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Today I witnessed

Saturday, August 21, 2010

Today, I saw a random act of kindness. I was driving through McDonalds on my way to do a bunch of work related errands ( I got a Egg Mcmuffin with no meat). As I was pulling away, I saw a scruffy young man with a sign and huge white Pit Bull ( I have a half pit and I love them!).

I saw a man about 35 years old walk up to him and hand him a Huge Orange Juice and a bag of food. It had to be the biggest breakfast they make cause it was wide and in a plastic bag, not the paper ones. (sad that I can pretty much guess what was in there, isnt it? lol)

The young man took it, then stood up and they shook hands. The Pittie was smelling the bag and looking very happy cause he was gonna be getting some of that! Then I pulled away.

It just made my heart happy to see that exchange. (Then I wondered how many calories are in that meal!!) I love seeing people be kind and I love seeing people be appreciative.

We see that every day here on spark but not so often in the "real" world. It was awesome and I know it made a difference for both of those men and that dog today. It made a difference to me too. Spread the Spark!

  
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ROBINSNEWNEST 8/24/2010 12:31AM

    I loved this. Once when my kids were little, we were on vacation in DC. Little Madison didn't finish her (expensive) breakfast sandwich, and I wrapped it up to stick in my bag for her to nibble on later if she "decided" she was hungry. On our way into one of the museums, we passed a homeless man. Madi grabbed me and said, "mom, can I give him my sandwich?" Of course, was my reply, having done similar things in the past... But as she approached him, I felt an unwarranted fear arise as he reached out to touch my child on the shoulder. She'd walked right up to him, small as she was, and said, "here, I thought you might like this, it's really good." And when he touched her, he said, "Bless you child." I think he did.

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JLMMLJ1 8/23/2010 11:46PM

    I once saw a man sitting outside a gas station and I could tell he was homeless.. after getting gas i went inside and bought him a sandwich and a huge bottle of water.. When I handed him the small meal, he cried uncontrollably and told me that he had not eaten in 3 days.. That man changed my life that day..

ps.. I love your little dieters insight (I wonder how many calories was in that breakfast).. haha

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PUMPKINFAIRY 8/22/2010 11:40PM

    I love random acts of kindness.

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KIYOSHI04 8/21/2010 7:54AM

    thanks for sharing that. it brought tears to my eyes.

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GRACEISENUF 8/21/2010 1:34AM

    Loving his neighbor as himself..... Priceless.
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YOUNGCASS 8/21/2010 1:21AM

    Beautiful! It is nice to see that there is still kindness in the world!

There are so many ways we can help others with no drawbacks to ourselves. Like giving words of encouragement, donating old clothes or overstocked foods in your pantry that otherwise wouldn't be used or the canned food your finicky pet doesn't want the animal shelter would be VERY grateful for.

Always pay it forward and try to re-use and re-cycle by donating or using it for a second purpose.

Do good, feel better!
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JUANITAM345 8/21/2010 1:16AM

    I agree. It is great to see an act of kindness. It doesn't happen very often. It reminds me of the comercial where someone sees someone else doing an act of kindness and then that people follows suit. I'm glad you were able to witness something that doesn't happen very much. Have a great weekend.

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CHERDOLL8 8/21/2010 1:08AM

    It is definately awesome to see someone helping some else in this world...so many times we see the other side of the human race...What harm does it do to take a little extra time or a little money to help someone who is down on their luck at this moment...I have done the same thing...I don't usually hand them money but I will buy a coffee and a meal if they are asking for help....Helping someone makes me feel good inside...You are right Sparkies are the same here....

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My fingers

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

My fingers are pretty amazing. I have really noticed this since I began my journey here. With my fingers, I can type a message, lend a hand, send a message,give a thumbs up or down, pat myself on the back, point one at myself, shut the fridge, slice some fruit, make some healthy meals,wear my wedding ring, take some pictures and hold my dog's leash.

