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Music is a great motivator

Monday, November 01, 2010

I think we all probably know this, but good things bear repeating!

I bought myself a waterproof MP3 player -- it's actually just ok. Rather tinny, works great as long as you don't actually put your head in the water -- then it's in & out.

Still, I tried it out last Thursday night. Thursday nights are just a relaxing breaststroke swim for me, since it's at the end of my day and I'm winding down. Worked great for that (altho the sound is still rather tinny).

I found myself just wanting to swim thru the next song. Imagine my surprise when I glanced down at my watch and saw 30 minutes had flown by. And I swam another 10 minutes.

Today I took it on my morning swim, where I push myself a bit more and do some crawl, too. I've found I actually enjoy the way crawl makes my body feel. The sound cut out at times during the crawl, which was annoying, but I still found myself swimming longer without watching the clock.

I ran both my first 5ks with no tunes. I think I'll most likely try the next one with some and see what happens. Course, I have a tendency to burst out singing -- probably not so much while running, but it definitely happens while I'm raking. At least I have a good voice!

Years ago, btw, I bought a waterproof MP3 player from swimman.com . It was awesome, even if it held less than 1 GB. However, it's about 10 years old and the earphones are now mono instead of stereo.

Now they make a waterproof Ipod, but it's very expensive. I think about it as a reward for eaching my GW, but then I'd have 2 Ipods, which really seems like overkill . . . but then I'd also have a backup, right? Not really much worrying about it all right now.

Finally, I want to pass on the challenge my SP buddy KEAKMAN gave out yesterday: what 5 accomplishments are you most proud of? Not having kids, not being married, but things you've accomplished. I listed mine on her blog, www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo
urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=3751520
, but I've thought of a few more since then (and it wasn't easy to come up with those first 5; I don't really feel like that accomplished a person):

1. Sticking with my flute, even when I was awful, and keeping at it til I was very good.

2. Playing that flute in our school play, Man of La Mancha -- I had a solo, way out of my comfort zone!

3. Being bat mitzvah'd (unlike today, girls didn't get to actually read from the Torah back then, but it still required a big commitment)

4. Singing in our temple junior choir til I went to college -- and earning the menorah I use to this day for that!

5. Going back to WW after about 10 years, significantly over my GW, and sticking thru it thru thick & thin (ha! ha! bad puns return!) and looooooong plateaus, cause I know it works for me)

6. Asking for raise at work many years ago -- and getting it

7. More than once parlaying one job offer against another to get what I wanted when it wasn't forthcoming

So what are yours? I must say, doing this exercise is actually very empowering. It makes me realize that I'm so much stronger than I often think I am. What are your proudest accomplishments?

  
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KATHLEEN0222 11/2/2010 9:35PM

    I've always walked/run with my tunes... I couldn't imagine running without them...that is up until about 2 weeks ago. It was a gorgeous day and I just had this urge to run without my tunes for the first time. I headed out and did my warm up walk, enjoying the sun and the rustling of the fall leaves. When it was time to run, I was amazed how well I was able to keep a steady pace and focus on my breathing. Since then, I've run with and without my tunes. I used to be araid to run without them, but now I know I can do it and have options! Both options are great... music really motivates me to get moving and push myself harder; no music opens up my senses to focus on everything else, from nature, to my body, to my mind.



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DDOORN 11/2/2010 12:12AM

    OMG my workouts would just fall FLAT as a tire with no air if I didn't have my mp3 player & tunes! The only exception to that rule is cycling...I will NOT join the ranks of Darwin Award winners and ride my bike while listening to an mp3 player...! THEN I flip on my own internal "radio" and play my tunes inside my head...lol!

I love my 8 GB Sansa Clip and new (birthday present from DW) Sennheiser CX 680 Sports Earbuds which do a better job of staying put while working out. The Sansa Clip is a much less expensive alternative to the iPod and works like a charm. I can rate songs on how well they pump me up and then select to listen to my highest rated songs while working out.

5 accomplishments:

Leading a rock trio to win our high school talent show...played bass back in the day.

Learning to play guitar and especially to play the jazzy & bossa nova tunes I love!

Discovering the joys of kayaking!

Attempting to discover the joys of cross country skiing! (still working on that one...c'mon Mother Nature...give us more SNOW this winter!)

