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Tuesday, April 15, 2014

It's good to get a good dose of a world existing beyond your issues every now and again.

Last night I almost didn't go to yoga. Changing priorities at work aggravated me and it was cold and snowy after a beautiful spring-like weekend. But I went.

A woman new to the class talked to me afterwards. She will be 71 this week. She had been to water aerobics in the morning, senior Zumba and now yoga. I told her if I had done a water aerobics class, I'd be napping, not hitting two more classes! She said she couldn't do that and disappoint her workout partner, pointing to the lady next to me.

She said she had survived breast cancer, had both knees replaced and shoulder surgery. And I wanted to skip yoga because I had a bad day and some cramps (apologies to my male readers). What an amazing and Inspirational woman.


I took today off work to take my dad to the VA hospital to see if he would qualify for hearing aides he has needed for some time now. He's had a tough go of things since my mom passed away two months ago.

It was quite a sobering morning at the VA. A lot of people suffering in many ways, just trying to get through a day. Of course I am always in awe of anyone that serves our country in any capacity but it really hits you when you spend some time in a VA hospital, how important it is to take care of our veterens!

Afterward I took my dad out to breakfast at his and my mom's favorite waffle restaurant. The waitress was happy to meet me and spoke very highly of my parents and how much she misses my mom.

I've been moping because I will be hosting Easter this Sunday, first holiday since my mom's passing. I can't seem to make any decisions but the past 24 hours have given me a much-needed kick in the pants. Tons to get done.

Keep moving forward, even if you don't feel like it and always, thank a vet!


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KANOE10 4/16/2014 9:24AM

    Yes, thank a vet, always! That was a good reflection on the life of others and how we should appreciate our own. I hope your Easter goes well for you. Hugs.

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SUGAR0814 4/16/2014 12:27AM

    Thank you for sharing! I'm glad you went to yoga. You meeting the active senior was not an accident. Everything happens for a reason. Praying your tomorrow is great!! emoticon

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MJREIMERS 4/15/2014 11:02PM

    Thanks for this and emoticon to you! Life does move on, but it's not always easy. Event do really open our eyes, don't they. Hang in there and know that your mom's love is still with you. I hope your holiday is as great as you are!

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KRISTA987 4/15/2014 8:51PM

    Glad you found your motivation again!
Wishing you & your family a Happy Easter emoticon

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DELIA38961 4/15/2014 8:11PM

    great motivational blog emoticon

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TRAVELGRRL 4/15/2014 3:45PM

    Great blog. It always helps to see the world from someone else's perspective. Thank you for sharing!!

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FUNLOVEN 4/15/2014 3:40PM

    You are always so inspirational to me, Kellie!

My dad also uses the VA medical services since he has no other insurance for the everyday things like his glasses, hearing aides, and meds. They are indispensable!

Your blog is a reminder to me that no matter we have been through or are going through, time does not stand still for anything or any one. The holidays can be hard when we have lost people we love. Believe me when I tell you that it gets more tolerable as time goes on. We have to remember to be grateful for our left behind fathers.

Happy Easter emoticon

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MANDELOVICH 4/15/2014 3:05PM

    Beautiful post about what matters in life. Thank you!

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PUPPYWHISPERS 4/15/2014 2:56PM

    Great blog--thank you! I also have been feeling a bit sorry for myself, and this gave me a much needed wake up call! I wish my mom were as feisty as the woman you met at yoga.

Regarding Easter--I can understand why you are moping, but maybe hosting will help to keep your mind focused and busy. I'm thinking of you.


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BIGPAWSUP 4/15/2014 2:39PM

    Hope you have a wonderful holiday.

Great blog

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Conversations With Myself

Friday, April 11, 2014

I posted in my Spark status that I would run last night because the weekend was going to be too busy. I post, therefore I do. It was a draining day at work, sitting in a dark room watching a webex all day.

I had to stop for a few groceries and gas before I got home. While driving, I had the following conversation…

“If I don’t get home quickly, I’ll lose my spark to run, the dog will want a walk, and it will be too late.”

“Stop it! It’s only 4:30, you have time, stop making excuses.”

“Okay, I’ll just get milk, I’ll get gas in the morning.”

