Saturday, November 26, 2011
Takes 15 minutes total to watch these - I promise you'll find it worth your time!
The first one takes 10 minutes
And then spend another 5 minutes watching this one - all I can say is wow!
Thursday, November 24, 2011
I'm waiting for my turkey to come out of the oven and thought I'd post a short little blog about the Turkey Trot this morning - I went to the Plymouth Rock N Run Turkey Trot in Anaheim Hills, CA, for the second year in a row - before that, DH and I did the much larger Dana Point Turkey Trot for about 10 yrs but this one is much closer and smaller so it's actually more fun for us.
I was thrilled to have a couple of friends join us - HIKETOHEIGHTS [Vicky] and MERGS74 [Margie] as well as my husband Tom. Here's a picture of the 3 of us, me on the right, Vicky in the middle and her sister Margie on the left
Most participants in this 5k event chose to run at least part of it but we walked the whole way, going at a nice pace for conversation so we also 'talked' the whole way, haha! We did pass a few people but for the most part we were at the back of the pack. So our 'times' weren't competitive but I bet we enjoyed ourselves as much or maybe more than others who were faster - and believe it or not, there were several with slower times! This is a shot of the official finishing time for DH and me
As I pointed out, however, we finished waaaaay ahead of all those folks who stayed home, haha! I didn't have my camera and only took a couple of pictures with my cell phone but here's one of the finish line - yay!!
As is often the case at 5k/10k events, there were goodies and giveaways at the end. None of us won any of the prizes - not that I expected to have my number drawn but I did have to laugh because the number before mine was drawn and the number after my husband's number was drawn, too - oh, well, maybe next year! But we did get some very juicy orange slices and samples of several other items - here's my husband Tom heading back from the 'goodie table,' trying to juggle his booty and keep from dropping anything.
This event's proceeds help support the Reeve-UCIrvine Spinal Cord Injury Center - this is the place where 'Superman' Christopher Reeve was getting treatment when he died and they have come up with some amazing ways to help people with spinal cord injuries there. It's a cause close to my heart as my dad had a spinal cord injury that made him bedridden for the last decade of his life. Prior to that, as sometimes does happen with these types of injuries, he was able to walk, although as he got older it got more difficult each year. I think it's great to have an event like this to help raise awareness about the topic since most people are more familiar with other diseases or conditions such as Diabetes or MS or more common ailments.
And as mentioned, it was really great to have friends to walk with - I can't wait for the next opportunity! I hope all my other SparkFriends got as nice of a start on their Thanksgiving Day as we did!
Thursday, November 24, 2011
I know the holidays are not necessarily happy for everyone - they can be full of stress, sadness, anger, frustration, temptation and all sorts of other emotions we might prefer to avoid.
But overall, even through all the 'stuff' and 'issues,' there are always things that we can be grateful for - even it if's just something like "At least ___ isn't as bad as ___" Sure, maybe we're not as thin or healthy as we could be but we're here - maybe we don't have ideal family relations but we have the ability to make friends and 'create' an alternate family. Having plenty of experience with that 'less than ideal' family relationship, I know that it presents challenges but more importantly it presents the opportunity to grow, learn forgiveness and the potential for amazing satisfaction through healing the wounds from those 'less than ideal' times.
So I'm not as rich as many but I definitely FEEL rich and I know I'm richer than many people in the world. In fact, I'm sure I'm more financially secure than millions of people across the globe, even though I often scramble to figure out how to pay for things I want. At least I have a more financially secure life than people in many countries and I'm lucky to live in a politically stable area of the world, comparatively speaking. I may get frustrated with politicians and various government problems but it could be so much worse so i'm grateful for that!!
And sure, I'm not as young or thin or beautiful as I have been in the past and I have a lot of aches and pains in my body on a daily basis but I'm happy in my own skin and accept myself - I have the opportunity to be the best me I can be and have the joy of dealing with the process of change. I could go through an entire list of 'I'm not as ___' but the truth is that I'm so much better off in so many ways than ever before and the most important part is that I'm enjoying life overall and feel excited and eager to see what each day brings. I have everything I need to live a happy life - and I'm grateful for that!!
Thank you so much for being part of my SparkPeople experience!!
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