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Friday, May 02, 2014

I really liked SparkPeople when I started. I still do, but I used to blog all the time. I don't so much now............. REALLY?!? A year! OVER a year ago and the last one was advertising a RED Friday t-shirt I was selling. Ah well. Life gets in the way and time moves on. WHATever. No more excuses. Here's my story. (just updated on my page)

With the new Spark layout (05012014) I thought perhaps I should update my page as well.

I've been with SP for 5 years. That's a long time to hang out somewhere where the people are great and the mood is positive and the theme is healthy/weight-loss............only to be heavier than when I started.

Yep. My original goal was 100 pounds. That's a hefty goal. Even broken down to manageable segments, that usually takes years. It takes motivation and hard work. Well, I'm here to tell you. That's not who I am. I have yet to find the right motivation and I'm even less likely to be interested in hard work.

I work hard. At my job, I get everything done, sometimes to the point where I have nothing to do. But I sit at a desk 90% of the time and somehow don't use the tools SP has given me to move while there. And I don't purposefully get up and move. That's going to change.

I word hard. With my family, I provide a home, food, conversation, encouragement. But there are things I can work on there as well. Our children are "grown". 24 and 21 are grown, right? Then why are they always coming back to live here? Well, because of the economy and because of choices they've made. But we must have done something right that they know they can return and be welcomed. They know the door is always open. I can work harder at accepting them for exactly who they are, where they are, and keeping my opinions more to myself.

I work hard. Hubby and I have been married for 33 years this month. Wow. That's hard work. We were raised in the age where you worked through problems. You talked, or maybe yelled, but you stuck it out and made it work. And it works. Marriage is supposed to be 50-50. NO! Marriage should be 60-60!!! You should always give more than you expect to get. Hubby is much better at this than I. I can do better. I don't like cleaning, but I can do better. I don't like clearing clutter, but it really has to be done. I can do better at a lot of things and I must change my attitude.

I work hard. I love scrapbooking. There, I've said it. It truly is my creative outlet and I'm good at it. I don't scrap like many of the successful designers out there, nor do I want to. I'm on one creative team, where my work is valued. But truthfully, I do it for me. I design. I do. I create freebies for people to snag and use on their layouts. I love it when someone says thank you, but I don't need it. For every one person who does, I know that there are many others who do not, but are using my papers, embellies and wordarts. That gives me satisfaction.

I work hard. My grandkids are the light of my life. Whoever said that grandchildren were our reward for not killing our children, was right! Kolten is 4. What a gem. He's so smart. He's fun to be with and play with, but it's hard for me. I can't run, I can't jump, my endurance is very low. Caddie is a jewel. Living with us due to circumstances with her mother's military career, we are now 50+, temporary parents of a toddler! O.M.G. Talk about work. Lifting, changing diapers, "running", catching, not catching, following, playing. Did I mention my endurance level? By Thursday, we're toast. And I can't get down on the floor and play with her.

And therein lies my epiphany. I work hard at things that I have to, but I haven't made healthy eating and exercise a "have to". That changes today. May 01, 2014. (actually yesterday)

goal [gohl] noun 1. the result or achievement toward which effort is directed; aim; end.
Synonyms, target, purpose, objective, intent, intention.

NOT what is, but what is strived for. In order to reach a goal, one requires objectives.

ob·jec·tive [uhb-jek-tiv] noun 1. something that one's efforts or actions are intended to attain or accomplish;

It doesn't mean it's going to happen. It's a road map to head in the direction of the goal, the result, the achievement, the end.

Coming from a SPED background, goals and objectives are familiar to me. Some students complete their objects and achieve their goals and some students continue working on their objectives, inching closer and closer to the goal forever. Sometimes one objective is met and must be reevaluated and changed in order to meet the goal.

May 01, 2014. Objectives for Carla L Cooper to reach the goal of healthier life and weight loss.

