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The Weekend In Review

Sunday, May 19, 2013

Hello fellow sparkers and welcome to Kellie's weekend in review.

In the spirit of joining the Flylady team, I took advantage of a slow Friday at work to clean and organize my desk. That mountain of papers builds quickly. Everything had a file or hit the recycling bin. I felt amazingly more at ease.

After work I took the dog for a 30-minute walk, did a load of laundry and read my book. I love Friday evenings with nothing to do but decompress from the week.

Saturday morning I took the dog for her one-mile walk, then I headed out for my four-mile run. It always amazes me what a mental game running is. Sure stamina is involved but I have found it is so much about mentally pushing yourself.

Instead of my usual play list order, I hit shuffle. It started out with All Fired Up by Pat Benetar instead of the usual slow, haunting building melody of Myth by Beach House. I had to force myself to take it slow.

I was amazed at how great I felt starting out. Sometimes I think to myself "this was a bad idea, I don't have it today" when I first start out. But forcing myself to take it easy during that song when it usually kicks me into third gear seamed to really do wonders for me.

When the Map-My-Run lady said I had reached two miles, I thought "this is good, I'm not so tired, I'm getting stronger". Then I thought "wait, I don't have the usual one mile left, it's still two miles away". I instantly got tired. See, it's all mental.

So to combat that thought, I imagined my SP runner friends with me. While Somebody's Out There by Triumph played, AMMORRIS87 came running up telling me "we can do it together, let's keep moving". BIGPAWSUP came running up to us with her fabulous pigtails and a big grin and the three of us kept a good pace.

SUGAR0814 came running up to join us followed by BROOKLYN BORN with her usual thumbs up to all of us. MJRIEMERS and her daughter caught up telling me "just don't stop". I slowed down to a trot for a minute to catch my breath and PUPPYWHISPERS joined in. Just then PMRUNNER ran ahead of us and said to follow him. Up ahead I noticed FUNLOVEN telling me to "come on, we are runners now".

No joke, this is what I do when I run, I give myself pep talks and picture positive images to keep me moving because I am a couch potato by nature! I felt SO good when I got home at what I accomplished.

Then it was time to shower, pack a bag and drop the dog at the dog sitter because I WON TICKETS TO SEE KENNY CHESNEY!!! Okay I was never much of a country music fan but DH is and it's been growing on me since we got married six years ago. He was singing along with Kenny in the car one day to Blue Rocking Chair and I fell in love with him and with Kenny.

We picked up the tickets at will call about 5:00, Eli Young band was already on stage. He was really good, then Eric Church came on, they ROCKED, then a short intermission and it was Kenny time! What a party that guy puts on. So it was about a six hour show and I was dancing and singing the whole time. My inner groupie woke up. She's been asleep for a while.

My voice is a little hoarse today because you know, the bands need to hear me sing from 40 rows back! I'm exhausted, everything hurts, my knees, my ankles, my back from all the dancing in heels for six hours. In my defense, I had no idea this was going to be six hours or that I would dance so much. It was worth it because the shoes made the SIZE EIGHT JEANS I finally fit into look good!!!! I haven't been in a size 8 in 15 years!

I had such a good time! It was probably a four or five block walk from where we sat in the park out to the car. Every step felt like I was walking on razor blades but it was such a great day and evening, I didn't care!

Tomorrow I hit the reset button. It was an active weekend but nutritionally it was an epic fail. Hey, everything in moderation. Tomorrow is another day.

I hope everyone had a good weekend. Let's rock Monday baby!


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TDEMAIO2 5/22/2013 7:39AM

    What fun : ) I am going to dance again, it has been years emoticon

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SUGAR0814 5/20/2013 3:41PM

    I wish I could run with you! It's so much better to have a running buddy! emoticon Sounds like you had a busy but fun weekend! Keep you the great job you're doing!! emoticon

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FUNLOVEN 5/20/2013 9:11AM

    I think I have a love-hate relationship with the weekends, LOVE to have fun like you did emoticon but hate the consequences of not eating such Sparkling meals.

Love how you mentally run with all of your team mates. What a fun idea!

You are an inspiration, Kellie, and I am glad you are my emoticon

Rock on !

