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On the Sparkpeople Message Board Challenge...

Sunday, April 03, 2011

the Walk to Rivendell, I have walked 925.09 miles since I have started. It is so much fun. I walk with my Spark friends, and the Hobbits, Frodo, and Aragon. This is the info from my entry today...

You have walked 925.09 miles.
You have passed The Tongue.
It is 6.91 miles to the next landmark.
You have 388.91 miles to reach Parth Galen.

The Company was arranged in this way: Aragorn, Frodo, and Sam were in one boat; Boromir, Merry, and Pippin in another; and in the third were Legolas and Gimli, who had now become fast friends. In this last boat most of the goods and packs were stowed. The boats were moved and steered with short-handled paddles that had broad leaf-shaped blades. When all was ready Aragorn led them on a trial up the Silverlode. The current was swift and they went forward slowly. Sam sat in the bows, clutching the sides, and looking back wistfully to the shore. The sunlight glittering on the water dazzled his eyes. As they passed beyond the green field of the Tongue, the trees drew down to the river's brink. Here and there golden leaves tossed and floated on the rippling stream. The air was very bright and still, and there was a silence, except for the high distant song of larks.

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Oh, and one more thing, I went out today to buy a couple of pair of shorts for my upcoming Spring Break vacation with my grandkids. I tried on a few pair and was shocked to discover that the best choices were size 18 regular. Now I know that wouldn't be good news for some of you, but for me, it is a celebration. It has been decades since I wore size 18 regular shorts. I'm the woman who started Sparkpeople wearing tight, very tight, women's size 24's. I have been treading water recently, struggling a bit really. But, all things considered, I have a lot to celebrate. I hope you can find things to celebrate in your journey too.

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REDMEL 4/4/2011 3:59PM

    So proud of you and your loss and wearing size 18!!! Awesome!!

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RAYLINSTEPHENS 4/3/2011 11:27AM

    WTG on the shorts! There was a time I couldn't even find them to fit me - not that I ever would have had the guts to wear them!

See you on the Road to Rivendell!!

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MELODY525 4/3/2011 9:23AM

    FUNNY I SHOULD FIND YOU HERE....I FORGOT TO "WALK" YESTERDAY!! I AM CRACKING UP OVER HERE.
CONGRATULATIONS ON YOUR 18 REGS!! THAT IS INDEED SOMETHING TO CELEBRATE. I AM GLAD I FOUND THE RIVENDELL WALK CHALLENGE...IT KEEPS ME....EXCEPT FOR WHEN MY MIND GOES ON VACATION FOR THE DAY!! ROFL
HAVE A SUPER SUNDAY, MEL emoticon

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POLK-A-DOTS 4/3/2011 9:22AM

    Good for you! ..on your walking, and on your new size! Doesn't that feel awesome! emoticon Enjoy your grandkids!

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SHORT_KAKE 4/3/2011 12:48AM

    Congratulations on wearing a new smaller size!
The Rivendell walk keeps me motivated, too; it's fun to walk with you.
Keep up your good work!
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Words of Inspiration...

Sunday, March 27, 2011

Nate Burkus chose the following as some of the best inspirational words to think about. I agree with his choice.

"In Elizabeth Edwards's book Resilience, she quotes the Leonard Cohen song "Anthem": Ring the bells that still can ring, forget your perfect offering. There is a crack in everything; that's how the light gets in. That's an amazing insight—to know that nothing's perfect and it's not intended to be. "

I've had a week...a couple of weeks actually, when there was a lot of light getting in to my life. I don't aspire to be perfect really. But sometimes I find it difficult to stay focused, upbeat, and on track. I've been treading water...staying afloat but not making progress. On the flip side, I haven't lost too much ground either. I struggled with feeling sadness and concern for the people of Japan and all they have gone through and for all they will go through. I send them positive energy and expect that they will prevail overall. I realize that the same is true for me. I am on a journey, not a sprint. I will move toward better and better health outcomes. I'll not lose ground either. Slow. Persistent over time. And light. Lots of light getting in and shining out through all the cracks!!!

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MELODY525 3/31/2011 9:04AM

    SEEMS LIKE WE ALL HAVE A LOT OF CRACKS!! LOL
GREAT BLOG AND GLAD I FOUND IT THIS MORNING.
MAKES ME FEEL LIKE I TRULYBELONG HERE! emoticon
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SENDING LOVE & GOOD THOUGHTS FOR YOU CONTINUED JOURNEY....
WE ARE BEAUTIFUL WORKS IN PROGRESS.

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SIMPLEJOYS 3/27/2011 10:05PM

  Just what I needed to read tonight - I'm glad you posted. emoticon

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SHORT_KAKE 3/27/2011 11:50AM

    A wonderful post!
You can do anything... Go You!
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RAYLINSTEPHENS 3/27/2011 11:17AM

    Great blog!

Love you,
"one of your cracked friends!"

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For Your Consideration...

