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Yet Another Day I Don't Feel Like Walking

Thursday, April 17, 2014

It's 8:56 PM, it's raining, my foot hurts, I already exercised for 60 minutes -

BUT I am going out walking

DAY 106 of my 10,000 Step Streak!

Edit - 10:15 PM I got in another 7,000 steps. DGS was walking with me and we talked along the way. I told him I need to walk 10,000 steps a day to remain in an 'active' lifestyle otherwise I would be in a 'sedentary' lifestyle. I am grateful for the companionship of family and friends, who are active and join with me in walking, hiking, biking, swimming, etc. I hope I am a positive influence on them too!

  
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GRLTAZ 4/19/2014 12:36PM

    Well done ! I am glad you had company walking.

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MAINEALI 4/19/2014 11:00AM

    Keep up the streak! You can do it. You'll be glad you did when it's over!

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NEWTINK 4/19/2014 9:29AM

    You did it that is what is important ... take care of that foot emoticon

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ZELLAZM 4/19/2014 6:45AM

    WTG!


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MARYBETH4884 4/19/2014 6:39AM

    Good for you! Sticking to your challenge even in the rain!!

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MNABOY 4/19/2014 12:29AM

    I know and fall into tha habit

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FIT4MEIN2013 4/18/2014 11:58PM

    So proud of you! The only way I get my steps in is if I am on the treadmill or play racquetball, but summer is coming! With the longer days, dd and I can walk over the mountain to church, so I get lots of steps in that way. I hate walking just to walk, though... emoticon

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CATHYGETSFIT 4/18/2014 6:48PM

    emoticon emoticon I know it's hard to exercise when you don't feel like it and even more so when you are hurting. emoticon You certainly are an inspiration to your family and many of us Teddy Bears! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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SABLENESS 4/18/2014 6:39PM

    Good for you! I'm about to go walk; I think the rain is about done, and if not, I'm taking my chances. I'm only about 20 min away from a 500 min trophy and I want it!

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RAYLINSTEPHENS 4/18/2014 3:42PM

    some days it really hurts - but you gotta keep moving!

WTG!!

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GRACEOMALLEY 4/18/2014 2:52PM

    Sounds as if the walk turned out to be nice after all. I know when my plantar faciitis was acting up, it hurt less when I got up and moved. The more I walked, the less it hurt - until I stopped moving for a time. A half an hour of sitting down and when I tried to stand up - OUCH! Don't do too much and hurt yourself, but you don't want to give up on your goals too easily, either. I suspect you'll find the correct balance for you and your life.

Have a super weekend!
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MORTICIAADDAMS 4/18/2014 2:22PM

    Good job on getting it done even when you don't feel like it. You are amazing!

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NHES220 4/18/2014 1:48PM

    Sorry your foot is still bothering you. I went to a foam roller class last night and the physical therapist was showing us different ways to use the roller and also showed us foot exercises for plantar fasciitis. She did say a lot of plantar fasciitis is caused by shortened achilles, so calf stretching is really important. But one of the exercises she showed was with a trigger point ball (or she recommended a LaCrosse ball) adn you stand on it with it under your heel and move your heel back and forth as if you are putting out a cigarette. You progressively move it up little bit.

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LESLIELENORE 4/18/2014 1:44PM

    You are an inspiration!

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PATTISTAMPS 4/18/2014 12:41PM

    Good for you! Hope the foot is not giving you too much trouble! Keep that great example for your family and friends!!!

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LIS193 4/18/2014 11:45AM

    Take care of your foot!

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FLORIDASUN 4/18/2014 11:35AM

    Of course you are an inspiration...to your family and all of your little bear clan! Good going on keeping that streak alive! emoticon

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TANYA602 4/18/2014 9:13AM

    Good job with your streak! Be sure not to hurt yourself, however.
Check out these socks - I bought a pair and after just a week my feet are feeling better at nite. I am following the enclosed guidelines and only wearing them for an hour so far, but it helps, particularly with my bunion.
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You have a wonderful DH!
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RUBYSNANA 4/18/2014 8:37AM

    emoticon I love that you have family and friends to support you especially on days when you really would rather be a couch potato. emoticon I hope your foot will feel better soon. emoticon emoticon

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SHERYLP461 4/18/2014 8:26AM

    How wonderful you have a family that loves to do things with you! I am wishing your foot to be better.

