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Spark People Motivator of the Day

Sunday, August 17, 2014

I did not even know that I had gotten this honor until I saw my Spark Page and saw the comments. Work has been hectic for a couple of weeks, school just started and there is just so much to do I end up staying until 5 or 6 and by the time I get home I really don't want to look at a computer (my job is technology support specialist, administrator of our student data system and state reporting). So I hadn't checked my email for several days, when I did and saw all the comments I was floored. I was so touched! I don't feel like much of a motivator to be really honest, I have struggled. I think the one thing I can offer to other members is that I don't quit, I just keep working at this and trying to find the balance I need.

Thank you all so very much, there are so many other people who deserve this, I am just so honored to be chosen.

  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

MCJULIEO 9/10/2014 10:53PM


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ALICE_TENNIS 8/28/2014 11:32AM

    Thanks for all of the encouragement and positive energy you give at Spark People! emoticon

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ZELLAZM 8/23/2014 10:18AM

    You certainly motivate me, Frannie, altho we don't touch base often. I think our mutual persistence is quite award-worthy! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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WILSHAR7 8/19/2014 2:10PM

    You deserve it! You ARE a Spark motivator!!! emoticon

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FIT4MEIN2013 8/19/2014 11:36AM

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MEXGAL1 8/18/2014 6:00PM

    Congrats to you. You deserve it!

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7 years

Monday, April 21, 2014

I have been on Spark People for 7 years as of Saturday! I joined Spark People April 19th 2007 and have been fairly consistent since, logging in 83 % of the time. I have lost weight and gained it back but the one thing I have done is really begin to incorporate healthier habits. Real change is slow, it takes a long time to really change those bad habits but I have learned that you just can't quit. As long as you keep working at it you will make the small changes that are needed!

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JWARD199 5/14/2014 5:37PM

    My 7 year anniversary is in July of this year, Frannie. Real change is slow, that is for sure. We are here for the long haul!

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WILSHAR7 4/24/2014 12:18PM

    It's a VERY slow process, but we can't expect the weight to come off fast because it didn't go on fast.

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MEXGAL1 4/22/2014 5:20PM

    wow, 7 years. that is awesome. I will be here for 6 years come August.
I think this is the best site ever!!! I have learned so much and made so many valuable friends here.
woo hoo!

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ZELLAZM 4/21/2014 9:20AM

    Woohoo! Just like Winston Churchill said - never give up!
emoticon + emoticon = 7 years!

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Happy Morning

Friday, March 21, 2014

I have really embraced the philosophy that you should own your happiness (or lack thereof). It is not particularly easy, though it should be. We all tend to look to other people or things for our happiness or blame them for our lack of happiness, I know that I am very guilty of this and I just don't want to be there anymore. So I am on a campaign to be a more contended and happier person. I am reading blogs, articles and books looking for the ideas that might work for me. That is the key, lots of people write about a more fulfilling or happier life but there is never anyone set of ideas that works for everyone so I think you have to explore what works for you.

I found a great idea and actually got to test it out this morning, at least is was really great for me. A blog I read suggested watching a funny YouTube video each day. I love funny YouTube videos so I thought okay. This morning there was a link to a video here on SparkPeople, and it said it would bring a smile to your face so I watched it. It was funny, and very entertaining and when I finished watching it I was laughing! I felt so good and I have to say even now, about 30 minutes later I am much happier. It uplifted me. Now I was not in a bad mood this morning so it may be that I was just ripe for that, I will need to try it on a bad day, but I have subscribed to a few feeds on YouTube that promise to provide a smile and I am going to give this a try when I have a chance. I recommend that you watch the video, it is made by a journalist named Ben Aaron. Here is a link to the video:

Check it out, I bet it makes you smile too!

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AUNTCAT 3/31/2014 3:45PM

    I am learning to listen to music that makes me happy more regularly, even though my family does not like the same kind of music. It helped when I was a kid. Why do moms feel like it is their job to make sure others are happy at the expense of their own happiness?

