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Another wake up call, don't hit the snooze button!

Thursday, June 11, 2009

Last night my Hubby and I went to dinner. We were chatting have a few chuckles and I looked up to see our best buddies from about 15 years ago. We had changed a few priorities in life and had lost touch with each other. So I waved and they came over. The wife had an aneurysm back in Oct. She can no longer talk, only a small whisper, she use to be very loud and jolly always laughing. We didn't ask where this happened, but pretty sure it was her brain. We weren't sure she even knew who we were. Of course we didn't ask many questions. Her husband who was always the quite one is now the one talking. She had always been the "caretaker" worrying about his cholesterol and general health. I guess it was another reminder how fast life can change. I think it also helped my hubby think twice about his health. I do know we held each other a little closer last night. emoticon

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MARLIN515 6/13/2009 12:49PM

    Life is too short, I am reminded of my blessings, my family and especially my DH who has been so good to me when I have been.......well, not too nice!!! He has noticed and remarked that I am not so stressed and my attitude has improved in the last 30 days...its the walking and exercise! emoticon

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JOLOVESRUM 6/12/2009 7:25AM

    Wow life is scary when you get a reality check like that. It makes you stop and think. And you did the right thing by making the best of a sad thing. You lucky girl! (or real lucky husband, I think I see his smile this morning from here!)

Seriously thanks for sharing your story.

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AFTER49 6/11/2009 11:32PM

    Thanks for the message.....I'll be sure to kiss my favorite farmer a little extra. Wow how things change.

You know there are two things that adults used to say when I was a little kid that I always thought were strange now I kind of live by them.
1. When you got your health you've got everything.
2. How did you sleep last night dear?

As a child I always thought why wouldn't you have your health, where would it go?
Doesn't everybody just go to bed to sleep?


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FINDINGREALME 6/11/2009 11:08PM

    Wow! Thanks for the reminder of how fast your life can change. I try to always say goodbye and give my hubby and son a kiss in the morning just for this very reason.

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SUNNY332 6/11/2009 8:23PM

    That definitely would be a wake up call. My sister and I have a favorite place we often meet at for lunch. It is great food - not too expensive, and the owner and her husband are just really nice people. My sister called me at work today to tell me the owner's husband had an aneurysm saturday night but unlike your friend, he did not make it. I was so surprised as he looked to be in fairly good health. You just never know. God does have a plan for all of us.

Take care and thanks so much for sharing. Hugs, Sunny

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SLIMAKINS 6/11/2009 8:15PM

    In the blink of an eye things can change. I'll remember your story! emoticon

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4-1HEALTHYCYNDI 6/11/2009 5:46PM

    I'm always thankful for everyday that I'm given with my husband. I've made many changes for and with him. I wish he also would watch his weight more, but refuse to "nag" him. He sees what a difference my choices have made in our lives. He is talking about doing more, he just hasn't found the way for him to do it yet.

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Monday, June 08, 2009

This comes from 12-step Programs but it will apply to Sparks also.
All of these could really mess up your best intentions. Eat you six small meals a day so you won't over indulge. Anger can be a good thing if you recognize it and decided if you Can do anything about it and do it. Loneliness, that is what us SPARKS are for, support and understanding. Tiredness can also make you fail. I am to tired to cook or I just want to stop and grab something. Just think before you not react!!! emoticon

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SUNNY332 6/9/2009 7:57AM

    That is a great reminder. I don't think the 12 Step Programs would mind if we borrowed it.

Thanks so much! Have a great week.

Hugs, Sunny

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4-1HEALTHYCYNDI 6/8/2009 6:13PM

    Thank you for the timely reminder.

I am very tired today, and perhaps a bit lonely for my local friends. I will have to do something about that.

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There goes the Beef!!!

