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Has it really been 4 years?

Tuesday, March 03, 2020

Last month I took a trip to Texas with my husband and met one of my Spark friends in person. She is the 4th Spark friend I've met in person & it was fabulous! Especially as I've been off Spark for 4 years and somehow she and I have still stayed friends thru FB messenger :) Anyway, she said that she had been making an effort to walk every day - working on low carb - and it was working. She was glowing. I went home a couple of days later and the morning after woke up with ankles that looked like sausages... fat fingers... well, and fat everywhere else too! So yes, it was due to traveling... and eating out for 5 days... but still. So as I hobbled around the house that day (yes, took off work to recover!) I decided it was time for a change. A change that would stick. So here's the background... my husband's alarm goes off every morning 40 minutes before mine. The older I get, I find it waking me up - and then I'm not falling back asleep. Well, instead of starting the day angry that I couldn't fall back asleep, I decided to start using that time to exercise. Turns out I need a bit more time, so now MY alarm goes off at 4:45 each morning (6:45 on weekends) and I'm exercising. Haven't missed a day yet. Praying I don't get sick or hurt b/c I really like being on a streak. Started with some YouTube dancing videos. And then one morning I found Daniel w/Team Body Project. I love him. His wife - not so much!! She is crazy fit and her workouts exhaust me! But they have a program for beginners - low impact - on your feet the whole time - doable - and dare I say, fun? Well, one video was called "Fun - Rock and Soul Cardio". They lied about that one. And it wasn't one of the beginning ones. I digress. Daniel is a motivator. He encourages thru the whole workout. I signed up for their app but haven't started paying for more videos - I've been happy with the variety I'm finding on YouTube (ok - this mornings, "Boxing and Abs", sucked too...). Anyway, the point is, I'm moving every day. Still working on getting my food on track (as I sit here sipping my wine... which I don't usually do, especially on a Tuesday... but I had to clean the kitchen after work and loud music & wine make it easier... not to mention, it was left over from Sunday... wine should never be left over). Oh - I apologize if anyone tries to read this... I am NOT a writer/blogger/etc. I love to talk. And I tend to babble. Unfortunately that shows up when I try to do these. I'm not poetic or gifted, but I still like to yap. Buttonpopper - that girl can write! Can't wait to catch up on her blogs. Okay - last thing before I sign off. I'm not weighing myself this time. What? you ask. Yep. I've been watching The Biggest Loser. It pisses me off when the person is standing up there looking at 4 pounds lost - and they're devastated that it wasn't more. Good grief. A pound is a pound, right?! Well, I'm tired of the psychological mess that is me when I'm stepping on the scale each week. Don't want the discouragement of not losing enough - maybe being up because of salt - whatever. This time, I'm looking for non scale victories. Yep... still looking!!! But, it's only been 3 weeks. Right now I'm relishing in the fact that I've been exercising for 3 weeks. And guess, what? Despite my crippling arthritis in my left knee that kills me daily... I'm feeling BETTER. Yep. Life is good. Love yourself. Doesn't matter if you're fat or skinny or somewhere in between. You are awesome. You are worth so much more than you give yourself credit for. God made you PERFECT. Don't forget that. Rock on, my friends. Looking forward to catching up with any of my buddies if they're still here... and of course, making new friends is always superb as well. Love you guys!
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  • BUTTONPOPPER1
    Diane, after a hectic week, I'm finally back to read your blog, and I'm so glad you've posted this to let us know how you're doing. I didn't realize it had been four whole years!! Time is really whizzing by since I entered my sixties three years ago. A year feels like a week or so now.

    It is great that you're on an exercise streak! I remember that you like dancing, and I can't hear that Bruno Mars song--Uptown Funk(?)--without thinking of you. I will look into the videos you mention here, for I also want to get back into exercising again. It makes a difference in so many ways. Even with our arthritic knees, my dear, we can DO this!

    Thank you so much for getting in touch again. I haven't had time in the past few weeks to do much Sparking, but having you here again makes me even more eager to get back and enjoy this wonderful community where we can have fun while getting well.

    Happy Friday!
    Love, C

    P.S. And thanks so much for your kind words about my blogs. I'm touched.
    200 days ago

    Comment edited on: 3/12/2020 8:31:49 PM
  • THROOPER62
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    205 days ago
  • ERICAANN44
    Welcome back! I got back to Spark at the end of the summer and have lost 45 lbs so far! I know different programs/apps work for different people, but I truly believe Spark is the best because it involves good old calorie counting and a great supportive network. So glad you're back!
    207 days ago
  • GREENIETEANIE
    emoticon emoticon YEAH!! I'm so glad you are back on here!! Thank you for your sweet comment on my blog. You are such a sweetheart.
    emoticon Do you have Amazon Prime? There is a very easy, but good walking workout called "Nancy Marmorat: Active Walking". It has (3) 10 minute walking sessions, so I can chose if I want to go for 10, 20 or 30 minutes, then it has a 15 minute floor stretching after that. I haven't done the stretching part yet. But by breaking them down in 10 minute segments, they go by really fast, and I needed something to work my arms, and she does a great job with it . Free for Amazon prime, and they're all in one stream video, so easy to do back to back.
    emoticon They do it barefoot, but I can't stand to be barefoot, so I got a little pair of exercise slippers that feel like barefeet with little grippers on the bottom.
    Sounds like you have really been making strides!! You look fabulous! emoticon emoticon
    208 days ago

    Comment edited on: 3/4/2020 2:02:42 PM
  • BARBARAJ73
    WOW... emoticon wonderful to hear from you!!!! emoticon
    208 days ago
  • _BABE_
    I was looking for signs of life and finally a blog. emoticon
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    209 days ago
  • LIVINHEALTHY9
    Hey Diane!
    I have thought of you and wondered how you were doing. You always have such an energetic personality. You have been missed.

    Glad to see you back! Make sure you stick around emoticon
    209 days ago
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