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Take Your Smile With You

Saturday, August 11, 2012

Another little poem from that pad of stationery I found hidden in my desk drawer...I like this one, too.

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Take Your Smile With You

Take your smile with you
Wherever you go--
Keep it bright, use it,
For you never know
Who's tired and discouraged
And sadhearted, too,
And waiting for sunshine
And friendship from you!
Keep your smile handy
And pass it along--
You'll find in return
You've a heart full of song.

Keep smiling, Dear SparkFriends!
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EATVEGAN 8/12/2012 2:19AM

    I like your poem. That has always been my policy, too. It doesn't cost me anything, and often brightens another's life. I am often repaid in kind. emoticon
Janet

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JILL313 8/11/2012 11:49PM

    I love this oh so true little smile poem as we're all fighting some kind of silent battle and a smile can mean the world to those you kindly give it to.

Hugs,

Jill

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JAMER123 8/11/2012 11:30PM

    Very lovely, Jeannie! Thanks for sharing. Do you have any more?
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TORTILLAFLATS 8/11/2012 10:34PM

    Jeannie, I love your smile and I am smiling back emoticon

Hugs, Gail

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LINOVER 8/11/2012 9:35PM

    A poem to remember!
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BELDONDOG1 8/11/2012 9:26PM

    NJJ was right. A smile is international! Even for those who cannot speak or hear can understand a smile, and at my bingo, I make it a point to always pass a smile to our woman who can do neither. It's one thing that doesn't have to be "signed" to her.
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REACHING4HOME 8/11/2012 3:42PM

    I LOVED THIS AND THOUGHT ABOUT IT WHEN I WENT TO THE CLUBHOUSE TO PICK UP THE MAIL. THERE WAS A GUY THERE THAT I HAD NEVER SEEN BEFORE SO I SMILED AT HIM. HE STARTED TALKING 19 TO THE DOZEN AND WOULDN'T STOP! HE EVEN FOLLOWED ME BACK TO MY CONDO! YIKES! I THINK I WILL KEEP MY SMILING TO THOSE I KNOW AND ONLY TO STRANGERS WHEN OUT IN PUBLIC WHERE THERE IS LESS CHANCE OF PICKING UP A NUT CASE. LOL
ERIN

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KADYSMOM11 8/11/2012 2:27PM

    awww. that is very nice! emoticon

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ESILBO 8/11/2012 1:36PM

    I TRY TO LIVE BY THAT. MY SMILES ARE THE ONLY FREE THINGS I CAN GIVE AND I ENJOY IT. IT BECAME MY TRADEMARK WHEN I WAS WORKING...LOL
LOVE
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THESLIMMERME1 8/11/2012 1:35PM

    emoticon is a shot of 'sunshine' to both the sender and receiver!
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RFJSJ50 8/11/2012 11:27AM

    We too often forget that sharing a smile can be the first step in improving our day and the days of others!
Thanks for the reminder.
Sheila

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TXGRANDMA 8/11/2012 10:49AM

    Good reminder for us to be ambassadors of cheer! Kind of like a Random Act of Kindness! emoticon

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VTMAID 8/11/2012 10:45AM

    That's a really sweet poem. Kind of reminds me of years ago when I was a Brownie. Something that started "I have something in my pocket".
Nice memories!
Hugs
Karen

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NJJ-EXERCISE30 8/11/2012 10:06AM

    emoticon A smile is international! emoticon

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GINGER_BEAR 8/11/2012 9:55AM

    Nice poem. emoticon

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You Can Do It!

Wednesday, August 08, 2012

I was just cleaning out a desk drawer and ran across a pad of stationery with some inspirational verses on most of the pages. The first one I ran across really spoke to me today, so I thought I'd share it with you.

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Giving up is easy
when your dreams seem far away
and life is full of obstacles--
you face them every day--
but, no matter what the challenge,
some faith can get you through it--
so never quit believing...
just remember: you can do it!!

