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Omigosh... yeah.

Friday, August 03, 2012

I mentioned in my status that I went back to the gym Wednesday after work. I looked it up on my training calendar... my last strength workout at the gym had been the end of June. The two a days for the tri were eating up my time and energy, and the strength workouts just slid by the wayside. Of course, the tri is over now, and I know how important this is.

That said... it was a good workout and I definitely have been feeling the after effects. In fact, I was feeling it so much yesterday that I was tempted to toss in an extra rest day, or shove them around... but this is the first week of the new training cycle, and it's so nicely laid out.

So I got up on the treadmill and did my planned 30 minutes of run/walk intervals. But TODAY is a planned rest day, and believe me, it's going to be exactly that!

In other news: the professional photos from the tri are "in"... and remember I said I took a tumble in the run portion? Did I mention it was right in front of the photographer? He got me on hands and knees, and again with this huge grin on my way picking myself up, shaking my finger at him (I was saying, "I hope you got a good shot of this"... but I doubt he heard me.) In any case, I ordered a set of the photos (prints), and when I get them, I might just scan that one, to keep me humble. Humility is good.

As is life. Spark on! emoticon

  
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WATERMELLEN 8/4/2012 11:28AM

    Heading to the gym for ST myself!!

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SHARON10002 8/4/2012 10:34AM

    Can't wait to see the photo! In total agreement with Sunny - let the perseverance in the photo triumph over the humility! As far as your time away from the gym - it's not like you've been ignoring your exercise! emoticonJust think about all the varied training you were doing for the tri; worked every major muscle group and strength training included! emoticon

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MSLZZY 8/4/2012 12:14AM

    Enjoy the rest day! You earned it. and wouldn't you
know, the photographers always catch you at your
"best". Glad you shook your finger at him LOL!

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MOBYCARP 8/3/2012 8:54PM

    Think of the time away from the gym, and the return to the gym, as just changing up your workouts to keep them fresh and interesting. It will all work out well for you. I'm confident you'll *make* it work out well!

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KARIDIAN1 8/3/2012 8:19PM

    Looking forward to seeing that photo.

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DEBRA0818 8/3/2012 6:01PM

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Can't wait to see it when you get it!

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_LINDA 8/3/2012 2:26PM

    True Grit, true hero. Get back on the horse and giddyap. That is you, and that photo of you getting back up after the fall is worth a 1,000 words. Yes, I add to the chorus wanting to see it!
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HOT4FITNESS 8/3/2012 1:13PM

    I can so see you smiling the entire time regardless of the fall. That is just who you are. Can't wait to see the pics and congrats on participating in the tri

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MNTWINSGAL 8/3/2012 12:24PM

    We'd all love to see your photos....I hope you do scan some!

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1CRAZYDOG 8/3/2012 10:43AM

    I can picture your saying that to the photographer. LOL

HUGS and get a rest! You deserve it.

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EBEAMS 8/3/2012 9:53AM

    Can't wait to see it!

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SUNNY332 8/3/2012 9:41AM

    The photo will not only remind you of humility but one of perseverance. You go girl.

I can not wait to see that photo.

Hugs, Sunny

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LEANJEAN6 8/3/2012 8:41AM

    I need to see that picture Barb! You are so funny!!! It's just like you to post it!!--I love it!!--- Rest to-day , oh mighty woman!-Lynda emoticon

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KALIGIRL 8/3/2012 8:04AM

    Hope you do scan the one with the grin! Did they ever give you a final time?

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ANDI571 8/3/2012 7:58AM

    Fall and get up with a grin. That's my girl! emoticon

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CONCHA77 8/3/2012 7:52AM

    Would love to see that picture, Barb. Keep smiling. Yes, it's good to be humble. Have a great weekend.

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ELRIDDICK 8/3/2012 7:51AM

  Thanks for sharing

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A fresh new training plan, coming into focus

Thursday, August 02, 2012

For those who asked "what's next"... I've known for some time that my next long-term target is the Women's Half Marathon in St. Petersburg, Florida, in mid-November.

Y'all know me, gotta have a plan, have to be prepared and trained. So, here are the lead-up events:

1) This morning I finally succumbed to temptation and signed up for the August 25th 10K Mud Run. Last year I medaled in the 5K version of the same event... we're going to see about upping that distance.

