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What Sparkpeople has Done for Me - First Quarterly Review of 2012!

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

I admit that I have been MIA this month, but it's not for bad reasons. I've been keeping up with my Spark program, running, eating right, and making healthy choices. I've just been really busy. But it's time to update my Quarterly Review blog collection. So here goes...
Since my re-start in January of 2011:
1. I have lost 25 pounds.
2. My training for running is ahead of schedule.
3. My hair, nails, and skin are all reflecting my new year-old lifestyle (thanks Sparkpeople).

Other news:
1. I'm hosting a baby shower for my oldest daughter this weekend -- her first baby, and my first grandson, due May 24!
2. Work is coming under better control for me.
3. Spring is coming early to the midwest, and my flowers are blooming like crazy in my front beds.
4. We finally finished moving Mom into her beautiful new assisted living home just down the street.
5. Last but not least...I met the most wonderful guy, and I have completely fallen in love again...this time, with my best friend.

Hope all of you out there in Sparkland are doing well. I'll do a better job of staying in touch. I promise.

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CHERIRIDDELL 3/28/2014 3:14AM

    What wonderful news I am delighted for you!

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AMYBELLES 3/21/2012 10:20PM

    So happy to hear all of your great news!!!! emoticon

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ROCKYCPA 3/21/2012 8:30PM

    Good for you -- great quarter!!!

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3CATSLEP 3/21/2012 2:32PM

    You are awesome!
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SCOTTSWIFE4 3/21/2012 2:19PM

    Congratulations!

Cheers to life, love, happiness, and healthiness!! :)

Becca :D

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The Fainting Couch

Monday, January 02, 2012

Back when my kids were growing up, one of our family vacations included a tour of an upscale 18th century village. In one of the lovely homes, my youngest daughter Kim found particular amusement with a certain item of furniture...an ornate, velvet sofa, known as a "Fainting Couch." It seems that these pieces were frequently placed in the homes of proper young ladies who, when in the presence of handsome gentleman suitors, displayed their femininity by fainting backwards "in ecstasy" onto these couches, with their hands to their foreheads.
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Well, the nut doesn't fall from the tree, as they say. Recently, Kim's oldest daughter Nikki (of Ruby Slipper fame...see Halloween blog) also learned of the fainting couch through a discussion at school about cultural changes among women. She proceeded to inform me that I was now going to "need a fainting couch" due to the fact that American Idol is coming on again soon, and therefore, I would be seeing my celeb crush, Steven Tyler, with increased frequency.
OMG...this kid is 5 years old!!!
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Well, I decided to google the infamous fainting couch...and what I learned reminded me of how fortunate we are now as women in today's society. Not only were women expected to "faint" as a sign of feminity to impress a gentleman. They also fainted frequently due to the tightness of their corsettes, when attempting 18th century physical fitness (usually badminton, croquet, or tennis). Can you even imagine!! I just had to share this with my fellow Spark girlfriends. Just think about this the next time you're struggling to find a comfortable sports bra to wear to the gym!
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Here it is, girls.
The Fainting Couch:

  
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RONNIEHUEY 2/3/2012 2:21PM

    Cute!

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CHERIRIDDELL 1/13/2012 1:07AM

    While that looks very pretty I can't say it looks all that comfortable to faint onto but do you think you might manage it if you were to be rescued by Steven TylerLOL? Five you say oh how fast they learn!!!!

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COMPUCATHY 1/10/2012 6:42PM

    We HAVE come a long way baby! Woo hoo! That is hilarious...that girl is 5 going on 20! Wow! Well, enjoy your show! Maybe you should watch it sitting down...you can do some chair exercises during it. Keep up the good work! Thanks for the encouragement! Spark on! emoticon

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ROCKYCPA 1/3/2012 3:03PM

    Very funny - I think I might faint, lol!!!

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GEMINIAN1 1/3/2012 11:05AM

    Thanks for sharing some history.
Neat stuff. I like to learn things ... :-)

Nikki's comment, agreed ...
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Passing out from Croquet?
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Wow, they must have been really tight.

Cheers ... to comfortable clothes.

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3CATSLEP 1/3/2012 10:30AM

    Oh, lordy, I have worn the corset, but have not yet fainted:)

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SNOOKUMS19 1/3/2012 9:41AM

    I can't even get myself to buy Spanx let alone those corsets! God bless those women. emoticon

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EUPHRATES 1/3/2012 2:23AM

    LOL - I actually knew the corset deal, and find myself far more disturbed that they actually expected women to faint to show appreciation of their gentlemen callers.
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NATPLUMMER 1/2/2012 8:37PM

    That is so cute that she suggested it for you when you see Steven Tyler :-)
We have come a long way.

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Happy New Year Today...Spark Anniversary Tomorrow!

Sunday, January 01, 2012

Happy New Year, Sparkies! This is it...the day we've been waiting for!

And...Tomorrow is my one-year Spark Anniversary!!
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I'm relaxing around home today, but mainly gathering strength and ammunion to tackle this new year with a vengeance! I reset my trackers, got all the gym clothes organized, and hit the produce aisle hard...in light of my new, healthy, 2012.

I CAN, I WILL, I BELIEVE!

And for my anniversary gift to myself...my #1 kick butt workout song...by my favorite band in all of the land:
Back in the Saddle - by Aerosmith--oh YEAH!!!
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www.youtube.com/watch?v=uIPS4LyveJs

  
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ADEWYN 1/5/2012 6:17AM

    happy spark anniversary :) mine was jan3rd :) woohoo.. to the new year!! and new goals :)

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CLAVINOVA 1/4/2012 11:58PM

    Happy Sparkanniversary and good luck in 2012 with reaching all your reset goals!

