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Thursday, May 20, 2010

Today I ran an errand on the way to water aerobics and found a shorter route by accident. That is good news because it means less driving time!

I did 30 minutes of aqua jogging followed by 60 minutes of water aerobics. On the way home, I stopped at Wal Mart to do some grocery shopping. I got a cart and decided to make it an exercise opportunity. I walked very quickly and went up and down all the isles even if I didn't need an item from that area. After I checked out, I loaded the groceries into the car and stopped by Publix to get 3 items that Wal Mart didn't have. This time I skipped the basket and power walked to the 3 areas to get my items. I think the folks at Publix are used to me speeding along because they look at me but don't say anything to me any more.

I got home and hubby (bless his helping, kind heart!) unloaded the car for me and put things away. I immediately went to the computer to log my exercise and food. (Not that there was much to add to the food tracker because I'm force feeding today due to lack of appetite) I Googled (yes on SP) the best place to buy a kind of packing tape that hubby uses for his business. I discovered that a place near our house carries it so out we went again to get the tape. I don't know what I'd do without the ability to look things up on the computer!!! I can hardly remember the days when computers weren't available.

I'm very satisfied with my activity level for today. The exercise tracker says that I've burned over 1200 calories. That means that I'll sleep well tonight! I love to be active!

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DONNABRIGHT 5/21/2010 9:08AM


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AMANDAJCD 5/20/2010 11:26PM

    1200 calories -- wow! Way to go!!

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TBRANCH2 5/20/2010 9:59PM

    Go, You!! It sometimes makes me wish I still had a pool....and then, I come to my sanity and am glad that I do not!!hahahaha

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2CATS2LOVE1 5/20/2010 5:54PM

    You were one busy bee today! emoticon

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SLENDERELLA61 5/20/2010 5:25PM

    Wow! I've never recorded a 1200 calorie day. Very, very impressive, Cyndi. -Marsha

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Spa Day Is Coming For The Polk County Team

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

This Saturday, May 22, at 12:30p.m., our Polk County Team will be having Spa Day at my home. I can't wait!!! The last time we did this, we all mellowed out and really relaxed. This time we're having healthy snacks, healthy drinks, skin care products, foot massage products, nail polish, a massage therapist and hot packs (to relax our muscles). Several husbands have asked if they can join us and we've said YES! Of course they can come and join in the fun. I'm going to try to make some healthy muffins that I got recipes for on Spark People, someone is bringing fruit, someone is bringing deviled eggs, I will probably make a veggie platter and serve water, juice or diet coke. And... it's all free!

Spa Day is a time of sharing, laughter, learning, relaxing and pampering. It brings our group closer and forges bonds of support. It's no wonder that the guys would like to join in!!! This is such a great group of people. I cherish the friendships I have made and the support we give one another. So, those team mates who are reading this blog, please come. All you need is yourself, a pair of clean socks (foot massage lotion may make feet slippery), a big smile and a willingness to be pampered. See all of you on Saturday, May 22 at 12:30p.m.!

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2CATS2LOVE1 5/20/2010 5:57PM

    I would LOVE to be there. Unfortunately I live a distance away (SoCal). My Mom turns 93 on Saturday and my roomie and I are going on another hike then. ENJOY your day!

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SLENDERELLA61 5/19/2010 9:30PM

    Can't wait! Thanks again for all you do for us. -Marsha

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Take Time For Yourself And Be Happy

Sunday, May 16, 2010

Ever have those weeks when it seems like all of your time is spoken for? When I was teaching, I can remember many days when I would work through lunch, attend an after school meeting, rush home, take my child to some activity, fix dinner and then rush off to something else (like grad school or exercise class) followed by hours of grading papers. I used to count the hours until the weekend (unless I was taking one of those weekend grad courses) so I could have some time to breathe. I was on the fast track to burn out!

Now that I'm older and hopefully a little wiser, I look back and say to myself, "What were you thinking?" The problem was, I wasn't thinking about anything but cramming as many things as I could into a set time frame. The busier I got the worse I felt. I stopped exercising because I injured myself. I filled that time with other things and then I no longer had the time to exercise. I gained weight as a result. I had been a normal weight all my life until I started putting myself at the bottom of the list. Then I became over weight, out of shape and burned out. For what? Did working like a slave make me a better teacher? Maybe, but I became an unhappy one within five years of stopping my exercise program. My problem was that I was no longer taking time for myself. I needed to have surgery but kept putting it off until I had trouble walking. Then, when I could no longer function, I took care of it. By that time some of the damage to my knees couldn't be repaired by anything other than knee replacements. It just wasn't worth the price I paid!

