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Walking the Newfoundland T'Railway one step in front of the other (pics)

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Hi!

This is a map showing the extent of the journey some of us on the Newfoundland team have ahead of us.



I live practically smack dab in the middle of the island but what most people don't understand about the island portion of our province is that most of it is simply uninhabited by mankind. Traditionally life here revolved around the coast and hence that is where most communities are.

To start this journey in the direction we have chosen (from east to west) we started in downtown St. John's which is our capital city. Here is the official Mile Zero marker


I expect this journey to take almost one year to complete as it almost 900 km in length. I was going to walk it all but we've changed the guidelines so swimming, biking, skiing, and other exercises count too.

I am heading out tonight to get a few more kms in. By tomorrow night I should have the first mini-section done. The dogs will be joining me for this trip too for the most part so it will be a family affair.

On a side note, my husband supports my "Sparking" but doesn't want to become involved. But yesterday when I weighed myself, he did too and noticed he had lost 4 pounds. He credits that to me cooking and making sure we try to eat a bit healthy.

Here is a picture of the supper I just ate! Chocked full of fruits and vegetables and only 4 oz of pork loin! Yummy.



Have a great night!

  
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THETURTLEBEAR 7/17/2011 6:49PM

    That is so cool! And I love your meal pic btw.

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HOLDINGMYOWN 7/14/2011 12:55AM

    HEY my Spark friend~ I am in Newfoundland right now and camping in your beautiful province! Everywhere I go there are more trails to walk and explore! We got off the ferry in Port aux Basque over 3 weeks ago and we are still on the west coast ( sitting in St Anthony till we leave here to head south again to Deer lake and then on to St. John's )
Where is the mile zero sign exactly? Would love to get me in a pic with that one. Where do you live? we will probably be passing your way!
I am doing the virtual Trek Across Canada~ we started on Vancouver Island and eventually will end up in North Sydney, NS and the ferry we crossed over here on 3 weeks ago! ~lol~ I have only just got out of BC today!! heading into Alberta now! great Fun! and keeps me motivated to keep on trekking!
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JESSIEJUICE 7/13/2011 4:46PM

    Mmmm what beautiful veg!!! I hope your after dinner km went well :)

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SASSYBLONDE69 7/13/2011 3:41PM

    It's no "jig's dinner", but it looks amazing! lol
My hubby is in the navy and we spent some time in St. John's. Wonderful people (hated the winter! lol)!

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LESLIES537 7/13/2011 3:33PM

    One question. Will there be leftovers served tonight?! If so, I'm on my way!! emoticon

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And your journey sounds like so much fun! Can't wait for pics!

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HEALTHYBARB1 7/13/2011 3:24PM

    Will love to hear about your travel along to trail. Hope you blog the things you do and see! I would love to know the name of the artist who did the painting on your page. Really like the colors and the creativity. Take care. Barb

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CHRISTINA791 7/13/2011 2:17PM

    That is an amazing looking dinner emoticon


This is so exciting - I can't wait to see more!

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JETTANALA 7/13/2011 2:00PM

    good food, good exercise, good health!

you go girl!

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BOVEY63 7/13/2011 12:59PM

    So nice that the dogs will be joining you - always better with companionship.

Congrats to your hubby on the weight loss - you too for serving him healthier food (which looks so delicious by the way).
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TEMPEST272002 7/13/2011 9:54AM

    My hubby jokes that I went on a diet & he lost 20lbs! It's actually true. I stopped bringing crap food into the house (except his cookies & plain potato chips that don't tempt me) & started cooking healthy suppers. His metabolism took care of the rest. Lucky him... wish it was as easy for me!

I'm glad to hear your enthusiasm for your upcoming challenge. I'm looking forward to the virtual tour of NFLD as you go along.

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ARLENE_MOVES 7/13/2011 9:54AM

    WOW - what an adventure you are taking! And you live in a beautiful place. This is one place that I would truly love to visit. Thanks for sharing the pics. Food looks great!!

