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My funny woo-hoo moment!

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Since this is part of the fall term break for college, my husband was off today and managed to accompany me and the doggies. emoticon on our afternoon stroll. Anyway, by the tiime we got to where we usually start our walk, the wind had picked up and the 3 degrees felt really chilly.

All was going well for the first part of our walk emoticonbut I was feeling so energized (not to mention half frozen!) on the way back to the car that I decided to "jog" emoticon. John was gone ahead a couple hundred feet and turned around to see me "jogging" with one hand holding up my jeans that had decided to fall down emoticonwhile I was mid-stride!

Luckily there was nobody around!!! emoticon

P.S. Apparently the cheeks on my face weren't the only ones that were red!!!

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LESLIES537 11/13/2010 6:08PM

    YOU GO GIRL!!! emoticon emoticon

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OUBACHE 11/11/2010 10:33AM

    Much better to have them fall off than not be able to get them on...my opinion, anyway! Thanks for sharing this funny story.

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HOPEFULANGE 11/11/2010 7:31AM

    emoticonToo funny! but...

emoticon Keep up the momentum!

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JHADZHIA 11/10/2010 8:45PM

    emoticon What a feeling!! Time for some shopping!!
I am having the same trouble with my supposed to be tight yoga pants, they keep sliding down past the low rider position and I keep surreptuously hiking them up after each workout station. Fortunately, its all women in Curves if they fall too low.
Keep up the great work!!

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POOH_BEAR_69 11/10/2010 8:32PM

    What a great story... I bet you made a very funny picture!

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    Oh no!!!! lol You poor girl. It's good they're too big though!

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OLDERDANDRT 11/10/2010 8:09PM

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APIRLRAIN888 11/10/2010 4:54PM

    awesome!!!! now chk out c25k w1d1!!!! lol

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CINDYHOUGHTON 11/10/2010 3:43PM

    I watched a 20 something carrying a two year old in Walmart one day. His low rider jeans fell to the floor and so did he. I really wanted to laugh, but pretended I didn't see. Don't think he fell for that one though!

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Tomorrow is another day

Tuesday, November 09, 2010


I'm sitting here already regretting what I ate for my supper. My mom had an appointment at the bank so she suggested we go out to eat. Suffice it to say, I didn't make the healthiest choice on the menu and ended up having fries and chicken fingers. Now, I feel gross! Funny the difference a few months make.

I'm not going to beat myself over what I ate or what I didn't eat as tomorrow is another day and I will start then!

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DAWNO64 11/10/2010 10:24AM

    Isn't it funny how the things you used to eat can suddenly make you feel slightly ill? I know sometimes if I grab a burger in a moment of weekness, I can feel the grease coating my mouth. Kinda disgusting, but I still do it occasionally. Doesn't mean I have to give up on the healthy lifestyle. I just get on with it.

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DORYH20 11/10/2010 7:33AM

    You are bound to hit a 'bump in the road' every now and then. Just keep on traveling! You'll get there! emoticon

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TESHIE4ME 11/10/2010 7:24AM

    We all make mistakes. It's what we choose to do after the mistake that sets us apart. Don't let a temporary set back turn into final defeat and everything will turn out just fine!!!

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Yep get over that fence and start again it's the only thing you can do. We all drop off the wagon just as well we bounce well

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S3XYDIVASMOM 11/9/2010 8:53PM

    Not too long back, I had to eat breakfast at the airport. The only thing available was a Burger King Biscuit Sandwich. Truthfully, it tasted pretty good, until I got about halfway through it. And then it just seemed to congeal in my stomach. I threw the rest of it away. But it was a good object lesson about greasy food.

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HOPEFULANGE 11/9/2010 7:39PM

    Your title says it all. Good attitude! Remember it the next time you're looking at fries on the menu!!! emoticon

And I will try to as well!!! emoticon

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JHADZHIA 11/9/2010 7:23PM

    What is done is done. You have the right attitude and lesson learned (hope you don't get the trots). Its hard to take the grease when you have been away from it.
Enjoy your healthier choices tomorrow!!
Sparks says as long as you get your program 80% right, you are a success! No one is perfect (I say as I finished scarfing down a bag of Baked Cheetos Crunchy)

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SYDNEY_DE 11/9/2010 6:08PM

    I would consider it a learning experience, now you know that fatty food makes you feel gross!

