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My New Place in Naples! (lots of pics!)

Friday, April 08, 2011

Hello My Fellow Sparkers! emoticon

I said I would post pics of my new place...so here they are! It's a work in progress (much like me!)...but I did want to share before I leave to go up north! We're leaving on Sunday & won't be back until after Easter, so I wanted to get these up for you all before then!

This is one of the entryways into Lely Resort. The landscaping is soooo beautiful! There are palms & flowering shrubs & plants everywhere!


This is the front of our condo ...


Front lanai...


Kitchen... (it's an eat in kitchen w/table & chairs on the other side)


Dining area...


Living Room ...


Bedroom 1


Bedroom 1 bathroom



Bedroom 2


Bedroom 3


Guest bathroom


Backyard lanai (facing 14th hole on the golf course)


View out my lanai


Views on our morning walk!



Oh, I have soooooo many pictures! I could be posting ALL day! Laughing... I'm certain you get the jest tho! It's very beautiful here! And I'm the luckiest woman in the world at the moment! Oh, how I wish I could share our fabulous weather with you all! Wouldn't that be grand!

Well my friends! Thanks for taking the time to browse my pics! My place is a work in progress cause I'm working on making it my own! Ya know, adding little touches that are me & hubby! I'm heading to Ohio, leaving Sunday & plan to return w/personal items to make our condo home! Pictures of the grandchildren, & momentos from days gone by!

Have a WONDERFUL weekend all! You're the wind beneath my wings my friends! You ARE my joy! Wishing you sunshine & warmer days! I know many of you will be getting just that this weekend...so get out & enjoy!

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KJMPEACHES 5/27/2011 11:47AM

    Oh Rose,,,, how beautiful,,,,, I responded once before,,, but must not have hit post comment! Know wonder you are so happy,,, your surrounding are so emoticon!!! I'm so happy for you! I love it! Your dream come true! You are one lucky lady,,, It is fabulous,,,, just like you! emoticon
Hugs & Love, Karol emoticon emoticon emoticon
I noticed that I didn't hit post comment when I was showing DH what a beautiful condo you have! emoticon emoticon for sharing!!! emoticon

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BECCABOO127 5/1/2011 8:30PM

    How fabulous! It is so pretty. Congrats!

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KILLERANGEL47 4/30/2011 6:11AM

    WOW!! That is so AWESOME!!! You really are the luckiest woman in the world!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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DUSTYGIRL25 4/23/2011 2:58AM

    Beautiful! I bet you just love it.
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CALIFORNIA-GAL 4/19/2011 9:20AM

    Congratulations, your condo is beautiful. Also, welcome to Florida! I'm on the east coast of Florida in a town called Port St. Lucie.

~ Candi

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RIGBY31 4/19/2011 9:13AM

    Rose, you new place is picture perfect gorgeous! Now I know where and why you're always outside. Have a great life, girl!

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BIGMAMAT 4/18/2011 7:00PM

    Beautiful Rose! Glad you finally found such a wonderful place to call home. emoticon

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ONEGREATCAT 4/13/2011 7:10PM

    Ohhh...I just saw this blog. Sorry I didn't see it before you went up to "winterland". I am sooooooooooooooo jealous of your new condo. It is like a breath of fresh air...just like you!

Have a wonderful SparkVacation! emoticon

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COMPUCATHY 4/12/2011 9:44PM

    GORGEOUS!!!!! LOVE IT!!!!!! I am SO happy for you! Your place looks like a dream come true! Enjoy! Spark on! emoticon

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BLUEROSE 4/11/2011 9:47AM

    Just Beautiful!

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BBGYRL4 4/10/2011 9:09PM

    OMG Rose, it's BEAUTIFUL there!!! I absolutely LOVE LOVE LOVE it and I really wish that I could live there if I could!! Enjoy it and that lovely weather, you deserve it!

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DGFOWLER 4/10/2011 5:48PM

    Thank you Rose for sharing these amazing pictures. I'm so happy you have finally settled into an actual home and not wandering the countryside emoticon

Enjoy your time with your family this next 3 wks. Today here in Ohio it's about 82 degrees. Much like Florida I bet emoticon

Have a great day.. Donna

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INTHELOOP 4/10/2011 10:30AM

    Love the flowers! Your place is so nice!! So happy for you and love your enthusiasm for life!!

