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Sunday, September 26, 2010

I just came back from a glorious fall weekend in the mountains - 4 days in Paradise in the Rockies. I feel so blessed to live where I do and have the opportunities I have. I feel double blessed that I am fit and active and getting to a healthier weight. DH and I went on a steep 2 hour walk with 2 friends and I had a blast. I couldn't have even thought about a walk like that last year at this time. I don't even remember the mountains last year at this time because I wasn't out in them. Thank you God for all that has happened in this last year to bring me to a better appreciation of this world and its blessings!

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HINOTO 9/27/2010 8:47PM

    This blog made me smile from ear to ear! I am so proud of how far you've come Nancy!

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AELARLEE1 9/27/2010 5:23PM


You just won the best blog post award! Wow, simple but so special and inspiring! This will be my mantra when running in the morning and feeling like I am running out of steam "I am out in the mountains and not indoors" Thanks Friend!

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CARLANNIE 9/27/2010 9:06AM

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NANCYRUBIO 9/27/2010 12:31AM

    How wonderful you appreciate all around you. Many people would just ignore it all.

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RURAL3 9/26/2010 11:45PM

    You sound so full of life Nancy. And to put the praise where it belongs will keep you happy longer. Here's to retirement and the blessings to enjoy.

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SMILEYBEE 9/26/2010 9:28PM

    Praise God indeed ... sounds like a wonderful weekend! Way to go!

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LOULOUBELLE2 9/26/2010 9:12PM

    Oh I am so envious...I still can't walk like that, but it's getting better each year. If I live long enough I might be able to. The mountains had to have been beautiful as the weather here was awesome. So glad you made it up. I wish we could have gone up to our son's. I bet the Aspens are changing colors too.

DH, DD and I went to the Botanical Gardens in Ft. Collins and that was absolutely a sight for sore eyes. God's color pallet in flowers is so beautiful. Had such a good time there and actually walked for over 2 hours.

I to am blessed to be living a healthier life now.

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Changing up Routine

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

I'm still going to the gym daily but I don't have to go as early any more. After I work out on M W F DH and I do ST together. I shower then spend a couple of hours on job web sites. After lunch I usually bike. I do errands or read. In the afternoon I have been making one of the recipes from my cooking class. I seem to be able to keep busy!

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RURAL3 9/25/2010 10:17PM

    be careful. You will get too busy. That's kind of where I am right now and I don't see how I can cut anything back at the moment. As a matter of fact, I could use one more day a week. UGH!!!

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LKWQUILTER 9/22/2010 5:31PM

    Sounds like you are staying busy. I do better when I am busy.

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HINOTO 9/22/2010 4:10PM

    Sounds like you are keeping yourself nice and busy! I'm glad that your hubby is joining you in ST!

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AELARLEE1 9/22/2010 3:00PM

    When hubby and I became empty nesters we thought we would have more time, wrong! When retirement hits I know I will fill my days and be as busy as ever. So great that you are staying busy and active and fulfilled!

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SIXTEES 9/22/2010 11:30AM

    Sounds like you are definitely heading in the right direction. Especially since you can't really see around the corner - who knows what wonderful things will happen next?

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SMILEYBEE 9/22/2010 11:14AM

    I like the changes on your page Nancy ... you are doing great! I really believe you're going to enjoy this new season of your life!

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Much More Comfortable Now

Friday, September 17, 2010

The first week of my unemployment was very uncomfortable. Yes I was ready to stop working but not right then. I had several episodes of anxiety and a little depression. It was like I felt "They don't need me. What do I do now?" But now I am resigned and more comfortable. I have found a routine at home. I thought DH and I would get in each other's way, but we are very comfortable around each other. We got a China Board where we write our plans and schedules and we each do our own thing most of the time. We come together now and then -- like we went to a weight room orientation at our gym so he can do ST with me at the gym --Woo Hoo.

I am looking around for jobs, maybe part time but I am going to be very picky and only look at things I want to do. I have a Spark Friend who works at her gym part time and that sounds like a great job!

I am definitely exercising more and have gone down 2 pounds since I lost my job! I love my cooking class and am having fun preparing interesting low fat dishes. DH loves that he is not the main cook and dishwasher now...and he loves the neat dishes.

I am not anxious about finding something else..if I do, great. If I don't then I'll retire. Life is good.

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AELARLEE1 9/22/2010 2:59PM

    So wise, so good, so impressed -- keep it going!

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JUDY1676 9/22/2010 10:11AM

    I love retirement! I am able to do things I WANT to do and that are meaningful to me! I now wonder, How did I have time to work? Enjoy your time!

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RURAL3 9/22/2010 10:04AM

    it sounds like you are easing into retirement very nicely Nancy.

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CARLANNIE 9/19/2010 10:00AM

    Wow - just think of this time in your life to rediscover yourself - working at a gym sounds like it would be something totally different from your other work - GO FOR IT!

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KOFFEENUT 9/17/2010 9:44PM

    You just got an early start on the next stage of your adventure - and it sounds like you're making the most of it! Way to go!

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HINOTO 9/17/2010 8:04PM

    I'm glad you are more comfortable with your life change now. And congrats on the 2 lb loss!

