Saturday, August 04, 2012
How many times I have written about my Spark Buds. I openly admit I couldn't have made all three of my journeys without their help. All the motivation, support, goodies, comments on my page and blogs - they have meant the world to me.
As I have done in the past, I am going to list a few of my buds. These are in no particular order. I'll be doing some more later on as there are too many to list at one time!!
ehagfeld: She is so supportive and encouraging. I love her comments on my blogs.
pansylady2: This wonderful lady is such an inspiration. She is s minister and we have shared a lot of wonderful conversations. All this and she loves NCIS, too!
Idletyme: She never fails to comment on my feeds and my blogs. She is always encouraging and just lovely.
ladyirish317: What can I say about Irish? She's great!! She wants to be a chef and has started a team for Food network lovers. We are also on other teams together and she comes up with the best games!
PMFish: Here is another very special lady. She never fails to post on my blogs with lots of encouragement and love.
Q8princess: This lady always posts on my blogs. Her advice is always very good. Her personality shines through in her writing.
Penguinlady: She stood up when I needed help with one of my teams. She has helped to keep it open. I always smile when I read her posts.
1stateofdenial: It seems that no matter how she feels or what she is going through, she always has time for her friends. How great is that?
Karidianl: She shoots guns in competition and tells the best stories about her meets. She is one busy lady, that's for sure! Here's to another friend from Minnesota to help up keep up with the news.
I always find this exercise so meaningful. I am so blessed to have such wonderful Spark Buds. All the encouragement and motivation is greatly appreciated. Thank you so much everyone!! I love each and everyone of you.
Peace, Love, and blessings.
Tuesday, July 31, 2012
Hi Buds! Hope all is going well for you. I have been really busy over the past few days. Lots and lots of good "stuff" happening. Talk about staying positive and up - that's me for sure!!
Let's see, where should I begin? How about on Sunday? Well, Sunday I was nervous about my appointment with the ENT Monday. I had requested good thoughts and prayer for those who felt like doing so. I turned it over to my Lord, but as usual, I managed to take it back in worry. Finally I decided - hey! What is to be is to be. I have no control over it. I have been doing my best, my journey through life is giving me choices, but the outcome is determined by my supreme being - God. It's me and how I feel, so that makes it all ok. I turned it back over and did - what else? I went shopping! In our tiny little town (1700 residents) we have a wonderful outlet store called Beall's. They are like a lot of other stores these days and have a buyer membership plan along with two "clubs" - one for those over 50 and one for those 49 and under. They are all on the one "card". When one uses it, they receive 15% off their total purchase. They started a really good sale the day before, so that is where I went. I ended up with two pair of pants - one was a pair of jeans and the other casual slacks. Guess what? My jeans are a size 4!!!!! I could barely believe it! But best of all, I gave them a $20 and got just over $10 back!! One pair is a Lee Rider and the other is a Lee casual pant. I think I did darn good. At their web site today, one of those was $27 and the other $28 on sale!! Wooo Hooo!! Took my mind right off that Monday appointment!!
Speaking of Monday - I was, wasn't I?? I got to the ENT somewhat early. I didn't have a very long wait and they took me in about 20 minutes before my appointment time! The doctor came in and said right away - you've lost even more weight haven't you? He asked what I was doing in case he needed to give information to other patients. When I told him all about Spark, he took notes!! Anyway, he numbed my nose so he'd be able to check my throat area with his "camera". While it was numbing, he checked my throat and tongue. He started asking me all kinds of questions because he saw a red spot on the right side which is the same side I had the cancer. Anyway, he put the tube into my nose and had a look around. He told us he had to check something and would be right back. I looked at Bob and got tears in my eyes because I could feel my heart pounding really hard now. He came back into the room and said, "See you in 6 months, everything looks perfect." I couldn't believe it. All I can say is prayers, good thoughts, lights, everything works! I am so happy about all that. I couldn't stop thanking God for bringing me through once again. All I can say is He must have something really important for me to do.
That brings us to today. Yesterday Bob had looked at a shed he really needs. He loves it and wants it, but hasn't been really sure about it. I told him today, after lots of figuring that he should put a down payment on it. He was hesitant, but I told him to go ahead because he'll never find another with such quality construction and with a 60 inch door to boot. He said he wanted to think on it some more. So we went on into town for my appointment to have my port flushed. This is something I have to have done every few months as long as I have the port, which is looking more and more like the rest of my days. Well, once again I messed up with the time. I had it on my Spark appointments at 11:45 and it was suppose to be 1:45! But things were slow, so I was in only a matter of minutes. Bob said he was going to get gas, as he really doesn't need to be with me. I was finished and he wasn't back yet. We decided to have lunch before going home. As we ate, I asked him once more about the shed. I mentioned I would give towards the down payment as an anniversary gift. So on the way home, we stopped and he gave them some money and signed the papers. When he got back in the truck he asked me what I had done while he was in there? I had only read and listened to the radio. He said I needed to turn around and explain to him what was in the back seat. Guess what was there. A brand new laptop carrier. I had no idea where it came from. It wasn't mine. He brought it into the front seat and said, "Yes, it is. Look inside." Here there was a brand spanking new hp 17" laptop with all the bells and whistles. Well, almost all of them. Enough to make me happy a long time. Here he hadn't gone for gas at all. He had called before we went to town (the county seat BIG 35K population town) to have them get it ready and he was getting it rather than gas. He told me, Happy Anniversary, too. I couldn't believe he did that for me! I was talking about replacing my desktop with a new laptop, but I was going to wait until I had all the money saved in a month or two or three....... well you get the idea. I guess that after I mentioned it he looked at how much space was on my hard drive and decided I should get it ASAP, so he just got it for me. The funny part? We weren't going to go big on gifts this year!
