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Atypical Sunday

Sunday, January 30, 2011

I went to a friend's Birthday Party yesterday, so we didn't go to the cabin for the weekend. Today was all mine. So what did I do!

I got up late. Sparked. Then I made a vegetable omelet which I don't usually do. I took my dog for a 2 mile walk. My podrunner track came on to my MP3 so I decided to see if I could run outside instead of on the treadmill. Monday is my usual c25k day so I didn't want to run too far, but I did run for 3 minutes. It felt good. Maybe when I've finished my treadmill c25k it'll be warmer and I could try the c25k outside. We'll see.

I stretched out after my walk then did a 45 minute yoga video on exercise tv. I really enjoyed it and was surprised at how much more flexible I am than when I tried yoga about 6 months ago.

After lunch I made crockpot stuffed peppers. DH and I watched Perfect Storm on TV while I knit on a scarf and now I'm Sparking again.

Life is good.

  
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AELARLEE1 2/1/2011 4:18PM

    What a GREAT day you had!!!!

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ROOBEARZ 2/1/2011 2:53AM

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ROOBEARZ 2/1/2011 2:52AM

    I like all the walking you do - our doggies would probably like if I walked them like that, too! I should!

Take care-

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LOULOUBELLE2 1/31/2011 7:22PM

    Glad you got that in yesterday...it might be awhile before you'll feel like running outside again. Stay warm and safe today and through out his storm.

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RURAL3 1/31/2011 2:03PM

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KARIJO-OSAGE 1/31/2011 9:41AM

    Sounds like you had a great day!

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JOYINKY 1/30/2011 7:09PM

    It doesn't get much better than that! What a great day! Isn't it nice to actually enjoy exercising and recognizing the changes in our bodies?! I agree; life is good!

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LAMBIERABBIT 1/30/2011 6:51PM

    Good for you--you have found a way to discipline yourself and enjoy at the same time--plus you give yourself adequate strokes for a job well done. You are the perfect sparkette.

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It's Never too Late to Learn

Saturday, January 29, 2011

I've had a good January and I've learned some things about myself. Since I've been at the same weight for several months, I decided to shake things up a little so I joined 2 challenges. I joined the 5% Winter Challenge and was a proud Teddy Bear. I really enjoyed the accountability to post my points ( and earn them of course!) for the team, but I didn't like the pressure I felt within myself to do as well or better than other team members and other teams. Competetion doesn't help me, accountability does. I didn't like constant reminders and "encouragement" from the team leaders. They were great, I just work better being my own cheerleader. I don't think I'll join another team challenge.

However, I loved the 28 day challenge. All the tools were there (I loved the ST videos) but it was all up to me and I credit doing every single day of the 28 day challenge with jiggling my weight down 2 pounds this month.

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I will use the 28 day challenge again.

I have also found that my interaction on the site other than these 2 teams has really slowed down. I don't blog as much and I don't comment on other people's blogs as much. I miss the friendships and conversations I used to have...so it is up to me to be more active.

I am continuing my journey. I don't like the maintaining before I am ready but I am so much healthier and happier than I was before SP. I will keep trying to lose that last 20 lbs, but I will accept being out of the obese range and enjoying this weight. I will not go back. I will stay with Spark and enjoy!

  
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RURAL3 1/30/2011 12:29PM

    You are doing great Nancy. I also like accountability but not the "pressure" of others. I love your new pic. You look so different from when we first met. Keep up the good work my friend. emoticon

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JOYINKY 1/30/2011 10:25AM

    I so agree! It's never too late! Come join us in the forum on 50+ Maintainers: "How are you today?"! We are a really active group and a good pressure free way of staying in touch! Hope to see you there. Loved your page! Joy

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KOFFEENUT 1/30/2011 12:02AM

    Good for you that you're willing to let go of the things that aren't working for you and stick with the things you really enjoy - including the health gains you made from the changes you've incorporated in your life!

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OURELEE1 1/29/2011 10:30AM

  So glad you loss the 2 pounds and learned alot about what you need to do. Be your own self.

