Every morning before I start my job at the hospital, I go for a walk around the campus as I find it grounds me. I do get up at the crack of dawn to be there by 6am or shortly thereafter, and some people see me walking and ask why I don't stay in bed a little longer versus getting to work early and walking.
I tell them that it is the most peaceful time of the day for me. I work in a very busy MRI dept and once I start, chaos reigns supreme sometimes. I love those days as I love the challenge of getting the puzzle pieces to fit and all of the patients done and to think outside the box when some patients can't lie down, they are claustrophobic, or just to scared to do the test.
I walk because I can, because for me, it is a great form of exercise and I love to do it first thing in the morning because I am not exhausted by a busy day as of yet.
But what does that have to do with not leaving spark people you ask?
I was thinking yesterday as I was walking, and praying for strength to get through another day, praying for all of my loved ones and all of my spark pals, to give us all the strength and determination that we need to stay healthy, to make good choices, to pass on the sugar and carbs, to be willing to be a bit hungry if we are at the end of our calories for the day. Certainly we will not miss those extra calories in the end, and we may feel like we need more, but really we don't. And that is why I can't leave spark people. Because you all give me the support and the strength and confidence that I need to know that I can keep on picking healthy, that I can keep on choosing all of the right foods and forego the fries and the chocolate and the pizza on a regular basis.
I have veered a bit from last year about this time, after my Paris trip I have an extra 10 lbs that I am fighting with, but even if I don't lose that 10 lbs, I am still in a healthy range and I am still eating like a spark person each day. Because this lifestyle becomes so ingrained in you that when you do eat something that is not the best choice, which I do on rare occasion, if this is for life, then every once in a while, I will have some of that not so good for you food, but not very often.
Spark people grounds me as well. It has made me a better person and I am so grateful for each and every one of you. I know this is not an easy lifestyle to choose each day, and I am so glad that we are here for each other so whenever I don't have the best day, I know you will stop by and leave a note, and it will make all the difference in the world.
Each day, I pray that we can all build each other up, and never tear a person down. I want to be kind to all that I meet, I want to have joy and happiness in my heart so I can pass it on to all that I meet. I don't want to judge others for we don't know what is going on in their life and we have not walked a mile in their shoes. And all of you wonderful people help me to achieve that each and every day because you all help to put the joy and happiness in my heart.
I hope everyone that is here on SP has found a few special people that can make the difference of staying here forever, or moving on after a few months. Spark friends are real and they are awesome.
Here is my kind word to all of you. You are awesome. You are worth all of the sweat and effort it takes to be the best that you can be. Find yourself and love yourself because we get one life here on earth and I hope to make it the best that I can. I hope you will too
So thanks for being a great group of people! Stay on sparks for life, I know I will never regret it and I don't think you will either!
Hugs and happiness to all of you!
Spark on forever.