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7/9/14 8:51 P

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Hey guys what a beautiful week we are having and no rain in sight very unusual indeed.
I picked my first full bowl of raspberries yesterday and my tomato plant gave me three nice tomatoes.
Hope everyone is getting sun for the vitamin D.

Sandy



"You're never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream..." C.S. Lewis


“Don't wait until everything is just right. It will never be perfect. There will always be challenges, obstacles and less than perfect conditions. So what. Get started now. With each step you take, you will grow stronger and stronger, more and more skilled, more and more self-confident and more and more successful.” ~Mark Victor Hansen

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5/31/14 8:13 P

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Made it back over the pass to our West side home, already miss the Tri Cities.
Vacations are never long enough.

"You're never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream..." C.S. Lewis


“Don't wait until everything is just right. It will never be perfect. There will always be challenges, obstacles and less than perfect conditions. So what. Get started now. With each step you take, you will grow stronger and stronger, more and more skilled, more and more self-confident and more and more successful.” ~Mark Victor Hansen

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4/24/14 8:09 P

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"You're never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream..." C.S. Lewis


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Oso, Washington a tiny but loved town has gone through so much death and sorrow this past week.
The little town in a valley just fifteen miles North of my home had a devastating mud slide
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The death toll has risen to 24 and have 30 on the missing list.

I have friends with families who have lost loved ones and their homes there and it is very hard to know how they feel but I am sure it is a hollow place in their hearts.

Keep those who live in the Oso valley in your prayers and thoughts.



"You're never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream..." C.S. Lewis


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2/26/14 9:54 P

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I love weight loss memoirs, ever since I read my first, The Adventures of Diet Girl by Shauna Reid, I have been hooked.

They can be hard to find, but to me, once they are found they are worth keeping and re-reading OVER and OVER again. They can be great motivation for me when I am feeling down.

I don't really look to them for advice (although I have walked away with some good tips). I know what worked for some people won't necessarily work for me. But, it is very nice to know that people have the same issues I do like backtracking and losing weight slowly over a large period of time, not insanely fast like in some reality T.V. shows.

The latest find is called Half-A$%ed by Jeanette Fulda. So far, I really love her sense of style in her writing. There was one part in particular that after I read it, I thought "wow, I need to share with others...."

This is from page Chapter Five, appropriately titled "Diet and Exercise." In it, Jeanette Fulda has become a bit frustrated that her MAJOR weight loss (30lbs in three months) has slowed down. She is pretty distraught until she has an epiphany.

She writes:

"About a month after I'd cracked open my cookbooks and wiped the cat hair off my treadmill, I was driving down the highway home from work, thinking about what I would make for dinner. The Parmesan chicken recipe had been tasty and pretty easy, but I'd set out ground turkey to thaw, so I should probably make something with that.

As I sailed past the entrance to the movie theatre filled with buttered popcorn, I had a sudden revelation. I would be doing this for the rest of my life. No more stopping at White Castle for handle little burgers I could hold in one hand and devour as I drove home. No more laps around the McDonald's drive-through. No more stopping at Dairy Queen even though I had a coupon for a free Blizzard. Things had changed. Forever.
I had started the long process of brainwashing myself into healthier habits.

As the movie theater moved into my rear view mirror, I was overwhelmed with the idea that I'd be managing these habits for the rest of my life. I was going to live another ten to twenty years because of all this healthy eating too, so I'd be stuck doing it even longer.

This wasn't a "diet," it was a "lifestyle change." I didn't even know what the word "diet" meant anymore. Being on a diet implies that you will eventually go off the diet. I had decided not to do anything that I was not prepared to do for the rest of my life."


That last sentence really spoke to me!
She even goes on to write something that I've come to learn about myself too....


"'Don't get crazy" became my number one rule. When I was hungry, I ate. If I really, really, really wanted a food, I ate it. I didn't want to fixate on something I couldn't have only to binge on it later. I didn't count calories because I knew it would drive me insane, obsessing over every detail, although I did measure out reasonable portions for my meals. ....I'd enjoyed the temporary pleasure of ice cream and candies at the expense of feeling good all the time. All this healthy living was starting to make me feel alive. I'd never even realized I felt half dead."

As I said I do learn things and find helpful hints along the way.
Hope this sheds a little light on your on new healthy lifestyle!

Sandy





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“Don't wait until everything is just right. It will never be perfect. There will always be challenges, obstacles and less than perfect conditions. So what. Get started now. With each step you take, you will grow stronger and stronger, more and more skilled, more and more self-confident and more and more successful.” ~Mark Victor Hansen

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SECRET WEAPON!

Friday, 07 February 2014

Hey, you've got it on you right now! But, you know what? It's not dangerous. In fact, you can actually take it right through one of those metal detectors at airport security with no problem, LOL. That secret weapon of yours can't hurt anybody. In fact, it can actually help YOU! Have I tweaked your curiosity yet? Well, let me continue and you'll see what I mean.

You see, so many people write asking what my "secret" is to successful weight-loss. It seems everybody is looking for that magic bullet, that special pill, (you've seen the commercials on TV), that perfect and "easiest" way to lose weight. But that's where your secret weapon comes in!

Now first, I'll remind you, (as if you need reminding), making changes in your eating habits is an important part of reaching your weight-loss goals. After all, it was those extra calories you've consumed over the years that lead to the extra pounds on your body. So, it stands to reason, in order to drop those pounds, you've got to drop the number of calories you consume everyday.

Second, to help give yourself a calorie-burning boost, you've got to get that body of yours moving with a good hour of sweatin' everyday! Hey, exercise is really your not so secret weapon for weight-loss. Only thing is, too many people ignore that fact by living very sedentary lifestyles and not getting those bodies of theirs moving at all. Come on now, give your body a hand at dropping those extra pounds by making exercise a must-do part of your lives everyday.

