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Pictures from San Fran

Saturday, July 21, 2012

Trying AGAIN to post a blog from my recent trip to the west coast.
Most of the pictures I want won't load.
Biked across the Golden Gate Bridge.
The perspective at twelve miles an hour is totally different from 35-50 mph.

Moral of the story: On your next vacation, find a way to see the sights with people power.

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PLMITCH 7/24/2012 10:46PM

    My favorite place that I have lived in -- I'd go back in a heartbeat if I ever win the lottery!


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STRINGI719 7/24/2012 10:09AM

    So jealous!

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JEN_BACK2BASICS 7/23/2012 11:47AM

    Great advice! I'm starting to try and add "people power" aspects to my vacations now, and they're so much better. Great pics! Love San Francisco!

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    I am so afraid of heights I can only marvel at this feat!!!! I hope you had a great vacation!


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BYEFATNANNY 7/22/2012 11:59AM

    You are braver than I....biking across the bridge. Glad you enjoyed yourself.

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NUTTYSNOOPYFAN 7/22/2012 11:45AM

    Glad you had a fabulous trip! Thanks for posting the pictures. I went with a friend in 2004 and loved it there! Especially Fisherman's Wharf!

As for pics not loading, I have that problem on here sometimes as well. You may be able to reduce the pixel size of each picture so it will load easier. If you don't know how to do that, send me a message and I will tell you how I do it on my Dell without photo software. I'm still on vacation for 1 more week and not going anywhere, so I'll actually have time to answer! emoticon

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HAPPYSOUL91 7/22/2012 11:39AM

    I love San Francisco and years ago lived there for about 1 year

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CHANGING-VICKI 7/22/2012 9:27AM

  Never been there but it looks like fun. emoticon

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TOTHEFUTURE1 7/22/2012 9:05AM

    Love your photos. Went there 9 years ago so your photos brought back good memories.

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JUSTJOSS 7/22/2012 8:36AM

    I am sooo jealous! I love San Fran! What a fabulous city. Thanks so much for sharing!

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BEFIT014 7/22/2012 6:25AM

    It's been a long time since I've been to San Fran! Thanks for the trip down Memory Lane!

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ONEKIDSMOM 7/22/2012 6:20AM

    Totally agree about people power! I walked across the Golden Gate bridge in 1991 and it was incredible. Your biking picture brought that experience back! emoticon emoticon Looks like you took full advantage and made your trip an active and pleasant one. Good for you.

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PIXIE-LICIOUS 7/22/2012 6:20AM

    Love your pictures, especially the one of you! I've never been to CA but I would love to go someday.

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DEEJON123 7/22/2012 1:55AM

    WAY TO GO, some great shots there, please post more for us Canadians to see!

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BOGUSANNIE 7/22/2012 12:10AM

    great pics!!! kudos to you for the bridge...NOT IN A MILLION YEARS I TELL YA!!!! emoticon
I have a phobia of bridges...


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    Such fun! Glad you enjoyed your time there.

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HEALTHYLISA 7/22/2012 12:02AM

    Such a great way to see the Golden Gate Bridge ! Looks like a fun trip ! Thanks for sharing with us emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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BABY_GIRL69 7/21/2012 11:47PM

    Great pics!! Looks like you had fun...

God bless,


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_CYNDY55_ 7/21/2012 11:40PM

    emoticonto You!
Loved your Pictures..... emoticon emoticon emoticon
San Francisco is a beautiful city to visit!

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Thank you, Spark Friends!

Monday, July 09, 2012

At times our own light goes out and is rekindled by a spark from another person.
Each of us has cause to think with deep gratitude of those who have lighted the flame within us.
Albert Schweitzer


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SANDI110 7/24/2012 12:13PM

  I just resparked 7/23/12. It feels good to have the support! Thank you. Sandi110

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PATTIE441 7/17/2012 12:06AM

    Woo Hoo! Thank you for being so awesome!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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DAVEINSEOUL 7/14/2012 6:51AM

    Thank YOU, for keeping me motivated throughout my recovery.

