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Thursday, January 07, 2010


Nice one from Mary Chapin-Carpenter tonight while doing my ST...got me thinking about the lyrics in a different way. The obvious meaning relates to relationships. But how about our journey toward reclaiming our health?

If losing weight was easy and didn't take any effort, do you think there would be any obesity among us...? Course not! But we here at SparkPeople, we know all about:

The Hard Way

Show a little inspiration, show a little SPARK
And show that things that drew me to you and stole my heart
And tell me something I don't know instead of everything I do
And look at me as if I mean something to you
Our hearts are beating while we sleep, but while we're wide awake
You know the world won't stop, and actions speak louder
Listen to your heart, and what your heart might say
Everything we got, we got the hard way

Show a little passion, baby, show a little style
And show the knack for knowing when and the gift for knowing how
And have a little trust in us when fear obscures the path
You know we got this far, darling, not by luck, but by never turning back
Some will call on destiny, but I just call on faith
That the world won't stop, and ACTIONS SPEAK LOUDER
Listen to your heart, to what your heart might say
Everything we got, we got the hard way

Caught up in our little lives, there's not a lot left over
I see what's missing in your eyes; you're searching for that field of clover
So show a little inspiration, show a little spark
Show the world a little light when you show it your heart
We've got two lives, one we're given and THE OTHER ONE WE MAKE
And the world won't stop, and actions speak louder
Listen to your heart, and your heart might say
Everything we got, we got the hard (everything we got, we got the hard way)
Everything we got, we got the hard way

Enjoy the tune...I find it a great one for workouts!


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PUDDLE_JUMPER 1/9/2010 3:19PM

    What a stunning cast!!!

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Life can throw us some curve balls and yes, getting up from a comatose state and pushing myself out this afternoon for a walk wasn't the easiest thing in the world!

But, actions do speak louder: And I do feel better!!!

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Thanks for your post!!! emoticon

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USARUNNERGIRL 1/8/2010 12:03PM

    Good song Don. I really like reading it out and making my own interpretation of the lyrics with regards to my journey. Thank you for sharing.

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FERRETLOVER1 1/8/2010 7:10AM

    Very interesting way of listening to that song.

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KELLI9001 1/8/2010 5:29AM

    Thanks for a different view! I agree, if exercise was easy.....

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FHAMWEY 1/7/2010 11:48PM

    Interesting way to look at it! Never would have thought of it like that.

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L*I*T*A* 1/7/2010 11:37PM

    love it...........it almost could be a song about sparkpeople.............great song ...........great words.....thanks for sharing..........blessings and hugs.........lita

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JCORYCMA 1/7/2010 11:16PM

    Weight loss is hard work, but like taking a chance on love, it's well worth the effort!! Thanks again for such sparking inspiration!

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Third Wind...

Monday, January 04, 2010

...it's what is left after one's Second Wind fades!

Did some great 'millwork tonight where I kept the speed at 5-6 mph throughout the entire 40 mins. No 4 mph tonight! Had a great helping hand near the end from Pat Metheny's song "Third Wind" which is just FILLED with exciting jazz/latin rhythms and percussion...guaranteed to ALWAYS get my feet movin'!


Sending out many thx to everyone giving me the high-five on being quoted in "The Spark!" What a THRILL! Got those page numbers burned into my brain...woo hoo!

Now if THAT isn't a motivator, don't know what is...!?! How can I NOT continue to SPARK my very BEST...? :-)

Let's keep SPARKIN' out there.

Remember this quote: "People are so worried about what they eat between Christmas and the New Year, but they really should be worried about what they eat between the New Year and Christmas. ~Author Unknown"


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ZELLAZM 1/9/2010 9:33AM

    Cool, you're famous! Can't think of anyone else on here who makes a better testimony for SP!


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DAVEOZ 1/8/2010 9:36AM

    Metheny, Scofield, Lyle Mays, Mike Stern....Ah...

I remember them all too well while in college. Glad to know that I'm not the only jazzhead here...

Best, Dave

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TUBBYSHUKER370 1/7/2010 6:05PM

    Third wind as cool. Just don't break it!

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PUDDLE_JUMPER 1/6/2010 10:46AM

    emoticonToo cool!

