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Overwhelmed with gratitude and animals in distress

Thursday, June 02, 2011


Well, it seems the Bracelet Revolution is well under way and to be honest, I'm overwhelmed with the sheer numbers of responses. Not one of you said it was a silly idea and even those who said it wouldn't work for them seemed to think it would work for others. Some of you don't like bracelets but like I said, it is supposed to be something out of the ordinary that will make you pause for thought. I don't wear jewellery on a regular basis and to tell the truth the bracelet drives me crazy at times but I think that is a good thing.

I haven't replied to any of you and I haven't kept up with my teams...I know for sure Temptest272002 is waiting on me....but things have been crazy here with animals needing our help. We were out at a "meet and greet" last night with a dog who was rescued by local missionaries who are stationed in Mexico. They took this beautiful dog in and nursed him through some horrible times and then drove the darling right out of Mexico, across the US, and into Canada. We had our vet do some temperment testing etc, and all looks good except he will be forever scared of rocks and being tied on. That was yesterday. At 8 this morning I was out dragging a cat trap we used to capture an elusive cat we thought was injured. Off to the vets for a busy morning of tests, neutering, shaving, etc. Then it was off to settle the poor thing in somewhere to see how he will be in a few days when the sedation wears off.

Tonight it was our own dog, Lou, who needed emergency attention. While eating her supper, she turned from her dish and looked like she had suffered a stroke. Very unsteady on her feet, panting, and looking generally miserable. $400.00 later we find out she has somehow injured her upper back! No walkies for 10 days!

Today also would have been my father's 74th birthday. Where have those five years gone? I still miss him dearly and found today a bit harder than normal to keep from getting too emotional. Tomorrow is my husband's 46th birthday. They always celebrated them together but now it is a bit different.

Gotta go! Thanks again for spreading the word of the bracelet revolution. If we each told two friends and they told two friends (remember that commercial?) we could really go places. Several people suggested Spark make and sell their own bracelets....what a great idea.


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GOGIRLOLDER 6/4/2011 10:34PM

    Hope your dog will be fine. emoticon emoticon

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MADDEELOU 6/4/2011 11:01AM

    So sorry to hear about your dog. Hope the next ten days go by quickly and bring complete recovery to Lou.

Thank you for all you do for animals. I had four of our six at the vet yesterday and can't imagine life without them. All three of our dogs and all three of our cats were "hand me downs" that somebody else did not want. Heck, even my son's leopard gecko was a cast off.

Happy Birthday to your hubby and happy memories of birthdays spent with your father.

Oh, and I have my bracelet.

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TEMPEST272002 6/4/2011 10:43AM

    I am waiting for you... but my 40's have been about learning patience & I'll still be here when you are able to join me. Besides, I whole heartedly support your work with animals. It's such important work.

Boy, I hope that Lou will recover quickly. Poor girl! What are the treatment options? Do you have dog chiropracters there? I was amazed by the results we had with a lame mare & a horse chiropracter. Pretty impressive to watch him "crack her back" too!

Happy birthday to hubby! Hugs about missing your dad. It's hard to let loved ones go.

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_LINDA 6/3/2011 11:37PM

    Poor Lou, hope she recovers swiftly :((
Well done helping animals in distress!! That is so awesome!!
So sorry for your loss of your father, that was such a young age :((
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GOANNA2 6/3/2011 5:19PM

    emoticonGlad that your dog will be OK.
You are so good and caring for animals.
Like Libby, I have also donated to a cause to
stop cattle being shipped to Indonesia where
they are being tortured before killing them.

The bracelet has stopped me from night-time eating,
almost every day this week-so it is a wonderful idea.
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HEALTHYBARB1 6/3/2011 5:00PM

    Our dog started bleeding a few weeks ago and had cut her paw on her own claw....very weird event and $300 later and a few days of antibiotics and dressing changes she is all better. Love my animals. Thanks for sharing your story with your dog...as animals age it is a lot of work to care for them. Glad your dog is ok. Hugs Barb

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LIBBYFITZ 6/3/2011 11:39AM

    emoticon emoticon emoticonHope all the animals you look after are getting well. I have just donated to a cause for ceasing our barbaric practise of shipping cattle to Indonesia where they are being tortured before killing them. Wish i could do more but as you said every bit helps. Am wearing my bracelet right now! emoticon

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OLDERDANDRT 6/3/2011 11:29AM

    I sure hope Lou is going to be alright!!! Prayers for the little darling!! emoticon

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BOVEY63 6/3/2011 10:51AM

    You are an angel on earth for all you do for our furry friends!
Hope Lou is feeling better.

The bracelet thing is really catching fire - I can't believe the responses I got after putting your idea in my last blog!

