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Go Firecrackers!!!

Thursday, April 10, 2014

I've been busy so here's a blog I should've written a week ago!

I'm happy, so happy, to be back into Spark and doing the 5% Challenge. Spark keeps me honest and gives me the motivation I need to stay on track with food and exercise. I track my food everyday (ok, *almost* everyday). This helps keep panic to a minimum because I can track all my meals in the morning and relax, knowing what I will eat, that it's enough food, and that I will be within my target calorie range. I like a plan.
I track my exercise too and that I do so that I can see if I meet my weekly goal. I love putting in those 600 calories I burn everyday (ok, *almost* everyday). I like documentation of effort.
I had stopped doing both of these trackers last summer, thinking I was cured. Gained back all the weight I lost, duh. (So many of you are saying, "Duh.")
The 5% Challenge is a good thing for me because I like competition, I like being part of a team and it gets me log in everyday and poke around and get know the other team members. I plan on being a hugely successful Firecracker!

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THETURTLEBEAR 4/11/2014 3:45PM

    Yes, we do LOVE to compete, don't we?

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SUSANBEAMON 4/11/2014 3:13PM

  you know what you want. you an do it. keep it up.

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PATTISTAMPS 4/11/2014 2:17PM

    Excellent! Hope your first week of the challenge has been successful! Go Firecrackers! emoticon

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NEW-CAZ 4/11/2014 2:39AM

    emoticon emoticon

Good luck with the challenge emoticon

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COLUMBINE2 4/10/2014 11:52PM

    Great to read your blog....I'm soooo glad you're back w/ SP. Missed you a ton.

You'll be a blazin', smokin', red hot firecracker ... you excelled last time; you'll do it again. Bigger & better! emoticon

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MERRYMARY42 4/10/2014 5:29PM

    I know, it was easy to get to my goal weight, but then, I gained 10 pounds over a period of 2 years, but really, it just sneaked up on me, emoticon and it does not come off as easy the second time,

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KIMESHA1 4/10/2014 4:17PM

    I was in the same boat thinking I was on track and then what do ya know. . . I'm right back where I started. Keep up your good work and do what works for you. Stay motivated and you will surely achieve and maintain your goal. emoticon

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NWILKER 4/10/2014 3:24PM


Anytime you want to meet up for a hike let me know! Up those calorie burns!

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KOFFEENUT 4/10/2014 3:03PM

    We all have to figure out what works for US. Some folks don't need to track nutrition and exercise, while some of us do. Like you, seeing that tangible number (Look, I did over XX minutes of exercise every day for a WEEK!) can be very motivating!

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AALLEY2 4/10/2014 2:48PM

    emoticon Me too! The scale doesn't define us but it sure is nice when it goes in the right direction! emoticon emoticon

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My Plan....and I do have one.

Saturday, March 01, 2014

I'm not here to pontificate or advise or admit or condone or condemn. I'm not saying that what I know is right or the only way to go. I do know what I want and I know how I've been successful in the past. I have determination, motivation and cute clothes waiting. I'm able bodied, have access to equipment, dvds, the great outdoors and a gym. I have good shoes and appropriate clothing. I have tools and gadgets and counters. I can get fresh food and I can afford to buy the best. I recognize gimmicks and fads and false promises. I understand the biology of food, nutrition, eating and exercise enough to utilize that knowledge. I have an open mind and continually seek out the latest information on nutrition and health and weight loss.

That's my disclaimer, now here's my plan:

emoticon I will eat mostly healthy food. This means very little sugar by any name they might want to give it. It means very few refined carbs. It means very little, if any, alcohol.

emoticon I will enjoy no more than 1300 calories for 6 days out of the week. On the seventh, I will enjoy one meal out. That meal out will be under 1000 calories.

emoticon I will take the time and effort to seek out and try new healthy recipes and ingredients.

emoticon I will become friends with the butcher and the grocer and the farmer.

emoticon I will exercise my body in ways that burn calories and improve my overall strength and health without putting me at risk of injury.

emoticon I will strive to burn at least 4200 calories per week during exercise.

emoticon I will strive to burn at least 2100 calories total each day of the week.

