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I Need some Assistance, Please

Saturday, March 27, 2010      12 comments

I am looking for some resources that might help me better understand the benefits of a vegetarian diet. Since I have been a Spark person I realized that I am only eating meat about twice a week and I have only had red meat twice in four months!!... Read more

Finding Support For Our Journey

Friday, March 26, 2010      24 comments

I feel really good about the choices I made at dinner last night. The only real issue I had was the unsweet iced tea I drank. Our server, who did and excellent job kept my glass full. I was awake until late last night. So I turned on my computer... Read more

Dodging Bullets and Then To Bed

Thursday, March 25, 2010      16 comments

First of all thanks so much to each of you who responded to my blog on humor and its effect on our lives. This may sound like a very poor excuse but I am dead tired from work and while I want to respond to each of you individually, the spirit is... Read more

"I Can't Think With My Pants On."

Wednesday, March 24, 2010      25 comments

My oldest son John told me that one night when he was five. He was wrestling with whatever mystery five year olds wrestle with sitting in the middle of his bedroom he was dressed in a blue polo shirt, black socks and Superman Under-Ooís. His pan... Read more

More Than Diet and Excercise

Wednesday, March 24, 2010      16 comments

There is an old proverb that goes something like this: ďThe way you see the world is the way you see yourself. ď When I am on top of the world nothing can bother me. Things that might get under my skin on a bad day roll right off my ba... Read more

I Am "Under Construction"

Tuesday, March 23, 2010      21 comments

I am learning that true health isnít just measured by gazing down at your belly. Like the stock market, the rise and fall of your stomach may be one of many indicators, but itís not the end all and be all. I think thatís why diets fail and I thi... Read more

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


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