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A Note To All My Spark Friends

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

I haven't been posting much in the last month and I've gotten so behind in replying to people individually, so I'm writing this to all of you. Forgive me, but it will save me some time repeating the same old stuff to everyone.

Even though I've been watching my food intake, I have't been keeping my food journal since I went on my road trip and it shows in the fact that I keep regaing and loosing the same 5 pounds over and over. I guess it's a plateau of sorts. I need to go back to logging my food because it helps to keep me accountable and not "cheat". I still check in SP almost every day---but I haven't really been participating. I've kind of lost my mojo in the past month and I can't really say it's because I'm getting a lot done and have been really busy. I have been a little busy with busywork, just no major accomplishments---which my house could really use!!
Anyway I'm trying to recommit myself and hopefully I'll be online more. I find it's a fine line to balence between being on line and not. I tend to get lost in this giant time "suck" which is the computer and SP was a part of that. So I'm trying to limit myself. Hence this blog.

Some of you may be wondering how the maiden voyage of the kayack went.......well I went about 75 feet!!!! It was a fiasco and a little bit demoralizing. The day I chose to try it out was really hot and it took me awhile to get it inflated, being that it was the first time and all. I finally got it in the water and then rolled myself into it. But I wasn't out in deep enough water and was kind of stuck to the shore. I kept trying to push myself off but alas, I couldn't so I had to get out again and get back in. When I finally settled myself in, I felt this lump under my butt and at first I thought it was the paddle lanyard. I then realized that the seat bottom had deflated and the lump was the wrinkled seat! This would have been okay, but without the seat, I couldn't sit up straight and I was trying to paddle in a reclining position. That might work for bikes---but it dosn't for paddling---so that's why I only went about 75 feet. So once again I rolled myself out and then in the shallow water I tried to get up from my knees, but I didn't have any thing to hold on to and I couldn't DO IT!! So I got back on my butt and crab walked into deeper water and used the dock post and the bouyancy of the water to get myself to a standing position. NOT A PRETTY SIGHT!!! By this time I was so over heated that I started getting chills and nausea so I just sat at the dock for awhile. When I thought I could walk I went to the car to get a drink of some hot gingerale I had in the back of the car and proceeded to barf in the bushes! Long story short---It took awhile for me to cool down both emotionally and physically, so I didn't get back out on the kayack that day. Hopefully the next time it will go better. I did learn some important lessons, so not all was lost. Next time I'll pick a cooler day and I'll make sure I bring a cold drink, and I wont try it alone.

Here's to better days ahead......HUGS---Lynne

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TREKPURRSON 9/3/2011 11:16PM

    Kudos, Lynne, for trying the Kayak and Double-Kudos for your courageous BLOG about it! emoticon

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1BEACHWALKER 9/2/2011 11:23PM

    Missed you while you were gone. But, totally understand cutting back and being busy doing other things. I have done the same myself over the past month or so. You sounded like me trying to get in and out of a rowboat the first time. I put one foot on the docks to get out and one was still in the boat, no one would help me onto the dock (my silly cousins!)-and I went down into the water, butt first. It was only chest deep water and in a lake. Everyone laughed at me and I was a little ticked off. Especially since I wasn't dressed for being IN the water! emoticon Like Zanygirl said-you will probably laugh about your attempts later. When you are out there buzzing right along in your kayak the next time! I hope you weren't where there were alligators! emoticon
emoticonfor trying--good luck next time!

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MILLISMA 9/2/2011 10:15PM

    Lynne, it's good to hear from you and I understand about being behind. Sorry you didn't have a great experience with the kayack, but you're right, you learned some important lessons. Bet next time will go much better. emoticon

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JEAN827 9/2/2011 9:48PM

    First of all you should be so proud of yourself for getting out there and trying .. I don't think I would of ever done that alone .. It could be dangerous alone, your right next time bring someone with you ..

Thats some determination you got there ..

Did I tell you the first time I ever went skiing ? My gf and I drove to Vermont.. Yes all the way to Vermont .. We were very young, before I was married .. So we get to Vermont and we get all our equipment .. Mind you, we were the best dressed girls on the slopes.. So we get on our ski's , and we are headed to the chair lift .. about 45 mins later, still trying to get to the chair lift , we decided to call it quits .. We kept falling so much we never made it to the chair lift .. We took off our ski's and headed for the bar ..

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ZANYGIRL1 9/1/2011 8:54AM

    I think it's great that you tried, and even greater that you will try again!! And even though it doesn't seem funny now, I bet this is something you will laugh about later.....isn't life's craziest moments grand!!


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    Good for you for trying the kayak! I'll look forward to reading how it goes next time, I am sure you'll have a great time!
And I understand completely about trying to spend less time on the computer... We can end up spending most of our days on it!!! But yes, the nutrition tracker is really helpful at enabling us to know how much we really have eaten. I can see I am doing better when I use it! I hope you can use it more often so to break this 'plateau'!


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MOMMA_BEAR_69 8/31/2011 9:33PM

    Kudos to you, Lynne, for trying and willing to try again. That makes you a winner in my book!!!

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NANABE 8/31/2011 9:16PM


Sounds like quite an adventure to me? My question is could you have even gotten that far a year ago? Would you have even tried to do that a year ago?

We all get stuck for various reasons, but you should be proud of yourself for picking yourself up and dusting yourself off and being willing to try again.

Never give up, we are all here for you!

