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Balance Challenge

Monday, December 12, 2011

Balance is what makes us healthy. Spark teaches us to gain balance in our lives. I have played with that balance every time I take a bite. But now I am aware of where I need to tip the scales where, before I just blindly ate, not caring about that balance. It always hung out in the back of my mind, but I never had the tools to know how to handle what I did not know.

I have had a hard time getting enough iron in my diet my entire life. Every time I have blood work done I come up short, that is, until I started taking a supplement. I am very low every time I track my food. I need some creative ways to get more iron rich foods in my diet. I will not eat liver, so don't even go there with me. I am sure my mom created this lack by the foods she served that I got used to eating. I am not blaming her, just stating a fact. I do not seem to crave iron rich foods no matter how much my body needs it. Does anyone have some good ideas of foods I might like that could boost my iron intake?
When I came to Spark I found that I had a hard time also getting enough protein in my diet. That really surprised me because I love protein. I have learned, when I track my food, to eat my protein rich foods first. That way I am less likely to go overboard in other areas before I have depleted my calories.
I knew that I did not get enough vegetables and that was one of my first goals here at Spark. I realized early on just how easy it was to change my thinking there. I still have to watch it because my natural tendencies are to avoid them. I must make a conscious effort to include them. I find that they really do fill me up and it is easy to eat a bunch of them because the calorie intake is so low on them. I can always throw in one more when I am lacking in carbs.
So one thing that Spark has taught me is balance. I have been able to see at a glance how consistent I was in going over my fats. Now it is once a week. I could see in my nutrition feedback just where it was that I was lacking. Being able to see it, I knew where I needed to work.The tools I have found here have made me healthier. I still have some work to do. I still face challenges as you see, but am making progress. I would love some input on my iron crisis. Happy Sparking everyone.

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UMBILICAL 12/12/2011 11:40AM

  Tracking is very revealing. Keep up the good awareness.

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Prayer for Family Please

Friday, December 09, 2011

My brother has Shingles. I guess he is in terrible pain and they go all over the place. He sleeps on a recliner in the bedroom. It sure stinks getting older. Mom had a very light case and no further issues. I do hope and pray that he heals quickly and completely. Any prayers for him would be greatly appreciated.
My son took his GRE about a month ago. Evidently he did really, really well because he has letters and e-mails from all across the country begging him to consider grad school with them. Now he has to wade through it all and make a decision. He has a fall back plan with tuition paid for and a stipend in San Antonio if he needs one. This is so exciting and overwhelming both. Don't know how to tell him to begin to sort through it all. Glad he is getting some notice. His alma mater treats him like poop. He has really struggled to find a job. Maybe this will open things up for him an a few years. Maybe by then the job market will look better too.
So prayers appreciated all the way around. Thank you friends.

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3CATSLEP 12/11/2011 3:04PM

    I will pray for your family in Jesus' name! I thank you so much for praying for my mom. She wanted to go home to God all week, and on Friday I baptized her. It was so beautiful to see such peace come over her. She is doing better now, but we will probably have to make a choice on the Rehab Center and Nursing Home. Please keep her in your prayers :)

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JLVS2BAKE 12/9/2011 3:15PM

  I agree with my fellow friends and pray for this family for healing and for a good job. Your word says you are both our healer and our provider so we come to you and ask for these in Your name, amen. Julie

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GRACENFAITH 12/9/2011 2:33PM

    Lord, all the glory is yours alone. I come to you for CINDYHOUGHTON and her family. I ask that you would place your healing hands on her brother and comfort with his Shingles. We give you praise for allowing her mom to already be healed and to have only a mild case. I, also, ask that you light up the right path for her son to take for school and work, help me see your will for him so clearly that around him sees your glory working in and through him. Please be with her to stay strong for her family. Thank you in advance for amazing things you have for this family as individuals and as a whole. In Jesus' name...Amen
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JPAMPY 12/9/2011 10:56AM

    I will be praying for your family. Jesus is our Comforter and Healer!! God's blessings to you!

