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Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Well, I've done it now folks! I've discovered the earth's best beauty secret and the best part about this discovery is that I'm making it available to all of you for the low, low price of.......reading this blog!

I bet you've all known about this beauty secret for some time but do you take advantage of its powerful abilities all the time or only when you think about it? It can be utilized day or night but it is best used under duress or when you are tired or having a bad day. And the best part about using my special secret is that it is meant for sharing! Now, everybody you meet on a day to day basis can benefit from this secret but you have to share it first.

Yes, I'm talking about a smile!!! emoticon Go ahead and smile now...there you look at least ten years younger and I bet you feel a wee bit better. Now, the secret is to keep that smile! Like anything you have to practice so please don't just smile this one time. Smile in the car when you are driving, smile in public, smile when you are doing your housework, smile when you are cooking supper, smile at the grocery store, smile at your children, and above all smile when you are alone!!!

Now, I can hear some of you saying to yourselves, "but my smile isn't perfect". Heck, who has perfect teeth (perhaps those with super white chicklet teeth that have cost them a lot of money) but I'm talking from experience. I HATE my teeth! I have the biggest gap between my two front teeth that I think I look like the cover of Mad magazine! But you know what, people often comment on my smile. Go figure! Granted if I had the money I would probably be tempted to have my smile fixed but according to many of you and my friends, there is nothing to correct. It used to really bother me and I used it as another excuse to "hate" myself but now as I age (ahem....gracefully????) I'm getting more accepting of who I am. Either that or I've stopped being so superficial.

I work with a bunch of young students who average out to be about 22 in age. They all wear the latest and the best of everything, every hair is in place, makeup is applied just so but they all look so bloody unhappy! It is the ones who have realized happiness requires an attitude adjustment that look the best and they are often not the beauty pageant types!

I try to smile all the time for several reasons:

1) It supposedly uses fewer facial muscles than frowning
2) It serves as a mental adjustment for me
3) It makes people wonder what you are up to.....which is my personal favourite reason!

I love mischief! People are always wondering what I'm up to when in reality all I'm doing is smiling. Keep them guessing and please pass on this wonderful "secret". I'll even forgo the postage and handling! hee-hee

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LESLIES537 1/26/2011 12:54PM

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TEMPEST272002 1/26/2011 9:36AM

    I'm another gap tooth girl. You can put a quarter in between my front teeth. I don't mind it though. When I smoked, I hated how stained my front teeth got in between cleanings - and that got me to stop smiling. Since I quit smoking though, my teeth stay pearly white & I have no problem with the big emoticon

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BTRTHANEVA 1/25/2011 5:54PM

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DRGOMTI 1/25/2011 5:01PM

    LOVE IT SUSAN!! : ) Thanx!!! emoticon

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WILLOW-WALKING 1/25/2011 3:19PM

    Lovely!! We should all smile more emoticon

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OUBACHE 1/25/2011 2:53PM

    Super-fantastic-great and cheerful advice -- and so very true!


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LENNOND 1/25/2011 2:02PM

Well said!!!

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EARTHTONED84 1/25/2011 2:00PM

    This blog made me smile! Mission accomplished! Hope you have a great rest of the day! emoticon

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GAYLE-G-63 1/25/2011 1:47PM

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What a great blog! Thanks for sharing it!!!

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THATS_LOVELY101 1/25/2011 1:07PM

    Well said emoticon!

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APIRLRAIN888 1/25/2011 12:21PM

    emoticon love it!

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BOVEY63 1/25/2011 12:13PM

    It's ironic that you posted this blog. This morning I woke up thinking about one of my all time favorite sayings, "Smile...it makes people wonder what you're up to." and posted it in my status. I guess great minds really do think alike!
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Keep Smiling!

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HOPEFULANGE 1/25/2011 12:06PM

    Great suggestion! We should remember to smile more! emoticon

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BBAHONORS 1/25/2011 10:35AM

    If you smile often, even strangers will comment! That happened to me one day last week. A lady who I smiled at in the grocery store as I said excuse me (I was in her way) told me I had a really nice smile. Put me on top of the mountain that evening!

Smile & smile often! It really does lift one's own spirits, and other's, too!

