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September 11th....

Friday, September 10, 2010

It's 9 years later and I remember it like it was yesterday...

I woke up for work like I did every other day and checked my pager and found that there was a message about a plane crashing into the World Trade Center in NYC. I turned on the news and started watching the broadcasts and was shocked by what I saw.

I heard mention that it was a terrorist attack and that there was concern over how many other flights may have been hijacked. I was watching the live news broadcast when I saw the 2nd plane hit the other World Trade Center building. The thought that I just watched several hundred people's lives vanish in a fireball left me speechless. I absolutely couldn't believe what I had just witnessed.

I kept hearing concerns about other planes and that all flights were being grounded and told to land immediately. I called work and asked if I still needed to come in as many businesses were encouraged to close. Working in the bank heavy downtown Wilmington was a concern as a possible alternate target. I was told that it was business as usual for now so I headed in.

As soon as I had made the 20 or so minute drive and got to my desk, my wife paged me and told me that work had called back and that the call center was closed so I headed out and went back home.

I remember getting home and I was still glued to the news broadcasts and in much of the footage I could see people deciding that it was just too much and jumping out the windows of these 2 huge skyscrapers. Just when I thought it couldn't get any worse, I couldn't believe that people had to make a choice to either burn or jump. I couldn't imagine what it must have been like to be in that position to have to make such a choice.

I heard about the attack on the Pentagon and saw the videos and again couldn't believe what was happening. I couldn't understand why this was happening, how many more innocent people were going to have to die before it was over?

I watched the 2 towers collapse and again I was taken to a new low. The thousands of men, women, and children... YES CHILDREN!! that just lost their lives for no reason floored me. The emergency responders that had given their lives to try and save others against insurmountable odds. I was unsure of what would or could happen next.

I heard about the plane that crashed in the PA field and wondered where it was that the plane was headed for and who its intended target was.

I just sat there stunned all day glued to the tv for any information that was available and couldn't believe what had happened.

I've watched shows on 9/11 every year since then and I still can't believe what happened. My parents stop in at the memorial in Shanksville, PA when they come out here to visit. The first year my dad said there wasn't much, now it's grown to a fairly large memorial site. I hope to make it there some day and I'd like to make it to NYC to see the site where all this happened.

There were a lot of lives lost that day and there were a lot of them that were saved by either emergency responders, co-workers or complete strangers. I didn't lose anyone in the disaster, but my heart goes out to anyone that did lose a loved one that day. I hope that I don't see another event like that in my life time and I hope that my daughter doesn't either.

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WILMABEAL 9/12/2010 10:53AM

    emoticonThanks for sharing

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LADYFOLDER 9/10/2010 4:35PM

    A friend of mine wrote this poem just a few days after September 11th.
This poem may be freely shared, just keep her name & date with it.

Tears In Her Eyes

The Lady in the Harbor has tears in her eyes tonight.
Her heart has been broken but everyone can see her light.
She stands for freedom for all people no matter what their race,
A tiny baby, a young teen, a sweet mother, even an old man full of grace.
God, please help us with your infinite care.
We know you will always be there.
God bless the little ones that don't quite understand the tears that fall,
Help America make her well again for the sake of us all.
Temper the hate and let us see
This is a land of Liberty.
Oh please help us each in the years to come to be
The Land of the Free.

©Sharon Green
East Carbon, Utah

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DMURPH409 9/10/2010 1:04PM

    Thanks for the comments guys!


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SAM910 9/10/2010 12:43PM

    Great Blog, well written, a good reminder of something we should never forget. Thank you!

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TIGGER6567 9/10/2010 11:48AM

    Great Blog! We all need to remember and never FORGET!