I will:
-march 10 minutes every morning before work
(because it gets me motivated to move.....more than "walking" and I can do it "in place" if necessary)
-march 10 minutes at 0930...morning buses
-march 10 minutes at 1042...morning break
-march 10 minutes at 1130...morning buses
-march 10 minutes at 1230...afternoon buses
-march 10 minutes at KTMS (all of these have to do with my work schedule)
-march 10 minutes at 1515...immediately after work
-make time for quiet reflection/meditation exercise at least 10 minutes per day

I will:
-declutter 10 minutes per day
-toss/donate/organize at least one grocery bag of "stuff" per day
-make at least one healthy eating choice per day
-purchase and choose healthy snacks 4 out of 5 times
-drink ALL 8 glasses of water daily

I will NOT:
-be on the computer at home between 0800-1800, weekdays (yes, I do get up earlier and dinner is at 6)
-be on the computer between 0930-1130 and 1530-1800 weekends
-choose unhealthy snacks at work.....biggie problem for me.....4 out of 5 times

So, the point is, these are my objectives to attempt to meet a goal. They may not ALL happen every, single day. They are guidelines for what should happen every day.

THIS is my new (old) mantra........

JUST FOR TODAY, I will live through this day only. I will not brood about yesterday or obsess about tomorrow. I will not set far-reaching goals or try to overcome all my problems at once. I know that I can do something for 24 hours that would overwhelm me if I had to keep it up for a lifetime.
JUST FOR TODAY, I will be happy. I will not dwell on thoughts that depress me. If my mind fills with clouds, I will chase them away and fill it with sunshine.
JUST FOR TODAY, I will accept what is. I will face reality. I will correct those things I can correct, and accept those I cannot.
JUST FOR TODAY, I will improve my mind. I will read something that requires effort, thought and concentration. I will not be a mental loafer.
JUST FOR TODAY, I will make a conscious effort to be agreeable. I will be kind and courteous to those who cross my path, and I will not speak ill of others. I'll improve my appearance, speak softly, and not interrupt when someone else is talking. Just for today, I'll refrain from improving anybody except myself.
JUST FOR TODAY, I will do something positive to improve my health. If I'm a smoker, I'll quit. If I'm overweight, I'll eat healthily -- if only for today. And just for today, I'll get off the couch and take a brisk walk, even if it's only around the block.
JUST FOR TODAY, I will gather the courage to do what is right and take responsibility for my own actions.
To one and all, a happy, healthy New Year!
Love, ABBY
January 1, 2003

So, JUST FOR TODAY. Here I am.
Love and Blessings.

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ONESPOTLEFT 5/3/2014 8:18AM

    I like how you block out times you will not do stuff and that you march in place, so do I

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HOLLYM48 5/2/2014 9:50PM

    One goal at a time, one choice at a time, one day at a time. You can do it!

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SUBMOM2 5/2/2014 8:58PM


Wow! This is the inspiration I greatly needed today. Thanks for sharing!

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FITMARY 5/2/2014 1:07PM

    I LOVE the idea of giving 60-60 in a marriage! Thanks for a great reminder!!

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Would you like one?

Saturday, April 13, 2013

For any of my military-loving friends and family!!! I've designed this t-shirt for a Marine Moms group I belong to. We've already surpassed our goal so the shirts will be printed. If you'd like to order one, please PM me for the details. Semper Fi!

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RONNIEHUEY 4/16/2013 11:25PM


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MINICOOPER452 4/13/2013 9:41PM

    Sunny332! RED FRIDAY (Remember Everyone Deployed)
They're just under $20.............

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PATRICIAAK 4/13/2013 9:31PM

    very appropriate.

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SUNNY332 4/13/2013 6:31PM

    Very nice job. What does the words on the front say? The back says until they all come home.

You did a beautiful job and yes, I am very interested in one.

Do post me.


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CONCHA77 4/13/2013 6:29PM

    Love the Tee! Nice Job. How much? emoticon

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My Girl is Becoming A the next 3 Days!!!

