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SparkPeople = Happiness!

Wednesday, October 24, 2012


I bless the day I first found SparkPeople, guess it was back in December 2007. It has helped me in so many ways, not the least of which happens to be losing ~25 pounds. I have learned an enormous amount of facts about food, exercise and general well-being!

I have more friends (although they are "virtual") than I've had in my entire life. Some of them I have gotten so close to we have exchanged personal email addresses. Friendship is a wonderful thing when you are on a journey -- a journey that is going to have it's share of slipping and sliding and sometimes, falling completely off the road. There is always a hand extended from one of those friends to help pull you out of the ditch and get you back on track!

And with all the Teams that are on Spark you are sure to find several that are just the right fit for you. If not -- make your own Team. I've always loved being a "Leader" so it was natural for me to create teams that fit my interests in life. And through them I've met so many really amazing people.

The recipes were the first thing that caught my interest. I've made up a whole cookbook of just Spark recipes. I try them, and if I like them, they go in my book. It's a notebook so more pages can be added easily -- and it's a joy to know that all of them are going to enhance my health.

Who wouldn't love the trackers that are offered on this wonderful site. At a glance you can see just where you made good or bad choices, as you look over the entries you have made for the day as you track your food. Sodium is a sneaky little character, and it's surprising how quickly those grams can add up. Sugar, salt and fat -- it's what we all crave, and what we have to be so careful of in our food plans (did you notice, I don't like the word "diet").

Challenges are fun! Even if it is filling in a city from A-Z, or a food/drink or a serious challenge of losing a certain amount of pounds within a time frame. Exercise your mind, it's a good way to keep Al at bay (that's short for Alzheimer's). This wonderful site is full of goodies for all ages, whether you be male or female. And if you happen to enjoy writing you can blog, each and every day if you like. That's another place the "friends" come in -- they read them and make comments.

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OLDERDANDRT 10/25/2012 5:24PM

    You are one of the blessings I've found through SPark!! emoticon

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4_MY_LIFE 10/25/2012 1:00PM

    Great blog. I too feel blessed to have found Sparkpeople.

Have a wonderful day!

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JACK714 10/25/2012 10:23AM

    I enjoy reading your blogs, my virtual friend.

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DIANER2014 10/25/2012 7:02AM

    Great blog! emoticon emoticon

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VITCHY-VICKI 10/25/2012 6:55AM

    emoticon Glad we are emoticon emoticon
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ARTJAC 10/25/2012 1:13AM

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DALID414 10/24/2012 9:47PM

    emoticon too!!

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SHOES17 10/24/2012 9:37PM

    Isn't life wonderful!! When I began this journey I wasn't really excited about documenting my own stats for nutrition and exercise. I knew how important the information was in terms of self assessment over time, but documenting is such a pain.

The assessment tools are wonderful and they generate their own graphs! Plus I have never had a recipe book before Sparks. How exciting! This blog is inspiring! Thanks for reminding me!!!! Woof Woof Amber! emoticon

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BLUEFAIRYTALE 10/24/2012 7:11PM

  Wonderful blog! I did the same thing with my spark recipes, kept them all in a notebook so I could keep adding. There is so much positive reinforcement on here, so many resources. I love it, and I'm glad to have you as a spark friend. emoticon emoticon

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HEYITSJUDED 10/24/2012 1:50PM

    emoticon We do not use the word "diet" either. My husband also does not like the term 'I am on a journey" . He says journeys end and this is a life change! I guess I see his point.

I am grateful everyday for spark people! It has helped my husband and I so much! It is nice to have a place that is free that helps everyone from any walk of life to reach there goals and then some!

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GRACEISENUF 10/24/2012 1:49PM

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YOYONOMORE1 10/24/2012 1:20PM

    Very positive blog. I feel blessed to have found this site 5 yrs. ago and I have learned a lot, but there is still more to learn. Have a fit & healthy day.

Hugs,
Shirl
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My Flower Basket Quilt (photo overview)

Sunday, October 21, 2012



This is a photo that was taken when I had it layed out on the floor in the living room, trying to get it pinned into place on the fleece blanket I was using as the backing. I now have it complete and it is quilted and has a hem. So it is finally complete. I thought by taking the photo with it on the floor it would show all 49 squares that it took to make this Queen-Sized quilt.

