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How does one do it?

Monday, August 22, 2011


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.
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    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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    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!

Love you, Susan! You inspire me more than you know! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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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..

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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!
Don't overwhelm yourself. Enjoy the journey! We'll still love you whether you respond back to our comments or not. emoticon

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Goofy Challenge - Day 2! Pictures posted as proof!

Friday, August 19, 2011


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


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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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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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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    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.

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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


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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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.

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    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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    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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Something fun for a change - 25 random things you probably don't know about me

Tuesday, August 16, 2011


I blatantly stole this idea from my SparkFriend JakeandNellie who wrote a recent blog for a challenge she was doing. I'm doing it because it will make me think and will help with the funk I'm under at the moment!

1. My name is Susan because of a young girl in our neighbourhood when mom was pregnant. Apparently the original Susan came from a big family but always spent her days at our house and helped out my mom. She was killed in a single car accident shortly after she graduated from nursing school. This was after I was born and mom said she was over the moon that they named me after her. I actually ran into (not literally) her brother one day who I just knew from growing up here and told him that story. He was amazed and I think I bit proud!

2. I never ever had any issues with weight until a series of circumstances which included fallen arches in both feet, a fracture of my spine, and a pituitary tumour...all within the past 15 years.

3. I went to an all-girl university which was Roman Catholic of which I am not. I was as homesick the day I graduated as the day I left!

4. I once had a complete meltdown in Toronto's Pearson International airport but a kindly lady from New Zealand (a complete stranger) took me under her wing and helped me find my way. I had just left an airport in Newfoundland and had arrived there and got slightly overwhelmed with the international departure area....I was going to Australia!

5. I was once bitten by "cupid". Cupid was our class lizard back in grade 6 and I still have the faint scar on my wedding ring finger!

6. I have slept in bed with a Huntsman spider....it was in a hotel in Australia and I almost died when I woke up and saw it looking at me!

7. I have been to Tasmania and have seen a Tasmanian Devil.....not as ugly as cartoons make them out to be

8. I have crossed Canada by train but have never been to Prince Edward Island which is one of the closest provinces to us!

9. I love swinging (now get your minds out of the gutter) and would love to have a huge swing built in my own back garden. One of the things I want to do when I lose enough weight is to safely go to a playground and swing for hours.

10. I have one of the biggest makeup collections of any of my friends...and I rarely wear any of it. I never owned any until 10 years ago and then I kinda went a bit crazy. You know you are a beauty junkie when you can tell the cosmetic counter people what ingredients are in what!

11. I LOVE berry picking! I can spend hours on my hands and knees picking both partridgeberries (google it) and blueberries.

12. I love to be alone although people think I am friendly and think I have oodles of friends.

13. I have a rich inner life which is sometimes bad but for the most part is quite entertaining!

14. Fall is my favourite season because I love sweaters and scarves! Pure wool sweaters...the itchier the better!

15. I do not like the colour blue despite having blue eyes and red hair. My favourite colours are greens and browns.

16. I once wanted to become a missionary; now I don't even go to church!

17. I sometimes swear like a trooper.........sorry for having to tell you that!

18. My favourite television show at the moment is Big Bang Theory

19. I do educational courses for pure enjoyment! I have the first year of both a business program and an office program done; all for the thrill of studying!

20. I take a hot water bottle to bed with me at least 340 days of the year for my feet!

21. My dream picnic fare would be a peanut butter sandwich and a cup of tea boiled over an open flame; not so much a wine and strawberries kind of girl

22. I have never been to a tanning salon and don't understand people who do

23. Three things always in my fridge: skim milk, crumbs, and fruit

24. I read Agatha Christie books over and over and have since I was a teenager....I never tire of them

25. I was once asked not to return to one of Newfoundland's most recognizable landmarks (Signal Hill) all because as I pulled open the door (in a wind storm) a huge gust of wind smashed a display case and certain valuable documents blew out the door and into the sea....never to be found again! That was 25 years ago and I still haven't been inside that building in fear that my picture is posted up in the "most wanted" section!!!

