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Look For The Helpers

Monday, April 15, 2013

I saw a quote by Mister Rogers posted on Facebook today. I haven't verified he actually said this but I thought it was a nice thing to remember on sad-news days like today...

“When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, ‘Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.’ To this day, especially in times of ‘disaster,’ I remember my mother’s words, and I am always comforted by realizing that there are still so many helpers – so many caring people in this world.”

Hugs to all!

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BSHOSH 4/16/2013 9:16AM

    Awesome... thanks for sharing!

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FUNLOVEN 4/16/2013 7:30AM

    What a nice blog Kellie emoticon Yesterdays event was a horrible tragedy, but I do prefer to believe that there are still more good people then bad.

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TDEMAIO2 4/16/2013 7:18AM

    You have a wise mother! GOD bless them all!

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PMRUNNER 4/16/2013 5:51AM

    I saw it too. The first responders in an attack like that are among today's true heros, selflessly working to protect and save others. Without their fast response and care, the tragedy could have been worse.

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NEW-CAZ 4/16/2013 3:04AM

    I like that emoticon

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DRB13_1 4/16/2013 1:45AM

    like TRAVELGRRL I also saw the quote on FB and will put it in my blog.
Thank you for posting it first!
Let all the "good" people in the world stand up and never let evil win

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SUGAR0814 4/15/2013 10:31PM

    That's nice! Thanks for sharing!

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BIGPAWSUP 4/15/2013 9:48PM

    I like that thought.

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CAT-IN-CJ 4/15/2013 9:47PM

    So sad, and so true.

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TRAVELGRRL 4/15/2013 9:39PM

    I saw it on Facebook as well, and posted it to my blog. I think it is a wonderful thought for parents of young children to use to comfort their children. There is so much ugliness in the world. I was so upset to hear that one of the two dead was an 8-year-old. I hope it's not true. I think there is a special place in hell for people who hurt children.

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GERARLAUR 4/15/2013 9:17PM

    thanks for sharing.

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Chicago 5K tour

Saturday, April 13, 2013

They say in Chicago, if you don't like the weather, wait a little while, it will change. We hit almost all of the seasons today.

When my kids and I signed up for today's Chicago Tragic Events 5K a couple weeks ago, we thought for sure the weather would be mild by now. The weather forecast all week promised today would be the only dry day. Oh nay nay. When we left the house in the burbs, there were snow flurries.

While waiting with my son for the train into the city, I got several steps in to keep warm. When we got off the train in the city, it was even colder of course. Every few blocks, we would stop in a restaurant just to warm up for a minute.

We met up with my daughter and the rest of the group in Millennium Park. There were only three others in our group, a couple from California and a woman from Louisiana. Louisiana said she hadn't run in years. I thought 'great, someone to run slow with me.' Oh nay nay. You couldn't tell she hadn't been running.

The tour guide was great. He had a great sense of humor and took fun pictures of us along the way. After he emails the pictures, I will post them. He was good at keeping our minds off of the increasingly cold temperature.

Soon the slight rain we had been running in turned to sleet. Heavy sleet. I looked up at a clock, blinking from the sleet hitting my eyes, to see it was 8:40am. We had only been running 40 minutes. About an hour and a half to go. I didn't think I was going to make it but I couldn't just quit.

We were very thankful he took us into the Palmer House hotel as part of the tour. Ah warmth! BEAUTIFUL hotel, interesting facts, then too soon, it was time to go back outside! UGH!

As we got close to intersections, traffic lights about to change, he would turn around and ask if we could make it across. Everyone enthusiastically shouted "Oh Yeah!" So I would take a deep breath and kick it into gear to keep up and get across.

As difficult as it was each time I did that, it was a rush too. I was freezing, my feet were wet, my lips were getting a little numb and my thighs barked but I was keeping up.

The sleet subsided turning back into a slight mist. It was fun running around, learning things I never knew about the city I grew up in.

As we ended the tour, the slight rain stopped, the sun peaked out and we saw patches of blue sky. We determined that we ran just over four miles in just under two hours. That was a pretty huge accomplishment for me considering the weather.

My daughter suggested a diner a couple miles away for breakfast, let's go for a leisurely run to the diner she said. Sure, make me keep running when I can barely walk! She has been into health and fitness the majority of her life and is the general manager of a women's health club. She is pretty inspiring!

