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1 Year Sparkaversary

Thursday, January 16, 2014

So today is my 1 year anniversary on Spark, time to review:
1. I'm still active on the site
2. At one point was down 26 lbs, but am at 20 now.
3. Hope to stay focused and loose 20 lbs this year
4. Signed up for the MS 150 ride in July, a good goal
5. Found many wonderfully supportive friends here on Spark.

Thank you Spark People!

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NATHELESS 2/19/2014 8:49AM

    Cheers! A good year on Spark and a great year to come!


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BEWELL48 1/22/2014 9:30PM

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This will be the year! I love the site! Very encouraging ....stick with it and we will see success!

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SHERRYLHBB 1/16/2014 2:18PM

    Congratulations on losing 20 pounds that you won't be carrying around during your next SparkYear! Losing the weight takes patience and perseverance. You know what you're doing and you have what it takes to do it again to reach your goal.
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SWEETNEEY 1/16/2014 12:47PM

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JLEMUS1 1/16/2014 9:44AM

    Happy Anniversary!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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NANCYTUNBERG64 1/16/2014 8:00AM

    Happy Sparkversary!!!

You can do whatever you put your mind to!!

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CANADIANFROG09 1/16/2014 6:15AM

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KLMEIRING 1/16/2014 6:10AM

    emoticon Wishing you a Happy Anniversary!

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2013, was a good start, 2014 will be even better

Tuesday, December 31, 2013

After my return from Nigeria, I had a flu and was knocked down for a couple of days, I had also actually gained weight!!! Was not so good during Thanksgiving regarding my diet & exercise. Then had a sudden onset of severe Colitis, which sent me to the hospital, I am finally off the various antibiotics, still not sure what caused it, back to the Drs next week, hoping that it was a souvenir from Nigeria (that would actually be the best result). On the good side I lost the weight that I gained (not the way to do it).

So at the end of the year I'm down 2o lbs, hoping to at least match that in 2014. Looking at buying a spinning bike for home. Hubby and son are great and I am counting all the blessing that I am so fortunate to enjoy, especially the love of my friends & family.

Here's hoping you all have a great New Year!

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BULLRN58 12/31/2013 3:31PM

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That was not suppose to happen, back from Nigeria

Sunday, November 17, 2013

Back from Nigeria, the people there are wonderful, my preconceived ideas were all thrown out the window. We immunized over 3500 children, supplied a birthing clinic with tons of supplies, gave 50 hand-crank wheel chairs to polio survivors and, commissioned a bridge, 3 room school, water bore hole and toilets for a small village, which we provide funding for.

On the down side, I weighed 4 lbs heavier on my return....I din't like the food(way too spicy) and mostly ate protein bars and drank gatorade. I also have a nasty flu/cold. I did have a flu shot before leaving, but it was obviously not for the same strain. (this too shall pass).

Funny things said to me on my return:
1. Hubby at airport "Honey, I love you, but you look like H@!!" and I did.
2. Immigration officer " Where are you coming from"
me "Nigeria"
IO "Pleasure or Business?"
me "Does anyone go to Nigeria for vacation?"
IO "true"
3. Friend on my flu "were you around anyone with a flu or cold?'
me "yeah like 3000 snotty face kids, seriously"

team leader, who is a Polio survivor, being guided on a foot path for the 2 mile walk to a small village.

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EMILYBEHNKE 12/4/2013 11:43AM

    Welcome back--it sounds like a wonderful and successful trip!

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BEWELL48 11/30/2013 9:30PM

    Catching up on some of my SF blogs. Impressed with your mission! How admirable. I am a nurse but have not done anything of this nature. What group did you go with? Hope you are feeling better! Hope you had a great Thanksgiving!

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HILLSLUG98239 11/18/2013 7:40PM

    Thank you for doing what you just did. We take so much for granted in this country; it's nice to be reminded how we can make a positive impact in the lives of others.

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FEMISLIM 11/18/2013 8:30AM

    Great that you had a positive experience!!!

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2WHEELEDSHARON 11/17/2013 9:29PM

    I hope you feel better quick and I'm glad you made it there and back safely.
How great of you to go and offer your help!
Welcome home.

