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It's 2013 and I have a very special goal for a great reason!

Sunday, January 06, 2013

Hi Everyone! Happy New Year! I know it's been quite a while and I pray that all is well with my friends emoticon
I had my ups and downs during the course of 2012 but all in all we have been truly blessed in spite of 2 major situations that did occur; my 86 years young dad had a stroke and subsequently suffered falling and was in and out of the hospital. To be honest, it was touch and go for several months. Then just a few months later, my mother in law suffered a stroke and I'm sorry to say that she is now in a nursing home requiring professional care. However, my dad made a complete turnaround and recovered. My mil is also doing great, she's 87 and when we saw her on Christmas day she did her own hair and makeup and looked fantastic. Between work and visits to both parents, my choice of foods were not the best and I ended up gaining back 10 of the pounds and trust me, I feel it emoticon Now, here is my reason (besides staying healthy of course) that I want to get back into the swing of proper diet and exercise----later on this year I am taking a trip to Ireland! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon Needless to say my husband and I couldn't be any more excited! I've never traveled abroad, this will be my first major overseas vacation wooo hooo! It will be either very late summer or fall, at this post it's undecided. Besides, we need to save up a little more $$$ LOL! We plan to do a LOT of walking around to see the sites. I've acquired a few friendships from several people on facebook and from here (Norfolk VA) that live in Ireland and the pictures we've been shown are breath-taking and we want to BE there to see for ourselves! There is one minor downside--when we had our pictures taken for our passports----uh, well, how do I say this? We don't look like happy campers as you cannot smile and show teeth. You can smile slightly but still--- emoticon But we laugh about that anyway! So----whatdaya say! I show up here on Spark and make myself accountable and stick with the program! Okay ten pounds, your days are numbered heh heh heh!
Until next time,
Chris emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
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EASTENDCLAM 1/12/2013 8:54PM

    Sounds like a great trip! Those 10 don't stand a chance, go gettem!

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JIBBIE49 1/10/2013 9:00AM

    I think the smartest thing a person can do when travelling to a foreign country is take the LOCAL tours. You can see 10 times as much on a tour as you can do driving. We went to the Dominican Republic for two weeks with a group from church, so we worked on a church building project there with a "sister" Methodist group. But we had "free" days to do what we wanted. I insisted we do the "local" tours which were out of an office in the center of town. Others in the group used the church van to drive. Needless to say, we got on a bus, went to lots of places including WHALE WATCHING while they didn't cover half as much as we did. We took a horseback tour up to a Mountain area where there was a tropical rain forest and it was so much fun. They decided to go on a "Hike." Right.
Our first "tour" was a Greyline back in 1973 when we went to Washington DC for one day. We got to see the White House while others stood in line outside for over 2 hours to get in, because our Tour Guide took us in through a side door and we had a White House Guide take our whole group through the deluxe tour. Later we went to Arlington and to Mt. Vernon with no waiting. So worth the money we spent. No problem with parking or worrying about traffice since we didn't know the area.

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NOSNACKER-57 1/7/2013 5:49PM

    First sorry about your family!

I'm sure the Ireland trip will be much appreciated :)

Are you Irish, or just decided to go there? I'm Italian and maybe someday go to Italy, who knows.

Have a great week!

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JAXMOMMY 1/7/2013 12:36AM

    Wow! Awesome! Trust me, while in Ireland you will walk, walk, walk and then do some more walking! Why don't you join The AMC fans team's Jamming January Bootcamp with us? Sorry about the parents, but Thank God they are alive! My mom suddenly died in December and I'm still reeling from it. I'm struggling. Love that sassy MIL of yours! Good riddance 10 pounds, Ireland here she comes!! WooHoo!

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SOFEDUPP 1/6/2013 8:13PM

    A trip to Ireland sounds like great incentive to lose those pesky ten pounds. I can totally understand who easy it is to put weight on when dealing with family issues. I myself did it, but like you my goal for 2013 is to work it off.

Glad to hear the parents are doing better!!!!

Patti

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LESSOFMOORE 1/6/2013 7:38PM

    Chris,

It's nice to see you back! Your trip to Ireland sounds wonderful!

Cyndie

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DANLIN60 1/6/2013 2:30PM

    I am so happy for you. what a wonderful thing to look forward to and that is a great goal to work towards. good luck. Wishing your Dad and MIL the best of health for 2013

Welcome back

hugs

Danlin

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DDOORN 1/6/2013 10:49AM

    Wow! I'm so excited for you!

My parents and my son have been to Ireland...I've yet to do any traveling abroad. They had such WONDERFUL times! I'm sure you will too! What a great motivator to help you put such a difficult year behind you!

I just KNOW the two of you are gonna have such a special BLAST! :-)

Don

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EVIE4NOW 1/6/2013 9:40AM

  Your passport picture can't look as bad as mine!!! LOL! Don't forget about walking, as I'm sure you will do alot of it on vacation. If you are used to it your trip will be much more enjoyable then being worn out!

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