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Scattered brain

Friday, August 10, 2012

I've had at least three or four different "blog seeds" bouncing around in my brain this week, none of which have made it to screen bits.

There's the one about how I feel about the numbers on the scale, which this week only showed a "2" in the SECOND digit one day. A year ago, when that second digit dipped to a "1" it would set me into a panic of overeating to gain back so it would stay a "2". This year, I've let it remain, and stayed with the plan, although I'm keeping a close eye on it. I have tried to up my eating to a higher end of the range to avoid losing more, but 119 doesn't scare me quite as bad as it used to. This has been a "ponder in my heart" thing as I work the other end of the equation: stopping unwanted losses.

Then there's the one about our own conception of what someone else weighs, being based on our concepts of our own weight and what "thin" is. This one was spurred by a work mate conversation... she was expressing a little admiration, and when I mentioned having to prove my weight being sufficient to donate blood, she popped out with the thought that she figured I had to be about 100 pounds, no way I could be 120. But she's a couple inches shorter than me, and at her fittest, that's what SHE would weigh. Interesting musings followed, all in the brain, none on paper or the screen, still a little undefined "how *do* I feel about this?"

And one about non-food rewards. Going to a minor league baseball game tonight with a gal pal from the work place... and thinking about whether I will plan ball park food/beverage into the day/evening. Foods that once were opportunities / focus, aren't so much these days... the fact that it is even a mental debate is note worthy.

Oh, yes, and the one about response to failures being different these days. In particular the once upon a time wholeness of my identity being work centric, and a failure / mistake / slipup there resulting in self-punishing OT, doing work that really wasn't mine to do, locking myself into an isolated state or worse stuffing my feelings (of inadequacy) with food... and how freeing it has been to let go of all of that. How diligent I must be to avoid having it come rushing back at its earliest opportunity.

That leads to a seed about finding a "me" that isn't just the workplace identity.

In short, the brain's been bouncing around all over the place in this transition time. A pause to self-assess and examine progress is natural during transition. But for today, I'm resolved to let myself enjoy TODAY!

Every day is the first day of the rest of your life. And as I keep finding, LIFE is good. Spark on! emoticon

  
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ANDI571 8/11/2012 3:03PM

    Years ago, I had gotten into a size 12, which at 5' 8", I was more than happy with. I was bragging to my niece which is about 5' 4", and she said, Well, maybe you can get into a size 9. For some reason that has always stuck with me. I haven't been in a size 9 since my freshman year of high school, and I wouldn't want to get that low now. But in her mind, that is where I should have been.

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KARIDIAN1 8/10/2012 11:15PM

    I still want to be a cowboy when I grow up. Good Blog.

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MOBYCARP 8/10/2012 7:28PM

    Hmm. There's a couple of seeds for my blogs in there, too. No doubt different blogs than yours will be, because the seeds will be planted in different soil.

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SLENDERELLA61 8/10/2012 7:27PM

    Thanks for sharing all your thoughts -- thought provoking, too. Some of them perhaps you will decide how you feel and will flesh out. I love your change in response to failures. Big progress there! Your current weight is awesome!!

I don't know if I'll ever get to the point where I'm worried about losing too much. One time, I think it was March 2011, I weighed under the Weight Watcher range. Well I thought, I've got to eat. I gained like 8 pounds that week and have never been that low again!! Oh, well.

Keep Sparkin'!!!

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MIZCATHI 8/10/2012 3:43PM

    It's amazing how we more "mature" gals are still having identity issues and transitional times. With the job hunt and entering another stage of re-inventing myself, I find myself in a similar place.

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1CRAZYDOG 8/10/2012 1:16PM

    Good for you for realizing that for YOU your body is satisfied with where you're at and you are allowing that! That's huge for me too. Initially when I lost weight all I heard was "You're so skinny"! Well, heck seeing as I started out well into morbidly obese, I DO look skinny (a relative term). NOW I just hear people say I look good . . . because they've gotten used to the new me. Well, most importantly so have I! Good place to be for sure.

