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My little Sahara that I adopted on New Year's Eve 2013.





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The Importance of Happiness

I'm Cindy and I live in Pfafftown, North Carolina. I'm very lucky because I married my best friend, Tommy, in 1995. Tommy was diagnosed with Pancreatic Cancer in 2009. He continued to live and enjoy his life while battling this horrible disease. After almost four years of survival, Tommy passed away from pneumonia and sepsis on July 19, 2013. Our sweet Doberman Thor (and Tommy's best buddy) was also diagnosed with cancer and after a two year battle, he passed away on December 21, 2013. I ...
I'm Cindy and I live in Pfafftown, North Carolina. I'm very lucky because I married my best friend, Tommy, in 1995. Tommy was diagnosed with Pancreatic Cancer in 2009. He continued to live and enjoy his life while battling this horrible disease. After almost four years of survival, Tommy passed away from pneumonia and sepsis on July 19, 2013. Our sweet Doberman Thor (and Tommy's best buddy) was also diagnosed with cancer and after a two year battle, he passed away on December 21, 2013. I can take some comfort in knowing those two best friends are together again.

Tommy's diagnosis changed everything in our lives and I almost completely quit exercising. I've paid the price for my lack of exercise by adding back some of the pounds and feeling unhealthy and tired. Now I'm ready to start working on getting my life back and spending more time enjoying the outdoor activities I love.

I'm taking things one day at a time. One of the most important lessons I learned from Tommy was to enjoy each and every day that we have here on this Earth because there is no guarantee for tomorrow. If he was able to be happy and enjoy life while he was fighting cancer, then there is no excuse for me to let some extra weight bring me down. So many of us think about how happy we'll be when we reach our goals, but we need to be happy today, while we're working toward those goals. So I will look for something to enjoy in every day, just as Tommy used to do.


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SWDESERTLOVER My appt to get my cast off today was cancelled. :-( My doctor's PA had a family emergency (hope everything is okay for her). New appt is tomorrow. :-)
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Member Since: 1/27/2008

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My Goals:
To get back to a healthy weight and make more time for hiking, backpacking and kayaking.

My Program:
I use my nutrition tracker faithfully and I now understand how much food I used to eat. I never realized how fast those calories add up until I started putting everything into the tracker. I'm also trying to drink more water and eat healthier foods and get some exercise each day. I plan on doing a lot more hiking on weekends.

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I love hiking and backpacking, kayaking, camping (really anything outdoors) and photography. I have two sons, two step-sons, four grandchildren and a my sweet Doberman, Thor!

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Although I live in North Carolina, I love the southwest better than any place else, especially the slot canyons in Utah. I also love photography and have loaded a lot pictures to my flickr page at the link below.
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LINDAKAY228
9/13/2014 12:10:35 PM

So glad your cast is coming off!!! Thank you so much for the awesome goodie and such sweet comments. Made me feel like crying because it was so sweet! Actually I had been thinking about it for a while, but got up this morning feeling so tired of feeling tired and struggling with some of this. But those feelings went away as I did my exercises. Some days I have my low points too. But overall I keep bouncing back. I look at what you've been through and think you have been through so much more than me. It's amazing how we look at each other and find strength is what we both have been through. I just can't imaging watching a loved one go through the cancer and then passing like you had to do. As well as other challenges you've been through. I've seen people give up over less. So we both inspire each other!



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HICKOK-HALEY
9/13/2014 11:42:49 AM

How is cutie Sahara doing? emoticon



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SUSANNAH31
9/7/2014 3:59:28 PM

Thinking of you and wishing you well. Hope you are continuing to heal at a good rate.



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SUSANSUSAN14
9/3/2014 11:49:27 PM

How are you? I just figured out I never added you as a friend. I'm so sorry. I hope all is good!! Things have been pretty good here!



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CYBERCITYSHELL
8/24/2014 11:57:46 PM

Thanks Cindy on your comment on my blog. You are right, we all have different experiences throughout life. And we take them experiences with us and they help make us the people that we are. Thankyou for the birthday comment, fifty is such a huge milestone for me. I am not sure if I'd like fifty more, but who knows people are living to be older. It depends at what expense, another thirty years would be great. But we take every day and make the most of it, because we really don't know how long we have. Which is why us Sparkies are on a mission to be as healthy as we can be. Thank you Cindy.
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