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Tools for Success

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

The road to good health is a rough and bumpy one to travel. But, it is one well worth the trip! There are a few key resources that help me in my journey.

1. Nutrition Tracking
I don't think it really matters which tracker you use, as long as you are tracking. It could be the SP tracker, a handwritten notebook, or even a spreadsheet. In my case, I use the LoseIt! app on my iPhone. It can be surprising sometimes to see how fast calories add up. On some occasions, the opposite may occur. The tracker helps guide you to better evaluate the quantity and quality of foods you should be eating.

2. Daily Exercise
The body in motion is crucial. It is all part of that CICO equation! For me, I have come up with a system that is ideal, and that is SparkPedaling. I have another blog that describes what that is, including a photo. In a nutshell, it's pedaling a recumbent bike, while using my laptop (usually on SP) on a desk built around the front of the bike. It is one of my favorite ways of multi-tasking! Even when I am not "formally" exercising, I try to do things in a more active manner, such as parking in a further space from the store, or walking extra trips back and forth in the house while putting away laundry. Yard work is another favorite! I wear a FitBit One and like to do any little extras to help rack up my daily steps.

3. Support
I get support from my family, which I value tremendously, but what really motivates me are my SparkFriends. I thrive on their encouragement, and get charged up by cheering them on, as well.

  
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ROX5CAR 11/20/2014 8:17PM

    AHA!! I get the sparkpedaling now.. I think I new it.. but had to ask because I forgot. neat way to exercise! I love the motivation from our friends on sparkpeople too!!

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FANCYSIMAGES 11/20/2014 3:25PM

    Great tools!

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1CRAZYDOG 11/20/2014 10:38AM

    Wonderful tools!

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FUSIONFITNESS3 11/19/2014 11:34PM

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You've hit the nail on the head with three important factors in a helping along the way. Your taking the time to share with us your key resources encourages and inspires us. So thanks for being an inspiration.

Maria

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MM11113 11/19/2014 9:43PM

    Yes, lets keep us all going!

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WESAPHILLIPS 11/19/2014 9:40PM

  good luck...and yes, there are always a few bumps but don't give up...stay on track!!

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Front Lawn (before & after pix)

Sunday, August 24, 2014

This is what happens in a two month period, after fertilizing and seeding, and LOTS of Florida rain. Now I just need to mow again!




  
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TREKPURRSON 10/20/2014 3:02PM

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DOROTHYBERO 8/27/2014 8:01AM

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TRICIALICI 8/25/2014 11:56AM

    Looks good, Nicole! Your palm trees look great, too!


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1CRAZYDOG 8/24/2014 10:20AM

    LOVE the house, love the palm trees. Beautiful!!!

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RDEE22 8/24/2014 9:59AM

    Love your lawn Nicole and haven't your palm trees grown over the summer. Just noticed the ice cream truck...looking good.

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NUTRON3 8/24/2014 8:53AM

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1KSBEST 8/24/2014 8:49AM

    Nicole, your yard is looking green and healthy emoticon
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OH the joys of Florida

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My Baby is Married!

Monday, July 14, 2014

FRIDAY we had a busy and fun-filled day; a girls lunch, with the mothers, bridesmaids and bride. She and her mother treated us all, followed by mani/pedi combos of our choice. I got a purple pedi to match my dress (I did my own purple mani). Later in the afternoon, we had the wedding rehearsal, and Antony & Amy wore hats appropriate to the occasion.


The rehearsal dinner was at a steakhouse in Orlando, and I sat next to my son Michael.

And, across from my husband, Greg.

Everyone got a turn for photos with the happy couple!


SATURDAY was Wedding Day!
The bride was beaming!

Greg wore a tie and pocket square to match my dress.

The wedding was held outdoors and we had to race to beat a storm that was brewing! As Mother-of-the-Groom, I felt like royalty being escorted down the aisle by my son and followed by my husband, two very handsome men.

Amy looked beautiful as she walked with her father.

The ceremony was lovely and the rain held out until we were inside the reception hall.






First dance.

Such passion!

Photo Bomb!


We have had such fun in all the events and preparation leading up to this special day. It was a beautiful wedding and I am so happy to have such a lovely and sweet new daughter.

And the rest of her family is wonderful, too!

  
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GORIANA 7/15/2014 7:38PM

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MSALICAT 7/15/2014 5:25PM

    You look FANTASTIC! What a beautiful couple - Your son has grown up to be such a very handsome man. Thank you so much for sharing this special day. I hope everyone "behaved" themselves and it was all about them
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TRICIALICI 7/15/2014 12:02PM

    Congratulations, Nicole! I'm so happy the wedding turned out wonderfully! You have a beautiful family - and new daughter - and it's such fun to see everyone looking so HAPPY!!! You're a beautiful mother of the groom! Thanks for inviting us to share in your joy - via pictures!

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LADYHYJINX 7/15/2014 10:41AM

    Nicole, thank you so much for sharing your special day. YOU LOOKED BEAUTIFUL. Hard to tell you are the Mother of the Groom, look more like a bridesmaid!

Your sons look just like you. What a handsome family. Great to see the pics of you and Greg.

Couldn't be happier for you and your son and his new wife. Sending blessings to them.

Tears here.

