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Remembering 9/11

Thursday, September 11, 2014




“Remember the hours after September 11th when we came
together as one to answer the attack against our homeland. We drew
strength when our firefighters ran upstairs and risked their lives so
that others might live; when rescuers rushed into smoke and fire at the Pentagon; when the men and women of Flight 93 sacrificed themselves to save our nation’s Capitol; when flags were hanging from front porches all across America, and strangers became friends. It was the worst day we have ever seen, but it brought out the best in all of us.”
- Sen. John Kerry














"Remembrance begins with deep, personal identification. It begins with remembering the affliction of our brothers and sisters, and marking their pain as our own. Remembrance is a sacred moment when we raise up and hold to the light of the eternal moment, the good who have passed."
(Beliefnet.com)

  
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JUST_BRENDA 9/12/2014 6:50AM

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I was fortunate to visit the area, for the first time, earlier this summer. I was very moved by the memorial - very fitting.
My heart goes out to all who have lost loved ones through this senseless event.

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SPARKFRAN514 9/11/2014 1:26PM

     Those we love don’t go away they walk beside us every day unseen, unheard but always near still loved still missed and very dear
 “Remember me and smile, for it's better to forget than to remember me and cry.” ― Dr. Seuss
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SHARSUE 9/11/2014 11:30AM

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    emoticon God Bless America!

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RIDLEYRIDER 9/11/2014 7:33AM

  Thank you for remembering...

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August Progress Report :)

Tuesday, September 02, 2014



"By all these lovely tokens
September days are here,
With summer’s best of weather
And autumn’s best of cheer."
- Helen Hunt Jackson, September, 1830-1885



I purposely waited for today to post my August review, because I wanted to be able to announce....

100 DAYS OF NO SWEETS! emoticon

The last 31 days of those 100 were consecutive! emoticon

August was my most successful month so far. I've had more on track days than off. I haven't had a binge-fest in over 2 weeks-that's a big milestone for me! I'm sure that the 31 day-streak of no sweets, has a lot to do with it.

My husband and I haven't had any diet soda the whole month, I'm really proud of him!

I do need to work on...
Water intake. I'm still struggling to get enough water everyday.

September Goals:
Keep tracking my food-no matter what.
No sweets - of course.
Daily exercise.

Wishing you, emoticon success with your September goals!




Let's enjoy what's left of the summer days! emoticon

  
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ALEXSGIRL1 9/6/2014 6:39PM

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OMNOMNAMASTE 9/5/2014 9:30AM

   

You're doing wonderfully! And good for you and your husband, about the diet soda. It has been 34 days for me!

blessings, Sue

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_BABE_ 9/3/2014 10:22PM

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GLORIAMAJDI 9/3/2014 10:06PM

    100 days of no sweets! You rock Julia! I have been thinking of doing a no sweets streak - wonder if I could even get through a few days!

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AQUA_CAT 9/3/2014 6:09AM

    that is so great! I am very happy for you. I am so glad things are going well for you.

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IMEMINE1 9/3/2014 5:14AM

    emoticon that's emoticon You should be proud of yourself as well as your husband. That's really emoticon
I have to get off the sweets. You did emoticon

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NUOVAELLE 9/3/2014 2:17AM

    emoticon on your progress!
I'm sure September will be an equally successful month.
Keep up the great work!
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VTORIA3 9/2/2014 3:52PM

    Love this blog! August was an awesome month for you! emoticon on 100 Days of No Sweets Streak! emoticon And the 31 Day Streak, too! emoticon

And the kudos keep coming.....No diet soda! emoticon emoticon So nice that you and DH are supporting one another one this goal! emoticon

Wishing you a fantastic month of September! Love the last photo...so relaxing even to look at. emoticon



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Robin Williams Tribute

Friday, August 15, 2014

Hello sparkfriends!

I came across this beautiful tribute to Robin Williams and I wanted to share.


youtu.be/6csfDT5ovps

  
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SPARKFRAN514 8/22/2014 7:35PM

    emoticon for sharing a little late but catching up and want to thank you thought i had subscribed to your blogs


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IMEMINE1 8/18/2014 1:43PM

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1CRAZYDOG 8/15/2014 8:57PM

    So much pain behind all that humor. Thank you for sharing this.

