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I'm back!

Monday, December 09, 2013

Hi to all of my Spark friends! It has been a while.

My home life has somewhat normalized now, and I will be Sparking regularly again - truth is - I missed my buddies.

I missed the laughter, the motivation, and the camaraderie of my Spark friends. I have been doing some quick lurking in the shadows here and there, but that is not quite the same as real interaction with all of you wonderful people.

Now for more honesty - I have gained a few of my pounds back - but they are not staying! THEY ARE NOT STAYING!!!! So I am resetting my tracker and redoing my goal, once again. This weight management thing is no joke!
At my age, and some of you are right with me - it seems to take constant effort just to maintain the little tone we worked very hard for in the first place. There is little wiggle room when it comes to fitness, you have to move it to lose it and I definitely have to keep moving it to keep it off! For me, a little slackness means a little slackness in tone! yuk!

OK, got to go hit the treadmill, this sh%t has got to go!

See you all around the pages of Spark! Thanks for not writing me off yet!

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ALEXSGIRL1 1/9/2014 7:14PM

    missed you glad you are back

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JUMPINJULIE 12/21/2013 1:19AM

    Missed you. You can do it.

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BOPPY_ 12/13/2013 7:27PM

    Missed you, and your great writing and attitude.

You go girl!


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MAGGIEVAN 12/11/2013 12:57AM

    Welcome back! Love your spirit.

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ALEXSGIRL1 12/10/2013 6:52PM

    emoticon I"ve missed you and your blogs .

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MSLZZY 12/9/2013 10:27PM

    emoticon So glad to hear from you again!

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BLITZEN44 12/9/2013 9:03PM

    Welcome back! I'm back too- under a slightly different name (had to restart my account due to technical difficulties). So I'll have to re-friend you! Glad you're back and good luck with your goals!


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WONDERGALE 12/9/2013 1:45PM

    Welcome Back! emoticon

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BONNIEMARGAY 12/9/2013 1:23PM

    You can do this!

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RACEWELLWON 12/9/2013 10:50AM

    emoticon Back - yes that aging - it can do that ! Oh the Dreadmill ! I guess it was the watermelon I sent - lol - emoticon Karen

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KIWIANN 12/9/2013 9:03AM

    emoticon It is so good to see you here again!! You can and you will get those extra pounds off again!! And I am looking forward to cheering with you and laughing with you along the way emoticon emoticon

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2BDYNAMIC 12/9/2013 7:07AM

    emoticon ....Yeah!! and Just in time before New Years when we re-write those resolutions!!! .......... emoticon Make it a new day and emoticon for writing on my blogs!! (Rushing off to work--it's been snowing here--all icy and cold!) .......brrrr .........rrr

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BIGPAWSUP 12/9/2013 6:39AM

    Welcome back. We know you can do this and so do you. Time to just do it.

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GARDENCHRIS 12/9/2013 6:39AM

    and we MISSED YOU!

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JOHNWBROCKSR777 12/9/2013 6:34AM

    Stay the course!

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I haven't lost a pound in months - but I am not unhappy!

Monday, October 21, 2013

I am still in the overweight BMI index, and I feel I look a little overweight as well, but I am not unhappy!

I have been maintaining my weight fairly well, give or take a few pounds that come and go like the wind. My health is good and I can move - I am very blessed that way! emoticon

I WOULD like to get to my original goal of 150 which would be a normal BMI , so I feel that now is the time to up my game (again) and make it happen. I have reset my goal and will begin using the trackers again - they are vital for me in dropping the pounds. emoticon

The past few months I have been eating healthily, with occasional treats in moderation. And most importantly, I have been exercising religiously! I have been enjoying my life with my new roomies and going places and doing things - keeping moving and laughing! emoticon

Last Saturday we went to my niece's wedding - had a fun time - good wholesome food - including a half piece of cake - and we danced the night away! emoticon (And unlike my sisters - I never got tired of all the exercise on the dance floor!) My home workouts are to thank for that! AND - I had to endure the many, many comments on my weight loss! What a terrible thing!!! This has spurred me on to want to continue in my effort to reach my weight goal.

Saturday we went to our State Fair, and my fitbit went crazy - we walked way over 20,000 steps, ate a little, pet a few animals, rode a few rides and marveled over the creative genius that our fellow residents possess in the arts and crafts displays. Our next adventure is going to be the Renaissance Faire - and yes, we will be in full costume - I will have photos!

