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A happy, sun-filled day

Thursday, February 03, 2011


I'm so energized today and all I can think to "blame" it on is that I exercised before leaving for work this morning. I'm still trying to follow the C25K program and have half of week 3 done now. I've never really exercised in the early morning before today but I notice a big difference in my energy levels. While most of my co-workers were dragging all day, I felt great. Would working out do this?

It might be all in my head but by the time I arrived at work for 8:00 I had my 30 minutes on the treadmill done, I was showered, and had 4 of my 8 glasses of water gone. When I exercise at night it seems to make me very sleepy which is not a bad thing either.

I'm feeling it now though as I've just returned from almost one hour out in the great outdoors with Maddy and Lou. I guess the fresh air and sunshine really did me in. What a great feeling though.

Now, if I could only get Maddy and Lou to cook something for our supper....

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HOPEFULANGE 2/4/2011 7:20PM

    You're spot on! I always leave my chores until after I exercise because I know I'll have the energy and won't mind doing them afterwards!

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KANSASROSE67 2/4/2011 2:38PM

    I think you might be on to something! I love working out first thing in the morning and always feel full of energy if I do. If I wait, I often don't get as good of a workout in. Most days, if I didn't do it right away, it wouldn't happen. Glad you're feeling energized!

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TEMPEST272002 2/4/2011 11:52AM

    Wouldn't it be great if we could teach our emoticon to cook for us?

I think when you exercise 1st thing in the morning, it feels like the day starts with getting something accomplished. One success leads to another, so the day goes easier.

Having said that, I'm still sitting at the computer at noon... so I think it's time to get my own boots on and take Dog for a walk.

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DRGOMTI 2/4/2011 12:17AM

    Yea Susan!!!!!!!! Congrats on all your exercise accomplishments!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
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JHADZHIA 2/3/2011 11:51PM

    always do best with morning exercise!! Way to work it!! Exercise and a good, healthy balanced breakfast will get you through the day with energy!
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S3XYDIVASMOM 2/3/2011 9:28PM

    I like doing my exercise in the morning. I suppose it does make me feel better, but I do it because I have fewer time conflicts. It's less likely to get cancelled. Sounds like you got a double workout with your afternoon jaunt.

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APIRLRAIN888 2/3/2011 9:17PM

    awesome! hey contribute your mileage to the virtual relay! link in blog!
or we are at message board, spark challenge
virtual run/walk/bike/swim SF-UK'11
just subtract you total 2011 mileage to the team total!
just help by chking your math and others

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LESLIES537 2/3/2011 5:26PM

    Exercising in the morning really does have some great benefits. Here's a link to one of my fav SP articles about this. I think you'll have to copy and paste it into your browser but you should definitely check it out!!


If that doesn't work, you can use the search tool in SP to find it. The article is titled "Learn to Love A.M. Exercise"


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BOVEY63 2/3/2011 5:13PM

    I am amazed at the changes in my energy since joining SP and doing some type of exercise in the morning. Not only do I feel more energized, I have become a morning person - and, that is a shock!

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BTRTHANEVA 2/3/2011 4:52PM

    Nothing better than starting your day off doing something great for yourself! Gets the whole day heading in the right direction!

YEAH for the emoticon too! We had lots today, but the temp never got about freezing, so not much melting going on... Still it was great to see people smiling!

Keep up the great work on your program! emoticon

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    Yay! I'm so glad you're energized! emoticonA boot burning ceremony, by the way, is what I want to do with my boot now that the doctor says I don't have to wear it any more! emoticon

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JLITT62 2/3/2011 3:40PM

    Early morning exercise definitely energizes, with apparently the exeption of shoveling snow cause that just exhausted me this morning.


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Positivity Challenge - Blog 2 "If Only I Knew"

Wednesday, February 02, 2011

For today's blog I am taking the liberty of using a direct quote from one of my all-time favourite inspirational books. The book, published by Hallmark is entitled "If Only I Knew" and is about "gentle reminders to help you treasure the people in your life". The author is Lance Wubbels and his writings have touched me from the moment I laid eyes on them.

First of all, I saw this book in a local pharmacy and started reading. I knew when the tears started to fall that I had to have this book. This was shortly after my father was diagnosed with terminal cancer and my husband thought I had gone and lost it for weeping in public....albeit in a very small store in my even smaller hometown. He also thought I shouldn't dwell on Dad's ultimate demise but treasure each moment.

