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Getting Rejuvenated

Wednesday, March 02, 2011

Now that I am ready to retire, I am rejuvenating my efforts to control my weight and my lifestyle. Thanks to Jen from The Weight is Over team, I am doing the weekly onpoints challenge to start this process. It is so nice that my SP friends are so supportive and so creative. Thank you everyone! Carol (CMY)

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MUSHCAT 3/4/2011 1:27PM

    Spark friends are the best! I'm glad you are back and I wish you much success on achieving your goals.

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JAXMOMMY 3/3/2011 11:54PM

    Hi Carol! So good to read your name today! Come visit us in the doghouse soon! Are you still swimming? Congrats on your approaching retirement!

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It's really winter

Monday, January 31, 2011

Snow, snow and more snow. I open the door for our dog and she sees a wall of snow everywhere.

Cali wanders around confused--where can she find a little privacy to do what she does....

So we send out or 6' tall son for perspective.

Okay-my back aches and I only shoveled 30 minutes. 12" more is expected tomorrow and Wednesday.

Do I love this--you bet I do. Hardest thing is leaving the house to go swimming--walking outside is out of the question--no sidewalks!

Take care, keep warm, and stay healthy!

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JUJUDODDS 2/17/2011 4:23PM

    Looks like our house. We got beat down on too a few weeks ago (midwest). It is finally starting to melt.

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CHRYS13 1/31/2011 1:52PM

    Your pictures say it all! We're having snow and wind here in MN today, and have received 6" so far. It's supposed to continue through tomorrow morning!
I've already been in the ditch, been towed out, have been to the clinic, (we're just fine, but for hubby's broken, bruised, and cut toe!) and now are home calling it a "vacation day"!!
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MS.ELENI 1/31/2011 10:54AM

    Better you than me my friend. It is warm and sunny where I live emoticon

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YUNKERCM 1/31/2011 9:16AM

    We moved from New Jersey to Massachusetts because we wanted more snow. This winter is about the third in 25 years that New England has lived up to its reputation. I do love it!

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JESS0107 1/31/2011 9:02AM

    Wow, that is a lot of snow! I only see this much snow in pictures because we may only get 2 inches per year but we get a lot of ice. I don't like the ice. I hope you stay warm and enjoy the snow!

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Susan G. Komen, Boston 3-Day

Monday, July 19, 2010

In three days, I'll be in the midst of some amazing people. Many walkers, some survivors or in the middle of treatments, raised lots of money to have the privilege of walking approximately 60 miles in three days to (1) support research for Breast Cancer and early intervention programs for people who can't afford them and to (2) raise awareness of Breast Cancer. I don't walk, but I am a crew member--this year Sweep--picking up walkers who need an assist to the next Pit Stop--maybe to be sent to camp or to rest and to get medical attention and then to continue on. Every year, I meet people who amaze me with there stories!

I pledged to raise $1000.00 as a crew member. Crew is not required to raise money, but I believe I should at least raise enough to cover my costs to the event plus a little more....... I am at $920.00 and deeply grateful to all my sponsors!

I am almost packed and ready. I have an alteration to my "uniform" (team Pink Sox--so baseball-ish attire); finish pink ribbon hand-outs; and finish packing. My van partner has made cool Red Sox baseball card signs for the outside of the van--of course changed to Pink Sox players. LOL. She is just about all packed and ready too.

Whoo Hoo! Rain or shine, heat or cold--bring it on. We are strong and ready.

CMY (Carol)

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MS.ELENI 7/19/2010 11:30AM

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It must be in the blood!

Monday, July 12, 2010

A Family Tradition

This weekend, Friday, July 9th through Sunday, July 11th, three generations in my family competed in the 29th Bay State Summer Games held at Harvard University in Boston. Johnathan Jones, 16, his father, Michael Yunker, 40, and me, his grandmother, Carol Yunker, 63, swam representing the Northeast division. All three of us are coached by Rick Battistini, head coach for both the New Wave Swim Club NWSC) and the Andover/North Andover YMCA Masters Swim team (ANA). The Bay State Games are an Olympic style event for boys and girls and allow Masters athletes in two sports, swimming and track and field.

