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Sunday, October 30, 2011

It's been a lovely day. Started out good, got in a nice walk before church. Had a blanced breakfast, had a great Sunday church service, didn't overeat at lunch. The weather couldn't be any better. I'm going to set up my budget plan on the spark finances site this afternoon. Excited about tomorrow! Going to the local homeless shelter in the moring to get my volunteering times established, something I've been wanting to do for a really long time. Also, of course, my long awaited fall festival in Sacramento. It's been a very nice weekend, a very nice summer, and a very nice year. I love it when a whole a year goes good!!! Hope your weekends are going well.

Some lovlies I saw in my apartment complex today

I always love it when I catch a busy insect collecting nectar, reminds me of the bounty of nature.

Just finished my first virtual 5K, and my time was 3 minutes faster than my last time............maybe I've officially kicked this little funk!!!! I'm pretty pumped right now!! I'm especially excited because about 5, 10, and 15 minutes into the walk/run I was going to give up and turn glad I didn't. Think I might just finish reading the Spark tonight, think I'm ready for a good jump start to this next week.
Have fun people!!!!

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RIDMYCOCOON 11/7/2011 11:15AM

    Sounds beautiful, Honey.

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WENDYLEE15 10/31/2011 8:02AM

    Pretty pis..thanks for sharing.Have a wonderful new week !!And your doing awesome!! emoticon emoticon

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EYES_ON_THEPRAZ 10/30/2011 11:57PM

    beautiful pics. great job on the 5k!

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Halloween party

Saturday, October 29, 2011

Went to a fun halloween/b-day party for my co-workers twin girls. Haven't been to a kids birthday part in awhile. I didn't eat any pizza but I did have a cupcake. Don't know if that is exactly a win, but it isn't a total loss. Had a fun time, love watching the kids have fun!!!! Still looking forward to the festival on Monday.......I've been wanting to go to this particular festival for 6 years! Really can't wait! Read a bit of the SP cookbook today, it is really awesom, so glad I picked it up. Still don't feel quite on track yet. But I want to be, so that is a good feeling. Think I might fall back onto my fast break goals to get me back in gear. Think if I focus on all the things I was focused on when I started, I can gain back the momentum and success I had then. (Not that I feel I've completely fallen off the wagon yet, I just don't want to!!)

A few shots from the day:

Angel lady

My lovely boss and wonderful co-worker!! Love these girls!

Birthday sweet!!!

It's fun to be able to step back in social gatherings with a camera and catch the sweet moments, I love it!

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RIDMYCOCOON 11/7/2011 11:18AM

    Looks like fun! You look marvelous! BANG! With those eyes of yours!

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CROOKEDLETTER 10/30/2011 3:45PM

    Glad you had a lovely time. And glad you enjoyed one sweet treat. Have fun tomorrow!

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EMRANA 10/30/2011 11:35AM

  Cute photos! And the cupcakes look good! I say it's a win, you had one cupcake and not several, and you skipped the pizza. Go you!

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CAZANN2 10/30/2011 9:51AM

    Great pics ! keep going, emoticon emoticon

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WENDYLEE15 10/30/2011 8:55AM

    Great pics!! Good job on the no pizza..You are going to be fine!! You'll be back to where you were in no time!! emoticon emoticon

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POOKASLUAGH 10/30/2011 7:47AM

    Congrats on not eating the pizza. Pizza is like my worst enemy. I *always* yield!

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FREETHEGODDESS 10/30/2011 3:10AM

    Cute photos! Look at all those cupcakes...I don't blame you for wanting to have one...sooo colorful! Just track it and cut back on something else and you should be fine.

Glad you enjoyed the party. I love dressing up...I haven't decided what I will wear to take my son trick-or-treating. Maybe a butterfly fairy or I have a cute mermaid costume my mother made for me several years back. I don't know if it fits and it needs some minor repairs. I think I will try it on tomorrow. Have a fun weekend!
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LIVINGFREE19 10/29/2011 11:05PM

    Wow, nice pictures!
I bet you did have fun!
Have a nice rest of the weekend!


