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Sunday, June 20, 2010

DH, our dog Buck and I had a wonderful 2 hour 3 mile hike on the Donner Hill Trail in the Roosevelt National Forest in the Rocky Mountains yesterday. The weather was beautiful -- sunny and between 68 and 7o degrees. We went from about 9600 feet to 10000 thru a beautiful evergreen (and a few scrubby aspens) forest.

For more information about the whole hike see:


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RURAL3 6/22/2010 9:24PM

    This looks absolutely beautiful

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VAMPS351 6/21/2010 1:11PM

    Wow it looks beautiful, i sure wish we had scenery like that near me. emoticon

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LOULOUBELLE2 6/21/2010 11:33AM

    Wow you make me homesick for Red Feather....Was up there a couple of weeks ago and I've never seen it so green and velvety looking in June before. God's country for sure. There's a western song that I love titled "Colorado". A line in it is: If God doesn't live in Colorado then He sure spends most of His time there." So true, so true......

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HINOTO 6/20/2010 11:10PM

    Ohh how pretty! I love how everything is so green and pretty still! I hope it says that way through the summer!

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ILUVTOTAT 6/20/2010 10:53PM

    Gorgeous! I just looked it up and I don't think I can do this one yet, but someday I will! Isn't it great to have trails like this close to home?

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PHYL220 6/20/2010 10:08PM

    Looks like you had a great time! emoticon emoticon

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Wednesday, June 16, 2010

June 17, 2009 I woke up with extreme back pain. I was unable to get out of bed due to pain and spasms. My DH worked with all 270 pounds of me and lovingly, slowly, carefully helped me out of bed. After calling in to work, taking ibuprofen and using a heating pad on my screaming back we went for a slow painful walk across the street into our local park. I knew I had to move or I would be in pain all day. I could barely walk but we did. When I returned, I sat in the recliner with my laptop.

I had read a newspaper article the night before that described a woman who had lost 100 pounds using Spark. Well I spent the day on Spark, set up my page and learned how the web site worked.

I lost 4 pounds the first week and 9 pounds the first month. I havenít stopped from there. I put in that I wanted to lose between 1 and 2 pounds a week. My weight loss has been slow and consistent, following the projected graph almost exactly for the whole year.

I have to be honest and say I am very proud of myself. I donít always follow the program exactly but as soon as I deviate I get right back on and start again. I think that has been what has been different about my weight loss this time (other than I have never lost 73 pounds before!).

I am learning every day and loving life and myself more every day. The 3 day a week strength program set up for me by Spark and changed monthly by me has helped me gain back all the energy I lost by sitting on the couch watching TV and eating. My activities this last year have helped me gain back an enjoyment of life I never thought I would find. I swim, walk, bike, take spinning class, use the elliptical, hike and trek. I even trained for and walked a 5 K. I had tried to run but got ITFBS (Ileo Tibial Friction Band Syndrome) and had to stop running. It still hurts 3 months later so I donít know if Iíll try running again, but I certainly will walk and do all the other aerobic activities I am enjoying. I have seen a lot of Sparkiversary Blogs lately which list important things Sparkers gained in the last year so I want to add my list to the group.

1. Living in a healthful, active manner is a whole lot of fun. Food and exercise are enjoyable. When I get up in the morning and get ready to start my exercise, I say to myself ďWhat do I feel like doing today?Ē and thatís what I do. I do Strength Training at least 3 times a week and aerobic activity for at least 30 minutes 6 times a week, but itís different every day and every week. I do what I want to do each day so I donít get bored.
2. People add a lot to life. I have learned something from almost every Spark Blog I have read. The coaches and educators on Spark have a tremendous wealth of information to shareÖif I read it. Getting my 50 points a day enhances my life with new knowledge and things to try.
3. Food is life giving and interesting. I try new Spark People recipes every week and have fun with them. I am eating things I never heard of a year ago. ďHummus???? Whatís that? I think cooking is my new hobby.Ē
4. Itís ok to want to look sexy. I used to hate when people noticed I was losing weight, but now I love it. I beam and say ďThank you!Ē because I know my slowly getting toned body looks more like a feminine body and that is how it is supposed to look.
5. I donít worry about spending too much time on Spark. I spent much more time on eating and watching TV in the past. I still have plenty of time to go places, do things, talk to people and have fun. I am living much more fully now even though I spend hours on Spark.

I donít really know what has made the difference in my ability to stick to a weight loss program this time, but I believe that unless a person is ready, truly ready to change the way they live and eat; consistent weight loss and maintenance wonít happen. I canít lose weight for any other reason than for myself and how I feel. This has been a wonderfully selfish program for me - a selfishness that I have never allowed myself to experience before. I am focused on making Nancy a better person. I love it and I love her.

