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Sunday, July 20, 2014

I'm trying to get in there....you know where. The balance between life and yourself. We took in two extra kids who didn't have a place to stay (18 & 21) until low income housing opens up and we have my friend's daughter from PA here.

Every day I think about a run, or a video, or even 10 minutes of moving. My mind feels like I've been moving 10000 miles in all different directions then my tracker shows very little dots on it. This tells me I need to regroup and refocus.

I've been trying to keep up with an arm challenge my friend posted on Facebook. I think if I just do SOMETHING every day, as Chris the Spark Guy says, it will become a habit to do more...

baby steps.....

We have three more BBQ events to do for hubster before he moves. And they are BIG ones. If I never see another roasting pan/chafing dish it will be too soon (I wash all dishes after events LOL)

My daughter;s car is back...complete with a BRAND new engine. uner warranty. I will have to send a nice gift to the service department.....something not flowers...hmmm ideas would be great there.


went and saw Larry the Cable Guy on Friday ...I had never seen one of his shows and I didn't know what to expect. It was pretty funny!!! But yesterday....oh yesterday!!! I saw THESE guys!!

Naked Eyes opened with three songs including their "Promises Promises, why do I belieeeeeve" song:

This little gal surprised the heck outta me! She sings "The Warrior" is what she's known for but I also enjoyed "sometimes love just ain't enough" and her voice is still awesome AND man is she still a firecracker on the stage!! It was like being in the 80s again fer sure!!

Patty Smyth

Martha Davis of the Motels still has one of the most Awesome voices of all times. She sang and I closed my eyes just "to be back there"... And the Go Gos....well, I don't think they stepped out of time with their good looks and performances. Amazing...

I actually slept in today....for the first time in a very long time....

Going to put on my shoes today and see if I can get my Glo Getter today. It dropped from the triple digits into the low 90s...good weather for getting out :o) Actually, I'll go do that now. I'm feeling pretty dang good and don't have anything on my plate today (not without youngest already trying to hail me as a taxi cab though)

As MostMom always says "Spark on Brave Sparkies"

I've actually had that in my head in her voice allllll week. Hi, I'm Corinna and I'm a Sparkaholic LOLOLOL

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KNIBARG 7/21/2014 12:21PM

    Sounds like your life is crazy right now. Take time to make small fitness goals and stick with them. Glad you have had some fun recently!

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WHITNEYLD 7/21/2014 10:00AM

    Basket of snacks?

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MARYANNSQUEST 7/21/2014 6:30AM

    Hi Sparkaholic,

Corinna, wow! girl to be back in the 80's would be fantastic! Looks like you have had a real busy summer! Have fun, stay safe.

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CAKAROO 7/21/2014 5:38AM


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HEALTHYLU1 7/20/2014 11:50PM

    Gift for the mechanics? Brownies, of course!

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    A gift card to the local pizza place is always a thoughtful gift for mechanics.

As to the beginning of your blog: my turning point happened just recently when I realized waiting for life to calm down was allowing life to control me. I had to do my program no matter what.

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BIGPAWSUP 7/20/2014 5:36PM

    Sounds like a great time.

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What a week I'm having!!!

Sunday, July 13, 2014

The girls are here from Washington state and we decided to take them to Santa Cruz for a night of fun. I work extra hours to get Wednesday off and we head out bright an early.

About an hour into the trip my daughter says her check engine light came on and what does she do? I was like "don't panic, but let's stop at a gas station and let's make sure you're not overheating or something"

well we take the exit and come to a stop....only when she goes it's like 5 mph. I'm telling her "come on push the pedal" and she says "I am...this is IT"

Now, I kind of knew we might be in trouble. So we drive around this town (somewhere in Concord, Concordia area??) and we find this body shop. Two very nice fellows come over and they drive the car around and call all the dealerships in the area to see what it could be.

Sounds like a clogged fuel filter or bad gas. Only NO ONE could even LOOK at our car til the following week. LOOK at it, not fix.

Well, we put in octane booster and try to drive it around only the car is shaking like a chiwawa so bad that I tell Ms Kate, let's just find a hotel here. We call Roadside assistance to see how much a tow back to our neck of the woods is and it's oh, only $1000.


I had to do it. I had to call the hubster. Who was very cool about the whole thing. He borrowed a tow hitch from his boss and picked up four damsels in distress in a town somewhere in California in the last hotel room with no pool, gym, or good tv.

Towed it to the dealership in our town and guess what? Whoever serviced it before we left (ehem...the same people looking at it) OVER serviced it and the oil was double what it should have been. So it was "okay" in town but when we took it on freeway in 100 degree weather, well, it destroyed the piston, the spark, the motor and much much more. I haven't even made the first payment on it yet.


Our BBQs have been going well. I've been helping out as much as possible which is to say I've been doing dishes for hours on end. LOL

Yesterday my work had a Christmas in July event to which hubs BBQd there...I was running back and forth.

