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Gratitude In the Midst of a World Gone Wild

Friday, October 23, 2009

I awoke to a number of bad news items, including several sparkfriends dealing with serious illness, and my own challenges of imminent loss of loved ones. And, of course, there's the local and national news that is always so uplifting. (NOT!) However, I am trying to count my blessings in order to make the day as happy as possible in the midst of the craziness of our times. Here's to staying strong and making the most of what we have, while we have it.

  
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SKYEFYR 10/24/2009 12:03PM

  Jesse, make sure you count yourself. I definitely count you among my blessings. You always have a kind word of encouragement no matter what mood I'm in. When I'm down, you bring me up and remind me that I'm not alone, and when I have a victory, you're right there celebrating with me.

You are definitely a blessing to everyone who is lucky enough to count you as a sparkfriend. I am grateful we found each other and wish you a day of good news and happiness.

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RICH530 10/24/2009 8:06AM

    I am with you!! It sure isn't easy but it is what will get us through! I will be thinking of you!
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HICALGAL 10/24/2009 3:14AM

    amen! emoticon

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HOKU-ALOHI 10/24/2009 3:10AM

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When life happens, it is so nice to see your bright light sparking and shining through.
Here is water to toast our staying strong and making the most of what we have, while we have it.
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THEADMIRAL 10/23/2009 9:26PM

    Good for you! We are blessed even in sad or stressed times; it's just harder to feel blessed. emoticon

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MSLZZY 10/23/2009 2:42PM

    Amen!

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DSCHAMBERS 10/23/2009 11:59AM

    I have almost quite watching the news altogether. I have been blessed with very little bad news of late. So my stress levels are down. Everyone deals with bad news in different ways.

Debbie

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EOLIVIAC 10/23/2009 10:33AM

    I know exactly what you mean. I had to limit the amount of news I was watching each day because it became such a downer. I had avoided calling a particular friend because she always had bad news. Then I decided that how I receive and act upon her news is up to me because I have to keep moving forward on my goals no matter what. It's not always easy!

Have a good weekend.

Olivia

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9 MONTHS ON SPARKPEOPLE - HAPPY ANNIVERSARY TO ME

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Happy anniversary to me on being here for 9 months. It's easier than having a baby, but only slightly (smiling). It's a lifetime commitment, so I won't go into how I'm disappointed that I haven't seen any weight loss in a lonnnnnnnnnnnnnnnng time. However, I've maintained my loss and had numerous small victories on this site. Not to mention, but I will anyway, all of the great people I've been lucky enough to call sparkfriends. Happy days!

  
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HICALGAL 10/23/2009 7:52AM

    HAPPY emoticon

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JCORYCMA 10/22/2009 11:26PM

    emoticon 9 months! I always felt like it was 2 steps forward, 1 step back. It isn't easy and you are right -- I had an easier time giving birth, but stick with it. You'll get there and look back on the journey and see all that you have learned about yourself. Self discovery led me to push myself a little harder in the exercise department and that blasted that last stubborn weight off!
Joanne

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AMYMLE 10/22/2009 10:04PM

    Jesse, I was just thinking today that our 9 month Sparkiversary was coming up. Yea for our 9 months of making healthy changes! Sorry to hear you're disappointed with your weight loss lately. Could it be that you're at the point where your body has lost all the fat that it can and your muscle mass is just so good that you're weighing more than you'd like? I'm sure you look awesome. You've lost at least 30 pounds since you started, so you've been doing something right!

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THEADMIRAL 10/22/2009 9:55PM

    Happy Spark Anniversary! emoticon Hang in there, the number drop on the scale is coming!

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DBELLE39 10/22/2009 8:57PM

    emoticon Keep your motivation going!

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DSCHAMBERS 10/22/2009 6:10PM

    emoticon Happy Spark Anniversary! Remember we are all here for you when you need us. You will get off that plateau. Just Hang in there.

Debbie

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MSLZZY 10/22/2009 2:15PM

    emoticon WTG! Keep up the good work and have a Sparktacular Day!

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CINDHOLM 10/22/2009 1:29PM

    Happy Sparkaversary!! Keep up the great work!! emoticon

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SKYEFYR 10/22/2009 12:09PM

  Happy Anniversary!

Glad you found this great site and glad as always to have you as a spark buddy.

Keep up the great work!

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HOKU-ALOHI 10/22/2009 11:26AM

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(((Hugs))) of Aloha ~ Maya
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CREAGER2 10/22/2009 10:41AM

    Congrats on your anniversary! Today is my 1 month!!
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Giving Away Two, New Free DVD's

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

I'd like to help two people out who cannot get DVD's right now due to some tough times. I have two new DVD's that I am willing to give away. They are just not to my liking. One is a Leslie Sansone, and the other is a double Jillian Michaels Beginner workout. I have a bunch of new ones to replace these, so I'd like these two not to go to waste. Let me know if you'd like them. I'll be gone most of today, so be patient for my response. Have a good day.

