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What Are You Thankful For?

Monday, November 24, 2014

Most of All

Thanksgiving Day brings to mind
the blessings in our lives
that usually go unnoticed:

a home that surrounds us
with comfort and protection;

delicious food, for pleasure
in both eating and sharing;

clothes to snuggle up in,

books and good entertainment
to expand our minds;

and freedom to worship our God.

Most of all we are thankful
for our family and friends,

those treasured people
who make our lives extra special.

You are part of that cherished group.
On Thanksgiving, (and every day)
Happy Thanksgiving!

Poem by Joanna Fuchs

Artist: Norman Rockwell
(February 3, 1894 November 8, 1978)

I am thankful for my husband, son and family.
For our health.
For a warm home.
For food on the table.
And for sparkpeople and the friendships I've made here.

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OPHELIE 12/14/2014 11:01AM

    Wonderful blog!

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READY4CHANGE81 11/29/2014 11:23AM

    I am thankful for the support from friends like you on Spark. The ones who truly understand the struggle and pick each other up always. :)

I am thankful for my family and friends who have been there during difficult times and to celebrate the best times as well.

I am thankful to be back on my own to feet and can celebrate a sense of freedom that I haven't felt in a while.

I am thankful to God for allowing me to live such a blessed life. :)

Great blog, my friend emoticon

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LOVINGKATE 11/26/2014 12:22PM

  emoticon Blog!!! Thanks so much for sharing.

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Amen and Amen! Love this!

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VTORIA3 11/25/2014 6:01AM

    Beautiful blog. I love Norman Rockwell paintings, too.

I am so thankful for many, many things:
my family,
my friends,
my health, and the health of my family,
comforts of home,
DS3 just got a new job,
enough money to pay our bills,
and, I could go on and on....and that, my dear friend, makes me feel very blessed.


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IMEMINE1 11/25/2014 5:12AM

    I am thankful for my husband and children, my home and food to eat, for my animals and friends and for having a job. I am thankful for all God has helped me with in the past and I am thankful that he is always there for me. emoticon

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SPARKFRAN514 11/24/2014 10:22PM

    I have been keeping track of things i am thankful in a journal and love the things you have shared some days I am thankful i win the battle of going to the gym or staying home . thankful i am not digging our from all the snow that the East coast has . Thanks for reminding us to be be thankful for the small things as well as the big things emoticon

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KING_SLAYER 11/24/2014 3:19PM

    Very nice! I am thankful for my family, without whom I would most surely be living in my pickup truck!

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JUST_BRENDA 11/24/2014 1:41PM

    Wonderful blog!
We all have so very much to be thankful for.
I have to ask myself why I focus on the negative so much. Gotta change that.

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GLORIAMAJDI 11/24/2014 12:11PM

    What a nice poem and great visuals to go along with it! May God bless you and your family with warmth and happiness this Thanksgiving and during the years to come! Love & hugs headed your way!

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DSHONEYC 11/24/2014 11:59AM

    I am thankful for the simple, all-American, view that Norman Rockwell has given us through his pictures.

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WORKNPROGRESS49 11/24/2014 9:28AM

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1CRAZYDOG 11/24/2014 8:08AM

    Definitely family, friends, faith are my top 3. . . always!

Happy Thanksgiving my dear!

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APROMISE4ME 11/24/2014 5:57AM

    Beautifully said, with beautiful pictures as well .. I hope your family has a wonderful Thanksgiving and thank you for sharing these very wonderful thoughts .



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The Power of Words

Friday, November 21, 2014

Just thought I'd share this inspirational, short video.


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SPARKFRAN514 11/24/2014 10:18PM


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ZANYGIRL1 11/24/2014 1:48PM

    Powerful video!! Thank you for sharing it. emoticon

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SORTIZA99 11/24/2014 5:48AM

    Nice sharing.
Thank you.

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VTORIA3 11/23/2014 6:50AM

    Beautiful blog for so many reasons. I'm glad I took the time today to view it....got my day off to the right start. emoticon

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IMEMINE1 11/22/2014 4:59AM

    I always loved this one. emoticon

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KOHINOOR2 11/21/2014 11:34PM

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LOVINGKATE 11/21/2014 2:31PM

  So BEAUTIFUL!!! So AWESOME!!!!! Some thing I must remember every day.
The power of words. Gives me tears..

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DSHONEYC 11/21/2014 10:35AM

    Love it every time I see it! emoticon

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JUST_BRENDA 11/21/2014 9:04AM

    Yep, I teared up too... Thanks for sharing!

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IDLETYME 11/21/2014 8:41AM

    Beautiful blog - made me cry. There are good people around! emoticon

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To Streak or Not to Streak...

Monday, November 17, 2014

I stopped attempting the no-sweets streaks, because the more I tried to avoid them, the more I craved them. I figured that by taking the focus and pressure off the streaks, I wouldn't crave them as much.

I was wrong. emoticon

It's gotten worse than ever, since now it feels like I have no boundaries. So, I am back to counting my no sweets days.

