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Roller Blading and the Skipping Rope

Sunday, February 28, 2010

Folks, now that the Olympics are drawing to a close for the time being, I decided I would get my roller blades down from the attic and enjoy this 53 degree F day. I wore my skates, knee pads, elbow pads, wrist guards and a helmet. The first minute felt surreal and tentative. By minute "5" I was getting a good rhythm and some speed. I am very fortunate that my entire community is paved and well drained. YIPPEE I skated outdoors for about 15 minutes. That's the first time I have roller bladed in 2 years plus.

I came inside for a few moments and did some arm "fly" exercises back and front using my balance ball. That felt so good that I added some bicep curls with the five pounds weights too.

Was that it for today?

Heck no! I got my new skipping rope (jump rope) out of its box and took my kitchen timer with me. I tripped up a few times but I managed to log in 5 more minutes. I wonder when the last time I skipped happened? I seriously cannot remember. Anyway, I learned a bit about my body (after childbearing) and I now know what other equipment I need before I start jumping rope the next time.

Out on the west coast, the breezes are warm, the sun has been beautiful and the neighbours are all waving and clapping. I may find another roller blade buddy in this senior village, but it not, I'll just have to be the one crazy lady with the wheels on her feet. I don't think they'll understand the outdoor skipping either.

Oh well, we all have to be famous in our own way, right???

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MOXYJONES 3/1/2010 6:44AM

    Extra equipment indeed! I think I know why I gave up rope in middle school now- lol.

Sounds like a great time! Maybe we should create a "Childhood" exercise program- all those crazy games (freeze tag, Smog, capture the flag) that we used to run around like crazy people doing, hopscotch, jumping rope (double dutch!), roller blading...

This could be great! ::grin::

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MSLZZY 2/28/2010 10:49PM

    emoticon Now let that can-do attitude take you into the new week!

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PEWILK 2/28/2010 10:44PM

  LOL! Thanks for the reminder about "other equipment." I am about to embark on a skipping cardio too!

Hey - care to join me at hopscotch someday? I used to be a mean hopscotch player.

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IUHRYTR 2/28/2010 8:08PM

    It is good to read how happy you were with your day. May you have many more just like it. -- Lou

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KINZIEZOO 2/28/2010 7:22PM

  GOOD FOR YOU! What a refreshingly great attitude you have! I too love rollerblading; just dont like going head-over-heels when I hit debris or age cracks on the sidewalk! LOL But I think you have INSPIRED me to dig mine out & give it another whirl!

And just a tip for anyone who poo-poo's rollerblading - it was actually recommended by my chiropractor; said it's GREAT for strengthening but without the IMPACT on your joints as running - provided, of course, he said, you dont FALL on your tushie & hurt something! LOL

Wish me luck & hope & pray I dont end up in a body cast! LOL

Keep up the positive attitude & God bless you!

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Adding Variety to My Fitness Activities!

Thursday, February 25, 2010

I like to be creative, so I bought a balance ball.
And now I do Spark videos and sit up, stretch and crawl.

Then I added hand weights to up the ante more...
These arms are getting stronger along with abs (my core.)

My lower parts were lazy. Just walking's not enough...
So now I have a skipping rope to help me get more buff.

These roller blades are dusty but I've bought some wrist supports
My activity just rolls along! I dare not yet wear shorts...

We're shopping for new bicycles; the one I like has gears.
I feel so brave to see the trails. I haven't biked in YEARS!

I'm trying things from head to toe; for muscles and my breath
I switch it up and change it. VARIETY OR DEATH!

Gosh, I wish writing poetry used up more calories... K. emoticon

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THE_SILVER_OWL 2/26/2010 5:31PM

    I am on a crusade to get SparkPeople to give us Spark points for laughter
, perhaps we can join forces and get them to give us some points for creative poetry writing!


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SOCKGIRL1991M 2/26/2010 1:19AM

    Way to go, Karen! Thanks for giving me a small smile with your cute poem before I wander off to bed.

But, before I leave, I want to say that I agree - I wish writing poetry burned up more calories, too!

Brightest Blessings,

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MSLZZY 2/25/2010 9:21PM

    Cute! I liked this!

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BUSSMOM 2/25/2010 5:49PM

  Good for you! I am proud of you for stepping out and trying new things. And the best part is that you sound like you are having fun with this...........I am all about the fun. Lol.

Enjoy your new adventures!


