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More about my progress and my declaration!

Monday, May 07, 2012

Hello!

Once again, I haven't been as active on Spark as I would like to be or think I should be so I am starting to see a pattern here in my behaviour. I think I should be doing more than I am doing instead of being happy with my involvement on a whole. It is that pursuit of perfectionism that gets me every time....so time to get rid of it.

My declaration: SPARK is a tool - how I use it is up to me . Nobody is grading us or keeping tabs on how active we are, how many SparkFriends we have, or how we use Spark. I think that is what makes SparkPeople so unique from other programs.

Anyway, I digress from my progress. I took my measurements yesterday...and it was painful! I have always known that I don't have a shape (well, I guess rectangular is a shape) but I am just the same measurement from top to bottom....48 bust, 48 waist and 48 hips. Add two legs and two arms and a head and I could be a character off of Sesame Street! emoticon

But I love myself - there I said it! I love that I have a boyish figure - well, it is boyish buried under all of those inches. But they will come off and I am still me underneath.

To get those inches off I have been walking, walking and walking. Did I mention walking? Every night we take the dogs and head across the river into the never ending forest and walk the many roads. Here is where it gets comical...and yes, you know with me it has to be comical.

I am typically dressed in yoga pants that are too short, dark socks, my Merrill hikers, some hand me down jacket, another jacket on top, a wool hat pulled down over my eyes (well, my husband says it is pulled down that far), mittens and the piece de resistance ....... carrying a GPS, and a long handled pickeroon.

Okay, for those that don't have spouses that worked in the pulp industry, a pickeroon is a long axe like tool with an extremely pointed end for "picking" at jammed wood, etc....but I use it for a) deterrent against moose, bears, and more importantly humans emoticon because there isn't anybody crazy enough out there to attack a woman clad in such attire and armed with such a tool!!!! But the other reason (which is actually the real reason) that I carry such a thing is to pick cans and bottles out of the ditch which we recycle and give the money to our animal rescue program. It sure adds up and I am ashamed by the amount of stuff we have picked up. We have such beautiful forests and yet the people who use these roads think nothing of tossing their beer cans and bottles into the ditches. I guess it does give us some exercise and it raises a bit of money but still....people are pigs which is an insult to pigs everywhere!

Since my lay off on April 25th I have walked 58 km which is 58 more km than I would have done if I stayed on my bum! Not doing so great with the eating - although I have only had one meal of junk food - KFC and had no chips or chocolate. Still finding it very hard to get my calories in each day.

So, boys and girls that is where I am. Satisfied with my exercise, dressing like a redneck fashionista, and enjoying my time off with my dogs and John.

I love you all!

  
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SPARKLISE 5/9/2012 10:33PM

    Don't you just hate people that pollute nature?
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ELIZACG9 5/9/2012 3:08PM

    Your blog made me laugh...funny about your measurements. It is a tool..
emoticon emoticonrainy day here.......we need rain.

You go girl!!

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_LINDA 5/8/2012 1:34AM

    You are doing what you can for you -and that is the whole idea -way to rock it! Walking daily is a great form of exercise, made even better when accompanied by loved ones :))) Good on you for picking up stuff.
I hate seeing all the trash thrown on our trails, unfortunately, it doesn't make any money -its mostly timmy cups or beverage cups and other stuff no one pays for. Anything worth money is quickly snapped up by the homeless people.
Keep on enjoying your time off Susan!!
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BOVEY63 5/7/2012 10:10PM

    You are just too funny ~ love the Sesame Street character analogy!
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Great job on all the walking, cleaning and donating! That is so awesome!
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A1KAYOS 5/7/2012 9:22PM

    I LOVE that you realize you dont have to have perfection to win...who would want to be perfect, that would be boring!!!!

And extra points for you for recycling other peoples litter!!! As my son says, The Lorax thanks you!!!