RE-discovering the joys of road cycling and extending this beyond my imagination to completing my first century (100 mile) ride a month ago!

Thx for the nudge to re-savor these accomplishments! :-)

Don

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HALFFAST 11/1/2010 2:15PM

    Wow, first off I can't even imagine running without music! Wait til you see what a difference it makes. Just like the others said (and with your swimming) it'll be "I'll just finish this song..." and before you know it, it will be many more songs!

I also think that if you really sat down and thought about it, you would have MANY more accomplishments to list! You are amazing and have so much to be proud of!

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NATPLUMMER 11/1/2010 10:53AM

    I definitely find that music makes the workout go so much faster...I have a lot of fast tempo songs on my iPhone for running C25K.
Congratulations on the Bat Mitzvah. I'm a Hebrew school dropout myself. I do have a sister went all the way orthodox.

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IFDEEVARUNS2 11/1/2010 9:48AM

    Shhhh, I have 3 iPods. One I've had for years. A nano I bought to run with. And then a shuffle I got when the nano proved to be uncomfortable at times. I engraved the shuffle with "Marathon-bound!" in hopes it would prove prophetic. We shall see.

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SKINNYPOWELL1 11/1/2010 8:39AM

    Great blog, I didn't know you played the flute. Too bad you don't live closer, you and my daughter could play a duet, she plays violin and they both sound really great together. I played the clarinet.

You have a lot to be proud of, we all do. Thanks for jogging (no pun intended) the memory, I'll have to reflect on this subject a but more today. Great job with your swim, and another thing I learned from your blog today... I didn't know they made waterproof ipods, guess I'm a little behind the times.


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KEAKMAN 11/1/2010 8:32AM

    Music IS a great motivator and I, too, will find that "finish this song" gets me past a rough spot on my run.

And those are some AWESOME additional accomplishments! I hope you write the whole list down and post it somewhere. I think you are an amazing woman Judy, and you have done much to be proud of!

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The spark can ignite a flame

Sunday, October 31, 2010

Not too long ago I wrote a blog entitled "the reluctant runner". In some ways, not much has changed.

I really admire my spark buddies who looooove running. The ones who feel like they could go on forever -- and do! Who go from non-runner to marathoner in a year's space.

That is not me. Running is hard for me. Even after a couple of years of building up to it, even after a year of really training, and running a couple of races. I often want to stop before I've even run one step. Getting out there on those chilly mornings can be an act of willpower (in all fairness, going out way too early on a chilly morning to swim, which I love, can also be an act of willpower).

So what gets me out that door? I may not love running, but I love how running makes me feel when I'm done. Happy. Energized (no matter how tired I am & how hard it feels during).

So I'm here to tell you, if you want to give running a try, don't give up immediately just because it feels hard. Give it a chance. Give yourself a chance to acclimate to running. It doesn't come naturally to most of us. Because if you really give it a chance and train smart, you're going to love the way you feel.

Only that isn't really the subject of this blog, I just threw that in here.

Sparking can inspire other people -- people you may never hear from. My running inspired one of my spark buddies who'd been sidelined by arthritis to give running another try.

And browsing around on some buddies' spark pages yesterday inspired me. I was all set with my next race -- a fun run -- only we're going to go visit the inlaws that weekend -- which is all the way across the country -- so that is out.

I am considering a turkey trot, but that all depends on whether or not we get together with family, which may rule that out.

And then I saw it on my buddy's page: a resolution race -- New Year's day. I was already wondering am I truly crazy by initially considering a race in early Dec. -- it's cold here then; there could be snow on the ground -- but it was at the park I walk the dogs at, DH could walk the dogs while I ran, there would be costumes, sounded like fun (that's the one I can't go to).

But New Year's Day? Seriously? There could be snow, it could sleet, there could be sub-freezing temps and I hate the cold.

But I looked around and yes, there is one here. Crazier than that, there is actually a half marathon on New Year's Day! Now that IS crazy. But there's also a 3 1/2 mile run. Color me crazy, I'm considering it.

Keep blowing on that spark . . . maybe it will keep me warm when I'm running outside in January.

