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Weather and Whether...

Friday, February 03, 2012

Tomorrow a local organization is sponsoring the "Frosty Bike Ride". I will not be riding. First, because of the spots. Second because we're predicted to have 6 to 12 inches of "heavy wet snow". Yuck! I can't think of a worse surface for biking!

Meantime, back at the ranch... made it through an entire work day yesterday. Hope to do the same today. Itchiness gets relatively better or worse, spots fade and intensify... healing is happening, but of course I would prefer it was instantaneous. Patience, Barb, patience.

I am getting in my break walks, but not more... rest is an important element of healing.

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LJCANNON 2/4/2012 12:33AM

    emoticonThanks for Taking Care of YOU!! The Bike ride sounds Crazy! You will live to ride another day, indeed!!

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KALIGIRL 2/3/2012 11:19PM

    Sorry I haven't been more diligent about checking in...
Do you need anything this weekend?
Just down the street you know and can walk supplies to you - even the girls if they'd bring some joy the kittens haven't provided.
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GOHUSKERS2 2/3/2012 11:00PM

    Would think they would cancel the bike ride in that much snow. it just started snowing here in Columbus an hour ago. Hope you are getting better each and everyday!!!

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_LINDA 2/3/2012 1:03PM

    So glad you are getting better, slowly but surely..
6-12 inches of heavy wet snow???? Nothing should be moving in that, let alone a bike ride!! You aren't missing a thing. I hope they do the sensible thing and reset it for another day, better to live to ride another day!!
So now you are done with work and its the weekend. I hope you can find some mental or light physical activity that is fun for you to take your mind off the itchy spots..I would get lost in my online games personally, lose all track of time doing those..
Hope you can enjoy your rest!

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MIZCATHI 2/3/2012 10:43AM

    I hope you heal up soon, but you will, you will. Patience seems to be a theme today!

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MSLZZY 2/3/2012 9:53AM

    When healing becomes instant, I would like to know.
Patience is not one of my virtues but I do try to
practice on it.
Hope the weather doesn't get so bad but I do know
they took us out of the rough stuff and kept it down
south. Hope the next two days aren't so bad.

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KRISZTA11 2/3/2012 8:28AM

    I'm happy you feel well enough to work : )
Biking in snow, that sounds too hard and dangerous for me - I wouldn't do it either.

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KANOE10 2/3/2012 8:11AM

    I would stay out of biking in the snow also. I hope you are healing and that the itching is getting better.
Have a wonderful day. emoticon

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WATERMELLEN 2/3/2012 7:46AM

    Whether the weather be cold
Or whether the weather be hot
We'll weather the weather
Whatever the weather
Whether we like it or not!

Remember this one? And: patience optional (since we'll weather it anyhow, I suppose). But patience makes it easier if summonsable!!

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LEANJEAN6 2/3/2012 7:40AM

    Oh Barb--I finally got to your blog--I assume you must have an allergy--thus the spots--Hang in ---- You are a hearty exerciser!---I see Kasey is back blogging--- Hava good day Barb!-Lynda

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MAGGIE101857 2/3/2012 7:29AM

    Glad you are on the mend!

Yes, patience is a virtue, and it is hard to listen to it's voice....proud of you that you are listening and making the right choices for you at this time!!! emoticon

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EMGERBER 2/3/2012 7:29AM

    I would not want to bike in the snow either. Take good care of yourself that will guarantee a great a healthy life.

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Recurring theme: don't get cocky!

Thursday, February 02, 2012

You know that old saying that when man plans... God laughs? That seems to be oh, so true in my life, leading to my theme, "don't get cocky". In the face of success, I have to be very careful. Because just about the time I think I'm flying high and have the answers... SOME twist or other shows me how wrong I was!

2011 was a great year in terms of personal health and athletic eventing. Finished that first half marathon, ran a 5K at the end of the season in under 10 minute mile pace... even gathered a couple of gold medals for my age group in some non-mainstream outings. It wasn't such a great year in terms of people I care about: lost a nephew, oh, too young... illness hit a sister, in breast cancer (she's doing very well), and a sister in law in ALS (and she's doing as well as can be expected).

