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Saturday, January 28, 2012


Yes, I am an oddball in that I actually like snow and enjoy winter! Today we had our second storm of the season (and even that wasn't much of a storm) and boy was it wonderful. We spent a while with the shovels and snowblower until I got slightly bored and let the dogs out with us in the back garden! Well, you talk about having fun. Louisa found an old tennis ball and teased us with it while I took Maddy on my lap and went sliding down the small hill we have. Too lazy to dig through our shed to find our proper toboggan, I just went sliding on the bum of my wind pants. It was a lovely hour or so outdoors and we all were totally exhausted when we came back inside....but it was sure worth it.

Sometimes you just have to release that inner child and today I released my inner child and several of her "mischievous twins" emoticon

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ERTSMOM 1/30/2012 9:23PM

    Sounds like a blast! Wish we would get some snow here in MN - would LOVE a white winter.

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BOVEY63 1/29/2012 6:30PM

    I enjoy the snow too! It wouldn't be winter without it.
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LIBBYG7 1/29/2012 10:43AM

    Oh Susan.....
I love BOTH of you......you and your inner child.
What a love of life you have!! Never change, my dear.....you are a motivator and an inspiration.

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_LINDA 1/29/2012 12:16AM

    I don't mind snow either actually. When there has been a fresh, fair sized fall, its like walking on a sparkling clean white carpet -very nice. Unfortunately we are getting nothing at all this year, just a tiny skiff here and there that only makes the streets slippery. I don't think we have ever gone this long with out having a major snow fall, just too bizarre!!
We used to like throwing snowballs for Bendix to catch. When he missed, he would try digging them out!
Sliding is lots of fun! Enjoy!!

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EJOY-EVELYN 1/28/2012 11:46PM

    I'm with you . . . I love snow too. It's beautiful and we finally got our first lawn covering that may stay yesterday. It's only because we don't do well with six months of winter that my love and I escape to a warmer climate regularly.

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MOMMA_BEAR_69 1/28/2012 11:45PM

    So glad you are enjoying the snow. Sounds like you had a wonderful time!!! We haven't had snow like we usually do in the winter but have sure had lots of rain.

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    Sounds like fun!!

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THETURTLEBEAR 1/28/2012 9:03PM

    Sounds like fun!

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TEMPEST272002 1/28/2012 7:20PM

    I'm visualizing DeeOhGee & I joining you. That sounds like SO much fun!! DeeOhGee always makes me laugh in the snow too. She likes to burrough with her nose and then toss the snow into the air. Dogs sure bring so much joy into our lives.

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KAYDE53 1/28/2012 7:07PM

    I like the snow too, just haven't had any this year to speak of! I like sledding a lot; it's fun! Sounds like you had a great day!! Good thing you do like the snow where you live or you'd be in trouble! emoticon

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SLIMMERJESSE 1/28/2012 6:00PM

    Made me smile as I enjoyed the ride with you. It's something I would do. Since you enjoy snow, you'd probably hate San Diego's sunny weather. Many consider it boring. Have a fun day.

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Thursday, January 26, 2012


I am not sure what is going on lately but today I arrived home from work and found a long tube in my mailbox bearing my friend's return address. Brian and I go back a longish time and although we now live on opposite sides of Canada I still treasure his friendship. We actually met in first year university and we soon were hanging out all the time. Not boyfriend/girlfriend material but we were always in each others company. After about two years we wondered if we should try dating but after the first kiss we both knew something wasn't right. Turns out he was gay and really hadn't come to terms with it.

Fast forward twenty years and he has become a successful artist in Vancouver and our only contact is through Facebook. John and I did fly to British Columbia for Brian and Luke's wedding several years ago and our friendship was just as strong.

Which brings us to today when I arrived home and opened this tube. I was thrilled beyond words to receive a print of this painting.

It is of a local community where Brian's grandfather and father were born and I just love how he used such vibrant colours. Some of you will remember that I used that picture as my background photo last year.

