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Had a blast!!!

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Yesterday was a wonderful day. Started the day off with a walk and then went shopping. Got plenty of walking in at the mall. I needed to make up some exercise for when I was sick.

The best part of the day was last night when we went to GS's school music program. The kids did a couple of dances and then they picked a family member to dance with them. I got to dance with him. It has been years since I had danced. We did circle dances and a line dance. I had a blast!!! I get to do it again Thursday night at my GD's program.

A lot of good, fun exercise yesterday and a wonderful time with my GS.

  
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JOYATLAST 10/9/2010 4:01PM

    I like what Hikeshappy said. You are such an inspiration to me!!!

It goes without saying when your GS chooses you to be his partner!! You are one special lady.

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2BEATIT1 9/29/2010 2:54PM

    What a wonderful privilege as a Grandparent. Relish those special times. For now, I only get to enjoy them once a year when we visit them. Other wise it is the long phone calls. I love being a grandma and it sounds like you are enjoying it also.

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CAROLYNVIL 9/29/2010 2:47PM

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HIKESHAPPY 9/29/2010 2:45PM

    Awesome! I love to read your blogs - you are so full of LIFE! That's just the way we should be, and I'm so glad that's how you are!

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TUTUNAN 9/29/2010 2:03PM

    Grandchildren are one of lifes' greatest joys. We are so blessed that two of ours are coming to Hawaii to spend Christmas with us this year.
How special for you to be selected for the dancing!

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KOOLNANA5 9/29/2010 1:44PM

    WAY TO GO! That's terrific that your gs danced with you ... aren't grandkids the best emoticon

Good for you .. keep on having a blast emoticon

Joan

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BOOKAYB 9/29/2010 12:42PM

  Let me thank you (for grandchildren everywhere) for going to their programs and participating so willingly!!! There are a lot of kids who are not so lucky!

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BESTSUSIEYET 9/29/2010 11:47AM

    Glad you are feeling better and got to take advantage of this fitness opportunity! And the memories you are building with your grandson are PRICELESS! Way to Go!!

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NANCYLEE46 9/29/2010 11:01AM

    Now I know what I was missing in my days - reading your blogs.
Always puts a smile on my face.
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Nancy

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DIDMIS 9/29/2010 10:34AM

    I know you were thrilled to be chosen. You go girl you go.

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MONTY68 9/29/2010 10:30AM

    Yvonne
This is such a wonderful blog. You are amazing. It feels like you are really enjoying life, getting healthy and having a wonderful time sharing with your grandchildren. To bad, there is no pictures of you dancing.
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PLAYBLUES22 9/29/2010 10:28AM

    Sweetie, that is what makes everything worth while... just having fun emoticon

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Live Life

Monday, September 27, 2010

I refuse to ďact my ageĒ. I refuse to "grow up". I insist that "age" must not be a consideration as I plan my days, weeks and years. I will do everything that I can do to be physically fit and healthy. I do not plan on sitting in a rocky chair the rest of my life. God gave me my life to do everything that He wants me to do and that includes living an active life. Life is good. Life is fun. I am looking forward to new experiences and adventures.

I will play with my grandchildren. My son was telling them yesterday how I would chase them and their friends around the house with a squirt bottle. It is fun to be young and I still am. I will have water fights with my grandchildren, blow bubbles, eat snow cones, go on hikes. We will enjoy life together and live with enthusiasm. We will make many beautiful memories. And someday when others have given up, I will still be happily enjoying the advantages of a life well spent.

  
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JOYATLAST 9/28/2010 9:55PM

    Amen! You are so FUN!

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THEWINNER33 9/27/2010 6:49PM

    There is a 20 year old girl inside me screaming to be let out. She did escape a bit last Saturday at my high school reunion. She applauds you and your blog and told me to pay attention. Let's go outfoors and have a good old water fight. emoticon emoticon

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CAROLYNVIL 9/27/2010 6:14PM

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DIDMIS 9/27/2010 5:58PM

    You got it right. I haven't grown up either. My body might think so but my spirit usually doesn't think so unless I am sick like I was last night and today.

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BESTSUSIEYET 9/27/2010 5:48PM

    Love your Spark! your Energy! your Determination! Keep on with those healthy decisions, my friend!!! emoticon

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TUTUNAN 9/27/2010 3:36PM

    A good blog, Yvonne, and a great attitude. I'm 76 and have no plan to slow down (I do everything except formal exercizing which I cannot seem to bring myself to do!)
Last night we had dinner with three other couples....the men were all in their 80s. They all play golf nearly every day and one of them (at 88) is leaving for a trip to the African Continent next week. Hang out with active people and you will stay young!

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HIKESHAPPY 9/27/2010 3:33PM

    Way to go, Yvonne! You are so right. So many times, we just go through life - whatever age we are. (I've been guilty of that, I must admit) But that's not God's ideal plan for us - He came that we might have life, and abundantly!