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PLAYBLUES22 9/17/2010 9:32AM

    Sweetie, stopped working about 2 years now I am enjoying my life better now then I ever had

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CHILDOFGOD4LIFE 9/17/2010 7:43AM

    When I was laid off several years ago, I used the time to take long walks and learned to relax and enjoy life. I have been back to work for many years and put my weight back on, but now I am working toward getting fit and hope to retire in a year of two. I have finally lost enough weight that I can get around better and enjoy life more.

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Chicken a La King

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Today was my first cooking class. I made chicken a la king and put it on top of spaghetti squash. Mmm mmm good. DH actually had 2 servings.

I had fun shopping for the ingredients - cumin, 4 peppercorn pepper in its own grinder, green onions, red bell peppers and lo salt lo fat cream of chicken soup. I already had the spaghetti squash which we just put spaghetti sauce on usually. My calorie count came out to 415 for the meal, 1303 for the day and my best carb, protein fat breakdown ever. (carb - 48.8 , protein - 20.6 , fat - 30.6)

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LOULOUBELLE2 9/16/2010 3:44PM

    Sounds Yummy....Was that a Sparks recipe? Love Spaghetti Squash, but we didn't grow any this year, had to by it at the Farmers Market. Much prefer it picked fresh from the garden....But it's still so good for you....Never thought of putting Chicken A La King on it...just may have to try that.

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CARLANNIE 9/16/2010 9:16AM

    And delicious! Can you come cook for me? You can hop on your bike and just pedal on over. Or, up and over. Wow - I'm tired just thinking about it, it's probably 800 miles. But just think of the calories you'd burn! (Okay, enough silliness. I'm off to work now.)

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First Bike Errand!

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

I'm 63 and I feel like a kid this morning. I just bought panniers for my bike on a kind of a whim. Well, now that I'm out of work I decided to use them. I rode 3 1/2 miles to the library and got some books. I just started riding a few months ago and have never biked on the road. I always use sidewalks or bike paths. Well, I went to the Rec Center and got a city bike map. I figured out how to get to the library on my bike and set off. I used the greenway for the first half of the trip then had to get on city streets. There were bicycle lanes on most of the streets and I didn't have any problem. I was nervous going but happy and pleased on the way back. Next trip to the grocery store! or the Rec Center or....


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SUEB54 9/27/2010 12:33PM

    We live in the country and I have been looking at a bike we have just sitting there. My dh a few yrs ago bought a couple of bikes and of course both are men's bikes. I think I am going to take the plunge! Maybe get a bigger seat though! :) I will be 56 in Nov. Kinda have this fear of falling........ Thanks for showing us that it is possible to do what ever we set our minds to!

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AELARLEE1 9/22/2010 2:57PM

    Okay, you have me convinced. Before I turn 55 I want a bike!

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LIGHTHOUSEGIRL1 9/17/2010 10:52PM

    emoticon Happy biking !! emoticon

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DDOORN 9/14/2010 10:05PM

    That is SO COOL! Panniers are near, if not at the top of my "most wanted" list...too cheap to spring for 'em yet...want to be sure I put enough $$ into them to get ones that go the distance for me.

With a little vigilance, city streets can be pretty navigable without TOO much headache...

And the feeling of FREEDOM...to know that your own legs are UP TO THE TASK! Nothing can beat it!

I wish I could get a bumper sticker for my bike: "I get better mileage than your Prius!" :-)


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LOULOUBELLE2 9/14/2010 8:14PM

    YOU GO GIRL....Retirement isn't a punishment it's an adventure!!!! And you sure had one today. Proud of you emoticonYES, I AM!!!!!!!!

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KOFFEENUT 9/14/2010 7:00PM

    You ROCK! Way to go!!!

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HINOTO 9/14/2010 5:27PM

    Great job! I made the choice to walk to walmart and back this afternoon...granted, it's not a very long walk, but I burnt a few calories doing so!

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    Very Brave! I ride my bike but am always afraid of crashing and falling, haha. Good job!

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MACILINN 9/14/2010 3:41PM

    Love it! I started playing tennis 4 years ago and am now a league player, A level. It is so great to love your exercise! What a fun motivating thing to do. If you keep a biking journal with the minutes biked and all the places you go on your bike, I am sure your passion will grow. If you look under sports activitys on the teams or msg boards I am sure you will find some women who will share your new passion with you. I wish there was a tennis sparksteam!... Hummm Maybe I need to start one! Happy trails to you!! ~Maci~ emoticon

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GATOR12 9/14/2010 3:30PM

    Isn't it such a great feeling to accomplish a new task. The library would be My first adventure as I spend so much time w/them. But I applaud you for setting out, not knowing what would happen, how the traffic would be and on the "roads" for the first time. You have a big positive to celebrate. The first of many healthy rides, cost effective and productive is behind you!! CELEBRATE, GIRL!!!!

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SMILEYBEE 9/14/2010 2:27PM

    Wow! I'm excited for you! I wish I could ride my bike on errands, but I can not handle getting back up the hill we live on or the narrow roads without bike lanes. I sometimes load my bike on the rack and take it down to the valley floor and ride from there just for fun and exercise, but not on errands. We're heading out on a 10-day road trip on Thursday and we're taking our bikes along.

Sounds like you are embracing your new retired life! emoticon

I'm heading out to my seniors bowling league in a minute ... at 66, I'm one of the youngest on the league (and one of the worst bowlers). Love it though! emoticon emoticon

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CBARRETT10 9/14/2010 2:20PM

  Great views, great fitness, great job! Have fun and enjoy!
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