certification exam so I could get another job with increased skills. I am 58 years old and I know how painful it can be. The day I lost my job I was in a state of shock and disbelief but I brushed myself off and started studying immediately. I have 6-8 wks to wait and see how I did on my test.
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EVER-HOPEFUL 11/13/2013 9:10AM

    emoticon prayers coming your way love emoticon

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TRI_BABE 11/9/2013 12:05PM

    You are not a whiner. You are so motivating to everyone else. I am praying for you. Something good will come for you I just know it. emoticon

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LIVEDAILY 11/8/2013 6:51PM

    Dear Barb,
I'm so sorry to hear about this! Keeping you and your family in my thoughts and prayers. Make a list, check it twice, weigh pro's and con's - all things you've done before. Expand the job search to other areas of the country. When one door closes, another one opens. Stay positive; think positive; be positive!
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LILORITA 11/8/2013 3:58PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon to hear that! You are in my thoughts and prayers!

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CHANGINGHORSES 11/7/2013 8:08PM

    Thoughts and prayers coming your way. I am also the target of a "financial" decision. I have no healthcare now but have found a part-time job that pays better then most full-time jobs around my area. I think that I got lucky. I work PT and get paid better then some get paid FT. I made the best of my time off and kept believing that something good would come along. When one door closes another door opens. (It's a bitch standing in the hallway though.) Hang in there. You are stronger then you know.

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JSTETSER 11/7/2013 7:25PM

    Dear friend,
I am praying for you and your situation. It's not all that different from my own.

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PEANUTSDOG17 11/6/2013 6:27PM

  Many Many prayers being said and sent! I live in WI! I hear what you're saying! I just let God handle things and pray he shows be the way! So far he has kept my head above water! Lucky for me I can swim! I have faith that things will all come together for you! God is Good all the time... All the Time God is good!

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NUMD97 11/3/2013 8:27PM

    Barb, I am terribly sorry to read this. You've certainly seen more than your share, especially this past year, but I also know, even across the miles, how amazingly strong you are. After the initial shock, I've seen you sit down and analyze exactly what you need to do. And I am certain that you will do that again. I pray that you see daylight soon.

My best to you, your husband and your family,

Nu

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WILLOW49 11/3/2013 7:19PM

    I'm so sorry to hear this news. It's happening to so many people these days. Please know that I will keep you both in my thoughts and prayers. Remember no door closes but a window opens. Stay strong and keep the faith.
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LEANJEAN6 11/3/2013 6:16PM

    Barb---This is terrible!!!!---I feel so bad for you all!----I hope they laid him off with pay--for a year or something!----What is he trained to do?--- Oh I pray something comes up--and soon------That must be a terrible worry for you both! You are such a positive person--always boosting us all up-----I will pray that all turns out well----I will pray hard!!-- emoticon emoticon Lynda

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TRUELOU 11/3/2013 4:57PM

    Adding prayers. My husband is off 2 weeks while they review if his health is well enough to do his job.
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MWWENSIN 11/3/2013 4:39PM

    Don't just view this as the bad experience that it is. Look beyond it and determine how you will cope. Which you will do. The road is generally tough, but not impossible. In the meantime, utilize all the resources you can including any at work. Utilize your connections to the fullest. Let other people help you. Good luck.

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BOILHAM 11/3/2013 9:31AM

    So sorry to read this. Much too common happening these days. Wishing you and DH well.

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MAGGIEROSEBOWL 11/2/2013 1:09PM

    Prayers for you from me too! I understand about looking for work at past 60. I will soon be 63 and have been thinking about looking for a job, after just retiring at the first of the year. But with hubby's terminal cancer, and our health insurance dependent upon him being able to work, I know the day when he won't be able to work anymore will be here way too soon. So I need to not only find a job at 63, but a job with good health insurance. Plus, a job that would allow me some time off to take care of him when needed. Such an awful circumstance. I guess I could tell y0u to at least be thankful for your and hubby's halfway decent health. But I know it's hard to be thankful in your situation. People have told me to be thankful that we have this long-term diagnosis (4.5 years is average life expectancy after his diagnosis), so we can say goodbye, prepare, etc. But I just don't feel very grateful. Go figure! God bless you both!!

