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I Think I Met My 10+ Fitness Minute Goal Today

Friday, January 20, 2012

emoticonStarted this morning with an almost 4 mile walk. It was below freezing so I just walked --QUICKLY!--around the block, then went inside Curves to finish my walk on the (warm!) Recovery Boards.
emoticonI worked the Afternoon Shift at Curves, and got to take Two Potential New Members ~~ A Mother & Daughter ~ through their First Workout!! They are going to try a Free Week, and then decide if they want to join. I REALLY do LOVE working at Curves, and not just because it gives me a chance to get A LOT of steps in!
emoticonSeveral of you have asked about Sparky the Rescue Turtle, aka The Mascot of the Turtles Over 50 Spark Team. He is doing Great, but has just about outgrown his 10 Gallon Aquarium Home. I think he is going to get the 50 Gallon Aquarium as soon as I can figure out where we are going to put it. AND how to clean the silly thing!! It is hard enough to clean and change the water in this one. He is VERY Lucky that I had NO IDEA how big he would get when I found him!!

1.) 20,038 steps
2.) Burned 555 Calories
3.) 150 Fitness Minutes
4.) Blog Done!!

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SANDYLH1 1/21/2012 7:27AM

  We have a turtle at work who is a charmer.

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THETURTLEBEAR 1/20/2012 8:13PM

    You will need a large, external cannister filter, rated for (at least) double the volume of the new tank. So if he's getting a 50 gal. tank, the filter has to be rated for a minimum of 100 gallons. The bigger it is, the less often it needs cleaning. The nice thing about the canister filters is that they don't go in the tank and therefore it's a little easier to deal with cleaning them. He will be so excited!!! I think I had an Eheim, but not remembering 100%.

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ABB698 1/20/2012 12:53PM

    Curves is lucky to have you too!
Can't believe Sparky is that big when he was barely a tea bag! Guess he likes living in the Cannon house! :)
Good job on the steps! No spare change today huh? emoticon

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    Oh, so COOL! I hope you can take a picture of Sparky! emoticon

Oh, yes, and CONGRATULATIONS on a job well done! emoticon

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ANDI571 1/20/2012 11:01AM

    Oh my, I didn't realize Sparky would get so big. Our baby is growing up. emoticon

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NH_MOM 1/20/2012 9:18AM

    Do you know what kind of turtle Sparky is? Sounds like he's NOT a snapping turtle which is good. Those things are mean.

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ONEKIDSMOM 1/20/2012 7:41AM

    Thanks for the update on Sparky slipped into this entry. The tool that helped you lose has now become a part of your work life, too... way to make a passion into a career! And it gives you a huge chance to keep your own motivation up as you help others!

BRRRR! Stay warm down there... it's Winter here, too.

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_LINDA 1/20/2012 6:53AM

    Wow! Fantastic stepping! You are really going!! Hope old Sparky isn't one of those turtles that lives to be a 100, and grows three feet long ;)
Enjoy your weekend, make some of those steps fun ones!

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DRB13_1 1/20/2012 12:53AM

    Your blog brought a grin to my face.
Please post a picture when Sparky gets his new aquarium.
Have a great week. You are an inspiration.

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Remembering January 17, 2011 & A New Hobby?

Thursday, January 19, 2012

emoticonI didn't realize until this morning that it was One Year Ago yesterday when I was Officially Invited to New York to be on the Rachael Ray Show. On the 19th of January ~ A Year Ago Tomorrow ~ there was a Film crew here to do the "Back Story" and film some Video for the "At Home" part of my segment on the show. The following Sunday, Gary and I were on a Plane headed to New York! Rachael Ray paid for my ticket and the Hotel, but Curves paid for Gary's ticket so that he could go too. We did NOT have any way of buying the tickets.
emoticonIt was a Great Trip and I enjoyed it more than I can say.
emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticonHard to believe that it is One Year Later and I am STILL Walking and Maintaining my Weight and my Gym Membership!!
And I am Still learning new things every day from all of You and from Spark People Articles.
emoticonI have decided to try my hand at knitting again. Back when I was in High School I LOVED knitting. I went out today and bought Needles, Yarn, and a Beginning Knitting Book. I started a Neckscarf today. We shall see how it goes.