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ZELLAZM 3/29/2014 6:46AM

    Good morning! I had actually seen that video before but it still made me smile, especially the first dancer who inspired it.

I guess I think of happiness as the outworking of the joy of the Lord. We can have that joy even in times when we're not feeling "happy" - but I also think we can CHOOSE to let that joy be expressed in happy ways. Like this!

xox Michelle

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MEXGAL1 3/21/2014 8:45PM

    Being happy is such a personal thing and we are all different about what makes us it's so good that you are looking for the right things for you.
Thanks for sharing the link
Many smiles.

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    I think that laughter is so important…..I try to do it as much as possible! I really enjoyed reading your blog….thank you!!
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BABY_GIRL69 3/21/2014 12:38PM

    This is part of the key to living a longer, healthier & productive life!!! Don't let anyone stand in your way because the have power to make us unhappy only because you give them that power.

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-BLESSINGS- 3/21/2014 10:29AM

    Thanks for sharing....
A few years ago... I self Realized... I was spending tooo much time and energy working towards happiness... then one day hit it me.... I Have to CHOOSE to be Happy each day... Its my choice... no matter what is happening around me...

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BLESSIngs ALLways ~Deby

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Thursday, December 05, 2013

What does it take to be happy? Does it mean you have everything you want in life? What does it mean to you?

I have been thinking about happy for awhile now, I know that it is something that I control, my happy or not happy is my problem, I can't lay it at the doorstep of other people. I know that I choose what it is that makes me happy and what doesn't, I also choose to be happy or not to be happy. I realize that we can't be happy all the time, things happen, we lose people we love, lose our jobs, our livelihood. It is normal to be sad and to feel bad now and again. I just don't want to live there. I want to find a way to be happy where I am and rejoice in what I have now. I guess I don't really mean happy so much as contented. You know the feeling that says I have enough and I am enough. That is what I feel like I am working toward. Am I there? No, not by a long shot. I don't always feel like I am enough, I don't always feel that I have enough. That having part I have been working on and am getting much better. I don't really need any more than I have, I am very blessed with a wonderful family, a decent house to live in and enough food to eat. I have plenty of clothes and my house is furnished. I am warm in winter and cool in summer, there really isn't much more that is required to have a happy life.

So that leaves being enough, that is the hard one. No one is harder on you than you. No matter what we seem to find fault with ourselves and plenty of areas where we are lacking. I am working on that too, but struggle with that self talk thing! I will keep plugging away, I feel I am becoming a better me all the time and maybe one day I will be enough for myself!

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DUXGRL1 2/24/2014 6:08PM

    THIS sounds a lot like me...the self talk stuff. I had a bad day with the self talk. But also thanks for the reminder that being happy is a choice....sometimes I forget that, and good reminder for today!

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ZELLAZM 12/24/2013 3:24AM

    I can agree with so many points - thinking of all the time I waste arguing with myself!

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BABY_GIRL69 12/5/2013 2:13PM

    I think when I help others it infuses me with a form of happiness but also gives me peace too.

God bless & you can do it!


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JWARD199 12/5/2013 1:15PM

    I'm with you on this post, Frannie. I've been absent for the past year and a half due to sciatica and my husbands health issues; Ijust didn't have time to post or log. Of course, I gained weight, and now that the sciatica is better, I am ready to work out again.

Glad to see my friend Franniedid is still here! :) emoticon

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More grateful

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Haven't done this for a couple of days, I have had a bad cold so here goes.

1. I am thankful this cold wasn't much worse, I am back at work today.
2. I am very thankful for the laughter my granddaughter brings to my house and my life.
3. I am thankful that it is not too cold today.
4. I am thankful for the many people who add interest to my life.
5. I am thankful for the drama my younger daughter brings to me.

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BABY_GIRL69 11/21/2013 4:57PM

    Thank you for sharing!

God bless,


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FRANNIEDID 11/21/2013 4:36PM

    Mostly positive, but her drama is always funny!

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ZELLAZM 11/21/2013 3:49PM

    I hope it's positive drama!

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