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Tuesday, December 04, 2012

I don't have internet access at home anymore, so that has significantly cut down on my sparktime :(. That is OK though, I've been reading a lot more and the apartment is always clean now! I also lost two pounds over the last week, wich is 11 down since the middle of September, which equals just about a pound a week. I am really happy with the slow and steady pace. This is exactly what I wanted, and am really, really happy to be on track with my goal in this area. I've noticied that overall, to pinpoint my days, I am eating less and moving more. I know that is the key to success, and that seems to be what I am doing. I find ways to be busy, I've been waking up early, and stay moving most everyday, all day, and drink tons of water. I am also exercising in traditional ways, and recently bought a yoga video to add to my routine. I am excited to start doing this on a regular basis, yoga always makes me feel so good.

My bunny is doing really good, he is such an adorable part of our household. I think Tim and I are completely smitten with him. He is getting bigger and can jump onto the couch now! I came home from work on Saturday, and there was Tim, watching TV, with the bunny fast asleep on his lap. There aren't many things cuter to me than my big, strong hubby, sitting, petting a sleeping little bunny. Too darn cute!

I spent my day off yesterday in Sacramento, had a lot of fun in thrift stores over there. They have the very BEST thrift stores over there, too much fun. I found a nice fake leather jacket, and I passed it up because it was a little bit too small, I now wish I would have picked it was exactly what I wanted and soon I'll be able to zip it up!! Oh, well, maybe next time! I did get some nice, leather slip ons, that I'm wearing today. I must admit, I might be a little thrift addicted at the moment! I rarely spend more than $20.00 a week, but I have been going almost every week. I think it is fun, like I said, I used to spend that much or more on junk/fast food a week, now I'm spending it on fun stuff at a HUGE bargain!

So, I'm not getting swept up in the Christmas halabaloo this year. Since I am an Esoteric Christain, this season has a lot of spiritual meaning for me (yes, I know, Christains stole the holiday from many cultures and claimed it to be the birth of Christ even though no one knows when Christ was actually born). I don't let the chaos of the history of Christianity affect my love for Christ, which is all that really matters to me. So I do spend the season honoring his birth, whenever that wonderful day actually was. Having said that, I am buying any and all presents this year from thrift stores...............I believe in recycling! My mom and hubby may get one new gift, MAYBE! I try so hard to fight the pull of materialism that wafts over us this time of year. It gets easier to fight each year, but sometimes, my old ways seep in and I want to buy, buy, buy junk that no one wants. NOOOOOOOOOOOOO! Not this year. You know, Tim and I went the last three years without buying one another any gifts for anything, Christmas, birthdays, anniversary. We usally go out to eat, and that is about it. Our celebrations occur throughout the year, and we don't have to wait for "special" days to tell eachother how much we love eachother. So, that is my Christmas mini speal. I do love all times of the year, and see the beauty, love and majesty of the whole year...........I just get a little sickened by the materialism of what could be an otherwise beautiful holiday, spent honoring old and rich traditions. To any of you who celebrate this time of year in alternative ways, please share with me what you do. I love to educate myself on what other people/ cultures do to celebrate this time of year.

Well, I'm keeping as sparky as possible, not giving up. I'm not pushing as hard as I could be, but I'm not giving up either. I am happy with my pace of weight loss, and pray that I never give up on my quest for health and happiness. Cheers to all you brave sparkers out there fighting the good fight to live a quality life. Hope this season is full of lots of good things for you, and your loved ones.

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LEXIE63 12/11/2012 3:13PM

    I approve of your seasonal observations and your thrifty pressie purchasing. A great idea. One that I tend to follow too. And I won't mention that I'm a Druid, so it is my holiday, not yours. ;-) Life's too short to worry about who nabbed what holiday. :-)
Like you say, it is about the spirit of the season, and we can both feel that in our own way. And that feels good to me. :-)
Lex xxx

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ME_HERE_NOW 12/5/2012 9:59PM

    love that top pic! you've found lots of good ones! yes, it really is the materialism that ruins it for me. i hate seeing people who don't have money to waste rush out to buy gifts that no one will remember 3 months from now. i love the idea of going second hand and handmade for gifts that MUST be given...i made a beard beanie for my roommate, hope she likes it!

