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From 2010: #415: From Unhappy to Happy Land

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Monday, November 01, 2010

This is a story about people who lived in Unhappy Land and were very unhappy. emoticon

Their unhappiness dominated their lives and kept them from being able to walk or bend over to put on their socks and shoes. They were unhappy because they couldn't climb stairs without breathing hard and having their knees hurt. They were unhappy because they couldn't fit into seats on airplanes or at the movie theater. They were unhappy because they had to use a wheelchair to get around when they visited a theme park and other attractions.

They were unhappy because they were all overweight. emoticon Some slightly, some grossly obese. All of their extra weight caused them health difficulties such as diabetes, heart problems and high blood pressure. But no one knew what to do about their situation.
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Until one day when several slim, in-shape visitors came into town promoting a fitness and weight loss program called SparkPeople. They educated the Unhappies about nutrition, exercise and healthy living. Their enthusiasm and especially their own fat "before" pictures showed the residents of Unhappy Land that there truly was a way out of their unhappiness. emoticon

The visitors explained that the Unhappies' weight did not accumulate overnight and so it would not evaporate overnight and told them if the Unhappies would simply focus on one healthy meal, one exercise, one positive day at a time, then they, too, could become fit and healthy and in shape. emoticon emoticon

This news excited the residents who asked the visitors to create eating and workout programs for them. The next day everyone gathered in the town square and began walking around the block. emoticon emoticon Some made it only half way down the street, others made it most of the way around. Along the way they all cheered for and rooted for the others, urging them on, encouraging them to stay positive and take baby steps. emoticon

As the months passed from spring into fall the Unhappies began to realize they enjoyed eating healthy food and that they could exercise longer and with more intensity. Bending over, climbing stairs and other daily activities became easier to do. They noticed, too, that they all lost weight and were feeling, for the first time in their lives, HAPPY! emoticon

In celebration of their new lives the residents voted to rename their town Happy Land and started wearing t-shirts and buttons that had smiley faces on them. Signs appeared around town bearing messages such as, "You CAN do it!" and "NEVER give up!" and "Stay positive!" and other inspiring sayings. emoticon emoticon

The now Happies were surprised when reporters came to town after hearing of the residents' magical change. They were from "People" magazine, "Woman's World" magazine and radio and television stations and scrambled to interview and profile the successful transformation of Unhappy Land. The reporters all asked the same question: "How did you all change from being overweight and out of shape to being fit and healthy and happy?" emoticon

To a person the residents of Happy Land shouted in reply, "SparkPeople." Now they all tell strangers that they, too, can become a new person living emoticon lives if they will only try to change, if they will only take that first baby step emoticon to a more fulfilling and exciting life, a step all who are unhappy can take IF they try.

It was a message that passed around the world and changed scores and scores of people from being Unhappies to Happies.

Will you be one of them? emoticon

  
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WENDYSPARKS 11/27/2014 1:00PM

    emoticon Great blog!!

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BOVEY63 11/26/2014 4:05PM

    Great blog Lou!
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IAMWINNING 11/25/2014 8:31PM

    Fantastic! Love the story, and especially am glad that the concepts are so do-able.

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TEDYBEAR2838 11/25/2014 6:19PM

    I LOVE IT!

What a great story, just in time for the holidays!

Wonderful to see you blogging. I missed you!

How are you doing?

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NANHBH 11/25/2014 5:31PM

    Lou,

Love this story! Is that how you found out about SparkPeople - because they came into town?

Have a blessed Thanksgiving holiday. Great to hear from you.

Nancy

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GABY1948 11/25/2014 5:10PM

    Oh, Lou, I was SO GLAD to get notification that you had written a blog! I miss you! This is so GREAT! I love this story....you always did write fantastically!

Have a wonderful and blessed Thanksgiving, dear friend!

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#528: 1,600 Straight Days -- Only 22 Pounds -- Say What?

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Today is a milestone -- my 1,600th consecutive day logging in to SparkPeople. But during that time I'm currently only showing a 22 pound loss? What gives?

Actually, I was down from 290.4 pounds, my highest weight, to 235 at one point but then the addition of numerous medications, steroid injections in my back, subsequent limitations on exercise, operations, and a long bout with depression all combined to jack me back up to 280 pounds.

Frustrating? Definitely! Enough to make me give up the battle to lose 64 pounds -- my goal of four 16-pound bowling balls emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon --?

NEVER!

Most of us have likely lost, gained, lost, gained, lost, and gained the same pounds over and over and over and over, haven't we?

