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Getting ready for Christmas

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

I get lazier each year, it seems. This is the 13th of December, and I’ve accomplished almost nothing: a few presents purchased for parties (thus “required”), a few decorations placed, but no serious work done yet. There seems to be an internal shift to doing just what makes me feel good, and less of doing what other people might think I need to do; that’s not my family expectations – we all enjoy the very simplest things. It’s more the perceived expectations of those “out there.” I suppose I’m thinking of the magazine articles and all the beautiful decorations everywhere that made me feel in the past that I should be doing MORE!!!! Maybe I’m finally learning some balance between what I think I should be doing and those things we deeply enjoy.

We had a guy here yesterday for 6 hours, measuring the house and evaluating what we needed to do for foundation repair. I did just one strength exercise, no cardio, but I'm pleased the habit of exercise is ingrained enough that I did that one thing. The break in our routine, and having a stranger in the house for so long got in the way for some reason.

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KICKINGIT@56 12/15/2011 1:13AM

    I think that is the wisdom that comes with maturity. The mad dash to the Christmas finish line starts earlier each year. All I see on people's faces is stress and aggravation. Where is the joy and peace? I am taking a page out of your book and concentrating on preparing my heart and relationships more that my house.

Good for you on keeping up your exercise even if it is toned down a bit. Keep those good habits going strong!

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DONNARAEJ 12/14/2011 2:54PM

    Sounds like you have found some balance and that is wonderful! It was always such a big production when my son was young, and I have enjoyed the last decade of having a chance to choose what I want to enjoy about the season, rather than what I think I have to do.

Happy holidays! Love, DJ

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SILLYHP1953 12/13/2011 11:17AM

    Isn't it great to finally reach a point when we really don't care what other people (the general population) thinks. I love it. I gave away a lot of my decorations to my kids last year, but I still have plenty.
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Monday, December 05, 2011

Bible reading first thing, while I'm still so sleepy I just want to sit and drink coffee. Done!
Clean cat litter box. Done!
Drawn to the computer; spin SP wheel. Done!
Play SP trivia. Done!
Most difficult job of the day: dragging myself off the computer to actually get something accomplished. Done! I'm outa here!



End of day: still spent too much at the computer, but did one really dreaded task, some quilting, cleaned the kitchen, went on errands, walked for 30 minutes and called my mother. Not perfect, but better than wasting the entire day at the computer.


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SILLYHP1953 12/7/2011 2:17PM

    It sounds like you did good, especially that dreaded task, always good to get them done. I have to set the timer when I get on the computer...and then pay attention to it when it goes off!!

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DFROMTX 12/7/2011 8:10AM

    Good job!! The computer & SP can be addictive! emoticon

Hope you have a great day today!!

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BECCASINGSLEAD 12/5/2011 10:06AM

    I hope you have a great day!


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WELLNESSME09 12/5/2011 9:30AM

    Well Done! : )
Have a beautiful day! emoticon

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SparkGoodie Points

Monday, November 21, 2011

You can see I just won 100 SparkGoodie Points on the bonus wheel. I'm dying to start spending them on all you encouragers, but I'm just sneaking a few minutes here to record my fitness minutes and then I have to finish packing for our Thanksgiving travel. I've already got 60 fitness minutes this week, and hope to walk with my sisters at our family reunion.

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving, everyone!!!

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SOXYINMO 11/24/2011 8:32AM

    Woo Hoo! Have a great trip and a wonderful time with your family!

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BECCIE0524 11/21/2011 7:07PM

    Happy Thanksgiving! Enjoy your family time.

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PELESJEWEL 11/21/2011 4:35PM

    Congrats on the 100 spark points! That's a fantastic spin! I watched it go by on my wheel and ended up with 3 pts! LOL!

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday! I hope you enjoy walking with your sister! Enjoy the time together!

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KELLEY106 11/21/2011 2:59PM

    Happy Thanksgiving to you and have a safe trip

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CLWALDRO 11/21/2011 2:13PM

    I hope you have a great time with family and friends. I love that you are staying on track for fitness now and have plans for your upcoming trip. I hope your family will support your efforts. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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Getting to know me ... getting to like me, hoping that you like me too!

Saturday, November 12, 2011

I love the song, "Getting to Know You," from "The King and I!"

1. WERE YOU NAMED AFTER ANYONE? My first name, Lauretta, from my mother's aunt. (News to some of my friends.... I'm called by my middle name). Backstory: My mother's aunt was in the hospital when I was born, and she hated the spelling of her name (Loretta). She changed it on the birth certificate without my mother's knowledge.

