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The Hike

Saturday, December 11, 2010

Enjoyed the hike at Mary Holland Park in Bartow this morning. It was foggy and cool, but once we got started not too bad. I had heard of geo caching before, but today I got to see it. People with hand held GPS devices searched for coordinates. They found a little black box about the size of a full three ring binder. They each signed their names on a list, left a trinket, and took a trinket from the box. Don't know that I would ever get into it, but I could see why people would enjoy it as a hobby.

I got a card and got my first Trek Ten stamp. I could see me doing more of the hikes. As the name implies, they do ten hikes a year in local parks, sponsored by the Friends of the Parks. It was not very physically demanding, but I did get some fresh air and some activity with some great folks in a beautiful setting.

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JHADZHIA 12/11/2010 11:26PM

    Discovering your local parks system is a great way to get out and enjoy the outdoors and getting in some relaxation exercise instead of always the high cardio sweating kind :) A balance of both makes up a healthy lifestyle :) Our government tries to promote visiting the provincial parks too, would that I could, but no transportation works against me a lot. Our province has a lot to offer and would be a wonderful place to explore, but driving times are long as its spread out. We have desert land in the south, to boreal forest and many lakes in the north..
Enjoy your Sunday!!

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MONTY68 12/11/2010 10:41PM

    Hi Marsha
Wow, you have a great park system up there. It does sound like it would be fun. How long are the hikes? Thank you for sharing this

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MEXGAL1 12/11/2010 5:14PM

    Good for you to get out there and enjoy the great outdoors.

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EDDYMEESE 12/11/2010 3:50PM

    Sounds interesting!

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JOYINKY 12/11/2010 3:13PM

    Sounds like a great time to me!

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EILEENV3 12/11/2010 2:47PM

    I had a great time also. So glad you & Susan came. emoticon
Mary Holland Park is such a neat place.

After I left, I did a little exploring and found the Bartow Library around the corner. I took out a VCR titled "Chi Kung" by David Carradine. It sounds similar to Tai Chi--which I used to do. It will be a nice Sunday afternoon treat.

Between the library system & parks, we have such treasures in Polk County.

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DONNAEDA 12/11/2010 2:42PM

    I have heard of this new fad. You take from it what you want and enjoy the moment.

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AQUAGIRL08 12/11/2010 2:07PM

    Your hike sounds like fun. I'm glad that you enjoyed it and the company of Eileen and Val. I wish I could have come too but I was picking up a friend from the hospital, who totalled his car in an accident.

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RAYLINSTEPHENS 12/11/2010 2:01PM

    sounds like you had a fun morning!

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CASJ57 12/11/2010 1:39PM

    Sometimes just getting out there in the fresh air is enough. Sounds like you had a good time!

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Free Fruit

Friday, December 10, 2010

I really took advantage of free fruit this week in more ways than one. I went and harvested a whole bunch of grapefruits from the tree at my daughter's house. She and her family don't like them, but to me they are absolutely delicious and so much better than the ones you get in the store. And they don't cost me a thing. Not one penny. And on the new Weight Watchers program, they don't count any points, either.

I'm walking with a friend and a hiking group in the morning, so I went to Weight Watchers a day early this week. After 6 days on the new program and really taking advantage of the "free fruit," I'm proud to report I'm one full pound closer to my happy weight and just 2.4 pounds over my lowest weigh in in the last half century. So I'm feeling pretty confident I can get through this holiday season with no gain; might even achieve a more comfortable weight. I'm not pressuring myself, but just doing the best I can. The best I can may prove quite good enough. We'll see.

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AQUAGIRL08 12/11/2010 2:04PM

    I love fresh grapefruit and wish I could eat it but it interacts with several of my medications. Enjoy them and congratulations on your continued success!

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HAPPYSOUL91 12/11/2010 8:50AM

    Glad the new WW program is working for you. Outstanding on getting rid of another pound of fat.

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MONTY68 12/10/2010 11:34PM

    Hi Marsha
I was surprised at the number of people who have grapefruit trees don't like it. I am like you, I think it is great.
I see that your new WW program is well suited for you. I also believe that you WILL maintain or release during the balance of the holiday season. You have always been successful and this time period should be no difference.
Congratulations on the 1 pound release.