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LESLIES537 6/3/2011 9:42AM

    Wow, you've had alot on your plate! Bless you for taking care of those animals so well and thank goodness it wasn't a stroke! I'm sure you will still get out there and get your walking in though...right?? emoticon

Love the bracelet revolution!! It's REALLY taking off! You're inspiring people from all around the world...because YOU are AWESOME like that! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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    Glad it wasn't a stroke!

Sorry about your father emoticon

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BLESSED2BEME 6/3/2011 12:28AM

    Praying for all those critters you mentioned!

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DRGOMTI 6/2/2011 11:23PM

    Yup your bracelet idea is sure a hit with me! I got mine on today!! n it has to do with my daddy passing away. it will be 2 weeks tomorrow. : ( it's sad at times but it was so much a blessing too! He was 89 n headed for amputations n kidneys failing, so I'm glad he was spared that. When I went to see my mom today, she had a little braided bracelet from the Indian School that my Dad always sent donations to. So she tied it on me to stay on forever in honor of my daddy n SP!! : )) I'll think of my best sp friend everyday when I see my reminder!
Thanx Sues!!

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KAMAPERRY 6/2/2011 11:12PM

    Love the bracelet idea! god bless you for helping those animals!

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    Yes, I did a double gasp when you mentioned your dog! Yikes! That is a lot of money, but I'm so glad that he will be OK!

*hugs* to you about your Dad. My daughter, Kali and I had a little cry over the phone together, discussing the fact that my step-Dad (PaPa) is 88 and will not be with us a whole lot longer. Oh, life, it is so precious!

I love the bracelet idea, Susan! You really started a wonderful snowball!

I have to get to bed. Love you, my friend!

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JLITT62 6/2/2011 10:32PM

    Well, I'm glad it wasn't a stroke! Keeping them quiet can be hard nice they start feeling better, I know.

I did buy myself a bracelet as a reminder of how far I'd come a whi,e ago . . . more recently I bought myself a watch after my first 10k.

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SHERRYTOO 6/2/2011 10:04PM

    Hope all goes well with your 4-legged crew.

I have my own set of special days coming up. My son's 23rd birthday would have been June 21st. My dad's death anniversary is July 27th, and my son's is Aug 24th. There will be a lot of tears this summer....

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BECCAJ98 6/2/2011 9:17PM

    I love all you do for animals!!!! And love how the bracelet works for you!

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Let's start a Spark Revolution (pictures) - a challenge to all of you.

Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Good Morning and Happy May 31st!

Well, another month has come and gone and there are probably many of us who view tomorrow as a time to start anew. We are going to plunge into things on June 1st and more than likely fizzle out by June 10th. Part of that is setting up unrealistic expectations, having an "all or nothing" attitude, or just forgetting about Spark when we are not stuck to our computers.

A week or so ago, I mentioned a blog in which a fellow Sparker (THETURTLEBEAR) mentioned that she wore a reminder bracelet on her arm twenty four hours a day, seven days a week. It was there when she went to bed, it was there when she exercised, it was there when she ate and everytime she looked at it, her motivation and commitment to Spark was fired up. I have to say, it was my personal lightbulb moment!

Being the perfectionist that I am, I actually spent about a week looking for the "perfect" bracelet. I went online, I searched local stores, I even thought about having something custom-made but then reality struck and I had to take a long, hard look at what I was doing. I was up to my old tricks where I put all the effort into the setup of a plan and let the running of the plan get lost in all the silly details. Time to kick my perfectionism in the proverbial butt!

I realized then and there it didn't matter whether I wore a bandaid on my hand, tied a string to my finger, set up an elaborate reminder system on my cell phone, plastered the house with sticky notes, worn my clothes backwards, parted my hair on the other side, or had a piece of custom jewellery made for me, it was not going to work unless I MADE it work.

For me, I settled on a bracelet that I already owned and which I wore probably twice a year. It is now the only piece of jewellry that I wear around the clock and it is on the my right hand; the hand that feeds me, the hand that holds the dog's leashes when I walk, the hand that pays for groceries, the hand that brushes my teeth....you get the idea...it is always in my face.

Funny thing is, I never much liked my bracelet but it was a gift from my mom. Now, I've come to appreciate it, and dare I say, love it? Each link in it symbolizes many things for me. It reminds me of how my journey is a never-ending circle which begins and ends with me! The links also remind me of bonds of friendship that keep me on track and how, in some small way, I'm probably making a difference in somebody's life.

It isn't a perfect system (nothing ever is truly perfect) but it is serving its purpose quite nicely. It doesn't stop me from eating something I should or stop me from being lazy but it serves as a gentle reminder that I'm in control. I don't berate myself any longer for not throwing myself into eating perfectly or exercising until I drop. Instead, a look at my right arm reminds me that this is a journey, I am at the helm of my own ship, I am part of a great program, I have fantastic support and I am going to DO THIS by taking every setback and every accomplishment in stride.

