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Almost the end of 2013

Saturday, December 28, 2013

I haven't blogged since early May. Lots has happened in that time. Let's recap.

Got married in June in Key West. (yes you were missed Lizzie!)


After the wedding we jumped straight into "for sickness and for worse". My husband had to have a stent put in his heart. We were no sooner home from the hospital when my step mama called and asked me to come as my dad was having a heart attack. Three days at their house, and home to find my husband was once again back in the hospital with his heart.

Thus my summer became a round robin of hospitals, staying at my parents' home and eating horrid hospital food, gaining weight - make no mistake.

Finally got everybody under control (oh - did I mention that my step mom fell and she was in a wheel chair all summer, after breaking a wrist, ribs and a knee?) Then I had foot surgery - to take care of a bunion - no emergency, but well needed. Two weeks in a cast, four weeks in a boot. About half way through the boot part of that program, I caught sight of myself. Fat, fat, fat. Not happy about it. I knew that SP wasn't working as I needed it to, or I wasn't using it as I needed it to.


So I joined Weight Watchers. Except, that I miss SP, so I would sneak back to track things and spin the wheel. Every Saturday I go to my WW meeting to weigh in and I am better at tracking my food on WW than I was on SP, perhaps because there are points involved, perhaps because I pay for it, not sure. What I do know is that since Oct. 19 I have lost 30 pounds! I am 20 pounds from my goal weight.


And I feel good. Really good. I don't snore anymore, I sleep better, I just feel good. But I miss my peeps here on SP. So I am going to use both sites, why not? Nothing to lose have lots of support right?

Keep fighting the good fight my peeps! We can do this using all the tools we have at hand! Happy New Year to all!


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BESSHAILE 3/26/2014 9:09AM

    Hope you are still feeling good.

I need BOTH Spark People and Weight Watchers.

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MIMICOTO 12/30/2013 2:08PM

    Wonderful blog....and great great attitude!

Hope you and your dear ones stay well and healthy this year...and that you continue to reap ALL the benefits of the great good health your choices and efforts are bringing your way!

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CAPECODBABE 12/29/2013 4:41PM

    Nice to see you back on spark and after a rough start to your marriage, I'm so glad things are going better.

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ONEKIDSMOM 12/29/2013 12:03PM

    Hey, a lot of us use commercial programs and STILL Spark. I'm a Jenny Craig client, myself, but it's Spark that keeps me motivated & blogging daily. Don't consider it a weakness to use whatever tool works for YOU, including WW. That's my story and I'm sticking to it!

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P.S. You have had one full 2013, by the way, here's to a smoother trip around the sun in 2014!

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CAROL_31649731 12/28/2013 8:37PM

    You certainly have been through a lot lately! We've missed you, though. Definitely can't have TOO MUCH support, so please spark once in a while, too. WW is a wonderful program & I'm so glad you've been successful on it!!! emoticon emoticon

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TOOBUSY035 12/28/2013 8:18PM

    We've missed you too SCHNEBL!
I was not aware of rules as to how much online support one can have (LOL, JK) Seriously, life is stressful we need all the support we can get!

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RENIESSPARKIN 12/28/2013 4:09PM

    Way to go, SCHNEBL! It's amazing how quickly our lives and bodies can be thrown out of whack! Wow! I believe you had more than most. I'm very proud of you for recognizing what needed to be done, and doing it!
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Stay on whatever works for you, sweetie,

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Never Exercising Again

Monday, May 27, 2013

Not ever again.
No more training for:


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5ks, 10ks, whatever kind of race....


century rides


Nope....done. Hate it, hate the exercise. Never going to do it again.



The morning walks I take with my fiancé count?

The hula hooping I do counts?

The paddle boarding counts?

The bike riding at the metro park counts?

But those things are fun! And so I have a light bulb moment...wait for it.....


(you knew that was coming didn't When I (emphasis on I) exercise it needs to be fun and not a chore. FUN! By jove what a concept! I have spend years exercising for a "reason", a race, a competition, weight loss....but have not lost weight nor had fun's been about pushing myself, challenging myself, competing against myself and others....guess what?? NOT FUN...oh sure I loved the feeling at the end of a great workout, but the workouts themselves weren't really fun.

How did I figure this out? You would think it would be common sense....however today I was chatting on the phone and was bemoaning the fact that I had done no exercise. My fiancé said, "um, honey...we walked this morning, you hula hooped to that show and you rode your bike for ten miles....what counts as exercise if none of those do?" Hmmm....he is pretty smart!

So, no more. I am only going to do fun things....lucky for me that I love lots of things that fall under that exercise category!