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WINDY_LEE 12/9/2011 10:53AM

    Praying for You all ... God Bless you

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Door Locks and Batteries

Thursday, December 08, 2011

My car battery needs changed. It has been refusing to start in the ridiculously cold weather we have been having. It's old enough that there really isn't enough juice left to get it going in the morning. Boy, it sounds like me! The funny thing is that my back door locks sometimes and then has, for some time now, refused to unlock no matter how many times you punch it. Boy, again it sounds like me! Lately though, it has been unlocking every time. Maybe she has been trying to tell me she hasn't felt well for some time and I just haven't been listening. So hubby spent $100 to get a new battery yesterday and I have no idea how long it is going to take to get it in. His schedule is crazy. I do not want to have to drive Old Yeller because he doesn't have my most wonderful heated seats, and at midnight, when I get off work, it is so very cold. I just wish I knew what my car would require of me to continue working. Maybe I need to give her a bath, inside and out. She's looking a little worse for the wear lately. Doubt I could get the water to move through the hose this morning though and not really at the top of my Christmas wish list. Well, however it works out, I just hope I have a car that will start at midnight. I'm sure my husband does too. Now if we can just get these vehicles to line up with our line of thought!

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Is He or Isn't He?

Wednesday, December 07, 2011

With God all things are possible. We all know that, but we do not live like we know that. That to me, says we do not know it. We give it lip service, that we know it, but if we truly and experientially knew it, it would change how we live. We go through our day and five minutes after we pray, life is great. Then we go to work. That jerk cuts us off and there is a traffic jam three miles long. Then our boss chews us out when we get there and our attitude goes south in a hurry. Before we know it, we have had a terrible day and cannot wait to get home. We have an ache and wonder if we are getting arthritis in that hand that keeps bothering us. Then we go to the internet to check out arthritis and say , yep that's what we have. We schedule an appointment with the doctor to have it checked out and she agrees with our diagnosis. Then we settle in to deal with it. What happened to your faith? As long as we keep our focus on Jesus and the Word, we know that God can do anything, including keeping us healthy. But at the first sign that something isn't right we get in agreement with that and set God on the sidelines. Either God is true and everyman a liar or He isn't. Either he is more than able to keep that which concerns us, or He isn't. We need to hide the Word in our hearts and meditate on it day and night. There are treasures just waiting to be discovered and the casual seeker will not find them. His words are life to those who find them and the one who loves Him and seeks Him will find Him. He daily loads us with benefits. It is not His fault if we ignore them. He has set before us a path of peace, health and sucess. But we opt for the ways of death, destruction and emptiness. Choose this day who you will serve and set your mind accordingly.


Give a Smile for Christmas

Tuesday, December 06, 2011

It has become a reason to smile for me to do the bunny hop with the girls at our facility at night. They put on a music CD for the kids and no one knew how to do it. OK, all you had to do was listen to the words and do it, but they were clueless. I got and said, "Here, listen to the words and do as they say." I made big deal of it because I wanted them up having fun with their kids. Right, right, left, left, up, back, hop, hop, hop! So now every time it comes on, no matter where I am, I place my hands on my hips, a smile on my lips and go through the motions. Every head turns to me to see if I am doing it. Finally, one of the other girls got up and did it, after a week of this mind you, and I grabbed her waist and we did it together. Everyone was laughing. It wasn't long and the other girl was struggling to get her breath and commented on how I was in so much better shape than she was. She is half my age, so this was a big thing to both of us. Wow was I excited because I didn't even break a sweat or breathe hard at all. Woohoo Leslie Sansone!!! Talk about a boost and a realization how far I have come! But there is another point in this. It takes only a little bit to get someone else to smile, so what if you have to hop around to do it. Another person is just waiting for a reason to smile and it could be you who delivers it. I look for reasons to make these girls smile. They have had so little to smile about for a long time now, it is the least I can do. I try to give them all a smile before I leave work on my shift. Sometimes all I have to do is enter the building. So, even if you don't have any money, you can give one of the greatest of gifts this holiday season. Tell the guy at Walmart who is sweeping the floor that you appreciate him making the store safe for you to shop in. Look for those who are most often ignored or overlooked and tell them they make a difference. It really isn't all that hard and it will make both of your days. Hehehehe!

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BOBBIENORTHERN1 12/6/2011 10:07AM

  Yes, spreading love, smiling, caring and a warm heart makes all the difference in living this life.

Making others laugh and smile is sure worth it isn't?

Yes and amen
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