Saturday, August 25, 2012
Today marks SIX big years since I found SparkPeople.
I remember that I had read a post on a running website about Spark and decided to check it out. I didn't jump right into anything as I was confused by it all. The main thing is, I stayed.
I kept showing up, day after day, week after week.. and now year after year!
What have I gotten out of Sparkpeople that would keep me here for six years?!
The great people, it's free, the amazing articles, the food/fitness tracking, and on and on.
I have learned alot about myself through my time here and continue to learn.
I came to Spark about 15 pounds heavier then I am now. However, I have maintained an over 50 pound weight loss for 10 years. Spark has helped me do this as well as my more active lifestyle...my name says it.. I run!
I will continue to stay on Spark because the journey isn't finished. I've got lots more to learn, lots more great goals to achieve, and many more people to help me along the way.
A huge thank you to each and every person that has touched my journey here. You have shared something with me that has changed me in one way or another. I am grateful for you and to this amazing website and all those who work so hard to keep it going.
May each of you reading this be blessed in your Spark and life journey. It's a great ride!
Wednesday, July 04, 2012
Today is a fun filled holiday in the USA! Flags waving, picnics, watermelon, hot weather.....etc...
Those are my memories growing up on how we celebrated the best summer holiday ever! It was also my dad's birthday which made it even more special.
For many years to celebrate the day we would meet up at the extended family house on Lake Hopatcong in NJ for a crab feast. Some of my uncles, (my mom's brothers) would get crabs from Maryland and have them sitting in wooden baskets at the back door of the family style house on the lake. It was a large wooden house with a garage and a stone tree lined drive leading up to it.
It was the once a year meeting with my cousins, aunts and uncles that just about everyone was there for. All the picnic tables were pushed together and covered with newspapers to protect them from the soon to be piles of crab shells. This is where I developed my love of seafood, especially crab.
Pitchers of beer and glasses of soda (for us kids) lined the tables and the conversations were loud and joyous. It was a great time and we kids couldn't wait until it would start to get dark so we could see the fireworks and have our very own sparkler to hold.
The boats would start to dot the lake and the lights of sparklers started to appear. That signaled to us that it was time for us to join in. One of my uncles would hand out the silver rods and give us careful instructions on how to hold them. For a few minutes we were like owners of shooting stars with steams of light from our hands. I loved waving it around and even writing my name in the air. It all ended too soon as the light faded.
As was the custom, a birthday cake in the shape of an American Flag was brought out for my Dad and candles lit the night darkness. We all enjoyed the celebration and it's amazing that after all these years I can see it all in my mind's eye.
Today my Dad would have been 95. It's been 21 years since his passing He died on 5 July 1991....today I run in his memory and will wear my Stars and Stripes.
May you all make bold and strong memories so that twenty one years from now, someone can paint a verbal picture of them!
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