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I have the devotional and the movie - we've seen the movie twice, but I haven't read the devotional yet. I originally bought it to make it into a Bible study / activity for my Wednesday night woman's study group. Thanks for reminding me I have it and should read it.

Never mistake failure as final

Deciding what you want your life to be like is not hard. Deciding what you are willing to do and give up to get it, is the hard part.

I will do what I need to do in order to do what I want to do.

What you do and say is a reflection of who you are, so decide who you want to be and do it.

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Hey StarFish thought I would pop in and encourage you all. You can do it!

In reading your posts I wonder if you have seen the Fireproof Movie or read Love Dare? Both are ways to support and encourage your mates. I really enjoyed them. We did the Love Dare Bible Study in our Home Builder's Class after seeing the Fireproof Movie when it came out.

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Becky, One thing I heard recently (from a man) is that God made all of us, male and female, emotional--we just express things differently!

Thank you for your comments on my photos.

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Thank you both very much for understanding and being supportive. I really appreciate it. My husband and I speak two different languages too - His is logical and practical and its all backed by logical and financially frugal research and my language is more from the heart which I try to filter through my logic before letting it exit my mouth, unfortunately sometimes I skip that part. He hates that I'm emotional and even gets angry, frustrated and embarrassed about it at times. My dad use to, too, which often makes me feel like I am the one who is wrong. I tell myself (and him when he gets too pushy) that I don't want to live my life without emotion to please others. I'd rather be hurt on occasions than never feel at all.

So as well as reminding myself of my own philosophy, I should also remind myself of that choice I made.

Carrie - I can appreciate the quilt. My real mom was very overweight and she use to cut her pants off for shorts so she didn't have to go shopping. Being overweight, it was hard for her to find clothes. My grandmother would ask her to save the material so she could use it for 'stuff.' My mom died when I was 9 and my grandmother had taken all the extra material from those pants and made it into a quilt. It's a simple quilt of just squares, but I love to look at it, because I can often picture my mom in certain outfits or clothes when I see the pattern on the quilt. I think what you did was AWESOME and an incredible act of love. Good for you.

Edited by: BECKAFANO at: 8/9/2011 (09:36)
Never mistake failure as final

Deciding what you want your life to be like is not hard. Deciding what you are willing to do and give up to get it, is the hard part.

I will do what I need to do in order to do what I want to do.

What you do and say is a reflection of who you are, so decide who you want to be and do it.

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BECKAFANO, my partner and I speak Martian and Venetian and we still do! It can be most frustrating. I have to really let God act in my life to let the bad feelings that come to me dissipate so that we can work together. I know already that I cannot change him, but I somehow get it in my head that I might have some influence -- Bad idea!

I have to learn how to pray immediately (be in dialog with God continually) for God to influence our lives so that we might be able to come together as husband and wife should. May God's grace in your life give you peace and joy!

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BECKAFANO - I understand. My husband is very high tech computer savvy -- very geek and logical. After 32 years of marriage I still don't understand much, but I do try in my little way.
Also, he doesn't understand my hobbies, but he lets me do them and I still tell him what I'm doing. He is not very demonstrative. An example, I poured out my love and skill in making a quilt from his dad's flannel shirts (pictures in sparkpage). He said thank you and that was it. I was a like you wanting more, but I love him and knew that was saying alot for him. I enjoyed making the quilt and the pleasure it gave me in giving it to Him.

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Carrie, Thank you. Can I rephrase that as, 'God gave His son while we too were buttheads because He loved us, so we need to love the buttheads too?' .....NO? ......Oh, well.

I know, I need to remind myself of my own philosophy, 'What others do is a reflection of who they are, what I do (regardless of what others do first,) is a reflection of who I am, because it is out of a man's heart that flows their actions and words.' I have to maintain who I want to be regardless of those around me.

What makes it hard is that I work really hard to listen and understand the best I can when he talks about computers, motorcycles and video games, but as hard as I try I still don't understand about 80% of it - It use to be about 98% of it. When it comes to his things I go when he wants me to go, I listen when he needs me to listen and I try to be supportive even when I think the idea is crazy. But when it comes to my hobbies or interests I tend to go it alone. I go to stores alone, events alone, etc. I don't usually mind. I'm use to doing things alone and most of the time it's not a problem, it just gets to me on occasions. Maybe I expected too much. I know he isn't sentimental.

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Never mistake failure as final

Deciding what you want your life to be like is not hard. Deciding what you are willing to do and give up to get it, is the hard part.

I will do what I need to do in order to do what I want to do.

What you do and say is a reflection of who you are, so decide who you want to be and do it.

