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Thursday in the 'Burgh!

Thursday, April 05, 2012

Leaving Calgary on Thursday morning.
I'm so NOT a morning person but getting up at the crack of crazy is worth it when you're about to meet some of your closest online friends in real life for the very first time. I was nervous but I had to at least act relaxed or it would rub off on Roo. I only had a few minor meltdowns between walking into the airport and actually getting onto the airplane. Thank goodness that Trish was just a text away and Paul was there to hold my hand.

My goofy little traveling companion.
This is the face that she wore for *most* of the trip. She cried a little when we first got on the plane, she bumped her head on the armrest, but other than that she was the perfect flyer.

My Thursday night dinner companions
Oh my goodness! I can't even make words to describe what meeting these people meant to me. Lynn, Anne, Deej, Gloria, Bobby and Larry - I am STILL overwhelmed. Judi, Trish and Nancy, reuniting with you was a comfort that I needed. Wood/Larry, if Sparkpeople meet-ups have a wish list, you are/where top 5 of mine. I'm so glad that you and Luv made the trip and I got to get to meet you. You will forever be one of my Spark heros. I hope that someday our paths cross again. I am so thankful that this day happened the way that it did.

Best roomie ever!
Suezette and I have been Sparkfriends for forever. She's my emoticon and I love her to bits.

And so began the adventure.........

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RACING4ME 4/7/2012 2:03AM

    All I can say is WOW!!! I can't believe we did it sista!!! You rock, and your kidlets have such a wonderful place in my heart:)

Love you guys!

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WOODHEAT 4/5/2012 11:26PM

    Penny, you may not believe this but it's very true. You brought tears to my eyes this evening. (yes, I did have brandy first) But for you to refer to me as one of your spark heroes is so ironic, because you have always been one of mine. I have always been a sap for success stories and look at you, you're exactly what I want to happen to people - to go from someone who is not quite happy with themselves to someone who has become healthy and beautiful. You will always be one of the people I point to as one who has done it! BTW, Cassie (Judy has sent me some photos - my favorite is me holding Roo (Emily) I love it! She's just as beautiful as her mother. What a lucky little girl she is. It was such an honor meeting you. I am only sorry that we had such a limited time togenther.

Life is good!
Larry (Wood)

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BOBBYD31 4/5/2012 10:09PM

    thank you for making JASR so memorable it was wonderful getting that first hug but sad with the last. you and roo are so wonderful, you guys are just so special.

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    P-meeting you was fantabulous!!! and getting to meet and hold sweet Roo~~I never dreamed it would happen but it did! I,too, am still overwhelmed by the whole thing,truly amazing!

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MIAMIA7 4/5/2012 8:39PM

    I cannot even tell you how wonderful it was to have you here this year! Bobby and I loved every minute. Thank you for allowing us to hang onto Roo and pretend I had a grandbaby :) You are so sweet and I feel we have been friends forever.
Hugs, Anne

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CASSIOEPIA 4/5/2012 7:16PM

    It was all pretty sweet!!! I love reading the blogs and reliving, listening to how others saw things playing out. You are a sweetheart, and I love that you trusted Roo to me during the race. Love you girl - can't wait til we "resume" again (did you notice that we both had the same thoughts for Nancy's blog - I love that).


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TAMTAM64 4/5/2012 1:06PM

    Little Roo's stroller was the first thing I saw at the airport... then I looked up & saw you & Gail which was even better! :)


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GAYEMC 4/5/2012 11:52AM

    This is crazy: I woke up at 4am this morning from a dream about you and I hanging in a motel room talking about Suzette and her tan and Trish with her back all better. You filled me in on the JASR weekend. And I got to meet Roo.

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BLACKROSE_222 4/5/2012 11:46AM

    I'm so glad this went so well - and it sounds like EXACTLY what you needed!

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BUFFALOKAY 4/5/2012 10:37AM

    Loved meeting you and Roo. JASR was spectacular.
Wishing you the best!

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LYNNANN43 4/5/2012 9:59AM

    You and Roo certainly made JASR what it was this year! emoticon

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CARILOUIE 4/5/2012 8:17AM

    I can't even put into words how wonderful JASR was this year.


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BE-THE-CHANGE 4/5/2012 8:12AM

    It was so great meeting you and Roo!

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ONE*BUSY*MOM 4/5/2012 2:27AM

    emoticon So glad you had such a fabulous trip and met up with your Spark friends. How cool is that?

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BLC weekend challenge (my first!)

Thursday, April 05, 2012

SET - our WEEKEND Challenge:

S - SWEAT - Get at least 20 minutes of intentional exercise* 20 pts per day
E - ENGAGE - Post at least once a day in either the Challenge Hall or Clubhouse 20 pts per day
T - TRACK your food each day (on Spark, journal or other nutrition website) 20 pts per day

* Intentional exercise is deliberate exercise that either gets your heart rate up for an extended period (for example, cardio for 10+ minutes) or works your muscles to exhaustion (toning exercises or lifting weights). Brisk walking counts, shopping doesn't. Cutting grass using a push mower might count (if it's challenging for you), but a riding mower doesn't.

