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10 Things I'm Grateful For

Sunday, September 30, 2012

1. My husband who is my biggest supporter and my best friend.

2. My sisters and dad who always have my back.

3. My friends who fill in the gaps that family can't fill.

4. My SparkFriends (and yes, they deserve a separate number than #3) for always cheering me on and encouraging me to emoticon

5. My in-laws who all love me and treat me like blood. I love them all.

6. My nieces and nephews who love me unconditionally and who I love to hang out with because they're all so interesting in their own unique ways.

7. My boss who "gets me" and appreciates me and respects me as much as I do him and I love his quirky sense of humour!

8. My co-workers who help me enjoy coming to work each and every day and who I do miss when I'm away.

9. My work walking buddies who keep me motivated to walk at lunchtime instead of sitting somewhere quiet and reading as I'm inclined to do.

10. My neighbours - For the most part, they're quiet and considerate.

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_LINDA 10/2/2012 1:06AM

    Wow, sounds like you have some great people around you -how truly wonderful!

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4-1HEALTHYCYNDI 10/1/2012 7:10PM

    Wonderful list!

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IMAGINE_IT 9/30/2012 6:38PM

    Wonderful List...with so many great Blessings.
emoticon and Thank you for sharing with us.

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ANGRITTER 9/30/2012 5:11PM

    I am so loving reading your blogs. I know you didn't post much before, but I really enjoy learning more about you.

You are evidently blessed with a wonderful family who loves you very much - that makes us both very lucky women. Without my family I have a pretty good idea of where I would be right now, and I love them every day for being there.

Hope you got some rest this weekend and the cold has flown your coop!

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LJR4HEALTH 9/30/2012 5:05PM

    What a great list thanks for sharing with us

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MARTHAWILL 9/30/2012 2:30PM

    Lots to be thankful for!
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ADAGIO_CON_BRIO 9/30/2012 2:29PM

    What a fantastic list! You have a lot of wonderful people in your life! emoticon

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KARRENLYNN 9/30/2012 2:20PM

    Life always has more possibilities when we realize and pay tribute to all the blessings we have to be grateful for . Sounds like you have many. Have a great day!


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BEAUTIFUL_REINA 9/30/2012 2:17PM

    Sounds like you have a lot to be thankful for! =)

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BLC20 - 12 Week Plan to Reach My Goals

Friday, September 14, 2012

My last blog detailed my goals and I'm going to use this blog to detail how I will accomplish them.

Goal 1) Lose a minimum of 5 pounds but would really like to lose 10.

Goal 2) Go down a clothing size.

Goal 7) Not do as much socializing over dinner or lunch (it's easier to track my food if I know how it's prepared).

These goals will be attained by:

A) Exercising a minimum of 30 minutes a day six days a week. I plan to do cardio 5 days and ST 3 days.

B) Eating in my calorie range a minimum of 6 days a week.

C) Limit social occasions at restaurants.

D) Limit zero nutritional value snacks and reach for fruit or veggies instead.

E) Track everything.

Goal 3) When ST, lift heavier weights.

This goal will be attained by:

A) I'm currently using 5 and 8 lb weights mostly but by week 6 of the challenge, I'm going to add 10 lb weights to my repertoire. I'll just do it!

Goal 4) Learn how to use my stability ball.

This goal will be attained by:

A) I am going to go to Wal-Mart and buy a plastic tub that will put the ball high enough that I can use it without hurting my knees. I have arthritis in my knees and currently the ball is still too low for them.

Goal 5) Make use of my Nordic walking poles during the fall by hiking with DH and his mum.

Goal 6) Try Frisbee golf with DH and his mum.

These goals will be attained by:

A) I will plan to do these things with DH and his mum as soon as I know the weekend schedules and weather. I will plan these activities in advance so they are counting on me. If someone else is counting on me, I'll be more likely to do it.

And, finally, here are my before photos (be forewarned, they're not pretty):

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RUNNINGOMA 9/19/2012 12:29PM

    emoticon emoticon And now we only have to move forward! emoticon

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LJR4HEALTH 9/17/2012 8:30AM

    Joanna emoticon plan emoticon emoticon forward


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A-STRONGER-ME 9/16/2012 6:30AM

    emoticon You really took the time to think this one through!! Great plan, although I am a bit concerned about the "ball & tub" situation. LOL Whatever works. emoticon

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POETLKNG2LOSE 9/15/2012 8:13PM

    Great job thinking it all through. I did not think through that much. Heard about the walking poles before. How much are they anyway?

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ANNIE.B 9/15/2012 8:14AM

    Great job with this blog, and that sounds like a very do-able plan!!
I've wondered about those walking poles too, we usually pick up a stick out of the woods when go for a hike.

See ya on the WARRIOR thread!!!

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ANGRITTER 9/15/2012 7:11AM

    You got the guts I don't have, little lady! But I really have to get into one of these BLC challenges, but maybe I'll wait until you guys survive this one and you can tell me all about it.

