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Monday, May 21, 2012


Just changed around my SparkPage a bit to cheer me up. I do love the picture I have as my background photo and it really helps that I know the town this was based on and I know the artist. It always helps to cheer me up so I brought it out of the "photo vault" another time.

Am being affected by the weather this weekend or so it seems. Unlike many areas of the country (Canada) we, here in Newfoundland, are not getting the best weather. Actually it has been dry but no sun and kind of cool. Last night I walked 5 km with my dogs and had to wear two fleece jackets and my wool hat. No wildlife to report although I did hear coyotes for the first time in my life. Like most wildlife on our island they were accidently introduced over the past few years and have become a bit of a problem. Oh well, such is life.

Tonight we are going for another hike but we are bringing our Coleman stove and having our supper outdoors. We will probably sit on a rock somewhere and warm up our baked ham and beans and let the dogs have a bit of a run. Probably sounds boring to a lot of you but I love doing this kind of thing and I am really excited that my husband thought of it. It is quite nice this time of the year in our inland woods as it is still too cool for the black flies and mosquitoes and we usually see caribou, moose, rabbits, etc.

I have been de-cluttering our home lately and trying to get on top of our debt or at least see where we stand. It is stressful as many of you know firsthand. I think the first thing is to get everything out in the open so we know how bad the situation is and what we can do together to work on a solution. It is certainly making me more aware of the money that seems to trickle away on the small stuff so this is a good lesson for me.

I hope you have all had a wonderful weekend and I wish you luck in the week ahead with your healthly lifestyles.


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EJOY-EVELYN 5/22/2012 3:28PM

    One of these days, I need to begin the decluttering process, too. I admire people who can do this resourcefully.

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JOANNANOW 5/22/2012 11:52AM

    What a wonderful painting!
Sounds to me like you are well on the way to being healthy, wealthy and wise.
Hope your Tuesday is a good one.

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REBECCAMA 5/22/2012 10:28AM

  Sounds great! The walk that is. I need to declutter in a serious way. Wish we had room for a huge dumpster and recycling bin at our house. Ugh.. way over our heads with all our mess.

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HOPESINGH 5/22/2012 4:59AM

    Actually your simple picnic sounds great, what's boring about spending time with your loved ones in the woods and having a nice dinner?
Good luck with the general re-organization you're going through. Hard, but worth it. emoticon

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JAMER123 5/22/2012 12:22AM

    Love the thought of a camp stove meal as one sits on the rocks enjoying nature while dining. That is one of the many reasons we love camping even though we bring our house (camper) with us all over the country. Still love the outdoors!!

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EDDYMEESE 5/22/2012 12:17AM

    That hike sounds like a dream :) What a great idea!

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POPSY190 5/21/2012 7:47PM

    Lovely vibrant background. We're eating inside but put ourselves so that we can see the lovely autumn colours that have developed. Do hope you can see your way out of the debt so that it isn't hanging over you all the time. You sound as though you are going the right way about it. emoticon

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TEMPEST272002 5/21/2012 7:22PM

    My hubby & I like to hike and dine too. Just something great about comfort food cooked right over the fire, out in nature, with a loved one. Dead romantic.

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BRIGHTPENNY 5/21/2012 6:57PM

    Susan, your night out under the stars (I hope) sounds absolutely heavenly! And all the better that your DH thought of it. Very romantic from my perspective! I have always loved camping but I married my opposite on this one! That's OK tho', as he is wonderful in other ways! Do wish you could put me in your pocket and take me along. We all have struggles, eh... good luck with the finances although in the direction of environment, I'd say you are wealthy in another way! :) ...at least at this time of year, eh???? emoticon

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BOVEY63 5/21/2012 5:22PM

    I have always loved the painting! Your friend is very talented.
The hike and cook-out sounds great - do enjoy doing things like that, and especially before the mosquitoes come out.