So, my challenge to all of you is to set up your own reminder system. Be it a piece of jewellery, a rubber band, a tattoo (ouch), or wearing your clothes backwards! Do what works for you. Do it for 30 days and lets see if we can't get this Spark a burnin' wild!!!!

P.S. Here is my bracelet and my message for all of you!

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JCDUBEA63 11/8/2011 12:06AM

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IRISH_EYES_66 8/28/2011 10:15AM

    Good Idea!!

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KRZYKAT3 7/6/2011 12:55PM

    I also have brecelets I wear for inspiration. one is a weight watchers pearl points counter which I now use to count water.

I have a pink band with charms for peace, love and joy on it.

I have a purple balance band (one of those plastic ones that are supposed to help you have better body energy?) I purchased it for its color but it also has a B on it that reminds me to keep life in balance as well.

Your blog is well written & inspirational, thank you!

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1MOOTIVATEDSOUL 6/12/2011 7:52PM

    The title of your blog caught my eye but it was what was in the blog that captured my heart. What a great gift you have given each and everyone of us to just stop and smell the roses and to reflect on our journey.

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PATTILYNN224 6/9/2011 6:36PM

    A great blog about a great idea!!

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    "All the effort into the plan" describes an issue with me. I have so many many projects in my head that I can't fall asleep at night because I keep perfecting the details of projects, at least 90% of which will never come to pass. Perhaps that is why I like the Nike motto "Just do it," because it is what I most need to remember.

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DONNAGRACE1164 6/7/2011 11:47PM

    It really is a great idea... emoticon I figure anything that reminds you at least semi-regularly that a lifestyle change means you change what you would normally do -helps you to keep it important in your life... I keep a picture in my purse of me at a weight I don't want to be at again... It's my daughter's confirmation from a couple years ago.. but seeing it just reinforces my will and stamina...

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LINDABENEDICT 6/5/2011 11:29PM

    GREAT IDEA !!!! emoticon

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RUNNERGIRL60 6/5/2011 8:38PM

    Thanks for sharing. Its a great idea to help us out when need. I have notes but they are falling down lot maybe something like tbisvwould be better! emoticon

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NEWMAC2011 6/5/2011 1:19PM

    I clicked on this blog through LINDAKAY's blog. I put on a bracelet today that I had bought in April to commemorate reaching my 1/2 point. Now I'll wear it 24/7 to make sure I'm always making the healthiest choices. It's great that you have a bracelet from your mother. I have one mine gave me but will wait to add it until I reach goal.

I'll pass this along to add to the Revolution!

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CJBAGGINS 6/5/2011 12:33AM

    Great idea!

I am off to check my bracelets now ...


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ANGELWINGS71079 6/4/2011 11:28PM

    This was a wonderful blog. I really enjoyed reading it.

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WHIPPEACHZ 6/4/2011 9:45PM

    Wonderful idea. You are making a difference in a very large way, be proud.

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ANATASHIKI 6/4/2011 7:11PM

    I could wear a pair of elephant ears and forget about them! hmm, maybe one with a bell-now that would be interesting at work , maybe I'll do it emoticon

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ANITA_NM 6/4/2011 6:43PM

    Now I want a bracelet.

And a salad. Your background looks delicious!

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JAMARIGOLD 6/4/2011 6:26PM

    I think it's a great idea! I had to laugh though at "I was up to my old tricks where I put all the effort into the setup of a plan and let the running of the plan get lost in all the silly details." That's exactly what I do!!! I'll try hard not to make too big a project out of finding just the right exact bracelet. Thanks for the idea! emoticon

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FLUTTER-BY)L( 6/4/2011 1:36PM

    Great idea. I hope it works well for you. I may try it too.

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JANEDOE12345 6/4/2011 10:59AM

    I just thought of something that is skewing of my endorsement of the bracelets: They need to be an easily recycled material. Plastic/rubber does not recycle well. emoticon

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KIN59VARA 6/4/2011 8:07AM

    Nice idea and I love your salad!

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SHASSYSUE2 6/4/2011 12:35AM

    I love this!! I have been wearing a bracelet with my Medical ID tag, and the band is made from rubber bands. My Goddaughter made it for me, and I love it, because I never have to take it off, not even in the Pool, that I go and workout in 5 days a week. I will also use it as my reminder!!! Thank you for the idea!!! Shannon

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HOWLERMOM 6/3/2011 11:50PM

    Great ideas here - love Brighton too!!

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KIMBYUT 6/3/2011 10:40PM

    Actually, I'm going to be getting a tattoo this summer, exactly for that purpose (& it means so much more, too than this journey alone). It will be on the inside of my left wrist and will simply say "stronger".

