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I'm out - for a while anyway.

Saturday, May 10, 2014

This is just stupid and inexplicable, but after ten days of landscaping six hours a day, drinking tons of water, eating salads and very little else, Ive gained seven pounds. I don't understand how this is possible, but it's same scale, same place, same everything except amount of fat I'm lugging around. It's not muscle and it's not water retention - I've played those mind games before.

So I'm bagging the whole SP thing for a little while. I'm extremely busy anyway, what with spring clean-ups during the week and elder care on weekends, but it's mostly that I don't see how I can support other people when I'm such an apparently dismal failure myself.

I'm not quitting entirely, but I've got to take stock of what's going on here.

Not feeling very competent at writing at the moment either, so you may choose the closing line:

1) Gen. Douglas MacArthur: "I shall return"
2) Arnold Schwarzenegger, The Terminator: "I'll be back"

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SUSANNAH31 6/20/2014 2:47PM

    Being busy is good.
Warm weather is good.
Coming back soon will be good too.

Take care.


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_UMAMI_ 6/3/2014 8:39PM

    I missed your grand exit!

Please leaving me a calling card (on my SP) when you return.

You shall be missed dearly. I haven't been around a lot myself, obviously!
Life gets in the way.........

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FRABBIT 5/31/2014 6:03PM

  Missing your wisdom.

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KARENE10 5/26/2014 11:32AM

    Hope to see you soon!

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UUCEEJAY 5/16/2014 11:36AM

    I've taken my breaks from SP too and for much the same reasons. I'm back at it for a bit but not doing all that well. See you when you return. emoticon

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HIPPICHICK1 5/12/2014 9:33AM

    I tend to agree with SLIMMERKIWI
"a) been gaining muscle"

I'll miss you here, but I know where you live.

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SUZYMOBILE 5/11/2014 10:51AM

    Well that just sucks! I understand, though. I'm working on 10 pounds myself, and it really sucks when the writing muse abandons you. Everything will come together, though. And Morticia is right. If only the svelte were allowed to give support here, we wouldn't get any.

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BETHGILLIGAN 5/11/2014 9:24AM

    I hate to hear this! I will miss you and, like MORTICIA said "you don't have to be perfect to hang with me"!! I love you for who you are, 7 pounds up or 7 pounds down, it's all the same. You know from past experience I will keep in touch and will not let you slip away!!

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OLIVIANIGHT 5/11/2014 6:14AM

    You've got to do what you need to do, but I hope you're back soon :)

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    You better come back or I'll have to hunt you down. LOL! I hope to see you back soon. You don't have to be perfect to hang with me, GF!

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SLIMLILA 5/10/2014 7:45PM

    I chose ARnold's comment.... he always brings a smile to me!

That is really weird, all that work and 7 lbs...I've got a broken ankle and am barely moving, so the scale isn't even entering into my reality these days.... just staying on this pity pot and counting down the days. til the cast comes off and then starting all over again. I just pray that I don't need physio and a walker and the whole summer to recover, that will push my patience further than I can handle...

my silver lining right now is that our weather is still miserable, cuz if it was beaufiful and spring-like out, like it should be, this cast would be hot and annoying and I would be so chomping at the bit to be out walking, this way, I sit and shiver and count down the days.

Hope you figure out what's going on, and better stil that it's just a little bit of adjust ment and then the pounds start falling off like you deserve and all the work should be earning you.

Take care and hope to see you 'lighter' and soon.

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SLIMMERKIWI 5/10/2014 6:46PM

    Quite likely with the work you have been doing you have
a) been gaining muscle
and therefore
b) also been retaining fluid for that muscle.

It WILL cause weight gain BUT it will sort itself out.

Being extra busy and obviously on your feet a lot also has a tendency to retain fluid. I found this when I worked every day for a year (except 6 days) as a caregiver, and then had some time off. I dropped loads of weight the first 3 weeks.

I like your choice of closing lines - LOL!


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ADAGIO_CON_BRIO 5/10/2014 6:21PM

    Best wishes!

