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August 19 is World Humanitarian Day

Monday, August 19, 2013

In recognition of World Humanitarian Day, today in my Spark groups I'm asking members to reflect on what it is that embodies humanitarianism.

Traits that often come to mind include: selflessness, a sense of justice and equanimity for all persons, willingness to sacrifice for a particular cause, a desire to help others achieve success.

Sometimes when I think about it, its easy to become a little cynical and question whether anyone who seems selfless is truly not out for some sort of personal gain too. In the media, we often hear about celebrities such as Bono, Oprah, Princess Diana, and Angelina Jolie who stand (or have stood) behind various causes and use their celebrity status as a forum to promote awareness and such for their cause. Yet in a way, I also feel that if a person is going to live a life of fame and fortune, it means *something* if they dedicate a part of their lives to a purpose that goes beyond languishing in luxury.

There's also those who have become famous (or perhaps even infamous) *because* of their efforts. People like Martin Luther King Jr, Gandhi, Mother Teresa, Nelson Mandela, or Oskar Schindler come to mind. I feel that those in this category are the ones who in essence, became their cause...they lived their lives in an effort to better the world, or their corner of it at least. They did not seek fame or riches or reward. They saw, or many times witnessed firsthand, an injustice and decided to do something about it.

I have my own causes and social issues I feel are important as I'm sure many of us do. I support them as I am able and do my little part to raise awareness. It may not be much, but it is a start. The point is, I am a big believer that at least part of our purpose on this earth is to leave it a little better than we found it. We've all seen ways injustice and/or ignorance is able to permeate society and draw a dividing line between groups of people.

On the journey toward embracing better health, I think its important to consider the ways we can make our little corner of the world a better place. Taking good care of ourselves is simply the first step. When we feel good about ourselves, its typically natural to want to spread positivity and help others where we can.

What are some causes/issues that are meaningful do you? How might you use what you learn on your path toward healthful living to become a humanitarian in your own part of the world?

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EGRAMMY 8/24/2013 9:46PM

    Some of my causes are Chron's disease, food and water watch, anti fracking, LD, autism, ......

Thanks for this special blog.

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If Not Now, Then When--If Ever?

Sunday, August 18, 2013

Well, I've been back on the exercise track for just about six weeks now. I've lost 8-ish pounds and am starting to feel and notice little, welcome changes from the way my clothes fit more loosely, to the decreased "creaking" sound my knees make when climbing stairs, the increase in flexibility and the overall desire to eat less crappy foods.

Success is inevitable if I remain persistent and consistent this time. I know what I have to do. I also know I'm more than capable of doing what I need to.

The thing about hitting rock bottom is it forces you to think, "if not now, then when, if ever?" I've had more than enough set-backs, and while I'm sure there will always be set-backs, the one thing that makes THIS time feel profoundly different for me is I've never truly had the chance to start my life over before.

I'm living on my own for the first time ever. The wheels were barely in motion a year ago at this time. These last l2 months had plenty of life-altering moments with the initial separation, leaving a job I felt trapped in, reconciliation, moving my dad into assisted living and realizing that a close family member is no longer trustworthy and able to be a part of my life.

Then the reconciliation attempt failed, I moved out of the house I lived in for 10 years. I was was lucky enough to return to a job I never really wanted to leave and that has been an absolute blessing. I get to work with amazing people again and in the sea of uncertainty, that has become my life; this has proven to be the beacon of security and pride that helps me keep it together in those moments when I doubt myself.

I knew with all of these big changes coming at me from every direction, now was the time to return to taking care of myself. Its a bit of a shame that I let things slide after a promising start of re-embracing fitness and health last year, but, I also feel I was in no position to maintain momentum when so many things were falling apart around me. Its very difficult to stay focused on self-care when you feel as though you have so little control of your life.

Having said all that, I can now say I am getting that sense of control back. Maybe control isn't the right word...maybe its more of having a sense of direction and undergoing a kind of rebirth. And knowing when its time to let go of what doesn't work anymore--this has been a huge awakening.

Whatever it is, I'm so glad I am here.

And so begins this next chapter.

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GETSALONG 8/18/2013 10:20PM

  emoticon Sparktacular, you're off to a gr8 start!

Onward & emoticon emoticon

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MERRYMARY42 8/18/2013 6:24PM

    onward and upward emoticon emoticon emoticon

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KNYAGENYA 8/18/2013 4:41PM

    That is a great attitude to have. I have days where I can barely keep it together. I hope I can draw on your strength.

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DELIA38961 8/18/2013 1:48PM

    you have a contagious attitude :) keep up the great work emoticon

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Still here!

Thursday, August 02, 2012

Just wanted to drop by and say I'm still around. The last two weeks have been complete havoc. My dad was in the hospital after having a fall at home (he's ok though) but from the hospital, he was discharged to assisted living. I actually work at the facility he moved to and he's doing quite well. Due to his dementia progressing, we decided going back home was no longer the safest, best option for him. And he's been amazingly accepting of this whole process, thankfully! Its a good place for him and finally I have some peace of mind.

It was a stressful time while he was hospitalized and the whole moving process apparently took its toll on me. By the end of last week, as my dad was settling into the assisted living community, I got hit with a terrible sinus infection. I'm still on the mend, but unfortunately, with all that going on, I haven't had much chance to participate on Spark as I would like. Of course, I haven't worked out much in these last two weeks and its driving me NUTS!! I finally went back to work today after being out sick since Monday. I'm hoping to make it back to the gym by the weekend. Amazingly, I lost another two pounds. Probably because with this stupid sinus infection, I can't taste or smell anything and have had no appetite!

Hope things are well for my Spark friends and I look forward to reconnecting very soon.

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BONNIEBONNEAU 9/19/2012 7:31PM

    i hope all is well. you have not posted any updates; please let us know !

