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Hi..just a quick blog..

Friday, January 06, 2012

Hi..this will be a quick blog as I've spent too much time today on Pinterest..oh no..

I did follow along on my January goal plan, rode my bike, drank my water..I had a chicken spinach salad for lunch..at Moose Jaw we had fancy salads with fancy dressing so today I made my own doctored fancy dressing and just took some italian dressing and added a bit of raspberry jam and stirred it all up and I made my own raspberry vinegarette..yum yum!! I also made a big crock pot full of baked beans with just a bit of ham..I did eat a few too many leftover holiday treats but I did get lots of fruits and veggies today and started the day with my favorite oatmeal and dates :)

A neighbor came up and helped us load a broken tractor on our trailer..it was a major project and at one point I was in the diesel truck that the trailer was hooked on to and standing on the brakes since the whole thing was sliding and the back end of the truck lifted up..yeah..really scary!! Ranching isn't for sissies!!

It got to late to take the tractor to town so that will be tomorrow's job.

Have any of you checked out Pinterest? I found some great stuff on there..I love it..it's like a giant magazine and you know how I love magazines..haha :)

Well..I better head and do something around here..thanks for dropping by..keep on Sparkin'
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Love Donna


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BEATLETOT 1/7/2012 4:21PM

    Yeah, me too, Leona. I went there twice, and it was sorta overwhelming. And in the last couple weeks, I'm hearing about it ALL THE TIME, so I may have to go back and check it out.

I hope you're having a great weekend, Donna!

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DUSTYGIRL25 1/7/2012 1:52AM

    Ok, I'm a big sissy and probably wouldn't make it on your ranch more than a day before I'd be lookin for the first rail out of town. How you do all you do daily, I'll never know. You have got to be burning off a thousand calories a day!
Just please be careful and thanks for the tip. I'm going to check out Pinterest.
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MOMFAN 1/7/2012 1:26AM

    Still trying to figure out pintrest. Glad you are okay. Told hubby that there are somethings I don't do, like drive trucks with trailers.

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Slow and steady...

Friday, January 06, 2012

Hi..I got all the Christmas stuff put away so I'm happy with all I've accomplished :)

I also rode my exercise bike for my 30 minutes and then helped clean out a shed with a pitch fork so hope that burned a few calories :)

I spent some time on the internet reading stuff on Pinterest, etc and now it's almost bedtime and just time for a quick blog and track my 5% challenge stuff...

I also watched a few hockey games today..Canada won Bronze in the Jr's and Sweden won Gold which was good since I'm half Swedish (on my Mom's side)

Well, I'm yawning and just need to finish this up quick and make our bed..the cat threw up on the bed last night :(

Thanks so much for dropping by and for your comments..keep on Sparkin'


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"Cheerfulness is the best promoter of health and is as friendly to the mind as to the body"

Joseph Addison

  
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BEATLETOT 1/6/2012 8:55AM

    Good job on the exercise and the activity! You're doing great!

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WATERMELLEN 1/6/2012 6:57AM

    Totally agree about cheerfulness: and you consistenly sustain it yourself!!

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DUSTYGIRL25 1/6/2012 1:13AM

   
Sounds like you're still keeping busy but at least you're able to fit in some exercising time. I'm sure that cleaning out a shed with a pitch fork does burn a lot of calories. That physical labor helps the most.

Well I've got a lot of blog reading to catch up on.

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Home from a great time at the Spa....

Wednesday, January 04, 2012

Hi..I got home this afternoon from my spa trip!! It was a beautiful day..I drove to Regina and then travelled with my sister to Moose Jaw..we started with some shopping and then wnet to the Yvette Moore Gallery and had lunch there and vistied with Yvette, we grew up in the same hometown :) Then a bit more shopping and the rest of the day was spent soaking in the mineral pool at Temple Garden's Meneral Spa :) Love it there..but I feel so relaxed..like a limp noodle haha :) Then we had a late chinese supper and back to Regina where we had a few drinks, watched some of the Jr. hockey, boo Canada lost so they are in the Bronze final tomorrow. Then we did some web surfing and my sister showed me some of her favorties and Grandkid videos from Christmas..we stayed up til after midnight visiting and I was really tired since I'd been up at 6 am. Here it is the 4th of January and I stayed up past 11pm (but it was a special occassion)

