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Joining Spark was the single best thing I have ever done for myself!

Thursday, December 08, 2011

Good Morning!

Woke up this morning to see the ground covered in the white fluffy stuff and had to smile! Picture this - me still clad in my pjs standing in our bedroom door saying "come on, who has to go do their pee" and the only response I got was from my husband! So, I went to each dog and whispered in their ears and they stumbled out across our living room and out the patio door. Maddy, with his head still down, went down the steps, did his business and retraced his steps (I'm not even sure his eyes ever opened!) and fell back to sleep on his bed. Lou, at least had her head up and eyes opened saw the snow and turned back! When I insisted she go out, she grabbed a mouthful of snow, ate it, and just sat there looking at me and proceeded to get very sleepy in front of me! So it seems the sleep fairy got us all last night - I went to bed really early on the pretence of reading (ha!) and drifted off with no effort!

In my opinion there are few things as good as a good sleep! I used to struggle with sleep - the doctor gave me the equivalent of horse tranquilizers just to knock me out at times but that is another thing that Spark has blessed me with.

When I think of all the things Spark has given me I get overwhelmed with gratitude! Joining Spark was the single best thing I have ever done for myself.

- I have FREE access to all this fantastic motivational, nutritional and exercise material!
- I have made some of the best SparkFriends and joined some great teams
- I have discovered that a healthy lifestyle doesn't include the word D-I-E-T!
- I have rediscovered my love of walking
- I have learned how to read nutrition labels
- I have come to love water
- I have been able to help my depression by blogging
- I have been able to give up one of my medications
- I have become more aware of how my body works and what my body needs to function
- I have been sleeping like a baby
- I have started to change the shape of my body
- I have become a better person; yes, I think that is fair to say

So, here is another one of my zany ideas! When you are struggling to find the perfect gift this year or want something extra to tuck into a Christmas card, why not mention Spark and how much Spark has improved YOUR life. Talk about the perfect gift - one size fits all as I'm sure you would be hard pressed to find somebody in your life that couldn't do with a little Spark!

A few family members have noticed that I have been "changing" and they can't seem to quite put their finger on it so I am going to tell them my "secret". If each of us recommends Spark to just two people and one of those joins, just look at the impact WE can have on those around us.

Give the gift of Spark this Christmas season and you will have given the perfect gift!

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SAILSATSUNSET 6/20/2012 12:28PM

    WOW! I just joined this past April..and you express my exact feelings about Sparkspeople.com This website is amazing. It has changed my life in that I am back to exercising again as well as making better choices with the foods I eat. I have belonged to other weight loss groups and they don't begin to compare with sparks.

Thanks for posting this..it's good to read other success stories. emoticon

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HIKETOHEIGHTS 3/25/2012 11:04PM

    Love it!

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MAYBER 1/26/2012 4:36PM

    Thank you so much for sharing your thoughts
I tell everyone about Spark People
It is one of the most positive site in my life
One day at a time
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CINDERELLINGER 1/11/2012 1:10AM

    Inspiring post! emoticon

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FAITHUP 1/10/2012 11:40PM

  Great Job! emoticon

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ROXYHON 1/4/2012 1:34PM

    You are so right about the many gifts that SparkPeople fills our lives with, and what a great suggestion about passing the Spark to others. The gift works year-round and can be given any time!! Congratulations on the results you have achieved, and know that there are more coming for you to add to the list. Thank you for your post....
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7WORSHIPS 1/2/2012 4:38AM

  emoticon Great blog

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AGAPEJOY 12/31/2011 3:39PM

    emoticon for inspiration!!

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LENELLA 12/27/2011 9:52PM

    A beautifully written piece that rings true in everything you say. There is nothing more to say. Well done!

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TRACYLEE050269 12/25/2011 2:34AM

  Great job! I am new to SP and I admit that I haven't really been all that gung ho about it yet. Partially because I recently had abdominal surgery; and partially because I'm in the stage where I am afraid to try and fail. Reading others' stories will help me realize that I, too, can do this. So I would say that I also need some cheerleaders!

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HOPE1764 12/22/2011 7:02AM

    Great!! emoticon

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145HEALTHY 12/22/2011 5:40AM

    Boy, did you hit the nail on the head! Thanks for sharing.

