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Aging Fit and Strong

Thursday, October 28, 2010

That is the name of the new fitness class I started taking tonight. The catalog mentioned strength and cardio so I was thinking it would have both. However tonight's class consisted of a full 60 minutes of Calisthenics. I have to admit it was not my favorite class, but it wasn't easy either. I thought the stretching at the end was some of the best stretching I've done in a long time. My back has really needed some good stretching and is very thankful. The instructor said there would be a variety of exercises each week and she would use different equipment, so I'm sure they won't all be like this one.

I wanted a change and that is what I got! Keep moving no matter what you do!
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LINDABENEDICT 10/31/2010 11:26PM

    Hmmmm...sounds good ! Keep us posted !

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SAL2525 10/30/2010 7:29PM

    Good for you for staying!

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LIBBYFITZ 10/29/2010 2:53PM

    emoticonI aslso love good streching, I think that is why I like yoga. emoticon

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ALASKASKY 10/29/2010 12:31AM

    emoticon for sticking it out. I think variety helps you stay motivated.

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CRAZYGAGRANNY 10/28/2010 11:18PM

    Great job! Sometimes we do need to switch our routines around to stay out of a rut.
Keep up the great work and let us know how it works out for you,
Barbara

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A message to my Class

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Have you decided to put more effort into changing your lifestyle. We are coming up on a couple of tough months and I for one will make it through these months healthier. There is no waiting until the New Year - We made a commitment last year when we joined Spark People and I hope you are sticking with that commitment.

Are you taking advantage of the resources available like the Nutrition & Fitness Tracker? They are a great source for keeping you with your calorie range and meeting your fitness goals. There are also great articles in the Resource Center with many different topics for nutrition, fitness, motivation and wellness.

Message Boards can give a great source of motivation too. You can get to know so many wonderful people, join in challenges to help stay accountable and get support when you need it.

I personally join challenges to keep me accountable on my journey. I would love to know what would help you on yours.

  
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ALASKASKY 10/28/2010 6:38AM

    I use most of the apps on SP but I need to get more involved in challenges. That 12 Days of Christmas challenge sounds good. I'd also like to get more involved with the community boards.

Thanks for the encouragement.

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DEE107 10/27/2010 11:16PM

    way to go and yes Winter is coming

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GJSISSON 10/27/2010 10:17PM

    I just joined the 28 day boot camp and I am in a walking class 3 days a week with the challenge to walk or do other work outs 3 more days with one day off! I am working on getting myself back on track and entering the new year healthier and eating better! Thanks for your support and leadership.

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LMDION1 10/27/2010 8:06PM

    I love the challenges too and logging in my fitness minutes each day keeps me accountable to actually go to the gym. You and all other sparkers are a great source of my inspiration and success! emoticon

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BROADBRUSH 10/27/2010 7:07PM

    hey ho there rainbowfalls - you are a very caring person and i appreciate all your input. i am 100% committed to my goals and i do pledge to you we will share in each others' successes. we are all here to lend a helping hand also to those finding mis-steps along the way. a stumble is ok - we all can recover.
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CLAUSENC 10/27/2010 6:39PM

    I agree with Linda! Awesome leader! I appreciate all the encouragement I receive and all the ideas I've gotten. When I first started using SparkPeople I was mainly just reading the emails and some articles. Recently my cousin started using it too and when I started seeing her fitness minutes growing & growing I decided I was going to start logging my minutes online too so I could compete with her (never realized I was so competitive!) Once I started doing that I was hooked! I started looking at all the other things there were to offer. I especially liked the goal setting idea given to me by our awesome leader! I've already set a couple of goals & look forward to completing them by the end of this year!

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LINDABENEDICT 10/27/2010 5:19PM

    Good blog ! You are a wonderful leader !!!

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OZARKMARY 10/27/2010 5:15PM

    I am 3/4 to goal, my hips are bad and have recently slowed down any walking. I joined my first Challenge with a Sparkfriend and am going to try to get the pounds off with different exercises. I ST already, but am going to try core exercises with bands. It's The 12 Days of Christmas Challenge, so will be accountable til the holiday, and by then, won't want to blow it. ;) We ALL can do this! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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I'm looking ahead - November Goals

Friday, October 22, 2010

With October nearing the end, I have really been thinking a lot about my November goals. To start I know that my before work and lunch time walks may be a little more limited so I have signed up for 2 fitness classes at the college. They are each an hour one night a week, so I know that my Monday and Thursday evenings will have that workout through November. I will also walk when I can, but with structured classes if I donít get the walk in at least I will have an hour of class those two nights. I also plan on doing my strength exercises and looking up a couple different ones from what I have been doing. It is time to change these up.

I also need to get more serious about what Iím putting in my mouth during these critical holiday times. I have a long term goal in a few months and I would like to hit it. I have been a bit stalled on the weight loss journey and I would like to at least come close to the original goal. Of course if I have to change that up I will, but I believe I could get a little better at losing some more weight.

So exercise through November is a key goal because I live in the gloomy North East. I do have my eye on some new workout equipment for Christmas so I will stay excited about exercising through the up coming worse months of winter too. It never hurts to plan ahead.

Eating healthy especially during the weeks when there are other gatherings where I may not stay in calorie range is also a key goal. I like to have a plan in place, but also allow myself some leeway.

So, have you thought about your November goals?

  
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SLIMMERJESSE 10/25/2010 3:38PM

    Thanks for the reminder! I honestly can't believe we are at year's end!

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ALASKASKY 10/23/2010 8:30PM

    I don't usually have too much of a problem with holidays. I love you for setting those goals. I am going to follow your lead and sit down and plan some goals for myself for next month.

