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One Last Monday..

Monday, May 24, 2010

I did not really want to get up this morning and then it dawned on me! This is the last Monday of the school year and the pool is re-opening today as well. That did it for me, and I flew out of bed to face the day. I have since re-thought the effort as now I could easily take a nap.

I thought about sneaking a cookie on my way out the door to go to the gym. I almost had that cookie "mentally" justified...I was going to the gym and to the pool, but better sense overcame my moment of weakness. The cookie is still at the house.

I got to play around some with one of my friends at the gym before I had to leave to go to the pool. We had a lot of fun pushing each other to lift with purpose. I am sure I will pay for the "fun" later today.

The pool was very nice and I really enjoyed it. I am going to lifeguard later this week for the middle school end of year party. Hopefully the sun will shine and the wind will keep it to a dull roar.
I am going to do the Ft. Bayard Wilderness Run this coming weekend. The blues Festival is also this weekend and I want to go on a long bike ride as well. I will begin a taper in preparation of the Milkman Triathlon on Sunday, and the following week will be miserable...but I will keep swimming during the taper. Lightly!
Happy Monday Sparkers!

  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

MOMMYFOTLAND 5/25/2010 9:50AM

    Thank you so much for visiting my blog! It's so helpful and motivating to know you're out there! I appreciate it!

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DEVORA4 5/25/2010 1:51AM

  Another home run for you. Your pics are emoticon Have fun at the pool,

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SAMODER 5/24/2010 11:53PM

    Your exercise schedule makes me tired....
Enjoy the pool emoticon

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YW84FRIDAY 5/24/2010 5:48PM

  Whoa! You are one busy lady! I got tired just reading about all that...

Have an awesome week!


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FISHINGLADY66 5/24/2010 4:50PM

    I just love how you tell you daily events and use the pictures to illustrate. So glad your Monday was a success.

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REGMAGLYPTS 5/24/2010 3:59PM

    Hope everything is going well! I am looking forward to my swim today!

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LINDAKAY228 5/24/2010 3:11PM

    I'm doing the Ft Bayard this weekend too. Doing the 5k. Good luck to you!

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JERSEYDEBBIE23 5/24/2010 1:55PM

    Your blog is adorable! :)
Hope all is well with you. Have a great week!

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Pictures on Boston Hill Mountain Bike Ride

Sunday, May 23, 2010

Well, I went mountain bike riding on Boston Hill this morning. Most of the hill has lots of old mining areas where manganese was mined when I was a little kid. My grandfather was the general manager of the mine and the ride brought back a flood of old memories. Delightful!

This is the map of the Boston Hill fee and lots to see!
There are tons of wildflowers:

Along the side of the trails the flowers range in colors from yellow to purple, blues and whites. The yuccas are blooming as well as the cacti.
The trails run around the various mining areas and there are several different skill levels of trails to choose from.

There are lots of views and the area is very clean even though it is well-traveled. I am definitely spoiled to have such an area just 4 miles from my house!
Enjoy the rest of your weekend and have a great Monday fellow Spark People!

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JUNEPA 5/25/2010 4:04PM

    Awesome photos, this is my kind of blog!!

Your other blog photos to punctuate your thoughts crack me up, keep them coming too.

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CZARINA_TV 5/24/2010 9:38AM

    How wonderful to have all that nearby!

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DEVORA4 5/23/2010 11:51PM

  What wonderful pictures. I am sure that visiting such a lovely place refreshes one's spirit. You have a great day too. emoticonfor sharing the pics debby aka devora4

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YW84FRIDAY 5/23/2010 10:20PM

  Nice! The wildflowers are beautiful. Thanks for sharing.

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YW84FRIDAY 5/23/2010 10:20PM

  Nice! The wildflowers are beautiful. Thanks for sharing.

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FISHINGLADY66 5/23/2010 9:37PM

    Beautiful pictures. I love the yuccas as well as the cacti. Thanks for giving me a little beauty.

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Easy Day on Exercise

Friday, May 21, 2010

Some mornings it is really tough to get up and get started.

I had my workout all planned out last night and if I could have gone to the gym again at 8pm...I know I would have got it done.
But, I did getup and go to the gym and I worked hips and core really hard. I used an exercise ball. I watched one of the classes at the gym and decided.....

and I realize I really prefer to do some exercises by myself. I did some upper body this morning as well. My heart really wasn't in it and I found that as far as weight went this morning, I was rather a puss!

I waited patiently for the ARC running machine and I figured that once it was mine...I would relinquish it rather quickly. I started running and a strange sensation came over my body.

I felt totally equipped to run this damn machine into the ground! I was suddenly a million miles away. I couldn't be stopped. I saw wondrous sites, ran in fabulous places, won a marathon...etc!

I really was able to float off. although most of the scenes were cold, I guess I was really hot, I had a blast. I felt so refreshed after I finished. My mind was clear, I was sweating fiercely, but I was not out of breath! It was a superb moment, a monumental feat...I had gone 9 miles! You all have no idea what that means to me. I can't run off of the machine because of my knees and I have not run more than 3 miles at a time for over a year and a half. I was speechless, spent, and oh so happy.

why it happened this morning...but I'll take it.
Have a Great Day Sparkers!

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LINDAKAY228 5/21/2010 2:54PM

    That's really amazing!!! In December I did the Santa Challenge at the gym and attended 50 group fitness classes between the 1st and 23rd so I did everyone one of those things! I won the 4 months free membership and tried a lot of new things and some of it was fun for a little bit but I haven't been back to any of them since then except the water aerobics Michele leads on Tuesdays and Thursdays at noon. I really like her class. Otherwise, I'd rather do my own thing too.

