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Autumn Priorities

Thursday, October 03, 2013

Fall comes and goes quickly. Most folks have a new routine to get into. By the time they adjust into it it's almost halloween. emoticon We forget what an opportunity this time is to commit to getting into (better) shape. The next thing we know it is Thanksgiving. emoticon . So many of us just give in to temptations as if the health aspect doesn't count.

The very day after turkey day the race is on to Christmas and New Year's Day. It can be a time of whirlwind eating and drinking, often neglecting exercise, sleep and quiet time.

How will I (you) spend your pre-season time? Will I (you) make the most of the opportunity and set good habits into motion? Will I (you) go into the holiday season armed with what you need so you don't undo the wonderful things I've (you've) done so far?

I am committing to being as healthy as I can. SP tells me, and I love this, that I can be at my goal weight by Jan 1, 2014. Keeping my eye on the prize!

  
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LYNMEINDERS 10/9/2013 6:28PM

    You are awesome writing this blog....something I am wrestling with as I want to be under goal by Christmas and there is a lot of events between now and then that i have on....
Your blog just centered me again to what i have been telling myself....keep you eye on the goal not on the plate in from of you.....

thanks heaps

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BABYSMAMA12 10/3/2013 11:44PM

    emoticon emoticon We all need to be mindful of these. Thank you!

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KALIGIRL 10/3/2013 1:44PM

    Here's to your success!
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LEANNAW4 10/3/2013 9:30AM

    Wonderful blog, Bri! A good reminder to keep our health on the table along with the indulgences of the season. :-)

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MTNGRL 10/3/2013 8:47AM

    emoticon , like your attitude!

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RIDLEYRIDER 10/3/2013 7:26AM

  We all can benefit from this advice! emoticon

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GOLFGMA 10/3/2013 7:12AM

    Thanks for the reminders. It is time NOW to plan for the upcoming events! emoticon

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JSTETSER 10/3/2013 7:08AM

    Way to go!
Great goal.

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RAPUNZEL53 10/3/2013 6:27AM

  Good Luck!

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Come to My Birthday Party!

Wednesday, October 02, 2013

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I'm celebrating my 56th birthday today and want you to be part of it! Come mingle and meet other sparkers. Impress them with your one-liners and jokes.

Bring something good to eat or drink to add to the goody table. The apple cider punch tastes great. Have a cup!
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There's cake, too, of course. Other goodies, too. If you haven't tried these here's your chance. Sugar-free angel food cake ( http://recipes.sparkpeople.com/recipe-deta
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Tofu chocolate cake ( http://recipes.sparkpeople.com/recipe-deta
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Black bean brownies ( http://recipes.sparkpeople.com/recipe-deta
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There's other treats on the table, too.

Thank you for coming! I love my Spark family!

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REBELBLITZ 10/14/2013 4:09PM

    emoticon Happy birthday!

Cheryl

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REBELBLITZ 10/14/2013 4:08PM

    Sounds like you are serving some vegan friendly treats. Thanks for inviting me! Cheryl emoticon

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TERI-RIFIC 10/14/2013 7:00AM

    I missed it. Happy belated emoticon

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LYNMEINDERS 10/9/2013 6:24PM

    So sorry i missed your birthday...was away at a conference...
I am so so stoked that you had an awesome day....

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DUSTYPRAIRIE 10/2/2013 11:04PM

    Thank you all! I am having a blast of a birthday! ((((hugs and more hugs)))

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GEORGIAGIRL26 10/2/2013 9:05PM

    Happy Birthday my friend.
I hope that you had a good day.
And have a wonderful night!
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RUTHXG 10/2/2013 8:03PM

    emoticon & YUM! What a great array of treats!

I myself turned 59 this summer, so I'm a few years ahead of you. So far so good! Can't lose weight as easily as I used to--or do a lot of things as easily as I used to!--but I'm liking the comfort with myself & the confidence that I've earned through many dangers, toils, & snares. So emoticon for aging with grace! You're doing a great job of that.

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FUNGIRL81005 10/2/2013 6:31PM

    Happy happy Birthday!!!! emoticon emoticon

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CANDOK1260 10/2/2013 2:26PM

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    Happy Birthday
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    Happy Birthday!!
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    happy happy happy DAY~!! emoticon

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    emoticon for sharing your birthday with all of us!
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CAT609 10/2/2013 7:40AM

    Happy Birthday to you, happy birthday to you!!!!Sorry I don't have a great singing voice! Have a great party.

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SMITTY4RL 10/2/2013 7:38AM

    Have a emoticon ! What a fun blog ;-). I'm off to look at the sugar-free angel food cake--yum.

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The Commissary is Closing Down

Tuesday, October 01, 2013

I went onto Fort Carson today, expecting little activity because of the government shutdown. It was buzzing, though. The gate guard told me "everything is open". That seemed odd.