MAY 2009

JUNE 2010

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CARLANNIE 6/21/2010 10:33AM

    These comments are a little late, since I've been out of town. But I, like the others, wanted to say how inspiring your story is and it sends the kick I need to really buckle down and do something positive for myself! Thanks!

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TRENTDREAMER 6/19/2010 11:13PM

    Happy Anniversary and major congratulations to you. May you have another great year on SparkPeople!!

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THINRONNA 6/17/2010 3:39PM

    Happy Sparkiversary! You are amazing! Thank you for sharing your story! emoticon

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RURAL3 6/17/2010 12:43PM

    Nancy you are amazing! emoticon emoticon You are an inspiration for all to see.

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PLAYBLUES22 6/17/2010 11:05AM

    emoticonyou make me smile emoticon

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ASHLEEWEBART 6/17/2010 11:03AM

    This is a very impressive blog! I want to congratulate you for all the success and good changes you have accomplished this past year. I totally agree with you about the part where you say a person will be able to lose weight when they feel they are "ready to change". It was a groundbreaking day when that day arrived for us!

Comment edited on: 6/17/2010 11:08:49 AM

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AELARLEE1 6/17/2010 8:48AM

    About all I can say is WOW! I needed to read this today. Thanks for posting this. So helpful, encouraging and yet challenging! What will I have to show at my one year anniversary? Am I learning what I need to learn? Am I really ready for change? Great blog!

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CHAIMANN 6/17/2010 7:56AM

    Happy emoticon

You're doing great, and I love hearing stories like this.

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KOFFEENUT 6/17/2010 12:40AM

    You SHOULD be proud of yourself! This is an amazing accomplishment (I can tell you MY projected graph doesn't show the same amount of unwavering determination!).


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NANCYRUBIO 6/17/2010 12:36AM

    Very uplifting blog~~thank you.

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JMCADE 6/16/2010 11:49PM

    Happy Anniversary and thanks for your insight. I hope I can do as well. Keep up the good work.

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ROWINGPRINCESS 6/16/2010 11:24PM

    emoticon Happy Anniversary

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RHALES199 6/16/2010 11:23PM

    Happy Sparkiversary!!

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LUSHON 6/16/2010 11:23PM

    Yeahhhhh!!! Thanks for your inspiring story!

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TURTLE_MOM 6/16/2010 10:51PM

    This is awesome! Congrats!!! How wonderful for you - what a motivating story!

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DEE107 6/16/2010 10:42PM

    Happy Anniversary and congrads to you

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KEVINSBEBE 6/16/2010 10:40PM

    Thank you for sharing your story! It's great I'm glad you are doing so well. Congrats and keep up the great work! Happy Sparkaversary!

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Lost Blog!

Sunday, June 13, 2010

Last week I wrote a really nice blog and the internet ate it. I hope the internet didn't gain any weight because it was a really sweet blog about sitting on the patio with my loved one and eating a healthful meal that we made together. We were talking and listening to the birds and the kids playing in the playground in the background.

I was ticked off that I lost it and haven't written since, but I need to write this week because Thursday is my one year Sparkiversary. I need to commemorate it in some way....Maybe I should go out to eat!

Well, I'm just in a silly mood tonight, so I'll write more later.


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RURAL3 6/14/2010 1:58PM

    I hate when that happens. But being silly with the one you love is part of practicing for retirement. So have at it. How is his wrist BTW?

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CARLANNIE 6/14/2010 9:44AM

    Congrats on your upcoming Sparkiversary! Lots to be learned around here, even the mysterious ways of the WWW!

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HINOTO 6/14/2010 7:27AM

    Congrats on your sparkaversery! I don't get to have mine until September!

The internet eats my spark blogs all the time. I've gotten into the habit of typing them up in Word or in Notepad and saving them before posting them up on the site, that way if the internet needs a snack, I still have a copy!

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MOMMA_BEAR_69 6/13/2010 11:01PM

    I know this is very frustrating when that happens. I write mine in Word and transfer it over to try to prevent this from happening.
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Blessings and hugs,

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CRAZYGAGRANNY 6/13/2010 10:54PM

    emoticonSorry you lost you lovely blog! I think it has happened to us all at one time or the other! I learned my lesson. I now write mine on my note pad or someplace else and save it before transferring it to my blog, this way by chance, it doesn't take..I have it, to re-post .Just in case I miss your blog this week...HAPPY 1ST ANNIVERSARY!
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Have a wonderful week !!!!!

