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Tuesday, October 26, 2010

As many of you know, I've been out of town with my mom as she has the first medical appointment of three this morning. Wish us luck! She is in good spirits!

We arrived yesterday and checked into our hotel and then hit the mall! I bought a pedometer at Walmart but I don't think it is very accurate....270 steps!

Mom and I took frequent breaks on benches and throughly enjoyed the "sights" of other shoppers. This is a very small city but it sure is bigger than our hometown of 15,000.

Anyway, I had to share this "sight" with you. I think it was made even funnier because I was very tired and had a sugar high....I had my first ice cream in two months.

This man walked past us....walking very fast but not wavering a bit....and we noticed his face had red scratch marks all over it. Then when I turned to watch him walk past I noticed he was wearing a hospital gown which was open all the way down in the back! Luckily he was wearing a normal pair of pants!!!

Mom and I looked at each other in amazement when security came out of the woodwork chasing this poor man. We stayed where we were so I hope they found the man and got him the help he needed!

Feeling rested this morning and Mom has her first appointment in a few hours. Now, we have to find a healthy breakfast!

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RIMAJO 10/26/2010 2:03PM

    I hope all goes well with your Moms appointment & that the poor guy got the help he needs too.

As for that pedometer, is it possible it can be returned? I noted you didn't feel it was accurate. I think the Omron pedometers are pretty good, at least from what we've been told & from all I've read.

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GAYLE-G-63 10/26/2010 12:56PM

    People watching is one of my favorite past times. You certainly did have an interesting show this morning! LOL

All the best to your mom.

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APIRLRAIN888 10/26/2010 12:46PM

    hope his not from the same hospital as your mom medical appt ;p

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LESLIES537 10/26/2010 9:58AM

    aww, poor guy just wanted to get the heck out of dodge! emoticon Good luck with all of the appointments. I hope they go well. emoticon

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YICHE12 10/26/2010 8:28AM

    Ha Ha Ha. We do see things at times that are so funny! They catch unawares. I guess he was fed up of being in the hospital and just grabbed his pants!

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OUBACHE 10/26/2010 8:15AM

    Sounds like you are having more of an adventure than you could have ever expected! I hope all goes well with your mom's appointment. Enjoy your stay with her and keep sharing your stories.

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Well what can I say??? Glad he had his pants on under the hospital gown.

The things you see eh????

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Halloween Challenge Results for the end of Week 4

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Hello everybody and an extra shout out to my team "No More Batwings"!

Overall this hasn't been my best week with this challenge. I did okay but have had a lot on my mind and somehow feel a bit blah.

Actually, I've had a nagging headache for about a week which I think is related
to stress. I go to bed with it and wake up with it.....I know it sounds like a bad husband joke.

Anyway, I finally took the medication my doctor gave me that costs $115.00 for 6 tablets. These really work but I find I try to spare them along. Silly me! They really seem to break the pain cycle and taking them would mean I wouldn't have to take regular painkillers everyday but I guess I'm too stubborn to realize that! AND, its not like I have to pay for them as I have medical insurance. Can I add stupid to stubborn!

Throughout the week, I've tried to send spark goodies to my team members and I think (again, I'm thinking of the word stupid) I sent my team a group message.

I'm finding this challenge to be an excellent way to stay accountable both to myself and to my team! I am still lagging behind with my food journal and I'm thinking of making it public so I have to be accountable that much more. I know that keeping the food journal makes me focus on meeting my nutritional requirements, if nothing else.

Oh, we were asked to make a healthy Halloween treat and to post the link. I'm really pathetic so I made up my own treat which I called the Swamp Monster!
Since I wanted to make something we all could enjoy (by "we" I am referring to my dogs and myself and my husband)

So to do this, I took two or three bananas and cut them into sections about two-inches in length. Then I connected the lengths with toothpicks in sort of odd angles. I then spooned some peanut butter over the banana sections. To decorate my creature I used blueberries for eyes, apples for lips, and used almond slices to make the horns along the creature's back. I then placed broccoli flowerets around the base of the creature. I know this sounds pathetic but it did look cute. Unfortunately, I somehow deleted the sole picture I took of my husband pretending to be afraid of the creature. (I told you all that I'm not technologically gifted).

To serve..I removed the almond pieces and we all at our peanut butter covered banana! The dogs loved it (well by their lip-smacking it appeared they loved it!) and my husband and I did more laughing at our creation. So I guess I covered both challenge stipulations....have fun and make something healthy!

I hope everybody is having a great day and thanks for reading!

