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How a little kitten found her forever home - pictures too!

Wednesday, October 05, 2011



This little bundle of fur and love was carelessly tossed into a dump at the age of 4 weeks to fend for herself. Several siblings were also with her but she was the only one picked up that day and brought to a local SPCA. The next day another idiot thought it would be fun to catch the dump on fire and the others were eventually rescued but had some burns. They are all doing well and are waiting for their forever homes.

But the story is better for "Guinevere" who was fostered by our humane society and has, as of today, found her forever home with a dear friend of mine. This friend recently had to put her 11 year old cat to sleep quite suddenly and she wasn't sure she was ready for another pet until she saw her! Then it was love at first sight!

For the past four weeks Guinevere stayed with her foster family to get used to other cats and to make sure she wasn't feline leukemia positive. When we picked her up she was all of 7 ounces and today she is over 2 pounds! I think she is simply adorable and I'm not really a cat person as I've never been allowed to have one due to John's allergies.

Anyway, both John and I were there today for my friend as she brought home her baby. It was a happy day all around and I even managed to eat sensibly and get to the Y!

  
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SHARONBAILEY913 10/8/2011 12:42AM

    Wonderful story! There are so many, many homeless cats and kittens...it's always heartwarming to hear that one has found a forever home.

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KAYDE53 10/7/2011 9:07PM

    so sweet!! so glad she found a forever home!!! emoticon

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COMPASS_ROSE 10/7/2011 5:54PM

    Aw, that is a beautiful kitty. I do not understand how people can be so evil to animals or children--it is just beside me. I'm glad this beauty found a forever home!
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RETURNOFSARAH 10/7/2011 2:07PM

    She is adorable!

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Q8PRINCESS 10/7/2011 1:03PM

    soooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo
oo cute

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PHEBESS 10/7/2011 10:34AM

    OMG, that kitten should pose for a calendar, she is so adorable!!!!!!! Thank you for a happy ending!

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KIMDONN 10/7/2011 9:51AM

    She is soooo CUTE!!! I am so happy she found a home!!!

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MILLISMA 10/7/2011 9:33AM

    What a great ending to what could have been very sad. Hope all the others recover and find forever homes. She is a little beauty.

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NINJA-NED 10/7/2011 8:24AM

    omg the cuteness! we just rescued a baby kitty too, so i just love this story.

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BOVEY63 10/6/2011 10:13PM

    She is adorable! So happy she has a good home; and hope the others get one soon. I will never understand how anyone can be so cruel to our furry friends. So awesome that there are people like you to rescue them.
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CALGARYNEWF 10/6/2011 7:42PM

    Adorable!

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KAMAPERRY 10/6/2011 3:02PM

    Awwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww
wwwwwwwww!!!

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KKINNEA 10/6/2011 10:39AM

    Sweet kitty

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JLITT62 10/6/2011 5:00AM

    How could you not love that little bundle of fur?

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WALKZWDOGZ 10/6/2011 12:33AM

    Sounds like they needed each other! What an absolute sweetie! SO glad for the happy ending. Thanks for sharing! emoticon emoticon

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TWEETYKC00 10/6/2011 12:01AM

    Aw, what a wonderful and blessed bundle of love. It is so wonderful to know that this little fur baby could be rescued and end up in a loving home.

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HICKOK-HALEY 10/5/2011 10:35PM

    Awww, what a love. So glad she has a home, and you get to visit the little fur ball. Hope the other kittens will heal ok.

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MAGGIENCALI 10/5/2011 10:18PM

    Awww. She's adorable. I am kittymama to two and both are rescue kitties. I'm so glad there is a happy ending for this cutie. emoticon

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THETURTLEBEAR 10/5/2011 10:03PM

    She is so cute I thought it was a poster, and not a photo!

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SANDY-RENO 10/5/2011 9:25PM

    I am such a cat person and this one warms my heart! So precious and I am so thankful for people like your friend who will adopt these sweethearts. Our amazing cat came from a humane society and I can't imagine life without him.
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IMIN2GENES 10/5/2011 9:24PM

    What a cutie! Thanks for sharing such a happy story. Congrats on helping to find her her forever home and congrats on your successful day!

