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NOVA Sparkers

Saturday, June 12, 2010

I really enjoyed my monthly NOVA Sparkers meeting today! We are a great little team and I love how since it's a local team we can do things together.

I walk with some buddies, we are doing races together, we shop together and I have a great gym/spin buddy. I have enjoyed each and every person and what they bring to our team. It's so neat to actually meet people in person.

Today was so relaxing to just sit and chat. I had a treat...a blended turtle mocha (ooops.....sorry Louisa, it was my 3rd treat this week, I forgot I had already had 2!--so I failed one out of 3 parts to this weeks challenge). Good thing the rest of my day of eating was light because it was almost half of my daily calories! Next month I'll have something more along the lines of just an iced coffee! I got recipe ideas, encouragement on running, info on BodyBuggs and Garmins and just had a generally nice afternoon. A couple of us went to REI afterwards and a really cute store called Lucy's, which specializes in womens fitness outfits. We found a really cool work out shirt with a great built in bra that Monica had told us about. They had my size and it even looked ok, but they only had my size in blue and all my work out stuff is pretty much black or pink. It was a bit pricey too....so I will save until I can get it and matching blue bottoms :-)

I've come to really enjoy the friends I've met here and am already looking foward to next months meeting! Thanks guys!!

  
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DETERMINEDAGAIN 6/13/2010 8:40PM

    It was fabulous to see you as well!!! It's always great when the group can get together.

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MOMHAWKOF3 6/13/2010 7:17PM

    Glad you ladies had a good time. Sorry I had to miss this one. The graduation plans are getting in the way but it is a good thing. Did you bring the cherries you promised?

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FITNHLTHYMONICA 6/13/2010 12:04PM

    I had a GREAT time seeing everyone too! It is great to get encouragement from people with the same goals as well as ideas on getting more fruits & veggies & protein in.

I am glad you found a top you liked at Lucy's. I already know what I want for my next purchase there, but it will be a reward for another goal!

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MARENAMOO 6/13/2010 9:05AM

    I am so sorry that I was unable to make it this time. It sounds like a wonderfully supportive team. Maybe in July I can get there. I have heard about Lucy's. It is very pricey and I don't want to buy anything there until I get closer to goal. It will be nice then as a reward to buy something cute that I will have for awhile.

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LOZUKE 6/13/2010 4:42AM

    Wow I wish I had something like that in my area. I think it is so important to have support, but it sounds like you have so much fun too.
I am glad you had such a good day! emoticon emoticon emoticonDebbie

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LLTS01 6/12/2010 11:31PM

    You know, I was driving to dinner thinking the same thing. We are such a great group and it is so nice to just sit and chat and share ideas and encouragements. Every one of you guys is awesome and I am so lucky I met you.

Oh- and blue is definitely your color. emoticon

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RUN2MYDREAMS 6/12/2010 11:08PM

    Glad you enjoyed getting together w/friends!

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CELLOSONG 6/12/2010 10:11PM

    Best sparkteam EVER!

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LEAH57 6/12/2010 9:56PM

    It was great to see you again today, too!!!

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The Ruby Lites

Thursday, June 10, 2010

I was a member of SparkPeople for a few months before a WW friend invited me to join the Rootin' for Ruby team. It was one of the best things I've ever done! The people were so welcoming and friendly. I felt at home almost immediately.

I've made so many great friends there, some of us even had a mini Ruby Lite convention and got to spend the day together! It was awesome and will be a treasured memory for a long time to come.

They have challenges that are really fun and bring us all together even more. The current challenge is "4 by the 4th" where we are all working on losing 4 (or more) pounds by the 4th of July. Pixie and the other team leaders make these challenges so much fun and they sure deserve a pat on the back for all that they do on a daily basis!

It's a very active team and I'm very happy to be a part of it! Thanks to each and every Ruby-Lite for making our team such a great place and so much fun to be a part of. emoticon

  
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YAFENELRA 6/11/2010 12:44AM

    Love the Ruby Teams!!