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MEMARE 1/25/2011 10:04AM

    emoticonDo I have any broccoli in my teeth? emoticon emoticon

Great blog! And reason #3 is the reason I like to smile too! emoticon
And heck no! My teeth are not perfect! But they've served me well over 1/2 century and they are all mine! emoticon

Have a great day! emoticon

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JHADZHIA 1/25/2011 9:43AM

    emoticon A smile is contagious, brightens up your face, encourages others to reciprocate and makes people think you are friendly and approachable.. emoticon

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    I LOVE THIS BLOG! You are ALWAYS making me emoticon!!! If I'm down, I need to remember to just hunt your latest blog down and give myself a pick-me-up! You are precious! emoticon

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CALGARYNEWF 1/25/2011 9:10AM

    Well Said!!! emoticon

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Positivity Challenge - Blog 1

Monday, January 24, 2011


I've joined a team called the Positivity Challenge which I am hoping will help all of us focus more on the good things of life rather than concentrating on the doom and gloom.

Yes, I know everyone is facing their own challenges and it is impossible to be happy all of the time. We all have to face illness, family problems. economic downturns, nature's wrath and other troublesome times but it is how you deal with them that sets you apart.

Today, we have had our first snow day of the 2010-2011 academic year. It meant no work for me and my husband left to drive to his campus one hour away only to find out his classes were cancelled. So that was the first positives for me today. Both of us home together.

Actually the very first positive thing was just to wake up. Imagine how many people don't?! See, and you thought you were having a rough day. How about old Gerry who didn't wake up...imagine what his day was going to be like. I mean just waking up is something we all take for granted when in reality we should be thankful we were blessed to be on this earth for another sunrise.

And to see the snow? Well, I'm glad it gave me a fun way to exercise. I used the snowblower and I used the shovel for a total of at least 90 minutes. That must count for some exercise points! Did I mention it is a beautiful day out? It is! It is the kind of day where everybody is out helping one another.

My husband and I went to help a co-worker clear out his driveway. They are from Pakistan and are renting a house a few houses down the street from us. I knew they have a young baby so I thought that it would be nice to lend a hand. They were tickled and Rifat, my co-worker, actually asked to try our snowblower. The expression on his face was like a child on Christmas morning. As we were finishing up, his wife called out that she had made us tea and invited us in. So off we went, dripping snow everywhere to somebody's house we had never been before. It was so nice! (Not the fact that I was messing up somebody's house!!!)

So today, I might have stopped in McDonalds for lunch but I know I worked off those calories by having a bit of fun in the snow. Sometimes you just have to make fun out of the normal things around us. We could have grumbled about every shovel of snow we threw but where would that get us? Frown lines and sore muscles.

I am feeling positive today as well that I lost a very teeny amount of weight. I know I could have done better nutritionally last week but I'm feeling quite stoked about learning how to run. I have completed the first week of 9...yes. little old me!

To wind up my blog, please consider how you view things. Even in your darkest moments there has to be something you can be thankful for. It might be the smallest, most insignificant thing, but hang on to that little glimpse of gratitude and positive outlook. Your world might still be turned upside down but you've made the realization that behind every cloud there is a rainbow....if you care to look for it!

Take care!

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HOPEFULANGE 1/25/2011 11:55AM

    You are a little bit nuts! Poor old Gerry not waking up! emoticon
But good point though.

I'm looking forward to more of these positivity blogs! Keep em coming!

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BOVEY63 1/24/2011 11:49PM

    Awesome blog about a very nice day.

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GOOZLEBEAR 1/24/2011 9:04PM

    Love your blog and it is so wonderful to read one that is so uplifting and positive! Way to go girlfriend! You did great today and that was so nice of you and your DH to help out your neighbors. You really did get lots of exercise in with all that snow shoveling and I'm sure the day was beautiful!

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DAVEINSEOUL 1/24/2011 8:05PM

    Great blog! I don't think we stop often enough to remind ourselves how great we have it.

I like a quote I heard from someone once "Any day I'm on the right side of the grass is a GREAT day!" Kind of humorous, and maybe even a little twisted, but it does reflect the thought, that any day where we even wake up is a great day!

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BTRTHANEVA 1/24/2011 7:27PM

    I am the ulitmate finder of the silver linings... There is always good to be found, sometimes you just gotta dig a little deeper...

