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300 calories & sugar cubes

Friday, February 01, 2013



This is for LISAN0415. Lisa suggested yesterday that I show you what 300 calories looks like. The best information I could find was on SparkPeople!! Imagine that! emoticon

The image above & a couple of the images below are also from SparkPeople.





Pretty eye-opening, huh?

For the entire article from SparkPeople with more images, here's the link:

www.sparkpeople.com/resource/nutriti
on_articles.asp?id=1260


Then I decided to take it a step further & show you the sugar content in a few items:







To see more about the sugar content of some foods, go to:

www.sugarstacks.com

Track your food carefully!!

Blessings to you!! emoticon emoticon

  
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IMEMINE1 2/5/2013 5:02AM

    Sad isn't it.

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HZGLORY 2/4/2013 3:28AM

    Yep a picture is worth a thousand words. I am diabetic so I am aware of every sugar I consume. Its the breads and potatoes and white rice that get me if I let it. Hard to say no to normal common food everybody eats, but worth my health. Susan

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LANA2520 2/3/2013 7:09AM

    wow that for this i will be going on the web to see it

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KARENLEIGH32 2/1/2013 11:34PM

    Love this!!

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KALEWINE 2/1/2013 10:49PM

    These pictures really put it in perspective. Thanks for sharing!

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JOANIE69 2/1/2013 2:00PM

    emoticon - real "food for thought!"

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PAANDRUS 2/1/2013 9:56AM

    Very good "visual" for the sugar!! Wow! Thanks I needed a reminder!!


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GIRLINMOTION 2/1/2013 9:51AM

    Eye opening for sure. But when it comes to processed food sugar is not the only thing you need to worry about.

I would take those grapes any day/time. The nutritional content trumps sugar, unless I was diabetic.

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ANZER15 2/1/2013 9:16AM

    Visuals are great! Thanks for the information :)

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BIGPAWSUP 2/1/2013 7:32AM

    Awesome!

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MICKEYH 2/1/2013 7:31AM

    emoticon emoticon for sharing !! Have a nice day.

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MARYJOANNA 2/1/2013 5:58AM

  Amazing how much sugar you find in a lot of foods!

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COCK-ROBIN 2/1/2013 5:51AM

    wow, that's incredible!

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TDEMAIO2 2/1/2013 5:24AM

    emoticon WOW emoticon

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111BUTTERFLY111 2/1/2013 5:24AM

    We really are a visual society! Thanks for the lesson!!

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YMWONG22 2/1/2013 5:13AM

  Wow ... a picture speaks volumes.
When it is put in this way, it is easier for people to put the number of calories consumed into perspective.
Thanks for sharing them in your blog. emoticon emoticon

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SPARKCHANTAL 2/1/2013 4:42AM

    depressing, when you're trying to have 4x 300 or 3x 400- calorie meals a day!

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Junk or real food.

Thursday, January 31, 2013



Wow! What a visual, huh? Here's another:



Eeeeek!!! Really brings you back to reality. Looking at that makes me want to spend ALL DAY at the gym, right? emoticon

Ok, how about this one:



30 little measly minutes out of all those minutes in a day doesn't seem so much, does it? It's all about priorities. Pixie-licious had a poster in her blog in the last couple of days that reminds us that losing weight is 20% exercise & 80% diet. Yowza!! You can lose your battle in the kitchen after all your hard work.

Ok, this next one is really, really good. I saw it on the SparkPeople FaceBook page yesterday:



Isn't that awesome? I really don't get enough sleep during the week, but unless I want to go to bed at 8:00 p.m., 7 hours is going to have to do it. I have noticed that if I've been puzzled over a problem that on the weekend, when I get a bit more sleep, the "committee of sleep" has worked it out for me. They're so good that way. emoticon

Ok, last visual for today:



Today: Spread those wings!!! Let me see you fly!!

Blessings to you!! emoticon emoticon

  
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ANHELIC 2/1/2013 8:26PM

    What a great blog. It made me sit up and take notice. My friend sent it to me and I am grateful. I am going to share it with a few of my friends. emoticon
Joanie

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KARENLEIGH32 1/31/2013 9:45PM

    Good visuals, I just want to know how you got that x-ray of me!

