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Short and sweet and to the point ~ the numbers!

Monday, August 29, 2011

Hi,

I'm just not in the mood to write one of my normal blogs but I gotta share this news with you all.....last night I took along our GPS on my normal dog walking route. The route I always logged as 2.5 km is actually 2.67 km but the best news is.......I can now walk that in 25 minutes whereas it used to take me 40 minutes!

So, I'm still obese, I'm still fighting to lose a pound and not regain it but my fitness ability obviously is improving! Can I say woo-hoo!?!

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BOVEY63 8/31/2011 1:50PM

    Awesome improvement on your walking time!
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NEWFIEGIRLHERE 8/30/2011 11:57AM

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GAYLE-G-63 8/30/2011 9:58AM

    A BIG WOOHOO!!!

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CALGARYNEWF 8/30/2011 9:12AM

    Great job Susan!!!!!! emoticon indeed!


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_LINDA 8/30/2011 1:27AM

    That is awesome!! And I bet it just feels good too, doesn't it? Way to rock your fitness!
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CHUBRUB3 8/30/2011 12:21AM

    Great job Susan!
It is things like this that make it worthwhile!
Hugs,
Angela

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APIRLRAIN888 8/29/2011 11:36PM

    woohooo, lol could you add me back ;p accidently unfriend you

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KAMAPERRY 8/29/2011 11:33PM

    That totally rocks!! Go you!

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CRAZYDOGLADYBO 8/29/2011 11:10PM

    Yes you can say WooHoo! Remember, one step at a time!

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How is the goofy stuff going?

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JLITT62 8/29/2011 10:13PM

    Amazing!

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S3XYDIVASMOM 8/29/2011 7:22PM

    I think this is major! Go ahead and toot your horn. emoticon

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DRGOMTI 8/29/2011 6:41PM

    YES SIR I MEAN MAM!! SAY emoticon emoticon emoticon
Good for you!!!!!!
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MOSTMOM1 8/29/2011 6:23PM

    You bet your sweet patootie you can say woohoo! Cutting your time in half is a major accomplishment!
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LESLIES537 8/29/2011 5:48PM

    WOOHOO!!! Take THAT Mr. Scale!! emoticon emoticon

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THETURTLEBEAR 8/29/2011 5:09PM

    That is really fabulous! You should be proud - it's awesome!!

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LITTLEFARMMOMMA 8/29/2011 4:03PM

    That is FANTASTIC! That is a huge increase in fitness in that amount of time! I'd say you've really come a long way, baby! emoticon

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TEMPEST272002 8/29/2011 4:00PM

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Wow, good for you for improving your fitness level so much. That improvement is likely translating into other numbers... like your blood pressure & glucose levels. And not only for you - your dogs are benefiting hugely from all this physical activity too.

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CODEMAULER 8/29/2011 3:53PM

    You can totally say WOOHOO!

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KANSASROSE67 8/29/2011 3:47PM

    That's wonderful!

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A little holiday (pictures)

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Hi,

Well, it started out a crappy week for me despite the beautiful weather which we are so thankful to be having, albeit a bit late in summer. But, I'm feeling much better now and have made my appointment to discuss these mood "bumps" (they aren't quite full-fledge swings) with my therapist. I am also making an appointment with my family doctor to get a check up to see if there is actually a physical cause to all of this.

Enough of that foolishness, because that is basically what it is. I know when I get like it that it will pass but I still get like it and cannot shake it despite fulling acknowleging what a moody cow I can be! Deep breath......

I got recalled back to work for this coming week so that is a little bit of pressure off of me. Every year it gets later and later as to when we find out when and if we are returning. I'd swear I only found out today because I bothered to check into it myself through a casual e-mail. Anyway, I'm lucky enough to work mornings only and all weekdays so it will leave plenty of time for exercise and enjoying life.

Speaking of enjoying life, we've certainly been doing that the past several days. We left yesterday morning to drive about two hours to line up for another hour to catch a ferry. But we didn't make the ferry as there were too many big trucks on board so we were kind of disappointed. Instead we ended up in one of the most beloved tourist areas and had a wonderful time. The island we were going to is called Fogo Island but the area we went to was Twillingate.