I did it, I slowed down a couple times but quickly caught back up to them. At one point I even spoke a couple sentences while running. My daughter said "Mom, I am so proud of you!' That brought a tear to my eye.

After a long hot shower, I felt human again. I sat down to read my book and recover. My yellow lab sat at my feet, big eyes, big ears, tail wagging. Like she can understand me, I told her I couldn't possibly go out there again and that my calf was getting stiff.

The tail kept wagging and she never broke her gaze. I got up and took her for a walk. I just can't resist my walking buddy....

If you are ever in the Chicago area (maybe they do this in other cities too) I highly recommend doing one of these tours. It's not timed, it's just a good time.

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TINYRUNNER-GIRL 4/22/2013 8:51PM

    Everything about this post makes me feel fuzzy and happy. :D

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BIGPAWSUP 4/14/2013 12:56PM

    Sounds like a ton of fun. I've never done one. Maybe I'll try it.

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ANDY_54 4/14/2013 12:26PM

    I've never heard of such a thing, but it sounds like real fun! Well, except for the sleet, lol. What a great way to see the city. Thanks so much for posting!

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FUNLOVEN 4/14/2013 9:20AM

    OMG Kellie! emoticon I'm sure you had similar weather to my area and it was windy and cold yesterday. You are my inspiration for the day emoticon

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TRAVELGRRL 4/14/2013 9:02AM

    I never heard of one of these tours, but it sounds super-interesting. I'd like to hear more about it!

I am originally from SE Michigan but now live in Arkansas. I have to roll my eyes when people here say the same thing about Arkansas weather -- they don't know what changeable weather is really all about!

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TDEMAIO2 4/14/2013 8:33AM

    WOW your amazing : ) and you lab is beautiful :D

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FITMOMINNJ 4/14/2013 8:01AM

    You must feel like a million bucks:) emoticon emoticon

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NEW-CAZ 4/14/2013 3:09AM

    emoticon Kelly, so proud of you!! Glad you had a good time, have an equally great day today.....whatever you have planned! emoticon

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PMRUNNER 4/14/2013 2:44AM

    Thanks for sharing!

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SUSUSUZZZIE 4/13/2013 11:27PM

    Your day sounds awesome! And the tour sounds very interesting and I've added to a list to see if they do anything like it around here.

I hope warmer weather some comes and stays!

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WEARINGTHIN 4/13/2013 10:46PM

    Nice blog. Glenn

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AM_MORRIS87 4/13/2013 10:04PM

    Kellie that is so awesome!!! I'm so proud of you! You did amazing, and it sounds super fun. I didn't even know such things existed! Plus, I'm sure it was awesome to do it w/ your daughter. :) I'm so glad you had a good time. You are awesome!

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SUGAR0814 4/13/2013 9:39PM

    You did great! emoticon

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It's All Up To Me

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

I woke up achy from an intense workout with trainer boy the night before. Love it! I was ready to face the day knowing my muscles were repairing themselves and making me stronger.

Was it the cold, bleary weather, did I sleep too hard? I felt lethargic all day with heavy heavy eylelids. That ready-to-face-the-day attitude quickly withered!

Someone brought in sweets to work which usually never happens. I'm in week three of the SP curbing my sweet tooth challenge but I joined in the festivities anyway. I convinced myself it was okay because I really wasn't craving the snack, I was just being polite and fit people can eat a cupcake now and again.

I was fine for a while but after lunch, I wanted another cupcake. Instead I poured myself a large cup of green tea and had a special K fruit crisp. Yes, it's sweet but less calories than the cupcake. Crises averted. I did not have a second cupcake. HEAR THE ANGELS SING!

The afternoon dragged endlessly. The large auditorium I usually take walking breaks in was occupied all day. I was stir crazy all afternoon. I kept getting up every hour and walking all around the building.

I read blogs and spark people articles for a bit to distract myself. Most were about choices; it's-all-up-to-me type reading.

DH had a frozen pizza going when I got home. "YES!" I was SO ready for food and an NCIS marathon! I remembered the blogs I read earlier and the nutrition info I read a couple months ago on the pizza.

Did you know that the serving size for a frozen pizza is only 1/16 of the pizza??! It took me a while after reading that to cut myself down to two slices.

Tonight, I made myself a salad and only had one piece of pizza. HEAR THE ANGELS SING!! Did I really do that?!

DH fell asleep on my lap and I started to doze as well. I took a peak at my pedometer... ACK!

