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Taking a Challenge from another site

Sunday, August 25, 2013

I'm taking this challenge: " if we get 2,500 practitioners to sign up, we'll donate $25,000 to Save the Children to feed children caught in the Syrian refugee crisis.
This is the experiment that has practitioners from all over the world taking the challenge to change lives. But there's not much time left to join."
Basically they are asking for 3 very simple changes from a list of possibilities to be followed for 10 days. The last item on the list is the option to create a choice of one's choosing.

I chose to drink a glass of water before eating, to downsize instead of super size and finally the one of my own choosing was to blog on sparkpeople about my experience over those 10 days.

The 2500 practitioners will all be people engaged in some form of counselling. Sparkpeople is such a great resource that I thought the most influential thing I could do was introduce sparkpeople to those 2500 practitioners from around the world. I'm also curious to see if knowing that refugees will benefit from my taking up the challenge will be a motivator that actually works for me.

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A Year Has Passed

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

It's almost a year to the day since my last blog post. On Dec. 28th, my husband died totally unexpectedly from a Type A dissection of the aorta from its root at the heart to his groin. From onset of his symptoms until his death took 6 hours - 6 hours when the rest of the world was asleep. Was so glad that the children brought the grandbabies to the hospital. We stayed at the hospital for about an hour after his death and it was very comforting to go back and forth between his room in emergency and the family grieving room. Every time I went in, I was carrying a baby. My eyes could turn from seeing the newly dead to seeing new life with all its promise. I knew it hadn't been long since Stephen had passed his last physical. When I returned to sparkpeople today, there was the blog entry that I had made in Oct. 2011. Having a physical won't necessarily save your life but it does confirm that you had valued your life and had done everything in your power to prolong it. My husband and I always made medical appointments for the same day so even though I didn't mention it in the post his annual physical was on the same day as my annual physical.

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TERRIJ7 10/15/2012 7:50PM

    It made me so sad to read about your husband! I know that none of are guaranteed tomorrow, so we should take special care to appreciate every day that we have together. It was wonderful that you had babies to hold during that time, although nothing can fill the void left by losing our most beloved mates.

I'm glad that you're back to blogging and hope that your next year holds many good things.

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DEEJON123 10/10/2012 3:59PM

    I am so sorry to hear of your loss! I lost my husband suddenly at age 53 a while back, I came home from work and found him lying outside of our bedroom. It was a terrible shock and the aftermath was very different from yours. Whenever there is a home death, the police have to attend/interview the family. I repeated at least 8 times my home coming that day. Although they were very sympathetic it was a very hard day!
My children still lived at home, and came home in the middle of all this not knowing they had lost their beloved father.
Best of everything to you for your future and your grandchildren, you are right, they are indeed a blessing!

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LECATES 10/10/2012 3:46PM

    How sad to lose your dh that way. But sounds like you found great comfort in your family and the new lives that are getting bigger each day.

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Supposed to Be

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

While I was away helping a grand baby whose mom wasn't feeling well, the frig totally died. They always say to throw out all the inappropriate food and replace it with foods that fit the plan. Well this time my husband and the son that live at home did all the tossing and didn't go grocery shopping. Because I had a totally empty frig, we had Thanksgiving dinner at a restaurant. I was discouraged because I didn't exactly follow the plan. Well, I had picked up whatever virus my daughter had and not only did Thanksgiving dinner disappear but now I have a totally empty digestive tract to go with my totally empty frig. I'm reading "Does This Clutter Make my Butt Look Fat" by Peter Walsh. My fat and my clutter issues are about equal. My body weight would be much greater if I ate because I loved food rather than as a way to keep going when I don't feel the energy. My clutter issues would be more overwhelming if I were a shopper but I totally not a shopper. My family prefers getting cash and doing their own shopping and I live in a small town with very few stores. They hang artwork or do window displays to hide how much of Main Street is vacant. One block of stores is being converted into a College Residence. Mostly I have a papers and books that pile up and then get scattered and a wardrobe about one size smaller than I weigh. I don't have higher size clothes or clothes for some distant goal. Just the clothes I've been wearing for years and the gifts I've been given that were slightly small.


Annual Physical

Friday, October 07, 2011

My annual physicals haven't been very annual. As I get closer to 60, I'm beginning to hear the message from the doctor that I'm at the age when things can go wrong. So far my labs have always looked good but that's totally attributable to genetics rather then lifestyle. I've deleted my past blog entries and it is my intention to create a record of the path I'm setting out on. I owe it to myself, our socialized health care system, my family and the ancestors who have been able to protect me for so long from the logical consequences of long-term obesity. Anyway, I had a physical on Thursday, went for blood work on Friday and am on my way to taking my future more seriously.

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STUDLEEJOE 10/7/2011 10:04PM

    emoticon great choice remember we are all in this together. We will help anyway we can to help you stay motivated

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SWEETSOUNDS11 10/7/2011 9:37PM

    Best wishes on your path. I'll be stopping by on occasion to check on your progress.

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