Yup, at that place where I eat to live, not live to eat as well. It's freeing for me to focus on the EVENT/fellowship/situation vs. food.

Definitely important to focus on other aspects of your life outside the work arena. When I worked outside the hom, that was huge for me. NOW I realize how much more important it is, for example, to be a good role model for my DD. THAT matters more than anything that could have happened @ work.

GREAT blog Barb. Dare I say, FOOD for thought!

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MSLZZY 8/10/2012 10:02AM

    The workplace is one area and your personal
life is another. Define yourself but what is
really important. Transitions are shaky at
best but eventually, we do adjust. Just as
eating healthier is an adjustment, the rest
of your life will be too. HUGS!

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WATERMELLEN 8/10/2012 8:50AM

    That your identity is now more than "workplace" is a great state to be in: particularly if you are thinking about that transition to retirement eventually!

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CONCHA77 8/10/2012 8:35AM

    I think it's great that you are at a place where you care enough about yourself to even ask these questions. Good for You!

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LEANJEAN6 8/10/2012 8:28AM

    Sometimes you have to stop (or keep going)--but reflect eh?--Where have I come from?--Where am I going??--or--am I still going?--LOLOL--- Oh Barb, it must be Friday!!!--We are still Sparking so that is good!--LOL-Lynda emoticon

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KALIGIRL 8/10/2012 8:02AM

    Interesting focus (yes - focus not bouncing)...
Sounds like you're reaching a new stage of identity and comfort in knowing who you are. Isn't it wonderful when you can trust yourself and go with the flow?
Namaste emoticon

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ELRIDDICK 8/10/2012 8:00AM

  Thanks for sharing

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Pep talk for transition

Wednesday, August 08, 2012

Just finished a big goal/dream? Has the rush of reaching it started to fade, just a bit?

Do you have a new goal? Is it looking daunting? Does a part of your emoticon mind start telling you that you "don't really want to work that hard"?

WELCOME to "finish line syndrome"! This has been a repeating issue for me, not just with the most recent bucket list check off of my first triathlon. It happens just about every time I achieve something: promotion at work, end of school year, reaching goal weight!

There is this little, "can I relax now?" thing that goes on. The "am I done?", the finish line syndrom! The trick is in finding something to mark the transition, allow a little relaxation but JUST enough... and finding further, the next goal that excites enough to restart the cycle of training.

With that long-term goal of the half marathon in November, and a trip to go with it, I think I've found it. With the intermediate events between now and then, I think I have enough to scare me into continuing to train. emoticon

So, pep talk to myself. Commit to today's plan, which includes a gym workout. Keep self-talk positive, make sure I don't skip thinking non-food reward thoughts, and following through with them.

  
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SHARON10002 8/12/2012 10:08PM

    I love your term "Finish Line Syndrome"! November's not that far off, and you'll stay focused. I'll bet you're detailing everything right now in preparation, and will keep fine-tuning your plan. You have accomplished an amazing amount this year! You deserve to relax a little, once in awhile. I agree with MTNWINSGAL - Don't Worry, Be Happy!

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SUNNY332 8/9/2012 5:31PM

    I set some new goals today and made a commitment to achieve those goals.

It has been difficult this past month after loosing Dad but I am back on track today and feel great. Just doing what I should be doing gave me motivation itself.

Thanks for setting such a good example.

Hugs, Sunny

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LEANJEAN6 8/9/2012 8:41AM

    non-food rewards--great thought! Knowing you Barb, you will over-train in your transition--LOL---- You are my ""wings beneath my sail""--Wait a sec--That's a song eh?--LOL--Lynda emoticon

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KARIDIAN1 8/8/2012 4:32PM

    Harder for me to find big goals since both Hubby and I have done and accomplished so much. We aim for simpler goals now more on the order of wanting to get something, how to go about getting it, and them using the item in our activities, which general revolve around shooting. Mostly goals are making our reloading area more efficient, moving up to the next classification in the NRA, practising and keeping our skill levels up.

I can definitely relate to the feeling of almost a letdown once a big goal has been achieved- like "what's next".