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SHERYLDS 1/24/2011 6:55PM

    wonderful blog.

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LIBBYFITZ 1/24/2011 6:00PM

    emoticonA great positivity blog! emoticon emoticon

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BARBARACT 1/24/2011 4:24PM

    That was great and I totally agree! I am trying to teach myself that even in the littlest thing you can find something positive. I think if we really work out, we can really find more positives then negatives.

Glad you had fun with your husband and neighbors! Sounds like a great day!

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THATS_LOVELY101 1/24/2011 3:48PM

    Great blog! What wonderful neighbors you are to help out, and what a great way for them to pay you back. There's nothing better than a hot beverage after being out in the bitter cold. Awesome!

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NITELITE72 1/24/2011 3:20PM

    I loved reading your blog...and I think I ought to read it often. I was just having a conversation with my son about this...and the way he chooses to look at things in life. My mom once told me that to complain and be negative all of the time is a habit. I think that is true. Sometimes you have to smack yourself in the head and say, "STOP THAT!!"
I would have loved to see the neighbor the first time he tried the snowblower. Heck, I would love to try on myself...of course, first I would need some snow!! emoticon

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GOGIRLOLDER 1/24/2011 3:13PM

    Great blog, and thanks for adding me as a friend. Before I joined Spark people last November I was really struggling with job/life stress, amazing when you start changing how you think or respond to a more positive way, it actually becomes REAL!! Happy week everyone! emoticon

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LESLIES537 1/24/2011 3:01PM

    I've just been loving your blogs lately! This one especially! This is the part that stood out to me..."We all have to face...troublesome times but it is how you deal with them that sets you apart." EXACTLY! Thank you for that reminder!

And I just loved the part about your neighbor and the expression on his face when he tried out your snow blower! heh, so cool! It really IS the small things in life that make it so great. Thank you for sharing with us.

Hugs and squeezes,

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    Hurray! What a great blog! emoticon emoticon emoticonI am finding that out, the positivity thought process! As dark as a day can get, there is always at least one thing that can shed light and make the day just a little bit better! emoticonGood for you with the shoveling, too! We need a snow shovel emoticon, for Pete's sake! What fitness! emoticon

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GAYLE-G-63 1/24/2011 1:23PM

    Beautifull said! Life is far to short not enjoy!

You are a wonderful person!


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JLITT62 1/24/2011 1:02PM

    Oh, despite my grumbling about the snow & the extra work, mostly I'm pretty positive. Lord, you should have seen DH walking around with a thundercloud over his head yesterday -- and it was a Sunday, for cryin' out loud!

Of course, the extra hour+ of work 4 days last week kind of took their toll on me . . . still, I believe happiness is a choice!

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Tying Swiffer clothes to my dogs' feet and other housekeeping tips....

Sunday, January 23, 2011


As you can tell I'm doing the dreaded chores today. Luckily I sweat enough using the vacuum that I'm sure I burned a few calories of the raisin tea biscuit my husband brought home to me from Tim Hortons.

Today, it feels like we are brewing a major snowstorm. According to the forecast we are supposed to get anywhere from 15 - 20 cm here overnight. I'm hoping for a snowday tomorrow! Whee! You see, I learned a long time ago (I sound like a wise OLD woman when I write that) that living in Newfoundland you just have to embrace the weather because there isn't much we can do about it....other than wait five minutes for it to change!

I haven't been out through my door today but the day is only young. I want to do do the Day 3 of week 1 of the C25K program so I know I will get my exercise but I really need some fresh air. Maybe we will go for a drive later on in the afternoon and hang my head out through the car window like Maddy and Lou do! THEY seem to enjoy it! Can't you see me now...woof...woof. I bet I'd be back in the psychiatric ward before too long if I did that! Good to be able to joke about such things, isn't it?

