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In The Rain

Sunday, September 15, 2013

We've all heard of "singing in the rain"...

Today I was bicycle riding in the rain! emoticon emoticon emoticon

All during the work week, I was looking at my bicycle and promising myself, this weekend I would have time to ride. I didn't let a little rain stop me!!!

When I was done, I wiped down my bicycle with a clean cloth. I need to take care of my equipment if I want it to work for me!
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And if you can do it in a pretty dress with friends... all the better!! Right Jules?

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This morning I opened two SP goodies and both were from friends telling me I make a difference in their lives and that have a contagious zest for life!
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I'm grateful to have good friends with me on the Journey to Healthy 'n Fit! They warm my heart and make me smile and help me to be a better person.
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KARENKANDO 9/15/2013 8:08PM

    What a happy blog! I love that you rode your bike in the rain. And you are absolutely right!!! Dancing in the rain with a friend in a pretty dresses. . . emoticon way, way better!!! And your contagious zest for life. . . makes ALL the difference in my life. I smile because of you. I really do! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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FLPALM 9/15/2013 4:47PM

    You ARE a ray of emoticon on a emoticon day! And taking care of "your equipment" is exactly the way it should be! You Go Girl!!!


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EVER-HOPEFUL 9/15/2013 3:34PM

    you inspire me also love and i just love doing things in the favorite weather. emoticon

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CHERYL_ANNE 9/15/2013 11:25AM

    This is a great way of looking @ life!

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SUSANOFROMUK 9/15/2013 11:12AM

    LOVE your blogs.
The last day of our holiday it rained, but we walked on the beach anyway emoticon

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KITT52 9/15/2013 9:44AM

    how cute the little girls playing in the rain...I need to do more of this

thanks for sharing

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Monday Monday

Monday, September 09, 2013

It's Monday and I'm feeling fine. Got my 8 hours of sleep last night. It makes a big difference in how I feel this morning!
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I caught my reflection in the window of the YMCA. Although I've already lost 30 pounds, I'm still a very short round woman. I may not grow taller, but I'm definitely going to get slimmer. I said to myself "Don't worry, this is only a temporary shape."

I smiled at everyone I saw at the YMCA. You know what? Everyone smiled back at me! Enjoy a wonderful Monday!!

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EVER-HOPEFUL 9/15/2013 5:31AM


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WISHICOULDFLY 9/10/2013 6:13AM

    Dee, You are SO on track AND upbeat too! emoticon

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    They smiled back at a beautiful woman!! emoticon

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KARENKANDO 9/9/2013 7:51PM

    Those folks at the "y" smiled cause - how could they not? You - your smile - just lit up the room! I'm certain of that. You know how I know? Cause you lite up this room - our room - the spark room - every single time you enter! And if you lite things up like that around here, I can only imagine how much better you do it in person! You're just one of those people, Dee . . . you smile. . . and the whole world smiles with you! So happy I met you and now have the privilege to call you "friend". emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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FLPALM 9/9/2013 7:19PM

    Keep looking at those "reflections" ....cause YOU ARE LOOKING SO GOOD, SO GOOD!!!!

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CHERYL_ANNE 9/9/2013 9:48AM

    Absolutely keep up with the 3 P's and you will get there!

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DAWNSJOURNEY 9/9/2013 9:31AM

    Amen !!! the three P's will help you get far on this Journey.. Have a Wonderful Day Dee !!! Dance like no one is watching .. Embrace the you .. you love !!!

hugs, love and light ,

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JUNA89 9/9/2013 9:05AM

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BETHIEMAE75 9/9/2013 8:42AM

    Starting the week with Happiness! I like it! emoticon

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Learning to Jump Hurdles

Monday, September 02, 2013

Yesterday I thought about the upcoming hurdles going back to work will put on my path. Here's the list:

I won't be able to attend my favorite 7:45 a.m. water aerobic class.
I will be more tired at the end of the day, especially the first month.
I will need to deal with lunch away from home. The school microwave is never clean so it will need to be cold lunch.
Less time at home for meal planning, cooking, tracking, Sparking, etc.
Did I say that I will be tired?

