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Team Challenges

Friday, March 09, 2012

I am finding out that the team fitness challenges motivate me to do things I donít normally do. One team had a challenge of push-ups. You start with 1, or wherever you are at, and then add 1 a week. I didnít think that I could do any but found out they werenít easy but could be done. I was up to six push-ups when they stopped. I havenít done any since then. Need to start another challenge.

A team this month is working towards doing so many fitness minutes as a team. My goal is to do 1000 minutes this month which will help them meet their goal. I have only made it to 1000 minutes twice in two years at SP. For me that is a stretch but I will do my best to make it.

A couple days ago we had to get the GC off to school. I walked with them and we moved right along. Took the long way home and got in a 30 minute brisk walk to match a brisk morning. Went to the gym in the afternoon and got in another 50 minutes. That was a grand total of 1 hour and 20 minutes. WooHoo!!! It even felt good to be walking in the cold morning air. It feels so good to find out I CAN do more at my age than I thought I could.

I'm challenging everyone who has not joined a challenge to join one and see what you can do.

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SMILESRME 3/13/2012 3:41PM

    You are amazing Yvonne! Glad the challenges motivate you to continue forward in your activities and choices. I'm thinking you can focus on the 1,000 minutes of fitness, especially with the weather getting nicer so you can add some walks in too! And...keep working on those could re-jump that challenge on the CCW team!!

You glow!
Julia ; )

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SEWINGMAMACDS 3/12/2012 11:25AM

    Yvonne - I know you can do 1000 minutes!!

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BESTSUSIEYET 3/9/2012 11:00PM

    And now Jodi is spurring us on to Quick Fire and challenge one another! We Can Do This! I know you'll be able to get your 1000 minutes!

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MONTY68 3/9/2012 4:29PM

    Hi Yvonne
Great blog. I feel one of the wonderful ideas on Spark are the teams. I think a team goal is a great way to encourage a person to try something new or be motivated to improve . You have shown that with the push ups and now the minutes. You seem to be very motivated and believe that you can do the 1000 minutes
Thank you for sharing

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JOYINKY 3/9/2012 11:33AM

    Glad you are finding things that work for you! WTG! I'm a firm believer in building exercise in to your day when you can and making it fun! Something you "don't want to miss"!

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Have you ever...

Tuesday, March 06, 2012

One of the teams I am on is doing Have you everÖ Today I posted Have you ever chased a hot air balloon. It brought back a lot of good memories. One day Mom and I were on our way back home and we saw a balloon that was coming down. We took off after it. We could hear them talking to their ground crew.

Another time I heard a balloon right after I got up (you can hear them when they turn the fire up). I told Mom to hurry and get up and put her housecoat on. We got in the car and went down to the school, about a half mile away, and sat in the car and watched them. What fun.

DH and I went to the balloon festival in Albuquerque. That was an amazing experience. We had to get up at 3:30am to get to the park by the time they launched at 7:00am. By the time they started going up the road into the park was backed up with cars for a mile or more. We were standing near a balloon that was heating up and boy did that fire feel good. I couldnít believe all the different shapes that were there. There was trucks, bottles, cows, stagecoach, arks, buildings, the old woman in her shoe, plus all the regular balloons in many colors. What a beautiful sight. At night there was a balloon glow. When they all light up their balloons it is awesome.

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SEWINGMAMACDS 3/8/2012 11:27AM

    Yvonne, hot-air balloons have gone over our house a couple of times too. One year (about 10 yrs ago) the VBS theme was a hot-air balloon trip. We were able to get a ballonist demonstrate his balloon for the kids - it was lots of fun.

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MERRYMARY42 3/6/2012 11:45PM

    I have been going through Albuquerque when the festival was going on, and drivng dow interstate 40 in the early morning hours is awesome

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MONTY68 3/6/2012 11:09PM

    Hi Yvonne
Thank you for sharing this. I love hot air balloons and have years ago followed several balloons. When I lived in Pittsburgh , we had a huge show every year . Here in South Florida, I don't recall seeing any balloons. maybe its the weather.
Glad you got to share this.

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BESTSUSIEYET 3/6/2012 10:54PM

    We enjoyed the Thunderbird Balloonfest when we lived in Phoenix. Pretty cool stuff! Glad you got to enjoy those special times with your Mom!

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CARANN56 3/6/2012 9:30PM

    Sounds like fun times and great memories!

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MAYBER 3/6/2012 7:58PM

    The Balloon Festival in Albuquerque is wonderful so many colors My DH and grandson got to ride up in a tethered balloon I could not go up as am afraid of heights it was a great experience watching all the balloons go up in the sky There is a company here in MN in Shakopee that will take people up for rides over the Mississippi and Minnesota Rivers
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PMFISH 3/6/2012 3:53PM

    Sound like fun! Always wanted to take a ride in on of the balloons.

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JOYINKY 3/6/2012 2:11PM

    That does sound like fun! They have a balloon race here in Louisville, KY Derby weekend! But, I've only seen it on TV. They are beautiful!

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MAMAOWLS 3/6/2012 2:05PM

    The Albuquerque Balloon Festival is awewone. I went about 30 years ago when it was just getting started and it was awesome then I would like to go again to see how much it has grown. We have a couple of small events near here and I alway go at least one time every year with the grandsons. Even though they are small they are still awesome.

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YELLOW09RED 3/6/2012 1:36PM


Yvonne, you are very lucky to be that close. I love to see them in the air when they are having their annual balloons festival in a couple towns away from us.


