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Maxine has the anti-Spark approach to exercise

Thursday, December 22, 2011

This is a Maxine joke that I received in email today. Can't say I agree with her, though. The tortoise always wins in the end!

As I was lying in bed pondering the problems of the world, I rapidly realized that I don't really give a HOOT...
It's the tortoise life for me!

1. If walking/cycling is good for your health, the postman would be immortal.
2. A whale swims all day, only eats fish, drinks water, and is fat.
3. A rabbit runs and hops and only lives 15 years.
4. A tortoise doesn't run and does nothing, yet it lives for 450 years.

And you tell me to exercise?? I don't think so.

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CLWALDRO 12/23/2011 6:01AM

    Maxine has some cute ideas about staying active but for me I will take a good run over being a couch potato and risking my health any day.
I have learned that exercise can be fun if we think like a kid. Kids do not complain about riding their bike all afternoon. They do not complain when they get to wear jingle bells and run 1 mile. They also do not complain when they get to run around and chase each other playing tag. So think like a kid and have some fun and before you know it you too will love being active emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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KMICHA 12/22/2011 9:00PM

    ya gotta love Maxine!!! emoticon

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MCSNYDER1 12/22/2011 7:08PM

    Good ol' Maxine! The older I get, the more sense she makes.

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IUHRYTR 12/22/2011 4:19PM

    Sounds good to me. Did you see a new SP poll asking how exercise affects us? Most people answered that it increases their appetite. Go figure. So do we exercise to burn off calories that we will consume afterward because exercise makes us hungry? Hmm. -- Lou

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My 2nd Spark Anniversary & My 1st 5K Race Results

Friday, October 28, 2011

Just over two years ago, one of my college professors introduced my "Healthy Eating" class to Spark People. As a class assignment, she required us to record our food on the Spark Nutrition Tracker for two weeks. I completed the assignment, but while doing it, I started checking out other parts of the website, set up my Spark Page, used the Fitness Tracker, joined a couple of teams, and then I was hooked! Fast forward two years, and I'm still here using the Nutrition and Fitness Trackers almost on a daily basis. And having the time of my life making friends with other like-minded Spark People.

Two years ago, I wrote this as one of my goals:
To be able to walk/run with my dogs again after successful foot surgeries.

Not only am I able to walk/run with my dogs, but the day after my 2-year Spark anniversary, I ran my first race - a 5K for scholarships at the college I work at. Here is a pictorial of my first race experience --

Laps with the Chaps 5K Inaugural Run/Walk
(Chaps is short for Chapparals, the college's mascot)
Saturday, October 22, 2011
63 degrees and sunny

Bibbed, chipped, and ready to go!

The college offered a 5k training program with the cross country track coach as our instructor. These are some of my training classmates - Angel, me, Kamala, and Caroline.

Every time I looked at my Garmin watch, I saw "Make it Happen", the name of my Spark People team. It was my "Make it Happen" team mates who inspired me to take up running. It was their encouragement and support that sustained me through two years of double foot surgeries to running my first 5K race!

Just about to enter the track for the final push.

I didn't realize the race clock was the gun time. I was kicking hard to make it under 34 minutes and was disappointed when the timer clicked over 34. Only later did I realize that my chip time was 33:55.45!

Awards ceremony

2nd Place in my division with a time of 33:55.45. Not bad for an old lady running her first race!

Matt (my 5K trainer & the college's cross country track coach) and I both finished 2nd in our divisions. He was injured, or he'd have been 1st. I, on the other hand, gave it my all! The lady who took first place in my division was a marathon runner. She finished almost 7 minutes before me!

Getting a stretch from the PT guy. Harry thought I was crazy when I asked him to take a picture. I had to experience the whole thing - and have it photo documented, you know what I mean?

Celebrating the accomplishment! Harry was having football withdrawal, so we headed to a sports bar after the race.

Never in my life did I think that I would be a runner. Ten months ago, I was recovering from double foot surgeries and accidentally frost-bit three toes from constricting bandages and over-icing. I nearly lost one of those toes. Thanks to the support and encouragement I received here on Spark People, today I am a runner! And I can't wait to run another race! As my friend, Freddy (LONGBELT) says, "See you at the finish line!"

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REDBIRDFLY 1/13/2012 1:24PM

    Im right behind you...You inspired me!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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BTRTHANEVA 11/7/2011 7:43PM

    Nancy -

Girl, have you made YOU happen! What an inspiration you are!

My fav picture is of you coming back onto the track for the final push. Love, love, LOVE your enthusiasm! Looking strong and determined...

You are a phenominal woman. I'm so blessed to know you!


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ABSOLUTZER0 11/1/2011 11:02AM

    Congrats! You went out there and ROCKED IT! I do understand about taking in the entire experience. Woohoo!