I was talking with my MIL a few years ago (she's now 84). She told me that inside, she still felt like 18-20. She moves a little slower now, but she and my FIL still do most of what they WANT to do. He even still works 3 days a week - at age 84! They are the picture of how to grow older.

You go, girl! Age is just a number, and 70 is the new 30! (Although I can still remember when 30 was old - boy, it sure isn't anymore - lol!)

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2BEATIT1 9/27/2010 2:50PM

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FANTASTIC ATTITUDE....That will keep you young forever.
I remember years ago as a teenager. My friend's great gram was 100 years young. She died in her sleep while playing hide and seek with her granddaughter.
Age is just a number....it is what you do with it that counts....at 65 my DH and I retired and went into volunteer work. I am turning 70 in one week and I do not feel 70.
So you are going to feel that way also with your good attitude.
Bless you.
Jean
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BOOKAYB 9/27/2010 12:31PM

  You just continue to inspire us!!! Blessings, Yvonne!! emoticon

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SMILESRME 9/27/2010 12:16PM

    Yvonne~ what a great and amazing attitude you have. You are dancing in life, and your family is blessed to have a lady like you in their life too! That is certainly how I want to live my life as well. Thanks for being a positive role model for all of us, and my the Lord continue to bless you as you glow through life.

Joy! Julia
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JRIMM4 9/27/2010 11:25AM

    And that is why YOU are ageless despite others around you who may use a 'number crutch'. I wholly believe that activity is the key to a long and healthy life.

JR

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MERRYMARY42 9/27/2010 11:24AM

    Well said Yvonne, and totally true, my only problem is that I try to still dance around like I did 50 years ago, and it is a bit difficult, I never was real graceful, but wow, I am downright clumsy now, but it is all fun, and what the mirrow says and how we think just doesnt have to be the same. emoticon Mary

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KOOLNANA5 9/27/2010 11:21AM

    Yvonne, this is an excellent post! You took the words right out of my thoughts .. I feel the same! Keep up the good work, it's so encouraging to others emoticon
Joan

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TIGGER227 9/27/2010 11:14AM

    Yvonne,

What an awesome blog!!! Great outlook, one that I will remember. I agree we are only as old as we let ourselves be and then what a waste. I met a lady once in the locker room at Crossroads and she said she still was mentally 17 even though her body was looking a tad bit older than that at 60. Keep acting like the kid you are!! I know from experience those grandkids will cherish that.

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MRSRACHELS 9/27/2010 11:06AM

    well said enjoy every moment to its fullest emoticon

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MONTY68 9/27/2010 10:58AM

    Hi Yvonne
This is awesome. I agree with you, I said last year on my birthday that I am ageless, Age is only a number dictated by our birth certificate. With you wonderful attitude, you will continue to be ageless and will enjoy all that you do.
Thank you for sharing this.

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6-month Anniversary

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

I passed my 6-month anniversary on August 2nd and just realized it. It doesnít seem possible that I have been with SP that long. I have learned a lot and made some changes. Still in the process of learning and making changes. Sometimes I think that I am a slow learner.

On a challenge for a team that I just joined, I have learned that if I stay in the bottom third of my calorie range I will loose weight. If I am in the top third, I will stay the about the same. Like I said, I am a slow learner lol.

I think that I have done pretty well in the exercise department for someone in my age group. I checked about joining a gym yesterday so I will see if I was right about my thoughts or if I can improve a lot. I will be doing some strength training which I have been telling myself that I need to do but havenít. I even set up a very basic, simple weight program for myself on SP but havenít even done it once. For some reason it doesnít do much good if you donít do it. Today I will go in and talk to a trainer about their exercise machines and whatever else they talk about.

It will be interesting to see how all this will work out.

  
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CSIEBENROCK 9/22/2010 9:50PM

    Congrats on the 6 months (plus a bit!). The whole exercise thing is difficult to build into a habit. However I am now finding that if I DON'T exercise, I feel crummy. I like Jazzercise for the combo aerobics and strength training. I am proof that you don't have to be graceful or a dancer to do Jazzercise!
Enjoy your new program and continue reinventing yourself. If something doesn't work, try something new. emoticon

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KATHRYNM777 9/22/2010 8:01PM

    Going to the gym should help a lot. I miss being able to go. It gives you lots of choices and will definitely help with strength training. Have fun and let us know what you think!
Kathryn

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JODIRICHARDS 9/22/2010 5:41PM

    emoticon A good friend says, progress not perfection, which is key, keep making healthy choices and learn as you go. Looks like you are progressing, make good use of the gym, wish I had one. I struggle to keep strength training in my routine, I found rewarding myself helps, maybe that will help you too!