Sunday, March 20, 2011

If you are able to and are so inclined, I hope you consider making a donation for the relief efforts for the Japanese recovery efforts. I made a donation directly to Mercy Corps which has connection with Peace Winds in Japan. They were able to get blankets, water, food, tents, etc. into one of the hardest hit areas starting Monday after the quake. I am impressed by this organization in this and other relief efforts. You can check them out at this site:

http://www.mercycorps.org/

"Be the change" is their motto. It resonates with me.

I am continuing today to focus on gratitude for all the gifts I have in my life...love, health, shelter, kindnesses beyond any expectation. I hope the same for you and yours.

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LISA0517 3/21/2011 11:05AM

    I looked at this group's website. They seem to be a great charity! Thanks for this information. I have been wanting to donate, so this is helpful.

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MELODY525 3/21/2011 9:27AM

    THE WEEK BEFORE LAST MY DD & I DONATED THRU POGO.COM TO THE RED CROSS. THANKS FOR URGING PEOPLE TO HELP OUT.
THE DESTRUCTION IS DEVASTATING THERE.

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MONTY68 3/20/2011 11:08PM

    Hi
Thank you for sharing this. Locally, through our local grocery store, we were able to contribute to the relief efforts.

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SIMPLEJOYS 3/20/2011 10:34PM

  We donated through ShelterBox - but I will look this group up as well. Thanks for the link!

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This past week has been a struggle...

Saturday, March 19, 2011

I admit to coming up short this week and struggling with getting a handle on the events that are unfolding in Japan in the aftermath of the earthquake/tsunami/nuclear reactor disasters on the population there. What an amazing culture and how they are working together to get through this time. I am focusing on gratitude this day, this week for all the blessings large and small in my life. I acknowledge the fragility of life and the speed with which things can change in dramatic ways. My goal for myself is waking to the beauty, joy, and indescribable sweetness of this and every other day I am privileged to experience it.

My heart and healing thoughts go to those who struggle even now in that distant land (distant geographically only). We are all one in the human family. Be good to yourselves and to those you love and who love you.

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MONTY68 3/20/2011 11:12PM

    Thank you for sharing. Yes indeed , we are all part of this planet called earth and it is so sad to see the tragic events that the Japanese people are going through.
Thank you for your thoughts

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MAMA23GRLZ1BOY 3/19/2011 10:51AM

    Thoughts to you and to those oversees.

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AUNTB63 3/19/2011 9:59AM

    Thanks for posting your thoughts. I too am being humbled by the events happening abroad. Puts life in perspective and should bring us to our knees in thanks for what we have. Have a great week end.

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MELODY525 3/19/2011 9:41AM

    TUDI....I AM SENDING YOU GOOD THOUGHTS AS WELL AS CONTINUING TO SEND THEM TO THE JAPANESE. WE ARE ALL FAMILY UNDER THE SKIES.
THE FIRST TIME I REALIZED WE WERE ALL VULNERABLE WAS WHEN 9/11 HIT HERE ON THE COAST. SOMETHING I SAW WITH MY OWN EYES AND WILL NEVER FORGET. I CAN NOT IMAGINE WHAT JAPAN IS GOING THRU. SO HARD TO WRAP YOUR HEAD AROUND SUCH A HUGE TRAGEDY.
THANKS FOR REMINDING ME THAT THERE IS SO MUCH THAT I CAN BE THANKFUL FOR EACH DAY IN MY OWN LIFE.
LOTS OF HUGS FOR YOU, MEL

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REDMEL 3/19/2011 8:57AM

    You are so right! You never know what is to be and we need to count everyday as a treasure and fully love those in our lives. Great blog! Thank you!

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RAYLINSTEPHENS 3/19/2011 8:00AM

    It is difficult to see the devastation - my heart goes out to the people trying to pick up their lives.

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I hold them in my heart...

Friday, March 11, 2011

In my thoughts today are the victims and survivors of one of the largest earthquakes in recorded human history...The destination this week in the 5% Winter Challenge...Japan. I encourage each of you to hold these people in your hearts and thoughts and send all the positive energy you can to these people and this place. Thank you.

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POLK-A-DOTS 3/12/2011 6:51AM

    What a devastating situation...So heart breaking...

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MELIVA 3/11/2011 10:56PM

    Amen...well said!

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MONTY68 3/11/2011 10:29PM

    Hi
Thank you for sharing your thoughts. We need to be sending positive thoughts to all those affected, These events are not something that is over in a day or 2, people will be affected for a long time. Last years earthquake in Haiti, finds thousands of people still living in tents .

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FITN2014-TSP 3/11/2011 9:50PM

    Thank you Tudi. I too hope that the rescue workers can get to those in need as soon as possible.

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RAYLINSTEPHENS 3/11/2011 7:18PM

    well said, Tudi!



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LOPEYP 3/11/2011 7:15PM

    Horrible. My DH has some business partners in Japan that he has not been able to reach. Keeping a good thought for all those impacted.

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