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I'm SO EXCITED!!!

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

This has absolutely NOTHING to do with being healthy, but I had to share...

I was driving to work this morning and noticed that there was a Game and Fish truck in front of me. It was odd, but at first I didn't think anything of it. Then I noticed all kinds of flashing lights up ahead, and as I got closer to work, the Game and Fish guy pulls over, and starts flashing his lights too.

At this point, I knew there must be some kind of animal near by, but I was still shocked when I turned the corner into the parking lot and saw a Moose!



When I was a little girl we lived in Yellowstone National Park for a summer (my dad worked at the hospital), and I never managed to see a moose, though I desperately wanted too. Decades later, and one strolls up outside my office.

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Cross one off the bucket list!

  
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TRAINER_T 9/30/2014 4:29PM

    emoticon thats just emoticon

I saw one at the grand canyon it was outside the resturant after sunset heading back to our tent.
3-5 huge ones, never will forget.

Lucky you!!!

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PATTYR81 9/26/2014 10:18AM

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WOUBBIE 9/26/2014 10:13AM

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POSITIVEHOPE 9/24/2014 11:16PM

    Awesome. Big aren't they. Saw some at a wildlife preserve in Oregon.

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NEKOCHARM 9/24/2014 8:55PM

    I totally had to go back to your start page to see where you live! lol OMG!! How exciting to see a moose up close! They're HUGE, aren't they??

Thanks for your support on my blog! You're right about looking at all of the different parameters of this getting healthy stuff, and not just the weight. Even though I'm only down a few pounds, I feel so much better. :-)

And what's up with that vertigo medication possibly causing dizziness?? It reminds me of a commercial I saw for restless leg syndrome, I think it was. The voice over was listing all of the possible side effects, and then I heard, "On rare occasions, death may occur." I was like whaaa?? I know it's rare, but I just can't see how dying beats having restless leg syndrome! emoticon

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CHEFSOPHIE 9/24/2014 7:39PM

    That is totally crazy. They usually don't end up in populated areas till later when they are in search of food.

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ASHESS85 9/24/2014 2:14PM

    And you now you see one running through your town! haha love it!

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IAMZBEE 9/24/2014 1:36PM

    So cool!!

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BEATLETOT 9/24/2014 12:53PM

    I absolutely LOVE how excited this makes you! And I love the picture, too!

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100 Days of Kick A$$

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

So... this blog should have been posted a couple of days ago...



As of Monday, there were 100 days left in 2014. 100 days!

I don't know where the time went.

With so little time left in the year, I wanted to kick it up a notch. Fortunately, I have some friends who were willing to finish out the year with a bang also. We're all over the country, but we decided to do a health challenge together so that we could enter 2015 feeling better about ourselves and our health.

We are all in really different places health-wise and have different goals, but we decided that we could come up with some weekly challenges that would be flexible enough to fit us all. I'm really excited.

I lost my local workout buddy, but now I have some accountability buddies to cheer me on. This week is just a baseline week - food journal, step tracking, fitness test, measurements - to see where we are starting, but we're already having a lot of fun. We're going to end the year with 100 Days of AWESOME!



  
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TRAINER_T 9/30/2014 4:29PM

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WOUBBIE 9/25/2014 3:48PM

    Woohoo! Sounds like a great idea!

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REALTYLADYLISA 9/24/2014 11:31AM

    The year has been moving VERY quickly! Time to step it up to start 2015 in a different place!

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PATTYR81 9/24/2014 10:11AM

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ASHESS85 9/24/2014 9:35AM

    100 days is plenty of time to meet some goals! I plan on doing the same. I'd love to be 20 lbs lighter by Christmas! emoticon

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BEATLETOT 9/24/2014 9:24AM

    Very cool!!! Jeepers, 100 days, eh?

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Mood Alteration

Friday, September 19, 2014

So I think I've been back on this exercise thing for about three weeks now... I have finally reached the point where I don't think I'm going to die during the first five minutes of cardio. I have enough entries in my weight tracker to begin seeing a trend. I've also noticed something I really wasn't expecting...

I'm smiling a lot more.

(I would insert a picture here, but amazingly, out of the hundreds of photos I have stored for my blog, I don't have any with a smiling person in them. I think that should tell me something...)

This exercising thing has me in a much better mood. And I LIKE it!

I think I'm going to do some more.



  
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NEKOCHARM 9/20/2014 10:14PM

    Good for you! emoticon Yesterday I woke up in a foul mood, and just wanted to sit on the couch and eat. My husband told me that we were going to do a strength workout. He didn't ask. He told me. lol So I did, and my mood did a complete turn around! So, I'm with you on the exercise thing. It really does make you feel good! emoticon

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CHEFSOPHIE 9/20/2014 10:56AM

    Sounds like you are focused and doing great!

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WOUBBIE 9/19/2014 2:04PM

    Ah, it's great to get feedback and see the impact of positive changes!