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DONNABRIGHT 4/18/2014 7:47AM

    Wow - I'm not sure I could have gotten myself out the door but the company of a DGS would be a powerful incentive!
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HEALTHYGRAMMY49 4/18/2014 4:18AM

    You are indeed a positive influence on me dear friend. I admire your ability to hang in there and keep pushing, especially when you'd rather not. You are emoticon

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MIDGIEDAWN2 4/18/2014 12:57AM

    emoticon emoticon It's always hard to break a streak, but depending upon you body you may need a day of rest. I. Broke a 301 day streak when I got so sick that even going to check the mail made me short of breath. I have gotten better about listening to my body. Good luck with your goals.

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ACCEPTHECHLNGE 4/18/2014 12:22AM

    So, you did go last night, afterall? You are addicted! emoticon
Take your umbrella.

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More Places I Go

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

These are pictures from the weekend in Washington







Day 115 & Not Feeling I Will Do It

The plantar faucets appears to have created a heel spur. The intense pain of the PF has dissipated, but what remains is a very painful heel on the bottom of my foot.

www.webmd.com/pain-management/heel-s
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I was home all day with a sick 2 year old, a 9 year old on spring break and a 5 year old later. My energy level is zero.

Dinner was delicious and the house is quieter. I took 2 Ibuprofen, and will relax and enjoy watching Survivor. After I may nap for 1/2 hour then evaluate how I feel. It's possible my 10,000 daily steps streak may end tonight but I am optimistic that a rest is all I need.


  
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GRLTAZ 4/19/2014 12:33PM

    Thanks for sharing. I hope your PF gets better and I hope it is not a heel spur. Those are unbearable. My PF still acts up but I am doing 10000 to 15000 steps a day as a rule and that does not help. I am hoping once I get closer to onderland, it will act up less and less. keep doing what you can.

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NEWTINK 4/19/2014 9:32AM

    Sounds like you need orthodontics to me ... I understand the pain in which you describe probably more than most all I can say is my heart goes out to you and caution neither of these problems really go away without medical intervention . emoticon I wouldnt wish it on any one . Sorry I am so late with a response .

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FLORIDASUN 4/18/2014 11:37AM

    Hope you tried the exercises I told you about that helped DH IMMENSELY! Soooo much better than surgery or shots! emoticon

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HEALTHYGRAMMY49 4/18/2014 4:29AM

    emoticon to hear about the PF. Ugh! Hope you emoticon.
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CHANCETARYN 4/17/2014 8:15PM

    Take care and feel better soon!

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NHES220 4/17/2014 3:36PM

    Ouch on the heel spur! Hope it resolves quickly.

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MORTICIAADDAMS 4/17/2014 3:24PM

    I am under the weather as well and am trying to short circuit it. I hope we both have success in getting back to normal.

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SLIMMINGSHAY 4/17/2014 2:24PM

    Hoping you are feeling much better very soon!

listening to your body is much more important that getting that 10k steps!

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PATTISTAMPS 4/17/2014 11:42AM

    I had heel spurs for a long time... they are so nasty!! Doctor recommended I take a small towel, roll it and hold both ends with it around my foot and use it to pull back on my foot. Basically a stretch, but it helped a lot! I also through trial and error found some inserts that worked for me, and got them for every pair of shoes! They were an inexpensive Dr. sholls. They don't make the same one anymore, but experiment. Also, don't go barefoot! (I finally can again - YEAH!) Hope they cure quickly. My Mom had surgery for hers, but I was lucky enough to heal without it. I did not have any luck with the shots, but again, you might. Crossing my fingers

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ROCKPORT9 4/17/2014 11:02AM

    I use Blue Emu cream for pain relief of my feet, put an elastic support on one foot and arthritis support in my shoes. Soaking feet in peppermint epson salt is a nice relief. Take care, Laurel emoticon

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LULUTU 4/17/2014 10:49AM

    I'm so sorry about the pain. Just remember - streaks are fun, but it's not all or nothing. You can begin a new streak as soon as you're ready! Nevertheless, food luck getting your 10000 steps in.

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SEWINGMAMACDS 4/17/2014 10:46AM

    Oh, I am sorry you have a bone spur - Ouch. Hope you are able to get it taken care of and heal soon!

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FIT4MEIN2013 4/17/2014 10:43AM

    Crap! When our feet hurt, we feel miserable all over. Hope you are feeling better soon!

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2BEHEALTHY2014 4/17/2014 10:34AM

    Feel better soon! Take care of yourself.

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LIS193 4/17/2014 10:13AM

    Beautiful pics!
Feel better soon!

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SHERYLP461 4/17/2014 9:54AM

    I am sorry for your pain, is there anything that can be done for it?

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TURTLETALK 4/17/2014 8:52AM

    The pics are beautiful, I hope your feet feel better soon. I keep a frozen bottle of water to ice my heels and arches when my pf acts up. It seems to help some.