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TWEETYS 4/9/2011 2:37PM

    Thank you for sharing. I'm so happy for you, Rose! I love it when good things happen to the people I like.
LOVE yA!!

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JUSTA123 4/9/2011 11:09AM

    Really nice Rose, I love Naples and that condo is beautiful! emoticon Have a great trip and enjoy the family, although with 3 bedrooms I'm sure they will be looking for excuses to drive to FL. emoticon

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WOMANCHEF 4/9/2011 8:08AM

    Great place! Your morning walk looks fabulous.

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COOKWITHME65 4/9/2011 6:30AM

    Such a beautiful home Rose. You and your husband picked a lovely spot. How nice it must be to get up every morning and have your coffee overlooking the course. Oh and that pineapple on your counter is catching my attention. As you know I'm on a fruit think right now.Enjoy your Easter holiday with your family!

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BARBEWIT 4/9/2011 12:08AM

    Thanks for sharing Rose. The place is......well....beyond words.

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So glad that you're returning to Ohio and I'm sure lots of folks can't wait to see you again. Safe travels and have a nice Easter.

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LUBAML 4/8/2011 11:43PM

    Great place. I'm happy for you. I can see that smile and know the reason. You will have home in no time. Enjoy every minute of your trip. Be safe and thanks for sharing your happiness with us. Great pictures. emoticon emoticonLuba

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GEEKSMEGGLY 4/8/2011 10:44PM

    Fabulous place! So glad you are enjoying yourself. You deserve it. emoticon

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KJMPEACHES 4/8/2011 9:01PM

    Lovely Rose,,, very nice open concept. You are one lucky lady! You deserve it!
Hugs, Karol emoticon

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WINFIELD28 4/8/2011 8:30PM

    Beautiful Condo! So very nice!
What a paradise! You are a lucky lady indeed!
Enjoy making it "home."
Thanks for sharing these awesome photos. Just gorgeous! Like heaven!

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MEGA_MILES 4/8/2011 7:30PM

    Congrats Rose, it's absolutely beautiful!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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BARBARACT 4/8/2011 7:05PM

    Love it! Absolutely love it! I can totally see why you are always so happy!

Thanks for sharing the photos! Awesome! Have a wonderful time away! Enjoy yourself!

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SHELLEY147 4/8/2011 6:36PM

    emoticon pictures!! I love you new place Rose!! It is simply stunning all around!! Big enough for you family to visit!! Can't wait to finally "SEE" you in real-life when you come back to Ohio :) ~hugs~

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AZGRANDMA6 4/8/2011 6:20PM

    Beautiful pictures. I was thinking - I couldn't go around my house and take pictures to post. It is not so totally neat. Hope your area is as great as ours here in southern AZ. There are unlimited activities, a rec center is a 5 min walk away.

When we moved here full time I told myself - this is going to be home so it is my job to make new friends and join the activities that I want to do. From the beginning I thought about what I was joining and now that it is almost 7 years, I am happy with my choices.

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DFROMTX 4/8/2011 5:37PM

    Super gorgeous!! emoticon emoticon

Have a safe trip North and back.

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CHALLENGER15 4/8/2011 4:14PM

    emoticon I am so happy for you...

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GREENEYES2020 4/8/2011 3:40PM

    Gorgeous! I love!

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    Looks like a lovely place...thanks for sharing emoticon

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No Whining! It's Just The Way It Is!

Thursday, March 24, 2011

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It's been a while since I've blogged. I don't know why except to say that I've kind of lost my mojo for a bit. Well guys, it ain't the case no more! In fact, I think I've found it! After being on hiatus for weeks on Marco Island, celebrating the wonderful weather, enjoying the sunshine, & fun island festivities...I've begun to move forward & I'm even down a pound this week!

emoticon I'm one HAPPY gal!

Not that everything's perfect...& I have a ways to go for improvement. No complaining, no whining. It's just the way it is!

* I'm still getting into "snacking mode" in the evenings. It is what it is, my friends! I'm trying to keep calories for the "munch fest"...& I try to make good choices! But the bottom line is...I'm a snacker! I've resolved that I'll ALWAYS be a snacker! And I'm not gonna try to fight it anymore...& just find ways to "go w/the flow"! I've been snacking on popcorn...cucumbers, tomatoes, carrots...peanuts...fruit...cheese...yogur
t...a fruit bar.

