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Day 16-19, Spark the Season challenge:

Friday, December 19, 2014

Day 16: Decorations

Last year the children made Gingerbread houses at church to use as decorations. Trust me, this is NOT one of the ones that they made. It was the example. They had a wonderful time & I had fun watching them.

Day 17: Lunch


My favorite lunches are with friends or family. We eat lunch out fairly often. My favorite places to eat are local seafood restaurants. For lunch I often eat salmon or shrimp with a large salad. If I am home I eat eggs or tuna.

Day 18: GOAL OF THE DAY:


My goal, daily, is working on changing myself for the better. TRANSFORMING myself into the best person that I can be while LOVING MYSELF healthy.

Day 19: DINNER

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I'm on a low carb/no carb food plan so for dinner I mostly eat meat, fish or eggs. I tend to stick to fish & chicken but I admit that I absolutely LOVE steak. A good hamburger steak (very rare) makes my mouth water.

Sorry that I've been behind. I am steadily crocheting like a mad woman. I'm trying to keep up with everyone and Sparking as I can. I hope to be back on top of things after Christmas. My crochet hook can rest & I can get more typing in. Bright blessings to you all. Thanks for being here with me.

  
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EDLEAR 12/20/2014 12:53AM

    Yes, things can get wildly busy at this time of year. Don't forget the part about taking care of you. emoticon

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JAMER123 12/19/2014 11:50PM

    I can understand the hectic pace of the holidays. We are the same, trying to get everything done. Take care and enjoy the season as well.
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ALICIA214 12/19/2014 12:29PM

 


I really would love to try putting a gingerbread house together, maybe next year..

Merry Chr emoticon ristmas....

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DONNA_VT 12/19/2014 11:36AM

    I have been crazy busy also . . . I am enjoying the picture blog though . . . Thanks for sharing

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Day 15, Spark the Season challenge: MEMORIES

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Today's (truthfully, it's yesterday's...I'm always behind lately) blog is on Memories.


I had a friend make a comparison picture so that I could REMEMBER where I have been & where I am now. Remembering helps me stay focused.


Pictures help me to keep clear memories of events that I attend...especially family birthdays etc.


This is from the Fun day that my grandchildren, my son & my best friend had at Busch Gardens last summer.


Paul & I take the grandchildren to the park at least once a month. It's a good way to build memories, not only for ourselves but for the grandchildren.

Thanks for letting me share some of the ways that I remember!
Thanks for taking the journey with me. Bright blessings to you all.

  
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EDLEAR 12/17/2014 1:24AM

    Than you for sharing your upbeat and positive life with us here! emoticon

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JAMER123 12/17/2014 12:20AM

    Absolutely stunning changes, Dawn. Congrats and keep the motivation going! You are on the move and can do it. What a wonderful Christmas gift you are giving yourself.
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THEVOW2013 12/16/2014 10:40PM

    Wow, what a testament to your SERIOUS committment to your health! emoticon

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DIFROMWYOMING 12/16/2014 10:26PM

    I almost forgot 'before' Dawn....look how much happier you are now! Great memories.

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IMAVISION 12/16/2014 9:30PM

    I, too, value photographs of family fun, Dawn. emoticon

Thank you for sharing these with us.

God bless!

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BIBS4664 12/16/2014 8:52PM

    Awesome, as are you!! Be well.


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    emoticon you have come a long way emoticon

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BE-THE-CHANGE 12/16/2014 6:59PM

    Wow, look at that first picture! You have come such a long way.
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AUNTALICE2 12/16/2014 6:51PM

    Oh my friend, what a great group of photos!! In all of them you were happy! You have come so far! I am so glad for you! Keep on the journey to the 'healthy' you! I will be cheering you on!! You are a great inspiration! Love you!! emoticon

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ROSAMARCELLE 12/16/2014 6:03PM

    Lovely photos and some beautiful memories. Thanks for sharing them. emoticon

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WISLNDR 12/16/2014 2:46PM

    Such awesome photos; everyone gets a memory of you to take with them through life! emoticon emoticon

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WISHICOULDFLY 12/16/2014 12:12PM

    Good reminder to treasure the good memories!

