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Day 4... A very long short day

Friday, December 21, 2012

For the shortest day of the year, it has been a very long day, but I got so much done trying to get prepared for Christmas.

Thanks to several Spark Friends I discovered Leslie Sansone and did 45 minutes or 3 miles of her workout day following the video on YouTube. That makes my consecutive 30+ minutes of exercise streak stand at 4 days. Baby steps... it's a beginning.

I made the fastest dinner imaginable tonight, which was very healthy and delicious. I completely concocted and it was a huge hit with the family. I took a pound and a half of 93% lean ground turkey, added salt and pepper and 1 1/2 cups of fresh salsa. I mixed it all up and shaped them into turkey burgers. I threw them on the George Forman grill for about 30 minutes.

For my family I served them on whole wheat buns with a couple of tablespoons of guacamole on top and fresh salsa on the side. I tossed a quick salad and there you have it! Voila!! They loved it!! I loved it because of how easy it was to make, and oh boy did I feel good because they were ranting and raving about how delicious it was.

As for me, I had mine sans bun. Instead of bread, I had a bit of hummus, celery sticks and cucumbers in addition to my salad. I felt great about it.

My kids love that I have started my exercise streak. They are really encouraging me and also coaching me. They are exercising with me as well. Tonight they committed to eating healthy since they loved my healthy turkey burgers so much. They want to start a streak of their own with healthy eating! I am so glad it's contagious!

By the numbers since 11/6/12:

Exercise Streak - 4 Days
Tracking and within calorie limits - 45 days
Water consumption of 64 oz - 31 days

Tomorrow is weigh in...

Here's to our good health!

Anna

  
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CTMOM2KIDS 12/22/2012 10:32AM

    Thank you all for your wonderful comments. Per LADYFROMTHEWOOD, I have modified a recipe on Sparkrecipes. Here is the link...

http://recipes.spark
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Happy eating!

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LADYFROMTHEWOOD 12/22/2012 9:35AM

    Leslie's dvd is my go-to when I have to stay inside to exercise. I just can't stand to hear them talk over the music! I made a playlist that I listen to and turn the volume on the dvd down.
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You should totally make your turkey burger recipe available on sparkrecipes then give us the link! Sounds delicious!

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MARYBETH4884 12/22/2012 6:12AM

    Leslie Sansone is great for a quick workout! Glad your family is joining in the fun of good health! merry Christmas

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THESLIMMERME1 12/21/2012 11:24PM

    emoticon keep up the good work emoticon

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CATHYGETSFIT 12/21/2012 11:20PM

    Great job and the turkey burgers sound good, quick and healthy! You're doing great on your exercise and everything else! Keep up the great work! emoticon Go Anna!! emoticon

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RG_DFW 12/21/2012 9:59PM

    Here's to our good health... I like that!


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NILLAPEPSI 12/21/2012 9:18PM

    So great that the children are your cheerleaders. The support from family is wonderful. emoticon emoticon

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ITSMATT 12/21/2012 9:15PM

    Sounds tasty!

And GREAT JOB on your progress!

Make it a great day!
Matt

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111BUTTERFLY111 12/21/2012 9:04PM

    emoticon Glad you liked Leslie. I lost most of my 150 pounds walking with her.
emoticon You're turkey burgers sound wonderful! I have some ground turkey defrosting. I may have to try that. Thanks so much for sharing!

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TEACH68 12/21/2012 8:54PM

    Leslie Sansone workouts are great because you don't have to go to the gym, or outside of the house so they are easy to fit in.

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TRYINGTOLOSE64 12/21/2012 8:54PM

    Sounds like a good meal!! Good luck on your weigh in tomorrow!!

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Day 3... And the world is still here

Thursday, December 20, 2012

For most of the world anyway.

I guess the Mayan calendar just ended on December 21, 2012. Had they stuck around they would have updated the calendar, and not let us fools think it meant the world was ending..

My personal challenge of 30 minutes of exercise every day is now at 3 days. I did 40 minutes on the treadmill, which included a 2-minute warm up and a 5-minute cool down. I stretched before and after.

I got the exercise out of the way early. It felt wonderful to start out the day having already exercised. I had the whole day in front of me to go about my business. Of course I am on vacation this week so the true test will not come until after the New Year when I go back to work. At that time I will need to wake up early and knock it out. Consistency is king!