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MADAMES 11/1/2013 9:23PM

    Sending prayers and hugs.

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FLPALM 11/1/2013 5:03PM

    I am typing this for the second time, Grrrrrr! My computer shut down, for whatever reason, but now I am back!

First of all, I am so sorry for you and your family. Losing a job, making decisions to obtain that job and life changes, and "suddenly" everything appears to be a miss, that is horrible. Politics aside, although it is the PROBLEM, is getting worse everyday. We have heard of several families in the same catagory.

My heart, my prayers, my Good Thoughts, will be sent your way. I have a lot of FAITH, and I am sure, HE will pull you through this. God Bless you, and your family.

Hugs,

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PURPLEBIRD63 11/1/2013 12:03AM

    Very sorry to hear this!
It makes me mad that I'm hearing this more n more lately!
But, I believe you n your husband have the faith n the strength to weather this storm!
Prayers sent for you to soon know n understand why this happened n know where it takes you from here (everything happens for a reason).


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IAMAGEMLOVER 10/31/2013 10:32PM

    Oh Barb I am so sorry to read this. I am not on as much as I use to be so a day late. This happened to my brother a few years ago and just happened to my sister this summer. She is 68 She just found another job full time. Yes, she is still working.

I will keep you and your family in my thoughts and prayers. They say God never closes a door without opening a window. Keep the faith.

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CLAIREINPARIS 10/31/2013 4:32PM

    Oh Barb, I am so sorry to read this... I wish I could give you a big hug! I will continue to pray for you and your DH, so that a door opens clearly for you and you feel at peace. Right now, I can only imagine how incredibly difficult this must be.
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ROZOZ68 10/31/2013 3:48PM

    Now I Understand!! Sorry for your troubles! My thoughts are with you and your DH. No one needs this at our age! Sorry.... emoticon emoticon

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Doggone funny!

Saturday, October 19, 2013

This was too cute not to share. Every feel like these dogs??? Ever feel like your day has gone to the dogs (or in this case, the cats!) See how these canine cuties deal with their feline frenemies!

www.pawbonito.com/compilation-of-cat
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MSGRANNYMAE 9/2/2014 2:56PM

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PDSLIM 5/29/2014 2:36PM

    too funny

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HZGLORY 4/25/2014 1:22PM

    I Loved it, great smile in my day!! I will pass it on!

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CTUPTON 4/17/2014 6:39PM

    Those cat claws are very effective! chris

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CETANISTAWI 4/1/2014 10:06PM

    Cute!

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MOM2BOYZ1GIRL 2/9/2014 12:16PM

    That was so cute! I love when they ended up sharing.


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GUNNSGIRL91303 1/30/2014 1:38PM

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INFLATED 1/19/2014 5:33PM

    My cat takes my office chair.

My husband had nine siblings. When one would get up out of chair, they would tell the others,"Place back." If they failed to say it, someone might sit where they had been sitting. I loved this video!

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THINFITFEMINIST 12/3/2013 5:18AM

    I'd seen this before and it never gets old. Thanks!

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GENRE009 12/2/2013 10:37PM

    So, great! eva

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MAGGIEROSEBOWL 11/2/2013 1:10PM

    I saw this on Facebook. It is hilarious! Thanks for sharing!

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LEANJEAN6 10/30/2013 7:56AM

    pretty cute----- Happy to hear too that others put up with the animal circus!--And yes, Tess seems better!

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ELIZACG9 10/29/2013 8:37PM

    nice and funny too.....thanks. emoticon

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JUSTYNA7 10/28/2013 11:58AM

    I have a dog and 2 cats... so typical!

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SHARON10002 10/22/2013 11:27PM

    Loved it - especially liked the one where the dog brought the blanket to cover up the cat! In the end, some shared and some reclaimed their rightful beds! emoticon

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FLYER99 10/22/2013 9:48AM

    What a great video. Thanks for sharing!
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THECRAZYMANGO 10/21/2013 2:35PM

    That's so cute! Reminded me of trying to get my older siblings out my spot when I was younger, lol!