2012 dawned with my having a whole lot of dreams of building on the athletic event side of things: I had joined a gym so I could swim and prepare for a triathlon in the summer. I had hired a personal trainer with a background in triathlon, to help me develop a strength training plan for the same goal. I had "blended" my half marathon and triathlon training plans into something that "looked good to me". And I started executing the plan.

THEN... three weeks ago, I guess it is now... a cold. No biggie, right? A few days off, rest up, start back. Then BAM... sinus infection... misery. Get put on drugs for it, once again start back, with lesser expectations, maybe? Like the plagues of old, not enough! I can hear the emoticon belly laughing. The reaction to the medication. I am actually laughing over it myself... it's like some kind of song or story that's a lesson for us all.

I've had my heart blessed a lot already this year, and it's only Ground Hog's Day! Hopefully, unlike the movie, I won't have to relive this scenario endlessly. The fact that I'm writing this and with perspective, speaks to improvement... I'm itching less (on antihistamines, third day now), and able to talk of things beyond how I personally feel right this minute!

I do think I'll have to reschedule the personal trainer and the blood bank... just to be sure this stuff is behind me. Don't want to alarm the gym rats with a spotted body... they might not understand. emoticon BUT, I can still use my treadmill, right here in my home, without alarming anyone. And that is the plan, starting today... work the whole day, and walk on the treadmill when I get home.

Despite the storms, folks, life IS good. Spark on!

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REJ7777 2/3/2012 1:56AM

    There are so many things in life that we don't have control over. Then again, there are a lot of things in life that we do have control over. As the proverb says, "Fall down seven times, get up 8".

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_LINDA 2/2/2012 9:10PM

    As a person who personifies continuous roadblocks to a healthy lifestyle -I would say you have a pretty good grip on things. Just two lessons. Patience. Healing. When the hurts are over, you can resume your training schedule. The earth won't stop when you are sick. You ARE allowed to recover and heal. You actually do NOT have to exercise 24/7 :) Layoffs are a pain, but it makes getting back into it much sweeter :)
May you get back to normal soon!

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    I feel you pain and empathize on all the cr@$p you are going through!

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MRS.DOYLE 2/2/2012 2:42PM

    If someone is laughing at Plan A, time to roll out Plan B...which you are doing.

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SUE_2U 2/2/2012 12:04PM

    You are such an awesomely dedictated person.
I broke out in purple freckles that itched, once, all over my body, from some medication. Inside, too, apparently, as they gave me asthma. Ugh...
I hope you heal up fast from the medicine that was supposed to be healing you! emoticon I am glad it wasn't a worse reaction. Quite bad enough as it is.
emoticon Just take time to heal. Be patient with yourself. You can do this, but it just means a bit of a change in the timing. emoticon Hang in there.

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DEBRA0818 2/2/2012 11:07AM

    Amazing dedication to exercise, Barb! They say where there's a will, there's a way. You have quite a will.

Spark on!


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MSLZZY 2/2/2012 10:26AM

    No matter what, you are still working at it.
Just take good care of yourself and take each
day as it comes. HUGS!

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ANDI571 2/2/2012 10:10AM

    Remember, resting your body when it needs it, is just as important as exercising and eating right. The trick is, to get it moving again when the time is right. Most of the time we give up when we stop. Not you! I have no doubt you will be back to your ole self as soon as you can. In the mean time, know your body is healing itself.


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KARIDIAN1 2/2/2012 10:01AM

    You must have had the same reaction I had. Got spots from a reaction to sulpha.
The more I took the meds, the worse I felt and then the spots appeared.

Glad you are feeling better, but it will take some time to feel 100%.

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MIZCATHI 2/2/2012 10:00AM

    You are such an inspiration to me in all regards, but particularly to taking care of yourself even if it creates a blip in your personal athletic goals! Thanks for your continuing encouragement, too! I want to be just like you when I'm 60, only 2.5 years away!

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WATERMELLEN 2/2/2012 7:53AM

    You know you have the self discipline and drive to resume vigorous workouts as soon as humanly possible: so you can afford to be flexible and kind to yourself. Love your self-deprecating humour: a key survival skill!!

