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Day 56: Sick...

Friday, February 25, 2011

I couldn't tell you the last time I had a cold, but after running around all week and being in a gazillion different doctors' offices - yep, I guess it was inevitable.

So the hostess with the mostest ain't, at least not tonight. I'm going to bed. Back tomorrow, Deo volente.



  
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DEBIGENE 2/27/2011 11:42AM

    AW gee hon, sure hope your feeling uo to your perky self real soon. Take care of you.

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VW_STEPH 2/26/2011 3:43PM

    Aw, i'm sorry you have a cold! Ah well, it's a normal part of the year hehe. ;) It's actually my first February in a long time that i haven't got sick! Crazyyy! But it's still normal to catch the cold so you'll get through it soon enough!

P.S. Thanks for my blog comment hehe, did you find that spicy stuff in UK is far milder than US?
That tobasco is a killer, i used this 'Louisianna' pepper sauce, much like Tobasco. YOUCH! x

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ASPENHUGGER 2/26/2011 11:54AM

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That sucks! Zinc, echinacea, & squirt a solution of grapefruit extract concentrate up your nose if you start feeling sinus-infectiony. See ya when you recover!

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JULIEANNCAN 2/26/2011 9:44AM

    I hope you feel better soon and that resting helped!

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DTOWNSEND1966 2/26/2011 5:17AM

    Awww I hope you feel better soon. Make sure you get loads of rest! emoticon

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CO-CREATOR 2/26/2011 3:30AM

    I hope you feel better soon!

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FITFABJENN 2/25/2011 8:42PM

    emoticon Feel better soon!

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ONEKIDSMOM 2/25/2011 8:25PM

    So sorry to hear you're not well. Take care of you, friend! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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BEST_LIFE_NOW 2/25/2011 8:10PM

  Sorry that you are not feeling well. Enjoy some much needed rest!

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MOMOF2TONI 2/25/2011 7:07PM

    Feel better soon!! emoticon

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ANNEMICHAEL 2/25/2011 6:49PM

    Sending you a hot toddy...or two. emoticon

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LJCANNON 2/25/2011 6:22PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticonHope all the Tea and Vitamin C helps you get well quickly!!!

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SUNNYWBL 2/25/2011 6:16PM

    Bounce back quickly, my friend!


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REJ7777 2/25/2011 5:59PM

    Hope you feel better soon! emoticon

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DEBRITA01 2/25/2011 5:31PM

    Feel better Kasey...take care... emoticon

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LEANJEAN6 2/25/2011 5:28PM

    Oh poor you Kasey!!!!---- Hope the tea helps--rest rest rest-----DAMITOLL as you say!!! emoticon--Lynda emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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Day 55: Ringing the Changes

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Tonight I was listening as the local church hosted 'ringing the changes.' The air was very clear and still this evening, and the sound carries well from where the church is on the hill.



I'd been aware of the technique, from old British movies mostly, and occasionally because I would read something about it in Victorian literature - such as Dickens's 'A Christmas Carol.' When Diana and Charles were married (yes, okay, I was glued to the television, and I expect to be glued to it on 29 April this year, too, lol) all the churches in London were ringing the changes, so loud and so long that some of the TV presenters were nearly drowned out. What I didn't realize is that very likely the bell-towers all over the country were also ringing.

When I moved here, I was surprised to find that the local parish church, St Mary's, has a set of eight bells and a group of bell ringers. Every Sunday morning they ring for several minutes before services; every Thursday evening they ring for, oh, I guess about two hours - Thursday is practice night. When I hear them on Saturday afternoons I know someone has gotten married. Holidays often see a peal or two. And if there's a grand event with a national celebration - say, when a member of the royal family gets married - the local group is there to ring the changes.



A week or two ago I was writing to Debrita, one of my fellow Sparklers, about how lovely it is to hear the bells, and she mentioned how she enjoys bells and wished she could hear them. The wonders of the internet: I found a link.

www.inspirewebdesign.com/home
/mpaw/sounds/leamington_rc.mp3


The above is from a church in Leamington Spa, but it has a set of eight bells and the 'peal' they're ringing is one that is used here.

I hadn't known it until recently, but there are a lot of variations - the peals - that are almost like following the notes for a song. Some of these patterns are ancient, going back to the Middle Ages, and most have names. The recording above is known as the 'Stedman Triples.'