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VTORIA3 8/15/2014 8:09PM

    Buddy, this was so touching and beautiful a tribute. Thank you for sharing it.

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IDLETYME 8/15/2014 7:51PM

    Beautiful tribute. I'm sorry that he felt that was the only choice that he had! emoticon

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WORKNPROGRESS49 8/15/2014 3:40PM

    Beautiful emoticon for sharing. RIP Robin Williams

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July Review/August Goals

Sunday, August 03, 2014




SWEETS!
I've been battling it for years. They've been times when I was able to go without sweets for months, and other times when I couldn't last more than two days without it.

I'm somewhere in between now, so far I have 70 days of no sweets, it would've been 75, but I gave in to my cravings 5 times in July.

Several friends have suggested that I indulge a little, just one serving as a treat every now and then, but unfortunately that doesn't work for me, one little treat just opens up the sugar-gates.

But 70 days is awesome and I'm really proud of that.
I've been active everyday! Walking or working out.
Been drinking my water, (Not an easy goal for me).

I am still struggling with the food. The sweet cravings hit after dinner, and no fruit will satisfy it. So, I compensate by overeating on other kinds of snacks. That has to stop! No weight loss this month again. emoticon

August Goals:
No Diet Sodas.
Continue with the water goal.
Continue with the no sweets goal.
Daily exercise.


This month and for the rest of the summer, there will be no more diet soda for me, and what's amazing is that my dear husband is joining me in quitting the diet sodas too! emoticon There is hope! emoticon



Wishing you all...



  
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VTORIA3 8/4/2014 10:16PM

    Wow! 70 days of no sweets is emoticon How wonderful that DH will join you in the no soda commitment! Keep up the nice work this month, friend! emoticon

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WIFEALF2 8/4/2014 9:42PM

    sweets is my weakness too..good for you...you are doing awesome

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GLORIAMAJDI 8/4/2014 12:13PM

    You are doing great, 70 days is wonderful! I never really have been a huge fan of sweets but in the past couple of years my tastes have changed and now I want them. I seem to be managing it okay but I really do think that I have too much refined sugar in my diet.

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SEATTLE58 8/3/2014 3:57PM

    I'm so proud of you for trying so hard for avoiding sweets. Just think of your over-all victory. You're balance scale is way heavier on the one side because of the more days of being without sugar then the day that are with sugar. So I think that that's a huge victory and you and your DH can do the same with diet soda, because look at your awesome past record! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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IMEMINE1 8/3/2014 12:52PM

    emoticon I am glad your husband is on board with you. It is always better with two.
My husband and I quit smoking together (or so years ago) together.
Good luck, emoticon
Donna

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MELNJAY3 8/3/2014 10:51AM

    That's great. I think I will join that goal too if u don't mind.

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1CRAZYDOG 8/3/2014 9:26AM

    If you're having sugar cravings, here's some information that might shed some light on it:

You crave sugar, that means your body needs:

chromium (broccoli, grapes, cheese, chicken)
carbon (fresh fruits)
phosphorous (chicken, beef, fatty fish, eggs, dairy, nuts, veggies, grains)
sulphur (cranberries, horseradish, cabbage, cauliflower)
tryptophan (cheese, raisins, sweet potatoes, spinach)

Sweets—If you crave sweets of almost any kind you may be experiencing blood sugar fluctuations. Giving in to pie, candy, cake, or other goodies only makes the problem worse by causing blood sugar roller coasters that lead to more crav¬ings. Instead, choose a piece of fruit when you’re craving sweets. And, regularly choose more high-fiber foods like beans and legumes, and complex carbohydrates like whole grains keep your blood sugar stable.

Just some ideas. And don't forget, lack of sleep and stress play havoc with these cravings too.

You can do this!

HUGS

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AQUA_CAT 8/3/2014 8:15AM

    Hey Julia! was just missing your blog this morning. nice to hear from you. exciting to partner with your husband on the diet pop goal.