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BUGGYS 2/2/2012 7:33AM

    Listen to your body, Barb and ease back into your workout routine slowly...your body has needed the rest to heal itself! With your determination and gutsto, I'm sure you'll be back in the thick of things before you know it! emoticon

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    I've had that kind of reaction to meds, too...broke out in hives. Hope you're feeling better soon!

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Urges and what to do with them!

Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Urges, the seemingly uncontrollable desire to *do* something. We all have them, and they come in many forms.

Those of us who consider ourselves to be compulsive eaters are very familiar with food urges. We have a choice to resist cravings or to indulge them. And if we choose to indulge them, we have a choice to continue or to stop!

But it doesn't just apply to eating... it can apply to any "bad habit"... biting nails, scratching an itch (my current challenge), housekeeping issues... whatever. We have a choice to continue or to stop, at any given moment.

We don't even have to promise to stop "forever", we can just stop right now, this moment. Having succeeded in stopping for one moment, we can face the next moment independently.

We can do this, and we're worth it!

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SUE_2U 2/1/2012 7:07AM

    So very very true... and so easy to forget, that we only have to do things a moment at a time. Thank you for the reminder! emoticon

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KARIDIAN1 1/31/2012 10:16PM

    I understand about urges too and you summed it up nicely.

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MSLZZY 1/31/2012 11:05AM

    Again, taking it one day at a time and making small
changes. Thanks for sharing!

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_LINDA 1/31/2012 10:49AM

    It sure is hard to beat those urges that is for sure. I have very itchy skin right now due to the dryness of our winter, and in spite of slathering on lotion, it still itches and is very hard to resist scratching, running at 50% with it.
Same goes for snacking. When I run out of snacks they won't be replaced that is for sure. I do way better when I am not cooped up for so long..
Here is to making better choices!!

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KALIGIRL 1/31/2012 8:57AM

    Love it - one step @ a time - we ARE worth it and we CAN do it!

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CELEST 1/31/2012 8:56AM

    I agree with your sentiments. I have a lovely book which explains why we have certain food cravings or urges and tells what we can do and replace the urge with. I love it.

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ANDI571 1/31/2012 8:29AM

    Choices can make us or break us. Good thought!

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FITFABJENN 1/31/2012 8:25AM

    So true. Indulging an urge does not take away our choice to stop. Thanks for posting. Very insightful blog (as usual).

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MIZCATHI 1/31/2012 8:10AM

    Urges, I have many! Sometimes I follow the urges, sometimes I do not. For example, last night I had the urge for another dessert (I enjoy a nightly dessert of a reduced fat ice cream sandwich). Instead, I followed the urge to track my calories to see if I had room for another (I did not), but by the time I did all that - I forgot the urge for another dessert! It is important to think before giving into an urge.

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Accepting awards without feeling one earned them

Monday, January 30, 2012

Yesterday I was puttering around Spark, cleaning up some old teams (I like to limit how many I'm on at a time), and ended up "completing" the 5K your way challenge. I hit the "complete" button because I know I have run 5K with my son and further... but there's something in my procedural brain that doesn't feel like I "earned" the badge it gave me, because... *I didn't do the workouts they recommend in their little training plan in the order and frequency they said*!

So when I started getting congrats notes from my Spark buds on the badge, I felt... what? Guilty? The same thing happened when I belatedly accepted the "completed getting started"... a year late.

Guess I really *did* to 5K MY way, just not Spark's way. If I get results without following things exactly that does NOT mean I "cheated"... and I think that's the feeling I'm fighting. I ran a 5K with my son, the whole way, the second week of the program. Probably because I had quite a bit of residual fitness hanging about... and my marking it completed yesterday was a statement that "I'm tired of this thing that say's I'm in week November something of the program nagging me".

Here's to completing your lifestyle transition *however* you do it... by the book, or "in the spirit"... it's YOUR life, and YOUR program. And emoticon. You *shall* do it, too... because you're worth it!

Life's good... Spark on! emoticon

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LJCANNON 1/31/2012 10:54AM

    emoticonOne thing about Spark, it gives you permission to "Do It Your Way". And it gives you the Tools and Support to FIND Your Way.
emoticonWasn't it Frank Sinatra who sang "I Did It My Way"? Maybe that should be the Theme Song for Spark People.

