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Saturday, May 08, 2010

It was really tough getting out of bed this morning. I was not interested in my Yorkie alarm clock! This is what my comment to an early morning walk was. And then I started thinking about the only other reason besides exercise, to get up early in the morning! To get to Spark People and read to learn what I must know to change my eating habits, to lose weight because I fear the fuzzy!
Yes, I love Spark People and the positive attitudes I encounter which motivate me and give me a positive outlook on life!

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PAMAPPLE 5/8/2010 9:14AM

    Love your pictures!!!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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ANGE1010 5/8/2010 7:33AM

    You can do this! You need to do this! An hour will go by and you'll say to yourself, "It I had exercised I would have been done by now." We must try again and again and again to complete our goal of living healthy today. Because it's who we are, not because we have to. Go for it!

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DEVORA4 5/8/2010 7:33AM

  Hey Buddy, I share your feelings. I LOVE LOVE LOVE the pictures. Have a great weekend How are you feeling? I hope better.

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Friday, May 07, 2010

I have finally decided to accept the fact that I Do have asthma and that YES it is bothering me a lot right now. I have an inhaler, which I have yet to use...stubborn or stupid...who knows. I am having a tough time swimming and even riding my bike is tougher than normal.

emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon Warm weather is fabulous but the pollen it brings I could do without. emoticon. I quickly have to get this under control. My next triathlon is in a month emoticon but if I can't breathe so I can swim emoticon.

Everyone have a great weekend!

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THEASHINATOR 5/11/2010 5:33PM

    I've had asthma since I was 10 and it's a bummer. Although I'm allergic to pollen and other irritants, it's also considered "sports-induced". I've gotten in the habit over the years of taking 1-2 puffs of albuterol 5 minutes before I start my work out. Every once in a while I forget my inhailor and realize what a difference it makes!

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DEVORA4 5/7/2010 9:05PM

  people have been known to get this under control and I pray you will too.

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PAMAPPLE 5/7/2010 6:02PM

    My daughter had asthma for a couple of years and outgrew it. I didn't have asthma but had other health problems and started getting better after seeing a nutritionist. She turned me onto a company called that uses doctors and nutritionists to prescribe vitamins and minerals based on urine analysis lab test results. I have more energy now that I've been on the vitamins. Other than an occasional cold that I get maybe once or once every two years, I feel great! emoticon

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TRISHP1961 5/7/2010 5:58PM

    I have found that regular exercise actually helps improve my asthma. Smiling is right, the inhaler helps keep the asthma at bay...

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    GOOD FOR YOU!!! emoticon

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    I have asthma, too. I was diagnosed only a year ago...I am in my 40's. Don't be afraid to use the inhaler. I have been told more than once by more than one doctor/nurse to use the rescue inhaler 15 minutes before exercising if I am experiencing problems when working out.
I'm like you, tho. I'd rather not, but in certain conditions, I will. A couple of weeks ago, I ran my first 5K. The weather was a little brisk, and cold air is a trigger for me. So 15 minutes before the race, I "puffed"...I believe it helped because I was able to run the whole way.
Good luck with your triathlon... emoticon.
You have a great weekend, too!!

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Most Embarrassing Moment................

Thursday, May 06, 2010

The students in Advisory class this morning were talking about their most embarrassing moments. I was listening and thinking..."ah, to be back in high school". Then it hit most embarrassing moment was in high school so I had to tell them (and you) the story.

I took basketball and all sports very seriously in high school. Basketball was so cool and I had a very good coach my junior and senior year. She was truly an inspiration and made sure we athletes were in the best shape of our lives. At the end of practice, we always ran some sort of sprints. We had to outrun other teams because we we very quick but not very tall.

We had run like 10 wind sprints and the coach said that whoever won the next sprint would be through for the rest of practice. Twelve very determined young ladies stepped up and toed the line. The whistle blew and I was off like a shot. I was the fastest person on the team and I was NOT going to get beat. I arrived at the end of the gym, tagged the line, spun and was racing to the end of the gym again. Just as I reached the end of the gym and started to slow down my foot hit one of those rubber backed throw rug jobs used to keep dust off the floor. That bad boy rolled up and I was "surfing" towards the door (closed) at a high rate of speed. I shot through the door like a runaway freight train! For a fleeting second I thought all would be alright and then I saw the cheer all of their wonderful glory...right in front of me in a nine person pyramid! I knew a graceful ending was not to be.

I center-punched the bottom person on the pyramid, feet tangled in floor mat as well as tumbling mat and in a split second I found myself on the bottom of a pile of indignant cheerleaders, looking up the wrong addresses! I was stunned...physically and mentally and totally embarrassed at the less than graceful entrance from the gym to the commons area I had made. I was horrified that I had crashed into the cheerleaders, not because I particularly enjoyed cheerleaders or cared for their safety. I was a senior! The top "stud" on the basketball team! I was graceful, fleet and lean and................I now realize that accidents happen when least expected.

My most embarrassing moment was just that, a moment. In that moment I saw an important lesson that we all must learn. I did not learn it that day but I have since. We all need to learn to laugh at ourselves, constantly, loudly and unabashedly! You can't laugh with others until you can laugh "with" yourself! It makes life a whole lot easier when you get over yourself. emoticon

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SAMODER 5/6/2010 11:37PM

    What a funny story. I have to admit dominoes came to mind.

