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3 Year Anniversary on SP in the next week or Two

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Three years ago in January, I joined SP after finding it by accident. At that time, my dear cousin (like a sister) was halfway through the last three years of her life. When I came to SP, I had the stress of helping her through her illness, watching her get sicker, and then losing her and learning to live w/o her. In the meantime, many others passed away. Added to that, many personal challenges occurred.

When I came to SP, it was the first time in my life that I had extra weight. I was a lifelong spoiled slimbo who always ate whatever I wanted in any quantity without any repercussions.

About 5 years ago, stress, hormones, menopause, overwork, etc., helped me to pile on some extra pounds. I came to spark after losing 30 on my own, and since then, have been on what I term a forever plateau despite how hard I work, how well I eat, etc.

I'm making some new changes for myself to celebrate this 3-year sparkversary that I will write about in the coming weeks. Meanwhile, throughout all the sorrow, stress, and other emotions of this past few years, being on SP has helped me maintain whatever sanity remains by reinforcing the good health habits I have developed.

I want to thank all my sparkfriends - past and present - who have helped support me throughout my adventure. Looking forward to continuing the journey with you in the new year.

Wishing you health and happiness in 2012.

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RAINBOWFALLS 12/28/2011 9:12AM

    I hope the new year is more productive for you as far as your lifestyle change journey.

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WOLFSPIRITMOM 12/28/2011 9:00AM

    Happy 2012 to you too! Happy for you that the journey is becoming more positive.

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Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Twice a year, I go to a casino and play the slots. San Diego is said to have the most casinos of any U.S. county. With that said, about 10 buses a day pick up folks all day long, 365 days a year at a nearby mall.

Usually I drive, but yesterday I decided to take the small shuttle bus. (The other casinos provide huge buses and make many pickup stops. This one goes straight through.) Turned out to be a fun way to go. Small, new shuttle and not many on it - everyone was out shopping since it was the day after Christmas.

I went and played bingo, walked around, played some slots, ate lunch (a healthy lunch that was delish and tasty), and took the shuttle home. However, as much as they try to do non-smoking areas, the reality is that there are no doors to prevent smoke coming through; and you have to walk and be in the smoking areas to get from point a to point b. And it's pretty thick, even though you quickly acclimate to it and forget that you are breathing bad air.

So, I inhaled smoke all day and my poor lungs are paying the price today. It takes about a week for them to clear out when this happens. I'm thinking that it's just not worth going - even a couple times a year - if it gunks up my lungs so badly.

And just some observations - why are many of the folks there gambling, the ones who can least afford to take those risks? Not judging, just wondering. I mean, I won yesterday, then I lost. And lost. But it was a very small total for the day and nothing I would repeat regularly without a lot of remorse.

Okay, I'll walk it all out this week and make sure to drink a ton more water than usual.

Wishing all a wonderful day and best wishes in 2012.

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NATPLUMMER 12/27/2011 1:35PM

    Wow...was it really that bad? It didn't seem like it in Las Vegas.

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KTMAE2006 12/27/2011 12:26PM

    I totally know how you feel. My Dad's family is big into smoking and gambling. Thankfully we've kept holidays out of the casino, but it is sad how many people seem to use Casinos as a means to escape, and don't always realize what they're gambling and how their smoking effects their lives. As an occasional treat I understand the allure. But good for you for reconsidering. Maybe a relaxing massage is something you'll look into in the future!?

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BOBBIENORTHERN1 12/27/2011 12:15PM

  Certain parts of my family are very heavy smokers and when I spend time with them especially at Christmas and Thanksgiving and birthdays it takes me a few days for my head to clear up.

My eyes usually bother me too.

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RR1_RR1 12/27/2011 11:50AM

    Know how it feels, I have asthma and even the slightest thing will set it off lungs are normally sore/tight feeling enough...

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WOLFSPIRITMOM 12/27/2011 11:41AM

    I wouldn't go either but try and detox today.

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EJHEINRICH1 12/27/2011 11:35AM

    You are more brave than I am! I won't go to the casino's at all because of the smoke and the damage it does to my body!
Sorry you didn't win BIG!
Hope your Christmas was a good one!

