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Benefiting From Others’ Misfortune....

Monday, November 12, 2012

Truth be told, I have not been doing very well with eating healthy, with not binging and maintaining my weight in a healthy way (I’m not too much over, but still……). I have fallen back into a lot of my old habits. I’ve let stress at work and my own laziness take over and dictate how I feel and react. I have wished repeatedly over the past year that I could just get a "BREAK" from everything. Have a vacation. Get away from my life…..


My 88 year old mother fell and broke her arm. She isn’t disabled enough to go to a nursing home, but they wouldn’t let her go back to her own apartment. So the options were for her to pay for a nursing home on her own or for someone to stay with her. So….here I am, getting up every two hours to help her to the bathroom (I am officially sleep deprived), cooking, cleaning and fetching things…. (Yes, I know you are thinking “what goes around comes around”. These are the things she did for me years ago)

Now, as for my benefiting from her misfortune…..This is an opportunity for me to break away from my bad habits and get back to Sparking a little more (at 11PM, 12 AM, 2AM, 4AM). I’m already eating better and have exercised every day (as much as I don’t really want to). It is sort of a vacation for me….. sort of. Not too much fun for my mom, though.

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EASTENDCLAM 12/9/2012 1:55PM

    How's your Mom? I'm assuming that's why you've been so quiet lately. We miss you but understand.

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KAREN91 11/25/2012 10:21PM

    I missed this blog too. Is your mom better? Are you still taking care of her? I hope you and your mom are doing well. You have been a good friend and support for me. Let me know if I can help you. emoticon

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KANOE10 11/23/2012 12:00PM

    I missed this blog. I am sorry about your mom. You must be exhausted! are you still taking care of her?

We can improve from other's misfortunes.


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EASTENDCLAM 11/18/2012 4:36PM

    Karma 'Bo, Karma. Lotta points there...

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AURORAMILLET 11/14/2012 1:54PM

    Things have a way of working out when they need to. It is Crazy, but true.

Appreciate the time you have with her.


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SPARKLISE 11/13/2012 9:24PM

    So sorry for your moms bad fall.It's hard to take care of aging parents.
I'm glad you are getting your spark back.
I missed you. emoticon

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AJDOVER1 11/12/2012 11:39PM

    You're an awesome daughter. I know you can make this work for the best.

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MEDDYPEDDY 11/12/2012 11:22PM

    I totally agree in being careful what one is wishing for... it is interesting that it seems to ghelp you to get back on track, hope it lasts and keep posting

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KAREN608 11/12/2012 8:22PM

    Interesting how you got what you wished for... but hope your Mom heals well and quickly. I'm glad you can be there for her.

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CHRISTINASP 11/12/2012 2:56PM

    Yes, sometimes a big chance in circumstances can wake us up, hm. Sorry your mother is in pain. I hope you and she will enjoy one another's company.
My 84 year old mom is in hospital right now, but we don't live very near so I wish I could be by her side right now and help her the way you're helping your mother.

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TORTISE110 11/12/2012 1:54PM

    Life just keeps on presenting us "opportunities" day in and day out. I am so impressed you have used this challenging time to get back on track. You had a choice. You could have gone "south," but you haven't. I think you are awesome! emoticon

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FREETOWANDER 11/12/2012 1:45PM

    Hang in there! You're already breaking back into being back on the right track :) emoticon emoticon

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When you are afraid of heights…..

Monday, September 24, 2012

The Grand Canyon may not be the best place to go on vacation….but it was on my Bucket List….and I’m glad I went. We stayed in some rustic accomodations..... LOL!!!

I saw some of my cousins super-glued to the side of a cliff…… (how on earth do they DO that!!)

And my trusty mule, Wickiup kept me from toppling over the edge of the rim…..He is a little afraid of heights and kept his eyes closed the whole time so he wouldn’t be nervous (this is what the wrangler told me, I don’t know because I didn’t look either…..) LOL!!!! emoticon

But it is a beautiful part of the country....if if it made me nervous to look over the edge...

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EASTENDCLAM 11/18/2012 4:34PM

    That was a fun trip, thanks for sharing!

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KAREN608 10/4/2012 12:32PM

    Thanks for sharing the view from a mule. : )
The mountain goats are aptly named!

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KAREN91 10/4/2012 10:44AM

    I love your pix! Thanks for sharing them! I havent traveled much but I adore looking at others travel pix! It makes me feel like I got to go there too! Thanks for adding me as a spark friend! emoticon

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DIET_FRIEND 9/30/2012 11:50PM

    I visited the Grand Canyon a few years back. I would have liked to do more like hike or ride a burro, but physically I was not up to it--thanks extra pounds! It looks like you had the trip of a lifetime.

