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Finding Reasons to Smile

Thursday, March 06, 2014



Admittedly, there have been some days recently that I didn't want to get out of bed
Today was one of those days
But I did it anyway
I figured I would just try to find a reason to smile. The best way I know to do that in winter is to put on a pair of skis and point myself downhill. Today I am happy to say it worked.

Lovely bluebird day
Sunny, warm (for winter anyway) and not many people out.
Deep breath, skis on and just committed to the hill.
Hours passed and now here I am resting at home, exhausted.

Exhausted but smiling :-)



  
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FRENCHTOSD 3/14/2014 6:51AM

    Checking back to see how you are doing. So glad the read this today, Hollynn. XO Sharon

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SUNNYWBL 3/8/2014 11:22PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon WAY TO GO!

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NUOVAELLE 3/7/2014 1:32AM

    Nothing more rejuvenating than taking fitness outside, close to nature!
I'm glad it gave you a reason to smile. Keep on smiling even when you think you have no reason to. A smile can only bring more.
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HEALTHYPRIYA 3/6/2014 9:08PM

    love it

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ISLAMOM 3/6/2014 5:58PM

    so glad you had a great day! getting outside and getting the blood flowing makes all the difference! you look fantastic! Keep smiling!

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ARUNNINGKAT 3/6/2014 12:34PM

    I am so glad you had the strength to force yourself out on your own little ski trip! You look radiant!

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VICKYMARIEC 3/6/2014 9:30AM

    Good for you hun! It's nice to see you smile again.

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KONRAD695 3/6/2014 6:03AM

    In and out. That's all you need to do right now. Stick with it, the sun will always come up tomorrow.

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144AUTUMN 3/6/2014 1:59AM

  You can do it!!

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Deep Breath...

Tuesday, March 04, 2014

Ok deep breath...here goes

I have been known for positive blogs for several years, and for the past 6 months I just haven't had it in me. Some weeks everything seems to go wrong, and then sometimes those weeks become months. I feel like every time I say "what else could possibly go wrong" the world has been kind enough to provide me with an answer to that question within hours. Some days - it really doesn't feel like it is worth getting out of bed.
I haven't wanted to think about things, so I most certainly have not wanted to write about them. Still not ready to discuss much but here are the basics: marriage in bad shape, despite the fact that we love each other still. He moved out the 1st week of January (no negative comments please, he is my best friend and this was a mutual decision, but that doesn't make it any easier). Next: job causing me significant distress - politics that I can't get into here, but it's time to reassess life. Next: cancer scare in the middle of February - biopsy came back pre-cancer, will need additional procedures, but nothing on fire right now, thank God.
So what have I done?
Tried everything I can to focus on healthy outlook, looking SOOOOO hard for any silver linings. Reminding myself that change can be good, and that sometimes I need a new adventure.
A few chocolate binges occurred for certain, and that needs to stop. Lots of skiing and hiking occurred (and balanced the chocolate problems) as I tried to find some endorphins, or on some days, just a reason to get up.

So there it is. I am here, sorta at least.
At least I am trying. Some days I don't get very far, but I keep trying.

  
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FABAT402009 4/12/2014 4:03AM

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ALOFA0509 3/10/2014 5:38AM

    Sending positive hugs/Luvs your way sista!!! emoticon

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RENZRYD 3/8/2014 2:38PM

    Oh Sweetie! My heart goes out to you... emoticon

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FRENCHTOSD 3/5/2014 2:13PM

    Hollynn, I've been thinking of you on and off for the last few days and then come to read this post. I'm so sad for you. I know it's hard to keep your chin up. No advice from me today - just {{hugs}} and prayers coming to you from Southern California. XO Sharon

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NEED2LOSEN2010 3/5/2014 10:04AM

    emoticon You've been in my thoughts & prayers. I'm so sorry life gets really tough sometimes, but you will get thru this. One day at a time, sometimes one breath at a time. I try to not ask what else can go wrong, because as you said the world will quickly answer that question for you. It's really great hearing from you. Hang in there. emoticon

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SAMOACOOKIE 3/5/2014 9:26AM

    You have been an inspiration to so many - now take care of yourself, this is when you need it the most! I just had to remind myself what I was doing when I felt the happiest (we all get a little lost sometimes) and devote a little time to moving in that direction. There's always hugs here when you need them - keep checking in.

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DALID414 3/5/2014 12:34AM

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ISLAMOM 3/4/2014 9:01PM

    So sorry to hear that you are facing some hard times...but it was also so great to hear from you!! I think of you often and wonder how you are doing. I know you'll make it through this. You are a champ! XOXOXO

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LILIVW 3/4/2014 7:10PM

    So sorry you are struggling with so much right now. I can relate to the marriage part. We love each other but have been having a very difficult time right now and are in counseling to try to work through it. My heart goes out to you. Hang tight. The sunshine will return.