Well, that is when we had one of our greatest arguments. Both my husband and mother were acting like Dad was going to be around forever and felt it would be more harmful to grieve for him while he was still alive. I, on the otherhand, made it my mission to make every minute I had with Dad memorable for both of us. Remember I was the one with the emotional issues and one of the best pieces of advice I received from my psychologist was to prepare for the inevitable. I wasn't hiding from the ugly truth but rather decided to embrace each remaining day.

Here is the quote that really got me through "If only I knew this was our last walk, I would try to express my feelings to you, even though my words have always been inadequate".

I have taken this on as one of my personal mantras. I had never been one to open up about my feelings (hence the depression that wracked my soul for much of my childhood and early adulthood) and here I was suddenly baring my soul to friends and family. This has been one of the most life-changing things I have done.

I don't always have the "right" words or know the "right" time to say them but I try to make sure that the people in my life know that I love them and I tell them what they mean to me. So this is one change I made for the better and it is such a positive thing to do. Today, why don't you try to form the words to tell those around you how much they mean to you. You might stumble over the words or flush a bit but I bet it will make somebody's day and I know you will feel like a million bucks....trust me on this one!

In closing, thank you to all of you who over the past months have gotten to know me and who like me anyway! Ha!

I took a chance on baring my soul to all of you and you responsed in kind! xo Susan

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SUNRISE14 2/4/2011 7:54AM


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THATS_LOVELY101 2/3/2011 4:46PM

    Really great blog. Thank you for sharing the quote. It's definitely a memorable one!

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LESLIES537 2/2/2011 9:24PM

    I have been touched by your blogs, just as everyone else is saying. You are honest, entertaining, inspirational, and motivating. Truly the whole package. You are just real. You're you. That's what I love.

Awesome blog, btw. They really need an, "I Loved this" button. For real emoticon emoticon emoticon

p.s. Your therapist gave you some great advice, and you were so wise to follow it. I'm glad you were able to cherish your time you had left with him. That's what's important in life....cherishing the moments.

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CALGARYNEWF 2/2/2011 8:59PM

    I think you are doing pretty great for someone who "don't always have the right words"!!! emoticon

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TEMPEST272002 2/2/2011 8:51PM

    I look forward to reading your blogs. It's your openness and vulnerability and humour that get me. I'm glad you were able to share your feelings with your dad before he passed.

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RIMAJO 2/2/2011 7:52PM

    This is a wonderful blog Susan.. I commend you for opening up & baring your soul to those you love. That isn't always an easy thing to do, I know. Good for you that you DID!


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BOVEY63 2/2/2011 12:55PM

    My late sister-in-law (who died of cancer at age 51) taught me to treat everyday as a gift and appreciate the moment and all who are in it. I am forever grateful to her for that gift.

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JHADZHIA 2/2/2011 9:37AM

    You always should live each day like it would be your last. You never know what accident might take someone you love before you had a chance to say your goodbyes.
I have always loved Hallmark greeting cards, they have really thoughtful messages..
I am treasuring my time here with my Mom, but am aware I am putting them out in this small house and that Mom isn't sleeping well being in a room with no window to open and in a bed she is not used to..I would prefer the couch, but she wanted me to have my own space, which doesn't mean much to me.
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    Susan, you have surely learned how to express yourself in a very lovely, fun way! I love to read what you write about because it always puts things in a unique and interesting way! You often tickle the socks off of me, but I have also read things you've written that have moved me near to tears! You are a treasure of a friend, and I think it is such a blessing that you have allowed your tragic experiences mold you into who you are today! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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HOPEFULANGE 2/2/2011 8:46AM

    All I can say is:
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JLITT62 2/2/2011 8:17AM

    Thank you for the reminder. It's so easy to take people for granted, and I know I hate that!

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NITELITE72 2/2/2011 8:15AM

    I love this blog, Susan...and it is so true. It is so important to tell those we care about how we feel. It is not always easy to say, but it still needs to be said.

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CLUMBOY 2/2/2011 7:09AM

    very true words, and how wonderful that you understand this lesson and act upon it.
i have friends in my life that i know have made me a better person by virtue of their friendship. they serve as living examples to me of how to be genuine and positive. i bet you are that kind of friend where you live. thank you for your blog. chris

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MEMARE 2/2/2011 7:07AM

    Susan, I loved your blog today. Cherish the now. emoticon
Thanks for sharing.
You really made me think today. I will work on forming those words to those closest to me, as it seems that is where I withhold them the most.
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Weight gain, happy with my exercise, facing death, and laughing my butt off

Monday, January 31, 2011


Last night was the first night I didn't sleep well in ages. I've been attributing my sound sleeps on walking outdoors although yesterday I was outdoors for well over 1 hour. Maybe I was overtired because I also did 40 minutes on the treadmill and afterwards couldn't get my mind to settle. Ended up falling to sleep eventually in the armchair where I stayed until morning.

