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  • AYITL - Blog #118 - Getting Closer!

    10/17/2017 1:43:56 PM, by VEG_GIRL04

    With only 11 days until our Halloween Party - it's getting close! Luckily, so am I! With all the steps in this process, it's hard to really see the light at the end of the tunnel sometimes. BUT last night was a step where I did! From drawing out the pattern To tracing out the foam piec... Read more

  • Spoiler...Jesus Christ

    10/17/2017 8:50:22 AM, by JLAMING263

    Joaquin E. Costa I testify to you that if you pay the price of revelation, humble yourself, read, pray, and repent, the heavens will open and you will know, as I know, that Jesus is the Christ, He is my Savior, and He is yours.... Read more

  • AYITL - Blog #117 - Dress Shopping!

    10/16/2017 12:50:01 PM, by VEG_GIRL04

    Happy Monday! And a chilly one here in the midwest! Anyone else experiencing some cooler weather? Luckily it's supposed to warm up a little bit throughout the week! I don't need a hot fall, but not too cold too soon please! This weekend was oddly productive and pretty awesome. Friday we had Ame... Read more

  • Spoiler...Patience in Affliction

    10/16/2017 8:51:55 AM, by JLAMING263

    "Patience in affliction and suffering describes the life of Christ, the great exemplar. In moments of great suffering and pain which transpired in Gethsemane, He was able to express in fervent prayer, “O my Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me: nevertheless not as I will, but as thou... Read more

  • October 15: Small Goals Commitment Challenge -- Gratitude Check

    10/15/2017 11:47:15 PM, by SPARKGUY

    I'm getting ready to send out this note for this week's SparkGuy email: ** Hi Everyone I just returned from a quick vacation. We live in the San Francisco Bay Area. We're about 75-100 miles away from the horrific wildfires in the North Bay, but the air pollution was so bad near us that... Read more

  • Spoiler...Jesus Christ

    10/15/2017 12:52:26 PM, by JLAMING263

    Howard W. Hunter I bear solemn and grateful witness that Jesus is the Christ, the Savior of the world. Certainly, he is the center of our worship and the key to our happiness. Let us follow the Son of God in all ways and all walks of life. Let us make him our exemplar and our guide.... Read more

  • Spoiler...Fear Not to Do Good

    10/14/2017 10:53:07 AM, by JLAMING263

    Fear Not to Do Good By Henry B. Eyring https://www.lds.org/general-
    conference/2017/10/fear-no
    t-to-do-good?cid=HP_FR_13-
    10-2017_dPFD_fGC_xLIDyL1-A_&lang=eng... Read more

  • Spoiler...Routine

    10/13/2017 10:22:13 AM, by JLAMING263

    Janette Hales Beckham Learning to discern the teachings of the Spirit is an important part of helping faith become a reality. As we gain experience in this demanding “real world,” we sometimes fail to see the sacred nature of our seemingly routine daily tasks. Fundamentals of daily living—scriptur... Read more

  • October 12: Small Goals Commitment Challenge -- SF Bay Area Fires

    10/12/2017 10:33:24 PM, by SPARKGUY

    Hi All It's been a crazy week. I did a quick business trip to Cincinnati to meet with our team. When I returned yesterday afternoon and walked out of the airport it smelled like a bonfire from all the fires in the north Bay Area. This area is about 75-100 miles from where I live, but it'... Read more

  • Spoiler...Prayer

    10/12/2017 9:59:07 AM, by JLAMING263

    Bruce R. McConkie Prayer is the way and means, given us by our Creator, whereby we can counsel and communicate with him. It is one of the chief cornerstones of pure and perfect worship. Prayer changes our lives. Through it we draw near to the Lord, and he reaches out his finger and touches us, so ... Read more

  • AYITL - Blog #116 - Football Weekend!

