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New October goals...

Monday, October 01, 2012 can it be October already? Where has the year gone??

Time for me to list some new October goals!!

emoticon Refresh spark page

emoticon5% Fall Challenge..Go Starfish emoticon

emoticonTrack food

emoticonTrack fitness minutes...aim 1000+

emoticonTrack Spark points..aim 1000+

emoticonDrink water..8+ glasses daily

emoticonBlog Daily

emoticonHappiness attention/Happier at Home...marriage

emoticon5K training

emoticonWork on Fall bucket list

emoticonBecome minimalist

emoticonTheme..laughter..share some daily emoticon

Well that's my October goals...thanks for dropping by and keep on Sparkin'

Love Donna emoticon

The day is wasted if you have not laughed... emoticon

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GOPINTOS 10/2/2012 8:52PM

    Sounds great!


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Melinda (gopintos)
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MONAKIN314 10/2/2012 1:41PM

    Great Goals!!!

Go emoticon !!

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MARITIMER3 10/2/2012 10:18AM

    Love the "become minimalist".... Being with my daughter, her home is vere serene and minimalist, and I love it... Problem is that I don't have a minimalist husband.

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CEKNIGHT 10/2/2012 9:20AM

    Good goals. I'm looking forward to the laughter theme.

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THUNDERCAT 10/2/2012 7:48AM

    Like your list. Especially, fall bucket list and minimizing. Have a succesful month.

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LYNKIN 10/2/2012 6:22AM

    Great List! I am adding some of your goals to my list! Thanks for sharing! Have a great month! emoticon

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September Recap....

Monday, October 01, 2012


Hi time for me to recap my September goals...

Refresh page...yes :)

Track food...not many days :(

Track exercise minutes..aim for 1000+...1845 woohoo :)

Track spark points..aim for 1000+...2386 woohoo :)

Drink water...8+ glasses a day...yes :)

Become minimalist...working on it..:)

Fall bucket list..working on it..:)

5K training...ran a few days..working on it :)

Meditate and yoga...a few times..working on it :)

Tea parties...a few :)

Do something nice for me and someone else..most days :)

Get back to work!! My theme..we have most of the fall work done..been working hard!!

Well I think I made progress toward most of my goals...all leading to better health and happiness!!

Yeah September!! Been busy learning lots of new things, did the free 2 weeks of Sparkcoach, learned lots from Pinterest, started playing scrabble on line with 5 friends daily...well you get the picture...

Hope your September has been great for you..thanks for dropping by and keep on Sparkin'

emoticonLove Donna

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DUSTYGIRL25 4/29/2013 3:33AM

    Great Job!! emoticon

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Smile and Enjoy the Rest of Your Day!
Melinda (gopintos)
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CEKNIGHT 10/2/2012 9:22AM

    I like your goals. Looks like it was a good Sept for you. Keep up the good work.

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Just a quick update with what's been happening here....

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Hi..Where has September gone? Hope you are all enjoying's one of my favorite times of the year..the fall trees and colors :)

emoticon The learning continues here with my theme for September... I am enjoying the free Spark coach..I'm on day 10 of 14 days free..I've been finding it hard to keep up..even tho it takes just 10 minutes a day (if you have good internet to watch the videos) I have fallen behind a few days...after the free trial the cost will be 3 months for $14.99 or the first month for $ not sure if that is helpful for anyone..I know I'd keep doing it if it was free..but will not pay for it as most of what's on it can be found else where on the site...if you do the days program you get 25 spark points so I like that about it and also the motivation and inspiration :)

emoticonThe 5% fall challenge is just around the corner..starts Oct been doing some of the get ready assignments..need to catch up there too..

so what have I been doing? you ask...we're hauling in the bales and that is soo time consuming.....we have hundreds of the big suckers in already and have just under 300 to go..then we get interrupted by other jobs like hubby's community pasture job...which is extra busy in the fall..this week we've been dealing with the bulls...2 went to market and the other 19 are being hauled to their winter pasture...we have one more round up and move for each of the 2 herds and then
take out will be later in October..the insanely busy week!!

