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30 Blogs hath September #9

Sunday, September 09, 2012

Yes, you get two from me today, due to the 30 day blogging challenge.

Once again, the link to TanyaP71's original challenge post. Feel free to jump in and blog ANY of the topic questions that appeal... don't have to do them all, but they are great questions and make us all reflect on the process and our place in it. And also get to know one another!

www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo
urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=5038746


Today's topic: "How old are you and do you think your thoughts about weight loss, fitness, and wellness have changed over time?"

A lady never tells her age? Seriously, no shame. It's just a number. And in fact, I'm rather proud of it: 59. I'll be sixty in about ten weeks.

My thoughts about weight loss, fitness and wellness certainly have changed over time. I wrote a whole long detailed thing about how, and then just now erased it. This is one of those that is so "different" for me, I think it will be hard for others to relate to.

It has to do with growing up in a household that was dominated by my parents' faith. As an inordinate people pleaser, I bought in, and spent most of my life trying to be the "good little Christian Scientist". Throw a dose of perfectionism in, and it can get really unhealthy. Add a tendency to turn to food for comfort and a huge ability to be in denial. See? I doubt there are very many other Sparkers out there who can relate to that part.

However, I'll bet there are more who can relate to having parents who were actively anti-athletic. Mine were. Good grades were prized. Brain power was prized. It took a long time for me to accept for myself that I love being active!

But that's where I am today. I love being active and fit. I eat better mainly to support that ability. Eating the crappy way I did looking at food as my drug of choice... had to go... if I was to be ABLE to go do things like I did this morning.

So yes, changes. All our journeys to a healthy balance in life may be different... but in the end... we all want to be there, don't we: strong, healthy, active, and well!

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SJKENT1 9/11/2012 3:34PM

    I'm proud to be 56 - a lady I met recently told me I should not be so liberal with the mentioning of my age. I told her, why not? I earned it - each minute, hour, day and year. :-)

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    Thanks for the great blog! Keep em coming!

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    Liked the topic and your response is great!

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  Great Blog...........I think that most of us have "Past Haunts" that we need to work around. emoticon on tackling yours.

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LOGOULD 9/10/2012 10:27AM

    You would be surprised just how many Sparkers can and do relate to your outlook. FROM "It has to do with growing up in a household that was dominated by my parents' faith. As an inordinate people pleaser," TO "I doubt there are very many other Sparkers out there who can relate to that part." I could have written that very paragraph - changing only the Christian Scientist to Roman Catholic (including 8 years of parochial school). We are all much more alike than we are different, as the rest of your blog and the responses indicate. Thanks for the link to the blogging challenge. I used to blog regularly, and then that, like so many habits fell by the wayside. I have been getting back on track and I think this needs to be my next step. emoticon for the push - I'm just a short one to two months from getting back to the point I was at before I let go of some of my new habits and starting to pick back up the old. This is going to get me one more BIG step forward!!!

However, I'll bet there are more who can relate to having parents who were actively anti-athletic. Mine were. Good grades were prized. Brain power was prized. It took a long time for me to accept for myself that I love being active!

But that's where I am today. I love being active and fit. I eat better mainly to support that ability. Eating the crappy way I did looking at food as my drug of choice... had to go... if I was to be ABLE to go do things like I did this morning.

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MARYJEANSL 9/10/2012 10:11AM

  That's a very good topic to think about. And everyone walks a different path. But thank you for putting the topic out there!

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GOOSIEMOON 9/10/2012 10:07AM

    I agree! Eating healthy is a choice I GET to make every day. I feel so much better - both physically and mentally.

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MSLZZY 9/10/2012 9:38AM

    Change is good and in your case, AWESOME!

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MOMMY445 9/10/2012 9:32AM

    woo hoo! way to go!

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MIMIDOT 9/10/2012 9:31AM

    You're right. Age is just a number. At 74.5 I can say that with pride. I was lucky that my parents had us playing baseball (at home and softball in school) and basketball. So wanting to be active was not my problem. I just got lazy. With 4 kids I don't know how that happened. lol Now I'm back to trying to exercise at least an hour and a half most days. Some days more.

Guess they are right- with age comes wisdom.
Thank you for sharing.
Spark on!

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DJSHIP46 9/10/2012 9:31AM

    I was a chubby child and grew up believing I was fat... maybe I was, till I was about 14 then I lost 30 lbs without trying and spent the next 40 years worrying about being fat when I was actually skinny. I regret wasting all that time worrying about something that was only in my mind... So yes my attitude toward my weight has changed. I'm overweight now and have been for the last 15 years. It doesn't come off easy anymore, it doesn't seem to come off at all! But the trying is keeping me healthy & happy so I'll keep trying and I'll continue to be inspired by folks like you... Thank you... emoticon emoticon

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FARIS71 9/10/2012 9:06AM

    It's a big long crazy journey. As a mom of 3 little ones, I feel a bit of pressure to ensure nutrition & activity are non-issues. Just natural normal parts of life. And age is totally just a # - like the scale.