Lymm's parish church is listed in 'Dove's Guide for Church Bell Ringers.' It's a little technical, but it shows the notes for the eight bells at St Mary's; they were all cast in 1891.

dove.cccbr.org.uk/detail.php?
searchString=Lymm&numPerPage=50&Submit
=Go&searchAmount=%3D&searchMetric=cwt&
sortBy=Place&sortDir=Asc&DoveID=LYMM


The home page for Dove's Guide:

dove.cccbr.org.uk/home.php

If you're interested in learning more about the tradition, and want to hear more selections from different churches, this link is 'The Central Council of Church Bell Ringers.'

www.cccbr.org.uk/changeringin
g/


I never can resist checking to see what Wikipedia has on most any subject:

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Change_
ringing


...and with that, I'm done. Time for Beatleband. Himself is waiting. Goodnight, Sparklers, wherever you are!

  
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DTOWNSEND1966 2/25/2011 4:29PM

    We're too far away from churches to hear them so thanks for the links. I might have to toddle into town :)

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DEBRITA01 2/25/2011 7:29AM

    emoticonLove those bells!

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LECATES 2/25/2011 6:24AM

    I will listen when i get to school---thanks for the links---so many people forget to appreciate those kinds of things. i can often hear the chimes that ring at the local university----it has a nice sound, too.

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NEEDTOBE145 2/25/2011 4:42AM

    In your description, I could almost hear the bell, then I could from your links! Nice! So lovely!

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JULIEANNCAN 2/25/2011 2:46AM

    How lovely! I haven't experienced this "in real life" either. Thank you for sharing the links! I hope you're doing well and will have a wonderful weekend!

I also wanted to tell you that I love your new background image!

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ASPENHUGGER 2/25/2011 12:37AM

    Thanks, I love listening to the peals being rung. Don't know enough to be able to tell one from the other, but I still love the sound.

And congrats on those pants! Keep them, oh do! And then let use see a photo of you in only the one leg! You certainly have come a long, long way! emoticon

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DEBIGENE 2/24/2011 9:50PM

    This was lovely to listen too. There are a few churches in Catonsville that I get the pleasure of hearing their bells also. Always so nice to hear them. Thanks for sharing the links.

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LEANJEAN6 2/24/2011 7:48PM

    Very interesting!--- They do sound lovely=--must be nice to hear them in person!--It's a community thing---Thanks for the great blog-Lynda- emoticon

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SUNNYWBL 2/24/2011 7:33PM

    Who knew? emoticon

What a lovely tradition!

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ONEKIDSMOM 2/24/2011 7:03PM

    Oh, how lovely. It made me think of the apartment of my youth, a few blocks from one of our grand old churches here in town, and I loved sitting out on my porch and reading on their bell practice nights.

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SROUS1340 2/24/2011 6:25PM

    Dorothy Sayers wrote a famous mystery called "The Nine Tailors" about bell ringers. Everything else I knew about it came as background to BBC Masterpiece Theatre. Thanks for the link. It was grand hearing those bells! Love the new background BTW.

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Day 54: Chinatown!

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

We went to Manchester's Chinatown today for lunch and a walkaround. It used to extend for a few blocks in each direction from the Chinese gate, but in recent years (and it's been only since I moved here) I think about two-thirds of it has been demolished, no doubt in the name of 'progress.' Still plenty of shops and restaurants, and at least a few grocery stores.

We picked a place with a buffet - I think I did fairly well, all in all, within range, tho it would've been less if I had resisted the spring rolls. (Chinese restaurants in Britain don't have egg rolls, at least I've not seen them here. Good thing they don't, because that is one thing I think I would not be able to resist, and they can be really calorie-laden!)

We stayed longer than we'd intended, but as it had been quite a while since we'd gotten together the time flew. Being in town we also did some shopping, then came back for another 'natter' and a light supper. And now, it's bedtime. Dunno where the day went. :-)



Goodnight, Sparklers, wherever you are!

  
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DTOWNSEND1966 2/24/2011 11:35AM

    Love the picture! Sounds like a lovely day out!

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ANNEMICHAEL 2/24/2011 11:09AM

    What a gorgeous site. I will be coming here whenever I have that "hopes dashed" feeling about the weather.
So beautiful. Thankyou!

