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Daffodil day

Monday, February 21, 2011

February 20th

the tulips are coming up!

First visible buds on the daffodils..pic taken early morning.

And then that afternoon:

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CASJ57 2/22/2011 10:37AM

    Happy day! emoticon

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HODGESLOVE 2/22/2011 1:59AM

  I love this time of year when everything is blooming...
All that beauty takes away my winter blues... emoticon

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BOOKWERME 2/21/2011 9:03PM

    OK by me, Laurie! emoticon emoticon

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RASCALSMOMMA 2/21/2011 9:02PM

    LETS Flood the world with Spring!! HUGS,,

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BOOKWERME 2/21/2011 6:49PM

    I admit, I was pretty surprised to see buds..and REALLY surprised when they opened the same day! emoticon I am eager for spring and summer flowers!!!

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ONLYTEMPORARY 2/21/2011 6:48PM

    Wow, mine are up but not open yet emoticon thanks for sharing their beauty.

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CELEST 2/21/2011 4:14PM

    Daffodils are such perky happy flowers....I love them!

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FELIXC 2/21/2011 4:08PM

    Yay! Looks like Spring has sprung!

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Could it be....IT IS!

Monday, February 21, 2011

Wish I had a digital it appears that I am firmly down 2.5 only "counting" two since my scale is not digital. BUT, I am delighted and perhaps will finally get this flab moving off me. So for today, YEA ME! emoticon

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NTSOHLTHNT 2/23/2011 6:51PM

    Yeah for you!!! That's fantastic news!!!
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HODGESLOVE 2/22/2011 2:01AM

  I am so proud of you.....
You are looking good Asta..
I am so glad that we are on this journey together.
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CINA-MINI 2/21/2011 4:01PM

    That is GREAT news!
Yay for you!!!!

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ONLYTEMPORARY 2/21/2011 2:25PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon Yes, it is working!

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BOOKWERME 2/21/2011 2:19PM

    LOL..Laurie...I will definitely have to be DETERMINED if I ever want to be FIRM! emoticon

Thank you all for your encouragement. The hardest stuff is yet ahead.

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LOVE2WALK1 2/21/2011 1:50PM

    My incredible's working, it's working!!!!!!!!

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BBGYRL4 2/21/2011 1:25PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticonThat's awesome Asta, keep it up!!

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RASCALSMOMMA 2/21/2011 9:36AM

    HUGS! and Remember the other measures of your life are just as important. Number one how you FEEL. Your comments say that you are doing emoticon in that regard. Same with your friendship! You WILL get there Asta. Be "Firm and determined!" MANY---hang on.... emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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CELEST 2/21/2011 9:25AM

    emoticon emoticon....and you did do it! emoticon

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KRMFREEONE 2/21/2011 9:17AM

    Yea you! emoticon

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Sudden Knowledge

Sunday, February 20, 2011

Received this in an email...don't know author. Sure is cute!

Since it is so hard to read, here is the text:

At last I know why I've got fat hips!
When taking a shower I often use the rest of my shampoo to lather myself.
Well, yesterday, I read what was written on the bottle:
"For extra volume and body"! WHAT A SHOCK

No wonder it is so difficult to keep my weight under control.
As from now I will use dish-washing liquid for showering - it
claims: "Dissolves fat that is otherwise difficult to remove"!

Maybe you have a similar problem?

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MARIE4950 2/21/2011 11:27AM

    WELL NO WONDER !!!! I have always bought the full volume shampoo and conditioners. hump!

Nice One!!
Have a great day. emoticon

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CELEST 2/21/2011 5:01AM

    And to think the diet companies have made millions and thats all it is! Hurrumph, could have saved myself a small fortune just changing my shampoo emoticon

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ONLYTEMPORARY 2/21/2011 1:25AM

    Boy, do I ever emoticon

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RASCALSMOMMA 2/20/2011 9:08PM

    Congrats Asta! You may have hit on something!!! HUGS! Laurie

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GAMOMMY3 2/20/2011 8:45PM

    Ah ha!!! I knew there had to be a solution! emoticon

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TIGGER2908 2/20/2011 8:35PM

    Hilarious! Thanks for making my day.

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Could it be...?

Saturday, February 19, 2011

I have been on Sparks for nearly four years!!! I find that astounding. I also am still pretty close to the same weight I was when I started! I have actually lost 17 lbs, but some of that is gaining and losing the same few. Not too long ago I was up several pounds and they weren't retreating. I finally decided to try to kick things up and felt I had to reset my trackers. I was not pleased...especially as I see so many who have lost literally hundreds of pounds in much less time.

