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Summer Reflections....

Sunday, July 26, 2009

Looking over what I've accomplished so far this summer, (based on the summer challenge I've been on with a Spark Team) I have to say that I haven't accomplished what I set out to do.

However I must remain positive in all that I do, so here are my positive thoughts with regards to my challenge.

I always challenge myself to lose weight. I started with Sparks at 295 lbs and am now in the 220's so this in itself is positive.

I always challenge myself to be active. With osteoarthritis in both knees and tendency to get tendonitis in my heels and arches I am very challenged at times with being active. However my activity level has increased, I now workout at a local hotel using their weight machines, recumbent bike, swimming pool. I can go for much longer walks and have my own workout regime in my home, which includes my Wii Fit, stretchy bands, dumbbells, and anything else I can find that will work my body.

I always challenge myself to eat healthy, and my "diet" is very healthy. I do not eat anything "white", all grains, veggies, fruits, fish and chicken, low fat dairy products.

So now reflecting back on what I challenged myself to I can give myself a pat on the back for a job well done.

Now what I do need to do to finish the challenge off with a big bang..... watch my healthy portions..... don't stray to treats too often..... my treat day has always been Saturday and I need to make sure I limit it to Saturday.

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KRZYKAT3 8/1/2009 9:00PM

    emoticon job of acknowleding, tracking and adjusting your progress!

You are a great supporter and I know you will succeed.

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RAINBOWMF 7/27/2009 8:36PM

    Some good comments here, I had to come back to see what everyone had to say!
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B-N-ME 7/27/2009 11:12AM

    LOOK at how far you have come!!! Look at how much you have lost!
That must feel GREAT!!
Keep up the good work and the rest of your goals will become reality!

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LOLAJO54 7/27/2009 11:07AM

    Barb -like Mary said you have inspired many on your teams to do what they thought was impossilbe .. You are the living proof..
Great job.. Yes limit snacks to your Saturday and maybe try to get in longer time in the pool if you have over indulged..I find myself doing this when I am around my son's family --eat more then necessary - not good..
You are a great inspiration and we are all human so this is our life journey
You will get there - Life is wonderful and you are proving it.
thanks Jo emoticon

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HEART4ADVENTURE 7/27/2009 10:58AM

    two words "your awesome". You know sometimes we set our goals to high, and if we attain 1/4, 1/2, 3/4 of our goals, we are doing better than where we were before....and you have acknowledge that and you soooo deserve to reward yourself for great accomplishment!!!

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    Sounds like you are doing pretty good to me. emoticon

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FLMOMX2 7/27/2009 8:37AM

    emoticon emoticon emoticonBarbara, you are doing great. You realize that you are making changes for the positive. While most of us can't make instantaneous changes, we make baby steps in the right direction that will improve out life.

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RAINBOWMF 7/27/2009 12:23AM

    Barbara, your have so much to be proud of. It would take pages and pages to describe how far you have come. I know in my heart you are going all the way. I think the best progress you have made is how you have inspired your team to keep moving , anything is possible if you just want it bad enough.

Thanks for being my friend. I am beside you all the way!

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CANDYHEART 7/26/2009 11:27PM

    Barb--you are an inspiration for you have accomplished MUCH! Keep up the great work and you will reach that goal!

PS--I love your background! It is soooo true!

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FATTY*JEN 7/26/2009 7:47PM

Congrats on your accomplishments. I know how you feel about the knees limiting your activity. Good for you for pushing through it. I hope to continue the journey with you this fall.
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KPACE7 7/26/2009 7:35PM

    You have come a long way!! You know that your efforts are paying off. Keep up the good work!

Karen emoticon emoticon emoticon

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SHANSHE 7/26/2009 4:41PM

    GREAT job Barb! You have come a long way!

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-LORI-B 7/26/2009 1:46PM

    Go Barb Go!! You have accomplished so much. KEEP UP THE WORK.
Hugs, Lori

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NORMA/MAC 7/26/2009 1:00PM

    hey you have done well wish l could say that lol

congrats to you and keep up the good job

pouring rain thunder and lightening here when are we gonna get summer
poured yesterday as well for about an hr?

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UP-4-A-CHANGE 7/26/2009 12:25PM

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CHRISJAKE 7/26/2009 10:24AM

    Great blog!!! It's good that you are able to look at all that you've accomplished so far. You have done sooo great!!!




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MRSCAROLB2 7/26/2009 9:23AM

    Great Blog! You have accomplished a lot and have so much to be proud of. I know that you can complete yourultimate goal. Just keep on taking that one day at a time.


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3CHIHUAHUA 7/26/2009 9:01AM

"You must begin to think of yourself as becoming the person you want to be."
~ David Viscott

You have already come so far
You will do it!


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BOUNCY2 7/26/2009 8:37AM

    Barbara great blog! Very postive to look at what you have accomplished......You will you said limit those treats to saturaday only!! you go girl!! Yes i agree stay postive and keep on working it.....proud of you buddy.....and we both know it is not easy...... wat to go!! emoticonabd trye fiend....