“NO! You posted you would buy freggies for the weekend and you don’t want to get gas at 5am do you? You have time.”

“Okay, but I’m going to walk the dog first, I don’t like walking her after my run, it takes too much time to change into dry clothes and then I forget to stretch.”

“Fine, just put your running clothes on when you walk her so you have no excuse about running after her walk.”

So the dog got her 20-minute walk after which I grabbed my iPhone with the running playlist all ready to go and headed out for my planned 2-mile run. It was overcast but warm enough to run without a jacket, it felt wonderful!

When the nice MapMyFitness lady announced the one-mile mark, instead of turning around, I kept going just a little further. As I got closer to home, instead of waiting for the three cars to pass, I ran just a little further before crossing the street.

When the nice MapMyFitness lady announced two miles, I didn’t slow to a walk; I went just a little further to make 2.25 miles and then walked a bit. I don’t even remember my time, I was just so happy I felt good and that I didn’t NEED to stop. I’ve been slowly building my endurance since the plantar fasciitis event.

I showered and pulled out the three pairs of work pants I ordered on line that just arrived. I held one pair up and thought, ‘ugh, I ordered them too small’. I checked the tag, no same size I wear now, just a slimmer cut. Instant aggravation, now I have to deal with returning them. Look at that, THEY FIT! I do have a butt! I'm so used to wearing baggy clothes still.

I was so pumped I did three sets of pushups, triceps dips and then the Lean arms video that I had also planned on but didn’t feel like doing.

Must keep listening to my Spark personality! She hasn’t failed me yet!


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DOGLADY13 4/13/2014 2:44PM

    WooHoo! Kellie for the win! I love those moments! You hold yourself accountable and your body rewards you. And it is especially rewarding when you fit in slimmer cuts and you look and feel good. Yeah!!

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TRAVELGRRL 4/13/2014 10:32AM

    Wow, what a great day you had! I wish you'd come over and let your inner voice talk to me, LOL!

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FUNLOVEN 4/12/2014 8:58AM

    Look what a little good weather can do for our Spark spirits !

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SUGAR0814 4/11/2014 11:42PM

    emoticon , totally emoticon emoticon emoticon !!!!

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GLORIAMAJDI 4/11/2014 9:12PM

    Your energy and enthusiasm are contagious and motivating!

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DELIA38961 4/11/2014 8:19PM

    Awesome. ..I can always count on you for motivation

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EJB2801 4/11/2014 8:15PM

    I like your comment "Must keep listening to my Spark personality! She hasn't failed me yet." It reminds me of Maria in the Sound of Music approaching the Von Trapp mansion..."I have confidence in confidence itself. Besides which you see, I have con-fi-dence in meeeeeeeee!"

Must remember this when I'm having those similar arguments.
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DEB42615 4/11/2014 4:15PM

    Wow I'm impressed :) Freggies? MapMyFitness? invites investigation here :) emoticon

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SAILORSSONG 4/11/2014 3:52PM

    That is awesome! Wish I could do that more often than I do as well.

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NICKYCRANE 4/11/2014 3:33PM

    Hopemthis blog gets featured! Will check,out fitness lender exercise videos!

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    WOW! You are something!! I am in awe. emoticon

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MULTIMOM 4/11/2014 1:03PM

    Way to go! VICTORY!!!!! Also, thanks for sharing your tip on fitness blender exercise videos. First time I heard of them and will start tomorrow. Any more video tips would be great! Have a great weekend!

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BIGPAWSUP 4/11/2014 12:56PM

    Absolutely awesome!!

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RAVELGIRLY 4/11/2014 12:26PM

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I have had that same argument with myself many times! . It is a great feeling when the Spark wins over the excuses. Good job!!!

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TANITHSEH1011 4/11/2014 9:31AM

    Awesome job!!! I love the accomplished feeling I have after I get out and do the things I had a hard time convincing myself to do.

Keep it up!

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CHERYLHURT 4/11/2014 8:52AM

  Way to go!

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BRAINYBLONDE5 4/11/2014 8:50AM

    LOOK AT YOU GO! the hardest step is always that first one! you are amazing! have a wonderful weekend!