* I've tried to exercise & "walk in place" while I'm watching tv to keep distracted...but I can only do this so long! I do crossword puzzles to keep my hands busy while I'm watching tv...& this helps some too!

* We're heading north to visit family in about 3 weeks & when we return, I'll be bringing back my sewing machine & quilting stuff so I'll be able to work on projects in the evening. I know that's gonna help alot!

I'm still walking ...actually I'm walking (with intermittent jogging) a couple of hours a day now! It's such a pleasure to get out early when the sun's just rising! I can't tell you how wonderful it is to wake up to sunshine everyday! I know many of you are sun deprived...& I feel your pain my friends! If I could, I would truly spread the sunshine equally amongst us all! Hubby & I always say that it's just not fair that we get all the beautiful weather!

We're leaving the island in 8 days...& moving to Naples. I can't WAIT! We've had a WONDERFUL visit on Marco Island & I'm feeling so blessed! Life is good in my world today!

I've been focusing my efforts on eating nutritiously...& I've tried many new recipes! Some have turned out well...& some not so. All in all tho...I'm enjoying my food more! If that's even possible! I'm still incorporating many fruits & vegetables into my diet...& I'm enjoying the bounty of produce that's available in Florida! The farmer's market has been my joy! Let me give you a for instance! I bought a big bunch of parsley for 25 cents! And I bought 2 cucumbers for 50 cents! A huge bag of valencia oranges for 3 dollars! And the market is FULL of seafood & bakery & products! I can spend ALL DAY there! This weekend, they're gonna have a seafood festival ...& I can't wait! All I can say is...YUM! YUM!

Well, hubby wants to go for another walk...so, off I go! Enjoy the day my friends! No matter the weather! No matter the circumstances! Make it a GOOD one!

You deserve it! emoticon emoticon

  
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INTHELOOP 4/2/2011 1:09PM

    I like the planning of the snacking that you are doing - have good options!! Great move!!

Have fun and wear your sunblock!!
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COMPUCATHY 4/2/2011 10:17AM

    We used to go to Myrtle Beach for vacations every year as a child growing up...and we always took walks on the beach. It was so nice. Enjoy your farmer's market! It's a sunny Saturday morning here! The sunshine always make everything better! Hope you have a great weekend and a great week! Spark on! emoticon

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GREYPAWS1 3/30/2011 9:01AM

  Farmers Markets = Heaven. It'll be a couple of months before ours open, in the meantime I have fruit/veggie envy :) TV can be the death of any diet/healthy lifestyle. If we are busy in the evenings, I don't snack one bit. Park my butt to catch my fav shows & it's down hill, cause those food commercials hypnotize you into craving food. No wonder 70% of America has an obesity problem emoticon My solution, fight back, record your fav shows so you can fast forward thru the commercials and find other, non TV stuff to do in the evenings emoticon

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KJMPEACHES 3/29/2011 8:41AM

    Rose,,, I too am a snacker! I save calories just for the occasion! I'm also a evening eater. I eat a small breakfast and lunch, dinner includes a lot of veggies. Then a snack or two in the evening. So there are a lot of us out there in the same boat. BTW,,, I thought I had replied to your blog. But my desktop pc was having hard issues. I was reading your replies and seen that my reply wasn't here. So had to let you know I'm reading your ever blog and enjoying them. Have a great day my FRIEND! emoticon
Hugs, Karol

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DGFOWLER 3/29/2011 6:23AM

    I'm so happy that you are happy Rose. Your posts always bring a smile to my face and make me want to be more motivated. Good for you for choosing those wiser snacks at night. Lord only knows we all do it whether we want to admit it is a different story emoticon Donna

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BLUEROSE 3/28/2011 9:30AM

    sO NICE YOU WROTE IT TWICE!!!

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ROSEWCI 3/28/2011 9:29AM

    ALL us snackers unite! emoticon

We CAN make good choices & enjoy our snacking! Here's to us!

