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Our Very Snowy Santa Claus Parade

Monday, November 29, 2010

To get us into the season, on Satuday our city held its annual Santa Claus Parade. More than 100,000 snowy people lined the parade route. The snow coupled with all the lights and decorations was awesome. In this blog, I am just going to post some pictures from the parade.

Enjoy the photos and here is Mariah Carey's cute, animated video of "Santa Claus Is Coming To Town"

MERRY CHRISTMAS! (Wow, did I really say that in November?)

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MOMFAN 11/30/2010 2:16AM

    Looks like you had a blast!

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JENNA3FROG 11/29/2010 9:57PM

    Fun stuff! And how nice of the weather to cooperate and give you some snow for it :)

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STEVENGO2 11/29/2010 7:40PM

    emoticon parade!

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MOMSCRZR 11/29/2010 7:28PM

    Looks like fun! Thanks for sharing. Ours is Saturday at the beach, but the temps will be in the 70s, which is fine with me... emoticon

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ALYFITN 11/29/2010 7:08PM

    Great pics!

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Motivation and "My Stationary Bike"

Monday, November 29, 2010

I read a story recently about a man who had just logged 13,000 miles on his stationary bike. He called this "my ride to nowhere."

In 2007 this now 44 year old man weighed 297 pounds and his blood pressure was 142/83. Three years later he weighs 205 pounds and his blood pressure is 110/60. This was a man with a goal, a dream, a vision.

Talk about motivation! How did he do it? He started out slowly, he worked up to 3 miles a day. He now powers his way through over an hour a day, each day, every day, on his trusty bike. What does he do to combat boredom? He plays video games while pedaling!

I know I can learn from this chap. I know if I have the motivation I can do anything I wish. Motivation is in one's mind. The mind must see the goal or need clearly. For the man above, he was concerned about his health and his family. For each one of us, our motivational goal may be different. But, yes, the goal is there... lurking in our minds. defines motivation as "something that motivates; inducement; incentive."

If we can find that one thing, that one goal that motivates us, let us write it out on post-it notes and stick them all over our homes, our cars, our office cubicles and on our bathroom mirrors to look at first thing in the morning and last thing at night.

My goal is to redesign my lifestyle, both physically and mentally. I have lost 44 pounds through this wonderful site and my goal is to lose 40 more. With my SP friends, I know I can do this!

What is your goal? Better yet, are you motivated?


"The reason most people never reach their goals is that they donít define them, or ever seriously consider them as believable or achievable. Winners can tell you where they are going, what they plan to do along the way, and who will be sharing the adventure with them." - Dr. Denis Waitley


Motivational Song - Never Give Up On Your Dreams

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GRACEISENUF 9/17/2011 2:27PM

    Bob, I was just reading some of your past blogs and saw the title of this one. WOW! incredible mileage he racked up and you have logged many miles yourself.

I love my recumbent exercise bike. I have had it a few months and the weight is dropping down. I try to ride it every day but sometimes I do take a day off. I will be going out of town tomorrow for 5 days but I am fortunate that our timeshare has a gym and a bike...WOO HOO!

This blog has really motivated me today to just keep pedaling those miles away.

emoticon for posting this one.


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STEVENGO2 11/29/2010 12:01PM

    My autistic stepson, when I had the chance to be his father~his Mom and I have divorced, taught me one very important lesson in life, "Don't give up!'. I have been with SP since April 22 and have lost over 30 pounds have decreased my blood pressure from 160/90 to 110/60 (have been taken off of high blood pressure medication)! And now I have energy and enjoy life! So I have achieved many goals on my way down to a healthy weight!


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FLYER99 11/29/2010 10:34AM

    Thanks for your comments. I need to do more pedaling on my stationary bike. I got it a few years ago and I have racked up a total of 2,409 miles (I just looked). But I have slackened off.. after reading this story and your comments... I am going to really give this a try again!

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MUEHLBBO 11/29/2010 9:54AM

    I have been exercise bicyle for the past month. I put in 12 miles a day, 6 in the morning and 6 at night. The first night I tried it, I only lasted five minutes. Now I go 30 minutes at a time. I haven't added much variety in levels, etc., but hopefully I will be able to work that in also. I'm almost 60 years old. Last week my Dr. dropped one of my diabetic meds. Hopefully I will see more of the same results as the man you talked about. Thanks for sharing. It will help to keep me motivated to continue.

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KIMBERBAKOS 11/29/2010 1:35AM

    Thanks for sharing! THose are some pretty impressive results for a stationary bike. I'm going to forward this to my boyfriend since that is one of few pieces of exercise equipment that he would be able to use.

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MOMFAN 11/29/2010 1:15AM


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"My Garden"

Sunday, November 28, 2010

"My Garden" is a poem written by an unknown author especially for people with anxiety. However, it has come to mean much more than that to many people. It has a special place in everyone's lives in the stressful times in which we live.

"MY GARDEN" (author unknown)

Deep inside of me there is a garden, full of many seeds.
Three very special seeds have names.

Those names are Confidence, Calmness and Contentment.

I was born with these seeds, but when I was young the
garden was not tended to, and the seeds of ugly weeds
began to take over Confidence, Calmness, and Contentment.
As I grew older, I thought that the weeds had taken over
the garden for good, and that Confidence, Calmness, and
Contentment were killed.

Gone forever.

What I didnít know was that the little seeds, no matter how
many times they were stepped on or neglected, were the
strongest seeds in the garden. They were alive, only lying
dormant, for many years. For when I began tending the garden
myself by nurturing the seeds with the love and respect that
they deserved Ė small, yet strong, lovely sprouts began to grow.

Someday soon they will chase away the weeds and become the
most beautiful flowers in my garden.

Eventually, they will drop other seeds into the fertile soil and they
too will grow strong with lovely flowers, with names like Hope, Pride,
Peace, and Dignity.

Nobody will be able to walk on my garden again --- I wonít let them!

For I know that every human being has the right to grow a beautiful
garden inside of them.

A wonderful video: "51 Things In My Garden":

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WILLOWWINDS 11/29/2010 11:12AM

    Great Blog. I am so happy you started to blog.


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LINDYPAINTS 11/28/2010 9:33PM

    Great poem, thanks for sharing! emoticon

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