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LORILEEPAGE 4/11/2014 8:43AM

    You are so fun! I love hearing about your life!

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Spring and Rebirth

Wednesday, April 09, 2014

It hit me today, really hit me how you need to keep moving through the tough times to get to the good times.

While walking the dog, it occurred to me that it was just a few short weeks ago that there were still mounds of snow here and there that we climbed up and over on our walks. I remember the feeling that winter was never ever going to end, that I was living in Siberia, that the sun was never going to shine again.

It's kind of like pregnancy and childbirth. I was never the glowing, picture of health, radiant pregnant type so indulge me for a minute. I remember feeling like I was never going to get through a day without vomiting, that I was never ever going to sleep comfortable through the night again, that the contractions were never ever going to end. Then after each of my kids was born, I didn't remember any of that so much.

You always hear how spring is a rebirth but today it really hit me how true that is. That brutal winter that only recently ended seemed like a distant memory already today as I walked the dog, felt the sun hit my face, saw grass turn green and buds on the trees.

I feel thankful I made it through the winter with my healthy habits intact and weight maintained. Keeping active and eating right doesn't seem so much of a chore these days. They are habits now. Sure I slip up now and again but I jump right back in!

Remember, "if you're going through hell, keep on going, don't slow down, if you're scared don't show it, you might get out before the devil even knows you're there"

by Rodney Atkins

Plan for staying on track this weekend...

Shopping for veggies
Getting a run in
Keeping the water bottle filled

I hope everyone has a powerful and positive weekend!

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LORILEEPAGE 4/11/2014 5:58AM

    You did a commendable job getting through your harsh winter intact! WooHoo!!

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BIGPAWSUP 4/10/2014 3:30PM

    Perfect attitude!

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LOVEBONNIELOVE 4/10/2014 11:37AM

    Beautiful! emoticon

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TATERCAT 4/10/2014 11:06AM

    Hooray for Spring! I love this season because it always makes me feel like everything can change. That bad things will eventually be over, and there is hope again emoticon

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TORTISE110 4/10/2014 10:03AM

    Yes, time for all that hibernation to leave our bodies and bones. Happy Spring!!

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FUNLOVEN 4/10/2014 9:50AM

    You are oh so right, Kellie. Thanks for the reminder !

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TANITHSEH1011 4/10/2014 9:34AM

    Keep it up! You are doing great. Now we have a nice spring upon us so we can all get out and have even more awesome activities to do.

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KANOE10 4/10/2014 8:53AM

    Good for you making it through a very hard winter with your healthy exercise habits intact and maintaining your weight. I have been so enjoying the spring as well..It is a rebirth and a time for well as beautiful.

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BROOKLYN_BORN 4/10/2014 8:22AM

    Spring has a way of making all things seem possible.

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AHEALTHYME0204 4/10/2014 6:35AM

    Spring showed up here too!!! Amazing how a little sunshine brightens ones overall views!!!

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MANDELOVICH 4/10/2014 4:24AM

    Spring really feels so great doesn't it!

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SUGAR0814 4/10/2014 12:07AM

    emoticon thanks for sharing!

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GEORGE815 4/9/2014 10:29PM

    Good thoughts. Thanks!

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Great Beginning and End

Friday, April 04, 2014

Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to my first blog from my new iMac. I can be taught!


Last Friday, a woman in my office decided to start the day with Pharell Williams' Happy. We got up and danced. SO unlike us!

This morning, she decided to do it again only this time, she brought up the video and we tried to mimic the moves of everyone in the video. Let me tell you, hilarity ensued and we worked up a sweat. A great way to start the day!

Go ahead, grab the kids, grandkids, the neighbor and give it a try...

Whenever the day got crazy, someone started singing. You just can't have a bad day with Pharrell around!


I just finished a yoga DVD... Element for stress relief and flexibility with Ashley Turner. I highly recommend it! My legs and butt have been barking all day from the fitness blender workout I did last night. I feel all loose, melty, mellow and ready for bed. A great way to end the day.


Tootaloo my darlins!


