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A fellow Sparker needs our help

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Please visit LEAURIY's Page. Her daughter's school needs to be rebuilt after a fire. They are part of Chase Community Giving and just need a vote through the Chase site on facebook.

Here is her blog address with details:


Thank you!

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    That is so very kind of you, Terry!

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    Will add mine. She is lucky to have you for such a good friend.

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ANNESYLVIA 5/24/2011 11:22AM

    Will do Terry!

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CATSANDGARDENS 5/24/2011 10:48AM

    Thank you for sharing

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Just How Dangerous is Sitting???? Great link

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

I've read articles about the dangers of sitting too much quite a bit lately. This piece has some great graphics.


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    Oh, my. I will definitely take several of the author's suggestions (especially sitting at a 135 degree angle).

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TEDDYBABE 5/21/2011 5:55PM

    Thanks for sharing. Great info!

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MIKA016 5/12/2011 3:49PM

    I will check out the article. thanks!


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SMILINDI 5/12/2011 2:58AM

    Wow what an article!!!! Welllll one thing is for sure~over the past year, after my accident, and recovery still in progress, I bet I've cut down on the number of years I will have to pay bills in my life time~~~ LOL~~~BAD JOKE! I KNOW, HOWEVER YOU DO KNOW ME WELL ENOUGH to realize I will try with all my might to find the positive even in a negative situation(out of my control). emoticon emoticon

Truly though this was incredible~and a wonderful eye opener for those who just choose to be still, or have a career that keeps their mind/hands working, but their body still all day long~week after week, year in and out. This has me in the mindset to wear out the rubber tips on my four prong cane CONSTANTLY NOW! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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ANNESYLVIA 5/11/2011 8:01PM

    Will read, thanks for sharing.

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MALKS_ARIA 5/10/2011 8:21PM

    Yep yep, get moving!

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THINRONNA 5/10/2011 4:18PM

    That is a great article! I have a job where I stand and walk stairs but it is a good reminder for me anyway!

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ROCKMAN6797 5/10/2011 1:10PM

    Great article Terry!
I try very hard to keep moving throughout my work day (as I sit in front of a computer, too) and am glad to hear that the slightest bit of movement is beneficial.
Thank you for sharing!

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SMILINGTREE 5/10/2011 10:26AM

    Thanks for sharing that link. I recently hung a shelf next to my desk to create a "standing desk." I figured I'd switch back and forth throughout the day and at least get in *some* standing time. In reality, I tend to stand much more. I love being able to move around, dance, stretch or whatever while I'm working. The only problems I've found are that my back, knees and one wrist hurt after standing for awhile. I'm pretty sure that all of those have to do with poor ergonomics on my part.

I'm hoping that the standing does something to stimulate my weight loss, but alas, no results there yet! Still, if you can manage some sort of simple set up that will let you stand at least part of the day, do it. It does feel better.

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ERICACEAE 5/10/2011 10:14AM

    Scary stuff for cubicle slaves like me! Makes me happy that I do 10min of stairclimbing in my lunch hour - gets my muscles tingling for half the afternoon if I go hard enough! I will try to get up more often (drinking LOTS of water helps with that!). And I just adjusted my chair to lean back further... We'll see how that goes!

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My Body Gave Back to Me

Monday, May 09, 2011

I can't remember a time when I've been this stressed! Both my husband & I are unemployed. That said, we are beyond blessed. We have a supportive network of family & friends, some savings and good health. Even with all of these blessings I find myself so terrified most of the time that it's hard to even eat. Never in a million years did I ever think I would make that statement!

Exercise has been the key for me since my husband lost his job. I am completely calm when I'm running, walking or strength training. No terror in the pit of my stomach. No fear of being unemployed for years to come. It will all be OK if I'm out on the trail or at the gym. If I hadn't found the benefits of exercise I'd be back to eating like there was no tomorrow and sitting on my butt.

This brings me to today's walk/run on the Wilderness Trail not far from home. It's one of my favorite places.......quiet, safe and for me, a challenge. It's considered by many to be a moderate trail; a five mile loop with an 800 foot elevation. Just under six miles round trip from the parking lot. The first time I tried I made it a quarter mile and turned back, the second time I made it a mile. The third time I completed it and swore to never do it again. It took me well over 2 hours and I thought I would die for the rest of the day!

Today I made it in 87 minutes, running at least 2.5 miles of the six. I can average a 15 minute mile! As I was running down the trail my foot caught on the tip of a buried rock and I was airborne, water bottle flying, feet trying to find the ground. I felt my core tighten up and I landed upright ON MY FEET. Six months ago I would have slid down the trail on my face! I now know the magic of strength training and cardio. I've done my best to treat my body well over the last year and it returned the favor.

I could barely breathe in the car on the way home I was so sweaty & stinky. I think it might be the best aroma in the world!


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ROCKMAN6797 6/10/2011 7:30PM

    OMG Terry, what an awesome experience! Be proud of how far you have come since starting down this healthy road! I am so proud of you!

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NOREGRET2010 5/21/2011 10:31AM

    This post is sooo inspiring to me....I too have more stress than I can handle, and I'm JUST learning to really let exercise take that stress...instead of shoving it down my throat with food. Your story in general is so inspiring to me...thank you so much for sharing your journey and being my spark friend!

