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Page 57 Together, Stronger, Bolder

Tuesday, April 08, 2014



A few years ago I attended a nursing conference in Chicago. The theme was Together, Stronger, Bolder. It was explained that nothing we do is done by ourselves. The speaker was of course talking about our nursing profession.

It is that way in other aspects of our lives as well. If you reflect on the journeys in your lives, can you think of one thing that you do all by yourself? Someone has had a part in everything that we do. Yes, you prepared your meals today, but someone taught you how to do it. Someone grew the food, someone else shipped it to the store, and someone else is making sure that the water you drink is clean. If you can think of something that you have done without any help from anyone, please let me know, because I cannot think of one thing.

It is definitely that way with us here. Together we are stronger and bolder than we are by ourselves. I have been blessed with a great group of friends here on Sparkpeople, but I also realize that it is so much more than just my little group of people that I interact with here. This is a huge community and we help each other in many ways such as posting recipes, sharing nutritional information, asking questions, and motivating each other.

I have come far and have far to go, but I know I can do it with all of you. I only hope that I have helped at least one person along the way.
Thank you.

  
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MOMINE 4/14/2014 10:42AM

    I am sorry I missed this blog! I absolutely agree with everything not only you said, but also all the responses have shared. You have certainly helped more than one person! And when you figure that each person you have helped has helped someone else, who has helped someone else who has help..... well let's just say that figured exponentially, the number of people you have positively affected is enormous!

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STAY39 4/12/2014 10:37PM

    Awesome blog!! Love this! emoticon emoticon

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BREAKINGTHEBAD 4/11/2014 9:13PM

   
emoticon You are absolutely right "together we are stronger and bolder than we are by ourselves!" I've been a member of Spark for a while but I just started interacting with others on the site this year with the 5% challenge. With trying to be more involved and active on the site it keeps me more motivated than just trying to do things on my own.
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ICEDEMETER 4/9/2014 10:42AM

    I can only echo what MSHEL7 said - you and your lovely family are always a spot of brightness in the day.

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BLESSED2BEME 4/9/2014 10:34AM

    I keep meaning to tell you that I love the titles of your blogs - the way you have named them a page # in your 'book' or 'journal'. So cool!

Yes, that is exactly what this site is. I'm so grateful for my little group of friends that inspire, motivate and support me in so many ways.

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MATTEROFHEART 4/9/2014 8:58AM

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MCFITZ2 4/8/2014 11:36PM

    When I work out I always try to have a happy look. And I am. I hope that inspires others to enjoy what they are doing.
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MSHEL7 4/8/2014 11:29PM

    Well, you have for sure helped me. I appreciate you so much. This is a great blog, we can't do it alone, we don't do it alone. I'm so thankful for all my friends and support here. Thanks for writing this. emoticon You're an angel.

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Page 56 Stinky has a brother!

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Born March 26 @ 1:41 PM. 7lbs, 15 oz, 20 inches



Both Mommy and baby are doing well. When I asked Stinky today if he wanted to go see him again. He told me, "No, I am done" Poor thing, his whole world changed yesterday.

My three favorite boys...

  
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KARENE10 3/31/2014 7:09PM

    Congrats!!! Beautiful pics!

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KML410 3/30/2014 6:21PM

    Aww how sweet! Congratulations on your new addition! Baby's are such a blessing! emoticon

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STAY39 3/28/2014 10:19AM

    Congratulations Diana!! How great and exciting! Beautiful photos! He looks gorgeous so perfect! Enjoy! emoticon

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BLESSED2BEME 3/28/2014 12:12AM

    Congrats! When my DD was born, DS was 3 and after a few days he asked when she would go back to the hospital cuz he was 'done with her'. I'll never forget that!

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MOMINE 3/27/2014 10:49PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon for sharing your family with us!!!

They are BEAUTIFUL!!!

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ICEDEMETER 3/27/2014 5:45PM

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What a beautiful family you all are!

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NHES220 3/27/2014 5:10PM

    My oldest niece was a little over 2 when her sister was born and she was great with her for the first few days and then she asked when her Mommy was going to come and get her. He will adjust and as Michelle says, they wil be great pals. What a beautiful family you have!

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TRINIITY1 3/27/2014 4:52PM

    Aww, how very sweet!! Congratulations!!

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MATTEROFHEART 3/27/2014 4:34PM

    Aww...how sweet! Congratulations!

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LJOYCE55 3/27/2014 4:33PM

  Stinky is going to treasure this photo in twenty years. Maybe you should support brotherly love by blowing the pic up for Stinky's bedroom wall.

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MSHEL7 3/27/2014 4:28PM

    Beautiful! I'm so happy for the little family. Stinky looks to be about the age my oldest was when he got his new brother. They will be great pals. Congrats grandma!!

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Page 55 STOP!!!

Saturday, March 15, 2014



So, I wrote on a friend's page this morning for her to stop. I have been pondering this all day. I have been looking for a boost this past month and I think I have been given a sign...

I realize that I must proceed with...




I also know that sometimes I need to...



But the sign I was given today is...



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STOP... making excuses, blaming myself and/or others, the binges, that lifestyle

THINK... about what I can become, of alternatives, of ways to make it happen

OBSERVE...what I am doing by tracking honestly, how great I am feeling (and looking)

PLAN... my meals, my exercise, my day, my week, my plan

PROCEED... with the rest of my life. It is what I make of it.

I am going to STOPP for the rest of this month and see where it takes me. After all God sent me this sign today so I will put it to good use!

  
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MATTEROFHEART 3/17/2014 9:53AM

    Great job! Thanks for sharing!

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STAY39 3/16/2014 6:13PM

    I needed this. I was stuck on Plan but I shall now Proceed! Thanks!

