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Events of the day and a Movie recommendation

Saturday, November 28, 2009

Here is the good part of the day ~ DB and I went to the movie "Blind Side" starring Sandra Bullock. My spark friend Bobbi (Floridasun) recommended it and I heartily concur with her endorsement. It is one of those heartwarming uplifting films and is based on a true story which is all the better. Go see it if you have a chance. I left with a smile on my face. DB was leaving a half bag of popcorn on the seat and I picked it up. There is this homeless guy that I see everynight on the street out in front of our building so I gave it to him. I can't even imagine what his life must be like sleeping on the sidewalk. It has been sunny here in NYC but windy and cold in the mid-40's.... not exactly a comfortable existence for him.

I went to the gym this morning and got in a good work-out. DB was supposed to go with me but he had a little setback last night so he wasn't up to it. I took a one-hour spinning class which is the longest class I have taken. It was a pretty intense routine and she did a lot of sprints, but for the most part I felt like I was able to keep up and it was a good work-out. No classes tomorrow but hopefully we both will get there for at least 30 minutes of cardio.

I'm really missing DH ~ we talk on the phone every night but this is the longest time we have been apart in 23 years.

Hope you are all had a good day and hugs to you all.


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FLORIDASUN 11/30/2009 10:25PM

    Yay...I'm SO HAPPY you liked the movie also. I just LOVED it..I wish we all could adopt a Big Mike...!!

Kudos to you for remembering the little homeless guy..that totally breaks my heart...there but by the grace of God go I!

When Josh and I were in NYC I was shocked at how many homeless people there were! We would walk by some of the church's and see them on the sidewalks in front of the church. Absolutely heart-breaking!

I wish some of these creep o bankers would have to share some of their 100 million dollar bonus' to help house the homeless...if I had any say in that ..there wouldn't be homeless..who in the dad blamed world is WORTH a 100 million dollar bonus?????

Blows my mind..yes it does! Thank you Rhonda for being such a soft hearted beautiful human being! Big hugs to you! emoticon

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SHANIMCK 11/29/2009 5:30PM

    Great idea on the popcorn. :) I LOVED that movie, but I think part of it was because it really hit close to home... I'm driven like Sandra's character (although not nearly so gutsy), and my daughter (who we adopted at 9) came from that situation (or worse.) The CPS scene nearly killed me but mostly because I looked over at my daughter who was watching it with me and saw HUGE crocodile tears in her eyes. I swear, I wanted to just sob. The losses these kids endure... I'm not saying that he shouldn't hve been removed (or that my daughter shouldn't have) because clearly they should have, but the losses that they suffer are just unbearable. I remember my worst nightmare was the idea of my mom dying or losing my family, and these kids have. And yet, they have so much of a future because of it. If only all (or even most) of the kids who end up in foster care end up with a future. Many are doomed to repeat it because they still can't separate themselves from the past (like the 21 year old in the movie.) The most beautiful part of the movie to me wasnt' in the movie itself, but my daughter saying "Gangs are messed up. I mean, I get why you'd want to be in one, but it isn't the answer." Trust me, this is a HUGE milestone. I'd love to talk to the real life mom / legal guardian of Big Mike one day! :)

I'm glad you had a nice day. I'm sorry your brother wasn't up to the workout though.

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GEINAHG0757 11/29/2009 11:47AM

    Isn't spinning an awesome workout? Our spin guru has even taken to having us wear heart rate monitors so he can truly get us "in the zone"!

Pretty cool that you still miss your DH after 23 years...

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IZZYBEBOP 11/29/2009 10:41AM

    I don't think I've ever seen a movie with Sandra Bullock that I didn't like. I will be adding that to my movie list.

I think her best, or the last one that was her best, was the one where she went back to try to prevent her husband from dying in a car crash. Can't remember the name of it though.

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BRENFALL09 11/29/2009 12:50AM

    I have been wanting to see that- thanks for the recommendation. Hope things are going well with your brother and you are enjoying time together.

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SHASTA11 11/28/2009 11:49PM

    Thanks for the recommendation. I do intend to see this movie.