Okay, back to my blog title.....household chores. I've got my list written up of what I want to accomplish today and I get a weird sense of enjoyment of checking things off. Anyway, I got thinking about multi-tasking while cleaning up. I'm the type who starts in one room and gets so distracted that nothing gets done....but FLY LADY is helping me out with that. Anyway, I rewarded myself with a facial mask yesterday so I decided to smear that on while I was squirting toilet cleaner into the toilet. So there I was, the inside of the toilet bright blue and my face changing colour from bright green to white as the mask dried. Oh, I also had my hair pushed back in a headband (such an unattractive look for me!), wearing a purple t-shirt and blue fleece pj bottoms.....when the doorbell rang! Then to my horrors, the front door actually opened (nobody locks their doors around here especially in daytime) and my neighbour called out "anybody home?" I quickly sang out, "Wayne, I'm in the bathroom, but trust me you don't want to see me right now". He burst out laughing and said, "what are you doing to yourself....some female stuff, I suppose. Could you get John to pop over when he gets home".

When he was gone, I burst out laughing. For starters, he is like a combination of older brother and father to me and secondly, he has a daughter and wife who I know do "female stuff" in the bathroom too. Not sure if he thought I was trying to remove hair from my upper lip or what, but it was funny. Hey, maybe I should have done that too,,,,the hair removal thing...but I was too busy cleaning the bathroom mirror, moving clutter around, etc.

So here are my housekeeping tips:

When multitasking and you're cleaning both you and your house, make sure your doors are locked.

If possible, try to get all household members involved.. Dogs who wag their tails are great dusters as long as they don't knock things to the floor!

After vacuuming, wrap dogs in plastic wrap to avoid shedding fur. Tell them its a beauty treatment!

Tie dusting clothes to your feet and to your dogs feet. If you want to turn this into a joy ride...spray some furniture polish on the clothes first.....whee.......oops....clunk...smack
. "oh that was fun, can we do it again"

Use police "do not enter" tape to bar off rooms just completed. Leave it up for a week and have everybody sleep and eat in one room.

Eat out every meal....you will be plumper, feel blah, and you will be poor but your kitchen will still sparkle!

Okay, so you know I'm being completely silly. We all worry about housework but it is time to embrace it. It is a part of ou rlives. Be thankful you have a home to take care of as I bet all of the homeless people would gladly switch places with you.

Start naming your dust bunnies instead of banishing them. I have Gladys and Alfred living under my couch and they are fine and pretty much stay to themselves. Their offspring do something creep out so I'm thinking about having poor Alfred neutered. Please say you are laughing and not thinking about calling 1-800-She is Crazy.

Like I said, I have to put a spin on housework or it would drive me further insane. Some of it I actually enjoy but other things are just a pain in the bum. They all have to be done, we all have to do them, so why not make it a bit of fun. That is what I'm trying to do and it seems to be working.

Take care my Sparkfriends! You all mean a lot to me and I love hearing back from you!


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MULLIGANGREEN 1/25/2011 9:12AM

    Love the police tape idea!!!

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JHADZHIA 1/25/2011 12:16AM

    emoticon This brings back memories. In the old days, when we used to hand wax our old tiled floors, the kid's job was to go sliding down the hall on our butts on towels to polish it, great fun. Except when we walked around after in stocking feet we would get some free impromptu slides, we were like a train wreck going through the house in the days after a fresh polish lol.

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MEMARE 1/24/2011 7:51PM

    I loved your blog today! Thanks for making me smile! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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KAYDE53 1/23/2011 8:30PM

    Your blog was so funny; actually I'm seriously contemplating the plastic wrap around the dogs thing, mine are real shedders!! lol We might as well get a laugh out of these dreaded chores and you did very well at that!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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GOOZLEBEAR 1/23/2011 4:48PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticonOkay, now that I am through rolling around the floor from laughing I can comment!!!!!! Love your blog and your sense of humor!!!!! I don't like house cleaning either and I will have to do it tomorrow. Will remember your suggestions, they sound like winners!!!! And NO, I don't think you are crazy!!!!!!!

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THATS_LOVELY101 1/23/2011 4:46PM

    That's exactly how we feel about the weather here in the U.S Midwest! We've gotten so much snow in the last couple of weeks, but I'm sure it will change soon, it always does.

I believe we've gotten to a point where we may as well start naming our dust bunnies as well, haha. Your cleaning tips were hilarious!

Also, thanks for joining the Positivity Challenge Team! Your blog put a huge smile on my face today, I know I'm going to love your challenge blogs. Have a great day!

