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To my PRECIOUS SP friends

Thursday, November 27, 2014

I just wanted to say hello and I MISS you all! I've been pretty much inactive on SP for at least a 18 months. TOO long! And I need help!

I've done pretty good the last 18 months with my eating--in fact, I hadn't had sugar since April 2013 or gluten since May 2014, but Dennis and I celebrated our 25th wedding anniversary last month, and I did something I totally should NOT have done--I indulged freely! I threw caution to the wind and enjoyed our weekend away; however, I forgot about the Piper I'd have to pay!!! UGH! It's NOT been a pretty month, and I've gained 5#'s in those 4 weeks. I've been out of control!!! It's sent me into a tailspin in which I find myself hopelessly out of control. I so desperately 'wish' I could be that "normal" person who moderately eats all things, but unfortunately, these foods have a similar effect on me as alcohol for an alcoholic!



So I'm back to 'spark streaks' and using the wonderful tools of spark people to get me back on the straight and narrow and HOPEFULLY find my desire and SPARK again. I recently read a great quote, "Diet is not about denial, it's about desire." Sheri Rose Shepherd

I've missed you dearly!!!!!

{{{{huge hugs and much love}}}}

  
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HUGS2013 12/10/2014 6:12PM

    You did it once and you can do it again! Jump back in and let the good successes begin! emoticon m emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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CRYSTLELYNN2015 12/2/2014 6:40PM

    Welcome back, I am recently returned also.

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ACTIVEGRANDMAP 12/2/2014 5:32PM

    Glad you are back but sorry you have had a slip up. I don't know how I could stay on track without spark people. I've been tracking for almost 2 years. Even the overindulgences go in the tracker.
Hope you get back to blogging. Miss hearing about you and your family. Bet Mary is a real young lady now. Hugs Pam

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KADULAC 12/1/2014 4:51PM

    I have missed you and are so glad you are back. I've thought about you a lot recently, but of course not when I'm on Sparkpeople. emoticon

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ONESPOTLEFT 11/30/2014 4:38PM

    glad you are back
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BELLACUDDLES 11/30/2014 8:26AM

    Glad you're back! I've had my own slip ups too, my friend, but the good thing is, we can try again...fall down, but get right back up and move on...literally movement is the key. Get out for that 1/2 hour brisk walk, don't buy the junk that calls your name and get that positive attitude going!! YOU ARE WORTH IT!!

Hugs,
Barbara

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AJDOVER1 11/28/2014 11:03PM

    It's good to see you!
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COOP9002 11/28/2014 1:51PM

    Welcome back!

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DIDMIS 11/28/2014 6:19AM

    What happened t o the team Born to Crave. I had to join to find out about it but it seems to be dead. No one answers me. I will quit if the team is dead.

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PRESBESS 11/28/2014 1:59AM

    I am happy to see you are back. Stay in the fight.
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BERRY4 11/28/2014 1:08AM

    You CAN do it... as daily steps / and "journey" come to mind.
Happy 25th Anniversary! emoticon
I was walking this week, and thinking of you. I would LOVE to just chit chat on a walk about all the things we have in common... maybe we can get better acquainted in Heaven!!? Won't that be amazing!
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Here's to walking the walk, step by step, letting Him hold you and guide you and show you the way.

Have you seen Lysa Terkeurst's book, "Made to Crave"? She has some useful things to share...
http://madetocrave.org/
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EJOY-EVELYN 11/28/2014 12:15AM

    Welcome homes to people who will support you and your desire to get back to the healthier individual you look to attain. Happy Thanksgiving! Hug, hug! -- Evelyn

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DETERMINEDJANET 11/28/2014 12:11AM

    Welcome back!!

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LJCANNON 11/27/2014 10:50PM

    emoticon I'm so glad that you are back with us! None of us can succeed at this Alone. We Are Stronger Together!!

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COLOR-BLUE 11/27/2014 9:02PM

    emoticon young lady, and emoticon knowing that you can come back to SP Land for help! We're all family here, no mater when you were here last. This is a forever family and we're very glad to have you back. Now, as for getting back on track, we can do this together, as I failed miserably tonight with Thanksgiving Dinner! I need a good tune up and I've been paying the piper ever since I ate and it's not a pretty site. Like you said food to me is like alcohol to an alcoholic1 It's just not a pretty sight! emoticon TOGETHER!!!