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K_RENEE 12/21/2011 11:25PM

    Can I just say how happy I am for you? Seriously, I am just so glad you have Sparkpeople and I'm so glad to see the changes it's made in your life. It really touches my heart because I know your words are very sincere and I can relate to some of what you're going through and what you've been through. Glad you're a part of the SP family!

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MSHUFFNPUFFN 12/21/2011 12:04AM

    Love your blog--thanks for sharing! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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SUNSHINE99999 12/20/2011 10:55PM

  this blog was fantastic.

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LILEMAMA 12/20/2011 3:08PM

    Thank you for sharing, this was an emoticon emoticon

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IRYAHM 12/19/2011 4:55PM

  so true and so good for U !!! all these sparks light up lot's of old dark places. Just see how many others feel that positive buzz!!!True the trick is spreading more sparks and keeping ourselves by the fire, Keep moving on and up!!! emoticon

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RUNNERRACHEL 12/19/2011 2:03PM

    emoticon blog!



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_WAGATHEGREAT 12/19/2011 1:20PM

  Yay! amazing work

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DRB13_1 12/19/2011 11:25AM

    emoticon on being featured in the most popular blogs!
I like what you said about Spark - "one size fits all"
Isn't that the truth?!
Happy holidays and best wishes on your healthy life journey!
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MAMAENUFF 12/19/2011 11:17AM

    I truly agree with you. I have gained and learned a lot of wonderful things with SP.

Happy Holidays!

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VTORIA3 12/19/2011 8:28AM

    Great blog. SparkPeople is one of my blessings for many of the reasons on your list. I can't imagine my life without this great DAILY resource. It's the best "social network" surpassed by NONE. emoticon

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GRACEISENUF 12/19/2011 2:02AM

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great blog by the way

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MJ7DM33 12/18/2011 10:25PM

  Great blog! Spreading the spark is a wonderful gift! emoticon

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KLAYLAB 12/18/2011 9:14PM

  Thank you so much for the encouragement. You are saying the things a lot of people need to hear.Very well written. You are the greatest. emoticon emoticon

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SAMYEDAVIDSON 12/18/2011 3:35PM

    Awesome! Keep on keepin on!! So proud of you!

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MISSLISA1973 12/18/2011 3:24PM

    emoticon Husbands!

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JIBBIE49 12/18/2011 2:21PM

    emoticonWonderful to see you featured in THIS MONTH'S BEST BLOGS. What an honor!!

emoticonMerry Christmas and Happy 2012 New Year. We will make this the best year ever! emoticon

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TIMETOGETGOING 12/18/2011 1:59PM

    Love this blog! You are right on.

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NUMEXI17 12/18/2011 1:17PM

    emoticon emoticon Yes, you have found within yourself what brings success with the help of others... It is great when we can learn to depend on others... Glad they were there for you!!!!! emoticon

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CM_GARDNER78 12/18/2011 1:39AM

    YES! That is a fabulous idea!! I agree - I am also experiencing many of the same positive side-effects you are! You have so eloquently stated what I've thought many times! Thanks for sharing! Good luck to you!!

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JENNYBAKER247 12/18/2011 1:35AM

    emoticon emoticon I echo your sentiments exactly!!! Spark People is absolutely THE BEST!!! Well written!!! Have an exceptional Christmas and BEST WISHES for the new year. WE are shrinking!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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LINNNEY47 12/17/2011 7:55PM

    Awesome blog. You've gained a lot from SparkPeople

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JOY73YL 12/17/2011 6:45PM

    You are just great. SparkPeople is doing a lot of those things for me too and I'm just a beginner. Slow starter. I joined in July this year but it was probable Sept before I got serious about it. I just want to find all the things you have found and I'm on my way. Thank you for being here for the rest of us and giving encouragement. I just love SparkPeople. I was off SparkPeople for two days only because my phone died and I couldn't get on the internet.
Your picture shows so very much and I love it.
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TWEETIEBIRDIE 12/17/2011 3:52PM

    You are truly in the Xmas spirit! I am so glad that life is changing for the better for you. Enjoy the holidays!!! emoticon

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THECELSA 12/17/2011 1:08PM

    What an awesome blog post! SparkPeople is truly the best gift anyone could get! :-)

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MOSTMOM1 12/17/2011 11:49AM

    Great blog, Susan! Hope you have a Sparky Christmas!
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MISSILENE 12/17/2011 6:39AM

    I agree with every thing you say. This is a wonderful blog. Good luck to you in your journey, Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you and your family. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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WALKZWDOGZ 12/17/2011 3:38AM

    Wonderful job & wonderful blog! And I have to confess that the 2nd sentence had me emoticon!