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QUIETUDEAGAIN1 8/11/2012 3:00AM

  Great idea. Yes much of our success and failure are determined by our mind set but a lot of it is also determined by the people that we choose to connect with. It's amazing how much energy a positive cheerful person can boost others.

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JILL313 8/10/2012 1:31AM

    This speaks volumes to me so I appreciate your posting it. I will never quit on myself getting healthy even though I may be 99 until I get to my Goal Weight!! I hope to just do it and be there within this next year. Thank you for sharing this gem.

Love,

Jill

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TORTILLAFLATS 8/9/2012 2:26PM

    Jeannie, How true, and the timing to see this is perfect for me and I am sure a lot of us.

Thanks for taking the time to share it with us!

Hugs, Gail emoticon

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MASTERPIECE8 8/9/2012 11:33AM

    Great! Thanks, Jeannie.

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SPEEDY143 8/9/2012 3:28AM

    Faith is the core to realizing all our dreams emoticonNever Quit emoticon

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JAMER123 8/9/2012 12:34AM

    What a wonderful & thoughtful quote you found. So glad that you shared with us today! Some days, I need the inspiration!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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BELDONDOG1 8/8/2012 11:21PM

    Thanks for the "share", Jeannie. We really need these little reminders every once in a while. Love, Noel

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TXGRANDMA 8/8/2012 9:26PM

    Thanks so much for sharing this with us, Jeanne! And yes, Giving up IS easy, but we must never quit trying, as this poem illustrates! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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CHERIRIDDELL 8/8/2012 6:30PM

    That is lovely thank you!

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RFJSJ50 8/8/2012 4:33PM

    Thanks for sharing that - I need all the help I can get!
Sheila

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JAOTAO 8/8/2012 4:00PM

    That is a great poem. I would add to that, let each day begin anew with a clean slate. Thanks for posting!

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ESILBO 8/8/2012 3:25PM

    DEAR JEANNIE, YES emoticon, EVEN IF ITS OVER AND OVER AGAIN.
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LISE

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In Case You Have Doubts--a Little Challenge for You!

Friday, July 20, 2012

Have you been thinking about your weight loss as being a “drop in the bucket” compared to what you still have to lose? As you’ve been shedding a few pounds have you had doubts about whether it was making any difference to your body? I had an experience today that might help you to look at it in a little different way. I’ll get to that in a minute, but for right now I want to challenge you to find something around your house that is close to the number of pounds you’ve shed so far. It doesn’t matter if it is just a few or if it’s quite a few…just find something close to those pounds. For me, that is about 64 pounds (I hope it’s a few more this Sunday when I weigh in). I bet you can figure something out. A gallon of milk or water is about 8 pounds; a bag of flour is 5 pounds unless you buy it in bulk. Maybe a laundry basket full of wet laundry is 25 or more pounds. Okay, now I want to pick up your item and carry it around the house with you for a little while…you don’t have to do it for long, but take it with you to the bathroom or around the kitchen for as long as you’re able. Is it heavy and awkward to hang onto? Hard to handle and makes your back or knees hurt?

In some cases, you might not be able to pick it up! That’s what happened to me at the store today. Richard asked me to “pick up” some salt for the water softener. Actually he didn’t expect me to literally pick it up, but I tried. It was only 40 pounds, not the 64 I’ve shed, but I could NOT DO IT! I got it upright and almost had it up, but just couldn’t manage and decided we didn’t need it that badly yet. He can get it the next time we’re there, but a little light bulb went off for me. Before I ditched those 64 pounds I was hauling at least as much as 1 ½ bags of water softener salt around with me with every step I took. The same is true for you, wherever you are in your weight loss journey! Every ounce, every pound, every 10 pounds, whatever we have accomplished is so important to all of us. Wow…I could never hope to walk up the back steps to the house carrying that much weight, yet I was asking my body to do it with every step I took, not to mention what my heart still has to do each day. No wonder my back aches sometimes!