Tuesday, June 02, 2009

I was raised by a full blooded German. We had meat and Potatoes, and gravy every meal! That is what I learned to cook and that is what I had always feed my family. Every meal was meat, one kind or another. The other day I picked up some turkey sausage. Boy it was so good. It was not bland like I expected it to be. It has spices and I really enjoyed it. I even gave Hubby a little and he said it wasn't "to Bad". It wasn't real greasy or heavy. I went back to the store and bought Turkey burger, bacon and everything else I could find. I was really amazed at how much I really did like it. I am sure I am not going to give beef up completely, but I can say, I will be eating more turkey in place of beef. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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AFTER49 6/8/2009 2:19PM

    Okay camper girl......We raise beef on our farm so you have to keep eating it. You hear me beef not turkey. I am not a turkey farmer.

Actually we have really cut beef out of daily diets also. When we do have beef it is always lean cuts and we are pretty careful. We probably eat more chicken now and have added fish. Never ever eat a serving of beef that is larger than a computer mouse. To be really honest I don't even miss it that much.

Who goes camping with turkey anyway?


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SUNNY332 6/3/2009 10:21AM

    I was raised in a german community too - raised on Bierocks which is still my favorite indulgence to say the least. I am also crazy about German Spaetzles and butter balls. Oh my, what a treat.

Take care - we are learning healthier ways to eat but we can still have our "comfort food" occasionally - just not Spaetzles every day.

Hugs, Sunny

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4-1HEALTHYCYNDI 6/2/2009 5:20PM

    I was raised the same way and made the same change several years ago. I still eat steak or hamburger (mostly when eating out), but really prefer turkey, chicken or fish most of the time.

Great change! Keep up the great work.

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MARLIN515 6/2/2009 3:09PM

    Less beef for me, too! DH and I are enjoying fish and turkey meals, also.
Once a month we do splurge on a nice steak. Have you tried making a meatloaf with ground turkey? Really good! I love turkey bacon and sausage, though I don't purchase these too often.

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It takes just one Spark

Saturday, May 30, 2009

For the last couple of days I have been thinking exactly what it is about Sparks that intrigues me. I was think yesterday just what is a "SPARK"? The first thing that popped in my head was a "Spark of Fire",yes, I am on fire! I started on fire when I found Sparks. My fire could have smoldered, but that's when I found you guys. The more sparks there are, the bigger fire I will have! That's why, you all are sooooo important to me emoticon emoticon

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4-1HEALTHYCYNDI 6/2/2009 7:06PM

    Wonderful notion. Thanks!

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SUNNY332 5/30/2009 2:47PM

    Brilliant - Absolutely Brilliant, and I agree 100%.

Just got home from the Farmer's Market. It was wonderful and of course, I got some more plants. Yea!

Hugs, Sunny

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Don't Lose your Spark!!

Friday, May 29, 2009

Everyone says they have noticed a lot of Spark Members have left. After checking some of the Teams activity, I just shake my head. There isn't very much action. I know I have started a few topic and after one or two post, they die. Other teams seam to have little "clicks". It seems like you have to go back two months to find out what the posts are about. Is it just me?

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AFTER49 6/8/2009 2:22PM

    Maybe we smell bad?


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SMILINGEYES2 5/29/2009 11:12AM

    There are many reasons that this might happen. Friends and family members are sometimes that way as well. Two of my SPARK groups are more active than others. Keep window shopping until you find your niche. Your post has prodded me to check out a couple of members that I have not heard from for awhile. I read posts when I can--usually the first 5 pages and then every 5th page. I tend to look at the title and then select those that sound like they may be of interest. Sometimes, that is it, other times, the post strikes a chord with me and I will respond. It is amazing to me that you can empathize and be concerned about persons you have never met. For me this site is a better tool than some of the other social networking sites.

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SUNNY332 5/29/2009 10:33AM

    That is just kind of the way it goes some times. Have you every joined an exercise class? Seems like the class may start out with 30 but by the time it is over, the members left standing are significantly less.

Some times, it does appear that some teams have clicks but I really don't think that is what is going on. It is just that you do have some very dedicated members who want to see the posts continue so they keep contributing to them. I just jump right in and make myself at home and sometimes they every reply to me. Yea!

I think people have great intentions then life has a way of changing their priorities.

Great Blog Sharron! Hope you have a very emoticon Day.

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