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WILSONWR 4/17/2014 8:31AM

    Heel spurs can be painful! I hope you get your 10,000 steps in, but don't beat yourself if you can't - sometimes things just happen and we have to roll with the punches. Take care of yourself!

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TERI-RIFIC 4/17/2014 8:28AM

    Beautiful pictures. For what it is worth, I have given myself 2 overuse injuries in the past 8 months. It's a bummer to give up jogging/walking while you heal, but you can work around it. (I did spinning and aqua aerobics) What I have found out is that stretching is SO important. And shoes are not always what they appear. I just got a pair of Altra Olympus shoes. ($120- the most I have ever paid-ever) So far they are amazing. They are zero drop and super cushioned and foot shaped. My problem is in the metatarsal, so I'm not sure how they would be for heel problems. It just makes sense to me that a shoe that is flat from heel to toe is more natural to walk on. I hope you heal quicky!!

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RUBYSNANA 4/17/2014 8:19AM

    Love the photos, but sorry to hear about the problems with your heel spur. Ice, ice, and more ice and be sure to stretch after walking or running. emoticon

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1HAPPYSPIRIT 4/17/2014 5:37AM

    I hope you do not suffer with the plantar fascitis very long. Keep icing that heel!

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WAY2GOCAT 4/17/2014 2:45AM

    Awww...look at the little toe=head. Your son reminds me of mine!

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SUSANBEAMON 4/17/2014 1:21AM

  sorry about your heel spur. i know how painful they can be for the first couple of steps each time you walk. drugs didn't help, i had to have extra padding in my shoe for years.

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ACCEPTHECHLNGE 4/17/2014 1:15AM

    Oh, Lynn, I know how much that means to you, but as MNABOY indicated, your health is more important. I hope you are feeling better, tonight.

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LYNCHD05 4/17/2014 12:18AM

    I hope your heel spur is controlled with the ibuprofen

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MNABOY 4/16/2014 11:46PM

    streaks are great, health is critical

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SVELTEWARRIOR 4/16/2014 11:37PM

    I hope you are pain free soon

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Places I Go

Tuesday, April 15, 2014


Biking Barnston Island


Barnston Island a little sheep farm we passsed


2,650 Steps From Home - ocean in the horizon


2,650 Steps From Home - golf course and horse stable, ocean in the horizon

Day 105 of 10,000 Daily Steps. I really am an all or nothing exerciser, so I am continuing my streak.

  
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GRLTAZ 4/19/2014 12:24PM

    What a beautiful place to be able to move your body in. Enjoy it and keep moving !

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LULUTU 4/17/2014 10:38AM

    Beautiful pictures - thanks for sharing!

Lulu

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    You go girl!!!!

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    Great photos...way to go on your 10,000 steps-per-day!!! emoticon

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SVELTEWARRIOR 4/16/2014 12:18AM

    Love the pictures!!!!! What a beautiful view!!!! Congrats on keeping your streak going!!!

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SHARON10002 4/15/2014 11:06PM

    Lynn what a beautiful area you live in, and so close to the ocean! Thanks for sharing your pictures with us. emoticon on your streak - emoticon

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THETURTLEBEAR 4/15/2014 11:01PM

    Looks like so much fun!

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FEARLESSNOW 4/15/2014 10:27PM

    Gorgeous views!

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KRISTA987 4/15/2014 8:52PM

    Congrats on keeping up with your streak! Thanks for sharing the lovely pictures!

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MORTICIAADDAMS 4/15/2014 8:48PM

    Loved the pictures!! You are living the good life, as usual.

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MADAMES 4/15/2014 8:44PM

    What beautiful vistas! My DH tends to be an all or nothing exerciser, so I know what that is like. Keep the streak going...
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MAINEALI 4/15/2014 7:44PM

    How beautiful! You are very lucky. Keep up the good work!

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SPARKLED146 4/15/2014 7:27PM

    Nice photos! Great job with your streak...keep it up!

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GOULDSGRANITE 4/15/2014 7:13PM

    Awesome! Great job on the streak. Beautiful pictures.

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VONBLACKBIRD 4/15/2014 4:11PM

    Wow love this!!! Thanks for sharing.

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RITAVALENTA 4/15/2014 4:05PM

    What a piece of heaven!

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FUSIONFITNESS3 4/15/2014 3:54PM

    Wow! I haven't been to Barnston Island for decades. A goal for this summer I think....

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LESLIELENORE 4/15/2014 3:17PM

    I can't wait to see the ocean myself.