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CATIATM 7/12/2012 12:02PM

    Hear, hear! emoticon

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BOGUSANNIE 7/11/2012 9:41PM


this is soooo true!!!

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SETAGOAL1 7/11/2012 9:11PM

    emoticonSo true MY emoticon

Enjoy your week

Janet emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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SPARKFRAN514 7/11/2012 2:49PM

    emoticon that is why we are all here to help each other on the journey that is the reason when i slip i know i have a friend at Spark to help me along. thanks for the simple quote to sums up why we all here and keep coming back every day emoticon emoticon

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LVMAMAW 7/11/2012 12:22AM

    Absolutely!! Just been re-sparked lately myself!! emoticon emoticon
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ONUTHIN125 7/10/2012 8:24PM

    So very true! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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APRILLSCOTT 7/9/2012 10:57PM

    This is true and the reason we all come to this web site. We are sparked by someone else on this site not to throw the towel in to emoticon toward our goals. I thank God for my SP friends that rekindle my light when it starts to even flicker they are emoticon. emoticon because you are one of the ones that are just a click away. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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STRINGI719 7/9/2012 6:25PM

    So true - the support here is just AMAZING!

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GETFIT2LIVE 7/9/2012 4:27PM

    So incredibly true. Can't count the number of times I've been down or unmotivated for some reason or another, and invariably I log into SP and get inspired afresh by people (like you!) who are changing their lives for the better.


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LEFTSOX 7/9/2012 2:23PM

    emoticon emoticon your one of two people on spark who keep me motivated and I don't think I've said thank you ! so... emoticon

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BABY_GIRL69 7/9/2012 11:11AM

    This is so true! One of the reason why we stay connected to Sparkpeople, when we feel our tank getting low or emptying we come here to recharge or fill her up!

God bless,


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One good decision at a time...

Tuesday, July 03, 2012

In the spirit of the Food Showdown, this was breakfast:

What I thought about -

McDonald's Bacon, Egg & Cheese Biscuit with a small orange juice
420 + 150 calories = 570
23 + 0 g fat
12 + 0 g saturated fat
235 + 0 mg cholesterol
1160 + 0 mg sodium
37 + 30 g carbohydrates = 67
2 + 0 g fiber
3 + 30 g sugar = 33
15 + 2 g protein = 17

What I had:

Oikos Peach Greek nonfat yogurt with water
130 + 0 calories
0 g fat
5 mg cholesterol
50 mg sodium
160 mg potassium
20 g carbohydrate
0 g fiber
19 g sugar
12 g protein

Saved 440 calories! emoticon

One good decision like this every day would mean losing about a pound a week!
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KALISWALKER 7/7/2012 2:26AM

    I can learn from you!

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BABY_GIRL69 7/4/2012 9:32PM

    Outstanding! God bless, Dee

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SLJWATTS 7/4/2012 10:59AM

    Good choices will pay off- have a happy 4th of July and continue making good choices all week...

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APRILLSCOTT 7/4/2012 1:17AM

    Sounds like the good decisions are getting better every week! Keep it up! People want even know you next year! You will be a whole new person! emoticon emoticon

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    emoticon emoticonYou go girl!

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SPARKLE1908 7/3/2012 7:17PM

    Way to go!!!

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HAPPYSOUL91 7/3/2012 1:58PM

    good analysis

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NORCALMOM3 7/3/2012 12:43PM

    Good for you!!

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EMGERBER 7/3/2012 11:43AM

    Way to go. The picture really puts in perspective.

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DIBANANA 7/3/2012 11:41AM

  Great job. One meal, one day and one pound at a time.

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Summary of June progress (with motivational quotes)

Saturday, June 30, 2012

Quick blog because I have to get to Zumba this morning emoticon

My main goal this month was to lose 5 lb and get to Onederland.
I wanted the 5 lb to be all fat, not muscle.
I did not QUITE reach Onederland... emoticonthis month.
BUT I use a Tanita scale emoticonand my percent body fat dropped
emoticon10 points! emoticon
That calculates to over 20 lb of body fat. emoticonI'll take it!
I lost about an inch from my waist and a half inch from my hips.
I also was able to go a mile faster - from 16 minutes to 13:18 emoticon

So making plans for July and expecting continued progress!

