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Winter POA

Saturday, November 28, 2009

I've been fairly pleased with my progress so far, but an honest look in the mirror says that my butt is huge. Sooo, I need to get on the treadmill much more often (as much as I love swimming for my cardio), and work my glutes. I want to continue watching the fat intake. I also need to find ways of raising my potassium intake and take my D and calcium supplements per doctor's orders. The rest is just keepin on keepin on....

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NORLANA 11/29/2009 8:13PM

    You can do it! Keep on trucking one baby step at a time :)

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CARRIE1948 11/29/2009 5:08AM

    You can do it! Changing exercise is hard, but often something we need to do to get the results we want.

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TAMSPARKLESTOO 11/28/2009 11:55PM

    I'll be right there snip, snip, snipping if you need me to!

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DONEWSP 11/28/2009 11:27PM

  Get some nice comfy arch supports or gel inserts. I have to have them but they feel wonderful. I just found a new pr at walmart for 4 bucks. Super stoked. You can do it. You are always following through!!! Keep up the good work. :)

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MOMFAN 11/28/2009 3:42PM

    Eat those bananas!

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JULIEWATSON1 11/28/2009 2:22PM

    That is a great idea/attitude! Keep up the good work!!

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My Spark Buddy .... My Friend

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Some of you know my Spark Buddy - TamSparklesToo (Tammey). She is sweet, she is tender, she is honest and she is desperately in need of a 12 step club for obsessive/compulsive disorder. I do not mean any disrespect for any of you who might have OCD (it runs in my family and we just deal with it with a lot of laughter and understanding). Since asking Tammey to be my co-leader on the Winter BL Challenge, she has created lists (oooooo, she LOVES lists) referencing everyone's names and Spark names, sent her emails, made her comments, sent her goodies, done her chats - all good things - I can tell you that no Jade Dragon will go unnoticed or unsupported with Tammey as a leader.

Anything Tammey decides to do, she does wholeheartedly. Let's talk about office supplies - Tam is passionate about office supplies - I would not be surprised if she had a secret bag of office goodies stuck up on the shelf in her bedroom. A perfect week for Tam is one that includes finding a pen in a new color (or scent), or paperclips shaped like feet, or like this week - page dividers that are clear with colored borders that have removable tabs that can be inserted anywhere along the top or side of the page. When she was showing me her new dividers you could tell she was in her very happy place.

Or, hmmm, perhaps her obsession with anything Twilight. Her license plate is personalized to read Twylght, her vacation was in Forks, Washington with pictures of her at Edward's and Bella's school, the bookstore, the etc., her filing cabinet has Edward on it, her key chains, her cups, her rearview mirror hangie thingie, her perfume, her ...... Check out her Spark Page.

What I'm getting at is Tam is a person who has a hard time doing things halfway. Even though I would SUSPECT she has OCD tendencies because of her penchant for office supplies and Twilight, I KNOW she is because of what kind of friend she is. She is fully committed in her friendships - she never fails to encourage when her friends are discouraged, she kicks butt (nicely and with a smile) when a butt kicking is needed, is quick to provide a decoy when a visiting co-worker is not getting the picture that I have my hands full with immediate problems so please go away, fast with a funny story when the mood needs to lighten and a protector when people are crowding my desk.

I've always loved working with Tammey and I'm absolutely loving sharing Jade Dragon Team leader duties with her. I'm thinking Jade Dragons will love having her as their co-leader.

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PAPELBON58 3/6/2010 1:34PM

    wow u to must have a good relationship. wow what an insite on tammey. i think it is so cool to know someone like that.

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ROBNDOM 11/24/2009 9:06AM

    I love quirks it makes life exciting. I too consider myself a dork! Office supplies - nothing better than finding something fun in your favorite color! Blessing to both of you. Can see that you are great friends which of course is priceless!

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CARRIE1948 11/19/2009 8:08AM

    Office supplies are cool. So are lists. How else do you keep straight what someone's actual name is versus their screen name?

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MOMFAN 11/19/2009 12:26AM

    Hey, we share something, I love different colored pens, At work they are always disappearing! I think you are both pretty special!

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TAMSPARKLESTOO 11/18/2009 7:02PM

    Ohhh, Kahren. I don't know whether to cry because these are such nice things to say or laugh because they're totally true! I know I'm a dork. I think it's part of my charm. At least that's what I tell myself :)

Thanks being so kind and taking in stride all my little quirks. It's so fun to laugh about it with you.

