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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.

cheers
Wendy
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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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ARTJAC 1/2/2013 11:35PM

    HOPE YOU HAVE A SAFE JOURNEY AND ENJOY YOUR VISIT WITH SUSIE emoticon emoticon

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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!

Jean

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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 ...
Safe Journey ...Hugs Susie emoticon emoticon emoticon

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