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Friday, January 18, 2013

Well, things are feeling good. Three pounds down since New Years, three more to go till pre-holiday weight is achieved. I've really been pushing it (for me) and my legs are quite sore, but I feel good. I have already seen an improvement in my skin, which seems to be one of the first things I notice when I'm living healthier.
I am really loving my hibiscus tea. I buy a large bag of the flowers for less than three dollars, and it last for a few weeks. It is a nutritive and diuretic and mild detoxer. It is a bit sour, and I like that, I've always liked sour things. I sip on that all day and it really helps cut the coffee/hot cocoa cravings.

We aren't able to go south for the family reunion this weekend. Tim got stuck in Washington, unable to come home. I was a little bummed last night, but OK with it now. I have a long distance phone call planned with one of my oldest friends tonight, so that will relieve the disapointment a little.

I'm really looking forward to getting back into my food groove. I LOVED trying new recipes every week, it was so fun. I've let that go by the wayside the last couple of months. My eating has been OK, some good meals/days, some a little less than perfect. But overall I think my choices have been far better than during my pre-spark days. I have been drinking diet soda though, which I know has all kinds of unhealthy side affects, so I've got to somehow cut down/out this part of my drinkables.

Getting the windshield replaced today on the Toyota. When it was stolen few months back, we got it back with a little crack in one corner, well that crack has spread across the whole windshield, so it was time to bite the bullett and replace it. The quotes went from $160.00-350.00!! Crazy jump! So I went with the cheapest, and they come to me for free. Hopefully I don't regret that decision! Cheaper is not always better, but how bad of a job could they really do??? I'm sure if it just falls out, they will replace it!!!

Granpa has moved from his assisted living place, to a skilled nursing facility. I feel really bad for him, but he needs constant supervision. He can walk, but he's really shaky. The hemotoma in his brain (blood clot) from the last fall is really affecting his cognitive faculities. He doesn't seem to be able to think/percieve straight. He also can't seem to hear anything we say, with or without his hearing aids. Mainly we are just focused on making sure he is as comfortable as possible. My Mom is looking in to hospice. Their main focus is to make sure the patients are as peaceful and comfortable as possible in thier last days. It is wierd to think of my Grandpa like this, but in reality he is drawing closer to his last days, his body/mind just doesn't work well anymore. I really just don't want to see him suffer, that is the harderst/worst part of this situation. When my Grandma died a few years ago, she suffered, unnecessarily with the process of extending her life passed the point of being comfortable for her. That was painful to watch and we don't want that for my Grandpa. I'm sure whatever is supposed to be, will be. I am learning a lot about what is in my future when it is time to care for my Mom, or any other family member in this similar situation.

Well, I'm still feeling pretty sparky! This is, by far, my best winter I've spent in Nor Cal. The first few years here it was way too cold and wet for me, and I got super depressed. This year, not only am I not depressed, I'm feeling full of pep and excitement for what each day holds. Hope this feeling lasts, becuase I LOVE it!

Well beautiful sparkfriends, hope your weekend is bright!!!

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BIGPAWSUP 1/23/2013 2:43PM

    Keep your attitude up and keep smiling!

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HIPPICHICK1 1/23/2013 2:08PM

    You ARE Sparky! Sparkly too. Keep on going and never give up!!

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ME_HERE_NOW 1/18/2013 4:26PM

    sounds like your spark is burning bright, i love it! keep taking care of yourself so you can take care of everyone around you! :)

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Bright side.

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

So glad that the holidays are behind us, I had fun, and it shows in the scale readings! I lost two pounds last week, now 4 more and I'll be back to pre-holiday weight. I've been walking, briskly, 2 mile jaunts at a time. Got 6 miles under my belt this weekend. It was cold, so cold I almost slipped on the icey sidewalk because I was talking on the phone while walking instead of watching my glad I didn't fall! No snow in this town, but it is truly cold.

We head south on Friday for the weekend. My husband's great aunt turns 90 and they are having a mini family reunion to celebrate. I'm really happy we get to go. Tim has very little family in California, most of his relatives are in Georgia. So in 9 years this is only the 2nd time we've had a real family gathering with his family. If this had come up at another time, we wouldn't have been able to afford to go. I'm excited! I also will get to see a few friends, since it's going to be held in the city I started barbering in, and know many people still living there. It's always nice to go back home every once in awhile. Since most of my immediate family has all left the area, I don't go down very often, but it's a good time of year to go. I don't love the desert in the summer, a little too hot, but this time of year it's nice.

Water, tea, smaller portions, some tracking, whole grains, walking, sweating, planning, all these things have been a part of my last weeks, and I am feeling better and have seen a little success on the scale. I have really been enjoying my fit mins lately, I think the new tunes has everything to do with it. I have a couple of apps on my phone that provide me with the perfect calorie burning really makes exercise sooooo wonderful. When I was in high school I exercised often, nearly everday, and was in the best shape of my life. A huge part of the exercising was doing it to great's taken many years to get back into it, but I think this is a big part of what will lead to my success this year. I feel it in my bones, I think I am finally mentally prepared to loose weight. I know it will be work, and I know it's not going to happen overnight. I'm really looking forword to this year being my year of reaching goals, not just making them!!! This is not a New Year's resolution, just a deep seated vision I have for myself that I feel is very attainable this year. The sun is slowly coming back, I noticed last night after work, it was light enough for me to get a good walk in before it got dark, that is really great too! Anyhow, we'll see if all these good intentions amount to anything! Hope all in well in your lives. Spark on!!!