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    Heck, a pat on the back is a pat on the back!

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PENNYAN45 1/30/2012 4:52PM

    If there's any place you can "do it MY way" it's here on Spark People!

That is part of the beauty of this site.

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SUE_2U 1/30/2012 4:40PM

    My friend, you did it, therefor you definitely deserve the honor! emoticon emoticon
You worked hard at it. Doing it your way is still doing it, after all. And no cheating, you did it. That's it. Enough said. You rock, totally!
How are you feeling today? I hope you are well, again. emoticon

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_LINDA 1/30/2012 1:53PM

    Doesn't Spark have a 5K your way team? I like that idea. You shouldn't have any guilt. You got the job done and earned the award YOUR way. And that is the most successful way. The way people will stick to doing something is to do it at their own comfort level. I lost my weight with my own food and exercise choices, didn't use any of Spark's resources for that except just tracking it all, and that is the only way I would stick with it.
Here is to following our own path on the road to a healthy lifestyle.
Enjoy your Monday!

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COMPUCATHY 1/30/2012 11:48AM

    It's true...great thing about Spark is...we do it our way...ultimately. The guidelines and support are great...but it is up to us what we do with it...just like life. Spark on...YOUR way! emoticon

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DEBRA0818 1/30/2012 11:44AM

    I have never been one for coloring between the lines, but I think it counts if you make it to the goal too!


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LOVE_2_LAUGH 1/30/2012 11:09AM

    We are two peas in a pod. Whenever I get recognized for something I try to downplay it too. Like it was a mistake or something. We really do need to see ourselves through others' eyes. We're much too hard on ourselves. It's that old all-or-nothing and perfectionism combination that gets me every time. Congrats on your accomplishments. You deserve them -- whether you did them by the book or Frank's way.

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MSLZZY 1/30/2012 10:21AM

    emoticon emoticonOne less nagging item
to worry about. You are right. You didn't cheat,
you did it your way and that is what counts!

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MIZCATHI 1/30/2012 10:03AM

    Say goodbye to your guilty heart - you completed it - get that badge and enjoy it! I know what you mean, though... lol!

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MNTWINSGAL 1/30/2012 9:09AM

    No guilt did it YOUR way, just like the badge said. Congrats are still in order!

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KALIGIRL 1/30/2012 8:24AM

    Here's to OUR lives!

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MEDDYPEDDY 1/30/2012 8:01AM

    This is me - as long as I donīt do exactly as instructed I feel like a cheater... working a lot with that mentally.
You are doing great!

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MAGGIE101857 1/30/2012 7:31AM

    I felt the same way about the January Jumpstart Challenge - I ended up leaving the challenge because I was doing my own ST workouts and felt like I was cheating not doing the videos in the program. But in retrospect, I was still "jumpstarting" my program.

It's so hard to keep up with all the different teams, and yet they all have something to offer and you meet so many great people! I have eliminated a few, but then I find another one I just have to join!

Have a great week!!! emoticon

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Finding the tools that work for you...

Sunday, January 29, 2012

I read a Spark-friend's blog this morning, and it got me going on this topic. I may have to blog twice today if another theme hits me later, but this Sparked me: "The most surprising thing that I have learned this month is how much I enjoy writing Blogs and reading your responses."

YES! Each of us, day by day, Spark moment by Woo-Hoo Spark moment, is discovering the tools that work for us, as individuals. Maybe it's reading other blogs, message board posts, the advice of the experts, the great articles that get us thinking about what the next small change in our lives might be. And maybe, just maybe, there are a few of us (cough, cough) who can't keep our fingers quiet... we have to bubble and share! The good, the bad, the ugly. We need to whine out loud when things are rough. We need to crow when things are flying high. We need to remind ourselves often (maybe even daily) of the importance of this journey... of why we're on it!

This examination of our own feelings is important. Some of us can do it quietly and privately, on paper in journals, in a file on our PC's, to a close "in person" friend or family member. But for others of us, a place like Spark, where others are also having to face similar issues feels like a safe place to put it all out there. Well, maybe not quite ALL... but to let others know... "YOU ARE NOT ALONE!"