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MOMINE 3/15/2014 11:32PM

    Wow! I LOVE using acronyms to remember things!!! This is just as powerful as it can be and is DEFINITELY a new weapon in my arsenal!!

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MSHEL7 3/15/2014 9:45PM

    Yeah, that's exactly what I've been doing the past few days, Stop, Think, Observe, Plan, not proceed yet, still thinking on it all. Thanks for the Stop.

Love this idea.
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Page 54 Another Fringe Benefit

Thursday, February 06, 2014



When I started this journey last June, I really wanted to lower my cholesterol. Yes, I wanted to lose weight too, but I thought of that as an extra benefit. Who knew all the other fringe benefits that would also occur?

My cholesterol is coming down quite nicely, I have lost over 30 pounds, I have more energy than the bunny, I get to buy new clothes, my food bill has decreased, etc...

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Today I had received a benefit that I never even equated with healthy living before. I have a history of gum disease and visit the dentist 4 times a year for periodontal maintenance. I know my hygienist well and she knows my teeth. Today, she asked me what I had been doing differently, because she could not find any tartar to scrape off my teeth. I honestly have not changed my dental hygiene routine. The only thing that the two of us could think of was the change in my diet. My dentist came in and said of course. Healthy is healthy! This was the shortest dental appointment I have ever had.

  
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NEWJEANSDAY 3/7/2014 4:20AM

    My dental hygienist is a lot happier with me too! I put it down to less snacking mainly... I used to eat all day long... even in bed at night!.... now I eat few sweets... and in fact if I eat something really sugary I hate the way my teeth feel afterwards... all sticky... uugh!... have to go and give them a good brushing!...

How things change! I prefer it how it is now!

Glad you're enjoying getting new clothes. I'm looking forward to buying some new stuff very soon! :-)

Thanks for all the comments you leave on my blogs.

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KML410 2/23/2014 10:46AM

    Good for you. I never thought about my teeth benefiting from the new lifestyle change. Very interesting and it does make sense. emoticon

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MARIANNMC 2/7/2014 10:34PM

    Lucky duck! Or, I guess, luck had nothing to do with it. You're a Sparking Duck!

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TRINIITY1 2/7/2014 8:01PM

    Awesome!! Yes, diabetes ruins teeth!!

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MATTEROFHEART 2/7/2014 10:40AM

    Awesome!!! I never realized, either, how much one had to do with the other until my daughter was diagnosed with diabetes. She had 4 or 5 cavities within a 6 month period, and we found out it was because of all the sugar going through her blood stream. They said it was the equivalent of her chewing on candy all day!

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NHES220 2/7/2014 10:29AM

    That's great. I know that my hygenist said that it's not just candy, but chips will really build up plaque and lead to decay. You've probably really cut down on that kind of stuff. Way to go!

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ICEDEMETER 2/7/2014 9:08AM

    That's a huge benefit - who'd a thunk it?!?

Way to go!

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MOMINE 2/6/2014 11:51PM

    WOW! The teeth? I never would have suspected!! You not only have something to smile about, but a more beautiful smile to use ! I am so PROUD of you!

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STAY39 2/6/2014 11:22PM

    Wow that is an awesome and unexpected NSV! Good for you! Keep them coming! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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MSHEL7 2/6/2014 8:26PM

    You know, that is an unexpected perk, and I had the same thing happen to me the last time I went to the dentist. I always had cavities and always had lots of tartar, and the last appointment my hygienist was like your teeth are so clean this time. Isn't that a cool NSV?
Gold Stars for You!!

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STEVEN_D 2/6/2014 8:21PM

    Good for you! I fear the dentist. And more energy than a bunny? Good for you!!!


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SABLENESS 2/6/2014 7:41PM

    Awesome! What a nice surprise and unexpected perk for all your efforts!

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Page 53 The results are in!

Monday, February 03, 2014

The main reason I started this journey for hopefully the last time in June was my cholesterol numbers. They were high the end of May. I was really discouraged when in August, they were even higher. I got my results today from the labs that were drawn January 28.

hint, I am smiling!



First number was August, 2nd number January
Total Cholesterol: 244.......196
LDL: 162 ...........123
HDL: 56..........49
Triglycerides: 130..............118

I am not to my goal yet, but I am so proud of the progress I have made. I had to get my LDL under 130 in 6 months or be put on medication. I will get labs again in 6 more months and hopefully will continue to improve! This has to be the biggest and bestest NSV ever for me!

I must steal from my friend, Michelle. This is definitely a GOLD STAR DAY!!!!!

  
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MARIANNMC 2/5/2014 12:15AM

    YAY! I had lab work done on Monday. I hope my results are as good as yours. I don't want to be on cholesterol medicine, either. CONGRATS!

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EJB2801 2/4/2014 11:25PM

    Wonderful pay off for all your diligence!!
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BLESSED2BEME 2/4/2014 6:31PM

    That is amazing progress. So glad you are proud, you deserve to be!

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ICEDEMETER 2/4/2014 6:07PM

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That's a fabulous accomplishment - GOLD STAR all the way!

You earned those numbers, and I can't wait to see how much better they get at the next round!



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NHES220 2/4/2014 10:42AM

    What an awesome NSV. You have done well and the lab results back it up! Way to go!
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MATTEROFHEART 2/4/2014 9:42AM

    Yay! So happy for you!!!! Great job!

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STAY39 2/4/2014 12:32AM

    Awesome job Diana! I am so happy for you and proud of you! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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MOMINE 2/4/2014 12:19AM

    F A N T A S T I C!!!!!!!

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That is some AMAZING news!!!! I am SOOOOOO proud of you!!!!!!

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I agree with you and Michelle...... A DEFINITE Gold Star Performance!!!!!
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For sure, a Gold Star Day!! Those are great numbers. You Rock!!

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