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Let Me Introduce You To My Cousin WILL

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

I want to introduce you to my Cousin WILL. Some of you have met him, some haven't, some want him around, others not so much.

I've been thinking a lot about Cousin WILL. I used to enjoy his company every day, but lately it seems like he's been a little more absent than present. How can I mend this semi-broken relationship?

"Mental will is a muscle that needs exercise, just like the muscles of the body" - Lynn Jennings

1. You need skills to control your thoughts, improve your concentration, and to become the boss of your mind. The stronger these skills are, the more inner strength you possess.

2. Being the master of your mind you enjoy inner peace and happiness. External events do not sway you, and circumstances have no power over your peace of mind. This might sound too unreal for you, but experience will prove to you that all the above is true.

3. These skills are vital for achieving success. They give you more control over your life, help you change and improve habits, and are essential for self improvement, spiritual growth and meditation.

[Just couldn't resist this one]

Have you seen WILL???? Do you have the POWER??? Let's pump up the will power SPARKERS, we can do it.

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TEENY_BIKINI 7/24/2012 4:48PM

    LOL. That's so cute, and so is he ;)


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SUEAZZI 7/18/2012 10:36PM

    Working in a bubble wrap factory, that cracked me up, thanks for the good ol' laugh! My cousin Will Power has been popping by more often and I gotta convince him to move in; after all that's what family is for! Cute post. emoticon

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2HAMSDIET 7/18/2012 6:00PM

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LAURELSPARK 7/18/2012 3:05PM

    We need to work out a schedule......that is, if you are willing to share Will.....

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NUMD97 7/18/2012 11:21AM

    Following the SP buddy crumb trail as I call it, I found this blog, and glad that I did. LOVE the bubble wrap job! That alone was worth the price of admission here! Thanks for the giggle.

Even moreso, thanks for the much needed kick in the pants.

Best wishes as you continue on your journey to better health,


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RUNNER12COM 7/18/2012 11:20AM

    Willpower is a muscle. The more you exercise it, the stronger it gets!

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MYLADY4 7/18/2012 10:46AM

    Will Power and I have become best friends. He is liking me lately.

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SAMI199 7/18/2012 10:18AM

    Thanks-this is awesome! Please send Will over to see me-or his brother-lol. This is no time to let the ball drop-even though it is so hot-

No Excuses!!!

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1HOTMAMA2BE 7/18/2012 9:42AM

    I'm struggling this week. The scale isn't moving and I've been a very, very good girl in both workouts and WW points. What's the deal? Maybe I should hook up with your cousin and soon!

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GLMOM2 7/18/2012 9:37AM

    Will has been coming back around more often lately. I like the company! LOL

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Loved the last clip about bubble wrap! emoticon

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JLITT62 7/18/2012 9:34AM

    My biggest problem is when I do everything right, but am still hungry. Then WILL sometimes takes a hike . . .

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KANSASROSE67 7/18/2012 9:33AM

    Great blog and one I REALLY needed to read today...after my second evening in a row of an unplanned junkfood lovefest!

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GINGERLY4 7/18/2012 8:51AM

    I need cousin Will! Why is it we lots of control in some areas of our lives and not so much in others?

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Never Judge a Book by the Cover

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

We are so often judged by our size and our looks, so I thought this was appropriate to share here on SPARK. So inspirational and motivational, well worth watching. Take a few minutes out of your busy schedule to watch this and marvel. You will get goosebumps, take out the hankies.

Hope you enjoyed it. Never let your size hold you back.

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CSIENK 7/26/2012 12:11PM

    That was wonderful! Thanks for sharing.

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2HAMSDIET 7/17/2012 10:10PM


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    Oh Great! Now I'm bawling again. The singing was beautiful. The reaction to them walking out on stage was ugly. People should be ashamed!

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SUEAZZI 7/17/2012 10:51AM

    Goosebumps! Simply beautiful. Great message, thanks!

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GINGERLY4 7/17/2012 9:45AM

    The judges surely had that hit home for them. They immediately judged them according to his appearance and then were stunned by his talent.

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1HOTMAMA2BE 7/17/2012 9:38AM

    Well, I literally got chills watching the video and then a few tears. emoticon Okay, three or four.

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JLITT62 7/17/2012 8:42AM

    As uplifting as it was, it also makes me sad. What about all tbe heavy people who don't have a great talent?

I know people treat me differently & my change wasn't really huge - huge to me of course, but not compared to yours, for instance! I also know since I dress better, complete strangers are much more likely to chat me up while I'm out & about.

Your title is SO right. Thanks for sharing!

And speaking of sharing, I bought this dress at target tbe other day.

