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It's done - New Year's Eve Ramblings

Saturday, December 31, 2011

It was a close call indeed.

I had been slacking on my exercise/fitness minutes*** since about the middle of September. That's when I started going to school two nights a week, which substantially cut into my workout time. And I kept on slacking even after the class ended. Just couldn't get back into it.

By that time it was fall, Halloween was rolling around, and then Thanksgiving, and finally Christmas.

With Christmas over I discovered that I was in jeopardy of breaking my 23-month streak of minimum 500 exercise minutes a month. Truthfully, I did consider breaking it.

But then my competitive side kicked in - I just could not let myself do this.
With only 150 fitness minutes under my belt as of Christmas, I decided to kick butt in order to reach my minimum of 500 minutes.

During January though August of this year I had logged well over 1000 minutes each month, but as I said before, it went downhill from there.

I logged 350 exercise minutes this week and reached my 500 minute goal. My steak is still alive: 24 continuous months.

I can truthfully say: "I can did it!"

In other Spark-related news: I did manage to eat myself almost to the top of my acceptable maintenance range. Since I keep my range pretty tight at +/- 5 lbs, it won't be a huge deal to get this back down though.

Well, here goes another year.
Happy New Year to all my SparkFriends.
May the New Year bring you health, happiness and peace.


*** To clarify: Exercise/fitness minutes are NOT activity minutes. I don't count yard work, cleaning, housework, etc. These are everyday activities that have no place in my fitness tracker.

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    I am so glad you were victorious! You would have been disappointed if you hadn't! You are doing a wonderful job! Thank you, too, for being such a great friend! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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TEDYBEAR2838 1/1/2012 7:23PM

    Just stay focused and catch the gain NOW.

I'm joining you!


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MARLINDA5 1/1/2012 7:22PM

    Happy New Year - you can do it emoticon emoticon

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BOVEY63 1/1/2012 1:00PM

    Great job on keeping your streak going!
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Here's to all of us meeting our 2012 goals!

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SILVERCHICK 1/1/2012 11:38AM

    Awesome job on keeping your streak going! Hope you have a great 2012!

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MALEXANDER4 1/1/2012 8:21AM

    I'm proud of you. you finished the old year and welcomed in the new on a healthy note. You have done it. You put your goals ahead of anything else. Time for me to make that choice also.

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IUHRYTR 12/31/2011 11:17PM

    emoticon on your streak and your determination. emoticon-- Lou

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CARTOONB 12/31/2011 10:32PM

    Congratulations on keeping your streak alive! Here's to another 12 months!

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Worst Health Trends of 2011

Thursday, December 22, 2011

... as seen on

Reviewing 2011, getting ready for 2012?
Stumbled across this article this morning.

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ANDROMEDA1967 12/25/2011 10:06AM

    Good article. I agree about the shake weight--how stupid. get some real weights and put some work into it.

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KKP4673 12/24/2011 1:41AM

    I like the fact that crunches AND a bad diet won't get you a flat tummy...!! So.... I guess I'll keep up eating what Sparkpeople tells me to do!!


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AMYNYNJ 12/23/2011 11:59PM

    Thanks for sharing!

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BOVEY63 12/23/2011 9:02PM

    Thanks for sharing this great article.

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DOCZIP 12/23/2011 11:55AM

    Great link, thanks!!

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TEDYBEAR2838 12/22/2011 5:17PM

    Thanks for the article, a real thought provoking item.


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BREWMASTERBILL 12/22/2011 5:10PM

    What amazes me even more is that SparkPeople works, yet there are people on SP pushing a lot of junk in this article. What's even funnier, they'll argue with you about it. Thanks for continuously fighting the good fight. There will be plenty more to battle next year.

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KNITTABLES 12/22/2011 2:57PM

    Thanks for sharing, Have a great Christmas!

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HOT4FITNESS 12/22/2011 1:27PM

    Thanks for sharing this article. I think it described many of my coworkers to a tee. It sure is amazing what we will believe, isn't it?

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CARTOONB 12/22/2011 12:11PM

    I read that article. Thanks for posting! Didn't know about the balance ball thing! And, I'm almost ashamed to admit, I watched The Situation's video. I don't watch that show and that short video reminded me that I didn't want to! LOL!

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Winter Solstice

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Winter Solstice - shortest day/longest night of the year - winter is now officially here.

Winter Solstice - counting down, slowing down, finding peace within.

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BREWMASTERBILL 12/22/2011 9:05AM

    It's all uphill (or is it downhill? ... whichever the good one is) from here!

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MALEXANDER4 12/22/2011 8:11AM

    TIme for us to just breathe and begin anew.

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KNITTABLES 12/22/2011 1:19AM

    Merry Christmas!

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PIXIESTIX6669 12/22/2011 12:51AM

    Mmmm...I prefer celebrating/reflecting on the winter solstice and the vernal equinox (rather than the commercialized holidaze)...Have a peaceful solstice! emoticon

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'Tis the Season

Sunday, December 18, 2011

Let it be Christmas everywhere
Let heavenly music fill the air
Let every heart sing let every bell ring
The story of hope and joy and peace
And let it be Christmas everywhere
Let heavenly music fill the air
Let anger and fear and hate disappear
Let there be love that lasts through the year
And let it be Christmas
Christmas everywhere
(~ Alan Jackson)

Recently I've read many blogs about not feeling it.
So, what makes Christmas Christmas? What brings forth that Christmas feeling?

