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Fitbit article some of us can relate to

Monday, October 13, 2014

Read with an open mind.

http://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2014/0
6/30/stepping-out-3 emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

  
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JANET552 10/14/2014 10:53AM

    I finally found the article!! WooHoo!! I can be a dog with a bone sometimes.

When I first got my fitbit, I was obsessed but no more. I lost it Sunday night and thoroughly enjoyed my freedom from it on Monday. John found it Monday night and I put it back on but not with enthusiasm. When it dies, it won't be replaced.

As for 65,000 steps -- I can't even get to 25,000.

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DDHEART 10/14/2014 8:15AM

    I think Cat is having nightmares! LOL But it is a funny thing how the mind works with this sort of incentive device and my old pedometer never quite had that effect. I find it disturbing when I have to charge my fitbit...because I don't get credit for my steps around the house while it's plugged in....and I also get really bummed on a day when errands keep my butt in the car far too long....never so bummed that I would grab my flashlight to go out and walk 65,00 steps to make up for it though. LOL

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CATANTIGO 10/13/2014 4:13PM

    65,000 steps? Only in my dreams.

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LNISDES 10/13/2014 2:51PM

    I love David Sedaris! I wish I could log those steps....

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Attention Insomniacs!

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Have you tried cherry juice? emoticon Here's a "Prevention" magazine article. It's good for arthritis, too! I have resisted buying it, because of the cost, but now I am thinking that getting good sleep is worth the expense!

http://www.prevention.com/health/sleep-e
nergy/tart-cherry-juice-increases-slee
p-time?utm_source=zergnet.com&utm_medi
um=referral&utm_campaign=zergnet_17526
5&cid=partner_zergnet

  
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DDHEART 9/22/2014 7:52AM

    I do enjoy tart cherry juice and it does seem to help my knees and recovery from runs...but not sure it has made a difference in my sleep. That apparently is what it is.

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JANET552 9/21/2014 8:34AM

    Thanks for sharing! There's nothing better than a good night's sleep, is there!!??

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SIRENAOFTHESEA 9/18/2014 5:43PM

    Hey I will try anything/ emoticon

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*TRACY* 9/18/2014 9:51AM

    Thanks for the tip!!! emoticon

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EVIE4NOW 9/18/2014 9:18AM

  omg.. didn't know this.. will have to try. Thank you.

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Making my environment better

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

So everyone hears about "curb appeal" and "focal points" and "mood altering actions" as applied to one's home and front door. After the harsh winter we had, dark days of thundersnow and rainy, dreary months after, I decided a yellow door would be a welcome sight. What do you all think?
This is the side door, which is the same as the "before" on the entry door.


This is the "after" front of our house.


Now, the quandry is: do I give the side door the same treatment? Should the upper door (that is my kitchen balcony) be yellow, too? (Dave says yes, I say no.)

At any rate, whenever I come down the driveway, I get a big smile on my face from the perceived sunshine!

Here is a "photo-shopped" pic showing the other option:

  
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BRAVAH 9/22/2014 3:45AM

    Yes... make all the doors yellow! emoticon

Cheers,
Heidi

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JANET552 6/23/2014 11:24AM

    I have such a hard time finding blogs since Spark made the changes. I love, love, love the yellow door though I must say I'm with you as to the upstairs. I'd smile everytime I came home too.

I worked for years in a dingy orange room at school and one summer they painted it a lighter shade of yellow (I believe the custodian called it Queen Anne's Lace but I always called it yellow). Everytime I walked in the room after the paint job, I had to smile. There is just something about yellow.

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WASCALLYWONE 6/20/2014 11:23AM

    I see your point, Donna. That would look good. However, it is plastic, and I'd be afraid it would be a constant battle touching up chips! I can barely keep up with the chipped walls INside ! BTW, the flowers have yellow blooms, too! And I got some larger dahlias as well.

Comment edited on: 6/20/2014 11:57:46 AM

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DDHEART 6/20/2014 9:26AM

    I love the yellow and also the matching chairs and I especially love that it makes you happy when you see it...that is what it's all about. Take some time to decide about the other doors, the drama can be lost if you use too much of the accent while a little more can tie things together. Is that a deck box to the right? I think that would be great in the same yellow as the chairs and door. emoticon

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WASCALLYWONE 6/19/2014 2:35PM

    Thanks for the positive comments, gals....I really need more input as to the upper door quandry... I think I WILL eventually do the side door, too.

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MNTWINSGAL 6/18/2014 9:18AM

    I think the sunny yellow is beautiful! Amazing transformation. I can see the pros and cons of using more -- follow your heart!

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CATANTIGO 6/18/2014 8:15AM

    I'm all for the yellow. What an uplifting color. Looks great!