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AJDOVER1 5/10/2014 4:22PM

    You're in my prayers.
I'm going to miss you.
Looking forward to your return. emoticon

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SLIMMERJESSE 5/10/2014 3:53PM

    How is the elder care thing going? I've thought of it, but never got around to it. Stay well.

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    Either line works as long as it is true. We await your rtetuirn

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Bucket Lists

Monday, April 21, 2014

My daughter, who is 23 years old, informed me this morning that she is building something called a cafe racer -apparently some sort of small, fast motorcycle. I was horrified, but that's beside the point. When I asked her (repeatedly) why she'd do something like that when surely there were other things yadayadayada, her reply was that it was on her Bucket List.

Ever since that annoyingly depressing movie came out, everyone I know has constructed a bucket list. So I thought I'd come up with my own.

Bad idea.

The only thing I can think of is "get all the laundry washed, folded and put away." Maybe "organize the holiday decorations." Not thinking big enough? All right, how about "get all four sides of the house painted at the same time"?

I've had accomplishments in mind over the years. Once I decided to read the Bible from cover to cover, but bogged down somewhere in Leviticus. I did better with the dictionary, but kept getting off track by their, "See thus and so" instructions, so I never finished that either. There's no point in reading the encyclopedia (yes, children, I still have a set) because most of the information in it is no longer relevant and all the countries in Africa keep changing.

People have "Travel!" on their bucket lists. I've been from Newfoundland to Key West, although for some reason I've never been west of Cleveland. I've thought about wanting to drive across the country, but so much of it is flatness and corn and dirt and rocks...I mean, why would anyone want to drive across Iowa or Texas? So you can get to the other side of the country and meet people who are just like the ones you know at home, only tanner?

I used to want to take a cruise somewhere, but I developed an ear thing and now get seasick really easily (I used to be virtually immune to motion sickness) so now a cruise sounds like spending three days feeling dreadful so I can get to a place where rum is $50 a bottle.

I've done lots of outdoorsy stuff, driven a ton of miles, met plenty of semi- and for real famous people, eaten exotic food, learned a foreign language, written books, driven cars really fast, painted (very mediocre) paintings, completed 1000 piece jigsaw puzzles. Am I really that boring that I can't come up with any Must See or Must Do things? Heck, they don't even have to be legal - I'm flexible.

Sure, I suppose Nepal would be interesting, but the chances of successfully arranging (and paying for) a trip there are pretty far-fetched, and composing a Bucket List of things I'll likely never be able to do sounds pretty depressing and self-defeating.

How do you feel about Bucket Lists? Do you have one? And if you have any suggestions for me by all means, let's hear them (and remember, SP won't let you post naughty words.)

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FLORIDASUN 5/10/2014 8:28AM

    I like the 'concept' of bucket lists...I just don't like the fact that once you go through the events you most likely promptly CROAK!

I would LOVE to get my hands on enough $$ (we'd have to think lotto winnings here) that we could hire a driver (a GOOD driver) and take a big ole' RV around to all of Josh's many friends that are spread out all over the world and visit with them for a few days and find out their dreams and hopes and then fund them into reality!

That would be the cat's meow!

I'd also like to have more time to go out and get all hot and sweaty and my hands dirty volunteering for Habitat for Humanity...what better way to spend your days then putting a roof over some deserving human's head.

I of course would love to actually follow through on one of my many writing projects and get ONE of my books completed that would expose the evils of the dirty rotten bankers that have successfully stolen homes away from trusting homeowners that fell for their "Yes...we are helping you...modifications that are a total rip off and end up just putting MORE money in their stinking pockets before they STEAL your houses anyway.

That story has been hush hush for some 6 years now and is still status quo. It reminds me of the Nazi's and the Jews...yet there is no outrage only submission all these many years later.

I'd LOVE to go back to Italy or the French countryside...or move to a country outside of the States but still be able to connect to my internet and see my first run movies.

