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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!!

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
JODY-S. 11/5/2012 12:41AM

    I'm jealous of all your fun toys!

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BEBOP4ME 10/21/2012 6:15PM

    Just this weak I thought about buying the myplate plate. I haven't yet, but I did get ones with divisions in it for my kids!

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FITNHEALTHYKAL 10/11/2012 5:41AM

    542 days of sreaking! Hope you're wearing sunblock! emoticon emoticon

Always love your blogs and your joie de vivre and absolutely REFUSE to grow up!
Play hard and make each day count What a fabulous example you are setting for your family!

ďLive with intention. Walk to the edge. Listen hard. Practice wellness. Play with abandon. Laugh. Choose with no regrets. Appreciate your friends. Continue to learn. Do what you love. Live as if this is all there is.Ē Dr. Seuss

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EVER-HOPEFUL 10/11/2012 4:17AM

    hi shelly love for some reason i couldnīt see the vlog part of this blog but what i read i loved,lol.keep on keeping on and yes playing is fun no matter whatever age you are. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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ANIMAL_L0VER 10/9/2012 12:01PM

    You are AWESOME!!! Nice reminder... makes me want to live in your city and be your friend so much! Glad you're keeping things fun and continuing to focus on healthy lifestyle choices, and being a great role model for your kids.

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KIN59VARA 10/7/2012 11:18PM

    Love it Love it.... congratulations on being close to your 50 pounds lost. I love the note you gave your daughter in her brown bag.

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MARYJEANSL 10/7/2012 2:32PM

  Thanks for making me laugh!!

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LUKENEMISAUNT 10/5/2012 6:02AM

  Great post, love the plate!

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DANAPRIME 10/4/2012 9:13AM

    Thanks for sharing your play day!!!!!

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INFLATED 10/4/2012 7:42AM

    I cracked up at your comment about Gunner!

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NIMAWEYGH 10/4/2012 2:13AM

    I have looked high and low for that plate, can you let me know where you found it? PLEAZEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE Love your blogs. Just emoticon

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KPETSCHE 10/4/2012 12:09AM

    I love your blogs, Shelli! You are such an inspiration! I'm reading/watching this blog on my 342nd day of my exercise streak - I think that I can get another 207+ days of my streak to match where you are. A guy my husband works with has done 17 years of daily exercise! That would be a fun goal.

BTW Chubbs & Pudding are looking cool!

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ELSCO55 10/3/2012 11:36PM

    Love it and where did you find your plate?

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CINDYBEL 10/3/2012 10:14AM

    I am so impressed with your videos. You are very talented. And lets not forget fun. emoticon

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SNOWYOGA 10/2/2012 12:02PM

    Thank you so much! Loved it

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LAHUDSONCHEF 10/2/2012 1:33AM

    I really enjoy your posts! Keep 'em up! And keep keeps us young. :)

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TJCADDO 10/2/2012 12:14AM

    I am so glad that JennG from the BLC20 Ranger Teanm introduced me to your blogs. I love it!


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GARDENCHRIS 10/1/2012 7:25AM

    you always make me smile!

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35ANGELS 9/30/2012 11:52PM

    Your blogs always brighten up my day.

You are emoticon

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RUTHDEN1 9/30/2012 9:37PM

    Thanks for sharing...

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AMARILYNH 9/30/2012 7:44PM

    Love it!!

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BECCA315 9/30/2012 7:40PM

    LUV your posts. You sound like a lot of fun!!


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RICHILA 9/30/2012 3:25PM

    Play makes the day better!

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BABY77A 9/30/2012 2:19PM

    Great ideas!

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GALINAZ 9/30/2012 11:20AM

    Love your posts, I always look forward to them! I am guilty of not playing - so much so that I got a book from the library entitled "Play - by Stuart Brown, MD" to kick start it.

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NESARIAN 9/30/2012 11:13AM

    Fun keeps the heart young! Love the bouncy balls!

