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Thanksgiving

Wednesday, December 01, 2010

My 8 yo GD came over Wednesday and we cooked. She made the pumpkin pies. I think they were the best pumpkin pies that she has every had ;-). I was cutting up celery and onion and she asked if she could cut them up. She said that her mom let her use a sharp knife. I turned it over to her and kept an eye on her. She did a great job. We made the green beans and a sweet potato casserole to be baked on Thursday.

DH and I get the turkey ready to go into the oven before I left for the Turkey Trot. DS and I got there about 10 minutes early and it got started about 10 minutes late. It was cold – about 13 degrees, brrrr. Once we got moving we warmed up quickly. There were a lot of people in it, 729. That is the largest 5k that I have done. Had a good time and finished in 54 minutes. Finished 2 nd in my age category – there were 4 of us in our 70’s.

Had a good dinner and family time. Even got to see some of the parade.

Today DS and I hiked Dinosaur Hill. Even found a geocache there. We also saw a bald eagle sitting on the top of a tree by the river. Forgot my camera. Had a good time

  
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ALIKATZ1963 12/6/2010 1:13PM

    Wow, you have been busy! Grandkids are the best, sounds like a great bonding time! I bet she will always remember spending that time cooking with grandma.

Congratulations on the race! what a great inspiration you are! I can barely walk that far.

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JRIMM4 12/6/2010 11:50AM

    I think it's awesome that you participate in the local 5K's Yvonne! Very inspirational. I've noticed that the Marquee at Lincoln park has them advertised pretty regularly. I had no idea, till I began paying attention, that there were so many held. Sounds like a great Thanksgiving with an excellent helper!

JR

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2BEATIT1 12/2/2010 10:07PM

    So glad you could have the bonding time with your grandchild.
I can't wait to see mine again in the summer.
Blessings
Jean

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HIKESHAPPY 12/2/2010 9:04AM

    Wow! 13 degrees:-) It's in the 20s here this morning - brrrr - I couldn't imagine doing a 5K in 13 degree weather - lol:-) Way to go, Yvonne! And even placing 2nd! WOW!

I'm so glad you had such a great Thanksgiving. I wish you had been able to take a picture of the eagle:-)

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TLROYER 12/2/2010 8:04AM

    Wow, I'm impressed with your 8 yo GD! My kids couldn't do that at that age. Glad you had a good Thanksgiving. Good job on your 2nd place finish :)

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JOYATLAST 12/1/2010 10:01PM

    Your GD sounds very mature and capable! I'm so happy you found time for the 5K. It seems a little cold there girl! Great motivation to get it in gear and MOVE! You have my utmost admiration!! What a Super Thanksgiving!!!!! Next time I hope you get a wild eagle photo. They take my breath away.

Love,
JOY

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December Goals

Wednesday, December 01, 2010

I have been having problems being down the last couple of weeks. It is now time to put that behind and get my energy renewed and get on track again. I gained 2 1/2 pounds over Thanksgiving :-(. I checked my exercise for the past 7 days and only exercised for 3 of them. With overeating and not exercising it isn’t surprising to see a weight gain. I don’t want to gain any during December. If I can just maintain, I will be very happy.

Track all food everyday and don’t go over calorie limit.
Drink 6 glasses of water a day.
Eat 3 fruits/veggies a day..
Exercise at least 4 days a week. I start having a once a month trainer this Thursday. Looking forward to find out what she has for me to do.
Huddle every day.
Read some team blogs every day.

Looking forward to a good December.

  
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TUTUNAN 12/3/2010 12:28AM

    You can do it, girl. You've come so far already!

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GRAMMAP1 12/2/2010 10:18PM

    You are doing a good thing by setting those goals. I wish you well in maintaining this Month. Dec. is so full of temptation and busy along with it. But girl-- emoticon And when we check in to Jan., we will see how we did because I am joining you in that challenge. Maintain, maintain, maintain! emoticon
Hugs, Jane

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2BEATIT1 12/2/2010 10:08PM

    I hear you. I know what my last 2 weeks have been like and I did not like it.
I too need to get back in the saddle.
Blessings
Jean

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SEWINGMAMACDS 12/2/2010 1:34PM

    Yvonne, great plan. I know you can do it - stay focused and read them each day and you will make your goal. Let us know how the personal trainer session goes.
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GOHUSKERS2 12/2/2010 12:04PM

    Great goals Yvonne....you can do it! I know you can!!