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POLK-A-DOTS 5/7/2012 5:14PM

    Now this is a blog that I need to print out and put on my computer! I need to quit striving for perfection, and be happy with what I am doing! Thanks for sharing that! emoticon

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THISTIMEMYWAY 5/7/2012 3:12PM

    I know what you mean! I am just realizing that I need to just keep at it. There is no such thing as a perfect person, perfect sp friend, perfect anything! It's taken me a lot of time to realize that it. and still I forget! wow! emoticon
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MILLIE5522 5/7/2012 2:20PM

    Lovely blog! I would LOVE to see a photo of you in your outfit. emoticon

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EJOY-EVELYN 5/7/2012 1:50PM

    Great blog about where SP fits into our lives. We each uniquely define our roles here within the community with as little or as much participation as we're able to give it depending on our current set of goals and priorities we place in lives.

Keep up the great work! You're such an inspiration and I too, love the redneck fashionista wear. Stay you!

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KANSASROSE67 5/7/2012 1:40PM

    I LOVE your humor!!! "Redneck fashionista" LOL! I am going to remember that term for when I am decked out in my finest running gear...men's shorts from Wal-Mar, a $2.00 thrift store windbreaker t and a huge t-shirt I've probably had since 1994!

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LLINDY65 5/7/2012 1:13PM

    Love it and as for your wonderful attire my neighbor comes over daily she is like one of my sisters, she walks in and always picks on me for wearing my 3x jammies (way too big), to clean house in with a tank top or other mismatched item of clothing... she teases me because i will get on my exercise bike in front of my open front window for my whole neighborhood to see my butt ....

Frankly I don't care! I like the changes in me and if the neighbors don't like what they see in my window they can look the other way LOL!

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LITTLEFARMMOMMA 5/7/2012 12:43PM

    "My declaration: SPARK is a tool - how I use it is up to me . Nobody is grading us or keeping tabs on how active we are, how many SparkFriends we have, or how we use Spark. I think that is what makes SparkPeople so unique from other programs."

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HOPESINGH 5/7/2012 12:38PM

    Sounds great! You're luck to have such a nice forest next to your place, it must be beautiful.
And just enjoy Spark. I know it's hard for perfectionists, but let's try it :-)

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ILOVEMALI 5/7/2012 11:43AM

  Good for you! Pretty soon you will be donating those clothes and buying some new, colorful ones! Walk Walk Walk! We can do this! emoticon emoticon

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TEMPEST272002 5/7/2012 11:41AM

    I need to remind myself of that "SP is a tool..." every once in a while. Releasing perfectionism has been absolutely key to my weight loss success. When I start focusing on what I'm not doing, instead of what I am, that is when I start to backslide even worse. Love all the walking you're doing & laughed at the image of you all dressed up. Bet the dogs are loving it too.

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My progress the past few days

Sunday, April 29, 2012

Hi,

As I said in an earlier blog, I joined the Biggest Loser Challenge when it started on Wednesday, April 25th and I have been doing okay with it. Actually better than okay as I have walked every day ( emoticon), am tracking my food emoticon, am playing with my doggies emoticon and emoticon and am spending a lot of time with my dear husband and my good friend Judy.

I am sleeping better now as well and plan to start aquafit this week - all part of my mission to knock depression to the curb where I hope it will be totally thrashed by the garbage compactor!!!!

But seriously, I do hope that the small changes I am making do help me mentally as well as physically. Yes, I know I will always have some sort of depression BUT a healthy body will surely help, right?

Today, the weather was pretty typical for Newfoundland in Spring. It was sunny, very chilly and we did have some snowflakes floating by. Mind you, that didn't stop us from walking nor did it stop Louisa from jumping into the river to swim. Brrrr.....

I am planning a pretty quiet night at home with my posse (John, Maddy and Louisa) and am hoping my day in the fresh air lulls me to sleep like a baby!

xo Susan

  
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VINOTEA 5/2/2012 1:22AM

    Hey, just remember what Neil Armstrong said during his moonwalk ... "one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind". Small changes are what result in a big finish. Awesome job on the small steps.

