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Such a Little Thing...

Friday, July 03, 2009

...but yet NOT!

Snacking on baby spinach for lunch today...dropped one into my "lap"...except:

It fell to the FLOOR!

How did it do THAT? My legs happened to be together at the knees, both feet on the floor.

I looked down and to my amazement there was actually open SPACE between my thighs! They weren't SMOOSHED together like they've been for ALL of my adult life! There was even enough room for a leaf of baby spinach to fall through and flutter to the floor!


Doesn't take much to please me, does it?

Noticing the little things can bring us a delightful boost when we least expect it!

Have a happy, healthy and SPARKING 4th!

With all the fireworks OUTside and IN, this should be SparkPeople's favorite holiday! :-)


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SUZIAND 7/4/2009 11:45PM

    Yay Don!!!!

I would definitely call that progress and I'm very happy for ya! :)


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CHRISTYARIEL 7/4/2009 12:34AM

    WTG Don! That's awesome! Happy 4th to you!! emoticon

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DAYNA-TERESE 7/3/2009 5:56PM

    I would be pleased too! lol!

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THANIA1 7/3/2009 3:12PM

    emoticon, you are my inspiration. emoticon

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    Fantastic! What a great moment! emoticon

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ROYALETBONE 7/3/2009 12:50PM

Now that brought a bit of sunshine into my room. Love those amazing, wow, I'm so much thinner moments.

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Spreading The Spark Even MORE!

Thursday, July 02, 2009

Recently I've been coming and going at one of our local hospitals and was struck by the numbers of folks around...staff and non-staff both!...who could use a little SPARK!

So I xeroxed bunches of the Spread the Spark flyers, along with putting a copy of the 30 Tips for Dealing with temptations on the back side (why waste that empty space, right?) and left these EVERYWHERE! Cafeteria, staff break rooms, lobby, family visiting rooms. I even went to the meeting room where I know Overeaters Anonymous meets and left a pile of them there too...!

Some may think this is a bit over-the-top, but in this day and age when obesity is overtaking smoking by epidemic proportions ( news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20090701/ap_on_h
) and becoming increasingly a cost factor to everyone in this country, it is clear to me that we need to really push and inform EVERYONE that there ARE alternative, healthier lifestyles and that it doesn't take rocket science to make these changes.

All it takes is some SPARK! Pass it on! :-)


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ZELLAZM 7/3/2009 7:04AM

    Good on you, Don!

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CHRISTYARIEL 7/2/2009 7:28PM

    Wow! WTG Don! :)

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ZIRCADIA 7/2/2009 5:34PM

    You are such a fabulous example of a Spark Spreader! :D Thanks for sharing the great idea. :D

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Father's Day Motivation...!

Sunday, June 21, 2009

Recently a Daily Spark article referred to research which claimed children aren't influenced by their parent's food choices.

I strongly disagree with this research! One of my GREATEST motivations has been to be the SPARK for my son that I sadly wasn't when he was growing up. I want to show him the excitement and potential that life has by getting this healthy lifestyle down and jumping out into life as best I can to DO those things I hadn't done for so many years due to my weight, unhealthy eating and compromised lifestyle.

Contrary to this study, I *know* my son is paying attention! I've got him SPARKING! :-)


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    You are so right Don! That study is WRONG!!! Kids eat what you eat and follow your example. If we eat high fat and carbs, and very little fruits and veggies, then that's what they'll follow. We have to show them a healthy way of eating, and they'll follow that too. I'm guilty of that in the earlier years, and have been changing that. Also, exercise, etc. - they follow your lead! Good for you for showing the way! I am too!


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KEEPITMOVING 6/26/2009 2:18PM

    i admire and applaud your concerned, forward-thinking, insightful, and healthy parenting skills! would that more parents would adopt your attitude and there would be so much less obesity and other related illnesses among our youth! what a dad! do it up and stay strong. you're setting a marvelous example.

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ROYALETBONE 6/26/2009 1:39PM

    All kids go through a rebellion stage- individuating. Doesn't mean there isn't an influence. Sometimes, it's to go the opposite!
I do think over the long haul, our beloveds have great influence on our lives. Good on you for leading your son to better health.

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    I asked my son how he would respond to a survey like that. He told me he would probably give them the answers they were looking for or what his peer group thought was cool even though it wasn't the truth! Considering the research was based on surveys of teens, that probably explains the discrepancies in what we know as parents and what their "research" says!

I'm with you, I strongly disagree with the research!

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ZIRCADIA 6/22/2009 10:51AM

    uhhh what?! That is really weird. I've never heard that before from any research. I'll have to go check that out...

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ER15SS 6/21/2009 10:31PM

    I have to say, a lot of the food I eat (or choose not to!) is similar to my mom's habits with food. We do learn at least some of our eating habits from our parents. I'm doing the backwards of you - trying (with some difficulty) to eat healthier and influencing my mom to do so also. She's a Rochester-area Sparker! She loves the site!

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TRAINOF4 6/21/2009 1:21PM

    I agree completely. Children learn from their environment & will repeat the actions & habits of their mentors. Especially their parents! I think SOME children will see the bad things that might happen from bad habits & intentionally make efforts to be the opposite.

I'm glad you had a great Relay4L. It's a good cause emoticon

I hope you have Happy Father's Day & a nice Sunday. We're having a beautiful day - great weather & my dad has got his motorcycle working again & he & mom are out for a ride. Yaaay! I'm going to hit the hammock & read.