So, what have I accomplished other than making some WONDERFUL friends here? (FRIENDS have been the BEST part of this journey!!!)

When I started I was living a sedentary lifestyle. I could tell I was not exercising enough and knew I wasn't eating very well. My blood sugars were gradually climbing and my Dr. was wanting to add more prescriptions to try to help me. I resisted.

A friend, in an effort to motivate herself and others, issued a walk a mile a day challenge for one month. I could do that...and I did. Knowing what I know now, I think that challenge probably saved my life. I hadn't started trying to fix things soon enough and ended up with two stents in my heart that Fall.

NOW I am exercising daily...some days more than others but something EVERY day! I have learned where my diet was really a mess and how many extra calories I was consuming each day...sometimes just with mindless munching. I realized that the things I was doing still, despite much improved health, weren't getting me the desired results so I felt I had to kick things up.

I had to add more variety to my workouts..and make them longer. Still, the scale just sat there. I keep tweaking my diet...trying to adjust it for better choices and to fulfill the dietary requirements for good health. Tweak, Tweak, Tweak. Still, the scale just sat there.

I decided to join the 8 week Diabetes Challenge. More exercise...more tweaking and logging. Week one...week two...week three...still no change. Blood sugars are dipping a little..but not enough yet.

I had a Dr app't to renew my two Rx. I honestly could tell him I FEEL TERRIFIC! But still the scale mocks me.

I am now nearly to the end of week four on the challenge. I still have room for improvements. I know my clothing is fitting differently though the measurements belie that. I KNOW I feel good...really good.

My "official" weigh in day is Monday..but this morning...could it be? finally? Did the scale give in on this battle and nudge...two pounds...maybe?

I've lost these two before...and didn't manage to stay put. This HAS to stop. BE GONE!!! Could it be...this time? We will see Monday!

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CINA-MINI 2/21/2011 3:55PM

    Asta, That is wonderful that you are FEELING great! The scale is a terrible thing! It seems my scale was on the "blink". It said I was up 7 pounds! The next day, I was back down to "normal". The next day, my scale kept saying "err 01". I just bought another scale. It's analog. It LIES!!! lol

Hugs to you!

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LOVE2WALK1 2/20/2011 2:02PM

    I know my scale does just go up and down, not just down. But, just like you we are healthier and blessed to have met and come to know our dear Sparkfriends. I think you are amazing!

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RASCALSMOMMA 2/19/2011 11:56PM

    It takes time. Some make drastic changes and lose a ton and then revert back to the old way. Some take baby steps to ge t where they are but wherever they are they KNOW its a good place. YOU are in the good place. You may hav ework to do and changes to make but one thing is you are WILLING to make them and two you are ABLE to TRY! Many hugs Laurie

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ONLYTEMPORARY 2/19/2011 3:52PM

    Asta, I know what you mean. I was sedentary too, not exercising except house and yard work.

I haven't had the heart issues though and I am so glad of that. As a matter of fact, my tests say it is in great shape along with my kidneys, lungs and liver. I was afraid about the liver because of the daily meds for the FMS pain.

Oh the munching. And always chips or the like! The last month, I've been doing the 2 pound thing too. I just need to pull up my boot straps and get with the program of more fruits and veggies, something I have slid on this last month.

It's always nice when we KNOW we are doing better because of the way we feel and the way our clothes fit or fall off emoticon emoticon

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CELEST 2/19/2011 3:43PM

    Ugh this weight fight is a tough one at best. But at least we are getting healthier with the food changes and the exercise. And for me, I have met some truly marvelous sisters who are now my friends. I look forward to logging in daily and see who says what and does what. Love you all to bits.
Hope your weigh in speaks the truth or tickles your ears depended on your state of desperation by now. emoticon

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"I'm in Love...I'm a believer..."

Friday, February 11, 2011

Most everyone who knows me knows how much I LOVE T-Tapp workouts.

I firmly believe in the techniques Teresa Tapp teaches. I also recently have begun trying to change up my workouts and I only have a small collection of T-tapp..some of which I can barely do!!! But, I can't work on those every single day.

Today, I stumbled across a Leslie Sansone ~Walk at home 5 mile Fat Burning Walk ~ DVD. It wasn't expensive at Sam's Club, so I figured I would try it. It has mile markers so you can choose one, two, three, four or five miles. I figured, I would try for one mile.

