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Just touching base as it has been a few days!~

Sunday, October 02, 2011

Hi!

Happy Sunday to all of you (and happy Monday to those already into tomorrow!) I've been missing for a few days but I've kept up with my exercise which I'm proud of because it is becoming such a habit now that I actually miss it.

Yes, me! I miss exercise when I don't do it. At first I thought my missing it was somehow related to my "slight" emoticon tendency to obsessive compulsive behaviour as each time I exercised I had to beat my record from the previous day. But, now I'm not so sure. I've been reading that you need a rest day so when Thursday past came around and my body was dog tired I allowed myself to walk a mere 1.5 km and was really fine with that. Likewise when I got on the treadmill the next day and just couldn't summon the energy to jog I allowed myself to be happy that I was walking.

Fast forward to today when I woke up and found out it was a mere 8 degrees (celcius) and heavy drizzle. I dressed for the rain, walked about half a km, turned around walked home and told my husband I was taking the truck so I could walk in the woods. The way I figured it if I was going to be cold and miserable I really didn't want to be walking in traffic emoticon

This of course led him to deciding to go with me and we took Maddy and Lou who never seem to mind the weather unless it is bedtime and we are trying to get them out to do their business before bed. Then they sort of dig in their little heels and give us the evil eye as they slink out to the back garden as if they were on a forced death march! So almost 8 km later we all looked like drowned rats but at least we had some fresh air. Luckily I had a pot of chicken noodle soup waiting in the slow cooker for us when we returned as we were starving!

Do any of you use your slow-cookers? I have started calling Sundays our Slow Cooker Sunday because we like to get in the woods the only day of the week that moose hunting isn't allowed. I usually get it all ready on Saturday night and chill it until turning it on the next morning. It has sure saved us some unhealthy food choices because when you've been out in the fresh air all day you tend to get hungry fast.

Gotta go and get at the dishes...ugh!

Susan

  
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KATHY20104 10/4/2011 10:33AM

    great job on the exercise, where abouts do you live? you talked about walking in the woods. I love the out doors. I take my dog to the dog park & its like were 100's of miles out.
anyway I can shoot some sloooow cooker Ideas to you to.
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EJOY-EVELYN 10/4/2011 12:43AM

    I love my slow cookers. I must have a half dozen (or so). My favorite Nesco has been used so much I need a new insert for it. Am keeping a while longer just incase I happen by a garage sale or thrift shop replacement. It's the only one I have that's about nine quarts, so it's real handy for stews, roasts, and chilis.

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IMIN2GENES 10/3/2011 12:39PM

    Love the slow cooker! It's fall now, so I'll be using it a lot more. Nothing beats a great roast, soup or pot of chili after a cold, long day.

Way to go and work with the rain! I've got to stop being such a chicken and walk in the rain anyway... I usually hit the treadmill. LOL!
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BOVEY63 10/3/2011 12:08PM

    Great job on walking despite some crappy weather - and awesome that hubby and pups went too!
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I use my slow cooker at least once a week - food just seems to taste better when slow cooked.
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JLITT62 10/3/2011 5:01AM

    In fact used my slow cooker just yesterday so I'd have a healthy lasagna waiting for us when we got back from my parents!

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KAMAPERRY 10/2/2011 11:30PM

    Thanks for the reminder to use my slow cooker more!! Way top go on the walk even in the rain!

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TEMPEST272002 10/2/2011 11:05PM

    You're a trooper getting out in the rain. Poor DeeOhGee tried to convince me to walk regardless, but the pouring rain had me inside & turning on the furnace. Nice that hubby went with you.

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KAYDE53 10/2/2011 10:48PM

    Way to go!! Walking even though it's rainy & cool takes dedication!! I like to use my crockpot too, especially when it starts getting cooler!! Have a great week!! emoticon

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THETURTLEBEAR 10/2/2011 9:46PM

    Good for you! And coming home to the soup - ahhhhh!

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APIRLRAIN888 10/2/2011 7:48PM

    awesome and have fun slow cooking

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_LINDA 10/2/2011 7:25PM

    That is a huge step to enjoy your exercise!! Go you!! That is doubly excellent to take the whole family for fun too! Good on you for having food ready for the hungry exercisers to return home to!
Its awesome to hear you are doing so well!!
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CHUBRUB3 10/2/2011 7:12PM

    Good for you and your walks! Awesome!
I also enjoy my slow cooker, more so in the winter months.
Hugs,
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LITTLEFARMMOMMA 10/2/2011 6:24PM

    ABSOLUTELY, I use the slow cooker! Got it fired up right now with swiss steak in it, with fresh onions and green peppers and garlic from our garden! YUMMY that we can do that with slow cookers, huh? I guess long ago, they just had to keep the coals burning!

