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Thanksgiving at the Beach

Friday, November 26, 2010

First time for everything. We usually celebrate Thanksgiving with our neighbors. This year they rented a beach cottage, right on the sand. Temps were in the high 60s and it was a marvelous day. I had brought my camera, but had forgotten to charge the battery so I walked away with only some terrible cellphone pictures. I'll share them anyway.

Shot from the parking lot across Pacific Coast Highway - Pacific in the distance. From there we walked down to the sand. You actually cross under PCH through a tunnel.

At sunset

Actually I had such a great time that I quit work early today and went back to the beach again. Neighbors are staying for a couple more days. Felt like I was on vacation. Good times.

So day after tomorrow is the 1st Sunday of Advent. Somehow Christmas is far from my mind. :) I'll have to decorate with snowflakes, maybe that will help.
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OKBRIAN 12/1/2010 10:37PM

    Awesome, great pics.

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IUHRYTR 11/27/2010 6:53PM

    I remember riding PCH. Magnificent views of the ocean. I miss it. -- Lou

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FRAN0426 11/27/2010 6:16PM

    Theres nothing wrong with the pictures you took, they are beautiful Lricket. It brought bace memories of the times wwe have been to Ca and by the Pacific ocean. Thanks for a trip down memory lane of beautiful sunset and ocean views. Sounds like you had a marvelous time, like being on a mini vacation for sure.

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NIMNIX 11/27/2010 12:58PM

    This is exactly why I'm always going to live in California.

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LITTLEFARMMOMMA 11/27/2010 11:47AM

    Wow, thanks for sharing the sunset! I love the Pacific Coast! My cousins live in Simi Valley and we had such a great time last year when I took my son with me to see them! We sat on the beach in Malibu and watched the most amazing sky ever blend into the ocean! emoticon

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BREWMASTERBILL 11/27/2010 10:17AM

    Now that's my idea of a thanksgiving!

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ITSAWRAP_DIMI 11/27/2010 8:41AM

    I agree with Michelle the cell did a great job. Made me wanna leave Georgia(that is not hard to do for this Midwestern and wanna be by water girl) It is nice to try something different. WTG on going back! Have a great weekend!

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MALEXANDER4 11/27/2010 7:14AM

    I hear ya about christmas.....I'm thinking it need more time...like another year! the pics are awesome by the way, your cell didn't do a bad job.

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ELYMWX 11/27/2010 2:46AM

    By any chance is that near Torrey Pines? It looks so familiar...

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KKP4673 11/27/2010 1:44AM

    Such a wonderful post, Kricket!! So glad you got away and truly had a peaceful and wonderful Thanksgiving!!

Hope you have the greatest of weekends!

Here's some inspiration for you!!

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KNITTABLES 11/27/2010 1:12AM

    Great picutes and thanks for sharing, glad you were able to get away and enjoy the day.

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LILABE11 11/26/2010 11:49PM

    What a beautiful place to enjoy your vacation! I hope you got to really relax and celebrate. I am thankful for your encouraging, supportive presence here on SparkPeople. Thank you!

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Consistency - Is it a good thing?

Saturday, November 13, 2010

One of my Saturday morning pleasures is drooling into my coffee while messing around on the computer. I've been thinking about consistency, as it pertains to our quest for a healthy and fit lifestyle.

What, really, is consistency?

In my mind it's having a plan and following this plan in order to achieve my desired outcome.

The dictionary says:
* Steadfast adherence to the same principles, course, form, etc.: There is consistency in his pattern of behavior.
* Conformity with previous attitudes, behaviour, practice, etc.
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So, striving to be consistent sounds like a good thing.

Then I went ahead and looked up quotes:
* Consistency is the foundation of virtue.
-Francis Bacon
* Without consistency there is no moral strength.
-Owen

And as I was reading on, I came across these:
* Consistency is the last refuge of the unimaginative.
-Oscar Wilde
* Consistency requires you to be as ignorant today as you were a year ago.
-Bernard Berenson
* Consistency is contrary to nature, contrary to life. The only completely consistent people are dead.
-Aldous Huxley

So now what? There is some truth to this as well.

Maybe this one sums it up:
* But change must always be balanced with some degree of consistency.
-Ron D. Burton

So, have a plan, but don't be so stuck with it that it impairs your flexibility.
Isn't this what often happens when life throws us a curve? Variations to our plan must be allowed. Like everything in life, this health and fitness thing needs fine-tuning as we go.

  
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MOTIVATED-ME 12/9/2010 9:32AM

    Thanks - I've been working on being consistent, but now I see I need to be flexible as well

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JULABELLE 11/15/2010 7:50AM

    Consistency is great - but if that doesn't work, you must change things up!

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KNITTABLES 11/15/2010 2:50AM

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ITSAWRAP_DIMI 11/14/2010 7:56PM

    High Five!!!! Love reading this!

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SPARKPIXIE 11/13/2010 9:46PM

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ANGELICA254 11/13/2010 7:46PM

    Great blog! As always. emoticon

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MALEXANDER4 11/13/2010 7:35PM

    OH yes, this is what i'm trying to work on. I want consistancy most days, but I want to be able to have my cake on one day and walk away the next. I'm still working on this....I want it everyday...lol.

