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Thursday, September 11, 2014

Have fun..


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68ANNE 9/14/2014 2:13PM

    I still have a lot to learn

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IMEMINE1 9/14/2014 7:12AM

    I got one wrong. emoticon

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JANIEWWJD 9/13/2014 12:12AM

    emoticonI got 100%!!!!! emoticon

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MILLISMA 9/12/2014 10:11AM

    Another fun one!

Heading out to mow today since the sun is out and it's cool. Could have rain off and on tomorrow so want to get it done today. Not sure if I'll make it to visit mom and dad today since also have to get things ready to close the pool. Fall is in the air and the leaves have started to turn and fall. Hope you're having a great day.

hugs....Mary Anne

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MISSDAISY23 9/11/2014 7:37PM

    Hi Audra! emoticon
I got a 100% correct! Thank you for sharing!

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OLGA18 9/11/2014 2:42PM

  Well that was fun and informative. Thanks for posting it!!!


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Do YOU have the right answers to this quiz?

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Here is a quiz for you...

Weight and Aging Myths.... Have fun and maybe learn something too?!


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IMEMINE1 9/14/2014 7:16AM

    I only got a 56%. A pretty good. emoticon

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    Booohooohhooooo///6.9 cus I doubted myself! Go figure...lol! I love the things that you come up with Audra! Keep them coming!!! Meet you at the starting line tomorrow for the challenge. Have a wonderful evening! emoticon

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MISSDAISY23 9/10/2014 4:43PM

    emoticon for sharing! I also miss one.

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MARITIMER3 9/10/2014 2:36PM

    I got 8 out of 9, missed the 2nd one about eating too much being the cause of weight gain.

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MILLISMA 9/10/2014 10:18AM

    That was fun and I only missed one! Another beauty of a day here but it will get a little warmer then it has been - yesterday was cloudy and a bit chilly. I use to try to take some of my plants in for the winter but space and sunlight became a real issue to I gave up. I take the plants from my hanging baskets and plant them in the yard for the fall. It's surprising how long some of them will last. I use to take clippings from my begonias and root them over the winter but that's another story and where to put them! Would love to have a small green house attached to the house. lol

Have a great day and enjoy this beautiful fall weather.

hugs...Mary Anne

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for a "I've Run out of Steam" friend

Sunday, September 07, 2014

A Spark Friend is suffering from "I've Run out of Steam"
I started to pen this to this friend but decided to post it as a blog instead.

I have wondered just HOW you managed to be so UP.... now I know that it is not a permanent place for you EITHER...

I manage to get bursts of UP from time to time but then I just get so TIRED from being UP, that up becomes a flat line somewhere down around my knees. And it takes me a while and just plain determination to get myself up and going once again. It takes an awful lot of energy to be UP ( a little miss PEPPY) a lot more energy than I have to spend way too many days.

So-o-o-o, maybe we can try a mini challenge between the two of us.. we will strive to be UP for one hour a day.. the rest of the day we can coast... What do you say. Maybe we will have to strive for 12 5-minute UPs that would be our hour...or 6 t0-minute UPs or 4 15-minute UPs or ....

Well, it was a thought... probably not such a great one, But you do need to give me credit for trying. Way too many of the things I need to do...seem way too big for me to tackle.. But if they are to get done... I am the one that has to get on the ball and get them done. Otherwise another year of my life will have flown by and I will still be in the exact same spot or even further behind the eight-ball than I am already.

Boy this is not turning out so great... it was supposed to be a "Cheer UP" message not a drag you down missive.

I tell you another thought I had... 2 or 3 weeks of "PRE" challenge is very exhausting. It is like every day prep'in for a race tomorrow and that tomorrow is 3-weeks away. The danger being that by race day.... you are so tired from preparing that you have nothing left for the show. So start now pacing yourself... This quest for a healthy LIFE-STYLE which inevitably will give us our thinner healthier selves... is not a "SPRINT" it is a rest-of-our-lives "TREK" aka journey.

IMHUO (In My Humble Unbiased Opinion) this challenge and all of the challenges on SparkPeople should be used as TOOLS to LEARN ways to make PERMANENT changes in the way we view and utilize Nutrition and Fitness. Because once we do attain our fitness goals.. if we go back to the same habits we had before we started this journey... we will soon be right back where we were before we started this journey and probably worse off than before.

Well, I hope I didn't bum you out.
I am not sure if any of the other challenge leaders on SparkPeople would agree with what I have said,, but it is what I believe.. Being on a winning team is great. But if the team members are not truly winning their war to learn new habits, then how great was the team win. Almost like the operation was a success but the patient died.

Oh, dear, I probably should not send this....
I think I will put it in a blog instead..
Probably should not have posted it as a blog either..
But I did spend the time to create this mess.. and no one forced you to read it. At least I hope no one is being forced to read anything posted on this site.
Nighty Night, my brain is tired and ready to just relax into the evening.
Hugs to all of you who want one or two.
Hugs are great, when you give one you get one back.. well in the real world, not so much here in the virtual world. But that is okay, too!

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JANIEWWJD 9/9/2014 12:55AM

    We all need to do what works for us!!!! emoticon

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TROOPER1961 9/8/2014 10:55PM

    Is all about trying to find that *balance*. Where I do well in 1 thing I fail miserably in another. What a great blog, I printed it off and it is now on my fridge so maybe help me with some incentive to find my balance! Hugz to you and thank you!!

