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A Sparking Fourth!

Sunday, July 05, 2009

We caught the fireworks @ Highland Park this year. We hadn't done so for a number of years so we thought we would head back there again.

Normally we'd find a spot and sort of camp out for a few hours waiting for the fireworks. I remember years ago when taking our son along we would play bocce which was fun. In the past I'd always pass on going into the park and we'd just wait around the former McDonald's or the supermarket.

For once I thought, what the heck, since I'd decided I would get up and get walking while waiting (a FIRST!) I headed up into the park and pleasantly discovered a really great band (Splash) was playing all the old funky, get-up-and-boogie hits from the 70's along with some classic rock. They were a blast! I was amazed that there were only a handful of folks moving their feet and dancing!

Hoping to visit my son later this month and biking the Kal-Haven trail (34 miles long) with him and going kayaking in my aunt's lake...have never kayaked before and I think it looks so FUN!

Hope everyone had a SPARKING Fourth out there!


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WOLFKITTY 7/9/2009 4:06PM

    Sounds like you had an awesome time! :) How fun! I love Bocce Ball too! :D Keep up the good work.


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ROYALETBONE 7/6/2009 1:13AM

    I love, love, love kayaking. With a good craft, it's like being a water bug on the water- you barely make a dimple, and just FLY! I've had so many years of being the sole motivating power in craft designed for multiples- the days of hauling kids and picnic supplies, and beach stuff, and, and, and- by canoe, by row boat.... kayaking as a soloist is so much, much, much faster. Woot, woot!
Have a ball!

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SparkPeople: The Antidote to "The Fattening Of America!"

Saturday, July 04, 2009

SparkResident Stepfanie Romine's blog the other day about the fattening of America got me going on a roll, which I posted at her blog, but thought I would share it with others here as you all KNOW how this topic gets me GOING...!


Look, stressful finances have little to do with making poor food choices. There are plenty of healthy food choices for people on a budget. We have been "trained" by Corporate America via zillions of advertising dollars channeled through many media sources to salivate over chocolate decadent doo-hickeys which promote ill health. Should media and corporations choose to we could be similarly salivating over broccoli, cauliflower and brussel sprouts!

I have ranted a bit here and there in my blogs about this: Corporate America is looking to cash in as much as possible in as many ways as possible. Whether to our detriment or not matters naught.

We need to:

1) educate as many as possible, SPREAD THE SPARK far and wide:
( www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo
2) vote with our $$$ and stop buying harmful foods with empty calories. Corporate America is listening and following our healthier trends. Kentucky GRILLED Chicken didn't happen by coincidence! Smart consumers are informing Corporate America that they aren't interested in buying harmful foods! We want HEALTHFUL consequences to our spending!

3) Push our politicians, who are there to SERVE US CITIZENS, to put our tax dollars at work creating healthier communities where walking, biking, skating and otherwise being more active is not only EASY and FREE, but a FUN, JOYOUS time! Check out Jim Sallis' research on "walkable communities":


Praise lawmakers for any steps which have been taken in this direction and keep PUSHING FOR MORE! Here is a site where you can do just that!


How "walkable" is YOUR community?


Attend city council meetings, write letters, keep the pressure on!

WE here at SparkPeople have found answers to the obesity epidemic. But we owe it to our communities to Spread the Spark and pass along the enthusiasm and pizzazz of living healthy and well lifestyles!


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ROYALETBONE 7/4/2009 6:35PM

    Thanks for the share.

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ZELLAZM 7/4/2009 9:11AM

    Great thoughts - glad you posted it here since I'm not subscribed to Stepfanie's blog. Will be checking out some of those links - although here in Germany in contrast to the US, most places are eminently walkable. One reason why obesity is not as common here as in the States, but the trend is still alarming.

Happy 4th and Keep it up!

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RENA1965 7/4/2009 8:59AM

    Agree with you..

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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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