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Thursday, May 06, 2010


I'm off to D.C. for the weekend to see my son, his wife and my two grandsons. I get to babysit tonight for the 9 month old while everyone else goes to a baseball game. Haven't seen him since January so i'm looking forward to it. I'm taking The Spark to read on the airplane and get remotivated. Hubby was there yesterday escorting 100 WWII vets on the Honor Fleet to see all the war memorials. He said the weather was warm and beautiful! This is the second Honor Flight he was on and this is being done all over the country to make sure all WWII vets get to go. I was at the airport last night when they came home to a band playing and the Air Force Honor Guard with swords at attention for them to walk under. Quite moving it was. And at lunch, I attended a Welcome Home Vietnam Veterans luncheon and that was a treat as well!
Can't stay too long as I have to pack but I'm really looking forward to a few days away.

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AJDOVER1 5/6/2010 4:55PM

    Enjoy your trip (and your grandchildren)!

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MARSHASTAR 5/6/2010 10:24AM

    Happy Weekend, see you later. emoticon

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JENNY888 5/6/2010 9:23AM

    Enjoy your vacation!

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Wednesday, May 05, 2010


My horoscope today: "We never arrive at the horizon. We see a distant point and travel toward it. Once the landmark is reached, we see that the horizon is further still." It's kind of like aiming for weight loss. We set a goal to achieve but when we get there, we have to set another goal to keep it off. We are always setting goals and shooting for higher stars! Not setting goals is like floundering in a storm. You don't know where to go or how to get there.

I'm always looking ahead, filling days with activities and looking forward to the future. I had a friend who was a motivational speaker and talked about goal setting. How many goals do you have in your life? She suggested several including personal, spiritual, family, business, health and asked us to be specific in long range and short term goal setting. A long range goal is I want to lose 30 lbs. A short term goal might be for activities to do in a week to help achieve that goal.

Owning a business, I am very goal oriented. I have a goal to make X amount of dollars and in order to do that, I need to see x number of clients per month and close a certain dollar amount. Every month I strive for that dollar amount in my head that indicates I made enough money to pay my bills and myself. Less than that causes stress so I am always looking ahead to plant seeds for the next appointment.

The same applies in weight loss and Chris devotes a lot to goal setting in The Spark Book. Goal setting is a learned process, not something we are born with. When we are babies, we have a goal to eat and sleep and be dry and warm and loved. As we grow, our goals and accomplishments grow.

Goal setting also requires planning. I set a goal last month that I wanted to teach my granddaughter how to sew. In order to do that, I have to plan activities that she can do that will inspire her to learn more. She has already picked out a piece of fabric to make a blanket so I need to get a backing fabric, and batting and sew the pieces together so that when she comes next time, I can show her how to tie the quilt. That is a simple task but one she can do and feel some achievement and be able to take a finished quilt home with her. She has a new baby brother who is getting a lot of attention so she needs "me" time for herself.

My weight loss goal is still there but I am floundering with it at the moment. I am looking forward to vacation time and I want to enjoy myself and not worry about calories. I do want to eat and drink in moderation and I believe I can do so. But when I get back from my trips, I have a goal to start again, counting calories and drinking water and eating fruits and veggies.

Right now my goal is to finish this blog so I can get myself moving and my day started. Tomorrow I leave for D.C. but my son is bringing his laptop so I'll at least be able to login daily for that perfect attendance award and maybe even blog a bit. Keep looking towards that horizon!

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KASEYCOFF 5/5/2010 10:33AM

    I love your analysis of goal setting - and yes, as long as that horizon is out of reach, then it helps keep us motivated for the next step in our progress, doncha think? If I don't get to catch up with you again before you leave, I'm wishing you a good vacation and a relaxing break - DC is a great place to be a tourist! :-)

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GIVWIG 5/5/2010 9:58AM

    It sounds like you have the right mindset for goal setting! I understand how you feel about trying to lose weight while on vacation. I think you will do well. Once you get back you can get back into your focus. I always feel that if I don't gain but a pound or 2 on vacation, I've done well. Good news, the weather forecast for the DC area isn't too bad The weather here is warming up and rain isn't in the forecast until next week. (Other than the chance of evening thunderstorms.) I hope you enjoy you vacation!!


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JOHNTJ1 5/5/2010 9:43AM

    I agree with you 1000%

Instead of looking toward the horizon most of us keep looking back to see whats behind us. It's a small wonder that we fail.

No one said this journey was going to be easy. Yesterday afternoon I met with a new supervisor I am working with. I told him that if anyone gave him a book on how to manage, take it home and use it roast weenie's on. You dont learn how to mamange from a book. You learn from getting neck deep in the dirt, chocking on it somedays and then finally seeing the light go on.

