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Winter/Spring/Summer in a Day

Thursday, February 28, 2013

I'm a native Floridian, so I can say this and get away with it. Florida is so weird. In February we have had winter, spring, AND summer.

Oranges on the tree

Camelias and Pointsettias are blooming

Birds work hard to keep warm

in trees just starting to bud out.

Spring azaleas and summer periwinkles are blooming.

And SOME are ready for the bubble to come off the pool.

And as quickly as going to bed and waking up to the sunrise, we slide into summer.

Makes me think of how all of us are in different stages.
Baby sparkers figuring out the water thing, and tracking, and teams, and deciding what they want from sparkdom and starting their journey.

And others of us going cross country with a few getting lost along the way, but most keeping on moving toward that elusive goal weight through the long hot summer, eating salads, stir fries, fighting sugar beasties, going to boot camps, taking on challenges, supporting each other.

And those others who certainly have a spring in their step, but are bundling up for the long winter of maintenance.

All at the same time,

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SIMONEKP 3/1/2013 5:10PM


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LESLIELENORE 3/1/2013 4:40PM

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CHRISTINASP 3/1/2013 12:24PM

    Ah! I finally found out where you live!!!

(In the garden of Eden!)

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BRAVELUTE 3/1/2013 8:08AM

    Buddha33, no, I wish I had all of these beautiful things in my yard. The chickasaw plum with the cold bird is my yard. The rest I see every morning on my walk. I Do have spirea blooming besides the chickasaw plum. I had periwinkles until the frost last week. I'm working right now to get my vegetable beds started. No hummingbirds yet. When they are here, they patrol from the top of the chickasaw plum, above where the little bird was keeping warm.

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BUDDHA33 3/1/2013 5:52AM

    Love the bird picture. I always wonder where they go to sleep and if it's out of the cold this time of year. Let me know when you see the hummers down your way so I can be on alert for the first ones up here in NC!

If these are pictures of your yard, it is very lovely and very neatly tended to. Do you do it all yourself?

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ADAGIO_CON_BRIO 2/28/2013 11:34PM

    Lovely pictures and great fun to read. Your comments at the end are profound.

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NSTARSMITH 2/28/2013 6:53PM

    What a clever comparison! Of course, living in Wisconsin, I tend to be grumbly about the weather, but, hey, your analogy works! Thanks for sharing!

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DLDMIL 2/28/2013 6:07PM

    Same weather here in Southern Californa. Winter/Spring/Summer, it can't make up its mind. Lovely pictures, thanks for sharing.

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GINNABOOTS 2/28/2013 2:57PM

    Love the pictures, can't wait for spring here in Michigan. We have had a total snow fall of 97 inches in the town where I live. Ugh!

Ready for some sunshine and warm weather. Thank you for sharing! Enjoy the sunshine there in Florida.

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MATTEROFHEART 2/28/2013 2:56PM

    Oh, I really like this blog! It is so true. That is one of things that I love about SparkPeople. There are people who have gone before me who are leading the way, some who are going through what I am right now, and some who are already looking to me to lead them!

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VEGIBIKER 2/28/2013 2:33PM

    thank you for sharing your lovely photos - very encouraging to me as I live way up north - and have to go on-line to see anything green! (it's all white outside my window)
(actually - it's kind of dingy grey since it hasn't snowed again in a couple of days.)

peace and blessings to you in your wonderfully weird Florida winter!

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Pools are Wonderful Inventions

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

The community pool is well into jack hammer Renovations.
Yesterday the Y pool deflated its bubble because of a tornado warning.
I called today, and it was back in business.
When I arrived early, a teenager was leaving the bubble. I asked her how the water was. She said it was nice but it would be better when the bubble came off. I thought it was lovely. Perfect temperature. So I got in 40 minutes of my own brand of workout I do for my legs, then 45 minutes of Aqua Silver class, and ended with 15 minutes of laps since that part of the pool had cleared out.

Right now my shoulders feel like my arms are going to fall off, but my legs feel fantastic and that was the goal.

Aqua Zumba followed by Water Exercise tomorrow night. Zumba in the water is a real trip!! Sends me into gales of laughter. Since I'm dripping wet, you can't see I'm laughing so hard that tears are streaming down my face. The tears actually compete with the sweat. I know, you can't see the sweat either.

Don't know how my legs will survive over the weekend when both pools are closed. You're probably yelling for me to go to the beach. Hey the Gulf is 69 degrees today. I need it quite a bit warmer for my toes to even consider wading at the beach. Both pools are heated to 84 degrees.

The Y will be available again on Monday, but no more bubble keeping the air warm. Not sure if they will continue to heat the water then.

Bubbles are wonderful inventions, too!!

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CHRISTINASP 3/1/2013 12:20PM

    You make swimming sound enticing!

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SIMONEKP 2/28/2013 10:49AM

    Love to emoticon

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LESLIELENORE 2/28/2013 10:22AM

    Sounds great. I wish they heated our local pool to 84 degrees!

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MLH148 2/28/2013 7:17AM

    Our Aqua Zumba is on the one night a week I have to work emoticon
It looks like a great time.
Sounds like you are doing great! emoticon

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POPSY190 2/27/2013 11:36PM

    It all sounds a fun way to get exercise. emoticon

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ANGEL1066 2/27/2013 11:34PM

    That sounds like such fun, and very good for you. Except - don't over stress those arms to save your legs. I do hope they are feeling better now. I'm wondering if the bubble top would work here - that could solve the winter pool problem if so.

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GZELLEFRO 2/27/2013 9:43PM

    I love swimming as well. I would love to take Zumba in the water! I would have to join the Y though and I live 30 min away and it's also too expensive. Oh well.