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ITS_MY_TURN_NOW 9/14/2012 11:16PM

    emoticon Great plan!!!
I have never played frisbee golf but my son plays all the time, he loves it! I keep hearing about Nordic Poles and thinking about getting a pair. I love hiking! I never thought I would be able to do it again. You are going to do great job in BLC20!
emoticon Go Warriors! emoticon

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IMAGINE_IT 9/14/2012 10:35PM

    I like your Plan....i can tell you thought it all through....and covered all bases....so to speak. emoticon I hear the Nordic walking sticks are supposed to 'make for a better workout' please let me know if that is true.
You will do great in this challenge emoticon

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NANABNANA10 9/14/2012 10:11PM

    Great Plan Joanna and good for you for putting so much thought into how you will reach your goals emoticon

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GLASSART43 9/14/2012 9:57PM

    Well thought-out plan, Joanna! I especially like how you specify actions to reach your goals.

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4-1HEALTHYCYNDI 9/14/2012 6:29PM

    Great plan to get it done! WOOHOO! You're off to a great start. Me? I'm slowly tuning in. The change in meds/climate has really been affecting me. But I'm here cheering you on! What's your team? I'm in the Azure Destinations team again. Drop by and pull up a beach chair & I'll get a bartender to get you one of our patented no calorie healthy drinks.

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CHRISPYLEE 9/14/2012 5:32PM

    Great goals, great plan!!
I will support you along the way fellow Warrior!!
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    Great plan for the BLC20! Just viewing some of these to see what to do for my blog since I'm new to the BLC. :)

Best Wishes!

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BLC20 Goals

Monday, September 03, 2012

BLC20 starts on September 12th and runs for 12 weeks, ending on December 5th. In that time, I hope to attain the following goals:

1. Lose a minimum of 5 pounds but would really like to lose 10.

2. Fit into my size 18 wardrobe and give up my size 20 wardrobe for good.

3. Do more strength-training and try to use heavier weights (I currently mostly use 5 lb and 8 lb weights with the occasional 3 lbs thrown in for shoulder work [my weakest area]).

4. Learn how to use the stability ball that I received as a present almost two years ago without it hurting my knees (I tried it recently but still found it to be too low to the ground for my knees. I wanted one so that I could do ab work without having to get down and back up from the floor, which I can't do with the two types of arthritis that my knees suffer from).

5. Make use of my Nordic walking poles during the fall by hiking with DH and his mum.

6. Try Frisbee golf with DH and his mum.

7. Not do as much socializing over dinner or lunch (it's easier to track my food if I know how it's prepared).

That's all I can think of for now. But I think that this number of goals is totally doable.

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4-1HEALTHYCYNDI 9/14/2012 6:25PM

    Love them!

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4-1HEALTHYCYNDI 9/14/2012 6:25PM

    Great goals!

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ANGRITTER 9/5/2012 11:59AM

    I know you can pull that off! And fight for the 10 pounds! I iwll be a cheerleader - a fat cheerleader, but still cheering!

I want to give away all my fat clothes, but I am going to box them up JUST IN CASE. I can't afford to get a new wardrobe if something happens and I can't work out anymore. I know I should be more positive, but I know that reality beckons!

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STEPHNS1 9/3/2012 9:06PM

    You can do it! Keep going!

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*MADHU* 9/3/2012 12:04PM

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Today's Shopping Trip in Photos

Friday, June 08, 2012

Red, leather wallet

My 1st pair of Birkenstocks ever

Moccasin slippers

Plant Pots

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4-1HEALTHYCYNDI 6/11/2012 1:13PM

    Wish I could wear those birkenstocks, and moccasins. Ankle won't let me wear anything with out a LOT of support for the heel anymore. Love the planters and wonderful wallet, so colorful and easy to find.

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    Great stuff

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SEATTLE58 6/8/2012 9:47PM

    WooHoo, sooo fun! I love to shop so much too and I love all that you brought home. Looks just like I would choose!! You'll have a good life with them all. Oh, for the comfort of walking with those comfy shoes! Ahh, they make my feet feel better already! emoticon

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    I love shopping for stuff... not so much clothes just yet but I love what you have found! especially the mugs! what a good day emoticon

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It wasn't the best birthday I've ever had....

Monday, May 14, 2012

It started off with my husband basically ignoring me for the first hour because he was trying to figure out a problem with the lawnmower. After being ignored on my birthday by the one person who knows how much these things mean to me started my day off badly. I finally went to him and said, I know you don't do presents but a nice Happy Birthday and a hug would have been welcome this morning! He did as I requested and said that he was sorry but he didn't even know I was awake and he was working on the lawnmower and not thinking about what day it was. And, if that had been the end of the bad part of the day, I would have been fine.

However, I had decided to do the grocery shopping regardless of the fact that it was my birthday. I was ready to go, coat on, shoes on, purse in hand when the phone rang. Now, normally, I probably would have let it go but since it was my birthday, I thought it might be my dad or one of my 4 sisters calling to wish me a happy birthday. I thought it would be a quick greeting and then I could get on with my day so that I could be home by noon and could get outside to enjoy the sunshine and read my book.

