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Memorial Day 2014

Monday, May 26, 2014



When I was a little girl we used to drive past a cemetery that looked much like the one above. I remember my father telling me it was especially for those who had served their country. I knew my father had served in WWII, which had ended less than twenty years earlier. There were black and white war movies on TV. I thought I knew all about war. Of course, I didn't.



I remember seeing my father's scar from a shrapnel wound he got during the Battle of the Bulge. I was about nine years old. I giggled and teased him about it, not really believing that my dad could have been wounded in war. Not my dad! He was such a jolly guy. He didn't talk much about being in the war, but now and then he would have a bad dream and wake up screaming. I still remember the sound of my mother's voice, a soft cascade of sweet murmurs, as she soothed him. It was my mother who explained that sometimes he would dream about the war.



If my father were still alive, I would give him one of those "big hugs around the neck" that he loved so much, and thank him from the bottom of my heart for his service.

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JUMPINJULIE 6/12/2014 10:09PM

    He sounds like a great guy.

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BEAUTY_WITHIN 6/1/2014 10:36PM

    He sounds like a wonderful man. Happy belated memorial day.

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BONNIEMARGAY 5/27/2014 6:03PM

    Thank you so much for sharing your memories of a wonderful man.

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CAT-IN-CJ 5/27/2014 10:47AM

    What a wonderful memory. We owe so much to our fathers and forefathers . . . the men and women who LIVED what we rarely hear about today.

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LUCYCAN7 5/26/2014 5:08PM

  It is fitting and proper for us to HONOR those who have paid the
ultimate price,to maintain the freedoms we enjoy in this country!
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JACKIE542 5/26/2014 3:54PM

    Beautiful, emoticon emoticon My dad was the same would not talk about the war he was in.

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1CRAZYDOG 5/26/2014 3:11PM

    Both my father and my son are veterans and have seen and heard things that no one should ever hear. I thank them and all the others veterans for their service, and pray for those who sacrificed their lives for what we have today.

Happy Memorial Day and never forget those who fought and died for the freedoms we have, our vets and those who continue to bravely serve.

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Exercise Block

Wednesday, May 07, 2014





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JUMPINJULIE 5/16/2014 4:45PM

    Love it. LOL

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CAT-IN-CJ 5/7/2014 11:39PM

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BONNIEMARGAY 5/7/2014 2:28PM

    YES!

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LINDAK25 5/7/2014 11:24AM

    emoticon Love it!

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JACKIE542 5/7/2014 10:59AM

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1CRAZYDOG 5/7/2014 8:15AM

    Uh huh! Now that block I could do! LOLOL

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TWEETYKC00 5/7/2014 7:28AM

    lol

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Bad habits are nagging me.

Monday, April 28, 2014

Starting over is hard. During my time away from SP I re-acquired those old bad habits I thought I'd ditched. I'm struggling to stop craving sugar, and to make exercise a regular part of my day.

This makes me smile:



But this makes me think seriously:



Exercise and good nutrition help relieve inflammation which equals less pain. Sugar feeds inflammation and increases pain.

Time to get serious about this! I'm ready to start feeling better.

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JUMPINJULIE 5/1/2014 3:52AM

    You can do it. emoticon

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SUSANBEAMON 4/29/2014 2:01AM

  i'm in favor of desserts.

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1SALMON1 4/28/2014 11:33PM

    Hi, Lou -
thanks for writing this. I have so many times thought "OK, finally you've got this healthy living stuff figured out!" and relaxed my efforts; and every single time I went back to my old way of living/eating/not working out. Knowing that about myself scares me and keeps me coming to Spark every day because I'm pretty sure I haven't "really" changed. It seems like just drifting back to sleep - so easy - to let things slide. Turning the tide is hard but after we push against it for a while it starts to move our way & eventually it'll carry us, if we keep up our efforts. Keep pushing, kiddo! You can do it!

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1CRAZYDOG 4/28/2014 9:38PM

    Love this. Exercise certainly was an underutilized anti-depressant for me! Not anymore!!

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BONNIEMARGAY 4/28/2014 1:04PM

    Wishing you relief.

