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Happy New Year!

Wednesday, January 01, 2014

Happy New Year, everybody!

My New Year Resolution is to not look back but to just keep going forward. No beating myself up if I don't reach a goal or do something wrong.

May this year be filled with all good things and much joy and peace for each one of you.

Here's to the worthy fight in 2014!


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SWEETNEEY 1/9/2014 1:14AM


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Move forward. Release the past.
Have a great 2014!

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BAMAJAM 1/2/2014 11:25AM

  Happy -- healthy new year to you!
I have also learned to stop beating myself up. Just never quit on my goal----

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FITGRANDMA120 1/2/2014 10:00AM

    You'll do great and since your still going forward, the adventure continues

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KAB7801 1/1/2014 7:32PM

    Finally 2014!
I'm excited!

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EMMACORY 1/1/2014 4:26PM

    Continue to do your best and forget the rest! Blessings on your 2014 journey! emoticon

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Weight Over Time

Thursday, December 12, 2013

I just looked at my weight over time report.

My weight has pretty much waffled back and forth or gone up since the week my husband had the heart attack.

I've got to do better than this.

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SUSANELAINE1956 12/13/2013 7:31PM

    I hope your husband is doing better now. I can imagine how that would throw you off track, so scary. Hopefully the start of the BLC winter round will help you to be motivated.

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NEWCHINELO 12/13/2013 4:29PM

    i know its hard but try a little to make time for yourself!

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MAWMAW101 12/13/2013 8:11AM

    You can't take care of anybody else unless you first take care of yourself!
Dear friend please take of YOU too!

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KAB7801 12/13/2013 2:59AM

    Things will get better!

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PAPA175 12/12/2013 11:48PM

    A heart attack will require a lot of care so you will be getting your exercise in by helping him to get better. It is honorable to be there for your husband and helping him through this. I still believe the inside person matters most and that's something the scale doesn't decide. I hope your husband has a full recovery and you get to relax some.

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EMMACORY 12/12/2013 9:59PM

    So if your husband had a heart attack did they ask him to change his diet? When my brother had heart surgery in 2003 he revamped what he ate. Maybe you and DH can take the healthy road together. emoticon

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ROBBIEY 12/12/2013 8:58PM

  Don't beat yourself up, just keep moving forward. You can do this. Take care of your husband and worry about your weight right now.

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KATHY98665 12/12/2013 8:47PM

    My goodness, with a heart attack in the picture, the scale might need to take a back seat! Be kind to yourself and work on adding the consistency and good choices- things will happen for you. Best wishes for health and healing to you and your hubby.

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Another Goal...

Saturday, October 19, 2013

I absolutely am fascinated with the Arts. I enjoy going to the theater to see live performances of plays, symphonies, and choirs, as well as special performances that are welcomed to the various venues that I like to frequent.

I have wanted to become a patron of these theaters and concert halls for quite some time.
Now, I think I will actually begin to work toward becoming a patron in deed.

I want to donate $1000 to the college near me sometime in the next year so I think I will begin to reward myself for my mileage by paying myself per mile or days that I work out (both in strength training and aerobics).

I think I will also see what I can come up with for fundraisers. Right now I'm thinking garage sale to start it off. I really am just beginning to think about it but this would be something I think I would really like to do. I think I might even give up my trip to Fallingwater except that my daughter wants to go with me.

Is there something that you working toward that is similar to this...an organization that you are working to support?

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LUCYVT 12/12/2013 12:22PM


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MISSUSRIVERRAT 10/27/2013 7:56AM

    That's a wonderful idea and plan!!

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EMMACORY 10/20/2013 8:06PM

    Great idea....if you can dream it....you can do it....Go for it! emoticon

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SWEETNEEY 10/20/2013 8:46AM

    Great efforts. I wish you success and I am sure you will be fulfilled.

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DEEGIRL50 10/20/2013 7:16AM

    Research for a cure for Alzheimer's and cancer are near and dear to my heart. I've supported fund raisers, but have never thought about doing my own fund raising. My mind is pondering the thought now.

I've seen the stories of children having birthday parties, but instead of presents they ask for food for animal shelters. We could do an adult version of this. Children have also had lemonade stands and sold food at it. Maybe we need to follow the children.

emoticon Dreams do come true.

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FITGRANDMA120 10/20/2013 1:01AM

    I think it is a way of giving to something you love. My belly dance instructor does a lot to help others as well. We are in a city full of arts festivals and such. We have arts in the heart, well the list goes on. Recently her beginner students did a show and they were great. Some of these places really need the help.

