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Pleasant Surprise at the End of the Day...!

Friday, October 16, 2009 you've probably seen by my status, the Nulytely and other concoctions have done their duty...kept me awake almost throughout the night...and they're STILL causing rumblings this evening! Trying to fight it off with the acidophilus in my! Needless to say my gastro doc gave me an "all's clear, see you in ten years!"

With so little sleep I'm all dragged out, sneezy & drippy with my allergies kicking up a fuss due to my lowered resistance. We got out to enjoy a late buffet lunch and WOW did that Nulytely (hey, they've gotta get a new name for this stuff...there's nothing LYTE about!) continue to kick up a fuss!

Anyhow here I am tonight enjoying everyone's terrific support posting on my blog and SparkPage (thx BUNCHES everyone...our SparkFamily is the BEST!) when at last I come across an e-mail from AARP:

Congratulations! You are one of the winners of our Vitality Project Sweepstakes.

Please sign the attached affidavit, have it notarized, and return it to me by October 30.

You should receive one pair of LEKI Nordic Walking poles by December 1.

Thank you for entering our contest.

Cate Lineberry
Senior Producer/Editor
AARP the Magazine


Now how VERY COOL is THAT?!?!

I have been so CURIOUS about Nordic Walking and wanting to try it...the serendipity of this moment just blows my mind! I absolutely *NEVER* win ANYTHING! I am in the doldrums and along comes this most pleasant SMACK upside the head!

OK God, Universe & all you *Forces* we cannot fathom...guess I've just gotta get my SPARK ON! :-)

Here's a link explaining the AARP Blue Zones Project:

I was drawn to this thinking, what a SPARK-like undertaking for a city! Wonder how I could make this happen here in the Binghamton area...? Along the way I entered their sweeps. Oh, and took a survey which predicts how long you'll live based on your current health condition and lifestyle...looks like I'll live to a ripe old 91!

And one of my recent habits on my birthday is to visit:

So I can figure out how YOUNG I've grown this year:

Last year I turned 52 and scored a RealAge of 48.

The year before I turned 51 and scored a RealAge of 49.

Now THIS YEAR...drum roll....I've turned 53 and my latest RealAge score is 44.6! Woo Hoo!

Still growing younger every year! :-)

Talk about another way to measure progress outside of the SCALE...!

Keep SPARKING ON everyone and have a super weekend!


Member Comments About This Blog Post:
ZELLAZM 10/21/2009 1:58PM

    VERY cool that you'll be joining us weirdo Nordic-walking fans. I'm sure you'll enjoy using them. Your posts sound like you've really renewed your Spark lately and that One-derland is approaching quickly. Look forward to celebrating with you - but in the meantime WOOHOO for 10 pounds down and a good report on your colonoscopy!


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ZIRCADIA 10/19/2009 5:18PM

    I seriously LOVE that you're getting younger with every birthday! :D AWESOME!!!!

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TRAINOF4 10/18/2009 9:30PM

    Yaay! Walking poles! Those are the best, I hope you enjoy every minute using them. Glad you got the colonoscopy out of the way & I also hope the tummy grumblies have settled since your this post.

Hooray for those sneak-up-on-you GOOD surprises! emoticon The walking poles are supposedly fantastic during hiking-I haven't tried them, but have heard great stuff about them. Please let us know how they work out for you!

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JCORYCMA 10/18/2009 12:34AM

    I'm so pleased everything "came out" Ok for you! Lol! I love your RealAge thing. I'm turning 53 in a couple of weeks too!! Wonder how young I am? This morning at 8 a.m in the pool at the Y for my first swimming lesson I felt kinda old. All the young healthy triathletes swim before the lessons start! I'm not done challenging myself yet though! Thanks for sharing with us Don!!
I agree -- Sparkpeople is the best!
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4A-HEALTHY-BMI 10/17/2009 6:26AM

    Congrats on your new RealAge - 10 lbs ago it said I was 39.6; now it says I'm 39.4. LOL

Bummer that the resting heart rate on their form doesn't go any lower than 45. Mine is now 39...

Also, it seems very decent of the AARP to give you nordic poles for your birthday! LOL

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ROYALETBONE 10/17/2009 12:56AM

    I adore my Nordic sticks. I just did 1 3/4 miles walking up and down a very hilly and muddy terrain, and know that my guns will be popping. I love the body burn I get with them. I tend to use them when the terrain is rough, and the trail is messy- but I know some people use them on the level ground, too. Totally fun- hop you enjoy yours.
I'm supposed to live to 91.5 too- woo, makes ya think, doesn't it?

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TUPPROACH 10/17/2009 12:45AM

    I bet your glad that your procedure is done! I like all the info you give on your blogs and the support you give us Binghamton sparkers! thank you so much for the idea of turning the party into a spark rally. i am going to post a blog on the team page about it and see what happens. Hey we may have to sit on boxes but it will be fun!!! Boy am I glad i can't have a colonoscopy!!! I'm allergic to the pills you have to take first. I tried last year and was as sick as a dog from them. emoticon

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CAOMAGIC 10/16/2009 11:52PM

    Your new healthy habits are paying off!!! Keep the spark!!!

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