    10/11/2017 1:03:34 PM, by VEG_GIRL04

    Well it was a fun but overly crazy weekend! Saturday I went with some friend to the University of Kentucky Football game. The friends are my boss and his wife - both of whom I consider more than just coworkers. They have season tickets and invite me a few times per year. And guess what - we wo... Read more

  • Spoiler...Divine Nature

    10/11/2017 10:05:08 AM, by JLAMING263

    Jeffrey R. Holland You are literally a spirit daughter of heavenly parents with a divine nature and an eternal destiny. That surpassing truth should be fixed deep in your soul and be fundamental to every decision you make as you grow into mature womanhood.... Read more

  • Spoiler...Blessings

    10/10/2017 10:21:49 AM, by JLAMING263

    "Isn’t it wonderful to know that we don’t have to be perfect to experience the blessings and gifts of our Heavenly Father? We don’t have to wait to cross the finish line to receive God’s blessings. In fact, the heavens begin to part and the blessings of heaven begin to distill upon us with the very ... Read more

  • October 9: Small Goals Commitment Challenge -- Please send me some creativity vibes :)

    10/9/2017 8:08:20 PM, by SPARKGUY

    Hi Everyone I'm traveling visiting the SparkPeople team for a very short visit. As part of this, I'm working on the new challenges feature I mentioned a few days ago. But I'm stuck working to figure something out now. So send some positive creativity vibes my way if you have a minute :).... Read more

  • Spoiler...Blessings

    10/9/2017 11:26:23 AM, by JLAMING263

    "We can remember those who give us a chance, and a second chance, with honesty, kindness, patience, and encouragement. And we can become someone others remember when they most needed help. Gratefully remembering the assistance of others and the Spirit’s guiding influence is a way we remember Him. It... Read more

  • October 8: Small Goals Commitment Challenge -- Coffee and Health

    10/8/2017 8:09:39 PM, by SPARKGUY

    Hello SparkFriends Hi Everyone I ready a new study about the benefits of drinking coffee, so I decided to write about this for my weekly email. Here is the article mentioning the new study and I include some of the points about it in my email below: http://www.cnn.com/2017/09/2
    9... Read more

  • Spoiler...Family

    10/8/2017 6:14:39 PM, by JLAMING263

    Rosemary M. Wixom Everyone within the sound of my voice has the power to increase a child’s confidence in himself or herself and to increase a child’s faith in Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ through the words they speak.... Read more

  • Spoiler...Family

    10/7/2017 9:56:46 AM, by JLAMING263

    "Brothers and sisters, we need each other! As covenant-keeping women and men, we need to lift each other and help each other become the people the Lord would have us become. And we need to work together to lift the rising generation and help them reach their divine potential as heirs of eternal life... Read more

  • AYITL - Blog # 115

    10/6/2017 4:43:18 PM, by VEG_GIRL04

    I knew it was coming. I didn't behave very well this week. Inevitably weigh in day comes rolling around and I'm not feeling my best. And I was right. Up 2.4 lbs. Sometimes I wonder if trying to be below 125 lbs and ultimately getting to 120 lbs is really meant for my body. But I do remind... Read more

  • Spoiler...Jesus Christ

    10/6/2017 10:54:26 AM, by JLAMING263

    "One of the greatest blessings we can offer to the world is the power of a Christ-centered home where the gospel is taught, covenants are kept, and love abounds." —Richard G. Scott... Read more

  • October 5: Small Goals Commitment Challenge -- Thanks!

    10/5/2017 9:21:10 PM, by SPARKGUY

    Hello SparkFriends Highlights include: * Yesterday was day 234 of my 10+ fitness minutes streak * Today is day 150 of 179 (84%) blogging for this challenge (details below and this counts weekly emails if I don't blog that day) Thanks for all of the best wishes with the mono virus! Thi... Read more

  • AYITL - Blog #114 - Halloween Costume Progress!