This is from a website called Halloween Costumes Canada which has a large selection of pet costumes......NO, Maddy and Louisa are not ordering costumes! I just thought it was a very funny picture!

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POOH_BEAR_69 10/25/2010 9:46PM

    The treat really does sound great! Glad you are still staying active and enjoying the challenge!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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Sounds like everybody enjoyed the peanut butter banana thingys emoticon

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TEMPEST272002 10/24/2010 7:18PM

    I think you're halloween treat sounds creative & yummy! Sounds like the dogs were happy & you and hubby had a great time too. Great job meeting the challenge - too bad about the pic.

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JHADZHIA 10/24/2010 5:25PM

    That sounds like lots of fun actually!! Bummer the photo didn't make it :((
As a person having a long line of medicines in my life, I can tell you with authority,, TAKE YOUR MEDICINE!! If you don't have to suffer, don't!! No excuses!!
This team you are on sounds really fun :)
Enjoy a restful Sunday!

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JLITT62 10/24/2010 12:29PM

    I think your swamp creature was creative, not at all pathetic! My dogs would die happy deaths if I gave them that, but the bananas in this house tend to go to the humans (altho they do get peanut butter on their kongs, which they love, and sometimes a bite or so of banana).

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APIRLRAIN888 10/24/2010 9:35AM

    cool banana monster

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Away from home exercise ideas...

Saturday, October 23, 2010


I hope you are all having a great weekend! The sun is shining here today after the thunder and lightning of yesterday. That was really weird for an October day in Newfoundland!

I bought myself an exercise DVD yesterday and I ordered one from Spark. The one I found here in Walmart is Leslie Sansome "Walk Away the Pounds For Your Week". I used it this morning much to the amusement of Maddy and Louie who did their best to distract me with their respective toys! I could almost read their minds, "look, Mommy is making a fool out of herself walking around the living room in her pj's".

Anyway, I've just realized that I can take this DVD with me this coming week when I am going to be in St. John's. As you can tell, I'm not very technological so coming to this realization was a breakthrough! Ha. I'm taking my laptop too so I can log into Spark everyday and do my best to avoid fatty restaurant food.

In case you are wonderng, I'm taking my Mom out to see a heart specialist. We have to drive about 5 hours each way and she has to stay there for a few days. I've got my fingers crossed that this is only a precautinary appointment but one never knows.

Okay, now that I've babbled on enough, could somebody tell me how to log in your exercise DVD workouts? I just put in in as 1 mile of walking in 20 minutes but I'm not sure.

Anyway, have yourselves a great weekend! I'm feeling much better thanks to everybody about my decision regarding Moto!

Take care!

Susan emoticon

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JHADZHIA 10/24/2010 1:31AM

    I am wishing all the best for your Mom. Better safe then sorry.
If you have a stepper you use that to find out how far you go and then find the one that matches in Spark's long list of walking speeds.
I am glad you feel better about Moto
Enjoy your time with your Mom!

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APIRLRAIN888 10/23/2010 10:18PM

    great job! good luck with your mom

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TEMPEST272002 10/23/2010 7:33PM

    I hope everything goes well for your Mum!

My pets always want to play when I exercise indoors too. Pretty funny trying to do the T-Stand (hands on floor, raising one leg to the back) with a cat hanging off your leg!

I'm glad you're feeling better about Moto. You did the right thing.

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S3XYDIVASMOM 10/23/2010 5:44PM

    A pedometer might help. Mine gives steps walked, time, and distance. When I wear it it is usually for all day, but I see no reason why you couldn't set it at zero as you begin your exercise video. I think tracking is the most important. You can't take the numbers too seriously as there are way too many variables for a chart to accurately say how many calories you burned. But to know what you've been doing, gives you a powerful tool for assessment as you go along.

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LESLIES537 10/23/2010 11:21AM

    Here's a post I found that may help with tracking Jillian's DVDs. Hope this helps!


The Biggest Winner Series(all) = cardio @ high intensity
30 Day Shred = circuit training
No More Trouble Zones = circuit training
Banish Fat Boost Metabolism = cardio @ high intensity
TBL Power Sculpt = circuit training
TBL Last Chance Workout = circuit training
Yoga Meltdown = circuit training
Shred-It = circuit training (use a kettlebell or dumbbell)


If you don't use a heart rate monitor then track your workouts in Spark like this:

In Spark People go to "My Fitness", click on the "Cardio" button, click the "Browse" tab, see the drop down box and select "Other Exercises", find "Circuit Training" or "Aerobics:General:High Impact" (cardio @ high intensity) depending on the Jillian workout you want to log.