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DOUGLYE 4/15/2014 2:35PM

    Very Nice! I can almost smell the fresh air.

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WATERONE 4/15/2014 2:02PM

    Beautiful pictures. Thanks for sharing them. WTG on the streak.

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GRACEOMALLEY 4/15/2014 1:56PM

    Fabulous! You are doing so well! emoticon

I LOVE the scenery and just may have to come check it out. Could use a peaceful place to explore and take a break from urban craziness.

Have a fabulous day!


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PATTISTAMPS 4/15/2014 1:10PM

    Beautiful! You are doing so well! Keep that spark burning and that step tracker spinning!

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ROCKPORT9 4/15/2014 12:51PM

    You are incredible! Thanks for sharing the pictures. Have a great week! Hugs, Laurel

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Something Wonderful Happened Along the Way

Sunday, April 06, 2014



April 2014 My DGS, DH and my dog Kali



June 2007 My little friend and my dog Kali

I was looking at one of my Spark pictures taken almost 7 years ago. I was walking on a trail when I took a picture of my little friend and my dog. It was a trail I knew, and over the years I got to know it very well as I walked longer, further, faster and more often.

Now I live far from away and have many others trails. I am learning where the various twists and turns will take me. Over the years something wonderful happened along the way, I became the person I wanted to be. I am happier, healthier and have an active lifestyle; with a stronger body, a positive attitude, so I encourage others to get out and walk with me.

On my Spark Page years ago I wrote -

This is Lynn - I want an active lifestyle with the energy and enthusiasm to join others in doing fun things - horseback ride, river tube, canoe, sing karaoke, hike mountains, dog walk, golf, learn carpentry, play cards, have dinner parties, travel and make new friends.

I am doing many of these things now!

Yesterday hubby and I took our 26 month old grandson out walking in the forest to the ocean view point near our house. For me that was 5,300 steps round trip. For his short little legs, it was probably 12,500. He is a strong little hiker and really enjoyed all the interesting things to see and touch. This was my second forest walk with him, so he is officially one of my walking buddies.

Tuesday we will be in Bellingham, WA to buy a bike rack and attend an REI Store class - Planning Your Overnight Bicycle Tour. It still seems like a dream that I have the strength and interest to do it. That is what becoming healthier has done for me - the option of doing these things because I am strong.

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April 5, 2014 Spring 5% 8 Week Challenge (56 Days) - My Goals

Yesterday I crunched the numbers and finalized my plans -

Starting Weight 208.8
Ending Weight 198.4
Lose 10.4 pounds in 8 weeks (May 31, 2014)
Calorie range 1,490 - 1,840
Calories Burned Weekly Goal 3400

Body Mass Index Obese 34.7 Target for Challenge 33.0. Need to get below 179 pounds to be 'Over weight'

Hip to Waist Ratio .88 Apple Shape - Estimated Health Risk - High, need to get to .85 and below to improve the risk to moderate! That's 6" off the waist and 6" off the hips. These numbers motivates me more than than weigh ins.

Day 96 of 10,000 Steps Streak

Exercise 60 minutes daily, and eat between 1,490 - 1,840 calories a day, and I will lose 10.4 pounds in 8 weeks.

For 56 days of the Challenge - I will exercise daily for a minimum of 60 minutes. I will alternate between The Full Plate Diet and South Beach Diet. Watch the calories and portion sizes! On my Team page I will record my daily exercise and Living the Good Life Points, and on Saturdays I will weigh in and record it. As I have time I will check in with my team and leave a comment on the Discussion Board, and read and comment on blogs.

I have new things to accomplish - having a healthier Body Mass Index and Hip to Waist Ratio.

I am living the happily ever after now, as I work towards my new goals.

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Picture yourself in your minds eye as having already achieved this goal. See yourself doing the things you'll be doing when you've reached your goal... Earl Nightingale

  
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FLORIDASUN 4/18/2014 11:40AM

    Terrific history Lynn...you are doing it...and I'm SO proud of you accomplishing your dreams and taking us with you to celebrate! emoticon

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    Thanks for sharing your journey - very encouraging!

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GRLTAZ 4/11/2014 8:43AM

    Well said ! One day at a time you are getting to goal !

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FITANDFAITHFUL1 4/8/2014 11:07AM

    emoticon Thank you for encouraging me in the beginning of this spring challenge! emoticon

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BRADMILL2922 4/8/2014 2:47AM

    Pretty cool how you can look back and isn't it awesome that you are doing much of what you wrote back then? Keep it up and I know you can make you new plan!

