Tuesday, June 07, 2011
A 6-year-old and a 4-year-old are upstairs in their bedroom. "You know what?" says the 6-year-old. "I think it's about time we start cussing." The 4-year-old nods his head in approval. The 6-year-old continues. "When we go downstairs for breakfast I'm going to say hell and you say ass."
"OK!" The 4 year old agrees with enthusiasm.
Their mother walks into the kitchen and asks the 6-year-old what he wants for breakfast. "Aw hell, Mom, I guess I'll have some Cheerios."
WHACK! He flies out of his chair, tumbles across the kitchen floor, gets up, and runs upstairs crying his eyes out, with his mother in hot pursuit, slapping his rear every step. The mom locks him in his room and shouts "You can just stay there till I let you out!"
She then comes back downstairs, looks at the 4-year-old, and asks with a stern voice, "And what do YOU want for breakfast young man?
"I don't know," he blubbers, "But you can bet your ass it won't be Cheerios!"
...JUST GOTTA LOVE THEIR INNOCENCE!!!
Monday, May 30, 2011
As a boy, He had a dream,
A Dream to Be a MARINE,
As a MARINE, He envisioned
Going to war to protect.
What has become his mission...
TO LET FREEDOM RING!!
His Duty was almost done...
When the shot came from the enemy's Gun.
He was called HOME from UP ABOVE to do his DUTY of watching...
Those that He LOVES.
Juan Garcia-Schills...was my son in law, Frank Guzman's best friend. He will always be honored by me and my family...for the great sacrafice for our Freedom. God Bless you and thank you.
~ JANET VAN BUREN, DESERT HOT SPRINGS, California
Wednesday, April 13, 2011
I have bought and read The Spark. I love the motivational story in there as well as all the sound advice that is on this website all into one organized book.
It has asked me to spread the spark to others....this is what I have done to spread the spark.....
Everyday...I post on sparkpeople to those who are new...I send them encouragement to help them along as well as some sound advice. I make sure when I log in that I am also logged into my FB so everyone can see my progress each day. When I go to the park track and walk....I share to those I walk past what I have accomplished and praise them for trying to make the changes with their lives...and theeeeeeeen I tell them about Sparkpeople.com!!! I have told my friends about my achievements and encourage them to check out the sparkpeople website. My husband has even gotten the sparkfever....he tells the people he see's everyday at his security gate. The Spark is just as contagious as saying Merry Christmas, or Happy Birthday....those who are truly ready to make a change...will HEAR what you have to say!!!
The Sparkpeople has asked me to set new goals with my life.....That I have already done and would be happy to share. Today, I have officially lost 40 lbs!!! I have hypothyroid and so this has been a hard journey through the desert terrain!!! I finally found an oasis not a mirage!!! Because I know now that it is POSSIBLE to lose weight with this miserable disease (however slow it may be) I know it is also POSSIBLE to better my life!!! As a child I knew nothing but abuse (sexually, emotionally, physically, and mentally) from my mother, her 2nd husband, my siblings, my classmates, and my ex-husband. This brought me to my lowest ever...I just felt that I was made to be miserable and to suffer forever and to NEVER BE HAPPY!!!! I am WRONG!!! I was brought here to this world to help those that have been in my situation. I am strong...I am a SURVIVOR...and that is my tool!! I have just signed up at a University to go back to school and get my degree in Psychology!! That is my new lifetime goal!! My second lifetime goal is to finish what I have started...no matter how long it takes me....LOSE THE LAST 60 LBS!!!! My third lifetime goal...is to help as many women, men, and children as I can to heal and know that they have self worth. Last but not least...my 4th lifetime goal is to continue to rescue the stray cats off the street...get them fixed and find them homes. I see a plan in the future of me opening up a charity organization for animals.
Now Sparkpeople wants me to set up my Dream List.....I have already beaten them to that too....I am thrilled to share it with all of you....
See a NASCAR RACE....done!!!!
See a COLLEGE FOOTBALL GAME....done!!!
See UCLA AND USC PLAY AGAINST EACH OTHER...
GO TO THE ROSEBOWL PARADE
GO CROSS COUNRTY SKIING
GO ON MY FIRST CRUISE (WHEN I HIT THAT BIG TIME GOAL)
WEAR A SEXY BIKINI
TRAVEL THE OTHER 17 STATES I HAVE NOT SEEN
BUNGEE JUMP!! CRAZY ME!!