I often say my blogs are for me. They really, really are a selfish little "all about me" world... but every human on the planet has that inner core of "all about me". What my blogs are about is that "it's OK to start with me... because only then can I be of any service / use to others."

Yes, blogging is a tool that has been working for me. Here's to finding what works for YOU! Because YOU are worth it!

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BUGGYS 2/1/2012 11:08AM

    OMG, Barb...your blogs are for everyone...I so enjoy reading them and learning from are a master teacher! emoticon

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ANDI571 1/29/2012 11:47PM

    I love reading your blogs. I like writing them, but then I let the inferior me jump out, and I usually delete them pretty quick.

A few of us got together back in November and decided we didn't want to gain weight for the holidays. We started a friendly challenge using points and deductions of points for daily challenges. You would think giving up those deductions of my points was like giving up $100 a time. I don't think any of us gained during the holidays, and I think all of us lost some. We did so good, we turned it into a spring fling challenge.

Finding that one tool is so important on this journey.

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KARIDIAN1 1/29/2012 10:42PM

    I enjoy reading others blogs, and posting my own too. Many times mine may be just the mundane day to day stuff, but everyone has something to share.

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COMETER 1/29/2012 7:56PM

    What a great thing--your blogging works well for you, AND for all of us!

It is indeed a journey, and the shared writing allows us to be on that journey with each other.

Together--a good thing.

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SUE_2U 1/29/2012 3:53PM

    You know, you're blog may be for you, to help get you through, but you're right - it really helps to read someone else's experiences and relate to what they are dealing with, so we feel less alone. Also it can really help encourage us, and give us ideas of new things to try and new ways to get over the humps in our own personal paths. Bless you always, my friend. I hope you're feeling much better today. emoticon

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_LINDA 1/29/2012 12:36PM

    I am grateful you enjoy blogging and are willing to share a slice of your life and trials so that we may learn from you and yes, know that we are not alone in our struggle to maintain a healthy lifestyle!
Blog and Spark on!
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KANOE10 1/29/2012 10:01AM

    Each day I read blogs, I gain some insight into life. I enjoy reading and learning from others. I have found that my own blogging or journaling keeps me focused on what I am doing in my life. I need that focus. Spark People is a wonderful place.
I like your blog and your spark page. You look wonderful and fit! emoticon

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DEBRITA01 1/29/2012 9:18AM

    Although your blogs are for you, they have inspired many others, me included. Sometimes just reading the thoughts of others brings clarity and the feeling that you are not alone in this struggle. Bless you for your openness and willingness to share your journey... emoticon

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KRISZTA11 1/29/2012 9:11AM

Blogging is a good thing for me too.
My family is not as interested in my diet and fitness achievements as I am, so my blogging relieves them from my bubbling - so they only have to hear "Oh this run was wonderful!" each time ; )

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CELEST 1/29/2012 8:40AM

    I love being a sparker...I love reading all about other sparkers. The only downside to sparking is that because no one knows us well....often the way things are put across gets people up in arms. You cant read expression, you cant read motive. We have to be "mature" about what is said in response to our blogging.
But I can handle it so....BLOG are great to read. And having looked at your before photo and now you deserve a emoticon

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MIZCATHI 1/29/2012 8:14AM

    I love your blogs and how willing you are to share your successes and struggles! It's taken me awhile, but I have learned that sharing who I am opens many doors into the hearts of others and that I am not alone to fight the battle. Learning requires an open mind and heart, and blogging invites the knowledge share!

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MSLZZY 1/29/2012 7:54AM

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MAGGIE101857 1/29/2012 7:42AM

    It's such a wonderful treat to have a place you can do all those things, and no one says "all you talk is about is exercise....calorie blah blah!!! emoticon

I consider myself "honored" to bee a SPARKER and sharing in others' journeys! It is such a nice feeling knowing others are along for the lifetime journey!


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REJ7777 1/29/2012 7:31AM

    You have such a delightful and expressive way of "bubbling over". Your blogs are a delight to read, and I can often identify with what you write. They encourage me and make me think. So, it's win-win all the way - a tool for you and a gift to us. Thank you!

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