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We Wish You a Happy Birthday!

Thursday, September 11, 2014

It's your birthday, CJ!

Celebrating YOU is such a treat!



We couldn’t wait to wish you a happy birthday!
We hope your Spark Friends will do the same!
Many Happy Returns!
Signed,
You-Know-Who & Me-Too!


  
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I'm Celebrating 4 Years with Spark!

Thursday, May 22, 2014



Four years ago, I stumbled onto SparkPeople.com and discovered a host of tools to help me become healthier and increase my fitness. New friends shared their stories with me and encouraged me along the way. Spark Trackers helped me set and record my goals. I wanted to build new habits so I decided that my basic strategy would be to focus on small daily steps. I’ve found that there is something about writing it down that helps me follow my plan.

I prefer to celebrate each day – especially the days that I do what I say I will do. I don’t want to have to wait to encourage myself until the numbers on the tape measure or the scale fit a pre-determined level. I want to enjoy the entire journey.



I have definitely worked the program one day and one step at a time. However, my progress has not been straight ahead with no setbacks. Lots of people believe that growth should look like this:



I’m glad they labeled this chart “Not Typical” --
Because MY progress looks a lot more like this:



Lots of turnings along the road, sometimes getting it wrong, several "out-of-left-field" setbacks and many discouragements.

One thing has become apparent during these 4 years of ups and downs --


I looked up what the word “persistence” actually means. Here’s how Mirriam-Webster defines it:
“the quality that allows someone to continue doing something
or trying to do something
even though it is difficult or opposed by other people”.

I find that incredibly encouraging because I am definitely want to keep on keeping on.

I am reminded of the ocean. Someone once said, “The power of the ocean is not in the waves, but in its persistence.”



I'm learning persistence. I'm not perfect, but what I am doing is better than what I used to do. It’s better than dieting for a quick fix or punishing my body with exercise that is contrary to my limitations. I'm asking for help and encouragement from Spark Friends who understand.

Building (and persisting in) healthy habits is worth doing because I am worthy of being the best I am able to be.








  
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TRAVELGRRL 6/8/2014 8:03PM

    great blog! 4 years and going strong. Love it!!

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DBELLE39 5/27/2014 7:57AM

    Congrats on the 4 year sparkaversary! Look forward to celebrating many more with you!

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JILL313 5/23/2014 1:00AM

    emoticon CJ, I feel like you and being active on SP has enriched my life in so many great ways. . .I've lost a significant amount of weight but wish I could make a good dent on the 50-65 more pounds I want/need to lose. I've also been persistent and hope we'll both move forward on our awesome Journey to WL & better health. I honestly love my Spark time. It's wonderful having you on SP as I remember when you first joined a few months after I did--and you are an inspiration to me. You're an awesome Lady and I'm glad we're friends. Let's both Keep Sparking forever my friend! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

Hugs & Love,

Jill

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BARBIE176 5/22/2014 11:54PM

    Happy Spark-A-Versary! I loved your blog and, as usual, the pictures really added to it. Persistence and not Perfection is a hard lesson for us to learn, but you are doing emoticon My journey is definitely the circular one too! emoticon emoticon

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AMYBELLES 5/22/2014 10:23PM

    Happy emoticon!!!! Loved, loved, loved your blog and the pictures you added to it made it all the more special! Persistence is definitely the key to having success and I totally agree with you about celebrating each day, not just waiting for a certain number on the scale or tape measure. Enjoying the journey and being present and grateful for things each day is what life should be about! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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CATHYGETSFIT 5/22/2014 8:37PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon on your emoticon I'm glad you are learning persistence. Nobody is perfect and it's unrealistic to expect to be perfect. You're spark friends are always here for you and are willing to help in any way we can. emoticon Glad our paths crossed here on SP! May we spend many more years together here on SP helping each other and enjoying each other's friendship!!

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STEPBYSTEP1955 5/22/2014 8:33PM

    emoticon CJ on your 4 years Sparkaversary. This is an awesome and very inspirational blog!

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SURENDERISNOTME 5/22/2014 7:49PM

    CJ, emoticon ! I celebrated my 5th Spark Annivesary while in the hospital in March. I also find the tools on this site very helpful on my journey.

