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Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Hello!

While having two blogs within days of each other be voted as "Most Popular" is quite the honour it is a tad overwhelming so I'm begging you all "please, enough already" emoticon

On a more serious note, I have a such good news to share! But, of course, in my usual way I am going to make you read all of this dribble/drabble until you reach the big reveal.

As some of my longer-term SparkFriends know my husband and I have been living on my part-time, seasonal salary since September. Money has been tight and although we don't have any children we do have two wonderful dogs who we care for with all of our hearts. Unfortunately, these two furballs are frequent visitors to the vet but we would rather do without than to have them uncomfortable or suffer in any way.

So yesterday, I arrived home to find Maddy (our little Pom) refusing to get up to even great me. He was retching and gagging and I knew something wasn't right. Bawling my eyes out, I called the vet, was told to come on and called my husband to tell him that we had another unexpected expense. John (husband) tells me to stay put and he would come home to get us so I called my mom and told her. She is on a fixed income too but offered to help....bless that woman.

I'm just putting on my coat when the phone rings and it was an animal rescue group located three hours away. Since I am on the board of directors for our local humane society I thought "more bad news". But it wasn't......turns out I had bought a ticket as part of their fundraiser just last week and I WON!!!


I won ONE THOUSAND DOLLARS!!!! The tears started flowing down my face and I could barely get my words out to thank them!

Oh, and it turns out Maddy has somehow scratched his tracheal (spelling?) tube and had a very sore throat. It cost less than $100 for the visit and medication.....and my doggy will be back to "normal" in a few days!

  
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RUSTBUCKET1 1/2/2012 1:23AM

    Congratulations! Glad to see that your pup is doing better.

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STACEY3940 12/29/2011 3:14PM

    I'm so glad your pup is going to be ok and that you got an extra special gift and have $900 left of it to use for other things you need! Great blog!

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ANGELEYES67J 12/29/2011 6:54AM

    Thats wonderful news about the money and the dog. God is good.

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CM_GARDNER78 12/25/2011 12:51AM

    FANTASTIC!!! Congratulations! :-) That is just perfect!!!

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LOSINGITALL4ME 12/24/2011 6:44PM

    How wonderful!

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_LINDA 12/24/2011 10:25AM

    It couldn't have happened to a nicer person! Congratulations!! For a change, the person needing it the most won -LOVE that happy ending!!
So glad it wasn't too serious for your poor pooch! Its always a strike straight to the heart when something goes wrong with your loved ones :(( And fur babies are loved every bit as much as human ones!
Enjoy!!

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GAYLE-G-63 12/23/2011 4:34PM

    Susan, what wonderful news!!! You really made me day and made me cry, but they are tears of HAPPINESS!!!

Merry, MERRY Christmas my dear!!!

Huggz,
~Gayle~>
PS I give you my solemn promise not to 'like' this blog even though I want to!!! LOL

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MSPRIS3 12/23/2011 1:14PM

    Congratulations!!!!

I know full well how much our furbabies can cost us when the vet is involved. And to top it off, they usually need the care at the worst possible times.

It's nice to see good things happen to good people.

All the best to you!

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JENN26POINT2 12/23/2011 11:12AM

    Oh my, I so know what it's like to experience the unexpected expense and not knowing how you're going to make it work. I'm thankful that higher powers provided for you. Merry Christmas!!

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Q8PRINCESS 12/23/2011 10:34AM

    WOW Congrat! Glad to hear you puppy is only having a sore throat.

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LINDAKAY228 12/23/2011 9:10AM

    Wow that's so awesome!!!! Glad your fur baby is going to be all right and you have a little extra left to spend! Have a great day and enjoy your windfall!

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TEMPEST272002 12/23/2011 9:06AM

    $1000 win! I can think of anyhow how deserves it more. I'm so incredibly pleased for you. I'm glad that Maddy is ok too!

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EJOY-EVELYN 12/21/2011 2:09PM

    What wonderful news! Timing is everything and this unexpected treat was just what you needed. Congratulations!


