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Did you hear me when I whispered your name?

Monday, August 08, 2011

Hi,

As most of you know, I have picked up my exercise quite a bit the past week due to joining the YMCA and finding out just how out of shape I really am. My mom has kindly offered to pay the membership fee if I make use of it so I see it as a win-win situation.

So, I was up and at the gym for 8:30 this morning (even the dogs didn't want to get up and just opened one eye and went back to sleep) and did about 25 minutes of resistance training and then I went to an hours class of water aerobics. That was really nice because I ran into an old friend (she was actually my Maid of Honour) and we giggled our way through our exercises and thus didn't seem to notice the time. Anyway, there was one particular move where we hold these foam dumbbells in our arms and we had to hold our arms straight out and make circles. It looked so easy the first time but we were jogging too and we had to do it for four different sets. I so wanted to put my arms down but instead I looked straight ahead and whispered each of your names and you carried me through it! So if your ears were burning around 9:30 Newfoundland time you now know why!!!

When I got home I showered (any ideas how best to keep chlorine from killing your hair....mine is colour treated.....shucks, the secret is out.....and I don't want to cut it all off just yet. Then we walked the dogs for a short walk before eating lunch.

It was during lunch that I had another lightbulb moment! I wanted to go for a bike ride! Now, I have a good bike but just haven't used it. In fact, the last time I used it was over a year ago but off I went. I first rode to see my mom and grandmother and spent some time sitting outdoors with them at their "home'. Several other residents were out too so it was nice to chat. Then I rode home for a total of 10.70 km. I expect to be sore tomorrow!

You know all that foolishness people get on about how the more exercise you do the more you want to do...well, I'm learning that it is not foolish to think that way. Me? Who knew? I feel like I can take on the world....just imagine how good I'm going to feel once I shed some of my baggage! Yeah!

Oh, and the very best part of today was coming home to find a message on our answering machine to say that my friend is treating me to a manicure and pedicure tomorrow! Wow! All because I cat sat for her cats a few weeks ago! She had already given me a purse and a scarf and she put $100 on our account at the vet! I'm overwhelmed with her generosity!

Must go and get the BBQ ready.....filet mignon, salad, baked potatoes....here I come!!!! No, we don't have those steaks very often but they were on sale!!

  
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IMBRENDAB 8/13/2011 8:41PM

    great that you went to the gym! emoticon

*Tip for hair...make sure it is wet BEFORE getting into a chlorine pool. It won't be able to absorb as much of it as it would if it were dry. Of course, shampoo as soon as possible when getting out. Hope that helps.

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NEWKAREN43 8/12/2011 10:38PM

    I don't think I've ever been to your page before, but I was so blessed and uplifted by your blog post! Thank you! I can't think of a better way to spend water aerobics than with my maid of honor!!! Blessings to you and your friends and family. Karen

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CHUBRUB3 8/12/2011 8:39PM

    Yeah! So happy you are going to the gym and working so hard. You can call me any name you like!
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CODEMAULER 8/9/2011 5:50PM

    I've been known to utter a few names when I'd rather sleep than workout. My SparkFriends help me build up accountability, whether they know it or not.

Whisper my name anytime... but don't be surprised if I whisper right back at ya!

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KANSASROSE67 8/9/2011 4:51PM

    Love it that you were thinking of your Sparkfriends! I sometimes do that when running up a tough hill. I'm so happy you're enjoying your fitness! I truly can't say how much better I feel in every way when I get exercise in each morning.

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BOVEY63 8/9/2011 4:47PM

    Awesome job on all the exercise - you are turning into one heck of a workout machine!
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Also awesome that your mom has offered to pay your membership and that you had more fun by exercising with an old friend!
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Enjoy the pampering! You have earned it!

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TEMPEST272002 8/9/2011 4:36PM

    Now I know why my ears were burning! It really is true - the more you exercise, the more you enjoy it. As I was riding my bike today, I was thinking about the first exercise I did with SP. A 6 block flat stretch in town. It looked a 100 miles long to me & I wasn't sure I'd make it. I did. Barely. Today, I rode my bike 12km into town, worked a landscaping job for 3 hours, and then rode back home. Did the same thing yesterday, followed by walking the dog & going for a swim. It's crazy how fast this 41 year old body has adapted. And the rewards haven't just been the weight - I haven't experienced clinical depression since I started exercising daily. That's huge for me. I know you understand. Keep going to the Y. I am SO PROUD of you for going back after that first time. And now reconnecting with an old friend. So many non-scale related benefits!