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GLORYB2014 5/22/2014 7:32PM

    Congrats on the 4 years, that's awesome!
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IOWAGRAMMA 5/22/2014 4:16PM

    Awesome! Congrats for your 4years with SP and for being PERSISTENT!!! Hugs, Jeannie

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LADYVOLSFAN1954 5/22/2014 1:45PM

    emoticon emoticon We've learned a lot through our journeys. We've all had ups and downs but with persistence we can achieve our goals. I think my actual journey is even screwier than the chart you had (lol). emoticon

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TUBLADY 5/22/2014 10:56AM

    Congratulations on your staying the course, no matter how many stops or detours along the way.
Change takes time, one step or one move in the right direction at a time.
Continue on your way, enjoy your life.
Stay positive and be strong.
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BIGPAWSUP 5/22/2014 10:16AM

    You are awesome. Keep inspiring.

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    Great blog, and many Congratulations on hitting that milestone!
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Summer Plans

Sunday, May 18, 2014



I’ve been trying to write a blog about my summer plans. I started making a list. You know the kind of thing: types of exercise I will do and new recipes to try. (I know better than to set a specific weight-loss goal. I know the direction I want my weight to go = DOWN. But just how many pounds and exact dates is a bit too discouraging. I want to celebrate what actually happens and not over- estimate the possibilities.) Instead, I added books I want to read, places I want to hike and on and on . . .
I kept looking at the list trying to figure out how to fit all this “stuff” into just one blog. And I began to realize that one activity was drifting its way up to the number one spot.



This comes as little surprise to those of you who have noted my username, CJWordplay. I really enjoy writing – which leaves me with a nagging question – what’s keeping me from doing it?



Here is a “short” list of my excuses:
I don't have time,
I ran out of ideas,
The point on my pencil broke,
I can't find a piece of paper,
I broke a fingernail,
My hair is too curly!



So – No more excuses.
I have decided.
This summer –

No THIS summer

I

Will

Write

Something

Each day.


(Snoopy writes: "It was a bright and sunny summer . . .")


Perhaps no one will care, or read, or even like what I write.
Unlike Snoopy, I have no expectations.



I’m doing this for me.
I’m doing it because it brings me joy.
And that is the best reason I can think of.

  
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JILL313 5/20/2014 8:09PM

    CJ, You write so well plus you enjoy being creative so put that all together & definitely write something each and every day. It's a talent you have so you're going to have no trouble thinking of something you enjoy writing, or maybe actually don't enjoy the subject matter. I'm always impressed how well written, articulate and interesting your blogs are. So don't procrastinate on this anymore and do yourself a favor and buy a nice notebook to write in along with some pretty colored pens. Let your creativeness flow freely on paper.

Hugs & Love,

Jill

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PHOENIX1949 5/19/2014 3:36PM

    Write on! (couldn't resist corny pun)

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    emoticon here's a blank page and new fancy pen... Summer is the perfect time emoticon

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STEPBYSTEP1955 5/19/2014 2:08PM

    “Greatness is finding your natural talent, fueling it with passion, planting it in well-nourished soil, and toiling in the garden until it breaks through the earth and reaches for the stars.” ― Janet Autherine,

CJ writing is your natural talent so its a great idea to set it as one of your summer goals. Go for it! I look forward to reading some of your writings. You can do it.


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STARRBRITE 5/18/2014 9:51PM

    I have the same problem. It's hard to write every day, and yet I enjoy it so much when I do. It's the same as exercise. The endorphins don't turn on until the writing or the exercising is almost done. emoticon

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AMYBELLES 5/18/2014 9:43PM

    Sure hope your writing goal for the summer will include lots of blogging! I have always loved reading your blogs, because you are so creative and a truly gifted writer!! emoticon emoticon

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IOWAGRAMMA 5/18/2014 7:00PM

    "It was a dark and stormy night...." LOL!! Go for the gold! Write what you want, when you want! emoticon

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DIDMIS 5/18/2014 6:37PM

    Thank you for your blog. Very interesting and thought provoking.

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BARBIE176 5/18/2014 4:29PM

    What a fabulous blog! I love that you are writing for yourself with no expectations. That was something that Bill did the last couple of years before he became so sick. I hope you will share some of your writings with your spark friends though. Have a fabulous summer being creative! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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TUBLADY 5/18/2014 2:35PM

    Very creative. DO IT. WRITE!!!
Hope to hear some fun and interesting things .
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BIGPAWSUP 5/18/2014 11:54AM

    Sounds wonderful! Enjoy it!

