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Goals for May 2012 (GONE Team)

Monday, April 30, 2012

May Goals:
1. Drink 9-12 cups of water daily
2. 10,00 steps per day minimum
3. 15-30 minutes of yoga once a week
4. 5-7 freggies per day
5. 15 minutes of Home Blessing and 15 minutes of Organizing per day

I decided to start with simple goals for my first month. Since getting healthier effects all of my life, I added one mental health activity as well. emoticon
Spark On! We Got This!

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JDUBLANKO 5/3/2012 11:49AM

    The month of May is going to be AWESOME!!! You can do it!!! emoticon

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SCHENPOSSIBLE 5/2/2012 10:37PM

    overall health is the key and you listed that all above. Very doable goals. Good luck as you check them off your list. go lady!

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JOHNSONZ 5/2/2012 9:35AM

    WooHoo - Simple & ready to roll.
I like this.

Are you a Fly Lady? (The website)
The Organizing & Blessing made me think of that site.
I get an email from them all the time.

Have a Great Day!

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KRISZTA11 5/1/2012 3:24AM

    Great goals!
I'll follow your example in Organizing.

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JANDK156 4/30/2012 6:57PM

    Simple is good and won't make you feel overwhelmed, either, so that's smart thinking! emoticon

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JOEYKTTN 4/30/2012 3:03PM

    I love that you've added a mental health goal as well...SOOOO important!

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BLUE42DOWN 4/30/2012 2:44PM

    That's a great idea to add a goal that isn't directly "weight loss". Really making lifestyle changes often spreads into other areas of our life, so making that deliberate is great!


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KARENDEE4 4/30/2012 11:32AM

    I LOVE the organizing goal.

I may need to add 15 minutes of cleaning/organizing to my goals :)

Great goals !!!

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JOSIEISHEALTHY 4/30/2012 11:27AM

    YOU CAN DO IT!!!!!!!!!! :) :) :) :)

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Mermaid Thoughts and Dreams

Friday, April 27, 2012

My idea of a mermaid has always been the "Little Mermaid" or the mermaid from "Splash". But, when I kept seeing the Mermaid vs. Whale story on the internet; it brought to mind "Veggie Tales".

My son loved the "Veggie Tales Silly Songs with Larry" when he was little. One of my favorites was "Barbara Manatee".

"Larry: Barbara Manatee (Manatee, Manatee)
You are the one for me (one for me, one for me)
Sent from up above (a manatee from heaven)
You are the one I love
Barabra Manatee (Manatee, Manatee)
I'll be your mon amie (mon amie, mon amie)
I'll take you to the ball(to the ball, to the ball)
I hope you're not to tall (you might have trouble dancing)"

It is thought that the Manatee is the source of mermaid myths.

But, I can be a Mermaid-if Ireally want to be. emoticon!shell-tail-l
Best Price! emoticon

Spark On! We Got this! emoticon

Edit: There are All Female Athletic event called the Mermaid Series-Check it out!

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KARENDEE4 4/28/2012 11:15AM

    So cute

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BLUE42DOWN 4/27/2012 5:34PM

    Neat. I wouldn't have been surprised about costume style tails, but some of those are really impressive. (Wonder if they're as awkward out of water as Ariel, though.)

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Success Unexpected in Common Hours

Monday, April 23, 2012

"If one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams, and endeavors to live the life which he has imagined, he will meet with a success unexpected in common hours."

-Henry David Thoreau

I read this quote on a blog over the weekend and it struck a deep chord with me. This is what I want to have those unexpected success in the common hours of my day -not just the times of celebration. I cherish being able to do more than I could last year. Simple things like, hook my own bra, bend over and tie my shoes. I sat on the ground in a field of bluebonnets for Easter pictures, it is a Texas tradition, for the first time in 7 years. Best of all, I could get up by myself. It wasn't fast or pretty, but I could do it. Last year, when I walked, I hobbled. This year I can almost do the model strut, again. (I was a plus size model briefly in my 20's.)

I didn't appreciate how strong and flexible I was in my 20's and 30's. Now I rejoice at each step I take toward getting back my strength and flexibility. Currently, I am at my lowest weight in 20 years. I can wear a 20 comfortably and squeeze into some 18's. I am ecstatic!! I have cheekbones, dimples and collarbones again.