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_LINDA 8/8/2012 1:45PM

    This is actually a very foreign concept to me. I have never been much of a goal setter. When I decided to lose weight, it was more of a this is ridiculous being like this, time to do something about it. I never had a set weight goal in mind, I just basically let my body decide where it wanted to be when I am eating right and exercising regularly I always knew I felt better when I exercised regularly, so all I had to do was to back it up with better eating habits (cutting out the excessive snacking).
Having had the chance of a career or a life taken away early by this disease rendering me unable to work sort of made me the drifter I am today. If I find something I like, I will stick with it, but don't really go out of my way to set goals or time lines for things.
I can see where when someone is used to achieving something and getting that adrenaline rush finish, that it becomes harder and harder to top the last thrill. I dare say you may need to borrow a page from my book and relax a little, those high standards. How much will your body take before it rebels? I hope you never get that far because I would love to still hear you are in races at 100 years of age :)
You have really come so far in such a seemingly short period of time -you are simply amazing to have accomplished that in your middle years!!
May you experience many more happy runs!

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SLENDERELLA61 8/8/2012 1:13PM

    Very good observation. The phenomenon of letdown after achieving a goal is something I've experienced. After my 10K I tried to be happy to achieve it, but it was a struggle. I think you are right on to celebrate and relax just a bit and then remotivate with a new goal. So glad you are going for this same goal I'm going for! Hope your gym workout went well and that your self talk has been very encouraging and helpful! Take care, Marsha

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MSLZZY 8/8/2012 10:35AM

    Hurray for pep talks and a new goal in mind. HUGS!

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EBEAMS 8/8/2012 10:16AM

    I understand that perfectly ... You can do it! You have more energy those almost anyone I know! emoticon Oh ... and reach up there and give yourself a big pat on the back from me!

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1CRAZYDOG 8/8/2012 10:09AM

    Definitely have felt that post accomplishment "let down" till I found the next goal. I agree with you that you have to have a goal to work towards.

Great blog. Great message.

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MNTWINSGAL 8/8/2012 10:06AM

    You DO deserve that little bit of relaxation and reflection for a job well done before jumping back in with both feet, ready to wrangle the next challenge. The trick is not letting the moment of relaxation undo all the good you've done yourself. You are a master of this discipline, so in the words of Bobby McFerrin and Billy Bass, Don't Worry, Be Happy!

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DEBRA0818 8/8/2012 8:58AM

    I like to think of food plans and exercise the way I think of any other regular self-care maintenance -- no matter how many times I brush my teeth and floss, I have to do it again the next day (or suffer the consequences). Self-care is permanent, but so are the results!

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NELLJONES 8/8/2012 8:54AM

    I had to redefine "relaxation". It used to mean going back to the things I used to do (or not do). Now it just means something I have carved out as "special". Like 4 oz of lobster tail, or a long walk around a great big mall. If we had Christmas every day, it wouldn't be special.

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KALIGIRL 8/8/2012 8:25AM

    Here's to 'living' todays plan emoticon emoticon

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OPTIMIST1948 8/8/2012 8:22AM

    Its a familar feeling. And why I signed up for the 2nd tri (and have to sit on myself for signing up for 4th). I'm a goal oriented person and if I dont have something to work for, how do I know I'm achieving it? Thanks for saying that I'm not that wierd.

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WATERMELLEN 8/8/2012 8:01AM

    A very familiar phenomenon, thank you! "Can't I stop now?"

Well actually no!! This is permanent!

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KNEWMETODAY 8/8/2012 7:46AM

    Good for you! Today's plan is really the only one that matters--the only one we can do anything about. Being aware of the emoticon mind certainly helps our focus.

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Two a day? Just because?

Tuesday, August 07, 2012

Yep. Just because I don't want to give up where I've got. It was weird getting in the pool with that one word on the training schedule: swim. No number of yards. No number of minutes. "Swim".

So I swam. I let myself lose track of the pool lengths. I made sure I did 30 minutes, and then I went two more lengths, just because... and dripped my way up, showered and dressed for the day, to the tune "You don't know you're beautiful".

