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Tuesday, May 24, 2011

is 67 years old. no one thinks she is. she is slim, fit, with long flowing hair...
and she puts me and my husband to shame.

she has been here for a month. she has painted my living room/kitchen (including ceiling). she has put up shelves in the bathroom. she has put up a coat rack in her guestroom. she has been using a pickaxe yesterday and today to clean out some invasive weeds and is wondering what kind of deck or patio we want there! (huge area, at least 8x12). oh and on saturday, she took a day off and drove an hour to spend visiting a friend and walking through chinatown for 3 hours.

i meanwhile took a nap. emoticon

i do work full time + and i spend at least a couple hours with my horse everyday. and i feed everyone -- people and animals.

my husband has no handy skills. he keeps the lawn mowed (it is a huge lawn and the lawn tractor is broke down) and watches sports.
i'm just sayin' ............

i'm kidding, he actually is on call to drive 24/6 (i give him sundays off) and often goes and drives taxi at 4 am for a few hours. so, then he gets home and naps for an hour or two around noon (when my mom is starting her day). and he mostly deals with our staff of 20 or so. (it's like having children some days)

so, we have these non physical jobs and seeing my mom go, go, go, we feel kind of lazy and/or incompetent. my mom says "just ignore what she's doing" Yeah, right. emoticon

my mom is impossible to help with things. she won't let you just help, she micro manages the whole time. she does things the hard way alot. she keeps weird hours (i don't want to start helping paint at 9 pm). i guess that's the biggest one. she works from something like 4 pm to 2 am, just puttering along doing her thing.

Nooo, the biggest one is she is a perfectionist and she makes it impossible for you to just help. for instance, as mentioned, i have been a professional painter. and even though it is my living room, that i have to live with, she will not be happy with my work and will go behind me and 'fix' it.

i am pretty overwhelmed with work right now and don't have it in me to help much. my husband, while not as busy, finds he cannot help, cuz as i mentioned, she is impossible to help (trust me on this. i painted murals and faux finishes for 15 years and had her help a few times. the last time, i had to fire her, she drove me insane with her perfectionistic ways)

so, while i am ever so grateful for the progress she is making improving my home (and she is doing a first rate job), it's been a month; watching her work is exhausting! i need a NAP emoticon

PS: i love my mom alot and sure do appreciate all her hard work, i just sometimes need to vent a tich, cuz, she works way too hard, but, i can't stop her. emoticon

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GLC2009 5/31/2011 6:09PM

    how do these old people do it? emoticon i have a friend who is 70 or so, and she does ironman competitions!! OMG...i see her running every morning at 6:30 or 7 am. it's incredible.
she says when she was 40, she was smoking and a bit overweight and decided to get healthy and took up jogging. and you wouldn't know it. she's a powerhouse.

i do love my mom dearly. and you wouldn't believe all the things she did for us while she was here. i'm not as bad with it, but, my husband feels guilty. especially when he is watching sports on tv and can see her out in the yard working away.

one of our biggest frustrations is we can't help my mom, cuz, she is a perfectionist to a terrible degree and just goes over and over things until they're perfect in her mind.

i like things to be done right, but, i'm not obsessed about it. i don't think emoticon

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JUSTJO66 5/31/2011 2:13PM

    My Mom is 81 and can out do/go any of her children. I am thrilled that she is still so active and vibrant. But that being said....there's no way I would want her to come and visit for a month. It would wear me out. :o)
I also love her dearly. :o)

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SPARKLISE 5/24/2011 6:12PM

    My mom is 84 and she can outrun me anyday! emoticon

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SINGAGAIN 5/24/2011 4:37PM

    Wow, your Mom sounds like the energizer bunny! I also have a very energetic Mama.. I aspire to be like her when my energy is improved. I can't imagine what it would be like if she were a perfectionist though. Yikes!

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GLC2009 5/24/2011 2:43PM

    my mom is awesome. and i have learned to just let her do what she wants. mostly. i have trouble letting her garden after midnight emoticon

and, it's wonderful having a bunch of things fixed and cleaned up like this, cuz, i don't seem to have time to do these kind of things.

and, yes. that's one of my goals. to be able to do as much as she can at that age, and beyond.

