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  • SPOILER...Plan of Salvation

    5/24/2016 12:29:47 PM, by JLAMING263

    Theodore M. Burton Exaltation comes as a gift from God, dependent upon my obedience to God’s law. No works I do solely of my own power can bring this to pass. Only by the grace of God has this course been opened to me, but only through obedience to the laws of God can I claim my inheritance in the... Read more

  • SPOILER...Family

    5/23/2016 1:15:51 PM, by JLAMING263

    Russell M. Nelson Grand as it is, planet Earth is part of something even grander—that great plan of God. Simply summarized, the earth was created that families might be.... Read more

  • Update on ME. Fast.

    5/23/2016 8:03:38 AM, by SANDY1969

    Wow at least 3 weeks totally off track. Several days of "I will start over tomorrow". Tomorrow is here. Real short blog. I don't want a long drawn out explanation that is totally useless to cut into my *get back at it time*. Gained like 11 pounds in the last 3 weeks. I know half of i... Read more

  • SPOILER...Love

    5/22/2016 1:31:28 PM, by JLAMING263

    Henry B. Eyring Love is the motivating principle by which the Lord leads us along the way towards becoming like Him, our perfect example. Our way of life, hour by hour, must be filled with the love of God and love for others.... Read more

  • SPOILER...Atonement

    5/21/2016 3:53:59 PM, by JLAMING263

    Dallin H. Oaks Because of His atoning experience in mortality, our Savior is able to comfort, heal, and strengthen all men and women everywhere, but I believe He does so only for those who seek Him and ask for His help.... Read more

  • Another great weigh in!

    5/21/2016 3:36:54 PM, by VEG_GIRL04

    Weekly weigh in yesterday was great! another 3.2 lbs down! And I got excited - this is the thinnest I've been in 7+ years! 25.6 lbs! Wow - that's quite an amazing feeling! Even better feeling? As soon as I thought to myself "I haven't been this thin in years" - my next thought was "I have NEVER... Read more

  • SPOILER...Virtue

    5/20/2016 8:50:10 AM, by JLAMING263

    H. David Burton Traits of virtue broadly practiced can loosen Satan’s firm grip on society and derail his insidious plan to capture the hearts, minds, and spirits of mortal men.... Read more

  • SPOILER...Trials

    5/19/2016 9:21:45 AM, by JLAMING263

    Thomas S. Monson Success is rarely simple. Generally it is preceded by tears, trials, trust, and testimony.... Read more

  • SPOILER...Faith

    5/18/2016 9:52:21 PM, by JLAMING263

    "Our preeminent identity is as a child of God. Knowing that will allow our faith to flourish." —Donald L. Hallstrom... Read more

  • Dear Catcalling Men...

    5/18/2016 11:10:33 AM, by VEG_GIRL04

    If you're a man who has never done it - don't be offended, this isn't directed to you. But I would appreciate your help. Dear Man Who Catcalled Me This Morning, I am not outside for your entertainment. My fit body and yoga pants were not put on this earth for your enjoyment. Me bike comm... Read more

  • SPOILER...Family

    5/17/2016 11:37:48 AM, by JLAMING263

    Marvin J. Ashton To be effective, family communication must be an exchange of feelings and information. Doors of communication will swing open in the home if members will realize time and participation on the part of all are necessary ingredients.... Read more

  • Not so Very Vacation!

    5/17/2016 9:21:47 AM, by VEG_GIRL04

    I'm going to be honest - I haven't been doing great at this challenge I set fourth for myself. I should have kept the momentum rolling for doing SO very well last month but I seem to be dropping the ball a little bit. Especially on the weekends. I don't like how it's making me feel. I know I c... Read more

  • SPOILER...Family

    5/16/2016 6:59:45 PM, by JLAMING263

    L. Tom Perry Family is the center of life and is the key to eternal happiness.... Read more

  • SPOILER...Atonement

    5/15/2016 8:57:11 AM, by JLAMING263

    Boyd K. Packer A testimony of the hope of redemption is something which cannot be measured or counted. Jesus Christ is the source of that hope.... Read more

  • SPOILER...Atonement

    5/14/2016 7:11:32 AM, by JLAMING263

    Richard G. Scott Through the Atonement of Jesus Christ, each of us can become clean and the burden of our rebellion will be lifted.... Read more

  • mom and I before and after :)

    5/12/2016 11:51:47 AM, by SPARKLE97

    This is my mom and I on mothers day this year and on mothers day wknd a few years back. Wow, what a difference! I have about 8 pounds to lose to hit my goal and my mom is on maintenance... Read more

  • Very Vacation Challenge - Day #8!

