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Walking with Ashley, through the park.

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Bryan Park, is starting to come alive, with the beginning of Spring.

Although clouds kept the temperature down, Ashley and I went walking through the Azalea gardens.
We both volunteer there, trying to bring this once beautiful jewel, back to at least a respectable place.

The redbuds are almost past, but the dogwoods are in their glory.

A few early Azaleas are blooming, and the buds are full, on many that should be out in the next week or two.

Ashley and I have had many good times, here and it would not be Spring, without enjoying our walks.

Here is my daughter, my buddy, Ashley. emoticon

Allergies are making for puffy eyes and runny noses, but they wont keep us away.
We will return, in a week or so and continue to enjoy what nature has to offer.

Mother daughter time and a workout! Can't beat it!

  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

MARLINDA5 4/19/2014 8:09PM

    aww - so nice to spend time with your daughter

I know what you mean about the allergies in the eyes - - mine are red and puffy :(

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RAINBOWMF 4/19/2014 5:22PM

    Mother daughter time is so special.
You both keep it up, nothing like making these wonderful memories

Love Mary

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CHANGING-TURTLE 4/19/2014 4:42PM

    Enjoy your time together that is so special.

The flowers look so pretty to bad they make your noise run. On my walks in the morning I have to wipe the tears from my eyes but I would not give up those walks I just love them so.
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MLC721 4/19/2014 11:26AM

    Love the blog, love the pictures. Ashley is so lucky to have good "Mom" time. It's wonderful when your Mom is also a good friend.

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YBBHAPPY 4/19/2014 10:05AM

    Good for you and your daughter! emoticon

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JERZRN 4/19/2014 8:52AM

    Pretty pictures! Enjoy your time with your daughter!

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Friday, April 11, 2014

Blog number 3 on Non Scale Victories.

There are so many things that make a difference and that we can be proud of, while not letting a number on the scale define who we are.

This blog, is about physical ways in which I have improved.

There have been some health issues, in the mix, but changes are happening all the time and I will concentrate on the good ones!

Physical (Outside)

Clearer much better and smooth. I am really liking it. emoticon

No more under-eye circles ...looking awake and alive! emoticon

More youthful appearance ..I was looking washed out and frumpy, back in January, but now I shine! emoticon

Brighter eyes... with the exception of this week, with allergies acting up, my eyes are much clearer and the white is actually white! emoticon

Whiter teeth...thinking this is from multiple dental trips, but whatever the reason, it's a good thing. emoticon

Flatter stomach ...bloating has been such a problem, the past year and especially the past three months. Progress is finally being made after giving up 90% of my gluten, working out more and making sure I drink my water.

Leaner appearance...this is coming from my exterior gardening, which had a late start this year. I will work on making lean a year round thing. emoticon

Clothes fitting better..thank goodness my jeans are "behaving" now! emoticon

Stronger, shinier hair .. a new cut and a few at home spa nights and my hair looks 20 years younger. emoticon

More defined muscle tone...ah, I love strength training and my arms start to show tone after the very first session! Why not keep going? I love this pretty quick lift. emoticon

Friends say you look younger. They wonder, is it the new hair? Is it her smile? Is it all that water she is always drinking, that smooths out the wrinkles? Is it her positive upbeat attitude, that shines through? Well, I say, all of the above and then some!
(It helps to be a kid at heart, too)

SO there you have it. I may be stuck on the scale, but I am making big strides and I feel and look so much better than I did a couple months ago.

I am also getting all sorts of testing done, to take care of the health issues, I am having.
A matter of doing what you can with what you have, taking care of business and being proud about all the improvements, along the way!

I can be the best at this weight that is possible and I will! emoticon

emoticon too! Enjoy ALL your progress!

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IMIN2GENES 4/14/2014 8:33PM

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Way to focus on the positive! And yes... being a kid goes a long way!

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MARLINDA5 4/12/2014 10:01PM


Such a positive blog - emoticon

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SPARKFRAN514 4/12/2014 12:09AM

    Thanks for the great list of NSV its always fun to see how small changes make us feel so good and like the trainer at the gym reminded me Muscles weigh more than Fat . and a flatter stomach is always a great feeling team mate just think how great we will look at our 4th of July Party emoticon

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ASHLEYVRONEK 4/11/2014 6:34PM

    I'm SO proud of you Mom! You're looking so great. I'm so happy for you! I love you!

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CAROLMAID 4/11/2014 2:34PM

    So positive! So Awesome! go you! emoticon

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MOTHEPRO 4/11/2014 2:09PM


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GMFAY33 4/11/2014 11:28AM

    Thanks for the updated version of the "bucket list". The NSVs you have achieved this winter are certainly things we all desire. And you have been Sparked!

Love you,
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SHIRLEYX 4/11/2014 11:22AM

    Love those NSV's!