So, I've been eating okay and doing consistent exercise but I still gained weight this week. If this was the old me, I'd have have given up by now but I'm taking it all in stride. I figure all this walking and learning to run has to be helping my body in some way and it just might take time to show up on the scale.

Hands up to see how often you weigh in? I do it first thing Monday mornings dressed in my underwear....thought you needed to know that! Anyway, I'm back up to 204.4. I'm still down 18 pounds but I need to get my butt in gear to reach my goal of 172 by late summer. Should I be weighing every day to keep fluctuations in check or is once a week what most of you do? I'm afraid of weighing too often in case I get a wee bit obsessive about the whole thing.

As for the exercise, I'm viewing every minute as bonus points. I'm walking about 12 km a week between walking the dogs outdoors and on the treadmill going through the Couch to 5K learn to run program. I can go further and further each week so I'm happy with my progress there.

Now for the "D" word. I've mentioned my young friend Cathy who has been battling four types of cancer since last June. She was a student at our college and went to classes right up until Christmas break. She has been in the hospital for the past month and was moved to the palliative care unit a week ago. When I close my eyes at night I can see her and I am hoping that she will soon be out of her terrible pain. She is on a morphine drip and hasn't eaten in about 10 days. She is very aware of her surroundings but visitors are being asked to stay away to make it easier on all of her family. I know her time will come and I feel bad because I actually pray that god will take her sooner than later to ease her pain. Is it mean to pray that?

Okay, now that I've made you all sad I have a really funny dog story to tell you. Our humane society gets all kinds of calls from people who want to abandon their animals for the weirdest reasons. Well, today we got a call from a woman who complains that her 3 1/2 pound, three-legged, diabetic dog passes out when they are trying to breed him. I laughed so hard that I almost fell of the chair I was sitting on. Of course, my solution was to stop trying to breed him but they want to make money by selling the pups....I could just choke people like that who are only into dogs for the money. But you have to admit, the story does sound quite funny. Our foundation will take the little fella in and try to find him a foster home. Neutering him will be quite costly because on top of his other ailments, he has two undescended testicles. That coupled with diabetes makes it expensive.

Can't wait to meet this little trooper! One of our board members has offered to foster him as she has two teacup poodles now so is used to the tiny ones.

Okay, another funny dog story. A friend of mine who is quite religious rescued a Pomeranian shortly before we took in Maddy. Spikey is a lunatic, apparently and barks at EVERYTHING. One day he was on the back of the chesterfield and barked so much at a school bus, that he feel to the floor and knocked himself out. His mother prayed over his body and finally gave him mouth to snout but then accidentally lost her chewing gum down the little guys throat. He choked and sputtered on the gum and came to! We kept telling her that Spikey was going to "the light" when God himself came out and said he was too bad for Heaven to take him

Please share some funny pet stories with me.....I just love them....bet you can't tell!

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BOVEY63 2/2/2011 12:58PM

    Sending prayers out for your friend.
Loved the dog stories!

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    Wow... school is delayed today, and that meant that I GOT TO READ YOUR BLOG! emoticonI loved your funny stories! Except, for the not-so-funny part about the stupid breeder wanting to make money at the expense of an impaired dog! The shelties we fostered last year had heart worm and more, and all came from our neighbors who bred them like cattle to make money. That part is sad, huh? Grrr!

I'm sorry about your friend. yes, there comes a point when letting go and ending the pain that is best. emoticon

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JHADZHIA 2/1/2011 12:17AM

    I weigh in once a week, also on Mondays, but instead of in the buff at Mom's, its in my workout clothes.. Good for you keeping with the program and not letting the scale get in your way.
Loved the dog tales!
Sorry your friend is pain, its not wrong to wish her suffering would end.
Hope you get a better sleep tonight..

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S3XYDIVASMOM 1/31/2011 10:28PM

    Most of the time I only weigh in once a week, but I think that going for a time weighing in daily is informative. You'll find that you fluctuate a lot from day-to-day. So, when you show a weight gain, perhaps it's just one of those glitches. Maybe even tomorrow your results would be more favorable. If you're staying conscientious, I wouldn't worry about the weight gain. It'll average out okay.