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BD3269PM 7/13/2011 6:05AM

    what great determination. You are doing great and so is your husband. Keep on Sparking emoticon

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JLITT62 7/13/2011 6:02AM

    When's dinner tonight? Cause last night's sure looked yummy!

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HICKOK-HALEY 7/13/2011 2:56AM

    Food looks yummy. Congrats on the 4 pds. Let us know how it goes!

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_LINDA 7/13/2011 1:25AM

    This is awesome you are posting photos of markers along your trail and showing us what the place you live in looks like! Looking forward to your journey!
That dinner is fantastic! Well presented with lots of interesting color! Congrats to your hubby on his loss! Keep up the great work!!

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CALGARYNEWF 7/12/2011 11:50PM

    I'm excited about this new challenge as well. We should all post pictures of the markers along the way..that would be fun!!!

Your dinner looks awesome!Yum!

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GINGERPAWZ 7/12/2011 9:57PM

    The challenge sounds like fun. I hope you take a lot of pictures. I will be looking forward to hearing how it goes. The dinner does look good. Keep up the great work with the weight loss.

Sharon

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JAKEANDNELLIE 7/12/2011 9:40PM

    Wow! I want you to fix my dinner!
Sheila

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KAMAPERRY 7/12/2011 9:15PM

    Awesome!!! Dinner looks gorgeous!

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S3XYDIVASMOM 7/12/2011 9:05PM

    That dinner is very pleasing to the eye and, I assume, to the palate.

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HOPEFULANGE 7/12/2011 8:12PM

    Yummy looking dinner! Great info on the trail - can I post a link of your blogs to the description of the challenge?

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MADDEELOU 7/12/2011 6:31PM

    My mom has virtually hiked all the fourteeners in Colorado. It really motivates her and keeps her going. Good luck and have fun!

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BECCAJ98 7/12/2011 6:10PM

    Can't wait to keep hearing how the new challenge goes!!

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A hiking we will go......

Monday, July 11, 2011

Hi!

Well, I did it! My Gros Morne Challenge is almost over as I have all the km done and am now working on the elevation bit. I'm doing this part by walking up steps so it is going to take a few more weeks. I think I have over 1000 uphill steps done now so I'm pleased.

But now I've moved on to another challenge.....a few of us on the Newfoundland team have decided to tackle the Newfoundland Trailway. Here is a little about it from the actual association.

Newfoundland T'Railway Council


"The Newfoundland T'Railway Council is a non-profit corporation dedicated to the development of a recreational trail from St. Johnâ's to Port aux Basques using the former Canadian National railway line. Its mandate is to promote multi-use trail development and to preserve abandoned railway lines for future use such as hiking, biking, equestrian, snowmobile, ATV and cross-country ski trails. Other uses like dog sledding and snowshoeing may be appropriate in certain regions.

Known as the Newfoundland T'Railway Provincial Park, the rail bed route extends for 883 km (548 miles) linking urban, rural and wilderness areas. The park forms the Newfoundland section of the Trans Canada Trail stretching from St. John's to Victoria, BC and to Tuktoyaktuk, NWT. When complete the Trans Canada Trail will extend for more than 22,000 km, making it the longest continuous trail in the world."




www.trailway.ca/

I am doing this along with the 60 Day summer challenge so it gives me something to work towards. I'm one week into the the 60 Day summer challenge and it is working for me! emoticon I lost about 2.4 pounds in a week but more importantly I've gained the sense that I can do this! All I have to do is keep it simple as that is what I need. Eat, track, walk, and drink my water! Yeah!!!!

Must go and get in that pool that we've been allowed to use! I am going to start the T'Railway today too........

Susan

Note added several hours later: Spent 60 minutes exercising in neighbour's pool. Water temperature was 65 degrees F while it was 26 degrees C air temperature. I'm a bit cool now!

  
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THETURTLEBEAR 7/17/2011 6:16PM

    You ROCK!
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BELLEFAITH42 7/13/2011 9:49AM

    This is really cool. I live very close to the Trans Canada Trail that goes through Ontario. It used to be railway and and is now used for walking, jogging, cycling, cross-country skiing, ski-doing (sledding) etc. I love it!

