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5,000 Points

Saturday, November 28, 2009

I made it! I just got a new trophy for 5,000 SparkPoints.

Now what does this mean? I am something of a reward junkie. There are times I write a blog because I have something to express. Sometimes as I put things in writing they become clearer to me. Sometimes I just want the points.

So I think I have enough points now that I'll try to increase the quality of my blogs. Now, I don't promise profound words daily. In fact if I miss a day, I won't sweat it. Sometimes it would be better to use my time to plan meals or do more cardio.

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AMBUDMAN 11/29/2009 10:18AM

    I feel the same way.

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L*I*T*A* 11/28/2009 11:40PM

    keep up the great work..............

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PEGGYANNSCH 11/28/2009 6:57PM

    I don't write a blog everyday sometimes I don't write one for weeks.
But anyway Congrat!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!<

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    Will be looking forward to them

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SERENA_DOVE 11/28/2009 1:58PM


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It Disappeared!

Friday, November 27, 2009

I just spent 15 minutes writing a delightful, insightful commentary to include in my blog. Just as I was proofing it, it disappeared! Oh, well. Let me think about what I was saying. Maybe the universe is warning me not to put that out there. Stay tuned.

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PO_PAZZA 11/27/2009 2:26PM

    It happeneed to me a lot when I blogged. I always blame it on keyboard gremlins. I've finally started writing it in Word, then copying and pasting. Voila.

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DONNABRIGHT 11/27/2009 9:32AM

    I know the feeling!

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AQUAGIRL08 11/27/2009 9:32AM

    I've done that before and it's so frustrating! Maybe it will re-appear!

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Thanksgiving 2009

Thursday, November 26, 2009

This year I'm not cooking. Cooking the holiday feast is a wonderful and terrible challenge and chore. If I had never gotten to do it, I would feel that I had missed something major. But, I've had the honor many times. This year I am thankful that others will be giving their culinary talents.

There are two other things specific to this year that fill me with gratitude.

First, for the past 6 months I've gotten to take care of Natalie when her parents are both working. It is not always easy, but it is a joy greater than I had imagined. I see intelligence and humor developing in her. I see a caring heart emerging. I see signs of tenacity along with a happy spirit. I have such good feelings about the person she is becoming. Oh, there is a long way to adulthood, but such a good beginning. And she and I have so much fun.

Second, my husband and I have gotten along, really okay, without either of us having a steady job. Whether he ends up going back to work or this really is his retirement, we'll make it. I may or may not go back to work. Time will tell. Either way will work out. I do not fear and for that I'm very thankful.

So this year I am thankful. Very thankful.

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AQUAGIRL08 11/27/2009 9:20AM

    You have such a great attitude! You certainly will make it. Natalie is a real joy to be around. She is such a happy child, filled with curiosity and jubilant spirit. The best part is that she has you for a grandmother and a friend. She is a very lucky little girl!

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DONNABRIGHT 11/26/2009 10:08AM

    It sounds like you have much to be thankful for this blessed day!

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Me? Push Ups??

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

I never could do a push up in gym in high school. My arms were really weak. I had trouble getting the car door to close. My swim team coach said if he had one swimmer with my legs and my sister's arms, we'd have a swimmer. When I tried out for cheerleader I had to do a cartwheel. The sponsor would say and clap, Hand, hand, foot, foot... Hand, hand, foot, foot.." When she got to me it would be, "Hand, head????..." Every time I'd smack my head on the floor when my arm collapsed.

Well, I'm struggling, but I am doing Two-Part Push Ups as part of my SparkPeople strength training. Can't say I'm achieving 90 degrees, but I'm doing more than I've ever done before.

Let me mention an obstacle I've overcome. At one point I thought I couldn't do the push ups and planks because it was stressing my big toe. I have a big, ugly bunion on each foot. They've never really bothered me until I got serious about push ups. It stressed my big toe and made my bunions ache. Well, I've found a pair of shoes that relieve that stress. I can now -- struggling -- do 12 push ups, rest and do 12 more.

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CATHEITE 11/26/2009 12:43AM

    I loved reading your cheerleading story. So funny! emoticon

Congratulations on the progress you're making! It's really uplifting to hear how consistency and patience make such a difference in reaching our goals. emoticon

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AQUAGIRL08 11/25/2009 10:58AM

    Way to go Marsha! I sometimes do wall push ups. That's another option you might want to consider if your toes act up again. Keep up the good work!

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NEWLIBRARIAN 11/25/2009 10:14AM

    I will share a story with you. I don't do push ups generally, but I do lift weights pretty religiously and about a year ago I was playing a game with my family, I was probably 10 pounds heavier than I am now but had been working out and lifting faithfully for over a year so felt pretty sure of myself. I was supposed to do 17 pushups in three minutes. I got to 4. Stinking 4. I started working harder on my upper body lifting that day. Haven't worked on push ups to see how I do but I am sure I can do more than the stinking 4 I could a year ago. Maybe I will test tomorrow.

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BOOMERGIRL5 11/25/2009 7:48AM

    Wonderful !!!!!!!!

Keep up the good work

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Turning Lemons into Lemonade

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Often it is easier to see the down side. Maybe your alarm didn't go off, or the car is running rough, your favorite figurine got chipped, you friend forgot your birthday, your stock went down, you got an impossible assignment at work, you broke a fingernail right before the wedding, etc., etc. It is easy to see and remember when life gives you lemons.

I had a dear older aunt. When she was in her late 80's mom and I took her for a day out. Our plan was to eat at a restaurant and do a little shopping afterward. Somehow in shuffling around to help her with her walker and get to the restaurant and out of the rain, we locked the keys in the car and didn't realize it until time to leave. As mom and I growled and griped, dear Aunt Lorena just smiled. She said it would make the day memorable. She said you never remember the times things went smoothly. We had a wonderful time talking with her and laughing about our predicament while waiting for the locksmith. I will always remember it. Aunt Lorena was an expert at making lemonade.

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AQUAGIRL08 11/27/2009 9:23AM

    Now I don't feel so bad about exploding the stuffing Corningware dish on the stove on Thanksgiving. You are right, it does make memories and not necessarily bad ones! I'm glad you had the chance to visit and have a great time!

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AMBUDMAN 11/24/2009 8:39PM

    That is so true.

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LISALYNN1960 11/24/2009 9:27AM

    Sounds like Aunt Lorena was a wise woman. Thanks for the reminder... I forget the lemonade recipe every once in awhile so this was needed.


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