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2012 part 1 - Year Of The B.A.M.F!

Tuesday, January 03, 2012

I've seen a few of my spark friends (okay, a lot of my sparkfriends) posting goal blogs for 2012 in which they declare a "word of the year" or "theme of the year", and it got me to thinking. See, I expect a whole lot of transition this year and it's really hard to project past June (when I expect - if everything goes according to plan - I will have a change of employment). But I have some definite and specific goals I'm working towards, particularly in the first half of the year. So I think I've decided to break the year into two pieces, and considering what those goals are, it dovetails *really* well with the title of my Spark Page. :)

January - June: Year of the B.A.M.F! (Bad A$$ Mo' Fo')
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The first five months of the year (starting this Saturday! W00T!) will be devoted to training for the Cincinnati Flying Pig Marathon in May. Yes, the full distance of 26.2 miles (and yes, that means I'll accomplish my goal of completing a full marathon before I turn 50 with a good 18 months to spare). I am SUPER excited about this. I've wanted to do the Pig since I did the Disney Half in 2004 - my sister and I went down to cheer on the crowds that spring, but she wasn't interested in training for anything right away after Disney, and I still wasn't confident enough to pursue things on my own. Of course I'm not doing this on my own either - my daughter has decided to do it with me, so we are reprising our "Rose's Girls" team (what my sister and I had on our shirts at Disney - we did Train To End Stroke in honor of our mom). My sister has actually been considering joining us (though when we talked about it on NYE she was leaning more towards cheering us on - the new background image on my sparkpage is the image for January on the pig calenders she gave me and my daughter, the more I look at this calendar the more I like it even if it IS pink LOL).

And after THAT, I'll be doing the Warrior Dash in Ohio the first weekend in June (haven't signed up yet because the crew - likely including the same wonderful teammates from this past June, AND most of my family - hasn't come to a consensus on which day or what time yet, need to nail that down soon). I started the 100 Push Up Challenge on New Year's Day (okay, restarted - I'd done 2 days of it a week or so before but with the holidays it kept slipping my mind) to help improve my upper body strength, and in March I'm hoping to start some serious personal training at my gym with the personal trainer I know did the WD last year (she's the one who recommended push ups).

So yeah - the first half of the year is ALL about being Bad A$$!

June - December: Year of the M.I.L.F!
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I've got 30 lbs (and some change...didn't *quite* get to 180 by the end of the year, but I'm close enough to taste it and with any luck I'll hit that REALLY soon) to make my initial goal weight of 150 lbs. That still puts me "officially" as overweight according to most BMI charts, but that's okay. I haven't been *under* that weight since I was in 4th grade, so I decided a long time ago that I'd make 150 (or a size 14, whichever comes first) my goal, and then evaluate from there if I'm happy at that size or if I want to go any lower (within reason, I haz curves and I intend to keep them, thanks). I expect to make some progress towards that goal during the first half of the year, though my primary focus during those first 6 months is training and staying healthy (which includes fueling my body for accomplishing 26.2 miles, and I've heard that marathon training and weight loss don't always go together). So once June comes around, we'll see where I am and the focus for the rest of the year will be to reach that goal weight/size - or as close to it as possible - by my birthday, December 15, 2012.

So by the time I turn 49, I'll totally be able to claim both titles of B.A.M.F and M.I.L.F! In the words of the inimitable Vida Boheme "I think that's healthy!"
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Meanwhile, having broken out the winter clothes a few weeks ago, I totally wore one of my favorite sweaters (it was my mom's) to work yesterday, and I was pretty amazed at how it looked on me. I can't remember if I tried it on last year (being white I don't wear it often, but yesterday in honor of snow and since it was so ridiculously cold, it just seemed appropriate), but WOW. Check it out (please forgive the wrinkles...I'm not used to this one being loose enough on me to SHOW wrinkles, so it hadn't even occurred to me that they'd be so obvious):


Yeah, I think 2012 is going to be a GREAT year!

