The Vacation Paradox

Can’t Wait to Go, Can’t Wait to Get Home

Have you ever gotten halfway through a vacation you’ve been anticipating for months, and suddenly find yourself pining for home? Why do you feel this way, once you’re finally on your dream trip? It just doesn’t make any sense. I’ve asked myself this question many times. Recently, my wife and I were on an extended journey to Las Vegas and Sedona. This vacation has been in the works for over a year and we were both eagerly looking forward to it. However, I started feeling a little homesick during the Sedona part of our holiday. What’s the matter with me?

My wife and I really needed this vacation. Between working two jobs, writing this blog, editing my website, and hitting the gym three days a week, I was burnt out and needed to recharge. That said, why did I feel like I wanted to catch the first available flight home? Apparently, it’s not just me. Recently, I read an article that explains this phenomenon and how to deal with it. Basically, the piece said to recognize why you chose to go on vacation. To relax, let yourself go, and try new things. So go ahead and do it!

In addition to daily hikes to Bell Rock, Courthouse Butte, and Cathedral Rock, my wife and I took a tour of Horseshoe Bend and Antelope Canyon. Beautiful locations, but not for the faint of heart. It was quite a workout hiking to these beautiful spots, but well worth it. That’s part of the equation. Shake up your routine. Pig out a little, sleep in late, take a hike. Do stuff you wouldn’t normally do, and for God’s sake, stay away from the scale! I learned that lesson a long time ago.

Once we said goodbye to Vegas and Sedona, I was content when our plane touched down at Detroit Metropolitan Airport. My brain immediately shifted into Fall Mode as I went through my mental checklist of all of the tasks that still needed to be done before Halloween. And that’s okay. Getting back into your regular routine is normal. As I picked out a couple of pumpkins from our local fruit market, I relished the crisp fall temperature. I also noticed that the leaves had changed from drab green into bright red and gold while we were gone. Love it.

So I guess my advice to combat the Vacation Paradox is simple. Consider all the time you spent planning and preparing for your trip. Think about how nice it will be to get away from all of your responsibilities for a while. Then RELAX, and enjoy your vacation. You earned it! If you’re like me, it’ll be at least six months before the next one, so live it up! When you get back home, the gym and salad bar will be waiting. Happy Vacationing!

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Vegas Baby!

Sin City is Calling

When was the last time you and some friends hit Sin City? Was it a Bachelor or Bachelorette Party, New Years’ Eve, or maybe even the Superbowl? Las Vegas has a tendency to creep up on you. My wife and I started coming here back in the 90s and we swore it would only be every four years. Then, it became every other year, and now it’s an annual event. We are wrapping up our latest trip this morning and we tried to remember how many times we’ve been here. I know it was before digital cameras, I can tell you that!

What used to be great about Las Vegas was that there was always some new casino, hotel, or shopping center to check out. However, 2008 put an end to all of that. In 2007, my wife and I had bought a timeshare with Hilton Grand Vacations on the north end of the Strip. We were assured that stretch of Las Vegas Blvd was going to be the next big boom area of the city. Yeah, not so much.

After the crash, many vacant lots were filled with billboards of what was Coming Soon! Like I said, not so much. Two places, in particular, stand out. The Fontainebleau, Las Vegas was under construction directly across the street from our property. It promised luxurious accommodations, an amazing casino, and fabulous shops that were sure to make the north end of the Strip buzz. Nope. All work halted after the crash in 2008. Now it’s rumored that Wyndham has bought the property, and has plans for new construction in 2020. We’ll see.

The second project that was left in the lurch was Resort World. Apparently, the brainchild of a Chinese consortium that promised an Adult Epcot. However, they wanted to import workers from China to build this amazing project. You can guess how that went over with the Las Vegas labor unions. Anyway, there has been some progress there recently. A new hotel has sprung up on the property, so there is some hope. However, the building is using the same tinted glass as the Wynn and Encore hotels. Boom, lawsuit. Construction continues though, so we’ll see what happens there.

On our last night, we always like to head Downtown for what my wife likes to call, The Freak Show. Between the street performers, photo op hucksters, and live bands, it is indeed quite a show. Downtown is the preferred spot for the younger generation. Cheap, or free entertainment can be found everywhere. Some of these kids are as entertaining as the performers.

