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Walking at Arden Faire & in the neighborhood

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

I made it to Arden Faire Mall for walk last night, but no one else was able to make it (I waited to about 6:15pm). This was fine with me, since it was such short notice. I also got in some extra window shopping, and new tea tasting a TEAVANA (yummy) I love that place! :-)

This morning I was able to get walk done in the neighborhood. The nice weather really does inspire me to get out and walk!

Hope all are doing well.

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ASPENHUGGER 4/2/2011 1:04PM

    I didn't find out about this until today (Saturday). Drat!

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MISS_VIV 3/30/2011 10:57PM

    Thanks for being there.
Glad you got some tea tasting in.
Always fun to window shop.


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Join Walk @ Arden Faire Mall Tues. March 29th 6-8PM!

Monday, March 28, 2011

Spark Sacramento: March Fitness Walk

Tuesday March 29th, 6-8pm
Arden Fair Mall, Lower level entrance
Next to Sears adjacent to the parking garage
1689 Arden Way
Sacramento CA 95815

Sorry about the short notice, but if you are up to it please come out and join some Spark People from around the Sacramento area for an informal 1 mile (2 loops) fitness walk at the Arden Fair Mall.

Please use the lower level entrance next to Sears adjacent to the parking garage and meet us at the seating area in front of Sears. . The SacSparkles team will have an informal check before we head out for a nice 1 mile walk.

After the walk, we'll head up to the food court tables on the second level for refreshments and to hear how everyone is doing with their personal fitness goals.

If you think you might be able to come out let me know w/RSVP via "SparkMail" to: MIMULUSBUG (that way I can make sure we wait for you before we start).

I apologize for such short notice (my March has been a bit crazy). I know I've got to get out walking more regular again, so I'll definitely be there, and hope a few of you can meet up with me too.


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MIMULUSBUG 3/29/2011 8:36PM

    We got a few other responses on the team page so hope to have about 4-6 of us :-)

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MISS_VIV 3/28/2011 8:13PM

    I will be glad to try and make it. I need to get some movement in my 'back step'.
IAJOEB said in a spark mail to me - "If it isn't raining I will be there".

Hopefully there are some more of our regulars and some newbies that will be there too.

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Company on jet plane this morning! (what a whimpy excuse to back slide)...

Sunday, March 20, 2011

Well, I put nephew #4 on jet plane back to Boston at 4:30 this morning! Such a crazy, goofy eating-drinking late night energy machine!! When combined with the whacky energy of nephew #1 who lives with us -I totally consumed too much, drank too much and never got enough sleep. We made sushi, ate sushi, drank sake, went to the Kasbah on J Street for: sheesha, drinks, belly dancing entertainment... I am too old for this stuff.

On the positive side, we laughed a lot, talked a lot, saw a lot of movies: I've actually saw Battle Los Angeles twice (w/nephew 1 & 3; and then the next week w/nephew 4 cuz he hadn't seen it. Good thing I love sci-fi stuff). I actually spent about 8 hours in ceramic studio trying to dust out my art groove (no telling where this little sub-project is going to go). Also managed to meet up w/another young Americorps crew and work at the Ca. native plant garden in the Sacramento Historic Cemetery on Broadway, blah, blah, blah...

I tried to keep up w/most things that consume my time these days - except my Spark accountability project. So here I am Spark bootie on the floor AGAIN; whining & whimping AGAIN... OK. Enough said. Back to Sparking.


  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

SLIMNDN 3/21/2011 2:33PM

    How much fun was that! emoticon

I used to maintain a few plots out at the Sacrament Historic Cemetary on Broadway-I loved doing that! I don't think it was a native garden then, just a beautification project.

I know you can get enough Spark going to ignite a fire under your temporarily grounded booty. emoticon We recently saw "The Adjustment Bureau" and I loved the line:

"In my neighborhood we had a rule. It didn't matter if you got knocked down: it mattered what you did when you got back up!"

Good Luck! I know you will be flying soon. emoticon


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Good intentions & the road to hell ...

Saturday, March 05, 2011

Sorry about just not having time to maintain my Spark-Accountability through the end of February.

This time, I opened my home to a woman who needed a place to recuperate after having female surgery (hysterectomy, ovaries removed & old adhesions cleaned up). According to her she had no family or friends in the area to stay with. She was desperately in need of a place to recuperate from her surgery. After hearing her troubled story I told her that if something does not fall into place, that I believe my family and I could let her stay in our office/guest room for a week or two.

At first blush, I thought it would be a relatively simple thing for my family and I to do. But it was a "big deal" for the family -it really changed everyone's routine while she was here. There were all sorts of different tensions resulting from not knowing her (basically a stranger in the house) to various little inconveniences. Anyway the family has advised me to never do this again :-/

So now I'm sitting here at 11PM trying to get a handle on why I didn't make time to take care of myself, during all of this. I thought I would be able too, but basically my schedule was messed up and I just could never get myself back on track while taking care of her and meeting the other needs of my immediate family.

This past monday I spent the whole day trying to help her get some pain medication refilled. I started calling the hospital at 8am, and didn't get her prescription filled and home until 7:15PM - which resulted in me missing my SacSparkles meet up. It was a drag.

I had good intentions, but the "road" was just not pleasant for me on this little adventure. More lesson's learned. Well so much for the end of February.

Now I've got company flying in tomorrow for 2 week visit. I hope and pray I do better these next two weeks.


