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Sunday, January 31, 2010

I decided to cut down my time on this site a bit because it was getting to be too much computer time. What I try to do when I'm sparking is keep refilling and drinking water so that the time is put to good use. And I also have a mini cycle under my desk and pedal while on this site. As much as I appreciate the SP site, I would rather be moving than sitting. So now I combine both.

It's like driving - I try to do isometrics for stomach and butt when I drive. Put the time to good use. (smiling)

Wishing all a great week.

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JERSEYGIRL1950 2/3/2010 12:51PM

    Good for you pedaling I do to the water and sometimes sit on the stability ball working out the kinks but I agree I cut my time way now on spark too. Can't write your story if your reading everyone elses emoticon

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JCORYCMA 2/1/2010 10:56PM

    Very ingenious! Now you don't need to feel guilty about your sparking time :) I realized a while back that I can't eat and type at the same time. Works for me! I always tell my patients to do their kegel exercises at stop lights and during commercials. You never know what is going on in the care next to you!
Joanne emoticon

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ALEXSGIRL1 2/1/2010 6:30PM

    what a grand idea. love it . emoticon emoticon emoticon

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BESTSUSIEYET 2/1/2010 4:49PM

    Hooray for another great idea! I have a pilates ring that I could use for thighs while I'm sitting at the computer. But I definitely notice my motivation isn't as strong when I'm not logging on, tracking, and being held accountable by loving Spark Friends!

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SLENDERELLA61 2/1/2010 12:26PM

    Great ideas about multi-tasking. Yes, sometimes I spend too much time on this site, too. Making sure I get in my cardio first is probably what I need to commit to do.

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BOO-SHAY 2/1/2010 9:07AM

    Good for you in multi-tasking. Though I know how important it is to keep sparking. I've cut back some on my time also. But its great how you are combining the exercise with sparking.

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HICALGAL 1/31/2010 8:49PM

    good for you. i spend too much time sparking and kind of defeats the whole purpose of living healthy. emoticon emoticon

ps..thanks for the goodie. i appreciate your friendship and support. have a wonderful week! emoticon

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LOVEPAINTING 1/31/2010 8:02PM

    Great ideas!!! I need to multi-task more. When you belong to so many teams, it can be very time consuming to do justice to all.

But the bottom your bottom line. Exercise is more important than anything. Keep on Keepin on!!!



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FREELADY 1/31/2010 7:42PM

    Details, please! I need isometrics for driving!! Is this a Spark exercise or your own innovation?

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CHERIRIDDELL 1/31/2010 6:46PM

    I have dug out my ancient thighmaster to use while on the Sparksite ,so great minds think alike we are putting our computer time to good use and multi-tasking!

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TWEETYKC00 1/31/2010 6:45PM

    keep on going any way you need to! at least you're trying to do something while on line!!

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DIANET2 1/31/2010 6:37PM

    great ideas!!!

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LISANANCY 1/31/2010 6:35PM

    We will wait for you. I love how you multi task. Just like a clever woman. emoticon

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Farewell to My Favorite Author, I Miss you Already! (JD Salinger) And Sugar Issues

Saturday, January 30, 2010

Even though he was an extreme recluse (which I can identify with and fantasize becoming), there is a comfort just knowing that some of your favorite people are still sharing space on this beautiful planet of ours.

The only book I have read over and over, even into adulthood, is my favorite - Catcher in the Rye. It's so funny that I love Holden more than ever as time goes by. In fact, in the first reading or maybe even second, I didn't even fully realize he was writing from a mental institution! Guess that says a lot about me that he seemed like the most normal one of all! (smiling) Yes, I love Holden, I love the book, and I loved JD Salinger. I miss him already and will bring the book out later today and start again. I laugh aloud in all of the same places and find it so relevant even after all these years (decades).

Okay, now on to sugar. My nemesis. Doing better, but still not "there" completely. However, I can feel the difference immediately as my body really responds well when I get rid of all of it. I am still struggling with coffee and, even though I drink so little, it makes me feel awful. There's so much going on in my life right now, that I really don't want to tackle too much and then it might become counterproductive.

Have a wonderful day, SPfriends.

(P.S. Even those I've added as sparkfriends, my page indicates to "add as sparkfriend." So I'm continually adding, adding, adding the same people. One of the quirks I encounter on this site.)

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JCORYCMA 2/1/2010 11:01PM

    That note to add as a spark friend, Sweetie is for US to add YOU. That way when we visit the page of someone we'd like to friend we just click on that. I can sympathize with you about a favorite author dying. I love to read and have many favorite authors. There is so much talent in the world and it's sad to see them pass on and not be able to enrich our lives with anything new.
Joanne emoticon

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RICH530 1/31/2010 9:31AM

    A good book makes a great friend!!! Being an avid reader I understand how you feel!! You are right, don't take on too much at one time even if there isn't a lot going on. Make your goals small and therefore attainable!! You can do anything you set your mind to. Just don't try to do it all to quickly!! Good luck!!
emoticon Lee

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SKYEFYR 1/30/2010 8:55PM

  I know just how you feel. I'll never forget the day Erma Bombeck died. She always made me laugh and I could relate to her humor so. It's comforting to know that there are others that think like you and "get" you.