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Mini break

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Haven't exercisted since Sunday (yesterday I did walk ALOT but it wasn't planned exercise), haven't logged my food in two day, haven't lost any weight since the 17th, yeah, kind of frustrated must admit. I feel like I am in limbo, hanging right in the middle. I know I'm not gaining/binging, but I'm not going in the direction I want to either. I am not being all I can be, and that is frustrating. I really was on track until Sunday. So today is Thursday, all is not lost yet!!! But I am really wiped out from yesterday. I went to the Sacramento Waldorf School to pick up my tickets for the Halloween festival and my car wouldn't start. Had to get towed back home, that was $140.00, now my car is at the mechanics, goodness knows what it is or what the bill will be. But, I did get to spend a lovely day at the college (where I went to school) and some time with a dear friend I rarely see. (I always try and look on the bright side!!) I guess life does take hold sometimes and we just have to hold it by the reins and not let go!!! I have to admit I'm glad the car thing happened after I got the tickets and not before, because I really want to go to that!!!!

OK, just wanted to get that little adventure/mini break off my chest. Feels good to purge my little dissapointments, that way I don't carry their weight around on my shoulders all day.


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TRIXIEBLUE 10/27/2011 7:53PM

    Sorry about your car but remember, it's important to relax sometimes too!

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CAZANN2 10/27/2011 6:20PM

    Good job on staying positive and not let a few "down" days sidetrack you ! Sorry to hear about your car :(

Keep going, you can do it emoticon

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WENDYLEE15 10/27/2011 3:49PM

    Breaks are fine and you are still staying positive. You have been and still are doing great!! I know all about the car thing..with me not having one now for a few months..I guess the bright side is not having to worry about expensive car it's been really tough..without transportation here.. but we do need to just hang in there to see what is going to happen because of these things.. sorry..that is my "everything happens for a reason " way of thinking.The reasons are not always shown to us right away but eventually are.That helps me to stay positive..thinking it is all for the best..because better is to come :).
Hugs, blessings and prayers..for everything to work out wonderfully !!
Take care
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RIDMYCOCOON 10/27/2011 3:39PM

    You got this! Just keep moving forward emoticon

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ME_HERE_NOW 10/27/2011 3:09PM

    amen, sometimes you just gotta get the old news off your mind and turn again to face the sun and head on with your journey. never is ALL lost, you always have the power to turn on the spark again. your weight may stay the same for a while since you lost so wonderfully right off the bat, but you keep doing what you can because it will all start flowing again, in the meantime you shape & tone and keep building on the fitness you have started to build. hope the car comes back soon/not too expensively!!

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RIVER331 10/27/2011 2:56PM

    Purging via blogging is a great idea emoticon Shake it off and move on in a positive direction. It's so hard when those stress moments happen (breaking down) but maybe you are using that event to get yourself going again - after all here you are, moving forward! Now THAT's positive!! emoticon

You just had a couple rest days; get back to your scheduled workouts and you will feel better! Hope your car situation is cleared up soon, and economically! I sure miss living near my brother; he can do anything with cars.

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EMRANA 10/27/2011 12:51PM

  I'm a positive person too ~ I look at your body's little break as an adjustment after the success you've had. You said you haven't been binging or gaining, so that's great! We all need a little bit of wiggle room sometimes ~ and don't forget, sometimes it's not about the exact calories, but also about the quality of what you're eating. I was hungry last night after dinner, and I went over my calories by about 110. But I ate organic strawberries and fresh raspberries, and I can't imagine that's going to hurt me very much. I had a very balanced day. No worries.

Thinking good things about your car repair bill! I miss not being able to just rely on mass transit. Owning a car is a source of stress too much!


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POOKASLUAGH 10/27/2011 12:49PM

    I feel you. I am suffering from scale stagnation right now too. Ugh.