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MT-MOONCHASER 4/7/2014 10:11PM

    You are doing great with the NSV's. Keep up the good work.

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PATTISTAMPS 4/7/2014 12:10PM

    That is a great plan! And how wonderful that you have achieved so much since joining Spark! It is amazing what a difference losing some weight and becoming fit makes. I am also still obese - about 40 pounds from overweight, but I am going to get there! My waist hip ratio is .851 - because I lost an inch in my hips! Now I need the waist to catch up!

You are inspiring! Keep this Spark burning!

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NHES220 4/7/2014 11:40AM

    Sounds like a great plan! Your little hiking buddy is adorable! I love REI - it is such a great store - that is where we got our bike rack and when we had trouble getting my bike on it, they came right out to the parking lot to help us!

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VONBLACKBIRD 4/7/2014 11:21AM

    What a lovely blog. So glad you are on the AWESOME A team with me. We can do this together.

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TERI-RIFIC 4/7/2014 9:57AM

    Very positive and wonderful to read. I'm curious about the overnight trip. Sounds like fun!!! emoticon emoticon

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THETURTLEBEAR 4/7/2014 9:34AM

    Wonderful blog!

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RUBYSNANA 4/7/2014 9:34AM

    So nice to read your blog. Your positive energy is infectious and I really needed that this morning. emoticon I am so glad I added you as a friend, and now I am going to subscribe to your blog. I love that your enthusiasm and how you are enjoying your journey. You remind me of where I want to be and that is an important thing to have. Keep up the great work.

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SHERYLDS 4/7/2014 8:13AM

    “Don’t wait for someone to take you under their wing.
Find a good wing and climb up underneath it.” ~Frank C. Bucaro

thanks spreading your energy and enthusiasm on us with all the work you and the other leaders give us with these challenges

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2WHEELER 4/7/2014 6:49AM

    Amazing where one small step can lead. Congratulations!! Happy travels!

Enjoy the biking class at REI. I've done a good number of overnight bike trips and I think you'll love your new adventures. Last year was the first that I went bike camping. I am hooked! I still have a lot to learn about cooking with minimal camp equipment.

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RITAVALENTA 4/7/2014 1:17AM

    Love your blog. I just started my journey and am loving the 5% challenge although my personal challenge is to lose 2 lbs a week or 10%. But like you the numbers on the scale are just numbers. I am already feeling so much better and it has been less than a month. Actually started tracking steps 10 days ago and made over 9 miles today. Wish you great things on your journey.

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FUSIONFITNESS3 4/7/2014 1:16AM

    What an inspiration! So glad you have found the healthy lifestyle and experienced such success so far. It is wonderful to discover things you can now do which just a short while ago you wouldn't have dreamed of doing. Looks like you're in for continued success with the fantastic plan you have laid out for the challenge. Wishing you success. emoticon

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LIS193 4/7/2014 12:54AM

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TERESA159 4/7/2014 12:32AM

    Happy to be on the same team as you again and get caught up with you and Kali. Sounds like you've got things all lined up for success.

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SVELTEWARRIOR 4/6/2014 11:16PM

    You have a very good plan. I also believe you have the determination and desire to achieve. Let's rock this challenge!!!!!

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SHARON10002 4/6/2014 11:11PM

    Love your pictures and love this blog! Your grandson is a real cutie!
Your plan is very well thought out and you are right about visualizing all of this in your mind, and believing it. I'm hoping to meet my 5% this challenge. It's been awhile . . .

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SHERYLP461 4/6/2014 10:55PM

    Your plan sounds very much like mine. Good luck to us both!

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GRANDMA125212 4/6/2014 9:40PM

    Wow you have definitely accomplished a lot and still looking ahead. You grandson is so cute and already working on a healthy lifestyle, good influence grandma.

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LESLIELENORE 4/6/2014 9:08PM

    What a great picture!

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ROXYZMOM 4/6/2014 9:00PM

    I am very happy for you! You are awesome!!

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MORTICIAADDAMS 4/6/2014 8:38PM

    You have come a long way since your walks on the "bear" trail. You are doing fantastic. Dreams really do come true if we work had enough. Good luck with your goals.

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DOTTIEJANE1 4/6/2014 8:29PM

    GREAT plan you had it all laid out emoticon

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DEEKELLYE 4/6/2014 8:26PM

    Great plan! I'm glad you are doing the spring challenge as well. Before we moved I used to go in the woods behind my house. It was downhill to start and then uphill back home. I used to sit by this big tree. It was huge. I used to climb over and under the fallen branches. Loved spending time in the woods and outside and would love to be one of your hiking buddies. It sounds like you had a great time with your grandson.

