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Saturday, March 27, 2010


It was a beautiful day here on the Emerald Coast in Florida and I was stuck inside all day at the Home Show. Business was steady and I talked to several people about decorating. Tomorrow I do a seminar about window treatments and decorating. I think it will be good for business. I would have preferred being outside but hey, you do what you have to do. I will have to delve into Spark next week and get back on track.

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KASEYCOFF 3/28/2010 4:12AM

    Yep, you're doing what you gotta do in order to do what you have to do - but it all works out in the end! I'll still be here when you're ready to Spark. :-)

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    sorry you were inside today-spring fever is hard when stuck inside and so pretty outside.
have a good night

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Friday, March 26, 2010


Today marks 90 days of my spark journey of perfect attendance and daily blogging! What have I learned?

1. Nutrition Tracking is the most important tool there is! It has helped me up my fiber intake and eat more fruits and vegetables! I've also learned, that if I track my food, even when I think I had a bad day, it is not as bad as I thought.

2. I learned again that is really tough for me to lose weight. We have such a busy lifestyle with lots of social and networking activities where food and alcohol is involved. However, I know I will be successful eventually with the help of my Spark friends! I weighed today and I'm up a pound but have had a loss of 6 pounds in 90 days. Not incredible but consistant and better than 90 days ago.

3. I've committed to Running 101 to get off the couch and participate in a 5K on May 1. Unfortunately, this week, I have fallen down in participation but will try to regroup next week. We had another social activity where the Chamber of Commerce took a group to the Ice Hockey game in Pensacola and we stopped for pizza on the way over. I missed my running class but what's a body to do? My husband works at the Chamber and organized the event. However, I did spark the two people sitting next to me at the game when they mentioned they were both on diets. One woman had lost 20 pounds in a week by only eating 500 calories a day. She needs the Spark! This weekend is the Builder's Assoc Home Show and I have a booth so I'll be stuck there for 2 days. No clue about food but I'll take an apple and a bar with me and some water. I will also miss my run on Sat morning but business is business. Maybe I'll take my shoes and take a walk in the afternoon. Depends on how busy I am. On Sunday, I am teaching a seminar about window treatments and what's Hot!

4. I've learned that if there is ice cream or cake in the house, I will eat it until it is gone. The trick is not to buy it or have any more birthdays.

5. Planning is key. I don't have any future eating occasions that I can't plan for until April 9th. So I've got two weeks to devote myself to tracking, walking, and planning. Hubby sings Barbershop and we have a district competition April 9, 10, and 11 in Jacksonville. Staying in a hotel and eating at Hooters doesn't do too well for a diet either. But what's a body to do? I have almost 2 weeks to get organized for it and hopefully lose a pound or two.

I've got a busy day and weekend ahead so got to go!

Here I am taking a break from setting up the Home Show. Beautiful day in Sunny Florida. That's the life!

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KASEYCOFF 3/26/2010 1:07PM

    To plan is to succeed - emoticon

...I also kind of like the idea of not having any more birthdays: does this mean we are in a holding pattern for age? In which case, can I go back to 24? I'll even settle for being like Jack Benny, lol...

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LJCANNON 3/26/2010 1:06PM

    Tracking & Planning are the Major Keys to success on this Journey, as you already learned.
I feel so BAD for people like the lady trying to eat 500 Calories a day, or my Friend who lost weight by eating Strawberrys and Lettuce for weeks on end. Some of them are just not READY to hear the Truth.
emoticon emoticon emoticonAs far as your 2 Days at the Home Show, can you take a small cooler with Milk, or Water in it? I have also packed Bushs Baked Beans (i like them cold but not every one does), Bananas, strawberrys, Hard boiled eggs, and Peanut Butter & Jelly sandwiches.

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Thursday, March 25, 2010


I have an early appointment today and a hockey game tonight so I'm not able to get to my running 101 meeting tonight. So this morning I decided to take a half mile brisk walk with Panda, my border collie. She loves to walk! Her tail wags the whole time and she trots along. We had her groomed this week where they shaved off her winter coat and left a nice soft undercoat. She looks so pretty. Our other dog is a blind and deaf dachshund and he was adjutated when she was gone all day. And very happy to see or sense her when she got home. He doesn't do much except eat, sleep, and bark, poop and pee. I don't know how such a little dog can have so much. Maybe I can squeeze in another half mile walk with Panda later today.
We are stopping at a pizza place tonight on the way to the game. So I don't know what is in store for my plan. Later.

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4DOGNIGHT 3/25/2010 1:36PM

    Unfortunately I would be coming home with half the dogs from the shelter. emoticon This kind of looks like her.

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KASEYCOFF 3/25/2010 10:39AM

    Hiya, Carol! Sounds like you have a good plan for the day, especially to make up for the 'walk-run.' Have a good 'um, kiddo! :-)

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LJCANNON 3/25/2010 10:38AM

    Just eat small, healthy meals today, and then be reasonable about how many slices of Pizza you have tonight. (this coming from someone who has NO control when it comes to Pizza!) CiCi's Pizza might as well be a Crack House as far as I am concerned emoticon

emoticonIt sounds like Panda looks good and knows it. I am thinking about volunteering at the local animal shelter to walk the dogs. I think that would be an awesome exercise and FUN, too.