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    fuzzy socks are almost like wearing swiffers on your feet emoticon

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BTRTHANEVA 1/23/2011 4:41PM

    Geez, I feel like such a slouch. I haven't cleaned at all this weekend. You have inspired me! Guess will go put on one of my husbands white collar button-down shirt, a pair of socks and do my best immitation of Tom Cruise while cleaning!

To let you know how really sick I am. I like to clean. I used to hate to do it, but all that negative energy made it even worse a chore than it was in the first place. Now, I think of it as taking care of my stuff. Put on some great tunes, sing to my heart's content, dance, vacuum, dust, windex everything. It's a cardio workout!

Off to get changed! Thanks for your inspiration... AND the laughs!!!


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LUNADRAGON 1/23/2011 4:29PM

    OH, I love the yellow tape idea! Lol, that won't work here though! Thank you for the grins and giggles.

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LESLIES537 1/23/2011 4:20PM

    Great tips! emoticon I've been cleaning all day too! I love FlyLady!!

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HOPEFULANGE 1/23/2011 4:01PM

    emoticon Great ideas all!!!

Thanks for reminding me I should do the laundry tonight. emoticon

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TEMPEST272002 1/23/2011 2:08PM

    I'm laughing over here... and seriously considering how Dog could contribute to cleaning since she makes so much of the mess!

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DRGOMTI 1/23/2011 1:42PM

    Yes! you definitely have to do this for $!! you'd be a millionair! but then, like my bro in law tells me, he writes poetry for enjoyment! I sure do enjoy your blogs!! as u know, but I can't quit saying it, n hope you don't quit writing it!! your blogs make me ROFL!!!!!!!

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JLITT62 1/23/2011 1:07PM

    Actually, I'm sitting here LOL and thinking you should be writing for a magazine somewhere -- don't ask me which one! Your blogs always make me smile.

It's snowing here today. Wasn't supposed to. Not much, but enough to probably have to shovel by hand. And then a bigger storm headed our way. Can you tell I'm not a real big fan of snow?

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MIMIDOT 1/23/2011 11:38AM

    I enjoyed every word! Thanks for brightening up my day. Have a good one.

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DOVE52 1/23/2011 11:32AM

    haha good post

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What to do when reality strikes and sleeping like a log!

Friday, January 21, 2011

Happy Friday!

Yippee! It is finally Friday and can you tell, I'm overly excited. I'm not sure why as Friday does come around once a week and it is not like I have the most stressful job. Maybe it is because I don't have to get up so early, maybe it is having my husband home, maybe it is all in my mind. I mean, if I was on an island somewhere (hey, I do live on an island!!!) all alone, I wouldn't know what day of the week it was or what time it was.

Which brings me to my first question. Do we go to bed when our bodies tell us or when our clocks tell us? I've started really listening to what my body wants and have started reducing my television viewing time. I used to claim I watched mindless television to relax but since Christmas I've made an effort to turn it off early. I'm done to about 30 minutes a day now. Anyhow, you know what has been happening? I've been going to bed earlier. I used to get anxious about going to bed in the fears that I wasn't going to get enough sleep. I actually used to lie there and count on my fingers how many hours of sleep I was going to get versus what I needed. Talk about stressing myself out. I read somewhere that there is such a thing as "learned insomnia" and I'm sure I've dealt with is since university. I would almost fear going to bed in case I wouldn't be able to sleep.

I don't know if I'm alone in this but I've noticed one of the best things about my new lifestyle of exercise and proper nutrition (okay, some of the time!), is that I'm falling to sleep quickly and easily. My doctor once gave me the same nighttime sedatives they give soldiers suffering from post-traumatic stress and I took one and then another before eventually falling to sleep. I just get too wired. I also used to have a bottle of prescription strength sleeping pills but I used the last one before Christmas and haven't gone back for more. I don't plan on going back either! So, I guess I've discovered that my body needs exercise to tire out both it and my racing thoughts. Who knew that walking my puppers would result in more sleep????