Also, I was shopping last weekend and found the perfect bracelet (in my opinion), it was silver (my fav) Brighton (love) with a silver plate with the words "embrace the journey" written on it.

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NELLBELLA26 6/3/2011 10:19PM

    I want a bracelet! I love this idea!

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ADVENTURE-GIRL 6/3/2011 9:04PM

    Okay I need a bracelet, seriously.

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BECKYI 6/3/2011 8:40PM

    This is neat. I think I will have to try some of the ideas.

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WADHA1973 6/3/2011 4:47PM

  i like

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LMS0706 6/3/2011 3:55PM

    geez I can really relate to this...this is wonderful...it's so nice to know that being "perfect" is a flaw. I too can relate to setting this up and making sure I have everything in place, only to give up a couple weeks later...I'm taking this journey and look forward to it, reading these special blogs and sharing it with other people....

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JETTANALA 6/3/2011 3:38PM

    I love this idea... thank you for putting so many things into perspective... the planning and the details sometimes swallow up the intention! Well said! I love your bracelet too.... but, too bad it turned your arm and hand blue!!! LOL (or is it just my computer screen!)

Have many more ah ha moments on your journey! emoticon

P.S. I had that terrific salad on your backpage for lunch today!!!

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    emoticon I thought the original article about the bracelet was interesting but I really liked your thought when you realized you were getting all caught up in setting up the plan and not following one. I do that too. I just had not realized it. I have joined a challenge where I need to journal. I did not actually start keeping a journal until I found the "right" notebook. And since it was a couple of weeks until I got to a store it was a delay I could have avoided.

So I will keep in mind that I need to spend more time "doing" and less time in developing the plan. It is not like that plan is not going to change, especially now I read so many peoples ideas on this site. I am really glad you posted. emoticon

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KRISTEN282 6/3/2011 1:53PM

    Haha...I just read original blog that someone else posted about wearing a bracelet as a reminder. Glad to hear it's working for you, I may try it too!

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MOMGETSSPARK 6/3/2011 11:59AM

    Said only too true for many of us perfectionists!! Love your blog and your wonderful inspiration. You touch so many lives!!!

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SHARILKING 6/3/2011 11:09AM

great blog- good luck with your journey

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BEYOURBEST1 6/3/2011 10:21AM

    Great blog!

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WE_PA_FIT 6/3/2011 10:06AM

    love the statement-- nothing works unless YOU make it work.

Let's make it work speeps!!!

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LESLIES537 6/3/2011 9:43AM

    MPB post?!! AWESOME! You've really started something special here! emoticon

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MEXGAL1 6/3/2011 9:40AM

    Good for you! Woo hoo!

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SUEAZZI 6/3/2011 9:10AM

    The bracelet is a great idea. Whenever I achieve a fitness goal I add a serenity circle to my necklace. I love wearing it because the circles remind me of my accomplishments and how I persevered to attain them. Wearing the necklace is inspirational and a gentle reminder for me to keep going and not give up... and to set another fitness goal! Pic of circles are on my page; be sure to visit! emoticon

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W8WHITTILER 6/3/2011 9:09AM

    This is an awesome idea, but I need to find something other than a bracelet, we are not allowed to wear jewelry at working, so if you have any suggestions..please pass them along!

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    Great blog.....thinking about what my reminder will be right now......
Thanks! -Shanna emoticon

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ANGELOO29 6/3/2011 7:44AM

    Good idea...I'll have to find something over the weekend that will work

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1BEACHWALKER 6/3/2011 1:45AM

    What a cool idea!
emoticon inspiring blog! emoticon

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CKAYTHOMAS 6/2/2011 11:22PM

    Cool idea! I was wearing Dr. Oz's bracelet that says "Just 10" to spur me on to lose just 10 lbs.

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LIBBYFITZ 6/2/2011 8:31PM

    emoticonI have been wearing my bracelet for 3 days now! emoticonA great reminder!

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TEMPEST272002 6/2/2011 7:43PM

    Oh my Susan... I came back to see how the revolution is going & see I'm comment #80! Wow. Pretty cool.

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JANEDOE12345 6/2/2011 6:55PM

    So now I am thinking of all my bracelets and mentally choosing one...what a wonderful blog. Thank you!

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MOMFAN 6/2/2011 6:24PM

    Love the idea. Scripture talks about putting God's word before our eyes, putting healthy Bible verses around helps me.

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LIFEISSWEET2 6/2/2011 4:53PM

    I wear a bracelet every day that has the following message engraved on it:

Dreams become reality one choice at a time.