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USARUNNERGIRL 1/5/2010 10:07PM

    Love the quote Don. You are such an inspiration to all of us. I can't wait until my PREORDERED copy of The Spark comes in the mail so I can read those pages that quote one of my most favorite Sparker. For some reason I STILL have not received my book. emoticon I think someone stole it from my mail. emoticon I mean if I was a non sparker and I saw a copy of the spark, I would be tempted.... emoticon Just sayin!

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FRECKS96 1/5/2010 10:33AM

    Love the quote! Thanks.

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ARAC76 1/5/2010 10:21AM

    Great quote and SO true!

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L*I*T*A* 1/5/2010 10:15AM

    so great to know someone famous...................what an inspiration you are to us all..........way to go!!!
blessings and hugs..................lita

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JOYYAK 1/5/2010 9:47AM

    There is something about posting on SP and accountability...you are right!


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KELLI9001 1/5/2010 8:01AM

    Wow...you are flying on that mill! Great job and always an inspiration. thanks for being so consistent in reading and commenting on my blogs.

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FERRETLOVER1 1/5/2010 7:33AM

    Wow - I'm honored to know an "author"! Congrats!

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DAYHIKER 1/5/2010 6:00AM

    I never used to use the word "awesome" until I started seeing what my SparkBuddies were accomplishing and AWESOME! popped into my mind when I saw your TM workout report!! Way to go, Don!! Your quote in the book is a great encouragement to keep on keeping on! I also like the New Year's to Christmas quote--so true!!

Guess I'll have to give up Billy's (Joel) "Second Wind" in favor of "Third Wind!"

An encouraging post, Don! emoticon

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JCORYCMA 1/4/2010 11:14PM

    5-6 mph? That's my running pace! Good for you! I like the quote too!
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Alive ---> THRIVE!

Sunday, January 03, 2010

Rivulets running down the windows as I steam up my 50 degree workout room during my hour on the 'mill and a half hour with my dumb bells and resistance bands today. Been percolating thoughts for a New Year's blog for some time now...but somehow during my workout today everything seemed to come together. Seems to be ripe conditions for blog incubation!

2009 was one mighty fine year for me. It didn't really dawn on me until I finally paused to take stock while on my treadmill today, what a laundry list of accomplishments I made this year:

---Cross Country Skiing: No, I can't say I know what I'm doing, but for the first time in my LIFE this past winter I got out and TRIED! And am heading back out again THIS winter to try again and see if this is something I can get the hang of and enjoy.

---Kayaking: Another first! Had NEVER done this before jumping in with fellow members of SparkPeople and especially credit yakking enthusiast 4A-HEALTHY-BMI (her pics from our events shared below) for organizing my first kayaking outing with the Ithaca & Finger Lakes SparkTeam! I've since gotten out other times and thoroughly enjoyed myself and expect in time I'll probably buy one of my own to enjoy more regularly.



---Biking the Kal-Haven Trail: Did it! Biked 40+ miles from my son's apartment down the Kal-Haven Trail through the beautiful rural countryside of Michigan to the shore of Lake Michigan at South Haven.

---Maxed out the INCLINE on my treadmill! Using 10 or 12 (which is the highest) all the time on my 'mill...woo hoo!

---Traveling to San Diego to attend the very first SparkConvention

and for the first time in the 20+ years my sister has lived in San Diego to be able to visit and stay with she and her family and soak up all the wonderful things the San Diego area has to offer! Here's one of my favorite pics of my sister and I:

---SparkRally: American Cancer Society's Relay for Life! What a wonderful time our local Binghamton Area Losers had keeping someone on the tracks walking for 24 hours to raise money for such a great cause! Here's a pic of us in action:

---While in San Diego I had been interviewed for "possible" inclusion in Chris Downie's upcoming book "The SPARK"...and lo & behold I'm IN some of the videos shared from the Convention ( www.youtube.com/watch?v=o1sqOCjFjJc ) AND I had the pleasure of being quoted in "The SPARK" on page 120-121! Woo hoo!

During the past year I've had some great "light bulb" experiences which have taken me further along the path of recovering my optimal health and wellness:

1) I "discovered" personally that I could REALLY RAMP UP my workouts, but yet not achieve much in the way of weight loss. Of course I felt great and could see better muscle definition, etc. which was SUPER. The corollary was that I could maintain my weight and physical condition with a less intensive workout regimen...I didn't HAVE to keep pushing the envelope.

