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I Will Not Give Up Challenge 2014
Topic Started: Dec 26 2013, 11:12 PM (8,511 Views)
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I will be trying to get a shorter URL for this, but it is so time consuming for me. Lose weight this year, same rules but on the first Monday of each month we will take our measurements and if inches were lost you will get a permanent graphic to reflect that. You lose inches by exercising and losing weight. That will be our addition focus and things to discuss when I get up our chat thread. We will have one weekly winner with a graphic as always, but this year we will just report our loss or condition on a Monday as it use to be. We will have an end of the year challenge champ graphic to go in your signature. You keep track of your total losses gains or maintains in case I lose control of the board again. This board will not even allow me to start a note topic in my moderator room and no one has contacted me yet from Zeta.

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Editor, you have come up with a great challenge this year. I am definately in... You've always said, 'thanks to the Grace Today Family that has stayed loyal'....well, I think it is time to say,'Thanks, Editor. for hanging in there, considering all the trouble you have had lately, You have been the creator, the leader, the heart of Grace Today. Thank you for Not giving up on this site, and doing countless hours of work to keep this site going.


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Well number four member, I don't always feel like it, but quitting IS NOT an option. The inspiration will come this time from the theme I WILL NOT GIVE UP Challenge 2014. I might also add I have been to a lawyer and that is going to make it a difficult year, so I hope I can count on you when I must shed a tear.

Every year we finish the race and this year is no exception. I thank you for hanging in there too!
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I'm in...
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Glad to have you LJ, catch us up PLEASE!
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Good to see you LJ. I am in.
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Good! We have me, Angelic, Mike and Cindy! We start with the official weigh in tomorrow and we report on the TOO BLESSED thread our overall weight loss for that challenge, Since the doctor sent me to the hospital. on December 4 for edema, I have managed to lose ten pounds of water weight. Still have a little to go but feel so much better. Thank you so much for your prayers. God answers prayer!
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Good to see everyone........ my starting weight ..... :bag: 214 lb. ---- I WON"T GIVE UP and will :bam: my wayout of that paper bag...

Good to see Lumberjack , Cindi, Candy....and I am sure Grace will be joining as soon as she can get back on line with us...... a small but loyal, supportive and encouraging group....
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My starting weight is 205.2.
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Zeta board will not let me admin. Brian, who has helped us before said this, "His account (DaveEdsel) is the one that was used to register the board, and is therefore member #1. Our Terms recognize that account as the owner of the board."
How many of you know better, I can't believe this. I am angry because we can no longer do challenges right.
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Yes, I am definitely "in" with the rest of you for the challenge.
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:bless: and :cong: to Cindy Marie with a 13 pound loss in our Blessed Challenge. Here is the winner graphic for her signature.

Gracie and Mike need beginning weights before I can put a chart up.


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Oh, I had posted mine in our last challenge records... it was 146 for yesterday.
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O.K. Thanks Grace! Happy Weight Loss and your best efforts for 2014.
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Happy New Year Day. Make mine extra coffee.
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"In the depth of winter, I finally learned that there lay within me an invincible summer." ~Albert Camus

Forgive me for posting a quote from an existentialist but what can I say? he spoke those words so well for me.

I love mornings, especially mornings off!! :morn:

Why? they are fresh and full of hope with their possibilities. Also, I realize again that "...His mercies are new every morning, new every morning. Great is His faithfulness..." I feel there is much for rejoicing here.

If you have not had a chance to see our dear Editor's new post in the Prayer forum, please do so now. It is fresh with thoughtful hope and blessings for this new year, may it be so for each of you! :rose:

Going to update my personal prayer request in there now...

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I love the quote Grace and I have that hope too! And Amen to what your post is all about.

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432 is my starting weight... :(
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Thanks, Mike. I always ask you this, and 2014 is no different, "Cat got you tongue?"