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KANOE10 9/27/2012 7:07AM

    What great pictures. I took a mule ride on Molokai. Those mules can be stuborrn.

What a fun vacation!

I am glad you got to see the Grand canyon. I have never seen it.

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LILAC_LANE 9/27/2012 6:53AM

    I really appreciate your sense of humor.
Glad you had a nice vacation but I missed you
and I'm really glad you are back. :)
Now I understand why you couldn't
log into Sparks. They should hook those
mules up with Wi-Fi saddles :)


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    Those pictures are gorgeous. I'm glad you had the courage to go even though you are afraid of heights. I am afraid of heights too so I know it wasn't easy. Love your profile pic, btw. It's cute. :)

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LESLIESENIOR 9/25/2012 4:42PM

    You are so brave, REALLY, to take that mule along the edge. Your cousins are quite athletic!
What a wonderful trip. So glad you could cross it off your bucket list.

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AJDOVER1 9/25/2012 2:00PM

    Great picture! Did you see the cool squirrels there? I love the shot of your cousins.

So glad you're baaack!

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IAFARMERWIFE 9/25/2012 9:46AM

    Looks like a "fun" time! I'm not sure I could ride one of those creatures on a trail like that-Way to go! emoticon

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MEDDYPEDDY 9/25/2012 12:20AM

    Soo beautiful - when I was over there I was at a dude ranch in Utah and saw some of the Rocky mountains, not the Grand Canyon but close enough for a swede... amazing!

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SPARKL3 9/24/2012 11:18PM

    The Grand Canyon is really gorgeous, isn't it?!!! My family went there when I was about 9 years old (which is really too young to fully appreciate it, I think), and I haven't been back since. We never took the mule ride to the bottom of the canyon, so I don't know what that's like. It's something I wanted to do back then, but I wouldn't dare do it now---I'd be too scared! emoticon LOL You are sooooo brave to tackle your bucket list, even when the things on your list are scary!

So what's next on your bucket list?

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TORTISE110 9/24/2012 8:48PM

    Thanks for the preview. I've never been either! I'm putting it on my bucket list.

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The worst part of eating healthy....

Monday, September 10, 2012

...having to do all the dishes.....I seem to produce an aweful lot of them when I'm eating healthy.

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    I agree--and all the peeling and chopping..WTF?

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DEEO12 9/25/2012 8:08PM

    I agree totally

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SPARKLISE 9/16/2012 7:11PM

    I agree! emoticon I say that all the time! emoticon
But we have to look at it this way-it burns calories to wash dishes by hand! emoticon emoticon

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MEDDYPEDDY 9/11/2012 1:44AM

    How about making big batches?

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KAREN608 9/10/2012 10:14PM

    Yes, dishes to wash, kitchen to clean up....
so how many calories do we burn cleaning up the kitchen?
Slow food is a lot of work... but good.

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ANNIEBOLEEN 9/10/2012 8:56PM

    I hear ya there! I know thats so true.

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CHRISTINASP 9/10/2012 4:48PM

    Oh yes...!

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AJDOVER1 9/10/2012 4:11PM

    I think grazing might solve the problem.... emoticon

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IRISHDANCERMOM2 9/10/2012 10:19AM

    No change for me...I've always been a messy cook!

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TINAJANE76 9/10/2012 9:31AM

    I totally agree! I feel like I'm constantly doing the dishes!

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MAEBEA40 9/10/2012 9:24AM

    Glad to know I'm not the only one!! Seems like I spent all weekend washing dishes. I'm on silverware overload.

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WELLNESSME09 9/10/2012 8:34AM

    I agree !
The good thing about it is that our hands get a great workout. emoticon

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SWEDE_SU 9/10/2012 8:14AM

    i thought it was just me...

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JENNYR0506 9/10/2012 8:08AM

    Seems ALL I do any more is cook and wash dishes! LOL

emoticon Jenny

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LILAC_LANE 9/10/2012 8:07AM

    I hear ya! I love fixing healthy food but I need my own personal kitchen assistant.
At least if I drop something on the floor the dog takes care of it. :)
Have a healthy week!

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KANOE10 9/10/2012 7:55AM do make a lot of dishes making healthy good tasting foods..and you spend more time in the kitchen!

Good for you cooking healthy.


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Dog hunting interrupted my lawn mowing.....

Wednesday, September 05, 2012

well, not hunting really, but a dog was running lose and the owner was trying to catch it. I stopped my mower, and tried to call the dog. But I think he sensed I am not a dog person.