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GODS_TEMPLE 1/31/2013 9:26PM

    Thanks Nilla, Now to keep these in my frontal lobe where they will do some good! emoticon

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MICKEYH 1/31/2013 5:56PM

    I loved it !! Thanks for sharing !! Your know how to motivate us loll)) (*^^*)

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FUSIONFITNESS3 1/31/2013 4:38PM

    Incredible visuals and right to the point.



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JULIERAE41 1/31/2013 4:34PM

    The simple math visual really sounds out to me. The healthy food is soo much prettier to look at. So am I when i eat it. LOL

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1EMMA2011 1/31/2013 4:24PM

    This is so so inspirational! Thank you so much!!

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BEACHY_ 1/31/2013 1:15PM

    I love, love, love this!! I need to Pin all of those! Thanks for the inspiration!!

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RANGERFX 1/31/2013 10:36AM

    Right on! emoticon

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GIRLINMOTION 1/31/2013 9:08AM

    When I hear the one about big bones I tend to have to look the other way because I have to hide my face that is making funny because the person is in denial. They have to come up with their own reality, you can't tell them the truth, they have to find it themselves.

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KIWIANN 1/31/2013 8:56AM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon

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HELEN_BRU 1/31/2013 8:46AM

    That's the simple truth! emoticon

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DARLY55 1/31/2013 8:10AM

    Thank you for the appetite rerouting before I had lunch today!
This is what my sisters fail to understand - need to show them1 emoticon

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MLH148 1/31/2013 7:18AM

    Great as usual!

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LIFEISPURRFECT 1/31/2013 7:17AM

    I love the last visual. Thanks for the reminder that we all can fly! emoticon

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BIGPAWSUP 1/31/2013 6:49AM

    You are awesome! I'm always so inspired by your blogs.

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JOANIE69 1/31/2013 6:36AM

    emoticon Oh my goodness! What a great blog and now I have my visual!
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Y-O-U have started my day (and Feb) off SO right!
And this one ought to be featured on SP...

I plan to share it. emoticon Blessings, Joanie

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2BDYNAMIC 1/31/2013 6:24AM

    Great!! MAde my day .......... lol .........
BUT it did remind me of something Mollie (from Mike and Molly said)
Her skinny little Mother kept saying, "Mollie, you are just big boned."
and Mollie shrieked............
"MOM!!!! ........... BIG BONES DON'T JIGGLE! " emoticon
emoticon for a very good blog to share!


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TDEMAIO2 1/31/2013 6:20AM

    emoticon WOW great visuals

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COCK-ROBIN 1/31/2013 6:05AM

    wow!

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COCK-ROBIN 1/31/2013 6:05AM

    wow!

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MARYJOANNA 1/31/2013 5:43AM

  Pictures are worth a thousand words!

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111BUTTERFLY111 1/31/2013 5:15AM

    LOVE the simple math!!!

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LISAN0415 1/31/2013 4:53AM

    another good visual would be shoing 300 calorie seving of french fries or a cheeseburger vs. 300 calories of veggies.. which one would keep us full longer?

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LISAN0415 1/31/2013 4:52AM

    ....but I do have big bones!!!!! lol

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Beware of WW diet pills . . . ;-)

Wednesday, January 30, 2013



and cake, right? emoticon

One of the guys in my office made a cake & brought it in yesterday. He just recently discovered his love of baking. I have to say, it wasn't pretty at all. emoticon He admitted he was impatient & started to ice the cake before it was completely cool, so the icing became quite a mess. It was chocolate cake with chocolate icing -- not my fave. So as not to hurt his feelings, I did eat a very tiny piece yesterday (about 2 bites) & worked it into my plan (I just skipped a snack). It just shows you that pretty cakes can taste not so good & ugly cakes can be delicious, right? Lessons learned.

Do you know what your most important weight loss muscle is?



Sometimes you have to "play the game" with your brain to get the job done when it comes to a healthier lifestyle.