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MAMAOFFAITH 9/22/2010 11:14AM

    Congrats on your 6 months! I too struggle with the strength training part for some reason. When Samantha is a year, the local rec center offers babysitting and I am hoping to add some Zumba and weight machines at that point...that will be when I am at my 6 month mark. I look forward to hearing how your gym experience goes.

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GRAMMAP1 9/21/2010 8:06PM

    emoticon Yvonne. You are not a slow learner. There is a wealth of information on SP. And all of it is good. May the next 6 mos. be even more profitable. Hugs, Jane emoticon

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SMILESRME 9/21/2010 7:32PM

    Six months of sassy, spunky and sparky!! You glow Yvonne! Sounds like your road to health is up and going just great. Do add that strength training to your regime!

Joy!
Julia : )

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KOOLNANA5 9/21/2010 6:27PM

    emoticon emoticon Hi Yvonne! You're doing it the 'right' way! I love to exercice .. it was sure hard at first and now I'm addicted to it emoticon Keep up the good work, gal!

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BECKYLYNNE77 9/21/2010 5:59PM

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PURPLESPEDCOW 9/21/2010 5:55PM

    You are doing great. I looked at your ticker and 2 pounds a month is right where you should be. Any faster and it might not stay off. Most doctors will recommend 2 pounds a month. Now when you add exercise it will tone up and help build muscle. Good luck and I love my gym!

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GOHUSKERS2 9/21/2010 5:29PM

    Way to go speedy!!! I think you're doing great. Let us know how the gym works out. It's hard to do everything here on sp without someone to do them with and give encouragement. But no matter what, I just know you accomplish anything you set your mind too. Take care, Carolyn

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2BEATIT1 9/21/2010 4:55PM

    Congratulations Yvonne,
It sounds like you are progressing well. Keep up the good work.
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MONTY68 9/21/2010 2:32PM

    Yvonne, congratulations. I didn't realize you have only been on Spark for such a short time. I say that because the things you are doing, the blogs you write, your attitude and motivation are impressive for such a short time. Yes, you will learn more and more. I see nothing wrong with slow, for once you learn it, it becomes an automatic.
The way you described the gym, makes it a sound like a good place to be. I am so fortunate to have a great gym and all the free classes it offers. My walking partner has decided to take advantage of the gym and has an appointment tomorrow to set her up on exercises.
Keep up your awesome work, you have come a long way in such a short time.

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TLROYER 9/21/2010 12:23PM

    You are doing great! Let us know how it goes for you at the gym.

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BOOKAYB 9/21/2010 11:58AM

  You are doing great, Yvonne!! You continue to motivate the rest of us . . . A couple of years ago one of the "gyms" in town offered a free 12-week program in which I participated. I was able to join for a few months afterword before our finances took a dive - I loved it! It is the one on North Avenue near Sonic - I don't know if it's okay to say the name of it... Anyway, early mornings are women only - they have a wonderful dry sauna that I became addicted to. They really don't have many machines, but what they do have are very nice - several cardio machings, a circuit room with all of the appropriate machines, a few free weights and some very nice trainers who can come up with very challenging routines. I really didn't adapt my eating during my time with them, so my weight loss was minimal (but it existed!) but I felt wonderful and noticed a definite difference in strength and indurance.

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ACCEPTINGMEASIS 9/21/2010 10:42AM

    I think you have made small yet very positive changes and those are the ones that stick. The things we are learning to do need to be sustainable for a lifetime. After all, life is a marathon not a sprint.

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SLIMTHICK2 9/21/2010 4:56AM

    Good for you, a step or two in the right direction that's what I call progress. emoticon

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Eye Opener

Saturday, September 18, 2010

This week has been a real eye opener as far as calorie intake. We have had several celebrations and going out to eat this week. In the past that would have meant going way off track. I did give myself permission to celebrate with everyone but was still trying to stay within my calorie limits. I was able to go out to eat and choose wisely and not go over my calorie range for the day. I had cake and ice cream at the parties and a wonderful time was had by all Ė especially me. After the parties were over with I was able to get back down to the lower part of my calorie range. It has been an amazing week for me.

At granddaughters birthday party DIL cut me a regular slice of cake and then cut herself a small sliver (she isnít real fond of cake). She looked at my piece and asked if I wanted to trade. I knew she didnít want a piece that big so I said I would eat it. She insisted, so we traded. She is the sweetest DIL a person could ever ask for.

We gave the kids swimming lessons for their birthdays this year. Our oldest GDís birthday was in July and we gave her a framed picture of her jumping off the high diving board to go along with her lessons. For GDís birthday yesterday she wanted a picture too. So we gave her a picture of Dad dropping her off the diving board. Dad was the only one she would trust to do that.

Our next GDís birthday is in February and she has already put in her request for a picture. It is amazing how something so simple can be so pleasing.

