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New Year's Goals

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

I got the notification that "The Spark" has shipped... anticipating it on my porch step soon! Meantime, the links to the special bonus stuff have shown up, and my fingers are itching on the mouse, but I'm not going to be pre-mature: book first, click after it gets here & I start reading!

I've been giving careful consideration to my New Year's Goals. I will not call them resolutions! But that's another whole semantic discussion. Being my age, I find that I have a wealth of past years' experience to draw on in knowing what works and what sets me up to fail.

What works is reasonable, and balanced. What doesn't work is trying to add the last straw to a camel that's already straining under the load. So, here they are, my hopes, my dreams, my goals for 2010.

1. I want to leave 2010 in at least as good a shape as I enter it. I am so close to my stated goal of 150 pounds, I hope to achieve that in January. That's do-able. But far beyond the number of the scale, my desire is to maintain and increase my level of fitness.

2. What does that mean? My level of fitness? From a functional perspective: to be able to actually shovel the snow, even if I complain about it, and not endanger my back or my cardio-vascular system! To have choices of activities that are fun or useful. More specific fitness goals or activities to achieve it will be defined as I go along, I tend to use shorter-term ones to support the long term ones.

Beyond that, aspirations for things to do in 2010:

Attend at least one live concert, play, ballet, opera, etc... i.e. culture!
Get to at least one "game night" with friends or family... have fun!
Ride a horse! (I haven't done this in probably 30 years)
Get a massage! (Three years since I last did this!)
Tramp some "different" territory with the dog once a month (i.e. take her to a different park, lake, etc. than the back yard or immediate neighborhood.)
"Re-do" the lower level of the house, clearing out the junk the kids left when they moved out 3 years ago!
Welcome my son home.

That's it for me for now... what are yours?

  
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MSLZZY 12/31/2009 10:38AM

    I'm afraid if I started a list, it would fill more than one page! But you have some very good goals and I am sure the last on your list is the first you want to accomplish.
Stay strong and focused and 2010 will be your best year ever. Happy New Year!

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NELLIEC 12/30/2009 3:11PM

    They sound like great goals -- and the last one sounds the best of all!!!

May God bless you!!!

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SUNNY332 12/30/2009 12:27PM

    I like the last Goal....

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SMARTIEBEE 12/30/2009 10:15AM

    Great Goals Barb! I wish we were closer, I would love to go ride a horse with you! It has probably been 45 years since I last rode! It would be fun!

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SLENDERELLA61 12/30/2009 8:43AM

    Great goals! Thanks for sharing. I hear you about the book first. I'm sure that's good advice. Will wait for mine, too.

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CONCHA77 12/30/2009 8:08AM

    2010 sounds like it's gonna be a mighty fine year for you. I would even bet on your behalf that everything on your list will be checked off by this time next year. Way to be!

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First box shipped

Monday, December 28, 2009

Back to work today, and on the way I visited my local post office and the box of goodies that my daughter in law and I put together yesteday went off on its way toward my son. A friend at work told me it used to take about ten days for something to ship from here to her son when he was deployed to Iraq a few years ago. We shall see if that holds true.

On the diet and exercise front, we had a lovely Christmas dinner yesterday... treats, but ones we had planned for. It tasted so good... regular food I cook myself, my own healthy recipes. And proper portion sizes, as the two of us have learned and practiced during 2009. In the morning I had the leftovers of snow shoveling: the walk to the corner. In the evening I hopped on the treadmill to The Sound of Music. All in all a good day.

And now... four days til the New Year? Resolutions / goals / plans to be considered... they are percolating!

  
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MEDDYPEDDY 12/29/2009 12:56AM

    Another day int the life... your blog communicate a calm and balanced faith that is very reassuring for me, thank you!

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KALIGIRL 12/28/2009 10:56PM

    Sounds wonderful - glad you were able to enjoy Christmas, even a little late. Hope your package arrives quickly,

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MSLZZY 12/28/2009 10:39PM

    Put your thinking cap on! I'm sure you'll come up with some outstanding goals! emoticon

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SUNNY332 12/28/2009 9:30PM

    You are a great Mom. Anything from home is always welcome and wanted.

Take care and join you in the new year.

Hugs, Sunny

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It isn't even January but I'm thoroughly sick of snow

Saturday, December 26, 2009



This is my little portion of the Christmas Blizzard of 2009. Just now I finished clearing ONE car width of driveway from the garage to the street so that tomorrow my daughter in law will have a place to put her car and we can have Christmas dinner.

It took three shovel bites in a spot to lift this stuff and get to pavement. I went out in half hour sessions. Sometime in the hours of 9, 10, 11, 12, 1, and 2... which makes about 3 hours worth of shoveling and I haven't done the sidewalks yet!

It's enough to turn a body into a grinch. However, before it got well underway, had a nice Christmas eve with two of my sisters and their families:



Hope that Sparkers everywhere have had a good holiday and are able to face the New Year with fresh determination to live healthy!

  
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LINDAJOYWK 12/28/2009 7:07PM

    I feel ya! I was able to get down the hill to work today-but couldn't get back up-had to
back all the way down(with some slight getting stuck)Moses didn't get his food/potty
break & he is psycho! They are calling for more wintery mix/snow-pray for SUN!!! And
may you find warmth in the days ahead-Linda

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WARMSPRINGDAY 12/27/2009 7:11AM

    Don't forget to count your snow shoveling as cardio. It burns a pile of calories.
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MSLZZY 12/26/2009 9:31PM

    We've had 18-20 inches of snow and the drifts are 6-8 + feet high in places.
This could have waited until 2055 LOL! Then I wouldn't have to shovel it.
If nothing else, it will keep me humble and limber. emoticon

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NELLIEC 12/26/2009 6:45PM

    Oh, my, what a lot of snow shoveling. The only up part of it is all that exercise to track! Just don't shovel yourself sick!!!

