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SPARKPEOPLE.COM has made the impossible possible

Saturday, October 12, 2013

Yesterday we went to grandson's school for Grandparent Day. Three years ago I was not physically able to go, two years ago I went on scooter but could not get to his classroom with scooter, this year I walked from the place where they had refreshments all the way across a big parking lot to the school then up ramp to his classroom and got to see part of his school tour then to the gym for entertainment, then he went home with us and we were busy playing with him until his dad picked him up at 5 o'clock including walking around a store while he shopped. My husband was worn out during this and had to take a nap and I entertained our grandson. This all started at 6 a.m and by 7:30 p.m. my husband & I went to bed! Included in this day I set the table and cleaned up the kitchen. Three years ago (just started SP) I could not even stand long enough to wash 2 plates or wipe off the kitchen counter. If I wanted something to drink I had to ask for someone to get it for me now I get drinks for others and carry their drinks to them...I could go on and on the wonderful "normals" I have "recaputered" because of the sparkpeople.com site. Happy dance going on here!

  
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STRONG_SARAH 10/17/2013 3:34AM

    I love reading this. You should be so proud of yourself, and think about what great memories your grandchild will have of his grandma! emoticon

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MEXGAL1 10/16/2013 6:15PM

    woo hoo, good for you!
Keep up the good work

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ANGEL1066 10/13/2013 9:42AM

    Wonderful! Spark is great help but results come from a partnership - you must believe and do the necessary work. You are an inspiration to many, including me, to keep going. Who would've believed I would ever be gardening and canning again, much less babysitting my toddler granddaughter, yet here we both are, cheerfully doing the formerly impossible! May Spark, and you, be blessed with continual progress!

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_LINDA 10/12/2013 10:46PM

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LOVE IT!!
Doing the happy dance with you!
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LJCANNON 10/12/2013 10:42PM

    emoticon Sparkpeople may have lit the Spark, but you have done the HARD work!!Congratulations on all of your Progress!!!

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TORTILLAFLATS 10/12/2013 10:30PM

    Margarette, I am so pleased to hear how well you are doing. You Did It! emoticon I have had a setback but I am not giving up. I am so proud of you!

Hugs, Gail

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ARTJAC 10/12/2013 4:16PM

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RGEETING 10/12/2013 12:56PM

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Joining you in your happy dance!

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GRANPATTIE 10/12/2013 12:39PM

    Margarette, I am SO happy for you about this. I haven't been able to go to the last 2 Grandparent's days at my grandson's school for the same reason...couldn't get around. I'm truly hoping that maybe next year will be different, if not this year...I think it's next month. I'm beginning to see good progress on the scale and I'm working on increasing my exercise. I plan on being another success story like yours. I'm so proud of you. Thanks for showing me directly that what I'm doing can pay off in such a great way!

Pattie
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A_BIT_AT_A_TIME 10/12/2013 10:55AM

    That is a terrific milestone! Just think how your grandson will forget all about the fact that you weren't able to come three years ago - you will just be his 'normal' gramma who can do anything. How awesome that is!

Hugs and cheers and happy dancing with you (as long as we don't hurt ourselves in the process)
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NASFKAB 10/12/2013 10:49AM

  Spark people may helped but YOU MADE THE IMPOSSIBLE POSSIBLE BY DOING THE HARD WORK CONGRATULATIONS

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NASFKAB 10/12/2013 10:49AM

  Spark people may helped but YOU MADE THE IMPOSSIBLE POSSIBLE BY DOING THE HARD WORK CONGRATULATIONS

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WIFE48 10/12/2013 10:39AM

    emoticon emoticon I am so glad for you. I am sure your grandson is very proud of you.

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HAPPYSOUL91 10/12/2013 10:35AM

    Woo hoo, what a nice blog. You sure deserve many kudos

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Words of wisdom from Paul "Bear" Bryant (U.S. football)

Friday, August 23, 2013

This man is and was loved by fans and his football players. When I read some of his words I thought they might be good for all of us. His record shows he knew what he was talking about. He was a winner and he was able to motivate his players to become winners. As I read about goals it sounded just like what we learn here on sparkpeople.com. Margarette
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Paul "Bear" Bryant won 323 football games and 6 national championships during his 38 years as head coach at U of AL, Texas A&M, Kentucky & Maryland.