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14 Years Sober Today! :)

Thursday, July 24, 2014

I wish I had documented my sobriety journey. What a fool I was not to. It could've helped me today with my sweets addiction.

I remember the first year though, I spend a lot of time in the library, reading up on sobriety and autobiographies of people who were sharing their sobriety journey.

One book I will never forget, it was by Susan Powter (the "Stop the Insanity" girl), the name of the book was "Sober and Staying That Way". It was a great help to me for some reason.

I also remember joining an AOL group "Women in Sobriety" but after a few weeks, I found that it was detrimental reading about failure after failure. I was still too vulnerable to read that.

The hardest was visiting relatives. I had one who kept asking me (every few minutes) are you sure you don't want a drink? He stopped after my husband scolded him in front of everyone! emoticon

Once in the beginning of my journey, I tried the alcohol free wine, I was thrilled to have found it, until I read the label and found out that it still had alcohol in it, I believe it was 0.5%. So, I dumped the bottle and stayed away from beverages that "stated" alcohol free.


Do I still think about drinking? Yes!

Especially in social events or when I'm really stressed, but I think of how far I've come and it's just not worth it.

I have a relative who doesn't believe I'm in sobriety, and I have to thank this person because "that" alone keeps me going! emoticon





Now, if I can only put all that I've learned about quitting alcohol to quitting sweets-I would be in paradise! emoticon emoticon emoticon



  
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OMNOMNAMASTE 8/30/2014 5:29PM

   
That is absolutely wonderful. You are made of strong stuff.

(people can be so stupid, right??)

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WIFEALF2 8/2/2014 11:52PM

    congrats...that is a long time keep it up you rock!

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SPARKFRAN514 7/30/2014 2:14PM

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_BABE_ 7/27/2014 2:52PM

    emoticon Congratulations!

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KFQUILTER 7/25/2014 10:23PM

    Congratulations. Dont stress about sweets. You accomplished a big thing. Here, and sweets should be easier. We are here for you.

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JANISMKW 7/24/2014 10:34PM

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I haven't shared this on SP before, but you've got 4 years on me.
I was 10 years sober on 7/12/14. I am blessed never to think of it, my obsession was lifted from me.
AA is the best.
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DIVINEPRINCESS 7/24/2014 8:31PM

    Big congrats on 14 years of sobriety. emoticon emoticon

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1CRAZYDOG 7/24/2014 5:42PM

    Very proud of your 14 yrs. sober. That's an awesome achievement.

That takes an awful lot of courage and determination to deal with stopping the behavior. You are a very strong person!

((((HUGS))))

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JUST_BRENDA 7/24/2014 5:34PM

    Wow, Julia, you've done so very well! That's 5100 days of sobriety and you've earned pride for every single day! I know you are humble but that is truly an accomplishment to celebrate (even if it is with sweets).
Please don't be so hard on yourself about the sweets... it's okay to have treats... from the little I know about you it doesn't sound like you are out-of-control with it (but maybe striving for perfection or close to it)

Thank you for sharing that inspiring accomplishment!!!
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VTORIA3 7/24/2014 1:10PM

    emoticon Buddy, on your 14 years of sobriety! A wonderful anniversary to celebrate! emoticon emoticon

I am always in great awe of a person that can make such profound changes in one's life. Here's to you today and every day my friend! emoticon emoticon I am in awe of you and you ARE emoticon

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IMEMINE1 7/24/2014 11:48AM

    emoticon and emoticon blog.
Sometimes we switch one addiction for another. Just like quitting smoking where we tend to eat candy or whatever by the ton.
emoticon emoticon You came a long way,baby!
(an old cigarette commercial)
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FISHGUT3 7/24/2014 11:01AM

    Congrats, you are one of the lucky 5%

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ASHLEIGHGAL 7/24/2014 10:12AM

    Congratulations on your amazing milestone!

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What an amazing accomplishment! Congrats!

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AQUA_CAT 7/24/2014 9:09AM

    wow Julia! this is a milestone. You are so worth it too. Thank you for sharing this.

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