Five members have joined and have weighed in. Remember weigh-ins will still on on a Monday and the records will be changed on a Tuesday morning when I get here.

I am going to go unwind. See you tomorrow, I did not do my measurements. Did anyone or should we shoot for something else?
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I took mine about a week ago. I normally don't do it very often. (measurements)

I have tried to put graphic in my signature and was not successful. I'll try another day. :blink:

I am doing well. I agree with Gracie about mornings! Tomorrow I return to work after 9 days off in a row. :sighs: I am grateful to have the job I have.
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I had forgot about the measurements.....so if it is ok, I record mine on Jan. 6th, the first Mom. on Jan.. MAY EVERY ONE HAVE A NEW YEAR OF HIS :bless: , HIS LOVEAND HIS GRACE!
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O.K., I'll do mine tomorrow and Mike is considered the GTD admin so maybe he can out yours in. And please Mike, I will give you Zeta's email address and the contact and say you want the board transferred to me so I can run my ministry again. Cindy, I bet you are rested and I am sure you had lonely thoughts for the holidays like I do.

I thought you might enjoy this post I did this morning on my Winners With God Team. We started the weight loss challenge.

Weighed in this morning at 207.2 a gain. Huge a delicious new year dinner and second meal. Left overs today but will be better portions. Drinking my water and coffee. I bought a new book Chris that after you are finished with school or want a good read it is Listening To God by Bruce Bickel and Stan Jantz. Wednesday reading was He, She, Or It dealing with the Holy Spirit. It is just like the listener books like Jesus Calling which I had read through the year and started again, I also read from my two books, Beyond Salvation and Beyond Sanctification. I read God Calling and God At Eventide, for 45 years now and whatever passage I am lead to go to. I have read straight through the Bible more than 30 time plus this is my duty to know Him and His Word. Even when I was in college I read and studied the Bible with Matthew Henry and other commentators. but the first semester I had a breakdown and my parents were the ones to put me in a mental institution. I was always persecuted by others and the state run institute was a horrible experience. Mr. H tries to put me in and has been able to by doing what he tried to do this year by taking me to intake and complaining about me and lying. He said this year he needed a vacation and tried this but it didn't work so he asked his best friend to go on vacation with him and his friend said no. Mr. H wanted to go to the Jerry Springer show and spend a week down there. He takes a separate vacation each year but his friend said they are too old to go woods backpacking anymore so this is one of the reasons DH has been so angry. He has become so large he refuses to weigh yet he criticizes me about my weight and anything he can possibly cruelly. Yet again this week he told someone they needed to get saved, yet he doesn't know the plan of salvation--just attends church and is so PROUD of that. He has gotten even violent with me this year a few times and everyone has said to call the cops but he is a skilled liar and I don't want to be put in the hospital again. I did call the police twice and he was as innocent as can be. I told him he could thank me for the holiday and holiday eve meals but that is when he gets silent.

The passage I want to write to you about is this. The Holy Spirit is not an impersonal force, but a real person.

Because the Holy Spirit is a spirit, without a body or any physical form it's only natural for you to ask if we're discussing a he, a she or an it. Strictly speaking a spirit would be referred to as an it. But notice how Jesus refers to the Holy Spirit: "But when he the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all the truth. Jn.16:13

My Holy Spirit is nether male or female. Yet when the Bible refers to the Holy Spirit with the personal pronoun he instead of it, that's to remind you that He is a real Person not some mysterious ghost. That means the Presence of the Holy Spirit in your life is not an abstraction, but very personal and very real.

Even more important, the Holy Spirit in your life means that I live in you.

Then it has a passage from Romans.


Charles Stanley offered a Through The Bible free plan, but second year in a row I tried to send for it and the site does not let me order, it says, "fatal exception" (ha!) and won't take my information. I sent Dr. Stanley my two books and autographed them, some photo because he likes to be a photographer as I do but he never acknowledged or sent a thanks to me. I told him I watch him and his son often and prayed for the ministry.

