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I Woke Up This Morning .. .... ... ...

Thursday, September 01, 2011

I woke up early this morning and could tell by the amount of light hitting the window that the sun had not completely risen as yet. 6:06 a.m. the clock read.

I felt completely rested so I climbed out of bed and walked out into the living room. This is what greeted me:
Although she had toys to play with, I knew a real treat would be going for an early morning walk. So I walked over to check the temperature: 66F great!!

The flowers all looked good, and although this photo was taken a couple of months ago the plants have filled in and look more lush today!

I like vary our route a little so it doesn't get boring, and neighbors have warned me a couple of dogs in the neighborhood have been bitten by a rattlesnake, so I try to watch where Amber is sniffing. It's lovely out this early in the morning, not too many people are moving around as yet and the earth has a tranquil feeling of goodwill laying over it like a soft blanket. It makes me thankful to have a quiet summer home that is away from the busy traffic of the world.

Walking time is a time for meditation, if something is bothering you, now is a good time to sort it out in your mind -- gardening does the same thing for me. Rather than pay a psychologist buckoo bucks for a few sessions, I garden with my time, save my money and end up with veggies or flowers for my efforts. It is a win-win situation and I recommend it to everyone. It's kind of like: "Clean yard equals a clean mind."

I notice Amber is not walking as briskly as when we started our walk, so I know she is starting to tire out. When you consider how short those little legs are, it is like she has to take about 10 steps every time I take one step, plus she has 4 legs to keep going -- I have only 2. I decide we have gone almost far enough, and the sun is beginning to peek over the hills and I much prefer walking in the shade rather than in the sunshine. So we start our journey home!

Amber is aware of each home that has a dog and to signal me that a "friend" lives there, she makes her little noise, kind of like "mmmm - mmmmm" as we go past each "doggy" home. I tell her that her little friend isn't up yet, but of course she hasn't figured out all those words yet.

So have a good day, my friends, and if your mind is troubled -- go garden!

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STILLFLYIN 9/2/2011 11:45AM

    One of my other SP friends described her run as a "zen run". I like that. You seem to have zen gardening and zen walking -- a lovely way to spend your time!

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VITCHY-VICKI 9/2/2011 7:56AM

    I know what you mean about short legs Gerti's are very short too so that is why we don't walk to long but she starts out almost running but by the time we are about done she is behind me instead out front but she gets here walks and thats all she cares about. I wish she would play with toys - how do you get them to do that?? And gardening I never thought of it that way guess that is true for I love to do all my thinking during my walks and gardening - I also so that in my hot tub in the winter
Thanks for the blog you always make me think new thoughts

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MAINLADY 9/1/2011 6:32PM

    I enjoyed your blog. It reminds me of when Duffy and I take a morning walk. He knows where every dog in the neighborhood lives. I also know all the doggie names but not necessarily the owners names. They call me Duffy's mom and I do the same with their names. Those little Scotty legs are short in the front and higher in the rear, but they can sure move when motivated. How old is Amber now? Duffy is nine. Thanks for taking me on your walk this morning.

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NORAHNICK 9/1/2011 1:50PM

    That dog is tooooooooooo cute with her toys!!!! I'm glad you two had a nice walk and may I say how refreshing it is to find someone who is mindful of their dog's short legs!!!! It makes me mad when I see some clueless idiot on their cell phone, walking so fast that their dog can hardly keep up with its short legs and they're practically dragging it down the street. YOU are a good doggie mama.

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If Life Was Perfect!

Saturday, August 27, 2011

If life was perfect:

I wouldn't have to worry about eating that cookie for fear it will make me gain weight!

I wouldn't have to sweat and feel uncomfortable as I take my walks, because the temperature would be a perfect 70 degrees!

I wouldn't have to change my clothes because the pair of pants I took out of the closet are just a bit too tight to be comfortable!

I could eat all my favorite foods and never have to worry about stepping on the scale because I would stay at my ideal weight!

My back would not be sore and tired at night -- my knees would be in good shape, and I would not have to take medication for high blood pressure or cholesterol!

In fact, if this was a perfect life I would not be writing this blog -- because life would be ........ well, just PERFECT!

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TRISTAROSE 9/1/2011 8:44AM

    Great blog but being perfect would not be any fun!


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KAYWEB555 8/30/2011 8:54PM

    We can Dream can't we !

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CATLADY52 8/29/2011 4:51PM

    Perfect, but boring. emoticon

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VITCHY-VICKI 8/28/2011 8:07AM

    So glad we are not perfect
Thanks for blog

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Another Hot August Day

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

emoticon emoticon It's hot out. . . . no way to get around it, yesterday was the hottest day so far this summer, and today looks like a copy of it. Knowing how hot it was yesterday, and realizing that it was just too hot to go out for a walk, even if I waited until almost dark -- I knew if I wanted to get any exercise by "walking" I'd have to bite the bullet and get up early!

6:05 a.m. emoticon Temperature a lovely 71F - walked the 1.1-mile loop at a nice brisk pace -- it still took about 25 minutes though, due to all the potty stops! But it was worth getting up early.