    5/11/2016 9:58:54 PM, by VEG_GIRL04

    Last night was exactly what it is to be going in the right direction. It was already 8pm and lightly raining. The Crossfit gym was closed and I didn't feel like working out. And all it took was strapping on my workout shoes and heading out the door. I promised myself I would walk for at least 30 min... Read more

  • SPOILER...

    5/11/2016 8:34:33 PM, by JLAMING263

    "You and I can not only survive but prevail ... in our efforts to stand for truth in perilous times." —Susan W. Tanner... Read more

  • SPOILER...Virtue

    5/10/2016 9:26:06 AM, by JLAMING263

    Elaine S. Dalton Sometimes we think we can live on the edge and still maintain our virtue. But that is a risky place to be.... Read more

  • 90 days sparking :)

    5/10/2016 5:55:51 AM, by SPARKLE97

    A couple days ago I hit 90 days on spark people. 3 months! 33 pounds lost, numerous inches lost everywhere, and I have went from a size 16/18 to a size 10/12. Size 10 was my goal when I started this program :) I had already lost some weight when I started using spark people, but I don't think I woul... Read more

  • Very Vacation Challenge - Day #6!

    5/9/2016 9:37:56 PM, by VEG_GIRL04

    Very Vacation Day 6. Confession time - I didn't do so well at my challange this weekend. I drank more than 6 drinks over the weekend, and I didn't work out on Sunday. I also didn't track on Sunday. I made the decision to hang out with friends all day Saturday and have drinks after my race and I'm ok... Read more

  • SPOILER...stand for truth

    5/9/2016 2:19:41 PM, by JLAMING263

    "You and I can not only survive but prevail ... in our efforts to stand for truth in perilous times." —Susan W. Tanner... Read more

  • SPOILER...Mothers

    5/8/2016 12:49:04 PM, by JLAMING263

    "Maternal love has to be divine. There is no other explanation…What mothers do is an essential element of Christ’s work." —Jeffrey R. Holland "Perhaps the reason we respond so universally to our mothers’ love is because it typifies the love of our Savior." —Bradley D. Foster "There is ... Read more

  • SPOILER...Music

    5/7/2016 5:57:01 PM, by JLAMING263

    Dallin H. Oaks Sacred music has a unique capacity to communicate our feelings of love for the Lord. This kind of communication is a wonderful aid to our worship. Many have difficulty expressing worshipful feelings in words, but all can join in communicating such feelings through the inspired words... Read more

  • Shorts

    5/7/2016 7:38:22 AM, by SPARKLE97

    Yesterday I picked up a pair of size 10 shorts at a yard sale, just out of curiosity. I fully expected them to not fit me at all. Well, they fit, and they fit great :) This was my goal size when I started my weight loss, cannot believe I am almost to my goal weight. 8 pounds to go! Last night at my ... Read more

  • Very Vacation Challenge - Day #3!

    5/6/2016 2:18:14 PM, by VEG_GIRL04

    Very Vacation Challenge Day 3 - and the weather is getting me in the mood! It's an absolutely beautiful day here in Cincinnati! And even better - it's supposed to be beautiful tomorrow for my run! I'm making a vacation play list on Spotify - what songs make you think of vacation or the beach? T... Read more

  • SPOILER...Inspiration

    5/6/2016 8:12:05 AM, by JLAMING263

    James E. Faust We must attune ourselves to the inspiration from God and tune out the scratchy static. We have to work at being tuned in. Most of us need a long time to become tuned in.... Read more

  • SPOILER...Moving Forward...