SO, while my weight loss has been stalled , so to speak, I have certainly not been idle. I have been moving a lot, Work has been insanely busy - of this I am truly thankful. And I have been LIVING my life, enjoying all that is has to offer to me.

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2BDYNAMIC 10/31/2013 6:31PM

    emoticon ........... tried to call you .......... (some other time) and can't write more ................ Have big lump on wrist and stahing off sparks for a while .............. emoticon

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ALEXSGIRL1 10/23/2013 6:52PM

    forget the scale you are healthy having fun and staying active life is good keep doing what you are doing the scale will catch on now and then

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JUMPINJULIE 10/21/2013 5:54PM

    You are in inspiration. you can do it. We can do it.

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BONNIEMARGAY 10/21/2013 2:30PM

    Every healthy action makes a difference, even when the scale doesn't budge.

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_BABE_ 10/21/2013 12:16PM

    Maintaining is a feat in itself! emoticon

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MSLZZY 10/21/2013 10:33AM

    Living the life-great! HUGS!

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BIGPAWSUP 10/21/2013 9:31AM

    How wonderfully AWESOME! I have to admit, I was a bit worried about you since you haven't been around much but this is a great catch up. I'm so happy for you!

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ESCHLETZ 10/21/2013 9:31AM

    So wonderful to hear someone say that even though they haven't quite reached their final goal that they are still happy with where they are. I love that you've been able to maintain for a few months. And now that you're stepping up your game a bit again you'll have the knowledge of what it takes to maintain at the new level again too. Great job!

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REBELBLITZ 10/21/2013 9:31AM

    I seem to be hoarding my weight too. I did show a bit of loss. But I feel it is a fluctuation. .2 oz lower. Anyway I feel your frustration.

I will keep tracking my food and eat within my food range. I walk for exercise and I need to walk more.

I think it is harder for me to lose than it was twenty years back.

Anyway, I will keep working at it. I am glad that you are too.

emoticon Cheryl

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ANDYINBC 10/21/2013 9:27AM

    Good for you! You can do it!

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MATTEROFHEART 10/21/2013 9:17AM

    That is wonderful! Great job!

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KIWIANN 10/21/2013 8:25AM

    You are amazing!! With your winning attitude, I am confident that you will reach your goals!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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BABYSTEPS123 10/21/2013 8:22AM

    Congratulations! No small feat! I've done the same but am now back in losing mode. Tracking is key! emoticon

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GRACIEGOES 10/21/2013 7:27AM

    Your great attitude about things is catching. I especially loved the part about keeping moving and laughing. Been having a bit of a blah week so thanks for putting a smile on my face :)

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SMITTY4RL 10/21/2013 7:25AM

    You're an inspiration! You've come a long way it seems and I love the fact you've kept it in maintaining mode! Good luck and emoticon !

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IGIVEALL2YAH 10/21/2013 7:18AM

    It's a good thing that you feel good about yourself where you're at and feel blessed. emoticon

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JAROL7 10/21/2013 7:17AM

    Measure your food, calculate your calories, tabulate it all in you nutrition tracker and good things will come. The scale owes you. I'm on day #74 and it works in time.

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Fitness goals redefined

Monday, October 07, 2013

It has been a little over a month since my new roomies have moved in with me, and turned my life upside down and inside out! My time has not been my own for some time as job demands have been very high and spending time with the girls has been a priority over most everything else after work.

An average day is as follows:
4am get busy working in the sewing room to get a jump on the days work.
6 - 6:30am Zeriah wakes up and soon I fix breakfast for us both.
7:30 _ Get ready for work
8:00 Drive to work - set up for the day - then open at 9am
1:00pm Lunch
5:00pm Close the shop (when I can) and go home
5:30-6:30 Prepare dinner and eat
6:30-8pm Family time - paint, play, take a walk
8pm Zeriah goes to bed, Katie and I work out
- Strength training 4 days per week
-Walking 4 days per week (with intervals)
- Cardio 5 days per week - we vary programs
9- 9:30 or until bedtime we read, do paper work and relax with a little tv before going to bed.

(Honestly - I don't know how working mothers of several children manage to get everything done! I have deep respect for them!)

While my days are very full now, I am still keeping to a healthy food plan - we all are. Also, my working out continues to improve. I have raised to the third level on the Total Gym, and my walking is faster and more efficient. The cardio workouts are a breeze!

While I have yet to meet my original goal weight of 150 lbs, I have made some health improvements. My blood pressure is great, my cholesterol is fine, and my doctor is very happy. I can move good, I have no pain, and I sleep soundly all night, every night!

