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I usually loathe shopping…….

Sunday, August 03, 2014

Today I found my happy place doing something I usually dread…..and it happened during a rare trip to the mall. I HATE to shop, and can never find anything that fits me right, but I headed off to buy a few new things for myself because I was starting to look a little seedy. I tried on a pair of jeans I found that I now wear a size smaller than I thought. That gave me the confidence to look at some tops, and before I knew it, I purchased the jeans and four tops that all fit perfect and that I really like. It made my day! Much to my husbands surprise, I came home and did a "happy dance".

  
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MSGRANNYMAE 8/5/2014 12:46AM

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SUSANSLIFE 8/4/2014 4:48PM

    Nice! Congratulations!
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FITMARY 8/4/2014 2:10PM

    Glad to hear that it worked for you today!
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Hooray!

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56ROSE 8/4/2014 12:05PM

    That is fantastic! I also dread clothes shopping. It is so depressing! I'm glad it was a positive, joyful experience for you yesterday. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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IMUSTLOSEIT1 8/3/2014 8:03PM

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Today's happiness is worth remembering…..

Friday, August 01, 2014

Today I met two ladies on the bike trail, riding their bikes loaded down with sleeping bags, tents, clothing, etc.. While I was feeling good about riding ten miles in this heat, they were on their way home from a five day bike trip, AND - they were not young. Perhaps not my age, but at least in their fifties. We chatted for a while and one lady told me how twenty years ago she biked through Cambodia on the same folding bike she was riding today. This winter she will be going to Thailand for five months. Her friend will return to her elementary teaching position this fall. Two women, one silver-haired and one graying, who get together to ride their bikes occasionally, and then go in different directions while always maintaining their friendship. The perfect example of women at their best - not in competition with each other, but supporting each other on their journeys. I was so impressed with their strength and independence. Meeting them was my happiness today.

  
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WHYTEBROWN 8/4/2014 5:18PM

    Awww. So nice.


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FITMARY 8/3/2014 7:30PM

    Impressive! Thanks for sharing!


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SIRIUS2014 8/3/2014 7:35AM

    That was a wonderful meeting. So glad they stopped to share.

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RAESUN54 8/2/2014 9:40AM

    My best friend and I have been friends for nearly 35 years. No matter where we are in the world or our lives this friendship has withstood the test of time. She always seemed to know when I needed her and would call me and vice versa. I am truly blessed. Your story of these too ladies made me smile. Thank you for sharing. emoticon

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SUSANSLIFE 8/1/2014 9:44PM

    I love long-time friendships whether they are my own or if they are those of other people! Good friends are hard to find and need to be nurtured.
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IMUSTLOSEIT1 8/1/2014 9:04PM

    Thanks for sharing, what a inspiration to friendship. Now they are true friends, I wonder how many of us have 1 friend like that, compared to how many friends we have on Facebook.

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Haven't done a blog in a while…...

Monday, June 23, 2014

When I blogged last I was having problems with body aches that would sometimes leave me sitting in a chair, or on the bed, all day. It didn't happen everyday but it was happening often enough to send me to the doctor. Three visits later, and several visit to get my blood drawn, we are still not positive what the problem is, but we did discover that I have very low levels of B-12 and very low levels of Vitamin D. We are still testing to find out why my levels are so low ( can my body absorb them) , but I now take 5000 unit of each everyday and I am to get outside without sunscreen for 30 to 60 minutes a day. I feel better and hope this solves the problem . My levels will be retested at the end of July and I will know more then.

I am still riding my emoticon and enjoying it very much. emoticon Sense I am feeling better I try to do about 12 miles a day, five or more days a week. I frequently go off the rail trail onto the roads now to work on doing steeper, longer hills and that seems to be working for me. If my body tells me to back off a bit I take a day to rest. I love getting off the trail onto some side loops. It breaks up the sameness of riding the trail everyday. Yesterday I rode by a horse farm (beautiful) and saw a baby fawn ( really new) running along the fence. Priceless.

I am very glad the Summer 5% Challenge has started ( emoticon Go Casual Travelers). I emoticon doing the challenges and I emoticon the way they keep me accountable. I am hoping for a good week - love that we are "traveling" to Rio for the world cup. emoticon USA! USA! USA! emoticon

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ZELLAZM 6/28/2014 6:11AM

    Have a good weekend...hope the new week goes well for you! Go, 5%ers!

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IONA72 6/24/2014 2:16PM

    I have just started a Vit D supplement too, hope we both feel better on it! emoticon emoticon

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SUSANSLIFE 6/24/2014 11:32AM

   
I'm happy for you that you have some partial answers on your recent medical issues and I hear many people on spark mention that they need injections of B-12 every month. I hope they find out the underling cause of the ACHES and PAINS, because my mind is trying to grasp how low levels of B-12 and D could lead to pain. So, even though you are feeling somewhat better, I hope you'll continue seeking the underlying cause and how it relates to pain. Best wishes!!!!!
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WHYTEBROWN 6/24/2014 10:08AM

    I'm happy that you're feeling better with the supplements but I hope that they'll soon find out for sure what's wrong. emoticon on KILLING it with your workouts nonetheless!! emoticon also on listening to your body and giving it rest when it needs it. I'm happy that you're enjoying variety in your riding as well. emoticon to the Summer Challenge and Rio!! emoticon emoticon

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NEWTINK 6/24/2014 6:05AM

    I hope they find the answers for you soon .... You are doing so good I am proud of you emoticon

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STEPH-KNEE 6/24/2014 2:59AM

    I hope they can find out what it is soon. You and your 12 mile bike rides are amazing!! emoticon emoticon

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IMUSTLOSEIT1 6/23/2014 8:00PM

    I can't see if you are still able to ride a bike 12 miles a day, 5 days a week , that you have a very big problem. Maybe just a little rest once in awhile would help.