I really ate healthy yesterday and even though I missed a day of walking, my body still lost 0.2 pounds, probably because I tried to move around fairly often during the day inside the house. Moving from activity to activity, cleaning, and watching what I ate all paid off. I LOST INSTEAD OF GAINED! And although we reached a high of 96 here yesterday, it's still better than the 115 they were suffering in Glendale! Whew! Is it fall yet?

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CATLADY52 8/25/2011 6:03PM

    Good for you. I got all my watering done early today. The plants are just starting to put out some fruits, it has been so hot here. emoticon emoticon

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VITCHY-VICKI 8/25/2011 7:04AM

    I Love summer just not the humidity hard on one who has Asthma but won't complain for I hate winter - spring and fall are great - Glad you had a loss and bet Amber loved your walk
Keep up the good work

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NORAHNICK 8/24/2011 5:19PM

    I hate the heat!!!! But emoticon on losing some weight!

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Give Thanks for the Little Things

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

One of the things I'm thankful for is living in a state that has such beautiful scenery!

But, really, when you get right down to it, many of us have things to be thankful for that we don't even think about. I'll bet you could sit down right now and think of 10 things to write down. So instead of complaining, each night before you go to bed, think of 10 things that enriched your life today. Here is my 10 for today!

1. Having a meal out with friends and not gaining any weight because of it.

2. Having a dog that loves me even if it was too hot out to take her for a walk.

3. Going to the dentist! First of all I'm happy I can afford to have my teeth cleaned, and secondly, happy that I still have my own teeth (at 72).

4. Thankful I have a nice car to drive, money to spend shopping, and am healthy enough to enjoy doing both.

5. Although the temps are in the triple digits, I'm thankful I have A/C and it is in good working order.

6. Happy that I have only 10 more pounds to lose.

7. Thankful there is a site like Spark People where I can meet other people with the same goals, and I have so many friends on here.

8. Thankful to be retired and having enough money to live comfortably.

9. Thankful that I've found renters for both of my homes.

10. Thankful for my friends and family! (some of those friends are YOU!)

It's hard not to smile when you're writing all this good stuff. emoticon

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KAYWEB555 8/21/2011 11:50AM

    AMEN & AMen thanks Father & Thanks for Sharing your joys !

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CATLADY52 8/16/2011 9:06PM

    Having friends is very important. Next to having good health. emoticon

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SHARJOPAUL 8/16/2011 4:14PM

    What a wonderful list!

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OLDERDANDRT 8/16/2011 3:21PM

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LIS193 8/16/2011 11:38AM

    So many blessing :)
I love your attitude!

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TRISTAROSE 8/16/2011 8:36AM

    I need to do this and will start my list today! I forget sometimes how lucky I am and need to appreciate what I have more.... Thanks for the reminder and for being my spark friend!

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MARPET44 8/16/2011 7:34AM

    A positive outlook is the key to good health!

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VITCHY-VICKI 8/16/2011 7:18AM

    emoticonBlog I will have to do one some time and Thanks for being my friend here on Sparks

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DOROTHYBERO 8/16/2011 5:59AM

    Isn't it wonderful to be greatful for what we have!

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ZZLEESCH 8/16/2011 1:49AM

    Wow, it's great that we all have so much to be thankful for. Instead of worry about things we can't control we should focus on the good things in life.

Thanks for the reminder!

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THEWINNER33 8/16/2011 1:02AM

    So true. For years I wrote down 5 things to be grateful for daily. That is what led me to this positivity that I now enjoy.I am thankful to enjoy life by focusing on the positive things, I will be 72 next month. Hugs Marcia

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When You Have a Sedentary Spouse!

Saturday, August 13, 2011

I'd like to have my husband urging me to go out for a walk with him -- or go to the gym with him. Not gonna happen!

Oh, occasionally he does go for one of my short walks with me, but he does have legitimate reasons to cut them short or not go each time. His feet hurt. His back hurts. And do you know how hard it is to lose weight if you can't exercise along with watching what you eat. And he does watch what he eats -- he looks at each and every mouthful before he pops it into his mouth.

So what do you do with a guy like that? I've tried. I've told all the benefits you get by living a healthy lifestyle. And when we returned from our trip to Peru, which was basically 30 days of hiking -- he had lost 12 pounds and felt great. It didn't last though, the computer is too big of a lure, and the American food -- well, let's just say he is a big fan of fast food establishments!

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NORAHNICK 8/15/2011 1:19PM

    What does he say when you ask him why he doesn't want to be fit and healthy?

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VITCHY-VICKI 8/14/2011 8:04AM

    Eve sorry to hear that my hubby will go walking with me when I ask him and sometimes he asked me to go on a walk and now with Gerti we do a lot more walking together - so not sure what to tell you but maybe say if you walk with me we can get to know each other a little better for you are newly married - do what you can Good Luck kido

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CATLADY52 8/13/2011 6:00PM

    It can be very hard for you. Grin and bear it may be the only answer. emoticon emoticon

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KKLENNERT809 8/13/2011 12:51PM

    I don't have an answer for you, my husband is anything but sedentary. He can't sit still and sometimes that isn't good either. He doesn't exercise per say, but he will go on walks with me if I ask him. We do like to hike with the dogs. He just always stays busy. So I guess I'm lucky.

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