This morning I went over to the Super Walmart on my way home and picked up a few things and some groceries...then home. I spent this afternoon cleaning the 2 deep freezes to get ready for the bull burger..first I cleaned and defrosted the one in the basement..which is the smallest one and almost empty..then I sorted the food in the big one in the porch and hauled it all to the basement and then cleaned and defrosted it and it's already for the new meat. Hubby hauled 3 garbage bags to the dump and I have a small bag of stuff for the barn cats. I hope the meat will fit as it's been to warm to keep anything frozen outside. Since I carried a whole deepfreeze of frozen food to the basement I'd say that was a major workout!!

Time to veg on the couch and catch up on Spark and emails and facebook..my sister showed me a new craft trend..Smash journals and we watched a few videos on youtube quite cool..just what I need, another hobby, haha :)

I was way over for water yesterday as everytime we got out of the pool we drank tons, and I've been getting lots of exercise. Food wise, not so good still..I need to stay home and stick to better eating habits!! I don't have anywhere planned to go...it feels good to think I can stay home and work on my projects and buckle down on my spark goals!!
My plans for tomorrow is get Christmas put away!! Then my house always feels so clean after :)

Thanks for dropping by for a chat and some tea..I found new tea yesterday called Clarity by Tetley and it has blueberry and ginseng and I was looking for ginseng tea :)
Keep on Sparkin'

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My Happiness project is coming along great..I found a new magazine with 60+ ways to increase happiness..just haven't had time to read it yet..haha..

Don't worry, be happy

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DUSTYGIRL25 1/6/2012 1:30AM

    Wow! The spa day sounds so nice. I think I would have just napped after that. Now that the busy holidays are over hopefully we can all find time for ourselves.

I finally got the Christmas stuff all put away now and the house looks so much cleaner, although I still need to declutter every room at least the living room looks nice.

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KANSASROSE67 1/5/2012 11:22AM

    Isn't it a great feeling to get so much accomplished? I also love that clean, open feeling after the cozy clutter of Christmas.

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CELLISTA1 1/4/2012 11:58PM

    Sounds just great!
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MARITIMER3 1/4/2012 11:55PM

    Glad you had such a great time. You work really hard, and definitely deserved a break.

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January 2nd...

Monday, January 02, 2012

Hi..I'm moving right along with my goals..tracked my food, exercised, drank water.. didn't get to the deep freeze cleaning that was on my list as we had company this afternoon and I'd rather visit and drink tea, than clean any day!!

We watched a couple hockey games today and part of the Rose parade.. tomorrow I'm off to Regina to met with my sister and we're off for a spa day in Moose Jaw..great way to start the new year :)

Thanks for dropping by my blog..Keep on Sparkin'

Hope you find happiness where ever you are...

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"There is no duty we so much underrate as the duty of being happy"
Robert Louis Stevenson

  
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DUSTYGIRL25 1/6/2012 1:32AM

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BIGBADMOMMABEAR 1/4/2012 9:52AM

    Enjoy the spa! What a nice treat :)

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MARITIMER3 1/3/2012 9:20PM

    Hope you had a great day at the spa, and fun with your sister... wish I had one!

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BEATLETOT 1/3/2012 11:48AM

    Good job on your goals!!!

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SEATTLECURVES 1/2/2012 11:45PM

    Great job! Keep it up, you can do it!

xoxo
Natasha

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Happy 2012!! I choose to make the rest of my life the best of my life!!

Sunday, January 01, 2012

Hi!! Another year has come and gone..in record speed, too.

We had our company so I've had a busy weekend with the other Christmas and our DD and granddaughters and the in-laws here too..it all went great and we stayed up to ring in the new year..well littlest granddaughter and I stayed up and then woke up the rest a 11 :50 haha :) I'm kinda dragging tonight since I was up at 6 am yesterday to get the turkey in and then up till almost 2 am...

Time to get geared up for the new year...

