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Friday, January 20, 2012

Oh Lord, my friends..has the mama been through it! After a very stressful racing association meeting on Sunday where a few of our best friends quit in little boy temper tantrum crating a LOT of drama and upset. Had to take a tranquilizer to even be able to go to sleep. Then Monday, my cousins came over for a belated Christmas and I started feeling horrible. By 2, it was clear, I had the flu or something horrible like that. That was the beginning of three days of hell. The only g good that came out of it was I lost 5 pounds. I will take it.

I have been so weak I could barely type. It today, I got up, got dressed, went intoo my office which is at my house and went to the bank and the store. I am starting to be able to eat again and by this weekend I should be back to walking. I hate being sick so mush. I was forced Into immobility. I don't like being a sloth anymore. That's a good thing I learned but it feels good to be coming back. Thanks for caring about me!!

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ERINBEAR1876 1/25/2012 8:28AM

    You poor thing......I know it's hard to be "forced" into inactivity!

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HGSGUY 1/21/2012 12:24PM

    Glad to hear you are feeling better! Hope you have some smooth road ahead!

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JITZUROE 1/20/2012 6:04PM

    Ohhh I am so sorry! Good grief, for YOU to tupe that you 'hate being sick so mush", made me think you meant LITERALLY!
You love moving and shaking and dancing around to break up a sweat, so i know that mentally you are sooo over this mushy non working out season.
So hurry back my dear! Get those endorphins going
...and spark it up.

: )

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CANNIE50 1/20/2012 5:57PM

    Welcome back, Jan. I always feel extra grateful, and extra compassion for people who are chronically ill, after being as sick as you were. I am glad you are on the mend. Ramp up slowly, girl - you can't catch up in a day. Get extra sleep and fluids, okay? Um, fluids is water, by the way - not anything with Captain in the title emoticon emoticon emoticon

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HEALTHYASHLEY 1/20/2012 3:17PM

    I have been so worried about you. My brother had it too and house bound for 4 days. Glad you are feeling better

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DEBBIE19580 1/20/2012 3:16PM

    Happy to hear you're feeling better!! emoticon

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BAYBELIEVER 1/20/2012 2:50PM

    So glad you are on the mend! And I know what you mean about not being able to stand not working out! Isn't it a great realization about ourselves?

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BADASSBLONDIE 1/20/2012 12:29PM

    *hugs* hope you feel better soon!

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KKINNEA 1/20/2012 11:23AM

    Glad you're feeling better.

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JOMAMA99 1/20/2012 9:13AM

    I am sorry you have been so sick, but very happy that you are starting to come around. Get well soon!

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EMMANYC 1/20/2012 8:31AM

    If you have been feeling like a sloth, this might cheer you up - these are a couple of video clips from the Sloth Sanctuary in Costa Rica:

Here's one for those of you who have considered trying pole dancing as an aerobic activity:

And here's one for those of us who love a nice massage after a hard workout:

I hope you feel better soon!

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FANGFACEKITTY 1/20/2012 6:59AM

    Oh boy, can I relate! Mine started the day after I got back from vacation and returned to work and knocked my out or a week. I finally started exercising again last night even though I'm not yet back to 100%. Here's hoping your recovery is faster than mine.

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DAISY443 1/20/2012 5:14AM

    Take care and get better. Don't try too much too soon! We need you healthy and sassy! Hugs!

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PJH2028 1/20/2012 3:12AM

    On the mend! You know I can relate.
Here's to February on the horizon! Let's both use the rest of January to build strength, center, spark, and take good good care of ourselves.

SO glad you're feeling better! xop

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CHELEMIA 1/20/2012 12:44AM

    Glad your becoming human again but take it slow .... Your body needs time to acclimate again.

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GRACEISENUF 1/20/2012 12:16AM

    emoticon emoticon

Glad I saw this before bed. Also glad you are starting to feel a bit better Jan.

emoticon ya,

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repost if a blog from a year ago

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

I'm still sick just slowly recovery from the gastro side of the flu. Hope you guys are all OK....miss you!

