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The 12 Days of Christmas, 9

Wednesday, December 22, 2010



"O Tannenbaum" ("O Christmas Tree") is a Christmas carol of German origin. A tannenbaum is a fir tree and its evergreen qualities have long inspired German musicians to write "Tannenbaum" songs, the earliest dating back to 1550. The best known version was written in 1824 by the Leipzig organist, teacher and composer Ernst Anschutz. The melody is an old folk tune.

I love Dave Brubeck's music and he plays an exceptional and smooth jazz interpretation of this traditional Christmas song.


THE 9TH DAY OF CHRISTMAS:
www.youtube.com/watch?v=rMVj-v2DNTs

  
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LYNNANN43 12/23/2010 5:28PM

    I missed this yesterday! What a beautiful version of the song!

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MEMAWS5 12/22/2010 6:11PM

  Christmas is one of my favorite times of the year. The music, lights and activities and the most precious gift"Jesus". Merry Christmas to all!!!

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FRACTALMYTH 12/22/2010 2:47PM

    I've started singing carols all day, and last night I swapped the kids' lullabies cd for a christmas one :D

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SUNNY332 12/22/2010 9:22AM

    I have long been a Dave Brubeck fan and this was awesome.

Thanks for sharing.

Sunny

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GOANNA2 12/22/2010 8:59AM

    You sure know how to pick the best music Maha.
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FRANCESCANAZ 12/22/2010 8:54AM

    That will really put you in the Christmas Spirit.

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The 12 Days of Christmas, 8

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

WAAAAAH! The internet signal misbehaved and I somehow lost THE EIGHTH DAY offering --

Dianne Reeves' and Lou Rawls' version of "Baby It's Cold Outside"

-- including the lovely comments that several of you left! It won't be the same without all of you, but I'll reconstruct it anyway!
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THE EIGHTH DAY OF CHRISTMAS:
www.youtube.com/watch?v=vy70vAgmHcU

  
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ONECOOKIETWO 12/22/2010 8:03PM

    Thank you for this happy little addition to my day!!
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The 12 Days of Christmas, 7

Monday, December 20, 2010



WORLD CHRISTMAS is my very favorite holiday CD. And all the artists contributed their songs without the royalties, the artwork was contributed as well, all for Special Olympics International.
tinyurl.com/2csz29w

I have been loving Beninoise singer-songwriter Angelique Kidjo's music for years. I recently saw this stunning talent perform at Herbst Theatre in San Francisco in all her charismatic dynamism.

She is a Grammy Award-winner, BBC African Service has included her in its list of the continent's 50 most iconic figures, and Time Magazine called her "Africa's premier diva." I hope you enjoy her "O Holy Night" from WORLD CHRISTMAS as much as I do!




THE 7TH DAY OF CHRISTMAS
www.youtube.com/watch?v=P-LyZDpEO08

  
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FRANCESCANAZ 12/20/2010 5:41PM

    My favorite Christmas song. Never heard it like that before.

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GOANNA2 12/20/2010 5:07PM

    Βεαθτι
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INSPIREBYNATURE 12/20/2010 12:07PM

    love it!

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MISS_VIV 12/20/2010 10:32AM

    Fantastic - what a wonderful peace she sends. emoticon

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LYNNANN43 12/20/2010 9:39AM

    Incredibly fascinating version of the song!

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B_HORTON 12/20/2010 9:05AM

    Beautiful! Thanks for sharing, doll!!!

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SUNNY332 12/20/2010 9:03AM

    Beautiful - absolutely beautiful.

Thanks for sharing this one with us.

Hugs, Sunny

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JESPAH 12/20/2010 8:12AM

    Sweet

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FCARMICH 12/20/2010 8:09AM

  okay

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MAKING IT HAPPEN Week 4 -- 13 days until 2011

Sunday, December 19, 2010


I finished the third week of the challenge yesterday with a 2.8 lbs. loss...now THAT'S encouraging!

Consistent Movement + Conscious Eating = Whee! Optimal Wellness (CE+CM=WOW)

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Some musings at this point in the challenge --

@ My first ACTION last week challenged me to postpone SparkTime (other than tracking and a morning gratitudes post) until late afternoon, for guilt-free enjoyment! I did relatively well here.

@My second ACTION was to BE HERE NOW and I again did much better.

@ My third ACTION required that I begin using the trackers, particularly the Nutrition Tracker. With consistent tracking last week, my eating was much more conscious and deliberate...what a difference to eat this way!

I'm going to continue with last week's ACTIONS -- reducing excessive SparkTime, being mindful, and tracking! My pal FractylMyth repeatedly inspires me. She said in a recent blog "'Can you do it today?' I had to sit and think about that one... this malaise sure has a strong hold today. Yes. YES. I can do it today. It may be all out of order, but as FlyLady says, don't catch up, just jump in where you are." www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo
urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=3843853

And that's exactly what I too plan to do --
JUMP IN WHERE I AM!

