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Trying To Find The Good

Sunday, November 01, 2009

Well yesterday (Halloween) was my 10 yr wedding anniversary & I spent it in bed sick.

Halloween is my favorite holiday but with both me and La being sick we didn't go out; instead La went room to room thru the house trick or treating.

But I m going to find the good in each of these.
Now that I m rested up and feeling better we can go out later in the week and celebrate (& there will b lots of sales this wk).
La La had more fun playing in the house then she would have had walking around in the rain and got more candy then she would have

I am determined to get healthy. I will b under 220 by Christmas. Although I don't really feel as motivated as I used to I AM NOT GIVING UP; I'm not a quitter.

I've come a long way and have to remind myself although it is going slow right now at least it is still going. I stopped weighing myself in 2003 when I hit 303 lbs (I know I got heavier then that); September 2008 I was 276 lbs; Nov 8, 2008 joined Sparks weighing 265 lbs; Today I weigh 230 lbs. So I m making progress.

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TEDYBEAR2838 11/1/2009 6:13PM

    Every day, every little bit of progress is one step closer to HEALTHY!

What you have lost makes you so much healthier than you were a year ago. you can do this. By Dec 25 you will most likely be UNDER 220 "IF" you keep doing the right things, eating the rights foods, doing your exercise and making wise, conscious decisions about them.

Here for you along OUR journey to Healthy

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SPARKPIXIE 11/1/2009 4:52PM

    I am rootin' for you to be under 220 by Christmas! I know you can do it. You are a strong person, Maga!

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LITTLE_QUEEN 11/1/2009 3:25PM

    You have come along way Maga, and you have fun celebrating with La later this week

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Saturday, October 31, 2009

I dont know why.

But I'm just not feeling like sparking lately.

I m still exercising somewhat and I m still eating right for the most part.

Prayerfully this feeling dont last much longer.

emoticon emoticon

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JOURNEY557 11/1/2009 9:21AM

    Hi Marsha,
I know how you feel, I get so busy at times it seems that logging into the computer is just one more chore.

One thing I have found if I spend time~especially browsing the spark articles, and reading a inspirational blog, it motivates me. If others can I.

I've been on here for two years, and at times I've taken a break, but I seem to always be drawn back because its the closest thing I can find that I feel I can let out my own frustrations and not be criticized.

We all need encouragement...I'm here for you.

Mary emoticon

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SPARKPIXIE 11/1/2009 12:29AM

    I'm praying for you Maga.

I think most of us go through this feeling from time to time. Whatever you decide to do, remember that you have many friends here who care about you. Take care of yourself.

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KWNAUGHTON 10/31/2009 11:15PM


I know how you feel, but I hope that you hang in there. I was just that way at the beginning of October. You are worth it. If you don't feel like doing most things fine but continue to track you weight and fitness. Its hard but its worth the price.

You are worth the time, effort and energy it takes. You don't want to look back and wish you had continued.

Good Luck


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LITTLE_QUEEN 10/31/2009 10:49PM

    Maga, we would of course miss you if you left us, Do you think if you took a break you would be able to maintain? You do what you need to do, but we love ya!

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DEEDAYE 10/31/2009 10:44PM

    It's ok not to feel like Sparking as long as you are trying to maintain your healthy habits!. I need the encouragement and accountability. When I spark less I eat more! That's why when I returned to spark this past July I weight more than we I initially started on Spark. Besides. I'd miss you if you weren't around!! emoticon Dee

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MARTHAR3 10/31/2009 10:37PM

    Find a happy thought. Look for a sparkly thought to brighten you up. It may be a bit of the fall downs. The cooler weather the time change always stirs up trouble for me!!!

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TEDYBEAR2838 10/31/2009 10:11PM

    It's ok to have down days, occasionally but don't let them turn into down months. Think of the progress you have made already. You have done so well.

I was 229 in March this year and now I'm 193. Do you want to weigh less come January, or do you want to start all over again? I think, if you Really think about it, the answer is clear. Give yourself a day or 2, then join me, grab my hand and we'll get through the Holidays that are coming up, with renewed strength. There is strength in numbers in friends. You got it!

Here for you.


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COLLOMR 10/31/2009 9:12PM

  I took a break from Spark (and the computer) for a while. Sometimes it gets tedious, sometimes boring.........sometimes we just need a break. It's OK.

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Is Taking a Break

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

I want to thank everyone for their support and prayers. The last cpl of mths have been very difficult for me. Thanks to y'all I havent gained no weight during this time

This morning my uncle passed on (my dad older brother & only full blooded sibling). So now dad is depressed so I have to really keep an eye on him. The viewing & funeral will b difficult at best. To say my dads family is dysfunctional is being nice. My sister who my dad hasn't seen in over a yr n half ago stopped by & my baby brother who we haven't seen in over a yr is suppose to b stopping by

Then this evening I received a Blessing my hubby is being released tomorrow evening Praise b God. So @ least I will have someone to help me thru this.

So for the next wk I wont b on much but I will still b tracking my food.
THANK Y'ALL so much for everything


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SKILL133 10/21/2009 11:05PM

    Sorry to hear about your loss :( Prayers and thoughts are with you and your family!

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MINDYJ1 10/20/2009 11:07PM

    Praying for you and your family. emoticonMindy

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EMMABE1 10/20/2009 9:01PM

    Thinking of you at this difficult time

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TEDYBEAR2838 10/20/2009 8:43PM

    I am so emoticon for your loss.