After work, it was 97 degrees outside, and I wimped out to the extent of doing my evening running on the treadmill in the A/C, instead of outside. Running, mind you, does have a minutes or miles on the training plan. Cross training activities don't.

Life is good. Sleep is good. Spark on! emoticon

  
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_LINDA 8/8/2012 1:31PM

    That is interesting there is no set time for the non run activities. I guess this is where listening to your body becomes important -you know what you feel like and did a good job with it! Way to go getting your run in, glad you didn't try outside. I don't know how people can run in hot weather safely.
Keep up the great work!

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MSLZZY 8/8/2012 10:36AM

    Good for you! HUGS!

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KALIGIRL 8/8/2012 8:45AM

    Love that swimming!

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WATERMELLEN 8/8/2012 8:03AM

    Wow! Just because is the best reason of all!

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SLENDERELLA61 8/8/2012 7:16AM

    Two a day is dedication. Two a day is amazing discipline. Two a day is fitness beyond average -- even far beyond the average disciplined, dedicated exerciser. Yes, keep what you've earned. Keep it up!! Very impressive. Spark on!!!

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HOT4FITNESS 8/7/2012 11:30PM

    And I bet your day was amazing after that workout. And YES you are beautiful!!!

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KARIDIAN1 8/7/2012 10:22PM

    I love the letters AC. My office at work gets warm- we have an AC window unit in the inside wall sticking out in the parcel chute area for the grocery bins.
The AC unit is going even in the winter in my office at work. That is how warm it can get in there.

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EBEAMS 8/7/2012 9:21PM

    I think doing your run on the treadmill is not wimping out ... you did it! Wimping out is just not doing it and giving yourself an excuse to NOT do it! You are awesome!

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SUNNY332 8/7/2012 9:12PM

    Isn't it nice to have "running inside with AC" as an option?

Heard our high temp on Friday is suppose to be 81 - woohoo! DH and I were going to a movie but not now - I am going Fishing.

Take care and Hugs, Sunny

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LEANJEAN6 8/7/2012 8:55PM

    I bet it felt different--in a nice way tho--LOL-Lynda emoticon

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1CRAZYDOG 8/7/2012 8:50PM

    good for you! Bet it felt good to just swim and not track your laps!

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Activity ON and OFF the training plan

Sunday, August 05, 2012

Yesterday was my first "long run" on the newly devised training plan. I tried to follow the Galloway recommendations, having done my first time trial last Tuesday. It recommends, based on my 9:02 magic mile (imperfectly measured) that my anticipated HM time would be a 10:48 per mile pace. It further recommends long run pace to be 13:50, and that this should be done with intervals of 1 minute run, 1 minute walk. emoticon emoticon

Well, I set out in the rain with a 5 minute walking warm up, then was very gentle with my 1:1 for the first two cycles, because of the wet sidewalks, and then bike path. Yes, I used the bike path, and because it has limited intersections, my mind started to wander. Polly Perfectionist started talking to me the first time I overshot the 1 minute jog to 1:15. She said, "Go on, jog to the end of the minute, it's only 2 minutes." Then Judy Justification got in once Polly started complaining that I wasn't following the plan: "You had to stop at the light... that has to count as part of the walk interval... you can go on to the next minute."

And, I listened to her and did a 2:1 for a while. Then a 3:1, and eventually one 4:1... before things got a little "different" with a potty stop at a convenience store, then eating my planned snack at a walk (because it was time, already)... and finally finishing up with a proper rotation of 1:1's. In the end, I covered more miles (9.73) than the target 8, kind of once again trying to find where my fitness really is, as opposed to trying to fit into a published plan. In the end, I am confident I'll find the balance.

This morning, it's not a "running" training day. So that means "cross training". But there was only one word on the calendar I put together. No miles, no minutes, just "swim" or "bike" is on the day. It was such a nice day, I decided that biking was what I wanted to do.