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OWLWENEEDISLOVE 9/19/2014 9:58AM

    Very happy for you !! A smile is a wonderful lift :)

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ABBY_G 9/19/2014 9:48AM

    You wrote: I have finally reached the point where I don't think I'm going to die during the first five minutes of cardio.

Thanks for the laugh! I can relate in terms of feeling like I'm going to starve to death when I cut my usual calorie intake down a small amount for one day. So far, I've survived those days. : )

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Woot! A New Tool!

Monday, September 15, 2014

You know, sometimes it's really hard to keep up with Spark. All of the emails from the different teams, other users, Spark itself. I have been an irregular Sparker for most of the last year and a half or so. When I get notices in my regular mail that I have Sparkmail, a lot of times I just delete them. Not that I don't care, but just that I can't find the time to sit down and go through them all.

A couple of weekends ago, I cleaned out my Sparkmail. I had emails in there that were over a year and a half old!



I'm glad that I had saved some that long though.

One of those old emails from my "At Goal and Maintaining + Transition to Maintenance" Team was a jem. It talked about a couple of weight tracking websites that calculated a weighted average to produce a weight loss trend. I'd actually used one before - PhysicsDiet.com, but I'd been having trouble with that website and had abandoned it.

I was looking for some kind of replacement, and thanks to my Sparkpeeps, I have one! The email had information for WeightGrapher.com. This site seems to be maintained better, and it also connects with your Fitbit scale if you have one. I've just started using it, so my graphs don't have a lot of information yet, but so far, I'm really liking it.



I also like that yesterday it started giving me an estimate of when I'd hit my goal weight if I kept up my current progress. I'm more interested in inches than pounds, but that is a great little motivator!

  
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NEKOCHARM 9/15/2014 9:25PM

    That's great! I'm all for adding any new tools that will help on the path to health. I'm going to go take a look at that site. Thanks for adding me as a friend. I have added you as well. emoticon :-)

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WOUBBIE 9/15/2014 7:49PM

    Cool tool!

I'm probably a little over-zealous about cleaning my inboxes. I just can't stand having stuff sit there! Course, I learned from FlyLady to de-clutter often!

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CHEFSOPHIE 9/15/2014 6:20PM

    Thanks for sharing with the rest of us.

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TRAINER_T 9/15/2014 9:42AM

    Swwwwweeeeeet going to pass that link along emoticon

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HEAITHYMOMMA 9/15/2014 9:25AM

    I know what you mean about the time to keep active on this site. I've used spark on and off for a few years. Until now. Now I have been at this the longest time for me ever, and I still have the same motivation I had in the beginning. I think the difference is I'm very active on this site. It takes time, yes, but it also gives me the motivation I need. Anyways just some thoughts from me lol.

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ROBBIEY 9/15/2014 9:19AM

  I understand about the Spark Mail, it is hard to get to every email in a timely manner. I definitely need to clear out my mailbox. Thanks for the reminder!!!

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CZESTES 9/15/2014 9:07AM

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Have you reset your emails on here to eliminate too many messages? As I go, I have eliminated messages from certain groups (such as Plus Size and Diabetes - Hope to never need those again).

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JAROL7 9/15/2014 9:05AM

    I still like the SP Nutrition Tracker ... so change your email address to one that is different from your personal address.

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Where Have All the Bloggers Gone?

Friday, September 12, 2014

Hi Sparkpeeps!

Sorry I haven't been too active on the blog this week. Life getting in the way and all...

I need some help. I've been on Spark a LONG time. Over the last couple of years, a lot of the blogs I used to follow became just as inactive as I was. A few stalwarts are still out there, but I'm subscribed to very few active blogs.

Do you have any suggestions for new blogs for me to follow? Yours? A great one you love to read?

I'm thinking mostly about Spark, but if there's a great health and weight loss blog somewhere else that you love, I'd be interested in hearing about that too.

I need to freshen up my motivation.

Thanks for your help!

  
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MRTHING2000 9/13/2014 8:00AM

    I write daily. Its mostly rambling and nonsense, but I write alot

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KRISZTA11 9/12/2014 4:05PM

    Well, I saw yours on the team thread of At Goal and Maintaining Team.
There are lots of great bloggers in our team!
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WOUBBIE 9/12/2014 3:46PM

    Oh, and why not stop by the team forums and join in the daily threads there? Blogs are good, but they're kind of static, while forums ebb and flow all day long. No, not predictable, but that's part of what makes them interesting.

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JANEGIBE 9/12/2014 2:15PM

    Got to your mail got the answer.. Love it just Just Me

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WOUBBIE 9/12/2014 11:39AM

    My niece:

http://www.sparkpeopl
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ividual.asp?blog_id=5776204

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Squeee!!! She's just so cute!

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IAMZBEE 9/12/2014 10:10AM

    One of my favorites is fitnessista.com

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JENSTRESS 9/12/2014 9:22AM

    I have had compliments on mine. THey go back a ways, but I would love it if you followed mine!!!

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KESTRYLL 9/12/2014 9:16AM

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