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Appreciation for the Good Things in Life

Saturday, April 24, 2010

I loved todays Healthy Reflection e-mail "Appreciation for the Good Things in Life". The best things in my day are pretty simple. I love a hot shower in the morning... does anything feel better? I love getting in bed at night when I am tired... does anything feel better? I love the sense of accomplishment after I finish a tough work-out... does anything feel better? I love a warm sunny day when the air smells fresh after mowing the lawn.. does anything get better? I love a full tummy after having my morning oatmeal (DH even warms up my milk!)... does anything feel better? Simple stuff but makes for a pretty nice life.

  
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PSHANKEY 5/19/2010 9:07AM

    Clean sheets; cold coffee (my DH turns off the pot for me!); cuddles with my kids; a great piece of music...

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DANCETHEBEACH 4/26/2010 8:43PM

    That's how I also feel about a good cup of coffee on a cold morning ... And kisses from my doggie! emoticon

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SHANIMCK 4/26/2010 3:39PM

    I love those simple things too... how about getting into a freshly made bed? :)

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EGR2BEME 4/25/2010 9:51PM

    I second everything that you said! Life is good.



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LIFE_IS_SO_GOOD 4/25/2010 9:36PM

    What a nice blog! I tend to foget the important stuff so often. Thanks for the reminder ... it's the simple stuff that means the most!

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CAMROLA 4/25/2010 12:03PM

    This rings so true! The simplest things are also what truly matter--nourishment, a roof over our head, self-acceptance and the love and support of others. Thank you for sharing--I always appreciate your insight!

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MEADSBAY 4/24/2010 9:23PM

    So true, my friend!
This is what life is made of-
the small things.
It's wonderful to be able to appreciate them.
I drink hot tea every day and yet every single cup - I think 'mmmm... this is so good!'
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TLROYER 4/24/2010 5:36PM

    I can't tell you how often I have thanked the person who invented the hot water heater for that nice warm bath! Have a great day. Terry

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BUGGYS 4/24/2010 1:05PM

    There are so many good things in life...we need to take the timne to reflect on them! emoticon

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BMRBUDDY 4/24/2010 12:34PM

    Your blog is a reminder of the good things in life that are taken for granted. I'm meeting a good friend today and going for a long walk with her. Then we are coming back to have soup, salad, and a glass of wine. It can't get any better! emoticon emoticon

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GEINAHG0757 4/24/2010 11:29AM

    I went back and reread the Healthy Reflection for the day. You are so right...in this hurry, hurry, HURRY world of ours, the simple things are what bring the most pleasure. (Like my cat sleeping on my lap right now...) May the sun shine warm on your face, Rhonda!

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MADEBYMARZIPAN 4/24/2010 10:19AM

    Those ARE nice things. What a sweet hubby you have!

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Google Chrome instead of Internet Explorer .... Wowsa!

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Have you guys heard of Google Chrome? This is Google's FREE browser application that you can use instead of Internet Explorer. This application was new to me .... but based on Google's good reputation and the other cool products they have that I have used (such as Google Earth) I decided to give it a go. All I can say is Wowsa! Web pages load MUCH faster and the tabbed browsing pages are fast and easy. I recommend that you check it out. I have just started using it but it looks like a winner to me. Here is a link if you want to check it out.

tools.google.com/chrome/intl/en-GB/w
elcome.html

  
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WILDFLOWER- 4/21/2010 2:27PM

    Chrome is ok - I prefer Firefox and disabling all of the ads. It goes zippity quick!

But changing browsers can be fun - that's for sure. IE sucks! :)

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MEADSBAY 4/21/2010 1:09PM

    I just tried it- def. faster- but couldn't access my 100s of bookmarks, although it said it was switching everything so I had to switch back to mozilla.

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SHANIMCK 4/20/2010 12:41PM

    Sounds like I need to give it a try. I'm having troubles with both microsoft and firefox!