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KAYDE53 5/21/2012 4:47PM

    Last year it was hot & dry, but not until July, this year, we've been behind all spring in rain & above average temps. Now it's just plain hot, so cool kind of sounds good to me! Have fun on your hike!!! emoticon

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_LINDA 5/21/2012 3:37PM

    Oh Susan, so sorry to hear you are struggling so :( I hope you can get it sorted without losing your shirt :((
But this walk and having supper outdoors sounds heavenly :) As a family, we used to go camping when I was very young. The peaceful isolated lake we went to, the haunting call of the loon, the hooting owl, the yips of coyotes, the gently lapping waters, the smell of pine, the soft mossy earth, it was so peaceful and oh how I miss being able to camp..Mom used a cast iron frying pan over fire to make us wild blueberry pancakes, and yes the old beans too :)
Enjoying the simple pleasures in life costs nothing but is a great stress reliever!
Keep up the fabulous work!!
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JLITT62 5/21/2012 3:22PM

    If I could bottle this weekend's weather & send it to you, I would
, I don't think you'd want our present weather - raining yet again - but the weekend was lovely.

Debt can be handled with baby steps, too. I know you'll get thru it - you're far stronger hsnyou know.

The chocolate tea is served warm, btw. Not iced tea. With a bit of milk & sweetener, I consider it a treat - it's not overwhelmingly chocolate (more's the pity).

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    I love the background and like it when you put it back up! emoticon

I hope your weekend was great! emoticon

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ILOVEMALI 5/21/2012 1:58PM

    have a beautiful and healthy week!

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Second times the charm and a funny song about May 24th - Newfoundland style

Friday, May 18, 2012


My title tonight refers to the this being the second attempt at writing this blog. Had the first one written, hit spell check and there it went clean out into the air!

And the second part of my title refers to the following which is actually a song and is quite popular this time of the year for obvious reasons. Most parks open up here on the island this weekend and camping is a big deal here but as this song will tell you not all Newfoundlanders camp in parks......

It's the 24th of May and we like to get away,
Up in the woods or going out the bay;
There's all kinds of places, but the place we like to get,
Is up on the highway in the gravel pit.

We love to go out in the good old gravel pits,
We love to go out there when life gets smelly;
We can spray paint our names on the face of the cliffs,
Go up to the Irving for a coke and chips.

We hitches up the camper and out of town we go,
Out on the highway with everything in tow;
The dog is in the back seat, and grandfather's drunk,
The youngsters in the trailer, and the wife is in the trunk.

It's the 24th of May and we like to get away,
Up in the woods or going out the bay;
There's all kinds of places but the place we like to get,
Is up on the highway in the gravel pit.

John is coming over and Sue and Henry, too,
We'll polish off a bottle and a pot of moose stew;
We'll tell a few stories and an awful lot of lies,
Green boughs on the fire to keep away the flies.

The youngsters gets excited and they starts to thump and jump,
But when we piles in the car and goes up to the dump;
It's cheaper than the movie so we all sits and stares,
Up by the garbage pile looking at the bears.

It's the 24th of May and we like to get away,
Up in the woods or going out the bay;
There's all kinds of places but the place we like to get,
Is up on the highway in the gravel pit.

We flies a Newfie flag on an old spruce pole,
And drowns a few worms in a tractor mud hole;
And then listens to the radio, we plays it good and loud,
A scoff on the Coleman stove is bound to draw a crowd.

And when the weekend's over, and we're headed back to town,
A half inch of sloppy snow lying on the ground:
We're a hundred dollars poorer but who wants to be rich?
We just had a lovely time out in the pit.

It's the 24th of May and we like to get away,
Up in the woods or going out the bay;
There's all kinds of places but the place we like to get,
Is up on the highway in the gravel pit.
Is up on the highway in the gravel pit.

####.... Wayne Chaulk of Buddy Wasisname and the Other Fellers ....####
Recorded by Buddy Wasisname and the Other Fellers (The Miracle Cure!, trk#15, 1992, Third Wave prodcutions, Gander, NL); and (Greatest Misses!, trk#8, 1999, Third Wave Productions Ltd, Gander, NL).

Actually I think gravel pit camping is actually frowned upon these days and I've never done it myself but I know people who have. The closest we ever came to it was the time my father and I were out berry picking and for some reason we ended up sitting on the rear bumper of our old car eating our sandwiches and enjoying a thermos of hot tea. Not sure why we didn't just plank our bums (I so want to use the word arses) down in the berry patch and eat but maybe we had left the lunch back in the car. Anyway, there we sat looking at each other and we laughed because the entire view was gravel and we could have been in one of the world's finest restaurants.

