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Loss of a friend

Wednesday, September 03, 2014

Last night I lost a wonderful friend. She was an inspiration to everyone. Her faith in God was evident daily and she lived life to the fullest. She fought breast cancer for 8 years.

Somehow it still came as a surprise. She was only 66 and looked so healthy. Some people weren't even aware of her illness. She never complained. This proves we do not know what other people are going through. So let us all be kind to one another.

RIP my friend. I will miss you.

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MIKA016 10/27/2014 6:21PM

    Diana, sorry for you loss of your close friend. emoticon

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ELLIE381 9/21/2014 7:29AM

    emoticon So sorry for your loss. emoticon

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ILOVEMALI 9/4/2014 2:16PM

    So sorry for your loss. emoticon

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    So sorry to hear of the passing of your Dear Friend!
She will be in your thoughts, on your mind and in your heart...thus always close in spirit! God be with you
during this time. And if I can do anything for you...no matter what it is..please reach out to me! I want to be there for you.
Know I Care!
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WINDSONG~ 9/4/2014 2:09AM

    She will be remembered and will live on in your heart.

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KAREN608 9/4/2014 12:21AM

    Sorry for your loss.
Being kind is always the best way to be to others.

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KERRYG155 9/3/2014 9:38PM

    Sorry for your loss. She fought a long fight and fought it well. It's hard to lose our friends, especially to something like cancer.

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MENNOLY 9/3/2014 9:20PM

    I am sorry for your loss.

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LIVEDAILY 9/3/2014 9:06PM

    I'm so sorry for the loss of your friend. May her memories bring you comfort during this time.

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STARLITNIGHT 9/3/2014 1:50PM

    My thoughts are with you. We are thankful for all the people that come into our lives and touch us with their beauty.

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CHOKOBOYSMOM 9/3/2014 1:42PM

    I am so very sorry for your loss. I know your heart must be very heavy right now.

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FROSTY99 9/3/2014 1:38PM


*I know for certain that we never lose the people we love, even to death. They continue to participate in every act, thought and decision we make. Their love leaves an indelible imprint in our memories. We find comfort in knowing that our lives have been enriched by having shared their love. ~Leo Buscaglia

I am so sorry to hear of the loss of your dear friend. It seems we are all losing too many too soon and you are so right-never miss the chance to tell those dear to you what they mean to you and that you love them. None of us are promised tomorrow.


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JANUT57 9/3/2014 1:32PM

  So sorry for the loss of your dear friend. May she rest in peace. emoticon

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Head in the sand

Tuesday, September 02, 2014

I've made excuses and put my head in the sand for too long. Today I will do what I did when I first found SP. I will drink my water, be more active, track my food.

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NORTHBOUNDTOO 9/17/2014 4:28PM

    Your re-commitment inspires me! So, my immediate goal is to be here on Spark every, single day, no matter whether I accomplish anything else. Otherwise, it's too easy for me to avoid accountability.

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    Opps missed this post! We are TEAM and Together emoticon
We are committed enough This Time to get underneath each other as soon as we start slipping and help each other up right away or see you falling and reach down and grab you, pull you back up before you go too far down.
It is a New Attitude! emoticon emoticon

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KAREN608 9/4/2014 12:20AM

    One step at a time!

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WINDSONG~ 9/3/2014 2:05AM

    Our Christmas gift this year will be health and a better us. emoticon

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KERRYG155 9/2/2014 9:05PM

    Sometimes we just have to get mad at ourselves and get back on track. emoticon

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ILOVEMALI 9/2/2014 4:00PM

    Good for you!

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OURELEE1 9/2/2014 1:55PM

  I'm with you. Started over last week

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TATTER3 9/2/2014 12:26PM

    Step at a time

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    Great attitude! You can do it. I'm determined too- NOT quitting! emoticon emoticon

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STARLITNIGHT 9/2/2014 9:43AM

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FROSTY99 9/2/2014 9:41AM

    We are going to do this this time!!! emoticon

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    And do not forget to wash the sand out of your hair


Make Today the Greatest Day of Your Life

emoticon Until Tomorrow!

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Using my bounty

Monday, February 10, 2014

Today I made an apple pie for DH with my Granny Smith apples from the bountiful baskets. I also used Leeks for the first time in a potato soup. It was very good.

I'm looking forward to next weeks veggies and fruits.

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LIVEDAILY 2/13/2014 4:11PM

    You made some wonderful things from your basket!! It's definitely soup weather for sure!!

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FROSTY99 2/12/2014 4:05PM

    Soup sounds good. I love potato soup. I am not a big fan of pies so I make apple cake instead. Made one a couple weeks ago, we ate a piece and I sent the rest to the pool room guys!

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CASTIRONLADY 2/11/2014 9:01PM

    Sound great. We live in an area that doesn't have bountiful baskets but my daughter and granddaughter take advantage of the offers. I am glad you are using all your stuff.

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TATTER3 2/11/2014 9:54AM

    Yea for baskets of fresh food!!! Keep Sparkin'!!

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EDENFELL 2/11/2014 9:07AM

    Love apple pie..must have been delicious! Have a great rest of the week. emoticon

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MENNOLY 2/11/2014 8:10AM

    Potato leek soup is one of my favorites. Unfortunately it is a bit higher calorie than broth based soups but it is delicious!

