I'm not sure why, but I've been feeling the need to blog. Not that I have anything to say, but I guess there doesn't always have to be a reason to blog. I just feel as though I haven't been in touch with a lot of people since the beginning of the summer and here it is almost fall... where does the time go? But I've come over a lot of speedbumps since then, came out fairly unscathed and now life is good. My daughter is settling into college again and apartment life is going well. Thank you to all those who discouraged her from living in the Mission Hill section of Boston. She is settled into a very nice house in a family neighborhood in Brookline. Breaking news this morning said 15 students were injured in Mission Hill when their second floor porch collapsed. Some of those were MassArt students. Fortunately nobody was critically injured. My son jumped out of an airplane and lived to tell about it. Fortunately for me and his Dad, he didn't tell us until his feet were once again firmly planted on the ground. Although now it leaves me to worry.... what next!!
. I am back to school in my job as a school nurse and it feel like I never left!! I work in a school that has Pre-K 3's through grade 8 and I love what I do. I am back to walking almost every day with my dog Gibby. He has not had anymore scary allergy issues. I am loving the fall weather we are having.... temps in the 60's, clear, crisp air with the smell of burning wood and pumpkin everything!! Yum! I am getting back on track with my plan. I have lost the few pounds I gained over the summer, which surprisingly wasn't much. I think I have finally learned how to eat well and enjoy it!!
All that being said, I just want to say that I could never have had all of this happen without Spark and my Spark friends. You have all been here with me every step of the way. From my blogs about not seeing any progress on the scales to my whining about my daughter not having any on campus housing, to my worries about my welt covered itching dog, to just feeling overwhelmed and discouraged you have always been there for me. With kind words of encouragement, advice, support, links to helpful information, virtual hugs and smiles, you never gave up on me and never let me give up on myself. Even during the summer when I wasn't on Spark that much, I always "felt" the presence of my friends, could hear your voices in my head when I was tempted to stray or give up and always felt the power and strength of being a Spark person that made me believe that I am worth it and that I could do this. I still have days, and I think I always will have days when I think...... this is hard.... how will I be able to keep doing this.... how will I ever be able to maintain...... but then I remember it's because I am not doing this alone. I have so many resources, so much advice, so much support, so much motivation from other members and friends. The road is long, but the rewards are so great! I'm successful because I am just living!! I am eating well, I'm exercising, I'm still enjoying some foods that some would consider taboo, but here are Spark nothing is forbidden and that's where I find my success! So thank you all for everything you have ever said, given, supplied, shared , advised, forgave, encouraged , supported..... the list goes on. I am grateful to each and everyone of you and because of that I will continue to try each and every day to be the best possible person that I can be . I look forward to continuing to share our journeys , our stories, our ups and downs, our successes and failures, our challenges and rewards. I wish happiness and success for all of us. So keep Sparking, believe in yourself and never, never give up!!