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RAINBOWMF 4/11/2014 8:08AM

    Bright , cheery positve blog emoticon stuff to read on a Friday morning.
You are doing great and I am pleased to watch you change.
emoticon for my morning emoticon , you made me see how happy we can be with our NSV .

Happy Friday

Love Mary

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123ELAINE456 4/11/2014 7:56AM

  Congratulations on your Non Scale Victories. That is Amazing. You are doing so Good and that is Great. Keep Pushing Forward. Thank You for sharing this with us. God Blessings Always. Have a Wonderful Week. Hugs!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Take Care.

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TWEETYKC00 4/11/2014 7:50AM

    Keep on glowing and having your victories!

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RIDLEYRIDER 4/11/2014 7:49AM

  Wonderful! Being healthy IS success!

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WDIPIM 4/11/2014 7:47AM

  awesome - keep up the good work.

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SUZIPAM1 4/11/2014 7:45AM

    thats wonderful - i love this

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SHELTER_PETS 4/11/2014 7:43AM

    I agree;-) Being a kid a heart really helps. Keeping that mind open;-) GOOD FOR YOU:-)

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ELRIDDICK 4/11/2014 7:33AM

  Thanks for sharing

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Sunday, March 30, 2014

Continuing with my Non-scale victories, I will list ways that I have improved, this week, when it comes to sport, exercise and play!

I am loving this part as I feel so much more alive and my confidence is soaring!

Sport, Exercise, and Play......

You started exercising ..well not started, but increased dramatically emoticon
You became more consistent with exercise emoticon
You can go longer, harder, faster emoticon
You can lift heavier things emoticon
You hit new “personal bests” in the gym or at your sport emoticon
You recover more effectively from exercise or sport emoticon
You have the confidence to try something new emoticon
You’re more coordinated emoticon
Your balance is better emoticon
Your throws and catches are more accurate emoticon
You feel more playful emoticon
You’re outside more emoticon

I am having so much fun, working out, whether it is gardening, walking, climbing stairs, lifting weights, running in place, dancing, yoga, or pilates, I can't seem to get enough!
My energy is increasing with each workout.
I am breathing better, my arms are getting more toned and I am standing taller.

It may not show on the scales, but it is showing on me, in confidence, increased endurance and firming up. As I continue it will only get better!

Have any of you got NSVs in this category? They sure a fun! Come join me!

Older photo, but the river is always fun and I look about the same.

  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

CAROLMAID 3/31/2014 1:46PM

    Such a nice blog! I'm gonna try and suck up some of your energy and enthusiasm just by reading your words. I hope it's contagious! Way to go girl!

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123ELAINE456 3/31/2014 1:05AM

  Awesome Blog!!! WooHoo!! Well Said!!! Well Done!!! WTG!!! God Blessings Always. Have a Wonderful Week. Hugs!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
!!!!!!!!!!! Take Care.

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MLC721 3/30/2014 9:38PM

    You are totally emoticon

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BILLB000 3/30/2014 9:34PM

    Inspiring Chris. Thank you. You know I like your blogs. I feel your positive energy.... This one made me want to immediately start working out. I have to go. Time for a bike ride. emoticon emoticon

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FLSUNSHINE31 3/30/2014 8:51PM

    Chris, a wonder blog. I have to get back into a routine. Thanks for the reminder.


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PIXIE-LICIOUS 3/30/2014 6:29PM

    NSV's rock!

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SPARKFRAN514 3/30/2014 4:18PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon What a great report on your March victories . you are proof that none scale victories are just as important as seeing the scales move downward. its not warm enough here to do a lot of working out out side it still cloudy and chilly the ground is cold found that out when i was pulling some weeds so decided to wait a while . but will be doing my exercising inside for now. Great picture of you by the river have a great journey this week emoticon emoticon

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MARLINDA5 3/30/2014 11:45AM

    You look great in that picture and the river looks so good too :)

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TWEETYKC00 3/30/2014 8:50AM

    Whoohoo, that is the way to get going!

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RAINBOWMF 3/30/2014 8:17AM

    Energy to burn as they say. The more you improve the better you feel. We all know this so why do we hesitated to get our bodies moving? You have done well, I am proud of you.
Keep the great blogs coming. I love to hear how you have challenged your self and made it happen.

BTW I love the river picture but I have to disagree with you, I think you look much thinner in the face and younger , now then you did in that picture . That is all I can see but I bet you are more toned too.

Love Mary

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Tuesday, March 25, 2014

March came in with a tired feeling. Winter staying longer than normal for Virginia and I'm thinking, for much of us.

A few health issues lingered along , perhaps from unhealthy choices and other factors, combined, but blood work was done and since I haven't heard back, I will take it, that I'm doing OK. emoticon

Well, mid month brought the tease of Spring and since I have been trying really hard to do right, I am reveling in my non-scale victories!
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These are divided, into different groups, but today I will pick ENERGY. For with ENERGY the rest will follow.