I'd love to travel to all the reaches of the world and visit each and every one of my awesome Spark friends and have the $$ to fly them all down here to FL for a couple of weeks in the winter and rent a big fabulous house on the beach that all we had to do was get up, have our breakfast catered and then take off for the day walking the beach or traveling around the state playing tourist.

I'd love to get rid of all of the nasty food ads and fake food pop ups that appear on Spark and interfere with my concentration when I'm reading blogs...yet still have the site free for anyone who is wanting to join and use the many healthy tools they supply.

I'd love to have a bucket list that isn't called a bucket list...but a 'living la vida loca' list and allow each of us to be the exciting and adventurous humans that we have been put on this earth to be.

And yes...Scoot...that would mean drag gin you along for the ride too! emoticon

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HIPPICHICK1 5/5/2014 8:30AM

    My dear Scooter...Bucket Lists (IMO) should not include reading the Bible, a set of Encyclopedias or the dictionary, but rather things that you just don't want to miss. For example, a friend of mine saw Leonard Cohen in concert and said it was a "must see" kind of thing, so that is on my Bucket List. Yes, I have a small list that I keep on my iPhone and started making it one day when we were travelling somewhere in the car and I had some time to think about it. Most of what is on my bucket list is travel related (I was inspired by the car ride I suppose), for example I would like to take the train from my hometown of Winnipeg up to Churchill just for the train ride and the experience of being up that far north and seeing Hudson Bay in person instead of just looking at its vastness on a map. And one of the entries reads: Meet Spark friends Scooter, Bobi, Stephanie....

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FRABBIT 5/1/2014 8:46PM

  I thought it was only me.

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WINDSWEPTACRES 4/23/2014 12:11AM

    No bucket list for me either. I couldn't have planned most of the things that have happened to me over the last five or six years. Sometimes life's surprises are a lot better than the things we had planned for ourselves.

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FITBIZZZ 4/22/2014 12:16PM

    lol. You've just created the anti-bucket list. ;-)

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NORASPAT 4/21/2014 11:09PM

    Great. Blog Karen. My walking buddies made up a bucket list where we all should go in Maine. Most of the Places they want to go to I already went with our kids. My walking Buddies have walked all over Europe.
I just like to get away out of the house but DH wants to stay home. He was in the army so he got go lots of places.
I did a lot of stuff in my youth. Our kids have mostly seen Maine. I just want to be happy and pain free. HUGS Pat in Maine. I guess I am boring too. Thanks for straightening me out. HUGS.

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    We are definitely sisters in another life - sharing the same bucket. I don't have a bucket list either but I loved some of yours. Organizing the holiday decorations would definetly make me happy. Getting all sides of the house stained at the same time would rock.

My hubby read the Bible twice and I felt and urge to do the same and they begating seemed to go on forever and I quit. I know it wasn't much of an effort but I'm not long suffering and I really wanted to get to the good parts. Hubby reads dictionaries and encyclopedieas too. Same problem again with me - short attention span.

I am ambivalent about travel. I would love to do it but I would have to leave home.

I thought I wanted to cruise too and then norovirus and SARS came about and other maladies and I was cured.I can get sick here and puke my socks up without having to pay for it.

Re Nepal? I have a friend who is from Katmandu and he left there anr really, really, really never wanted to go back. It's not a fun place. I'm not into mountain climbing.

My bucket list would be to get this place in some kind of order.

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CANDOK1260 4/21/2014 8:47PM

    i too don;t have a bucket list

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ADAGIO_CON_BRIO 4/21/2014 6:46PM

    Like you, I have a fair amount of contempt for the "bucket list" concept because I fear it creates snares and delusions. I sometimes envy the people who have so much passion that they have such strong desires.

Before I knew the term, I guess my "bucket list" was to go to London and I've done that. Right now if I had to say I have a "bucket list" it would be to read certain books that I know I can read easily and soon. My bucket list is to get my home cleaned so that I will leave a tidy corpse, metaphorically. "Things" and "accomplishments" matter less to me as I age.

My bucket list if I had to have one is to see my children occupied with something in life that goes beyond sheer drudgery and tedium.

