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A Long Time Ago in A Galaxy Far, Far Away.....

Thursday, November 13, 2014

(Cue the Star Wars music please)

A Long Time Ago in A Galaxy Far, Far Away.....

There was a great Jedi Knight named SKINNYPOWELL1. She was once strong with the ways of the SPARK (Force), a Jedi Master even. It's been a long time since she's been active on SPARK even after having enjoyed much success over the past several years. So why did this once great Jedi go into hiding?????

Simply put.....she "let herself go" and is/was ashamed of who she had become, thinking she no longer needed the Force (SPARK) to keep track of meals, fitness minutes, spark buddies, etc. All previous success cast down into the Pit of Carcoon (gained back 30+ pounds and became preoccupied with many other things). She thought she could handle it all...until a long, powerful glance in the mirror, and then the "ah ha" moment struck like an asteroid.... the Jedi Master was still there, just hidden deep inside.

The once great Jedi Master is back on track - living the true ways of the SPARK. Struggling to let go of the "dark side"...like over eating, under estimating calories, no exercising, etc. This month has been the awakening. I'm back to tracking on SPARK, eating healthy, and I'm back to running, biking and all the great workouts that I enjoyed in the past.

My new mission is clear.... "Do or Do Not....There is No Try". I have set my course.... and will enjoy my journey thru the galaxy once more, in search of my former self.....the true Jedi Master.


(pic from google)

  
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SWEDE_SU 11/16/2014 11:51AM

    welcome back - we have all soooo been there, and done that - and spark is still here for you!

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SAMI199 11/14/2014 7:20AM

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I hear you -time to get our Spark on!

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2HAMSDIET 11/13/2014 11:08PM

    I am so glad you haven't turned to the dark side. I am happy to have you back and have missed you! emoticon

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MZSLYDE01 11/13/2014 11:06AM

    OK This just inspired me - I feel a huge twinge of guilt taking over my body. """Putting head down in shame"""" BUT the Great Jedi has brought forth much insight and inspiration so I know that the SPARK FORCE is with me as well. I can do this just like you can do it too.
May the FORK BE WITH YOU ---- while you are picking up SALAD with it.... HEE HEE HEE.

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DDOORN 11/13/2014 10:21AM

    AWESOME to hear that your SPARK is in GEAR!

Welcome back! Hoping you've parlayed your temporary setback into some important lessons for yourself that can help to prevent a re-occurrence in the future.

DO consider joining the At Goal & Maintenance SparkTeam! There is much wisdom and support there to help us to Keep the Spark! :-)

Don

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ONMYMEDS 11/13/2014 9:47AM

    May the force be with you

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DeNile Virus - No one is Safe

Thursday, February 20, 2014

I have been sick with some sort of nasty 10-day virus that turned into an ear/sinus infection - the headaches and ear aches have been horrible and debilitating - never in my life have I experienced ear pain as bad as this, felt like someone was using my head for batting practice. I've been sick going on three weeks now, still not quite up to par but hoping I will be over it in a few days thanks to good old fashion Amoxicilin. I know, quit complaining, it could be so much worse, but this has been a really rough 3 weeks, not to mention a really rough winter. The temps have been unseasonal here and I'm not accustomed to such, I know...another good excuse to whine. I've been in hibernation for the past 2 months. Quick....someone call the Wham-bulance.

I have reached a new level of disgust with myself over these past few weeks. I’ve let myself go, it’s time to take control and get on the ball. I thought about how thoroughly disgusted and disappointed with myself I am while eating a bowl of ice cream..... in bed, watching TV last night and looking at myself in the mirror, that will tell you I was having a pity party and giving myself a serious WAKE-UP call. Oh and add to that...wearing a size bigger pj pants too, that's the cherry on top of the sundae.

The other wake-up call came when I got on the scale at the doctor’s on Tuesday….TILT, TILT, TILT – it said….one foot at a time please – holy bajeebies. Time to take action, no more excuses – the old SKINNY needs to resurface.