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CRAZYDOGLADYBO 8/9/2011 1:07PM

    Sounds like a wonderful day! So happy you are enjoying exercise.I agree with the swim cap.

Dinner sounds delicious!

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DOLLYHOLLY 8/9/2011 10:11AM

    Wow! emoticon Sounds like a fitness-busy day!!! emoticon Water aerobics - if I could swim, I'd love to do that. Easy on the joints I hear, and anything that doesn't crick my knees is a great sport to me! :)

What a sweet mama you have there! And whispering our names? Excellent idea! I did feel a wisp of wind blowing on my neck - I hope that was you and not a flying mosquito... emoticon

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CHANGINGSAM 8/9/2011 9:18AM

    Proud of you! Keep up the AWESOME work!

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GRAMLORI 8/9/2011 9:09AM

    I know that SparkFriends are among the best!! I pray for mine, sometimes, when I need to push on the pool. I haven't been walking lately, and I miss it. Like you said, Who knew??? Funny how we can change and enjoy the change!! Your pounds will soon start dropping.....I mean kilos.......right? Great blog and so glad you found your friend there!! Keep it up!!
Lori

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_LINDA 8/8/2011 11:49PM

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Well done Susan!! Awesome day all around!! Great finding a workout buddy in the pool, sure does make time fly!!
2nd that on a swim cap, unless you can pull it all on top of your head like a ballerina to keep it out of the water.

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S3XYDIVASMOM 8/8/2011 11:17PM

    I'm going to try that whispering thing. Bike riding always sounds like so much fun, but my reality is that my neighborhood is so hilly that it's way too hard for the casual rider. Also, if I really want to go some place, I'd have to travel on a 45 mph road where the actual speed of the drivers is likely to be 50ish. I got rid of my bike about a year ago, but I think that if we ever move, one prerequisite will be that we live in a biker friendly place.

Good for you and the attitude that you're developing.

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PENNEYV 8/8/2011 8:56PM

    Feel free to whisper my name any time you need. emoticon

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BECCAJ98 8/8/2011 8:17PM

    I almost started crying ....so very proud of you! You can and will take on the world!!! Keep it up!!

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JETTANALA 8/8/2011 5:54PM

    what a difference a week makes! It is so nice to feel your smile through the miles!

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CHANGING_LIFE 8/8/2011 5:34PM

    Loved your blog post! Yay you! Glad to hear things are going so well. I just love your personality. Stay in touch, SparkFriend!

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KAYDE53 8/8/2011 5:28PM

    Chalk up another great exercise day for you!! emoticon emoticonEnjoy your pampering at your manicure & pedicure!!! Saying our names was inspired; have to try that!! Have a good week! emoticon

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KAMAPERRY 8/8/2011 4:10PM

    Feel that energy!! Go you!! I love the saying of the names, I will try that!

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LITTLEFARMMOMMA 8/8/2011 4:03PM

    What a wonderful DAY, Susan! Wow! Your friend was very appreciative, I'll say! That's awesome! Her babies must have had a great experience with you!

I think when my BodyWorks fitness membership resumes in October, I'll try a water aerobics class! It sounds like fun!

I hope you have a great rest of the day! Your blog really sounded refreshing and happy! emoticon

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JLITT62 8/8/2011 4:01PM

    Ya think if I start now I can make it in time for dinner? Altho we're having crab cakes, which we also don't have real often as crab is so expensive.

Great job on using that Y!

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THETURTLEBEAR 8/8/2011 4:00PM

    Wow - you are really loving this fitness stuff! Woot! Woot! Let me give you an idea for the hair - I got the idea on how to keep my swimsuit from dissolving (back in the days of my dissolving swimsuit blog, before you "knew" me). The lifeguards, who were having the same problem with the chlorine/fabric, said that it's really important to fully soak in the shower before entering the pool. The idea is that your swimsuit is going to absorb the "good" water and will already have all the fibers saturated before you get in the pool. Seems like the same concept should work with our hair, right? I am also assuming you wear a swim cap? But maybe you don't - so you could consider that. All the swim team kids were swim caps, so you can consider yourself trendy!!
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An update on my Newfoundland T'Railway journey

Sunday, August 07, 2011

Hi,

As many of you know I'm still taking part in a challenge founded by the leaders of the Newfoundland and Labrador team to walk the now abandoned railway. A lot of work has been put into this to clear the rails and to make sure the path and bridges are up to year round use by hikers, etc.