Eat less, exercise more, lose weight. Hey, that's really no big secret, is it? But here's the "secret weapon" you'll need and it's two words: POSITIVE ATTITUDE! Oh, if you could read some of the e-mail I receive! How often do I see people taking a defeatist attitude about their ability to lose weight? (Too many!) They tell me how many times they've tried to lose weight in the past and are so tired of trying, they're just about ready to give up! Hold it! Now think about it. If that's the way you feel, you're simply setting yourself up for defeat!

Ask yourself these questions: How is my life going to change by losing this weight? How will my health improve? How many years will I be adding to my life? What will I be able to do after losing the weight that I can't do now? HOW MUCH DO I WANT THIS? The answers to all of those questions should be nothing but POSITIVE. And that's the kind of ATTITUDE you've got to have to win this fight, a positive one!

Ready? Then AIM & FIRE that secret weapon of yours at the weight you want to lose. Because by using your secret weapon on them, your positive attitude, those extra pounds and those numbers on your scale will...GO DOWN!
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“Don't wait until everything is just right. It will never be perfect. There will always be challenges, obstacles and less than perfect conditions. So what. Get started now. With each step you take, you will grow stronger and stronger, more and more skilled, more and more self-confident and more and more successful.” ~Mark Victor Hansen

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Decisions:

D - Decide on an action plan.
E - Every thing is possible if you believe and work at it.
C - Consider your choices carefully.
I - Invite others to join you on you quest to become healthy.
S - Savor the feeling of each victory, big or small.
I - Invaluable lessons sometimes hurt, but are necessary for growth.
O - Optimism over pessimism,
N - Never quit trying or you will fail.
S - Say to yourself every day, "I AM WORTH IT!" because you are."

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Sandy

"You're never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream..." C.S. Lewis


“Don't wait until everything is just right. It will never be perfect. There will always be challenges, obstacles and less than perfect conditions. So what. Get started now. With each step you take, you will grow stronger and stronger, more and more skilled, more and more self-confident and more and more successful.” ~Mark Victor Hansen

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Wednesday, 01 January 2014

HAPPY NEW YEAR, EVERYBODY! No matter how the weather is where you are today, I still say it's a beautiful day because...God has blessed us all to begin a BRAND NEW YEAR! Welcome to 2014! (Already? LOL.) The past couple of days here in my daily messages, I've talked about things you can do differently in 2014 to make sure you have a happier, healthier ending to this year than you did to 2013. Now, if I'd gazed into my crystal ball on New Year's Day, 2013, how would you look to me today, a year later?

All across America, people are making their New Year's resolutions. And some of those lists are, I'm sure, a mile long! LOL. Let's see, some people have made a resolution to quit smoking. And hey, I think that's a great one. Good luck to any of you who've vowed to kick that oh-so-bad for your body nicotine habit in 2014. Some of you may have made a resolution to go back to school this year, another good one. More schooling, besides making you smarter, can also lead to a higher paying job. Like I said, the list of resolutions is a long one and as varied as we are. But, I'm willing to bet, (without doing much research), that the number one resolution made by most people every year is probably to...LOSE WEIGHT!

Okay, raise your hands if you're in that group! (Hey, like I even have to ask.) In fact, one of the reasons you visit my web site and read my daily messages is to get that extra dose of motivation you need to work on reaching your weight-loss goals and...I'm glad you're here!

Monday, I talked about woulda, coulda, shoulda and the regrets you may have about your past weight-loss efforts. Yesterday, I talked about how the last day of 2013, New Year's Eve was The End of that year's weight-loss journey. And, of course, today New Year's Day is THE BEGINNING of the next chapter of that fight to reach your weight-loss goals. So tell me, how charged-up are you today to win this fight? How determined are you to put some real RESOLVE into your 2014 weight-loss RESOLUTION?

Every month, my home page features a new person who has reached their weight-loss goal. And I want you to remember, their successful journeys began a lot like yours. They may have made attempts to lose weight in the past but this time...they did it. And what did it take? Well, it took motivation, determination, self-control and of course, a daily dose of sweatin'! And, ya' know what? YOU'VE got all of those qualities inside you, right now! Visit me here everyday this year because I'll always be here to remind you that losing this weight is something only YOU can do FOR YOU!

Today, January 1st, 2014, get ready to make this the year you become that lighter, fat-fighter...that lean, mean sweatin' machine! And, oh yeah, as I gaze into my crystal ball one year from today...look! I see him or her. (Do you?) I'm talking about the NEW YOU. That's right, your goal can be SEEN...in 2014!


"You're never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream..." C.S. Lewis


“Don't wait until everything is just right. It will never be perfect. There will always be challenges, obstacles and less than perfect conditions. So what. Get started now. With each step you take, you will grow stronger and stronger, more and more skilled, more and more self-confident and more and more successful.” ~Mark Victor Hansen

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emoticon HAPPY HALLOWEEN!!!


"You're never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream..." C.S. Lewis


“Don't wait until everything is just right. It will never be perfect. There will always be challenges, obstacles and less than perfect conditions. So what. Get started now. With each step you take, you will grow stronger and stronger, more and more skilled, more and more self-confident and more and more successful.” ~Mark Victor Hansen

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Well here we are mid October and the colors on the trees here in Western Washington are putting on a show. Time for sweaters and hot cocoa.
We are headed to the October Fest in Leavenworth to enjoy all the songs and dancing they have wonderful art studios there as well.
We will visit our favorite orchard to pick up a box of apples and pears while we are in the area.
Halloween is around the corner and so are the temptations of the candy that comes with the holidays.
So make good choices and you will reach you goal.
Happy Autumn everyone, Sandy



"You're never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream..." C.S. Lewis


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A note from Richard Simmons today.