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Thanksgiving Events

Thursday, November 26, 2009

Well the plan for today didn't exactly work out like I had it figured in my mind. For starters ~ Decided to see if we could catch at least part of the Macy's parade. I mean here I am in NYC and that is a must... right? We got dressed and over to Columbis Circle and the number of people ~ incredible! The TV said 3 million people were in the City for the parade and I believe it. There was no way we could get close enough to the street to see anything. I could see the big balloons in the air but nothing as far as floats or marching bands, etc. It is sort of like going to a football game and being up in the rafters. You really can't see much. I'm thinking... Would you rather watch it on TV or be there in person and see nothing? In this case, we didn't even have a large monitor to watch like you would in a stadium. So logic prevailed and we went home, had breakfast and watched the parade on TV.

Next up - thinking about Thanksgiving dinner. My DB and I were planning to go to a friends of his for dinner ~ but she lives way out in Brooklyn which would be at least an hour travel for us one way. DB mentioned he just didn't have the energy so we decided that we shouldn't try that outing. He took a nap, then we had lunch. Afterwards we discussed going over to the gym and decided we would do that ~ even for 20-30 minutes. We got there and they had just closed! Holiday schedule was early closing... So much for that idea.

Came back to the apartment and I did the 5 mile Leslie Sansone walking dvd. Took a shower and fixed us some dinner. We had salmon cakes, green beans, sliced apples and jello pudding... not exactly your traditional Thanksgiving Dinner ~ but then again ~ I stayed on track calorie wise! LOL

Hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving. Mine was pretty unconventional but I'm still very thankful for the blessings I have in my life. Warmest regards to you my Spark Friends,

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GEINAHG0757 11/28/2009 4:19PM

    I have found that when I have a "different" holiday - you know, not traditional - those are the ones that end up meaning the most. Experiencing 3 million people would be something I wouldn't forget! What do the people do who get up front? Spend the night out there? Glad you got to be with your DB for Thanksgiving. Sorry all the gremlins lined up against your plans...


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SHANIMCK 11/27/2009 12:01PM

    Sometimes it is the company that matters most. I'm glad you were able to spend it together unconventionally. Those are the ones that make the most memories! I remember one Christmas in South America (it is summer there) and they didn't have Christmas trees... so my mom got a mesquite branch and we hung ornaments on it! LOL Definitely memorable.

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WOLFSPIRITS 11/27/2009 11:28AM

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FLORIDASUN 11/27/2009 8:27AM

    Hi sweet Rhonda...ain't life wonderful...especially when you can just roll with the punches..and say...NEXT!

It's most important that you and DB were together and I'm totally with you on the t.v. versus 'be there in person'...we've attended many football games and I've never enjoyed the unruly (mostly drunk on their keisters) crowds. I'd much prefer to see the play action on t.v. where I can use my own pristine bathroom and make better food choices than beer and hotdogs...yep I would!

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LIFE_IS_SO_GOOD 11/26/2009 10:26PM

    Happy Thanksgiving to you, your brother, and other family! How did you DH do today?

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SIRIRADHA 11/26/2009 8:01PM

    Happy Thanksgiving! Ah well, you got to be with your DB. And salmon cakes sounds pretty good anyway!

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DBELLE39 11/26/2009 7:52PM

    Happy Thanksgiving to you!

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Personal Training Session and Rebounding Class

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Hi Spark Friends,
Don't have much time to chat tonight, but wanted to do a quick blog about my recent trip to the gym. Yesterday, I went to a rebounding class which was a lot of fun. There were about 10-12 people in the class and everyone had a mini trampoline. The instructor took us through a series of exercises to fun upbeat music and brought our heart rate right up to the proper range without exhaustion. We did 45 minutes on the rebounder and then finished up with 10 minutes of strength and core exercises. Core is definately an area I need to work on.

Then today, I had a session with a personal trainer which was very enlightening. I have a problem with my right knee and she pointed out that my knee is bothered by certain exercises as my form isn't correct! She pointed out what I was doing wrong and made the corrections and "viola!" I was able to do squats and lunges without triggering the nagging knee pain. I am absolutely amazed by that. She mentioned it is a very common problem. She then helped me with "pre-pushup" muscle strengthening exercises and some crunches. I have also been doing crunches wrong. Go figure. I like her method. Lastly, she did a body fat analysis and I came in at 31... should be 27-28% for my age so still some work to do on that.