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YATMAMA 10/31/2011 9:15PM

    I am so so so so proud of you!!! *WILDAPPLAUSE* That is fanTAStic!!!!! Congrats, girlfriend. You EARNED it!!!!!

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ALLBW2U 10/31/2011 12:30AM

    What an awesome blog, Nancy.

You are an incredible gal. What an awesome job in the 5k. It is evident that you can do anything that you put your mind to.

And it is so good to see that big the race AND with Harry.

Hope you have a wonderful week....Bill


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BTWCOACH 10/30/2011 12:51PM

    Nancy - Great pictures! Great blog! There's nothing like accomplishing your first race!!! There's nothing like accomplishing any goal you set!!!! :-)

I am so proud of you!!! Next up 1/2 marathon????? I never thought I could go that far and now I will be running my 6th one in December!!!!!


P. S. I love the picture of you and Harry. :-)

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NEWMAC2011 10/29/2011 2:42AM

    What an awesome and inspiring blog! You're doing incredibly. Happy 2 year Sparkversary. I can relate as I never even considered running until being on SP for 7 months. Your 5k time was really fantastic! I've done 3 5ks (and am doing my 4th on Sunday) but I'm not close to your time. You rock!!

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LUCKYDOGFARM 10/28/2011 11:12PM

    NAN, What a Wonderful Blog! great pictures and i was so excited reading this, i was on the edge of my seat with a lump in my throat!
You have done an outstanding job! Congratulations!
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PUDLECRAZY 10/28/2011 8:57PM

    Woohoo and look at YOU!!!!! This is a great blog. Congratulations on your amazing progress.


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JOYINKY 10/28/2011 8:46PM

    Congratulations Nancy! What a great journey! Thanks for sharing!

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IUHRYTR 10/28/2011 8:46PM

    Pretty cool medal. emoticon! -- Lou

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LEANNROCKS 10/28/2011 7:23PM


One of the BEST blogs on SP this year!

Congrats my friend!

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MOSTMOM1 10/28/2011 7:21PM

    Oh wow, I loved this blog! Hooray for YOU!! You should be so proud of yourself.
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JANETRIS 10/28/2011 3:52PM

    Geez...I'm such a sap....there I go crying again! emoticonI'm so happy for you Nancy. I didn't know you overcame so much to run this race....all the more sweeter for you! I'm so proud of you and so happy for your accomplishment! Keep on making it happen!....Jane

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1HOTMAMA2BE 10/28/2011 2:43PM

    I remember that day two years ago! I am so proud of you!!! You are an inspiration to many. I love the picture of you and Harry, too! It's nice to put a face with the name. You two make a great looking couple!!! So happy for you. Good luck on the next race. I bet you kick your first race time by at least five minutes! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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LOTUSFLOWER 10/28/2011 2:37PM

    emoticon Great job!!

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Inner Peace: The Ideal Objective In Life

Thursday, July 28, 2011

If you can start the day without caffeine,

If you can always be cheerful, ignoring aches and pains,

If you can resist complaining and boring people with your troubles,

If you can eat the same food every day and be grateful for it,

If you can understand when your loved ones are too busy to give you any time,

If you can take criticism and blame without resentment,

If you can conquer tension without medical help,

If you can relax without alcohol,

If you can sleep without the aid of drugs,

...Then You Are Probably ..........

The Family Dog!

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HICKOK-HALEY 8/29/2011 1:01AM

    That put a smile on my face!

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JAMGIRL8 8/23/2011 4:28PM


If I believed in such a thing, I would come back as my Mom's poodle!

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LESLIES537 7/30/2011 11:46AM

    emoticon Cute!!!

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TEENY_BIKINI 7/29/2011 7:43PM

    LOL. Love it!!


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BTWCOACH 7/29/2011 10:24AM

    that is too funny Nancy! Thanks for sharing!!!

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REM-CYCLES 7/29/2011 8:49AM

    Woof! Find your inner woof! -- thanks for posting this :)

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FRAN0426 7/28/2011 10:47PM

    Such a cute blog---what a doggie pose, love it, thanks for sharing

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IUHRYTR 7/28/2011 10:14PM

    Too funny! Thanks for the chuckle. -- Lou

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1HOTMAMA2BE 7/28/2011 5:17PM

    I know our pup has it way better than us! Thanks for sharing Nancy!

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-WRKNG2ABTTRME- 7/28/2011 4:30PM

    Love it! emoticon

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HEALTHDUDE 7/28/2011 3:20PM

    Love the Zen Dog!

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    AMEN! emoticon emoticon

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Avoid Pigging Out with This Simple Thought

Friday, July 22, 2011

Thought I'd share this article that came across my email this morning. I know this works for me - I just didn't realize why it worked!

To feel more satisfied with your food -- and possibly avoid pigging out -- use this mind trick: Just focus on the calories.