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IUHRYTR 2/25/2010 5:18PM

    Let see -- you exercised your brain and you exercised your creativity and you exercised good judgment in posting this. All of that exercising should be worth some calories, right? emoticon -- Lou

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AMBULATOR 2/25/2010 5:13PM

    I hope to see more of these poem-blogs in the future. Quite the treat.

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FREDDY1232 2/25/2010 4:55PM

    This was so cute. Thanks

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NEXTYEAR 2/25/2010 3:52PM

    Wonderful Spark verse!

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LITTLE_QUEEN 2/25/2010 1:20PM

    One needs variety to keep things fresh, enjoy yourself

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THEELOPERS 2/25/2010 1:00PM

    This is so cute. Thanks for sharing!

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When You Thought I Wasn't Looking...

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

(A message every adult should read because children are watching you and doing as you do, not as you say.)

When you thought I wasn't looking I saw you hang my first painting on the refrigerator, and I immediately wanted to paint another one.

When you thought I wasn't looking I saw you feed a stray cat, and I learned that it was good to be kind to animals.

When you thought I wasn't looking I saw you make my favorite cake for me, and I learned that the little things can be the special things in life.

When you thought I wasn't looking I heard you say a prayer, and I knew that there is a God I could always talk to, and I learned to trust in Him.

When you thought I wasn't looking I saw you make a meal and take it to a friend who was sick, and I learned that we all have to help take care of each other.

When you thought I wasn't looking I saw you take care of our house and everyone in it, and I learned we have to take care of what we are given.

When you thought I wasn't looking I saw how you handled your responsibilities, even when you didn't feel good, and I learned that I would have to be responsible when I grow up.

When you thought I wasn't looking I saw tears come from your eyes, and I learned that sometimes things hurt, but it's all right to cry.

When you thought I wasn't looking I saw that you cared, and I wanted to be everything that I could be.

When you thought I wasn't looking I learned most of life's lessons that I need to know to be a good and productive person when I grow up.

When you thought I wasn't looking I looked at you and wanted to say,'Thanks for all the things I saw when you thought I wasn't looking'


Each of us (parent, grandparent, aunt, uncle, teacher, friend) influences the life of a child.

How will you touch the life of someone today?

Live simply. Love generously. Care deeply. Speak kindly. Leave the rest to God.

When you thought I wasn't looking, you became my friend.

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MSLZZY 2/23/2010 5:21PM

    Thanks for the most beautiful and inspiring blog! When you thought I wasn't looking, you became my friend, too!

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NANHBH 2/23/2010 5:21PM

    Powerful, and so true!


Comment edited on: 2/23/2010 5:26:48 PM

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IHAVETOO10 2/23/2010 4:31PM

    Absolutely True & Wonderful!
Well said! Thanks for sharing!

Keeping the Faith :0)
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MAZZY0774 2/23/2010 4:21PM

    So, sweet. May I repost?

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LITTLE_QUEEN 2/23/2010 4:12PM

    Awww.... this was beautiful

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    Nice one Karen. emoticon

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THE_SILVER_OWL 2/23/2010 3:58PM

    emoticon I love this message for so many reasons.

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_PAULA_H 2/23/2010 3:48PM

    emoticon message!

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LACEEJO11 2/23/2010 3:28PM


That one really tugged at my heart strings...I always try to be aware that little eyes are watching me...they are just so sweet, innocent, and loving. It thrills me so when I hear them singing (without any prompting from me) JESUS Loves Me, or one of them says "Are we going to pray?". I am so blessed.
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IUHRYTR 2/23/2010 3:21PM

    Big people's eyes also see a lot. Good message. -- Lou

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1ROCKYMAMA 2/23/2010 3:21PM

    That is soooooo true

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Thank You Spark Recipes

Monday, February 22, 2010

Yesterday evening I planned to make a pizza to have for dinner while Canada and USA men's Olympic hockey was scheduled to be played.
I found a whole wheat pizza crust on SparkRecipes and gave it a go!
While the dough was rising, I went out for my cardio walk and then shifted gears to make-a da pizza.

I got two 12" round crusts out of the recipe I selected. I had some pizza sauce in a can , I chopped white onion for both pizzas and added two slices of smoked sandwich ham. I cut them in little squares.
One pizza got oregano, red bell pepper and mozzerella. The other got leaves of spinach and some feta cheese along with the mozzerella.

After 20 minutes in the oven, they were bubbling and so aromatic. They certainly were not oily or greasy.

We both enjoyed two slices and hooted and hurrahed both teams. There were no slackers on the ice that afternoon. I detest goon hockey too. Leave your boxing gloves at home!!

