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Snow Day Feb 2010

Tuesday, February 09, 2010

I find this picture so funny. Me flexing my muscle after placing every single shovel full of snow on the pile behind me. And there are two more that I made in my neighbors yards. (you can't quite tell, but that snow is piled up to about my boobs)

Sledding hill from just about half-point looking up.

Sledding hill from a little more that half-point, looking down.

Another look at one of my fabulous snow piles.

Okay, I'm a dork. I just feel so accomplished! Snow shoveling is sooooo not my thing! But, I feel so good about having done it! I also learned that like my 3 mile walks, I got into a "zone" after pushing through some pain. It got so I felt I could go on forever. Thank goodness I had 3 little girls begging to go sledding! We also made snow angels, but I didn't have the camera with me.

***Of COURSE I logged in the cardio!!!!! FYI, 2.5 hours of shoveling snow=1215 calories burned!***

ps. this has not translated to poundage lost on the scale yet. Watch-out next weeks weigh-in!!!

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USAKIBAT 2/11/2010 10:23AM

    Great job! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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AMYJO323 2/10/2010 7:14PM

    Love the pic!! What a great cardio work out!!

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DIXIED88 2/10/2010 11:07AM

    Love that photo!!! emoticon That's you with a little less clothes on! emoticon So PROUD!!!

I'm a little envious of the snow though. We got some around where I work but none at home to play in. Sounds like lots of work and fun!

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AMICHT 2/10/2010 9:40AM

    Great work! Did you track your shoveling under cardio for the day? It is in there! An hour of heavy (for Nashville) shoveling a couple weekends ago burned over 700 calories for me! Isn't it cool to see how strong we're becoming?!

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TEDDYTEDDY 2/10/2010 7:52AM

    In Mpls, MN we had about 8 inches of snow yesterday and life went on as usual....gotta have at least 15 inches before work is cancelled. I guess we didn't much from the last clouds that went by and they are out eat today. Sorry...about that... emoticon

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LARSIL 2/9/2010 8:11PM

    My arms are so sore from shoveling -- and my kids are so PUMPED!!! This is their first "hard" winter -- and tomorrow is the third SNOW DAY in a row! We're trapped in the house with three teenagers -- WooHoo!

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ANDASI 2/9/2010 7:40PM

    Talk about an active day !!!

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Random acts of Craftiness

Monday, February 08, 2010

This is the first sweater I ever crocheted. (It's a soft mohair wool that is just dreamy) I have also made a halter top, but all clothes have been for "little" ones. No adult size stuff other than socks, scarves and hats.

This is a blanket I crocheted for my "baby". It's fairly sizable and quite warm. I have this blanket and one that each of my grannies made for me in the family room all together. Nothing says love like a hand made blanket!

Here's the socks I am working on now. Knitting takes me so long to do and it doesn't help that I had to rip it all apart and start over. Some day these fabulous bamboo yarn socks will grace my tootsies.

These are the first socks I ever made. I thank my friend Angie for making me do it and for not letting symmetry hinder my progress. I love them!

Last, but not least, one of my many scarves. This one I am calling The Never-Ending Scarf because I just keep going and going on it. It is seed stitch and very easy to do "mindlessly" so my bored hands can be occupied with something other than food.

Hope you enjoyed!

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SUZY6281 2/10/2010 11:10AM

    Love your projects!! I knit and crochet also and have a million projects started compared to the select few that are actually finished. I'm an optimist though, so I know they will be done one day. :)

Great work!


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DIXIED88 2/10/2010 11:09AM

    Very talented! I just had a flash back to my grandma and mom sitting side by side, one knitting and one doing needlepoint. LOL, Always wanted to be crafty but I always end up getting annoyed when it doesn't turn out perfect.

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OKPARROTTHEAD 2/8/2010 11:27PM

    awesome.. i am working on my first blanket will post some pics after i am done... i love the socks.. do you have the pattern for those.. my daughter wants me to make her some socks.

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WATERMELLEN 2/8/2010 8:08PM

    Lovely items, lovingly made: thanks for showing them to us (the colour of that sweater is glorious!!)

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USAKIBAT 2/8/2010 5:42PM

    Beautiful work! I sew and do hand embroidery, but I would give anything to be able to crochet! I tried to learn both knitting and crocheting but I was all thumbs with it. emoticon

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MEGSFITNESS 2/8/2010 4:54PM

    gorgeous work :) I've never really been handy in that direction.. my talents have always included visual arts like drawing/painting etc. Yours are nice to LOOK at, though, too :D

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CANDICE_A 2/8/2010 4:27PM

    I wish I had the patience for knitting! Handmade socks would be heavenly!