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CAT-IN-CJ 4/28/2014 10:31AM

    It certainly is hard to change our habits....
but I know we can do it.
All we can do is one day at a time.
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NOLABUG79 4/28/2014 9:30AM

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PENNYSAVER2 4/28/2014 8:45AM

    emoticon everyday. You will be back on track soon. Remember, YOU are worth the effort. emoticon

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LINDAK25 4/28/2014 8:41AM

    Hey, that was then, this is now! emoticon

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TWEETYKC00 4/28/2014 7:31AM

    Go for it, you can do it!

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GARDENCHRIS 4/28/2014 7:22AM

    one thing and 1 day at a time... it is a journey not a destination.

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BIGDOG18 4/28/2014 6:05AM

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JAROL7 4/28/2014 5:34AM

    YEP ... DECIDING to do something is 90% of the process. The rest is just following your plan. If you don't lose ... adjust the plan to fewer calories until you lose. That's it. It's not rocket science. I LOVE the SP Tracker! I'm on Day #264. It works!

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Sorry for going MIA ... 9 months later.

Thursday, April 24, 2014

I can't believe it took me nine months to get back here! What was I thinking? I cant do this without all you guys here to cheer me on-- and to simply be my friends. I denied myself all that wonderful support for all those months, not to mention letting all of you down by not being here for YOU. I havent been a very good friend, and yet, what do I find when I return? Friendship being offered to me once again. I am a very fortunate person. I sincerely apologize to all of you, and I thank you from the bottom of my heart for being so wonderful. Even though I was gone, you were still leaving me supportive messages and Spark Goodies. You guys are wonderful!

The last time I was here, Id gone from 253 pounds to 230 pounds. In February when I last visited my doctor, I was horrified to find Id gone back up to 243 pounds. Id lost the habit of daily exercise and tracking my food, so I shouldnt have been surprised. However, I was. I started telling myself I had to get back to SP, and even promised my doctor I would, yet still I hesitated. I admit part of the reason was that I dreaded facing all of you after being MIA for so long. I was embarrassed...and still am. Then, a couple of days ago a friend sent me a video hed taken on Easter of me rocking my grandson to sleep. OMG! I am so fat! I have a huge round belly and look so unhealthy. I AM unhealthy. No wonder I dont have any energy and am in pain all the time! And, I have no one to blame but myself.

Therefore, here I am again, re-motivated to turn myself, my weight, my health -- my life -- around. My beginning goals are not quite as grand as before because I want to be sure I can meet them. I need to be successful right out of the gate. Therefore, Ive goaled myself for only 10 minutes a day of exercise and staying under my allotted 1550 calories per day. I am also concentrating on increasing my consumption of freggies and water. Once I re-experience the feeling of being successful, I plan to increase and fine-tune my goals. It will be a process. Ive been unsuccessful for nine whole months.

I know many of you wonder what happened to me. Why did I disappear? Heres the short answer: I suddenly found myself having to deal with a scary health issue while grappling with serious family problems. I became overwhelmed, and instead of turning to all of you for support, I let myself sink into depression. Huge mistake! I ended up isolating myself, even from family. Okay, I was wallowing in self-pity. Ugh. I dont want to be that person anymore. Im ready to move on.

So, Im back, determined that this will be my last start-over. I need to be here...and stay here. I have to do this. I really dont have any choice but to make this work. I want to be happy again.

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JUMPINJULIE 5/1/2014 3:51AM

    No worries. Welcome back. Missed you.

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    emoticon Glad to see you back. You were missed! You're smart to start out slow and with small goals. emoticon emoticon Your spark friends are here for you!!! emoticon

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GARDENCHRIS 4/25/2014 10:55PM

    Welcome back..... sometimes people need to take breaks... but your back!

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GRACEOMALLEY 4/25/2014 6:03PM

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No worries - juat jump back in and do your best.

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PUPPYWHISPERS 4/25/2014 1:24PM

    I missed you and I'm so glad you're back! Please don't leave again.

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BONNIEMARGAY 4/25/2014 1:11PM

    Thanks for doing your best! Wishing you health and happiness.

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    Glad to hear from you!! emoticon emoticon

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ELVISINTHEHOUSE 4/24/2014 9:03PM

    Oh my! I decided to check in to see if there were any comments before going to the kitchen to start supper, and there were! You guys are so great. I've got tears in my eyes. Thank you for the warm welcome back.
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LINDAK25 4/24/2014 8:54PM

    Welcome back! You really can do this!
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LUCYCAN7 4/24/2014 8:41PM

  Welcome Back!!!So thankful you are coming back toSP
You Can Do This!!We are here for YOU!!
Just Keep Sparking,Don't Leave
Keep Blogging and Posting!!!