Love LInda emoticon

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Wed. July 22/09

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

So far I am enjoying my time off.... and I am using it for ME !

Yesterday I spent most of the day in town, worked the weight machines, rode the recumbent bike, went swimming, soaked in hot tub and did 5 min. in Sauna. Then did some shopping, what a great workout. Went out visiting with Shannon, normally I stay home as I'm tired from working and have things around the house to do.

Today, I have been home all day, been playing on the computer, doing laundry, cleaning the house. I pushed myself on my recumbent bike to do 30 minutes, burned 200 calories. Sasha and I have been for a nice walk around our lane once the sun came out this afternoon. I've been eating right on program and downed 8 glasses of water.

Now I'm off to the dentist for a checkup and cleaning.

Yes I am very, very happy. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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KPACE7 7/25/2009 11:15PM

    I am glad you are enjoying your time off and are making the most of it. You are going to feel so much better taking ME time.

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SHANSHE 7/24/2009 6:09PM

    Great job Barb! You have learned what loving yourself really means! Congrats!

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FLMOMX2 7/23/2009 9:03AM

    emoticonGood for you. Great use of me time that you will benefit from in the future. Have a great day.

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LOLAJO54 7/22/2009 11:22PM

    Great day Barb!

fantastic day for you!

emoticon Jo

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ROCKIN_LIFE 7/22/2009 8:40PM

    You're making the rest of us look BAD!! Great job! I feel an extra push coming soon.

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QUEENANNE1953 7/22/2009 8:05PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticontaking care of you ... how wonderful.


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RAINBOWMF 7/22/2009 6:12PM

    You enjoy your time off, It is a good time to get your Christmas cleaning done!

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SUNNY332 7/22/2009 3:43PM

    Hope you enjoy every bit of your time off. So far, so good!

Hugs, Sunny

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MARYBETH_OHIO 7/22/2009 3:00PM

    I just love your attitude it is just outstanding you have a nice rest of the day..

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HEART4ADVENTURE 7/22/2009 2:26PM

    That's awesome! I'm on vacation next week and will be doing much of the same, home to concentrate on "ME", get workouts in, do some sewing project, catch up on magazines, books, and of course go to the beloved Beach!

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JHADZHIA 7/22/2009 2:10PM

    I love lemons too! Good for you having a workout day, it really does make you feel good!
I did 60 minutes on the elliptical at 5am, and 70 minutes gardening at 6am, and I still have two games of bridge to walk back and forth from today!! Should be ready for bed tonight lol.
Keep up the momentum!

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CANDYHEART 7/22/2009 2:00PM

    GOOD FOR YOU! It always feels good when you are doing good things for yourself! Keep up the good work! Liked the background!

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NORMA/MAC 7/22/2009 1:44PM

    good for you sounds like you need it good luck norma

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My lemony Spark Page !

Sunday, July 19, 2009

We were asked on our ITC challenge this week to decorate our Spark Page to reflect our team.

Please check out my Spark Page !

So how did I do ????

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3CHIHUAHUA 7/22/2009 10:00AM

    I like it
But I don't know what ITC is

I am guessing? Team Challenge


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LADYJANE30 7/22/2009 9:52AM

    Love your page. I'm like I tell my daughter, computer challenged. How did you get the background behind your page? I've noticed a lot of other SP have it too.
I'm ashamed to say I haven't figured out how to make mine "SPARKY"
Keep up the good work.... emoticon

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LITTLERTIGGER35 7/21/2009 5:09PM

    very refreshing looking. Like it alot

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NORMA/MAC 7/20/2009 3:46PM

    nice and sunny good page norma

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MALLORY46 7/19/2009 11:23PM

    Great page for the summer - very bright and, yes, very refreshing! Excellent job!

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NESSY759 7/19/2009 10:58PM

    Barbara the first word that came to mind when i saw it was "refreshing" makes me want a tall glass of water with a lemon slice in it. Good job. My team page is also to reflect my ITC .

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RAINBOWMF 7/19/2009 10:40PM

    Nice Barbara, look at all the talent! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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SHANSHE 7/19/2009 10:21PM

    It is GORGEOUS Barb, you did a WONDERFUL job!

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KPACE7 7/19/2009 9:15PM

    Great page!! You've got the Lemon Spirit! emoticon emoticon

Karen emoticon emoticon

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DBELLE39 7/19/2009 7:50PM

    I love it, great page!

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LOLAJO54 7/19/2009 7:09PM

emoticonready to be framed!

mine would be emoticon -lol

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FLMOMX2 7/19/2009 4:55PM

    I LOVE your new Spark PAge. TOO cute.

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BOUNCY2 7/19/2009 3:41PM

    Barbara , Looks so like summer in a hot afternoon here right now in Texas!! I love it!! Great Page... I would not mind having a pitcher my self like that have mail.....

emoticon If i had made one!! hew!! hew!