All in all, it has been a fun experience at the gym here in NYC. I told my DH that the gym at home is like Motel 6 and the gym here is like the Waldorf Astoria LOL. Here is a link to Club H if you want to take a peek.


Wishing all my Spark Friends a wonderful Thanksgiving. Have a great day and don't eat too much!


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FLORIDASUN 11/26/2009 9:09AM

    Hey...that sounds like a lot of fun! I have a mini trampoline and love it! When I first started I had to put it behind the couch for a something for me to hold on to...my balance was all wacky. Now I can jump on it fearlessly..did you know that mini tramps are the BEST way for moving lymph through your body and are equivalent to double exercise...because you are exercising both on the up and on the down movements...me either..but it's pretty awesome!

Form is everything, I'm glad you were enlightened...I'm a little worried about the running phase of my fitness journey starting in January due to a challenge by a dear Sparkie friend...I'm going to really have to get myself educated on that one...I need my knees to remain in tip top shape so I can bolt up and down the steps to my studio and continue to stand for hours during my art shows!

Oh well nothing ventured nothing gained. Have a beautiful Thanksgiving and I'm sending a hug to your DB!


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GRAMMYEAC 11/25/2009 10:53PM

    What great insights you've learned the past couple of days!

Keep up the good work!

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WOLFSPIRITS 11/25/2009 9:05PM

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Made some progress today

Monday, November 23, 2009

Got a decent nights sleep last night so woke up feeling ready for the day. It is hard to sleep in a strange place as noises, temperature and such is all different. Probably the biggest factor for me is my DB is SMOKING again. Arrrrggh. This is a small 1 BD apt and you just can't get away from the smoke and it gives me a constant low grade headache. I don't want to be bitchy as this is HIS home and HIS life, but I'm really hoping that we can get that turned around. With all his health issues smoking isn't something he should be doing. Today, we got a lot of things accomplished so that was good. I was able to get over to the gym and let me tell you it is a beautiful classy place. I took a spinning class tonight and wouldn't you know it... the "she devil" has spawned! There is another one here! I got a great work-out and really left feeling I had taken it to my max. I spoke with DB about going to the gym and he said he would do it. He isn't sure how much he can do but we will start with a little cardio. My sister mentioned to me that when she was here he told her "no way! ~ and if Rhonda thinks she is going to get me working out when she is here she has another thing coming." Hee Heee..... he is changing his tune. Tonight I told him my goal was to have him in spinning by the time I leave in 3 weeks. That may be a bit aggressive but what the heck... I'm shooting for it.

That's my story for today. Take care my spark friends.

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GEINAHG0757 11/25/2009 10:56AM

    Sleep is SUCH a powerful thing! So is SPINNING! Had my class this morning...I have a he-devil instead of a she-devil. I swear I hear him saying "PUSH IT, PUSH IT, PUSH IT!" even now. It really does it for the cardio, doesn't it?

Glad your brother is feeling better. You and your sister are to be admired for what you are doing for him.


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SOMASLIM 11/24/2009 10:17PM

    HI Rhonda,
Why not ask him to smoke outside... ?

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GRANDMAZ23 11/24/2009 5:31PM

  Sounds like a great day! Maybe you'll get your brother signed up on Sparks before you leave! LOL!

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SHANIMCK 11/24/2009 10:14AM

    Go for it! You are going to spark him yet!

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JRIESSEL 11/24/2009 9:22AM

    You make me jealous every time you post something about spinning. I really want to try a class :)

Good luck with your brother and the gym. I hope he will like it!

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LIFE_IS_SO_GOOD 11/24/2009 8:05AM

    I hope your brother decides to try out the gym.

When you are sick and either weak or just plain achy it seems like the last thing you want to do is exercise, but it does help. Just remember that what you perceive as exercise and what his body perceives as exercise may not be the same thing. Illness can kind of suck the energy out of you. I started off just walking around the block and increasing it from there. Classes like yoga and to chi improve stress levels --- which in turn help the immune system. (NH Lymphoma, which I have, has some similarities to what your brother has --- they both affect the immune system).