John arrived home shortly after I did and found me crying. Worried, he asked what was wrong and I just pointed to the print. I was crying because somebody out there thought of me and sent me a gift without ever expecting anything in return.

Yes, I definitely like surprises and I love my good friend, Brian!

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MOMMA_BEAR_69 1/28/2012 11:42PM

    What a beautiful picture and such a wonderful surprise!!! ENJOY!!!

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CHLOE453 1/28/2012 7:46AM

    That is one of the best surprises that I could think of.....beautiful painting and you are so right, vibrant colors!!! emoticon emoticon

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BETHJRN 1/28/2012 7:19AM

    How special! I'm sure you're going to put that in a place of honor. It's lovely.

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EJOY-EVELYN 1/28/2012 1:43AM

    How beautiful!

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SCOOTERGIRLOZ 1/28/2012 12:28AM

    Such a lovely surprise Susan,

Brian's painting was one of the intriguing reasons of you that made mw want to friend you (plus your muppet profile pic). So nice that I now know a little bit more of the meaning his painting has for you. I will now imagine you enjoying his painting forever.

All the best,
Scootergirl in Oz

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GLORYANDME 1/26/2012 10:32PM

    Thank you for sharing your surprise with us! A lovely painting! Makes me long for the lazy, hazy days of summer. God bless the special friends in our lives! emoticon

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KAYDE53 1/26/2012 9:28PM

    What a beautiful picture!! Nice surprise & what a nice friend!

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JOANNANOW 1/26/2012 7:36PM

    Beautiful! What a great picture. Long time friends are real treasures.
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LIBBYG7 1/26/2012 5:56PM

    I learned a long time ago.....that the nicest gifts are those that are not expected!

That was one of the nicest things about making jewelry. On a whim....I'd just gift a pretty piece to someone 'just because'. It was my way of making sunshine.
(Psssssst......I gave away lots of sunshine!) .....and made a lot of people smile.

Just so you don't think I'm a total Pollyanna === I also sold a bunch - and that made ME smile!

I'm so glad you received a little unexpected ray of sunshine. And what a pretty picture. Your friend is truly talented.

hugs, Libby

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HEALTHYME229 1/26/2012 3:07PM

    What a wonderful gift! Your friendship sounds truly special.

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THETURTLEBEAR 1/26/2012 2:17PM

    That's wonderful!

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_LINDA 1/26/2012 2:06PM

    That is so awesome of Brian to send you a print, that is wonderful you have kept up your friendship over the years and so very far apart in miles! You are a loyal friend Susan!!
Beautiful surprise (I love those vibrant colors)!!
Have a Totally Terrific Thursday!

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LUVPOETESS 1/26/2012 12:39PM

    Susan, from what little I know about you, Brian is equally as fortunate to have you for a friend.

The painting is lovely. I do like how the foreground is so in-your-face. His perspective work is VERY good. The background tells a story. I can feel the calmness of it all.


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BOVEY63 1/26/2012 12:04PM

    We all need a Brian in our lives. I have Gary, who has been my dearest male friend/ soul mate for over 35 years (he also admitted to being gay in his mid 20s). With over 200 miles between us, we don't see each other often but do talk on the phone frequently and send short text messages daily.

That was so sweet of him to send the painting; and I do remember admiring it when you had it as your background. He is a very talented painter.

Have a wonderful day!

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    Oh. MY. GOODNESS! Susan, that is BEAUTIFUL!!! Can you scan that, photo it, or something, and make it your new background on Spark?! It's fantastic! What a dear, dear man to give you such a gift! Thanks for sharing your joy! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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SLIMMERJESSE 1/26/2012 11:29AM

    How beautiful. And what a treasured gift. I'm the same way about unexpected kindnesses and especially love artistic ones. Thanks for sharing the lovely art and info about your friendship. That's what life is all about.

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HEALTHY4ME 1/26/2012 11:15AM

    What a beautiful picture!! and from across the land, from sea to shining sea. I am in NS and have friends in BC and a cousin that lives there too.
Enjoy your painting and yes I too love surprises.