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GETFIT2LIVE 7/2/2012 12:03PM

    Way to go in making progress on your goals! Love the motivation, too. I need that this morning!

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ABSOLUTZER0 7/2/2012 11:55AM

    Woohoo! Love the images of motivation! Keep up the good work!

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PATTIE441 6/30/2012 6:46PM

    Wow! You are awesome! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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LEFTSOX 6/30/2012 11:53AM

    emoticon Steady paces win the races!!!! You will get to onederland !

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STRINGI719 6/30/2012 10:41AM

    The improvements in your body composition, your measurements, and your fitness are all emoticon achievements.... keep up the hard work, you are doing it!!!

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APRILLSCOTT 6/30/2012 10:35AM

    Wow! I loved this blog. I will take those results if you do not want them! They are excellent! I love the quotes. You always have some of the best ones on your page! Keep on emoticon girl! You will get their! I have faith that emoticon

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ANASONIC 6/30/2012 10:07AM

    You are doing awesome! 10 points is a lot!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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HAPPYSOUL91 6/30/2012 9:10AM

    love the quotes

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June - prepared for success

Friday, June 01, 2012

It's been a struggle, but I am now on track.
I have been going to the gym, especially enjoying a circuit training class that challenges me and has lots of supportive people who are regulars.
(Silent scream here - lost my blog and had to start over) emoticon

Cut to the basics
Monday - weigh in and FITN test on elliptical, qi gong
Tues - circuit training
Wed - qi gong and mindfulness
Thurs - circuit training
Friday - yoga
Sat - Galloway training runs when possible
Sun - Core work and recover from Saturday run

I plan to
-get into the pool at least 4 times this month.
-lose at least 5 lbs of fat and never weigh 200 lbs again in my life
-aim to have a spark streak of morning exercise
-make meals at home at least 4 days a week, having planned my meals for the month
-drop a dress size (which means getting back into the dresses in my closet)
To start June off with a bang, I walked to the local store and bought some twine.
Then I came home and converted my elliptical into a desk! Now I have "no excuse" - I can Spark on the computer while exercising. emoticon
You'd be proud of how sweaty I got today.

Family reunion is right around the corner, in July. I'm determined.
Will keep you posted!
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CATIATM 6/19/2012 12:10PM

    "silent scream" LOL Don't you wish they had that emoticon?

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PATTIE441 6/10/2012 7:12PM

    You are amazing! Way to go! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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APRILLSCOTT 6/7/2012 8:27AM

    I love your goals and your determination! I think that is what will make you a success! emoticon

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XRSIZE18 6/3/2012 10:07AM

    Wow! An elliptical desk - genius!

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BOSS61 6/3/2012 7:00AM

    Great blog. I know you can do it! Keep on Sparking! (and my all means - more pool than just 4x!)

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BABY_GIRL69 6/2/2012 6:47PM

    This first step is to have a plan set & you are doing that so far.

God bless & you can do it!


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JUSFOLK 6/2/2012 6:14PM

    You and other Sparkers have motivated me (by your example) to write out some goals. Glad to see these worthwhile ones!

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STRINGI719 6/1/2012 3:55PM

    Sounds fantastic - way to go!!!

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KARENA228 6/1/2012 2:52PM

    Good plan! Let's Do this thing! emoticon

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BOGUSANNIE 6/1/2012 1:45PM

    great plan!

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    I like your plan. I especially liked that you kicked it off by walking --that's WALKING--to get the stuff to convert your elliptical.

My June plan is to

1) stop SKIPPING my TKD classes and go to them at least 3 times a week. How I'm going to reach my goal is to try to go everyday so when I miss one due to overload at school, I'll still reach my goal.

2) stick with this RAW FOODIE experiement I'm doing for a month and see what happens

and 3) weigh-in everyday because it keeps me honest. (I'm not a scale-addict, I have the opposite problem..)

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