I got to the commissary and it looked like it does before a winter storm. So many people! The meat was nearly gone and folks were loading up on staples. One of the customers had the answer why. The commisary is to close at the end of the business day and there is no telling when it will reopen. The idea of it remaining open was to get rid of the fresh things.

I stocked up on some frozen veg and peanut butter. I would have bought more, but I have to be careful. Hubby is/was a government employee, now in the ranks of the unemployed.

As I walked out I saw a bit of the impact. Baggers who work for tips only would be out of a job. Cashiers, truckdrivers, stockers, the janitorial staff, the office workers - all in just this one place - jobless.

Tomorrow the building, not much more than a year old (hard to remember when it opened) will stand abandoned. What an alien feeling it will be to see it empty.

It's a sad day for America.

  
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KADULAC 10/3/2013 5:09PM

    DD and I went to the commissary on Tuesday also on Fort Wainwright. It was the same as what you saw. Hopefully this won't last long. DH is retired Air Force, so we are waiting to see how it will affect us other than things on post and base being shut down.

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FUNGIRL81005 10/2/2013 6:36PM

    I read today that Colorado Springs is the hardest hit city in the U.S.
So sad.....Praying for everyone involved....
And for your family.


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SMITTY4RL 10/2/2013 7:42AM

    It is a sad day! We live near an Air Force base and it's the same. emoticon Sending you and your husband some good vibes, I hope he can get back to work sooner rather than later.

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DOVESEYES 10/2/2013 1:44AM

    Thinking of you at this time.

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M-BRUNER 10/2/2013 12:23AM

    This will effect the whole economy and everyone across the nation. emoticon

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DANCINCAJUN1 10/1/2013 11:08PM

    so glad they opened so food would not go to waste. Roc
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USMAWIFE 10/1/2013 10:42PM

    So sad when this happens. A friend who is out there was saying all the commissay's were opening to get rid of the perishible items.

Praying this is over soon. So many are suffering and those who can stop it are getting the big salaries.

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FANNISHMOM 10/1/2013 10:41PM

    I feel for you. I live in the DC area and almost all the families I know are affected by the shutdown in some way whether they work directly for the government or not.

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TINY67 10/1/2013 10:22PM

    The sad thing is that the people who voted this to happen will still be getting payed.

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4_MY_LIFE 10/1/2013 10:00PM

    It is a sad day. My dh is among the ranks of those government employees. It is a sad day and a scary day. Good luck with it all.

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Pros & Cons of Spark Fitness Tracker

Monday, September 30, 2013


I've been wearing my spark tracker for one full week now. Here's how it rates with me.

Pros:

Convenient. Very small. No worries of it falling off.

Syncs and shows reports daily. Emails are offered for a weekly progress report.

Waterproof. Even if I forget to take it off and wash it they say it will be ok (hasn't happened to me)

The lights come on as you progress towards your goal. I am encouraged to try harder if I'm not at the halfway point by noon.

Cons:

Does not seem to accurately record steps.

It only measures in 10 minute increments. If you are doing a 20 minute routine, pause for a few sips of water a couple of times, it will reset back to zero. Then you have to manually enter your activity. So what's the point.

Does not report the calories you've burned throughout the day.


My opinion. If I am still in the time frame to send it back I will.

  
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ARIESGIRL71 10/4/2013 8:40AM

    whats your opinion of the fitbit?

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BARB4HEALTH 10/2/2013 3:06PM

    emoticon I was looking at this and wondering about it.

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DUSTYPRAIRIE 10/1/2013 9:27PM

    Thanks to all who commented. I really do want to love it, too, but it's not to be. I ordered another "One" fitbit to replace the one that I lost.

(((warm, gentle hugs)))

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KALIGIRL 10/1/2013 3:54PM

    Heard the same comments from many and with the emphasis on 5-10 minute increments, seems a shame it doesn't record what you're doing....

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KADULAC 10/1/2013 12:34AM

    I got a Fitbit for Christmas last year, and am very happy with it. I had thought about getting the Spark tracker, but didn't think I needed it. I'm sorry you aren't enjoying it.

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CAROLISCIOUS 9/30/2013 9:00PM

    I see we are of the same opinion on the tracker. I know SP will make improvements, but I fear they will not occur before my 45 days to return it is up. I really WANT to love it. The little lights are so cute and fun!

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ELSEEBEE 9/30/2013 7:24PM

    I've only had mine a few days, but I agree totally with what you said. I've worn my pedometer(which is a good one and is calibrated to my stride) and right now the pedometer shows 900 more steps than the tracker! I sent a note to the support team and they replied to make sure it's fastened to more than i shoelace when it's on my shoe (I checked, it is more stable that way). When I go barefoot and move it to my waistband, they suggested I put it close to my hip (I'd been putting it more to the center of my body). But being off by nearly a thousand steps is a deal breaker for me- it's hard to be enthusiastic about setting goals when you know you're not getting a very good measurement. If I can't get the problems figured out soon- it will go back.

