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Day 3: The Chair & Reality

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

I do a lot of my work from my office. I spend time writing and filming webinars, Google+ Hangouts and things like that. But yesterday I ventured out to a seminar on radio marketing. A regional radio group is interested in doing some limited brand marketing with me and I was invited to an open house with a presentation on the values of radio and social media marketing. Remember I said itís been awhile since Iíd ventured into that public arena. The cool thing about my work is that I can interact with people all over the world via the marvels of Skype and Hangoutís and I donít have to leave my own office.

These folks were pretty slick. Someone met me at the door walked me down a hallway and handed me off to someone who made sure I was registered who handed me off, to my contact. Just an aside here. There were 6 contacts. 5 were attractive young ladies full of energy and the 6th was a guy in his late 40ís that reeked of cigarette smoke. Guess who I got paired up, lol? He escorted me to my seat and went to sit next to me. I had to wedge myself into my seat.

Really? Seriously? All I gotta do is look in the mirror or at my shoes that are tied on the side because I canít reach over my burgeoning belly to tie them correctly. I donít need to be stuck in a chair to remind me I have a tendency to take things too far.

I guess the painful reminders are the ones that stick around the longest.

Goal number one: Be able to fit into a chair.

Stayed within my calorie limit for two days in a row and exercised at the gym for 30 minutes. It was a busy day which meant I didnít have time to think about robbing a bakery and heading to a country with a non-extradition treaty.

  
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CHRISTINEBWD 7/23/2014 11:41AM

    Hopefully we can both hang in there and get healthy in 2014. emoticon

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SDEHNKE 7/23/2014 11:37AM

    I had the same experience going to a Colt's game in the old stadium and my boss had to stand up the entire game. He couldn't fit in the chair at all. I'm glad we're both here and working towards doing something about it.

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LOVINGKATE 7/23/2014 10:07AM

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PEGGY11 7/23/2014 9:52AM

    Good for you for your streak of mindful eating and exercise. Let the streak lead you forward.

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MORTICIAADDAMS 7/23/2014 9:44AM

    I feel for you. I'm not good with people who reek of cigarette smoke. I tend to gag on it if it's bad enough. I wonder if these people have a clue as to what they smell like.

I feel for you on the chair business too. An astute person might have anticipated this and found a suitable alternative but someone who presents themselves smelling like an ash tray usually isn't that perceptive or considerate.

Not the kind of motivator I like but it is time we both got moving more. We can do it.

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SILLYHP1953 7/23/2014 9:09AM

    Other than the chair and your contact I hope everything else went well. If they have any sense they'll work with you!

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IFDEEVARUNS2 7/23/2014 8:50AM

    Yay for another successful day!
I'm following in your footsteps.

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NASFKAB 7/23/2014 8:30AM

  all the best

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SANDRALEET 7/23/2014 8:23AM

    Real warld is nice to meat once in a while Pick a grope that has interest you might like to try that are new

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Day 2: It Doesnt Get Easier Does It?

Tuesday, July 22, 2014



I often resent having to deny myself. Every time I start over here at Spark there is a small degree of personal resentment. Sometimes I feel like my choices are being removed from me and I often feel the pressure, the strain and I resent it.

It's the old "You cant have this." There is a wall or partition between me and everyone else.

I kept track of when I wanted to eat emotionally yesterday. There was no real trend or eye opener. I finished at the gym and my mind gravitated towards celebrating with a snack. Oh, I know you are going to tell me to munch a leaf of lettuce or drink a bottle of water and the feeling will gradually subside. Intellectually I know this!!! What I did learn yesterday is that my life is really tied up with food. Every event, no matter how large or small is celebrated with food.

On a positive note. I stayed well within my calorie limit yesterday and I was able to exercise twice for a total of 50 minutes. I didn't work out hard, just a slow and easy gate. I had lunch with a client as I will each day this weekend I am a bit anxious about not blowing it.

It's important to me that I meditate in the morning, it makes some of the anxiety subside.

A new day. Let's see what this one holds

  
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CHRISTINEBWD 7/23/2014 12:35PM

    Commitment to health is key for me on a daily basis. Thirty pounds down and sixteen to go. It is getting harder for me to lose the closer I get to goal though!