Blessings!
R>- Nancy Jean -
GA

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    Welcome back. Sounds like you have the right spirit! emoticon

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_RACHEL 11/27/2014 7:16PM

    Welcome Back! I'm so happy to see you! Have a great Thanksgiving!
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  Welcome back

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WOW--it's been a long while!

Saturday, December 07, 2013

Hello to all my dearest SparkFriends! I'm SO sorry I've been MIA for these last 4 months! I can't believe it's been FOUR months since I blogged! emoticon

First off, my dear husband started a new job on September 23 after 10 months of unemployment which was the FIRST time in our marriage without a job. He is working as a Sales manager for a GREAT COMPANY! God was so, so faithful to meet our every need during the time off, and we give Him thanks for His abundant lovingkindness towards our family.

I've been following the Trim Healthy Mama eating plan [controlled carb diet, lower glycemic diet: www.trimhealthymama.com ; www.gwens-nest.com/natural-remedies/
trim-healthy-mama-quick-start-guide/
] since June, and I've lost 10#'s, I have another 10# to lose before I'm back at goal weight. But the MOST significant thing I've learned in these last 6 months is that I have adrenal issues and that this is the trump card that **prevents** weight loss--the more I get healed, the more I'm seeing the scale cooperate! emoticon emoticon emoticon

My routine:

1. Natural vitamin C therapy called Lipo C

forum.t-tapp.com/showthread.php?7715
7-Liposomal-Vitamin-C-Notes-from-Safet
y-Harbor-Retreat-2012


www.youtube.com/watch?v=F2eqfiTxDwg

www.youtube.com/watch?v=vTXSTGGRvKY

2. Epsom salt baths

www.saltworks.us/ultra-epsom-salt-wh
olesale.html#.UqN4ChZTeYo


3. Drinking Salt water 2x daily

www.saltworks.us/shop/product.asp?id
Product=1030#.UqN4URZTeYo


4. Daily naps

5. 8-10 hours of sleep a night

6. Learning to deal with stress [daily prayer and time in the Word of God]

7. Natural calm at night before bed

www.vitacost.com/vitacost-natural-tr
anquility-magnesium


8. Controlling my carbs--haven't had refined sugar [except hidden sources, I'm sure] for over 7 months. Eating a balance of good fats and good carbs has been very healing for my body.

9. Gentle exercising--no more than 1/2 hour daily, although I haven't done any lately because I'm dealing with neck and shoulder pain.

My kids are doing great. Nicholas graduates from UW Stout in May, Nate is going to the community college and is in the Army National Guard, Andrew is a Sophomore at UW Stout, Jonathan is at the community college and in the Army National Guard. Daniel is a JR., Stephen a Freshman, Mary is in 5th grade this year, and Sammy is in 2nd grade. My latest feat was processing and canning about 220 quarts of applesauce. emoticon

Okay, well that's about all in a nutshell. Love you all, and think of you SO, SO OFTEN!!!!!

  
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JUDITH316 4/3/2014 6:40PM

    emoticon Susan, great to see you back Sparking and sharing your blogs.

emoticon on a great job, emoticon hearing all about the new things that are happening in your life, keep up the great work, I cheer you on your healthy journey...

God's Blessings, Judith

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WALKIN1 1/24/2014 2:35PM

    Just curious...do you know if there is a THM team on Spark People? I can't seem to find one, but I see a few people are following THM. I would love to find a team with people using the THM book. Just started in late December, but I've lost 8 pounds!

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MARTHAWILL 1/18/2014 1:28PM

    I just found this blog Susan. I've had problems getting messages from Spark People even though all the settings are correct. Wierd.
A belated congratulations on your husband's new employment. Awesome. So awesome also to hear how well you are doing. Keep up the good work!!
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MWESTICH 12/30/2013 9:05AM

    I was so glad to see your latest update. I, too, have missed you. You are kind of a mentor to me. I have read many of the books you have mentioned as being important to you. I have prayed for you and am very thankful that your husband has found a job and for the good things in your life. Kind of cool that your youngest are in the same grades as mine (except I still have the twins coming along behind) and I have 3 in college at the moment. Thank you so much for sharing the things that are helping you and links to find out more about them. Oh, and I am envious--the apples in our area did very poorly this fall and I did not can even ONE can of applesauce!