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NOWELLE76 3/14/2011 3:16AM

    hi there... i'm glad to hear i'm not the only one who has trouble maintaining good self care when her schedule gets messed up. I thought there was something wrong with me! I've been off of work the last few weeks and it's hard to maintain my balanced life. I'm finally getting better at self-management though.

I hope the visit with the family went well.

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ASPENHUGGER 3/14/2011 12:55AM

    You did earn karma points, but I can't help getting the hunch that you were taken in by some tall stories. Every hospital I've ever had anything to do with has a person whose job it is to find places for patients to go when they're discharged if they need further care or if they have no place to go to. Where did she go when she left your house?

I think you did a wonderful thing, but I wonder how necessary it really was!

Just sign me
Skeptic Kate

P.S. we did miss you at the meetup!

Comment edited on: 3/14/2011 12:55:27 AM

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PLPEEP 3/11/2011 9:08PM

    It is never a bad thing when you help someone in need. You did a great thing and someday I am sure you will be rewarded. Hope you can get back on track but there always seems to be another event in our lives when we least expect it.

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MIMULUSBUG 3/5/2011 4:40PM

Thank you so much for these comments, they really mean a lot to me.

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CHERWHOAH 3/5/2011 2:43PM

    that was very sweet of you. You did a sweet thing. But i can understand why your family would feel a little akward. Anyways, try to get back on track.

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MISS_VIV 3/5/2011 9:39AM

    I can feel your pain and yet I know your heart is in the right place. I hope that your next 'busload' of company is under better conditions and that you truly enjoy their presence.

u need hugs too, so TAKE CARE OF YOURSELF. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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MRE1956 3/5/2011 6:48AM

    I totally agree with SUITABLE here - bless your kind soul!


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SNUZSUZ 3/5/2011 3:09AM

    I really commend you for trying! Your heart was in the right place:)

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GETDONE 3/5/2011 2:39AM

    emoticon Good luck Lady-- emoticontry these on it makes everything look rosey!! emoticon

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DWROBERGE 3/5/2011 2:21AM

    They say teh road to hell is paved with good intentions. Keep it going. You can doit. Go for it.

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SUITABLE 3/5/2011 2:03AM

    You earned Karma points. :)

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Day 6 & 7: Busy Sunday & late Monday & fear of the scales...

Monday, February 21, 2011

DAY 6. Sunday was busy. I headed out to the garden at 8am. The morning was UGLY -cold, foggy-wet- for about 1.5 hours, but started to clear up and get a little bit warmer. I worked til about 12:30pm, then drove back home for quick lunch.

After lunch I touched base w/friend that's currently in the hospital, but will ultimately be recuperating at the house w/my family once she's discharged. She asked me to connect w/her friend who has her personal items she was not able to bring to the hospital for her surgery. I connected w/her friend in Jackson, & we decided to meet half way in Rancho Murieta for the pick up. Asked my mom to tag along for the ride and for company, & so we could swing by our favorite furniture consignment shop on Folsom Boulevard (e/o Sunrise) after the pick up. (Mom & I love to check out thrift shops, antique stores & consignment shops for treasures. We had a great time, but did not run across anything we could not live with out. )

Once home again, I made spicy hot szechuan chicken with fresh asparagus for dinner, finished up dishes in both kitchens. Ended up having dinner w/mom & pop, because hubby had to work overtime. He eventually made it home ate, and had fig newtons for desert. (For some reason I'm on a fig newton jag this weekend.) I was a tired puppy and passed out as soon as my head hit the pillow.

DAY 7. This morning I got up LATE (7am -not 5am) so had to have big discussion w/myself about: blowing it already by getting up late, eating too many fig Newton's this weekend, not tracking my food "good" enough, not really getting in any strength training this weekend -yes I suck. THEN telling myself not to get on the scale because it'll be back up to 268#!!! cuz I'm a big fat failure! The scale debate in my tiny pea- brain lasted way too long, then for some reason i just yelled at myself to SHUT UP, BE ACCOUNTABLE AND GET MY BUTT ON THE SCALE!!!!!!!!!!


All that drama/worry in my head for nothing, LOL!!!

So I sparked some more, got inspired by my Pottery Soul team; checked on some friends blogs and commented, then DANG 2 hours are gone!!!

Ok, I gotta stop & get on w/my day.


My accountability project began 2/15/2011 & ends 3/15/2011

-up at 5am M-F
-in bed by midnight Sn-Th
-prayer & bible study 2x/day
-creative expression (art, music, dance, ...) daily
-log on to spark daily
-track my food daily
-track my exercise daily
-8+ glasses of H2o/day daily
-meet up w/Spark folks in person for inspiration & support 1x/month

-Healthier lifestyle
-walk 90 minutes/wk
-log/blog 1x/wk
-255 lbs (5/28/09 done!)
-245 lbs

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SNUZSUZ 2/22/2011 3:33AM

    YOu are WAY too hard on yourself! Give yourself some credit for the good things you do in your life:)

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ASPENHUGGER 2/21/2011 6:20PM

    We share that love of thrift & consignment stores. I just battled my way out of Goodwill -- 50% off everything today! Didn't get much, a few books, a ceramic jack-o-lantern candle holder (I collect them, for some unknown reason), pair of velvet pants for dress, t-shirt. But it was fun, had me up walking around instead of sitting on my kazoo all day.

One of my favorites are the Snowline Thrifts -- there's a great one up in Cameron Park, & a fairly nice one in Folsom.

Yay on the weight loss!

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