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Each of Us is Like a Mosaic.

Thursday, January 17, 2013

I'm about to go out for my walk, but I just wanted to share with you a few lines from a book I'm reading "Just One Thing" by Rick Hanson

"Each of us is like a mosaic, with lots of lovely tiles, some that are basically neutral, and some that could use a little-ah-work. It's important to see the whole mosaic."

I just love this.

If you're looking at yourself and hating what you see, you're looking at the wrong parts! Take a break and then focus on the lovely tiles!


P.S. The vote for my sites logo was a success! If you want to know which won, or if you'd be interested in this weeks topic, 10 Ways to Fight Back With Love, stop by! www.uncopiedlife.com/2013/01/17/10-w

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WALKING_WONDER 1/19/2013 2:49PM

    GREAT quote! Thanks for sharing!

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HEALTHYGRAMMY49 1/18/2013 2:11PM


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OLIVIANIGHT 1/17/2013 3:09PM

    That's a good quote : )

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Happy Belated New Year

Sunday, January 13, 2013

Hey Sparkers!

I know this is rather late, but happy New Year!

I'm making changes his year, and of course actually keeping this weight off is one of them.

I've resumed my workouts and I'm feeling it (OMG Lunges suck!)

I've also been working hard on my website (I'm holding a vote on our new logo. If you're interested, click here www.uncopiedlife.com/2013/01/13/vote
) making sure that it's progressing too.

I started wearing the pedometer again yesterday, and right now I simply can not fathom hitting 10k steps.... unless of course I never sit and walk in place the whole time (which my foot would't let me do, in any case). I just barely broke 2k steps yesterday and that was primarily from my workout. Guess I'm gonna have to get creative!

I plan to get back into my challenges, and start working toward real progress again.

How's your year going?

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KALISWALKER 1/14/2013 11:57PM

    Congratulations on getting moving this year. I am also count my steps and I do leg lifts while I brush my teeth, move around while I dry dishes, etc. to get in a few more steps. Is there anything you can do to help with the discomfort in your foot?

Happy New Year!

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TEDYBEAR2838 1/13/2013 4:43PM

    emoticon one step, on lunge at a time :)

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Slowly Keeping On + Awesome Video

Thursday, December 13, 2012

I haven't been walking every day.. but here and there - taking the dogs with me. It would help if it would cool down some - I hate being sweaty - And well it's December, that shouldn't be an issue!

My motivation today is pain.

I've noticed an increase in pain since I've stopped doing ST... pretty much everywhere.

My back hurts at night, my neck hurts during the day, my foot hurts each and every step I take (but that's not new. I accept that isn't going away). My shoulder hurts (it was also hurt in my car accident last year). Even my hand hurts from spending too much time manipulating this computer mouse.

So.. if that's not a sign to resume workouts, I don't know what is.

And on a somewhat related note, I wanted to share with you a video I found today. It's called "The Science of Productivity" and there's an accompanying blog post with it. But the video touches on willpower:

"Perhaps worst of all, numerous studies on the concept of “ego-depletion” have provided some astounding evidence that suggests our willpower is a “limited resource” that can be used up in it’s entirety!"


"Since most of us are worried about our willpower, we don’t push ourselves to our maximum productive output: instead of “giving our all” for brief productivity sessions, we distribute our effort throughout the day, leading us back to busywork to fill our time."

And while it's all productivity oriented, I think it can easily be translated into something that can help us here trying to lose and eat right.


Hope everyone is enjoying their week!

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JUJIFRUIT 12/18/2012 11:14AM

    Thanks for sharing this link, it was a very interesting video. I also watched the one on scientific weight loss tips. Thanks!

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MARTY728 12/13/2012 1:13PM

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DIET_FRIEND 12/13/2012 12:35PM

    Thanks for sharing. I need to productive in many areas of life.

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Motivations and Issues

Wednesday, December 05, 2012

I've been keeping track of what motivates me to exercise... and so far this week, my motivations have been:

Monday: Memories of my mother. Sunday night I stayed up very late going through a box of photos and letters that my dad brought me several months back, but had never taken the time to go through. In the box, I found many old love letters that my mom had written to my dad back in 81, right after they'd first gotten together. I was reading one of the letters and my mom mentioned that she had a yoga class the next day. This completely stunned me. See, the mom I knew had panic attacks in crowded places and so rarely ventured out unless necessary. The mom I knew wouldn't even eat in a restaurant, let alone take a class. It made me so happy to know that there was a time when she could do stuff like that. Of course then I started thinking about how similar we are (were): artsy, crafty, writers, wanting to own our own business, and apparently yoga. And it made me resolve to do what she was never able to do - follow my dreams. I'm working on all of it, except getting thinner, with much effort. So, it reminded me it's time to truly add in the exercise. For me. For my mom.

This was from my Monday evening walk.

Tuesday: Still lingering motivation from Monday, plus the desire to start an evening walk streak.

And on to the issues part of the post.

Sunday, I noticed my calf muscle tensing up a lot. You know that feeling you get in your muscle right before a charlie horse where it tightens into an insanely painful knot? Well, I had that feeling... only I never got the painful knot. Just his tensing and releasing over and over.

Then, as if the world were determined to get me, I dropped a completely full bottle of corn syrup onto the joint of my big toe from the top shelf of the pantry. Is the universe telling me I shouldn't have bought the stuff (seeing as I bought it to make a sinfully delicious glazed chocolate cake?) Either way, it hurt like a b@%&! and now I'm sporting a lovely knot and bruise.