One thing I couldn’t help but notice on this trip is that the photo op girls are getting way out of hand. The tiniest of coverings on their boobs and butts, definitely make this an Adults Only street show. However, there were some families are interspersed through the crowd as well. Honestly, what’s the matter with these people? Disneyland and Universal are five hours west! 

Oh well Las Vegas, we look forward to seeing what you have in store for us next time. As we pack up this morning and start the next leg of our trip to Sedona, I’ll take one last look at Sin City in the rearview mirror. See you again soon!

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Being Ebenezer Scrooge

It’s Not Easy Being Scrooge

Hello, and welcome back to The Brown Parachute Club. I know it’s been about 6 months since my last posting. As I mentioned in my last blog, I am working at Global Discovery Vacations. Despite a somewhat rocky start, I appear to be hitting my stride (I hope). The world of sales is very odd, to say the least. But, I am not writing about that today.

Last year, I posted an article called, Being George Bailey. I think it was one of the better ones I have written. You may want to go back and read it before continuing on with this post. The two articles are joined at the hip, as it were, and reading the first will definitely give you an idea of where I am going with this one.

Anyway, as I usually do at this time of year, I like to read (or listen to) two books. The first is Skipping Christmas by John Grisham. The second is A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens. The first is a great story about what would happen if you decided to just forgo all the madness surrounding the Christmas Season and just, “Skip it”.

The movie, Christmas with the Kranks, stars Tim Allen (a proud Michigander and the voice of the Pure Michigan commercials), and Jamie Lee Curtis. Given that her dad was Tony Curtis and her mom was Janet Leigh, I’m guessing she’s from California. The movie is a hoot and I highly recommend it if you haven’t seen it.

A Christmas Carol has had many movie adaptations. I am partial to the musical Scrooge (1970), starring Albert Finney. He was a major cranky pants in that version and did an excellent job of portraying the transformation Scrooge undergoes. From a selfish, crusty curmudgeon, to a giving, charitable man who has found the true meaning of Christmas, and lives it every day.

Over the past few years, I have made a concerted effort to become more like the reborn Scrooge (or Scrooge 2.0 for my nerdy friends) and less like Mr. Cranky Pants. I think we all need to make that effort, and NOT just at Christmastime.

It’s easy to be charitable and forgiving during the Christmas season. But how about when it’s July, and some S.O.B. has just stolen your parking spot at Meijer. Plus you are already late for your nephew’s birthday party! Still feeling the love?

I wanted to do a brief analysis of Scrooge and how he managed to make an “overnight transformation”. For most of us, this sort of transformation can take years, if we have the persistence to keep at it. There are several moments that happen in the story that are crucial to the transformation of Scrooge’s character.

The Caroler / Lonely at School: We see the first chink in Scrooge’s armor when he shows remorse for threatening a young caroler with physical harm. This occurs when he sees his younger self, left alone at school over the Christmas holidays. He even goes so far to say, “I should like to have given him something; that’s all.” This is a major admission for Scrooge. To part with money voluntarily is like cutting off a limb for Scrooge!

Little Fan / Fred’s Visit: During this same trip down memory lane, Scrooge sees his younger sister, Fan, come to rescue him from the school. The Spirit of Christmas Past comments that she had children. Scrooge points out that she had one child, his nephew Fred, who he treats with contempt every year when he comes by to invite him to Christmas Dinner. This realization hits Scrooge hard because he realizes by berating Fred, he is treating his deceased little sister’s only child horribly.

Fear of Being Poor / Fiancée Dumping Him: We see Scrooge falling in love, only to see his love for the unnamed fiancée become replaced by his drive for money. Apparently at all cost. He convinces himself he is doing it for both of them, but eventually, she falls away and he becomes consumed by greed. When she drops her engagement ring on the scale, she tells him that she weighs very little compared to his pursuit of wealth. This brings a tear to the eye of Old Scrooge and he begs the Spirit of Christmas Past to take him away.

Treatment of Bob / Tiny Tim: We see early on how Scrooge mistreats Bob Cratchit as well. It’s not until the Spirit of Christmas Present shows Scrooge Bob’s family, specifically Tiny Tim, that it occurs to Scrooge that Bob just might be due for a raise. Scrooge’s concern over the welfare of Tiny Tim shows further cracks in the wall he has put up between himself and society.

