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30 Blogs Hath September #13

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Today's topic: "What has been the hardest life style change you've made for the sake of losing weight, getting fit, or becoming healthier? Any tips for making that change easier? "

At this point in my life, none of it seems all that hard. But this was not always the case. And I accept that it may not be the case tomorrow. Because of the place emotions play in this process for me, I make no promises! emoticon

The list of "hard":

3. I thought I was NEVER going to be able to give up diet soda. But I started out by reducing the number of cans I consumed in a day. Then I progressed to not drinking it on the weekends at all. Finally, one day, it was time, and it went completely out of my life... over 2 1/2 years ago now.

2. I thought if I ever slipped up, it was a failure, so "why try?" I had to root Polly Perfectionist out. This is HARD! Really hard. And continues to be so. But I've got pretty good at picking myself and dusting myself off and reminding her she has no place here.

1. The hardest thing of all is "Remembering that I am worth it!" And the best tip for that lies right here on this web site: community. Spreading the Spark. Sharing the struggle, when it is a struggle. Accepting the hand up when one is offered. Pulling the boot straps by blogging my "pep talks to myself".

Spark is a great place for remembering that LIFE is good! Spark on. emoticon

  
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SHARON10002 9/30/2012 6:11PM

    I'm right there with you on #1 and #2. You deserve a pat on the back for giving up the diet soda. That is a very difficult thing to do. I know because I did that too, and I don't miss it at all either. As with all life , some days are harder than others.

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KAYOTIC 9/15/2012 7:17PM

    You hit the nail on the head for me with the perfectionist thing! It is hard to fight, but can be done, thanks for the reminder!

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_LINDA 9/14/2012 1:59AM

    Well done with the soda, keeping the lid on perfectionism and especially seeing you ARE worth it! Long before I decided to lose weight, I drank 2 L regular pop daily (I HATE diet -tastes like chemical to me lol), I one day got sick of it and couldn't stand it any more. Very strange. Wasn't a stretch for me to give up. Its taste doesn't appeal to me at all.
Way to show how its done!

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RAINBOWMF 9/14/2012 12:49AM

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no pop for me.



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DALID414 9/14/2012 12:01AM

    I stopped drinking soda in my 20s and everyone thought I was nuts! The carbonation just isn't normal people!

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CASEYTALK 9/13/2012 7:23PM

    You are worth it.

I used to be addicted to diet soda. I'm so happy it's out of my life now. I don't miss it.

You continue to be an inspiration to me. Thanks for everything.

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KARIDIAN1 9/13/2012 5:19PM

    Very rare I/we drink diet pop or any pop. Have switched to unsweetened tea and lemonade for an Arnie Palmer if we eat out.

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SLENDERELLA61 9/13/2012 1:29PM

    Absolutely awesome blog! You are worth SO it! I'm still struggling with overuse of artificial sweetener in my tea and coffee, so I'm glad to see you overcame the diet soda habit. I'm not giving up!! Yep, and that perfectionist thinking doomed me over and over. Now I'm thinking I'm over it!

Healthy living is really great living. Some days are not even hard. And then sometimes they are. But we are worth the effort. We not only can do it, we will!! -Marsha

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DLDMIL 9/13/2012 11:47AM

    Another great blog, thanks for sharing your wonderful insights. emoticon

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MJZHERE 9/13/2012 11:32AM

  You are worth it!!!

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MIAJOEB 9/13/2012 11:05AM

    The years sneak up on us... so when I make a day a jewel in my life. I have a wonderful memory.. I don't like to dwell on failure... Just celebrate the successes and keep on moving into the "direction of my bliss..
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LINDAKAY228 9/13/2012 10:52AM

    Depends on where I am in my life as to how hard it is. SOme days it's not that hard and sometimes when I'm extremely stressed and so much want to give into the old ways of coping it's much harder. You have done so great!

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SNOWYOGA 9/13/2012 10:27AM

    Thanks I am the perfectionist, always have been and that's not an easy place to be. Did the soda thing 14 years ago (first New Years res. and then into Lent and then no more) But the rest hasn't been that easy. But it is nice to see your post. And to you a great day, or (have the day you have!) emoticon emoticon

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EMGI129 9/13/2012 10:10AM

    Fabulous attitude! Thanks!

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LDRICHEL 9/13/2012 9:48AM

    It is SO hard! Thank you for acknowledging this.