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CARLANNIE 1/29/2011 10:20AM

    We've missed you, too! I had a very similar experience with a Team Challenge, and do prefer to take the pressure off of losing weight. I create enough of my own pressure - I don't need a team to remind that I should keep going. Congrats on those 2 pounds down. SO much better than 2 pounds up!

Sees ya,
Barb

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PLAYBLUES22 1/29/2011 9:41AM

    Sweetie you are doing great, and it is a learning process as you go emoticon

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Exercising my Mind Too

Friday, January 21, 2011

I'm so excited! DH found out about a Senior Auditor Program at CU in which for $25 a semester people over 55 can sign up for university classes. We don't get credits but in our 60's who needs credits. I signed up for Women's Lit and Contemporary Lit and he signed up for Astronomy and Geology. I was a nurse and he was a research biologist so we are expanding our horizons. We've been to the first week of classes and we're loving them.

AND I have 4 hours 3 x week where I can't snack!

  
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KAELBEE 1/27/2011 10:13PM

    Congratulations on expanding your horizon. Learning new things can be fun. And you are right - why do we need 'credits' if we are enjoying what we are doing!

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KARIJO-OSAGE 1/27/2011 5:55AM

    What a wonderful idea and it's so much fun meeting new people isn't it?! Good for you both!

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TLCFME 1/22/2011 9:10AM

    Sounds great! Wish we had that here. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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COLOURFULME 1/22/2011 5:49AM

    Very good to keep your brain vivit!

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KOFFEENUT 1/21/2011 10:34PM

    What a GREAT find - this is awesome! Thanks for sharing; I imagine there are lots of others who'd like to take advantage of this!

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HINOTO 1/21/2011 5:59PM

    Oh how fun! I wanted to go to college just to take all sorts of classes that I wouldn't necessarily use, but that was too expensive. haha.

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AELARLEE1 1/21/2011 2:57PM

    This is so wonderful!! Hubby and I here are in Seminary together and it has been a fun little addition to our lives as we laugh about having homework and study for tests. Credits or not, learning is a joy and helps model for our kids and grandkids that it never stops! Not to mention the wonderful conversations this will stimulate!

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RURAL3 1/21/2011 2:10PM

    That is a fantastic idea. I wish they had that here in IL. Working mind and body. Your retirement has really turned out to be a blessing wouldn't you say? emoticon emoticon

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ILUVTOTAT 1/21/2011 12:26PM

    That's fantastic! Your classes sound interesting, too.

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CERIUSLY 1/21/2011 11:24AM

    Sounds like fun, and no snacking is a great perk. Enjoy!

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LOULOUBELLE2 1/21/2011 10:25AM

    emoticonWhat a terrific way to keep from snacking, learning new things and meeting new people. Hummmm I wonder if CSU offers such a program. I'll have to check that out this spring when returning from AZ, that is if we ever get there. emoticon

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CARLANNIE 1/21/2011 9:35AM

    That is just really cool! No snacking, and you're probably getting in some extra steps walking to and from your classes. Enjoy!

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RENE54 1/21/2011 8:55AM

    Wow I wish they had that here. I will check into that. Enjoy your classes!! emoticon

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TWOTIMESS 1/21/2011 7:00AM

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This sounds like a super idea!

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Fun with Clothes

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

I have gone down another size and really need some new clothes, but I've been sick and haven't been able to get out and peruse the thrift stores. Yesterday I had some unexpected fun. For my first foray out since Christmas, I called a friend and arranged to meet out for lunch. We had a great healthful meal and then I asked her if she would like to come window shopping at a local department store with me. I just wanted to check sizes not to buy. I'm buying thrift store stuff till I get to goal.

She was game so we took off. Very soon into the shopping expedition, I found out that she had always secretly wanted to be a clothes designer and absolutely loved shopping. I went into the dressing room with a few things I had found and she immediately took off after asking my favorite colors and what sizes I thought I wore. We spent the next hour playing dress up. She brought in blouses, pants, skirts, purses, jewellery and shoes. Her styles were so much more fun than how I usually dress. She even brought in a undergarment which pulled in my upper and lower abdominal skin folds ( I know, TMI lol) . Wow, I am looking good! After we finished she said that she would come with me on a shopping expedition when I am ready to really buy some new clothes. I can't wait!