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BECKAFANO - Sorry you had a bad weekend. Good news - you got up and exercised this morning!

I think that is great that you made a scrapbook for your husband. He may not know how to express appreciation. BUT one thing to keep in mind... you made it because you love him. Don't let his attitude dictate how you feel. God gave His son while we were yet sinners because He loved us. Love your husband!

Carrie

God is good all the time, all the time God is good!

Every bite counts.
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I can do all things through Christ!

LOSE YOUR QUIT!

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I always get so far behind on the weekends. and this one.....
BAD WEEKEND - It started well, but wow, did it quickly go downhill and end badly.

It actually started THURSDAY when a friend of mine texted me to tell me someone from another state proposed to her and she said yes. I didn't respond the way she wanted me to, because I've gotten really worried about her in the last few years. She seems to have developed a pattern of leaving whoever she is with to go chasing after fairy tail romantic ideas. I tried to mention some of his 'not so great' qualities and negative past events involving him, but she basically said I wasn't being supportive. I haven't responded because I honestly don't know how to respond. I refuse to lie and I refuse to support something I am sure is wrong and will end even worse than the last time. I know her father is schizophrenic and I honestly think I'm seeing something in her (but I don't know what) and I have no idea what to say.

FRIDAY is our weigh-in day and the scales rudely told me I had gained back all but 1/2lb of the weight I lost over the last couple weeks. I forced myself to stay calm and simply re-evaluate what happened throughout the week. Later I picked up my nephew to spend the weekend with us and then we ran some errands before I took him home. I got tired and frustrated, so I skipped the last 2 errands because they weren't crucial, just good sales I wanted to check out. And he was being 'him.' He has this habit of refusing to make a decision, finding little ways of getting your attention, but not trying to make it obvious and making a big deal out of everything he does. He wouldn't make any decisions, including what he wanted to do when we got home and he had a phone that didn't work, but made noise every 20 minutes. By Sunday I told him if he didn't turn the phone off I would throw it out the window of the moving car. I try to be patient, because I know he doesn't get a lot of praise at home, but I just didn't have it in me that day. And I was actually trying extra hard because his parents are going through a separation and it makes everything at their house even worse.

SATURDAY started out well. My nephew slept in so my husband and I went for a motorcycle lesson, where I almost ran my father-in-law over while he was on his walk, because I wasn't paying attention and almost got myself killed because I didn't see the car coming and pulled out in front of it. I could identify the bugs on the cars grill - it was not a pleasant experience, so I thought it was time for the lesson to be over.
Then I came home to work on a scrapbook because I knew I could get it finished that day. John had asked if we wanted to go out to eat with his parents, his sister who was visiting and another sister who would meet us there. I was very excited to get out of the house and visit. I love his sisters, there usually so fun. Now the story behind this particular scrapbook is that it was my husband's book from his years of swimming for the local YMCA and there have been two times I have had to 'make' him look at it because I was so excited about the work I had done and he didn't seem interested at all. So, I'm just finishing up the last page of the book when he comes in to remind me of a biker / church event we had forgotten about, which no one has shown up for in a long time. So he decides to cancel with his family and go to the church event instead even though he already had an event Friday and was planning to go to another one Sunday. This was the turning point. I think I simply had hit my limit of things I could handle and self-control was vanishing quickly. I was instantly depressed and didn't want to do anything. I finished the album, but was no longer excited about it and no longer wanted to go show it to anyone. And for the record it's now Monday and John still hasn't seen it or asked to see it. I wanted to eat all day long and by afternoon I no longer had any will power to resist, so I started grazing. And as I expected John left for the church event and was back in 1/2 hour because no one showed up.

SUNDAY John left early for another biker / church event. My nephew didn't get up in time for us to go to church, he still couldn't make up his mind of something to do and he ended up going back to bed till noon. So I just went ahead and took him home and grazed some more until John got back. Toward the late evening I was a tad better and surprisingly this morning I got up and exercised - I haven't had the motivation to do that in weeks, maybe even months. I will never understand me.


Never mistake failure as final

Deciding what you want your life to be like is not hard. Deciding what you are willing to do and give up to get it, is the hard part.

I will do what I need to do in order to do what I want to do.

What you do and say is a reflection of who you are, so decide who you want to be and do it.

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8/7/11 9:12 P

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EHAGFELD -- great at exceeding your strength training goals! Hoping your next weigh-in will be fine! I'm sure it will! emoticon

Carrie

God is good all the time, all the time God is good!

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I can do all things through Christ!

