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Interested in Saving Your Own Life???

Thursday, April 07, 2011

Then you should be checking out STLRZGRRL's amazing series of blogs, and in particular today's "part 3".

Here you go:

http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public
_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4148611

What an amazingly tough and wise and fundamentally kind person is our Trace!!

Yeah!!

I "liked" it -- hope you will too. This one deserves a "most popular blog" award because so many of us need to read it!!

  
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BRIGHTSPARK7 4/7/2011 9:38PM

    I hear you Ellen, and I'm off to read it toute de suite. xx

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TRYINGHARD1948 4/7/2011 5:44PM

    Thanks Ellen.

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CRYSTALJEM 4/7/2011 3:36PM

    well, considering you seem to give pretty good advice, I'm off to read it! Thanks (and no I'm not done my taxes).

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FREELADY 4/7/2011 12:06PM

    Remarkable tenacity and compassion. Thank you for passing this on!!

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VALERIEMAHA 4/7/2011 10:15AM

    Thanks for this Important.Public.Service.Announceme
nt, Ellen. I'm right there with you: Our Trace has a penchant for "sayin' it like it IS," huh, sayin' stuff we need to hear...even if we don't wanna'.
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KAUAIKAPU 4/7/2011 9:21AM

    I will check it out :)

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KALIGIRL 4/7/2011 8:58AM

    emoticonwill give it a read.

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Spring Stretching Out Ahead . . .

Wednesday, April 06, 2011

The anticipation at this time of the year makes life zesty! All better times to come!! There are a few yellow and purple crocuses in bloom in my garden -- news ones, which I planted last fall, close to the back door where I'll see them every time I come in or go out. (Gotta get the remaining fall leaves lifted soon. . . .tidy up the flower beds!).

The robins were positively hollering when I got out of the car after the morning run to the gym. It's sunny and warmer. Cardinals are whistling, and the lady cardinals appear to be wearing red lips! Goldfinches at my birdfeeder are beginning to look distinctly more yellow, setting aside their "winter olive" plumage.

And as for my own plumage: I found in the back of my closet a navy and cream striped silk jacket, bought several years ago and never worn -- because when I got it home from the store it was too tight. Now, it fits! (Thank you, Judith S. Beck and SLENDERELLA61 for introducing me to Beck).

This particular jacket was in a dollar store lurking on a rack of deeply-discounted acrylic wolf print sweatshirts -- just the one jacket. I glimpsed the fabric of one sleeve -- made a beeline across the store -- original price tag (manufacturer's pre-printed) $320! Marked down to $1.69! How it ended up there, I'll never know. But no argument from me: and I didn't try it on. I just scooped it up, paid and got outta there . . . only to discover when I got it home that it was too snug a fit through the middle when the clasp/hook thingy was done up.

Had it on yesterday with a cream blouse, navy cuffed wide leg trousers, cream and navy spectator pumps. Yay spring plumage!!

Oh my goodness, I get tired of my grey/black/camel/navy winter woolly suits by this time of the year. It's fun to contemplate all the soft spring colours to come -- in my garden, on the birds, and yup, on me too!!

  
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SASSAGAIN 4/7/2011 8:27AM

    I'm coming to your city......where in ON are you? south of east gate of algonquin park = me

need to get out shopping soon.....

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NANCY- 4/7/2011 4:57AM

    What a wonderful way to celebrate Spring.
Newness abounds within you!!!!
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STLRZGRRL 4/6/2011 10:39PM

    Pics or it didn't happen!!!

I am SO proud of your deep discount exploits!!!
MWAH!

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TBANMAN 4/6/2011 10:02PM

    Man, I need to come shopping with you. emoticon

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PHEBESS 4/6/2011 8:41PM

    Sounds like a fabulous outfit!!!

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TRYINGHARD1948 4/6/2011 6:11PM

    You are a whizz at the sale items and I love your wardrobe, it is so full of surprises. We are now moving towards Winter so it's a whole different game here.

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JHADZHIA 4/6/2011 11:25AM

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Flowers and robins, how nice!! The geese have returned as have the seagulls, but no robins here yet..

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SLENDERELLA61 4/6/2011 10:40AM

    Beautiful! Just beautiful! I know you feel so good in your classy bargain that fits, fits, fits!!! Enjoy spring. You are part of it! And I know you will keep up those good workouts, too!

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VALERIEMAHA 4/6/2011 8:53AM

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Spring and fall make living in this part of the country tolerable. WHEEEEEEE!!!`

With spring coursing through your veins, I think you would really enjoy William Stafford's poem:
http://www.sparkpeople.com
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No comment/words needed (as I said on the blog).
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JOPAPGH 4/6/2011 8:37AM

    I am excited for the warmer weather to come and actually stay around.