Found out today (okay, I took my head out of the sand...finally) that we are in quite a bit of debt. I guess the unopened bills and the fact that John hasn't worked in almost three years should have been my first clue, right? Anyway, we will crawl our way out and finally will be forced to do a budget (which we've never had and which is part of our problem) so I am looking forward to this challenge. I know we can do it as I once paid for my trip and almost $3000 of spending money to go to Australia while making minimum wage. Granted I didn't have many expenses but I can be quite frugal when I put my mind to it.

On a completely different note - part of the BLC this weekend is to post a recipe for vegetables. I think I may have posted this once before but it is one of our favourites>

From Readers' Digest "Eat Well - Stay Well: 500 Delicious Recipes Made with Healing Foods"

Multi-Pepper Stir Fry

Saute 2 each sliced red and yellow bell peppers, 1 sliced green pepper, 2 cloves of minced garlic in 1 tablespoon olive oil until tender-crisp. Add 1/4 cup chopped basil, 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar (I just use white vinegar), 1 teaspoon sugar, and 1/2 teaspoon of salt. Cook 2 minutes. Serves 4. About 64 calories, 4 grams fat and 276 grams sodium.

Also, my favourite way to serve fruit as a dessert is to cut it up and serve it with yogourt and maybe those little individual angel food cakes.

Hope you all have a wonderful Victoria Day/Memorial Day weekend!


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BOVEY63 5/19/2012 12:51PM

    Love the song!
I believe all will work out for you and John with your finances.

Happy Victoria Day!

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HOPESINGH 5/19/2012 5:09AM

    Good luck with making the new budget. It's nice you're looking at it as a challenge, good attitude.
Again, sounds like nature in your area is so nice and diversified! so much fun, the summer must be great over there! which reminds me, I have to go see the desert again before it gets too hot (here, that is emoticon)

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Q8PRINCESS 5/19/2012 12:00AM

    Happy Victoria Day! The May long weekend and the garden shops should be busy this weekend. We didn't go camping on the long weekend, we use to work in the yard instead.

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KAYDE53 5/18/2012 11:03PM

    Cute song! Pepper stir fry sounds yummy!! Good luck on your plan to get out of debt, I know you can do it!!! Have a great weekend! emoticon

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JOANNANOW 5/18/2012 10:57PM

    Hmm the "May long" as we call it here in northern BC is often rainy, snowy and cold ... so far it is shaping up to be typical. Pit parties are popular with the local kids although I haven't met anyone that camped there for more than a night. We have so many lakes here, large and small, that it's more likely to find folks camping beside one. The song brought those thoughts to mind... I guess gravel pits are gathering places right across the country. It seems that Newfoundlanders have a song for every occasion.
Happy Victoria day Susan.


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POPSY190 5/18/2012 10:02PM

    Great song! Good you are tackling the debt so positively. Just back from Victoria, Australia so we had a few happy Victoria days recently. Hope you enjoy yours!

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TEMPEST272002 5/18/2012 6:10PM

    Loved the song. Too funny. For the debt part, I highly recommend reading Gail Vaz-Oxlade’s "Debt-Free Forever". I liked that it was Canadian content, simple to read and information that was new to me. She's got lots of good resources on her website too: http://www.gailvazoxlade.com/index.
Getting out of debt is just about as easy (lol) as losing weight, but both are possible when you start from where you're at and take it one baby step at a time. Happy Victoria Day to you too!