To start I'll recap December goals..

emoticonCount my blessings daily

emoticon5% winter challenge ..go starfish (still have 4 weeks to go )

emoticonweekly weigh ins..some down, some up...

emoticon30 mins on bike or some daily exercise

Follow sensible diet and track food..not as good as it could have been..

emoticonat next level with spark points ..level 14 :)

emoticonSpirit of giving..give and get support on Spark

emoticonDo all the challenges on Team make yourself..did most of them, read them all, tracked some of them..

emoticonBlog daily or often...only missed a few days..

emoticon Be ready for Christmas early..oh yeah..since we had Christmas early

emoticon Feel the real blessing and peace of the holiday..it's been a wonderful time

I'm quite happy that I stayed mostly on track with my goals..just a few days of healthy eating out the window and a few extra pounds to sweat off now..otherwise the other goals have been met or exceeded...

..now on to 2012

Clean Slate..I've seen this pop up in so many places it's time for me to incorporate into my January goals!!

After last year being one of my most unhappiest times I could remember I have chosen Happiness to be my Theme for 2012..I refuse to let anyone or anything rob me of my happiness this year!! So My new Years Resolution is Be Happy!!


While I was planning out January I remembered my book The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin..so my year will be loosely based on it and making my own Happiness Project. I will borrow some of her ideas and add some of my own...I'll also use her idea for charts as well as the tracking here on Spark. I need to get back to tracking my food..I'm still good at tracking exercise, points and water..

..since this is 2012 I'll use 12 as a theme too..12 goals each month, she even had her own 12 commandments, I'm finding 12 helpful things to help me reach each goal..etc.

January's Theme..Energy!!

Clean slate..clear clutter to get positive energy..clear out unhealthy foods...

My 12 January Goals...

emoticonHappiness is a choice

emoticon2nd half of the 5% Challenge..go Starfish

emoticonWeekly weigh-in

emoticon30 minutes on bike and other random acts of fitness..log 2012 miles this year, everytime I read about an exercise do it..aim for 1000 fitness mins

emoticonfollow sensible diet and track food..work most on this and focus on seasonal foods, whole foods, drink tea and red wine, do the all bran challenge..etc

emoticon Aim for 1000 spark points in January

emoticonBlog daily and start a one sentence journal

emoticonGo to bed by 11 pm

emoticonBuild my Happiest project and make charts

emoticonTime for me..be self "fish"...I'm my priority

emoticonClean slate/clear the clutter/gain energy also revisit my energy addict books

emoticonShare my Happiness with others..hubby~family~friends~spark friends (also read an article about a woman who daily picked a stanger and prayed for them..thats also on my projects)


Well..that's my January goals...time to brew some green tea and veg out before bed..I have 45 minutes to make my bedtime!!

Thanks for dropping by ( when I refreshed my page I was amazed by how many times someone has visited my page...just over 10,000!!) Have a cup of tea and share your 2012 goals and plans with me..keep on Sparkin'

emoticonLove Donna

Clean Slate..What if you could start each day with a clean slate?
What would you do differently?

emoticon"I wish you a clean slate-a positive attitude, good health, love for yourself, love to share and much happiness"

  
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PARKERB2 1/2/2012 4:58PM

    You go girl. I hope I will be able to accomplish a little of learning to make my own happiness. I tend to rely on others praise to make some of my happiness. So I probably need to start praising myself.We will praise each other as Spark Friends this year. Here's to us. emoticon

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MARITIMER3 1/2/2012 4:06PM

    Great blog, Donna. Thank you for sharing. You are so right that we are responsible for our own happiness, and yet I often let someone else take it away. Note to self... take responsibility for my own happiness.
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BEATLETOT 1/2/2012 8:16AM

    Great goals, Donna! Very excited to spend 2012 getting to know you better! Go Starfish!!!

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RANCHGAL9 1/2/2012 12:06AM

    Wow Donna - you are starting a clean slate and a whole bunch of to do's. I must do the same and get it into a blog. Quite procratinating will be my first to do.

Here's to a fantastic year full of happiness emoticon emoticon

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