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30 Blogs Hath September?

Saturday, September 01, 2012

TanyaP71 has challenged folks to blog 30 days on a set list of questions. www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo
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Being me, I thought about it and decided, "why not?" Here is the first blog topic:

"Your stats. Starting stats, current stats, goal stats. Are you currently trying to lose weight, gain weight, or maintain weight or something else? Do you have a goal for the month of September? "

First off, whenever I talk about starting stats, it all depends on WHICH start we're talking about, since I have been through this process many times over the decades. But to play it as straight as I can - this particular healthy initiative began on May 29th, 2009, when I weighed in at 198.6 on my home scale. At 5' 3", that's too much, by anybody's assessment.

I did not take tape measurements until a month later, on June 26th, and at that point, my waist was 37 inches... bust 43, hips 45. Sigh... with a month of progress, even.

At that time, I timidly set my goal down as 150, because I had to pick a number. (I was at a commercial weight loss center, they wanted a number.) But as I told them there, the real goal was not about a number on the scale. The real goal was to get back into the shape I was in when I did an informal triathlon with my siblings. That was August 2007, and I felt better than I had my whole life.

My current stats? Are you ready?

Weight, 7 day rolling average, as of today: 119.3 pounds.
Bust: 35
Waist: 27
Hips: 34.5

Current phase in the process? Maintenance. Don't need to lose more. My goals are not so much about the scale (they never were, really)... but to maintain the level of fitness to participate in the events that give me so much joy. Eye on the prize right now of a half marathon in November, busy building mileage.

Goals for September:
1. Don't injure myself.
2. Follow the fitness plan, but modify as the body's level of energy demands. I.e. LISTEN to the body.
3. One 5 mile race, Sept 9th.

  
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SHARON10002 9/5/2012 3:53PM

    I've been on and off the diet roller coaster since I was about 12. I was one of those "pudgy" little girls. I have recently taken my measurements and am too ashamed to post them here, but to date have only lost about 15 pounds. I am still logging food and exercise.
I do applaud you and all you have done! You are truly an inspiration, Barb!

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KARIDIAN1 9/1/2012 10:45PM

    I should measure again. It has been awhile. Your stats are fantastic. And you activities are awesome. Your September goals are good too.

Keep it up- you are motivating a lot of people.

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SLENDERELLA61 9/1/2012 3:15PM

    Impressive stats, Barb!! Someday I hope to say again that I really don't think I need to lose any more. Right now I'm feeling ambivalent and just not sure if I do or not.

Great goals for September!! You can do it!!!

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STRIVERONE 9/1/2012 2:39PM

    I don't think I can commit to that much writing and self-analysis, but I've been following your blog for quite a while and I think you come pretty close to my #12 on all four counts.

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TANYAP71 9/1/2012 1:43PM

    Thanks for joining in and congratulations on your success! Looking forward to the rest of the month.

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WATERMELLEN 9/1/2012 11:51AM

    Fabulous stats, fabulous persistence, fabulous goals going forward!

And: thanks for your kind comment on my "vanity pics" blog. Much appreciated!

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1CRAZYDOG 9/1/2012 11:47AM

    Woot! Another 1/2 in November! You rock.

Yes, it is a little different being in maintenance mode, but the basics still apply for me: proper nutrition, proper rest, proper exercise! HGUS

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_LINDA 9/1/2012 10:10AM

    Awesome as usual! Interesting, I too weighed 198, no fractions for me, when I decided that was just too much and enough was enough. Basically, I have always enjoyed working out and aquafit and my elliptical were my choices in addition to lots of walking when ever my condition allowed me to. But missing in action was ST, and I joined Curves to get some of that and saw immediate results, dropping some weight and toning. That is when I entered their Biggest Loser contest and made the biggest change and difference in my life -learning to track and see the calories in my food. That was the turning point for sure. When I found Sparkpeople looking for an easier way to track then searching and manually adding everything up, the rest was history.
Nothing beats being able to physically do the things you want, it feels so good. I will never be able to run a race (the impact is too painful for my joints) but in short term classes and such, I can keep up and beat the youngest and healthiest of them! I do envy all the fun and competition you do with these races, but its an inspirational envy. If you can do your activity to the max, so can I ;)
Spark on!

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MEXGAL1 9/1/2012 10:03AM

    hum...you just made me measure myself. I haven't done that in years and was pleasently surprised. Now remember, I have been working on my diet and health forever...like since I was 16 years old and I am now 60. well my hips are finally 36, my waist 24 and bust 32. but now that i am maintaining the weight loss I have lots of hanging skin. I am going to look into having the arm surgery so that I can finally wear sleeveless shirt. I feel like I deserve it since I finally am maintaining my weight.
Have a terrific week end.
Sallie

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LDRICHEL 9/1/2012 8:23AM

    Um, you're kind of my new hero. :)

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DEBRA0818 9/1/2012 7:30AM

    Excellent way to roll through the month, Barb! I may answer some of those questions from time to time when I'm looking for a subject to write about.

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LEANJEAN6 9/1/2012 7:12AM

    WooWoo Barb! Another race----Good for you!-Lynda emoticon

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What does OLD mean to you?

