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Scars are beautiful too

Sunday, February 17, 2013

One of my friends has written a truly wonderful poem about scars and their unique message, and I would like to share it with my SparkFriends.

Poem- This You Will Remember

My scars are all memories
I touch them like a sacred time machine
This finger knows the boiling water
that shattered the glass in my hand
The one next to it remembers the fight
I had with my husband
while I was trimming back the mint

To read the rest, visit Crystal's blog "Crystal, clearly":

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BEAUTIFUL_REINA 2/18/2013 10:32AM

    Thanks for sharing it. My son writes poetry too. I don't, much, but I like to read it.

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    Thank you for sharing her poem link! Loved it.

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Get off the scale!

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

by Steve Maraboli
[Author of ďLife, the Truth, & Being FreeĒ]

"You are beautiful. Your beauty, just like your capacity for life, happiness, and success, is immeasurable. Day after day, countless people across the globe get on a scale in search of validation of beauty and social acceptance.

Get off the scale! I have yet to see a scale that can tell you how enchanting your eyes are. I have yet to see a scale that can show you how wonderful your hair looks when the sun shines its glorious rays on it. I have yet to see a scale that can thank you for your compassion, sense of humor, and contagious smile. Get off the scale because I have yet to see one that can admire you for your perseverance when challenged in life.

Itís true, the scale can only give you a numerical reflection of your relationship with gravity. Thatís it. It cannot measure beauty, talent, purpose, life force, possibility, strength, or love. Donít give the scale more power than it has earned. Take note of the number, then get off the scale and live your life. You are beautiful!"

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    I just love this - thank you for posting it!

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Truth in print!
Thanks for sharing.

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CONFIDENTLY_FIT 2/14/2013 3:50AM

    LOVE IT!!!

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BEAUTIFUL_REINA 2/14/2013 2:10AM

    Very true!!

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BLITZEN40 2/13/2013 11:29PM

    Great blog!

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JACKIE542 2/13/2013 11:01PM

    This is great, hope lots of sparkers read this. emoticon emoticon

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So you're feeling too fat to be photographed...

Sunday, February 03, 2013

One of my friends posted a link on Facebook to this FABULOUS blog entry. I encourage you all to read it.

Now dig out that camera and charge up the battery! :)

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BLUESKYMUM 3/14/2013 5:28PM

    Thank you for posting that honest and gutsy blog that hit a cord with me too! emoticon

After just getting new passport pics for our Asian cruise tour, it has crossed my mind a few times that I am stuck with that awful pic for the next 10 years! But I am going to have a great time on this holiday and the future ones we have planned in our retirement so I can take that good advice and live life now, while I can.

That passport pic is a great incentive for me to keep sparking and a great record of how far I have come, so it serves as a great motivator too! emoticon

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SMARTIN77 2/23/2013 4:19AM

    I hate getting my picture taken - noticing not just the weight but every flaw. This blog inspired me to push past these insecurities. Definitely a keeper!

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BLITZEN40 2/4/2013 6:39PM

    "Life doesn't wait until you get thin enough to capture it." Love this! I lost my uncle yesterday and have been thinking a lot about what really matters since I got the news. Does anyone ever say, "She did great at staying within her calorie limit every day." at a funeral? Does an obituary ever read, "She was excellent at maintaining her daily workout routine." or "She was very skinny." or "She was quite overweight."? NO! Because it doesn't really matter in the big picture. What matters is who you loved, what you loved, who loved you and what your major life decisions were. And this blog that you shared just reiterates that. emoticon

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    Thank you so very much for sharing this. It really struck a cord.

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WILLOW49 2/4/2013 12:08AM

    Thanks for sharing with us. I've always hated having my photo taken; I'll be thinking differently now...

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JACKIE542 2/3/2013 9:11PM

    This is so true, I never liked my picture taken, now I do understand I should have been in more, so now I give hubby the camera so I can be in them.Thank you for this post. emoticon

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TERESA6262 2/3/2013 9:05PM

    What a great blog!

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    Thank you so much for sharing. I hope you don't mind but, I will be making this a blog entry! It's needs to be shared.

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ALICIAYOUNG1127 2/3/2013 8:37PM

    Thank you sooo much for sharing that link!!

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    That was really powerful Malia. Are you going to post it in whole by any chance because I was thinking about copying it into a that I can read it again when I am feeling photo-phobic. =)

Thank you for sharing it.

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    What a great post-thanks for your direction to it. emoticon

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URBANLOTUS 2/3/2013 7:54PM

    That's a great post. It is so right. Thank you for sharing it. emoticon

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GCHUNG 2/3/2013 7:50PM

    I used to feel that way - I finally came to terms with myself and will no longer shy from the camera.