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WALLINMW 9/10/2012 8:57AM

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PENOWOK 9/10/2012 8:46AM

    You know, we are like wine...better as we age!

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MAGGIE101857 9/10/2012 8:45AM

    So many challenges to overcome; I'm sure your parents thought they were doing the right thing! Hopefully we have exposed our own children to a different world, one where they can make educated choices and have our unconditional love and support with them for their journeys.

You've come a long way, baby -- to get where you've got to today!!! lol

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LAURIE5658 9/10/2012 8:09AM

    I can relate more than you know and yes, parents expectations and perfectionism left some deep deep scars. Good news, I am free from that now!!!

Yay us!

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    I'm glad that your life's journey has brought you to where you are today: strong, healthy, active, and well! emoticon

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LEANJEAN6 9/10/2012 6:32AM

    And I am almost 70---0just can't believe that!---LOL---- Glad it is only a number!-Lynda emoticon

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GRAMPIAN 9/10/2012 5:48AM

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    Athletic activity in my family meant we didn't have a remote!

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WONDERFUL2BME 9/10/2012 2:39AM

    I am loving my 50's. It seems each decade gets better.

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_LINDA 9/10/2012 1:51AM

    Way to conquer your past! YOU decide what you want to be not your histroy! You prove it CAN be overcome! Well done!

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SLENDERELLA61 9/9/2012 8:54PM

    Yep, I grew up in a household where athletics were undervalued, and it took me decades to learn that I love living actively!! Better late than never.

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    Perfection is good up to a point, but nothing will ever be perfect. You can only do the best you can.

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WATERMELLEN 9/9/2012 6:27PM

    Feeling healthy: what a payoff that is. Way better than addiction to the approval of others . . .

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OVERWORKEDJANET 9/9/2012 5:10PM

    I think we all have past baggage that hasn't left the carousel. You've done a good job tossing yours aside!


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DEBRA0818 9/9/2012 4:49PM

    Definitely have changed from a people pleaser to a person focused on health and wellness. Used to be very concerned about the way people saw me; now I'm concerned (at 57) with how I feel inside and what I'm capable of doing in the world.

Big change!

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1CRAZYDOG 9/9/2012 4:32PM

    Saw this on another blog. I have to say I'm 58 (and closer to 59 now than 58!) but I certainal do look @ weight loss differently than in my younger days. In my younger days it was about aesthetics. Now it's all about health and function!

I didn't appreciate the health I had to the fullest until I developed problems. Now I don't see it as too much work to be in charge of what I eat, portion control and MOVING!

I want to be independent, fit and active as long as I possibly can!

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    You are awesome! I love your positive focus and emphasis on living healthfully!

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Running around the buffalo - a picture blog

Sunday, September 09, 2012

OK, here he is, "the buffalo". This is a statue at the traffic circle at the entrance to Pioneers Park just outside of Lincoln, Nebraska. Every year for the past 36, now, counting today, a five mile race is run on the roads of this park, sponsored by our local track club and various local businesses.

Here's the start/finish line before all the runners showed up. Yes, I'm still a chronic early arriver.

Since the race starts promptly at 8 a.m., and starts headed East, this is what we are running into. So be careful!
Sunrise. Yes. I read my indoor/outdoor thermometer before I headed out for the park. It said it was 50 degrees F. Perfect running weather. But you want to keep the sweatshirt on until right before the race.

Me, of course. Sunglasses got discarded for regular before I started, because of all the light/shadow on the course. My mantra for this race was "don't trip".

So, we lined up, shivering a bit. I chatted up my fellow racers, and right after they played the National Anthem, I invoked my son's name. This one's for him!

You know how you always hold back a goal at the back of your mind? One you don't share with the world? My stated goal was to beat last year's time in the same race, which was 50:20, or a 10:05 pace. I knew I could do that. My unstated private goal was "no walk breaks". I really wanted to go after my PR pace which I came so close to in the Havelock 10K earlier this year. This race is slightly shorter.

The private goal? I did it! I ran the whole way. OK, I walked about 5-10 seconds at the water stations, but it was cool enough I was not feeling dehydrated at all, so just took a mouthful or two and ran on.

In this particular race, there are volunteers at each mile, announcing time since the starting gun. Of course, lining up toward the middle (not the back this time), I was at about 22 seconds when I crossed the starting mats.