Christmas Future / Fear of Hell: Scrooge’s final visitor, the Spirit of Christmas Future, shows him that not only will he not be missed, but many people may actually celebrate his death. The scene in Scrooge the Musical illustrates this with a rousing dance number and the song, “Thank You Very Much!” A classic. His trip to the graveyard and seeing “Ebenezer Scrooge” on the tombstone shakes him up. Plus, remembering what Marley said about the chains Scrooge himself carried, makes him terrified of going to Hell. The thought of lugging those chains around for eternity is too much for him to bear.

Being able to view these past events from a third person perspective really allows Scrooge to see where his life went off the rails. If asked on Christmas Eve before the visitation by Jacob Marley, he would have considered himself a successful and prosperous businessman. On Christmas Day, he awakens realizing what a selfish fool he’s been and is determined to take a different path.

So at this time of year, but really all year, let’s endeavor to give the other person the benefit of the doubt. That jerk who cut you off may have just been fired from a job of 25 years (like someone else I know). Or, there may be a sick child at home who is occupying all of his attention.

I know your first reaction is to flip him the bird and string together some colorful adjectives about what you would like to see happen to him, but please keep in mind what he may be going through. Or, maybe he’s just a jerk. Either way, don’t let it steal your Christmas Spirit if you’re lucky enough to have captured it! Please keep in mind that the type of transformation Scrooge went through rarely happens overnight. It may take many years of hard work before your transformation takes place. However, I’m sure it will be worth it. Still working on mine!

I won’t be so cheesy to quote Tiny Tim’s famous last line. However, I will quote a line from the story that has always stuck with me. “He became as good a friend, as good a master, and as good a man as the old city ever knew.” This Christmas, as well as every day, let that be your guide and you will truly be embracing the Christmas Spirit (all three of them as a matter of fact) every day of the year. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

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24 Hours In The Stone Age

What Would Fred & Wilma Do?

Hello, and welcome back to The Brown Parachute Club. This week I want to go a little off topic. I want to talk a little about Emergency Preparedness. I know, it sounds like an exciting subject. However, recently my wife and I found out just how exciting it can be.

Last Wednesday, the Detroit Area was hit with one of the worst windstorms on record. Wind gusts reached close to 70 mph. For us Great Lakes dwellers, that is the equivalent of a Hurricane.

That evening, my wife and I sat down to watch some TV before dinner. A short time later, the TV blinked on and off a couple of times, then eventually went out for good. Along with the power to the rest of the house. This was a unique situation for us, losing power in the Late Winter / Early Spring.

As it turned out, DTE Energy (the main power provider in the Detroit Area) had over 860,000 people without power. That is over one-third of their customers. It was the largest power outage in their history, and that includes the Midwest / East Coast power outage of 2003.

Since we had no power, we knew none of this. My first thought was, “Ruh, Roh, Raggy!” Part of the reason the winds were so high was because of clashing warm and cold fronts that were moving through the area. The temperature at the time of the outage was 50 degrees and would eventually drop down to 34 degrees by morning. Not life-threatening, but by no means a picnic. Even for us born and bred Michiganders.

The temperature in our house eventually got down to 59 degrees, which is excellent football weather at The Big House in Ann Arbor, but not so great in our living room. My four guppies were huddled together in their tank for warmth and our dog was looking at us as if we had lost our minds. We were walking around the house with thick sweatshirts and gloves on.

Thankfully, our period of residence at Winterfell lasted only 24 hours. On Thursday afternoon, we went to go see “Logan”, the latest Wolverine movie. The power was back on when we got home. The first words out of my mouth were, “Thank You, God!”

As we found out later, this weather event was a “Perfect Storm” of sorts. Our much warmer than usual February resulted in the ground not being frozen as hard as it normally would be at this time of year. Add heavy rain and wind to the mix and you have trees falling over like bowling pins!

Our whole weather misadventure got me thinking about what we could have done differently to prepare for this disaster. I mean instead of just going to the movie theater to get warm!

Thankfully, we did have some firewood in the backyard. However, since we don’t have a blower insert in our fireplace, it only resulted in raising the temperature a whopping 3 degrees.

