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It's been a winning day!

Monday, April 07, 2008

Woke up this morning to white! The snow was coming down in huge fluffy flakes so thick that you could hardly see across the street. Lot's of moisture in the snow, which made it rather heavy to shovel. Winter is just not taking the hint that it's supposed to be spring and raining not snowing!
Did manage to burn so calories shoveling, as I needed to get out of my driveway. It was coming down so fast that by the time I had made my way to the end of the driveway, the top section was covered in already so I shoveled my way back up the driveway. I probably could have kept up the yo-yo shoveling all morning, but I had to get to work. It was actually lovely outside and very pretty. So quiet too. The poor rabbits that are around our place, don't know whether to continue turning to shades of brown or turn back to solid white!
A great day at work, busy but fun. It was one of those days where everyone was on the same silly wave length, so lots of moments of laughter and silliness. We always manage to accomplish all that needs to be done, just in a manner that is enjoyable. I am so grateful for the people that I work with.
I had another wonderful surprise when I checked my mail on the way home. We had bought tickets on one of the major lottery fundraisers held here each year. We like to support the STARS air ambulance, you never know when your family or friends might be in need of their assistance. Anyway, we didn't win the house, the car or the motor home...but woo hoo we did win an emergency power source! Funny thing is,....I've no idea what exactly that is! Just the fact that we won something is exciting.
What a great way to wind down a work day. It so nice when you receive unexpected blessings.

Keep on moving forward with a positive attitude, surprise yourself with how good it feels.

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MARLA7 4/8/2008 5:11AM

    Wanda - I had to chuckle imagining you shoveling your way down the driveway only to have to shovel your way back up! LOL Sorry....it was a funny image. But, like Kathy says, you did get some extra exercise in...so there was some good in that spring snow above & beyond the beauty of it!
Emergency power pack, huh? I'm curious too. Please let us know what it is. Maybe it's a new flashlight! Woo Hoo! I think it's great to win something no matter what it is. Congratulations! ((((Love)))) Marla

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KSNICKER 4/7/2008 9:53PM

    You know what... I think that Winter is just trying to help you with your exercise... All that shoveling... great strength training... lol Oh and those bunnies... I'd forgotten that they are all white for winter... Ours are brown, but they are cute... even the ones nibbling on our veggies in the garden... lol
And WTG on winning that emergency power source... Wouldn't it be funny if it was a pack of batteries or something... You'll have to let us know what it ends up being... Oh... maybe it's a generator. That would be cool...
Well what ever it is... It's fun winning it...lol
Have a great evening my friend...

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Sun is shining...snow is melting...

Sunday, April 06, 2008

The sun was shining and the snow was melting today, warm enough to go out for a walk and not have to even wear a winter jacket!
Just a nice relaxing day today, enjoying family time.
Laundry's all done, preparations are complete for the up coming work week, what more could you ask for.
Thrilled to have Marla joining us in positive blogging. It's so wonderful to read about the positives in others lives and to see them leaping forward in their commitment to a healthier life.
It's amazing when you see the ripple effect created by sharing a positive moment.
Hope you all have had a nice relaxing day to enjoy and that you found your positive in the day.

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MARLA7 4/7/2008 8:01AM

    Wanda - You sure did cause a ripple effect with your positive blogging! Isn't it wonderful? I always look so forward to reading your blogs...Kathy's & Donna's too. Now I'm looking forward to creating my own! Always something fantastic & new happening in my day...it's nice to put it down in words now. Thanks so much for this positive blog thing you got going. I think it's fantastic & am looking forward to many years of positive blogging! ((((Hugs)))) Marla

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KSNICKER 4/6/2008 10:27PM

    Sounds like a perfect day... Glad you got that sunshine I sent your way...LOL
I enjoyed your visit today... Stop by for a cup of tea and swing with me anytime... lol
Have a great week ahead...


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CIACLARE 4/6/2008 9:53PM

  Yes, wasn't it a wonderful day? I have been so excited to see all my bulbs poking up! I hope the upcoming week is full of memorable pleasures - for all of us.

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Corporate wellness session....

Saturday, April 05, 2008

Today I had my assessment for the Corporate Wellness session that I am a part of. I got so much valueable information from the nutritionalist. She had already checked out Sparkpeople before our meeting and was able to confirm with me that SP is awesome! She was very impressed with the site and had only a few recommendations for me.
1) that I should be consuming as close to 1500 calories a day as possible now, seeing as I have greatly increased the amount of activity I am doing. My range was 1200-1550, I have now adjusted it to reflect the true calories that I am burning in a week and was thrilled to see that SP recommends 1250-1600 calories a day. I hadn't thought to change the amount of calories I burned in a week before DUH!
2) she provided me with a Vegetarian food chart (the equivalent to the National food chart but for vegetarians) I had not seen one before and now have a much better idea of what I should be consuming each day.
3) she also provided me with some very easy ways to increase the protein in my diet.
4) and the best.....I need to make sure that I eat an evening snack!
I was not doing my metabolism any favors by not eating from 6pm until 6 am the next morning.

