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Pigging Out!

Saturday, September 20, 2014

This is why we keep our cookies on the bottom shelf!

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LIMOM2TWINS 9/21/2014 5:32PM

    loved it - thank you for the laugh!

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    absolutely priceless. Loved it big time!

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MISSDAISY23 9/21/2014 12:58AM


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CBRINKLEY401 9/20/2014 8:06PM

    Too funny!!

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BECKYQUIGLEY 9/20/2014 6:52PM

    Audra, that's hysterical! I'm pretty sure I've been that pig...

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    Too Funny !!

Gotta share this around the world !!

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FELINEBETTER 9/20/2014 6:50AM

    AWWw! This video is just priceless! And the music is great too! Thanks for sharing!

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    Loved it. Made me laugh! Thanks for sharing!

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ZRIE014 9/20/2014 12:37AM


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New Regime

Saturday, September 06, 2014

Almost two weeks ago I bought a book by Travis Stork called the Doctors Diet. Now I hate the "d" word so I wished he titled it the Doctors Healthy Eating Plan or something like that.

I have fantastic results. I lost 6 pounds in less than two weeks and I checked the calorie count and there is more than enough calories in it. It is just the type of calorie. Never before have I eaten so many vegetables or breakfast for that matter although my breakfast is a smoothie. The plan vascillates between two weeks strict followed by two weeks a bit looser. You just keep changing up the weeks until you do maintenance.

I don't like having to plan and think about what I eat but it takes a conscious mind to conquer unhealthy eating. The test will be if I find the plan sustainable for the long haul.
It isn't easy but honestly I break it down to one day at a time. I don't think of it as a diet I think of it as eating clean. This may be a mind game on my part but whatever it takes.
Ultimately, it doesn't matter what anyone else thinks of your eating or your exercise. You are accountable to yourself.

I made up my mind not to ever be in the pre-diabetic range. I was there once and along with my high blood pressure and arthritis my doctor had me on her chronic list. This is a club I am no longer a member of and I want to keep it that way. I am working on a goal of seeing the doctor for an annual check up and having fantastic blood work results. I am 62 and believe me having cut out sugar on this diet has made a huge difference in how my arthritis feels. It is so much better. I know weight loss helps with arthritis but I now have a theory about sugar linking to inflammation. It is the only explanation I have to why my hip is suddenly so much less painful. Talk about positive reinforcement for sticking to the plan! It actually hurts when you fall off the wagon!

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CINDYAST 9/11/2014 9:29PM

    emoticon 6 pounds down! That's emoticon

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FELINEBETTER 9/7/2014 1:17PM

    Hey! Good for you, Wendy! Keep us informed as to how it goes... When I read "diet" in the title of anything - I run the other way. As someone else said though -- you title a book so it sells.

Take care and congratulations on all your success!! emoticon

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    I have to check out this book along with a couple of other ones. Honestly, I think the advice that Dr. Travis Stork gives is better than anything Dr. Oz promotes. The name of the book is probably an attention catcher more than anything else. Whatever way you look at it, what matters is that it is helping. :)

How is the carb count?

Congrats on your success! Woohoo!

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KIRSTENLYNN62 9/6/2014 9:32PM

    I'm so glad you found something you like and is working for you! Hooray!

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    So glad the "Doctor's PLAN" is working for you.
I am looking forward to all your good reviews !!
Hugs, Audra

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WENDYSPARKS 9/6/2014 1:21PM


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August 2014 Challenge

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

I challenged my team the Peppy Party to try something new this month. I started to read the Doctors' Diet written by Travis Stork and just yesterday I did my first day on it! Well, it is after all still August, if just barely. Hey, I am slow but worth waiting for.

I always say a change is as good as a rest and this new endeavor proves that! One new thing always seems to lead me to other new things:

Breakfast: I ate breakfast for the first time in years - a smoothie!
Smoothie: This breakfast consisted of having my first smoothie ever - greek yogurt, frozen
berries and spinach.
Veggies: I thought I ate quite a few until I tried this regime!