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CHERYL_ANNE 5/20/2013 7:04AM

    So excited for you! You're an inspiration. emoticon

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NEW-CAZ 5/20/2013 3:09AM

    Sounds like a great weekend emoticon

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    Aww, you two are so cute in the pic! Glad to hear you had a great time! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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DELIA38961 5/19/2013 11:46PM

    sounds like a pretty amazing weekend ...I actually do the mental thing where I imagine others along beside me pushing me on to...glad to know I'm not the only one who does that a great week

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BIGPAWSUP 5/19/2013 10:53PM

    How awesome! I love your run - glad to be of assistance. I'm certain we all are.

The concert sounds great. I'm not much on country either but anything that can keep you up and moving for 6 hours has to be awesome!


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PINKYYSUEE 5/19/2013 10:51PM

    looks like you had a good weekend...thanks for sharing!

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Two For Tuesday

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Radio stations do it so here we go....... two thoughts on my mind this week.......


I started taking a free yoga class at my library a year and a half ago. For several months, I was not a pretty sight to put it mildly but little by little, I improved. The people that attend the class are all shapes, sizes and fitness levels so I've been comfortable from the beginning.

Last night was probably the most challenging the class has been for me since those first few classes. AND I WAS ABLE TO KEEP UP! It was exhilarating.

She started out with some moves that really taxed the abs. HELLO! I could feel my abdominal muscles curling and contracting in just the right way. It was pretty cool.

I finally tried jumping into plank from the forward fold and it was good. I nailed the tree and eagle poses. I love those, they make me feel powerful. My balance has greatly improved.

We spent a lot of time in forward folds and downward dogs than we normally do. I REALLY need to buy some slimmer-fitting tops! A couple times I came very close to giving the guy behind me a show.

I LOVE FEELING STRONG, POWERFUL AND BALANCED. Cuz those who know me know I'm a little off balance at times! bah ha.



This is a statement I would NEVER have imagined would ever pop in my head! I've worked out off and on over the last 20 years but have never thought about running.

After my divorce, I put on some weight so I got back into my walking routine. Every night after dinner I headed out on the one-mile path I had mapped around my apartment.

Part of the path was along the railroad tracks because it was well lit at night with some traffic, not too heavy but enough to notice me if the boogie man grabbed me.

One night I was going at a brisk pace and a freight train came through. Not sure what happened, I got this surge of energy, part fright I'm sure and I started jogging. IT WAS AWESOME, the rush of wind, the roar of the engine. The adrenaline was incredible.

I slowly built up to running two blocks and walking one block for a mile and then lost interest. Not sure why.

I started again a couple years ago by downloading the Get Running app. I've been at it for a while, progress did NOT come quickly. I've completed a few 5Ks, nothing spectacular but to me, it's groundbreaking progress!

Last week I started pushing myself a little more and ran 4 miles around my neighborhood. SHUT THE FRONT DOOR! I really did that?! Still doesn't seem possible but I'm doing it. I now have my sights set on a 10K by the end of this season or next spring. We'll see how this goes.

None of this has ever been easy, some days it's still a struggle but nothing worth having is ever easy.

Do not EVER underestimate yourself or give up on yourself. Every day is a chance to start over or to push yourself just a little more.

Terrific Tuesday wishes all around!


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SUSUSUZZZIE 5/15/2013 11:05PM

    Awesome about the yoga and the running! You are inspiriational...maybe I'll get there too with the running (and slow-slow-slow improvement)!

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DELIA38961 5/15/2013 11:03PM

    that's great :) best wishes on training for a 10 k

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    That's hilarious about almost giving the guy behind you an eye-full! emoticon Maybe that will get him to come to class more often! emoticon That's great that you are doing so well! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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FUNLOVEN 5/14/2013 10:09AM

    Kelli you are emoticon

The yoga I get to do periodically isn't nearly as difficult as what your doing. I'm impressed! As far as the running goes - 10K WOW! I am just preparing to tackle my first 5K and know I won't run/jog the entire route. Just that I'm doing it is going to be enough. I would never tell you that I am a runner. As a matter of fact I would tell you that I hate running, but last night I walked on my TM and it felt so strange not to do my walk/jog routine that I started wondering what I do after my 5K at the end of May. Would I continue or back of to just walking ? Time will tell that's for sure.

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CHERYL_ANNE 5/14/2013 9:57AM

    Thank you for your empowering words of inspiration:

Do not EVER underestimate yourself or give up on yourself. Every day is a chance to start over or to push yourself just a little more.


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TATERCAT 5/14/2013 9:35AM

    I am happy that you are enjoying yoga and running; nothing like enjoying your exercises. Good Luck on your 10K! I know that you can do it.