SUGAR, SUGAR, EVERYWHERE...

Friday, 06 September 2013

And look, it's showing up...on America's DERRIERE! Okay, I couldn't resist that one but I'll bet I've got your attention now, don't I? LOL. Yep, today's message is gonna be a "sweet one" because it's all about SUGAR! I read an article in a recent issue of National Geographic magazine and its subject was our sweet addiction, to sugar. Specifically, the article talked about how much sugar we Americans consume on a daily basis. And, I'm sure it'll come as no surprise to you that we consume a LOT! How much?

Well, according to the story, on average we consume 22.7 teaspoons of sugar...everyday. And keep in mind, I said on average. That means a lot of Americans, especially our kids, are consuming even more than that.

Now here's the bad news about all of those sweets. When I say we're consuming nearly 23 teaspoons of sugar a day, I'm not talking just about the sugar you add on your own to that cup of coffee or bowl of breakfast cereal in the mornings. The problem is, much of that sugar finds its way into our foods and into our bodies in ways we may not even be aware of.

For instance, with just three tablespoons of ketchup on those French fries, you've also sprinkled two teaspoons of sugar. Gave your kids three Oreo cookies? Well, you also just poured 2 1/2 teaspoons of sugar into their bodies. Oh, junior wants a can of regular soda with his Oreos? Well, you've just given your little boy another eight teaspoons of sugar. Whoa! Is there any wonder how we end up consuming too much sugar?

That increased sugar consumption is showing up someplace else, too. Take a look at these facts. In 1973, just 4.2 million people or 2% of the U.S. population was diagnosed with diabetes. Just three decades later, that number has jumped to over 21 million, that's 7% of Americans diagnosed with type 2 diabetes. Now tell me that's not alarming! And diabetes is one of the leading causes of death in our country, too.

So, you see? Sugar may be sweet but there's nothing "sweet" about what it's doing to your good health. The good news is that sugar consumption has been slowing down in recent years but we're still eating wa-a-a-y too much! Read those nutrition labels to see how much sugar is added to the foods you eat. And cut back on those foods you know are loaded with sugar.

By the way, if you have diabetes right now, you can better control it by cutting back on that sugar and other foods you eat. And, if you don't have the disease, you can keep diabetes at bay by telling all of that sugar in your life to...GO AWAY!

Love,

RICHARD


"You're never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream..." C.S. Lewis


“Don't wait until everything is just right. It will never be perfect. There will always be challenges, obstacles and less than perfect conditions. So what. Get started now. With each step you take, you will grow stronger and stronger, more and more skilled, more and more self-confident and more and more successful.” ~Mark Victor Hansen

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Well summer is over and school has started here. I miss hearing the little neighborhood kids playing down the street.
It was very quiet here today. We had a heavy fog when I got up and it lasted most of the day.
I hope everyone is ready for the Autumn as it is my favorite time of the year.
Have a wonderful week.Sandy


"You're never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream..." C.S. Lewis


“Don't wait until everything is just right. It will never be perfect. There will always be challenges, obstacles and less than perfect conditions. So what. Get started now. With each step you take, you will grow stronger and stronger, more and more skilled, more and more self-confident and more and more successful.” ~Mark Victor Hansen

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This message is from Richard Simmons I hope you enjoy.


THAT'S A NEGATIVE!

Wednesday, 07 August 2013



Okay, we're gonna burst one of those diet myths today! You may have heard that some foods, because they're so low in calories and more difficult to digest, they up becoming "negative calorie" foods. The idea being that some foods are so low in calories and the body's digestion process itself, cause that food to have a "negative-calorie" affect when you eat them. That is, it costs your body more energy to burn the calories than those foods even contain! Well, I think you'll have to agree with me, at least it's an interesting concept, huh?

Chewing and digesting a stalk of celery burns about as many calories as when you sit watching paint dry!



Foods like celery and some citrus fruits have long enjoyed that claim. When you consider the miniscule number of calories in an entire stalk of celery, you may be tempted to fall for the negative-calorie legend. But when you consider the number of calories it takes your body to actually fuel the digestion process, those numbers are pretty miniscule, too. Although chewing and digesting a stalk of celery may seem like a lot of work, it actually burns about as many calories as when you sit watching paint dry!

Yes, certain fruits and vegetables do have extremely low calorie counts, such as celery, grapefruit and mushrooms. And while it might be tempting to think of them as negative-calorie foods, it's just not true. Now don't get me wrong. Those extremely low-calorie fruits and veggies are good for your body and important additions to your weight-loss program. But they're not going to give you that so-called negative-calorie affect you may have heard about.

The only true proven way to achieve a negative-calorie-energy balance for weight-loss, is to burn more calories than your body takes in. How many times have I told you that, huh? And how do you achieve that goal? Hey, I've told you that lots of times, too! You've got to cut back on the number of calories you consume each day and make exercise a daily part of your life.

Low-calorie, fiber-full and nutrient-rich foods will satisfy you for a lot fewer calories than the processed stuff that caused you to gain weight in the first place.



Be sure to eat more nutrient-dense foods that fill you up while providing plenty of vitamins, minerals, proteins and fiber, the good stuff your body needs. Those low-calorie, fiber-full and nutrient-rich foods will satisfy you for a lot fewer calories than the processed stuff that caused you to gain weight in the first place.

So, is there such a thing as "negative calorie" foods? The short answer is NO! But, there are plenty of foods you can eat, like lots of fresh fruits and vegetables that, along with your daily workouts will help you see a NEGATIVE effect on the numbers of that scale of yours! So, when planning your meals and snacks, I guess you should at least...THINK negative!

