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Rest In Peace Steven Jobs

Thursday, October 06, 2011

It was so sad to learn the news of Steven Jobs' passing. Of course he had been ill for a very long time - but, gosh, it was only late last month, a mere few weeks ago, that he stepped down as CEO of Apple. Surely he didn't think he would be completely gone so soon - he only suggested that he wasn't able to give his all to his daily responsibilities on the job. Well, I guess not if his body was so close to giving up the ghost, as they say.

What a short life but how much he accomplished and what a legacy he left. We could be called the iPod (or iPad) nation. All created/achieved from what he imagined and executed very well. Last night I was attending a business meeting for Soroptimists when it was announced that he had passed. We toasted to his life and reflected on how much he added to the world in the time he was here. What a great thing to leave behind such a positive legacy.

Even the memories of the movies from Pixar (which he bought many years ago and caused to be a success with titles like Top Story and Up!) are shaped by his creative and marketing powers.

The world has lost a great man. Not a well known family man (we never did hear much about his family, did we?) but a very well regarded man for certain. The face of Apple. An American icon, I would go so far to say.

His passing is a sad occurrence. Deserving of being remembered in today's blog I believe. Few would argue that he was unable to meet his personal goal of 'putting a dent in the universe'...

Rest In Peace Steve! Here's to much continued success of Apple as his memory lives on!!

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FROSTY99 10/6/2011 8:13PM

    RIP He truly was a visionary and one can only hope that someone else will be able to carry on with Apple now that he isn't available to even mentor.

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MARYSUE39 10/6/2011 5:53PM

  I live in Silicon Valley and feel like I lost a friend, though I never met him. He was a true visionary and pioneer for my generation.

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YICHE12 10/6/2011 12:30PM

    Thank you for writing this. My husband, niece and I were listening to CNN at lunch time and when they mentioned the first Apple 2, we were telling our niece that we still have the first Apple 2C stored in her upper cupboard in her bedroom. Yes, he was an Icon and he will be remembered...

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CONTENTCHRIS 10/6/2011 12:23PM

    I agree He was a Icon . Nice tribute.

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Second Pair of Jambus - Woo Hoo!

Wednesday, October 05, 2011

Sharing Secrets of Success used to be part of the daily spark ritual...but that seems to have fallen by the wayside somewhere along the lines. But I am going to share one of mine right now. I found the most comfortable shoes - the brand is Jambu and they are cute and so easy to walk in. I bought a pair of black ones that I am a bit embarrassed to admit I bought almost a year ago now and have been wearing to work every day in order to ensure that I'd both a) look good in a professional environment and b) be able to walk at lunch without having to change into clunky looking shoes that scream 'I'm leaving the office now to go out walking' as I didn't want to draw attention to my comings and goings.

So I wear the Jambus all day and they are great for walking as well.

I got another pair - this time brown - to allow the other pair a chance to have a break, air out - lol, and perhaps get ready for retirement as the heel is wearing down a bit after all the mileage I've put on them. ~5 miles a day at lunch all year - Woo! Those are some pretty high mileage numbers. If they were the tires on my car they'd be changed for sure by now!

A plug for Jambu at any rate. I love them and I still get so many compliments on how cool and cute they look. Definitely a stand-out and maybe somewhat funky style. I love it. Cute little flower motif on the bottom and well made materials used throughout. Give them a try and let me know what you think. Like I said, I just love them...may even consider buying yet another color option. And trust me, I'm NOT a shopper - I hate to buy clothes and shoes except when a complete necessity.

Can't complain of any foot, heel, shin splint, etc issues with wearing them. Even though they aren't, strictly speaking, designed to be 'walking shoes' I give them 5 stars!


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FITFABME 10/6/2011 12:40AM

    I first saw a friend wearing them and thought they were super cute. She bought hers at Nordstrom. I did a search online and ordered through Amazon (I had tried hers on and derived my size from that).

I would try higher end department stores if you are looking for where they are distributed. The company is out of NYC, I believe.

The version I wear has an open back which works year round in live in a warm climate too I recall, yes?

Let me know if you find search would find more options - Amazon is priced well, though I can vouch.

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FROSTY99 10/5/2011 9:04PM

    I have never heard of these shoes-where did you get them?? I would like to check them out. I have a terrible time finding something comfortable so clue me in.


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Personalized Fitness - New Class - New Wellness Coach Assigned!

Tuesday, October 04, 2011

As you may recall, I was thrilled last year to be paired with an amazing Wellness Coach through my at-work wellness initiative. Anne Rowland phoned me from Chicago each week for a 30 minute coaching session on myriad issues I was facing at the time from nutrition to weight loss and personalized training. She was incredible and really inspired me to fine tune my program and was key (I am certain) to my loss of over 40 pounds between Thanksgiving and June (when she moved on to a new job and proclaimed me 'done'!).

Having decided I clearly wasn't 'done' I contacted the scheduler and requested a new coach. Was assigned one and from there experienced a fairly uncomfortable few months with a new coach who did not mesh with me very well at all. I felt I received dubious nutritional advice and ended up frustrated and hungry much of the time as she insisted I cut back on carbs to an extreme that didn't work for me at all. I kept thinking something was wrong. I was relieved when the class ended and she gave me an out by telling me I had successfully passed the class and asked that I feel free to contact her at any time in the future. And that was that.