NEVER QUIT. It is the easiest cop-out in the world.
Set a GOAL and don't quit until you attain it.
WHEN you do attain it , set another GOAL and DON'T QUIT UNTIL
YOU REACH IT.
NEVER QUIT

There's a lot of blood, sweat and guts between DREAMS and SUCCESS.
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From Wikipedia:
Paul "Bear" Bryant was an American college football player and coach. He was best known as the long time head coach of the University of Alabama football team. During his 25-year tenure as Alabama's head coach, he amassed six national championships and thirteen conference championships. Upon his retirement in 1982, he held the record for most wins as head coach in collegiate football history with 323 wins.

  
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ANGRITTER 8/25/2013 10:18AM

    Thank you for sharing that. I was wondering what was up with you and Bear Bryant! LOL

He did have a few memorable moments of having said something quite deep that he left his players with.

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ARTJAC 8/23/2013 9:35PM

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ANGEL1066 8/23/2013 8:09PM

    Good one. Sharing with my dh

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HAPPYSOUL91 8/23/2013 1:16PM

    Thx for posting his words of wisdom...they sure are good

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MEXGAL1 8/23/2013 1:12PM

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NASFKAB 8/23/2013 1:08PM

  thanks

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JILL313 8/23/2013 12:45PM

    Hi Mari, He sounds like a very wise man and practiced these and went on to a fantastic success following what he believed to be true. I've heard of him but didn't know much about him. . .Thank you for sharing these gems of his. Take really good care of Yourself and Enjoy the Weekend.

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123ELAINE456 8/23/2013 12:29PM

  Those are Great Words of Wisdom. Thank You for sharing them with us.

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LOSTLIME 8/23/2013 12:09PM

    Those a great words of wisdom. Thank you for sharing!

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GRANPATTIE 8/23/2013 12:03PM

    Good words of wisdom. I guess coaching football wasn't the only talent he had. Thanks for sharing.

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MJRVIC2000 8/23/2013 11:59AM

    There are somethings in life that we need to quit; just as there are somethings in life we should never quit. In either case, there is help available. God Bless YOU! Vic.

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Never give up just keep baby stepping.

Monday, August 19, 2013

Had a wonderful day last Thursday. One that 2 & 1/2 years ago was not possible. I did not even dare to dream back then I would be able to do what I did. We left about 9:30 a.m. and got home about 4:30 p.m. , we drove down to The Great River Road near Alton, IL then up to Grafton for lunch. There were over 16 very steep steps to go up to the restaurant. I did it!!! No wheelchair or scooter!! It was a beautiful drive and we both enjoyed this day so much. It sure beats when my world was the lift chair and a window looking at the back yard. I like it!! This is one happy and thankful girl!!!

  
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DEBELA-DJEVOJKA 8/25/2013 7:42AM

  I'm very happy for you, and wish you tons of more beautiful days like this!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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LOSTLIME 8/22/2013 11:58AM

    Congrats on your accomplishment! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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MEXGAL1 8/22/2013 11:45AM

    woo hoo!

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GRANPATTIE 8/22/2013 8:59AM

    That is wonderful...congratulations. I think nothing enforces our forward motion like looking back at what we've come FROM. I'm so glad for you.

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HAPPYSOUL91 8/22/2013 8:52AM

    that is something to really cheer about, very happy for you

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ANGEL1066 8/21/2013 10:23PM

    Praise the Lord! Life is good!

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123ELAINE456 8/20/2013 2:38AM

  Awesome. Very Happy for You. You can do it. God Blessings to You.

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_LINDA 8/19/2013 10:14PM

    emoticon That is just fantastic!! Here is to non scale victories which mean a great deal to those of us afflicted with this dreadful disease!
Keep on being awesome!!

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RGEETING 8/19/2013 8:09PM

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Thanks for being an example for me! I've had a set back these past few months and feel like it's a long way back to finding my strength again...

Yes indeed... I need to remember the "baby steps" :)

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ANGRITTER 8/19/2013 3:10PM

    I am so very proud of you! And I wouldn't have been able to do all those steps last year either! I would have just told everyone to go without me... my clothes didn't fit right, I hated getting in and out of booths at restaurants, etc.

