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Grown-Ups Can Have Play Days Too!

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Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Randy (DH) calls me the Pied Piper of Fun. He rolls his eyes when he says it, but I still take it as a compliment. :) I like to play; Iím wired that way. Sometimes grown-ups forget how to play--non-competitive, unplanned, purpose-free play. We know itís important for kids; itís how they learn. But I think thereís value to it for adults too. For me, itís a great stress reliever, an excuse to hang out with friends and a chance to re-group a little. I used to feel guilty for taking time to play, but I donít anymore. I find myself more productive and creative after playing. I think it gives my brain a break. And now, my playtime often doubles as exercise, which is an added bonus. Last Sunday, a couple of our friends went to the park with us after church, and we played. I thought Iíd share some short clips. We had fun. Iím definitely going to schedule more play days--theyíre not just for kids, you know.

Adult-sized hippity hops are awesome!! (Because I know someone will ask, I found these at

In other news:
Iím dancing really closely to the 50 lbs. lost mark. Iím tap dancing up, down and all around, but just havenít hit it yet. So, Iím doing a little more work on the food front. I read in a buddyís blog that weight loss is 80% food and 20% exercise. Sometimes I wish that were reversed. Today is Day 542 of my exercise streak. Iíve managed to establish consistency there.

Woop Woopty Doo, Day 542!

Food. Not so much. But Iím making definite progress. Meal planning is becoming routine. Not fun, but routine and thatís pretty remarkable for me. The other day, I overheard Audrey talking to a friend. (I wasnít eavesdropping; she was standing two feet away from me.) She said, ďMy mom tries to cook for us every day. In fact, everything in this dinner is from scratch.Ē Hey, itís nice to know someone notices, since I feel like I practically live in the kitchen. But I like knowing whatís for dinner and being able to pronounce the ingredients in what Iím feeding my family. I like being able to pack lunches and put good things in the bag.

Audrey brown bags it.

I even bought a plate to help me do a better job of eyeballing my portions. It really makes a difference, seeing it right in front of you. I think Iím going to try pre-tracking my food the night before and see if that helps keep me on the straight and narrow.


Spark-related injuries:

Popped my lip, hooping. Thank goodness for Spongebob Boo Boo Buddy!

Bell graters are hazardous to knuckles...

From our furry SparkBuds:

Gunner's allergies are forcing us to make him wear the new and improved cone of shame. It makes him look like he's doing a lifeboat drill on the Titanic. Iceberg, dead ahead!!

Forgot to share this last time. Chubbs and Pudding are so important, they have stand-ins for their light checks. VeryImportantPigz

Okay, I've taken up enough of your time. Go forth and be awesome!!
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