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Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Never Give Up....NEVER... Give Up...

I am thrilled over Mary Jane's success!  I allowed myself to get SET BACK...but, decided...I didn't want to give up.....so I began...once...again!

I find, now, my CONSCIENCE...talks to me a lot more...when I "let go"...After studying the "Word of Wisdom" so much...this past year...I find myself...on another level...that...it is nearly a "sin" for me...to do differently. Besides when I put...good things into my body... I feel so much better physically...but even better...my SPIRIT...is more at PEACE! (smile)

Monday, October 4, 2010


Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Mary Jane

I finally posted your LOSS, today....So sorry it took me so long! I am THRILLED over your SUCCESS!!!!! Life has been crazy for me...I have a Relief Society BLOG that I am trying to keep up for my sisters...Since I have been called to be R.S. President...I rarely have much time to myself...I just wanted you to know...I am here...and still CHEERING FOR YOU!  

I have been up and down....but, doing a bit better...and will work harder...not to eat the "fudge" Hyrum keeps making!!!!! (smile)

Please, keep me informed!!!!!  Now, that Abe is getting married in the Rexburg Temple on November 19th...I need to behave myself...for the wedding! (smile)

MISS YOU friend!  Would love to see you while we are in Rexburg...Annie, my future daughter-in-law will be receiving her endowments, I think the day before the sealing...If you can make it...you ought to come and be in the session with us....The last time we were in the temple together...was at Garvin's and my sealing on NOVEMBER 17th...32 YEARS ago...almost to the DAY!!!!! Would be a fun anniversary for us to all be together, again...Who would have ever thought...it would be due to a "wedding" of one of my children! (smile)

LOVE YOU...Deb

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

To Mary Jane and Angel!

SO EXCITED for BOTH OF YOU!!!!! We are all starting to be on a ROLL...What we need to do...is have BEFORE and AFTER pictures...when we are finally done...

There was a time...I was going to take..a picture after the loss of every 10 pounds...(smile)
Just wanted to tell you both...I am VERY HAPPY for the progress you both are making...I KNOW how hard it is to lose weight...so I can't help but REJOICE in your PROGRESS! (smile)

Monday, July 12, 2010

Happy "60th" Birthday!

Have I really lived 6 decades? Even at this age, I found that I can still jump on a trampoline...play baseball...and keep up with 4 little ones for 4 days! (smile)

I have come to KNOW...the VALUE of GREAT HEALTH...and no longer take it fore-granted. One must EARN and MAINTAIN good health by eating CORRECTLY and staying ACTIVE...physically...

I am very conscience of what I put into this sacred and God-given gift...my body...I have come to KNOW that the "Word of Wisdom" is our gift from Father...to let us KNOW HOW to take care of this physical "temple"...and am SO GRATEFUL to know that there is REVEALED doctrine on the subject.

I find I get little jabs at the way I am choosing to eat...Don't get me wrong...I still look at the things I have LOVED over the years...but, I weigh very carefully, now...if it is worth giving in to eating foods I know will break my body down...Once in a while, I suppose during a CELEBRATION of some sort...having some scrumptious dessert...would be OK...but, again, I weigh out these situations...and let the spirit guide...for I have come to, also, know...from a missionary experience...that HONORING a gift of the heart...of something made for you...particularly...may be more important to receive...than offend the individual giver...Again, the SPIRIT will guide in circumstances like that...

I got up this morning...to celebrate 30.6 pounds loss...and am, again, GRATEFUL...for KNOWLEDGE that is helping me...to conquer the "flesh"... 

Friday, June 25, 2010

Stamp out the White


I did it!!!!! 4-mile workout!

I felt I needed to post my experience this morning... I don't know if any of you have ever experienced this or not...In all my years of athletics...or exercise...I have never had this "emotion" flood over me...for "myself"...

Maybe, it is because I am approaching "60" years...but, when I finished the entire "4" mile workout this morning...I had this STRONG EMOTIONAL feeling come over me...even to the point of "tears"... I have never had such an experience before...in achieving anything like this....EVER...

I get "emotional" when I see an athlete accomplish a feat...always have...but, it was ALWAYS SOMEONE ELSE I would get "tear-y-eyed"...Never understood it, but it is true...