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READYRACHEL 12/21/2011 1:09PM

    Glad everything worked out! I have two dogs as well and one just cost us a small fortune at the vet, but he is worth it.

Kisses to Maddy and congrats on the win!

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SLEEPYDEAN 12/21/2011 12:57PM

    What a blessing! Hope Maddy is feeling much better now. My mom has a little spoiled rotten pom named Peanut. I usually have to resort to my credit cards when one of my cats is sick, but I would rather that then risk not having them seen. Glad his issue was rather minor in the end.

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TARANITUP 12/21/2011 12:46PM

    amazing! A Christmas miracle :)

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CHRISTINA791 12/21/2011 12:42PM

    Aww, poor Maddy! Glad it wasn't too serious, and hope he's feeling better soon. Back when he was a kitten, my cat decided to eat four feet of ribbon right before Christmas. I really couldn't afford the $600 vet bill, but you do what you have to.

And what a fantastic surprise at just the right time! That brought such a smile to my face. Make sure you two pamper yourselves just a little bit with it.

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MILLIE5522 12/21/2011 6:41AM

    I love it when things like this happen to good people. Wishing you a wonderful Xmas! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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JOANNANOW 12/21/2011 1:08AM

    What great luck... just when you needed it! I hope your pup is feeling better. Santa must have thought you were a very good girl! emoticon emoticon

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APIRLRAIN888 12/21/2011 12:49AM

    Lol

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YIWEN39 12/21/2011 12:01AM

    That is AWESOME :-) emoticon Fantastic news :-) Enjoy enjoy, you so deserve it! emoticon

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JAMER123 12/20/2011 9:45PM

    Thank heavens for a miracle(s). Give your little one a big hug from a friend. (I had tears in my eyes while reading.) emoticon emoticon emoticon

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BOVEY63 12/20/2011 8:32PM

    So glad everything went well for Maddy!
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Congrats on the win!
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With the luck you've been having, will you please buy me a lottery ticket!
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CODEMAULER 12/20/2011 8:26PM

    I'm so glad that everything worked out so well!

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CALGARYNEWF 12/20/2011 7:25PM

    Good Karma!!!!!!

I'm so happy for you. Congrats on the blogs as well. It's time you get recognized for the wonderful things that you write. You keep us entertained and inpsired at the same time, not an easy feat!!!!

I hope you have a wonderful Christmas and wish you all the best for the coming year.

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TIFFY0906 12/20/2011 6:25PM

    Gotta love those unexpected blessings

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KELLYBEANER77 12/20/2011 4:34PM

    Gotta love NICE surprises like that....when you are totally not expecting it...what an awesome CHRISTMAS GIFT :)

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Kelly

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GOANNA2 12/20/2011 2:59PM

    Merry Christmas. Blessings come when we least expect it.

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KAYDE53 12/20/2011 2:16PM

    A Christmas miracle!! Blessings!! emoticon

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KANSASROSE67 12/20/2011 2:08PM

    WOW...how wonderful is that? So happy that you received this unexpected blessing!

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JLITT62 12/20/2011 1:55PM

    So happy you got such good news all around! You deserve it!

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LIBBYG7 12/20/2011 1:40PM

    And (ahem).....what lucky star were you born under???
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I'm jumping with joy at your good fortune!! And so glad your pup will be OK.
Yep.....this is a time for miracles.....and couldn't have happened to a nicer gal.

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1_AMAZING_WOMAN 12/20/2011 1:19PM

    Merry Christmas to you. Merry Christmas to you. Merry Merry $1000. Christmas to you!
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I am truly happy for you!!! How nice that someone that truly needed the money wins for once!

I know what you mean about the vet bills. My second home is the waiting room of the veternary clinic. The last couple of years I have lost 3 of my elderly dogs, and for each one spent a fortune their last couple of years, cause I wanted them to live as long as they could have any quality of life. They made 13, 16, and 16. Now I am down to just one - a 10 year old - but he costs me a LOT at the vet due to allergies. I could have almost bought and paid for a home for all that I have spent on my dogs, but that would have been a very lonely home.