One thing I didn't expect was how sensitive my fingers would become!
Example: I can now feel my collar bones, a few ribs, and some muscle underneath the fat! Oh wait...maybe my fingers didn't get super powers, they are just confirming the changes.
Oh yea, my fingers can also come together for a clap and a high five!

  
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PUMPKINFAIRY 8/22/2010 11:39PM

    I like this.

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PUDLECRAZY 8/19/2010 8:29AM

    A giant high five from my fingers to yours!

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CLEVAGAL 8/19/2010 5:47AM

    Oh Jan......youre just too cute for words! I googled the Marysvale RTV thing and it looked awesome!
Cleva xxx

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NEDERLUNG 8/18/2010 10:43PM

    I'm sharing this with all my friends, you (and your fingers) are GREAT inspiration!

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DESERTFLOWER8 8/18/2010 1:09PM

    GREAT blog!!! Thanks for the fun and inspiration of it!!

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ROBINSNEWNEST 8/18/2010 12:39PM

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seems like we're noticing more and more... with gratitude...

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SLUGGER17 8/18/2010 12:30PM

    How creative! Entertaining too.

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Vacation Photo's

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

If you are interested in what Razor riding in Marysvale Utah looks like, here ya go. It cant possibly show how beautiful it really is tho...

www.facebook.com/album.php?aid=20643
09&id=1008501124&l=99ab59165f

  
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PUMPKINFAIRY 8/22/2010 11:43PM

    very pretty pictures

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BAYBELIEVER 8/19/2010 12:30AM

    Love the pictures! Where did that chair come from? Awesome scenery!!

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IHAVETOO10 8/17/2010 11:06PM

    Hey Jan,

Totally love the pics! Who knew Utah was soo beautiful!

Maureen

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P0KERS0PH 8/17/2010 12:36PM

    Wow that scenery is incredible!!

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PLANE changes and I want your opinion.

Monday, August 16, 2010

So. I flew to Utah. I dont like to fly, it scares me, but what the heck. It beat a 18 our drive!! In the past, I have sat down, tried to buckle the seat belt and have discreetly asked for the belt extender. On the plane ride there, I walked through the aisles with my hubby and found our seat, 14th row, middle seat, next to a lady at the window. I thought, oh god, she is probably thinking, "please dont sit next to me!" but when I met her eyes, she kinda just smiled and I sat down next to her. Not ON her, next to her. No part of my was overflowing. Then I put the seat belt on. It clicked and I had to pull the little end to make it tighter!! What the heck just happened????????

So I am pretty happy right now but just keeping it to myself like a little present. When Frank sat down, I nudged him and showed him the seat belt and he totally got what I was showing him. He smiled, told me good job and gave me a squeeze. GREAT FLIGHT!!

So flight home: We get on the plane and I see we are on a wayyyyyy smaller plane. 2 rows of 2 seats, instead of 2 rows of 3. I am having to walk sideways down the aisle so I dont rub on people sitting on the aisle. We are all the way to the back. You know those seats, least amount of room, no seat going back cause you are against the wall. Anxiety alert!!!

So I get in first up against the wall, sit down,and pull the seat belt out. I pulled it all the way out then clicked it into place. It did click but it was sooo much smaller. I said to Frank, "wow, good thing I recently lost 40 pounds of I wouldnt have fit!". The lady sitting in front of me turns around and asked me how I did it, so I told her about Sparkpeople. She was very intersted and wrote it down. So I got to spread the spark. It was not a comfortable flight but I had a good book so I just pretended I was not on a place.

Now, while we were waiting to board, I saw a very large lady wearing pink in a wheel chair, and they boarded her first. She met nobody's eye, weighed probably over 500 pounds and was obviously unable to walk and was alone. When we got on the plane, She was in the first row with a very uncomfortable woman sitting in the seat next to her, looking absolutely distressed. The Lady in Pink, was trying to sit as far to the other side as possible but there was nothing she could do. I could imagine how she felt. It made me so sad for her. On our way out, she was the last to leave the plane. As I passed I smiled at her and she just looked at me. She seemed to be unaccustomed to kindness and I sooo wanted to say something to her. I was forced to keep going and to tell myself that it is her journey to take and I sooo hope she finds Sparkpeople or someone to show her that she can do it, too. This does not have to be her life or her death sentence. She, too, could be writing this blog about the difference in that trip vs, the one where her seat belt buckled.