Thanks for sharing and reminding me about how important goal setting is.

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LINDABENEDICT 10/23/2010 4:23PM

    Good idea ! I like your goals...do - able ones ! I have ALWAYS dreaded the onset of the cold and grey season(s) in the Northeast .... my energy levels go South ! Sparking will get us through the cold months !!!!

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SARAHTAIT 10/23/2010 10:23AM

    Great goal and great foresight into your gloomy winter months with you being able to continue working out through it all. It all sounds wonderful to me. Very do able. I know your planning ahead will really he you achieve your goals.
hugs,
Sarah

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MBSKIT 10/23/2010 9:39AM

    GREAT! You have a plan and ready to carry out! emoticon

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LIBBYFITZ 10/23/2010 7:32AM

    emoticonWell done on being organised. I am going from week to week, can't believe it is almost November!

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FXYGMA 10/22/2010 8:43PM

    I know the month is almost over and it seems like it just started so I wasn't even thinking about new goals for November. The months go by too fast for me. emoticon

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SUNNY2010 10/22/2010 7:49PM

    Great planning ahead! Of course, we all should enjoy our turkey dinner (or whatever Thanksgiving brings us), one day won't derail our plans. But it's the days after with so much of leftover pies and sweets. Moderation is the key!
I don't live in the North East, but I too find it so hard to exercise when it's getting colder and gloomier.
Enjoy your month ahead!

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LAURELSPARK 10/22/2010 7:47PM

    Boy, you are way ahead of me. I'm lucky to plan two days in advance!!

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POKIEFUZZBUCKET 10/22/2010 7:20PM

    It is definitely good to plan ahead! October is just zooming by too... some of my goals mirror yours - to just stay active and keep running through the cold winter months, and to avoid holiday food/party binges by eating what I would like in moderation. I'd also like to lose a pound or two!
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Good luck on your goals!
Patti

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SEATTLE9 10/22/2010 7:08PM

    Marvelous goals for November! I am trying to decide whether to have turkey for Thanksgiving or fulfill my real desire - a big pizza! (This year to a "off year" for the holidays - family is off elsewhere. But I enjoy the "off years" almost as much as I enjoy the family years! Next year will be full of family - I take my peace when I can find it.)

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"October's Party"

Thursday, October 21, 2010

October gave a party;
The leaves by hundreds came -
The Chestnuts, Oaks, and Maples,
And leaves of every name.
The Sunshine spread a carpet,
And everything was grand,
Miss Weather led the dancing,
Professor Wind the band.

~George Cooper

With the rain this morning and the blustery winds in our area this poem seemed appropriate for the day!

  
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YOUNGNSMYLIE 10/22/2010 2:31PM

    Love it! emoticon

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ALASKASKY 10/22/2010 5:36AM

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LIBBYFITZ 10/21/2010 7:35PM

    emoticonThat was a great read . Thank you. Just glad you didn't get blown away! emoticon

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FRECKS96 10/21/2010 7:03PM

    I love it! Thanks for sharing.

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LUREAH21 10/21/2010 6:24PM

    Love the poem!

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WILLOW49 10/21/2010 5:41PM

    Great poem for today! Thanks for sharing with us :)

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LADYGWEN25 10/21/2010 4:16PM

    i so LOVE THAT! :)

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LINDABENEDICT 10/21/2010 2:11PM

    Ohhhh...I LOVE the poem ! Thanks !

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RUFFIT 10/21/2010 1:12PM

    I just love the fall. Moni emoticon

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JEJECHENG 10/21/2010 1:01PM

    NICE! Sorry about the rain and wind in your area =o( We had rain in the morning, but now it's somewhat decent out.
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Chicken and Apple Sausage

Sunday, October 17, 2010

I have blogged a few times regarding my husbands and mine sausage making. Our brother in law had bought a partial pig and had all these packages of sausage that he did not like. He asked us to come over and doctor it up so that he didnít have to throw it away. We added some additional lean pork to it because of the fat content and then started adding different spices. I think the end result was pretty good. We had dinner with them and grilled a coil of it. They went back for seconds so I think they are happy too. I think it is funny that people come to us for sausage help.

Oh yeah, my title is about a different sausage that we had made weeks ago. My husband pulled a package out yesterday so he could have the Chicken Apple Sausage for breakfast. This one is more of a breakfast or stuffing type sausage. I just had some and it made me want to tell you how wonderful it tasted. The best thing about making our own sausage is that we can make it leaner than store bought. Some people like it fatter, but what we make is so much better for us.

Enjoy your Sunday! Mine started off very delicious!

  
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KARDUH114 10/19/2010 11:43AM

    Wish I knew how to make my own sausage...sounds sooooo good....

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CAMELA_55 10/18/2010 7:48AM

    Sounds delicious!
I love your pumpkin background!
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PHYL220 10/17/2010 10:05PM

    Sounds delicious!

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KAT7457 10/17/2010 6:01PM

    sounds good

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LIBBYFITZ 10/17/2010 1:16PM

    emoticonSounds yummy!

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PLAYBLUES22 10/17/2010 12:01PM

    Sweetie, sounds like my down home, country Sunday morning breakfast emoticon

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WILLOW49 10/17/2010 9:54AM

    Sounds yummy!
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WHISPERING-PINE 10/17/2010 9:16AM

  emoticonThat sounds sooooooo good!! I love home-made sausages. My brother in law makes his own and gives us some. You Chicken Apple Sausage sounds wonderful. You have a wonderful day too my friend.

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BARBARAWEBSTER 10/17/2010 9:14AM

    emoticon Sounds wonderful, when do we eat? Have you posted the recipe? emoticon For Sharing! emoticon

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