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"Dog Falls For Cat" for animal lovers!

Thursday, September 17, 2009

My sis (& very shy SparkBud "OCEANVIEW7") emailed the cutest little You Tube video clip entitled "Dog Falls for Cat":


I love dogs-n-cats, so I just loved this little ditty! If you love it to please SparkMail "OCEANVIEW7" & let her know how much you loved the clip too; and then encourage her to stop being so shy and work on a SparkPage that we all can enjoy.


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KAMINLENA 9/17/2009 5:01PM

    So Cute!

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Have a nice day, hehehe....

Thursday, September 17, 2009

I get cartoons from Cathy Thorne, and the one she sent out today really tickled me so todays Chuckle has moved to the top of my blog.

--Chuckle for the Day--

I must admit I tend to have these kind of days more than I need too. You know, when family members provide helpful little comments at dinner like: "I'm sure that you want a small piece of pie, right?" or thoughtful little statements when they accompany you on a walk: "You really need to walk a bit faster in order to increase your cardio-rate". They mean well, but man sometimes it can just tick me off! How about you??? and how do you handle these irritating little moments w/folks???


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SHININGSOUL 9/17/2009 9:24PM

    well, you know about the "helpful" woman who told me I needed to lose weight. Today I heard the ultimate comeback. "I may be fat, but you're ugly, and I can lose weight"
of course, I would never say this, but it is funny.
seriously though, what I have done with my hubby, is to explain what types of comments and support I need to hear to make my efforts successful. This required me to think these through first. I basically asked him to always praise any small effort I made, as that boosted me to make the changes I need. He was very understanding, and only rarely makes comments now.
the problem is, the person has to be loving, and sincerely want you to succeed. Frequently, our friends and loved ones do not want us to change. It is too threatening. They prefer us to remain as we are. They can even begin to sabotage our efforts, including remarks that are hurtful.
I spend much of my time coaching around these sorts of issues. Just remember that you can do it!

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SKEETER90 9/17/2009 5:13PM

    I usually don't say anything or will just agree with them - I'm not good at asserting myself, unfortunately.
I guess they are just trying to be helpful, but I can understand that it is very annoying!

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NATALIE_W 9/17/2009 5:02PM

    That's a great one! Must admit I'm exactly the same until I get my first coffee.
My partner has to live with it, so he didn't find that cartoon anywhere near as funny as I did ;)

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Walking in Maddox Park

Thursday, September 17, 2009

WOW! We have been so blessed here in Sacramento this week w/the most lovely weather and beautiful clear blue skies. It was such a treat to get up this morning and connect with new Sabbath Keeper friend for walk at Maddox Park, in Carmichael. Afterwards we stopped for java at Bella Bru cafe for fresh brewed coffee on the out side patio. Yummy.

Back at the house, I had to battle with the evil vanilla ice cream w/chocolate swirls in it (mom brought it in the house & it was a battle that I eventually lost.
But I only had a cup of icecream and ate it very, very slowly. Funny when I was done, I kept thinking that it wasn't as delicious as I thought it was going to be. I'm going to remember this feeling, the next time this little battle pops up & I think it will help me from being so tempted.


--Today's Chuckle--

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SKEETER90 9/17/2009 5:07PM

    Moderation is what I believe in, and you used moderation today with the icecream. That's a great job in my book!
So glad you've had nice weather in Sacramento, and a fun walk in the park :)

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NATALIE_W 9/17/2009 5:04PM

    Good job with that ice cream emoticon
Ice cream is one of my serious weaknesses...

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KO1215 9/17/2009 10:10AM

    I had a similar experience this week and I take it as a sign that we are on the right track! Best of luck!


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SacSparkles Potluck

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

As some of you know, the Sacramento Sparkles (SacSparkles) team organized a potluck today at the Arden Library on Marconi. The main reason to have the potluck was to give out awards to those that had participated in our August challenge to "huddle our booties off" and to recognize our team leaders in Spark Points and Fitness Minutes. Like the beginning of any endeavor, our team's first potluck had a small attendance, but we had a lovely time getting to know each other better and sharing food, diet, recipes & nutrition info w/each other. Overall I thought it was a great success (there was no duplicate food!) and I think we all came away with some new recipes to try and new ideas on how we can improve on our exercise and nutrition.

SMASHY1 took some photos, so I hope to post them shortly. Well, I've got to go now (family beckons) but will update this blog w/more details later as time allows.


--Todays Chuckle--

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SHININGSOUL 9/16/2009 2:33PM

    Thanks for organizing. I really enjoyed meeting everyone. I can definitely see how it would help me in my efforts.
LOOOOOVE the cartoon!!

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DLDAY08 9/16/2009 10:41AM

    Wish once again I could have been there. It sounds like great fun. Keep up the good work.


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GETDONE 9/16/2009 3:32AM

    I had a good time meeting you all and the food was fun and good.
The award I received will be used towards

a new outfit when I lose the next 10 pounds-- emoticon

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In praise of 90 year old women! (+b-day cake temptations)

Monday, September 14, 2009

As some of you know I've been dreading going to a birthday party this afternoon, because I have such a hard time controlling my food/beverage intake when I'm at a party or cookout enjoying myself. I told NOEL_76 that my party plan was to limit my food intake to one (small if possible) slice of birthday cake and plain ice tea, diet soda or ice water for beverage. Unfortunately I was not well prepared for what I would be tempted with!

