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doing another 5% challenge

Monday, March 12, 2012

So here I am....and this time, I really think that I can contribute to this new 5% Spring mileage, that is. emoticon The winter one was HAAAARD! My basement was cold...sure, I walked outside a lot more, but nothing like the spring! Ahhhh Spring!!! emoticon

So, everyone in the challenge is supposed to post what they are going to do for the challenge...and why, I guess (confession here: I am NOT the best at challenges...maybe it's because of this semi-lone wolf/hermit thing I got going on at times)

So here is the plan - get's SUPER original.

Does this look familiar???????

I'll give you a hint: it should.

I'll give you another hint: it's taken from the Sparkdiet....step 2 to be exact.

OK , OK....that wasn't really a hint, but it's what I do when I want to refocus and get back on track. If I could have a dollar for every time I used the above to get back on track....well, I'd be swimming in some serious dough after being on here for 4 years!

I will admit, I have been a tad "naughty" in my life lately - but at least I haven't had wine...or bacon (thank you Lent)...but I have had more baked treats than ever before....Nope, another lie here....My first Spark Christmas was pretty hairy - lots of baked goods and chocolate while trying to feel out Maintenanceville. Maybe I just FEEL like I've been naughty right now for no reason....nothing like the ease of beating oneself up, right???

So back to the 5% challenge "goals" for myself:
emoticon Bike to work more often than not.
emoticon Get out and walk a bit more the air....especially on the days I am off.
emoticon My stability ball.....totally needs to be dusted off, plopped in front of the TV and sat on during American Idol....maybe even some crunches will get done!
emoticon emoticon emoticon Go to bed earlier!!!! I've been staying up horribly late the last 2 to 3 months....why??? I hate my bedding. Yup, silly as that. I need a new comforter or something...and I need to change the position of my bed too....yeah, yeah, yeah - sounds silly, but I am a little silly sometimes when it comes to the position of my bed in a room. It's time for a change. emoticon
emoticon Get out into the garden and WEED when I think of it...especially when the kids are playing ball!! Maybe I will make them have to bug me to do it...then it will really get done!

OK....that's enough. I don't expect perfection with these "goals". Sorry that goals keeps getting quotes around it. I am not a big fan of the word "goals" just like I hate the word "diet" . Sometimes people overemphasize "goals" and then get all bummed and down when they don't reach them. I think I prefer "Generalized achievements that are symbiotic with my lifestyle" (my own new phrase that I just made up btw) is more to my taste....because lifestyle to day sometimes. It's better to learn to roll with the punches and do our best to live a healthy & active life. No? Goals are very important to have, but they have to be realistic too....just sayin'. for some coffee and a walk around outside to break up for the mid-day sleepiness that comes around about now.

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LINDABENEDICT 3/20/2012 10:39PM

    emoticon GO STARFISH!

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FULLOFFAITH 3/15/2012 10:42PM

    Good for you!!! Good luck !!!!



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DONNACFIT 3/12/2012 3:21PM

    Glad you're in the 5% challenge again, too :)

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BEATLETOT 3/12/2012 2:47PM

    Hooray!!! So excited to do another challenge with you!

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CPATRICK9 3/12/2012 2:32PM

    I think 5% goals are good. Keep it up and you'll get to where you want to be! emoticon

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My birthday bike!

Tuesday, March 06, 2012

This is my new bike!!
A cruising bike - perfect for camping and going to work!

All it needs is a big basket on the front adorned with a big colorful fake flower!!

This is one of those bikes that makes you emoticon like a fool when you ride it...and hum the Ms. Gultch bike theme song from the "Wizard of Oz."

Oh yeah...I'm a happy girl!

Spring cannot get here soon enough!
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SUZYWM 3/10/2012 11:56AM

    Hey Sweetie - congratulations! It looks like a great bike! I hope you have many happy hours on that seat. emoticon

Fun coincidence - I just picked up a nice used cruiser and am re-learning how to ride! I drift to the left and am working on better balance so I can become road worthy and not be a danger to myself or others!

Today is planting day in my back yard - flowers and carrot seeds and herbs to make it feel like spring. And - it's such a noble excuse for avoiding my homework!

Have a truly, really, wonderful weekend!

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JUICENUT 3/6/2012 5:37PM

    It's great; I still have to get me one so I can keep up with my kids and take advantage of the hills and beautiful area in which I live. I just need one with a big comfy seat... or I won't be on it very long.
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NUOVAELLE 3/6/2012 8:26AM

    Just beautiful!!!
I hope you enjoy many spring rides... as soon as spring decides to visit!

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The day is what you make of it

Friday, March 02, 2012

A good day or a bad day...the choice is yours. didn't get to workout today like you planned. Is that going to ruin your life?, probably not. didn't get to eat all of your fiber that you planned today, and you had a portion of potato chips instead of the apple. Time to throw in the towel right? Nah....just a glitch...make a better choice at the next meal..remember that tomorrow is a new day.

Each and every day is new, with no mistakes in it. I think we forget about that at times - more so than not.