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8/6/11 11:36 P

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So glad more of us are on board now. Welcome! . . . it's never too late! I'm in awe of your new streak, SEWINGMAMACDS. Good Job!

This has been a tough week. Even that said, I exceeded my strength training (ST) goals, but I confess I picked some easier ST repetitions.

I actually got myself into a bit of a funk having hit the maximum two pound over goal (anymore, and it would not be within the Weight Watcher guidelines for a free meeting within lifetime membership). Hopping on the scale today (two days later), I apparently scared myself silly and was at goal on my personal scale, so I suspect next week's weigh-in will be just fine . . . but not without having lost it emotionally first. I so identified with Beth Donovan'd "rage of emotions" in today's blog.

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BECKAFANO - emoticon I'm proud of you. It took me awhile too to start to divide the restaurant meals. Now many times I ask for a box to be brought BEFORE I start eating. -- I love to go out too.

Carrie

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Yesterday I had a big, yet small accomplishment. I tend to eat things just because they are there. I even eat things I don't even like if itís in front of me long enough.

There is a fast-food / Italian restaurant here that I love to go to for lunch, but their portions are huge. I usually end up eating the whole thing because it's there, they gave me it as a meal and I hate waste, but yesterday I decided ahead of time that I wasn't going to eat the whole thing. I decided it was big enough for two meals and I would divide it into 2 meals. So I divided the baked rigatoni in half and only ate half and one of the sides which leaves me the other half and the other side for lunch today. I'm so happy with myself.

I'm also proud of myself on a financial level. My husband is overly frugal....also known as stingy and he hates it when I go out to many times for lunch. So this was like going out for lunch twice, but only paying for it once.

That is another one of my issues - Eating out. For me it's such a pleasure that I can't avoid or resist. I love the change in atmosphere, the change in food variety, getting out of the house and enjoying something I don't have to prepare or clean up after. I enjoy those things a little too much some times though and don't watch portion sizes.

Never mistake failure as final

Deciding what you want your life to be like is not hard. Deciding what you are willing to do and give up to get it, is the hard part.

I will do what I need to do in order to do what I want to do.

What you do and say is a reflection of who you are, so decide who you want to be and do it.

Rebecka


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Apparently, I am a part of this team and didn't know it - Sorry about that. I'm looking forward to getting to know everyone better though. Thanks for having me.

Never mistake failure as final

Deciding what you want your life to be like is not hard. Deciding what you are willing to do and give up to get it, is the hard part.

I will do what I need to do in order to do what I want to do.

What you do and say is a reflection of who you are, so decide who you want to be and do it.

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7/23/11 5:39 P

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Thank you.

Glad you are back at goal. I know weight varies so much during the week. What always is frustrating is when I am on the high side at weigh -in, then the next morning I am down.


Carrie

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Carrie, you're doing so well . . . congratulations!

I'm thrilled with having made some good choices this week. While the scale showed that I gained one pound yesterday with my official weekly Weight Watcher (WW) weigh-in for Week One of this newly reached maintenance mode, I just hopped on the scale and am right back to goal again. WooHoo! I've learned a healthy respect for the scale, as it varies for so many reasons and it's up to us to stay the course for eating healthy. In the long run, this little ups and downs, usually shouldn't have the impact we sometimes allow it to have.

Sometimes my biggest challenge is getting enough fat and protein in my mealplan as recommended by our Spark ranges. Also, I realy wasn't all that hungry, so I didn't particularly need "filling" or what WW now calls "power" foods. It worked out that I could actually eat a kids meal and cone at McD's last night and have everything in order (with the exception of a few grams light in the protein area).

Let's keep moving to the best of our ability.

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7/21/11 1:20 P

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Hey Starfish --- how is your week going? Are you meeting your goals? What cardio are you doing?

I have been able to meet my goals and for cardio I have been working on the stationary bike, the gazelle, the elliptical and the treadmill. I like variety!

Carrie

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Challenge has started - Let's GO STARFISH!! I had a great workout this morning (2 hours!) Normally I don't have that much time, but today I had off so I used it to my advantage. emoticon

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Hello Starfish! Let's have a great challenge. I am working on what goals I want to have for the challenge and will be posting them along with my starting weight and measurements on the 18th.

Evelyn -- great idea to take your camera along as you take walks. You will have to share some of your pictures.



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Welcome, beautiful Starfish!

With our realistic goals defined, let's start a spark streak in trying to move each and every day in some way: It can be in small or large increments . . . done slow or fast . . . or done just to a style all your own. Mine happens to be walking in the great outdoors with a camera in hand so I can both literally "smell the roses" as I get some quality fitness minutes in.

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