Love,

RICHARD


"You're never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream..." C.S. Lewis


“Don't wait until everything is just right. It will never be perfect. There will always be challenges, obstacles and less than perfect conditions. So what. Get started now. With each step you take, you will grow stronger and stronger, more and more skilled, more and more self-confident and more and more successful.” ~Mark Victor Hansen

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7/23/13 12:14 A

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This year is flying by as I am working and staying busy at home as well.
Hope you are reaching for your goals and reaching for the stars.
Dreams are just goals waiting to happen!!

"You're never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream..." C.S. Lewis


“Don't wait until everything is just right. It will never be perfect. There will always be challenges, obstacles and less than perfect conditions. So what. Get started now. With each step you take, you will grow stronger and stronger, more and more skilled, more and more self-confident and more and more successful.” ~Mark Victor Hansen

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HAPPY FIRST DAY OF JULY!

"You're never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream..." C.S. Lewis


“Don't wait until everything is just right. It will never be perfect. There will always be challenges, obstacles and less than perfect conditions. So what. Get started now. With each step you take, you will grow stronger and stronger, more and more skilled, more and more self-confident and more and more successful.” ~Mark Victor Hansen

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Well where is every one? I just returned from vacation in the Tri Cities at our Eastern Washington home and am suffering from dry dessert air allergies, sage brush and Russian olive trees really got me good this trip. We play golf at home at Canyon Lakes and I forgot how long it takes to play that course. I came home and crashed for two days just hung out in my PJs.
Hope everyone is doing well and say a big hello to our new member. Please introduce yourself to the team we would love to get to know you.

Have a great Sunday everyone. Sandy

"You're never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream..." C.S. Lewis


“Don't wait until everything is just right. It will never be perfect. There will always be challenges, obstacles and less than perfect conditions. So what. Get started now. With each step you take, you will grow stronger and stronger, more and more skilled, more and more self-confident and more and more successful.” ~Mark Victor Hansen

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Hope everyone is having a wonderful Spring season. I am working in the yard most days and staying focused on making new features in the landscape.
Stay healthy and enjoy the beautiful weather.
Sandy

"You're never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream..." C.S. Lewis


“Don't wait until everything is just right. It will never be perfect. There will always be challenges, obstacles and less than perfect conditions. So what. Get started now. With each step you take, you will grow stronger and stronger, more and more skilled, more and more self-confident and more and more successful.” ~Mark Victor Hansen

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Today was sunny and was at 26 degrees this morning but now we are up to 50 so the day turned out better than I thought.

I did a digital camera class this morning in downtown Arlington and we had Paint the Town Purple for the Relay for Life fund raiser so I stayed busy all day. Had lots of fun and met a lot of new people, my kind of day.

Hope everyone has a great weekend. Sandy



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Spring is on its way and the rain has been here much of the year most every day. Soon it will clear up and I can get out in the yard and work in the flower beds.
As everyone knows my Tazz ( my best friend for 16 1/2 years went to the rainbow bridge on Christmas Eve. I miss him a lot and though I know one day I will see him again it is still a loss that lingers in my heart daily.
I hope everyone at home is doing good and staying focused on your 2013 goals.
Post and let us know how your doing.
Sandy


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This is a new post made by SparkGuy about the new page layout, he forgot to mention that the Spark mail icon is now located at the top of the page next to the help button, so you will no longer see You Have Sparkmail on the page you click on the mail icon to take you to your mail box I hope everyone is using all this site has to offer.


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Hope you like the new site navigation bar we launched today! We hope this simplifies the site for people looking around at the different options.

We're also excited about the new "Articles & Videos" homepage as a way to highlight the great content our team works hard to create in several different areas.

SparkCheers! Thanks for your continued support!

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We put away all the Christmas totes in the garage on the top shelves and I am in the process of putting up new blinds in the foyer room to match the ones in the kitchen nook.
It is just to cold for me to even go outside so I am staying inside and doing some spring cleaning. My game room needs some serious attention it seem I still have autumn decorations in there that need to be put in totes and put in the garage, I will work on that this week.
Since Tazz has been gone I don't seem to be very motivated. Also my backside still hurts a lot from the fall and the knot on my head is there but getting smaller thank goodness.
Still hurt all over so am taking it easy with no WATP dvds for a little while my workouts are mainly with hand weights and resistance bands until I can get my lower body moving better.
Stay warm everyone will chat later. Sandy


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“Don't wait until everything is just right. It will never be perfect. There will always be challenges, obstacles and less than perfect conditions. So what. Get started now. With each step you take, you will grow stronger and stronger, more and more skilled, more and more self-confident and more and more successful.” ~Mark Victor Hansen

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Well here it is 2:35 PM and it has made it up to 32 degrees here now I expect it will start to go down again as the sun goes down. To cold the frost has not even melted. Had a nice bowl of oatmeal for breakfast and have a roast in the crock pot for dinner. Plan on making roasted root veggies for the side.
Hope everyone is staying nice and snug indoors today.