Well, I haven't had my coffee yet or posted elsewhere so you both get to know each other.


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So even though I am supposed to be retired I stay up all crazy hours and I am feeding the lousy woodburner all night to try to keep us warm in here. Have a good day. All four of you work!





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:morn: I'm Blessed with a beautiful 'Currier and Ives' picture out my windows.... It has been very -VERY COLD here. BIL had his knee surgery and is doing well. Surgery on the 30th and home today. God is good. Need to get moving, so ...................

Lord, :th: for your :wub: , your Grace, your Salvation.... :th: for hearing us when we :pray: and for answering those prayers. Give us what we need today, help us to... :wub: those that are unloveable, ... forgive those that have hurt us, ... help us those that have needs, ..... and Lord, Personally I am asking, help the :home: as we start this new challenge.....Help us NOT GIVE UP, Lord, we want to be healthy, we want to be a healthy weight. and we need Your Wisdom, Your Guidance, Your Encouragement, Your Support....and I know that comes from all us :home: , so please help us to stay faithful to Grace Today and to YOU.
:ghug: and :feed: -- His Word is... calorie, carbohydrate and fat free.......
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I can't agree with some of your prayer Angelic. He hits me in the breasts. What do I do, lift my shirt and say, look what he did? He spit on me too and told me to go in and tell my shrink that I am crazy. He calls me nasty and sick and tells me I don't know what I am talking about. Others agree with me that it is time to file for divorce. I have seen a lawyer. Three professionals want me in a women's shelter immediately. If you remember the last time I "disappeared' that is where I was and it didn't work out because they lost my meds. They wanted to give me a police escort home, and I refused because it is senseless.
Blowing snow and five inches. Although Dick was out there they wouldn't bring my packages in because the drive isn't cleared with the snow blower. and mail in again. I will not discuss it again with this team until he actually receives his papers.

Yes, I have humor from the Lord, but now I have a sense of taking back my temple at the risk of losing my earthly life. Just so these dogs won't be left to him.

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Week 1 Thursday:

Listening To God

"Read And Study My Word"

"People who only read my Word usually lose interest, but those who study my Word hunger more.".........
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Oh, editor, forgive me, please.....I wrote the prayer as a personal one for me. I probably should have deleted it after I wrote it out, since I actually prayed as I wrote it. I agree that No One should stay anywhere they feel unsafe You don't have to say anything, ever again, if you don't want to and yet ... I will be here to listen - and for support - if you ever want to.
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I took my measurements for the challenge and posted them in the appropriate place. They were unearthing as so much of my life is right now and again this evening. I thank you all for thinking of me.

Week 1 Thursday:

Listening To God

"Read And Study My Word"

"People who only read my Word usually lose interest, but those who study my Word hunger more.".........

Week 1 Friday:
Your Life

Listening To God

"Prayer Is An Awesome Privilege"

"When you talk with Me through prayer, you are talking with the Creator of the universe". ......







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It has worked it's way up to zero degrees. I only slept 25 minutes last night.
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Candy be careful. I am divorced from my ex-husband because he was abusive. I also council abused women as part of my job. Only you can make the decisions you must make. I can assure you it will not get any better. I prayed and prayed for years for God to help my X and heal our marriage. Nothing got better. I began to pray for a way out and the door opened and I had a way out in just a few days. I will be praying HARD for your safety.
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Thank you, Cindy. My first husband murdered someone. I took beatings and abuse from him and that was my way out. I don't know what it will be but I will not, go through this anymore at 65.

Mike--there is an important inbox message for you if you get on.

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Your heart should break for the lost, because the lost break my heart.
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ISP was down all day. I am back..................no one was here anyway,
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I'm here... just home from work and recovering... too tired to speak, lol, but I am okay. Please know I'm thinking of and praying for you, and all of our Gracetoday family. Gonna grab a cup of coffee and watch a movie to zone out for a change.
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I was up and out early and worked the club today....just got home, myself. I need to figure out what to eat for supper -- or do I go back up to the club for a bowl of chili ??? I'm actually to tired to move....