My eating during all this has just been a wreck and I've totally noticed it in my tummy troubles. The absolute pain reminds me why I was not eating this way in the first place...but I must be moving so much my weigh in remained the same.

Anyhow...I just wanted to check in and share my great car story with you and how my husband saved us from strandedment. Car will be in shop for over a week so it's back to doing the car shuffle as no one seems to like me walking to and from work in 100 degree weather.


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ARUNNINGKAT 7/14/2014 3:49PM

    Oh wow! I am sure you are frustrated with that whole car situation! Hope it gets fixed soon!

Walking in 100 degress is hot! I have been doing it a little this week and it makes for a very warm person when finished!

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BIGPAWSUP 7/14/2014 1:49PM

    Oh yuck! I'm so sorry. Car problems are bad enough but it is so AGGRAVATING when it is something that should have been prevented.

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    How awful! Hope the repair is a no-charge. I'd also insist on a rental car from the numbnutz.

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CAKAROO 7/14/2014 5:54AM

    hope you have a better week!

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A busy 4th indeed!!!

Friday, July 04, 2014

I did do my exercise that day...I did not run..it was 108 so it WAS too warm but I did Jillian. Yesterday I did some arm challenges and today I am looking at almost midnight and this is the first I've sat down all day.

We are doing our BBQ event for the city fireworks tomorrow. Hubs is running around like a firecracker let loose in a dynamite shack. He always gets this way before an event. It'll be fine. We are expecting about 10,000 people tomorrow so sales should be good. We've been so busy today though that we didn't have much time to celebrate Ms. Kate's 17th bday. Her boyfriend took her out....they both work the booth tomorrow so hope they get some rest. LOL

Girls are both part of the parade which is always a proud moment for me.

Been volunteering at the band fireworks booth all week. Hope that turns out well. I'm the secretary of the band fundraisers this year so I clearly thought I didn't have enough on my plate. LOL On top of working of course. Today was the first real day I've been "bad" nutritionally. Ruffles ...they get me.


Hubs got offered a job with the FAA (Federal Avaiation Administration) That was beyond awesome news for him...finally!!!

I've been tracking on my phone for my Spark team...I just need to record it for the challenge.

As you can tell...my brain is fried....I'll try to get pics tomorrow.

Happy 4th everyone!! (Happy Independance Day)

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WHITNEYLD 7/7/2014 6:44AM


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HEALTHYLU1 7/6/2014 7:55PM

    You're amazing! Great job, Hope!

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BIGPAWSUP 7/5/2014 12:35AM

    Sound terrific!! Congrats to hubby!

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NELLIEC 7/4/2014 5:20PM

    Yay for the job with the FAA!

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LILHOBBIT29 7/4/2014 7:06AM

    Good luck with the BBQ event and sales etc! Have an awesome 4th of July!! :-)

Your coping well in my opinion! And yes you do have a lot on your plate! So proud of you! :-)

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    Happy Independence Day ! emoticon

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1 coffee conversations

Monday, June 30, 2014

I'm sitting here with my morning cup of coffee emoticon (NSV: creamer swapped with almond milk) and just kind of being. I'm enjoying the silence as I haven't even put in my ears (hearing aids) yet. It's my "alone" time for an hour or so before the hustle and bustle of being a mom and wife kick in. It's my day off AND it's a Monday which is a perfect "start your start day"

Sitting here enjoying my moment when:

emoticon It's too hot to run, 100 degrees today
emoticon It's still early enough. Go make breakfast and do it. You'll feel better.
emoticon Says no one ever
emoticon Says everyone always!
emoticon Listen, you've gone this far. You say you're going to do it then life gets you. You don't have time...You need to focus on everyone else, you have a house to clean, job to get to and a business to run. Just stop it already. It's a stupid goal. Just. Stop.


emoticon You really going to believe that? You've come this far is right. 30 pounds. You've got to finish this. You've got to be happy and you've got to prioritize YOU. Never quit! This is a lifetime achievement ...this is work in progress!!! Now, get going little girl.

emoticon "little" girl heh heh heh


to be continued.......

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EDENFELL 7/1/2014 11:36AM

    I've decided to stop having conversations with myself - they tend to end in a chocolate chip cookie emoticon emoticon ..Have a great day! emoticon

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BAKER1009 7/1/2014 6:41AM

    This sounds all too familiar Cori. You can do this girl, I know it, you know it...repeat, repeat, repeat.

We gotta keep in touch better. Maybe that will help us both?

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GINILEE4 6/30/2014 7:11PM


emoticon emoticon Go Girl Go. You are well on your way!!! emoticon emoticon

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    I am familiar with that dialogue myself. Every time I do what is in my best interest to do it's another win for me. Every time I don't do what is in my best interest to do, it makes the excuses seem that much more powerful the next time the battle wages.

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MADDEELOU 6/30/2014 2:56PM

    I hear that! You can do it. You have come so far and are going to make it to the end. Stay strong!

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COOP9002 6/30/2014 2:26PM

    You can do this.