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“Don't wait until everything is just right. It will never be perfect. There will always be challenges, obstacles and less than perfect conditions. So what. Get started now. With each step you take, you will grow stronger and stronger, more and more skilled, more and more self-confident and more and more successful.” ~Mark Victor Hansen

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My first week of the year has been bitter sweet. I was delivered the ashes of our Tazz the Cocker Spaniel we have loved for sixteen and a half years on Tuesday.
On Thursday after I got home I fell in the driveway on a sheet of ice caused by freezing rain. Friday I spent most of the day at the Urgent Care to be tested and poked all over.
I finished up today by buying a special charm for my bracelet of a dog and one of a cat so I have a special charm now for Tazz and one for our black cat Elvis who misses the dog very much.
I am hoping the new week will bring much better things to my life.
Best wishes to all for a great new week ahead. Sandy


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“Don't wait until everything is just right. It will never be perfect. There will always be challenges, obstacles and less than perfect conditions. So what. Get started now. With each step you take, you will grow stronger and stronger, more and more skilled, more and more self-confident and more and more successful.” ~Mark Victor Hansen

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Well with the snow in the mountains and ski season open it seems more like the Holiday Season has started.
I am wrapping gifts today as the Christmas Carols are turned on the Satellite radio. Love this time of year.
I hope everyone is enjoying the season and take the time for yourself just to relax and enjoy what your doing.
Have a great weekend. Sandy
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Wishing you and your families a wonderful Thanksgiving Holiday.


"You're never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream..." C.S. Lewis


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Happy Monday everyone, it has been a beautiful day here. We are in the upper 70s and sunny skies now for over two weeks. We may even break a record for the rain gauge as well the old record for August through September is .19 inch of rain and right now we only .03 inch of rain measured for this time period. Pretty dry for thie West side of the mountain.
We had a great weekend starting off Friday with a shopping trip to the mall in Burlington and Saturday was a game of golf and a walking garage sale hunt for values in our neighborhood, we walked two and a half miles and it only cost us a $1.50 for a donation to the local school soccer team for their uniforms.
So we did not find anything we needed so we left it for others to enjoy.
Sunday was a laid back and enjoy each others company and time to wind down before the new week started.
Hope everyone is doing well and staying busy and focused on your goals. Sandy


"You're never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream..." C.S. Lewis


“Don't wait until everything is just right. It will never be perfect. There will always be challenges, obstacles and less than perfect conditions. So what. Get started now. With each step you take, you will grow stronger and stronger, more and more skilled, more and more self-confident and more and more successful.” ~Mark Victor Hansen

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Good Monday morning to all. Hey we finally got a rain shower last night after 45 days without rain, seems for some that is no record but I live in the Seattle area where it rains almost daily so I was happy to see the clouds move in yesterday.
Now I won't have to drag out my hose and water the hanging baskets and the lawn!! A mini vacation from yard work,
I think I might just go shopping today to celebrate my freedom!!
Have a great week everyone. Sandy

"You're never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream..." C.S. Lewis


“Don't wait until everything is just right. It will never be perfect. There will always be challenges, obstacles and less than perfect conditions. So what. Get started now. With each step you take, you will grow stronger and stronger, more and more skilled, more and more self-confident and more and more successful.” ~Mark Victor Hansen

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Hello everyone, we had a nice weekend starting with a game of golf on Friday and a picnic on Saturday.
Sunday we celebrated Hubby's birthday and cooked steak on the grill. We watched a lot of Nascar on TV this past weekend, it was his weekend to pick what we did.
I did drag him outside long enough to trim some bamboo back around the cedar trees and edge the yard and flower beds.
We washed all three vehicles on Monday and got a lot of exercise doing that.
All in all we enjoyed hanging around the house and being together.
Well school started here so it was less noisy around here with the kids gone to school as they usually ride their bikes and skate boards up and down our street.
Enjoy the rest of your week. Sandy


"You're never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream..." C.S. Lewis


“Don't wait until everything is just right. It will never be perfect. There will always be challenges, obstacles and less than perfect conditions. So what. Get started now. With each step you take, you will grow stronger and stronger, more and more skilled, more and more self-confident and more and more successful.” ~Mark Victor Hansen

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"BACK TO SCHOOL" how in the world is it already time for back to school?
I was at Joann's yesterday and they have all there Autumn decorations out for sale.
Where did Summer go?
I stayed busy all Summer but am not ready for the cooler weather yet seeing that we don't have much of a Summer on this side of the mountain.
I did pick raspberries, blueberries and strawberries as well as tomatoes from my plants today.
I will miss getting the fresh fruits and veggies from the flower beds.
Hope everyone is doing good. I plan a Buddy system after school is up and running to get us focused on ourselves again and back on track before the holidays hit.
Have a great rest of your week. Sandy


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“Don't wait until everything is just right. It will never be perfect. There will always be challenges, obstacles and less than perfect conditions. So what. Get started now. With each step you take, you will grow stronger and stronger, more and more skilled, more and more self-confident and more and more successful.” ~Mark Victor Hansen

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I saw on the news where the wild fires are up around Ellensburg area. Hubby said the smoke was so thick this morning he could not even see across to the street and Jump Off Joe was covered in smoke.
We are suppose to get a mini heat wave lasting about three days so we will get to the mid eighties.
Hope everyone there is doing good, Hubby is over there at that office for a couple of weeks.
Chat soon. Sandy


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“Don't wait until everything is just right. It will never be perfect. There will always be challenges, obstacles and less than perfect conditions. So what. Get started now. With each step you take, you will grow stronger and stronger, more and more skilled, more and more self-confident and more and more successful.” ~Mark Victor Hansen

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Hey guys it has been super weather on this side of the mountain, it got all the way up to 68 degrees today perfect walking weather. I mowed the lawn and trimmed the hedges did laundry and took a two and a half mile walk this evening.
I will post my motivation motto for you guys so you can see what I use for inspiration.

MOTIVATION IS THE KEY TO SUCCESS. THIS HELPS ME WHEN I NEED THAT LITTLE PUSH TO KEEP GOING.