In Spark People go to "My Fitness", click on the "Cardio" button, then click on the "Manually Enter Calories Burned" button, type in the name of the workout you want to log into the "Activity Description" in the box provided, type in your total workout "Minutes" and "Calories" burned in the boxes provided and click on the "Add Exercise" button.

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MAMARIZZO 10/23/2010 11:17AM

    I think when you go to browse, you can input walking and it gives you different miles per hour, depending on your speed. Then it calculates calories for you. The trick is knowing how fast you're going!

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I've reached my decision

Thursday, October 21, 2010

This blog is a follow-up to the one I wrote several days ago about our latest foster dog.

I've made my decision...drum roll please........I've relinquished her to the care of the woman who started our local humane society. I cried many tears over this and all week I haven't been myself because deep down I knew I had taken on too much.

I feel awful but several of your responses to my first blog made me realize that fostering a dog without falling in love is a tough thing to do. Instead of viewing it as a failure I am trying hard to think of this experience as a positive one for the little dog Moto. She was taken away from a neglectful owner and we got her used to humans and other dogs. She left here happier than she has been in six years but I still couldn't part with her without breaking down.

My journey with depression and now with Spark has caused me to be very introspective about how my mind works. Now, I realized I was experiencing mental turmoil and nipped it in the bud before it became crippling.

Please don't think less of me because I gave up this dog. Moto has gone to a great foster home and I'm proud that I could see that I was failing and acted upon it.


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ERIN4771 10/25/2010 9:14PM

    how could i think less of you?!?! that was a hard decision for you, but you did what was best for both you and moto....susan, never doubt that you are a great person!!! being a foster to an animal of any kind, is hard, and i admire you for doing it!!!! hugs!!!

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SPOOKYMH 10/23/2010 1:06PM

    You are a wonderful person. You have courage and strength. You gave Moto a glimpse at her future and how wonderful it can be. I still would love to see a picture of her and be posted on how she is doing. You rock!
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JHADZHIA 10/22/2010 1:56AM

    Not only do I not think less of you, but instead, I really admire you for what you are doing. I can't imagine anything harder then to foster these poor animals, getting attached to them, then having to give them up!! It would be like getting heartbroken over and over again :(( But knowing you helped Moto, and that she is in a great home is all you need concern yourself with. You are a very strong person to be wanting to do this..

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GAYLE-G-63 10/21/2010 7:24PM

    I would never, ever judge you for doing what you did. I know first how hand what a difficult decision you had to make. I too, had to give up an animal (cat) that I loved dearly. We had him for over a year. We tried everything to integrate him into our home from kitty prozac to clicker training. He got along with one of our cats but the other he terrorized. Luckily our vet assisted us in finding him a new home. And although I don't get to see him, our vet does e-mail me periodically to let me know how he is doing. And he's doing GREAT! Moto will find the right home too.

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TEMPEST272002 10/21/2010 7:05PM

    I'm very proud of you. We loved every dog we fostered and when we gave them away, it was with the knowlege that they were going forward to a good life. You offered love and support to that poor doggie when she needed it most. Then, knowing you didn't have the resources to keep her, let her go with love. You should be proud of yourself too.
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OLDERDANDRT 10/21/2010 4:04PM

    You have given Moto a very good experience and taught her how to get along. This in itself was a great accomplishment for you and especially her! I'm glad you were able to "nip it in the bud", as you say. You certainly know yourself better than any of us! I commend you recognizing what was going on in your head and in your heart. You have done well, by her and yourself.
If you keep up with Moto, please let us know how she is and when she finds her forever home. You have given her such a great headstart on being part of a forever family as she will know how to act and love (receiving and giving) You can't do any better than that for love is the greatest gift of all!!


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LESLIES537 10/21/2010 3:55PM

    Never would I think any less of you! In fact, I'm very proud of you for nipping it in the bud before you let the feelings cripple you. Very commendable thing you've done both for you and for little Moto. emoticon

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JLITT62 10/21/2010 1:39PM

    Are you kidding? I think MORE of you because you knew the right thing to do for Moto.

Before Chester, we had a dog on trial adoption. We only kept him 3 days, but we knew by then we just weren't the right home for him. And that was terrible to do -- we felt awful, we became so attached in just 3 short days.

But he found the right forever home. It was the right decision all around, but it was a terribly difficult one to make.

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APIRLRAIN888 10/21/2010 1:26PM

    sometime its best for the dog! we had to give one way! we knew she was not good with baby to come. found her a great home in a farm she got 30 acres and 4 other plus farm animals!!
she is full of engery!