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ELIZACG9 7/15/2014 10:17AM

    So beautiful to see these pictures.....great memories.. congratulations! emoticon

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1KSBEST 7/15/2014 10:05AM

    Nicole thanks for sharing emoticonwhat joy it brings looking at these wonderful photos. Best wishes to the new couple. (you do look like royalty emoticon)

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DOROTHYBERO 7/15/2014 9:40AM

    So glad everything went so well - you were beautiful as was the bride.

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1CRAZYDOG 7/15/2014 7:46AM

    Just gorgeous!!!!! Thanks for sharing the special day. The bride and groom look very happy. Wishing them a lifetime of blessings.

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RDEE22 7/15/2014 1:21AM

    Nicole absolutely beautiful. Thankyou so much for sharing your celebrations with us , not only the big day but the lead up as well. You are the best!!
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Lovely Bridal Tea

Sunday, June 22, 2014

Yesterday I had the pleasure of attending my future daughter-in-law's bridal tea, hosted by a couple of her aunts. Everyone thought it would be fun to wear hats and it definitely added to the festivities!

I ordered this hat online from Amazon. It is called "Sweet Tea Organza Derby Hat with Shimmering Bow" (Burgundy). I received many compliments, even from a couple of people not in our party. I don't usually wear hats, and I decided I would get a big, fun, showy one for this event!


From left to right, this is my soon-to-be DIL's maternal grandmother, mother, twin sister, DIL, and me.


And, here is one of DIL with her mother and me.


There were other attendees (about a dozen of us total) and they were all sweet and made me feel very welcomed into the family. This is a memory I will treasure always.

  
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MSALICAT 7/15/2014 5:26PM

    Now that is an AWESOME hat!

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ELIZACG9 7/15/2014 10:18AM

    I agree lovely!
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DOROTHYBERO 6/25/2014 6:07AM

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TRICIALICI 6/23/2014 5:21PM

    Such happy and fun times! CONGRATULATIONS on welcoming a DIL into the family! Oh, and you ROCK the hat! emoticon

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TEDYBEAR2838 6/23/2014 1:44PM

    Wow, you picked the perfect hat. It's beautiful &
looks great on you!

Enjoy your new DIL!

You'll be a great MIL!

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DOROTHYBERO 6/23/2014 8:25AM

    How fun!

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REGILIEH 6/23/2014 12:59AM

    How great! I love your hat!

Anne

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1KSBEST 6/22/2014 10:49PM

    Nicole thanks for sharing this WONDERFUL PHOTO.
LOVE the hat and seeing you enjoying the tea room.
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RDEE22 6/22/2014 10:11PM

    Nicole you look absolutely beautiful. Just love the hat. Lovely pictures. You all look so happy. Thanks for sharing the event with us. emoticon

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1CRAZYDOG 6/22/2014 9:56PM

    Awwww, you look beautiful! I LOVE the hat! Your soon-to-be daughter-in-law is gorgeous!



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STRINGS58 6/22/2014 9:38PM

    Looks like fun! emoticon

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UKNOWITNOW 6/22/2014 9:37PM

  What a lovely addition to a shower. Most people really don't care to play any more games.

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GoodWill is one of my Best Friends!

Saturday, November 16, 2013

I get such a thrill these days when I go shopping for clothes. I will see a beautiful shirt that I would have loved wearing when I was heavier (thinking it will fit now), but when I try it on, it is much too big. emoticon

I continue searching and find a smaller one, which I know will be much too tight, and it fits perfectly! Same thing with jeans. I look at them and say, there is NO WAY I can fit into this, but then I do! It really helps keep me motivated. emoticon

I have dropped about 4 sizes over this past year and the next drop will bring me into a single digit. I would say I can't wait, but I am already so much happier!

Consistency is the key! No matter what, do NOT give up!!! emoticon

  
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1KSBEST 2/1/2014 10:14AM

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ALIHIKES 11/19/2013 7:57PM

    Congratulations! It is wonderful that your hard work is paying off

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TRICIALICI 11/19/2013 7:37PM

    Very, very cool, Nicole! Congratulations! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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TEDYBEAR2838 11/17/2013 8:13PM

    OH MY GOSH! Would love to see you.

Amazing what we can do when we are consistent!

I met a girl .. flutist at the gym.. Maximum Fitness,
she knows you.

FOrgot her name??

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TULULAHFRANKIE 11/17/2013 4:49AM

    Totally agree with you that there is no better feeling than fitting into or being too small

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SKINNYSTRUMMER 11/16/2013 8:32PM

    That is such a cool perspective. I suspect there needs to be lots of work on us seeing our body as it truly are.

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GFYOGAMOM 11/16/2013 8:08PM

    What AWESOME, happy, NSV moments you have had w/your clothes shopping!! CONGRATS on those FOUR SIZES!!

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LADYBIRD82 11/16/2013 7:26PM

    One of weight losses many rewards. Trying on clothes in a smaller size and not expecting them to fit and then they do. Wow a really great feeling. Best of luck on your journey. You can do it! emoticon

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AMARILYNH 11/16/2013 7:06PM

    What a wonderful experience!! And good for you shopping at Goodwill - for while you are losing weight it doesn't make good sense to spend a lot on clothing. Though I'm in maintenance and I still shop there when I have time. I've gotten some REALLY nice clothes there!!

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SUEWRITES 11/16/2013 6:25PM

    Good for you! I am currently trying to get into my smaller size jeans that have been sitting in my closest for way too long. I can now get them over my hips but not done up yet!

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