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LIGHTHOUSEGIRL1 1/14/2011 11:56PM

    That is so terrific !! I am so happy for you !! Whenever that happens be sure and take some pics ! emoticon

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KARIJO-OSAGE 1/14/2011 11:06AM

    This is a great story and a HUGE motivator for many people! Thanks for sharing this in your blog! Keep up your hard work, the results are paying off in more ways than one :)

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BEVIEANN 1/13/2011 8:30PM

    That is great. Now you know you can take her with you when you are ready to buy and you will be dressed really smart looking. Is always nice to have someone to shop with. I am just waiting till I can shop the same side of the store with my friend who I always shop with when I am visiting her.

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JRSWHIMSY 1/12/2011 6:25PM

    Surprise surprise, my hubby loves going clothes shopping and has WAY more fashion sense than me!

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MNNICE 1/12/2011 4:22PM

    I want the name and brand of that undergarment that pulls in your upper and lower abdominal skin folds!!! LOL

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NINJA-NED 1/12/2011 7:03AM

    how fun! i always hated shopping .... until i lost weight. now i can actually look in the dressing room mirror and enjoy it. yay you!

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KOFFEENUT 1/11/2011 11:50PM

    That is so cool! All these hidden talents in the folks we know, just waiting to be uncovered!

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BADASSBLONDIE 1/11/2011 12:36PM

    What fun!!! I want a clothing designer friend who can dress me up!

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ILUVTOTAT 1/11/2011 11:54AM

    That sounds like it was so much fun!

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LOULOUBELLE2 1/11/2011 10:16AM

    Oh how much fun was that.....Maybe you should take her "Thrift" shopping to. She might come up with a great outfit that you'd not think about. Glad your feeling better.

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CARLANNIE 1/11/2011 9:28AM

    Wow - what a neat, unexpected treat! And that will be an amazing thing to look forward to when you reach your goal and are ready for 'permanent' clothes! I'll bet you don't have far to go.

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NANCYRUBIO 1/11/2011 9:10AM

    How great to have a friend to shop with you. She certainly was a big help. Find your correct size?
Slowest Loser Team

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Snowy Sunday

Sunday, January 09, 2011

Its a quiet, lovely Snowy day in northern Colorado. DH got up a few minutes ago and opened all the blinds so we have gorgeous views of the lightly falling snow and the Rocky Mountains. We are sitting in our robes, drinking coffee and reading the Sunday papers. I have no plans today except to give myself 15 minutes of me time for my 28 day Teddy Bear Challenge by sitting in our Jacuzzi tub for a "personal spa day"

As I have said before "Life is Good!"

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KARIJO-OSAGE 1/9/2011 7:52PM

    Enjoy your me time :)

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ILUVTOTAT 1/9/2011 4:20PM

    Don't you just love days like today? I'm watching the snow and quilting.

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CARLANNIE 1/9/2011 4:18PM

    Make way for me! I'm grabbing my suit and I'll be right over. Enjoy!!!

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EDWINA172 1/9/2011 3:42PM

    Sounds like a scene from a movie. Enjoy!

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ETAGGEL 1/9/2011 2:09PM

    It certainly sounds peaceful and serene! Enjoy your day!


Phyllis

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MNNICE 1/9/2011 2:04PM

    I think I would spend the whole day in there!!! Enjoy it! Relaxing is important, too.

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DDOORN 1/9/2011 12:08PM

    Ah...a Jacuzzi...! I'll BET life is good! :-)

Enjoy!

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DIANE2110 1/9/2011 12:06PM

    That sounds like heaven. Have a great day!
Diane : ) ** Make in Happen in 2011 **

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GAILRUU 1/9/2011 11:50AM

    That sounds beautiful! Enjoy the day.

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HINOTO 1/9/2011 11:47AM

    Sounds like a wonderful way to spend a snowy Sunday!

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