Coming up on our 2 year Sparkiversary next month. Congratulations on all you have achieved.

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TURCOTTEP 4/6/2011 8:20AM

  It is awesome.

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Sisters Shopping Day

Saturday, April 02, 2011

What a gorgeous day: sunny, +8C, red winged blackbirds and robins singing me along the road for shopping day with my sister!!.

Over the course of the day, ingested: several skim milk lattes; tomato soup; spanakopita; an apple. AND chocolate fudge cake!! (Shared, and we left quite a bit on the plate). Mmmm.

Certainly, tracked it all.

All of those calories AND more had to have been burned off, power shopping!

Bought: bright red ballet slipper rain boots: very cute (marked down from $70 to $44). My old duck boots were so worn inside that they were snagging my stockings, had to be replaced.

Bought: mint green linen blazer, size 6!! And the price?? Are you sitting down?? It was $2.50! Brand new, with tags, with spare button . . . found it in a liquidation warehouse. Pressed up beautifully.

Bought: tan poplin safari style jacket, size 6 also. Same liquidation warehouse. Brand new, but the price tag had been ripped off . . . , so I was a bit worried. My estimated price: $25.00. Rang in at $1.75. Also pressed up beautifully.

Two jackets with tax, less than $5.00! Tried on a ton of other stuff, thrilled that every size 8 fit and many many size 6s fit. Could have bought a ton of other stuff, but . . . . it's the thrill of the chase. These were the best deals!! And that's really what it's all about.

Plus: the hilarity, the gossip, the cackling --- yup, like they say, priceless.

So how come hysterical laughter isn't on the Fitness Tracker? It should be. Yeah. It should be!!





  
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FLORABEL 4/5/2011 12:02PM

    What a blast! AND size 6! Woohoo!!!!

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PENNYAN45 4/4/2011 11:19PM

    Sounds like it could not have been a better time.

Happiness and fun abounding!

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JOHAL52 4/4/2011 11:05PM

    Sounds like a great shopping day and size 6s to boot!! Heavenly!

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CRYSTALJEM 4/4/2011 4:36PM

    Good weather, good company and good shopping... sigh. What a lovely day.

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TRYINGHARD1948 4/4/2011 5:22AM

    WooHoo, thank you for sharing the joy. Huge :)

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STLRZGRRL 4/3/2011 3:08PM

    Oh the joy of unbanged, dentless bang and dent shopping, eh? Yay, YOU!!!

Also... hysterical laughter burns at least 1,000 calories a minute.

True story.
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CMB2048 4/3/2011 11:30AM

    Sounds like you had a wonderful time and those size 6's???? That must feel sooooooooo good!

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NANCY- 4/3/2011 9:32AM

    What great deals. You certainly know how to have fun too. I agree that laughter should be listed on the fitness tracker.
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PHEBESS 4/3/2011 9:06AM

    OMG, I want to go shopping with you next time!!!!!!!!

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VALERIEMAHA 4/3/2011 12:25AM

    All I've got to say about sister hilarity is emoticon

And a good time was had by all!

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DSHONEYC 4/2/2011 9:53PM

    Size 6!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! emoticon

Glad you had such a great day, and with your sister, too! I always appreciate your positive reinforcement...thanks so much.

PS I have never been a size 6 in my life. But size 8 is a number I can work toward. Hope you have a SunDay tomorrow.
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FREELADY 4/2/2011 8:06PM

    An all-round wonderful day! So happy for you! Maybe someday we'll see a photo of one (or both) of those jackets . . .

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TRAVELGRRL 4/2/2011 7:57PM

    I love finding those bargains as well! Even if you only wear those jackets once they're certainly well worth the price!!!

Your blog makes me anxious for my own sister time, which is coming up -- I go back to Michigan in May and she has taken the entire week off!

Yes, certainly belly-laughing is a calorie burining activity!

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ERIKO1908 4/2/2011 7:23PM

    Sounds like an awesome day spent with a loved one!! Glad to hear it was so fabulous!!

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BRIGHTSPARK7 4/2/2011 7:15PM

    Your happiness shines through your words. What a wonderful day! And Unbelievable Bargains. I love when you find something you LOVE at an incredible value.
I'll be visiting my sisters in the UK in August. Looking forward to it.
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SLENDERELLA61 4/2/2011 7:13PM

    It should be!! So glad you enjoyed your day and racked up some super, super bargains. Enjoy your 6's. Well deserved! -Marsha

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What Goes Up Must Come Down . . . .

Friday, April 01, 2011

OK, probably a blip.

Maybe there will be a full 24 hours at this "new weight" -- and maybe tomorrow I'll have to put the weight tracker back up again.

And I will. If necessary. Really.