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PUGRAD1995 6/10/2010 11:18PM

    Hi there-are you a cancer survivor too? I am a fellow RubyLite and melanoma survivor.

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DETERMINEDAGAIN 6/10/2010 10:41PM

    Awesome!!! I'm glad you found a group that you love, and that loves you back!

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LLTS01 6/10/2010 9:15PM

    It sounds like a fabulous team. I would take 4 ounces by the 4th. I know you are going to hit that goal.

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SPARKPIXIE 6/10/2010 5:37PM

    Carla, I am so glad you are a Ruby-Lite! And I hope we can have another Ruby-Lite convention someday!!

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AUDREY28 6/10/2010 11:23AM

    I LOVE THAT TEAM ;o) ♥
I just watched Ruby My Australian Adventure ;o) OMGosh she is so amazing and inspires me so much. She went sailing and She climbed the Bridge in Australia I want to go there and do it too!

Good luck with your goals!! xoxo We can all do this♥ emoticon
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LITTLE_QUEEN 6/10/2010 11:17AM

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DONNAEDA 6/10/2010 9:47AM

    Yes I belong too and they are a great team. If you would like to start a challenge for WW Support Team I invite you to lead that part of the team. Just post one and keep track. Being active on our team can be a benefit to our team (in the form of a challenge) and especially for you because you are receiving support and reinforcement in your weight-loss journey.

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Giving running more of a try

Tuesday, June 08, 2010

Ok, the weather was so nice when I got home tonight that I decided to try to make a big effort to run more instead of my normal walking. It didn't go too badly....even in the dark.

I only went about 2 miles but I ran more than I walked! I started walking and then ran to something up ahead, like the next corner, or the next traffic light. It helped to have a landmark to go to, knowing I could walk once I reached it if I needed or wanted to.

I was really proud of myself for making the effort and for the much shorter walking periods.

Most days I walk 90 minutes with no running at all. I'm beginning to think maybe I can become a runner after all. emoticon

  
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AMANDAEA129 6/11/2010 12:14PM

    You can DEFINITELY become a runner! Awesome job!! Keep it up! emoticon

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RUN2MYDREAMS 6/10/2010 5:07PM

    You can do absolutely ANYTHING you set your mind to, Carla! Shoot for the moon, reach for the stars emoticon I know that you will be blogging soon enough about RUNA5F2010 running a 5K in 2010! YOU CAN DO THIS emoticon emoticon

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AVEARE 6/10/2010 9:43AM

    That's great that you are pushing yourself! I am the slowest runner ever and feel like I look totally silly but it is a nice feeling to be able to increase your running times and endurance!

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DETERMINEDAGAIN 6/8/2010 11:56PM

    Whoo hoo!!! I am doing my happy dance for you! That's terrific!

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NEWNAC304 6/8/2010 11:14PM

    That's awesome!

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FITNHLTHYMONICA 6/8/2010 10:48PM

    I know you can do it. Glad to hear you started working on it again. I will definitely be up for a 5K in the fall.

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CELLOSONG 6/8/2010 10:29PM

    Oh, sign up for the timed 5k at the AIDS Walk Washington with me!! I don't know anyone else doing it yet, and I'm starting to realize that races are a lot more fun with friends... *wink, wink* *nudge, nudge*

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LLTS01 6/8/2010 10:14PM

    You, my dear, can do anything you set your mind to. Now I definitely think we should find a 5k for this fall.

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LITTLE_QUEEN 6/8/2010 10:01PM

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BETH49 6/8/2010 9:53PM

    Oh me too! Its real slow going. I still walk more than I run (ok, its not running its more like plodding) but I'm doing it. I am seeing myself running a marathon- running into my 60's, 70's and beyond.
Keep trying.. lets encourage each other!