At 1 mile, I was on an under 9 minute pace. I resolved to slow down a bit, this is a five mile race. But at two miles I was still close to that pace. At three, again, close. At four, close. As I was going up the last hill, I knew I was under my PR for sure. I crossed the finish line with a chip time of 45:00:00! OMG. I ran five miles at a 9 minute pace, blowing my PR completely out of the water (previously my PR for ANY distance of race had been 9:27).

Can we say "walking on air"? Still, the Buffalo Run is my reality check race. The real racers show up for this one. That 9 minute pace was not good enough to put me in the top 3 finishers (for my age/gender)... but it was wonderful to me.

After the finish, I could not resist walking around the park to snap a few shots of the scenery (including that shot of the buffalo above) that we had run past. And in the process, got to high five with HOT4FITNESS, who was out there on the course, too!

These were the last three partipants on the course, walking it out... sorry, but the pup does not get a racing bib or official time.

Looking down the park entrance to downtown in the distance.


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SHARON10002 9/26/2012 10:03PM

    emoticon that you met both your goals in this race! Love the pictures! You look great and what a beautiful park.

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    WOW! That was amazing.... I do have those private .. back of my mind goals... ones I do not always say "just in case"! Way awesome that you met both of yours... emoticon

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BRAVELUTE 9/12/2012 4:38PM

    No, you cannot say "walking on air." I'd say you were running with the wind!" contrats! emoticon

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OPTIMIST1948 9/11/2012 5:53AM

    I think races are more motivating than anything else. You have come so far and are so strong that of course you did really well. Wonderful,wonderful work!

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AMANDAUNBIDDEN 9/11/2012 1:25AM

    That is an amazing time!! I was excited with my 12 min mile so a 9 min mile is amazing to me! And not only one but five of them!! Keep up the hard work! You are awesome!!

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MOBYCARP 9/10/2012 8:49PM

    Great time! And good pictures, too; they bring back some fond memories.

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ANDI571 9/10/2012 12:26PM

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KANSASROSE67 9/10/2012 12:19PM

    I lived vicarously through your blog! Last year I did the Buffalo Run and I lOVED it...it was my favorite race ever and I really wanted to do it this year to see if I could improve my time. However, family obligations kept me from it. Hopefully I will be running it next year.

Great job!

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SUNNY332 9/10/2012 8:51AM

    OMGoodness, what a beautiful place for a run. Sounds like it was a GREAT day.

Way to go rocking the PR!

Do have a good week.

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CODEMAULER 9/10/2012 8:35AM

    Sounds like you had a gorgeous day AND a terrific run; a winning combination!!

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DRAFTLOVER 9/10/2012 8:07AM

    Life is indeed good :) WOW a 9 mile an hour pace......geeeeze I think I might do that in intervals for ......... i dunno, 30 sec! lolol Great job. Thanks for shaing...pics are awesome.

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1CRAZYDOG 9/10/2012 7:17AM

    You ran like the wind! CONGRATULATIONS! The best to compete with is yourself and you did it!! Proud of you.

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    Great pictures, Barb! Looks like it was a beautiful day and you rocked the PR to boot!
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That is an AMAZING pace!!! You can be very proud of that!!!
What a gorgeous place to run!! Perfect weather, no wonder you did so well! Yes you are fit, yes you are an athlete, no question!!
You go girl!!

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DALID414 9/9/2012 11:34PM

    You make me wish I were more outdoorsy! In the meantime I'll do it vicariously through you and your adventures. emoticon

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SLENDERELLA61 9/9/2012 9:00PM

    BIG CONGRATS on that PR!! You rock, to put it mildly!! You definitely deserved some bling. Wow, that was a competitive race. Oh, well, you won anyway - you won fitness, health, self-respect, SparkFriend-respect, and more I can't think of right now. Good going!! Woo Hoo!!

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KARIDIAN1 9/9/2012 7:17PM

    Beautiful photos and looks like it was a perfect day weather wise. Great time!

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DOGLADY13 9/9/2012 6:46PM

    I read this blog and now I'm singing "I'm Walking on Sunshine". Your happiness shines through. Congratulations. I'd LOVE to be able to run a 9 minute mile.

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COMETER 9/9/2012 5:57PM

    Woot! Thanks for the great pictures of Pioneers Park, too. LOVE the view of the Capitol from there.

You're an inspiration. You really are.

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OVERWORKEDJANET 9/9/2012 5:03PM

    I coul just walk through the park for the adventure. Beautiful and congratulations! emoticon

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FALLNTENN 9/9/2012 3:49PM

    Congratulations on achieving your goals. emoticon

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    Congratulations on achieving your goals. emoticon

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PHEBESS 9/9/2012 3:27PM

    Beautiful day AND place for a race - and yay for your time!!!!!