I think need to try some different kinds of exercise. I need to shake things up a bit to get over this plateau. It's time to get out of my comfort zone.



I need to stop putting limitations on myself & see what I can really do!!



Today: beware of those WW diet pills & cake. ;-)

Blessings to you!! emoticon emoticon

  
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HZGLORY 2/4/2013 3:22AM

    I have to say my nemesis is cookies & bready things. I love the sugar too much. I havn't conquered that one quite enough yet, but I know if I want to continue in the right direction down the sparkly spark road, I will have to face it head on eventually. For now I take it in little pieces when I can. :0)

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LISAN0415 1/31/2013 2:34AM

    ha ha WW weight loss pills!!! Good one!

Good job making someone feel better and not going over calories!

-Lisa

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OBIESMOM2 1/31/2013 2:15AM

    WHAT???? Well that explains a lot!

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NEEDTOLOOSE1 1/30/2013 11:22PM

    Love It thanks so much

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TUBLADY 1/30/2013 6:01PM

    I never though of Those crazy MM's in that way. Very funny.
I found I casn have a bite or two of cake too and not let it ruin my meal plan. Everything in moderation.
Tisha emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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GODS_TEMPLE 1/30/2013 5:07PM

    Can't I even have the WW diet pills if I track them??? I'm an M&M Pretzel girl! YUM!

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KARENLEIGH32 1/30/2013 4:30PM

    Yum M&M's...almond ones! But Weight Watcher's NOT!

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JULIERAE41 1/30/2013 10:50AM

    This was good. I like the Change Your Mind idea.

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ADZY86 1/30/2013 10:49AM

    LOL! Love that top picture!

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GIRLINMOTION 1/30/2013 10:17AM

    Take as directed, you cannot overdose on the WW diet pills. Once a pretty cake is cut up it is not so pretty anymore, so why do people cut them up?

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PINK-SOLDIER 1/30/2013 9:44AM

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KIWIANN 1/30/2013 9:14AM

    Those WW diet pills are a favorite of mine! emoticon

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TDEMAIO2 1/30/2013 8:56AM

    I love your positive quotes and attitude emoticon

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STINAMARIE86 1/30/2013 8:51AM

    emoticon WW diet pills! Love it!

Good luck today at work! Good job for being nice and also tracking your calories!

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MATTEROFHEART 1/30/2013 8:32AM

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MICKEYH 1/30/2013 8:19AM

    emoticon emoticon I'm in same boat. Thanks for sharing. emoticon emoticon

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CASEYSAUER 1/30/2013 7:19AM

    Thanks for the early morning laugh!

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BIGPAWSUP 1/30/2013 6:48AM

    No WW - got ya! Thanks for sharing.

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NYARAMULA 1/30/2013 6:18AM

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COCK-ROBIN 1/30/2013 5:56AM

    And you can do it!

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111BUTTERFLY111 1/30/2013 4:59AM

    I hope there are no emoticon in your day today! You've done well with your lessons!

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Yesterday, I ate cake!

Tuesday, January 29, 2013



I don't want any of you to think I'm perfect, by any means. Yesterday, was a good day, overall. We had an ice storm yesterday morning, so I didn't have to be at work until noon & I get off at 4:00. I took my lunch break, too. emoticon

Long story short, after lunch I went to the break room to get my water out of the freezer & there was this really pretty cake in there. I won't go into detail other than to say it was chocolate cake with white frosting. I like cake. Cake is one of my biggest downfalls, but I don't particularly care for chocolate cake. I can usually pass it up pretty easily, but did I mention that it was pretty?

I've been a little frustrated that the scale hasn't moved in nearly 2 months & while I wasn't really having a pity party, I was enthralled at how pretty this cake was. I got a big honkin' piece & ate every bite.

I only went over my calories by 50 yesterday, so it didn't hurt me too badly & I got some extra walking in yesterday & did some strength training & cardio at the gym, but you know what I discovered? That cake wasn't worth it. It was probably about 300 calories. While It was really, really pretty, it didn't taste all that good. I had a sugar rush & then crashed later.