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AZUREBREEZES 10/21/2013 8:25AM

    Yay! I found your blog! I get to read yours as you read/watch mine!

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BOILHAM 10/21/2013 5:54AM

    Love the happy ending it had. Thanks!

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FIFIFRIZZLE 10/21/2013 1:06AM

    Ooooh, dogs & cats! So so so funny.

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PATRICIAANN46 10/20/2013 8:35PM

  That was so cute!!!!! I emoticon when they finally decide to share and actually enjoy it. Thanks.......

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TRI_BABE 10/20/2013 5:28PM

    emoticon Thanks for sharing!

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CLAIREINPARIS 10/20/2013 4:16PM

    Soooooooo cute, I loved it!!! emoticon

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NANCY- 10/20/2013 8:07AM

    My cat does that to me with my computer chair.
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ILOVEMALI 10/20/2013 1:28AM

  This is wonderful!

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    Very cute!! Love it. emoticon emoticon

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WENDYJM4 10/19/2013 8:59PM

    very cute

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    Thanks for sharing! emoticon

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MOTLEM 10/19/2013 7:13PM

    That is absolutely A1. Loved it all! emoticon for sharing this one and I'll be forwarding the address to a lot of doggie/cattie people.

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    Very cute. emoticon

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MSLZZY 10/19/2013 6:20PM

    Naughty, naughty! LOL!

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WORKOUTWITHPAM 10/19/2013 6:02PM

    That was so cute! Thanks for sharing!

HUGS
Pam

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SPARKFRAN514 10/19/2013 5:55PM

    thanks for sharing that made my afternoon break !! just have about hour of cleaning for today . what a way to some of my me time thanks emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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EVER-HOPEFUL 10/19/2013 4:43PM

    thanks for shareing love

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MILLISMA 10/19/2013 4:00PM

    These are so heartwarming. Going to have to send the link to my kids. Even Daisy watched them ....probably because she heard the dog bark. lol

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IGNITEME101 10/19/2013 2:50PM

    CUTE!

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    Cute.

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    OMG!! That was the funniest thing I ever saw!!! emoticon

Alex and Bob watched it too and were laughing so hard!!!

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Been Putting this Off for too Long!

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

And that brings me to my topic. Procrastination. Are you a procrastinator? Read on. You are in good company because there are a lot of us out there who, for whatever the reason procrastinate. This is an essay by Marla Cilley that struck a cord with me so wanted to pass it on. (Marla Cilley a.k.a. the FlyLady -- see ) www.flylady.org )
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Procrastination has been a way of life for most of us. When we think a job is going to take longer than we have time for then we put it off. That is our perfectionism. We have been taught since the day we were born that if we can't do something right don't do it at all! We listened! We may not have heard much else that was said but that stuck in our minds.

Coupled with the pain of having to redo things over and over again when they were not up to the perfectionist standards; we just gave up before we ever got started. A lot of times we don't know where to start. This is the perfectionism monster again. The perfect place to begin! When we can let go of perfectionism; we can stop going down the path of procrastination.
**MY thoughts: Oh boy! Perfectionism is indeed a monster that rears it's ugly head often in my life. It is all part of my definitely Type A personality!! OK, being Type A is not bad IF you use it correctly! But I had come to a point in my life where perfectionism was paralyzing me. I didn't want to start something I could finish or thought I couldn't finish well because that = failure in my mind -- USED to anyway. **

I give you a place! Go shine your sink. It is a simple action that starts you in a direction toward peace. This is our very first habit! Keeping your sink clean and shiny is all you have to do. That shiny sink puts a smile on your face each morning. It is the only thing you have to do. With this one habit you are being kind to yourself. You are not piling on with a huge list.
**MY thoughts: OK, you don't have to start by shining your sink, but the whole idea is START! SOMEPLACE! This is definitely a sparky idea. If you don't start, you'll never move forward!!**