  
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IFDEEVARUNS2 11/1/2010 7:44AM

    I think you will find there are a lot of us who love how running makes us feel - when it's over! Oh, there may be 15 seconds here and there when I truly love it and enjoy it, but the rest of the time it's a means to an end. emoticon

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SKINNYPOWELL1 11/1/2010 7:36AM

    You should do it. I can't think of a better way to start the new year then with a race. That would be so awesome. Do it, Do it, Do it. emoticon

I can totally related about getting out on a cold morning, I simply hate it until I get warmed up and then WOW, you've done a morning run and are energized for the day, what a great feeling.

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LUREAH21 10/31/2010 9:48AM

    I too struggle with the first mile, but once I get into the rhythm of it I'm usually okay. I've been pushing myself to be ready for an 8K on Thanksgiving and have been experiencing more of the wanting to be done part of running where I would usually be enjoying it more. Still enjoying it, AFTER it's over though. Anyways, my point is it's definitely taking a bit of will power on my part to get up and go for that longer run, so I appreciate reading your blog and knowing I'm not the only one.
Sometimes it's just not easy but I always feel great after and I now notice I feel sad if I haven't run in a few days. Great way to keep happy :)
Also I wanted to add to your sparking can inspire others... Julie/Frecks inspired Cookie(a mutual friend) who inspired me and now I've inspired my cousin. Pretty neat how a long chain of people can be affected by one person!

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NATPLUMMER 10/31/2010 9:36AM

    I'd say give it a go. If you don't want to do a half marathon then the 3.5 mile is good. I haven't been able to find anything in my area which is sad because I would like to try a 5k after I finish the c25k.

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HALFFAST 10/31/2010 9:31AM

    I definitely agree with Kate- that first mile (and sometimes 2) is the worst! After that I'm one of "them" that doesn't wanna stop!

I too say, GO FOR IT! emoticon

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KEAKMAN 10/31/2010 9:20AM

    Go for it Judy! I really want to run the First Run (a 3 miler that starts at the stroke of midnight) but I am too old to stay awake that late! I'll have to check and see if there is a New Year's Day race nearby as well.

And I still think you are a distance runner. We hate the first mile. It's all the others that we love - often AFTER we do them!

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DDOORN 10/31/2010 8:56AM

    What a WONDERFUL idea! I love it!

I can SO relate to you in both your ENVY of runners who just get SO HIGH when running...they've really caught that positive addiction that can come from running!

AND sadly, I can DOUBLE relate when you say: "That is not me."

But you know we all can find SOMETHING that lights a fire 'neath us. For me it's cycling...just revs me up SO! And yet I can also feel pretty darned good when I can go jogging for a bit too...lol!

Great blog, great committment to keep yourself SPARKIN'! :-)

Don

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FRECKS96 10/31/2010 8:32AM

    Ha! I say go for it! I'm considering a resolution run, too. We can do it "together"!

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MARIE625 10/31/2010 8:26AM

    We have a local Hangover Half on New Year's day. Gotta love the name. LOL

Wow. Wish I had more time, but it's probably good that I don't. This blog made me think of so many things I'd like to ramble on about. How good running makes me feel; how much I love the "bad" runs because they make me feel even better; inspiration from other Sparkers, running in the cold &/or snow, winter races......

Hope you're enjoying your weekend,

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Numbers are weird (some NSVs)

Saturday, October 30, 2010

So after a great weight loss last week, I had a small gain this week. I'd like to say the number doesn't effect me -- in fact, I don't know the number, they just told what I'd gained -- it does. There was very small binge. Minute. As in some flax crackers and one mini Clif energy bar.

Oh, as usual, there are all sorts of explanations (read: excuses). I'd done over 6 miles the day before using running/walking intervals (3:2). So it could simply be water retention. It could also just be a small correction for the biggest loss in one week in my entire life (including the time I had all 4 wisdom teeth pulled at once).

I had planned to do some shopping for running clothes and jeans yesterday. Which I did. Made sure to print out some coupons first -- as DH likes to say, I'm "saving" him money when I spend it.

Here is where the NSVs come in (non scale victories to the uninitiated): first, I pulled on my focus jeans, which still felt tight last week even after that big loss. And while they're still just a bit tight, I wore them to go shopping in. Go figure -- lose weight, don't feel it; gain, feel as tho I've lost (could be more muscles, right?).