Your blogs always provoke much thought. emoticon

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BETHGILLIGAN 4/21/2014 6:21PM

    I guess I'm fairly boring. I have no bucket list and no real desire to make one. I have traveled a bit; not my favorite thing to do. We are going to London/Ireland in a couple of months. It's my dream trip so I guess you could say it's on my bucket list (soon to be checked off). I'm content doing what I'm doing and living my life as positively as I can.

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AJDOVER1 4/21/2014 5:00PM

    No Bucket List for me -- I can't cope with a grocery list most days....

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SCOOTER4263 4/21/2014 4:24PM

    You all, as usual, have made me very happy. I actually hadn't thought of it as having lived my life the way I wanted to, as I came to it, but you're right - that's what it is.

My great-uncle (second uncle? removals? I don't understand those things...anyway) Al Close was a very good poker player and one of his favorite sayings was, "It's not the cards you're dealt, it's how you play them." I agree wholeheartedly.

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SLIMMERJESSE 4/21/2014 3:07PM

    As usual, you make me smile. When I read your title, I immediately thought of two things - 1. I think bucket lists are ridiculous 2) My main priority - maintain my sanity throughout today. Then I read what you wrote and it's similar. (smiling) Like you, I've travelled my little hiney off and done a variety of other adventures. Big hug, Scoot.

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APPLEPIEAPPLE 4/21/2014 3:01PM

    Instead of a bucket list, I just do what I want to do. I live life in a way that gives me joy. There is not many if any places I want to travel. I did take a cruise in 2003 with a friend. It was just after I retired and it was something my husband wanted to do but we never could afford. But I chose to take the trip while I had the money to do it. I never thought of it as part of a bucket list.

Most of my life I just have tried to live in a way that I had few regrets when I died. If I felt if I did not do something I would regret it later--I would do it. So far I have very few things I have regretted. I guess the bucket list is a list of regrets you have later in life. If so, I do not have such a list. I have enjoyed my life even with the tears and pain.

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SHERYLDS 4/21/2014 2:28PM

    I've been following the South Korean Ferry cruise for me thank you. But I can't afford my bucket list. I would love to move to Hawaii. Unfortunately, I don't have that kind of money and I don't think I can earn a living as a hula dancer. emoticon

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SUZYMOBILE 4/21/2014 2:19PM

    I must be pretty boring, too, because I have no desire to have a bucket list. But I really enjoyed reading about your lack of one! emoticon

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LOLAINSC 4/21/2014 2:16PM

    If I have to force it, then it isn't worth putting on my bucket list. If it was something unforced that deserves being put on my bucket list, then I've probably already done it.

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MNNICE 4/21/2014 1:35PM

    I'm pretty boring myself. I do have a bucket list, but there's only one thing on it. I'm afraid to do it because then I would probably die! :)

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HARVESTER54 4/21/2014 1:27PM

    LOL you brought a smile to my day. I have a short BL I have taken my trip to Israel the main goal LOVED it. It is a joy to read that you are so content with your life and what you have achieved. Blessings.

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Quicky explanation of the term "blood moon"

Monday, April 14, 2014

Apparently some folks are concerned that seeing a "blood moon"means the earth is going to end or something like that.While I have complete respect to anyone and everyone's religious beliefs, this time science can come to the rescue.

There is a full lunar eclipse tonight. This means that the moon, the Earth and the Sun are all lined up with the Earth in the middle - the moon is in the Earth's umbra, or shadow. The moon isn't completely invisible though - because of the angle at which the light from the sun passes through the Earth's atmosphere, the moon appears reddish. This is where the name "blood moon"comes from. There will be another total lunar eclipse sometime this autumn - I forget exactly when. There are between two and five lunar eclipses each year, although not all of them are full eclipses.

Sometimes the full moon in October is called the Blood Moon. This, like another traditional name, the Hunters Moon, is referring to the fact that October is when animals were slain to prepare for the long winter ahead.

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FRABBIT 4/16/2014 2:58PM

  Thanks for the explaination!