But, today, it was for myself...I DID IT!!! I DID IT!!! With God's help, we can "do ANYTHING"!!! (smile)

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Added "Exercise" to my New Lifestyle Change

Yesterday, I decided that I would ADD EXERCISE to my new "Lifestyle" change...After seeing a couple of pictures that Abraham took of me at Glacier National Park...I thought...LOSING WEIGHT is NOT ENOUGH...I need to TONE up and STRENGTHEN my muscles...if I am going to continue to "serve" in this life...I KNOW how much STRENGTH is needed in many areas of service...and being NOT FIT...slows me down...

So, I began my "Walk Slim" with Leslie Sansone. I LOVE this "walk fast" program...I did ONE mile, yesterday.  Today, I did the TWO mile program...Tomorrow, I will do the THREE mile set....and hopefully, will be able to handle the 4 mile....

After doing TWO miles, today...I was sweating...and could FEEL my muscles...but, I am determined...to go THREE tomorrow...I have ALWAYS PUSHED myself...May be madness, since I am coming up on "60"...and no longer in a "20 year old" body...but, my SPIRIT is still the same...consequently...I PUSH...

My friend, Mary Jane (missionary companion) told me about this program...Diet Power...NO it is NOT a DIET...but a program that keeps track of everything I eat...sets up how many calories I need to take each day...to reach my goal...my water intake...whether I am eating HEALTHY or not...I can ADD foods that are not on the list, etc.  Plus, when I work out...it calculates all that as well...

It is working for me as well...cause by the end of the day...I know exactly how many calories I have left...which often is the downer...cause often that is when it is the "bigger" meal...when in reality...it should be our LOWEST in calories...

Hope you are all doing well...in your goals...

Thursday, June 10, 2010

My Lifestyle Change

For all those who want to know....I am doing a very dramatic change. I have cut
out SUGAR completely (for now)...which includes store bought bread. I
have also cut out bread but not completely. I will only allow
myself...in the future... maybe once a week for my homemade
bread...which consists of wheat flour, honey, applesauce and olive oil
instead of white flour, sugar, eggs, and butter....but at the moment I
have cut all bread out too. I have hardly any dairy...one reason,
Lillie is allergic to COW projects and the other reason is that I
don't really need it. So, I don't eat cheese...I have cut down on
butter to maybe once a week...maybe a glass of milk every now and
then. I am still deciding if I am going to become a vegetarian or just
cut out pork and beef...sniff sniff...I love beef. Still thinking
about it...If all else I will have chicken mainly and once in a while
have some beef but I am cutting out pork completely. I am also cutting
out pasta for the most part..once in a while I will have some. As for
rice, I am going to brown rice even though white rice tastes SO MUCH
BETTER. :) I am staying away from popcorn too...even though I love oil
popped..but that is very fattening...so I will have some once in a
while. For my protein I am going to be eating beans instead of meat.
And then I am exercising...Monday thru Friday and on Saturdays, Jared
wants to go hiking every week as a family unless something comes up..
SO I am really only eating FRUITS and VEGGIES. I eat more veggies at
the moment till I can get a balance of the two and make sure I am
getting all my servings of vegetables a day. This past week I have only
eaten fruits and vegetables and today was my milk day...but I only had
2 small glasses. I have only been drinking a ton of WATER. I will be
bring in juice...as long as it doesn't have sugar or added
sweetener....I am thinking of making my own juices. So for me...this
is my dramatic change. Sure there will be an occasion or two that I
will not follow this exactly but this is what my lifestyle will be
looking like.

I know this is going to be hard...even now because of all the food I
make Nathan that is not on my menu..especially when it comes to bread
and pasta....but I know it will be well worth it and I will be heather
for it. And Lillie will be getting better leftovers. :D

Hope this helps
Love Angel

Though it has been quiet....

Though our little blog has been on the QUIET side...Angel just posted a LOSS...Garvin is slowing down in the rapid weight loss...and I am...still...going back and forth...but, still working at LOWERING my situation...

My goal for this month...is to lose enough weight to settle into the 140's by the end of the month...I probably will stay in that range for awhile...but, I need to get there first...(smile)

NO COMPLAINTS...I am thrilled that I have lost the initial EXTRA I put on when we were in transition those first 6 months in Montana...

Angel...YOU GO GIRL!!! You have INSPIRED me to keep moving FORWARD!!! (smile)

I know ABE has really made GREAT progress in reducing his FAT content...but, I don't have the figures in front of me...GO ABE!!!

Hyrum has been working out...using Abe's program...

GO SMITH FAMILY!!!!!