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ACCEPTHECHLNGE 4/6/2014 7:59PM

    Great plan, well thought out. I also want to make this the challenge that will change my body image, and remain active and healthy.
You go 'girl'!!! You are ready to go, and we hope to see updates.
Good luck.

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MADAMES 4/6/2014 7:43PM

    Thank you for an inspiring blog! You have an awesome plan!

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SQUIRRELMOMMA1 4/6/2014 7:34PM

    Great plan!

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LESLIELENORE 4/6/2014 7:27PM

    emoticon You can do this! Are you going to celebrate Day 100 of your step streak?

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MERRYMARY42 4/6/2014 7:25PM

    way to go, you have a plan, and means to get there, and I know you will because, I can see how motivated you are. emoticon

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MARYANNSQUEST 4/6/2014 7:24PM

    Love your plan! It is so Pawesome emoticon
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Maryann (aka Roodles)

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I'm telling you it's going to be worth it...

Thursday, April 03, 2014

I watched an online beginners’ kettlebell exercise video and thought it seemed easy enough, so I bought a 5 pounder to get started. It is easy to follow and I enjoyed doing it. I was surprised how easy! I am happy to have this as one of my home strength training exercises. In a month I will assess how I am doing and find another video to increase the intensity or increase the weight or both.

www.youtube.com/watch?v=2waVex8EUfc

10,000 Steps Streak & Plantar fasciitis update. Today the pain is the worst ever. Right now I am icing my foot (rolling on a frozen water bottle) and had 2 ibuprofen. I was scheduled to work on a project with 2 others and had to bail on them. Hopefully I will be ok to walk later today and keep up my 10,000 step streak.

I got $15 Walmart foot cups the other day. They did the job a couple of years ago, and I healed in 3 weeks. Yesterday I was busy all day and went out to a women's club dinner. I did not get out to walk till 10:45 PM. I wanted to speed up my steps, and did some running. What was I thinking???? I have to admit I am too fat to run, my feet cannot take it! Hopefully I will be ok to walk later today and keep my streak 10,000 step streak going, Day 92 . Hmm... I do have a recumbent biked that I should dust off and try.

Tuesday I walked in the park near my house and realized I live less than 2,500 steps from an ocean view. There are several trails that lead there, and the trails are not well marked so it may take a few walks to determine the most direct way route. I really want to know how long it takes me to walk to the view point and to know how many steps (love fitbit).

Pickleball - 2 of my friends joined pickle ball, so I am motivated to learn the game too. It's quite social and we can chat while we sit between our matches.

Kitchen Crazy - I was laughing at myself. I cook less often and for fewer people, yet I started buying new small electric kitchen appliances. In the last couple of years I got -

1. professional kitchen aid mixer & grinder attachment
2. vegetable steamer
3. rice cooker
4. griddle
5. food processor
6. immersible blender
7. frying pan
8. corn popper

For years I used

9. coffee maker
10. kettle
11. knife
12. hand mixer
13. bullit
14. knife sharpener

So with all these, I just saw a new must have small appliance

www.youtube.com/watch?v=qM-a0S6Tyq0

Why do we get the small kitchen appliances?

Clean eating - few processed foods
Have more time to cook from scratch
Did a kitchen renovation and have space to store them
We both cook
Like to entertain and do it with ease
Like to try new recipes with new ways to prepare food
Some appliances more energy efficient than stove
Maintain an interest in cooking
Time saving
Hopefully no tears when chopping onions
Better results with the griddle for making bread substitutes (Dukan)

I have never used a food processor and plan on using it to make vegetable soup. There is a WW pie crust recipe with butter and cottage cheese for another day. I have never made a pie crust.

Each day I am learning and trying new things to to stay happy and healthy, and a blessing my family.

“I'm not telling you it's going to be easy - I'm telling you it's going to be worth it.” - Art Williams.

  
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WILSONWR 4/16/2014 9:11AM

    I must have missed this blog earlier! Yes, you have gotten into the kitchen gadgets. I'm afraid I have the same addiction - my wife used to tell me we needed a new house to store all of the gadgets! They definitely make things easier, even though a few of them are a pain to clean. You're also staying busy with lots of activities. You inspire me with all that you do!

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DURANGOREDDOG 4/7/2014 10:02AM

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FEARLESSNOW 4/6/2014 3:52PM

    How lucky to live near and ocean view! Good luck with your feet!

