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Survived Today!

Monday, April 30, 2012

I'm fighting some serious depression issues, which I believe I'm prone to in the spring months, perhaps exascerbated by losing Rusty. Phil's being very supportive and helpful. I'm determined to analyze, work through, and prepare preventative strategies!

  


Worried about . . .

Sunday, April 29, 2012

I'm worried about my continued inability to complete my work. Do I want to get fired? I think I may need to reflect, analyze, and maybe even ask for help. Scary stuff!

  
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KATHYBERKLEY 4/30/2012 4:27PM

  If you are worried enough to say to yourself that you may need help, then there is no shame in seeking it. Here to listen anytime. XO

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Jackson :)

Saturday, April 28, 2012

I inherited Jackson fron my good friend, Karrie when she had to move to an apartment. He's a sweet seven-year-old golden retriever mix and the most submissive creature I've ever met. He fits in well around here because he goes with the flow and loves food. He and I have a lot in common!

Since we lost Rusty, Jackson has moved into the unlikely position of "top dog." He was even dominated by a Chiuaha in his former household! The poor baby lays down in front of the dog food bowl, drooling, and waiting for another dog to eat first, so it will be his turn. I've been spending more time with him in the last week, and I'm thinking that he could blossom into an amazing dog!

Today we had our first lesson walking down our country road on a leash. Jack is so easy to train! He just wants to please so badly! Today we worked on several skills at once: sitting when a car approached, not tugging on the leash, following my varying pace, and ignoring other animals (birds, donkeys, dogs, horses, and squirrels today!). I think he'll be ready to behave on a leash in any setting in just a couple of weeks! I'm so proud of him!

  
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PATRIC8 4/29/2012 3:03AM

  Sweet Girl, so sorry I've been out of touch and so very sorry for the loss of the faithful Rusty......know that I've been there and understand your grief. Sounds like Jackson is just the ticket for you right now.....so glad. I'll be traveling for the next 2 weeks so wanted to get this short note to you before I leave.
Love you, miss you, will see you soon. emoticon

Bookie Pat

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TIRED49 4/29/2012 1:17AM

    Glad you have another pet. Though he won't take Rusty's place--he needed loving too, and you are giving him just that. Pets are special

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CHESAKAT41 4/28/2012 8:47PM

    I am soooo happy you took Jackson into your home and he didn't have to go to a shelter. You will have so much fun with your new friend. I have 2 Kitties - they send Jackson some love from LI, NY...
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Why I Began This Journey!

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

I started this journey toward a healthier me because I'm not performing well at my job. I teach high school English, and I don't have the discipline and energy to correct papers after school and into the evening as I did do when I was younger and lighter. So, I've begun this journey because I love teaching and want to keep my job.

I'm taking a big step within the next two weeks, as well. I'll be a guest speaker in the health teacher's class to "spread the spark" for their nutrition unit. I'm scared stiff! (Never happened before in the eighteen years I've been teaching.) What is so scary is sharing something so personal. My self-talk lately has been emphasizing the positive changes that I've made in the last couple of months and trying to focus on the positive that sparkteens can provide for these kids that I love!

  
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KATHYBERKLEY 4/26/2012 1:07AM

  That's the Karen that I know and LOVE. You are an inspiration to me at every turn. Every student of yours has been blessed with the most amazing teacher. It's okay to share a little of your personal life- they will appreciate you even more than they do already. I just read The Secret Garden- all that change with a positive attitude such as yours. Read it (again) for renewed faith. Waiting to hear how it goes being a Guest Speaker.
Good luck.

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TIRED49 4/26/2012 12:10AM

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Awesome that you are going to share and help spread the spark.

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Getting Creative

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Yes, moving all that bark was great exercise! Thanks for the reminder, sparkfriend TIRED49! I've been looking for more projects like this around the property since zumba didn't work due to arthritic knees and since walking didn't work due to severe foot pain. All it takes is a little change of attitude to make "work" feel like "play" and an OPPORTUNITY to work out. :)

  
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TIRED49 4/24/2012 10:28PM

    I do lots of exercise on the recumbent bike, but my favorite is outside working. Especially planting flowers. I have to do a lot of crawling around and stretching to get it done. Fun exercise! Especially after I see all the blooms emoticon

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