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ERINBEAR1876 1/24/2012 10:08PM

    Great blog post, and I seriously hope you are feeling MUCH better!!!

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CANNIE50 1/19/2012 6:26PM

    I am off to read your blog but, first, GET WELL SOON emoticon - that's an order. Ugh - you poor thing. PS I read the blog - I am so glad you reposted this because this was written and originally posted weeks before I joined SP. It is filled with wisdom, of course, just like you.

Comment edited on: 1/19/2012 6:30:40 PM

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SARAWALKS 1/19/2012 1:28PM

    Liked it last year, like it this year, hope you are getting better fast! emoticon

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CHELEMIA 1/18/2012 6:23PM

    I so needed this!! I had a 1/18/11 day! I just figured out I am grumpy partly due to lack of food. Part just life.
Get better and enjoy the weight loss from this.

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DAISY443 1/18/2012 5:50PM

    Hurry up! Get well! Are you listening to me? Take care of yourself!

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um, where is yoovie?

Saturday, January 14, 2012

Did I miss something?

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MYOWNHERO 1/16/2012 3:00PM

    I miss Yoovie! I'm sure we all wish her the very best....

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KAMAPERRY 1/14/2012 11:02PM

    Noooooooo!!!! I love Yoovie!!!

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SUCCESS44 1/14/2012 1:53PM

    I miss Yoovie!! I thought she also had a Tumblr page, but can't remember, and don't know if she is still on that.

That girl is a superstar!!!

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MAMADWARF 1/14/2012 10:02AM

    Thank you sassy. I appreciate you letting me know. I love that girl.

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HEALTHYASHLEY 1/14/2012 9:21AM

    It's been all over SP. I dont know if I think she is really gone since she quit once before and was back 2 days later. People need to let someone make a person choice and accept it.

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DAISY443 1/14/2012 5:19AM

    Hadn't realized it until you mentioned it! emoticon

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    She is having motivation problems and decided ton take some time fornherself to figure out how to get her own train a-rollin' again.

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WOLFKITTY 1/14/2012 12:56AM

    I KNOW!
I don't know. :(


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PEPIPOI 1/14/2012 12:29AM

    Not sure but love the dog.

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Throwing in the towel: 28 day bootcamp update

Friday, January 13, 2012

I know you guys think this is a tantalizing title where I say how I worked out and then do some snarky thing and tie in the throwing in the towel line but then overcome some obstacle and tell you how you can do it too and I end by wrapping it in rainbows and giggles.

Not this time, kids. I have done the 28 day bootcamp DVD 3 times and the first time, my back was sore but i didn't make the connection. Day 2, same thing and i started to wonder. Day 3! Today, and now I know. I can't do it. I could feel it tweaking while I was doing it and I tried to modify but for some reason, it aggravates my bulged discs.

It is dissapointing to say the least. I thought I was in better shape, I thought my back was better, I thought I could do it. I can't.

I am admitting defeat. I don't think there is anything wrong with the video, I just think my back is not healthy enough to do it. I am sending it to one of my sparkfriends and i know she will review it and tell you guys her experience with it.

So onward I go, on my little journey. Walking the dog, doing some strength training and doing Coach Nicole's Kickboxing DVD that's about 10 minutes long and eating right. But yeah, I'm kinda bummed about it.

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BADASSBLONDIE 1/16/2012 3:13PM

    I think you were right to recognize your limitations and not injure yourself. *hugs*

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    Don't beat yourself up about it. There are tons of workouts you can do without hurting your back, right? Well, get to it!! emoticon

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CULAINA 1/15/2012 10:40AM

    it's not worth killing yourself over. those sorts of dvds assume good general health and capability for them to be able to work. if you've got a back problem, it's probably not advisable to do something that is going to knock your back out.

you know your body and you're not saying that you're giving up exercise, just that you're giving up THAT exercise and that's ok xx

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JITZUROE 1/14/2012 9:05PM

    oooooh, I am sorry that this one was not quite the right recipe for you. I am wondering that right now with the new workout dvd's I ordered. MURDER on my knees on day 1. Day 3 was today, and I don't see it getting anything but worse, so my bottom lip is sticking out as I pout for a bit (also because I am a cheapskate and they weren't cheap! What do I use the 4 dvd's for now, coasters????).