Our team has a great Sizzling Summer Challenge going on right now and it’s not too late to join if you haven’t already! But, even if you don’t, remember that it doesn’t matter if you aren’t the biggest loser or even the littlest loser in or out of the team challenge. What matters is that we work on giving our bodies a rest by shedding what pounds we can. Let’s all try to give our hearts and backs and muscles a gift of fewer pounds to haul around. I’m willing to keep working on it if you will all be there to help me along the way, and in turn, I promise to be there for you, too. Together we can do it, I just know we can!!

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JAMER123 7/22/2012 12:25AM

    Way a great reminder of the weight lost & carrying it around. I can't carry the 82# but I have read here some fantastic ideas!! Thanks, Jeannie, for a fantastic and thoughtful blog!! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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RETURNTOTHIN 7/21/2012 8:49PM

    What a GREAT blog.... I know that I feel tons better and can walk further with a "spring" in my step since I "lost" (and certainly don't want to go hunting for it) that 60 pounds. I always threatened to keep butter boxes and stack them up to show how much I had lost. But lifting a 40 pound bag of salt is certainly an eye opener! You'll be in ONEderland before you know it... certainly in the summer challenge! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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IOWAGRAMMA 7/21/2012 7:34PM

    You guys are great...imagine gifts of kitty litter for pets and fresh fruit and $$ to the food banks! What awesome ideas! One of you mentioned the Biggest Loser having segments on the program about carrying as much weight as they'd lost and dropping some off to signify what they'd lost. I don't watch the Biggest Loser, but it does seem like a real hands-on way to understand how much we're carrying around. emoticon for the great ideas! Jeannie

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ESILBO 7/21/2012 7:14PM

    GREAT BLOG JEANNIE, ITS A GREAT IDEA TO TRY TO LIFT THAT AMOUNT. I LIKE THE IDEA OF GIVING YOUR LOSS INTO SOMETHING. I THINK I WOULD GIVE MONEY TO THE FOOD BANK.

I JUST LOOKED AT MY SUITCASE THAT I STILL NEED TO UNDO, ILL GO WEIGHT IT AND SEE IF I COULD WALK WITH THAT ALL DAY...LOL.I DOUBT IT.

HUGS, HUGS
LISE

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VTMAID 7/21/2012 5:25PM

    I think maybe for every 25 pounds I lose, I will donate a like amount of healthy food to the local food shelf. Very often people who use food shelves end up with the "belly fillers", you know, the pasta and potatoes, etc. I think maybe some fresh fruits would be a good idea!
Hugs
Karen

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KADYSMOM11 7/21/2012 5:12PM

    emoticon It makes a lot of sense! emoticon
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TORTILLAFLATS 7/21/2012 2:45PM

    Jeannie, I just found your wonderful Blog. I am so impressed by your concept. I know I have heard it before but it sure was good to hear it again. Thank you. Also thank you for the mentioning of the challenge. I just wish that everyone who started would keep going. I know life happens sometime but it is almost always the same people that sign up, the same people that drop out and the same ones that finish. Wish I knew what to do to help keep them motivated.

Hugs Gail, looks like we are rushing toward the 70 pound mark together. emoticon

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SANDYW1945 7/21/2012 2:44PM

    emoticon great concept.

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JAE_HENNINGTON 7/21/2012 8:38AM

  I have lost 64lbs.. and you are so right, I cannot pick a gallon of milk. Losing weight for me is so slow. I cannot exersize as much as I need to or that I would like to. I am working concentrating on doing that which I can do and be pleased with that

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LJCANNON 7/21/2012 8:16AM

    emoticonWhen I reached 100 Pounds off, I donated 100 Pouunds of Kitty Litter to a Local Charity. Carrying in those 10 Bags of Litter in to the building was VERY Symbolic for me.

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CJMOK1121 7/21/2012 7:59AM

    Jeanie: Thank you so much, I had never really thought of doing something like that before, I have been so bad to my body about looseing and gaining it back just to have to carry it around again. Doing better from now on, Thank you again for sharing.

