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Health and Housecleaning

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Today I dealt with having stomach flu symptoms again. Not fun.. Also had my preschooler home with me. Did you know there is a three day minimum (up to two weeks) after recovery from stomach flu when you're still contagious? Yeah.. so I kept him home Mon. and Tues. He is going back to school tomorrow. I have a neighbor bringing him to school so I can just get him ready and then go back to bed.

So despite being ill, I feel much stronger and overall can tell I'm progressing towards being more healthy!

I found my old Sparkpage tonight.. AngeloverNH was my name (and that account is one of my friends if you want to check me out from 2006). I discovered I didn't have any SparkGoodies, not even the first default one from the SparkTeam.. so I am pretty sure we did not have SparkGoodies then. I gave myself the Sunshine Spark and a Teddy Bear, since I ended that part of my journey by getting pregnant.

Last night I watched a bit of Hoarders and after 10 minutes I immediately went to start cleaning up different spots of the house. Don't get me wrong, it's nowhere near that bad by any stretch, but there is clutter getting a bit out of control in certain areas. So I did some clean up that is already showing major change. Much more to come!

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WATREKKIE 1/26/2012 3:30PM

    keep up the good work, Angel!! emoticon

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PROVERBS31JULIA 1/25/2012 12:27PM

    OH I saw that "Hoarders" show for the first time when I was on vacation (we're still one of the few strange types that does not subscribe to cable tv etc.a) and I was just horrified at just how CLOSE we are to being featured on the Hoarder show. We're kinda like @Boss61, we'll clear out 2 dumpster loads one week and then somehow find more. My goal is to have the recycling AND the trash bin filled to the top on the weeks (every 2 weeks) that we have recycling. Some weeks we only have a partial bin go out with the trash even though I know we probably have 2 or 3 loads still in the house!

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BOSS61 1/25/2012 12:09PM

    My wife (Susan 818127 here on Spark) regularly finds satisfaction and happiness by watching Hoarders. People with messier houses and less orderly lives do indeed exist. Who knew?

We too find inspiration to clean and get more organized from the show, in a three-steps-forward then two-steps-back kind of way.

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STARSAPPHIRE57 1/25/2012 10:37AM

    Hope you are feeling better soon! De-cluttering can work miracles for mind, body, and spirit--have fun! Blessings, Pam emoticon

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HEATHER502 1/25/2012 8:36AM

    I recently rediscovered that decluttering can fill that boredom void instead of eating! Good for you. Keep up the good work!!!

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MRS_EVA_K 1/25/2012 8:35AM

    Free your outer space and free your inner space. I hope you feel better.

BTW I did know about a tummy flu being contagious for up to 2 weeks, but I'm sure many people do not know it. 3 years ago there was a BAD one going around here. My niece started with it. That virus spread through 6 house holds before it was done, and that's just the ones I know caught it. She'd been okay for 2 days but was still a carrier of the virus.

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ELIZRN 1/25/2012 8:19AM

  Cleaning & clearing is KEY to getting your own inner house in order. The more you do, the more you get. Enjoy the journey.

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BLESSEDBEING 1/24/2012 11:37PM

    The whole feeling of a room or area can shift as you clear things out and get stuff moving. It's amazing as you feel freer, it gets easier to navigate and find things. What a great way to support ourselves!

emoticon and Blessings, Amanda emoticon

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Sparkling Sunday!

Monday, January 23, 2012

I had a very good Sparkling Sunday!

I worked emoticon at emoticon from 9 to 6:30 pm. I took a emoticon in the afternoon .7 miles round trip to get emoticon - well, specifically, a Subway 6" Turkey emoticon Melt with lots of emoticon and emoticon and lettuce (OK, why no emoticon for lettuce? We need like a thousand more emoticons, SparkPeople!). it was good. But when I got back to the emoticon, I found lots of emoticon had fallen off the roof onto the walkway in two different places. Well, I had noticed on the way out, but didn't do it then.. I shoveled emoticon when I returned. This is one of the only times I've gotten a walk on a Sunday. Glad I figured out a way to do lunch break and get a walk and food!

After eating my emoticon minus the apple, I worked a bit more and then before I headed out to get emoticon, I looked at the meal plans on emoticon. They looked pretty good to me, so I decided to try to get some of the foods. That gave me a full 2 hr emoticon trip to get those foods plus the ones I was already planning to get. But I will have you know, I did not get any emoticon or emoticon or emoticon. The worst thing I got was one 85% cacao Lindt bar of emoticon! Oh, and I got whipped cream, too, mostly for my greek yogurt. So emoticon to me for that!