YAY for you going out in the weather to do your fitness! Your sweet hubby sounds like mine! He went with me on a 12 mile bike ride today and I know he would have much rather relaxed on the couch! Hey! Maybe we're saving THEIR lives along with our own!

Love you, my friend! Thank you for always being there for me, through thick and thin! Love, Lori

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NEWMAC2011 10/2/2011 5:14PM

    It's great that exercise is now something you miss when you don't do it! That's a big positive step forward. It is important to listen to your body so if you're not up to jogging, then just walk which is what you did! No need to beat yourself up about it as you're still doing something.

I have a slow cooker but don't use it that often. I do batch cook and have a spaghetti squash in the oven now to which I'm going to add other veggies & marinara. My DD & I just love it; it's filling & low in calories. Yum.

Enjoy the rest of your weekend.

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CRAZYDOGLADYBO 10/2/2011 5:05PM

    Hi Susan,

Sounds like you stayed on track! I take a rest day and I also listen to my body and take it easy if I am feeling extremely tired or not up to par. I use my crock pot every once in a while. I use my porcelain dutch oven more though.

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GOANNA2 10/2/2011 5:01PM

    Hi Susan, you are doing so well. Wow, an 8km walk.
You are such a wise lady to have the slow cooker and
have the healthy food waiting. Yum, chicken soup after
a long walk. Good on you for going out in the rain.
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LESLIES537 10/2/2011 4:55PM

    Good to hear from you! I like your crockpot idea--I need to start using mine more. Hope you have a nice Sunday and a wondeful week!

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JOANNANOW 10/2/2011 4:28PM

    Hi Susan
I'm so impressed with how far you walk... for me 3 km is a long walk. Thanks for your comment on my blog. The food tracker is the hardest part for me too but the more I use it the easier it gets. I have to be careful that I am not eating the same thing all the time just because I can't be bothered putting new foods in it! LOL! I use the slow cooker often. I got a good cuisinart one with my points at the grocery store and the timer on it makes it a wonderful tool as it can shut itself off and it has high and low settings. When it shuts off it is on warm which is nice too. I make apple sauce in it and then I don't have to stir it and stand over it. My latest passion is apple sauce with non fat yogurt. It seems to satisfy me completely so that I can just stop eating. Now that for me is a real breakthrough!
I enjoy your blog. Happy Sunday to you. emoticon

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Spark is my second ``job``

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Hi!

While enjoying today's walk (even when trying to dodge the raindrops) I got to thinking (which explains any smoke you make have seen in your general direction!) about Spark and where I am on my journey.

Because I'm not losing any weight I decided to have a good hard look at my numbers and I was shocked. My "guess-timation" on the calories I burned each week was really off the mark since I've upped my exercise. I averaged out the 7 weeks since I joined the Y and whereas I had guessed at burning 1400 calories each week I was averaging 2913! Needless to say I've updated my my expected burn to be 3000 and that might have to go up.

Another shocker, I walked to the place today that I normally drive to (and then I walk from there) and was so pleased I reached there in under one hour. This is the very same spot that a year a bit ago I would walk about 50 metres and then get my husband to pick me up in our car!!! So walking the 6 km is a HUGE achievement.

Anyway, this is not really what I was thinking about (duh) so I better get to it before I put you all to sleep. I was reflecting on my journey (yes, Susan you`ve said that!) and for the past 7 weeks I`ve noticed a big change. Yes, I joined the Y (remember my self-pity blog I wrote about the results of the body fat analysis) and I`m really trying. I`m trying so much in fact that I like to refer to my new lifestyle as my second job.

The point I am trying to make is that I treat my exercise as a commitment which I strive to do right after my official paid job and before I do things for others. For once I am putting myself first and foremost and the thing is everybody is happy for me! Who knew!

My ``second` job fulfills all ideal job requirements : it challenges me, the pay is great in that I feel better, I have some great mentors in the form of my SparkFriends and I enjoy it!!!

How is your second job going (that is supposed to be a question mark but I`ve obviously hit something on this blessed keyboard!) ! emoticon

Have a good evening all

  
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KAMAPERRY 10/1/2011 1:39PM

    Amen to you!! Now If I could just Spark full time!