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MYSHARONA6 5/6/2010 5:14PM

    Those moments become very reminds me that I am human and can do goofy things in front of others....with a loss of dignity. Hopefully, the good humor kicked in. emoticon
I would have loved to hear some of the kids' stories as well..puts life in perspective. emoticon

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CPRENSCH 5/6/2010 3:46PM

    Good story. At the beginning of the school year I was walking to dd's school during the busy pick-up time. I stepped off the curb and found myself falling forward in the middle of the cross-walk. My sunglasses went flying off my head in one direction and my keys flew out my hand in the other direction. Of course, cars filled with parents/students were stopped on either side. The crossing guard came running to see if I was okay. I just dusted myself off, waved at the cars, laughed, breathed a sigh of relief my favorite jeans didn't have a hole in them and walked away with my head high (sorta). I then sucked up my pride and told the principal because the whole reason I tripped was a bad hole in the road as you stepped off the curb. The city has since fixed it. Guess it was better I take the fall than someone's grandma.

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    I've got some of those stories too - - - and one about running into a glass door after attempting to walk across a rug in the local mall while clipping away the miles. I can you that I avoid those now and have had to explain that little story (the ones who didn't see me go flying!) to several people when they thought I was "cheating" by not going around all edges (on top of the rugs) of the "track." When I was younger, I would have been horrified and never walked the mall again. Now that I'm older and realize that we all have these moments, I join in with the laughter and move on (in this case literally!). Thanks for sharing your story! emoticon

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HANNONAN 5/6/2010 1:09PM

    Great strength to tell a story, but you are right, we first must learn to laugh at ourselves. I'm full of embarrassing moments, but laughter is not lacking in my life. Great Story!


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SUZANDALE 5/6/2010 11:19AM

    How true!! If we don't laugh at ourselves, we tend to get upset over every little thing that comes around!! Life is full of embarrassing moments. We need to learn that it's okay to look a little foolish every once in a while. And the way I look at it, at least I made someone else laugh even if it was at my expense!! Thanks for sharing!! keep on sparking!!

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I Have....Have You?

Wednesday, May 05, 2010

The following is a list of off -the -wall things I have done so far in my life. How many of them have you done?

rode bulls and broncos, roped, hunted: Dear, Elk, Turkey, Bear, Mtn. Lion, Javelina, Ibex, Oryx, ran a half marathon, done a Triathlon, completed a major bike race--Tour of the Gila, ran Olympic Track and Field, had children, bone marrow test, severe childhood sickness, learned to swim, drive, coached volleyball, basketball, golf at high school level, officiated basketball, volleyball-jr. high and high school, backpacked, made fishing poles, fishing tackle, drove a dump truck, gone spelunking, rode and packed horses, shod a horse, delivered puppies, kittens, foals, fawns, bunnies, trout fished in a stream, river, lake, observed massive flooding, hauled and stacked umpteen tons of hay, spoke at a large gathering, sang karaoke, cooked for hundreds, ate a rattlesnake, gardened, harvested tons of apple trees, pruned roses, trees, bushes, built a house, barn carport, welded and taught others as well, raised and shown animals such as pigs, lambs, horses, judged meat, worked on kill floor, judged livestock and wool, visited an Indian reservation, rebuilt an engine, repaired body damage to a car, painted a car, won athletic and job related national honors, watched a friend die, eulogized a parent or sibling, danced and sang in the buff in the forest, screamed because you could, drank WAY too much, lost only to get mad and win the next time, prayed, cursed, observed how kids in a mall walk like their parent, watched little kids "watch" their new shoes, helped the elderly, said goodbye, greeted a stranger, won a door prize, kicked a football, raced the wind, jumped in puddle...........
I am sure your list can go on for ever as well. The important part is to see the positive and keep the good balanced or above the bad. Sometimes the only way to see the positive is to list it out like I have done. Rejoice in you; bask in your glow! Have a good day! emoticon

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    Which Indian reservation did you visit, if you don't mind my asking? I am part Cherokee Indian and would like to someday visit one myself. I have sponsored Pine Ridge over the years through making warm items for their seniors and children.

I LOVED your list! emoticon

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MAYTAGKAT 5/6/2010 11:40AM

    I liked this blog!
Have done most of these things myself! Makes me think of all the joys I have experienced in Life! These things we have done, make each of us the person we have become. What a joy to have a full Life and look ahead to more adventures!
Thanks for posting this, it inspires me to post a similar list of things I have done.

Thanks again, and Spark On!

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DEVORA4 5/5/2010 12:29PM

  There is a place to check if I liked the blog. I checked it, of course but too bad there is no page to check that I LOVED the blog. Compared to what you have done, my have dones are not too much. It's a good lesson to put myself out there more. Thanks Love you debby aka devora4 emoticon

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K8NJKSMOM 5/5/2010 12:27PM

    Wow - that is awesome! Some of your entries are just amazing!!!

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Nothing Particular.......

Tuesday, May 04, 2010

I really hit the weights hard this morning with my upper body. Having a hard time scratching my head...can't lift my arms that high. LOL Actually, I am wondering why my arms keep getting bigger. I lift alot this is true, but I am a female and you would not know that if you saw a picture of just my arms. Don't get me wrong...I like my "phythons" but..........
School is almost over and I can hardly wait. My daughter is graduating and I will have an empty nest but I guess more me time means more exercise. I really want to do at least 7 tri's this summer....................
I want a new bike but I am not sure when I will get one. Husband still unemployed, kid in college. I am already working three jobs just to make ends meet and the ends are beginning to tatter. I know I am not alone in this but..................
Weather is getting warmer and I am ready to spend more time out of doors on my present bike. Perhaps some fishing or even a camping trip........
Everyone have a great day! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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DEVORA4 5/5/2010 12:32PM

  emoticon You are an amazing blogger My NECK hurts too from the weights. Take care

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CHRISTINA217 5/4/2010 9:19PM

    I can relate. I lift weight as well and it can make me ache on my neck, back, and shoulders. But, I know it's just building up the muscle.

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