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HIPPICHICK1 12/5/2012 11:45AM

    emoticon on the steady weight loss! Glad you got your Spark back.
You know, a long time ago I made peace with "Christ"-mas. For me the Winter Solstice or Yule is most important. I get so very, very down with so little light. It starts to get dark here at 3:30 in the afternoon as the sun falls below the trees and hills. The sun sets at 4:30-ish these days, so I am thrilled when the 21st comes around and I revel in welcoming back the sun! I think of Christmas for Christians as their way welcoming the Son's birth, much in the way Pagans welcome the re-birth of the sun.
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RIDMYCOCOON 12/4/2012 3:55PM

    Congrats on loosing the weight! I knew you were rockin' it! Keep up that steady pace! My scale has stopped for the time being. My body is sculpting more and more but the numbers are not reflecting. Ah well, such is life at the moment. I am so happy about your little bun-buns! What is it's name?

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BIGPAWSUP 12/4/2012 3:17PM

    I'm sorry you don't have internet but I'm really happy to hear you are ok and doing well. Congrats on the weight loss! You are right on target.

We call "recycling" gifts mathom gifting. It is when you pass along something you no longer need/use to someone who could benefit from it.

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Current goals

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

It is time to revamp my goals. I have lost the spark a bit these last few weeks, and although I haven't gained, I haven't lost either, and there is a reason, I have slacked on fit mins and on food tracking and on water consumption. Wow, that is a lot of slacking! So it is time to pump it up. I've had half my water today, started the day of with 25 fit mins and have tracked everything I've eaten today. So for today, I'm doing better than I have in a couple of weeks. It is truly apalling how easy it is to quite for a day, which turns into a few day, then a week, and before you know it nearly a month can go by and I've lost my motivation and my spark.

I need to fix my bike tire, this is huge for me. I know it's a quick easy fix, but I've been putting it off for over a month. When I have my bike, it is easy to get a good 30 minute ride which always makes me feel so much better. I also need to get back into my ST routine. I was feeling much better when I was getting steady ST in.

I've realized that I not only want to feel better/stronger, but I also really do want to look better. I know that may sound funny, but my looks have never been a big motivating factor in my desire to loose weight. But recently I've realized, I truly do want to look healthier. And that can only happen if I put my health as a priority, everyday, throughout the day. I have a terrible tendency when things are stressful, to put anything and everything as priority over my health. I always think in the back of my mind, " I have time later, tomorrow, next week, etc." Well this thinking is what got me through my first year on SP without any real wieght loss, and if I don't change this thinking, I will be working on my second year with no substantial weight loss. This is not what I want. I really want to be serious, without killing myself in the process. Balance in this area is so incredibly hard for me. I know I'm not alone in this, but I also know that there are many people who have had great success with SP and I want to be one of those people!!!!

I think I am going to pick up the Spark book and work my way through from the begining again. I think that is what I really need right now. With a clear goal in my mind, at all times, it is easier to get done what I need to do.

Well, my pep talk is over for today. It is time to truly focus on what I want and make it happen, no distractions, no excuses, just focus, focus, focus!!!

Keep on sparking, your spark is what makes me know there is light at the end of this tunnel for me!!!

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RIDMYCOCOON 12/4/2012 3:48PM

    You totally got this!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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BIGPAWSUP 11/28/2012 1:02PM

    This is an awesome blog and you are hitting home on a lot of my issues lately. Thanks!

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HIPPICHICK1 11/27/2012 8:47PM

    The thing that works the best is to never quit. This is it. This is your life and it will be all the better because you took care of your health.
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BLUE42DOWN 11/27/2012 5:00PM


The funny thing with stuff we put off, once we finally do it, is that feeling of "why on earth did I put it off so long?" Remember:

Today is the Tomorrow you promised would be better Yesterday!

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Bunny pics!!

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Sweet bunny!!

Tim is hiding, but the point of sharing is look how sweet they are together!!

I have lot's more pics, but I'll leave it at that for now!! I think I am going to be like a true proud mama with the little bunny! He is soooo cute, I love him so much! I was going for the name Zoey for a girl and Jasper for a boy, but my husband really, REALLY wanted to name him Jesse. He wanted that name for a child too, girl or boy!! Haaa! So it's Jesse the rabbit and we love him sooo much. He just sits on our lap and lets us pet him as long as we want. Such a great little addition to our home.