Next was my meeting with the fitness techs. Wow, my legs feel like noodles now! I definitely got my exercise in for today. Not only did I have to shovel snow twice this morning before even getting out of the yard, I walked a mile on the walking track, bicycled at increasing more difficult settings for 10 minutes, did several exercises on the stablity ball, lifted dumbells, did pushups and begged for mercy!
I was thrilled that they were very willing to devise a fitness plan incorporating lots of strength exercises I am presently doing, but stepping it up a notch to challenge me. The best part is they devised the plan so that I can still work from home instead of having to drive to a gym. I knew that I would not be able to make the time commitment on a consistent basis to have to go out to a gym. I will still continue to go to aquasizes twice a week and do all my walking.
The nicest thing they said was " you are already doing great and Sparkpeople is working for you". Thank you SparkPeople!

Now I have to go and figure out how to calculate all the exercising I completed today!

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MARLA7 4/6/2008 2:41AM

    Wanda...I enjoyed reading about your session today. It sounds like you've already got things in order for the most part...which I knew all along. Now this will just enhance your program even more. I'm so proud of you for all that you're doing to get healthy & eliminate this weight! You're such an inspiration! (((Hugs))) Marla

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KSNICKER 4/5/2008 7:37PM

    Sounds like your assessment went really well, and I knew they would think you were already doing great. I knew it...lol
At one point I had to change my calories ranges too to account for all the exercising I was doing too... I think it's so great how SP has this all figured out for us... YEA! Sparkpeople!!! lol

You go girl... You are doing great...

I just noticed that I wasn't getting notice of your blogs again... Not sure why. Sorry I missed you yesterday... But thanks for the reminder about meditation. I think I will give this a try myself... Couldn't hurt. And Thanks for the Prayers too... Really need those...

Have a wonderful Evening friend... Hope the boo boo is better...


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Deep breath in...and enjoy!

Friday, April 04, 2008

What a wonderful day off work today!
I had time to correspond with friends, which I always enjoy doing.
Despite still having to get up at my usual time in the morning in order to get my daughter to work, I was able to come home and crawl back into back for an extra hours sleep!
Still sitting gingerly today, but went for a nice walk, which helped to stretch out the muscles a bit. Had to improvise a bit on my strength training, but that motivated me to switch up my exercises by trying new ones.
I'm excited as tomorrow is the day I go for my sessions with the nutritionalist and fitness tech who will be overseeing my progress in the Corporate wellness session. I'll keep you posted as I receive information.
Had time to meditate today, being quiet and still within ones self really allows you to let go of any negative stuff in your life.
Loved having the time today to read the posts and catch up on some blogs I've been neglecting.
All in all a very nice day!

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MARLA7 4/5/2008 5:10AM

    Well, Wanda...I'm glad you found some good in having your boo boo & being off work! Sounds like you made the day very productive after all. I've been finding myself turning the tv off & just sitting in my recliner relaxing, thinking....hubby will come in & ask me why I have the tv off...what's wrong...I enjoy that quiet time too. Now that spring is here I'm starting to use some of that time to walk outside & have my quiet time with nature. I hope your boo boo heals real quick & you get back on top of things as usual. Take care. ((((Hugs))))) Marla

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When life throws you lemons...make lemonade!

Thursday, April 03, 2008

Oh what an interesting day today. Due to my lack of coordination at aquasizes last night, I slipped on the ladder getting into the pool...made a very rapid entrance, I am a little tender on the underside of my body. Makes sitting down an interesting experience. LOL. I have a bruise and some swelling about the diameter of a baseball on the underside of my thigh. It catches you just perfectly as you sit! Positive out of all of this...I get tomorrow off work, because sitting is rather painful and I have to sit all day at my job. Right now, I am typing standing up!
It has been a source of amusement for my co-workers today...they really do care, but you have to admit there is a great deal of humor in watching someone whincing and trying to sit very precariously on their chair, then stand up and type for awhile before trying to sit down again.
I did manage to get in almost an hour of walking today though, it helped to stretch things out abit.
Woo Hoo, a great positive ....income tax rebate arrived today...yes...now I can go and pay off my RRSP loan!
I need to leave the standing up and typing for now, I will survive, humor intact, body healing and a grateful heart that I don't have to sit all day tomorrow at work. Yippee and unexpected 3 day weekend.

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MEYCHEY 4/4/2008 9:55PM

    Wanda, Sweetheart, you fell into water, didn't you? Or did you land on stairs? That explains the bruising of a tender area. Ow. Ow. But ya gotta admit, the standing, sitting gingerly, standing, (repeat) is kinda funny.


I do want to tell you how I smile with pleasure at the sight of a new you in the pictures when I visit your SparkPage! I'm glad we're sharing this journey, Wanda.

Happiness to you and yours. Meychey

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MARLA7 4/4/2008 7:30AM

    Oh Grace...er... I mean Wanda... Sorry, couldn't resist. Take care of that boo boo now. That has to hurt! But, I'm glad you was able to make some lemonade out of all this! LOL

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KSNICKER 4/3/2008 9:44PM

    OUCH! I bet that hurt.
Are you sure you weren't watching me... I did the same thing a couple weeks ago... But unfortunately there was no water to break my fall... LOL
You are so great to see the humor in it... And your so-workers too...
WTG on those positives... You had some good ones today...

Enjoy your unexpected day off...

And thanks for your comments on my blog. ((HUGS))


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