Then I stopped at Old Navy. Bought myself a size 8 short skinny jeans. In fact, just a couple of weeks ago I'd bought a size 10 and they almost immediately felt too big. I'd tried on a size 8 that day, but it gave me definite muffin top.

These are a bit tight in the thighs still, but definitely no muffin top. I thought I'd wear them on the flight to Hawaii, but I don't think they're comfortable enough for that (it's a long flight and we have plane changes so a lot of walking hauling suitcases too -- and DH is always rushing me even when we don't need to rush).

I also tried on a size 6. Definitely too small, decided muffin top -- but they did actually zip!

And that's not even the true NSV. I then tried on their "Rockstar super skinny leggings". And they fit. In a size 8. I was s0000000 surprised, so I had to buy those too. Just wish they didn't have ankle zippers; I don't really like that. They're lower cut than I really like, but hey, I fit into something labeled "super skinny" and while I know I'm not, I'm vain enough for it to make me feel good. Plus they were actually comfortable.

Then it was on to Dick's. I wanted to try to find some more running shorts. I only have a couple of pairs (that I wear outside, I have a lot that I wear when I'm on the treadmill, but they don't have pockets on them and they're about 15 years old).

I picked up a few pairs, not realizing that one was a running skirt. I picked up larges & mediums cause running shorts tend to run small, I find.

Tried on the on sale L shorts. Then I tried on the running shorts in size L, then in size M. I went back & forth a lot, but finally settled on the M. The L was a bit large and I was afraid they might fall down after a while. I hope the M is comfortable enough -- I plan to try them out on the treadmill today since it's too cold (for me) to wear them outside (which is too bad, it's actually a lovely day to run outside today). I see people running in shorts still, and I personally think they're nuts (our temps have fallen back into the 40s).

Yes, the retail therapy definitely changed my mood. It's just a number (and an unknown one at that). I am definitely feeling good about how I look. There's always work to be done, but I know that I'm going into this vacation looking better than I have in a long, long time. My clean eating over the last couple of weeks has really paid off -- altho sometimes it is a challenge when DH is around.

And for everyone that is struggling with a very long plateau like me, or if you're just struggling, or you're a marathoner (or about to be) or triathlete, this quote's for you:

Tough situations always fade. Tough people never do.

  
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MARIE625 10/31/2010 8:35AM

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Congrats on the super skinny skinny jeans! Don't you feel like a super model? I LOVE mine. I instantly feel like I'm 20 years younger and 100 pounds lighter when I put mine on. I smile all day when I'm wearing them. Except when I look in a mirror and see my underwear lines. My underwear are getting too big again and tend to bunch up under those skinny jeans. NOT a good look. LOL Definitely need to go do some panty shopping!

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GEODAWG 10/30/2010 3:52PM

    Congrats on being super skinny!
(My DH hurries me too even when we don't need to hurry. What is up with them?)

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DAYHIKER 10/30/2010 11:01AM

    Congratulations on your smaller size!!! The scale is a hard taskmaster! I'm glad you're a well seasoned traveler and smart enough to not wear anything of questionable comfort on that long a trip.

WHEN I was a runner I wore shorts over tights until it got really cold. Always hated long running pants.

Happy weekend!
Cindy

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LUREAH21 10/30/2010 9:23AM

    Good for you on the NSV's! I find that they are the most rewarding as the scale goes up and down daily for me. I actually won't accept a number as my true weight now unless it's been that number or less for a week. :)

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FRECKS96 10/30/2010 9:09AM

    Love the quote! Congrats on your NSVs, I love Old Navy. As for running, I wear shorts over my tights, but my cutoff for shorts alone is somewhere in the 50's. The 40's we've had lately definitely calls for tights!

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NATPLUMMER 10/30/2010 8:40AM

    Congratulations on the super skinny leggings (especially since they're comfortable)! Smaller running shorts, too. You're definitely making a change. The scale is weird but as long as you're feeling good and looking good, you know you're making progress. Wearing shorts when it's in the 40's is crazy.

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Food lovers' secrets

Friday, October 29, 2010

I finally got to this article in this month's Self Magazine -- OMG, it is definitely worth a read -- www.self.com/fooddiet/2010/10/secret
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It wasn't what I planned for my blog today, but I definitely wanted to share the bits that spoke to me:

**Weight loss should be the result of a goal, not the goal itself.

Good lord, how brilliant is that? Short, sweet, and soooo right. My first major weight loss was all about the number. Now it's about having energy (still working on that one, but I'm getting there); fueling my workouts; getting faster with my running -- and yes, being happy with myself.