Went to look at your page and see you are from NF, we lived in Gander for 6 years. I don't miss your winters!!!
Going to sign up for your blog too! LOL

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My Review of Coach Nicole's "28 Day Boot Camp" dvd - with pictures!

Tuesday, January 24, 2012


If you have been following my blogs (shame on you if you haven't - emoticon)you will know that I was a lucky recipient of a free copy of Coach Nicole's "28 Day Boot Camp" dvd. This was quite a surprise for me and the only stipulation was that I watch it and write a blog about it. Well, there is a problem with those simple instructions - I did watch it (well some of it) and I am writing a blog but I haven't completed one day's regime let alone 28 days! emoticon

In my defense, I do have a bad back and a sore boob (okay, you really have to go back and read about the latter 'cause I'm not about to write about that experience all over again but suffice it to say my face during and afterwards looked like this emoticon!

From what I watched and the warmup I did do of Day 1 here is my review. Great overall but probably needs more detailed explanations for stunned people like myself. I really think it would be beneficial to actually watch the routine for each day before trying it to save yourself becoming confused and thus giving up. I have real difficulties in figuring out moves people are doing on television and then trying to do the same especially if you have more than one limb going at a time. emoticon

Okay, so the warmup was great although I have to admit I sweat so much that I kind of wonder how ineffective my present exercise routine really is. Like I said, I haven't done anything else with the dvd other than watch it and attempt the warm up for day one but I think it looks a lot easier than it really is and that is probably just what we all need!

Here is a pictorial description of me versus the woman on the DVD...can you guess which is which?

I am thrilled to have received this dvd and promise to complete the 28 days when my back pain allows it but until then you are all stuck with my humour or lack thereof!

Here are a few other cartoons I found online which seem to fit this blog and my life!

And the following two are in reference to my dogs and I hope all of my dog loving friends will enjoy as much as I did!

Maybe the latter will be an up and coming SparkDog option? Ha! I would like to see the trackers for exercise for Louisa

1. Wake up and stretch (counts as dog yoga)
2. Jump up on human bed - dig at blankets to make nest (works front and back legs)
3. Sleep (I don't think dogs have a problem with sleep quantity or quality) Earn bonus points for chasing squirrels in dreams
4. Stretch again when nature calls
5. Do business (this involves a lot of exercise as you find the perfect spots)
6. Kick and dig at grass, snow, etc afterwards
7. Walk to kitchen to see if any good crumbs are on the floor
8. Pause to drink your water
9. Race to window to bark at mailman
10. Jump up at human and your leash

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BRIGHTPENNY 1/29/2012 9:04PM

    Love the blog! I was thinking about getting this video since i've been enjoying the videos with the JJ challenge, but the reviews from people seem mixed and frustration is not something I need to ad to the mix of weight loss! hope your back is feeling better and that the "mother" situation is calming a bit. always a pleasure for sure to hear from you! jan

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COMPUCATHY 1/26/2012 2:17PM

    That's hilarious...LOVE the SparkDog idea! Have a great day! Spark on! emoticon

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LUVPOETESS 1/26/2012 12:44PM

    You are too funny!!! I too own the DVD but that's about it so far. Your review makes me wonder if I want to open it.

LOVE the dog tracking. I just chuckled my way through it.

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    Oh, Susan, I HAVE to try to keep up with your blogs because they are my daily dose of SMILE! Thank you so much for your wonderful sense of true humor! I need to do my blog about the DVD, too, but need a stinkin day OFF! I'm so busy working extra hours to pay for RHETTA! emoticonShe's worth it, though!

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IMIN2GENES 1/25/2012 10:00AM

    emoticon You're too funny! I haven't checked out the video yet; but I did get it. I figured there was no way I wanted to tackle both the January Jumpstart bootcamp and the 28-Day at the same time. LOL!

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Q8PRINCESS 1/25/2012 12:09AM

    Lucy Bella likes the activities except for the snow part - she asks "What is snow?" It will be a few years until she encounters that stuff.