Sunday, May 2, 2010

Plateaus

I am sure I am not the only one...who reaches "plateaus" in life...Seems WEIGHT LOSS often has those more often than perhaps other areas of our lives...

I finally overcame one...today...in the weight loss category...To say the least, I was THRILLED!!!

I have lost almost 27 pounds...while Garvin has lost 64...We are definitely not losing at the same rate...but, our circumstances are not the same. However,  no matter how we accomplish our goals, I am still grateful for any progress.(smile)

Have any of you discovered the secret to getting off a "weight loss" plateau? Perhaps, I am too impatient...What is considered a "safe" weight loss amount each week?

Saturday, April 10, 2010

Spring Is Here...

Well, the CALENDAR tells me...it is now...SPRING! In between the little snow flurries and frost on the ground...I have seen signs of SPRING! (actually...for Montana...it is showing itself EARLIER this year) (smile)

LOTS of multi-colored birds greeting me each morning with their various melodies...Little tiny buds are trying to peek through their winter shelters...and I am getting itchy fingers to try my hand at gardening...even when it is only in the 30's and 40's...(smile)

I am feeling very energized these days...LOSING WEIGHT has been part of that "energized" attitude...! I have nearly lost 21 pounds...and of course...Garvin...who has jumped WAY AHEAD OF ME...has now lost 55 pounds...

It is amazing to me...how much losing excess poundage...has done to my "outlook" on life! I WANT to get out of bed...EARLY...Take on the day with more "enthusiasm"...Indeed...there is a "healthier" inner peace...

Hope you are all realizing your goals as well...

Saturday, March 27, 2010

NEWNESS of LIFE!

The celebration of Easter is not that far away...NEW BIRTH...NEW LIFE!!!! The RESURRECTION of our Lord and Savior...SPRING!!! NEW BEGINNINGS!!!

It is truly a BEAUTIFUL time of the YEAR!!! A RENEWAL OF HOPE!!!

As I ponder over the adversity that comes into our lives...I marvel that there is always a LIGHT intertwined in that challenge...For example...Facing Garvin's cancer has brought us the REALITY...that we are truly "mortal"...and that we really do NOT live forever here on earth...that one day...it will be "my turn" to RETURN HOME...back to the presence of our Father in Heaven...IT TRULY IS GOING TO HAPPEN!!! It is the WHEN...that most of us have NO CLUE......But, the fact is...IT WILL!

In the meantime...HOW and WHAT QUALITY of LIFE we have...certainly falls upon our OWN SHOULDERS...WHAT WE EAT...certainly reflects the QUALITY our BODIES will have during this "mortal probationary period"...

I am THRILLED at the RESULTS of our EFFORTS to turn to the "Word of Wisdom" in our daily walk through LIFE! You will chuckle...at an interview Garvin recently had with our Bishop and Stake President...when being interviewed for the renewal of his temple recommend...The question..."Do you live the 'Word of Wisdom"...came up...and Garvin blurts out..."I do NOW!!!" (smile)

We are both continuing to LOSE...I am feeling STRONGER every day...Garvin...is able to FUNCTION BETTER...since we changed his diet...He has lost over 32 pounds and I have lost 16...Though, starting MONDAY...Garvin will begin his CHEMO therapy...he will STAY on his NEW LIFESTYLE diet...He will never go back...to what he was doing PRIOR...to this "challenge" he is currently working through...YES...THERE IS A "LIGHT" in every trial...Living the "Word of Wisdom"...is that GUIDING LIGHT for our "physical well being". In turn...it DOES AFFECT our "SPIRITUAL" side of our nature! It is TRULY A BLESSING of WISDOM!!!!

Sunday, March 21, 2010

The "Lymphoma Diet"

The title of this post is a bit disturbing, I know...but, that is what Garvin is currently calling his new lifestyle of eating...I, personally, would rather think of it in terms of the "Word of Wisdom" lifestyle...

"WISDOM"...As I begin to digest the concepts in the "Word of Wisdom"...I am marveling over Father's LOVE for us...in giving us HIS "counsel" on how to keep our bodies "healthy"...and "strong"...to "walk and not be weary"...

For instance...ever ponder over the idea of "eating in the SEASON, thereof"? Ever think about the CYCLE of our "gardens"? What kind of plants (food) come off in the SPRING? What kind of plants (food) come off in the SUMMER? What kind of plants (food) come off in the FALL? WISDOM....long "created" in cycles before we ever "entered this life"...