As for the other part of my blog title, What to do when reality strikes....let me explain. First of all, I was all gung-ho about doing the second part of the first week of the C25k program. I was actually quite eager about it until about 10 minutes into it when my body was saying "no"! Actually, it was only whispering the word and wasn't screaming at me so I kept going. Anyway, my rose-coloured glasses slipped and I could see with some certainty that this was not going to be a walk in the park. See, the first night was quite easy and I was like that story where the man fantasizes about snow before the first snowplow and then nearly axe-murders the plow operator by the fourth week of winter. That was me last night and it was only my second day of the program. The important thing was I kept going whereas the old me would have said, "see, I told you this was going to be too hard for you" and I would have quit and sulked over a bag of some sort of naughty treats.

The second bout of reality came about 30 minutes later when I stepped out of the bath and caught sight of my naked body in a full length mirror. Trust me, it was a shock. Here I was thinking that since I've lost almost 20 pounds I would see a big difference. But, no, the same bumps, lumps, were all there taunting me to stop " this foolishness" and continue my life as I had been living it.

The old me would have jumped at the chance but I looked myself straight in the eye and gave myself a little pep talk that went something like this "your body has lost inches, your frame has lost almost 20 pounds, you are feeling great, people are noticing, so why, oh why, would you want to go back to where you've come from". Simply put, I wouldn't so I pulled on my jammies and sat down with a book feeling good about my resolution to keep going bumps, cellulite and all!

Have a great weekend all and thanks for reading!

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DRGOMTI 1/21/2011 11:28PM

    Once again, you're the BEST, cellulite n all!!! : )) n once again, just like you, I've lost about 20 lbs n noticed I still have some rolls n cellulite to tend to. : )) emoticon for you upbeat blogs!!

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BOVEY63 1/21/2011 4:54PM

    I have also found that I am sleeping better now that I listen to my body. Another benefit is that I get up early enough to take a 2-mile walk before work each morning (not today - too darn cold) and I feel better throughout he entire day.
Your attitude is awesome!
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JLITT62 1/21/2011 4:49PM

    Wow, only 30 minutes of tv? I think on a light day I still watch at least an hour. Depends on the day. Gotten really addicted to the Today show (which is an hour & 45 minutes if you fast forward thru the commercials). So good job!

It takes a long time to see in the mirror what you really look like. Believe me, 20 lbs down you definitely look different!

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BTRTHANEVA 1/21/2011 2:21PM

    Picture 20 pounds... Picture 4 bags of 5-lb bags of sugar that you're not carrying around. Picture a healthier, happier YOU!

Well done!

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LESLIES537 1/21/2011 12:56PM

    You are so amazing. I just dig you!

Good job on pushing yourself and finishing the run! I'm proud of you for that!
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HOPEFULANGE 1/21/2011 12:45PM

    Lots to comment on!!!

I agree with you about sleeping easier. I grew up listening to George Mclaran on Nightline before I went to bed. I guess it was my way of coping when my parents put me to bed earlier than I was tired. Now that I'm an adult, I still listen to the radio to put me to sleep. I've noticed since exercising that I don't hear more than a few sentences before I fall asleep. Maybe I should take the opportunity and wean myself off the radio!

Great job at pushing through the hard workout. A lot of it is mental, but I find that I'm more sluggish on the treadmill if I haven't eaten in a few hours. It's a science I tell you! I eat, then wait an hour to digest, then I get on. That way I have lots of energy and it's easier to push my body.

I love your pep talk! I think no matter how much we lose, we'll always have the habit of noticing what we don't like about our bodies. We have to change it though and pick out the things we do like - dwell on those!

Keep up the great work!!!
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LIBBYFITZ 1/21/2011 12:32PM

    I have managed to get to week 3 twice! of the C25K program and guess what? I realized that there are other things I can do other than running. Due to a pelvic floor and bladder repair operation 18months ago I have to realize my limitations and just get on with other ways of getting fit! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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    YOU ROCK, SISTER! emoticon

I am trying to wean off of Ambien!!! My dr. put me on it back when my son was in trouble and I would lie awake for hours on end worrying about him. It works like a DREAM for me! However, it's expensive and should be unnecessary now that things are on an even keel (did I say that!?), basically. Well, the silly drug won't let GO of me! So, I've started cutting the pill in half and have taken that dose for 8 months now. I'm now ready to kick it! Yay for your blog giving me courage! emoticon

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JHADZHIA 1/21/2011 10:48AM

    Awesome!! Well done on all fronts!! This healthy lifestyle is soaking in!!
I have never solved my serious insomnia problem. For me, I pass out as soon as I hit the mattress, but soon wake up an hour or two later. Sometimes, I can get back to sleep, but it doesn't last. I am not allowed sleep meds because of all my RA meds which are hard on the liver already. I can do two hours strenuous workouts in the morning (my usual) and be more than ready for bed in the evening, but can't get more than 2-4 hrs a day!
Glad you have solved yours and can stay off the meds!
Keep up the great work!! You can do this!
Breaking new frontiers isn't a cakewalk, or more people would be doing it and we wouldn't have an obesity problem!

