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Bridge to 10K:Week 2, Day 2

Thursday, September 23, 2010

My back has been REALLY sore this week...I am home from work and doing so minor back exercises daily and ab work as well, all in hopes of getting a stronger core that won't kill my back when I run.
I have a few exercises I use from back in my physio days and they seem to be helping a lot.
I also called a couple of personal trainers to see what they could offer up to help me through this.
I have been wanted a PT for a bit now as I know they would certainly be able to help devise a workout plan that would give results.
So this Saturday I have 2 PT sessions in the morning and one in the evening...we'll see who I like the most :)

I am also thinking I may fit a massage in between! Correction...I AM having a massage...just booked it!

Anyway, I got all hopped up on back meds and DID IT!
I was VERY late in doing this...back prevented me from following my I am one session behind now...that's OK...FLEXIBILITY is my new mantra.



Distance= 6.92km
Time= 47 min (no warm up or cool down calculated here)
Pace= 6.47/km
Calories= 597

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AMOHAME2 9/23/2010 10:04PM

    I hope the physio and massage help!
That photo is creeping me out!

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MSPRIS3 9/23/2010 3:35PM

    I know exactly what you are going through with your back!

I wouldn't recommend that stretch pose though (your pic LOL) plus, I don't think I want that view of my BUTT.

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PLANETSPARKY 9/23/2010 1:45PM

  Think of yourself 6 months ago. Could you have run almost 7K in less than 50 minutes?

This is AWESOME!

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NKBEAUTY 9/23/2010 12:15PM

    Oh my God - I can't get over that picture! Sorry about the back....I know you will be better at sorting it out though than I am with my silly neck. Good luck with the personal trainers.

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CARLA-216 9/23/2010 11:57AM

    Hope your back feels better!
Great job on W2D2!

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ANNE7X7 9/23/2010 11:46AM

    Woohoo for massages and personal trainers! I would love me one of those! I did a few sessions with one last year (pre-Spark days), and I didn't like it because she wasn't tough enough. I want a Jillian-style trainer!

I hope your back is better today!

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JEREMY723 9/23/2010 11:30AM

    Please tell me you just found that photo somewhere online and didn't actually take it yourself?

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September, week 3 family activity was great fun!

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

I decided that THIS week, since everything went well by bringing a friend for Payton, I thought what the hell...let's bring a friend for Reily too...


Seriously...all you mothers with 4 kids...are either really stupid...or simply SAINTS!!! emoticon

I may simply have been that 2 were mine and well...two WEREN'T mine. really wasn't all that bad...all kidding aside, we really DID have a great weekend.
My parents were in need of a dog sitter and we were in need of some serious outdoor activities. They live on the water...well not actually ON the water...but you get my drift...

So we arrived late afternoon Saturday, the girls and I made a cake...and YES I had a well as a glass of Bailey's and milk...did I mention I took 4 kids out to my dad;s place??!!!

The boys did some fishing while the girls built a fort and played with all 4 dogs at the water...

Sunday morning we drove to a local Provincial Park and walked a 5k trail...then we drove to Eganville to visit the 'Bat Cave' as we dubbed it. We hung out at the falls and then went to a Frontier Trails, a horseback riding place, where the girls went out on the trails, the boys played mini golf and I ran around taking photos of it all.
Good times...
Somewhere along the way, I really did more damage to my back...not sure how, but I have been off this week because of the's pretty rough...

Here are a few pics of our travels...I took hundreds so it was hard to pick .


'After' we tried to warn him that he was far to clumsy to be up there...LOSER...but he's mine!

This is the money shot though...I wouldn't let him bring the wet body into Papa's house so he grabbed his sister's pink swim suit cover and silver flip flops...LMAO!! what a secure front of his school buddy too! Most impressive I think!!!

I love the drive way at my Dad's place...the tress are awesome!

The girls decorate the cake...