CJ from OK.

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HYATTI1 7/21/2012 3:38AM

    Jeannie,

Interesting concept on the weight loss. I have several times compared my weight loss to the meat that we take out of the frig. 3 lbs of hamburger or 5 lbs we buy and then separate into individual packages. To look at 5 lbs of hamburger meat and multiple that by 5 just seems so much. I know it's healthier with the weight, it's gone and you or in this case me...I am better for it. But, it is a very slow process and I do think about the negative side.

Joanna

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TXGRANDMA 7/21/2012 12:54AM

    Great blog, Jeannie! They do this on the Biggest Loser sometimes. Quite amazing to watch! emoticon

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EATVEGAN 7/20/2012 9:49PM

    Great analogy. I'll remember it when I start thinking how far I have to go. This last time I hit a plateau, I reminded myself how healthy I'm getting. Not only that, even if the scale isn't moving, I can see a difference. We sometimes just give that scale or a number way too much power over us. Thanks for the great blog. emoticon
Janet

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THESLIMMERME1 7/20/2012 9:33PM

    Something to remind myself of when I hit a plateau!
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BELDONDOG1 7/20/2012 9:33PM

    Jeannie, as usual, a wise woman's words. When going to WW they always said that you should carry around a 10# bag of potatoes or 2 10# bags. As you said, such a thing is not an easy thing to do. I'm very proud of all the weight that we have lost--combined or individually. We are all getting healthier, not matter how you look at it.
((hugs)) Noel





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MOVEIT2LOSEIT42 7/20/2012 8:28PM

    I needed this. I was feeling discouraged as I have only lost 11.8 lbs since starting 6 weeks ago. Now I am going to go find something that weighs as much as I have lost and lug it around for a few minutes.... hmmmmm..... I wonder how much my dog weighs..... emoticon emoticon emoticon

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JILL313 7/20/2012 8:13PM

    Jeannie, what a wonderful blog and I almost forgot how much harder it was just to move. I believe I've lost 50 or so pounds and I couldn't begin to lift that and yet I carried it around for too many years. I love your analogy and it's so true. All of us should be so proud of ourselves and each pound we've lost. I know I have a long lifelong Journey but I know in the end I'll be one of the Biggest Losers. Very well written and true blog. It makes me appreciate how kind I've actually been to my body recently.

Love,

Jill

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Sunday Musings

Sunday, July 15, 2012

emoticon I think these are tomatoes. Just had to share that we picked the first tomatoes of the season yesterday and sliced a couple for our noon meal today. There is nothing like that first bite of fresh, home-grown tomato! We were in heaven. Sliced a larger one for tonight and had tomato sandwiches. My all time favorite sandwich is white bread with Miracle Whip and a big thick slice of tomato with a tiny bit of salt and pepper. Mmmm! But, in the interests of better eating practices we had whole wheat bread and light MW. Still very yummy.

Actually, I'd never heard of a tomato sandwich until I was married and Richard asked why I'd consider putting anything else with it when you have nice and tasty tomatoes. Now we patiently tend the garden waiting for those first few to be ready to eat.

emoticon emoticon For today's Sunday dinner we also had some of our newly dug onions and Yukon Gold potatoes in a roaster pan with a nice beef roast. The carrots came from the market. I still try to make a Sunday dinner most weeks. Another side we had was sliced cucumbers and onions marinated in a slightly sweet vinegar solution. Also very yummy! This is my favorite time of year for managing our meals, as the garden keeps us supplied with so many healthy and wonderful things. emoticon
I'll have to try to snap a few photos again to show you how things have grown even though we've had to water a lot to get it this way. I think we've decided that we'll limit the watering to the tomatoes and peppers now. It just costs too much to water as much as it needs.