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PAMAPPLE 5/21/2010 12:40PM

    Wow!!!! Isn't it a great feeling to be able to run more than you usually run and feel great and energized afterwards!!!! Especially after running through all of that weather!!! emoticon

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DEVORA4 5/21/2010 12:13PM

  great pictures thanks

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I Teach..My Year in Review

Thursday, May 20, 2010

As a teacher, at least on the high school level, you are exposed to almost everything. There are a lot of different students and ethnic groups, as well as off the wall situations that you deal with. Learn to laugh...or else.
To begin with, you have to get the right mood going in your classes. Setting boundaries early makes the rest of the year easier. You have to get your bluff in!

If you demand respect as well as give it in return, your students will be more polite.

You are the molder of young minds! It is up to you to get your students to think outside the box.

Challenge your students...let them know the sky is the limit and that nothing is impossible.
Of course, you also have to deal with a multitude of personalities..... There are those that are naturally crabby,
natural thinkers,
music lovers,
drama queens and kings,
the dazed and confused...and of course those that just can't see why education is important.

Therefore, we teachers have to be ready for anything...
and wear many different hats. Yes we will butt heads with some students...

but we keep at it year after year. We know that regardless what happens...

and that when graduation FINALLY arrives...We can say that it was a job well done!

Have a Spark Day!

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BEYOURBEST1 5/22/2010 8:41AM

    What a beautiful blog! I will show it to my kids, I am sure that they will agree with you.

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MNMAMAMN 5/20/2010 11:25PM

    Fabulous Blog! Your sense of humor is emoticon emoticon

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YW84FRIDAY 5/20/2010 9:19PM

  I love it! My oldest daughter is a 4th grade teacher. She compares this year's class to playing a year-long game of Whack-A-Mole, "Please sit down. Sit down. Hey you, sit down! Pleeeeeeaaassseeee sit down??? Pleease??"


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FISHINGLADY66 5/20/2010 8:49PM

    My daughter is a 3rd and 4th grade teacher. She is a molder of young minds! I understand you blog exactly. I enjoyed reading it.

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CZARINA_TV 5/20/2010 2:47PM

    Congrats on finishing a good year! Here's to many more!

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LINDAKAY228 5/20/2010 1:16PM

    Wonderful pics! Teachers deserve a ton of credit for the job they do!!!

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PAMAPPLE 5/20/2010 12:50PM

    As a former at risk and special education teacher, I can totally relate to your blog! At the end of the year, not only can you say job well done, but you can recharge your batteries for another eventful and challenging year! You rock at being a winner and a biggest loser on SP! emoticon emoticon

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DEVORA4 5/20/2010 12:44PM

  GREAT LOVE YOUR PICS emoticon emoticon deb

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Spark People..........

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Today as I got out of the shower and was getting ready for work....
I got to thinking about Spark People, the web page, and how much time I spend on it, etc. and if it is really worth it. I mean I get up at dawn to go to the gym..
which is okay, cuz I am a morning person, and would get up anyway. Then it hit me...My dad had heart disease, strokes, mom has Alzheimer's and there is cancer on both sides of the family.

Since I am the product of my parents...I realize why I am on this journey. I will continue to lose weight, and adjust my diet. Of course, diet changes lead to embarrassing problems occasionally.

I truly love all the information, support and motivation I am getting through my computer. I am stronger, more independent and a lot easier to be around. I am learning how to handle stress better, set realistic goals, and how to encourage others with words more..and possibly with deeds.
I realize everyone is not a "true" athlete...and that is okay!

My diet is controllable and not controlling of me!

Yup, I think Spark People is Fantastic and that I will keep on doing what I am doing. If I stay on the right side of the lawn, keep increasing my health as well as focusing on the positive and not the negative, I am going to be all right!

Dance as if there is no tomorrow! Play as though you are still a kid!

Have a great day and keep on Sparking!

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YW84FRIDAY 5/20/2010 9:15PM

  Thanks for the smile. I needed that...

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RAWKNRUN 5/20/2010 11:09AM

  So cute! Yes, Spark is definently one of the best motivators there is!

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DEVORA4 5/20/2010 1:05AM

  There is a box that says to check if you liked the blog Too bad there is no box to check that says I loved the blog

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FISHINGLADY66 5/19/2010 5:46PM

    You have such wonderful blogs. You make me smile and that helps make my days. This is really cute. Thanks for being my Spark Friend.

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PAMAPPLE 5/19/2010 4:02PM

    Love your blog! You're fighting heart disease and loving every moment of it! My mom had a heart bypass when she was 69, and changed her diet and walked, and is reaping the benefits at 90 years young! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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LISAWALKER3 5/19/2010 1:37PM

  Keep plugging ahead! You have many reasons to stay with SP and you know it! Put a smile on your face - you deserve this!!!

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IHEARTK 5/19/2010 1:13PM

    What a great blog!
Loved, loved, loved the pictures!!!

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WYOWILDDEE 5/19/2010 1:09PM

    What a great pictorial! My gene pool is as unguarded as yours so I figure even a little benefit is better then none. Exercise is mentioned as one of the precautions for so many things, how can we be going wrong?! Keep up the great work. I certainly enjoyed your blog! emoticon

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SPARKLERFRIEND 5/19/2010 12:34PM

    emoticon for so many reasons! And you do, too! emoticon

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