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Feeling like a Sparkie-Wienie

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Hi guys,

I just can't seem to Spark regularly when things are a little bit crazy at the house. My parents live w/hubby & I, so when dad was hospitalized again in June (complications w/congestive heart/kidney failure & diabetes) I just could not seem to 'find the time to Spark'. Then my brother (who's been in Iraq for a year) flew out to visit for a week. When my LA cousin heard his Tio was in the hospital, he came up and ended up staying for 2 weeks. Plus before dad went in the hospital, I had committed to pulling off a wonderful event in the native plant garden we were calling "Wine & Cheese w/the Bees", and was dealing w/alcohol permitting & insurance issues for the event, and the event itself of course.

On one hand, I know this is just what's going on in my life right now and I should be more mature and make better choices in support of my healthier lifestyle goals with SP. On the other hand, my immature spirit just says 'hey, this is all I can handle right now -we don't have time to Spark girlie!' sighhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh.

So feeling like a Sparkie-Wienie today, trying to get her spark back.

Thanks for all your support.


  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

ASPENHUGGER 7/19/2011 9:00PM

    You can only do so much! And you have to prioritize -- sounds to me like you picked the most important things! And if you're not out on a food rampage, then whether or not you check into SP isn't that important. We'll see you when things calm down & you can get back here.

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JAY75REY 7/14/2011 5:00PM

    Just don't give up on yourself. I know it's hard to deal with right now, but you want to be sure that you safeguard your own future health, and I hope you can find a way to get back on track, even with something small. e.g. walking a little bit each day. Make it a streak. You can do it!
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MIMULUSBUG 7/14/2011 3:11PM

    Thanks so much for the encouraging comments :-)

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TEXNYQUEEN 7/14/2011 1:08PM

    It's ok to know you can't do it all all the time. That's the reason family, friends and virtual friends step in and lend a hand. But always remember to take some time just for you.

I hope your dad is getting better.

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MISS_VIV 7/13/2011 10:31PM

    Our Sparkie girlie has a lot on her plate right now. Maybe some baby bytes.... will get her back to sparking again.(?)

Big Hugs.

Tell your Dad he's just gonna have to eat what is put in front of him (OR ELSE)............ emoticon emoticon

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Enjoying the rainy weather

Sunday, June 05, 2011

My Sunday morning volunteer work at the native plant garden gets canceled on rainy days, so am totally enjoying today home w/family and spending some of this morning touching base w/SP friends.

I see that so many of you are doing so well! You are so inspiring to me, keep up the great work!

I'm still struggling to keep things in better balance for a healthier me. I've been doing pretty well w/getting in at least 10-minutes exercise each day; but having difficulty getting back on the computer to log things.

With all the rain that we've been having, the patio cover caved in along a seam & sprung a leak so I've been trying to get Petkus Brothers to come out and do repair - but they just aren't responding to my phone calls, which is a bummer. Especially for my outside cats, because the patio is where they sleep and hang out to get out of the rain. (Poor kitties....)

My father's not been doing well again w/his heart & kidney deterioration, so have been trying to spend more time caring for him (massaging his feet & legs to improve circulation; also using essential oils, etc.). I had hoped things would improve these last 3 weeks, but they really have not so will be taking him back to hospital this week. Your prayers for him are much appreciated.

Well gotta go. Thanks again for all your support.


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SNUZSUZ 6/6/2011 4:08AM

    My prayers are with you! emoticon

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Fighting excuses not to exercise

Thursday, May 12, 2011

We all know 'that we could make time to exercise if we really wanted to'. I keep thinking that I really want to, but some how find myself putting off regular, consistent daily exercise so I can: ___ (fill in the blank, LOL!).

One of the common threads for not getting in regular daily exercise has been thinking I needed to have at least an hour or two to get the exercise in; and then deciding that I don't have an hour or two to squeeze into a day full of "To dos".

Soooooo, for the rest of this month, I've decided to make sure I do at least 10-minutes of exercise every day, no matter what and see where this gets me at the end of the month.

I'd also appreciate any suggestions and insights my Spark Peeps may have.

Ciao for now,

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JAY75REY 6/8/2011 6:57PM

    Try to make it a streak! 1 week, 2 weeks, 3 weeks until you realize you can do it!

That's what I've been doing. I'm where you are, trying to get a healthy habit going. I'm almost to 3 weeks of daily walking and it's getting easier to make it happen.

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MIMULUSBUG 5/17/2011 7:31PM

    Thanks for all the great input and ideas!!

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AJDOVER1 5/17/2011 4:54PM

    This January I made it a goal to get in more steps -- up to 10,000 a day. A few times a day, I got away from my desk and found a private room and just walked in place, first for 5 minutes at a time and worked up to 10 minutes. Then I worked from jogging one minute and walking 9 minutes, ever increasing the jog until I could jog in place for 10 full minutes! That's as much as I could do without getting too disheveled and sweaty to go back to work! At home I worked up to a 20 minute jog, which was more than enough to hurt my knees. Now I've switched to lower impact exercise, but I'm really proud of myself for making real progress at something so important.

Keep us posted about your progress! I'm down here in Southern California cheering you on!

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GETDONE 5/14/2011 11:07PM

    emoticonone step at a time--10 minutes is great!!!!!! emoticon

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SNUZSUZ 5/12/2011 3:10PM

    I love the 10 minute videos with Coach Nichole when I don't feel like getting outside and walking. Be sure to log in your minutes in the quick track for spark america!

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SLH-1268 5/12/2011 12:19PM

    If you can find time to add just a few minutes a day for exercise you will soon want to add more minutes and then more minutes.

You'll begin to realize that you are starting to feel better both mentally and physically.

You should really try to stick to it, and soon it will become a regular part of your day. Just like the few minutes a day you set aside to eat, watch T.V. Post a Blog, on and on and on!!!!


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Thursday, April 14, 2011

Spring time in Sacramento is AWESOME!!! but keeps me sooo busy.

Am sorry about being on "silent running" for a while, but have been totally involved with California Native Plant Society activities/events this Spring (see: www.sacvalleycnps.org/) and then getting ready for the Spring Holy Days (Leviticus 23:1-5 ie: Passover, Days of Unleavened Bread, etc.) Plus keeping up w/my Sunday gardening management at the native plant demo-garden in the historic city cemetery.

I've been getting in my exercise and eating pretty good; just not been able (or willing to sit down and log on to SP to track things (MY BAD!)

Hope everyone is having a beautiful spring! I know that I am :-)


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ASPENHUGGER 4/18/2011 1:40AM

    I love spring in Sacramento too! And fall and winter. Any season but summer, which is almost upon us! Oh NO!

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BYEFATNANNY 4/15/2011 11:15AM

    Thanks for the link. I "assume" it is "your" plant sales I've been to a few times. I love them. Best wishes

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SNUZSUZ 4/14/2011 1:54PM

    My friend has a mininstry called the Glass Slipper (based on the cinderella story) where we mentor to women in recovery homes. Well she is buying a house on Mariposa and Watson (called the Mariposa House, mariposa means butterfly in spanish, and it will be a house of transformation like the butterfly) and we want to plant flower gardens to distribute bouquets to convalescent hospitals when they bloom and are ready. Since you talk about your garden work, do you have any tips you can give me on starting a garden? Maybe some articles I can check out online or anything? I do not have a clue about planting a flower garden! Thanks, Sue
I know you are really busy, so don't worry about it if you don't know of something right off the top of your head, I have been researching some online.

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    Enjoy the great weather.... your activities sound very rewarding!!

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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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