The weather was gorgeous, the dogs were in their glee and we just walked and walked amid the rocks and cliffs. Here are some pictures:











You can see what a nice day it was and Lou really enjoyed the experience of swimming in salt water...her first time ever! Maddy was quite nimble climbing the rocky cliffs and apparently had no fear! John did take some silly pictures of me pretending to fall off the side of a cliff but I will have to post them later. He did those for the goofy challenge!!!!

Talk to you all later.....I will get in touch with you all soon!

P.S. Here are the pictures from John's phone.....I'm not at all convincing in my "falling off the cliff" pictures but hey, it was fun!





  
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HEALTHY4ME 8/29/2011 5:55PM

    Well sir I just happened upon your blog, and when I read the ferry I just thought hmmm wonder where she is, and thought hmm Canada ( like there aren't tons of ferrys in US) and then thought drove then 2 hr wait and I thought big trucks. okay is she going to NF or else the ferry to the queen charlottes in BC. My hubby was military and we lived in Gander for 4 years. We are now in Dartmouth NS.
Enjoy your day off!

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S3XYDIVASMOM 8/27/2011 3:12PM

    I loved your pictures. That smiling happy dog is especially precious.

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FLOWERDALEJEWEL 8/27/2011 5:39AM

   

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BOVEY63 8/26/2011 11:22PM

    Hope the weekend finds you on less bumpy roads.
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HOPEFULANGE 8/26/2011 7:08PM

    Hi Susan! Sorry to hear about your "Bumps." I hope you feel better after going to your appointment.

Lovely pics! I've never been out that way but everyone says it's a must. I'd love to visit more places here in NL but my husband drives a lot around the province for work, so he hates road trips.

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CHRISTINA791 8/26/2011 5:10PM

    Wonderful pictures! Thanks for sharing them!

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BECCAJ98 8/26/2011 2:50PM

    Absolutely gorgeous!!!

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KAMAPERRY 8/26/2011 2:04PM

    Gorgeous!!

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DEE0973 8/26/2011 12:41PM

    beautiful, where exactly is this?

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CHUBRUB3 8/26/2011 12:21PM

    Fantastic Susan!
So very beautiful where you are! I hope to visit one day. Wow!
Love your photos and your 'goofy' challenge. Too funny!
Hugs,
Angela

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DRGOMTI 8/26/2011 11:28AM

    WOW!! What a gorgeous area!! You're so blessed with all that beauty!! Thanx for all the wonderful pics!!! they're breath taking!!! you all look so happy!!
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CALGARYNEWF 8/26/2011 10:49AM

    Beautiful pictures Susan! You're making me homesick again!!!!! emoticon

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JLITT62 8/26/2011 9:36AM

    Wow, that looks gorgeous!

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    Wow! The scenery is gorgeous, & your dogs look so happy! What a wonderful time you must have had. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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LITTLEFARMMOMMA 8/25/2011 11:45PM

    Oh, I LOVED The pictures, and had to laugh out LOUD at the cliff ones! You really bring a huge smile to my face most days when I read your blog! I really, really do understand what you're saying about those mood bumps! I get them, TOO! Argh!

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HICKOK-HALEY 8/25/2011 11:18PM

    Beautiful pics. Your dogs looked like they had a great time. Glad your back to work for a while! emoticon

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LESLIES537 8/25/2011 11:08PM

    Just gorgeous!! Sounds like you had an amazing time! LOL @ the cliff pics!! You're cute when you're falling off a cliff! emoticon emoticon

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KAYDE53 8/25/2011 10:48PM

    Loved your pics; they're beautiful & so are your precious fur babies!! Have a great weekend!! emoticon

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MOSTMOM1 8/25/2011 9:45PM

    You crack me up! And wow, your dogs are actually smiling. LOVE it.
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_LINDA 8/25/2011 8:59PM

    Gorgeous photos!! What a rugged area! Labs go for water no matter what, wasn't surprised at the wet doggie photo.
So glad you enjoyed it and am happy you got the working hours you wanted! The falling off the cliff photos were cute! To me it looked as if you were just coming up from an arduos climb lol! Love that you are always changing your profile photo, looking good!

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TEMPEST272002 8/25/2011 8:36PM

    So beautiful there! I really enjoyed your photos, especially the first one. Laughed at the falling pics - that's great. I'm glad they weren't convincing... goofy, not scary!

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CRAZYDOGLADYBO 8/25/2011 8:29PM

    Wonderful pics!