M- MAKE SHORT TERM GOALS
O- OUT WITH THE NEGATIVE THOUGHTS
T- THINK OF WHY YOU WANT THIS
I- IMAGINE HOW YOU WILL FEEL
V- VISUALIZE HOW YOU WILL LOOK
A- ACKNOWLEDGE YOUR SUCCESSES
T- TREAT YOURSELF WITH RESPECT
I- INVESTIGATE NEW WAYS TO GET FIT
O- OBSERVE YOUR HEALTHY LIFESTYLE
N- NEVER GIVE UP


You guys are so special and each one of you mean a lot to me and I want all of you to succeed and reach your goals.
Have a great week. Sandy


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“Don't wait until everything is just right. It will never be perfect. There will always be challenges, obstacles and less than perfect conditions. So what. Get started now. With each step you take, you will grow stronger and stronger, more and more skilled, more and more self-confident and more and more successful.” ~Mark Victor Hansen

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Hello and good morning! It has been sunny and nice and I am looking forward to a great weekend! My son has baseball games and my oldest daughter has volleyball games so it will require running around a little but I am soaking up all the time I can watching them play, they are growing so fast.... wow I was thinking the other day and I can't believe that in the next 6 years they both will most likely be done with college... that's is so strange, I think they were just 5 and 2... Anyway looking forward to the weekend and I hope you all have a great weekend too!

"Some people have a foolish way of not minding, or pretending not to mind, what they eat. For my part, I mind my belly very studiously, and very carefully; for I look upon it, that he who does not mind his belly will hardly mind anything else."
Samuel Johnson

Have a great day all and be safe!

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Hello everyone, we just got home from playing a full day of golf. It is beautiful here and a perfect temperature of 75 degrees for a high today. There has been a slight breeze and that blew all the clouds away early this morning.
There were tons of fireworks to see last night as they are legal here and people take full advantage of making noise on the fourth. Needless to say we got very little sleep last night but all in good fun.
We painted the pergola yesterday and it looks so nice, it was in need of a coat of fresh paint with all the wet weather here you can imagine that moss grows on anything that does not move faster than a snail. So we got a lot done in the past few days and more plans tomorrow as we are going to Whole Foods and Super Supplements over in Redman first thing in the morning and then over to Lowes to get mulch for the flower beds in the evening.
Plans for Saturday includes a picnic at Kayak State Park on the ocean so that will be fun.

I hope everyone is having a wonderful week and keeping busy with friends and family.
Chat soon. Sandy


"You're never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream..." C.S. Lewis


“Don't wait until everything is just right. It will never be perfect. There will always be challenges, obstacles and less than perfect conditions. So what. Get started now. With each step you take, you will grow stronger and stronger, more and more skilled, more and more self-confident and more and more successful.” ~Mark Victor Hansen

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Wow just got back from Disneyland with the family, we had a great time and I managed to stay somewhat disciplined and did not over indulge in all the available goodies while still having a great time. Kids loved the park and it was a great vacation... wife could not believe how clean the place is... always. Anyway back in touch with reality now, working away while its beautiful outside, that a drag but has to be done. Have a great day all!

"Some people have a foolish way of not minding, or pretending not to mind, what they eat. For my part, I mind my belly very studiously, and very carefully; for I look upon it, that he who does not mind his belly will hardly mind anything else."
Samuel Johnson

Have a great day all and be safe!

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6/28/12 10:18 A

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Happy anniversary Sandy, sorry I am a day late. I have been on the road a ton for work and with no end in site it is going to be a busy busy summer. However, that is no excuse I work out every morning and I will endeavor to take a couple of minutes out to write to you all my friends and achievers here on Spark people. I hope everyone is having a great day today and we all look forward to a wonderful warm weekend (hopefully).
Scot

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Have a great day all and be safe!

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I know I am not as active on the team as I should be. We have been playing a lot of golf and have taken a couple of weekend trips.
Elvis the cat is getting very large he is almost 19 pounds and is forty two inches from the tip of his nose to the end of his tail.
Tazz the dog is getting very old in human years 102 this year. He is 16 years old and we don't expect him to be with us much longer so we have been taking him on trips with us and spending a lot of time with him.
My flowers are doing well there in Kennewick at our home there and the ones here are being over watered by Mother Nature, the Hosta are doing wonderful as are the hanging baskets and the entry flowers. The dahlias seem to be attracting the slugs this year. My one tomato plant is very healthy in bloom with hopes of having a real tomato this year. The Raspberries and Blueberries are loaded can't wait until they get ripe.
I can't believe this is the third week of June already the weather here still feels like April would feel there. The warmest day so far this year has been 76 degrees how crazy is that. I have not even worn a pair of shorts yet this year let alone getting any sun at all I am getting to look like the ladies that live on the West side of the mountain my skin is turning white instead of a nice Native American tan:) Life is what it is and I am enjoying every day of being healthy.
We celebrate our thirty first anniversary on the 27th of the month seems like yesterday we were standing in our back yard there in West Richland and having the preacher walk us through our wedding vows. I guess we are getting old!!
Hey I feel like I am still in my forties so I will just act like it as well.
Hope everyone is having a wonderful week. Sandy


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6/13/12 11:13 A

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Great thunderstorm to watch last night. Lucky it came after the game, umpire almost called it. I hope everyone has a great day today and stay positive!

"Some people have a foolish way of not minding, or pretending not to mind, what they eat. For my part, I mind my belly very studiously, and very carefully; for I look upon it, that he who does not mind his belly will hardly mind anything else."
Samuel Johnson

Have a great day all and be safe!