Amber

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_JODI404 12/20/2011 11:13AM

    This is SO awesome!! I can totally relate to a TON of vet bills this year. We joke that we should forward our mail and just take a room there. But, we also love them with all our hearts, and there is not anything we would not do to take care of them. They are our "kids"!

How wonderful that you won the $1K, and your dog will be fine and the bill was so low!!

What a GIFT!!!

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SCOOTERGIRLOZ 12/20/2011 11:00AM

    What a relief! The wonder of Christmas.

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Wishing both you and Maddy a quick recovery.

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LALASLAND 12/20/2011 10:58AM

    emoticonSUSAN!!!! Can you here me from Texas???? emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticonI just LOVE it when we are blessed at JUST the right time! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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DRKYASHI 12/20/2011 10:36AM

    Such Good News -- Congratulations! emoticon
And many more blessings for the Holidays! emoticon

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JOY73YL 12/20/2011 10:25AM

    Wonderful! Maddy is going to be alright and you have $900 left over for your other needs.
Merry Christmas.
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SLIMMERJESSE 12/20/2011 10:23AM

    Oh my! This is wonderful news for you and your furry kids. So happy for you.

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CHUBRUB3 12/20/2011 10:18AM

    Hugs Susan! Congrats on the win, we all know your a winner anyways.
Hope Maddie gets well quick.
Big Hug,
Angela


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MRE1956 12/20/2011 9:33AM

    I'm sorry, but how can anyone NOT like a blog that has such wonderful news attached to it?

I'm not in a good place right now, but your story warmed my battered soul quite nicely - here's to better times ahead!

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GLORYANDME 12/20/2011 9:21AM

    Glad pup is doing well and the vet bill was reasonable. Love the blessings that God bestows on us. Thanks for sharing! emoticon

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THETURTLEBEAR 12/20/2011 9:11AM

    That is fantastic! Part of the holiday miracle season, Susan!
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The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly - pictures and my Spark mantra!

Sunday, December 18, 2011

Hi,

Happy Sunday to you all! I've been mulling over this blog idea for the past couple of days and thought it was now or never to get it down on "paper"..err, the computer screen!

So by now a lot of you know one of my recent blogs was voted "most popular" and while that is flattering it can be overwhelming. Somehow something you write elevates you to this magical level and people are crawling out of the woodwork to ask you advice.

Since it is Sunday here is my confession and I'm not even a Roman Catholic! I don't have all the answers! This is a journey for me just the same as it is for all of you. I might know what works but that doesn't mean I'm always perfect. Okay, let's correct that last bit - I am not, nor have I ever been perfect! Spark is a lifestyle makeover for me and the weight is the last to be transformed. I am still struggling with the weight and expect to for some time unless I put what I have learned into action. Brings to mind that expression about the mind being willing but the body not so much!

Okay, so here it is! LIFE is not a dress rehearsal....WE are given one chance and if we don't start making some changes now life is going to continue on as it always has. . Unless you believe in reincarnation this is the lifetime you have to change the body and mind you have. NOW is the time to act.

Second of all, the Spark philosophy is pretty simple when you think about it. It is nothing anybody with have a grain of common sense couldn't come up with...sorry SparkGuy....but we, as humans, have somehow lost our common sense when it comes to nutrition and exercise! It is like the more advanced we get the more we forget the simple, yet effective stuff that served our ancestors for years ! Granted, without Chris Downie, we wouldn't have all of the wonderful resources at our fingertips but you have to admit it is a a pretty basic idea. Eat right, exercise, and live long and proud! Who knew?

So, if it is so easy, why do so many of us struggle? I personally think that we have far too many choices and conveniences in our lives. Duh, could it be that simple? I mean once you have a remote control for something do you ever go back to using the manual method? Once you have tasted ingredients that you can't pronounce and are lured towards do you ever go back to a simple apple?

I struggle with this everyday! We hear all the time we are what we eat
but since I am not a cannibal emoticon I have had to put my thinking cap on and figure out how to get back to basics.



