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Monday, April 12, 2010

There are some strong feelings out there about a particular phrase. Some people think the world of this little phrase, some people hate it. Sometimes it is five words if phrased as a question. Personally I like this phrase. What is it? "It looks like you are losing weight." As a question "Are you losing weight?". It has a million relatives-"You look thinner", "What are you doing different", "What diet are you following", or my favorite from my son last year..."you are looking not as fat"-LOL!! Some of them are tactfull, some tactless. Some are because someone has a genuine interest in you, some are because someone is wondering if you found the magic bullet and they can take the easy route too. Some ask out of pride for your accomplishment, some out of jealousy because you are accomplishing something and they are not (SlimFast is just an advertising ploy folks not the truth).

Whatever the reason for the statement or question we should all take it as what it is...a recognition of our hard work and effort. A tangible result of the effort we have put through to acheive a slimmer, more toned, fitter self. Whether tactfull or tactless, somebody noticed your work-bask in the glow.

Do we need these statements to validate our existance-NO WAY!! Should feel good when we get one-yes! Should we feel bad when we don't get an "Are you losing weight?"-No! It just means you are surrounded by a bunch of blind people, too absorbed in their own drama to notice you-LOL!!! Take pride in your efforts no matter what the people around you say or do. To those controlling, obsessive people who try to bring you down with negative statements...they can go eat rocks!! Sparkers are the best people around. We are dedicated and strong. We are committed to a way of life that makes us healthy and strong physically and mentally. We stand together during good times and bad. We fall and get back up, we run and are not weary, we walk and do not faint, we enjoy our occasional piece of cake (even if it is gluten free, made with stevia, or has no dairy), we share our successes and our failures. We laugh together, we cry together. Today as I read about another Sparker's tears over not running the race I was right there crying with her (stupid Tom's hormones-:P). We rally around those who are suffering, we send get well wishes to those who are ill. We constantly check back on those who have gone AWOL hoping that they log back in and see how much we missed them and hope they are still well.

We are of all different faiths and beliefs, yet when a member calls out for prayers on their behalf everyone answers. We come from all walks of life: young, old, in-between, dark, light and in-between. We live all over the world, America, Canada, England, Australia, Japan and more. For some of us this is relatively easy, for others very, very hard. Yet, we can all relate to each other. When NOTABOUTTHEFACE writes about "fat slap" many of us know exactly what she is talking about and laugh our fool head off. We are women and men, we are husbands and wives, singles, divorcees and widows/widowers. We live our daily lives and yet we all have this common bond that brings us together.

Sounds an aweful lot like a family to me....Bask in the glow of your accomplishments-hey, you there reading my blog, you look like you've lost a little-WAY TO GO!!!

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CK2SUMMERS 4/13/2010 10:01PM

    Great blog! I almost typed glob!

People usually notice it on me when I feel the fattest? Go figure!

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NEW-CAZ 4/13/2010 3:18AM

    emoticon too Heather. This communtiy rocks.
Thank you for your inspiring and witty blogs hun, I ALWAYS go away from reading your blogs with a emoticon on my boat race (face).
I am so glad I found you emoticon

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KARVY09 4/12/2010 4:54PM

    I hear that. The compliments are nice, but they always make me a little nervous. I don't feel like I'm "better" than before. I'm proud of what I've done but I'm the same person... just more active and healthier!

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MOCOHOLO 4/12/2010 4:49PM

    Awesome blog!! Thanks for the great thoughts.

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BEENIE76 4/12/2010 4:25PM

  I totally agree. I love SP!! Thanks for all the advice and support you have given me individually, and for the good vibes you send out to the sparkworld. You rock!!

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GSREMUS5 4/12/2010 4:06PM

  It is great to have a group of supporters. Those questions are great too. Even if not asked for the best reason, they help the ego!!


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TAMNTN 4/12/2010 4:01PM

    YESSSS! We have a wonderful "family" here, don't we? I have to agree. Everyone has been so helpful, so encouraging, so motivating. I have a group of friends in two forums I keep in touch with daily and I love them so much....literally! They truly do feel like family. I can't get enough of Spark People.

Kudos to you....keep up the great work....Keep on Sparking!

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Feeling whiney about air pollution and other things...