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ROCKYCPA 1/4/2012 11:06PM

    A couple of days late but Happy New Year and Happy 1st Sparkversary.

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STEVENGO2 1/2/2012 12:15AM

    Happy healthy New Year. Looks like you are really motivated! Congrats on the one year anniversary!

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NATPLUMMER 1/1/2012 9:02PM

    Happy New Year!! Sounds like you are ready to roll this year!!
Great workout song!! I need to put that on my iPod. ;-)

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Life's a Roller Coaster

Thursday, December 22, 2011

If we never had that long, slow, ride up up that endless, steep incline...where we asked:
What would happen if we got stuck up here?
How would we get down?
Was our seatbelt fastened properly?
Does anyone really inspect these things?
Has anyone ever gotten hurt on here?
Are our kids safe?
What happens if someone throws up?

How would we ever get to enjoy that sudden rush of freefall....

If we never got scared, never made mistakes, or suffered broken hearts...if we never mourned loss, felt disappointment, or fought what we felt was a losing battle...

How would we ever truly appreciate the adrenalin rush of falling in love...of hearing those first chords of our favorite band in concert...of cuddling a soft, furry pet...or hearing the sweet words of our child saying, "I love you." How could we appreciate the true joy of Pomp and Circumstance in the background as we received our diplomas...hearing the crowd cheer as we crossed the finish line of that marathon...or feeling the satisfaction of reaching a goal at a job that we really love.

Sit tight, fasten your seatbelts, and let life take you for a ride. The "rush" waiting at the end will be worth it all...

Now, enjoy this little "ride' and listen to the words of the song :)
www.youtube.com/watch?v=hZnahd7zKE4

  
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KIMPAINTS 3/20/2012 5:43PM

    Thank you! By the way you look incredible. I was looking at your picts. emoticon

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STEVENGO2 12/31/2011 1:12AM

    Cindy,
This year has been such a roller coaster ride for me! I made my goal weight in January and maintained it through the year. My Mom had a stroke and developed dementia. I walked every day and strength trained each day! I sparked each day and helped spark my nephew and a friend begin their journey to weight loss. So far my nephew has lost twenty pounds and my friend has lost ten. I earned over 60,000 spark points.

Now that the roller coaster is coming back to the station for this year ~ I look forward to the ride for the coming year! I plan on continuing my maintaining and my exercising and tracking food. I may not walk as much but I have other goals in my life I want to work on. I am planning on returning to college
to finish a degree in Economics. Sparking so much this year reminded me on how much love I have for numbers. I have earned 100 credits so far in college so would need 30-40 credits for a degree. It is never to late to dream and then to reach for that dream, as I learned this past year.

By the way this post is the last point I will earn for the year. I am grateful to you for being a new friend this year. With our Moms having dementia we can relate so well! I hope you have a great new year ~ I know mine will definitely be interesting!


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NATPLUMMER 12/23/2011 9:20AM

    Awesome!!

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EGRAMMY 12/22/2011 5:20PM

    Very Special. thanks lots.

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CALIMAN1 12/22/2011 3:26PM

    Wonderfully said...what is that you said? You are running a marathon with me? Ok, you'll have to come to Cali. No wearing your Bieber Fever racing shirt though! emoticon

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Thoughts on a Winter Solstice

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Many of us are about to celebrate yet another New Years Eve. We glue our eyes to the TV in anticipation of that big, glittery ball making its way down the pole and marking the beginning of a new year. If we're with somebody special, we kiss them to symbolize that we will be together as a couple as we begin anew...and if we are celebrating as singles, we may raise our glasses of bubbly as a toast to the new love that we hope to be under the mistletoe with this time next year.

Yes, my fellow Sparkies...2012 is going to be a great year. But as we celebrate its beginning, we also toast to new resolutions for ourselves, and we put a lot of pressure on ourselves to achieve them. Some of these plans that we orchestrated so carefully on December 31 may be to reach our goal weights, run our first 5K or marathon, eat within our calorie range, or take up old, long-lost, beloved hobbies.

However, as January and February pass us by as dark, cold, gloomy days, and the ice and snow prevent us from getting to the gym, and we spend more time in front of the TV eating leftover holiday cookies, Superbowl snacks, and fast food cheeseburgers between kids' school events...those plans can slowly start to fade, just as the sun does...so early during these months.

At the same time...when we toasted 2012, we toasted a whole new YEAR...not just a few months. So, why not give our new SELVES and our precious resolutions a whole year, too!?! We know that Spring will bring beautiful new flowers and gentle rain to cleanse the earth...Summer will bring sunshine, trips to the beach, and outdoor family fun...in the Fall, we'll anticipate a great new school year, and the colorful changing leaves...and then, once again, Winter will bring the excitement of another new holiday season.

So, why not give ourselves a whole year, too, instead of giving up on better health, before we even have a chance to gain momentum? Let's all think about losing weight the healthy way, with 1 or 2 pounds a week. Then, do the math. After 52 weeks, when the holidays come again, imagine how great we're going to look when that sparkly ball drops again! And if we're planning to run a marathon, let's train the proper way so we don't hurt ourselves and end up on the couch again...waiting for another year to make that resolution, again and again.

Happy New Year to all of my Sparkfriends. Let's cheer each other on again in 2012! We can do it!
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HOPE2011 12/23/2011 9:04AM

    You're absolutely right! Now to think about what I want to do next year...

Enjoy your holiday!

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MARGARITTM 12/22/2011 12:13PM

    Happy New Year back to you..... I have found several winter races to run so I will have some goals to train to

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