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What a difference a week makes

Sunday, January 23, 2011

A week ago, swam here:

Today, 103 minutes of shoveling this:

Now, on to the treadmill and the football game!

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SAMI199 1/24/2011 6:03AM

    That is wwhy I hate to come back from vacation-lol.Stay warm!

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MSLZZY 1/23/2011 11:30PM

    I know the feeling and no pool in sight!

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DEBRITA01 1/23/2011 6:36PM

    I'm with Andi...I choose the first photo. We are going to get some more of the latter Tues/Weds. I'm still thinking Spring...

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MOMOF2TONI 1/23/2011 4:55PM

    Gorgeous pics!

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ANDI571 1/23/2011 4:09PM

    I pick the first picture.

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WALKINGANNIE 1/23/2011 3:45PM

    Amazing contrasts!

Hope you enjoy the game and the right team wins.


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LOVE_2_LAUGH 1/23/2011 2:19PM

    I can't wait to be looking at the top photo in person by Saturday! Sure beats this "winter wonderland" we live in. Whoever coined THAT phrase?! LOL!

You had lots of good cardio shoveling the snow. I guess if we have to live with it, we may as well find something good about it, right?

Enjoy the football games and if you could cheer for the Packers, I'd sure appreciate it!

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MNTWINSGAL 1/23/2011 1:51PM

    That's a lot of be careful!

I should actually take some photos to document this winter too! It's really been something!

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PENNYAN45 1/23/2011 1:47PM

    A study of contrasts! Enjoy the game!

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SUNNY332 1/23/2011 12:59PM

    My, my, my - looks like my neck of the woods. The difference - it is still snowing here so haven't shoveled yet.

Enjoy the game.


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KALIGIRL 1/23/2011 12:56PM

    Mine took only 90 minutes, but I sure was glad I shoveled yesterday and it was light.
Enjoy the game.

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DAISY443 1/23/2011 12:41PM

    Weeelllllll, the only good thing I can think of about that is the cardio you got from it! Take care!

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46SHADOW 1/23/2011 12:40PM

    Its beautiful! what a contrast. right now its -38 C here. Too cold!

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Because I haven't done one of these in a while: about me

Sunday, January 23, 2011

And because if my friends jumped off a bridge... Christurtle did this one, and now I'm doing it.
Feel free to copy and add your own answers...

Survey about me.

1. What time did you get up this morning?
5:44 am. I slept in.

2. How do you like your steak?
Almost mooing.

3. What was the last film you saw at the cinema?
The Time Travelers Wife. I don't get out much.

4. What is your favorite TV show?
NCIS LA. What can I say? Eye candy? Plus I LOVE the Heddy character. I want to be like here when I grow up.

5. If you could live anywhere in the world where would it be?

6. What did you have for breakfast?
Haven't had it yet, but it will be steel cut oats simmered in skim milk, with whatever flavoring strikes my fancy and a banana this morning.

7. What is your favorite cuisine?
Italian? Today, anyway. This changes regularly. I like variety.

8. What foods do you dislike?
Lima beans and asparagus.

9. Favorite Place to Eat?
At home.

10. Favorite dressing?
I dislike salad dressings, as a rule, so will go with a little crumbled Feta cheese, some olives and dry spices: black pepper and oregano leaves.

11.What kind of vehicle do you drive?
1998 Mercury Mystique. My son considers it boring. I was going to replace it this year, but the furnace trumped that plan.

12. What are your favorite clothes?
Jeans and tee's.

13. Where would you visit if you had the chance?
Australia and New Zealand.

14. Cup 1/2 empty or 1/2 full?
Definitely a half full kind of gal, here.

15. Where would you want to retire?
In my own bedroom, at night. Seriously, I expect to work for a long time, and when I get closer to that decision, I still think I'll hang around here, unless my son moves and wants me closer.