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IUHRYTR 11/13/2010 7:34PM

    Yes, we need to be flexible. Reminds me of the guy who said he was all in favor of change -- as long as he could keep doing everything as he always had done it. emoticon --Lou

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KKP4673 11/13/2010 5:14PM

    I LIKE this blog!! Way to inspire the rest of us who are shooting for consistency and still swerving at what life throws at us!! Staying ON THE ROAD is the point of it all, isn't it?

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LITTLEFARMMOMMA 11/13/2010 3:16PM

    This is one of the BEST blogs I have EVER read! I never thought of it this way! I am a creature of habit, as they say, and you're RIGHT! If I don't balance that with stepping out of my comfort zone, life just isn't full! Thank you for a great blog! I'm voting for this one, that's for sure!

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November Focus: 1,500 Activity Minutes - Days 2 & 3 - Back in the Groove

Thursday, November 04, 2010

Met both, my activity and my water goals both days.

Activity minutes 180/1500

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After all those years of eating prepackaged instant oatmeal for breakfast (blueberry, cranberry, flax, etc.), I have switched to plain old fashioned oats.
There are three advantages to this.

$$ - This stuff is much cheaper. Bought a humongous container for $1.99 today.

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I add fresh fruit or applesauce and protein powder. This is a breakfast that will easily hold me until lunch. And as I said, I get a huge bowl for just 300 calories.

My energy is through the roof, and (at least I imagine) I'm thinking more clearly as well. Extreme concentration at work today. I'm back in the groove!

  
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REDEMILY 11/13/2010 4:33PM

    Good goals. Good for you.

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LILABE11 11/13/2010 12:38PM

    This seems like a great project. I hope it continues to go well!

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ITSAWRAP_DIMI 11/7/2010 12:55PM

    I am with you on the oatmeal. I use the steelcut oatmeal and it is soooooooooooooooo much better than the instant. I have added the protein powder on occasion! Keep up the good work! emoticon

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TEDYBEAR2838 11/4/2010 10:01PM

    That's great. I buy the BIG container with 2 big bags of oatmeal at SAMS. It lasts forever. I have oatmeal 3-5 times a week.

I put nuts & raisins in it, cook it in the microwave,after that I add 1/2 - 1 container of strawberry or peach yogurt & heat up some frozen blueberries till they are hot and add them.

Eat with or without mixing . It's so yummy. Love the hot blueberries on it.

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RMCNULTY83 11/4/2010 8:38PM

    Way to go on your water goals.

I love old fashioned oatmeal, especially on cold winter days!

Good luck on your activity minutes!

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KNITTABLES 11/4/2010 4:27PM

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MALEXANDER4 11/4/2010 8:21AM

    Good for you. I never thought of adding applesauce to oatmeal. thank you for the idea. Your doing this and your going to succeed.

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JULABELLE 11/4/2010 7:46AM

    Way to go!! Isn't that feeling addictive??

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November Focus: 1,500 Activity Minutes - Day 1

Tuesday, November 02, 2010

Got off to a good start: I'm 60/1500.

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MALEXANDER4 11/2/2010 10:03PM

    Im very proud of you. Setting a goal and then heading out and working towards it. I hope day two was a success also.

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LITTLEFARMMOMMA 11/2/2010 1:32PM

    YAY KRICKET!!!!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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GIRLOBILL 11/2/2010 9:42AM

    1500 is my goal, too! I keep up with it on the November Minutes Workout Challenge post under Message Boards - Challenges. Check it out and join us if you want. :) I like being accountable to a group.

Have a great day!

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KNITTABLES 11/2/2010 1:50AM

    Great job in your exercising and water. Keep up the great work.

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November Focus: 1,500 Activity Minutes

Monday, November 01, 2010

At the beginning of this year I had set my goal to achieve 12,000 activity minutes during 2010. Well, I'm running a bit behind with only 9,500 minutes achieved thus far. (To make it look worse, that's 8 hours and 20 minutes behind. Ouch!)

My main focus this month will be on exercise. I'm planning to log 1,500 activity minutes in November. This is doable but will take planning. I'll mix it up between aerobics/kickboxing, 30 Day Shred, yoga, and walking.

The secondary focus is on water. I can go all day without a drop.
But, days where I get sufficient water are also good food days. Seems to go hand in hand.

So, that's the plan.
Onwards.

  
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TEDYBEAR2838 11/2/2010 8:24AM

    That is only 50 minutes a day! emoticon

You could even exceed your expectations.

YOU GO GIRL!

Having a plan really helps.

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LITTLEFARMMOMMA 11/1/2010 4:53PM

    I have learned to LOVE water! I got a really good water bottle at Target that I really like, and I fill it all day long. I think you just have to start doing it, and it will catch on. I used to not drink much water, either, but now, I can't live without it! emoticon

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CJANSEN40 11/1/2010 3:59PM

    good way to plan to meet your goals this year. I also do better with food when I drink alot of water.

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KNITTABLES 11/1/2010 3:49PM

    Great goals. I too struggle getting in my water everyday. some days no problem other days not thirsty at all. It is so important to drink water.

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BREWMASTERBILL 11/1/2010 2:54PM

    I'm with you on the water. I used to go pretty much all day without it. Then I'd finally get thirsty in the evening, drink a couple of glasses of something liquid and that's all I needed. One thing that has helped me get better about it is to have a HUGE glass. I fill that huge glass before every meal and for some reason I'm more tempted to empty the glass of water down my throat than down the drain.

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HOT4FITNESS 11/1/2010 2:27PM

    Great goals!!! I am here cheering from Nebraska for you!!

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