Friday, August 31, 2012

Looks like the past week has had a theme, and that theme is age-related. I won the age group gold in that mud run, the oldest female on the 10K course. I posted the link to the 80 year old Iron Nun article. And today, I'm pondering the word "old".

Old to me means powerful. All my life, I have looked up to older people. Old to me means wise. But old to me means playful, as well... my great-grandfather taught me to waltz and play cribbage. My grand-dad hiked 50 miles with a Boy Scout troop to celebrate his 65th birthday, (if I remember right which milestone birthday it was). My mom and dad taught square and line dancing to senior citizens.

I embrace the goal of "old". When I was ten years old, I met my great-great-grandmother for the first and only time. She at that time was 101 years young. She had been 4 years old when Abraham Lincoln was shot. She was a tiny, strong, opinionated woman who took no guff from anyone.

That's been my concept of "old". So when people say I'm not old? It may be true (59 is not really that "old" any more)... but I really don't mind the term. It's something I aspire to... I feel myself coming into the power and self-direction that I associate with the word... I feel the "me" coming to the fore in my life.

So here's to embracing concepts that the world might think are less than flattering... and cherishing the positives about them. I am a "little old lady in training"... training physically and mentally, hopefully in the cast of my great great grandmother!

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KASEYCOFF 9/19/2012 3:35AM

    I'm so with you on the concept of 'old' - I'm turning 60 in a few weeks. I don't worry about the number so much as I'm concerned that I'm physically older than my ancestors were when they were half again my age - my grandmother and her sister both reached 98; their parents were 90+, one of their grandmothers was 98, and so on. All of them were active, vital people who continued to mow their lawns, grow their own vegetables, hike... well, continued to live.

Just as our generation surged thru and turned a lot of societal concepts on their head (at least, I hope so, lol) so too I don't see why we can't continue to do so right on thru our golden years. We have the occasional example (your forebears) to guide us. No reason not to have it our way, ain't?
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AMARILYNH 9/8/2012 8:51AM

    Oh wow - how very blessed you were to know so many of your antecedents! AND to have such wonderful role models in your family! My experience was different - my mom was not very healthy and when she lost a leg to type 2 diabetes I determined that would NOT be my experience so began right then to move - running until an illness 14 years ago put a stop to that (when I got well and tried to run I had knee issues) then walking. But thanks to weight loss I was able to start running again in January - YAY!!

Like you I LOVE 'old' age!! I'm 64 and have never felt better in my adult life!! Oh yes, my joints make me aware than I'm no longer 16 ever so often, but the wisdom learned over a lifetime is worth a lot more to me than perfect joints!! And with care I can accomplish ANYTHING!! emoticon

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AMANDAUNBIDDEN 9/4/2012 12:07AM

    I love this!! As I get older (yeah, only 32 right now but still), I've been trying to redefine old for myself. I want old to mean to me what it does to you. It's hard in our society that seems to only value youth to enjoy getting older and think of old age in the positive. But I am bound and determined to change my thinking!

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SLENDERELLA61 9/1/2012 3:12PM

    Good for you!

I don't mind "OLD" either. My grandkids call me Old Mom, which is what Natalie named me, and I wouldn't change it. Well, the almost 2 year old calls me "O Mamama" but I expect it to become Old Mom.

Such longevity does not run in my family. You've got some great genes for sure!! My grandparents lived to 59,60, 74, and 78, My dad lived to 84 and mom is going strong at 85. I'm hoping to keep up the trend of each generation living longer. Bet you will, too, with all you do and your great attitude!!!

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LINDAJOYWK 9/1/2012 9:38AM

    It's a state of mind-you dear friend,will be be perpectually in your 20's!(just wiser);)

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LEANJEAN6 9/1/2012 6:53AM

    The Chinese really respect their "'old-er"" people!!!--Too bad it has such a bad wrap in our culture---You hardly see ""old-er"" people in TV ads----A lot of to-days old-er people just give up on their health also--Spark teaches us to stay healthy--Yeah for people like you Barb!! emoticon

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OAKSHAVEN 9/1/2012 12:09AM

    Old to me means getting to try all the things I didn't have time for when I was younger. Like you, I have had many older women, especially, who are who I want to grow up to be. That includes my grandmother, who lived to be 98 in her own home, and had an opinion on everything. I still remember, when the econmony crashed during the Reagan era, her talking about raising her family during the Great Depression, and saying that this time people would starve, because we don't have yards with big truck gardens any more. In the wake of this drought, I have been thinking about that. Most of us in this country will do OK this time, because our food is so separate from the agricultural realities, but even 100 years ago this drought would have meant starvation this winter, and in some parts of the world it still will mean that. I guess old means having perspective, as well, as I listen to younger people complaining about the quality and prices of fresh food this summer.

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ALOHAEV1 8/31/2012 10:52PM

    They say 60 is the new 40...you dear lady will forever be 39! Awesome you had so many dynamic ahead of their time women in your life. (Reading through, so have so many of your fans) You've given yourself permission to act as young as you feel.