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CO-CREATOR 2/24/2011 8:06AM

    Sounds very nice!! I like your spark page background, so pretty!!!

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JULIEANNCAN 2/24/2011 1:14AM

    How fun! I love your photo too. Thanks for sharing. :)

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SUSANISBACK 2/24/2011 12:59AM

    I love it there too, not taken Ralph yet, maybe when the weather warms up..it will warm up won't it?.....lol

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BLONDWUNN 2/23/2011 10:45PM

    Sightseeing is such a wonderful way to get in some healthy walking! Being with a friend makes it even better! Bet your total steps for the day really added up!

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MONAMOM 2/23/2011 10:03PM

    I enjoyed visiting Manchester. Sounds like you had a great day and I can tell you for sure that I can NOT resist egg rolls. Hugs!

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FITFABJENN 2/23/2011 9:52PM

    Yum! I'm glad you had a wonderful day.

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DEBRITA01 2/23/2011 8:44PM

    Time flies when you're having fun...glad you had a nice day in Chinatown. I love spring rolls...mmm emoticon

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LECATES 2/23/2011 7:21PM

    I am going to DC tomorrow---taking someone from Texas to the museums---and my Spark buddy has not been since she was in high school----should be fun----glad you had a nice day----and everyone is allowed a splurge day every now and then.

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LEANJEAN6 2/23/2011 6:57PM

    You had yer friend there visiting eh??--- Well, Chinese Food and me --being sorta Chinese--go together--There are no egg rolls in Jamaica either-----Spring rools are better really--usually not so much breading--Dim Sum is the best!!!
How did yer friend react to yer weight loss?----- Anyway---- better weather here--sun at least---Sood blog!-Lynda emoticon

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ONEKIDSMOM 2/23/2011 6:54PM

    They've started doing "Spring rolls" instead of "Egg Rolls" over on this side of the pond, too. At least in the last few Chinese places I've gone to.

Glad you had a good outing! Sleep well, my friend!

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REJ7777 2/23/2011 6:42PM

    Looks like you had an interesting day.

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DUMBELLE 2/23/2011 6:41PM

    Chinatown looks amazing! I love Chinese! Hope you had a wonderful time!

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MTULLY 2/23/2011 6:15PM

    Sounds like a wonderful day!

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Day 53: Catching Up

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

This morning I noticed the flower bed outside the kitchen window was covered with green. I thought 'Huh. Wonder when the leaves started growing.' At lunchtime - the crocuses had popped! Purple crocuses in bloom. Now try to tell me spring ain't just around the corner, cold or no cold...



Tomorrow sees us midweek and with our friend arriving, the next couple of days are kind of filled - I plan to do lots of catching up. We haven't seen him in nearly three years, since he went to Japan; I hope he's in for a pleasant surprise when he sees me!

So far this week we've got two appointments under our belts, with two more yet to go. Wotta week it's been for 'the busyness of life.'

The two I've had for Monday and today were NHS appointments, and I have to say - for anything the NHS gets wrong, they get ten things right. IMHO

Yesterday I saw the foot doctor (finally!) about the plantar fasciitis, a doctor who believes in noninvasive techniques as the firstline treatment of choice. Great, me too, as the mere thought of things like 'cortisone injection' and 'surgery' are enough to render me practically catatonic. (Yah, you hear me make that chicken noise: pauk pauk pauk.)

On to the 'physio' - the physical therapist - who led me through some massage and exercise techniques, gave me a pair of inserts for my shoes, explained some other things about heat application, etc. - and who taught me how to tie my shoes. Oh, I know, it made me laugh too! But I wasn't lacing them tight enough and tying them at the right point to lend additional support to my feet. I tend to (ahem) keep them fairly loose and sloppy, mostly because it just feels comfortable. The 'new' correct lacing tends to feel tight, just about to the point of UNcomfortable - or did. Within an hour it felt better, and starting off this morning with them tied properly (!) seems even better than yesterday, so... who'd'a thunk it!

Today's stop was with the physical fitness specialist. This is one of the departments within the NHS that's facing massive restructuring (read: budget cuts) if not outright elimination. This young fellow spent a good half-hour just doing my initial interview.

