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"Hold On!"©

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

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This morning I have been thinking about "new things", "new people", "new Spark People members" I guess really, "all things new!" Another Spring has sprung and new things are happening.Amongst all the new, there still remains things that we need to do and remember… give encouragement, give uplift, give praise, offer ideas, share plans and suggestions, listen, think of someone who may need help and assistance and then act on it, be compassionate, be understanding and most of all "help" in any way we can.This journey to a healthier and new us can be long and difficult at best, but there is hope.Let's hold on to each other and help each other in any way that we can.Just always remember this:

"Hold on to my arm… Let's journey together!"
(© Paula's Thoughts)

Have a blessed day and wonderful journey to the new you!

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    Wonderful thought to start a day! Or a season!

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    One thing about it...we can never have too much help on our journey! emoticon

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LIVINGFREE19 4/15/2014 10:27PM

    So true!

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GINA180847 4/15/2014 9:45PM

    Sure glad you are my friend, Paula!

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    Paula, good blog!

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2BDYNAMIC 4/15/2014 5:18PM

    This is most beautiful Paula (I voted on too) ......... as I agree that we need to be sensitive to others/ and all ........... Many are going thru some tough things ........ and new people joining all the time who could use some encouraging words ......... emoticon for a great reminder and your thoughtfulness .............. (and once again--thanks for the wonderful comments on my blog today) .......... I always appreciate you! emoticon

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LIVINGLOVINLIFE 4/15/2014 1:06PM

    Beautiful thought. One we can all relate to and do. So many need our hugs and support.

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NEWTEXDEBBIE 4/15/2014 10:24AM

    This is so true! HUGS.....

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"The Picnic Basket"©

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

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I don't know about you, but at my house here in Texas, spring is beginning to show just a little bit.My grandfather's rosebush that he had planted many years ago is now showing bright green leaves once again after a cold winter.Birds are singing even before the sun rises and I can hear them outside my office window early every morning.I love to go on picnics, especially in the spring, when everything is out and fresh and beautiful.I can remember on lots of picnics before, I would fill up the basket with lots of "not so good for you" eats.I would go all out in our preparations and the calories showed it (LOL)! Now that I have been on a journey to the new me, I have tried to retrain myself and "do a better job" of filling that basket.Here is a thought that I have about it:

"Be sure your picnic basket holds all of your goodies: great taste, healthy choices, and a lot of success!… Enjoy!"
(© Paula's Thoughts)

I hope spring at your house will be as wonderful as you anticipate it to be!

Have a blessed day and wonderful journey to the new you!

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GINA180847 4/15/2014 9:44PM

    The fact that my present husband always wanted to go on picnics endeared him to me so much.

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-DAVE- 3/21/2014 3:36PM

    Thanks! Paula, you have a great weekend.

Here in FL, the weather is awesome. This week will be in the low 80's and sunny.

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MICKEYH 3/19/2014 10:39PM

    Picnic sounds awesome! Thanks for the idea!

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ELSCO55 3/19/2014 10:21PM

    I am from Texas and looking forward to the first day of Spring

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GENRE009 3/19/2014 6:28PM

    Sounds great! When we were younger, we moved more. So we used up more calories.
I would like to have that fantasy of finding a significant other, and having a picnic with a basket. in my fantasy I would have a bottle of red wine, and some sour dough bread, and good cheese. but in real life I am a lousy drinker. No matter what foods I would put into that basket I know that I would be eating it, or trying too. But I would rather just sit there and check out the amazing view over a lake maybe. So here is the foods I would take in my imaginary basket:
1. a hanger with marsh mellows & matches, cause I like the idea of this, and it sets the mood.
2. A bacon and tomato sandwich, cause I love those, and they are so picnicy
3. a piece of water melon, cause that always reminds me of the out doors
I'd also take a blanket to lay on, and a book to read. I can't wait.
4. And a thermos of a blending of coffee & hot chocolate with milk.
Sounds good to me, can't wait.


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    emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon There are so many great picnic foods to choose from!

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WETMAC 3/19/2014 5:45PM

    Paula, I also love the Spring. It is the time of new growth and new life and the world wakes up after Winter slumbers. A picnic is a superb feast and the beauty of it is that you an put anything you like into the basket. Of course, some things will not be so good for you, but then do you notice how the fresh air always makes you so hungry? I am particularly looking forward to this Spring as next month I am taking my grandsons camping for only the second time,and they are also going to try their hand at fishing and other outdoor pursuits. Ever since I took them last year they have been so excited about going again,so I could not refuse them. S this Spring will also be one where I get to share my knowledge and teach the kids that there is a whole new world of things out there without using anything electronic.

I hope that your Spring continues to be as enjoyable as the pictrure you painted in your blog.

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GINA180847 3/19/2014 5:41PM

    The picnics of the past are just that, past. Nowadays it is much harder to figure out what to take on a nice outing. Some suggestions are green salad, tomato and cucumber sandwiches on WW bread or toast. How about some diet soda and grapes, Maybe some Sadziki dip with lots of veggies to dip. That is starting to sound so good. Now I am just waiting for some good weather and a clear picnic table down by the lake.

