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The Land Downunder

Thursday, April 10, 2008

Some of you may have noticed that I (the one who writes those endless posts on the boards) has been slightly quiet these past few days. Well, I am not sick of sparking, but have been vacationing in sunny Australia and have been without internet access for the past week. I definitely feel like I have lost a much loved limb and am happy to have found this convenient internet cafe just near my mothers house, so hopefully I will be on the boards again - if time allows.

We are currently lapping up the rays of sunshine in Melbourne, Victoria visiting my family and will be heading to Sydney next week to visit the family of my other half.

I have missed all of my wonderful 'friends' on Spark and look forward to fighting the battle of the bulge with you all when I return. I am happy to add that I have been attending a local gym and also eating very well, but not in excess. I am feeling definitely refreshed and have really enjoyed the break from the (at times) monotomy of life.

Until we meet again, I wish all my spark friends great success with their goals (whatever they may be!).

Take care,

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JULESGL 4/30/2008 6:59PM

    Ah, what a great place to be!! Thanks for the mental vacation. I hope you are enjoying some of the local food and drink enough for you and me both! Look forward to hearing about it when you're back.
Travel safe - Jules

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LADYBUGVIV 4/21/2008 6:50PM

    Hope you had a great time 'down under'. luv, viv

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SUNRISESUNSET 4/11/2008 12:59PM

    I'm jealous! I want to go to Australia too. Enjoy yourself! emoticon

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Success versus Failure

Thursday, February 07, 2008

I have noticed that there are those in life who succeed and then there are those in life who seem to fail, over and over, and over again. Always wanting to lead a successful life and achieve their goals, but never quite getting there. Well, I have lived both of these lives and I know which one I prefer - success, of course.

Now success can be viewed through many different lenses and I will discuss just one area that is important to me and that is my weight loss goals. I know that during the years when I was in the best shape of my life AND living a rich (not so much financially rich, but personal enrichment) and rewarding life, is when I was serious about my daily fitness routine.

Exercise and maintaining a nutritionally balanced diet was as important to me as breathing and something I managed with gusto. These days this scenario more accurately describes my husband, while I am still working towards my goal. I am doing well and moving slowly towards achieving my goals, which is probably good for me as I always want things NOW. It has taken me a few years to come to this place, again, where I am serious about fitness and seriously doing something about it.

Spark People has been a huge driving force in helping me arrive at this place, but I must also give credit to my husband who is a constant source of inspiration to me. Yes, there may have been times when I gave him a hard time about his need to get to the gym every day or measuring out his food. Now I now see that all his hard work has paid off and all it took was perseverance, dedication and a hell of a lot of hard work. And, never quitting because it was too hard, he always kept pressing on to take hold of the invisible prize that lay before him. It may have taken 4 years of hard work, but today he looks gorgeous and continues to work out to maintain his weight, de-stress, and because he loves it.

Any of us can achieve these same rewards, if, and only if, we really want to. The only question that is left unanswered is "Do you want the prize that is yours for the taking AND are you willing to go the extra mile to get it?"

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MAKECHANGE08 3/19/2008 1:51PM

    Thanks for sharing! This is the first time in my life that I have it in my mind that there is no turning back. Maybe it is the looming heath issues I have seen in my family, or maybe it is simply my own reflection in the mirror- a face I do not recognize as my own. Something has clicked and maybe, just maybe, I was lead here. I feel like a change is coming, a good one!

Good luck to you and keep it up! Maybe if we all keep the cycle of inspiration going we can do amazing things!

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OFEDEOZ 2/27/2008 5:38PM

    That is a great bit of insight. Thanks for sharing.

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JENNA2007CANADA 2/20/2008 5:58PM

    Very well said - there is no magic or tricks involved - just lots of hard work and a determination to succeed. Sounds like you are well on your way! Jenna

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WEDNESDEY 2/7/2008 11:44PM

    Yes I agree. I used to have a daily Tai Chi practice and also did a lot of yoga. That is definitely one of my goals to get back to. I know it will feel so great. p.s. That picture of Zoe is just too cute!

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One step closer to my goals...

Wednesday, January 30, 2008

It is a wonderful feeling to know that I am getting closer to achieving my goals. As of today I have lost 23.1 lbs since joining SparkPeople and am feeling pretty good about myself. Actually, I am even closer to my goals right now than I was just 2 hours ago, but this may have more to do with me adjusting my goals and not me losing a huge amount of weight in the last couple of hours. What, you expect the weight to just fall off? Hey, I believe in miracles but I also know that when it comes to weightloss you just have to get up of that sofa and exercise AND that is a miracle in itself some days. Let me hear ya say amen to that sister!

Anyway, I was re-assessing my goals and I started to think that my desired weight of 110lbs might just be too low for me. I (vaguely) recall when I lived in Australia and weighed 120lbs and even then some people started commenting that I was looking too skinny (I wish I had that problem now!) So I have decided to make my desired weight 120lbs and then see how I feel when I reach it. So I am many steps closer to reaching my goal.