I wore it all last month and completed 30 days of fitness and lost 5 pounds. I would find myself touching it when I thought about not exercising and then I'd do it. And as you said it really wouldn't have mattered if I wore a string on my finger as long as I dedicated myself to the change....but it is nice to have the physical reminder.
Good luck!

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My wacky Sunday

Monday, May 30, 2011

Oh dear! I know I'm slightly nuts (okay, make that a whole lot nuts but at least I admit it) but even I can't begin to make any sense of the stupid things I did yesterday. It was just one blunder after another but I laughed at myself the whole time.

First of all, it was down to the house where I was dog sitting. These are two toy poodles...who I affectionately call "Ugly and Uglier" because they are so funny looking they are actually cute. The are complete rascals and have never been housebroken hence the reason they didn't actually stay at my house. We tried to have them here but after the first hour they had done their pee six times on my living room floor! They are affectionate little things all the same and I really enjoy cuddling with them. Walking them is another story!!!! I think I'd rather walk a pack of large dogs than two little ones...seriously. I tripped over them a dozen times.

After that, I left to drive toa nearby town with a dear friend and who happens to be the head of our humane society because she is completely renovating her mainflloor. I told her she is doing her best to sabotage my dieting//healthy eating and she realized that probably she was because whenever she bought something for herself she would always buy one for me. Yesterday was a whole write off with healthy eating and I really can't put all of the blame on her...so I'm not. Even my bracelet was powerless against the Judinator as I call her!

Anyway, on route to Gander, we saw a dog running along the Trans Canada Highway so we pull over and there I am running up the TCH with a leash, collar, and yelling "TREATS". I ran back to the car to grab some treats (the only thing this woman DIDN'T have in her car so I grabbed a package of wet wipes as it was in a packed in a crinkly bag. So there I am hoofing it up the road with a package of moist towellettes, yelling treats, (stopping only to hike up my jeans at regular intervals) and trying to ignore the traffic that was slowing down to witness this spectacle. Despite driving up and down the road and unto many side roads we never did find the dog (poor thing) but, boy, could I go!!!! ha!

So we are at a hardware store and have picked up $300 worth of knobs/pulls for kitchen cupboards when I see an older woman in a wheelchair holding a sign "for rent" which put me off the deep end. I had to tell her what I was laughing about and she got laughing too which set off the whole row of customers in the line up. Then leaving the store, I was holding said knobs and an overhead light when I stood by the exit and the door wouldn't open. I was grumbling and trying to peer over the box when I hear my friend (who is trying hard not to pee in her pants) going on out through the door and leaving me standing by a sheet of glass thinking it was the door!

The rest of the day was much the same, me doing slightly stupid things and "entertaining" those around me. The best one was saved for last: when I was gone my husband had laid a basketful of clean clothes on our bed. I was sort of lying across the bed chatting away on the phone to my mom when I started poking my fingers through the holes in the laundry basket. All was going well until my finger got totally stuck. I was there calling out to John who was in the basement studying.,.wearing earplugs. Meanwhile my finger was swelling and I was trying to reach up to remove the laundry so I could get a better grip. Finally it dawned on me to use the phone to call my husband's cellphone which he had on vibrate. When he answered I was crying from laughter and asked him to come upstairs to rescue me. After many applications of hand cream, my finger was "released" albeit a bit swollen and sore! Now we have another example of Stupid Susan Tricks. He so wanted to take pictures!!!

As for my nutritional intake, it was a total disaster but you know what, today is another day and I think I caught my bracelet wink at me yesterday! Here is to healthy eating today and writing off yesterday as a total write off for physcial health but boy the laughter really did me some good!

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CALGARYNEWF 6/10/2011 5:46PM

    Your blogs are the most hilarious things I ever read!!!!Thank you so much for sharing with all of us. I love reading them, you always manage to make me smile (actually laugh out loud is more accurate)!!!!!
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JOANNANOW 5/30/2011 10:09PM

    Hi I saw your blog on my friend's feed. You are a good story teller! I liked the laughter that's got to be as good for you as any new food. I did the same sort of thing as the bracelet for a while but it was a ring. When a stone fell out of the ring... the system fell apart LOL! Maybe I will try again I think it actually worked for a while. I live in northern BC opposite ends of the country but our weather seems similar.
Keep writing you are very entertaining! emoticon

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ERIKO1908 5/30/2011 8:50PM

    Thanks for sharing all of your "adventures" - they brought a few giggles...especially the "For Rent" sign!! It is wonderful that you can laugh at all of this...it really is the best medicine!! Happy Sparking!!

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GAYLE-G-63 5/30/2011 6:02PM

    LOL I actually love those type of days! They make great stories!

Glad you were able to find the humor in everything that happened.