Seems each generation is more alive as we age, who knows why but it's great. As we age, listen to me youngsters you must take care of yourself because there may be a time in your life when you have to go it alone or become a caretaker, it's a lot easier if you and your body are young at heart, mind and soul.





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EBEAMS 8/31/2012 10:27PM

    I think that we all need a wonderful strong opinionated woman in our background who showed us that being a woman didn't mean being a quiet little mouse in the corner who was seen and not heard from! I remember when I was a teenager and my mom showed me a picture of my great-great grandma (???) holding a rifle in one hand and the wolf she had shot by the tail in the other one. My mom told me then that I come from a line of strong women who don't give up. My grandmother reinforced that with her life ... you didn't cross my grandma ... nuh-uh. Old is an attitude, not a number - in my humble opinion ... and you aren't there yet! Keep up your phenomenal work!

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WATERMELLEN 8/31/2012 10:06PM

    I'm with you on your concept of "old". Just love your new wallpaper pictures . . . that's what "old" means to me too: vitally active physically and mentally and emotionally.

My parents at my (present) age thought of themselves as . . . elderly, retired persons and acted that way.

My sister (with flaming red hair!!) and I are . . . redefining the concept!!

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OVERWORKEDJANET 8/31/2012 8:59PM

    I recently showed my DH a picture of my grandmother on the beach in 1948. I asked him to REALLY look at the picture, contemplate how old she was.
She looks old he said, maybe in her late 60's?

Drum role please...

I am 3 years older than she was the time the picture was taken. I'm 58 she was 55. I may not be a "hot babe" but I look,...hmm... healthy and vital. I rock!

Old is Stonehenge, leftovers in the back of the refrigerator and someone who doesn't have joy in living.

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MOBYCARP 8/31/2012 8:52PM

    With all the same older people to remember that you have, to me "old" means having the freedom to decide to do what pleases me. Of course, with that age comes (hopefully) the wisdom to be pleased by things that are healthful, and the compassion to care about setting a good example for others who are younger. Which, come to think of it, describes just about all those examples you cite from the family.

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_LINDA 8/31/2012 7:11PM

    You have had some impressive elders in your life! My grandfathers died long before I was born and I never met my German grandmother on my Dad's side of the family. My grandmother helped raised me off and on. She lived a hardscrabble life in her shack up North, but she didn't want to be anywhere else. Unfortunately, when she had her paralyzing stroke at age 72, and had to be brought to the city for care as there were no facilities up there, all she ever wanted was to go back to the North to die. She languished in pain, unable to do anything but lay in bed in a home until she was 92 :( So I have not had strong elders, but my Mom, at age 75, with all she has done in her life and is still doing physically with two artificial hips and bad arthritis in her hands, is truly awe inspiring. I mentally know she is growing older, but what I see is someone who is active and healthy and doing all the things she loves and doesn't seem 'old' to me. You ARE how you LIVE. Older people can be wise, boring, stupid, amazing, lazy, hard working and athletic just like the rest of the population. I am all for that mantra that age is just a number. Be all you can be! And you, Barb, are making sure of that, and is also awe-inspiring to see. Yes, you WILL be that 80 year old nun, yes, you will!
Go, Barb, GO!

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KARIDIAN1 8/31/2012 6:51PM

    I think old is what you make it. I sure do not think I am as old as my body sometimes reminds. I now understand the wisdom of my parents suggestions and comments that seemed so silly to me years ago when as a teenager I of course knew it all.

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MEXGAL1 8/31/2012 6:35PM

    I don't know what it means to me as I am only 60.....ha ha...yep think it is still young. I keep saying that I want to grow old gracefully. I hope I can keep that promise to myself.
You have a great attitude!

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DEBRA0818 8/31/2012 3:32PM

    Old to me means having the leisure to pursue a life of the mind -- a total luxury and a delicious treat after working since age 15. That is not to say that the body is neglected, to the contrary, one also has the leisure to explore all kinds of fun ways to move and groove. I'm looking forward to it!

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DLDMIL 8/31/2012 3:02PM

    great blog today. I really like reading your blogs, they are some informative and thought provoking. I have a long way to go to be at your fitness level and may not make it, but I am exercising everyday to make sure that I can continue to get up and around. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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LINDAKAY228 8/31/2012 1:35PM

    I have worked with "senior" citizens since 1995 in various jobs. Some, like now, with elderly and disabled, but also with senior olympics and senior centers and have seen such a broad spectrum of what aging can be. Before I went to work with the senior programs at age 40, I really didn't have much experience with "older" people except once in a while with the more frail ones. My grandparents all died before I was born and so I never knew them. Working with a nonprofit agency from 1995 to 2006 that had a wide range of programs from volunteer programs to 5 senior centers, senior olympics, fun trips, to home delivered meals and in-home care services I learned so much about aging. My own mother was "old" when in her 50's, and working with others I saw that was not the norm and decided that was not what I was going to be. To me this part of my life is a time to discover more about myself, try new things, be more active, and learn to chase my dreams. So many years were spent raising kids, then caregiving for my mom until she passed away 3 years ago. Now I have more time (except for work and sometimes grown family, grandkids) than I did during those years when the focus wasn't on me but on others. After my mom passed away I had the time to finally focus on me, and that's when my journey to be healthier started. I've been divorced for many many years, so I don't have a relationship that sometimes holds us back from chasing our dreams. I am happy being single and really being able to find out what I want to do and be. It's an amazing time!