Ahem - so here is my slightly twisted way of looking at what I eat. Starting just recently I began to think of the very things that make up the foods we eat as soldiers. Okay, they might be funny looking soldiers but in my mind they are still soldiers because they are fighting the fight within me. I have my foods (and the imaginary soldiers) called the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly. The Good I can eat without compromise, the Bad, I eat sometimes but the Ugly stuff I am trying to keep out of my battle.

Here is what I envision my soldiers to look like



These good "soldiers" will help me in so many ways! They will help keep my mind alert and my body more able to fight off germs and more serious diseases. So every time I eat, I ask myself "how many good soldiers" are in this and how many "bad soldiers". If there are truly ugly, evil ones I try to take a pass. Again, you might not be able to avoid troubles but you don't want to lay out the welcome mat to them either!

To conclude "my lecture" it all comes down to common sense yet we often try to make this much harder than it really needs to be. Feed your body the stuff it needs to be healthy and keep moving......yes, Virginia it really can be that simple!

  
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2BEEFIT 12/26/2011 10:56AM

    thanks

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SABLENESS 12/21/2011 10:37PM

    The challenge is putting into action all those seemingly no-brainers! Thanks for great blog. emoticon

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WILSLM70 12/21/2011 8:45PM

    Great blog... thanks for sharing

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ANDBEYOND 12/21/2011 5:49PM

    Go girl!,

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SPARKGUY 12/21/2011 4:21PM

    Great blog -- thanks for posting this!

You are right that this isn't rocket science :). One of the real keys that we have worked hard to add to a traditional "eat right and exercise" message is the behavioral psychology piece -- or in more fun terms "what will it really take to spark someone and keep them sparked? What will it take for someone to actually take these steps to make a healthy lifestyle change?

From our work over the past 10 years with millions of people we have seen that the answer to this question depends on the person -- so we've intentionally built in many different types of ways to help people stay motivated, both give and receive support, be accountable, reach for their goals in all areas of life, understand the amazing benefits of setting and reaching small goals one at a time to build momentum, etc.

It's a fun challenge to continaully work to improve everything involved in this equation and see members like you add so much to this challenge!

SparkCheers!
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BECKYLIZ 12/21/2011 3:21PM

    Very good, informative, challenging and interesting

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BLOOMING52 12/21/2011 3:11PM

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DEBK0923 12/21/2011 1:55PM

    i LOVED THIS BLOG emoticon emoticon

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YOGANANC 12/21/2011 1:37PM

  Simple advice - thanks! I've had the same realization recently. It's truly about what we eat and being cognizant of how to fuel the body. It's the only one we've got - precious stuff!

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JSPIN74 12/21/2011 12:53PM

    heehee love it

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PAWSINAZ 12/21/2011 11:06AM

    The pictures are great!

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MILLIE5522 12/21/2011 6:37AM

    Great idea for a children's book on nutrition!

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SUPERMOUSE35 12/21/2011 12:13AM

    Great post!

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CM_GARDNER78 12/21/2011 12:10AM

    HA! I LOVE this!!! You are so cute - I LOVE the pictures! Hee hee. Thank you so much!!

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KATIEMARIE251 12/20/2011 10:28PM

  I am a new member and LOVED the blog!!! Thanks for the great reading.

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DMAICON 12/20/2011 6:11PM

  Thanks for this blog. I have been struggling with the "evil" stuff. You just gave me a new train of thought. Thanks! emoticon

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TIFFY0906 12/20/2011 6:11PM

    Great blog

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RECAPPED 12/20/2011 6:08PM

  Thank you... Simple and sweet!... Ha! Good advice...

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MOMMAKNOWSBEST 12/20/2011 5:12PM

  :)

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KELLYBEANER77 12/20/2011 4:30PM

    What an awesome blog...love your sense of humour :)

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MOMMAKNOWSBEST 12/20/2011 4:28PM

  :)

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KARENDEE4 12/20/2011 3:24PM

    Love it!

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DYNNETTE1 12/20/2011 2:28PM

    lol way to cool!!

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KLONG8 12/20/2011 1:41PM

    Nice visuals and your message is right on. Thanks!

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PINKBUNNY61 12/20/2011 1:08PM

    Nice job.