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DOGLADY13 9/13/2012 9:10AM

    Polly is a beast. I'm glad you've been able to kick her out, but unfortunately she sets up camp outside my door. My husband is pretty good at telling her to pack her bags and to leave me alone. Me, I've got a soft spot for her. I don't know why, but I keep letting her in. But then she becomes a pest and I can usually chase her out again.

Thanks for a great blog. I won't be writing mine until tonight since I want to get outside and enjoy the last of these gorgeous days and my vacation!

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DEBRA0818 9/13/2012 8:55AM

    Diet soda is on my target list too -- after this first 30 days, I'm cutting down and will be ready to go diet soda free by January 1. It is most definitely a hard substance to give up; thank goodness I like water so much (and tea too).

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1CRAZYDOG 9/13/2012 8:34AM

    Oh, Polly Perfectionist is the emoticon ! Definitely had to kick her out too! Just too paralyzing! "Why start. You'll fail." NOT true. You surely have proven THAT one!

Thanks for this blog. Have to ponder that question.

For sure, having to get organized to fit in each day what I have to do so there's no excuses "You have no time for this!" was a huge hurdle to overcome.



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NEW-CAZ 9/13/2012 8:15AM

    Polly lived in this house way back too, but she's learning her place now and isn't so obsessive LOL

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KALIGIRL 9/13/2012 8:13AM

    Interesting that you consider "i'm worth it" the most difficult - never been my problem (maybe the opposite). I'm pretty sure we both found the advice and process logical (although requiring tweaks) and so doable, even to the point of breaking habits. Must be when life changed and challenged the routine other thoughts (and emotions) crept in?
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Here's to remembering (in our souls) we are worth it!
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BELLE-4 9/13/2012 8:09AM

  This is really great!! You will be able to help others as well because of your new knowledge. Good for you!

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ROXYZMOM 9/13/2012 7:33AM

    Reminding ourselves that we don't have to be "perfect" all the time is key for me too. That "all or nothing" mindset can lead down the wrong path in many ways!

I love your number 3!! Support and helping others is the backbone to success!

Well done!

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MSLZZY 9/13/2012 7:32AM

    Polly needs to take a permanent vacation. HUGS!

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SWEDE_SU 9/13/2012 7:28AM

    i love your "polly perfectionist" - great blog! emoticon

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30 Blogs Hath September #12

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Once again, the link to the original challenge / questions: www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo
urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=5038746


Today's topic: "Post a picture of your inspiration. Thinspiration if that's your thing. Fitspiration if that's what you're after. Heathspiration if that's your primary goal. Why is this person inspiring to you?"



For those of you who don't recognize the photo, this is Sister Madonna Buder, "The Iron Nun". She's 82 now, and still competing in triathlons, breaking the age record every IronMan she completes. I am in awe and "I want to be like her when I grow up."

She inspires me for obvious reasons: age doesn't stop her. Injury doesn't stop her. She remains true to her spiritual side, while using her body to demonstrate to us all that it is possible to be fit and active WELL beyond where we happen to be. Go, Sister, Go!

OK, so that was the big public "star" inspiration... but let us not forget the inspiration I find in each of YOU... my fellow Sparkers. In Chris (SparkGuy) Downie for founding an incredible meeting place for us! In my meat-space friends and family, who have never given up on me, too.

Life is GOOD. Spark on! emoticon

  
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SHARON10002 9/30/2012 6:06PM

    What an amazing woman and truly an inspiration in many ways. You are too for all of us who follow you here. . .

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PCASEY7 9/13/2012 11:46PM

    Love your blogs - very inspiring!

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MARYJEANSL 9/13/2012 11:10PM

  Definitely a good idea to look for inspiration in all areas of our lives. So many people on this site inspire me - including you!

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ROCKYCPA 9/13/2012 10:38PM

    awesome!! She truly is an amazing woman!!

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VXWALL1942 9/13/2012 10:08PM

    Great blog...Healthspiration! You gotta love it!

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MOMMY445 9/13/2012 4:26PM

    amazing blog!

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NEWTINK 9/13/2012 3:59PM

    Both are super cool like you !!! thanks for sharing

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SJKENT1 9/13/2012 3:17PM

    awesome

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PRAIRIECROCUS 9/13/2012 11:49AM

    emoticon blog !
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NETGNAL 9/13/2012 11:48AM

    Thanks for sharing!

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PATRICIAANN46 9/13/2012 11:25AM

  OMG!!!!! She is something else, BUT...........so are YOU!!!!! emoticon

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VOLLEYGIRL77 9/13/2012 10:22AM

    I can see why she inspires you!

