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Happy St. Patrick's Day ~ Information & Truth.

Monday, March 17, 2014

I hope everyone is having an amazing start to their week. I am enjoying another snow day at home. emoticon

I ran across this article on the Huffington Post titled "Everything You know About St. Patrick's Day is Wrong"...

I was slightly shocked by some of the facts. If you're interested give the link a click. emoticon

Have an amazing Monday & a wonderful rest of the week spark loves!


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STAY39 3/20/2014 11:23AM

    That is interesting! Looks like I'm living in a very irish area of the country. Thanks for sharing!

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DEBADEAU 3/17/2014 8:03PM

    AHHH!!!! When will this snowpocalypse end?! Happy St. Patties Day, Irish it were spring already!

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Many thanks & getting on track.

Saturday, March 08, 2014

First & foremost I hope everyone is having an amazing start to their New Year and I thank those who have reached out to me via email or lovely spark goodies/wall posts with love and helloísÖ I appreciate it dearly & thank you sincerely!

Between school and work I havenít had the time to post any blogs or really get into ďthe sparkĒ like I use to. I have also been on and off (more off than on) of my healthy journey since the beginning of this year but all of that will change NOW. I have taken the time to plan ahead by scheduling work out times, meal ideas for the week and buying enough healthy yum-ness for about two weeks or more. All this means NO MORE EXCUSES!

I started the year 347 lbs and I weighed in the first of this month at 344lbs. Iím pretty sure that the three pounds was water weight but itís a lost and Iím taking it with a smile. LOL.

My ultimate goal for the year of 2014 is to lose 50 pounds. My monthly goals will consist of working out every day for at least thirty minutes, eating three healthy meals a day and two snacks, consuming 8 glasses of water, starting and ending my day with positive thoughts and reflection, daily prayer and devotional readings and to simply smile through each negative/tough situation I encounter.

I was reminded in these past months that we truly control our happiness. We have the control to make a bad situation better or worse. Itís natural to go with the current flow of whatís going on, start bad/end bad Ė start good/end good, but if we truly want change in our lives we need to claim that power within us to be able to change us. We cannot always change whatís happening in our lives (job loss, death of a loved one, financial troubles, etc.) but we can change how we deal with it. Tap into that power within and make the best out of every situation.

Spark ON!


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PIMPINELLAN50 3/13/2014 1:13AM

    Wonderful blog and your positive attitude is fantastic too! emoticon emoticon
Wishing you continued succsess !

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STAY39 3/12/2014 12:40AM

    Great blog! Great message! I totally agree! Positivity is the way to go! I wish you well on your journey with meeting your goals. Please keep us updated! emoticon

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DEBADEAU 3/8/2014 7:55PM

    emoticon we really do control our happiness, I sincerely believe that! Great goals, you can do it!!

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SWEETNEEY 3/8/2014 2:07PM


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I'm late but... Happy New Year!

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

It really is the 22nd of January but Ö.


(Better late than never, lol ::shrugs:: )

So my goal was not met of losing at least the seven pounds for the New Year but I am not stressing it or worrying about it. I walked into this New Year confident and am more determined than ever. Due to LIFE (work, school, volunteering, etc.) I havenít really sat down and devised a new plan for this year (well at least for this month) but since MLK and all the snow days off ::snow dance:: I am taking the time and planning things out now. I learned a lot from my mistakes and failures last year when it comes to this whole journey. I was focused more on the number on the scale than anything else. At the end of the day that is the ultimate goal but we can quickly lose sight on the bigger picture ~ ultimate health! So my vision is more clearer thanks to God placing all the right tools in my path like this site. This year will be different, it will be better!

