Saturday, August 21, 2010
With a funeral 1300 miles away and lots of plans before, traveling during, and catching up afterward... I was not able to keep up with everything on Spark People. I missed it, but knew that when life settled down, I would jump back in with no trouble...
BUT, let me give a little bit of advice... don't expect to be able to jump back into something full steam after we have been away for several weeks. We almost have to take a few steps back, just so we don't get discouraged when everything does not happen like it did and like we think it should! Originally, we started out with small goals, and built upon them.
It has been discouraging at times, but I keep reminding myself, that I need to just take a step back, breath deeply, and then move forward with what I can do!!
Thursday, July 22, 2010
One thing I learned on my trip to Florida, was to make icy cold fruit flavored water. It is great!! You simply layer your choice of fruit and ice to the top of your dispenser similar to what you see above. Then add cold water. Keep in fridge for two days adding more cold water as needed, or if you are having a party, you can leave it out on the table for a few hours.
Here are a few ideas:
1) Sliced lemon and lime slices
2) Sliced orange and strawberry slices
3) Sliced peaches and blueberries
I hope you all enjoy this great idea like we have!!
Saturday, July 17, 2010
If you ever wondered if anyone really wins those occasional prizes on the Spark Wheel... THEY DO!! I won a DVD today!! I have won a few others small things in the past, like 500 spark goodie points, and seen many other great prizes that I wished I could win, but never won something this nice!! For your info... I have been on Spark People now for a year and a half, and have spun the wheel everyday except about 4 or 5 days when there was no way to get to a computer.
SO, keep logging into Spark People and spin that wheel!!
Monday, July 12, 2010
On July 4, 2010 at 9:40 pm. I heard news that both my husband's brother and his wife were killed in an accident earlier that afternoon. It was just a little over a week ago, yet, it has left an impression that I will not soon forget.
When I used to wait in heavy traffic on the highway because of an accident, I felt frustration and impatience, and would think of the inconvenience.... now I feel compassion for the people and for the families involved and for how and who all it will affect.
When I used to see flowers along the side of the road, I hardly noticed or thought much about it. Now I see every one and I can envision the families standing at that site, walking around and putting together what happened.
When I used to talk to a family member or friend who is about to take a trip, I used to say flippantly, 'Drive Safely!" Now, when I say it, it is said with meaning, concern, and a strong emotion that I feel inside, that I can't explain!
When I used to think of death, it seemed so far away, something that happens to other people. Now I realize, that every breathe I take, every day I live is truly a gift from God. I think of how people will remember me, and what kind of influence I am making on the lives of my family, friends, and even occasional acquaintances and strangers.
Maybe I am just still very emotional as we wait for the memorial service later this week... but I hope I never forget these things.... which is why I am writing... not just to share, but also for myself, to remember them for many years to come.
I thank my many friends for your thoughts, notes, and prayers for my family during this time. They are greatly appreciated and I cannot tell you in words what they have meant to us!!! (((hugs)))
Saturday, June 26, 2010
Okay... so... I have run a 7 mile race, a 2 mile race, and two 5k's... and looking at them again this year. But, there is one thing I can't quite learn to do... and that is drink water while jogging. I choke almost everytime!! LOL One place they gave us bags of ice, and I enjoyed the ice more... but didn't like jogging with a bag in my hand - with that said. Any advice would be helpful - except to stop and drink... I want to keep moving and get a GREAT TIME! LOL...
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