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EJOY-EVELYN 1/24/2012 11:50PM

    Loved hearing your perspective. Great blog, as usual! Love the laughter and graphics while envisioning your workout.

Before I even tried the 28-day part, I went through each of the workouts individually up front (I think the 28-day workout simply rearranges the workouts for greatest diversity) . . . but then I have more work to do with the DVD I have. Today, they extended our timeline to write a review. I loved that she modified every move so that we can make it simpler or more difficult (depending on our levels) and I've already made improvements.

I was never a line dancer, and I can remember there was a move (now the name slips my RAM) that I see in a number of these DVD workouts. It's a move that is standard in most line dancing. I came across it in a Zumba class one day and felt totally lost. After missing it for so long, I finally got this stepping pattern down pat and can now do it in front of the news for 10 or more minutes every now and then. Next, I need to learn how to turn with it and stay in sync! (Fun!) Apparently, I'm not as coordinated as I thought . . . as these movements can be done at a speed I didn't think humanly possible. Oh my! I see I still have a long ways to go, but I do appreciate the choices she gives us.

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KAYDE53 1/24/2012 7:16PM

    You're so funny, Susan! I appreciate your review! I've tried a couple of the bootcamps and just can't quite keep up with them, although I'm sure some can! Love the dog trackers!!! emoticon

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ERTSMOM 1/24/2012 12:40PM

    Oh my goodness - LOVE your pictoral description of the 28 Day Bootcamp. I've attempted other bootcamp DVDs and feel exactly like your pictures.

I also enjoy our SparkDog idea emoticon my dogs could use it

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JOANNANOW 1/24/2012 12:01PM

    Watching the dogs always make me think of yoga too. There is something to be learned there... they never forget to stretch!

You are so funny Susan. I just love your writing. Hope you are feeling better soon.

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GLORYANDME 1/24/2012 12:01PM

    "Coach Nicole's "28 Day Boot Camp" ~ the title alone intimidates me. I picture young, inshape, coordinated people doing this video. Love the cartoons! emoticon

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BOVEY63 1/24/2012 11:38AM

    I love this blog - you are too funny! Thanks for putting a big smile on my face!

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_LINDA 1/24/2012 10:31AM

    Even though I have a lot of experience with using workout DVD's being a shut in for most of my life, I do find the moves usually difficult to follow at first and it takes my two left feet a while to get used to moving in a way that is not natural to them. It is especially hard when you have body parts and limbs that will not cooperate. I feel for you not being able to enjoy this gift because of your issues. But my suggestion would be: modify, modify modify. If there is something you can't do, simply adlib with something resembling it. I can't do any floor work so end up doing similar things standing or on my Swiss ball, because I just hate to stand there looking stupid when all those slim young things are doing their planks etc. And Sparks has always advised watching it through in its entirety first before attempting it. This also allows you to think about modifications to substitute before you try it. Hope you can get some benefit out of it when you feel better!
love, love, LOVE doggie tails!! Thanks for sharing! Our Bendix was what you would call an elite athletic dog. Every time he got outside and smelled something the chase would be on, usually leaving my poor step dad in a crumbled heap as he so easily able to break free from his leash. He was one strong dog and he could run for hours chasing something and alao swim for hours too even though he wasn't usually a swimmer.. If it weren't for our fur babies, life sure would be boring! I do miss having a dog in the family. We have always had one since the day I was born!!
Thanks for the link to that woman's blog! It wasn't news to me, its what I live, but enjoyed reading it!
Feel better soon!
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PS love your new profile photo!!

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SLIMMERJESSE 1/24/2012 10:31AM

    Very cute!

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TEMPEST272002 1/24/2012 10:29AM

    Thanks for the review. The doggie humour made me grin. DeeOhGee would definitely get sparkpoints for leaping & bounding like a crazy dog. And don't forget, snow-tossing which involves running in small circles with your nose in the snow and then tossing the snow in the air to bite at.