Here's my plan for jumping the hurdles:

Tired --- set a bedtime and get 6 hours of sleep.

Exercise --- 200 minutes a week. NIA dance Monday night; Water Aerobics Wednesday night; Water Aerobics 7:45 a.m. on Saturday. Strength Training 2X before or after work.

Lunch --- mini crock or thermos for hot meals. Cooler with fruits, tuna fish, cottage cheese, yogurts, salads, or other healthy options. Prepare lunch the night before.

Meal Planning --- Set a weekly menu. Shop on the weekend and do as much prep work as possible. Keep frozen meals and frozen vegetables on hand.

Spark Priorities --- Track Nutrition First. Encourage, write and read blogs, and participate on teams secondly. Check in daily.

Fun --- Try something new once a week. (New recipe, exercise, book, activity, game, etc.)

"My goal is to make this lifestyle something I can do for the rest of my life!"
(Thanks Dawn)
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"Get excited about your life." ~ Dr. Phil

"I'm a size strong!" ~Special K Ad

Just Try - Explore (Thanks Jules)

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XCLOSED 9/3/2013 1:37PM

  emoticon gr8 plan! look how much you've learned about approaches & adventures that work for you! and will work this upcoming & Sparktacular year!!! You got this! Now, go do it!!! Woot!!! I have faith u can & u will :)

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    emoticon emoticon You're doing great!! emoticon

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KARENKANDO 9/2/2013 9:10PM

    I have always believed that the secret to success is flexibility. You being flexible and finding ways to make your program work for you? No way you can fail! I'm super proud of you!!!

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    Sounds like you've got your bases covered! emoticon I'm with you on the Spark Priorities - gotta take care of tracking first -- the other is secondary if you have time.

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EVER-HOPEFUL 9/2/2013 4:42PM

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FLPALM 9/2/2013 1:07PM

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Yup, GREAT GOALS, GREAT PLANS, Terrrrifficcccc SPF!!!

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MTULLY 9/2/2013 12:07PM

    There is something about thinking things through and putting it in writing that increases your odds of success. Your plan has success written all over it. emoticon

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MEGAMOM134 9/2/2013 8:49AM

    Sound like you have it planned correctly. It works as long as you have a plan, plenty of healthy meals and snacks and keep to your goals. WTG.

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I'm Amazing!

Thursday, August 29, 2013

I continue to amaze myself. emoticon

I had a sub sandwich for lunch. In the past, I would eat the entire sub and potato chips and then look for dessert.

Yesterday, I was full with 2/3 of the sub so I stopped eating. I was able to eat 5 chips and stop. "Amazing!"

Monday was a stressful day. I went back to my old comfort food... McDonalds. I ordered the new hot 'n spicy quarter pound burger and fries. However, I cut the burger in half and ate only a couple of fries. Then I pulled out coleslaw and red grapes from my refrigerator to complete the meal.

Yesterday was a work day... my YMCA is closed for cleaning... my DH is home and needs taking care of due to a medical op...
In the past, these would be excuses not to exercise. Me speaking to my DH: "I'm going down the basement to exercise for 20 minutes. I could skip, but if I skip one day it becomes easier to skip the next and then the next."

I did a one mile Walk Away the Pounds DVD, my hula hoop, and a 10 minute Bikini Belly Abs DVD!
emoticon "Amazing!"

Self-Motivated!! "Amazing!"

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    emoticon AND AMAZING!!

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KARENKANDO 8/30/2013 6:55AM

    Way to go my beautiful real-life-princess! Do you know you bring such joy and hope and happiness to every path you cross? Well, you do! You certainly have brought all that and then some to my life. I am blessed to know you and I can't thank you enough for your positive outlook on life and sheer determination. You inspire me every single day!!! You are a constant reminder that all things are possible. . . if I just don't quit. Thank you for that. Happy Friday!!!