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ALICE_TENNIS 6/30/2014 2:05PM

    Keeping it real!!!!

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ARUNNINGKAT 6/30/2014 2:04PM

    We have all been there...many times in fact! Hope you enjoy your day off! emoticon

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  I know this conversation all too well. We can overcome!

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Week 2 but still on day 1

Friday, June 27, 2014

Isn't that amazing? I've been so motivated in my head to "begin" this journey. I even went on a run. Then I spend my days running running cleaning and doing for others. I use my exercise as a reward to myself that I can never claim. But, while running (seems to be when I think best) I thought: "just because I'm not pushing play on DVD or running doesn't mean I'm not on this journey"

So, am I still on forever day 1? probably....but for the 145,509,209th time.

That's a heck of a streak I think.


Today, my "streak" of fitness movement will consist of heavy cleaning. My house is ikky on this fine "sunday" (it's MY Sunday) and I want my house to shine. and I do plan on hitting play tonight on my DVD....see, I will also clean the 4th bedroom to where I'm not "waiting for the TV" ...excuse busted!!

My friend Kim has set up a Facebook page for Mommy's and Daughters (hers and mine) that will be fun too i think.

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I do have a question for any runners out there.

I run with ear buds in (iPod music) as many of you know. I am hard of hearing otherwise and legally blind.

My question is: snakes.

I want to run a pretty populated walking trail by my house but the truth is, I'm afraid of the "off chance....but maybe not so off chance" that I miss (or don't miss?) a rattler.

Should I just stay on the sidewalk?


should I just chance it?

I hear of people doing trail running and I always think "OMGosh how? snakes!!" If you haven't noticed I clearly have a fear of them

So, am I just being overly paranoid?


I'm streaking day 1.

going to do like Mostmom and a couple of others...I love seeing "streak 935" If I can make it to 7 days, I know I can make it to 20, then 100, and so on.....

day 1: (yes, again....I like day 1 clearly)

21 day fix: Cardio

W2D2 run:

4th bedroom clean/laundry:

Tonight this blog SHOULD/WILL have three check marks of completion. I'll be back as I am going to post a mini challenge for our Chefs.

Okay everyone...there's my confetti thoughts.

Now, off to cleaning and I'll see you tonight. go do something. 10 minutes. Move...run, skip, walk...

and I want to hear ALLLLLL about it.



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SWEETNEEY 6/30/2014 8:48AM

    Like everything in life whether running in the city or country - Stay Alert.

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BA5454 6/28/2014 4:10PM

    I run on trails sometimes and usually the snakes are more afraid of you than you are of them and stay away. Unless they're sunning themselves, but I can't think of a time they wouldn't slither away from you, not toward you. I guess I'm saying it's a good bet to chance it. P.S. Just emoticon your Lucille Ball photo! Good luck on the running.

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EDENFELL 6/28/2014 10:02AM

    I think that day 1 is necessary to rework something that isn't working perfectly even if it means having a million day 1's emoticon Hmm..on the snakes..I would be paranoid too and stay on the sidewalk. emoticon emoticon

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BROOKLYN_BORN 6/28/2014 7:53AM

    I stick to sidewalks, paved roads and treadmill mostly because I'm a klutz who can trip over rocks, roots or even gravel. Also, bears have been spotted in our area. This city girl is not ready for that much country living.

I agree with Ruffit - no music in my ears. I want to be completely aware of my surroundings.

Good luck!

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VTORIA3 6/27/2014 8:49PM

    Love your Lucille Ball photo! I'm a big fan.

We're off for the Grand Canyon tomorrow. Let's all get a good night's rest! emoticon

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NELLIEC 6/27/2014 6:15PM

    Just for fun, I figured out how many years are in 145,509,209 and it is 398,382.5 and some more numbers after the decimal. I don't think you are almost 4 hundred thousand years old. emoticon emoticon

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BIGPAWSUP 6/27/2014 4:40PM

    As long as out is a well traveled path, most snake will avoid it. I say go for it.

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ARUNNINGKAT 6/27/2014 4:27PM

    I share your fear of snakes! They are icky! That being said, I have only run into one while out running so far in my lifetime. I don't know how aggressive snakes can be. Perhaps someone in Spark land can tell you.

Good luck on your cleaning! I have a ton of that to do this weekend too!

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ADARKARA 6/27/2014 4:10PM

    Ha! I like walking trails but I live in an area where there are no dangerous snakes, so I don't have to worry. In fact, in my 33 years living here, I've only ever SEEN a snake once, and it was about as big around as my pinky. Hope you come up with a solution!

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RUFFIT 6/27/2014 3:05PM

    I had my jog last night. I clocked in at 4.2 miles. I don't listen to music because I want to hear the cars or motorcycles coming near me. Not to scare you but my eldest got bit by a garter snake while he was running last fall. He still ran after that and clocked-in 300 plus miles over last summer. If you want to do it you WILL!! Have fun!! Hugs, Moni emoticon

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