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ANNESYLVIA 5/11/2011 7:57PM

    I just love how you are looking at the bright side. I think I would have a pity party if it were me! Your inner light is truly bright. I remember the blog of the heavy set man that cause you heartache with his insults. I saw then how beautiful you really are inside and out. And you continue to shine in through rough times. Keep the faith my dear friend! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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THINRONNA 5/10/2011 4:24PM

    I love this blog. That being said I do not love that you are feeling so stressed and are scared about your future but I do love how strong you are. I especially love that you made yourself this way. You have chosen to tackle the Wilderness Trail multiple times getting better at each one. This type of running and the desire to go back and do better at it is very mental if you ask me...this tells me that you are not only physically strong but mentally strong as well. Flexible too with the way you were able to overcome that potential fall. I am so impressed. It is so wonderful that you have chosen to care for yourself in the way that you have and that you can recognize the accomplishments that you have made. I truly believe that you will get through this challenging time with flying colors my friend!

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ONENEL 5/10/2011 7:32AM

    So sorry that you both are unemployed- I hope something comes up for both of you.
Congrats on the run and glad that you did not get hurt. emoticon

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MALKS_ARIA 5/9/2011 10:57PM

    Go Girl... Good Healthy Habits

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TEDDYBABE 5/9/2011 9:29PM

    Oh sweetie! Hang in there. You are not alone, as you know. So many of you in California are struggling. California the beautiful state is in pain also. My heart goes out to you. Hang in there, stay strong it will come around. Californians are tough and resilient. It will get better. Hugs Hugs Hugs!! Proud of you on your run! Way to go!

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ROCKYCPA 5/9/2011 8:41PM

    Good for you - keep the faith.

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SAHARASUE 5/9/2011 7:35PM

    Wishing you and your family the best and hoping you ALWAYS land on your feet!

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ROCKMAN6797 5/9/2011 7:04PM

    Holy Moley! So happy that you were able to land on your feet!
Nice time, don't you just love the feeling of bliss as your moving along and you realize that you are strong and being one with nature. It is such an awesome feeling!
BTW, Terry, thank you so much for your awesome note, you have been so supportive and encouraging! I hope nothing but the best for your family and you and I will keep my ears to the ground with regards to your hubbie. Take care and be well!

Thank you for sharing, and, once again, I am so glad that you did not hurt yourself! What a superwoman you have become!

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SUNRISE14 5/9/2011 6:44PM

    We will have to pray the Lord will help you to get a job ! Things are tough and jobs are scarious ! emoticon

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Yikes.....macaroni & cheese

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

I'm watching my grand-kids for a few days and made that favorite of most children, macaroni & cheese. I made the boxed kind......never again! I happened to look at the calories for a single serving of one cup.......400 calories and not much nutrition.

It made me think back to my former fat self. I used to make a box and eat the whole thing; that's 1200 calories for just one meal. That calorie count didn't include the soda I had with it or anything else that happened to catch my eye and appetite. Yikes.....no wonder I was over 260 pounds.

As usual, this taught me cooking from scratch with lots of fruits, veggies and whole grains is best!

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THINRONNA 5/4/2011 2:17AM

    No doubt! Plus the macaroni and cheese you make from scratch is way better!...plus you can add veggies in!

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MALKS_ARIA 4/27/2011 6:14PM

    Yep yep, I so know that feeling.... Mac & Cheese may be convenient but it totally doesn't fit a "healthy" Lifestyle...

Your weight loss is amazing and an inspiration!! Keep up the Great work!!

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TEDDYBABE 4/24/2011 9:08AM

    Its an eye opener isn't it. Homemade mac and cheese is a favorite with my boys. Although I have never checked the calorie count on it. Probably not low either. You are doing so good. Keep up the good work!

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AELARLEE1 4/21/2011 4:26PM

    I am a food label junkie! My sweet daughter is prone to give our little grandaughter way too much sugar, so on my visit I am hoping to move her more toward fruit rather than sweets, we will see.

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MIKA016 4/21/2011 12:02PM

    Wow! I never really looked at the calorie amount! No more boxed mac'n cheese for my daughter. She loves it. I usually make the homemade kind but occasionally we have made it for convenience reasons. No more! Thanks! ML

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JENNYD97 4/19/2011 10:16PM

    WOW I used to eat a whole box too! My mother always added some sort of meat so we had protein too. I try to keep that going when I make it now its usually a side dish instead of the whole meal!

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ROCKMAN6797 4/19/2011 6:12PM

    Isn't it amazing?! I have a family box in our cupboard and it just gathering dust. I am hoping that my son has a food drive very soon so I can donate the calorie monster and not have to throw it out! That is probably the biggest reason that I made the change I did....figuring out how many calories I was actually consuming on a daily basis. No wonder I got to over 325 pounds! We need to be proud of ourselves Terry and share with all who are willing to listen our "secret." Sounds like you are having a ball with your grandkids, I can hardly wait (well actually I can) till I have some of my own!

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JAZZYTREKKER 4/19/2011 5:52PM

    Wow, but isn't it great that you are now conscious of this type of bad boy!

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WIFEALF 4/19/2011 4:37PM

    I know what you mean hard to believe so many calories for so little,we used to eat alot of it too not anymore and plus so full of sodium not good!Cooking from scratch and more veggies and fruit alot better for us!!!

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