Admittedly I don't know first hand about depression, however I do have my husband who does have first hand experience, and from what he says, getting out there and having some sort of activity and sleeping good are contributors towards good days.

I'm so glad you're a Starlet!

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BRIGHTPENNY 5/1/2012 10:07PM

    Good for you, you are doing it!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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BOVEY63 4/30/2012 5:43PM

    Great job with the challenge! Have a wonderful restful evening with your loved ones!

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A1KAYOS 4/30/2012 1:05PM

    You definitely have a strong start to BLC!!! I am so happy that you joined the Starlets!!

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KAYDE53 4/29/2012 11:47PM

    You're doing emoticon!!! emoticon

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LITTLEFARMMOMMA 4/29/2012 11:25PM

    Susan, I'm so proud of you! emoticon

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DIDMIS 4/29/2012 11:10PM

    You are doing so well. emoticon

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HEALTHYBARB1 4/29/2012 11:07PM

    Such a fun sounding weekend and some healthy choices!!! Depression is no fun but you are making the right choices to help yourself feel better by taking steps in the right direction. Will be praying for you to sleep well and to feel the results of your efforts!! Hugs Barb

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PAMAPPLE 4/29/2012 11:01PM

    Good for you in making positive steps and gaining a new attitude!!

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EJOY-EVELYN 4/29/2012 10:51PM

    Three cheers for the small changes!

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TEMPEST272002 4/29/2012 9:13PM

    I've found exercising & nutrition (adding anti-depression foods to my daily diet) have been more effective for my depression than any medication I've taken. Since I started my new job & started eating lots of crap, I've noticed that I'm starting to have signs of depression again. I think it really does make a difference. You're doing really well with the challenge! Keep going with that and I bet you'll be noticing a differnce in your physical and mental health.
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CRAZYDOGLADYBO 4/29/2012 8:57PM

    Sounds like you have a strong start!!

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YIWEN39 4/29/2012 8:39PM

    You're off to a great start :-) Good luck with everything! Snow flakes at the end of April? OMG... not the kind of place I'd like... I can't stand the cold ;-)
Have a great week :-)

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HEATHERNL 4/29/2012 7:03PM

    Keep moving one foot in front of the other. You are doing SO GREAT and I am so proud of you for hanging on.
Hugs!

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ILOVEMALI 4/29/2012 4:35PM

  I just had a thought about depression. For years, I have had a bit of seasonal affective disorder during the winter in sunny California. Now that I know that you are in Newfoundland, may I suggest that you ask your doctor to check your vitamin D level? I was having some depression and my doctor tweaked my thyroid medication because it was too high (I don't have a thyroid anymore) and checked my D level -- I was way low in D. She started me on D and the combination of changes really helped me. I increase my D in the winter and it helps.

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LUXITTA 4/29/2012 4:34PM

    Exercise is supposed to bring endorphins to your brain so you are absolutely right about being healthy will help kick the depression. I am from Ontario and I have SAD. Do you know what yours is? Perhaps it is the lack in sunlight. If you think its that try getting some vitamin D it comes in pill form and or liquid form and it helps on those days where the sun is hiding. Good luck to you and keep up the walking!
~Amanda~

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Day One of the Rest of My Life

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Hi,

As most of you know I used to be a fairly active member of SparkPeople since I joined in August 2010. And, if you've been following my journey you will realize that while I have not been successful with weight loss (I started out at 222 pounds, went down to 206 and now am back at 222) Spark has played a tremendous role in my life.

I life with clinical depression and had an equally depressing lifestyle. I didn't loathed exercise in any form, I ate poorly and water was something to wash my face in! I am proud to say I now am a walker, I am aware of what I eat and I love to drink my water! I also have made some wonderful SparkFriends and they have seen me through my many detours off the journey's path.

