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Changed My Attitude

Friday, October 17, 2014

“Sometimes, the old things can work if we face them with new attitudes.”

I know that it's important for me, so why don’t I just do it? Getting motivated isn’t the only problem. I need to look at exercise in a whole new attitude.

Buddy has become my real motivation to change my attitude since he became diagnosed with diabetes. His Vet called to check on him this morning and asked if we had been walking? I had to admit that we only went once.

This afternoon I finally got off my butt to go walking. I casually asked, ‘Who wants to go for a walk?’ and I didn’t have to ask Buddy about going on a walk more than once! He was right there jumping on my leg to hurry up! If that isn’t motivation I don’t know what is! How can I not take this little guy out for a walk everyday?


Many of you who have known me for a long time will recall that I live on what is affectionately known as the “Killer Hill”. I tackled this hill once before and I came out the winner. Now here I am doing it all again in my senior years! But this time I’m looking at the hill with a ‘new attitude’.


Thank you Spark People for all your great tools! I use the Fitness Map to track my walk! It calculates the distance and the calories burned. It is GREAT!

I guess this means that I'm officially on day 1 of my Walking Fitness Streak!
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KTTAYLOR21 10/24/2014 7:31PM

    Walking benefits everyone! emoticon

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GRALAN 10/24/2014 4:21PM

    I read your post on sparkguy's page and came to encourage you (and Buddy) ! I'm a non-dualist regarding time... There is only now, to live in. I'm glad you are positive about right now. When I made mistakes before, it was now for me then but not anymore. If I live tomorrow it will be now for me then. I'm glad you have Buddy to love now. Its okay to let him continue loving you in his now... which is his nature.
PS. I herd parkinglot cats on my walking, will be leash training our inside cat. New adventures await!
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EMSSBEARS 10/19/2014 11:24AM

    Good for you and you are right who could turn down the ultimate MOTIVATOR OF THE DAY - BUDDY, So glad to see that beautiful dog up and going strong, next blog get someone to take a picture of the the one that is being walked by him- you are an awesome pair and we would love to see you beautiful faces emoticon

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CATIATM 10/19/2014 11:13AM

    Brava for your positive attitude! emoticon

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GRAMMYX7 10/18/2014 7:55PM

    Buddy is a lucky little dog to have you as an owner. As you take care of Buddy getting him a daily walk, he is also helping you by getting you out for added exercise. You will both benefit from this.

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COLUMBINE2 10/18/2014 10:28AM

    Look at that hill as the greatest calories burner possible! How lucky you are to have that & to watch your body adjust as it gets easier and easier to conquer! You can do it!

And you're right...Buddy needs you to walk with him every day. Do it for him and his good health! You will never have to look back and say, "if only I'd walked him more." You can say I'm doing everything I can for this dog which I just adore." And guess what, you'll benefit, too. I'm also a senior...we can do this & we can change things for the better. Let's do it together!

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MEWHENRYSMAMA 10/17/2014 11:30PM

    Well, you are right! New attitude and do it with your Buddy and both of you will benefit...WIN WIN!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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MEADSBAY 10/17/2014 9:37PM

    Omg...in your senior years!!!
You're killing me.
You and Buddy need to get out there every day,
Even a few times a day.
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IMUSTLOSEIT1 10/17/2014 7:16PM

    You have a great Buddy to help you help him. He needs you to step up and help with his diabetes by making sure he gets some exercise. It will also help his appetite and he will eat better so that he can get the right doses of insulin. I know you can do it.

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MORTICIAADDAMS 10/17/2014 6:36PM

    Buddy has always been the best walking buddy you've ever had. He is the perfect companion and you are well aware of it. You might not do it for yourself but I know you will do it for Buddy. I'm glad you are back on the trail.

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SPARKFRAN514 10/17/2014 6:14PM

    I have a fur friend too who gets me out walking too they are good at getting us motivated
we do this journey one day at time much easier than looking at the entire week. emoticon emoticon attitude is everything lets keep emoticon to the finish a healthy life style emoticon

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4-1HEALTHYCYNDI 10/17/2014 6:14PM

    WOOHOO! I am so glad to see you coming back into yourself again. And yes, Buddy is a great motivator for you. You are now doing you both good. Have fun conquering Killer Hill once again. You can do it!

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FORZACHANDMATT 10/17/2014 6:06PM

    It sure is and Buddy is adorable!

