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October Ghouls… I mean goals =]

Friday, October 01, 2010

1. Continue doing exactly what I’ve been doing. Oh, if it could only be that easy.

2. When I get stalled, tweak, tweak and then tweak some more. Notice I didn’t say “if.”

3. Learn from others’ experiences. I no longer use the word mistakes.

4. Be supportive while living fearless. Say what I mean and mean what I say.

5. Embrace life. Eat cake, drink champagne and enjoy the season. All in moderation of course.

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RENE54 10/6/2010 3:05PM

    Love your blog!! I have been doing some "tweaking" of my own. I also enjoyed the pumpkin photo. You always make me smile! emoticon

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KESTRIE 10/4/2010 9:48PM

    Thanks for the wonderful comments on my blog!!

I read your blog this morning, but forgot to comment. And then I found myself tweaking my goals... Hmmm... Must have been inspired!!

Thank you :)

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SUSIEPH1 10/3/2010 1:40AM

    Way to go Linda,
well said, great blog, so true ... Love Susie emoticon

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KARRYB1 10/2/2010 3:14PM

    Great goals and great attitude! emoticon

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KATRIONAH 10/2/2010 12:02AM

    Linda,You've been a good "GHOUL".....Oopsie girl. YOU will succeed. Just keep on following your game plan. AND...remember to share your 'BOO-tiful"..oopsie there I go again....See what YOU started? tee hee hee..anyway, just remember to share your BEAUTIFUL smile.....Have a joy filled weekend. Karen emoticon emoticon

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PAULA3420 10/1/2010 11:15PM

    emoticon I loved reading your blog. Great ideas and BEAUTIFUL PUMPKINS. Did you carve them?

I really like #3 and sometimes they can be "opportunities" GOOD ATTITUDE!

Keep up with the positive thinking. YOU ARE ON YOUR WAY!! emoticon

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Are we there yet???

Thursday, September 30, 2010

Summer ends with the closure of September… good-bye to those sweet lazy hazy dayz. They kept us young and happy as we reminisced about childhood memories chasing foam laced waves back and forth while squinting into the Pacific as the sun set long past dinner time. No more hand churned ice cream with hunks of freshly picked peaches from our own backyard tree for dessert. Those days have given way to water aerobics in our pool and Healthy Choice 100 calorie fudge bars. The trade was well worth the loss. A thirty pound loss to be exact!!! The summer of 2010 was one of the best summers I’ve ever had. emoticon

emoticonFall is my favorite season so I’m already looking forward to enjoying every moment. I gave birth to my first son on Thanksgiving so it’s no wonder I embrace it as my favorite holiday. I will be replacing some traditional favs this year with healthier substitutes but all the beauty of the season comes calorie free. emoticonThe colors, the scents, the memories of all the handmade Halloween costumes we wore as children and all the decorations our now grown kids made that I’ve kept. We have five grandkids now who are giddy in anticipating of all the seasonal festivities. So we’ll follow along while they Trick-Or-Treat emoticon and help pull wagons full of freshly picked apples from trees we don’t own. emoticonThe fruit will be as sweet, the giggles as precious and the memories as cherished once autumn envelopes us in all her glory. emoticon

Autumn, Queen of Year emoticon

When the pumpkins are so yellow
And the vines with grapes abound,
When the melons are so mellow
And the nuts fall to the ground;
When persimmons lose their bitters,
And the apples are so red;
When we love to eat corn fritters
Since the roasting ears have fled;
When vacation days are over
And the children go to school,
They no longer play in clover,
But must learn "Arithmos-rule,"
When weird Halloween's most naughty elves
With gnomes and sprites appear,
While fat Thanksgiving fills the shelves -
'Tis AUTUMN, QUEEN OF YEAR.~Winifred Sackville Stoner, Jr.

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DAWN_B 10/1/2010 7:44PM

    Hey great job!!

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PLAYBLUES22 10/1/2010 11:51AM

    Sweetie losing 30 pounds, what a great way to end the Summer season emoticon

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MRSSTUP 10/1/2010 12:02AM

    Love the fall too..lots of memories and special things to come.
I bought an orange blouse at a garage sale this spring and it was too tight..but like you I lost a few pounds this summer and I will be wearing it for Halloween and Thanksgiving. Glad you are doing so well..keep it up!
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TUBLADY 9/30/2010 11:12PM

    Congraulations on your 30 pound weight loss.
Love your blog and the pictures of the leaves.
Fall is my favorite time too.
I just picked up some fresh hand pressed apple cider a few days ago. That is the real sign that fall is really here.

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HARRIET8AL 9/30/2010 7:08PM

    Wow- 30 pounds! In one summer! Congrats! Autumn is my favorite time of year.

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KATRIONAH 9/30/2010 5:55PM

    I Always like your blogs, myfriend. They always make me smile and feel good. Autmn is my very favorite season of all...and I love your tribute to it. Great Poem......thank you for just being you! Have a joy filled day....Karen emoticon

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SHORTCAKE48 9/30/2010 4:55PM

  What a special way to end summer and bring in the fall. Great job on the 30 lb weight loss.

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MISSLOIS 9/30/2010 4:26PM

    Love your blog
Congrats on the 30 lb lose.

