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Remember the Reason for the Season!

Saturday, December 22, 2012

So much to do and so little time to do it! Well, Christmas Day will come whether I am ready or not. So today I will do the best I can, finishing shopping, wrapping, food preparation and also the other chores that still need doing, cleaning, laundry, bill paying, etc. But what I must remember is that getting the 'perfect gift' for someone is not as important as sharing a hug with them on Christmas. Making the perfect dessert is far less important than just sitting and enjoying any dessert together. Making the house spotless is not as important as filling it with lots of family on Christmas Day. I vow to remember the reason for the season and fill my day with joy, peace and gratitude and reflecting on all the wonderful blessings in my life!

Wishing all a joyous holiday season!

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CLAIREINPARIS 12/23/2012 12:07PM

    Have a beautiful Christmas with your family! Enjoy every minute of it!

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    Thanks I will have to remember those words.

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NEVERORNOW 12/22/2012 3:33PM

    emoticon Merry Christmas!! emoticon

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NORASPAT 12/22/2012 8:47AM

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Earn additional Spark Points!

Friday, November 23, 2012

Just noticed this morning the new entry under "One Time Challenges" on the home page. It is called "tell us a little more about yourself". It doesn't take very long to complete. For doing so you can earn 250 Spark Points! Not bad I might add! Give it a go....nothing to lose!
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NORASPAT 11/26/2012 8:45PM

    Thanks for the tip, I too will check it out, Pat in Maine. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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RONALANA 11/26/2012 11:44AM

    I will look for it! Sounds like an easy 250 points! Thanks, Claire! emoticon

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MILLISMA 11/25/2012 9:35PM

    Will have to check it out!!! emoticon

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CLAIREINPARIS 11/25/2012 4:51AM

    Just did it! Thank you for telling us about it - an easy way to earn Sparkpoints! :)

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ROXYZMOM 11/24/2012 3:37PM

    Thanks for the tip!

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1BEACHWALKER 11/23/2012 10:14PM

    emoticon Sounds interesting, now I will have to find it.

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LINOVER 11/23/2012 9:35PM

    Thanks! I too will check this out!

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BUSYGRANNY5 11/23/2012 9:29PM

    I will check this out!!!!!

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TRYINGTOLOSE64 11/23/2012 9:28PM

    Will have to check that out!!

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Trip to DC

Friday, November 02, 2012

My husband and I are flying to DC in the morning to visit my son and his fiancÚ. I am really looking forward to it. But right now I need to pack and am avoiding the task;why is that?
We will only be there until Monday morning. Early flight back. Have a conference to go to all day. So, do not need much but I guess I get hung up on weather and making sure I have everything I need. Just got to do it, get to bed and be up very early to make our flight.
Will take my iPad and hope to log on and stay connected to SP! Haven't missed a day yet!

To all, hope you have a great weekend!

~ Claire

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1BEACHWALKER 11/18/2012 12:59AM

    Glad you had a nice trip Claire. That is one place I have never been to. Maybe one day!
Keep sparking! Good for you that you haven't missed a day. I have over a 2 year perfect attendance streak of logging in and spinning the wheel! I have tracked my food and exercise everyday too! The key is perseverence-one day at time! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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BEWELL48 11/16/2012 5:59PM

    We had a terrific time in DC! The weather was perfect. Saw the play ' War Horse' at the Kennedy Center for Performing Arts on Sat. night. Sunday did some sightseeing: Lincoln's Cottage, Catholic Basilica and a couple of other points of interest. Wrapped up with a delicious dinner at Filomena's restaurant at night.
Then back to reality....oh well! Life can't be all fun! The work balances it out I guess! emoticon

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REJOHNSON3 11/16/2012 6:41AM

    Claire, it has been two weeks since you travelled to Washington, DC. We hope it went well and the weather cooperated to make it even more special. Congratulations on your consistency with SparkPeople and hope the rewards are in keeping with a more healthy lifestyle. Thank you for thinking of me and good healthy wishes to you at this Thanksgiving time of year!

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SPARKFRAN514 11/3/2012 11:17PM

    have a safe trip and enjoy the visit

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RONALANA 11/3/2012 11:17AM

    emoticon Claire, I hope you have a wonderful weekend in DC. I guess things there are pretty much back to normal? One of our friends that lives there had water in her house. I hope all was well with your son! I would say enjoy the conference...sometimes that's possible, right?

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What Constitutes a Wonderful Day?

Sunday, October 14, 2012

First off I woke up to kisses from my two grandchildren. (They are with us every other weekend). Then my husband and I drove to downtown Boston to see The Dalai Lama at the Copley Marriott. (He had purchased the tickets for my birthday). First we were treated to about a half hour of songs from James Taylor. "You Can Close Your Eyes" and "You've Got a Friend " were two of the ones he sang.