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J-ALEXIS 9/28/2011 6:14PM

    Count me as one of your co-workers, since we both have the same "second" job.

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CRAZYDOGLADYBO 9/28/2011 4:44PM

    Susan, you constantly make me smile and laugh, so thank you for that.

Great blog! I love your attitude and the wonderful improvement that you are seeing. emoticon

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LESLIES537 9/28/2011 3:24PM

    That's it!! This IS your 2nd job! You've got your priorities straight and I'm so proud of ya! Love your attitude!!! emoticon

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DRGOMTI 9/28/2011 2:16PM

    Loved your blog so much!! n so proud of you!!!! I might not write much in the next 2 weeks cz my lil sweeties are here! (daughter n precious grandson!!) n our son is getting MARRIED this week end!!! thursday- wedding shower, friday- rehearsal n dinner, sat.- wedding!!! busy busy busy!!! but fun fun fun!!! n seeing as our daughter is a health nut we went for a run/bike ride today!!! she pushed the stroller n jogged n I road my bike about 6 miles!! longer than I have in a yr!! I'm gonna try not to eat too much wedding cake! n I'm bound to NOT BREAK MY TRACKING STREAK!!! 26 days today!!! emoticon
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BOVEY63 9/28/2011 12:48PM

    Thta is an awesome way to look at getting healthy. We do our best at our paid jobs, why not do our best when it comes to our health?
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CMHARRISON12 9/28/2011 12:06PM

    I can totally relate! I'll be leaving my first job for my second in a few hours! And Sparking when I get a chance in-between! emoticon

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GOOZLEBEAR 9/28/2011 11:06AM

    Love your blog Susan, great attitude!!!!! Spark is my second job but since I'm retired I'm not sure what my first job is except taking care of the house, hubby and pup!!!!!

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CALGARYNEWF 9/28/2011 10:54AM

    That's a great way to look at things Susan! Looking after ourselves should be as important as our jobs...I suspect if I had been wiser in my earlier years, I wouldn't need this 2nd job so much now...LOL

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GRAMLORI 9/28/2011 10:00AM

    Susan, you are an encouragement to us all! I know the joy of walking places I couldn't walk before....ain't life grand???
Now, if it will just show on the scale..... emoticon emoticon

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NEWMAC2011 9/28/2011 9:58AM

    Doing something for our health is very important. It's wonderful that you've made it a priority and see how much progress you've made in a short time. If you're burning twice as many calories as you estimated, you might have to up the number of calories that you're eating. If you're not losing any weight, it is possible that your body thinks it's being starved. Upping the calories might get your body where it needs to be so that the pounds start coming off. Don't give up; you're doing great and seeing those NSVs will help you through.

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MOSTMOM1 9/28/2011 6:45AM

    Fantastic! I'm so glad we "work" together.

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_LINDA 9/28/2011 1:32AM

    Well done!! You are awesome!!
You are doing what you need to for success!
Keep up that momentum!!

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LITTLEFARMMOMMA 9/27/2011 11:29PM

    Susan, it's late, I"m tired, and I have to say that I just really enjoyed reading your REAL blog about REAL life, and how things are. I can always relate to your blogs! This one encouraged me. Thank you, my dear friend!

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TEMPEST272002 9/27/2011 9:27PM

    I don't work outside the home right now. Hubby & I refer to getting healthy as my job. It help us both to remember that the time & energy I put into my health is important. I'm glad to see you putting your health first too. Congrats on the 6 km walk. That is amazing! Think of how far you've come in the year we've known each other.

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IMIN2GENES 9/27/2011 9:21PM

    You are doing great! Love that you're able to walk so much more now.

Just a thought... are you sure you're eating enough? As silly as it sounds, you can actually gain weight by not eating enough. If your calorie burn is that high, you might want to double check.
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JOANNANOW 9/27/2011 9:05PM

    hold shift and hit control once to get rid of the french accent.

Susan your walks are amazing. I find 3 KM is a long walk ... but I do try to do it once a day. The fall colours are full on and it is pretty cold. It even snowed a bit on Monday! The wind is blowing right now I hope it doesn't blow the leaves away we need a little colour for a while.
Keep up the good work your second job sounds like it is just what you need! emoticon emoticon

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FLGIRL1234 9/27/2011 9:00PM

    Second jobs are awesome! The rewards are endless. Great blog Susan!