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OCEANWIDE 4/7/2014 1:53PM

    Cannot get enough of "Happy", it's such a great song !
There seems to be a great ambiance at your work, how lovely !!
Well done with the exercise by the way ! emoticon

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BOPPY_ 4/7/2014 12:30AM

    The link to that video deserves at least 200 SparkPoints. The goodie's on the way! :-|

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NUOVAELLE 4/6/2014 3:25AM

    I've been doing the same thing with my little daughter! We play a video of the song with the minions and she just can't stop dancing and smiling! Me neither!
Enjoy your new iMac!
And be happy!

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DOGLADY13 4/5/2014 8:15PM

    I listen to Pharrel a lot on the way to work. Several times each week. It is a mood lifter.

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TATERCAT 4/5/2014 1:38PM

    I love that song and it always brightens my mood. Your coworkers sound like a blast. emoticon

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DEB42615 4/5/2014 10:00AM

    I happened upon the "Happy" video from another source this morning and it did make me feel good :)
Good luck with the Mac - I've had no experience whatsoever with Apple and I'm thinking I should know SOMEthing. So little time, so much to do :)
I can't wait for the days when exercise of any kind feels natural to me - or at least not foreign.
Have a great weekend emoticon

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TRAVELGRRL 4/5/2014 8:49AM

    I played the video all the way through...a great way to START my day today! Now off to walk 12 miles!!!!! Have a great weekend, Kellie!

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LORILEEPAGE 4/5/2014 8:45AM

    Awesome! What did you use before your iMac? I have a MacBook Pro and love it. And iPhone. We are a very Apple family. At least 24 apple devices amongst us!! Have an awesome weekend Kellie!!!

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KANOE10 4/5/2014 8:34AM

    That was a great video. What a nice day to dance at work..and then to do the yoga dvd. Thanks for sharing the dvd. I tried my yoga dvd and agree it is work!

Glad you had a great day.

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SUGAR0814 4/4/2014 11:58PM

    I love that song! It really gets you moving!! I would love to work in a place where music & dancing was allowed!! emoticon

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VWMOMMY 4/4/2014 11:56PM

    Looks like a fun way to start the day!

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FOR_THE_DUDES 4/4/2014 11:00PM

    What an awesome work environment.

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The Week

Thursday, April 03, 2014

A blog written by a sleepy blogger for busy readers....

On call this week at work, snacked too much, DH has been home all week which tempts me to curl up on the couch in the evenings.

Pushed myself to move, walking breaks at work, even if only 5 or 10 minutes a few times a day, walking the dog after dinner, workout videos.

Tonight was the body weight cardio training plus lower body video. I'm gonna go ahead and say it, brutal, excruciating, lateral Burpees, plank jacks, side plank toe touches. Ugh! BUT so effective!

Two weeks till my next 5K, must keep powering up. During tonight's workout, I thought about Micky in the movie Rocky...."You're gonna eat lightning, and you're gonna crap thunder!”

Everybody get out there and crap thunder this weekend!


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GLORIAMAJDI 4/4/2014 9:57PM

    I love that you get in five minutes here and ten minutes there. I need to do that too!

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FUNLOVEN 4/4/2014 8:46AM

    I was wondering what all that flashing light in the sky and noise last night was all about. Now I know - it was You!

I am going to my Curves class this morning and a TM walk will be on my list for the w/e.

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TRAVELGRRL 4/4/2014 8:22AM

    OMG, those moves sound EXCRUCIATING! I'll be walking 12 miles tomorrow to ramp up for a half marathon coming up later in the month. Today, 3 miles and Pilates! Let's do this girl!

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LORILEEPAGE 4/4/2014 5:47AM

    Haha~crap thunder! Lateral burpees! How the heck?! Side plank toe touches? Ouch! You're really working it, girl!!

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DOGLADY13 4/4/2014 5:47AM

    Is a bike ride OK? I'm going to be in mixed company and I don't want to embarass myself. emoticon

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SUSUSUZZZIE 4/4/2014 1:15AM

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Love this!

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SUGAR0814 4/3/2014 11:33PM

    You are doing great! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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BIGPAWSUP 4/3/2014 10:22PM

    I promise to get out and moving! Crapping thunder - sounds a bit painful.

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