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PHYLISSCR 3/19/2014 3:21PM

    Aw, I love picnics too, so much happy memories, time to fill the basket and take the Grandkids out into the beautiful outdoors.

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CHERIDE55 3/19/2014 3:21PM

    Fun! Spring's great. Living on a High Country Desert, Its the only time of year that it is green green!
Cheri

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BAMAJAM2 3/19/2014 3:12PM

  Oh I love picnics--- Just wish that those ol flies would stay away.
I need to find the critter repellant that works!
Happy Spring!


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SPARKFRAN514 3/19/2014 2:30PM

    Cloudy here today but I know Picnic weather is coming and I will need your picnic tips so I have copied them and they are in my journal to remind me to pack a healthy basket when picnic season arrives thanks emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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GARDENQE2 3/19/2014 12:55PM

    WOO! HOO! for picnics!
I love to eat outside, so I often carry my plate to the patio.
I even bought myself a little silver tray, just the right size for a bowl and a mug, and carry my breakfast out.
I haven't packed a hamper for years, but I still remember the fun of picnics when I was a child...fried chicken, potato salad, jello and Rice Krispie cookies. emoticon

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NOWYOUDIDIT 3/19/2014 12:03PM

    emoticon At least the memories are fat free!! emoticon
I'm not a picnic person- I'm a bug magnet! LOL!!
Hope you find time to go out to enjoy the weather with a picnic!

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KITT52 3/19/2014 11:35AM

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NELLJONES 3/19/2014 7:47AM

    Spring is still a bit away here in Northern Virginia, but it will come. Spring arrives every year. I like to fill my own picnic basket because I know then that everything in it is healthy and beautiful and happy.

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WDIPIM 3/19/2014 7:25AM

  I live in Texas too and yes Spring is a comin

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"Success… Rabbit VS Sparker"©

Monday, February 24, 2014

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I've been thinking about my five year journey that I have traveled to get to where I am today.I have put in a lot of work and thought and sweat into planning my journey and how I would approach my new lifestyle and health.Sometimes I would come up empty-handed of a plan, a dull mindset, no inspiration to keep going, especially in those "staying the same" times, disappointment in not being able to exercise but only a minimal amount due to numerous physical disabilities… I guess you would just say that it would become "Blahsville" for me.Then I would roll myself in my wheelchair to our mirror and take a long look in to it.I remembered back to the "older me" and realized then, that I was looking at the "newer me"! It was at that point that I decided that it was me who had done the work, me who had cut back on my portions, me who has progressed from my wheelchair to a walker, me who is able to walk down my street and back home using my walker and not the wheelchair, etc., etc.! I realized then, that I had done the work and it was not luck, or the draw of the cards, nor any mystical aura that I had to be in.I accepted myself, who I was and how I got here to this point in my journey.

Please let me encourage you and uplift you and praise you for the fact that for all of the successes that you have had… It is because of YOU! No one else did the actual physical action of changing yourself to where you want to be and to accomplish the goals that you want to accomplish.It is YOU all the way! CONGRATULATIONS!

Here is a thought about the success that you are having and will be having in the future:

"Don't let a rabbit's foot determine your success… YOU are the key to where you want to be!"
(© Paula's Thoughts)

Rabbits are cuddly… Sparker's are determined!

Have a blessed day and wonderful journey to the new you!

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GODS_TEMPLE 3/7/2014 9:28PM

    And may I add that you have done a GREAT job of helping yourself...and others on this journey. emoticon

Sorry I'm so late in reading this...I'm trying to catch up from my time on the road.

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LIVINTODAY 2/27/2014 3:35PM

    Nice job, Paula!! You have accomplished a LOT!! I like this blog; you inspire me to stick with it when I want to give up.
Still not fully recovered from surgery but I'm trying to walk every day. Just feel that lack of ambition and energy that you talked ab0ut in this blog. The hand is better every day though. emoticon emoticon

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SPARKFRAN514 2/25/2014 3:46PM

    Hi Paula
Though i had left you a note sorry emoticon
What a great blog thank you for sharing its so true we need to stop and emoticon at our selves and how far we have come on our journey. we need to be our own emoticon

thank you for sharing you you journey from wheel chair to walker to walking on your own. emoticon emoticon emoticon Love your thoughts
Thanks for sharing thanks to you I am heading to the gym this afternoon emoticon emoticon

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NOWYOUDIDIT 2/25/2014 1:10AM

    Aaaw! Paula you are so sweet! Thank You for the Inspiration! emoticon

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PHYLISSCR 2/24/2014 10:32PM

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2BDYNAMIC 2/24/2014 10:18PM

    Wow!! This is absolutely uplifting Paula! .......... I am so glad yu shared and yes--you can be proud ............. so proud of those major victories! ........... You have made huge progress and I hope you are smiling back at the beautiful lady I the mirror!
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GINA180847 2/24/2014 9:56PM

    Absolutely Paula! We do need to give ourselves the praise we deserve for where we have gotten to from where we started. Thank you for the reminder!