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BLUE42DOWN 8/31/2012 1:23PM

    It's funny, but old to me means rather the opposite because, but importantly I don't apply "old" by an age in numbers of years. To me old is when someone surrenders to the physical aging of the body, letting their spirit and mind age too. I've seen people in their late 40s I'd call old and people in their 70s I'd call young.

Old is my grandmother who just seemed to wilt in her 70s and by the time she passed in her 90s was rarely up and about, "lived" in a room with dark blinds, and was extremely uncomfortable around anyone with life and energy.

Old is not an 80-year young marathoner. Old is not my great-great-aunt who made it just past 100 and was still walking the hills of Pacific Grove in that last year.

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REBECCAMA 8/31/2012 1:11PM

  I think the older I get the higher the number "old" has to be. I'm not old. My parents aren't old. I don't want anyone to get old because when you get old you die. My husband tells me he can't do this and he can't do that because he's "old". I remind him that he's not really but he says he FEELS old. So to me "old" is weakness. It's being tired and not being able to do the things you used to do anymore.

I'm glad to see you embracing it but I don't feel the same way. I want to stay young.

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CELIAMINER 8/31/2012 12:37PM

    I'm 56, so I'm not far behind you in age, but I have a loooooong way to go to catch up to your fitness level!

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46SHADOW 8/31/2012 12:26PM

    You are a great example . I'm 49 and hope to have a vibrant 50"s decade like you set the example of.

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LAURIETAIT 8/31/2012 11:52AM

    I love that phrase "a little old lady in training". I'm going to adopt it to describe myself. The best way to ensure you live well is to train your mind and body so that they don't let you down as you age. I can truly say I would never want to be young again but I wouldn't mind starting over with a brand new body! lol


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LOSING4LASTTIME 8/31/2012 10:45AM

    Awesome blog!!!

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1CRAZYDOG 8/31/2012 10:19AM

    I am 58, will be 59 in six months. There are days that I feel my age, physically, but emotionally I don't feel in my 50's. I certainly do appreciate the wisdom that has come thru each decade.

HUGS and enjoy the long weekend.

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SLIMMERJESSE 8/31/2012 10:15AM

    I have never let the word old into my consciousness. In an ageist society, I refuse to bow to the power of chronology. Age is
irrelevant. (smiling)

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KATHY_NATURELVR 8/31/2012 9:40AM

    How amazing about your great-great-grandmother. Six degrees of separation is not that vast and to think that you, we all, are that closely linked to such a great man. It's quite awe inspiring.

My grandmother turns 98 this year. I hope to live as long as she has.

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CAREN_BLUEJEANS 8/31/2012 9:24AM

    You're just a few years older than me, so you're not old! LOL! You inspire me to not let age be an obstacle.

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RAINBOWMF 8/31/2012 9:23AM

    Great blog.
I never really thought about OLD like that.
A wonderful view.

Happy Friday.

Hugs Mary

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DNRAE1 8/31/2012 9:17AM

    My grandfather taught me cribbage too. Our whole family still plays when we get together. He also remodeled his home when he was in his 80's! He was also funny and kind. Getting old isn't so bad. Thank you for helping me remember my "old" inspiring family. This definitely sparked me!

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MOSTMOM1 8/31/2012 7:58AM

    LOVE this attitude! I think things keep getting better and we're freer and freer to be ourselves each year. I think "old" is a wonderful word!
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GARDENCHRIS 8/31/2012 7:52AM

    good for you and you inspire all of us!

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CONCHA77 8/31/2012 7:50AM

    Love your perspective, Barb, on getting old. I have been working on the idea of getting older and so far it is not as positive as yours are on that subject. Working on that, Have a great Labor Day weekend.

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MSLZZY 8/31/2012 7:46AM

    When I get old, I want to be just like you. I am
only a year behind. HUGS!

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JUST_TRI_IT 8/31/2012 7:33AM

    An uplifting view of life!

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My triathlon she-ro!

Thursday, August 30, 2012

www.tonic.com/post/80-year-old-siste
r-madonna-buder-iron-nun-triathlete-ir
onman/


SANDIEGOJOHN has issued an Upbeat challenge for September on Team SDJ, and one of the posts there included the link above.

Edited to add this Note: The link above is from 2008. At age 82, Sister Madonna Buder finished Ironman Canada (August, 2012) this link to the article.

www.examiner.com/article/sist
er-madonna-buder-ironman-triathlon-fin
isher-at-82-years-old-a-world-record


I found this link by way of following the bouncing links from today's "featured member blog".
www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo
urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=5035895


Seriously, this gal is the major reason I had the courage to sign up for my own first sprint distance triathlon. I've had hints from the youngsters I have raced with (22 year olds in my tri, a few at the mud run) that they look at me that way (as an inspiration)... but Sister Madonna Buder really is incredibly inspiring. She puts the lie to the limitations of age. I hope that should I survive to that point, I'm still doing these kinds of things, at whatever level I can.