While researching what to do to prepare for next time, I found an article on the AccuWeather website that covers losing power in the winter. Since this was a wind-related event, luckily we didn’t have a mountain of snow to deal with.

Using the following suggestions from the article, and some common sense can help get you through the outage.

  1. Check your fuses or circuit breakers. This is an obvious thing to check. However, we were able to determine pretty quickly that our whole neighborhood had lost power. Still, it’s a good place to start if you’re not sure about the extent of the outage.
  2. Staying warm. The next step is to figure out how you’re going to stay warm. Load up the beds with extra blankets and break out some additional blankets for your living areas as well. Grab sweatshirts, fleece jackets, hats, and gloves. This might seem like overkill, but trust me, you’ll be glad you have them handy if your power outage is longer than a couple of hours. The article also mentioned blocking any drafts by putting towels at the bottom of exterior doors, closing the fireplace flue, and hanging black blankets on the windows to absorb the heat or put them in the sun on the floor to do the same thing. That last one seems kind of goofy to me, but whatever.
  3. Stay inside. This seems obvious unless you are relocating to a residence with power for the duration of the outage. Otherwise, stay at home if the weather is snowy, icy, or a mix of the two. Also, don’t use your gas stove as a form of heat. That can lead to carbon monoxide poisoning. However, this article from eHow shows you how to light your gas stove without power. That would give you the option of making hot meals in a cold house! Needless to say, be VERY CAREFUL if you attempt to do this!
  4. CO Poisoning. Carbon Monoxide Poisoning is a real danger during these times. If you are lucky enough to have a generator, please make sure it is kept away from doors, windows, and outside vents!
  5. Food. Make sure you have plenty of non-perishable foods on hand like soups, cereals, nuts, peanut butter, crackers, water, etc. It is also recommended to have a three day supply of emergency food available since in most cases, power will be restored within three days. My Patriot Supply has a three-day emergency food kit available for $25. You can’t put a price on a hot meal in a cold house! Flashlights, candles, batteries, and an emergency crank radio are good items to have on hand as well.
  6. Staying in touch. Keep your communications with friends and family to a minimum. Use a portable battery pack (or packs) to keep your phones charged up. Don’t forget that many cars can charge your devices and battery packs without running the car. That way you won’t waste gas or asphyxiate your family!
  7. Kids and pets. Obviously, the best solution is to take them to Grandma’s House, if she still has power. However, if that isn’t an option, consider a few warm days in a hotel. Pets can be problematic, since a hotel (or Grandma) may not be willing to let Rover trash the place! A family member may have to stay in Frigid Acres until the power comes back on. Or, until you can get someone with power to babysit your dog, cat, or fish.

I want to re-state the hotel option since this often gets overlooked until it’s too late. You need to decide quickly if it is worth it to spend a night (or nights), in a hotel room, or tough it out at home. With a large power outage, local hotel rooms fill up quickly. You’ll need to move fast if you are going to get one.

What it all comes down to for most people is how much cold is too much? For me, once the house gets below the mid-60s it’s time to go. But hey, that’s just me.

I hope these suggestions will help you in the event of an outage. Obviously, some of these tips apply in summer as well. Thankfully, there’s not much chance of freezing to death in the summer.

Please do your homework and determine what level of preparedness you are comfortable with and plan accordingly. After all, Fred and Wilma knew how to survive when it all hit the fan, will you?

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Being George Bailey

Remembering What’s Important At This Time Of Year

(This is an article I wrote last year on another blog. I thought it was appropriate to repost it. I hope you enjoy it!)

While walking my crazy dog Skittles this morning, I was struck by the character of George Bailey in “It’s A Wonderful Life”. As I’m sure you know, the character of George Bailey was played by the master of understatement, Jimmy Stewart. What I thought about this morning was that George Bailey was a man who always did the selfless, generous thing, and he resented it.

George throws a couple of “Fits” during the movie. The first one is when he confronts his bride-to-be, Mary. He loves her but realizes that life with her will be the end of many of his goals and dreams. This conflict within him results in a rather rough treatment of Mary before he finally breaks down and confesses his love for her.