  
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THESHELBSTER 2/10/2012 6:28PM

    LOVED this blog. You look amazing and you should be uber proud of yourself. :0)

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ACS123 1/5/2012 7:59AM

    I like your spirt! Way to go!
Let's have a great year!
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VINOTEA 1/4/2012 11:14PM

    You've made amazing progress so far! Keep up the awesome work! and good luck with your goals and training.

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ZANNACHAN 1/4/2012 7:12PM

    Wow! You've come a long way.

Wait, we're supposed to have themes? Guess I need to go back to that think tank.... *grin*

But I love your Bad A$$ theme in particular. I have a special fondness for women (characters and real people) who can kick A$$ and hope some day maybe I'll be one (I fence, it's possible, right?)

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SUETINGE 1/4/2012 6:29PM

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MONETRUBY 1/4/2012 5:18PM

    Wow wow wow wow wow wow! What progress you have made! It's amazing. And you are totally going to ROCK the Pig, the Warrior, and whatever else you're planning on doing this year!

My big inspiration this year? You, Eu!

Sorry, couldn't help myself.

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SAPHRAEL 1/4/2012 5:10PM

    Oh my gosh, I'm so excited for you and your first full marathon. Woohoo! You are awesome for doing this!!

I love your year of acronyms. Happy New Year!

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CBAILEYC 1/4/2012 3:35PM

    emoticon picture! You look fabulous, wrinkles be d*mned!
I love your goals and Words. You'll totally own both of them, no doubt.
Here's to a great year to come and all the hard work and hard-won rewards!
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C~

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UCANTTAKETHESKY 1/4/2012 2:53PM

    What an awesome theme for 2012! You can do it!

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FIREFLUTTERFLY 1/4/2012 2:07PM

    wow you go gorgeous! This looks like a great year in the making, I can't wait to see how well you do!

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KMG3366 1/4/2012 1:33PM

    Good luck and let's kick some butt this year!

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JENN26POINT2 1/4/2012 1:05PM

    haha I LOVE IT!! Great words! And great transformation so far! Awesome! Keep it up!

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JONEIL513 1/4/2012 12:19PM

    Killer plan!! You are going to rock this year!

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DRAGONSPITTLE 1/4/2012 12:10PM

    Huzzah! And you look great!

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ZURDTA- 1/4/2012 9:04AM

    Nice :)

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MISSG180 1/4/2012 8:15AM

    What a great set of plans! And you look wonderful in that sweater. Keep up the good work!!

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SEASONS_CHANGE 1/4/2012 6:33AM

    Very inspiring blog! Thanks for sharing, and interesting concept in splitting up the year into two parts. Very original, and very cool!

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HOPE2011 1/4/2012 5:41AM

    Great goals - you can do it! And your pictures...WOW. What a difference! You're doing great!!! emoticon

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MESEATURTLE 1/4/2012 1:39AM

    Yes ...2012 is gonna be a great year!!
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you look AWESOME!!!

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JAMINEESE 1/4/2012 1:15AM

    I love your focus and determination. I totally support your goal and desire to run a full marathon. The feeling of crossing that finish line is truly indescribable, especially since I am not a natural runner so it requires more discomfort and effort to get it done. (2004 I ran Disney 26.2- we must have literally crossed paths that day!) Best to you in 2012. emoticon

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RHIANNONTHEWOLF 1/4/2012 12:27AM

    awsome, I can't even begin to contemplate 26.2 miles yet. I will be suprised if I do that much A WEEK when the treadmill first arrives.

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WOLFKITTY 1/4/2012 12:05AM

    Wow!! Pretty great! :D
Jocelyn

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THECOZE 1/4/2012 12:03AM

    What a wonderful change you have already made & changes that you have as goals for 2012. Go girl!! You can do it!!!

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So Very Much to be Thankful For! Part 2

Sunday, January 01, 2012


Sharing the holidays with my niece, for the first time. It just doesn't get better than this!

Happy Holidays to all of my Sparkfriends! May the New Year hold all the joys you could wish for!

  
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NSTARSMITH 1/2/2012 11:45AM

    What a moving and wonderful pictorial! Happy 2012!