It makes me smile. Life is GOOD. Spark on!

Bonus photos from the Mud Run coverage... this was on FaceBook from our local newspaper... neither photo shows me, but I remember climbing up this slope!


And over this wall.

  
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    You are really an inspiration - good for you!

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SJKENT1 8/31/2012 5:06PM

    amazing is right!!! wow

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    Good job!

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MARYJEANSL 8/31/2012 4:14PM

  Good for you - be proud! It looks like it was fun, but I imagine it wasn't fun getting the mud out of your clothing ;-)

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DIANNEMT 8/31/2012 3:09PM

    Wow....just Wow....

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BIRDLSLAURIE 8/31/2012 1:04PM

    Wow! Talk about a major dose of inspiration! Thank you for posting the link and thank you for sharing your experience. You are amazing!

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NCSUE0514 8/31/2012 9:58AM

    WOW

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LDRICHEL 8/31/2012 9:50AM

    Oh my gosh. She's amazing! YOU'RE AMAZING!!!!!

Thank you for sharing this! I am just beginning my triathlon training journey and I'm definitely adding you as a friend and subscribing!!!!

You are so beautiful.

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    AMAZING and congratulations!!!!

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PENOWOK 8/31/2012 9:01AM

    That's great!

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FARIS71 8/31/2012 8:48AM

    Holy moly!! You are inspiring!

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    WOW.

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MIMIDOT 8/31/2012 7:31AM

    Wow! Thanks for sharing!

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TRYINGHARD54 8/31/2012 5:42AM

    great pictures !!

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COMPUCATHY 8/30/2012 9:22PM

    Cool pics! And great links! Soooooooo inspiring! Woo hoo! Thank you for sharing! Keep up the good work! Thanks for the encouragement! Spark on! emoticon emoticon

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WILMASOTO 8/30/2012 6:06PM

    WOW!! Thanks for sharing Barb! I had never heard about her but she is such an inspiration!! Awesome!! I sure plenty of youngsters are looking at you Barb and thinking the same thing! Keep up the good work!! You are my inspiration!! emoticon

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SLENDERELLA61 8/30/2012 2:33PM

    The effort itself is success. -- I probably didn't get that quote exactly right, but I find this idea inspirational. The 80 year old nun completing triathlons is inspirational. Thanks for posting!! Yes, I'm sure you are inspirational to many around you. That is part of the fun of it, getting to surprise and inspire others. Then there's that devilish side of me that loves yelling,"Old Lady Passing" as I zoom around someone half my age jogging at half my speed!! Don't think a nun would do that! -Marsha

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DEBRA0818 8/30/2012 11:29AM

    You've really internalized a love of movement which just makes life more fun!

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_LINDA 8/30/2012 10:53AM

    Wow!! That nun is awesome!!! Thanks for the link!! If she can't inspire a person, no one can!! Its nice to know there is hope for us oldsters ;)
You are proving you are awesome too! That hill and fence look so intimidating!!! I can see myself sliding on my butt all the way back down lol. I once played paintball in heavy mud, got stuck and a guy had to bodily pull me up and my boot came off in the mud!!!
Spark on Barb, YOU have what it takes to be running into your 80's!!
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MEXGAL1 8/30/2012 10:27AM

    Wow, totally awesome!

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LINDAKAY228 8/30/2012 10:27AM

    I read the article yesterday about the nun. She truly is amazing! I had heard of her before but the article was great. That hill in the mud run looks really challenging LOL!

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SUSIEQ911 8/30/2012 10:03AM

    Did you join SDJohn's challenge?

I read it, joined the team and signed up first thing this morning!

I haven't had time to check out the team much yet but it looks great!

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GARDENSFORLIFE 8/30/2012 9:50AM

    WOOHOO! Great pictures! emoticon

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NOTSPEEDY 8/30/2012 9:47AM

    Thanks for sharing the pictures. emoticon

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1CRAZYDOG 8/30/2012 9:31AM

    Awesome! Thanks for the link. Appreciate it.

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DRB13_1 8/30/2012 9:29AM

    yes, the iron nun has been an inspiration for many

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KATHY_NATURELVR 8/30/2012 9:06AM

    I have my first 5K mud run coming up in October and can't wait!
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SLIMMERJESSE 8/30/2012 8:50AM

    WOW!

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WATERMELLEN 8/30/2012 8:29AM

    Facial benefits, right?? Too cool!!

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DDOORN 8/30/2012 8:12AM

    Great pics! What joyous SPARKIN'! :-)

Don

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Wednesday wandering thoughts

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

What do I need to tell myself today? What do I need to process through the keyboard to come to resolution?

Those are some of the seeds that start me down the path to a blog... and today I think I want to meander through a conversation I had with my daughter in law last night. Both of us, by the way, have weight issues / habit / behavior issues around food and exercise (or lack thereof). We have different approaches for how we are dealing. This blog is a reverie on the experiment of ONE... and how different approaches work for different people, and that THAT'S OK!