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JUDY1676 6/13/2010 9:57PM

    been there done that!! How frustrating a computer can be! emoticon

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KOFFEENUT 6/13/2010 9:51PM

    I've had this happen before! Of course, mine IMMEDIATELY became a blog of sparkling brilliance that I couldn't recreate - enough to make anyone cranky. It appears your single offering was enough to appease the Internet gods!

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Just Practicing!

Saturday, June 05, 2010

I've been at home with DH for 3 days now after getting back from Texas. He has an all day function in Denver today so we didn't go to the cabin this weekend. I decided to practice being retired! I love it!

I have been shopping, to the gym, walking, biking, gardening, reading, organizing my closets and just generally doing what I feel like when I feel like it!
I love it!

I have also been looking for a reasonably priced individual health insurance policy that will cover me with my bad back so that maybe I could retire early. Wish me luck!


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RURAL3 6/7/2010 10:45AM

    stop practicing because you will get used to loving it.. emoticon
Don't you only have one more year to go? Not all that long...see you love it already. Just don't get yourself too busy when you do retire. I am in that mode and trying to get out of it. emoticon Save some time for DH emoticon although you always have the cabin....jealous me

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ILUVTOTAT 6/7/2010 9:34AM

    Ooo! I'm jealous! I could retire today if it weren't for the money.

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KOFFEENUT 6/5/2010 12:30PM

    Good idea to get some practice in on that "retirement" gig - it can be QUITE an adjustment to be the master of your own time! Gardening today? Or shopping? Gym or reading? Good luck!

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BEESPARKLE 6/5/2010 10:51AM

    Wishes are wishes, lets go for the real thing. Praying to the one who knows you more then me. He created you. He is the answer in your life. The Lord.

Be confident that the Lord will complete a good work he has started with you.


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A Week in Texas!

Wednesday, June 02, 2010

My daughter finally closed on her house and moved from the big city to a small town this weekend. I offered to help with the move, so DH and I went to help her and her family. She was so well organized that we didn't have as much to do as I thought we would, but we still worked hard...and had some fun too!

It takes us 8 hours to drive there and another day back, so only 5 days were actual work days. I knew my eating healthfully would be a challenge, but I did it. I was within my calories, etc 5 of the 7 days. We ate at Subway for lunch there and back and I brought 2 coolers of healthful food for breakfasts and lunch the 2 days we would be without DD's refrigerator. So my snacking, breakfasts and lunches went well. For dinners, we ate out and I found that a challenge since I don't eat out much. I just decided to be picky and discriminating and if I couldn't find a "lite" or healthy choice on the menu, I asked the waitress for grilled meat and steamed veggies without butter. I did really well. The 2 days I ate over my limit were Memorial Day and the day after. I did eat BBQ and had some Hard Lemonade and wine. I thoroughly enjoyed my DS in law's cooking and made conscious decisions to eat and drink what I did. I didn't have internet during the trip, but I wrote everything down and tracked it when I got back. It was a real test to see how well I could do just judging on my own. I also wasn't able to weigh until I got back.


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RURAL3 6/4/2010 1:52PM

    you can even do it while you are away. emoticon now get some rest emoticon

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AELARLEE1 6/4/2010 9:04AM

    Okay, I am REALLY impressed and inspired! Congratulations on the pound lost!! You are doing so good.

BTW, love the new profile pic!!!

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DOLLIE6 6/3/2010 10:22AM

    I was looking at your page and you have done great.
I'm sure you will not have any problem losing the rest of the weight you want to lose.
You were saying on Spark cafť you felt 40 today. I do too.
That's something I very rarely think about is age. I'm too busy.
Well I have to take that back, when I'm on my program and doing my exercise and calorie counting I feel 40 when I don't I get about 100. So there! We know what to do to feel great and for myself I just need to stick with it, get it off once and for all and maintain.

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TRENTDREAMER 6/3/2010 10:00AM

    "I just decided to be picky and discriminating and if I couldn't find a "lite" or healthy choice on the menu, I asked the waitress for grilled meat and steamed veggies without butter. I did really well. "

* Good moves. Congrats on your success. Congrats on the 1 pound loss as well. Continued success to you.

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CARLANNIE 6/2/2010 11:18PM

    Congrats on that pound down. It takes concerted effort while you're traveling and out of your routine. WTG!

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KOFFEENUT 6/2/2010 9:19PM

    You are doing TERRIFIC!!! Great job making good choices - even without the accountability of the nutrition tracker giving you immediate feedback on how you're doing!

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LKWQUILTER 6/2/2010 1:51PM

    You did great!!! Congratulations on the weight loss.

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