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My Fave Christmas Memory

Sunday, December 25, 2011

I was two and lived with my grandparents. My European grandfather made things so exciting. There was a huge family gathered on Christmas Eve of aunts, uncles and cousins. A massive table was set like a Roman feast with every imaginable dish. Grandpa roasted chestnuts even though it wasn't over an open fire. At midnight, the tree lights would go on and everything would come alive. Surrounded by presents, I was allowed to take one thing to bed with me. I fell asleep with my arm around a shiny, new, red trike. Yes, he let me take it into bed with me. To this day, I love to bike ride. (And he and I would always take walks. I think that's where my love of walking was born. He was my father figure, and a great man.)

Wishing all a beautiful Christmas.

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NANCY- 12/27/2011 3:17PM

    How sweet! Often times it is the little things that mean the most. There is something precious about Christmas.


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SPARKENISTA 12/27/2011 10:22AM

    It's great that you have such warm and loving memories. I hope you had a great Christmas and wish you every happiness in the years to come.

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SPOKENWORD 12/26/2011 11:40PM

    Awesome memory! Simply Priceless!

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LIVINGFREE19 12/26/2011 8:13PM

    I love memories of Christmas as a child!
Christmas is for children.

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PUDLECRAZY 12/26/2011 11:41AM

    Great story!

And those chestnuts - they don't need to be roasted over an open fire, they smell so wonderful even if they are roasted in the oven.

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RAINBOWFALLS 12/25/2011 11:13PM

    What a great memory.

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THINBUCKEYE 12/25/2011 10:23PM

    What beautiful memories. I loved my red trike too.
Merry Christmas!
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CATLADY52 12/25/2011 5:57PM

    Good memories are meant to stay with your a long time. emoticon and Merry Christmas.

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NATPLUMMER 12/25/2011 9:56AM

    What a great memory.

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JIBBIE49 12/25/2011 7:00AM

    emoticonMerry Christmas and emoticonHappy 2012 New Year emoticonLet's make this our Year of Health. emoticon

We didn't celebrate on Christmas Eve, but my best Christmas as 1959 when I was 10 and got a Dollhouse with a Pool. It was a really nice one.

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BELSNICKEL 12/25/2011 6:53AM

    merry christmas. emoticon emoticon

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WOLFSPIRITMOM 12/25/2011 12:37AM

    emoticon emoticon Sounds like it was a lot of fun. Merry Christmas to you.

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Sugar Blues

Saturday, December 24, 2011

I can feel my body starting to rebel about no sugar, and I have a feeling that I am really going to kick it this time. Hate the way it makes me feel.

In fact, I have a feeling that I am going to make great headway in achieving some goals this coming year.

Wishing all a happy, healthy Christmas.

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SPOKENWORD 12/26/2011 11:42PM

    Woohoo! You Got This! :)

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KRISTINE99 12/26/2011 8:03PM

    Good luck with the sugar moderation. I am also a sugar addict. My favorite way to sate a sugar craving is to have a serving of fruit with a lower sugar content, such as berries (opposed to say pineapple). If I'm already over my sugar grams for the day and can't afford another piece of fruit, I'll have green tea with a splash of almond milk and a little stevia. The green tea acts as a mild appetite/sugar suppressant for me and the stevia gives it a zero calorie sweetness.

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RAINBOWFALLS 12/25/2011 11:21PM

    Great positive thinking. emoticon

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NATPLUMMER 12/24/2011 9:43PM

    Good luck!!

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CATLADY52 12/24/2011 4:52PM

    emoticon Merry Christmas to you too.

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WOLFSPIRITMOM 12/24/2011 7:58AM

    emoticon emoticon Way to think positive! Merry Christmas!

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Gave Myself a Monster Truck For Christmas

Friday, December 23, 2011

Okay, it's just a sparkgoodie, but for me it's a reminder of the ride I took at the fair this past summer on a monster truck. It was one huge laugh. It's also a reminder for me to have a fun 2012 and continue to work through the challenges that remain from the residual sadness of mega-losses of loved ones in the past couple of years.

Wishing all a happy, healthy holiday season.

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    Great way to give yourself a gift without adding to the "clutter" idea!

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ELISADENK 12/25/2011 5:49PM

    I get a kick out of Monster Trucks. I have a little, tiny one.

Didn't know you could get a ride on one! What is loud? How long was the ride for?

Wishing YOU a happy, healthy holiday season.

Life does seem to be bitter-sweet.... emoticon

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CATLADY52 12/23/2011 7:07PM

    Merry Christmas 'Trucker Mom'. emoticon You deserve it.

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