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IMEMINE1 4/5/2014 4:48PM

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GOODGETNBETR 4/5/2014 3:37PM

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Congrats on 92 days. Good luck with the PF

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GEMLADYONE 4/5/2014 10:00AM

    I enjoyed your update! I myself resist the small kitchen appliances...my kitchen is small with limited counter space, so my rule is if there's no place on the counter, it can't come live with us! (If it's stored somewhere, most likely won't get used, etc.)

I do love a food processor...such a time saver and very flexible. It can serve as a slicer,grater, mixer, chopper, etc. Mine has a broken blade, so I need either a replacement part or a new one.....

You're not too fat to run, but if your feet are already hurting, best not to start now. If you do, get good running shoes (fitted to your feet by a professional) and start SLOWLY. I did at 49 years old and nearly 200 pounds and am so happy I did. It's my favorite exercise and so much more efficient than walking.

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NEWTINK 4/5/2014 6:02AM

    I agree with the stretching exercises and I also found that heat is better than ice for my feet. You can research the exercises online just like anything else. I would definately give the bike a try instead of walking or running till it is well. You don't want to add more pressure to them.

You are not to " fat" to do anything. You are courageous enough to try and smart enough to know that you should wait till you feet heal.

my brother bought a small kitchen appliance that i really want now ... an electric pressure cooker. I can not use the old one as they scare me with the noise they make but his is awesome.

I do a couple of kettlebell exercises with my HIIT program. I believe you will enjoy them very much.

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TAMGETSFIT25 4/4/2014 6:43PM

    So I just had to share my deal with Plantar Fasciitis. I suffered through having painful feet for almost a year. I was icing, resting and stretching as much as I could. I ended up talking to a friend who is a physical therapist and she suggested I try heat, massaging the bottom of my foot with a tennis ball and stretching. Started to get better within the 1st week, within 3 weeks I was almost completely pain free and within a little over a month I was pain free. Wish I had talked to her sooner because 2013 my year of continuous feet pain. Ick

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HEALTHYGRAMMY49 4/4/2014 6:01PM

    emoticon girlfriend! Let's make THIS our ONEderland entry Challenge! Hopefully anyway ... Mint be a little ambitious for me, but I'll give it a try anyway.
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MORTICIAADDAMS 4/4/2014 5:01PM

    I've not tried kettlebells yet.

I can't use the cheap inserts. I use the Dr. Scholls inserts that match my foot. The machine that measures your needs is quite helpful.

That ocean walking view would be nice.

I have all of the small appliances you mentioned and more. LOL. I cook 3 meals a day almost 7 days a week.

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AALLEY2 4/4/2014 2:46PM

    emoticon I hope your feet feel better soon. No good to have those problems. The apple peeler was a good one, but they still have to core and seed them all:) emoticon oh, forgot to tell you that I did the kettlebell workout, sure went fast! I used a dumb bell instead of a kettle bell. I want to get one though. emoticon

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PTLDGRL 4/4/2014 1:05PM

    Welcome to the dark side of small kitchen appliances!!!

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SISSYFEB48 4/4/2014 12:59PM

    Laughed myself silly over the apple peeler trick!
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I, too, really like small kitchen appliances. We now have a wok that works so well I cannot believe it. Really gets hot, and is heavy. Breville makes this model, and we got it on sale at the Bay after Christmas. I use it for a lot more than just a wok as well.

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NHES220 4/4/2014 11:37AM

    I need to dust off my kettlebells and get my video out! Sorry you are struggling with plantar fasciaitis. We had a coach at my running group talking about it and they said one of the causes is a shortened Achilles tendon. They were promoting this trigger point therapy kit - it basically works on self massage. My sisters both had it and it did help them - not cheap - close to $100, but it did work. Make sure you do your calf stretches so you stretch you Achilles! Feel better!
Noreen


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IOWAGRAMMA 4/4/2014 11:09AM

    Didn't read all the responses, but for the plantar fasciitis, don't forget to use stretches of those muscles. I was miserable with it, too, but my nurse practitioner recommended doing foot stretches before ever getting out of bed and several times a day...stretch the foot and muscles in every direction and every way you can think of doing. It took awhile, but it really worked for me. Of course, I used some ibuprofen, too, but gradually got rid of that as things improved. Good luck! And, enjoy the new food processor.

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SEWINGMAMACDS 4/4/2014 10:53AM

    emoticon on the "new" kitchen appliance.

yes, it is going to be worth it!

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PATTISTAMPS 4/4/2014 10:52AM

    You are really working this! I am so proud for you! Keep it up... and I now need new appliances, too... LOL... (love the grinder for the Kitchen Aid, also I love the shred blade on a food processor - make shredded carrots for several days of salad in seconds!)

kettleball.... Hmmmmm

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MAERETH 4/4/2014 8:58AM

    Kettle bells are awesome.

