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Walking with Dad, Part 2: Old Dogs

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Friday, February 08, 2013


I finally got around to editing the last half of the walk with my dad. Yes, the walk we took back in November... Better late than never, right? He told a sweet and encouraging story that I wanted to share with yíall. Heís such a great role model. If you missed part one of our walk, hereís a link:
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I know Iím partial, but he really is worth listening to.

People asked me about being able to comment on Dad's SparkPage. He is a SparkPerson, after all. He logs in every day, spins the wheel, tracks his stuff. And he does have a SparkPage, but he just made one because I asked him to. He doesnít do the online SparkBuddies and comments and stuff. Heís not much into the social media side of things. Heís more of an in-person kind of guy. He says he only has a Facebook page so heíll know what his kids and grandkids are doing. He never comments or anything. Lol. But I did tell him to pop over to my page and read some of the nice comments Sparkers left on that first vlog. I think he read them? Maybe? At any rate, he appreciates the encouraging words. :)

Hope youíre out there Sparking up the place today. Iím feeling just a tad bit under the weather. I think Audrey shared some of her germs from last week. Sheís thoughtful that way. No biggie. Iím chugging lots of water and taking a couple of short, casual strolls on the elliptical today, to keep the exercise streak going. Today will be Day 677 for exercise--love it. Walked to the grocery store and back yesterday. Donít think that wouldíve crossed my mind a couple of years ago. But Iím keeping it easy today.

Update on the food tracking streak: Day 12 of tracking everything. Iím making a habit of pre-tracking all my food in the morning. It takes a little extra time, but itís really paying off. It gives me a plan to stick to, and I donít have to think about it again. All I have to do is stay on track and change things, if I deviate as the day goes. Itís also helped, because it means I have to know what Iím feeding my family every night. This is a very, very, very good thing. Now, they can ask whatís for dinner, without me having a little meltdown. What? I didnít mean meltdown. That never happened. Nope...

Yes. It helps.

Oh, check out this picture collage of a scary thing that happened to me yesterday. I thought I lost my FitBit!

I looked down and saw that my FitBit had jumped out of the little rubber holster. We looked in the car, outside, all over the place. I found it, resting on the lip of a cabinet in the kitchen. What? How? No idea. So now, Iím placing a very attractive piece of tape on this bad boy every morning. No more kamikaze FitBits!

Have a Sparky weekend, folks!

EDIT: One of my SparkBuddies said she uses a rubber band, to keep her FitBit from running away. I think that sounds way better than tape. Gonna try that! Thanks, JANEMARIE77!
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CATNCAG 11/7/2013 11:27AM

    Thanks for sharing your dad with us Shelli! Mine passed away 21 years ago & I still miss him like crazy!
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PICKIE98 8/3/2013 8:26AM

    I miss my Dad.. Yours is a gem... You are blessed Shelli..

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WELSTEACH 7/17/2013 2:31PM

    I hope I am as observant and pithy as your dad at 73. Wow, what a wonderful man. You are truly blessed, Shelli, but then I am sure you know that.

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100LBLIGHTER 4/26/2013 3:37PM

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TINARETTER 3/29/2013 9:41AM

    Please let me come hang out with you and your Dad. Love love love it!!!!!!!!!!

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DGREGORY67 3/2/2013 12:49PM

    Your Dad is the real deal! Enjoyed this so much. emoticon

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SERV4LIFE 2/28/2013 3:51PM

    Your Dad is AWESOME!!! So much wisdom there. I can't wait to see the next "Walk with Dad"!

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PMSLIVES 2/27/2013 1:38PM

    I enjoyed your walk with you and your dad. I lost my dad on January 1 this year and your dad reminded me of him. His dog story was so much like my 17 year old girl, Jeep. I had notice she has started to woof! just like that in the last few months, but is always up for a walk! Thanks for the smiles.

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EFFRAYECHILDE 2/24/2013 9:59AM

    Your dad is an awesome role model. Also, I love fitbits! I just got one.

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MSBEKANATOR 2/16/2013 1:37AM

    I am so glad you were able to post this. I was hoping you would. Great story, great analogies, your Dad is awesome! :)

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GERALDRTX 2/15/2013 9:28AM

  The old dog is proud of his daughter.

Dad

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KPETSCHE 2/12/2013 6:13AM

    You have a terrific role model in your dad. Keep that spark going! I love to watch your vlogs!
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LAURIETAIT 2/12/2013 1:12AM

    Oops. This was a double post. Happens sometimes when you're old.

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LAURIETAIT 2/12/2013 1:11AM

    You Dad is great. I think I'll go lie down somewhere and Woof now.