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NASFKAB 7/23/2014 12:25AM

  all the best for this hard task

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AJDOVER1 7/22/2014 7:31PM

    blessings to you on this great new day!

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CARTOONB 7/22/2014 12:21PM

    You can't change the past but you still have time to write your future.

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BAMAJAM2 7/22/2014 11:19AM

  Hi John-- I resent having to deny myself too! When I see those pastry delights, I want 'em so bad! -- And for folks to tell me that flax seed and hummus taste just as good--Well-- they live in LaLa land and are wired "abnormally"---ha! Your blogs evidently strike a familiar chord with many Sparkers, John! You see, we get discouraged about starting over, but that is what must be done. Never quit, because we are not mediocre! (smiling)
In your previous blog, you said you are not looking for consolation, love, or motivation---
Guess what, John--- this is what you provide for us! THANK YOU!
--And guess what-- You are loved here, John!

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PEGGY11 7/22/2014 10:49AM

    My seesawing is like a kid on a playground. But I keep trying. Giving up is not an option. I am 71 and time is passing too quickly. emoticon emoticon

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LOVINGKATE 7/22/2014 10:30AM

  Great job on the exercise and keeping with in range with food tracking. I am an emotional eater which some day I'm here to tell you very hard. I am retired do to my disability so I am home alone most days. I am still working age so my friends all work. Loneliness is my biggest problem. I love people but joining anything is very difficult for me so my comfort is food. I have started over so many time! All I can say is; One Day At A Time. My greatest comfort is my bible and meditation. Oh, and I love soothing music to help me relax. Hang in there John, this time is a new start, give it all you have. I am praying for.
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IFDEEVARUNS2 7/22/2014 10:24AM

    Day two of being strong and self-aware: we can do this!

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SDEHNKE 7/22/2014 9:51AM

    I'm with you on the rabbit food although I love water and it's all I drink now that I've given up Diet Coke. I eat whatever I want as long as it fits in my tracker for the day. It's give and take. If I eat the healthier foods I can have more food for the day but sometimes I just have to have the comfort food which means I give up something else. That's what I like about Sparkpeople. I feel like I have the freedom to eat whatever I want...in moderation. Otherwise I won't stick with it.

Great job on the exercise yesterday. One day at a time.

Suellen


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SANDRALEET 7/22/2014 9:35AM

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MORTICIAADDAMS 7/22/2014 8:52AM

    I must admit that up until I was 46 I was one of those thin people who could eat whatever they wanted and not gain weight. I was highly active though - probably hyperactive. My larger friends use to envy my ability to have what I wanted. It seemed like they could eat a smidgen of what I ate and gain weight. I'm on their side of the fence now and it is difficult to see all the food I could have vs what I should have. I'm not much of a carrot and celery stick person. Eating them plain is out of the question and I don't care for most dips, especially healthy ones. So at some point I had to decide between small portions of desired things and ample volumes of less desirable foods. I go back and forth. A small burger and fries leaves me hungry and craving more but a humongous plate of raw veggies leaves me unsatisfied and bloated. So I have to go back and forth.

For me holidays and special times revolved around food. Food meant love. I try to continue the tradition but make things healthier. I look for rewards that aren't food related.

Good job on staying on plan Success happens when you string a bunch of successful days together.


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KABMPH 7/22/2014 8:42AM

    And you already know it gets easier. You get stronger!

A question I asked myself when I re-started was, "What makes it different this time?" It was very useful to me.

Good luck!

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Turning A Page......... Starting Over Day 1

Monday, July 21, 2014

There is a line in a song that goes something like "And every time you fall it's only making your chin strong." I should be able to lift a building with mine.

I quit drinking soda, mostly Diet Cokes roughly two months ago. In that time I have gained 16 pounds, which meant I went from being really obese to being really, really obese. I replaced one poison with another. I know it's my choice but as the scale inched upwards I became more full of despair. It was one of those "Sigh, what's the use?"