You are both in my thoughts and prayers ... God Bless ....
And ... enjoy NYC!!! emoticon

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SKERTSO 11/23/2009 11:04PM

    Sounds like you had a pretty good day! emoticon

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It's been a loooonnnnngggg day

Sunday, November 22, 2009

This has been one long day. After working around the house all day yesterday, getting laundry finished and packing my husband then drove me to the airport after dinner. It is about a 2 hour drive from our house and my flight to JFK was leaving at midnight. He got me to the airport around 9:30pm as we wanted him to get back home before midnight so he could get a decent nights sleep. Flew all night (I was in a middle seat ~ arrrrgghh) and probably dozed off a few times and that is about it for sleep. Got to my brothers place here in Manhattan at 10:30am and then lugged all my luggage up 3 flights of stairs. We visited for awhile then I made some breakfast for us and got unpacked. The rest of the day we pretty much just relaxed other than a trip to the grocerty store for food and supplies. Tomorrow we have a full schedule with a few appointments but I'm thinking I should be able to fit in some sparking. I'm feeling a little guilty that I didn't get in much exercise today ~ but on the other hand my rationale mind tells me that is a ridiculous thought to have under the circumstances.

I'm going to try and get to bed now. Wishing you all a good week ahead. Hugs, Rhonda

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BRENFALL09 11/23/2009 8:14PM

I agree with the others...three flights of stairs carrying luggage, ouch! Make the most of this trip. Walking alone will burn some calories!
Best wishes!!

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JILLIAN40 11/23/2009 6:44PM

    I hope you have a good time in NYC.

I agree, it does sound like you got in some exercise. Think of it as your active rest day :) I understand the feeling though...exercise, it's addictive!

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SHANIMCK 11/23/2009 2:37PM

    Rhonda. I can so relate... that sounds like my Chile trip which I do several times a year. :) Hopefully by now you are adjusted and got a good nights sleep!

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FLORIDASUN 11/23/2009 11:31AM

    Hi dear one! Soooo happy that you survived the trip and are now with your dear brother! Just give yourself some space to get settled in! Those 3 long flights of steps certainly count for exercise.

Your brother will thrive now that you are with him. Nothing heals like the love of a sibling or loved one! I can feel him getting better already!

Just take your time and do what you need to do to help both of you! I bet that includes plenty of bonding time and healthy eating! How wonderful that you have lost so much weight and have so much to share about a healthier life...you are a beautiful example of what loving yourself looks like...big hugs to you! Stay warm! I wish I were right there with you...I love, love, love NYC..especially during the holidays..it is just the best of the best! Soak it all in for me okay, okay? emoticon

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GRANDMAZ23 11/23/2009 11:27AM

  What do you mean you didn't get much exercise in??? Carrying luggage up 3 flights of stairs sounds like exercise to me! Take a couple of days off to get used to the time change and your new surroundings.

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DANCETHEBEACH 11/23/2009 9:28AM

    I am soooo familiar with JFK! My brother lived in Manhattan for the last 9 yrs and just recently moved back to Brooklyn. With the exception of a 2 yr absence, he's been in and around The City since the late 1980's! Reading your post allows me to live vicariously through you. I can close my eyes and just hear the sounds of the streets and see the sights. I absolutely love it every time I go back to The City!

I hope you and your brother have a wonderful visit and he is extremely comforted and calmed by your being there with him.

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TRICIALICI 11/23/2009 12:00AM

    I definitely think packing luggage up three flights of stairs counts as exercise! Enjoy your visit!

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LIFE_IS_SO_GOOD 11/22/2009 10:28PM

    Oh man ... you exhausted me ...

I don't know how you did all that you did today --- are you the energizer bunny?

Hope you sleep well and re-charge! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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JEMPOWER 11/22/2009 10:07PM


When you're traveling sometimes it's hard to do sparking but, it's great that you communicated with us. Guilt is a useless emotion. Guilt won't help you change your lifestyle. I grew up on guilt because I was raised Catholic. I am still Catholic but I try to accept my mistakes, ask for forgiveness, learn from my mistakes and move on. However, taking care of yourself through a long day doesn't sound like making a mistake.

Take care of yourself and (((((hugs)))) to you too!


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