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LADYRH 5/18/2014 4:48AM

    Good plan, go for it.

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CATHYGETSFIT 5/18/2014 2:57AM

    I know how much you love to write. So...Just Do It! ;-) I would like to read some of what you write someday! emoticon

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PRAIRIECROCUS 5/18/2014 2:21AM

    I enjoyed your blog !
Please keep writing !

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Going to San Francisco

Friday, May 16, 2014



I am making plans to spend part of the summer in San Francisco. I have a friend who lives there and when she goes on vacation she invites me to come stay at her apartment and care for her cat. That means 3 weeks in midtown SF in a rent-free apartment (with snuggly kitty) starting in late August. Isn't that a great arrangement?



I'm including this map to show you my fabulous location. I'm one block from California St. and Hyde. The cable car connects me with just about anywhere I want to go. I will have a transit pass for bus and cable cars so I'm all set.


Exercise is easy in San Francisco

I can take transit down to the Ferry Building on the Embarcadero and walk to Fisherman's Wharf. A lot of steps and beautiful scenery.


When the weather doesn't cooperate I can walk the labyrinth at Grace Cathedral on Nob Hill.


As you know, walking on San Francisco hills can be quite a challenge. I'm taking my walking poles along.


When I get tired of hills I can always go to Golden Gate Park.

I'll be able to eat well because I'll have a kitchen to cook in AND a brand new Trader Joe has just opened on California Street. Wow! This is going to work out well.


  
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AMYBELLES 5/17/2014 10:32PM

    I am so envious! San Francisco is my #1 favorite city! I love the hills, the cable cars, and the wharf. I hope to get there again next summer! Have a wonderful time!!!

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NPA4LOSS 5/17/2014 2:18PM

    emoticon emoticon Have a wonderful visit!

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CANDOK1260 5/17/2014 9:47AM

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CATHYGETSFIT 5/17/2014 2:14AM

    emoticon I'm so jealous of you! lol Just kidding! Seriously though, I wish I could come along! I've only been to SF once when I was in grade school or maybe it was junior high (?). I loved it though and I definitely remember the hills as well as Fisherman's Wharf. Going to the cathedral and walking the meditation labyrinth sounds like a great way to get in your exercise if the weather doesn't cooperate. Even more awesome is that a Trader Joe's just opened up on California St. Have a great time! emoticon emoticon

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BEFIT014 5/16/2014 10:27PM

    WOW! That's fabulous!

I've been to SF many times when I lived in Sacramento. Fishermans Wharf, Lombard St, the GG Park...SO much to do & see!
Have fun!

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JILL313 5/16/2014 10:00PM

    Sounds like a win-win for both you and your friend. I also love SF but walking those hills would be a problem for me. I've never tried walking poles and in fact I've never seen anyone here using them. I should check them out. You're going to have a great time there and I wish I could join you my friend.

Have a wonderful weekend.

Hugs & Love,

Jill

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STEPBYSTEP1955 5/16/2014 8:09PM

    Sounds like a great trip! You have got everything planned out for having lots of fun and keepimg on track with your healthy eating and fitness habits. Enjoy the trip.

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BARBIE176 5/16/2014 7:34PM

    So very happy that you get to have this wonderful vacation again this year! I hope to make it to San Francisco sometime this summer as well! emoticon

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IOWAGRAMMA 5/16/2014 6:28PM

    Wow...such fun! I love San Francisco and to be in such a primo location is fantastic. I've not been to Grace Cathedral, so if I get to SF again, I'm going to make it a goal to visit there. Hope you enjoy every single minute! Hugs, Jeannie

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SURENDERISNOTME 5/16/2014 6:22PM

    CJ, wonderful blog and pics. My favorite place to visit is in the other direction.

hUGS
Debbie

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SIOBHANKNITS 5/16/2014 1:03PM

    What a great trip to look forward to! Enjoy the anticipation and your time there.

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TRAVELGRRL 5/16/2014 10:36AM

    Sounds like a WONDERFUL trip! Ask your friend if she would like to spend a few weeks in Central Arkansas in a house in the middle of 10 acres on the edge of a mountain with a valley view. LOL Sounds absolutely FABULOUS, thanks for the photos!!!

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NELLJONES 5/16/2014 7:21AM

    Enjoy SF! And the cat, of course!

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BIGPAWSUP 5/16/2014 7:13AM

    sounds wonderful. enjoy.