Johnathan started swimming this Fall for the Haverhill High School team and joined the New Wave Swim Club this summer. Johnathan, finaled in two individual events and one relay in the Boys 16-18 division (6th, 100 LC Meters Backstroke, 1:29.85 in prelims and 1:24.15 in finals; 1st, 400 LC Meters Medley Relay, 5:00.82-Aron Reynolds, 17, 1:13.74 split in the Backstroke leg, Hemel Kothari, 16, 1:20.20 split in the Breaststroke leg, Patrick Frazer, 16, 1:12.85 in the Butterfly leg, and Johnathan Jones, 1:14.03 in the Freestyle leg; and 7th in the 200 LC Meters Backstroke, 3:05.19 in prelims and 3:03.39 in finals)

Michael started competing at the age of 6 in New Jersey and competed in the Bay State Games as a teenager and now swims for the Andover/North Andover YMCA Masters and is an assistant coach for the ANA Masters team and the New Wave Swim Club. Michael swam two individual events in the Mens 34-49 division (2nd in 200 LC Meters Individual Medley, 2:36.35 and 1st in 100 LC Meters Freestyle, 59.57). Michael's 100 Freestyle swim was one of only 7 sub-minutes swims at the meet.

Carol Yunker started competing at the age 11 in New Jersey and now swims for the Andover/North Andover YMCA Masters team. Carol competed in four individual events in the Womens 50 and Over division (1st 800 LC Meters Freestyle, 15:11.21; 3rd 100 Meters Backstroke, 1:56.17; 4th, 400 LC Meters Freestyle, 7:34.80; and 4th 200 LC Meters Backstroke)

All three family members were awarded Bay State Games jackets. These jackets are given to any athlete who places in the top four of an event. Pictured from left to right, Carol, Michael, and Johnathan, in their jackets at the completion of the 200 Individual Medley at Harvard's Blodgett Pool, Sunday evening.

About the Bay State Games (direct quote from the website
The Massachusetts Amateur Sports Foundation (MASF), organizer of the Bay State Summer and Winter Games, provides quality Olympic-style athletic competitions and developmental programs for Massachusetts amateur athletes of all ages and abilities.
The MASF operates statewide and year-round to promote personal development, education, physical fitness, teamwork, sportsmanship and mutual respect. The MASF is a member of the National Congress of State Games, which is comprised of almost 40 states nationwide that conduct State Games events.

In 2010, the Bay State Summer Games enjoy its 29th year, while the Bay State Winter Games celebrate its 25th anniversary. From a modest beginning of four sports and 300 athletes, the Games have grown to include in excess of 8,000 athletes in 29 different sports from more than 300 Massachusetts cities and towns. Each sport is organized according to national governing body rules. Age and skill divisions have been created to allow medal opportunities for a broad range of athletes.

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CALGALFOX 7/12/2010 4:11PM

    Woo hoo, there's just nothing like family participation! Congratulations to you and your boys.

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MARYDSAN 7/12/2010 3:01PM

    Congratulations! What an accomplishment!

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Back from Middlebury, VY

Sunday, June 27, 2010

I am so finished. My body is saying "Haven't you had enough yet!" but my mind says it is my life to swim! and compete! My results are:

New England LMSC Long Course Meters Championship, June 25-27, 2010, Middlebury College, Middlebury, VT (Long Course Meters means the pool is 50 meters long)

Women's 60-64 age group

800 Meters Free 15:10.20 1st
1500 Meters Free 29:14.69 3rd
400 Meters Free 7:33.08 2nd
200 Meters Fly 4:27.65 1st
100 Meters Back 2:04.94 1st
50 Meters Fly 51.54 1st
100 Meters Free 1:41.15 3rd
100 Meters Fly 2:01.43 1st
200 Meters Back 4:31.58 1st
200 Meters Free 3:40.66 2nd
50 Meters Back 52.60 1st
200 Meters IM 4:11.31 2nd

I scored 96 points for second highest scoring woman (1st place was 99 point, 3rd place was 91 points). Not too bad for a 63 year-old, huh?

CMY (Carol)

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    Not too shabby at any age!

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    Great job!!!!

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