I arrived emoticon home very hungry and managed not to eat until I completed making myself a healthy meal. I made a couple of turkey/lettuce/provolone pockets and a big emoticon salad - with romaine, baby spinach, cut up red/yellow/orange emoticon , cucumbers, grape emoticon, mozzarella pearls, and emoticon with sundried tomato vinaigrette and almond accents. That photo was of my salad tonight. Dessert was a emoticon of frozen vanilla emoticon yogurt, emoticon, and light whipped cream. Yummy!

I stayed in my emoticon range of emoticon calories, emoticon fat, emoticon protein, and emoticon carbs (that's an icon of bread, right?) and had high emoticon fiber.

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ANGELWENDYMAMA 1/24/2012 12:15AM

    Watrekkie, I think emoticon is sushi. ;)

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WATREKKIE 1/23/2012 7:51PM

    I second Amanda's reply!! And yes, we need like TONS more emoticons!!!

Bread?? Your guess works for me. There are some emoticons I haven't a clue about! emoticon - Amanda guessed a BBQ. ?!?!?! emoticon That works as well as anything for me!

And a big YAY YOU!!! for such a successful day!! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon etc, etc, etc (you get the idea!!) emoticon


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MRS_EVA_K 1/23/2012 4:24PM

    I'm glad you had a great sunday and that salad looks Yummy!

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BLESSEDBEING 1/23/2012 10:31AM

    I love emoticon your illustrated emoticon blogs emoticon, Angel emoticon! Yay You emoticon for working your program emoticon in such creative emoticon ways! emoticon
Blessed Be, Amanda emoticon

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NAMMYOFTHREE 1/23/2012 7:25AM


A really great Sunday indeed!

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WINDSONG~ 1/23/2012 2:06AM


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HOTPINKCAMARO49 1/23/2012 1:31AM

  emoticon You go, girl! emoticon

Great Blog Post!

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KATJA-THE-GREAT 1/23/2012 1:06AM

    haha cute blog! Glad you had a good day!

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Emoticon Blog about My Saturday

Sunday, January 22, 2012

I was disappointed to miss my best emoticon friend's emoticon birthday party emoticon for her two sons (one is now 6 and the other 15). She had the party at my church and I'd rented the space in my name for her, but then with the snow that was not yet plowed on my hill AND feeling super queasy, I did not dare to go. I was on call for her via text to answer questions through the whole thing, though. I am very grateful that by mid-day my stomach felt pretty settled emoticon and I did not have major stomach flu! Also, the cough disappeared and rattle in chest is nearly gone! emoticon Oh and also took care of my emoticon son, who is nearly 5 yrs old and was very sick again tonight during his emoticon.

I went for a emoticon in the slippery and snowy roads right at emoticon. I ate healthy foods - emoticon, emoticon, emoticon(oatmeal), emoticon (oranges), and just a little high cacao - emoticon. I stayed right in my ranges for calories, fat, carbs, protein, and fiber! emoticon. I created an Oasis of Order emoticon on my kitchen table!

I talked with my emoticon husband a lot about his new job and our new budget and the different benefits they have.. insurance emoticon and vision coverage including new lenses! emoticon emoticon (regular, not sunglasses) and discount tickets to emoticon. The communication was good. emoticon

We will be losing a lot of the services we have recently finally qualified for, though we'd been eligible for a couple years. This is seriously frustrating to me. emoticon emoticon emoticon I was so glad to finally get some help and it's hard to lose it when the new income will mean we just barely do not qualify for such support any more. They make it very hard to rise out of poverty in the emoticon! But they don't cover you retroactively, so I can't keep stressing about this. What's done is done. emoticon I need to be very emoticon happy that my emoticon husband has finally gotten a decent position and is happier emoticon emoticon with himself now. Unfortunately, it means he won't be around much anymore esp. when he starts the second shift regular hours (3 pm to midnight). Maybe he can be home in the morning to spend a bit of time with me or after I pick up Nicholas to spend some time with him. emoticon

Overall I am feeling pretty good about my day and my progress. emoticon emoticon OH yeah, and forgot to post this the other day, I think. A few days ago I ran into a lady I worked with this past summer and had not seen since. She NOTICED I had lost weight!! emoticon emoticon I have lost about 20 lbs since then. I had on a bulky sweatshirt that flared out at the bottom and she could still tell! What a feeling that was!! emoticon

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WORLDSERIES11 1/22/2012 8:10PM

    Wow, that must have taken some time to write! It was fun to read, thanks for sharing:)

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BLESSEDBEING 1/22/2012 6:07PM

    Angel, you are *so* going to fit in emoticon on the BB team emoticon with all the other emoticon junkies! emoticon (Me, too!)
emoticon staying positive and focused despite life's challenges! I applaud you! emoticon
Keep taking care of yourself emoticon emoticon emoticon I know emoticon emoticon emoticon
Blessed Be, Amanda emoticon

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SUEO451 1/22/2012 4:55PM

    What a fun blog to read!! thank you for sharing!