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TEMPEST272002 7/12/2011 6:49PM

    Congrats on completing the km part of your Gros Mtn Challenge. That went by fast! The steps part sounds tough, but you'll make it through it. Glad that participating in the challenge is getting you back on track.

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BECCAJ98 7/12/2011 12:40PM

    Awesome!! Can't waist to hear how you do!

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GOGIRLOLDER 7/11/2011 10:55PM

    emoticon emoticon Sounds so great and good for you!!

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S3XYDIVASMOM 7/11/2011 6:56PM

    In my hometown the abandoned railroad bed has been converted into a hiking trail. It is awesome; we try to get in some miles everytime we're there. So, I'm hoping that your will take not only your virtual hike but a real one sometime down the line.

Congratulations on your weight loss. Sounds like you're back on track.

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CALGARYNEWF 7/11/2011 6:56PM

    I just have to fing mu steps now as well for the Gros Morne challenge. But I'll start the km's on the new one with you!

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_LINDA 7/11/2011 3:32PM

    That is fantastic!!! Well done!! This would surely be a very interesting trail to hike on! Its nice to hear you being so enthusiastic about exercise :)) Enjoy that pool and have fun like a kid would!! Anything goes!
All the best with the new challenge! Steps are the hardest!! 1000 is a huge number!!!

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MADDEELOU 7/11/2011 2:23PM

    You are doing great! Congratulations.

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JETTANALA 7/11/2011 1:28PM

    way to go!

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DRGOMTI 7/11/2011 12:48PM

    WOW!! I leave for a week n you're up n doing so good!!! Hip Hip Hooray!! You're a BIG inspiration for me to get off vacation n back onto healthy living!! Your trailway sounds excellent!! it's just to hot for me to get out there but a few days a cool are on the way. Can't wait for winter n snow!!!
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LESLIES537 7/11/2011 12:36PM

    emoticon Have loads of fun!! emoticon

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BOVEY63 7/11/2011 12:23PM

    You're doing awesome!
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Happy Dance - an unforgettable night

Sunday, July 10, 2011

Hi!

Feels like I've been away from Spark forever but in reality it was only for yesterday due to most of the town's cable, internet, etc being down. However, you talk about dedication....remember the house we are "sitting" well, after midnight yesterday I managed to get on their computer system for about five minutes....just long enough to log in!

Oh, and you are probably wondering why I had such an unforgettable night. Turns out this year is truly my year of firsts! I managed to get a ticket to our local concert yesterday for $50 and went for the first time in its 26 year history. KISS was the headline act and while I'm not a fan I went for the experience....and what an experience it was.

Dear god, the people and the outfits made it quite entertaining...and I'm not talking about the band! I'm saying right here that while, yes, I'm a plus-sized woman (for now) if you are such a size you really shouldn't be wearing skimpy clothes! Its not the best look for any size but when the string of your bikini top gets lost in your back.....well, it might be time to change swimsuit styles! Then there were the middle age set (of which I'm one at 45) dressing like their 16 year old daughters. "What Not to Wear" or "People of Walmart" should have been there!

Yep, the concert was great and the band put on a fabulous show. I didn't think I knew any of their music but it turns out I did. We stood up for 6 hours and the band played for 2+ hours.......in the pouring rain! Actually, it was a beautiful day right up until KISS went on stage and then the heavens opened up and the wind whipped around. I had a windbreaker but because my friend didn't, I wouldn't wear mine either! I'm either a sucker or a good friend. We only had to walk about 20 minutes to get back to her house and this is when it got funny.....we were so wet that you could wring out everything we were wearing including our underwear and bras! I called John to pick me up and asked him to bring my big fleecy housecoat, dressing gown, robe, whatever you call them and dry underwear and that is how I went home! Oh, and I had a huge white towel wrapped around my head and shoulders! The RCMP sure had a laugh at the roadblock! I wasn't drunk either....actually had two vodka coolers earlier which is really more than I ever drink but I decided there were so many freaks out there that one in her housecoat wasn't going to stand out!