George’s initial bad attitude that evening stems from the fact that his brother Harry, who George was counting on to take over the Bailey Brothers Building & Loan, has come home from college with a wife, and a job. That, in addition to an embarrassing conversation with Violet Bick, has gotten him into a foul mood before he stops by to see Mary.

George gives up his dreams for others’ benefit. While this results in George wedding Mary and living an exemplary life, it also increases George’s frustration that he was meant for “Bigger Things”. Mr. Potter catches George in a weak moment and offers him a job as his “Right Hand Man”. George considers the idea for a minute, thinking about the money, travel, and fantastic lifestyle that he and Mary would have if he was working for Potter. Then reality hits him and he realizes that “his ship would come in” but everyone else in Bedford Falls, who depend on him, would be destroyed by Potter. This results in George calling Potter a “Scurvy Spider” as he storms out of his office.

As the years go by, George becomes resigned to the fact that he will never see his big dreams come true. He is happy that God has blessed him with a beautiful wife, and four beautiful children. He isn’t happy with his job at the Building & Loan, but he realizes how important it is to the citizens of Bedford Falls.

Everything comes to a head when Uncle Billy accidentally gives Potter $8,000 that was meant for a bank deposit. Uncle Billy and George retrace his steps but to no avail. Even though Uncle Billy was the one who lost the money, George is facing prison, because he is the Executive Secretary of the Building & Loan. He could have tried to throw Uncle Billy under the bus, but he wouldn’t do it. Instead, after hearing Potter say, “You’re worth more dead than alive!” George loses it when he gets home from work. He yells at Mary and the kids and storms out of the house. Then, George is standing on the bridge contemplating suicide. Why was this happening to him? Hasn’t he been selfless and generous his whole life? This is his reward? Realizing the economic and social catastrophe he was about to inflict on his family, George utters the immortal words, “I wish I’d never been born!”

It is only after this statement, that George sees the positive impact that he has made on the lives of his family and friends. This realization hits home as the whole town shows up to rescue him and Uncle Billy from financial ruin and jail. Up until the moment when George has this epiphany, he still has a massive chip on his shoulder. “Why me, God? I’ve lived a good life, put others needs before my own, why am I being tortured like this?” What George had never realized was that God had a different plan for his life. If he embraced that plan, instead of fighting it his whole life, he would have been a whole lot happier.

I guess for me, what it all comes down to is that George was doing the right thing by living a generous, selfless life, but he was resentful of the life that he could have had. Living your life by putting others needs before your own isn’t just a noble pursuit, it is the key to happiness in your own life. This article is entitled, “Being George Bailey”. Not the George Bailey who feels cheated by life, but the George Bailey who realizes that by putting others needs first, he truly has had “A Wonderful Life”.

This Christmas Season, I resolve to be more like George Bailey. How about you? I hope you all have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

[I am taking off a couple of weeks for the Holidays. My next post will be Monday, January 9.]

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Giving Tuesday

Don’t Forget To Give!

Welcome back to The Brown Parachute Club and the Holiday Season! By this time, you should be preparing for Christmas and had all the turkey you can handle (no, I’m not talking about Cousin Eddie).

This year, I learned about a new charity event. Have you ever heard of Giving Tuesday (#givingtuesday)? I put the title all as one word, with the hashtag for a reason. This is a campaign that was started by the Belfer Center for Innovation & Social Impact at the 92nd Street Y(MCA) in New York. They use Social Media Influencers to spread the word and encourage giving at this time of year.

Giving Tuesday is the day after Cyber Monday each year. I would have scheduled it the day before Thanksgiving and called it Giving Wednesday. After blowing your bankroll on Black Friday and Cyber Monday, I wouldn’t think there would be a whole lot left over for Giving Tuesday.

However, it is a reminder to take care of your charitable giving early. Before the “Christmas Steamroller” plows through December and you wind up in January with a mountain of bills, wondering what just happened!

Since Giving Tuesday is a Social Media-based event, it gives me hope for the younger generation of this country. The Selfie-Generation seems so self-obsessed, it is encouraging that a campaign like Giving Tuesday has caught fire. It is promising that this age group can count their blessings and consider giving to others, who are genuinely in need of their help!