I am now recommitting to doing my best. I have joined up with the Biggest Loser Team and I will remain faithful to my previous teams because they are the ones who got me as far as I now.

I have to get some of this weight off because I remember how good it felt last summer to weight almost 20 pounds lighter! I will get there again and then some! Today was the first day of my "summer" holiday and I don't go back to work until early September so no excuses! I got up this morning and walked my dogs and I was truly thankful to share that time with them. Louisa though nothing of jumping into the river and going for a swim despite this being much too early in the season for the water to be much above 0 degrees! Silly thing but she had fun and I had fun laughing at her! Maddy was not impressed but managed to get his toes wet which is basically all he will ever do.

The rest of the day I spent on errands and then I ran into Walmart where I bought myself a skipping rope! Yep, age 46 and I am going to take up skipping! I figured it is something I can do anywhere and every bit of exercise will help.

I also stopped at the grocery store (our Walmart does not have much of a grocery aisle) and stocked up on good foods. I balked at paying $12 for a bag of frozen fruit but then I figured it would last me a week and the Reese's Peanut Butter mini cups I was eating were almost $4 a bag and they would only last me one night. Gross, hey? At least the fruit is yummy and is good for me! That and popcorn will be my nightly snacks if I am hungry.

Okay, time to get off here and start making some changes.

Susan

  
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MARGIEPLLY 4/29/2012 3:59PM

    Susan

A great blog. Keep up the good work.

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YIWEN39 4/29/2012 5:54AM

    Great plan and you sound mighty determined, that's great :-)
Let us know how the rope skipping goes, I'd like to try that myself ;-)
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_LINDA 4/28/2012 1:35AM

    Way to get back on the old horse Susan! Can't keep a good gal down for long!!
A skipping rope is an amazing workout -Sparks has a video on it so you can do the video and add it to your Fitness Tracker!
So glad you have awesome team mates that are welcoming you into the fold -all the best with that Biggest Loser team, if anyone can coax you on, they can!
Okay, your fur baby is nuts to go swimming in cold water -but I am seeing the doggies doing it here too -mostly labs though -the original water dogs..
Hope you have a fabulous weekend!
Spark on!!
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TEMPEST272002 4/27/2012 3:21PM

    Aren't you lucky to have started "summer" vacation! I'm glad you've committed to using this time off to work on your healthy and fitness goals. Skipping is a a great workout & fun too!

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IMAVISION 4/27/2012 1:04PM

    I am impressed by your renewed determination & I look forward to seeing your commitment pay off over the summer months. I, too, have a renewed determination/commitment & plan to make the summer months count toward goal.

May you be blessed with success upon success.

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BOVEY63 4/27/2012 12:37PM

    It sounds to me like you have an awesome re-commitment plan and I know you can do it!
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Great analogy between the fruit and candy costs - funny how we can balk at a high price when its healthy and yet have blinders when its candy. Good lesson to remember!

Love hearing those puppy stories!
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JOANNANOW 4/27/2012 10:12AM

    Keeping fruit around helps. I do that too. Gee Louisa is a dedicated swimmer! Brrrr!
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VINOTEA 4/26/2012 11:55PM

    I completely agree and understand. I have very little weight since I first joined, but have gained so much knowledge and a circle of friends unlike any other. I am so glad to be a Scarlet Starlet with you and excited to see what becomes of our Biggest Loser journey and overall weight loss journey!

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A1KAYOS 4/26/2012 11:07PM

    Susan I am so glad that you found the BLC team and especially our Scarlet Starlets!!! I am looking forward in getting to know you better and win this healthy journey together!