I hope you had fun reading my list!


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KAYDE53 8/19/2011 12:28AM

    That was so interesting! Thanks for sharing!

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GAYLE-G-63 8/18/2011 2:32PM


This was SO much fun to read! You had some funny moments, some *almost* sad ones, and some 'wow! I can't believe that happened to you' moments! (The wind storm...wow!) Thanks for sharing. It was fun getting to know you better. =)


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DRGOMTI 8/17/2011 3:55PM

    Thank you once again for the very entertaining blog!! Loved all 25 interesting things I didn't know about you but do now!! : )) I feel like I know you so much better! And now I'm gonna go look up partridgeberries!!

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GRAMLORI 8/17/2011 11:20AM

    That was fun! Thanks for sharing, I truly enjoy learning about people. Have a blessed day, Susan!

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CHANGINGSAM 8/17/2011 10:07AM

    Great blog!

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TEMPEST272002 8/17/2011 7:35AM

    Well, I have green eyes & brown hair... but I always wanted to be like Anne of Green Gables with blue eyes & red hair. So there you go! We share a love for Big Bang Theory.

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_LINDA 8/17/2011 1:21AM

    Very interesting! Thanks for sharing a little bit of yourself with us!

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WONDERBUG381 8/16/2011 11:04PM

    Loved this blog :)

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JAKEANDNELLIE 8/16/2011 11:00PM

I loved learning more about you and your adventures! I haven't been bitten by Cupid, but I was shot by an arrow when I was a child. A neighbor boy was playing with a new archery set - who would give an eight year old steel-tipped arrows! I still have the scar on my chest.
Thanks for sharing your life with us!

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SHIHJABO 8/16/2011 10:59PM

    This was a fun read. . . really enjoyed it. Did you realize your page is blue. . . you said you hate blue. Actually, I don't like blue either, but I do like Turquoise.

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BECCAJ98 8/16/2011 8:13PM

    emoticon I would love to go to Australia! Thanks for sharing!

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BOVEY63 8/16/2011 7:37PM

    Loved learnng more about you!
Bitten by Cupid! emoticon
Signal Hill OMG!

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CHUBRUB3 8/16/2011 7:14PM

    Love it!
This is great learning more about you.

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THETURTLEBEAR 8/16/2011 6:29PM

    Thank you for sharing your entertaining inner life with us outsiders, LOL!

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KAMAPERRY 8/16/2011 6:21PM

    FUN! OMG that spider would have had me freaking out! emoticon

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CHLOE453 8/16/2011 5:38PM

    Absolutely love all the information that you shared with us....I feel like I know you so much better, thank you!!! I will have to put together a list also, I think it is a nice thing to do for your Sparkfriends that only know you through the site. Take care.....Kelly

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S3XYDIVASMOM 8/16/2011 5:37PM

    Loved this blog!

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    I love this! Reference 14, you can have all the wool sweaters emoticon

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GEORGIAK25 8/16/2011 4:09PM

    Thank you for this I amy have to sit and think of the same. Nothiing pops into my head right now. Thank you for sharing.

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LESLIES537 8/16/2011 3:54PM

    Well I didn't know you were a criminal! emoticon LOL! Fun blog! I enjoyed learning more about you. Thanks for sharing your awesomeness! emoticon

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FUNKYG1 8/16/2011 3:52PM

    emoticon Hi Susan, my name is Nora and I live on the Wet Coast in Langley BC. I really like your post so if you do not mind I will do the same thing.

1. I was stung by a hive of wasps when I was about 5 and ended
up spending 2 weeks in hospital.

2. I did not leave home until I was 24 but then I moved to New
Zealand for a year.

3. I was supposed to go to New Zealand by ship but due to the
"energy crisis", ended up flying to San Francisco. While at
the airport I met the man I was to marry, he was on his way
to Australia. We cruised to the South Pacific for 3 weeks
and got to know each other.