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Green Eggs and Ham

Saturday, March 03, 2012

Yesterday was Dr. Seuss' birthday. Had a meeting at I-Hop and they had Green Eggs and Ham. The scrambles eggs had creamed spinach in them. I'm game to try different foods even though I don't care for cooked spinach. They were delicious and so was the pancake in a waffle cone. In fact, they were so good I kept my 3 GD's overnight and took them there for breakfast today. Kids are so interesting. One said she would go if she didn't have to have the green eggs. She tried them and like them. One wouldn't even try them. The other one got them and didn't like them - she is a real picky eater so I wasn't surprise. Had a fun time anyway.

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BESTSUSIEYET 3/7/2012 7:31PM

    I'm not big on cooked spinach either (barely wilted is OK) but I find if I chop it first and add to other dishes (like tonight's spaghetti sauce) it is fine. And I like the fiber-rich results! Keep trying new things! And keep building those wonderful memory times with grandkids!!

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SMILESRME 3/6/2012 11:28AM

    Hee Hee! Yvonne; I am so glad that YOU tried the spinach on the green eggs and ham. Plus you encouraged your grandkiddos to try something different too! You are an adventurous grandma!

I do not like them here or there
I do not like them anywhere!
Not in a boat, not in a plane
Not even on a train!
But wait! I shall try them at I-Hop!
Maybe I will not, will not stop!

(I took poetic license here on trying to remember something from the book and adding my own words too!)

Julia : )

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    Fun - Kids are so surprising!

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JOYINKY 3/3/2012 8:31PM

    Sounds like a great time! I love my grandkid times!

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JANDCAND 3/3/2012 8:26PM

    How fun! I can't wait to be a gramma!!! emoticon

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PMFISH 3/3/2012 7:25PM

    Making Memories! Good for you!

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MERRYMARY42 3/3/2012 6:50PM

    I am sure green scrambled eggs remind the kids of broccoli, or peas, but sounds good to me, emoticon

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CARANN56 3/3/2012 5:48PM

    Fun times with the grandkids. My son in law took my 3 year old granddaughter to see the Lorax today. She LOVED it. Yea Dr. Seuss.

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New Month, New Start

Thursday, March 01, 2012

I love the start of a new month. March is going to be a great month. There is St. Patricks Day, first day of spring, and daylight savings time begins. Love it when the daylight lasts longer.

Woke up this morning to snow. Great big, beautiful flakes. Wonít be going anywhere today. DH had to shovel the sidewalk. First time this winter.

Letís see, how will I get my exercise in for today? I have to get some time in since my goal for the month is 1000 minutes. Last month I had 750 so it is doable. I have had only two 1000 minute trophies in 2 years. I am determined to get my third one this month. Now to get back to what I am going to do today. We have a circle I can walk through our house which I do when I need to do 5-10 minutes. I also have Wii Fit Plus which is fun to do. I got the SP Boot Camp DVD, but she moves too fast for me. I also have Just Dance which is fun. I enjoy doing things that are fun. I will probably do a couple of those things today.

We are baby-sitting our grandson this morning. He isnít feeling good but our DIL had to take their foster baby to an appointment. We are watching Dinosaur Train, his favorite. I like it too lol.

Got to get up and get moving now.

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MICHELLEJARV 3/1/2012 11:52PM

    You can do it!

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BESTSUSIEYET 3/1/2012 9:20PM

    So, how did you do? How many minutes did you get? I love the plan to get 1000 min this month! You Can Do It! Glad you got the snow instead of us today. Our side of the mountains has had more than our share!

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JOYINKY 3/1/2012 8:01PM

    You need a HOOP! Most fun I've had exercising inside! Glad you've got plans to keep moving! Hugs.

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JODIRICHARDS 3/1/2012 2:35PM

    Great plans, don't let the snow stop you! The snow started this side of the mountains just after I returned from my workout class. Come join our March Madness Challenge as the Colorado Christian Women team work together to live healthy!

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February Update

Saturday, February 25, 2012

I can't believe February is almost over. I have enjoyed the Feb. Exercise Brag and Boast topic. I love seeing what others are doing and it encourages me to keep moving. You gals are awesome.

Yesterday I went through more of Mom's things. That is an emotional roller coaster. It does brings back a lot of good memories but I miss her too. I didn't get any exercising though. I had a streak of 11 days straight going. Spark Guy wouldn't think much of that (lol), but I am pleased with it. Have to get back on the bandwagon today.

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SMILESRME 2/27/2012 9:07PM

    Sweet Yvonne, I'm so glad you had time to go through your mom's things; those memories are bittersweet. Eleven?? That is fabulous girl! Count it all joy and a success! Now getting back on that bandwagon.....Go!!

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SEWINGMAMACDS 2/27/2012 11:26AM

    Great streak - you can keep it going!

I so understand about going through your mom's things. It is hard, but it is good to have those wonderful memories. emoticon

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BESTSUSIEYET 2/26/2012 10:46PM

    Hope your next streak goes 12+ days! This time of year is exceptionally hard! God bless you with sweet memories!

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CARANN56 2/26/2012 9:25AM

    Good job Yvonne. I think 11 days straight is a good deal. Heck, the way my Feb went, I would think 2 days straight would be good :(

It must be very difficult to go through your mom's things. I hope you're coming across a lot of things that can bring good memories and a chuckle now and then.


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JOYINKY 2/25/2012 3:27PM

    You're hanging in there! I know it's not always easy but you can do it. You are doing it!

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TUTUNAN 2/25/2012 12:24PM

    I think eleven days straight is good! You are doing well. emoticon

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GONEWLIFE 2/25/2012 11:27AM

    February did go by really fast ! Good luck !

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