Happy Sewing!

  
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SHARJOPAUL 10/26/2012 8:21AM

    WOW Beautiful!

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OLDERDANDRT 10/25/2012 5:21PM

    It's beautiful!! A lot of hard work, too!! You are so talented! emoticon

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ROEANDGO 10/24/2012 12:19PM

    Beautiful !! And I know how much work goes into one quilt!! Well done!!

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BARBARAWEBSTER 10/22/2012 7:37PM

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HEYITSJUDED 10/22/2012 3:52PM

    very pretty, I never learned how to do stuff like that. My grandma tried to teach my sister and I. I wanted to be outside playing, my sister became the seamstress but not so much anymore! I wish i would have paid attention now, that it is too late for her to teach me.

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LYNETTEMOM 10/22/2012 1:14PM

    Wow! What a lot of work. It looks so beautiful--your sister is a lucky lady. I hope you can put up more pics showing smaller pces, indiv blocks

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TINA_LYNN91 10/22/2012 11:21AM

    That is beautiful!!! good luck!

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VITCHY-VICKI 10/22/2012 7:59AM

    emoticon you did good and looks great - now take a close up picture so we can see some of the squares
LOVE IT
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BEWELL48 10/22/2012 7:02AM

    Beautiful! A lot of work indeed! emoticon

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PRAIRIECROCUS 10/22/2012 12:41AM

    I just love your flower basket quilt, too !
Good for you !
How nice for you to have, especially with Winter just around the corner !

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SHOES17 10/21/2012 11:58PM

    Love it!!

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SIARA321 10/21/2012 10:38PM

  Very Beautiful!

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ONLYTEMPORARY 10/21/2012 10:27PM

    Beautiful!

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GINGER_BEAR 10/21/2012 10:24PM

    Wow, beautiful quilt!

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4_MY_LIFE 10/21/2012 10:24PM

    It is beautiful!

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ARTJAC 10/21/2012 10:21PM

    BEAUTIFUL I HAVE NEVER TRIED QUILTING HOW LONG DID IT TAKE YOU TO MAKE IT ? emoticon

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DJ4HEALTH 10/21/2012 10:19PM

    That is so pretty and looks like it would be great to have on the bed for winter

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Made It Through My Birthday Week!

Saturday, October 20, 2012

emoticon The Birthday Week is a tough one if you are like me -- I start celebrating early with friends, lunches usually, then save the special day for my DH. This year was no exception, but we seemed to have eaten out more this week than we normally do. As a result the scale was kind of playing a game of yo-yo with me. I'm not as low as when I started the week, but I still managed to stay in the 130 range == and that makes a total of 2 months now.

It is nice to be able to give advice and tell someone it's easy to make good choices, even when you are celebrating. Sometimes it is a different story; for example what do you do if a best friend shows up with a surprise "Birthday Cake?" My advice is to tell her -- just for you I'll take just one bite -- but even for you I won't change my food plan. Give some to a neighbor maybe.

My DH had pizza for me as a surprise this evening when I arrived home from shopping. It was lucky for me that my caloric intake was fairly skimpy up until then, so I could indulge in 2 pieces and still not go over my calories. It throw my sodium over just a little though.

  
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OLDERDANDRT 10/25/2012 5:19PM

    Congrats on doing so well your birthday week!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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PROT358 10/24/2012 12:34AM

    I have a hard time staying in control my birthday week too. I am a food-lover, but especially sweets. And Mom always makes dirt pudding, which is one of my favorite desserts. (And three Oreos is a serving, to give you some perspective). At least you minimized damage. Happy belated birthday!
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JACK714 10/23/2012 8:34AM

    Happy Birthday. At least it is only birthday week and not birthday month. lol

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LYNETTEMOM 10/22/2012 1:18PM

    you are very disciplined. I seem to come up with 101 reasons-- or is that excuses ---to blow my plan!

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BESCATS 10/22/2012 5:12AM

    You did a better job of staying in control last week than I did, and it's not even my birthday yet. emoticon I didn't have cake, but I did have some ice cream to help you celebrate (any excuse). emoticon
So glad you had a good week, and you did an excellant job of staying on track.


