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You Inspire Me...

Saturday, September 13, 2014

SparkPeople sent me an email yesterday that I have become a "SparkPeople Motivator" based on your votes.

Thank you. I do have to say, I feel like I got to this place for selfish reasons! I love to read how you are all doing and am so motivated by all of you! All the different ways everyone exercises gives me ideas. Your recipes help me expand my kitchen skills. Your determination and persistence to obtain your personal goals, lose/maintain weight loss, fight diabetes, manage family and work issues gives me the strength to manage my own crisis and run another mile when it is a tough day. Your participation in races tells me I can do it too, when you stumble, brush yourself off and get back up after a binge, splurge or exercise hiatus, I don't beat myself up so much when it's my turn.

And ... most importantly - you keep going so I keep going!

  
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RHOOK20047 9/15/2014 11:13PM

    Congrats, I was designated as a motivator earlier in the month. We inspire and affect others by our word and deeds. Congrats!

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EDENZMOM 9/15/2014 9:00AM

    Well, you are.
Keep doing what you do! xoxo

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KALISWALKER 9/14/2014 5:50PM

    emoticon You deserve!

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WONDERGALE 9/14/2014 1:15AM

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WATERMELLEN 9/13/2014 6:34PM

    Hurrray hurray hurray -- so glad to see your contributions recognized and honoured!! This is a great community of supportive people and we're focusing together on . . . .health and happiness and good stuff like that.

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INFLATED 9/13/2014 3:20PM

    Congratulations! You motivate me. You hold down a job, are there for you family and friends, work hard and encourage and help others. You deserve the award!


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NOSNACKER-57 9/13/2014 1:45PM

    Congrats. I'm on the shooting stars team and quite new to the challenge, but glad to see we have a motivator on our team!

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SHAMROCKY2K 9/13/2014 12:51PM

    WOW! Well deserved. emoticon emoticon

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MAINEALI 9/13/2014 12:21PM

    That is a beautiful post and so well put. Thank you!

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CERIUSLY 9/13/2014 11:11AM

    Great Blog! Acknowledging those who inspire us to be inspiring! It's a constant circle but always with room for more.

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SWEDE_SU 9/13/2014 10:51AM

    emoticon - you inspire us!

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MWWENSIN 9/13/2014 10:35AM

    Congrats you were a sparkpeople motivator even before you got the award. The award merely acknowledges that fact a little later. Keep doing what you're doing.

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NASFKAB 9/13/2014 10:35AM

  great you became a motivator you sure deserve it

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SALTYCHOCOLATE 9/13/2014 10:35AM

    Thank you for your support and encouragement"

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MBTEPP 9/13/2014 10:28AM

    emoticon ! emoticon

That's what it's all about!



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OVERWORKEDJANET 9/13/2014 9:44AM

    Good for you. Also that's a great motivational picture!

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KIWIANN 9/13/2014 9:39AM

    emoticon And I think it is a well-deserved award! emoticon

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MM11113 9/13/2014 9:33AM

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JOHNMARTINMILES 9/13/2014 9:31AM

    Congrats!

Make Today the Greatest Day of Your Life

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KRISZTA11 9/13/2014 9:21AM

    Congrats to becoming SparkMotivator!
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You fully deserve it.
You success and persistence is an inspiration to me, and you are a wonderful friend.
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KESTRYLL 9/13/2014 9:18AM

    Thank you

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My 27th Wedding Anniversary...

Friday, September 12, 2014

Today is my 27th wedding anniversary. I married a great man.
We have had our share of ups and downs - mainly because we have kids! - but we have always worked as a "team" and I am so grateful that he has chosen to be part of my life.

Today, after driving across country for the past 4 days - with our son and his dog - in a Penske truck, while towing a car and then unloading the truck during a heat wave in San Diego, the poor guy is flying back to meet me in Virginia this evening! We are attending our nephew's wedding tomorrow.

And now, both of our sons are officially on their own, way far away!!
We finally get "our" time back.

  
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WATERMELLEN 9/13/2014 6:35PM

    Congrats to you and your DH -- 27 years is AWESOME -- and enjoy all the great times that stretch ahead!!

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INFLATED 9/13/2014 3:16PM

    Whew girl, you are on a whirlwind of one event after another right now.

Happy belated anniversary!

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KRISZTA11 9/13/2014 5:22AM

    I wish you many more happy and peaceful years together.
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SHAMROCKY2K 9/12/2014 3:54PM

    Wonderful!! Enjoy the day and the time to get back to being the 2 of you. I see a lot more boat time in your future.. after shedding a few inevitable tears.