I dont need consolation, love or motivation. I know that sounds awfully callous. what I need to do is get of my dead kieister and start doing the stuff that caused me to be successful in the past. In short I need to get over it.

I've had a lot of stress in my life the past year or so I know I haven't handled it well. Being a guy I'm not always one to share a lot of things and on a positive note I have a really, really amazing wife and 6 kids and two of the dearest grand kids and yes, I am grateful but instead of letting a lot of fears and worries out into the open I bottle them up and eat when they get too much to bear.

I often use my back pain as an excuse to sit somewhere, anywhere and feel sorry for myself.

So I know whats wrong. I just have to readjust and create some strategies to get things back on track. It's not just one thing. It's a host of issues that I've let get out of control.

A priest friend of ours told me a long time ago. "God creates from nothing and until we are nothing, God can not create."

If you came looking to be inspired I apologize. It seems it's in short supply today. For the immediate future i'm going to use my blogs as a journal of sorts to share my thoughts, feeling and failures.

Thanks for reading

  
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MARCYNA 7/22/2014 9:12AM

    Lovely thoughts. The Cross for us should be the symbol for victory and life not death and loss. Our mind must be changed....happy to share my walk of the Cross with you. Your blogs are soooooo motivating dear John. And you're the one who knows how hard my path is!!!!
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Marcyna

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SNOOPYLINKOS 7/22/2014 7:41AM

    Apparently there are a bunch of us who need a reboot (or a boot in the seat of our pants). So let's all regroup and get moving. Your honesty is appreciated. We can do this!!!!

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NASFKAB 7/22/2014 12:18AM

  just get up & do it love reading about your successes & failures since you areso eloquent & honest thanks for sharing

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LISALGB 7/21/2014 9:08PM

    John, my grandfather (a Baptist minister) always told me that God allows us to fall into a pit sometimes so He can lift us back up. I have always held onto this because I know I, as a human, will fall but God, in His infinite grace and mercy, will always lift me up.
Just start today and move ahead with a fresh start.
Prayers, my brother.

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CARTOONB 7/21/2014 6:49PM

    You're right. Get off your keister. So...what's the first step?

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HDHAWK 7/21/2014 4:29PM

    As I've told you before I'm right there with you. I lost 16 lbs. and have gained about 5 back. I'm doing a little exercise but not nearly as much as I should. I have to go to the cardiologist on Wed. I skipped last year (not something I should do) and I know he'll tell me to lose weight again. That's why I didn't go last year. Things I've noticed since gaining too much weight and not exercising like I should: way less flexibility and way less energy not to mention hating how I look. I have a new rowing machine coming on Wed. and vacation next week. After that it's time to get into a routine whether I feel like it or not. My first grandbaby arrives in 2 weeks and I want to be around for a long time to watch him grow up.
We can do this John. We know how and what to do. I'm cheering for you. Let's turn this thing around! emoticon
Happy Anniversary again by the way.

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LUNORZAHRA 7/21/2014 3:37PM

    Sounds like determination to me!! emoticon



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KENDRACARROLL 7/21/2014 3:15PM

    Wow, so you are planning to share your thoughts, feeling and FAILURES via your blogs. By saying that, aren't you setting yourself up for just THAT? How about sharing your successes instead. I know you can make this happen. Wishing you well.


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LOVINGKATE 7/21/2014 2:45PM

  emoticon John. Sometimes we just need one of those hugs and an understanding of what is going on with us. Stress is such a downer any way and then have weight gain is even more disheartening. Hang in there John, I know you can do it. You only have today to be concerned with, so hang in there and keep doing. You are strong John, your legs are just a little wobbly, you got this. God Bless you and I am praying for you.
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CHRISTINEBWD 7/21/2014 12:54PM

    I wish I could be like you and blog and write out my true feelings! I still may try it again one day soon. I know it would help me see my true picture of where I am at too!

I am praying for you because I know how you must feel with that 16 pound gain... it must be really pulling you down. I am praying that God will lift you up and help you. You a a very dear man who has helped many, many people! God Bless you! emoticon

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SANDRALEET 7/21/2014 11:47AM

    God helps put we have to do our part We all forget some times

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TRIPLE_EMME 7/21/2014 11:29AM

    This is a hard journey we are taking. When it seems the hardest is when we are really close to a turning point / breakthrough. Keep on going... You can do this.