2. WHEN WAS THE LAST TIME YOU CRIED? You know, I can't remember. I don't cry easily, except at animal stories in Readers Digest. They get me without warning.


4. WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE LUNCH MEAT? I don't usually eat lunch meat, but when I do: Boar's Head turkey.

5. DO YOU HAVE KIDS? (A daughter, two sons and seven grandchildren)

6. IF YOU WERE ANOTHER PERSON WOULD YOU BE FRIENDS WITH YOU (Interesting question.... I'm not sure. I tend to pick friends that are opposite me in personality.)

7. DO YOU USE SARCASM A LOT? (Never. I, like Patty 267, like to be witty and I know I've tread on a few toes with thoughtless remarks. This is very rare, though. )


9. WOULD YOU BUNGEE JUMP? (No. Not only do I have a fear of heights, I don't like my equilibrium messed with. I don't even like going fast around corners. If I wanted to do something scary, I'd probably choose a balloon ride or white-water rafting)

10. WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE CEREAL? (Hot —oatmeal with berries; Cold —Mini-wheats with a banana)


Mentally and emotionally—yes; Physically—Still pretty strong, but much more weak in my hands than I used to be.

13. WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE ICE CREAM? (I'm lucky here... ice cream is not on my list of desired foods. Ask me about brownies, though.)

14. WHAT IS THE FIRST THING YOU NOTICE ABOUT PEOPLE? (Their general confidence or lack of same.)

15. RED OR PINK? (Red. I love purple, too. Never wear pink.)




19. WHAT COLOR SHOES ARE YOU WEARING? (Black SAS walking shoes)

20. WHAT WAS THE LAST THING YOU ATE? (Whole grain cereal with 1/2 banana, dark chocolate covered walnuts for dessert.)

21. WHAT ARE YOU LISTENING TO RIGHT NOW? (I tend to like a quiet room, though I occasionally listen to Pandora (Barbara Streisand, barbershop, Norah Jones) when I'm working in this room.)

22. IF YOU WERE A CRAYON, WHAT COLOR WOULD YOU BE? (Purple.... no doubt)

23. FAVORITE SMELLS? Lavender, lemon verbena, or Rosemary)

24. WHO WAS THE LAST PERSON YOU TALKED TO ON THE PHONE? (a fellow herb club member)

25. MOUNTAIN HIDEAWAY OR BEACH HOUSE? (Mountain hideaway with a porch swing or rocking chair, where I would sit in the cool breeze and read) [I did not change this from Patty267's answer. We have much in common!]

26. FAVORITE SPORTS TO WATCH? (Horse races? Is that a sport? Watch a lot of football with my husband, but that's because I love HIM, not the sport.)

27. HAIR COLOR? (Dark brown (would be called black) turning silver.

28. EYE COLOR? (Hazel)


30. FAVORITE FOOD? Desserts, unfortunately. Probably apple crisp heads this list.

31. SCARY MOVIES OR HAPPY ENDINGS? (Happy Endings. I have too vivid an imagination to tolerate fear or violence.)

32. LAST MOVIE YOU WATCHED? (Up Periscope, with James Garner)

33. WHAT COLOR SHIRT ARE YOU WEARING? (Purple Curves T-shirt)

34. SUMMER OR WINTER? (Can I vote for fall or spring? It'd probably be winter. I love being inside looking out at snow.)

35. HUGS OR KISSES? (Hugs)

36. FAVORITE DESSERT? (I love crisps and cobblers)


38. COMPUTER OR TELEVISION? (Both; also love to "read" and sew at the same time, compliments of audio books)

39. WHAT BOOK ARE YOU READING NOW? (Read the Bible each morning; always have several fiction books going: Current one is supposedly the experiences of a friend of Hemingway's when they all lived in Paris) Favorite author: Elizabeth Goudge (wrote during the 40's)

40. WHAT IS ON YOUR MOUSE PAD? ("Diversity and Inclusion; pictures by children, produced by the Pilgrim Station Nuclear facility)

42. FAVORITE SOUND? (My grandchildren's laughter)


44. WHAT IS THE FARTHEST YOU HAVE BEEN FROM HOME? (I'm not sure where home is: I've lived in all four corners of the U.S. - one trip overseas to England and Ireland)

