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Friday, January 08, 2010

Dang this is an unusual Winter. Not just here. When you watch the bowl games and see the breath on the spectators... it's not normal. When the citris growers are worrying about their crops, that's not normal. I haven't seen snows that pile up and build up like this in... well, since I moved back here, and that's been 11 years!

Seems like about once a decade we get a Winter like this. The one that sticks in my mind is from nearly 40 years ago. Our high didn't reach freezing for a month. When you're a kid, that's totally cool. You sled, you dig tunnels in the snow, you get days off school, and if you're lucky (I was) your mom makes it all seem like a great big adventure when your house loses power and you huddle under blankets and light candles or kerosene lamps.

Might not have been as much fun for Mom as she made it for us. Still, you have to keep that upbeat attitude, that Pioneer spirit, and defeat whatever gets thrown your way! I'm really, really grateful, at this point, that I started this fitness regime back in late May, because by now I CAN deal with the white stuff. I may not like to, but I CAN!

So to all my Spark Friends out there who are similarly dealing with "adverse weather conditions"... hang in and remember that moving around a lot helps one keep warmer! And it all counts.

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PATRISNA 1/12/2010 8:44PM

    We didn't have snow, but we had ten days of record low temperatures. People here are not used to this. I put on a lighter jacket this morning because I thought it felt warmer out. I was wearing a trutleneck sweater that was warm. I got in the SUV and it was 34 degrees! It was warmer by about ten degrees. LOL.

The days are getting longer spring is on its way. I think we might have hit 50 degrees this afternoon. WooHoo!

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SUNNY332 1/9/2010 10:14AM

    I do remember that storm 40 years ago. We had drifts so high, we could stand on the top of them and it looked like we were standing on the roof of the house. I am glad we did not have that much snow this round.

The emoticon is shining and Mr. Weather man is calling for some relief from this bitter cold.

Hugs, Sunny

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CONCHA77 1/9/2010 8:11AM

    We got "blasted" Thursday night and it felt great to be shoveling again. REALLY IT DID! That was our first snow storm as it has been pretty quiet in these parts this year. There was no school yesterday so the grand kids are all excited.
Keep up that great attitude and don't forget to log all the shoveling on the cardio posting! I bet you have the tonest arms around, emoticon
Stay warm, Connie

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NELLIEC 1/8/2010 11:13PM

    Oh, yes, it definitely helps to be in condition!

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JETTER4 1/8/2010 10:14PM

  I still cant wait till Spring

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The snow came

Thursday, January 07, 2010

I'm so tired of it. Now it's cold, windy, but sunshine!

Keep in mind this is new snow added to the top of what was cleared off in storms of December 8-9, and Christmas Day. It hasn't had time to "shrink" a whole lot... the new snow was only a couple of inches, but the wind pushes it around and I have to shovel it off the same spots and find a place to pile it up.

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SUNNY332 1/7/2010 8:47PM

    Sending you some sunshine today.

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We have no relief in the forecast until Sunday. Hang in there.


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MSLZZY 1/7/2010 8:30PM

    Same here except we had 4-6 inches of new snow. I was shoveling today and later sank up to midchest when I walked into the back yard to feed and water the dog. Hmmm! I think I've had enough snow this winter.

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    Oh, I'm tired of it too. But have you logged the snow shoveling in your fitness tracker to see how many calories you've burned? Pretty incredible! emoticon emoticon

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NELLIEC 1/7/2010 3:25PM

    It does get tiresome shoveling that snow. But when you see how it counts for exercise, you feel SLIGHTLY better.

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CHRISTARTIST 1/7/2010 3:21PM

    It's falling here.....looks alot like your yard! Stay safe,.

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ANUT4DISNEY 1/7/2010 2:12PM

    Wow is all I can say.

We still have little mounds of snow left from two weeks ago that won't go away because it's so cold. Might have flurries tonight but nothing like you have.

Keep warm.

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Well, it's not snowing YET...

Wednesday, January 06, 2010

but the forecast says 90% chance, we're under a winter weather warning from about now (6 a.m.) until tomorrow afternoon. And they have already closed the schools. One problem is "where do I put it now" when I have to shovel off another 3 to 6 inches of the white stuff. If you are into increasingly challenging workouts, having to lift the shovel and toss the snow higher with each new snow fills the bill.

The streets were slick coming home yesterday. I observed the aftermath of one fender bender, watched another one happen in a left turn lane at an intersection (car in front paused to let the last car before the red light through... and the guy behind him couldn't react fast enough on the slick). I could feel the spots when I pressed the brake pedal, and see the little swerves others were experiencing. I was glad to be home safe.

So, the inner debate is whether to go in this morning early and try to skate home early. That's the going forward plan for now.

Boot camp: I've done fine, so far. My abs can feel it. We'll see what the non-optional workouts of more snow do to my progress in that regard.

Here's wishing everyone a Sparking good day!

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MSLZZY 1/6/2010 8:51PM

    I'm with you in the snow. School was cancelled today and probably will be tomorrow. Better safe than sorry with so many kids riding school buses from more than 15 miles out of town. There will be better days! Sounds like a warm up next week. Time will tell.
Leave some snow for the plow LOL!

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NELLIEC 1/6/2010 6:03PM

    Well, I told people that I believe in global warming in the summer and global cooling in the winter. Though I do think we may be getting a bit tooooo much!

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JGOLFER 1/6/2010 3:15PM

    Stay safe and warm. Can you believe they are forecasting snow here in little ole' South Carolina? Brrrr! Take care.