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COOKINGSTARS 1/24/2012 9:53AM

    That is a cute blog

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SANDEEB7 1/24/2012 9:27AM

    Hahaha...I LOVED it!!!!! Just what I needed...a good giggle! THank you for taking the time to bless us thus! :) I find myself identifying with you and the cartoon, since doing the January jumpstart programme...most days I watch first, then just try to keep up...doing all the easy manouvres..and still get myself all knotted up. LOL. Take care. x emoticon

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If you have nothing to be thankful for check your pulse

Monday, January 23, 2012


I am going to write a book! It is going to be called "Excuses So Old Even I Don't Believe Them" and it is going to be about my weight loss journey.

Seriously though, I have come up with some great excuses in my time and it is time to stop blaming things, people, food, etc for my weight when in face, it is all my own doing...err..undoing!

Gained 4 pounds in the past week, yes, I did! Can you believe it? I let the excuse of having a bad back and having some truly down (emotionally) get the better of me! I didn't walk ten steps out of my way last week other than around the house or at work. I didn't get any fresh air other than shuffling to the car! I didn't , I didn't, I didn't! Notice the "I" in all of these sentences.

So, what did I do? I went to the chiropractor again today and despite having some discomfort, I went for a 2km walk with the dogs. It might have taken me longer than usual and I might have been a tad more careful than usual but at least I went. The fresh air did me more good than any medicine AND I am cooking a healthy supper of chicken breasts, roast beef, baked sweet potatoes along with steamed broccoli and carrots. If I get hungry tonight (I am still a night-time snacker) I will eat some plain popcorn. No chips, cookies, or chocolate is in this house.....because I ate it all last week emoticon

On a closing note, here is something my SparkFriend, LESLIES537, posted on Facebook "if you have nothing to be thankful for check your pulse"

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JOANNANOW 1/24/2012 11:57AM

    Hmmm your rough week sounds like my whole January. It must be in the stars. We will find our way back... we will cheer each other on. We will take baby steps. We will be healthy again.
Sure hope your back is better soon.
Sending hugs emoticon emoticon

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BOVEY63 1/24/2012 11:35AM

    Happy to hear that you're off to a better week. Hope your back is doing better.

Sign me up for an autographed copy of your book!

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_LINDA 1/24/2012 1:21AM

    So sorry you have had such a rough week :(( Back troubles are so hard to deal with and then a bout of depression on top of that. I was almost in the same boat, and I too, gained 4 lbs being on a mega snack fast which will teach me never to bring anything like that in the house again. Evidently, the Snack monster can still get me in spite of being on maintenance and disciplined in all other areas of my life :(
Love the quote by Leslie, thanks for sharing. I don't go on FB much, its enough to keep up with everyone on here!
Welcome back to the land of living and reality! Hope this week goes a lot better for you!
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KAYDE53 1/23/2012 11:25PM

    I always love your honesty, Susan!!! Almost all of us slip up at one time or another, but most of us don't like to admit it!! Thanks for the smile!!! emoticon

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    I love that you bounced back quickly!! You are doing an awesome job!

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JLITT62 1/23/2012 6:56PM

    What I really lime about this is how quickly you've bounced back!

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KANSASROSE67 1/23/2012 5:34PM

    We've all been there! The walk was a great idea...as you know.

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    I love, love love you Susan, my friend! Your frienship and spark sisterhood is PRICELESS! emoticon

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WENDYSPARKS 1/23/2012 4:28PM

    Yum!! Food sounds good!

Wendy emoticon

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MISSFORTE 1/23/2012 4:12PM

    So true, hang in there hope your back heals soon!

you almost remind me of a stand up comedian!

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EJOY-EVELYN 1/23/2012 4:05PM

    It's all about life-long learning. I'm sure could all contribute volumes to your "Excuses" book. The following scripture answers three common excuses to reaching our God-honoring goals: 1) I'm too scared to start (Lion in the road), 2) I'm too tired to start (stays in bed), 3) I'm too tired to finish (Oh me!--distressed and weary)

Proverbs 26:13-15
Amplified Bible (AMP)
13 The sluggard says, There is a lion in the way! A lion is in the streets!
14 As the door turns on its hinges, so does the lazy man [move not from his place] upon his bed.
15 The slothful and self-indulgent buries his hand in his bosom; it distresses and wearies him to bring it again to his mouth.