2) The biggie was, after all my resistance and muss & fuss over rebelling against tracking my food due to past negative experiences I bit the bullet and jumped in yet again and finally, after a few years of "intuitive" eating, in which I struck out my trigger foods (mostly highly processed carbie sweet things), bumped up my veggies and ate what I wanted. I accomplished much with this, but after a year or so of plateau-ing @ 226# I decided this was the only tool left for me to use in trying to bust through my plateau. SUCCESS! I've since been setting my sights on ONEderland and actually achieving a statistically "healthy" BMI, which would begin once I reach 194.

However, for all of these insights and accomplishments which added up to a truly STUNNING and AMAZING year I managed to fizzle and limp my way through the final weeks of the year, allowing the holidays to de-rail me from the healthy choices in eating and working out.

Part of me feels like I've reverted and taken a crayon to scribble all over the masterwork that this year had previously been...argh!

But then another part of me is being more reasonable, stepping back and telling myself:

---I am a food addict. I can manage my addiction, but I can never vanquish it, and I must always be vigilant for this addiction to rear its ugly head and take steps to avoid conditions where this might happen and take action ASAP when I need to regain control.

---I have had these bumps in the road in the past...uh, yeah, a whole month ago when traveling over Thanksgiving...I've navigated holidays successfully in the past, but this year...? What a bust! But I HAVE bounced back and lost the weight, regained control and SPARKED ANEW!

---So I can and WILL do it yet again!

---Another thing learned: while there is much to be said for being "in the moment," I'm kicking myself in hindsight for not being more mindful, PRE-HOLIDAYS, of how momentous this year has been for myself. Instead of just living day-to-day, setting aside some time to gather my wits, take stock of my life, my accomplishments, give myself pats-on-the-back. Had I done this I suspect I would have been far less likely to slip as I did during the holidays.

What lies ahead...?

What must be UPPERMOST in the minds of EVERYONE who has lost the kind of weight we have lost is as 4A-HEALTHY-BMI pointed out: MAINTENANCE! If you haven't been following her blogs, I HIGHLY recommend everyone keep an eye on her thoughts, suggestions & "enabling food technologies" ...she is an AMAZING example of what SP is all about and MAINTENANCE is one of her top priorities these days. I suspect she will be helping to beef up the offerings SparkPeople has to help those of us who NEVER, EVER want to "go there" again and regain what we've worked so hard to lose!

Having backslid and skidded my way into 2010 I know I have my work cut out just restoring what I have accomplished, but there is no question MAINTENANCE will be my TOP PRIORITY!

The tough questions, goals, etc. come after maintenance...life beyond the numbers: what's next? There's nothing like nailing a goal that really SPARKS and REVS a body up!

Numbers are the easy part: ONEderland...here I come...along with a "healthy" BMI which arrives at 194#. More numbers: planning to buy a new bicycle this winter and to get ready to bike back and forth to work 2-3 times a week in better weather, racking up 20 miles each round trip. Would like to solidify and build upon my 40+ bike rides. There is another town to our north that is around 30 miles away, which would be approx. 60 miles round trip.

Beyond the numbers: A fellow member of SparkPeople recently blogged about working toward being able to be like her sadly departed friend...a person who was able to be so genuine, spontaneous, to bring joy to others and to find and celebrate joy "in the moment" when with others.

During the past few years I've learned to find joy by "being in the moment" with MYSELF during workouts and physical accomplishments. I've learned that 'yes, I have a pulse, I am truly ALIVE!' It's been wonderful, for instance, to finally climb that hill on my bike which previously forced me to walk up it and SWOOP down the other side WOO HOO-ING all the way!

But moments of joy shared with others...I need more of that! I see this as shifting from being ALIVE to becoming able to THRIVE in the world!

After being so focused on numbers and concrete, specific goals working toward something like this feels like I'm in a foreign country grasping for intangibles that are so tricky to measure and break down into baby steps...!

But here are a few ideas:

---Get the darned hearing aid! My old hard rock days have taken their toll. Several weeks ago I had a condition with one of my ears which was taken care of, but along the way I had a hearing test which confirmed what I already knew. My hearing is atrocious. How can I be more social, spontaneous and find joy within my contacts with others if I'm figuratively reaching for my hearing trumpet shouting "eh? wazzat sonny?" I have the prescription, must return to the audiologist and get this done!