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STARRBRITE 5/16/2014 2:11AM

    I love the transit system in San Francisco. It saves me lots of money.

Actually, I like all of San Francisco. You can't help but have a wonderful time.


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DIDMIS 5/16/2014 1:54AM

    You are very good with pictures. Would you like to be the picture maker on the team?
Have a wonderful time.

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CELEBRATE WORLD LAUGHTER DAY – Sunday, May 4th

Sunday, May 04, 2014



What a wonderful idea - setting aside a special day to remember just how good it feels to laugh. The health benefits of laughter are well established and described in the following Spark article: Laugh Your Way to Health and Happiness
www.sparkpeople.com/resource/wellnes
s_articles.asp?id=655




World Laughter Day began in 1998 as a positive manifestation for world peace. Started by Dr. Madan Kataria, founder of the worldwide Laughter Yoga movement, it is intended to build up a global consciousness of brotherhood and friendship through laughter.



Wondering what Laughter Yoga is? Here is a link:
www.laughteryoga.org/english/laught
eryoga


In case you need reasons to laugh you might like knowing that


And I like this one:


My favorite reason to laugh is


Thanks, my friends, for joining me in a celebration of laughter.

  
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JILL313 5/6/2014 12:16PM

    Like most of us I enjoy a good Laugh, it's usually at myself--LOL! You've written Another great fun Blog with your awesome CJ Creativeness. You are a very talented Lady to say and put Blogs together so well, I wouldn't doubt you were & really still are a web designer, graphic artist, etc. I wish I had your wonderful way of saying things. Enjoy your day and may it be filled with deep laughter and many smiles.

Hugs & Love,

Jill

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1BOSSMOMMY 5/5/2014 4:37PM

    I never hear of a special day set aside for laughter before. Great idea we can all use a little more laughter in our lives.

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STARRBRITE 5/5/2014 3:24PM

    Oh, I needed this so much. Thank you for all the hard work you put into making this blogs so great.

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CATHYGETSFIT 5/4/2014 9:14PM

    emoticon Thank you for sharing! I love to laugh which is partly why I'm with my hubby. emoticon It's definitely good for you in so many ways to laugh. emoticon Thank you for letting us know about such an important day!

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DIDMIS 5/4/2014 8:47PM

    I love to emoticon and smile.
If you read my blogs about FOOD PUSHERS it might give you one last laugh for the day.
I wrote FOOD PUSHERS then because of the replies I wrote FOOD PUSERS PART 2.
Irene

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STEPBYSTEP1955 5/4/2014 5:36PM

    Thanks for sharing. I love to laugh and I agree with whomever came up with the truism that laughter is the best medicine.

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SASSY220888 5/4/2014 5:31PM

    Laughter is the healing power that gives us strength and focus. I try everyday to find something in my life to make me laugh. Working with children, it is pretty easy thing to do. Thanks for sharing about Laughter Day. It should be everyday. I love the quotes.

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SPEEDY143 5/4/2014 4:51PM

    "I love to laugh HA-HA-HA-HA
Loud and long and clear
I love to laugh hehehehehe
It's getting worse every year!!!!!"

A favorite song from when our kids were little... I believe I still have the vinyl record emoticon ahhhh memories emoticon emoticon I will be laughing all day emoticon


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DBELLE39 5/4/2014 12:48PM

    Laughter is a healing medicine for the soul. Thanks for posting this blog. emoticon

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    emoticon emoticon What a wonderful day to celebrate. emoticon

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REDQUEEN2262 5/4/2014 10:31AM

    I am going to do my best to celebrate! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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JAKENELL 5/4/2014 9:27AM

    Thanks for sharing the information. I sometimes think I've forgotten how to laugh and even enjoy the world around me. I work hard and struggle daily to stay positive. I've decided to make one of my goals to laugh every day!
Sheila

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AMYBELLES 5/4/2014 9:22AM

    emoticon I love to laugh! emoticon And I love to hear people laugh, especially children and babies! Thanks for sharing such a wonderful fun day! emoticon

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NANCYPAT1 5/4/2014 7:49AM

    What a fabulous idea - lets celebrate together

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BEFIT014 5/4/2014 6:48AM

    emoticon That just brightened up my whole day!

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LADYRH 5/4/2014 6:44AM

    What a GREAT Day to celebrate thanks for sharing.

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