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WATERMELLEN 9/9/2012 12:58PM

    Goals met!! Good for you!! And: what a beautiful spot with perfect weather!!

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DEBRITA01 9/9/2012 12:55PM

    A beautiful day to enjoy and personal goals achieved...a win-win. emoticon emoticon

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Beautiful Pictures, too! Thanks for sharing and CONGRATS!!!

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CELIAMINER 9/9/2012 12:35PM

    So happy for you!

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Your lake picture looks much like the lake I walk around sometimes.

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TANYAP71 9/9/2012 12:25PM

    Woo-hoo! Congrats on meeting both of your goals! What a feeling that must be!

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30 Blogs Hath September #8

Saturday, September 08, 2012

Once again, the link to TanyaP71's original 30 topic challenge: www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo
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Today's topic is: "What do you think will be different when you reach your goal weight? If you are in maintenance, what did you think would be different? What actually was different?"

Well, if you've been following along, you already know I'd been through the lose/regain cycle a few times, and I'd even "maintained" most of a loss for close to five years. I am currently in the initial part of my third year of the "maintenance" phases of THIS healthy lifestyle initiative. It is my hope, prayer and resolution that this is for the rest of my life.

So my expectations this time through the process were pretty realistic, having been honed by prior experience. I entered the weight loss process with my eyes wide open and my priorities set straight. I hired help as needed, and I voiced my needs. I stood up for me and my health. I am so glad that I did.

I expected to feel better, physically. I expected to be able to do things that gave me joy. I did not have false expectations that losing weight would turn my life into a fairy tale, or make other people behave or feel differently. I knew I would have to face discomfort, I knew I would have to FEEL emotions I had been stuffing down. I knew what was ahead. I had traveled that path.

I further knew that I did not have to wait to reach a magic number on the scale to get those benefits (except I would not let myself run on these old knees until I reached my initial goal). As soon as I started eating properly and moving more I knew I would start to feel better.

This all happened, as I knew it would.

Was ANYTHING different? Well, yes, in fact it was. My body responded better than I had hoped or dreamed. I expected the 140's. I did not expect the 120's. I expected to be able to participate in 5K's again. I did not anticipate that I would have medals to show for it. Or, for that matter to go longer distances, like the HM.

This journey is NOT easy. But it is SO worth it. You only get one body issued, for life. Treat it well, for it does so many good things for you! Spark on! emoticon

  
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SHARON10002 9/26/2012 10:00PM

    I'm lovin' these blogs, Barb. I honor you for being so honest and straightforward in telling your story. You have truly done and continue to do amazing things!

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WONDERFUL2BME 9/10/2012 2:43AM

    It is really amazing how our bodies respond to healthy living.

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DEBRA0818 9/9/2012 10:18AM

    Isn't it just so amazing what happened to you? You did it the right way for a long, consistent time and you were graced with results beyond what you expected. Such a wonderful success story!

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DRAFTLOVER 9/9/2012 8:57AM

    I love that blog...thanks for your honesty. I need to repeatedly hear that maintenance is not a walk in the park but so worth the effort needed!

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WARMSPRINGDAY 9/9/2012 6:50AM

    This journey is NOT easy. But it is SO worth it. You only get one body issued, for life. Treat it well, for it does so many good things for you! Spark on!

Well said. emoticon

I love your blog a day theme. I'd like to do it, but just don't find the time to do a blog a day.

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SWEDE_SU 9/9/2012 6:28AM

    every blog you write adds another facet, shows those of us following in your footsteps how and where we are going. emoticon

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NEW-CAZ 9/9/2012 3:09AM

    emoticon blog, great read!
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RAINBOWMF 9/9/2012 12:44AM

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1CRAZYDOG 9/8/2012 11:23PM

    Barb, you nailed the essence of maintenance! Thank you.

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_LINDA 9/8/2012 11:20PM

    Can't say anything more glowing then what has already been said. incredibly uplifting blog. You prove that you CAN do what ever you put your mind (and body) to. Very inspiring! I can feel the smle in these words :))
Spark on!

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KARIDIAN1 9/8/2012 10:08PM

    You have done so well. These blogs are great.

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JUSTPOSSIBLE 9/8/2012 6:23PM

    I love your blog! Your are incredibly motivating.

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LDRICHEL 9/8/2012 2:06PM

    I expect to add years to my life. But, so much more important than that...LIFE to my years.

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WORLDSERIES11 9/8/2012 1:47PM

    Loving your series of blogs...look forward to reading them each morning. Thanks for all your insightful sharing!!