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NAYPOOIE 5/24/2011 11:51AM

    Your mom is probably enjoying herself. Just be glad that she's happy, and do what you do with a clear mind.

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MS.ELENI 5/24/2011 10:54AM

    I think your mom sounds awesome. emoticon

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REXTINE1 5/24/2011 9:31AM

    If she is just visiting, you can survive - but a month is a pretty long time. We visited the kids while we were living in a travel trailer for 12 years, but I don't think we ever stayed in one area for any longer than a month, and we were always sensitive to meddling in the way they do things. This will eventually pass.

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GEMINIAN1 5/24/2011 7:15AM

    Cheers ... May we all be that active at 67!
I have a 'similar' Mom (1943) so, I can relate.
(busy body, perfectionist, older, and people wouldn't say she's slim, fit, with long hair)

Have a great day ... :-)
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DO WHAT YOU LOVE! (and the fitness will follow?)

Sunday, May 15, 2011

This week I have ridden my horse about 12 hours. According to Spark fitness, I have burned 10,686 calories just from riding. I burned more calories cleaning corrals, grooming, etc, etc.
My butt and thighs are feeling it. At the end of the day, I am tired!

So, this is obviously good exercise.

I started riding when I was 5 years old. I grew up living and breathing horses, horses, horses. Prior to getting the horse I have now, it had been about 6 years or so, since I had last ridden regularly. I was going through serious equine withdrawal and very much wanted to have my own horse once again.

I ended up with an unbroke 3 year old. So, I have spent the last 2 years training him. It's alot of work. But, this past week, the results are finally starting to show. He still needs work, but, now I can get on and go for a nice trail ride, which is all I've wanted to do for years.

I have tried many different ways to get fit. I have joined gyms, swam, yoga, walked, biked.

While I like all of them, they all fell by the wayside when things like work or health issues got in the way. It's easy to cancel a workout when it's not your first priority and you're mostly doing it cuz you should.

Now, that I am 2 years into horses again, I can tell you that this is a fitness plan that will be sustainable no matter what. You can't put the horse in the garage and ignore him. And, more importantly, I love taking care of him. Everyday, day in and day out; feeding, cleaning, grooming, exercising, riding. I long to be out there. It clears my head and makes me a better worker. It is helping me get fit again. It raises my self esteem to confidently handle and train 1000 pounds of muscular, flighty horse.

Sure, there are some days it's not so fun. Like on a terribly cold, wet winter day or when you have a cold and just want to stay in bed. But, as they say, a bad day with horses is better than a good day at work!

Now, I have called this blog "Do what you love!" because I think it might work to remember what you loved to do as a child. What activity were you passionate about? What were you good at?

Was it skateboarding, skipping, football, hockey, hop scotch? Most kids have some activities they love.

I think taking up something that you loved as a child or maybe even something that you didn't get to do (maybe your parents couldn't afford it or they didn't offer it at your school) but, dreamed of doing could be the way to fall in love with fitness.

So get out your kid's skateboard. Buy a tether ball set. Buy a pogo stick. Draw a hopscotch in the driveway. Play double dutch with your daughter. Go camping with your wife (and not pull up the motorhome to the campsite and set up the satellite dish kind of camping). Join the oldtimers hockey team.

Just try something you remember loving and see if it starts anything.

So many fitness programs are to get fit. You go and do it to lose weight, to gain muscle, to increase flexibility. There are so many reasons to exercise.

But, maybe the best reason is because you just love doing it!


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REXTINE1 5/22/2011 3:03PM

    It's a great blog - and now you're committed! Keep up the good work.

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MS.ELENI 5/17/2011 11:47AM

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PTREINER 5/17/2011 11:38AM

  Good advice. If you do what you love, you'll keep doing it!