Every time I went into the garage, Uma Vertigo, the knobby tired mountain bike emoticon looked at me accusingly. "You haven't taken me out for a ride since Brenda (Starr Trek) came to live here," she seemed to say. So this morning, I promised her a nice ride. And we went. Pumped up the fat tires and hopped on in the cool of the morning, and took her out over some of the same ground I had covered on foot Saturday, and beyond. I ended up at the cemetery, stopping by mom & dad's gravesite. It's pretty and peaceful on that ride, and the bridge over 27th street is once again open to bike traffic! Yes!

I didn't worry about time or miles... I just rode and enjoyed the wind in my face or the sun in the sunny spots. I smiled and said good morning to others out doing similar things on those paths... jogging or dog-walking, or biking or even roller blading... lots of activity out there this morning.

And as I rode, I thought about the sheer joy of moving the body. When we were kids, we did this kind of stuff just BECAUSE it's fun. Second childhood is a great time of life.

Spark on! emoticon

  
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MIZCATHI 8/7/2012 10:00AM

    It's wonderful when our "fitness" plans are suddenly transformed to just part of our everyday living and we can just enjoy being in the moment, in this place, feeling joyous in this time. Congrats!

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KALIGIRL 8/6/2012 8:40AM

    Here's to 'the sheer joy of moving the body" - I'm loving it!

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LEANJEAN6 8/6/2012 7:30AM

    Good for you to keep at it--It sure inspires me to keep going---I think of you and how far you've come---Lynda emoticon

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_LINDA 8/6/2012 1:00AM

    I hope you find what runner's pace really suits you. Perhaps its best if you don't stick to a rigid plan, but allow for flexibility, based on how you feel for that particular day.
That bike ride sounds simply wonderful and carefree! Awesome Aha moment.
Never lose the wonder of seeing and enjoying the world through a child's eye! I certainly enjoy the goings on around me when I get out :)
Spark on!

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KARIDIAN1 8/5/2012 9:41PM

    Today was a perfect summer day in MN also. Spent the morning at the range shooting and just enjoying the wonderful cool weather.

Tomorrow we both go back to work. Vacation is over emoticon

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WATERMELLEN 8/5/2012 7:37PM

    Second childhood is right: but this time we're conscious of enjoying it!

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ALOHAEV1 8/5/2012 5:54PM

    As always, enjoyed going along on your work out, thanks! Love second childhoods myself!

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EBEAMS 8/5/2012 3:54PM

    We went for a pleasurable ride this morning too. Sometime it is just the best!

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SUNNY332 8/5/2012 3:44PM

    Sounds like a great day.

A little cooler here today too.

Take care and carry on....

Sunny

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MSLZZY 8/5/2012 3:32PM

    How right you are. Moving is fun! HUGS!

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SLENDERELLA61 8/5/2012 2:05PM

    Second childhood is a great time of life!!

I run my training miles not all that different from you. I sometimes go 2:1 and 3:1 and 4:1 as well. And I biked this morning, too. It was beautiful! Glad we both enjoyed.

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DEBRITA01 8/5/2012 12:48PM

    Cheers to second childhoods! emoticon

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1CRAZYDOG 8/5/2012 12:46PM

    Awwwww, glad UMA got her just attention today. And hope it's a good Sunday. HUGS

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Do you have folks cheering for you?

Saturday, August 04, 2012

You may not even know it, but you have cheerleaders!

I grew up in a family where athleticism was not prized. One of my sisters and I were talking about this recently... how when in grade school she was "this close" to making the President's Physical Fitness Award, and when she said something about it at home, it fell flat, on deaf ears. And she stopped striving for that award because of the response she got at home.

Remembering this painful experience made her more determined to support me when I walk/jogged the Lincoln Half Marathon. She's the one that showed up to give me that all-important motivating hug at mile 11. If she only knew, I told her later, how motivating that was, to have someone I care so much about show support for what I was doing.

Of course she gets it! As a sibling group we have become much more supportive of one another's efforts to get and stay healthy, because as all Sparkers know, it isn't easy.