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JUSTA123 3/28/2011 7:33AM

    So glad your so happy, I'm a night time eater also, and I save my calories for at night, and I only buy healthy foods. We are who we are and we can change a lot , but some things will still remain the same, why stress out about it just have healthier stuff to eat. emoticon

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LUBAML 3/26/2011 10:00AM

    Hi Rose, I'm happy for you. You enjoy all the beauty and sunshine around you, walk , jog or run and keep the smile on . Lovely smile. Enjoy the tasty and cheep fruits and veggies. Do all the snaking choosing the healthiest and with all the exercising and walking you will find your balances without feeling any gilt or need to fight. Life is beautiful. emoticon emoticonLuba

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BIGMAMAT 3/26/2011 9:28AM

    Rose! Sounds like you are so enjoying yourself. Your farmers market sounds wonderful! Soak up some sun for me, my beautiful friend! hugs 2 you! emoticon

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LINDABENEDICT 3/24/2011 9:54PM

    Hey ...with all that walking you may need those snacks !!!!! You are doing a great job !!!!! I love reading about life in Fla. And Naples is just the best of the best !!!!!!You will love it !!!!

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DUSTYGIRL25 3/24/2011 4:48PM

    You are such a lucky person! Honestly, I want to move to Florida so bad. Maybe someday we will. Meanwhile I'd be happy just to see that California sun again!
Good for you on seeing the snacking for what it is. At least your making healthy choices. I think we all like to snack sometimes and as long as we're aware and can control it before it makes us unhealthy, well that's all good.

Have a wonderful day! emoticon

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KARRYB1 3/24/2011 3:12PM

    Sounds like you have yourself all figured out and are dealing with your problems like a pro. We all have our weak spots and have to learn how to deal with them in the best way to stay on track.
Congratulations and keep up the great progress. emoticon

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ONEGREATCAT 3/24/2011 3:01PM

    Hello Rose,

Well, I'm a bit of a snacker too, but I do my best to make sure there's room for those calories. One of my favorite snacks is mixed nuts. I buy large bags (Sam's Club) of unsalted almonds, unsalted walnuts, and unsalted pecans. Then I take one of their large containers of deluxe mixed nuts and shake them through a sieve to get some of the extra sea salt off, and mix that in with the unsalted nuts. Then I finally add 1 small jar of macadamia nuts. (They're salted). When I mix that all together in a quite large lidded canister, there's very little salt involved and every handful holds a surprise!!

During the winter I trade that off with a hot cocoa once in a while. In the summer, it's easier because I love fruits.

I say...don't feel guilty about your snacks as long as you account for them and you don't go over limits.

Keep enjoying that sunshine Rose...but I'm still waiting for you to send some "leftovers" up my way. Brrrr! All I can say is, when you come up in three weeks...bag up all the sunshine you can!!!!

HUGS and more HUGS!
Gwen

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GLOMER 3/24/2011 2:26PM

    Wow - fun time for you. It's ok to whine - I know because I can do it with the best. Oh, that's you - emoticon and me emoticon.
Enjoy your day - from one whiner to another. Go get 'em.

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COOKWITHME65 3/24/2011 1:25PM

    I love farmer's markets. Can't wait till they start up here in the Northeast. I usually plant a garden but may not this year. Maybe just a few tomatoes. We shall see. The deer, bunnies and a ground hog usually get to plants before they produce veggies.

There is nothing wrong with snacking. Just account for the calories and keep it healthy.

You are doing great on your walking program. I need to beef up my walking. I have been slacking lately.

Have a great day! emoticon emoticon

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JOANNS4 3/24/2011 12:55PM

    Congratulations on losing the lb. I am a snacker too. Some days are tougher than others. I count the snacks into my cal. for the day and eat something low in salt. No salt on my popcorn now. sugar free jello with fruit in it, sprinkle on some no salt nuts like a few peanuts or walnuts. Healthy foods like you have mentioned. I am losing slowly but keeping off what I lose now.
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WINFIELD28 3/24/2011 11:39AM

    Great blog, Rose!
Isn't this journey about finding out who we are and working with that?
If we are snackers and always will be, we have to find ways to do that and still reach and maintain our healthy living goals. Sounds like that is exactly what you are doing. Great job! If this is going to be a lifestyle change, it has to be maintainable - that's my opinion. Live, Learn & Improve. This whole Spark People thing is a period of self-discovery for me.
You are finding your way to health & happiness.
Love that you can wake up and walk in the sun each morning!
And your Farmer's Market - what a paradise, too.
It sounds like you enjoy living your life! A really smart Spark Friend always says: "Find your Joy!" And I think you have!
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KJMPEACHES 3/24/2011 11:14AM