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WINDSONG~ 2/11/2014 2:58AM

    loving that you are doing new things to eat!

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KAREN608 2/11/2014 2:04AM

    Soup and pie... sounds like a wonderful time at your home!

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KERRYG155 2/10/2014 11:52PM

    I bet that was good with all that fresh local stuff. My daughter does that sometimes, too.

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ILOVEMALI 2/10/2014 11:43PM

    You bake pies! That's way harder than baking bread!

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Bountiful Baskets

Friday, February 07, 2014

Well I had a nice surprise tonight. I picked up my first “Bountiful Baskets”. It was all of $15 + $3 handling fee. I didn’t know what to expect of the food. I couldn’t believe how much food there was.

I got 8 bananas, 8 oranges, 16 oz of strawberries, 8 oz of blackberries, 2 grapefruit, a bag and a half of Granny Smith apples, two leeks, 4 zucchini, 3 bunches of romaine lettuce, 3 cucumbers, asparagus and broccoli! The bad thing is now I will have to cook! You never know what you will get. Everyone tells me they love it and it makes them cook things they don’t normally buy. Bob is suggesting an apple pie already!

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MIKA016 2/25/2014 7:01AM

    Wow, lots of veggies and fruit. A good deal in deed. Enjoy.

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FROSTY99 2/10/2014 9:11PM

    Sounds yummy-all those goodies and for such a little price!

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STARLITNIGHT 2/9/2014 11:21PM

    emoticon Score!

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MENNOLY 2/8/2014 11:45AM

    Great fixings for salads and soups. I find green bags keep my lettuce fresh looking for over a week.

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JUSTYNA7 2/8/2014 9:16AM

    Lots that can be cut up and put in the freezer. I love adding fruit to my oatmeal. It's a great way to try new things and find new recipes.

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KERRYG155 2/8/2014 7:14AM

    My oldest daughter does things like that. Not sure it's the exact program but similar.

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WINDSONG~ 2/8/2014 2:03AM

    A gr8 'goodie' basket. What will you make?

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CHRISGORGME 2/8/2014 1:03AM

    You have an amazing selection of fresh produce to start cooking!!!
Have fun in the kitchen!

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TATTER3 2/7/2014 11:17PM

    Wow!!! What a bounty!!! Keep Sparkin'!!

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I have taken my eye off the ball

Friday, January 03, 2014

Yep. I had it right for several months. I went on a two week vacation back in Sept and did well the first week and then my eye started to wander. I never focused again and here it is January.

I did prove several things to myself though.

1) That I need to make it my priority to get it done
2) That even on vacation (week 1) I was able to stay on track
3) That my husband was supportive
4) I felt better.

So it is a new year and a new attitude for me. I need to go back to what I was doing right.

Please join me.

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MARTHROID 1/29/2014 11:08AM

    I'm late in responding to this blog, but i joined you (without knowing it) on January 1st. I am not worried about what I eat, but I started the Couch to 5K and I'm an on week 5. Go!!! emoticon

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JUSTYNA7 1/18/2014 7:15AM

    I put a list on my fridge that says "I Matter" and listed all the things I do that make me feel better. Not a "should" list. These are just choices I can make when I have gone astray... and some really great days I do them all. Everything from exercise ten minutes to go outside and breath some fresh air or take my meds on time. emoticon emoticon

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DONNA2238 1/11/2014 4:15PM

    There is something just so "forgiving" about January! New start..refocused...AWESOME!!!

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SWEAT-EQUITY 1/9/2014 2:24PM

    I was in the saaaaame boat (as I'm sure many of us were/are)! New Years is such a great time to get out of the boat and into the water - sink or swim!! I'm definitely with you emoticon

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WINDSONG~ 1/5/2014 2:02AM

    Together is a great way to start. I am IN!

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    I truly want to make it happen also!

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SIMPLY4DHEART 1/4/2014 12:36AM

    Yes, I wish to join you. I have wandered way to far from my LIfe style journeys and even have a Fit Bit I never programed yet, emoticon Time to get with the program now! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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KAREN608 1/3/2014 11:53PM

    I know! I joined my first spark challenge because I could see something needed to reignite me. I'm nervous and excited.
I hope that burns calories!

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MIKA016 1/3/2014 8:27PM

    Ok Diana, I'm joining you. Ready to climb that mountain this year and get things under control. Count me in!

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TATTER3 1/3/2014 5:40PM

    Right with you!

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CASTIRONLADY 1/3/2014 1:59PM

    You are very welcome and God bless you in this journey. You are on you way!!!!!

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FROSTY99 1/3/2014 1:36PM

    emoticon This is going to be THE YEAR that we make it to our goal-to a healthy new YOU! You know I am here for support.
Let's make it happen in 2014

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ILOVEMALI 1/3/2014 12:40PM

    You're there. I have problems staying on track when we are out of town, too! But you're back in the saddle!

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MENNOLY 1/3/2014 12:21PM

    I totally understand! I seem to have taken all of last year off. However we did it once and we can do it again!

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KERRYG155 1/3/2014 11:26AM

    I understand!! I need to get back on track, too. Breakfast is good but after lunch I get lost every day.

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NHES220 1/3/2014 10:49AM

    Welcome back!

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SUZIPAM1 1/3/2014 9:35AM

    im in

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