This week at work, a fellow journey-er who had already retired and moved on to a fancy new job halfway across the country came back to visit. She came over to my cube specifically to have a look at my medals, say congratulations and to tell me I was inspiring her, spurring her to re-start her efforts at exercise. That means a lot, because she in her own right had inspired me. We have both struggled long-term with the roller coaster on the scale.

Here on Spark, every day we encourage one another: in our teams, on the message boards, and in comments on one another's Spark pages... maybe giving a goodie here and there.

In real life there are people cheering you on, too... they may not say it out loud every day, but they are watching... and they rejoice with you and weep with you over this struggle. They may not even know your name. Maybe they see you at a bus stop, or walking in your neighborhood. Maybe they are beside you at a charity event. But they are out there. And believe me, they WANT you to succeed. Because in your success they find hope, motivation, renewed commitment to their own health and fitness.

Maybe you are one of these quiet "cheerleaders" when you see someone making a good choice. Know that your smile, nod, word of encouragement makes a difference. On behalf of all journeyers, I thank you.

Now turn it around if you are both a journeyer and a cheerleader: make sure you cheer for yourself. Because YOU are worth it.

Here's to all the encouragers, the supporters, the people who see in YOU the potential AND the reality. Live, and Love LIFE!

Spark on! emoticon

  
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SHARON10002 8/12/2012 10:01PM

    emoticonblog, Barb. We all need someone to cheer us on. I so appreciate all of my Spark Friends who cheer me on!

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COMETER 8/8/2012 7:15PM

    I agree--excellent blog!

And good for noting this from several directions--how much it means to have a cheerleader, how we ought to be seeking ways of being cheerleaders ourselves, and recognizing that there are quiet cheerleaders out there, noting and approving.

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KALIGIRL 8/6/2012 8:52AM

    Amazing how we 'influence' each other...
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ALOHAEV1 8/5/2012 7:29PM

    Okay Squad gather round, stand tall make your own cheer routine and shout it loud for Barb

GO emoticon FIGHT emoticon WIN emoticon
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OVERWORKEDJANET 8/5/2012 8:54AM

    Well, hello, awesome blog!

Barb, you are my cheerleader. Every time I see what you have accomplished I hear "You can do it too!"

Rock on! emoticon

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MEDDYPEDDY 8/5/2012 4:10AM

    I agree - although I am working on being my own best cheerleader, I do need and appreciate when others support me. Good blog! emoticon

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EVWINGS 8/4/2012 11:27PM

    Great blog, Barb! We all need to be kinder to each other and accept ourselves just the way we are. Here at Spark, as in every part of life, encouragement, motivation, and cheering are all important. Loving ourselves is not always easy, but is something all of us need. As I'm fond of saying, "I"f you can't love yourself, how can you expect anyone else to do so?"

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KARIDIAN1 8/4/2012 11:07PM

    Barb
Great blog. The Presidents Physical Fitness award was a big deal in junior High Phy-Ed. Our teacher picked Captains for teams and we had to pick classmates for our teams. I was one of the Captain's and I picked all the classmates that normally are the last ones picked, the ones no one wants because they aren't "cool" , were heavy or uncoordinated. But every person on my team got the award because we all cheered each other on and motivated each other to finish the exercises and succeed. No one felt left out or awkward and I think they all were surprised that they had actually done it. For me it was a great feeling and gave the others a sense of pride. For most of my team mates, Phy-Ed was not a fun class for them.

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MNTWINSGAL 8/4/2012 9:58PM

    My childhood was like that too...full of many disappointments because the parents just didn't seem to care. They loved me, of course. But cheering me on in my endeavors was just not a priority for them. It's amazing that I excelled in ANYTHING! But I did manage, though with little to no encouragement. You can bet I was different with MY kids. I think I always believed in them more than they believed in themselves. And I will never regret that. We've started a new trend. And now they are MY cheerleaders as well!