2) September 9th, the 5 Mile Buffalo run. It's a hilly course through a gorgeous park, and one of the mainstays of our local running season.

3) October 21st, the Governor's Cup, which I intend to do as a 15K.

The races listed above are part of self-tests / mileage increases leading up to the main event.

And of course, in between, a little bit of everything: 3 runs a week, one of which is a mileage builder. One strength training session a week. And a recovery bike or swim thrown in here and there.

So, that's it... there is a plan. Now work the plan, modify as needed, and kick Polly Perfectionist right on out the door!

Because Life is Good... Spark on! emoticon

  
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SHARON10002 8/4/2012 10:30AM

    Great plan, Barb! You are going to be one busy lady!
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I have no doubt you'll excel in all!

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KARIDIAN1 8/2/2012 11:18PM

    Looks like a great plan. i know you will accomplish everything you have planned.

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EBEAMS 8/2/2012 10:09PM

    Wow ... Wow ... Wow .... those are impressive goals! I love it!

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MNTWINSGAL 8/2/2012 12:43PM

    Not one to let grass grow under your feet! Sounds like a busy fall for you!

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MSLZZY 8/2/2012 10:21AM

    Excellent plan! You will do fantastic! HUGS!

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_LINDA 8/2/2012 10:03AM

    What a great build up of race choices!! Varied, interesting and increasing the challenges! This will keep your motivation and interest high. Will be looking forward to hearing all about your progress :) You just keep getting better and better!
Not a perfectionist, no, just good, steady hard work, keeping your eye on the goal, and that will put you in the winner's circle!
You go girl!!

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1CRAZYDOG 8/2/2012 9:04AM

    Great plan, Barb!!!!!! I'm so with you on kicking Polly Perfectionist to the door. I don't know if I'll EVER be through working on that, but day-by-day it's getting done!

HUGS and thanks for being such a fantastic role model.

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KALIGIRL 8/2/2012 8:44AM

    Life is good!

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SLENDERELLA61 8/2/2012 8:08AM

    Great plan! ! Those increasing mileage of races is brilliant! Makes me wonder if I should do another race or two before our main event. Hmmm. I'll think about it. So glad you are going to do the HM with me!! I'm really looking forward to it!! I knew you'd have another training plan. Didn't take you any time. Love that commitment!!

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When did that happen?

Wednesday, August 01, 2012

A couple weeks ago, a niece posted this on my FB wall:

"I think you are the most Bad-Ass (pardon the language) Aunt I know! Love the new profile photo & cover photo!!!"

The profile pic and cover photo you've seen, the profile was me before the open water swim, and the cover was that "victory leap" after the Color Run.

When I ask "When did THAT happen?" it's really a question about re-defining one's family identity. You see, I grew up being "the good daughter", "the happy baby" who stuck with mom & dad's church after all the others had left. But I was also "the fat sister".

I have struggled with those labels most of my life, trying for some crazy reason to live up to them? Awakening happens slowly. It does require self-examination. I guess living up to "happy" finally moved me into things that CHANGED the family identity, at least as far as how the next generation sees me. I'm now more identified with fitness and exercise and promoting healthy habits... and overcoming limits!

I'm proud to be a "bad-a$$ Aunt". Glad to leave the "fat sister" label on the cutting room floor. Here's to removing, ripping off, and burning labels that limit, and embracing not just who we want to be, but turning that into who we are becoming... one day, one decision at a time.

Life is good. Spark on! emoticon

  
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BD3269PM 8/2/2012 7:57AM

    emoticon Wonderful! I like it---Bad Ass Aunt emoticon

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LEANJEAN6 8/2/2012 7:27AM

    WooWoo!!!! Bad Ass girl!!!--- You are such a role model--Pretty neat -=that new label!!!! I love it!!! Lynda emoticon

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_LINDA 8/2/2012 1:29AM

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Way to break out of the old labels! There isn't a better description! You rock!

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SHARON10002 8/1/2012 9:39PM

    emoticonon being the "bad a$$ aunt"! Take this label and remember it because you have earned every bit of it! (in the best way!) emoticon

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SUNNY332 8/1/2012 8:53PM

    Now this makes all of that hard work worth it.

That was just great and I thank you for sharing this with us.