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WJPHILLIPS1 10/27/2011 12:34PM

    You know, I like to look at the positive side of life because there are too many situations, people and event that will weigh you down. The way I see your "mini break" is you have gotten all the negativity out of the way. NOW, get back into the swing of things. Your goal is waiting for you.

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October roses

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Just a little present that this morning offered me, thought I'd shar it with you.

Yesterday was spent in a quite different way than I'd planned, but it was good. I did not do my virtual 5K, leaving it for Thursday or Friday now. I did not get any "standard" exercise in yesterday, but I was running like a wild woman from morning till night, so I don't feel terribly bad about it. Picked up my Spark cookbook, plan on taking the time today to absorb that and get inspired for this weeks meals. Picked up my tickets for the Halloween festival at the Sacramento Waldorf School on Monday. I am very excited. My mother, sister, niece and I will be going. I will be in my angel costume, looking very lovely I'm sure ;)! I am excited for many reasons. I have not dressed up for Halloween in quite awhile, also I have wanted to go to this festival since I moved here 6 years ago. Plus being able to take my niece is just spectacular, events like this aren't nearly as fabulous without children. So, that is the excitement in my life for now. That and the fact that it looks like my husband and I have nailed down some pretty concrete plans for moving to Southern Oregon. I will be remaining here for work during the week, and going there Saturday-Monday. It is only a 4.5 hour drive, not the worst, but I will have to do it, atleast at first until I find another job. I may be able to hitch a ride with my husband down and back occasionally, it all depends on where he is driving for the week. I don't relish the idea of moving, but it is an action based on YEARS of debate between us. My husband is from Georgia, and he has never acclimated to the faster pace of California. I don't really hear his complaints sometimes because I am from here, but it is finally time for us to listen to his hearts call and try another state. It is hard for me to picture this move, after reading my last blog about how all of my family finally lives in the same county and how wonderful that is! But, if it is meant to be, it will all work out for the best, if it is not, then I've told my husband he just has to make do with California! It's funny, I love California, the geography, the people, the coasts, the art, agriculture, history, really everything about it. But I am sympathetic to the wishes of my husband who wants to live in "Mayberry"! I do try to explain to him that Mayberry was made up for TV...........but he seems to think it exists in Southern Oregon, maybe he's right. But you know, I think the only place it really exists is in our hearts. I feel that we make our surroundings what we want them to be. I definitely am not a "the grass is always greener on the other side" kind of thinker. I am very much a "bloom where you are planted" kind of thinker. I've had good times everywhere I have lived, and made friends at each place, so I guess the old addage "you take yourself with you", is really true. We'll just see how well my husband blooms when he is living in Mayberry. Only time will tell!

Hope your week is bright, thanks for reading this ramble! I sometimes just need to type it all out. Feels like a purification process.
Cheers to us!

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RIDMYCOCOON 10/26/2011 10:05PM

    And, that picture of the rose is flipping amazing. I love the hues. It sort of looks victorian. Loverly.

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RIDMYCOCOON 10/26/2011 10:03PM

    Cheers to us and Cheers to Change! emoticon

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BUTTERFLYAT38 10/25/2011 11:18PM

    change is never easy. that is for sure. it will all work out for the best at the end with lessons learned all is too new places, faces and moments...

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CROOKEDLETTER 10/25/2011 4:54PM

    A lovely rose. Sending figuring it all out fairies your way as y'all try out new possibilities.

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WENDYLEE15 10/25/2011 4:11PM

    Beautiful pic. It sounds like you will be fine no matter what.That's great!! Not everyone can think or be that way.There's nothing like being able to adapt no matter where you are or what is around you.Beauty is in the eye of the beholder..wouldn't it be great if everyone could wake up and see the beauty regardless of where they are??Ok I am starting to ramble again emoticon
Have a wonderful rest of the week !!
Hugs and blessings!!