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DOUGDC 5/28/2013 9:44AM

    Doing stuff that you want to do, that you need to do anyway, and that happens to be exercise, that's my way of getting exercise. Exception: physical therapy exercise demanded by my post-surgery shoulder and strength training to ready me for bicycle and hiking fun. I love going from place a to place b and like it all the more if the only CO2 I put into the air is the amount I exhale.

Enjoy your fun, and the fitness it sneaks in.

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FLAMENM 5/28/2013 12:06AM

    Activity can be fun!

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FLAMENM 5/28/2013 12:01AM

    Activity can be fun!

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SNOOPYMOMMA72 5/27/2013 9:59PM

    That is awesome! Exercise should be fun! That was a great "AHA!" Moment!
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LASARRE 5/27/2013 9:41PM

    Excellent realization!

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    LOL! Great point! I actually started running a little and was starting to enjoy it a little - or at least the fact that I COULD still breathe. But then I had knee surgery and found out I have arthritis and my doctor told me I shouldn't run. You mean I don't HAVE to run to prove to everyone that I'm a hard core athlete? I can do the stuff I love and not run? AWESOME! :)

You're doing great!

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GETSTRONGRRR 5/27/2013 8:43PM

    Good thinking!

In my marathon running days I had 3 objectives;

- Enjoy the run
- Finish the race
- Don't be last

Whenever I got tired or discouraged, I remembered my first objective....enjoy this.

It still serves me well!

Good luck...stay strong!

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IAMBIZI 5/27/2013 8:42PM

    exercise can be fun! we hiked today(walked) ion trails but fun...lots of poison ivy lurked....did not touch any!

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CAROL_31649731 5/27/2013 8:27PM

    You do have a smart finance! Thanks for sharing that insight!!! emoticon

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    Great blog and YES to FUN exercise!!

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CAPECODBABE 5/27/2013 7:48PM

    LOL I'm never exercising again either emoticon

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STALEAN 5/27/2013 7:44PM

    Aren't those light bulb moments the BEST! emoticon

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Paddle Board!

Saturday, May 18, 2013

I have puppies. Six puppies that are seven weeks old. I also have dogs. Three dogs that are grown up. That makes nine dogs in my very small house. (and the 55 pound male is trying to sit in my lap while I type this!)

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The puppies will not stay with us - thank goodness! They start going to their very carefully screened homes on Thursday. I will not be sad to see them go - they are a lot of work, no matter how cute they are....they are sweet though.

At any rate - the puppies got me a paddle board for Mother's Day. Wasn't that sweet? How did they know? How did they get to the store? lol

Anyway I put the paddle board in the lake and off I went for a test paddle. Understand please that I have not been on a real paddle board except for once - in Cabo, in the ocean. The ocean, by the way, which is home to many many monsters...I did not do well as I was quite frightened of whatever monsters might be lurking, hungry, waiting to eat me!

The lake, however, is a different story. I grew up in lakes, swimming, boating, sailing, playing. I raised my kids by the lake. The lake holds no monsters for me. Also, the paddle board that I got was much wider than the one in Cabo, thus much more stable. Up I went on the board and off I went on my first paddle.

If there was a paddle board icon it would go here

I didn't go real far, maybe only ten minutes out so ten minutes back. I live in Michigan - the lakes are NOT warm was a long winter. I did not fall in, but did not want to push it. I went back a couple days later when my schedule cleared for a moment. I went for a longer paddle - so much fun!

I woke the next moring...sore - you know that good sore - when you have done a good work out and are pleased to know it. I wondered for a moment until it hit me - THE PADDLE BOARD IS A WORKOUT! well....duh!

But first and foremost - it is FUN!

Woo only question now is - when can I retire and move to where it is warm year round??

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    I saw some people trying it out by my place at the sailing club where I walk all the time - I was thinking about how cold it would be if they fell in. I would love to try it ... before I buy it lol...

And like you - would love to retire and be somewhere warm where I could do it all the time!! Any activity I can do by, in or on the water is for me and it doesn't feel like a workout (even though it may be lol).

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CAROL_31649731 5/19/2013 12:48AM

    Sounds like fun & quite a workout! You go, girl! emoticon

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IAMBIZI 5/19/2013 12:25AM

    I am afraid of the ocean for the many creatures that loom....jelly fish especially!

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IAMBIZI 5/19/2013 12:24AM

    Great way to get some activity in! emoticon

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ALIHIKES 5/18/2013 12:03PM

    Wow that sounds like fun! Was this one of the stand up paddle boards? Are they hard to use? -- I have seen people on the stand up paddle board on the river, I want to try it out but I think I would have trouble getting up if I fell off!

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CAPECODBABE 5/18/2013 10:27AM

    Sounds like fun!!! When do we see pictures???

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The fine art of being selfish

Thursday, April 11, 2013

We have all heard it before. Put yourself first, make an appointment at the gym and keep it, treat yourself like you would treat a good friend.