    Rose, you are my kind of gal! I'm a snacker too! I save calories just for that in the evening! I came to that realization along time ago! It's life and there's some things you just can't change no matter how we try! I've learned to go with it,,, cause if I don't I go over my calories. And life is learning in progress. We're doing it my friend and we in it together. It helps to know you're not the only one with an issue that can be solved! Keep Blogging My Friend! I love your writing! I plan to do more just as soon as this big re-decorating project is done!
Hugs & Love, Karol emoticon
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TEXAS_GRL 3/24/2011 10:50AM

    Hey if your a snacker.. then do what you are doing, leave room for it in your calories and choose healthier choices.

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CHALLENGER15 3/24/2011 10:40AM

    I am a snacker, too, Rose, and I agree, it just is the way it is. I allow calories there and make good choices most of the time, but not all of the time. I am still losing, so it is okay by me. I am trying to do this as a lifestyle, too, and I am going to make those not-so-good choices once in a while.

I will look forward to seeing quilts in the future! How fun!

Have a wonderful day.

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No Whining! It's Just The Way It Is!

Thursday, March 24, 2011

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It's been a while since I've blogged. I don't know why except to say that I've kind of lost my mojo for a bit. Well guys, it ain't the case no more! In fact, I think I've found it! After being on hiatus for weeks on Marco Island, celebrating the wonderful weather, enjoying the sunshine, & fun island festivities...I've begun to move forward & I'm even down a pound this week!

emoticon I'm one HAPPY gal!

Not that everything's perfect...& I have a ways to go for improvement. No complaining, no whining. It's just the way it is!

* I'm still getting into "snacking mode" in the evenings. It is what it is, my friends! I'm trying to keep calories for the "munch fest"...& I try to make good choices! But the bottom line is...I'm a snacker! I've resolved that I'll ALWAYS be a snacker! And I'm not gonna try to fight it anymore...& just find ways to "go w/the flow"! I've been snacking on popcorn...cucumbers, tomatoes, & carrots...peanuts...fruit...cheese...yogur
t...a fruit bar.

* I've tried to exercise & "walk in place" while I'm watching tv to keep distracted...but I can only do this so long! I do crossword puzzles to keep my hands busy while I'm watching tv...& this helps some too!

* We're heading north to visit family in about 3 weeks & when we return, I'll be bringing back my sewing machine & quilting stuff so I'll be able to work on projects in the evening. I know that's gonna help alot!

I'm still walking ...actually I'm walking (with intermittent jogging) a couple of hours a day now! It's such a pleasure to get out early when the sun's just rising! I can't tell you how wonderful it is to wake up to sunshine everyday! I know many of you are sun deprived...& I feel you pain my friends! If I could, I would truly spread the sunshine equally amongst us all! Hubby & I always say that it's just not fair that we get all the beautiful weather!

We're leaving the island in 8 days...& moving to Naples. I can't WAIT! We've had a WONDERFUL visit on Marco Island & I'm feeling so blessed! Life is good in my world today!

I've been focusing my efforts on eating nutritiously...& I've tried many new recipes! Some have turned out well...& some not so. All in all tho...I'm enjoying my food more! If that's even possible! I'm still incorporating many fruits & vegetables into my diet...& I'm enjoying the bounty of produce that's available in Florida! The farmer's market has been my joy! Let me give you a for instance! I bought a big bunch of parsley for 25 cents! And I bought 2 cucumbers for 50 cents! A huge bag of valencia oranges for 3 dollars! And the market is FULL of seafood & bakery & products! I can spend ALL DAY there! This weekend, they're gonna have a seafood festival ...& I can't wait! All I can say is...YUM! YUM!

Well, hubby wants to go for another walk...so, off I go! Enjoy the day my friends! No matter the weather! No matter the circumstances! Make it a GOOD one!