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JHADZHIA 12/10/2010 9:49PM

    Wow!! You are so lucky to have fresh grapefruit all you can eat any time you want!!
Congratulations on your weight loss!! Its no contest you will maintain your weight over the holidays. You are so absolutely committed to finding every little way that will help you get and stay at goal weight.
Enjoy that wonderful fresh fruit!! I have always found grapefruit the most refreshing, thirst quenching fruit there is..
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MEXGAL1 12/10/2010 2:08PM

    Yum grapefruit! Enjoy and know that you can do this. No holiday weight gain!

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JOYINKY 12/10/2010 1:46PM

    Your best has been consistently great! You will do it!
I too am envious of you being able to grow out and pick free fruit! Enjoy!

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TURQUOISELOTUS 12/10/2010 1:34PM

    Oooo, loving the gift of homegrown fruit! are going to have a happy and healthy holiday season emoticon

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3016DEBRA 12/10/2010 12:21PM

  I'm so envious of your homegrown grapefruits! Have a couple for me...congratulations on your success! emoticon

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Hey, I Think I've Got Something Here!

Thursday, December 09, 2010

I just tried a new hot drink, RoBarr. It is roasted barley. It looks like coffee, but is naturally caffeine free and very low acid. Has a great taste, in my opinion. I've been looking for a satisfying hot drink I can enjoy without artifical sweetener, and I think this is it. The original RoBarr is good just plain to me and the bold version is good with milk.

The owner of the company is an online friend of mine, Linda, from Montana. She just started this business. I notice that I was order #12, so she is on her way. Just Google RoBarr or robarr dot com if you are interested.

Linda says some people need to try it about three times before they decide whether they like it. As she says, nothing tastes exactly like coffee but coffee. But I think if you don't think of it as coffee, you'll decide it is something better.

Hope it helps me reduce my dependence on artificial sweeteners. Have a great day, SparkFriends!!

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1_AMAZING_WOMAN 12/11/2010 4:29PM

    Sounds good, but not for someone like me who has to avoid gluten.


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KRITTERKEEPERS 12/11/2010 1:57PM

    Sounds interesting. After brewing my beverage, I could give the grounds to my chickens for a treat!

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AQUAGIRL08 12/9/2010 9:26PM

    It sounds interesting!

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JOYINKY 12/9/2010 6:26PM

    I love my coffee! Straight! Still, worth looking at; thanks.

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MONTY68 12/9/2010 12:40PM

    Hi Marsha
I had never heard of a roasted barley. Sounds interesting, I am going to check out her website.
I am glad that you found a drink that you can enjoy with out the artificial sweeteners.
Thank you for sharing.

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JHADZHIA 12/9/2010 9:37AM

    Good for you!! I am glad you have found some kind of alternative to your coffee!!
I must admit, I could never understand people's love of coffee. I tried it once and just about gagged, so that was it for coffee LOL. Same goes with smokes, so I guess that is why I never got into coffee drinking or smoking. Water is all I really need though I have added Matcha green tea because its supposed to be good for you, and it is nice to have a warm drink in this cold place..
You never give up trying to make your choices as healthy as possible in your lifestyle change! You are an amazing inspiration and proof that it can be done!!
Keep up the great work!!

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NELLIEJO1 12/9/2010 9:08AM

  I like roasted barley too. I drink it with hot milk - sort of "barley-au-lait".

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    Wonderful! Enjoy it!!

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SUZIEQS65 12/9/2010 7:09AM

    huh...interesting...but like RRP546 I am a tea drinker!

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RRP546 12/9/2010 6:53AM

  i like barley but i drink tea

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Still Glad I Worked Out This Morning

Wednesday, December 08, 2010

I'm fighting that little negative voice that says, "See there. You are a klutz. You always were. It doesn't matter if you are 212 or 128 pounds, you will always be an awkward klutz." Go away detracting voice!! I know Grace is not my middle name, but I think this event could have happened to anyone.

If you read my status today, you know I fell on the treadmill. I was just merrily jogging along at my interval speed of 5 miles per hour when my thumb hit the cord between my MP3 player and my earphones. The MP3 player went flying and I tried to grab it. What exactly happened is a blur, but the next thing I knew I was on the floor with a scraped forearm, a treadmill pattern imprinted above my left knee, and a drop of blood.

Honestly, I am fine. I feel fit and strong. I'm even still glad I did my 70 minute workout this morning. What little scrapes I suffered will be gone in a week. My MP3 player, on the other hand, will not be the same. It still plays music, but the top half of the display was ruined. I guess that will be a frequent reminder to me to be a little more careful. However, I refuse to feel anything but good about my workout this morning.

