Monday, November 01, 2010
Hi Today is my 6 month Spark-aversary and I'm just 2 pounds away from being half way to my goal!! Whoo Hoo!!
"I want every day to be a fresh start on expanding what is possible" Oprah
(or shrinking..in my case)
On to November's goals.....
November's theme is HOSPITALITY FRIENDSHIP & GIVING!!!!!!
#1 Hospitali "tea" tea every day, in a fancy cup, a tea party with self,, or friends, or spark friends, and teams and give goodies....
#2 Amp up exercise..my new bike, shred, crunches, videos etc..in other words get my butt in gear!!!
#3 Amp up water..Thanks Jiiinwonder for the idea...drink 10-12 glasses
#4 Amp up healthy food..daily snacks are tea, almonds and berries
#5 Stay home more..less eating out, spend less $, get more done at home
#6 Home improvement projects...decluttering, cleaning, painting and redecorating..
#7 Christmas projects...Do Flylady's Holiday Cruising Missions, be ready for Christmas by Dec 1 or so...
#8 Streaks..keep up spark points/food/exercise/water/blogs, etc....
#9 Chart on fridge..daily water,tea, fruits and veggies etc..
#10 Reach "one"derland!!!!! I can do it!!!
"Old habits die hard. It's time to purge them for good. You're at a key turning point here. Dive in at the deep end. Commit or not-your call" Peter Walsh
I look forward to working on these goals. Hope to read some of yours , too. Good luck to everyone and have a great November!!
Keep on Sparkin'......
Sunday, October 31, 2010
Hi..It's been a quiet Halloween here...no trick or treaters..but we live quite far off the beaten path plus there's not many kids way out here!! I did pick up some little treat bars just in case, but hubby can finish them :) Save me having to make goodies for awhile.
When I re-read the title of last night blog it sounded like I brought the Johnny Cash impersonator home with me..haha..I guess I dangled my participle or something!
We had to treat 2 more calves this morning, then I helped with gates and twine when hubby fed calves and horses..then off to haul more bales..unfortunately it was too cold to start the tractor in the field!! We came back to the yard and did some more chores, I quadded the main herd. Then hubby hauled bales.
I finally painted my bathroom vanity!! I wanted it a dark, dark brown and it turned out perfect. I was doing some witches potion with it, stirring together 3 different paints , stains and glazes. Too much fun..after the vanity I did the window frame and door too. I have new shiny silver handles to replace the old ones. I'm getting my decorating inspiration from a shower curtain that has rocks on it :) I want to repaint the walls a deep grayish tan..don't have the paint yet, tho...I have quite a few painting projects planned..I always have more ideas than time!!! My kitchen is light blue with a pastel dragon fly border and the cupboards are white. I'm doing a drastic change with deep rust walls, still white cupboards, but with black counter tops and deep rust coffee cups stenciled on the doors. (I have light blue dragon flys now) I do have the white paint for a fresh coat on the cupboards, and black paint for the counter tops..still need to get the wall paint.
After hubby hauled his second last load of bales for the day, I went along so we could bring the tractor home..the snow is starting to go and making the fields really mucky..I got stuck climbing a steep hill with the truck and trailer and bales :( so hubby switched and backed the load down the hill and took a better run at a better place and I drove the tractor home!!! I hate backing up the goose neck trailer especially in the mud!!
I rode my new xbike lots today..it's so nice compared to the old one..it's quiet enough to watch tv, listen to music or talk on the phone..which I did. I phoned middle daughter in Medicine Hat to wish her a Happy Halloween!! She said she was dressed like a pirate to hand out candy and her dog, Max, a little black poodle cross was a bumble bee..but he didn't want to stand for pictures! haha! Just got answer machine at other daughter's place..must be still out with the kids!! Son and girl friend were having a house party tonight.
Hard to believe October is over, it just flew by..we were so busy. I am very happy with my "get healthy" progress. Thanks to all my spark friends and fellow sparkers for all the encouragement and wisdom and inspiration!! Thanks again!!..on to a new month..look out November:)
Night all..keep on Sparkin'
Saturday, October 30, 2010
Hi..We got back from Weyburn tonight and hubby had to fix fence where the bulls broke out while I made supper. I made him fish 'n'chips while I had salmon, spinach salad with mushrooms and yellow peppers and a side of green beans..yogurt and an apple were dessert :)....This morning I rode my new bike some more..I did 4 miles in 15 minutes, then I did the other Spark exercises and off to help in the corrals to treat a sick calf. My new bike has so many features I'm not sure how to use them all yet!