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More leaves!

Sunday, January 06, 2013

On Saturday I raked up the remaining leaves in the front yard, and then brought FOURTEEN large wheelbarrowfuls (is that a word?) of leaves to the backyard in a pile.

I can now fill a Volkswagen with leaves...

This is not how I want to look in a tank top and jeans, definitely a motivational photo to keep sparking. (I like this term sparking better than dieting!)

I also swept all the walks with a push broom - I think I will be using a regular broom from now on because the push broom didn't make my back happy.

After dark it started raining and it is raining occasionally today too. Thank goodness I didn't give in to yesterday's temptation to procrastinate moving the leaves; moving WET leaves is disgusting. Glad to have the job done!

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LINDA! 1/11/2013 4:59PM

    That is a lot of cardio!

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SYNCHRODAD 1/10/2013 10:29AM

    14 wheelbarrows of leaves can compact quite well. In my youth, a buddy of mine and put a garbage can in the bottom of a stairwell and raked his entire front yard into the well and stomped them into one garbage can. We being about 9 nor his dad could not move that can up and out of the stairwell. Great luck on Sparking instead of dieting.

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TRYINGTOLOSE64 1/6/2013 7:50PM

    I'm so glad to be done with my leaves!! Only 86 bags!!

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BLITZEN40 1/6/2013 7:20PM

    You look great, but WHERE IS YOUR SMILE? I am so jealous that you live in a place where it is warm enough to wear a tank top outside right now!! If I lived in a place that warm, I would be smiling all the time! Nice pile of leaves, I would've totally jumped in them. I mean what's the point of having an awesome pile like that if you don't jump in it at least once? ;) WTG on getting it all done! emoticon

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    Wow, it was an INVASION of leaves--are you sure the trees are really just trees! You look so CUTE in your pic! I know you want to lose weight and get fit and all and you will certainly be healthier, but ya gotta love how CUTE you look right now just like you are!!!

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SABLENESS 1/6/2013 4:40PM

    That IS a lot of leaves! Great workout and congrats on not procrastinating. emoticon

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    Sparking instead of dieting is MUCH better and you nailed it as a term for me. A VW bug full of! I think I would've been tempted to jump into the pile at least once, just for fun. Thanks for sharing you pics! It's like I get to visit with you for a moment!

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JACKIE542 1/6/2013 4:11PM

    That is a lot, you won, I did not get done. I think you even have a bigger yard too. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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1EMMA2011 1/6/2013 2:17PM

    That is a lot of leaves! Great job!! I like the term sparking too!


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Yard Work

Friday, January 04, 2013

While we were away, ALL of the trees in our yard lost their leaves. Lots and lots of leaves. When I arrived home, it looked like an abandoned house or something. How embarrassing.

So today I spent an hour and a quarter raking the leaves out of the street, the neighbor's yard and our front yard.

I raked up three waist-deep piles of leaves - enough to make myself a replica of a VW beetle or something. Here in town we can't burn them, so tomorrow's job will be to wheelbarrow them around back to the compost heap (which will quadruple in size).

Sure hope there won't be much wind tonight!

The best part is that according to SP, an hour and a quarter spent raking leaves burns 480 calories! Sweeping and raking for the exercise WIN! (No wonder our nation is getting fatter now that those horrible leaf blowers are all the rage.)

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BLITZEN40 1/6/2013 12:19PM

    Nice job getting all those leaves raked up- that's a HUGE pile! I want to jump in it! emoticon

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SABLENESS 1/5/2013 4:59PM

    Great workout! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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LINDA! 1/5/2013 10:31AM

    Yes, that is a lot of exercise. Hope you are having a great weekend.

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    Oooo.... I LOVE work-outs like that, where you can see instant results! My fave is to push-mow the yard despite owning a riding mower. And hubby loves that he can enter "chopping wood" after we cut a big load. Your compost pile is gonna love you! Raking leaves is a lesson in futility at my house, but we don't live in a neighborhood so it doesn't matter. I'm in the process of turning our yard into a garden of raised beds and paths so we will eventually only have a small space to mow. Hubby wants to keep one patch of grass for playing games like volleyball or cornhole.

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NUTRON3 1/5/2013 5:51AM

    Good job

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    What a FANTASTIC way to get a workout in!! Raking leaves, gardening, working in your yard...those are some of my FAVORITE things to do. I can't wait till I actually have a yard of my own though =) and WOW, what stamina you have, that was one hell of a workout!

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1EMMA2011 1/5/2013 12:49AM

    That is amazing! Great job and Glad you are back!!


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JACKIE542 1/4/2013 10:45PM

    I raked up many leaves today too, yes it sure burns the calories. emoticon

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