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BROOKLYN_BORN 11/17/2013 6:59AM

    Wow! I have so much admiration for you and others who actually do something to alleviate the suffering in the world.

I hope you feel better soon.

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So Excited, leaving tomorrow...

Sunday, November 03, 2013

Have you every been so excited that you feel like you are shaking inside with anticipation? I wonder if that energy is burning any calories, wouldn't that be great.
Tomorrow I leave for Nigeria, another medical mission trip. It's interesting that I am so excited for this trip, I've done plenty of these, but I am especially excited for this trip. I've been to Kenya a couple of times, this is the first time to Nigeria.

One of the team members is taking a GPS tracking device so our families can see where we are. I have my protein bars and Gatorade powdered, and today I will start my anti-malaria pills. So I will be off the grid for the next two weeks. Hope to drop 5 pounds while I'me there (to make up for the five I found when we went to Maine last month).

Take care Sparkies, see you in 2 weeks.

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BESSHAILE 11/4/2013 7:32AM

    Safe journey - speedy return and a ton of fun in between!

Take lots of pictures!

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EMILYBEHNKE 11/3/2013 6:57PM

    Good luck and safe travels!

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LADYWYNDY 11/3/2013 12:57PM

    AWESOME. Have a great time, be safe, and be blessed and a blessing to those you meet. emoticon

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JAHINTZY 11/3/2013 10:32AM

    oh wow! I hope you have a safe and great trip!

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NANCYTUNBERG64 11/3/2013 8:05AM

    Please post pictures when you get back. Sounds exciting!!

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RIDLEYRIDER 11/3/2013 5:49AM

  Have a wonderful time!!

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SPARKLETHYME 11/3/2013 5:22AM

    How exciting! Have an amazing time... safe travels!
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Finally back to blogging

Saturday, October 19, 2013

Well, I have been Sparking, just haven't found the time to blog. I finally broke the diet coke habit, it will be 2 weeks on Monday emoticon . I am sleeping so much better, that was a happy surprise. I was finally ready, water it is for me.
Have been amazing busy with so many things. My eating is fairly good, but my formal exercise has decreased. first was going to the chiropractor 3 times a week for 2 hour sessions and working on one of my rental houses and lastly my volunteer work.

We had a great time in Maine, and now I am getting ready to head to Nigeria. Will be giving Polio vaccinations to children. I fully anticipate loosing a couple of pounds while there, as I will be living mostly on protein bars. I will be doing a lot of walking while in the villages. Our team consists of 1 person from Hong Kong, 3 Canadians and 7 Americans from different states. Looking forward to meeting everyone in Frankfurt then on to Abuja. Hubby is not happy about this trip, as some vaccinators have been murdered there. While this trip does have me slightly nervous, I am confident that our security will be well covered. While there I don't anticipate having internet so no SP emoticon . I leave in 2 weeks, the anticipation is building!

Have a fantastic day!

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2WHEELEDSHARON 10/20/2013 12:50PM

    Thank you for sharing your resources with people who need it. I'm wishing you much safety and peace on your trip. I look forward to reading about it when you come back!
Excellent job on kicking the coke can;)

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WALKIN4JEANIE 10/19/2013 7:44PM

    Wow. Safe travels to you! I admire your courage and fortitude. I know that you are going to make a huge difference in the lives of many people. Probably more than you know.

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EMILYBEHNKE 10/19/2013 5:47PM

    Wow, that's a great service you'll be doing--be sure to be safe.

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WISHICOULDFLY 10/19/2013 11:12AM

    Good thing you broke the Diet Coke habit before you left. emoticon Stay safe. Godspeed.

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MOSTMOM1 10/19/2013 10:47AM

    Safe travels for you! And thank you for making the world a better place!!

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OBIESMOM2 10/19/2013 7:06AM

    emoticon on breaking the Diet Coke habit

I bet Maine is just beautiful this time of year. I've always wanted to go there.

safe travels and I'm sure you will make some new friends.

It is kind of tough to not have Spark access. Feels like a piece of you is missing. But we will be here when you return with great travel stories!

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