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Wednesday, November 25, 2009

This has been such an excruciatingly LONG day!

First thing this a.m. I weighed in and found out I lost FOUR POUNDS this week! Woo HOO! Can't wait to tell my SparkFamily! Wait and wait and wait...here I am almost MIDNIGHT sharing the excitement! Sheesh it's frustrating not to be able to shout out to you all for such a long time!

This week I got nervous when a visit to Old Country Buffet over the weekend put my calories up to around 3200...so I buckled down to 1200-1500 since and voila! 205 is an awfully SWEET number! :-) I think the cycling of calories UP and DOWN has been helping me out.

Although I may not be able to pop in on my Friend Feed as I would like throughout the day, I sure carry your support with me throughout my day! So in the spirit of Thanksgiving I wanted to share these thoughts from Marlene of MotivateUs.com:

Be Thankful

Thanks for not having
Be thankful that you don't already have everything you desire.
If you did, what would there be to look forward to?

Thanks for lacking knowledge
Be thankful when you don't know something,
for it gives you the opportunity to learn.

Thanks for difficult times
Be thankful for the difficult times.
During those times you grow.

Thanks for limitations
Be thankful for your limitations,
because they give you opportunities for improvement.

Thanks for challenges
Be thankful for each new challenge,
because it will build your strength and character.

Thanks for mistakes made
Be thankful for your mistakes.
They will teach you valuable lessons.

Thanks for exhaustion
Be thankful when you're tired and weary,
because it means you've made the effort.

Thanks for setbacks
It's easy to be thankful for the good things.
A life of rich fulfillment comes to those who
are also thankful for the setbacks.

Thanks for troubles
Gratitude can turn a negative into a positive.
Find a way to be thankful for your troubles,
and they can become your blessings.

~ Author Unknown ~

Happy Thanksgiving, my friend, I am grateful and thankful for you.

Here's to a healthy, happy Thanksgiving to all of us and our loved ones!


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ZIRCADIA 11/30/2009 3:49PM

    CONGRATS ON THE NEW LOW WEIGH-IN! :D So close to ONEderland!

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S318830 11/29/2009 5:10PM

    Awesome, awesome, awesome! You're so on your way to reaching the 100s by the end of December. I think you'll be there before that!

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SUSIEMT 11/28/2009 8:49PM

    Just happened on your blog. I enjoyed it! I am getting ready to enter onederland myself. WooHoo! Can't wait for us both to be there! Good luck!

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FRECKS96 11/26/2009 9:46AM

    WTG Don! Congrats! Thank you for the reminders and have a wonderful holiday.

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DAVEOZ 11/26/2009 2:46AM

    So true... and great loss!!


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4A-HEALTHY-BMI 11/26/2009 1:06AM

    woo-hoo! Crush that scale, Don!

ONE-der-land, here you come!


Have an awesome T-day!

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L*I*T*A* 11/26/2009 12:38AM

    congratulations on the great loss!!!!
happy thanksgiving to you and yours.........blessings and hugs............lita

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RENA1965 11/25/2009 11:52PM

    nice blog Don! happy turkey day..

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Jingo All The Way! (Gratitude)

Monday, November 23, 2009

Had a great session on my 'mill this morning...kept the incline @ 12 throughout and kicked the speed from 4 to 5 mph halfway...wrapping up with Santana's Woodstock version of "Jingo!" Couldn't resist the pun for my blog title...okay, groan away...! :-)

One of my favorite SparkPeople (ORIGAMIFREAK www.sparkpeople.com/mypage.asp?id=OR
) celebrated her birthday today by going to RealAge.com and calculating that through her efforts in reclaiming her health she has given herself the gift of growing EIGHT YEARS YOUNGER! Woo hoo! Be sure to stop by her SparkPage and wish her a happy birthday! And if you don't know her, stop and browse about her accomplishments...one AMAZING person!

This all has me thinking again, in this season of Thanksgiving, how all of us here at SparkPeople are giving ourselves and through our support of others, each other such tremendous GIFTS of LIFE and living a SPARKED LIFE! I just wanted to share my gratitude to all of you out there, Chris Downie, all the SparkStaff and fellow members: my SparkFamily...!

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving everyone! :-)


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USARUNNERGIRL 11/24/2009 8:17PM

    Thank you for being part of my Spark Family! Good work on you treadmill today!

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ZELLAZM 11/24/2009 3:32PM

    Same to you, Don!

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L*I*T*A* 11/23/2009 4:31PM

    great...........thanks for sharing........blessings and hugs.................lita

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FRECKS96 11/23/2009 1:13PM

    Amen and Thank You!!!

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YAKWOMAN 11/23/2009 11:12AM

    That gratitude comes back to you ten-fold. You are an amazing inspiration to me. Congrats on the 12 incline! Very impressive.

You also have a wonderful Thanksgiving! emoticon

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4A-HEALTHY-BMI 11/23/2009 9:03AM

    LOL. I looked at your blog title and couldn't fathom what it referred to.