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KAYDE53 4/26/2012 10:22PM

    If anyone can do it, it's you Susan! You have the plan & the will; you're on your way! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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LITTLEFARMMOMMA 4/26/2012 9:07PM

    Susan, your honesty and realness endear me to you! You are a breath of FRESH AIR! So many people fake it, lie about it, and run from it, and you face it all head on! What a strong woman you are! Keep fighting toward the light, and stay away from that darkness, my friend! Love you! Lori

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EJOY-EVELYN 4/26/2012 7:31PM

    Ahh . . . confession is good for the soul. I had no idea you were in need of hitting the restart button. I'm so glad you're making this commitment for yourself. I'll be sure to look for your success in future trophies, blogs, and status posts. Your friends want to see you succeed for you with whatever words of encouragement and support we might be able to provide you with. Being at a healthy BMI has such great benefits for you and your friends and loved ones . . . right down to better being able to walk the pooches! Looking forward to your great progress.
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JLPARKHURST 4/26/2012 7:27PM

    Wow Susan, that is so great! I signed up for the BLC tos this time! We can do this together! WE will help eachother stay committed! Good for you making those healthy choices! YOU CAN DO IT! WE WILL DO IT!!

HUGS
Jennifer

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CHLOE453 4/26/2012 6:54PM

    Susan....I am so proud of you for recommitting yourself to eating healthy, walking and drinking your water. I too need to totally recommit myself and get busy at getting this weight off. Thank you for your wonderful blog.....as of tomorrow morning I am going to turn over a new leaf and start fresh. Have a wonderful evening and weekend ahead. Hugs~~Kelly emoticon

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ILOVEMALI 4/26/2012 6:50PM

  Hi, there -- I know that you can do this. Depression does get in the way of our lives, but you sound committed to lifestyle change. Good for you that you blew off the cheaper Reese's in favor of the more expensive fruit -- your reasoning was right on point! emoticon emoticon

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A shout out to two of my SparkFriends - BrightPenny and Chloe453

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Hello!

Today's blog inspiration has been brought to you by two of my wonderful SparkFriends - Chloe453 and BrightPenny so I want to thank them both upfront! emoticon

Chloe wrote a blog just the other day about "natural highs" and I want to share some my own with you. Here is my list:

~ Waking up each morning and being on "this side of the sod" (my father's mantra before he died

~ Laughter

~ My dogs and their antics

~ My husband and the way we connect over the silliest of things

~ Finding money in a coat pocket you haven't worn in a while

~ The contentment I feel during and after a relaxing walk

~ Hanging clothes on the clothesline and watching it blow gently in the breeze

~ The thrill of getting a package in the mail. Bonus thrill if it arrives from my brother

~ Hearing my mother's voice on the phone (when she isn't complaining about her health!)

~ Puddles are being dressed in rubber boots so I can jump in them!

~ Pansies and violas

~ The woods roads and trails surrounding my town - lots of places to explore

~ The warmth of the sun on my face and the smell of sunscreen

~ An outdoor fire (with the obligatory marshmallow on a stick)

~ Rain at night and waking up to hearing in and knowing you are comfortable where you are

~ My SparkFriends

~ My little house with the white sheer curtains blowing in the breeze

~ Berry picking (LOVE, LOVE, LOVE!!!)

~ Cold, yet sunny winters

~ All of the seasons except Spring but appreciating the first robin of spring, the first dandelion etc

~ Knowing that at the end of each day life is good

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Okay, and the reason BrightPenny has touched me is, well, despite a great loss in her life, she has managed to be on of the most pleasant people I have met and most successful. She has lost over 60 pounds in 8 months and has done it all with a smile.

I wrote in a SparkMail message to her about my personal journey. This is what I said to her "I have to be careful to use SparkPeople as a tool along my journey and not to let it become my journey".

Her response was basically to make sure I used SparkPeople as a tool but a tool for what. If I wanted to use it for social engagement primarily or did I want to get serious about my physical health. I know the social aspect of SparkPeople has indeed helped my mental growth but there is a fine line between going with the flow and deciding to focus my efforts on my nutrition and exercise.