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WILLOWWINDS 11/9/2010 5:37PM

    My Favorite quote.

"There are no mistakes, only lessons. Growth is a process of experimentation. "Failures" are as much a part of the process as "success."

Keep on keeping on!


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APIRLRAIN888 11/9/2010 5:32PM

    Good idea! Yeah nasty feeling! Haven't hit a fast fiod since it happened to me a few wks back. 5 hours later still nauseous

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DEBBIE820 11/9/2010 5:27PM

    I had a bad day today too, but we can go through this. Think of it like this it may not be the best food choice but if it's once in a while it won't effect as much.

keep up the good spirit!

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CHRISTY60 11/9/2010 5:24PM

    That is all you can do. Don't give up!!

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The story behind my photo collage

Monday, November 08, 2010


Well, after several days of browsing, snipping, arranging and pasting I finally finished my long awaited collage last evening. It is now proudly displayed on our fridge door and my husband joked about how excited I was to be doing it. If you haven't done one, I highly recommend it!

Well, after I finished my blog my husband asked me the significance of each picture and it was so easy to tell him that I thought I would share it with all of you.

FRIENDS - That is a shout out to my friend who suggested SparkPeople to me and to all of you, my newest friends, who encourage me more than you will ever know. emoticon


RED RUBBER BOOTS - An inspiration for turning rainy, gloomy days into brighter ones by wearing funky, practical footwear. Imagine the fun I would have splashing in puddles! I am currently in the process of looking for a great pair of rain rubbers! emoticon

CANADIAN FLAG - Well, what can I say? I'm glad and proud to be a Canadian! emoticon

COMMITMENT "1" versus PROCRASTINATION "0" - my new motto emoticon

REFERENCE TO AND A PICTURE OF A REDHEAD - (look hard you will see a black wooden moustache magnet on the redhead's face) - After years of hating my colouring I'm finally embracing it. The moustache magnet (a recent present from my brother) is a silly reminder of the bond we share. I know he is encouraging me on! emoticon

START RUNNING - A reference to the fact that I want to start running! I'm not quite ready yet but it is one of my medium-term goals. emoticon

SUNFLOWER - The flowers we chose for Dad's memorial service....I still smile and think of him when I see sunflowers growing to their majestic heights. emoticon

FETCH - Refers to getting fit in the company of my dogs. With them it is totally fine to be silly and I'm not sure who has more fun with a stick or a ball! emoticon

HAPPY LIFE - NO REGRETS - If I was going to be buried that is what I would want on my tombstone....quite a choice for somebody living with depression. emoticon

LEATHER COAT - This reminds me of classic clothes that are meant to be worn and look better with age. It is also a subtle reminder that I will one day be able to wear non-plus sized clothes. emoticon

LEATHER RIDING BOOTS - This is another reminder of the lifestyle I want to live. Not that I'm a horse rider but I love that casual comfortable look. No stilettos for me. Oh, and it also reminds me that I long to wear boots without extra-wide calves!!!! emoticon

WATCH - A reminder to watch myself and to be accountable to myself! emoticon

PRESENT - A gentle reminder to look for the specialness of every day and not just special occasion ones. Maybe its is giving my dear Mom an unexpected gift or giving somebody the gift of my time. emoticon

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MOMMA_BEAR_69 11/9/2010 4:06AM

    Thank you so much for sharing the meaning behind your collage choices. AWESOME!!! I think I will make a new one and just update as my ideas have changed since I made my original one!!

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S3XYDIVASMOM 11/8/2010 5:32PM

    I looked at that assignment and thought it sounded like more bother than it was worth. Well, you certainly made the bother worthwhile. Thanks for sharing.

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BLESSED2BEME 11/8/2010 12:27PM

    Way to go - very cool. You put a lot of thought into and inspired us in the process. Thanks for sharing!

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APIRLRAIN888 11/8/2010 12:05PM

    very cool!

