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1/26/15 4:27 P

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Kath sorry to hear your trip wasn't that good. Glad you got to go to the zoo. I love the zoo. Monkey's are my favorites.

No baby yet. He's actually not due until the 29th but she's ready to go now. Then it will be one down one to go. I have another grandbaby (a girl) due April 1st. Then the grand total will be 14. Yes 14 grandkids!!! 7 boys and 7 girls.

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1/26/15 3:16 P

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I'm back and I have to tell you, I really missed you guys!

Hope you have fun with your sister, Robyn!

I'll be shoveling snow with you today, Jo-Ann. We're in PA -- right on the tip, across the river from Trenton, NJ -- and right on the line between "heavy snow" and "blizzard". We're expecting anywhere from 10 to 20" of snow and the winds are already whipping around pretty strongly.

Laura, I hope you new grandbaby is already here and that all went smoothly (and quickly) for your daughter (in-law). Great job with the squats. I'm keeping up with mine, too.

I wish I could say my trip was a great success, but there was a bit of an emergency. Short version of the story: it snowed the day before I left, so travel to wasn't the best. I had a nice, long walk on the boardwalk and terrific dinner the evening I arrived. The next day, I had went to the zoo and took some nice shots of the animals (I especially loved the otters!) After that, everything we downhill. The woman who owned the B&B where I was staying had her terminally ill father staying at the B&B and she was taking care of him. She didn't tell me, so I had no idea what was happening. He died the morning after I went to the zoo, so, of course, with everything going on, my trip was cut a bit short. I just wish she'd told me the situation before I went because I would have chosen a different option. I ended up driving home in a snow storm and now it's snowing here again. Guess I'll be getting lots of exercise tonight!

Everyone, stay safe and warm!



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1/26/15 8:45 A

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I just talked to her. Contractions all night. Then she gets up to get the girls ready for school and they go away. She's so ready I feel bad for her.

Laura. Mio, Michigan

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1/26/15 8:31 A

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Oh my goodness, LAKENDAL. I hope it goes well.

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1/26/15 8:26 A

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Waiting is driving me crazy. I have a grandson due anytime now. Just waiting for a phone call saying they are on their way to the hospital. Luckily she goes quick when they do...not so luckily the hospital is 35 miles away. She had or at least half had my granddaughter in the elevator. emoticon

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1/26/15 8:04 A

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emoticon Shoveled snow for an hour yesterday. Now we have a blizzard on the way (expecting 2 feet of snow) and another smaller storm coming Friday.

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1/24/15 7:34 P

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Happy Saturday. My legs are sore today. I did extra squats yesterday. I subbed in P.E. and taught the little ones how to do squats. I got in extra ones....it about killed me to do them today.

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1/24/15 5:33 P

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emoticon Chilling with my sister today.

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1/22/15 7:56 A

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Yay for relaxation, KALANTHA! emoticon

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1/21/15 5:16 P

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Sorry to be so "missing" these past few days. Just really busy and getting ready for my trip. Had a few issues with hubby that had to get taken care of, too. Heading off for a long weekend of relaxation tomorrow morning and will be back Sunday afternoon.

Hope everyone is doing well. I promise to catch up as soon as I get back.

Keep your Spark shining! (It's snowing tonight and the forecast is for more on Saturday, so I may need you to light my way home!)

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1/18/15 4:33 P

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Exercise is a great stress reducer. I love walking in the woods when the weather lets me.

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1/18/15 3:27 P

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I am using exercise as a stress reducer. I am currently looking for a job and trying desperately not to let it stress me out that I am not working. I am not used to being idle and the exercise is helping me to focus and not think about unemployment so much.

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1/17/15 11:08 A

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Glad to hear you're feeling better.

Today is going to be a relaxing day. I'm making jambalaya in the crock pot which involves a lot of chopping. I put a ton of peppers in it.
Then hubby and I will work on a puzzle we have going while watching the movie Battle of the Bulge which I got for Christmas. I'm hoping to get my 10,000 steps in as well.

Have a great weekend!