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COLOR-BLUE 12/15/2013 11:21PM

    It's good to read that DH is back to work, and you're both doing well.

Wow, girl! Your children are all over the place! Thanks Nate and Jonathan, "Thank you" for picking up, where I left off!" It takes a special breed of men and women, who would lay down their lives for their fellow man, and I appreciate you boys looking after us.

Get better from the neck and shoulder pain! No one should have to be in any kind of pain. If need be, see your doctor, as he might be able to help you out with some specific type of exercise.

If you need anything, just HOLLER!

Be blessed,

- Nancy Jean -
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KADULAC 12/11/2013 1:05AM

    That's great that your husband got a job, God is good. I've missed you, glad to see you again.

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BELLACUDDLES 12/9/2013 6:10PM

    Awesome that hubby got a n ew job and great to hear from you!

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AJDOVER1 12/8/2013 6:03PM

    woo hoo! Great to see you!

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    Welcome back! And emoticon

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SWEETMAGNOLIA2 12/8/2013 2:12AM

    emoticon Good to see my sweet friend. God IS so good seeing us through every trial. Be blessed! emoticon

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MJ7DM33 12/8/2013 12:59AM

  Welcome back! Happy Holidays to you and yours!

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ERIECANALGAL 12/8/2013 12:22AM

    Missed you! Welcome back! emoticon emoticon

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-WRKNG2ABTTRME- 12/7/2013 10:15PM

    Great to hear from you. Please take care!

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EJOY-EVELYN 12/7/2013 10:12PM

    emoticon Sound like you're also beginning to get a good handle on your Christmas letter, as well. Love to hear that you're half way through the battle of returning to your goal weight. Well done, good and faithful servant! Hug, hug -- Evelyn

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SAISHA100CJ 12/7/2013 8:41PM

    emoticon Missed you! emoticon

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KMICHA 12/7/2013 7:44PM

    emoticon emoticon back!!! Oh!! Goodness!!! We've missed you! I was just thinking of you this morning!!! I am glad to hear that you are doing well, and I hope you will be joining us more frequently!!! emoticon

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PATTYKLAVER 12/7/2013 7:29PM

    You've had a productive four months. emoticon emoticon

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HAPPYSOUL91 12/7/2013 4:20PM

    Welcome back, you have been missed

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NEPTUNE1939 12/7/2013 3:31PM

    Welcome back. emoticon Merry Christmas!

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MJRVIC2000 12/7/2013 3:21PM

    We are glad to see You back! God Bless YOU! Vic.

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Update--8/28/13

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Hi to all my dearest Spark friends! I haven't fallen off the face of the earth, but sometimes it feels like I'm close! emoticon emoticon emoticon

Let's see--since I last updated a lot has happened.

Today is day 123 of no refined sugar, pasta and rice, and I believe almost 2 months since any refined flour, but that could be off a little--it's been at least 6 weeks. You would think I'd dropped a LOT of weight! But no--this postmenopausal, insulin resistant, hypothyroid gal just holds on to those stubborn pounds with my life, UNFORTUNATELY! I've only lost 7#'s since June 13th, but I'm not giving up the ghost quite yet! emoticon

Some friends blessed us with a trip out West and it was a fabulous time! We went to Mt. Rushmore, canoed and hiked in the Wyoming mountains, hiked at Devil's Tower, rode horses, visited Laura Ingalls Wilder's home, and just had a blast! Sammy likes to tell everyone that he got altitude sickness! That part wasn't fun! emoticon








Mary turned 11!

WOW! Here was her picture when I started SP She seemed to grow up overnight!

She also entered the fair this year--as a Jr. 4-H gal and won 2 firsts on her bread and cookies, a special award for her bread, and 1sts on both her bunnies.




We also got to visit our VERY dear friends in South Dakota! Here are some pics she took.



Okay, well that's probably enough pictures! emoticon

I'm still doing Trim Healthy Mama for my eating plan--basically a controlled carb and low glycemic diet, and I really love it even though I'm a TURTLE emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon when it comes to weight loss!

My husband is still without work--9 months, but there are some REAL possibilities so I hope soon I have good news. God has met us EVERY single step of the way! All our bills are paid, and food on the table! Praise His Name!!!!!

Furiously getting ready to start the new 2013-2014 school year, and I'll also be tutoring through the school year so I'll be very busy.