I know of Django Reinhardt, the game Jenga, the term "jingoism," and recall that Jango was Boba Fett's father in the Star Wars canon, but have never before heard of the song Jingo.

I'm clearly a musical Philistine. hehe

P.S. Right back atcha.

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Good 'Millwork This A.M.

Friday, November 20, 2009

After having overslept the day before and totally missing my cardio on Thurs. I got a decent night's sleep last night, woke up in time for my 35 min. treadmill session and from the first step I knew that I was going to have a great session.

Instead of mixing up the walking and jogging I went straight to a 5 mph jog which I maintained throughout the 35 mins. with a big help from Chick Corea and Return to Forever's opus: Sometime Ago / La Fiesta...slow, noodling beginning but what a head of STEAM it builds over the twenty-some minute jam on top of Spanish / Flamenco chord changes with some wild sax shrieking at the crescendos along with Stanley Clarke's thundering, galloping string bass, Flora Purim's airy vocals and Chick's light & sprite Fender Rhodes:

Sometime ago I had a dream
It was happy, it was lasting, it was free
And now in life, oh can't you see
How we can make that dream into reality?

Oh the music, it was playing
Oh the firelight, it was dancing
All the children they were singing
All the people they were loving

Sometime ago I had a dream
It was happy, it was lasting, it was free
And now in life, oh can't you see
How we can make that dream into reality?

Oh the morning sun, it was soft and cool
Oh the evening breeze, it was warm and gold
All together life had started to unfold
Sometime ago

I can't recommend this album enough...!


Some YouTube samples



Another classic from this band: "Spain"


Looking forward to making the rounds with my clients tomorrow passing out turkeys and boxes of Thanksgiving food...it always feels like one of the significant kickoffs of the holiday season for me. There is SO much for which to be thankful...not the least of which is being part of our wonderful SparkFamily!

Everyone have a SPARKIN' weekend!


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DAVEOZ 11/22/2009 5:06PM

    Love RTF, Chick, Jaco, DiMeola and the whole gang! I was fortunate to meet a few of them in 88 while going to some shows.

John McLaughlin is a favorite of mine as well when meditating.


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L*I*T*A* 11/21/2009 4:18PM

    great......thanks for sharing..........have a wonderful weekend........blessings and hugs...................lita

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GETTO140 11/21/2009 8:51AM

    WOO HOO!! Great job! Yes..oversleeping really messes up a person's routine. So...maybe that could be a good thing. Who wants to be in a rut!??

Have a great day!

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AZIMAT 11/21/2009 8:37AM

    Thanks for the update, I can see you tooling around the Tri-cities with the load of goodies. It's so much fun to hand out gifts, Tangible manifestation of others' concern and love, been there....

And thanks for the music recommendation, I'm listening now on YouTube, really upbeat.

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MADTOWNBUDDHA 11/21/2009 7:21AM

    Chick Corea is such a briliant musician! Your work project...giving to the people that can use the help is a real inspiration. Thanks for supporting this Rookie!

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MADTOWNBUDDHA 11/21/2009 7:20AM

    Chick Corea is such a briliant musician! Your work project...giving to the people that can use the help is a real inspiration. Thanks for supporting this Rookie!

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MADTOWNBUDDHA 11/21/2009 7:19AM

    Chick Corea is such a briliant musician! Your work project...giving to the people that can use the help is a real inspiration. Thanks for supporting this Rookie!

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JCORYCMA 11/20/2009 11:53PM

    Way to go Don! I still jog at 5 mph on the treadmill. I think my pace is a little faster outside. I keep thinking I could invest some gadgets to keep track but I just like to put on some good music and run for the sheer joy and wonder if I wouldn't be making it a chore if I get too hung up on how fast and how far I go. I am thankful for the Spark community too and all the great motivating and inspiring friends I've made. Thanks to you for being one of them!!

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Spark Wings Clipped a Tad...

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Recent changes by our IT staff at work has resulted in a slew of websites being blocked from our PCs...one of them being SparkPeople.com...! Argh!

At home I'm going nutso with renovations spinning off from having laminate flooring installed and attempting to pull this all together before Christmas.

Coming home to SO much Spark excitement which I've missed has been such a disappointment because there's no way that I can keep up as I have in the past.

If you don't see me around on your blogs, message boards, etc as I have been in the past don't take it personally because I'm VERY MUCH going to miss not catching up with my SparkFamily as I have in the past.

I'll try my best to keep you all posted on important stuff...so let's all keep SPARKING away as EVER!


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MORGANSMOM52 11/23/2009 9:30AM

    Don't ya just hate it when work gets in the way of the important stuff??F!!

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LINDA25427 11/22/2009 3:31AM

    Sorry emoticon

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USARUNNERGIRL 11/22/2009 12:22AM

    No SAY IT ISN'T SO! I think I would be lost without spark at work. Meany headed spark people. Don't they know that healthy employees make happy employees.