A pipe line is going through our land running from Alberta to North Dakota and it's been swarming with activity for the last month!! It's still extra dry and crispy here...40+ days with out rain and add the heat and wind...yuck :(

We went to a wedding last weekend and had a blast..son was down for awhile (he had another wedding is Saskatoon that same day) and we saw lots of friends to visit and share laughs with and had lots of drinks and yummy food and dancing. They even had a live band which is quite uncommon anymore around here!!

I love all the fall colors and love the nature drives through the country to see the fall foliage..of course it's way early here and almost done..due to the drought! I read some where this quote....

"Anyone can love the mountains, it takes real heart to love the prairies"

Well I love the prairies and the rolling hills and coulees and badlands that make up my little corner of the country :) The coulees and farm yards have beautiful trees this time of year. We have quite a lot of wildlife to enjoy, too. The other day while unloading bales a bald eagle was circling over head...while out in the pastures I always see gophers, coyotes, rabbits, deer, antelope and hubby and his rider saw 2 majestic elk..not too common around here....then we found the spot where they got into the pasture and we were doing some fence fixing!!

emoticonI downloaded a free book that was advertised on Spark called Integrative Joshua Rosenthal...I'm finding it quite interesting..the first chapter is Question what you're told..

Love this quote from it..
"Education is the most powerful weapon, which you can use to change the world"
~Nelson Mandela

Well..I have used up most of my free time today so I should sign off...Thanks for dropping by and keep on learning and keep on Sparkin'

Love Donna emoticon

Just have a few more quotes to add....

emoticon Those who plant blessings shall also harvest blessings"

"SUCCESS is reached by being active, awake, AHEAD of the crowd, by aiming HIGH, pushing ahead, honestly, diligently, patiently; by climbing, digging , saving; by forgetting the past, using the present, TRUSTING in the future; by honoring God, having a purpose, fainting not, determining to win,and STRIVING to the end."
~Russell Conwell

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DUSTYGIRL25 4/29/2013 3:30AM

    The SparkCoach sounds real good but no.....I wouldn't pay for it either. There are so many great teams & exercise videos already on here that are free. The reason I joined originally is because it was free as opposed to WW or something else.
Sounds like things are going good now, but sounds like they are going to get busy real soon. Take good care of yourself.

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BECCABOO127 9/30/2012 1:48PM

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CAVEPRINCESS65 9/29/2012 10:01AM

    Sounds like you ahve been very busy! emoticon have a emoticon emoticon I love this time of the year as well emoticon emoticon

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MARITIMER3 9/26/2012 8:24PM

    Glad to seethat the "not working on the farm" didn't last very long. You sound happy and excited about your life. Very happy for you.

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GOPINTOS 9/26/2012 7:55PM

    That book sounds interesting. I should try to find it also. Thanks!


Smile and Enjoy the Rest of Your Day!
Melinda (gopintos)
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WATERMELLEN 9/26/2012 6:26PM

    You ARE busy!! And sound pretty happy too!

Thanks for that juicy apple goodie: I've just bought some new Macs and wow they taste great!

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CELLISTA1 9/26/2012 5:26PM

    I loved reading your blog! It's a life so far removed from my experience. What is a coulee?

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THOMS1 9/26/2012 3:58PM

    emoticon Have a great Fall.

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LINDAMARIEZ1 9/26/2012 3:37PM

    I love the crunching of the leaves as I walk thru the park! :)

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Day 4 of Spark Coach!!

Thursday, September 20, 2012

emoticonHi..just a quick blog to share part of the program from today's Spark coach. The program video wasn't Spark guy but coach Nicole...It was called Weight loss 101... kind of ties into my Sept learning theme :)

Simple recap of the Spark things to do to lose weight and get healthy. The equation of food in -exercise out=weight loss. Basic math :)
The basics for a refresher are...
calorie range
eat to lose weight..healthy choices
no gimicks
have an exercise program
measure and weigh food and drinks
track everything!!