So, my redefined goals are as follows:
- Continue to eat as healthy as possible and within calorie range
- Exercise consistently and mix it up to keep it fresh and fun
- Stay active throughout the day, not just when exercising - do not sit around so much
- Pay less attention to the scale, weigh less often, and mostly rely on how clothes fit, how I feel and how my workouts go to gauge progress
- Be happy and laugh everyday! A good laugh burns calories, I'm sure!

A note: These two young ladies have not only disturbed my peace and quiet - they have enriched my life unmeasurably!

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JUMPINJULIE 10/11/2013 10:26PM

    Great plan.

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ALEXSGIRL1 10/7/2013 8:51PM

    love that you all do healthy things together hugs

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2BDYNAMIC 10/7/2013 8:46PM

    Remember? .......... We WERE those working Mom's of 'numerous' kids ......... Yep, and did an intense juggling act every day/ week ....... we woman are amazing creatures, no doubt! .......... Glad you are liking and enjoying the change the two young ladies have brought ........... Keep up the good work! .......... Payday always comes--- emoticon

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BABYSTEPS123 10/7/2013 7:56PM

    Congrats on maintaining your focus, and including others in your healthy lifestyle! Sounds like you are managing well, and finding joy in the journey!

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BIGPAWSUP 10/7/2013 2:08PM

    Awesome and Wonderful! Sounds great - busy but GREAT. CONGRATS!!!

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BONNIEMARGAY 10/7/2013 1:24PM

    So many blessings!

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KIWIANN 10/7/2013 10:05AM

    Your schedule is full, but is sounds like you are "living life to the full" not just getting by!! Keep up the good work and definitely keep laughing!! emoticon

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SMITTY4RL 10/7/2013 7:30AM

    I have a huge respect for working mothers, too! You have a wicked busy schedule, yet find time to work out and eat healthy--truly an inspiration! Love the fact you sat don and looked at your goals and refined them to the place you find yourself in now--something I need to do. Thanks for the reminder and best of luck!

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MSLZZY 10/7/2013 7:13AM

    So glad the roomies fit right in. You haven't let it slow you down, you have stepped it up! Do enjoy your days together. The scale may not show it but you have definitely gotten better and stronger in the process. HUGS!

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ZRIE014 10/7/2013 12:31AM

  keep with your plan

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The 4 yr old fitness solution!

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Have you ever really paid attention to the small children, I mean really watched their movements and actions? They do everything perfectly!

When they breathe, you see their little bellies go in and out, not their chests - they breathe deeply, like we are supposed to.

When Zeriah does anything, she is in motion. She moves while talking, reading, and of course playing is like a marathon all the time! She moves while eating even! She never stops until it is time to sleep - then she is very still. She sleeps soundly around 10 hours each night.

And she laughs all the time, big belly laughs - as if she knows everyone's secrets and thinks we are all very silly.

She eats good foods in small servings several times a day, never overeats, and drinks her water and some milk and juice - never any soda.

When her mother and I exercise, she joins in - she doesn't care what she looks like, may not be in perfect form, but she moves! And she loves it!

So, take a lesson from the youngsters - move a lot, laugh a lot, sleep soundly and breathe deeply! And do not take anything too seriously!!!

If we would just be more like her......

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HOLLYM48 8/31/2013 7:47AM

    Oh, that is so sweet. They are so innocent and so fun at that age. I am so glad you have this chance to experience that energy from this little 4 yr old. They are exhausting there is no doubt about it but when they laugh, it is like hearing the most wonderful sound in the world. In can take a bad day and make it all the brighter because they are usually just so happy about life.
Have a great weekend enjoying your family!
Hugs!! emoticon

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JUMPINJULIE 8/31/2013 3:09AM

    I hear you my nephew is always moving.

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ALEXSGIRL1 8/30/2013 7:50PM

    children should lead the world and we should follow

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2BDYNAMIC 8/29/2013 8:59PM

    I think their endless energy level is astonishing ...... something we as adults need more of ............ Does not seem quite fair when we have a jillion things to do each day and still try 'n squeeze in a workout!! emoticon

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NAYPOOIE 8/29/2013 6:58PM

    I remember breathing into my belly as a child. Then one day my mom told me it was my chest that was supposed to expand when I inhaled, so I did it like that ever after.

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LIVINGFREE19 8/28/2013 7:17PM

    Kids definitely have the right ideas!

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BONNIEMARGAY 8/28/2013 12:50PM

    We have so much to learn from children.