My goal is to abstain from the sweets until Thanksgiving, I plan on having pumpkin pie, continue counting until Christmas Eve, I'll be making a cake, then until New Year's Eve. This will give me something to look forward to.

I've learned that it's better to have short streaks than none at all!

Counting today, there are 45 days left for the whole year! There is still time to accomplish a goal or two! emoticon

It's Monday and it's raining, but....

Have a good one, sparkfriends! emoticon

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VTORIA3 11/19/2014 12:34PM

    Some things work, some don't. It's always good to test what is most effective. For me, boundaries seem to be helpful.

You are off and running another streak! emoticon

You GO! Girlfriend!! emoticon

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IMEMINE1 11/18/2014 5:09AM

    You have to do what works. You can do it!! emoticon

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KING_SLAYER 11/17/2014 5:58PM

    You could also do a 6 days per week streak and allow yourself something sweet on the seventh day. That way you're being good 6 days out of 7 and don't have to wait too long to have your treat!

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1CRAZYDOG 11/17/2014 11:58AM

    emoticon Sometimes that restriction leads to craving! Good that you're willing to work with it. Good luck w/your plan.


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DSHONEYC 11/17/2014 11:19AM

    emoticon Finding out what works for you is half the battle.

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LOVINGKATE 11/17/2014 9:45AM

  emoticon emoticon Fruit is my sweet zone, good luck on your streak.
The sun is shining this Monday but it is 7degrees and wind chill of -11.
Have a great Monday anyway. emoticon

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IDLETYME 11/17/2014 9:15AM

    I wouldn't be able to NOT eat sweets. I allow myself a piece of chocolate in the evening. Good luck!

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I think it's a good idea, Julia. I will abstain from sweets until Thanksgiving, too!

blessings, Bee

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HEALTHIER-VICKI 11/17/2014 9:03AM

    I can remember growing up and sweets were only allowed either for special occasions or else on Saturdays. Not during the work week at all. I'm thinking I may go back to that way for myself. It'll give me something to look forward to once a week. emoticon emoticon

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JAROL7 11/17/2014 8:53AM

    Streak or not, it's a good decision.

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ICECUB 11/17/2014 8:38AM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon EVERYTHING IN MODERATION.

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Saturday Self-Pep Talk :)

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Stepfanie, a friend of SparkPeople, says:
"At some point you realize that life is just that: life. Ups, downs, good, bad, it's all just life. It all balances out, and letting every little bump in the road sideline you is no way to live."

She is so right!

Dear husband had to work today, so I got up early with him, but I've been battling with the notion of going back to bed or working out! emoticon


The last time I posted, I publicly committed to a workout, and it helped motivate me, so I'm doing it again today!

I am going to go downstairs and do a workout, then update it here!

Thank you all, for being so wonderful, caring and supportive, especially in my last blog!

I couldn't do this without my sparkfriends! emoticon emoticon

10:15 A.M. Update:
Yes I Can! Thank you, guys! emoticon

Started with the 2 Miles: Walk-N-Tone, with 3 lb. weights, to make it more intense.

33 min. on the treadmill & 5 min. on the Total Gym, (Total steps: 5,345)

I'm off to the shower. I am going to take a walk on this sunny, 37 degrees day, and buy some grapes to snack on this evening. emoticon

Have a wonderful day, and weekend! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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IMEMINE1 11/22/2014 5:01AM

    emoticon Way to go. emoticon

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VTORIA3 11/19/2014 12:32PM

    What a great blog. Clip art and photos are spot on! It captures perfectly what I go through so many days. I love the you rallied and that fitness triumphed! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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SPARKFRAN514 11/15/2014 6:37PM

    emoticon We are all getting this journey on the spark tail under control. i had thought about staying snug in my bed but a little group of my Spark friends got me out of bed dressed and out the door with Racey (my fur baby) for brisk walk it was 15 dreg gees. home breakfast and off to week week 3 of Yogi it getting easier and tth trainer told me she could see how much i have improved !!! we have two more free classes to go then we have to pay 11.00 dollars a class. glad things are sparking along so well. Racey has talked me into two more walks they are not long but we get out and move. thanks for being a spark friend in my ear. emoticon

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KING_SLAYER 11/15/2014 6:25PM

    Good for you! I almost always opt for bed!

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DSHONEYC 11/15/2014 6:21PM

    You are a better woman than me today... working out with a mop, broom and washing machine.

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KOHINOOR2 11/15/2014 5:30PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon Thanks for sharing.

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BEESTILLANDKNOW 11/15/2014 12:52PM

WOOHOO, you did it!

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LOVINGKATE 11/15/2014 12:14PM

  emoticon emoticon emoticon I love Leslie Sansome!! I have several of her videos. Have a great weekend.

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LOVENHWOODS 11/15/2014 11:15AM

    emoticon Nothing feels better than exercising first thing in the morning!

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READY4CHANGE81 11/15/2014 9:18AM

    YES YOU CAN!!!!! We are all here for you!

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RICKHANN 11/15/2014 8:50AM

    Way to go. A morning workout will make the whole day brighter.

Love the Nike Homer!