As this one habit becomes automatic you can add another habit. Slow and steady relieves the guilt. This is being patient with yourself. You don't have to be perfect! You just have to do something instead of wring your hands and say I don't have time.
**MY thoughts: DEFINITELY! Start with one or two (at the most) lifestyle changes that are important to you to accomplish. Allow at least 28 days for this behavior to become a habit. Voila. Then when it is a habit you're ready to add more. Got the idea? Took me awhile, but now, being in maintenance, I am finding that maintaining those habits already established and making sure I'm doing the bet I can at those habits is all important. Tweaking and evaluating along the way . . . essential!**


When you hear those words come out of your mouth, set your timer and do two minutes. You will be so surprised at what you can accomplish in those short two minutes. Don't allow your perfectionism to push you too hard or keep you from starting.
**MY thoughs: Hallelujah for the timer! I may not be able to do something for a long time (because it's tiring, boring, whatever!) but sure can do it for 15 minutes (or whatever YOU determine that your limit is), rest and if appropriate, resume till your goal is accomplished. It's a PROCESS people! We have to respect the process and work with it. **

We have all heard the story of the tortoise and the hare. The hare procrastinated. He played and put things off because he felt like he had plenty of time to beat that slow tortoise. In the end he lost the race. Just imagine his stress level when he looked around and saw the tortoise winning. All of a sudden he got in a hurry! What happens when you get in a hurry!

Procrastination places guilt on our heads. We don't do well when well with this guilt and the stress that comes from waiting till the last minute. This stress is pushing our adrenaline buttons to put us into overdrive. So instead of taking your time and doing what you can, when you can; you are speeding down the highway to a head on collision!
**MY thoughts: I used to feel guilt when I didn't accomplish all I wanted to in a day, but learned that's what "to do" lists are for. That's what the next day is for, if you need to carry something over to the next day. But can't use that as an excuse NOT to do it!**

Your adrenaline super fuel is what causes you to crash and burn! That "flash in the pan" burns out your engine and disables your thinking ability. You become the victim of your own procrastination. Please stop procrastinating! If you will only take baby steps your journey will be slow and steady. Your home did not get dirty in a day and it will not get clean overnight! Baby steps will help you find the peace you are searching for.

Progress not Perfection!

**MY thoughts: Sound familiar! VERY sparky for sure. We may not have it perfect, but each day is a perfect opportunity to give it our best, give it our all, do our utmost. Isn't that the sparky way?!? Sure is!

Hugs and peace, fellow sparklers. Let that spark shine on.

  
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HZGLORY 4/25/2014 1:18PM

    I geuss this is what I have been doing lately. I relized I am never going to get back in the spark swing of things if I have too big a challenge to face, so I am facing it by doing one thing at a time, little by little usually leads to a happier ending overall, so One baby step at a time I come back into my sparky good habits. I wont be running no Spark marithons any time soon, but I am logged in now and lighting my spark one word at a time, one friend at a time!
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Hugs to you Barb I agree whole heartedly. I think trying to make myself do it all or nothing is what has kept me away so long. Big Smile here!

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GENRE009 12/3/2013 3:23AM

    Jesus, you are loved! You have a following! Anyway, what I was going to say is I am a procrastinator too! But I only do the necessity, and the rest is by the way side. But I am not married, so I don't have to share my account for my personal failure of not being the perfect house keeper. I keep it straighten though. Then I assess the mess, and go in and do the obvious visual things. As far as personal perfection, thank God, I am not that hard on myself. I have dated perfectionists, and they weren't perfect. But wanted me to be, and live up to their expectations. Like my husband who would critize me for having dirty car windows. I didn't have time to clean them between 48 hours of work, and full time college. I like the kind of perfectionists that say, "Hey your windows are dirty, let me clean your car!"


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FIFIFRIZZLE 10/21/2013 12:39AM

    She is a pip, that Flylady!
Here's something I find truly useful:
If your to do list doesn't fit on a post it note, it is too long.

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HOPESINGH 10/19/2013 11:06AM

    Couldn't agree more. I love Cilley's method too, although I don't necessarily apply them to the letter.