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JINLYNN 8/3/2012 1:25AM

    Sorry to hear that you have been ill - stress will do that to you.
Glad to hear that you father is doing better. It is hard when they get to that age where they can not manage on their own, but it sounds like he has gotten into a great place. And it is nice that you work there and can keep your eyes on him.
Hope you get to the gym this weekend.

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    I'm sorry to hear that you've had a rough couple of weeks but hopefully everything's on the upswing now. Glad to have you back. emoticon

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NSTARSMITH 8/2/2012 7:10PM

    I am sorry about your dad's injury but somehow it seems to have turned out for the best. When demands like this are placed on you, keeping up with SP, and even exercise, gotta take a back seat! We're still here, too. Real life is like that ... unfortunately including sinus infections. Hopefully you are on the mend! Just keep the Spark in your heart!

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SIOBHANKNITS 8/2/2012 6:54PM

    Hang in there! Glad to hear you're still among us. Not the most pleasant way to spend the summer. Here's hoping August just keeps getting better for you!

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SASIKHASI1 8/2/2012 6:34PM

    Good to hear from you and best wishes and prayers for your dad.

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Go Team(s)!

Sunday, July 08, 2012

I'm in the process of taking over and becoming leader at a few different Spark Teams. Today I'd like to share a bit about one that I'm working on rebuilding and hope that some of you might join me!

Healthy Holiday Living, Season To Season: has been inactive for quite a while and without a leader. I'm a great fan of finding any reason to celebrate, so this team seems like there's quite a bit of potential to incorporate a holiday, festival or celebration into goals for health, happiness and fitness. There's always a holiday going on somewhere! I have a lot of creative and fun activities planned and have already added a few team challenges for the month of July. Please stop by and consider joining the team:


I'd love to see you there!

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RIGHTEOUSBABE29 7/11/2012 10:06AM

    Thank you everyone for the support and well wishes! I'm enjoying the creative process involved in revamping and rebuilding the teams.

@Three: Yes, those are wise words...its easy to get overwhelmed when taking on more than is realistic. I'm trying to take it slowly by making a few changes here and there. Mainly I'm focusing on alerting the team members that we're back in business.

@BonnieBonneau: Hmm...for healthy Bastille Day/Parisian food fare...how about..."Yoplait" yogurt? emoticon

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BONNIEBONNEAU 7/11/2012 9:54AM

i think u and i are in the same boat - I am the new leader of Classic Beauty. You are a member of this team - which is how i found you. As for healthy holiday eating - I have never been able to do that . lol

A side note; this sat is BASTILLE day over here in Paris.. have no idea what is common to eat for this day ... emoticon

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JENNIFERH625 7/8/2012 8:09PM

    Sounds good I will check it out!

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WALLAHALLA 7/8/2012 4:33PM

    Good luck reviving this team!

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LHLADY517 7/8/2012 4:30PM

    Sounds like a cool team,

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THREEE 7/8/2012 4:25PM

    how fun and what enthusiasm...

one caution, don't take on more than you are comfortable with...don't add stress to your schedule...

but i believe with the enthusiasm and ideas you have brewing, your teams will be happy to take advantage of what you are offering

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Sunday, July 01, 2012

Things between my husband and I have become even more confusing over the past couple weeks. We had a super-intense counseling session yesterday and although it was very emotional, I feel good that I was able to get some things off of my chest. Anyway, the relationship is still in the land of limbo, but I'm not letting it deter me from my goals or distract me from doing what I can to become a better, fitter, happier and healthier person.

I've lost just about 20 lbs since starting back on my exercise and fitness regimen! I'm two pounds away from my first reward. I have put together a "reward system" to motivate myself and mark milestone moments. Each time I make a goal weight, I get to treat myself. So, in another two pounds, I am going to buy myself new make-up and perfume.

I'm feeling stronger and more energetic overall lately. My range of motion even seems to be improving. On average, I'm working out 5 days a week, and emphasizing strength training on at least two of those days. I'm reallllllllllllllly pushing myself to get enough water in me each day too...its easier on the days I've exercised, but sometimes on my rest days, I notice I don't take in as much H2O. I'm also making an effort to eat every few hours at work...trying to increase my fruit intake and just generally working to keep my metabolism running by having something healthy to eat every few hours or so. Its difficult sometimes at work as I can get so busy and end up skipping the healthy snack time. But I'm doing it more often than not, and that's an improvement from where I was a couple months ago, when I hardly ate anything at all after my AM coffee and roll! I'd go the whole day until after work without eating again.

I'm making sure I have at least some sort of carb and protein rich snack before I work out. I notice that it makes such a difference if I don't eat anything before exercising. I perform so much better if I ate something an hour or so before heading to the gym.

Anyhow, I hope to be more active on Spark now that things are settling a bit in my personal life. I still have a long way to go in figuring out what the future holds for my husband and I, but I do feel a bit more grounded these days.

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    I am very proud of you, for posting about your marriage . I noticed when my first marriage started to have problems, I gained weight.. but had no idea how it happened, I guess, I was not paying attention.. We are here (classic beauty team) to support you , in every way possible . Keep on this road, it looks like its a good one ! emoticon

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JINLYNN 7/2/2012 4:19AM

    You sound very positive and have a great plan to help you on your way to meeting your goals.

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SLFGOLF 7/2/2012 1:03AM

    It sounds like you have a great plan and are sticking with it. emoticon These are the steps to success

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SONYALATRECE 7/1/2012 8:00PM

    You WILL succeed because you're determined.
Hope your marital situation works out for the best as well.


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NESARIAN 7/1/2012 7:13PM

    I like your choice to take care of you no matter what!

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JAOTTO 7/1/2012 7:06PM

  Stick with it.

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