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MONETRUBY 1/1/2012 11:35PM

    Oh, Eu, that was so beautiful! Thank you so much for sharing it.

I wish you the most wonderful new year you could ever hope for!

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KITTYWULF 1/1/2012 8:17PM

    That was absolutely beautiful, Mom! Happy New year! emoticon

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GERMANIRISHGIRL 1/1/2012 6:55PM

    emoticon Happy new year to you too!

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    What a great way to start off the new year! emoticon

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SEASONS_CHANGE 1/1/2012 6:49PM

    Love it! Thanks for sharing!

Love your Spark Page by the way

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Yep, it's that time again! Unveiling the Sparkpeople AHA Mini Marathon & Heartwalk Team!

Sunday, December 25, 2011

Because it was SO successful last year (and seriously, who wouldn't want a sexy race t-shirt with the Sparkpeople logo on the back?) we're doing it again!!

Come walk or run with us! It'll be a blast!

cincinnati.kintera.org/heartmini/spa
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KKINNEA 1/24/2012 2:41PM

    Totally wish I could! I'll have to keep an eye out for next year :)

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MAGGIE101857 1/24/2012 6:36AM

    This sounds like fun, and you aren't all that far from Chicago emoticon. I'm going to check out the sight and see if it's doable. It would be great to be part of the team!

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SHEENADEE 1/20/2012 1:11AM

    I wish I could; but, will be out of town this weekend. :-( Perhaps the next local race...

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WOLFKITTY 12/29/2011 11:45AM

    Yay!! Have fun!!
Jocelyn

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DEZZIEJAMES 12/29/2011 8:53AM

    AWESOME! Friend of mine and I are looking for a 5K to do in the Spring. I will share this with her!!!

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SPARKGUY 12/28/2011 7:35PM

    Woohoo -- Go SP team!

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CBAILEYC 12/27/2011 11:49AM

    Wonderful! Wish I were closer or could time things better. I'll be in Pittsburgh at the end of March for JASR. Hope you have a fabulous turn-out!
C~

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EUPHRATES 12/26/2011 11:24PM

    DOH! Sorry guys - I just updated the blog with the event info. OOPS!

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SUETINGE 12/26/2011 6:05PM

    I would love to if I lived closer!

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SEAJESS 12/26/2011 2:23PM

    This is so cool! Is there a way I can be a virtual team member? I live in Seattle and can't imagine how I'd get my unemployed self to Cinncinati.

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JEN-LOVES-LIFE 12/26/2011 12:20PM

    When is it?

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AMARILYNH 12/26/2011 7:34AM

    What is the date?

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BE-THE-CHANGE 12/26/2011 5:46AM

    Hope you have a huge team!

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3RDGENERATION1 12/26/2011 12:15AM

    Good luck, would love to be with the team but isn't in the cards for me.

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MONETRUBY 12/25/2011 10:26PM

    Good luck! Sounds like it'll be a blast!

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Seriously? An actual Zombie Apocalypse Run? OMG I so wanna do this!

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

My friend in Atlanta just posted the link to this on his facebook page, and I am SO tempted!!! I wouldn't be able to do the Atlanta one (since it's the weekend of the time change), but there's Pittsburgh, OR maybe Austin for my birthday.... OH SO TEMPTED!


runforyourlives.com/

Even more fun, they have training tips on their facebook page. Like this one -

www.getfitgetlean.com/the-7-best-exe
rcises-for-surviving-the-zombie-apocal
ypse/


And I thought the Warrior Dash was fun! This would be AWESOME! And heck, my mate could play a zombie ala Left 4 Dead in real life. LOL
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BABYFIREFLY17 12/28/2011 9:13AM

    O.M.G!!!!! I am just beginning to run but I SERIOUSLY want to do this!!! They do a Zombie Walk every year in my city around halloween that I am going to do next year but this is seriously the coolest ever! and everyone knows the first rule of Zombieland is Cardio!!!!! ;)

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QUEEN_REINA 12/25/2011 12:42PM

    Sounds so fun, I wish there was one near me!!

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BROKENBAST 12/24/2011 1:17PM

    Looks like fun!!!

