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Arches National Park

Friday, October 12, 2012

Monday we went to the Arches. This is one of my favorite places to go. Here are some pictures from there.

Landscape Arch. It is 360 feet long and the longest arch in the park

We saw several of these little friends. This one stayed still long enough for us to get his picture.

Fiery Furnace. The park gives guided tours through these rocks. Neat tour.

See the face?

Double O Arch

  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

HIKESHAPPY 10/21/2012 9:04PM

    What beautiful pictures! Definitely different than anything we see around here. Thanks for sharing!

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MZELLA5 10/17/2012 10:48AM

    Cool pictures! I really need to get there. I didn't know there were 2 arches in sight of our town until last year - one you can only see from on the river and the other from a helicopter. nature's architecture!

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DOINITRIGHT2012 10/15/2012 3:27PM

    The pictures are much appreciated from this North Central Pennsylvanian who is enjoying the bountiful artistry of deciduous forets in the fall. It's nice to see what the rest of the country has to offer.


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PRAIRIECROCUS 10/13/2012 11:02AM

    emoticon photos !
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BESTSUSIEYET 10/12/2012 11:25PM

    Love the pics! So glad you got to go visit Arches!

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DR1939 10/12/2012 11:13PM

    Love that place. We''ve been a couple of times.

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AMYC0128 10/12/2012 10:24PM

    Thank you for sharing, beautiful picturesI'm glad the lizard stuck around for a picture :) Would like to go here and visit one day.

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MYSTERYROSE74 10/12/2012 12:46PM

    Very pretty place! What a great time of year for going. emoticon emoticon

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DONNABRIGHT 10/12/2012 9:27AM

    Beautiful - thanks for sharing!

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MAMAOWLS 10/12/2012 8:45AM

    Such a beautiful place especially this time of year as it cools down a little. From your updates it sounds like you had a wonderful time.

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JOYINKY 10/12/2012 8:17AM

    Beautiful! The rock formations are amazing. Look like a wonderful day; thanks for sharing.

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DIANNEMT 10/12/2012 7:45AM

    My DDs love the national parks. I don't know if they drove through Arches or not last March when going from CA to WI--they were going to go to Grand Canyon but it was too snowy and those roads were closed to them. Beautiful picture!

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CARANN56 10/12/2012 7:42AM

    I love Arches Nat'l Park but I've never been able to spend much time there. Thanks for sharing the picture. emoticon

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LYNNIERN 10/12/2012 7:40AM

    So beautiful! Thanks for sharing that picture.

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Fall 5% Challenge

Thursday, September 20, 2012

I have never done a 5% challenge before and am excited to get started. I am also concerned about whether I can do this.

This is a pre-challenge activity, so here goes.

Why do I want to loose weight?
Be healthier.
Get down to a healthy BMI.
I want a stomach that doesn’t bulge.
Get rid of my high cholesterol medicine.
I want to have my picture taken without hiding behind someone.
I want to live life to the fullest.

What do I want to change?
Be more flexible.
Have more energy.
Be stronger.
Eat more fruits and vegetables.
Loose 1 lb a week.
Tame my sweet tooth.

What things will you be able to do in the future with a slimmer healthier body?
Won’t huff and puff so much or not at all.
Have more freedom of movement.
Be able to go and do whatever I want to do.

And list all the OTHER things that you want to change!
I want to be a good example for others
I want to have ONLY things we love and use in our home.

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YELLOW09RED 9/25/2012 11:36AM

    Hi Yvonne,
your goals are wonderful. I'll keep you in my thoughts & prayers for you to become healthy.
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DURANGOREDDOG 9/21/2012 11:54AM

    I'm in this challenge too. You are well on your way to success!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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HIKESHAPPY 9/21/2012 8:33AM

    Way to go, Yvonne! I look forward to seeing your blogs about the progress you make throughtout the challenge!

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FIFTYFUN315 9/20/2012 10:35PM

    I am doing this challenge too! I will post and ask if we can be on the same team!

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JOYINKY 9/20/2012 8:46PM

    Great reasons Yvonne and you'll experience more changes than you can even imagine! I know hula hooping wasn't a thought for me 10 years ago! Wearing single digit sizes wasn't either! The healthier you get, the better you feel, the more you do and that transforms you!! You're off to a great start!