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GOANNA2 5/30/2011 5:03PM

    It is a fact that most 'accidents' happen at home.
You had me laughing today and I know I will have
a good day.

I am picturing you running down the TCH emoticon
and then the finger in the basket trick. Brilliant!

Susan, you should put the laughter as part of your
exercise. emoticon

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S3XYDIVASMOM 5/30/2011 12:19PM

    I love your ability to laugh at yourself and also that you're so willing to share these mishaps, so we can laugh too.

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KAMAPERRY 5/30/2011 12:17PM

    Hahahahaha!! You're awesome!!! I have alot of days like that!

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KAYDE53 5/30/2011 11:43AM

    That's pretty funny, sounds like some of things I've done!!! Have a great day!!! emoticon

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GOGIRLOLDER 5/30/2011 11:39AM

    HA HA thanks for posting. emoticon

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BOVEY63 5/30/2011 11:03AM

    Thanks for a good start to the day - you sure got me laughing and I can't imagine a better way to get the day going!
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    Susan, THANK you for helping me to put my plateau I'm in into a better perspective! I needed to laugh, and your blog did the trick! Oh, it may be a good thing that we don't both live on the island, or we'd die from split sides, I'm sure of it! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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    Love the for rent sign, that would have made me laugh too!

Hey, chasing after the dog is exercise! I also love that you had to keep pulling up your britches!!

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JLITT62 5/30/2011 9:19AM

    Mine actually do walk pretty well together & are housebroken except for once in a blue moon.

Sorry bout the finger but how resourceful of you to think to call your husband!

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TEMPEST272002 5/30/2011 8:46AM

    I was LOL at your finger stuck in the laundry basket story. That one almost tops my friend's "sliced my hand open on a frozen perogi" story.... oh, the true dangers of ordinary household objects revealed.

Hope today is a better food & exercise day for you. Picked up a little bracelet at the dollar store yesterday to be my own reminder - thanks for the idea.

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BECCAJ98 5/30/2011 7:28AM

    Laughter is the best medicine!!!! I think it sounded like a pretty good day!

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From 28 degrees to 8 in a few hours....a.k.a. living on an island

Saturday, May 28, 2011


Well, we've had some wonderful weather the past few days which has encouraged me to get out a wee bit more. Yesterday, though, was downright bizarre.

I started out wearing shorts (I think this is the earliest I've ever worn them and I have the white, dry legs to proof it) as the temperature rapidly climbed to 28 degrees (c). I've been dog sitting my friend's poodles (they can't come back here as they did their pee about six times each in my house!!!) so I was there for several hours yesterday. I decided to attempt taking the four dogs out for a walk...boy, oh boy, that was a handful. Anyway, while out for our walk I started to get really cold to the point that I had goosebumps. Turns out the temperature had dropped 20 degrees in two hours. Brrrr. The dogs had fun though and that is all that matters.

So, I didn't get a long walk in yesterday but I did get other things accomplished which was fine by me. I also found out I might qualify for EI (employment insurance for those non-Canadians) which will definitely come in handy as John is not working at the moment either. I think he has 8 school days left and then is finished his course. Wow, where have those 9 months gone?

Oh, have to tell you all about how my bracelet (and therefore all of you guys) helped me make a healthy food choice yesterday. It started out that I was getting cranky with my husband and needed some time to myself. I went for a short drive and was pretty hungry. I hadn't eaten supper but my mind was on a huge bag of chips and some chocolate. A quick glance at my bracelet suggested I revise my plan of attack. I then thought of going to McDonalds (again the bracelet stared back at me) and ended up at Subway. I never have any butter, mayo or sauce on a sub anyway, so I knew it was going to be a happy ending. As I drove off, my bracelet sparkled at me in support!!!

I'm trying to catch up on blogs today of SparkFriends I don't check in on as much as I should. So, I'm starting at the bottom of my friend's list and working back. You should all hear from me this weekend!

Take care!


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TEMPEST272002 5/29/2011 10:13AM

    Hey - we're twins! I chose Subway over McD's yesterday too - even logged it. emoticon Gold stars for both of us.

I'm laughing with a picture of you wrangling 4 rambunctious doggies. Bet you burned a few bonus calories!

Keeping my fingers crossed for the EI. Will hubby be finished school in June - or just for this year?

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GOANNA2 5/29/2011 4:36AM

    You have encouraed me to wear the bracelet too.
As I was cleaning and throwing out stuff today, my
son handed me the coppe rbracelet and I have been
wearing it and it worked for me at dinner tonight.

I was also thinking of bacon and eggs but decided to
have a boiled egg in a tuna salad. So far so good.
Thanks. Wow, walking four dogs msut have been quite
a challenge. Was that drop in temperature normal? You
looked so summery in the last pictures. Also, good on
you for your choices at subway. emoticon emoticon

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    Susan, that bracelet idea is looking better and better to me by the minute! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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KAMAPERRY 5/28/2011 7:11PM

    I need a bracelet!!! Awesome job!