As you can see, one change led to some others and time will tell if these changes last. I probably won't do the Doctors' Diet to the letter but find a workable plan based on it. You could probably do it to the letter if you cooked all your meals at home and never went to restaurants. I do think if you incorporate most of it, you are bound to lose some weight and at worst have very good nutrition.

It still being August, for my birthday I am trying 4 sessions with a brand new personal training that is 5 years younger than my twins! Egad he is young, but a wizard with a foam roller. I am going to learn some foam roller methods to help my arthritic hip. Change abounds!

Go forth and challenge yourself this month! emoticon emoticon

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    Personal training sounds fun! My sister did some sessions and she showed me something called "Mountain climbers." They are no easy feat! Having a younger trainer could be beneficial. He could be aware of new techniques.

Smoothies like that for breakfast are good and healthy too! I like eating things with no or limited wheat, limited dairy, etc and would always follow the regimen if I had the funds but we all do the best we can. :)

I haven't been following the challenges but I am curious about what september's challenge will be.

Good luck with your training sessions! :)

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CINDYAST 8/27/2014 6:55PM

    Belated birthday wishes!!!
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Personally, I can't do the smoothie thing. I can't drink my calories and be satisfied. Guess I just need the "chew" factor. But, I NEVER miss breakfast! I think it goes back to growing up a farm kid----it is after all the most important meal of the day! lol!
Have a great week!

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    May you find a good answer for your hip with a foam roller. Sorry but it is nice to know that I am not the only one that sometimes takes l-o-n-g-e-r than others to get things done. So, inquiring mind(s) want to know.... did you like the smoothie? I have yet to see a recipe for a smoothie that I thought would be worth the calories and fill me up til the next meal time. One of these days I may just try one for myself and check it out.
Sorry I missed wishing you a Happy Birthday on the 18th... (my bad).

So, here is a great big HAPPY BIRTHDAY WISH for you today !!
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Sad Summer

Saturday, August 02, 2014

Well, although I had some exciting trips - Israel and Europe, there has been a lot of loss for me in the span of a few weeks. I am afraid it does come with aging these losses. As I get older, in my sixties, the things around me age as well. Does this fact help me except loss, well not really. It is always difficult.

Just a week before our Europe vacation my husband's father became gravely ill and we stood by his bed side as he had his oxygen cut off and chose to pass away. He was cremated and next week is his Celebration of Life.

Just after returning from Europe our beloved cat Cocoa, a thirteen year old Himalayan/Siamese cross, took another turn for the worse. He had liver disease, pancreatitis, cancer and was literally wasting away. Yesterday, we had the awful decision whether to be merciful and put him down or be selfish and have him for maybe a week or so longer in our lives. He made it hard the morning we took him in because he was still with the little strength he had so loving. Well, that is what a cat will do to the very end they will love you. I know we did the right thing but it was the hardest thing and I wish Cocoa could have told me what he wanted. We had a very compassionate vet who kissed Cocoa's head like we did. I plan to take his cat things to the SPCA today. One because I can't bear to see them and another because Cocoa will be helping other cats. We have a beautiful cat tree condo that we will attempt to get in our car.

Ever since our cat got sick two years age he has been going downhill. Would you believe he would no longer eat cat food and I had to buy him barbeque chicken and unsalted chicken broth? Kind of embarrassing at the store when people ask if you are making chicken for dinner and you have to admit it is for the cat. No, I don't recommend feeding cats human food but if they are going to starve themselves well you have to.

Sorry, for this sad post but I wanted you to know what is going on in my life and why I haven't been on Spark much. I plan to change this. I don't want to let my Peppers down in any way.

I admit I did have some chocolate yesterday but it didn't ease the pain. I guess time will do that.

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SUNNY10K 8/20/2014 5:46PM

    Hi Wendy, Sorry to hear that you are feeling so sad. Although loss is part of all our lives - be it family, friends or fur kids - it still really hurts. Allow yourself to mourn but try to find those happy memories too that bring a smile to your face.