Was a quiet day at work...a grand total of 3 members in the 8 1/2 hr.s I was there....I think the weather is having it's toll on us... and it actually is warmer right now, at 7:30 pm, then the high has been for over a week... 29 degrees ABOVE 0...

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Thank you for prayers, and thinking of me Grace and our family of GT which I still don't have an admin panel for yet.

Our nightly fight was about communion and what is written in the Word about receiving it in a worthy manner and if anyone has ought against you that you should go to them and ask for forgiveness. He is thrilled about communion and takes it the once a month his church offers it. He replied to me, "You don't make sense." DUH--that would be the Bible, not me, and our so called churches that serve the Body and Blood of Christ with no regard to Jesus and what the Lord's Table means. I told him to take a course on it like I did multiple times and he told me I needed to take it and he doesn't have time. I hope as you are served Communion tomorrow you give respect to the Body and Blood of Christ. I will be back in a little while with our reading for Sunday.
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No Mike--no admin panel. Walk by faith thread is going again but no rewards" will be given seeing that I can't.
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The weekly winner can put this in their graphic.

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It is getting colder outside. Our school principal has alerted parents and reminding them to dress their children warm - especially if waiting for the busses. We don't have the blizzard warnings that some areas are having. I'm leaving our water run in a pencil
thin stream...

Make tomorrow a Marvelous Monday. :pray:

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12/30 205.4 starting
1/6 206.2 .08 GAIN for the week.

High today will be 14. It rained yesterday with a high of 34.
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No weight change this week.
Editor - I've responded to your inbox message.

Take care,

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Come on, Mike. Let's discuss what we can do to drop weight. My inbox has been deleted of all messages now so I will be writing good old Zeta Board again.
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Reporting in at 202 === a 12 lb loss! Eating lots of soup and salads this week.....and Lots of water and Juice (1/2 juice and 1/2 water - to cut the sugar, but don't notice a huge difference in taste-- later in the day, maybe, I'll drink the other 1/2)

Schools are closed today.....it is brutally cold today and tonight. Might not go out for coffee...but IF I do, the car stays running!! Got a meeting tonight, but am hoping they might cancel it. Not expecting much snow, just cold and wind.

Well, a sweatshirt, slacks, and a cup of hot water, hot tea, hot coffee (mine is actually more like 'warm'), or even hot chocolate, will keep me warm....oh, and moving around (does that mean cleaning house??? lol)

I think I will put on some Bill Gaither/Oak Ridge Boys/Gospel music while I clean today. His Words / His Love coming through the music will keep me warm.

Stay warm in what ever way you can. God loves you - and so do I!!!!
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TWELVE POUNDS!!!!! Angelic is totally serious and no doubt who the WINNER will be. Congratulations for leading us on the challenge, Angelic. I love that music too, Angelic. We can get them on TV occasionally.
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Mike has seen to it that I have admin powers back and I will write Zeta about transferring ownership to me because I buy the gracetoday name each year.
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IRONIA deleted her account. I guess she was tired of this foolishness. What a shame from a long standing member.
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Now Zeta Boards won't let me buy Premium email notifications because my PC "will not accept cookies."
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I am at 199.5 a slight gain. I'm not worried about it my weight has been varying a lot recently. It will be back down again.

4 degrees here. Going to -7 overnight. I do not look forward to the cold.
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Please see "I WILL NOT WEIGHT CHART". I have Cindy with a 2 pound gain. I am now able to put graphics in your signatures and have added Cindy's Champ graphic from BLESSED and the New Challenge, I WILL graphic. All should keep weight records in the signature in case I lose control of the BOARD again. We are waiting for Grace to weigh in. Angelic is this week's WINNER!
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0.4 lbs down :)
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