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5 days of no excuses

Tuesday, May 08, 2012



This blog is my little reminder to myself! Just because I am going out of town does not mean there are "new rules" to healthy living.

Here are a few things I need to remember to successfully navigate this conference in Chicago this week:
1. My metabolism does not change just because I am out of town!
2. Eating out 5 days in a row demands that I make good choices!
3. My hotel has an excellent health fitness center - it needs to get used at least 30 minutes a day
4. Alcohol has a lot of calories - nuff said!
5. I do not "need" M&Ms - no matter what my rebellious mind says when it is bored, angry, stressed or tired
6. Spark exists on my phone, my iPad and my computer - even when I am OOT - calories still need to be logged!
7. Nothings tastes as good as being thin and healthy feels!

I am leaving for Chicago today, back Saturday night
Help me stay on track!!!

Cheers and thanks to my awesome Sparkies!
Hollynn aka Spunkyducky

  
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JEN_BACK2BASICS 5/9/2012 1:58PM

    I love Chicago! Born there but parents moved so I don't remember it - even still, it feels like home whenever I go. If you're by O'Hare, there's a forest preserve near-ish...you'd probably need a car or a ride, but look for it and try to get some hiking in. (Actually, there's a bunch, but Busse looks the best.) If you're downtown, just run the lakefront like the locals do.

Have fun and be healthy!

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JSTCHLIN 5/9/2012 11:08AM

    I never been. I've always wanted to go. I know they have so many beautiful parks to walk in. Take advantage and enjoy. You got this!

Take care and stay healthy

Mike

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SCOTTPILGRIM 5/8/2012 3:28PM

    Good luck! If you're staying in the city, it's pretty convenient to go run on the lake front (if you're in to running), which can be motivating in itself. Just don't fall for the "let's go get giant steaks" bit just because it's Chicago. They're not that special and entirely TOO BIG.

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ROCKMAN6797 5/8/2012 3:13PM

    Great blog Hollynn!
Follow it and this you will be a success for the next 5 days!
Have fun and make good choices!

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BOGUSANNIE 5/8/2012 2:21PM

    OMG...

"My metabolism does not change just because I am out of town! "

That is AWESOME!!!!! I gots ta use that some time!!!

Enjoy the trip and you can do it and come home that much stronger and more proud of yourself!!!

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HARMONYBLUE 5/8/2012 2:07PM

    Also think how icky you will feel if you don't eat healthy and work out on the road!

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KITHKINCAID 5/8/2012 1:51PM

    You can do it!

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SEPTEMBERSPIRIT 5/8/2012 1:44PM

    Excellent Plan!! emoticon

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KKWOOD80 5/8/2012 1:35PM

    lol, I loved your Blog. Im going to have to do this same thing next time I travel. Its crazy how off track you can get just by leaving your regular routine. Hang in there and be strong :)

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PSFITMOMMY413 5/8/2012 1:35PM

    I love #5 an #6...good luck and safe travels!!

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Weddings, vacation & too much travel in general...

Monday, May 07, 2012



I am going to try some "low key" blogs to get going again! In the past two months I have been out of town 5 times: weddings, conferences and yes, even a real vacation! Above are a few pics from our recent trip to the Keys. Nothing too mind blowing or even inspirational today (sorry sparks)....I have been traveling too much, not exercising enough and in general losing a tiny bit of ground. But I am also here right now, working my way back.

So thanks for hanging in there with me....if I can just get over the 1 month hump, you may get more inspirational tales!

Off to Chicago tomorrow - exercise shoes packed!
Love ya all
Hollynn aka SpunkyDucky

  
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KARVY09 5/8/2012 9:30AM

    Love the pics! Have fun in Chicago. I'm super envious of your whirlwind lifestyle right now!

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CAZBRAZ 5/8/2012 9:15AM

    My hubby and I got engaged in the Keys way back in '95 - special memories from that corner of the world! Looks like you've had a great time and here's hoping the Chicago trip goes well for you. Enjoy - life's too short to worry about spending too much time traveling! All the best, Caryn xxx


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JSTCHLIN 5/8/2012 8:18AM

    I just wrote this awesome comment and SP lost it. Mostly I said, it's good that you get on here, no matter what you do. Over the last year when I gained all my weight back I still logged on almost everyday. And it gives you a headstart for when you need to get back in to the grove.

All these trips you take, just make the most of it, don't get too lazy. There is no excuses because you go away. Enjoy Chi-Town and use those sneakers to make the climb to the top of the Sears Tower, or whatever it's called these days. LOL. Nice pics too, thanks for sharing.

