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I'm Published!!

Sunday, October 16, 2011

It just doesn't happen to me every day. Maybe to some people it would not be a big deal, but I'm excited. I just got off the phone with my mom. I ordered her a copy of the book, Peace Corps at 50: Even the Smallest Crab Has Teeth. When I ordered it I had no guarantee that my story was included. It was nearly 3 years ago that I signed a contract giving permission to use my story. It is in there! Mom read it and called it "delightful". I would not use the word delightful, but then she is my mom.

I'm suppose to get at least one free copy of the book, but mine hasn't come yet. I paid for Amazon to send the one to mom. Now I can't wait to see it in print.

Think I'll call the lifewriting instructor from the class I took several years ago once I have the book in hand. Maybe she'll invite me to come to a current class and read my story. That would be fun. My SparkFriend Vikki (WILD4STARS is her screen name, I'm thinking) is probably still in the class.

If you ever have the chance to take a class from a certified Lifewriting Instructor, I would highly recommend it. If you are more of a do-it-yourself person, the book Turning Memories Into Memoir is excellent. Should you be curious about "my" book (I get no $ if you order one), check out the link below.

www.amazon.com/Even-Smallest-Crab-Ha
s-Teeth/dp/1609520025/ref=sr_1_4?s=boo
ks&ie=UTF8&qid=1318780805&sr=1-4


Wishing all my SparkFriends a memorable day -- in a good way, of course!!

  
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ARSALLOT 10/23/2011 8:02AM

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That is fantastic Marsha!! Well done!! Bummer that you don't get so much as a cent of royalties :( Bet its a great read!
When my life settles down a bit (don't know if that is possible), I will look forward to reading it -I currently have a stack of to read books I haven't touched and have been sitting there for quite a few years..

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MIRAGE727 10/16/2011 8:46PM

    Congratulations, Marsha!
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TBRANCH2 10/16/2011 8:37PM

    WOOHOO, Marsha!!! You're at your goal weight, retired, a grandma and now published....geezzzz you really are having those "golden" years! lol You have worked hard and deserve ALL of it! Congratulations!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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AQUAGIRL08 10/16/2011 8:36PM

    emoticon on a job well done!

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INFLATED 10/16/2011 8:29PM

    Congratulations!

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JOYINKY 10/16/2011 7:55PM

    Congratulations Marsha! It is a big deal to get published! Celebrate! WooHoo!
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FROSTY99 10/16/2011 7:51PM

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CRYSTALJEM 10/16/2011 6:45PM

    Congratulations! That is such an awesome feeling. I hope this is just the beginning of many more great writing adventures.

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WATERMELLEN 10/16/2011 5:50PM

    OF COURSE it's a big deal!! Yay you!! Sooooooo coool!! And: I'm sure your mum is absolutely right about it being delightful!!

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IAMWINNING 10/16/2011 5:17PM

    Congratulations!! Time for a party! It certainly ISN'T everyday that one of our friends gets published.

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I'm so glad for you!

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DONNABRIGHT 10/16/2011 3:31PM

    Congratulations! It is a big deal and you should be proud.

When my daughter was in college Blue Mountain Arts bought a couple of her poems and they were "published" on cards. I still find one on a rack now and again. That was a really big deal for us.

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REBELBLITZ 10/16/2011 3:00PM

    Congratulations on your publications! Where would we be if we could not read.

Thanks for sharing.

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LAFEMMEDELALUNE 10/16/2011 2:13PM

    It is amazing to get published, and even more amazing to give of yourself in such a way as to be part of the Peace Corps.
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SEABREEZE65 10/16/2011 1:23PM

    Congratulations! What a wonderful accomplishment!

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WILD4STARS 10/16/2011 12:40PM

    WOW! I know Gay would love to hear from you and hear about your part in this new book. She would also love to have you show up to a class. I'm not able to get to any classes in October, hope I'm there when you do get to be there. Let me know when that happens.

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MEXGAL1 10/16/2011 12:24PM

    Congrats to you. nice going. be proud!

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She Got the Job!

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

My Dear Daughter has been hired as a full time breastfeeding consultant for the health department's WIC program. Following background check and drug test that will be no problem, she starts Oct 29th. She plans to keep her license and keep working as a massage therapist one weekend day a week as well. Also, she and her husband have been approved for a 3.875% mortgage and expect to be moving to their new home in about a month. Dear SIL also works full time at an eye doctor's office and part time at the YMCA. I'm excited for my daughter and think things are coming together well for her.