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LIZZIEGEE13 4/20/2010 9:51AM

    I know what you mean! I switched to Google Chrome a while back and I love how fast it is!!!

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CFMOSS 4/20/2010 8:27AM

    let me know how it works - i'm a big chicken when it comes to technology.

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FLORIDASUN 4/20/2010 8:06AM

    Hey Rhonda girl...you ALWAYS have the coolest things to share with us! I'll check this out..does it work for the MAC...well...I'll just zip over there and find out! Thanks again for the head's up...love you to the moon! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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INTENTWON 4/20/2010 1:37AM

    I LOVE Chrome! I'd never use any other browser if I had a choice. I especially like that your home page has all of your favorites right there. SparkPeople is #2 on mine - right behind my iGoogle page. If you like Google Chrome you might also want to check out iGoogle - it's a great way to quickly access your blog feeds and other favorite things. I can pop in whenever I have a few minutes and read something inspirational from a Spark friend.

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GEMINI9777 4/20/2010 1:03AM

    Might have to check it out. Thanks!

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COQUI2129 4/20/2010 1:02AM

    My son use it & says that it's much better

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ERIECANALGAL 4/20/2010 12:44AM

    Very interesting! I've heard of it but have not tried it.

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I know it has been awhile since....

Saturday, April 17, 2010

I know it has been awhile since I have posted a blog.... not exactly sure what the heck has been keeping me so busy LOL. I have been cutting down on my spark time and have been having fun reading books and whatnot on my new iPad. That is one fun gadget by the way. Doesn't replace my mini netbook but it does do lots of cool things and talk about fast. The pages, books and applications load like greased lightning!

I know some of you are probably curious about how things have been going with my brother in NYC. He is doing well and the HIV is now almost undetectable. The doctor is pretty much amazed how well he has bounced back. He has cleaned up his lifestyle (no drugs or alcohol) and he is slowly but surely regaining his emotional and physical strength. I am so proud of him and thank you all for the support which has helped me help him. He is so talented and has a great future... I sure don't want to see that wasted. The agency that is now representing him has updated their website with his information so if you would like to take a look I am posting the link. Click on Joel Mendenhall and you will see a link to his celebrity and hair/make-up portfolios. Enjoy!

Have a wonderful week-end and Spark on!

www.rjbennettrepresents.com/

  
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DANCETHEBEACH 4/19/2010 3:51PM

    Oh Rhonda! I got an iPad too! I thought it would be the perfect solution for when I have to travel. And you're right - it is super fast!

So glad to hear that your brother is doing well. It's such a wonderful thing when talent is NOT wasted! :-) (Like *your* special talent for motivating others to reach their goals and live up to their potential!)

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MEADSBAY 4/17/2010 9:37PM

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SHANIMCK 4/17/2010 5:11PM

    It has been awhile, but it is so good to hear that all is well with you and with your brother! :)

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CAMROLA 4/17/2010 3:23PM

    So nice to see you sparking, but understand the need to back away sometimes and focus on other things. I'm so happy all is going so well with your brother. You've been in my thoughts, hoping things were progressing for the positive... You're such a positive force yourself and I'm glad to have crossed paths with you here!



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Ohhh my aching Abs!

Sunday, March 28, 2010

So Friday I went to my morning Circuit Spin class as usual... and Michelle (aka the "she devil") had a whole new torture plan mapped out. In the circuit spin, we bike for 15 minutes followed by 5 minutes of strength exercise and we do that circuit 3 times. The strength this week was crunches and planks using a balance ball. Using the ball targets a different angle than doing crunches or planks on the floor. I was a little sore on Saturday but this morning I really felt it when I was getting out of bed. I would say she definately found some new muscles to challenge!

By the way, earlier this year I mentioned that one of my goals was to be able to do 100 push-ups by the end of the year. I started out being able to do four. Thought I would give you an update... I'm up to 14 (barely) so making some progress. The sad news however is I still haven't lost a pound... arrrgghh! Since I'm not willing to give up my nightly Healthy Choice ice cream bar I may be stuck.