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S3XYDIVASMOM 5/28/2011 5:29PM

    I put on a bracelet to remind me to drink my water. I suppose it has helped, but I'm still a long way from drinking the minimum. I think I need something that hurts. You made a good choice for your breakfast. FYI, if you should ever find yourself at McDonald's for breakfast, eat the Egg McMuffin. It has a very acceptable calorie count of 300 calories with 12 g fat and 18 (!) grams of protein.

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GOOZLEBEAR 5/28/2011 4:51PM

    Wow, what great choices you made, I'm proud of you. Your weather there sure can change quickly unlike here in North Florida where this time of year it is fairly cosistent at 90 degrees!!!

Walking 4 dogs at one time must be a real challenge!!!!

Have a great weekend!


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HOPEFULANGE 5/28/2011 2:27PM

    Good choice! Whenever dh wants to get macdonalds i go for the salad...but they're outrageously expensive! It's a little ridiculous that a burger can cost half that of a salad.

You had 28 degreed yesterday?!? That must have been nice! We had around 22 but it was super windy and misty. Now today it's only 4 degrees! Oh well, tomorrow it's going back up.


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BECCAJ98 5/28/2011 1:28PM

    Your weather sounds as crazy as mine!
awesome job on food choices!
my dog sitting results in me walking my three and then a Scottish Deer Hound and a large Greyhound. Almost 400 lbs of dog!

Have a great weekend!

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KAYDE53 5/28/2011 12:39PM

    I might have to try that bracelet thing if it works that well!! Way to go, Susan!! Dog-sitting can be a lot of work, I've done that and it seems you always try to be more careful with other people's dogs than your own & so you wear yourself out!! Have a great weekend!!

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LESLIES537 5/28/2011 11:40AM

    It was great to hear from you!! Thanks for already popping by my blog! Nice job on the Subway choice! Your bracelet is working like a charm! emoticon emoticon

I hope you have a wonderful weekend and continue to make smart choices!

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JLITT62 5/28/2011 11:10AM

    Great job on resisting the emotional eating!

Walking 4 dogs would be too much for me.

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GAYLE-G-63 5/28/2011 10:55AM

    I'm glad to hear you're doing well, Susan! And that the bracelet is working. I was going to try a bracelet, but I found I ring I can use instead. It's nothing fancy, but it does help. =)

Stay strong!!!


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10,000 minutes and a dog's anatomy!!!

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Well folks, here is a picture of me out for the walk that found me crossing 10,000 fitness minutes: !!!! This was taken last night around 8:30 at the field where we let the dogs race around halfway through our walk. I think I look FAT but that is okay because that is going to change, right!? AND, the coat I'm wearing is a tad big but it is my favourite walking jacket!

I'm continuing to record what I eat but I'm proud to say that I'm not being too anal about it. Still having difficulties getting all my calories, fat, protein and fibre in but I know this is partly because I'm not making lunch a priority. Gotta work on that.

Here is a picture of one of my favourite side dishes....Asparagus with pine nuts:

If you read my last blog, you will know I borrowed an idea from Turtlebear and I am now wearing a bracelet on my arm around the clock. This is a big deal for me because I'm the type who walks in the house and even my wedding ring gets pulled off and I end up sticking them in the weirdest spots.....the real fun begins the next day when I try to remember where I was when I took them off!!! Drives my husband NUTS!!!!

Anyway, I digress. I am wearing my bracelet as a reminder of my personal commitment to the Spark program. When we were out for supper last night and I really wanted to order a pasta dish but realized the salad and tacos would give me some much needed vegetables, it was my bracelet that kept me on track. Funny because my bracelet is made up of both white and yellow gold circles. Each time I look at the circles linked together I am reminded of the link I am in the lives of my SparkFriends and vice versa. Silly I know, but it works!

I've babbled on enough! The rain has stopped today and the sun is out! Going to be a beautiful day for a long walk with beauty and the beast (Maddy's name for him and his sister....HE is the beauty in his humble opinion)

Jeepers, just remembered I had something else to tell you. For those that were interested in Louisa's health. Turned out the abnormality is a narrowing of the vaginal walls which prevents bacteria from leaving her vagina. She is going on a short term cycle of both antibiotics and a steroid. She might have to have surgery which can't be done here and they aren't sure if it can be done anywhere on the island. Keep your fingers and paws crossed that she gets some relief soon. Bless her little heart.

Here is Maddy or the Pom in Motion as we call him

Have a great day, you all!!!!

