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Challenge -Exercise Blog - 30 mins anyone is welcome!!!!!

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Good Morning; it is a wonderful morning. I am looking forward to exercising this morning. I feel rested and full of energy. Since I have a thyroid condition, I take meds, but I still have ups and downs of energy levels at times. If I exercise too hard, I do not recover my energy level in a timely manner. It can be like hitting a wall like runners do. I have to stay in moderation levels of exercise and increase at times and then decrease during low level times. emoticon emoticon emoticon Do you have any medical challenges and how do you manage these? Managing is the key. Try to get some exercise in today!! Life is enjoyable when surrounded by people you love and admire!! Have a good day!! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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MERRYMARY42 6/15/2011 8:57PM

    Hi, this is indeed a good day, I slept in, went to exercise and spent 2 and 1/2 hours at the gym, working out all the time, so I should sleep good again tonight, it was good being in my own bed. I will be pooped tomorrow, and not overdo it, but I have no health problems that keep me from exercising, other than my age. (lol) I am so busy trying to get ready for my trip to Iowa on Monday, everything seems to come at once. but it is all good.

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WELLNESSME09 6/15/2011 9:14AM

    Have a grateful day!

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GOATGIRLJM 6/15/2011 9:02AM

    Have a great day!

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Don’t Sign Another Mobile Phone Contract

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Heated competition in the mobile communications industry is creating lots of options for consumers. There’s no reason you should ever have to sign up for another 24-month contract that keeps you stuck in a pricey calling plan. Check out these cheap no-contract alternatives.

Peek. This is an ideal option especially for kids and teens, who are more into texting and emailing than actually talking on the phone. Peek devices look a lot like a Blackberry, but without phone capability. They send and receive email and text messages anywhere in the U.S, no WiFi necessary. The device itself costs about $70. After that, you pay a flat monthly rate of unlimited email and texting for as little as $15 a month. There are no contracts, no hidden fees. One thing Peek does not offer is the ability to transfer your current phone number. Learn more at www.GetPeek.com.

Kajeet. Here’s a company that caters to kids who want to stay connected by offering cheap service and award-winning parental controls. Kajeet will transfer your current numbers and offers a full range of kid-friendly phones that start at around $24 for a refurbished unit. Monthly service requires no contracts and starts as low as $14.99 for unlimited texting and 60 minutes of talk. Check out the cool phones and learn more at www.Kajeet.com.

Net10. A perfect option for light cell phone users, there are no roaming charges, no hidden fees, no long distance charges or monthly bills. You pay a flat rate of 10 cents per minute, up front. Their Easy Minute monthly plans start at $15 for 200 Easy Minutes for your choice of talk, text/pictures messaging, web/email and calls to 411. You can cancel anytime without cancellation fees. Net10 phones start at $29, and are available at Walmart stores or online from Net10. Learn more at www.Net10.com.

Common Cents Mobile. Here’s a service that offers a pay-as-you-go mobile plan, as low as 7 cents per minute or per text message. Monthly plans start as low as $20 a month with no contracts or hidden fees and no credit checks, roaming or long distance charges, either. Bonus: This plan rounds minutes down, not up. If you talk for 2.8 minutes, that call is charged as only 2 minutes, not 3 minutes, the way other services round up. Buying more airtime is simple, too. Learn more at www.CommonCentsMobile.com.

Cricket Communications. Here’s a nationwide service with high-quality coverage that does not require contracts and does not hide fees. Calling plans start as low as $35. You can get unlimited talk, text and web starting at just $45 a month. Learn more at www.MyCricket.com.

You’ve got even more options with companies such as MetroPCS, Straight Talk, Boost Mobile and Virgin Mobile. Want even more? Do a Google search for “No-contract phones,” “Pay as you go mobile” or “Prepaid cell phones.” You’ll be amazed how many options you have. Just make sure you read the fine print, research thoroughly, and then go for it!

As for the money you won’t be spending on phone service in the months ahead, determine right now that you’ll divert it straight to savings. Now you’ll really enjoy the decision.

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LADYIRISH317 6/15/2011 9:41AM

    I'm using Metro PCS. I'm very happy with them.