Sincerely
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I hope everyone is having a great weekend. My one tomato plant I bought full grown at Costco as they never grow from small plants over here. It has blooms on it now but no little tomatoes just yet. I am glad to see all the garden talk I sure miss my garden at home in Eastern Washington.
Over here at this home I pick up more golf balls than any thing I grow. My herbs are doing very well as they are left over from last year as all my flower beds are full of last years flowers and plants. That is one thing about the West side of the state it doesn't get cold enough to freeze things in the winter months even with snow.
I am having a busy weekend and keeping myself busy learning how to play golf, one of these days maybe I can keep up with Hubby.
Chat soon. Sandy

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“Don't wait until everything is just right. It will never be perfect. There will always be challenges, obstacles and less than perfect conditions. So what. Get started now. With each step you take, you will grow stronger and stronger, more and more skilled, more and more self-confident and more and more successful.” ~Mark Victor Hansen

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Planning is a key ingredient in making healthy choices. Make sure to include fresh fruits and veggies every day. They add much needed fiber to your diet with good for you carbs.
Break up your exercise into manageable time slots in order to get at least thirty minutes of cardio three times a week and the same with strength exercises.
Make each day count and it will all add up to weight loss and a healthy body.
Have a great week. Sandy

"You're never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream..." C.S. Lewis


“Don't wait until everything is just right. It will never be perfect. There will always be challenges, obstacles and less than perfect conditions. So what. Get started now. With each step you take, you will grow stronger and stronger, more and more skilled, more and more self-confident and more and more successful.” ~Mark Victor Hansen

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6/4/12 10:04 A

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Welcome to Monday everyone! Think positive today, and take time to plan for the week. Planning your meals and exercise today will make the week easy and help you with your goals. It will also help to level your eating habits so you don't get to Friday and hate chicken because you look back and discover you ate it five days in a row. Good Luck Team!

"Some people have a foolish way of not minding, or pretending not to mind, what they eat. For my part, I mind my belly very studiously, and very carefully; for I look upon it, that he who does not mind his belly will hardly mind anything else."
Samuel Johnson

Have a great day all and be safe!

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5/31/12 3:36 P

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Tommorrow is Friday, cant wait... need the weekend - have already got my 40 hours + holiday +hours tommorrow in and still need a week to catch up, but Sat. & Sun. are mine and I need to re-coup.

"Some people have a foolish way of not minding, or pretending not to mind, what they eat. For my part, I mind my belly very studiously, and very carefully; for I look upon it, that he who does not mind his belly will hardly mind anything else."
Samuel Johnson

Have a great day all and be safe!

Sincerely
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5/29/12 9:47 A

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WOW had a great weekend! Great, healthy food and awesome family and friends over at the house to celebrate the Memorial day weekend. Thanks to the man-up-stairs for the wonderful weather.

"Some people have a foolish way of not minding, or pretending not to mind, what they eat. For my part, I mind my belly very studiously, and very carefully; for I look upon it, that he who does not mind his belly will hardly mind anything else."
Samuel Johnson

Have a great day all and be safe!

Sincerely
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Good morning team, wishing everyone a peaceful Holiday. Have a good day and enjoy your friends and family.
We are having a nice peaceful day here some grilling later in the day and just enjoying time spent together.
Chat soon. Sandy

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“Don't wait until everything is just right. It will never be perfect. There will always be challenges, obstacles and less than perfect conditions. So what. Get started now. With each step you take, you will grow stronger and stronger, more and more skilled, more and more self-confident and more and more successful.” ~Mark Victor Hansen

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The emoticon is shinning and I got my lawn mowed and my purple petunias planted this morning. Now I am relaxing with a nice salad for lunch and watching the cooking channel.
Love to see new ideas on how to prepare foods.
Hope everyone is having a great day. Sandy

"You're never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream..." C.S. Lewis


“Don't wait until everything is just right. It will never be perfect. There will always be challenges, obstacles and less than perfect conditions. So what. Get started now. With each step you take, you will grow stronger and stronger, more and more skilled, more and more self-confident and more and more successful.” ~Mark Victor Hansen

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emoticon Scott to the team. I sure have a lot of catching up to do on Spark, checking in with my friends and the teams.
We enjoyed our time away cruising around the Pacific Northwest. What a beautiful country in which we live.
If the rain stops for a little while today I may be able to get outside and do the much needed landscape work.
I have two homes one in Eastern Washington in Kennewick at Canyon Lakes the golfing community and one in Western Washington in Arlington at Gleneagle another golfing community. I guess you could say golf is my hobby along with gaardening and landscape design. I stay busy with a full time position as a retail manager.

We look forward to getting to know more of our team mates as time passes.

Scott please feel free to add new topics and threads that you would think our team would enjoy. Thank you so much for helping our team. Sandy

"You're never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream..." C.S. Lewis


“Don't wait until everything is just right. It will never be perfect. There will always be challenges, obstacles and less than perfect conditions. So what. Get started now. With each step you take, you will grow stronger and stronger, more and more skilled, more and more self-confident and more and more successful.” ~Mark Victor Hansen

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Hey everyone! I am fairly new to the Spark people web site and am even newer about being a co-leader. I wanted to jump in and help get this team moving because I love the "better" part of the two states we represent, Sandy is doing a great job and I appreciate her sharing the responsibility! A little about myself... I live in North Idaho, and fish, hunt, camp, and spend a lot of time outdoors. I primarily work in the construction field and coach baseball for a hobby. My primary passion outside my religion and family is SCUBA diving. I have been trying for several years to loose the pesky 55 extra pounds around my belly and have been mostly unsuccessful. In the last 3 months I have been hard at changing my life style... eating right (smaller portions), exercise, and lots of support from friends and family (a must!).
Great to be here
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Scott

"Some people have a foolish way of not minding, or pretending not to mind, what they eat. For my part, I mind my belly very studiously, and very carefully; for I look upon it, that he who does not mind his belly will hardly mind anything else."
Samuel Johnson

Have a great day all and be safe!