My neighbor came out, brought her dog to try to lure the runaway over, but no dice. The neighbor followed the runaway down the street. I could see people coming out of houses bringing their dogs. Gotta love a neighborhood that comes to help. Bulldogs were the winner. They helped entice the runaway to capture.

So, all my neighbors were outside now. Time to visit...not mow the lawn. Lots to talk about. It took a while for us to realize my neighbor's smoke detector was going off. When she came out to help with the dog, she thought she turned the stove off, but didn't. Little ironic that we had no trouble recognizing a silent dog in need...but ignored an alarm...... (no fire, smoke only...all is well)

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MEDDYPEDDY 9/7/2012 2:00AM

    Story illed with warmth...thanks for sharing!

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KAREN608 9/6/2012 11:31PM

    You know reading blog stories are SO much better than anything on TV these days. This would make a cute situation comedy episode. I liked the happy ending, dog got to go home after a romp, and smoke but no fire!

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EASTENDCLAM 9/6/2012 5:41PM

    ...I think he sensed I am not a dog person.

Nah, it was the cotton balls and tinfoil hat.

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SALGUOD2 9/6/2012 9:14AM

    Sounds like that would have been a good video.

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KANOE10 9/6/2012 9:11AM

    Fun neighbors: Good for you mowing the lawn.


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AJDOVER1 9/6/2012 8:41AM

    Sounds like a block party! emoticon

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CARDAMOMMA 9/5/2012 11:47PM

    Hee! Your neighborhood sounds great.

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UMBILICAL 9/5/2012 11:38PM

  Good thing you didn't mow him down.

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NEPTUNE1939 9/5/2012 11:36PM

    Being a rescuer of dogs I commend your efforts, Earl

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Not my best month…..

Tuesday, September 04, 2012

….The whole month of August. It started out ok, but deteriorated quickly. I binged a lot…and I didn’t want to admit it. Plus I didn’t feel well, still don’t. I see a specialist in a month.

Even though I didn’t keep up on message boards and blogs, I did manage to log in every day. And I really, really appreciate my SparkFriends checking up on me…. It made me feel better….. emoticon

So September can only improve….I’ll try to get back to being more involved……the one thing I am sad about…is that I will be on vacation for a week and won’t have internet access….so there goes my streak of signing in….Hard to believe, but today in my one year anniversary of trying to have a healthier lifestyle. It is a struggle, but it is worth it.

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KAREN608 9/6/2012 11:28PM

    August was AWFUL for me also. Let's just stroll into September and simply slim slowly away, day by day. I'm tired so my post may be a bit odd. :)

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SPARKLISE 9/5/2012 8:13PM

    emoticon Sorry you are struggling! emoticon
Keeping coming on sparks is always the best thing to do. I find it helps me get on track faster. Just do it one day at a time! That's the only way!
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CHRISTINASP 9/5/2012 8:51AM

    May it be less of a struggle for you.
Your body is thanking you for your efforts!

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KANOE10 9/5/2012 7:48AM

    Congratulations on one year of Spark. Staying healthy is a struggle...I am once again dealing with working off a few up pounds. It is a constant effort..but like you is worth it.

September is a new month for you. You can start on a new track of healthy eating.

I hope the doctor helps you figure out why you are not feeling well.

Be proud of yourself for checking in everyday no matter what.


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LESLIESENIOR 9/5/2012 1:31AM

    I so appreciate your honesty. I know that you will have a great September. Congratulations on 1 year. It is worth it and having you as a friend has picked up my spirits so many times this year. Let me offer my shoulder or my virtual ears if you need to vent.
You are loved!!!

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    August is a tough month, I think, for a lot of people! I am so glad you kept up on your logging in :) Glad to see you back here and just keep working towards your goal! We will get there in our own time!

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MEDDYPEDDY 9/5/2012 12:39AM

    Happy anniversary - in september I celebrate three years on Spark people and have I

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AJDOVER1 9/4/2012 10:34PM

    Happy Anniversary! If success is measured by the number of times you've made me smile this year, you are a Spark Champion. I hope your specialist can pinpoint what you need to do to feel better. I'm right here for you, so let me know if there's anything I can do.

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SPARKL3 9/4/2012 10:08PM

    August was tough on me, too, so I know how that goes. I'm really sorry to hear you haven't been feeling well. I hope the specialist will find a solution for you so you'll feel better!

Happy Anniversary of your healthy eating lifestyle! Maybe we can both have a renewed sense of commitment to our health from here on out. emoticon


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JO88BAKO 9/4/2012 9:56PM

    August was hard for me too. Get back on track one good choice at a time. Good Luck you can do it!!

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