Take care and stay healthy

Mike

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BIGMAMAT 5/8/2012 7:39AM

    Answer to bogusannie, There is never too much travel!!! emoticon


Looks like you are haveing a wonderful Spring!!!! emoticon

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ROCKMAN6797 5/8/2012 3:17AM

    Great to hear from you Hollynn! It sounds like you have been been very busy having fun!

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KITHKINCAID 5/7/2012 11:49PM

    Hollynn - I live in Chicago! How long are you here?

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MEEBELO 5/7/2012 10:33PM

    It looks like you had a blast! Great pics!

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HARMONYBLUE 5/7/2012 10:28PM

    Great to hear from you today! The hubby dives and loves it, but I cannot get past the whole breathing under water thing! I would like to go as a bubble watcher on one of his dives though:) Hope to see you around here more too!

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JEREMY723 5/7/2012 8:16PM

    Have a great trip! I hope you're able to settle down for a bit soon:)

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BOGUSANNIE 5/7/2012 8:09PM

    Great pics... Is there such a thing as too much travel???

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100 miles, 11 days and 5 lbs - Can I have a Whoo-hoo?

Wednesday, March 28, 2012



I am loving this early spring! If you saw my last blog you know that my good friend and I hit the bike trails last week despite my fears of being out of shape. Since then I have hit the roads several more times with just over 100 miles under my pedals. On other days I have hit the elliptical, stationary bike or walked. I want to say the scale "rewarded me" today with 5 lbs...but the truth is, the reward came every day of the last 11 days.

My rewards:
1. Time with friends biking
2. Increased exercise capacity
3. Sunshine and freckles
4. Better motivation to stay on track
5. The satisfaction of getting up a freaking big hill (thought I was going to die but I didn't)
6. A smaller waist
7. Looser pants
8. Overall improved feeling of health.

Yes, 5 lbs is great (and exciting) but when I first started on the Spark my reason for losing weight was to be able to do whatever I wanted, to live without restrictions imposed by weight, and that includes all of the other "rewards" on the list!

Every positive step you take changes your path
SpunkyDucky

  
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BOGUSANNIE 4/19/2012 3:37PM

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FABAT402009 4/9/2012 11:55PM

    Great job!! :)

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    Great job!! emoticon

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LUCYLIN101 4/1/2012 10:57PM

    emoticon emoticon I love it!!


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SCHENPOSSIBLE 4/1/2012 9:49PM

    Atta girl!

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HLOCHRIDGE 3/30/2012 10:01AM

    WHOO!! Good job!!!

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AFTERMYKIDS 3/29/2012 10:21PM

    That's emoticon and I'm so glad you're ENJOYING every moment!
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LOOZINITNOW 3/29/2012 5:45PM

    emoticon Keep the awesome attitude coming and keep the pedals turning! emoticon

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CAZBRAZ 3/29/2012 11:24AM

    Woo Hoo indeed! Well deserved - looking good and the blossom on those trees is gorgeous too - what a lovely setting for a great piccie! You need to update your weight ticker on your homepage to reflect the true hard work you've done and are still doing though! Keeeeeep Biking! xxx
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RENZRYD 3/28/2012 6:14PM

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-Renee

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ROCKMAN6797 3/28/2012 5:56PM

    Awesome accomplishment Hollynn! Isn't it funny that all we need to do is keep active and all else will fall into place. Keep up the great work!

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CALLIKIA 3/28/2012 4:13PM

    Yay! Good for you, girl! Glad to see you biking and enjoying all this lovely spring weather!

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KITHKINCAID 3/28/2012 2:13PM

    Yey! So happy that you found your Spark again! This is a really "happy" blog. I'm loving the spirit of it.

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JSTCHLIN 3/28/2012 11:15AM

    You're doing great. It so wonderful to have you back Sparking once again. Congrats on the 5lbs and other rewards.

Take care and stay healthy

Mike

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LILPAT3 3/28/2012 11:05AM

    WooHoo...keep it up!

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HIPPICHICK1 3/28/2012 9:43AM

    Yes, when we are not dragging around all those extra pounds, we can enjoy all that life has to offer!

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BECKAH77 3/28/2012 9:16AM

    Great job! I like your list of "non-scale" rewards for exercising.

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KARVY09 3/28/2012 8:46AM

    Go Hollyn!

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ON2VICTORY 3/28/2012 8:27AM

    yowzers! awesome job :)

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CALIFORNIA-GAL 3/28/2012 7:55AM

    Congratulations! What a wonderful attitude and I love the picture too. You look so happy and those flowering trees behind you are beautiful too!