This year, I've decided to simplify. There has been a lot of wear and tear this year on my already frayed nerves. Goal is to at least protect what's left.

emoticon I opted for doing my Christmas shopping early this year, and 90% of it was done on line. Procrastinator and last-minute person that I am, I could not believe how much this cut down on my overall stress level.
Less stress = more room to generate that Christmas feeling :)

emoticon My house is decorated in silver and red. I don't decorate the outside, heck I'm doing this for me, not for the neighbors.

emoticon We have a live tree. It's not Christmas without one. Currently it's still just a tree in the raw, not yet decorated, but sitting in my living room nevertheless and looking beautiful. Decorations will probably go up on Thursday. Planning on doing real candles again, it's not Christmas without them.

emoticon Every Saturday I'm volunteering at a local thrift store, helping out with whatever it is they need doing. I absolutely love it! And I'm looking forward to working there on Christmas Eve.
Maybe, that's what Christmas is all about.

Bah humbug, or hohoho, and who knows what tomorrow brings, but today I'm feeling it.

To all my SparkFriends, sending you Christmas cheer, and wishing you peace this Christmas Season.

Oh, and my puppy says hi :)

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CARTOONB 12/21/2011 10:49PM

    Merry Christmas! Sounds like you've figured out what works for you. Congratulations!

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MALEXANDER4 12/20/2011 6:08AM

    Happy holiday my dear friend.

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IUHRYTR 12/19/2011 10:52PM

    Good looking doggie baby. Thank you for caring and volunteering. emoticon -- Lou

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KNITTABLES 12/19/2011 5:12PM

    Thanks for writing this blog, you have cheered me up considerably. Wishing you and your family a Very Merry Christmas and a Glorious New Year. Hugs Sandra

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BOVEY63 12/19/2011 1:15PM

    Wonderful blog! The pic at the end gave me a big smile - what a sweetie!

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COOP9002 12/19/2011 12:10PM

    Merry Christmas to you as well!

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LITTLEFARMMOMMA 12/19/2011 10:36AM

    I have been fluctuating with the Bah Humbug and the HO HO HO all month! emoticon How do you have a real tree with real candles and not burn the house down? emoticon emoticon

I really love your dog! We really want a German Shepherd and hope to find one we can afford someday!

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JULABELLE 12/19/2011 10:30AM

    emoticon emoticon emoticonMerry Christmas! I hope it is relaxing and peaceful for you. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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TEDYBEAR2838 12/19/2011 9:02AM

    Wonderful post.


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BREWMASTERBILL 12/19/2011 7:09AM

    hi puppy!

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KKP4673 12/19/2011 1:28AM

    I LOVE the idea of simplifying!! AND decorating the tree later sounds so fun!!

Here's hoping it is a Christmas of Wonderment!! Simple wonderment!!

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HOWLERMOM 12/18/2011 11:43PM

    Gorgeous dog! And wonderful blog! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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Friday, December 09, 2011

This morning I had to scrape ice off my car windows for the 2nd time this week. Southern California - ha - I want my money back!

Maybe I should hibernate...

Too much going on - not enough going on.
Too many maybes - too much uncertainty - too many changes - not enough change.

Maybe I should hibernate...

Christmas shopping done.
Exercise minutes so far this month ZERO.

Might as well hibernate...

Short days - too many hours of darkness.

Good time to hibernate...

Wondering where the year has gone - longing for peace - longing for tranquility - longing to see the light at the end of the tunnel - longing to get my life back.

Maybe if I hibernate...

Working on coming to grips with my newfound reality that there are things I cannot fix (besides my car...). Working on losing the control freak in me.

Maybe I'll find balance if I hibernate...

SNAP... (out of it already!)


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MARLINDA5 12/16/2011 6:01PM

    I try to hibernate on my Fridays off but it doesn't happen.

Very cold for Southern California - can't believe it has been 47 and in the 50s in certain area. emoticon

but not cold enough for snow

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IUHRYTR 12/12/2011 7:12PM

    It has been decades since I lived in California but I remember well 18 years of Chicago area snow and ice and window scraping. At least you know this will not last or be severe. Or will it? We never know anymore. emoticon -- Lou

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SLIMMERJESSE 12/10/2011 12:13AM

    Yes, it's been so cold in socal.

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TEDYBEAR2838 12/9/2011 7:56PM

    Cute Post

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HIKETOHEIGHTS 12/9/2011 6:38PM

    awe, I hypernate most nights these days also!

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TERRIPAL1 12/9/2011 12:20PM

    Wow, a lot of us feel the same this time of year!
Loved your blog and you will snap out of it when you're ready!
Wishing you the peace you need! emoticon

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BOVEY63 12/9/2011 10:58AM

    Praying that you find peace and tranquility.

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    This is a tough time of year to stay in the groove. Too many distractions and the short days make it particularly difficult to get outside on week days. This is exactly the time last year where I slipped down a few notches and didn't really get back into the groove until mid February or so. I'm convinced it's the short days that are the problem. Although cold temps don't help.

My only saving grace seems to be signing up for some activity. I have a trail run and half marathon for Feb. So to reach my goal of not dying at these races, I figured I'd better do something and not slip too far.

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    You are a delight, and I am so glad we are friends! Thank you for such a nice blog, my friend! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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JULABELLE 12/9/2011 7:05AM

    Sounds like the Serenity Prayer (without the hibernation).

Yes, there are things you can change (yourself), things you cannot (your son??). Peace and Tranquility will come, once you've adjusted to all the change in you. Maybe getting back to yoga would be good for your mind. Sounds like you need some movement (or a Happy Light to combat the darkness) emoticon . Actually, maybe you just need to take a few easy breaths...

Will be thinking of you this holiday season. Fröhliche Weihnachten -
gute rutsch ins Neues Jahr!

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MALEXANDER4 12/9/2011 6:46AM

    OMG you read my mind and wrote about it. I want to snap out of this myself. Where or where did the SPARK go? New year coming with new promise.

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ORGANIC811LFRV 12/9/2011 6:28AM

    Maybe coming out of hibernation is a good thing too.

Change is terrifying.

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