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BRENDABUNNY 8/29/2013 4:56PM

    emoticon job keep doing what your doing it's working my friend emoticon emoticon emoticon

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FLPALM 8/29/2013 4:11PM

    AMAZ-ing~ yup, you are! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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P316LEIA 8/29/2013 3:25PM

    You are AMAZING!!!! And your head and body are working together to take you to the Wonderful World of Healthy & Happily Ever After.

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CHERYL_ANNE 8/29/2013 1:47PM

    You are amazing!

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MARLY53 8/29/2013 11:50AM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon Dee, it's about time you realized how amazing you are. We all knew and now so do you. AMAZING! You are rocking your new lifestyle. emoticon and you will be to your goal weigh sooner than you think! emoticon

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EVER-HOPEFUL 8/29/2013 8:57AM

    wow dee i am impressed and so proud of you love.this time you really mean buisness.keep up the good work emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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_RANDY_ 8/29/2013 8:25AM

    You're amazing! ---

It was my first thought --- and I realized I wasn't the first to say it --- but I'm repeating it :)

You're amazing!

Not to mention inspiring!

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MATSCHI 8/29/2013 8:23AM

    Yes, you are: AMAZING! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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DMEYER4 8/29/2013 7:29AM

  great job keep up the good work

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BLUENOSE63 8/29/2013 7:27AM

  Great portion control....that is a huge portion of the journey.

Good luck

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Awesome August Goals

Thursday, August 01, 2013

My Awesome August Goals are...

1. Track Daily -- stay under 2,000 calories. Aim for 1,800.

2. Drink a glass of water before each meal.

3. Exercise 6 days a week. At least 3 classes. Up strength training from once a week to twice a week. (Muscle burns more calories than fat.)

4. Restaurant Free Day at least once a week.
emoticon Baby Step here, but that's how I started tracking. Small goal; feeling successful; inspired to do more.

5. Keep night-time snacking under 350 calories.
emoticon In the past, this has been a HUGE problem for me. I'm doing much better at having one small treat and then closing the kitchen.

emoticon There's a couple more things that I want to do this month, but I'm leaving them off the goal list. I don't want to overwhelm myself. I want to be a Success!

These things will be on the back burner... work on my sleep habits; a meatless day; and trying something new.

emoticon I will be asking the Wizard for "Patience" as the weight slowly and permanently comes off. Creating a new healthy life style for myself. I'm facing the right direction; starting with the basics; and heading down the yellow brick road. I hope you'll come with me!!

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POSITIVELY_EB 8/2/2013 11:32AM

    Patience??? You're asking for patience??? Boy, are YOU a "glutton" for punishment - no pun intended!!! emoticon

Actually, I have faith that you will do what your heart desires! If your heart desires a healthy lifestyle, you'll accomplish these goals!

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HAPPYDOES 8/2/2013 6:57AM

    Way to go, Dee!

I'm sending out Happy's Pep Squad to cheer you on!

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    You are smart to come up with a game plan that you can live with that is realistic. You got this! emoticon

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KARENKANDO 8/1/2013 6:04PM

    Goals are good. And that you are thinking this thru in advance and making it a goal to not over-burden yourself? Perfect! I'm gonna set some goals with you. . . and together we'll support one another so that we reach all that we set! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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BRENDABUNNY 8/1/2013 3:47PM

    These are awesome goals and very attainable emoticon emoticon

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MARLY53 8/1/2013 3:39PM

    emoticon Yes your goals are awesome Dee. Keep it up.

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FLPALM 8/1/2013 2:38PM


As "Glenda, the Good Witch" I am hoping she grants BOTH OF US your goals. I love how you list your goals, stopping as to not overwhelm yourself! That is great!

I am back on track, s-l-o-w-l-y, but I know we will do it! I'll be meeting you on the yellow brick road, just look for one of the little munchkins. I'm short, so I am considering myself one! LOL!!!


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KDRICH24 8/1/2013 1:48PM

    Good Luck! emoticon

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