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RRCAIN 5/16/2011 1:46PM

    Great ideas! Love your horse. We lost my mare this past winter that I was going to start a program with. It was hard. But I still have the old man. He was my first ridding horse and is as gentle as can be. So him and I are going to get to know each other again this summer. I had put him out to pasture but he is coming out of retirement! He could use the attention and I need the retraining.

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STRONGIAM 5/16/2011 10:51AM

    Love this! It took me a while to find cardio activity that I enjoy. I did find it and it is so much easier to incorporate into a daily lifestyle. emoticon

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GEMINIAN1 5/16/2011 7:05AM

    I really, really liked this blog.
I like all the examples you thought of too.

I'm *so* happy that you have your horse.
Also, that you're getting back on the horse.

Sometimes, I day dream about going back to the old days, before cars. I wonder what that would be like?

Have a Magnificent Monday ... :-)
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SNOBENSON1 5/16/2011 6:01AM

    You are so right. A bad day with horses is better than a good day at work. They are the best workout buddies, ever. Animals are the jewels in our lives. Great blog!

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SINGAGAIN 5/16/2011 1:22AM

    I love this blog!! I love horses, and hiking! I even used to take my horses for a walk instead of riding sometimes! lol... that's one way to combine my loves. I also loved the trampoline, and now I bounce on my mini tramp.

I'm so proud of you! I know how much time, thought and pure energy goes into training a horse. You go girl! Love & hugs, Jodee
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SPARKLISE 5/15/2011 10:06PM

    You are so right! I love to walk with my dog-it's a great incentive. emoticon

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There's no way this can be good.

Friday, May 13, 2011

I've just sat down and read a couple blogs by people I've never read before. They say that Yoovie is gone.

And, I'm not clear whether Yoovie was kicked out or left because of pressure. I don't think she willingly left though. Hm?

This young woman seems to inspire alot of people. She's a brave girl who's sharing her life adventure. She is an excellent artist, an especially gifted writer. What a loss to this website and they didn't even pay her for all the successful time she put into this site?

I know we'll see a book written by her on the bestseller list one day and we'll look at the back cover and say, "I remember that girl, I always knew she would go places!" emoticon

To the people who weren't Yoovie fans, I say don't read what you don't like. But, let the rest of us read what we do like!

This site is big enough to avoid those you don't approve of. emoticon

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MTKRITTER 5/15/2011 10:05PM

    I am really sad that Yoovie is "gone." I enjoyed reading her blogs and found her motivating. It's sad that someone who doesn't like what she wrote would read her blog, there's lots of other blogs out there...find one you like!

I will miss her emoticon

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GLC2009 5/15/2011 6:13PM

    fmrees....Succinct and accurate. she was a gift tossed aside! emoticon

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SPARKLISE 5/15/2011 4:42PM

    I was wondering why i couldn't get on her site-now i know! She was very open about everything-a breath of fresh air really! She probably made a lot of people uncomfortable but why go to her page if she does? I don't understand it! emoticon

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FREES1 5/15/2011 10:10AM

    I am with you... There is or was plenty on this site to read that meets everyone's tastes so leave that which doesn't appeal and move on. SP is all the poorer without Yoovie... She was a gift tossed aside.

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4EVERFIT011 5/14/2011 11:21AM

    Again, if you don't like a blog or what a blogger has to say, move on. There are plenty of other blogs to read.
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NANNER2121 5/13/2011 7:19PM

    Yoovie will be missed and whoever "reported" her really needs to grow up.

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SINGAGAIN 5/13/2011 3:06PM

    Just like you said!!

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CREATINGAMANDA 5/13/2011 10:27AM

    She did leave on her own, but after being told that they were "trying not to" kick her off. She chose to leave of her own accord before they could.

GEMINIS1, she talks about life mostly, not always weight-loss related - stuff like *gasp* sex (but not in detail ... just an occasional mention of the word). The blog that had her reported this time, though was actually a picture of another SP member's bare abs. Heaven forbid.