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ESILBO 9/30/2013 5:02PM

    STRANGE, MINE SHOWS HOW MANY CALORIES I BURN.I HAD IT A WEEK NOW AND I CANT WAIT TO TRY IT IN THE POOL.
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I JUST SAW THE CATHYGETFIT AND I HAD THE HEART RATE MONITOR BUT WAS TO COMPLICATED TO SET. I SOLD IT.

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CATHYGETSFIT 9/30/2013 4:31PM

    Thanks for the review. It helps when others have bought something for what we're doing a does a review. I think I'll wait and possibly just buy a heart rate monitor with a pedometer. Thanks for sharing!

{{{Big Gentle Hugs}}}

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DLDMIL 9/30/2013 1:42PM

    Thanks for the review and all the follow-up comments.

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GARDENSFORLIFE 9/30/2013 1:36PM

    Thanks for sharing this information!
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DANCINCAJUN1 9/30/2013 11:21AM

    gosh I didn't even know they had that until today in an article I saw on my Start page .... read about it then .... they will probably go for improvements if you report back to them .... I had gotten their pedometer but it would NOT stay on my waist band so I gave up after a week .... I enjoy my fitbit one but any way to get folks moving is a good deal. Roc

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KSNANA2 9/30/2013 10:15AM

    I hadn't seen anything about this yet, but will keep this in mind. I love my Omron and thought it was giving out on me with a couple days of strange reports, but a new battery fixed it! Thanks for the report!

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MAGNOLIA416 9/30/2013 8:46AM

    Interesting, thanks! I was wondering whether it would be better than FitBit

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MOMO7YROLD 9/30/2013 8:39AM

    Thank u so much u saved me $50. I won't buy one yet.
Thank u so much Bri.
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DONNABRIGHT 9/30/2013 8:36AM

    So far I am in agreement with you. I started wearing mine on mid day Saturday. Sunday is my day to not exercise or to do something easy and it did not pick up that at all. My pedometer read almost 9000 steps and the activity tracker was under 4000. Pretty significant. I'll keep going until I hit 2 weeks total and then decide if I am sending it back or not.

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FEMISLIM 9/30/2013 8:24AM

    It does report the calories. The activities it does. It record are the ones that it cannot identify. In this case, you have to chose what it was and once you do this, it identify next time. The pedometer is great. I have an Omron, a Fitbit flex that. I wear permanently as a hand and and now the Spark, I can assure you that it is a great pedometer. You just need to get a hang of it. I am addicted to it and the results are proof enough. Keep it .

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SPARKLED146 9/30/2013 8:22AM

    I'm first reading about the tracker this morning. Thanks for your
comments. Still undecided if I should purchase.

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HELEN_BRU 9/30/2013 7:47AM

    Good to know. Thanks!

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DOVESEYES 9/30/2013 7:40AM

    Thanks for the report

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SANDYCRANE 9/30/2013 7:38AM

    Thanks for the review. I was thinking of purchasing one but am a little skeptical of its accuracy.



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Small Farmer's Market Today

Saturday, September 28, 2013

You can tell when summer has wound down. My favorite farmer's market in Old Colorado Springs has fewer stands. The Colorado peaches are gone, replaced with a few crates from Utah. The only other summer fruit was some watermelon (I got one!) and pears.

The pumpkins and root veg are in, as were winter squash. I'm a huge fan of winter squash so acorn and butternut will be on future menus. I also lucked out on 2 beautiful eggplants for just $1 each.

I might as well have had a bouquet of flowers as I held my bouquet of dill. Another blessing at just $1 !!!! I was thrilled about it.

Interesting side note. I was lugging my squash back to the car. Heavy stuff. My back started hurting like it used to and it was difficult to walk. I really should have weighed the produce for the heck of it. I know it didn't weigh as much as I've finally lost. Really made me stop and think.

  
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LINTPICKER 9/29/2013 5:24AM

    It is amazing the weight we have carried on our bodies and not even thought about it! until you carry the same weight in veggies!!

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DOVESEYES 9/28/2013 9:07PM

    It's great to get a bargain!!! Fresh is best.

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LYNMEINDERS 9/28/2013 9:04PM

    Isn't it great when we get "reality" chechs like that....
Motivates us to keep going forward and not go back....
Go you

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DANCINCAJUN1 9/28/2013 7:50PM

    great comparison to think about ... I bought acorn and butternut squashes at Aldi's last week for 59 CENTS apiece .... I just love them .... still haven't found my spaghetti squash at the stores ... yummy food ! Roc
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GARDENSFORLIFE 9/28/2013 5:45PM

    I enjoy dill- great price!
Great weight lost!
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MOTTAMAMALOU 9/28/2013 5:43PM

    Isn't it great going to farmers' markets? I went to one with my friends this afternoon and got very good deals. I love to shop locally at markets and stands. It adds to the eating experience.

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