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DIANESAV1 9/8/2012 11:38AM

    Great blog. Thank you.

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OVERWORKEDJANET 9/8/2012 11:31AM

    Thanks for this blog. emoticon

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JENNYR0506 9/8/2012 10:44AM

    'My body responded better than I had hoped or dreamed.' There is such happiness and pride in this blog. You have worked hard and you deserve it all.

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-SHOREIDO- 9/8/2012 10:09AM

    Keep writing. PLEASE!!! You are such a motivator and good Spark friend!!!

Hugs 4 you : )

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ANDI571 9/8/2012 9:54AM

    One body issued for life. So true! We take better care of our cars sometimes than we do this one body. emoticon

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WATERMELLEN 9/8/2012 9:42AM

    You amazed yourself! You exceeded your own expectations! It wasn't about how other people would treat you differently (and better) if you lost weight: it was about how you became different by treating yourself optimally.

Yay you. That you continue to amaze all of us here is . . . just incidental to the main project.

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SLENDERELLA61 9/8/2012 9:41AM

    Oh, am I with you!! I expected the 150's, and maybe, just maybe, the 140's, but achieving the 120's is just a delight -- a dream I'd had since I was in 7th grade and never thought it would be possible. I never dreamed I could run a mile, and here I am preparing for a HM -- with your support!! Thanks for sharing so much of your story. It makes me truly believe that it is possible for both of us to live the rest of our lives at our comfortable, healthy, correct weight! -Marsha

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MANDELOVICH 9/8/2012 9:21AM

    I love it! You have surpassed your dreams and that is so inspiring. You know what? Me too! And this time, it's been so easy because I got it! Taking care of myself feels awesome and the results come easily because life is so much better this way!

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AMARILYNH 9/8/2012 8:36AM

    I'm much newer to maintenance than you - I started last November. I too have hopes that THIS will be the time I DON'T gain the weight back - and with the help and support of my SparkFriends I plan to make it happen. Great blog!! emoticon

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MSLZZY 9/8/2012 8:27AM

    Excellent! Thank you for sharing! HUGS!

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MOSTMOM1 9/8/2012 8:23AM

    Great blog!
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LAURIE5658 9/8/2012 8:16AM

    When I stopped trying so hard and simply let life happen did I finally enjoy true happiness in my life. By jove, I think we just MAY have this maintenance thing figured out!

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LEANJEAN6 9/8/2012 8:01AM

    Barb--truly my inspiration to keep on here!---You are successful! You keep at it----and you are at goal weight and you are still here cheering the rest of us on---Thank-you---Lynda emoticon

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KANOE10 9/8/2012 7:59AM

    Nice insights. I also aimed for the 40s and got into the 20s. I like the way you said you voiced your needs and stood up for yourself and your health.

Great job on running 5ks. You are going to keep this weight off forever!

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DEBRITA01 9/8/2012 7:42AM

    I'm enjoying your 30 Days blogs and am being inspired by your insights and your journey. emoticon

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SUNNYRUTH 9/8/2012 7:38AM

    Thanks for the inspiration. You have approached this weight loss journey with a realistic approach and then exceeded expectations! Keep up the good work.

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46SHADOW 9/8/2012 7:38AM

    glad you're on that blog challenge because it was a great story. with a very happy ending.

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30 Blogs hath September #7

Friday, September 07, 2012

Today's topic, from the list:
"How do you measure progress towards or maintenance? Scale weight? Body fat percentage? How your clothes fit? Other? "

My answer is a combination of the above. My "other" that I measure is my mental attitude and my physical behavior. Because actions follow thought. If I detect anger or resentment, in particular... I have to start examining what's going on. If I see slips in eating... i.e. purposeless indulgences... rationalization of extra treats... that's something to look at. This is truly the early warning system.

But if the early warning system should fail? Reality checks!

I do weigh daily. I do track the 7 day rolling average... that is a reality check of how I'm trending.

I do tape measure my body (monthly), and this is a HUGE check on my fitness, beyond the number on the scale. Am I in training? It shows in the tape measurements when I am.

How my clothes fit isn't quite as big a deal for me... it happens a little too late to make the adjustments I need to make.

Finally, the progress photos... if I'm not training and posting athletic event photos, I *do* take a fitness-posed snapshot of myself end of each month. I tend to skip them when I'm putting up a mud run or race picture... they would be overkill... but through the winter, they are a huge item in my reality check network.

We can do this, but only if we live in the present and SEE what's there! LIFE is good. Spark on!

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SHARON10002 9/26/2012 9:53PM

    Thanks for the tips, Barb. I agree that attitude plays a huge part, and I like your early warning signs. I use how my clothes feel because the scale makes me nuts!