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AKAFIT 12/20/2011 9:18AM

    Congrats and great points. I, for one, always make it too hard and end up just getting frustrated with the whole process. Thank you for bringing it back to "Basics!"

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GRRARRGH 12/20/2011 8:50AM

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AJB121299 12/20/2011 8:14AM

    good luck

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EMMALEIGHB 12/20/2011 6:43AM

    Great idea! Good way of looking at things! emoticon

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CORGIDOGMOM 12/20/2011 5:05AM

    your soldiers are cute! what an interesting idea! thanks for sharing!

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HNSIDDIQUI 12/20/2011 3:57AM

    Thank You so much for sharing, I will try the technique of good, bad, and the ugly soldiers, emoticon

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BARRISTER2011 12/20/2011 3:48AM

  What a creative way to look at food. emoticon

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100LBLIGHTER 12/19/2011 11:32PM

    emoticon !!!! Another good one!

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100LBLIGHTER 12/19/2011 11:32PM

    emoticon !!!! Another good one!

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AFRESHSTART2 12/19/2011 11:27PM

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RINGING1 12/19/2011 10:57PM

  Hi,
I love the good, bad, and ugly soldiers. A visual is helpful.

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MARYHENNIG 12/19/2011 10:23PM

  Awesome. Thanks for sharing.

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JOEYKIRKWOOD 12/19/2011 7:51PM

  awesome

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KIPPER15 12/19/2011 7:45PM

    Great blog emoticon

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SCOOTDOG 12/19/2011 7:15PM

    Great blog emoticon

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RHIANNONTHEWOLF 12/19/2011 6:57PM

    My biggest struggle is convenience food. I enjoy many healthy foods, but when I get asked to work overtime at the last minute, it is so simple to drive thru on the way home. It does seem pretty simple, but given the choice between 60 seconds in the microwave and 20 minutes putting together something else, we default to the faster option.

It takes remembering what that fast easy option makes you feel like later (sluggish, tired, hungry again....) to get me to pick the right choice.

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123ELAINE456 12/19/2011 5:35PM

  I love your blog and pictures very much. Every thing is well written and done. Congrats for the blod. God Bless You and Have a Wonderful Week. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.

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WANT2BHEALTHY60 12/19/2011 5:35PM

    Your way of illustrating our fight to loose is motivating. Thanks.


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KAYDE53 12/19/2011 4:57PM

    emoticonGood illustrations!!

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LOSINGITALL4ME 12/19/2011 4:53PM

    Great blog! Love the pictures! Thanks for sharing!

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LIVINHEALTHY9 12/19/2011 3:50PM

    Good blog and well said. I love the pics you posted in it. The bunny strip is really cute!

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ZUZMAJKA 12/19/2011 3:45PM

    The bunny picture is priceless, now I need to find and eat a skinny person instead of all those Christmas cookies..

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Oops, I've done it again (isn't that a song title?!)

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Hi!

I've been missing in action over the past few days as I was out of town with my mom doing a bit of Christmas shopping, eating, talking, laughing and did I mention eating!? Seven cheese ravioli anyone? Yummy for my tummy but not so good for my waistline. Did A LOT of walking in the malls and stores but none like I usually get in and I have to say I really missed the fresh air. Nothing like blaring Christmas music and crowded stores to make you miss the great outdoors even if your Pom barks louder than all of the above stuff put together! emoticon

Didn't buy much clothes - still in the weird land where plus sizes are getting too big but the regular sizes are too small to wear with any comfort. I guess that is a good complaint to have and I ended up with two sweaters. Mom bought John and I matching sweaters from Eddie Bauer - pure wool and on sale for $39.99 - mine is olive green and his is a dark gray. I think they are beautiful and just the thing for walking the dogs in fall or wearing as a layer in winter.

Anyway, we made it back home safe and sound and I had the most wonderful surprise awaiting for me. My last blog was voted Most Popular and I have a long list of comments to read through. It really made my day - so I thank you all for clicking like!

Blessings of the season!