He asked questions to find out what exercises I've been doing, what kinds of health problems I have (e.g., diabetes), what kind of physical problems I have (the foot, the knee - and he was the first one to ask if they were 'opposing,' as in opposite legs, and yes, dammitoll, they are, which makes it even more difficult to work around), what medications I'm on, the whole nine yards.

Then he outlined several programs they offer that will address different 'targets': there's a strength-building program, an overall 'increased fitness for seniors' program, even a form of circuit training. There's also aquacize, tai-chi, two forms of yoga, gym equipment, and I don't know what all - pretty comprehensive program, tho. All of these are either free (fitness for seniors, circuit, tai-chi) or very minimal cost (aquacize, gym equipment). There are other programs I'm not yet fit enough for (there's a great walking program, for example) but I can work my way up to it, and so long as my foot and knee improve, I see no reason not to anticipate a time I can participate in some of the others, especially in the walks.

Of course, all this assumes the NHS will continue to fund these programs. To me, they fall into the 'preventive medicine' category. Sometimes I wonder if the powers-that-be (and I'm also thinking about some of the insurance companies and government agencies in the US) would rather dispense medicines and not encourage health-for-life. After all, if people live longer, services are required for a longer period of time and more money is paid out in the form of social security, pensions, etc. Does that sound cynical? (Moi? Cynical? lol...)

That's it, then... it was an early start this morning, it's been a long day, it'll be an early start and a long day tomorrow, so - goodnight, Sparklers, wherever you are!

  
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TRACYZABELLE 2/23/2011 7:43AM

    What a beautiful introduction to spring!

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CO-CREATOR 2/23/2011 7:14AM

    Lovely crocus, I saw Robins in the yard last week. I can't wait for spring. I hope that your program continues to be funded.

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JULIEANNCAN 2/23/2011 1:01AM

    Beautiful flowers! I'm glad that you have found some success and resources in treating your plantar fasciitis. I've not had much success here in the U.S. I wish you all the best!

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ANASONIC 2/22/2011 9:28PM

    Oh there is hope for spring somewhere in this world... hopefully soon here too. Started seeing a little green last week then got another foot of snow. Hope all turns out well with your medical programs. Enjoy your visitor! emoticon

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REJ7777 2/22/2011 9:21PM

    Crocuses! Those are crocuses! emoticon emoticon

It sounds like that physical fitness specialist really knows what he's talking about! I sure hope those programs continue and that you'll be able to participate. I wonder too about some of the decisions of the "powers that be". You'd have to be blind not to see that certain decisions aren't in the public's best interest. emoticon

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REJ7777 2/22/2011 9:21PM

    Oops. Double post.

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WANTS2CRUISE 2/22/2011 9:21PM

    My mom always had crocuses planted in our front yard and that was always the first sign of spring for me! Glad you shared that little bit of springtime with us! Also glad to hear that they are trying some non invasive procedures first with your feet. Have a great time catching up with your friend. I'm sure he will be amazed when he sees you!

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LJCANNON 2/22/2011 9:14PM

    The crocus are gorgeous!! emoticonI hope to be able to post pictures of flowers soon.
emoticonAlthough I did hear someone mention SNOW for next week, GRRRRRR!!!

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DEBIGENE 2/22/2011 8:22PM

    ah the thought of seeing crocus gives me hope this snow we got last night will be gone in no time at all. Just can't wait till Spring is sprung here too. Good night my friend sleep tight.

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AN804U 2/22/2011 8:07PM

    Some of the programs sound great...Aquacize sounds down right fun. Then again I love the water. As far as anticipating being able to do the walking program I say you can do anything you put your mind to. Have loads of fun catching up with your friend. emoticon

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LEANJEAN6 2/22/2011 7:40PM

    You are busy with all the appointments but they really sound helpful. The walking program--the pool----That's a real plus if you can get some classes paid for.--Then you have to fit it all into yer day---It is true , that Drs hand out pills rather than talk to their patients about lifestyle changes--but, its also true that Drs don't like patients with too many ailments--They prefer healthy people on their roster--Anyway, I am pooped here--long drive ----Interesting to hear about yer life ""across the pond""-- emoticon

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ONEKIDSMOM 2/22/2011 7:22PM

    Yours are the first crocus I've seen this season... I always love seeing them pop up like a little surprise! Look forward to seeing what program you start in on, and got my fingers crossed for the funding. emoticon Nighters, Kasey!