16. Favorite time of day?
Morning, either seeing the stars before sunrise, or watching the sun rise.

17. Where were you born?
Small town Nebraska, USA

18. What is your favorite sport to watch?
Horse racing.

19. How many siblings?
Four - three sisters and a brother.

20. Favorite pastime/hobby?
Reading. Sparking. Some TV.

21. Bird watcher?
On the side, but not proactively.

22. Are you a morning person or a night person?
Morning! See the chipper grin?

23. Do you have any pets?
Geriatric dog (German Shorthair who turned 15 last Monday).

24. Any new and exciting news you'd like to share?
Not really.

25. What did you want to be when you were little?
My siblings tell me I wanted to be a horse, but I don't believe them. I remember wanting to be the next Joan of Arc, Marie Curie or Elizabeth I of England. I read biographies at a young age and at that time had little clue that I wouldn't be at the top of the world class female thinkers and doers. No wonder I struggle with not being "good enough"!

26. What is your best childhood memory?
In the darkroom with Dad. He was a photographer... the smell of the chemicals, his voice calm in the dark counting seconds in the process... knowing he was there even if I couldn't see or touch him.

27. Are you a cat or dog person?
More dog than cat, but I like kitties, too.

28. Are you married?

29. Always wear your seat belt?

30. Been in a car accident?
Two, both minor, and both over 30 years ago.

31. Any pet peeves?
Intolerance, those who judge by appearance, rudeness....

32. Favorite Pizza Toppings?
Mushrooms and peppers!

33. Favorite Flower?

34. Favorite ice cream?
Coffee with dark chocolate chips

35. Favorite fast food restaurant?

36. How many times did you fail your driver's test?

37. From whom did you get your last email?
Sparkpeople automated e-mail. Oh, from a real person? One of my sisters.

38. Which store would you choose to max out your credit card?
In my dreams? Best Buy. In reality: car dealer or kitchen appliance place.

39. Do anything spontaneous lately?
All our free time last weekend was spontaneous: trip to the outlet malls and the swim in that gorgeous pool, mainly.

40. Like your job?
The secret to true happiness lies not in doing what you like, but in liking what you do. As an inveterate people pleaser, I, too, have liked all jobs that I've held. But my current carrer, in that it lets me play with technology and please people at the same time? Priceless.

41. Broccoli?
Love it!

42. What was your favorite vacation?
I don't take "real" vacations, more like day trips from a business destination. I'd have to say the tour of Mt. St. Helens ranks right up there. As does the jet boat ride up the Snake River through Hell's Canyon... both in the Pacific Northwest of the USA.

43. Last person you went out to dinner with?
My son and daughter in law.

44. What are you listening to right now?
The dog, grooming herself on her cushion behind me.

45. What is your favorite color?

46. How many tattoos do you have?

47. How many people will fill this out?
Lots, hopefully.

48. What time did you finish this quiz?
6:54 am.

49. Coffee Drinker?
Oh, yeah. More so since giving up soda. I mix caffeine-bearing and decaf so I won't overdo, or at least I like to tell myself that.

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CONCHA77 1/23/2011 11:15AM

    Great reading! Thanks for sharing. Happy Sunday.
(running late)

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DEBRITA01 1/23/2011 10:45AM

    5:44 is sleeping in?! I guess I really slept in today (8am)...I'm usually up each day at 5:45 and grumbling. What time do you usually get up?

Your secret to happiness is the truth... but wouldn't it be great if we only had to do what we liked? In a perfect world...

It was nice to learn more about you...and I have one brother and three sisters, too. My brother is the eldest, then me and the other sisters. Are you the second born? Just wondering...

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SUNNY332 1/23/2011 9:29AM

    BTW - I had a 96 Mercury Mystique and I absolutely loved that car and it was a beautiful green. You would have like it too.


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SUNNY332 1/23/2011 8:50AM

    I haven't done one in a long time either so plan on doing that today. I think they are fun and I love reading other people's answers as I learn more about them. Thanks and Hugs.

Have a emoticon Sunday - if only in your thoughts. It is snowing here again so the only Sun I will have today is in my mind.

Sparkle on my Sparkle Friend.


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DAISY443 1/23/2011 8:13AM

    Definitely plan to plagiarize! Thanks!