45. DO YOU HAVE A SPECIAL TALENT? (Singing, crazy quilting, being an uplifter to my friends and family)

46. WHERE WERE YOU BORN? (North Platte, Nebraska)

47. WHERE ARE YOU LIVING NOW? (Dallas/Ft. Worth suburb)

48. WHAT COLOR IS YOUR HOUSE? (Brick with blue/gray trim; in the process of being painted right now)

49. WHAT COLOR IS YOUR CAR? (Red; silver - DH and I drive whichever one's available, or in back of the other one)

50. DO YOU LIKE ANSWERING 50 QUESTIONS? (Yes, but even more I enjoy reading other's responses. Hope someone else picks up on this.) (Let me know)

This was copied from Patty267, and I like this idea. Since she copied it from someone else, I think anyone else could use this idea too. I liked it.


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SILLYHP1953 12/7/2011 2:14PM

    I enjoyed reading about you, or about your answers to these questions, anyway. I've seen some of these on here by others, too, but I have yet to answer any of them about me. Maybe I don't want the self-reflection, though most questions don't require very much of it!

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PATTY267 11/12/2011 6:15PM

    It was fun getting to know you girlfriend! You're right, we do have a lot in common. See,a spark has been lit. Hopefully, other's will follow ... 'cause, like you, I like to read about other people. Oh, by the way, we have something else in common. Right up there on the top of my list for favorite foods is crisps and cobblers (with a scoop of vanilla ice cream on top!)
emoticon ... "continued blessings to you as we journey this road together though afar"

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BECCASINGSLEAD 11/12/2011 4:30PM

    Thanks for sharing! I'll do it, too!

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JUDYPOPPINS 11/12/2011 2:53PM

    Love it...and yes, I've put it on Positive Sparkers to see who else might actually was fun.
thanks for sharing

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Losing without dieting?

Monday, November 07, 2011

The latest Prevention magazine has an article on women who lost weight without exercise or dieting. When I got the magazine, I quickly turned to that article -- I knew there had to be a catch! And.... it was based on information I've seen in several places about women who sit 60% of the day having a hard time losing. Well, that's me, for sure.

This article suggested you wear an activity monitor (there's someone here on SP that wrote a review of those), and increase your activity to burning 500 calories a day, with a list of 80-plus small changes you can make in any activity. (One example... use a shopping basket instead of a cart) One suggestion that would work for us computer addicts is to set a timer and not stay seated for more that 15 minutes at a time, getting up to walk around a little. There you go... that's the "secret." I remember when I first started working at a library. There was little moving around, but I did stand up all day, and lost weight.

This article was good reinforcement and motivation for me to get up and move around more. With the exercise and strength training I'm doing, it should help.

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DONNARAEJ 11/13/2011 12:12AM

    Thanks, LADYBUG. All the modern conveniences that give us free time to be inactive are actually helping us live unhealthy lives. My grandmas and my mother worked a great deal of the day -- cooking three meals without cuisinarts and a gadget for every job, cleaning up after those meals without dishwashers, you remember, I'm sure. I don't want to go back to those days, but it's a good reminder that human bodies are meant to be used more than we use ours, I think.

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BECCIE0524 11/12/2011 4:52PM

    They had something similar on Dr Oz. He said that even standing can help. When you talk on the phone make sure you are standing. I experience this at work. I drink lots of water so I have to get up to get more water and then I get up lots to go to the bathroom. I started standing up while on the phone, and I even found a taller area where I can sort my filing out I do every week. Every little bit helps! Loved your blog! emoticon

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4DOGNIGHT 11/12/2011 8:33AM

    Great Blog! I am an exercise slug but today I'll be trotting to and from the FSU game and up and down oodles of steps. Thanks for commenting on my veteran's blog. My dad was a POW in Japan for 42 months. WWII

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BECCASINGSLEAD 11/8/2011 10:55AM

    I love my timer! Getting up to move around is a good idea. It helps keep your blood circulating better and helps keep fluid from building up in your legs and feet. Movement is just better for you than being still all the time.

Be blessed!

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SILLYHP1953 11/7/2011 7:31PM

    That is when I started gaining weight, when I stopped doing daycare 16 years ago and got a job that is mainly in front of a computer. Very good idea about the timer, I need one that doesn't tick, though. There are times when I get up from my desk and can't even stand up straight until I walk around and stretch. Yes, I think activity might be the trick.

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DFROMTX 11/7/2011 6:16PM

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WE can do this!! I also read Prevention magazine & noticed this article.

Good luck with your "movement"!!

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