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Sweatin' in the mornin'!

Thursday, June 10, 2010

Nudge. Stretch.


Stretch some more. Roll over.


Slow. Steady. Feeling good.


Little faster now.

Adjust to the right.

Pump it baby.

Shift to the left.

Faster. Faster. Faster.

Steady now.

Keep going.

Oh! Oh! Oh!


Yes. Yes. Yes.




Hit the showers.

Great morning workout!

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SKINNYPOWELL1 6/10/2010 11:24AM

    Good job on the workout, sounded a little R-rated there for a minute.

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DIXIED88 6/10/2010 11:14AM

    Great job! I'm impressed!! LOL, I walked Smokey this morning too. But I don't know if I enjoyed it quite as much as you did. emoticon

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BUDRFLY31 6/10/2010 10:28AM

    Hee-hee, LOL. I know it was totally innocent, but too funny!
Glad you had a great walk!

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    Hey now--it was so totally G rated! I WALKED this morning. Yippee!

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CAALAN23 6/10/2010 7:52AM

    LOL, mine SO did not go like this this morning. ;) Good for you, schweets!

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I really don't have much to say

Wednesday, June 09, 2010

I've been back to crusin' mode. Yesterday I did go over in my points. Curse that 3rd piece of pizza! (note to self-order delivery rather than eating in--then you can have side dishes with said pizza without having to pay a ton extra).

I have been exercising everyday. It feels good. I am still sore in my hip/thigh/back due to a pulled muscle, but I'm dealing with it.

I made a crock-pot recipe I found by googling Carolina BBQ recipes. I tweaked it to be low sodium and low fat by using Mrs. Dash and pork tenderloin. (and I did not have the Worcestershire sauce-so I added a bunch of herbs). Here's the link for those of you who care to check it out:
The kid's liked it, since the meat was fairly bland and they could add their own BBQ sauce, which I served on the side. I, personally, would have added more pepper-both black and Cayenne. ***Use of Pork Tenderloin did not make it dry to me. It certainly didn't have that fatty mouth feel like regular pork BBQ has though. (the meat was so moist we ended up abandoning the bread, as it got too soggy!)

I hope you all have a rockin' good day!

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CAALAN23 6/9/2010 11:50AM

    I'll definitely be spending to make this as my spice collection consists of salt, pepper, cayenne, and garlic salt, but I DO want to try it. It looks fabulous.

Did yours come out dry using the loin? It mentions not to in the recipe but sometimes they are wrong, no?

P.S. That site is oodles of yum!

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The path

Monday, June 07, 2010

I am cruising. Everything is PERFECT!

The path is paved.

The air is the absolute right temperature for a brisk walk.

The sun is shining, but I have shade when I need it.

The scenery is beautiful, and since the path is so smooth I am taking it all in.

Nothing could be better. Smooth sailing baby!

Then I notice a slight incline. It's not too tough though. I think to myself "I can do this!"

Whoops. I kick a pebble. Hmmm, the path is getting a little bumpy.

I have to watch a bit more carefully where I'm going, but I'm still okay.

Then the clouds come. The path gives way to a gravely, bumpy road.

I've really got to watch what I'm doing. No more scenery taking in for me.

Oops, I stumble. But I recover.

Ugh! Every step is hard. The path is narrow and steep. I can hardly see.

Oh No! I take a HARD fall.

Now what?

Sit. And wallow? Get back up?

Hmmm. Check my body parts. I seem to be okay. But boy is this hard. I feel like sitting here. I don't think I have the energy to get back up.

Then I start to think about what not getting up means.

NOT getting up means stagnant. It means no excitement. It means no hope.

I get up. I put one foot in front of the other.

I chance a look around.

I realize I'm not alone. There a thousands of Sparkers cheering me on.

Oh Yeah! I've got it now!

I am stronger than I ever knew. I've got the backing of so many people, how could I have thought I was alone?

I will keep getting back up.

I will keep stepping forward.

I will enjoy the scenery when I can, and I will watch my step when I need to.

And I will enjoy the company of many others like me!

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DIXIED88 6/9/2010 10:40AM

    Love it!! emoticon

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Cute Blog for all the Mom's

Friday, June 04, 2010

If You Give a Mom a Muffin
> If you give a mom a muffin,
> She'll want a cup of coffee to go with it.
> So she'll pour herself some.
> The coffee will get spilled by her three year old.
> She'll wipe it up.
> Wiping the floor, she will find some dirty socks.
> She'll remember she has to do some laundry.
> When she puts the laundry in the washer,
> She'll trip over some snow boots and bump into the freezer.
> Bumping into the freezer will remind her she has to plan supper for tonight.
> She will get out a pound of hamburger.
> She'll look for her cookbook. (101 Things To Make With a Pound of
> Hamburger.)
> The cookbook is sitting under a pile of mail.
> She will see the phone bill which is due tomorrow.
> She will look for the checkbook.
> The checkbook is in her purse that is being dumped out by her two year old.
> She'll smell something funny.
> She'll change the two year old.
> While she is changing the two year old the phone will ring. (Of course!)
> Her five year old will answer it and hang up.
> She remembers that she wants to phone a friend to come over for coffee on
> Friday.
> Thinking of coffee will remind her that she was going to have a cup.
> She will pour herself some.
> And chances are,
> If she has a cup of coffee,
> Her kids will have eaten the muffin that went with it.
> Written by Kathy Fictorie

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DIXIED88 6/7/2010 2:10PM

    Very cute! And oh so very true....

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Friday, June 04, 2010

A friend of mine on FB posted a link to an NPR article(blog) all about how coffee is not the evil beverage we think it is. That "addicts" really only feel less energy in the am because of the night time withdraw and that drinking it then just restores us to "normal".


