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My Favorite Gift of 2010? - GUESS AND WIN!

Friday, December 17, 2010

MERRY CHRISTMAS TO YOU ALL! - YOU ARE IT! And you are ALL winners! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

As I sit here looking back on this year and forward to the next couple of weeks and the upcoming year, so many things are drastically different than a year ago, I can scarcely believe it.

A year ago today, I was complaining with my sister about how badly I hurt, how much weight I had gained and how I had no energy. I was 177 lbs or more and couldn't walk up stairs without getting winded and had to take them both feet on one step at a time, pulling myself along. I'm still taking things one step at a time, just not the stairs.

Just about that time, I got the best gift I think I've ever received...I found Spark! I am soooo grateful for Spark people and all of you, my spark friends. Even just these past couple weeks, as life has gotten more crazy than normal, you have helped me learn that the learning isn't through. Holiday seasons will come and go, as will winter, EVERY YEAR - and they are just one more thing that I will learn to deal with, in a healthier way. No, not perfectly, but better than I have in the past. I was getting pretty down because my fitness is not where I want it and I was seeing a slow climb on the numbers on the scale....still below goal, but almost tempted to thrown in the towel, as I have so many times before. Then my dear friends, you all let me know that I am not alone...this is not uncommon, and best of all, that once again, it is just a part of the journey.

I WILL finish this year at or just below goal.
My schedule WILL return to "normal".
I WILL continue to learn new ways to make my life healthier-even in winter.
Spring WILL return.
Spark WILL be here - for me and you....and for that I am most grateful emoticon

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    I rejoice and I am glad in your victory with Christ. How blessed you are and He gets all the glory. Right? Keep being a great example. I love you. Charlene

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FREECLOUD 12/27/2010 10:12PM

    You put into perspective that this is a lifestyle change - the numbers will go up and down a bit, but the overall picture will be a healthier you. And we have a half marathon to think about training for - soon enough winter will be behind us and we'll be complaining about the humidity ;)

I've decided to try cross country skiing this winter. I've never set foot in a pair of skis, but it sounds like fun!

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SPHAPPYHIKER 12/23/2010 9:15AM

    Just think daylight is now getting a little bit longer each day.

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BE_STRONG 12/20/2010 9:53PM

    You haven't thrown in the towel. You have stuck with this and you are doing awesome!

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_CYNDY55_ 12/20/2010 2:43AM

    Wonders of the Season…

I Hope Bring You Joy and Happiness emoticon emoticon

A Season You will Remember… emoticon

And Stay with You, through…the New Year!

May the Timeless Message of Christmas… emoticon

Fill your Heart and Home with Love… emoticon emoticon
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MERRYLYN 12/17/2010 8:58PM

    Hang in there.. I know you can and will do it.
Think Spring and remember all that you have accomplished... you wouldn't want to go back to what you left behind.

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RHONDALYN10 12/17/2010 7:55PM

    Awww, thanks! Merry Christmas to you as well! Happy Sparking and keep on keepin' on! emoticon

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SHARONSPARKLE 12/17/2010 6:19PM

    Thanks for reminding us that when the Holidays are over, we'll still be here for each other!

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MCSNYDER1 12/17/2010 2:50PM

    Yes, indeed!

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SPARKIE1964 12/17/2010 1:42PM

    Amen sista! Spark on... emoticon

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WINNINGSPARK 12/17/2010 1:38PM

    I love winning with you!
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Still Holding On

Thursday, December 16, 2010

This has been a tough couple of weeks. Some days I barely have tije to log in and spins the points wheel...I've even skipped the trivia a few days not to mention staying in touch with all my spark friends and teams. I'm not doing too bad with the 7-8 hours sleep goal. I've actually only missed it 4 days so far which is not bad for me. That has made it significantly easier to stick with the no snooze goal, which I've hit all but three days. Fitness however is abismal. It is all I can do some days to get in 10-15 minutes and I'm only hitting the 30 minutes twice a week. I'm still holding in there at goal weight, but just barely. I've been seeing my weight climb by tenths of a pound gradually all month, so now I'm trying to find time to track again - everyday....and that's tough.