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CHUBRUB3 10/5/2011 9:22PM

    So Sweet and a touching story. Glad for the happy ending.
Hugs,
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JOANNANOW 10/5/2011 9:20PM

    Oh you do so well. What a wonderful story! emoticon emoticon

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GETTING_FIT44 10/5/2011 8:41PM

    So glad to hear!!! We recently rescued a 14 yr old cat!!! Good luck to everyone! :D

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DRAMABEAR 10/5/2011 7:40PM

    Congrats on such a wonderful day and kudos to your friend for choosing to rescue such a bundle of joy!

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EJOY-EVELYN 10/5/2011 7:23PM

    This dog lover is so attracted to this cutie! You have a terrific photographer on board as this kitten meets super model qualifications (in my book)! Love a story that end happily ever after.

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_LINDA 10/5/2011 6:58PM

    Wow! I am not fond of cats, but that one is a classic cutie they normally put on ads lol. So glad all of the kittens were rescued and that your friend is helping out with this little sweetie..I wish there were more heart warming stories like this..
Good for you keeping on the exercise and eating!! You go girl!!

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LESLIES537 10/5/2011 6:52PM

    What a sweetie!! She is adorable! emoticon

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YIWEN39 10/5/2011 6:34PM

    She is so cute :-) Thanks for blogging about her story :-)
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SCOOTERGIRLOZ 10/5/2011 6:15PM

    Such a heartwarming story. Lucky for Guinevere that you and your friend are terrific people. Thanks for sharing. Like how you added a note on your Spark goals, although I find personal stories far more endearing.

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CODEMAULER 10/5/2011 6:02PM

    What a sweet face (and I love kitten blue eyes)!! Please thank your friend for opening her heart and home to such an adorable new friend!!

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GOANNA2 10/5/2011 5:56PM

    The kitten is so cute. Glad your friend has a new babey now.
Good that you made it to the Y after all. emoticon

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APIRLRAIN888 10/5/2011 5:41PM

    awe great story and what crazy ppl out there

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LITTLEFARMMOMMA 10/5/2011 5:29PM

    Oh, she is PRECIOUS!!! She is the kitten version of our "Baby"!!! Thank you so much for sharing this, Susan!

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CRAZYDOGLADYBO 10/5/2011 5:25PM

    What a lovely blog! Great that the kitten has found a new home!

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ANNCHER 10/5/2011 5:23PM

    What a nice ending to a sad story for this little kitten. The kitten is so cute.
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One month left before....

Monday, October 03, 2011

Hi!

Do any of you remember my slightly whiny blog I wrote in early August about the body fat analysis I had done when I joined the YMCA? I can remember being so discouraged by a machine telling me that I was 50% fat and that I had about 70 pounds to lose. I really wanted you all to tell me to quit but being the SparkFriends that you all are, you only let my pity party last that one blog and then you were back to the regular words of encouragement. How dare you? ha!

Can you believe that it has been two months since I started using the gym. Each time I go I feel more confident but as you know the pounds haven't come off. A lot of you said it was the strength training and that in time the weight would come off and my measurements would change. So far I have lost two pounds and that was only this past week but at least it is a step in the right direction! As for the next body analysis and measurements, well, they won't be done until the first three months are up which will be in early November.

So until then, I've been sneaking glances at myself in our full length mirror and I don't see one bit of change. Actually that is a lie, I do "feel" leaner and somehow taller (?!) but when I'm standing in the mirror all I see are the lumps and bumps (and no I'm not talking about my boobs!) that have always been there. But, here is the good news.....yes, I have good news! Other people are noticing and commenting! Last week it was my mom when we were shopping and she said she could really see the changes in my body shape. Earlier today it was a co-worker, then it was my husband and finally it was my hairdresser. The later hadn't seen me (or my roots!!!) in six weeks and she asked me if I was dieting because I somehow looked smaller.....!!! Part of me said I weigh less because she cut a few inches off of my hair but I decided to take the compliment and not try to brush it aside with my warped sense of humour.