Just a note but the soft drinks (including the 500ml water) were $4.00 each and you weren't allowed to bring anything in with you! I had a blast, danced until we couldn't move anymore and laughed until my jaws ached. I think that counted as some good exercise, don't you!

Cell phone was down too so no pictures to show! Have a great day.


  
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CALGARYNEWF 7/11/2011 7:07PM

    Once again Susan you have me laughing out loud at your blog!!!!Loved the part about the biking strap being lost in the back...LOL. Some people will wear anything!!!!Really, how can you not know that it doesn't look good. Too funny! I'm sure you gave the RCMP a great laugh also. See how much joy you spread!!!!!Thank you!



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JETTANALA 7/11/2011 1:29PM

    how fun!

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LESLIES537 7/11/2011 9:05AM

    emoticon Happy dancing with you!! I just love concerts and can only imagine what you saw at that KISS concert! emoticon Ha! I'm so glad you had such a great time. I definitely agree that that counts for LOTS of exercise! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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KAYDE53 7/10/2011 9:47PM

    Nothing more entertaining than people watching for sure!!! Something about being at a live concert makes the music sound better, I think too! (Not having been a big fan of KISS myself) Glad you had a good time!!!

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CODEMAULER 7/10/2011 7:43PM

    What a fun evening - I'm glad that you got to enjoy it with a friend!

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HOPEFULANGE 7/10/2011 7:00PM

    Oh Susan, you get crazier everyday! LOL...glad you had such a good time!

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_LINDA 7/10/2011 6:26PM

    There is not only the way people dress these days, but all these oldsters sporting tatoos everywhere truly does not flatter them either! So glad you at least enjoyed yourself! I am not a fan of outdoor concerts, I hate getting cold and having the wind blowing in my face, not to mention the bugs..
Nice that hubby came to the rescue with warm clothing, would be heaven after being soggy wet.
Price gouging is the norm at those things, just like movie theatres. Its wonderful you can just relax and let your inhibitions down for an evening. Sorry your phone wasn't working :( I always thought you could take photos separately, not needing an internet connection for them as my uncle doesn't have internet for his phone, but can still take pictures with it that he can put on his computer later.
Enjoy your rest and recovery Sunday!

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BOVEY63 7/10/2011 6:23PM

    It sure does sound like a good time - love people watching and it seems like there was a lot to take in.
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KANSASROSE67 7/10/2011 5:37PM

    My cousins were KISS fans when were we were all young and my little sister actually had nightmares about them after seeing cousins' posters!

Loved how you enjoyed everything and helped us live it with you!

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JLITT62 7/10/2011 4:06PM

    I love to people watc when I go to events!

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S3XYDIVASMOM 7/10/2011 3:56PM

    If you had a negative attitude, this could have been a disaster. But you laughed your way through it. Good for you! Sounds like a GREAT time with a very special friend.

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GAYLE-G-63 7/10/2011 3:16PM

    It sounds like you had a great time! And more importantly, quite an adventure! I'm glad you enjoyed it. =)

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JENNYD97 7/10/2011 1:25PM

    dont you love it when you feel like you are the best dressed person in the place! Like a friend always says you can't teach common sense :)

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KAMAPERRY 7/10/2011 1:24PM

    How exciting! I have loved KISS since high school, lol

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Salt, summer weather and amusement rides

Friday, July 08, 2011

July 8 - Day 4?60 of Summer 60 Day Challenge

Hi,

Today's challenge is about salt and how we can become more aware of how much we actually need versus how much we actually consume. Like many, I have made conscious efforts to reduce our sodium intake and am proud of our success thus far. Luckily for me, neither one of us was raised on a high-salt diet and we never have the shaker on the table.

Sounds good, right. Well, did you know that a study was published last year and I saw it on Canadian news that Canadians eat almost twice salt that their fellow Americans do. As I sat back in my chair and semi-gloated about our attempts to cut back the announcer went on to say that typically Canadian food (from fast food to things like healthy cereals) have a lot more salt added to them.