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Is Status Quo is OK?

Thursday, October 16, 2014

I’ve been enlightened and inspired!

It’s almost as though I discovered something new, and yet it’s been here all along. Spark Friends. Yes, I said ‘Spark Friends’.

Have you ever really taken the time to visit your Spark Friend’s Personal Spark Pages and gotten to know them? Have your read about the goals they dream to attain and those dreams that they've accomplished. Well, I have recently, and it’s very inspiring.

We are all so different and yet we have all come to this one single place known as SparkPeople.com for one reason or another. Most of us seem to be here to lose weight while others have come to stay or become move physically fit. Some have been very successful in their reaching their goals, while others (me included) have just been treading water and not moving towards any specific direction.

The water I've been treading in is very deep, dark, and dangerous. There IS a shore of goals out there that I need to put in my focus and start swimming towards before I become too old and tired... losing this chance forever.

Time (and age) marches on waiting for no one. Every minute wasted is lost forever.

I've become dissatisfied. I’m dissatisfied with my attitude that my ‘status quo’ is OK. Well, it’s not enough anymore. I have become inspired.

Thank you Spark Friends.

  
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KTTAYLOR21 10/24/2014 7:08PM

    Thanks for an awesome blog!! I working on being inspired too!! emoticon

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MORTICIAADDAMS 10/17/2014 12:28PM

    I agree. You and I both have been here for a long time and we need to really knuckle under and get serious.

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CATIATM 10/17/2014 10:19AM

    Deep, insightful, and a wonderful way to begin my day. Tank you for sharing! emoticon

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MEADSBAY 10/17/2014 8:48AM

    I learn so much from my spark friends,
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it helps me to get the focus off myself and my problems!
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IMUSTLOSEIT1 10/16/2014 7:16PM

    Yes, it is inspiring to read all your friends pages, and blogs. May just 1 little sentence will change everything for you. I know some of my friends have gotten me out of some pretty dark holes. Knowing you are not alone is a big help.

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4-1HEALTHYCYNDI 10/16/2014 7:00PM

    Glad you have found the inspiration to be dissatisfied with the status quo. Remember you have worked hard, now rested and ready to move forward again. I tend to lose my weight in short spurts with long periods of maintaining that weight or bouncing a little.

I must agree that my Spark Friends always inspire me when I take the time to let them.

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GRAMMYX7 10/16/2014 6:56PM

    I also read Spark friends pages and blogs and have learned so much from them and usually leave thos pages motivated. Spark people is a wonderful group of people, most trying to reach the same end goal of getting healthier.
Thanks for motivating and inspiring me.
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SUN66SHINE 10/16/2014 6:52PM

    You're welcome!!!

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RICKHANN 10/16/2014 5:48PM

    Very well said. I don't understand your "status quo" comment though? Haven't you lost 20-30 lbs?

And truthfully, you may become tired and maybe too sick, but as long as you can move, you are never too old. I'm finding each year now I'm probably more healthy than the previous with a better diet and getting physically stronger. I have my periods, like during the winter months (which I'm not going to fall into that rut this year), where I take a step back, but overall each year keeps getting better and better.

Let your inspiration drive you to the next level!

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SLENDERELLA61 10/16/2014 5:46PM

    Every positive thought propels you in the right direction. What a powerful statement! Yes, set those goals. Start a streak. You can do it!!! Reading SparkFriends' pages and blogs is very, very inspiring, as are many of the team message boards. The more I participate the more I appreciate SparkPeople. Thanks for your inspiring words!!

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SAPHRAEL 10/16/2014 5:43PM

    My motivation is always renewed by my Spark Friends. I'm glad you've been sparked!
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NEKOCHARM 10/16/2014 5:33PM

    Spark friends really ARE encouraging and inspiring! Out of all the different aspects of SP, my friends are what keep me coming back.

I've been doing SparkCoach for a little while, and one thing they stress is defining your goals. They suggest being very specific. IOW, not just, "I want to lose weight." or "To get to my goal weight." They encourage you to write down step by step details on how you'll get to your goal. It has been really helpful for me. emoticon

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LIMOM2TWINS 10/16/2014 5:33PM

    I just was telling a friend about Spark people and told her it is not a diet but a support system with tons of members that you can learn so much from and there is never any negatively if things do not go as you planned - but uplifting motivational people who will support you during the way.