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BERGBA7 11/15/2014 8:42AM

    Wohoo...and did you do your workout as promised?
I am pretty sure you did!

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ELRIDDICK 11/15/2014 8:27AM

  Thanks for sharing

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HMBROWN1 11/15/2014 8:27AM

    Have a great weekend. Sounds like you are off to a good start.

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1CRAZYDOG 11/15/2014 8:12AM

    Yee Haa! I was up early w/my DH too as he has a flight to D.C. this morning, so out the door @ 5 am (we were up @ 3:45 am. One cup of coffee and the idea of a work out won vs. going to take a nap, too.

Have a great Saturday!

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Self-Motivation and Accountability

Monday, November 10, 2014

"Hope is a renewable option:
If you run out of it at the end of the day, you get to start over in the morning."
~ Barbara Kingsolver

So, I am starting over this morning. I haven't been able to commit to my daily intentions yet, my heart hasn't been in it.

Family problems and loneliness are my roadblocks lately. Been feeling emotionally and spiritually empty.

Emotional because husband is in his own little world, dealing with his own self destructive behavior, and I'm just missing my mom who I used to be able to confide to about anything.

And spiritually because ( I hate to admit) I've been struggling with my faith since my parent's ordeal in the last two years, trying to understand God's ways. I want my faith back! My life is empty without it!

My parents are gone now, they are finally at peace, but I continue to search for inner peace. I am sabotaging my efforts and I want to stop this behavior.

The only way to come out of this is to do something about it now, be accountable, so I am going to workout now, push myself because if I don't push myself, nothing will change.

So for today, I am publicly committing to do something positive for myself.

I will update my workout in a little while!

11:30 A.M. My Workout Update:

I started out with my favorite workout DVD, 2 Miles: Walk-N-Tone with 3 lb. hand weights.

And 35 min. on the treadmill. Total steps for both workouts, 6,634.

I feel so much better and I am so grateful to you, my sparkfriends! Thank you from the bottom of my heart for your support and encouragement! emoticon

Now on to plan healthy meals! emoticon

Have a great Monday! emoticon emoticon

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SPARKFRAN514 11/15/2014 6:43PM

    Always appreciate the day the Lord gives you Blessed Marie Rose
The biggest thing is: when you struggle, FORGIVE yourself,

"Faith is taking the first step even when you don't see the whole staircase. " Martin Luther King, Jr.
Love your quote added to my collection sounds like you have a plan in place and remember keep trying we are not perfect no one is
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FRABBIT 11/11/2014 6:35PM

  Sorry to be late posting this but hope today was a good day for you. This is a wonderfully written blog - thanks for sharing it with your Sparkfriends. Great job on the workouts. So sorry to know that you have lost your Mom and that you are struggling but totally understand. (I lost my Mom 10 years ago and still miss her guidance and support tremendously).

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IMEMINE1 11/11/2014 5:17AM

    emoticon Hang in there. You have to work on your inner self. emoticon emoticon

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KOHINOOR2 11/10/2014 10:04PM

    Many Hugs!!! emoticon emoticon Thanks for sharing.

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1CRAZYDOG 11/10/2014 9:03PM

    ((((HUGS))))) I am so sorry for your struggles. It just doesn't help if your husband is emotionally unavailable. **SIGH** Went thru that too. It's upsetting, and I feel so for you.

You can spark me anytime if you need to chat.


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KING_SLAYER 11/10/2014 5:11PM

    I completely understand about feeling empty. I have felt empty on many levels for years now. Good for you for doing something about feeling "blah" and getting in a workout!

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CRYSTLELYNN2015 11/10/2014 2:54PM

    Awesome on your positive commitment to yourself today.

Praying that God will help you reignite your faith and give you peace in the midst of your storms. emoticon

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SHARSUE 11/10/2014 11:56AM

    I'm sorry to hear that you're struggling, but congratulations on taking steps to find your motivation. Please know that you're NOT alone-- there are plenty of people here on SparkPeople cheering you on! And also know that God is with you, even if you can't feel Him right now. I have had my own struggles with faith throughout the years, so I can understand what you are going through.
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BEESTILLANDKNOW 11/10/2014 11:45AM

Good work! Your gray fitbit is cute! I've never seen that color. I have the raspberry zip!

I need to get on the treadmill right now! emoticon

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DSHONEYC 11/10/2014 10:38AM

    The faithful love of the LORD never ends! His mercies never cease. Great is his faithfulness; his mercies begin afresh each morning.

My heart goes out to you. You are on the right track this morning. Start by taking it to the Lord in prayer, knowing the above is the truth.


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LOVINGKATE 11/10/2014 10:19AM

  Good for you!! I will be praying for you. Some times when I feel I can't do it any more, all I say is Jesus, he knows what is going on in my life. I call to him for help and he will carry me. emoticon

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BEESTILLANDKNOW 11/10/2014 10:17AM

I am sending you my personal email in your Spark mail box.

You need a friend, PRONTO!~ I want to be that for you, Julia.
You have too much going on to keep it all in.

check your mailbox......

love you, Sister!!

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