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Everyone Else is Doing It!

Wednesday, January 02, 2013

Making New Year's Resolutions that is. Or setting goals. Or whatever you want to call it. And I want everyone to like me, so I'm going to be a joiner!! emoticon

That, and if I write down my goals, I'll be able to refer to this blog to remember what I want and why.

Goal 1: do one unassisted pull up. I'm closer than I've ever been, but still need to gain ~60 pounds of strength. Better than the 100+ I started at. Why do an unassisted pull up? Cos I think it will be cool!

Goal 2: Learn some Mandarin Chinese. I realize that fluency isn't viable in the year I have planned. But I can learn some words and maybe some symbols. Why? Many of the folks I work with speak English as a second language. Mandarin Chinese is their first language. They've learned English. Why shouldn't I learn Chinese?

Goal 3: make the 2 for 8 Challenge a habit. The goal is to get up and walk at least two minutes evey hour for each of the eight hours (oh, if I worked only 8 hours per day) you are working. I got at least six in today. I'm on my way!

That's it. Three things. Enough to keep me busy, but not so much I get overwhelmed.

May you all meet your goals!

  
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JUNIAATROME 1/8/2013 4:16AM

    Very good thinking here! Mandarin is on my to do list (but I am at Swahili right now...) Like the get up and walk for two minutes drill during work. I usually have to do it anyway b/c the chief decided that the printer for all of us should be in 2nd floor! He may be concerned with our health, don't you think?

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AUNTIEANNE22 1/4/2013 3:20PM

  Hey, if I jumped off a bridge would you follow me?
Are you going to use that new language learning software? I can't even remember the name. I would love to learn German as it was my paternal grandparents' native language. My dad grew up with them and couldn't speak a word of it. Got a D in German in high school.
I tried to use the Roman chair at the gym, but have NO upper body strength. I almost blew out the shoulder that I had repaired two years ago. I won't be trying again any time soon.
I guess I don't have to worry about the third goal. I spend hours every day on my feet. HaHa!
It's going to be a great year!

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TRIANGLE-WOMAN 1/4/2013 9:51AM

    Great goals!

Love the "2 for 8" goals. My husband has a sedentary job. I will forward that idea on to him!

An unassisted pull up would be cool. Would also be easier if I lost 50 lbs!!

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MARINEMAMA 1/4/2013 5:19AM

    Well hey there joiner! emoticon I love it! I love your goals and plans to make it happen! Great way to fit some walking in throughout your day! emoticon

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STEELKICKIN 1/4/2013 12:53AM

    Well, what a great idea!! These sound GREAT! And I really do like you MUCH better since you became a joiner!
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IMREITE 1/3/2013 9:37PM

    working on goals with others is a great way to be successful. i studies spanish in high school and college, but i no longer used it when i graduated. 1 place i worked has some native speakers and i was able to practice with them. it led to making a few more relationships and getting more respect.

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CARRAND 1/3/2013 8:39PM

    Great goals!

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AJDOVER1 1/3/2013 6:54PM

    Cool goals -- especially #3! emoticon
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DEUSMACHINA 1/3/2013 3:38PM

    Great goals!

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BANDMOM2012 1/3/2013 2:32PM

    Nice goals :)

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CARLANNIE 1/3/2013 10:13AM

    Okay, what did John say? Or is that just a bunch of symbols? I think it would be difficult to learn Mandarin without having someone to speak with. So, you should have your kids or dh learn along with you! Just tell them I said so, and I'm sure they'll be totally thrilled about it!

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HOT4FITNESS 1/3/2013 9:52AM

    I think learning another language is awesome. I am quite fluent in american sign language and it does come in handy form time to time. Awesome goals and I am hear to cheer you on. Happy Sparking!!!

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BKNOCK 1/3/2013 9:43AM

    Sounds like some awesome goals! Good luck!

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JOHNTJ1 1/3/2013 6:41AM

    在达到今
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USFBULL 1/3/2013 1:14AM

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KENDRACARROLL 1/2/2013 11:53PM

    Everyone's doing it, that's why I don't.
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I like your goals though. I still haven't managed that unassisted pull up either, not that I have been training for it.