    5/5/2016 8:24:07 AM, by JLAMING263

    Spencer W. Kimball Let us resume our journey forward and upward. Let us quietly put an end to our reluctance to reach out to others—whether in our own families, wards, or neighborhoods. We have been diverted, at times, from fundamentals on which we must now focus in order to move forward as a pers... Read more

  • Very Vacation Challenge - Day #1!

    5/4/2016 9:26:37 PM, by VEG_GIRL04

    Today was my first day of my Very Vacation Challenge. And it was only fitting that I started today because I booked our flight to Sint Maartens today! On June 4th we'll be on a plane to paradise! Another step in planning is trying to decide how much and what types of workouts I'll do whil... Read more

  • Those pants that were once my "someday when I lose weight they will fit"

    5/4/2016 5:38:17 PM, by SPARKLE97

    Yesterday I put on a pair of jeans. As the title says, these jeans once sat in my drawer collecting dust, I held on to them for someday when I lost weight. I can remember a time when I would have to dance my way into them and suck it in just to get them to button. Well, yesterday I slid into those j... Read more

  • SPOILER...Grace

    5/4/2016 9:29:04 AM, by JLAMING263

    Dieter F. Uchtdorf Today and forevermore God’s grace is available to all whose hearts are broken and whose spirits are contrite.... Read more

  • SPOILER...Faith

    5/3/2016 6:48:27 PM, by JLAMING263

    Richard G. Scott When faith is properly understood and used, it has dramatically farreaching effects. Such faith can transform an individual’s life from maudlin, common everyday activities to a symphony of joy and happiness.... Read more

  • One Amazing April!

    5/3/2016 3:21:12 PM, by VEG_GIRL04

    30 Days! An amazing April! And something I am very proud of. I didn't drink a drop! I cleaned EVERY day! I drank at least 64 oz of water a day! Didn't hit a single snooze button! And I got in at least 15 minutes of exercise a day! Final results? Day #: 30 Current Weight: 130... Read more

  • SPOILER...

    5/2/2016 6:48:18 PM, by JLAMING263

    Richard G. Scott Your happiness now and forever is conditioned on your degree of conversion and the transformation that it brings to your life.... Read more

  • SPOILER...Adversity

    5/1/2016 12:56:50 PM, by JLAMING263

    "The question is not whether we will experience seasons of adversity but how we will weather the storms." —Dieter F. Uchtdorf... Read more

  • Sunday!

    5/1/2016 9:32:01 AM, by SANDY1969

    Yesterday did NOT turn into a rest day. I went and rode my bike for 40 minutes because I knew we were having a carry in dinner at work. So the end of the month I am right back where I started at 321. This month though, here I come. It's a day off so I wont get in as many steps probably but I am ... Read more

  • SPOILER...Gethsemane

    4/30/2016 9:38:39 AM, by JLAMING263

    Rafael E. Pino There is no infirmity, affliction, or adversity that Christ did not feel in Gethsemane.... Read more

  • April Adventures -Day #29!

    4/29/2016 10:21:48 PM, by VEG_GIRL04

    Day 29 and going strong! Had a great night celebrating my best friend's 30th birthday last night! It was a little tough not drinking at the bar with everyone - but I just couldn't let myself screw everything up this close to the end! Which got me thinking about not screwing up my progress in May. I ... Read more

  • SPOILER...Plan of Salvation

    4/29/2016 11:48:15 AM, by JLAMING263

    "You have been sent to earth in this dispensation of time because of who you are and what you have been prepared to do!" —Linda K. Burton... Read more

  • Friday April 29th.

    4/29/2016 6:51:55 AM, by SANDY1969

    Really contemplating a rest day today or at least put the bike off until after work. Really tired after a week of drinking so much water and endless late night trips to get up and go potty. Feeling like an excuse. Struggling! lol I have to be at work at 9 this morning. I have been getting ... Read more

  • April Adventures -Day #28!