So soon I will be doing extra long hours of child care. I know that establishing a new healthy routine will be important for me. I need to recognize this challenge and be up for it, but I am confident that I can do it. Taking really good care of my grandkids is important, but taking good care of me is important, too!

  
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WATERMELLEN 10/14/2011 5:25PM

    This is great news for your daughter -- and your family is one that clearly pulls together. I'm sure you can work out a schedule that still leaves you with time for yourself and your own fitness and nutrition needs: very very important!!

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JOHAL52 10/13/2011 7:06PM

    Great news for your dd!! Take care of yourself too Marsha--you are taking on a load too!

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FROSTY99 10/12/2011 8:55PM

    Congratulations to your daughter! You will get exercise just running after the kids. I came back so sore when I stayed with my son's family for 2 weeks when their 6th child was born!
Kicked me to the curb and that was 6 yrs ago!

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Pat

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TBRANCH2 10/12/2011 7:49PM

    Terrific family news! Best is that YOU haven't forgotten about YOU!
Hugs,
Theresa

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MONTY68 10/12/2011 6:20PM

    Hi Marsha
Congratulations on your daughters new job. That is so great. I think it is so awesome that they got a mortgage interest rate under 4%. It will save them a lot of money over the life of the mortgage.
I really believe that you will find a way that you can watch your granddaughters and maintain your healthy life style.
Thank you for sharing


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_LINDA 10/12/2011 2:07PM

    Congrats to your daughter and daughter-in-law!
Good luck to you on being a full time Mom again! At least we know they will be living a healthy lifestyle if you have any say about it ;)
You are too good sticking to your plan to let it slide at all..

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HAPPYSOUL91 10/12/2011 12:56PM

    Just reading your news made me smile...how nice. You will be organized and be quite successful on setting up your schedule.

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FITFABME2 10/12/2011 12:05PM

    Awesome! Especially in this economy, anyone fortunate enough to land a new job needs to count his/her blessings (and in this case you are one of those blessings!)

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JOYINKY 10/12/2011 10:53AM

    Makes me think of when I had my 3rd child in 3 years. ('65-'67'-68') I went to the Dr. for a check-up and asked when I could start exercising. He laughed at me; said running after the 3 year old and lifting the other two should be exercise enough! It was when I was taking care of my first grandson and was sore just from lifting him in and out of the crib that I realized that I had to get "back in shape". Marsha, you're way ahead of the game; you're taking this on "in great shape". Yes, you will be time challenged but this time with your grandchildren is really priceless. They do grow up so fast! It seems even faster than our kids! Have fun!

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AQUAGIRL08 10/12/2011 10:43AM

    That is good news for your daughter and SIL! Plus, they get to move into a new house. Hopefully you will be able to work out a new fitness routine with your new schedule. Good luck Marsha!


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    emoticon emoticon emoticonand emoticon to your dau. What a wonderful answer to prayer!

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BESTSUSIEYET 10/12/2011 9:57AM

    Good news all around! No one in your family could be accused of being a "slacker"!!!


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WILD4STARS 10/12/2011 9:57AM

    You are going to have a full schedule!
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AMANDAJCD 10/12/2011 9:45AM

    Hooray for your daughter and SIL! That is just awesome :D

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RAYLINSTEPHENS 10/12/2011 9:43AM

    Congrats to your Daughter and SIL!!

I know you are up to task!

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Up For Whatever Hours

Friday, October 07, 2011

I kept the kids yesterday, usually my daughter's day off, for my daughter to interview for a full time job she wants. It would be 8am to 5pm, Monday - Friday, so my child care duties would be quite different hours. And at least for a while she probably will want to keep her massage therapist license and work a weekend day and/or an evening, too. I feel pretty confident that whatever hours I end up providing care that I will find a way to get my exercise in and to eat healthy.