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SNOWANGELDIVA 2/11/2013 8:54PM

    kamikaze fitbits....that sounds like fun. I neeeeeeed one.

Awesomeness on pre-tracking!!!

I read you were feeling better - speedy recovery.

I love videos of my friends parents. That saying, "The apple doesn't fall far from the tree.", so true.
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LABRYANT 2/11/2013 1:57PM

    I enjoyed watching this so much! Thank you and kudos to your Pop!
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KARENLEIGH32 2/11/2013 12:31PM

    You and your dad are adorable! Loved the walks!

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CHRISBEM 2/11/2013 10:18AM

    what a place to find it!

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DANAPRIME 2/10/2013 9:52PM

    how awesome! Hug your dad! Wish mine was still here to hug! Congrats on your steaks!!!!!!!!!!

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_JODI404 2/10/2013 9:46PM

    I *love* the vlog with your Dad. He's truly a wise man.

Congrats on your exercise and tracking streaks ~ you are doing AWESOME!!

Meltdown? I cannot picture it! I bet it really does make life easier though, so that's definitely a good thing.

Glad you found your fitbit! I've lost pedometers before and it is really disappointing. Sounds like you've got a good plan in place. I see the next generation is a bracelet...probably just for that reason.

Take care, hope you are feeling 100% soon and Sparking the place all up again!

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ELLFIN3 2/10/2013 7:57PM

    AWESOME!!! WooHoo for You and Your Dad!!! ((HUGS))

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CICELY360 2/10/2013 5:13PM

  good blog

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4KWALK 2/10/2013 4:17PM

    You are very fortunate to have a dad who can share like this. I was reminded of my own dad who used to hike with us as children. He's been gone for over 31 years now but I still remember those long hikes he took us on.
Enjoy each and every day. Remember to go woof, woof, woof and enjoy your day.
Thanks for sharing.

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EDWARDS1411 2/10/2013 3:47PM

    Thanks for the tips on keep the FitBit from jumping out of its holder - how the heck does it do that???

Enjoyed your walking vlogs with your Dad, how blessed you are to have such a nice relationship!!!

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PCASEY7 2/10/2013 3:16PM

    Loved it, take it easy and get better.

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CM_GARDNER78 2/10/2013 12:54PM

    Awww...I love your dad!!! What a sweet guy!! You guys must have a great relationship. :-)

I hope you are feeling better! SO much crud going around these days! Keep chugging water!

(((HUGS)))
~ Christa

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EVER-HOPEFUL 2/10/2013 11:50AM

    great.your father is just as much a charecter as you so we know where you and audrey got it from lol.had to play your gangnam style vlog several times yesturday for my nephew who was over he is the one holding his nose in the blog i posted yesturday he is mad on gangnam style and loved your video. emoticon

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Good thing to have found!! Items carried seem to have their own personality!!

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    Your Dad is AWESOME! You are blessed! Thanks for sharing! emoticon emoticon

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PENOWOK 2/9/2013 9:16PM

    COOL GUY!!

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    emoticon This is just wonderful!

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PATRICIAANN46 2/9/2013 6:44PM

  Your Dad reminds me so much of mine. I lost him 13 years ago and still miss him so much. emoticon for sharing yours.

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    emoticon I just carry mine in a pocket.

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SLIMLEAF 2/9/2013 5:10PM

    Woof!

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MARYJEANSL 2/9/2013 5:07PM

  Teehee...meltdown when asked what's for dinner??? I wouldn't know ANYTHING about having a meltdown when one of the kids asked what's for dinner, nothing at all!

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POINDEXTRA 2/9/2013 2:22PM

    AWESOME! And Awww-some as well. Glad you found your Fitbit, too - I clip mine so that it's sitting against my body or inside a pocket, so it's unlikely to pop out without my noticing it.

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HZGLORY 2/9/2013 12:47PM

    Sheli I am so glad you have this kind of Dad. That is probably the reason you are so light hearted. He does not have a problem sharing his thoughts with you. So many men do. It is even cooler that he was the one that turned you onto spark and has taught you about goal setting. Really great that that all came from dear ole dad. I wish I had this kind of parent, I did not but I love that you did. Have a great Sparkin day yourself. Oh and congrats on the food trackin streak, I struggle with this myself. But I have begun like you tracking my meals starting in the morning, anything I can plan ahead I track with my breakfast tracking and that is slowly helping me do better with planning. I am not a planner normally. You Go Sheli Susan

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VONBLACKBIRD 2/9/2013 12:46PM

    What great philosophy...I'm an old dog too. Thanks for sharing this.

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