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1/17/15 8:46 A

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Thanks, Laura. Yesterday was better and today will be better still -- no stressful appointments or meetings. I plan to practice my piano, spend some time with my dogs, and workout.

Hope everyone here has an active, healthy, and Sparkly day!



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Hey Kathy sorry to hear that you've had such a hard and stressful time lately. Hopefully things get better for you. Don't let the stress get you down. Take a nice hot bubble bath or try some yoga. That always helps me when "life" gets hard.
Remember that we are here if you need us.

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Hi, all! Sorry I've been "away". The past couple of days have taken their toll on my psyche. First, I had a less than stellar workout at the gym the other day, which made me a bit cranky. Then, my hubby (who is elderly), started to have "issues" that I don't want to get into here. But we ended up spending 2 hours at the doctor's office yesterday. They took some blood and we have a couple of things to check out, one of which is a "mental status change" eval with a neurologist. (I have to make that appointment on Monday.) By the time I was done at the doctor, I fell off the old SparkWagon in a BIG way. Completely skipped my scheduled workout and my dinner was a cheesesteak hoagie with mayo, French fries, a light beer, and a Hershey bar. OUCH!

This morning, I had a 2 hour meeting about my son, which is always a stressful thing for me. Fortunately, all went well, so my cortisol levels are starting to drop.

I'm back on track with food and exercise today, but still feeling a bit "blue". I'm really looking forward to my little mini-vacation this coming week (Thursday -- Sunday) and hope the quiet and solitude will help me regain a bit of my "normal" balance.

I'm heading back to the gym for ST and water aerobics tomorrow, so you suggestions for what to do in the pool will come in handy, Jo-Ann. We're already doing some of what you suggested and I'm going to try to vary the tempo and add in some diagonal kicks tomorrow. Are skis the same as lunges?

As far as Wal-Marts go, I've got the same situation as Jo-Ann, I can think of at least 3 right off the top of my head that are less than 10 miles from my home. I try to stay out of them as much as I can.

Hey, MyMollyCat! Thanks for chiming in! It's nice to see you! I have a fed dvds that I like to use when I can't get to the gym and outdoor exercise isn't feasible. The one that kicks my butt the most is Leslie Sansone's 4-mile walk. I've looked at some of the SP and youtube videos and they look pretty good. Problem for me is that my computer is in a room that's too small for exercise. Otherwise, I'd try them out.

Hope everyone has a nice evening.

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Sometimes it's a pain to drive all that way just to get to a Walmart but most of the time it's worth it. I love my little town. It's nice not having traffic or a ton of people.

I like the spark videos but most of the time I find stuff on YouTube to do.

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I love all the different videos on the Spark. I try different ones and don't get bored. It's also a better workout.

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1/15/15 12:37 P

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Heh, I can think of 4 Walmarts within 10 or 15 miles! I bet there are more that don't spring to mind.


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LOL. Most people are floored when they find out I have to drive 40 miles to get to the nearest Walmart. We have one stop light in the whole county. emoticon .

We do have a McDonalds (I don't eat there) and a Subway (I do eat there).

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Where I live is so densely populated that I forget that isn't the case for everyone, Laura!

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1/15/15 11:59 A

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We do have a hotel with a pool. Unfortunately it closes from Dec to the beginning of May. No others in my area. I live in a VERY rural area. There are only about 9,000 people in my county (about 2,500 in my town)....and in the winter we lose a lot of people that head to Florida.

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I'm glad you liked the tips, Kathy.

Instead of shoulder level, try chest level water for most moves to keep your core muscles more stable. If it is too deep, you are not able to control/engage your abs as well, and your body may not remain aligned properly.

One way to vary your current moves would be to change the tempo to vary the intensity: slow, slow, quick, quick, quick, repeat.

You could do this with jogging and marching, as well as alternating kicks straight in front, and also "diagonal kicks" with left foot kicking to 10 o'clock and right foot kicking to 2 o'clock.

