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Thursday, January 06, 2011

Some melting today and it was welcome. Got to have the dog outside a little bit more today. He is afraid of the dark, strangers, and noises. Don't know if he was neglected or abused before we got him. We've had him since a couple days before Christmas. He is a very sweet dog, and is no trouble at all. The boys are loving him and that is what it's all about. When the weather gets nicer and I can actually do some walking outside, I plan to take him with me. He will be a good companion and walks fast so I'll be pressed to keep up. LOL

Before the holidays got into full swing I made a commitment to swim several times a week. It hasn't happened much. Being so susceptible to illnesses, my Dr. thought I should wait awhile before getting started. Not so much because of the cold, which doesn't hurt anyone, but the germs in and out of the pool from folks that may be coming down with colds and flu was his concern. I catch everything, so I plan to follow his advice. He's been giving me good advice for many years now, so there's no reason to question his thinking now. So back to the LS walking tapes, and the hand weights and stability ball I got for Christmas. Now there's an interesting item. I checked out all those ball exercises on this website before I got it and thought....piece of cake.....I can do that. You probably know where this is heading....it hasn't been a piece of cake....more like a clumsy clod. It is getting easier, but my 40 year old thinking and my 65 year old body are in direct conflict with each other. Would that be considered a split personality? Naw.....just an old body that isn't in anyway, shape, or form, in a hurry to co-operate with my mindset. whew.....what a mouthful.

There are so many workout videos on this website, and available to buy that I have plenty of outlets for workouts. it's kindof sad when you have to give yourself pep talks to get busy with a workout, but maybe I should try it by looking in the mirror. That should do it! LOL

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INFLATED 1/10/2011 1:09PM

    NANCYLEE46's suggestion: "LOL - I was just thinking Spark should make a humor fitness video with all of us trying out our new fitness items in the beginning."

This cracked me up. My flab makes noises when I try to jog and I always look first to make sure nobody is out on the street when I try to run a little ways on the sidewalk. HA! At least we are trying to do something about our health. Someone sent a picture to me last year. It showed an obese woman looking in the mirror but reflected back was an image of a slender, fit body. I replied, where do I buy a mirror like that?

I love your humor and the fact that you tell it like it is.

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MONTY68 1/7/2011 11:33PM

    Hi Caroyln

Awesome blog and some good humor in it I am starting with your ending remarks about the need for a pep talk and the mirror. may I suggest to you that all the sport teams have a final pep talok before the game. I see it as a benefit, it gibes you a surege of energy and I am a big fan of using that mirror. Looking straight into your eyes, give your self a GO-go Go talk. you have the desire and the motivation and I may suggest as a older person, you can get the body to believe it is younger then your birth certificate says.
Thank you for sharing this and oh, by the way when you wake up and read this it is TODAY.
Go for it

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NANCYLEE46 1/7/2011 12:10PM

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You are so right at where you are supposed to be. I love how you think everything through and then share so honestly.

If none of us needed to work on staying motivated I don't think Spark would be the number one online health site and Leslie would not sell any tapes. I just saw a set of her DVD's I almost bought yesterday. I think we may get a Leslie thread going for added inspiration/motivation.

LOL - I was just thinking Spark should make a humor fitness video with all of us trying out our new fitness items in the beginning.

Have a great week-end my friend.
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HOT4FITNESS 1/6/2011 8:46PM

    Congrats on the new stability ball,don't we love itthatthey call it a stability ball, I am certainly not always stable on mine LOL! I ususally only use my for pushups. Let me know how the videos go. We are having a melting here also. was able to go on an hour walk today it was so nice, but supposed to get snow this weekend. Happy walking!!! emoticon

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TIME4COFFEE 1/6/2011 8:29PM

    Carolyn, I think you're brave to even TRY the ball! That is something I have not intention of trying!
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Week 1

Sunday, January 02, 2011

Yesterday I wrote down all my goals for the new year and divided them into months. Then I reread them and divided them into weeks, and then I looked at the clock.

Well, needless to say, allot of yesterday was spent thinking and writing, and so today I begin. A little late, but this is week one. We'll see. I got on the scale and started out the new year without a weight gain. I made the challenge that Monty gave us and for that I'm pretty doggone happy!

Mostly I don't make resolutions because I never keep them so my resolution this year was not to make any. LOL

No really.....how can you help from making them. I didn't make my goals for 2010 but maybe they were too big, and maybe I have to be more realistic.

Having read a dozen or more blogs from people who started the year off with a bang, I just have to say that I'm very happy for them. School starts tomorrow and I'd be lying if I said I'm sorry about it. God knew what he was doing when he gave kids to the young....I am most certainly not that, and I love my grandkids bunches and gobs, but they have been driving me crazy for almost 3 weeks now and maybe Tuesday, ....maybe Tuesday afternoon I can say, oh ya, what was I going to do before I was interrupted by life? And they are good kids, no problems there, but between them and the new puppy, and the holidays, and my daughters resolution to get more organized...which I didn't realize included me. (go figure) I need more than resolutions.....I need a vacation. I was thinking New Zealand?

