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Goodbye July

Sunday, July 31, 2011

The month started off great. I was on track with goals, learning new exercises, and staying very close to my nutrient plan. Then the fibro monster hit. I got off track. I got back on trackfor several days once he backed off. I should have known better - don't over-do. But I didn't so I did. It wasn't even strenous exercise - just lots of moving and dancing as I was able to catch up on some much needed housework. Of course that led to another flare.

It got me down but so many Sparklers contacted me with understanding, reassurance and encouragement. SP has incredible members.

I'm due to start a new challenge tomorrow. It is going to be good to start fresh in a new week, a new month. I will look back only to remember not to repeat the same mistakes. I'm going to find a local Spark buddy to walk and talk with.

July, Good-bye.

(note: I plan to put a picture of the sun setting over the mountains this evening.)

  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

4EVER21B 8/2/2011 3:07PM

    emoticon You are doing just fine!

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  Last July was so much fun for me. We went to CA for vacation and I walked on the beach and swam in a lake and just relaxed, had fun. This July was not fun, so I say farewell July. I hope August is better!

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SACOST 7/31/2011 3:32PM

    You have such courage and determination. I hope that August is a great month for you.
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PARKERB2 7/31/2011 10:19AM

    We can look forward to be able to start fresh as a new month begins. I think that is great. Hang in there and have a good journey. Have a good day. emoticon

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Gotta Smile!

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

The barnyard animals were going crazy from 2am on. My dogs stayed quiet, though. But then, they don't go after a pack (of coyotes) but will run off a soloist. This went on til daybreak. Finally my dogs went out, but quietly. I left the door open so they could come back in when they were ready. I heard something come in and thought nothing about it until a duck started quacking at me and running in circles. How a pekin managed to get out I don't know - they don't fly. Just the same, there it was in the middle of the parlor.

I had to smile.

It got back outside but ran around like crazy. I guess I could count running around trying to get it back into it's yard as some exercise. It's advised to break the (exercise) routine. I did.

Another smile.

I was more than awake so decided to get to town early. The sun was breaking over the plains. The earth seemed to glow. Everything was so fresh and new. An antelope appeared next to me and he ran just ahead of me for about 1/2 mile. Finally he gracefully lept over a barbed wire fence. Magnificent!

The contented smile stayed plastered on my face all the way to town.

God is good.

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PRECIOUSMAZIE 7/28/2011 10:08AM

    I love living in the county! Being a city girl from birth I never knew the country could be so beautiful or so noisy until I move to KY and now live in the Smokies. Your story just emphasizes how wonderful county life and life in general is! Please keep sharing! God is Good!

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GRAMLORI 7/28/2011 9:36AM

    How funny!! And then to watch the antelope......beautiful! A great way to start off your day!

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MEGMCDO 7/27/2011 3:40PM

    Your blog post made me laugh! I don't live on a farm, but in a rural community, and we have two hens. I can't imagine one of them ending up in the living room running around. Just the image makes me smile.

And your description of your early trip into town was beautiful. Thanks for sharing!

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Beating the Heat

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Yes! Outside chores: check! Animals happy: check! doggie fur-cut I've been putting off: check! dishes don: half a check. i'm not done making a mess!

Hydration throughout the day and a simple afternoon planned. Since I get up so early I get the indulgence of sleeping the afternoon away. Then on to evening chore and enjoying getting to watch the sun disappear over the moutains.


A strange way to burn calories?

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

It's just one of those weird mornings. I had to force myself to do chores instead of making up for the sleep I couldn't get. My mind just wasn't clear when I went out to feed the animals. A goat was missing and I am keenly aware that a wandering coyote's visits get closer and closer every day. So I decide to feed the others before going out to look for him. I open the feed bin and there is the missing kid, sleeping on top of the sweet feed. I wonder how many calories are burned when you get that kind of scare? (later I had eough presence of mind to wonder how he got there!)


the day has only begun.....

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MPENNE 7/16/2011 12:08PM

    emoticon Who can blame the little guy for wanting the sweet feed.

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COMPUCATHY 7/16/2011 8:33AM

    That's funny. Well, we have to burn calories any way we can! Thank you for all your encouragement! I hope you have a TERRIFIC weekend! Enjoy! Celebrate your blessings! Spark on! emoticon

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SACREROUGE 7/15/2011 2:47PM

    I'm glad you found your goat :) :)

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PERKINSSISTERS 7/13/2011 11:47PM

  I'm glad your goat is ok! What a relief!

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TELLITFORWARD 7/13/2011 5:26PM

  Even if you burn more calories when scared, it's not a fun
way to do it! :)

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MISTYRIVER64 7/13/2011 1:08PM

    wow! That must have caused your heart to beat faster! Glad everything was OK

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BALDWINJ_03 7/13/2011 12:17PM

    Wow! I'd have been scared too. Hope you're day gets better!

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1CRAZYDOG 7/13/2011 12:01PM

    Sounds like it burned a LOT of calories! Glad the kid was alright.

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SUGARPUNK52 7/13/2011 11:42AM

  Good question.Let us know when you figure it out.

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LUNASEAZ 7/13/2011 11:39AM

  The fight or flight endorphins! That would make sense...I think

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GREG32572 7/13/2011 11:37AM

    That's a good question


this link seems to suggest yes you burn calories when scared

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I'll get this Spark thing yet

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

I feel foolish. I just realized people had been posting comments on my blogs. I knew about a few postings - I must have been notified. I was shocked to see so many.

Today I couldn't figure out why I wasn't getting points for my "other goals". Turns out I was trying to post on the wrong day. I had a chuckle at my own expense over that one. emoticon

All and all I can get around pretty well now, but I know there are still little surprises I'll be getting now and then.

  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

CATHYGETSFIT 7/4/2011 2:17AM

    LOL It takes time to figure everything out and even when you think you've figured everything out things will change or you'll find something out about SP that you didn't know before. emoticon

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JKIRBY7 7/1/2011 3:42AM

    Not always reading whats on the page in full is a common practice for many people.
I arrived at work today. The problem was I was a whole day early I had a quick laugh and went back home. emoticon

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GRAMLORI 6/29/2011 10:22AM

    I've been sparking for almost 4 years, and I STILL find new things!! lol Keeps us on our toes!!

Have a blessed day!

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MAGA99 6/29/2011 1:18AM

    I have been here 2 1/2 yr sn every so often I'm thrown for a loop
just keep sparking it gets easier

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