Our human tendency is to see what we DO NOT envy what others have or have see our failures in a larger than life scope, when in reality...what mistakes are, are really just lessons that need to be learned.

Sometimes the universe will make us re-learn those lessons over and over again until we open our eyes and make it part of ourselves for the duration....and hopefully for the betterment of ourselves and those around us.

So make today an extraordinary day for yourselves. Take the time to be thankful for the life that you are living, in the place that you are now, and if it is NOT what you were planning...there is no reason that it cannot be altered over time...that part begins with you.

That is my birthday wish for you.

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OAKBORN 3/2/2012 11:11PM

    As usual you rock the house and nail the truth to the wall for everyone to see!

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As usual... YOU RAWK!

And I hope you had a RAWKIN' birthday... complete with Wild Wednesday activities!

It was probably a walrus!

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SPACEYSTACY 3/2/2012 9:48AM

    Wise words, so true!

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Friday, February 24, 2012

Hmmm.....where to start with this one without being negative.....I hate being negative, but sometimes, you have to just get it out in order to get the positive back. So here it goes.....

It seems that I will not be doing the 5K run that I have been planning to do since I heard about it last September. Yup....will not be able to do it. and it was a cool one too......a 5K on the airport down the road....the airport that I used to fly out of when I was getting my private pilot's license in college....the airport that I drool over as I drive past, especially past a particular stretch of road that I have driven since I was a little kid, that I drooled over even back then. I was even recruiting local mom's to do the run with me....a bunch of first timers too!

The race is not going to happen for me.

WHY???? you may ask?

Well, because on that very weekend, well it happens to be the ONLY weekend that our Cub Scout Pack can go camping!!! OF COURSE!!! And we HAVE to be there because we are the coordinators and the leaders trained for the whole thing.

Yeah....yeah....yeah....the greater good for the kids and all that jazz....I get it.

But it DOESN'T mean that I am not disappointed. emoticon

Oh gets better!

Next week is my birthday....on Friday. Niiiiice huh? A great day to have it right? I should be getting a sitter and partying up my 39th year! ...ummmmmm....nope

Again....Cub Scouts has reared it's ugly head. And I have known about it since last September, but still it is not easy to take without being disappointed. We HAVE TO go because my husband is taking over the Cubmaster role officially that night and he has to speak.....and I HAVE TO make the cake for the group graduating because I have done it for the past 3 years....and we HAVE to go because NO ONE else is going to go because this group is not liked very much at all and noone is going to go at all and that is just sad and pathetic.

So for my birthday night....I will be making a cake for others and spending it with people I do not necessarily enjoy all because I HAVE to.

When you HAVE TO do something really kills the joy. And I have been TRYING and TRYING my hardest to bring things into a positive light, but to no avail.

Thus, the reason for this blog. Most of the time it really helps to get things out there and I am hoping this is one of them.

Eeessshhh....I am hoping this works.

Breathe...breathe.....this too shall pass.

e....breathe...think happy thoughts....bring out the good of each situaton instead of focusing on the annoying and negative.....breathe....breathe...breathe.


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SUZYWM 3/10/2012 11:45AM

    Such great suggestions! You are so positive on a regular basis - it's more than okay to vent here. I'm reading this late and hope you were able to get through it somewhat painlessly.

I love Oakshaven's thoughts on volunteering. This Cub Scouts thing has been rough for awhile. Doing for your beautiful sons is rewarding and important, but maybe you could scale back your involvement somehow? Even a small change might be a big help.

Hoping you created a great birthday celebration on another day. But even more, I hope you were able to celebrate and honor how fabulous you are!

I'm glad you're still "keepin' it real"!


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FULLOFFAITH 2/27/2012 12:23AM

    OMG!!!! We want that one day a year to be all about US!!!! I get it. Just had a Birthday on Saturday. The hubby was so nice and took me shopping but when you see my blog you will see why I was not in much of a mood to shop. I can tell from your Blog you are a excellent mom for hanging with the Cub Scouts on Your Day.



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DONNACFIT 2/26/2012 9:35AM

    It's times like this that I wish I could clone an old Flintstone tv show..haha

Happens all the time..plans change and you go on to plan B or Z or what ever...

The rest of the comments had great ideas like freeze the cake and celebrate your Birthday on the Saturday or something..and is the run at the airport happening again next year? Something to look forward too..

Hope you have a great week and it all turns out for you... emoticon

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OAKSHAVEN 2/24/2012 9:11PM

    I am also an incorrigible volunteer, and have had this sort of thing happen before as well. I find it helps to take a step back and remember why I chose to volunteer for this particular thing. If it is something I still think is worth my time, fine. I am disappointed, but it goes back to being something I have chosen to do. If it is something that has lost its shine for me, I pull myself away from it so it won't disappoint me again at some future time. Good luck with making that lemonade. I think StScott11 is right about that. Besides, what real choice do you have right now?

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OAKBORN 2/24/2012 6:42PM

    I hear ya! Sometimes when the "have-to's" block the "want-to's", all we can do is to suck it up and drive on.