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TWINKIEQUEEN 9/30/2012 10:18AM

    keep dancing until you hit that -50! you are strong, you are fun, you can do this!

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OFGREENGABLES 9/30/2012 8:18AM


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CAROL494 9/29/2012 11:43PM

  You have a great sense of humor!!! Thanks for sharing.

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CLUMBOY 9/29/2012 7:31PM

    GUNNER!!! i have to tell you that shambles has a cone just like yours. i snapped a picture of her once--sound asleep resting on it like a pillow with a kong in her mouth. she ran around outside with it and poked a hole in it and now has a new kind of cone called a "comfy cone". its not as versitile, but she can't pop it. you look awesome, buddy!

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FERN1943 9/29/2012 6:22PM

    i enjoy your blogs. So creative!


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MAMA_CD 9/29/2012 5:47PM

    yep, you're right, play is a great part of life at any age

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DIANER2014 9/29/2012 5:23PM

    Great blog! emoticon on your streak! emoticon

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    Looks like lots of fun when your around....

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IFEOMA4 9/29/2012 4:48PM

  i can see you are a fun person

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MUSOLF6 9/29/2012 4:17PM

    You are so funny and I really enjoy your blogs. Keep up the good work. emoticon

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KARRENLYNN 9/29/2012 2:36PM

    I love the portion plate! I think playdates are a must whether you're a child or especially an adult. It gives us something to look forward to!


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TEXASFILLY 9/29/2012 12:55PM

    How fun! *hugs* BB~ emoticon emoticon

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HOLLYM48 9/29/2012 12:01PM

    Sounds like you know how to mix exercise and fun together, what a great thing to do! Happy to hear you are so close to your 50 lb weight loss, no easy task. Great job on that. Now if only it was as easy to lose the stupid weight as it was to gain it! Have fun playing! emoticon

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ORODEO73 9/29/2012 10:39AM

    I wanna play! emoticon

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    It looks like you guys were having a GREAT time! You know what they say....

"We don't stop playing because we get old...we get old, because we stop PLAYING!"

CONGRATULATIONS on your 542 day STREAK!!!!!


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OLDERDANDRT 9/28/2012 1:16PM

    Oh, my!!!! What fun, what fun!!! And hey, love that plate!!! Sorry about the hoop lip, but you knew the dangers going in, right? hehe And yeah, look out for those daggoned graters! They'll shred (grate) anything that gets close enough!
Poor Gunner!!! I so sorry you gots big, bad allergies!!! I feel ya, buddy!!
Pigz rule!!!

Keep up the great work, Shelly!!! Always enjoy your vlogs and seeing what kind of stuff you're getting into!!!
emoticon on the healthy meal planning and cooking!!! I knew you could do it! You're just so smart, and witty, I don't think there is anything you can't do!!!!! I feel honored to have you as a great SPark friend!!
Great play day, my friend!! emoticon emoticon
P.S. emoticon 542 day streak!

Comment edited on: 9/28/2012 1:17:40 PM

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SLIMLEAF 9/28/2012 11:13AM

    Hello Shelly

I haven't been able to view vlogs on my computer recently but I love your written posts even when I can't see the videos. Thank you for brightening my day.

And it's great that we're both in the Awesome A Team again for the 5% Challenge. I'm determined to make the 5% target this time!


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SPIRIT42013 9/27/2012 8:53PM

    Thanks! I needed that (after doing bills today). I wish you were closer!! emoticon

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KBRADFORD88 9/27/2012 7:40PM

    You crack me up. Thanks for reminding us it can be fun. Love it

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CHOCOHIPPO 9/27/2012 5:11PM

    Your house has to be the most fun house on the block! I love your joy for life!

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ROSES4ME1 9/27/2012 3:20PM

    If there is reincarnation, I want to come back as one of your pets - even one of the Pigz. What fun!! Thanks for the smiles and the reminder to play. emoticon

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CHANGINGSAM 9/27/2012 11:54AM

    emoticon emoticon

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