We have broke it down into four sections as the almost 900 km was a bit intimidating to think about. I'm currently working on section one and I "left" St. John's on July 11th and as of yesterday, I have walked 66.57 km!!!! My goal is to reach Clarenville by mid-October in time for Canadian Thanksgiving! Besides, there is a fantastic craft store in Shoal Harbour which is just outside of Clarenville.

St. John's -- 0 (check)
Donovanís 11 (check)
Paradise 15 (check)
Topsail 21 (check)
Manuels 26 (check)
Holyrood 49 (check)
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Maherís 73
Whitbourne 88
Placentia Jct. 100
Arnoldís Cove 160
Goobies 179
Clarenville 212


So you can see I've been active. I also joined the Y a week ago and have been there almost everyday. I didn't go yesterday but I did walk 7.10 km last night with the dogs. John and are both enjoying this as we pick out a road we've never walked on and armed with our GPS, off we go. We are lucky that we have hundreds of roads (once used for hauling logs for the local paper mill) just about a ten minute drive away. We call it "across" the river because there is a huge river we have to cross and then there is nobody to for hundreds of miles around. It is so peaceful. Sometimes you will meet up with a truck or see a far off cabin but everybody leaves you alone. I'm seeing parts of Newfoundland that I've only heard of....parts that no tourist will ever see.

Last night we discovered a beautiful road that twisted and turned but it was just like a park. Lots of pretty wildflowers for us to enjoy and lots of bunnies and squirrels to keep the dogs busy. We did find some discarded beer cans (drives me nuts that people take this stuff into the woods and can't seem to take it back out with them!!!) so we picked them up and brought them home to recycle.

Am eating well too! The past two nights for snacks I have had a banana and peanut butter....yum! I've been eating breakfast and lunch along with supper so it does make a big difference overall!

Oh well, I've wasted enough of your time.....get back to whatever it was you were doing!

Happy Sunday to you all

  
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THETURTLEBEAR 8/7/2011 10:29PM

    Great report!!

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BOVEY63 8/7/2011 9:31PM

    Your blogs are never a waste a time - enjoy reading them.
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You are doing so great on your exercise; and congrats on eating well. It is so wonderful that you have so many options, and partners, to take your walks.
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CRAZYDOGLADYBO 8/7/2011 8:06PM

    You never waste my time emoticon

I would love to hike areas like that! You are doing a great job!

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TEMPEST272002 8/7/2011 7:51PM

    I'm so proud of you for following through with the Y! You've done really well this week. I smiled when you wrote about the long walks you get to enjoy in nature & off the beaten track. I feel exactly the same way about my own forest trails. I love PB & banana!

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KAYDE53 8/7/2011 7:45PM

    Sounds great!! I too dislike litterbugs who leave their garbage in the wild!!! Hope you take your camera sometime & take some pictures & post!! Have a good week!! emoticon emoticon

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S3XYDIVASMOM 8/7/2011 7:41PM

    Time spent with friends is rarely time wasted. Glad to hear from you.

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DRGOMTI 8/7/2011 6:03PM

    you're so blessed to have that wilderness "within walking distance"!! Please just don't ever go alone!! we must always use the buddy system for stuff like that! n you have a great buddy there!! My poor honey can hardly walk 1/2 mi without terrible pain down his leg from his back. I am so happy for you guys who are much much younger than us old folks!! : )) And Newfoundland is blessed to have people like you who are good caretakers of this beautiful earth!!
I've been doing alittle better with nutrition n my cardio too. I managed to go to walmart n didn't get anything bad like cookies or cup cakes!! altho, I have to admit, I DID get my dk choc. that's a must for survival!! : )) you're doing so good n just think! we still have our favorite time a yr coming! Fall n winter!!! emoticon
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JLITT62 8/7/2011 5:19PM

    So happy to hear you doing so well! Having so many great places to walk nearby would be heaven to me - I get bored so easily!

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LITTLEFARMMOMMA 8/7/2011 5:02PM

    In case you hadn't noticed, emoticonYOU have been encouraging a LOT of friends on SparkPeople lately! THANK YOU for your example, your kind heart, and wonderful words of encouragement! Your blog just makes me smile with what you're doing with your hubby! emoticon

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Nonsense worth reading - pictures too

Friday, August 05, 2011

Hi!