emoticon I will resist any one or any situation that tries to deter me from my goals.

emoticon I will judge my success by how I feel physically, mentally and spiritually.

emoticon I will gauge my success by measurements with a tape measure and by trying on key clothing items.

emoticon The scale will longer taunt me. It has been removed to the guest bathroom and I will avoid it.

emoticon I will take the time to listen to my body and honor its wishes and celebrate its improvements and victories.

emoticon When hubby gives me puppy dog eyes and hints about going out for food and drinks, I will stay true to my goals and ambitions and what is best for me. Then, I will encourage him to help me whip up a fancy, healthy and delicious meal at home. Which we can enjoy by candlelight.

emoticon I will refer to my endeavor as "training".

emoticon I will strive for balance between eating, exercising, resting and working.

emoticon I will be kind and supportive and responsive to others on the same path.

emoticon I will reward myself with meaningful activities or gifts.

emoticon The rewards will be tied to successfully following the plan, rather than to pounds lost.

emoticon I will admit failure, look for the lesson within it and then move on.

emoticon I will always keep training.

That's my plan. emoticon

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KALISWALKER 4/7/2014 12:45AM

    I am off the drinks too. Can't seem to have a glass of wine and then eat a calorie appropriate meal. I know what you mean about the scale, but it's one of those needful things. I am focused on my waist to hip ratio.

All the best to you in the 5% challenge.


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KOFFEENUT 3/1/2014 4:06PM

    As always, you are smart about what works for YOU. Go for it!!!

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    Awesome plan T (of course). Tell Randy to get in gear and stop tempting you!!

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NEW-CAZ 3/1/2014 2:49PM

    Great plan! emoticon

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MRSBETH99 3/1/2014 2:38PM

    emoticon Great plan! Enjoy your freedom from the scale. I need to regain mine. :)

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POPSY190 3/1/2014 2:15PM

    A good mix of strategies and tactics! emoticon and best wishes for the implementation!

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LJOYCE55 3/1/2014 1:42PM

  That is a lot of goals. Good luck.

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Here's what I've been up to for the last eight months....

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

I have been:
emoticon To London and had a "smashing" time

emoticon Skiing a couple of times (Hubby's knee is FINALLY good to go!)

emoticon Eating more baked goods than Mama Cass ever did

emoticon Discovering shopping, NYC style

emoticon Enjoying the "Beer Culture" of Fort Collins

emoticon Walking for exercise when we all know I'm a RUNNER

emoticon Visiting Thomas Jefferson's abode

emoticon Not liking what I see in the mirror

emoticon Traveling through Atlanta to see "Girl with a Pearl Earring"

emoticon Spending tons of time on family research and building a family tree

emoticon Flying so much I actually earned status with Delta

emoticon Christmas shopping on Chicago's Miracle Mile

emoticon Gaining a ton of weight

Bottom line- I've had my fun and now I need to stop doing all of the wrong things and start doing all of the right things so that by the end of August I am not ashamed of how I look and can enjoy the THREE upcoming weddings in the family. Besides, I haven't been very happy anyway. Giving yourself permission to eat and drink what you want makes you fat, sluggish, indolent, depressed and you have spend $$ on new clothes! I have a closet full of super cute stuff. It's calling me. I'm coming!

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MRSBETH99 3/1/2014 2:36PM

    emoticon I thoroughly enjoyed reading of your adventures! It sounds like you've made lots of memories. :) I'm glad you're back and I look forward to hearing about your future adventures as well.


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KOFFEENUT 2/26/2014 7:18PM

    Most of us wander off the healthy lifestyle road from time to time. The IMPORTANT thing is that you found your way back to it and you're headed in the right direction. Know we're still right alongside you, cheering you on!

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POPSY190 2/26/2014 2:05AM

    emoticon Good to see you back here! I've missed your regualar blogs! Good luck with your renewed goals. I'm very interested in your family history research; would love to hear of your finds and adventures in that area! Kia kaha, emoticon

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COLUMBINE2 2/25/2014 11:55PM

    Loved your 8 month report. I did some similar things (Jefferson's house, Italy(re-injured my scoped knee), gained weight, hating the mirror, forced to buy a few new (bigger! blah!) clothing items which I plan to discard soon because they'll be too big!! Also got bitten by the genealogy bug....but I'm striving to move more & sit less..so that's a bit of a conflict.

