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Sparked and Fitbitted.....

Monday, January 07, 2013

Sometimes one has a bit of a chance to do some good.

So someone at work left their pedometer in the washroom. An email was sent out by the finder, the pedometer was recovered...etc.

I saw the pedometer, it was a big, clunky, old thing.

So I paid the person a visit and did my fitbit/sparkpeople elevator speech. I demonstrated the fibit after carefully (and modestly) unclipping it from my bra, gave information on where to buy it in Canada, and made sure the person wrote down the the websites names.

Spread the spark!

Spread the fitbit! The fit? The bit? Hey, anything sold with a dongle (look it up) can't be all bad!

Have a good one!

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ANDY_54 1/14/2013 8:20PM

    That's emoticon! Such a cool way of spreading the Spark. I think I'd like to get a Fitbit at some point.

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DDOORN 1/14/2013 10:09AM

    Always a joy to pay one's Spark forward! And YOU'VE got BOATLOADS to pass along! :-)


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MEXGAL1 1/11/2013 6:58PM


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BOOKWORM27S 1/10/2013 7:57AM

    I've been thinking about getting a fitbit.....

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PUDLECRAZY 1/9/2013 7:07AM

    Woohooo! And LOL!

My sweet guitar teacher wants to start a walking program to get his weight under control. I told him about my fitbit, then had to turn around to dig it out of my bra to show him. Modesty preserved, fitbit promoted.

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DRB13_1 1/8/2013 3:29AM

    I'm with you! Lately, I've been tempted to buy FitBits as the go-to gift for all my family and friends. It's so cute when it talks to me, and I love to see the flower bloom taller and taller. Now that I use the belt clip, I don't have to worry about damaging it. And yes, that little dongle just travels with my laptop.

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MEDDYPEDDY 1/8/2013 2:15AM

    Aha - clipped to your bra? Got to che k that out most pedometers show incorrect measures because I am too fat ... said that I do use runkeeper for when I walk or bike as exercise but I have nothing to count my everyday steps...

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ROCKMAN6797 1/8/2013 1:05AM

    Good for you Bonita!
Spread the FB!

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MARTHAWILL 1/7/2013 6:24PM

    I've been looking into this. Where can you buy it in Canada?

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Friday, January 04, 2013

I am writing this at lunchtime, after having just finished my final draft of the certification submission I have been writing for work.

So what's the big deal?

It is my 58th version.
It is 40 pages long, with 148 separate attachments.

I am big-time attached to it.

Don't know if there are any technical writers out there, but boy do I find the work stressful. You have to be so careful and pay attention to detail, and remember what you said before so you don't contradict yourself. I had to insert some extra attachments and re-number others. That almost sent me over the edge :-).

Not finished though, I have to create cover sheets for the attachments and put it all together in three big binders--three copies, and then we have a site visit with focus groups in April.

Oh well, onwards and upwards!

Another "whew" is about one of my guitars. The performance, all solid wood (no laminates), sensitive one. When I had him out earlier in the week, he was buzzing all over the place and would not stay in tune! Yikes! I was almost planning a trip to the one luthier I trust, but had him out again last night and he was behaving. The difference; a degree or two more of relative humidity in my music room. Something to be monitored.

So, two whews going into the weekend. With any luck my dryer will be fixed when I get home and I can make it three.

Anything to be learned? Stick to things (58 drafts!) and you will get them done! If you are having problems with something, have a Plan A and a Plan B. Find professionals you can trust when your valuable stuff needs fixing. Persevere.

Hope you have a few whews today as well and a great weekend!

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MEXGAL1 1/6/2013 9:52AM

    Wow, that is dedication! I am not sure I would be able to stick with something for that many tries.
Good for you!
Have a terrific Sunday.

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PUDLECRAZY 1/5/2013 7:22AM

    I hate having to write; I resist it like crazy. I have to write for my professional journal, people like what I write, but I do not enjoy the process at all. So I have great admiration for writers of any kind, and understand well how stressful it is. I can see why you are attached to this document!