The finished design...apparently mine created it and her friend coloured it :)

The trail at the Park

This is just ONE of the SEVERAL varieties of super cool looking mushrooms that I took photos of...I really am not sure WHY...LOL

There were WAY too many pics to choose from...the 'Bat Cave' ROCKED!!! pun intended

And we even got to see some small brown furry bats...very cool!

I was horrified...this stuff was EVERYWHERE!!! what if one of the kids went home with it...not mine...the loaners...YIKES!

Beautiful relaxing water....

A beautiful day for horseback riding.

Very 'cheesey' mini golf setup...but the boys had a great time!

Well...if you made it this far...WOW!!!
Thanks for reading and sticking this out!

Later Sparkers,
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MSPRIS3 9/23/2010 3:17PM

    My parents live on Golden Lake, which is the next town after Eganville. Growing up we had a cottage there and in the 20 or so years I've been going up there, I've never actually been to the Caves. Will definately make a point of stopping by the next time I head up there.

Glad you had a good time.

PS Your dad's trees are AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!!

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ANNE7X7 9/23/2010 11:45AM

    Very cool! Looks like everyone had tones of fun! I think it's awesome that you are teaching your kids that being active is FUN!

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PINKBEANBOO 9/23/2010 11:03AM

    These pictures are great. You guys are really having some fun times.
AND you are a great mom. emoticon

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HAPPYSOUL91 9/23/2010 10:43AM

    What great pictures, feel like I was there with you

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JEREMY723 9/23/2010 8:18AM

    It was fun to read, especially with photos. Wonderful area for sure. Thanks for sharing!

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AMOHAME2 9/23/2010 6:18AM

    Wow, sounds like a great time!!! Your dad's place looks gorgeous and the "bat cave" is pretty cool! Sorry your back is bothering you though, you're definitely right to take it easy this week until it's better!!

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NKBEAUTY 9/23/2010 5:55AM

    Sorry to hear about your back still playing up. Looks like a great weekend. I love the fact that it looks sunny....jealous. Looks so fun!!

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    Looks like you had an amazing outing! Thanks for sharing the pictures!

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Top 5 Things I have learned in September!

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

1- I was right to have made FLEXIBILITY my mantra for the month:

Things have been crazy for me, and I have yet to get caught up with all my Sparking duties.

2- I have learned MODERATION is key:

I have WAY too many subscriptions to blogs and too many teams to follow. Must cut those takers and keep the givers. emoticon

3- I have learned I do not like WHINERS!:

Just do it already and quit trying to justify WHY you can't do what you KNOW you have to do in order to get results.

4- I have learned that I have ADDICTIVE tendencies when I get into something new, making #2 something I need to work on more:

I can't just start slow and's go big or go home for me...reminds me of my dearly departed brother...I love you Dave...but not THAT part of you!! YIKES!

5- I have learned that I simply LOVE doing outdoor activities with my kids, even if it does take RIDICULOUS amounts of planning sometimes...
sometimes LESS is MORE!...see #4!!!

The kids and I enjoyed an afternoon at the Bonnechere Caves in Eaganville, ON.
This was taken just outside the caves, afterward...we climbed down on to a rock IN the river...was beautiful!

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PLANETSPARKY 9/23/2010 1:44PM

  #4 cracks me up. So True! Amd so cute! And gets you results FAST!!!

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CARLA-216 9/23/2010 10:45AM

    Lots of good stuff you learned this month!

And ugh, I tend to be "all or nothing". I'm trying to be more aware of it and catch it before I get too far in.

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NKBEAUTY 9/23/2010 5:58AM

    LOVE THIS PICTURE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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VAMANOS 9/22/2010 10:54PM

    DH complains about that all or nothing trait in me. I've just learned to work with it. Prioritize, prioritize, prioritize. Then apply my grandmother's principle, and I quote exactly: "I'm not a bit afraid of work. I can lay right down beside it and go to sleep." emoticon

If you ever get annoyed at me for perceived whining, please know that I'm not whining...I'm reporting. emoticon

Great picture of you and kids, once again. They have got to be at or near the top of your priority list. Of course, you come at or near the top, too. If you can't do it for you, you won't be able to do it for them, either. Love that you are putting both of those priorities where they belong.