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BUTTERCUP76 2/8/2010 4:14PM

    Very cute, You are graced with talent!

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DROWSYMAGGIE 2/8/2010 4:02PM

    Your pieces are beautiful. I have tried to teach myself to crochet...I can do a real mean single crochet. emoticon

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RAVENFAIR 2/8/2010 3:33PM

    Those socks look so soft and warm! That blanket looks wonderful too. You are very talented!! My mom knits as well, but mostly her blankets have been baby ones for the cousins and niece/nephews that are/were born. My great-grandmothers knitted as well, so I have quite a few blankets they made for me over the years. One is like the scarf in a way... it's super long and wide, so I am thinking that it was a stitch that she was so used to she just kept going!

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KPDRMNG 2/8/2010 3:33PM

    Great pieces you've done! I'm trying to teach myself crochet, maybe one day I'll get it!

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USMAWIFE 2/8/2010 3:29PM

    I love your work. I have just mailed off a baby blanket to Germany, working on a top down jacket for another baby, and hopefully tomorrow will be starting to knit the tree of life afghan for another paper.

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USEANDLOSE 2/8/2010 3:25PM

    Oooo you are so artistic and talented! It's wonderful to have something "hand made" around - Love it!

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So Proud

Monday, February 08, 2010

Weekends are my weak point. I have not been good about tracking or following the plan. Friday I wrote down what I wanted to accomplish over the weekend; and I'll be doggone if I didn't do it! I wanted to eat within my calories and exercise on Sat., but left Sunday as a day off. Fri. night it snowed around here. Which meant Sat morning I had tons of shoveling to do. I live in a condo, and have 2 non-covered parking spots to clear. I cleared my own, the visitor spot and my walkway and 2 of my neighbor's walkways. Oh Yeah! Go Cardio! Well, when I was done, I figured that I was already dressed for it, so I went sledding down my big back hill. I got to be the first on to make tracks! I was exhausted after and hour and a half of shoveling, but did manage 3 runs. Going down was great, but walking back up the hill was killer!

I did it! The snow was so heavy and I am sore, but nowhere near as sore as I would have been had I not been on this journey. All that cardio set a notion in my head to "not blow it" so I stayed in my calories by ordering from the fit and healthy menu at IHop, and watching the calories for the rest of the day. Sunday was kind-of bad as we went to Five Guys Burger to try it out. I did order the little burger (found out later it was 550 calories) and I did enjoy waaaaaaay too many fries (620 calories-YIKES!). We decided it wasn't worth all the hype--we have better non-chain burger joints around the city. I still managed to be fairly good the rest of the day. We did go walking around the mall and I did finally get a new pair of running shoes! I had a gift card burning a hole in my pocket and I finally found a pair I liked at that particular store. Can't swear to being within my range for calories on Sunday (went to a Super Bowl party and ate some "samples" of dips and some great chili).

Over all, I feel pretty good about my week and weekend. I am going mall walking to day and I am going to buy my reward for the week. (I picked lipstick or nail polish; I'll get one today-whichever I like more, and save the other for the next reward time).

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    You did better than me. I blew it at super bowl party last night. I probably spoiled my whole week of hard work. Weigh in is tomorrow and I might have even gained some this week. ARG

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BUTTERCUP76 2/8/2010 11:55AM

    I think you had a great weekend. Shoveling can burn a whole lot of calories. I think you did great, So you had a few too many fries it's okay to indulge once in a while. (bet they were yummy, LOL) Have a great week!

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DIXIED88 2/8/2010 11:47AM

    Yay! We both did great. I was high on my calories one day but it's way better than in the past.

High five! emoticon emoticon

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RUTHIEBEAR 2/8/2010 8:55AM

    As long as you are keeping track and aware of what you are eating, that is great progress. Keep up the workouts! emoticon

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KELLGIRL57 2/8/2010 8:54AM

  Great Job plus sounds like you had some fun to boot! I blew it on Sunday too. We had brisket. YIKES I watched my portions but still the calories and fat were through the roof! We're supposed to get snow here today - I don't want it but I will think of your great example by shoveling, helping others and just having fun. Thanks for sharing.

I picked a lipstick to for my reward too!

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KAYEMAC5 2/8/2010 7:53AM

  You did great!! Jealous about your snow.

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LYNNDAROB04 2/8/2010 7:34AM

  It sounds like you got in more than enough exercise over the weekend. We can't always control everything. Sometimes you have to go with the flow. Keep up the good work.

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Sick of women not accepting their worthiness!!!

Friday, February 05, 2010

Ugh! I know I've been there. And, somedays days, truth be told, the freaking Devil does make me doubt. But he's a LIAR! He is not worth ANYTHING!