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IMIN2GENES 8/25/2011 8:20PM

    What beautiful pics! Thanks so much for sharing them. Looks like you had lots of fun!
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CODEMAULER 8/25/2011 8:09PM

    The pictures are as beautiful as the painting on your SparkPage. You have a keen eye for lovely settings!

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THETURTLEBEAR 8/25/2011 7:59PM

    Gorgeous place, adorable dogs, and love the "cliff" pics!

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How does one do it?

Monday, August 22, 2011

Hi,

That is my question for all of you....how do you do it? By "it", I mean find the time to exercise, eat correctly, log it in, write blogs, read blogs, write responses and be as supportive as you can be?

I'm starting to notice a trend with the readers of my blogs; they are always the same people and I feel really bad because half the time it takes me a week or so to catch up. Even then I only pick one or two of you and read all of your posts for a week and try to reply.

This isn't a bad thing I know. I know I'm busy exercising a lot lately and therefore that cuts into some of my computer time. I also don't like to use the computer late at night (I have this wild theory that it keeps me awake and thus try to put it away by 8:00 p.m.), I am loving my new exercise committment but I still feel guily.

When I get back to work in the fall it is usually not a problem as I go in a half hour early and settle into reading blogs before my actual shift starts and the library officially opens for the day. I usually eat my breakfast while Sparking and get half of my daily water in then as well.

But this is not the fall, although it soon will be, and I'm still off work and enjoying every minute of it. We have been blessed the past few days with the warmest weather of the summer....yay!!! Saturday we had a family birthday party to attend in the afternoon so I walked in the evening when it cooled down. Then yesterday we headed to a lake and spent the afternoon walking the shoreline while the dogs played in the water. Again after it cooled down I headed out last night and walked another 5 km.

So, I've upped my exercise but I still manged to gain two pounds this week. Funny, because as I sort of fell off the scale with disappointment, I'm sure I could hear many of you chanting "but its not about the scale"...and it worked. The disappointment was fleeting and I have given myself three months to "see" changes. In the meantime I will continue to work out and eat as best as I can knowing that good things come to those who wait. They do, right? I mean, nobody has ever spoken about working out and following the nutritional guidelines and it not working, or have they? Ha!

In closing, I want each of you to know how much I value your comments and support. I want to have the time to read all of your blogs and to keep in touch the way I think I should be but it is hard at times. I guess everyone goes through this, and I will find a way to work around it too!

  
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MOSTMOM1 8/24/2011 9:16AM

    Susan, I think everybody understands. I try to read, comment and reply when I can, but you know the day just gets a little crazy around here, so I can't always keep up.
Here's my take on it--I enjoy comments and replies like the little gifts that they are. But I know everyone else is busy too, so I don't expect them. They're wonderful surprises. I'm hoping that people feel the same way on the other side. I think Sparkers are prepared to cut each other some slack in the "keeping up with everything" department. That said, I'm going to be really offended if you don't reply to this comment.
JUST KIDDING!!!!
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CRAZYDOGLADYBO 8/23/2011 7:59PM

    I too have busy days! I take what I can when I can. emoticon

One thing that helped me to start the scale moving was to incorporate strength training into my week. I can see a difference now!

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DRGOMTI 8/23/2011 1:01PM

    You're on a roll!! ride that sucker out!!! emoticon
we've had a few days of low humidity so I got my bike out n run windy alittle. luckily, I don't have too many friends to keep in touch with cz I'd feel guilty too. I mostly read your blog, track, track, track, n try to squeeze in a few motivational articles. we can only do what we can do. n you're doing SO GOOD with exercising, you should just have GOOD feelings! NO GUILT! emoticonHugs, dr

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CALGARYNEWF 8/23/2011 12:04PM

    You're doing a great job Susan. I'm way behind now as I just returned from vacation and am having a terrible time trying to get caught up.

I try to "spark" while I am eating breakfast as well and then if I have some down time at work i can get a few minutes in but I agree it is very difficult.

Hace you given amny thought to weighing yourself monthly instead of weekly. I get so discouraged when I weight myself and don't see a change on the darn scale and then I fing myself weighing more often and the crazy circle continues. I am going to try to put the scale away and only weigh myself once per month. You should too!!!

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CHANGINGSAM 8/23/2011 10:20AM

    I work as a receptionist in the construction industry, so right now, I have lots of down time. I am pretty bored at work, actually. However, your Spark friends would rather you get out there and exercise, so that you can meet your goals than getting on Spark and missing out on the opportunity to exercise. Like you said, you will have more time in the fall to get on here. So, I wouldn't worry. Just do the best you can. Keep up the good work!