But to give up is to admit failure and that is NEVER, EVER, an option!

We are NOT failures!

Success is ours for the taking! Yes, there has 'only' been a net loss of 22 pounds over 1,600 days but those 22 pounds represent nearly 1.5 bowling balls further toward my goal. My clothes are looser. I am in the last hole of my belt and need to punch new holes in it. People are complimenting me on the weight loss. Failure? I think not!

I will NEVER give up and neither should you.

One pound at a time, no matter how long it takes. Even if it takes to the next milestone of 1,700 consecutive days. The weight may go up then down again but the lesson to be learned is that:

We must NEVER GIVE UP!

We are NOT failures!

  
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MYLOVELYCURVES 10/18/2014 4:46PM

    Congratulations on that amazing milestone AND the 22-pound loss! It's still 22 pounds, even if it's not as much as you planned to lose by now. You could have gained it all back and then some, and given up on yourself. But you haven't! You're making progress and you're ready to take the next step. You can do this, Lou! I know you can :) We're all here to support you along the way!

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WENDYSPARKS 9/22/2014 5:56PM

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TEDYBEAR2838 9/20/2014 11:35AM

    Great Blog! Thanks for sharing my friend.
We all face those hurdles and we WILL NOT GIVE UP!
Just think you could have been 22 pounds heavier,
so in essence you are 44 pounds lighter... well it's
just a thought, but you get my point.

Thanks for letting me know you blogged.
I missed hearing from you and reading your blogs.
I do hope you will be here more often. Just try for
once a week, it don't need to be a long one, just
let us know you are still with us.

HUGS

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KENDRACARROLL 9/16/2014 9:08PM

    Wow! My login streaks usually end after 3 days :) even though I'm here every day. I just forget…
Great streak!
Keep on pushing, after all, what's the alternative?
Wishing you well.


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BOVEY63 9/16/2014 2:02PM

    That is one awesome streak my friend!
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I too have been up, down, up, down...in this weight loss journey, but I also refuse to give up.
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2NDCHANCEWITHEY 9/14/2014 2:34PM

    Lou - I am amazed that you are still going strong! Thanks for continuing to be a source of encouragement and inspiration

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MALEXANDER4 9/12/2014 7:18AM

    I love it. Thank you. I'm at 196 days consecutive logging and guess what? I'm the same right now and actually up a few. So what does that mean? We are just still a work in progress nothing wrong with that. One pound at a time is what we have to do to get there from here. So no matter the length of time it is in the work that matters. So keep working at it and so will I.

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GABY1948 9/11/2014 6:06PM

    I'm with YOU, Lou! "Failure? I think not!" You are doing emoticon no doubt about that! It's so great to have you blog again!

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DEBRITA01 9/11/2014 5:59PM

    Such a good blog to read, Lou. It's not how many times we stumble, it's that we get up and keep going. Like you, no matter how long it takes, I'm going to do it.

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NANHBH 9/11/2014 4:39PM

    Great blog, Lou! And so true. We ONLY fail if we give up. Over those 1.600 days, your weight could have gone up from your starting point. But it didn't thanks to your perseverance. Keep up the good fight. It's a good fight to fight!
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SLIMMERJESSE 9/11/2014 11:45AM

    I share this same frustration with you, but while we are not losing as fast as we'd like, we definitely are making healthier food choices (and exercise) contributing to better health. Best wishes.

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IAMWINNING 9/11/2014 11:15AM

    Thank you, Lou, for posting this honest appraisal of your success. It IS success because you are not giving up. Your example, and similar ones of others, are part of why I'm not giving up either.

Just as Jesus has already overcome Satan and the power of death, so we are already victorious, even though we do have pounds to lose.

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NHES220 9/11/2014 10:53AM

    Keep on pushing and you will get there. You have overcome obstacles and you will continue to do so!

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ABBY_G 9/11/2014 10:44AM

    You wrote: One pound at a time, no matter how long it takes.

Yes. That's definitely my way, too. I just recently gained back some weight and am now getting back on track. My main motto is that I will do whatever it takes to be fit. After reading your blog, I'm going to add 'and for however long it takes...'.

Thanks for being an inspiration to me today!

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#527: I Was Truly Blessed Today

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

When discussing developing a positive outlook, many public speakers are fond of using the rhyming phrase, "An attitude of gratitude." To me, giving thanks for blessings throughout the day is a natural habit. Sometimes the blessings are small, sometimes so huge that merely saying, " emoticon," is not enough.

