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Bargains on a new bike and the total gym

Friday, June 01, 2012

All the stars must be lined up, urging me to follow through with my intentions to get serious about exercising soon.
The bike that I had been wanting for a couple months was placed on sale for 35 % off, a bargain hard to pass up even after we found out that it had been reconditioned. As we drove to the store to pick it up we made plans for long country rides as a family together this summer. Later with the bike loaded in the back of the truck we stopped by a junk store and found a Total Gym exercising machine waiting for us by the cash register for another $65. It fits nicely folded up beside our fireplace in the living room where we can each exercise with it at our different levels even if we are watching tv (something I have less and less time for these days). My husband really looked cute exercising with our two Shih Tzu puppies riding upon his chest as glided up and down on the incline of the machine using cords to pull himself up with.
I guess I have no more reason for excuses not to exercise - there are lots of fun things for me to do that can help me achieve a permanent healthy lifestyle.
I am also hoping that being more physically active will provide better quality time for my family as well.

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SVELTEWARRIOR 6/2/2012 10:54PM

    I am not sure where you live but look to see if there are bike trails near by. They are a great way to get into biking. I love biking on the trails near me.

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A new adventure

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

I have enjoyed writing most of my life and today, inspired by reading the Spark book, I registered for a writing class to see if writing was still as much of a purpose in my life as it was when I was much younger. I am excited and strangely speechless (wordless I should say in this case) as I wait for my first class to start this coming Tuesday.
I am almost a half century old, kick starting a dream from my youth. How is it possible to feel like a teenager and Methuselah at the same time ? Ready to retreat but anxious to leap ahead ?
This Tuesday I hope I am not the only Methuselah sitting in a class filled with shinning young literary stars fresh out of high school . No matter what I find the first day of class I am determined to have fun on my adventure and give myself credit for chasing a dream that I have always feared to pursue.

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DEBPRE16 5/30/2012 11:42AM

    Good for you! I like writing too and it would be an adventure to take a class. I hope your class has interesting people even if they are young.



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DARWHOHOO 5/30/2012 7:15AM

    Happy writing! Enjoy it! emoticon


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Putting a stop to mindless eating

Sunday, May 27, 2012

My usual morning routine involves snatching one of my favorite oatmeal concoctions from the microwave and sitting down in front of the computer to catch up on what is happening on the Sparks website. Looking out the sunroom window at the beautiful day I was missing I decided that I would begin a new routine by changing my morning dining room. In our backyard is a small fishpond with a big rock that our neighbor had given us a couple years earlier. He named it ' Connie's Thinking Rock ' but now it doubles as my breakfast nook.
What a treat - surrounded by flowers, a beautiful blue sky with frilly white clouds, songbirds fluttering nearby and the sound of the fountain like rain falling upon the water of the pond. It was a perfect morning and I was so glad I hadn't missed it!
However, my dining area was not the only thing that needed to change I realized as I became aware of how fast and mindlessly I was eating. I deliberately put the spoon down between every bite enjoying the texture and taste of every spoonful as I took in my surroundings. Eating without stopping to really enjoy etch spoonful is probably one of the biggest reasons that I have struggled with my weight for so many years.
Mindless eating is a habit I am going to try very hard to break regardless of who I am with or where ever I find myself dining. In my new lifestyle there is a lot of wonderful tasting food and I am going to take the time to enjoy every morsel !


Compliment from a stranger

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

While taking a walk during my break at work a guy I had never met before who looked half my age stopped his bike in the middle of the sidewalk and said " Helloooo - you look really good ! " Man did that feel good to someone who never had any confidence !

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HICKOK-HALEY 5/16/2012 4:06AM

    emoticon That is always so nice to hear!!

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MJ7DM33 5/16/2012 1:17AM

  Compliments are really great!!! Exercise really works!!!

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Wonder why no points for journaling

Friday, May 11, 2012

I read an interesting wellness article about improving your self esteem through listing 5 self compliments in a journal each night. It sounds like a terrific idea and it got me to wondering again why points are not awarded on the website for journal entries in the planner section. I wish they were. For me writing in the journal provided in the planner section would be a lot like crawling until I feel more comfortable walking into the wide world of blogging. Awarding points would be the incentive to make writing in the journal a habit.

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SUNSHINE084 5/14/2012 9:01PM

    I though they were, only a small number/day. Maybe they changed this. This would be your Public journal not your blogs.

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PENNEYV 5/12/2012 9:41PM

    Great idea! emoticon

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FCARMICH 5/12/2012 9:30AM

  good thought -- you could make it one of your own goals,,,

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JUSTJOSS 5/12/2012 7:36AM

    I totally agree. Ironically, You may like the weekly challenge coming up on the Progress Not Perfection Team...


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