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MEWHENRYSMAMA 10/16/2014 5:21PM

    I am right there with you...no matter how deep, dark and dangerous...I have a life preserver to share...we can do this!
Hugs!
Mary
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TWEETYKC00 10/16/2014 5:20PM

    Your goals are never lost until you give them up! Even treading that water is something as you are not moving back, right?

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CHANGING-TURTLE 10/16/2014 5:20PM

    emoticon I am going to check out my Spark friend's pages, thank you for inspiring me

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Candy Corn Addiction!

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

I knew I shouldn't have done it... but I did! I purchased a bag of Candy Corns yesterday when I was at the market! OMG I am so addicted to them... Why did I do that?

  
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MEADSBAY 10/17/2014 8:46AM

    I try not to buy them, either, especially the good ones!
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CHANGING-TURTLE 10/16/2014 5:25PM

    Candy corn is one of my trigger foods. I bought a bag at the start of the season and made a pig of myself. I have swore off the stuff and wouldn't you know it the bargain store right across the street has big bags of it for really a cheap price. I pass it up every time I go in that store and that is about once a day. I set up a piggy bank that I put money in every time I don't buy trigger foods, the money is stacking up.

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GOOZLEBEAR 10/16/2014 5:08PM

    I so can identify with your candy corn addiction!! It's a good thing they are available mostly in the Fall!!! emoticon

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SAPHRAEL 10/16/2014 3:30PM

    It's not too late to throw them away if there's any left!
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HICKOK-HALEY 10/15/2014 9:18PM

    Fortunately the became to sweet for me, however, I did buy some goodies at Trader Joe's. I never do that, but oh are they good. emoticon

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LIMOM2TWINS 10/15/2014 7:51AM

    Because they come around once a year - you had them - they were yummy (I am sure) and now today is a new day - minus the candy corn! emoticon

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SMITHKRISTI 10/15/2014 7:25AM

    My down fall is M and M's

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MORTICIAADDAMS 10/14/2014 9:00PM

    I love the Autumn Mix that has the orange pumpkins plus chocolate, banana, and maple creams. Very hard to resist.

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SUN66SHINE 10/14/2014 5:43PM

    Because you are addicted to them, that's why. Now make yourself really mad and flush them down the toilet before they ruin your conscience.

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IMUSTLOSEIT1 10/14/2014 5:19PM

    YUMMMMMMM, Those really do look good, but you must'n buy them again.

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RAPUNZEL53 10/14/2014 5:09PM

  Picture looks good. I am glad I just like to look.

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MEWHENRYSMAMA 10/14/2014 5:07PM

    Okay, you did it! Now decide if you want to finish it and not buy more, throw it away
and you had some and are done or totally lose it and even buy more. Those are the choices. I think it is fine you had some, even if you eat the whole bag...but keep it under some control and let yourself know you are still in charge.
I wish you luck!


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AKIMBERLYQ1 10/14/2014 4:41PM

    That is one snack I enjoy this season. Portion it out into serving sizes. You can do it!!s

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FORZACHANDMATT 10/14/2014 4:38PM

    It's so hard this time of year :)

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4-1HEALTHYCYNDI 10/14/2014 4:38PM

    **HUGS** Why did you buy something you know you're addicted too? Let me count the reasons. For me it would be a "treat" because I'm dealing with a lot of stress. Or it would be because it's a habit. I always buy/eat this at this time of year. Or both. No matter what you are more than the candy corn.

Good luck! Have fun finding ways to control the damage of the bag. One bag of candy corn won't do much damage. Limit it to the one... see how long you can make it last.


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TWEETYKC00 10/14/2014 4:32PM

    Say no to a sugar binge!

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Moscow Mules... Yummm!

Monday, October 13, 2014

Morning started out disappointing. My Buddy didn’t want to eat. I gave him ˝ his insulin and prayed for the best, hoping that he would be hungry and eat soon. It wasn’t until the afternoon at about 4:00 that he came in and ate all his meal. It was then that I gave him his full dose of insulin! This has been a real roller coaster ride. One day he’s just like I would like to see him and then next he’s being finicky. SIGH!

While I was waiting for Buddy to be the champion that I know he can be… I peeled, cored, and sliced the rest of the pears. By 5:00 they were all canned in jars waiting for storage through the winter!