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AJDOVER1 4/15/2014 10:37PM

    Thanks! I love stuff like this.

The world can't end today, it's already tomorrow in New Zealand....

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BETHGILLIGAN 4/15/2014 8:19PM

    Thank you for the info!!

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MOM2ACAT 4/15/2014 7:13PM

    I never heard about til this morning, until I was in my doctor's office and heard the staff talking about it. I wish I would have peeked out and looked at it last night, would have been a cool sight to see!

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APPLEPIEAPPLE 4/15/2014 10:58AM

    Educational. Thanks!

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WILSONWR 4/15/2014 8:31AM

    Thanks for the great explanation!

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KARENE10 4/15/2014 7:06AM

    Nice Science lesson~ emoticon

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MTRACHEL 4/15/2014 12:00AM

    so glad you reminded me to wake in the night tonight!

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MCJULIEO 4/14/2014 11:25PM

    Thanks for the explanation!

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_UMAMI_ 4/14/2014 10:03PM

    Here's a link to times, etc. for those interested:

And now I must go listen to Klaus Nomi.

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_UMAMI_ 4/14/2014 9:15PM

    Also, there is the thing where all four blood moons will occur on Jewish holidays (2014-2015?). Yes, the end is nigh. (Said she, who got married during the scary days of Y2K.)
I SWEAR I saw a blood moon when I was nursing my eldest, and my period came back (first post-partum), and it was really weird. Now I can't find anything that coincides with that. AM I CRAZY??? Hmmm....maybe it was second child?)
Anyway, enjoy it if you're having one of your sleepless nights. I'm going to attempt to rise mid-sleep, get my youngest up, and have a gander. Trying to muster my sense of fat-but-adventurous.


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    I wish I were up for the eclipse but it's right during my sleep time.

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SOUL2SHINE79 4/14/2014 7:31PM

    Hahaha! I didn't know about the blood moon..thanks for letting us know! I was wondering what phase the moon is in today though, because i've been a crazy lunatic! It's all starting to make sense! : ) emoticon

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SLIMMERJESSE 4/14/2014 7:09PM

    I also think some are concerned about the unprecedented number of them that are supposed to appear in a relatively short time? Thanks for the info, Scoot.

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BEAUTY_WITHIN 4/14/2014 6:47PM

    Thanks for the explanation!

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POSITIVEHOPE 4/14/2014 6:36PM

    Thank you for the explanation and science lesson. You did a nice job without visual illustrations. I am not afraid that the world will end but it is nice to know.

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So...April goals.

Tuesday, April 01, 2014

- Well, the first one is to walk 10,000 steps per day, although I recognize that the way my life goes I'm more likely to have 20,000 step days mixed in with 2,000 step days. If I get 50K or 60K in a week, I'll be happy.

- The second is to track the food, no matter what. I can do that for a month.

- The third, and final, is to do the Exercise of the Day, or some variation thereof.

I thought about making a big workout schedule, but I really can't - we all know I'm not going to lift on the same day that I split wood (and wood is weather dependent) or do other heavy-duty farm or landscaping jobs. I'd like to swear that I'll do yoga four times a week, but I may or I may not achieve that, and I refuse to promise things I doubt I'll fulfill.

I thought about resolving to eat clean, but again, we all know that one day I'll be on my way home from a really long day and I'll limp into a Subway for a Veggie Delight, which we also know I'll probably wash down with beer.

And there are a bunch more monthly goals that I haven't even mentioned because they have nothing to do, really, with eating and exercising. Goals that have to do with artistic aspirations and personal improvement of a more subtle variety.

I'd love to be all righteous and make loads of promises, but somewhere along the line I've gotten a little more realistic. Maybe this is setting myself up to fail, giving myself excuses - we'll just have to see how it works out.

Monthly goals seem a lot like New Year's Resolutions - all full of bright promise and all out the window in a week or so. I decided to only set as goals the absolute minimum - really, just to do my best every day - and then, in 30 days, see where I stand. And if that doesn't work, I'll try something else.