    10/5/2017 1:15:58 PM, by VEG_GIRL04

    So I said I wasn't going to drink all week in an effort to make up for some big mistakes Sunday and Monday. Well - wine and Halloween costume work was calling my name last night so I changed my mind! 334 BUT I'm okay with it as I was up working on my costume last night and made some good prog... Read more

  • Happy Loser

    10/5/2017 9:22:52 AM, by SANDY1969

    So, I was gone for 9 days vacation. When I say gone I mean just off Spark and fitbit aps, doing my own thing, not tracking and heck not even doing extra exercising, but I was sort of watching what I ate. We had more of a staycation. I did have to go to a funeral the first day about 2 hours ... Read more

  • Spoiler...Faith

    10/5/2017 9:02:59 AM, by JLAMING263

    Harold B. Lee Wouldn’t it be a great thing if all who are well schooled in secular learning could hold fast to the “iron rod,” or the word of God, which could lead them, through faith, to an understanding, rather than to have them stray away into strange paths of man-made theories and be plunged i... Read more

  • Spoiler...Service

    10/4/2017 6:17:27 PM, by JLAMING263

    "Almost every day we have the opportunity to feed the hungry, to visit the sick, to help bear one another’s burdens, even as the Savior taught. Sometimes the service is given to our family, our children, our husbands or wives, our parents, our loved ones. Sometimes it is a neighbor or a friend in ne... Read more

  • AYITL - Blog # 113 - 50 of 50!

    10/4/2017 1:03:55 PM, by VEG_GIRL04

    Today I made a simple and quick recipe for lunch. We have TONS of cherry tomatoes from the garden to use before they go bad so I've been trying to use them in anything I can! Enter - a delightful protein packed salad with lots of flavor and not a lot of work! I had this pinned on my Pinte... Read more

  • October 3: Small Goals Commitment Challenge -- I'm Back!

    10/3/2017 8:45:44 PM, by SPARKGUY

    Hello SparkFriends Highlights include: * Yesterday was day 232 of my 10+ fitness minutes streak * Today is day 149 of 177 (84%) blogging for this challenge (details below and this counts weekly emails if I don't blog that day) I'm back! I'm pretty sure I caught mono from my kids. The... Read more

  • AYITL - Blog #112 - Happy Birthday Baby Boy!

    10/3/2017 12:52:14 PM, by VEG_GIRL04

    Today I'd like to wish a Happy Birthday to the sweetest guy in my life! He's officially 12 years young! Twelve years ago today, my everything arrived on this planet. "Fawn boy pug #2" was born in the small town of Horse Cave Kentucky to the late Minnie and Mickey Paws. What an adventure his li... Read more

  • Spoiler...Love of God

    10/3/2017 10:38:39 AM, by JLAMING263

    "Trust in God. Hold on in His love. Know that one day the dawn will break brightly and all shadows of mortality will flee. Though we may feel we are “like a broken vessel,” as the Psalmist says, we must remember, that vessel is in the hands of the divine potter. Broken minds can be healed just the w... Read more

  • AYITL - Blog # 111 - Wonderful Weekend!

    10/2/2017 12:41:39 PM, by VEG_GIRL04

    What a nice weekend! Saturday was so successful. We closed DH's grandparents pool, picked a ton of veggies from the family garden, went to Crossfit, had a little a get together at night and went shopping for the people of Puerto Rico! A couple of hours and a few hundred dollars for others and I felt... Read more

  • Spoiler...Atonement

    10/2/2017 7:05:24 AM, by JLAMING263

    "Perhaps you’re aware of things in your life that are threatening to slow or stop your spiritual progress. If so, follow this scriptural counsel: “Let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us.” ... The miracle o... Read more

  • Spoiler...

    10/1/2017 9:43:08 AM, by JLAMING263

    https://www.lds.org/general-co
    nference/2017/10/media/ses
    sion_1_talk_6/559418602800
    1?lang=eng... Read more

  • Spoiler...October 2017 General Conference

    9/30/2017 10:18:16 AM, by JLAMING263

    October 2017 General Conference SEPTEMBER 23, SEPTEMBER 30, OCTOBER 1, 2017 https://www.lds.org/church/e
    vents/october-2017-general
    -conference?lang=eng... Read more

  • AYITL - Blog #110 - Prayers for Puerto Rico

    9/30/2017 9:42:08 AM, by VEG_GIRL04

    As I have blogged about in the past, my cousin, her girlfriend and their rescue dog live in Puerto Rico. In April, we went to visit them and I saw her for the first time in 8 years. Literally it was the first time I spent with her that we were both adults. The moment she got out of her car to pick m... Read more

  • AYITL- Blog #109 - Weigh in Friday!