You could also try cross-country ski moves as well as jumping jacks. (In the water, your arms go out to the sides but stay in the water, then you clap underwater near your stomach instead of out of the water above your head. Really use your arms to push out/pull in.) Look online for youtube videos showing different variations on skis and jacks. These would all work with the slow/slow/quick/quick/quick tempo, too.

Another one is reaching across to touch (or aim for your opposite ankle), then switch. You can also reach behind for your opposite heel. A variation on these is to do 16 touching in front, 16 in back, then 8 front/8 back, then 4 front/4 back, then finally 2 front/2 back.

Another one I like is standing arm's distance from wall, facing it (but not holding on). Jog, landing on flat feet, tapping the wall with your toes. Keep it low at first. If that feels OK, kick higher. If that feels OK, kick even higher. (If it isn't comfortable, just kick low the entire time.) Randomly call High/Low/Medium and kick there. If no hip issues and it feels OK, you can also kick diagonally (kick right leg to the left, etc.) Try to increase your pace and keep it steady.

Let me know how these work out!

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Lakendal, I wonder if there are any "hidden" pools near you that have some hours they are open to the public. Some hotels will let you pay to swim or attend their fitness club classes. Colleges and technical high schools sometimes have public swim times, as do some senior centers and community centers. Some gyms and country clubs here have pools and water aerobics classes. Ask around, you never know!

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1/14/15 6:34 P

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I would love to try water aerobics. I wish there was some place around where I live that I could do it.

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Those are GREAT tips, Jo-Ann, and much appreciated. I will share them with Dottie.

I took a water aerobics class a few years back, read a short book, and looked some stuff up online and we're winging it on our own based on that. I think we get a pretty good workout because we're both pretty beat afterwards. When we exercise, we're in water up to our shoulders. No noodles or equipment of any kind, but we'd both love to try it. Right now, we're mostly jogging in various forms, jumping, kicking in different directions, and doing so exercises at the side of the pool. We're probably going to want to add some new moves pretty soon because the same ones are getting a bit boring. Are there any exercises you particularly like or find effective?

Thank you again!




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Sounds like a great day, KALANTHA.

There are lots and lots of YouTube videos online. I'll take a look and see what I can find.

What sort of workout are you doing now? Are you in shallow or deep water, or both? Do you have an instructor? Do you have access to any equipment, kickboards, pool noodles, resistance hand weights?

Best generic tips:
1. Actively think about posture. Ask your buddy to let you know if she sees you slumping, leaning, or butt sticking out. Keep your butt tucked under, not trailing out behind. Engage your abs by picturing pulling your belly button in towards the back of your bathing suit. Relax your shoulders downward. Land on your flat feet, no tiptoes (to prevent shin splints), keep knees "loose". Many exercises are done with legs at "shoulder width" apart. This is much narrower than many people think. Raise your hands up in front of your shoulders, then bring them down in a straight line to determine correct leg placement. Too wide apart means your body isn't properly aligned, abs not properly engaged.
2. Pay attention to what moves you really don't like. Those may be the very ones your body needs the most. See if you can reframe your thinking about those moves to help you make progress--actively try to make friends (or learn to tolerate) with those moves. Some of my own tricks: count the reps down backwards to make them seem to go faster; put yourself on auto-pilot and just do it.
3. Challenge yourself, constantly. It is easy to fall into a habit of just paddling around and chatting or doing the minimum of the instructor's moves, but the best way to burn calories and get stronger is to consciously push yourself hard enough that conversation becomes more and more difficult. (You should be able to get in a few words, now and then, but breathing and working hard.) Remember that even if you have a teacher, you are in charge of getting your own good workout. Try doing a couple of extra reps or jogging a little faster for just a little longer.
4. Stretch before and after, drink extra water to prevent leg cramps. Don't do anything that hurts. Let instructor know before the next class if you had any pain--she may be able to help you modify a move or make sure you are doing it correctly.

Did you know that there's a Water Aerobics Spark team?



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emoticon emoticon emoticon We can do this, DOTTIESPLACE!

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Thanks WHYNOTJ1 My favorite inspirational quote today: Breathe in inspiration and trust yourself. The answer is, "Yes, you can."