So far today I've done the Exercise of the Day and gotten a little better than half the steps. Hey, it's a start.

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FLORIDASUN 4/13/2014 8:59PM

    Honesty is a MOST valued strength and you've flexed LOTS of muscles with that!

I always have high spirits and fantastic goals then I don't achieve all of them and feel like a slump ~a~doo. emoticon

I now consistently aim to walk those damn 10,000 steps and eat clean. Anything beyond that is all gravy! I refuse to do the food tracker...always say I will...never ever follow's just who I me a food tracker rebel! emoticon

No WONDER I never have enough spark points to give out dazzling goodies to my friends. emoticon I think there is a conspiracy for higher spins and bigger bonus spins to those food tracker devotees..and bless their little food tracking hearts..they deserve em! emoticon

Good luck on your new goals...I'll be cheering you onward and upward! emoticon

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SUSANNAH31 4/6/2014 11:38AM

    I, too, hesitate to make a whole lot of goals -- for the week, for the month, and especially not for the year!
What I do is make suggested goals for the day - something I would like to do this day. That way, i can feel as if I have achieved a goal at the end of the day. And then each morning brings a new chance to achieve it again.

I am in total agreement with you about the need for being flexible.
Rigid structure makes me want to break free! LOL

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AJDOVER1 4/3/2014 11:18AM

    Sounds like you're off to a good start!
My daily goals are low, but my weekly/monthly goals are more ambitious -- who knows what's going to happen on any given day, but I can generally make it all average out.
Tracking food gets easier over time.
Best wishes to you!

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    Now that the weather MAY be getting better, setting goals is a good idea. I plan to begin with a calendar setting up a goal for each day.

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JUSTYNA7 4/2/2014 1:32PM

    Awareness and looking for opportuntities sometimes has a better effect on consistency than any plan. Happy birthday by the way. Just do it! emoticon

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    Goals for April:
Wake up every day.
Keep breathing.
Keep the house presentable -- make sure the phone numbers written in the dust are current ones.
If something is following me around the house, offer it food, water, or a hug.
Try to do one productive thing every day; hint: naps count.
If all else fail, remember that April is a short month.

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HIPPICHICK1 4/2/2014 9:52AM

    I've hooked myself up with a marketing club so I can stay on track with my business plans. One of the things we've learned is that we usually find something that gets in our way of achieving our goals no matter what the goals are.
They are:
Fear, self-doubt
tting stuck & having questions
Lack of support

I think I can relate almost every one of these things to every area of my life. If we recognize that we are procrastinating we can take measures to...for the lack of a better phrase...just do it. But then there are other areas like fear, lack of support and forgetting that are a little more difficult to overcome, yet if we are to improve our health we must try to overcome these obstacles.

I usually schedule things in, but like you often times things like splitting wood will happen on a strength training day, so it's not as if you will have the energy for both, however if you aren't splitting wood for several days then you CAN schedule in something for ST.

In my experience yoga can be a great ST session and it also stretches everything wonderfully, thereby taking care of two things on your list and NOT wearing you out for wood splitting.

I haven't done any weight training since my back injury of two summers ago when my RMT told me to stop running and lifting heavy weights. Now the only weight I lift is my own body weight while doing yoga and 50 lb boxes of clay. Let me tell you something. Yoga is the $hit. You should see my biceps! You should feel my quads and see my calves all cut and sculpted because of yoga. My back feels so much better too. In fact, yesterday I tweaked my back while twisting and bending over to pet the cat. I got up and I could barely walk. I did some yoga right away, babied myself for the rest of the day and then did some yoga before supper. JF ran the thumper on my back for 15 minutes last night and this morning I can walk without pain, but I can tell that I need to do some more yoga, twice a day if necessary. I have a really long week ahead that will last until next Tuesday or Wednesday now and I can NOT do it with my back in crisis!! Yoga to the rescue and yoga therapy balls too. And foam roller. Foam roller is also the $hit.

P.S. There is nothing wrong with a veggie delight washed down with a beer.

