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Practicing Again

Friday, August 27, 2010

Next week we are having new carpeting put in throughout the house so this weekend DH and I are not going up to the cabin. So this morning I got up early, Sparked, went on a fantastic dawn bicycle ride along the St. Vrain river (?) as the sun was rising--boy it was beautiful. While DH went on his usual morning walk with his friend, I went to the Rec Center and did my strength training on the machines--great workout! When I got back we showered and now we are packing up all the breakables, books, etc in our offices, living room and bedrooms to be ready for the carpet layers to move the furniture on Monday. We have been in this house for 12 years....boy, do we have a lot of junk..I mean stuff! I am taking a break while DH goes to get more packing boxes, then we'll have lunch and get back to work.

I think this is good practice for retirement. I get to do my workouts when and for how long I want to without rushing, DH and I get to coordinate our schedules so we can spend time together, and I get to eat and rest when I want not when the boss says.

I love it!!!!!

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RURAL3 8/28/2010 11:18PM

    You are getting so close to retirement Nancy. It will be here before you know it and you won't have to practice anymore. emoticon

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KOFFEENUT 8/27/2010 10:54PM

    VERY close to single digits on that countdown.....if you were counting, of course....!

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LOULOUBELLE2 8/27/2010 6:49PM

    Yep, your right, "good stuff" can accumulate in huge amounts with out us even noticing it.
What a great way to practice for retirement. You going to have a celebration party for your retirement, or maybe plan a get away? I hope you do something as a reward for all the years of hard work you have put in.
If your going to the "Meet Up", have fun and give everyone a hug for me.

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JRSWHIMSY 8/27/2010 5:25PM

    At least hubby can't get annoyed with you skipping the cabin for our meet-up ;o)

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CARLANNIE 8/27/2010 4:52PM

    It's amazing how the 'stuff' accumulates. I don't throw good things away, so a couple of times a year, I need to go through and sort out for the thrift shop. I am at that point right now - can't get anything else in any of my cupboards/closets. New carpeting is a great motivator for sorting!

Not counting the days, eh????

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AELARLEE1 8/27/2010 1:43PM

    Wow, I am so excited for you! To have the time -- to have time! I can't even imagine. -- Last weekend I did a big clean-out in one room and it felt really, really good! Hope you get to enjoy this packing stuff.


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Great Weekend

Sunday, August 22, 2010

I had a wonderful weekend. Friday night I had a friend spend the night so we could do a day hike in Rocky Mountain National Park. We had a great hike to Fern Falls. It took 3 hours and was absolutely beautiful Lots of wild flowers. Even saw a moose drinking from a stream. According to my heart rate monitor I burned over 2000 calories. Saturday I was back to 190 pounds after gaining 3 with my slip last week.

When we got home she made a fantastic grouper with a tomato basil mixture on top. I roasted beets and we had 100% whole wheat bread and a vegetable salad. Yum yum!

This morning I hiked Round Mountain with 2 Spark friendsJRWhimsey and Hinoto. Again, the day was beautiful and the company grand!

I napped when I got home, then made brown rice and beans (separately) in my pressure cooker and I sautéed the beet greens from yesterday with a Spark recipe. It was delicious.

Now I'm going to walk the dog and spend the rest of the evening watching TV.

Being without DH for a week has been better than I anticipated!

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THINRONNA 8/26/2010 4:58PM

    Wow! What a wonderful weekend! I love that you saw a moose and the food sounds lovely and so healthy!

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ASPENHUGGER 8/25/2010 12:50PM

    This sounds wonderful! I need to get more hiking, and more mountain time in my life! How great for you that you got to spend such quality time with your friend!

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CARLANNIE 8/23/2010 10:06AM

    Glorious weekend, good fitness, tasty foods, great friends! You may want your husband to venture away more often!

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ENUFF81020 8/23/2010 1:01AM

    Wow, Daisybell--You really had an awesome weekend. You ate well and had fun while getting activity in. Nobody could even want anymore. Maybe if you have photos of some of these lovely places, you could share them too.
I'm glad for you--you had these great opportunities and took them. Way to go!!
Gentle hugs,
Sylvia

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RURAL3 8/22/2010 11:14PM

    Nancy, what a wonderful way to spend your time. You rock!

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AELARLEE1 8/22/2010 10:40PM

    That does sound like a great weekend! The meals sound so wonderfully healthy, delicious, and colorful!

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I Spread the Spark

Saturday, August 21, 2010

Every year on my birthday in May I have a girls weekend at my cabin with a few of my close friends. This year I decided to make the theme Healthy Living. We each prepared a healthy meal and we each planned a healthy activity. We had a blast. No lecturing or lessons, just fun.

