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30th Class Reunion - sort of...

Saturday, July 17, 2010

Well I didnít know until Thursday that the Class if 1980 was holding their class reunion. I donít think it was planned well and it sounds like a simple gathering at a local pub. My husband graduated with that class and I would have if I hadnít combined my last two years of high school and graduated the year before. So basically they are still the people I went to school with.

My good friend from school is coming to stay with hubby and I and we will be heading off to the reunion this evening. I hate to admit this, but it isnít something Iím overly comfortable with. Iím not sure why I feel this way; I just have never been one that feels comfortable in crowds.

However, I will go with my husband and friend and Iím sure we will have a good time. As far as staying with my healthy range Ė All bets are off.
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LIBBYFITZ 7/18/2010 6:15AM

    emoticonHave a good time.

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NATIVE_ONE 7/17/2010 6:48PM

    I hope you have a wonderful time. It is a good feeling to feel comfortable, eh? Enjoy yourself!!

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2BEHEALTHYAGAIN 7/17/2010 5:22PM

    I do so understand what you mean!! This year is my 30th class reunion, too. I was pretty shy in school and didn't really have very many friends. I was one of the "nerdy" kids--no make-up, short naturally curly hair while everyone else was going through the long straight phase, saddle shoes and bobby sox while others were wearing hose and flats. And we won't talk about those glasses!! I rarely went to ball games and even more rarely went to dances. Didn't date till I was out of high school, and not anyone I went to school with. Guess I was pretty boring! Class reunions just don't get me excited.

Hope that you have a good time, though. At least you will have your hubby and friend so it shouldn't be too bad. Let us know how it went.



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DENI_ZEN 7/17/2010 5:11PM

    I admire you a great deal for this. I haven't attended any of my class reunions...pretty much for the same reasons Willow gave. I really admire your willingness to do this. - Sandi emoticon

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HEYJUDH46 7/17/2010 3:52PM

  Understandable. Have a great time anyway.

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WILLOW49 7/17/2010 3:24PM

    I have never attended any of my class reunions; have no desire to do so. I'm not comfortable in large crowds either. Hope you enjoy the evening as much as possible :)

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Making a Difference at Work

Thursday, July 15, 2010

A few months ago I joined a local challenge and shared the information with my co-workers. At that time 4 others joined me and three of us were very successful in taking off a decent amount of weight for the 12 week program.

When the challenge was coming to an end we decided we liked the idea of having to weigh in each week and being accountable to each other. We decided to try to get more of our co-workers involved in a healthier lifestyle so we created our own 12 week challenge. The challenge started this week and Iím happy to say we actually have 19 people doing it with us.

On top of that this week we also had the salesman for our company all in town and they were making a lunch for us today. So I asked the one in charge what we were having and he asked me what I wanted. I asked for some healthy options. So instead of only hamburgers and hotdogs we also had turkey burgers and chicken sausage. I had also suggested a tossed salad and I was quite impressed with the field green salad they had, with multiple low fat dressings. They actually ran out of turkey burgers and ran out to get more.

It now seems like a few of us are really making a difference. I made sure they all knew how much I appreciated their efforts and the great job they did.

  
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ALASKASKY 7/16/2010 11:12AM

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You have just sparked a whole new group of people to think about eating healthier.

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DDOORN 7/15/2010 10:15PM

    Ask and you shall receive!

Way to go! :-)

Don

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LIBBYFITZ 7/15/2010 9:28PM

    That is a winner! Well done for asking for something different and healthy. A good way to spread the message re need for healthy food options at functions. emoticon

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WILLOW49 7/15/2010 8:58PM

    This is great to hear! Sometimes speaking up really does pay off in a big way! Kudos to you and to the salesman for listening and following through.
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My Positive Vibes Challenge week 1

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

The July challenge for my Positive Vibes Team has us paired with another member for 1 week, then we switch teammates. Well the results are in and for week 1 my partner and I tied for 1st place.

One of the points I get is for a blog entry so here in week 2 I'm again trying hard to place at the top of the heap. I like that the challenge has some different aspects evey week. One of the challenges for me this week is to get my 2 fruits in. The veggies are not usually a problem. The good news is sometimes I'm looking for something to eat and I think I need 1 more fruit so what will it be.

I know I've said this before but I really like different challenges. They have changed my way of life.

  
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YOONMI 7/15/2010 3:49PM

    emoticon I agree with Patsy - make some yummy smoothies!

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ALASKASKY 7/15/2010 8:35AM

    Sounds interesting. That will keep you motivated and focused.

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JERICAJJ 7/15/2010 1:10AM

    WooHoo, partner! We're #1!!!!
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I love challenges, too, it's amazing what a little competition and inspiration can get you to do.
Rock it for week #2!

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DDOORN 7/14/2010 10:17PM

    I generally don't have a whopping amount of fruit either. But the fruit I have is rock solid steady: an apple with my yogurt nearly every day for breakfast and later for a snack either an apple or banana...sometimes strawberries or pineapple.

You are PERFECTING the art of variety...both in your workouts and food choices! Good for YOU! :-)

Don

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PATSYJO46 7/14/2010 7:30PM

    I love fruits so it's the veggies that I have to work on. Try mixing up a bowl of strawberries and blueberries then right before eating add sliced bananas dipped in orange juice or diet sprite to keep from turning brown.

I add this fruit mix to yogurt for a filling breakfast, or to sugar free vanilla pudding along with a dollop of lite cool whip for a yummy dessert.

The mix is also great added to a spinach salad for a nice change for lunch.

and, my favorite way to eat the fruit mix is made into a smoothie adding a cup of the fruit mix to a cup of light soy milk, a fat free strawberry/banana yogurt and a cup of crushed ice. Makes a nice big smoothie full of protein...a good on the way meal when the morning is rushed.

