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Dance First

Saturday, April 27, 2013


We have our first activity to do in the Spring into Summer 5% challenge and that is to make a regular schedule and plan for exercise.

Exercise is my biggest downfall. I just do not like it. I don't mind walking for exercise and try to do some walking for exercise every day but when weather keeps me inside the great thoughts of doing exercise gets shoved to the back burners of my brain and nothing much seems to get done. Living with RA sometimes makes it painful to do much in the way of exercise but sometimes I think I use this as an excuse. So today I am going to work on a schedule for doing some type of exercise every day if not but 10minutes worth..this will be in addition to my walking time. I do enjoy my walks as I'm outside in the fresh air but what I need to add is toning type exercises as well. Also know that when the privet hedge blooms, I will be forced inside due to my allergies so I am truly going to make an effort to get more exercise this round of the 5% challenge.

  
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CAKAROO 4/28/2013 8:17AM

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BROOKLYN_BORN 4/28/2013 8:09AM

    Something else we have in common - allergies! I've found the SP videos to be very helpful when I have to stay inside. I especially like the seated ones. It's not that I can't stand but when seated I can focus on upper body better - something I really need.

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ROBB1N 4/27/2013 11:03AM

    Making a plan is the first step! Good for you.

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Back from break

Friday, April 26, 2013


Well it was a good thing I took that short break from here. We had to spend one afternoon covering our tomato and pepper plants to keep them from freezing. Also covered our planters out front of the house. Then had 2 days of art guild work..board meeting one day and then volunteered at the gallery the next. So this is the first free day to get on the computer for very long. I did get lots of exercise and ate properly but didn't log it here. I did manage to come and spin the wheel each day. But now hopefully I can blog again.

Since I had finished my crafty work lately I picked up a simple 2 color cross stitch pattern to work to keep my hands busy in the evening hours. It is of 2 whimsical goats and a free pattern I found online awhile ago. I am thinking of using the same design and draw up a rug to hook. I really like this pattern.

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CAKAROO 4/27/2013 9:43AM

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ALL-IS-AMAZING 4/27/2013 9:18AM

    Sounds like you had a very busy few days away. I am hoping it will finally get warm enough and dry enough to get into the garden area this next week now that the snow is gone

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GEMLADYONE 4/26/2013 4:23PM

    Welcome back! Hope you saved all your plantings. Here it's already summer hot and elsewhere winter is lingering! How crazy is that? emoticon

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0309COOKIE 4/26/2013 12:54PM

    Welcome back! Hope you have a good weekend too!

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ALICIA214 4/26/2013 12:53PM

 

It is good to keep your hands busy it keeps them out of the cookie jar...


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Sparkpeople Break

Monday, April 22, 2013


I have been here almost every day for over a year now and while my 5% challenge team is regrouping and all, I thought I would take a break from Sparkpeople for a few days. I won't be gone long but just feel I need to get away from this computer for awhile. I will probably pop in daily to spin my wheel but really need the time to reorganize my house and thoughts and life right now. Weather is turning warmer and wanting to get outside more. We do have our garden planted but need to keep at working in the yard for the next few days. I will be back to my blogs in a few days. Hope everyone has a great week. (By the way...the fat cat is one of my sister's.) emoticon

  
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BARB4HEALTH 4/25/2013 11:59AM

    After I get my 365 day streak in, I am thinking I will just login and spin, too! People think i'm dizzy without spinning. Wonder what they will think if I start spinning every day? emoticon

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MICKEYH 4/24/2013 12:22AM

    Enjoy your break. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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IAM_HIS 4/23/2013 9:20PM

    Enjoy your break--you come back, okay.

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BELIEVING-N-ME 4/23/2013 12:06PM

   
Enjoy your break and I will see at the next 5% challenge.

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IMREITE 4/23/2013 1:13AM

    i have tried to take spark breaks. have not been able to do it yet.

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ALL-IS-AMAZING 4/22/2013 7:55PM

    Enjoy your break!

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TURTLETALK 4/22/2013 2:55PM

    We will miss you but we will see you back soon for the next 5% challenge.

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GEMLADYONE 4/22/2013 2:25PM

    Good go get a break. Thanks for letting us know though...

Fat cat looks pretty comfortable...why do they always look so self satisfied?

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5% challenge update

Sunday, April 21, 2013

My update on my winter into spring 5% challenge. This challenge team ran for 8 weeks and am pleased with the results. I lost 6lbs over all from 194 to 188. Below are my beginning measurements and after.

2/23
Chest: 45
Bicep: 14
Waist: 40.5
Hips: 48.5
Thigh: 27
Neck: 15

4/20
Chest: 45
Bicep: 14
Waist: 40
Hips: 47
Thigh:25
Neck:14
I lost a half inch in my wasit, 1-1/2 inche in my hips, 2 inches in my thigh and 1 inch in my neck. So pleased at the results there as well. I have already signed up for the Spring into Summer 5% challenge and will let you all know when it opens to the regular public for signing up. I was in the 5% challenge all last year and lost a totatl of 31lbs now.

  
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GEMLADYONE 4/22/2013 2:43PM

    Fantastic results! I'm glad you'll be back for next round.

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CMESLIM 4/22/2013 11:24AM

    Keep up the good work! emoticon

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IAM_HIS 4/22/2013 8:31AM

    You are doing so well--WTG Thank you for inspiring me!!

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MICKEYH 4/21/2013 11:54PM

    Fantastic !! Great job !! I am so pleased that I joined this challenge as well. So glad everyone enjoyed the challenge and achieved great result. I am looking forwards for next challenge as well.
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ROSE-100 4/21/2013 2:57PM

    WOOHOO,keep up the good work,your doing great. Glad they have these challenges to help us get to our goals,good luck in the next challenge.

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Preschool kids

Friday, April 19, 2013


I'm posting a photo of my youngest granddaughter at her 4th birthday party. She and her friends are all about the same age..so considered preschoolers at ages 3 and 4. I love spending time with Miss Molly and I talk about her a lot on my blogs. BUT when you get several this age in a group you sometimes have your hands full. And need lots of extra helping hands...all this is leading up to today's happenings...
I volunteer at an art gallery in a nearby town. Today we had a visit from 40 preschool children. Thankfully they planners of this divided them up into groups of 10 to bring them through. If you realize their attention span is about 15 minutes long if that so we had to keep them moving. All were very good and nothing got damaged or touched so all was safe on that end. But we had one lady to come in and did a demo on making paper butterflies and then I demo-ed my rug hooking so we got them through in 30 minutes for each group. But all the up and down and here and there we were on our feet almost the entire time..i taught kindergarten for many years so thought it wouldn't be that much...I had forgotten how active they could be..and so now I'm home, I'm so tired. One nice thing was...one of the moms that came through with her 2 sons had been a kindergarten student of mine so we had lots of hugs and she got to let her 2 sons meet me...so a lot of fun, a lot of exercise equals one pooped body!!!

  
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DOROTHYBERO 4/21/2013 8:03AM

    sounds like a fun day - preschoolers can be exhausting but so much fun!

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HOLLYM48 4/20/2013 8:29AM

    Wow, that sounds like a busy day. That is so fun that one of your former students was there. I still remember my kindergarten teacher very vividly after 42 years. They make such an important impact on you at the beginning of your educational life! I bet you were awesome as a teacher!~
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READYBETTY 4/19/2013 11:11PM

    That's a good kind of tired!

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TURTLETALK 4/19/2013 9:59PM

    It looks like loads of fun. What a great grandma you are!

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