I had the day off today, spent it wrapping and writing cards and cooking some staples to get me through this next week or so. I just need to hang in there till the holidays are over and life gets back to something that more closely resembles "normal".

On top of all the other stuff that I face daily and with the upcoming holidays, I am having one technical problem after another, first with the computer, which I got worked out....then with the USB not connecting the phone and computer, which I'm still dealing with....and most recently, my MP3 died (mid-workout) - YUCK!!! workout without music?!?!?! especially the dreadmill?!?!?! Sorry, just not happening.

Oh well, almost 9PM and time to hit the hay! Gonna get 8 hours tonight - I'm pretty sure that getting this sleep is the only thing that has kept me saane this past couple weeks....need to stay that way.

Keep sparking everyone!

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PATRICIA4472 12/17/2010 8:48AM

    You're not the only one who is too pooped to pop - one of the responses said "just ten minutes" --- even a little bit helps and keeps the movement going forward. But - probably the key is "after the holidays"... right now, there's too much in too little time. Not everything has to be done. I keep telling myself that, too!!

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MEADSBAY 12/17/2010 8:30AM

    Methinks we are all swimming as hard as we can and barely keeping our heads above water!
Remember to breathe.

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CYCLINGSANDY 12/17/2010 5:17AM

    I pray your life will smooth out in a couple of weeks. I am hoping the same thing for me. This blog fit my recent life happenings very closely.I will feel so much better when I can get back to decent workouts. So, will you! emoticon

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_CYNDY55_ 12/17/2010 3:16AM

;*¨* ...Get Your Rest...!
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SPARKIE1964 12/16/2010 11:22PM

    Just 10 minutes of fitness a day is good consistency for long term healthy. Cut yourself some slack...Sleep is more of a priority....Nighty night...

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WINNINGSPARK 12/16/2010 10:56PM

    Well, I'm right there with ya on the time thing. It's always like that. I have gotten really apathetic about it all. Fitness isn't happening because I jammed my toe hiking last week and dancing doesn't feel too good nor does riding. I'm going riding anyway this weekend and I'll log it all when I get back. Once you figure out how to make the clock have more hours get back to me so I can do it too!

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TEAPOT57 12/16/2010 10:53PM

    You are on the go it seems all the time. Even on your days off it's no wonder you need eight hours of sleep I would be exhausted . I don't think you need to worry about gaining weight as busy as you are. Not unless you are not eating healthy ,you are probably getting exercise and don't even realize it . You are on the go all the time it seems that is exercise in it self.
Take care Christmas is next week before you know it will be the NewYear. Then it will quite down some for you I pray.
Hugs & Love Lorraine emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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MERRYLYN 12/16/2010 10:36PM

    Life does seem crazy right now. It seems if I take time to spark, I don't get my sleep and if I sleep I don't have time to spark. You are right in getting the sleep though.. it is the only thing that keeps one sane. You hang in there... soon this will all be past and hopefully things will slow down again.
As for the electronic stuff.... arg! Makes you want to scream sometimes.... emoticon emoticon

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The Beauty is in the Journey

Monday, December 06, 2010

I've learned so much since joining Spark. I've set some goals and met some goals and set more goals. Some of them I've met, and some I'm still working on. Some of them are easier than others. The thing I seem to be learning these days is that as wonderful as it is to meet a goal, the beauty of the experience is to be found in the journey.

Losing the weight was not always fun, and many inches, feet and miles of the C25K were downright "painful". Both goals have been met and the maintenance of them is another goal altogether. I wouldn't trade the experiences for anything. I learned so much along the way, about food, and fitness, and....myself.

This months goals are to get 7-8 hours of sleep everynight, get up in the morning without hitting the snooze and to get 30 minutes of fitness in everyday. I wouldn't call the first week a rousing success. I would call it a great experience. Staying focus on these three goals is teaching me alot about what is necessary to take of myself. It's is requiring a different look at my life and some shifting of priorities. I may not achieve (okay, based on this past week - will not) this month, but I'll be further along in the journey, and I'll learn some important lessons along the way. It's not about perfection, but the willingness to be persistent and keep moving forward.

..........Got 8 hours sleep last night! The first time in a LONG time....boy, it sure feels good! Going to try to go for it again tonight. Who knows, maybe it's the start of a streak - LOL!

