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Wednesday, January 09, 2013


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Just reading this. I know being apart isn't easy-doing it this very minute, but you are right that the true committment to making things work makes it so much easier. I honestly can say that when Karl was coming home every night (except when travelling) there would be some nights that we were so busy doing other stuff that we barely spoke. Now that he is in Wisconsin, we make time to talk every night and at first it seemed a little weird, but it reminded us to make sure to keep it up forever. No, life certainly isn't perfect, but having purpose keeps you from dwelling too much on the negative. I will be 50 on my next birthday. I kept saying I was going to get stronger, improve my endurance, lose weight, work out, walk, do a 5-k...etc. without actually fully committing to it. Finally, in November, I got a personal trainer to get me kick-started and to show me the proper techniques for working out so I wouldn't hurt myself. So far, so good. I did find out that I was REALLY out of shape, but, I am determined not to quit. I go once a week to her, and work out doing various other things (treadmill, Wii-fit..etc.) 3 other times. I am more conscious of what I am putting in my mouth also, and drinking quite a bit more water. After having thyroid surgery, I found it is harder to shed excess weight (AND they are STILL tweaking my meds). So, I am IN! Wish me luck, although, I don't really need it, as I have it in my head already to do it! :-) Thank you, Linda and everyone else, for sharing your stories and your lives with me--may 2013 be successful (however big or small) for everyone!

You know our house is always here for you! We love you, Rudy, and the girls.

We haven't chatted in a while - yes, up to 22! And way to go, you, on your loss!

Good to hear from you Linda! I never assume anyone's family or situation is perfect, but I think yours comes pretty damn close. You handle things in such a great way, that makes it all look so effortless.

I took the leap of faith last year - left a full time job to start my full time business. There was the leap of faith the year before when I left a full time job to go back to school.

This year, my leap of faith is trusting that everything I have done to this point is going to work and work really well.

I thank the universe every day for the gifts that I am given, and send out positive thoughts to the universe every day, so that it knows what more it can give to me...

PS - you told me 10 lbs, not 22!! Way to go!

PPS - I've now lost 20 lbs since November 1st. Yay me!

I hope you all feel better soon. This flu is nasty... I am sorry to hear that your daughter was having such terrible issues.

It does go to show how insidious abuse can be and how even a smart girl can get taken in and find it hard to get out again. She will hopefully find that what doesn't kill you will, ultimately, make you stronger.

Kudos on the 22 pounds. From the pics I have seen of you I could not imagine you having 22 pounds to lose but I guess you did and so you did. Not easy I know!

I hope the plague decamps soon and everyone is feeling more themselves again.

I wish I had something astounding to add, but the truth is, I have been one of those that was just drudging along in life, worrying all the time about money, paying bills, my son's grades, will he get into college, will we ever get out of debt - - walking around with a scowl on my face....and then a week ago, I just decided to stop the worrying, because it won't ever change the outcome. I started working out three to four times a week, told my son to just do the best he could in school and I'm done being unhappy and worrying about everything all the time. I totally agree with you Linda, life's too short and too precious. I'm just taking it one day at a time and making sure each day I laugh with friends and family and let them know I love them. So if that works, I'M IN TOO!

Special note to whoever is "being brave" check out the bracelets at They are simple and pretty cool looking. Can get them for a special cause or just because they'll reinforce that you are brave :)

I'm in!!

Happy New Year to you and the whole Sharp family Linda! Glad you are recovering from the crud.

As a small business owner, I take a leap of faith every single day, and I can assure you that a lot of those days are terrifying, and I often find myself paralyzed by fears for the future - where's the money going to come from for payroll, why is my customer not happy, why can't I get more contracts - ugh! There are so many days when I just want to walk away, but I find comfort in prayer. They say that God takes care of babies and fools - I guess I'm the latter, because He pulls my fat out of the fire over and over again in spite of my stupidity. I've said a lot of prayers for 2013 already!

I hope that all of the DGMS family experience love, laughter, good health and prosperity in the new year!

ALL IN!!!!!!!!!

I knew about most of this through your posts of Facebook, but losing 22 pounds? Wowie girlfriend, I know we look at our bodies differently, but shazaam - kablooey - that is worth congratulating, and I bow humbly at your feet! We started up our Chubby group again on FB, so if you feel like rejoining, just send us a request - I'm sure that there are people there (me included) who could benefit from your success!

I think about your daughter often and what all this must have taken from her -and it breaks my heart It's a true shame that something like this had to happen for her to learn the hard way that people can be such assholes. You must have been out of your mind - I can't even imagine.

As far as your life being perfect - wait a ding dang isn't? Who knew! I did, I know how hard you work at keeping your family and your marriage as spicy as it is, I know that's a two-way street.

True, a lot of us are going through life waiting for that fairy dust, and I am one of the guilty, but sometimes, after being kicked in the head 45 times, you just don't want to put it all out there again to be kicked a 46th time - so right now, I am in the "turtle-waiting" mode...only peeking my head out to see if BOA has accepted our proposal - and feeling lucky that I have a bulldog of a sister who knows the ins and outs of real estate to guide me along. Everything I have right now depends on what they say - but I feel like I will jinx it if I start packing, or if I put an offer down on a place in Minnesota - so I am waiting, waiting, waiting. Hopefully I will have a positive answer in a couple days to a week.

So sorry that your family has the crud - did you get your flu shots? I am asking because I want to know if you still got it even after ponying up the $25 to get stuck with a needle in the grocery store...

Glad you are home now, and happy that 2012 is OVER. Love you!

KUDOS! A perfect example of being brave! Go you!

Glad to see a new post! Happy New Year. :-)

I did something scary recently, I applied to college. It has always been my dream to get a bachelor's degree. I currently have an A.A., I'm not starting from the beginning, but it will be weird going back again. I am planning on getting my BSW (bachelor's of social work). Considering my past, I'm not sure why it took me so long to figure this out!

Thanks for a thoughtful post, Linda! We've missed you, but knew that you were busy (and sick) with your life and family.

Wishing you and all the DGMS family a Happy Heatlthy 2013!

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