Will you return to running? You had a very ambitious fitness plan & it worked! Just Work It Again!

And keep us entertained with your blogs...I really missed 'em! emoticon

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THETURTLEBEAR 2/25/2014 4:11PM

    There is NO ONE more determined than you. I am so glad you are back Sparking! I have definitely been Sparking more selectively (ignoring stuff that is annoying or depressing, LOL). The only thing missing was YOU!

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CKTALL 2/25/2014 2:08PM

    sounds exciting

so get back on track because you know what you need to do

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SUSANBEAMON 2/25/2014 2:05PM

  you know what you have to do. you can do it. keep it up.

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I'm Still Around Too! Saw Amy's Title and Decided I needed to do the same

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Hello Spark People!!
Yes, I am still Sparking but in a more relaxed way. Actually, I've been so busy that my Sparking is anything but relaxed, it's a few minutes here and there and done way too hastily and sloppily and I missed last Saturday's weigh in completely! Yikes! I've never done that before.
But summer is here and things are going on. Plus, I have far too many projects going on and am being pulled in a zillion directions. I DO MISS my Spark! Plus, since I slipped away from tracking food everyday guess what happened? Ha! I know I don't have to tell you people what happened.
Anyway, I will do better both with spending some good time on Spark and with tracking my food. I need it, I want it, it does me good. And I miss you guys. I bet I've got 100 blogs to read!

I have been busy and keeping active. I went backpacking weekend before last with hubby. My pack weighed over 30 pounds! Here I am at the turn off the main trail to our camp site. It was tons of fun but I must admit I was bored by the second day. Haha, can't take the tech out of the girl in the woods.

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    BORED? You were BORED? ROTFLMAO. Did you start having tremors from missing your iPhone (or were you running an app throughout the weekend, tracking your mileage)?

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AMYTRIPP 6/28/2013 3:43PM

    Glad to see you! Life just gets in the way, doesn't it? I plan on coming back full force Monday - including tracking!! Let's do this together.

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JMCADE 6/28/2013 3:11PM

    Looks like fun. But I can so identify with the tech in the woods comment! Good to see you.

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LJR4HEALTH 6/27/2013 7:15PM

    Your not alone I was wondering where you were I think its a summer thing

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MRSBETH99 6/27/2013 4:47PM

    I wondered what you've been up to! I've been missing my SPARK as well. Summer has been very busy here in my world as well. Doubt that I'll make my 5% this round, but I have lost some so I'm grateful. Your smile looks great in that backpacking picture...and good job on getting your hubby out with you. :)

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IMPETUOUS1 6/27/2013 2:45PM

    Have certainly missed your blogs, and think of you often~ that backpacking looks so FUN! I have a couple day hikes on the schedule, and would still love to get out for an overnight.

Glad you're busy and well!

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POPSY190 6/27/2013 12:05AM

    Slackers Unite, We have Nothing to Lose but our Weight! I need to get back on track as well. Must be something about the time of year. Good to see you back here.

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WIZKEY 6/26/2013 5:56PM

    Glad to see your post!! I have been slacking on tracking as well and just started back this week. emoticon

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KOFFEENUT 6/26/2013 3:16PM

    Hey, it's great to see you back on Spark and good to know you've been out enjoying our fabulous Colorado summer! Maybe the scale says you haven't lost weight, but your picture looks TERRIFIC!

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The Blog Where I Take a Hike (or Two)

Sunday, May 12, 2013

Hello Everyone!!!
I am so happy our newest 5% Challenge is under way. I find I don't spend much time on Spark unless I'm part of a challenge. I do log in and track what I eat every day, yes, I still do that. But then I leave without doing much else. Very little blog reading and I love reading all your blogs! And of course, no blog writing. Well, let's get this party started again and I'm going to spend the next couple of days getting caught up on everyone's wonderful blogs and checking out our new team members.