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GORIANA 12/16/2014 10:44AM

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LIMOM2TWINS 12/16/2014 10:39AM

    love them!! you have come so far! emoticon and you are a truly beautiful person inside and out!! emoticon

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Day #12-14 Spark the Season -

Monday, December 15, 2014

Day 12: COOKIES


When I was a little girl, I remember helping my mom make Christmas cookies in the kitchen. She would let me put on one of her aprons. We would decorate them with colored sugar. That is a good childhood memory. My favorite cookie is the peanut butter blossoms that my Aunt Ella would send us at Christmas. They are peanut butter cookies rolled in sugar & baked in a ball... just as they are pulled from the oven, a Hershey Kiss is pressed into the middle. YUM

Day 13: Someone I love


This is my friend Selda who drove me to deliver Christmas presents yesterday.

This is my longtime, sunshiny bestest neighbor friend Judy who met us & is taking the presents back to Tidewater for the various grandchildren's parents to pick up.

This is a majority of my sweet sweet adult swim students

This is my hubby, Paul

These are "my 3 sons", Michael & George and their friend Eddie who has called me Mom since he was in 7th grade

These are a lot of my grandchildren...but not all.. there are 11

There are many friends & family that I love......

.......but these 2 women, Deb & Di, are so deeply embedded in my heart and soul that if I had to choose THE someone that I love....THEY WIN hands down.


Day 14: Relaxation

The Sparkname should say it all.....

My truest & finest relaxation comes from water, any & all water.... but none so much as the Ocean at Night.

I promise to stay on task better with these blogs. My crochet hook is keeping me busy busy busy & believe it or not, this cold is fighting back AGAIN! YUCK.

Spark On my friends.


  
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LJCANNON 12/16/2014 6:49AM

    emoticon Sending healing Hugs and Prayers from Oklahoma!
Loved meeting your Loved Ones, Thank You for sharing them!

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FRAN0426 12/16/2014 1:45AM

    Enjoyed your blog. Lovely pictures of family and friends. You sharing the memory of decorating cookies with your mom, brings good memories of watching my mom making cookies until I was old enough to help, thanks for sharing.

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EDLEAR 12/16/2014 1:30AM

    Thanks for sharing your cookie memories and all the photos! You are very blessed in your relationships.
Get better from that cold!

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JAMER123 12/15/2014 10:51PM

    Lovely friends and family! Thank you so much for sharing. Hoping you get well soon as Christmas is coming soon. Sounds like you are doing well with the gifts.
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IMAVISION 12/15/2014 9:52PM

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I enjoyed reading your blog, Dawn.

Be blessed!

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WISLNDR 12/15/2014 6:41PM

    Nice photos; thanks for sharing your treasured memories!

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ROSAMARCELLE 12/15/2014 4:35PM

    Lovely photos and lovely memories. emoticon

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AUNTALICE2 12/15/2014 3:14PM

    Wow! Love the photos!! It is so nice to see who is important to you. Memories are wonderful things but more so when they are pleasant. I am so glad you are surrounded by such love! emoticon

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SUNSHINE99999 12/15/2014 9:23AM

  beat that cold so you can really enjoy the holiday fun. emoticon

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Day #11- Spark the Season - Breakfast

Thursday, December 11, 2014

I already know that I am going to get a LOT of flack about this one. We are supposed to post a picture of Breakfast... oh boy....

MOST days my breakfast is either emoticon Cheese...either cheese stix or cubes of colby/jack OR a couple of tablespoons of Peanut Butter.


I am always in a hurry to get to the pool. I teach 2 or 3 hours straight most mornings. If I were to eat more than that I would have stomach issues & that is NOT a happy thing in the pool. I DO eat a really big lunch. It's my biggest meal of the day and right after being at the pool. My dinner is a small meal.

My food plan is low/no carb right now. I eat fat, proteins & veggies. I throw in a few fruits once in a while. It's working for me.

Sometimes, when we have the money to splurge... DH & I go out for breakfast at the local buffet on the weekends.