This made me stop and think. For one thing I've been relying on the nutritional value of Spark to track my sodium but since that is American it could be way off our reality. It is one of the realities of life that we all think a box of Kellogg's Bran Buds has the same nutritional value worldwide but apparently not. Wow! Who would have thought!?

Okay, enough of the "lecture" and on to my blog title. This weekend is our town's festival weekend which is called the Salmon Festival. This year Kiss is performing as Gene Simons "wife" was apparently born in Newfoundland and their kids have never been here. John and I are not going as it is $100 a ticket and we live close enough that if the wind is blowing in the right direction we can sit on our deck and listen to it. Talk about being cheap!!!! Ha!

Since the festival is on this weekend, the amusement rides have also arrived. While I'm not a big fan, my husband and I do get on a ride called the Scrambler once every year. We are planning on going tonight to do our "thing". While I was thinking about that, I guess I reflected upon a year ago when the rides were in town. It was then I first publicly realized I needed to lose weight. Imagine lining up for 30 minutes to get on a ride only to fall getting on the ride because you couldn't lift your leg up high enough. Other than a bashed knee and total embarrassment, it was a wake-up call. I needed to do something but what.

The what came several weeks later when one of our local vets came for a BBQ. Over a year, This friend had managed to transform her life and her body. At that point she had lost over 80 pounds and was flourishing! Over the meal we got talking and she told me a few websites to check out....one of which was Spark!!!! I joined a few weeks after that!

Oh, and as for the summer weather....it has reached our shores! Yeah! Our neighbours have an above ground pool AND are gone away for two weeks so part of our houseminding is to make sure the pool is used....their words..not mine!!!! Another yeah!

I hope this finds you all well! Thank you for your support along my journey!

  
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    emoticon about the pool!! Don't forget to get some exercise in while you're in there! Just treading water and doing the doggy paddle burns mega calories!! ENJOY! emoticon emoticon

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_LINDA 7/10/2011 5:48PM

    I am so glad you were introduced to Sparks! Right from the beginning, I noticed the nutritional content for the same brands in Canada were different from the US, as I would search through rows of foods listed trying to find one that matched my label. I ended up putting most of my food in. I mean, even the calories could be different, not just the sodium!!
Enjoy the pool, and I sure hope you get to hear KISS free!
Enjoy this scrambler (I think I know what it is, but a photo would be nice) I will miss my Ex for the first time this year as that is when I am going in for my surgery :(
Have a Super Sunday!

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CALGARYNEWF 7/9/2011 10:20PM

    My sisters and nieces/nephews are all in your fair town tonight for the Salmon Festival!!!

Of course, it's Stampede time in Calgary but I am trying to avoid it this year! It's a great event but like everything else, it gets boring after a while!

Enjoy the pool! Wish my neighbors had one!

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KAMAPERRY 7/9/2011 9:00PM

    Enjoy that pool, ours is closed due to the dust storms here. emoticon

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HOPEFULANGE 7/9/2011 8:08PM

    Sweet - you get to use their pool! That's awesome - especially since the sun decided to make an appearance! The scrambler is the only ride I really like as well...I never get the bracelet - just some tickets for the scrambler. T. Amusements is fairly sketchy! emoticon

Did you rent out your yard to tenters? I've heard a lot of people in GFW are doing that for the concert goers!

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MSPLACEDAGAIN 7/9/2011 10:07AM

    Great story, very inspirational!
We lived in New Orleans for a while in close proximity to the Jazz Fest fair grounds. We heard a number of good bands from our living room with the windows opened! I hope the wind is just right for you!

Eden

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TEMPEST272002 7/8/2011 9:05PM

    You're so lucky to have the pool available to you. So nice. Have fun listening to Kiss on the wind. emoticon

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CRAZYDOGLADYBO 7/8/2011 5:42PM

    I am glad that summer has arrived! Enjoy the pool!