I have pretty bad plantar fasciitis as well, and am a HUGE fan of KT tape. You can get it at Dicks or other sports stores. There are videos on youtube on how to apply it for PF. It helped me immensely.

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RUBYSNANA 4/4/2014 8:43AM

    I so agree - small appliances help us eat healthy by allowing us to avoid by processed food and by allowing us more options for preparing healthy alternatives. emoticon

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FLORIDASUN 4/4/2014 8:03AM

    My husband had such painful plantar fasciitis that he almost gave up walking! He went to therapy a guy they call the 'foot whisperer'....it worked! He's sooooo happy to be out walking and enjoying the things he loves!

Best tip ever....stretches...he props a telephone book (or anything fat) then puts a short board on it and sets his I-phone timer for 30 seconds. He steps both feet up on the edge of the board (slight incline) stands at our kitchen high counter and leans forward bracing into the counter. You will feel the stretch into your calf if done correctly.

2nd exercise...same board technique step both feet on the edge of the board..but this time bend your knees slightly...lean forward and hold for 30 seconds.Use the timer on your phone or a little kitchen timer. You will feel the stretch into your ankle if done correctly.

Repeat both exercises 3 times..he does it all together...but you can stretch it out throughout the day if you have time.

Next most important tip...get rid of inflammation in your body. When he cut down on dairy this was pretty easy but he also puts a fresh slice of ginger root (should be the asian variety) you can get it at Wal-Mart..peel a little cylinder and put it in your tea.

This stuff is GREAT...cleans out your arteries and protects your heart as well. He chews the cylinder of ginger and swallows the juice and spits out the pulp...be SURE and have water handy to wash it down..it's pretty zingy!

He paid a ton of money to the therapist for those easy tips...I hope they help you and save your pocketbook as well!

Happy Spring Challenge my dear friend! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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LUCYVT 4/4/2014 7:29AM

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CHANCETARYN 4/4/2014 6:57AM

    I love my immersion blender! The food processor makes quick work of pie crust too.

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DOROTHYBERO 4/4/2014 5:59AM

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LIS193 4/4/2014 12:51AM

    I love my stick blender!

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FIT4MEIN2013 4/3/2014 11:16PM

    I have been thinking about trying kettleball. Looks like it would be a great workout!

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PORSCAD 4/3/2014 10:23PM

    I love the kettle bell too. I'm so jealous that you live so close to the beach. I live in Ohio and love the ocean. You should definitely take advantage of that. I hope your plantar fasciatis eases up. My sister has it and I know that it's so painful. Good luck with your step streak!

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MAINEALI 4/3/2014 9:56PM

    Kettle bells intrigue me. My biggest worry is accidentally letting it go and breaking something.

I'm a coastal girl and I'm so jealous that you live that close to an ocean view. I live about 15 miles from the ocean and that's the farthest inland I've ever lived.

I can't imagine the pain you must have in your feet, but keep up the good work!

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4RASCALS 4/3/2014 8:14PM

    How nice to live so close to the ocean. That must be so relaxing, not to mention beautiful. The kettle bell workout looks great. Going to try it. My cant live without appliance is my slow cooker.

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TANYA602 4/3/2014 7:51PM

    I had to laugh when I saw the apple peeler idea! How cool!
And thank you for sharing the kettleball video - it gives me more of an idea about how I would use one. My only concern would be my back, but otherwise it looks very cool.
I hope your feet hurt less and that you keep up the great work meeting your step goal!

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MT-MOONCHASER 4/3/2014 7:43PM

    Hey, I've got one of those -- I use it to drive screws...

It's nice to know there are other uses for some things!!

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p.s. After a remodel, you might have one on hand already...

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MEMARE 4/3/2014 7:41PM

    I love trying new recipes, Pinterest is a great place to search for them.
I have yet to own a food processor. But I do love my Vitamix!

Enjoy your new gadgets. Gadgets are fun!

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I_WILL_ROCK_125 4/3/2014 7:22PM

    I would love to live that close to the beach. Now you know how close you are, you sure can enjoy the warm weather. Hope your foot gets better soon as well.

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SVELTEWARRIOR 4/3/2014 6:38PM

    Small appliances are fun!!!

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LESLIELENORE 4/3/2014 6:13PM

    I use my stick blender almost daily.

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SHERYLP461 4/3/2014 5:56PM

    Not a small appliance fan, but I do love my slow cooker and coffee pot and oh yea my food processor and stand mixer

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