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RIMAJO 11/8/2010 10:38AM

    Your collage & its meaning all make wonderful sense.. You did an excellent job with this project Susan.. I too have to commend your husband for taking an interest in what matters to you, not all husbands do.

Hope you have a great day & get the chance to get outside for another game of fetch!

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DORYH20 11/8/2010 8:52AM

    First of all... KUDOS to the hubby for 'showing' interest in your collage emoticon

And from one Canadian girl to another...NICE JOB! I have not done a collage yet. Perhaps, that can be one of my rewards. It would be nice not to spend money on one. And the fact that it is personal and made by 'little ol me' (one day) is a BONUS!

I loved the meaning behind Red Rubber Boots, the sunflowers, the emoticon
and the gift.
Thanks for posting your collage for others to read. It is truly 'a gift'. emoticon

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JHADZHIA 11/8/2010 8:51AM

    Fabulous! Making a collage was one of the first things Spark recommended in their Fast Break program. Another thing was making yourself a business card (membership Card & Pledge) to show your commitment to the new lifestyle and then sign it (they have the template). Its on my fridge still. I don't have room for a collage on their as my artistic niece's artwork gets first priority.
I am at home with being a redhead too, but I won't wear pink, red and orange ;) Although Mom is going to look at my wonderful ski outfit and see if it can be altered without losing the design. I think not, too much material would need to come off :((
Have a marvelous Monday!!

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MEMARE 11/8/2010 8:50AM

    I really like this! emoticon
Thanks for sharing the meaning behind your collage components.


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What a difference the sun can make

Sunday, November 07, 2010

I woke up this morning dreading the day as it was rainy and rather dull outside. As most of you know, I so battle with depression and have SAD (Seasonal Affectiveness Disorder) on top of that.

Anyway, I was sitting back feeling sorry for myself when I grabbed a piece of paper and a pen and started writing out how I felt. For every negative feeling, I came up with a positive one. I was amazed how quickly I started to feel better!

Just to give you two examples of things I wrote:

1. The weather is so rainy and gray. My response to this was, I have a nice little house, out of the rain. I have lights I can turn on if I find the darkness too much. And I also have a hood should I feel inspired to walk in the rain.

2. I have a mountain of laundry to do. My response to this was, I have a brand new washer and dryer downstairs that works wonderfully. I do not have to lug my laundry to a laundromat. I should be thankful for that.

Once I felt a wee bit better, we bundled up, stopped at Tim Hortons for a coffee and drove to our normal walking spot. We were just getting out of the car when the sun came out and we ended up walking for 60 minutes in t-shirts and jeans. Talk about having a great November day after all.

Just wanted to share my experience with you and I hope you are all enjoying a nice Sunday afternoon.

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OUBACHE 11/8/2010 12:23PM

    It's so true that for everything we can see as negative, there is a way to see the positive. It just takes a little bit more work for some of us to do it this way, but I think it gets easier with practice.

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DAWNO64 11/8/2010 12:03PM

    Congrats! A little positive thinking can go a long way; that's why we have the Positive Post challenge on the SAD team. If you post something positive every day, it helps lift the doldrums a little.

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MEMARE 11/8/2010 8:45AM

    Thatís a great thing to do; accentuate the positive!
You did real good! Glad you had a great day!

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JHADZHIA 11/7/2010 11:36PM

    Wonderful!! Good for you finding the postitives!! I know what you mean about the dark. I am so happy its been sunny and warm lately as most of our 'spring' and 'summer' was cold, wet and with record rainfalls..Wasn't ready for the cold, dark days ahead we must face here in winter. Glad your day worked out for you!

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MOMMA_BEAR_69 11/7/2010 9:56PM

    Sounds like you had a great day after all. WOOHOO!! So glad you enjoyed your walk!!!

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S3XYDIVASMOM 11/7/2010 9:42PM

    I think your exercise of matching every negative with a positive is a good idea for all of us, even those of us who rarely deal with depression. Thanks for the blog.

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SUGARBABY60 11/7/2010 8:48PM

    I to had a nice walk in the sunshine today and it boosted y moral also. I even saw 5 chipmonks scurrying around checking me out. Glad your day turned out well. emoticon

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APIRLRAIN888 11/7/2010 8:11PM

    love it!!!! I feel that way blogging here!! makes my journey easier, more manageable

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JLITT62 11/7/2010 6:26PM

    Great blog! You're right, there's always something to be grateful for if we look hard enough. And it feels better than feeling down, anyway, right?