Now if I could just get my hands on some great Iowa sweet corn, I'd really be in 7th heaven. The last I bought was $5 a dozen and the ears were tiny. So sad! emoticon

Wishing you all Happy Summer eating!

  
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BETHV10 7/19/2012 12:37PM

    Sounds delicious. I've given up trying to grow anything in Texas. Just too hot and takes too much water which is expensive. Enjoy the veggies. I like a tomato sandwich as well.

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BELDONDOG1 7/16/2012 5:52PM

    Okay, Jeannie, if you're trying to make me hungry and jealous, you did it lol! My sis used to be the tomato sandwich eater. She'd cut that tomato about 1/2" thick, but she liked Hellman's. I love them with bacon (no lettuce) or ham or just plain. Okay, so it's time for dinner. Glad you enjoyed your dinner. You guys worked extra hard this year on it!
Love you! Noel

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EVELYN112011 7/16/2012 10:59AM

    emoticon I love tomato sandwiches (and tomato biscuits too!)

Your menu sounds delicious! I love fresh, home grown veggies! Mmmm!

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CHERIRIDDELL 7/15/2012 11:55PM

    I like my tomato sandwiches toasted !I have 24 different kinds of tomato plants planted in my garden!

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JAMER123 7/15/2012 11:17PM

    emoticon emoticonYum, Yum!! We are still waiting for our 3 plants to grow up and produce. Bought a couple farm fresh this week and sure did enjoy!!
Too bad we are a little to far away or we might come and join you!
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ESILBO 7/15/2012 10:42PM

    JENNIE, I AM COMING...KEEP SOME FOR ME, MY MOUTH IS WATERING. TOMATOES TASTE LIKE PLASTIC NOW WITH ALL THE CHANGES THEY DO TO THEM...LOL
WOW WE BEAT YOU FOR THE CORN, $6 A DOZEN HERE AND VERY SMALL AND NOT THAT READY YET...BUT I STILL HAD 5 TONIGHT...I AM SO DISGUSTED WITH MYSELF...LOL, NO MORE THIS WEEK, SURE...

TAKE CARE,
LOVE
LISE emoticon FOR YOUR GARDEN

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JILL313 7/15/2012 9:40PM

    Everything from your own garden is so fresh and much more tasty than the story bought ones. I love tomatoes and will occasionally make myself a lettuce and tomato sandwich with a little light mayo. Yukon golds are my favorites so I hope you save some for me--I can dream, can't I--LOL! I love onions and in fact I don't think I've ever had a fresh one just store bought and I'm sure next to home grown it leaves a lot to be desired. You're eating so healthy and there is no stopping you now as you're at the gate of Onederland. It must be a such a good feeling to see your garden growing and then eating the fruits of your hard work!

Hugs,

Jill

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SLPLESINFLA 7/15/2012 9:29PM

    Yum yum, there is nothing better than a fresh tomato sandwich....living inFla they aren't easy to come by. We normally travel in our moter home this time of year and we love to follow the fruit and vegs. north. Enjoy that garden it sounds so wonderful. Hugs, Connie

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TXGRANDMA 7/15/2012 8:40PM

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The Day After the 5K MY Way

Saturday, July 07, 2012

Since I walked the 5K yesterday emoticon (70 minutes in case you missed my blog), and today would be a day of rest, I haven't been worrying too much about exercise today. In fact, I haven't thought about it at all until now when I was doing some Sparking. I think that's interesting in itself, as nothing hurts...my feet and legs are fine, nothing happened to my body to make me think walking that far in the heat was a bad idea, and I feel a little like something is missing from my routine and schedule. No...I'm still pretty positive I won't be training for a 10K--at least not now during the hottest part of the summer with a lot of summer weather left, and honestly I don't plan on ever walking that far at one time. It's so boring! emoticon

So what do I do? Going to a gym isn't an option for me. There is no pool anywhere near where we live. I could ride my bike some, but again, the weather isn't great for that as it has been way too windy. I will probably do more indoor exercise for awhile and pump up my stability ball. (Funny the way we call them stability balls when we're so unstable on them--at least I am.) I can use my little peddler and dance in my kitchen, too. emoticon

