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2nd January 2013.

Wednesday, January 02, 2013

I am restarting my weight loss again. New Year, new goals. I am planning on losing 15kgs this year. It is up to me to do this.

I know I have made so many improvements in my life as I can now play with my grandchildren. Which is the most important one. Life is good.

My kidney health is still stable.

Last year I have had to be incredibly strong because of family issues involving my son and his children. This has involved a lot more travelling, driving to Adelaide. Adelaide is 300 kms (200 miles) away from where i live. Two or three years ago there would have been no way that I could have done any of this.

But the most exciting thing for me at the moment is that I am brave enough to go on holidays by myself. I am driving to Mildura Victoria tomorrow because I have been invited to help Susie (SUSIEPH1) cerebrate her 70th birthday.

I know before there would have been no way I would have even thought of doing this. I could not drive that far, it is over 500kms (roughly 300 miles) from where I live. I will be away for a week so I don't know how often I will be able to log onto Sparks but I have got a book so I can record all that I am doing.

So I know how far I have come and the journey is still ongoing and will be for a long time. But it has been so rewarding as I know I have a future and know I can accoplish anything that I want to do.

I have also gained so many friends a long the way. I can only repeat that this journey has opened up so many doors for me personally.

I have meet a couple of other Sparkfriends last year and will be meeting Susie.

What a wonderful experience I have had since being a member. I have grown so much that I have been a team leader for quite some time and loving this.

It has been an experience that I am glad I did not miss.


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CTEMPLE 1/9/2013 1:12AM

    how wonderful, Dear Wendy great times!

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MJEREMIE8 1/4/2013 5:30AM

  Hi Susie and Wendy..are either of you joining the latest January spark jump start challenge. As I would like to participate, I would like to be part of an Aussie group. I live in Melb and have been receiving the emails for some time but have been a quiet participant.

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ORCHIDLADY56 1/3/2013 9:40PM

    What fun! I hope you had a wonderful day!

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JILL313 1/3/2013 1:21PM

    Hi Wyndy, Have fun with Susie and her party sounds like fun. You sure deserve and break and I know will have a good time there. So glad to read your arrived there safe and sounds. Please give Susie a Birthday Hugs and Love from Me.

God Bless & Love,

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TRUCKERWIFE2 1/2/2013 11:56AM

    Enjoy your trip. I sure am glad I have you as a sp friend as I get the pleasure of seeing you grow as a person. So happy your kidneys are stable and you've been so strong for your son and his family. Hoping you have an even better sparkyear and life gets more stable for you. Have fun. You've earned it.

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LIFE-FAITH 1/2/2013 9:43AM

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Wendy - you are such an inspiration! Thank you for all that you do to encourage others to make healthier decisions and for being such a great role model of being one's own advocate when facing a life changing disease like CKD.

Take care of yourself! Keep on keeping on!


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OPALMOON 1/2/2013 9:24AM

    So glad to hear you will make this trip and I know it is a huge step forward - and also that you get the chance to meet Susie! How exciting! I know you will have a wonderful time. Take care and have fun, Wendy!

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APED7969 1/2/2013 7:30AM

    That's awesome you're going to be able to help Susie celebrate her birthday. Amazing the postive changes that can come from weight loss :-)

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WENDYJM4 1/2/2013 5:48AM

    thank you for your kind words. I also thank the team for the support you have all given me plus all of my Sparkfriends.

I have grown so much since I became a member of Sparks. It has been an amazing journey. One I am very proud of. I am not the same person as before.

Yes I will drive carefully and not speed. I will have a fantastic time. First real holiday I have had for about 15 or more years with none of my family there. One for me.
So exciting.

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GOANNA2 1/2/2013 5:08AM

    Drive safely Wendy. You are courageous ad should be
proud of yourself. Have a wonderful time at Susie's.
It is always wonderful to meet up with our Spark friends.

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ASHENPOND 1/2/2013 5:02AM

    Have a wonderful holiday Wendy. Drive carefully.

I agree that we are lucky to have you as one of our Team Leaders. You are always there for us.

Travelling mercies go with you my friend.

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TRYINGHARD1948 1/2/2013 4:52AM

    That is wonderful Wendy. All systems go for this year.

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POPSY190 1/2/2013 4:40AM

    You and Susie have a lovely time together! I have just met my first SF and her husband - from the American Virgin islands and it's turning out to be a great experience. As you say, such wonderful opportunities open up through this site.

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KELTIC-CARA 1/2/2013 12:46AM

    emoticon Have a very safe journey; I am well aware of the distances you are traveling to get there and back and alone at that. emoticon Looking forward to seeing a photo of the two of you together. emoticon 2012 has been a difficult year for you and your family; for both of you, you both deserve all the joy you can get for 2013.