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Tuesday, September 28, 2010

I’ve been Sparking for 100 days today. emoticon And I’ve noticed a lot more changes in myself then just the weight loss. emoticon I’m a list maker, always have been, always will be. If I do something that’s not on my daily “to-do” list I add it emoticonand then cross it off. Needless to say “exercise” has been on my list everyday. I’ve even been using the SP calendar to remind emoticonmyself to exercise as well just in case it’s still sitting on my to-do list waiting to be crossed off… besides making appointments on the calendar gives me a point and the more points I have the more Goodies I can give… win-win!! emoticon

Today I realized I’m no longer putting “exercise” on my to-do list or adding it to my calendar for that extra *nudge." emoticon

Exercise has gone from my physical to-do list to my mental want-to-do list. I have reached the tipping point and exercise has become a daily activity I no longer have to remind myself to do… like eating emoticon and sleeping emoticon and living a SparkedLife. emoticon

It’s true…. “Motivation is what gets you started. Habit is what keeps you going.” emoticon

emoticonGo "Shooting Stars" emoticon

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LINDA! 9/30/2010 2:32PM

    Good for you...you are doing great.


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PLAYBLUES22 9/29/2010 10:45AM

    Sweetie, how inspiring to g from to do to, I know I am doing already emoticon

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JAKEANDNELLIE 9/28/2010 11:19PM

    I love Spark and all it's given me - but I don't see exercise ever being on my "want to do" list! I do it because I know it's value and I always feel better after I'm done - but it's definitely not something I WANT to do! I truly envy you and wish I felt as you do!

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KRIGER 9/28/2010 10:58PM

    This blog hit the spot for me today and gave me a couple of quotes to take away. I want to get to where you are mentally about exercise. Good Job!!

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ZOEJADA 9/28/2010 9:24PM

    Great blog! And great job! You are an inspiration!


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SWEETPEA0214 9/28/2010 9:00PM

    That was an awesome inspirational blog sweetie. Thank you so much for sharing that.

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KATRIONAH 9/28/2010 8:45PM

    I just love your blog. YOU are amazing. I cannot wait til one day My TO DO list becomes MY want to do list. How are you doing with the new Wii? ( I bet the sky will be filled with shooting stars at the of fall......What you are doing is great! Have a joy filled Wednesday....Karen emoticon

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REGGIE2009 9/28/2010 8:34PM

    emoticon emoticonYou are awesome my friend! emoticon

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Monday, September 27, 2010

The “Shooting Stars” are well on our way from Egypt to Arizona and some of my team mates and I were soooo excited to find Egyptian Air has a full service blowing alley, boxing ring, and workout room for their air guests to exercise in as we cross over the continent of Africa. I was able to get 30 minutes of strength training in while waiting for my turn in the ring and enjoyed a couple good games of bowling before returning to my seat for a yummy salad which included feta cheese and Moroccan dates. emoticon

I even got a picture of this guy out the airplanes’ window before the sun finally set on our third day of air travel.

I'm really enjoying my new wii emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticonas well as exercising my imagination emoticon

emoticonGo “Shooting Stars” emoticon

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TAFFIN2000 9/28/2010 12:46PM

    I love the picture! I love my Wii, too. I haven't been able to use it lately.

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JOANOFSPARK 9/28/2010 2:47AM

    *grin* don't get too comfortable, because we are right along behind you or hopefully we are....I gotta admit, though shooting stars are much faster than tiny butterflies........ahhhhhh, but those tiny butterflies got the wind beneath their wings. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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LISA_074 9/27/2010 11:15PM

    Sounds like you're havin a blast. And love that picture!

Go Stars!! emoticon

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TLOVESB 9/27/2010 10:34PM

    Too cute emoticon
Um, feta yum, yum

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THENEWCINDY 9/27/2010 9:36PM

    Have fun!!!

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5% Fall Challenge Take Off

Sunday, September 26, 2010

As we take off from Egypt on our way to the Grand Canyon I can’t help but think about my mind set just a few months ago. As I look out the window watching the formidable pyramids reduced in size to miniature toy blocks I also think about Mark Twain’s famous quote… "Denial ain't just a river in Egypt." Well a few months ago I was in denial about my health... but not any more.

The Nile IS just a river in Egypt and I’m happy to be leaving both behind in pursuit of a 5% loss during our Fall Challenge. My seatbelt is fastened and the excitement and anticipation of meeting another goal has me more than giddy. I’m going to enjoy the awesome sights as we exercise and encourage each other on this new journey.

emoticonGo "Shooting Stars" emoticon

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LINOVER 9/26/2010 8:53PM


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ZOEJADA 9/26/2010 8:29PM

    Great blog - love your creativity! We're on our way to the Gran Canyon!

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DEBINS 9/26/2010 7:40PM

    Grand Canyon here comes the Shooting Stars emoticon
It won't be long and the Shooting Stars will be shining over the Grand Canyon.
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SUSIEPH1 9/26/2010 6:51PM

    Way to go !! I am here too!!

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RORYLYONS 9/26/2010 6:45PM

    emoticonI'm right there with you! emoticon emoticon

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SPRINGHAZE 9/26/2010 5:55PM

    Hooray! To the Grand Canyon we go!

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REGGIE2009 9/26/2010 5:30PM

    No more denial for me! Thanks for the inspiration. emoticon

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NEWANNC 9/26/2010 4:15PM

    Have a fantastic time, we're due to be going to Egyt on our honeymoon this time next year

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TAFFIN2000 9/26/2010 4:08PM

    Yay, I love the picture of you flying out of Egypt...oh wait! All I have to do is look across the isle...there you are! *waving hi*

No more "denial" we are on our way to 5% less of us!

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