It is time for me to realize that until I put as much effort into my nutrition and exercise as I do with the social aspects of SparkPeople, my weight is probably going to remain the same. Only I can do this!!!! And I just might do it! Scratch that last sentence ....I AM GOING to do this!

xo Susan

  
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_LINDA 4/28/2012 1:44AM

    Love your list of natural highs -brought back some memories for me :)
Good luck in your balancing act of using Spark as a tool and as a social outlet! I personally think you can use it as both and I have. Even though I have confidence with my weight maintenance, I am not leaving Sparks because my friends are still on their journey and I don't want to abandon them..
I want to see you reach the happy ending of your journey and I know you will and I need to see more happy endings :)
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YIWEN39 4/25/2012 7:10PM

    That's a great list Susan :-) I'm sure you can find the right balance emoticon

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BRIGHTPENNY 4/25/2012 6:46PM

    Susan, you have made a decision and I particularly like the language you chose, "I am..", so you've decided to take on the physical as well! Believe me, it will feed into the other aspects of your life... and don't ever think it isn't a continuing struggle for me, but it is one that I do take on.. one day at a time and sometimes, i am really challenged..! thanks for the feedback! i don't think I need to wish you good luck.. if you tackle this as you do the social side you are going to be successful! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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CHLOE453 4/24/2012 9:34PM

    Absolutely love you "list" of highs....they are beautiful!!! I treasure you as a SP friend more than you will ever know. Take care and have a wonderful evening. Hugs~~Kelly

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KAYDE53 4/24/2012 5:42PM

    Great list, Susan!!! Great friends are why emoticon

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ILOVEMALI 4/24/2012 12:36PM

  Shout out to you! What a great way to start the morning. I will think about my natural highs! You're the greatest! emoticon

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KANSASROSE67 4/24/2012 12:16PM

    It is hard to find the right balance.

Love your list! I share many of the same natural highs!

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BOVEY63 4/24/2012 11:39AM

    Awesome! Always good to focus on the positives!
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TEMPEST272002 4/24/2012 11:14AM

    I loved your natural high list. I'm a total grumpasaurus this morning & it made me feel better just to read the list. The distinction your friend made about the social aspects vs health is spot on... but, I was thinking back to when you first started SP & it seems to me that you have made marked improvements in your health - mentally & physically. Don't discount that! It has prepared you for the next part of your journey. Now you are ready to move forward on the weight loss & I have no doubt that you will find your way with that as well.

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HEATHERNL 4/24/2012 10:41AM

    That's beautiful.

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LITTLEFARMMOMMA 4/24/2012 8:59AM

    Susan, I am facing that issue right now--the one you were talking about with BrightPenny. The social aspect of Spark had totally consumed me, and I was not focused on the right priorities. I just don't know how I'm going to do this Sparkland stuff and still be active in real life. It takes far too much time to read everyone's blogs all the time, respond to them, and just the overall busyness of all that. But again, I don't want to let my friends go. I tried changing my name, but people you hardly know find you anyway and wonder what they did wrong! They didn't do ANYthing wrong, but too many acquaintances is just that! Too many! I'll be interested to hear what you decide to do... I learn from you all the time! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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Turning over a new leaf and some cute dog stories

Sunday, April 22, 2012

Hello fellow Sparkers!

Well, it appears that some of you seem to think that I can write which I find quite funny because I tend to just write whatever pops into my head and I don't spend hours figuring out what I am going to say. It somehow just comes out of me which my brother claims is a great characteristic because reading my e-mails is like having me there in person. (His words and not mine). Whenever I tell him a funny story I always lead up to it by warning him to put down any hot beverages because I don't want to be responsible for his spitting it out on his clothes and/or burning his privates. He gets a real kick out of that and (according to him) has saved him from scalding himself many times. emoticon

So, speaking of which, did I tell you these stories I wonder? Just recently, my groomer (well, she is actually our DOGS groomer and not mine) was dogsitting for her sister's dog. The dog has always been quite good do my friend didn't think anything of leaving her at home unattended. She also didn't give a second thought to setting up her Roomba to vac her floors when she was gone. Well, when she returned home that evening she found out the dog had several accidents throughout the house which the Roomba (a robotic type of vacuum) took and dragged everywhere!!! Honest to goodness!