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KAYOTIC 9/8/2012 9:56AM

    I do the daily weigh in and rolling average too...and just took pictures last week, so I'm going to start that as a monthly thing as well, we'll see how that goes! I think the rolling average was the key to taking the fretting over the daily weight in check, for me at least!

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OVERWORKEDJANET 9/8/2012 7:04AM

    Does a daily weigh-in cause you to change your daily routine or is it simply to keep track.
I hesitate the daily for that reason. I think I'd be tempted to change my plan for the day based on daily weight.

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KARIDIAN1 9/7/2012 9:41PM

    I weigh myself once a week, sometimes twice depending how I have done for food and working out. Have had some pounds come back on this summer so am being very careful.

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COMPUCATHY 9/7/2012 8:48PM

    I love the 30 blogs hath September! Thanks for sharing your measures that keep you on track. It's specifics like these that really help me to be inspired and feel encouraged in the "how" of losing weight and keeping it off. Keep up the good work! Thanks for the encouragement! Spark on! emoticon emoticon

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ANDI571 9/7/2012 8:37PM

    I like the idea of averaging the weight for a week. I never thought to do that.

Mental attitude is a big one for me. I am finding that I finally took care of my mental attitude of late, that I am now doing much better on my food choices. It can be my biggest down fall if I am not very aware.

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1CRAZYDOG 9/7/2012 5:48PM

    Wonderful, wonderful words of wisdom. I never put a label to it, but you're right . . . measuring my attitude is definitely very important in this process because it drives my behaviors in response.

Thanks for sharing!

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DLDMIL 9/7/2012 5:02PM

    Right on!!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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_LINDA 9/7/2012 4:50PM

    That is what I admire so much about you -your ability to analyze yourself objectively to see when there is a problem and take steps to correct it before it gets out of hand. That is what is helping to make you one heck of a great maintainer!! I know I quite often overlook any emotional problems I may be having and just sweep them under the carpet and hope they go away. My exercise helps me feel good about myself.
You have so many great ideas to share and I so very am thankful I came across you on this huge website to enjoy them!!
Spark on!!

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DRAFTLOVER 9/7/2012 4:36PM

    I love the idea of progress pictures..I sure wish you could bottle up and sell that attitude and determination you got there...Id pay good money for it lol

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SLENDERELLA61 9/7/2012 1:28PM

    More wisdom, Barb! I love how you use attitude and slips in eating as early warning signs. I've never heard that before and it makes so much sense. I'm going to try that. And then double checking with the objective data -- well, that is just stellar!! I think you really have something there. Thanks for posting!! -Marsha

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MJZHERE 9/7/2012 10:06AM

  "Because actions follow thoughts." I hadn't thought of maintenance being a check of my emotions but this rings really true for me. Originally I thought I was just dealing with weight loss but it became about a lot more than that. Thought maintenance would be about my physical fitness...Thank you for helping me see that maintenance is also about a lot more than that. emoticon emoticon

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MANDELOVICH 9/7/2012 9:59AM

    I too weigh daily as a check in. But my choices and attitude are far more important. Love your blogs!

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LINDAKAY228 9/7/2012 9:18AM

    Great ways to stay in check! I really like the photo one especially. You're right, by the time clothes don't fit right it's already late in the game.

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DEBRA0818 9/7/2012 8:43AM

    You have a great system of checks and balances! My favorite -- the pictures that really tell the whole truth. The scale doesn't always accurately reflect reality but the picture does!

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LAURIE5658 9/7/2012 8:20AM

    Sometimes those reality checks are a real slap in the face but perhaps it is exactly what we need. Photos do not lie and they are perhaps THE most motivational tool we have. Great blog!

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DNRAE1 9/7/2012 8:01AM

    Yup, if my motivation or attitude slips just a little, I can see the effects in what I do. Reluctance to exercise and keep moving, eating the wrong things, and generally feeling a bit down. Back to the present to remember that life is good and deserves a big smile! emoticon

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MSLZZY 9/7/2012 7:36AM

    All very good ways to note progress and keep
yourself on target. Life IS good! SPark on!

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30 Blogs Hath September #6

Thursday, September 06, 2012

Since I haven't included it since day 2, I'll tuck it into a post every so often through the 30 days. This is the link to TanyaP71's initial Challenge to blog on the thirty defined topics: www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo
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Today's topic: "What has been most challenging about maintaining a weight loss (now or in the past)?"

I didn't figure this out for a while, but for me the most challenging thing about maintaining a healthy lifestyle has been dealing with what I will call the sea-changes of life.