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Snow Angels

Thursday, January 20, 2011


I was very tempted to start out my blog with a very hearty, HOWDIE, in fine Minnie Pearl style but thought better. Does everybody know who Minnie Pearl is? If memory serves me correctly she was a country singer who's signature trade mark was wearing a fancy hat which still bore the tags hanging from it. Not sure if she is long gone but I'm assuming she would be as that was a memory from my distant childhood!

This is going to be a rather random blog so if you want to stop reading be my guest. If you are going to persevere I wish you luck keeping up with my wild thought patterns!

The first thing on my mind this morning is coffee. I'm wondering about the relationship between coffee, new clothes, and leaky chins. And, yes you Doubting Thomases...there is a link! Somehow everytime I wear something new, my chin decides to leak the coffee I'm trying to drink and I end up with splatters! Maybe I need a bib?

The second thing on my mind is, yeah, we finally have some snow!!!! You are all thinking I am completely nuts now but I think winter is not winter in the north atlantic without some snow and stormy weather! Yesterday was so much fun! It was snowing and the three of us (Maddy, Lou and I) had a blast bundled up and going out to "play". I really wanted to make snow angels but figured if I got down I might not be able to get up with all of the layers of clothes I was wearing! Ha!!!

Thirdly, also relates to snow angels but of a different type. I'm talking about those lovely angels who not only shovel their own snow but do yours as well. We are so blessed in our neighbourhood to have such caring individuals. Last night our neighbour cleared what the plow had put in our driveway and to return the favour my husband did both driveways this morning. Our neighbours all look out to one another which is great. If one leaves town and it snows, they are assured that there will be no snow left in their driveway when they return. Now, that is what I call human "snow angels"

Which brings me to another point...how do the snowplow operators know that you've just finished shovelling? Do they lie in wait and watch and just plow the roads to give us all more snow to shovel? Ha! I enjoy the snow and enjoy shovelling but I really enjoy using the snowblower......although my husband swears that I shouldn't be allowed powerful machinery that blows snow....couldn't be related to the time I buried him with the snow I was shooting out, can it? Ha!

Okay, another thing I'm going to bore you all with is how excited I am. Tonight is Week 1, Day 2 of my Couch to 5km program. I'm really excited and can't wait to get on that treadmill again. This is me, we are talking about.... Miss "I Have to Have All the Stars Aligned Before I Do Anything"! Yeah for me!!!

In conclusion, I'm sure you all realize I am a complete nutcase at heart...it is actually one of the few things I have always liked about myself. This journey has taught me to appreciate other things about me but I think my humour is the original of the "Why I Love Myself" traits. Hence, I'm surprised that nobody commented on my new profile picture. I just love it...as unflattering as it is! Why do I love it...because I can finally see a picture of myself caught in the raw elements that says "this is who I am"! I didn't see (at first) how awful my hat looks pulled down like that, how uneven my complexion is, or how fat my face is....instead I said look at the determination in those eyes!!! Now, I don't expect you all to see what I see when I look at that picture. I'm just proud of myself for posting it!

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DRGOMTI 1/20/2011 10:49PM

    Susan you are the best writer!! You should write for a living. Or do you?? I'm not sure what u do at your job, but your blogs are worth millions to me!!! I look forward to it everyday!! I think I'd go thru withdrawl if you missed a day!! I love snow too!! I forgot to make a snow angel. : ( thanx for reminding me!!! It was below zero today so I went to shop at St. Vinnies for buttons n beads on old clothes, instead of walking up in the windy woods! Way to go on your new cardio program!!! I'm so proud of you and you give me so much inspiration!! n I love your new profile picture!! I love rosey cheeks n being all bundled up!! I have an Elmers Fud hat.
I'll have to take a picture of me in that n post it!! : )) Even tho it takes a long time to bundle all up, while Windy is waiting so impatiently, it's so worth it to go play out in the snow!! I know, we're alittle bit crazy, but it sure is fun!! emoticon

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APIRLRAIN888 1/20/2011 8:45PM

    lol on the slowplowing operator! seriously!