OUR anniversary is tomorrow. Great time of year!

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PRESBESS 9/12/2014 1:14PM

    Wow, what changes you are experiencing. It sounds exciting and emotionally overwhelming at the same time. I'm wishing you and your hubby the absolute best!
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WONDERGALE 9/12/2014 11:34AM

    Happy Anniversary! emoticon emoticon

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PLMITCH 9/12/2014 9:56AM

    Quite the achievement, especially in this day and age!

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EDENZMOM 9/12/2014 9:53AM

    congrats!! Wishing you another 27 happy years together. Enjoy that wedding tomorrow! xo

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MBTEPP 9/12/2014 9:41AM

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Wishing many more happy years together!

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CHEMCHIC2006 9/12/2014 9:33AM

    Congrats! Happy anniversary!

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CBMOOREFIELD 9/12/2014 9:00AM

    Congratulations and Happy Anniversary!

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KIWIANN 9/12/2014 8:28AM

    Happy Anniversary! And I hope that you and your husband experience all the best of the "empty nest!"
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Let There Be Peace On Earth...

Thursday, September 11, 2014



It many ways, 9/11/2001 seems like yesterday. I vividly remember that morning, how I was alerted, who I was talking to. The helpless feeling I had when a mother of one of my students - a Philadelphia air traffic controller - called me and warned me that they couldn't find a plane. She was worried it would crash into our school. (It later crashed into a Pennsylvania field). The media played the crashes over and over and over again. We all watched and waited for rescue to find someone who had survived under the rubble - it didn't happen. So many brave people, trying to help. I will continue to pray for all of the families who lost a loved one on that day.

Now, 13 years later, we are amidst the ISIS crisis. I cannot imagine being consumed by so much hatred and callousness for human life. How do we promote peace with people who do not have a soul?

...We role model and keep praying!!

  
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INFLATED 9/13/2014 3:15PM

    We can pray. I don't know what to make of the world situation. I am glad that there wasn't any terrorism on American soil this year.

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WATERMELLEN 9/11/2014 9:08PM

    . . . and let it begin with me.

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MBTEPP 9/11/2014 11:59AM

    Let there be peace today more than any other day

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KRISZTA11 9/11/2014 10:48AM

    I hope such a terrible thing will never happen again.
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Here in Hungary I'm worried about Russia, the war in Ukraine.
So I cherish every day when me and my family are together in peace and safety. This may last for long or not, but the best thing I can do is be happy about each day in peace and health.
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WONDERGALE 9/11/2014 10:38AM

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EDENZMOM 9/11/2014 9:49AM

    unfortunately this is our reality today, and it shouldn't be. As a child i dont remember hearing of any of this going on, and now it's hijacking after beheading.. what is next? when will this stop?


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OPHELIE 9/11/2014 8:24AM

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Checking In...

Monday, September 08, 2014

It's been such a crazy week! Last Sunday we moved my younger son out of his townhouse. He left Tuesday for boot camp. Wednesday, Thursday and Friday I helped my other son pack up his townhouse and Saturday we loaded the truck.



That truck is packed!

And, he left a lot!! So, now I am working on getting the house cleared so it can be rented. Yesterday was about cleaning - it wasn't real dirty, I worked on the detailing and cleaning up after the move. Today I have to hit the attic room and tonight have people coming to take some furniture. I am putting some items on Craig's list, hoping to cover his next mortgage payment.

I woke up around 2 am - felt like I got hit by a Mack truck!!

I did miss 2 running days, but I did get my exercise in for sure! I am headed out for a run now, then checking in at work before heading back down to my son's house.

  
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INFLATED 9/13/2014 3:11PM

    You definitely got in your exercise with two moves and cleaning. I used to take two Motrin when I knew I was going to have a lot of heavy lifting to do. Now I can't take any medicine without my doctor approving it.

Your sons have an awesome mother to count on. May God keep you and your family safe and sound.

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TX_WILDHEART 9/10/2014 10:21PM

    HOly moly that is ALOT ALOT. Just the fact that you did it all... and despite being sore ... you just sound so happy!

Rhonda

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MBTEPP 9/10/2014 12:23PM

    Deep breaths!

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OVERWORKEDJANET 9/10/2014 5:12AM

    That was plenty of exercise

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WONDERGALE 9/8/2014 9:48PM

    You definitely got your exercise in. What won't we do for our children? I hope it all goes well. emoticon

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JAXMOMMY 9/8/2014 5:06PM

    Moving made you feel as if the truck hit you? Hope you will feel better soon! Can you slow down with the clean up now that both of your guys are on their way? Be kind to yourself!