I loved all your stories, including the one about your friend dying. Life needs balance. It is not wrong to pray for her release. It's just selfish to in any way "want" the suffering to continue.

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GOOZLEBEAR 1/31/2011 7:57PM

    I weigh in on Saturday morning and then Wed. when I go to WW. I get discouraged if I weigh in every day. Thanks for sharing your stories.

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JLITT62 1/31/2011 7:24PM

    Ok, the pom story was a riot & I had to tell it to my husband cause he wanted to know what I was laughing at. The other story I found sad.

It's not unusual to see a gain when you're exercising more vigurously -- it will go down,mbut I know how frustrating that can be.

Since I do WW, I weigh in once a week -- fully dressed. In jeans!

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HOPEFULANGE 1/31/2011 6:56PM

    I swear there's something about winter that makes your body store fat to hibernate!
emoticon I doubt that's true, but I wish it were so it wouldn't be my fault I'm not losing!

I weigh in once a week on Saturday mornings. I find if I peek at it mid way through the week and I'm down, I'm lax for the rest of the week and then find that I've gained a little bit back since mid-week! If I don't peek, I work hard all week because I want to see a big number! (Nowadays 0.8lbs is a big number for me!)

I'm sorry to hear about your friend Cathy - You're a wonderful person to care so much!

Poor puppies! But...very funny mental pictures! emoticon

The only funny story I can think of with my dog is more of a funny moment for me. It was graduation day at obedience class and my husband didn't come for the first time. I was nervous at having to do routine with my dog all by myself but was doing fine. Everyone in the room was performing silently and being very serious. Then I had to perform "up-sit". Leto has a tendency to lie down instead of sitting when we ask him to sit. The movement to teach him "up-sit" is to put my hand in a fist and swipe upwards in front of his face. Well, this time I was a little too close and gave him a good clout!!! The sound of his jaw knocking together echoed through the room and everyone burst out laughing at us! I think I laughed the hardest. No worries though...Leto was fine and I don't think he even noticed anything!

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DRGOMTI 1/31/2011 6:10PM

    I only weigh in once every 2 weeks because I get too discouraged if I haven't lost anything in a week! I let the scale ruin many weight loss programs for me n learned that if I do the best I can n weigh in less, I'm usually surprised at the end of 2 weeks. But these last few weeks since Christmas, it's been going so slow! I'm on my last 10 and they're coming off very slowly. So I've been thinking more about how I want a healthy life style from here on! That means when I get these last 10 lbs. off I can't go right back to eating a doz. Krispy Kremes, bakery cake with gobs of frosting, n Pizza Hut Pizza! Everyday I'm gonna have to work in my fruits n veggies n stay within my cal limit.
I'm so proud of you for doing your walk/run program!!! and thanx for the funny Dog stories! I tried to think of one but I just got done with 3 hours of heavy cleaning n I'm beat!
Hope you sleep tight tonight!!
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Going solo and reaching for the stars...

Saturday, January 29, 2011

Hello from snowy central Newfoundland,

I'm going to jump right into my blog title without further adieu because I've just woken up from a nap and my brain cells seem to not have rested themselves.

Last night, I went to a concert at our local arts centre by myself. Now my friend Linda, said this is something she has done for most of her life (going solo that is and not showing up in our province!) but this is the very first time I've done it. AND, it was liberating.

The production I saw was put off by a Celtic dance group which is run by one of my co-workers. For some reason, I put off buying a ticket but yesterday I was struck by a strong desire to go out. Hubby wasn't interested so I called ahead and bought one ticket for moi!

I was ridiculously excited to be going out (a sign I need to get out more?) but what thrilled me the most is that I was once again stepping out of my comfort zone. I found my seat and before the curtain rose I was chatting away with people on both sides of me. During the intermission (they really should be called pee breaks) I banged into a couple of friends who asked who I was there with. One of them who knows I battle with self-esteem issues was over the moon that I can the confidence to go by myself as this is something I've never, ever done in my whole life.

I arrived home more excited with my personal accomplishment than I was of the actual concert which is saying something because it was absolutely fantastic. Who knew I could have fun hanging out with myself?! Wow, I've discovered a whole new best friend! How cool is that?

As for the reaching for the stars, it is a reference to my fitness minutes. When I signed up for Spark, I was doing it because I hoped the weight would magically fall off each time I logged in. Truthfully, I didn't believe in it anymore than I believed in myself. I figured I would follow along for a few weeks and then give it up. Here I am a mere five months into it and I'm about to cross the 5,000 minute mark of exercise! Me! I really can't believe it but it goes to show that every minute you exercise does build up and count.