Always good to learn new things. Are you going to learn how to write too? ;)

Happy New Year!
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New Floor!! With before and after pics!

Friday, November 16, 2012

My DH and I moved into this house during the summer between our DD's kindergarten and 1st grade years in school. She is now a Junior (or 11th grade). It's late, so you get to do the math! The house was about two years old when we moved in. And we moved in very well. Besides DD, we also have DS and two dogs. All together, we've been very hard on our kitchen floor.

Poor floor...notice the holes in the linoleum? That's what happens when you don't have wheels on the desk chair.


And the brown spot? No, not a fire. Apparently, bug spray, sunshine and linoleum do not mix well...unless you like brown spots on your floor.


Now, that area looks like this:



We weren't as hard on the space for the fridge, but I think that black mark is a permanent stain.


Can't see the stain now!



The area in front of the stove is just plain dirty, faded, and worn.



Not any more!!!



A general shot of new amd improved.



Thanks for letting me share. Now maybe I'll move on to a new obsession. emoticon

  
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JUNIAATROME 11/27/2012 12:41PM

    Lovely pics! Now that you mention it - my windows are not finished yet and I HAVE another obsession already: I want the kitchen and the bath remodeled! (for the starters) DH thinks I'm crazy, but my visions do not let him untouched. I don't even want to post the before pictures of these...

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AUNTIEANNE22 11/20/2012 2:21PM

  Your new floor is gorgeous! Miss my wide pine floor in my old livingroom. I hate carpeting - especially when it's old and worn down.

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BKNOCK 11/18/2012 9:02PM

    Awesome! Want to come do my floors now?

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CARRAND 11/17/2012 9:47PM

    Love it!

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GEEMAWEST 11/17/2012 8:17PM

    That looks beautiful! Congrats! Now I have to get back to watching the Duck game.

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AJDOVER1 11/17/2012 7:54PM

    It looks like a dance floor. Crank up the music! Let's dance!
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FANGFACEKITTY 11/17/2012 2:52PM

    Very nice! It must feel as good as it looks. I finally got my floor redone too...just in time to move out of the house. Sigh.

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HDHAWK 11/17/2012 1:13PM

    I had the same situation at my last place. The wood is so much nicer and easier to take care of!

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GOPINTOS 11/17/2012 12:47PM

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STEELKICKIN 11/17/2012 12:43PM

    Wooow, what a difference a new floor makes, eh? It is beautiful! The wood look just ties everything together and it is so much easier to clean. It also gives it a warmer feel. You guys did a great job! A little tip, though...if you wanna have fun, and I learned this when I was about seven years old...if you spray furniture polish on the bottom of your socks and take off running, you can slide really fast on hardwood floors!!



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BETHGILLIGAN 11/17/2012 8:11AM

    Love that new floor!!! Yeah, it seems your old floor had been "loved" a lot!! LOL It is beautiful!!!! Thanks for before and afters!

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CARLANNIE 11/17/2012 7:31AM

    That was insightful to take the 'before' shots. Your new floor looks fantastic! When our son went off to college, we remodel our kitchen as well. Enjoy!

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JOHNTJ1 11/17/2012 7:26AM

    Do you hire out? I'd gladly pay the plane fair and any necessary expenses. I am not allowed to use anything thats sharp, is powered by battery or electricity or had a cord attatched to it. Come to think of it I am not allowed to do a whole lot!!!

The floor is really nice and just in time for Thanksgiving.

Really nice Barb. Thank you for sharing with us. I always enjoy your blogs

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QUILTYENGINEER 11/17/2012 1:25AM

    Love the new floor ... it's beautiful!!!

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GLAMNGLOWDIVA 11/17/2012 12:36AM

    Beautiful! I have wood floors too and they are beautiful.

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KENDRACARROLL 11/16/2012 11:47PM

    Ahh, it's beautiful! Absolutely love it!
(Wood or laminate? Can't tell by the pics.)

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NEWNAC304 11/16/2012 11:40PM

    Beautiful!