I still not ready for Christmas. I just picked up my Christmas cards from Walgreen's tonight. I have never sent them out this late before. With all that has happened in Newtown, CT I just have not been in a festive mood. Everyday this week I have passed funerals homes packed with people attending wakes or passed funeral processions. I am so glad the house was already decorated before any of this happened.

I went grocery shopping earlier tonight with my kids. I filled the cart with healthy fish, poultry, tofu, lots of fresh fruits and vegetables. At checkout the woman behind me commented on how healthy my cart was. It was a nice compliment and I felt good about myself. There was not one junk food item in that cart.

My low carb diet is working. I am tracking everything and I eat 5 times a day. I have tracked for 44 consecutive days and I have been within 1200-1400 calories each day, about 400 calories less than what SP recommends. But I feel full and satisfied so I think I am doing ok.

By the numbers, since 11/6/12:

Exercise Streak - 3 Days
Tracking and within calorie limits - 44 days
Water consumption of 64 oz - 30 days
Daily average sugars - down 40 points
Pounds lost - 16

Here's to our good health!

Anna

  
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CATHYGETSFIT 12/21/2012 11:33PM

    You really are doing quite well! Great numbers! Keep up the great work!! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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KOFFEENUT 12/21/2012 2:40PM

    WOW - you are doing AWESOME!!!

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THESLIMMERME1 12/21/2012 1:31PM

    emoticon one small step at a time will lead to success!!
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STINAMARIE86 12/21/2012 12:59PM

    Great Job Anna!! You are doing an awesome job with EVERYTHING!!! I love how you have your By The Numbers! What a great way to end the year and start the new year! Keep it up! You are rockin!

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RFJSJ50 12/21/2012 11:33AM

    emoticon What an impressive stats list! You are definitely making progress.

I always send my Christmas cards out in two batches. I am friends with several elderly who are alone and I always make sure to send cards to them early in December. I do that because I know most of them show their cards to everyone who stops by and leave them propped up in a place where they can see them. I asked one gentleman why he did that and he told me that receiving cards at Christmas shows he made it through another year and that someone still thinks of him. So those cards ALWAYS get sent but the rest of my list often waits until last minute.
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LADYFROMTHEWOOD 12/21/2012 10:19AM

    I agree with Cathy! And getting out Christmas cards every year is over-rated. It's ok. I missed two years in a row. It happens.
As for the Mayan calendar, it's round. It's supposed to "restart." The 22nd is supposed to be a new beginning. Like when our car's mileage reader flips over to "ooooooo" again. lol.
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Wishing you all the continued success that YOU have worked for!

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BLUEFISH1881 12/21/2012 1:00AM

    Go Anna...you're great.
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Will you succeed? Yes you will indeed! Ninety-eight and three-quarters percent guaranteed.
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BOOKAPHILE 12/20/2012 11:37PM

    I like your numbers a lot! Well done.

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CONNIEFULLER 12/20/2012 10:51PM

    Great Job. Keep Up The Good Work.



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111BUTTERFLY111 12/20/2012 10:51PM

    emoticon Anna! You're doing a wonderful job taking care of you. In all the world's turmoil, you're the only one who can do that. Thank you for doing such a good job. You're soooo worth the effort.

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JULESJET 12/20/2012 10:30PM

    Awesome! Good for you!
You are doing so great!
Keep it up, Anna!

Aren't we all glad the world didn't end :)
Julianne

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ITSMATT 12/20/2012 10:24PM

    Looks like you are doing quite well. Congrats on all those great stats, Anna.

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Make it a great day!
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Day 2... A streak is born

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Yes, it is day 2. It’s day 2 of my commitment to exercise daily. And I am making my commitment public.

First of all I have to thank two Spark Friends. ITSMATT, whose Sparkpage follows. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage.asp?id=I
TSMATT

Matt is a regular blogger here, with a no nonsense hard-nosed approach to holding himself accountable. His blogs are thought provoking, information filled lessons on how to reach a healthy lifestyle. Recently he referenced the second Spark Friend, RG_DFW, whose Sparkpage follows here. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage.asp?id=R
G_DFW

RG_DFW started a cardio streak that lasted an incredible 572 days. The daily exercise was followed by a daily blog. He put himself out in the public forum by committing to daily exercise and this led him to an astounding year and half journey of daily exercise. A bout with the flu ended his streak but he went right back to starting another one.