You deserve it! emoticon emoticon

  
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KILLERANGEL47 4/30/2011 6:08AM

    Good on you!!! emoticon emoticon Congratz on losing that pound, too! emoticon emoticon

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BARBARACT 3/29/2011 8:32AM

    I would love to go shopping with you! Especially at those prices!!!! :)

I hope you got to enjoy your walk...and hey - don't worry about being a snacker! Like you said, if it is healthy..that's good!

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BOMBCHELL23 3/25/2011 7:53PM

    Rose,
you are truly a breath of fresh air. I look forward to your cheers on my activity feed. It makes me smile every day. I too am a snack and just make adjustments for it without feeling guilty. Picking fruits and veggies is an excellent way to deal with this. I am proud of you.

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DFROMTX 3/24/2011 10:51AM

    Sounds like you have the "snacking mode" under control. Good for you. Would love for you to teach me quilting. I have always wanted to try it.

I know you walk outside a lot since you have beautiful weather, but do you still use Leslie sometimes?

I am sometimes "not that stable" with walking so all mine is done inside (either with Leslie or on the treadmill). I walked 3 with Leslie this morning, but am getting tired of this particular DVD. Are hers all about the same?

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Island Festivities!

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Just a few pics to share! I hope you don't mind! Smiling...


Hubby (Jim) & me on Marco Island Beach


Monica (my youngest) & me


Hubby & me at the Everglades


Hubby & grandkids


Sunset on Marco Island


Sunset

The sunsets on Marco Island are the most beautiful sunsets I've ever witnessed! So, so very beautiful!

Hugs & Love to you all, my friends! emoticon Rose

  
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KILLERANGEL47 4/30/2011 6:06AM

    YAY! You look like you had a GREAT time!! emoticon

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THENEWDARLENE 3/21/2011 11:07PM

    Beautiful. Thanks for sharing with us.

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MERRY40 3/21/2011 7:08PM

    What beautiful pictures, Rose. The island looks so inviting. You have such a lovely family! Thanks for sharing.
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LMESSE1 3/21/2011 4:36PM

    Thank you for sharing! The pictures are beautiful!

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HEALTHYSUCCESS 3/20/2011 11:23AM

  Loved the sunset! Thanks for sharing:)

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KARRYB1 3/19/2011 12:46PM

    You look so great and Happy, Lovely pictures of your family.

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LUBAML 3/19/2011 11:44AM

    Lovely family! Lovely pictures! You look great! Thanks for sharing! I'm happy for you. emoticonLuba

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NEENSTER1 3/19/2011 10:43AM

    Beautiful pictures emoticonfor you sharing emoticon

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BIGMAMAT 3/19/2011 10:34AM

    You have a wonderful family rose and you look marvelous! emoticon

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COOKWITHME65 3/19/2011 9:19AM

    Thanks for sharing the photos Rose. They are so beautiful. You look so happy and content with your toes in the sand.

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COMPUCATHY 3/19/2011 9:14AM

    Beautiful, beautiful, beautiful pictures! Thanks for sharing! Hope you have a great, beautiful weekend! Spark on! emoticon

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LINDABENEDICT 3/18/2011 9:19PM

    These are so beautiful...your family is beautiful, and the scenery....sigh.......gorgeous !!!!!! BTW : you look AWESOME !

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CHALLENGER15 3/18/2011 4:43PM

    Everyone and everything is beautiful! Thanks for sharing with us.

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MISSM66 3/18/2011 6:46AM

    Thank you for sharing your pictures,I can see that you are enjoying your self.Beautiful pictures,also the sunset emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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DGFOWLER 3/18/2011 6:36AM

    Just love those sunsets Rose.. I'm so happy for you, you look so content and amazing.. Donna

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JUSTA123 3/18/2011 5:58AM

    What great pictures! the family is beautiful! There is nothing quite as beautiful as a west coast sunset! have a great day my friend! emoticon

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DONNACFIT 3/17/2011 10:31PM

    Thanks for the blog..loved the pictures!!

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TWEETYS 3/17/2011 6:21PM

    Wonderful pictures. I'm so glad you had such a good time.

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BLONDIESUE11 3/17/2011 4:43PM

    Gorgeous (you AND the scenery)!! Thanks for sharing!