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MPETERSON2311 1/17/2013 3:32PM

    Very inspirational!


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HIPPICHICK1 1/17/2013 12:30PM

    What a wonderfully inspirational blog!
I look forward to walking outside again soon. Last week we had a lot of rain which is incredibly unusual for this time of year in the part of Canada in which I live. It made the roads very icy when the weather got cold again and I have not been out for a walk since. I'm looking forward to the snow that is in the forecast for the next few days so it covers the ice and I can walk outside again.
Congrats on the holiday weight loss and have fun this weekend!!

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ME_HERE_NOW 1/16/2013 9:03PM

    yay for good music, you will have to tell me your current top 5 motivational tunes and i will do the same, maybe we can turn each other onto some new workout tunes. i always find changing up my playlist really helps but i haven't had much new high energy music coming my way lately! keep up the good work, every decision, every day, is a chance to get to that real lasting change you seek! xoxo!

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BIGPAWSUP 1/16/2013 7:43PM

    New tunes are wonderful! Congrats on the time with the family. Enjoy!

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January, YAY!

Thursday, January 03, 2013

Wow, I've been trying to find the time/place to blog for over two weeks now, but it's been one nonstop whirlwind and I'm just barely able to catch my breath! Christmas/New Year's was great, the best we've had in years. It was small, intimate and lovely. My Mom decided that this year we would start a new tradition where each member of the family would pick one thing that they wanted to do together as a family. It was such a fun way to spend our time together. We all got to do what we wanted, and didn't go our seperate ways throughout the holiday, but stuck together and had a blast. Some of the things we did were drive around town to look at lights, have a fooseball tournament, watch The Christmas Story and play Balderdash. It was really nice. This was the first year in many years that we did presents, which is completely the opposite of what I had planned in my mind, but as Christmas drew near, that was how it went, and I have to admit, it was really wonderful. We all seemed to get/give some really thoughful/affordable/needed gifts. As a family, we really needed a good holiday, seems that so many stressful years in a row lead us to really appreciate eachother this season.

This is a pic of how it felt to be surrounded by family this season.

Everything seems good right now. Tim is still looking for another job, but the old one has not ended yet, so we have been able to make it through the New Year on stable ground. The barbershop has been BUSY!!! Which is always so nice. My Grandpa has had a couple of falls this last week, which has been sad/hard, but it is all a part of getting older. He is 88 now, and has been so strong all of his life. I think his body is just tired, which is understandable. He always says he never thought he'd live to be 21 (he is a WWII veteran) let alone 88! He is such a sweet man, and I love him so much, I hope he starts feeling better really soon.

I did put on a couple of pounds over the holiday, but I am truly OK with that. I've already started back into my regular routine, with a couple of good 2 mile walks, lots of water/veggies/whole grains and lean meats. I got a new smartphone for x-mas that doubles as an ipod, which is soooooo great for my walks. I have a couple of great radio apps uploaded that play lot's of my favorite tunes, which has made my recent walks so easy and wonderful. I love to rock out when I exercise!!! I have missed being regular on SP, and have missed my sparkfriends terrribly, and I am glad to be back in the "normal" swing of things. The barbershop was so incredibly busy this holiday season, and I was exhausted every night after work for about two weeks straight. Also I still do not have reliable internet at the house, so the majority of my sparktime is on my downtime at work, which there hasn't been much downtime to speak of, hence my inability to stay connected on here. I'm hoping to get regular internet soon, so I can get back into my sparky ways.

I rode with my husband up to Portland over New Years weekend. It was such a breathtaking drive! I loved it so much! I used my new phone to take pics out the window while we drove of all the pretty snow/trees. It was a great was to spend the weekend..........beat the heck out of staying home and missing the hubs!!!

Well lovely people, I hope your New Year is filled with wonderful surprises in health, wealth and happiness. My arms are open wide, sending HUGE HUGS from me to you!!!

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RIDMYCOCOON 1/8/2013 12:53PM

    Nice! I am so happy you had a lovely drive. Portland is a terrific place :)

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HIPPICHICK1 1/4/2013 11:36PM

    Sounds like you had a perfect holiday!!
I hope you have an amazing year!

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LEXIE63 1/4/2013 5:17PM

    Lovely blog! :-) Hope 2013 is a great year for you and yours. Sounds like a wonderful Christmas.
Lex xxx

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SABLENESS 1/4/2013 6:12AM

    Love the pics. Hope a great new job finds your husband ASAP.

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ME_HERE_NOW 1/3/2013 10:29PM

    sounds like an ideal way to spend the holidays with everyone getting to give some input! sending love to you and T and gramps! walking to good tunes is my very fave exercise! :)

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BIGPAWSUP 1/3/2013 9:03PM

    Sounds like a WONDERFUL holiday. So glad everything went so well. Congrats.

