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So starting over

Sunday, May 19, 2013

So I did this once when I was in Afghanistan it was amazing but did not have all the food I have access to here in the states. So I weighed in last week at 224, and I want to get to 184 or lower before October. Dooable? I think so but I am really going to need some help and have to put my mind to it a little stronger.
So I will do what I can when I can to keep moving forward.

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HOTPINKCAMARO49 5/19/2013 6:27PM

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LJBKENT 5/19/2013 6:17PM

    Good luck with your journey. From one military member to another, thanks for your service!


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Just dropping a note

Saturday, October 29, 2011


The reason

Monday, November 23, 2009

I want to take this opportunity to speak from the heart about why Honor and Remember exists. As long as America continues to be "one nation under God indivisible with liberty and justice for all," there will be a price to pay for that freedom. Unfortunately, that price is the lives of young men and women who stand on the front lines to defend those values, not only for Americans but also for freedom loving people around the world.

There are no words, no accolades, no gifts that will ever alleviate the pain of the loss experienced by the families of the fallen. There will always be a hole that can never be filled in the lives of parents, spouses, children and friends of those who didn't come home. Yet all of us can do something to show our gratitude for and acknowledge our indebtedness to men and women who have given all for our nation. We can choose to honor and remember them.

This month provided a tragic reminder that not all who die in military service lose their lives on the battlefield. The attack at Ft. Hood is a sobering and powerful reminder that the men and women of our military put themselves in harms way the moment they decide to serve their country. Some die in accidents or other circumstances not directly related to battle. But all should be remembered for their commitment. That's why Honor and Remember is important.

The Honor and Remember Flag is meant to serve as a tangible reminder to devote even a few moments to reflect with gratitude and respect on the cost of the freedoms we enjoy as Americans.

Please join me in giving tribute to these 13 men and women from Ft. Hood who gave their lives for each of us. CWO Michael Cahill, Maj. Libardo Eduardo Caraveo, SSgt. Justin DeCrow, Capt. John Gaffaney, SPC Frederick Greene, SPC Jason Hunt, Sgt. Amy Krueger, Pfc. Aaron Nemelka, Pfc. Michael Pearson, Capt. Russell Seager, Pvt. Francheska Velez, Lt Col Juanita Warman, Pfc. Kham Xiong.

Within the last two days, I have received emails from two sources that are willing to donate the funds for personalized Honor and Remember Flags for each of the Ft. Hood families. Naturally, we have not attempted to contact the families to be able to make presentations, but we will work with our contacts to determine the most respectful and appropriate opportunity to do so. If you are in touch with any of these families or they are in your community please contact me.

My blessings go out to the Gold Star families reading this whose hearts are also breaking, knowing what these new families are experiencing. We can do nothing to change the events that led to this tragedy. But we can commit in our own way to pay tribute to those who died and to their families.

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HORSE-NAVY 11/28/2009 1:58AM

    that makes a DEP'er like me think real hard about those faces i see around the thanksgiving table. what will they do when i am on deployment never mind gone for ever. thows that have gone before us deserve the respect and honer, and it is up to us here to carry on their memory and their mission. thanks for posting this

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USNCTIA 11/26/2009 7:47AM

  Please share with your friends and family.

It was just fours years ago this month that our son Tony was deployed to
Iraq. This was his first Holiday away from home and yet six weeks later
he was gone. Now, regardless of the why I know this time is beyond

With that thought in my heart I take this brief moment and say that
today I am thinking about those who have given all to this country. With
friends and families pausing to reflect tomorrow on reasons to be
thankful, I hope that they remember those families who hold an
emptiness in their hearts that is difficult to comprehend. As this
nation gives thanks we must remember that precious lives have been taken
for this freedom we enjoy. And as those around me thank our God, our
military and many things more, I especially thank the families; those
who must bear the burden of immeasurable loss and I stand with them in
perpetual remembrance. The Holiday season will never be the same.

I do thank God for sending you into my life, and I pray His eternal
blessing on you and your household.

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    Amen! emoticon emoticon

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SLAYINGDRAGONS 11/23/2009 2:00PM

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A New National Symbol of Remembrance for Fallen Service Members

Friday, January 23, 2009

I would like to introduce everyone who visits my blog to
A new national symbol of remembrance for fallen service members. H.R. 7111 introduced into Congress on Sept 26th 2008, hoping to be reintroduced again this year.
Please stop by the website and visit it read the guestbook comments and sign the petition.

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COLEMANSR 1/24/2009 8:56AM

    I have had many fallen soldiers in my lifetime and in my family and appreciate the American Flag covering the coffin and presenting it to Our family. I read this to My Spouse that is Retired. and He was not impressed with going another route. Like He said, "It's His funeral"

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CBSPECIAL 1/23/2009 3:29PM

    I read your post on the message board and I'm not sure how I feel about this! See I thought the good old red, white and blue was a symbol and was used to honor those who have given their lives for our freedom. I know they put a flag by every grave site at all military cemeteries, and they drape the flag over the coffin, fold it up and present it to the family. I know it has been for me for as long as I can remember so I'm still digesting why we need another!

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Waiting on Weight

Friday, December 28, 2007

Ok I am going to wait on weighing myself as I weighed myself today on Friday and I know I did not gain three pounds in two days so until I can get back to the states and I know I can get to a scale that will actually weigh me the same all the time I will just jump on the scale I have for SNGs. I will continue to log my food and my exercise.

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SLAYINGDRAGONS 12/30/2007 6:11AM

    The scale used to be my nemesis and mood-maker! One of the things Im learning wit Sparks is that the scale is that the scale is not so important anyway. So many other ways of measuring your success are far more reliable, like how I feel, am I firming up, are my clothes looser, and so on.

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