Each day you get the maximum points (60), you get a bonus of 40 points. Maximum for challenge is 400 points

SWEAT: F 20/20 S 0/20 S 20/20 M 0/20 = 40/80
ENGAGE: F 20/20 S 20/20 S 20/20 M 20/20 = 80/80
TRACK: F 20/20 S 20/20 S 20/20 M 20/20 = 80/80
BONUS: F 40/40 S 0/40 S 40/40 M 0/40 = 80/160

TOTAL: 280/400

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BLACKROSE_222 4/5/2012 11:45AM

    Fantastic work! Is this the Pre-stuffs then?

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Friday, March 23, 2012

or at least he will be in a couple hours! Roo won't be too happy about losing half her space in our bed but I know she WILL be glad to see her papa. AND he's taking tomorrow off! Family fun time.

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CHEPRBYTHEDOZN 3/23/2012 12:30PM

    super sweet!! nothing like watching baby and Daddy love on each other!!!

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Productive day

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Or at least it was from about 3:00 on. It took me that long to get my butt in gear and attempt to accomplish stuff. My "list" of things to do today was short but meaningful.
What I did:
~ go to stroller group and run club. - CANCELLED - Two moms had cranky babies & I didnít want to walk alone.
~ drink 64 ounces of water. -DONE
~ consume a minimum of 5 fruits and vegetables. - DONE
~ keep on top of a few housekeeping duties. - DONE
~ turn my rolled coins in to the bank for USD. - DONE
~ take the recyclables in. - DONE - $20.45 (score!!)
What I didn't do:
~ take my wedding rings to the second hand store to see if I can sell them.

My stroller tried to do me in tonight. Something is wrong with one of the back tires and, when I tried to go from walking to running, it started to wobble like it was going to fall off. Scared the dickens out of me. Needless to say I didn't get my hill training in. I did do two good laps around our "lake" while the rest of the HM group ran 4 hills. I have to have this looked at before I head to Pittsburgh. My life will be difficult if I don't have my stroller in tip-top shape. One more thing to add to the revolving list. Well that and run my 4 hills that I was supposed to run tonight. emoticon

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CHEPRBYTHEDOZN 3/23/2012 12:29PM

    you did great even though the stroller did not cooperate. I need to make my a list for today and get off this 'puter.

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CASSIOEPIA 3/22/2012 11:15PM

    emoticon productive day, but still so much to do....

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BOBBYD31 3/22/2012 8:48PM

    did you get that wheel fixed? good job on the rest. wedding rings to a jewelry store they buy them for the gold melt value around here

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ONE*BUSY*MOM 3/22/2012 12:49PM

    Glad you had such a productive day!

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While the cat's away.....

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

The momma is trying to stick to "the plan" and Roo is learning more about swimming. Yesterday, I blew off my workout emoticon and stayed home all day. I woke up feeling like someone had taken sandpaper to my throat. I *could* have gone to bootcamp, I just didn't. I now owe Kidsport $15. On the plus side, plenty of fruits and vegetables were consumed and I made my water quota. Mostly because of my tea w/honey.

Today, Roo and I went to her second swimming lesson. IT WAS AWESOME! First, the instructor had us dip their chins in and then put them in a back float. We're not allowed to really hold them so I just kept a handle on the frills of her swimsuit. Next we had to submerge them. This made me seriously nervous as I'm not very comfortable dipping my own head in the water BUT I/we did it. She rocked it. She also made it through the double submerge w/o freaking out. More than once. I was such a proud momma.
My calories today are even better than they were yesterday. I consumed MORE fruit and vegetables than I usually ask of my meal plan. Water's a little lacking but I've not gone to bed yet.

I got the cutest picture of Roo today. Paul was on Skype talking to her and she was listening to every word through the headphones and watching every silly face he made.

Anyway, my goals for Wednesday are:
~ go to stroller group and run club.
~ drink 64 ounces of water.
~ consume a minimum of 5 fruits and vegetables.
~ keep on top of a few housekeeping duties.
~ turn my rolled coins in to the bank for USD.
~ take my wedding rings to the second hand store to see if I can sell them.
~ take the recyclables in.

Big list. I hope I get to check it all off. All I need to do is stay organized.

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GAYEMC 3/28/2012 5:22PM

    Great ad for headphones!

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CARILOUIE 3/22/2012 6:34PM

    Oh my goodness Roo is just so adorable. She has the most perfect baby skin! EEEEEK

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RUNNINGWILD 3/21/2012 6:11PM

    Jules, Paul gets home really late on Thursday night. Technically, Friday morning. I'm halfway there.

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ASPENJULES 3/21/2012 12:35PM

    It always amazes me how well babies do in the water. And that picture of her with the headphones... she looks so intent! Love it! Glad you're feeling a little better - hope it keeps improving. And I need to get moving on more fruits and vegetables too. And household chores. Maybe I'll make those my two goals for today. Have a great day, Penny! (When does Paul get home?)

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CASSIOEPIA 3/21/2012 12:28AM

    Yes, she knows when you ask, "who's your Daddy"!

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ONE*BUSY*MOM 3/20/2012 11:58PM

    Cute pic of Roo! Glad you had such a great swim class today.

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