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HIKESHAPPY 12/2/2010 9:08AM

    Great goals, Yvonne!

When I read that you plan to "huddle every day", I was still thinking about the 13 degrees 5K and my first thought was huddling together for warmth:-) Then it hit me - duh, huddle in Spark teams - lol:-)

Take it one day at a time, and I know you can release some weight this month, as Monty has said. Sometimes I get overwhelmed if I think about doing something for an entire month (or even a week sometimes:-) but just one day - of course, sometimes I have to say just right now:-) You CAN do it - I KNOW you can! And just think how proud of yourself you'll be!

I heard the other day someone say that wisdom is making a decision now that you'll be happy with later. I'm trying to remember that:-) Choosing each decision to follow the goals we set for ourselves sets us up to be happy with ourselves later:-)

Have an awesomely blessed day, my friend!

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BESTSUSIEYET 12/1/2010 10:14PM

    Hooray for a good plan! emoticon

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MONTY68 12/1/2010 9:35PM

    Hi Yvonne
I like your goals for December, They should not present any problems in doing them.
Now, Turkey day is over and you said you gained 2.5 pounds. Yes it is the past, and December is the month. I would like to suggest a change in your affirmation about December to something like this. I will release weight for the month of December. At least this way you are working through the month with idea of releasing instead of hoping that you at least maintain.
I truly believe that you can release weight, I see no reason with tracking and doing your goals that you should gain any weight. As I said in my blog, I have gone through 3 years of the season without gaining any weight. I know that you can do the same for December.
Great goals, great blog.

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SYDNEY_DE 12/1/2010 7:58PM

    Those are great goals! I envy you for having a trainer.

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Oops!!!

Sunday, November 21, 2010

I think I just goofed up. Actually I know I did :-(. DS wanted to know if there was an upcoming 5k that we could do. There is a Turkey Trot 5k Saturday I thought. I had even bookmarked it. He said fine, let's do it. So I registered both of us to do it. I went back to see when we have to pick our packets up and found out the race is Thursday. That's right, Thanksgiving Day. Guess who is fixing Thanksgiving dinner. Yup, me!!! Fortunately I had already planned on doing a lot of it ahead of time so it should work out. I should be back home by 10:30.

Looks like we are going to have an exciting Thanksgiving Day at our house.

Hope everyone has a great Turkey Day!!!

  
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HIKESHAPPY 11/24/2010 7:32PM

    It sounds divinely inspired to me! Have a great Thanksgiving, my friend!

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SHERRY256 11/23/2010 6:59PM

    Hi Yvonne,

What incentive! If you do all that you can eat that extra piece of turkey. Have a good one! Gobble Gobble.

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SEWINGMAMACDS 11/22/2010 3:05PM

    Have fun!

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ALIKATZ1963 11/22/2010 11:41AM

    Wow , you will have your dinner wore off before you eat it. Have a great run, and a blessed Thanksgiving!

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TLROYER 11/22/2010 9:21AM

    Good for you! You are doing so good. Keep up the good work and have a fantastic Thanksgiving!

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SMILESRME 11/21/2010 10:49PM

    Yeah you!!! I am so glad that you will be trotting on Thanksgiving morning. I am cooking dinner at our home too; and doing a Turkey Trot in the a.m. So we will be doing those calorie burns before we eat! Have fun and I will be anxious to hear about your experience. I am proud of you Yvonne! Blessed Thanksgiving.

Joy!
Julia : )

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BESTSUSIEYET 11/21/2010 9:52PM

    What a good way to spend the time while your turkey is in the oven!! Enjoy the special time with your son! May the miles go by quickly and safely!!

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MONTY68 11/21/2010 5:03PM

    Hi Yvonne
Sometimes our oops turn into Wows!!!!!. I think you will have to best of both, a great way to get fired up on Thanksgiving. Much success in your race and enjoy your Thanksgiving day.

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GOHUSKERS2 11/21/2010 4:41PM

    Whoops! But just think, you'll be ahead of the game because you'll burn off calories before you eat them! LOL emoticon emoticon emoticon Happy turkey day!!

