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I'm ready for the new Me in the New Year!

Sunday, December 20, 2009

I know that our needs are all different so I am posting this here for all to see.

My goals may not be the same as your goals! This is OK! There is nothing wrong with going for your own goals.

In keeping with my goals for 2010, I have decided to join the Spark Your Body Bootcamp Challenge and Contest Spark Team

because I really need to get serious about Strength Training. I need to make time for some serious muscle making! I also need to get over the weight thing - 120 feels great, but muscles will feel even better!

Love you all,

  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

SOPHIADARE 12/23/2009 7:35AM

    Dear Linda,

Good for you, and thanks for your encouragement about my goals.



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ETHEL_MERMAID 12/21/2009 6:52PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon on joining the Spark Your Body Bootcamp Challenge and Contest Spark Team!! You're going to be as fit as the proverbial fiddle, between your walking and this new team - good for you!! Lots of emoticon as you take on this new endeavor. - Susan emoticon

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CAROLFAITHWALKR 12/21/2009 11:21AM

    Strength training is a great gift, great focus, great goal.


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MEADSBAY 12/21/2009 10:34AM

    Grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrreat idea!
I am ready for a challenge.
I'm going to drop a team or 2 so I can add this one. emoticon
Merry Christmas, Linda!

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MESSENE 12/21/2009 9:15AM

    Ones you get going with strength training, you won't be able to stop! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticonI have become almost an addict, and always look forward to strength training days. emoticon emoticonI even add a few extra not shown in the spark page. It sure get's me sweating like crazy! emoticonI just love it! emoticonThe ten pounds weights sure came in handy, but I still use the 5 pounds for the lateral raises. emoticon emoticon emoticon
emoticongoal for 2010 emoticon emoticonBest wishes!!!! emoticon emoticon

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MARTY19 12/21/2009 6:43AM

    I am still thinking about joining. The past 2 kicked my butt, but you might be right. Here we go again!


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FORMYDARLINGS 12/21/2009 12:16AM

    Linda. I am glad you are seetling into your new weight now. I know the number is an issue but with weight work, your weight will move to where you want it most. Great goals my friend.

Gini emoticon

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GRALLEN 12/20/2009 9:07PM

    120 is good but yes, you need some meat on those bones.

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KNITTABLES 12/20/2009 8:46PM

    great news.

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SLENDERELLA61 12/20/2009 8:34PM

    Great! Let's get strong together. See the body fat percentage go down while the muscles grow. I'm ready, too.

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Please read this blog...

Saturday, December 19, 2009

My message today is to ask you to read the blog of a dear spark friend, EMMAB1

Her blog is entitled New Years Resolution - please!!

It is a plea for new members to work this Spark Program to prevent the health problems she is now going to have to live with forever.

If you like it, please check the "I Like This" block as this is a message that needs to be seen by as many people as possible.

Thank you,
G_d Bless!

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MSMAKEOVER 12/22/2009 9:54AM

    Thanks for sharing Linda...very moving blog.

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    I read it and can really relate; thanks for posting this on yours.

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JUDYK17 12/20/2009 4:11PM

    Thank you for posting this. An excellent blog no doubt.

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WALKINGANNIE 12/20/2009 3:55PM

    Thanks for pointing us in this direction. It's a very powerful blog.

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BARNABABY1 12/20/2009 1:10PM

    That was a wonderful blog. It is so sad that she needs to spend the rest of her life in such pain and immobility but what a wonderful way to reach out and help others with the wisdom she has gained!
Mary Ann emoticon

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KAROUSELL46 12/20/2009 11:08AM

    What a terrific blog. Thanks for letting us know. emoticon

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MARTY19 12/20/2009 9:07AM

    She is so right. Too many people dabble without knowing the consequences which occur later in life. Scary actualy.


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JULIETFOX 12/20/2009 8:18AM

    Very good blog... very good lesson to learn

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MRS.DOYLE 12/20/2009 6:07AM

    Yep, I clicked "I like this blog". A very good warning of what can happen.

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_VALEO_ 12/20/2009 3:20AM

    I'm on my way!

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ETAGGEL 12/19/2009 11:33PM

    Thank you for bringing it to our attention


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KNITTABLES 12/19/2009 10:39PM

    I read the blog and thanks for sharing it with us.