DH may notice my clothes, but it's usually to ask if it's new. He gave me a kiss & told me how good I looked in it. I may just have to buy tbe navy, too, which I think would look really good on you. I like the fact it comes down to the knee, too - at least on me.

Like I really needed another dress, but at that price, who can resist?

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WELLNESSME09 7/17/2012 8:38AM

    Very touching! emoticon

Thanks for sharing, love to see talent like this being recognized.

Beautiful talent!!! emoticon

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CHACHAOREO 7/17/2012 8:34AM

    What talent--this was GREAT!!

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BUSYGRANNY5 7/17/2012 8:32AM

    Thanks for sharing this.... so true....

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SAMI199 7/17/2012 8:27AM


This is such a wonderful video-When will people "Get It"?????

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BILL60 7/17/2012 8:18AM

    It's way too early for this emotional stuff. But, thank you so much for sharing. The message is crystal clear and I thank you for sharing it. You're beautiful!!


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MERETONI 7/17/2012 8:05AM

    I saw that a little while ago, I teared up, he sings so beautifully! That is what I like, sometimes, about shows like that. It goes to show that people are not what you think.

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LINDAMARIEZ1 7/17/2012 7:55AM

    thank you for the sharing! love it!

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CAN DO Attitude

Monday, July 16, 2012

Happy Monday Sparkies. How's your attitude today??? Time for an attitude check. Do you have the "can do" attitude? Hoping this motivates everyone in a special way today....

"Nothing can stop the man with the right mental attitude from achieving his goal; nothing on earth can help the man with the wrong mental attitude." Thomas Jefferson

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SUEAZZI 7/17/2012 10:40AM

    One of my favorites is "Be The Attitude You Want To Be Around" ~ it speaks volumes to me.

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SAMI199 7/17/2012 8:30AM

    What??? Can Do What??? Just kidding-Awesome Blog & Yes,we Can!

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JOHNSONZ 7/16/2012 4:25PM

It is what I needed to SEE today.
Have a Great Monday!

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JLITT62 7/16/2012 3:31PM

    Love that last one!

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1HOTMAMA2BE 7/16/2012 1:06PM

    My attitude is EXCELLENT!!! I got in 38 miles last week and I'm off to a great start this week. Life is GOOD a good part of that is because of YOU! Thank you SparkFriend! emoticon

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TISTEN23 7/16/2012 12:19PM

    Great blog!! I am in a CAN DO mood today!! Didnt sleep well but Im still doin my thang!!!

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CONDZMOMOFJJQ 7/16/2012 12:04PM

    Great motivation to start off my week! Thanks!!

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GINGERLY4 7/16/2012 11:57AM

    Working on it!

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VERONICAVW_140 7/16/2012 11:45AM

    I plan to stay on track with my eating today! I can do it! Thanks for the motivation. :)

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2HAMSDIET 7/16/2012 11:33AM

    Thanks I needed that! emoticon

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Conserving Gas

Friday, July 13, 2012

Do you feel the pain every time you gas up your car? Gas prices are still high, not as high as they have been, but we all still feel a little pain in the wallet every time we fill the tank. Tired of putting money into the gas tank. A simple solution.....RUN.

I run to work once a week, and I'm hoping to be able to make it two or three days once the weather permanently cools down. Today was my run day. Super run, even had my running buddy with me this morning. Feels good knowing I can run to work and not have to use gas or hit any red lights, lol. In fact it felt so good to run to work, I'm considering running home too, provided the weather holds out. Severe t-storms predicted for this afternoon so it may be hubby to the rescue.

I got to work this morning and checked my email. The first email I opened was from SAMI. She knew I was running to work today and had sent me these really cute running pics, made me laugh and totally made my day. Thanks lady.

Still working on getting to the 26.2

I am hoping to meet another one of my SP buddies this weekend, she's in town with her DH and wants to meet up, hope we get a chance to get together. I am so blessed to have so many SP buddies. I am hoping to meet several more in the future, so if you are ever in my neck of the woods, please give me a shout.

Happy Friday everyone and enjoy your weekend. Love to all.

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SUEAZZI 7/17/2012 10:43AM

    How many miles to run to work? It's something I've thought of doing once we get past the heat waves.

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2HAMSDIET 7/13/2012 9:38PM

    What an inspiration for you to run to work. I would love to me fellow sparkers. emoticon

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TEACHLIZARD 7/13/2012 2:59PM

    That is so awesome! I used to ride my bike to work, but haven't since we moved. Motivating me to start back up come fall emoticon

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KANSASROSE67 7/13/2012 2:44PM

    I could do it because it's only about 5 miles...but I couldn't carry my lunch, book and purse and I don't have anywhere to shower when I get there. Great idea though...I'm glad it works for you!