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CALGARYNEWF 1/20/2011 7:01PM

    That's a greast blog and I can totally relate to the Coffee-new clothes.leaky chin...I'm glad you finally have snow...We've had in Calgary for what seems like forever and I was tiring of talking to my family back in NL and hearing about the "wonderful" winter they were having...LOL

Well done on the C25K... emoticon

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BOVEY63 1/20/2011 1:27PM

    I do remember Minnie Pearl!
Coffee and new clothes - I know just what you mean. I friend that I shop with always tries to get me to buy white or light colored tops; and I tell her that the minute I put on light clothes, my lip develops a hole and the coffee slips through to the top.
My opinion about snow plow drivers is that they have a built-in radar that shows newly-shoveled sidewalks and driveways. I was married to a snow plow driver for 20 years and he still swears they don't. I beg to differ.
As far as the picture, I pretty much look like that whenever I'm outdoors these days. It's taken me over 47 years to realize that warmth over-rides looks when it's snowing and at or below zero degrees. I personally think you look like a Snow Angel!

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JLITT62 1/20/2011 1:23PM

    Well, I was just about to write about how I love your new profile pic, and I didn't see any of the negatives you saw.

Wish mine would play in the snow. I suppose I have to be thankful they at least deign to go out & do their business in it! I haven't been able to walk them all week cause of the slushy roads and more snow on the way!

How awesome that you are so excited about C25K. It's amazing how it has that effect on people.


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    I'M PROUD OF YOU!!! You are doing such a magnificent job of getting healthy, and having FUN along the way! I love your cheery, upbeat blogs with the most creative stuff in them! Yes, I do remember Minnie Pearl, and all that you said about her! They just don't have great comedy like they used to any more! Gosh, that comment just made me sound old, but it's true! emoticon

emoticonwith the C25K program!

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JHADZHIA 1/20/2011 9:31AM

    I like your new profile pic, just not the fact its a winter photo, and as I sit here freezing, not liking the reminder lol. You will never see winter photos on my page. Summer is what I live for.. All our rural schools are closed today because of the extreme cold..
Unfortunately, my elderly step dad is the snow angel around here. He keeps his much younger neighbor's large yard and driveway clear all winter while they are sunning themselves in Mexico. They bring him a 40 oz bottle of rum for a reward.. My Mom does yard work for this couple too, as the woman supposedly has bad arthritis in her hands and is unable to do any work of any kind. Yet she is a near pro golfer which is all she does all summer long. Mom doesn't get anything in return for this charity. She is 20 years older than this woman..This couple could afford hiring workers easily.
Good with your couch to 5K!! You can do it!!

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LESLIES537 1/20/2011 9:23AM

    oh yeah, and I LOVE your profile pic! Those freckles are so CUTE! I'm totally jealous about that! Keep on smiling, beautiful!! emoticon

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LESLIES537 1/20/2011 9:20AM

    I'm lovin your sense of humour too! emoticon Those stars must be aligned just right b/c you are shining!! lol

I'm loving this new snow we had, too! We just got hit w/ 9 inches in the MW and hold on to your seat for this one...I SHOVELED! ha!

I think you should totally plop down and do some snow angels! Your dogs will roll you back home if need be... emoticon emoticon

Have FUN playing in the snow and on your treadmill tonight!! YOU ROCK! emoticon

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HOPEFULANGE 1/20/2011 8:48AM

    Your profile pic makes me think you're at peace with yourself! And what better to have as a constant reminder!

I completely agree about the snowplow operators! As soon as the driveways are done...here it comes! We had "snow angels" that did our driveway in corner brook, and we would return the favor as well. Here in St. John's - no such luck on my street. emoticon Although I'm sure they're somewhere here in the city!

Glad to see that you're excited about C25k. I started last night with my sister - it was a lot of fun!

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