Recipe for asparagus is posted in the comment section.....I never thought to include it but Temptest did ask for it. The original recipe came from Chatelaine magazine (June 2009)

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HOPEFULANGE 5/27/2011 7:03AM

    emoticon on 10,000!!!! That's awesome!

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GOOZLEBEAR 5/26/2011 7:58PM

    Your pups are adorable and I hope Louisa doesn't have to have surgery and her condition will get straightened out without it. Congratulations, you are doing great and I think that is a lovely picture of you on your walk!!!!

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NIKKICOLE83 5/26/2011 5:12PM

    Congrats on the fitness minutes! I agree that you need to invest in clothes that fit your smaller shape. I hope your pup gets some relief. Poor puppy.

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ROTTLADY 5/26/2011 4:13PM

    emoticon on your milestone. emoticon

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BLESSED2BEME 5/26/2011 2:39PM

    You are such a cheerful person and I love your blogs! The pooches are beautiful! Congrats on crossing 10,000 minutes! emoticon

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LESLIES537 5/26/2011 2:16PM

    Oh, and one more thing I wanted to say!! You don't look fat in that picture, silly girl! Maybe if you wore some clothes that fit you'd look slimmer! emoticon JK!! I think you look BEAUTIFUL! Red heads ROCK! emoticon emoticon emoticon Keep on flauntin those gorgeous freckles! You look FABULOUS! emoticon

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LESLIES537 5/26/2011 2:13PM

    A big CONGRATS on crossing 10,000 fitness minutes! That's AWESOME! emoticon

Poor Louisa!! I'm crossing all my fingers, paws and claws! emoticon

I really love your bracelet idea. I certainly feel linked to you and all my other spark friends too and think it's such a neat idea that you have something to symbolize that and serve as a reminder of our journies together! emoticon emoticon

And THANK YOU for the asparagus recipe! That's my new favorite veggie! I've never liked it before and now I can't get enough of it!! I think I may even make that recipe tonight! I'll let you know how it goes! emoticon emoticon

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JLITT62 5/26/2011 2:12PM

    Here's hoping things turn around for Louisa with just the antibiotics.

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    I love that the bracelet is helping you!

Congrats on passing 10,000 fitness minutes!! emoticon

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KAYDE53 5/26/2011 12:43PM

    Glad to read there is something they can do for Louisa's problem. Hope that works & surgery won't be necessary!!! Your pup pics are so cute!! And your food pics really do look yummy!! Have a great walk!!

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BECCAJ98 5/26/2011 12:03PM

    You are doing fantastic!! Keep it up!

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BOVEY63 5/26/2011 11:53AM

    Congrats on crossing 10,000 fitness minutes!!!!
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Like the bracelet ides - I think I'll definitely have to try that when I'm in Laughlin and Vegas since we will be eating all our meals out.
Prayers that the antibiotics will take care of Louisa's condition.

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PCOH051610 5/26/2011 11:34AM

    Recipe for asparagus and pine nuts is:

1 bunch of fresh asparagus (tough end snapped off and composted)
4 tsp butter
1/4 cup pine nuts
lemon or orange (optional)

Partially fill large skillet with boiling water. Bring to a full boil.

Add the asparagus. Cook quickly (about 2 minutes) to make sure it remains tender-crisp.

Remove asparagus, dry it off, and arrange on serving dish. Remove skillet from heat, pour off the water. Wipe pan out and add butter. Melt over medium heat. Add pine nuts and stir continously for another 2-3 minutes.

Pour nuts/butter over asparagus. Season with salt and pepper and juice of lemon or orange. I use REAL butter (unsalted) because I have a job getting my fat in and I've never added the lemon/orange.

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TEMPEST272002 5/26/2011 11:03AM

    The asparagus/pine nuts looks delicious. What's the recipe, please?

Poor Louisa! I hope the antibiotics resolve things. The surgery sounds complicated & expensive.

About the bracelet... silly often works! I was raised in a home where silliness was unacceptable & just learning now, in my 40's, that "silly" motivates our inner child. It's that inner child that causes most of the problems, so makes sense that "silly" techniques are often the most effective. I've been thinking of getting a bracelet for myself since reading about you doing it. Might help me in the evenings.

10,000 fitness minutes!!!!!!!!!!
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Love the picture of you! Since your legs look thin, I'm guessing the coat is pretty bulky. The bike picture I had hubby take - at your request! - is the same. A too big jacket making me look bigger than I am. Maybe I should take a page out of your book & post a picture I'm not totally comfortable with. Pushes me to be more self-accepting.

Hope you're having a great day!

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MAXIE56 5/26/2011 10:26AM


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    I really enjoyed your blog! emoticon

I love it when my SparkFriends post photos because it makes them even more real! emoticon

I hope you have a wonderful day! emoticon

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