My advice to any spark love that is just staring, starting over or embarking on another chapter of their journey is to never focus on the setbacks, failures and mistakes of the past. Instead learn from them. Reflect on what happened then and dig deeper into it not to cause pain or to bring negativity on your process but to learn something deeper about self. For example I learned that part of my problem with over eating was that Iíd eat when I was bored, didnít want to start a new task (homework assignment, cleaning, working out, etc.) and when I was angry or sad. It took me going backwards and just reflecting on the "why" to see "how" I could change things. That takes patience and a lot of it. Please know that this is a process, Rome wasnít built in a day and we didnít gain weight within one either. Donít beat yourself up if you have a mishap or slip up. Allow it to happen without stress or frustration and remind yourself of your goal afterwards in a positive manner. Log on to your spark page and read through your profile when you first set it up. Remind yourself of your goals on that first day here and go from there. The biggest and most important thing to do from start to finish is to LOVE YOURSELF. Losing weight isnít going to automatically make self love appear, that has to happen first. Look at yourself in the mirror and stare into the eyes of the person looking back at you. Do this until you crack a smile and as you keep your eyes set on self say out loud ďI love youĒ. Repeat this every day, multiple times a day if needed. Learning to love yourself before will make this process on your journey that much better!

Spark ON loves!


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MSMAKEOVER 1/22/2014 10:47AM

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Happy New Year....wishing you the best. emoticon

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SWEETNEEY 1/22/2014 10:12AM

    Hey Happy New Year now and every day of every year.

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Merry Christmas!

Wednesday, December 25, 2013

I hope and pray that each and every one of you spark loves is having a beautiful day today with family and friends! Remember the true reason for the season and focus not on the material but on love and faith.

If you had an extra plate (or three) today during the OH SO yummy holiday feasting do NOT beat yourself up about it. I promise there is a ďresetĒ button that can be pressed, pushed, stomped on tomorrow!



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STAY39 12/26/2013 11:51AM

    Same to you! emoticon emoticon

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ELRIDDICK 12/25/2013 5:55PM

  Thanks for sharing

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DMEYER4 12/25/2013 5:49PM

  Happy Holidays . I was careful. Do not need to rewind or delete. have a great day

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CAROL494 12/25/2013 5:48PM

  Merry Christmas! emoticon

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WALLINMW 12/25/2013 5:46PM

  Stay motivated!

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Failed Goal.

Sunday, December 08, 2013

So currently Iím 347 pounds.

My goal was to hit the 300 pound marker by January 1st.

Itís December 7th.


Itís been a rough year both emotionally, physically and mentally but I have to find a way to get back on track and re-structure my plan for where I currently stand. So far Iím aiming at losing the 7 lbs this month. That sounds reasonable and doable.

*fingers crossed*

The new job is alright, nothing major going on there. Itís part time and I am steady thanking God for this one while I look for a full time one. So far nothing has come up but I will continue to search, apply and pray.

*prayers uplifted*

My life has become nothing but work and library (school), library and work. I donít know anyone in this area and Iím not sure how to go about meeting new people. Iím use to being in pretty much the same area or in a neighboring county/town so meeting people was a piece of cake because I either went to school with them or their folks or one of my relatives did. Iím sort of isolated from everyone and even though at times I donít mind it I want to find a way to be social again.

Iím going to work more on re-vamping my healthy journeyís goals for the New Year and being thankful for being almost 40lbs down (currently 35lbs).

~Spark ON!

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    I see nothing in your post that you failed a goal. You may not have met a goal, in the time period that you had set but, your continuing to try and reach that goal, so in my book that's not a failure. emoticon emoticon In fact, if you've lost 35# already that's freakin' awesome.

As for meeting people, try volunteering, maybe start a book club (as one poster mentioned already) or start a bible study group at your church. Go to inexpensive community plays or musicals. Do things that you enjoy and you'll soon be surrounded by people that bring a positive light to your life.

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WHOLENEWME79 12/8/2013 3:01PM

    It is frustrating when you don't meet a goal you set for yourself, but you know you had a rough year and dealing with stress and emotional ups and downs can make it difficult to stay on track because you spend so much time focusing on the issues that lay before you.

You only fail when you give up. You have not failed because you have not given up! Reassess your goals and move forward. Good luck!

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    Happy to hear even though you didn't meet your goal, you aren't giving up, that right there shows the fighter in you. I agree that 7lbs this month is doable, I am aiming to lose 7-10 so I would be happy to throw my hat in the ring and support you on reaching your goal. Cheers to you! emoticon emoticon

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HULDEVON 12/8/2013 1:53PM

    That is great that you are still keeping a goal and not just giving in. As for meeting people, activities is the best way to do that. Go to things you might enjoy. You mention the library, try a book club. Good luck, hope you knock off the seven this month.

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