Monday, March 22, 2010
About a year ago, shortly before Easter, I was walking through Wal-Mart
and lo and behold, there sat the Easter Bunny. Now don’t laugh. I thought
maybe my grand daughter would enjoy a picture of grandma with the Easter
Bunny so I sat down and, well, actually, she didn’t even seem all that
interested in my picture. But, as it turns out, it has become my ‘before’
It was soon after that picture was taken, later in April 2009, that I
discovered Sparks. In the past I had been on many ‘diets’ so it was a natural
thing for me to give this a whirl.
However, in the past, my ‘diets’, though usually successful, only lasted
about three months at the most before I started gaining again. So imagine
my surprise (and joy) then when I suddenly found myself still at it several
months later. By then it was no longer a ‘diet’ but a life style change and in
September I had another picture taken.
I was on a roll. I had met many wonderful Spark friends who gave me so
much motivation and inspiration. I was accountable to more than just
myself and I found the journey becoming something fun. There were challenges on my
Rootin’ For Ruby team that kept my spark lit. The
challenge we had between Thanksgiving and New Years was to try to not
gain over the holidays. Not only did I not gain, as I always had in the past
during that time, but I actually lost! New Year’s Eve found me having
another picture taken. I had just received my copy of the Spark that day so,
of course, I had to include it in the picture.
Also during that time, in November, I visited two of my doctors and both
were amazed at my weight loss, taking down all the information so they
could tell other patients about Sparks. That’s what it is all
about~~~~~~wanting to share this great news with everyone!!
And the journey continues, sometimes with a bump along the way, but never
a big enough one to end the journey. If I make a slip up, I just pick myself
up, brush myself off and get back on track.
And now, as I can actually see the ‘light at the end of the tunnel’ I find
myself amazed. If you notice my weight loss tracker, you can see that my
little swimmer has reached the dock, passed over to the other side and we
can see the end in sight. How exciting is that?? So there is another
picture. Not the final one, but an update as of March 2010.
I am going to make it!! And you know what?? If I can do it, you can do it
as well. Don’t quit, never give up, just keep on track!!
Wednesday, March 17, 2010
Dedicated especially to my Disco Ladies team mates
Disco Ladies Rock!!!
Sunday, March 14, 2010
OK, there are just some things that are not welcome in my house!! If I mention you, well, the love is there, and that is the problem.
Doritos, I am so sorry but you will have to find new kitchens to invade. We had a great ‘love affair’ but it simply must come to an end. I have fond memories of our time together but those good times must now cease.
Peanut Butter Panic Ice Cream, again, I must turn my back on you. You were honest in telling me that you would bring something to our relationship but you failed to mention that the what you were bringing were all of these excess pounds.
Cheese Salsa, well, you are really quite hard to say goodbye to. I always knew that when I went to the grocery store, you would be the first to jump into my basket as I passed down the aisles. I rationalized by saying that the cauliflower I was putting you on was a healthy item. But the day soon came when I was taking one bite of cauliflower and four heaping spoons of you. And finally the day came when the cauliflower was forgotten and you and I just hid in a corner until your jar was empty.
Pop corn, yes, I know you can be a very healthy item. And the bag you come in says not too many calories. But it is that small print that says you contain two and a half servings. How many people do you know who can stop before devouring the entire bag? Well, I know that I am not one of them. So for now, I must say goodbye.
Dark chocolate~~~~~~~~~oh my, don’t worry. I have not reached the point where I will turn my back on you. You lie in the freezer and it is such a soft voice that you use to call my name as I pass by. You are kind and you do have some healthy things about you. So for now, you and I will remain friends.
But the rest of you must go, banished from my sight. I bid you all a fond farewell. We had some good times but I must put you all behind me. Well, actually, when you were here I was putting you ‘all behind me’ which is why you are being asked to leave!!
Thursday, March 11, 2010
Garden Snakes also known as Garter Snakes (Thamnophissirtalis) can be
dangerous. Yes, grass snakes, not rattlesnakes. Here's why.
A couple in Sweetwater, Texas, had a lot of potted plants. During a
recent cold spell, the wife was bringing a lot of them indoors to protect
them from a possible freeze.
It turned out that a little green garden grass snake was hidden in one of
the plants. When it had warmed up, it slithered out and the wife saw it
go under the sofa.
She let out a very loud scream.
The husband (who was taking a shower) ran out into the living room naked
to see what the problem was. She told him there was a snake under the
He got down on the floor on his hands and knees to look for it. About
that time the family dog came and cold-nosed him on the behind. He
thought the snake had bitten him, so he screamed and fell over on the
His wife thought he had a heart attack, so she covered him up, told him
to lie still and called an ambulance.
The attendants rushed in, would not listen to his protests, loaded him on
the stretcher, and started carrying him out.
About that time, the snake came out from under the sofa and the Emergency
Medical Technician saw it and dropped his end of the stretcher. That's
when the man broke his leg and why he is still in the hospital.
The wife still had the problem of the snake in the house, so she called
on a neighbor who volunteered to capture the snake. He armed himself
with a rolled-up newspaper and began poking under the couch. Soon he
decided it was gone and told the woman, who sat down on the sofa in
But while relaxing, her hand dangled in between the cushions, where she
felt the snake wriggling around. She screamed and fainted, the snake
rushed back under the sofa.
The neighbor man, seeing her lying there passed out, tried to use CPR to
The neighbor's wife, who had just returned from shopping at the grocery
store, saw her husband's mouth on the woman's mouth and slammed her
husband in the back of the head with a bag of canned goods, knocking him
out and cutting his scalp to a point where it needed stitches.
The noise woke the woman from her dead faint and she saw her neighbor
lying on the floor with his wife bending over him, so she assumed that
the snake had bitten him. She went to the kitchen and got a small bottle
of whiskey, and began pouring it down the man's throat.
By now, the police had arrived.
They saw the unconscious man, smelled the whiskey, and assumed that a
drunken fight had occurred. They were about to arrest them all, when the
women tried to explain how it all happened over a little garden snake!
The police called an ambulance, which took away the neighbor and his
Now, the little snake again crawled out from under the sofa and one of
the policemen drew his gun and fired at it. He missed the snake and hit
the leg of the end table. The table fell over, the lamp on it shattered
and, as the bulb broke, it started a fire in the drapes.
The other policeman tried to beat out the flames, and fell through the
window into the yard on top of the family dog who, startled, jumped out
and raced into the street, where an oncoming car swerved to avoid it and
smashed into the parked police car.
Meanwhile, neighbors saw the burning drapes and called in the fire
department. The firemen had started raising the fire ladder when they
were halfway down the street. The rising ladder tore out the overhead
wires, put out the power, and disconnected the telephones in a ten-square
city block area (but they did get the house fire out).
Time passed! Both men were discharged from the hospital, the house was
repaired, the dog came home, the police acquired a new car and all was
right with their world.
A while later they were watching TV and the weatherman announced a cold
snap for that night. The wife asked her husband if he thought they
should bring in their plants for the night.
And that's when he shot her.
Thursday, March 11, 2010
If I had this, I could take Sparks with me when ever and where ever I wanted. That would be amazing!!
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