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SUGAR0814 5/14/2013 9:30AM

    emoticon You're doing great! Keep up the great job!

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BIGPAWSUP 5/14/2013 9:18AM

    You are and awesome amazing woman! Congrats on your yoga and your running. You really seem to have found your fit!

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TORTISE110 5/14/2013 9:10AM

    You have inspired me! Great how you are getting stronger.


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LORILEEPAGE 5/14/2013 8:59AM

    Kellie, I am so excited for your great progress in yoga! Very motivating to me! And to top it off your making super progress with running! That seems to be so rewarding for you! I can't wait to hear about the day you first Ron 10K! It will happen! You are an inspiration!

Lori emoticon

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A coyote weekend

Monday, May 06, 2013

I have been living where I am for almost seven years. It's a heavily populated area with it's share of possums and skunks in the evening but I have not seen coyotes near the house.

None of the houses in our subdivision have fence-in yards so I have to take our yellow lab out on a leash. During the daylight, we walk out there with her without a leash. She's good about staying near us. Until.....

...she sees a skunk or possum at night. Then our loving, 70lb lap dog turns into a bad-ass! Knock on wood we have not been sprayed by the skunks and one night I was able to make her come back to me when she pounced towards a possum I didn't see and I lost my grip on the leash.

This weekend, we came close to three coyotes close to our house within a 24 hour period, all of them during daylight hours and all while DH was out of town!

One of them was yesterday afternoon. I walked with my dog off the least around the back of the house. As we walked back toward the house, the coyote came out of nowhere, darted in front of us and headed to the front of the house, our mild-mannered yellow lab hot on it's tail.

I stopped breathing but managed to scream for her to come back and took off running behind them. What a sight I'm sure! I can hear the radio announder now.... "aaaand coming around the bend now is Wiley Coyote and following in close second is Riley the lab closing in fast and wait, what's this, a last-minute contestant trying to make a name for herself, it's Kelliebean bringin up the rear...."

By the time I got to the front of the house she had turned around and was heading back. I guess she figured she showed that thing who's boss in her backyard and was done running. I needed CPR!

I wonder how many calories I burned in the frightening 10-second run to the front of the house to see if she got mauled or not???! Feets don't fail me now!

I definitely need yoga tonight!!!


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PUPPYWHISPERS 5/10/2013 2:48PM

    We have lots of coyotes near me, and we hear them at night. Thankfully we've never seen them, but they are close. They scare the heck out of me, especially with Jasper. Just this year, I've been hearing about a few local dogs that were killed by coyotes, so I'm especially careful. Jasper is never off leash, and I always carry pepper spray, especially when I take him out at night.

Please be careful and take care. The coyotes most likely won't hurt you, and Riley's size should protect him, but you just don't know.

I had to laugh out loud at your play-by-play though. I'm sure the 10 second run, coupled by the increased heart rate caused by fear equalled some serious calorie burn. emoticon

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FUNLOVEN 5/10/2013 10:34AM

    LOL ! Bet that wasn't the way you planned on getting your exercise for the day. Our Springer is very hard of hearing now so we have to keep him on a leash when we take him out, but in his younger days it wasn't necessary so much. We did learn our lesson however. It was still dark in the morning and so he doesn't show up very well being that he is mostly brown. My DH took him out before leaving for work. I heard him hollering at Buster and then I smelled it. Oh yes, right into the white of his chest. Thank goodness our groomer was available. I opened all the car windows, put the dog in the car, stuck my head out the window, and drove the few miles to the groomer. I hope never to relive that experience again !

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    I'm glad you and Riley are okay, but you made the whole thing sound so gosh-darn funny! This coming from a girl who sucked a centipede off the wall with the vacuum cleaner hose after I had already sprayed it to death with bug spray! emoticon emoticon

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AUGUSTDRAGON 5/7/2013 9:57PM

    Riley, let me introduce you to my dog Ginger. Ginger meet Riley. Now the two of you go out and play, and if anything follows you home, no the two of you cannot keep it. There, that should keep Riley out of trouble now!

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BROOKLYN_BORN 5/7/2013 9:22PM

    I've heard we have coyotes in our area, but fortunately I've never seen one. I jump when a chipmunk comes out of the bushes.

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SUGAR0814 5/6/2013 3:45PM

    Coyotes in the neighborhood...scary! Be careful! At least you have Riley to protect you! emoticon

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    This is the funniest - poor coyote, where are they coming from??