This blog should give our team members a pretty good insight!


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How Easy It Is....

Thursday, September 24, 2009

.....to fall into lazy ways. During the Summer I was taking my grandkids swimming every Saturday - 2 1/2 hours of playing hard with three kids will really burn calories. My Spark Buddy and I were going to the gym three times a week and getting in some really good strength training and then I was getting in some fat burning cardio on my own. THEN (the dreaded turn in events) my RA started to flair up and it hit my knees. Rather than pushing through, I used it as an excuse for cutting back. And, yes, an excuse. My knees aren't that bad.

I know that it is key to my health and weight loss that I stay very active. I have the metabolism of a slug when I am not active. I must not sink back into my old, lazy ways. I will blog again next Wednesday before I leave on my trip and hopefully I will feel better about my activity level.

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TAMSPARKLESTOO 9/25/2009 12:59PM

    hellooooooo, what the heck has been my problem. I haven't exactly been the best Spark buddy. Seems like something always comes up (being sick) or whatever.

So I say next week while we're here before vacation we workout everyday.

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BIXIE23 9/25/2009 8:31AM

    Every little bit counts, even if it isn't 2-1/2 hours swimming or the gym 3x a week. You'll get back into it; it just takes the right mindset and it sounds like you're on your way.

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MARLIN515 9/24/2009 5:16PM

    Just do what you can! Don't ever give up! Just a walk is being active!!

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NSIMON116 9/24/2009 3:27PM

    You will get there!

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MOMFAN 9/24/2009 1:02PM

    So true, so true!

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Fall BL Challenge Plan of Action

Wednesday, September 02, 2009

Life has a way of getting in the way, doesnít it? It sure did during the Summer Challenge. But the stuff thatís getting in the way is my life, isnít it? Anyway, this is the plan I am going to do my best to follow for the Fall Challenge:

~Drink my water. Why do I still struggle with this?
~Track my food (I have been lazy about it the last couple weeks).
~Convince myself I really donít like butter and cream.
~Go get my steriod shot so I have no excuses.
~Do serious cardio three times a week.
~Do serious strength at least two times a week.
~Do the ITC each week.
~Uplift my fellow Jade Dragons.

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DOLPHINTRNS14 9/6/2009 12:32AM

    I like your goals that you have. Have you ever tried adding crystal light mixes to your water? It helps me tremendously. I use 1 packet for 32 oz. It says for 16, but that seems too sweet for me and less money I have to spend. LOL. emoticon

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12SPOOKY 9/3/2009 7:34PM

    I like your goals for the challenge. However, you probably won't have to work too hard on the last one. You uplift your teammates easily & so often!!

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SAMJOYUS 9/3/2009 5:15PM

    I like your list - its simple and to the point! Onwards and downwards (well atleast in weight lol)

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MOMFAN 9/2/2009 11:41PM

    Dragons burn fat!

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NSIMON116 9/2/2009 6:59AM

    I like the plan. They are direct uncomplicated attainable goals. I'll be uplifting you too!

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My Friend, Turtlemoose

Wednesday, August 05, 2009

I have a Spark Friend named Turtlemoose (Kim). We also happen to work together in Spokane County Superior Court. Many of you know her, however, as a Jade Dragon!!!! I want to tell everyone, especially my fellow Dragons, just how fabulous Kim looks. Everyone in the courthouse is commenting on it. Yesterday we passed on the stairs and I said, "Oh, Kimmie, those pants have to go." (She was swimming in them.) Today she showed up in my office sporting the beginnings of a whole new wardrobe. She looks GREAT! She is truly becoming one sleek dragon - she's always been a strong and determined one!!!

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DOLPHINTRNS14 8/17/2009 10:47PM

    Kahren, that is so awesome. You two are the dynamic duo. Keep up the good work and remind her to pull up her pants now and then. We Jade Dragons have our pride. WAY TO GO TURTLEMOOSE!!!!

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ALINAE1978 8/13/2009 2:35PM

    Way to go, Kim!!!!

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CURVYCAKE 8/11/2009 8:03AM

    How fabulous a person you are giving such positive feedback to your friend! You are such an upbeat and positive person - can you send some of that to me in Ontario?

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SAMJOYUS 8/8/2009 8:59AM

    That is so nice of you to mention Kahren since you know her in person :) Congratulations on people noticing Kim!

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TURTLEMOOSE 8/5/2009 8:58PM

    Aw...schucks. Thank you Kahren.


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