Hope you are all having a great week-end. Thanks for stopping by and hugs to you all, Rhonda

  
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PSHANKEY 4/7/2010 9:51AM

    Love the moniker "she devil." Does she know? She might actually consider it a compliment!?

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FLORIDASUN 3/30/2010 2:49PM

    Fantastic that you are doing so well on your exercising. I do SO great on my eating...but exercise...ughhhhg..I feel blessed to get in my 10,000 steps, and my 15 minutes of Coach Nicole's Fit N Firm...maybe when the markets slow down...I'll be able to squeeze in more...in the meantime I live vicariously through your exercise blogs...keep em coming! emoticon

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SHANIMCK 3/30/2010 2:48PM

    Isn't it amazing how changing things up makes us discover muscles we never knew existed? ;)

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MEADSBAY 3/29/2010 10:57PM

    I LOVE that good sore feeling!
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HONEYBEAR06 3/28/2010 9:27PM

    Your abs will be looking sexy, baby. emoticon job on your push-ups, too.

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GRAMMYEAC 3/28/2010 8:53PM

    Isn't it great to know that your body is firming up? Even if the 'she-devil' is tormenting you!

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LIFE_IS_SO_GOOD 3/28/2010 8:06PM

    One thing I have to say about you ... you are persistent! If it's possible to get there .. . you will!

You have got to be proud of yourself regarding the pushups. I will bet that you will hit 100 by the end of the year.

Hang in there!

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CAMROLA 3/28/2010 5:52PM

    Sounds like an amazing class! Switching it up like that, you'll lose soon. It seems like you may just be building muscle, and I've no doubt you're burning off that ice cream bar, and then some!

Keep it up with the push-ups. That's a goal I'll add soon--may even just 20 or 30. Baby steps!

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What Are You Hungry For? Hint ~ It's Not Food!

Friday, March 19, 2010

I had an e-mail this morning come through with "What Are You Hungry For? Hint ~ It's Not Food! I opened the e-mail and saw that Oprah has selected a new book for her book club by author Geneen Roth titled "Women, Food and God". In our society, we have been conditioned to eat for sooooo many more reasons than just being hungry. We eat when we socialize with people, we eat to "treat" ourselves... much like our mother gave us a cookie when we were "good". We might eat from boredom, loneliness, stress, anger, or from triggers like seeing favorite snacks when watching commercials.... etc etc. I definately plan on getting this book. Here is a link if you want to read more. www.oprah.com/health/Geneen-Roth-Tal
ks-to-Oprah-About-Women-Food-And-God

  
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PSHANKEY 3/25/2010 12:43PM

    I'll be anxious to pick this one up and take a look.

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RUSTYSHAW1 3/24/2010 5:17PM

    Thank you for the heads up on this one. Before purchasing it, I am going to see if it has been acquired by the local library. I have known for a long time I don't eat just because I am hungry, drat it all. Have a great week.
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BARNABABY1 3/20/2010 9:39PM

    Thanks for the heads up.... I'm definitely going to read this! Hopefully it will help me figure a few things out about my eating. emoticon

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SHANIMCK 3/20/2010 11:13AM

    Sounds like it could be a good read. :)

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HONEYBEAR06 3/19/2010 9:54PM

    Great thought.

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CAMROLA 3/19/2010 7:41PM

    Geneen Roth is amazing. I happened to be skimming through Oprah's magazine at the salon this week and read that same article--very powerful stuff. I've read other books she's written, and I am definitely going to read this one. Let me know what you think when you do!

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CREATINGAMANDA 3/19/2010 5:09PM

    I got the same email this morning! I always love the books she chooses so I can't wait to read this one.

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LIFE_IS_SO_GOOD 3/19/2010 5:09PM

    Geneen Roth is a wonderful writer. You will love it!

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