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Using Breaking Bread With Others As A Form of Support

Wednesday, April 07, 2010

Tonight we had our monthly local Spark team dinner. I must admit that when I started out this evening, I wasn't acting like my usual bubbly self. My anxious mood was a result of some personal stress that is being dealt with but it seems like it is being dragged on forever. I know that that description probably isn't accurate but it feels like it is! Back to the team dinner. Despite the fact that six people cancelled out at the last minute, all of us still had a great time. The group loves to laugh and joke around but can be very serious and supportive when a situation needs it. I'm happy to say that just being around all of the positive members, boosted our (hubby and my) spirits. and helped us to relax. So I'm going to give still yet another plug for having a local Spark team. If there isn't one in your area, start one. The friendships and support that have come out of our local group are very valuable and add a special dimension to our spark journeys.

  
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DONNABRIGHT 4/8/2010 7:43AM

    Sounds like great fun. We live on the other end of the county and it is hard to fit those things in when the drive each way would be about 45 minutes.

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SLENDERELLA61 4/8/2010 1:11AM

    Sorry I missed the dinner. I appreciate all you do, Cyndi, to make our local team a really good one. It is a great team!! -Marsha

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L*I*T*A* 4/7/2010 10:41PM

    sounds like a wonderful thing to have that.......have tried and will give it another try and see what comes........all the best..........blessings and hugs............lita

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May Your Hearts Fill With Joy

Sunday, April 04, 2010

May your hearts fill with joy and your spirits take flight today with the good news of Easter! Take that joy out into the world and share your spark!

Happy Easter!

  
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DONNABRIGHT 4/5/2010 8:55AM

    Easter wishes back to you!

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L*I*T*A* 4/4/2010 9:41PM

    wishing you all the blessings of the Easter season................blessings and hugs.........lita

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A Solution To My Walking Problem From Yesterday!

Saturday, April 03, 2010

I'm so excited! My Spark friend L*I*T*A helped me find a solution to my dilemma of doing water exercise plus walking 2,000+ steps during the day. She directed me to the following website:

www.dpi.wa.gov.au/mediaFiles/walking_con
version_chart.pdf

This website states that 10 minutes of moderate exercise = 1000 steps and 10 minutes of vigorous exercise = 2,000 steps. This means that when I do water jogging/water aerobics for 90 minutes that the minimum I do is 9 x 1,000 steps or 9,000 steps! If I add in the 2,000 additional steps I've actually done 11,000 steps! That's a lot of steps!

I'm relieved that I have this conversion chart so I don't have to kill myself doing so much exercise!

  
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SLENDERELLA61 4/4/2010 12:48AM

    Great!! Glad you can convert. I guess I could use that to convert some biking as well.

Today I walked to Publix and back from my house. I walked for 35 minutes (not counting the 5 minutes I was shopping) at just over 4 miles per hour. It was 4800 steps. So my walk was just a little over moderate. Moderate would have been 3,500 steps; vigorous would have been 7,000.

I think this is another great challenge!

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L*I*T*A* 4/3/2010 7:58PM

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Walking Into Spring!

Friday, April 02, 2010

Our Polk County team is doing a challenge called Walking Into Spring. It's a progressive challenge which starts at 2000 steps/day at week one and increases by 1000 steps/day every week during the month of April. I never thought walking 2000 steps/day could be so challenging but after 120 minutes in the water, then doing 2000 steps/day takes some doing! I'm sure it will be easier on the days that I don't do water exercise. I wish my pedometer was water proof but alas, it isn't. I will probably drag my husband out of the house to do a walk around the neighborhood tonight. I am determined to keep up but will use moderation in doing so.

  
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DONNABRIGHT 4/2/2010 6:16PM

    I don't do water exercise but on a normal day of walking for about an hour in the morning (about 7500-8000 steps) and my usual stuff around the house and whatever errands need doing I usually hit somewhere between 14,000 and 20,000 steps per day.

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ANIKA34 4/2/2010 5:43PM

    Good Luck! You can do it!!!

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L*I*T*A* 4/2/2010 5:08PM

    there are sites on the web that convert other activities into steps...check it out........
Happy Easter to you and yours.........blessings and hugs.............lita

http:/
/www.dpi.wa.gov.au/mediaFiles/w
alking_conversion_chart.pdf


that is one of the places to go.apparently 10minutes of moderate activity=1,000 steps....hope this helps..........

Comment edited on: 4/2/2010 5:13:14 PM

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MEGANC1988 4/2/2010 5:07PM

    Cool!

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It Must Be Working!

Monday, March 29, 2010

This morning it was raining when I got up. My husband was up and down all night so my sleep was disturbed. My mood was definitely blah for the first few hours. Not being a person who feels down very often, I detested the way I felt. I had to force myself to eat breakfast because I wasn't hungry. That helped pep me up a bit. I decided that I'd do what my hubby refers to as "Spark'n" for a few minutes. I noticed that as I "Sparked" my mood slowly improved. This was probably due to a combination of a good breakfast and getting involved in the message boards.

I forced myself to eat some Greek yogurt for lunch. Then I decided that I needed to get my heart pumping so I got out the vacuum and vacuumed the whole house. I even broke a sweat! I started drinking my water even though I wasn't thirsty.

I signed on to Spark and looked to see what today's challenge was. I went into the bathroom and stood and looked at myself in the mirror. I turned on the awful glaring light so I could get a better look. This was part of the "Loving Yourself As You Are Now Challenge" that I'm doing. I noticed that my face is responding to my new skin regimen. My skin is soft and smooth with a nice glow. Not too bad I think! I'm also starting to see some more muscle tone in my arms and my posture has improved from my physical therapy. (My spine pulled to the left and I was pitched forward a little bit.) I decided that I'm looking a lot better. Imagine that!

I went back to the computer to do today's challenge "check-in" and I noticed that I didn't feel blah any more. In fact, I felt motivated to do some paperwork and then went and ran errands. My energy level was up too. It must be working. The challenge is helping me to love myself as I am now! This is good news!

  
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TBRANCH2 3/29/2010 9:55PM

    Good for you, Oh Team Leader of ours!!! emoticon
You gotta love us!!! emoticon

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POLYANASUNSHINE 3/29/2010 9:43PM

    Spark always makes me feel good.

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PEGGYANNSCH 3/29/2010 9:21PM

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ONEKIDSMOM 3/29/2010 8:32PM

    emoticon It's amazing what a little challenge will do for one! Evidence of progress... now when you have another "blah" day, remember this one, come back and read this blog, and see how much You Are Worth!

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SLENDERELLA61 3/29/2010 8:12PM

    That's the way to get positive and overcome the blahs!! Even got your house vacuumed. I love what you saw in the mirror. Of course it is working! Muscle tone, better posture, and glowing skin -- all great characteristics, and even better because we know they are a reflection of your hard work and resulting improving health. Way to go!!

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FORREAL6 3/29/2010 6:33PM

    So glad to hear that you keep on going even when you don't feel like it. And because you do keep at it, you're able to bring yourself back up! I think the whole key to a healthy lifestyle is being able to do just what you did! Great Job! emoticon

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