If anyone has any suggestions, I'd be open to hear them. Since I don't really like exercise (also known as the E word) at all, it has to be something really good to interest me! LOL! emoticon

  
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QUIETUDEAGAIN1 7/13/2012 4:19PM

  Congratulations on the 5K, that is an awesome accomplishment and the fact that you aren't sore today is even better! emoticon emoticon

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JAMER123 7/8/2012 12:40AM

    emoticon again on the 5K. You did fantastic. I wonder if all your gardening in life has made a difference in your leg strength?
Hoping the heat is easing there as it did here last night! It certainly has made a big difference.

I don't know if it helps, but I walk the stairs more often and when shopping, i go down each isle at least once sometime a couple times. Keeps me out of the heat that I don't tolerate at all. You are doing great! A little R&R is always good too!
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JILL313 7/8/2012 12:13AM

    Jeannie, I'm still in awe that you actually did 70 minutes of walking in the heat. I'm really envious of how good of shape you're in otherwise I think you would have some aches or pains. Maybe in the Fall you'll start preparing for a 10K--never say never as you never know--LOL! When all else fails I will put an exercise DVD on and my favorite is still Anne Burnell's resistance Band one. It's only 30 minutes but is considered a strength exercise which I need so badly. With your E history this is probably too easy for you as it's all down sitting down. Mimi's was great! I think you'd enjoy going there. All our lunches were around $10 each except Noah's was $5. Supposedly they make their own muffins which are awesome although I didn't have one today. They always roast their own turkeys and their Turkey dinner with all the trimmings is $11 but it's worth it and very tasty. Average size portions mostly but everything is fresh--once you sign up for their club they are always e-mailing me good discount coupons. You're probably about ready to hit the "hay"! Have a good night's sleep sweetie.

Hugs,

Jill

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TORTILLAFLATS 7/7/2012 11:06PM

    Jeannie, I have been very faithful for almost 2 months now. I still hurt, so you are very lucky indeed. I am not seeing the results that I thought I would be deeing either. And because of that I really don't like the E word. It was better for awhile but now it feels like my legs are getting weaker instead of stronger. Maybe I am trying to hard. LOL

But girl, I am really proud of you for doing a 5K especially with the heat you have been having. emoticon emoticon

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TXMEMAW6 7/7/2012 5:36PM

    Jeannie, WooHoo!!! 5K and no aches and pains. I'm impressed!! Your training must have paid off. Since I am no fan of the E word either, I don't have any suggestions or recommendations as to what to do. I sometimes ride my recumbent bike, but haven't done that in a while. I know I need to get started again, but just can't seem to make myself do it. Oh well, someday, maybe...lol.
Keep up the great work. Take care!!
Hugz,
Sharon


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SUZRAI 7/7/2012 5:28PM

    I am impressed, 5K and no additional aches and pains!!!! It sounds like you have done a good job of getting into shape. emoticon I was hurting today just after shopping yesterday.
The E word I don't like. I know that some people say E 3 times a week, well I've found that if I don't do something daily it will fall by the wayside. My PT lady has me doing stretches so I thought today I should incorporate them into my TV watching.

I've been taking my kindle to PT so I listen to a book while she tortures me to help relieve the boredom. I have the cheaper black and white kindle, no bells or whistles. I check books out of the library. So far I have dropped it in the parking lot and part of the back popped off, I popped it back in, this week I sat on it, it still works....

An early morning or late evening stroll with a book might be an option.

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TXGRANDMA 7/7/2012 4:59PM

    Congratulations on the 5K completion and feeling good the next day! Sorry it is so hot there, still. I was thinking surely it would cool off soon, it is so unusual for it to be so hot, so long!
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GAELA-I-CAN 7/7/2012 4:43PM

    I liked that. I have trouble with the "E " word. emoticon

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