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REACHING4HOME 12/23/2011 4:34PM

    I would KILL to be able to do something like that. I think I have seen Rocky Horror Picture Show more than any living adult. I have all the dialogue memorized! But a Zombie run? Outstanding!
Erin

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KITTYWULF 12/23/2011 12:02AM

    Sounds fun, but the necrophobia says no.

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HIKETOHEIGHTS 12/22/2011 9:21PM

    That is hilarious!

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JAZZEHT 12/22/2011 11:54AM

    I had come across this in an article awhile back and thought it was the neatest thing ever! I told my Zombie-obsessed friend about it and he loved it. I don't know that I'd ever be able to do it, but it would be a good goal for runner's who want a new challenge!

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DAENAERYS 12/22/2011 8:30AM

    They have a Zombie Walk in Dayton every year. I've been wanting to go but I just never remember in time to work my work schedule around it.
I suppose its not as exciting as a Zombie Run though, lol.

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MRS_EVA_K 12/22/2011 7:57AM

    Looks fun!

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NIMAWEYGH 12/22/2011 1:04AM

    Give me a good ol cricket bat any day. Shawn of the Dead made it through many zombies with his so I am all for it. Cause I am the slowest runner (it's the B**BS I tell ya) emoticon

If you get to do it you will have a blast and if you haven't see the above mentioned movie, check it out. To funny!

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RELLIMTENAJ 12/21/2011 10:53PM

    If they come to Colorado I would so do this.

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MONETRUBY 12/21/2011 9:17PM

    This is awwwwwwesome! I just might have to look into doing this one...

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BE-THE-CHANGE 12/21/2011 9:04PM

    Come to Pittsburgh!

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RUSSELLORAMA 12/21/2011 7:23PM

    I tried to get my sister to do this one since she lives near Austin, but she's such a chicken she immediately said no! LOL

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AIRPEACH 12/21/2011 7:07PM

    Sounds like fun!

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CYNDERROSE 12/21/2011 5:56PM

    That sounds like fun!

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RHIANNONTHEWOLF 12/21/2011 3:49PM

    I know so many people who would love this

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TREASURINGLIFE 12/21/2011 2:51PM

    Looks fun!!!!!!!!!!

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FIREFLUTTERFLY 12/21/2011 2:36PM

    If you decide to run the Austin one let me know, I will so make a trip to run with you! Austin is only about 4 hours from me emoticon

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CBAILEYC 12/21/2011 2:07PM

    They had a Zombie run here back around Halloween time. I was tempted, but I'm so slow I knew I wouldn't have survived the first lap. I hope you can figure a way to do it!
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LUEYGIRL 12/21/2011 2:05PM

    This is really cute. Love it!

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BLACKROSE_222 12/21/2011 1:53PM

    That looks amazing! I don't blame your temptedness!

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FANGFACEKITTY 12/21/2011 1:43PM

    I came SO close to doing the one in Baltimore in October. This is definitely on my to do list for 2012. If you do decide to go for it let me know, I'm not too far away (in the Detroit area) and it would be fun to do with someone I "know".

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JEEPINRED 12/21/2011 1:39PM

    Seattle set a record was it... I think it was this year. They are crazy fun for those of us who aspire to be a zombie, that is.

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MISSG180 12/21/2011 1:34PM

    We're sort of thinking of Pittsburgh for next year. It looks like so much fun!

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JCARDINAL 12/21/2011 1:29PM

    Love it, wish they had one in Chicago! I love the training tips.

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A Follow Up To My "Desert In Your Backyard" Blog Last Month

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Remember this?
www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo
urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=4583145


Well, I just came across a follow up article that does my heart good.
news.cincinnati.com/article/20111120
/COL01/111200336


Isn't that AWESOME? Makes me love my organic delivery service (I'm a Green BEAN subscriber, in fact thats part of what brought me to SP in the first place) and my city all the more.