Seriously... I'm on a calorie-restricted maintenance range, with a balance that is majority carbs (hopefully the healthier kind), sufficient protein, and modest amount of fats, preferably the healthier non-saturated kind and heavy on the Omega-3's thank you.

I'm not a vegan. I'm not a vegetarian. But I don't have a whole lot of red meat in my diet as a general rule. I do have dairy and poultry and fish, and limited amounts of beef.

Meanwhile, DIL is on high protein, low carbs. As much fat and protein as she likes. But avoiding sugar / flour carbs in general. She's allowed veggies, but she doesn't like either fruits or veggies.

My exercise routine... well, you've seen it... I'm actively training, for various athletic events. Current focus, long-term is another half marathon in November, but I have a 5 mile road race in a week and a half, and I'm thinking a 15K in mid-October, although there's this competing retreat at the obstacle place the week before that race, and I'm tempted...

Meanwhile, DIL doesn't care much for cardio, but loves lifting weights, and has become quite strong in the process. You should feel her biceps! (I did last night... wow!)

Bottom line: both of us are seeing success as we define it. It's OK to be different. Your program does not have to be the same as mine, in terms of physical behavior. We can still support one another even with these differences.

One thing I have had to learn over time is to go with what works for YOU. If it's not working, figure out why and make changes. But if it's working? (Working means your doctor is happy, too.) Go for it!

But back to the conversation: I blog publicly, here on Spark. We got chatting about The Biggest Loser and the popular blog post and all that stuff. DIL has NO desire to go public with her story... she's still at the point (I've been there, too) where life is private, and needs to stay that way.

I explained to her that the reason I go public (in the semi-safety of SparkPeople) is that perhaps, just perhaps, my story might give someone else hope and a spark to make changes they themselves want to make. Yes, there is a risk in the aspect that right now a lot of people are giving me positive feedback. That can certainly turn into negative feed back if someone's "rooting against you" and you trip and fall.

Being concerned about what others will think can be an impediment to doing what you truly desire. (Not that this isn't sometimes a GOOD thing... fear of judgment for crimes, for example!) I've actually felt a little of the "what am I doing, at my age, out here running in the mud, climing over walls... what would grandma think?"

But you know what? LIFE is too short not to go for it, and live your dreams. No matter WHO approves or disapproves. I think I may just have turned this corner.

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GARDENCHRIS 9/2/2012 9:59AM

    I think as we get "older" we can stop caring what "other" people think! Do what you want, and what makes you happy!

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MIZCATHI 8/30/2012 6:46AM

    I've always believed in different strokes for different folks. Not one individual is the same, but we all need food! Since I'm heavy in the fighting Irish gene pool, I have a good dose of freckles and I'd rather not live with a good potato occassionally. Exercise feels great, and I'm a natural in the water. We all learn from each other and we can all hold each other up when we're down. Thanks for spreading the love!

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KNEWMETODAY 8/29/2012 9:59PM

    I have tried so many things that didn't work...that's why I'm here!!We all want to end up in a good space, but there is more than one path.

Kathy

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KAYLA0041 8/29/2012 9:32PM

    I agree what works for one may not work for another. I LOVE running but my husband wouldn't run even if his life depended on it. I am grateful that you have decided to Spark publicly - you truly are an inspiration. I feel so blessed that I happened across your blog

By the way I have signed up for a color run - it's not the mud run but I figure I will start small and work my way up to your level of determination emoticon

Thank you for being you!

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KARIDIAN1 8/29/2012 3:46PM

    Interesting comparisons for what works for the two of you. Each of you may have the same goal in mind, lose weight, be healthy. But how you attain the goal is up to you and whatever works for you and keeps you both motivated.



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DEBRA0818 8/29/2012 2:35PM

    Right you are, Barb! If I didn't have insulin sensitivity and a horrible sugar addiction, I could eat a diet more like yours and still get the same results. The way I'm eating isn't for everybody and probably isn't meant to be. I know that some of the Paleo/Primal/LCHF peeps get pretty excited by what they're seeing happening to their lives (including me) but it's good to remember that normal people can eat normally and some lucky sods get to eat everything in site. Mark Sisson talks a lot about n=1 and that's the way it has to be. Each of us must design our own exercise, eating and living plan. How cool is it that we live in such an abundant way that we get to do that!

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CASEYTALK 8/29/2012 2:12PM

    That's what I tell people who ask me how I've managed to lose so much weight -- I am eating better and exercising more and SP gives me the tools to do it. SP is a site loaded with TOOLS, not 'you have to do this and you can't do that.' Each person has do do what works for him or her. We all have different lives and different bodies. One size never did fit all.

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LINDAKAY228 8/29/2012 1:34PM

    I loved your blog. You are so correct about each of us finding what works for us. What I do may not be what someone else does but it's what works for me. And I don't expect anyone else to follow my fitness or eating plans. But that's one of the things that is so great here is that we share our thoughts, ideas, feeling, plans, etc and hopefully it helps someone else find their own way. It's inspiring. Maybe they will be inspired to take what I do and adapt it to them, or maybe they will find a whole different thing. But we encourage and inspire each other along the way.
Have a great day!