Yesterday, I had lunch with one of my friends and had another spend the night in preparation for a day of hiking at Rocky Mountain National Park. My lunch time friend has started watching her nutrition and increasing activity and has lost 18 pounds and had a normal fasting blood sugar for the first time in years. The other has lost 15 pounds, has been eating only healthy foods and has decreased her alcohol consumption.

I feel wonderful that something I did helped Spark these ladies on to a healthier lifestyle. They didn't join Spark (neither one "likes" computers) but they are sparking their health one day at a time.

  
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RURAL3 8/21/2010 11:10PM

    great job spreading the spark emoticon

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HINOTO 8/21/2010 5:00PM

    That's wonderful that you inspired them to change their lifestyles!

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AELARLEE1 8/21/2010 12:38PM

    I will agree you are an inspiration! -- Oh and by the way, something fun when I open your blog: the hummingbird video always starts, and that makes me smile :) Thanks!

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AMBUDMAN 8/21/2010 11:42AM

    I am team leader of the Nor-Cal Sparkers and we are having a "Healthy Potluck Picnic" this coming Wednesday. I wanted to get to know some of my team members and thought this would be a good way to meet. Two of my members are driving over 100 miles to attend the picnic.

I have been spreading the spark at my Curves and a couple of the Curves members that do not use computers bought "The Spark". I print the flyer and leave it at Curves and they don't last long.

I really love SparkPeople. Together will will encourage a healthier world.

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GATOR12 8/21/2010 10:33AM

    IT'S GREAT WHEN WE REALIZE THE INFLUENCE WE HAVE IN A GOOD WAY. THEY ARE IMPROVED AND YOU HAD A PART TO START THE SPARK. IT'S WHAT IT'S ALL ABOUT! KUDOS TO YOU!!!!!!!!
jUST READ THE COMMENT OF MY SP AND SURELY UNDERSTAND ABOUT TRYING TO ENDURE UNTIL RETIREMENT. I HAD AN ENTIRE SCHOOL YEAR TO ENDURE AFTER i DECIDED BURN OUT AFTER 11 YEARS AS SCHOOL NURSE. jUST KEEP YOUR EYE ON THE PRIZE.

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CARLANNIE 8/21/2010 9:54AM

    We never really know the impact we have on other people's lives. You are an inspiration!

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LIS193 8/21/2010 9:22AM

    It's great when your friends join you in healthy living!
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60SIXTY 8/21/2010 8:37AM

    Such a great story full of Spark. emoticon

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What I Need

Friday, August 20, 2010

After having a major slip I have been trying to figure out what happened. I don't have all the answers yet, but I have realized that blogging regularly is essential for me. I hadn't blogged for 11 days. I think blogging connects me with the community of positive people on a mission and if I stay connected by adding my bits and pieces I feel more whole, more complete, not out there alone.
With DH gone for a week I do feel lonely. After 39 years I don't feel totally whole without him. I live my own life and do my own thing but he IS a huge part of my life and I feel a little empty without him. Work is painful at times. I feel no connection or commitment there. All my career I have felt inspired and enthused by my work, but what I am doing now at the end of my career is uninspiring. I am honestly putting in time as I train my replacement for when I retire. I am done there. It is a shame I have to continue putting in time because of medical insurance but that is a fact of life. I have 3 months left so retirement is almost here. I think these are major factors in my slip but they can't be excuses. Everyone's life has challenges and these are my current challenges. Food won't help....or at least turning to food for emotional needs won't help. I do need food! Anyway, thanks for listening. I need that.

  
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HINOTO 8/20/2010 6:40PM

    I'm glad you were able to find out what possibly could have been your trigger. And I'm also glad that you figured out that blogging is essential for you.

I'm sorry you had a slip up, but it's a good thing that you caught yourself and now you know how to prevent the next one!

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AMBUDMAN 8/20/2010 3:36PM

    I was lucky because I got to retire at age 57. I thought I would be lost without my job but guess what? I don't seem to have enough time to do everything I want to do. I miss some of the people I worked with but I keep in touch with them. I cannot believe I have been retired for 9 years already, it feels just like yesterday.

My husband and I are not the type that likes to travel and we really enjoy being where we are in our lives.

Three months will go by faster than you think.

Blogging does keep me connected and on track.

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CATLADY52 8/20/2010 2:09PM

    Hang in there! The time will come when you can wake up in the morning and say "I don't have to be anywhere today!" It is quite a liberating feeling. emoticon

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GATOR12 8/20/2010 1:40PM

    Don't think of retirement as loss of productivity. It can be such a liberating time when you are FREE! I know it takes some mental adjustments and you may even take a year or so to find out what your life can or will be but at this stage of our life we aren't "saddled" (and I don't mean that in a completely negative tone, they did tie us down) with our kids. We may or may not still have living parents to be caretakers of but so much can await us; change of location, travel, living life a little slower, taking up those hobbies we never had time for, tking classes--finding new hobbies! At least look at the 3 months as a time to put some ideas out to dh and see what desires or new adventures await. Maybe you will want to start a new volunteering life. Sorry I got carried away, talking to myself! emoticon

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AELARLEE1 8/20/2010 10:30AM

    CARLANNIE is right! You are thinking through triggers and 3 months? You CAN do it!