Hugs, Sunny

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MOBYCARP 8/1/2012 8:42PM

    It's good to have people like that niece in the family! She kind of put a new perspective on my last Facebook post that I almost didn't make, because it wasn't *that* big a deal.

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KARIDIAN1 8/1/2012 7:24PM

    You have broken the mold and escaped the old labels that have haunted you in the past.

Now you have a new nickname/label- the Bad Ass Aunt. Wear it with pride!

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MSLZZY 8/1/2012 6:09PM

    You have certainly proven to me that it can be
done! Show me the way, sister! HUGS!

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EBEAMS 8/1/2012 9:23AM

    Ahhh ... the dreaded "labels" that we neither ask for nor get to chose but somehow in the family structure become attached to us. I was the quiet, good, smart, not pretty, heavy sister while my sister was labeled the opposite. I was "programmed", if you will, to grow up to get married, have babies, work hard and live happily ever after. I'm still recovering from my childhood (LOL) but I've come far enough to know that "happily ever after" is built one day, one choice, one thought at a time!

Your niece is pretty smart ... emoticon I like her alot!

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BELTONWALKER67 8/1/2012 8:50AM

    emoticon emoticonin becoming who you want to be rather than what others think you are!

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1CRAZYDOG 8/1/2012 8:37AM

    Oh I couldn't agree more about labels!

when I first started in nursing, my nursing supervisor used to call me "Mommy's little helper." OMG! I know it was because I am vertically challenged, but Lord help me . . . I wanted to deck her!

I am so glad that you're establishing a whole new identitiy for yourself! Way to go!!!!

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CELIAMINER 8/1/2012 8:29AM

    Good for you! Thanks for being an inspiration and for reminding us that change can be a GOOD thing.

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JOHNTJ1 8/1/2012 8:24AM

    Feels good, dont it?

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ANDI571 8/1/2012 8:15AM

    I know about those labels. "You are just like your mother", comes to mind.

I don't know that I would have used the exact wording that your niece did, lol, but I would have to agree with her. You would not believe how many times I use you as an example when I am talking to Kel or Terry. I also love, love, love that picture with the leap at the end of the color run. You rock! emoticon

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ALBAUGHMO 8/1/2012 7:59AM

  you should be so proud of yourself and all that you have done. i stand in awe of you. you inspire me and i hope i can keep pushing myself. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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AZMOMXTWO 8/1/2012 7:59AM

  way to go and the youth have a strange way to put things at times but it does make us feel good

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Success - who gets the credit?

Tuesday, July 31, 2012

SUNNY332 Sparked this blog when she asked in her comment to yesterday's bonus blog: "When are you going to be featured in the WW magazine?"

The short answer to that question is never.

Why? Because 1) I never reached my goal weight with WW, and 2) I was not successful at maintaining that loss. Therefore, WW would not be able to claim me as a success story.

AFTER that, I did keep *most* of the 80 pounds off for nearly 5 years. But then "life happened" and I had, as I kind of hand-waved over, more lessons to learn. And most of MY life lessons have tended to come in the form of lapses in eating and exercise habits, and a lot of self-blame and feelings of worthlessness. I regained.

Weight Watchers is not the ONLY commercial or non-commercial tool I have used in getting to where I am today. I purchased and read tons of books.

At one point I went to TOPS meetings because they were more affordable at the time than WW, but I ended up stopping with that because I did not feel at home there... there was a lot of crafts and food in the group I was in, and it just wasn't ME. I started feeling "less than" the other women who seemed to have different more fulfilling lives than I did. I regained.

I sort of despaired of the commercial tools and even the books at one point, about the time Oprah and Bob Greene's first book came out, and wrote in my personal journal, "I need to write my OWN success story."

Years later, in a therapy session when asked what I did for myself... a light bulb went on and I realized I was at my happiest when I was *working on* my weight/fitness. Spark AHA related to this? That it was the healthy habits that made me happy, not the results on the scale! I started losing again.

After battling the pounds back off, as an empty nester in 2007, I noticed binge behaviors coming back, and I went to the last house on the block: Overeaters Anonymous. There I found a whole new set of insights. Among them that there indeed *is* a physiological element to my own weight issues. And an emotional one. But then I overextended myself into social situtations with THAT group, and ended up leaving and regaining yet again!