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Snow is falling

Saturday, January 22, 2011

I'm glad to say the snow has started falling. I think one of my least favorite times is waiting for the forecast storm(s) to arrive... not knowing if they really will. You see, since I shovel by hand, I try to adapt my formal exercise to allow energy for that particular form of activity... and it's hard to tell ahead of time just how much I'll need. It's a relief when it starts falling, because then I know that part of my exercise is all planned for me!


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SUNNY332 1/23/2011 9:31AM

    We are getting more snow right now...

Good job of planning your exercise to include the snow removal.

Hugs, Sunny


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KASEYCOFF 1/23/2011 6:22AM

    I take it the picture on your background page of pool with palms is not from your backyard? lol...

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WALKINGANNIE 1/23/2011 6:09AM

    Got to love your analysis and planning.


I'm finding that I feel the cold much more this year as I have less insulating fat. Perhaps the increased shivering uses more calories too!


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DAISY443 1/23/2011 3:25AM

    How did this snow miss my house? Not complaining!

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ANDI571 1/22/2011 11:29PM

    We had our snow on Thursday. We probably got around 5 inches or so. Then it got bitterly cold. D1 doesn't let me touch his driveway. (Aww! Poor me,lol) Clearing snow is part of his job, and through the years he has gotten picky picky. But you won't hear me complain.

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    emoticonBrrr! emoticon

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SAMI199 1/22/2011 9:19PM

    Love your plan!


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DEBRITA01 1/22/2011 9:10PM

    Planning is the key to I know why you've been successful. And, I like your positivity towards the snowfall. I often view it as an inconvenience, while you are viewing it as an opportunity for exercise...I will remember that since we are expecting more snow this week!

emoticonBe careful shoveling...

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SUNNY1432 1/22/2011 9:07PM

    We had snow all day! I can't wait for it to stop emoticon, than I can start shoveling tomorrow.

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Back to pre-training

Friday, January 21, 2011

My pre-training for the half marathon called for 3 miles last Saturday and 5 miles last Sunday. Since I wasn't in a position to measure, I simply adapted to where I was and what was available. I certainly got enough steps in to add up to those miles, but it wasn't in a consciously continuous session. On Sunday I cross-trained with half an hour in that heated swimming pool, doing laps. Loved every minute.

Tuesday got back up on the treadmill for the scheduled 3 miles, still trying to exercise off the stress of the trip. Monday was supposed to be an "off" day, but had been an over 20,000 step day even without formal exercise (airport pacing... up and down the concourses while your flight is delayed may not be "formal" but it does add up). Aside: Did you know NOBODY in the Orlando in the gate area sells chewing gum? Lots of mints, candy, etc., but try to find a pack of Trident and you are out of luck!

Knowing there was snow on the way I declared Wednesday a rest day. I shoveled that off before work Thursday, and then last night did the scheduled 4 miles on the treadmill. Now I'm ready to get back into the rotation, keeping in mind to allow for the snow shoveling cross training sessions.

In short... I'm back and readjusting. Here's to adaptive cross-training! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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LINDAJOYWK 1/22/2011 2:11PM

    I think we should call you "the MOTIVATOR"!

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KALIGIRL 1/22/2011 1:00PM

    emoticonYou rock!

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WALKINGANNIE 1/21/2011 3:29PM

    You are truly emoticon

Many thanks also for your support this week - and every week! I appreciate it.

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LOVE_2_LAUGH 1/21/2011 3:08PM

    Way to go -- you rock!

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CONCHA77 1/21/2011 1:38PM

    You are Sparking, Barb. Very proud of you. Keep it up! emoticon

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RAYLINSTEPHENS 1/21/2011 12:55PM

    WTG!! I know You can do it!!


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46SHADOW 1/21/2011 12:29PM

    sounds great!

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SUNNY332 1/21/2011 9:53AM

    Great job of getting back to the business at hand. You are going to do great.


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    Good for YOU!!! You're going to ROCK IT! emoticon

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HOT4FITNESS 1/21/2011 8:44AM

    Sounds exciting!!! That half will be here before we know it!

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DAISY443 1/21/2011 8:20AM

    Great to have a plan and be able to stick to it with some adaptions. Congrats!