It's ok doll, we WILL find that perfect workout soon to not aggravate our bod's!


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TURTLERASKIN 1/14/2012 3:42PM

    Bummer, dude, but at least you were smart enough to figure it out and to take corrective action in time!

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MELLYBEANS0919 1/14/2012 10:36AM

    Nothing wrong with doing something/stopping something to help yourself feel better.

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GRACEISENUF 1/14/2012 10:31AM

    I had come to the same conclusion about running and it was a very difficult one to make. I am a speed walker and my back and knees are happy with that. The other day I was able to jog some but walking is still my forte along with cycling and hiking.

Don't feel bad just do what works for you.


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EMMANYC 1/14/2012 10:10AM

    You've made the right decision. Having certain physical limitations (like some lower back issues) doesn't mean you're not strong. You're just different. I have lower back trouble, too (including a near-paralytic episode two years ago this weekend), but I think of myself as strong. And I adapt my exercise efforts to a) strengthen my lower back; and b) avoid aggravating my condition.

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SWAYDE 1/14/2012 9:40AM

    As long as you keep on moving and doing what you can do and improving yourself, than you are a winner! It's okay to have to not do something that is not good for you. I'm proud to be a quitter... and I am healthier because of it and I'm sure you will be too! Keep working on that back, you definitely need it!

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HEALTHYASHLEY 1/14/2012 9:20AM

    Hugs. Part of being healthy is admitting something isn't healthy for us. Sounds kind of counterintuitive lol. I will let you know how it works out for me!!!

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CHELEMIA 1/14/2012 12:18AM

    IT just sucks when you have to admit that the body is not as advanced as our mind wants it to be.
For me it was Week 2 of the biggest loser.
I am not giving up BUT for now it is not something I can do!!

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CELLISTA1 1/13/2012 11:57PM

    Anybody who is strong and determined hates to be in a situation like this. It makes you mad. I'm suffering over this right now. I've been burning the candle at both ends and I just can't do it. Some people burn right on through til they actually get hurt or get sick from stress. Some people just give up. Some of us, on the other hand, have the wisdom to assess the situation and make an informed decision. That's what you've done and you get to be congratulated for being a wise woman!

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SARAWALKS 1/13/2012 11:39PM

    emoticon emoticon But you will find other things that you can do. Coach Nicole's shorter videos are plenty of challenge for me! I'm glad you realized in time so that you didn't hurt your back. emoticon

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CANNIE50 1/13/2012 10:57PM

    I'm sorry your back won't cooperate with your willing spirit. You gave it a good shot, and how very Sparkly of you to send it on to a fellow Sparkler.

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EWAMSLEY 1/13/2012 10:57PM

    I wouldn't beat yourself up over it. I know that it can be tough, but if its too painful it probably isn't beneficial. Continue finding other ways to work out and eat healthy and I'm sure you'll be happy with the results. I know right now it can be hard but you'll get to the point if you keep up the good work to where you can do the boot camp. Don't give up hope my friend.

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FOODIELOVER1 1/13/2012 10:50PM

  Boot Camp is not for everyone. I too find hard to do. I prefer to go for my walks, swim and tennis. I hate the gym too emoticon

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i had such a lovely day

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Frank took me to Monterey today. We have been wanting to go since the weather has been so beautiful so today, we went. Evn though I was supposed to do the 28 day workout today. Well gee, that's a toss up. Monterey wins! We drove down, went to a deli, got sandwhichws and headed to the beach with our big chairs. We ate lunch, watching whales blow spouts up into the air offshore, then fell asleep in the sun. After a quick nappy, I had to pee so we packed up, went to a restroom and then took a nice 50 minute walk along the paths of the ocean. Heaven! Then we sat and watched the sunset and started the `where do you want to have dinner` conversation. I was at the edge of my limit so i said, lets just eat the other half of our sandwiches and we did, happily eating as we drove home. My San which was rotisserie chicken with Swiss and bacon, those 2 measley precooked pieces. I got 100 calorie packs of reduced pringles because I have a portion problem and I brought a 100 calorie pack of chocolate pretzels while frank had peanut m and M's. I also brought an apple.