Judging by Susie's computer time, you will have to take it in turns all night long or hire an extra one while you are there. emoticon A week is a long time to be away from spark people.

Looking forward to updates, all the best, safe journey


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SUSIEPH1 1/2/2013 12:22AM

    Wendy Dear ..
You have come a long long way .. and it is you that has had the tenacity and the courage to do it .
I am so proud of you my friend and I know our team loves and respects you ...
You are a Wonderful Caring and Supportive Team Leader and we are so lucky to have you.
We are all on this journey together and we couldn't do it without the support and encouragement we receive from this Fabulous team . You are such a brave lassie and I am so proud to have you as friend ..
Much Love ...
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Happy New Year.

Monday, December 31, 2012

Happy New Year for 2013. No I am not going to see it in as I am off to bed. I need my beauty sleep LOL.
I hope you all have a wonderful year.

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OPALMOON 1/1/2013 8:44AM

    Happy New Year for 2013 to you too, Wendy. Let's hope we both have a better year! Take care and I hope you will be able to cope okay with the coming heat wave.
Hugs, Nattacia


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KELTIC-CARA 12/31/2012 11:31PM

    All the best for 2013


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GODS_TEMPLE 12/31/2012 6:49PM

    Happy 2013! emoticon Baby New Year!

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1CRAZYDOG 12/31/2012 6:40PM

    Wishing you a wonderful New Year!

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SUSIEPH1 12/31/2012 6:17PM

    Happy New Year Wendy dear..
I too, didn't see the New Year in.
But I did watch the Tattoo ..
Love and Hugs Susie emoticon emoticon

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TRYINGHARD1948 12/31/2012 5:59PM

    Happy New Year Wendy

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MARYJOANNA 12/31/2012 2:54PM

  The New Year comes in with or without your staying up. We go to bed at out regular time also, and I concur that beauty sleep is important.

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CHINAGAL 12/31/2012 12:28PM

    HAPPY NEW YEAR to you, dear friend. I'll be celebrating in about 12 hours with friends at our old chapel we restored. Snacks and then ring the bell at midnight. I'll ring it an extra time for you.

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Christmas Day

Tuesday, December 25, 2012

I had a fantastic day today but I am glad it is over in Australia. I am completely worn out. Went over to see the grandchildren this morning gave them their presents. I gave them some water guns and of course who do you think got soaked(me) tonight. It was great fun though.

Helped my niece and sister-in-law get lunch organised so i did lots of walking and I had to navagate two steps which I think I had to go up and sown 30 or 40 times. I did keep myself busy doing dishes so I wasn't just sitting and eating.

All in all I am so proud of myself and I did not overeat or go back for seconds.
Some of it was so yummy that I was tempted but I did resist. Also I did not have any lollies or slices and did not overdo the meat.

So I will be going to bed soon and get some much needed rest

I must be learning.

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DAVIDPRESCOTT 12/27/2012 2:04AM

    Go you! Christmas is such a temptation to overeat and you did yourself proud.

Oh - I am back. Ready to pursue the path again!

PLEASE let me know how you are health wise - I have thought of you even though I have been away.



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POPSY190 12/26/2012 1:40AM

    It is tiring but you did VERY well to resist the food (better than I did!). I'm even glad Boxing Day is almost gone, as are the leftovers, and tomorrow can be fairly "normal"!

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KELTIC-CARA 12/26/2012 12:01AM

    Sounds like a wonderful day all round and for everyone, emoticon on being mindful of your calorie intake and for moving during the day.


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SUPER_ACE115 12/25/2012 11:50PM

    emoticon I'm so excited that you didn't go back for seconds.

I'm glad you had a good Christmas.

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OPALMOON 12/25/2012 11:43PM

    So glad to hear you had a great day Wendy - and didn't overdo the food side of things! Woo Hoo for you! All those steps and playing with the grandchildren would have helped too. It's great you were able to enjoy it and I hope you can catch your breath now!
Love and hugs, Nattacia

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SUSIEPH1 12/25/2012 4:25PM

    So Glad you had such a lovel Christmas Wendy love ..
Keeping busy and having fun with the kids was so good ..
Glad you ate well and enjoyed yourself ..
You have come a long way my friend .
I am so looking forward to seeing you soon .. Much love Susie emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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TRUCKERWIFE2 12/25/2012 12:31PM

    Sounds like a wonderful holiday for you. Could you imagine doing all that you did today a few years ago? You are getting stronger and healthier each year. What a wonderful Christmas present to give yourself! Merry Christmas, my dear Aussie friend. emoticon

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1CRAZYDOG 12/25/2012 9:32AM

    Merry Christmas (belatedly!) and glad you had such a wonderful day. Sounds different to have a water gun fight but certainly your weather now would be conducive to that!