Great hockey and wonderfully healthy pizza. Hmmmmm!

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MSLZZY 2/23/2010 7:45AM


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LITTLE_QUEEN 2/22/2010 11:13PM

    Sounds like you had a nice meal, and great entertainment
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CLAIREMZM 2/22/2010 11:09PM

    Sounds great! I'll have to look for that recipe. Tomorrow I'm having our Good News Club crew over to our house for dinner, but since we'll be having them over after the Club, I wouldn't have time to make pizza. Glad you enjoyed the hockey game. I didn't watch it, but I agree with you about goon hockey.

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IUHRYTR 2/22/2010 10:38PM

    Pizza and the Olympics? A tough combination to beat. Glad you enjoyed yourself. -- Lou

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FREDDY1232 2/22/2010 10:34PM

    Karen, Your pizzas sound delish!, I like to make my pizzas at home too. I have a recipe for pizza casserole that is great too. Glad you are enjoying the Olympics we are too.

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Saturday, February 20, 2010

How old were you when you learned that throwing garbage outdoors was wrong? I remember my daughter telling me about litterbugs by the age of kindergarten.

But many people have forgotten that lesson. How do I know? I see evidence during my cardio walks beside a highway. The well maintained path (raked stones, high and dry, trees trimmed back) is ironically strewn with fast food packaging and styrofoam and plastic wrap.

I understand that some of this mess has blown out of people's pickup truck beds, been blown there by storms and high winds or maybe mistakenly been forgotten after a picnic. For the most part, this is rubbish that people drop while they are out on their walks... and why should I have to look at it?

The fact is, I don't have to look at it. I could walk right past and look up at the sky or ignore the fact that this public is littered and ugly. Someone else can clean it up. I didn't do it.

And that's the problem. Many folks tell themselves that someone else will do it.

I must be wired differently. I'm the one that has a tender spot for trees, grass, little streams and the dandelions that are beginning to rouse from their winter nap. I don't consider myself a tree hugger, but I insist on taking bags in my pockets before I walk. I try to pick up as much as a shopping bag will hold, each time I go out for some cardio.

Believe me, the places I struggle to clean up beer bottles and soda cans are like obsticle courses... with wild rose bushes and blackberry thorns! YIKES. If I don't work up a sweat like you do on a walk, I seem to manage a great heart beat and deep breathing by the twisting, bending and leaping over the drainage ditches.

I don't own a treadmill. I am not a member of a gym, but I figure at this stage of life, where I am living, this is one thing I can do to get off the couch, make my community a bit better and feel like I have a purpose.

Will you stop and think before you throw garbage out your car window?

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AMBULATOR 2/21/2010 9:45PM

    I totally agree with the littering. I can't stand litter of any sort but what really gets me is watching people smoke and toss there butts wherever they please. I like your 'green' attitude.

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LAURAKOHORST 2/21/2010 4:18PM

    our thanks for speaking up and acting. Our landscape needs nothing that won't deteriorate over time. there's enough junk without adding more. emoticon

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MOXYJONES 2/21/2010 2:57PM

    ::hugs:: you are awesome!

I am going to tell everyone that the reason my car is a mess is because I am anti-litter. There's proof in my back seat that I don't throw trash out the window! ::grin::

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FIGHT2SURVIVE 2/21/2010 12:41PM

    In Nebraska, if you see someone throw something out of a car window, you write down the license number and the driver is ticketed by the state patrol. If a passenger throws something out, the driver is still help liable. So tell your kids to inform their friends, "If you ride with me - no littering"

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TESSIELU 2/21/2010 11:27AM

    I could not agree with you more! To me littering is lazy and ill mannered. It spoils the landscape, and the litter bugs expect someone to come along and clean up after them like a spoiled child. Bless you for your community spirit and good works! emoticon


Comment edited on: 2/21/2010 11:29:56 AM

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LITTLE_QUEEN 2/21/2010 1:39AM

    How true! People are just plain lazy now, I once saw someone walking throw a pop can in a yard, I was very upset and said something to them, words ensued, and it was not pretty, I finally just told them if they did not pick it up, I would call police, they picked it up, but I am sure they threw it elsewhere.

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IUHRYTR 2/20/2010 8:18PM

    You are to be commended for your efforts. Keep up the good work and let's hope people come to their senses one day soon and use trash cans. -- Lou

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HAPPYNSMILING 2/20/2010 8:17PM

    I'm with you...I cannot stand it when people litter.
Good for you for helping your community with the litter.

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