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  • SPOILER...

    9/2/2015 9:54:00 AM, by JLAMING263

    "The Lord needs us to be brave, steadfast, and immovable warriors who will defend His plan." —Bonnie L. Oscarson... Read more

  • Swing batta batta batta SWING! *nothing to do with baseball, lol

    9/2/2015 8:59:01 AM, by SANDY1969

    Rough couple of days but still hanging on. Got in an hour of exercise this morning, to make up for the cookies and pizza of the past few days. Although I know it doesn't REALLY make up for it. I have a goal in mind for the end of Sept and just like all of my goals I find myself doing a little sel... Read more

  • SPOILER...Test

    9/1/2015 11:00:57 AM, by JLAMING263

    Every day each of us faces a test. It is the test of our lifetimes: will we choose to believe in Him and allow the light of His gospel to grow within us, or will we refuse to believe and insist on traveling alone in the dark? L. Whitney Clayton... Read more

  • SPOILER...Friends

    8/31/2015 11:42:56 AM, by JLAMING263

    Everyone needs good and true friends. They will be a great strength and blessing to you. They will influence how you think and act, and even help determine the person you will become. For the Strength of Youth Advice for the youth, but good for us all! https://www.lds.org/youth/fo<... Read more

  • RETIREMENT

    8/30/2015 7:15:49 PM, by KARENJOJO

    Five months is the time-span I had to adjust to my husband filing retirement papers with his employer. Minus his scheduled days off, I (we) now have 20 days until his final day. Five months ago I looked forward to his final day. With 20 days remaining, I still look forward to having my husband, best... Read more

  • SPOILER...Sabbath

    8/30/2015 8:09:23 AM, by JLAMING263

    Keeping the Sabbath day holy is much more than just physical rest. It involves spiritual renewal and worship. James E. Faust... Read more

  • SPOILER...

    8/30/2015 8:05:46 AM, by JLAMING263

    I Believe!!!... Read more

  • Weekly Email & Blog Check-In: New Challenge Central

    8/29/2015 7:58:28 PM, by SPARKGUY

    Hi Everyone I hope you are having a good weekend. I just came inside from doing mini-trampoline and stretching -- now having a big glass of water while I finish up this week's email. I hope you like our new 30-day challenges in the new Challenge Central! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mRead more

  • SPOILER...

    8/29/2015 9:54:20 AM, by JLAMING263

    "The Savior knows the difficulties of the way and can guide us through whatever sorrows and disappointments may come." —Carole M. Stephens... Read more

  • SPOILER...

    8/28/2015 10:20:34 PM, by JLAMING263

    "When was the last time I chose to be happy rather than demanding to be “right”?" —Linda K. Burton... Read more

  • let's get it.

    8/28/2015 8:29:20 AM, by SANDY1969

    I wish I could say I had a salad at taco bell yesterday. Uhhh but I didnt. Beef burrito supreme and a crunchy taco...EEEK! BUT, I did NOT eat the donut that I could have had. I did not eat bad for supper. I did not stop at McDonalds on the way home I ate an apple. Im a real person Im gonna eat... Read more

  • 8 27 2015

    8/27/2015 5:26:13 PM, by SANDY1969

    Still doing fairly well. Made myself exercise this morning before taking my daughter to PT. Was really hungry after so went to taco bell. Now I am having a small meal this evening to make up for it. See pic. Closing tonight. Ugggh. Have a good one!... Read more

  • SPOILER...

    8/27/2015 9:10:53 AM, by JLAMING263

    May we ever be courageous and prepared to stand for what we believe. Thomas S. Monson... Read more

  • 8 26 15

    8/26/2015 10:51:25 AM, by SANDY1969

    Things are great! Got in bike and treadmill. Just 50 minutes total but I feel so much better going into the day. Lunch is packed with goodies. Water bottles chilling in the lounge fridge. Off at 730 tonight, temptations will be high. Help me be strong! :)... Read more

  • SPOILER...

    8/26/2015 9:02:26 AM, by JLAMING263

    If we seek the truth, develop faith in Him, and … sincerely repent, we will receive a spiritual change of heart which only comes from our Savior. Our hearts will become new again. Robert D. Hales... Read more

  • SPOILER...Sacrifice

    8/25/2015 10:46:51 AM, by JLAMING263

    "... we have the assurance of the mortality and the opportunity for eternal life he is our Lord our Savior and our Redeemer and I testify of him in the name of Jesus Christ ... amen" Dallin H. Oaks https://www.youtube.com/watc
    h?v=kKJQdLVXYjg... Read more

  • SPOILER...