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GRALLEN 12/19/2009 10:29PM

    Read the blod and voted for it. Excellent message for losing weight for healthy reasons and not to just be skinny.

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USARUNNERGIRL 12/19/2009 9:26PM

    Thank you, I will read.

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MOMMA_GRIZZ 12/19/2009 8:40PM

    That was a great blog - thanks. :)

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CAROL- 12/19/2009 8:37PM

    I appreciate your sending me to that blog. It is refreshing to read about people that share your passion that deeply.


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Aargh! Up 2 lbs!

Saturday, December 12, 2009

No, not really - just weight fluctuations.

But it did make me reevaluate my calories in vs. calories out. Until the rains stop I am at a loss for walking unless I climb on the treadmill. *sigh* So today I said, "get on tubby!"

I did 3 miles and I feel fabulous! Not fast miles, mind you, just 2.5 miles per hour, but I did it in 2 increments; 30 min and 50 min! I am going to try to get on again tonight and see if I can manage at least another 20 for an even 100. 100 minutes is half what I was doing regularly so I would be satisfied.

A body gets used to the extra calories in.


12/12 122.1
12/13 120.7

this is sooooo doable!

12/15 121.1 emoticon but I am doing ST!!
12/16 121.5 emoticon but I am doing ST!!
12/17 121.7 emoticon but I am doing ST!!
12/18 121.8 emoticon but I got my 7 mile walk today!! Going to do ST too!!
12/19 122.0 emoticon but my thighs are 1/2" smaller! Still doing ST!!
12/20 121.3 emoticon and I am doing ST!!
12/21 121.3 emoticon and I am doing ST!!
12/22 120.6 emoticon and I am doing ST!! Back in the 20's!

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GETDONE 12/17/2009 3:13AM

    I am totally impressed by all your success. emoticon

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USARUNNERGIRL 12/14/2009 2:11PM

    Good job on the treadmill my dear. Keep up the good work.

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ONMYWAYTOGOAL 12/14/2009 2:07PM

    Oh for sure......tubby! That's the last thing I'd think anyone would call you. Kudos for taking to the treadmill. It's a great substitute for walking outdoors.

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MISS_PIE 12/13/2009 10:43AM

    Tubby, I love it. I call myself rollie pollie to get on my treadmill.

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SIMPLELIFE4REAL 12/13/2009 8:31AM

    It's been really cold here, so I've been doing WATP. I got started on them because of what you had written about them. Now I've gotten my husband doing them too. They are an easy way for me to get moving when I don't feel like it.

You are anything but "tubby". emoticon

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MARTY19 12/13/2009 8:10AM

    Good for you. I won't walk outside when it is cold so it is either the mall or Leslie. And right now unless you go to the mall early it gets crowded (understatement). So I stick with Leslie.


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ASTORRES1 12/13/2009 6:30AM

    Its funny...how we dread doing certain things...then we do it..and it wasn't that bad. Good for you to make the change.


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MONGO2TEN 12/13/2009 5:15AM

    Good for you! I've been trying to change my attitude about the treadmill and it's helping. I"m not dreading it quite as much, although I still prefer being outdooors!


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MEADSBAY 12/12/2009 10:42PM

    Tomorrow is the last day of my two week eating more trial-
following in your tiny footsteps, I hope.
Today I worked out for 100 minutes-
60 cardio and 40 ST.

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LOPEYP 12/12/2009 9:38PM

    There's plenty of distractions that can get us off track this time of year. Good for you for getting on your treadmill - twice. Keep it up!

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ETHEL_MERMAID 12/12/2009 9:15PM

    Exercise makes such a difference, doesn't it? I'm so glad you were able to use your treadmill to "roast" some calories, Linda - emoticon!! You're terrific for refusing to let inclement weather keep you from being well-exercised. emoticon Susan

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GRALLEN 12/12/2009 8:31PM

    Lol @ "get on tubby". You are no where near tubbyville. lol But I like that mantra. I must just use that. "Get after it tubby". lol

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LITTLEZEWSKI 12/12/2009 7:29PM

    Hurray! Walk it out girl! emoticon

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JEANIEMARIE1946 12/12/2009 7:11PM

  You can say that again - I mean about the body getting used to the extra calories in. I've been sick and have not been eating as much - only 2 meals a day instead of the 4 smaller meals. It made a difference, but now I am hoping that when I go back on my regular routine, things won't be more difficult. Maybe not. Have to hold good thoughts always. I have lost a couple of the lbs. I gained back from Thanksgiving.

