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Gettin Rid of My Excuses

Monday, March 22, 2010      26 comments

I saw a lot of people I hadnít seen in a long time this weekend. Funerals usually do that to you. I hadnít seen one of my brother-in-laws since his motherís funeral and that was almost ten years ago. People read a death notice, see a name and co... Read more

Back Home and Wore Out

Sunday, March 21, 2010      11 comments

We arrived home about forty five minutes ago. Everything went smoothly yesterday. The funeral was both touching and uplifting. There was a lot of inspiration that came from the family members who eulogized Joan's brother. The amazing thing... Read more

A Quick Update

Saturday, March 20, 2010      17 comments

A very brief yet heartfelt note to thank all of you for your wishes, prayers and support. I knew I had some friends here at Spark but I didnt realize how many friends I had and just how much they cared. The wake went well last night. It was... Read more

Being Out of Balance and Being Mature or How To Survive A Stress Filled Week

Friday, March 19, 2010      23 comments

Ever feel like you are looking at the world through a bowl full of green Jell-O? Okay you can put your hands down now. Looks like itís been most of us. Whatís the first thing we usually do? Ok Iíll answer because I am a pro at this. We grab t... Read more

Honoring My Commitments or Yeah I Know "Just Do It"

Thursday, March 18, 2010      21 comments

Itís 4:50 AM. The gym opens in twenty five minutes and I will be there. It simply comes down to the fact that I said I would be there every day for forty minutes. I will be traveling all day to day and by the time I return home, I know I will be... Read more

The Journey To Health and It's Decisions

Wednesday, March 17, 2010      23 comments

Before I began this journey towards health I lived under the misperception that there were all kinds of things and people that I needed in my life. I clung to that notion like a drowning man clings to a life raft. I drew lines in the sand. Eithe... Read more

Small Acts of Kindness and Our Journey Towards Health

Tuesday, March 16, 2010      18 comments

Of my top ten things to do in life, walking outdoors in the morning is right up there. Once the weather warms up for good in mid-April, I enjoy getting up around 5:30 and taking a walk. It is cool it is quiet and I use the time to think, meditat... Read more

What I Have Learned So Far: Three Months of Spark

Monday, March 15, 2010      22 comments

As of yesterday I have been a Sparkie for three whole months. I would like to share what I have learned so far. First, I deserve to be healthy and with that I deserve to be happy. So do you. Health is not something reserved for the bright, ... Read more

Putting Life Into Neutral

Saturday, March 13, 2010      10 comments

This will be quick. I am going to be a "Spark Bum" this weekend. I will keep up with my food, my exercise and all my goals and commitments. I will pray for each of you, hold you in my heart and think good thought about you until Monday morn... Read more

"But You Don't Understand....... I'M TIRED"

Friday, March 12, 2010      22 comments

A friend of mine called the other day. I hadnít heard from him in awhile. Heís had a rough twelve months or so. His father passed away right before Christmas 2008. He had struggled with diabetes for over twenty five years and was in poor health ... Read more

Rewarding Performance or Do I Have A lot To Learn.

Thursday, March 11, 2010      15 comments

Because i am going to be traveling today I wrote this last night. Hence, the past tense. While Joan and I were eating dinner tonight the topic of rewards surfaced. We got into a discussion how from childhood on we associate success and acc... Read more

Creating Enjoyable Goals

Wednesday, March 10, 2010      13 comments

When I am not blogging or writing I actually do work. I donít call it work. I call it getting paid to have fun. It was a goal of mine for a long time and about ten years ago it came true. It was the culmination of dreaming and believing in a lo... Read more

Becoming "Undependent"

Tuesday, March 09, 2010      18 comments

My wife looked over my shoulder as I typed the heading and said, ĎAre you sure ďundependantĒ is a word?Ē I laughed. ďIt is now.Ē I am a dependant person. In many ways I depend on the good things in my life. They are as someone once sai... Read more

Dont Quit

Monday, March 08, 2010      24 comments

Steve was orphaned at birth. He spent the first eighteen years of his life in orphans homes. At age eighteen he joined the Navy. After four years in the Navy, Steve used the G.I Bill to become a gemologist or as we call them, a jeweler. Steve le... Read more

A Moment of Faith

Sunday, March 07, 2010      12 comments

I decided to change my workout music yesterday. I was getting tired of listening to the same stuff. Itís not that the music is bad but when you have 1,256 songs on your IPod you can choose from a wide selection. So as I am walking around the tra... Read more


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