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A little bit of everything and a very fun way to fit in some exercise

Thursday, May 17, 2012


Had an emotional day yesterday but decided to walk it out instead of eating. I'm not sure why I was feeling so blah (well, other than the fact that it was two years yesterday that we said good-bye to our beloved Peaches who is the dog behind my Sparkname and the date of her death - she is the dog on my current background)

Peaches taught me a lot but I loved her attitude the most. She was a rescue and she was the first dog that shared my life since high school. All she wanted in life was healthy food, a lot of exercise and somebody to cuddle with. The vet used to say all that attributed to her living to be 17+ years. When asked what kind of dog she was we would often say "an afghan hound" as she loved to be wrapped up in an afghan!!! That or we would say "a SPCA special". Oh, Peaches we have a lot of memories - most of them hilarious of course. I hope you are having fun waiting for us and I hope you have somebody at your beck and call to make your "nests" for you. Woof-woof

Yesterday was also my husband's first day of work in nearly three years! The first year he took off and the year after that he went to school so really he has only been unemployed for one year. We were lucky and I felt kind of sad that he wasn't around yesterday. Weird, to feel that way I suppose but we are both over the moon that he is back in the workforce. It is only summer employment although today they told him the job would be his if he wanted to stay beyond that time. He is trying to obtain an apprenticeship in his trade so at least he will have something to do while we wait that out.

Anyway, it was a blah kind of day but like I said I walked it out. I walked for about 100 minutes and because I don't have any junk food in the house I didn't delve into my emotional eating habit either. Woo-hoo!

Oh, and I gained two pounds....but I am not worrying about that right now as I now I am doing the right things and the weight WILL COME OFF eventually. As I learned before this journey is a lot more to me than simple weight loss!

Drum roll please.....

I am really, really enjoying the Biggest Loser Challenge! I've done the 5% Challenges twice now and, although, it is a great idea, it really isn't for me. With the 5% challenges we raced to different destinations (with fitness minutes counting as air miles) but I always felt like I wasn't doing enough. Again, the problem was with how I viewed it and not with the challenge itself....'cause I really loved my fellow Teddy Bears!!!!

Since joining the BLC, I have been walking a lot and they have different challenges which I am enjoying.The weekend challenges are my favourite as they last Friday thru Monday and this week is sort of a Freggie BINGO challenge. For example, tomorrow we each have a printed off bingo-type card and we collect points for things like "trying a new green veggie", eating one serving of white freggies", "post five facts about sodium", etc.

Oh, and on today's challenge is the one I hinted about in my blog title and I think you will all love it! You grab 2 dice. The first roll is what you have to do (out of a list of 6 things) and the second roll is the duration or amount.

I just dug out the dice and John laughed because I ended up doing 50 arm curls with cans of soup, I had to do 30 core exercises, take 30 sip of water, 50 side steps, and march in place for two minutes. I liked this so much that I am going to keep the dice out and during commercials carry this out.

Here is the basic list should you want to do it (I hope the BLC doesn`t mind me sharing!)

Roll a one = arm exercises. Do as many as the second roll indicates times 5
Roll a two = core exercise. Do as many as the second roll indicates times 5
Roll a three = leg exercise. Ditto
Roll a four = Side steps with a squat (again doing the number on the die times 5)
Roll a five = March in place for the number of minutes the second die says
Roll a six = Water. Sip as many sips of water as the second die says

Must go now and get some laundry done. Talk to you all later!

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GLORYANDME 5/18/2012 7:25PM

    Peaches . . . what a beautiful pup! So happy for you that you have so many good, fun memories of her! God bless you Susan for being so passionate about rescue. Rescue pets are so appreciative. Not only do we bring them joy, they give us so much back.

I am so happy your DH has found a job. He must be so excited. It will take some getting use to I am sure on your part. You handled it beautifully by walking instead of heading for the food. Very hard for me to override triggers, but walking works great . . . we get to walk away from the food! emoticon

Biggest Loser sounds like alot of fun. I didn't do well at all in the spring challenge for myself or the team. As always, thanks for sharing. emoticon

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    Hey, Susan, my friend! I'm so glad you walked your blahs away! That often works for me, too! Glad John has good work, and they like him enough already to offer him longer if he desires!

Peaches sounds like a wonderful dog, and I still miss our Charlie, too. Charlie was the family dog for ten years, and when a neighbor ran over him, they took away the last, final "link" to the kids' growing up years. Ah, I guess I had better not get started on that. Our dear, beloved pets sure do make an impact on our lives, don't they? I'm so glad that I adore Rhetta (yeah, and I love Moose, too) as much as I do--it takes some of the pain away of losing our Charlie. I hope your current doggies do that for you, now, too.

