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We can't always jump in where we left off...

Saturday, August 21, 2010

With a funeral 1300 miles away and lots of plans before, traveling during, and catching up afterward... I was not able to keep up with everything on Spark People. I missed it, but knew that when life settled down, I would jump back in with no trouble...

BUT, let me give a little bit of advice... don't expect to be able to jump back into something full steam after we have been away for several weeks. We almost have to take a few steps back, just so we don't get discouraged when everything does not happen like it did and like we think it should! Originally, we started out with small goals, and built upon them.

It has been discouraging at times, but I keep reminding myself, that I need to just take a step back, breath deeply, and then move forward with what I can do!!

  
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MOMNCREW8 8/25/2010 1:35PM

    Been finding that out a little on my own lately. Thanks for the reminder.

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MOMOF6BOYS 8/22/2010 9:20PM

    So true! Just take one step at a time!!! You will get back :) That is what the healthy lifestyle journey is all about...a journey....with many valleys and mountains! It is how we come out of each step that matters :) You can do it!!!

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HAPPY1049 8/22/2010 2:47PM

    Don't give up! Stick with it. You will succeed, because you are a go-getter!

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JOYFULMOMTO5 8/21/2010 8:59PM

    Thank you so much for this timely reminder!

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ANNERBEES 8/21/2010 8:12PM

    Sooooooo true!! I thought the same thing! I was doing so well and we went away for a couple weeks. I had almost finished C25K when we left and I thought I would come home and finish it......hahaha! Well that didn't happen! Now I am struggling just to start it again!! UGH But you are right I just have to step back and take a deep breath but stay focused!! Thanks for the reminder! Hope things are going well for you and you are having a wonderful week! emoticon

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HSMOM2FOUR 8/21/2010 6:47PM

    You can do it! Baby steps! We're just glad to have you back!
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Great Healthy Flavored Water Idea!!

Thursday, July 22, 2010



One thing I learned on my trip to Florida, was to make icy cold fruit flavored water. It is great!! You simply layer your choice of fruit and ice to the top of your dispenser similar to what you see above. Then add cold water. Keep in fridge for two days adding more cold water as needed, or if you are having a party, you can leave it out on the table for a few hours.

Here are a few ideas:
1) Sliced lemon and lime slices
2) Sliced orange and strawberry slices
3) Sliced peaches and blueberries

I hope you all enjoy this great idea like we have!!

  
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NONNATAMMY 7/24/2010 8:38AM

    Great idea! I recently bought a pitcher for me and fill it up with my 8 glasses of water for the day. Then I drink it all day long. This way I keep track of what I drink. I will have to experiment with different flavors. God bless you. emoticon

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HAPPY1049 7/23/2010 10:59AM

    Mmmmmm! It sounds really great on a hot day.

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MOMOF6BOYS 7/23/2010 8:22AM

    Looks so YUMMY!!! I do individual lemon water...but a whole gallon at a time with different fruits...I definitely will be trying this :) Thanks!!!

It looks pretty as well...what more can a girl ask for???!!!

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GMASANDIE 7/23/2010 8:14AM

    Looks refreshing. I will try it, but I have always prefered my water plain. This may help encourage Summer to drink more water. Thanks for sharing. emoticon

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SMALLONEDAY 7/23/2010 7:16AM

    ok so all you do is add fuirt then ice then fruit then ice so on all the way to the top then add water keep in fridge and ass you use the water replace it can do this for 2 days then start a fresh one hum looks good

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MONGO2TEN 7/23/2010 4:51AM

    Looks refreshing - will hit the spot today:)

~Nancy

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JUDITH316 7/23/2010 2:06AM

    Great Blog, thanks for sharing..I'm going to try this recipe, sure looks refreshing never mind the eye appeal, and so easy to prepare... Hope you had a great day, enjoy your weekend..Blessings and Hugs.. emoticon

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I WON A DVD ON SPARK PEOPLE!!!

Saturday, July 17, 2010

If you ever wondered if anyone really wins those occasional prizes on the Spark Wheel... THEY DO!! I won a DVD today!! I have won a few others small things in the past, like 500 spark goodie points, and seen many other great prizes that I wished I could win, but never won something this nice!! For your info... I have been on Spark People now for a year and a half, and have spun the wheel everyday except about 4 or 5 days when there was no way to get to a computer.

SO, keep logging into Spark People and spin that wheel!!

  
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MOMNCREW8 7/21/2010 9:49AM

    Great!

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TLANDERSON68 7/19/2010 12:57PM

    That's great! Do you get to pick the DVD? Which one did you win or get to pick?

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MONGO2TEN 7/19/2010 4:43AM

    Wow - that's great. I did wonder if anyone ever got those....

~Nancy

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NONNATAMMY 7/18/2010 8:31PM

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KADULAC 7/18/2010 11:54AM

    That's great! Congratulations.

