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Thanksgiving and gratitude

Thursday, November 24, 2011

I awoke today, Thanksgiving, to a beautiful sunny day. I spent the morning with my Mom. We went to a nice church service and then sat and enjoyed some coffee in her kitchen. A nice, contemplative way to start the Thanksgiving holiday.

I am so grateful for all the blessings in my life. My wonderful family, dear friends and good health. In the grand scheme of things, what else do I really need?

Wishing all my Spark friends a very wonderful Thanksgiving. May it be filled with good family, good friends and warm memories.


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CHALLENGER15 11/24/2011 3:05PM

    Happy Thanksgiving! Your morning sounds wonderful!

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TUFFYBIRD 11/24/2011 11:18AM

    Wishing you all the same things ... today and for the next 365 too.

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Every day is a new chance

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

We are all human and we all mess up sometimes. We don't stick to our healthy eating plan, we don't exercise for a few days, we procrastinate on tasks. I'm fortunate that I have the fitness and health thing down pretty good. I love to exercise and I've grown to crave healthy food, so I feel pretty good about how I'm doing on that front.
Procrastination on my job search is another matter. I saw an interesting job posted on LinkedIn and I spent the weekend carefully crafting my cover letter. My plan was to send out the letter and resume on Monday. Well, Monday came and I quickly looked at the cover letter and wanted to think about it some more. So instead, I perused Sparkpeople, other fitness websites, checked my blog statistics and what not. By Monday night I was tired and disappointed with myself. I didn't sleep well Monday night because I was thinking about how I wasted all day on Monday

I awoke on Tuesday, determined that it will be different. And it was. I did my morning exercise, went over to for my daily visit with my Mom, and then sat down at the computer to send out the letter. I felt good about what I accomplished on Tuesday.

These past few days taught me that every day is a new chance. So what if you didn't have a successful day? You have another chance at it tomorrow.

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IUHRYTR 11/19/2011 6:37AM

    The highest paid baseball batters only hit about .300, not a thousand and the best golfers don't score a hole-in-one on every shot. So, too, we will be imperfect but can still become successful, one positive day at a time. emoticon Wishing you luck with the job. -- Lou

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CHALLENGER15 11/17/2011 7:49AM

    Good advice to apply to all areas of our lives, isn't it?

Good luck on the job search!

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TUFFYBIRD 11/16/2011 8:31PM

    So true ... yesterday is gone - tomorrow isn't here yet - this day is the only one that matters today!

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NEWNAC304 11/16/2011 4:54PM

    You are so right. Every day is a new chance to make better choices. Good luck in your job search.

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    Good luck with staying focused and reaching your goals...

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Following serendipity

Monday, November 14, 2011

November can be a dreary month here in New England. The leaves have fallen from the trees and the days are usually cold, cloudy and grey. I happen to love November since Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday.

I make a point to get outside for at least a little bit every day. The fresh air can do wonders for my psyche.

Yesterday, we went for cross-country hike at the State Park where we kayak all summer. I was happy to report that my hips and my feet didn't hurt at all.

Afterwards, we made an excursion to a new Dairy Queen. Our favorite one is closed for the season. I love Blizzards! Okay, so these aren't the healthiest of foods, but I'm a firm believer in moderation.

We had a delightful drive through the country side to reach this new Dairy Queen. I had never been in this part of Massachusetts before. The towns were so pretty, they were typical New England towns. There were some lovely Victorian homes along main street, along with the requisite white clapboard church.

I slept quite well last night, with all the fresh air and the beautiful scenery.

I love exploring new areas, especially those so close to home and so easy to get to.

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CHALLENGER15 11/15/2011 8:26PM

    This sounds like a fabulous day!

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JOAN_HEO 11/15/2011 12:52PM

    I like fall too. I'd like it even better if winter weren't so long! =)

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IUHRYTR 11/14/2011 7:37PM

    There are some things I do not want to experience again except for brief visits -- heavy snow, ice, sleet -- but I do miss the change of seasons and more cool weather than we get in FL. Wish I could "like" MSCR59's reply. All good things. -- Lou

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MSCR59 11/14/2011 7:01PM

    What is not to like about this blog? Ice cream Blizzards, Dairy Queen, New England, Massachusetts! All my favorite things! Born and raised in the Northeast!