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APIRLRAIN888 9/27/2011 8:44PM

    so does this make is my first job since I am a stay at home mom, can I put it on my resume lol

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VICKILYN4 9/27/2011 8:08PM

    First of all let me say emoticon to the comment below me..that is exactly how I feel! Good way of looking at it Susan. Let's hope I don't get fired. So far I'm doing great.

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S3XYDIVASMOM 9/27/2011 8:03PM

    Welllll, at least I've shown up for my "second job" this week. Of course, the week is still young....................

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NTSOHLTHNT 9/27/2011 7:11PM

    Hurray for putting yourself first! We women have a tendency to forget about ourselves to the detriment of out health and whatever else would be good for us. Only if you take care of yourself though, can you take adequate care of others. So, here's to putting yourself first!

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YIWEN39 9/27/2011 7:10PM

    That's a GREAT second job emoticon
You're doing so good, I really enjoy your blogs :-)
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KAYDE53 9/27/2011 6:09PM

    As far as exercise, I would be pretty good at my second job, but my weight loss leaves a lot to be desired!! I would probably be fired!! lol I need to track better!! Good wake up call! Thanks!

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CHUBRUB3 9/27/2011 6:07PM

    Great Susan! You are making strides, literally! Good for you.
Hugs,
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JLITT62 9/27/2011 5:59PM

    I definitely sometimes gpfeel tha way too, only it's my only job at present!

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THETURTLEBEAR 9/27/2011 5:29PM

    What a great way to look at it!

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My fitness minutes for the past week - I think I'm finally getting it!

Sunday, September 25, 2011

Hi,

As some of you know I've upped my fitness quite a bit since joining the Y in early August. Up until then my entire fitness routine since joining Spark was to be walking my dogs which in itself was an improvement over just sitting in the armchair flicking channels!

I still love to walk and I love it more and more each time I go. Mind you, I'm blessed that I don't have to walk in traffic as I live in a beautiful area full of woods roads and pathways. I now arm myself with our GPS and enjoy watching those km pass by. Last Sunday I walked 12 km without really realizing it!

Anyway, here is my fitness tracker for the past week:

Sept 18 - 12 (yay..this is the furthest I've ever walked in one day!)
Sept 19 - 2.82
Sept 19 - 6.85 (from biking 13.70 km)
Sept 19 - 3.28 (elliptical)
Sept 19 - 3.5 (from 35 minutes of strength training)
Sept 20 - 3.8
Sept 21 - 3.22 (elliptical)
Sept 21 - .965 (from rowing 1.93 km)
Sept 21 - 3.67 (from biking 7.34 km)
Sept 21 - 3.5 (from 35 minutes of strength training)
Sept 22 - 7
Sept 23 - 3.48
Sept 23 - 5.35 (from biking 10.70 km)
Sept 23 - 2.5 (from rowing 5 km)
Sept 23 - 3.5 (from 35 minutes of strength training)
Sept 24 - 5.03
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Total 70.45 + previous total of 243.90

Grand Total of 314.35


I've done it in this format for the Newfoundland T'Railway virtual walk that I'm doing along with several of my Newfoundland teammates. It is all in kilometres and I'm amazed that I can do this much compared to what I could do even a few months ago. I often think of each and every one of you as I push past where I think I should stop so thanks for being there for me.

I just wish the pounds would start to come off but I've been told they will eventually and that I just have to be patient...... emoticon

  
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CALGARYNEWF 9/28/2011 10:56AM

    WOW!!!!! emoticon

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GOANNA2 9/26/2011 6:54PM

    Hi Sandra, I haven't been in touch for a few months, but
I can see you have made such good progress.

I would go by how clothes fit rather than worrying about the scales.
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SCOOTERGIRLOZ 9/26/2011 2:05PM

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Fantastic to read about your great progress. Sure your clothes are much looser no matter what the scales say.

If you see any temptationsalong the way, just Walk On By!

All my best
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BOVEY63 9/26/2011 11:35AM

    Awesome job!
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GRAMLORI 9/26/2011 11:01AM

    Susan, you are doing FANTASTIC!!! you'll get on the scale one day and POOF the pounds will be way down!! Keep it up!! And I love your new picture.....you are so pretty!!
have a teddy bear day!!
Lori

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VICKILYN4 9/26/2011 10:03AM

    emoticon Susan...that is totally emoticon!!!!

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NEWMAC2011 9/26/2011 9:54AM

    The scale will catch up eventually. Why not take your measurements now and then again when the 5% ends to see how may inches you lose? It's important to find other ways to note your progress because that scale can really cause frustration!