**Not ritualizing food.

Funny, my WW leader was just saying that if you have a ritual about eating your food, you know you have a problem with eating that food.

I don't think I have a whole lot of rituals, actually, but still, this spoke to me.

** I may not ever be my dream weight, but I'll be happier & healthier.

YES!!! This is what keeps me trying, instead of throwing in the towel, no matter how long I stay on a plateau. Cause I feel so much better now -- and I know how I felt before -- I don't ever want to go back!

But if I do go back:

**I understand I'm going to gain a little, and I also know I can get if off.

I am learning that, slowly. Being truly mindful and introspective allows you those insights. You realize that suddenly gaining some weight doesn't have to be the end of your world (or your healthy habits).

**I learned that I obsessed because exercise felt like the one thing I could control.

Guilty as charged, but I'm learning to slowly let go of those thoughts.

There were times I'd walk around my bedroom or march in place just to get those final 1000 steps. Now I know that somedays I won't get 10,000, but most days I'm well over so it all balances out over time.

I still feel somewhat driven to get my planned workouts in, but I'm getting better at realizing that sometimes life just gets in the way and I know that exercise is such an ingrained habit it's not like one missed workout will derail me.

But I don't think I ever looked at it in the light that while I sometimes couldn't control my eating, I could control my exercise. Interesting relevation.

Any food lovers' secrets of your own you'd like to share?

I guess one of mine would be that it's about balance over time, not being perfect for every meal.

  
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DEE797 10/29/2010 6:49PM

    Thanks for letting us know about this article and blogging about it. You have peaked my interest now to go check it out.

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STIPER23 10/29/2010 2:44PM

    Great blog. I want to read the full article now. Thanks!

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HALFFAST 10/29/2010 1:52PM

    This sounds like just what I need today- thank you :)

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GEODAWG 10/29/2010 1:39PM

    I have to get over trying to be perfect every single day. It's not gonna happen and I should start the next day focused on the present not yesterday!

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LUV4CHOCOLATE 10/29/2010 12:14PM

    Thanks for sharing!

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SKFEREBEE 10/29/2010 12:07PM

    Love the article! I'm one of those people who now focuses more on the nutritional value of food I'm eating rather on the calorie count of it. Treat your body like a machine and it will run better!

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IFDEEVARUNS2 10/29/2010 9:54AM

    The minute I switched away from a weight related goal I became happier with the whole process. Unfortunately my current goal leaves me ravenous, but I find it more important to reach the goal than to be a certain weight. I'll need every pound of those muscles to finish that marathon!

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FRECKS96 10/29/2010 9:53AM

    That was a great article. I'm happy that it seems I may have moved into a less disordered way of eating since I joined SP. While I'll always be a work in progress, I'm certainly better off than I was. Thanks for sharing!

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DAYHIKER 10/29/2010 8:34AM

    Thanks for the link and blog on the article. Some good stuff there. I suppose mine would be that strength and energy are more my goal than weight loss. I'm about 5 pounds from the top of my WW height/weight range and would like to weigh less but not so much that I am going to do anything drastic to try to get there. My main goal right now is to keep exercising at least a little on most days until it is a habit and easier to do than to miss!

Cindy

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What's the highlight of your day?

Thursday, October 28, 2010

I was out walking the dogs one afternoon, and the mailman was coming around. And as soon as he left a house, someone would pop right out and get that mail. Someone elderly and retired, that is. We have a fair amount of retired folk in our neighborhood.

It made me sad. They are obviously just watching for that mailman. Seems as though it's the highlight of their day.

Really?

I like to know when the mail arrives, so that I can time a walk with the dogs and pick up the mail at the same time. But I don't rush right out there and get it. DH is another story. If I haven't gotten the mail cause it came late, it's the very first thing he does when he gets home, too. I really don't get it. I've even been known to not get the mail at all if the weather is truly atrocious.

But it got me to thinking . . . just what is the highlight of my day?

That's a really good question. I'm not sure. I would venture a guess that I have several highlights. That first cup of tea & breakfast certainly rate up there. I love having a little quiet time to myself with the cats purring around (or on) me.

