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New idea of fun?

Friday, January 25, 2013

I'm a gym rat. I go to the gym six days a week and am on the elliptical at least five of those days. I try to mix it up at least one day, but I don't always feel like it. I know that I need to vary my workout, but sometimes that is too much to think about. Especially at 4:30 AM.

So...I was reading an article in one of those little throw away magazines. I live in Southern Idaho and it gets cold here in the winter months. In fact, we hit 36' today and it feels like a heat wave! Anyway, because it is often too cold or too snowy or too something to exercise outside, this magazine offers a new treadmill workout. The workout includes side walking squats, sprints mixed with squats, backwards walking and lots of other variations. I'm actually looking forward to trying this workout! It sounds like...dare I!?!?

I'll let you all know how I like it. I'll report after the workout. And I'll update a day or two later with how sore I am! LOL!

Happy weekend Sparkers!

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AJDOVER1 1/26/2013 10:35PM

    so how did it go? I hit the treadmill at least 3 days a week. I vary my speed and the incline, but I always face forward. I can't wait to hear your report!

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BKNOCK 1/26/2013 10:20PM

    Please don't fall off the treadmill, I did that once and it was not fun!

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AUNTIEANNE22 1/26/2013 8:24PM

  Just be careful. I have a mental image of you looking like a pretzel at the base of the treadmill. I know how important it is to mix up your routine. Your body adjusts to whatever you are doing and then stops losing. do you ever do the elliptical backwards? I've never tried it, but I have seen others doing it.

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KENDRACARROLL 1/26/2013 6:19PM

    And you're gonna try this new workout at 4:30 in the morning?!? You're my hero! I can't even imagine being conscious at that time of day.

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CARRAND 1/26/2013 12:04PM


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CC3833 1/26/2013 10:00AM

    That's awesome you're excited... it sounds fun but also dangerous so make sure you're wide awake when you do those ;-) have fun!!!

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BETHGILLIGAN 1/26/2013 8:46AM

    Gym at 4:30??? I so admire that in my Sparkfriends. I don't know how you do it!! I hate the treadmill but I know that excited feeling of having a new workout to try. I'm anxious to hear how it goes!! I admire you on so many levels; living in southern Idaho (BRRRRR), working out AT THE GYM at 4:30 AM, and dedication to changing up your workouts!!!!

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CARLANNIE 1/26/2013 8:39AM

    This is all well and good, but I want to see the Video of you doing side walking squats on the treadmill! If anyone can do it, you surely can. Me? I'd be rolling off just like some of the contestants on Biggest Loser, lol! Not a pretty sight. emoticon

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BBECKER1955 1/26/2013 8:20AM

    Sounds like a great way to vary "dreadmill" workouts! Excelsior.

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JOHNTJ1 1/26/2013 7:20AM

    What a wise person you are Barb. We often talk about the need to exercise and being consistent and all that stuff but we don't talk about boredom and how it often sabotages an other wise healthy life style.

Glad you found some variety in your life. It is a healthy spice, no?

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JUNIAATROME 1/26/2013 2:57AM

    I wished there was a gym open in this town at 4.30! When do you go to bed? And how did the backwards walking go??

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GEEMAWEST 1/26/2013 12:08AM

    Can't wait to hear all about it! You go girl!!

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LABRATIAM 1/25/2013 9:38PM


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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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`*♥☆ Keep Spreading the Spark!!!

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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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KENDRACARROLL 1/2/2013 11:53PM

    Everyone's doing it, that's why I don't.

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.

Catch ya later. emoticon

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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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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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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

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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STEVENGO2 7/4/2012 11:10PM

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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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    "THIS" song...?

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.

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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)

Signed: Chris (chriskenandkids)

Signed: Linda (scoutmom715)

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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    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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