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GENRE009 2/24/2014 2:08PM

    Paula, wow! How amazing , and hard your success has been. Thanks for that message. you are a fighter for your health. A great inspiration to us all.
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Have a great week!

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CHICAMIMI 2/24/2014 11:20AM

    Such a great post to read when fending off the Monday Blahs! Thank you for your inspiration and encouragement!

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GARDENQE2 2/24/2014 11:07AM

    You are an inspiration to all who are on this journey with you!
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KITT52 2/24/2014 10:32AM

    Today I decide to be the best me I can....no matter who that is....

we keep going because we know what we can be again if we don't

I'm with you on all fronts.....

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    emoticon thank you for you're continuous peppy motivation! emoticon emoticon

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    Thanks for sharing.

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    emoticon What a WONDERFUL Reminder that there is No Magical "Aura" nor do the Planets need to be Aligned in a particular way for us to Succee d. I hate to admit how tempted I am to believe in that Magical Aura!
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"A Valentine's Day Survival Tip"©

Monday, February 10, 2014

Happy Valentine's Day week…

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Here are 5 words that are very short, but long on importance.I'm going to adopt them for this week as we progress to Valentine's Day on Friday.I have used these words very often during my journey of almost 5 years and they are easy to stay in my mind.The thought is this:

"Eat lite to be lite!"
(© Paula's Thoughts)

I know that we can all make it emoticon through this special week and continue on our journey and what we are doing.Sometimes the simple says so much!

Have a blessed day and wonderful journey to the new you!

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    good saying! I always say you are what you eat, referring to diseases.

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PHYLISSCR 2/13/2014 6:36PM

    I love it! " Eat lite to be lite" my new go to phrase when I wanna overdue! thanks!

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    Wonderful! And easy to remember!! emoticon emoticon

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IMREITE 2/11/2014 12:53AM

    mu hubby and i dont eat big meals. we dont have kids and are introverted, so we may just take the time to have a romanic evening at home.

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LIVINGLOVINLIFE 2/10/2014 5:44PM

    Good thought. I try to stay away from sweet isles in stores and remind friends and family that I prefer fresh fruit to candy cookies etc. We can do this.

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GINA180847 2/10/2014 1:53PM

    Those words make a good and easy mantra to remember.

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YOYONOMORE1 2/10/2014 10:43AM

    Those are good words to keep in mind. Have a great day!

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NEWTEXDEBBIE 2/10/2014 10:42AM

    Back at y my friend!!!!!


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    Great mantra !
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    Unfortunately Valentine's Day will be snowy for a lot of us. A red snow shovel?

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"Encouragement"©

Thursday, January 30, 2014

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I've been thinking a lot about encouragement.There are not enough words to say about all of the encouragement and uplifting thoughts that have been sent my way since I began my journey on Spark People in December 2011.Although my original journey to a healthier me began in March 2009 and weighing 380#, I could not have continued on my journey to where I am now, if it had not been for all of you.

One of my resolutions for this new year, 2014, is to try to be as encouraging, uplifting, and continuing in pray daily for all of you.It is my goal to be more active on the site and to utilize all of its benefits including the MAJOR benefit of meeting all of you and having you as my friends.Of course I have come up with a thought about it.If you don't mind, I would like to share it with you:

"Never accept encouragement you can't return… We all need each other!"
(© Paula's Thoughts)

I appreciate ALL that all of you have done for me and I am in hopes that I can return it back to you!

Have a blessed day and wonderful journey to the new you!


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LYNNWANNABE 2/4/2014 8:33PM

    Your a gift to all of us Paula.. thanks for being here! emoticon

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    You have done so well, and you have come a long ways!

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TRACYZABELLE 2/2/2014 4:55AM

    We all need support from those who know our struggle!!

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GINA180847 1/31/2014 1:59PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon Absolutely, it is our privilege to be able to encourage one another and we do it well.

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PATRICIA-CR 1/31/2014 10:13AM

    Paula, I love people with a positive way towards life, and you are a great example!!

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2BDYNAMIC 1/31/2014 9:25AM

    Very sweet Paula ................ emoticon

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SHAMROCKY2K 1/31/2014 12:52AM

    WooHoo indeed Miss Paula! I have been reading your story. You are in inspiration and are contagious. emoticon

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    emoticon We all need someone to encourage and lift us when we are down.

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    You encourage me everyday my friend! HUGS emoticon emoticon

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You're so encouraging Paula!!

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LAURELSPARK 1/30/2014 3:11PM

    Congrats on your success!

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CHICAMIMI 1/30/2014 3:10PM

    The encouragement and support on SP is definitely one of the things I've come to love most about this site.

We all do need each other and it's good to remember

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    And I appreciate you! emoticon

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KATHY47802 1/30/2014 1:05PM

    I like your resolution Paula! Very positive. congrats on doing what you have done


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2BEHEALTHY2014 1/30/2014 12:27PM

    Another wonderful thought from Paula.

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