Keeping fingers crossed for hubby to find a new job.

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Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Been getting a little cheerier these last few days. I went to a really great Christmas concert featuring a few of our clients from the shop. It was really good and managed to lift my spirits. Also my Mom and I sponsored a few families for
Christmas this year, and last night we spent shopping for those families and it was a lot of fun. I think this is going to be a new tradition for me. It seemed to mean so much more buying for children that I know aren't getting truckloads of stuff already.

I saw this online today, and I just have to share, makes me chuckle, and think, so true, so true!

Lately I've been really searching myself to try and find who I really am, and how I fit into this big, wide world. I came accross this, and it seems to fit right where I am now.

All my soul searching has lead to an inner peace that seems to spring forth even in hard times. I've had to test this recently, since I found out yesterday that Tim is going to loose another job. I can't even count how many jobs that is in the last 5 years. It's been so many, that it doesn't even phase me anymore. This time it's for really complicated reasons, stemming from him telling the truth, so I am not upset. It is what it is, there is nothing we could do about it. But I have to admit my faith has been tested, and tested again. But, all in all, I choose love, peace, freedom from stress and worry and guilt and fear. I beleive that as long as I am alive, everything will work out the way it is supposed to. It may not be what I want, or expect, but it will be what God has planned, and ultimately what I need. It's hard to look at some of our struggles these last years, and admit that it was all a learning leasson that we needed to go through, but it is true. Every trial we have had has made us stronger, wiser and more in love with eachother. So, I say, bring it on. I'm not going to whine and cry and say "why us, why now, why????" I am going to say, OK, we'll get through this, like we got through the last trial, and God will show us what it is all about when we are ready and have the ears to hear.

On a cool note, I found out that the local pool has year round, daily lap swim. I bought two new swimsuits and plan on starting lap swim very soon. I can't wait! I was a lifegaurd and swimming instructor in High School and ever since then I have LOVED swimming. It is my favorite way to exercise, so hopefully I'll be at it really soon.

If I can consistently put into practice all the great things I've learned from SP I'll really be on a roll!!! I'm excited about the new year and think that 2013 should be wonderful. Have a lovely Christmastime. Hope the season is bringing great things your way.

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MIAJOEB 12/21/2012 10:30AM

    Keep on inspiring me..

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ME_HERE_NOW 12/15/2012 3:02PM

    happy swimming, sorry to hear about the job situation. your attitude is amazing, please send some over this way :)

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HIPPICHICK1 12/13/2012 10:04AM

    Too bad about Tim losing his job.
You will get thru it like you said.
Re: swimming...race ya!!
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LEXIE63 12/13/2012 5:19AM

    Great blog. :-)

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RIDMYCOCOON 12/12/2012 11:03PM

    Big Fuzzy Loving Bun-bunny Hugz to you! Great attitude, faith and peace.
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BIGPAWSUP 12/12/2012 9:16PM

    emoticon Cool! Have fun at the pool,

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ARTFIT1 12/12/2012 8:37PM

  Great attitude. Great plan for lap swimming especially since it was a passion for you in the past.

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BLUE42DOWN 12/12/2012 7:43PM


That first one is definitely cute.

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Well there you go!

Tuesday, December 04, 2012

Just when I was feeling anti-Christmas, I ran across this today! This turned my frown upside down and made me really want to go to a Christmas party so I can do this!

Pretty nifty!

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LEXIE63 12/11/2012 3:03PM

    That really is quite beautiful! :-) I'd love to do something like that this Christmas. :-)

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SNUZSUZ 12/10/2012 3:42PM

    Looks so pretty:)

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    Ooh, I would love to do this with some hummus on the side!

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ME_HERE_NOW 12/5/2012 9:45PM

    that is awesome! i am a bah humbug myself, so having to dress up the workplace for our disaster of a ribbon cutting tomorrow made me even more bah-humbuggy, i'm like keep your glitter and fake trees outta here, but instead they are shedding everywhere for me to clean up :P then the roommates are all about it at home too, i really just cant wait for the holiday to pass so i can stop hearing about it. i just dont get into it - at all, not in a long long time! we had a great lil thing going while i grew up at home and when that stopped it just sorta ruined it all for me, and hubs and i aren't really into tradition, so ignoring it as much as possible works for me! i do however love that veggie tree!

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BIGPAWSUP 12/5/2012 1:40PM

    That is almost too cute to eat. Almost! emoticon

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KIMPY225 12/5/2012 12:46PM

    That is so awesome! emoticon

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HIPPICHICK1 12/5/2012 11:34AM

    That is SOOOOOO COOL!! How is it held together? A huge dome of cheese??
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RIDMYCOCOON 12/5/2012 11:02AM

    Totes! Nifty-galifty! Love this! emoticon

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THESUBY 12/5/2012 1:31AM

    Wow, I love it!

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MERRYMARY42 12/4/2012 11:29PM

    that is wonderful, what is the yellow half circles and the star? yellow bell peppers wonderful really

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TJCADDO 12/4/2012 10:54PM

    You you brought that to a Party it would be a hit!

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