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GHW1968 1/30/2010 7:57PM

    I just finished teaching this novel to my Eng 10 class. Supposedly, there is a locked safe in his house. I am hopeful that it might contain some literary masterpieces that he was heretofore hesitant to share with the world. We can only hope!

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KAT573 1/30/2010 6:36PM

    My favorite story was "A Fine Day for BananaFish"!!!!

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LISANANCY 1/30/2010 4:15PM

    A good book can be a wonderful friend. I agree with you completely. As to coffee, you may refer to it a poison bug juice, maybe that will help you turn down a few cups. emoticon emoticon

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ALEXSGIRL1 1/30/2010 1:04PM

    i am recluse also. i will miss jd. salinger also. don't take so much at a time. beak things down to little pieces. emoticon

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Thinking of Relocating to AZ. Any Feedback?

Friday, January 29, 2010

I want out of my high cost of living city to an easier one, without giving up good weather. I understand the summers are brutal in AZ, and I've been through that before in Palm Desert for a couple of years. Any feedback - pros and cons - would be greatly appreciated. You can only do so much reseach on the web, and only drive through so many cities. But there is nothing like advice from those who live there or have lived there. Thanks very much.

Have a wonderful day, SPfriends.

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JERSEYGIRL1950 2/3/2010 12:56PM

    I couldn't go back to jersey but sometimes want to go back to be with my kids but they have their own lives...Hubby and I been thinking that too...I'm in central florida where the humidity for 8 months is brutal..always wanted to go to AZ. I guess it's a diferent kind of hot there I would like the corner tip of florida at least to be near the ocean...hubby lived in calif. for a long time I just visited up north...I love it and can't talk him into it..too expensive to live..Oh well

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SKYEFYR 1/30/2010 8:57PM

  Come back to NJ!!! Near me. (I know, a totally selfish statement, but I can't help myself.)

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MOMMA_BEAR_69 1/30/2010 11:32AM

    Wish I could help you with this one but I have been in PA and OHIO my entire life except for a few trips north or south. We are thinking of relocating to a warmer climate but not sure where it will be. Ken has a few ideas but also don't want to be where there are tornadoes and such. Starting to really dislike the cold weather. But in PA if you wait for a while, it is sure to change... However our cost of living is quite low according to the outside world of statistics.
Blessings and hugs,

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CHERIRIDDELL 1/30/2010 2:19AM

    Lots of people go there for the winter from here .Winter is brutal here in Edmonton .We hear good things about Arizona .My husband has been there with the military but I haven't been .He thinks it is fascinating!

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Maybe, Maybe Not

Thursday, January 28, 2010

I've frequently mentioned this forever plateau I've been on and how it almost discouraged me to the point of stopping the whole process of losing weight. I've also read that this may be my goal weight according to my body's reluctance to give up more of that yellow matter. (smiling)

I've been thinking more about this lately. Not really sure I'm willing to work harder to lose more weight. That doesn't mean I'm going to abandon my exercise and healthy eating. But I'm not a person who wants to always focus on losing more, doing more of this, less of that, etc.

There is so much going on in the world and I don't have the patience to focus obsessively about diet, exercise, the scale, etc. It's way too self-absorbed a process for me. It bores me to write blogs about I, me, my. In fact, I'm boring myself right now. (smiling)

So, maybe at some point I'll decide to eat less, exercise more, or whatever it might take to lose the last 20. But, maybe not.

Let me know if you need help. I'm here for you. Have a wonderful day.

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SKYEFYR 1/30/2010 9:05PM

  You know, it's funny. My cholesterol is a little over 200. I can accept that my body is comfortable at that number because I've been there for years. Why can't I accept that my body might be comfortable at the current number on the scale? After all, it's been in about the same place for over 2 years now....

My thought is, if you're healthy and the number is all vanity, then relax a little. But if you're not in the healthy zone, then keep pushing. I'm here for you either way, just like I know you are for me. Just let me know which way you want me to support you.

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ZUZUBEE 1/30/2010 9:32AM

    It seems to me that the closer you get to goal weight, the harder it is to shed. A little over a week ago I abandoned my scale out of frustration, because seeing the same number day after day regardless of healthy dieting and regular exercise was nothing but depressing. I've decided to try to weigh just at the end of the month, and focus on eating right and exercising as much as possible, knowing that it's the right thing to do, regardless of what the scale says. This being the end of the month, I did weigh in this morning, and have lost 2 pounds for the month. Not great, but take heart, it will come off eventually. Keep up the good work! You're doing great!