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KRISZTA11 9/8/2014 2:48PM

    Wow, you have been very busy and efficient.
So nice of you to give so much support to your sons.
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BOILHAM 9/8/2014 10:48AM

    You get the emoticon Mom emoticon award

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R2COUNTRY 9/8/2014 10:45AM

    Awesome. Hoping you much joy today. Enjoy the memories. May God protect each an every step of you all. emoticon

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1HAPPYSPIRIT 9/8/2014 10:34AM

    You certainly burned some calories!

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LIVE2RUN4LIFE 9/8/2014 10:25AM

    Your sons are fortunate to have such a great support system in you. But do take care of yourself too!
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EDENZMOM 9/8/2014 9:54AM

    you are an amazing momma!!
I'm exhausted just thinking about all the packing and moving that you did! Such a coincidence that they're leaving the same week/weekend.

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IFDEEVARUNS2 9/8/2014 9:16AM

    Hope all continues to be well with the sons. emoticon

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BA5454 9/8/2014 8:44AM

    Moving is hard work! Let me say that again: moving is hard work! Awesome job, though!

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REGINAROLLINS 9/8/2014 8:33AM

  Sound like you are getting plenty of exercise whether you want it or not. Best way to lose weight and get stuff done at the same time!!!!!

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AZMOMXTWO 9/8/2014 8:26AM

  you are a great person

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My Running Streak Lives On...

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Today marks Day 24 of my running streak. I am now in the habit of running again. I have not permitted ANY excuses not to run everyday (I would have before). My husband has been very supportive too - he takes Roxy out while I run, and waits for me on days he wants to go out to breakfast.

Now that I have established this habit, I do need to mix it up a little bit to prevent injury and keep it interesting. I am going to go through my collection of exercise DVDs. I am going to run 5 days per week and do a DVD the other two days.

I am going to modify my streak to represent the above.

On the home front, my younger son leaves Tuesday night for boot camp, we are moving him home today. My older son accepted the job he really wanted in San Diego. He signed on an apartment 2 blocks from his new job which is right where we stayed last year! He is flying back here (Maryland) today and has two weeks to pack up, put his house up for sale and get back out there! And in the middle of it, we are all attending a wedding in Virginia!

It's going to be a hectic two weeks - so glad I have this streak!!

  
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JAXMOMMY 9/4/2014 6:19PM

    I got cut off from your blogs.... Awesome! What big changes and you keep running along! I really like jessicasmithtv.com for a mix of workouts! She will provide different moves to work the same ol' body parts and she is friendly and fun! I own all her DVDs and use her web site almost daily. I've written to her and she is so nice! Anyhow, just a suggestion! Awesome job with the running streak and both of your kids doing so well! Peace & Love! Melissa

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INFLATED 9/3/2014 12:12AM

    The running allows you to think and do your body good. Keep up your streak!














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WONDERGALE 9/2/2014 12:53AM

    emoticon on your running streak! It sounds like everything is working out! emoticon

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TX_WILDHEART 8/31/2014 5:49PM

    Whoa... thast a lot of stuff going on. At least you know the running will be your solid while everything else is changing. Hang in there!

I did my best weight loss after my kids were gone. I suddenly didn't know what to do with myself... and found exercise and healthy eating kept me occupied.

Hang in there.

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EDENZMOM 8/31/2014 3:03PM

    Sounds like busy times. So glad for the streak!

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MBTEPP 8/31/2014 1:20PM

    Catherine is right! There is so much positive forward motion, last year must seem like long ago history. You must be proud and emotional. Is this going to be an empty nest for you?

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LIVE2RUN4LIFE 8/31/2014 12:13PM

    So much better than one year ago!
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SHAMROCKY2K 8/31/2014 11:48AM

    All good things. Soak it all in!

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KIWIANN 8/31/2014 10:23AM

    Busy times ahead - your streak will keep you grounded!! Keep up the good work!! emoticon

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PMRUNNER 8/31/2014 9:02AM

    Woo hoo! Sounds busy there! Good luck to your two sons one their next big steps!

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BOILHAM 8/31/2014 8:59AM

    Excellent. Keep up the good work. My GS joined the Navy, waiting for orders to boot camp in Great Lakes. emoticon

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AUNTRENEE 8/31/2014 8:58AM

    Have a great weekend.

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