Blessings to you! Can you find another 5k nearby to run on another weekend?

Lemons into lemonade!

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STSCOTT11 2/24/2012 11:11AM

    Sending HAPPY VIBES YOUR WAY. Haaaappy VIIIBES....
Let me be the first to say...HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!
Sounds like there is room for COMPROMISE.
Sometimes we don't get to celebrate on the exact day of our
birth...but you could designate a day of CELEBRATION and do WHATEVER your heart desires.
Another idea, why not bake in advance so your slaving over the oven...bake it and freeze it.
And what about doing a 5k run on that lovely road with a special friend/husband/family member on another day?
I think you could probably make some lovely lemonade out of the lemons your being given. I know it is not what you want...but I hope you will find a way to feel better about it.

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Lent = no wine

Thursday, February 23, 2012

WHAT?!?!?!?!? emoticon
That is what some of my FB friends said yesterday. Teeheehee emoticon
Yes, I said wine during Lent.

And no bacon on Sunday's anymore for the whole family and no iPad games like Angry Birds for my husband. emoticon

but the no wine thing has been VERY interesting, even with the first day and now into my second is why:

I went to visit my sister in Boston this past weekend: a bottle gone every night. emoticon

I get home and there are 2 open bottles on the sill for that glass with dinner, and I did buy some very cute cheap glasses that I now leave out for all the world to see emoticon

In observing my past behavior over the past month, I have consumed a little bit more wine than I usually have in the past and sometimes it is good to reign it I put the open bottles away in the cupboard, to use only when cooking....and I even removed my cute little wine glasses and put them in a cupbord too. Outta sight - outta mind.

I have done this before during the fall and I think it's time again to partake in the ritual because if you really think about it...sometimes those calories are as good as having a soda...and yes, it does cause bloat too (ahem, if you drink more than one) the decision was really pretty easy to make for me.

But it was really funny how yesterday I kinda missed it. Just hanging out and waiting for my hubby to get home so we could go out to his birthday dinner I wanted a glass of wine. Then we went out to dinner and lately I have been ordering wine. I even said so in front of my kids, and they agreed. EWWWW! My. kids. agreed. (Insert a shudder down my spine right . here .)

Again: EWWW!!! my KIDS notice that I drink wine and you know what???? THAT IS UNACCEPTABLE!!!! to me at least. Kids see everything. They also imitate everything. If I am being a good example to them in regard to fitness and nutrition, I really should do the same with the alcohol thing as well.

I grew up with parents who had wine at dinner...a beer here and there too. Nothing too extravagant or talked about. As kids, we noticed; and sometimes, we were even allowed to taste a sip of beer when we asked (about 2 times in my lifetime around the age of 7 years old) - which resulted in a yucky face and a laughing parent! The same went for black coffee too! Probably a good thing to do if you think about it. It was not something that appealed because it was just there, for adults, and besides, it tasted horrible!!!!

But I am finding in today's world (at least in my community) - parent's joke around about the "Mommy's sippy cup" wine glass that is out there and they talk about NEEDING a glass of wine more often than not. Kids hear this crap...and you know what? It just ain't right in my humble and probably uber-conservative opinion. I'm not saying that we don't or won't partake, but talking and flaunting about adult things is a little much sometimes, and call me old-fashioned, but I think I am going to change my environment back to old-school and only partake on special occassions or parties.

Ooooo......I just sort-of ranted a bit didn't I. emoticon Sorry 'bout that.

So back to my train of thought. No wine during Lent.

What will it give me??
emoticon Less bloat! YAY!!!
emoticon Less calories consumed! YAY!!
emoticon More room on my shelf where the wine glasses were - YAY!!
emoticon A better example to my kids!! YAY!!

I sound like a wino with all this YAY!!!-ing going on. emoticon but you know what? Sometimes, you have to re-assess your world around you in order to improve upon it.

Now here's a funny for you....I'm going out with my girl-friends tonight and we get a free wine with dinner!!! emoticon Wait until they get a load of me and my Lenten obligation! LoL

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DONNACFIT 2/26/2012 9:44AM

    Hi..I got a bottle of red wine from my son for Christmas..I saved it for February and we're not really wine drinkers.. hubby never and me only once in awhile (I had to buy a cork screw to open the bottle haha) So here it's almost the end of February and the bottle is still over half full...

As for lent..I've given up ice cream as I always do..for obvious reasons..haha

Good luck for lent...

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NUOVAELLE 2/24/2012 1:42AM

    That was funny! emoticon
We enjoy wine, too, and we actually made ours this year so it's always in abundance! But I've only allowed myself one or two glasses at the weekends. I always consider Lent to be a season of purification of the body and soul - regardless of religious beliefs - something which is personal for everyone. So if you think about the amount of calories you'll spare and the good example to your kids, I think you get the best of both worlds!
But I don't think your girl-friends tonight will agree with me!
Enjoy yourself tonight and have a great weekend!

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