"Hey ain't it good to know that you've got a friend?
People can be so cold. They'll hurt you and desert you.
Well, they'll take your soul if you let them, oh yeah, but don't you let them."
(Great little mantra for SP I was thinking!)
Then the Dalai Lama came on stage with a standing ovation!
Topic of the day: "Beyond Religion, Ethics, Values and Well Being."
Very dynamic speaker. Emphasizes compassion, holistic thinking, embodying the mind and the heart. How we are all connected. With more compassion, there would be less world turmoil. This is the second time I have heard him speak and first for my husband. We were certainly awed by his presence and truly inspired by his words.

Then off to an art store so I could buy some supplies.
Lastly, dinner at a favorite restaurant. Now home to enjoy the rest of the evening.
That is what constitutes a wonderful day!
To all, hope your day was wonderful too!

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-BENI- 10/21/2012 8:05PM

    How nice!! Sounds like it was truly a good day!

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HAGIN2010 10/17/2012 3:52PM

    What a great and wonderful day. So glad you had such a good time.

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REBECCAMA 10/17/2012 8:43AM

  I've seen James Taylor in concert, but never seen the Dalai Lama in person. Good for you. Glad you had such a wonderful experience. Probably a lot more memorable than meeting "Thomas the Train" and "Sir Topam Hatt" which is what I was up to. :-)

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SUPERACHIEVER 10/16/2012 3:08PM

    What a great event you went to and you got to see James Taylor, you lucky dog! I would definitely have walked away with upbeat, positive feelings from an event like that.

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SPARKFRAN514 10/16/2012 11:22AM

    I agree with you sounds a fun day and good memories as well emoticon

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CATLADYX8 10/15/2012 10:52AM

    I heard on the news about the Dalai Lama. It does sound like a wonderful day. I would have loved to see him in person. I am originally from New England...Connecticut. I miss the fall there.

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ROXYZMOM 10/14/2012 10:21PM

    Wow! That does sounding a wonderful day! Too cool!!

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SUNSHINE99999 10/14/2012 7:42PM

  Wonderful indeed. I hope you have a great week. My wife and I visited the New England area a couple of years ago (25 anniversary) for the first time and had a great time. We walked the freedom trail, rode the subway, and all that tourist stuff. emoticon

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Learn to labor and to wait!

Saturday, September 15, 2012

Let us, then, be up and doing
With a heart for any fate;
Still achieving, still pursuing,
Learn to labor and to wait.
~ Henry Wardsworth Longfellow

Disappointed that the scale did not show a weight loss today but must be patient. My food choices have been relatively good! Interesting though, I am not getting in my 8 glasses of water a day and my exercising has been lacking. At work there is a water cooler just steps from my office so there are no excuses there. Just get too busy and time gets away. I will commit to a streak of days getting in the water I need. When I had the time off this summer I was in a great routine of walking, some weights and some resistance bands but back in the full time schedule has hindered my progress. Need to make it a priority. With these two commitments I am certain I will see some progress on tha scale come 10/1/12!

Thanks to all for your motivation, humor, honesty and inspiration on SP pages!
~ Claire

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CAPECODDOGFISH 10/14/2012 7:22PM

    Know you can do it. Remember, you are #1 emoticon

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CLAIREINPARIS 9/24/2012 2:26AM

    Your commitments sound good! Yes, water is important. Although I used to drink lots before I joined SP, I drink much more water now!
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REJOHNSON3 9/23/2012 7:33AM

    Congratulatiions to you, Claire, "BEWELL48", for your consistency and don't give up trying either. Don't forget the water. Don't forget the water

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RONALANA 9/22/2012 9:16PM

    Thanks for the Spark Goodie! I struggle with getting enough water as well. I know how hard it is to remember to drink it when you are so busy during work hours! The easiest for me is to keep a water bottle handy - but even so sometimes I don't remember. But we can keep working toward it, right? Have a great Sunday!

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PRAIRIECROCUS 9/16/2012 1:42AM

    All the best, on your SparkPeople journey !

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SANDYW1945 9/15/2012 6:09PM

    Dear Claire, First let me say Welcome to SP. Sorry I missed welcoming you back when you first came in.

Working 40 hours a week will put a damper on your health routine. By the time you get home, I bet you are so tired that exercise is difficult. I know...been there.




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CAT609 9/15/2012 12:48PM

    Keep on keeping on! Great quote from Longfellow!

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SHELLB7 9/15/2012 12:26PM

    Love, love, love the Longfellow quote!! I may have to add it to my page just to keep it in mind. Thank you for sharing that!

As for the water, how about tea? I was never a tea drinker, and then I discovered the correct way to prepare green tea and realized there's so many different kinds out there. I never though I'd like something like hibiscus tea until I actually tried it. So tasty and, at least from what I've hear, good for you, too.

If you're looking at plain water, buy yourself a cute water bottle or cup, something that just looking at it make you smile. That way you'll notice it more and, hopefully, drink a little more. Seriously, it sounds superficial, but sometimes I'll buy Eternal water from Whole Foods, just because I love the bottle. Then you can refill that bottle, too. Whatever works, right?

Have a great weekend!!

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