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A gift of a day.

Sunday, February 06, 2011

What a gift today is. The sun is shining, the temperatures are decent, and I had a chance to do one of my favorite things - cross-country skiing! emoticon

But, that's not the best gift of all today. The BEST gift of the day was my husband trying to cross-country ski for the first time in his life. He tried it because it's such a favorite of mine. And, after many, many falls, he actually started to enjoy it. He's talking about buying some skis so we can go on a regular basis!!!

How happy am I!?!?!? emoticon emoticon emoticon

I am thankful for the gifts that I received today, and feel rejuvenated and ready to take on the world (nothing like a little sunshine, exercise, and love to keep you going).

Here's to your day, and all the "gifts" you may have received today!


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STALEYK 2/7/2011 5:54AM

    Awesome! Patience and they sometimes come around. Have a great week! emoticon

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LALMEIDA 2/6/2011 6:28PM


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MEADSBAY 2/6/2011 4:57PM

    That is SO awesome!
I would feel that way if my DH even tried the gym with me.

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FCARMICH 2/6/2011 4:38PM


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Gotta get up when you fall down!

Sunday, January 30, 2011

Yesterday, I had plans to take yoga from one of my favorite instructors. I got up early, did some chores around the house, got a sugar-free chai- yum), and went to get my hair cut (also a favorite activity).

As I was leaving my hairdressers...feeling pretty good about myself...I suddenly found myself flying through the air. There was some ice in the parking lot that looked like water. I landed on my right hip and shoulder. Thank fully I did not hit my head! And, of course, lots of people saw me fly. Wasn't pretty...I can tell you that much. emoticon Really ruined my mood....and, brought me "down" even further.

But, I gotta get up! And, it's a new day emoticon

I'm a bit stiff today. My plans for the day include focusing on eating right, gentle stretching, and connecting with others.

Eating right - I'm logging all my food today.

Gentle stretching - doing some gentle yoga stretches.

Connecting with others - teaming up for Shape Up RI

Here in RI there is a state wide fitness challenge called Shape Up RI. There are several of us from the Spark Rhode Island team that are going to participate. We'd love to have others join us! For more information,check out the Spark Rhode Island page.

Here's to getting matter what "fall" you may have taken!


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TRAVELRN 1/31/2011 8:11PM

    Feeling so much better today...actually went to the gym. emoticon

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STALEYK 1/31/2011 5:58AM

    Hope you are alright. Those slip and falls can be nasty...Have a wonderful week!

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TRAVELRN 1/30/2011 6:36PM

    Thank you to everyone for your well wishes!

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MEADSBAY 1/30/2011 12:19PM

This is my big fear this time of year!
I walk like such an old lady whenever I'm outside in this winter wonderland we got going on.
Glad you're ok could have been much worse!
Take a hot bath, too.


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ELLEN0407 1/30/2011 11:43AM

  hope you are feeling ok today after the fall

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Welcome 2011!

Saturday, January 01, 2011

This past year has had some wins and some challenges. In October, and inspite of my constant knee issues, I ran the 10k that I set for a goal. emoticon

So, so proud of myself for competing that run!

As many of you know, being a mother is not always about putting yourself first. And, the stresses of work life, etc some times creep into your time to take care of you.

That would about sum up my Fall....and, thus my "fall" off the healthy living wagon.

So, here it is a new year emoticon

A time for reflection, and a time to see what changes can be made. I've gained a few pounds, but have also gained more insight as to where and who I want to be.

I'm ready to start living the healthy lifestyle again!

First step - get back into sparking. I'm looking forward to re-connecting with friends I've made here.

Second step - set those small goals and reward myself for accomplishing those goals.

Today's goal - water!

Third step - look for opportunities for fitness each day.

It's a gorgeous, unusually warm day here. I'm going take advantge of it by taking the dogs for a walk.

Wishing you and your family much health and happiness in 2011! emoticon

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STALEYK 1/3/2011 6:03AM

    Welcome Back! I've stayed on SparkPeople but my eating went down the tube the last half of the we're all gonna be getting back on track!

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MEADSBAY 1/1/2011 7:09PM


May 2011 be your best year ever.


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ELLIE-1220 1/1/2011 10:35AM

    2011 - a new year, a clean slate... Sounds like you are well on your way to a successful year, you have a clear vision of how to get this going... Keep it up, and keep coming back to SP! You will do it!!!!

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Turning a corner

Monday, July 26, 2010

Little by little I'm changing. Not in ways that most people would notice, but in ways that I notice. I'm running once a week, increasing my distance bit by bit. I'm keeping up with spin at least once/week. Going to the gym 1-2 times/week.

Still at a plateau with weight, but that's not the change I see and feel.

Somewhere in the middle of training for this 10K, I started to feel like an athlete again.

A what you say?

Yes, even at 49 1/2 years of age, I'm feeling like an athlete.

Why the change? I'm beginning to see muscle definition in my legs that I haven't seen in years. I'm really beginning to feel the difference in my capacity to push myself physically - even with these knees! I just feel differently.

Most importantly - I'm feeling more powerful. I know now that nothing will stop me from getting to that 10K.


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WHEATLEY12 7/26/2010 6:33AM


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MOMMANURSE34 7/26/2010 6:30AM

    Keep pushing til the finish line. Congrats on your upcoming 10K.

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SGBR-1 7/26/2010 5:37AM

    Congratulations----your hard work is obviously paying off.

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STALEYK 7/26/2010 5:31AM

    Thanks for the encouragement. I too see muscle definition in my legs and arms yet I don't always see it on the scale. Some of my clothes are getting a little big on me too! But it's a slow process...Have a great day! emoticon

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Sabotage! How to reverse this feeling?

Sunday, June 27, 2010

Why does it happen? Days and days of being focused on fitness (ran another mile on the treadmill and have been doing some heavy garden work), drinking my water, writing my food down, feeling in control...then SABOTAGE! I hate it. I was feeling, not so much.

I've got to get out of this cycle, or I will not make my goals. I've been looking for some inspiration, and think I may have found some. Nearly 10 years ago, as a challenge to myself for turning 40, I rode the Boston to NY AIDS ride. Yep..250 miles on my bike in 3 days. It was an incredible experience!

This week I came across a tee shirt from the event (yes, 10 years is probably too long to keep a tee shirt, but it's a great work out shirt). The saying on the back of the shirt says


What a great play on words!

So, my word for this guessed it...I'MPOSSIBLE!!!!


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TRAVELRN 6/27/2010 3:30PM

    Might be a good idea to try a cheat day once/week. I've never tried that before. Thank you for the suggestion. emoticon

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MEADSBAY 6/27/2010 11:46AM

    I hate the term 'cheat day' but would it help you stay on track to plan something like that?
My nutritionist has me eating 1200-1400 six days a week (which i just increased a bit due to headaches) and then taking a 'diet day off' one day- without going hog-wild, of course.
I find it really helps me eat better on those 6 days a week.
Just an idea.

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