If you are wondering about my blog title, it is named that because I wanted to write about a whole bunch of stuff some people might call nonsense but which I feel is important to me. Since I use my blogs as a journal first and foremost you don't have to read any further if you don't want to. But I know you are because that is why my SparkFriends are the very bestest! (and yes, I know that isn't a word but it did seem apt)

Today, I've accomplished several things. One was I went for a 5.5 km walk in the woods with my hubby and two dogs. It was on this walk that I had several break throughs in my thought process.

1. I let Louisa be a dog and didn't care when she got this dirty within minutes of our walk



We have lots of clean water and towels at home and she is at her happiest getting dirty...and besides her "smile" is contagious!

2. We came to a fork in the road so it was decision time. One road was dry and shorter and the other was much longer and who knew what lay beyond the next turn. It was then that I had a emoticon moment! Life is too short to always know what lies ahead of us! John was amazed that I wanted to take the longer trail and I couldn't even find the words to tell him why. It was such a beautiful day and I was spending time with those I loved the most....heck, why would I pick the short, boring trail! I've realized after much thought, that this can apply to my whole life. I am at a fork in the road......I've decided to take the path that I'm not comfortable with.....joining the gym. But, if I don't I will never know what I could have been!

3. I might have 'only" lost a grand total of 10 pounds in a year but carrying 10 pounds and walking a km sure felt like work!



Yes, I carried Maddy for about 1 km as he was sedated at the vet yesterday for a quick procedure and we didn't want him to over do it!

4. When you take the different path you see interesting stuff that you might have missed! Moose prints.....some were very fresh.....as in mere minutes!





5. And the final thing I realized (which is when I stopped because my brain cells were starting to fight back against overuse!) is that we make sure our dogs are always fed good quality food, eat only healthy snacks, are exercised twice a day, and get a lot of rest and relaxation but my husband and I don't do the same for ourselves. So, on the way home I stopped into a grocery store and stocked up on some "freggies"! I had a turkey breast all prepared to pop into the oven so I decided to roast some vegetables to go with it. I also bought an acorn squash which we've never had....all in the oven roasting with onions, carrots, turnip, sweet potato, garlic, and parsnip.


Oh, and another thing......I actually went to the gym while the above was roasting and did 30 minutes of resistance training!!!! Is it okay to declare a "proud of me day"?





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P.S. sorry this pictures are sideways....they weren't that way on my computer! AAARRRGGHH

  
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VICKILYN4 8/9/2011 7:30PM

    emoticon Susan..So proud of you. That is totally emoticon !!!!!



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_LINDA 8/8/2011 11:57PM

    Its so great to hear you really getting into the idea of healthy living! I love your photos, even if they are sideways! Muddy dogs are happy dogs! Learning relax and live and let live is all part of the goal. Not stressing out will aid with the weight loss..
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JETTANALA 8/8/2011 6:53PM

    Realizations are key to success! Hooray for treating yourself as well as you treat your pooches!

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CALGARYNEWF 8/6/2011 8:32PM

    Well done!

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LITTLEFARMMOMMA 8/6/2011 3:45PM

    Yay for the muddy doggie! What fun that must have been! I think your nonsense stuff was great! Thank you for a very nice to read blog, my friend! emoticon emoticon

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GRAMLORI 8/6/2011 9:49AM

    Of course its ok to have a proud me day!! You have good reason to be proud of your day, and your "new" way of thinking! And if you weren't proud of it, we wouldn't have had the opportunity to share in it.....love the pics, even the sideways ones! I do that quite often!! And how nice to have such a wonderful area to walk!! Thanks for sharing!!
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JLITT62 8/6/2011 5:25AM

    I think you should definitely be proud of yourself!

Thankfully, as you know, my dogs loathe rain & so rarely get dirty. We give them a bath maybe twice a yr whether or not they need it.

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KAMAPERRY 8/6/2011 1:08AM

    I love your blogs and I am sooooooooooooooooo proud of you!! Your dinner sounds delish!