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PEACEGRANNY 12/16/2011 11:02PM

    Taking positive steps toward health is one of the greatest things in life! Good for you! Thanks for sharing your experiences. Have a great new year!

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7356WILMA 12/16/2011 9:48PM

  Thanks for expressing so well how I feel!!! So well.

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MARGIEH0104 12/16/2011 8:51PM

    What a gift we give ourselves when we come to Spark!
Yes, a wonderful gift to share with those we care about!


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ALBERTHA7 12/16/2011 7:35PM

  What a great way

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FOREVERFITCHICK 12/16/2011 5:42PM

    WHAT A GREAT WAY TO SHARE!

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TRUANGEL1 12/16/2011 5:12PM

    WONDERFUL BLOG. SO GREAT TO HEAR OF SO MANY POSITIVE CHANGES FROM JOINING SPARK PEOPLE. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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EJRANVILLE 12/16/2011 4:42PM

    What a great idea! I just had a friend join and I have to say it felt good to give that 'gift.' Congratulations on your changes and have a wonderful Christmas! emoticon

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CHANSEN_20001 12/16/2011 3:17PM

    Great job!!!

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Too stupid for words

Tuesday, December 06, 2011

Yep, that would be me that I'm writing about. I did something so stupid yesterday that I am almost ashamed to tell you all about it.

First of all, I am not a typical Newfoundland woman who feels the need to scrub her house from top to bottom both in the fall and in the spring. But I did get in the mood yesterday to wash the walls in our bathroom so armed with a bucket, jug of Mr. Clean, and a ladder off I went. All was going well and I was making great progress when I decided in a moment of total stupidity to step off of the ladder and to try to stand on the narrow rim of our bathtub. So there I was straddling the bathtub and reaching to scrub above the window when my feet went out from underneath me and down into the tub I went. I landed on my back and managed to hit my head, my two knees and my two elbows. Oh, and I also managed to rip the curtain and curtain rod right off the wall.

As I lay there (basically too stunned to move) I actually said out loud to the mocking walls "well, stunned arse has done it now but at least the walls are clean". I cannot tell you all how silly I feel nor how fortunate I am. I know I am sore but I really could have broken something!

Today was supposed to be my first weight training day by myself but I decided not to go as I have a few bruises and am a bit tender. To tell you all the truth, all I wanted to do today was nap...AND not because of my sore muscles but because of my S.A.D. I used my light therapy this morning and because I knew how low I was feeling I begged my husband not to allow me to go to bed this afternoon. Instead we went to the local golf course (closed due to wet conditions...never mind the fact that it is December!) and walked 6 km with the dogs.

As I'm writing this I am sitting beside my Christmas tree which is all lit up and I have a hot cup of tea poured up to enjoy.

  
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SPARKLISE 12/19/2011 8:28AM

    I suffer from SAD also and I find that vitamin D and Omega-3 supplements help a lot! emoticon

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CAROLYNINJOY1 12/15/2011 6:10AM

    Youch! I can't count the times I've done something so stupid I wished I'd had someone else to blame.

Glad you're just bruised. I've ripped off a curtain or two but won't share details. :)

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CROOKEDLETTER 12/7/2011 7:32PM

    Ah, I think most of us have tried a not so safe maneuver in our quests to clean or get something from up high. Sorry you fell. Hope you feel better soon.

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EJOY-EVELYN 12/7/2011 6:55PM

    So glad you're okay and taking steps to find what you need to pull you out of what could be a terrible a funk. Great save! Hope you heal from your bruises quickly.

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CHUBRUB3 12/7/2011 11:01AM

    Glad your ok Susan!
Hugs,
Angela

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LITTLEFARMMOMMA 12/7/2011 9:34AM

    Oh, SUSAN!!! I am SO glad you're ok!!! That could have been SO much WORSE, you're right! What a relief! I'm proud of you for that walk. You are going to make it. You are strong. emoticon emoticon

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CHLOE453 12/7/2011 5:39AM

    So glad that you were not seriously hurt. Sitting in front of your Christmas tree with a cup of hot tea sounds like a heavenly place to be!!! Take care ~~Kelly

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JOANNANOW 12/6/2011 10:27PM

    So glad you didn't break anything! I've been on the ground looking up after falling off a ladder (had brown paint all over me ... face included). I still remember how ridiculous I felt. Nevertheless and not withstanding, amazingly intact and still grateful even though it was years ago!