4. In July of 1975, we got married in Richmond BC and have had
a great marriage for 36 years now.

5. I have two beautiful daughters.

6. I have two handsome grandsons.

7. In 2010 we travelled with our best friends to the Maritimes
and saw most of PEI, a lot of Nova Scotia and a little bit
of New Brunswick. We were in Nova Scotia to celebrate the
100th anniversary of RCN.

8. I also love to be alone however, I also enjoy the company of
my closest friends.

9. I love silence - the world is too full of noise to really
think straight at times.

10. I once thought of becoming a nurse, but looking after my
grandmother put an end to that.

11. I knit a lot and also crochet.

12. I love to do crossword puzzles, jigsaw puzzles and any word
related games.

13. My favourite colour is Yellow because it is so cheerful.

14. My favourite TV shows are Bones, Hells Kitchen and Iron Chef

15. I like to listen to talk shows and talk back to the people
with whom I disagree.

16. I garden and really like flowers however, the past two years
I have not been able to do much due to a fall on my right

17. I am a book junkie. It seems I never go anywhere without
one. My favourite authors are too many to mention because
I have very eclectic taste.

18. I am retired.

19. I like to drink French Vanilla Coffee.

20. Never been to a tanning salon and do not intend to go ever.

21. My weight has been an issue since I was little. I did slim
down somewhat but then I had babies and got my "baby fat"

22. When Jesus Christ Superstar first came out in theatres, I
saw it over 50 times. It really touched a cord within

23. My current favourite movies are The Bodyguard and Somewhere
in Time.

24. Right now I am reading two books, The Fall of Giants by
Ken Follett and Spider Bones by Kathy Reich.

25. My favourite season is:- All of them because they all have
a special beauty.

Susan, I enjoyed doing this as it did make me think outside the box somewhat. I hope this exercise helped you out of your funk.


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Feeling bonkers and hating every minute of it!!!

Monday, August 15, 2011

Oh dear god, what a rough couple of days I'm after having. Nothing wrong physically but mentally I'm starting to think I'm bonkers. Which, if you know me, is partly true. Really shouldn't say that now should I as it is more socially acceptable to say "I have some mental health issues". And another thing, if you know me (and I hope you have some idea of who I am after all this time) you will know that I do call a spade a spade! So when I say I'm bonkers....don't tell me I shouldn't be!!!!

It all started quite innocently; things became too much. Depression is like that. It never arrives at your door nicely gift wrapped! No, instead it arrives in my house almost like it is carried in through the air I breathe. I should know the signs (we all know the subtle signs but try to ignore them don't we, hoping that this time will be different!) but I didn't. I do what I always do and that is to keep my feelings to myself and let the hundreds of emotions duke it out inside of my pounding head.

Today and yesterday were so bad that I just clammed up and jumped in one of our vehicles and drove until I saw the ocean.....two different directions....one about 90 minutes and the other about 60 minutes. But it is not the drive that brought me solace, nope but instead the stupid bag of Doritos and the Reese's peanut butter cups that I sneak out and buy on the way. I wouldn't even go to a store where they would know me....how sick is that!

Anyway, both days I devoured all of my "loot" during the drives and felt so sick afterwards that I didn't even enjoy any part of it. Not the drive, not the alone time, not the food, and not the view!!!

Then I arrived home to a very distraught husband (I don't tell him where I am going nor do I even take my cell phone) which I know is the heights of inconsiderateness but I when I'm like it I can't help myself.

This is what it feels like: A big puncheon barrel (me) and I have all of these emotions flying around the inside (like trapped fish) and I am afraid of even speaking because all of those emotions are going to pour forth and it ain't going to be pretty. Now, I'm normally a pretty-well laid back person so this not only bothers me but it scares me. And what do I do when I get like this....I run away! Plain and simple. Might actually work if the darned emotions didn't tag along with me!

