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September is National Recovery Month

Monday, September 01, 2014



Recovery Month has been celebrated nationally for 25 years. It emphasizes that treatment work, people do recover and sobriety is possible. It helps to get the message out that recovery is possible from any addiction and that there is help available for anyone.

I think that we are all touched by someone who has or has had addiction issues from alcohol, drugs, gambling, food, shopping, people, relationships, or any number of issues.

I have been in recovery from drugs and alcohol for 35 years. I have been a recovering codependent for probably 20 years. and, now I am recovering from food addiction and emotional eating, thanks to spark people.

I have a daughter and a son who are both in recovery from their drug and alcohol addictions, and they have both chosen different paths to recover.

Recovery is about change, getting better, getting healthier, choosing to do things differently and continuing on a life long journey to wholeness and wellness. Recovery can take many forms, many paths, many directions.

I would encourage you to continue on your recovery journey and/or be supportive of someone you may know who is on their recovery journey.

and, don't ever give up, you never know when you or someone you know may 'get it'.
I am certainly grateful that my mother never gave up on me, and I am very grateful for God's Grace and people's support that helped me to get it.
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for more information go to: www.recoverymonth.gov

  
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GRANJERRY1 9/2/2014 8:26PM

    emoticon Thank you for sharing....yes we can all do it

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WHYNOTJ1 9/2/2014 10:27AM

    Thank you for sharing!

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NELLIEC 9/2/2014 12:21AM

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I have a good friend who has been in recovery for several years now!

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LINDA! 9/1/2014 10:59PM

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CHERYL_ANNE 9/1/2014 8:13PM

    emoticon You are a star for doing what it is you need to do every single day! (And also promoting recovery!)

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trail walk pics

Friday, August 22, 2014

i walked another trail this morning. it was beautiful. i do so love pennsylvania country and creeks. this one is in titusville. i think that i walked 2 miles with jogging inbetween, and a few stops for pictures. it was a nice destressor, which was why i took the day off work. exercise, walking, peaceful country...ahhh.
wishing all my spark friends a pretty and peaceful weekend.

  
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WHYNOTJ1 8/25/2014 9:00AM

    Nice!

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GRANJERRY1 8/23/2014 10:23AM

    Beautiful trail...... would love to walk by.... lucky gal...and best wishes for a great weekend

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CALLIECURTIS5 8/23/2014 10:01AM

    what a beautiful place to walk! I am so jealous. Do you walk here often? Please stop by so I can go with you. emoticon emoticon I`ll bring a picnic lunch. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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LACEYKYLE 8/22/2014 7:52PM

    You're right, it's beautiful and distressing!! Great job!!

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SURVIVOR61 8/22/2014 6:59PM

    I vacationed in Pennsylvania with my grandchildren and it was so beautiful. And the weather was amazing. I can't wait to go back. Thank you for sharing your beautiful pictures.

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MOTTAMAMALOU 8/22/2014 4:53PM

    Loved your pictures. They are peaceful and serene.
It's also good to take a "ME" day to get in tune with nature.

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maintaining

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

my maintaining journey contnues, and for the most part is going pretty well.
i do still go over calories and neglect my exercise here and there, but after a few days of unhealthy behaviors, i feel yecky and that motivates me to get back on track.

my job has been very stressful and busy these days, which does not leave me much time to spark with friends, but i am faithful to enter my food and exercise daily, and try to give a little encouragement here and there, and catch up slightly in those moments.

i am walking, jogging park trails once a month or so now preparing for my september race for recovery. although, i will not be running it; i am hoping to jog most of it with fast walking in between. it is a 5K on presque isle in erie pa and celebrates the recovery of so many of us with addiction and/or mental health issues. i am looking forward to doing it again this year; last year was my first.

here are some pictures of my scenic trail today.
happy trails to you
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ADIRONDACKMOM 7/31/2014 2:15PM

    You are looking forward and not behind--- keep up the good work! Lovely photos! Best wishes on your journey..... Keep sparkin'

Thanks for sharing!!!

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WHYNOTJ1 7/31/2014 7:46AM

    Nice pics--keep up the great work. Remember that awesome scenery and how good you feel when you stick with your plan! The busier I am, the more I need my healthy routines and workouts.

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LACEYKYLE 7/30/2014 6:16PM

    I wouldn't want to run that beautiful trail and miss out on the scenery. Keep up the good work!!

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JAMBABY0 7/30/2014 4:35PM

    very pretty, thanks for sharing

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THEEXERCISER 7/30/2014 4:35PM

    Way to go! After the days that I slip up I feel icky too. That also motivates me to get back on track as well .

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interesting birthday, lightning and all

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

this has been a birthday that i will not soon forget...
we went out on lake erie on a perch fishing charter, got chased in by a storm that was brewing, caught a fantastic lightning show and then the rain storm met us as we neared the shore and we got soaked.
came home to discover that lightening had struck our big pine tree outside our house and blew out our phones, cable, wi fi and tv. Praise God that it didn't blow up the propane tank or the house which were very close by.

  
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LINDA! 6/25/2014 10:37PM

    I am so sorry about the lightning. PTL that things were not as bad as they could have been,

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GRANJERRY1 6/25/2014 8:24PM

    Praise the Lord that you are safe & sound!!!

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CHERYL_ANNE 6/25/2014 7:54PM

    Wow... so glad that you are safe!

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MYTURNNOW2013 6/25/2014 6:35PM

    Wow! So happy no one was injured.

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BYEPOUNDS 6/25/2014 5:14PM

    Best to you!

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RHOOK20047 6/25/2014 4:49PM

    The Lord was with you guys on your house for sure. Praise Jesus. Same to see that happen to such a mature tree. Prayers of thanksgiving for you guys.

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maintaining

Wednesday, June 04, 2014

well, it's been almost 2 months now and I have been maintaining my weight loss pretty well. i've fluxuated 1 lb. here and there, but still weigh myself weekly or so to help me keep on track. if i have gone up a pound, it motivates me to be more careful of my calorie.
i feel like i have changed my lifestyle now, for the most part. if i do over eat, which i still do now and then, it feels uncomfortable and i do not go as overboard as i used to do. a few days of going over and i feel like a blimp, which motivates me to get back into portion, calorie control.

keeping up with exercise is pretty good too. i went for 4-5 days without my elliptical, just being busy and procrastinating, and i missed it. my elliptical and strength training help my mood so much which really motivates me to keep on keepin on. i feel so much better when i exercise.

spark has taught me so many good things. and u all continue to inspire me.
if i can do it, u can do it. we are in this together and we never have to do it alone.
so, keep on keepin on spark friends
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GRANJERRY1 6/7/2014 5:15AM

    That's simply great news Cheryl.... Keep going......
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SURVIVOR61 6/6/2014 3:36PM

    Awesome!! Thanks for sharing. And do keep post it notes around as reminders to get on the elliptical, it is so easy to get lulled into a false sense of security after we reach maintenance. It is so important that we keep up with our exercise and not skip it, but keep up with a regular schedule just as we did to lose the weight.

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WHYNOTJ1 6/5/2014 12:59PM

    Wonderful! Keep up the great work! And thank you for the spark goodie!

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WATERONE 6/5/2014 7:24AM

    emoticon Happy 2 month maintenance anniversary! emoticon

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MYTURNNOW2013 6/5/2014 2:57AM

    emoticon on two months! Great job~!

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CALLIECURTIS5 6/4/2014 11:40PM

    You are doing emoticon Keep up the good work.

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LINDA! 6/4/2014 9:57PM

    You are such a great motivator!

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