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SKJCHAPMAN 11/16/2012 11:11PM

    It's a beauty. Sorry you had to wait so long.

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SANDICANE 11/16/2012 11:05PM

    Hey, I love your new floor!

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Happy Fourth!

Wednesday, July 04, 2012

www.youtube.com/watch?v=c8C7i9kdEf8

This is a great version of this song!

  
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CARLANNIE 7/8/2012 12:57AM

    Happy Fourth on the 7th! I like it, and my dh and ds like it, too!

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JOHNTJ1 7/5/2012 3:34PM

    Happy Fourth on the fifth

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AJDOVER1 7/4/2012 9:05PM

    awesome. emoticon

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BKNOCK 7/4/2012 6:02PM

    Thanks for sharing, very good!
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KENDRACARROLL 7/4/2012 2:24PM

    "THIS" song...?
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Thanks for posting the link. This is in fact a great version.
(Now I'm feeling all patriotic...)

Happy 4th to you!
What a nice break to the work week this year.
Enjoy!
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Never Quit Pledge, Read, Agree, and Share With Those You Love

Saturday, June 30, 2012

Never Quit Pledge

Saturday, June 30, 2012

Today, I promise I will not quit.
I pledge that no matter, how many ups and downs I pass through, I will continue on my journey.
I pledge to make a NEW START today, and forgive myself for my past, and to stop being so critical of myself.
I pledge to take control of myself, to stop making excuses, and stop blaming other people or situations.
I pledge to treat myself as I would my best friend, because that is who I am.
I pledge to stay in the race and to be a WINNER!

signed: Leisa (Sunflowergal40)
04/26/12

Signed: Chris (chriskenandkids)
04/26/12

Signed: Linda (scoutmom715)
04/27/12

Signed: Nancy (tedybear2838)

(from Linda S. Jayne (Geminisue)

Signed: Vicki aka VICKI-B--56


Signed; Pixie (Pixie-Licious)

Signed: Gloria (GloriaB73)

signed Fran

Signed Sarah (Millie 5522)

Signed Shelby (theshelbster)

Signed Beckie (BIRKIE528)

Signed Debaune (Doobie893)

Signed by Wallahalla on Friday, June 29, 2012

Signed by Karen (MAMAWALMART) on June 29,2012

Signed by Sibille (musolf6) Friday June 29,2012

Signed Shirley (Lookingup2012) Friday, June 29, 2012 who needs to do this because she quit SP three times in 3 years.

Signed Susan (catladyx8) Friday June 29, 2012

Signed John (Johntj1) Saturday June 30, 2012

Signed by Barbara (CartoonB) Saturday June 30, 2012

Will you blog and post the Never Quit Pledge, today/soon?
Let's spread it through Sparks, so all can have the choice to commit!

  
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QUILTYENGINEER 7/1/2012 2:53PM

    Thanks for sharing. I have re-posted to my blog!

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HOT4FITNESS 7/1/2012 8:21AM

    Today I pledge to start July off on the right track. I have had so many downs lately and not enough ups.m Today I have decided to slap those downs in the face and let the race begin. I am not a quitter. i can do this!!! Thanks for sharing. Let the games begin!

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Well...that didn't work!

Friday, April 06, 2012

A few weeks ago, I changed my goals to show myself losing seven pounds by the end of the year. I figured that a slow-and-steady pace would take away the stress I was feeling and make it easier to stay in calorie range.

I was wrong.

Instead of making it easier to stay in calorie range, it got really easy to be over. Not a lot (usually), but over. And, sure enough, my weight followed. I saw my highest number on the scale this weekend. Granted, I had just eaten four pieces of Pizza Hut Meat Lovers Pizza...and was physically ill! But, the number was high and I didn't like it.

So...I readjusted again. I moved my goal up to losing seven pounds in three months. My exercise goals stayed the same so my calorie range shifted down quite a bit. But, that has been good for me. I've been more focused on getting my nutrients in within my limited calories. I have been able to fit a couple of treats, but I am not indulging everyday. I'm still taking my cheat day tomorrow, but it will be one day this week, not every day this week!