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LITTLEFARMMOMMA 8/23/2011 9:58AM

    Susan, I ABSOLUTELY go through this, all the TIME, it seems! Just one busy day can really throw me behind with blogs, comments, etc., and I just have to keep plugging along! For instance, with yesterday being the first day of classes at the university where I work, I was swamped! When I got home, I cooked dinner, went on an hour long bike ride with hubby, and THEN, had to empty out some closets so our son would have enough space for a closet since he's moved home for a short while. WHEW! Then, it was time for bed and I realized that I was WAY behind on sparkpoints, not to mention all my Sparkfriends' blogs! I did what I had to do! I logged my food and my fitness, and said forget it to the "fluff points". I opened each of the blogs I follow (including your last one, not this one) and promptly closed them without taking the time to read them. At least, that way, I am still subscribed!

Today, when I got to work early like I normally do, I jumped back in and seem to be not-so-far-behind like I was!

That's what I've been doing and it seems to be working! I only hope I don't miss something crucial that you or others mention in a blog and appear calloused or uncaring, but I have to trust that all is OK!

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SKUNKY4 8/23/2011 8:26AM

    Nice to know I am not alone on the computer thing. It's hit and miss for me. It's not like I am ignoring people or not still a Spark member it's just that some days my priority list does not include much computer time. And when fall and that awful 'W' word comes I'm sure I will have more time to read,blog,log and enjoy all Sparkpeople has to offer!
Keep up the good work and Keep on Sparkin'

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LILLYPILLY24 8/23/2011 4:22AM

    Good for you continuing to do the right things, not worrying (too much, lol) about the scale - just keep going.

I'm a terrible spark friend - comment at random, hardly ever blog, don't respond well when I do ... sigh. Still, as others have said - we do what we can, and real life takes priority.

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_LINDA 8/23/2011 1:15AM

    You are very right not to be on the computer before bedtime. I have no doubt it contributes to the insomnia of certain of my Spark buddies who have difficulty sleeping as they go on it late into the night. You are supposed to do a quiet, peaceful activity like reading before bed...
There is actually never any excuse not to eat properly. If the only things coming into your home are healthy, then that is all you can eat.. I get a big load of veggies, wash, clean and cut them up so they are ready for the week. My exercise is the first thing that happens when my feet hit the floor in the morning, no excuses and nothing other than water drinking first to hydrate for the exercise. No computer allowed until i am done the exercise.
As I tell my busy Spark buddies, your life and health are your priorities and if you have time after to Spark, great. But if all you have time for is to track your calories and fitness, that is great too. We know if you find the time you can get around to our blogs, feed, whatever, but will not expect it (I sure don't know how Momma Little does it with two jobs and hope she isn't cutting into personal time to do it..
So just relax, and do the necessities..
Hugs,
Linda

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KAMAPERRY 8/23/2011 12:24AM

    I do it as I can, and I love it. But there are times when I can't keep up so I just make my apologies and go on. You can only do so much and your life and health come first.

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MEDDYPEDDY 8/22/2011 11:55PM

    I live in sweden and I am on spark people in the mornings - that means most americans are asleep so my friend feed does not show that much activity - I have not thought about getting int to the "friend feed" to find them so I am glad for the idea from amazing woman... anyway after noticing that many people comes to my page to thank me for commenting on their blogs I felt awful because I donīt do that unless I need to clearify something or give an answer.
I think this is one of the thing I need to practice - not feeling uilty because I am not a perfect spark friend - I am very happy for the people giving support on my blogs but I try not to feel guilt because I am not a perfect responder.

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1_AMAZING_WOMAN 8/22/2011 11:44PM

    I used to spend hours and hours on Sparks, but as I have gotton more of a life I don't have the time to do as much. I have pretty much picked a few blogs I respond to and once in a while run through my friend feed and respond to ones that interest me. I think this is called 'balance'.
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MAMADWARF 8/22/2011 11:25PM

    first of all, you came here for YOU so you need to do what YOU need to do to take care of yourself. I spend a hour or so in the am, and probably another hour or so in the evening. Sometimes, I have slow work day and I can do more. I love to read my page comments and blog comments but it is hard to respond to everyone. Then I found out, nobody expected me too! I was so releived! I love all my sparkies so much and do my best to keep up. That is all I can do or anyone can expect. If I spent all my time talking about losing weight, I would never actually do it so go out there and live your life.