Loads of love to each one of you! I remember you guys OFTEN with great affection!

{{{{huge hugs}}}} Susan

  
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REBELBLITZ 10/6/2013 4:02PM

    Glad you are back! I am in the process of eliminating those white starchy foods too. It is not that easy, but I am getting there.

You went to a beautiful area. I hope to go again someday.

Hugs! Cheryl

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REBELBLITZ 9/16/2013 10:37AM

    Happy to hear from you!

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TEDDYBEARDONNA 9/7/2013 9:31AM

    Enjoyed your post. I don't get on this forum much any more since we don't have chatting going on. I found until I went on a low carb diet I just couldn't seem to loose. I have low thyroid also. It took a while to get used to eating low carb but it seems to be working as I am only 1 lb from my goal.

Enjoyed all the pictures.
Donna

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MYHANDS4GOD 9/3/2013 1:43PM

    remember slow and steady wins the race. I have not really lost either but I still feel better. It is awesome when you get to say Hey God is taking care of me. We have gone through similiar things. Praise God that your eyes are in the right direction.

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MARTHAWILL 9/2/2013 5:59PM

    Just checking in on you Susan. Hope you are keeping well. Miss you on the Teddy Bear Team.
7 lbs down is in the right direction. Good for you!
Take care.

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BELLACUDDLES 8/31/2013 3:17PM

    What fun pictures!!! I bet everyone's excited about going back to school, right!!??!!

Keep it movin......you'll get to your goal!!

Hugs,
Barbara

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KADULAC 8/30/2013 7:41PM

    Looks like you have had a fun summer. I was wondering if your husband had gotten a new job yet. I will continue praying for that, and your family. We visited Devil's Tower and Mount Rushmore 18 years ago. It was a lot of fun. My daughter wants to go back since she doesn't remember it. She was only 17 months old. emoticon

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FEMISLIM 8/30/2013 5:20PM

    You are blessed!!!!

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SAL1512 8/30/2013 1:31PM

    Thank you so much for the update!
You could not have picked a better part of the United States to vacation! We camped in the Black Hills for 23 years with our 2 boys. There was always something to do. Lots of good memories.
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Praying for a job for DH !

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SAISHA100CJ 8/30/2013 7:23AM

    What an awesome trip! I tell you, photos of sweet little Mary just brighten my day.. what a fabulous smile! I think she has your smile. :-) All of you look terrific and I so enjoyed hearing about your trip and seeing the photos.
I hope Sammy is feeling better now after his altitude sickness. Hugs!!
Hoping and praying the perfect job comes along soon.
Enjoy the rest of the summer and have a excellent school year. You rock!
Hugs!!!!

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SANDEEB7 8/30/2013 1:29AM

    Always think of you and wonder how it's going. Thanks for update. You're amazing! :)

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RONNIEHUEY 8/29/2013 8:59PM

    Love the pictures

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AJDOVER1 8/29/2013 1:33PM

    Never enough pictures!
Thanks for sharing such happiness with us.

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BAMAJAM 8/29/2013 11:45AM

  Susan--- These are wonderful pictures. The joy of your family is just delightful--and so obvious to all the world. I truly enjoyed this "visit" with you (and yours)...
Hugs from Alabama!
PS I am a turtle too-- but slow can win the race!

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KITT52 8/29/2013 8:38AM

    emoticon ...7 pound loss is better than a 7 pound gain...

think positive
thanks for sharing the pictures

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DOROTHYBERO 8/29/2013 8:01AM

    Sounds like everything is going well in your life! emoticon

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JOYCRN 8/29/2013 7:49AM

    I am sorry that you seem disappointed in the 7 lb loss in 2 months. I think it is awesome! And it looks like you had a swell time this summer! emoticon

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D_4RECOVERY 8/29/2013 7:44AM

    Congrats on being sugar free. Love your pictures. Have a great day.

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GODZDESIGN95 8/29/2013 7:17AM

    Devil's Tower, wow what a sight. Thanks for sharing your travels. Slow and steady in wins the race. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon I am slow at losing too but I am going forward. Love your pics.

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GOSPELCLOWN 8/29/2013 12:48AM

    What a lovely time with the kids! You look healthy and happy.

Keep up the great work!