---What could I do that might pull together my love of music, the thrill of being able to extend my physical capabilities yet even further and this new focus of being able to THRIVE socially? To find joy through my relationships with others? A shy, closet-dancing voice inside has nudged the idea of taking dancing lessons or classes from the back burner towards, but not yet ON the front burner. My recent encounters with the Wii has shown me just how stiff and imbalanced I am...coupled with my HIGH degree of self-consciousness, it will take a LOT for me to actually stop talking about this and DO SOMETHING! Stay tuned...

---My new Nordic Walking Poles are gathering dust...looking forward to USING them...wonder if I could rally some interest in others doing the same so that we could perhaps turn Nordic Walking into a social outing as well...?

That's as far as I can take it for now...don't know if you all could hang in there to the very end of this *novel"...lol!

I have found it SO helpful to read everyone's thoughts and ponderings for the New Year and have been SPARKED in so many ways by all that we share together here at SparkPeople. I can't thank you all enough!

Let's move forward to the very BEST of years ahead in 2010!


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USARUNNERGIRL 1/5/2010 10:13PM


What an amazing list of accomplishments! And yet you feel like you didn't do the year justice. You have reminded me over and over again that as long as we keep trying we have won. You are a great and wonderful example and I am proud to know you.

I hope that 2010 brings you all you want and especially that coveted onderland that I know would mean the world to you. You deserve the world. You can do it...one step at a time!

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ZIRCADIA 1/4/2010 5:22PM

    OOOH I MADE YOUR BLOG! :D hehehee. It was so great to meet you, most especially because it turned us into SparkFriends, which we weren't before, but now I definitely value being your SparkFriend!!!!!! Anyway -- I feel you on the backslide into 2010, the busting the holiday's, but hey -- we're here now and time to make the most of another year. :D You did so many awesome things in 2009 as well! :D WOOHOO! I want to take dancing lessons, too -- like latin ballroom classes in particular... :D haha. Maybe later in the year?

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JOYYAK 1/4/2010 9:54AM


What a great blog with all of your goals and accomplishments outlined. You have certainly had a busy year and one filled with many happy firsts! Nice job!

And now, as we all move into the new year we carry those aspirations another mile, another level...and continue to take care of "us."

Keep it up! And enjoy the snow! I canceled my trip to Syracuse today (we were going to leave at 3 a.m. to drive up today) because of the lousy weather. Disappointing but I will get it in soon...


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LEELYNN2 1/3/2010 10:31PM

    You had an amazing year and I'm so glad that I've had a chance to follow a bit of it. So many new activities! It's so cool. I am looking forward to seeing how the dancing lessons go. I'm going to be waiting for the updates on this!!!!

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APPYMORGAN 1/3/2010 9:16PM

    Thank you for another amazing blog...err Novel...I love how you are really able to describe and dissect all of last year for yourself. I find it very helpful to read about how others have overcome their struggles. I am just beginning to admit that I am addicted to food. It is affecting my life. While I am successful in the other areas of my life, I am missing out on so much of what I want to do because of my weight. I really hope to participate in a triathlon or the Tevis cup ( a horse riding event) but how can this happen when I currently struggle to walk a mile. I know I can get through and beyond this too. Thanks for sharing your struggles and successes, I have been greatly influenced and motivated by them.
I think that maybe part of your ability to maintain will come from the same place that your amazing ability to encourage and motivate others comes. Paying it forward, as you said in response to my blog, is what SP is all about.
Thanks Kristi
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I guess this was the second chapter of that previously mentioned Novel. lol

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DAYHIKER 1/3/2010 8:41PM

    What a great blog, Don! All the way to the end! And I finally found out where your quote is and read it! emoticon Thanks for the blog and book tips!! You're doing emoticonand your enthusiasm is contagious!!


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L*I*T*A* 1/3/2010 2:23PM

    such great reminders ............what an inspiration you are to us all..............what a privledge it is to know you too................thanks for sharing your year in review...........blessings and hugs...................lita

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PUDDLE_JUMPER 1/3/2010 11:13AM

    You are an inspiration to me!!!