I AM. And so are you! RIGHT NOW!

You do not need to change a thing. (Other than your negative thinking.)

You are beautiful.

You are captivating.

You are mysterious.

You are loveable.

You are LOVED!

You are enough.

You have worth.

You have value.

You are strong.

You have rights.

You are creative.

You are fabulous.

You are wonderful.

You are forgiven.

You make good choices.

You are accepted.

And, if someone/something in your life is preventing you from seeing this in you--they are WRONG! You are not crazy! You are WOMAN! We are the example of all that is LOVE!

Now--Go out and let your light shine. Be a blessing in the World! We need YOU!

And, may I just add: Love is NOT EARNED! It is given freely! Give it to yourself and everyone you meet! Now.

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TIFFYDAWNMC 2/9/2010 10:10AM

    Thank you for the great reminder! Just what I needed to find today....may you continue to be a blessing to women who need to hear it! emoticon

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MOMMABOF7 2/5/2010 8:28PM

    Thanks for your words! I am just now getting it at 41 years old. I have felt unworthy most of my life. No Longer.
I feel Free

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SHOAPIE 2/5/2010 7:09PM

    As women we tend to see our self worth in our families and totally forget about ourself. Thanks for the reminder that we are important to ourselves not just to family.

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IRIE_KEY 2/5/2010 4:55PM

    Very well said, thank you for the post and the reminder.

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TEEKAY25 2/5/2010 3:13PM

    Thanks for the wonderful post! emoticon

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AMICHT 2/5/2010 2:31PM

    Thank you! I needed that!

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MARATHON_MOM 2/5/2010 11:38AM

    I SO needed this today... thank you!

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USAKIBAT 2/5/2010 11:35AM

    You put it very well! We all need to remember how special we are. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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DIXIED88 2/5/2010 10:08AM

    Muah! emoticon I agree completely. Read it again, I see you in there too!!

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ANGEL428 2/5/2010 9:56AM

    I agree with everything you said. We are special and we can handle everything that comes our way because we have big shoulders to carry the world, so don't forget to make time for yourself. That is what I am having trouble doing but I am working on me time that includes the gym.

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How do you feel about The Spiral?

Thursday, February 04, 2010

As Chris Downie says, the spiral goes up and it goes down. I've been traveling my journey, visually, as a path. A very long, sometimes up hill climb, sometimes downward, but always moving forward, path. Each step has been marked. Some steps are fast, some slow--but generally, I see them as always forward. Even my bad days/weeks. I'm not sure I like the idea of a spiral. It scares me to know that I could slip up so bad that I just slide down, down, down. I'd rather think of this as one epic journey; with many learning opportunities along the way. Not as something that I could epically fail at. (Been there, done that--it's called DIETING) This is a lifestyle. Every good choice I make is success. But is every bad choice really failure? Or is it a learning opportunity? An opportunity to do better the next time.

I keep thinking about one of the best days of my life. I was in Western Michigan, visiting family and helping to renovate an old Tug Boat. We worked hard! Then we took a day off. My brother, his wife and my daughter went to these awesome sand dunes. Before we left, I promised myself that no matter how hard the climb-I would not complain or whine. (I can get quite whiney, and really, who likes a whiner?) I realized that I made the choice to go and I was going to have the make the most of it and not ruin anyone else's day. Well, if you've ever tried to climb a sand dune, you know it is HARD WORK! It is a lot of effort for very slow progress.

When I finally made it up to the top, I was elated. The view was of a bowl like dune area. It was a huge sand box! My brother took off running down into the bowl. He was practically flying! It looked so fun. I had to give it a try.

That was the closest feeling to "moonwalking" I think we Earth bound people can get. It was so freaking GREAT! We ran up and down that area over and over again. We also found a spot the we could jump off into the soft sand. For a few seconds--we were flying!

I guess my point is that all the hard work can mean a great payoff in the end. It might mean some fun "down hill days". Doesn't it always seem easier to go down a hill? And more fun? More fast? Of course you have to be willing to do the climb first!

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EBLOOMING 2/4/2010 2:17PM

    Great blog!! And so much truth to it. Thanks!! emoticon

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USEANDLOSE 2/4/2010 10:58AM

    Hadn't thought about the spiral that way - I guess I think of it as a path upwards, and the fact that it spirals is pretty evident in the way I do things (I'm very cyclical and I'm constantly finding myself back where I started, but maybe one level up?) Your fun day at the dunes sounds awesome - I think I'll plan a trip to the dunes this year!

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DIXIED88 2/4/2010 10:29AM

    Love it. Very deep!!

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SHELBYBEAR 2/4/2010 8:37AM

    So true!

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