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MERRYMARY42 6/14/2011 10:23PM

    Honest to goodness, I just signed a 2 year contract last week, I have been looking and looking and settled on what I got, good grief,

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DOTTIEJANE1 6/14/2011 6:03PM

    Virgin Mobile a pre paid plan with unlimited data and 300 talk minutes for $32.21 a month you can pay on line or buy cards just about anywhere . I get this for my grand kids and they have used it thought the US and have always had coverage. I agree no one should sign a contract with some many prepaid and great coverage etc. aviable.

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LIBBYFITZ 6/14/2011 3:11PM

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DIANNEMT 6/14/2011 2:41PM

    Good info. Thanks for sharing this!

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Challenge -Exercise Blog - 30 mins anyone is welcome!!!!!

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Good Morning; I have found a very refreshing treat for the afternoon or whenever. I take a cup of frozen mango (which I get at Costco) put in a blender and 1 cup of unsweetened almond milk with 2-4 packets of stevia. I blend it and it is wonderful!! emoticon emoticon emoticon You might have to add more almond milk. It is not even 200 calories. Try it if you like mango. How is the challenge going for you? ****************
With childlike simplicity, I am carefree and at ease.
At times it may seem as if my life has become too busy or complicated. My obligations feel overwhelming, and I desire a simpler life. How can I recapture the joyful feeling of childhood, living in the moment, carefree and at ease?
I seek simplicity by remembering what is most important to me. I purposefully set aside a few moments each day for playful activities. Perhaps I drink in the delicate beauty of a flower, watch the clouds pass by, or appreciate the feel of sunshine on my face. I seek simplicity by balancing busyness with a renewed awareness of beauty. I am refreshed as I become like a child, seeing the world with a sense of awe and wonder.
Have a good day!!! Get some movement in today!! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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MERRYMARY42 6/14/2011 10:29PM

    Hi, good blog, the challenge is just going, but I did see a little drop, but I really went overboard the last 2 days of eating, and I am a non drinker and even had 3 glasses of wine, (well when you are in wine country you do like the natives,) I guess, anyway, I am home, and had a wonderful time, I went out and walked a bit this evening but I walked this morning in Solvang all over, and got my 10,000 steps plus, but I did not get it yesterday emoticon so blew my personal challenge and it did not hurt at all. back on tract tomorrow. and down 5 pounds by July 3, hopefully, I will be on vacation then at my sisters, and no telling what we will eat but I will try to be good.

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DOTTIEJANE1 6/14/2011 10:49AM

    GREAT blog need to be more child like.I shall but/take a few minutes day to do so .Thanks emoticon

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Challenge -Exercise Blog - 30 mins anyone is welcome!!!!!

Monday, June 13, 2011

Good Morning; I got on the scale and I am down. I am not sure that I will make the goal of mine. I set it high for me, but it is not the number for me. It is the journey. emoticon emoticon emoticon I feel good that I have chosen to join the challenge. I feel like a winner that the scale is moving the right direction. Patience and consistency are the characteristics that one needs to reach the goal. emoticon emoticon emoticon I feel the challenge has kept my goal in the forefront. Tracking my food and exercise are also helping with this challenge. How are you handling your challenge? Remember Father's day is Sunday. I remember my Father as a kind man that was overwhelmed with providing for his family. He had 1 full time job and 2 part time jobs. Due to job and economic instability, he was always away from the home. He has passed away many years ago. I just honor him b/c he did the best he knew how to do at the time. emoticon What do you remember about your life with your father? emoticon Have a good day!! emoticon emoticon

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MERRYMARY42 6/13/2011 12:58PM

    My father was away most of the time also, he worked in Greenland, Alaska, the Filipino's, California, and other places for months at a time, we were 8 kids and it was hard, and he did work hard to provide for us. I honor him for loving my Mother and providing for us.
I am off for a couple days, I am taking my lap top, but may not even open it, so if I dont you know why
I weighed myself, I am down.4 of a pound, and I know I will never reach my goal either but I will try.

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LAURELSPARK 6/13/2011 10:46AM

    My dad was smart, handy, hardworking, and patient. (I guess he had to be in order to deal with the 4 females in his household.)

emoticon (This is my dad and me.)