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ARTJAC 10/21/2012 10:25PM

    BIRTHDAYS ARE SPECIAL IT WILL NOT HURT TO HAVE A TREAT FOR YUOR SPECIAL DAY ENJOY

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HEYITSJUDED 10/21/2012 9:36PM

    Awe well Happy Birthday (belated) It sounds like you had a fun week. We indulged a little here to due to my husbands bday! You just have to move on and fix the damage slowly!

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DIANER2014 10/21/2012 6:56PM

    Great job on staying in control! Good for you! emoticon

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VITCHY-VICKI 10/21/2012 6:12AM

    emoticon and good advice how to tell people your still on a plan have to remember that line but glad you had a nice birthday - many more kido
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FIRECOM 10/20/2012 11:54PM

    Well done. I would love to have the control you exhibit. One would think that after having 78 years to practce, one would get it right. But, alas!!

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DALID414 10/20/2012 9:53PM

    This is why I told everyone weeks in advance: No Birthday Cake!!

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SHOES17 10/20/2012 9:50PM

    Enjoy life in moderation..:) You got the idea! well done

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DISCOURAGED or DETERMINED?

Sunday, October 14, 2012

emoticon = emoticon Hey! You're discouraged, you "thought" you ate the right food, you DID exercise and yet after a week -- the scale has gone up, not down!?!?!?

emoticon emoticon emoticon These are some of the Determined emoticons and you can see why. Maybe you didn't do quite as well as you had hoped. Sometimes those extraordinary weight losses happen in magazines, but when you get right down to it, that's exactly what they are -- EXTRAordinary. It doesn't happen every day to everyone! I can think back to days when the scale insisted on sticking to the same boring numer, day after day! It was enough to make to stomp your foot and say "Why do I even try?"

But you know what? Just when you think all is lost -- the scale moves down a whopping 1 or 2 pounds all in one big leap! emoticon emoticon emoticon

The truth of the matter is you should be just as proud of yourself when the scale IS moving as when it stays in one place. Now that may not be true is the scale keeps moving UP! YOU know what you ate, and no matter how you try to white wash it -- those desserts come back to haunt you. Or was it pizza, BB-Ribs, you know what I mean. When it comes to that I can easily remember the advice of an older brother "A Little of That Goes a LONG Way!" I was a kid back then, so it wasn't advice about food -- but if the shoe fits, wear it!

Let's all try the DETERMINED forget about being DISCOURAGED!

  
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LIS193 10/17/2012 12:46AM

    What a great encouraging blog! I needed that today :) Thanks for the reminder!

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HEYITSJUDED 10/16/2012 11:17PM

    Thanks for the reminder! I have been in a plateau and not frustrated, I know I need to bump up the exercise. My problem is you bump up exercise then you have to bump up your calories and I just don't think I could possibly eat more than I already do! What to do, I do not know at this point. I need the scale to move just a little! Not discouraged just frustrated and confused but very determined!

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OLDERDANDRT 10/16/2012 1:27PM

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ARTJAC 10/15/2012 11:36PM

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PSMITH3841 10/15/2012 12:20PM

    Determined!!!!! What a great word......the other "D word" shouldn't even be in the dictionary! emoticon

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VITCHY-VICKI 10/15/2012 8:26AM

    So True I am Determined
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LYNETTEMOM 10/14/2012 11:38PM

    I'm struggling with this issue. tks for sharing

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BEWELL48 10/14/2012 10:16PM

    Determined! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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BLUEFAIRYTALE 10/14/2012 7:41PM

  This is just what I needed to hear because it was exactly how I was feeling today. emoticon

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SHOES17 10/14/2012 6:30PM

    wow I am going for a walk...thanks This was sage advise!

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DALID414 10/14/2012 2:38PM

    Determined it is!!

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GIVENTHANKS 10/14/2012 1:39PM

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Pat

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FIRECOM 10/14/2012 1:33PM

    You are spot on, as usual. Thanks for a great blog.

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My 2-Cents Worth!

Friday, October 12, 2012


It's a beautiful fall day, and soon our hot summer will just be a memory!

Life is full of changes, just like the weather -- there are 4-seasons. It must signify that change is a good thing. Perhaps each "season" of our lives is there for a reason. When we are young our life is filled with learning. Some of us yearn for it, others detest it; but regardless of how you approached your 'learning' years, what you did manage to soak up has benefitted you.