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INFLATED 1/7/2011 12:59AM

    I think it is summer in New Zealand.
I don't have grandchildren yet, but I hated babysitting when I was younger and decided to lay on a tar-papered flat roof of standing stall my Dad built for my pony. It was summer and I looked like a cooked lobster when I came down off of it, but I didn't have to babysit, nobody could find me to ask me if I would!

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MONTY68 1/3/2011 6:26PM

    Hi Carolyn
Great blog and congratulations on maintaining your weight through the holidays. You did so well. I also would like to say that for someone who has only been on Spark 9 months, you have come a long way. I also love the way that you took your goals and what I feel brought them down to a realistic weekly idea, I believe that you WILL be successful in 2011.
I can understand you being glad the school started. As much as we love the family , sometimes enough is enough.

Listen, I don't have a passport yet but New Zealand sounds like a nice place to go.
Thank you for sharing this great blog.

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NANCYLEE46 1/3/2011 12:13PM

    Carolyn - looks like you have to plan a trip now also on top of your already busy schedule.

Reading your blogs is so real and refreshing. Living a healthier lifestyle is not always an easy thing to do, but I take satisfaction in enjoying the journey.

Small steps, consistency, and sharing help me to keep everything in balance.
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TRIGFROST 1/2/2011 4:14PM

    I'll go w/ you.. emoticon

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TIME4COFFEE 1/2/2011 4:01PM

    My dear Carolyn,

Now that the guest bath is basically done, you could come take a vacation at our house. I think it would be a tad more affordable than New Zealand!

Congrats on no weight gain over the holiday!

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NOTSPEEDY 1/2/2011 3:52PM

    New Zealand sounds wonderful. When do we leave. After December, I need a vacation. How does a month sound lol.

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WATERWEEZE 1/2/2011 3:31PM

    You can take me with you!! We could stop off in Melbourne and see Ania, right!!!

Love your blogs my friend!!!!

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Monday, December 27, 2010

Today marks 9 months on Spark People!!! In that time I've lost 15 pounds......and have gained a tremendous amount a knowledge about working out, walking and much much more. I am stronger, and I eat better, feel better, and have met so many nice people on line and in person! I look for to the coming year. Definitely a win win deal.

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APRILLSCOTT 12/29/2010 10:17PM

    emoticon on the weight loss and on the anniversary! Have a good New Years and may all the goals you set be met this year! emoticon

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YELLOW09RED 12/29/2010 8:57PM

    Good evening Carolyn,
I pray your next 9 months are as wonderful as these have been for you.
Enjoy your 2011 year here on Spark.
Happiness & health,
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NANCYLEE46 12/28/2010 11:00AM

    You are a Blessing to me and I am amazed at your commitment, progress, and motivation toward getting and remaining healthier.

God has blessed me with a very special friend.

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MILLISMA 12/27/2010 9:51PM

    emoticon on a job well done!

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Happy New Year!!!

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PEGGYJEAN13 12/27/2010 8:06PM

    I'm happy to hear you have lost 15 lbs and I hope 2011 is looking "sparky" for you. Thank you for the ellipical goody. How did you know I broke my treadmill? I have searched the internet for parts but so far no luck. It seems mine is old and parts are no longer made but there may be a hideout for one somewhere! I hope your Christmas gave you lots of joy! I am maintaining my weightloss and I'm wondering what to make for a New Year's resolution since I have had lose weight as one for 20 years!

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HOT4FITNESS 12/27/2010 6:25PM

    and to think that now you are working out with a smile!!! O happy day!! Have a good one!

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Thursday, December 23, 2010

Today has been a day filled with new things. First of all, we started the day off by driving across town to meet Reagan. Reagan is an 8 month old Sheltie. He is beautiful and he's only been "ours" for about 6 hours,. It's kindof funny how it came up. I mentioned (be careful of that) that the boys wanted a dog. I immediately put the kibosh on it a whole....whole week a ago as I knew I'd be the one taking care of a dog, just as I did when the kids had theirs years ago. Then I thought about a little harder and discovered just how selfish I was being. There hasn't been a dog in this house for eons. I think Reagan is going to fit in nicely. He seems to have good manners, he's not a barker, (yet) and we've all already fallen in love with him.

So really, Santa came early this year, but the boys are both happy, and the smile on Michelle's face tells me she has been wanting a dog too. So I'm glad I caved. I have a very happy family!

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PEGGYJEAN13 12/27/2010 8:07PM

    A new walking buddy? Sounds like it would work.

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VITCHY-VICKI 12/24/2010 8:44AM

    emoticona emoticonin the house that is cool
I would love one too but hubby says NO so I am glad when the grand dog comes to visit which is this whole week.
Enjoy Reagan

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NANCYLEE46 12/24/2010 6:02AM

    What an awesome Christmas present to the family.
I am sure Reagan will bring lots of laughter and joy.