1.) 18,511 steps
2.) Burned 663 calories
3.) 125 Fitness Minutes
4.) Blog Done.

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ANDI571 1/20/2012 11:03AM

    It doesn't seem like a year already. Wow!

You have definitely made that transition from diet to lifestyle. Way to go! emoticon

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NORTHWOODSMOM8 1/19/2012 7:37PM

    I REALLY want to learn to knit!!! I think Mary and I are going to visit my MIL for the weekend sometime and have her give us lessons. That was SO NICE of curves to pay for Gary's ticket! HOW EXCITING that you've maintained consistently and with enthusiasm for a year after the show!

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CATLADY52 1/19/2012 2:21PM

    emoticon It may be that at first you'll have to work at getting into the rhythm of the knitting. But after a short while it will come back and it'll be like you have never stopped. Best of luck getting going. emoticon

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THETURTLEBEAR 1/19/2012 2:20PM

    You are inspirational, my dear!

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    COOL! I didn't know you did this! That's fantastic! I am so proud of you, my dear friend! emoticon

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OKIEGIRL75 1/19/2012 8:57AM

    Wow. Way to maintain that weight loss. I think you are awesome.

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MARVEEME 1/19/2012 7:55AM

    Where does the time go? It's WONDERFUL that you're doing well, and rekindling a talent of your youth. The future's so bright, you've got to wear shades!

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FLORIDASUN 1/19/2012 7:33AM

    Fantastic job...I LOVE Rachel Ray...is she as cute in person as she is on t.v. Our son Josh always used to refer to her as his future wife when he saw her...that was BEFORE she was married...hehe. emoticon

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ONEKIDSMOM 1/19/2012 7:28AM

    Woo-Hoo! emoticon on surviving your 15 minutes and staying the course! You are among my S-HEROES! emoticon

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ABB698 1/19/2012 1:22AM

    Wow TJ, a year already? Wow. That was such a cool thing, and I loved seeing you on tv! I didn't know Curves paid for Gary's ticket, that is awesome and so generous! Glad he got to experience that moment with you!
And congrats on still going and going and going!!! emoticon

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Thank You, Spark Friends ~ You Are The Wind Beneath My Wings

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

emoticon emoticon emoticonI woke up this morning to discover that I had been Voted Motivator of The Day! I was blown away by all of your Comments, Spark Goodies, and SparkMails. In so many ways I do not feel that I am worthy of all I have received today. But the one thing that I want to say to all of you is that YOU are why I am here. Right from the first time that I Logged On to this site I have felt Encouraged, Supported, and Empowered. Without the Unconditional, Constant Support of my SparkFriends ~ And My 'Real Life' Curves Friends And Family ~ I would not be here today, and I certainly would NEVER have been considered 'Inspirational' or a Motivator Of The Day.
emoticonOn the way to my Day Job, I pulled in to "Our" 7-11 to get gas and found a pile of 19 Pennies behind my Car!! Too bad I needed more than 19 cents worth of gas, LOL!!
emoticonI got off work a teeny bit early, so I was able to go by the Gym on the way to my EveningJob and jump on the Elliptical for 30 minutes (2.27 miles!!).
emoticonTuesdays and Fridays are Very Challenging Food Wise (that is a whole other Blog entirely!) but when I got off work this evening No Way was I going to come home and cook. Hubby met me at Chili's and I had the Guiltless Grill Salmon Platter. Since I 'Just Happened' to have several packets of Green Tea in my purse, I even got to have a healthy drink! I have not tracked my Food yet, but I am pretty sure that I did OK, Calorie-Wise.
emoticonIt was 24 degrees tonight, but No Way did Gary and I want to miss our Walk to 7-11. We have walked for 10+ Minutes for 277 days in a row!! We found another 13 cents in the Parking Lot, and the clerks had saved 2 Pears for me!! I am not sure that this day could get any better!!

1.) 14,197 steps + 2.27 miles on the Elliptical
2.) Burned 669 Calories
3.) 135 Fitness Minutes
4.) Blog Done!!

