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Girls Like Us!

Sunday, January 03, 2010

I just finished reading Girls Like Us: The Journey of a Generation. For those over 50, I highly recommend this book. I love, love, loved it! Couldn't put it down. I am now reading The Spark which I am also enjoying very much. However, we had a water malfunction, and the basement flooded last night. DH and I will be spending the day cleaning up the mess. :-( But as soon as everything down there is cleared out, cleaned up, or dryed up, I am right back to The Spark! I do love to read!!! And I do love SparkPeople!!!

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IN2BHEALTHY 1/3/2010 4:48PM

    Consider all that sopping up as calories burned! Not fun....sorry!

I'm looking forward to reading the Spark book when it gets here...glad to hear it's a good one.

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GRAMVICKI 1/3/2010 11:39AM

    Never heard of that book before but sounds like I better check it out. My Sparks book should arrive any day.

So sorry about your basement. Been there done that and it is no fun.

Hugs, Vicki

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I'll Be Back!

Thursday, December 24, 2009

This past year has been especially difficult. Early on, my precious Pocahontas died. She was my deaf "child" and as close to a baby as I'll ever have. I still miss her every single day.

The winter was pins and needles for my husband's job. He has been an engineer for General Motors for 30 years, but when it took bankruptcy, all bets on job security were off. He is still working, however, has taken a substantial pay cut. He says that job security still feels kind of "moment-to-moment."

I have had stomach issues for some time, and my health really deteriorated throughout the winter and spring of '09. After a number of tests, I had surgery. The surgery had complications, so I ended up spending part of the summer in the hospital. I have had countless x-rays, two CAT scans, an MRI, an endoscopy and a colonoscopy. The doctors still don't know why I feel nauseated and weak all the time. More tests are scheduled.

In the late summer, my father-in-law died. Although he and I were not especially close, I have known him since I was 15 years old. I am now 55. Watching my husband grieve this loss has been very difficult. He is the first-born son, and he and his dad were very close. Since his dad's death, my husband flies back to Kansas City to check in on his 80-year-old widowed mother on a regular basis. I'm happy that he is taking such good care of her, but I can tell that it is wearing on him.

As a result of all of the above, my husband surprised me with a winter vacation. We are leaving for the Sunshine State, Florida, tomorrow morning! I am delighted!!! This last year has been so difficult, and although we had a summer vacation scheduled, we didn't get to take it. We are both ready to get away from everything for awhile and bask in the warm sun. I am sooo looking forward to this! And I am so grateful to have such a loving, caring husband.

So, SparkFriends, since I don't know if I will have computer access for the next week, I may not be online until after the New Year. But know that I am with my wonderful husband getting some much-needed R & R. I am going to take this opportunity to wish all of you a happy holiday season and a Happy New Year!

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LEANNESLOSINGIT 12/25/2009 12:38AM

    What a wonderful husband - it sounds like he knows what a lucky man he is! You definitely deserve a break and I hope that you guys have a wonderful, WARM, Christmas and new year! emoticon

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MEOWMAMA3 12/24/2009 9:52PM

    You enjoy a well-deserved getaway! You've had a rotten spell and hopefully 2010 will improve things. My mom always called life's problems "bumps in the road" and some roads are full of potholes, but eventually, if you keep moving, the road levels out and gets smooth again. Thanks for being my SparkFriend! This experience has changed my life so much and everyone I meet is one more hand helping me maneuver my way toward being a better person and being able to enjoy life so much more. Anytime you need a shoulder, I've got big ones (like everything else on me!!! lol!) It is Christmas Eve and I hope you are relaxing in a sauna in Florida right now with a glass of wine and a sparkle in your eye! Enjoy, and Happy New Year! Hugs, Kim emoticon

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PATTYCAKE49 12/24/2009 9:49PM

    2009 may have been a stressful time, however, the new year is almost here with new expectations. Relax on your vacation given to you by your thoughtful husband and try to forget about all the stressors that have been in your life this year. Have a great New Year 2010. Hugs, Patty.