Here is an example of a small (to me) blessing: Earlier this week the light bulb emoticon in my dining room burned out. I made a mental note to change it but promptly forgot. That happens often to us, doesn't it? Later, as I pulled laundry from the washing machine to put in the dryer, I turned on the laundry room light to see better. As the light came on, I recalled the burned out bulb, finished loading clothes into the dryer and then grabbed a new bulb to replace the burned out one.

I often receive "alerts" this way. Perhaps you do, too. Always, I give thanks.

A major blessing is what happened today. This has to rank as one of the most major blessings I have ever received. Maybe not on a par with not being killed, maimed or blinded in car crashes (not my fault), but major nevertheless. emoticon

I had parked in a library lot on my way to attend a seminar. For some reason, instead of putting my keys in a pocket, I went to retrieve several items from the front passenger side of the car and set the keys on the car's roof. I went inside and 90 minutes later searched frantically for my keys. Then I recalled that I had left them on top of the car.

Scared of what I would not find in the parking lot -- my car -- I ran outside without hope the car and keys would still be there. But they were. Praise the Lord! Cars around mine had changed so I figured either no one saw the keys (unlikely since they were so obvious) or were honest enough to not take them.

My heart was beating wildly with relief emoticon . Imagine the trouble a stolen car would have caused -- lack of transportation, loss of hundreds of dollars of bowling equipment, office files and more. Plus dealing with the insurance company and police, finding a way home, having to get rides to look for a replacement car, not being able to bowl league until I could afford new equipment, missing doctor appointments, etc.

The list could go on and on.

All I could do was look into the blue sky and say, "Thank you, Lord. Once again you saved me." emoticon

You may have different beliefs but if you develop the positive outlook of "An attitude of gratitude" and give thanks for every daily blessing (traffic lights on green, dropping something and not having it break, and so on) your life will be enriched.

Being grateful for blessings does not eliminate money woes, trouble at work, rude drivers, a disrespectful teenager, poor customer service or other things that could aggravate us daily, but giving thanks to God or to the universe for blessing you will allow peace into your heart and soul.

But don't take my word for it. Try giving thanks for everyday blessings for a week and see how life becomes more positive for you. It works for me and could for you, too.

And, yes, from now on I will put my keys in a pocket as soon as I get out of my car. emoticon

  
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TEDYBEAR2838 7/8/2014 10:40AM

    Just read this. WOW that was a BLESSING!

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MJEFFERSON23 5/22/2014 1:48PM

  I'm grateful for Sparkers (no, people) like you! emoticon

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BRAIN-STORM 3/20/2014 2:41PM

  Love it!!! Words so true and well spoken!!!
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PRAYERBLUE44 3/11/2014 2:00AM

    Thanks for sharing this! Amazing grace! emoticon

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EVER-HOPEFUL 1/4/2014 3:37PM

    emoticon emoticon i have always said it is not so much what life throws our way but more how we deal with it.having a positive attitude is what has carried me through most of my lifes burden that and the strong belief god would never give us anything we canīt handle and who am i to disagree with god so i just get on with it. emoticon

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MOMMA_BEAR_69 6/4/2013 12:54AM

    Praise the Lord Lou for watching out for you!!!
Continued blessings and hugs,
Helen

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LITTLEFARMMOMMA 5/20/2013 12:44PM

    Great blog, Lou! Our 24 year old son, Jeff, will never forget the time he had put his $600+ in his lap and then made a pit stop at the grocery store before going to pay his rent. It had dropped off of his lap onto the parking lot! He called me, in frantic tears, telling me he knew what he had done. I told him to GO BACK to the store and retrace his steps; and to go see the manager. A young SACKER had picked up the cash, and turned it in to the manager! What a BLESSING! A great lesson, too, as Jeff admitted that he had no idea if he would have done the same thing had the roles been reversed!

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GOSPELCLOWN 5/4/2013 11:21AM

    GREAT BLOG- and so true!

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SUSANNAH31 4/12/2013 3:38PM

    I couldn't agree more about being grateful for all that is good in one's life.
Too often we don't appreciate something until we have lost it.
I often give thanks for having my eyesight so that I can see some of the beauty of nature around us.

Thanks for this inspirational blog.

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WARRIORGIRL121 4/9/2013 10:24AM

    Loved this blog, Lou! Definitely the Lord was looking out for you! Wonderful! emoticon

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NANHBH 3/31/2013 3:05PM

    I love this blog, Lou. I'm so grateful that your car wasn't stolen. You must live in a safe place!