Doing so could dial down your hunger big-time -- especially if you convince yourself you're indulging in a rich, high-calorie treat. Because new research shows that people's perception of calorie content affects their appetite-control hormones...

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    emoticonNeeded that this week!

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KAITLYNSNAMMY 7/25/2011 3:04PM

    Very interesting "Food" for thought! ;)

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BTRTHANEVA 7/25/2011 2:42PM

    Keep it simple, Sistah!

Something else I'll consider is how much I'll have to work out to negate the calories I'm thinking about consuming...

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LESLIES537 7/25/2011 12:22PM

    Great article! Thanks for sharing! emoticon

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    This concept really does work for me. When I realize how many calories I'd be eating, it really curtails the amount of it that I eat! emoticon

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FRENCHTOSD 7/23/2011 4:27PM

    I have another one that works for me. Focus totally on the first three bites of any food. Enjoy them as much as you can, eat slowly and taste. Chances are, you are now satisfied and don't need the 4th bite.

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IUHRYTR 7/23/2011 10:45AM

    I don't want to oink out! -- Lou

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BOBF15 7/22/2011 9:23PM

    emoticon I think I came across the same article from a Yale study, very interesting isn't it.

The mind is a powerful ally or enemy, since it can be both we may as well learn how to use it as our ally. emoticon

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MSANITAL 7/22/2011 8:37PM

    Very interesting read.. I liked it and I am going to give it a try.. thanks for shareing this

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LUCKYDOGFARM 7/22/2011 5:07PM

    when i am in a feeding frenzy mode. i always check out the cals. it really does stop me from pigging out on stuff! YAY!

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SKYWATCHERRS 7/22/2011 4:14PM

    That was interesting, telling the folks in one group something different and seeing their bodies respond differently - very interesting indeed!

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More Storm Chasing Photos

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

We had 8 days of sunshine on the storm chasing trip, so we did some site seeing around the great state of Texas! See yesterday's blog if you want to see the one day of actual storm photos. These are the sunshine chasing photos!

Nimitz Memorial Courtyard and view of the Japanese Peace Garden, Fredricksburg, TX. This was such a sacred space, very moving experience to walk through this courtyard.

Street performers in Fredricksburg, TX

I don't know if you can see it, but directly above the pole is a sun dog. As the sun is setting, it reflects a small rainbow off the ice crystals in the cloud. It was much more vivid in person!

"Stampede" (OK, it was a stroll around the block) at the Stockyards, Fort Worth, TX
Joke heard at the Stockyards: Do you know why the cowboy bought a dachshund? Because someone told him to "get along, little doggie!"
This is also the place where a guy rode up on horseback and ordered a Corona to go at curb service! Only in Texas!

Later that evening, a guy walked down the street with a dog that was wearing a saddle. Riding on the saddle was a cat. Riding bareback on the cat was a rat! Ok, I know we were drinking, but here's the photo I grabbed from my classmates FB page to prove it!

After going to the Stockyards, some of my classmates and I decided that we want to bring Texas fashion back to Chicagoland. We're gonna start wearing cowboy boots and hats with every outfit! We saw brides wearing cowboy boots with their veil; people celebrating a class reunion in "after 5" dresses and cowboy boots...I wonder if it will catch on in Chicago?

One of the highlights of my trip was meeting my "Making it Happen" Spark team leader, Jerome. He lives with his lovely wife, Chelle, in the Dallas area. He drove over to meet me and we had a nice chat on Saturday evening. Thanks, Chelle, for sharing your man with me that evening. Looking forward to meeting you next year and getting a taste of that Texas chili and cornbread!

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HICKOK-HALEY 7/9/2011 1:52AM

    Great pics, and what a fun day. Chili and Corn Bread. I'll meet ya'll there lol.
If you drive 1 hr. 40 mins, SW from Chicago, you will be in Troy Grove. Home of Wild Bill Hickok. Your boots and hat will fit in there!!

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ALLBW2U 5/22/2011 4:06AM

    What a great glimpse of some of your trip. How fun!!

Hope you have a great Sunday, Nancy.

Best wishes always....Bill

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YATMAMA 5/19/2011 7:43PM

    What a wonderful trip you had. Thank you so much for sharing it with us!

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BTWCOACH 5/18/2011 5:38PM

    Great pictures, Nancy! I'm glad you had such a great time! I love the stories from the StockYard!!!

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IUHRYTR 5/18/2011 3:29PM

    Yeehaw little missy. Yo shore do be lookin' fine in those there cowgirl boots. Yessiree, shedoggie. -- Lou

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LUCKYDOGFARM 5/18/2011 12:19PM

    Nice trip Nan! I am so glad that you had fun, even if you didnt get to chase many storms.

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    Wow, that is so GREAT! I am not from TX like my DH is, and it is always fascinating to me to see all the history here! emoticonfor sharing it! emoticon

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