I often don't want to walk the dogs and it is really convenient when my husband is home on the weekends so I have an "out". Today, my excuse was going to be housework and then I figured that 40 minutes outdoors with my husband and dogs was going to do me more good than housework ever would and it also would be more minutes put towards my goal. I went with them and had a really good time and I felt so good logging those minutes.

So keep one foot in front of the other because it all truly does add up. Five months ago I wouldn't walk the length of myself if I didn't have to and now I embrace (most times!) how good I feel after I walk. Funny, isn't it? emoticon

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    OMG, I envy you. I have never done anything by myself. Maybe one day I will get the courage and do something on my own, other than walking emoticon
I do know I have found a new walking partner. Even though her pace is slow right now that will change as she gets bigger. She does have a tendency to run so she will be my new exercise partner for years to come. She is very obedient thus far so it should work out great.
I am sooo proud of you for once again for stepping outside of your comfort zone and job well done on the hours exercise.
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    I think the thing I love the MOST out of your blog is that YOU FOUND A NEW BEST FRIEND! YOU! How awesome is THAT! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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JLITT62 1/30/2011 5:36AM

    Great job! I often go to the movies by myself, but admit I prefer company. And wonderful job on all those fitness minutes! Now you just have to rub off on my DH who must be harangued into walking the dogs.

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BTRTHANEVA 1/29/2011 9:27PM

    The world is now your oyster! The first time you go solo can be intimidating or liberating... I'm so glad you found it liberating!

Kudo's to you for reaching new fitness heights, too! Seems like you're making a whole new life for yourself... You go, girl!


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HOPEFULANGE 1/29/2011 8:59PM

    emoticon You're an amazing person, you know that?

Also, 5000 fitness minutes is 83 HOURS of workouts! That's awesome!!! Look at all that time you spend taking care of yourself! Doesn't it feel good???


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    emoticon emoticonSorry! I'm so tired! I hit send too soon! I'm so PROUD of you!!! You're doing so GREAT!

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Why I love walking in snow!

Friday, January 28, 2011

Hello and Happy Friday!

The following is a humorous list of why I like walking in the snow:

1. You are forgiven for eating while walking as how else are you going to find your way home if you don't leave a trail of crumbs? (Don't try this while walking with dogs!)

2. You work up enough sweat your makeup is naturally dissolved by the time you get home. (saves on makeup remover)

3. Your cheeks get nice and rosy so you don't have to worry about looking too pale. (saves on re-applying blush later on in the day)

4. You get to wear those longjohns that you've poked away somewhere for the "right moment". (I've heard that some men find longjohns attractive????)

5. Your face gets natural dermabrasion from the blowing snow and sleet (use the money you save at the spa to buy more treats for tip #1)

6. You work up a good appetite but by the time you drink your water because of thirst, you don't eat as much. (veggies everywhere are spared another day)

7. You are doing your part to line the pockets of lip balm companies (this actually gives you an excuse to constantly be applying and buying Blistex/Chapstick much to your spouse's amusement)

8. You get really tired from being out in the fresh air (this helps you have a little nap when you are supposed to being household things)

9. IF you fall down, there is a nice soft landing waiting for you as opposed to hitting the bare ground (your bum will thank you!)

10. It counts as Sparkpoints and lets face it, it is a lot more fun than going to a gym!

Have a great weekend!


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S3XYDIVASMOM 1/28/2011 10:10PM

    You're right. It is more fun than going to the gym.

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DRGOMTI 1/28/2011 2:01PM

    You got that right, about more fun than the gym!! smells better n much more beautiful too!! : ))
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NEWFIEGIRLHERE 1/28/2011 11:19AM

    You always make me smile. emoticon
Have a fantastic weekend. emoticon

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BOVEY63 1/28/2011 11:12AM

Great blog. I totally relate!

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HOPEFULANGE 1/28/2011 10:04AM

    emoticon Love your reasons!

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    LOL... you made me remember one really neat thing about walking in the snow. I loved the way it crrrrunched under my feet when I walked in it sometimes! Not a crisp crunch, but a squishy, firm kind of crunch! emoticon

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JHADZHIA 1/28/2011 9:30AM

    Trudging through snow burns more calories than just walking on clear sidewalks those southernly people enjoy. Also, the bonus of shivering burns more too :)
Have a fantastic Friday!

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KANSASROSE67 1/28/2011 9:19AM

    LOL! You are so right. Until you've experienced frozen sweat icicles, you haven't really lived!

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