Love that. Yes, I can......and I am! It feels so good to be doing this for myself instead of all of the dread I was feeling about not taking care of myself and how hard it is to get started blah blah blah. I'm about two and a half months into this leg of my journey and my spark is officially a flame. Hope every one is having a great week!

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A late check-in for me . . .

I had a busy day: piano lesson, lunch with a friend, errands, and a long, cold walk at the park. I'm really looking forward to tomorrow because I get to do 60 minutes of water aerobics, which is sooooo much easier on my hips and knees. My best friend and I go 3 times a week and it's really helped our workout routine. Unfortunately, we're basically putting our routine together ourselves as we go. I was wondering, Jo-Ann, if you might give me a few tips for an effective workout since you teach. Do you know of any good water aerobics videos?

I'm off to bed very soon.

Hope everyone has a good night!



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Great quote!

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My favorite inspirational quote today: Breathe in inspiration and trust yourself. The answer is, "Yes, you can."

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Yay for getting your workout and chores done so efficiently, LAKENDAL!

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I already got in a decent workout today and the kitchen cleaned up. I have other little household chores to do. Tomorrow morning I'm subbing in 2nt grade and Wednesday I have jury duty (unless it's canceled). I need to start working on a grocery list/menu. Friday is payday so we will probably do a major shopping trip by going to Walmart and the meat market. I love getting my grocery's there just wish it wasn't such a long drive.

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Hi Kalantha,
I swim every day. I teach water aerobics classes (I'm in the water, too) four nights. I'll also be riding stationary bike 3 nights for 30 min. and starting to increase my walking. (I had a very sore knee for a couple of months, so I needed to pace myself to get through all the other activities above, plus it has been cold and icy out. Knee is finally better, so I am going to start adding a few minutes more walking every day to get back to what I'd been doing earlier.)

What does everyone else have planned.

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Hi, team!

Walking in the house is a popular sport! When I find myself short on steps for the day, you'll see me doing laps around my living room or dining room table! Every step counts!

Hope everyone had a good weekend. Mine was very busy, but productive. I'm happy to say I finally got all the Christmas stuff moved up into the attic and was able to walk outside today. It's been way too cold here for about the last week and I was getting cabin fever in a very bad way.

I'm ready to start the new week and, so far, my plan is to head to the gym on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday and walk at the park on Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday -- weather permitting. Do you have any goals or plans for the week ahead?

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Welcome to the team SILVERTHORNE07! I walk in the house too. Below zero windchill temps are just too cold to get outside. I have to get those steps in.




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Thanks! I'm keeping my fingers crossed. :) And about to go walk up and down the stairs in the house for 15 minutes. Cardio!

"You can only take it one day at a time"; might be cliche, but true!


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Best wishes on your restart, SILVERTHORNE07!

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Those sound like great goals, LAKENDAL. I like to keep my goals small and manageable, too.

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I've been way out of the loop, for over a year, and managed in that time to gain 20 pounds rather than lose any. I'm hoping that I can turn that around this year. Having to work through depression, unemployment (but I have an inheritance to keep me above the no money line) and grief (Lost my Dad last June and whole life got pretty torn up and mixed around dealing with that), but I also have plenty of free time right now to figure out how to get myself back on track while I job hunt and do blog stuff and minor graphic art to sell online. Just restarted yesterday, so we'll see how this goes.

"You can only take it one day at a time"; might be cliche, but true!


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WHYNOT- like you the holidays really did a number on my weight. I gained 5 pounds over Christmas break. I also would like to get back into a regular workout routine. I was doing great over the summer and then school started again (I'm a substitute teacher) and I just stopped working out...even on days I didn't get called in.
I'm setting smaller weight loss goals. 5 pound by the 2nt week of February when I go to a conference with my husband. Another 5 by spring break. Not sure after that. I also need to get back into eating healthy again. need to watch the fat grams and measure/weigh my food. I also want to get in the 5 a day on fruits/veggies. I don't know why I have such a problem with this. I love veggies.
I just need to be more focused on my goals and what I put in my mouth.