Have ever read the book, Prison to Praise"? Your blog message reminds me of that book's message.

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HIKETOHEIGHTS 3/26/2013 2:58PM

    I wish I could write "Gee Lou I can't relate to losing the car keys"

I wrote the book on losing stuff! I could tell you stories, but then everyone who knows me would interrupt me to finish the stories.

The only attitude I want is gratitude. I remind myself each day to be grateful for my blessings.

Some times when I watch the news, I wonder about some folks. How did they turn out so awful-what happened to make them so mean. But then something cool happens like no one stealing your car and it reminds us of the goodness in humanity. I am grateful no one took your car too.

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WENDYSPARKS 3/16/2013 7:50AM

    Glad you got your keys back!! You are a blessing to me Lou...

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NOTFATCAT 3/15/2013 5:04PM

    Lou, you are living right! I also believe that if I live by the Golden Rule that others will be apt to show me the same courtesy, even God.

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BOVEY63 3/15/2013 1:44PM

    So glad everything worked out so well. I had a similar incident once - my oldest son was a baby and we had gone shopping. I took him from the shopping cart, put him in the car along with my purchases. At the next stop I realized my purse was still in the cart in a Shopko parking lot. I was so relieved when I got back and found the cart with my purse still in it.
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Blessings come in all sizes.

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TEDYBEAR2838 3/14/2013 8:57PM

    You are so right. I spend a big part of my day talking
to the Lord. He's my closest friend and He looks out
for me in situations that I can't even imagine.

You are blessed your car was not stolen.

Maybe your angel was hiding them from the bad guys
sight? Could be!

Thanks for sharing your story.



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GABY1948 3/14/2013 6:50PM

    OH, Lou! My heart was racing with yours as I read about the keys! Yes, I have the same beliefs as you and do believe He blesses us in numerous ways...big and small.

I am so glad that He blessed you and saved you all the numerous inconveniences that you already know would have been.

Needless to say, I am so happy that it turned out the way it did! emoticon

How happy I was to see your name on a blog again. It's been far too long, my friend! emoticon Gaye

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KENDRACARROLL 3/14/2013 10:51AM

    That was a big blessing indeed. Glad things worked out alright.
Always good to stay positive and appreciate your blessings big and small.
Also good to be reminded from time to time to do so.
Thanks for posting.

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SLIMMERJESSE 3/14/2013 9:24AM

    OMG! That wasn't good luck - it was a miracle! (smiling)

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MALEXANDER4 3/14/2013 7:12AM

    Sometimes a thanks is all the lord is looking for. I know I did it a few times yesterday myself. Just feels right. glad it all worked out for you.

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GOLFGMA 3/14/2013 7:00AM

    Had a similar incident happen recently when I went to visit my Mom. I had done laundry for her and when I reached to get the laundry I placed my keys on the console , got out ,locked the door and went inside the facility. Not until I was going to leave and reached into the pocket of my bag and didn't find my keys did I realize what I had done. I was thankful that my husband answered his phone and came to my rescue. The Lord is good to us!

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DEBRITA01 3/14/2013 6:57AM

    If we focus on the blessings in our lives, we can live a more positive life. Glad your keys were waiting for you! emoticon

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SORTIZA99 3/14/2013 2:32AM

    God bless you always.
Good day.

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1STATEOFDENIAL 3/14/2013 1:46AM

    It's also a great feeling to whole-heartedly thank someone who does something simple but helpful for you. When someone holds a door, picks something up that you dropped, or steps aside for you to pass, take a second to look them in the eye and say an honest and grateful "thank you". It shows them that you really do appreciate their moment of kindness and can encourage them to do the same for someone else.

As for your keys, consider getting a carabiner clip to put on your keys. Then instead of setting them down, you just quickly hook them onto a belt loop. When you get into a habit, they'll always be there. I've used one for years, hooking it either to my purse or a belt loop, and it's great because my keys aren't buried in my purse or poking a hole in my leg in my pocket.

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IAMWINNING 3/13/2013 11:24PM

    Praise the Lord, indeed! Certainly His hand was on you and your keys.

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JO88BAKO 3/13/2013 10:23PM

    What a blessing!

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#526: I Don't Like...But I Do Like...