  
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HICALGAL 10/23/2009 7:18AM

    that was a nice thing to do. emoticon

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WISLNDR 10/22/2009 1:19PM

    That's a nice thing you did. I bought a Dancing With the Stars DVD out of curiosity; it got played once and is just waiting to be put away, probably never to be seen again. Maybe it should be put away on someone else's shelf.

Thanks for planting the "idea" seed.

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HOKU-ALOHI 10/22/2009 11:28AM

  Guess what?? I looked up the words generosity and kindness in the dictionary; your photos are under both definitions.

You are so awesome with such a giving heart!
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~~Maya~~
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RICH530 10/21/2009 5:49PM

    Wow, how nice of you!!! You are a very thoughful friend!!


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PEDIPOD 10/21/2009 2:22PM

    Wow -- that was so nice of you to think of that -- proud to know you!

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SIMPLELIFE4REAL 10/21/2009 2:00PM

    That's very kind of you to do that!!

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MSLZZY 10/21/2009 10:10AM

    Thanks for the offer but it looks like someone else will use them. That's a great offer, BTW!
You are so kind to give them away! emoticon

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DLDROST 10/21/2009 9:48AM

  Glad that they'll be put to great use

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SLIMMERJESSE 10/21/2009 9:39AM

    Jilliam Michaels DVD will go to Batty30. If Tiffwinter wants the Sansone, it'll be hers.

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BATTY30 10/21/2009 9:35AM

    I would love to have the Jillian Michaels one as I can not afford to buy anything at this time. Let me know.

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TIFFWINTER 10/21/2009 9:34AM

    I would be interested in learning more about these workout DVDs!!! (before I say I would like to have them.)
Thanks!

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My First Reaction? I QUIT! My Next Reaction? NOPE! I'LL NEVER QUIT!

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

I worked my tush off last week, to the point where I thought the scale would applaud my blood, sweat and tears. (okay, just sweat) This morning, I bravely embarked on each of my scales. The first one - same weight, no loss. Same ole plateau. And the second scale was even more special - gained 4 pounds! NOT! Yes, my first reaction for a nanosecond was to yell, "I QUIT!" However, my month of August with all of the failures after a stellar progress taught me several things. One big lesson was that down times will occur and I am going to be prepared for those. This week's weigh-in was one of those times. And NOPE! I'LL NEVER QUIT! In fact, I intend to keep sweatin until this stubborn body of mine starts to relinquish more weight again.

  
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JCORYCMA 10/20/2009 11:36PM

    That's right, Girl. Don't give that scale that much power over you! You are the boss...
Joanne

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MIFFYGIRL 10/20/2009 11:21PM

    I love your attitude. Way to go SlimmerJesse! emoticon

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SKYEFYR 10/20/2009 10:22AM

  I really needed to see this today. Thank you for the kick in the back end. I need to remember I'm not the only one who hits plateaus and has bad months. We're all in this together and we can all do it!

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NERVOUSWRECKIAM 10/20/2009 9:05AM

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PAM19681 10/20/2009 8:14AM

    Thanks just what I needed to read. After gaining a pound last week I just didnt want to weight in this week but headed there now. Thanks

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MSLZZY 10/20/2009 7:25AM

    Scales are such fickle things-not sure why we put so much emphasis on them. But you have a positive attitude and that is what counts!

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HOKU-ALOHI 10/20/2009 5:20AM

  So proud of you and your tenacity! You are the embodiment of committed!
Just hold on and keep on keeping on!
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~~~Maya~~~

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DOLPHINSWIM1 10/20/2009 1:34AM

  That's a very good attitude to have never quit you will reach your goals if you try. emoticon

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YAY! I FINALLY SHOWED UP IN THE RIGHT-HAND COLUMN OF LEADER BOARDS

Monday, October 19, 2009

In a few days, it'll be 9 months that I've been on this great website. The weekly team leader boards have shown me at the top in the left-hand column for sparks points, but I eventually wanted to be in the fitness column. YAY! Yesterday I showed up in the top five in six of my teams and it felt like a validation of all of the hard work I did this week. Hooray, hooray, I hope to continue my new higher level of exercising.

  
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AMYMLE 10/22/2009 10:01PM

    I don't even know where the leader boards are! Are they staring me in the face and I just haven't paid attention? Anyway, congrats! You go girl!

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NERVOUSWRECKIAM 10/19/2009 7:09AM

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GOING2LSEITNOW 10/19/2009 6:26AM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon That is fantastic. I am happy for you. I also saw on the wall that you are making progress.

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IRONGRANNIE 10/19/2009 4:35AM

    Absolutely fantastic emoticon

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DSCHAMBERS 10/19/2009 1:27AM

    emoticon emoticon It is good to know that all your hard work has paid off.
Keep up the good work.

Debbie

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HOKU-ALOHI 10/19/2009 12:59AM

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AWESOME Job my Rockin' Spark Friend! Keep up the great work!
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