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KALATHIA 1/29/2010 4:00PM

    I've been to Lake Havasu City, AZ to visit my aunt. It's beautiful there! But, just to confirm with you, the summers are BRUTAL. My aunt, who loves the heat, leaves for the whole month of August. She goes to HI to visit her son because it's too hot in AZ even for her!

Good luck with your research!

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LASHARINK 1/28/2010 11:19PM

    Your blogs might be boring to you, but to at least one of your readers me, they've been entertaining, encouraging, motivating, supportive, and I can go on and on. So please don't stop - or be sure you keep checking up on me!!!

I just thought of something else, Michael Jackson's song - the one you know, "Don't stop until you get enough!!" I'm bad with names but I hope you know the song I mean. I'm humming it, but it's not coming to me!!! emoticon

Comment edited on: 1/28/2010 11:27:35 PM

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ALEXSGIRL1 1/28/2010 6:40PM

    exercise and eating right do wonders for your body. you will be stronger and fitter on the inside and outside. if you stop thinking so hard about it the weight may come off after all. emoticon

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KAT573 1/28/2010 6:38PM

    Creating new habits is always tedious, initially and takes committed effort & time. Once established, habits have a way of happening without having to put so much time into them; that is why they are habits and why it is hard to change them and takes concerted and dedicated effort to do so.

I have been at a plateau for over a year. I realize I need to eat LESS and continue exercising and building muscle (or else I will lose a half pound every year after the age of 30, which in turn affects the old bones and in turn affects independence and in turn affects quality of life; why live longer otherwise?? ) so I have worked hard on making those "habits" and it is working. That is my a large part of my motivation; I realize no matter how much work I do, I am not in full control of my health; it is a gift. But I can help it be the best it can be, and to me, that is an act of humility.

But more importantly, there is much more going on that is not on the surface, and the growth THERE is what keeps me HERE! Keep on keeping on in whatever manner you choose; it is up to you and always has been. May you find what you want to do! emoticon emoticon

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LISANANCY 1/28/2010 5:51PM

    Well, let's see if you stay on the right track you will eventually get there. Sometimes fighting hard doesn't do it. I am still working on my first little goal. It's almost embarrassing! But I still am staying and making the necessary changes to get me to a fit and healthy mindset. The weight will come off when it comes off. In the meantime, you get to feel stronger, clothes fit better and the whole attitude adjusts. You are doing a wonderful job. I didn't know it had a time frame. emoticon

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CHERIRIDDELL 1/28/2010 5:40PM

    I find when I give up worrying about it I lose more LOL!Like you I get bored thinking about it all the time .In fact I probably should move my little ticker thing but I have been studiously ignoring it and just exercising (yes I do do more than just type though I may have the fastest fingers in the west !)I just hope things are going well for you and you are keeping smiling! emoticon

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Amazing That January is Over

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Wasn't it just yesterday we were celebrating the new year? How is it almost February already?

My month has gone well in the health dept and I'm pleased with food and exercise program. Haven't lost, but maintained. Several semi-occasions will mean eating out sensibly - my b'day, another day of going to Palm Springs and up San Jacinto by tram to hike and eat with the view, and a day away to Universal Studios with a yearlong free pass.

Feeling good, and ready for February. The month of love. The month I celebrate my b'day the entire time, not just one day. (smiling)

Hope all my SPfriends are doing well. If you ever need my help, let me know.

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1NICUBABE 1/28/2010 3:58PM

    Cheers to February! My b-day month as well. Keep up the positive outlook.

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RICH530 1/28/2010 7:26AM

    I am so happy to hear you had such a great month!!! I love all that positive energy that is just bursting out of your blog!! I think I will borrow a bit of it to get me through the next few weeks!!! Wishing you more success!!
emoticon Lee

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CHERIRIDDELL 1/27/2010 11:45PM

    I like the idea of celebrating your birthday all month long !Since I let it pass in January perhaps I'll drag mine out for the duration of Aquarius anyways LOL! Universal Studios Excellent I was there in Florida many moons ago you will have to treat us to tales of what you enjoy at the California one (I can live vicariously !) I can hardly believe January is almost over time is on fast forwardd!

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ALEXSGIRL1 1/27/2010 7:44PM

    emoticonon an emoticonhappy month for you may February be just as good emoticon

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LISANANCY 1/27/2010 7:10PM

    There is still plenty of time to have fun in January. You sound like you live in a great place. Make the memories. find the joy. Just stay on track, and have a wonderful birthday.

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KALATHIA 1/27/2010 7:10PM

    Congratulations on a month well-lived and best wishes for a very happy birthday month!

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