I guess the next season in life is the "experiencing and productive" years. We are learning what life is all about in the big world. We are learning to love and be responsible adults. For some of us it doesn't go too well -- others seem to breeze through it like they had a horseshoe in their back pocket! You get your first job, the first ring of the ladder that you will continue to climb.
You fall in love, get married, perhaps have children. For some it is the fairy tale of "forever after" -- others experience the heartbreak and bitterness of divorce. They say every experience is not wasted if you learn from it. Looking back on some of the things I have experienced I'd say, yes, I may have learned from them -- but I wish I could have just skipped that lesson.

I don't believe that anyone just jumps from young to old -- there are those wonderful years in between where you no longer have a job that uses up your time, the children have moved out of the house, and you are pretty much left to do as you please. For some it is a time of lonliness, others cherish the time as a time of freedom. If money is not an issue we can travel and indulge in our hobbies. In short life is good! It can also be a time of sadness as we begin to experience the first pangs of sadness over the loss of a loved one. First it is usually parents, then friends.
When you are young, you seldom think of death -- you are immortal -- nothing can hurt you! But as you age you begin to notice friends who are the same age as you, or even younger, have fallen prey to cancer, to heart attacks, or they die in accidents.

Our final season, of course, is our last few years -- I hope when my time comes it is quick -- perhaps with a heart attack. Here today -- gone tomorrow! It would be a shock for my loved ones; but for me, selfishly I would like to avoid the suffering I've seen friends go through.

I don't mean to be morbid or cause worry to anyone with this blog. It is just the seasons of life that we all go through. Birth to Death. Look at it as the cycles of life. Like they always say, there are only two things certain in life: Death and Taxes!

  
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OLDERDANDRT 10/16/2012 1:21PM

    Great blog. Couldn't have said it better myself! emoticon

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PSMITH3841 10/15/2012 12:17PM

    Yep, I had a few lessons I wish I had been able to skip, but, what doesn't kill you only makes you stronger! Great blog, Eve emoticon emoticon

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DIANER2014 10/13/2012 7:18PM

    Great blog! Thanks for sharing! emoticon

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VITCHY-VICKI 10/13/2012 7:15AM

    That was so nice I am getting old and so are my kids and if God calls me home I am ready any time I had a good life and hope to live as long as I can in good health I hope - God's Blessings on you and your family and friends
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ARTJAC 10/12/2012 11:23PM

    SO TRUE emoticon

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SHOES17 10/12/2012 10:08PM

    Seasons do change. emoticon

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HEYITSJUDED 10/12/2012 8:49PM

    This made me a little sad :( . My kids are growing up so fast. I already have one out of the nest and in college. My oldest son has started high school, I know these four years are gonna fly by :( . My youngest has downs syndrome, so he will be with us the longest, but there will come a day when he might want to venture out as well :( . I am not looking forward to no kids in the house at all. I love the noise (most of the time!) I know life happens and there is nothing I can do to slow it down, but I am not ready for the next season. I do not think I ever will be!

I did love your analogy though. I never really looked at it like that before. I also loved your picture at the top. Is that in your backyard?

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HEALTHY-SPARK 10/12/2012 7:38PM

    Beautifully stated. Thank you!

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YOYONOMORE1 10/12/2012 3:25PM

    A very well written blog and so true, our lives do go through seasons.

Hugs,
Shirl

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DALID414 10/12/2012 2:19PM

    Cheers, to death and taxes!

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FIRECOM 10/12/2012 2:15PM

    It sure feels like I went from young overnight. Your blog was very insitfull and nostalgic. Our 5 sons are grown and gone and all of the sudden, we have grandkids getting married and our friends are moving on to God.

Too soon old, too late schmart.

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SDLEE514 10/12/2012 2:03PM

    so insightful...thanks for sharing your two cents!

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ALICIA214 10/12/2012 1:59PM

 

That is very well put. The four Seasons divide our life span very well, and hopefully
we will all learn from each and every one of them. emoticon

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JILLITA55 10/12/2012 1:42PM

    I was born in MN. I live in Houston now and it is 89 degrees

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MEEZERMOM2 10/12/2012 1:38PM

    You exoressed ut so well...I can relate...

Hugs,
Eve

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