I am LOVING my new LIFESTYLE...though, I find I still CRAVE "CHICKEN" every day! GO FIGURE!!!! (smile)

Garvin has now lost "32" pounds...and I am shy of "15"...YES!!!!

Thursday, March 4, 2010

New Additions to the Blog...HEALTH BLOGS and SITES

In recent weeks, I have been studying and researching Health blogs and Health sites that might be helpful in our quest for better health habits and tools to make our new lifestyle easier...

I have added a few for your consideration....and information...

If any of you...have more IMPUT...that would be GRAND!!!!

Sunday, February 28, 2010

Made a MAJOR GOAL!!!

I may be losing weight...but, I am also losing my "mind"...in the process!!! (smile) I posted on our FAMILY BLOG this week's post meant for THIS BLOG...Here it is:

It took me TWO MONTHS...to get to the weight I was LAST JANUARY 2009...when I first started this BLOG...(smile) I am THRILLED! I had to lose 13 pounds to get to that point...Now, I have to reach ANOTHER GOAL...the weight I had LOST in 2009...before...everything came UNDONE...by the middle of the year...when I regained those "11" pounds...and THEN another "15" on top of that....

But, this time...I am NOT DIETING...I have simply changed "lifestyle"...and that I am "Eating to LIVE" and NOT "Living to EAT"... WHAT A MAJOR DIFFERENCE!!!!

Garvin has now lost 27 pounds...

Angel, who is now on this blog...began her goal to LOSE weight...now that she has had her little "LILLIE ANNA" on February 16th...She had gained "45" pounds with this baby...Lost 20 some odd of it afterward the birth...but, then we set her "ticker"...and she has taken off a little over 2 pounds...

LAST YEAR...our FAMILY champions were HOLLY and ABRAHAM....Abe lost over 50-60 pounds...and Holly was over 40 pounds...(can't remember exact totals at the moment)

Anyway...been a GREAT week...and enjoying the BENEFITS...of this NEW LIFESTYLE...Has been AWESOME!!! Will be adding a POST on BLENDER foods...Sandee Spencer inspired me...along with my son-in-law, Jared...to RESEARCH....and we made a decision...YESTERDAY...and began our "blender" foods...Will explain more later...

Sunday, February 21, 2010

My New Secret Weapon...

I have a new secret weapon...in helping me lose weight...He is two years old...height is about to my navel...diapered...and VERY active...My secret weapon even has a name..."Nathan"...

Since, my daughter, Angel, had her 2nd child...my "13th" grandchild... on February 16th...I flew that day to Utah...Our little Lillie has been in the "intensive care unit" until YESTERDAY...She was just moved from the NICU to a regular unit for newborns and prayerfully will be home MONDAY NIGHT...

In the meantime...I have had the incredible blessing of being a part of a two year old's world...and that little world is in CONSTANT MOTION...(smile)

I have lost an additional 2 pounds...ONE MORE POUND...and I will be at the beginning of LAST YEAR's WEIGHT...when I began this BLOG...I am VERY EXCITED...

Garvin in the meantime...is doing AWESOME...Has now lost 25 pounds...Continuing his STRICT regime and is feeling for the first time in MONTHS...more like a human being...Is getting more energy, has truly found a new way to LIVE...

Been a great week for both of us...

Monday, February 15, 2010

Men seem to lose faster than women...A double standard?

Why is it...that men seem to lose weight faster than women? Garvin is now down 23 pounds...and I am nearly 10....I can understand the situation...of why Garvin would lose faster than me this time...however, it seems that it is a general rule...men lose faster than women....Is there is a double standard...even in the weight department????...(smile)

Actually, I am thrilled over Garvin's current success...Anytime our bodies are OUT OF TUNE...eating RAW foods is a great way...to help it back to being "healthy"....

In our experimenting with JUICING...Sandee Spencer sent me a site...that refers to the DANIEL DIET..."Old Testament Daniel"... http://ldshealth.ning.com - This site has some GREAT RECIPES for a healthier lifestyle of eating...

I tried one of their recipes for juicing:
APPLES - (# of apples depends on size and amount of juice you get from apples - I used generally 2-3 apples)
1 peeled lemon
approx. 1 inch raw ginger root

I juiced these together...The ginger gives it a PUNCH....Besides...the nutritional value of the drink....it is not a "boring" drink...(smile)

Thursday, February 11, 2010

We are in it together....