Also I need to make sure I get in my 10,000 plus steps a day. I want a big spark streak going on that one!

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KALANTHA, it is mighty cold here today, too. (Northern MA, on NH border).

I put away a lot of Christmas stuff last weekend, hope to get to the rest of it this weekend. (I work a second job, so don't have much time during the week.)

Yay for getting a good workout, despite the pool problems. I only had one person show up for the water aerobics class (I teach it) last night, because of the cold weather, but we worked hard and had fun.

All those New Years resolution folks are keeping my gym crowded, too. I had to use a different recumbent bike because "my" bikes were all in use. (The Espresso bike feels awkward and uncomfortable to me and I have to turn the dizzy-making graphics off. I prefer the Precor bikes.)

See my other post with my goals. What are yours?

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LAKENDAL, I have several goals.

First, get my weight back down to where it was before the holidays. This time I gained less than I have between Thanksgiving and New Years in the past, but I definitely gained too much. So, while I am getting better at this, I want to put some strategies in place to try to handle things differently going forward. (My usual routines change for a couple of weeks, plus there are tempting goodies everywhere, and a couple of my usual forms of exercise become unavailable during that same time. Not a good combination for me!) I've shed a couple of these pounds already, just need to settle back in to my routine and buckle down and remain focused. That brings me to my next goal.

Second, I was within 3 lbs. of reaching a significant weight-loss milestone before the gain I mentioned above, but then regained some weight. I've had some kind big mental hurdle at this weight in the past (fell off the diet and regained), so I'm trying to work through whatever is holding me back and figure out what I can do differently to actually move forward.

Third, once I cross that hurdle, I need to fine-tune things so I can move forward on the weight loss without yo-yo-ing. I do pretty well with exercise, but not always so great with the diet part.

Fourth, I am working to improve my swimming technique, speed, and endurance.

What are your goals, LAKENDAL?

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LOL I affectionately call my elliptical the elliptiHELL. We have a real love/hate relationship.

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The Arctic blast has hit us on the east coast with a vengeance. 50 degrees sounds like shorts and tee-shirt weather where I'm sitting! emoticon

I spent the day organizing and packing up the Christmas dťcor and I'm still not done. I have way too much stuff!

After the tree-untrimming party, which was attended only by yours truly, I did laundry, then hit the gym. I was hoping to do my strength training and then water aerobics, but the pool was closed due to some issue with chemicals. That meant I had to do something else, so I made do with the Elliptical Torture device and the dreadmill. It wouldn't have been bad, but the gym was warm and crowded and I didn't have my IPod. Oh, well. I got a good workout in anyway.

What goals did you decide on JoAnn?

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It's only in the upper 50's today and breezy.

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Jo-ann What are your goals?

I'm jealous of the warm temps. It finally got up to 5 degrees (-15 with the wind chill) but it's going to be getting dark in about an hour and a half. They are talking about more normal temps beginning of next week.

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Today, I'm busy thinking about what I can do differently to meet my goals in 2015.

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That sounds pretty awesome, Healthier-Vicki. Enjoy it for me!

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Got up to about 80 degrees here.

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Nice and snowy in my neck of the woods.

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Good Morning Team. Rise and Shine. Gonna be a nice day today.

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"You can't start the next chapter of your life if you keep re-reading the last one."


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It's been a tiring day today as it was shopping day for us. I ended up walking almost 5 hours and let me tell you, with a broken little toe, wearing a closed toe shoe is no fun. But I got thru it. Now I'm going to finish checking emails then soak in the tub for awhile and try to ease my lower back which is also cussing me a blue streak. Hope everyone is having a great 2nd day in the new year.


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I did some strength training today along with staying up and moving so I can get my steps in for the day. My arms and abs are feeling it!

Happy New year! Together we can do it!

Laura. Mio, Michigan

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Hadn't slept well Tues so I slept straight thru New Years Eve, but I am off to a good start today, walked for 30 minutes this morning, will do 20 minutes of light weights this after noon, after I take down the Christmas decorations. Happy New Year everyone let's make it our year for the battle of the bulge!