Have a great weekend, Susan! I'm going to the grandkids and won't be back on much until Monday! Love you, friend!

OH! And WAY TO TO on the attitude! That happens to me, too! We do all the right things, and our body tells us we've gained---we just have to wait it out, and all the right things WILL happen! emoticon

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HOPESINGH 5/18/2012 5:28AM

    I understand your missing Peaches. She sounds like such a sweet dog.
I'm so happy to hear you walked out your blah! it ain't easy emoticon

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JLITT62 5/18/2012 5:26AM

    Big hugs; anniversaries can be so hard. Sounds like a fun challenge!

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_LINDA 5/18/2012 2:23AM

    That is such a sad thing to lose a beloved fur baby :( Loved the ancedote about Peaches being an afghan hound -too funny :) Well done for not emotional eating and getting exercise instead!
That is a great challenge idea that Biggest Loser team thought up -enjoy!!
Keep on being the wonderful Spark that you are!
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PINKHOPE 5/17/2012 11:03PM

    I'm a doggy mommy too. I have two beloved dacshunds and one is getting very old (he's 13). They do work their way into our heart and lives!

I'm so glad you are enjoying the BLC. This is my sixth round and I know it works. That's why I keep coming back. In addition to losing weight and getting fit I have made FANTASTIC friends. What a benefit!

Hope your weekend is full of freggies!

Press On!

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BOVEY63 5/17/2012 10:38PM

    Great job with the challenge - glad you're enjoying it!
Hope the job goes well for your hubby!

Have a Fantastic Friday!

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TEMPEST272002 5/17/2012 10:24PM

    Congrats to John on his new job. Having just gone back to work after 3 years off, I have to tell you it's an adjustment. Feels good - but still, you have to change the way you do things at home. Big kuddos for walking instead of eating. Thought you'd be amused to know that we have special exercise dice at my work (we use them to do fitness with kids). They're blue cloth dice abour 4inches cubed and one has things like "jumping jacks" and the other has numbers between 12 & 20. The kids really get into it. Just that bit of "game" makes the exercise fun.

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LUXITTA 5/17/2012 9:54PM

    Aww too bad about your dog, it is hard to lose pets... I'm glad you hubby is working again! I think yesterday was a blah day for everyone! Feel better soon and know were all here cheering you on!

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KAYDE53 5/17/2012 9:20PM

    Does sound like fun!! It sounds like you're doing great at getting your exercise in!! Enjoyed the story behind your page name & your beloved dog Peaches, how sweet!! Thanks for sharing! emoticon

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CCASKEY37 5/17/2012 8:08PM

    Sounds like a fun challenge for watching tv.

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KANSASROSE67 5/17/2012 6:23PM

    That challenge sounds like a lot of fun! Glad your DH has work and good to hear your update on everything!

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REDHATSHAPELY1 5/17/2012 5:39PM

    I really enjoyed your blog. Kudos to you for your commitment to the program and for choosing walking over junk food! You are a great SP example!

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The Biggest Loser -Doin' it my way

Tuesday, May 15, 2012


By coincidence or fate, I was notified I was accepted into the Biggest Loser Challenge on the same day I was laid off from work. The seasonal lay off is a part of my job and to tell the truth I don't really mind it although this year is is really going to be tough on us financially.

As many of you know I only work part-time and only for eight months of the year and my husband has been out of work since finishing up college last June. But the good news he found out about ten minutes ago that he has a summer job. It only pays minimum wage which is $10 (I think) but it will help us both out.

It is a local job too which means he will be home lunch time even every day and he works from 8-5 which is really good. Funny thing is he worked at this particular place as a student back in...hmmm....1985!

I'm exhausted today and for once don't think I will going for a walk. Hmmm, did I just type that? And do I feel okay about it? Well, since getting laid off I have walked every single day and it is not like I have stopped today. I have been moving around things in our house, washing laundry, pinning it outdoors, stripping beds, making supper, washing the dogs....whew...all that with a headache brewing. So, while I really would like to go for a walk I am going to be okay with missing one because it means I view my exercise as something to look forward to and not doing it out of a twistes sense of perfectionism.