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AMYSTRONG 12/9/2010 6:52PM

    So glad you got some sleep girl. You were burning both ends of the candle there.

Fitness journey's are so fulfilling and I'm so glad you never gave up. You continued to push forward and reach some of your goals. I know you can continue to do reach new goals.

However I shouldn't talk to much because I have a hard getting up in the morning too. It's the biggest challenge of the day.

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BE_STRONG 12/7/2010 7:55AM

    Good for you! What a way to look at this as a journey.

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_CYNDY55_ 12/6/2010 11:26PM

    *✲ ´*。. ❄¨¯`*✲。Awesome *✲ ´*。. ❄¨¯`*✲。 emoticon
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MERRYLYN 12/6/2010 10:08PM

    The beauty of the experience is to be found in the journey."
I liked that and can't that be said about life in general?
We all go through pleasant and unpleasant experiences in our journey through life, but each experience adds something to us and defines us.
You have learned so much about yourself already on this journey and will continue to grow as you go.
Here is to fantastic journey... and meeting your new goals.
I would like to send you a nice fluffy feather pillow, but all I can find is this little fellow... emoticon
you could be allergic to feathers anyway!! emoticon

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MEADSBAY 12/6/2010 9:07AM

    This is so true!
I love this blog and I 'liked' this blog!
Have a grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrreat week!

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SPARKIE1964 12/6/2010 7:46AM

    Embracing the moment is what life's all about! A big Woo Hoo for your successes along the way. Proud of you for taking care of you!

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MIMIKK7 12/6/2010 7:30AM

    You are emoticonEnjoy the journey one day at a time! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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My December CHALLENGE!!!

Friday, December 03, 2010

Well, this December challenge is turning into more of a challenge than even I anticipated. I thought Tuesday was tough, but Thursday I never even had a chance to get on Spark to check in or glance at e-mails. Today is only slightly better, but at least I may be able to get 7+hours sleep tonight and a workout in the morning before work.

My sis' car is down and so on top of the already busy schedule, I am hauling her around. She has a something or other at her church this afternoon, so that is giving me the opportunity to make a napolitos salad, some mock chicken fajitas w/lots of peppers and onions and then after I pick her up, I'll run her up to Costco...stop at Trader Joe's for more peanut flour (to make my pnut butter) and when we get home I'll do some instant spanish rice for with the fajitas and salad for dinner.

The "shoulds" say that fitness is on the list for tonight, but as hard as I've been pushing it, sleep is probably more important, as the rest of the weekend is going to be pretty full. We are expecting 4 to 8" of snow tonight/tomorrow and I still need to get the snow blower working....of course, shoveling IS good exercise!

Hoping next week eases up, but it doesn't look promising.... emoticon

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SPARKIE1964 12/5/2010 8:58PM

    I am learning that sleep is more important than fitness. Proud of you for recognizing what your body needs and taking care of it; it (your hot new body) will be grateful in the morning...

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WINNINGSPARK 12/4/2010 1:49AM

    Get some sleep and get back at it tomorrow. I've had a week too. Missed dancing one day so doubled up the next which means I broke the streak but got the points but I don't know what it actually did for my waistline - then I seemed to be filling up on great fiber loaded with salt which translates into BLOAT Bloat Bloat - yuk - then puter issues, printer issues, people and places in the world issues, and on and on but hey - one day the scales appeared to be moving in the correct direction so can't complain. Okay - almost midnight here and about to run out of time for points in this day. Gotta go bye!
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RHONDALYN10 12/3/2010 8:40PM

    Hang in there! It has been a rough week on this end as well - you are not alone in this battle! All I want to do is go for a run....hasn't happened for 2 days. I missed my workout Tues and today. Ugh! Life happens. We will adjust and keep going.

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TEAPOT57 12/3/2010 7:21PM

    Hope you get a good night's sleep and tomorrow is a better day for you. With you being in retail it probably want quite down until after the holidays. I pray you are able to get some quality down time for yourself and are able to enjoy the holidays.
Hugs Lorraine
Take Care of yourself.

