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Celebrating my 5th SparkVersary!

Sunday, January 06, 2013

Tomorrow, January 7th, will be my 5th SparkVersary. Why do I appreciate SparkPeople?

1. The website is full of valuable tools, articles and encouragement that are useful to help me keep healthy.
2. The community is great. I've met many friends who have helped me through these past 5 years. Thank you SparkFriends.
3. I've had fun blogging. This has helped me keep focused on lifestyle changes.
4. It has encouraged me to be more active. Even though I broke my knee last year and was in a wheelchair for months, I'm now back to Nordic Pole walking!
5. Although I still need to make many changes in my eating habits, I do make better choices than before SparkPeople.



I wish I could show you a "before" and "after" photo that would show a significant change in the way I look. Instead, I just look 5 years older and my appearance has not changed that much. Actually, that is a good thing. Although 63 years old now, I could have had a head of gray hair but instead, my hair is still mostly brown!!



The photo above is a photo representing me being back in Africa on December 12, 2012, after one year in the States. I did gain some weight in the States so I consider Dec. 12th a restart of my Journey to loose weight! This photo will be my "before" photo for 2013, my 6th year with Sparkpeople! As of now, I have already lost 5-6 pounds on this new journey!

What are some of my goals for 2013, my 6th year with SparkPeople?

Spiritual:
1. Regularly read God's word, use devotional books and complete two Bible study books.
2. Listen to a Christian podcast or a TV sermon at least once weekly.

Exercise and Nutrition:
1. Walk outside or in the house at least 3 times weekly.
2. Do Knee bending exercises at least five times weekly.
3. Use portion control in my eating.

Other:
1. Read at least one book monthly, either regular book or on my Kindle.
2. De-clutter my house. Throw, give, sell, etc. In the next two years I need to get rid of everything in my African home except for a few suitcases of items that I will take back to the States for my retirement.
3. Teach Africans to be good Nurses.



4. Share the Christian life with the Hospital patients.





Today's Positives:
1. I will visit the local church today, thanking people for praying for me after my accident last year, when I broke my knee and wrist.
2. I am ready for Nursing classes to begin tomorrow morning. The class I will teach starts at 8am.
3. Weather permitting, I plan to go swimming this afternoon.

Thanks for visiting my blog. It's fun being able to share with you.
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RETURNTOTHIN 1/28/2013 7:48PM

    Love following your journey and thankful (with and for you) in the SP journey. Teaching nursing in Africa... that sounds GREAT! Wish you a wonderful year and many of God's amazing blessings......
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SOLUCKY12 1/23/2013 11:59PM

    Congratulations on your 5th sparkanniversary Carolyn!

It is so great to see how you have rebounded from the past year of injuries and enjoying returning to your mission life in Africa. I wish you the best for this new year! You are off to a fantastic start. emoticon Ann

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MARTHA-ANN 1/13/2013 4:23AM

    You look wonderful considering the year you've had.
Good luck on the start of your new journey, it's a new beginning emoticon

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ALIHIKES 1/8/2013 2:01PM

    Great goals! And Happy Sparkiversary! I really appreciate that you share the positives for each week in your blog. It has encouraged me to be more positive in my own blogs. emoticon

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KPETSCHE 1/7/2013 1:22AM

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WooHoo! It sounds like you are happy to be back in Africa. It will be nice to start a new year with your Nursing students. Enjoy this last bit of time you have over there and continue all the good strides you're making with SparkPeople.

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SAL1512 1/6/2013 10:40PM

    Loved reading about your journey!
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CALIDREAMER76 1/6/2013 10:13PM

    Wow, we are a year and a week apart - had my 6th sparkaversary last week!
Glad to see you are safely back to your African home and that I found your blog! All is good!
Congratulations may you have many more sparaversaries to celebrate! emoticon

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WVROSE1 1/6/2013 7:55PM

    Happy emoticon

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MANDIETERRIER1 1/6/2013 7:36PM

    Happy Sparkiversary

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LAINIESNEWLIFE 1/6/2013 6:53PM

    Happy Sparkversary, Carolyn!! Great goals!!

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MOM2ACAT 1/6/2013 5:13PM

    Happy Sparkversary!!!!!

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RD03875 1/6/2013 3:23PM

    Happy 5th SparkVersary! You stuck with Spark all through your accident and rehab rather than give up so I think that says a lot about your goals! Keep up the great work!

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MJREIMERS 1/6/2013 2:40PM

    emoticon on your fifth year anniversary to a healthier you! (I always forget you are in your 60's! That's a compliment to you!) Your goals are very obtainable and emoticon !

Africa is definitely "good" for you! emoticon

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SPEEDY143 1/6/2013 1:06PM

    As always you keep my Spark lit with your positive can-do attitude emoticon and I emoticon for that Carolyn emoticon

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KAYTIE22 1/6/2013 12:58PM

    Another opportunity to wish you a happy 5th SparkVersary! This is a wonderful blog - so positive, uplifting and excellent goals.

Although I really haven't made a significant change in the weight department since becoming a Spark member, I know that there are other ways to measure success than what pops up on the scale. It's all part of the journey and we'll get there.

Best wishes for another great year with SparkPeople!

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GINA180847 1/6/2013 10:57AM

    Dear Carolyn, like you the journey is not easy. Spark is a nice home for myself but I haven't lost that much weight either. My choices of nutrition are usually better in general though and this has been a friendly and kind place for me. emoticon

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MAMISHELI53 1/6/2013 9:08AM

    emoticon I understand setbacks. But God is able - and makes US able, more than conquerors.

I LOVE your pix, sis! Thanks so much for sharing! Shel

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PIXIE-LICIOUS 1/6/2013 7:00AM

    Happy Sparkversary!

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NADINEL 1/6/2013 3:02AM

    Wonderful blog. I know you (and I) have both learned a great deal about our own health on SparkPeople. Happy Sparkversary! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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EWL978 1/6/2013 2:53AM

    Best wishes on the start of the school year!! I envy you the pleasure of teaching these students!!

Keep on keeping on...no one needs to tell you how to do it!! emoticon

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