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Days 76 & 77 turning around

Monday, March 18, 2013

Having some computer issues, GRR. Good meals today and out for a walk on break to clear my mind.

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SISSYFEB48 3/24/2013 7:33PM

    Let's go cats!

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SPARKCHANTAL 3/19/2013 4:52AM

    computer issues! well hello again, twin sister!

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ROXYZMOM 3/18/2013 9:41PM

    I love walks. I am envious - you have the best weather to take them in at the moment!

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Days 71-75 MIA almost a WEEK???

Saturday, March 16, 2013

THANK YOU, friends, for comments, goodies, encouragement on being in the Meow Spotlight. I appreciate every one of you.

I had choices to make this week that boiled down to rest--or Spark. I've lost my consistency streak because I needed to simply sit and be still or go to bed really early after a week of filling in at another office. I have not done well with food or exercise; being tired throws my motivation right out the window.

I've been working FT for 5 months, and I still haven't got a really satisfying routine down yet. Some things are better. Dropping the second job was the best thing I could have done. I've learned when some things have to be done, or they won't get done. I know exactly how late I can sleep when I've had an insomnia fit and still be on time for work. I was thinking only this morning that late 50s isn't the easiest time to make major changes in my comfortable routine of juggling several PT flexible jobs. The job I have now is a Godsend in many many ways, but it is a huge change for me, and I'm still adjusting.

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CANDOK1260 3/18/2013 6:33AM

    Hugs understandable I have some changes in life I need to desk with too just remember we are here to talk when you need someone

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LOOKINGUP2012 3/17/2013 12:32PM

    Hope that routine settles down now. emoticon emoticon m emoticon m

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SPARKCHANTAL 3/17/2013 5:00AM

    hey there twin sis, was wondering where you've been.
just an idea... I've been doing qi gong, following videos on youtube this week, and suddenly my body starts functioning, not succumbing to laze attacks like before.
give it a try?

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TAWANDA_IS_BACK 3/16/2013 9:22PM

    Been MIA can get in the way of our fun some days, huh? LOL Well, glad to hear you are taking better care of yourself than worrying over the computer....blessings on the journey!

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ILOVEMALI 3/16/2013 6:49PM

  I am so with you. Change is difficult and two jobs is tough (6 years for me). You can do this!

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ROXYZMOM 3/16/2013 6:46PM

    I didn't know you were working two jobs! I am glad you dropped one - you need to have time for you so you can take care of yourself. I am glad you chose rest over the computer!

Try to get out and enjoy that Florida sun!

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Day 70 ASK for help when you need it

Monday, March 11, 2013

After nearly a month that included being away for an 8 day retreat, daughter moving across the country, and big workload, "I'm so far behind, I think I'm first!" Not original with me; I spotted it a in co-worker's cubicle.

Bright idea: GET HELP. Why is it so hard to a) admit you need help and b) ask for it? I did both and hired Char Lady for three hours. This dear soul is a pleasure to work with, doesn't make me feel bad about my mess, does everything beyond thorough. :-) My chandelier is sparkling, the tops of the lightbulbs in my bathroom mirror have no dust on them. My goal is to simplify my home till I can manage it in spite of work schedule.

"Voluntary simplicity is not about deprivation or sacrifice; it's about discovering what is enough." quoted in AARP

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ROXYZMOM 3/14/2013 8:12AM

    Great idea! That must have taken some of the pressure off of you!

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ILOVEMALI 3/11/2013 10:28PM

  One of the most difficult things for us to do is to ask for help. Good for you!

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LAURELSPARK 3/11/2013 9:58PM

    Congrats on your decision to get help....................I'd hate to see you run yourself into the ground!

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LOOKINGUP2012 3/11/2013 3:06PM

    So wonderful you found the right person! Enjoy your sparkle.

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Days 67-70 Ready? Set for Monday

Monday, March 11, 2013

Where did the weekend go? After a day of exhaustion, I worked hard on getting caught up. I made crockpot chili, hardboiled some eggs, and the house is much cleaner. I was sitting in the silence of my Quaker Meeting when it occurred to me that--duh--against all cultural programming, I could ask for help. I hired a friend to come give me a hand with stuff I simply hadn't had time to do. It worked out great for both of us, and we finished with a bowl of chili and KALE CHIPS!

I'd had some at a restaurant and decided I had to give it a try. I was lucky and got it right the first time!


fresh kale
sea salt or seasoning salt
olive oil

Remove stems and cut into 2" pieces. Place in mixing bowl; drizzle in some olive oil. I didn't measure, but it didn't take much. Stir, or hand mix as I did, to coat reasonably well. Sprinkle with salt, again not much, just a bit for taste.

Heat oven to 250, bake about 25 min till dry and crisp. Makes deliciously light chips! I know what I'll be doing with the rest of the kale in the garden!

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1EMMA2011 3/11/2013 7:23PM

    These are so good. I've made them before and love them!


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ILOVEMALI 3/11/2013 2:12PM

  thanks for the recipe for kale chips!!

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SPARKCHANTAL 3/11/2013 11:09AM

    read somewhere you can do the same with mushrooms.

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LOOKINGUP2012 3/11/2013 7:37AM

    Silence is golden! I love kale chips. I'm thinking of using my kale now for kale, hominy and lima bean casserole. We like that too. Have a wonderful day.

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Day 66 Almost Friday!

Thursday, March 07, 2013

1) What new habit you wish to develop? DONE
2) How will you do that? DONE
3) What are you doing to encourage yourself and keep on track? DONE
4) How are you doing day by day? DONE
5) What can you improve upon? DONE
6) Do you need some motivation or advice? Ask for it! DONE
7) Anything else you would like to share with your Team

A daily blog topic has been one of the best ever 5% Challenge assignments ever!

Asking for motivation or advice...hmm. I could use that personal chef to prepare and pack my meals. Any suggestions for when you're in pressed for time overdrive?

Texting with daughter
Visit with mom and was able to help with her new Kindle
Great dinner out with husband
The first relatively low key work day I've had in awhile
That tomorrow is FRIDAY

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ROXYZMOM 3/8/2013 6:28PM

    Great job this week! I prepare my stuff the night before so I can grab and go. I also use my crock pot a lot. Hope that helps!

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ILOVEMALI 3/7/2013 10:52PM

  TGIF!!! Have a great weekend.

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ADAGIO_CON_BRIO 3/7/2013 9:51PM

    Great ideas!

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DARLY55 3/7/2013 9:21PM

    Just a couple of suggestions for you:
Cook a weeks meals on your day off, then package them for lunches, or freeze or whatever for dinners.
Use your slow cooker, (crockpot). There are many Spark recipes for it that are delicious!
Keep boiled eggs in frig along with ready to eat raw vegetables and fruits. Something you can pick up and go!
For lunches, a pack of tuna is a great choice to start with. Yogurt is another good choice. Don't forget peanut butter on whole wheat or graham crackers.
Make a large pot of soup for the week.
Stir fry lean protein and vegetables for dinner, it is quick and easy.
.Happy cooking!

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