These two gentlemen have been helping me, whether they know it or not. And now I want to thank them publicly. I have read many of Matt’s blogs. The man simply makes sense. What he says is logical, sensible and usually correct.

I discovered RG yesterday. Being on vacation I am taking the time to focus on my program. I spent a good one hour plus reading and combing through RG’s blogs. I am amazed by his dedication, and the result? 90 pounds lost!!!

Like many people I have known in my life and have met on here, we all suffer the same fate. We lack consistency. I have been losing and gaining the same 30 – 40 pounds for 25 years. I always start out strong, I hit that first major plateau, get frustrated, lose focus and gain all lost weight and then start again at some point.

I am an intelligent, well-educated woman. My mother was diabetic for the last 27 years of her life. In fact she died due to complications from diabetes. I knew I was at risk and yet I could not find the motivation to plow through the plateaus. How could I let that happen?

Fast forward to March of 2010. I was diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes. I discovered Sparkpeople. I did great! I lost 45 pounds in about 6 months. I exercised. I bought equipment, exercise clothes, you name it. Free weights, resistance bands, stability ball, a new bike. All was going well through spring and summer.

Then it happened… plateau came. Couldn’t stop it. The holidays approached. It got colder out. Outdoor activities stopped. Days were shorter, nights were longer and exercise lost its appeal. Weight gain started again.

Even diabetes was not enough of a motivation to stick with the program! Do I need to be hit in the head with a baseball bat? Come on! My hiatus was about a year. I was feeling bad about myself. I had a feeling my sugars were not good. I was embarrassed to go back to my doctor but I knew I had to.

November 6, 2012. It was Election Day and also my appointment to go back to the doctor. Yes, my sugars were not good. A1C was high. I got back on SP and started again. Things are different now. I am engaging much more in the SP community. I am blogging regularly. I am active on teams. I am tracking every day. I have been doing a lot more exercise but not every day.

I have lost 16 pounds since November 6th. My average daily sugars have come down about 50 points. All good stuff!

Yesterday I met with a nutritionist, who’s also a certified diabetes educator. She went over my meal plans and was extremely impressed with how I was eating. She made a couple tweaks and offered one or two suggestions to get more “drastic” to help the sugar come down. She asked if I was doing Dukan. I had no idea what she was talking about. Apparently there’s a Dukan Diet out there which I had not heard of before, but essentially all I am doing is really, really driving down my carbs. I have literally cut out all bread, pasta and starchy foods from my diet. I eat proteins, low glycemic veggies and fruits, mostly berries, and I eat “good fats.”

But here’s the thing. She said I need to do at least 30 minutes of fairly high intensity cardio every day! It’s a must. She said I will absolutely burn off the excess sugar in my body and will absolutely be able to get off any medicine if I maintain my diet and my exercise.

So there you have it… I am wearing my heart on my sleeve. I have made my commitment and now I have to blog about it each day before all of you publicly.

Here’s to our good health!


  
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JIGGILY 12/22/2012 6:53PM

    emoticon I am so pleased that you have the confidence now to share with us.
I am really impressed, I have just been diagnoised with diabetes and am working really hard on the carb side, I still have the odd day where I go off the rails but they are getting fewer. I am going to start a exercise streak from the 1st Jan, I have prepared myself to start then, although I am still doing exercise I want to make it daily from January. You have made me more determined.
I would love to share hints and tips with you if you would be willing.
Good luck on your journey, lets work and support together.
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BEFIT014 12/20/2012 9:33PM

    Sounds like you are doing GREAT! And what better incentive than getting off meds!

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BAROSS 12/20/2012 12:04PM

    you can do this. good luck look forward to reading your blogs in the future.