I was a little mad at myself for awhile, but I'm good now. I'm over it & ready to move on.



Today is a new day & a time to start over.



Today: Don't eat the cake!! It's totally not worth it. It's just pretty & it's not going to taste that great. You'll just get a sugar rush & crash later on. Trust me on this. emoticon

Blessings to you!! emoticon emoticon

  
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KARENLEIGH32 1/29/2013 10:06PM

    Don't eat the cake, I get it. My weakness is cobbler, SIL told me today they recently have peach & blackberry. I sure hope they have eaten both, I'm going over for Super Bowl Party!

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FUSIONFITNESS3 1/29/2013 5:12PM

    If it was such a pretty cake why would you want to cut into it and destroy the pretty??? emoticon

I hear you!!! I know exactly what you say when the junk you want to eat really isn't even as good as you had anticipated. You'd think I'd remember that but...I err from time to time too.

Keep a lid on that freezer in the lunch room!!!

Onward and forward!

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JULIERAE41 1/29/2013 4:03PM

    Keep calm and carry on!

Get thee behind me, chocolate cake! LOL

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CYCLINGSANDY 1/29/2013 1:05PM

    I can usually pass on cake, but ice cream is what I crave. I know the feeling that it was good only for a short while. It will probably be easier to walk by the cake next time.

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GIRLINMOTION 1/29/2013 10:36AM

    We just can't trust pretty cake. Looks can be deceiving.

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BIGPAWSUP 1/29/2013 9:26AM

    Well - I would say 50 over and cake was a really good day! I think the occasional slip reminds us why we don't (or shouldn't) do things like that!

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2BDYNAMIC 1/29/2013 9:12AM

    emoticon ..... Such a good point! And you are so right ............ those things that 'tantalize' us are usually bad news! ......... (( fell to one last week, then gave myself a swift kick) .................... ((I love reading all the previous posts--very supportive and good) ............... so we will all move on and be happy! emoticon

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KJELLYBEAN15 1/29/2013 8:51AM

    I guess it's a good thing it didn't taste all it was hyped up to be. Now you know you can't judge a book, or in this case a cake by the way it looks from the outside. Yesterday I was terribly starved and ate an entire bowl (big bowl) of cereal. Of all things. Yikes! But hey, it happens to all.

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GINA180847 1/29/2013 8:19AM

    Yesterday I took one of my english students (19 yrs) shopping. She is helping me to buy the right stuff for the makeup applying class she taught and I took. We struggled so hard with language, she with english and I with spanish. So I invited her out for a latte. It was to a cinnamon bun place and she had never had one before. We each got one tiny one and she was so impressed. I should not have eaten it either but I enjoyed it as well and have no desire for another so all is well.

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MICKEYH 1/29/2013 8:14AM

    You've said you got a sugar rush and crushed later on. I might have experience of this before.
But not sure. What does sugar rush feels like to you? Thanks.

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MATTEROFHEART 1/29/2013 8:00AM

    I totally agree! I think our tastes actually change after a while! Those sweets aren't nearly as good as they used to be!!!

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TDEMAIO2 1/29/2013 6:28AM

    It's done and over : ) SO pretty isn't always good emoticon Your doing GREAT emoticon

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SACHABEE 1/29/2013 6:05AM

    Darn those office treats!!!! The donuts get me sometimes.

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COCK-ROBIN 1/29/2013 5:44AM

    It was no big deal. You can do it, just move on.

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MARYJOANNA 1/29/2013 5:39AM

  Once in awhile you just gotta have it. Sometimes I think that is good as it jars your metabolism.

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111BUTTERFLY111 1/29/2013 5:14AM

    Thanks for sharing your lesson ... we learn them in the classroom or on the field trip. I'd much prefer to learn in the classroom from your field trip since you've already taken it. emoticon

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KUTEY5041 1/29/2013 4:45AM

    Just remember, every one of us is going to get that certain something from time to time that we feel like we should not have had after it is over. Don't sweat it and don't make yourself feel guilty. You are probably back on track now or will be tomorrow. Forget about it and just go from today forward. emoticon

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End of your rope = God's doorstep.