Thursday, September 08, 2011

The Crucible!
For simplicity's sake, the Wikipedia description (with some correction) is:
The Crucible is the final test in recruit training, and represents the culmination of all of the skills and knowledge a Marine should possess. Designed in 1996 to emphasize the importance of teamwork in overcoming adversity, the Crucible is a rigorous 54-hour field training exercise demanding the application of everything a recruit has learned until that point in recruit training, and includes a total of 48 miles of marching. It simulates typical combat situations with strenuous testing, hardship, and the deprivation of food and sleep. A recruit is given three MREs (= Meal Ready-to-Eat, a self-contained, individual field ration) and four to eight hours of sleep through the entire 54-hour event.
On the final day of the Crucible, recruits are awoken and begin their final march. Following this is the Eagle, Globe, and Anchor ceremony, where the recruits receive the eponymous emblem, and thereby cease to be recruits, finally becoming Marines. Immediately following this, recruits are offered the "Warrior's Breakfast", including steak, eggs, potatoes, fruits/vegies, etc. where they are permitted to eat as much as they like, even of previously forbidden foods, such as ice cream.
That being said, my baby-girl, her platoon The Mighty 4029, along with several other platoons at MCRD PI (Marine Corps Recruit Depot, Parris Island) and the 1029 and 1030 and others at MCRD SD (San Diego) began their Crucible at 0400 this morning. Approximately 48 hours from right NOW, they will be crossing their finish line and will become UNITED STATES MARINES.
Now, I am a proud Mama anyway and have encouraged and supported both of our daughters in everything they've wanted, tried, attempted and succeeded to do. I was at every softball game (even coached for several years), Kung Fu practice and tournament, dance and danceline rehearsal and recital/performance for the last 21 years. I've cheered. I've cried. I've yelled. I've even booed a couple of times.....
My little girl, all of 5'2", 100lbs soaking wet!, has made it her mission to serve in the United States Armed Forces since she was 8!!! And she chose the Marines and the Marines chose her 14 months ago. She wanted to be an MP, but she's a little too short (don't tell the Marines that she's already got a Black Belt in Kung Fu and could probably whoop her DIs arse.....they only wanna know how tall she isn't...) so she's happy that she is going to be an aviation mechanic cuz she LOVES MOTORS!!! Yeah, THAT'S MY LITTLE GIRL!!! All frilly and primpy and soft....NOT!!!
So, please take a minute, in the next 48 hours, to say a little prayer for the females of the 4029 and the males of the 1029 and 1030 (her buddies from RSS BV) and ALL of the other recruits who are beating The Crucible to become one of:

"The Few, The Proud"(males) "The Fewer, The Prouder"(females) "The United States Marine Corps.

Thank you from one of:
"The Fewest, The Proudest" USMC MOM!!!

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MINICOOPER452 9/12/2011 10:50PM

    BAILEYRAE11!!! If you come back and read this PLEASE friend me and we can talk.........I know your momma will be proud of you. It's what we do! And, I want to get to know you and write to you in boot. It is tough, but it's soooooooooooooooooo worth it!

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MITECU 9/12/2011 8:58AM

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BAILEYRAE11 9/11/2011 10:55PM

  I hope my momma feels that proud when I complete basic. I made the decision to swear into the USMC a month ago today, and leave for basic July 18th, after I finish high school. I can relate to some of the posts above when the mention being limited on what you can do because of being female or to short, but I found what I wanted to do anyway! Excited to leave for boot camp! (or to get it over with, and be a Marine :P)

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PAMNANGEL 9/11/2011 11:44AM

    Semper fi! OOOOORAH! {salute} emoticon

(It's too bad we don't have an emotican for our militarys flags.)

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TRACYZABELLE 9/11/2011 11:13AM

    How proud you must be~

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RONNIEHUEY 9/10/2011 11:28AM

    Hi! my daughter completed basic in April and just completed her training as a helicopter mechanic (Apaches 64s etc) She left for Ft Jackson Colorado yesterday.She will be there 2-4 years except when she deploys to Afghanistan early next year.She also is a girl y girl who became an EMT before the Army.She tried for over a year to become a medic in any branch of the service ,but had trouble because she was female.So she went with who ever could put her around helicopters the fastest.When she gets out,she wants to work as an EMT on a medi vac helicopter for LA county etc...I'm so proud of the kid.She turned 21 Sept 5th.
Check out my blogs .Bless your child!May she stay safe!

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As a proud Marine Mom I know exactly what you are feeling right now. She has been in my prayers all along, and will continue to be. Can't wait to see her graduation picture--those dress blues just take my breath away!!

Semper Fi!

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CHLOEGRACE1 9/8/2011 4:03PM

    My prayers to her and her fellow Marines, and I thank them for serving our country.

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KITRAE2 9/8/2011 1:18PM

    Semper Fi !

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RUNNER4LIFE08 9/8/2011 11:26AM


What a proud mama you are! Congrats to Anne, she is one strong girl! Can't wait to hear how it all went for her.

