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Headed home...

Tuesday, October 08, 2013

In a motel in Miami, Oklahoma. (pronounced My-am-uh!) We had a good time in the Missouri farmland/hills and visiting our daughter and family. We possibly have a house, too, if everything goes well. Yea!!!

Today's challenge is fitting in some strength moves, so I'll be doing wall pushups in the restroom stalls and if I find an empty bathroom, maybe some lunges or something like that. I've done this before and feel very virtuous. I LIKE that feeling! Did a short walk up a very steep hill behind our realtor's office yesterday. Heart pounding, breathing hard, but I was glad I COULD do it!!

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TRUCKERSMRS 10/9/2013 6:05AM

    Hope you have had a good journey home.
Well done for fitting in some extra exercise whilst you have been out & about. Unfortunately for me, the toilets at work are not large enough to swing, bend, push, march or lunge anything!! They are cold in winter and definitely designed not to spend too much time in!!! emoticon

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SEWINGMAMACDS 10/8/2013 4:35PM

    Yeah -- way to go in finding ways to get exercise in!

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CT-FL-SNOWBIRD 10/8/2013 2:00PM

    Good for you! I never even THINK about exercise, unless I'm going for my walk, with all conditions "perfect", or when I'm in the gym. The dumbbells in my closet, at home, never get touched. So, again I say, "Good for you"! for making the effort to fit in exercise whenever you can! Grab for the gusto! Don't forget to enter your minutes in the Slimming Seniors "New Month -New Me" challenge. I'm almost sure you WILL win a trophy.

I'm looking forward to seeing pictures of your new house!

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JTREMBATH 10/8/2013 1:41PM

    Those steep hill walks are very challenging our drive way is like that and I have to walk it a few times a day.

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8HABIT 10/8/2013 11:33AM

    You are so inspiring! We often use travel as an excuse for not doing our exercise and yet you use it as a challenge to find creative ways to exercise. Way to go! emoticon

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Today's Challenge

Sunday, October 06, 2013

Today we were to eat slowly, enjoying our meal, and the challenge was so easy, since we ate out at Red Lobster with daughter and her husband. Calories were less than I expected, dinner was enjoyable and company was special. What a coincidence!


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NICOLED40 10/7/2013 2:34PM

    Love it when everything comes together like that! Glad you had a good challenge!

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TRUCKERSMRS 10/7/2013 2:51AM

    Sounds like you had a lovely day.
I read the article on eating slowly and realised that I was guilty of all "errors" highlighted!! I've made an effort since to focus on the fact that I am actually eating and taking the time to enjoy it.
Hope you have a good week.

I'm a little behind on things recently, have you moved house yet?

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8HABIT 10/6/2013 6:27PM

    Sounds like a delightful day! Your comments reminded me of a movement in Europe called "Slow Food".... Slowly eating with good company! emoticon

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Joined a challenge today

Tuesday, October 01, 2013

Tightening up the derriere! I HATE that other word.... too many years of my mother's insistence on proper words, not slang. We were taught to say penis, vulva, urinate.... no giggling behind the hands at the real words, multi-syllable they may be. Need I add that she was an English teacher?

Speaking of English, I was surprised to get no comments on yesterday's blog. Any of you reading this one, can you tell me why? No love for poetry? I share that that apathy, though in my case the truth is closer to the fact I find it hard to understand. Too dry? Do you appreciate more words that come from the heart (however badly I might write it)? I just thought that Henley did a magnificent job of communicating his own triumph over fear and pain, something we in SP understand.

I've done today's exercise, which was surprisingly hard for me, mostly cause it involved the knees a little too much. We'll see about the challenges to come. This DID satisfy my Spark Coaches assignment to add one exercise to today's plan.

Onward to the fray....

P.S. I have been thinking about my mother a lot lately. Her birthday is coming up in November, and she's been gone about 18 months now. It's surprising to me how often I still have that impulse to call her with a question or a particular conversation. There was often friction between us, though I became her confidante in her later years.