Monday, January 28, 2013



Life is truly, truly difficult sometimes. Things happen, people are hurt, people become ill, lives are changed. You can end up in a pit of despair & you can't see any way out of it.



The end of your rope is the beginning of God's doorstep. I have been through so much in my life. Many times, I had to tie a knot in the end of that rope & I was so thankful God was there to catch me when I couldn't hang on any longer. He can do so much more than I can alone & it's so nice to lean on Him & let Him handle it.

For my sanity, I had to put things in His hands & let them go.



Through the tough times in my life, I have become stronger, but I have also been able to show more compassion, sympathy & empathy toward others. We can't control the actions of others. We have to let them be who they are.

We have to forgive -- not just for that other person who may have wronged you, but for YOURSELF. There is freedom in forgiveness.



Lack of forgiveness can be a nasty thing. It can eat at you, affect your relationships, affect your peace of mind. I can cause all kinds of health issues because of that added stress on your body, which can then lead to emotional eating.



Last time I looked we were all human. We all mess up. We all make mistakes.

It takes a strong person to forgive.



Set yourself free!!





Blessings to you!! emoticon emoticon

  
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HZGLORY 2/4/2013 12:27AM

    This was a very hard blog for me to read right now. I too believe in forgiveness, however I forgave my stepfather for many sins he did, to myself and my sisters as a child. He was never held accountable for his actions, they were just forgiven in my heart. So my husband and I started up a relationship with he and my mother and then not long after I had a baby. As any grandparent would they wanted to babysit him some times, and we complied until we discovered he was being molested by that same forgiven man. Since this happened years ago I have struggled with exactly what forgiveness means and expects. Now I am faced with a younger sister that I cared for in my home when she needed help for her and her boys. Then she many times turned on me and led my other sisters to believe I was a bad person. She did this over a few years and I finally just pulled back from her out of self preservation. I attempted to forgive her and try to reconnect with her last year and she did the same thing all over again. Now she is trying to get me to connect with her by Facebook and it just drags up those same feelings of me doing that with my father and it coming back to hurt me and those I love. When is it the right thing to let go of hurts someone causes but not put yourself out there to be mistreated again?

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GODS_TEMPLE 1/29/2013 12:54AM

    We were talking about this in Bible study tonight. It is so true. Holding a grudge only hurts you.

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JULIERAE41 1/28/2013 10:51PM

    This was lovely. Thank-you!

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MICKEYH 1/28/2013 6:09PM

    Great blog !! Thank you so much for sharing. I really needed to hear this today.
I hope everything is fine with you. Take care.
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FUSIONFITNESS3 1/28/2013 5:21PM

    emoticon blog


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KARENLEIGH32 1/28/2013 4:51PM

    You just said a whole lot!

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GIRLINMOTION 1/28/2013 4:12PM

    Thank you so much for taking the time to collect the quotes and inspire us as you keep working on your own journey.

HUGS

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SAINTBETH 1/28/2013 2:11PM

    yep

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KJELLYBEAN15 1/28/2013 1:09PM

    Wow- that was awesome. Just what I needed to hear. Thank you.

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BIGPAWSUP 1/28/2013 12:51PM

    Thanks, I needed this!

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MATTEROFHEART 1/28/2013 9:58AM

    Beautiful! Thank you!

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BELLATRAVELLER 1/28/2013 9:39AM

    I really like this inspirational blog posts by you. Keep them coming. Have a GREAT day! emoticon

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111BUTTERFLY111 1/28/2013 9:20AM

    emoticon Thanks!!!

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KIWIANN 1/28/2013 9:19AM

    Thank you for another dose of beautiful inspirations this morning!! Blessings to YOU!! emoticon

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LIFEISPURRFECT 1/28/2013 9:16AM

    This post really spoke to me today. Thanks for sharing, as the power to forgive myself is something that I'm working on.

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COCK-ROBIN 1/28/2013 9:15AM

    Very good!

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