Starting on Wednesday April 25 to last night May 14 is 20 days I have walked 75 km which isn't too bad at all, is it? When I am not walking I have been spending a lot of time re-organizing, spring cleaning, playing with my dogs and spending time with my friends and family.

Weigh in is tomorrow so I am hoping to lose a wee little bit or stay the same but it is that time of the month so one never knows.

Anyway, have a good night one and all!

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AMARILYNH 5/29/2012 2:23PM

    It sounds as if you have everything under control! Hope the headache is gone?

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    Wow, Susan... here in the states, the minimum wage is about $7.65, I'm pretty sure! $10 is a lot better, but I understand that Canadians have a lot more taxes to pay.

Sounds like you are going to make it, thank goodness! I know that it is so hard to be out of work!

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HOPESINGH 5/16/2012 12:41PM

    Good for you, walking so much!
Some of my jobs are like yours - not all year long, with a yearly lay-off (I have several part-time jobs). Pretty annoying. It's a good thing your husband has this job!

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JOANNANOW 5/16/2012 10:04AM

    Hi Susan,
Happy to hear your financial stress has been alleviated. 75 KM is a huge accomplishment! My dogs are jealous of your dogs... I'm still not able to walk but I'm getting closer to the physio appointment that I have pinned my hopes on. You sound busy and energetic just the right combo for weight loss. Sending hugs. emoticon

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LUXITTA 5/16/2012 5:30AM

    It's better to listen to your body and take a break once in awhile. You will be more incline to exercise if you do that. I'm glad you look forward to your exercises and I hope your weigh in today is successful!

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HICKOK-HALEY 5/16/2012 4:15AM

    That's good news about your Hubby. When do you start the challenge? emoticon

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JAMER123 5/15/2012 11:48PM

We all need a day off on occasion. I take more than my share as we travel a lot! Not good for me but that's the lifestyle we are working with currently. We are in a campground now for 2 weeks so plan on doing a couple walks a day with the dogs and DH. Nice trail here to walk!

Good luck on your ventures and best wishes to you!!
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GUNNSGIRL91303 5/15/2012 7:48PM

    It is good to take "rest" day now and then, though with all you've done around the house and yard today I wouldn't call it rest! Good for you for being consistent and for knowing when it's ok to take a day off from the normal routine. Balance is very important and something that is hard to lose sight of. Perfectionism is overrated, take it from me, a true perfectionist who is trying to reform!
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and by the way... hope that headache goes away!

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CCASKEY37 5/15/2012 7:35PM

    You're doing a good job with your walking. A day here and there is not a big deal as long as it doesn't become a pattern.

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_LINDA 5/15/2012 7:00PM

    Sounds fantastic to me! Great work Susan! That is being consistent! There are such things as rest days too. Household chores can really sap a lot of energy. I know vacuuming is my worst chore. Don't feel like doing a whole lot after that. Enjoy your freedom to do what you want. That is great your husband found a job, but very ironic it was his high school job!!
Hope you can get a good sleep and that headache didn't materialize..

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BOVEY63 5/15/2012 6:41PM

    Enjoy your time off and great job on the walking!

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HOPEFULANGE 5/15/2012 6:20PM

    You sound very at ease with life. I hope you feel it!


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ILOVEMALI 5/15/2012 5:14PM

    Best wishes and good luck!!

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Do You Believe in Yourself?

Friday, May 11, 2012


I wonder how many of you reading this right now clicked on the link to this blog because you really don't believe in yourself and you are hoping that somebody (me!) has the answers you have been looking for.

Well, I have good news and bad news. The good news is you are Sparking but the bad news is that believing in yourself is something that for many of us is simply unattainable. But before you give up hope please continue to read.....

Believing in ourselves is core to anything we hope to do. I fully confess that I joined Spark without ever believing that I could do it. The same belief, or lack thereof, has been both a blessing and a curse.

But here I am about 18 months into my Spark journey and I am still here! So maybe deep down I am believing in myself but I don't want to be cocky about it. But what is wrong with believing in ourselves? Why are we so afraid of failing ourselves that most of us just take a lackadaisical approach to our own well being? It is not that we don't want to "Do It" we just jump from where we are now to where we want to be without looking at the many milestones in between. As Nike says "Just Do It".