I am thinking about making some business cards with my spark name on it and the website for sparkpeople. I can just pass it on in those situations where it isnt really possible to have a conversation. I could put something on it like "I lost ___pounds with the support at www.sparkpeople.com" and then if they joined, they would automatically have a friend already. What do you think? Is it presumptuous? Helpful? What would you have thought if someone handed you a card like that?

I think if a "big girl" like me handed me a card like that, I would have checked it out at least.

  
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TEXWIFE 8/18/2010 10:49PM

    Jan you are so amazing. The things you think of, or the others you think about! That is why I wrote about you in our churhc newletter, you do show your love and support every day for others. I will take 20 cards to hand out with your name on it!!!!

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NEDERLUNG 8/18/2010 8:38AM

    I'm so proud of you! And your hubby is wonderful too, big hugs for both of you. I think your sparkcard idea is great (actually think I've read somewhere where they already have a sparkcard you can printout). Go for it!

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JACKKELL 8/17/2010 10:37PM

    Your first four paragraphs gave me a huge smile. emoticon emoticon Your next two made me think and I think the cards would be a great idea. You could put "I lost ___ pounds and still going!"
Congrats on your weight loss!

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TRACIEO3 8/17/2010 10:17PM

    Great way to spread the spark! I love it when somebody over hears my conversation about Spark or weight loss and then asks me the same, what a feeling!

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BECKYB73 8/17/2010 9:28PM

    What a wonderful NSV to have one of those seatbelts fit!!! When you go to the Invite Spark Friends, they already have business like cards made up for you to print out. I've given a few out to people I come in contact with and it always makes me feel good!

Going no extender is a HUGE VICTORY!

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ROBINSNEWNEST 8/16/2010 9:04PM

    You let your "spark" shine when you made eye contact and when you cared about her place in the world...

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BIGMAMAT 8/16/2010 12:08PM

    I just want you to know I think your awesome! This blog was amazing and I Know the whole" wonder if my seat belt will fit" anxiety. I find myself just wanting to tell everyone I see about sparkpeople. I cried when you were talking about the pink lady... I know what its like being the biggest person in the room... feeling defeated and alone( even when surrounded by people... ) Hopefully she was going to visit family. People who love her unconditionally regardless of her size. I think the smile you gave her and the eyecontact probably was the best gift you could have given her!
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XME501 8/16/2010 11:33AM

    This sounds like a great idea!! What a good way to share with someone else - and you just do not know what you might inspire in that other person. Go for it !!
Barb

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Did ya miss me?

Monday, August 16, 2010

Hey y'all, Im back! Got in about 10 last night and CRASHED! We had a great time riding through the mountains of Utah. We went on a group ride on Thursday about 30 miles and it was a bit mild for us, so we went on our own (3 vehicles, 7 people) for a ride Friday of 80 miles, all day long through meadows, mountains, past lakes and rivers. It was so beautiful. Then Saturday, same deal on a different side and went 90 miles and one part was literally down a trail that I think mountain goats made down the face of a mountain! It was scary but fun and I have a lot of trust in my husband and our machine!

There were BBQ's every night and the food was good but I did not feel like I did very well. I didnt eat bad, I just didnt eat great, like barely any fruits and veggies, no lunch on any of the days ( I did have snacks like apples but just nothing that was filling or nutritious). Oh well, my weigh in day is Thursday so it is what it is. I will upload pictures tonight and let you know so you can see our journey.

Feels good to be home and our dog is looking forward to our walk tonight!

I am going to post a separate blog about my flight....Jan

  
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BIGMAMAT 8/16/2010 12:11PM

    Sounds like you had quite a trip! Glad you had a good time.

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