And maybe it will be Sunday morning which will require the adjustment upwards. After tomorrow's planned "sisters' day (postponed from last Saturday) which is likely to involve caffeine, shopping and maybe a pastry or two??? Yeah!

And that will be OK too.

So I'm just enjoying the 143.5 for today. That's all. And not attaching too much "weight" to it either. Information only, Which can change. Which will change.

All right!! Feels good though, feels good!! And the Beck program continues with the focus on finding "lowest achievable"/"lowest sustainable" weight while retaining excellent nutrition and exercise.

(Did NOT make it to gym this morning for planned cardio and ST: tossed and turned all night after a hugely stressful day at work. No sleep, then finally caught a few zzzzzs between 3 and 7 a.m. Oh, well. Lunch time walk? It's a possibility. And in the alternative, tomorrow will offer lots of walking and lots of weight lifting related likely to shopping bags!!)

  
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TRYINGHARD1948 4/2/2011 1:26AM

    Ellen, enjoy your day with your sister. I love the way you are going to do your weight training, LOL - so enjoyable. Hugs, my friend.

PS - Love your commitment but do take care.

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BRIGHTSPARK7 4/2/2011 12:55AM

    Yay for the downward movement! Wooo Hooo! Sista time soundz like fun.
And I have thanked you in my lemon pickle blog, posted today. I have two jars going. After you sent me the link, I was inspired to do more research until I felt a creative surge that convinced me it was possible. Thanks for being there!
xx
Usha.

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FREELADY 4/1/2011 10:48PM

    It is part of an authentic downward trend! Let yourself enjoy it!

Sisters day! Cool! Have a wonderful time!

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JOHAL52 4/1/2011 10:37PM

    Enjoy today's number! Maybe it will go up tomorrow and maybe it won't. But look at the long term graphs and revel in the fact that the majority of times it's been good news emoticon

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SLENDERELLA61 4/1/2011 9:02PM

    Congrats on the weight loss! Enjoy that new number. You are absolutely correct not to attach too much "weight" to it. But don't discount it, either. I personally think that when I track my lowest weight of each month I get the most useful comparative data. -Marsha

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VALERIEMAHA 4/1/2011 11:13AM

    Though in my warped and humble opinion Beck's daily weighing policy is "over the top" and I think it provides inaccurate information, being too microcosmic, MANY disagree. Case in point:

"By far, one of the BEST ways that I have found to stay on track is to make a spreadsheet in Excel. It's so simple!! Make a 'Date' column and a 'Weight' column. Every day, as soon as you wake up, weigh yourself. Write the date and your weight in the spreadsheet. After a few weeks, make a graph using the two columns. For me, it's SO much easier to see my progress when I can actually visualize it. You can see even the slightest drop on a graph, when you may not be able to see it in the way your clothes fit or how you feel. It has helped me get back on track after re-gaining 15 lbs since last summer.

"TRY IT!! :) It's not about being obsessed with numbers, but I definitely feel like I'm making progress when I can see that little dip in the graph. Works wonders, and it's a little reminder of how far you've come!"

http://www.peertraine
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I do though deeply admire your relentless commitment to and focus on good health and your cheerful attitude through it all, not to mention our mutual love of that beautiful sliver-of-a-moon!
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CMB2048 4/1/2011 10:30AM

    I know those restless nights! Congratulations on the hitting the new weight. I have the Beck book but I just can't seem to stick with it for more than a day or two at a time. Enjoy your time tomorrow!

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NANCY- 4/1/2011 8:45AM

    You have a great attitude about the weight, Your body will find it's comfortable weight range.
You are making great strides.
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BLUESKY_321 4/1/2011 8:21AM

    It is so much fun to see the numbers on the scale move down ... good for you to be able to enjoy it while realistically acknowledging that it might not stay there!

Have fun shopping tomorrow - my guess is that the nice number on the scale will help you make good choices about the treats you allow your self!



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TOOKES519 4/1/2011 8:18AM

    Isn't that the most wonderful feeling when the scale moves downward!!!! You really floored me though when you said you actually move your ticker up when you gain the weight. I however... will not do that...you know why? Because it makes me accountable to get back down to the weight that I had actually posted. There has not been one week that has gone by that I had not been able to do that either.(Knock on wood) The part that sucks for me is I usually get my weight down just to see it spike again on the weekends. It seems like a never ending battle. Oh well I must be doing something right.

Take care and have a blast shopping tomorrow!!!

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New Moon

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

There it was, floating free above the tree branches in the rosy sky.

(View from the weights room, 6:30 a.m. this morning).

  
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LUNADRAGON 3/31/2011 2:16PM

    Sounds inspiring!
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IMAGINE_IT 3/31/2011 9:18AM

    I work nights as you know..and i always have a beautiful view of the Moon..and i love it!!! emoticon Thank Goodness for simple pleasures and breathtaking Nature that is still all around us!!