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LESLIES537 8/22/2011 10:50PM

    Honestly?! I'm starting to wonder that too! I used to be in front of a computer all day at work, at a job that had LOTS of down time. I'd be so bored I could hardly wait for blog notifications to come in via email. Lol. Now that my job situation has changed, I'm having a harder time keeping up. But like Deanna said, I come here and do what I get the most out of which, for me, is reading blogs. There's so much more I want to do on here but just don't have the time for. Heck,half the time I'm reading blogs and commenting all day but I'll forget to get my log in points! Priorities, ya know?! ;)

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S3XYDIVASMOM 8/22/2011 10:28PM

    I often feel I spend too much time here on Spark. Nonetheless, I'm not racking up the points that I see others doing. I focus on tracking and responding to blogs. Otherwise, I'll get to spending so much time here that other things suffer. Don't feel like your efforts here are somehow inadequate. I'm sure you're participating at a level you feel is appropriate..

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BOVEY63 8/22/2011 10:04PM

    I certainly haven't figured out how to balance my life either and sure do envy those that do.

It is awesome the way in which you have embraced exercise and are making it a priority in your life.
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Take all the time you need for yourself - especially on these beautiful days when you can be outdoors.
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TEMPEST272002 8/22/2011 9:51PM

    I'm always trying to find a balance. Mostly, I try to focus on what works the best for me (tracking food & exercise) & what I most enjoy (reading blogs) & everything else gets done as I can fit it in. Must confess that the housework tends to suffer more than the spark-time when I get really busy.

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WONDERBUG381 8/22/2011 9:20PM

    For me i just take things one day and one step at a time. Some days i have more time then others.
I am lucky enough to be a SAHM, but adding exercising, eating & cooking healthier and sparking to my routine took some adjustments. I had to work it in with taking care of 3 kiddos, housework and everyday errands ect, but so far i have managed to make it work.
Good luck to you

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CODEMAULER 8/22/2011 8:09PM

    I treat working out and Sparking the same as other personal activities. When I Can, I budget the time to do them. When I cannot, I recognize that other things in life are upsetting the balance, so I try to correct the situation (or identify a date/time when I will no longer tolerate the imbalance).

Eating correctly - or at least the best that I can - is something that I've done for a long while. It takes no time when you have the right food and tools in reach. It also helps that my husband is a pretty healthy eater, too.

We're all out here, doing our own things. Don't worry about what the rest of us are up to; be the best YOU that you can be... the rest of us are taken.

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THETURTLEBEAR 8/22/2011 7:24PM

    If I am having a busy time - like going out of town, going on vacation, having a family crisis, or whatever, I change my Friend Feed so that I just see pounds lost and blogs, and I skip status and other awards for my friends. Then I try to fit in reading their blogs when I can. Since I do this from time to time (change the Friend Feed so that I don't stress out during busy times), I get sort of refreshed. Sometimes I have to do Sparking all at night (like when I'm visiting my mom), and that's stressful (note to self: perhaps edit Friend Feed when you visit mom??). Anyway, that's what I do. But reading blogs is usually my favorite thing to do, especially now that the articles are sort of retreads for me. I don't really do the Spark Point thing except for what it tracks itself because of my food and fitness tracking, blogging, or occasional posts. Oh - I only post on my challenge team, and only on the challenge threads. I am bad about my other teams - don't huddle, etc. but I still value my friends on those teams. But it was too overwhelming trying to do the Spark Point duties, visit every team daily, etc. BTW - as far as I'm concerned, I don't keep track if my friends have time to read all my blogs - an occasional comment or note lets me know they're still around. And I definitely don't expect people to thank me for commenting or reading - or send me a goodie because I sent them a goodie. Because I don't do any of those things myself.

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VICKILYN4 8/22/2011 6:21PM

    I know how you feel Susan...I have slacked off reading and replying as well. I just can't seem to find the time. School is getting ready to start and I will be getting up early to get my kindergartener off to school, then a walk around the block, then hitting the gym for about an hour. When I get home I will probably take a short nap, eat lunch and then get ready for work. I need more hours in my day...lol. Just do what you can like I do and it will all even out someday.

