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A Great Team Walk

Sunday, August 15, 2010

Initially I was afraid that with the back to school shopping rush going on I would be the only one at the team walk yesterday. I was wrong. To my delight, AMANDAJC and OLDMOM3 and their children and grandchild came too. We had so much fun that before we knew it an hour and three brisk laps and passed and we were all finished. What a great group! The kids were too cute for words and made it the whole way! The thing that I love about the team walks is the fact that it gives the whole family a chance to be involved in a Spark activity. The children don't have to wonder where mom or dad is going or what they are doing, they can come along and see for themselves. It also models great behavior - exercising and drinking water - and gives them a chance to participate too.

  
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AMANDAJCD 8/22/2010 10:32AM

    I'm so slow catching this -- good gracious! Yes, it was a great walk, and like Marsha I feel like a celebrity now LOL

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SLENDERELLA61 8/15/2010 1:50PM

    Great Walk!! Thanks for the mention. I feel like a celebrity!! Thanks so much for organizing our group and keeping us all going in the same direction!! Just love our local team! -Marsha

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MSPOOH404 8/15/2010 12:33PM

    I like the idea of Team Walks. One of my teams does monthly walks and I'm very interested in attending one. I think it would be helpful for me to get to meet some of my teammates in person and get some inspiration and encouragement.

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Water Aerobics In the Pouring Rain

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

We tried to squeeze in as much of our water aerobics class as possible this morning before the rain hit. We completed a solid 30 minute workout. Then, it started to sprinkle. One of the ladies said to me, "Just wait until you feel this. It's the weirdest sensation! It's almost like getting an all over body massage with water" I thought it couldn't be that bad because we were in the pool and already wet! All of the sudden the rain started coming down harder and it was the strangest sensation I've ever experienced! It was like standing in a hot tub (the water temperature turned way down) with the jets coming down on you from above and the pool swirling all around. Over the next 5 minutes, the rain increased, the guards blew the whistle and they closed the pool area so we had to get out. They closed it because you have to be able to see the bottom of the pool for safety reasons and it was raining too hard to see it. I've decided that I don't like the sensation of hard rain when I'm in the pool trying to move about. It bothered the nerve endings on my skin. For me it was akin to running my fingernails down a chalkboard. The next time it starts to rain harder, I'm not going to be a hero and tough it out. I'm going to do what feels good and safe to me and get out of the water!

  
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TBRANCH2 8/12/2010 12:07PM

    better to be safe than sorry! How many people each year are struck by lightening by doing dumb things!!!

Glad you at least got the water aerobics in, though.

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DONNABRIGHT 8/12/2010 9:55AM

    Interesting experience - at least now you know. I've always been afraid lightning would be around somewhere (you know how it is in central Florida) so I've never been comfortable in a pool when it started raining. Good for you to follow what feels right to you!

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Look, I Can Do It All By Myself Now!

Monday, August 09, 2010

This morning I had the pleasure of observing something really cute at our water aerobics class that I want to share with everyone. Traditionally, pools are only open in the mornings for classes. This includes swimming lessons as well as water aerobics class. Our class has had the pleasure of watching the little ones progress from being afraid to get their faces wet to jumping in head first into the water.

Today was no exception. There was a young boy who screamed so loud at the end of June that we couldn't even hear our instructor. He carried on, waling and crying until his father just took him out of the pool and sat with him on the side and rocked him back and forth. But Dad and the guards never gave up on the little guy. Fast forward to today. Today, the little boy asked his father to sit in a chair at a table under an umbrella on the side of the pool. He got out his swimming goggles, walked over to the deep end, patiently stood in line for his turn, put on the goggles and dove into the water and swam about 15 feet to the guard who was waiting to catch him. When he was all finished with his lesson, he walked over to his dad and said, "Did you see me Daddy? I can do it all by myself now!"

I can't help but draw a parallel between myself as I was first starting out on my Spark journey and the way that little boy started out. In the beginning, every time I looked at the things I couldn't have or the things I knew I had to change, I did a silent scream. I kept on until one day my choices became habits and then I didn't have to scream any more. I could say to myself, "Look, I can do it all by myself now! I may stumble. I may fall, but I will get up and I'll get right back to the business of being healthy."