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    Congratulations and WOO HOO! emoticon

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    Here's a emoticon for you -- nice job.

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10 reasons...reversed

Tuesday, March 20, 2012





Here are 10 reasons I almost didn't go for a ride with my good friend Nicole yesterday

1. I am out of shape
2. I used to be in shape
3. She is in really good shape
4. I was likely to make a lot of "huffing" sounds
5. She is actually a REAL athlete (not just me pretending to me one) i.e. she races hardcore
6. She might laugh at me
7. She might not have fun
8. There might be REALLY large hills
9. It requires wearing tight slinky cycling clothes
10. I might not be able to go very far


However, I decided to go anyway. Because, every positive step I make leads me closer to my goals. Here is what actually happened:
1. She was delighted I said yes (she was sure I would not go)
2. She modified her cycling so that I could lead
3. She talked and amused me so much I didn't mind my loud breathing
4. She took me to a place I have never been and it was lovely
5. I relaxed and enjoyed the ride
6. She showed me some techniques for getting some speed
7. She had a good time
8. I had a great time
9. I was in both better spirit and better shape than when I got up that morning
10. We went again today

Only be afraid of not trying

Cheers,
Hollynn

  
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FABAT402009 4/9/2012 11:56PM

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CALLIKIA 3/28/2012 4:14PM

    Love this! Love you! YAY for spring biking!!

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NUTTYSNOOPYFAN 3/24/2012 11:47AM

    emoticon It made me happy to read this! How many times do we cheat ourselves out of wonderfully rich experiences because of the negative self-talk that sometimes litters our mind? I'm so glad you had a great experience AND learned some new techniques. Way to go girl! emoticon emoticon

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FINDING_MELISSA 3/21/2012 11:47AM

    What a great experience!!!

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RENZRYD 3/21/2012 1:36AM

    Awesomeness as usual you are!
-Renee

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ROXIT22222 3/21/2012 12:15AM

    Holland LOOK at how many people have missed you!!!!!!! You are AWESOME! know that there is a whole world in Spark land awaiting your next adventure! Glad you went for that ride and hope you blog about the next one soon.

BTW.......... YOU LOOK GREAT!!!!!!

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DONNA2238 3/20/2012 5:11PM

    "Only be afraid of NOT trying"! WOW! I needed to hear this today. Feeling quite frustrated at my inconsistencies and how long I kept putting off getting healthy. Now I want it NOW! I must TRY and mae the effort or it will simply NOT get done. Thanks so much for sharing this!!! emoticon

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QUIKSYLVER 3/20/2012 3:00PM

    emoticon Thanks! I needed to hear that!

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CHEERFUL-ALT-3 3/20/2012 2:47PM

    That's the spirit of adventure!

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ROCKMAN6797 3/20/2012 2:32PM

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Sounds like you had fun!

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LOTUSFLOWER 3/20/2012 2:18PM

    LOVE LOVE LOVE THIS!!! Good for you!!!!! You are an inspiration.

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OVERHAULING-ME 3/20/2012 11:59AM

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So glad you chose to LIVE life instead of listening to your inner doubts!
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ADVENTURE-GIRL 3/20/2012 11:26AM

    Way to go! Sometimes the hardest part is just convincing ourselves to get out there.

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KARVY09 3/20/2012 8:31AM

    Great Hollyn! :)

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JSTCHLIN 3/20/2012 7:17AM

    I think this is one of my All-Time Favorite Blogs! I'm so happy for you that you did it and then did it again. And you will keep doing it. And so lucky to have a real friend who cares so much about you to spend that time and share her love of cycling with you. I'm with you side by Spark side as we climb up this mountain once again. It's so fun watching the numbers go back down though. LOL.

Take care and stay healthy

Mike

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HEAT7918 3/20/2012 6:30AM

    I needed this - thank you! I always worry about looking stupid or failing, etc. So glad you had a good time and you have a great friend!

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LEANJEAN6 3/20/2012 6:24AM

    Great you went--and you had fun!--- Encourages me to try harder!--Thank-yu!--Lynda

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NORTHWOODSMOM8 3/20/2012 5:50AM

    "Only be afraid of not trying" YES!!!! I loved reading this blog! GREAT job!!!! And your friends seems so wonderful! {{{{hugs}}}}

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CEKNIGHT 3/20/2012 4:06AM

    Awesome. Thank you!

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SEPTEMBERSPIRIT 3/20/2012 3:42AM

    emoticon What a great way to record this ... to show just how saying 'YES' to getting out there is so much better than all the worry of what if's and not going!!

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Skiing my heart out - sparked me!