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KALIGIRL 12/26/2009 6:33PM

    Glad for your Christmas Eve celebration.
We had to clean 1/2 the street as well as the drive because of drifting snow, but it is beautiful (now that we can get out...)

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1_AMAZING_WOMAN 12/26/2009 4:30PM

    Yeah, up here in North Dakota we're in the middle of a major winter storm. First one for this season. We have been having an amazingly light winter up till now. But now the drifts are so high - even knee deep - or highter - in the streets.

As long as I can stay inside there is something really beautiful about a winter strom. The night winds blowing the snow, seeing the drifts piling up - just something lovely in nature. (Like the beauty of tornados - as long as you're not in one).

Amber

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Playing with boxes - and Christmas luncheon

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Nothing makes a mom happier than knowing she can send stuff to her kid. Got his APO address yesterday. Also picked up some of those Priority Mail flat rate boxes and am playing with how to put them together and plotting what goodies to put into them!

He's saying he doesn't have any specific needs, but he's at least going to get a calendar full of photos of German Shorthaired Pointers. Yes, that's his dog whose photo I posted a while back.

Yesterday was our small team luncheon celebrating the holiday. We had great news from one team member: she's newly engaged! Not so great news from another... her mom's having more health issues, and she had to miss the lunch to be with her... no time is a good time, but Christmas is so hard. Thoughts and prayers for her, for sure.

To the heart of SparkPeople: lunch was at a sit down nice place. The portion sizes were HUGE! Fortunately, I've been in training, and am patting myself on the pack for cutting them down to size, and letting the server remove the plate long before it was empty. Yes, I'm one of those "clean plate club" people... it takes some doing to retrain oneself.

Hope everyone is making good choices to feel pampered but also healthy this season packed with goodies! emoticon

  
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KALIGIRL 12/22/2009 2:21PM

    Wonderful post - I'm sure he'll love his goodies and way to go on portion control!

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NELLIEC 12/22/2009 2:03PM

    I tend to nowadays ask for a container for taking home the extra food for another day. I guess I learned well from my mother and grandmother who came through the Great Depression -- waste no, want not!

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JGOLFER 12/22/2009 11:36AM

    I know you are going to enjoy filling up those boxes and I know your son will really enjoy receiving them. I too am a member of the Clean Plate Club. Great job on the restraint. Your luncheon sounded wonderful. I hope you and your family have a wonderful Christmas.
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MSLZZY 12/22/2009 10:35AM

    I am also one of the "Clean Plate Club". It does take some retraining, especially when the food is served, as opposed to helping yourself. But the temptation is always there, at a buffet, to take more than I need because it all looks so good.
The added bonus, I didn't have to cook or do the dishes LOL!
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SUNNY332 12/22/2009 7:43AM

    Most of us do belong to the "Clean Plate club" - thus it is also the reason we belong to Spark.

The Luncheon sounded nice and you did a great job on the restraint.

So happy you have an address for your son. Have fun with those boxes. It doesn't make any difference what you send, He will be grateful to hear from home.

Our Soldier Boy, Joshua, is flying home today and will arrive in St. Louis around 9:30. I am getting excited. Our Tree Trimming Party is tonight and all I have to do is warm up the soups.

Hugs, to you, Sunny!



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Another good day

Sunday, December 20, 2009

Three, oops, four things made it good:

1. I had the time to start the beans from scratch for Thursday's Christmas eve chili.

2. I got my exercise in early in the day, so didn't have it hanging over me the rest of the day.

3. My son made contact from Iraq. Somehow I just always feel better hearing from him. Seems he's not quite in his "permanent quarters" yet. He has internet access in his room, but has to walk half a football field length to find a restroom. He looks like he's lost a few pounds since I last saw him in October.

3. The Nutcracker Ballet, live, was wonderful! I wished my big sis a Merry Christmas afterward, as she gets on the plane to go see her daughter and family at 6 a.m. tomorrow.

Tomorrow is another Monday... the countdown to Christmas is short. I'm feeling good, and hope you all are too. In my case, the advent of Christmas just CANNOT be put down. The joy creeps in softly and I find myself singing or humming carols despite whatever challenges may surround me. Even in the tough years, when Christmas is more a matter of "keeping" than "celebrating", it's there.

May peace touch all of you this special time of year.

  
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KALIGIRL 12/22/2009 2:25PM

    Beans - yummy (I love chili from scratch)
Wonderful day indeed.
Here's to many more!

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SUNNY332 12/21/2009 9:43AM

    I am with you on this all the way. The closer it get, the more Joy I feel.
Our soldier boy will be home tomorrow - yea! I have cleaning to do so need to get shakin. Take care and be Blessed.

Hugs, Sunny

Christmas - that magic blanket
that wraps itself about us, that
something so intangible that it is
like a fragrance. It may weave a spell
of nostalgia. Christmas may be a day
of feasting, or of prayer, but always it
will be a day of remembrance - a day
in which we think of everything
we have ever loved.
~Augusta E. Rundel



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MSLZZY 12/20/2009 10:01PM

    Christmas is always there when you open your heart to the true meaning of the season. Our faith keeps us strong! emoticon

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NELLIEC 12/20/2009 9:15PM

    I have been listening to Christmas carols and songs. That always get me in the mood!

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BARNFISH 12/20/2009 9:06PM

    I've noticed the Christmas Joy creeping into my consciousness, a little more, each day now. I actually enjoy Christmas songs again!

Happy Holidays!

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