For our birthdays (Rich and I share the same birthday) our daughter bought us 2 copper mugs for Moscow Mules. This was the drink that we first fell in love with together while dating. After the canning project was done, my husband fixed us a Moscow Mule and we sat down and relaxed awhile.

Tacos are on the menu and I need a rest before getting tacos together!

I love those Moscow Mules… It’s like drinking an iceberg on a hot summer day!

  
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MORTICIAADDAMS 10/14/2014 9:02PM

    I've never heard of a Moscow Mule. Sounds very intriguing.

Did you guys just have a birthday?

I hope Buddy eats better tomorrow!

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4-1HEALTHYCYNDI 10/14/2014 4:35PM

    It sounds like you are having good days for the most part. WOOHOO! **HUGS** Hang in there with Buddy. It make take a little while for the medications to get control of his systems. Fingers crossed for the best!

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RONDARC 10/14/2014 1:32PM

    Pears look good!! Canning is so much fun emoticon I just started making my own ginger beer & I can't get enough!! I've been wanting to try a Moscow Mule, they sound amazing!! Hugs to you & Bobby. You are both doing wonderful.
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MOONGLOWSNANA 10/14/2014 8:01AM

  Those pears look good and whatever that is in your pretty new mug looks good too! emoticon Cheers! emoticon

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SUN66SHINE 10/13/2014 11:06PM

    Sounds like a typical male! hahaha My husband would have my head if he saw I said this! Anyway, I'm sorry there's a lot of ups and downs with Buddy. You are a stalwart friend that has never left his side. I'm sure it isn't any fun for him either.

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IMUSTLOSEIT1 10/13/2014 9:57PM

    Moscow Mules, I haven't had one in years, bartenders around here don't ever know what they are, that is the last time I was out for a drink, which was several years ago. And where I use to get them served them in a metal stein with a glass bottom. Can you share hubby's recipe? It would sure bring back some memories. Sorry Buddy is being a challenge for you.

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FUNNYGIRLJESS 10/13/2014 9:48PM

    I've never heard of Moscow mules, thanks for sharing!

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Life is Good!

Sunday, October 12, 2014


It was a good day for Buddy today! He woke up happy and wanted to eat right away! I fed him his kibble with chicken & his 1/8th of a can of his new prescription can food which is rabbit & potatoes. He LOVES it! I was able to give him the full dose of his insulin and he did fine all day… actually better than 'fine' he was feeling perky and feisty. Just like a dog should feel!

By 3:30 Buddy was hungry again on his usual time. I fed him the same as breakfast time and he ate it all!! I mean he ate it ALL! That's a first in a long time!! He got another full dose of his insulin and is doing great!


I spent all morning sitting outside on the deck peeling, paring pears. Then inside cooking and canning the pears. We love these pears, and I still have so much more to go. I'm only half way done, but for now I’m going to sit down and take a rest with a glass of red wine before starting dinner. Leftovers are on the menu.

Life is good!

  
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4-1HEALTHYCYNDI 10/13/2014 12:48PM

    Great news about Buddy! WOOHOO! Sounds like a lovely day, productive and relaxing too.

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MOONGLOWSNANA 10/13/2014 11:16AM

  I have butternut squash roasting in the over for soup later. Cooking your own food and caning means you know where it comes from and it hasn't been flown halfway around the world!

I'm glad Buddy feels better. For him, eating is a good sign!

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IMUSTLOSEIT1 10/13/2014 9:50AM

    Awesome, on the canning pears. I thought I was the only one that canned food, we have become such a "in the box" society that there is so few of us that actually prepare our own food. So much more healthy and you know what every thing in there is cause you put it in there. Great Job, keep it up.

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SMITHKRISTI 10/13/2014 7:44AM

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SEEINGCLEARLY53 10/13/2014 5:47AM

    Sounds like a great day! emoticon

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SUN66SHINE 10/13/2014 12:43AM

    Good for Buddy and good for you!! Now you can sleep good at night not worrying about your little friend. I'll buy a jar of those pears!!

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KAYTIE22 10/12/2014 8:12PM

    Yeah, Buddy! Glad to hear he is doing better and getting accustomed to his routine. Those pears look delicious. Enjoy!

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MORTICIAADDAMS 10/12/2014 8:03PM

    He is such a cutie! I'm so glad this is working out well for him. emoticon

Those pears sure look delicious!!

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