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If you can imagine, her daughter-n-law baked FIVE DIFFERENT CAKES! Strawberry cake, lemon pudding cake, German chocolate cheesecake, carrot cake, and a date torte! Actually I should have known, since this party was for a friend of mine that turned 90 years old this past week and her daughter-n-law loves to bake!! Plus she made fruit salad to go w/it. Anyway, I ended up modifying my plan and decided to cut 1-sq inch bites from 2 of the most tempting choices and have a cup of fruit salad w/ice tea. (Thank goodness there was no ice cream; or I surely would have blown it even worse.)

Part of me didn't want to go to the party because of the food temptation & bad choices I might make. But another part of me absolutely wanted to be there to celebrate Dory's milestone of 90 years on this earth. She is spry, witty, somewhat cantankerous and slightly hard of hearing lady, but frequently says that 'growing old beats the alternative -- dieing young'. She is a special lady and I was honored to be there. Even though I deviated from my party plan, I wouldn't have missed this party for the world.


--Today's Chuckle & wisdom--

Dory's son received and email about another 90 year old lady which I have copied & pasted below. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.


Written by Regina Brett, 90 years old, of The Plain Dealer, Cleveland, Ohio: "To celebrate growing older, I once wrote the 45 lessons life taught me... It is the most-requested column I've ever written. My odometer rolled over to 90 in August, so here is the column once more"

1. Life isn't fair, but it's still good.
2. When in doubt, just take the next small step.
3. Life is too short to waste time hating anyone.
4. Your job won't take care of you when you are sick. Your friends and parents will. Stay in touch.
5. Pay off your credit cards every month.
6. You don't have to win every argument. Agree to disagree.
7. Cry with someone. It's more healing than crying alone.
8. It's OK to get angry with God. He can take it.
9. Save for retirement starting with your first paycheck.
10. When it comes to chocolate, resistance is futile.
11. Make peace with your past so it won't screw up the present.
12. It's OK to let your children see you cry.
13. Don't compare your life to others. You have no idea what their journey is all about.
14. If a relationship has to be a secret, you shouldn't be in it.
15. Everything can change in the blink of an eye. But don't worry; God never blinks.
16. Take a deep breath. It calms the mind.
17. Get rid of anything that isn't useful, beautiful or joyful.
18. Whatever doesn't kill you really does make you stronger.
19. It's never too late to have a happy childhood. But the second one is up to you and no one else.
20. When it comes to going after what you love in life, don't take no for an answer.
21. Burn the candles, use the nice sheets, wear the fancy lingerie. Don't save it for a special occasion. Today is special.
22. Over prepare, then go with the flow.
23. Be eccentric now. Don't wait for old age to wear purple.
24. The most important sex organ is the brain.
25. No one is in charge of your happiness but you.
26. Frame every so-called disaster with these words 'In five years, will this matter?'
27. Always choose life.
28. Forgive everyone everything.
29. What other people think of you is none of your business.
30. Time heals almost everything. Give time time.
31. However good or bad a situation is, it will change.
32. Don't take yourself so seriously. No one else does.
33. Believe in miracles.
34. God loves you because of who God is, not because of anything you did or didn't do.
35. Don't audit life. Show up and make the most of it now.
36. Growing old beats the alternative -- dying young.
37. Your children get only one childhood.
38. All that truly matters in the end is that you loved.
39. Get outside every day. Miracles are waiting everywhere.
40. If we all threw our problems in a pile and saw everyone else's,we'd grab ours back.
41. Envy is a waste of time. You already have all you need.
42. The best is yet to come.
43. No matter how you feel, get up, dress up and show up.
44. Yield.
45. Life isn't tied with a bow, but it's still a gift."

FYI: I came home and googled 'Regina Brett, 90 years old" and found the following statement:

Please know that Regina Brett, author of 50 Life Lessons, is not 90 years old (don't feel bad - that misinformation is all over the internet), but she is indeed wise. She is actually 53 years old; she is the senior metro columnist at The Plain Dealer in Cleveland (Ohio's largest weekly newspaper); she was a finalist in both 2008 and 2009 for the Pulitzer Prize for Commentary; and she has a book based on her 50 Life Lessons coming out in April of 2010. You can check out her website by going to http://www.reginabrett.com where you will see that all I've written here is true !! You can also read all of her past columns, including the columns nominated for the Pulitzer Prize, at http://www.cleveland.com/brett

OK. So Regina wasn't 90 years old after all. So lets praise 53 year old women too!


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GETDONE 9/14/2009 6:05PM

    emoticonwith the good choices you made at the emoticon
And thanks so much for the positive list.

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SKEETER90 9/14/2009 1:47PM

    You did really well at the party this weekend, especially considering there were 5 different cakes. I can't say I've ever been to a b-day party with 5 cakes! It sounds like a great time, and you were in control. It's tough when you have a plan and it has to go out the window, but you did a really good job of modifying your plan. emoticon

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KOFFEENUT 9/14/2009 1:10AM

    Thank you for sharing this. It contains a lot of truth - much of which we know, but need to be reminded of sometimes!

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JEN169 9/14/2009 1:09AM

    I got this in an e-mail once and I saved it because it is good advice! I think I saved it, I will actually have to double check. Anyway... reading it through again made me feel good and gave me a subtle reminder not to worry.

Peace and Blessings,
Jen emoticon

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