It was one of my sisters and although, I did appreciate her calling to wish me a Happy Birthday, I wasn't really in the mood for a long chat so after her best wishes, I told her that I had to go because I was on my way out the door when she called. Unfortunately, she didn't twig to me wanting to get off the phone and proceeded to tell me about the bad things happening in her life right now, which normally would be fine but I listened anyway and by the time, I got off the phone, an hour had passed and now it was 11 a.m. and I knew there was no way I would be home by noon! I briefly contemplated not going but there were things I needed so off I went.

I finally got home around 1:30 and I was tired, and hungry, and grumpy. I made a salad, ate it and without even listening to the message that was flashing on the answering machine, I grabbed my book and headed outside to have a wee nap in the shade. After that I felt better. I listened to the message and it was from another sister passing on her best wishes for a great birthday! But, she's very loud and I had a headache so I didn't call her back even though I did want to talk to her since I haven't since the spa weekend! I could have called her yesterday but I didn't want to disturb her on Mother's Day.

Around 3:30, DH got up after having worked nights the night before and we started getting ready to go out to dinner at one of my favourite Italian restaurants. We had never been there for dinner, just a lot of lunches and this is where I said I wanted to go. It's about a 40-minute drive from our house. We picked up my mother-in-law around 4:30 and headed to the restaurant (we took her with us so we could celebrate Mother's Day with her at the same time and we had planned to go hiking with her on the actual day).

We got to the restaurant around 5:30. I made the reservation over a week earlier and I was hoping we'd get a window seat but we didn't. We were stuck at a table near the kitchen and restroom and didn't as much attention as we normally do. The restaurant was busier than it normally it is at lunch time but it wasn't packed and with 3 waitresses and a maitre'd plus the owner roaming around, there was more than enough staff for the people who were there.

It was probably around 10 to 6 when we ordered soup and snails to start, which we received around 6. We were finished with them well before 6:30 and then we proceeded to wait for our entrees. And, we waited, and waited, an waited. Finally at 7:30, we asked about them but the waitress we asked but the waitress we asked never came back to tell us where they were (all pastas by the way). At 7:40, we corralled the owner and told him that we had been waiting more than an hour for our entrees and we were fed up and wanted our bill for what we'd had so far. He apologised and said the food would be out in 5 minutes and offered my husband a free glass of wine. But we just wanted to get out of there. We weren't happy with the wait. We weren't happy with the "free wine" offer and we weren't happy that our special occasion dinner had been ruined by the slowness of the restaurant. We suspected they had forgotten to put in our order. They did bring us our mains within 10 minutes but as I said, we just didn't want them anymore. DH asked for the bill, which they brought with everything we had consumed so far on it and we paid it in cash for the exact amount and no tip. And, then we left.

We took the scenic route home and saw some amazing mansions along the way including some that were for sale (DH checked when we got home and the cheapest one was $1.5 million). And, then we went to Dairy Queen for some sweet treats. And, that was the best part of my day!

When we got home, I checked the answering machine to see if my other two sisters or my dad had called to wish me happy birthday but none of them had and that bummed me out as well.

All 3 of them called on Sunday and apologised. They said it's because during the week, they're faced with the date every day but on the weekend, they had just forgotten that it was the 12th and therefore my birthday. And, my dad said that he figured because we had had lunch together on Friday that he didn't need to call.

And, tonight, the two sisters who neglected to call me on Saturday are taking me out to dinner. I just hope it's a better dinner than Saturday night's was!

Okay, venting is done. Friday was great and Sunday was great and the sun is shining and I'm on vacation this week and all is wonderful!

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4-1HEALTHYCYNDI 5/30/2012 5:30PM

    Somehow I missed this. Sorry the day of was such a bummer. Mine wasn't the best ever either, but... the year is looking up for the rest of it. Hope the new year goes much better for you and you have a great time!

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_LINDA 5/15/2012 9:43AM

    Sorry your birthday wasn't up to your expectations. I would never being going back again to that restaurant again if that is the kind of service and placement you get having made the reservations a week in advance!!
At least some of your relatives are making up for it.
Guess all families are different. Ours usually don't even bother with birthdays, rarely even wishing anyone a happy birthday. We couldn't even get together when we were passing the big 50 milestones. Maybe we have too low of expectations or are just too dysfunctional or wrapped up in our own lives. Mom was a little disappointed no one wished her a Happy 75th last year. But her relatives rarely pay attention to her unless they need something -like dog sitting or to borrow something. She, however, always gives her grandchildren, who are mostly all adults now, gifts or money on their birthdays.
I expect my 50th to pass as quietly as all my other birthdays with only Mom wanting to get me a cake and a gift.

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JUDITHWITHROW 5/14/2012 11:03PM

    No fair that your birthday stank! I celebrate your life and the support you have given my this past year!

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SEATTLE58 5/14/2012 9:31PM

    Let's just hope that your meal tonight will be way more than your expectations could ever be and Happy Birthday to you!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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ERH12275 5/14/2012 2:25PM

    Sorry they didn't call on your b-day and hope you have a great time tonight.

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