Susan

  
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KAYDE53 12/17/2011 1:23PM

    Congrats on your blog; it was really good!! Sounds like you had a high old time, and that's what Christmas is all about!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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Q8PRINCESS 12/17/2011 3:56AM

    Hey you! I'm going to have to go read your popular blog now. I'm just between flights at the airport and thought I'd check up on you. So far it's not feeling like Christmas but as soon as we hit Canada I'm sure that will all change. Looking forward to snow, pork, beer, wine, egg nog and Hawkins Cheesies.

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BOVEY63 12/16/2011 4:21PM

    Your blog certainly did deserve the award - it and you are awesome!
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YIWEN39 12/15/2011 7:57PM

    Congratulations on being voted Most popular blog :-)
And I'm glad you enjoyed your Christmas shopping!
Have a great weekend ;-)
Eve

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GOANNA2 12/15/2011 4:42PM

    Congratulations on the most popular blog Susan.
Welcome back from your shopping trip. The sweaters
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CHLOE453 12/15/2011 2:20PM

    So glad that you had fun on your shopping trip with your mom!!! I can only imagine how nicely olive green would go with your hair color and complexion. Take care and have a wonderful day today!!

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KAMAPERRY 12/15/2011 2:10PM

    Sounds like fun!

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100LBLIGHTER 12/15/2011 2:06PM

    I do love your blogs. I have subscribed to it and have added you to my friends ...if you do not mind. Like you the weight is secondary to the lift in spirit I get from focusing on something good for me....my health, plus having a community of friends that I can count on to be there for me.

Glad you and your Mom had a great time out shopping.

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JSEATTLE 12/15/2011 1:10PM

  You have the spirit! Thank you for taking the time to post your wonderful blog, I am enjoying it and I love cheese ravioli too!! Happy Holidays!

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CHUBRUB3 12/15/2011 1:08PM

    You are doing great Susan.
I am so proud of you.
Also congrats again on your popular blog post.
Hugs,
Angela

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JLITT62 12/15/2011 12:43PM

    Sometimes you have to go away to really appreciate home!

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_LINDA 12/15/2011 12:11PM

    So glad you had a fun shopping trip!
Enjoy your popularity! You got your wish for popular blog post!!
Keep it going!
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APIRLRAIN888 12/15/2011 11:47AM

    Welcome back

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ELIZACG9 12/15/2011 11:06AM

    Congratulations! emoticon

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JOANNANOW 12/15/2011 10:17AM

    Your blogs are wonderful. I'm happy to hear that the spark world appreciates them as much as I do.

I haven't done the city shopping thing for a couple of years. I used to do it every year and it's been so nice being able to order on the internet or shop locally in the village. I was there in September so missed the Christmas rush!

I like your Christmas backdrop for this page. I guess I should think about getting a tree and making an attempt at festivity. Today is my last day of work.... so it just might happen.

Merry Christmas Susan emoticon

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LALASLAND 12/15/2011 10:11AM

    I think you look fantastic in olive green! I like to wear that color, too! emoticon

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CRAZYDOGLADYBO 12/15/2011 9:34AM

    Congrats on the blog award!! We need pictures of the two of you in your sweaters!!

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THETURTLEBEAR 12/15/2011 9:31AM

    And today you were featured in my Spark Mail, girlfriend! WOO HOO! I love Eddie Bauer by the way. Pretty much everything I wear is from Eddie, unless it's from REI.

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GRAMLORI 12/15/2011 9:30AM

    Merry Christmas, Susan!! Congrats on your blog...but I'm not surprised. Your blogs are wonderful to read. 7 Cheese Ravioli??? I'm drooling just thinking about it! I would have eaten it, too! And enjoyed every bite....oh well, back to my orange!
Hugs,
Lori

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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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HEALTHY42MORROW 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.

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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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MELINDAM85 12/20/2011 6:18PM

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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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CAROLYNINJOY1 12/18/2011 9:37PM

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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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MYYEAR51 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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SPEEDY143 12/17/2011 3:21AM

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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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LALASLAND 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.

Oh boy your tree is up?!! I am soooo far from being ready! Enjoy the lights. emoticon emoticon

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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..
Hugs,
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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