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WINFIELD28 3/17/2011 4:27PM

    Very nice photos, Rose. You have a very attractive family.
You all look so happy and 'sun kissed.'
Love the white sand beaches.
There just must be something about Florida sunsets...they look so beautiful.
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KJMPEACHES 3/17/2011 4:17PM

    Awesome pictures Rose! You all look so happy and the island is beautiful! Oh the sunsets just look fabulous!!! Family,,, Family,,, treasure every moment! Relaxing and livin' the good life. I'm so happy for you.
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DFROMTX 3/17/2011 4:07PM

    Wow, the pictures are great! You all look so good (you especially) and the sand is so white!

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BLUEROSE 3/17/2011 3:36PM

    Beautiful!!! Thanks for the smiles!

Glad to see that you are back!

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RIGBY31 3/17/2011 3:14PM

    Beautiful! Everyone looks happy. Love that you're sooo rocking the Florida look and talk about relaxed!

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No Excuses! A SparkLife Reset!

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

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As many of you know, I've been offline for a couple of weeks. I apologize for abruptly leaving ...& I offer no excuses. I do want to share my thoughts & feelings tho...in an attempt to explain my absence.

Just so ya know, I've been logging on everyday...tracking foods & fitness. Not that I've been at all on track w/food choices & exercise. I did my best under the circumstances. We moved to Marco Island, Florida for the month of March. As you can imagine, we've had a lot of family visiting from up north...& we ate out much more than I'm comfortable with! Let me just say that it's difficult to make good choices night after night! With cocktails & appetizers at the ready...I've had my moments! Smiling.....

All in all tho...I've only gained 2.4 lbs! Oh my goodness! That's not bad at all considering all the wine & cheese I've consumed these past 2 weeks! Laughing....
I contribute this to the fact that I've continued to exercise everyday, regardless! And I've recruited others to walk/run with me while they were here! How about that! Smiling...

I've slacked a bit on the running...since I resigned from all my teams, including the C25K. I just wasn't enjoying it...& I was doing it, just to do it! That's not me...
I do intervals of running & walking now...& that I like! So, I'm going to continue for now...

I know you're all wondering why I disappeared...& without going into a lot of detail, I'll just say that I was very upset. I misinterpreted another Sparker's intentions & actions...& jumped to a wrong conclusion. I think I was taking things way too seriously...& I needed to step back & reset my Spark life! I'm in a good place now...& again, I apologize for abruptly leaving w/out any explanation or warning. If I upset anyone, I'm deeply sorry & I meant no harm. I beg your forgiveness. Enough said...

What I've learned from my hiatus is that:

(1) I need to chill!

(2) I need to check things out before I jump to any conclusions!

(3) I need to vary my diet some so I don't get so bored w/what I'm eating!

(4) I CAN do this for the rest of my life!

(5) I need to be honest when I track my foods! Portions, etc...
(6) Eating out is NOT conducive to maintaining weight loss! emoticon

(7) Exercise IS vitally important to keeping my weight under control!

Hubby & I've enjoyed immensely, the visits from family these last few weeks! It's been so much fun to share our wonderful weather with our loved ones! This has been the only down side relocating my friends..missing family! I've loved seeing my grandchildren & daughters...& wish I could've kept them all here! Honestly, I don't think they would've minded! Smiling....

I have LOTS of pictures...& I'll try to get some downloaded to share! We'll be moving to our annual rental on April 1. We took a beautiful 3 bedroom 2 bath condo in Lely Resort of Naples. Oh, I can't wait! I plan to join a gym & start some exercise classes. I'd like to try Zumba! And hubby & I are gonna take tennis lessons! We have our 40th high school reunion coming up in June...so I gotta get in shape!

Okay my friends! I hope all is well in your world! Sending you all some Florida sunshine to brighten your day! And a great big smile to warm your hearts! Enjoy the day!

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  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

INTHELOOP 3/21/2011 12:14AM

    I see you as someone that cheers everyone on - such a sparkgiver!! Did you start a new job in your new home city? Nursing was it?

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BIGMAMAT 3/19/2011 10:38AM

    I missed you terribly Rose. Glad you are back and all is good with you. Hugs. Tricia emoticon

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CHALLENGER15 3/18/2011 4:37PM

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BOMBCHELL23 3/17/2011 7:13PM

    Rosie,
Taking time out for yourself to reflect is such a healthy thing to do. I applaud your efforts and determination. I will admit though I missed your comments about my progress. Enjoy your confidence in what's right for you.