I finally ended up with Jenny Craig, not because I believed in their program, but because my daughter in law wanted to try it, and it was less expensive for her if we both joined. I flat out told the director of the center that nothing they had to offer would ensure success! There are still grocery stores, and I have money!

So seriously, the lessons learned in OA are probably the ones most valuable to me in long-term maintenance. One, I now recognize that I truly am a compulsive eater, and some things are just going to require daily diligence... for the rest of my life. Some things that work for folks who just have sloppy habits with food or need to learn about nutrition are NOT going to work for me.

Two, I now fully accept that I cannot control the scale. I can only control my own behavior, and that only through the grace of a higher power who gives me first the willingness and then the ability to stick with the program for ONE decision at a time.

Three, enter SparkPeople. I now have a place to go where people don't get tired of hearing my babbling... my real life friends and family probably *do* wear out from this stuff. The "normals" are puzzled that someone like me has to keep working at it, just to stay in the same place!

So, who gets the credit? ALL of them, to some extent. Because they are ALL good tools. In the end, the decisions are mine. But mostly, I'm grateful to that Higher Power, which re-lights the spark, and gave me the body that amazingly has responded to being treated well.

Life is Good... Spark on!
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ALOHAEV1 8/1/2012 8:53AM

    I hope this blog makes it to the top so many more will read and learn from this!

We've all been there, done that, learning from your enthusiasm knowing it hasn't been an easy road race. When I grow up want to be like you - a bad a## woman.

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OVERWORKEDJANET 8/1/2012 5:51AM

    You are OUR success story.
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KARIDIAN1 7/31/2012 10:54PM

    You worked YOUR plan. SP just gave you the tools and knowledge.

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MSLZZY 7/31/2012 6:48PM

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very refreshing outlook on who is in charge.

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_LINDA 7/31/2012 6:25PM

    Like Sparks says, we are all an experiement of one. We have to find out what pertains to us and actually suits our particular needs. Being exposed to so many programs, books and ideas allowed you to cherry pick the things you needed to take away from them. You are now successsful because you found your formula and are sticking with it! Keep on writing about your experences and keep on being amazing!
You go Barb!!

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SUNNYWBL 7/31/2012 4:47PM

    Your persistence gets the credit! emoticon

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DEBRA0818 7/31/2012 2:59PM

    I think the most valuable lesson I learned from making "the rounds" of all the programs is that they all work ... if you work it. The key (as you've discovered) to making a permanent change is to find out what uniquely motivates you and then use that knowledge to design a plan for success. After that, of course, is dealing with the compulsion one day at a time because, as they say, no matter how far down the road you are, you're always the same distance from the ditch. Having spent a lot of time in the ditch in the last few years, I can testify!

Love your blog!

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SLENDERELLA61 7/31/2012 2:29PM

    My journey parallels yours. WW was a major part of my success and still is, but without SparkPeople I probably would have gained it back again. I tried many, many other programs - TOPS, OA, NutriSystem among them. WW, SP, and Beck Diet Solution have been the most helpful to me. No, I'll never be featured as a success story for any one program, because I took parts I needed from many sources. Doesn't matter. My success is mine; Your success is yours. To success!!To SparkFriends who understand!! emoticon emoticon

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1CRAZYDOG 7/31/2012 1:15PM

    You've hit on sooooo many key points, but I think one of the most important is that you discovered practicing healthy lifestyle habits made you happy! I'm right with you on that. All I have to do is look @ my BEFORE picture when I was close to if not 200 lbs. and SEE how unhappy I was! Oh, there were all kinds of situational excuses, but none of that really matters, as I've learned on my SP journey. I FEEL better following my acquired and practiced healthy lifestyle habits, so I feel happy! It shows in my AFTER picture! I am the me that I've always been, just less of me and happier! *I* can see it in my eyes when I look @ photos of me now.

The second really important point I think is to realize, no matter the progream, YOU and YOU alone are the one responsible and get credit for your success, because YOU did and still are doing the work! Just my 2 cents worth on that.

I did WW way back when, too, but never kept it up. I think the focus was too much on FOOD and not on LIFESTYLE.

I would be so disappointed to attend a meeting focusing on lifestyle habits that featured food! Good grief!!!