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KJOETIEPAAI 1/22/2012 3:31PM

    It really motivates when people say: did you lose weight :) So good for you!!!!

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ELIZRN 1/22/2012 2:13PM must take a lot of time to write like that. You brightened my day. Glad you are feeling better. Smiles, elizRN

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WATREKKIE 1/22/2012 2:01PM

    glad things are looking UP!! emoticon


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SLIMTHICK2 1/22/2012 1:45PM

    Congrats on your weight loss, in spite of all that going on with the job and financing I hope you have a great week. All the best.

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BUFFYSMOM2 1/22/2012 11:01AM

    I think you are doing GREAT with all the changes going on in your life! emoticon

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ANGEL27551 1/22/2012 8:40AM

    AWESOME, Way to go !!!!!!!!!!!!!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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BOSS61 1/22/2012 5:57AM

    Sounds like some real progress - good for you!

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1COUNTRY_GAL 1/22/2012 5:25AM

    emoticonthat's awesome your friend noticed,makes it so worth this healthy lifestyle journey we are on! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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Good and Bad..

Saturday, January 21, 2012

I did very well on my food intake Friday. Of course I was queasy and didn't feel like eating a whole lot. I did exercise in the form of shoveling snow for 45 mins. And I helped my son a lot to clean up and wait on him as he's very sick with the stomach flu. Now I'm up because he just woke up at midnight to vomit some more and I cleaned things up. (So proud of him - he managed to wake up and sit up and get it into the bucket!!!!!) So knowing he'll be really up soon - by 5 or 6 at the latest, I got out the Nutrigrain bars, a pear and some banans, graham crackers, and a cup, bowl, and plate, so he will find something he can eat when he gets up if he feels like trying to eat anything.

I have had a chest rattle and lung congestion and a cough that isn't very productive.. Still not quite over the pneumonia. Hoping to be health, planning and striving to be healthy, so I don't like these detours into unhealth. I can only control what I can control, though.. and deal with the challenges as they present.

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WATREKKIE 1/22/2012 1:58PM

    Hoping you feel lots better real soon....!! emoticon


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BLESSEDBEING 1/21/2012 11:45AM

    When something is going on in my body, I try to look for the deeper meaning or lesson. (I love Louise Hay's book You Can Heal Your Life, and use her affirmations for various physical conditions.) Perhaps you can take more time to pay attention to your breath. (Do you meditate?)

And when I get sick, I figure my body is reminding me to slow down and rest, and practice patience--which is hard when I get excited about making positive changes, and want to expend more energy and calories, not less. But balance is essential, and if there is something we are neglecting, our bodies and our inner wisdom will do what they must to get our attention. I try to listen really well.

Sending you lots of positive, healing energy! emoticon emoticon
Blessed Be, Amanda emoticon

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TLBLACKJACK 1/21/2012 9:12AM

    Hope you all feel better soon! Day by day and you will reach your goals!

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BOSS61 1/21/2012 5:25AM

    What Windsong said... float away literally and figuratively. Stay hydrated and get some good sleep. BTW, they become teens before you know, it, right before your very eyes!

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RESOLUTED1 1/21/2012 5:02AM

    Gosh, I hope you all can get some good peaceful rest.
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WINDSONG~ 1/21/2012 2:41AM

    Water, water, water and take time to rest when and if you can.
You are doing so well, Angel.

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New Spark Teams - and How Do You Pick?

Friday, January 20, 2012

My favorite Spark Team, "Journey to a New You" just grew by over 200 members in two days.. Very strange! So I went to the SparkTeams page to browse and see if we were featured or something. We may have been and new members said they saw our team as a recommended one to join, so that is probably it.. Maybe it didn't show for me because I'm already on it. Anyhow, while I was there, I browsed around and found a few more teams I wanted to join (and did join):

* UU's Trying to Lighten Up (because I'm a Unitarian Universalist and work at a UU church)
* Pagan Place (because I'm also a pagan)
* Pagans Balancing Weight-Loss (ditto)
* Angels Among Us (because I believe in Angels and I am "Angel". :)
* 40s and up.. Scuplting a New U - (just wanted to try this and also maybe find other older moms to connect with)

Then I was invited from the Angels Among Us (I think..?) to join "A Gathering of Goddesses" and then invited from that one to join "Babysteps Brigade" - this one seems to be about taking specific little steps to get organized in health and fitness and housekeeping - much like Flylady, but expanded, I think.

Now I'm on 23 teams, which is a bit too much. I am not sure what I'll cut, but I probably won't be very active on more than 3-5 of them. You never know.. maybe occasionally active on a few.