My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this time

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LITTLE_QUEEN 10/20/2009 8:32PM

    I am so sorry to hear that Maga! Stay strong!

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An Obituary for Common Sense

Sunday, October 18, 2009

An Obituary for Common Sense

Interesting and sadly true, today we mourn the passing of a beloved old friend, 'Common Sense', who has been with us for many years. No one knows for sure how old he was, since his birth records were long ago lost in bureaucratic red tape. He will be remembered as having cultivated such valuable lessons as: knowing when to come in out of the rain; why the early bird gets the worm; life isn't always fair; and maybe it was my fault. Common Sense lived by simple, sound financial policies (don't spend more than you can earn) and reliable strategies (adults, not children, are in charge).

His health began to deteriorate rapidly when well-intentioned but overbearing regulations were set in place. Reports of a 6-year-old boy charged with sexual harassment for kissing a classmate; teens suspended from school for using mouth wash after lunch; and a teacher fired for reprimanding an unruly student, only worsened his condition.

Common Sense lost ground when parents attacked teachers for doing the job that they themselves had failed to do in disciplining their unruly children. It declined even further when schools were required to get parental consent to administer sun lotion or an Aspirin to a student; but could not inform parents when a student became pregnant and wanted to have an abortion.

Common Sense lost the will to live as the churches became businesses; and criminals received better treatment than their victims. Common Sense took a beating when you couldn't defend yourself from a burglar in your own home and the burglar could sue you for assault. Common Sense finally gave up the will to live, after a woman failed to realize that a steaming cup of coffee was hot. She spilled a little in her lap, and was promptly awarded a huge settlement.
Common Sense was preceded in death, by his parents, Truth and Trust.
His wife, Discretion, his daughter, Responsibility, his son, Reason.
He is survived by his 4 stepbrothers; I Know My Rights; I want it Now; Someone Else Is To Blame; I'm a Victim.

Not many attended his funeral because so few realized he was gone. If you still remember him, pass this on. If not, join the majority and do nothing.

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SKILL133 10/19/2009 8:57AM true and sad!

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TEDYBEAR2838 10/18/2009 7:58PM

    SUre hope we can get back some Common Sense!

thanks for the neat post

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My Name is Rose

Monday, October 12, 2009


My Name is Rose

The first day of school our professor introduced himself and challenged us to get to know someone we didn't already know. I stood up to look around when a gentle hand touched my shoulder.

I turned around to find a wrinkled, little old lady beaming up at me with a smile that lit up her entire being.

She said, 'Hi handsome. My name is Rose. I'm eighty-seven years old.. Can I give you a hug?'

I laughed and enthusiastically responded, 'Of course you may!' and she gave me a giant squeeze.

'Why are you in college at such a young, innocent age?' I asked.

She jokingly replied, 'I'm here to meet a rich husband, get married, and have a couple of kids....'

'No seriously,' I asked. I was curious what may have motivated her to be taking on this challenge at her age.

'I always dreamed of having a college education and now I'm getting one!' she told me.

After class we walked to the student union building and shared a chocolate milkshake.

We became instant friends. Every day for the next three months we would leave class together and talk nonstop. I was always mesmerized listening to this 'time machine' as she shared her wisdom and experience with me..

Over the course of the year, Rose became a campus icon and she easily made friends wherever she went... She loved to dress up and she reveled in the attention bestowed upon her from the other students. She was living it up.

At the end of the semester we invited Rose to speak at our football banquet.. I'll never forget what she taught us. She was introduced and stepped up to the podium. As she began to deliver her prepared speech, she dropped her three by five cards on the floor.

Frustrated and a little embarrassed she leaned into the microphone and simply said, 'I'm sorry I'm so jittery. I gave up beer for Lent and this whiskey is killing me! I'll never get my speech back in order so let me just tell you what I know.'

As we laughed she cleared her throat and began, ' We do not stop playing because we are old; we grow old because we stop playing.

There are only four secrets to staying young, being happy, and achieving success. You have to laugh and find humor every day. You've got to have a dream. When you lose your dreams, you die.

We have so many people walking around who are dead and don't even know it!

There is a huge difference between growing older and growing up.

If you are nineteen years old and lie in bed for one full year and don't do one productive thing, you will turn twenty years old. If I am eighty-seven years old and stay in bed for a year and never do anything I will turn eighty-eight.

Anybody can grow older. That doesn't take any talent or ability. The idea is to grow up by always finding opportunity in change.. Have no regrets.

The elderly usually don't have regrets for what we did, but rather for things we did not do. The only people who fear death are those with regrets..'

She concluded her speech by courageously singing 'The Rose.'

She challenged each of us to study the lyrics and live them out in our daily lives. At the year's end Rose finished d the college degree she had begun all those years ago.

One week after graduation Rose died peacefully in her sleep..

Over two thousand college students attended her funeral in tribute to the wonderful woman who taught by example that it's never too late to be all you can possibly be.

These words have been passed along in loving memory of ROSE.

REMEMBER, GROWING OLDER IS MANDATORY. GROWING UP IS OPTIONAL. We make a Living by what we get. We make a Life by what we give....

God promises a safe landing, not a calm passage. If God brings you to it, He will bring you through it.

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LITTLE_QUEEN 10/12/2009 7:05PM

    This brought tears to my eyes, so beautiful

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