About the guitar. Do you have a humicase? If not, I recommend one. My sweet Cordoba was made in Spain with cypress wood. She is very sensitive to changes in temperature and humidity, so she stays in her humicase accept for when I play her. I know you can find a humicase or a humicase kit for your existing hard case online. It might help.

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MEDDYPEDDY 1/5/2013 2:46AM

    Very good conclusions I think. That paper work did sound really heavy and I am impressed that you followed through! That humidity thing is why I thing I should not take up playing guitar...

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SLENDERELLA61 1/4/2013 5:23PM

    Celebrate that accomplishment!!

For quite a few years I was a grant writer. Sometimes a federal grant would take 3 months or more to write, while a foundation grant I might write in four hours. I remember renumbering pages and attachments and all the frustration that could cause with the table of contents. I remember the importance of consistency and not quoting sources that conflicted. I remember feeling like I was coming out into sunlight after hibernation when I packaged up the grant proposal and got it into the mail.

Again, celebrate getting it done. That is great! And if you took care of yourself in the process and remembered to stand up at least occasionally and stretch and eat right and drink water and all that, well, pat yourself on the back!!!! -Marsha

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PLANTAGO 1/4/2013 12:50PM

    Ouch-that's about your guitar. I only have a laminate cheapo, but she is sensititive to humidity, too. She doesn't like hot weather in the summer. Poor little darling LOL, just like me!
Wish you succes with your dryer!

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Back in the Saddle Again.....

Wednesday, January 02, 2013

Anyone remember that song? Gene Autrey? Roy Rogers?

Although traffic and such will not get back to its usual congested mess until next Monday, I am back at it at work!

The big news is that I sent off my retirement letter today. With not a single regret. You may not know, but there is no longer an "official" retirement age in Canada. You can work till you drop, if you wish. Me. I'm working until I'm 65.

I am the lead hand at my agency for developing and sending in a submission for a certification in quality and the healthy workplace to an independent certification organization. What a mouthful. That is just some of what I do, but it now looms large as we are ready to go for mid-February. I was updating some of the evidence that proves we have done this, that, and the other thing today, and it is exacting, painstaking work. Leaves me really tired in the evening.

The way I see it, preparing for retirement while still working full time at a demanding, responsible job is really challenging. But, it is the only rational choice I really have. Can you imagine, I could have gone on almost 100 pounds heavier than I am now until I retired. and not play the guitar, as I was too darn large to hold it properly. I think if I had continued that way I would have hit a brick wall the day after my retirement and gone splat.

Now, with any luck (and hard work and fitbit and Sparkpeople and so on) I will retire probably more fit than I have ever been, with some guitar skills, and volunteer work to segue into as I search for other interesting things to do.

And now I will go to bed, because this double life of working/retirement prep means I am up at 4:30 AM every weekday morning to workout.

Good night! Have a good one!

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ANDY_54 1/6/2013 7:49PM

    LOL, I remember that song and now it's replaying in my head thankyouverymuch! Hey, great news about retiring! Kind of interesting Canada doesn't have a retirement age anymore. Sounds like you'll be balanced with fun and activity and that's the way to go in my book!

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MEDDYPEDDY 1/5/2013 2:59AM

    That was really lovely to learn about - you inspired me... I could do that too as I am five years younger than you! It is "just" about losing that weight...

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MEXGAL1 1/3/2013 3:05PM

    good for you to put in the retirement letter....i love being retired. I am lucky and got to retire at age 53 so young for most people. Being retired let's me work out more and do more with sparks as my hobby. I think you will love it and will continue to be in good shape as you too will have more time to devote to it.
Have a terrific night.

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PUDLECRAZY 1/3/2013 5:18AM

    Woohooooo! More time for your emoticon !

More time for your emoticon !

More time for your emoticon !

How exciting!

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AHTRAP 1/2/2013 11:09PM

    I was thinking more along the lines of Aerosmith when I saw the title, but Autry works for me, too. Have fun with retirement!

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SLOPOKE_SAL 1/2/2013 10:01PM

    My father used to sing that song so I do remember it. good luck on the retirement!