During this extremely busy time of year, it is difficult to sit down and figure out which charity deserves your donation. The hassle of trying to figure out who should receive your hard-earned money can become more of a chore than a blessing. Also, how do you know which charity you can trust? How do you make sure the money you donate is finding its way to the people or animals who really need it?

Unfortunately, many charities make a living off the generous nature of its donors. Check out this article that details The 20 Best Charities in America: 2010. You may not be familiar with many of these charities, but they have the lowest overhead of any charities reviewed in 2010. That means that virtually every dollar donated goes directly to the people or animals that need it the most.

Here is another chart that details some of the best vs the worst charities. There are a lot of terrific military charities listed. So if you want to give to our Heroes, here is a great way!

As far as animal charities go, I have always found it is best to stay local. I avoid the national money-grubbing charities that tug at our heartstrings, with commercials of neglected and abused animals. Petfinder has a great way to find a local shelter in your area that can use your donation of money (and time).

I know what you’re thinking. “I would love to give to charity, but I don’t have two pennies to rub together. I am barely making ends meet as it is.” I know it’s a lot to ask. However, since I have started donating 10% of my income to a different charity each week, I have found that a string of blessings have been coming my way. I can only account for these blessings by my charitable giving. It’s like “Indiana Jones and the Leap of Faith” I mentioned in my last article about Goals. Sometimes, you just have to take that first step and see what happens!

I hope you decide to donate to a charity of your choice this Christmas Season. Just remember, no matter how bad things are for you right now, there is always someone else who is worse off.

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How To Keep On Top Of Your Health And Fitness Goals!

Hello, and welcome back to The Brown Parachute Club. This week I am going to talk about something that I came across while I was unemployed. I am referring to the amazing Health and Fitness website: SparkPeople.

After I had been laid off for about 8 months, I was feeling pretty low. Despite some initial positive interest, my small business startup was floundering. I needed to do something I could control when so much of my life was out of control. I decided to take action on losing weight.

After losing the weight, I felt great, but I was stumped on how to keep track of my weight, food intake, water, exercise, etc. It was crucial to stay on top of my weight after I lost it. This is where SparkPeople comes in. I initially discovered the app trying to find a way to keep track of all of the areas I just mentioned. SP is a Godsend!

The app and website help you to keep track of your weight, food intake, water intake, exercise, and much more. My only complaint about the website is that it is geared mostly toward women. However, that doesn’t mean that men won’t benefit from the website. Far from it!

In addition to keeping track of all of your health and fitness stats, SP has a huge library of articles and videos on just about every health and fitness subject you can imagine. You can also use SP to track your exercise goals and it can sync with many fitness trackers like Fitbit.

On the front page of the website, you will log all of your daily food and exercise information, plus keep track of your goals. You can also create groups to make it easier to track your food and exercise. Below that is the Challenges area. There are several personal challenges that you can sign up for, from Taming Your Sweet Tooth to the New Member Challenge. Most of the challenges run between 21 and 30 days and are a great way to keep yourself motivated and accountable during your journey.

In addition to the Trackers and Challenges, the front page also has a Community section. In this area, you can post your fitness journey and get support and feedback from people who are all on the same fitness road as you!

The best thing about SP is that most of the content on this website is FREE! You do have to sign up and get a login and password, but there is no fee and they don’t need your credit card on file! There is a paid option that is very affordable. It will allow you to use the website without ads, which is a major consideration since the website is very ad-heavy.

But wait, there’s more! In addition to all that SP already does, there are healthy recipes as well! There are also more apps! One is for recipes (SparkRecipes) and the other breaks down the nutritional values of all the fruits and vegetables that you’ll be eating (Perfect Produce). All of the apps are available on Google Play. Just type in SparkPeople in the search box.

I only wish that I had discovered SP BEFORE losing my weight. It would have made the whole process so much easier. I am probably going to ride out the holidays at my current weight, but after New Years’, I plan on putting together a Challenge that gets me down to around 220. I should be able to use SP to help me get there and stabilize my weight in the 215-225 range.

In the jumbled chaos that makes up the Internet, once and a while, you find a diamond in the rough. That diamond is SparkPeople. I have already shared the site with all of my Friends on Facebook. This article will hopefully let more people know about the website, apps, and how great they are at helping you live a healthier lifestyle!

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