Cats have very distinct personalities and I am sure that with time the hurt you are feeling now will lessen. You will come to realize that he is no longer in pain and you did right by him.

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FELINEBETTER 8/18/2014 9:21PM

    Wendy, i am truly sorry !

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HOLLYM48 8/8/2014 9:35AM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon I am so sorry for the losses in your life. Hold the memories close to your heart and the people and the animals you love will always be with you!

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    Sorry for your loses. Some times life is just sad for us. We are lucky to have others to help us through the tough times.
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LIVINGFREE19 8/8/2014 12:34AM

    So sorry to hear about the losses you have had to endure. It is so hard to put a cat down or a dog. They are our family members.
I am so glad that you put him down instead of letting him live and enduring more pain, you are right, it would be selfish to let him live like that.
You ABSOLUTELY did the right thing to put Cocoa down.
I wish I could give you a big hug!


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CINDYAST 8/4/2014 10:30PM

    So sorry for your losses. emoticon emoticon

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SWEETNEEY 8/3/2014 12:21PM

    Sorrow seems to come in waves. Decisions about death are always difficult. Glad you are planning to still Spark while you are grieving.

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    Loss is the most difficult thing to face. Sorry this hasn't been an ideal summer. I understand why you haven't been on spark much. Take as much time as you need. We do look forward to your blogs and your presence around here.


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    So glad your trips were "GREAT"...
So sorry for your losses..
Why does losing the companionship of our loved ones (2 or 4 footed) have to hurt so very much. They say time heals wounds.. but for me... I am still waiting for that time. The wounds still hurt but I do have spells where I can ignore the wounds and relax in some measure of peace.
Take care
Hugs, Audra

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ONEKIDSMOM 8/2/2014 1:29PM

    emoticon emoticon So sorry for your losses, Reffie. You're right. Chocolate doesn't make it better. Time helps the focus shift to the good memories, though. Now is the time to look sadness in the face and as you said, accept that these things are a part of life.

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KIRSTENLYNN62 8/2/2014 1:08PM

    I am so sorry, Reffie. I have missed you. I am sorry for the loss of your father in law, so sad. I lost my 17 year old cat almost exactly one year ago to kidney failure, and I had to make the hard decision also. She was a very special cat to me, I rescued her from the vet hospital that I worked at when she was a tiny kitten that had been hit by a car and abandoned. I was so upset when the time came, that I had to ask the vet to take her to the back room to "do the deed", despite the fact that I was a veterinary technician for 12 years that often assisted with or administered euthanasia myself at work. I just couldn't handle watching her die at my decision. (still feel guilty about that) Ugh. Euthanasia of a beloved pet is never, ever easy. We buried her next to our front porch so I see the grave every time I go into our house, and I have a big pot of flowers here for her. (great, now I am tearing up) emoticon

Time will ease the pain, but you will never forget your special kitty.
Take extra special care of yourself during this time.
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La Blast

Friday, May 02, 2014

Dancing with the Stars performer Louis van Amstel came to my fitness class to lead one of his La Blast classes. He developed this dance fitness program. I love doing Zumba and La Blast. Dancing is the one type of exercise that actually makes me feel joyous.

Louis is really inspirational. With him, you don't think about the steps you are taking or the steps you don't know - you just feel the music and dance. By the end of the session, no matter what I looked like, I felt like a real dancer! I am still inspired! emoticon

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KRISTYTROGERS 6/1/2014 10:27PM

    That sounds emoticon !

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SWEETNEEY 5/9/2014 8:13AM

    I love all kinda dancing.

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FELINEBETTER 5/2/2014 7:32PM

    Wow! Sounds like great fun! What a great opportunity too! Great to see you still kicking up your heels, Wendy! You'll be the belle of the ball at the upcoming wedding for sure!
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    I checked out some of the YouTube videos... looks like a lot of fun !!
Thanks for sharing.

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CINDYAST 5/2/2014 3:31PM

    emoticon How fun for you!

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