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MIAOWMIAOW 7/18/2010 2:17AM

    Congrats! I won a sparkpeople keychain the first week I signed up. Love it!

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SHELLYK972 7/17/2010 10:59PM

    Congrats! I just won 1000 spark goodie points the other day!

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SMALLONEDAY 7/17/2010 10:46PM

    well that answer my questions people really do win that stuff

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ROZEEROZ1 7/17/2010 9:53PM

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NOW2DAY 7/17/2010 9:21PM

    emoticon I won a $5 sparkstore coupon on the wheel I think. Didn't use it because the stuff seems expensive and the shipping is high. Always nice to win.

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MOMOF6BOYS 7/17/2010 9:11PM

    WooHoo!!! Way to go!!

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DGIBSON61 7/17/2010 9:08PM

  Congrats.

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KAYE454 7/17/2010 9:07PM

  good job congrats

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When tragedy comes... it changes ones mindset.

Monday, July 12, 2010

On July 4, 2010 at 9:40 pm. I heard news that both my husband's brother and his wife were killed in an accident earlier that afternoon. It was just a little over a week ago, yet, it has left an impression that I will not soon forget.

When I used to wait in heavy traffic on the highway because of an accident, I felt frustration and impatience, and would think of the inconvenience.... now I feel compassion for the people and for the families involved and for how and who all it will affect.

When I used to see flowers along the side of the road, I hardly noticed or thought much about it. Now I see every one and I can envision the families standing at that site, walking around and putting together what happened.

When I used to talk to a family member or friend who is about to take a trip, I used to say flippantly, 'Drive Safely!" Now, when I say it, it is said with meaning, concern, and a strong emotion that I feel inside, that I can't explain!

When I used to think of death, it seemed so far away, something that happens to other people. Now I realize, that every breathe I take, every day I live is truly a gift from God. I think of how people will remember me, and what kind of influence I am making on the lives of my family, friends, and even occasional acquaintances and strangers.

Maybe I am just still very emotional as we wait for the memorial service later this week... but I hope I never forget these things.... which is why I am writing... not just to share, but also for myself, to remember them for many years to come.

I thank my many friends for your thoughts, notes, and prayers for my family during this time. They are greatly appreciated and I cannot tell you in words what they have meant to us!!! (((hugs)))

http://www.floridatoday.com/article/2010
0704/BREAKINGNEWS/100704013/1086/Three
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NONNATAMMY 7/13/2010 9:04AM

    I'm sooo sorry. I pray God's peace and comfort for you and your husband and family. Thanks for the insight. I think it will cause me to think about it too. I know when we go through things it really makes you change your attitude about things. God bless you.

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SLIMKIM2B 7/13/2010 5:54AM

    I am sorry for your loss. I can definitely relate to what you are feeling. We lost my father-in-law 4 years ago in a horrific car accident also on the 4th of July. My thoughts are with your family.

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LTISONE 7/12/2010 10:55PM

    Your words are so very true! Oh how I am so easily frustrated when waiting in traffic because of an accident. When loved ones are traveling - the casual phrase "be careful" - said so many times but without much thought. It brings tears to my eyes as I read your blog - life doesn't just happen to us, but we sure act like it sometimes! Thanks for sharing - especially during this time of tragedy for you and your family. God Bless -
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MOMOF6BOYS 7/12/2010 10:38PM

    I am so sorry for your loss!!! Definitely praying for your family....

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RUNNINGOMA 7/12/2010 9:06PM

    I heard about your family's loss and want to let you know that I am praying for you all.
May our Lord give you strength for the days ahead and may you experience Him turning this into good in the days ahead.
Love you,
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SAMMYSWEETPEA 7/12/2010 7:01PM

    Thoughts & prayers for you & your family. Thank you for sharing this story with us. I hope it will change other's mindsets as well.

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MOTHERDUCK3 7/12/2010 5:48PM

    Praying for you and your family. I can't imagine how hard this must be. Blessings

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MOMNCREW8 7/12/2010 5:45PM

    May the God of all comfort be with you and your family at this time. I'm sure it is difficult for all of you.

You said so much in your blog that makes us think about the impact we can have on our families and how every day is a gift from God. Don't feel like you are being over emotional. Through every trial we can be used for HIS purposes too. Thanks for sharing.

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BEGONIAC 7/12/2010 5:02PM

    I'm so sorry for your loss. emoticon emoticon

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SMALLONEDAY 7/12/2010 4:50PM

    So very sorry for your lost 3 at one time. We having a saying in my car when my husband passes another car or gets upset with the person in front, God has that person driving slow or what ever the case may be. Only God knows what lies ahea of us. I will be praying for your family . For peace and comfort

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SMALLONEDAY 7/12/2010 4:50PM

    So very sorry for your lost 3 at one time. We having a saying in my car when my husband passes another car or gets upset with the person in front, God has that person driving slow or what ever the case may be. Only God knows what lies ahea of us. I will be praying for your family . For peace and comfort

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How do you drink water, while running a 5k??