Enjoy the clean walls ... I hope the sore spots don't stick around.

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BOVEY63 12/6/2011 10:23PM

    So happy your weren't seriously hurt. Great job on getting the walk in.

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APIRLRAIN888 12/6/2011 9:48PM

    Oh my

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KAMAPERRY 12/6/2011 8:55PM

    Ouch!! Be careful! Isay that as I hut my head earlier and have a huge lump!

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JLITT62 12/6/2011 8:06PM

    Owwww! That's not stupid, it's just an accident. Hope you're feeling better soon.

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_LINDA 12/6/2011 8:02PM

    So sorry you had this happen Susan :(( Its so scary the damage the can happen from a fall :((( I am glad you had no serious hurt from it.. Good for you for being such a trooper not to lie down all day.
What light therapy are you using? There are so many out there I am discovering..
Feel better soon and please be more careful..
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Linda

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THETURTLEBEAR 12/6/2011 6:36PM

    The Christmas tree is the best "light therapy" of all.
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BRIGHTPENNY 12/6/2011 6:01PM

    good for you Susan, all great choices! The walk outside was a great idea, and the hot cuppa seems like a great way to cap off the afternoon. The light is good but doesn't resolve everything i guess... sounds like you have a supportive DH! Now , no more falling off ladders! jan

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Starting at the bottom and working up

Monday, December 05, 2011

Hi,

No, I haven't hit rock bottom but this is my newfangled way of keeping in touch with my SparkFriends. If you are like me you always stay in touch with the same 6 faces that appear on your SparkPage and sometimes neglect those further down in the list.

The faces further down the list are of no less importance to me as I have allowed mine to be displayed in the order of being added. Thus the newest ones tend to get neglected which isn't the way I would like to do things. I know we try to stay in touch with all of our friends off and on but sometimes I think that when I was new what would have happened if nobody stayed in touch with me.

My wish for all of you today is to take a look at the bottom of your friend's list and take the time to check in on them. They might be having a hard time so do your best to shine your Spark their way!

  
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SPARKLISE 12/19/2011 8:26AM

    It took me 1.5 hours last night to send a goodie to all my spark friends. I just don't have the time to check on everybody everyday. Its sad but it's part of life. emoticon

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CAROLYNINJOY1 12/15/2011 6:12AM

    I do make the effort to keep up with friends but it isn't an easy task. I usually interact regularly with those who comment on my page or blog but I periodically change the order of my Spark Friends just to keep up.

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GLORYANDME 12/5/2011 8:58PM

    Thanks for sharing your wonderful idea. emoticon

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TEMPEST272002 12/5/2011 6:10PM

    emoticon Nice idea!

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THETURTLEBEAR 12/5/2011 4:34PM

    Susan - I am so anal that I've alphabetized my friends.

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GOANNA2 12/5/2011 4:18PM

    Great suggestion. Thanks emoticon

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SVELTEWARRIOR 12/5/2011 3:17PM

    Great idea!!!

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CROOKEDLETTER 12/5/2011 1:25PM

    Lovely idea!

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    I like this! Great idea emoticon

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APIRLRAIN888 12/5/2011 12:49PM

    Awesomeness

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BOVEY63 12/5/2011 12:48PM

    Great advice! Have a wonderful day!
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EJOY-EVELYN 12/5/2011 11:52AM

    Great strategy.

I'm noticing that following my friend feed is good way to get caught up and recognize the accomplishments of my friends. However, if you're like one of my friends who has over 500 friends, I can't imagine trying to keep up with this feat.

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CALGARYNEWF 12/5/2011 11:47AM

    Thanks for the reminder Susan... You are so very thoughtful!

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NIKIBOBIKI 12/5/2011 10:06AM

    Neat idea!

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OUBACHE 12/5/2011 9:12AM

    Brilliant suggestion! Thanks for staying in touch with me. I have really appreciated your encouragement, and it's so true that we need to pass this along to others as much as we can. You have to wonder if the ones we hear from the least may be the ones that need us the most.

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LITTLEFARMMOMMA 12/5/2011 9:04AM

    Susan, you're awesome! I have way too many sparkfriends (can that be?), because just last week, I went through a lot of them and saw that at least 50 of them haven't been on for over 200 days! I had to weed them out (unless they were really good friends, and then I pestered them with a message) so I could have a more organized friend list, but still, it's difficult, isn't it, to keep up with everyone! You have a really great idea by doing what you did! Thanks for your good blog! emoticon emoticon

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CODEMAULER 12/5/2011 8:25AM

    Have a terrific week!