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Picture blog-The NOVA Sparkers (and some Ruby-Lites!) at the 2010 Susan G Komen Race for the Cure

Saturday, June 05, 2010

Today was an emoticon day, even in the heat and humidity! The atmosphere was super charged. Hearing Candy Coburn belting out her "I'm a pink warrior" song brought tears to my eyes. These are some of the pics.

I'm SO proud of the Northern Virginia Spark Team!! You all did an awesome job and we rocked this race! Our donations as of right now are at $2875.00!! Way to go guys!!

Starting out getting our Starbucks fix :-)



















We did it!!



  
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LOZUKE 6/13/2010 4:49AM

    Great Photos for a wonderful cause! I do the 5K walk every year on Mothers Day in Philly. The walk for me is so uplifting to see all the survivors in the Pink shirts on the Art Museum steps. it is beautiful and there are more every year. so we are making strides, emoticonfor all the breast cancer patients out there
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JILLIANPRNCSS 6/6/2010 7:10PM

    Sorry I missed you guys

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AVEARE 6/6/2010 11:23AM

    Looks like you guys had a great time - congrats on your success and raising money for such a great cause!

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MINDYJ1 6/6/2010 12:05AM

    That is fantastic! Way to go ladies!

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CHOPOLA 6/5/2010 10:22PM

    Yay!! I love the pictures! Will you send them to me? I had such a great time with everyone today!
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DETERMINEDAGAIN 6/5/2010 10:19PM

    WHOO HOO!!! Way to go!!! It was great meeting you :)

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DIGISCRAPPY 6/5/2010 9:03PM

    Woohoo!

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RORYLYONS 6/5/2010 8:20PM

    Totally out there & so emoticonGreat photos emoticon looking team! emoticon

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CARLATL 6/5/2010 6:50PM

    Awesome job ladies, love the pictures!

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LLTS01 6/5/2010 6:30PM

    Love the pictures and the team. Come on $3,000. emoticon

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RUN2MYDREAMS 6/5/2010 4:29PM

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GIG2828 6/5/2010 4:08PM

    great job ladies! I ran the one in MAdison WI today. It was humid up there too but I'm sure not quite as much as down there.

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LITTLE_QUEEN 6/5/2010 4:04PM

    I recognised quite a few sparkers, You all did great!

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NANFACEMIRE1 6/5/2010 3:42PM

    That is great No. Va Sparkers. emoticon emoticon

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MOMHAWKOF3 6/5/2010 3:38PM

    Thanks for sharing Carla! It looks like you had fun. Missed you!

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Excited about tomorrow!

Friday, June 04, 2010

Tomorrow, me and 16 other Spark friends from the Northern Virginia Spark Team, are headed to Washington DC to do the Susan G Komen Global Race for the Cure.

I am so excited to be able to participate!

Our team fundraising goal was $2000 and we way surpassed that!

emoticon to everyone who worked so hard to make that possible! emoticon

We have to be in DC at 6:30 am and they are expecting hundreds of thousands of people from all over the world, so it's bedtime for me!

See you all in the morning!

  
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RUN2MYDREAMS 6/5/2010 1:23PM

    Hope the walk went well Carla!

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60SIXTY 6/5/2010 5:58AM

    emoticon Have a great day. emoticon

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YAFENELRA 6/5/2010 1:17AM

    Good for you, Carla!!

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LMSTRAW 6/4/2010 11:36PM

    This is great. Wish I was able to walk with you. I have several friends and relatives who's had breast cancer, so this is a topic dear to my heart. Bless you all for your efforts.
Linda

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ANDREWS_MOM 6/4/2010 11:28PM

    Super emoticon for taking the initiative to do such a wonderful thing for such a worthy cause!!
Hope you all have a wonderful time!

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LITTLE_QUEEN 6/4/2010 10:56PM

    That is great Carla, Have a great time.

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HOLISTIC5 6/4/2010 10:41PM

    emoticon emoticonI am a Breast Cancer Survivor- I did the 3 Day walk 6 years ago and it was awesome-I'm sure this will be as wonderful!!! emoticon

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