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BOVEY63 8/5/2011 11:54PM

    Awesome blog and revelations! So great that you were with those you love the most.
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KAYDE53 8/5/2011 11:28PM

    Loved the muddy dog pic! Reminds me of my dogs; if there's any mud to be found, they can find it! Sounds like you had a great walk & your dinner sounded yummy! That moose track was awesome, glad you didn't meet him face to face. emoticon emoticon

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KAYDE53 8/5/2011 11:23PM

    Loved the muddy dog pic! Reminds me of my dogs; if there's any mud to be found, they can find it! Sounds like you had a great walk & your dinner sounded yummy! emoticon emoticon

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TEMPEST272002 8/5/2011 10:57PM

    Well, I'm certainly proud of you! Changing your thinking - that's the key to all of this. Love the muddy dog pics. I took my in-laws retriever to the swamp today to let the old guy frolic in the muck. Such a happy guy, I couldn't help but smile too. Glad you picked the longer, more interesting path.

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COLUMBINE2 8/5/2011 9:56PM

    Excellent blog --- on all your thoughts. My new experience in going to the gym this year resulted in a 15# loss in a short amount of time. (I'd been trying for 2 years to lose those pounds!) The strength training really makes a difference. I hired a personal trainer for just a few weeks (I know..it's expensive) and learned as much as I could to do by myself. It worked!!!! I'm still doing it by myself now! And the weight hasn't returned. Just a thought!

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S3XYDIVASMOM 8/5/2011 9:24PM

    It was hardly a pointless blog. I loved your fork in the road and how you applied it to the larger context. Carrying the dog was an excellent demonstration of how significant that 10 pounds is. And finally, so true about how well we feed our pets. Years and years have been added to our pets' lives because of commercially prepared pet foods. (We have a 21 year old cat; she's never eaten anything other than off-the-shelf dry cat food.) So why can't we come up with a "people chow." It would sure simplify things.

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THETURTLEBEAR 8/5/2011 8:33PM

    DEFINITELY a PROUD YOU!!!!!

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TERESA159 8/5/2011 6:46PM

    Great blog and a good read, thanks. Love your fork in the road analogy, so true and "fork" is so appropriate, don't you think? LOL
How very cool that in helping out your little dog you got to realize what a big difference 10 pounds makes. That's a significant loss, good for you!

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DRGOMTI 8/5/2011 6:29PM

    Holy Cow!! You're really doing the exercise!! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
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CRAZYDOGLADYBO 8/5/2011 6:03PM

    Yes I continued to read!

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DOLLYHOLLY 8/5/2011 5:54PM

    emoticon You're doing emoticon LOVE the pics. What sweet looking doggies you got there, and you're looking happy, healthy & pretty too!

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CODEMAULER 8/5/2011 5:50PM

    What a terrific day - loved the photos!!

Enjoy the freggies; speak up if you ever need recipe or cooking method suggestions. There are a lot of 'good eaters' out here!

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CHRISTINA791 8/5/2011 5:39PM

    Sounds like a fantastic walk!

Those are really the best for clearing your mind and reminding you of just how awesome it is to be alive. I had to laugh at the dogs, too. Dogs being dogs are the best!

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BECCAJ98 8/5/2011 5:37PM

    We are all proud of you!!!
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Happy 1st Year Spark Anniversary to me!

Thursday, August 04, 2011



Yes, it has been a whole year since I first logged into the Spark site to see what it was all about. Although I didn't officially start until the end of August (it was my first day back to work for the fall semester) my Spark anniversary was two days ago.......the day I sort of had my meltdown!

I've decided to make a list of the positive things that have happened to me during the past year:

1. Was introduced to Spark!

2. Adopted Louisa who is one of the best walking companions ever!

3. Have over 12,000 fitness minutes under my belt...yes, ME!

4. Survived a year with my husband gone back to school...he graduated with honours and I dealt with things on the homefront!

5. Went a year without having to adjust any of my medications for depression

6. My therapist "sees" big improvements in my outlook and attitude

7. Posted full length pictures of myself....in underwear (!) for a challenge!

8. Virtually climbed Gros Morne mountain and am working on the Newfoundland T'Railway

9. Have learned that I love to walk and have thus discovered new trails and roads

10. Have laughed more at my dogs who join me for my walks.....bunnies, frogs, moose, etc

11. Have gone a whole year on a "program" and have not quit!!!! Wow!

12. Have made the most wonderful friends and joined some great teams

13. Have worked hard on the all-or-nothing attitude

14. Have come to appreciate how drinking 8 glasses of water makes me feel

15. Am comfortable posting blogs that emotionally gut-wrenching!

16. Have posted photos of myself for people to see!

17. Have eaten some pretty good healthy meals (along with a few bad ones too) but the point is I know the difference

18. Have worked on my relationship with my mother and it is better than ever

19. People have noticed I seem to be more confident

20. I'm in the process of learning that this is journey and not a destination. I might step off the path to take in a few sights, I might get waylaid by some ailments, I might lose my way in the fog, but I'm still making overall progress!