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CONCHA77 1/6/2010 2:41PM

    Be Safe driving-- and shoveling too!
We are not getting the snow up here in MI (E Lansing area) that we usually get by now this year. Believe it or not, we are under the average amount of snowfall. Send some my way! I don't mind it until about the end of Jan. It's cold and dreary here, and not too pretty.

Take care,

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HRDWLBY 1/6/2010 11:18AM

    Snow shoveling is great exercise, although from the looks of you background, you've been doing it more than you would like! We're getting some snow but not the amounts you are. I hope you had a safe trip home!

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VSWINGLE 1/6/2010 10:08AM

    I still can't believe the schools have their 4th snow day here this school year already. I enjoy being able to stay home, but I hope we won't be extending the school year into the summer!

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SUNNY332 1/6/2010 8:40AM

    We have a winter storm cast today also and hope it is manageable for us all. It is just early January and I am already ready for winter to be over.

Take care and have a Wonderful Wednesday. Praying Mr. Weatherman is wrong about the white stuff.

Hugs, Sunny

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DEBRA_T 1/6/2010 7:47AM

    We're getting 6-9 inches here in Chicago later today and overnight. I pray for the safety of you and all during the slick times. Have a good, safe and Sparktastic Day!

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A little night music in the morning

Tuesday, January 05, 2010

Anybody else find Mozart makes your feet want to move and lifts your mood? Now that Christmas things have been put away, it was time to pop a different CD in the old boom box. And I happened to pick a collection that included "Eine Kleine Nacht Muzik". As I was making the coffee, packing the lunch, and unloading the dishwasher, my feet wanted to move, prance and dance around the kitchen, dining room and living room. Thank goodness I didn't tape it! It probably was not a pretty sight, but it sure felt good.

BUT, the important message here is that those "down" times like Sunday evening and yesterday having to coach myself back onto the program are NOT permanent things. If I jolly myself through them, like I would a recalcitrant toddler, I'm back on track and having fun with it in no time.

I got my three ten minute walks in at work. I did the boot camp tape after work last night. I stayed on my food plan, neither restricting nor overdoing. I patted myself on the back and reassured myself that THIS is the real me. Not that echo of the self-judging, self-punishing person that would toss in the towel at the first sign of imperfection!

So... once again, new month reminder: PERFECTIONISM and Comparison to Others are banished from this lady's life! This really is "all about me"... and "all about" each of the folks who read here.

We can do this... one day at a time! And, we're worth it!


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NELLIEC 1/5/2010 3:47PM

    Sounds like a great way to get moving! emoticon

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CONCHA77 1/5/2010 9:53AM

    AWESOME Blog-That's the spirit! Enjoy your day, Connie

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JGOLFER 1/5/2010 8:56AM

    I love Mozart and "Eine Kleine Nacht Muzik". I wish I could have danced with you. You are so right - we can do this! Have a lovely day.


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DEBRA_T 1/5/2010 8:37AM

    I love A Little Night Music and all things Baroque -- music really does sometimes soothe the wild beast of food addiction. The Hub gave me new wireless headphones for Christmas, so now I can dance around the house. Mozart, Bach, Vivaldi and Handel make me swoon!

Congrats on getting back on track so smoothly.

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SUNNY332 1/5/2010 8:02AM

    Yes, we are worth it.

We woke up to frozen pipes this morning. YIKES! I was scheduled for work but can't get
a shower or even brush my teeth. Hope to get it "thawed out" soon so I can get into work
this afternoon.

Have a Terrific Tuesday.


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Camel's Back... is it breaking already?

Monday, January 04, 2010

So yesterday was "day one" of the Spark Your Body boot camp challenge. It also snowed here.

I did the little exercise video, modifying because, sorry, this old lady's knees don't take that kind of impact! But I felt good. In fact, I'd done this workout three days running because that's when I knew about it.

Then I shoveled snow. And I did ten minutes on the treadmill. And then... the "going back to work tomorrow" blues set in. I had a binge episode with food, packing in more calories than I needed, at least double (I know, I filled in the tracker).

One thing I have learned about these episodes for me, is to go back and examine what went in to the triggers, accept that this is a decision I made, and move forward. In this case, the anxiety about the weather, about my son, and the "what's next - is that all there is" feeling about getting close to goal were all elements in this. Along with a seasoning of self-criticism over something I'd said in a conversation (that I should have known better than to say... I'm sure I'm the ONLY one who EVER does this and eats over it)!


Anyway, that makes today a day of treating myself gently, and examining my goals again... "am I asking too much of myself?" If the answer to that is "no", then "what can I let slide in other areas to make this a priority?"

Healthy living is a choice, just as popping that extra popcorn and making frosting just to eat it was yesterday. Every moment is a chance to make a new choice... my healthy lunch is packed, my healthy breakfast is on the counter... just for today... I can do this.

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KALIGIRL 1/4/2010 1:49PM

    You can do it - and please be gentle with yourself - this snow is bad enough, not to mention trying to get around in the freezing temperatures!

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SUNNY332 1/4/2010 8:50AM

    Awesome and way to go...

Hope the "back to work" blues don't last too long. I will be singing the blues tomorrow.

Take care and have a Marvelous Monday, my friend.


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GOING2LSEITNOW 1/4/2010 8:27AM

    We can do this. We just have to find a way that works for us. You seem to have a good handle on yours. I'm still struggling to find my comfort zone. emoticon

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DEBRA_T 1/4/2010 8:01AM

    You CAN do this and I especially think so in view of the way you examined your actions yesterday. You know that old saying about fall down 6 times, get up 7 being the way to success? Well, it is. Reading your entry I thought you were treating yourself exactly the way you would treat someone you loved -- with kindness, understanding and encouragement. That says a lot about your future success.

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