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MSLZZY 8/28/2013 9:49AM

    Yes, time to make like a child! HUGS!

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MATTEROFHEART 8/28/2013 9:32AM

    Love this! My 9 year old is the same way! She even acts out tv shows as she's watching them!

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KIWIANN 8/28/2013 8:34AM

    What a great inspiration to have in front of your eyes everyday!! And it is beautiful that you see and appreciate it!! emoticon

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BIGPAWSUP 8/28/2013 8:26AM

    How wonderful! This really is something we need to remember. Thanks so much!

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Life's twists!

Saturday, August 24, 2013

Life has a way of taking twists and turns that we least expect. One day you are in a comfortable routine and the next - BOOM - everything changes. emoticon

Some of us will get sick and have to put our fitness plans on hold until we recover.

Some of us will get injured and have to take time to heal our bodies before we press on.

Maybe one of our dear friends will need our help, and we will take time from our busy schedules to help them.

Or just maybe our families may need our time, talent and resources in order to thrive - this is my situation. My precious granddaughter and her adorable daughter are now living with me. It is an experience for all of us - it was definitely unexpected. Granddaughter and I share a love of fitness and exploration, as does the little one. We are committed to regular exercise and healthy eating habits. The 4 year old loves good food and is rarely given treats - she is happy and healthy and rambunctious - as she should be.

I fell blessed to be around these lovely young ladies.

I may not be online as much as I was - obviously I have other things to do!
Today we are going to hike a nature trail after I get home from work - there goes my Saturday afternoon nap!

Embrace life and all it's surprises and I promise you - you will be better for it! emoticon

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HOLLYM48 8/26/2013 6:01PM

    Wow, enjoy this wonderful opportunity to the fullest! What a wonderful grandmother that you are that you helping out your family!
The unexpected can turn out to be the most fun and what a great workout it is watching and running after a 4 yr old!
Have a great time!

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KIKIMAV 8/26/2013 1:51PM

    "Embrace life and all it's surprises and I promise you - you will be better for it! "

What a wonderful message!!!!! emoticon emoticon

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JUMPINJULIE 8/26/2013 2:41AM

    Great blog.

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BIGPAWSUP 8/25/2013 10:25PM

    Sounds like you have a very full plate. I'm hoping you all have fun.

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    Life's surprises come in many different ways. Enjoy your young family.
I, too, just received word that I am needed by my oldest son's family by the end of this month, but just for 10 - 12 days and probably for totally different reasons. My granddaughters parents are in high-profile jobs and travel a lot; sometimes their trips overlap and that is when I come in. Sometimes it doesn't fit into my plans, like this next trip, but I am certainly looking forward to seeing the girls and to help out.
All the best to you, your granddaughter and great-granddaughter. I love their picture.

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BLITZEN40 8/25/2013 12:37AM

    What a beautiful granddaughter and great granddaughter you have. And what fun to have them in your life every day. The little one has that sparkle in her eye... you can just tell she's going to be one to watch! Enjoy this time and all the smiles it will bring- the things 4 year olds say are often funnier than any joke a grown up can come up with!

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MATTEROFHEART 8/24/2013 10:37PM

    Beautiful girls!

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DISAPPEARING1 8/24/2013 9:18PM

    What a wonderful grandma you are - I hope you have fun on your nature walk!

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ALEXSGIRL1 8/24/2013 7:41PM

    I love your attitude with for some could be a burden you find many blessings . enjoy she will keep you young and happy . I love how you all love exercise and being healthy

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KIWIANN 8/24/2013 4:22PM

    Enjoy the hike at the nature trail!! Hope this unexpected blessing bring much joy to your daily life! emoticon

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BONNIEMARGAY 8/24/2013 1:06PM

    Thanks for sharing your blessings here today.

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GARDENCHRIS 8/24/2013 8:52AM

    have fun, my son moved back home with me and it is rather fun!

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2BDYNAMIC 8/24/2013 8:09AM

    So true! ........... And these ladies are your Grandaughter and her child? ............ Very beautiful! (Maybe you can squeeze in a short nap for yourself and still get that fun hike in.) ............. Naps are important too ........... Have fun! emoticon
(and thanks for the goodie!) emoticon

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ROX525 8/24/2013 7:34AM

    Lovely blog. You are very blessed.

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LIVINGFREE19 8/24/2013 7:33AM

    Love it, and so true!

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MSLZZY 8/24/2013 7:32AM

    emoticon How lucky you and DD share common interests and her DD will learn a healthier way to live from little on. HUGS!

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