I liked it right away...and as we worked that first mile, I tweaked, using T-Tapp principles ..just little things that are now practically second nature to my mind.

I walked one mile...and the video segued right into the next one, so I kept going. I had no trouble with the breathing, the steps...and I kept going...all the way through five 12 minute miles! THEN, after the cool down stretches, I got on the gazelle while I listened to the interview at the end of the DVD.

I am delighted with this find. What I hope to do is alternate this (and perhaps others of Leslie Sansone's) with the T-Tapp, continuing to use the T-Tapp techniques.

I attribute T-Tapp training with the fact that I could DO this routine. I never got breathless. I never hurt...and except for one step that I stayed confused on.(.mind understood but body acted like it was a foreign language..but I will get it next time) I was able to do EVERYTHING.

I am just in love with this...and am a believer! Thanks to everyone who has mentioned the Leslie Sansone products along the way (I have no idea who you are!).

SO, THANK YOU, Teresa Tapp and THANK YOU Leslie Sansone!

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LOVINGMYSELF101 2/19/2011 2:22AM

    I also use the Leslie Sansone's walking dvd, it's a great way to do exercises at home if you can't get out. Love it!

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BOOKYETI 2/18/2011 5:21PM

    That's awesome Asta! It's great you have stumbled upon your 'eureka' exercise...something you enjoy and that you'll stick with! It sounds like a lot of fun! You're doing great! *hugs*

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MARIE4950 2/12/2011 4:35PM

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You are inspiring.

YEA !! emoticon

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LOVE2WALK1 2/12/2011 1:36PM

    I knew you'd love Leslie! Her workouts are so much fun...I have the 5 mile mile one you have and LOVE it. I probably have 8-10 of her workouts I've accumulated over the years, and rotate them. My hubby will even do them with me. Have fun, it's just one more weapon in your weight loss arsenal!

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2CATS2LOVE1 2/12/2011 11:45AM

    emoticonI have Leslie Sansone's "walk your belly flat." It's fun to do but thusfar I can only do a mile. Living in SoCal we get a lot of sunny days so I am privy to walking outside. Today is one of those days!

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HODGESLOVE 2/12/2011 1:08AM

  I am so happy for you. You have found something that you are going to enjoy while getting your exercise and that will keep you going with your exercise routine..

Keep up the good work...
I have heard only good things about Leslie Sasone..

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AMJSATURN 2/12/2011 1:04AM

    I too use Leslie's dvd. I have borrowed from others also. BTW: T-tapp is awesome I borrowed form the library. It is fun.
The change is what we all need to do. Glad you liked her.

try web collage to preview just about any fitness dvd before you buy unless you could borrow from the library.

Exercise, Workout and Fitness videos & DVDsInstructional and follow-along videos specializing in exercise, from aerobics to Pilates to yoga. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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MOMMYNURSE 2/12/2011 12:43AM

    I love Leslie. I have done her videos off and on for years. When my 12 yr old was younger - probably around 6 or 7, she would do the videos with me. She made a little book with stick figure drawings...and she wrote little word balloons "in hell, ex hell" it was so funny. I wrote Leslie telling her about how much my kids absorbed her videos. She wrote back and sent me her kids DVD walk before it was released.

5 miles..way to go! The most I've ever done at one time is 4 miles But Leslie does make the time go by fast. And she has so many videos...they are all the same basic moves but she uses different things like some use weights and some use stretchy bands, etc.

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BOOKWERME 2/11/2011 9:02PM

    I do remember the song, but couldn't have told you who sang it! The title just popped into my head the second I decided to blog about this. emoticon

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GAMOMMY3 2/11/2011 8:58PM

    Leslie rocks! Love2Walk told me about her years ago... and when I actually do the walks, they are a great help! Sadly, you do actually have to walk the walk to get the benefits! emoticon

So, are you a Monkee's fan or just couldn't resist the headline?

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ENDURANCEWINS 2/11/2011 7:33PM

    It feels good to find things that we can do and that work. I'm happy for you and I'm sure you'll see even greater progress now.

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BOOKWERME 2/11/2011 5:54PM

    I really had fun with this one. Already thinking of getting some more to "change up" these walk days.

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RASCALSMOMMA 2/11/2011 5:48PM

    You scared me Asta! I thought you had propelled yourself back to the Sixties again! Glad you were talking about fitness and not Monkees! lol. Glad too (seriously) that you found something you loved. Not many do that and that is why they quit.. HUGS Laurie

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