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MYSTERYROSE74 9/20/2012 6:23PM

    These are fantastic goals! Good luck with it.

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DEBBY4576 9/20/2012 5:13PM

    You are well on your road now!!! I joined the 5% summer challenge. It was my first time. I am back for the fall challenge. I found that I did lose some weight, which being close to maintenance was a biggie. But of course, I gained some back. The challenge helps you to keep on track. The weekly weigh ins are good too. You don't want to disappoint the team. Good luck.

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    emoticon Good Luck emoticon!!!

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Spark Coach

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

I’ve joined Spark Coach for the free 2 weeks and then did the 99 cent month. I needed something to get me motivated again and that is just what it is doing.

My Daily Self-Assessment
Tell us how well you maintained your healthy habits over the past 24 hours.
Making healthy food choices
Being physically active
Feeling motivated
Sticking with your program overall

Write 1-3 sentences about the highlights (or most challenging situation) from the past day (optional).

This is one of the screens that we fill out every day. I started out not doing very good but the last couple of days I did 4 on everything. That is so gratifying. I love being able to post uplifting information in the highlights. Now I want to start checking off 5’s. It is making a big difference in what I am eating. I enjoy exercising and have been picking that up too.

We are going to visit family for Christmas and my goal is to loose 6-8 pounds by then. Before joining I was doing good to loose 1/2 to 1 pound a month. I know that I can do this.

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HIKESHAPPY 8/30/2012 3:46PM

    I did it, too, Yvonne - for the same reason:-) I will admit that I haven't done so well this week - but it's the first time in my life I've had FOUR doctor's appointments in one week and I'm also working extra to make up the work time lost. I feel like I'm drowning - it shows me that I REALLY have to get some good habits set up to take care of me, whether I have a lot going on or not.

Woo Hoo!!! We CAN do it. I look forward to you being down those pounds by Christmas!

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JOYINKY 8/29/2012 1:49PM

    Glad this is working for you! emoticon

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TEAM-ERIC 8/29/2012 12:26PM

    I signed up for the trial without knowing that's what I was doing. I thought I was "learning more" LOL..oh well.


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SEWINGMAMACDS 8/29/2012 12:20PM

    Yvonne -Hope the SparkCoach is a great motivator for you! I signed up for the 2 week trial too - did great for the first three days - then the weekend came and it just wasn't a habit at that point. Guess I better get back on to finish the last 4 days of the trial period.

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MJ7DM33 8/29/2012 11:07AM

  Yes emoticon

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YELLOW09RED 8/29/2012 11:01AM

    Hi Yvonne,
that is wonderful news about your enjoying the exercising. Yeah!
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Have a nice day,

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Increase Your Willpower

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

I just read an article on things that increase your willpower and things that decrease your willpower. Some things like being tired decreases willpower and it explained why that is so. Another one was why willpower increases when you are busy but not stressed. These are just a couple of the ideas in it.

The link is:

This had some eye-openers for me. Hope it will help you too.

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SMILESRME 8/28/2012 12:16PM

    Thanks for sharing this Yvonne! Our bodies and minds are wonderously made; and it's always an eye-opener to see why some things happen!! But...God is good through it all!!

Julia : )

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Friday, August 10, 2012

I have a Fitbit step-counter that I love, but it stopped working just before our vacation. I grabbed an old one out of my stash and have been wearing it. I am positive it doesn’t count all my steps so last week I checked it out. I took 40 steps and checked it. It said zero – 0 – zero steps, oh no. I dug another one out and took 50 steps. What do you know it said 50 steps. My step count the last few days has risen a lot.

I called the Fitbit company and they are sending me a base station. It transfers my active time and steps automatically to my computer. Will be glad to when it is working again.

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HIKESHAPPY 8/12/2012 8:35PM

    That's awesome, Yvonne! It's good to know what helps and motivates you. Keep on stepping!:-)

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JOYINKY 8/10/2012 3:16PM

    I so sympathize! I wear my pedometer all the time! I even keep a spare battery as I don't like to be without it. It is one of my best motivators to keep moving! I know you'll be glad when it is working properly again! Be well.
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