Combined with the calf tensing and the achy toe, I was walking kind of hobbly for a day. Which I think got the rest of my leg muscles all out of whack. Meaning, now my whole leg is sore. Grr.

Thing is... I know my calf just needs a really good stretch. But well, that's not as easy to do as it sounds. Since I broke my ankle, it just doesn't bend as much as it used to. When I try the typical lunge calf stretch, I just can't get my ankle to bend enough to get more than a mediocre stretch. I've also tried using a step, but it's like a creaky old rusty door hinge that just won't budge past a certain point.

I'm going to try using a tennis ball to loosen the muscle... but I dunno. Anyone know of a calf stretch that doesn't involve the foot? I'm all ears!

How is your week going so far?

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KALISWALKER 12/11/2012 2:44AM

    Stopped by to catch up on what you are doing. Day 3 for me, walking the dog. Have a good week!

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WISLNDR 12/8/2012 7:51AM

    Your motivation to honor your mother is very similar to mine. Over the years, I have recognized how similar I am to my mother and a couple of months ago I realized that I needed to continue to look for the answers where losing weight AND keeping it off were concerned, something she was never able to conquer. Doing this to honor my mother has given me an incredible strength to do what needs to be done!!

And leg cramps? I have suffered with those for a couple of years now until I started using turmeric daily. (I add it to soup or sprinkle on my salad.) I was using it to reduce inflammation from a broken finger (worked on that too!) and one day I realized I hadn't had a leg cramp in several weeks. Sure enough, turmeric is good for that too!

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    I don't know any calf stretches that don't use the foot but other things that can work for stiff muscles are arnica gel and some form of warm compress.

Hope it recovers soon.

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BECCABOO127 12/8/2012 12:04AM

    This is what I use at my physical therapy place:

Medi-Dyne Pro Stretch
by Medi-Dyne

from ye ole' Amazon. It wouldn't post the pic for you in this comment but just do a keyword search for it at Amazon. It is good, as you don't have to stretch your heel down anymore than what is comfortable for you.

Better yet, as this device does involve using the foot, why don't you ask your doc to give you a script for physical therapy? They can help out your leg and ankle most likely.

Your walks sound nice, and the pic is fabulous! I love trees, and a tree lined walk is the best. And what a great opportunity to read your mom's letters. You will do your mom proud. :)

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CINDYSDAY 12/7/2012 10:05AM

    Great blog and Picture!

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MARTY728 12/5/2012 9:51PM

    I have memories of my Mother everyday! Great picture! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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Motivation Experiment

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Yesterday, I blogged about "the missing piece" that usually ends up in quitting. And after reading a few of the comments that suggested "finding motivation", I just wanted to clarify that, that's what I was meaning.

What I meant was:

"What is your motivation that keeps you going?"

I know there are lots of different things that motivate me... but not all are strong enough to motivate me out of my chair, if you know what I mean.

Like, I'd love to be able to run up a staircase, but it's not one of those pressing issues on the forefront of my mind.

And I think that motivations can change often, even day to day.

So, what I'm going to do is experiment with my motivations.

The Plan:

I'm going to keep track of each thing/thought/image/anything that is responsible for getting me up and moving (or eating right). And then I'm going to see if I notice a pattern, or if anything shows up more often than the rest. These things, I think, will be the most important areas for me to focus on.

Today, my motivation to go for my walk was the realization that my dog is getting chunky. She's eating the same food, but I haven't taken her for a good walk in a long time. So, I leashed her and my little one up and headed out for our walk.

We took a new route, walking past a couple fields of grazing cows. Cheba (chunky butt) was quite interested, as she'd never seen cows before. Though thankfully she didn't act the way she does when she sees cats or squirrels, that is to say, like a crazy loon.

Anyway, we thoroughly tuckered ourselves out. So it was a good walk.

Lets see what motivations tomorrow brings.

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MARTY728 11/30/2012 2:39PM

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SEWINGMAMACDS 11/30/2012 1:31PM

    I agree! What is my big motivator and why? Need to ask that every day.

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POINDEXTRA 11/30/2012 8:35AM

    Now that I'm in maintenance, one motivation is to continue to fit into my thin wardrobe year after year. It's truly gratifying when the same shorts continue to fit each summer!

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CELIAMINER 11/30/2012 8:20AM

    I read Oliver's blog that Kaliswalker mentioned. I know I still have a small spark inside me, but, I suspect like you, it needs to be rekindled into a flame from time to time. That's where I am right now. My goals have become stale, and I need to carve out time (less time on SP?) to sit and think about them. Also, I want to refresh my vision collage. Fortunately, another blogger pointed me to Digital Dreamboard, and I'm going to give that a try.

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KALISWALKER 11/29/2012 11:47PM

    Check out Oliver's blog


'So, I just focused on the first step, which was about choice. Let's start, and see what happens.'

I really need to make that my first thought about trying new exercises and being more active.

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LERWIN1324 11/29/2012 7:39PM

    I agree that motivators can change day by day. My kids are a big motivator - I don't want them to have the fat mom, and I also don't ever want them to get big - so I feel I need to lead by example.

However, when I'm on the bike and I want to quit, it's not the kids that pop in my mind (I don't know why) I usually end up repeating quotes I've heard - and I have a pinterest board dedicated to images of them so if I need too I can pull them up in the middle of a workout on my phone.

It sounds so cheesy, but sometimes I just need to repeat "What doesn't kill you makes you stronger" over and over.

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