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PAWSINAZ 6/13/2011 10:36AM


My Dad always had a smile on his face, when he was 47 he had a minor surgery but he had a massive stroke on the operating table. He lost his speech and had limited use of his right arm, but he didn't lose his smile or laugh. My dad passed away 3 1/2 years, the last think remember after saying I loive you was his smile. He was a great man.

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LIBBYFITZ 6/13/2011 9:54AM

    emoticonon the loss! Well done. You have worked hard for this!
We celebrate father's day in September in Australia. I am fortunate to still have my father alive and well at age 82! He is very fit and works in his large garden every day. He grows his own fruit and vegetables. Has compost heaps going and is an organic gardener long before it became the "in" thing to do!
He also does all the cooking as my step mother had a stroke while being operated on for a brain tumor. She is almost fully recovered but is not steady enough to resume cooking. She was a very good cook. At one stage they operated a motel and she was very involved with the cooking side of things as there was a restaurant attached to the motel.

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Something for Nothing

Monday, June 13, 2011

this reminded me of my mother who would bring all sorts of things from sales and it would just sit in our garage. she would say "I just could not pass it up."
I couldn’t pass it up. And I mean that quite literally. Dumped right in the middle of my secret shortcut, I had two choices: Hit it head-on, or stop to investigate.

Closer examination revealed a unique piece of furniture—a solid wood, five-drawer, dresser-wardrobe. It was nearly intact. It would need a little work, but it had definite possibilities.

I checked with the closest shop owner to make sure this was indeed part of an inappropriate middle-of-the-night rubbish dump. She confirmed and thanked me for taking it. I was more than willing. After all, even in its needy condition, it was free … something for nothing.

Had this item appeared with a price tag in the classified ads or at a garage sale, would I have been so eager? Not likely. It wasn’t on my list of needs, even my wants. But free? Hey, that’s different. I’ll take it, no questions.

Don’t we believe that free means we get something for nothing? If it’s free, it must be good. With all our hearts we believe that free means, well, free. But we shouldn’t.

Free is rarely what we assume it should be. Many times it’s just a marketing technique—the bait attached to a serious hook. But free gets our attention. Free gets results. Free sells. Free has appeal.

Before we accept anything for free, we should assess the real cost.

Price Tag: A Purchase. The deal is that you get a “Free Gift,” but only if you make a purchase. That technically removes the free-ness. As long as you understand that, you will get something extra with your purchase.

Price Tag: Privacy. The concept is you get something free in exchange for your private information. Or, you get a chance to win something in exchange for your information. So what’s wrong with that? Nothing, provided you are aware and willing to release that information.

Price Tag: Repair. Remember my free dresser-wardrobe? It really wasn’t free. I spent money on new drawer pulls and stain, and a couple hours of my time. By the time it’s presentable, I will have spent about $50. But all things considered, it’s still a fabulous bargain and a piece I adore because it has a story.

Price Tag: Maintenance. If you’ve ever been drawn to “Free Puppies,” you know about this price tag. The costs for medical exams and shots, neutering and licensing can quickly add up. Even pets from the pound are anything but free. A free pet is not free. Consider the costs before you become attached.

Price Tag: Hidden costs. I just might lose it if I get one more email message offering me a free copy of my credit report. The hidden costs are buried. Unless it’s from www.AnnualCreditReport.com, it’s not free.

The next time free jumps out at you, pay attention. Don’t fall for it before you check the price tag. If you find it’s too expensive, walk away. But if it’s something reasonable, load it into your truck and drive it home.

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VRCATON 6/13/2011 1:42PM

    too true! My friends and I were just discussing the whole "cheaper is better" philosophy in regards to coupon use. I cook most thing from scratch (almost all) and don't use processed foods, most coupons are for processed food. So I may 'save' a little bit to buy something that I won't use and hence it goes to waste, so I've actually THROWN money away .. how is that 'saving'? lol Same principle at work here .. just with out the 'free' hook!! lol

Thanks for a thought-provoking blog!

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NOTSPEEDY 6/13/2011 10:56AM

Free is so deceptive. We need to keep on our toes.

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