I was on SP before and got real frustrated. When I consider what is different this time there are 3 major things (maybe I should blog about this) 1) I blog as if talking to real people, rather than the air. 2) I have friends now and comment on their blogs and work to encourae them, alot (rather than to just do things for SP points) and 3) I post more on message boards, with a purpose, versus just points.

So yes, blogging is a great idea! But don't let this most recent episode overwhelm you. In the context of life, that is not a big issue, worth exploring and correcting, but not punishing yourself either. Reward yourself (not with food) for being willing to correct and move ahead!!


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CARLANNIE 8/20/2010 10:08AM

    I can empathize with your desire to retire. I've been in the same job for 11 years, and if I could just quit now, I'd be A-OK with that! But not the case, so I plug along. But wow - just 3 months left? You can do that.

Retirement is one of those life-changing events that psychologists pinpoint as triggers for behaviors. You have pinpointed it yourself, which is good! Once you recognize the trigger, you can work to keep negative outcomes in check. What is your goal? 20 more pounds? I'll bet that your body so enjoys having those 80 pounds banished into the atmosphere, that it is being stubborn about dropping the rest. Just let it know who's boss, one day at a time. We CAN do this!

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LUCKYGRANNY2 8/20/2010 9:25AM

    I am so happy for you that you'll be retiring soon. If all goes well for us, next year will be our official retirement, altho I am now at home, I did work for 30 years and my DH is still working. We are counting the months down now!! I totally agree that staying connected by blogging is a wonderful way to get support, which we all need or we wouldn't be here. You have done a marvelous job losing weight!! I need to get busy and really focus if I want to reach my goal. emoticon

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The Beast Woke Up

Thursday, August 19, 2010

I blew it big time yesterday. DH has gone backpacking for a week, work is horrendous and I succumbed. I got home after work and forgot my well laid plan of going to the gym and binged instead. I haven't binged since I started Spark and I am shocked and awed it happened again. I won't go into details but it was horrible, even while it was happening I didn't enjoy it. Why did I do it? I honestly don't know. I will journal tonight to see what I come up with. I feel awful this morning. Hungry and lethargic. BUT I will get right back on track as of right now. I am going to the gym this morning before work. I will have a cereal and fruit breakfast and begin again now.

  
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KOFFEENUT 8/19/2010 10:02PM

    Darn rocks in the road! You may limp along for a little while with your stubbed toe, but here's the important thing - YOU'RE STILL TRAVELING IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION. THAT'S the most important thing!

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DCRAFTY4 8/19/2010 7:32PM

    We are all human and we make mistakes. God can forgive our mistakes so therefore we must forgive ourselves. It will happen and does happen more than once and I know I beat myself up for it but in reality what more could you do than sit back and think of why it happened. Why were you our of control? Lonliness with hubby gone? Not really wanting to go to the gym? Were you too tired to think of going out? Whatever honey just see where you have seen the light of the beast and try not to go out with him again! Don't beat yourself up. Forgive yourself. Hugs Diane

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REMEMBER2BME 8/19/2010 1:47PM

    Agree. It happens to all of us. The only suggestion (not that you asked for one) that pops in my head is to get out of the house for a few. Remove yourself from the temptation. Even if it is just to sit on the porch and count to 100 or 1000.

Sounds like you are back to it. Good 4 u!

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AELARLEE1 8/19/2010 12:36PM

    How good that you are facing the "beast" and not denying. You are right, get back up and do not fear, we all have those struggles.

I have had a week of being drawn to foods I had left behind as if I could "afford" it now. Wrong!

With you on this sister! Hang in there!

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RURAL3 8/19/2010 9:09AM

    I understand your feelings Nancy. It has happened to me too, more than once I am sad to say. And you are right it doesn't feel good doing it or the next day. What's wrong with this picture? emoticon emoticon

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CARLANNIE 8/19/2010 8:29AM

    Were you typically an emotional eater before SP?

The good thing about this is that you now know truly what it feels like to overeat. Once we stop doing that, and then have a relapse, the effects are awfully apparent. So, perhaps your One-Night-Stand Binge is a blessing in disguise. WTG on getting back at it.

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THEHERDLADY 8/19/2010 8:28AM

    We all fall down. The key is to get back up one more time than we fall. Don't be too hard on yourself. You are on track again, so leave the slip up behind and look forward. You'll do great.

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NWLIFESRC 8/19/2010 7:43AM

    Yea it happens to the best of us

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