We did buy our own pool last year, but I can only swim in the summer. I stretch it out as long as I can, though. I open it in March/April and start swimming as soon as I can. Maybe I can get a bubble for my pool! I'll have to look into it.

Sounds like you're doing a great job and having fun at the same time. That's a surefire way to stick with it! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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Salt-Sugar-Fat Addiction

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

If you are reading this, you've probably missed the opportunity to see Feb. 26 episode of the Dr. Oz show. He had the author of "Salt, Sugar, and Fat: Could You Be Addicted?"

I feel vindicated.

I wish I knew the solution, but it's nice to know that the problem is real, and the manufacturers are working to keep it going.

Know what he says is the biggest culprit with sugar, salt and fat all wrapped up in one wonderful thing that takes us to our bliss point?

potato chips

All I can think to do is to STAY AWAY from processed food. And then to be sure when I cook that I don't make my own salt-sugar-fat combo that sets me off.

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LESLIELENORE 2/27/2013 5:50PM

    potato chips are a trigger food for me, so I tend to avoid them.

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ADAGIO_CON_BRIO 2/27/2013 4:41PM

    Yes, the problem is real. Now that we know it for certain, we can start to defend against it as best as we can. Who wants to be a patsy for the military-industrial-toxic food complex? Nobody!

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CHRISTINASP 2/27/2013 11:48AM

    I looked up 'vindicated' but don't get what it means in this context. I never liked potato chips!

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HIKER-SQUIRREL 2/27/2013 6:42AM

    I'm not familiar with Michael Moss, but I have read The End of Overeating by Dr. David Kessler, former commissioner of the FDA. He also examined the food industry's use of fat-sugar-salt to make food hyper-palatable, and the lengths they would go to make more money. Very eye-opening stuff.

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POPSY190 2/27/2013 2:07AM

    I just don't buy potato crisps any more - once started can't stop!!

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BUDDHA33 2/26/2013 5:41PM

    I caught some of that. Potato chips are my ultimate addiction.

The author's name is Michael Moss if anyone wants to obtain a copy of the book from their friendly library!

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Okay, I checked the schedule . . .

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

6:00 a.m. breakfast
6:30 walk
7:30 laundry and declutter
8:10 Leave for the YMCA

Aquatics Schedule Tuesday Morning

8:45 Water Exercise
9:45 Silver Splash
10:45 Deep Water Exercise

I'll either be a prune or a mermaid if I make it through all that.

I've taken water exercise before. It was enough to make me think I could become a fitness coach and develop my own water class and help others become fit by combining low impact cardio with strength while using the resistance of the water for toning. (Can you hear the laughter?)

It's a good thing I woke up early. Except I'm yawning . . . OMG it's 5:08. Better go back to bed. I thought I was retired!

Update: Well, today was stormy. I somehow got in the mile walk with the dog before the heavens opened up. I got to the Y in time for the 2nd class.
But they had closed the pool because they were under a tornado warning. They had actually flattened the bubble over the pool.

So I used the treadmill and did 15 minutes of lower body strength training, and went home via the produce aisle at Winn Dixie. I needed greens. Can't seem to find them at the farmer's markets.

If the weather is okay tomorrow, I might get to use the pool at the Y Wednesday and Thursday. They are closing again Marcjh 1 - 3 to take down the bubble till next winter.

So any way you look at it, I am going to be doing some other things besides swimming.

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PHEBESS 2/26/2013 4:40PM

    Too bad about the pool closing, I love water fitness classes! Used to go to water aerobics for myself, and the "senior fitness" class with my mom (where I'd still do the aerobics stuff away from everyone because I'd do double time).

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POPSY190 2/26/2013 12:32PM

    I've been retired a few years and now I wonder where I found time for the work!

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LESLIELENORE 2/26/2013 9:30AM

    Sounds like fun! Enjoy!!

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BUDDHA33 2/26/2013 6:01AM

    Sounds like a fun morning! What's for breakfast, Bravelute?

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CHRISTINASP 2/26/2013 5:33AM

    Wish I could join you. But not for two hours - last time I was in the pool half an hour was enough! Have a good time!

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Oh Woe

Monday, February 25, 2013

It has been expected but it is now official.
The community pool is closing. For construction to ramps, rails, fence and new floor surface around the total outside of the pool.

They say 1 week. What do you think?
I got my workout in this afternoon, and returned this evening just to enjoy the water and quiet, because I had it to myself.

I have alternative plans for fitness, but I don't think my legs will be happy without the swimming. So I guess I'll need to spend the gas to go to the gym.

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SHARJOPAUL 2/26/2013 10:38AM

    Hopefully it will only be that 1 week

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LESLIELENORE 2/26/2013 9:29AM

    One week? Ha!

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CHRISTINA-SP 2/26/2013 3:33AM

    I am glad that it is just one week. I'm sure you can find other ways to exercise.

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POPSY190 2/26/2013 2:25AM

    Good luck with this. I think a week might be a little optimistic?

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ANGEL1066 2/25/2013 10:57PM

    I hope they do it both quickly and well. My legs are not at all happy without a pool!

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CATHEMARIE 2/25/2013 9:10PM

    Hopefully, it will be finished quickly and ever so much nicer!


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NELLIEC 2/25/2013 7:57PM

    Swimming is very good exercise, so I guess that means spending money for gas.

1 week -- I wonder about that. I have had heard promises about how long something will take and usually it goes longer.

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ADAGIO_CON_BRIO 2/25/2013 7:40PM

    I hope they fix it quickly and it is well and truly improved!

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CBRINKLEY401 2/25/2013 7:15PM

    It's always good to have a plan B in place when plan A goes awry.

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