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BLESSED2BEME 11/7/2010 5:08PM

    We miss Tim Horton's so much from our time in Canada! I need the sun too and become depressed easily when it is dark and grey. It is especially hard in the thick of winter when the days are the shortest.

Praying for sunshine for you!

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WILLOWWINDS 11/7/2010 5:06PM

    Great idea. Glad things turned around for you.



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CATLOVER110 11/7/2010 3:35PM

    Good for you for arguing with those negative thoughts! I need to follow your example. Way to go! emoticon

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TRYN2MUCH 11/7/2010 1:48PM

    I love the sun! Not to be in it all the time but to look out my window and see it really boosts my psyche. Glad you didn't let not seeing it keep you from deciding to walk but how nice it came out just as you started.


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Walking in the dark

Saturday, November 06, 2010

Hello Spark Friends~

My husband, Maddy, Lou, and I just returned from a walk in complete darkness and I have to say it was an "eye" opener! We walked in our normal spot where there is no traffic and although we did take a flashlight (just in case) it was really nice walking in the dark. It is a beautiful November evening with temperatures of 17 degrees (c) which is highly abnormal for here so it added to the charm of the evening.

Do you know how much you can actually see in the dark...it is amazing how quickly your eyes adjust and just how much light there are from the stars and moon. I highly recommend it!

Only once during our walk did I turn to my husband and say that I was glad I wasn`t scared off by watching too many episodes of Criminal Minds.....he laughed and then made a scary scream-like howl to see if I was really freaked out. Ha!

Hope you are all having a great weekend. Remember the clocks go back for some of us tomorrow night. I can`t wait to see daylight again when getting ready for work!

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MOMMA_BEAR_69 11/7/2010 9:58PM

    I love the daylight in the morning but really hate that it gets dark so early. Oh well, can't have it all for sure!!

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POOH_BEAR_69 11/7/2010 5:08PM

    Glad you were able to enjoy the evening. I can't wait for a little daylight earlier in the morning. It will make my morning commute much easier... emoticon emoticon emoticon

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    Wow, I just a took a trip down memory lane reading your blog. As kids we went camping every weekend and after an evening of placing hide and go seek around our campsite with our flashlights we would take a walk to the bridge to cool down. Funny that we would always have to use our flashlights to start the walk but the closer we got to the bridge the moon and stars always seemed to shine that much brighter and we could turn them off and enjoy the moonlite walk back. It was always so quite and calm and as kids we all made comments about it and had a great appreciation for it.

Thanks for sharing and glad you are able to enjoy such nice weather. Get it in while you can cause you know it won't last long. emoticon

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S3XYDIVASMOM 11/6/2010 11:25PM

    I get up and walk before I go to work. It's always in the dark. I kind of enjoy the solitude of being up before the birds. I suppose if I let my mind dwell on it, it could be scary. Mostly I have been startled by other walkers who I don't see until they say hello. I intend to enjoy the extra hour of sleep tonight. I hope you do as well.

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JHADZHIA 11/6/2010 8:20PM

    Sounds nice! I am too far into the city. The light pollution extends far out. You see only the moon and a few of the brighter stars. It was nice here too, 10, tomorrow is supposed to be 14 then the snow comes. We enjoyed a walk in the off leash dog area and boy did we get a dog show!! So many dogs, tiny little ones, big ones, all breeds from purebreds to mutts, even saw a puggle, but she was all black!! From a beagle and a pug, imagine that! Just love getting those doggy kisses :)) I went walking once along the river trying to look for the beaver at dusk and got caught at night, boy was it dark there, no lights along the natural river trails.
No worrying about time changes here, same old, same old..
Have a great evening!

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HOPEFULANGE 11/6/2010 7:50PM

    What nice weather we're having! We went for a hike this afternoon. You wouldn't say it's November. emoticon

I take my dog for a walk in the dark a lot now since it gets dark so early. I have an orange vest I put on him though so the cars can see us!

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