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Thursday, September 26, 2013

Just wanted to say thanks to spark friends who always comment on my blogs and offer words of support, encouragement, amusement and sometimes kick my butt.
So for enquiring minds, Yes, I have stayed out of the poptarts.
I did bring my own snacks, honey crisp apple and honey yogurt, as well as milk, because my employer doesnt drink it.
I have walked the stairs quite a bit today and am feeling pretty good.
Getting my water and hoping I get a good long walk in real soon.
One thing about my job, they do keep healthy foods on hand as well, I have enjoyed a turkey bacon and tomato sandwich on double fiber wheat bread for lunch.
And as for the phone issue, partially resolved, AT&T has agreed to reimburse me for the minutes prepaid package I purchased, and they requested the local store to waive the restocking fee for the phone.
However, the local store manager was a, ummmmm, well, lets just say he was a very bad word to me on the phone and said theres nothing he can do.
I said, nothing???
Like maybe walk over to the computer and click a few keys and take it off???
So, I am going to sell the phone for 80 bucks, which I am losing 20, but thats better than taking it back and being charged 35.
Never ever ever again will I do business with AT&T.
Other than that, I have had a relatively decent day, the sun is shining and I have enjoyed getting outside as much as I can.

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JUST_BRENDA 9/27/2013 7:25AM


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IAMBIZI 9/26/2013 10:14PM

    sounds productive! good going!

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LOTUSBURGER 9/26/2013 4:42PM

    Woo Hoo

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MELISSIMAUS 9/26/2013 3:58PM

    Wow, that's very unprofessional. Glad you got some satisfaction from corporate, at least.

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CAROL494 9/26/2013 3:19PM


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KESTRYLL 9/26/2013 3:14PM

    I am happy for you that the sun is shining!

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put a lock on the poptarts please

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Back is aching this evening, havent done alot, but for some reason, its aching.
Pouring rain here and almost dark out.
Didnt get to walk today. Maybe tomorrow evening.
Scale still stuck, has been for weeks and weeks, a pound here or there, but nothing substansial to report.
Have started a streak (if it is such) on working on my abs.
Or, well, trying to actually find some muscle in that area. Doing squats, and crunches and side bends with the dumbbells.
Going to do some stairs tonight, even though it bothers my foot, its good, and I have the eliptical here as well.
Not much to report tonight.
Trying to keep busy and away from the poptart cabinet, lol, I call it that because thats what it is.
Nothing but stacks of poptarts, while my employer buys the oatmeal and unfrosted kinds, they are still carbs and sugar and not on my food list.
So, I am just sparking.
I am really realizing just how important getting supplements, such as iron and fiber and vitmain d and calcium are to me, because each day I spark my food and I am just staying way below the levels set for me by SP.
I tend to stay within my calories by a little, some days better than others, today for example, I am right on target.
But my supplements are way way low.
But at least I am staying out of the poptarts!!!

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YAGERMONSTER 9/27/2013 3:29AM

    Yeah, I don't buy them at the house because of the temptation. But occasionally they have them in the vending machine in front of my work station. emoticon
Those and Hostess Cup Cakes. emoticon

Comment edited on: 9/27/2013 3:30:20 AM

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JUST_BRENDA 9/26/2013 7:16AM

    Maybe bring your own healthy food

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FRENCHSEAMS 9/25/2013 10:17PM

    pop tarts....they don't even seem like real food to me.

you are wise to avoid those calories for sure.

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CHANGE4FIT 9/25/2013 9:08PM

    Poptarts are right up there with little debbie treats-public enemy #1 and irresistible. I guess at least poptarts are like a vitamin wrapped in a pastry-LOL

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FATASHNOMORE 9/25/2013 7:48PM

    Amen, sister, those PopTarts are hard to resist!!!

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MELISSIMAUS 9/25/2013 7:30PM

    Sometimes when I'm tempted by something really un-food-like, made of sugar and corn syrup and preservatives and little else, I imagine what my body would say to me if it could talk.

Go you for resisting, and for shaking up the workouts!

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unconditional friendship, no doubt, with pics!!