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NORTHWOODSMOM8 1/18/2012 8:40PM

    Jeannie, it's SOOOOOOO special that Gary has done this challenge WITH you!!!! I'm going to see if dh wants to do it with me!!!!! That was SO nice of 7-11 to hold the pears!!!! AWESOME!!!! {{{{huge hugs}}}}

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CATLADY52 1/18/2012 5:39PM

    Sounds like a winner on all fronts! emoticon emoticon

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ANDI571 1/18/2012 3:27PM

    I just picked six of those numbers. I think I will play the lottery tonight.

You are awesome Jeannie. Keep up the good work.

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THETURTLEBEAR 1/18/2012 3:25PM

    Very happy for you!

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JCDROLSHAGEN 1/18/2012 12:53PM

Sounds like you had a good day! More of the same today!

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STORMYKAT1 1/18/2012 10:46AM

    Congrats on the MOD!! Your story and photos are very inspiring. Glad you got your pears this last trip! :- D

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_LINDA 1/18/2012 9:50AM

    You do deserve motivator, you are so awesome!
Well done on keeping your calories in check in spite of going out to Chili's -didn't think they had any low calorie meals (I didn't see any salmon on our menu here :()
You work hard at getting your steps in each day, frequently going well over that standard of 10,000. If that isn't motivating, what is??

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    I just love you, my dear Okie friend! We're driving near OK this weekend! I'll be thinking of you, my motivational and inspiring SparkFriend! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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MAGGIE101857 1/18/2012 6:24AM

    Congratulations - definitely well deserved!!!! emoticon

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MIZCATHI 1/18/2012 4:34AM

    You so deserve the Motivator award - I am definitely motivated by the way you fit in exercise, your energy level, and your positive outlook by a mere pile of pennies - as if they are from Heaven! emoticon Maybe they are!

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KASEYCOFF 1/18/2012 2:57AM

    Congrats, kiddo - I can't think of a more deserving Sparkler!
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ABB698 1/18/2012 2:15AM

    You have always been my #1 Motivator TJ! Congrats.
I love how you're always finding pennies from Heaven :)
And how awesome the clerks saved you pears! emoticon
So I take it the gym is some place other than Curves? Or does your Curves have an eliptical?

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SUNNYWBL 1/18/2012 1:22AM

    You deserve all the kudos that come your way! You continue to be an inspiration to me.

I guess your day job is at Curves, but what is your second job?

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Tuesday, January 17, 2012

emoticonI am REALLY tired of the Wind!! I know that I am lucky that I don't have the low temperatures that some of you do, or the Snow and Ice. I do feel bad for those of you who are having to deal with that.
emoticonIt was almost 70 degrees here today, but because it was so windy, after work I decided to go to the Gym and ride the Recumbent Bike rather than fight the wind again. I got in 7.29 miles in 40 minutes.
emoticonGary had to work late, and when I got home, it was still daylight. So, I could not resist a quick 20 minute walk. Well, like my SparkFriend 2Kitties reminded me, at least the wind adds Strength Training to my Walks, LOL!!
emoticonWhen Gary got home, he had time to eat Dinner and then it was time to walk to 7-11. I think we were both kind of glad to make it a short walk tonight. And, to add insult to injury, they were out of Pears at the store!!! GRRR!!!!

1.)15,032 steps + 7.29 miles on the Bike
2.) Burned 742 Calories
3.) 155 Fitness Minutes
4.) Blog Done.

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NORTHWOODSMOM8 1/17/2012 3:08PM

    The wind really wipes me out!

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    I am tired of the wind, too! Ugh! emoticon

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TXGRANDMA 1/17/2012 1:23PM

    emoticonI, too, like the goals met at the bottom of the page! emoticon

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JECKIE 1/17/2012 1:13PM

    The wind is killer, no matter the temp!

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THETURTLEBEAR 1/17/2012 11:30AM

    Wow - that temperature sounds mighty nice right now!

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_LINDA 1/17/2012 10:28AM

    Fabulous! Well done!!
Wind really is a nuisance, especially combined with -35 F temperatures!!