Monday, April 12, 2010

Sunday was nice, my daughter had her cheerleading exhibition. We have a standing no sports on Sundays rule and try to choose leagues and such accordingly but when this started there was a chance we would get a Saturday date, when we found out we had gotten Sunday we were so far into it we decided to make a one time exception and if we get Sunday performance dates again we will have to pass. Glad we went...she had a blast and looked so proud of herself when she got her trophy for participating. Her next performances will be at a Storm (minor league) Baseball game and a July 4th parade-should be safe there. We already know that the Storm generally have things like the cheerleading, etc. on Friday night games so should be fine there. The 4th is on Sunday so she might have to miss the parade although generally speaking, in the past, when the 4th has been on Sunday the town has celebrated on Saturday, wait and see...

It has been a busy weekend and that nasty Tom brought a weight gain making me drop out of the last man out challenge I am in-drat him. Hate Tom he is so rude!! Had to happen on the Monday weigh in day-tomorrow I will probably be back down to a loss, but tomorrow doesn't count-blah!!

I was insulted via ee-mail by Russ Bogh, a local politician running for California State Senator. He called me uninformed-is it my fault his campaign is only about why I should NOT vote for his opponent?

My neighbors are ticking me off. They are actually very nice people. Elderly grandparents raising a grandson. We all have VERY small yards and most are not fenced, we fenced ours specifically so our beagle could have a place to go outside and be safe. They have to take their dog on a constitutional since they don't have a fence. The thing is there is a spot, less than 100 yards away where they could walk their dog and clean up after him. Instead they choose to DRIVE the dog less than 1/4 mile to a different spot, outside our community, where there is not a manager to yell at them for not cleaning up, so they can let their dog poop and pee and the city, or kind citizen will have to clean up after the dog. They do this 3 times a day. Put the dog in the CAR, and DRIVE it to poop. Do they NOT realize the effect they are causing by turning their car on 3 times a day to drive less than a 1/2 a mile round trip???!! Not to mention the effect of leaving their dog poo lying around?? What is the point in DRIVING your dog to a location that can be walked to?? While the grandfather is morbidly obese and probably could not walk the 100 yards to the spot within the community he should be trying to work up to it. The kid is young and healthy and has no excuse why he can't walk 5 minutes to the second location. The dog would probably like it better. Our homes are small and he doesn't have a fenced yard. His constitutional is the only exercise this pup gets. It has turned into an actual "pet" peeve (hahaha).

The rain woke me up last night and usually that makes me happy, but I really needed some great sleep-fought off a migraine all weekend-Tom's fault too. I don't get severe headaches often but when I do and I let them set in they are a terror. Went to bed feeling dizzy and off kilter, woke up with just a slight lingering headache, if it doesn't grow the whole thing should be gone tomorrow.

Stupid Tom has me all grippy and complainy. Hate him-he is always so negative...stupid Tom...

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BEENIE76 4/12/2010 4:22PM

  LOL, it took me a few seconds to realize who TOM is. Yeah, he's a jerk!!

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NEW-CAZ 4/12/2010 3:13PM

    emoticonto your daughter for getting her trophy. WOW she's growing up fast Heather!!

TOM's are a distant memory for me, thank heavens but I pity you their inconvenient timing LOL.

Your neighbours would annoy me too Heather- go and scream and let it all girlfriend. I shout at the dog over the road now when it barks for no good doesn't shut it up but it annoys the hell out of the owners. I'm hoping they'll find a way to shut it up or it won't be long b4 it loses it's wedding tackle LOL.

In fact everything annoyed me with my TOMS- hope you feel brighter soon
Luv and hugs

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4EVERADONEGIRL 4/12/2010 1:42PM

    I agree - Stupid TOM is a real meanie!!! LOL

Well - hopefully yelling at TOM at least helps you feel a little bit better...have a great week and see you on Thursday!

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My Saturday run...(pictures)

Saturday, April 10, 2010

Today was a great run!! Cloud cover kept some of yesterday's warmth in so it was a warmer morning than we've had-no jacket necessary. Took pictures today...