Now I've had new bloodwork (part of the program) and they've opened enrollment in a new set of courses. They have now sent me 3 books (as of today they are in the mail to my home address) on "Personalized Fitness" that I'm really looking forward to and have paired me with a new coach, Judy...who sounds very promising. She's a personal trainer and has a Masters in Health and Wellness. I'm looking forward to working with her. Our first appointment will be October 18th at 11:30. I'll walk at lunch and talk with her at the same time - that worked for me in the past.

So a new beginning in a new phase. I'm hoping that the course will be taught a bit differently to me at this point in my journey. I don't need to be motivated to exercise - but I do need some advice on making the most of the time I spend without damaging my body (ie using too heavy weights, for instance is an issue I'd like to address). Moreless I'm hoping this will give me the personalized advice I need without having to pay the gym for a personal trainer.

Love to learn and love to meet new people - so it, as always, is all good!

Bring it on Judy! I'm ready!!

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TBRANTNER3 10/4/2011 2:48PM

  good luck as the journey continues.

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Orchids Are Blooming Again!

Monday, October 03, 2011

It's always been said that orchids are finicky and difficult to bloom. So a month or so ago when I saw a pot in the trash at work (an orchid with no blooms, just a 2 'sticks' and some leaves) my right mind should have said to leave it alone. But the leaves were still green and it seemed so wrong to me to be trashing something alive. That's just me. Hate to disrespect life or to be I pulled it out and had it sitting on my desk for a while. After taking A LOT of flack from my visitors about having a dead plant in my office, I took it home. DH had the same reaction.

Well...guess what? Today I am looking at 2 gorgeous orchids in full bloom coming from that same 'dead' plant. Just a bit of tender loving care is all it needed (and some water - lol)

A diamond in the rough it was. Seeing any parallels to our bodies at the beginning of this journey (or perhaps you are at the beginning?) and the transformations that Spark allows? Miracles do happen. There is never cause to give up or throw in the towel!

My orchids are simply beautiful. And to think that they would have been in a landfill somewhere. That would have been just plain wrong.

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IAMWINNING 10/3/2011 7:59AM

    Christine, you're a savior. emoticon I'm so glad you proved everyone wrong and are now enjoying the fruit of your labor and love. Are you going to take it back into the office to show everyone? What does your DH say now?

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ONESPOTLEFT 10/3/2011 6:30AM

    I try to save plants too and sometimes I succeed and sometimes not. I do better with outside plants and love to garden and I do so much like orchids but have always thought they were to difficult to grow. any tips to share would be great emoticon

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Zumba With Friends

Sunday, October 02, 2011

So Zumba is always advertised as a party, you know, you may have heard their slogan - Ditch The Workout and Join the Party? It's so true - it really does feel like a party. And I have to say I've become friendly with quite a few of the regulars over the months.

Today was different, though - a friend from work decided to check out my gym - give it a trial spin, so to say, and she joined me for Zumba today. It seemed even more like a party. At one point she turned to me and exclaimed, "This is so much fun!" and I thought, 'you know, it really is!'.

It brought the class to a new level for me. I tried my best to put in my best effort and to burn the most calories possible because she didn't want to take the yoga class afterward that I normally do and instead wanted to have lunch. It was a nice change of pace for me. Usually my gym buddies and outside of gym buddies don't overlap - but it seems as if they just may be doing more of there is another friend from work who is also thinking of checking out my gym.

Can we say "Sparking?" That's it - I'm definitely Sparking these guys...they asked "What did you do to lose all the weight?" I described all of the classes I've enjoyed and participate in and they decided to try it out. I'm sure they'll be thrilled too. I've decided that twisting peoples' arms about joining this site doesn't work so well...I don't get that, but after almost a year only 6 people have joined that I'm aware of. So sad, isn't it?

But I can actively Spark by encouraging people to join me,,,Sparking doesn't have to be electronic now, does it?

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MY_HEALTH_BABY 10/2/2011 12:16PM

    Keep on sparkin'! emoticon

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YICHE12 10/2/2011 9:01AM

    It sounds as though you had a lot of fun at the Zumba class. I have some tapes here that I do Zumba to. They can be fun but when I was visiting my daughter last year, we were going to Zumba classes (I mean 'parties) about twice a week. They were more fun because you get more energy just looking at others.

As for having people join Spark People, oh I try! I see some people that I know who have joined but I don't see them being active online. They don't know what they're missing is what I say.

Hugs to you and the family and keep up the great work. emoticon

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IILAAD65 10/2/2011 8:52AM

    I CRY OUT sparkpeople to all! And most of them look at me like I am crazy.. but I keep it doing it for the few that come and check it out. Keep at it because YOU are an inspiration!!


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WANTTOSHRINK16 10/2/2011 3:07AM

    i have my first zumba "party" today
at home (dvd)
i hope its as good as you said it is:))

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YIWEN39 10/2/2011 1:48AM

    Great way to spread the Spark :-)
Enjoy your Zumba classes :-) Oups,sorry! parties :-)
Have a great day!

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