  
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BIBS4664 12/12/2014 4:51PM

    It works when we work it!!! emoticon

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DAISYBELLEKIA 12/12/2014 2:03PM

    I won't make any negative comments, especially since my breakfast is usually a concoction I found on a low-carb blog...coconut oil breakfast frosting. It's yummy, keeps my blood sugar from spiking, has healthy fats and proteins and fills me up for nearly 3 hours!

Your diet sounds very similar to mine :)

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JAMER123 12/11/2014 11:17PM

    That's great it works for you! I hear you with going to the pool daily and teaching. Exercising on a full tummy is not the best for most. Peanut butter is good as I love it too.

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DIFROMWYOMING 12/11/2014 9:13PM

    I love peanut butter so...that works for me! I am an egg person and eat them most days but- this works in a pinch, as does cheese. Good work!

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BARBARAROSE54 12/11/2014 7:52PM

    go with whatever works for you Dawn. I love peanut butter.

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WISLNDR 12/11/2014 7:13PM

    Everyone agrees: what works for you is definitely the answer!

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-WRKNG2ABTTRME- 12/11/2014 7:01PM

    Do what works for you....not everyone else.

As for PB....I eat it on whole wheat toast, on celery with raisins (kids call it..ants on a log--lol), apples.

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IMPERIODEE 12/11/2014 5:40PM

  have whatever you think works well for you, as long as it is healthy and within your calorie range. keep the spark!

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BE-THE-CHANGE 12/11/2014 5:26PM

    Not a fan of plain peanut butter but I have been know to eat cheese sticks for breakfast.

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REALTYLADYLISA 12/11/2014 5:17PM

    Aaaaah, throw in 1/2 banana or some raisins, and you've got a GREAT breakfast! It's just supposed to "break" the "fast" of not eating overnight...doesn't need to be a big meal, just enough fuel to get the furnace warmed up so we can actually BURN off what we eat! As long as your getting SOMETHING for breakfast; that's what counts!

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IMAVISION 12/11/2014 5:13PM

    emoticon with the other comments --- we find what works best for our body & go with it.

God bless!

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DONNA_VT 12/11/2014 5:07PM

    I'm a fan of PB . . .I like it with an apple

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ROSAMARCELLE 12/11/2014 5:05PM

    It has to be what works for you. emoticon

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GRINGUITA 12/11/2014 4:31PM

    That sounds like a good nutritious breakfast to me. If it fits a plan that is working for you that's the main thing. I couldn't possibly eat the breakfasts that some people eat -- way too many carbs for me but if it works for them that is what they should do! We should each do what works for our individual bodies.

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Day #10- Spark the Season - HOME

Thursday, December 11, 2014

This blog is for Dec 10th. I am supposed to post pictures of HOME. I don't really have any pictures of my house... HOME is with my family...


This is some of the grandchildren in my kitchen


This is my husband, Paul, on our front porch


These are some of my grandchildren on Mother's Day 2012 in our church. I had been looking for a church for us for quite a long time. When I walked in to our church, Calvary Disciples of Christ Church, I KNEW that I was "home".


Of course, my Spark name alone should tell you that I am HOME in the water. This is picture is my adult swim class whom I love as family. We start our classes off with a prayer circle.

These are some of my pictures of HOME. It would take too long & too much space for me to post all the pictures that are in my heart to share. HOME is definitely where the HEART is! Bright blessings to you all.

  
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DIFROMWYOMING 12/11/2014 9:15PM

    I love them all, always like seeing Paul I feel like we're old friends now- can't wait until I really meet him and throw him right off balance with a hug! lol

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WISLNDR 12/11/2014 7:11PM

    Beautiful, wonderful photos!

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IMAVISION 12/11/2014 5:08PM

    I enjoyed that peek into your world, Dawn.

Your Grandchildren are all adorable & how blessed you are to have them so close by.

I felt the same way when we first walked into our church fellowship --- Rocky Mountain Calvary. \o/ Praising the good Lord for putting us where He wants us to serve Him, when we are open to Holy Spirit's leading! \o/

God bless!

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GRINGUITA 12/11/2014 4:21PM

    Great pictures! You are right -- home is where the heart is, for sure! emoticon

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BE-THE-CHANGE 12/11/2014 4:17PM

    Love the pictures!

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