Your energy levels are consistently high emoticon
No more mid-day slump emoticon
More energy to play with your kids(mine are grown but we still play.) emoticon
More energy to exercise emoticon
More energy to socialize emoticon
You no longer need to eat every 2 hours emoticon
You no longer get cranky if you don’t emoticon
You can go hours between meals and still feel okay emoticon
You no longer need sugar or caffeine to prop up your energy emoticon

I can say that all of these have improved and I feel like myself, again!
Was it the few warm days? Sunshine? (Vitamin D)
Gardening? emoticon emoticon
A virus that left? emoticon emoticon
Cutting out Gluten? emoticon
Encouragement from Sparkfriends? emoticon

All of the above. emoticon so much for helping me through my down time.
Now let's go out and have some fun!

Ashley and I had a wonderful time at the Southern Womens show.
We both had outstanding BP readings, had plenty of energy and fun, I had a massage and got to see "Johnny" He doesn't look thrilled, with me being there. Maybe he needs some energy. emoticon

What Energy NSV do you have to share? Celebrate, if any of these these have improved, while you are on your healthy journey. emoticon

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BILLB000 3/26/2014 9:56AM

    Nice blog Chris. Well done. I believe Johnny is, in fact, thrilled. He is attempting to maintain his composure.

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MARLINDA5 3/26/2014 8:34AM

    Thank you for your great blog -
Positive thinking goes a long way.

Loved the picture with you and Johnny - you look great emoticon

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123ELAINE456 3/25/2014 10:56PM

  Awesome Blog!!! Well Said.!!! Well Done!!! Sounds like you are doing well. These NSV=Energy things are awesome!!! Keep It Up!!! God Blessings Always. Have a Wonderful Week. Hugs!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!Take Care.

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SHIRLEYX 3/25/2014 6:59PM

    So glad that you are full of energy! It will keep you going when spring finally gets here.

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SPARKFRAN514 3/25/2014 5:47PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon love those NSV and you are looking great keep up the great job looking forward to picnic across the states on the the 4th emoticon emoticon

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CHARTHESTAR 3/25/2014 4:54PM

    Energy- add that with a positive attitude and you can do just about anything!

Great NSV!

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MLC721 3/25/2014 2:11PM

    You are so special Chris! Always drawing us toward the positive. In the short time I've been on your team, I never once thought you might be lacking energy. You impress me as one of the most "with it" people I've seen on Sparks.

Don't fret; Spring is coming because Gloria said so. emoticon

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PIXIE-LICIOUS 3/25/2014 12:25PM

    emoticon for NSV's!

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FLSUNSHINE31 3/25/2014 10:09AM

    You are looking great, keep doing what you are doing. I don't know how much more energy you could have. :)

Enjoyed the blog.


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RAINBOWMF 3/25/2014 9:35AM

    Great blog Chris.

I must say, you look awesome. Keep that energy going.
We know spring has to come, when that is another question.

Hugs Mary

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CAROLMAID 3/25/2014 8:43AM

    Johnny looks psyched! LOL Wish I could write such nice blogs. You have such a great out look. Spot on about everything here from the weather to all the NSV's! Glad the blood work was good. Phew, no sugar or caffeine for afternoon energy. That's impressive. I got the sugar thing licked but I still like my little caffeine kick tho I try to keep it on the minimal side and I don't need sugar for a kick really so I guess I scored an NSV too! Thanks for the reminders to look at all the positives and not just the numbers. BTW Spark friends are GREAT aren't they? Thanks for leaving such a nice comment on my status the other day. Amazing how a few words of encouragement can make you smile and keep on charging forward. Greatly appreciated. Have a great day. Here's hoping that snow sneakin up the east coast stays away!!!!!!!
Your friend,

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For St. Patrick's day

Monday, March 17, 2014

May your thoughts be as glad as the shamrocks,
May your heart be as light as a song,
May each day bring you bright, happy hours,
That stay with you all the year long.
May good luck be your friend
In whatever you do.
And may trouble be always
A stranger to you.
Lucky stars above you,
Sunshine on your way,
Many friends to love you,
Joy in work and play
Laughter to outweigh each care,
In your heart a song
And gladness waiting everywhere

This is one of my favorites and I hope you like it too. emoticon

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BILLB000 3/22/2014 1:24AM

    I like this Irish Blessing. Sorry I just saw it today (a little behind ) but the positive message is applicable for every day. Here is hoping for you Chris, " your heart a song" and "gladness waiting everywhere."
Happy St Patricks day, every day.

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MARLINDA5 3/21/2014 10:13AM

    Thank you emoticon emoticon

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MLC721 3/17/2014 9:01PM

    Love it!

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123ELAINE456 3/17/2014 10:20AM

  A Wonderful Blessing for today. Thank You very much for it.

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GLORYB2014 3/17/2014 9:47AM

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SHERYLP461 3/17/2014 9:13AM

    Thank you, a lovely blessing for today!

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RAINBOWMF 3/17/2014 8:26AM

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Have a great Monday.

Hugs Mary

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