I've been in hiding, living in Egypt – on “de Nile” that is.

Denial... I can eat whatever, whenever I want, with no consequences. Like choosing a McDonald's burger and fries over what I used to eat...healthy, loaded salads. Seriously, fallen off the deep end there. I can't believe I reached that level, uggghhh.

Denial... that counting calories is not necessary, I can guestimate how many calories I'm consuming - oh well, guess I don't need to keep track at all.

Denial...I can still keep my running game going (in my mind of course), all the while having my butt sit on the couch and wishing I were out running but finding every excuse not to. It's too windy, it's too cold, I have a headache, I'm too busy, yada, yada and the list goes on. I have a half marathon I am supposed to run in less than 2 months, it's my running partner's first one, I can't let her down.

SMACK !!!!!! - pull yourself up by the boot straps SKINNY, get with it, get back in the game, be proud of yourself, you know you can do it.

I am packing my bags and moving from Egypt...... So let it be written, so let it be done.

  
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ELAINEROSE5 2/27/2014 11:41AM

    It's amazing that we have the exact same excuses for doing bad!! LOL The weather had been horrible. I wish you could smack me in the head also!!

I have been sick too and almost didn't look at the scale when I went to the Dr. office..... emoticon

Here's to spring and recommitting ourselves to the healthy lifestyle we both know and love!!!! I know you can do it. I hope I can!!

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BOILHAM 2/22/2014 8:05AM

    Well, you're not alone with the cheating on eating and tracking. You've had your wake up call, now back to business.
You're going to get back in shape and have a great HM with your friend.
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LISAINMS 2/21/2014 3:55PM

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Feel better soon! It sounds like your flight has already departed from Egypt and you are on your way back.

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DDOORN 2/20/2014 11:07PM

    Oh man, who hasn't been there done THAT!

BUT: the fact that you are coming "out of the fog" tells me you're going to make quick work with your rebound ASAP! :-)

And better yet: I'm betting that you're taking away some important lessons learned from your "season of pain!"

Don

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SHARON10002 2/20/2014 3:52PM

    I'm sorry to read you've been so sick! emoticon
We've all been in De-Nile this winter for one simple reason - it's warmer! That being said, this winter has definitely been a contributing factor with the snow, the frigid temps, ice, etc.

Have you tried a product called Emer-Gen-C? It's a B-vitamin complex with Vitamin C. Really good stuff for helping to boost energy and immunity. DH had severe bronchitis a while back and was project lead for a 24/7 project. He was on doctor's orders to stay on bed rest but could not, so he took this twice a day, and it got him through the week working 14-15 hour days. We buy the Raspberry flavor. It's cheapest at Wal-mart. Give it a try!

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JCBRITT 2/20/2014 3:37PM

    It must be the winter slump. I was getting ready to send you a note to see where you've been. I don't think you have fallen off the wagon completely or you'd still be awol in Egypt..lol..Better weather is coming soon. If not, just bundle up and take a walk around the block..you will feel a "Spark". emoticon

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SAMI199 2/20/2014 11:33AM

    emoticon Pack that bag & I'll meet you on the other side of "Da-Nile".....one way tickets-right.

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JANE-DOE 2/20/2014 11:27AM

    Remember me? I was the lazy neighbor you had in de Nile, Egypt.
Yeah. That was me. I'm glad you got out of there, too. It was not a safe place to live.

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Reality Check

Thursday, October 31, 2013

I saw this online today and thought I would share, neat time lapse and great use of photo editing.

www.whydontyoutrythis.com/2013/10/37
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Society does not define me - be happy in the skin you're in.

  
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TEENY_BIKINI 11/4/2013 9:10AM

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SAMI199 11/1/2013 8:06AM

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Thanks for showing that we can't believe everything we see & we are already Be-you-tiful!