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NATPLUMMER 7/13/2012 12:57PM

    It's great if you can do it. I'd have to turn into an ultramarathoner to run to and from work (or just a marathoner to go one way but then I'd need a ride home).

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RUNNER12COM 7/13/2012 12:26PM

    I love it. A morning run is better than coffee!

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1HOTMAMA2BE 7/13/2012 10:52AM

    I'll be one of the first to let you know if I'm in your neck of the woods! I love the running pics. I must borrow a couple from you!

Enjoy your weekend! Sounds like a lot of fun. I'm going to run solo tomorrow morning outside 5-6 miles. I'm not going to make 10, but someday! I know I will never run to work! emoticon

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JLITT62 7/13/2012 9:08AM

    Love it! Maybe we need to organize some kind of meetup for spark buddies somewhere . . .

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JANEMARIE77 7/13/2012 9:04AM

    run girl run

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Raining but not Complaining

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

It's gone from one extreme to the other lately, oppressive heat to torrential downpours, sheesh. I'm definitely not complaining about the much needed rain that we've been getting and it's really helped cool things off.

I've been up at 0430 every day this week - 3 whole days in a row - WOW, and for those that know me this is quite a feat....a huge accomplishment getting out of bed. I'm proud that I have at least gotten up and I've even had my running gear ready only to wake up to horrible weather, ugghh.

Monday morning run: Rain. Made up for it with a steamy afternoon run - felt like a sauna.

Tuesday morning run: As NASA would say..."Scrubbed it". No rain but didn't think I needed to be out in the middle of a thunderstorm and there was some pretty heavy duty lightning going on too, darn it. At this point I was a little miffed after waking up two days in a row and no run, bummer.

I decided to pack my running bag to take to work just in case I could work in a lunchtime run. It rained most of the morning and I was hoping for a break so I could get out there. I managed to do a 3.25 mile run, but guess what????? It started to rain as soon as I got about a block from the office, and instead of heading back I decided to just do it. How refreshing.... wish i would have had on a hat to keep the water out of eyes, but I really hadn't planned on running in the rain. I didn't see the usual lunchtime runners out, guess some people are more afraid of a little rain, than the heat. I was out there and doing it. I ran across this pic this morning, it truly described how I felt. Yep I was out there all right, looking like a fool running in the rain.

Got up this morning again for a run, and it was raining cats and dogs. I was prepared to go if it was just a gentle rain, but we are talking torrential downpouring and street flooding - monsoon like rain, so I scrubbed the run AGAIN. I had planned on taking a rest day on Thursday so I might as well just take it today instead.

Rain is a good thing.....Hey, there's a song about that....

Thank you crazy weather.... you're making me a well rounded runner. I'm ready...Bring on the rain, sun, snow [ok maybe not snow, I'm getting a little carried away, lol] .

Are you channeling your inner champion?

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NATPLUMMER 7/12/2012 3:04PM

    Yay for running in the rain!!

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ONELUCKYSUSAN 7/11/2012 2:14PM

    Great job, my friend! So THIS is what I have to look forward to when my serious running begins!
I ordered my BodyMedia yesterday and I'm looking forward to getting it. I guess it adds a whole new dimension to weight loss and getting fit. I'll keep you posted about this!
So proud of you for your run in the rain and continually impressed by your sincere drive to succeed! You're committed and it inspires me! Thank you!

Blessings always! emoticon

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SUEAZZI 7/11/2012 1:51PM

    Bless you for running in the rain. I don't mind drizzle or even a light rain but you are a trooper! Sure hope all this rain will end soon or my plans will be altered. emoticon Keep me posted weather girl!

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1HOTMAMA2BE 7/11/2012 10:18AM

    WOW! You're getting a LOT of rain!!! I can't believe you run on your lunch hours, plus in the rain! Do you have showers at work? How do you get all "purty" for the afternoon? You always look great. do you do it???

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SAMI199 7/11/2012 10:06AM

    You are a Champion-

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BOILHAM 7/11/2012 9:56AM

  You are a trooper, running in all the crazy weather! Thanks for staying in touch on my blogs too. By the way, when I re-readd my comments on your running in the heat blog, it sounded kind of harsh. Hope you know I was trying to be humorous, sometimes things read different than intended. But, yeah, I guess you "know" me better than that by now! emoticon

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JLITT62 7/11/2012 9:26AM

    When it's warm, running in the rain is nice. But not thru lightning. Too bad your alarm can't detect weather & go off later when it's bad! Now there's an invention.

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GOOSIEMOON 7/11/2012 9:22AM

    Keep up the good work!


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