Your goals and my goals may be different but we share one thing in common, we are motivated to reach them and we keep moving forward. Hope you have a great vacation.

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BILL60 5/5/2010 8:43AM

    Have a super vacation.

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Tuesday, May 04, 2010


My routine was upset this morning when I couldn't log onto my computer. After fiddling around, it was determined that my modem was shot. It's been making a lot of noise so I guess it finally died. Had to get a new one and didn't take long to set it up and now I'm off. IT seems a little faster. Maybe that was the problem all along.

It gets so hectic when we get ready to go on vacation, trying to make sure all my orders are placed and clients taken care of so they won't feel neglected while I am gone. I had a nice drapery order come in and the next po # I had was 9613. I promptly retired that number and made it 9614. No way do I want a jinx of any sort on that one.

Yesterday was a good eating day so I'm sure today will be as well. We just have to make adjustments when we overdo. NOt getting into my blog early this morning kind of upsets my routine. Maybe it was a good thing, I actually had to get dressed and was able to pay some bills because I wasn't playing around on the internet. Yesterday it rained and rained and thundered and thundered. The dog hid in the closet all day. We are still watching that oil slick that, if it lands, will devastate our area. Our beautiful pristine white sand beaches. So sad. Pray it goes away. Tomorrow.

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JENNY888 5/4/2010 6:42PM

    I've suffered from computer problems from time to time also so know how irritating it is. I'm glad you were able to get yours fixed so soon.

I will pray with you that the oil doesn't reach your shore.

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LOVE_2_LAUGH 5/4/2010 6:00PM

    I like my routine too and can understand just how you felt when things didn't go as planned. But you have a great attitude about it. Sometimes a change in routine is good! Glad you got your modem replaced -- I know what you mean about spending time online. I sit down to spark for 15 minutes and the next think I know it's an hour and a half later. Not good, but I figure I could be doing a lot worse things, too.

Oh, I do hope and pray the oil slick stays away from your area (and everywhere). I don't understand the nature (or politics) of drilling for oil, but it seems to me that it would be safer to drill on land. I know the environmentalists don't like it, but can it be any worse than what's going on now?

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CAROLYNVIL 5/4/2010 3:42PM

    I sure hope the oil stays away. that would be a lot of devastation. My dogs don't like the thunderstorms either, they usually crowd around my feet , which makes it hard for me to do anything. Glad you got your computer fixed,it's amazing how much we rely on them. carolyn

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AFERRARI 5/4/2010 2:04PM

    Hope they get the oil before it gets you.

Have a great day

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KASEYCOFF 5/4/2010 12:25PM

    When it comes to thunderstorms, I think your dog has the right idea, lol...

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Monday, May 03, 2010


I opened my e-mail this morning to loads of spark info and two trophies, one for perfect attendance and one for 500 spark points! This is the fourth month in a row that I've achieved perfect attendance and 500 points! WHoo Hoo! I guess I now have a goal to achieve for the rest of the year, earn these trophies each month for perfect attendance!! And points!
Now what about the orange juice? I get messages from Real Age as well and they say that after a heavy meal of stuff you shouldn't eat or overeat, drink orange juice! The antioxidants will help digest the bad stuff faster. I guess I can do that. Kind of goes away from diets that tell you not to drink your fruit!

Yesterday my granddaughter came over and we did some sewing. I set up a little table in my room with my machine on it and we made a little blanket for her brother that resembled a potholder and she showed a button onto a piece of cloth and did a basting stitch. I need to take advantage of this opportunity to teach her while she is still interested. She has already picked out some fabric in my stash and wants to make a blanket for herself next time around. I can get it all ready for when she comes next. What a joy for me.

I've got a busy day ahead so I must go and for the next two weeks I'll be out of pocket in D.C. and New Orleans so won't be blogging much. I'll do the best I can at meal time but don't expect to lose anything. When I get back, I'll jump back in to the healthy eating again. Tomorrow!

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MZLADY77 5/3/2010 7:33PM

    Enjoy your trip and you can still loose some weight, but just watch what you eat and stay in calorie-range.. emoticon

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RITAROSE 5/3/2010 5:36PM

  Have a super trip! Talk to you when you get back! Hugs, Rita

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KASEYCOFF 5/3/2010 2:35PM

    Woohoo indeed, for the perfect attendance(s) and the points - doing that for every month this year is a really good goal! Re DC: we walked from the Capitol to the Washington Monument to the new WWII monument to the Lincoln Memorial. No matter what you're eating, if you walk around the mall - even around the Smithsonian buildings and so forth - you will get plenty of exercise! Re NO: even if the hotel has a gym or ellipticals or a walking track, see if there's a park or two in the vicinity. You can check online before you go; that will give you a great place to 'walk off' some of the meals and allow you to keep up with your fitness, too. :-D p.s. Hope you post LOTS of PIX!!!