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DENI_ZEN 7/14/2010 6:34PM

    Aren't challenges the best? Speaking of produce-related challenges, a team I'm on issued a 6-10-freggie-a-day challenge. It wasn't quite as easy as I thought it would be, but it was an eye-opener. Even though I track everything I eat, I've looked more at the bottom line than variety.

Your fruit challenge shouldn't be too hard. If you like berries, there are blackberries, blueberries, red raspberries, and strawberries out, and in some farmers' markets, they've had sour cherries! (mm-mmm, so good!) Like you, I'm more of a veggie lover, so fruit is normally more difficult to increase, but right now...so much easier! Good luck to you :) - Sandi emoticon

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GREYBADGER 7/14/2010 6:32PM

    First place!! Woot! Woot! Well done!!
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WILLOW49 7/14/2010 6:28PM

    Hope you're #1 for week 2! Lots of yummy fruits during the summer so that shouldn't be a problem!
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Kickboxing aerobic style

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

I read a blog today from someone that started SP the same time I did and they were talking about how much they have improved with their fitness level since the beginning. I too feel that is one of my major achievements since I started. Iíve done many different fitness activities in the last 5 months from walking, riding bikes (indoors and out), various fitness classes and kayaking.

In a couple if the fitness classes we were introduced to various exercises each week, so one week we would do aerobics with the bender ball, one week dance aerobics and another kickboxing. I found it very challenging and rewarding and a great way to get exposed to different workouts. The instructor Iíve had for these classes is quite intense and the couple of classes she has shown us kickboxing which was a challenge for me to keep up because she move with such speed and my coordination leaves something to be desired.

I didnít have the choices I wanted for July classes so I choose Kickboxing to try and conquer it. Tonight was the first night of class and I have to say I did fairly well. I usually get jumbled when she starts with us facing forward and then starts alternating direction with a little hop in the middle. She gets moving so fast that my arms want to do things at a different time than my legs. All in all, tonight I felt quite successful and Iím hoping after a few more classes I will see even more improvement.

Like my classmate Ė I am doing so much more now than I was when I began and it feels so good to have improved with all that I am doing.

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CUBFANGIRL1 7/14/2010 12:56AM

    Good for you! I am hesitant to try fitness classes b/c I worry about keeping up, but the couple of times I've done kickboxing I've really enjoyed it. Keep up the good work! emoticon

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HEALTH4LYFE 7/13/2010 10:25PM

    emoticon and you are doing it!! Way to go on changing things up, doing different workouts, which will help keep your muscles guessing, and ultimately help you burn more.
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DDOORN 7/13/2010 9:33PM

    You're doing a SUPER job of finding new challenges for yourself!

I am fairly confident I would end up a tangled mess if I tackled kickboxing...lol!

Don

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LIBBYFITZ 7/13/2010 9:13PM

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RAEVENSWING 7/13/2010 9:11PM

    Kickboxing is great! You will definitely improve with practice & it is also
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My first meeting with other Sparkers! And would you call it Kayaking?

Monday, July 12, 2010

When I first started at SP I was amazed that our little area had a local team. I quickly joined as I loved the idea of others close by doing the same thing as me. Our leaders are very good about posting activities that are going on in the area and sometimes creating their own activities. For the month of July they decided to have a Binghamton Spark Rally at a local park.

A few of the teamís members met at the park and had a pot luck lunch Ė all healthy and very tasty food was enjoyed by all. After lunch some of us went kayaking while others swam.

Our area is surrounded by rivers so when you say you went kayaking people imagine white rapids and kayaks that flip over. We kayaked on a lake with the type of kayak that your feet are still showing. Iím a newbie to kayaking so my ignorance shows here.

Anyway, it might have been more like paddling around in the lake, but it was a nice little workout and relaxing at the same time for someone like me that finds peace around the water. This wonít be my last time kayaking and maybe someday I will try it in a local river.

  
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NANASHANON 7/13/2010 10:18AM

    How neat to actually meet other Sparkers face-to-face!! As for kayaking~~I love it. Not only is it good exercise but you are so close to nature! I'm glad you liked it and hope you kayak ever chance you get.

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DENI_ZEN 7/13/2010 8:38AM

    emoticonSome wild applause is in order for your willingness to get out there and give the rally - AND kayaking! - the ol' college try! It sounds like lots of fun...and a boatload of EXERCISE! Good for you, and I'm glad you're looking forward to doing more of it in the future :) - Sandi emoticon

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DDOORN 7/12/2010 10:54PM

    Some affectionately call it "yakking!" :-)

What a great time we had!

Don

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ALASKASKY 7/12/2010 9:24PM

    Wish I was there. I love the water.

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LIBBYFITZ 7/12/2010 8:53PM

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SALONGIRL70 7/12/2010 8:23PM

    I'm happy you met other sparkers in your area.

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JERICAJJ 7/12/2010 7:41PM

    Cool! Glad you had fun connecting with SP folks in your area.
And I like that type of kayaking, too.
:) Jerica

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AUNTJENNY7 7/12/2010 7:15PM

    Glad you had such a good time! I was just watching something on the news about how kayaking has become a very popular sport recently.

Nice that you all had a pot luck too with healthy foods :)

I sometimes wish that us Mahogany Melters all lived close by eachother so that we could all have little Melters get together. But, we don't, so we'll all just have to enjoy eachother online :)

Have a good day and plan another kayaking trip soon!

Jen

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SUNNY2010 7/12/2010 7:13PM

    Kayaking is fun! It's a good work-out for the upper body and relaxing at the same time.
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