I haven't exercised either but that is no surprise. What is surprising is that I am telling you all of this. Maybe I will have to print this off and bring it to my therapist when I see her in two months time. I sure hope this passes soon as I HATE being this way.

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SASSYBLONDE69 8/16/2011 4:45PM

    Depression is the worst! Since I've had my thyroid out, the last of my lingering depression seems to be lifting (probably because I don't feel like I'm losing my mind anymore!), but I still have to work at it. talk out or journal my feelings instead of internalizing them, 15 min of unprotected sun exposure a day (we can do this in the pacific northwest), minimum of 30 minutes of exercise a day (my doctor wrote me a prescription for the sun and the exercise - funny guy, huh?), and to take everything in moderation, and one day at a time. Every day I get a little better. I hope you do, too! You're in my thoughts.

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    I hope this passes quickly emoticon

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KANSASROSE67 8/16/2011 3:56PM

    All the good advice has already been given...so just letting you know I'm thinking of you and praying you'll feel better soon. Take care!

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JLITT62 8/16/2011 5:22AM


I'm so glad you blogged about this . . . just know that you are in my thoughts. Please try to drag yourself to the Y . . . it will make you feel better than the food. I know you know this. And if you can't, know that we love you.

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_LINDA 8/16/2011 1:02AM

    So very sorry you had/are having this episode :(( I would have thought you could call your therapist in an emergency, two months is a long time to wait..But having some tests to rule out thyroid may be useful. Hope you are feeling better soon..
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KAYDE53 8/15/2011 10:48PM

    Try to exercise if you can stand to; this helps me so much when I feel depression coming on!! I agree with the others, you might want to have thyroid & estrogen levels checked. Do take care & see your therapist/doctor if it get to be too much!! emoticon

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CHUBRUB3 8/15/2011 10:36PM

    emoticon Susan.
First off, like attracts like. Therefore I am bonkers too. Wonder how many other of your friends will step up too? emoticon
You know what sweetie? A lot of what you describe is normal. It is ok to have all these emotions flying around. It can be anything from hormones, to frustration, to stress, and yes it can be more as well. I am not discounting what you are feeling and going through, not in any way.
It may do you a world of good to let it out sometime instead of bottling it in. You can warn/prepare your hubby that you may be close to blowing and what you say or do may not be you. But that you need to do this to stay healthy. Stress that you love him and it may not be directed at him, although he may end up in the line of fire.
Or you can talk this out more with the therapist and see what she says.
Your not running away, your releasing your angst without hurting anyone but your diet. As long as you are fine and feel better after (minus the guilt). You can carry on. Get those new runners on and start walking. Or better yet, when you feel it coming on, instead of getting in the car, go walk it off. It will be good all around.
Hugs and love,

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BOVEY63 8/15/2011 10:24PM

    Praying that this passes quickly.
Take care.

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S3XYDIVASMOM 8/15/2011 9:49PM

    I don't think you're truly bonkers as long as you recognize the behaviors as being "off." You knew that the munchies wouldn't help, really, and they didn't. You also knew you should have told your husband before you took off. As much as possible try to keep your diet clean and maintain moderate exercise. But you know all about that. Hang in there. All your spark friends will continue to support you, even in your "Bonkers" moments.

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TEMPEST272002 8/15/2011 9:07PM

    Hugs. I understand that feeling & how scary it is. Blogging about it is a good thing. I want to echo what THETURTLEBEAR said about your thyroid. I thought I was experiencing depression when it was my thryoid, the symptoms are similar. I remember feeling like I was walking under water. Regardless of whether its your thyroid, depression or just hormones - please make a doctors appointment if it goes on much longer.

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THETURTLEBEAR 8/15/2011 8:27PM

    I do think you should consider the hormone thing. I also can't remember if you are on thyroid meds, but if you aren't, have them check your thyroid levels. But I would rule out the physical before assuming it's all in your head sweetie. BTW I too go for drives when I'm depressed, except I take the dog instead of candy, LOL! And I talk to him, and cry to him...

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