So I got up and walked in place while I washed dishes and got breakfast, lunch and snacks together for tomorrow. Still a ways to go on steps so I walked in place watching Modern Family. I made 10,000 steps on one of the laziest, most challenging days I have had in a long time.

It is indeed all up to me! I am going to bed now. I've been looking forward to this moment since I left for work this morning.

Nighty night all!

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SUGAR0814 4/11/2013 3:59PM

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TRAVELGRRL 4/11/2013 1:38PM

    WOW, look at you, eating like a thin person! This is just so awesome. Where was I during Modern Family, even though my running clinic was cancelled last evening? On my butt!

Your dedication and motivation let me know I have to stop lollygagging right now and get on the treadmill! See you later, SparkMotivator!!!!

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BIGPAWSUP 4/11/2013 11:35AM

    emoticon I was grinning ear to ear by the end of your blog. Yepper - you had a tough day. But you made it through with flaying colors! I'm so happy for you. You never gave in or gave up - emoticon

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FITMOMINNJ 4/11/2013 8:31AM

    Way to go:) It is really hard to resist those old habits, but you DID it:) emoticon emoticon

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FUNLOVEN 4/11/2013 8:29AM

    Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia the choir sings emoticon
When we are tired and out of sorts for whatever reason is when it is the hardest. You won! You perservered! You overcame! I hope you are on cloud 9 today for doing such a great job emoticon .

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TDEMAIO2 4/11/2013 6:19AM

    WOW I can hear the ANGLES sing :D GREAT job : ) I think portion control is HARD :O I am struggling with that one especially at night! PS I LOVE NCIS marathons emoticon

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NEW-CAZ 4/11/2013 3:00AM

    emoticon for pushing on through.
I hope you slept well and wake refreshed emoticon

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SUSUSUZZZIE 4/10/2013 10:52PM

    Love this inspiration! Congrats on the awesome choices and thanks for sharing!

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MESEATURTLE 4/10/2013 10:47PM

    Totally inspiring how u managed to go past everything and come out a winner!!!! emoticon