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LINDAJ0621 9/8/2011 10:50AM

    Wow...I loved this!!! Thank you so much for the details on that process and for sharing your daughter's awesome accomplishments. Congrats!!!
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BELLEHUE 9/8/2011 10:31AM

    Congratulations! I wish I could see your face. I bet you are just beaming with pride. A small prayer and a big thank you to the 4029, 1029, and 1030!

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MCLAFLIN 9/8/2011 10:20AM

    That is awesome! She will go through a bit of "hell on earth" over the next few days, but will emerge stronger! Congrats on her accomplishment!

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What's Happened In Three Years.....

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Wow! It's been three years since I started on SP.
What's changed? Some, a lot, nothing, kinda....
My lifestyle has changed a lot...I walk everyday. I'm more active in general. I DPS (drink, pee, squat) several times a day (ya had to have been there). I "march" while making copies, I park further away from the door, I try...
I drink a lot more water than I ever did and I used to drink more water than many people around me.
Unfortunately, my eating habits have slid back. I have to recommit to eating better. I snack too much and not on the right kinds of things.
One thing that has not changed is my commitment to encouraging and supporting others. If I can help just one person a day, feel better about themselves, their life, their situation, then I've served a purpose.
I'm not perfect. There have been sooooo many major changes in my life in the last three years...turned 50, been married 30 years to my best friend, oldest moved back home, gave us a grandson, still living with us and providing joy daily, court battle with "SD" and continuing hassles over child support and parenting time, youngest graduated and enlisted in the Marines, provides pride and honor daily, OohRah!!! Semper Fi!!! Sometimes I am not the nicest person to those I love the most. But still, I try!
So, I will continue to try and be the best person I can be and will strive to be better than I am.
To all of you on this journey with me, thanks for your support and encouragement. Please continue, don't ever quit, failure is not an option.
"It's not about how many times you get knocked down, but how many times you get UP!" ~Vince Lombardi
Love and Blessings

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SPARKYCARLEY 8/23/2011 1:29PM

    Big CONGRATS on coming so far in your journey. You have lots to be so proud of. Keep going! Hugs

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KITTYROXX 8/20/2011 9:57PM

    Happy 3 year!!!

Time flies so fast...

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KICKINGIT@56 8/19/2011 2:18PM

    Thanks Coop,

You were one of the most encouraging persons I met when I joined SP.
Congrats on all the successes; the rest will fall into line in time.

Thank your son for his service to his country; praying that he will be safe.

OK ...all together now... emoticon

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SJACK06S 8/11/2011 1:07PM

  Congratulations on all of your accomplishments!

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MAXFOCUS 8/11/2011 12:12AM

    emoticonHappy 3 year anniversary on Spark!
Congrats on the healthy changes you have made in your life. You are so much better for them. Keep up the good work.

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DAWNO64 8/10/2011 8:55PM

    I'm right there with you, Coop!! Still traveling on the road of life, still sparking, with mixed success. But have made major major changes in my water consumption, too. I guess I need to get my blog post going soon.

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FRAN0426 8/10/2011 7:57PM

    Congrats on the 3 year aniversary on Sparks.

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    You are an awesome person!
All you can do is continue the way you are. Try Try Try...


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BELLEHUE 8/10/2011 1:44PM

    Hi Coop, you are a wonderful wife, mom, grandma,and friend. You are bettering yourself and others around you every day by example. Keep up the good work!

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Back on the Picture Track.....Day 09 – A picture that motivates you to do more (Day 09 A picture of

Sunday, June 26, 2011

Sorry, I've been gone for quite awhile. For better or worse, our youngest daughter enlisted in the Marines last March with a ship date of November 2011. She received her orders on June 15th, for a ship date of June 20!!! WOW! All of a sudden, we were faced with having a grad party (originally scheduled for July 9th) and getting her ready to leave (2-4 months early!!!) and calming our "fears" and "anxiety" and sadness regarding her leaving...........
Now I'm back................
Remember (maybe) that when I started this, I'd found two lists that were slightly different, so I tweaked them some days have two pix. This is one of them.
Okay, this may get a little boring for y'all cuz my favs and my inspirations and my closest's all seem to be the same people.............with slight variations.