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PRETTYNPIT 2/22/2011 7:00PM

    Good night to you! Good luck with that foot missy. That has to be NO fun at all. A few friends have that very painful issue too.

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LECATES 2/22/2011 6:44PM

    Lovely crocus!----interesting visit you had today---glad that doctor wants to do noninvasive first---tell him about the doctor that taped my foot up and see what he says about that----wish we had those programs for free here. Hope your friend is amazed when he sees you again.

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THIAGRAM 2/22/2011 6:20PM

  Spring is a coming! Hooray for spring! I also believe noninvasive techniques as the firstline for treatment a good choice...... It's nice to have a physical fitness specialist who will take time to take care.... I really like my shoes done up tight. I think it feels good to have them done up tight... Hope you have a wonderful night's sleep!

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DEBRITA01 2/22/2011 6:11PM

    Who woulda thought that about tying your shoes correctly. I tend to get PF when I am wearing flip-flops or shoes without much support, so I guess that does make sense.

emoticonDon'tcha just love those crocuses? When I see mine pop, I know Spring is right around the corner. Those purple blooms are a piece of heaven after a cold, hard winter...

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Day 52: Three Years ...and What Keeps Me Sparkin'

Monday, February 21, 2011

Today's anniversary has been a recurring thought for me this past week or so. As many of you know, I wrote an 'anniversary update' blog back in December, so in one sense the date is a technical anniversary, but perhaps not as meaningful in terms of the effort I've put into Spark and my own journey to wellness. (I'm becoming quite fond of that term, 'wellness' as opposed to 'health.' Dunno why.)

I've been pondering things like motivation and perseverance, what they mean to me and how they've helped. But what's really Sparking me is SparkStreaks. That's a cute term for consistency, in many ways, and I think it's consistency that is proving to be my make-or-break key to success.

That's not to underrate the value of the encouragement and support from the community here. I don't want to preach to the choir, but you all know how important your fellow Sparklers are. The tools and features on SP are equally valuable.

For me, those things - the support and encouragement, the trackers and exercise videos and teams - are all part and parcel of what has become my daily consistency. And what a tremendous difference it has made, continues to make, to my state of health and my life.

I finished sorting the last of the clothes I've had stored away for (dare I say it) nigh onto five years now. I have one size left that I'm not quite ready for, mostly Smalls and some 12s, even a couple of (generously cut, lol) 10s. I've bagged up quite a few things to send to the local charity, and I have a couple better items earmarked for eBay or a consignment shop.

I am keeping, though, a pair of size 28 knit slacks. The elastic waistband has no 'stretch' in it anymore. I had very nearly outgrown them - I was probably a size 30 by then, in all honesty - but I refused to buy a next-size-bigger. In these pictures, I'm wearing a 16 tee and a relatively-snug 16 jeans.



I'm not quite to the both-legs-in-one-pant-leg stage. Yet. But I will be, and that's one reason I'm keeping these size 28s. The other reason? I never, ever want to go back there again. Ever. And just in case I begin to think 'Well, I wasn't really that big,' these are the reality.

  
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BEST_LIFE_NOW 3/2/2011 8:51PM

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ANDI571 2/22/2011 6:11PM

    Look at you. I am so excited for you. The weight loss and pictures are awesome. What an inspiration. emoticon emoticon

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WANTS2CRUISE 2/22/2011 4:04PM

    Kasey, loved this blog and the pictures of you with your pants. I don't know...looks to me like you could fit into one leg of them. I'm so proud of you and how well you have done here. And now you are inspiring me to stay back on track. Thanks for the inspiration and for sharing your story.
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MJK0430 2/22/2011 11:39AM

    Kasey! Kasey! Kasey!

Congrats of your Sparkaversary! Your weight loss! And your incredible blogging! I always look forward to your posts and your encouragement!


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MTULLY 2/21/2011 11:43PM

    Pretty amazing accomplishment and what an incredible visual! You also make an excellent point about the power of the streaks. Happy Sparkversary and many more!

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DEBIGENE 2/21/2011 10:38PM

    I'm so glad I've had the chance to get to know you to some degree. Your the BEST !!! and your deserve the BEST. Congrats to you and your succeess. You are a true inspiration and I thank you.