I drink the equivalent of roughly 3 cups in the am. I love the ritual. The blog does explore how it is that some people develop a taste for coffee, and one of the ways was ritual. Habit. What you are shown (like if your Mom and Dad were coffee drinkers).

When I first started, it was social. A cup of cappuccino after dinner or as a late night dessert. You know-lots of cream and sugar!

I did grow up with parents who ritually made and drank coffee in the am. My Mom talks about how she started drinking it in the seventh grade. SEVENTH GRADE??? She said is was more milk than coffee, but that it was the fad in her day.

When my child was little, I went on a family reunion vacation. I made the coffee most mornings because I was the first one up (little ones do that to ya). My Aunt took a sip and said "Ahh, I remember the days of strong coffee. Tomorrow I'll make my own." I laughed. Yep, there's some history with me and coffee. It's strength has changed over the years and the way I prepare it. No more sugar, just coffee and milk.

I secretly admire people who don't drink coffee. But I often wonder how they start their day? I gave it up while I was pregnant and felt really lost. I guess I'd get a new ritual if I really wanted to give it up.

But I don't want to give it up. I like it. And I don't drink that much...

Are you a coffee person? Tea person? What do you like about it?

What is your morning ritual? (especially if it does not include coffee or tea)

***I shower, dress, do my hair. Then I venture downstairs, prepare my coffee in the maker. While it's brewing I drink 2 glasses of water and take my meds (gosh that makes me sound old). Then I fix my cup with the coffee and the milk and enter the family room where I turn on the am news and kick start my computer, so I can blog on here. Sometimes I skip all the electronics and just sit in silence. I also say a few prayers. I like to pray that I am an empty vessel, eager for only the fruits of the Spirit to flow through me: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. Good morning!

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CAALAN23 6/4/2010 12:14PM

    Never really got into coffee. I was surrounded by those who did. My grandparents, my parents, my aunts...all HUGE coffee drinkers. Here's the kicker. My siblings and I do not really drink coffee. My sister probably drinks the most and that's mostly in winter.

I am a tea person. Iced tea, baby, all the way. Although with Spark, I don't drink it as often and not first thing in the morning like I used to.

Still, I don't know if I could be poolside without my iced tea. ;)

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DIXIED88 6/4/2010 10:26AM

    I used to be addicted to Mcdonald's Caramel Iced Coffee when I lived in Arizona. I think it had more to do with burning the candle at both ends than anything else. My Mom used to drink coffee (strong & black) at all hours of the day and night. I can't stand black coffee but can enjoy milk and sugar with a shot of coffee. LOL I'm more of a cappacino gal if I want one now. I was drinking hot green tea during the winter and loved it but it's no good in the heat.

My morning routine is to throw on work out clothes, walk the dog, feed & water the dog, workout, shower, dress, wake up LO, dress him, vitamins & brush teeth, throw breakfast & lunch in a bag for work, and get to the daycare by 7. Then I face an hour commute with a good audio book normally before work. I think I'm so go, go, go in the mornings, I don't even have time to think about coffee!

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WISEONE68 6/4/2010 9:02AM

    I now a "former coffee drinker." I used to be "addicted" to the stuff. I started very young--my mother's coffee (what would now be called a latte--more milk and sugar than coffee). In college, I went DAD's version of coffee---HOT, STRONG and BLACK!
Much of my adult life, I woke to coffee in the a.m. I suffered through MANY, MANY bladder and urinary tract infections. When I was sent to a urologist and joined Weight Watchers in 2001, I stopped CAFFEINE (all tea and coffee was decaf!) to "cure" the bladder issues.
Well, it worked--to a point. NO caffeine worked. So, I was still drinking my coffee--just decaf. After awhile, I thought, "What's the point", as I was just going through the motions. So, I quit all together about 4-5 years ago.
I still venture to Starbucks every now and then for a Caramel Machiatto, or Peppermint Mocha Latte--DECAF, of course. (boy, do I know it when they give me HIGH OCTANE caffeine!!!)
I do miss it sometimes--but, I imagine it is the same as anything we give up--smoking, eating certain things, etc.--we miss it occasionally, but soon assimilate to our new lifestyle.

I kinda want to visit Starbucks now... emoticon

Good blog--thanks for sharing and getting all of us to share as well!!!!

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BUDRFLY31 6/4/2010 8:08AM

    Funny, I just read this article today on SparkPeople all about coffee:


You are better than me, I have to go down and get my coffee that my husband has made for me:) and drink it in my special rocking chair in the quiet with my dog. Then I take a shower and my chores.

It started a long time ago when I used to work at Dunkin Donuts at 4 am. I used to hate everything to do with coffee. The smell, the taste, the way my mother used to slurp it at the table, etc. And what did I do but become my Mother:( I love my coffee, and since I only have one cup (albeit a large one) a day, I have decided not to feel guilty about it and enjoy it! I picture Jesus drinking it lost in prayer and enjoying every minute of it. I know you are thinking that this gal is crazy, but it works. I am sure there were indulgences that Jesus gave into!

Enjoy your coffee!

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GOROSIEO 6/4/2010 8:06AM

    I had to read a blog with the title "Coffee".

Nothing happens before coffee! Ok, I let the dog out. My girls when texting me in the morning want to know if I've had my coffee yet because my brain doesn't even click in until a cup is down. Get coffee, turn on computer-look at FB, my email and Spark.

Coffee is pretty strong. I mean why bother if it isn't.

I don't envy anyone who doesn't drink coffee-I'm amazed that they can even function.

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NAERAY88 6/4/2010 7:59AM

  Coffee has evolved for me from instant Taster's Choice in the 80s to Fair Trade Organic Espresso Roast made in french press with half and half...only have two cups per day.

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