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-LORI-B 7/19/2009 2:39PM

    lovely.. makes me want to have some

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I*AM*BLESSED 7/19/2009 12:50PM

    Very, very pretty.......and REFRESHING!!! emoticon

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GONANA 7/19/2009 12:47PM

    WHERE can I get one of those pitchers????

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Virtual BBQ for challenge

Saturday, July 04, 2009

Going to have a bbq on the beach....

we will have the following food.....




to drink

we played


Great time was had by all.....

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KATIEBUG815 7/7/2009 9:32PM

    Awesome bbq. And i didn't even eat too much. I had fun playing volleyball. Great Job!! emoticon

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SHANSHE 7/6/2009 2:21PM

    1st of all, thanks for the reminder to do MY blog and 2nd of all, this was a most creative blog! Great job friend!

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BEVH566 7/5/2009 11:07PM

    Good job...loved your BBQ

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KPACE7 7/5/2009 8:26PM

    Thanks. I had a great time at your BBQ!!

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FLMOMX2 7/5/2009 12:16PM

    Thanks for the Smile your blog gave me.

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NORMA/MAC 7/5/2009 12:24AM

    you are so creative loved it thanks

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SUMER13 7/4/2009 8:14PM

    Love it Barbara Rose!! The best ones to go to !! Have a good evening Buddy.....


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MOTHER-NATURE 7/4/2009 7:37PM

    emoticonjob my friend .. I will be coming to your BBQ Barbara lol lol



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LOLAJO54 7/4/2009 7:13PM

    Ahahaha ... this was great you should win the challenge..
great blog!
I played frisbee while at your barbq!!!

hugs JO

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    Had a great virtual time!

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RAINBOWMF 7/4/2009 5:37PM

    Well isn't this the happiest blog!! LOL!!
Love it Barbara.

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My hike

Wednesday, July 01, 2009

So I couldn't go for a hike in the mountains or in the hills, so I chose to go to our park on my drive home from the city.

Parked the car and the dog and I started to walk along the path, first thing we spotted of course was another person walking a dog. Sasha just loves to meet people but isn't too friendly with other dogs, so we had to walk around them. For a little dog (she's a yorkie) she thinks she's a bull mastiff in size.

We continue along the trail and sport a chipmunk scurrying across the path, that's sets her barking. But we keep going. 15 minutes to the end of the trail and we are now going down the grassy hill down to the beach. I live right beside the Atlantic Ocean, and this is a beautiful sandy beach (of course I forgot my camera home so no pics to share). It was overcast and not to warm so there were no swimmers or sunbathers on the beach.

the tide was out so it makes for a wonderful walk, we walked as far along the beach as we could, then came to the rocks and turned around and headed back to the path that leads through the grass back up on the trail.

Along the trail there are other trails that go down towards the beach, and I glance back at one of those trails and I couldn't believe it.... there was a fox scooting down the trail. Sasha didn't spot it, don't know why, maybe the wind was in the wrong direction, but we kept on going.

It was a nice invigorating walk... but after my 7 hour return trip to the city and then my walk, tonight I'm played out.

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KATIEBUG815 7/7/2009 9:35PM

    My Yorkie always thought she was a doberman because she spent her first year living with 2 of them. She LOVED chasing the squirrels. She would have gone crazy for the fox. Sounds like you live in Heaven. emoticon

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KPACE7 7/3/2009 2:44PM

    Sounds like you live in beautiful country. Sasha probably knew to leave the fox alone. It is much safer to bark at other dogs on leashes. HA HA

Good job taking a hike with such a busy schedule. Take care!


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MRSWHITEWOLF 7/2/2009 11:23PM

    emoticon emoticon But next time...bring the camera...Would have loved seeing the pics. Great job!

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BOUNCY2 7/2/2009 7:53PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon way to go Barbara R ose......

LOve LInda

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QUEENANNE1953 7/2/2009 10:24AM

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LOLAJO54 7/2/2009 9:01AM

    Barb oh that walk sounded so wonderful.. I could almost feel the Atlantic Ocean hmmmm.
lucky you - enjoy life is good!
emoticon JO

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SHANSHE 7/1/2009 11:23PM

    GREAT job Barb and wonderful walk it sounds like!

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PICKLELIND 7/1/2009 10:53PM

    That sounds like a peaceful walk. I hope you enjoyed it.

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MOTHER-NATURE 7/1/2009 9:19PM

    Barbara ... your walk sounded wondeful my friend ... that is where I was today too ( along the beach ) I did take pictures which I will share sometime this week.

Always remember to take your camera with you my friend because you never know what you will see when on your travels.

Thanks for sharing your beautiful walk today



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RAINBOWMF 7/1/2009 9:15PM

    Sounds so wonderful.
Good for you Barbara, oh and Sasha too!

Hugs Mary

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