You're doing great! All the exercise will pay off.

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LESLIES537 9/26/2011 1:26AM

    Rock on sista!! emoticon--always! :)

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EJOY-EVELYN 9/25/2011 11:00PM

    You had an awesome and rockin' week! I suspect your lbs will be catching up real soon. Love that you have a lot of nature to enjoy along your walks -- as the waterfront has become my favorite fitness haven. Love the profile photo with the bear. Before the next challenge comes, I'm going to have to get myself a Teddy Bear and see how I can work it into a photo. Continue to rock this challenge!

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THETURTLEBEAR 9/25/2011 9:55PM

    Fantastic! You are rockin' the walking' -


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TERESA159 9/25/2011 9:27PM

    Wow, you are a walking machine! I love walking too, especially when you hit that fast stride that just feels so right, know what I mean? I guess if you are walking 12km, you surely know what I mean. Bet you'll need some new shoes pretty soon. And yes, the weight will come off as long as you don't celebrate those 12kms with something high calorie. Best wishes to you for many more beautiful and enjoyable walks and I'm happy to be a Teddy Bear with you.

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SVELTEWARRIOR 9/25/2011 9:18PM

    That is awesome!!!1 You are doing great!!!

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APIRLRAIN888 9/25/2011 9:18PM

    wow fantastic

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IMIN2GENES 9/25/2011 7:55PM

    You are doing awesome!
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KAYDE53 9/25/2011 7:38PM

    Even if pounds don't, inches will!! I bet pounds will too! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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YIWEN39 9/25/2011 7:19PM

    Wow, that's so emoticon emoticon
You must be in MUCH better shape than just a few months ago, and much healthier too! Well done on mixing and matching :-)
Surely the weight will come off soon... I agree with the others: maybe check your diet? or add strength training?
Good luck!
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WELLNESSME09 9/25/2011 6:28PM

    emoticon emoticon you are doing fantastic. With the workout your doing the pounds will start to disappear!
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TEMPEST272002 9/25/2011 5:27PM

    Wow! Look at the distance you've travelled! You have come a long way with your fitness that is for sure. The scale might not show it, but you have made marked improvements to your health. Not just your physical either. I see it in how you are tacking hurdles, taking chances, connecting with more people and learning how to take small, steady steps. The more healthy habits you create, the easier it becomes to create new ones... and the scale will eventually move.

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KAMAPERRY 9/25/2011 4:57PM

    Awesome! Keep it up!

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JANET552 9/25/2011 4:51PM

    Way to go!!

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MRS.PRINCIPAL 9/25/2011 2:55PM

    Those are great fitness min. So glad you are a teddy bear! Way to Move it!

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LITTLEFARMMOMMA 9/25/2011 2:23PM

    They will come off! You will see! emoticon

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_LINDA 9/25/2011 1:50PM

    Well done!! Its great you are getting a variety in too. That is so important not to be doing the same old thing day after day, and far mor interesting too!
2nd that comment on the food, that has to be there too.
Are you able to get your 5 freggies in a day? Are you always getting the water in too? Extra for sweaty workouts.. Don't want to be retaining water..
Keep up the great work!!

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CRAZYDOGLADYBO 9/25/2011 1:23PM

    I love that you think of spark people, I do that too emoticon

You are doing awesome! I love that you are doing rows, I haven't tried them yet as I don't have access to a machine. When I added in upper and lower body strength training I started to lose the weight.

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JLITT62 9/25/2011 12:50PM

    Exercise is so important for your health.

One thing about the pounds . . . you can't exercise your way outbof a bad diet - so the foid's got to be there along with the exercise.

But one healthy habit at a time!

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CODEMAULER 9/25/2011 12:48PM

    I love seeing those numbers add up!!

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CHUBRUB3 9/25/2011 12:39PM

    Good for you!!!
The lbs will come off, give it time.
Hugs,
Angela


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    Wow! Very impressive! emoticon emoticon

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Two lots of really good news!

Saturday, September 24, 2011

Hi!

Well today marks the start of my very first 5% Fall Challenge and I'm very proud to be part of the Teddy Bear Team!



This is me and my favourite teddy bear! Yes, I'm 45 years old and still have a teddy bear; in fact I have several but this little one means a lot to me. He might not be the prettiest thing and is definitely not a collector's item but that is why he is special to me. He doesn't even have a name other than Ted but he has been there for me!