Now that I've retired on a disability from teaching, I can see what I couldn't see before. Taking time for yourself daily is important. Building exercise into your daily schedule is important. Paying attention to your body's needs is important. You can't give to others without first making sure that your body is in top working condition. Build some breathing room and exercise into your schedule. Last of all, strive be happy. Take some time to dream, relax and love. You'll be a happier, more productive person if you do.

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2CATS2LOVE1 5/20/2010 5:58PM

    Thanks for sharing. We all need those reminders.

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SLIMLILA 5/19/2010 10:49PM

    Thanks for sharing your 20/20 hindsight with me... I teach and it seems that although I was never as busy as you were, I spend so much time, like at least one day every weekend etc. at the school. But this year, well since Jan. anyway, I have been devoting a lot more time to SP and exercise so finally taking myself away from the bottom of the pile. Thanks for sharing and hopefully your words of wisdom can save someone else from a burnout or working themself beyond what is best for their health. I have only been teaching for 7 years, despite my age!! I was a secretary, bookkeeper, exec etc in my first careers and I did experience a burnout then, It certainly isn't worth it!

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SLENDERELLA61 5/19/2010 10:21PM

    Profound words, Cyndi!

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AMANDAJCD 5/19/2010 3:39PM

    Very well said, Cyndi :)

Now you've got me thinking about my knees... and I just had those fillings done, LOL

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SLIMMERJESSE 5/18/2010 3:37PM

    I totally agree. Since taking time from the rat race, I can see so much what was contributing only negatives to my health and quality of life. Taking time to think about next steps and plan for a more realistic pace is such a luxury.

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JENSHAWN 5/17/2010 7:49AM

    Retrospect is an awesome tool!!

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ALYFITN 5/16/2010 8:12PM

    Wow, I think you just described my past life. This is common in today's world. Thanks for putting it so clearly for others to be warned. God bless you and good luck with your journey back to good health!

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WILD4STARS 5/16/2010 7:14PM

    Age adds an awesome perspective to life. My life use to revolve around my job. NOW my job revolves around my life, at least most of the time. When I realize that my job is taking over, I start saying "no."

I enjoy our team walks at Circle B, you're a great Team Leader, thanks.
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Using Gardening For Exercise Today

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

I decided to change things up a little today and use gardening as my exercise. I got out the hedge clippers and whacked away at the bushes in the front right side of the house. I love to trim bushes! Next I'm going to tackle the bushes on the other side. Perhaps I'll buy some new mulch and dump that into the flowerbed when I'm finished with trimming all of the bushes. It always looks so nice when everything is trimmed and freshened up! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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DONNABRIGHT 5/13/2010 6:54AM

    Good for you - we'll all have great looking yards and bodies!

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PSUEFL 5/13/2010 6:04AM

  Bet it looks nice, now sit back and admire all of your hard work, it is HOT out there! emoticon

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DMBEECHAM 5/12/2010 7:23PM

    I was planning on weeding and cleaning out the raised beds in our backyard today. However, the landscapers beat me to it. They did a nice job. Our yard looks presentable. ; )

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WILD4STARS 5/12/2010 7:12PM

    Can I give you my address??
Sounds like you had a great workout, AND it was plenty warm today!
emoticonHappy Sparking ! Vikki emoticon

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Have A Wonderful Mother's Day Everyone

Sunday, May 09, 2010

To all of my Spark friends, team leaders, team mates who have been so wonderful to me, Happy Mother's Day to all of you!

You've raised me up when I was blue and made me laugh with your jokes too!
You've encouraged me when I would quit and held my hand when I might just sit,
You've listened when I've rambled on and told me to put my Nikes on,
You've walked with me and talked with me and shared the pain and always kept me feeling sane,
You've been my family as mine passed on and cheered for accomplishments that I've won,
And so on this most special day, you probably know just what I'd like to say,
My heart is open with love to share, I give it to my friends out there!

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PEGGYANNSCH 5/9/2010 8:14PM

    Happy Mother Day

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1THING 5/9/2010 6:53PM

    Happy Mother's Day to all as applies. Bless the souls of all those mothers who have passed away!

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BRITTVFAN 5/9/2010 6:40PM

    Yes a Happy Mothers Day to one and all.

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