Thanks to all of you who have helped me in ways you are really not even aware of!

Susan

P.S. I seem to have forgotten to mention my husband in all of this.....so here is reason 21: I am more in love with my husband than ever before and we are getting along so much better. Just shows what a little self-improvement can do to relationships you are in.

  
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CHRISTINA791 8/5/2011 12:48PM

    Congratulations, and happy sparkversary!!

Here's to even more success in the next year! I can't wait to see where you go with it!

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BOVEY63 8/5/2011 12:11PM

    Happy one-year Sparkversary! You have come so far!
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KAYDE53 8/4/2011 11:21PM

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DRGOMTI 8/4/2011 9:38PM

    WOW!! Pump up the enthusiasm!!!! emoticon You go girl!!!! now you really inspire me!!
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CODEMAULER 8/4/2011 3:28PM

    What a difference a year can make; just think about that when you face the next day, and the day after that...

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CHLOE453 8/4/2011 2:16PM

    emoticon I doesn't seem possible, how time flies!! emoticon

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HAPPY SPARKVERSARY to you.

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_LINDA 8/4/2011 12:14PM

    emoticon Happy Sparkversary!! You have come a long way and are doing fantastic!! I was so happy to have met you on here!
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LESLIES537 8/4/2011 12:13PM

    That is quite the awesome list!!! I am incredibly proud of you! Happy Sparkversary! Here's to many more to come! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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JLITT62 8/4/2011 12:11PM

    Wonderful accomplishments!

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BECCAJ98 8/4/2011 11:41AM

    Woohooooooooooo!! And we notice the positive changes too!

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CALGARYNEWF 8/4/2011 11:29AM

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I love this!

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S3XYDIVASMOM 8/4/2011 10:40AM

    Wow. That's an amazing list. I think I've followed you from almost the beginning and have enjoyed seeing the progress. It's been a lot of fun seeing this little flower bud and blossom. I look forward to our mutual journey.

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THETURTLEBEAR 8/4/2011 10:08AM

    That P.S. is the tops!!

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TEMPEST272002 8/4/2011 9:51AM

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Happy Sparkversary to YOU!!! I'm so glad you found your way to SP. It's been such a pleasure getting to know you through your blogs.

I've definitely seen changes in your over the past year, especially in your attitude. You are more optimistic, self-accepting & self-confident. Every time you do something you think you can't, you grow a little bit more.

#20 is my favourite on the list... it, in itself, shows how very far you've come. Well done!

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LITTLEFARMMOMMA 8/4/2011 9:30AM

    Hurray! emoticonSo glad I read this blog before heading out today! You DO rock, you know! What a fantastic year you've had! Of course, we ALL go up and down, but you always keep on going FORWARD and you can certainly tell that you are making the MOST out of your life! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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Feeling better now that I've had my pity party

Wednesday, August 03, 2011

Hi!

Thank you to each of you who reached out to me either through commenting on my blog, sending me a SparkMail message or bestowing me with SparkGoodies! I needed to hear that somebody out there has my back and boy, did you guys (err...gals) ever respond!

Each one of you had some wonderful advice and words of wisdom so collectively, imagine the support I feel I have! Wow, to say I'm overwhelmed is an understatement. Which Hollywood actress tearfully said "you like me, you really like me" at some awards ceremony and that is what I feel like right now! You guys like me and want me to do well! You don't know me but you care enough to reach out and drag me out of my funk!

I'm taking all of your advice! I'm going to take one day as it comes and try to make mini-goals. Anybody who has followed my journey knows that I have a real problem with goal setting despite writing about it several times. My cousin and I have committed to three sessions at the Y each week; one of which has to be in the weight room because it is what we dread the most. If we do more, that is great but three days is our current goal.

So, that being said, Monday we went to water aerobics, yesterday we were shown around and did some cardio and resistance training and today.......today I went by myself and did 25 minutes on the treadmill, 20 minutes of resistance training and 20 minute in the pool! Yeah!!!!