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PENOWOK 9/13/2012 9:05AM

    She is amazing... and SO ARE YOU!

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NEWMOM20121 9/13/2012 8:42AM

    I want to be like her when I grow up. Thank you for sharing.

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FARIS71 9/13/2012 8:40AM

    Oh my goodness that IS inspiring!!

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MIMIDOT 9/13/2012 8:33AM

    What a picture to start my day! Thank you. Now I know I can do it too.

Life is very good!

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DNRAE1 9/13/2012 8:21AM

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WALLINMW 9/13/2012 8:19AM

  Great!

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LEANJEAN6 9/13/2012 7:08AM

    Hi again Barb!!!!--You are my inspiration! emoticon

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ROUNDTOWNMOM 9/13/2012 5:39AM

    Thanks for posting this at a time when it was badly needed! I wanna be like HER when I grow up!!!!!!!!!!! The time to start is NOW.

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LADEEROSS 9/13/2012 4:25AM

    Thanks! Very encouraging!

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    Thank you for sharing.
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KARIDIAN1 9/12/2012 11:07PM

    Thanks for sharing the Iron Nun's story. What an incredible person she is.

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KAYLA0041 9/12/2012 8:38PM

    I have shared both "The Iron Nun's" story and yours with all of my friends and family. Every time I think I can't do this or that I think about the two of you ladies and realize that you are both running circles around me which motivates me to try that much harder.

Thank you so much for being you and for sharing Sister Madonna Buder's story.

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DIANESAV1 9/12/2012 8:09PM

    Amazing

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TANYAP71 9/12/2012 3:49PM

    Nowhere *is* inspiring! Thank you!

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    Very inspiring, thanks for sharing. emoticon emoticon

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DEBRA0818 9/12/2012 1:17PM

    There seems to be a very natural connection between physicality and spirituality; the body is not just biological but theological after all!

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HAPPYSOUL91 9/12/2012 1:09PM

    Wow, she is amazing

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KALIGIRL 9/12/2012 12:53PM

    From your 'meat-space', life IS good as are your role models!

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LINDAKAY228 9/12/2012 11:48AM

    She's a true inspiration to me too!

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AMANDAUNBIDDEN 9/12/2012 11:39AM

    I've never heard about this nun before. But, wow! How inspiring! Will have to look her up and read about her!

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MANDELOVICH 9/12/2012 10:58AM

    Now that is inspiring!

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TERRRI 9/12/2012 10:30AM

    I read about the Nun recently in an older article and checked out the results for a triatholon near here that she was in. First I checked out stats from around the year of the article not sure if she was still doing the races and found her name but no results. Then I went 1 year ago and there was her name but she only finished the first stage. Then I went to August 2012s results and there was her name and she finished all three stages! What I found amazing was that at her age she didn't give up just because she couldn't finish the first stage and she didn't give up the second year when she only finished 1 stage. She perservered until she did what she set out to do! Talk about tenacity.

You are just as inspiring with your blogs and what you have accomplished. Thank you!

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_LINDA 9/12/2012 9:41AM

    I LOVED reading about her -no one can really have any excuses get in their way when she can do what she does at her age, truly inspiring indeed!! She's amazing and so are you! I am very fortunate to have met so many amazing women here on Sparks! I am forever grateful Chris Downie, thank you!

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LDRICHEL 9/12/2012 8:54AM

    She is AMAAAAAZING!!!! Reading her story made me realize that Ironman doesn't have to be a self-centered dream and it CAN be done in the context of faith. And it made me believe that I can actually do an Ironman.

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LAURIE5658 9/12/2012 7:45AM

    Like you, I am in awe of Sister's love of life. I also want to be like her when I grow up.

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DOGLADY13 9/12/2012 7:23AM

    Yes, yes, yes, yes! Another 30 day blog that talks about we all inspire each other! I love it! The 30 day blog challenge has introduced me to yet another crew of wonderfully exciting and inspiring women to help me along. I'm so glad you are one of them.

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ROXYZMOM 9/12/2012 7:19AM

    Very cool...I had not heard of Sister before...she is inspiring!

Thanks for sharing!

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SLENDERELLA61 9/12/2012 7:08AM

    Great!! Excellent job of identifying inspiration! And you are so right about SparkFriends. They support and help me so much. In particular, YOU inspire me day after day after day. Thanks, Barb!! -Marsha

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30 Blogs Hath September #11

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Link to original challenge post with the 30 topics, for those who wish to follow along: www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo
urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=5038746


Today's topic: "What do you like most about your body? Has what you like most about your changed as you've progressed towards your goals?"