There are so many blessings that have come to me on this journey. I started it by myself, because I was sick and tired of being sick and tired. After a week, my husband joined me on the journey. We both plan meals and track them. With two of us working on the journey, we always have good healthy food available for everyone-rather than my food and their food. The greatest blessing is that my college age son is learning the benefits of healthy eating and exercise. He has given up soda and drinks mostly water now. He has going from being a video game playing couch potato to a young man who walks for hours at a time. Last week, he mentioned an interest in starting to run. I sent him links to articles on Sparkpeople. My son discusses health interests with me. I have conversations about what produce is wonderful this year at work and at church. (By the way-the strawberries, plums and asparagus are wonderful this year.) emoticon

I am learning to listen to my body and eat what I am hungry for-when I am hungry. I grew up being told not to snack between meals. Now, I plan my meals and my snacks. I eat mindfully. I have learned to love fruits and vegetables I have never eaten before. It was truly shocking the first time I found something too sweet for me to eat. I still love sweets, but I have found that a little goes a long way. Tonight's dessert, after I finish my Cardio (that always makes me grin), is my version of a Black Forest Sundae- a Skinny Cow Vanilla ice Cream sandwich topped with dried cherries and a tablespoon of No sugar added cherry preserves that I will warm in the microwave-230 calories of scrumptious.

So much success and unexpected joy that together make my "common" hours very uncommon.

Spark On! We Got this!


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MISSG180 4/25/2012 9:34AM

    You have made tremendous strides! Congratulations!

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KRISZTA11 4/24/2012 3:26PM

    emoticon to sparking your husband and your son!
How wonderful!

I can't claim such success, no dramatic change in our family, but
- everybody does some exercise
-my daughter eats lots of vegetables and fruits, and my son & husband eat some too
-we don't buy soda anymore
-everybody goes to sleep earlier
Hm... That isn't bad either : )

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RGEETING 4/24/2012 11:37AM

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YESCURLYCAN 4/24/2012 5:25AM

  Fantastic! I love this :) Congratulations on every step of your journey. Treasure those victories however small; you certainly have earned them emoticon

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JAZZ20 4/23/2012 9:43PM

  Congratulations and good luck.

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Made a New Recipe Last Night

Friday, April 13, 2012

Inspired by the Spring veggie challenge-I tried a new recipe yesterday and it was so good-i have to share
Fresh asparagus trim off the woody ends spread on a cookie sheet sprayed with Pam (Olive oil Pam for extra flavor) Spray the asparagus and drizzle with the best balsamic vinegar you can find.
Roast in a 400 degree oven for 10 minutes.
4 ounces of grilled chicken breast-I used the grilled chicken breast strips from Costco
1 Flat Out Multigrain flatbread (This stuff is fabulous-100 calories and 9 grams of protein)
2 Tbsp of Parmigiano Reggiano-or the best Parmesan you can find

Layer the asparagus in your wrap, sprinkle with cheese, top with chicken-fold or roll and cut into two manageable pieces

Calorie Count 317
Carb 23 Fat 8 Protein 45

It tasted wonderful and my husband enjoyed it as well.
Spark On! We Got This!

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NEWMOM20121 4/16/2012 2:19PM

    This sounds great. I am going to try.

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BLONDEMUSE1970 4/14/2012 8:11PM

    I never thought of putting asparagus in a wrap! That is a terrific idea :) Thanks for sharing!


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YESCURLYCAN 4/13/2012 1:55PM

  I love asparagus and chicken :) That sounds really good.

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MOTTAMAMALOU 4/13/2012 10:00AM

    Mmmm! Sounds deelish!

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Easter Joy!

Sunday, April 08, 2012

With my husband and son

With my husband of 20+ years

My first Bluebonnet picture since my son was shorter than I am.

I haven't felt so pretty in years and I am happy to say that I got up off the ground all by myself after the bluebonnet picture.

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KRISZTA11 4/9/2012 5:13AM

    You are beautiful on these pictures!
The radiant smile on your face, the lovely dress, your manicure - all this shows that you are a healthy and happy woman who loves her life and takes good care of herself.
Happy Easter to you and your family!

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RGEETING 4/8/2012 9:54PM


You look beautiful! And you are blessed by your son and hubby!
emoticon on getting up by yourself after the picture!

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CHOOSE2BELIEVE 4/8/2012 5:15PM

I am so happy to hear ya say this and to see your BEAUTIFUL pictures!
All I can say is YAY SPARK!! With spark, great supportive friends and some determinations we're all ABLE to finally do this once and for all!!!
Happy Easter my friend!!
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