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Two For Tuesday

Tuesday, April 02, 2013

Radio stations do “two for Tuesdays” so I’m doing it too. It’s a double shot of Kellie blog today, comin acha live from the Midwest.

`````` YOGA ``````

Last night was the first yoga class at my library since before Christmas. I have been fine doing the SP yoga videos but I really missed my Monday night “me” time at the library. I always went a little early and read a book for a bit. The instructor’s soothing French accent has a wonderful effect on me.

I forgot how challenging some of the poses can be but my body quickly said “no problem, we’ve got this” so I found my focal point, tightened up my core and let my body respond. As I pulled off a rather nice tree, the instructor talked about how we all come from different backgrounds, we are all strong and should never be afraid to stand up and be noticed. I felt my tree pose improving as she spoke. That moment is my lesson for the week.

When I got home, my Labrador was begging for the walk I didn’t have time for before I left. I got MAJOR Labrador pouty face on my way out. I grew up with so much catholic guilt that a Labrador can give me a guilt trip in my 40s!

Since it wasn’t quite dark yet, I threw a hoodie over the light jacket I wore to yoga and we were off. I REALLY should have changed into jeans instead of going out in my short yoga pants, AND brought a pair of gloves. HOLY ICICLES batman! That was a COLD 15 minutes!


I was looking for another challenge to join last week so I picked this one since sometimes I get a major sweet tooth. I gave up chocolate and pop for lent but didn’t feel like it was much of a sacrifice since I did so well. I then felt a little bad joining the sweet tooth challenge; not much of a challenge I thought.

Well, Easter Sunday woke the monster that has been asleep for 40 days! As Gene Wilder said in Young Frankenstein…. “It’s ALIVE, it’s ALIIIIIIVE!”

We got together Saturday for Easter with the family; DH had to work Easter Sunday so I spent the day cleaning, doing laundry and walking the dog, not even a flicker of a thought of junk food. I finally decided to relax for a change, catch up on shows I recorded.

It hit me, ‘hey, I can have pop with some Tostitos and salsa!’ After I polished all that off, the monster said, “hey, there’s still some Reese’s peanut butter eggs left!’ After two of those, the monster sang sweetly to me, “ooooo DH bought nutty bars” so I had one of those and a big glass of milk. I stopped and thought ‘what HAPPENED to me?!’ I quickly went out for another walk.

I made a ham, mashed potatoes and corn for DH when he got home from work and went WAY overboard eating the potatoes. As Jim Carey said in the movie Mask…
“Ssssssomebody sssstop me!” I was really angry at myself and had a bad stomache ache going to bed!

So it looks like I need this challenge after all. I am finishing week one by jotting down my thoughts about my cravings. Onward to week two!


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FITMAMA_ 4/8/2013 2:27PM

    Hope you're back on track this week! emoticon

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NEW-CAZ 4/6/2013 8:36AM

    Hey we all fall off the wagon sometimes. You had a good time with your folks.
Just balance it out over the coming week, you'll be fine.

Have a great weekend my friend emoticon

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FUNLOVEN 4/5/2013 8:05AM

    We all win some and we all lose some. I just had a snack attack myself yesterday ! What matters most is that we don't beat ourselves up too badly and that we have more good times than bad ones. Keep the Spark going emoticon

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TDEMAIO2 4/3/2013 6:32AM

    This is life and you enjoyed it with your family : ) Tomorrow just do a little extra in your workout or walk just a little longer- You are an inspiration emoticon

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TINYRUNNER-GIRL 4/2/2013 11:00PM

    Awww- this stuff happens. April will be great - I think sometimes it's good to have a taste so you remember how icky it makes you feel? I had some jelly beans and I looked like a kid on the monkey bars with a juice box. Now even that has lost it's lustre:)
Love the treepose lesson - will try it tonight and see if my stability improves!

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MAGGIEVAN 4/2/2013 8:05PM

    It is great that your yoga is back on. As for the sweet monster, you know what to do. Find something without the calories to replace that stuff with e.g. sugarless gum etc. Every moment is a new beginning. Make sure yours count.

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TRAVELGRRL 4/2/2013 4:47PM

    It just goes to show that our demons may be dormant, but they NEVER die!

Now that Easter is over I bet you will be getting back on track. April is going to be a GREAT month!

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BIGPAWSUP 4/2/2013 3:17PM

    Yoga sounds great . Glad you got your class back.

Labs can make ANYONE feel guilty. It is one of their talents!

Chalk yesterday up to experience and just learn where and how you fell off track. You can then have a plan if you find yourself in that situation again.

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LORILEEPAGE 4/2/2013 3:16PM

    You can fight that monster! He came by my house on Easter too. Except mine came at me first because I was angry, which evolved into eating from my disappointment in myself, which led to going for comfort foods. A three part binge. The week is off to a good start! We can do it!

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Dance Walk

Saturday, March 30, 2013

The leader of a fitness challenge I am a part of for charity, recently emailed a link to a video about dance walking. I have watched this video every day for a week, wishing I had the courage to dance walk in public.

Since it was FINALLY sunny and felt like spring today, I went for a run. At the end of my run, as the nice lady on my Map My Run app announced my time, I did a little dance move in celebration. Then I remembered the dance walk video and for the last couple hundred feet home, I danced.

I felt completely rediculous for a a few seconds and then, I just felt really really good. I also thought about the Friends episode where Rachel was too embarrassed to run with Pheobe because she ran like a small child, arms and legs flailing around.

As Rachel learned by the end of that episdode, who cares who's watching. Let yourself go and feel happy.

If you have never seen it, here is the link. Go ahead, dance like nobody's watching....

Each day I count wasted in which there has been no dancing.

Friedrich Nietzsche

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LEVELPATHS 4/6/2013 9:22AM

    Cool dance walk! :-)

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BIGPAWSUP 3/31/2013 1:38PM

    I'm such a nut - I've done stuff like this. I actually got caught dancing through the office one morning my boss came in early (I open on Tues and Thurs and am USUALLY alone for about an hour.)

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DARLY55 3/31/2013 11:52AM

    That is so neat! Looks like fun let's go! emoticon emoticon

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TDEMAIO2 3/31/2013 8:52AM

    OMG I love that video :D Thank you for sharing woo hoo : )

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NEWLYWEDSHED35 3/31/2013 5:19AM

    I so loved this blog and the video. I'm very inspired.

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NEW-CAZ 3/31/2013 2:34AM

    emoticon idea. Such fun just to let it all go and enjoy!
You'd probably get arrested for it over his emoticon

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MESEATURTLE 3/31/2013 2:20AM

    Loved the idea!!!!

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BEAUTY_WITHIN 3/30/2013 11:16PM

    Yea for you! Great job! Sounds like you had fun too!

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