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TWEETYS 3/17/2011 6:19PM

    I'm so glad you're back, Rose!!!

Hugs,

Beth

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BLONDIESUE11 3/17/2011 4:47PM

    I was wondering where you went! Glad you are back emoticon

And I agree - eating out is NOT conducive to weight loss!!!

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COOKWITHME65 3/17/2011 7:05AM

    So glad that you got to visit with your family. Like I told you before my Aunt and uncle winter in Naples and they love it. For years they traveled all over in a RV and finally settled there. They just love it. My Mom has visited several times and said it is a beautiful fun area. You are so lucky but you have earned it. You didn't do too bad at all on the weight gain. You will have that off in no time. Can't wait to see the pics.

So glad you are back.

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KJMPEACHES 3/16/2011 10:49PM

    I'm so glad you got to spend time with your family! Those family bonding moments mean so much! A couple of pounds are well worth it, when you're spending time with the ones you love! BTW,,,, I'm so glad you're back!!!! emoticon I missed you more than you'll ever know! emoticon
emoticon We're in it ~ to win it! So let's go my friend! emoticon

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KILLERANGEL47 3/16/2011 9:56PM

    PS

You really MUST try Zumba! It is such fun!! emoticon

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KILLERANGEL47 3/16/2011 9:55PM

    YAY!! Welcome back! emoticon I'm glad you had such a great time having your family visiting and eating out. Don't worry, those 2.4 pounds will go away in no time! emoticon

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DUSTYGIRL25 3/16/2011 8:23PM

    So glad that your family has been there to visit with you and you had so much fun with them. It is so wonderful to hear from you again. Hope you can just have fun with SP, I know sometimes this blogging thing gets way to heavy. emoticon

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MERRY40 3/16/2011 7:58PM

    It's nice to have you back! I'm glad that you've had a couple of wonderful weeks with visits from family. Naples is such a beautiful area-can't wait to see pictures. It sounds like you have some fun things lined up-tennis is especially fun. Best wishes as you begin this new phase in your life. Your eating plans sound great too-very doable and long-lasting. Take care!
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WINFIELD28 3/16/2011 7:09PM

    So glad that you are back.
Nice to hear that your family was able to visit you!
It is a challenge to eat out. You did super with sticking with the exercise and it made a difference. How fun to involve your vistors in your exercise.
Thanks for sharing what you have learned.
You make me stop and reflect too.
I think varying one's diet, like their exercise program helps to keep it fresh. We CAN do this for the rest of our lives.
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LILLYPILLY24 3/16/2011 5:42PM

    (((hugs))) It's lovely to see you, Rose.


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JOANNS4 3/16/2011 12:59PM

    Hi, glad you're back. You are on the right track. emoticon

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JUSTA123 3/16/2011 11:17AM

    So glad your back, and that your self is in a good place, i know how it is when family comes it's like being on a cruise, non stop partying. have a great day sweet friend! emoticon

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TEXAS_GRL 3/16/2011 10:36AM

    Well it is good to see you again. Your right though if you are doing something just to do it, then it isn't for you. So am glad you are doing running/walking intervals and it makes you happy. I can so agree it is hard to resist temptation nite after nite of appetizers and dinners out. For all that -- you did an amazing job only gaining 2.4 lbs.

So welcome back my friend the chill rose :)

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GREYPAWS1 3/16/2011 10:03AM

  I haven't been here much the past months but sure did miss you Rose. You are a breath of fresh air, sunshine & fragrant flowers, all wrapped up in one sweet package. If I did nothing else, I looked for your encouraging words that you gave to others, which in turn kept me on my own Sparks journey.

Selfishly, many of us need your sunshine. Don't let any nay sayer cover you with dark clouds.

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LUBAML 3/16/2011 9:26AM

    Welcome back. I have been missing you. I wish you all the best and good luck . emoticonLuba

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DFROMTX 3/16/2011 9:23AM

    So good to hear from you again..... emoticon back!! We all missed you and your humor.

Wow, you had all that company, ate out a lot and only gained 2.4 lbs! I would consider that an accomplishment.

Let us know how you come out at your new place and with the Zumba.

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