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FOOFIT1 5/3/2010 12:30PM

    How interesting about the OJ! I'll have to try that sometime!

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MARSHASTAR 5/3/2010 11:48AM

    Your life seems so full and interesting. I wonder how you even have time to eat, let alone eat too much. It's inspiring to read your news and views.

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LJCANNON 5/3/2010 11:31AM

    We will be thinking of you making good choices as often as you can while you are traveling. Remember most restaurants will let you substitute veggies for their side dishes on the menu.

I read the same e-mail from Real Age about the Orange Juice. Good thing that is my favorite juice, anyway!

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JENNY888 5/3/2010 11:18AM

    I'm off to get some orange juice. It's worth a try. Hopefully I can erase my weekend.

Enjoy your trip. Give it all your effort and I bet you can lose something while you are gone. It is possible. Don't give up in advance.

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ANDI571 5/3/2010 11:13AM

    Stay strong! emoticon

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Sunday, May 02, 2010


I did the 5K last night with my friend Pat encouraging me along! It was supposed to be a beautiful sunny day and evening but instead it was dreary and overcast with dripping humidity. Not hot but with a nice breeze blowing. Or I should say a pretty strong breeze. My classmates that had started this couch to 5k program had dwindled to about 8 and most had converted to running, at least part way. Maybe I'll try again with the running part.
Anyway, Pat and I started out walking a fast clip. She is a retired Army Sgt Major and she is good at walking. I was laboring and she could tell it so she paces me and I keep up, just walking behind her a bit. Every once in a while I'd hurry it up to catch up to her. My legs were so stiff. At the 1.5 mile point, they had a high school band drum corp beating out a rhythm for us. That was cool. At that point a woman named Linda joined us and we walked together, the three of us until the end and we weren't last. Pat probably could have gone off and left me but she kept her pace so I could keep up. We weren't registered for the race as it was $30!. I didn't want a t-shirt that badly. $30, whoo! So we didn't go through the gate at the end. Afterward, we had our picture taken which I will post when I get it and then went for a pizza destroying all the effort we had put in. The wind was really blowing hard from the East and on the way back was against us. So finishing at 49 min pushing against that hard wind was a challenge! Now I'm looking forward to more events to participate in. I just wish they didn't charge so much. We have one here on Memorial day called the Gate to Gate on Eglin AFB. Huge # of people participate. And then, June 5 is a saturday and we have the Billy Bowlegs Midnight Run which is at midnight. That is interesting, running the streets at dark. So, I need to keep this up and at least try to walk daily, if not just 15 min. The dog will be happy. Tomorrow!

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RITAROSE 5/3/2010 5:33PM

  emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticonWOW! Great job! I walked the upcoming women's 5k route a few months ago and found I could do it just fine. I seriously considered it but decided to cook for a mother's day dinner for out women's shelter instead. Don't know why it scares me so to enter a race!! I bet you were euphoric after finishing! I'm so happy for you!! Hope you had some time to recover!

Regarding the wind, we had high winds several days in a row until yesterday and the winds are going to start up this evening. I loved walking to and from work this morning, and even though the winds are blowing with increasing force, I've decided to walk this evening. If the winds get to 50 mph I may ask my dh to pick me up. We never have this much wind. My kids who live all around the US reported wind too! What's up with that?

Great job!! I'm proud of you and love the fact that you are looking at other races!! Midnight, how interesting!

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CAPECODBABE 5/3/2010 7:36AM

    Proud of you, YOU DID IT!!!

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KASEYCOFF 5/2/2010 2:54PM

    5K in 49 minutes? I think that's EXCELLENT! I do about 4K an hour, so I think you must've been really moving, fast walk indeed. You know, I'm not sure how they work, but if you can find some of the 'charitable' events, where you get sponsors for so much per mile? Do they cost to enter? 'cause if they don't, you get the pride of accomplishment while at the same time contributing toward a good cause.


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    Congratulations! Keep up the good work!

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SPUNKYDUCKY 5/2/2010 12:11PM

    Wow! This is a huge accomplishment! You did a 5K! Can't wait to do my first 5K - Wonderful accomplishment - feel proud - you are changing yourself!

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WANNABEETRIM2 5/2/2010 12:10PM

    That's fabulous!
Don't berate yourself for eating the pizza.
You did the 5K...start to finish!
And you're planning to be in other races!
You go, girl!

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