  
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JOHAL52 10/11/2011 9:14PM

    Phew, that will be a lot of "grandma-ing"--you will definitely need your healthy lifestyle to keep it up. Know you can do it!!
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1BEACHWALKER 10/11/2011 1:19AM

    Nice that you are able to help out and that you really enjoy it! I wish my Grandmother had been as active as you! Back in the old days-who ever thought of working out! I remember Jack Lalanne was like a wonderment of sorts!Like watching the only person on TV who did that! Here you are running races! emoticon

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MONTY68 10/7/2011 11:20PM

    Hi Marsha
You are so amazing, Your grandchildren are so lucky to have you as a grandmother.
Knowing you as long as I have, I am sure that you will find the way to watch them and get your exercise in.
Thank you for sharing this and I hope your daughter is successful in getting the job.

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WATERMELLEN 10/7/2011 7:42PM

    You are very very generous with your time. I know you are committed to your fitness and nutrition and will continue to make it a priority!

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MEXGAL1 10/7/2011 7:26PM

    I admire you so much for taking on full child care duty.....I write this as I have just finished feeding our 3 & 5 year old dinner and will be putting them to bed soon. We have been doing some major babysitting so that the kids can get away for a bit. but I want to say that it is a lot of work with very active children. I will be so happy to be going home on Sunday and getting back into my routine.
good for you to commit to taking care of yourself and working in eating right and exercise.

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_LINDA 10/7/2011 6:02PM

    You are an angel of mercy consenting to looking after children full time when you should be free to enjoy your retirement years. That you plan to keep up your healthy lifestyle shows what a success you are and perhaps will you pass the Spark on to these lucky children too! You are amazing!!

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DONNABRIGHT 10/7/2011 4:39PM

    Hope the job works out!

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HAPPYSOUL91 10/7/2011 3:24PM

    Hope you daughter gets the job. Your grandkids are so fortunate to have you in their lives

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    I hope that your daughter gets the job!

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Living Life

Wednesday, October 05, 2011

My very wise SparkFriend Monty68 wrote something that I've been thinking about all day. In part he wrote, " I also think there comes a time when we drop the maintenance and define ourself as living life. It doesn't mean we forget about maintenance, we have a new awareness of just knowing."

I don't think I'm there yet, at least not for very long at a time. Perhaps my two week trip in which I had plenty of challenges but successfully maintained was "just living life." I didn't ask for anything special, but just ate smaller portions when the veggies were covered with butter, cheese, or other sauce. When there were naked fruits and veggies I enjoyed more than my share I suppose. I didn't add butter or margarine to anything and often didn't eat the bread at all. Sometimes I noticed relatives adding lots of butter and salt to things or taking a second dessert and wondered if I had been like that, and then realized that I had been just like that. I passed up a couple desserts, but ate some, too. I drank my coffee black if it was good coffee.

I honestly was not sure, though, how I had done. I thought I looked bigger in the mirror and then thought that my clothes fit looser. So perhaps I need to work on that "just knowing" thing. Guess it is a matter of confidence. No, I'm not quite there yet and I'm not going to pressure myself to get there right away. But now, thanks to Monty, I look forward to the time when I just live life and just know.






  
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RAYLINSTEPHENS 10/6/2011 5:23PM

    WTG on Living Life!

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HAPPYSOUL91 10/6/2011 4:26PM

    I like that just knowing thing....it would seem that practice is needed to change our mind set

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AQUAGIRL08 10/6/2011 11:55AM

    I think that somewhere along the line, it will just become part of the way you do things and you won't have to think about it. Then you'll just know. You're doing a great job Marsha!!!
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_LINDA 10/6/2011 2:13AM

    I am one of the many not there yet as I can still have a binge now and then. It will be very freeing to reach that point. My sister certainly is living it to the maximum! No careful tracking for her, just all midful eating. I don't think I will ever give up the tracking -I am actually quite fascinated by juggling my foods to get the nutrients and calorie range I need.
I do think you are closer to this goal then anyone on Sparks I know.. You are so very careful with all that you do..

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MONTY68 10/5/2011 11:55PM

    Hi Marsha
Thank you for your comment. I feel that when you talked about your vacation, that you really had the awareness. Last year I wrote my blog on eating came about as I was at dinner with my walking partner and we had ordered pizza. I ordered 2 pieces not realizing how big they were, After the first piece, I was full and I was looking at the second piece and she asked what was wrong, I said I am full and she said then don't eat it. I took it home. It was then I realized that I use to live to eat and now I ate to live. That awareness has allowed me to be places where there is a lot of food and know that I don't have to eat it.
You are much closer to that awareness than you realize and it will just become part of who you are now. You have done a awesome job working on you and you have inspired me and many others with your success.