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TATTER3 7/21/2014 11:20AM

    You're not alone!

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MORTICIAADDAMS 7/21/2014 10:52AM

    I'm not looking to be inspired. I'm not looking for perfection or a super blogger know -it-all either who lost 400 pounds in a year and never once cheated. I can't relate to any of that. I'm looking for reality, vulnerability, and honesty and you supply that.When you succeed you have earned it - paid your dues. Gotten it the hard way. And you are right, struggles are always there and the only way to succeed is to get up and get moving. Thus, I will. LOL.

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DEBRITA01 7/21/2014 10:30AM

    Actually, I was inspired. Today is my Re-Boot and I gain strength from knowing others share my struggle and know that we can overcome all that holds us back. It all starts with one step, one choice at a time. This time, I'm not going to only "try", I'm going to DO! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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SDEHNKE 7/21/2014 10:27AM

    We're here to share the good times and the bad. When you are open about how you are feeling it not only helps you to get it out but it allows me to be open too. We all go through phases that we need to adjust our attitudes. What worked before might not work today. You're doing what you need to do to get back on track and we're here pulling for you.

Suellen


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CAKEMAKERMOM 7/21/2014 10:17AM

    We learn more from our failures than our successes. No one can make you do anything you don't want to do, we've all had that don't care attitude. When you're ready, you know what to do.

I completely understand stress, there's a reason I'm seeing a therapist now.

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MISSPEACHES3 7/21/2014 9:59AM

    Hi John,
Thanks for posting this note. I have been in the same sort of position as you. So I can appreciate your position.

This morning I was thinking of something I read on another Sparker's page. "If you hate starting over, then don't quit."

I don't think we quit, I think we get side tracked. At least I have been.
I want to get back on track also.

Wishing us both good luck with getting back on track.

Blessings,
Brenda

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ONEKIDSMOM 7/21/2014 9:55AM

    It's good to know the foibles as well as the wins, John. Success is when you get back up one more time.

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KABMPH 7/21/2014 9:51AM

    You got this, John. I hope you do feel comfortable in sharing your thoughts and feelings with us. That's why we're here!

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My Walk On Water

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

"Walking on water is at times used as an example of an impossible task. The phrase is widely used to refer to the performance of extraordinary tasks, as in the titles of books that aim to show individuals how to break through their personal limitations and achieve dramatic success." Claire Sumerhill

That is as good of a definition as I've found anywhere to describe it. It's my web address, and people ask me why that title? (No this isn't an attempt to sell you anything so those of you who just live to turning people in to the Spark authorities for violating TOS, you may stand down. Thank you.) Simply put, I believe that if we believe in ourselves and our abilities there is no limit to what we can accomplish.

Some people think it's a bit sacrilegious because, lets face it, the most famous walker upon the waters was Jesus himself. "Who be you John, to put yourself in the same class as Jesus?" (That's another blog for another time, lol) I don't, really. I prefer to identify with the apostle Peter.

See, Peter and the apostles are in a boat and Peter peers into the distance and sees Jesus walking across the waves towards the boat. Now, Peter being Peter, which is why I identify with him so well, shoves to the front of the boat and tells Jesus he wants to walk on water also. Jesus tells him to come on down and Peter leaves the boat and viola, he is walking on water. I imagine he is looking at Jesus, a huge grin on his face, he might have done a little two step, but then oh-oh, Peter stops looking at Jesus and realizes its windy, stormy and the waves are getting huger and "Holy cow I'm walking on water. I cant do that."

Peter begins to sink and implores Jesus to rescue him, which he does. (I've always imagined Jesus with a bit of a wry smile as he lifts Peter out of the water and the rest of the apostles trying to contain their laughter.)

I think about this story every day. I believe that when I set my mind to use my God given talents and abilities there is nothing I cant accomplish. So each day I set my sights on a stream, a river or an ocean to walk across. It's part of bringing a wonderful message to so many wonderful people who mirror the face of Christ and not the storms gathering around them.