I often would refer to my regain after having kept it off for most of five years as "life happened" or "life exploded on me" or whatever. But seriously, just about every time I have "lost" my maintenance it was because I became overwhelmed by changes in my life that messed with my then-routine self-care.

Sometimes it was HUGE... like my husband leaving me alone in a city with a dependent child and a demanding job. Sometimes it was less huge, like a change in my flexible work schedule that used to allow a good gym rotation, and "suddenly" did not. Once it was the demands of new motherhood. Once it was an injury... tripping over the dog injured my foot (don't laugh, it happens), and I didn't deal well with recovery.

What went wrong those times, and what has been different in the past few years (entering year 3 of maintenance at this point)? A few problems and a solution for dealing with them.

1. Failure to PLAN for change... because life WILL change, trust anybody who's lived more than 25 years! Look just a bit ahead (not so far that I'll freak out)... and draw that line in the sand (of the minimal self-care I will NOT give up) for the stressful busy times.

2. Losing the sense of priority for myself and my health. Thinking something else was more important than taking care of me. I have found the line in the sand method works well for this, too... there is a certain amount of self-care that has to become as automatic as brushing teeth or taking a shower. That line has MOVED in the past five years.

3. Saying "yes" to outside demands when I really needed to say "no". I have learned the power of "no". Is this going to disappoint some folks? Yep. Is it going to make me uncomfortable if it does? Yep. But it also gains the respect of those same folks, they will not take advantage of my people-pleasing nature if *I* respect my line in the sand and balance my life. As I started to practice this, the response surprised me. In a good way.

Another secret: when I make myself a priority, and manage my stress... it helps me remember (as does hanging out at Spark)... the most important thing: that I'm worth taking care of! I'm not going to "save the world" if I don't first take care of my health.

LIFE is good. But it can only be lived in the present. One day at a time. Spark on! emoticon

  
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222NICHOLE 11/13/2012 3:12PM

    Wow. Thanks for your insight about the line in the sand. That is so true - there is a certain amount of exercise that is necessary for me each day, and is just as important to make time for as showering and brushing my teeth, and I need to do that no matter how busy I am. When I am really busy I have the tendency to think in an all-or-nothing way, I either do my usual longer workout or not exercise at all. But this helped me to see that it's okay if I don't do my full workout like I wanted to, I just at least need to do the minimum amount that I feel is necessary each day. Thank you. This was a great eye-opener for me.

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NASFKAB 10/14/2012 10:31AM

  great blog made me think

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SHARON10002 9/26/2012 9:49PM

    emoticon blog, Barb.

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MAMA_CD 9/17/2012 7:36PM

    So true, live in the moment

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NEWTINK 9/10/2012 4:51PM

    emoticon blog .. you did an awesome job

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BLUE42DOWN 9/8/2012 1:28PM

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Completely agree with all three of those points.

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ROBINSCHWARTZ1 9/8/2012 6:01AM

  Thank you so much for sharing. This has and continues to be a long journey for me . I realized I don't want to watch the game in the stands anymore I want to be on the field. Making myself a priority is not always easy but I am the foundation and that needs to be strong, I can only achieve that when I take care of myself. Thank you again


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PCASEY7 9/7/2012 11:19PM

    Great blog! Thanks for sharing your secrets to maintenance since I've recently joined that stage.

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Awesome blog

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KIPPER15 9/7/2012 9:34PM

    Life can only be lived in the present is so true. emoticon

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JAMER123 9/7/2012 9:10PM

    Thank you for sharing your story. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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ANNESYLVIA 9/7/2012 8:57PM

    thanks for sharing

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ANDI571 9/7/2012 8:40PM

    This hit home with me so much. How many times have I said, "Life happened". You spoke to me. emoticon

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NESARIAN 9/7/2012 7:27PM

    Plan for change... wow, you sure turned on a light bulb with that one! I plan but have not included change. Maybe I better go take a walk and ponder this! Thanks for sharing!

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REGILIEH 9/7/2012 6:10PM

    WTG!!!

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PATRICIAANN46 9/7/2012 3:31PM

  Excellent advice!!!!! emoticon

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IAMAGEMLOVER 9/7/2012 2:30PM

    Lots to consider. emoticon

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DOGLADY13 9/7/2012 1:58PM

    Lots to consider here. I can learn a lot from this blog.

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SMOULINIER 9/7/2012 11:56AM

  Over the years I developed a reputation for being a "people pleaser" (at first I was not aware of this). Then one day someone said to me "Why don't you do/say what YOU want instead of asking other people's opinions first"? I thought I was just being considerate. In fact I found it difficult quite often to make a decision because I didn't want anyone to be upset with me. I guess this goes back to my childhood when I learned early on that the easiest way to keep the peace at home was to "go along " with whatever the adults said. Thank goodness I've gotten over this (sort of) with the passage of time. Thanks for sharing this motivational blog! emoticon

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MARYJEANSL 9/7/2012 11:35AM

  Well said - and I appreciate the reminder to think about where I belong on my own priority list.