Then there is the dog my cousin knows who was in the basement where several young chicks were hatched in an incubator. As each one hatched the dog reaches in and takes the chick in his mouth and gently cleans it off. Then when the chicks make a sound he goes to the incubator and takes them out and nestles them into his fur. This is a huge German Sheppard that has half the town terrorized just by its looks!!

My final story is about a good friend of my brothers who lives outside of Sydney, Australia. Fran was dogsitting her mom's elderly, half-blind, half-deaf, ancient poodle when she decided walk her off leash. Without warning the poodle took off down the block and turned into a church garden which apparently was having a BBQ for the area's homeless. Before she knew what was happening the dog stole a bunch of sausages and was quite proud of herself while Fran arrived trying to make excuses and apologies!

Oh, and before I forget I promised a friend of mine that I would start to eat better. That is why I am turning over a new leaf. This is the same friend who last year was eating herself sick and who ended up in ICU over Christmas with what turned out to be Type 1 (!) diabetes at age 55! She has gone from living on chocolate for breakfast to salads, cut out diet coke completely, and is losing a lot of excess weight. Last summer I wrote about how I felt she was sabotaging my efforts and now she is the one encouraging me to log my food! Wow! So, I am going to do it.....look out!

  
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KANSASROSE67 4/23/2012 3:44PM

    I love the story about the German Shepherd the baby chicks! Fritz is a big softie too...but he scares the heck out of the postman and everyone else who comes to the gate!

Good luck with the new leaf...spring is the right time for new leaves, after all!

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JOANNANOW 4/23/2012 10:09AM

    You cheered me up on this rainy morning. The big dog and the little chicks warmed my heart. There's an up side to the rain as it makes the snow run off but it looks dreary and the dogs don't want to go out which is totally unusal.

Great news that your friend is encouraging you and inspiring you. I hope you can enjoy some creative salads together.

Happy Monday!
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HEALTHYBARB1 4/22/2012 11:53PM

    Glad to hear about your new motivation and loved the dog stories and smiles they brought to my face!! My lhasa apso is very old and blind and deaf...her nose still works though and she refuses to eat anymore unless she can smell dinner...making her quite a spoiled old lady....but we love her so we try to be as supportive as possible.
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TEMPEST272002 4/22/2012 8:50PM

    Cute dog stories! We once had a real giant of a rottweiler (140lbs) who adored our chickens. Every morning he would go to the chicken coop and count his chickens. If any got too far away from the coop, he'd gently nose them back. He would even let them sit on his back which was hilarious.

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KAYDE53 4/22/2012 7:55PM

    Loved your dogs stories, that Roomba one was too funny, I can just picture that!!! That's so great about your friend's turn around in her health mindset. I think it's so much easier when you have someone right there to help cheer each other on!! emoticon

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LITTLEFARMMOMMA 4/22/2012 4:57PM

    I agree... writing from the heart is what endears your friends to you! Not to mention that you are a true, loving friend! emoticon emoticon

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BOVEY63 4/22/2012 3:04PM

    It is because you write from your heart that we all enjoy it so much!

Great dog stories! So glad the first one didn't happen to me. YUCK!
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GAYLE-G-63 4/22/2012 2:51PM

    Thanks for the smiles, Suan.

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ILOVEMALI 4/22/2012 2:32PM

  love your dog stories. I have a lhasa apso, who is true to breed -- she alerts when she thinks that the gate to the monastery will be breached. She also alerts when she notices something different. For example, a leaf fell off of a plant in our livingroom and had landed on the couch. She saw it and it was "Danger, Will Robinson!" for 5 minutes! LOL emoticon

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