Things have been great lately. Getting lots of fit mins in. Eating really well. The scale is at a stanstill, but I feel great! And I actually bought a pair of 16 jeans yesterday, that was really awesome. I think I'm changin my shape a little, and stengthening without seeing too much weight loss right now. I'm seeing it as success for now. I know it will come off in due time.

I'm really getting excited for Thanksgiving. It is my favorite holiday of the year. So I'm looking forward to lot's of good food, wine, games, laughs and all around joy and merriment. I plan to eat very small portions and just have what I want, but not too much.

Hope you all have a lovely holiday week. Keep sparkling!!!

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RIDMYCOCOON 12/4/2012 3:47PM

    What a sweet little fur fluff!

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NESARIAN 11/25/2012 4:50PM

    What a cutie patootie!!!!!

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ME_HERE_NOW 11/24/2012 12:54AM


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HIPPICHICK1 11/21/2012 10:17PM

    OMG!!! Too cute!
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BIGPAWSUP 11/20/2012 9:10PM

    How adorable!! That is one cute bunny. Welcome Jesse.

Congrats on doing so well with your plan. I'm proud of all you've accomplished.

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JAMBABY0 11/20/2012 3:38PM

    Too cute! Just have to love bunnies emoticon I have two of my own!

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PICKIE98 11/20/2012 3:26PM

    I love the name Jesse for him/her. What doll! Jesse for a baby does not compute, all I can think of is Jesse James,, or Pat on Saturday night live,, is it a boy or girl??? Too genderless... perfect for a bunny though..

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My new baby!

Saturday, November 17, 2012

I got a lionhead bunny last night! It is a new breed of rabbit, hasn't made it to the official American breed's list yet. It is sooooo cute!! It is the best natured rabbit I've ever seen, and it already seems to be litter trained. I'm really happy with it.

Well I tried to upload a few pics of the little cutie, but that option is not working for my computer right now. It is so cute because it has lots of wild hair everywhere, which is perfect for me, since my profession is working with hair! Too darn cute!

Well the rain has started, postponing my walking time. I haven't quite found the right exercise combo to compensate for the calories I was burning during my outside fitness time, but I'm sure I will, I just have to be diligent and not give up. Made one of my new faves, lemon piccatta rice with baked chicken and broccoli tonight. Nice to be making some good food again. It's amazing what you can do when you have groceries in the house!!

Well, I'm planning for next week to be sparkling in all ways, hope it is for all of you too.

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HIPPICHICK1 11/18/2012 11:19AM

    Yes, pictures and names of bunny please!
And the recipe for the lemon piccatta rice with baked chicken and broccoli would be fab too!
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RIDMYCOCOON 11/18/2012 10:04AM

    emoticon Simply Cannot Wait! What did you name the bunny?

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SIRENSONGS 11/18/2012 9:42AM

    Awww, your new bunny sounds too cute! And kudos for keeping up your diligence in regards to sparking. I hope you have a great week!

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BEAUTY_WITHIN 11/18/2012 2:37AM

    Can't wait to see pictures!!

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BLUE42DOWN 11/18/2012 1:00AM

    Sounds really cute! Reminds me of crossing Netherland Dwarves and Angoras. (As a teen, we raised rabbits - from French Lops down to Holland Lops, Angoras - showing them at the county fair each summer.)

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BIGPAWSUP 11/18/2012 12:11AM

    Can hardly wait to see the pictures! Sounds adorable. Hope you had a wonderful day!

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LALMEIDA 11/17/2012 11:31PM

  emoticon Enjoy your cute little bunny!

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Great morning

Monday, November 12, 2012

Wow, what a great week, weekend, and morning I've had. Work has been busy, looks like rent will get paid after all!! Hee! Tim had 3 whole days off this weekend, so we spend extra TLC time together. Went to my Mom's on Saturday after work, had a wonderful dinner. Went to church yesterday, and came home and had ham, scalloped potatoes and carrotts..........and he said it was the "best meal I'd ever made." :) That always feels good to feed the hubby something he likes that has more nutrition in in then he usually gets out on the road. There was enough leftovers that he has most of the first part of this weeks meals to take with him already, which is good on the pocketbook and much better than eating out everyday...........which is what happens when we don't plan ahead.