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MQT4U2 2/1/2008 9:19PM

    Congrats on the weight loss you have had to this point way to go its a great feeling to be so close to our goals plus its always good to reassess the goals we set for ourselves

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WEDNESDEY 1/31/2008 8:56PM

    Amen amen! Sounds like a good idea. If you're "vaguely" recalling 120, it does sound realistic to not make your goal below that. Besides hopefully you'll be super healthy and fit and muscle weighs more than fat, so you might look thinner even though your numbers may be a little higher than some may guess. Keep up the great work!!!

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KIMBEROU812 1/31/2008 8:38PM

    Amen sista preach it!! you are doing fabulous!!! Great job! How is Zack adjusting to life in his new home? It hadn't been long since you got him last time we chatted. All my best to you and your bullies!!

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PITTIELOVER 1/30/2008 4:19PM

    AMEN, sista! Way to go on your success!!

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KRYSTAJACKSON 1/30/2008 3:02PM

    Amen! And it's always a good idea to re-evaluate goals, it's what keeps them healthy, attainable and fun to achieve! Congrats on getting so much closer! ;)

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Walking, walking, walking...

Sunday, January 20, 2008

My new boy Zack had his root canal surgery on Friday, as well as one of his front teeth extracted AND he is also been treated for an infection in his gum surrounding the canine that required the root canal. Yes, it was costly at $1350 but it is obviously something he desperately needed being that he had this tooth issue for the past 2 yrs (doctors estimate). I, myself, have had a couple of root canals, so I know the pain that is associated with them, as well as infections - not nice at all! I cannot believe that his previous owner/s or the shelter did not notice this tooth, but that is another post entirely.

So back to the post topic; walking. Taking care of Zack meant that we had not had a decent walk for two days. This doesn't sound like much but I am now used to getting out for a couple of hours every day AND I really miss not be as active. Zoe needed to get out for some exercise, but we had her training classes so that really tires her out mentally and physically.

Zack looked like he was ready to start moving Saturday but I wanted to let him rest up more. But today he was ready to get out so we hit the beaten path (our local neighborhood) and started moving. It was a great day here in Seattle and we managed to cover 5.5 miles!

Now my babies and I are resting, which will probably be this way for the rest of the evening, if I can help it.

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LEAHFELICITY 1/24/2008 10:49PM

    Wow, what a big beautiful dog he is! I'm so glad he found a wonderful home with a loving family who could afford to take care of him. The bite out of your wallet should be more than filled back up with big slobbery kisses from that beautiful bully right there. Enjoy your walks!

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WEDNESDEY 1/21/2008 5:07PM

    I agree, Zach looks enormous! How much does he weigh? I know some doctors tell people that dealing with a bad tooth can wait until it becomes painful for the dog. Since, Bullys have higher pain thresholds, maybe that's why it was put off for so long.

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MARLEYCARRIE 1/21/2008 1:29AM

    Zack is HUGE!

Here's hoping the handsome guy has a speedy recovery.

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MQT4U2 1/20/2008 10:39PM

    I don't understand how the orginal owners did not know about his tooth or even the shelter where you got him or they just figured let someone else worry aobut itJust shows not everyone is responsbile owners. I'm glad zack got for a mommy.

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MQT4U2 1/20/2008 10:21PM

    I did not realize how big Zack really is he is a big boy!! That was a long time for him to have that bad tooth I know from myonw exerpience how painful it was for me and I could say and do something about it You really did save Zack in more ways then can be counted you are areally good person Best wihses


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GLDNROTT 1/20/2008 10:02PM

    Good Lord!! Zack is bigger than you are!! Poor Zack at least he's with a great home now who is more than willing to take great care of him!

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Where have all the vegetables gone!

Friday, January 18, 2008

This week has been a tough week for some bizarre reason, maybe for many reasons. I have been extremely tired although my schedule hasn't changed at all. I am still working a 10hr day and am only attending one evening class a week at college. However, my husband has been away for three days and this change in our home routine obviously disrupts me and my babies.

Zack is fine as long as I am around, but Zoe will be fine for the first two nights and then she gets a little fidgety. Of course, when she gets restless it means that I often don't get a good nights sleep, though this hasn't been a problem this week. To top it all off, my husband is the cook in our home, so when he is away I either cook, or I don't, which is the reason for my blog title. After a week of living on less than adequate meals (?) like toast with vegemite, I am now craving some serious nutritional input.

Yes, I know, bad me. But we all have our down days, or weeks in this case. I have still been exercising every day with my pooches, but diet really needs to be adequate in order to properly sustain me and enable me to cope with my demanding schedule.

Tomorrow is a new day and I will turn it all around and get back on track...you wait and see.


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