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Exercise DVD's - any suggestions

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Hi! I've been reflecting on my exercise patterns of late and it seems I am doing mostly walking. I want to add some strength training too but I am interested in a really good exercise DVD for rainy days and for when I need a real calorie burner. Any ideas?

I did buy Leslie Sansome's Walking off the Pounds earlier today and will try that out but I'm open to any suggestions any of you might have.


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REMCMFA 10/22/2010 6:28PM

    I agree with all the Turbo Jam and 30 Day Shred programs. Some might seem harder, but if you take it slow you'll do well.

I like to check videos out at the library before I buy them. Or look them up on YouTube. Nothing worse than buying a DVD and not liking it!

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KANSASROSE67 10/21/2010 3:15PM

    I tried JM's Banish Fat Boost Metabolism but I found the jumping parts to be too hard on my knees and feet...I have to be careful about high-impact stuff. I've tried Leslie Sansone but found them to be a little boring and not challenging enough. My favorite circuit training is Slim in Six...you start easier and work up to harder and it's mostly low-impact but very challenging for the whole body and keeps your heart rate up too, especially when you get to the Burn It Up phases.

I second the idea of trying DVDs from your local library first to see what you like.

I'm interested in the other suggestions too...thanks, everyone!

Comment edited on: 10/21/2010 3:17:59 PM

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LESLIES537 10/21/2010 9:46AM

    I love Jillian Michaels 30 Day Shred. It gives me a great work out with weights and is only 23 minutes or so. Her Banish Fat, Boost Metabolism is a great cardio work out DVD, but very intense....and longer. Coach Nicole also has a Fit, Trim, and Fired up dvd here on Spark that has 10 minute work outs and I really enjoy that one too. Hope this helps!

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EDWINA172 10/21/2010 7:48AM

    I love Turbo Jam DVDs. The 30 Day Shred is good, but more advanced.

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FRECKS96 10/21/2010 7:23AM

    I like Jillian Michael's 30 Day Shred for a quick workout with some weights. If you have longer, her Banish Fat, Boost Metabolism and No More Trouble Zones are also very good.

Just a bit less intense is The Biggest Loser Cardio Max. I like that this one is more flexible in terms of length of workouts (10 min-50 ish)

Good Luck!

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JLITT62 10/21/2010 5:25AM

    Definitely give Turbojam a try -- I've never heard of anyone who doesn't like it -- seriously!

I have a few Leslie DVDs, and I use them occasionally, but I'm not a huge fan. Kind of boring, frankly.

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JHADZHIA 10/21/2010 1:19AM

    Kathy Smith's Cardio Knockout has tough boxing and kickboxing workouts -its my favorite but they are really tough meant for more advanced exercisers.
She also has Power Walk For Weight Loss that uses weights and has neat music and a desert background which I really love because I hate the long, cold winters here lol. It does some really good core work, none of which involves getting on the ground :) which for me is a huge bonus as I can't get up and down off of the ground.
I also like the Fat Burning workout by Kathy Smith.
Check out your local library and try for free before you commit to buying one.

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NEWFIEGIRLHERE 10/20/2010 9:22PM

    A friend of mine does Turbo Jam and just got turbo fire and she loves them both. Another friend of mine had done the J.M. Shred and found it a really good work out but very hard.
I myself would love to do Zumba because I love dancing.

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RIMAJO 10/20/2010 8:02PM

    Good question Susan, I'll be interested to hear the responses to this too.

I went to the library yesterday & they had a bin with items for sale. In there was a Kathy Smith video, Timesaver: Lift Weights to Lose Weight. I plan to try this workout tomorrow. I already have another tape by her: Fat Burning Workout, its a little old - but still a really good aerobic workout. I also have the Billie Blanks Tae-Bo tapes & they are a serious workout, I still can't get through a whole workout.. as fun as they are, they really get your heart pumping! http://www.billyblanks.com/

Currently there are infomercials in our area for Zumba tapes that I'd like to try but haven't purchased yet.. They would be great fun for winter workouts, so may get them yet! https://www.zumbafitness.com
>You can preview Kathy & Billy on YouTube too, maybe even create workout playlist from too - if you wanted.

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GLASSYJEN 10/20/2010 7:39PM

  I use Walk Away The Pounds too....but I would like to try the Jillian Michaels The Shred. I have heard many people on Spark use it and really like it and really see results. emoticon

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FLICKIE13 10/20/2010 7:39PM

  If you have Time Warner as your cable provider, they have exercise on demand that doesn't cost extra. They may have some ideas for you.

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