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RIVER331 10/25/2011 3:38PM

    Beautiful rose!
I feel your pain at the idea of moving away from loved ones... but your honesty and love shine through for your DH, as well. If it's not what he expects and wants, is he open to moving back? And if it does work out for him there, will you be able to let go of CA? I know you've probably thought all of this through since you've been discussing it for years, but making some decisions now, before you move, might save some heartache or hard feelings later.
Small town living does have advantages. It would be nice if you could both feel the same way about it but regardless, love does conquer all! emoticon emoticon

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EMRANA 10/25/2011 12:56PM

  What a delicate and beautiful rose ~ thanks for sharing it!

Southern Oregon is so pretty. I love your attitude about being open and flexible to what is meant to be. Looking forward to watching the story unfold.


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CAZANN2 10/25/2011 12:54PM

    Loved the pretty, thank you for sharing:) Good luck with your plans for your move, I would love to see that side of the country sometime ! I actually live fairly near to Mount Airy, NC, which is the town Mayberry was based on. I think there is even a museum there all about

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CHRIMSONFYRE 10/25/2011 12:45PM

    I have some small roses poking out for October also, they make me smile when I see them in the mornings.

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FENWAYGIRL18 10/25/2011 12:42PM

    i love little presents like that from nature, i too found one of my pink roses blooming over the weekend and saw a monarch butterfly on the butterfly bush, a true gift from god as i was having a bad day....
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Sunday, October 23, 2011

This morning is wonderful. I have finished my six mile ride, not necessarily in record time, but I enjoyed it, and burned a fair amount of calories. I am looking forward to my virtual 5K on Monday, and really hope to break my standing record, I am pretty confidant I will be able to. I am no longer mourning the summer weather, but instead am embracing the change. It does come with some lovely color changes, temp changes, excitement over holidays and wistful daydreams about what the new year will hold. I purchased the new Spark cookbook and it is waiting in the office of my apartment building to be picked up. I can't wait to get my hands on that. I must admit, my eating has gotten a bit boring. Not unsatisfying, just routine. I also have to say that yerba mate is DEFINITELY my friend. I did wiki it and am pretty impressed with the list of positive benefits it holds for the regular partaker. I do think it is the best tea/drink I've had in awhile, which is saying alot because I do LOVE my kombucha. It's funny, I still haven't finished reading The Spark and I've had it nealy a month and a half. I don't know what I am waiting for. I know I will finish it, I just seem to be waiting to relish it on a particularly challenging day when I need the inpsiration. I was thinking about all the changes that have been made in such a short amount of time, and just how eventful this summer was, in comparison to the last few summers. I really have been busy in a good way. Visiting, photographing, exercising, there has been A LOT of reconnecting with people from my past (and of course the one disconnect with a person from my past). I've had family move into my county, both my brother and his family and my sister. I have a new co-worker that I adore, who keeps me on my toes with the questions "do you remember when/this?" It is quite wonderful because we have similar tastes in music/movies/literature/art so it is really fun to pick eachothers brains! She is a trip! Of course getting my bike fixed has been one of the ultimate highlights of the last two months. I really can't believe I've had it for so many years without taking advantage of the true bliss that it has to offer. I can never write one of these blogs without thinking of all of you. Having your support and love in my life these last months has been priceless. I couln't have dreamt of a better gift for my soul. I hope you all are loving life, and striving to give yourself richer experiences everyday.
Adios amigos, follow the light fantastic and see where the day leads.

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LIVINGFREE19 10/24/2011 4:06PM

    That's great you enjoy having family closer. In my case, my family is better farther away! LOL!
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CROOKEDLETTER 10/24/2011 2:54PM

    As always it is a pleasure to read your blog. Sending all sorts of good wishes your way. Enjoy those bike rides. I debating about taking a long one tomorrow- the only problem is that a fair amount of the ride is with yucky traffic. But I want to see how long it takes me to go 6 miles at a reasonable pace.

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WENDYLEE15 10/24/2011 10:23AM

    Have a beautiful new week!! emoticon emoticon

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CAZANN2 10/23/2011 7:54PM

    Loved reading your blog :) It's nice to have family live closer ! Wishing you a good week emoticon

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