Since the time Garvin and I have been married...we have nearly stayed...toe to toe in being "100" pounds apart...I was 125 and Garvin was 225 when we began holding hands...down the pathway of life...

Today, we are once again..."100" pounds apart....I have to smile at that...We both were at the HIGHEST we have ever been in our lives in weight...Due to Garvin's lymphoma, we are now...EATING to LIVE and not LIVING to EAT....

Due to so many precious friends...we are being directed to BLOGS of good health...Piles of BOOKS have been lent to us...PRAYERS...petitioning not only for recovery...but, HOW to DO IT...Figuring out WHICH course to take...One of the hardest things we have ever had to face...for there are SO MANY VOICES....Yesterday, I hit...a point...that I am now begging...to hear a SINGULAR voice of the SPIRIT...so that I can discern...and that Garvin can discern...how to do it FATHER'S way....in HIS particular case...

We have come up with a plan....For now...I will restrict the comments...to our ATTITUDE on HEALTH....

We have been given the "Word of Wisdom"....How SIMPLE it is....how COMMON SENSE it is...to the well being of our bodies...We have been making all kinds of juices...different combinations...plus...taking the bulk of GREENS (after juicing them) and simply adding them back into the juices...for an added punch....(we don't have a blender in our motel room...just the juicer...so, this works for now)

MOST of our intake...is in raw form...though, I have more "cooked" things than Garvin is doing at this time...I LOVE SOUPS...so...I indulge myself...in that arena...Besides, when it is cold outside and snow on the ground...SOUP seems to call my name....to balance nature's current wintry weather...

Garvin has now lost 20 pounds...and I am still limping along...but, thrilled nevertheless...in my progress...small as it is...

I am hearing GREAT things out there....Sounds like many of you have found...a way...to make progress in your weight loss...But, I believe more than ever, now, simply EATING HEALTHY...the LORD's way....will achieve that goal....DIETING is NOT THE SAME...LIFESTYLE and ATTITUDE...of EATING TO LIVE...more than LIVING TO EAT...will have greater results...




Monday, February 1, 2010

The Power of Love

February - the month of cupids and love...or on a patriotic note...the celebration of two most remarkable Presidents of the United States...Abraham Lincoln on the 12th and George Washington on the 22nd.  It truly is a GREAT month of fun and gratitude celebrations...

This February 2010...will have a different tone to it for me...but, one of HOPE...and one filled with GRATITUDE...

The OUTPOURING of LOVE for Garvin due to his current physical challenge...has been one of PURE CHARITY...from all across the country...The POWER of PRAYERS...have given us the COURAGE to MOVE in a direction to "overcome" his current condition....It has affected both Garvin and myself...

It is hard enough to change a major pattern of "eating"...but, to REFINE it in such a radical manner...takes all the "self mastery" one can find inside one's soul...

But like all "challenges"...they can become GIFTS....We are finding "hidden treasures" that come from this "deep spiritual cleansing"...

I didn't want Garvin to walk the path alone...so, I am incorporating 90% of the changes he has to make in his life...in order to "give him more time" to do his work here on the earth...Consequently....we are BOTH being GREATLY BLESSED...Garvin has lost 18 pounds...and I have lost almost 10 pounds...But, it isn't simply the WEIGHT LOSS that is blessing us...It is the types of foods that we are putting into our mouths...Living the "Word of Wisdom" in the DO areas of the commandment...has been INCREDIBLE....Can feel the difference...in small ways, already...

We have a LONG WAY to go...BUT...with GREAT HOPE...and FAITH...that the path we are taking...will lead us to a more fulfilling physical life here on this earth...

THANK YOU...to EACH OF YOU...for YOUR LOVE and SUPPORT...What a difference it has made...in our lives....

Sunday, January 24, 2010

Life's Challenges Sometimes Forces Our Hand...

During the past 9 days, a "wake-up call" in Garvin's life...forced our hand...to make changes than involved BOTH of us to change the way we have taken care of our "physical" bodies...

Nothing like a little drama of facing "immortality"...to wake up the senses to do a major "over-haul"...(smile)


We began..."juicing" fruits and vegetables and eating most of our foods in its "raw" state...to kick start...a cleansing process...As soon as we can get Garvin's situation under control...we will slowly add..."cooked" foods in moderation...I believe, our lives have changed forever...in this area. It will be awhile before we can return to some sort of normalcy in the "eating" of foods that we enjoyed in the past...but, it will NEVER be like it was...We will stick VERY CLOSE to do's of the "Word of Wisdom"...which...is quite strict when you truly study it in "detail"...