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SWIMLOVER 12/24/2009 12:19PM

  Have A Great Vacation! Enjoy the time with your husband.
Get rest but also have a really fun time! Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! See you in the New Year!

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NOMIS1 12/24/2009 12:04PM

    Sounds like you have a wonderful husband.
Enjoy your vacation.
Wishing you a good 2010 with a lot less stress and health problems.


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One Year Anniversary

Friday, November 27, 2009

SparkPeople came onto my radar one year ago, on November 16, 2008. I don't remember how I found SparkPeople, but I remember that I thought it looked cool, plus it was free, so I joined.

First, I set up my SparkPage, which I now need to re-visit and update, and I began tracking a few things here and there as time permitted. Today I am a multiple-times-daily Sparker.

I thought I knew a lot about diet and nutrition, and kind of I did, but I have learned so much more. There is a depth to my knowledge base now. And even after one year, I am still learning new things, most especially about how to make this site work for me. For example, one feature that I am just now finding out how to get the most out of the Nutrition Tracker. This is going to make a huge difference in what I eat. The visual, full-color breakdown of your daily food intake in a pie chart is awesome! And then breaking down the day's calories by Fat, Protein, Carbs, etc., is a fabulous nutrition lesson. For those of us who are visual learners, the Nutrition Tracker is the very definition of A Picture Speaks a Thousand Words!

Setting goals is nothing new. I've set them hundreds of times, and I've broken them hundreds of times. But now I'm accountable to the SparkTeams that I have joined. That takes goal setting and accountability to a new level! And SparkStreaks are a visual record of how well you are maintaining the goals that you have set for yourself.

There are so many more features that keep me coming back day after day, but I would be remiss if I didn't mention the people, many of whom are now my SparkFriends. They are there for me, and hopefully I am there for them. But even those SparkPeople who are not listed on my SparkPage are still my SparkFriends and are there for me whether they know it or not. I look forward to reading their blogs or seeing them on the message boards. It's very encouraging to know that others are on this journey, too, and together we can and will make it to our goal weight and our healthiest life.

Thank you SparkPeople for an awesome website, and for an amazing journey this past year. I can't wait to see what the next year holds!

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MEOWMAMA3 12/24/2009 9:54PM

    Happy anniversary!!!! You also are an important part of the SparkPeople magic!
Spark on sister!!!!!! emoticon

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JACKIE4019 11/28/2009 7:29PM

    Happy Anniversary, glad you found us.


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MAURAK 11/28/2009 12:46AM

Keep Sparking and discovering and lending support. Aren't we so lucky to have this site that helps us succeed ? I love it for all the reasons you've stated.

Congratulations on your sparkiversity!


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    Happy Sparkiversary! emoticon Every time I see your name, I know you're going to make me smile! You're such an inspiration and so supportive and I'm SO glad you're here! emoticon

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PATTYCAKE49 11/27/2009 8:56PM

    Happy Anniversary in finding this site!

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MOM2ACAT 11/27/2009 6:21PM

    Happy Spark Anniversary! emoticon

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A Good Day

Saturday, November 07, 2009

The guy finally came and repaired my washer, I am once again doing laundry, I took a walk in the warm sunshine, and we are going out to celebrate the repair of the washer. It's been a big old day in my little Debbie world! emoticon


Autumn Sunshine!

Saturday, October 10, 2009

Finally, after a week of wind and rain, we are having a beautiful day of autumn sunshine in the metro Detroit area! Yay!!! Today will be a great day for a long, vigorous walk outside. I am so looking forward to it! emoticon emoticon

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JACKIE4019 10/11/2009 6:06PM

    It is quite cold here. 55 degrees. Enjoy the weather while it lasts.

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PENNYROYALTY 10/10/2009 12:18PM

    hope you get ton enjoy every minute of it! (and when you're done, would you mind sending some of that sun my way? i haven't seen it in two weeks!)

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LEANNESLOSINGIT 10/10/2009 11:37AM

    Ick - I feel ya on the wind and rain. Hope you have a wonderful sunshiny day! emoticon

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