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KAYDE53 8/22/2011 6:11PM

    Just do what you can, but keep up with the most important part, exercise & eating right! The rest will fall in place!! I'm so glad you're getting some good weather!! emoticon

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JLITT62 8/22/2011 5:57PM

    I don't eork . . . I often wonder how people find the time while working! But the busier you are, the more you get done, usually.

And it's not unusual to see a gain when you up your exercise . . . often it's water weight. Hang in there - as long as your eating is ok, you WILL see a loss . . . oh & pay attention to how those clothes are fitting, too.

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REENIE131 8/22/2011 5:54PM

    Hi, I'm new here, and I just wanted to tell you I think you're doing a great job, and I totally understand about feeling like there's not enough time to do it all. You're doing the important parts, though, from the sound of it. The eating, the exercise....so do what you can and don't try to do it all perfectly.
The increased exercise could be why the scale hasn't moved, give it time. Also, I do know someone that claims healthy eating and exercise just don't work for her, but I don't believe her. Sadly, she just doesn't really want to try.

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CHUBRUB3 8/22/2011 5:52PM

    Don't worry Susan about what we do, at least not too much. I am probably on here too much andcould be doing alot more useful things. Sometimes it is an excuse, other times a pleasure. It inspires me to continue towards my goals too, especially if I felt I was able to help someone else.
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KANSASROSE67 8/22/2011 5:44PM

    You are doing what you're SUPPOSED to be doing...excercising, spending time outside, and enjoying life! That's the point! No one is keeping track of who responds when or how often...or if they are, who needs them as a friend?!

Great attitude about the scale!



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MRSSCHENCK 8/22/2011 5:44PM

    emoticon I know how you feel. It is so hard to keep up with all the wonderful comments that you receive here.
I always say that everyone on this site has a purpose. Some of us blog and others motivate those that blog. But we're all here for a common goal.
Whichever you choose to do, or have time to do, it's all good!
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Goofy Challenge - Day 2! Pictures posted as proof!

Friday, August 19, 2011

Hi,

I have to say this has been quite the lazy day in our household except for a two hour marathon trip to get groceries. It doesn't normally take that long but we had put it off for such a long time that we needed a lot of stuff. Very proud to say that there was no junk food and most of what we bought was vegetables and fruit. The woman who checked out our groceries at one store actually commented how nice it was to see somebody come through with that much healthy stuff!

Might go to the gym tonight but doubt it (see, I'm totally honest). It is threatening to really rain hard so we might try to sneak between the raindrops to get the dogs out for their exercise. I hope we don't have thunder (although I love it Maddy is terrified of it!).

Last night we went out for a family birthday and I had a hamburger and fries AND a slice of birthday cake. But I don't feel bad for having done so as I know I have exercised a lot this week thus far. Tomorrow we are hoping to head to an island off our our main island (Fogo Island) to have a day of beach combing and hiking so that will help work off those extra calories too.

Oh, here is a picture of last night with my cousins They are both my first cousins ..... all of our dads were brothers and they are both four years younger (and thinner!!!) than me!

I wasn't planning on blogging today but then one of my goofy - challenge cohorts blogged about a phenomenon called "planking". Ok, I know I live in the back woods of nowhere but I had no idea what she meant. So it was off to "google" it and here are the results:



Do you notice how I have my Spark water bottle balanced on my back> Do you notice how huge I look (I do, but I'm okay because this is going to be one of those pictures I will look back upon and say "you've come a long ways"). What you probably don't notice is my grimace as I'm saying to my husband "take the darned picture".

In all fairness and to show what a sport he really is he actually planked first (I won't tell him that the reason I "let" him go first was to see if the railing could withstand my weight!!)



This looks kinda easy but when you consider a) I'm afraid of heights and b) it is hard to balance oneself on a six inch board suspended 8 feet off the ground and c) there were bugs crawling on the railing I think I deserve a emoticon!!!!

Have a great weekend!!!

  
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DRGOMTI 8/20/2011 11:08PM

    WHAT?? R U kids nuts?? : )) yer gonna fall n break yer necks!! WOW! whew!
You're doing so good in the grocery dept! me, not so much. I've been buying all kindsa dk choc n eating way too many sweets. : ( see, like when u ate the birthday cake; I usually can't stop at just one piece, n then it leads me to buying a doz cupcakes n eating em in 2 short days! bakery frosting is a real temptation for me. thanx for the pictures! You n yer cousins are so cute!! : ))
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TEMPEST272002 8/20/2011 4:33PM

    I was laughing so loud, hubby came in from the other room to see what it was about. emoticon See Leslie's slide plank yet? Hilarious. Now I'm looking around to see where I want to do my plank photo. I was going to do deck - but you beat me to it! Maybe woodpile? Oh I know... one of me in the kissing tree nearby. I still have to get my first photo up - yesterday I did dog lifts, much to Dog's dismay. Wait til you see her face in the photo.

