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2020 ~ The SECOND Half!!!

Tuesday, June 23, 2020

I don't remember where I heard it or exactly how it went, but here is the overall take-away:
~ ~ ~ 'If you met someone who time travels, you might want to warn them NOT to stop in the year 2020!' ~ ~ ~

I chuckled when I heard this and agreed, then I actually started to think about it. Yeah, 2020 is a year that has been CHALLENGING, to say the least, but - if you are someone who tries to find the positive, there are some parts of 2020 worth remembering; worth reliving.

Here is what I mean: Like many of you, when I turned the page from 12/31/19 to 1/1/20, I felt hopeful. After all, it was a New Year; a new beginning. First off, as I do every year - I recommitted myself to becoming the best 'me' that I could be. I seem to make this resolution every year, but - I think sometimes that it is more of a reflection of what I did 'right' and what I did that I could improve upon (like many of my SparkFriends, I'm a constant 'work in progress'). 2020 was the year that my nephew and his future bride would be married; and even more exiting was the upcoming wedding of my DD and her fiancé'. Both were reasons for the family to be excited about getting together and celebrating our family getting (even) bigger. My Dad would celebrate another milestone, his 91st Birthday this past March and, with continued good health, my mother would be able to celebrate another year of being cancer-free (in January, 2017 she finished chemo but went onto more chemo/radiation a few months later ~ at my daughter's college graduation in May, 2017, she was still having chemo/radiation, but finished shortly thereafter). In July, DH and I will celebrate meeting 35 years ago; and in September, we will celebrate our 30th Wedding Anniversary (it wasn't always easy, but we seem to have 'made it'!).

If you have continued reading to here, you are probably thinking 'what in the world does this have to do with SparkPeople and The Second Half of 2020'? Well, it has a lot to do with it. Actually, with all of the uncertainty and unrest this year, I think it helps to focus on things that are 'normal' to you. Good Health ~ in good times and in times of unrest, your health is first and foremost! Without it, you will have a difficult time executing the most basic of daily tasks nor will you be able to 'be there' when family and/or friends need you to help them through some challenges. Normalcy = CELEBRATIONS!!! For me and my family, we were able to celebrate my Nephew's wedding right before all of the lockdowns; for DD and my future SIL, it has been a 'crazy ride' filled with uncertainty; planning and replanning. Their original date of 6/6/20 did, in fact, happen - but had to be modified to allow for 'social distancing' that the pandemic mandated. Several close friends and the bridal party attended in person; grandparents and close, out-of-town family viewed via Skype/Zoom. The 'party' that had been planned is now in the 're-planning' stages and we hope to have the celebration on 8/8. The venue upgraded us to the 'Grand Ballroom' which will allow the tables to be placed further apart and will allow for some 'social distancing'. It has been decided that instead of letting everyone know that they were married on 6/6, we are doing a 'mock ceremony' (our Minister was not available on the new date) with her sorority sister from college as the officiant. She will have her walk down the aisle with her father in her 'magic dress' and will have family/friends as witnesses. At the end of the 'ceremony' it will be announced that they actually were married on their original date and we'll invite everyone to celebrate their marriage with us. Normal? No - not quite, but I hope that it is special, nonetheless.

With the opening/anticipated opening of many businesses in our area, we hope to be able to move ahead with plans and focus on our family's very special date in early August where two people that love each other very much will be able to celebrate their love with family and friends. This weekend, I will go bring my dress to someone for minor alterations; DD's dress will be fitted/altered also (she got her dress right before 6/6, but could not go back to NYC to have it fitted/altered as Kleinfeld's was closed, now they are booked until very late in July with no weekend appointments at all). I hope to have my hair/nails done soon and also hope that I can begin to go back to work on a more 'regular' basis.

So, as we go back to our lives and our 'new normals', lets not forget all of the familiar, comfortable things that we rely on every day ... and, please never lose sight of what your hopes/dreams were at the start of 2020!

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One of MY 'normals' is SparkPeople and the 5% Challenges ... please read on:

I've been a member of SparkPeople since August/September 2008, that is almost 12 years! In 2010, I found the 5% Challenges and became a member of the Firecracker Team. I've participated in good challenges (yeah - I lost weight) /bad challenges (oops - I gained weight) /every-type of challenge in-between (yup! - I've had to start 'over again' many, many times). I've been an active member and/or leader of the 5% Challenges for MOST rounds since I began participating in them. I have met many 'virtual friends' (and a few of those I have met in person) that I've been able to talk to about almost anything/everything and I have received support, virtual hugs and a shoulder to cry on when I've needed it.

Our NEXT Seasonal Challenge is the 2020 Summer 5% Challenge, although we didn't have a start date, we are hoping to begin on Saturday, 7/4/20. That is less than 20 days from today (6/15/20). Here is your invitation (copied from Lynn/KALISWALKER, one of our Overall Challenge Community Leaders).