Sunday, January 13, 2013

We all have things we don't like and things we do. Here are some of my thoughts about what I don't like and the positive side of what I do like. Maybe you can relate.
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I don't like the way I look emoticon, but I do like the goal weight picture I keep in my mind emoticon and realize that goal can be achieved, despite setbacks, if I work diligently, day by day, inch by inch, pound by pound to get there.

I don't like that I sometimes overindulge as with the last two days, but I do like that new beginnings are unlimited and may start at any time which I will do every time I backslide. emoticon

I don't like that there is so much housework and yardwork that needs to be done, but I like the feeling I get when I have totally cleaned a room of the house or have raked several bags of leaves knowing I am making progress. emoticon

I don't like being alone, but I do like knowing that if there is a special someone meant for me to meet that it will be so and if not that I am comfortable living life anyway. emoticon

I don't like being in everyday pain from back problems, but I do like being able to still get around on my own without a walker or wheelchair although some days are more difficult than others and that I can still work out, within limits. emoticon

I don't like that money often seems in short supply, but I do like knowing that when unexpected repairs or other bills pop up that there always seems a way to pay for them. emoticon

I don't like that my normal positive attitude sometimes isn't emoticon, but I do like knowing that those down times don't last and that I have friends I can call to talk to and your blogs and posts to read to perk me back up emoticon.

I don't like the times when the words don't work and I don't make progress on my book emoticon, but I do like how far I've come with it and how writer's block doesn't last emoticon.

I don't like that I procrastinate, but I do like that it is a habit that can be broken, one task at a time. emoticon

I don't like that I will probably never meet all of my SP and Facebook friends in person emoticon, but I do like those I have met and the new friends I have made knowing that meeting more of you may happen in the future emoticon.

I don't like the frequent feeling that my life is empty, but I do like believing there is something important for me to do waiting for me and that I can pray for it to be a mighty mountain of challenge as I keep my eyes open for opportunities to serve others. emoticon
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I don't like that I need to keep this short, but I do like being able to share more thoughts another time. emoticon
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Be well. Let peace fill your hearts. emoticon

  
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PRAYERBLUE44 4/27/2014 6:55PM

    Super! Thank you so much for sharing! Lord bless you always!

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GOSPELCLOWN 5/4/2013 11:23AM

    Excellent balancing act!

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WARRIORGIRL121 4/9/2013 10:21AM

    Beautiful blog, Lou... sorry I missed reading it sooner. emoticon friend!

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HIKETOHEIGHTS 3/11/2013 10:07PM

    What a nice blog. I thought you had given up blog writing, this one hit close to home for me. I was able to relate to most of it. It is as if you read my mind : )

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JMARIES51 2/3/2013 9:56PM

    Great blog, Lou. So good to have you writing again. Hope your other writer's block has cleared up.

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RORYLYONS 1/25/2013 9:05PM

    You bring love & compassion to us in your blogs lou...Keep them coming dear friend. We are so fortunate to know you as a friend. emoticon

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WENDYSPARKS 1/21/2013 5:40AM

    I like to think positive also....keep the faith!!!! I have missed your blogs!

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JOYATLAST 1/18/2013 5:50PM

    I thought I had lost blog subscriptions, but I'm thinking maybe my friends were on blog breaks - like me!

Great message! Glad to see you posting again!

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VABCHLOSER 1/16/2013 5:02AM

    Great blog, Lou!

I like to think of my journey to my goal weight as a fit of stops and starts....as long as I always start and stay started longer than the stop, I win!

You will win too!! Keep at it :)

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BOVEY63 1/15/2013 6:56PM

    I loved this blog (and have sure missed you writing them) Lou. Great idea to list the negative and then the positive!
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LIGHTHEART09 1/15/2013 1:48AM

    Lou you are such a great guy...life has it's ups and downs...and for sure there is a gal out there for such a great guy as you!
Hugs,
Nan
PS glad you are back blogging

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NANHBH 1/14/2013 10:18PM

    Lou,

The valleys help up appreciate the mountains all the more. Sounds like you are reflecting on both. I'm holding you in prayer.
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CHARMIN944 1/14/2013 12:29PM

    Thanks for reminding me that we should always count our blessings.

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IAMWINNING 1/14/2013 10:58AM

    Thank you, Lou, for such a great blog (yours always are). You've reminded us to look for the silver lining to whatever grey clouds we have, and to never, never give up.

God has great plans for you, and when He's ready, He will reveal them to you, step by step. : ) I pray God's blessings on you, and that He will give you His peace until such times as He's ready to show you the next step.