    4/28/2016 4:48:29 PM, by VEG_GIRL04

    Day 28 - and Bestie's 30th Birthday Party tonight! I hope she's as excited to get the signed Felicia Day biography as I am to give it to her! She has expressed how much she likes her - so I think she will! I'll be sure to share pics tomorrow of the birthday bash tonight! Since we have a busy e... Read more

  • SPOILER...Faith

    4/28/2016 9:30:59 AM, by JLAMING263

    Koichi Aoyagi Put God first, regardless of the trials you face. Love God. Have faith in Christ, and entrust yourself to Him in all things.... Read more

  • Ohio killings near me.

    4/28/2016 8:35:02 AM, by SANDY1969

    Today's blog has absolutely nothing to do with weight. As most of you in the US has probably heard, 8 people were murdered in Ohio a few days ago. I live fairly close to the area where these people died. I know I have seen some of these people, but did not know them. I have friends on face... Read more

  • The last 10 pounds........

    4/28/2016 6:11:43 AM, by SPARKLE97

    The last 10 pounds.......they are still here. I have always heard that the last 10 pounds are the hardest to lose and that is where I am at right now. I am writing this blog so that when these 10 are gone, I can look back and remember how hard I worked to get the last 10 pounds off, and remember jus... Read more

  • April Adventures -Day #27!

    4/27/2016 9:22:10 PM, by VEG_GIRL04

    It's really starting to become real - that I'm almost done with my month of awesome! What seemed like such a long time has flown by and has been proven to be a lot more pleasant than "self induced torture" as one of my best friends called it! I'm really starting to think about what I may contin... Read more

  • 3 more days...

    4/27/2016 11:04:05 AM, by SANDY1969

    to make this month count for something. The last few months I have started out well and then fallen in the middle and ended right where I started. If I weighed 150 pounds I would be delighted but I don't. I weigh 300+ pounds and that just plain sucks. I've had a few Dr appointments and a... Read more

  • SPOILER...Service

    4/27/2016 8:19:54 AM, by JLAMING263

    Henry B. Eyring We lighten the loads of others best by helping the Lord strengthen them.... Read more

  • April Adventures -Day #26!

    4/26/2016 11:39:52 PM, by VEG_GIRL04

    Day 26! AKA - the day I met Felicia Day!!! That's right - I spent 4 hours in a book store waiting for my tiny window of time to meet an amazing actress, writer and business woman. I'd love to tell you that it was kismet - that Felicia and I were meant to be best friends and that 15 seconds lau... Read more

  • SPOILER...Divine Guidance

    4/26/2016 1:21:51 PM, by JLAMING263

    David A. Bednar We frequently may press forward hoping and praying—but without absolute assurance—that we are acting in accordance with God’s will. But as we honor our covenants and keep the commandments, as we strive ever more consistently to do good and to become better, we can walk with the con... Read more

  • Leslie sansone 5k work out with a twist

    4/26/2016 11:38:50 AM, by SPARKLE97

    364 I did an awesome in home work out today that I found on YouTube. It is called Leslie sansone 5k work out with a twist. It is perfect for rainy days and when you can't get to the gym. I worked up a good sweat, but the workout is very easy to follow, no complicated steps, and she is so encouraging... Read more

  • April Adventures -Day #25!

    4/25/2016 9:17:12 PM, by VEG_GIRL04

    25 Days. WOW! And I haven't missed a day of all of my water, workouts, cleaning, sobriety and snooze button hits! While some days are harder than others for different reasons, overall this experience has been great thus far and not nearly as hard as I thought it would be! One of my other goals ... Read more

  • SPOILER...

    4/25/2016 3:08:50 PM, by JLAMING263

    Adney Y. Komatsu As we faithfully render our stewardships in the Church, as we remember that our actions speak the feelings of our hearts, and as we extend our love to our Savior who waits to receive us into his kingdom, may we do so with hope and with love and with charity.... Read more

  • Feeling better :)

    4/25/2016 7:41:21 AM, by SPARKLE97

    I started my new dosage of my thyroid medication last tuesday morning, and I am feeling so much better! My energy levels are back up and I feel almost like myself again, even got in several long walks this wknd, the weather was gorgeous here in ohio :) Now its time to get that scale moving again and... Read more