'This is your invitation! Are you looking for a way to get fit, lose weight, and have fun along the way? Check out the 2020 Summer 5% Challenge! Team members will work towards losing 5% of their starting weight in 8 weeks by participating in team challenges that focus on exercise & healthy lifestyle habits. Members in maintenance are also welcome. Let’s have fun, make new friends and get in shape!'

Follow this link to get started right away!

Just to give you a little more information, you will go to the link (above) and join the COMMUNITY Team. This Community (made up of several hundred SparkPeople) will be divided into SparkTeams that will compete against one another during the 8 weeks that we do this Challenge together. Before you do anything, please pull out your calendar and add your check the dates of the 5% Challenge: 7/4/20 - 8/28/20. You have the best chance of being successful if you SCHEDULE the 5% Challenge and make sure that you CHECK-IN REGULARLY. Make the Seasonal 5% Challenges part of ***YOUR NORMAL*** ~ Hope to see you there!!!!!

Please Note: Our start date is 7/4/20 ... here is how I add the Challenge to MY calendar (I put it in my schedule so that it becomes part of my day/week/month):
Start Date/Week #1: 7/4/20 - 7/10/20
Week #2: 7/11/20 - 7/17/20
Week #3: 7/18/20 - 7/24/20
Week #4: 7/25/20 - 7/31/20
Week #5: 8/01/20 - 8/07/20
Week #6: 8/08/20 - 8/14/20
Week #7: 8/15/20 - 8/21/20
Week #8: 8/22/20 - 8/28/20 - End of 2020 Summer 5% Challenge
Final Weigh In: 8/29/20
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Member Comments About This Blog Post
    Did the August wedding take place? The September wedding we had planned to attend was rescheduled for September 2021! The groom has about 300 family members who are determined this must be a party to end all parties, social distancing be d*mned.
    224 days ago
    Thank you for a glimpse into your personal life and the challenges that have come along with this pandemic!
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    316 days ago
    2020 has been a crazy ride ~ hoping to get back on track and rock the challenge! emoticon
    319 days ago
    Nice !
    319 days ago
    We can always find positives if we look for them. Since time home and more time alone we have been able to do more around our homes and it's easy to see more flowers blooming all over our neighborhood. Time to spend quality time with our families. Nobody wanted or dreamed this would be our 2020 but we can adapt if we have to. Wishing you a wonderful time for the wedding and congratulations to your new family !
    319 days ago
    Thanks for sharing.
    320 days ago
    Oh, I'll likely always remember this year, as the year of "HUH??" "WHAT HAPPENED" but, I'll remember how AWESOME my work has been. I've been out of work since March 12th, but they've been paying us, and will right thru the last day of work!! HOW UNIQUE is that????

    How I was so caught off guard, and didn't have any supplies for staying safe, but a bunch of my friends told each other, and WA LA I had WAY MORE than enough!! I've not been well for the past 2 weeks, word got around the congregation on Sunday (We are not meeting in person, we are using ZOOM) and that afternoon I got 4 calls and 3 texts. Plus a friend called insisting she do my shopping for me. So yes, I remember most of all, LOVE and concern and a really GREAT Place to work for!

    320 days ago
    Covid 19 is not fun, but it is also not what I'm going to remember about this year. I'm more likely to remember that I had multiple surgeries, that my son got an amazing internship this summer, that I got a huge yard project completed, that I lost over 30 lbs the healthy way, that my brother moved to New York on a whim, etc. We remember most what we dwell on and talk about the most. I prefer to remember the good stuff.
    320 days ago
    My business is struggling. I haven’t been able to see my 90 year old mom or my 3 kids. But I’ve gotten lots of extra time to spend with my beloved Newfoundland, Lucy, who has a severe cardiac condition. Due to distancing all the horse shows/fairs I work at were cancelled—the first 4 would have been in 90 degree weather. I have a difficult time in the heat. Plus I would have been worried sick about my girl.
    I’ve already spent more time in my pool in June than I did all last summer.
    My house is getting organized.
    I’ve gotten to read lots of books, knit a lot, make a lot of baskets.
    All things I never have time for.
    My kids and I all get together in face time or zoom and spend hours laughing and playing games.
    Sure I could complain. Yes I’m financially ruined. But there’s lots of good, too....
    320 days ago
    Good message. Yes, we all need to focus on the positives. For me, having to stay home has been quite a blessing and I planted a garden for the first time in several years. Can't wait to have fresh vegetables.
    320 days ago
    Doing in great with these crazy times! My son's wedding is this weekend, as you know. 18 people, backyard with new threat of thunderstorms! My son says "I don't care! I'm getting married period!" Enough of this crazy stuff, love conquers all in the end! emoticon
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