When I was away from my family and my fur babies and staying in a hotel while my father was getting chemotherapy and radiation Ted was the one waiting for me at night. How many tears did his fur absorb!

He also accompanied me to the psychiatric ward two years ago when I admitted myself (I've lived with mental illness in the form of depression since childhood) for a week. Mind you he was tucked away in my overnight bag (didn't want the staff thinking I was totally cuckoo!) but once again he was the closest thing to my dogs that I could have.

So, needless to say, I am simply thrilled and honoured to have been accepted to the Teddy Bear team. Oh yeah, and Ted is waving his hand emoticon in the picture to say hello to all of you...Teddy Bear team members or not!

Anyway, I was supposed to complete a series of assignments before starting this challenge today but I decided to wait and lump them all together.

Assignment One : Got my scale out, have my gym clothes ready, I know how to use my GPS, and I've extended my Y membership! I'm also vowing to track my food and get my water in along with at least 30 minutes of exercise a day. My current weight is 217.4 pounds (ugh) so losing 5% will bring me to around 206 pounds which will be a good start to my overall goal. Oh, and I also have the fridge and freezer stocked with healthy food options! Whew!

Assignment Two: Update my SparkPage which I did about a week ago.

Assignment Three: Reasons why I want to lose weight: I simply want to get healthy and hope to lose weight with the changes I am making.

Assignment Four: Acknowledge your food triggers: Mine are all about not being prepared and going to the store hungry! Got a firm plan in place which involves having no junk food in the house and meal planning.

Assignment Five: Know you numbers - I've got that covered, I think! I've been reviewing the amount of calories I burn (averaged out over a month) and have my nutrition tracker updated to reflect this.

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Oh, and I almost forgot my other very special news! I'm an aunt again! My brother, Gary, fathered the second child for his two friends Jo and Amelia. Jeanie was born in Melbourne, Australia on September 21st and joins big sister Willa who is now 4. AND, the very best part (okay, I'm slightly partial) is that Jeanie has reddish hair and thus is the only other family member I have that is blessed/cursed with that colouring! Okay, so Teddy Bears Rock but so do Redheads.....right Linda and Leslie!?!

Have a great day everybody!

  
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BOVEY63 9/26/2011 11:33AM

    I'm 48 and still have several stuffed favorites too!
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EJOY-EVELYN 9/26/2011 12:08AM

    Welcome aboard. You have prepared well, set yourself some great goals, and have already begun to help us start this challenge off ROCKIN'! WooHoo!

Congratulations on having a new niece to send some lovin' to. I'm loving your new profile photo! You and your bear look marvelous!

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YIWEN39 9/25/2011 7:23PM

    We're lucky to have you on board! Bring Ted along anytime :-)
Have a great day!
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CHUBRUB3 9/25/2011 11:35AM

    Wonderful news Auntie Susan! What a blessing.
You are doing wonderful, and I think you look gorgeous! Love your Ted bear.
I also have bears, most given to me by my Nan (made by her). Love them.
You are doing great and I am so happy you are here so we can cheer you on!
You can do it!
Hugs,
Angela
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_LINDA 9/25/2011 12:41AM

    Congrats on being an aunt again! Love that she is a redhead, we are so very rare and need all the new members we can get!
Good luck with your teddy challange, looks like you are gearing up for a rocking good start!
You go girl!!!

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CALGARYNEWF 9/24/2011 11:56PM

    You'll do great with this challenge, Susan!

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KAMAPERRY 9/24/2011 11:14PM

    Congrats and awesome!! I love teddy bears!

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LITTLEFARMMOMMA 9/24/2011 10:35PM

    Susan, the Teddy Bear team is LUCKY to have you! You're going to make that team ROCK and ROLL! Hurray! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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SVELTEWARRIOR 9/24/2011 10:04PM

    Looks like you are totally ready for the challenge!!!! Congrats on being an aunt again. I love your Teddy!!! I have several Teddies myself

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THETURTLEBEAR 9/24/2011 9:41PM

    Woo hoo! A baby "ginger!" Hope the baby is as pretty as her aunt!

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IMIN2GENES 9/24/2011 8:14PM

    Congrats auntie! Love your bear... I have several also. LOL!
Chris

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REYVE01 9/24/2011 6:12PM

    I love your Teddy.. emoticon

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CRAZYDOGLADYBO 9/24/2011 4:47PM

    You are ready! emoticon

I am so happy that you are a fellow Teddy Bear!