So, my hubby hurt his knee skiing last December and hasn't been able to hike much. Well, I am tired of waiting for that stupid knee to be ALL BETTER. I have been encouraging him to take his rehab to the next level (he is not as good as doing regular exercise as I am) (plus, he's kind of a baby about his knee) and he's been working hard so this weekend we decide to test it a bit with a couple of little hikes. By little I mean 4 miles or less in length. Both hikes involved climbing but hey, he's a big boy and that's how I like to roll on a hike. I WANT it to be hard so it counts for something.
Yesterday's hike was at Lory State Park. They had a fire there in March caused by a crazy guy fiddling with making an electric gate on his nearby property. Sheesh. Burned up a lot of the lower lying vegetation and the trails were closed for awhile. Most are open again so we went on the Well Gulch trail. Supposed to be 3 miles round trip but because it's a loop trail the "one way" distance was the entire way. Shorter than we'd wanted but still a good test of "the knee" (as it's come to be known). Starts out in grass and scrub bush and follows a stream up into pines. Very nice little trail, not too many people on it. "The knee" handled it just fine.

See how green it is? Until you notice that burnt part...

That's my hubby. Knees look just fine, don't they?

Our picnic site view. The more astute of you may recognize that reservoir as being the same one in most of my hiking pictures. Well, that's cuz it's huge! And it sits between the mountains and the city. It saves us from idiots wanting electric gates and various other fire sources. There was one person water skiing on it! Brrrr. Still a bit cold for that.

This is one of the famous Northern Colorado Half and Half trees. Half burnt, half alive. Made of sturdy stuff. I like trying to see some when we're out where there's been a fire.

Today we hiked up Coyote Ridge, which is basically in the same range (The Rocky Mountains, anyone?) but just foothills really. This was a longer, harder hike and "the knee" did just fine. Yes! I think he finally realizes he can go hiking. Much joy and celebration on my part because hiking is my favorite thing to do. Woohoo.

Here's the view looking towards the bigger range from where we hiked. Those snow capped peaks in the background, well, the one on the right Is Long's Peak. It's a 14er and I've never climbed it cuz you have to start at like 2 in the morning. No thanks. But it's beautiful, no? And it's the 14er we can see from Fort Collins so it always watches over us.

And this is looking the other way, back towards town. See how flat it is? We sit on the edge of the Great American Prairie and sometimes I swear I can see Kansas from up here. Not today.

Hope you all had a wonderful Mother's Day!!!

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MINDA31807 5/13/2013 10:14PM

    Glad you and your Husband can get out and hike again!

My husband and a friend hiked Long's Peak last summer. They didn't get all the way to the top though because the weather closed in but they got to the boulder field.

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KOFFEENUT 5/13/2013 2:47PM

    As always, thanks for sharing your beautiful pictures. Now I'M inspired to get out for a hike!

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MRSBETH99 5/13/2013 12:47PM

    What a beautiful hike!! Thanks for sharing the pictures. I love that you're pushing your husband a bit. I do that as well. It's good for them!! :D

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THETURTLEBEAR 5/13/2013 11:30AM

    What exactly did Randy do to the knee?

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AMYTRIPP 5/13/2013 8:14AM

    Thanks for taking us on your hike! What awesome and lovely county you live in. Living on the east coast, our 'mountains' (ie the Adirondacks where I live) are just hills in comparison to the Rockys!

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STONECOT 5/13/2013 4:06AM

    They need a bit of encouragement don't they, emoticon Nice blogs, lovely pics, glad you had a nice hike.

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NEW-CAZ 5/13/2013 3:04AM

    Beautiful, stunning. Glad the knee held up.

Have a good week Teresa, emoticon

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LASARRE 5/13/2013 12:14AM

    Beautiful pics. Glad the knee held up ;)

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SVELTEWARRIOR 5/13/2013 12:03AM

    What beautiful trails!!!!!!!!!! The view is outstanding!!!! Glad " The Knee " held up

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POPSY190 5/12/2013 9:16PM

    Good to hear that the knee is allowing you finally to enjoy your hiking! And the country is beautiful and imposing.

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LJR4HEALTH 5/12/2013 9:12PM

    Great photo's looks like an amazing hike

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WIZKEY 5/12/2013 9:00PM

    It looks like you had quite a hike - and what a view!!

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