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HIPPICHICK1 3/4/2014 5:44PM

    All you can do is try...and stop asking "what else could possibly go wrong?" so the world stops providing you with an answer.
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BBLUNDON 3/4/2014 1:24PM

    I totally hear you .. you are not alone ... emoticon

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SBHPATRICK 3/4/2014 1:02PM

    Oh, Hollynn - that is just so much. Any one of those things is enough to derail healthy thinking and eating but all of them together is - ugh, I can't even imagine. I'm so sorry you're going through all of this and will be thinking of you.

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ARUNNINGKAT 3/4/2014 11:58AM

    Sending lots of hugs your way! Hang in there! emoticon

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LOOZINITNOW 3/4/2014 11:36AM

    Sending lots of love and prayers your way! We are here for you and getting it out in writing is a good thing. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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MANLEYSANDY 3/4/2014 10:30AM

    My mom said yesterday, "Can't win sometimes but I keep playing the game"....Sending good vibes your way and all I can say is hang in there because, this too shall pass, I have been through a divorce and job stuff and I too keep playing the game, so I know you can too!

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KITHKINCAID 3/4/2014 10:17AM

    Oh honey. I feel for you. I've been there. Last thing you need to do is beat yourself up about chocolate binges. At the end of the day, it's just food. There are far more important things in life. Pulling for you all the way.

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SEPTEMBERSPIRIT 3/4/2014 9:36AM

    Life sure does throw us for a loop sometimes... All I can say is that I've been through much of what you are going through and there IS light at the end of the tunnel. Just focus on moment by moment - one day at a time and despite it feeling like the walls are crumbling around you - it's opening NEW doors for you as well. Sending you some positive vibes!! emoticon

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VICKYMARIEC 3/4/2014 9:33AM

    emoticon wow girl...no wonder you've gone into hiding. Take deep breathes. It's hard when things are going on in our lives that we have 100% control ourselves, by ourselves. Control those areas that are in your reach. It will get easier, but i can't say that it won't get harder before it gets easier. BIG hugs for you girl...

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JSTCHLIN 3/4/2014 8:21AM

    I was just thinking to myself last night where you have been? I am so sorry to hear about everything you mentioned. It certainly can't be easy. I along with many others are always here for your support. You have been a big positive in my journey since almost the beginning and I know things will turn for the better for you. Keep that positive energy flowing. We all need our chocolate and the fact that you balance that out as you stated is a plus. I wish you all the best with the future tests/procedures and will keep you in my thoughts and prayers. As for hubby, not much to say. Hopefully as they say what is let go will come back some day. Keep SParking positively.

Take care and stay healthy

~Mike emoticon emoticon

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TADTURC 3/4/2014 7:50AM

    I send many positive thoughts to you.

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FITMARY 3/4/2014 7:36AM

    You are strong, and you will get through this! Hang on!!
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KONRAD695 3/4/2014 2:36AM

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I get it.

With you.

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Cycling in the November Rain

Sunday, November 17, 2013



Rainy, cold, muddy and gray
That's how things looked today
I sat in the car, wishing it would stop and considered just driving home
But with so little of autumn left and snow coming soon I decided to brave it

3 hours and a warm bath later I am so glad I braved it
It was a beautiful day in the haunting fog on the river, so different than a sunny day
And I was so proud of myself for getting out there






Love you all
Hollynn aka SpunkyDucky

  
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HIPPICHICK1 11/21/2013 10:47AM

    Gorgeous photos!! You look so darned happy.
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HILLSLUG98239 11/18/2013 7:36PM

    Cool! We don't get much rain here (about 8" a year), but we battle the wind much of the year. In fact, tomorrow's predicted 40-mph gusts have prompted me to declare the end of Kim's commuting by bike for the year.

I kinda like playing outside in the rain, so long as it's not too cold and not windy AND I can have a nice hot mug of Gatorade when I get home.

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HOLLYS_NEW_LIFE 11/18/2013 2:14PM

    Good for you! It's so hard to do anything, especially when it's raining. Great job, and thanks for sharing the pics!

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MISSG180 11/18/2013 11:07AM

    Great photos! You are inspiring me to bike (not today, though; today is nonstop work and appointments.)

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FINCHFEEDER80 11/18/2013 9:54AM

    emoticon Great job! Thanks for sharing the photos!

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JUST_TRI_IT 11/18/2013 8:56AM

    Some of the best rides are in the gentle time of rain!! Way to go!!

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FITMARY 11/18/2013 8:12AM

    Good for you for doing it!!!
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ISLAMOM 11/18/2013 6:24AM

    Wow!! Great pictures!! Congrats to you!!!! emoticon

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NUOVAELLE 11/18/2013 2:21AM

    You are definitely one brave cyclist!!!
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Beautiful pictures! Thank you for sharing!

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KONRAD695 11/17/2013 11:02PM

    Love you too. emoticon
Glad you had a nice ride.

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DALID414 11/17/2013 9:30PM

    Great to hear you got out there!
Beautiful, creepy fog lol

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KELLIEBEAN 11/17/2013 9:01PM

    You are awesome for getting out there in those conditions!!! Great pictures.

Congratulations!R>
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So Damn Happy!

Thursday, August 29, 2013



Do I even need to say it?
So
DAMN
HAPPY!!!!!