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Tomorrow is our last weigh-in…..

Friday, May 30, 2014

Tomorrow is our last weigh-in for our Spring Challenge 2014, and have I lost weight….yup! emoticon - but, not my 5% emoticon . I am okay with that because I have really tried hard to get the weight off and I will keep trying. It is going down, not up - so I think if I continue on eventually I will see the results that I want.

The Spring Challenge hasn't just been about weight loss…..it has encouraged me to up my exercise program emoticon track my food emoticon drink my water emoticon eat off a 9" plate emoticon eat more freggies emoticondo my wellness points emoticon and, blog and give feedback to other members emoticonand much more. All of the challenges will help me lead a healthier life, help me lose weight, and help me be an active and supportive Sparkpeople member. I couldn't ask for anything more and I am looking forward for the SummerChallenge…

For those of you that would like to join the Summer 5% Challenge 2014 or just see what it is all about, click in the link below. The summer challenge is starting soon and the time to sign up is now while there are still places available on the teams.

Click to visit before it goes private.
www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/groups_indiv
idual.asp?gid=63123

Today I got back on my bike emoticon and did an afternoon ride, but I stopped at eight miles to see how my body handles it before I take a longer ride, I felt really good, but I will see how I feel in the morning. Also, today was the day I went to get my blood drawn for the doctor who is looking to see if there is a medical reason for the amount of aches and pains that I have been experiencing over the last few months. It was like searching for gold to find my veins emoticon , but they finally got blood out of my hand so now it is a matter of waiting for the results to come in. Since I was at the hospital I took time to schedule my mammogram. It is a nice feeling to know that I am getting my life in order and taking care of my body.

And, a thought for the day…..

He has not learned the lesson of life who does not every day surmount a fear.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

  
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ZELLAZM 5/31/2014 8:28AM

    Congratulations on your progress - I'll be along for the 5% ride this summer, too!

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WIZKEY 5/31/2014 1:21AM

    Congratulations on losing!!! And you are an awesome bike rider!! Glad you are enjoying the challenge as much as I do!!

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WHYTEBROWN 5/30/2014 11:23PM

    emoticon on your emoticon progress!! So, you didn't make the 5%, your body unfortunately isn't a machine that follows calculations. You did your best and that is the TRUE victory so emoticon I'm happy that the Spring Challenge has been do beneficial and I'm happy that you were able to ride today albeit cautiously!! emoticon to getting our lives together and taking care of our bodies!! emoticon emoticon

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STEPH-KNEE 5/30/2014 10:53PM

    You are doing so great, very proud of you! emoticon

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SUNNYBEACHGIRL 5/30/2014 10:41PM

    Doing exercise in measured steps is a wise move. The body will rebel and pieces will break if you push too soon.

Sorry about your pains. It is so frustrating and finding the answers is not always easy. Doctors like to hand out a pill to fix the symptom without making sure about the cause. Doing the tests is a good thing.

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FITMARY 5/30/2014 9:47PM

    Sounds like you've made some wonderful adjustments and those will stick with you!
Hooray!!!
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WATERONE 5/30/2014 8:22PM

    An 8 mile bike ride is emoticon . You are doing great and your positive attitude is infectious.

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IMUSTLOSEIT1 5/30/2014 5:41PM

    You are doing great. Just don't over do on the bike.

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SUSANSLIFE 5/30/2014 5:19PM

    Hooray! Hooray! HOORAY!!!!!! You're doing great, and with a positive attitude like that, you will succeed......
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Today my body is……..

Thursday, May 29, 2014

Today my body is telling me something I don'y want to hear, and I am getting the message loud and clear. I have been riding my bike emoticon almost everyday for the last week or so, and most days I ride between 8 and 10 miles and sometimes a little more. I have loved even minute of it, but today I realized that my entire body was tired and achey and there was no way I was going to be able to ride. I didn't even want to drag myself out of bed this morning emoticon . I was very disappointed, but felt that I needed to use good judgement and heed what my body was saying. Today became a rest day - no bike riding - but I did do a little walking so I wouldn't totally let my team down with zero exercise points and this evening I am feeling a little better. Am I going to ride tomorrow - I'm not sure, but I am sure I will be back riding this week end. Going forward I think I will plan to ride about four days a week and build in rest days at least until I build up more endurance. At my age my body is taking longer to recover and that is just a reality that is not going away. Time to initiate a new the new plan…….

and, a thought for the day……

He who conquers others is strong;
He who conquers himself is mighty.

Lao Tzu



  
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SHELTER-PETS 5/30/2014 6:04AM

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WHYTEBROWN 5/29/2014 10:14PM

    Wendy I UNDERSTAND!! Boy have I had days like that. It's good listening to your body because a little rest is all you need to get stronger. I think biking only 4 days out of the week might be a good idea though you can probably make it 5. The other days will be time that your body can use to recover and get stronger. emoticon to walking for your team (and yourself of course)!! I hope you'll be back in tip top shape tomorrow. emoticon emoticon

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SUSANSLIFE 5/29/2014 10:00PM

    Very smart! Listening to your body limits injuries.....

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SUEFROMRI 5/29/2014 9:54PM

    Listen to your body and rest.... but not for too long. emoticon

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IMUSTLOSEIT1 5/29/2014 9:50PM

    Glad to here that you are taking some off days, your body needs time to recoup.

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BUBBALOOGA123 5/29/2014 8:43PM

    One of the many things I like about SparkPeople is learning to be more aware of what my body needs instead of just operating on automatic pilot. That's awesome that you took the time to allow your body to recuperate and rest. :)

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