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VISUALLYRICS 11/14/2011 3:20PM

    Hurray for moderation!!! I'm with ya! emoticon
...and this time of year is my Fav too..yes esp with the grey days...
Somehow, I feel so energized!

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I love working with heavy weights :)

Thursday, November 03, 2011

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I love, love, love working out with heavy weights. Why I love this type of training:

1. It changes my body like nothing else

2. It's a physical challenge.
I can feel myself getting stronger with each workout.

3. It's a mental challenge.

Having to do those last few reps with good form requires a lot of focus and will power.

4. I sleep better.

This type of training is quite taxing on the body, so I am very mindful of how often I do this type of training.

I just started a rotation that combines Cathe's STS and Low Impact Challenge workouts. This is a great 'warm-up' for the upcoming P90X2 workouts that are due out in late December.

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VISUALLYRICS 11/14/2011 3:21PM

    I love ST with heavy weights for just the same reasons!! emoticon for ST!!

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JIBBIE49 11/14/2011 12:18AM

    My adult children are waiting for the P90X2 which should be awesome.

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IUHRYTR 11/3/2011 11:19PM

    I, too, enjoy lifting weights, especially when I'm able to increase the weight. Love those endorphins. -- Lou

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LOPEYP 11/3/2011 8:25PM

    I love the way my muscles feel when I run my hand over them. Very empowering! Great job!

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TUFFYBIRD 11/3/2011 5:55PM

    You are one impressive lady! I love to see your blog notifications pop up (I feel a little intimidated too I must admit) because you're always setting such a good example.


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GOOSIEMOON 11/3/2011 1:24PM

    I agree! Weight training makes me feel invincible!

Have a great day!

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JOLINAR 11/3/2011 1:18PM

    I love heavy lifting, too! I can't wait for P90X2!

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Winter fitness goals and workout plan

Saturday, October 29, 2011

I love the colder weather, except this year we went from wearing short sleeved shirts to our winter coats. Tonight, we're supposed to get several inches of snow even! I love snow, but not in October

It can be tough this time of year to stick to a fitness program. It's dark and it's cold in the morning. I seem to fall into my deepest sleep right before I have to get up. It sure is hard to crawl out from under the nice warm covers.

I have a plan though.

My fitness goals:

**To train for P90X2, which is coming out in late December. This is rumored to be even tougher than the original P90X, which was a great strength building program. I found it to be just as effective as working out one on one with a trainer.

My workout plan:

**Do the new Cathe Low Impact Series. Miss Cathe has promised us a rotation on Octobe 31st.

**Do 10 minute activity sparks during the day.

**To get out snowshoeing as often as I can. I only made it out twice last year.

My eating plan:

**To eat at least 6 servings of fruits and vegetables. This is so much easier in the summer, when I crave fruit. I can honestly say that in the winter I have never craved a fruit or a vegetable.

**No more potato chips. I believe in moderation in all things. But for me this can't apply to potato chips. I can't stop at just one serving. Soooo, no more potato chips for me.

**Try at least one new Spark Cookbook recipe per week. This week, we're cooking the White Bean Chicken Chili in the slow cooker and I can't wait. Next week, I'm going to try the three-cheese macaroni dish.

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RLT5089 11/14/2011 10:24AM

    Having a plan is the first step! Keep it up! emoticon

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JIBBIE49 11/14/2011 12:31AM

    Keep going.

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CHALLENGER15 10/30/2011 9:03PM

    I love trying new recipes, and the sparkrecipes are almost always good. I will have to try the white bean chicken chili myself.

It sounds like you have a very good plan.

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MSCR59 10/30/2011 9:55AM

    Potato chips are a big one we all love. They are so packed with fat for the portion size we get. The food industry itself has also recognized that the traditional high volume cooking method of the chips actually creates changes in the food that are not good for the body. They are tasty... but best bet is substitution with something else.

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THROOPER62 10/29/2011 3:35PM

    White Bean Chicken Chili, one of my favorite recipes delicious.

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