Great blog and thank you.

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RONNIEHUEY 7/31/2012 11:51AM

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SUNNY332 7/31/2012 11:38AM

    You are, however, a huge success story and I think the credit goes to you!

Hugs, Sunny

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EBEAMS 7/31/2012 9:26AM

    I LOVE this blog! What a work of art you are ... and a blessing too! LOL ... believe me, I understood every single word you said! I'm right there with ya! Keep it up!

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CAREN_BLUEJEANS 7/31/2012 8:57AM

    It's wonderful that there's no age limit to learning lessons in life.

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NEWMOM20121 7/31/2012 8:37AM

    Very nicely said. You are so right on.

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KALIGIRL 7/31/2012 8:35AM

    Here's to finding what works and recognizing what we need to watch.
Namaste my friend.

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OPTIMIST1948 7/31/2012 8:24AM

    Great blog. Chinese Food Weight Loss: "I'll learn something from column one, take away something from column 2..."

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MIZCATHI 7/31/2012 8:19AM

    It's wonderful that there are so many programs and self help groups available to help us "fatties" navigate through the maze of proper nutrition and exercise. Each program has it's good points - that teaching element that provides support and motivation. I could never really afford a paid "program" but I took elements from each and found "success" here and there. Learning to eat to find balance for me was beyond the food pyramid and nutrition. I always "got it", I just didn't want to comply. My emotions got the better for me, and food was my medicine, fat my coverup. And what more, I knew it. I still know it, but some elusive something keeps me hovering at the 120 lb loss - with 50 lbs left to go.

There are still many lessons to learn, and we are here to support each other, to keep reminding each other that we are worth it. Sometimes I forget the simplest point or issue, and there is always someone here to bring it up again. Bingo moments happen all the time here, and for now this is my "highest power", learning not to fall asleep during the battle, and to keep on keepin on.

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COMETER 7/31/2012 8:15AM

    Wow--this is SUCH a helpful post. I've avoided going whole-hog into a series of diets, but I've also avoided facing what you have--that I am a compulsive eater, and that will be my struggle day after day, even though it can only be addressed one day at a time.

And yes! to healthy habits. I still beg the scale to reward those habits, but I finally am seeing how exercise especially--love those endorphins!--and sound eating really do feel good. Really good.

I salute you, and thank you for sharing insights that were just what I needed today.

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WILMA42 7/31/2012 8:01AM

    "In the end, the decisions are mine. But mostly, I'm grateful to that Higher Power, which re-lights the spark, and gave me the body that amazingly has responded to being treated well."

WOW - your words hit home -- well said -- it is a one step at a time journey where each step counts and each of us is worth considering the choices and making them count because we belive we are worth it

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ELRIDDICK 7/31/2012 7:59AM

  Thanks for sharing

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JOHNTJ1 7/31/2012 7:57AM

    You are correct........Life is indeed good and I'll do my best to pass it on

Much Love

John

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Bonus Blog: Before and After

Monday, July 30, 2012


1989, February. I tripped over this photograph this morning as I was looking for something else. The notes on the back identify it as being from our trip to visit my parents, about two weeks before I joined Weight Watchers at work. This would be very very close to my heaviest. You can see how swollen my wrist is, how uncomfortable it was to even bend over or get up from a chair. Later my mother (to the left in this photo) told me she was worried about my health, but she never said anything during this trip.

I ended up dropping 80 pounds in that first attempt to change my life. And then had to learn some other lessons to get where I am today. The woman in this first "before" is neither healthy NOR happy, and is desperately looking for answers. The little boy in the foreground, grows up to be the man in the next picture.


Hopefully, by this point, I have learned some lessons about how to maintain fitness. Let me say, it is NOT easy to lose, but it is far more challenging to maintain, in my book.

This morning, the woman depicted below had to prove she weighed enough to donate blood.


Be not discouraged if it takes more than one try. Be not discouraged if it takes years or decades. Never, ever, ever give up! Because it is worth it to feel the way I do today... and I wish I could bottle and sell it. NOTHING tastes as good as FIT feels.

Life is good. Spark on! emoticon

  
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MARIO432 8/1/2012 12:50PM

    Great blog - great motivation. I want to add you as a friend to help me keep motivated. I have reached my goal & your right it is hard to maintain, but like you I'd like to bottle how I feel. Wonderful.
Marion

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MSLZZY 7/31/2012 6:50PM

    You would make a mint! Such a positive attitude! HUGS!