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TANYA602 12/20/2012 9:03AM

    You are taking steps in the right direction and coming back to SP makes total sense. I'm glad you've found motivation thru others! And I agree with your nutritionist. 30 minutes of cardio is my daily go-to. It took awhile to get in the habit, but now I feel like I'm leaving the house naked if I don't start my day with at least a 15 minute workout.
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RUNDISNEY13 12/19/2012 10:30PM

    Here's to day 3, 4, 5......100! Thanks for the motivation. I've been away from spark people for awhile and your blog post is very inspiring! Thanks for the honesty, it rings true. emoticon

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ON2VICTORY 12/19/2012 9:57PM

    That really sounds like a good diet plan. BTW.. each time I fell flat in my weight loss journey it took about a year to get back to some sort of action so dont feel bad, you are not alone.

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111BUTTERFLY111 12/19/2012 9:48PM

    emoticon You can do it! You've got the determination and you've got good motivation. I'm going to enjoy watching you do this! I do believe I'll subscribe to your blog to have a ring-side seat! emoticon This is going to be encouraging to be a part of! emoticon

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MARYBETH4884 12/19/2012 9:03PM

    Wow a professional promise that you could be med free with these changes. Do it, do it! That's my goal and my doctor has been decreasing my meds since I've started Sparks but she's never said I could be med free. I'm doing my best to get there! Exercising daily gets easier the longer you do it. If you move it to later in the day you feel like something is off. My muscles sometimes ache if I don't exercise early enough or long enough. It makes me want to exercise. Good luck and enjoy your exercise of the day!

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CATHYGETSFIT 12/19/2012 5:02PM

    emoticon blog Anna! Thanks for sharing the links to these guys' pages and for talking about what you are doing. I'm right there with you on the exercise! I usually take a day or two off a week but I've decided to start doing all 7 days a week. I will do a minimum of 30 minutes but aim for at least 60 minutes. I have been at this plateau for months!! Then I broke my leg and now I'm starting all over again with the exercise. I have gained weight but my clothes aren't tighter since I've been on this plateau. I've been trying to go with less carbs too. I am working on it still. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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ITSMATT 12/19/2012 1:07PM

    Thanks so much for mentioning me. I'm glad you've found some of the things I write about useful. I think sharing of information and ideas is a good thing. Your kind works about me are nice to hear. Thanks.

Personally I like bread and pasta too much to consider eliminating it from my own diet but I do try to keep my intake under control these days. Active, deliberate eating is the key I think.

I look forward to hearing how things go for you as you continue this streak. And I look forward to your impressions of this low carb approach. It definitely didn't work long term for me (two low carb attempts I've made in the past took off the weight but were not maintainable in the long term, at least for me) but it might be just the thing for you.

And I'm encouraged by your post and the efforts you are making. Talking publicly about weight loss encourages others. Thank you for doing that.

And hey...

Make it a great day!
Matt



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RG_DFW 12/19/2012 11:22AM

    Thank you for the kind words. I let my health deteriorate while sitting too much at a desk out in corporate America. I learned the hard way, but I did learn.

Besides coming back from the abyss, one of my great pleasures is helping others to do the same. Please let me know if you have any questions and I'll do my best to point you in the right direction.

Good luck.. remember that consistency rules the day!

Rex

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Shattered Innocence...

Saturday, December 15, 2012



I woke up yesterday, December 14, 2012, having just attended my team’s holiday dinner the night before. It was such a wonderful time with wonderful colleagues. Everyone brought their spouse or significant other and it was so nice to spend time with everyone. I even ate really well. Waking up Friday morning, I thought hurray, it’s my last day of work for the rest of the year. I now get to think about Christmas and get all prepared while the merry bells keep ringing. I kissed and hugged my kids as my husband took them to school in a slice of heaven in northern Fairfield County Connecticut. Newtown is the town next door.

It was around 10 or 10:30 in the morning when I got a text message indicating that there was a shooting in Newtown at one of the schools and that our school and the schools in our town would be on lock down. It did not really compute. I thought it was a hoax. I went about my business. A few minutes later the cell phone rang and it was a recorded message from the superintendent of schools basically repeating the text. Huh? What?

I called my husband who had received the same text and call. It really wasn’t registering with him either, but we both started following the news on the internet. There was a shooting. Three people were taken to Danbury hospital. No talk of fatalities. As the hours unfolded and the horror of what was happening in Sandy Hook became clearer we rushed to get our kids from our school. They were not in danger and perfectly safe locked down in their school, yet the idea of not having them right with us to hold them tight was unbearable.