  
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BOOKAYB 9/20/2010 12:18PM

  Way to be strong, Yvonne!!! The photos are a great idea for gifts!!

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BESTSUSIEYET 9/18/2010 6:44PM

    Well Done, Yvonne! And I love the birthday celebration gifts! Yes, simple is exciting!! Congrats on learning to LIVE the Healthy Life!

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TUTUNAN 9/18/2010 2:59PM

    I call what you experienced this week 'Real Life'. Looks like you're learning to handle it really well. Congrats.

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2BEATIT1 9/18/2010 1:31PM

    Congratulations on your discipline and on having a wonderful understanding and supportive Daughter-in-law.
God bless
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MERRYMARY42 9/18/2010 12:09PM

    That is great that you were sure enough of yourself to indulge in the celebrations. I too will do just that sometimes for something really special, like cheese, good sourdough bread and bread pudding ( emoticon I really dont let myself often, but when I do, I enjoy it immensely, and then feel guilty later, but I stay as close to my calorie range as I can.
Sounds like you have great grandchildren. Congratulations, family is what it is all about, and of course close friends too.

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TLROYER 9/18/2010 11:09AM

    Good job! It's nice when you figure out that you can have foods you like in moderation. You don't have to go overboard and totally go off your healthy eating to celebrate. Keep up the good work.

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MONTY68 9/18/2010 11:08AM

    Hi Yvonne
This a great blog and as you say an eye opener. So I am going to suggest something that I see that is greater than what you saw. It is my understanding that you are still working towards your goal, when that happens you go on to maintenance. What I saw was a person who was acting as a person who is at their desired weight and doing the things that maintains the weight. You really are preparing for that day already with your awareness and that is awesome.
I think children are special,we buy and give all these big things thinking that is what a child needs and find that children really do enjoy things that didn't seem like a big deal but was important to the little ones. The pictures are great example of that. If as adults we could see that big and expensive isn't always the best in life.
You have a great family and it is wonderful that you can spend time with them.

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LINDENSGIRL 9/18/2010 10:08AM

    Aren't grandchildren special? When I asked my little one to make out a Christmas wish list she worked on it for several minutes and then showed it to me. It had: a pack of pencils, a new coloring book, a tablet and a pencil sharpener on it. I thought about how those simple wishes will change to really expensive wishes in such a short time. Gotta cherish our little ones every day!
Good for you on taking part in the celebrations of life and doing it smartly!

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Yesterday

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Had a great day on Tuesday. I mowed the front lawn before GS came over. After he got here we went for a walk. I put him in the stroller (he is 2), and off we went. When we came to the uphill part, I took him out and let him walk/run. When you get to be my age you notice even the little hills LOL. He wanted to hold on to the stroller but I didnít want to have to pull him up the hill so I would start jogging and he would run to try to get the stroller. (His dad has taught him to play chase so he runs everywhere anyway.) When we got to the top of the hill he got to hold on to the stroller until we came to the street. Then I put him back into the stroller for the rest of the way home. He is such a sweetie.

For lunch DIL, Mom and I went to Chiliís. We splurged and had their chips and salsa. I had a free coupon for it and the waiter brought us Queso with it. That was an unexpected treat but oh so yummy. I had their Caribbean Salad for lunch and ate half of it then and the other half for dinner. I didnít go over my calorie limit for the day even with the unexpected treat.

  
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BESTSUSIEYET 9/18/2010 6:47PM

    Woo Hoo and Way to Go!! (guess I could stop and find the emoticons ...) You're learning to take life in stride and adjust as you go along! GREAT!

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SMILESRME 9/17/2010 2:56PM

    Seems like your day was special from start to finish! Gotta love those times. Glad that your exercise with your grandson and lunch out was a joy in all ways! Yeah for your balanced day Yvonne.
Joy!
Julia : )
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MONTY68 9/16/2010 10:32PM

    Hi Yvonne
What a nice calm enjoyable day you had. What a blessing that you can enjoy your grandson.
So you went to chili's, I swear that they attach another 500 calories on you when you walk through the door. It was good that you shared some, Congratulations on staying within you range. They have some of the highest calorie dishes going, so you did a great job.
What a nice day

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GRAMMAP1 9/16/2010 9:18PM

    Sounds like a fun day to me. How precious a little 2 yr. old can be. Never ate at Chili's, but it sounds good. emoticon
Jane

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HIKESHAPPY 9/16/2010 6:33PM

    Awesome! You were jogging? You're running circles around me - good for you, Yvonne! It sounds like you had a lovely day and I'm so proud of you for staying in your range!

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BOOKAYB 9/16/2010 11:43AM

  I LOVE the queso at Chili's! So much so that I avoid the place emoticon Sounds like such a nice day!!!

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