Started out with a nice warm up walk and then about a half mile jog to get to...
my stretching bench. That's my foot, wearing my newish $20 on clearance running shoes that I just love. This is where I stop to do some hamstring stretches and try to prevent those pesky shin splints. Off we go to the next section of the run-first past some really boring houses and then...
trail #1. That is the trail bordered by the wrought iron fence it wraps around the back of those houses, right along the lake there and back up to the street. Now I get to run past more boring houses for awhile until... trail #2. This is my favorite. I love the curvies. Each curve is a very gentle up and down hill. Nothing strenuous just a little more fun than plain old streets. Oh look!!!!!!.... Ducklings!!!! My first sighting of ducklings this year. Awwww so cute!! Run trail #2 and trails #3 and #4. Too busy running to take pictures, they are pretty, but not as much as trails #1 and #2. Back to trail #1 for a repeat and then off to trail #5. Pretty isn't it... oh wait... love it when these guys are around. Would love to see a baby one of these someday (crane?-sorry not an ornithologist). A little bit more running to the end of the trail. Stretching at a picnic table a little bit of a cool down walk and DONE!! That was my run this morning. It was an enjoyable and fun filled run-can't wait to do it again next week!!

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RITEEBEE 4/13/2010 8:04AM

    wow that looks like a beautiful spot to run!! :)

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GMEAN2055 4/10/2010 8:31PM

    What a nice place to run....

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CTLUKAC 4/10/2010 4:18PM

    That's so pretty!! I would love to run there! I'm looking for somewhere fun to run, but for now, I'm good with my neighborhood. It's one mile down to the end of the cul-de-sac (I'm at the front of the 'hood)and back So, doing that 3 times does get boring, but I keep my rocking tunes going!!

Thanks for sharing the pics!

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NEW-CAZ 4/10/2010 4:11PM

    What a beautiful place to run and work up a sweat my piddly park nearby emoticon
Glad you enjoyed it
Have a great Saturday

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MOCOHOLO 4/10/2010 3:21PM

    What a gorgeous place to run! I'm envious!

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BROWREN 4/10/2010 2:11PM

    Very nice!!!! I love being able to run near the water. I find it very relaxing. Running on trails are so much more fun than on sidewalks!

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FITAT50 4/10/2010 12:53PM

    Ooh, so pretty, it's a beautiful time of year isn't it?

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JLUVSHIKIN 4/10/2010 12:38PM

    What a terrific place to run! Thanks for sharing your pictures!

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4EVERADONEGIRL 4/10/2010 12:29PM

    You captured our trails beautifully! When I look at it through your pictures it truly is a nice reminder of how great we have it on our Saturday runs when we can enjoy the beauty of nature AND get a great workout! Glad you had your camera with you...and pretty soon just think - there will be little ducklings EVERYWHERE!! LOL

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GREENSHADE 4/10/2010 12:20PM

    That's really beautiful! And I guess I will go ahead and get running shoes. I was waiting until I got my tax rebate to go get fitted and buy top line stuff, but the IRS is SLOW! And my current shoes are FLAT. Thanks for the inspiration and motivation (beautiful photos!) to get out and do it.

The jelly beans around the border are just evil, though! emoticon

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A day at the beach...

Saturday, April 10, 2010

Last night the kids went to spend the night at my mom's house. The older two do this every so often, it is fun for them and us!! This was the youngest's first time though...awww...I missed them, but the peace and quiet this morning was treasured :)!! So...I am just settling into a nice quiet, but productive morning when my mom calls...The cousins (who live walking distance from Grandma) are going to the beach and can my kids go too...Yes, they would really like that!! Except the youngest is being kind of quiet and just not herself. Youngest is probably missing Mommy more than anything. So we finally work up a plan for me to go to. We meet at a convenient mid-way point, I switch cars to theirs and off we go!! There are at least half a dozen beaches we could be going to so I just assume my mom knows where we are going. After driving around Fallbrook for 45 minutes I call my SIL and get the REAL directions and then bust up when I find out we are going to the EXACT beach where we ran the Turkey Trot last November-Oceanside beach!!! Also a beach we used to go to ALL THE TIME when we were kids!! Oh well!! Funny how you can get lost when you are not sure where you are going even if you actually do know where you are going!! We had a blast though. My son was bouncing off the walls. See, we haven't ever taken them to the beach for swimming before-last November was the first time they went to the beach at all-well, we did used to go to Sea World a lot so they had seen the ocean several times. I just never could see the fun in taking an infant to the beach-too much stuff to tote and the infant can't do anything and the parent watching the infant can't do anything-just didn't seem fun to me. Well the "baby" is 3.5 now so it was high time for a beach trip. We all had a blast so we will probably have to go several times this summer-it is only a little over an hour away if the traffic is good.
She didn't want to go in the water-I had warned son earlier about sudden drop offs and she took me a little too literally!! She still had a blast playing in the sand and building castles and burying my feet...
This one put on a good show, but the water was just too cold. She spent a good 5 minutes chasing waves and then went and played with her sister in the sand.