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A Mellow New Year's.......

Tuesday, January 01, 2013

So, DH and I spent a very typical new year's for us, dinner out and a movie.

Dinner for me was one slice of cheese pizza and half a large greek salad, well within my allotted calories for the day. I am feeling very comfortable with my fitbit/Sparkpeople set up for monitoring myself each day, the number of calories I can eat changes with the amount of activity I have done, and, by the way, it is always below my Sparkpeople limits. Which I have always thought were too high. And I am losing, and do not feel ill or weak!

Back to new years!

Through the magic of the internet, emoticon we were able to purchase out tickets on line. We wend to see Life of Pi, a very spiritual, symbolic film. Reminded me of Terrence Mallick's Tree of Life in that sense. DH and I enjoy these kind of films, and discuss them in detail!

Now here's a funny piece. The film was in 3D. I had survived Avatar in 3D and thought I would not be negatively affected by getting sick or dizzy. But, much of the movie takes place on a lifeboat in the middle of an ocean. Oh boy, it got to me. But, on the other hand, I had the same reaction to the Perfect Storm, which was not in 3D, but just a lot of up and down and up and down on water....I think you can get it. I also had a similar reaction to The Wrestler, the Mickey Rourke film that was filmed with a non-steady cam.

But, I managed, and the film was worth it. I am clearly not a good candidate for ocean voyages!

Then it was home, and I tried to stay up to midnight, but did not make it past 11 PM.

I've already posted my goals for 2013 on my next most recent blog....

A couple of other thoughts...there was a member blog about why Sparkpeople worked on one of the emails that get sent out. That member gave a lot of credit to the community. Yes, it is that, but is also the lifestyle vs diet philosophy, the start small and build up philosophy, and the forgive yourself and get back on your program philosophy. Works for me. Yay Spark!

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PUDLECRAZY 1/1/2013 7:52PM

    Hmmm, I think you talked me out of Life of Pi. I found some of the book very disturbing and was questioning how much I would enjoy the movie. Since I get motion sick even on a swing, or in a car, I think I will let this one pass.

I really enjoyed 'Lincoln' and today I cried my way through Les Miserables.

Happy new year!

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ROCKMAN6797 1/1/2013 3:03PM

    Agreed about SP, you hit the reasons right on the head!
Happy New Years Bonita!

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MEXGAL1 1/1/2013 12:31PM

    Glad to hear you had a nice evening. I too missed the coming of the New Year and was sound asleep.
It is rainy and cold here in Mexico and we are on and off without electricity. Bummer.
I love the concept of getting right back on track and also the concept of not dieting but changing one's lifestyle.
Have a healthy and happy 2013!

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ANDY_54 1/1/2013 11:25AM

    Happy New Year! Ours was quiet, too. I managed the midnight thing, but it was close. Thanks for the rec on Pi, was debating whether to go or not. Hope you have a great day!

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ARDELIAC 1/1/2013 11:24AM

    Happy New Year emoticon

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2013.....oh boy!

Saturday, December 29, 2012

I decided I have to write this blog now. I am back to work on Monday and will be busy, busy, busy...

So, I will talk about 2012 and look forward to 2013....

2012 was a challenge, weight wise. No excuses here, but with foot surgery in the summer and then a month long cold in November, my willpower and sound mental health and good planning went out the window, and I went up to 129 pounds before I yelled to self stop! Now, that is still in my healthy BMI, and really, the fact that I could yell stop! and listen to myself is pretty amazing, I never did that before.

But still, way too much weight for my height and frame. So I did what I have done before, went to a new way of monitoring. This time I am relying on technology, and have used some dollars from my part time university grading and upgraded to an iPhone 5 and a fitbit One. So there is constant monitoring of my activity, as often as I want, and with that goes a constant running report on how many calories I can eat. I have set a very slow weight loss goal and hope to be at 115 by May or June, but I really don't care as long as each day is a healthy and mindful eating day. And so far I am down about 3 pounds.