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MAMADWARF 10/17/2013 10:45PM

    Loved this. I am a procrastinator. Seriously. I also read the progress not perfection. That WAS my motto when I first started her nearly 4 years ago. What happened to that!? guess I have some thinking to do!! Actually, I need to just do SOMETHING!

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WENDYJM4 10/17/2013 7:36PM

    I am a procrastinator emoticon emoticon mm emoticon m

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TRI_BABE 10/17/2013 3:00PM

    Thanks! I am a perfectionist! And many times it slows me getting things done too much! thanks for posting... sometimes we just need to start... and then finish and move on. emoticon emoticon

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LIVINGFREE19 10/17/2013 10:24AM

    I am a real procrastinator, and this is a real helpful blog for those of us who are!

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ALOHAEV1 10/17/2013 9:58AM

    Not to worry...I still have the Queen of Procrastination crown nailed on.

Great blog, happy dance you didn't put it off longer...lots of hugs and thanks!

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NANCY- 10/16/2013 9:08AM

    Her shiny sink theory is one thing that I agree with. A clean sink (to me) is a necessity.

Ah the timer... just doing a little bit is sometimes enough to inspiring us through to completion, especially when it comes to exercise. And with food just doing one change is the beginning.
I like that you said something about tweaking, as with time things change.

I love your closing thoughts about giving our best. Our best may not be perfect, but it is good enough.

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JULIA_211 10/16/2013 4:46AM

    emoticon and emoticon about it placing guilt in our minds! I make a list every morning, and rarely leave a chore undone, but I do procrastinate when it comes to making doctor or dentist appointments. I'm working on it. emoticon emoticon

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SPARKFRAN514 10/15/2013 11:53PM

    I think you have ESP this is something I have dealt the last few days I love the idea of the timer and have used it and forgot about it thanks. today i kept find my self i can do it latter when i have more time and here I am at 9 PM just finishing up in the kitchen dinner was done ages ago but not the clean up . reread your blog and set the timer for 15 minutes and i was done in 13 minutes emoticon the emoticon is the kitchen is now closed until breakfast.
you have given me some great tips to help me down the Spark trail it was rocky today the sentence ''If you will only take baby steps your journey will be slow and steady. '' so its back on the journey tomorrow and i going to take a few steps. emoticon

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RENOKAT52 10/15/2013 9:56PM

    I am so guilty!! You hit it right on the head, it takes me an hour to get up out of bed(well, maybe not that long, 59minutes!! lol) Thank you for sharing with us, your blogs are the best!

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BOILHAM 10/15/2013 9:36PM

    emoticon If I only did things that I could do well, I wouldn't be here. I'm old and slow, but I am out there competing against myself every day.
Good Blog!!

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ONEKIDSMOM 10/15/2013 8:20PM

    emoticon I'm afraid my sink shining has dropped off... gotta get back to that... and you're right... the timer... the small steps... VERY sparkly!

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MOTLEM 10/15/2013 8:02PM

    emoticon blog CDBarb! emoticon

Procrastination has never hit my vocabulary. I'm the exact opposite as still think everything should be done 'yesterday'. Maybe that's just as bad as being a procrastinator, who knows... but we are what we are! emoticon

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RDEE22 10/15/2013 7:41PM

    Great blog Barb! I used to be a procrastinater in another life, and then I married a "head down tail up, get the job done kind of person" and i realized the extra time gained for good stuff, by getting all the yuk stuff out of the way.

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MSLZZY 10/15/2013 7:37PM

    VERY SParky indeed! SPark on! I needed this today! HUGS!

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LOUIE-LILY 10/15/2013 6:53PM

    emoticon Great blog! Thanks for getting it all down. Great reminders!