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TEMPEST272002 1/23/2012 3:56PM

    You are so strong now. Sure, you backslid. Such is life. The important thing is what you are doing today to take care of yourself. I'm proud of you for getting in some exercise and for choosing to eat healthy.

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THETURTLEBEAR 1/23/2012 3:35PM

    emoticon Good stuff to remember!

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PJBONARRIGO 1/23/2012 3:24PM

    I love it!! Good luck- you seem to be back on track :-)

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Surprises and pain - one makes up for the other - pictures included!!!

Thursday, January 19, 2012


I've had a weird couple of days lately and am definitely feeling the effects of not getting out for my walks. However it is very slippery out due to thawing and freezing and thawing and freezing so coupled with my lower back issue I have been a couch potato. Well, not quite but you know what I mean.

My back was wonderful when the chiropractor did his thing on Monday but is slowly getting more and more kinked again. There seems to be no ryhme nor reason to it and it is something I have learned to live with until it really goes out of whack and then I scream. ha! Seriously, though, I was told to go home and ice it several times but that day it was -16 degrees celcius out and I was cold enough to begin with. I simply couldn't stand the thoughts of propping myself up on ice so I didn't! Today I go back and I will confess my naughtiness!

My appointment with my family doctor went as well as it could. My yearly mammogram in late December showed that I have microcalcifications in my right breast. Yesterday I had to go back to have a series of more detailed exams done and it hurt like nothing before. Maybe I have a low pain tolerance or something but I really thought I was going to faint. Apparently I have very dense breast tissue (who knew that my boobs and my brain were BOTH dense! but I could see the results on the x-ray machine. I am hoping what I "think I saw" doesn't mean anything!

So I get home all ready to have a little sniffle for myself when I noticed there were two packages in the mail for me. Both were complete surprises! One was from my brother in Australia who sent me two books. They both look really interesting and I can't wait until I go home today to start one over a cup of tea.

The first book is called "Mawson's Last Survivor" and is the story about Dr. Alf Howard who was a noted Australian whom my brother was priviledged enough to work with at the University of Queensland. In his late 70's (yes, you read that correctly) Dr. Howard started designing computer programs and provided 20 years of research assistance to students and staff of the university. He retired at age 97 but went on to live a few more years. Mawson was a research vessel that went to Antartica. Ever since my brother moved to Brisbane, he has always filled his e-mails to me about Alf and his accomplishments so I am really looking forward to setting my teeth into this one.

The other book has a New Zealand background and is about a dog Paddy. When my brother was doing some research in Wellington before Christmas he noticed a big display in a musem about a dog. Knowing I would love it, he investigated and promptly bought me the book. I cannot wait to let all you dog lovers what this story is about. So far, I know it is a true story that happened back during the Great Depression.

Oh, and the other package in the mail was a free copy of Coach Nicole's 28 Day Bootcamp! I'm not sure how I received it but the letter asks for nothing but a blog reviewing it by the end of January. I can't wait to try it out!!! Thanks SparkPeople!!!!

I hope this finds you all doing well with your Spark programs.

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LUVPOETESS 1/26/2012 12:52PM

    Susan, I was having low back issues. I have a bulging disc on the right side. I was advised (by someone here on SP) to stand with my back against the wall and slowly bend in the direction of the pain. Of course that hurt, but I could feel the difference enough that same day to be able to work out.

Hahaha! I read your more recent blog before reading this one because I had to find out why you had boob pain. I'm not laughing at the situation but I am laughing at how you describe it all. I wish you better on that.

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KHAMELEON1 1/23/2012 9:36AM

    I love and miss Australia dearly! At the very least, you should make one of your fitness rewards a trip to visit him.

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Q8PRINCESS 1/22/2012 10:50PM

    Oh yea, mammograms, how fun.