And even better, there are improvements being made to help the ENTIRE community, thanks to the story about this one family - check it out!
news.cincinnati.com/article/20111112
/COL01/111130306


That said, I just stumbled across this line in a friend's blog:
"I'm looking forward to volunteering with other SparkPortland people at the Oregon Food Bank on the 28th."

DOH! Why oh why didn't I think of that?!?
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So rather than continue kicking myself for the oversight, let's do something about it shall we?

I've just proposed volunteering at the Freestore Foodbank (the first thought that popped into my head) as a group to the SparkCincinnati Team. Obviously it's probably far too late to organize anything for this month (especially with everybody busy with the holidays over the next week or so), but I know they need help all year round (even more so actually, since most charitable giving tends to happen around the holidays). But, it could even become a regular thing. Or we could rotate various health related charities, or get involved in Closing The Health Gap (I intend to do that personally anyway - in fact I just filled out the volunteer sign up form) www.closingthehealthgap.org/

So whaddya think? Who's with me? This could be totally awesome! (And we can spread the Spark at the same time, how cool is that?)
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MONETRUBY 12/20/2011 10:11PM

    Ok, I am crying now. How amazing, when we hear so much about the bad in the world, to hear about the good!

I found myself having my own *d'oh* moment while reading the article. There are food trucks, so why not have produce trucks? Farmer's market trucks? Healthy food trucks? That is such a great idea! I might just have to suss out a way to figure that one out.

And I am totally with you on the volunteering effort. I've been thinking for months about joining my local co-op, and seeing if there are any volunteer efforts there. Now, I'm going to do something about it.

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NIMAWEYGH 12/20/2011 9:40PM

    We bought into our co-op for this very reason. If we put $$ into it (it is 56 miles away from where we live, yes we drive 56 miles to buy our organic produce and more at a reasonable price, who would have thought that about a city as big as Fort Smith, AR) so that they can do more for the community (the store is in Springdale, AR and we are lucky we can afford to drive there for now) and offer a home delivery service to those that cannot drive to the store, they work with the schools there and have a community garden in the summer.

We have gone completely organic in our house because US products had to many preservatives in them for my UK hubby's stomach and it was KILLING him. I am glad we did it but it took us about 3 years to get to that point.

We do have a small organic store close by in Dora, OK (about 10 miles) but because they are so small their prices are very high, we go there the other 3 weeks we cannot drive out of town to support them as well.

But so many more communities need to make things more accessible and more affordable and also need more volunteers. You have given me an idea and I will follow through for my own community which is so in need. Thanks Eu, you RAWK. Keep us posted!

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RHIANNONTHEWOLF 12/20/2011 8:13PM

    Amazing articles. I was just picking suggestions from the daily blog about healthy donations to food banks. A lot of these things are things we don't think about as members of the "more privileged" group. I live outside the city and I drive "extra" to visit a store with better produce than the local small town grocery.

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CBAILEYC 12/20/2011 12:07PM

    You, lady, made me smile this morning. Thank You!
I'm glad something I said sparked an action that will be far reaching. Like you, I'm hoping to make this a continuing effort for our Spark team well beyond the holidays.
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JENN26POINT2 12/20/2011 10:26AM

    I haven't ever volunteered at the food bank, but I have donated food and staples before. Every so often i go through my pantry and pull out things that have been there for a while that I don't think we'll consume. It helps me declutter and helps the food bank as well. Our food bank is really small and only open once or twice a week. In fact, I just learned where it is the other day when I read the newspaper and saw an ad that they were looking for volunteers.

I think you're doing an amazing thing by forming a team to volunteer. Kudos to you!

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BLACKROSE_222 12/20/2011 10:08AM

    There are so many people who are SO grateful for any help they can get. Congrats on finding a way to help, and thanks for sharing the articles and follow up. HUGS.

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NSTARSMITH 12/20/2011 9:17AM

    What an EXCELLENT idea - the entire charitable process is sooo good for health as well. Thanks for blogging about this!

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MISSG180 12/20/2011 8:01AM

    It sounds very awesome. Good for you. After the holidays, I'm going to look for soemthing like that up here.

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AIRPEACH 12/20/2011 7:29AM

    That is a good development indeed!

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