    9/29/2017 12:45:39 PM, by VEG_GIRL04

    Stayed up to late last night with a friend drinking wine and watching football. I'm exhausted but today is a wonderful day! First of all - Happy Friday everyone! I'm looking forward to the weekend more than usual! We don't have ANYTHING planned this weekend other than going out to watch football on ... Read more

  • Spoiler...Charity

    9/29/2017 10:36:34 AM, by JLAMING263

    "There exists today a great need for men and women to cultivate respect for each other across wide distances of belief and behavior and across deep canyons of conflicting agendas. It is impossible to know all that informs our minds and hearts or even to fully understand the context for the trials an... Read more

  • Spoiler...Family

    9/28/2017 5:49:57 PM, by JLAMING263

    "We each belong to and are needed in the family of God. Earthly families all look different. And while we do the best we can to create strong traditional families, membership in the family of God is not contingent upon any kind of status—marital status, parental status, financial status, social stat... Read more

  • AYITL - Blog #108 - Wonder!

    9/28/2017 1:00:52 PM, by VEG_GIRL04

    Three steps in the right direction! I'm finally making progress on my Wonder Woman costume! It's going to take a lot of work to make this work - but I'm dedicated to it! How dedicated you might ask? Well I colored my hair to fit the part (again this year), so pretty dedicated right? ... Read more

  • AYITL - Blog #107

    9/27/2017 1:06:06 PM, by VEG_GIRL04

    Well it's finally official - my Halloween costume has begun. Last night I tried on my new corset and it fits! Tonight I'm going to run to the local Spirit Halloween in hopes that they have this. As long as I work out making the top (which I'm REALLY going to start tonight) and this fits ... Read more

  • Spoiler...The Choice of a Generation

    9/27/2017 9:33:09 AM, by JLAMING263

    "The abundance of choice, however, carries with it an equal portion of accountability. It facilitates your access to both the very best and the very worst the world has to offer. With it you can accomplish great things in a short period of time, or you can get caught up in endless loops of trivialit... Read more

  • Spoiler...Strengthening Others

    9/26/2017 8:56:09 AM, by JLAMING263

    Rosemary M. Wixom Everyone within the sound of my voice has the power to increase a child’s confidence in himself or herself and to increase a child’s faith in Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ through the words they speak.... Read more

  • AYITL - Blog #106 - NFL Protests

    9/25/2017 1:00:54 PM, by VEG_GIRL04

    Rather than posting today I'd like to share with you two articles regarding the NFL Protest that I believe everyone should read. If you disagree with them, that is fine. But I would ask that anyone commenting remains respectful of me and others who comment. Please remain civil. www.slate.c... Read more

  • September 24: Small Goals Commitment Challenge -- Nice Fall Weekend

    9/24/2017 7:00:46 PM, by SPARKGUY

    Hello SparkFriends Highlights include: * Yesterday was day 224 of my 10+ fitness minutes streak * Today is day 147 of 168 (88%) blogging for this challenge (details below and this counts weekly emails if I don't blog that day) I hope you are having a great Sunday and weekend overall! ... Read more

  • Spoiler...Blessings

    9/22/2017 9:09:37 AM, by JLAMING263

    "We can remember those who give us a chance, and a second chance, with honesty, kindness, patience, and encouragement. And we can become someone others remember when they most needed help. Gratefully remembering the assistance of others and the Spirit’s guiding influence is a way we remember Him. It... Read more

  • September 21: Small Goals Commitment Challenge -- Mmm, mashed potatoes

    9/21/2017 8:04:29 PM, by SPARKGUY

    Hello SparkFriends Highlights include: * Yesterday was day 221 of my 10+ fitness minutes streak * Today is day 146 of 165 (88%) blogging for this challenge (details below and this counts weekly emails if I don't blog that day) Happy Thursday! I didn't have great sleep last night, ... Read more