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KASEYCOFF 1/14/2013 2:37AM

    Lou, it's as if you read my mind--! We may not share all the same things exactly, you and I (you would laff at my high bowling score!), but considering the yin and yang of it all, we are very much alike.
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DEB9021 1/13/2013 8:01PM

    Great blog. And the cool thing is that in many cases, the difference between the thing you don't like and the thing do is something that YOU DID or CAN DO to change it. Even if you can't have everything you want, you can change your life for the better by taking action. emoticon

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CARRIEANNE1027 1/13/2013 7:13PM

    I so can relate! It's wonderful how you focus on the positives instead of the negatives..
I've missed reading your blogs.. I hope you will find the time to continue to write more of them!

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SCORPION1352 1/13/2013 7:01PM

    This is a wonderful blog----Gives me alot to think about. I don't like being around negative things and people I do like the postives in my life like God, my family my friends.

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KENDRACARROLL 1/13/2013 6:38PM

    Very excited to see a blog from you, Lou.
I can relate to quite a few of your "don't like - do likes".

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1STATEOFDENIAL 1/13/2013 6:38PM

    Knowing what bothers you and what you don't like gives you a starting point for what changes can be made to turn it around. Looks like you're moving forwards, slowly but steadily. You'll get to where you want to be!

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GABY1948 1/13/2013 6:02PM

    I have MISSED your blogs SO much, Lou! This is an outstanding one! Funny, I don't hear from you often but I still consider you one of my best sparkfriends!

Your blog has many things that even fit me to a tee, but the others I can understand too. By the look of other replies on this post we ALL missed your blogs.

Sure do hope to see more of you around now! emoticon
Gaye

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MALEXANDER4 1/13/2013 5:57PM

    Now Lou, we love your blogs, but don't dispare. Life is ten percent what we make it and ninety percent what the lord has planned for us. So just smile each morning, as your given a new day, and be blessed in knowing that your working the process, your special someone is waiting on you also, and you have so many friends, some of which yes we will never meet, but you push me and you help me on my journey and that means the world to me and i'm so sure a lot of others like me. We can only do this one pound at a time and that is what we shall do. emoticon

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SLIMMERJESSE 1/13/2013 5:29PM

    Fabulous blog. Thanks. (I'm voting for it.)

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YATMAMA 1/13/2013 5:16PM

    Balance. I love this blog!!

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MYLOVELYCURVES 1/13/2013 5:02PM

    I love this, Lou! I've really missed reading your blogs. I can relate with many of them (I don't like that I procrastinate either, and I do like that I'm making progress with my book, for example). I loved your honesty! :) There are always things we like and don't like about ourselves and our lives, but it's always good to know and remember that we're not alone in that. Others usually share what we are feeling and thinking.

I hope you had a nice and relaxing weekend!

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DEBRITA01 1/13/2013 4:44PM

    Writing down the positives and seeing them in print promotes an attitude of gratitude. There are positives & negatives in every day life, but when we choose to focus on the positive it brings more peace and contentment. Good blog, Lou...nice to see you posting again. emoticon

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TEDYBEAR2838 1/13/2013 4:35PM

    I am so glad to see a post from you. MISSED your writings.

I especially like this one :) emoticon

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#525: Goodbye Brownie

Saturday, June 30, 2012

When I last blogged in February it was to say goodbye to Little Thang, one of my kitties.

Today it is to say goodbye to Brownie, my last kitty emoticon, the second one to pass on this year and the third in two years. emoticon



Brownie and Little Thang were strays that came to the house a number of years ago, about six months before Kitty who passed on last year. All three were amazingly compatible with each other and with my dogs.

During the past week Brownie ate less and less and became lethargic. When I took him to the vet today, she said Brownie likely wouldn't make it through the day so we said goodbye, she gave the injection, and we watched and caressed Brownie as he quietly left us.

Brownie was about the friendliest cat I have ever seen; no one was a stranger to him. A couple of years ago a friend stopped by. He hadn't seen Brownie before but as soon as he sat down in the living room Brownie was on his lap, purring and doing the paw kneading thing cats do. A couple of minutes later he was asleep in my friend's lap.

One of the things Brownie loved the most was stretching out on the kitchen window ledge, especially when the window was open with a breeze blowing in.



He loved deli turkey and chicken. No matter how quiet I tried to be to trick him, he always heard the bread being unwrapped and I would hear "Meow, meow, meow," because he knew what was coming next. So as I made my sandwich I would have to pull apart a piece or two for him because his hearing couldn't be tricked.

