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My Bucket List Experience

Saturday, July 09, 2011

I was lucky to experience one of my top" bucket list" goals.

One of my favorite sports to watch is the ladies of the LPGA. I am absolutely amazed by how far those gals can hit a golf ball, especially when their drivers are almost as long as they are tall. Well yesterday I got to see it for myself down in Colorado Springs at the U.S. Women's Open.

What an awesome experience!!

I didn't know what to expect, but I was as excited as a little kid on Christmas morning. We got there early because of the chance of rain later in the day. I wanted to see as much as I could just in case it was delayed again, and I wanted to see someone, anyone, who I've watched on tv.

I just saw a commercial where 4 men are in a locker room at a famous golf course, and Tom Watson walks up next to them. Then 2 more pro golfers walk by them on the other side and say "hi". They all just stood there with their jaws dropped. I bet I looked just like that when I saw the gals on the first tee. I couldn't even tell you who they were, but it was awesome!!

We made our way to the back nine, where I saw some of the more familiar names... Paula, Yani, Suzanne, Brittney, Morgan, Angela, etc. Again, my jaw dropped. Shoot, I got excited when I saw the reporter from ESPN. It was like Christmas for me all day long.

Everyone has their own goals and dreams. I have many. I only wish that everyone could experience something as special to them as my day in Colorado Springs was for me.

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CANBDONE 8/23/2011 7:31AM

    The thrill of fame...I feel your excitement! These are the moments to treasure!

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DFROMTX 7/10/2011 9:13AM

    Happy for you.....having a great time and marking one thing off your bucket list!!

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CHRYS13 7/9/2011 10:20PM

    So glad for you! Your enthusiasm and excitement is evident!

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LINDAKAY228 7/9/2011 5:33PM

    Congratulations on an item to scratch off your bucket list! It is so awesome when we get to scratch one of and then anticipate being able to do another. I have things on my bucket list that may take a long time to get to but they are there waiting for me when the opportunity arises and I'm not going to give up on them. I'm so happy for you!

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1 Year Later

Sunday, June 26, 2011

WOW! It's been a year. I can't believe it's been an entire year since I found a SparkPeople ad in my MORE magazine, and I joined this wonderful website. WOW!

I didn't start this adventure wanting to lose a lot of weight, and I really haven't... BUT I am happy to say that I have lost almost 2 pant sizes in a year. WOO HOO!! I'm almost back to my high school pant size... an unexpected and fantastic thing!
What I've learned... the scale is not my friend. It's much more rewarding to use my clothing as a "scale".

For so many years after my knee injury ended by basketball dream, all I thought I could do was walk. I've since become a long distance walker, and I absolutely LOVE IT, but what I've also gained this year is... I'm now a jogger! WOO HOO #2 I haven't run a marathon, nor have I reached my goal of jogging an entire 5k, but I'm still trotting along and going farther each time.
What I've learned... doors may close, but GOD will surely lead you to a new open window. You just have to be "open" to see it.

ZUMBA... I've recently discovered ZUMBA! WOO HOO #3 An elbow injury has me sidelined from golf right now, and I was needing something to keep me busy. I found a Zumba class at the local rec center, and now I'm absolutely hooked. I look forward to Tuesday and Thursday evenings now. What a great workout!
What I've learned... laughter is healthy, even if it's laughing at yourself in the mirror at a Zumba class.

It's been a great year, and I've learned a lot about myself. I'm ready to start Year #2 with some new goals. What I'm looking forward to is:
Consistently drinking that 8+ glasses of water daily
Saving every $5 bill that makes it into my wallet (my own silly goal)
Cooking more and eating out less
Limiting my sweet tooth cravings... work on healthy snacking
10k steps a day, but don't punish myself if I don't reach it
Jogging a full 5k
Breaking 100 in golf... when my elbow allows it
Enjoying every day... don't take "life" so seriously


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WHISPERINGPINE3 6/27/2011 11:27PM

  emoticon emoticon on your weight loss. It sounds like this has been a great year for you. Keep up the great work that you are doing my friend. It is definitely working great for you!!

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CANBDONE 6/26/2011 3:30PM

    When the scale doesn't reward us, the non-scale victories are essential!

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