Now ya know.

  
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MARCYNA 7/22/2014 9:23AM

    Hey it made me thibk about my life. One moment on top of the world. The other moment I feel l am drowning in a silly waterpond. How can we safely trust our walk on water??????I wish I knew.
Love.
Marcyna

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CARTOONB 7/18/2014 12:02AM

    I like te way you're looking at it. Just like in the cartoons...you won't fall until you look down.

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SHARSUE 7/17/2014 12:01PM

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I loved this! The visual of Jesus smirking and the other disciples elbowing each other in the ribs and giggling really made my day.

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JUMPINJULIE 7/17/2014 2:02AM

    Great blog.

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SNOOPYLINKOS 7/16/2014 6:47AM

    Liked your blog. I also have thought of Jesus kind of smirking at my antics. I figure he's saying, "really, there is a better way to do (whatever). " Thanks for sharing.

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NASFKAB 7/16/2014 1:31AM

  awesome way to put it thanks for sharing

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LYNMEINDERS 7/15/2014 6:40PM

    Thankyou so much John......
Things really change when we keep our eyes on Jesus.....

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SANDRALEET 7/15/2014 5:08PM

    never neat a man who can

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CHRISTINEBWD 7/15/2014 1:56PM

    Oh John you really do come up with some inspiring ideas!!

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AJDOVER1 7/15/2014 1:20PM

    I wish you peace, John
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BAMAJAM2 7/15/2014 11:22AM

  What a powerful blog, John-- Achieving dramatic success, achieving the extraordinary is indeed possible with diligent effort, and the grace of our Almighty God! I have seen a picture of a legless man climbing a mountain! Helen Keller is another incredible example of triumph over adversity. There are so many...
John, you made me laugh out loud with your statement in parenthesis! LOL
(Yes, there can be annoying "Nellie Olsons" among us!) HA!


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MORTICIAADDAMS 7/15/2014 11:17AM

    Have a great day!

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TRAVELGRRL 7/15/2014 10:25AM

    Talking the talk!

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LOVINGKATE 7/15/2014 10:24AM

  emoticon Blog, John. Made me think of many struggles I have that Christ as saved me. Thanks so much for sharing. This is my food for thought for today.
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NUTSNUTSGETEM 7/15/2014 10:11AM

    Your blog made me think of a couple of things. One is a car dealership near me that puts stupid little quotes up on their readerboard. They usually make me laugh. But, there is one that has stuck with me for years - "Pray but keep rowing to shore." And, the second is a prayer card a nun gave me in freshman year of high school back in 1979 - An old fisherman's prayer - "Dear God be good to me. The sea is so large and my boat is so small." I carried it in my wallet until about seven years ago (my wallet was stolen twice and both times, that prayer card was one of the few things recovered) when I gave it to my godfather who was sailing solo from New Jersey to Ireland. He stared and failed twice and then eventually made it on his third attempt.

I appreciate your post as it triggered those two thoughts.

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This One Had Me Scratching My Head

Monday, July 14, 2014

The gym I belong to has exercise based competition's and they award prizes based on achievement. This year we are doing the The Summer Olympics. Gold level is 300 minutes a week, Silver is 200 minutes a week and Bronze 100 minutes a week. The more you work out the nicer prize you are eligible for and other than having to check in with your membership card the tracking is on the honor system.

The problem I have with the whole thing is that every time we have a competition a gym employee wins the over all grand prize. They have a marked advantage over a regular member because they can work out at will. I kid you not, in this winters competition the membership director had a meeting while walking around the track for 30 minutes. She was so proud of herself for thinking of the idea.

So, earlier today I filled out one of them-there customer suggestion cards. I said I didn't think it was fair for the gym employees or their families to be eligible for the ultimate prize a 2 year free membership valued at roughly $2,400. If you want to do a special competition for employees only I'm cool with that, but they have an unfair advantage over the rest of us.

A few hours later, my phone rings and on the other end is the director of my gym and she starts by telling me she is offended by my comments. A bit O-History here: The gym I belong to is affiliated with the hospital. Seems the director is offended because as she durn near screamed at me SHE IS A MEMBER TOO! She has to pay monthly dues just like I do.