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ZELLAZM 11/20/2009 1:38PM

    Bummer about the block at work! Will look forward to hearing from you and your progress when you're able to get on. Good thing Spark added the status feed, isn't it!

Good weekend,

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DUTCHPETE641 11/20/2009 10:20AM

    Thankfully my company hasn't cottoned on yet. Keep your fingers crossed!

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FRECKS96 11/20/2009 9:37AM

    Major Bummer!! Just don't tire yourself out trying to keep up with everything, keep putting yourself first!

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4A-HEALTHY-BMI 11/20/2009 5:13AM

    I found it hard not to be able to log my foods as usual while traveling last weekend. I'm going to investigate whether my cell phone's web browser can do spark mobile.
(It might not have helped anyway, since my uncle's farm is in one of the few rare cell phone holes left in the US, let alone CA!)

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_MAOMAO_ 11/20/2009 1:59AM

  I sympathize! For a while now, I haven't had as much puter access as when I joined Spark. It bites, yep.

We love ya, still!

Just don't neglect that healthy food and exercise to be here! Ah, how could I even think such a thing?

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S318830 11/20/2009 1:47AM

    Oooh sucky! I'm lucky, despite a lot of sites being blocked, so far SparkPeople isn't one of them. We'll see you as you have time. Never fear, we'll always patiently wait for sightings of you.

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HEALTHY_CAROLYN 11/19/2009 11:18PM

    Oh, bummer, Don! I know what a great and active Sparker you are. I hope you're able to get your Sparkin' done as much as you can. Quality not quantity, and you have always been quality.

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L*I*T*A* 11/19/2009 10:47PM

    we understand.................we will take you when you are here..............take care and don't over do at home.........post your pictures........blessings and hugs....lita

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ETAGGEL 11/19/2009 10:28PM

    Don't you just hate it when they do that?


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Space Shuttle Launch No Longer: More Cowbell!

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Today while on the treadmill this morning I remembered my earlier days on my 'mill experimenting with the incline. When I kicked it up to "10" I felt like I was an astronaut reclining in my seat getting ready for Lift Off! The angle seemed so IMPOSSIBLE to maintain.

Now "10" is my BASELINE treadmill setting! I never go below "10" anymore...! So the other day I read Deb's (S318830) blog and she spoke of using a "15" incline setting...WHOA! I realized it had been a while since I kicked up my incline and went to do just that yesterday and discovered my 'mill MAXES OUT at "12"...! Sheesh! Who'da thunk I would have EVER accomplished THAT?!?! Not that I think I'll ever trade it in for a model that WOULD go that high...but it sure feels mighty fine to make such accomplishments!

So if you've been kinda stagnant with your workouts and haven't racheted things up for yourself lately do yourself a favor and keep kicking it up...!

More Cowbell People! You'll be AMAZED at your accomplishments over time!


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DAVEOZ 11/18/2009 10:14AM

    I can do a little on .5, SOMETIMES 1, but you gotta start somewhere right?!

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FRECKS96 11/17/2009 7:10PM

    Congrats! You've had some huge accomplishments in the last couple weeks! I'm considering a TM if you ever consider trading up!

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4A-HEALTHY-BMI 11/17/2009 6:40PM

    Ha. You sure showed your treadmill, huh? LOL


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USARUNNERGIRL 11/17/2009 2:05PM

    I started back on my walking on an incline phase recently. My running days are on standstill until I the trainer stops making my legs feel like jello on my "treadmill" days. Or maybe I should just switch my days up. Anyoo. Lately I have been walking the inclines between 10-15 for an hour. I actually sometimes leave a pool of sweat on the floor when I do. I actually think that walking the incline might be more of a workout now that I am thinking about it. Thanks.

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S318830 11/17/2009 1:37PM

    LOL! I love the More Cowbell analogy! But so true. If you don't challenge yourself when you get into a routine, you won't improve.

Sorry to hear your treadmill only goes to 12. I never thought I'd get treadmill envy, but Jillian Michaels teamed up with some exercise equipment company or other and developed a treadmill that goes to something like a 45 degree angle! I don't think I'd ever do that as a regular workout, but I'd love to hop on it and see what that feels like!

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ZELLAZM 11/17/2009 1:36PM

    I think I'd feel like I'm falling off the thing at that angle LOL! But more power to you and your "15" friend! I'll check out the incline on the gym treadmills next time I'm there.

I, too, am a Sparker for good although I can foresee there will continue to be phases where I'm less active in posting.

BWTG on the size 38s!

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AZIMAT 11/17/2009 1:35PM

    Wonderful accomplishment, good for you!


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X98COLLEGEGIRL 11/17/2009 9:22AM

    omg, i die at an incline of like 7. i totally need to step up my game

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ALB@ATIME 11/17/2009 9:03AM

    way to go...

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