So anyway, that's been my past three days and why I haven't been on a lot, why I've tried to remain so positive, and why I am so happy.
Peace, love, and blessing to each one of you my dear Spark Buds!
Friday, July 27, 2012
Recently I have been thinking about reaching my goal and the things that helped me. Of course being on the feeding tube for 6 weeks did help some, but really not that much. I would like to share what worked for me. It may not for anyone else, but they did in my case!
1) Having the collage hanging by my computer was a wonderful inspiration to help me keep going.
2) Portion control was a huge help once I got the hang of it.
3) Using the food and exercise trackers made a big difference.
4) Joining various teams and adding friends that give wonderful support.
5) Taking part on the points page.
7) learning to love my self no matter how I looked.
8) Taking baby steps. I started my exercise program with Chair Exercise Team. I gradually increased my amounts every week or two.
9) not to beat myself up if I screwed up. Tomorrow is a new day to start fresh.
10) Keeping a positive attitude as much as possible. Smiling a lot whether I was happy or not really, really helped.
11) Keeping positive people in my life and letting go of the ones who were negative more often than not.
12) Keeping a gratitude journal where I would write five things I was thankful for each day.
13) Reading lots of articles, member blobs, and watching lots of Coach Nicole's videos. It was nice to learn proper form for lots of the exercises I do.
14) I changed up things I do or the order in which I do them so I don't get bored. There are lots of things I would like to learn, but there are no classes in the area.
15) I always have a play list especially for my various exercises playing whenever I exercise.
16) Cutting out added sugar to food
17) limiting my soda intake to one a day.
18) Weighing myself once a week and track how I am doing.
19) Having a buddy to keep accountable.
20) Believing I could do it this time.
These are things that helped me the very most. Good luck on your journey. I know you can do it with what works for you!
Peace, love, and happiness.
Wednesday, July 25, 2012
Hello to all my Spark Buds! I hope that these tips don't refer to things on your pages and that you are all safely protected. Whenever I notice things on someone's page, I try to either privately message them or send them a goodie that contains the problem I see and feel should be corrected for their own well being.
Lately, I have been seeing a lot of pages containing the member's email address in complete form. We all need a reminder if we want to publish our emails that we do it thusly: my name at gmail dot com. Why should this be posted this way? Well, lots of bots, those sneaky little electronic things that collect emails for both legitimate and illegal businesses, can pick up the address when it is typed the way you would address an email. You can then start receiving lots of unwanted spam and possibly have your account hacked to name just two problems. Personally I would prefer if someone would like my private email that they message me for it. That just makes me feel safer knowing that not everyone on the net can see it no matter how I type it on my page.
Several times lately I have even found members who leave their entire location addresses and sometimes include their phone number. Please, Please, PLEASE do not do this. It is only risking your safety that someone with a problem starts calling, writing, or even stalking you at your home. It is more than just not wise. It can be your life being in a horrible place and no one here needs that kind of trouble. But the only way we can keep others from seeing the info on our pages is to make them private. And even then, some people know how to get past that and onto the private page.
We really need to keep in mind that anyone with computer access can see our pages nearly anywhere we go. As much as we would like to think we are letting friends or potential friends know us better, we need to be mindful of the information we do share ANYWHERE on-line.
I refuse to make my page private as I want anyone who might like my posts at Teams, comments on their blogs, or read my blogs, to be able to add me as a friend, leave me a comment, or send me a goodie! Those things are worth the cost of not publishing all of my personal information.
Hopefully this information will be helpful. It seems we can get to know one another on teams and in sharing that we forget there are millions of members and even more guests who visit these pages and see what is written.
Then, too Spark has attracted members who are fairly new to the internet and aren't aware of some precautions that should be taken to protect themselves and need to have the information. We are new at some point and have had to learn it ourselves - some of us the hard way.
Most of this is common sense and actions we would take in our day-to-day activities at home. Sometimes it is good to get a reminder now and again.
Peace, love and blessings to all my Spark buds and I hope you stay safe on-line and off.
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