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_LINDA 8/29/2012 12:28PM

    This was very interesting how two dramatically different lifestyle choices are working for you and DIL. Really does point out that you have to find what works for YOU. Great blog as usual!
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1CRAZYDOG 8/29/2012 12:05PM

    Simply AWESOME. It definitely is all about what works for you as the "one size fits all" approach just doesn't work! Never did, doesn't now and never will.

Good that you and your DD have each other for support, no matter the difference in approaches.

BOTH of you keep up the support and good work. That's what it's all about.

HUGS

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MNTWINSGAL 8/29/2012 11:03AM

    Everybody has their own row to hoe....I think in your DIL's case talking to YOU about her journey does the same thing for her that blogging on SP does for you. Bless you for being there for her!

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GARDENSFORLIFE 8/29/2012 9:58AM

    You are correct-SPARK IT!
Great blog!
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RAINBOWMF 8/29/2012 9:42AM

    emoticon you are so right on all points.
At my age, I have tried all the weight loss programs
had success, my problem is learning to keep it off.
We all having learning to do. I find reading blogs such as
yours help me know it is possible, I will never give up.
You are living your dream and that makes me smile.

Go for what ever you want and never care what others think or say to you.

Please only YOU!

Hugs Mary

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MSLZZY 8/29/2012 9:40AM

    You are so honest with your feelings/reflections
and I return each day for inspiration and a sense
of justification for my lifestyle. Do what works
for you and I'll keep checking in. You are an
excellent role model. HUGS!

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SLIMMERJESSE 8/29/2012 9:31AM

    So glad I found your blogs. Very motiviating and I voted for it. Thanks!

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BELTONWALKER67 8/29/2012 9:27AM

    Great Blog! I'm more of a lurker than a blogger but really enjoy hearing of the success of fellow sparkfriends. It is so true that we each are different and travel the healthy living path in our own way. emoticon emoticon

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CELIAMINER 8/29/2012 9:21AM

    I'm glad you put your life out there for all to see. You sure Spark me!

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DDOORN 8/29/2012 9:05AM

    Good for you! I still need to push through that self-consciousness when I go to Swing Dance. Somehow this 55-year-0ld music-lover never learned to dance until last fall when I started joining in with our local swing dance society. I still have to fight the wallflower thing, the two-left-feet mentality and there are still nights when I regret not having gotten out onto the dance floor as much as my heart desires.

Don

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NELLJONES 8/29/2012 8:45AM

    I understand your DIL's desire to remain private, and that's the way we all were back in the day. There was no internet, we kept private journals. No other choice. The discipline was to write SOMETHING that no one else would see, and many couldn't see the point. Whether shared or not, it's worth keeping track of where we are. Like you said if it isn't working, change it, but you need to see where you are in order to do that. Nothing like a journal, public or not.

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JANEMARIE77 8/29/2012 8:15AM

    Great blog and yes life is good

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LEANJEAN6 8/29/2012 8:13AM

    You are such a great example Barb!!!----It's nice to be back Spatrkin,!--Lynda emoticon

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KALIGIRL 8/29/2012 8:12AM

    And what a wonderful corner to turn!
Life IS good and here's to living it!
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ANDI571 8/29/2012 8:03AM

    I really like this blog Barb. I don't have a Facebook, but I do like being here on SP and sharing my story, and being encouraged by others such as yourself. I am sure your ears burn because I am always saying I would like to do what you do. But as you said, I am different. I don't know that I have the want to put into it to get where you are. But at the same time, your story lets me know that there is hope. Instead of saying I am getting old and what will come my way will just come, I know that isn't true. I have a say in what happens to me as I age.

And I am glad you shared what your eating plan is. I have tried the high protein, and either no carb or low carb, and I just don't feel good. I have found a low fat, lower calorie routine is what works for me. emoticon

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Monday's pep talk

Monday, August 27, 2012

As most of my long-time visitors to the blogs know, I really write them for me. They are self-motivators and reminders of why I need to keep up the journey, for TODAY! Sometimes they are celebrations (like the mud run story, or any of my "I did it!" kinds of blogs), sometimes they are a record of feelings I'm dealing with (very important for emotionally triggered eaters), or confessions of lapses. They are a place to keep myself honest with myself.

Because HONESTY is one of the keys to success. Especially honesty with myself. When we are self-deceived about how much we are eating, what happens? Uh-huh... unintended gains or losses. That's why tracking is important, even in my case years into maintenance.

Honesty about emotions is just as important, I discovered. If I tell myself I'm happy when I'm not, or tell myself I'm NOT angry when I am, and so forth... it comes out in my experience as a confusing signal... which in the past I have interpreted as hunger, and fed with food... which obviously won't solve sadness or anger!

Why this now? Because of the intrinsic danger of applause. I've received a lot of positive attention here on Spark the past couple of days. While I have enjoyed every bit of it, it does raise red flags in my head... which is why I wrote yesterday's blog about the heady experience. It's my way of bringing me back to earth.