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SHARON10002 10/15/2013 6:29PM

    Did you write this with me in mind?! emoticon How did you know I STILL struggle with the perfectionism monster on a daily basis? I'm sitting here in my computer room amid some paper clutter that's left from exactly one of these episodes yesterday. I got so overwhelmed I gave up and decided to tackle it another day. Well, your blog opened up that Pandora's box again, and I'm going to do it right after I finish typing this! Then it will be done!
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MICKEYH 10/15/2013 6:24PM

    I hate being procrastinate, so I try my best to tuckle things as came up... But sometime I do not have enough time. So I guess besting is to calm down and do as I can and not get frustrate if I can't do it at the moment. Thanks for sharing. Grate blog !! emoticon emoticon

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LYNCHD05 10/15/2013 5:27PM

    You are so wise my friend. thanks for sharing. emoticon

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LEANJEAN6 10/15/2013 5:22PM

    Lordy BE!!!--So much trial and error----And I do procrastinate at times-----sometimes the days just aren't long enough girl!!!---- We returned from vet--will hear Tess' blood results to-morrow--hope it is OK_---She has had a good day-so faR!

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FLPALM 10/15/2013 4:11PM

    GREAT BLOG! and Well Said! I totally agree with all your comments, just START, DO something, and soon it will be in the making!!!

Hugs, and thanks for sharing,

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MADAMES 10/15/2013 3:12PM

    I do love the Flylady...she has it right! Thanks for sharing.
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EVER-HOPEFUL 10/15/2013 2:55PM

    emoticon love the words are blurring before my eyes.will have to come back another sday to read emoticon

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AWESOMECHELZ 10/15/2013 2:42PM

    I just joined the FlyLady email thing and the group here! How about that! I love it so far since I need hope for my forever mess. We are in this together!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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INFLATED 10/15/2013 2:29PM

    May God bless Marla Cilley, she has an insight into our thinking. We fall back into procrastination many times and then when we are overwhelmed, we begin again.

Great post!

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SEPTEMBERSPIRIT 10/15/2013 1:40PM

    Yes one or two things steady for a month is the way to go... Here's to sparking on!

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CAT-IN-CJ 10/15/2013 12:58PM

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Wow, perfectionism. Yeah. I fought that evil monster for years.

After facing/confronting the evil thing, it took a long time for me to allow myself to forgive myself. That too is a biggy.



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GERIKRAGH 10/15/2013 12:56PM

    I'm not a perfectionist but I'm definitely not a procrastinator. I just want the job done right away and I'm don't care too much how it turns out. That's why I don't do crafts!

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MILLISMA 10/15/2013 12:52PM

    Years ago I started creating a "to do" list. I found it helped to get the little things done that I really didn't want to do. Great blog!!!

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SKATER787 10/15/2013 12:41PM

    We are trained to think, not do. When we do something impulsively, they say you should think first. We need to re-train ourselves to do first on things we don't need to think about, like organizing for example.

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ILOVEMALI 10/15/2013 12:34PM

  great blog, Pal!

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SANDISOCAROLINA 10/15/2013 12:30PM

    Great blog! My sink is already shiny, but I always seem to have a pesky pile of paper and scraps of paper to deal with...neatly tucked away of course...(OCD??) and yes I still feel EVERYTHING should be perfect in my weight loss program, and since today already isn't perfect, why not start tomorrow?

Oh yeah I get this one~ thanks for the reminder! OK I'll just do SOMETHING to support my excercise goals TODAY, some little thing, and not worry if the entire day is perfect. (never will be) emoticon emoticon

PS that "just do 10 minutes" thing never works for me....first I have to be in the right clothes, then I have to shower, no I'll shower afterwards, then I have to eat something, no I need to wait awhile until after I've eaten, oops it's dark now and I don't like to excercise after dark so guess I'll just start tomorrow because today wasn't perfect!! (Is that kind of how the perfectionism thing works LOL?? Does for me!!)

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XRSIZE18 10/15/2013 11:59AM

    I love this. Not so much for the procrastination aspect (because that's just something I've put off thinking about) but because it speaks to me on a different level. So many times with weight loss I think things like, "If I am not doing EVERYTHING right, then I won't make any progress - so why bother doing anything right?"

I'm going to do what I can and not worry about being perfect. Thanks for the reminder. (And glad to see you blogging again.) emoticon

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