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MERRYMARY42 11/21/2010 4:34PM

    sounds like just the start of Thanksgiving day to me, that will be fun, and you know you will be tired but invigorated when you get back. Enjoy the run and the Thanksgiving togetherness Hugs, Mary

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PAISHAR2 11/21/2010 4:28PM

    YOU HAVE A GREAT RUN/WALK AND THEN HAVE A BLESSED THANKSGIVING DAY WITH YOUR FAMILY!!!!!!

SHARON

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THERESEMB1 11/21/2010 4:27PM

    yeah it is funny when we make plans---enjoy the 5k and then don't worry so much about how much you eat!!!!! be grateful you are healthy.

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Days 18 and 19

Friday, November 19, 2010

Had a good day both days. YAY!!! I needed some good days. Today I posted my status as being on a plateau and SP said I lost 1 pound. That is because I hadn’t entered my weight on SP for about 3 weeks. I kept forgetting to. I was entering every week on our team challenge – does that count lol. I went to the gym both days and had good workouts.

Drink 8 glasses of water a day. emoticon
Eat 3 fruits/veggies a day. emoticon
Loose 3 lbs
Don’t go over calorie limit. emoticon

Do knee exercises, yoga, cardio for a total of 30 minutes a day, 6 days a week
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MONAMOM 11/20/2010 2:36PM

    You are doing awesome. I have stayed the same for two weeks now and it sure isn't fun!! Have a great weekend!!

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MERRYMARY42 11/20/2010 10:47AM

    sounds to me like that plateau can not last much longer, good for you, keep the incentive, Hugs, Mary

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GRAMMAP1 11/20/2010 12:50AM

    emoticon emoticon Looking good Yvonne. With goals met 5 days this week, you can be very pleased with yourself. I hope you have a great weekend! emoticon Jane

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MONTY68 11/20/2010 12:15AM

    Hi Yvonne
Congratulations, You are doing such a awesome job and the best thing you did was to put it in writing for all to see. I love your attitude and believe me you WILL succeed. Have a great weekend.

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Days 15-17

Thursday, November 18, 2010

I am trying to get back in the groove and catch up on some of my Sparking. This month hasn't been easy.

I found this in another blog: "1 Step Back, 2 Steps Forward" - "No matter how many obstacles you run into, what matters is that you’re able to overcome each of them, one at a time." That has been happening a lot to me lately and the 2 Steps Forward have been very hard to accomplish. It is good that we joined the gym or it would be 2 Steps Back, 0 Steps Forward. I go to the gym 3x a week and do yoga and cardio at home the other 3 days. Usually I love going to the gym, but lately that has even been hard. I am determined to keep taking those two steps forward, especially through the holidays. For years I have been very careful through the holidays. It is much easier to not gain weight than to loose it afterward.

Drink 8 glasses of water a day. emoticon emoticon emoticon
Eat 3 fruits/veggies a day. emoticon emoticon emoticon
Loose 3 lbs
Don’t go over calorie limit. emoticon emoticon emoticon

Do knee exercises, yoga, cardio for a total of 30 minutes a day, 6 days a week
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GRAMMAP1 11/18/2010 10:27PM

    I think you are doing fine. I have just lost 1/2# so I am sure the posting is making the difference. Keep going Friend, and don't get weary of well doing. emoticon Jane

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JRIMM4 11/18/2010 5:34PM

    Just keep taking those steps!!!

JR

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SEWINGMAMACDS 11/18/2010 1:06PM

    Yvonne -- your are doing great -- look at all the goals met! You are moving forward. Cheering you on. emoticon

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MONTY68 11/18/2010 11:53AM

    Hi Yvonne
You are doing great, what I feel is , that you are getting stresses with the holidays and trying to do your goals. The idea of 1 step back and 2 forward, is that you make up the step backwards and taking a new step forward. When 1 gets the pressure of doing something makes it that much more difficult. You have been successful, just know that you are being successful now, one day at a time.

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CONNORCOLINSMOM 11/18/2010 10:40AM

    Stick with it! You can do it, just be sure to take one day at a time and not beat yourself up for yesterday. Don't stress over things you can't control. Tomorrow is always a new and fresh start, be sure to make the most of it! emoticon

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