I say all of that to say this....I had a nice day with my husband and a nice lunch and yes I could have gone high wild and had a fattening restaurant meal because it was a special day. Ut it was a special day because of my hubby not because of how much food I could have. Besides, I have worked really hard this week to lose one measly pound and i wasn't going to blow it. Not today. Hopefully not tomorrow either. But definatly not today.

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ERINBEAR1876 1/24/2012 3:09PM

    What a great day you had! Fabulous choices too. You're right, it was a special day because of your hubby, not because of the food.

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TERRYT55 1/14/2012 9:59PM

    I love Monterey! Such a beautiful city! Happy you had such a terrific day with your hubby AND made good choices. Way to go, Jan

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FANGFACEKITTY 1/14/2012 12:05PM

    It sounds like a wonderful day!

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KKINNEA 1/13/2012 6:04PM

    Fantastic - a great day with spouse and sticking to good habits!

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PAMATX 1/13/2012 5:45PM

    Sounds like a wonderful day! I would love to see the whales!

I like coming to your page and seeing your puppy.

(This is as close as I could get to a whale.) emoticon

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BADASSBLONDIE 1/13/2012 4:39PM

    I am so proud of you. And man that sounds like a super lovely day. xoxoxo

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CANNIE50 1/13/2012 4:18PM

    ah, Monterey - love Monterey. Your day does sound lovely, and how wonderful that you look back on it with pleasure, and not regret about eating too much. emoticon emoticon

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GRACEISENUF 1/13/2012 1:48PM

    I love Monterey and it sounds like the perfect way to spend a day to me.

Way to go on passing up a high calorie dinner and concentrating on your man! :)

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HEALTHYASHLEY 1/13/2012 1:44PM

    Sounds like you had a wonderful day. Glad you both enjoyed it so much!!

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1CRAZYDOG 1/13/2012 12:25PM

    Sounds like a good day and good choices. WONDERFUL!

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BIGMAMAT 1/13/2012 9:50AM

    So proud of your choices! You inspire me mama! hugs. T

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PJH2028 1/13/2012 7:39AM

    Appreciating the fullness of the day ... with food on the side not at the center. THAT's LIVING!!! Monterey is great! And so are YOU!!! xop

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HOLLYS_NEW_LIFE 1/13/2012 7:32AM

    That sounds like a FANTASTIC day! LOVE the 100 calorie packs too!

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DAISY443 1/13/2012 4:46AM

    emoticon Wonderful day, wonderful self control. Who could ask for anything more!

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123ELAINE456 1/13/2012 2:12AM

  Sounds like you had a Beautiful Day and time with your husband. I like your blog very much also. I would love to do something like that myself some day. Monterey is an awesome place to go to. God Bless You and have a Wonderful Week.

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CELLISTA1 1/13/2012 2:03AM

    How lovely! As you know, I was in Carmel recently, and Point Lobos, and Monterey - had to take the kids to the aquarium. I am so impressed with the way you handled the food part of it. It's so tempting and so easy to add to the pleasure of the experience with a fancy dinner, but you didn't need it, you had all the pleasure and joy without it. How Sparked is that!!!

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NOTABOUTHEFACE 1/13/2012 12:09AM

    I am so jealous! Mostly b/c you're so close to our favorite place on Earth, Carmel-by-the-Sea. If you go there, make sure you save up your calories and go to Patisserie Boissiere. ( They had the best rigatoni with meat sauce ever and a decadent chocolate cake (not too big). It is a SUPER romantic restaurant with natural lighting to die for.

Sounds like a perfect day!

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DIFROMWYOMING 1/13/2012 12:01AM

    It sounds lovely. It's frigid here, but my husband and I left when I got off work, drove into the snowy (sort of) countryside and watched the sun set. It was sweet and romantic and lovely and quiet...and then we did go to dinner but I was very careful at dinner. I, like you, am NOT going to re-gain what I fought to lose! :)
Glad you had such a wonderful day.

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