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2HAMSDIET 10/31/2013 11:29PM

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SHARON10002 10/31/2013 5:14PM

    This was a great illustration on how the media distorts our perceptions. Thanks for sharing this and the website. Lots of good stuff on there to explore!

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KELTIC-CARA 10/31/2013 4:12PM

    Amazing, thanks

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SHKIRK 10/31/2013 2:49PM

  WOW I have known of Photo Shop but have never SEEN it in process. THANKS

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Beach Run

Monday, August 19, 2013

I have lived near the beach all my life and have never, ever run on the sand for a workout. Friday morning, my running buddy Paulette and I ran four miles on the boardwalk then decided to run the last few blocks on the sand.


I always thought it would be TOO HARD to run in the sand, so I avoided it, until Friday. I overcame my thoughts about it, and glad I tried it....ahhhhhh NEW LOVE, we both loved it. WOW, I can't believe I have never done this....BEST workout EVER. This new love will be adding to my running schedule once a week.


The best thing happened during our morning run.....Paulette tells me she's ready for a half marathon, WOO HOO, time to get into half-marathon shape. YEAH, a goal to work towards. Sis, Paulette and myself....Flying Pirate Half-Marathon....here we come.

  
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MWWENSIN 9/12/2013 8:21AM

    Glad your experience on the beach was positive. I think it all depends on the consistency of the sand and the slope of the beach.

Congrats on your attempt to run a half marathon. It is just like a 10k just a little longer. You can do it easily by extending your long runs.

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BOILHAM 9/11/2013 11:03AM

    Just saw this blog. I ran on the beach when I was in the Panhandle visiting the state parks on the beaches. Easy on the feet and fun.

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BILL60 8/23/2013 7:06AM

    You go, girl!!

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SUEAZZI 8/21/2013 10:47AM

    I've never tried running on the beach but it sounds like fun. It looks so inspiring too! I love the ocean but it's about an hour away; I'll have to add it to my bucket list! HM ~ you go girl! emoticon

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SHARON10002 8/20/2013 1:25PM

    emoticon on overcoming that obstacle, and a big emoticon to you and your sister for in enrolling in the Half Marathon!

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JLITT62 8/20/2013 7:43AM

    I LOVE running on the beach & if I lived where you do I'd be doing it often! Sadly I'm hrs from any ocean & in oct it'll be too cold, most likely, to run barefoot on the sand.

I will just have to enjoy vicariously thru you.

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LAURELSPARK 8/19/2013 10:40PM

    Sounds like beach volleyball. It takes it out of you but it's loads of fun!

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BOOCH6 8/19/2013 10:41AM

    Go get it, girl !! emoticon

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GINGERLY4 8/19/2013 7:42AM

    Awesome!

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Spark Sister Sami Visit

Tuesday, August 06, 2013

This weekend I had the pleasure of meeting one of my SPARK sisters. We met on Spark a while back, not sure how long but I know it's been over a year maybe even two, time just flies these days. We have been sparking together, inspiring each other, exchanging emails, texting and then to talking on the phone. I invited her to come to visit me here in Virginia Beach.

Sami arrived on Thursday evening. Both of us were nervous (just a little nervous) about meeting each other for the first time....what if she didn't like me? what if I didn't like her? Well all that went out the window as soon as I saw her. We just "clicked", just like I knew we would. There was never an "awkward" moment the entire weekend, it's like we had known each other all our lives - WOW, we truly are sisters, from another mother of course, lol.

Our husbands thought we were out of our minds with "meeting our internet friends", what if we were serial killers, lol (husbands tend to be a little on the drastic side) - but after this weekend I think they are both convinced we aren't totally crazy (well maybe a little) - but my husband enjoyed having her stay and told me he really liked her - so now I get to venture to visit her neck of the woods next time.