Yes Yes, I have heard it all before. But by golly just the other day a


went off in my head. DO IT! Hello! Anybody in there listening??

I joined a new gym a few weeks before Easter. Was doing great. Then I was felled by a horrid sore throat and a head that ached every time I moved it. No gym for me. Then just when I was feeling better.....

My sweet baby Jade had her are like children and cannot be left alone when they are first born. My fiancée had to work, I had the week off....I stayed home with gym time.

They are two weeks old today. Cute as buttons, eyes opened yesterday and they all hover right around 2 pounds. They can be left alone because Baby Jade won't roll on them accidentally - they are big enough to squirm out from under her.

People are wild to come see them. Of course they are - I am wild to get home and sit in the whelping box and snuggle them. So people have been asking when they can come. One friend asked to come the other day at 6:00. Instead of me saying, "no I have a spin class", I kissed the spin class goodbye and told her yes. It was fine, she brought her niece, it was a lovely visit, but it made me realize something. This was a friend who had taken the whole day off work to go to the dentist AT 2:00 in the afternoon. So she could go to lunch with her sister who ALSO took the whole day off for an afternoon dentist appointment, followed by massages for both of them.

Don't get me wrong. I take days off work to fly to Atlanta to see my brother, to lay around my house in my jammies, whatever. What struck me was that this friend did not say to me, "hey what would be a good time to come?" She just asked to come at 6:00. I am perfectly sure if I had said, "Why don't you come at 4:30 or after 7:00 as I have a spin class - she would have. But I didn't.

So my solemn vow to myself is to be selfish - to tell people they cannot come see the puppies between 5:30 and 7:00 because I have a date with myself at the gym, spinning, or lifting or whatever else I might be doing at the gym - did notice a boxing class going on ...yep ...gonna try that! AND I AM NOT GOING TO FEEL BAD ABOUT IT!

And as I was thinking about this during my spin class, as the light bulb was going off...I realized how many of YOU do this. GSartor for sure tells me, "Yep I'll over just as soon as I finish at the gym" She has made incredible progress and should post her before and after pic - seriously!

So a great big thank you to my spark peeps - you all inspire me!


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Alone and in Love

Thursday, March 21, 2013

In my last blog I wrote about being in a rut. About things having to change.

And boy have they!


My gym isn't doing it for me. My fiancée has been urging me to join a gym closer to the house. After my last blog about changes needing to be made, I went and looked at the gym closer to the house. He went with. Whipped out HIS credit card and signed ME up for two years. (Much cheaper that way)

Now instead of NOT going to the gym - which is right across the street from my work - because of being tired at the end of the work day and stressed about the doggies needing to get out of their crates, I simply go home.

Doggies out, work clothes changed, relax a little bit - change into gym clothes and go to the gym which is literally about two minutes from my house.

Oh so nice! But - the best part and this is the alone in love part......they have classes that are included in my membership......

SPINNING! I have wanted for years to take a spin class. Some of you know how much I like to ride my bike...I have never taken a spin class and now there is one offered five days a week! Last Monday was my first class.

Monday: Just trying to figure out the positions. The instructor calls them out over top of loud pumping music (Kid Rock anyone??)

Wednesday: Think I have the positions figured out but MAN is it hard, I am sitting down when I should be standing or hovering....

Thursday (today): Did every move (stand, hover and sit) without sitting down once when I wasn't supposed too! WOO HOO.

For me spinning is like this: I am in a group of people. However, I am not trying to be coordinated enough to figure out which way to move - like in Zumba (shudder - see my blog Zumba Hater). I am alone....nobody else rides my bike, just me. I compete against myself. Can I stand up the whole time the instructor wants us to? Can I do those crazy saddle lunges for this WHOLE song?



this! Each night I try to do a little better. I compete against myself alone. Nobody crosses the finish line before me. It's just me, by myself, alone and in love with spinning. Spinning and winning!


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LYDDIECAT 3/24/2013 8:40AM

    emoticon I can't get into Zumba either. I'm too uncoordinated and the music drives me nuts. I'm glad you found something you love!

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AMARILYNH 3/21/2013 9:55PM

    Awesome!! And it sounds like DF is a keeper for sure - he cares about YOUR health and well being!

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CATHWREN 3/21/2013 8:05PM

    You've got the right attitude to succeed. The only competition is with yourself and you've shown that you can win. Keep up the good work!

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PITUFA2471 3/21/2013 7:42PM

    It was nice to read your blog, how much you have changed and how you made it. Thank you for letting me know how and how to be passionate way and how some times it is good to have a buddy by our self. I know it is hard but you made it...keep up the good work and keep being informational. emoticon

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DEE1221 3/21/2013 7:35PM

    You sound so happy! And Woot Woot for the fiancée for paying for you!!

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