Congrats Auntie!

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TEMPEST272002 9/24/2011 2:44PM

    Serendipity that you are on the Teddy Bear team! Love the new picture of you. I'm so jealous of red heads. I always wanted to be one, but it didn't look good with my skin when I dyed it. Congrats on the new baby!

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DRGOMTI 9/24/2011 2:42PM

    WOW! Sounds like you have everything under control!! I was gonna break my nutrition tracking streak, day 22 today, cz I went to cranfest yesterday n I did write down everything I ate n knew I was going over, WAY OVER, but I was still gonna track it cz I didn't wanna ruin my streak! n then when I got home I couldn't find my list so I was just not gonna enter it, but then this morn, I found my list, : ( n so I'm gonna track it but it ain't gonna be pretty!! but at least I haven't broken my streak n then I can get right back into the groove!! : )) thanx for the uplifting blog!!

emoticondr

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RUN2BEFREE 9/24/2011 2:35PM

    Looks like you are ready for the challenge!

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CODEMAULER 9/24/2011 2:23PM

    It sounds like you are poised and ready to tackle this challenge!

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NEWMAC2011 9/24/2011 2:11PM

    Love your new photo! You're well prepared for the Fall 5%. So glad that you're on the Teddy Bears and wishing you lots of success.

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APIRLRAIN888 9/24/2011 2:08PM

    wow congratz

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MAMAKITTY10 9/24/2011 1:41PM

  Love your Teddy. Good luck on the challenge. I have a few teddies myself and I'm 65.

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LESLIES537 9/24/2011 1:39PM

    That's RIGHT!!! POWER TO THE REDHEADS and TEDDY BEARS!! Love you, Susan! As always, I'm so very proud of you!!

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My Grandmother!

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Hi,

Today I was asked if I could take my grandmother to the doctor. Mind you, she wasn't very pleased about having to go as she views it as a complete waste of the medical system to go when you don't need to go. And, to be truthful she didn't need to go and only went because she hasn't been to her family doctor in about a year and a half!

Dr. Jim had a intern with him so they both got quick to work and started asking Nan various questions. According to her she is fine but when they examined her she winced a bit and thus gave her sore back away. (I was sworn to secrecy not to mention her back or else!)

So, they had her stand up and got her to bend over from side to side which she did with no problem. Then they asked her to arch her back which she did quite quickly. Then he said to her "now Gladys, bend over just like you were going to touch your toes" and with a grin she bent over and kept going and actually touched her toes!

Did I mention she is 98 and will be 99 on New Years Eve? Her mom (my great-grandmother) lived to be 95 and at 93 was confined to a hospital bed but for exercise would lie on her back and put her toes on the wall behind her! I actually witnessed this when I was 13!

Anyway, on the way home I asked if she would like an ice cream and she piped up, I'd love one but Doctor Jim said I'm now 120 pounds so I'm not sure I should. I had to laugh and ended up getting one for each of us which we thoroughly enjoyed.

When I brought her back to the home where she lives I asked if she wanted me to escort her back to her room and she flicked me with her cane and told me she had to visit some of her friends. I then went to see my own mother who lives there as well and found her complaining about her health and lying in bed. For the record my grandmother was Dad's mother but I couldn't help comparing attitudes. My mom is not quite 72 and acts like she is 98 while my grandmother acts like she is 50!

  
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THEWINNER33 9/26/2011 2:23PM

    What a wonderful story. You have a grand grandmother. Hugs, Matcia

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1_AMAZING_WOMAN 9/26/2011 2:05PM

    Such a heart-warming story. Hope your granny lives to 1115. She may well. I have heard some stories around about people living that long if they take care of themselves.

Amber

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TEMPEST272002 9/23/2011 11:42PM

    My aunt used to work in a retirement home & in her experience, people who reach 100+ old are all optomists. Your Gran sounds like she's be a lot of fun to hang out with. Glad you got to spend time with her today.

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CRAZYDOGLADYBO 9/23/2011 7:38PM

    Sounds like a great day! Amazing grandma that you have!

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VICKILYN4 9/23/2011 4:31PM

    You're nan is feisty...lol. My grandmother was active fishing and the like also. I miss her dearly. Treasure these moments.

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KAYDE53 9/23/2011 3:02PM

    That is emoticon and show you attitude can make a big difference!! Thanks for sharing about your inspiring grandma!!