Sparking -- specifically reading blogs -- is definitely another highlight. After getting a glass of water and a short yoga session, sparking is the first thing I do in the morning.

I could sleep later -- and go to bed later -- if I wasn't up and sparking and reading with the cats in the morning.

Sometimes cooking or baking is a highlight.

Sitting down to eat with DH, when we catch up with our days, is another highlight.

Snuggling with the dogs and/or Simba is another.

I sure hope getting the mail never actually becomes my highlight. Maybe because I have SP and my spark buddies, and I feed my social connections thru here.

What is the highlight of your day?

  
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DEE797 10/29/2010 6:50PM

    Highlight of my day: getting up before everyone else and having a cup of tea and my breakfast while Sparking before the day gets away from me.

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FRECKS96 10/28/2010 9:34PM

    The highlights of my day...
~my morning coffee
~seeing Alexis after a busy day
~nightly snuggles at bedtime
~my runs
~any time spent in prayer/meditation

Thanks for sharing!

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HALFFAST 10/28/2010 5:43PM

    Great blog! Hmm, let's see...

Coffee, Sparking, Running, Coffee, Blogging, Daydreaming, Coffee, Facebook, Food, Puppy kisses and Kitty licks, Coffee, talking to my mom, bubble baths, hubby time, reading, writing, and did I mention coffee :)

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DAYHIKER 10/28/2010 2:28PM

    I have two:
Morning is coffee and Bible/prayer time preparing for the day.
Evening is having the Fids** put to bed and relaxing!

Cindy
**Fids = Feathered kids (can also be Furry kids--we have a plethora of both!) emoticon

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IFDEEVARUNS2 10/28/2010 2:25PM

    Do they wait until after the mail is delivered or actually greet the mailman? If they don't greet the mailman, it's very sad indeed.
I think breakfast is a highlight for me, and the time I spend here. Likewise that end of day period when I read a book - bliss!

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LAURA9021 10/28/2010 2:24PM

  The highlight of my day is going home from work and watching my four year old's face as she tells me about her day at preschool, and getting her special hugs that come along with "I love you so much mommy". I wish I could say a highlight was also hearing about the day my 11 and 13 year old had, but all they have to say is that school is boring!

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SKINNYPOWELL1 10/28/2010 1:49PM

    Why not send your retired neighbors some mail. I watched a short mini-film about compassion towards the elderly, it really touched my heart. This old lady would walk out to the mail box every day waiting on letters from her grandkids, and she was disappointed every day since no one ever wrote her, she died a lonely old lady. It's sad, but true. You just send an anonymous card, spread a little sunshine. We all have different things we look forward to everyday, mine is definitely SPARK and I look foward to hearing YOUR comments. We all need something to look forward to, glad I have great SP friends that never disappoint. emoticon

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SHEILA1505 10/28/2010 1:46PM

    40 years ago when I left home - the UK - and my family, I looked out for the postman every day - those envelopes with the red and blue blotches around the edges were so welcome! Was it from my Mum, my Dad, my big brother, friends, colleagues, magazine subscriptions?

For the first couple of years the mail was delivered to my work postbox as I had no idea where I would be living and it took more than a week for a reply to anything sent out.

So - yes - I still look for the postman - it's usually my magazines these days but they are just as welcome!

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LEONALIONESS 10/28/2010 1:39PM

    I like checking the mail 'cause I order myself stuff online AND I have a slight Netflix addiction. ;) It has been known to totally bum me out when I was expecting a new disk and it didn't come. Not so much now - since Aaron lives with me we have internet and can stream onto the TV. Heh.

Yes. I watch TV. I am obviously evil, lazy and one of THOSE people. ;)

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GEODAWG 10/28/2010 1:31PM

    Hmmmm Highlight of the day. Certainly checking the mail is not. But, my DH has to check the mail like yours. And now days the mail is just pure junk.
I like sitting and Sparking with Percy in my lap as he is now. He makes me smile all the time with his antics. Then there is exercise at the Y. Breakfast. Talking with my hubby. Naps? Yes, naps! Thinking of coming events with pleasure....football game Sat. going to a wedding next week. Seeing my grandchildren. Well I guess I have plenty of highlights!

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