Tuesday, January 17, 2012



What is your spark this week?
Mine was getting on a pair of skis and carving down the mountain.
And then I did it again 3 more days this week
Interesting things to note:
1. I was happier than usual
2. I felt like an athlete flying down the mountain
3. I didn't care that I sweated through my clothes or had a HR of 160 - I just felt good!
4. I exercised 3-6 hours a day and guess what I didn't do much of....eating
5 I didn't care that I don't look like a cute snow bunny, I care that I was out there doing it

Two winters ago when I lost a LOT of weight I did it in part by skiing my heart out After my husband's skiing accident and subsequent surgery last year, I did not ski as much. This year, I am in full force. I intend to ride this wave to the end (or at least until the snow melts). I would love to hear what sparked you this week. What got you going???

Pics below
Baby steps people. Life is all a series of small steps, make them positive ones!










  
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FITMARY 1/21/2012 10:45AM

    Great blog! I got to go skiing right after the new year and it was awesome. Three days of fantastic cardio, great fun, and natural beauty. Lucky us!
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OVERHAULING-ME 1/20/2012 10:08PM

    FUN! I've never been skiing. You look great and it's wonderful to find an exercise that you can do and LOVE!
I found my spark this week by heading back to the gym for the first time in 6 months. So glad I made it back on Monday because when stressful days came I didn't reach for food I counted down the hours until I could get to the gym.

Thanks for the inspiration!

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JEANNETTE59 1/19/2012 4:03PM

  Nice to see you so happy emoticon

The cold air is putting an exrra spring in my step emoticon

And just for fun we've added two Chinese Dwarf Hamsters to the family. The craziest thing is our Cockapoo things they're her babies!

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NORTHWOODSMOM8 1/18/2012 8:50PM

    AWESOME! And I think you're DEFINITELY a cute snow bunny!!!! emoticon

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HIPPICHICK1 1/18/2012 2:46PM

    I grew up in the prairies with no ski hills in sight. We would toboggan down 6 foot deep ditches and then run back to the top and do it again and again until we couldn't feel our toes anymore. That was a sign that it was time to go in the house.
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Ski your heart out darlin'!!

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FINDING_MELISSA 1/18/2012 2:39PM

    Your blog makes me want to go skiing! I haven't been in several years but I remember how fun it was! It's such a great feeling to get a workout doing something you love!

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ROCKMAN6797 1/18/2012 1:50PM

    Great for you Hollynn!
Looks like you had a ton of fun!
I was sparked this week by finally being given the ok to start working out without restriction as my injured pinkie has finally healed!

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WINTERRAIN 1/18/2012 9:21AM

    What a great blog! I live in Colorado yet I have never once been to a ski resort nor do I know how to ski (I've been here a long time). But it sure does look like fun!

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LOOZINITNOW 1/18/2012 9:01AM

    Looks like a lot of fun! Wish we had snow and ski places around here but we do not. Keep skiing and keep smiling! You are beautiful! emoticon

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LIZZYP609 1/18/2012 8:12AM

    Skiing looks like so much fun. I never learned how...I live in Northern Indiana which just has rolling hills at the biggest! It would take me quite a drive to get somewhere to learn, but I will one day!!
This week I was sparked by disappointment...I was supposed to meet with one of my BFF's and she canceled less than a half hour before we were to meet. I haven't seen her in months and I was about on the verge of tears. Normally I would go to the kitchen and eat but this week, I went to the treadmill instead. emoticon

Great blog & pics as usual! Keep coming back! we miss you!

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JSTCHLIN 1/18/2012 7:58AM

    So happy for you. I have yet to begin losing again. But I'm not gaining and that's a plus. I've never been skiing although I'm here in NY. Go figure. And you already are a cute snow bunny. Don't put your self down like that. No negativity. Keep skiing and one day I'll see ya at the bottom of the hill(scale)!

Take care and stay healthy

Mike

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SEPTEMBERSPIRIT 1/18/2012 3:52AM

    emoticon You look so happy!! Glad to see you Sparking it up on the hills!

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HARMONYBLUE 1/18/2012 12:03AM

    I wish I could Ski. The hubby would go in a heartbeat but everyone who knows me is afraid I will hurt myself. Clumsy is such an understatement. Maybe snow tubing. Now to find the snow...

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MOTIVATED@LAST 1/17/2012 11:49PM

    Sounds like an active vacation!

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FABAT402009 1/17/2012 11:48PM

    I always love reading your blogs!!

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KITHKINCAID 1/17/2012 11:42PM

    So awesome! I'm going skiing again this Sunday. Can't wait!

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