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Just feeling a lot of gratitude today


Thursday, April 28, 2011

I'm home from my last day of clinicals for my Nurse Assistant class. We've been working at a nursing facility in town. My heart aches for these people. So many of them had vibrant, fully functional lives until age and illness made them dependent on others for the most basic of care. My empathy for them is intense. Many of them are my mom's age and some of them are even just a few years older than I. It truly made me appreciate my health and renews my resolve to take care of myself to the best of my ability through the years.

But this experience has also made me very grateful for SparkPeople. My weight has fluctuated most of my life. Something about being a part of this community has brought me to a place I've not seen in years. I'm only a couple of pounds from my goal weight. Truth be told, if I never lost another pound I'd be just fine. I feel better than I've felt in years. I'm wearing clothes that I buried in the back of my closet with only a glimmer of hope I'd ever wear them again. And people are noticing. Everyone's noticing! But most important, the "kids" I attend college with are getting inspired! They're snacking on bell peppers and proudly telling me about it! They're asking me for my thoughts on health and nutrition! This makes me think of ways to give back. To spread the Spark.

I decided to buy copies of "The Spark" to have on hand. As I see an opportunity, I'm going to give a copy to anyone who seems really interested in knowing about this community and getting on track to a healthier life.

But mostly, I just want to express my gratitude to SparkPeople, its founder, the wonderful people on staff, and the community as a whole.
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APMAC_D 5/4/2011 8:32AM

    WOW you are a great Spark inspiration. I think being grateful in life is important especially when you see how quickly things could change.

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ANEPANALIPTI 4/30/2011 8:46AM

    What a WONDERFUL blog, thanks for sharing cynthia emoticon

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AWESOMECAROL55 4/29/2011 7:31PM

    Great blog! Thank you for sharing!!

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NATPLUMMER 4/29/2011 6:40PM

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JICASMOM 4/29/2011 5:24PM

    This is a wonderful blog! What a great idea!!! Having the college kids ask/tell you about what they are eating b/c you are doing such a great job is also inspiring!!! You are doing wonderful and congrats!!! Great idea to have a copy of the book on hand. You definitley spead the spark!!! emoticon

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LISAINMS 4/29/2011 4:31PM

    Love the idea of having the book on hand to share. You are always a positive Spark for me!

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NORTHWOODSMOM8 4/29/2011 1:23PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon That's ABSOLUTELY wonderful!!!! emoticon

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NLS2013 4/29/2011 11:39AM

    emoticon and I really relate! emoticon

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ITSHOWYOULIVE 4/29/2011 11:08AM

    emoticon Great ideas and love this "thankful" blog.

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CARLA-216 4/29/2011 11:03AM

    Wow, that is so very generous of you to buy copies of The Spark to give to folks. What a wonderful, caring person you are!

It is humbling to see what age and illness can do to us. That's why I'm here daily getting my daily dose of motivation to keep on keeping on!

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THEHONESTME 4/29/2011 10:06AM

    Boy did you hit the nail on the head!! Terrific blog, Cynthia! You're a beautiful woman -- inside and out and I'm proud to call you my friend!
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SHRINK71 4/29/2011 9:18AM

    Such inspiring words... from an incredibly inspiring woman! You are totally taking charge of your life in so many ways!!! I am truly proud of you.
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ROSET491 4/29/2011 7:26AM

    So enjoyed your blog! What great thoughts you have shared with us!!

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TEDDYBABE 4/29/2011 6:30AM

    It is inspiring to spend time with those that are less fortunate in health than us. I spend time daily with them also and like you it leaves me to feel humble. I love your idea of having the Spark Book on hand. Bless you for all that you are doing.

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JLITT62 4/29/2011 5:45AM

    That's so cool that you're inspiring the younger generation! And so sweet of you to buy the spark as gifts!

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ERIECANALGAL 4/29/2011 12:48AM

    Great blog. Thanks for sharing. You are truly spreading the Spark! emoticon emoticon

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CRYSTLE4HIMTX10 4/29/2011 12:45AM

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THIRDXACHARM 4/29/2011 12:44AM

    What a great blog! :-)

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GRACEISENUF 4/28/2011 11:46PM

    That is so generous of you to want to share what you have learned with others..way to spread the spark. Did you know spark people has business cards too? I ordered a tee shirt once and they mailed me a stack of them, very handy to pass out to future sparkers.

I understand about the patients. I used to work at a skilled nursing facility many years ago as assistant administrator. So sad to see all the lives touched by illness and also the neglect at times by family members to love and support them.

So I presume a new chapter opens now in your nurse training? What is next? I wish you all the best in your endeavor to embark on such a caring journey to help others.

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