But as much as he liked turkey and chicken, what he loved the most was being cuddled. When I was at the table Brownie would climb up, curl next to the computer and wait until I cupped his head in one of my hands so he could sleep. The problem was that he stretched his rear legs across the keyboard so I had to keep moving his legs with my free hand while trying to type one-handed at the same time. emoticon There was no way, though, that I would wake him; his head felt too warm in my hand and with his kitty motor purring, waking him would have been thoughtless.

I'll give a neighbor the cleaned out litter box and the leftover food and treats for her four kitties.

And, as before, I will notice how quiet the house is, and probably will forget Brownie is no longer with me when I call his name. Baby and Thumper, my dogs, know something is not right. They saw me leave with Brownie and then watched me come home crying without him. They haven't left my side as they offer their sympathy, sensing, I'm sure, that Brownie will no longer bless our house.

But one thing is certain -- Brownie, as with all the other pets that have shared my life over the years -- will always remain in my thoughts and in my heart. emoticon Brownie. I love you and miss you.

  
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CINDYHOUGHTON 10/17/2012 4:32PM

    The tears run down my face as I remember my Iddo Cat who died almost a year ago. He too would sit with me as I wrote my blogs. He waited for me to come home from work at midnight before breathing his last. His mother abandoned him when he was just a few days old. He was the first pet that was all mine. I miss him dearly. My heart cries with yours, Lou.

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YATMAMA 9/5/2012 10:39PM

    So very sorry for your loss. So thankful that you had such a great furry friend for as long as you had him. *hugs*

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KICKINGIT@56 9/5/2012 5:31PM

    I could feel the sadness in your blog (written with teardrops and smiles), but the warmth of Brownie will linger on in your heart and mind. I hope that helps bring you a little comfort.

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TEDYBEAR2838 8/31/2012 10:28PM

    Hey, we need an updated blog from you.

Miss your talks

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LITTLEFARMMOMMA 8/9/2012 12:03PM

    Oh, LOU! emoticon emoticon The blog I read before going on vacation was the one about Little Thang, and now, as I get back, it's Brownie...

When Petunia goes (our 10 lb. calico who is about 13), we also won't be replacing her with another cat, and it will be a sad day when it comes. Living in a 990 sq. ft. house, the litter box is just too potent, and when she goes, it goes. emoticon

I'm so glad you still have your doggie companions, Lou... now those, I just couldn't live without. I hope you will always be able to keep at least one furry friend for loving companionship that only they can give. emoticon

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FLGIRL1234 7/29/2012 11:45PM

    So sorry you lost Brownie. What a touching rememberence of the things that you embraced and loved about him.

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JUSTDUCKY1405 7/23/2012 10:22AM

    Awwww... your memories of Brownie and your sharing them are such a wonderful gift. I am sorry for your loss of Brownie! Hugs and love!

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TINKERBELL200 7/20/2012 10:28PM

    I'm so sorry Lou. I just ran across your blog and my heart sunk! Blessings to you and may God you give you peace and may you see Brownie again someday. What a lucky kitty he was to show up on your door step.
God bless
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JMARIES51 7/20/2012 12:41AM

    Very sad news, Lou. I am so sorry for your losses. Our pets are like our family (sometimes even better)!


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GERMANPICKLE 7/17/2012 4:01AM

  so very sad.

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HELE_LANAKILA 7/6/2012 7:28AM

    I am so sorry for your loss. Brownie sounds like he was indeed, a blessing. ((((HUGS))))

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LESLIES537 7/4/2012 1:42PM

    awww, Brownie sounds like he was the biggest sweetie in the world! I'm so very sorry for your loss. I would like to believe that Brownie is now reunited with Little Thang and they are thoroughly enjoying their kitty heaven. You all will be reunited, in God's time.

Such a cute story about how he would lay across your computer sleeping. Thanks for sharing that with us.

Bless your heart, Lou.
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NANHBH 7/2/2012 12:26AM

    Lou,

I am so sorry for your loss of your beloved Brownie. Our pets are so precious to us. May you be comforted by the many memories and photos you have of Brownie. How sweet that your pups were there to comfort you.
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WENDYSPARKS 7/1/2012 1:57PM

    Sorry Lou...tears came to my eyes....God Bless...

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IAMWINNING 7/1/2012 11:15AM

    Lou, my heart breaks with and for you. Brownie was a beautiful kitty, and I could 'see' him as you described some of your times with him. God bless and comfort you.