Can anybody answer this question - the Y has several machines (probably 7-9) that they refer to as resistance training. You can change the amount of resistance by adjusting some knobs. Anyway, I decided to start off on level one (it goes from 0-10) on most machines and up to 4 on others. My cousin (who is 18) thinks I am not using high enough of a resistance. I thought it was better to start slow (to avoid injury) and work my way up? Any ideas and/or thoughts. Also, I've tracked it as Curves circuit training under cardio....is that the right way to do it? I do each machine for 3 sets of 10 reps and it takes about 20 minutes. Also, can I do this on consecutive days?

Since you all believe in me I've got to do this! I've come this far (I read through some of my older blogs and I HAVE come a fair ways) so I'm can't give up. This is MY journey and I have to do it for my mental health as much as I have to do it for my physical health. Quitting is not an option and I certainly don't want to undo all the progress I've made in the past year with regards to non-scale victories!

Thanks again to all of you! You are all angels in my mind!

  
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JETTANALA 8/8/2011 6:50PM

    YAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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BOVEY63 8/5/2011 12:09PM

    So happy that you are feeling better and so optimistic!
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Great job on the working out!
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Have a Fantastic Friday and awesome weekend!

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_LINDA 8/4/2011 12:37PM

    The rule of thumb with resistance is you go until your muscles are tired, but not sore. If it takes too many reps before you feel anything, you increase you weight until you do. Rule is 12-15 repetitions. You stay at that setting until it begins to feel too easy then go up again. They should have people there to give advice, and you should have had a complete orientation to use every machine with the correct form first before using it.
Way to go and good luck with it!!

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LESLIES537 8/4/2011 12:16PM

    LOVE your attitude! That's the Susan I know and love!!

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CRAZYDOGLADYBO 8/4/2011 10:50AM

    You can do this! Great goal setting!

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THETURTLEBEAR 8/3/2011 10:42PM

    I am familiar with the machines you describe - they're at my gym too, and great for people beginning strength training because you don't have to do all the adjustments that you do on the more complex machines. You should use a resistance level that lets you get through your reps (10-12 at first, per set), but is feeling really challenging by the last few reps. Most people seem to start at position 3 on the upper body machines when they're new to it, and maybe more on the legs (I'm guessing there are two leg machines on the circuit, plus the squat machine). But each machine should be judged individually by you and you should write it down (they probably have little sheets and pencils nearby) so you remember for next time. Then when you can do 15 reps and 3 sets and it's not feeling hard enough, up your resistance. It is not cardio - Curves gets counted as cardio because you are doing the jogging or whatever on those boards in between. It counts as strength - and you should be able to find most of those machines in your tracker. SP gives you credit for five minutes of exercise for each machine, automatically, but not any calories since it's not cardio.

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DRGOMTI 8/3/2011 9:23PM

    YOU ROCK SUES!! You are also my angel! : )) my experience with a fitness center n personal trainer is, I bought myself a package deal for 3 months, this was 5 yrs ago, n it included a personal trainer n she pertnear kilt me! when it came to the strength training she got that I had had 2 neck surgeries n have a metal plate n screws fusing 3 verts, so I didn't use any weights, but she had me pushing it too hard with some moves n the bands, n when I felt my neck muscles cramping up I said, nope I can't do that! I think you just have to listen to your own body! It knows better than anything, how much you can handle. n I don't believe in "no pain, no gain"!! For this summer I've been using my push mowing as my cardio n it's plenty! but it's great that you joined the Y!! I would if I could afford it n had a cool cz that would join with me! : )) I can't wait for winter so I can do my snowy walks in the woods with winders again!! So I figure I got it covered, walk with the mower for half the yr, n walk in the snow the other half! : )) I'll tell ya Susan, your blogs are what keep me ingaged with my sparking right now! So I'm so glad you're not gonna quit!!! : ))
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CODEMAULER 8/3/2011 8:30PM

    If you weren't worth the effort, NONE of us would have chimed in!

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KAMAPERRY 8/3/2011 6:01PM

    Of course we like you!! That is what friends are for and to help you be your best you!! I also say ask a trainer, so you do it safely. I applaud your efforts, keep it up!

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S3XYDIVASMOM 8/3/2011 4:58PM

    Always start slowly. You can quickly add the weight if it doesn't hurt you. But if you haven't been strength training, use light weights until form is mastered and then gradually increase the weight. The usual advise is non-consecutive days for strength training. However, you could do lower body workouts one day and then do upper body on the next day.

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OLDERDANDRT 8/3/2011 3:53PM

    I would confer with the trainer at the Y. Strength training for sure is not consecutive days. The trainer could tell you best. I'm glad you're going at this !! emoticon emoticon

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