My husband and I like trail running and we support through charity races. there are lots of races that need volunteers and I'm considering that too.

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KAB7801 10/19/2013 5:22PM

    Sorry, no freebees today! emoticon
Good idea, but all I can do is volunteer my time!

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How I do a virtual walk

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Several people have asked how I do my virtual walks and have requested a blog about it.

Here is the answer to your questions, my friends. emoticon

1) I choose a place that I want to see in person and Google it to find out the address.

2) I enter the address into Google Maps along with my own address to find out how far it is from my house.

3) I begin to walk either on the roads near my house or on a treadmill at the gym and enter my mileage on SP Fitness Tracker Mileage Log. (I find out how far I have walked on the roads by checking it with my car's odometer).

4) I keep a daily log of my mileage and subtract the daily mileage from the the total miles until I reach ZERO.

5) I call and make reservations to visit the place. Be sure to check the place you are going to find out how far in advance you need to make reservations. Fallingwater reservations must be made far in advance.

I think that since I plan to go to Fallingwater next year, and because the distance is almost 800 miles from my house, I will not only walk but also bike this trip. After all, I don't want to get too discouraged along the way and also want to make sure that I finish in time to actually keep my reservations.

So...where are YOU walking to?

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HAPPYDOES 10/19/2013 4:37PM

    Way to go, Deborah. Maybe someday I'll be comfortable enough to use the Google tracker for my walks.

emoticon on all the mileage you've racked up!

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DEEGIRL50 10/18/2013 5:27AM

    Walking with a purpose. Rewarding yourself for reaching a goal. I like it. Thanks for posting the specifics. I'm going to consider a destination that I could actually visit and set a goal for myself.
emoticon You've inspired me today!

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DEBORAH2180 10/17/2013 9:52PM

    I am still walking / jogging from Chicagoland to Key West, FL. I am just about entering Tennessee. I use Google Maps to keep track of my miles and at the end of each month, I delete all my points and then add one long distance point for that month along with how many pounds I lost.

When I am on the road, Sparkpeople can map my road distance with a click of a mouse...

I plan on visiting my destination too! My next destination may be from where I left off and head towards California.

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KAB7801 10/17/2013 6:47AM

    Thanks, sounds like some inspiration to walk!
I'd love to go see the grand canyon!

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COLLEENROSTE 10/17/2013 5:40AM

    thanks for sharing the "how to" I'm thinking a spa weekend in Banff would suit me just fine- that is about 300 miles for me

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MCFITZ2 10/16/2013 11:44PM

    What a unique idea. Thank you for sharing emoticon it.

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EMMACORY 10/16/2013 10:27PM

    Thanks for sharing. I guess I better pick a spot to see. emoticon

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My NEXT virtual walk...

Monday, October 14, 2013

My first walk was to Subiaco Abbey in Arkansas (207 miles).
My NEXT walk will be to Fallingwater, WV (796 miles).
My daughter, who lives in Maine is also going to do the walk with me. We have decided to walk and bicycle during this trek. Then, when we complete the mileage, we plan to meet at Fallingwater for a sunset tour of the house. We will get to see the house by daylight, and when the sun goes down, we will also get to see it all lit up as well as having hors d'oeuvres on a terrace with our guide. I am so excited about this tour!

If you are not familiar with Fallingwater, the house that Frank Lloyd Wright designed, then let me show you a picture of it. I don't know who took this picture, but I sure do like it.

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MAWMAW101 10/16/2013 10:11AM

    Well Miss Happydoes you are starting a movement here! Let's do this!

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EMMACORY 10/15/2013 10:11PM

    Dawn, I want to walk too. I am 444 miles away. Maybe you can stop in Cincinnati, OH on your way... emoticon Tell us how we do this virtual walk with you. Maybe you can get a whole group waling with you. emoticon

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FITGRANDMA120 10/15/2013 9:19AM

    Wow I really like that idea of yours, it sounds really motivational.

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MAWMAW101 10/15/2013 8:16AM

    My daughter and I love this idea so much that we are also doing the walk!
What a great idea to actually visit the places of the virtual walks.
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KAB7801 10/15/2013 5:40AM

    I'm interested also! The house is beautiful!

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DEEGIRL50 10/15/2013 5:18AM

    Me too! Maybe you could post a blog about how you do it? emoticon

I love the picture of the house. How lucky for you to get a chance to tour it with your daughter.

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COLLEENROSTE 10/14/2013 11:03PM

    I am interested in learning about how you go about choosing and tracking for a virtual walk. the idea of touring your final destination is an enticing reward.

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