Saturday, June 26, 2010

Okay... so... I have run a 7 mile race, a 2 mile race, and two 5k's... and looking at them again this year. But, there is one thing I can't quite learn to do... and that is drink water while jogging. I choke almost everytime!! LOL One place they gave us bags of ice, and I enjoyed the ice more... but didn't like jogging with a bag in my hand - with that said. Any advice would be helpful - except to stop and drink... I want to keep moving and get a GREAT TIME! LOL...

  
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TRIGRAMPS 6/30/2010 6:38AM

    I never drink during a 5K! Just grab a cup of water, pour it on your head, and don't slow down! Two hours before the race, I drink an 11 oz bottle of coconut water. That's all the hydration you'll need. Even in a triathlon, I don't drink their water: my body's not used to their water. In the transition area, I force myself to take a couple swallows of my own bottled water.

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ETTEZEUS 6/29/2010 10:15PM

    After having the water spew out my nose several times, I've learned to walk the 3-4 steps it takes to gulp it down.....

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LIVE2RUN4LIFE 6/29/2010 10:08PM

    Walk through the water stops -- only takes a few seconds.

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GSDMIKE 6/29/2010 10:04PM

    I don't drink during 5Ks. 5Ks are short enough that any water you drink isn't going to be absorbed during the race anyway. If it's particularly hot, I will sometimes grab a cup and throw it over my head for the cooling effect.

Now after the race, I'll often suck down two bottles of water within a half hour or so. And I hydrate well before the race.

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JOPAPGH 6/29/2010 10:01PM

    I take big breaths through my nose as I gulp the water, then breath out through my mouth. Took some practice, but works for me.

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LAURIE5658 6/29/2010 9:54PM

    Margie, I have always had something in my hand while running since day one. now, I run with my handheld water bottle all of the time including races. It does not bother me at all and I never stop at water stations. No need to. I have been known to stop by our house for a refill and potty.

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BECBUD 6/28/2010 9:43AM

    I hate carrying a bottle, and I also hate having any "sloshing" in my belly while I run. I usually chew gum until it doesn't do the trick. In the 1st 5k I ran this summer, it was still cool out, so I didn't need anything until I was finished. The 2nd one was actually a 4 mile up and down steep hills, so I walked up and ran down. They had a table with bottled water at the 2m mark, but I poured the water on me to cool down and not in me. That was hard for me to do, since I'm always telling my kids not to be wasteful with "bought" water, but you do what you gotta do!

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KITTYF54 6/26/2010 5:48PM

    what about slowing to a walk to drink. Most of us can walk and drink, it's the sloshing against the back of the throat that's probably making you choke.

Or, don't open your throat to take a drink, take a mouthful, then swallow, that way the water won't hit the back of your throat. In otherwords don't chug unless you're walking or stopped. I can chug while walking but I wouldn't think of trying it while running.

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NONNATAMMY 6/26/2010 4:38PM

    I just read this on 100 Beginner's running tips. "When you pick up drinking cups at aid stations, squeeze gently so it folds slightly and is easier to drink from it while you are moving."

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NONNATAMMY 6/26/2010 4:29PM

    Not sure what the answer is. I choked too, then I slowed down to almost a stop to take a few gulps and ran on wish I had more to drink. I just try to chew gum and not drink water in a 5 K. Sometimes I have to get another piece of gum though. If it's too hot you need water though. Sorry no help from me. I did hear about a man that trains runners to walk for a minute every 10 minutes and they say it keeps you from wearing out. So stopping to drink might not be that bad for you. emoticonKeep running!

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SMILESWITH7KIDS 6/26/2010 4:21PM

    No idea. I googled it because I was curious and this was one thing I came up with-

"Drinking Water while you run seems to be something simple but it isnít? Poor water drinking technique is one of the many causes of those painful stomach cramps that we suffer while running.

Runners on the run should drink water in gulps instead of sips! Well, that is according to Leslie Bonci, director of sports nutrition at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center and a certified specialist in sports dietetics. In an interview in the New York Times this is what she had to sayÖ..

How we drink can make a difference in how optimally we hydrate our body. A lot of people sip liquids, but gulping is better. Gulps of fluid leave the stomach more rapidly. Itís important to do this. It seems counterintuitive, it seems like gulping would cause a cramp. People are more likely to have stomach cramps sipping because fluid stays in their gut too long."

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WISHIEGIRL 6/26/2010 12:49PM

    I'm terrible at drinking while running, but it's getting so hot, I don't have a choice. I tried carrying a bottle of water with me when I run, but I hate crayying something while running and I think I spilled more down the front of me than I actually got into my mouth. I have been running with a camelbak lately. I don't love it, but it's easier to sip from the straw than to try to pour water into my mouth. The swallowing thing - well, try small sips at first, maybe? Enjoy your 5K's!

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