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Happy New Year!
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The weather was fine for us just cold. No fireworks in my town. In made it up until midnight and then was in bed by 12:15.
Happy New Year! Don't forget the walk with me challenge starts today. Don't forget to log in your miles.

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Unless the weather lets up, there probably won't be any fireworks tonight. It's pouring down rain here.

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No black eyed peas for me. We are staying at home. I will stay up until midnight but probably be in bed shortly after. It's a bit past my bedtime.

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I used to stay up to watch the ball drop in Times Square, but hubby rarely makes it past 10:00 anymore so I usually just go to bed when he does. Will you have black eyed peas and greens for dinner tomorrow? We don't plan to, but had I remembered to BUY them we would. LOL !!

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Brrr it's cold outside. I'm going to be spending New Years inside. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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I like small town living too.

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I still have a lot of family in Fenton. I get down there to visit but couldn't live there. I couldn't handle it....WAY too many people. I like my little town.

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My SIL & BIL live in Flushing.

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Mio is about 30 miles east of Grayling.

I'm originally from Fenton.

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Thank you. Where is Mio, Michigan? My husband is from the Flint area and we used to live in Otisville.

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Hello and welcome to the team!

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Just joined the team and wanted to say hello. emoticon

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Hi team, this is Tanya, this is Day 1 of restarting my SPARK!!!

Making small changes every day!


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Hi Cathy from Idaho. I'm Laura from Michigan. Welcome to the team.

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Cathy from Idaho, checking in! Love this board!

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Hello (again) Sparkfriends! I am back after gaining 30 pounds from....just letting myself go. It makes me cry to see it in black and white. I hope to be successful in losing and keeping it off this time. I always find buddies help to keep me on track so here I am.

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That's not a bad idea. Can you post the link to the blog?

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I came across a cool blog to make your own flooring out of pine boards. Living in a double wide which we have slowly taken out cheap cabinets, carpeting, wall trim, etc, we decided to try in our masterbwth. We took 1x6 pine boards, sanded each one with a sander, stained each one, cut them in different lengths and screwed down and then polyurethaned. The most beautiful floors and inexpensive. Just a lot of elbow grease but it was worth it. I think it cost $100 to do 9x12 bath.

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Awesome find for the flooring!

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I would LOVE to find hardwoods under my nasty living room carpet. That is not going to happen. I'm hoping next fall to replace the flooring in the living room and dining room along with new drywall.

Hubby is putting the trim back up around the doorframes today and I'm going to pick up some baseboard this week and then we will be officially done.

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Morning here in the SW MO Ozarks.
Reading the flooring chats. We pulled up all the carpet in living room, TV room, dining room, office, and hallway. What we found was hardwood flooring. A LOT of stains. We finally found someone who could refinish them. Turns out our floors are made of Heart Pine, which has been banned from furniture and floor use since 1957, due to over use. How our floor was installed dates it back over 90 years.
When you start restoring an old house you find treasures and a few land mines.

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Welcome Arabigal

Today is family Sunday for me and my 8 year Anniversary we will be celebrating tomorrow since it's family day

Hope all has a great Sunday




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10/26/14 8:21 A

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Newbie here checking in. Hey y'all!

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NIFERANDERSON that's funny....not many people know where Rapid River even is.

Let me know if and when you start your floors. Mine look great I'm so happy they are done. Plus they clean up great. I use my swifer wet jet.

Welcome to the team MIMI_ROAR!

Laura. Mio, Michigan

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Just wanted to say hi looking forward to getting to know you all and sharing with you all

Edited by: MIMI_ROAR at: 10/24/2014 (22:34)



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It sounds like a great project to take on!

My mother-in-law goes to church right next to that restaurant! We have friends in Stonington, too, so we've met in the middle a few times in Rapid River. It's a small world. :D

I'm leaning towards Pergo, so your experience with it is reassuring. Thank you!

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Starting the flooring in the hallway today. Hoping to get it all done and the trim back up in the bedrooms and then it will all be done. I'm so excited.

Laura. Mio, Michigan

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