  • AYITL - Blog #105

    9/21/2017 1:22:08 PM, by VEG_GIRL04

    Alright, so I didn't get EVERYTHING accomplished I wanted to last night. I didn't go run, and I didn't work on my Halloween costume BUT I did accomplish a lot. By going to Target I sparked a number of things to do when I got home. Got new dog bowls = switched out old bowls and put down new mat... Read more

  • Spoiler...Blessings

    9/21/2017 8:50:35 AM, by JLAMING263

    "As you keep the commandments and pray in faith to see the Lord’s hand in your life, I promise you that He will open your spiritual eyes even wider, and you will see more clearly that you are not alone." —Neil L. Andersen... Read more

  • September 20: Small Goals Commitment Challenge -- Feels Like Autumn

    9/20/2017 8:22:13 PM, by SPARKGUY

    Oops! In my sparkmail for the 21st, I accidentally put a link to yesterday's blog -- just click to today's right here: http://www.sparkpeople.com/m
    ypage_public_journal_indiv
    idual.asp?blog_id=6413660 Hello SparkFriends Highlights include: * Yesterday was day 220 of my 10+ fitne... Read more

  • AYITL - Blog #104 - 4 Years

    9/20/2017 4:35:09 PM, by VEG_GIRL04

    Last night I skipped Crossfit. And it wasn't even me misbehaving! I got off work with a feeling of wanting to get more done for our party. We don't have too much to do and I'm taking a half day on Friday but I figured if I was in the mood to clean - why not? So from the moment I got home until ... Read more

  • Spoiler...Family

    9/20/2017 10:39:07 AM, by JLAMING263

    "We each belong to and are needed in the family of God. Earthly families all look different. And while we do the best we can to create strong traditional families, membership in the family of God is not contingent upon any kind of status—marital status, parental status, financial status, social stat... Read more

  • Spoiler...Jesus Christ

    9/19/2017 5:37:06 PM, by JLAMING263

    "I testify that because of Him, even our Savior, Jesus Christ, those feelings of sorrow, loneliness, and despair will one day be swallowed up in a fulness of joy. I testify that we can depend on Him and when He said: “I will not leave you comfortless: I will come to you. Yet a little while, and the ... Read more

  • AYITL - Blog #103 - Licking The Plate!

    9/19/2017 12:54:32 PM, by VEG_GIRL04

    Yesterday for lunch I had my first serving of my meal prepped Cincinnati Style Chili! Good isn't even close to the right word. Best description? Once I was done eating, I literally ran my finger along the bottom of the dish, looked around the office to make sure no one was watching, and licked my fi... Read more

  • September 18: Small Goals Commitment Challenge -- Elevating Anissa's Lesson

    9/18/2017 8:46:16 PM, by SPARKGUY

    Hello SparkFriends Highlights include: * Yesterday was day 218 of my 10+ fitness minutes streak * Today is day 144 of 162 (89%) blogging for this challenge (details below and this counts weekly emails if I don't blog that day) Thanks for sharing all of the great comments yesterday abou... Read more

  • Spoiler...Atonement

    9/18/2017 3:57:18 PM, by JLAMING263

    "And so we see that because of His Atonement, the Savior has the power to succor—to help—every mortal pain and affliction. Sometimes His power heals an infirmity, but the scriptures and our experiences teach that sometimes He succors or helps by giving us the strength or patience to endure our infir... Read more

  • AYITL - Blog #102 - Mini Frittatas!

    9/18/2017 10:29:35 AM, by VEG_GIRL04

    What a wonderful Sunday! We stayed in Saturday night and went to bed fairly early so Sunday morning I woke up fresh and ready to go! I did 2 loads of laundry and folded about 6. DH always DOES laundry but doesn't fold it so I had quite a pile to do! After that, I did meal prep Sunday again! I ... Read more

  • September 17: Small Goals Commitment Challenge -- Passing of Anissa/Miss-Willow

    9/17/2017 4:11:56 PM, by SPARKGUY

    Hello SparkFriends Highlights include: * Yesterday was day 217 of my 10+ fitness minutes streak * Today is day 143 of 161 (89%) blogging for this challenge (details below and this counts weekly emails if I don't blog that day) Today I bring sad news that some of you already know. Back... Read more