So, how I am Just Doing It? I am continuing to Spark, I am accepting my latest weight gain as one of the many milestones along my journey and am not going to let the slip up define my journey. This is my life, my journey, and I WILL enjoy the journey for what it is and will not focus so much on the destination being an end.

In the past few weeks I have ramped up my walking and am finding sneaky ways to fit a few more steps into my lifestyle. Just yesterday, a friend called and said she was going to pick me up. I made sure I was ready in plenty of time and then went outside and started walking and counting my steps. I did 750 back and forth the sidewalk and it didn't feel like I was doing anything.

I also detest walking around my town as I want to be carefree and not really be watching where I am going. So, I drive to a spot where I know it is safe, quiet and I pick spots along the way to check my pace and my mileage. Besides it gets the dogs out of the house and we all get to enjoy mother nature.

When I come home I carefully log my minutes into Spark but more importantly for me I keep a log sheet of how much I have exercised. I have this posted on my fridge so I can see that each step I take is one more that says "I Believe in Myself" and I am "Doing It"

In conclusion, I have to stop thinking that there is something wrong with believing in myself. I also have to focus my energies unto celebrating each milestone I make so one day I can look back and say "once I stopped being so self-critical, my true journey was underway"

xo Susan

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EJOY-EVELYN 5/15/2012 6:05PM

    My faith tells me I am wonderfully and fearfully made. You bet I believe in myself!

While my shortcomings aren't going away anytime soon, I continue to make progress, and that is the key to life-long learning. Are you making progress?


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A1KAYOS 5/15/2012 1:35PM

    What an awesome outlook you have!!! It is a true blessing that I am getting to know you!

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LESLIES537 5/12/2012 10:25AM

    Awesome blog!! You have a wonderful way with words and I really enjoyed reading this! Love you! emoticon

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HOPEFULANGE 5/12/2012 6:55AM

    Thanks Susan...I needed to hear just that! I need to find a place where I WANT to exercise. Maybe I'll explore the woods too. emoticon

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KAYDE53 5/11/2012 11:37PM

    I can relate; it can be a hard habit to break, but it can be done!!! emoticon emoticon

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HEALTHYBARB1 5/11/2012 11:11PM

    Thanks Susan!!! Just doing it each day and believing it will make a difference is the way I show that I love me and I believe in me!!! Great truth in your blog and you made me laugh when you answered the reason that most of us will click on and read your blog...great title gets us every time!! Have a great weekend and keep up the great effort and attitude!! I have been with spark for only one more month than you and so much of what you shared encourages me on this middle of my journey stage!! Hugs Barb

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TEMPEST272002 5/11/2012 9:50PM

    I always really enjoy reading your blogs Susan. Like you, I'm still in-process & working on it day to day. Sometimes I believe & I make such healthy choices ... and sometimes I don't & I don't. It's important to keep reminding ourselves that it's about progress not perfection.

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YIWEN39 5/11/2012 8:44PM

    Be a good companion to yourself Susan :-)
Believe, and don't listen to the critic inside ;-)
Your words totally resonate with me... Thank you :-)

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BOVEY63 5/11/2012 4:51PM

    I believe in you too!

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_LINDA 5/11/2012 11:51AM

    That is the key word a lot of people need to get past is the being self critical. That is the one a lot of people have trouble getting past. Until you do, your healthy lifestyle change has not truly begun. Love yourself, love your body and you will want to take good care of yourself.
I too, hate walking in my city, for one, the concrete makes my joints painful, for two, dodging sidewalk cyclists and other fast moving people carriers isn't my idea of fun. Its far more peaceful to get out in nature away from the noise and hustle of the city.
Keep on Sparking it, you can do it!

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WENDYSPARKS 5/11/2012 11:50AM

    Keep the faith!!!!

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CHLOE453 5/11/2012 11:45AM

    What a wonderfully written blog Susan....I truly believe that we will succeed at this journey that we are all on together!! Hope you have an absolutely wonderful weekend. Hugs~~Kelly

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SRBSRB26 5/11/2012 11:28AM

    Nicely said!

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