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ZESTYLADY 1/3/2010 8:45AM

    You rock! I am so envious of your local support group. I've been unsuccessful rallying up a group in my vicinity. I think that makes such a huge difference to ongoing maintenance success. Who else but Sparkers are willing to me moan and groan about the same old challenges year after year. My a-ha moment was realizing that the addiction is lifelong and I will always need to be vigilant. Thanks for your thoughts.

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ZELLAZM 1/3/2010 8:42AM

    Don, I love this blog and reliving all the ups and downs of the past year. You are such a great example of what Spark is all about. Thanks for the reminders, the sharing and all the hope your story gives your readers!

Blessings in the New Year!

P.S. Take your next vacation to Florida and you can go Nordic walking with a great group of folks on the beach in Naples every Wednesday and Saturday. Tell them I sent you! ;)

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FRECKS96 1/3/2010 8:35AM

    Don, great job in 2009! With the tools and knowledge that we continue to gather, we can only get stronger as each year goes on. I wish you all the best in your goals and I look forward to hearing how you're progressing. Particularly with the (maybe) dancing lessons. That's something I have been mulling over as well. Maybe this will be the year!

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POEKSTER 1/3/2010 7:26AM

    WTG Don and maintaining is hard work

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DDOORN 1/3/2010 7:23AM

    Re: Refuse to Regain by Barbara Berkeley...have loved her blogs @ http://refusetoregain.com/ !


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FERRETLOVER1 1/3/2010 7:21AM

    Wow - when you list all you have achieved, you really should be proud of yourself.

Remember, you are a human being and you will backslide sometimes. It's just a fact of life. However, you can & will take control once again.

I've been maintaining for 4+ years now and I certainly do backslide sometimes, too. I am learning not to beat myself up about it anymore. I just put it behind me (sorta literally if ya know what I mean! emoticon) and start all over again!

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MAZUR157 1/3/2010 4:53AM

    Wow! Looks like you had something to say...
Good for you!!!
It was an inspiration.

Hang in there. You're going to to just fine.
I wish you success in all your endeavors.

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4A-HEALTHY-BMI 1/3/2010 3:29AM

    Thanx for the shout out.

I've started reading Refuse to Regain by Barbara Berkeley and it looks like it will be interesting.

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Who ME? Run?

Friday, December 18, 2009

I enjoyed reading another members' blog about discovering that he could RUN and got to thinking about how I just can't BELIEVE I can run these days! It just doesn't even occur to me that I CAN run except once in a while like tonight while heading out to the car from the mall. I parked at the very end of the lot to give me some walking time...except tonight I thought, hey, you're short on time, why not RUN?!?!


I envy runners their fitness and the "high" they get from running....but still don't see myself pushing in that direction very much...at least now...but who knows what the future may hold? :-)


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S318830 12/24/2009 12:08AM

    Every time I can't run for some reason or other, I look with absolute envy at all the people out there on the roads running. I'm going through that right now. You should give the Couch to 5K program a try and see if running is for you. If you think a parking lot feels great, try running your first organized race - now that's a serious high! I LOVE races!

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ZIRCADIA 12/21/2009 8:37PM

    All I know is, never say never or you'll end up running a marathon! :D HAHAHAHAHAA :D

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4A-HEALTHY-BMI 12/20/2009 5:48PM

    Fortunately one does not need to actually run to get a "runner's high" LOL. As you know my arthritic knee won't even tolerate WALKING more than 2.5 miles without telling me about it - but I can get buzzed from spinning and the elliptical.

Thanks goodness for those natural endorphins. If I couldn't manufacture them internally for free, I'd probably be in prison for buying and/or using them! LOL

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UNIDENT 12/19/2009 11:32PM

    Good start! And why shouldn't the future hold running for you, if you want to go there? There is nothing in your way. Nothing at all.

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BOBBYD31 12/19/2009 10:33PM

    don, running can be a great experience but it is not for everyone. i hope that it may be in you future, i have found it very rewarding no matter how fast or slow i go. runners are very supportive of each other, just like sparkers.

merry christmas to you and your family.

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JOYYAK 12/19/2009 1:56PM

    I love to walk. I know lot's of people love to run, but I love to preserve my knees. Hope to have the same set for my entire life! I can get the same endorphin high from a nice brisk walk!