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Leaving a team gracefully

Saturday, December 03, 2011

Hi,

After much deliberation I decided to pull out of the 5% Winter Challenge and in turn leave the Teddy Bear Team. My heart really wasn't into it and I wanted to leave gracefully and to give somebody else a chance. Since the challenge only officially started today I hope I haven't let any of my team down.

Why am I leaving? It is not a decision that I took lightly. I went back and reviewed how I felt on each day of the Fall 5% challenge and realized that I always felt rushed. It was nobody's fault but my own but that is how it made me feel.

I think teams, like SparkFriends, have to be joined and welcomed when you are ready. It is no good to pretend you feel a connection when it simply is not there. I need Spark to work for ME plain and simple.

So farewell my teddy bears! I will be cheering you guys on from the sidelines this challenge and I wish you all the very best.

Susan

  
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LUVMYCRAZYKIDS 12/6/2011 9:30PM

    Sorry to see you leave, but completely understand your viewpoint. I am feeling that way about another challenge I am doing right now...not the 5% Challenge, but a different one. Too many daily tasks to post on and I just feel like I cannot keep up...Best wishes on your journey!


Dawn

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BOVEY63 12/4/2011 9:28PM

    You need to do what is best for you. It is great that you took action when needed. We can all learn from your action in doing what is best for us.

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LITTLEFARMMOMMA 12/4/2011 2:24PM

    Susan, I could have written this very same blog a while back when I was on the "A Team"! I loved the friends on the team, but it did the very same thing for me (the challenge pressure, etc.). Sometimes, it's good, sometimes, it's not; and that's all there is to it! Good for you for listening to what is good for YOU! emoticon

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TEMPEST272002 12/4/2011 11:26AM

    I'm proud of you for following through on what your inside voice is saying. I'm sure it was a tough decision. This journey requires us to explore our own inner country. Discovering what works & what doesn't - and that is different things at different times.

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SLIMMERANG 12/4/2011 9:55AM

    You have to go with your gut! Good luck with your Sparking!

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MAMAPOSTIE 12/4/2011 3:37AM

    I'm sorry to see you leave the team, but wish you all the best in the path you do follow. The Teddy Bears will miss you, but SP will still benefit from your encouraging blogs and posts so we can keep in touch. All the best.

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NEWMAC2011 12/4/2011 2:27AM

    I was very sad to see that you left the Winter 5% & the Teddies. I understand your reasons and it's great that you did what you felt was right for you. You certainly haven't let the team down; I wish more people would be like you instead of continuing in the Challenges when they don't participate.

Wishing you continued success on your journey and hoping the timing will be better in the future & you'll return to the Teddies if and when it's right for you. I'll be rooting for you!

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KAYDE53 12/3/2011 11:48PM

    You did what was right for you, and you did it in the nicest way possible!! emoticon emoticon

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CHUBRUB3 12/3/2011 11:20PM

    There is no shame in finding your own path. Everyone here is for a reason...themselves. Do what works for you.
Hugs,
angela


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GLORYANDME 12/3/2011 11:03PM

    I enjoyed so much cheering each other on in the Fall challenge. You will be missed. I am happy for you that you are doing what is best for you. You will always be a tedddy bear! Keep on sparking!
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CROOKEDLETTER 12/3/2011 10:54PM

    You are doing what you need to do to make things work for you. So kudos to you!

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HEALTHYBARB1 12/3/2011 9:33PM

    Hi Susan...I was your sparkbuddy before we were Teddy Bears together and will continue to be your sparkbuddy after...I so get where you are coming from. I am needing the challenge and support that the Teddy Bear team is made for but you have by great example shown me that there is a season for everything to begin and for everything to end. Your grace and wisdom make me smile!! Just talked to my dd this morning about choosing to follow her own dreams and do what God directs her to do not what everyone else is doing or thinks she should do. We need to apply this truth during all seasons of our life! Take care and have great December!
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BRIGHTPENNY 12/3/2011 9:28PM

    Susan, You have to do what is right for you and you have done that. This journey is about you and self reflection is key to the journey. You have shown that you can do this and do it gracefully. i am proud to be your SP friend!
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APIRLRAIN888 12/3/2011 6:01PM