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BRIGHTSPARK7 3/30/2011 11:56PM

    And your sliver of a blog is evocative of the new moon, too: Says so much with so little.
xx Usha.



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TRYINGHARD1948 3/30/2011 7:15PM

    So romantic!

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KALIGIRL 3/30/2011 1:10PM

    Sounds wonderful!

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TRAVELGRRL 3/30/2011 11:48AM

    I LOVE ValerieMaha's educational posting, but all I want to say is:

"Better you than me, in the weight room at 6:30 am!!!!"

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VALERIEMAHA 3/30/2011 10:43AM

    All you ever wanted to know about the April New Moon (and a bunch more, I'm sure!). The Sun and Moon are exactly aligned on April 3rd, 2011 at 10:32 AM Eastern US time.

Wide Awake

With so much and so many on edge, this New Moon in Aries looks like a push over that edge. This is the Aries experience, being in the moment, relying on your wits, instincts, and trusting life enough to let go. The Dark of the Moon finds us dying to who we've been, and preparing for a totally new cycle. At the New Moon, we surrender, and here it's the purifying fire of Aries.

Six major planets in fire sign Aries means high spirits and stimulation. And yet, something tells me, on the other side of this, many more of us will be living moment-to-moment. And rediscovering the truest, most alive version of who we are.

What's great about Aries is it burns off the inessential, the trivial, or what covers up your original radiance. You see through to the searing truth. It's about direct engagement with life. New Moons are fresh starts, making this one the Grand Opening to a new epoch and identity that holds the element of surprise.

In this stellium, we have the Sun and Moon meeting at 13 degrees, with Jupiter at 15, Mercury (in retrograde at 23 and Uranus-Mars conjunct at 1 degree Aries. It's a volatile New Moon, and I have to admit, the unstable situation in Japan, with these aspects, adds an explosive factor that makes it feel mighty dangerous. In Lynda Hill's Aries New Moon commentary she calls it incendiary.

Make Room for the Fool

At this New Moon, you can feel like You, only concentrated. And this gives you courage to find your chances to grow and expand in the now. The daunting task, in a fear-driven world, is to clear psychic space for the Fool's journey. The first card in the Tarot, the Fool, is a youth who has very little baggage, and is leaning into the future.

The New Moon is often a time to reflect, and go deep within. Give yourself time away from noise and the opinions of others. The most fearsome shadows of the psyche are rising to be purified in the flames.

There's a wide square from the luminaries (Sun-Moon) to Pluto in Capricorn. You might find yourself seeing what's ingrained, or from your ancestral/family line, and crack the code for your release from programming. I recommend this show on The Holographic Canvas, for "far out" ideas to claim sovereignty over your mind. This is a big part of the Uranus Aries transit, and the interruption of regular programming, in favor of thoughts that are alive, instead of a replay/remake/repeat from the external environment.

Find some freedom this New Moon. Much is rising to be healed, and believe me, I'm right there facing core fears, and attempting this New Moon to do something different with my own intensity. This special time can be a portal to move away from the complex and superficial, into the clear and true, the simple. To come out of hiding, or uncover your own light.

Saturn as Holder of Fire

There's an exact opposition between Saturn Libra and the Sun-Moon at 13 degrees, with Jupiter still opposite as well (at 15 degrees). I found insights on this in Per Henrik Gullfoss' Complete Book of Spiritual Astrology. Saturn is holder of the fire in this opposition, seeing that it's neither stifled or blazes out of control.

On Uranus in fire signs, he writes of the danger, of not considering limits of the body and material world. "It can crave freedom so much that it loses it because of an unwillingness to accept the realities of life." This can lead, he says to exploding in "meaningless acts of stupid rebellion."

Saturn Libra is the moderator with a built-in instinct for setting the balance. If things feel out-of-control, you can follow the dictates of your conscience. Your own moral code, and sense of what's fair comes into play, to weigh against radical actions in the moment.
Some Themes:

* Your luck turns when you take a risk to express yourself in the moment.
* One inspired person makes a big impact, with a ripple effect.
* Mercury is Retrograde in Aries, so be alert to distortions that trigger action. Give yourself time to get places.
* Be alert to fire hazards.
* If you sense your spirited self, give it room to grow Big.
* Rekindle a dream from your youth that's still alive (if barely).
* Love yourself enough to allow for a fresh start.

http://astrology.abou
t.com/od/themoon/qt/THISNewMoon
Aries2010.htm

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NANCY- 3/30/2011 9:32AM

    Gotta love inspiration sights like that.
Excellent way to start a new day.
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GYPSYROSEANN 3/30/2011 9:11AM

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