EARN BOTH A BACHELOR AND ASSOCIATE DEGREE
GO DEEP SEA FISHING FOR TUNA AND HALIBUT...YUM
SEE MY GREAT GRANDCHILDREN BE BORN
LIVE IN A CABIN BY A LAKE
SEE SOME OF MY FAVORITE SINGERS IN CONCERT
GO TO A FILM FESTIVAL HERE IN PALM SPRINGS, CA
GO SEE A CHARGERS GAME WITH MY DIE HARD FAN (DAUGHTER)
MEET CHRIS DOWNIE...SO I CAN SHAKE HIS HAND AND SAY THANK YOU FOR BELIEVING IN ALL OF US WHEN WE DIDN'T!!!
MEET COACH NICOLE ....SO I CAN SAY THANK YOU FOR ALL HER WONDERFUL VIDEOS THAT HAVE HELPED ME TO GET THIS FAR!!!
This is only the beginning of my dreams....I have to think about what else I want in life. I have so much I want to do and see and it is just now hitting me...that I may just see all of it happen!!!!
SO NOW THAT I HAVE SHARED MY DESIRES AND DREAMS TO ALL OF YOU....HOW ABOUT IT...WHAT ARE YOU DOING TO SPREAD THE SPARK? WHAT ARE YOUR GOALS?? AND LAST BUT NOT LEAST...WHAT ARE YOUR LIFETIME DREAMS???
Saturday, March 12, 2011
I started the Sparkpeople's journey by accident on May 15, 2008 ( surfing the internet for a small spark of HOPE). I have been with the program awhile now, but it has changed my life, if not saved it.
So, you wonder how has it changed my life....Well, before I started this program I had clogged arteries, hypertension, hypothyroid disease (still do), chronic depression, insomnia, and chronic joint pains. I have eliminated the clogged arteries (blood test came back clean, no more meds) my hypertension is gone and last reading read 117/86, that's a far cry from 141/96 (again no more meds). Two years ago my doctor was reminding me I was on the verge of heart disease and possibly a fatal heartattack. I knew I needed to do something. I would go on those stupid new fad diets ( they would work for a bit, then failure) and I would gain much more weight than when I started. This really made me depressed and bitter towards myself. I saw myself as a loser and a failure and that made me give up all HOPE. My body would still hurt, my heart would sputter when I walked with effort, my blood pressure would fly up and then on came a migraine. I have only been able to lose 34 lbs so far on the Sparkpeople (hypothyroid makes it harder to lose it like normal healthy adults) but I have also lost a total of 27 1/2 inches since I have started Sparkpeople. Today, I can walk up stairs and inclines without feeling like I am going to pass out or worse die, my heart let's me know its happy ( it's no longer trying to escape my rib cage) and my joints no longer hurt. I have more energy and I feel confident with myself. When people look at me rudely because I am obesed and ordering something healthy ( they think I am doing it for show) I smile politely and say I am a Sparky!! They don't know what to think of that and leave me alone. Most of the time I get folks who are thrilled to help me with the changes I make to my menu for a healthier meal. Sometimes, I wonder if they are a sparky!!
I even had moments when I told others about the Sparkpeople program (they joined too) and that makes me feel good knowing I made a difference in someone else's lifestyle changes. See, there are still good people out there like us who know what it's like to struggle and it's our responsibility as a spark member to tell them about this wonderful lifestyle changing program. There has been so many positive changes in my life that there are truly too many to list. But Spark has given me faith in myself and I know I am going to go all the way with this. How can you go wrong, I can't see failure in this program. I usually give up or blow out of the diet within two weeks from boring foods or impossible expectations. Sparks is none of the above. It's a fun and positive community of people who try to change their lives and the lives of others thru their success and heartaches.
I love this program and I am doing these changes for me, so I can live a healthier, happier, more active lifestyle and be with my family until I am 90+ yrs old.
BUT MOST OF ALL.....I FINALLY LOVE ME FOR WHO I AM!!!! and that is a big change in my life and I owe that to Chris Downie and his staff team members!! SPREAD THE SPARK!!!
Tuesday, March 01, 2011
Many of you have been keeping up with the blogs and team postings of Sabrina Vasquez and as I promised....I would keep everyone updated.
She is having her surgery on Wednesday and the procedure they are doing is going to be pretty invasive. They plan to remove her shoulder where the cancer has ravaged her and put in a metal replacement. The doctors wanted her to go for an amputation, but she told them it would not be good for her with a very active one year old. So this was what they all agreed on. There is a probability she will have to undergo chemotherapy for about 6 mths as well.
Please continue to pray for her that this will all work out for the best of her health and her well being.
I thank every single one of you for taking this moment to pray for her and your great love that you have shared with a stranger in need. GOD BLESS AND AS ALWAYS...THANK YOU AND MANY MANY HUGS!!!!
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