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GAYLE-G-63 8/20/2011 2:31PM

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I'm really proud of you; I *never* would have had the courage to tried that!!!

BTW, great picture of you with you cousins. =)

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CRAZYDOGLADYBO 8/20/2011 1:40PM

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Awesome! You rock!

Psst... I agree with letting DH "test" the railing for you emoticon

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GRAMLORI 8/20/2011 9:27AM

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BECCAJ98 8/20/2011 7:21AM

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JLITT62 8/20/2011 5:31AM

    Definitely the goofiest plank I've seen in a long time! And I love the blouse you're wearing in that photo. You don't have to hit the gym every day . . . in fact, you SHOULD have at least 1 rest day a week.

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LILLYPILLY24 8/20/2011 2:19AM

    I love it!!! You guys are inspiring with this goofy challenge! Good for you!

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_LINDA 8/20/2011 1:23AM

    Great job! Your husband really got into it, looks like a pro! Can't believe you chose such a precarious position and bugs too ughh..
Way to go with your shopping! Fantastic! Keep up the wonderful work!!

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PATTISPAGE 8/19/2011 11:15PM

    Great! Way to go hubby as well!!! emoticon

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LITTLEFARMMOMMA 8/19/2011 10:17PM

    Absolutely! You do! Here it is!
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CHANGING_LIFE 8/19/2011 10:13PM

    Aww! Stay silly.. . .and great job at the grocery store! We got this!

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BOVEY63 8/19/2011 10:00PM

    Love the planking pics! Also great pic of you and your cousins; and I love the shirt you're wearing in it.

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S3XYDIVASMOM 8/19/2011 9:42PM

    And I thought I knew what planking was. You gave me a whole new mental picture. That looks both hard and scary. You are so awesome to go ahead and try it.

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THETURTLEBEAR 8/19/2011 8:46PM

    OMG I saw that pic and I was scared you'd fall out of the picture!! You are BRAVE! I would have been too scared!

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KAYDE53 8/19/2011 7:39PM

    Oh my goodness, I can't believe you did that!! lol That's pretty emoticonSusan!! I'm afraid of heights too, and I'm not sure I could do that!! Here's your emoticonand a emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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CHUBRUB3 8/19/2011 7:00PM

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Great Susan! I love that you did planking!
I also love your picture, I think your the prettier of the 3.
Hugs,
Angela


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LESLIES537 8/19/2011 6:23PM

    A BIG WOOOHOOOO!!! I freakin love it!! What an awesome planker you are!! emoticon And Hubby too!! What a good sport he is! "Take the darn picture"--Bahaha...thank you for my entertainment tonight! You are sooooo awesome! God I love you! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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I want to win the Goofiest challenge!!!!

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Hi,

LESLIES537 and CRAZYDOGLADYBO have dragged me (okay, I'm truly honoured to have been invited) to participate in a goofy exercise challenge. You can read either of their blogs to see what it is going to involve. Well, you probably won't find out much there either as with all true goofy behaviour much of it goes unplanned.

Today, I went to the Y and did my strength training, treadmill and bike workout only to log in and find out I was supposed to skip around in my driveway for 5 minutes. I only last 4 minutes but here is proof I did it..... It was much harder than I thought it was going to be...thus lasting only four minutes.

Yesterday we woke up to pouring rain so we decided to grab some coffee and load up the dogs to see what roads we have yet traveled (and to check out potential walking places) in the forest. We ended up at one spot about 50km in the woods, left the truck on the side of the road, got out in the rain for what we thought was going to be a quick pee break for the doggies. We walked about 1km when we broke out to what has to be one of the best beaches in all of Newfoundland. There is one cabin (owned by a Newfoundland millionaire who used to fly into the spot) and the rest is just wild with sandy beaches. Remember that it is still pouring and we were getting pretty wet. But of course what is a bit of rain to a dog who loves the water so we walked while Lou swam. We saw 2 mink, a Bald Eagle, an Osprey and moore caribou, moose and Canada geese tracks!