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JUSTLYLE 6/21/2009 7:57AM

    Great blog as usual Don. I too tried to get our S interested in Sparks for obvious reasons, even went so far as to buy him a laptop so he could track at home while sitting in his chair, didn't work, he gave it a shot, that's all I asked. You can lead a horse to water but you can't make him drink. I'm glad your son is drinking!
Skeeter emoticon

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Spark Rally with the American Cancer Society's Relay For Life...woo hoo!

Saturday, June 20, 2009

We finished our SparkRally at the American Cancer Society's Relay for Life today...for 24 hours our SparkTeam (6 members participated, and what a SIX! :-) One SparkPeople member even joined in from outside our Binghamton area!) had someone on the track...I and two others were there for the WHOLE 24 hours. I came home at 2 pm today and crashed until 9...will head to bed again shortly. My wife woke me around 9 to stay up a bit so I wouldn't wake up in the middle of the night...but you know what? I probably would've slept right through until the morning...lol! Don't know WHEN I slept so SOUNDLY!

I'm so glad we DID it and MADE IT HAPPEN! Melissa said that we were in tenth place (out of 90+ teams!) for laps totaled during the Relay...which, considering the small size of our Team and our missed laps due to starting late with the scanner (we weren't informed of this tracking method until hours after the Relay began), I think is AWESOME!

I am SO PROUD of our SparkTeam, The Binghamton Area Losers! A big WOO HOO for ALL OF US! We had a photographer from our local paper take a picture of us...hamming it up for the Luau theme this year:


As my pc is in the repair shop, too tired to bother to hook my camera up to my wife's pc...will add pics to this blog sometime soon! Stay tuned! :-)

Unfortunately I picked up a blister between my big toe and the ball of my foot late into the Relay. I had changed into longer socks for a nap during the chilly night and didn't catch a teensy wrinkle down in this area when I hit the track again. I was bummed over having to limit myself down the home stretch...will probably have to avoid a walking workout for a day. But then, perhaps that will push me to get out on my bike tomorrow...! Hope it's a decent day of weather...!


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    I agree with Steph, you probably did the most laps. I can't imagine going several hours of laps without having them count! I admire how far you have come and your optimistic spirit that you put into action! It's people like you doing the relay that will lead to advances in cancer, thank you!
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STEPHLOKI 6/22/2009 5:50AM

    Well done Don & Team! You sounds like you would have even won if you had known about the scanner earlier!!!!
Now make sure you also rest abit. don`t overdo it on the bike.
Remember getting the same problem with blisters during the last Halfmarathon I did. the socks I wore were a bit worn out and then halfway through they decided to crumble, so i know how you feel.


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THANIA1 6/21/2009 6:12AM

    So wonderful to see friendship and group forming towards noble cause.

Enjoy your victory blisters, is part of the game..

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ZELLAZM 6/21/2009 5:40AM

    Great photo! Big POTB to you and the team...will be looking forward to hearing more when you've had a chance to rest!

Happy Dad's Day, too!

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KAYAKID 6/21/2009 12:26AM

You deserve a nice rest tomorrow for all you hard work!!!! Super job! Way to spread the Spark and show what we are capable of........ thanks for what you did!! the American Cancer Society is thankful for what you did also


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OUTDOORGIRL69 6/20/2009 11:40PM

    emoticon to all of you for a great cause. Get a good night sleep Don.

God Bless

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RENA1965 6/20/2009 11:23PM

    Congratulations! Hope your blister heals fast.

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My Lawn Mower Died...Woo Hoo!

Sunday, June 14, 2009

I killed my lawn mower...ran over a rock and *didn't know it* (oh all right, I aimed right for it...lol!)...tried to start it up and what a horrible sound!

At first I worried about how was I going to keep the lawn mowed while it was in the repair shop.

But then I remembered a thought I posted a while back about getting a NON-powered mower as a way to get both extra cardio OOMPH outta my mowing along with a quiet, non-polluting means of cutting the grass.

So while I dropped off the other mower for repairs, I made sure they have to call me with the damages before they do the repairs.

Then I bought a regular old-fashioned mower...only $90 at Sears! Put it together and finished off my lawn. With such a quiet mower, I could also wear my headphones and listen to my mp3 player while mowing...ANOTHER bonus!

And to keep up the *jogging* spirit I JOGGED along at times with the tunes and the mower...woo hoo!

Enjoyed REM's tune "End of the World As We Know It"...great rocker! Although I used to question the lyrics: Why would anyone sing 'It's the end of the world as we know it and I feel FINE...'?

But then I thought, yeah, this SPARK thing HAS marked the End of the World As I Once Upon a Time Knew It....! And it sure DOES feel FINE!

Keep on SPARKING everyone! :-)


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ZIRCADIA 6/15/2009 2:53PM

    WOW, that is really cool that you got it done old school. :D hehehe

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ZELLAZM 6/15/2009 1:38PM

    Love the way you're "making lemonade" out of the situation. I'll bet you burned a bunch of calories with that people-powered mower! WTG!


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LADYWEZ 6/15/2009 6:31AM

    I love it. We have such a small lawn that I have often said that I will buy a push mower when this one dies. I thought I would only be able to find one at a garage sale. Great to know you can buy a new one.

Enjoy it. I am sure it is a lot more work, but you are killing two birds with one stone.

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GMACAMI 6/15/2009 1:32AM

    "I killed my lawn mower ... and didn't know it...!" Yeah right... I can hear the J. Snidely Whiplash chuckle clear across the good old US of A to California and it ain't pretty...lol


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