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Friday, January 18, 2013

Well, things are feeling good. Three pounds down since New Years, three more to go till pre-holiday weight is achieved. I've really been pushing it (for me) and my legs are quite sore, but I feel good. I have already seen an improvement in my skin, which seems to be one of the first things I notice when I'm living healthier.
I am really loving my hibiscus tea. I buy a large bag of the flowers for less than three dollars, and it last for a few weeks. It is a nutritive and diuretic and mild detoxer. It is a bit sour, and I like that, I've always liked sour things. I sip on that all day and it really helps cut the coffee/hot cocoa cravings.

We aren't able to go south for the family reunion this weekend. Tim got stuck in Washington, unable to come home. I was a little bummed last night, but OK with it now. I have a long distance phone call planned with one of my oldest friends tonight, so that will relieve the disapointment a little.

I'm really looking forward to getting back into my food groove. I LOVED trying new recipes every week, it was so fun. I've let that go by the wayside the last couple of months. My eating has been OK, some good meals/days, some a little less than perfect. But overall I think my choices have been far better than during my pre-spark days. I have been drinking diet soda though, which I know has all kinds of unhealthy side affects, so I've got to somehow cut down/out this part of my drinkables.

Getting the windshield replaced today on the Toyota. When it was stolen few months back, we got it back with a little crack in one corner, well that crack has spread across the whole windshield, so it was time to bite the bullett and replace it. The quotes went from $160.00-350.00!! Crazy jump! So I went with the cheapest, and they come to me for free. Hopefully I don't regret that decision! Cheaper is not always better, but how bad of a job could they really do??? I'm sure if it just falls out, they will replace it!!!

Granpa has moved from his assisted living place, to a skilled nursing facility. I feel really bad for him, but he needs constant supervision. He can walk, but he's really shaky. The hemotoma in his brain (blood clot) from the last fall is really affecting his cognitive faculities. He doesn't seem to be able to think/percieve straight. He also can't seem to hear anything we say, with or without his hearing aids. Mainly we are just focused on making sure he is as comfortable as possible. My Mom is looking in to hospice. Their main focus is to make sure the patients are as peaceful and comfortable as possible in thier last days. It is wierd to think of my Grandpa like this, but in reality he is drawing closer to his last days, his body/mind just doesn't work well anymore. I really just don't want to see him suffer, that is the harderst/worst part of this situation. When my Grandma died a few years ago, she suffered, unnecessarily with the process of extending her life passed the point of being comfortable for her. That was painful to watch and we don't want that for my Grandpa. I'm sure whatever is supposed to be, will be. I am learning a lot about what is in my future when it is time to care for my Mom, or any other family member in this similar situation.

Well, I'm still feeling pretty sparky! This is, by far, my best winter I've spent in Nor Cal. The first few years here it was way too cold and wet for me, and I got super depressed. This year, not only am I not depressed, I'm feeling full of pep and excitement for what each day holds. Hope this feeling lasts, becuase I LOVE it!

Well beautiful sparkfriends, hope your weekend is bright!!!
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    Keep your attitude up and keep smiling!
    1915 days ago
    You ARE Sparky! Sparkly too. Keep on going and never give up!!
    1915 days ago
    sounds like your spark is burning bright, i love it! keep taking care of yourself so you can take care of everyone around you! :)
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