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Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Hola Spark Nation! And Feliz Navidad, Joyeux Noel, Happy New Year and all that jazz.

I have been away for awhile- and I have felt the missing spark in my life.

Let me recap: Both my husband and I got three-alarm chest infections/pneumonia. The cat got really sick with an illness that made her incontinent. (Yay! Cat pee! Everywhere!) Then the medication I had to give her twice a day- EVERYDAY -turned into a trauma for both of us. There was blood (from me) and sweat (also from me) and tears (yep- still me) and lots an’ lots of drool and dirty looks (from the cat). Then the car got a flat tire (just before a doctor’s appointment that we were already late for - I may add). I was stressed out, occasionally flipped out, worn out, out for the count and over and out.

In short December sucked.

Then the longer I was away the harder it seemed to log on- you know? I was just too exhausted. I didn’t have the energy to explain why I was away. Little things were making me cry all month- and I am not normally a cry-er. I just think that I had been carrying too much for too long (especially with my husband’s disability) and life in general got to be too much. So I checked out for a bit. Really - it was all I could do to go to work, come home, get food on the table and go to bed. Then repeat it all the next day. (Friends were saying to each other: “Remember Karla?” “Yeah” they would respond wistfully “she was nice.”)

I will confess to having a bit of a pity party for myself, nay, I think I worked myself up to a Pity Gala; complete with streamers, balloons an ice sculpture and skywriters. “It’s not fair!” I thought. “Life sucks” I thought some more. “Why me?” I might have mused on occasion.

But here’s the thing- I did not gain weight.

How about that? So even though I was not logging in I somehow had enough of SP imprinted on me that I did not dive into nachos for solace.

Mind you, I didn’t lose weight either - but considering everything I still feel amazed that I did not eat my body weight in Turtles (The delicious pecan-chocolaty goodness, not the reptiles of course).

I even hauled my poor battered emotional self to workouts and stuff.

I somehow kept going.

And now I am back. I started reading the Spark book that I just knew I had to save until I really needed it. I am taking it slow as all of that positivity makes me queasy (kidding- sort of). But it has been very thought provoking and challenging to read. I’ll keep you posted with any changes or goals that get made.

In closing, I hope there are still people reading this blog and that you haven’t given up on me!

And finally to all the people who joined my team that I (ulp!) co-lead, and to my co-leaders named and unnamed, I thank you for being there when I wasn’t. I hope I haven’t let you down too badly.

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CATIATM 1/24/2011 2:49PM

    I'm sorry December was so icky, and it doesn't sound like January was great, but YAY for not gaining! I hope to see you on Spark more often as you get back into things. emoticon

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HOPEFUL2DAY! 1/16/2011 9:11PM

    Wow girlfriend, that sucks. I'm so sorry you've been going through so much.
You didn't let us down, you took care of yourself - that's what being "sparky" is all about. You did what you needed to do.
I'm so proud of you. You've done so well!
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REBECCAMA 1/13/2011 3:26PM

  Hey... you worked out, you put one foot in front of the other, and you got through it without gaining... way to go !!!

And welcome back!

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JRIMM4 1/13/2011 3:05PM

    Welcome back!!! Heres hoping for a better January!

JR

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JESPAH 1/13/2011 1:04PM

    Ice sculptures. Excellent.

Thanks for checking back IN.

Is that not what matters, cheri? :)

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SASSACAIA 1/12/2011 7:25PM

    Yay!! I'm glad you're back and doing all right! Rough months suck, but you got through it with flying colors!

Welcome back!!

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KISSMYHIPSBYBY 1/12/2011 4:08PM

    Good for you for not gaining, and for resisting temptation and working out @ Christmas!!!
And welcome back. I am new to SP, but it sounds like you were missed! :0)

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SUNDROP71 1/12/2011 11:56AM

  I am sorry you had such a rough go of it the last month i kinds know how it is sometimes!

I am soooooooooooooooooooooo happy you are here

i am totally here and reading!

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CITYGIRL27 1/12/2011 11:52AM

    So glad to see you're back!! I missed you, and I was keeping my fingers crossed that everything was okay with you and that you would re-join us soon. Sounds like a rough month, but you did GREAT! I give you so much credit for maintaining your weight during such a rough patch. WELCOME BACK!!
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