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ALYNN1986 9/22/2010 10:47PM

    It really does look gorgeous there! I have the same problem with wanting to do too much. I get really frustrated with myself bc my mind wants to run forever but my body gets mad at me! I hate taking baby steps bc then I feel like Im not busting my butt hard enough!

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Stronger Woman Tribute: A heart filled THANKS!!!!

Sunday, September 19, 2010

Last week I worked on a little video that was aimed at my SP friends and blog subscriptions. I found a theme over the week of women feeling a bit down and out or sick and feeling under the weather and then heard Jewel's Stronger Woman song for the first time.

It struck a chord with me...especially the line where she says

...Well tonight, I'm going to be
The kind of woman I'd want my daughter to be, ....

Great line...great way to look at it!!!

I just figured I'd get my 'regulars' reading and commenting on know 5-8 SP, Well I couldn't have been more wrong...I mean, it's no YOOVIE blog, LOL...but still...big numbers for me.

I was thrilled to have Coach Nicole and Sparkguy himself comment, it showed me that they are actually putting their money where their mouth is so to speak...they actually read and post...well OK...their staff probably does it for them...but hey, I can dream!

Anyway, things got even crazier when I found out that the Vlog was a featured Vlog...WOW!!! Holy cow...who knew it was that worthy?! OK...VAMANOS...I know...YOU did!!!! Thanks for telling me too!

So I want to tell you all how wonderfully thankful I am for your kind words, emails, comments, goodies, and for really just taking the time to watch it.

I will try to thank as many of you as I can, soon...just playing catch up!

I have a couple of others in the making as keep your eyes peeled for a new one coming out soon..

In the meantime, I have added the lyrics here for those of you who are interested:

I guess you could say I'm one of those girls
That's always been with one of those guys
You know the type
Like right now, he sleeps while I write
But it's better than crying
I'm worn out from trying
From loving a man who always makes it clear
I'm not welcome here
Just till he's horny and hungry
or needs something cleaned
And you know what I mean

But not tonight
'Cause come the morning light, oh
I'm gonna love myself more than anyone else
Believe in me, even if someone can't see
The stronger woman in me

I'm going to be my own best friend
Stick with me till the end
Won't lose myself again, never, no,
'Cause there's a stronger woman,
A stronger woman in me

Light bulbs buzz,
I get up
And head to my drawer
I wish there was more
I could say
Another fairytale fades to gray
I've lived on hope
Just like a child
Walking that mile
Faking that smile
All the while
Wishing my heart had wings

Well tonight, I'm going to be
The kind of woman I'd want my daughter to be, oh

I'm gonna love myself more than anyone else
Believe in me, even if someone can't see
There's a stronger woman in me
I'm gonna be my own best friend
Stick with me till the end
I won't lose myself again, never, no
'Cause there's a stronger woman,
A stronger woman

This is me, packing up my bags
And this is me, headed for the door
And this is me, the best you ever had
I'm going to love myself
More than anyone else
Believe in me even if someone cannot see
There's a stronger woman in me
I'm going to be my own best friend
Stay with me till the end
Won't lose myself again, never, no
'Cause there's a stronger woman
A stronger woman
There's a stronger woman,
A stronger woman in me,

THANKS JEWEL...for writing a great piece!!!

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ALYNN1986 9/22/2010 1:15AM

    Congrats on your feature thats awesome! I am getting behind also on my SP stuff and its mainly bc it is usually so late by the time that i get on here that i am just ready for bed! Those lyrics are beautiful and inspirational- thanks for posting! emoticon

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KAITLYNSNAMMY 9/20/2010 12:07PM

    Kudos again Annie! You deserve all the cheers and comments from your Spark family! Chris and Nichole too.

I'm looking forward to the ones you are working on now! They are a gift to all of us.

Wishing you another healthy, positive day!