Because in the black and white mindset of a compulsive eater... a high can lead to a crash the next time one's imperfection is brought to light. Which could well be in the course of my work day, or heaven only knows... for me it can be as small as forgetting to make an appointment... doesn't take much to kick the anxiety trigger in Polly Perfectionist, you know. emoticon (I've been trying to get her to move out for years, but she keeps camping in the yard!)

Just now, I'm riding high, savoring the success, and even more savoring that it was a good weekend in general. And that's OK. But life is NOT black and white. It's OK to be less than perfect... it's OK to win a gold medal and come home to a messy house and know that the messy house does NOT undo the joy of the gold.

Here's to balance in life, imperfect and sloppy as it is. This is a good day, it is the day we have all been given. May our decisions be self-nurturing and other-caring ones!

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4A-HEALTHY-BMI 8/28/2012 7:27PM

    Somehow I do not worry about you getting a swollen head. LOL

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WATERMELLEN 8/28/2012 7:14PM

    What a super blog: gritty honesty, that's you.

And as for "camping in the yard"; my PP tent is right beside yours, I'm pretty sure!

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GETFIT2LIVE 8/28/2012 6:14PM

    Honesty is so important, both when you're in the midst of losing weight and working the long road of maintenance. It's when we stop being honest with ourselves (about feelings, about food, about fitness) that the slide back into old habits can begin. Finding balance is key!

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SWEDE_SU 8/28/2012 1:20PM

    here's to balance, indeed - emoticon

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JANEMARIE77 8/28/2012 8:15AM

    Great blog thanks you

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MILLEDGE2 8/28/2012 7:06AM

    I'm glad I took the time to read your blogs (and glad you were a featured blog, so I would know about your contributions)! Thanks for the reminder about the value of honesty!

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DLDMIL 8/28/2012 1:03AM

    Thanks for the reminder of living with the highs and lows. And our struggle with living everyday as best we can. emoticon emoticon

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_LINDA 8/27/2012 11:53PM

    You have your head squarely on your shoulders and you know the dangers of too much of a good thing! Here is to enjoying the roller coaster of life, what ever it may bring, and staying on track! You go girl! Old Polly doesn't stand much of a chance against the new Barb!!

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COMETER 8/27/2012 10:54PM

    I don't have Polly Perfectionist in the yard, but I do have a lizard who sits on my shoulder whispering slithery ugly things about how everything will go wrong and it will be all my fault. Yuck!

And I'm glad that you've enjoyed the good things that have been happening for you. I'll bet that dang lizard's even glad.

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SLIMMERJESSE 8/27/2012 9:33PM

    Such good points here. Thanks. (yes, sugar cravings are gone)

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KARIDIAN1 8/27/2012 8:55PM

    Balance is good and your blog was great as always.

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SLENDERELLA61 8/27/2012 7:45PM

    A lot of wisdom in this blog, Barb! Honesty is important. And honestly, I am still impressed whether it was 6.1 or 5.3. Very good for you!! Enjoy that celebration. You deserve it. Using the blogs to bring you down to earth is smart, though. Yes, I agree. Here is to balance in life!!! -Marsha

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RAINBOWMF 8/27/2012 11:49AM

    Thank you for your wise words.
Great blog.

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-STARRYEYED- 8/27/2012 11:49AM

    Love your perspective and self awareness. I'm a new reader of your blog, and I'm very happy to have found you. Good luck on getting Polly Perfectionist to move on out, but until she leaves your property for good, it sounds like you have a good handle on your triggers and how to disarm them.

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PHATPAT18 8/27/2012 11:09AM

    Keep it up. Enjoy the highs and work through the lows. emoticon

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ASHPATCH11 8/27/2012 10:51AM

    What a great monday morning read!

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LINDAKAY228 8/27/2012 10:36AM

    Loved your blog and a great reminder to me. Yes, Polly Perfectionist keeps camping out in my yard too! But she used to live square in the middle of my house to getting her to the yard is a big step. One day we'll both get her out of our yards too!
Have a great day!

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MSLZZY 8/27/2012 10:02AM

    Yes, balance is good. Enjoy the highs, avoid the lows
and let life balance itself. Your honesty is refreshing.
HUGS!

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MNTWINSGAL 8/27/2012 9:50AM

    Great blog - and very timely for me personally, so thank you! I discover we are more and more alike.

Have a great, balanced, albeit imperfect day!

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DEBRA0818 8/27/2012 9:37AM

    Keeping an even keel whether the water is high or low is a great way to maintain success!

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NEWMOM20121 8/27/2012 9:04AM

    Great blog.

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1CRAZYDOG 8/27/2012 8:56AM

    AMEN! Perfection is a demon so many struggle with, including myself. YOu're a hero for writing about it to pur it "out there" not only for yourself, but believe me . . . it plants the seed of thought in so many others' brains. Believe me, you're not alone. Not at all.

HUGS

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GARDENSFORLIFE 8/27/2012 7:52AM

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