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TONYVAND1 9/7/2012 11:32AM

  emoticon Great advise.

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MIMIDOT 9/7/2012 9:59AM

    A great message to start the day. Thank you for sharing. Hope you have a great day!

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CICELY360 9/7/2012 9:51AM

  good blog

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WONDERFUL2BME 9/7/2012 9:41AM

    A great reminder about priorities. Thank you for the heads up!

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MOMMY445 9/7/2012 9:37AM

    what a terrific blog! thanks for sharing!

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SHOAPIE 9/7/2012 8:57AM

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PENOWOK 9/7/2012 8:45AM

    Absolutely true! Thanks for the perspective!

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IREN0169 9/7/2012 8:44AM

    I like the "line in the sand". Need to figure out where mine is. emoticon

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NEWMOM20121 9/7/2012 8:19AM

    Just what some of needed to read this morning. Thank you for sharing.

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WALLINMW 9/7/2012 7:48AM

  Great advice. Keep sparking!!

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CATHGREEN8 9/7/2012 6:52AM

    My daughter lost 130 pounds over two years by being absolutely "selfish" and putting her workouts before everything else...even helping with Thanksgiving dinner and opening presents on Christmas. She inspires me as does your line in the same. thanks so much.


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SWEDE_SU 9/7/2012 5:53AM

    you manage to say what all of us are thinking, but don't have the words - thanks for sharing! great blog!

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LUNABYRD 9/7/2012 5:26AM

    I loved this. And I didn't laugh because I tripped over my dog and herniated a disk in my back! Couldn't exercise for close to a year. I think we can all relate to you and be inspired to draw our line in the sand! emoticon

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LYSTERIA75 9/7/2012 4:00AM

    I wouldn't dare laugh about the dog!! Last winter I tripped over a blanket laying on the floor, while the light was on, and broke my foot. I had to have pins put in the bones and it took several months to recover. At least you tripped over what was probably a moving target! emoticon

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ON2VICTORY 9/7/2012 2:41AM

    thank you so much for the 'line in the sand' , i needed that.



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EBEAMS 9/6/2012 10:18PM

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KARIDIAN1 9/6/2012 9:05PM

    Another good blog Barb.

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OBSIDIANFIRE 9/6/2012 8:01PM

    You write amazing blogs. Thanks. You really hit the nail on the head with your ability to articulate what happens and how people respond to what life throws at us.


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DLDMIL 9/6/2012 6:56PM

    Wow, a great blog, thanks for posting. emoticon

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LORILEEPAGE 9/6/2012 5:54PM

    After reading this blog of yours for the first time earlier today, I had a challenging day. One of those days when unexpected needs of my (adult) children came up and I felt like I wasn't going to get in my workout.

I thought about what you said about drawing a line in the sand. I didn't say "no" to my kids, because these were true needs today, so I resigned myself to an unplanned day off from a workout, Friday swapped for today. But when I went to an appointment with the fitness director at the Y to get my BF percentage measured, I found myself 20 minutes early for the appointment. Luckily I had to wear my shorts and tshirt for the measurements, and took the opportunity to hop on the elliptical for 15 min, and after the appointment I had 10 more minutes till I had to get going home...so I did some more. On a day that I couldn't say no to interruptions in my plan, I was looking for opportunities to not neglect the self-care I expected to carry out today.

YOU inspired me to not settle, to stick to where my lines were drawn.

Thank you for this blog!

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DRAFTLOVER 9/6/2012 4:45PM

    Wonderful blog...lots of insite into your road to maintence. Thank you so much. You Rock Woman!

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BOMBSHELLY 9/6/2012 12:37PM

    Thank you so much for putting into words many of the concepts I've been struggling with on my own journey so far. You've turned on quite a few lightbulbs for me here!

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MJZHERE 9/6/2012 12:21PM

  Maybe I'll just put a link to your post for my #6 - you said it so well. I can definitely relate about....well the whole thing! Good job!

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SOULOFWELLNESS 9/6/2012 12:14PM

    Thank you for sharing! Wonderful lessons and inspirations!

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1CRAZYDOG 9/6/2012 12:02PM

    wonderful post! You're right . . . in times of stress we really need self-care tremendously! We cannot neglect ourselves or we have nothing left to give to those who need "a piece of us!"

thanks for another wonderful, thought provoking blog.

You are a wonderful example of how to handle life and maintenance! HUGS



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