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RUNNING 101, WK 2. DAY 88

Wednesday, March 24, 2010


Last night was the start of my second week of running 101 and what a shock. I had barely accomplished walking 1/8 mile and then running 1/8 mile for a total of 1 mile. All of a sudden we were up to 2 miles last night and most of it running. Whoa! In the middle I dropped out of the running and just walked, fast, with my arms swinging. Reminded me of when I was in the military and had to march everywhere. In fact, I wasn't that much far behind the others who were running. I walked with one girl who had been sick and couldn't do much running for coughing. We finished last but she is 40 and I am 62, old enough to be her mother. I guess I am proud of myself for doing that. Now, I am supposed to continue this program for the rest of the week and then a big push on Saturday. My mind is crying out NO! NO! I hate running. I get so out of breathe and it is not fun. I like the walking part but I am pressing on even though my schedule for the rest of the week is really hectic and I'm not sure when I can fit it in. I was asked last night why I signed up for this if I hate running so much. WELLLL, I had to think about that.
1. The end goal is a 5K on May 1, to enter and finish. I've done this before several times, walking, and I thought this was a good way to get me going on entering the races again.
2. I thought this program might give me a chance to try running again to see if maybe I might like it. And with a group and an instructor.
3. The weather is great and I'm ready to get out and move.
4. And I'm ready to add the fitness and exercise to my program to jumpstart the weight loss.

Now, food. We have been so busy with family, birthday, activities, church, etc. that we haven't been to the grocery store except for milk. Thus the larder is pretty bare of vegetables except frozen. I got my teeth cleaned this morning and tonight I have a birthday facial. And an appointment with a client at 1:00. I should be placing my orders instead of blogging but I have to blog as well. I also have to write a decorating article for the newspaper sometime today.
Tomorrow I have an early appointment and go back to see a client in the afternoon and at 4:30, we are taking a chamber bus trip to see an ice hockey game in the next town over.
On Friday, I may have to make a delivery to a client but the balance of the day is devoted to setting up the Home Show that I am in over the weekend. Sat and Sun are home show days and Sunday afternoon I give a seminar so I have to get that organized on what to show and tell. Saturday morning I am supposed to meet the running group at 9:00 and I am planning to do that and go to the show at noon. I guess I'll miss a few people who come by my booth but oh, well. Putting a booth together is hard work and expensive. I want it to look good so I have to go pick up a few items at local stores and the workroom. Maybe I'll post a pic here afterwards.
Okay, now I've already got the next 5 days filled up but I still need to get my bookkeeper hat on , post my sales, place orders and take the money to the bank. Then I have to pay bills that are due and post the ones in my box. It would be helpful if I cleaned off my desk but that takes time too. Oh, and don't forget the shade I have to send back for repair. I have to put it in a box with the return ticket that I lost on my desk somewhere and take it to the UPS store. Then I have to fix a client's valance and get it ready to take back with the shade when it returns. And church Sunday morning before the home show. So you can see why I get so overwhelmed. I used to have employees to help me with all of this but with the turn down in the economy and moving my office to my house that is not an option right now. Plus, with this new health care mess, if I had to pay health care for my employees, I wouldn't be able to afford to hire anyone. So I just plug along, one little job at a time, take my meds and keep sane. No weekend off for me as we have the homeshow and I am already booked with some appmts next week. Thank Goodness things are picking up. Got to get to work.

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KASEYCOFF 3/24/2010 11:33AM

    YOU are one busy woman! I'm not sure if I should envy you or just feel relieved I don't have as many irons in the fire as you do, but I surely do admire you - you are emoticon

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Tuesday, March 23, 2010


I'm depressed. I hate to admit it. It is such a battle not to be. I saw my shrink yesterday and told him about my January where I tried to reduce medication and it didn't work. I'm still trying to recover from that time, still behind in paperwork, still behind in a lot of stuff but I am making a little progress. I managed to update my upholstery fabrics and got rid of at least 100 samples of discontinued fabrics. This is very important for a decorator not to show discontinued fabrics to a client and get them all excited only to find out you can't get it. I spent portions of at least 5 days working on that project. It is such a chore and I used to have help. I give all of my discontinued fabrics to ladies from my church. We Lutherans are quilt makers and we have a program with Lutheran World Relief where we make 60 by 80" quilts and ship them off to countries where people don't have anything. Probably a bunch of them in Haiti now. All the Lutheran churches around here do this so I really have a hard time throwing out fabric samples. emoticon There is a saying, "She who has the most fabric wins!" If you are a quilter or a sewer, you will know what I mean.

I love fabrics. Sometimes, when I don't have anything else to do, which is seldom, I go to the local fabric store and just browse around and look at the pattern books. I might find a pattern I like and imagine what it would look like if I made it. I used to make all my clothes years and years ago but now, it is cheaper to buy them. And I rarely finish a sewing project so I don't get started on them.

I'm rambling which means I'm putting off doing what I'm supposed to be doing which is getting ready to go to work and see a couple of clients today. If you read this far, I need a kick in the rear. I did pretty well on the eating front yesterday until after dinner when I delved into the ice cream. At least I didn't put hot fudge on it like my husband did. Tonight is a walk run night and I will get motivated. See you later.

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GIVWIG 3/24/2010 10:21AM

    It sounds like you have so many good things going on in your life! My kick is for you to focus on the positive!! I hope you enjoyed your walk/run last night!! emoticon

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LJCANNON 3/23/2010 9:46PM

    First a {kick}, then a

emoticon emoticonSending you some TurtleLove.
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    Here's your kick, Carol: drink your water, it works wonders!

It's a rainy day here,

Sharon emoticon

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KASEYCOFF 3/23/2010 10:43AM

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