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LULUTU 4/2/2014 9:40AM

    I agree with you - there is new advantage (and a great deal of harm) in setting yourself up to fail. I'm with you - eating clean is great, but it's not going to happen all then time. I don't plan my exercise too far ahead because I know that my schedule might change. And as for 10,000 steps, like FRABBIT, I'm going for an average of 10K not 10K every day.

Your April goals are great - you can do this!


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    As a woman who has, perhaps, made a few too many April resolutions, I deeply appreciate the simplicity of your approach. You've got the important bases covered here. And I'm glad to hear that your thinking about your art too.


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FRABBIT 4/1/2014 11:24PM

  Great job being realistic. My big goal is to average 10,000 steps per day for the month. And I did track all my food today (even if I had pasta carbonara for dinner). Great job keeping realistic goals.

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TIME4DEE 4/1/2014 9:16PM

    I love your blog. Very smart to keep your goals simple and the fewer the better, You've got this! emoticon emoticon

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BETHGILLIGAN 4/1/2014 8:31PM

    I say the more promises you make the more you have to break!! I think you're being realistic! Why make huge promises that you know are not practical? I think this sounds great; realistic, doable and good for you!!!

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ADAGIO_CON_BRIO 4/1/2014 6:45PM

    Yes, you can do it. As Morticia says, you don't have a lot of grandiosity. I love your wallpaper!

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    ROFLMBO!! I totally luv ya! You make me laugh. Thank God you aren't making a bunch of grandiose promises. I've read enough of those today.

I make simple ones, such as, I promise not to drink out of the toilet bowl. Of course I would never do something this gross but this ensures that I can successfully achieve one goal. emoticon

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New moon, new month (soon), new week, new FitBit(!), and maybe a new me.

Sunday, March 30, 2014

I'm another year older (59, God help us all), and probably no wiser, but still in there swinging.

I'd lost a few pounds with the Winter 5% Challenge, but choked towards the end for reasons not entirely clear to me. Honestly, I think I was (and am) just so sick of being cold. I know it sounds like an excuse, but I think it might actually be a reason - it was simply too cold to stand in my kitchen (where no refrigeration is necessary, thank you) and cook healthy meals, so I opted for grabbing whatever was at hand and making do with it. Often these things were fine in and of themselves, but were never meant to be a "complete diet" - like innocent pizzas made on na'an with healthy ingredients.

Okay, washing them down with dirty martinis is my fault. 'Nuff said.

I did discover something that put a bit of the fear of God into me - I did a sort of deep-knee bend (lower shelf at the library) and couldn't immediately stand back up. I don't remember this happening before, and it kind of shook me up. My weight isn't different, but apparently my fitness has been going somewhere in a handbasket since the last time I paid attention.

Still, I haven't given up on this quest for renewed health. All it really means to me is that I have to get serious if I want success. I've hit that same place in other fronts of late, too. I sold my beloved pick-up truck, because I needed the money, yes, but more because I want to move on from that spot in my life. I've given up my post office box (in favor of home delivery) for the same reason - too much of my energy is stuck in the past. If I want to be a successful writer - whatever that means - I've got to write more. If I'm going to farm, I ought to be greasing the tractor and mentally laying out plots of land.

I don't really know how to deal with inertia. Tragedy, drama, sure - all those things I've got down to a science, but this treading water thing is new. I'm not drowning, but I'm not going anywhere either. I have to get unstuck somehow. I suspect that the way to do that is the same way you do anything else difficult - you just do it. (And, we hope, without so many mixed metaphors. Forgive me - I've been up late watching basketball.)

Spring is a time of renewal, and I'm going to focus on listening to Spirit for whatever guidance I can get from that source, but at the same time, I'm going to move my feet - specifically, 10,000 steps per day. I got a new FitBit (a Flex this time, having lost 3 or 4 Ones) and I'm ready to use it. If that has me walking in place in my living room for half the night, then so be it.