We enjoyed dining out, we shopped til we dropped (literally), talked, laughed, went sightseeing, I had my family over for a cookout on Sunday so she could meet my crazy bunch, I wanted everyone to meet her and for her to meet everyone and we made a special trip to see my BFF Teresa, I wanted Sami to meet her too.

I enjoyed Sami's visit very much (only it was too short).....

Early morning chats over coffee, as in 5 a.m. - Both of us like to chat (imagine that, hee hee)

Kitchen time - I couldn't get out of my kitchen duties the entire time, darn (I did have to feed the menfolk, lol) - she helped with the meals, dishes, etc. She even taught me how to make some fantastic hashbrowns (Sami style as they are now known) and to flavor a baked potato with a bay leaf (who knew). To further demonstrate how super, dooper Sami is....she offered to make the hamburger patties for our cookout, she knows I can't stand to touch raw meat, eewhhhhhh....now what a woman and a friend, thanks lady.

Shopping - we both love to shop and better yet...we love a good bargain and we ran into a bunch of super deals and got some serious retail therapy - and we even made a stop in to the salon for a hair cut too.

I was so sad to see her go, but so glad I got to finally meet her. It is so hard to find truly genuine, sweet people in this world and of all the millions of people that are members of SPARKPEOPLE, we found each other. So not only is Sami a super Spark friend...she is now a part of my family. Looking forward to many happy sister years.

  
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1BEACHWALKER 8/8/2013 2:15PM

    How Nice! So happy all worked out and you are fast friends offline now!! Makes your sparking experience more special! emoticon

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CMCGRUN 8/7/2013 11:06PM

    I am soooo happy for you two! What a blessing. As Anne of Green Gables would say, you are "Bosom Friends" :)

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SUEAZZI 8/7/2013 9:49AM

    Oh what fun to meet Spark sister Sami! Sounds like you both had a blast. Love the pic, you both look so happy and radiant! emoticon

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MADAMES 8/7/2013 6:52AM

    What fun, oh what fun! So happy for you!
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SHARON10002 8/6/2013 10:20PM

    How awesome you guys got to meet! Love the picture, and the haircuts! So glad you had a wonderful weekend together!

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BRENDABUNNY 8/6/2013 10:11PM

    That is so awesome I get to meet one of mine on Nov 22nd (FLPALM) aka Fran....I am very excited and after that I have another on my list to meet hopefully within a year or so she is (WISHICOULDFLY) aka Connie...both of them are super good friends...I'm glad you got to meet Sami she is also one of my spark friends she is a wonderful supporter and leaves kind messages on my page...The picture of the two of you is beautiful emoticon

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DEECANDOITAGAIN 8/6/2013 7:59PM

    This is such a wonderful story!

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MPETERSON2311 8/6/2013 3:32PM

    Yay!!!

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JLITT62 8/6/2013 3:23PM

    I am jealous! No one ever wants to come to albany. Can't imagine why. Course then I'd have to clean. Plus they'd have to be ok with 2 little barky, jumpy dogs & fur everywhere no matter how much I vacuum. Cause it's all about me, see?

Glad you had such a fun weekend!

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MZSLYDE01 8/6/2013 11:25AM

    Oh you guys look so sweet together. The both of you are just lit up in the face. I can tell you really enjoyed each other's company. So happy for you. Isn't it great to finally meet.
Glad Mr P liked her too. That's awesome.
I knew you both would have a great time.
I can't wait to come and visit soon.

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IMSMILEY88 8/6/2013 11:00AM

    That's wonderful! I met an Internet friend in real life several years ago & was nervous but it turned out like your visit. We had a wonderful time!

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2HAMSDIET 8/6/2013 10:17AM

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SAMI199 8/6/2013 10:15AM

    I had a great time & feel the same way,Sis. You & your family are the best!
Thanks for showing me your "Southern Hospitality"-and I am planning on ya'll coming here soon.

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NATPLUMMER 8/6/2013 10:15AM

    Yay! Sounds like a great time!!

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