Here again is my end-of-year challenge to build habits that will last. By December 31, 2010 I will~~

~ do daily sadhana (spiritual practice)
~ do regular exercise and strength training and track my exercise
~ eat more consciously and track my food
~ be moving toward my goal weight of 128 pounds
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AND THE BEAT GOES ON:

20 DAYS, Sun Dec 19

~ 30 minutes of meditation -- DONE
~ 40 minutes of walking -- DONE
~ Tracked food and exercise -- DONE

19 DAYS, Mon Dec 20

~ 30 minutes of meditation -- DONE
~ Strength training -- BUST
~ 175 sit-ups -- BUST
~ 20 minutes, minimum, of cardio -- BUST
~ Tracked food and exercise -- DONE

18 DAYS, Tues Dec 21

~ 30 minutes of meditation -- DONE
~ 2 hour bicycle ride -- DONE
~ Strength training -- DONE
~ 175 sit-ups -- DONE
~ Tracked food and exercise -- DONE

17 DAYS, Wed Dec 22

~ 30 minutes of meditation -- DONE
~ 30 minutes of interval cardio on ARC machine -- DONE
~ Tracked food and exercise -- DONE

16 DAYS, Thurs Dec 23

~ 30 minutes of meditation -- DONE
~ 1 hour bicycle ride -- DONE
~ Strength training -- DONE
~ 175 sit-ups -- DONE
~ Tracked food and exercise -- DONE

15 DAYS, Fri Dec 24

~ 30 minutes of meditation -- DONE
~ 20 minutes, minimum, of cardio -- BUST
~ Tracked food and exercise -- DONE

14 DAYS, Sat Dec 25

~ 30 minutes of meditation -- DONE
~ 20 minutes, minimum, of cardio -- BUST
~ Strength training -- BUST
~ 175 sit-ups -- BUST
~ Tracked food and exercise -- DONE
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ETC. to:

JANUARY 1, 2011
HAPPY New Year!

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The future depends on what we do in the present. --Mahatma Gandhi
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ATRANSFORMATION 12/20/2010 2:03AM

    I am SO glad you are "making it happen".

As a wise woman (you) once said to me, "It feels good to be back in control, huh?" Now I can say it back to you (after I ate chocolate for the first time in 41 days)
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QUEENOTHEFOREST 12/19/2010 7:44PM

    One day at a time!

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WALKINGANNIE 12/19/2010 3:38PM

    Great job on the weight reduction Maha!

Your future does indeed depend on your present - and you have given your present as a gift to yourself. Improving your health is the best love that you can give yourself and you are so very worth it.

Well done on making your plan and making it work.

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FRACTALMYTH 12/19/2010 3:30PM

    Yay! YOU CAN DO IT!!! Right here, right now. Make it happen! Another FlyLady tip is that you can do anything for 15 minutes. Set a timer, Do whatever it is you have been avoiding, or is tempting you off the track until the timer goes off and then move onto something else. That works too :D

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COSMIC_ENERGY 12/19/2010 3:08PM

    Yes--You're rockin' it girl!

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CARRAND 12/19/2010 2:44PM

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I like your plan!

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CITYZOZO 12/19/2010 1:54PM

    way to go!

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SUNNY332 12/19/2010 1:24PM

    That is what I call "jumping in" with both feet. Congrats on your weight loss and best wishes in continued success.

Sunny

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SLASALLE 12/19/2010 10:15AM

    Look at you go, girlfriend!!!! WOW is right!!! xoxoxo

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The 12 Days of Christmas, 6

Sunday, December 19, 2010

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The holiday season simply wouldn't be complete for me without hearing Jose Feliciano sing "Feliz Navidad" many times over the days!



THE 6TH DAY OF CHRISTMAS
tinyurl.com/299gn57
If the live version doesn't work well for you, here's another:
www.youtube.com/watch?v=wGuCvFdrWPg

  
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LYNNANN43 12/19/2010 8:18AM

    The live version was a blast! emoticon

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DDOORN 12/19/2010 8:02AM

    Love Feliciano...! One of my early guitar heroes! Wonder how recent was this performance...have lost track of Jose. If this is fairly recent, he's looking good!

Don

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SUNNY332 12/19/2010 7:49AM

    It came through great for me and I agree with you - I like the more recent version. Thanks for Sharing.

Christmas is drawing closer. I am ready - how about you?

Take care and do have a Blessed Day.

Sunny

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REILLYGIRRRL 12/19/2010 6:46AM

  Enjoy your Christmas.

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