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CONTENTCHRIS 10/5/2011 11:51PM

    I agree with some of the comments in the fact tht some of us are like drug addicts and are not to the point we do not need to watch calories and live care free. I have thought I could in the past as well ...and ended up gaining a ton back and finally realizing I was not there hehe. Nice blog , Thanks Chris

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WATERMELLEN 10/5/2011 8:56PM

    This is a great blog: and living life is what I'm aspiring to as well . . . thanks for the "target" goodie. Like you, I'm confident we're going to continue this for life, and succeed in maintaining!!

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PMFISH 10/5/2011 8:54PM

    I have always eaten to live - rather than live to eat. I am more caution about my diet after my immune system became compromised and was put on medication that increased my appetite. If I could get my activities back to what I think is normal, I probably would not be as cautious. Hard to burn calories just being on the computer. :)

Have a great week.

Pat

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JOYINKY 10/5/2011 8:06PM

    I smiled when you commented on my page about my "being there". I'm not; don't know if I ever will be. I track my calories and now my fitness minutes everyday. But, it's not a chore. I don't need the computer to do it; I was tracking calories with my pencil and paper shorthand for years. I'm the only one who has to understand it. Keeps me from eating mindlessly. But doesn't keep me from living life! I'm fine with doing it and I love my life now. I can be flexible along the way. I don't think as much about food now; I'm more focused on activity. That is a change. Enjoy the journey!

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MEXGAL1 10/5/2011 7:55PM

    Very interesting. I am not near there yet either. I am always thinking about what to eat and when. I wish I did not constantly think about food. I watch others who can simply stop eating and they seem to not think about snacking. I just can't ever imagine feeling "free" from thoughts of food.

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Commitment High; Chances Good

Tuesday, October 04, 2011

I stepped on the scale this morning uncertain how my last two weeks of travel had affected my weight. I told myself that any weight from 123 to 133 would be okay, but I'd work to get back into my range of 124-129.9 soon.

Well, I didn't need to worry. After two weeks of not tracking, limited exercise due to terrible cough, a few small indulgences and one BIG indulgence, I'm right in my range. I weighed 126.8 this morning.

Seeing that weight this morning was a big encouragement. You know, I'm thinking that my chances of long term maintenance are getting better and better. My commitment to healthy living and a healthy weight will not waiver.

  
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MEXGAL1 10/5/2011 3:10PM

    That is just so awesome that you traveled and were able to maintain. I was away (and actually still away at the kids and with the grandkids until Sunday) and I think I only gained two pounds. My body must like it here as well at 112. I know I shouldn't complain as I am healthy and most people would love this weight..but I am really small boned and just feel better a bit lighter. I have been power walking six miles a day and watching what I eat again but the two aren't ready to leave me yet. Perhaps when I get back home to Mexico.

thank you so much for the sparks goodie....made my day. It's funny that you say i am a role model, as I see you as such an inspiration. We need to keep supporting each other so we can continue to maintain.
cheers
Sallie


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KLONG8 10/5/2011 11:58AM

    That's huge! Exactly what you want and we're thrilled to enjoy with you. Now THAT's motivational!

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RAYLINSTEPHENS 10/5/2011 11:40AM

    Fantastic!

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MONTY68 10/4/2011 11:50PM

    Hi Marsha
Congratulations on your successful vacation
I truly believe that you WILL continue to maintain. I also think there comes a tome when we drop the maintenance and define ourself as living life. It doesn't mean we forget about maintenance, we have a new awareness of just knowing.

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WATERMELLEN 10/4/2011 9:20PM

    Wow! This is huge!! Well done, you've got the maintenance thing wrapped up with a bow on it, rockstar!!

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_LINDA 10/4/2011 8:21PM

    Well done Marsha!! You did fantastic considering! You are rocking this lifestyle!! You go girl!!
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HAPPYSOUL91 10/4/2011 3:25PM

    Ok, glad things are looking up for you....you will do this

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PAPER_WINGS18 10/4/2011 3:19PM

    Wow! Way to go! THat is definitely inspiring and motivating, so thank you!!

Keep up the amazing job...You are doing this!! :D

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SEPPIESUSAN 10/4/2011 3:12PM

    Sounds like you've MADE it! That's my ultimate goal - being committed and maintaining goal range for life!

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