    Agree u did right thing

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_LINDA 12/3/2011 5:46PM

    Good for you Susan! You must do what feels right for you! Please don't give up that sweet photo of you and your teddy, think its so special. I had one Spark friend advise our team that it is ludicrous to belong to more than ten teams at most, and preferably fewer. It is hard to make a comittment to too many. I have only ever done one team challenge, and it was a basic five item thing. I just found its not my thing, and most of the stuff wasn't a challenge to me anyway. I love exercise, drinking water, eating lots of fruits and veggies and I tracked everything religiously so there wasn't much left except the elusive sleep.
Good luck with your healthy journey on your terms!
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SNOWFLAKELILYM9 12/3/2011 5:09PM

    What a gracious, classy, honest and courageous person you are to know what is best for you and do it with graciousness and honesty. I hope you come back to the Teddy Bears someday but if not we are cheering you on still!!!

Margaret

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CERIUSLY 12/3/2011 5:01PM

    Farewell isn't good-bye! Your blog is the second time today I've read about making a connection. I appreciate your wisdom, and especially your honesty. You are right. The 5% challenge is active, and it's a good fit for a lot of people at different times along the journey.

Come back if and when you are ready! In the meantime,we're just a mouse click away.
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GAYLE-G-63 12/3/2011 4:58PM

    Susan,

You did leave with not only grace, but class. There are many people who would leave with no explanation. You truly are a class act.

Huggz,
~Gayle~

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SVELTEWARRIOR 12/3/2011 4:48PM

    I love your honesty. While you will be missed I totally understand what you are saying. You have to do what is right for you. Everyone has to find what works for them. I wish you nothing but the best. Please feel free to contact me if you want to talk. All the best

Mo

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THETURTLEBEAR 12/3/2011 4:47PM

    Good luck Susan! Your Spark friend Teddies are still on our journey with you, regardless of the team connection.
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IMIN2GENES 12/3/2011 4:31PM

    I'm so glad you're being honest and choosing what is right for YOU! You're right, this journey is about you. We'll welcome you back when and if you decide the time is right. Hope this doesn't sound too corny; but I'm proud of you. You have handled yourself with grace and wisdom. I'll be cheering you on all the way! And, you haven't let anyone down.
Chris
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CRAZYDOGLADYBO 12/3/2011 3:47PM

    I think that is a wise decision. This is always about ourselves and none of us are alike. What works for one won't work for another.

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ONEKIDSMOM 12/3/2011 3:13PM

    Every so often, one has to re-prioritize. You have to take care of YOU! That's the primary reason we're all here at Spark... to get healthy. Like PonyFarmer said, "No Guilt!"

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CODEMAULER 12/3/2011 3:13PM

    This is the season where it's VERY easy to over-commit; good for you for recognizing a potential issue before it became unbearable!

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PONYFARMER 12/3/2011 3:04PM

    This is very smart of you. I had to do the very same thing myself about 8 months ago and I was so releaved afterwards. To be honest I do not get people who can belong to 18, 20 and sometimes even more teams.

I struggle with many of the same issues as you. I think it was what drew me to you as a SparkFriend.

When I was in the 2 or 3 teams that I joined, I always felt anxious and I have to be honest here, I did not lose much. Since leaving almost all my teams but 2 and those teams do not require anything of me, they are just there for support when you want it or when someone else may need it, I have lost 24 pounds and plan to lose even more.

I now have a 45 pounds lost with 91 more to go. WooHoo.

So for me, my friend, you are very wise and you are doing what is best for you. DO NOT FEEL GUILTY. I wasted a fair amount of time when I first stopped all of my teams.

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GOOZLEBEAR 12/3/2011 2:57PM

    I'm sure your Teddy Bear team will understand and want what is best for you.

Hugs

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Somebody is praying for us and I want to say thank you

Thursday, December 01, 2011

Hello,

Before any of you get your knickers in a knot, nothing is wrong, we are not in crisis but we just get the feeling that someone, somewhere is praying for us. We are not doing the best financially at the moment but in other areas we are so blessed.

Remember how I won the two prizes last weekend at my staff Christmas party? Well, the luck continued and I won another two prizes at our student - run raffle yesterday! Me! One was another gift certificate to a local restaurant and the other was a nice holiday themed ornament.

Yesterday I got 20 on my first spin and another 20 on the bonus spin.