We spoke little of the events to our kids yesterday. We did explain that something bad had happened in Newtown and that we just needed to be with them so we could hug and tell them that we loved them. It seemed to suffice yesterday. In the meantime my tears would not stop falling because there were 20 moms and dads that could not do the same with their kids. I couldn’t sleep. When I did manage to dose off I would wake up and look for signs that it was just a bad nightmare but then I would realize that it was all too real.

This morning we had to talk to our kids about what happened. They are old enough to know that something terrible has happened yet too young to make sense of it all. Heck, I cannot make sense of it. I can’t even process it. We spoke to them… told them it was a fluke that will not happen again… God I pray nothing like this ever happens again. They had many questions. We answered as truthfully but as delicately as possible. They got it. They wanted to know how many children died. We could not bring ourselves to tell them. We said details are still emerging. It seemed to be good enough. We hugged them and told them how much we loved them. They were just so sad.

Our little corner of the country in picturesque New England was forever shattered. Yes, it did happen here. But WHY???? These things don’t happen here. Ours is a community of closely knit families, parents at baseball and soccer and Lacrosse games. We are people who attend church and go to the town green for the Christmas tree lighting. We go to apple festivals and strawberry festivals and hay rides. Everyone is involved in the schools, where it takes a village to raise our little ones. We are a collection of wonderful little towns here where the schools are great, the people are warm and our lives are safe and secure. But not anymore. A piece of all of us died yesterday, as 20 innocent children were robbed of the life they had before them. Six educators and administrators who loved what they do have been taken from their families senselessly.

There are no degrees of separation here. These were our neighbors. These are people we would see on the other side of the field as our kids competed against their kids. They are the town next door. This morning as the names and faces of the victims are released, we realized the magnitude by which our lives are affected. We know the victims.
It won’t be a Merry Christmas in Connecticut. Go hug your loved ones, especially your children. Give them a big hug and then hug them again. May God give peace to the families of Newtown.


  
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BEFIT014 12/20/2012 9:30PM

    The picture is POWERFUL!
I still haven't gotten over that but I also can't watch the news about it anymore. It's affected me the same way 9-11 did, except in Newtown I didn't know anyone. They're both just SO incomprehensible. Children!

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    emoticon and emoticon now and for a long time to come.

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CATHYGETSFIT 12/16/2012 2:50PM

    I feel so incredibly bad for all of the families involved in this. I know there is nothing I can say that can really help but know that my thoughts are with you, your family and everyone in the area whom have been affected by these tragic events. emoticon

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JUSTLLAMA 12/15/2012 11:54PM

    Praying for you and yours and those in your community. This is such a tragic event, my heart absolutely breaks.

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AMYBELLES 12/15/2012 7:15PM

    The Santa picture says it all, and so do your words. I have not been able to get this horrific tragedy out of my mind. As a second grade teacher, this is our worst nightmare. The drills we practice will have a different meaning now, since we know that our schools are not the safe haven we thought they were. My heart goes out to the all the children and adults in the Connecticut communities who are forever changed. I will keep the families in my prayers. emoticon

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SMARTIN77 12/15/2012 6:48PM

    Your story hit home and was more powerful than even the in-depth coverage presented by the news. A few yrs. ago, I visited some Amish friends in PA and visited the very site in Nickel Mines where the schoolgirls were shot. The grief, even after several months was still very real and the atmosphere felt heavy with the sense of loss. All I could do was cry out and pray. And that is what I'm doing now, too. You are right....hold close your loved ones and continue to band together as a community.

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KOFFEENUT 12/15/2012 6:17PM

    There are no words.

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MARYBETH4884 12/15/2012 5:31PM

    My prayers are extending to the surrounding towns, that especially the children will be able to deal with this tragedy. I lived in Ridgefield for several years so I understand that sense of community you are talking about.

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LAC936 12/15/2012 2:46PM

    There are no words to express my sadness for the the victims, their families and those so closely affected by this evil tragedy. I'm heartbroken for everyone.


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SIOBHANKNITS 12/15/2012 2:25PM

    Sending prayers to you, your family, and everyone affected by this horrific tragedy.
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My Bucket List... A&I Candy Canes BSG Challenge

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

This post is a bucket list of sorts – a list of 4 things I want to learn, 4 places I want to see, and 4 things I want to accomplish in my lifetime.