    8/25/2015 10:21:30 AM, by JLAMING263

    "Because of the Atonement of Jesus Christ, exaltation is truly within reach." —Jorge F. Zeballos... Read more

  • 8-25-15

    8/25/2015 6:44:10 AM, by SANDY1969

    Success is determined by how many times you get back up right? Lord have mercy if it hasnt been one thing it's another this year. Today is the first day in over a week that I havent had to get up and blow my nose. I has some viral infection that just sort of had to work itself out. Tod... Read more

  • SPOILER...Family

    8/24/2015 10:25:28 AM, by JLAMING263

    "Marriage and family are not conventions of men until only death do us part. They are intended to be made eternal." —Lawrence E. Corbridge... Read more

  • SPOILER...

    8/23/2015 9:24:23 PM, by JLAMING263

    "The way to feel better about your own situation is to improve someone else’s circumstances." —Ezra Taft Benson... Read more

  • Weekly Email & Blog Check-In: See My Giant Vegetables

    8/22/2015 7:38:32 PM, by SPARKGUY

    Hello everyone! I'm back after a long summer. My highlight today was speaking to an MBA class at Santa Clara University. Fun trying to spark the students to reach their goals. Here is a fun short video showing some giant vegetables from our garden if you are interested: Feel f... Read more

  • SPOILER...Humility

    8/22/2015 11:03:06 AM, by JLAMING263

    We must put aside our pride, see beyond our vanity, and in humility ask, “Lord, is it I?” [Matthew 26:22] Dieter F. Uchtdorf ... Read more

  • Resting is Important

    8/21/2015 1:31:08 PM, by KARENJOJO

    After my cataract surgery I've spent a lot of time resting mainly because My vision was still blurry. With all the extra rest time, I've noticed the inflammation in my left hip had subsided a lot. Maybe I do too much and need more rest than I've been getting....... Read more

  • SPOILER...Family

    8/21/2015 10:40:50 AM, by JLAMING263

    "The family is central to the Creator’s plan for the eternal destiny of His children." — , "The Family: A Proclamation to the World" https://www.lds.org/topics/f
    amily-proclamation?lang=eng... Read more

  • SPOILER...Adversity

    8/20/2015 9:34:27 AM, by JLAMING263

    If we approach adversities wisely, our hardest times can be times of greatest growth, which in turn can lead toward times of greatest happiness Joseph B. Wirthlin... Read more

  • SPOILER...Service

    8/19/2015 10:32:26 AM, by JLAMING263

    For some, serving or ministering one by one, following the Savior’s example, doesn’t come easily. But with practice, each of us can become more like the Savior as we serve God’s children. Linda K. Burton... Read more

  • SPOILER...Family

    8/18/2015 10:37:33 AM, by JLAMING263

    "Marriage presupposes total allegiance and total fidelity." —Spencer W. Kimball... Read more

  • SPOILER...

    8/17/2015 5:30:03 PM, by JLAMING263

    "You have so much to live for." —Ezra Taft Benson... Read more

  • SPOILER...Sabbath

    8/16/2015 12:59:38 PM, by JLAMING263

    How do we hallow the Sabbath day? In my much younger years, I studied the work of others who had compiled lists of things to do and things not to do on the Sabbath. It wasn’t until later that I learned from the scriptures that my conduct and my attitude on the Sabbath constituted a sign between... Read more

  • SPOILER...Adversity

    8/15/2015 8:25:55 AM, by JLAMING263

    I speak particularly to those who are struggling with one or more of these important decisions—some perhaps almost paralyzed from fear of making the wrong decision or needing reinforcement to remain confident in a decision made previously. Anthony D. Perkins https://www.lds.org/liahon... Read more

  • 8-15-15

    8/15/2015 7:38:01 AM, by SANDY1969

    Yesterday was blah. Exercise yay! Food not so great. Up this morning and I even have work out clothes on. Got to get in something before I have to get ready for work. Thank you all for your support and not forgetting about me. I can't believe how much better I do and how more motivated I... Read more

  • SPOILER...Atonement

    8/14/2015 8:52:12 AM, by JLAMING263

    We must recognize that we are all imperfect—that we are beggars before God. Haven’t we all, at one time or another, meekly approached the mercy seat and pleaded for grace? Haven’t we wished with all the energy of our souls for mercy—to be forgiven for the mistakes we have made and the sin... Read more

  • 8-(13 and 14)-2015

    8/14/2015 7:30:48 AM, by SANDY1969

    lol@ "ok Mammaw" on that last blog comment. Day 4 and 5 and going well. Husband got up at 4:30 this morning, Holy Moly! He got an early start. I tried to go back to sleep but could not. Just put in 35 minutes on the bike now time to shower and head to work. Hope to get in some walking this eve... Read more

  • SPOILER...We have enough...