Here are the other teams I'm on:

* Mind-Body-Soul (recently added)
* Motivation & Positive Attitude Team (recently added)

Favorite other team:
* Done Being the Fat Girl - (I love this team, but it got very big since I first joined last year and hard to stay connected with all..)

* Sugar and Food Addiction
* Emotional Eaters
* The Secret
* Spark On!
* The ~IndyGirl Challenge
* Fun and Games
* ~~100 PLUS CLUB
* 40 somethings with 50-99 pounds to lose
* 40 somethings with 100+ pounds to lose
* Fabulous, Fun, and Forty Something
* Readers of the Spark!
* Parents of preschoolers (2 to 5 years old)
* Moms of Boys
* New Hampshire Sparkers
* Official 10-Minute Daily Exercise Streak Challenge

How many teams are you on and how many are you regularly active in? Which are your favorites teams?

If you were me, how would you go about choosing which teams to cut? or Just leave them and not be really active? Hrm. What do you do?

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GEEKSMEGGLY 1/21/2012 12:08PM

    I'm on 6 teams at the moment. This has fluctuated over time depending on my needs and how the team interacts. I like an active group with lots of input.

I find it stressful to weigh myself down with teams I do not have time or interest in visiting regularly. Starts to become a to do list instead of motivation and enjoyment.

Above all have fun with Spark. emoticon

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BLESSEDBEING 1/21/2012 12:44AM

    I had some success with solo Sparking; I loved earning Spark Points (and consider myself a SPoints junky as well as an emoticon addict). But when I discovered the power of Spark teams, my world rocked. I tried out a bunch based on interests including books, Star Trek and Harry Potter, several pagan ones, and one for survivors. I discovered that some teams just aren't very active. I was disppointed to share pretty intensely or ask questions, and get no response.

I left a number of teams that weren't very active or didn't seem to be encouraging me in working toward my goals. I felt really led to the GGs, but they weren't very active and the old leaders hadn't been heard from. I had already started my own team (since I felt intimidated on my other organizing teams), but asked one active person about becoming leaders together. I found a new survivor group, and I saw that there were a lot of recent posts (one of the things I look for now, to see how active a group is; I also look to see if anyone besides a single leader has created new threads), and later joined as a co-leader of that group as well.

I don't know how other Sparkers benefit from belonging to dozens of groups. I'm mainly active on the 3 I co-lead, and may let go of a couple I'm on, that I don't do much with. I like getting involved with team goals, getting to know teammates and cheering them on, and checking various threads and discussions regularly.

It can be fun to meet a lot of different people, but I find I am more accountable when I check in regularly with fewer folks and regularly share my successes and struggles. But feel free to experiment, and find what works best for you!

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BOSS61 1/20/2012 10:07PM

    Hi. I read your blog and could relate. I'm way different than you (male, 50 years old, new to Spark) but share the challenge of trying to find the right group(s). Generally I came to find a few (my number is a dull roar of nine and I am determined to keep it single digits based on: my age, gender, religious affiliation, profession, location and personal interests outside losing weight and getting healthier.

So I found groups for Baltimore sports fans, scientists, parents of teens, over 50 males, etc. I have more commonalities with people in these groups then people I might otherwise meet out here, randomly.

Hope this helps a little.

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THE-MORE-GIRL 1/20/2012 9:44PM

    I joined a lot of teams at first, to try them out. I ended up keeping just a very small number, and the way I decided which ones to cut was:

1) If I was in an active challenge on it, I kept it, at least until the end of the challenge, then reevaluated

2) If I had been on it a while and not gotten actively connected with the team, I dropped it

3) If I was on the team because SP put me on, or because I thought I should be on, I dropped it.

I am on 5 teams now, and that's just about right. May want to cut it down even more if I find I'm not really participating in one or the other of them.

(Oh, and hi! I'm Serene. I followed a link saying TurtleRaskin had commented; your blog title interested me.)

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TURTLERASKIN 1/20/2012 9:22PM

    I think I'm on five teams, and I'm pretty much only active on 1. I'm sometimes active on three others, and the last one is one I use mainly for information. I trimmed back a while ago because I realized if I'm not active on a team, I'm not getting anything out of it and should step away.

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WATREKKIE 1/20/2012 7:51PM

    My Spark-verse is pretty small....I belong to only one team...Babysteps Brigade. I joined to support my sister, BLESSEDBEING/Amanda, who started the team, and now can't imagine not belonging.

We're a small but sometimes raucous group - less than 50 at present. We're very supportive, love to cheer on our 3Bs (Babysteps Brigade Buddies) emoticon emoticon, are always here to lend an ear or shoulder emoticon, and very funny emoticon (at least *I* think so, cuz I know I'M pretty funny!! emoticon). And some of us are addicted to emoticons - emoticon - yes, I admit it, but it's my sister's fault!

We've very glad to have you on our team!! emoticon

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