Hands down, what I like most about my body is that I live here! That it has forgiven me for years of abuse with food. That it responded with gratitude every time I treated it well. That I can *do* what I need to do to function in life... freely and much more easily than at times in the past when I was carting around a good deal more poundage.

Has what I like most changed? Not really. Gratitude for the miracle of life was there before I started, and it's still at the top of my list.

Imagine: this body protected and sheltered then kicked out a functioning infant, even while overweight! What's not to love about a miracle like that? This body houses my mind, that I'm so invested in. My body and yours are really pretty incredible. They are worth cherishing and taking care of.

It's not about how it looks. It's all about how it WORKS!

LIFE is good. Spark on! emoticon

  
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KARRENLYNN 10/14/2012 6:15PM

    The body is a pretty amazing thing. Takes alot of abuse and pretty awesome how much progress it makes when treated well.


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SHARON10002 9/30/2012 6:04PM

    I am grateful that my body is as healthy as it is for all that it's been through with you-yo diets, lack of exercise, etc.

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GINA180847 9/18/2012 11:57AM

    I have had a quick think about what I do love about my body. Firstly I love my body without question, it has been very kind and forgiving of me for some of the things I have put it through and it has never seriously failed me. Other than slightly elevated BP it is actually in pretty good shape considering there is really too much of the greasy stuff hanging around. I can still walk a very good distance and I can bend most of my parts. I have an upper plate but the rest is all the original God given parts and best of all my mind is still pretty good. Not fast mind you but sharp in small bursts.

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NEWCHINELO 9/16/2012 4:07PM

    YES,we owe it as a duty to respect and take care of our bodies . . .just calling for more discipline on my side because i am so GUILTY!

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SMOOCHIESMOMMY2 9/15/2012 9:20PM

    Thanks for sharing. I certainly need to take care of the only body I have.

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HYATTI1 9/15/2012 5:24PM

    Interesting, but trying to keep up with a daily blog is a job in itself. You must like communicating ... I agree our bodies are miracles a fine running machine that needs to be tuned from time to time.


Joanna

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SELENAPEPPERS 9/15/2012 4:43PM

    Thank you for posting this. I needed to read that.

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    emoticon What an honor having your blog featured in the Spark Mail. You are an inspiration to a million and a half others today. emoticon

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FRABBIT 9/14/2012 4:53PM

  Good reminder!

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EWL978 9/14/2012 6:43AM

    You are SO RIGHT!!!

Some days I think that I should have to pay rent for the use and abuse!! emoticon

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CRGEK1960 9/13/2012 10:38PM

    I never looked at my body that way. Thanks for sharing

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DEBBYNATION 9/13/2012 8:59PM

    Thx! I needed that! :)

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JEANNINEMM68 9/13/2012 7:31PM

    This is such a great attitude to have. Our bodies really are a miracle.

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EDELWEISS33 9/13/2012 1:01PM

    It has been said, your body is a temple. now with better information, we can go forth and treat it as such.

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MAGGIEROSEBOWL 9/13/2012 10:06AM

    I think what I like most about my body is even though I abused it horribly over 30 years of over-eating, it hasn't let me down. Oh yeah, my joints are sore and arthritic, but over-all I feel really good. Carrying all that weight all those years doesn't seem to have done lasting damage, my heart is good, my BP is normal again, I never got beyond pre-diabetic, and I can walk fairly easily again! I know when the doctor said, "The EKG seems to show you've already had a heart attack." I thought I had done irreversible damage by being so morbidly obese for so long, and it was too late for me. It was quite a relief to find out he was incorrect in his reading of my EKG and my heart was okay! I guess I am an example of the old saying, "It's never too late to change." At 61, I'm living a life I had long since give up on--going places and doing things I had forgotten how much fun it is to do. I'm glad my body stuck around long enough for me to realize how much fun I could have in it!

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IRISHANGIE1 9/13/2012 8:49AM

    We only get one body, and it is up to us how to take care of it and how to cherish the life we will have. Your blog is so beautiful and so thought provoking. Thanks for the inspiration!

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CAROLZ1967 9/13/2012 8:37AM

    So true! Thanks for sharing!

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LORELLELAURA 9/13/2012 8:10AM

    everyone should remember what a miracle the human body is!

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LEANMEAN2 9/13/2012 8:06AM

    Thanks for sharing

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    nice

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46SHADOW 9/13/2012 4:54AM

    Good reminder!

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SPSPSP1 9/13/2012 3:49AM

    Well said!