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1CRAZYDOG 4/24/2014 8:15PM

    My dear . . . welcome back. You have lots of people here for you, rooting for you. So come on back often. No matter what it is, there's a listening ear, a shoulder to cry on, someone to share a victory with or ask advice of. So, come early, come often!

HUGS

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CAT-IN-CJ 4/24/2014 8:13PM

    Welcome back!
You were sorely missed!

And you are right

YOU CAN DO IT!!!!

because
WE CAN DO IT
TOGETHER!!!!!

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Sorry for going MIA.

Monday, July 29, 2013



I apologize to all my friends for being missing in action this last week. I'm really sorry for any worry I caused.

I needed to take some time off to deal with something that needed all my attention. I got so bogged down that everything else simply got sidelined. All my wonderful Streaks just came to a screeching halt. I haven't even been tracking my food (and I'd been doing so well!!!), and exercise has been almost non-existent. No Consistency Award for July for me! And, I realize I'm going to have to start over. Amazing how quickly things can fall apart. I do know, though, that I can, and will, start over.

The way things are going, I probably won't be online much this week either, at least not every day. However, I should be able to check in now and then to say hello and see how everyone is doing. Another week, and I should be back to my old self, setting new goals and starting new streaks.

Please don't worry about me. I'm okay. I've missed everyone, and I hope you're all doing well.

Hugs to all of you.



Lou

  
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1SALMON1 8/3/2013 1:31AM

    Thank you for letting us know you are OK! Sometimes there's just too much going on - somethings gotta give. All your friends here on Spark are pulling for you and hoping things settle down for you soon. We miss you!

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JIMINY24 8/2/2013 10:57PM

    Glad to hear you are still kicking and hope things settle down soon. The wonderful thing about SP is that your giant 'reset' button is there to be pushed and start over anytime! emoticon

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LINDAK25 7/30/2013 3:14PM

    Hugs back at you!
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BONNIEMARGAY 7/30/2013 3:57AM

    Perfection is not required!

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LIVINGFREE19 7/30/2013 1:17AM

    Glad to hear that everything is ok!

Take the time you need, we will be here waiting for you!

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SPOONGIRLDEB 7/29/2013 10:44PM

    I hope everything works out okay. SparkFriends wouldn't be good for much if a week's absence scared us off :-)!!!! And just think about all the new streaks you can start when you are able to get back to it here!

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1FARMER 7/29/2013 9:51PM

    We'll be hanging out right where you left us. We spark friends aren't that easy to
lose! emoticon See you soon. emoticon emoticon Jeanne emoticon

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COCK-ROBIN 7/29/2013 9:50PM

    emoticon back to you!

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JUMPINJULIE 7/29/2013 9:46PM

    Hugs back at you.

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1CRAZYDOG 7/29/2013 8:23PM

    Just know you're in my thoughts and prayers. HUGS

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JACKIE542 7/29/2013 8:02PM

    Just glad you are ok, take good care. emoticon

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CAT-IN-CJ 7/29/2013 7:54PM

    So glad to hear from you and that you're okay!

Hey, life happens. Don't worry.

And you're not starting over. Sometimes LIFE becomes our streak . . . . and sometimes ya just need a break. It happens to all of us.

Check in when you can. We just wanted to be sure you're okay!!!

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DARLY55 7/29/2013 6:40PM

    I'm glad to hear from you, glad you are okay! We are here whenever you are ready for us! Hang in there.

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BIGPAWSUP 7/29/2013 6:28PM

    Glad to hear things are all ok. I understand people get bogged down and life gets really busy.

Just happy to know you are ok.

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CHEROKEE_ROSE 7/29/2013 5:36PM

    Hang in there! And you are not completely starting over. You just have to hop back on the wagon is all. Do what you can, but please don't be a stranger here. The encouragement here is really important. It helps me stick to my goals. I want to have good news and results to post. But if I am having a hard time, there are people here who will reach in and pull me back up too. Hope everything settles down for you. Looking forward to seeing you get back your "streaks."
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