Love the surprises. Waiting to your reviews!

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HICKOK-HALEY 1/21/2012 2:23AM

    That is a great surprise. I'm sure help make your day. Hope the medical issue isn't to much for you. emoticon

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_LINDA 1/20/2012 12:39AM

    Sorry about your back pain, sure know what that is like :( Hope it eases for you soon! What an awesome brother! Those books sound like they will be great reads, can't wait to read your thoughts on them!
Lucky you to be chosen to review the DVD! I didn't think they would ever give Canadians anything free -we certainly can't enter any contests because of their rules. Enjoy!!

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BRIGHTPENNY 1/19/2012 11:31PM

    Hope that your tests come back OK, and what a great relationship you seem to have with your brother. I am really interested in how you find the book about the dog, looks good! Sending lots of positive energy your way! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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TEMPEST272002 1/19/2012 7:53PM

    Sorry to hear about the back & painful mammogram. Wasn't that sweet of your brother? What a nice surprise to come home to after a difficult day. Apparently I have the DVD coming too, but it hasn't arrived yet. Can't wait to try it out. We'll have to compare notes.

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MILLISMA 1/19/2012 5:02PM

    Nice presents!

About your test.....you and I could be related. I went through the same thing December 5 years ago. They decided to remove the calcification clusters and they were benign. You are so right about how painful the follow up visits are. I thought I was going to break a sweat before it was over. Thinking of you and hope all goes well.

hugs....Mary Anne

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THETURTLEBEAR 1/19/2012 1:57PM

    Excellent news on the packages!!

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KANSASROSE67 1/19/2012 1:11PM

    Hope the tests turn out well and your back is soon "back"! Sorry...couldn't resist.

Enjoy your new goodies...reading a good book is one my absolute pleasures in life!

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BOVEY63 1/19/2012 11:43AM

    I can certainly understand why you didn't want to put ice on your back. It's 18 below here today and putting ice on my body is one of the last things I would want to do.

My walking has been limited due to the same reason. We had one day of slushy snow (about 30 degrees) and in the morning woke up to temps below zero, leaving everything dangerously icy.

Praying that all goes well with the mammogram results.

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    I got the DVD, too, Susan! The first segment nearly killed me as I have two left feet, but I kept at it, and I think I might live! I like the 30 minute workout the best because I could actually DO it without falling or hurling myself to the floor trying to get my feet to go in time with my arms!

I think the 2nd book really interests me! Let me know how that goes, will you? Your brother sounds like my brother... a real sweetie!

I hope you feel better! That boob scare is enough to cause all your muscles to tense!

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JOANNANOW 1/19/2012 11:22AM

    Funny I just got an email that says if you eat lots of grapes and cherries you will conquer back pain. Maybe I'm supposed to pass that on to you. Ginger and termeric are supposed to help too. I hope you feel better soon.

I wish my mailbox was as interesting as yours! Flyers and bills make for dull trips to the mailbox.

We are still having a cold snap(-41) but it is better underfoot. Be careful on that ice! Do you have the ice treads that fit on your boots?

Enjoy those books ... they both look good! What a good brother you have.
Have a wonderful Thursday. emoticon

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GLORYANDME 1/19/2012 11:05AM

    Wow loved how your mailbox was filled with lots of goodies! I bet it was like a holiday coming home and finding the surprises. I can't wait to hear your review on "Paddy" as I am a fellow dog lover. Sending prayers and cares that all goes right with your tests. emoticon

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HOPESINGH 1/19/2012 10:14AM

    It's so much fun getting packages in the mail! Even when it's stuff I ordered myself I always feel like I've been sent a present emoticon

Hope your back gets better soon!
I'm freezing just to read your weather descriptions. Here it's considered REALLY cold when it's 9 degrees! (yeah, Celsius)...

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CHANGING_LIFE 1/19/2012 9:24AM

    Yay Susan! I hope your medical tests come back fine.

I am so excited to hear about the books your brother sent you! Happy reading!

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