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AZMOMXTWO 12/25/2012 6:27AM

  great job and merry Christmas

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GOANNA2 12/25/2012 6:26AM

    emoticon emoticon Was it hot there too!
We had the air con on and now the fans are going full blast.
You did a great job by keeping busy and not overdoing the
food. Well done. I am off to bed as I am really tired too.
Goodnight and go easy on the leftovers tomorrow, just joking,
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Merry Christmas

Monday, December 24, 2012

Hi I just wanted to wish all my Sparkfriends a lovely day for tomorrow. May you enjoy yourselves with whatever you may be doing.

I will be having a full day tomorrow with family, so I will catch up sometime tomorow night.

Mery Christmas

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POPSY190 12/24/2012 8:01PM

    I'm sure you'll have had a wonderful time. Hope it wasn't too hot for you!

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1CRAZYDOG 12/24/2012 7:06PM

    Have a wonderful Christmas! HUGS adn blessings.

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SUSIEPH1 12/24/2012 3:55PM

    Merry Christmas my friend .. Much love to all xxx
Colin Susie and family !! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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GOANNA2 12/24/2012 7:19AM

    Have a wonderful Christmas with your loved ones Wendy. emoticon

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six white boomers by Rolf Harris

Friday, December 21, 2012

I thought I would post this as it is nearly Christmas

in australia, christmas comes in the middle of a very hot summer
so when santa claus delivers his presents
he's not taken around by reindeer because
they can't stand the terrible heat

he's taken around by six big, white, old man kangaroos
called the six white boomers

early on one christmas day
a joey kangaroo
was far from home and lost
in a great, big zoo

mommy....where's my mommy?
they've taken her away

we'll help you find your mommy, son
hop up on the sleigh

so up inside the bag of toys
little joey hopped
but they hadn't gone far when santa stopped
unharnessed all the reindeer
and joey wondered why
then he heard a far off booming in the sky

(boom, boom, boom, boom, boom, boom, boom, boom)

six white boomers
snow white boomers
racing santa claus through the blazing sun
six white boomers
snow white boomers
on his australian run

pretty soon old santa began to feel the heat
took his fur-lined boots off to cool his feet
into one popped joey
feelin' quite okay
while those old man kangaroos kept pullin' on the sleigh


then joey said to santa, "santa, what about the toys?
aren't you giving some to these girls and boys?"

"well, they've all had their presents, sonny
we were here last night
this trip is an extra trip
joey's special flight


soon the sleigh was flashing past
right over marble bah
"slow down there!" cried santa
"it can't be far
hop up on my lap here, son
and have a look around"
"there, there she is!
that's mommy! bounding up and down!"


well, that's the bestest christmas treat
that joey ever had
curled up in mother's pouch feeling snug and glad
the last they saw was santa heading northwards from the sun
the only year the boomers worked a double run



You can listen to it on here

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AUDREY-A*NEW*ME 12/24/2012 4:31PM

    We do this song with the children at Kindy each year. They sing it to their parents (among others) at the concert. The children really love it, we often get requests for it and children tell us that it's their favourite song.
The only downside is that I often wake with "6 White Boomers" running through my head!
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OPALMOON 12/22/2012 8:32AM

    Thanks for sharing, Wendy!

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POPSY190 12/22/2012 2:20AM

    Loved this! Thank you.

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KELTIC-CARA 12/21/2012 11:50PM

    It is one of my favourites for Christmas, have a great Christmas day


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WENDYJM4 12/21/2012 9:32PM

    glad you enjoyed it. Mery Christmas one and all.
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I.M.MAGIC 12/21/2012 8:13PM

    CUTE! Thanks for sharing!

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Merry Christmas to you my dear, and all the best in the coming New Year.


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TRUCKERWIFE2 12/21/2012 7:11PM

    I love it Wendy! Thanks for the Aussie Christmas song! emoticon

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SUSIEPH1 12/21/2012 5:33PM

    Absolutely lovely Wendy..
We must be on the same wavelength as we played the rusty holden ute omongst others at our yearly Christmas get together last night ..
Love and Hugs Susie emoticon emoticon

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TRYINGHARD1948 12/21/2012 4:34PM

    emoticon loved it.

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GOANNA2 12/21/2012 4:20PM

    Thanks for the memories Wendy. I always love
listening to this too. Glad you liked my Jingle bells.
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