Yup, 2 months and 3 days of no cycling
10 days in the hospital for freak pancreatitis and liver shock
1 knee surgery because it wouldn't heal
And here I am, 20 miles into my first ride back yesterday
Mushy legs, totally questionable stamina and still...
Can't
Stop
Grinning!!!!!


63 days til my birthday....
Yeah the weight doesn't even have a chance now that I have my mojo back!

  
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KONRAD695 9/2/2013 11:13PM

    Here's the big question. Did you pull over for this photo, or do it at full speed? :-)

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    emoticon Glad you are back in the saddle! emoticon

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FITMARY 9/1/2013 8:06AM

    I'm so happy to hear it! You are bouncing back!!!
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JSTCHLIN 8/31/2013 10:37AM

    Way To Go! Keep SParking.
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Take care and stay healthy

Mike

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KG4PVOWIFE 8/30/2013 11:13PM

    Happy and you look amazing too!!!

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HIPPICHICK1 8/30/2013 4:32PM

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Yup. HAPPY!

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MARGARITTM 8/29/2013 12:13PM

    So happy for you - long road back ...........but you are back!

Watch out world here she comes!

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MANLEYSANDY 8/29/2013 11:41AM

    Awesome!!!

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RUDITUDI2000 8/29/2013 8:58AM

    emoticon That is sweet!!!!!!!! You look awesome!!!

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BUSYGRANNY5 8/29/2013 7:47AM

    Fantastic!!!!!!! Keep on keeping on....

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FITFOODIE806 8/29/2013 7:29AM

    best blog ever! I am so happy for YOU!

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ANNIEONLI 8/29/2013 6:58AM

    YAY!!!! emoticon

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MESEATURTLE 8/29/2013 4:34AM

    Happiness oozing out of that beautiful pic of u !!!!! Yeah !!!!enjoy!

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NUOVAELLE 8/29/2013 2:01AM

    Welcome back into action, girl! I'm so glad you're feeling much better! Enjoy your rides and don't worry about your stamina. Give your body some time to get used to moving again and you'll be feeling strong in no time. Just keep this huge smile on your face!
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FITFRIT 8/29/2013 12:56AM

    you rock!

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IDICEM 8/29/2013 12:29AM

  You look like you are having a blast! Keep riding!
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K1TT3N 8/29/2013 12:28AM

    AWESOME

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    Yay! emoticon emoticon

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KONRAD695 8/29/2013 12:25AM

    Lets see. 64 days with no bike. 63 days until birthday. I officially declare- "The Worst Half Is Over" emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

I'm thinking of giving you a business loan- you know, for that new "Happy Dance Studio" emoticon

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    Woo hoo! you look awesome! So happy for you!
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Ready to Go!!!

Tuesday, August 27, 2013



I am ECSTATIC to finally be cleared to get cycling again! My accident was June 24th so it has been over 2 months with very limited exercise for me (except hiking and walking, neither of which has been as vigorous as I would have liked). I will admit that not getting my 60-90 minutes of exercise daily was really pretty rough on my mood. My knee is still not completely healed so I will go a little easy for the first few weeks but I am just excited to be able to get going!

Put my cycle in the trainer yesterday and put a movie on (lol, Step up 3D - not bad, not great but kept me distracted from the knee soreness as I worked out the kinks). Spent a total of 106 minutes spinning. I played with the resistance a little but mostly took it easy. Will probably spin again tonight because it is supposed to rain, but I am going to get my cycle outside at the first opportunity.

I am hoping that a big change in exercise like this (ie, back to my baseline) will really charge my metabolism and help the weight start coming off again. I was proud to actually lose a few lbs even without the exercise- something that has been traditionally been very hard for me.

Finally - thank you so much to all the sparkies who sent me encouraging little goodies and advice for patience. I am grateful to each and every one of you!

Hollynn aka SpunkyDucky


(out hiking last night after my spin session - I had so much energy!)

  
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JAMIELOGICAL 8/28/2013 10:05AM

    So happy for you to be back on your bike. I know how much you loved it and how much it must have pained you to not be able to do it for so long. Glad your recovery is going well!

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FABAT402009 8/28/2013 8:28AM

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FITMARY 8/28/2013 8:10AM

    That's great news! Congratulations on healing!!!
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ISLAMOM 8/27/2013 10:11PM

    Glad to hear that you're on the road to recovery!! You look fantastic!! So I can only imagine how terrific you'll look and feel once you're fully recovered!

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DALID414 8/27/2013 2:44PM

    Love that you're on your way back to yourself!

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RUDITUDI2000 8/27/2013 1:56PM

    So excited for you! Enjoy! Can't wait to hear about it!
The 6 months where I could not run...glad its over! I did learn a lot through that injury about myself. Not all of it was pretty!

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EMTFF376 8/27/2013 11:37AM

    Hooray!! Welcome back!

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    Yay! So happy for you! emoticon

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SEPTEMBERSPIRIT 8/27/2013 10:56AM

    I wanted to get one of those gizmos to setup my bike for indoor spinning. Where did you get it?

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SKINNIESOMEDAY 8/27/2013 10:56AM

    I am so happy for you !!


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