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DEBBIECK 6/17/2014 9:55PM

    Yes! The yellow looks wonderful! Good job:)

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LISADCANNON 6/17/2014 9:29PM

    Love it and I'm with you, but don't tell Dave! lol emoticon

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Rant, Rave and Re-evaluate

Friday, May 30, 2014

Gah!! I have decided that I have been a "all talk, no action" kind of gal, when it comes to getting fit and losing weight. I know what I need to do. I know WHY I need to do it. I WANT to do it. But I just don't. Like, right now, at 7:30 AM, DH has just finished his workout, and I am enjoying my coffee and some quiet time. If I were the "action" person I aspire to be, I'd be doing a workout, too. I'd be going for that walk sometime during the day, waving and swatting mosquitoes, sweat rolling into my eyes, breathing hard and feeling good about all that at the end of the day.

Instead, I tried on clothes that don't fit, looked at my goal dress, (which, I have nowhere to ever even wear it) and felt my spirits go down, down, down.

I think about what I HAVE done right, over the months and years, and don't see any results. Then I remind myself that I am not consistent. I fall off the wagon so many times, I feel unable to get back on. Oh, I wish my SP and ASKer friends were here to help! I know they'd reach out and boost me up. One would give me a gentle talking to, with a not-so-gentle message. One would give me recipes and menus that assist with the cause. One would just smile with an all-knowing smile; she's been there. One would just hug me. NO, ALL of them would hug me. We'd go for a walk, then have a glass of wine.

Now, I am an intelligent woman. I have the knowledge, I have tools at my disposal. I have the time. I don't have the energy, but I know that will come with some effort put forth. I know I am not a quitter.

  
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BRAVAH 9/22/2014 3:48AM

    Dear Raelene,

I am sorry I didn't see this when you posted it. I don't know if you're still feeling the same? But I would love to help if there is anything I can do. I am here if you need to rant and rave, or here for support and encouragement if you prefer. Just let me know what I can do to help.

Always,
Heidi

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JUDI_CUTIE 6/6/2014 1:12AM

    You are saying things that sound just the way I have been feeling too! What does it take to make us do what we know we need to do? I don't have the answer. But I hope we will both keep trying.

I have new incentive - a grandchild! So I can see a real, concrete reason that I want to stay healthy. (I hope I can turn that feeling into action!)
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DDHEART 6/2/2014 7:15AM

    Oh, dear friend......deep breath, here we go...we won't quit, we're smart and we will do it. Why do we really want to do this? We need to want the results more than we want...............................
.............(fill in the blank) As Red Green says...we're all in this together, keep your stick on the ice!.

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JANET552 6/1/2014 10:24AM

    I am ready with a hug, a recipe and a kick but what I really think would help is if I shipped a dog up to you. I think it would be Charlie -- he demands his walk every day but one walk is all he wants AND he would eat all your food as often as he could. What do you think?

Just let me know, I can have Charlie up there in no time. For the summer?

Comment edited on: 6/1/2014 10:54:06 AM

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DEBBIECK 6/1/2014 9:44AM

    Amen, Sister! Consistency is the key! If you need a recipe I am here! If you need a hug, I am here! If you need a kick, I am here! I am trying to do all of the things I know I should be doing, as well. I have broken it down this month to an attempt to make sure that any calories that go into this body are not empty calories. Trying to make sure that my wine is measured before serving, too. Too many empty calories in alcohol!! Darn it!!

Comment edited on: 6/1/2014 9:46:28 AM

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CATANTIGO 6/1/2014 8:01AM

    Ah, Raelene, I understand this all too well. But today is June 1st. It's a new month and a new day to be our own best friend. So I give you a shoulder to cry on, two arms for a hug, two ears to listen, and lastly, a foot for that small kick to get you started. Drop some of that past baggage because the past is done and it only weighs you down and makes you tired. I'll even kick some of it out of the way for you. There; does it help?

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MNTWINSGAL 5/31/2014 1:00AM

    I hear you so loud and clear....your words could have just as easily come from my mouth. And I'm definitely more talk than action too -- but we can't give up. It's imperative that we just forge on -- you can do it, Sparksister, and so can I. I haven't set the June ASKer challenge(s) yet, so what should we choose that we WILL stay on track with?

OK, here's your kick and your hug....now go make Donna's rainbow salad and let's see some downward movement on that scale! (Has Wilbur been out to play lately?)

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MAMABEAR372 5/30/2014 10:12AM

    Energy will come when you stick with it. I found that out. I also found this out...

Striving for success without hard work is like trying to harvest where you haven't planted. ~David Bly

It just makes sense.

I cheer you on and hug you and am willing to help you any way I am able. We struggle together and we celebrate together. We ALL have hurdles to get past. But there is a way to get to where we want and need to be. We just have to find what works for us.

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Four tips to Stop the Fat Talk!

Thursday, April 17, 2014

A little reminder never hurts. emoticon

http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp
?post=4_tips_to_stop_the_fat_talk_for_
good

  
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DDHEART 4/18/2014 9:04AM

    Being good to ourselves can be a learned behavior but it takes effort...we can do it!

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CATANTIGO 4/18/2014 7:29AM

    I'm guilty of doing this. Good article.

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JANET552 4/18/2014 6:48AM

    We should treat ourselves well. Too bad that can be hard to remember at times.

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JAMBABY0 4/17/2014 1:32PM

    thanks for sharing

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