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SUNNYWBL 7/31/2012 4:45PM

    It is hard to believe that the woman in the photo is the same woman, you! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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BELTONWALKER67 7/31/2012 11:34AM

    Thank you for inspiring me today! emoticon emoticon

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KALIGIRL 7/31/2012 8:53AM

    Be not discouraged!

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MAGGIE101857 7/31/2012 7:07AM

    Thank you, thank you, thank you!!! For being here, for being an inspiration, for sharing your ups and downs! I hope you realize what an inspiration you are (and how you give me that kick in the butt I often need - like today)!!!!

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JOANOFSPARK 7/31/2012 1:48AM

    emoticon You are emoticon!! You are such a great inspiration to never ever give up, no matter what.

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LJCANNON 7/31/2012 1:27AM

    emoticonHaving those Old Pictures really does help me stay On Track!! And I agree, Maintainence is a Whole Other Challenge, and I am GLAD that I have Friends like you to walk with me through it!!


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EVWINGS 7/30/2012 11:59PM

    Wow! I see differences in you and when I look in the mirror!! I see I'm thin and the scale shows me I am as do the size of clothing I buy, but I still think of myself at 137 lbs. heavier and having to use a power chair to get around. Sadly, they don't want my blood.

Keep maintaining and best wishes to you.

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KARIDIAN1 7/30/2012 11:36PM

    Love your comment- Nothing tastes as good as FIT does.



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MOBYCARP 7/30/2012 9:19PM

    Gotta love those old pictures! I should dig through my pile and see what kind of before pictures I can find.

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SUNNY332 7/30/2012 9:02PM

    What an amazing story. When are you going to be featured in the WW magazine? You should be!

Love it and love you.

Sunny

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OVERWORKEDJANET 7/30/2012 8:54PM

    My new mantra is,
If Barb can do it, I can too!

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EBEAMS 7/30/2012 7:07PM

    Good for you! So what's next??? I know you're already asking yourself that too!

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WATERMELLEN 7/30/2012 6:29PM

    Another great blog: you did it!

And thanks for giving blood: I've needed it a couple of times, I've donated many times too . . . so important.

And then thanks again for helping me celebrate 3 years maintaining! We're doing this thing we once despaired of every achieving!! What a community.

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_LINDA 7/30/2012 3:53PM

    Second that! Nothing makes me feel more alive then challenging my body to move it!!
That is interesting that you say you actually have to weigh enough to give blood -have you been dealing with being underweight? Ironic problem to have after winning the battle of the buldge.. Glad you were successful!
Rock on Skinny Minnie!!!

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HEALTHYOTTER 7/30/2012 2:52PM

    Spark On! Thanks for the inspiration!

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HEALTHYOTTER 7/30/2012 2:52PM

    Spark On! Thanks for the inspiration!

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MRS.DOYLE 7/30/2012 1:43PM

    emoticon That is really amazing.

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DEBRA0818 7/30/2012 1:33PM

    You always look so happy in your photos! Fitness is a worthwhile goal and you've proved it with your own life!

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MNTWINSGAL 7/30/2012 1:03PM

    You've come a long way, Baby! For your hard-earned success, I congratulate you!

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SLENDERELLA61 7/30/2012 12:04PM

    WOW!!! The difference and the proof of your loss is incredible! It just underscores what an accomplishment you have made.

I have threatened to look for some before pictures for me. Maybe your impressive posting will inspire me to do it. When I was heavy I was so good at avoiding cameras. It's great now to feel good and not care at all if someone wants to snap a shot!!

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1CRAZYDOG 7/30/2012 11:52AM

    You are 1/2 the person (weight wise) that you were, but have lost the weight and become MORE beautiful inside and out! KUDOS.

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MIZCATHI 7/30/2012 11:12AM

    I am never giving up, I cannot go back if I want to live a long and happy life. Whether I can afford to live that life is another story. Ahem. Thank you for the reminder of things past, and the challenges that never go away.

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OPTIMIST1948 7/30/2012 11:01AM

    I love before and after photos. I always find them so inspiring! Thank you for sharing!

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