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LIBBYFITZ 7/1/2012 8:59AM

    So sad. Sorry Brownie has gone. My thoughts are with you.xoxo

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WORKOUTWITHPAM 7/1/2012 3:51AM

    How sad I am to hear about Brownie. Please accept my deepest sympathy. Thank you for sharing your memories of Brownie with us. He was very sweet and beautiful.

HUGS
Pam

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KASEYCOFF 7/1/2012 2:45AM

    Really sorry he's gone, Lou - but so glad he was part of your life...
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TEDYBEAR2838 6/30/2012 10:18PM

    that is so sad, but I love you sharing the story
with us, Lou.

Thank you ....

So, no more cats?

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CODEMAULER 6/30/2012 10:06PM

    (I followed BOVERY63 over here - I hope that is OK)

I am so sorry for your loss. Thank you so much for sharing a good home with such beautiful friends!



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KENDRACARROLL 6/30/2012 9:52PM

    Lou, I'm so sorry you lost Brownie. Having to put pets to rest is a really sad and heartwrenching thing.
Find comfort in your dogs, as I'm sure they will in you, while you mourn the loss of your buddy.

BTW, you should blog more.
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MALEXANDER4 6/30/2012 9:38PM

    My little buddy has a tumor and it is only a matter of time. But I wanted to allow him to live his life till the end. So he is here still ;doing remarkable well. I just keep buying his meds from the vet and he is holding his own. We lost our cat george to a snake bite this past spring and that was tough. My thoughts are with you tonight. God bless.

Michelle.

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MARYANNSQUEST 6/30/2012 9:34PM

    Lou,
I am so sorry for your Loss, Brownie was such a beautiful kitty! Little Thang will meet him when he crosses the rainbow bridge, They will be together again to play in the fields while the Lord watches over them.
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WARRIORGIRL121 6/30/2012 9:15PM

    Oh, Lou, Brownie is beautful. Again, I'm so very sorry for your loss. Hugs, Karen

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DRAGONCHILDE 6/30/2012 8:47PM

    So sorry to hear this. I recently lost a beloved kitty of 10+ years to an abrupt, unforseen death. Literally fine one moment, gone three minutes later. (We suspect stroke or heart attack.)

It's heartbreaking to lose a loved one, even when that loved one is "just" a pet.

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CHRIS3874 6/30/2012 8:38PM

    My condolences on your loss. he looks like one of my lost cats. RIP.
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BOVEY63 6/30/2012 7:52PM

    I am so sorry to hear about Brownie - it is so evident how much you loved that beautiful kitty. Brownie, Little Thang, Baby, Thumper and all other animals who were brought in by you are very blessed animals to have someone who truly cares about them so much. This world needs many more Lous in it!
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CARRIEANNE1027 6/30/2012 6:49PM

    Awww.. I'm so sorry for your loss Lou.. Brownie sounds like he was an awesome friend.. May the memories of the joy and love Brownie gave you remain forever in your heart.. emoticon

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SLIMMERJESSE 6/30/2012 5:54PM

    Breaks my heart. Sad. This is the tough part about loving our furry friends. Loss is never easy. Hope you're okay.

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HIKETOHEIGHTS 6/30/2012 5:39PM

    brownie's paw print is on your heart forever! You saved her from the streets & she loved you emoticon

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GABY1948 6/30/2012 5:20PM

    Oh, Lou, my heart is breaking for you. As you know I have been through the same scenario the last 3 years with my beloved babies (collies).

Your description of typing one-handed was the BEST...the things we do for our babies That shows true love.

I do hope you get another...I know it will never take the place but it can help fill the void that is left in your home.

God Bless you and I will be praying for you! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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JUDITH316 6/30/2012 4:31PM

    I'm so sorry for your loss, I can sense your pain as I too have lost 2 cats over the years, my last "kitty" was a 17 year old red tabby who was diabetic, he lived for 3 years with severe diabetes having 2 insulin injections daily..In spite of all the TLC his kidney's shut down and he passed in 2006. My prayers are with you. emoticon

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ONUTHIN125 6/30/2012 4:23PM

    emoticon I am so sorry for your loss. My mom sent me the poem Rainbow Bridge when we had a beloved pet pass. If you have never read this poem, goggle Rainbow Bridge Poem. I cry every time I read it. Pets are so special and the people who love animals are also very special. Again, sorry for your loss. emoticon

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JAOTTO 6/30/2012 4:09PM

  it is sad.

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