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HAPPYSOUL91 9/20/2010 10:44AM

    emoticon great song, great reminders

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TRABOLD8567 9/20/2010 7:49AM

  Thank you!

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NAMSMOMMY 9/19/2010 11:42PM

    That is a beautiful song. =)

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VAMANOS 9/19/2010 11:27PM

    Jewel is my daughter's favorite artist...hope she's listening to this song. Love the lyrics, thanks for posting.

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Sunday, September 19, 2010

I am so in over my head these past several days.

I am WAY behind with SP and it REALLY bothers me. I have perhaps bitten off more than I can chew?
I am exhausted this week and super grouchy with my kids and just irritable in general.
I am having a difficult time following through with things that I have set up for myself. Like reading blogs, and tracking fitness....I have so may places that I do stuff, it is becoming difficult to monitor. Tracking food hasn't been an issue because I do it all in the Bodybugg. I have a hard time tracking all my 'extra' goals.

So I am going to take steps to reign it all in. I am going to go through my Spark teams and cut the dead weight teams.

I have to get more granular with my schedules.
Planning one weekly outdoor activity with my kids has been so rewarding, yet VERY time consuming and I think that has been the biggest issue.

So I am off to bed as I am exhausted tonight, but tomorrow is the beginning of my 'redesigning'...I knew FLEXIBILITY was going to be important this let's switch things up and get the gung ho BOGUSANNIE back!!!

Can't wait til Monday to bring it on!
I want to live up to that STRONG WOMAN TRIBUTE!!!!

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AMOHAME2 9/21/2010 9:28PM

    I completely feel ya!! It can get super overwhelming at times, sometimes you just have to set priorities and focus on those for a while.

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PURPLESPEDCOW 9/21/2010 9:22PM

    Must be the weather change. Many of us seem to be cutting back in some way or anohter. I went through my friends to find the ones who weren't active. Also, I have a plan on how I do my Sparking:
1. huddle with my teams
2. do Sparkpoints
3. go through my friend feed, making comments on weight loss, points earned, that type of stuff
4. go back to my teams and interact on the messageboards
5. blog if I have something to say
6. comment on people's pages
I don't do this all at once. But I can usually get everything in during the evening. I am really active on two teams, and kinda active on others. I do what I can. Any way, it helps me. I won't add any more teams unless I drop one at this point. In fact, I have been thinking of leaving a couple lately. Might end up cleaning that up too.

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    I am myself just getting caught up and have many teams I'm not active on... the 2 main ones that are the ones I live by are of course People in Ottawa and one more that I lead.

There's so much in SP Land ... but as with everything else, we need to take it in moderation so as to not feel overwhelmed and lose that balance (which I felt I had lost too)...

But you know what?! Your VLOG totally uplifted my spirits again! Thanks again for sharing your great talents! I'd love to learn how to make one of those...

Hope this finds you feeling a bit better...


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DARACOX 9/20/2010 8:50AM

    I know how you feel! At first I was so gung ho about everything and now I find it takes up so much time to keep up with all the teams and blogs. So I'm trying to just spend a certain amount of time everyday and make sure I try to touch base with most of my friends weekly. I just don't have all day every day to spend on SP (although if I could I would!)

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ANNE7X7 9/20/2010 8:47AM

    I totally understand! I have joined and left teams often because it was just too much, and lately I have had to cut back on my blog subscriptions cause it was just TOO much. There are only so many hours in a day, and I didn't want to spend too many of them online when I could be active or hanging with friends and family.

Do what feels right! I hope you find that balance!!

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LBEEKMA 9/20/2010 12:29AM

    Sounds like we're all streamlining this can't do/be everything and do it right! emoticon

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SUNNY1432 9/19/2010 11:16PM

    I'm in the same boat. I'm just doing what I can and letting the unimportant things go. Find what is important to you and make it work! Good Luck and go kick Monday's butt!! emoticon emoticon

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VAMANOS 9/19/2010 11:08PM

    I can relate, and I'm with you. Going to cut one team I don't belong on any more right BP hasn't been anywhere near high for a month.


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