But, I like your parking lot philosophy. I do the same thing and oftentimes park far away from the entrance of where I am going. Every little bit helps!


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FRECKS96 12/19/2009 9:52AM

    When you're ready to try, let me know! I know what you mean about envying the runners with the way they talk about it.

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ZELLAZM 12/19/2009 9:51AM

    Wooohooo! What a great feeling! I see a 5K in your future too!

BTW, love the new background - we don't have cardinals here in Germany so I really enjoy the photos!

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FERRETLOVER1 12/19/2009 7:23AM

    I have never really been able to run because of my knees, so I envy those who can. Even just running a short distance to catch a bus hurts my knees. Oh well, at least I can walk & I do walk - lots & lots. I try to walk fast to make up for the fact that I can't really run.

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RENA1965 12/18/2009 10:27PM

    Don, I can't run on a regular basis it annoys my disc collapse- however I walk 10kms daily... Don't have to be a runner to be fit, smart training you can have all the details and less injuries..
Running is high impact, but many people abuse it.. Keep it at a level you enjoy.. I don't have to increase my exercise, but when I want to see my husband grave I pick up the pace and 16 kms disappears faster than waiting on 2 busses..

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LEELYNN2 12/18/2009 10:26PM

    My Daughter and sometimes my son will race from the car to the store or the store to the car... that's the best! she's growing out of in though unfortunately and has to have a big lead before she'll try anymore. The cardinals in your yard? They're great.

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JCORYCMA 12/18/2009 10:23PM

    Sometimes I feel the "high" sometimes I just feel relief I'm done :) Running just seemed like a natural progression when I was walking at an ever faster pace. It was just a matter of lifting the feet up off the ground AND convincing myself I could do it! You probably walk at a faster pace than I run, so some time give it a try. Why? Because you can. Next thing you know, you'll be thinking 5K...

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Frazzled & Frantic But Holding the Line w/ Healthy Choices

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Going crazy dealing with BOTH a pellet stove that isn't burning right and an oil furnace that isn't running and here we are zooming down to our first single-digit night...argh! Service fellow is coming to save the day...after hours fees and all, ugh!

Holiday festivities and foods continue to pop out all over...but have been enjoying them in healthy ways...no more stumbles on my way to ONEderland thank you...! :-)

Our local supermarket has been having these HUGE Cortland apples on sale 78 cents a pound and they are DELICIOUS! And no where NEAR the calories of other foods...been chowing on 2-3 each day...yum...what a treat!

Can't wait for some slack days...there WILL be some, won't there...?


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CHANGE4FIT 1/6/2010 1:58PM

You are an inspiration! Sorry I missed your blog till today. while I am in the south, we are having our own heydey with the cold. Can't say I stuck to apples over the holidays....now it's time to pay the piper! Thanks for you blog and keep up the great effort!

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JOYYAK 12/18/2009 8:11PM

    LOL - I'm sure that the time between and including Christmas and New Year's was meant to be "slack time"... we'll all be bemoaning what we have had during that time; just wait for those January posts!

Cortland apples - yummy! I can't wait to get to NY and get some of the local apples...and the other good local foods like Hoffman's hot dogs and coney's, Grandma's Baked Beans and cheese curd! I can't get any of those down here - and I hear that they are calorie free when you eat them in NY! :)

Hope your repairman came through for you!


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FRECKS96 12/18/2009 8:14AM

    ugh, so sorry about your heaters. The last 2 days have certainly made up for our warm November! Hope you got everything fixed and got some sleep.

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FERRETLOVER1 12/18/2009 6:56AM

    It's always that way - whenever the need for heat is crucial, that's when the furnace breaks down. Same thing in the summer when you really need the air-conditioner.

Good for you eating apples - healthy & delicious, too. Have you tried the Honey Crisps? They are fantastic!

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L*I*T*A* 12/17/2009 10:57PM

    sorry about your furnace problems.........hopefully it will be resolved quickly........love apples too.............blessings and hugs................lita

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JCORYCMA 12/17/2009 10:27PM

    My super snack this season is those little Clementine oranges. Seedless, peel like a dream, and just the right size! Sorry to hear about your furnace. One of life's little bug-a-boos...
A special emoticon for how well you've been handling the holiday eating. Very motivating!
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