My exercise has fallen off a good bit while being sick, but I did managed a few mins. today on my bike. Not enough to really record, but I will record it nonetheless. Some better than none - right.

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Through the eyes of a child.

Friday, December 11, 2009

Today LIVINGTHIN's daily status asked that we read her first blog entitled Gratitude. It included a link to watch a short 'movie' called "Learning to Dance in the Rain".

Here is the link:


I find this appropriate with the weather changes we are all experiencing lately.

I still don't want to dance in the rain, but it is a reminder to be thankful for the weather, whether we like it or not.

Without the snows, areas suffer droughts. The cold kills off many viruses and pests. Without the rains, nothing would grow and we would all perish.

I titled this blog, Through the eyes of a child, because it reminds me of how the innocent child views the changing weather. And I can remember "balancing" as I walked the curbs of life.

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EMMABE1 12/11/2009 2:55PM

    Hummm! sometimes its hard to see the joy in extreme conditions!!

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MARTY19 12/11/2009 11:38AM

    I hate snow and my sister in NH loves it. So I say keep it up there. LOL


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USARUNNERGIRL 12/11/2009 10:48AM

    It is true that it is important to remember how marvellous the world seemed when we were children. Thank you for the reminder. Sometimes I think I expect my kids to grow up fast, when I should instead think of how marvellous it is that they see the world as they do.

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_VALEO_ 12/11/2009 9:43AM

    Thanks for this link, very nice pictures and aphorisms.
Your title is very right, and sometimes we lose our children's eyes, and forget to see the joy in everyday life.

Keep on being a emoticon whatever the weather crossing your path is!

Comment edited on: 12/11/2009 9:43:29 AM

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Yay!! 7 miles today!! So far...

Wednesday, December 09, 2009

Yay! The weather outside was sunny, I was in the mood for walking - - -

we did 7.25 miles!! Whoopee!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

I am hoping to do more before the day ends!

Tomorrow is back to nasty again emoticon

**Today is the tomorrow that I talked about yesterday emoticon
34* when I awoke, 30 now! But yesterday I managed another 2 walks for a grand total of 12.5 miles walked! (7.25 + 3.25 + 2) WooHoo!!

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ASTORRES1 12/10/2009 11:16AM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

You ROCK!!!


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_VALEO_ 12/10/2009 3:29AM

    Good job! Seems like you had a great walk with your friend.

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HEART_N_GRACE 12/10/2009 12:24AM

    Great walk!!! Sometimes I finish my 3 mile (5k) walk and think... I would love to do that again ~ alas it is usually getting dark by then, someone needs to be picked up or fed.... but someday i will chalk up the mileage! Too much snow today!!! (first one of the year, so I shouldn't complain).

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ETHEL_MERMAID 12/10/2009 12:00AM

    Good going, Linda! As the saying goes, you "made hay while the sun shines" - literally! -

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BITTYGIRL51 12/9/2009 9:07PM

    Yay!! Good job! I only did 3.4 miles....but it was only 30 degrees out with 15 mile per hours winds! Damp cold here in Texas...so I was pleased with that!

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FORMYDARLINGS 12/9/2009 8:31PM

    We had a snowstorm followed by rain followed by more snow today. Not outdoor weather at all. LOL Great job on the 7+ miles!!!


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KAROUSELL46 12/9/2009 5:57PM

    Sounds like you had a really good time walking. My arthritis has me today. You are such an inspiration to many.

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MARTY19 12/9/2009 4:48PM

    It was crappy here today. All the other schools closed today except for us. They were nuts. Glad you had good weather.

Yucky! Yucky! Yucky!


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MRS.DOYLE 12/9/2009 2:43PM

    Good for you. I love walking. It is so therapeutic.

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ONMYWAYTOGOAL 12/9/2009 2:43PM

    Yea!! Enjoy your walk this afternoon. I really miss it when I don't get to get a walk in at least once a day. emoticon

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