I've been thinking of my November goals and think I will include tracking on a chart on the fridge certain things like miles/minutes on bike; vitamins/ water/ fruits and veggies etc.
Anyway..on with a quick recap of October......
1 Daily 3 things to be thankful for...I did try to be mindful of my many blessings..it's been a
bountiful month :)
2 Daily share a laugh..boy did I do lots of laughing in October, lots of zany stuff happens, like
usual around here, but also found lots of laughs on sparks..and do you all have e-mail
friends who send you tons of jokes each day?? Laughing is like jogging on the inside :)
3 Daily spark streaks..food..tracked every day :) only a few days over and a few days under
water..tracked every day..8 cups :)
exercise..tracked every day..even if it was just 15 mins :)
points..logged in every day..got between 30-80 points a day :)
vitamins..took them daily :)
Blog..I think I missed a day, but happy with amount :)
4 Daily 30 day shred...had to quit to rest my bruised leg :(
5 Daily be active on a team...I've huddled and read messages and posted messages and
even joined more teams!! :)
6 Daily connect with spark friends with comments, chuckles, goodies etc :) yes and I just
sent all my spark friends a Halloween goodie :)
7 Daily have pumpkin seeds for a snack..yes..I measured out a tiny portion and put in snack
size zip lock bags :)
8 Do a fall clean project..well this wasn't daily but I did do a few :) have a few more pics to
post..I forgot how busy I get in October!!!
9 Daily do something nice for me..lots of magazines/bubble baths/times with friends/times
family and times with hubby...lots of "nice" things for me :)
10 Daily weigh..Here's the hard part...my goal was to lose 10 pounds this month and I started
203.5.....some days I as that some days I was more some days I was less but here I am at
end of the month stuck back at 203.5..I'm not too disappointed because I have lost over 15
pounds since May. I just need to amp up a few things for November and try to stay home
more too!!! So I can watch my food better..it is very hard to judge some meals away from
home!!! (I guess over the month I probably did lose 10 pounds, only I gained them back
Well the best way to get healthy is in small steps and I do feel I'm really improving my health!!
This has turned out longer than I thought so I better get to bed..hubby's been sleeping on the couch for hours. We'll hopefully be back hauling bales tomorrow and I'm working at a community supper..it's my group catering ...tomorrow evening!!
Take care all and keep on Sparkin'
Thursday, October 28, 2010
We still have snow here but it was actually sunny :)
Hubby put my recumbent bike together and I love it!! I have to take it easy for awhile since I rode for 20 minutes and my leg was sore again!! While hubby was in the house I said "I've gone 2 miles already" and he said "But you're still here" hhaha! Always the comedian!
I was out helping him with the last herd of community pasture cattle today. He asked me if I wanted to come along while he put them in with the truck and we'd be back for lunch in 10 minutes, so I did go along and not dressed for the weather! since I was just riding along in the truck..not!
The owner was there already, instead of waiting till after lunch like planned, so we were putting them into the corrals and sorting through the chute into pens and loading them into his trailer for the first load...all this through 2 foot deep snow banks and I was barefoot in runners, yoga pants and no mitts or hat :( I didn't appreciate trudging through the snow, swearing at the cattle. At least I had a winter coat on.
I worked a bit this afternoon on my Christmas planner...I am a crazy, Christmas person!!
I was better on track for healthy foods today..lots of fruits and veggies. I love spinach salads so I buy a huge bag of spinach and take big handfuls and put in zip lock baggies..then just grab one from the crisper to make a salad, top with some other veggies like mushrooms, peppers, tomatoes etc and a small drizzle of low cal dressing..yum!
We're back up to Weyburn tomorrow for a truck app't and bring up more paper work for hubby's job.
I still want to recap October's goals and have been giving some thought to November's goals.
Either later tonight or tomorrow!
I've been dropping by commenting here and there on friends pages and making new friends too so I'm behing with spark goodies to friends..better get crackin'
Have a great evening and keep on Sparkin'
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