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Date Afternoon

Monday, March 15, 2010

Yesterday afternoon, Cliff took me out for the 18th anniversary of our first date. We went to lunch and a movie. It was so nice. With money being so tight, we haven't really done a "date" in a while. Sure, we go to the movies occasionally, and eat out once in a great while, but a real full-fledged DATE - not in ages.

It's really amazing to me that it's been 18 years since our first date. I don't feel any older - not inside where it counts - although I know I LOOK older. Don't we all?

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SVELTINGTON 3/15/2010 1:46PM

    How romantic! Glad you had a good time! You two deserve it!

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DAISES2 3/15/2010 10:05AM

    this was a joy to read.i'm glad you had a good memory making anniversery.
dh and i used to go out for sunday luch every week,and other places in the evening.we did it so much we got fed up with it.
now we only go occasionaly,and we realy enjoy it emoticon

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JUDITHANNIE 3/15/2010 10:02AM

    That's what it's all about. Glad you had a great date. emoticon

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STARRPARENT 3/15/2010 9:02AM

    Sounds like fun! I'm glad you had a nice time. Enjoy the rest of this week!

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LLLAWSON 3/15/2010 8:40AM

    Glad you were able to go out and had a great time. That's sweet that you celebrate the anniversary of your first date. Have a great week.

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PJSTIME 3/15/2010 8:16AM

    We haven't been on a date l in ages so its a real treat when we do. We are all lookng older it can't be helped but as long as we don't feel old we are doing ok. And I feel better and younger with each pound i lose and the more I exercise. PJ

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Lose Weight Like A Celebrity...Not!

Sunday, March 14, 2010

All that glitters isn't gold. It's hard not to be jealous of those superstars who shed massive amounts of pounds in a matter of months while the rest of us are left battling the bulge. However, when it comes to celebrity weight loss, results are NOT typical. Many of these stars engage in strenuous workouts with a personal trainer while a chef busily prepares their meals. Your best bet is to follow a healthy meal plan, exercise regularly and find a support system. You'll have just as good of a chance of losing weight at a rate of one to two pounds a week.

Just remember that jealousy is self-defeating. Instead, channel that energy into a great workout - you'll feel so much better and your body will thank you!

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DAISES2 3/14/2010 1:51PM

    who would want to.they have the best of everything that money can buy,but because they have everyone doing everything for them ,they learn nothing

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SVELTINGTON 3/14/2010 12:24PM

    I agree. Who wants to look like sticks with . . .
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Slow and steady wins the race.

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Comment edited on: 3/14/2010 12:25:46 PM

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BUNNYSPAL 3/14/2010 9:46AM

    You are so right. emoticon

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PJSTIME 3/14/2010 9:40AM

    And then they gain it back becasue they didn't do it the correct and healthy way (the Spark way). PJ

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GOING2LSEITNOW 3/14/2010 9:17AM

    I know but I still buy the magazines that show an actress losing lots of weigh in a short time with very little effort. emoticon

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Enjoy The Great Outdoors

Saturday, March 13, 2010

Stop being lazy. Instead of paying someone else to do your dirty work, get busy. Shovel snow. Rake leaves. Cut the grass. Cleaning up the yard is a great way to get active. Not only are you getting the job done, you're also burning calories at the same time. Believe it or not, shoveling snow by hand can burn up to 408 calories an hour. By raking leaves for an hour, you stand to burn 240 calories. You'll also knock off 408 calories by simply mowing the lawn for an hour. Did I mention you'll also save money?

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HICALGAL 3/14/2010 1:08AM

    and can't go wrong with the fresh air too. emoticon

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SVELTINGTON 3/13/2010 1:57PM

    You are right. But I need to buy a lawn mower.

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DAISES2 3/13/2010 9:20AM

    except if you live where i am.my garden is so small that most of those jobs would only take 10 minutes emoticon

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BONES531 3/13/2010 8:21AM

    You didn't mention anything about pulling your dog, kids, spouse out of the muddy jello of a back yard. :) It is true that we go for days and the only outdoors we see is from the house to the car. What happened?

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CARMEL466 3/13/2010 7:57AM

    WooHoo! Look out leaves..here I come! Enjoy your day.

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JUDITHANNIE 3/13/2010 7:54AM

    so true and the yard need raking now that the snow is almost gone.....

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Friday, March 12, 2010

Researchers at the Mayo Clinic have found that 1 hour of dancing can burn more calories than swimming or riding a bike for the same amount of time. Of course, as with most exercise, the benefits depend on speed and duration, but evidence shows that the art (and sport) of dance is more than a form of self-expression; it provides exceptional health benefits to both the body and the brain. According to the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute, dancing lowers the risk of coronary disease, decreases blood pressure, and increases endurance. And dancing with a partner provides mental challenges that are crucial for brain health: A 21-year-long study published in The New England Journal of Medicine found that participants who engaged in social dancing at least several times a week had a 76% lower risk of dementia than those who did not. Additional studies have shown that dancing not only increases serotonin levels and blood flow to the brain but also decreases loneliness, depression and stress. Sound appealing? Visit findadancestudio.com to locate a dance class near you.

Calories burned per hour

Ballet, jitterbug, tap: 326
Swing, flamenco, belly: 306
Waltz, samba, tango: 204

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DAISES2 3/12/2010 3:04PM

    dancers always have good bodies.when celebs do any of the dancing shows on tv they always lose weight

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SVELTINGTON 3/12/2010 2:50PM

    And those people wondered what I was doing dancing around while shopping!

They are waiting for the music to begin!

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LLLAWSON 3/12/2010 8:36AM

    Several years ago for our anniversary my husband bought us dance lessons. We did them for about 6 months. It was so much fun and I remember thinking what a great workout. The first time we went to one of their weekly dance parties and you danced with all the others who were more experienced was amazing - you felt like you could dance, because they knew what they were doing and they just flung you around and never let go of your hang. LOL It was so much fun. Thanks for reminding me of this.

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KKKAREN 3/12/2010 6:54AM

    I wish I had a dance partner!

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Thursday, March 11, 2010

Forget the sugar rush and go for a brisk walk. Research shows that putting one foot in front of the other for 10 minutes provides you with a good head of steam for up to 2 hours. However, the burst you get from eating a candy bar fades after an hour and may leave you feeling more tired (not to mention guilty).

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SVELTINGTON 3/11/2010 1:55PM

    I use abdominal breathing for a boost of energy. This works for me when I can not get away from the desk.

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LLLAWSON 3/11/2010 11:33AM

    Absolutely true. Even just 10 minutes make a huge difference.

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RUBY926 3/11/2010 8:13AM

    Oh that makes so much more sense than the candy bar! Why do I have such trouble putting each foot in front of the other towards the front door for that walk? Good for you that you are able to choose the right way to get that rush and feel so good. I wait for the day that my mind clicks in the right direction and path. I keep getting up each day with a new attitude and hope that it all works towards improving myself. Thanks for inspiring me this morning.

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