Things are also going well with my depression. I have been using my light therapy for 30 minutes in the morning about 4 days a week AND I have successfully cut my dose of Celexa to 40 mg down from 60 mg.

I have also been invited by an instructor to accompany her on a business trip to St. John's. The college pays for her gas and hotel room so I am going to get a free trip out of it. I have some money saved up from not eating at Tim Hortons so much which will give me some spending money.

I've finished my 3rd day of weight training and have not quit! And I ran into a store yesterday (Northern Reflections for all you Canadians) and the manager came over and asked how much weight I have lost because she can see a difference.

Yes, I'm proud of myself but most of all I am thankful that someone, somewhere has us in their prayers. Several years ago, when times were better for us, we gave this woman (who was on a disability and who had a son with severe learning disabilities) a lot of our belongings. We were lucky because when we bought this house from my mom she had left it furnished. Anyway, we gave this woman (we have never met) a fridge, microwave, tv, beds, chesterfield, kitchen table, etc and she told the person who delivered it that she would never stop praying for us....so Daphne wherever you are...thank you! And to any of you, thank you as well.

  
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LILORITA 12/15/2011 4:53AM

    emoticon emoticon. You truly are a blessing to others.

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THETURTLEBEAR 12/3/2011 10:51PM

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BOVEY63 12/3/2011 11:39AM

    You are blessed because you are a blessing to others.
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Hope more good keeps coming your way.

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CRAZYDOGLADYBO 12/2/2011 9:59AM

    Wonderful that someone is watching over you!! It is also great that someone outside family notice your weight loss.

Let me say emoticon to weight training!!!! emoticon

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ZIPCONTROL 12/2/2011 4:47AM

  Its nice to feel blessed... revel in it ! make it last !

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JOANNANOW 12/1/2011 10:46PM

    Have fun in St. Johns! You are so sweet that's why you have such good luck. Ya I know it doens't make sense but it feels right so I'm going with it. Sometimes everything seems to be unfolding as it should (to quote the great Desiderata)
May peace and the joy mark the season for you and yours.
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SVELTEWARRIOR 12/1/2011 10:43PM

    Through prayer all things are possible!!!!

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GLORYANDME 12/1/2011 10:42PM

    Love the power of prayer! Thanks for sharing this heartwarming blog! emoticon

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CODEMAULER 12/1/2011 10:09PM

    The power of positive thoughts is not to be taken lightly!!

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CROOKEDLETTER 12/1/2011 10:00PM

    Glad you are feeling blessed despite the financial difficulties. Glad you have stuck with ST for three days (keep it up but remember to have rest days for those muscle fibers to knit back together). Sending grand good wishes your way!

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KAYDE53 12/1/2011 9:32PM

    You would probably be surprised how many of your Spark friends pray for you, Susan. I know I do!! I'm glad that God is providing your needs through these prizes! I'm so glad to read of your depression improvement, and kudos on your commitment to exercise!! emoticon

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TEMPEST272002 12/1/2011 8:39PM

    I missed your last blog, but I'm glad that this week is much sunnier. All those things you're doing to care for yourself are making an impact. Nice that you already have some money from your non-Timmies mornings (so hard to give up!) to spend in St. John's.

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CHUBRUB3 12/1/2011 6:47PM

    You are in my prayers Susan, and I KNOW you are in other friends' as well.
So Great to have a NSV and have other people notice your weight loss.
Hugs,
Angela

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_LINDA 12/1/2011 6:11PM

    I am so glad things are going better for you, this is wonderful to hear..May this lucky trend continue and more good things come your way..
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PONYFARMER 12/1/2011 5:41PM

    God is good!!!!

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KANSASROSE67 12/1/2011 5:06PM

    This blog made me so happy! I'm sending a prayer of thanks up right now!



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APIRLRAIN888 12/1/2011 5:01PM

    Awesome

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GOANNA2 12/1/2011 4:40PM

    I am happy tohear that you are doing so well and that
lady luck is showering you with gifts.
Prayer is a wonderful thing, isn't it? Enjoy your trip.
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LITTLEFARMMOMMA 12/1/2011 4:40PM

    Susan! What a wonderful, sweet, and gracious blog! I loved every word of it! So glad that you are filled with this peace that passes understanding! It can only be from the Lord! I am glad you are making ends meet, but boy, it is tough, isn't it, to stay afloat! I hope you have a great rest of your week! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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