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SWEDE_SU 9/13/2012 3:23AM

    isn't that the truth!

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    Beautiful Thoughts...

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MARYJEANSL 9/12/2012 11:39PM

  I have to agree with you - even overweight, our bodies are pretty amazing things!

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    Good blog, thanks!

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JERICHO1991 9/12/2012 4:43PM

    Great thought. Thank you.

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    Love your blog! Good job!

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30 Blogs Hath September #10

Monday, September 10, 2012

Today's topic: "Why are you working towards the goal you talked about on Day 1? Particular health goal? Size goal? Activity goal? Vanity goal?"

First I'd better say what goal(s) I put in my day 1 blog for September. I stated 3
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.

I already did #3, and #1 and 2 so far are looking good.

As to the WHY I'm working toward these?

1. To live the life I want to live, including upcoming events, I need to be injury free... injuries put a huge road block in life.

2. Is a reminder to myself that I have to remain flexible... leave Polly Perfectionist OUTSIDE, and be conscious of my body. Why? Because being too inflexible or giving myself a hard time when "life happens" leads to a place I don't want to go.

These are modest goals. They are about remembering what's important, keeping the boat afloat.

And life, here in Maintenance, remains GOOD! Spark on! emoticon

  
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SHARON10002 9/30/2012 6:01PM

    My only goal right now is to begin seeing progress again . . .
You are doing great, Barb. I think that we sometimes bury ourselves in goals and then get lost, and feel defeated.

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BOMBSHELLY 9/12/2012 12:47PM

    Here, here - for modest goals!

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ROXYZMOM 9/10/2012 9:49PM

    I love your goals - your paying attention to and respecting your body - great thinking!

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WATERMELLEN 9/10/2012 8:37PM

    These are the KEY goals: because we're in this for the long haul, and we trust ourselves (yes we do) not never to get off track but to get right back on track as necessary!!

Thanks for your gentian blog comment . . . we do love our dogs so very much!!

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KASEYCOFF 9/10/2012 5:58PM

    I'm tuning in late (day late, dollar short, lol) but the '30 Blogs Hath September' is a brilliant concept - now I'll see if I can catch up!
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KARIDIAN1 9/10/2012 4:42PM

    Good goals. An injury can real drag you down.

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IRONBLOSSOM 9/10/2012 12:52PM

    Awesome! Great work!

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DEBRA0818 9/10/2012 12:41PM

    I love your goals -- perfect for maintenance. I only have one goal right now and that is to stick to my program one day at a time. Keeping it simple helps!

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MANDELOVICH 9/10/2012 12:02PM

    Nice goals and questions.

My goals:

To get to my dream weight by my birthday (Oct 4)
To use self-correcting strategies to improve my relationships at home.

I want to achieve these because I know habits can change with attention and intention and I want to have the best connection with my husband and daughter I can have.

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LINDAKAY228 9/10/2012 11:42AM

    You're doing awesome!

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_LINDA 9/10/2012 11:26AM

    I would say those are pretty important goals to follow, not modest. Listening to your body in all ways is key to keep on living the life you want. Listening to it when it says you are full from eating, listening when the muscles are a little too tight and don't want any more pushing. Knowing when the stress is building up too much and take whatever steps you can to relive it before the binging can start. It goes in all ways in all areas of our lives.
You got this, Spark on!

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LDRICHEL 9/10/2012 10:53AM

    Great job! Keep going!!!!

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MSLZZY 9/10/2012 9:35AM

    Modest goals but valuable to a healthy lifestyle.

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EBEAMS 9/10/2012 9:30AM

    #2 on the reasons why is probably what I will struggle with for the rest of my life. If you figure out how to make that happen, let me know, will ya? emoticon You totally get the thing about sometimes we aren't where we want to be but NOTHING is impossible! I love that!

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DOGLADY13 9/10/2012 9:04AM

    I know Polly Perfectionist. I can't stand her. She's always pestering me.

Not injuring yourself is always a good goal. Listening to your body... a great goal!

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DRAFTLOVER 9/10/2012 8:03AM

    I agree your goals are perfect for where you are at!

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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
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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 to share and yes i too can relate to a hellava lot of your writings.
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PATRICIAANN46 9/10/2012 12:35PM

  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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NEWMOM20121 9/10/2012 9:23AM

    Thank you for sharing.


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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

  Awesome!

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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

  You're so right.

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NCSUE0514 9/10/2012 2:56AM

    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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KARIDIAN1 9/9/2012 7:13PM

    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!

HUGS

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