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SHELLB7 1/17/2012 12:57AM

    I love the goals at the bottom of the blog! Great work!
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Windy Walking & Shark Diving

Monday, January 16, 2012

emoticonIt is Funny how much I look forward to my Sunday Morning walks. It is hard to believe that I really do walk just because I enjoy it. Maybe something has changed in my DNA? I walked to 7-11 this morning to get Coffee before Church. I really think that I would walk even if the Coffee wasn't involved.
emoticonGary had gone Golfing, and I really planned on a Long Walk at the Park because the temperature was to be in the 60s today. Only problem was that the wind was blowing at almost 30 mph, making it seem A LOT colder than it really was. Plus it isn't any fun walking in it. We should get extra Spark Points or an Extra Calorie burn when the wind is that bad. I only walked 25 minutes in the Park, then decided that it would be Much More FUN to get my Nails done. So....Off to Wal-Mart I went!!
emoticonI got home in time to see most of an episode of "Tanked" on Animal Planet. If you aren't familiar with it, the program is about a Family in Las Vegas that builds custom Aquariums. They are beyond anything I could imagine, and I don't even want to think about what one would cost just to maintain. I haven't watched it a lot, but I have enjoyed the episodes I have seen. On the episode today they were in New York to build an aquarium for a Child. While they were there they got to go on a Shark Dive. They were in a Steel Cage surrounded by Full Grown Sharks!! I SO want to do that!! It is the Number One thing on my Bucket List!! I have No Idea why, but I think it would be FABULOUS!!
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emoticonAfter Dinner, in spite of the wind, we walked to 7-11--a little over 2 miles. That gave me a total of 10, 997 steps with my Walks. I didn't quite make my Goal of 500 Calories Burned today, but it is a "Rest Day" so I am OK with that.
emoticon emoticonThank You to all of you who are reading my Blogs and taking the time to Comment. I appreciate all of you more than you can know.

1.) 15,147 Steps
2.) Burned 361 Calories
3.) 90 Fitness Minutes
4.) Blog Done

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WVAWACKADOO 1/18/2012 6:37PM

    Don't think that I will be swimming with the sharks during THIS lifetime...the #1 thing on MY bucket list...is to get rid of my BUCKET...as in rear end...haha...Take care & keep up the good work...


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ABB698 1/16/2012 11:13PM

Shark diving-NOT! You'd be one brave woman to want to do this TJ!

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NORTHWOODSMOM8 1/16/2012 4:23PM

    Jeannie, you said: "Plus it isn't any fun walking in it. We should get extra Spark Points or an Extra Calorie burn when the wind is that bad." I TOTALLY agree! And walking in the snow should get extra points too! emoticon I would have totally opted for the nails too! I dislike walking in the wind! Also, your #1 on your bucket list has me in stitches! Not EVEN remotely on mine! hahaha You're SO brave!!!!!!! emoticon

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CATLADY52 1/16/2012 4:11PM

    You are doing just fine. In all categories. emoticon

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SISTERDEAR 1/16/2012 3:52PM

    Don't know about the sharks, but I love to walk also. And I have been, in the cold and wind! Brrr.......

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    I love to walk and since SparkPeople, I have the reputation at work for walking to wherever I need to go during the day! I like that reputation! emoticon

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OKIEGIRL75 1/16/2012 2:38PM

    I have no desire to swim with the sharks. I guess I will have to live vicariously through you on that one. You must post and tell all once you do it. Pictures would be awesome. Congrats on getting your walk in despite the windy weather.

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THETURTLEBEAR 1/16/2012 11:34AM

    Not me. No sharks!

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_LINDA 1/16/2012 10:46AM

    The wind here is frequently pretty bad, and when it gets combined with our icy temperatures (-14F) it becomes just plain dangerous to be outside, skin freezes in seconds, which is why they give us windchill values too. I do miss being outside walking. So boring going around and around the small area in my building.
Keep up the fabulous work -10,000 steps for a 'rest' day is pretty darned good!!

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JECKIE 1/16/2012 9:08AM

    Nice job! I'm not fond of being out in the wind, either, but sadly we don't get to control Mother Nature. :(

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ONEKIDSMOM 1/16/2012 6:31AM

    OK, Jeannie, I am going to REMEMBER that about the Shark Dive. I so want to hear a future blog that says you *did it*! And if anyone can check things off a bucket list, it is you, oh leader of the turtle herd!

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