The good news is that the scale is down four pounds. I realize that most of that is bloat. I don't care!!!! It's gone! LOL! And, best of all, I am feeling it. I don't know for how long or how soon I will be tempted to over indulge. But for now, I'm feeling it and I'm liking it.

  
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MYOWNHERO 7/5/2012 9:22PM

    You can do this, you know you can.

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CHATTIEGIRL 5/22/2012 5:09PM

    Hi Barbara;

Whatever works for you try and stick with it. I make pull apart cookies with my 8 year old DGD and I cut them in half before baking so if I have one it is very small. I have even quartered them anything that works to home loose or maintain. I can't run but I walk over 10,000 almost every day. I even have a broken little toe but stil go for it. Put forth the effort and it will pay off in the long run. God bless you always.

Smile Joyce

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JUNIAATROME 4/20/2012 11:07PM

    Slow never works for me (and fast doesn't either!). It's like running - I can't slow jog, but when I start running I can't hold it up for a minute! Not a great prospect. Since I can't run fast and long, there is just one way of doing it - learn running slow and long... emoticon emoticon

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CARRAND 4/10/2012 10:11AM

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AUNTIEANNE22 4/9/2012 8:46PM

  I ate 4 pieces of pizza the other night, too, but it was Mediterranean and had no meat. I hadn't eaten much all day and I didn't even feel full.
I'm glad you were able to tweak your goals and get back on track.

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QUIKSYLVER 4/9/2012 1:14PM

    You and me! We can do this!

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LIFE-FAITH 4/9/2012 10:57AM

    emoticon emoticon Keep on keeping on - taking care of you and finding things that work on your journey to health.
Jean

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JOHNTJ1 4/9/2012 8:24AM

    I had a boss, years ago, probably long before you and Dutchie were born, who had a small sign on his desk. It read: "What gets checked on gets done."

My dad dies a month ago today and ironically it was the last time I weighed myself until this morning. I gained 12 pounds. Now some of that is the whole grief/stress process for sure but some of it came from telling myself I had time to get everything back in line.

The important thing is that you learned from the process and in the future you'll not fall into the same trap.

Glad you are my friend

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REJ7777 4/8/2012 8:16AM

    Sounds great! It looks like you've found a goal that will be challenging enough to keep you focused. emoticon

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GEEMAWEST 4/7/2012 10:55PM

    Knowing you, you'll be back on track in no time. emoticon

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AJDOVER1 4/7/2012 4:58PM

    4 pieces of meat-lovers pizza? ya, we won't be doing that now that we're back on track! Good for you for catching yourself before too much damage was done!

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EM4488 4/7/2012 3:45PM

    Pizza.....Hut.....Meat....Lovers...
..Oohhhhhhhh.. ..Sooooooo.....Gooooodddddddddd!!!!
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STEVENGO2 4/7/2012 12:53PM

    emoticon I think it is great that you adjusted your goal and found out that it helped. Sometimes a jump start quick drop motivates a long term weight loss. Just be cautious to stay motivated if the scale slows down in dropping. I hope it continues in the same general direction over time for you, Barbara.


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CARLANNIE 4/7/2012 8:34AM

    Now you know what works for you! If you are like me, now you will want to program your brain to remember this next winter when you are tempted to go back to Plan A! Have a Happy Easter!!!

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KENDRACARROLL 4/6/2012 11:46PM

    Yup, it's real easy to start over-indulging even if it's ever so subtle.
Best way I found to keep this in check is by weighing in once a week. This way I can take corrective action quickly if needed.
Keep fine-tuning, these pesky pounds should be long gone come summer.

Having said that, I broke into the Easter candy yesterday. The candy I had bought to make Easter baskets for the kids. Well, now I have to go and get some more tomorrow, which will hopefully make it into the kids' baskets...
Weigh-in is on Sunday. Looks light it might be time for a very well behaved week next week :)

Happy Easter!
Enjoy your weekend.
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DUTCHIEKIWI 4/6/2012 8:49PM

    Well done you... I wish your determination would rub off on me at this moment in time xoxox


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BETHGILLIGAN 4/6/2012 8:14PM

    Good for you getting back on track!!!

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