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Dearest Spark friends

Sunday, April 06, 2014

Life has been busy/demanding lately. Changes at work, allergies acting up, our little family coming down with colds and bugs one after the other, paperwork, taxes, more paperwork ahead. You get the idea..

I'm coping well, but in order to keep my sanity I've decided to trim down my other "chores" where possible. This is the reason why I have not been around much the past two weeks. Unfortunately I've come to realize that logging, challenges and keeping up with everything here on SP will have to be put on the back burner until May. (Perhaps longer.)

I'm not taking a break from eating healthy and moving my body, just the logging, so hopefully this little break won't derail my progress. (Fingers crossed! Knock on wood!)

I predict that what I will the miss most is reading your blog posts and statues. (so don't be surprised if I decide stop by now and then during my break.)

Wishing everyone all the best!

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    Yes, I agree, take a break. Like me, you have given so much to other people, hence the popularity status! Take care of you. These people (and that includes me!) will be here when you return and all is good in the world now as it was then emoticon !! Love Karen xx

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STAGPIPE 4/9/2014 12:18PM

    I had to do the same thing! You have to do what is best for you! Just know we are all here when you come back! emoticon

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HLTHAPPINESS4C 4/7/2014 1:35PM

    Will miss you DONE GIRL!! emoticon emoticon emoticon Yet I know just how DONE you are and I have every confidence that no matter what life throws your way you will be able to stay on or get back on track quickly. You have a large spark emoticon within you that I have come to admire along with your thoughtfulness and kindness.
Hope life slows down for you soon. Find some emoticon and take time out for "me" time as you are able.
Look forward to seeing you again when u can check in.
Blessings, Cynthia

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LINDA! 4/6/2014 7:53PM

    We will miss you. But you do have a life and have to do what is right for you. Hope to see you back here soon. emoticon

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PEG2584 4/6/2014 7:52PM

    We all go through stages where we need to take a little break.

Keep your goals in mind, continue to think about what you're eating and the end goal. You can do this!

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GYPSYGOTH 4/6/2014 6:43PM

    I haven't been as active here, myself... sorry things are so hectic for you & hope everyone is healthy again...
Glad you're still eating well and moving, and just not necessarily tracking. That just shows that you can do this on your own! But yes, the community part is nice too :D

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ARNETTELEE 4/6/2014 6:41PM

  We'll miss you....hope you can come back in May.

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MADEIT3 4/6/2014 6:33PM

    I'm right there with you. I'm taking a 60 day Spark Break beginning April 15. I may or may not come back depending on how things go while I'm gone.

Take care of yourself - I'll miss you!!

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NICOLETTEJJ 4/6/2014 6:23PM

    emoticon my dear missing you already emoticon

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I craved potato chips..

Thursday, January 30, 2014

..and instead I made this:

Fresh rutabaga, carrots, celery, cucumber, dip made with organic soy yogurt and green tea.

I've been tracking meticulously most days since my last post, and I know where to start making improvements now. I had a pretty good hunch about where the excess calories in my diet came from, still tracking revealed some surprises. Who knew I had 200+ calories many days in rye crackers alone? And with salami, mind you, doubling the numbers. I certainly wasn't aware.

So there it is, living and learning, trying to make better choices. And tonight this meant choosing fresh veggies over potato chips.

Not bad, if I may say so myself!

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ENKSATSUMA 1/31/2014 2:35PM

    good for you! That looks awesome! Fresh rutabaga is so delicious!

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NETGYRL 1/30/2014 11:38PM

    Win! Great choice!!

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CHERYL_ANNE 1/30/2014 7:39PM

    Good job tracking all by mouth and then going back over to see how you are doing. That's the way forward on your journey as you learn what does and doesn't work for you!

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LUANN7 1/30/2014 5:53PM

    good choice compared to the chips-way to go!!!

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KIMBERLY_Y 1/30/2014 3:09PM

    I say not bad too. Good for you. Small changes make for big improvements! Spark on!

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Getting my diet back on track

Sunday, January 19, 2014

I'm moving more than ever, eating a healthy diet swimming in fresh vegetables, fish, whole-grains and legumes and.. ..I'm gaining weight! (I haven't been on a scale, so I'm not sure how much exactly. The way my clothes fit tells me I have gained around 2-3 kilos.)

Why? I'm not pregnant, I'm not lazy and I don't suspect any faults with my metabolism. I simply have picked up a few bad snacking habits over the holidays, and so I have eaten just a little too much for just a little too long.

I've had a good think, and here are my top 5 suspected culprits:

1. Dark chocolate
(Healthy in moderation, but I haven't practiced it..)

2. Rye bread
(Same as 1.)

3. Potato chips
(Needs to go. Empty calories.)

4. Nuts and nutbutters
(Nutritional powerhouses, alas also packing a major calorie punch!)

5. Soy ice-cream
(So good, but not really worth having as often as I've had it.)

These added on top of a already healthy, sustainable diet probably explains how come all my skirts seems to suddenly be a lot smaller.. Not that mysterious, nope.

What to do now? I better nip this in the bud. It's time for an early spring cleaning of my diet, trimming the excess, leaving room for healthy and nutritious treats within a more reasonable budget.

