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It's a Sunshine Day!

Sunday, April 21, 2013

It's been a depressing week, the Boston Marathon, the horrible flooding here in my area among other terrible local news. I had to avoid the news as much as possible lately. I tend to absorb others sadness.

I focused on Spark People; I read blogs, diligently logged my food, I worked out and kept reminding myself this sad news and endless rain will pass.

The weather is finally spring like this weekend. It felt SO good to get outside. I had a great run yesterday. I took less walking breaks than I usually do, I kept thinking about those that cannot be active right now and pushed on.

It looks to be another beautiful day here so I'm thinking about a bicycle ride. My yellow lab is laying at my feet, patiently waiting for her walk. I'm getting the big eyes. The second I get up from this chair, she'll be on me like glue "are we going now? what about now, can we go now?" She definitely keeps me moving.

I think I hear the Brady Bunch singing....

I think I'll go for a walk outside now
The summer sun's calling my name
I hear ya now I just can't stay inside all day
I gotta get out get me some of those ray ay ays

Everybody's smiling, sunshine day
Everybody's laughin, sunshine day
Everybody seems so happy today
It's a sunshine day!

Check out the video, I dare ya not to get in a good mood!

Happy Sunday!

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CAT-IN-CJ 4/23/2013 8:29PM

    Love "the big eyes" . . . how true. My little guy (Bad Leroy Brown) does that when he wants to go for a ride. . . . he works that "yorkie mind-meld" on me and it works most every time.

Hope you get to bask in the sunshine soon. We've got a 10 day forecast of sunshine. I can't believe it..... but it makes me fear for a dry Summer.


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FUNLOVEN 4/22/2013 11:19AM

    Thanks Kellie. Your right about this spring. It has been gloomy, but a little sunshine can really lift everyone's spirits emoticon

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TINYRUNNER-GIRL 4/21/2013 9:20PM

    love the attitude! And agreed, I feel beat up by the news this week but blogs like this always remind me to focus on the good stuff!

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BIGPAWSUP 4/21/2013 1:27PM

    Awesome! Hope you two have a lovely walk!

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BABY_GIRL69 4/21/2013 12:34PM

    It has been a blow to us all here on the homefront.....our hopes & prayers & well wishes are with all those who are hurting.

Thank you so much for sharing this blog with us.

God bless,


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NANCIER 4/21/2013 9:56AM

    Ha! That song's been in my head too! Its on repeat along with "I can see clearly now the rain has gone..." Have a great bike ride -

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TRAVELGRRL 4/21/2013 9:32AM

    Yes, it's not been the best week....but once the sun shines everything seems bearable, doesn't it? Thanks for the link and the smile!!!

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KANOE10 4/21/2013 9:11AM

    This was a nice positive blog. I enjoyed it. Have a great walk and a great day.

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MJRVIC2000 4/21/2013 7:49AM

    Every day can be a "sunshine day", no matter what evil is going on all around us, when we are living in Jesus and for Him. God Bless YOU! Vic.

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DARJR50 4/21/2013 7:46AM

  Have a great day

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Stuck at home

Thursday, April 18, 2013

How about this rain??! I am in the Chicago area and ho boy has it been horrible the last 36 hours. We have a ditch in the back of our house that goes down two or three feet, it is filled with water. A duck swam by a couple hours ago. It was pretty funny.

I tried to get to work this morning despite each end of my street being under water. It amazed me how people were flying around me. It was dark, horrendous downpour of rain limiting visibility. You couldn't really see the standing water until you were in it. Someone flew around me hit high-standing water then tried to swerve back in my lane and almost hit me. REALLY?!

I finally turned around and went back home. I worked from home for four hours, taking a break now. I'm watching the news and seeing all of the pictures and footage of the expressways and sink holes. Eeeyikes!

It will be a challenging day. I eat better at work than I do at home. I must stick to the healthy lunch and snacks I put together for work. My yellow lab is being very vocal. It's daytime, I'm home, that means she gets a walk. She's quite mad at me right now.

After this load of laundry, I'll hit the elliptical and then some SP videos. Just thought I'd blog to keep me focused.

I hope everyone is having a good day!

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TINYRUNNER-GIRL 4/20/2013 8:37PM

    Oy! I saw one the news there was flooding and I hope you are safe! A duck pond in the backyard is pretty cool and funny though:)
Do you elliptical at home? That's lucky and I've debated investing in one or a treadmill!

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SUSUSUZZZIE 4/18/2013 10:41PM

    Hope you had a good day! I spoke to a coworker in Chicago this afternoon and she said it's pretty terrible.


Here's to wishing for more of this

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TRAVELGRRL 4/18/2013 4:20PM

    I know what you mean about staying on track better at work! Now that I'm no longer working I've had to really define some new habits!

Hope things dry out around your area soon, and you don't have any lasting problems with flooding. emoticon

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THOMASINA57 4/18/2013 4:00PM

I hope the rains ease, but your lab sure sounds happy to have "Mom" home working..

I'm sure you'll stay focused on proper eating and exercise!

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BIGPAWSUP 4/18/2013 1:01PM

    I got in before the flooding got really bad. Took me my normal time. Not the girl I carpool with on Fridays (so we live close) took DOUBLE the time to get here. I'm not looking forward to the drive home!

Glad you are safe and sound. Labs like water - let her chase the duck? emoticon

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MKELLY72 4/18/2013 12:58PM

    Pretty crazy with the rain, eh?
When I end up staying home from work--I stick to my packed lunch/snacks--keeps me on track too.

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TORTISE110 4/18/2013 12:34PM

    What a detour! I do hope the water subsides. I hope it is not threatening houses, etc. Thinking of you )-:

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NEW-CAZ 4/18/2013 12:04PM

    Hang in there, emoticon

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SUGAR0814 4/18/2013 11:53AM

    I hope the weather improves for you! Try to make today the best you can with what you have around the house. Stay focused! emoticon emoticon

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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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