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TINYC887 9/10/2010 8:54AM

    definately not something to forget, my students wrote a book about it, maybe someday it will be published

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SNOWFILLY 9/10/2010 8:07AM

    Great blog. Thank you!! emoticon

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KRAFTIJAN 9/10/2010 7:09AM

    It was the same down under. I agree, just like yesterday..
Lest we forget we shall remember them. emoticon

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COFFEEMUG2009 9/10/2010 6:40AM

    emoticon emoticon never forget

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WINDEE52 9/10/2010 6:31AM

    Thanks for the wonderful memoerial blog. emoticon

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WESLEYV 9/10/2010 6:30AM

    We should not forget.

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Spreading the Spark!!!

Wednesday, September 08, 2010

Ok, so I was getting some hot water today for my oatmeal at work and a co-worker came in and said hello. Then she said and you're on... what diet??!? I proudly said that it was a free website called I told her that it's been mentioned on several news broadcasts and that there are a lot of people doing very well with the program.

I told her how easy the site was to use and that there are security options if you don't want anyone to see your information.

She said that she has 2 daughters that could stand to benefit from losing a few pounds so I told her I'd send her a link to the site.

I sent her the url, a link to my personal page so she could see what kind of stuff is posted and I sent her my referral link and asked that if the daughters do join to please have them use the link so I get my referral SparkPoints.

I love spreading the Spark!!!

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CINNAMONGURL06 9/9/2010 2:03PM

    That's so cool! It feels good to spread the Spark love within and outside of the community! I love me some Sparkies! LOL!

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TINYC887 9/8/2010 9:41PM

    thats great, keep it up

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GROEDER 9/8/2010 7:44AM

    That is GREAT!!! Isn't it fun to "spread it around" and help other folks find ways to make changes in their lives?
Did you notice how it motivated you to keep going on yourself too?
Keep it up.

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Wk 21 Weigh In

Wednesday, September 08, 2010

I'm down 1.8 this week. I'll take it! It's really been a struggle this week. I'm still having issues with not going back to the pots and eating more food.

I have to come to grips with the fact that food is something that your body needs to stay functioning, it's not a hobby!

Now I have sort of an idea what an addict feels like when they are battling something, it's not easy at all. But some of the best things in life aren't easy. Raising a child isn't easy, but it's definitely one of the most rewarding things a person can do! I'll stick with the program until I get to where I want to be.

I have no choice but to succeed. I have to fight to get back to a healthy weight, I have to fight to stay around to see my daughter grow up.

I'm in it to win it!!


Here's a pic of my little motivation on her first day of Kindergarten.

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ODIROM 9/9/2010 5:08PM

    Struggle as you will...1.8 is better than .4 (point 4)....but yeah...rough week all around. Keep on keeping on!

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SAM910 9/8/2010 10:14AM

    About wanting to go back for seconds, put the food away after your first and only serving. This will keep you from going for seconds. Too much trouble to get it out of the refridgerator and reheat. Keep up the good work. Your daughter is beautiful. emoticon

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ELLEMTEE 9/8/2010 9:49AM

    Woo hoo! Way to go...staying on track is such a wonderful accomplishment...some people don't last 21 days--and look at you!! Love the pic--precious!!


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DTCATSPARK 9/8/2010 6:32AM

    Good post, seem close to the same track here. I can relate to the re-visiting of the food, it is a tough decision and almost seems to be a subconscious action at times to re-fill.

Good luck on rest of years journey.


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TINYC887 9/8/2010 6:03AM

    awww how cute. you are doing amazing

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GROEDER 9/8/2010 6:01AM

    Good for you!!! You are doing it.
Keep up the good work and you'll reach your goals.

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IMAGINE_IT 9/8/2010 5:57AM

    1.8pds gone?? That is good!! So be proud of yourself emoticon And your beautiful daughter is a great motivation for you to stay on track... emoticon emoticon

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ROSEWCI 9/8/2010 5:55AM

    Awww...such motivation! Congrats on what you've accomplished thus far! You're on your way! Wahhoooo!!

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JREA24 9/8/2010 5:53AM

    Keep moving, you'll get there.

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Wk 20 Weigh In

Wednesday, September 01, 2010

I only lost .6 pounds... that's point 6. Ugh!!! The last few weeks have really been a struggle. Starting to get very frustrated.