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GEMINIAN1 5/13/2011 9:34AM

    I don't know who this is that you're speaking of; but, I am sorry to hear that you lost a friend here; it is a shame.
If you don't mind me asking; what would she speak about that was so, well, I don't know the right word; but, I'll go with controversial?
(If you decide to clue me in, you don't have to worry about offending me or whatever; seriously.)
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Speaking of the site "being big enough".
You know how there is an "Add as a Spark Friend"?
There is *also* a "Remove as a Spark Friend".
You know what I mean? Sounds like some people should've done that with this person you're speaking about.
I'm not being rude, a 'B', or whatever; it's just, it is what it is. That's life.
I've had 1 person remove me and I just stopped by their page and said, "I'm truly sorry for whatever I did that compelled you to remove me as a friend and I wish you nothing but success on your journey" and I moved on ... no big deal, at all.
(I'd be happy to tell you what it is that I did, if you're curious.)
It's worse, to me, to stay friends when you don't want to.
I've un-friend'ed, I don't know, 15 people; but, almost all of them were because they haven't been around in, around, 45-60 days *and* we hadn't "developed" anything.
Nothing personal and I'd be more then happy to add them as a friend, if they come back.
You know?

Edited to add: I just came back to re-read this, real quick, and you'll have to excuse my placement of Emoticons ... LOL!
That's where I was originally going to end it ... LOL. I'm such a goof.

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TX.PATRICIA 5/13/2011 8:50AM

    2nd blog I have read about this today! Why can't people just move on if they do not like a particular blog? Nobody is forcing them to read something?


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Monday, May 09, 2011

(This is Bill aka The Billiken Man emoticon)

"I am the Prince of Happiness,
I simply make you smile.
I prove that life's worth living.
And that everything's worth while."

All I wanted for a few years was another horse. I think it started shortly after I turned 40. I grew up with horses and haven't owned one since I was in my early 20's, though I have leased several over the years. I don't go very long without feeding my horse habit somehow.

So, finally, 2 years ago, I got 2 OTSTB's (Standardbreds). They were rescue horses. The main one I chose for riding was Bill and the other fella was Revy, a retiree, who came to spend his last days with us.

(This is Revy)

I thought Bill was about 5 yrs old and been on a few trail rides. I thought he'd be green, but, mellow. Turns out he had barely turned 3 and was right off the racetrack.

So, the last couple years have been interesting, to say the least. I have ended up training this horse from scratch. It has been going slowly, because of time and being out of shape, basically. And, I guess, being older, I am nervous. Not the riding fool I was at 16 emoticon

This year, I was going to get a trainer to work with him for a month or so. We have been trying to set something up.

The other day, I rode Mr. Spook, and thought "Yup, I've got to get that trainer going."

Today, I hadn't planned on riding, but, I took him out for a workout (lunging, ground lessons) and then I tied him up while I cleaned his paddock. He seemed so mellow today, I ended up saddling him up, just for a spin around the corral. Next thing you know, we were out on the road and going for a ride. And, he was perfect!!! emoticon

We only went around the block (a country block), but, normally, a ride went like this:

We`re out the driveway, onto the road. We`re good until 50 ft down at the neighbor`s driveway. Then Bill wants to go home. We spin in circles for 10 minutes and I win and we carry on. Then 2 or 3 lots down, he`s scared of their garbage can (`he`s seen 50 times) and trys to go home again. Spin for another couple minutes. Get down to the end of the block. Kids in yard on trampoline. Then goats....and then, and can see where this goes can`t you. Going around the block is a major project.

We`ve been doing this for a year or so (didn`t ride him much til he was 4). While just riding my own horse is great, this much training has been starting to wear thin. I just wanted to hit the trails!

So today, we have finally moved on and I saw the horse I had hoped I had picked when I first saw him. We passed garbage cans, barking dogs, goats, garbage trucks picking up garbage cans, backhoes, etc. And, Bill didn`t turn a hair at a thing. Rode on a loose rein. Relaxed for the first time ever. It was Heaven!

Guess what I`m going to do tomorrow........ emoticon

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ANITAWPG 5/18/2011 5:27PM

    I am jealous - I so miss riding - grew up in the country - had my own horses till college, had a lovely little part quarterhorse, part apppaloosa mare that was green broke, but I just didn't have the time to work with her, plus with a foal at side - she was to sweet a horse to see ruined by my lack of time - so sold her to a good home that would continue her training

since - live in the city - so no horses

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    Great ride!