When it became too miserable to continue we walked back to the cabin but it was then the sun broke through and we ended up staying on the beach for over 5 hours! We walked over 7 km (much of it barefoot), we held hands (like two teenagers), and the dogs were so happy!!! John found a rubber duck decoy used for hunting and when the dogs weren't looking we set it out in the water. Then I squealed out "birdies" and the next thing we knew our non-swimming Pom was out chasing this thing with Lou in hot pursuit. I always knew Maddy was on the small side but seeing his little body soaken wet made him look like the proverbial drowned rat!

We returned home about 6-7 hours later exhausted from all the fun. Needless to say there was no gym for me last night! BUT there was careless dancing in my living room when guess who showed up on my television screen...... Ha!!!!

Tonight we have a family birthday party to attend for my cousin who just turned 19. It should be a nice evening out and I even have a new top to wear. This is the same cousin who joined the gym with me but who hasn't really been going. I'm proud that I go without her and have lost most of my intimidation! My mom has offered to pay for my Y membership (bless her) because she doesn't want me to have to wait until I'm in my 60's to lose weight like she did. She lost it through grief when Dad died and is now gaining it back. I really don't know where I would be without my mom in my life which is strange because until Dad died we were never close at all. Funny how things work out, isn't it?

I have to go now and make myself beautiful emoticon for our night out!

  
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GRAMLORI 8/19/2011 9:05AM

    Life is too short not to dance in the rain!!! How wonderful....and a great bunch of memories to store up in your mind! And I bet the evening out was the icing on the cake! Glad I stopped to read about "being goofy"!!!
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Lori

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TEMPEST272002 8/19/2011 8:48AM

    Wow, what a wonderful day you guys had! I loved the description of the being on the beach with the dogs & hubby & holding hands & boy, these are the days that fill our souls up! When I come to NFLD, you are going to have to take me to this beach. I enjoy being out in nature so much & it sounds spectacular.



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JLITT62 8/19/2011 5:18AM

    Sounds like the most wonderful day. Sounds like you've got your spark back, too!

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_LINDA 8/19/2011 12:23AM

    What a fantastic day! Sounds wonderful! Good job with the skipping!! I just recently tried skipping a jump rope and while I got through the first segment, when they changed the pattern and speed, I was spending more time wrapping the rope around myself then jumping :P I am so uncoordinated..But then I have never danced or participated in sports..
Good luck with the challenge, you are going to rock it!

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KAMAPERRY 8/19/2011 12:11AM

    Forgot about skipping! I like the idea! Awesome time you had!

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LESLIES537 8/18/2011 9:17PM

    Yaayy! I love it! Go Susan, GO!! emoticon I didn't realize how much of a workout skipping was either!! Great cardio--who woulda thought?! emoticon

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THETURTLEBEAR 8/18/2011 8:29PM

    Good for you, all across the board. Have fun!!!

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BOVEY63 8/18/2011 6:11PM

    Sure sounds like an amazing walk. To quote one of my favorite sayings: "Life is not about waiting the storm out...it's about dancing in the rain."

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KANSASROSE67 8/18/2011 4:40PM

    Your day sounds wonderful...I love wild places and wish I lived where they were near to me.

I'm going to have to try skipping; I'll bet it's great cardio!

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CHUBRUB3 8/18/2011 4:31PM

    Have a great time!
Enjoy your goofy time too.
Hugs,
Angela


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CRAZYDOGLADYBO 8/18/2011 4:09PM

    What a wonderful day!

Yes skipping is harder than it looks, doesn't help that I was laughing out loud and kept losing my breathe!

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PONYFARMER 8/18/2011 3:45PM

    So what do you win if you suceed at winning this goofy challenge?

emoticon Go girl you can win this!!

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CHANGING_LIFE 8/18/2011 3:34PM

    Sounds like a perfectly, absolutely wonderful time with nature, the dogs, and your husband (in that order, right?)! Glad to hear you sound so upbeat!

Take care!

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LITTLEFARMMOMMA 8/18/2011 3:26PM

    Well, you don't need to work too hard at making yourself beautiful, because you already ARE, through and through! Inside and out! Your spirit of joy is infectious, and I love your blogs, as usual! I am totally NOT surprised you joined in that goofy challenge! emoticon

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