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BOVEY63 9/23/2011 2:03PM

    Your Nan sounds like one spunky lady - one we can all learn from.
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GRAMLORI 9/23/2011 10:44AM

    I, too, had two totally different examples of how to "live" during what some call "the golden years"....both of mine were my grandmothers. One is remembered for how "sick" she was, even before she had her strokes, the other was extremely active - taking other seniors to the docs, taking them food, never stopped moving. I certainly know which one I want to be like, as I'm sure you do too! That is so awesome that you have your grandma as an example. Have a super blessed day!!
Hugs,
Lori

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IMIN2GENES 9/23/2011 10:28AM

    Melissa is so right and your Nan proves it... attitude is everything! Your Nan sounds just like mine... LOL! I can only hope I turn out just like her. What a wonderful day!
Chris

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JOANNANOW 9/23/2011 10:11AM

    Your nan is wonderful! I hope you carry those genes with you. I have a picture on my fridge of a neighbour who celebrated her 100th last October... like your grand mother she is very youthful and seems like she will live to be 120! So inspiring!
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NEWMAC2011 9/23/2011 8:35AM

    Your Nan shows how attitude is everything! She sounds like an awesome lady. You are so blessed to have her (I really miss my grandparents.) Wishing her many happy, healthy years to come.

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NEWFIEGIRLHERE 9/23/2011 8:14AM

    I have a few minutes before heading to work and thought I would try catching up a little. Let me just say what a way to catch up emoticon I was feeling a little tired and sore when I woke and let me tell you after reading this blog I don't feel so tired and sore anymore emoticon
I too have one of those grannies, mine will be 100 in May and if it wasn't for breaking her hip a few years back I swear she would still be fishing. I am soo glad that you are close enough to your mom and grandma to be able to share those special times together and even more glad that you had a great time together. Those are the things that matters most. emoticon
Take care.
Lori

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OUBACHE 9/23/2011 7:52AM

    I can't get the image of your great-grandmother touching the wall with her toes while confined to bed! What a wonderful attitude. It sounds like you had a wonderful day with your grandmother -- lucky you to have her in your life!

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JLITT62 9/23/2011 5:50AM

    Ok, now YOU take after your dad's side!

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_LINDA 9/23/2011 2:09AM

    Awesome grandmother you have!! My Mom is 75 and acts like she is much younger, doing work that would lay out people much younger then her. She wears nothing but blue jeans and chews gum! Attitude really is everything. Hope she continues to make the most of her life and stays healthy!

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KAMAPERRY 9/23/2011 12:34AM

    How awesome!

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DRGOMTI 9/22/2011 8:58PM

    That is amazing!! I wouldn't mind living to 99 if I would be like that, but unfortunately, I'm in my 50's feeling like I'm 99. : ( yer Nan sounds like fun to be with!!

Man! do I LOVE that quilt! n your page is so coordinated n fallish!!

emoticondr

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CHUBRUB3 9/22/2011 7:42PM

    The old saying "It is not how old you are, but how Old you feel," that is the truth.
"Act your age" is even better when your older and act younger. LOL!
I get confused... Should I act as old as I feel? Or should I act my age?
Hugs to you and your Nan!
Angela
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CHLOE453 9/22/2011 7:39PM

    Sounds like overall you had a wonderful day!!! My grandmother lived to the ripe age of 96 yrs, however she was pretty much confined to a wheelchair (I know she couldn't touch her toes....not sure she could see her toes...LOL). I absolutely love your grandmothers attitude, that is what keeps her going.

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CODEMAULER 9/22/2011 7:14PM

    Parents and grandparents sure are funny critters.

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It sounds like you had a fun outing with 'Nan.' What a neat sounding lady!!

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THETURTLEBEAR 9/22/2011 7:12PM

    That is great! Good genetics coming your way!

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LITTLEFARMMOMMA 9/22/2011 7:04PM

    Wow. That just goes to show us that our lives are what we make them, doesn't it? I am so proud of your grandmother! I hope I'm like that when I get up there in years! emoticonI hope your Mom will wake up and enjoy the rest of her life before it's too late. emoticon

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APIRLRAIN888 9/22/2011 6:15PM

    that is amazing


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ALICERIEGER 9/22/2011 5:51PM

    It's amazing how one's attitude affects one's life. If you don't enjoy life the aches and pains of old age become very burdensome. If you are busy enjoying life you don't notice them. That has been my experience and at 74 I have a few discomforts but I won't let them keep me from enjoying life and living.

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