The only option I have is to work harder. I'll have to try walking every day instead of every other.

I realize that it's going to take a long time to get to my goal and I'm ok with that. I have a short term goal of 200 by December and if I keep having bad weeks, I'm not going to make it and that would REALLY bother me. I'm only 29 pounds away and it's sooooo close I can taste it!

Hopefully things go better this week.

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CINNAMONGURL06 9/3/2010 12:19PM

    Goals are good to keep us on track but, I am finding that most months my goals must be re-evaluated (sometimes scaled back and sometimes scaled up). This journey is difficult to predict- it seems we start off strong and we make great strides in the first few monhts- then the dreaded plateau- you break through that but overall- the weight loss seems to be significantly slower the further in the process we get.
As another Sparker mentioned, strength training is a good way to keep progress going and it also gives you something else to track (your measurements)- I have found that when the scale stops moving- I'm losing inches (gaining muscle) and this is just as important as the fat loss, which eventually takes off again.
You are doing awesome- don't get discouraged- just keep pressin' on!

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    Have you added in any strength training? That usually helps me with plateaus.

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SUPERSMILE37 9/2/2010 11:33AM

    six lbs is great!!! Hang in there!! at least it was not a gain!

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CUATROMOMMY 9/1/2010 10:24PM

    December is still quite a bit away. I'm sure you will have no trouble getting to your goal in December.

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34MIMI 9/1/2010 8:55AM

    Platueas stink! I understand how you feel! Just keep walking and thinking positively. This is part of your journey! Good luck to you! emoticon

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STEPHANIE0982 9/1/2010 8:30AM

    Keep a positive mind - you can (and will) do anything you put your mind to!

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APATRICIAO521 9/1/2010 7:57AM

    YOu can do it! .6# is better that 0.0# or a .6# gain right?!?! Just keep working, you bosy is probably in an adjustment phase right now from recent losses you will break through! keep your head up!

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TINYC887 9/1/2010 7:36AM

    don;t get discouraged, it takes time, a loss is a loss. I havent lost anything in months but I know I will. Even if you dont make your goal by December, that's ok because you are healthier then you were when ya started. Hang in there an never give up.

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Walk to Chicago Update!!

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Today I added another 3 miles to my virtual 'Walk to Chicago' so I'm currently at a total of 86.66 mile. I've got another 700 or so to go, but I'll get there eventually!!

Currently I'm just outside of Crestlawn Cemetery heading West on Route 70. I kind of like this virtual walk thing... gives me a cool way to motivate myself to keep on walking just to see where my next end point is going to be.

If anyone out there is walking, running, or heck even crawling, give it a try. Pick some place that you've been to (or maybe not been to) and plot out a route using google maps or some other route planning software and start walking.

I'm using a site called to plot out my progress and to retain it. I tried using google maps and there was no way for me to save it. I couldn't imagine having to click on the waypoints every time I checked my progress... sheesh!! looks and operates just like google maps, just that you can save your progress. To post my pictures of my progress I get my route set up on the screen and use the good old fashioned Shift key and the Print Screen key on the keyboard to take a snap shot. I'll then use the paint program that's on just about every pc to crop it and save it. You could certainly use photoshop or some other fancy image editor, but that would be like going on a duck hunt with an M1A1 tank!

Hope you all are doing well! Take care!

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SUPERSMILE37 9/2/2010 11:34AM

    Love this idea!!! WHy Chicago?

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DUSTEDTWIN 8/26/2010 1:15PM

    This is great motivation! Thanks for sharing and glad you are coming along so well on your journey to Chi-town :)

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JZAPRN 8/26/2010 8:47AM

  What a great idea! Thanks for sharing the website and details for mapping your progress!

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DMURPH409 8/26/2010 7:52AM

    Thanks guys!! It's certainly helping me to keep moving.

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APATRICIAO521 8/26/2010 7:51AM

    Awesome idea!

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TINYC887 8/26/2010 6:29AM

    that is so kewl, i might try that

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