I want to learn...
1. Consistency and discipline... I know what to do to be healthy. I know the choices I must make and the sacrifice it will take. What I need to learn is to be consistent and I need to develop the discipline to remain consistent.

2. Photography... I have long admired those who can capture the beauty of everyday life in pictures. I have always wanted to take a photography course at the local community college or something like that but never made the time for it. One of these days...

3. Ballroom dancing... This one is probably a pipe dream if I want to partner with my husband. I have always loved the elegance of ballroom dancing. I have also long admired those couples who've been dancing together for ages, the way they float across the floor, always anticipating each other's moves. I want to do that someday with my husband. I'll start working on him and maybe we'll sign up for a class on the 12th of never!

4. This is the big one folks! I want to learn how to SWIM! That's right... I cannot swim. I can't even doggie paddle. The ironic thing is that my favorite vacation is a beach vacation. I love to be at the beach. I love the water and getting in the ocean. I just can't swim in it.

Do you want to hear something else that's really ironic? We have a beautiful inground pool. When my kids were little we hired a swim coach to teach them how to swim. He is a great coach and he works quite a bit with adults as well. I just couldn't bring myself to learn... it's the fear factor. I am afraid!

This past summer I made great strides... I actually learned to float using several noodles in the deep end. At first I would hold on to the edge of the pool and walk myself around, and then finally I got myself to the middle of the deep end! It was a banner day when that happened! Maybe next summer I can lose one or two of the noodles!

Four places I want to see...
1. The Grand Canyon... I have been to 29 of the 50 states, and I have visited 12 countries, yet I have never been to the Grand Canyon. I want to change that.

2. Yellowstone and Yosemite... Always wanted to go and have just not made the time. See above under learning to swim where my favorite vacation destination is... usually the beach. But I need to make visiting our biggest National parks a priority

3. Alaska... I think it would be magical, and someday I would love to see it.

4. China... I am not sure I would ever want to see China on my own but there's a strong likelihood that I will get there soon for a business trip. I want to go there because it is so different from anything we know here.

Four things I want to accomplish in my lifetime...

1. Financial independence... I don't care to be stinking rich... I just want enough to maintain our lifestyle in retirement.

2. Run a 5K... I can't imagine what it would be like. Right now I can't run 5 short blocks. To be able to do that someday would be a huge accomplishment.

3. Have a beach house... I dream to own a second home someday on Cape Cod, where we can get away whenever.

4. Finally, I want to be a size 8... How I might look in a size 8 dress is icing on the cake. What I am really after is a healthy weight and a healthy lifestyle so I can be around for my kids for as long as possible.

Well, I have a lot do based on this bucket list. I better get to work!

Make it a great day!

  
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SMARTIN77 12/18/2012 2:38AM

    I saw an ad for ballroom dancing the other day and was half-tempted....started daydreaming what that would be like. :) One item on my bucket list would be to hike the Appalachian Trail...my hubby, too. I know at the moment I'm not anywhere near being ready to tackle this...it's very intense and physically demanding. But maybe if I lose the weight by next year, I'll be ready to face the challenge!
Here's to making dreams come true!
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BLUEFISH1881 12/13/2012 12:48AM

    Great blog post. I would like to visit Alaska too. There is a ferry that goes from Bellingham, Washington (90 miles north of Seattle) to Alaska that I would like take.

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RFJSJ50 12/12/2012 8:38PM

    I love your list and your honesty in your choices.
Sheila

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KOFFEENUT 12/12/2012 8:03PM

    What a wonderful list! You are going to have SO much fun making these happen!

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JAMARIGOLD 12/12/2012 8:06AM

    Thank you for sharing your list! I think you sound like the kind of person who will make it happen. Even the dreaded swimming lessons! So, onward!
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LADYFROMTHEWOOD 12/12/2012 7:56AM

    I hope you have every opportunity to make your dreams reality! That includes your hubby getting happy feet.
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BEFIT014 12/12/2012 6:08AM

    Alaska is on a lot of lists--mine, too!

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JUSTLLAMA 12/12/2012 1:43AM

    Ballroom dancing is on my list too! So is the Grand Canyon. I'm seeing that on a LOT of lists. Best of luck to you in completing your list!

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