Sunday, September 22, 2013

Yesterday could have been a pretty bad day for me, it was the anniversary of the death my brother.
And it was the anniversary of another event in my life that really changed who I am and the way my lifes direction has gone in the last year.
But instead of sitting inside and feeling down and sorry, I went and hung out at the river with my dearest friend.
We walked along the water and looked for arrowheads, and stood by our cars talking for 2 hours.
I always come away from my time spent with him feeling better about life. I always am reminded to always live life to the fullest, cant change the past and have to move forward, he has a way of reminding me that life is short, and we cant always control what happens, but we can control how we react to it, and what we do to steer ourselves away from further pain. He never ceases to amaze me with the way he can make me go from down in the dumps to feeling pumped and ready to take on the world. He has been thru hell on this earth and at times he too can get very very depressed, but he goes off alone and sits and thinks and prays on it and he finds some meaning in whatever it is.
I can say with all honesty, he is the best friend I have ever had and I hope everyday to talk to him and I know when I do, I will see a little light at the end of the darkness.
This man was the friend who was convicted of 2nd degree manslaugher earlier this year.
I have blogged about him in the past, about the events that occurred in his life that caused this to be.
A stranger came to his home in the early morning hours and tried to come inside and he took the only action he felt he could at that time.
That was over a year ago and it was during that time these events happened when I really buckled down and got myself on the ball.
On July 3rd last year my friend was released on bond and I seen him struggling with the way people viewed him, I seen him dealing with the decision he had made.
And I knew I had to be there for him, so I changed my life as well, I gave up pop then, havent had one since, and I started walking daily, started losing weight and he was always there for me, coming to walk with me to encourage me to keep at it.
I sat in court with him every day of his trial.
I know thru my life that no matter how down I get, I can call on him anytime and he is a true friend, he is the real deal, he will stop whatever he is doing and talk to me.
and I know I have helped him as well.
We tell each other often how we both feel our lives might have gone differently had we not found each other when we did.
I guess its hard to explain how someone you have pretty much known from afar for so long can come closer into your life and change you for the better.
So overall yesterday turned out to be a really good day.
I will never stop fighting for positive change in my life, i will walk and I will eat healthy and I will read and find ways to stay positive, and spark daily.
And I will love my friend for what he has given me, happiness in my darkest hours. He is one friend I never ever doubt.
me and my very best bestie SM!!!
....looking for arrowheads on the riverbank. Ky/Va state line.

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KATHY391 9/22/2013 4:50PM

    so happy that you have someone special in your life who makes your life better.
wish you the best!

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JUST_BRENDA 9/22/2013 1:02PM

    It's vary rare to have such a close friendship. Enjoy!

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IAMBIZI 9/22/2013 11:51AM

    happy that you have some one special in your life!

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CAPECODBABE 9/22/2013 11:47AM

    You are so lucky to have someone that special in your life.

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LOJACK73 9/22/2013 10:12AM

    You have an awesome friend. Cherish the memories!
Glad the day turned out better than what it could have.

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gotta get that boom boom boom...(even doggy boom)

Friday, September 20, 2013

My new dog Bo, is possessed!!!
Without a doubt, the meanest dog I have ever encountered. Tears up his pee pads, after dumping a few turds on them, then he tears them up and scatters his mess all across the porch!!
I have decided to leave the porch gate open from now on and maybe soon he will outgrow the thrill of playing with his own doody!!
What a crazy dog!
Today has gone by pretty fast, have stayed within calorie range, but still didnt meet my calcium, fiber, iron or vitamin d goals.
Close on calcium, and fiber.
Guess its just going to take more tweaking or lowering my numbers.
Getting ready to tackle the other two rooms, bedroom and bath tonight, got the living room cleaned last night and the kitchen mostly.
And oh yea, theres the dog poo covered porch!!!
Feeling run down and tired for some reason, could be my iron levels, thankfully I have my supplements.
Just trying to stay on track.
It is so past time for me to be seeing some dropping numbers!!!

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BAREFOOTGRL 9/21/2013 7:01PM

    My dog Riley poops beside his pad because it moves under him when he tries to go on it. He is almost 6 so I guess I should just be thankful that he's little, lol.

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JUST_BRENDA 9/21/2013 8:19AM

    The dog is probably kinda entertaining --- when you don't think of the clean up effort you'll have to put in!

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IAMBIZI 9/20/2013 8:07PM

    they make vit d3 capsules little tiny things that are very esy to swallow. I take 5000 units a day because I was low.

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BJPENNY70 9/20/2013 7:11PM

    Hang in there. The dog will improve. Juggling nutrition will get better. You will see results. Just keep at it! emoticon

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RAPUNZEL53 9/20/2013 7:07PM

  Good Luck!

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buy sale or trade, or probably just toss

Thursday, September 19, 2013

So, I went over my calories tonight. I guess the extra 300 calories wasnt that bad.
Afterall, it was in the form of protein and my struggle to reach my vitamin d, fiber and iron daily.
I am not succeeding.
Each day, I cannot tweak my diet to reach the goals.
So, I continue taking a supplement for each.
Which is good, but I am trying to figure out how to reach those needed goals in the form of food and still maintain my calories, protein and low sodium.
Today I have spent cleaning, as I said I would, I have two rooms still to go, and alot alot alot of junk to get rid of.
How many times have I written this same blog?
and no, I am not a hoarder, I just honestly dont know where the stuff comes from.
I must have cleaned out the same 6 drawers a dozen times.
Clothes seem to be the bulk of the junk.
So, I didnt walk today, I havent left the house, I awoke to pouring down rain.
And so, I rolled over and went right back to sleep. I will get my exercise today though.
I have been staying pretty busy all day and still have alot to do thruout the evening.
wishing all sparkers a great night.

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JUST_BRENDA 9/20/2013 5:35AM

    It's hard to think of walking when it's raining!
Yep, I get the cleaning/straightening/organizing cycle. It just never seems to end!

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JONEC14333 9/19/2013 6:42PM

    I agree that more protein is better than making it a 300 calorie oh...milkshake or something. It was only 300 calories. Don't stress. Clear out some space in front of your computer and do some of the videos...or get a WII fit, or some weights! Have a good one!

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BARBANNA 9/19/2013 6:39PM

    Glad you are using your time effectively! Now come to my house and do the same! emoticon emoticon

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