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SHAPNUP 2/21/2011 8:07PM

    Kasey, you are looking FINE! Congratulations on your weight loss, and thanks for being encouraging and funny and gracious and funny and witty and funny and did I say funny?

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ELSEEBEE 2/21/2011 7:52PM

    Awesome blog! You area true inspiration to all of us!
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ASPENHUGGER 2/21/2011 6:15PM

    WOW! You are emoticon!

That's an incredibly inspiring story, and I hope I can live up to it! I'm sure gonna try anyway!

But you have done an incredible job, and you are lookin' GOOD! emoticon emoticon

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SROUS1340 2/21/2011 6:06PM

    You really are a rock star Kasey! I would keep those pants too.
And I can't wait to see the pictures of both legs in one!

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LEANJEAN6 2/21/2011 5:08PM

    Wow Kasey--Sometimes I become discouraged as I want to lose faster--and then I see you----- You have really stuck to this--- Whatta inspiration! Look at those pants!--Truly amazing!!! What did you look like in them? Do you have old fat pics??-----
I have had a weight problem my whole life---- Spark has been the best thing for me--when all else has failed!
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LJCANNON 2/21/2011 5:05PM

    emoticon emoticonDEFINITELY keep those pants!!
Happy Spark-A-versary!! I am so glad that you are sharing my Journey with me.

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CAROLDEDOO 2/21/2011 4:51PM

    Wow! I'm speechless...almost.(LOL)

emoticon emoticonYou are an inspiration! Keep up the good work! and Keep on Sparking!

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LECATES 2/21/2011 4:02PM

    Wow, that is great motivation-----yes, keep those, and when you get to fit in one leg, make sure you post that picture----fantastic!

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CO-CREATOR 2/21/2011 3:59PM

    This is such an inspirational post, thank you so much. Happy Sparkversary, you've made tremendous progress!

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KASEYCOFF 2/21/2011 3:52PM

    And from Him@Home - The Girl's Done Good!

Well done love, keep it up.

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I won't delete this because it tickles me so that he typed this on here - but it goes to show you what happens when I leave a page up and my computer unguarded, lol...

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CAZ5346 2/21/2011 3:33PM

    Thank you for this blog. It really is amazing how the Sparkers here can motivate and encourage each other. I'm finding that I am really going to keep an honest journal of what I eat I will stop before the unhealthy food reaches my mouth. Yes we have to accountable and aware of what we are eating.
What an awesome transformation.
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DTOWNSEND1966 2/21/2011 3:22PM

    Fantastic blog and much needed today! Congratulations!

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AN804U 2/21/2011 2:00PM

    Wow what a difference! Happy 3 years! emoticon

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DEBRITA01 2/21/2011 1:51PM

    Wow, the photos are amazing...what a transformation. You are well on your way to "wellness" ...you've done great on your journey, so far, and the best is yet to come!

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MOMOF2TONI 2/21/2011 1:43PM

    Awesome and so inspiring! Happy SparkVersary.

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REJ7777 2/21/2011 1:30PM

    emoticon WOW! From size 28 to 16! emoticon emoticon You look really good! It's hard to believe that you could fit into those big pants!

Congratulations on being consistent for 3 years! emoticon I've been Sparking for one year, and I hope that in 2 years, I'm still going strong like you are!

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MUEHLBBO 2/21/2011 1:27PM

    Fantastic. Great work. Keep it up!

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JULIEANNCAN 2/21/2011 1:03PM

    Happy Sparkversary! This is awesome! emoticon emoticon

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ANNEMICHAEL 2/21/2011 12:39PM

    So very proud of you...and grateful as well for pointing the way!

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TURTLETALK 2/21/2011 12:31PM

    Happy SP anniversary, you look terrific!

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ONEKIDSMOM 2/21/2011 12:21PM

    Love this blog AND the photo. I need to go dig out some of my bigger stuff, and take a picture, because you and I both know we tend to deceive ourselves about size!

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LISALOSING52 2/21/2011 12:11PM

    This is a very inspiring blog! Lady you look wonderful! Mostly healthy and well!

Congrats on your 3 yrs on Spark.





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CAROLINA_KOUKLA 2/21/2011 12:05PM

  How inspiring!!! You look amazing!!!!!


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