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MONTY68 12/23/2010 11:00PM

    Hi Carolyn
This is so nice, everybody is happy and that is what Christmas and life is all about. Then there is Reagan, who now has a loving family.
Thank you for sharing such a beautiful blog and Merry Christmas to you and your family.

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TIME4COFFEE 12/23/2010 6:16PM

    I think you'll all love this newest member of family! Have fun, I think it's the perfect Christmas present for everyone!

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LINDAKAY228 12/23/2010 6:10PM

    Awww how sweet! Pets are so much work but they are also so much love. I have a yellow lab named Abigail who sheds so much it drives me crazy but she's been my "baby" for 8 years and she gives me so much I put up with the efforts to take care of her. Hope you really do get a lot of love and enjoyment out of her!
Merry Christmas!

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A Christmas poem

Sunday, December 19, 2010

A very dear lady from Australia sent this to me this morning on my page. It is the most beautiful Christmas poem I've ever seen. So beautiful in fact that I wanted to share it with you. I hope that Aria won't mind.

My Christmas wish for you, my friend
Is not a simple one
For I wish you hope and joy and peace
Days filled with warmth and sun

I wish you love and friendship too
Throughout the coming year
Lots of laughter and happiness
To fill your world with cheer

May you count your blessings, one by one
And when totaled by the lot
May you find all you've been given
To be more than what you sought

May your journeys be short, your burdens light
May your spirit never grow old
May all your clouds have silver linings
And your rainbows pots of gold

I wish this all and so much more
May all your dreams come true
May you have a Merry Christmas friend
And a happy New Year, too

This whole week will be so hectic for everyone, but on Christmas eve and Christmas day when you are with your loved ones, it will all be so worth it.

If you are spending the holiday alone, I wish you peace and love in your heart from the child Jesus. During the years when my kids were young I had to share them with their Dad on some Christmas' and they would go out of town. I had no family in Casper and didn't want to intrude on friends. So I was alone on those Christmases and remember vividly how I felt. If you're in those shoes, I wrap my arms around you this moment and send you love. I know how hard it is. In retrospect, I am glad that I did it for my kids because they grew up knowing that we both loved them, and really, what more can a parent do then to make sure their kids reach adulthood without loss of love, pain in their hearts, and with a sense of who they are. It was the best gift I could have given them and the rest isn't important anymore as that was a long time ago.
If you have lost a loved one this year, and especially recently, I pray that the peace of knowing that they are with Our Lord and not suffering any longer with give you some condolence. It is so hard. My parents both passed in November, of two different years, but I still remember how difficult is seemed then to celebrate without them and my dear sweet sister. It is all a part of our life's journey. What more can I say because it doesn't make it any easier.

Our parish has a celebration every November to remember those from the church lost during that year. This year there were 42 people and more since then. Loved ones are given a large white glass votive candle and a procession starts at the back of the church. When you reach the altar you place your candle in the holder with your loved one's name on it. Then the service begins and it does bring peace to your heart.

So to all the elves, cookie crunchers, nog drinkers, and Santa lovers like myself, may all the celebrating along with praising the reason for the season, Baby Jesus, give you a fantastic holiday season. Thank you all for being such good friends to me this year. I wish that I could meet you all in person. This is really a family of special people.

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NANCYLEE46 12/20/2010 10:35AM

    Carolyn - may your Christmas be a Blessed day filled with all the peace and love you so kindly deserve for being a blessing to so many.

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VITCHY-VICKI 12/20/2010 8:30AM

    Loved the Poem Carolyn and your a good mom sorry you had to spend some Christmas's alone and you have lost loved ones but the memories will live on in your heart and you have a big heart.
So glad I got to meet you in person for your a dear lady and glad your part of my new friends in person and here at sparks.
May you have a great Christmas and great New Year
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TIME4COFFEE 12/19/2010 4:51PM

    You know Carolyn, that's a perfectly lovely poem but you my dear lady are far lovlier. You have such a kind and gentle spirit with so much heart and love to share. Enjoy your holiday and your loved ones.
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WATERWEEZE 12/19/2010 3:14PM

    I was blessed to receive that poem as well and now, after reading your blog, I'm blessed once again. Such a feeling of love you expressed just letting us know how much you care! Your unselfish sharing of the children is truly the act of a loving person. Wish I would have been in Casper back then, I'd have had you as a friend then too!!! and you wouldn't have been alone at Christmas.

Love from another Santa lover but also one with a profound love for God and what he gave to us that wonderful day...

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MONTY68 12/19/2010 3:10PM

    Hi Carolyn
Thank you for sharing the beautiful poem.
But I want to say to you thank you for your beautiful words that you have written,There was so much much thought and love in each of your words, You expressed so wonderfully your feelings from your stand point and also touching on the feelings of others. I am so glad that you have shared this today. It will touch many people. It would be wonderful to meet all of our Spark friends, May you have the best Christmas and a fantastic New year.

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