Look at you now, sister! Out kicking up the dust in the summer. YAY for you!

Love and hugs, Ang

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NASFKAB 8/19/2013 1:21PM

  happy for you great

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SP email ask what is your running style?

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

SP email ask what is my running style. I am trying to imagine me from the back as I speed up my walk (no way could I call it running).
Maybe it would be wobble wobble oops. emoticon

  
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HAWTGRANNY2014 7/20/2013 9:41PM

    Me too lol. have a great weekend.

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123ELAINE456 7/17/2013 9:53PM

  LOL!!! God Blessings to You and Everyone. Have a Fabulous Day. Take Care. Hugs!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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ARTJAC 7/17/2013 9:37PM

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TORTILLAFLATS 7/17/2013 9:12PM

    Maybe we should start a marathon--- Wouldn't we look cute! LOL woggling We could probable do a song with it to Like

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MEXGAL1 7/17/2013 6:51PM

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CELIAMINER 7/17/2013 2:42PM

    "Wogging"...my own form of a shuffle jog.
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LETHA_ 7/17/2013 1:50PM

    Too funny.
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NASFKAB 7/17/2013 10:53AM

  who run ME?????????????? that would be the day at 71 not too fit

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_LINDA 7/17/2013 10:33AM

    Hmmm, kind of like me too. I can't even think of running on pavement, too sore for the joints. I can kind of do it on the soft earth trails though. I just have to be careful those nasty tree roots don't trip me up! I would be the slow and steady type, the ones who finish last ;P

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USMAWIFE 7/17/2013 10:31AM

    with my knees running would be a big accomplishment

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Today are you helping pull someone along or being pull?

Saturday, July 06, 2013

I see our SP experience as a group of ladies going together up a steep mountain path. All trying to get to the top. The top of the mountain is that place where we set our goals to be and maintain those healthy lifestyle changes. On one day one person needs to be encouraged to keep on so she listens to another's story of how she got that far on the path. Then when she is feeling strong and she advances she shares her story with the person feeling weak that day to encourage her. There really is strength in numbers. What is so wonderful about this is both the one needing encouragement and the one receiving encouragement are helped by the sharing of the story. Each person's story has value and can help others. I love the fact that by helping others you yourself get helped...how cool! Oh how special our SP members are to each other. emoticon emoticon emoticon

  
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EVWINGS 7/10/2013 11:02AM

    Great blog entry! It is so true and one of the biggest reasons I love SP so much. The same is true of my daily reminder to smile, even of you don't feel up to it. Smiling makes others feel good and soon you'll forget you don't feel liker and feel better yourself. Soon your smile will be automatic rather than thinking about it.

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ANGEL1066 7/8/2013 4:39PM

    Very true! Gals like you help me self correct, always needed. I hope I encourage others as well. This is a long process. I would tire on my own. But i have already won back so much! Thanks for the help!

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MOM2ACAT 7/7/2013 6:24PM

    I agree! That's one of the reasons I am still here on Spark after 7 years.

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ARTJAC 7/7/2013 1:17AM

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_LINDA 7/7/2013 12:52AM

    One big happy Spark family! That is why I can't leave, even though I am on maintenance I still have friends struggling to get there..
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DJ4HEALTH 7/6/2013 9:38PM

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HAWTGRANNY2014 7/6/2013 5:31PM

    very nice. We are all on this journey together and it is nice to encourage and be encouraged as well.

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MEXGAL1 7/6/2013 5:11PM

    Awesome!

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RGEETING 7/6/2013 4:03PM

    So very true!

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123ELAINE456 7/6/2013 1:17PM

  Awesome Blog as Always. I have been writing Blogs every since I became a Member of Spark People. These Blogs helps and Encourage our Members. This is what Spark People is about. Helping Our Members. God Blessings to You and Everyone. Have a Marvelous Day. Take Care. Hugs!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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NASFKAB 7/6/2013 1:16PM

  great analogy thanks for pointing out

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MRSJERRYBUSH 7/6/2013 11:31AM

    Great thoughts,DANMARI. I want to be an encourager! Guess I'd better start blogging again. There are so many inspiring blogs out there for which I am so grateful. Way to go, Sparkpeople! We are winners together! emoticon

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