She is correct, she pays roughly $300 annually, while I pay $1,200. (My son works for the hospital and he's told me what employees pay.) I remind her of this and suggest she already has an advantage by being an employee.

I went on to tell her that from where I sit, that if you want to have these competitions shouldn't they be created to encourage the membership to be healthy and work towards goals. It's a bit defeating for some folks to work really hard and then realize the winner is always someone works there.

I guess my communication skills must have taken a hiatus this afternoon because the director kept telling me she was a member too with the same rights I had.

This is where bad John appeared.

"Okay, then why don't you just throw all the members out, lock the doors and you can all go in the fitness room, put your arms around each other and sing We Are the World . Will that make you happy?"

She mumbled something, hung up and as I looked up from my desk I saw Joan looming (Yes she was looming!!!) in the doorway.

"What have you done............ now?" (Why is it always "Now.?")

I told her and she gave me one of those "What am I going to do with you?" looks.

So bad John went away and then I got a kiss on the forehead.

That was nice but I still think the gym people are being unfair

  
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MARCYNA 7/22/2014 9:37AM

    I agree with you. Gym employees cannot compete with customers unless they got some penalty i.e. Their minutes should count half as much, gym employees should compete for different prizes...otherwise they are encouraged at training Not caring for every gym customer, as you can tell the gym manager!!!

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JUMPINJULIE 7/17/2014 1:58AM

    I agree.

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AJDOVER1 7/15/2014 1:44PM

    It's interesting that they allow employees to participate in competitions -- that seems unusual to me. It's more interesting that they would solicit suggestions via those cards and then proceed to argue with you over your suggestion.

If you are meeting or exceeding your personal exercise goal, then you're a winner. Improved health is worth more than a $2,400 prize, isn't it?

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BAMAJAM2 7/15/2014 10:50AM

  Well, here I am as judge and jury--- and, John, you win! As others have commented, take this to the top! Go to the hospital's top administrator, and it would be helpful to have the support of other "regular" members--- (a signed petition)! Btw, Joan knows her guy is right too, and delivered a sweet kiss as confirmation---- Go get 'em, (bad) John! Ha!

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MYGOLDENBOYS3 7/15/2014 8:46AM

    I totally agree with you. Gym employees should not be permitted to participate in this situation and need their own competition. Maybe your suggestion should be taken a level higher, to management, she sounds a bit defensive. If employees already receive a discount on membership, they start with an unfair advantage! Don't give up! emoticon

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TRAVELGRRL 7/15/2014 8:16AM

    There's always someone who can and will do more than us -- so I never plan to win competitions, just use them to compete against myself. I have a Fitbit and try to walk about 50 miles a week, which I think is a LOT. But I have "fitbit friends" who do 60 or 70 miles a week. I think they are excessive. Whatcha gonna do?

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DRAGON-CHICK 7/15/2014 5:30AM

    Wow! Some people just don't get it.

Post it on their facebook page? :-)

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CHRISTINEBWD 7/14/2014 11:50PM

    You did the right thing by speaking out! I don't know if your gym is one of those mass ones like "Gold's Gym" but I would take this complaint to the top!!!

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CARTOONB 7/14/2014 10:36PM

    Any time any business has a contest, employees are excluded - something about fairness?? I'm on your side.

And I would have encouraged your response. Probably a good thing that Joan was there instead. emoticon

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ONEKIDSMOM 7/14/2014 10:03PM

    I agree with you. Gym employees should NOT be eligible for normal member prizes. Radio stations don't let their employees or employees' families win THEIR promotions. Readers Digest doesn't let their employees win the sweepstakes. Etc. It's just not right.



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MORTICIAADDAMS 7/14/2014 9:26PM

    I totally agree. It's ridiculous to allow the people that work there to compete for the prize. Member or not hey are already being compensated for the exercise they are doing. Most reputable businesses consider things like this to be a conflict of interest. I think legally this may be in a gray area.

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REGILIEH 7/14/2014 9:20PM

    I agree with you! Usually employees aren't eligible and there is a good reason for that.

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