Activity--I am back to a treadmill 5K walk five days a week, and am darn proud of that. My foot is still sore, but I ignore is soft tissue, the bones are fine, the soft tissue will heal eventually. Plus a shorter treadmill walk on the day I houseclean, and, if the weather permits and no one is sick, DH and I walk to synagogue every Saturday for a total of about 6 miles. Plus light weights 3 days a week, and a short hooping session three days a week. I kept this up even when I was pretty sick, so it is ingrained and will likely stay with me until I am unable to move anymore!

Music--I have my third guitar, and playing every day for at least 15 minutes, and have discovered a number of Hal leonard books that have fingerpicking arrangements for modern music is playable keys and at an intermediate level. I bought three, am now learning Bridge Over Troubled Waters, and feel re-energized with my playing!

And on to 2013!

The biggest story is that I am retiring at the end of August. I have spent more than 30 years working in child welfare in Ontario, have done my bit, and it is time to move on. Plans? The Monday after the Friday I retire, I will be out doing volunteer work at a hospital. Other plans could include part time employment, or consulting work, that kind of thing. And much more music! Lessons, even, if I can find a teacher I can work with.

Wellness? Continue with the fitness regime, slowly increasing speed on the treadmill (I am working on getting all my intervals to 3.6 mph now, that's fast for someone with short legs!) Eat well, using the best technology I can get to monitor. Forgive myself for slips, and get back on tack asap.

Do good deeds, be kind, and hone my sense of the ridiculous and the sarcastic. Aging comes with some physical limitations, but you do have the opportunity to say what you really believe, no more need to be politically correct at work. Feh!

And, of course, I will be here on Sparkpeople every day!

Best wishes to all Sparkers for 2013!


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BOOKWORM27S 1/10/2013 8:01AM

    Have a happy and healthy 2013! I've discovered that I have quite a few food intolerances that have accounted for my weight gain. I'm still trying to isolate all the "offending" foods in my diet.

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WHISKERS17013 1/2/2013 9:13AM

    Happy New Year, Bonita! Would also love a list of guitar books, as I'm just starting... Okay, actually have owned the guitar almost 2 years, but only know 2-3 chords...

Enjoy your retirement when you get there!

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PUDLECRAZY 1/1/2013 8:04PM

    Great job on your practice time! I'd love a list of your favorite Hal Leonard (or any other favs) books.

I just got a book of Spanish guitar music by Gaspar Sanz, written for ukelele. I just started working on a piece. It is very pretty, makes the uke sound like a lute.

Congrats on retiring!!!!


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CURTIOSITY 12/30/2012 1:50PM

    Your blog is a great read, Bonita. Huge Atta' Girl for hitting the Sanity Clause instead of the panic button re weight gain. Have been listening to a Ronrocco CD this nooning while watching bluebirds bathe in snow-melt-road-puddles. It has been almost 20 years since I have been able to see neighbors walking to synagogue. Your mention of that strikes a chord of intense nostalgia in me, and your well laid plans for the new year are an inspiration. Cheers!

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HAPPYSOUL91 12/30/2012 1:39PM

    I like your plan for 2013! Wow, you are retiring this year, good for you.

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MEXGAL1 12/30/2012 10:18AM

    Your blog was a wonderful read. So good that you were able to make yourself stop the bad behavior and get back on point with the eating and exercise. It sounds like you have a good plan for 2013. Good for you!
Happy New Year

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ANDY_54 12/30/2012 10:01AM

    I love this from your blog: Do good deeds, be kind, and hone my sense of the ridiculous and the sarcastic. And along wiht all the rest, too!

Good luck with retirement...I have been for a year and a half now--volunteering is the way to go for me (plus I'm looking for a part-time). Sending only good vibes your way, sounds like a very workable plan to me and really balanced!

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WIDELOADROAD 12/30/2012 8:31AM

    2013 sounds like a big year!

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ROCKMAN6797 12/29/2012 11:21PM

    2013 promises to be a special year Bonita!


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PLANTAGO 12/29/2012 9:21PM

    You have some great plans here! Best wishes for you, too!

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