Anyway, I'm a bit stoked that just maybe all of this exercise and nutritious eating is really helping me - who knew it could be that simple?! emoticon





  
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LESLIES537 10/6/2011 7:57PM

    Freakin AWESOME!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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    Yay! emoticon emoticon

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JOANNANOW 10/4/2011 9:49PM

    oh boy ...if people are noticing a difference in you that means you are really getting somewhere good!
Glad to hear it! Keep up the healthy eating and the weight will come off too. emoticon

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CRAZYDOGLADYBO 10/4/2011 3:34PM

    I have a friend that has started to eat better an to exercise more, she isn't on spark, anyway her weight loss was very noticeable in her face and neck in the beginning.

I love that you are still going to the gym, I agree with Tempest, you have stayed on track.

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KAMAPERRY 10/4/2011 3:18PM

    See??? You get used to seeing yourself, and don't notice the changes, but they are there! emoticon

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ZIPCONTROL 10/4/2011 1:59PM

  it usually takes a minimum of six weeks of ST for the results to be visible. By the time six weeks are over you have probably burned some fat and upped your muscle. So even if the scale don't shout ....your body shouts out loud. keep it going ..... emoticon

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IMIN2GENES 10/4/2011 1:35PM

    Awesome! See, your Spark friends would never mislead you. How wonderful does it feel to get those kind of compliments? Your hard work is paying off.
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BOVEY63 10/4/2011 1:26PM

    You are doing so great in this journey - so many positive steps forward. Just remember that we are our worst critics and usually can't see ourselves as others do. My bet is that your family and friends are right and you are toning up!
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KANSASROSE67 10/4/2011 11:32AM

    No matter what, the exercise is good for you...body & soul. Keep up the great work!

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TEMPEST272002 10/4/2011 11:22AM

    Regardless of the scale, going to the gym regularly has a huge impact on your overall health. I like to remind myself of this periodically by doing a real age calculation (try http://www.sonnyradio.com/realage.h
tm) Try out the clocks by doing a before/after - a year ago to today - and see what difference those changes make. I've also noticed you've been more even keel since starting at the gym. Have you noticed that? Hope you're having a great day! So proud of you for following through and doing this for yourself.

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JS1971 10/4/2011 6:09AM

  Keep at it, your doing great.

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JLITT62 10/4/2011 5:36AM

    ST will really change your body shape. Just keep in mind that you can't exercise your way out if poor food choices!

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EJOY-EVELYN 10/3/2011 11:41PM

    Sure hope your personal scale victories are forthcoming so you can enjoy the non-scale victories that much more! Sounds like you're doing just fine!

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GOANNA2 10/3/2011 11:16PM

    emoticon emoticonJust keep doing
what you are doing and more people including
yourself, will notice the changes. emoticon

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SVELTEWARRIOR 10/3/2011 11:10PM

    That is great!!!! See you are beginning to understand what your sparkfriends always knew....You Can Do This!!!!

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SCOOTERGIRLOZ 10/3/2011 9:52PM

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That is so fantastic. You've worked really hard. Bonus is that winter snow helps you burn more calories when you get out walking. Hope you enjoy the snow as I hardly ever touch the stuff anymore.

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Knew you could do it!
Hugs,
Angela


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APIRLRAIN888 10/3/2011 9:33PM

    woohooo awesomeness

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LITTLEFARMMOMMA 10/3/2011 9:12PM

    Oh, my friend! I am SO glad my mouth was empty when I got to the part about the boobs! I literally laughed out loud at the computer! emoticonI know you have to be improving in your fitness if that many people are noticing. That is a lot of people, don't you think? You keep your spirits up and keep the faith! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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THETURTLEBEAR 10/3/2011 7:57PM

    That's awesome!!

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NEWMAC2011 10/3/2011 7:30PM

    We see ourselves every day so it's difficult to really notice changes (unless your clothes are getting looser.) Keep doing what you're doing because it will pay off. I'm here for the long run; no matter how long it takes, because I'm way better off now than I was when I joined SP 9 months ago! You can do it!

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YIWEN39 10/3/2011 7:09PM

    Waouh, that's GREAT :-) Absolute emoticon that must feel sooooo good :-) Well done! emoticon

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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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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,
Angela
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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.

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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???
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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 :-)
Keep sparking emoticon emoticon

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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,
Angela


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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

    emoticon emoticon

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
Scootergirl in Oz
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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!
Chris
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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!
Wishing you the very best on your journey. emoticon emoticon

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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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JOANNANOW 9/25/2011 12:14PM

    Wow! Very impressive! emoticon emoticon

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