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Summer Visitors are not too appreciated

Monday, July 22, 2013

It's that time of year when we get over run with visitors driving 5 to 15 miles below the posted speed limit, while stopping to look at every deer, blue jay, racoon, or any other wildlife which makes itself avialble. I took 45 mintues to get to Ok harbor behind
some weekeknd visiotors wanting t see whales,.... while driving????

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RASPBERRY56 7/22/2013 5:35AM

    We always complain about the speeders, but very little thought is given to the dangers that those driving UNDER the limit can cause!

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SPARKCHANTAL 7/22/2013 3:22AM

    there otta be a law...
matter of fact, isn't there one saying you can't drive too slowly if there is no need for it? or maybe it's just a recommendation.
but i'd stop if there were whales to see!

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Level 20 Success!!

Monday, June 10, 2013

Wow, I've reached level 20 and I'm a bit surprised as I feel like I've got so much more to do. Kinda' shows me that this isn't a quick fix (I don't believe there are any) and it's a life-style, on-going process. I may sound a bit dumb, but after reaching the top level, it's just hit me that there is more and it doesn't end.

I've always noticed a few of the top level achievers also being at the top, month after month, on the points board? Anybody ever ask themselves how they do that? I really tried and I can't get close to the 1,000's of points they accumulate monthly! Really, it baffles me. I like the point process as it gives me incentive, as I hope it does for all of you. I also like it as it's a bit competitive and I think that's healthy. But I also feel like a select few have found a way to "play" the system and are continuously, month after month, getting a bunch of points they really didn't earn. Just my thoughts, just my feelings.

I feel good in that my journey with the deep help of Spark and Spark Coaches (I love Coach Nicole, she keeps me on track and focused). Has been steady and, I feel successful. I'm 36 pounds down from my start, my health is improved, and I feel great. Plus, I love the interaction w/ Sparkers. Too bad about a few bad apples, but, in truth, that's really part of life, too, isn't it?

Have a great Spark day!!

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    I agree with you on the points. I do not think it is right to be able to buy points by buying the Spark Book or by subscribing to Spark Coach. Some people put all of their food and exercise for the month in on day 1 so they accumulate a bunch of points really fast but they stagnate. I just plod along with my 125-140 points per day and watch my position rise from around 760 on the first to 75-100 at the end of the month, knowing that for a mere pittance, I could have 750 additional points. Oh well it is what it is. There are always people who feel it is necessary to game the system

Make Today a Great Day!

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Welcome June

Monday, June 03, 2013

June gives us the first official day of summer (the 21st, I believe?) and it's kind of a welcome sight as I'm excited to start riding my real bike (versus spinning every day!). Anyone else looking forward to enjoying the outdoors?

Exercise, of any form, is healthy, but I really believe getting out and enjoying the open air provides an added boast that can't be measured or quantified. It's just plain good to get out in nature, especially when you live the beautiful, Pacific Northwest!

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THINAGIN2 6/3/2013 4:29PM

    Spring and Fall are our times to enjoy the outdoors! I can't stand the 100+ temperatures of Summer here in Kansas.

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Welcome to my world!

Thursday, May 30, 2013

It finally happened, I had a younger me walk into my shop and he was just as arrogant and iritating as I imagine myself to have been 30 years ago. I so wanted to take him by the shoulders and shake some sense into him, but he, like I once was, is too full of himself to see the error of his ways. I waited, choose my attack carefully, then I gave him my sage advice.

"Don't get too full of yourself, son. I was once in your shoes, maybe even a bit better off, but it doesn't last forever." He smiled, nodded modestly, then replied. "My father died of liver failure two years ago and it woke me up. I quit drinking completely and haven't regretted a minute of that decision. Now you tell me I'm full of myself? I suppose I could be offended, or get mad, but you said it with a sincerity that makes me stop and think. Thank you, sir. I hope I don't disrespect your advise." With that, he and his lovely wife paid for their goods and left the store.

I can only hope, yet I feel confident, that he is a better man than I.

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HEALTHY4UNI 5/30/2013 10:27AM

    It shows your heart is in the right place! Good for you! And good for him too for receiving it well!

Be blessed as you are a blessing!

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Words are seeds cast into the hearts and minds! Pray they bear good fruit!

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Sad Day on Whidbey

Monday, May 27, 2013

It's a sad day today after we lost a section of our beloved island to a landslide, then we lost our I-5 bridge to an accident, many of us look at our two modes of exit from this beautiful island paradise with a crooked eye. Deception Pass bridge, though awesome to behold would definitely not deliver any survivors if it were to collapse. Our other means of departure is via the ferry which now runs at a 90 minutes wait, following the I-5 collapse. Looks like I'll be staying on the island for awhile to come.

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RBALF1 6/6/2013 5:43PM

    There are an awful lot of worse places to be stuck than Whidbey Island. Enjoy the biking.

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MEXGAL1 5/29/2013 5:53PM

    I love Whidbey....we lived in Woodinville Wa. for 23 years and had a 47 bayliner and boated all over the Puget Sound. Sad to hear about the slides and the bridge.

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SAMBIDEXTROUS 5/28/2013 12:07PM

    I would do the very same thing!

As beautiful as I find Deception Pass, I don't think I could bring myself to go over it right now.

My thoughts are with you.

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SLIMMERJESSE 5/28/2013 12:11AM

    Yes, it's been in our soCal news quite a bit. They say that traffic will be backed up for some time to come. Take care.

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LJCANNON 5/28/2013 12:10AM

    emoticon Hopefully repairs will be made quickly and Life will get back to some "Normal".

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HEALTHY4UNI 5/27/2013 10:43PM

    My sympathies are sent your way brother! As our world changes, we struggle to hold on to what we cherish. Those things and people the we have are our comfort! Our memories can not be taken and faith is what carries us into each new day! Know this too that just as treasures can slip away, the greatest gift is to know that our sorrows to shall slip away as we stay focused on the blessing that can't be taken. Seek peace and warmth as you wait for your changes to come on the wings of a bright new day.

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NDTEACHER1 5/27/2013 10:35PM

    Praying things get better for you.

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