Friday, December 17, 2010
Well...December is upon us and it is most definately the month where gift giving is on everyones minds. We all ponder what we will give and how much we will spend and just how far the dollar will stretch. But in thinking about it, I think the best gifts are the ones that are free. They aren't necessarily "Items" that have been purchased and placed in pretty packaging, but are the "Things or Actions" that we do for others.
Instead of giving someone an item that will probably end up gathering dust after a few weeks, why not package a pretty little box with a promise or good deed.
Maybe offer to help someone close to you with a day of house cleaning, babysitting or gardening. Or you could render services that you specialize in. Maybe help chop wood, clean out a barn or help paint a house later in the Spring. It could even be something like a day of just being with someone to do whatever it is that they would like to do...like just hanging out and visiting.
In our busy, busy world, time together is one of the greatest gifts to give and believe me...it is something that will be appreciated in such a big way and will always be remembered. The best thing too is that all it costs is a little bit of time...and it's free.
So...If you haven't had time to get all your shopping done, why not consider placing a little "Time" in a box, and gifting it to those you really care for.
Sunday, November 14, 2010
Well...It's been about a month since I wrote a blog, so I thought I would give a quick shout out.
This past month has been a good month in many ways. I reached a 10lb goal, and even though it has taken awhile, it's still in the right direction.
Now I'm looking forward to picking up the pace a little and in my heart, I know it's going to happen. Sometimes we kind of go into a stall...but that's ok too, as long as we know what our objective is and keep working towards it.
It's kind of like climbing a mountain. Just because you slip a little, or don't climb it quite as fast as you thought you would, doesn't mean you should just throw in the towel and give up.
That just doesn't fit in my vocabulary.
Now...As for the "Happy Anniversary". It's not because of how long I have been with Spark, but because today is my husbands and mine, anniversary.
23 years to be exact. Do I weigh what I did 23 years ago? I think we all know the answer to that one. ha ha....and ha ha again.
But....I am shooting for it. It's not an insane goal either. It's just one that I would like to achieve again, because I know how good it felt.
I'm also celebrating because I have my health and because I still have a wonderful loving, understanding and patient husband. We continue to face challenges each and every day, but I wouldn't want to face them with anyone else.
So today I give a shout out to let everyone know how happy and lucky I am!
Keep Sparking Everyone! It's a wonderful journey when you hang in there!
Monday, October 04, 2010
Last Friday, my husband had a doctors appt with our family doctor. I went in with him as she was going to discuss my husbands lab work from earlier in the week.
When she entered the room, (she has also been my doctor too for about the past 10 years or so), she looked at me and said, "Have you lost weight?" "What are you doing?"
Wow! She noticed since my last visit and it sure felt good! I let her know that I've been watching my calorie intake, exercising more..getting active and walking...and cutting back on processed foods...you know...cookies, chips, fast food, etc.
She was so happy to see the changes. Then when she went over my husbands lab work and the results were the best they have ever been. His blood sugar has gone back into the normal range and is no longer borderline high. His blood pressure is the best it's ever been and that's without medication. The only thing was that she informed him of was that she really wanted him to work on losing weight too, which he has...although perhaps my dear hubby hasn't been quite as careful watching what he eats, but he is making some improvements and I'm still working on him.
So all in all...It was a great visit and really boosted my self esteem! Ahhhh...There is hope!
Friday, October 01, 2010
Last night, my husband and I went out to dinner and while enjoying our meal, I suggested that perhaps we should go for a walk afterwards. We were on the coast and there was a State Park only blocks from the restaurant.
Well...hubby agreed and after dinner, we went to the park. This park is one that my folks would take us to when we were kids. We had a small motor home and we would camp out for the weekend and my dad and I would go down to the jetty with all our fishing gear while my sisters played on the beach and my mom would do her knitting and fix lunches, etc.
Those were very happy days and I will always remember them.
The thing is though, that I have not been down on that beach probably for about 20 years.
Why? Well...Getting to the beach can be a challenge if you are not in the best of shape or if you are lazy. The park is up on a bluff and you need to take stairs down to the beach....a lot of stairs. Then there is always the climb back up. Ummmm.
Now...I was game for giving it a try. My husband was game too, but I know that he is in worse shape than I am. He is sitting at 273 lbs and so there was some concern. I told him that we could go down half way and if he didn't think he could make it, we could turn around. He still wanted to try and did struggle some with the stairs as it was hard on his knees, but he hung onto me and we took our time and I am proud to say that we both made it. We then had to climb over some dunes and then we finally reached the good part of the beach.
I was so proud of my husband for making the effort and was so glad that I did too and to show my happiness, I wrote "Spark" in the sand. Not my husbands name or my name or "I love you" ...but "Spark". ha ha.
I told my husband that it had probably been 20 years since I stood on this beach, just because I didn't want to take the stairs. Well...Those stairs wont hold us back anymore...Thanks to Spark!
Spark is the reason I braved those stairs with my husband and I wont ever forget that!
We enjoyed our walk on the beach and then headed back...for the stairs.
Now going down the stairs is one thing. Going up is another. But you know what? We did it!
(Did we have a choice? Not really. Our car was waiting up on the bluff. ha ha)
We took the stairs in sections...and counted them on our way back up. There were 75 steps with a smooth paved incline about every 25 steps or so. When we reached the top, we made it just in time to sit on a bench and watch the sun set.
I was so happy and so proud of my husband! Thank you Spark for bringing that wonderful feeling back into our lives! I have missed it and wont ever let it go again!
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