This one is part fish. He hardly got out of the water during the several hours we were there. Kooky kid. He had a real blast!! I told him he had to stay close to shore because I didn't want to have to dive in to save him. I knew the water would still be cold and didn't take my suit. I told him he had to wait to do any REAL swimming until I went in with him. He still had a blast. He would sit and let the waves crash into him and push him along for a ways. It was a pretty mild day as waves go so we didn't have to be to worried.

It was a great way to end the spring break!! Tomorrow is baseball, Sunday is the cheerleading expo (we are making a Sunday exception ONE time-usually we have a firm no Sunday sports rule) then Monday is back to school. Now I am tired and I have a morning run to do!! 4 miles again...I almost forgot-for the SIS challenge this week we are supposed to find a way to give back-a charity etc. I am donating clothes-going to Salvation Army tomorrow, I am also looking up Soles4Souls to donate some of the shoes I don't need anymore AND I am running a charity race on the 24th!! WooHoo!! Hope everyone has a great weekend!!

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IOWAGAL1957 4/10/2010 11:43AM

    what a great day!

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4EVERADONEGIRL 4/10/2010 11:21AM

    The girlies will be jealous they didn't get to go! They love the beach...I can't wait until my Friday off schedule starts so we can regularly hit the sand and surf! Glad you all had a great you know you have something to do this summer when boredom sets in! :-)

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NEW-CAZ 4/10/2010 4:00AM

    WOW Heather what a lovely time you all had and I love the pics.
Your kids are growing up fast!
Have a great weekend hun

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April Goals

Monday, April 05, 2010

Well March was an interesting month. I set a bunch of goals and then almost immediately changed or altered most of them!!

Nutrition goal: Track and stay in range-well, didn't do such a great job there. I tracked some days and those days I did stay in range. I ate well most of the other days and had lots fewer of the bad eating days. So goal not accomplished, but progress made.

April Goal-keep a food diary and watch for patterns-stay in range six out of seven days a week.

Fitness Goal: was really complicated and intense. I had walking/running goals, strength and yoga. Almost as soon as the month started I dropped my morning walks/runs to be with my family in the a.m. and work on morning breakfast goals. The strength I was doing lasted a week and yoga only happened occasionaly. While my goals were shot to heck I still did really well because I found new things to replace the old things. In fact I have increased my fitness activities even beyond what I was doing before.

April Goal: I am keeping is super simple and allowing myself lots of flexibility-my new goal is 1400 Activity minutes for April. Anything, anywhere, anytime as long as it is fitness related.

Family Goals: We were supposed to go on a picnic-didn't happen, baseball season started, cheerleading is ongoing and life got busy, but will all those activities we have been spending lots of time together, out of the house and away from the t.v. so still good.

April Goal: Try something new each week as a family, anything-a food, an activity, whatever.

Personal Goal: Use my Sparkcalendar and keep a training journal. I have been hit and miss on this but doing much better.

April Goal: Continue with using Sparkcalendar and training journal

Weight: I lost 2 pounds last month instead of 10, but 2 is still a loss.

April Goal: I am not setting a weightloss goal. I will weigh in for challenges and such but what I lose is what I lose and we will go from there. I lost 2 pounds in one week with everything I did last week and that is such a great accomplishment that I decided I want to take it week by week and be happy with any loss.

Hope everyone has a wonderful April.

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KEEPGOING87 4/6/2010 12:49PM

    GREAT GOALS! you can do it!

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4EVERADONEGIRL 4/6/2010 12:45PM

    Awesome goals!! I really like that you are not setting a weight-loss goal and will just focus on being happy with what it is. :-) Way to go!

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    I love that you have family goals. You are 2 pounds headed in the right direction. You will find that thing that works for you. Good Job

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    Way to go! Glad your being flexible, and focused on great things.

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NEW-CAZ 4/5/2010 3:56PM

    emoticon blog Heather good luck with your goals emoticon

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ESBELL 4/5/2010 2:00PM

    Good luck meeting your goals! emoticon

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MEGANC1988 4/5/2010 12:57PM

    Awesome goals!

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MARLIMOO 4/5/2010 12:49PM

    Very organized and well thought out. Things will change for April- I am sure. Continued success. Slow and steady weight loss- the key! You can do it!

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