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ERIECANALGAL 8/29/2013 12:22AM

    Great pictures and update on all your happenings. emoticon emoticon

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CRYSTLE4HIMTX12 8/28/2013 11:12PM

    Praying and believing for just the right job. emoticon

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BESTSUSIEYET 8/28/2013 8:51PM

    Hugs back at ya! So glad you had the fun trip! Keep up with eating plan that makes you feel good. The rest will follow.

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KMICHA 8/28/2013 7:44PM

    Good to hear from you!! Thanks for the updates! God s so good! We are so blessed!!

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ELSAT137 8/28/2013 7:39PM

    Hi Susan!
Sounds like things are going well. I will put a job for your hubby on my prayer list! What a fun trip. You were in my neck of the woods again. I recognized a lot of those places!! That weight will come off! Keep doing what you are doing!

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EJOY-EVELYN 8/28/2013 7:31PM

    You're an incredible role model for how God's love gets you through the tough times. Stay strong and faithful, and you'll soon have more rewards you were not expecting. I love Mt Rushmore and Devil's Tower . . . it's been too long since I've made the trip (Sept 21, 2001). May God fulfill all your hopes and dreams. Hug, hug -- Evelyn

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90 day streak

Saturday, July 27, 2013

I'm THRILLED beyond words that today marks 90 full days of no refined sugar, pasta or rice, and very little white flour [been trying the last month not to eat any]. Rejoicing in God's grace that has empowered me with desire to change. And SO grateful that He rescued me from the vicious cycle of carb cravings!!!!



Thanks for letting me share with my wonderful Sparkies!!!! emoticon

  
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GODZDESIGN95 8/29/2013 7:19AM

    Love it! the Lord is a keeper of the soul.

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GRACEISENUF 8/2/2013 5:28PM

    emoticon I am on day 5 and giving God the glory as I feel so much better already.

Miss you Susan.


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EJOY-EVELYN 8/1/2013 2:07PM

    What a great streak! May God richly bless your body with improved health. Hug, hug -- Evelyn

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LIVELYGIRL2 8/1/2013 12:48AM

  emoticon That is amazing!!!! emoticon

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FEMISLIM 7/30/2013 10:11AM

    Great !!!!!

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JANETELIZABETH1 7/29/2013 1:52AM

    emoticon emoticon I know that cycle is hard to break but it gets easier as the days/weeks go by. I'm doing that one too...!!

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CRYSTLE4HIMTX12 7/28/2013 10:28PM

    I am SO proud of you!! I have been struggling in this area.

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NORWOODGIRL 7/28/2013 9:05PM

    Outstanding! Keep that streak going!!!

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SHARON2014 7/28/2013 10:22AM

    Good for you - I like that you left some options for bread open - I am trying to make it whole grain, but not always possible. emoticon

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BELLACUDDLES 7/28/2013 8:50AM

    That is sooooooooo amazing!!! emoticon

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MARTHAWILL 7/28/2013 1:06AM

    Excellent Susan!
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AJDOVER1 7/28/2013 12:54AM

    Congratulations on reaching such a difficult goal!

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SUNSHINE99999 7/27/2013 11:23PM

  I have always loved that picture. emoticon

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    emoticon I'm so happy for you. emoticon emoticon Thank God!

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WONDERFUL two weeks

Monday, July 22, 2013

Hi everyone! Well, the last two weeks have been a whirlwind, but OH so wonderful!

But first things first, today is day 86 for no refined sugar, rice and pasta, and VERY little white flour. This is the LONGEST I've ever gone--period--WITHOUT feeling deprived and having a 'woe is me' attitude! I honestly don't crave it ONE bit which is itself a MIRACLE! ha! emoticon

My sister arrived July 7th with her three kids, my WONDERFUL nephews, Porter and Harrison, and my niece, Sophia. We had a great week together! And she helped me SO much as we prepared for the grad party.

On July 12th, my parents arrived WITHOUT my brother! I was SURE he was going to come and he wasn't there! Of course, he never committed, but I just thought he would make the trip--first time in 24 years! Well, we were all on the patio talking, and IN WALKS MY BROTHER! My parents dropped him off up the road and he WALKED to my house and surprised the DAYLIGHTS out of me!!!! Super, super, super FUN!!!!



Then Saturday we had Jonathan's party! VERY nice and had great weather! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon













Then my PRECIOUS parents stayed another week, and just left yesterday! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon YES, I was balling my head off!!!!!!