KOLTEN. Yep, the picture that motivates me to do more is Kolten, my bubba. Also just lucky to be included is my hubby, Freddy. He, by far, has gotten me thru the most. Now, bear in mind, my MOM is one of my best friends and is always there for me, no matter what. I chose Freddy to go thru life with 30 years ago! We've been thru a lot together. It hasn't always been easy; don't let anyone tell you it is, but he's always there; we always do it together.
So this is a pretty cool picture that covers both "days".
I also noticed on another blog, that the person included the list (and names of the pix) on each I'm gonna do that here too. The nice thing about that is that I can just look at "yesterday" to see what I need to blog about "today".
Day 01 - A recent picture of yourself (Day 01 A recent picture of yourself with ten facts)...Mom-me-Jen
Day 02 - A picture of you and the person you have been closest with the & Kerry, me & Mom
Day 03 - A picture of your inspiration for weight loss...Kolten
Day 04 - A picture of the cast of your favorite TV show (Day 04 A picture of your favorite color)...Grey's Anatomy, Kolten w/Green cake all over
Day 05 - A picture of your favorite animal (Day 05 A picture of your favorite memory)...Bailey (duh), Mom & Daddy dancing at anniversary
Day 06 - A picture of a person you'd love to trade places with for a day...Bill Gates
Day 07 - A picture of your most treasured scrapbooks
Day 08 - A picture of your favorite color (Day 08 A picture that makes you laugh) REAL fav color, Corvette Red & Kolten w/a mohawk
Day 09 – A picture that motivates you to do more (Day 09 A picture of the person who has gotten you through the most)...Kolten&Grandpa in Marine gear & Mom
Day 10 - A picture of your closest friend
Day 11 - A picture of your IPOD or other music playing device on shuffle, and then list the first 10 songs that play. (Day 11 A picture of something you hate)
Day 12 – A picture that defines you (Day 12 A picture of something you love)
Day 13 - A picture of your favorite band or artist
Day 14 – A picture of you now (Day 14 A picture of someone you could never imagine your life without)
Day 15 - A picture of something you want to do before you die
Day 16 - A picture of someone who inspires you
Day 17 - A picture of something that has made a huge impact on your life recently
Day 18 - A picture of your biggest insecurity, and the reasons why it is the biggest
Day 19 - A picture of your nicknames you have; why do you have them.
Day 20 - A picture of somewhere you'd love to travel
Day 21 – A picture of an exercise you can’t do, but would like to try (and then try it if you want to)
Day 22 - A picture of something you wish you were better at
Day 23 - A picture of your favorite book; why is it your favorite?
Day 24 - A picture of what I would find in your bag (Day 24 A picture of something you wish you could change)
Day 25 - A picture of your favorite super hero and why
Day 26 - A picture of something that means a lot to you
Day 27 - A picture of yourself and a family member
Day 28 - A picture of something you're afraid of
Day 29 - A picture that can always make you smile
Day 30 - A picture of you last year and now, how have you changed since then?
Love and Blessings.

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SHIROIHANA 8/6/2011 8:24PM

    Wow Karla, this is a great idea! This is a wonderful way to stay motivated throughout the 30 days. Not only do you stay motivated, but you continue learning about yourself and others. You are truly blessed, and may God continue blessing you and your family.

"Of all of our inventions for mass communication, pictures still speak the most universally understood language."
- Walt Disney

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SPARKYCARLEY 6/26/2011 8:50PM

    You are blessed to have someone in your life. I never got to have that and loneliness is the one thing in life that time always makes worse instead of better.

Anyway... I started doing your list of 30 in 30 at the beginning of June. I've done it every day and I'm almost done with it now. It's been a lot of fun. I've learned about myself through this. Thanks! I'll look forward to reading yours.

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    LOVE it LOVE it LOVE it Coop!


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BABY_GIRL69 6/26/2011 6:41PM

    I hate taking pictures! I would have to take like 15 pictures a day? I take hideous pictures but it works for other people.

God bless & I will keep your baby in my prayers.....


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JOURNEYTO60 6/26/2011 3:17PM

    Hi! I am also on this picture challenge-maybe a slight variation as well-day 22. I took two small couple day breaks as well-it is a long trip to 30 days, but its lots of fun and really makes you reflect. I am a military mom as well and can relate to your daughters plans. Something that is so hard to get through, but somehow we do! Love your picture and blog today. Have fun with the challenge. Nancy

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