I'm loving the free 2 weeks of Spark coach :) Anybody else joined up?

Well..time to get my water bottle and get on my bike..thanks for dropping by and keep on Sparkin'

Love Donna emoticon

Wisdom is knowing what to do next
Skill is knowing how to do it
and Virtue is doing it.


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DUSTYGIRL25 4/29/2013 3:23AM

    Woo Hoo!! Yay!! You are doing it well! Thanks for the motivation. emoticon


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ROSEWCI 9/26/2012 5:31AM

    emoticon You GO girl!!! emoticon

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    Thanks for your comment on my blog two days ago. I liked your quote on your blog entry today and I cut it out and pasted it into a text file to add to my Happiness File under the divider "Inspiration" on a pink card when I have time.

I have started a new Spark Team called Time Management and Organization Productivity Fans and you are welcome to join it if you are interested. It's about getting your act together if you are busy.

Today I am finishing what I started yesterday and tying up loose ends. Yesterday I blogged about my ten day housework rotation if you want to visit my Spark Page to see what my daily goals are.


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GOPINTOS 9/21/2012 10:44AM

    I havent signed up but sounds great!


Smile and Enjoy the Rest of Your Day!
Melinda (gopintos)
Country Living Team

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WATERMELLEN 9/20/2012 8:32PM

    This SparkCoach stuff sounds great: read your earlier blog too!

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READY2LIVE85 9/20/2012 11:50AM

    Love your quote. Best to you on your journey!!!

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MYBABYGIRLS 9/20/2012 11:50AM

    I've been thinking of joining-thanks for the info!

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Fall 5% Challenge

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Hi..I see I'm behind in the assignments to prepare for the Fall Challenge...I love these Challenges and find that they motivate me and I also meet lots of new friends..and travel to exotic places (okay..only in my computer..but its fun)

So Assignment #1

What's my plan...How much and how often to least 30 minutes daily, I usually try for the max which is 120 I think :)

What diet...just a healthy, balanced diet within the tracking calorie range :)

How will I support my team..(I hope it's the Starfish again) I hope to check in, comment, encourage, support and maybe be a mentor again :)

Assignment #2

Update Spark page...well I do that monthly but I have added the Fall 5% Challenge to my page :)

Assignment #3

List reasons to lose feel better, to be healthier and to look better :)

Well, that's the assignments all caught up!

I'm still really enjoying the Spark coach program!! It's really helping me get back on track!! And it's fun, too!!

I've been spending some time reading and rereading some of my favorite books. I bought the new Gretchen Rubin book Happier at Home and am enjoying it too.
I want to get to a book store and buy some Brene Brown books as I'm finding her very interesting..has anyone read any of her books? Any recommendations?

Well, things are slowly getting back to normal here..thanks goodness..after a very rough stretch..I'm finally getting my "HAPPY" back..whew!!

Thanks for dropping by and for all your is soo appreciated!!

Keep on Sparkin'

Love Donna emoticon

The more that you read
the more things you will know
the more that you learn
the more places you'll GO!
~Dr Seuss


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DUSTYGIRL25 4/29/2013 3:20AM

    Wow! You are really perking back up, I can see that. I really better think seriously about SparkCoach. Maybe that's just the spark I need.

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KAYTIE22 9/19/2012 9:23PM

    Sounds like a great plan for success. Good for you!

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WATERMELLEN 9/19/2012 8:53PM

    Upbeat blog: great planning!

And: yeah, wish that I could deal with potato chips the way you do (industrial size or otherwise). I would have chomped my way through the entire bag without pausing to draw breath!!

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FITBIZZZ 9/19/2012 8:50PM

    Love it!

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KAYELENE 9/19/2012 7:44PM

    Sounds like you're right on track to lose and keep off the 5%. Enjoy the challenge. emoticon emoticon

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CAVEPRINCESS65 9/19/2012 6:57PM

    Sounds like you are doing well! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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