  
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TBRANCH2 8/10/2010 9:39PM

    aaahhhh, how cute and also, how astute! It sure put a smile on my face!!
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EILEENV3 8/10/2010 1:33PM

    Cool analogy! Thank you!
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DONNABRIGHT 8/10/2010 9:30AM

    This is a great blog in many ways!!!!!!
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SLENDERELLA61 8/9/2010 7:01PM

    Great observation! Well-told story! So glad you recognize tht you have come so far and progressed so much. Good for you!! -Marsha

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My 2 Year Spark Anniversary

Thursday, August 05, 2010

August 4 (yesterday) was my 2 year anniversary on Spark People. I've come a long way in the two years since I first joined this site. For the first 9 months that I was on the site, I spent hours every day online. I was obsessive about everything. After a while, the new things became habits. Now I've learned to temper my obsessions a little bit. I still spend time online but I'm not as addicted as I was. I see that as a very healthy thing for me. I even occasionally skip a day without having a melt down! I feel like I'm growing. I'm trying to learn the meaning of the word moderation. It hasn't been easy for me but I'm going to keep at it! Moderation in all things - eating, computer, exercise, taking care of myself and protecting myself. I'm a work in progress but, I'm making progress!

  
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VICIOUS421 8/8/2010 3:08AM

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1AVERY 8/5/2010 8:47PM

    Congrats on your sparkiversary. My 2 years was in January. I have come along way and gone back away as well in that time. I am starting over again as of July 14th was my new beginning. I also was very addicted when I started hours a day on line I became obsessed then life got in the way. I am with you on learning to word moderation thanks for that advice for my new spark journey. We have been sparkfriends for a long time and you have always been there for me. So to a long happy sparkling future to us. Teri emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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IMMORTALTESSA 8/5/2010 8:11PM

    Congratulations on 2 years! You have been such great support for me and your progress is such an inspiration. Keep up the good work! emoticon

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SLENDERELLA61 8/5/2010 8:00PM

    CONGRATS on your 2 year Sparkiversary!! Progress in learning moderation is a big accomplishment. Celebrate! Celebrate!! -Marsha

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DONNABRIGHT 8/5/2010 5:31PM

    Happy anniversary - my 2 years was in July - how fast the time goes by!

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2CATS2LOVE1 8/5/2010 5:14PM

    "HAPPY SPARKVERSARY"!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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WILD4STARS 8/5/2010 4:13PM

    emoticonHapppy Anniversary !!

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RUTHIEBEAR 8/5/2010 4:05PM

    Happy Sparkaversary, my friend! Mine is coming up on Aug 8th. Keep up the good work!

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JACOBSS914 8/5/2010 3:54PM

    Wow thats great, 2 years, you have come a long way.

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Day 3 Of My Anti Exhaustion Plan

Thursday, July 29, 2010

I'm trying to learn to say no but it's hard for me. I had a slight set back yesterday and my daughter, hubby and friend nicely lit into me for it. I will do better next time (I hope) but I know that it is vital for me to for my health right now. It was comforting to know that they are looking out for me. I ate a little bit more yesterday and am getting closer to normal. The good news is that today I ate a healthy breakfast and a healthy lunch. Again, I'm not hungry for dinner but I think I'll have a salad with some tuna on it or a tuna sandwich and maybe some fresh pineapple. The food is helping to get my system back into balance after 10 days of very little eating. I'm drinking water like crazy so that is good. I have another doctor's appointment next Thursday with my primary to check on my progress. I hope she doesn't want to do the blood work thing and I'm scheduled for it at the end of August anyway for my Boniva IV shot! I'm being good and I hate blood work!

  
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SLENDERELLA61 7/30/2010 4:09PM

    Sounds like you are really making progress. Now, don't rely on that hubby and daughter; internalize those needs of yours. It is not selfish to take care of yourself, it is responsible. Take care. Keep up the good eating, Marsha

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WILD4STARS 7/29/2010 5:53PM

    emoticonPutting ourselves first can sometimes be our biggest hurdle. But YOU CAN DO IT !!

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DONNABRIGHT 7/29/2010 5:45PM

    Sorry about all that - I think the Spark got stuck for a second or two there. Anyway, you are correct - you FIRST for now!

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