The official title of the challenge is "The 30-day Skinny Jeans Work-out Plan." Come join me, whatever words you use for the exercises. emoticon

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8HABIT 10/2/2013 3:13PM

    I would love t join the challenge with you, but until I get my knee fixed, I am being very careful about exercise. I wonder if they have a challenge for those challenged by arthritis?

I loved your poem and I am always saying that no matter what happens to us, it is up to us how we respond to the situation. I forget this sometime and I needed to be reminded.

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CHERYLHURT 10/2/2013 5:13AM

  I'm in!

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SLENDERELLA61 10/1/2013 9:06PM

    I wanted to read about which challenge you joined, so that's why I read your blog today. Yesterday's title didn't get me, so I didn't read it. Some days it is a matter of I have more time and some days less time and nothing to do with the title.

Congrats on joining the challenge and doing the first assignment! I've not done that challenge, but I have done some of the others and have benefitted from every one. Best wishes for a very successful challenge!! -Marsha

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JJ625JONES 10/1/2013 4:15PM

    I wanted to join that challenge as well, but don't think I'm that flexible yet! Good for you!

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Monday, September 30, 2013

Spark Coach asked me this morning to devise a motivational quote for myself. All I could think of was "I'm the boss of me," kind of a childish phrase, but appropriate for a people pleaser like myself. It's been a thought I hadn't yet put into words. I sometimes find myself too responsive to what other people think I should be doing, including my family, Spark persons, and even sometimes mere acquaintances. To be aware that ONLY I am the master of what I do, as well as the one who suffers the consequences of what I do, is of great importance to me.

I remember my mother's story of a letter from her dad while she was away at college that included the last two lines of this poem. She still remembered and quoted it to me some 30 or 40 years later. I found the whole poem. (Invictus is Latin for "unconquered." I like that.)

OUT of the night that covers me,
Black as the Pit from pole to pole,
I thank whatever gods may be
For my unconquerable soul.

In the fell clutch of circumstance
I have not winced nor cried aloud.
Under the bludgeonings of chance
My head is bloody, but unbowed.

Beyond this place of wrath and tears
Looms but the Horror of the shade,
And yet the menace of the years
Finds, and shall find, me unafraid.

It matters not how strait the gate,
How charged with punishments the scroll,
I am the master of my fate:
I am the captain of my soul.

~ William Ernest Henley (Invictus)

Because authors and their lives are important to me:

About William Ernest Henley: He contracted tuberculosis of the bone when he was 12, and at the age of 17 had to have his leg amputated below the knee. He wrote this poem in response to that, and it's the main reason his name is known. The poem was first published, unnamed, in 1875. Mr. Henley died at age 53 in 1903.

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SABLENESS 10/2/2013 8:36PM

    Thank you for sharing! I don't know when I last read the whole thing. emoticon

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8HABIT 10/2/2013 2:05PM

    I love this poem! I have heard pieces of it quoted, but never saw the entire poem or knew the source of the quotes. Thank you for sharing. This is so true!

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SEWINGMAMACDS 10/2/2013 11:20AM

    So true -- I must change my mind before I can accomplish any goals!

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Ft. Worth Cultural center today

Saturday, September 21, 2013

There were mustang competitions, a dog show, and a quilt show. I could have happily spent all day in any of the three. I was a little dismayed in how exhausted I was when we got back. I'll add a picture as soon as I get it downloaded.

I had to wake myself up to get ready for bed, so only 10 minutes of exercise today. Have to do double time tomorrow....



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ANDREA0301 9/22/2013 11:46AM

    A friend of mine and I went to an Arts Show in Dallas' Deep Ellum today. It was so much fun. Glad you had a good time in Ft. Worth!

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TRUCKERSMRS 9/22/2013 4:45AM

    Sounds like a great day. Glad you enjoyed it. All that walking around at the show will have counted towards your exercise too don't forget.
Sleep well.

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ONLYTEMPORARY 9/22/2013 12:05AM

    What fun.

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