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I'm Enjoying All The Resources On Sparkpeople...

Thursday, June 10, 2010

I swear I learn something new, something relevant to me and my life, every day that I am on the SP site. I so enjoy reading other Sparker's blogs. I appreciate the SP teams. I love how people step up with support and encouragement at every turn. I marvel at how individual our stories, challenges, and life goals are. And yet, I love the samenesses and the shared experiences of being part of something much larger and meaningful.

How lucky I am. How lucky WE all are! Spread the Spark and enjoy this day. Repeat.

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KOFFEENUT 6/13/2010 4:23PM

    I'm with you - there is an overwhelming amount of positive support, and when you read the blogs you realize what amazing people make up this community. And it's FREE. Unbelievable.

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Watching the New Jillian Michael Show...

Wednesday, June 02, 2010

I appreciate Jillian Michaels' skill in bringing out the positive, transformative best in people. I appreciate her willingness to push people to do things that they never believed they could do. She has a tremendous capacity to empower people and to help themselves to their very best life. Awesome.

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PLAYBLUES22 6/2/2010 11:06AM

    What would Jillian Do that is the motto to keep you going emoticon

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SVELTEWARRIOR 6/2/2010 5:11AM

    Love the Jillian!!!!!

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CHICLITE 6/2/2010 3:31AM

  Jillian rocks!

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DJSCAVONE 6/2/2010 1:42AM

    I agree. The woman is incredibly inspirational. I have her workout DVDs. She really knows how to get inside people and find the root to their unhappiness. Her toughness and the fact that she doesn't take no for an answer has me giving her much respect. Hope episodes to come are just as successful. emoticon

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Milestone on My Walk to Rivendell

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Walk to Rivendell SparkPeople Message Board Challenge

5/25/2010 1.44 miles
Total Distance: 200.36

200-204 Miles

Congratulations on reaching the 200 mile mark!! This seemed so far away when we started. What wonderful progress we're making!

We're still walking up a gradual incline as the land rises. We're traveling east and far off in front of us we can see a line of hills that seem to be slowly drawing nearer. Our next big milestone is Weathertop and it is part of that range of hills.

You have walked 200.8 miles.
You have passed The western edge of the Midgewater Marshes.
It is 0.2 miles to the next landmark.
You have 257.2 miles to reach Rivendell.

The ground now became damp, and in places boggy and here and there they came upon pools, and wide stretches of reeds and rushes filled with the warbling of little hidden birds. They had to pick their way carefully to keep both dry-footed and on their proper course. At first they made fan-progress, but as they went on, their passage became slower and more dangerous. The marshes were bewildering and treacherous, and there was no permanent trail even for Rangers to find through their shifting quagmires. The flies began to torment them, and the air was full of clouds of tiny midges that crept up their sleeves and breeches and into their hair.

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The Final Farewell

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

There is so much joy and love that our dogs give to us. I made a promise to myself and my Beagle Stoner that I would take the pain of having her put down over her experiencing pain in this physical realm. I made arrangements ahead of time with the vet. My partner and I would be with her. I would hold Stoner and we would be talking to her about all the good things of our shared lives. Stoner would be sedated first. She would not feel afraid. She would not feel pain. What Stoner did feel and hear and know is that she was loved and that she was the greatest joy. Stoner is a puppy again, running pain-free and happy through fields of buttercups and four-leaf clovers. I think of her all the time and know that the time was right for her next big adventure. It wasn't easy on some levels. But it was so right. I am grateful for the fifteen years we shared. Those are the memories that I focus on.

If you find yourself in a similar situation, try to make arrangements with your vet ahead of time. Some vets come to the home. Some vets DON'T sedate first. That isn't acceptable to me. No matter what they say, the final shot is not pain-free. If your vet won't provide what you want, the way you want, then get another vet.

After they administered the sedation shot, they left us with Stoner. I held her in my arms telling her the truth about what a great good dog she was/is. I felt her relax in my arms and go into a gentle sleep. Her breathing, which had been labored, relaxed. She was at ease. It was my final gift to my dog. It was very difficult to let her go. She needed to go. It was the right thing to do. We kept talking to her through it all. I didn't want her to feel afraid or upset, so we were positive and not upset ourselves as we talked to her.

If and when the time comes, you will do the right thing for your dog in the way that makes sense to you. It is the gift you give to your dog for the years of gifts given to you.

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AFM-SPARK 6/20/2010 9:43AM

    I'm sorry you lost your sweetie. I know what a heart break that is, and how long it takes for the lump in your chest to go away. I didn't know this when I commented on her photo. My critters rule me.
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-A

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KATHRYNLP 5/26/2010 9:01AM

    emoticon ...lovely

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ROYALETBONE 5/25/2010 3:46PM

    What a loving gift to your good friend. A hard choice, and a good one.

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LANALADY 5/25/2010 3:45PM

  I put my 17 year old American Eskimo down a couple of years ago, and I just put down my 18 year old kitty on Saturday. It hurts so badly, and I still cry for both of them. But I know it was the right thing to do. Letting an animal suffer just because you don't want to say goodbye is only selfishness. Good for you and may God bless.

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ZNEKITA 5/25/2010 3:03PM

    I had to put down my baby/best friend last year on July 3rd. My heart aches for you. I felt like the breath had been knocked out of me. You did the right and loving thing!


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A Photo of my Beagle Stoner

Sunday, May 23, 2010

I posted a picture of my Beagle in the photos tab.

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LOLLIE62 5/23/2010 4:27PM

    Losing a loving companion is heart-breaking. We lost our Dalmatian, Lucy, about three months ago, and just now we can talk about her without crying. I'm sorry that you're going through this. It seems a shame that dogs are with us for just a few years. Take care--

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ANDRINE48 5/23/2010 4:13PM

    I lost my 16yr old Pom last Dec.- now I am petting any dog who will let me. I think they know I need dog love. emoticon

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BEGONIAC 5/23/2010 3:29PM

    I'm so sorry I didn't realize what you've been going through. I lost my 13 yr. old Lab Nannie last Fall. I miss her terribly still but I'm so grateful she's not hurting anymore.

Hopefully your memories of Stoner will make things easier for you. It sounds like she was an awesome dog. Beagles are such characters...they don't know they're not 100 lbs.

I was fortunate that Nannie was survived by her dog Rosie...that's no joke. Rosie is now my dog and loves me almost as much as she did Nannie. But we both still miss her.
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