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Recent Adventures

Friday, August 05, 2011

I haven't been on line much in the past 2 weeks because I have been making an effort to get out and enjoy myself. Week before last I took a road trip to southern Fl to Palm Beach County. It's about 3 hours from my house and it gave me a whole new appreciation for where I live!! There are some beautiful areas down there, but the traffic is horrendous and I would not want to live there.

I started my trip at a place called Butterfly World in Coconut Creek. It's a large enclosed sanctuary for butterflies and birds and it was really pretty. They had quite a few colorfull birds and many butterflies. I even got to see hummingbirds up close and never realized that the actually perched on a tree limb to rest.

The next place I went to was a Japanese botanical garden called Morikami, and it was exquisite. There are no plant markers, but you do have a brochure to follow. This is well worth seeing if you ever get to south Fl. I have picture and at some point I hope to add them to this blog. Across the street from there was the Orchid Society and they had some beautiful gardens also.

Then I went to a place called Okeeheelee nature preserve. I tried to incorporate a lot of natural places in my trip. There are some beautiful homes down there but every thing is behind these 20 foot hedges and you can't really see anything which is a little annoying! I guess the rich really enjoy their privacy. If I spent millions of dollars on my home and landscaping----I'd want people to see it! LOL!!

On the last day I headed up US 1 along the coast and stopped at many parks such as the Loggerhead Sea Turtle rescue and the Blowing Rocks preserve. My last stop was at a place called McKee Botanical Gardens in Vero Beach. I only had an hour before closing but it was worth stopping as the gardens were pretty and there were lots of water lillies.

All in all it was a fun 3 days and it was good to start exploring my state. This week I went to a local county park. I've lived here 10 years and never got to see it and it was neat. It's called Smyrna Dunes Park and it encompasses the northern end of the island on both the intracoastal and the ocean, at Ponce inlet. There is a boardwalk that follows the circumference of the park through a dune ecosystem. There were tons of gopher turtles and that was the first time I had seen them up close. The walk was a mile and a half and it felt like 3 miles!!

One of my goals when I started SP was to go kayaking and I'm so excited because I bought an inflatable kayak and it came yesterday and I'm psyched to try it out next week.

So that's what I've been up to and I wanted to let you all know that I'm still Sparking even tough I'm not online so much. Hope everyone has a great week and keep up with your good work!! HUGS----Lynne

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JEAN827 8/9/2011 9:44PM

    what a breathtaking vacation .. So many great places you've been too. well you said you wanted to do it and you did .. I'm so glad you got away and explored parts of your state .. You certainly deserve it ..

You are taking care of you and that is so important .. I'm assuming you would have to take a course in kayaking ?

hope to chat soon

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KKKAREN 8/6/2011 8:01AM

    It sounds like a great trip! I love Smyrna Dunes Park and have spent many hours there. You only have to look at my screen name and see how much I love kayaking. I hope you enjoy your new boat.

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TYME2BME 8/5/2011 9:11PM

    You are out living life and that is so nice. The places you have been sound fabulous. Hope you enjoy your kayak. They are fun and you get exercise too. Enjoy living your life and making each day special. emoticon

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Friday, April 22, 2011

Hi This is my first official "Blog". I posted this info on someone's welcome but it will probably get lost in a few days. There was an article in this month's Arthritis Today magazine that talked about using a major change in your life as a springboard for making other changes. Most people think that when your life is in tumoil due to a sudden change (such as illness, surgery, moving, retirement, etc...) what we want most is known routine. However studies have found that when you are in a time of changes, it is actually easier to make healthy changes because your brain is already in change mode and it adapts to more change. So next time we are hit with a crisis it might be good to step back a minute and ask ourselves how we can use the momentum that change brings into our life to make healthy changes in other areas of life.

Interestingly, in the Chinese language, the symbol for CRISIS is the same as the symbol for OPPORTUNITY !! Hmmm.... those old wise ones must have known a thing or two back then!!

Just FOOD FOR THOUGHT.........HUGS---Lynne

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ALLIEINSHAPE 6/4/2011 1:56AM

    Iagree. When my duty to my mother was over after she died, I bought a condo, moved downtown and started a new life. Nver too old to make major changes in your life. When I retired I lost a very rigid routine in accounting and it is so great not having one now. I can decide how much or how little I want to do each day. and am losing the guilt about the days when I do little. That is OK too.

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KA_JUN 4/22/2011 11:15PM

    Good luck on your life paradigm change! I think you're right, when faced with difficulty, we have to take the initiative to adapt and grow! emoticon

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MILLISMA 4/22/2011 8:56PM

    Thanks, Lynne. Really enjoyed this.

hugs...Mary Anne

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ELISOS 4/22/2011 8:12PM

    Welcome to sparkpeople, good luck on your weight loss journey. have a healthy day

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JEAN827 4/22/2011 7:20PM

    well that makes alot of sense .. I need to switch my brain to the * change * mode..Although I have to say, I can do something for a day or two .. I just don't keep it long enough for it to make an impact ..hmm something else to work on ..

I think those Chinese were on to something .. Did I tell you about my friend who just got back from China ..?? don't think I did.. well she was having a miniscus problem .* knee prob * she went to some chinese natural healer , he took her pulse and told her that she had high bp and diabettes.. he was right.. She told him of her knee.. he applied accupressure ..she said she yelped and took one step back it hurt so bad .. She has no pain at all in her knee ...

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