I spent this morning at the Arboretum in Davis, which is my new fave place to walk. It's a 3.5 mile loop, with water, ducks, redwoods and lot's of other pretty plants and various animals at different times of the year, including turtles and lots of squirrels. I really love it there. It's nice to have a safe, pretty place to go walk, and I love knowing exacly how far it is, so I can try to beat my past times whenever I go. Lot's of people out walking, running and biking today. Very lovely. I jogged a bit of it, but not too much, I was sweating profusely just from my brisk walk. Felt great to start the day off with that.

I went over to my fave thrift store in Davis, and found a pair is very lightly used Dr. Marten' fave boots. They are one of the nicest pairs I've seen. Brown leather, very, very great find. I was a bit shocked when I saw them, I never see those in thrift stores. A guy that works there commented on how nice they were and that he had his eye on them too............of course I had to snatch them up. With a pricetag of $10.00 bucks I couldn't resist. I usually don't pay more than $5.00 for thrift items, but these boots are in really great shape and I'll use them a lot, and I can't afford new ones, so it's an all around win for me! I also was able to pick up a book I wanted last time I was there, I was afraid it would be gone, but it wasn't. I am very happy with today's findings!! I don't know why thrift shopping makes me so happy, but it does. I've been thrift shopping since I was about fact that is where the majority of my shopping has been done since then. Every once in awhile I am super excited by what I find, today is one of those days!!

Going to go pick up Grandpa in a few hours, it's his mani-pedi day. We are going to watch the new Snow White and the Huntsman movie. I saw it in the theater, but haven't seen it since. I think it will be a very nice day for us. He hasn't been over in a few weeks, and it's just us two, so it should be nice. Especially nice to let him come over for a glass of wine, a nice dinner and we can chat about his favorite topic, WWII to celebrate this Vetertan's Day weekend.

Last time I weighed I was only 2 pounds from my 10 pound loss mark........hope I get there soon. It's nice that I'm not giving up. I've seemed to embark on a new path of self acceptance. I know that at the pace I'm going, I won't be breaking any weight loss records, but I don't intend to give up, ever, so I figure everything will move in the right direction in good time. I've done the y0-yo thing so many times, so now, I'm trying the tortoise approach...............he did win the race you know!!!

Hope your week is smashingly lovely in all ways.

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ME_HERE_NOW 11/15/2012 10:09PM

    loving the positivity radiating here, seems like you have a nice balance going right now! proud of you, keep up the good work! :D

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RIDMYCOCOON 11/13/2012 12:56PM

    YES! That is a terrific find! I have been dreaming of getting some docs. I went to the mall on Saturday to price them and OUCH. You are charmed and talented! I really gotta shop with you in daytime living (not only during dreamtime :)

I am completely stoked to hear your acceptance and self-love-support. You won't ever give up! I know that. Everything takes time. Everything that matters at least ;)

Yay, for your special TLC with the hubs!!!

I liked the Huntsman more than I thought I was going to. I know you, like me,think that actor is super hot... I think I remember you saying you found him easy on the eyes after the Thor movie? Anyway, it was fun. Let me know what you think of it!


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HIPPICHICK1 11/12/2012 10:53PM

    Your walks sounds lovely! I wanna be there on one of those walks with you some day.

I love Doc Martens!! I have two pairs of boots - the first purchased in 1992 - are black with rainbow stitching and used to have rainbow laces but they broke. And the 2nd pair I bought in '97. They are a snakeskin print and have the original laces! I still love and wear them. You got a great deal at $10. In '92 I paid $150 for them!

Now I'm itching to go thrift store shopping!!

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BIGPAWSUP 11/12/2012 6:26PM

    What an awesome find. I'm quickly getting addicted to thrift shops!

Sounds like you have some fun planned - enjoy.

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BEAUTY_WITHIN 11/12/2012 4:53PM

    Great job! Congrats on your find! :)

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ENCINOJIM 11/12/2012 3:32PM

  Glad to hear your moving in the right direction. 8lbs lost is better than 8lbs gained... no matter what the pace is. Keep it up!

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