    8/13/2015 10:33:16 AM, by JLAMING263

    ..."we need men and women who are tender, there are enough of us that are course we need men and women who are kind, there enough men and women who are rude we need men and women who are refined, we have enough men and women who are seeking fame and fortune we need men and women who are of ... Read more

  • SPOILER...

    8/12/2015 9:06:07 AM, by JLAMING263

    Ezekiel 34:11 For thus saith the Lord God; Behold, I, even I, will both search my sheep, and seek them out.... Read more

  • 8/12/2015

    8/12/2015 7:08:11 AM, by SANDY1969

    Yesterday was a success sort of. Not as great in food but still got up and put the exercise in. Stayed in calorie range (off the top of my head guessing). Could not handle it though and weighed myself this morning. lol. I am such a screw up when it comes to having a plan and sticking with it. ... Read more

  • SPOILER...There is a Path...

    8/11/2015 9:31:44 AM, by JLAMING263

    The Lord in His goodness has provided help, including a boat, essential supplies such as life jackets, and experienced river guides who give guidance and safety instructions to help us make our way down the river of life to our final destination. M. Russell Ballard... Read more

  • 8/11/2015

    8/11/2015 7:47:30 AM, by SANDY1969

    I did not weigh myself today. Typically I am one of those people that weighs daily. I am not someone that beats myself up over it I just find more motivation that way. I am experimenting. I am going to try and wait until next Monday. I have a goal in mind. Let's see what happens. Yesterda... Read more

  • Feeling better

    8/10/2015 7:49:36 PM, by SNOWFLAKE1705

    I'm doing better. I've lost 2 pounds. I've not had to give up much, just pay attention to how much I'm eating. I'm still eating ice cream, but only a couple bites. I feel like I've accomplished something. It's not much, but it's progress.... Read more

  • SPOILER...Humility

    8/10/2015 6:54:50 PM, by JLAMING263

    "He that is greatest among you, let him be as the younger; and he that is chief, as he that doth serve." — , "Luke 22:26" ... Read more

  • 8/10/15

    8/10/2015 9:41:45 AM, by SANDY1969

    Ok, no time like the present. Todays weight was 322. WHAT THE HECK AM I DOING TO MYSELF? Oh there have been family issues that I have told you about but are they really excuses? I ate for comfort, I ate because I love the taste of certain foods (BAD FOODS), and I ate because I was bore... Read more

  • August...when will I start?

    8/7/2015 12:41:02 PM, by SANDY1969

    Fast check in. Daughter is getting better each day. Walking with walker still but yesterdays Dr appointment said she is healing ok and can start to put a little weight on leg. My journey here is on hold. Or should I say I wish it were on hold instead of my losing ground. I am st... Read more

  • SPOILER...Family

    8/7/2015 10:38:04 AM, by JLAMING263

    How we speak to our children and the words we use can encourage and uplift them and strengthen their faith. Rosemary M. Wixom... Read more

  • SPOILER...Family

    8/5/2015 11:40:58 AM, by JLAMING263

    "A good marriage does not require a perfect man or a perfect woman." —Dallin H. Oaks Just a willingness to keep trying...... Read more

  • SPOILER...Religious Freedom

    8/4/2015 3:55:44 PM, by JLAMING263

    Balancing Truth and Tolerance This is an incredible talk that highlights the need for religious freedom by Dallin Oaks! I especially like the following part: "Then, to other believers, we might express appreciation for the fact that we share common ground on what is most vital: each of us... Read more

  • SPOILER...

    8/4/2015 10:00:52 AM, by JLAMING263

    Commit yourself to put the Lord first in your life, keep His commandments, and do what the Lord’s servants ask you to do. Then your feet are on the pathway to eternal life. You do not know what will happen. Do your best on what is fundamental and personal and then trust in the Lord and His timing.... Read more

  • SPOILER...

    8/3/2015 9:44:27 PM, by JLAMING263

    I have seen the marvelous blessing of recovery that can set one free from the chains of addiction. The Lord is our Shepherd, and we shall not want as we trust in the power of the Atonement. I know the Lord can and will free the addicted from their bondage, for as the Apostle Paul proclaimed, ‘I ca... Read more