So far, Garvin has lost 15 pounds...and I have lost 6 pounds...All "challenges" truly are "gifts" from Father...They are given to "purify" our nature...not to "defeat" us...!!! (smile)

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

New Beginnings..."Finding JOY in the JOURNEY"

I have loved rereading President Monson's talk on "Finding Joy In the Journey"...This one paragraph in particular drew my attention:
"This is our one and only chance at mortal life—here and now. The longer we live, the greater is our realization that it is brief. Opportunities come, and then they are gone. I believe that among the greatest lessons we are to learn in this short sojourn upon the earth are lessons that help us distinguish between what is important and what is not. I plead with you not to let those most important things pass you by as you plan for that illusive and non-existent future when you will have time to do all that you want to do. Instead, find joy in the journey—now."


Don't you just love that? Years ago...all through my teens and young 20's...I managed an "athletic" body...I could RUN for MILES and not feel it...Bend and Twist my body around...almost like I was double jointed...In my early 20's I was between 110 and 115 pounds...It was amazing how much fuller I was able to live life...with a HEALTHY body that could take anything on that came my way...My mind and physical stamina was able to cope easier....because it was healthy and strong...


Wow...If anyone told me...that my "athletic" body would change..I would have never believed it...However, I REALIZE that it was CHOICES I have made over the years...that places me in the situation I am in, today...


However, I am THRILLED for another CHANCE to "overcome" this "weakness" I have developed over the years...I believe "MODERATION" in all things...is acceptable...so in the future...I do hope to "enjoy" the gifts of life in food form...that I believe are blessings from our Father...Nothing like sitting around a table with family and friends and sharing GREAT FOOD...together! (smile)


Holly, I have CHANGED your TICKER...It is already for you to begin your new year...once Josh leaves again for Iraq...You came real close to your goal in 2009 by losing "42" pounds!!!! That is absolutely FANTASTIC!!!! Hugs and HIGH FIVE for that accomplished goal!!!!

We can find "JOY IN THE JOURNEY"!!! Even in the efforts of losing weight!!! (smile) 







Sunday, January 17, 2010

Happy New Year!

It has been awhile since we have exchanged thoughts on this BLOG...I know some of you are SUCCESSFULLY losing weight with another blog program...and I am THRILLED to hear that it is WORKING for you!!!!

These past many months, especially in the past couple of days, I have come to know...what a precious "gift" our physical bodies truly are...One of our challenges in life...is to "take care" of this body... with the intent to fulfill our divine missions here on earth using this wonderful "gift" from our Heavenly Father...

We, as members of the church, were given the inspired "Word of Wisdom"...Many members have mastered the "don'ts" very well...However, the "do's" seem much more challenging, because for most of us...it takes a determined spirit...to self-master...the "natural man"...and "appetites" is one area that is at the top of the LIST...that Satan LOVES to tempt us with...on all levels...

This past year and spilling into this wonderful New Year...my life is now facing one of the greatest challenges I ever had to be confronted with...Like many of you...we are to be "tried and tested" in all things...How we DEAL with these challenges...seems to affect us all in many different ways...

Food often brings "comfort" and when we are under "stressful" conditions...we go where we can "calm" our spirits...I decided that FOOD will NOT be that path for me, anymore.  I have come to KNOW that our TRUE comfort can only come from the SPIRIT...and I will be turning to HIM...for that "calming" affect that only HE can BRING into our souls...

I ended 2009...having GAINED an additional 13 pounds...weighing MORE than I have ever weighed in my ENTIRE life! I have many excuses I could use for this...but, in my heart, I know I could have made better choices in handling my life. Food should not have been the answer...

I, once again, sat down...and pondered over my goals this coming year. With a renewed attitude and with the help of God...I am determined to succeed in a couple of areas...My physical body...being one of them. I am determined to overcome the "flesh" in order to build UP my "spiritual" side of my nature. One can not take on the challenges of life...without the power of the Holy Ghost.  None of us can afford to lose that edge...

I would still LOVE to hear about your SUCCESSES...and WHY you are succeeding this time...

Since the first of the year - 17 days - I have lost 3 solid pounds almost 4.

My love to you all...Deb