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MSLZZY 1/21/2011 7:55AM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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The gadget... sigh.

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Remember how excited I was to get my new techno-tool, the BodyMedia Activewear Fit arm band? Well, folks, I am allergic to base metals. Costume jewelry doesn't have to have much in it to make me break out. Turns out the sensors on this little gadget, while fairly high grade, still caused my arm to break out by Friday. I started wearing it Wednesday, wore it for the bulk of the day. I took it off for the travel, as it says NOT to wear it on airplanes where it behaves like one of your "electronic devices" that they want you to turn off, just by being on your arm.

Halfway through leg one, I became conscious of my arm itching. When I undressed later, I saw the beginnings of a rash. I have not put the gadget back on. I'm dosing my rash with cortisone cream, and it is clearing, bit by bit. But for those of you considering this, the instruction book DOES say if you have known metal allergies to consult with your doctor. Too bad I bought it before I read the instruction book. Sigh.

Anyway, I'll probably be looking to sell it used. I'm sure there is SOMEBODY in the world who does not break out, or they wouldn't have a market! In any case, I've been doing fine with my little pedometer and Spark, and I'm sure that's enough... just the geek in me is a little bummed out.


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MSLZZY 1/21/2011 7:56AM


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LINDAJOYWK 1/21/2011 6:45AM

    I'm with the return group-can't hurt to try.

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TURTLETALK 1/20/2011 4:05PM

    Thanks for the info! I can't wear metals either. Even high dollar jewelry gives me issues.

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WALKINGANNIE 1/20/2011 2:57PM


What a disapppointment. Good luck in returning or selling it.


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ANDI571 1/20/2011 1:44PM

    I would definitely try to return it first. All they can say is no. From a mother who has dealt with hives from her daughter's major allergies. Benadryl or Claratin should take care of them the rest of the way.

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MOMOF2TONI 1/20/2011 12:42PM

    Sorry, that's too bad. emoticon

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LOVE_2_LAUGH 1/20/2011 11:16AM

    Maybe this would wreck it, and maybe it wouldn't work properly if you did, but I wonder if a very thin coat of clear nail polish might be enough to prevent an allergic reaction. I know of people who do that with earrings, etc., but not sure it work with an electronic device. I bet if you googled it or called the company, maybe they could tell you.

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CONCHA77 1/20/2011 11:01AM

    I also have allergies to metals. sorry it didn't work out for you. Other than that did you like it?

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BUGGYS 1/20/2011 10:45AM

    I would try to return it too...most companies want you to be satisfied and if not, don't want you to be telling everyone that it causes a rash!!!

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WISEONE68 1/20/2011 10:08AM

    Bummer!! I hate when things we think are going to be GREAT, end up either being CRAP or things like this happen...but:

These are the reasons "E-Bay" exists!!

Good luck with clearing the rash, finding a way to use it over a shirt or something, or getting your money back somehow!!!

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SUNNY332 1/20/2011 10:02AM

    Can you wear it over a t-shirt?

Hope they will take it back.

Good luck on this.


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GRYPHONQUEST 1/20/2011 9:57AM

    Definitely try to return it first - you haven't had it long. My mom has a similar problem - her skin EATS anything but gold or stainless steel. (Dad thought it was just an excuse for her to get Good Jewelry for the longest time - until he tried giving her an alloy watch, and saw what just wearing it for a month did!)

Hopefully, *someone* out there makes something with stainless-steel sensors?

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    What exactly does it do? Is it a heart rate monitor? What would you sell it for? emoticon

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SHARON2014 1/20/2011 8:31AM

    Disappointing! Maybe you can take/send it back?

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DEVILISHDEE4269 1/20/2011 8:17AM

    Is it possible to strap it on over top of a thin sleeve? Would it still function the same? I really don't have a clue what the gadget is but it was just a thought.

Good Luck!


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DAISY443 1/20/2011 8:10AM

    It is always sooooo disappointing when a gadget doesn't live up to it's hype for one reason or another! Hope you find someone who won't get a rash with your gadget! Don't give up on being a geek, though!

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