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MEADSBAY 12/3/2010 6:20PM

    You know what they say-
you can't get blood out of a turnip.
What ever the heck THAT means!
I'm exhausted just reading about your busy week.


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AHEALTHIERME9 12/3/2010 6:17PM

    Yes, a good night's sleep will do wonders for your productivity the rest of this weekend. I say enjoy a great night's rest and then BLAST IT this weekend! ;)


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MERRYLYN 12/3/2010 6:09PM

    Hang in there friend. Sounds like you are crazy busy. And you really need more stress with a broken down car and errand running. I have been struggling with finding time to spark..usually too tired when I finally get here to do much beyond checking in. Sleep is really the most important thing I think. Hopefully things will level out for you. emoticon

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AMYSTRONG 12/3/2010 5:58PM

    I hope you get some good rest tonight. I'm pulling for you girl. Bummer about your sister's car. I hope it's a easy fix.


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Getting back on the horse....

Wednesday, December 01, 2010

Things seemed to be going okay with my goals, and then Tuesday happened....first I had to be at work at 7AM, so only had time for 15 mins fitness in the morning. Then had a meeting an hour away after work that didn't get out till after 9PM. Got home shortly after 10 and had to be back up today at 5AM (5:15 actually). That only gave me 6hrs 15 mins sleep (45 mins short of my minimun,) I was so tired this morning, that I got zero fitness in and struggled through 15 minutes after dinner. The only real positive was that I didn't hit snooze on any day yet!

Can't let this get past me already.....work tomorrow at 7Am so up at 5 (or earlier if I can) - it's 9PM now, so no more sparking today....off to bed. I'll be home in the mid afternoon, so I'll have time to get some cooking done before lighting practice tomorrow night. I'll have to hit the hay as soon as I walk in the door tomorrow night to make my minimum sleep for Thurs/Fri, and have the energy to work out on Friday. Then Saturday is another short day at work (6 hrs), but Sunday I do lighting at church so it's another early morning and that will take up almost 6 hours of Sunday.

Sorry to cut this short, but I don't think any hours are going to be added to the days, so, better make the best use of what I've got.

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_CYNDY55_ 12/3/2010 1:27AM

    Wishing You All The~.~.~.~.~. emoticon emoticon~Everyday!
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TEAPOT57 12/2/2010 10:27PM

    Wow it sounds liek your job is taking over your life. You are so busy as it is but you need your sleep and down time. Please take care of yourself and get some rest this weekend.
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TEDDYBABE 12/2/2010 6:30AM

    Get your rest first it's good you have done fitness you need it to get through thar schedule! Take care SP friend. We will all tread lightly sp as not to wake you! emoticon

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AHEALTHIERME9 12/1/2010 11:19PM

    You can do it... WE can do it!

Stay strong... I'm so proud of all that you've accomplished... This rough week will pass... :)

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AMYSTRONG 12/1/2010 11:16PM

    I hope this is just an off week for you. That's a busy schedule and no wonder your tired. Stay strong and hopefully soon this will be behind you.

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DONNAGRACE1164 12/1/2010 10:43PM

    Hang in there... I know I have a hard time with getting enough sleep too... and now that I'm finally working a full-time job again... in addition to my part-time JCP job... and driving 50-60 mins to my full-time job... I'm pushing myself to get up earlier so I can still get in my exercise before I go to work in the morning... It's such a difficult "balance" to try to get everything in and still get an adequate amount of sleep... The balance isn't easy...

The sleep will probably do good for you... I know I had a couple weeks when I was struggling to get my exercise to where I wanted it to be too... We can only do our best to "balance" everything... and some weeks we'll be able to get more sleep it seems... and other we'll get more exercise... It all balances out eventually I figure... (... And I've got my Praise Team practice tomorrow night too... so I know how it is for you to have to go to work on Lighting too...;-)

You're doing great with the schedule you have... we can only do so much... and just try to do the best we can... emoticon


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WINNINGSPARK 12/1/2010 10:09PM

    No - I don't want to trade. I'm wanting to hit the snooze just reading all of that! Your schedule is exhausting and not one I could handle. Sleep well and let's see what tomorrow brings. And if you figure out how to add more hours to the clock - let me know because I've been trying to do that one for years now.....

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