And, this means It's time for another round of tracking. I gave it up because I was doing it for the wrong reasons. I was using it as a tool to control emotions rather than calories. Now I'm taking it up again. I want to know exactly what I eat, so I can see where I need to make changes. This week my plan is to monitor my diet, aiming for a healthy one. If I stray, at least I won't do so blindly.

So there it is. Let the tracking begin!

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    Hey SNAP! LOL reading your blog is just like reading my last blog I posted today. We are in the SAME PLACE my friend!! Let's do this together ok? Drop those kgs off again, that's what I plan to do. High Five!!!!!

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SUSANELAINE1956 1/20/2014 1:03PM

    Sounds like you know what to do. Tracking can be so useful. It's easy to let those extra calories in without really being aware of how much they are. Good luck!

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FITADMIN83 1/20/2014 1:03PM

    I have to agree with everyone here. Sometimes during the holidays it is a nightmare to track but it really does help. I contribute the fact that I have lost 6 pounds in the last 3 weeks to obsessively tracking EVERYTHING that goes in my mouth:) I am positive once you get tracking again you will see those pounds come right off:) Good Luck!

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MADEIT3 1/20/2014 12:49PM

    I'm with you!! Holiday habits even if you make healthy choices can really "go to your hips." I agree with everyone here - tracking. I'm tracking like crazy too!

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CRUISEBOUND2014 1/20/2014 6:37AM

    That is so awesome that you figured out why you were gaining! What a fantastic attitude you have to get back on track! emoticon emoticon


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LINDA! 1/19/2014 9:56PM

    Yes, tracking is key. However, I admit that past couple of weeks I have gotten out of the habit and I can tell.

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NICOLETTEJJ 1/19/2014 7:52PM

    Track your meals, you're gonna get over this bump becaue you're amazingly awesome. Hugs

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EDDYMEESE 1/19/2014 6:34PM

    tracking, tracking, tracking, lol...
yyou can do it!

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ENKSATSUMA 1/19/2014 4:27PM

    Good for you for getting on top of things! I can see how those five culprits in combination can be quite the saboteurs.

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New year, fresh start

Friday, January 03, 2014

As usual I've indulged over the holidays and have strayed far, far away from my normal healthier habits. I've been staying up late, enjoying good company and rich food, and my butt has been firmly glued to a chair or a sofa more often than it has not.

Now it's time for me to cut loose and leave the heavy meals, sweets and cakes behind. Today I'm grocery shopping. I'm filling my cart with fresh veggies and fish, seeds and fruits.

Wishing all a happy and healthy 2014!

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STEPH-KNEE 1/4/2014 1:01AM

    I am right there with you... we will get back to business! emoticon

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CHERYL_ANNE 1/3/2014 12:02PM

    Happy, healthy 2014 to you, too!

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Bruised but not broken

Monday, December 23, 2013

I'm either an incurable optimist or a very slow learner (Or both!). Regardless, today I'm very grateful that my rear is very well padded. As much as I had high hopes for my new spiky shoes, I've found they simply won't cut it on very hard ice. And, of course, I had to fall on my butt (and hands, and and knees and elbows) no less than four times before concluding this. My elbows and knee are bruised and two fingers have cuts, still my tailbone is just fine.

The 30 minute jog I had planned turned into 15 minutes of slipping, sliding, grabbing onto branches, before I finally turned around to find a less dangerous path to carefully walk home..

It was a truly beautiful day. Here is a photo I took just a few seconds before falling on my a.. (ehmm) backside the first time.

Gorgeous, right? I know winter solstice was just the day before yesterday, still, I think it's so much brighter outside already.

This is taken just prior to me getting myself in some serious (and, I'll admit, hilarious) trouble down the steep hills. (I wish I had it on film, it really was slapstick comedy..)

Oh well, I'm OK. Thankfully I plan to wear a dress with long sleeves tomorrow. And I'll be forced to have proper table manners for once, no way I'm leaning my elbows on the table now. ;)

Happy holidays!


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    HAHA, you are hilarious- wish I was at the end of that video camera! LOL Sorry I must be concerned for you just a little bit right? HAHAHAHAHAHAHAAHAHAHAAH!

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CHERYL_ANNE 12/23/2013 5:25PM

    Kudos on not giving up and trying your hardest to accomplish your goal. Here's to you healing quick!

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LINDA! 12/23/2013 2:23PM

    Beautiful pictures. So glad that you injuries did not include any broken bones.

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RACHELCHADDOCK 12/23/2013 10:31AM

    Oh, wow. Where I live it rarely even freezes, and I've often wondered about dedicated runners who go out on the ice. That is real determination! I'm glad you made it (relatively) unscathed, and good job to you, too! Also - your photos are gorgeous. Thank you!

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RHOOK20047 12/23/2013 10:30AM

    Sometimes our extra padding pays off! Glad you didn't hurt yourself too badly. I have had two falls already this winter due to ice, so I know what you mean.

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GONNALOSE5 12/23/2013 10:14AM

    Happy you are fine. Thanks for sharing the beautiful photos.

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SISSY_24 12/23/2013 9:45AM

    emoticon Glad your Okay!

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