And I'd be remiss if I didn't mention my fabulous Spark friends. :)

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DEBRITA01 8/4/2012 5:16PM

    A good blog, Barb. We never know how much it means to others to get that positive reinforcement and encouragement...and this applies to areas other than health & fitness. A good reminder, also, to be our own #1 cheerleader. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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TANYAP71 8/4/2012 1:56PM

    I too grew up in a family that did not (and does not) value physical fitness. Even now my family of origin treats me like a curiosity for deciding to be fit in my 40s. Thank GOODNESS for SparkPeople and many local friends - fit and not - who have cheered me on and supported me when it seemed like others wanted to drag me down. The words of encouragement here and from others have made so much difference. I try to be just as encouraging to others. :-) Thanks for acknowledging that some are silent cheerleaders. I'm trying to be more vocal about it but it's a process!

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SLENDERELLA61 8/4/2012 1:52PM

    Fantastic blog!! So very true. We do encourage and cheer on each other. There is no doubt I would not be as fit as I am if it weren't for my cheering SparkFriends. And you, Barb, are right at the top of the list!! Take care, Marsha

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_LINDA 8/4/2012 12:20PM

    Fabulous, upbeat blog! Its the amazing the ripple effects of one person being bold enough to step outside their comfort zone and start improving their life. My sister was the athletic one in school, volleyball and basketball, but as soon as school was done, so was her exercise efforts. Her eating habits caught up with her and she was chunky in her adult life. My brother dabbled in basketball and hockey too. My health prevented me from doing much of anything. But I never gained weight until my adulthood, when my couch potato and bad eating habits caught up with me. But Mom was our biggest cheerleader, in what ever we wanted to do. She would make sure i got to my aquafit, she provided my brother with funding for his computer A + certification. She encouraged what ever hobbies and interests we had. When I got into bridge, she helped and encouraged me by coming with me to tournaments, to help offset my hotel costs. I did this on my own, with no partners to come with me, just pick up whoever I found there. Nothing ever came easy, and if it wasn't for my rock, my Mom, doubt I would have ever continued with anything. She loved when I lost my weight and got fit, but was skeptical as I had done it before and put it right back on, but now I have convinced her that this is for good.
My cheerleaders here on Sparks are icing on the cake. You can feel the love on this website and that is why I am still here, i just love to encourage others as they do me.
Yes, life is wonderful! So are Spark friends like you!
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SHARON10002 8/4/2012 10:37AM

    emoticonblog, Barb! Great story! How wonderful for you two to re-connect again! Thanks for the encouragement and inspiration once again!

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1CRAZYDOG 8/4/2012 8:47AM

    Thanks for this blog and thank YOU for being a cheerleader!!! You inspire. . . . and inspire, and inspire!

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EBEAMS 8/4/2012 8:37AM

    This week I actually sent an email to the guy who was the one who laughed at me when I said I wanted to start a running program ... allllll those months ago. I let him know that he had inspired me to start biking and that I had done my first 15 mile plus ride this week and I am loving it! He was surprised ... and surprised me by inviting me to start riding with him!

Then on my way to work on Thursday I saw the guy who inspired me to start running ... the guy who runs in the dark, in all kinds of weather and runs a long ways!

Inspiring and inspired ... yep ... you, my dear, are both!

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LJCANNON 8/4/2012 8:30AM

    emoticonI am one of those "Quiet Cheerleaders" when I see someone at the 'Regular Gym' or out walking the neighborhood early in the morning. I am never sure if they would appreciate My comments, but I do give them a Silent Cheer. And definitely a Smile or Thumbs Up if it feels appropriate.
emoticonI think we all need to work on being Our Own Cheerleader at times.

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ANDI571 8/4/2012 8:22AM

    I really liked this blog Barb. Sometimes you just don't realize how much a smile or a nod means to someone, that such a simple gesture might just push them that extra mile they need. emoticon

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LEANJEAN6 8/4/2012 8:06AM

    What a great blog Barb!!! --I am your cheering squad!!--LOL--- --If you can do it--and you did--if I keep at this long enough, I WILL do it too--LOL--- I love your confetti idea! --LOL----- So--- keep up being our role model girl!--- Lynda emoticon

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WELLNESSME09 8/4/2012 7:58AM

    Thanks for sharing your inspiring story and I wish you all the best!

A big HUGE Congratulations to you and your success! emoticon

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