I use to have horses and one of them had the same reaction to the garbage cans, also didn't like one of the cable boxes.

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HORSEHABIT 5/10/2011 9:06PM

    What a great story- your "you crack me up" friend Wesley is a Standard Bred....wonder if he and your The Billiken Man (good job getting Bill out of that! were you tempted to call him Mr Man???) are related????

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SINGAGAIN 5/10/2011 12:17PM

    Yay, Hooray!! You're awesome! I'm so proud of you and Bill I could just hug you both! Courage is not about being unafraid... it's about facing the fear. You are my hero!
You're blazing a trail for me... it's still my dream to ride sometime this summer. You go girl!! Woo Hoo. Love, Jodee

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GEMINIAN1 5/10/2011 12:05PM

    Love the pictures of the horse and the green mountainous background.
Congrats on the progress with The Billiken Man.
I see the symbolism between the horses journey and ours.
Thanks for sharing.
Have a Terrific Tuesday ... :-)
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1COUNTRY_GAL 5/10/2011 2:27AM

    Love your great horsey day,from another horsey loving gal who wishes she had her own horse to love.Bill is a beautiful Bay? I am so envious of you and wish you the best with your horses,where you live looks so beautiful and many nice places for riding. emoticonDiana:)

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I won 500 sparkpoints today....

Wednesday, May 04, 2011

And I needed the motivation this provides emoticon

I have been doing pretty good exercising. Almost every morning I get up and go for a walk. I walk at least 2 miles. 5 miles is the most I've walked so far.

I always take my 2 dogs. Sometimes I take the horse as well. And one day my DH and mother came too!

emoticonWhat benefits am I seeing?

Well, my puppy has become a much better walking companion in the last week. She now listens. She comes when called and walks on a loose leash.

(This is her baby pic. She is now 16 months old)

My brain gets cleared out. I have a tendency to become obssessed with business issues and it doesn't make me work better. In fact it makes me less effective at my work. When I walk my thoughts calm and problems leave, even if only for an hour. Then I come back to the job refreshed and ready to dive in again.

My body feels good. I feel joy at living in such a beautiful place. I feel like I am fit already, even though my mirror would disagree.

There's nothing like a walk.

Last night I also rode my horse for the first time since November. I have been exercising him alot on the ground, but, somehow got out of the riding habit during the cold weather.

He was a handful, spooking at everything and full of energy. It was scary, but, fun!

(here's the big boy waiting for some attention)

So, today, it's sunny, I have walked. I am now going to eat a healthy breakfast and then I will be ready to wade into my work for the day.

And 500 sparkpoints is the motivational icing on the cake this morning.


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POOSIE1973 5/9/2011 6:33AM

  Congratulations on winning 500!! Also, I must say you are SOOO blessed to live in such a wonderfully beautiful place.

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SNOBENSON1 5/8/2011 7:47AM

    Beautiful animals!

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MTKRITTER 5/4/2011 10:11PM

    You ROCK on the daily walks! Woohoo! And 500 sparkpoints, goodness, I've never seen the like on my wheel!


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HJFOGARTY 5/4/2011 9:48PM

    great blog! such an inspiration in so many ways - your exercise and the happiness you are gaining from it all - simply awesome! keep up the great work and continue to take care of you - you are worth the effort - and thanks for the great pictures - they are awesome as well!

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WENDYDANCER 5/4/2011 6:21PM

    Congrats on the 500 pts. I got that once. Your post has encouraged me to go take a walk! So, I'm outta here.


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SINGAGAIN 5/4/2011 3:02PM

    Yay, Hooray, you rode again. I'm so fired up right now!! I love your blog, and I love hearing about your walks. I believe I'll try a walk tomorrow morning and see how that goes. You're my inspiration! Have a wonderful day! Love & hugs, Jodee
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    I love the pictures!

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