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    I am glad you wrote this. For some reason, this funk was going around this weekend, I had caught it too a bit (as per my not-peppy at all blog post yesterday). As for challenges--this is the kind of situation where everyone is a winner if they progress at all, isn't it? I mean, I was just thinking today--if you are 60 and 300 pounds, what challenges you HAS to be different than the girl who is trying to fit into her size 6 wedding dress next month. Otherwise, people can get sick, injured, not just funked out. THAT is the kind of range I'm seeing in these challenge teams. The post is just very nice and real and sensible and emoticon

Comment edited on: 9/8/2014 7:31:42 PM

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MISSDAISY23 9/7/2014 9:29PM

You are simply awesome as always! I love hugs! Here are a couple for you!
Take care & have another blessed night! emoticon
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MILLISMA 9/7/2014 8:57PM

    What a great thing to do for a spark friend and looks like she really appreciates it. I loved the next to last paragraph...great analogy about the winning team. I always enjoy reading your blogs. Hope you are relaxing for the evening and thanks for the hugs. I can always use one and am sending some back emoticon

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    You are lovely. How thoughtful of you to write this, with me in mind, but for all of us to think about. Well Audra, you made a lot of sense. I know you think you got a tad carried away and turned it into a mess.....BUT I GOT IT! I truly appreciate the thought you gave all of this. I am in agreement with much of what you have shared and I am going to take some of the advice, In honesty, I think my health concerns are what truly brought me down. HOWEVER, some of this stuff in the pre-challenges is pretty intense. Thank you, thank you, thank you, for all you shared. But more so, thank you for your openness and honesty, your caring and your support. You are wonderful! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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Required Reading for serious healthy life-style seekers

Friday, September 05, 2014

Read this blog, then think about it... THEN report your findings to your teams.. especially those teams whose primary function is to help you find your way to the healthier self you want to be.


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SPARKASAURUS 9/7/2014 12:30PM

    Good blog!!! It all comes down to me (though it does seem easier with support emoticon ). I am ready!!!

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68ANNE 9/7/2014 1:38AM

    Very good blog

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REFFIE1 9/6/2014 12:19PM

I loved this blog! To the point and just plain common sense. We make our choices that is for sure! emoticon

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JANIEWWJD 9/6/2014 12:47AM

    I loved the blog. It was very inspiring!!! emoticon

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MISSDAISY23 9/5/2014 11:24PM

    emoticon for sharing!

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    Thanks for linking to this

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    Thanks so much for your guidance. I did indeed read the blog and agree with the content. I know that only I can make the difference in being successful or unsuccessful with my program. emoticon emoticon

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Actual complaints received by ....

Thursday, September 04, 2014

(Just found this in my email inbox -- had to share)


1. "I think it should be explained in the brochure that the local convenience store does not sell proper biscuits like custard creams or ginger nuts."

2. "It's lazy of the local shopkeepers in Puerto Vallarta to close in the afternoons. I often needed to buy things during 'siesta' time -- this should be banned."

3. "On my holiday to Goa in India, I was disgusted to find that almost every restaurant served curry. I don't like spicy food."

4. "We booked an excursion to a water park but no-one told us we had to bring our own swimsuits and towels. We assumed it would be included in the price."

5. "The beach was too sandy. We had to clean everything when we returned to our room."

6. "We found the sand was not like the sand in the brochure. Your brochure shows the sand as white but it was more yellow."

7. "They should not allow topless sunbathing on the beach. It was very distracting for my husband who just wanted to relax."

8. "No-one told us there would be fish in the water. The children were scared."

9. "Although the brochure said that there was a fully equipped kitchen, there was no egg-slicer in the drawers."

10. "We went on holiday to Spain and had a problem with the taxi drivers as they were all Spanish."

11. "The roads were uneven and bumpy, so we could not read the local guide book during the bus ride to the resort. Because of this, we were unaware of many things that would have made our holiday more fun."

12. "It took us nine hours to fly home from Jamaica to England. It took the Americans only three hours to get home. This seems unfair."

13. "I compared the size of our one-bedroom suite to our friends' three-bedroom and ours was significantly smaller."

14. "The brochure stated: 'No hairdressers at the resort.' We're trainee hairdressers and we think they knew and made us wait longer for service."

15. "When we were in Spain, there were too many Spanish people there. The receptionist spoke Spanish, the food was Spanish. No one told us that there would be so many foreigners."

16. "We had to line up outside to catch the boat and there was no air-conditioning."

17. "It is your duty as a tour operator to advise us of noisy or unruly guests before we travel."

18. "I was bitten by a mosquito. The brochure did not mention mosquitoes."

19. "My fiancee and I requested twin-beds when we booked, but instead we were placed in a room with a king bed. We now hold you responsible and want to be re-reimbursed for the fact that I became pregnant. This would not have happened if you had put us in the room that we booked."


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    Oh mercy, people say the darnedest things (especially when they don't have to say it to anyone's face)! emoticon

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REFFIE1 9/6/2014 12:16PM

That is so true and too funny! One of the critiques I read about Viking Cruises is because of the dangerously low water level on the river they had to take a long bus ride. They blamed the cruise company for the water level! There was also tons of food on board but no quite the pig out you find on ocean cruises. So one individual moaned that there was not enough breakfast choices when in fact it was a rather huge buffet! Thanks for sharing. emoticon

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GRAMMYEAC 9/5/2014 10:15PM

    Perfection is soooo hard to achieve....

Too funny!

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MARITIMER3 9/5/2014 8:24PM

    Love them! Some people should never travel.

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SUSANELAINE1956 9/5/2014 5:51PM

    19 has to be tongue-in-cheek. Right? emoticon

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MREE777 9/5/2014 10:44AM

    Hysterical! And so very sad!

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JANIEWWJD 9/5/2014 12:31AM

    You live and learn!!! emoticon

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WITCHYONE333 9/4/2014 8:59PM

    #8. And where do fish exist where you live?? Would your children be less scared if the fish were in the air? emoticon

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USMAWIFE 9/4/2014 7:49PM

    and sad to say most a true complants

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