So there is the update and now I'm working on school stuff, gardening, and trying to relax a little the rest of the summer! emoticon Oh, and I've lost 7#'s since June 13th! 15# more until I get back to goal weight! emoticon emoticon



LOVE you guys!!!!!

  
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BESTSUSIEYET 8/23/2013 11:06PM

    Hi! Haven't been checking in its my Spark friends enough. So glad to read about how well you are doing! Sending Susie2Susie emoticon

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ABETTERSOUL 8/2/2013 11:37AM

    So glad you had such a wonderful time. Congrats to Jonathan! Enjoy the rest of summer...goes by to fast! Way to go on your weight loss!

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MYHANDS4GOD 7/28/2013 2:04PM

    You are doing a great job. Keep going and enjoy the rest of your summer.

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LIVELYGIRL2 7/27/2013 8:10PM

  Sounds like a tremendous visit with the family. I smiled at your brother pic.

Great for you son. Oh Happy Day!!!!

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LUVS2BIKE101 7/27/2013 4:58PM

    So happy for you and your family!
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TERRIJ7 7/27/2013 1:30PM

    My brother loves to play little jokes on people too. What fun!

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TEDDYBEARDONNA 7/27/2013 1:16PM

    What a great surprise. You are doing great with your no sugar. Since doing low carb I am doing much better. I am down 14 lbs since March.

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TINAKATRINA1 7/26/2013 10:45AM

    Congratulations to your son. There's nothing like having all the family together. So glad you could enjoy another celebration all together!

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BELLACUDDLES 7/26/2013 8:07AM

    How much fun was that!!??!! Loved the pictures too!!

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KADULAC 7/24/2013 8:00PM

    What a wonderful surprise; that is so great. I'm glad everyone was able to make it for the celebration. Congratulations on your 86 day streak. That is so great.

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NORWOODGIRL 7/23/2013 11:26PM

    Awww. The happiness that comes through your blog is contagious. Thanks! Glad you had such a good visit and celebration.

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AJDOVER1 7/23/2013 5:14PM

    Aw, you're so blessed!

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CRAFTINWIFE 7/23/2013 3:29PM

    emoticon Sounds like a wonderful time!

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THEADMIRAL 7/23/2013 2:46PM

    How wonderful and what a joyful time in your life! emoticon Vikki

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COOP9002 7/23/2013 2:05PM

    So glad your brother made it. Looks like you had a memorable time as a family.

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RURAL3 7/23/2013 11:55AM

    so happy for you. What a wonderful suprise. And 2 weeks full of blessings. emoticon

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HDHAWK 7/23/2013 10:43AM

    What a wonderful time you got to spend with family!

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CRYSTLE4HIMTX12 7/23/2013 10:04AM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon So many blessings on so many fronts. Praise God! So good to hear from you and know you are pushing forward and doing well. emoticon

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SAISHA100CJ 7/23/2013 8:26AM

    emoticon What a wonderful visit with your family and a fantastic birthday for Jonathan!



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GAYLLYNNE 7/23/2013 6:38AM

    Wow, what a week!!! Sounds like it was so much fun and it's wonderful to have your family around you!!! Yay!!!!!!!!

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SWEETNEEY 7/23/2013 5:52AM

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ELSAT137 7/23/2013 12:13AM

    Awesome, Susan! What a fun time with family! What awesome weight loss. This plan works, doesn't it? Enjoy your summer. We start back to school Monday- (if I get everything together...) emoticon

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ERIECANALGAL 7/23/2013 12:06AM

    Great blog and you lost 7 more lbs. Congrats!
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SUGARBABY60 7/22/2013 10:28PM

    I felt like I was there sharing the joy with you, thanks!

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MARTHAWILL 7/22/2013 8:06PM

    You are doing amazing. Way to go Susan!
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MJ7DM33 7/22/2013 7:03PM

  WTG! Great surprise!!!

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BAMAJAM 7/22/2013 5:33PM

  How heartwarming to read about your special family events--!! It was especially thrilling to have that super surprise from your brother-----WOW!

Enjoy the rest of your busy summer, Susan... Bless you and yours!

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DEJAMQ 7/22/2013 5:32PM

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AJB121299 7/22/2013 5:30PM

    nice

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RAPUNZEL53 7/22/2013 5:24PM

  Great Pictures!

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