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BIGPAWSUP 5/6/2013 1:29PM

    We had a coyote walk into a Starbucks here in Chicago last summer (I think). Really, true story.

Unless Riley actually CAUGHT/Cornered the coyote, he was in no real danger. He's to big for one (or even two coyotes) to choose to tangle with. That said, I'm glad the 'yote got away. Hopefully it will avoid your house in the future.

With everyone ok, it is a humorous image!

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LORILEEPAGE 5/6/2013 1:13PM

    First while hubby's away it was an encounter with a spider! Now coyotes! I hope your DH comes back soon!

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TATERCAT 5/6/2013 12:20PM

    Haha funny recount of your encounter with the coyote. I am so glad that Riley is OK! I can just imagine you dashing after the dog.

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NOLABUG79 5/6/2013 11:42AM

    I live in a very populated area also and though I have not seen any coyote that close to the house, I have noticed that they are getting closer.

What a scary situation. Happy to hear nothing bad happened...except some impromptu sprinting.

Glad your feet didnt fail you. emoticon

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GERARLAUR 5/6/2013 11:37AM

    Hey funny.

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Friday, May 03, 2013

Well, I got two good brisk walks in today, I did a brisk pace on the elliptical for 20 minutes, I'm going to do some upper body ST while I watch Silver Linings Playbook in a few minutes and all I can think about is Boris on the ceiling (Boris is my name for spiders).

He hasn't moved in over an hour which is fine with me. As long as spiders, any kind of bug really, stay put when they are anywhere near me, I'm okay. If it starts running, we're gonna have a problem.

I was thinking that I could get the step ladder and hold a cup or something under him to catch him and let him outside (I am a kind person deep down). Let's think about this, even on a step ladder, that thing is going to be above my face as I try to get him to land in a cup. No good could come of that. If he drops anywhere beside the cup, there will be screaming and there will be injuries.

Next thought, I could just leave him be, spiders after all are good, they eat other insects. But I won't be able to sleep tonight knowing he has free reign of the house while I sleep. Because of course since this is the only spider I see, it's the only one in the house right?! Rrrright. (that was sarcasm).

Then the next thought was about poor Jeff Hanneman, founder of the metal group Slayer. He just DIED from liver failure, possibly from a SPIDER BITE! So I'm in quite a pickle Dick (from the movie Fun With Dick and Jane.)

DH won't be home till tomorrow. Oh where is John Goodman when I need him (Arachnophobia). And yes, I did actually sit through that movie when an out-of-town friend visited years ago and insisted we rent it. It was extremely difficult on me.... and those around me!

Maybe I'll just close the door to this room and stick a towel under the door. That should work right?

Wish me luck!


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SUGAR0814 5/5/2013 10:07PM

    I hope Boris decided to leave! Have a great day!

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LIVINHEALTHY9 5/4/2013 8:32PM

    I hope you and Boris were able to share your space.

I loved your blog. Cute!

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BIGPAWSUP 5/4/2013 8:09PM

    I have a deal with the spiders in my house - stay in the basement and no one get hurt!

If you have a swiffer sweeper and a paper towel work great on ceiling spiders.

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CAT-IN-CJ 5/3/2013 8:01PM

    GET A BROOM! anything with a long handle on it . . . .
and hope and pray it doesn't run the same way you do!!!!

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Movie Lines for Your Day

Thursday, May 02, 2013

My life is as good as an Abba song. It's as good as Dancing Queen.

Muriel's Wedding

I don't date these girls because they're well-read. I gave one of them a copy of "Farewell to Arms". She thought it was a diet book.

The Mirror Has Two Faces

They've done studies you know. Sixty percent of the time, it works every time.


Time marches on and sooner or later you realize it is marching across your face.

Steel Magnolias

Demented and sad but social.

The Breakfast Club

Life has to be a little nuts sometimes otherwise it's just a bunch of Thursdays all strung together.

Rumor Has It

!Have a great Thursday!

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FUNLOVEN 5/2/2013 9:40AM

    "Demented and Sad but Social" Yep, that pretty much describes me!

Thanks for the smiles this morning Kellie emoticon

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BIGPAWSUP 5/2/2013 9:11AM

    Awesome! Keep smiling!

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TORTISE110 5/2/2013 8:39AM

    Made me smile; made me think.

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WALLINMW 5/2/2013 8:37AM

  Stay motivated!

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    emoticon have a great day!

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