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AQUAGIRL08 12/9/2010 9:25PM

    The MP3 player is just a thing. You, however, Marsha are irreplaceable. Since you are okay, that's the only thing that matters.

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LEANJEAN6 12/9/2010 7:21AM

    Determined girl!! Good for you!! emoticon

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ONEKIDSMOM 12/9/2010 6:57AM

    First off, glad you're OK! And I, too, have had some "near misses" if I take my mind off what I'm doing while exercising. I don't use that little cord, and now I'll be thinking about it... it's also a bit of a jolt if you "accidentally" pull the cord (which I've done) and the treadmill comes to a sudden stop that you are unprepared for!

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JOYINKY 12/8/2010 8:58PM

    I'm just glad you're all right and the positive attitude is drowning out the negative self-talk. Be well. Joy

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SLENDERELLA61 12/8/2010 7:27PM

    No, Linda, I had quit using the safety cord. I have had this treadmill for 11 years and this is my first fall. I will start using it again. You are right!!

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RAYLINSTEPHENS 12/8/2010 11:49AM

    don't you use the safety cord?

I don't because I only walk on mine (when I use it) but I have *almost* fallen when I turn around to see the clock emoticon

That's not klutzy - that is just you concentrating so hard on your exercise!

I hope you didn't hurt yourself too much.

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GATOR12 12/8/2010 11:45AM

    I hate that inner negative voice thing. It has told me so many UNTRUTHS about myself. But sometimes I am stronger and can turn it off. Kudos to you for stressing the positives from your fall, no significant injuries, it can happen to anyone, learn to pay more attention. Hooray you got so much exercise in. WooHoo for you. You are doing this!! Choices for this healthy lifestyle to maintain.

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EMBRACE_SUCCESS 12/8/2010 11:05AM

    I've also fallen off the treadmill. While I got a few scrapes, what hurt most was my pride. I also had to quiet the voice that told me I was a klutz! What matters most is that you got back on and kept going- that takes guts!

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MONTY68 12/8/2010 10:48AM

    Hi Marsha
I am so glad that your scrapes were not to bad. You were fortunate and you definitely are not a klutz. You had an accident that happens to a lot of people on treadmills. As you said you did have a great workout and as most of us when we have a accident, we are more careful.
Thank you for sharing and I think others will think a little to also be more careful.

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And the Award Goes To........

Monday, December 06, 2010

If someone were handing me the Academy Award for Weight Maintenance I would thank my daughter who really pushed me to take the very first steps, thank Weight Watchers for enabling me to get to a healthy BMI, thank Leslie Sansone who got me off the couch, and thank the YMCA that enabled me to grow in strength.

But my biggest thanks goes out to SparkPeople. When I came to SparkPeople in November of 2009 I did not believe that I could maintain my 80 pound weight loss. I hoped, but truly I did not believe. Now I believe that SparkPeople is the number one reason I have successfully maintained. Thanks, thanks, and more thanks to SparkPeople and to all my SparkFriends.

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LEANJEAN6 12/9/2010 7:23AM

    Spark works doesn't it!!--Good for you! emoticon

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ONEKIDSMOM 12/9/2010 6:58AM

    I totally agree... Spark keeps me going... and guess what? You're among the brightest of my Sparks! emoticon emoticon

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PARKERB2 12/8/2010 9:53AM

    emoticonon losing and maintaining your weight loss goals. The picture of you shows a very fit and attractive person. Keep up the good work on maintaining. Keep Sparking. It's good to have you as a friend. emoticon

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JHADZHIA 12/7/2010 12:10PM

    You can be really proud of yourself! Job well done. Sparks gives you the tools, but you have to use them and commit to them for the rest of your life. I believe you have learned that concept in spades!
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JOYINKY 12/6/2010 11:22PM

    emoticonTo you; for all you've done and all you do!

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MONTY68 12/6/2010 10:54PM

    Hi Marsha,
As a Spark Friend I thank you, and yes we do give support and give encouragement, but you have done all the work. I have told you before , that since we have become friends, that you inspire me and continually motivate me. So for that I thank you and yes you should receive a award for what you have done. Congratulations

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AQUAGIRL08 12/6/2010 9:52PM

    I agree with you but you were the one who put the whole thing into play!

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INTHELOOP 12/6/2010 8:28PM

    Nice job ~ Plan the work - work the plan!! emoticon

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    ... and the award goes to - - - - YOU!

You did it!

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