So, the plows are still going up and down the road, and it's very windy up here on the hill. But Spring is also a state of mind, a turn of The Wheel more than the turn of a calendar page, and I/m ready to renew my efforts.

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FLORIDASUN 4/13/2014 8:50PM

    This has been the winter from HE** so many of my Northern friends tell me.

I feel for you in the cold tundra...but if it makes you feel any better I just heard that in 20-25 years Miami might be the next Atlantis...where ever Atlantis might be.

Seems the sea level is rising year after year and eventually it will wipe out huge portions of the coastline and we'll have to make like Veneticians paddling around in gondolas. emoticon

Sooooo I guess there is really no place in the world that can truly escape Mother Natures deep wrath and pay backs for how man has plundered her landscape.

Can't say I really blame her and I know this makes you feel a tad bit better about missing that Florida may be cold...but at least you are on solid ground! emoticon emoticon

Heck this may even make me rethink Iowa...the dreaded childhood home land that the hubs and I escaped from shortly after our marriage...the first night we met each other we sat down and said "So-how are we going to get OUT of this state?" Mutual buds from that point on!

BUT good ole' Iowa may be looking better and better in another 10 years or so. emoticon I'm not a strong swimmer. emoticon

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SLIMMERJESSE 4/10/2014 6:38PM

    Scoot, I am at a loss in dealing with inertia as well. I just sent you a sparkmail about it.

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HIPPICHICK1 3/31/2014 9:51PM

    Here's to springing forward towards renewal!

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AJDOVER1 3/31/2014 4:29PM

Happy Monday!
What can I do to help you?
I'm sick to death of trying to improve myself. It seems you've got a lot of potential. What can I do to make myself useful to you?

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    Happy birthday!! You're still a spring chicken. LOL.

I love na'an bread!! i have to avoid it. LOL.

My body seems to be screaming as well - mad at being old and fat.

I agree with you about the enertia. Life can be so overwhelming. Taking the first step is often all it takes but I often balk at it.

I want a Fitbit but worry about losing it too. Let us know what you think about the Flex.

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APPLEPIEAPPLE 3/31/2014 3:14PM

    This never ending winter is getting the best of me. I was doing fine until the past tow weeks when The winter just won't let go! Even yesterday we had snow, sleet and rain with cold and ice. Today it is warmer but I am afraid to think spring is here and be disappointed yet again.

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TERI-RIFIC 3/31/2014 8:37AM

    This loooong winter HAS been rough.Here's to all of us making that first step to get out and get going and get ready for summer. Dare we hope.

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BETHGILLIGAN 3/31/2014 7:58AM

    I believe sometimes you need to stand still until you see the path. It sounds to me like you are ready to take the move forward. It's an overwhelming thought.....moving out of your comfort zone. And, it may be hard to let go of the past that you know and love. You will find your way. You are a tough, committed woman! You have been through so much; this is just a pause in the action. You will be fine!! HUGS!!!

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MADEIT3 3/31/2014 5:26AM

    This has been a very long winter and many people I know are exactly where you are, treading water, waiting for what's next. That sense of renewal is now in the air - at least here - and we're getting four days of rain - predicted - to wash winter away. So maybe ... Meanwhile, it sounds like you know what needs to be done!!


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SUSANBEAMON 3/31/2014 12:52AM

  every day is an opportunity to start up or start again, whichever you like.

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NORASPAT 3/30/2014 10:56PM

    I cannot wait for a day of sunshine, also a day over 50 degrees,
I had to make the dogs from Nevada coats so they could get outside to make yellow snow.
The Chihuahua was out just a minute or two and it was shivering almost convulsively and the coats were almost $50.00 so I asked our son to use his phone to give me an idea of the shape. I had to cut patterns out of fabric. The dog is interesting it is a Miniature Doberman and a Chihuahua cross so even though it is small it has lots of muscle and a deep chest so it became a challenge and now I know those in the store would never fit her. She climbed the stairs but turned round and rolled down the stairs.
Scooter you can do it and you will when Spring is really here. HUGS Pat in Maine.
HUGS and much love my friend. Pat emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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