Sincerely
Scot



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I am so ready for the rain to stop I have tall grass that needs to be mowed and I can't even plant my new petunias until the rain stops. I found some wave petunias in purple this year. All the other years they have been that pink color and was happy to find a new selection of colors this year.

Hope everyone is doing good, I have been keeping busy as usual with everyday life and staying focused on my exercise and diet.

Best wishes , Sandy




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“Don't wait until everything is just right. It will never be perfect. There will always be challenges, obstacles and less than perfect conditions. So what. Get started now. With each step you take, you will grow stronger and stronger, more and more skilled, more and more self-confident and more and more successful.” ~Mark Victor Hansen

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Welcome COUNTINGDOWN31 as co leader for the team it is so nice to have another member step up and want to help with the team.
Sorry I have been missing in action as I have been on an extended trip and just returned with internet service.

Let's get this team up and running again, looking forward to some new ideas.
Sandy

Edited by: 2BFREE2LIVE at: 5/24/2012 (10:29)
"You're never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream..." C.S. Lewis


“Don't wait until everything is just right. It will never be perfect. There will always be challenges, obstacles and less than perfect conditions. So what. Get started now. With each step you take, you will grow stronger and stronger, more and more skilled, more and more self-confident and more and more successful.” ~Mark Victor Hansen

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Talking about Spring---WOW this morning I got up to full sunshine and not a cloud in the sky.
It is still cold though at 2:45 it is 48 degrees but I will take the sun any day.
I got out and cleaned out all the flower beds yesterday and trimmed back the bamboo plants on the west side of the yard. I am still trying to decide what to put in the place of the tree we lost. I am thinking maybe Wine and Roses bushes I know they won't grow than four feet but I like the burgundy and green leaves and the blooms in the summer months and with those colors it will blend very well with all the perennial I have in the yard already.
Hubby sent me home photos of the daffodils and the hibiscus and crocus that are blooming at home, I sure miss my flower beds there.
Here all the spring bulbs are in bloom with the exception of the later blooming plants like the tulips etc... I have blooms on roadies and the azaleas are budding as well as the other blooming plants.
My strawberries are growing fast and the raspberries and the blueberries are starting to get new growth, I am excited to see my plants come to life again.
I hope your flowers are all coming to life again as well. Chat soon, Sandy



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“Don't wait until everything is just right. It will never be perfect. There will always be challenges, obstacles and less than perfect conditions. So what. Get started now. With each step you take, you will grow stronger and stronger, more and more skilled, more and more self-confident and more and more successful.” ~Mark Victor Hansen

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emoticon HAPPY VALENTINES DAY emoticon

"You're never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream..." C.S. Lewis


“Don't wait until everything is just right. It will never be perfect. There will always be challenges, obstacles and less than perfect conditions. So what. Get started now. With each step you take, you will grow stronger and stronger, more and more skilled, more and more self-confident and more and more successful.” ~Mark Victor Hansen

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2/3/12 1:48 A

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WOW!! It has been a whole month since I last posted on here. A lot has been keeping me busy and I have not been at the desk very much at all, which is good that means I am busy with doing things that keep me active.
I celebrated my emoticon on January 11th. I did post a blog on that day, I hope you take the time to read it.
Have a great month of February everyone. Sandy

"You're never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream..." C.S. Lewis


“Don't wait until everything is just right. It will never be perfect. There will always be challenges, obstacles and less than perfect conditions. So what. Get started now. With each step you take, you will grow stronger and stronger, more and more skilled, more and more self-confident and more and more successful.” ~Mark Victor Hansen

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WELCOME TO 2012!!

Hey guys this is from Richard Simmons and I thought I would pass it along to everyone and share his wisdom.
I have been feeling a bit scattered or stressed, and need to get refocused...there`s no better time to do that than now, right as we begin a new year. Our chats can help you find that focus. ..maybe you haven't read my Project Me Passport lately... so I'm going to put it right here for you to think about as we begin this new year...


PROJECT ME PASSPORT

1. I admit I love food and I am addicted to it.

2. My weight bothers me, and I know it's not healthy.

3. I am overweight for the most part because I overeat and don't exercise enough.

4. I have blamed many people and many things for my fat, but I must admit I am to blame. I hold the fork.

5. I forgive those who have made fun of me, judged me, or put me down because of my weight.

6. I forgive myself and forget about all the times I tried before.

7. Today I will make time for myself. I will eat healthy, and I will exercise.

8. I will not ignore, hide from, or avoid food. I will face food and not lean on it.

9. I realize food has no power and will never solve any of my problems - past, present, or future.

10. I will be patient with myself and will not become compulsive and obsessed with losing weight and exercising.

11. If I didn't do great yesterday, I will try harder today.

12. I will take a daily inventory and be truthful with myself.

13. I know now there are no easy ways to do this. I know the only way to achieve my goal is through exercise, eating healthy, and staying motivated.

14. I will use my sense of humor today, for it heals loneliness, depression, insecurity, and boredom.

15. This time I am doing this for me.

16. I am a terrific person, and I like myself right now, no matter what I weigh.

17. The next time I have a craving for anything I know is fattening or am tempted not to exercise, I will think about the new me, and I will be strong.

18. I will take a look in the mirror and say, "I'm going to have a great day."

19. I have a very positive outlook about "My Life."

20. I am doing it! I am going all the way!

21. I am worth it!

A lot of good things here that can help everyone get and stay on track as we reach our goals.
Have a wonderful evening. Sandy




"You're never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream..." C.S. Lewis


“Don't wait until everything is just right. It will never be perfect. There will always be challenges, obstacles and less than perfect conditions. So what. Get started now. With each step you take, you will grow stronger and stronger, more and more skilled, more and more self-confident and more and more successful.” ~Mark Victor Hansen

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