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HEALTHYBARB1 7/8/2011 5:31PM

    Happy Summer! Glad your friend told you about Spark...my friend told me as well and hear we are working on getting healthy!! Seems strange that Canadian foods have more sodium and different nutrient content...did they say why?? Seems kind of RUDE to me! Enjoy the pool!! Smiles Barb

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BECCAJ98 7/8/2011 5:10PM

    Sounds like it will be a great weekend! Enjoy summer!

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PATTISPAGE 7/8/2011 4:54PM

    I hope you don't mind I put a link to the team!

Thanks!

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CODEMAULER 7/8/2011 4:41PM

    It sounds like you have a fun weekend ahead of you; enjoy!

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JLITT62 7/8/2011 4:35PM

    I would help you make use of that pool if I were there! Have fun on your ride.

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Day 2 & 3 of Summer 60 Day Challenge

Thursday, July 07, 2011

Hi,

Well, it appears I do well when challenged. I'm still participating in the virtual Gros Morne Challenge as part of the Newfoundland SparkTeam and I've joined the Summer 60 Day Challenge Team as well.

I've all the kilometres walked for the Gros Morne challenge and am working on the uphill step portion. It is fun and I am thinking about doing the Newfoundland Trailway (again virtually). For those who don't know about the Trailway it is part of the Trans Canada Trailway and the section in Newfoundland runs along the abandoned railway. The train tracks were all removed about 20+ years ago so there are no trains to be found at all on our island. The trailway would take us to some pretty asture and remote parts of the island but I think it is doable.

As for the second challenge, I'm doing well. I'm combining two days into one as I was a day late starting. This way it will be much easier to keep up. Yesterday's challenge was to develop some goals and today was to make sure those goals are SMART ones (Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic, and Timely)

I'm having a bit of trouble with goal setting and even more so with "rewards". I used to say I want to be healthier so that is where I am going to start. With regards to that, my goals are:

To concentrate on losing 5 % of my body weight at a time.
I can keep track of this by weekly weigh-ins.
I believe this is an attainable goal especially with the changes I am making
I think 5% of my weight is a realistic initial goal
I need to lose 10.91 pounds to do this and Labour Day is when I would like to have it accomplished.

I've been doing well with eating, tracking and getting my body in motion. I'm walking for exercise and I'm getting my 8 cups of water in.

Have a great evening!

  
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PATTISPAGE 7/8/2011 9:40PM

    Way to break down.. SMART for sure!!!

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_LINDA 7/8/2011 3:29PM

    Those are awesome goals!! I too, never bothered with rewards -being as fit and healthy as I could be was reward enough. Every day I could get out of bed and move is a reward LOL. So glad you are getting back on track! You will rock this thing! It would be interesting to hike those trails of old railway tracks..
LOVE the artwork you have added, your friend has great talent!!!
Keep up the great work!!

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BOVEY63 7/8/2011 2:11PM

    Congrats on how well you are doing!
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CALGARYNEWF 7/8/2011 11:08AM

    Lets do the trailway!!!!How long is it? I will be finished the KM portion of the Gros Morne tonight and then the steps this weekend so I can start pretty quick. Looking forward to it! emoticon emoticon

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MOSTMOM1 7/8/2011 10:16AM

    Good for you, Susan! That trail sounds exciting.
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LESLIES537 7/8/2011 9:59AM

    You're doing AWESOME!!

Thank you for the virtual shove! I needed that! I'm BACK in the challenge!! emoticon

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TEMPEST272002 7/8/2011 9:04AM

    Great job on your Gros Morne challenge! I'm still doing the Trans Canada one & I find it oddly satisfying to pass the virtual milestones. Maybe one day we'll hike or bike the trailway together. Did you know there's a similar trail (used to be railroad) on Vancouver Island? Has a more colourful name though - the Galloping Goose. Used to be my favourite place to go when we lived on the Island.



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LITTLEFARMMOMMA 7/8/2011 1:23AM

    Excellent, Susan!!!

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JAKEANDNELLIE 7/7/2011 11:12PM

    emoticonStay focused on your goals, determined to reach them, and positive that you will!
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