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30 Blogs Hath September #28

Friday, September 28, 2012

Today's topic: "What do you do for wellness? For example, to increase emotional, spiritual, or intellectual well-being? "

In fact, emotional, spiritual well-being is at the core of my program. Intellect is a tool in the process.

As a self-identified compulsive overeater, I keep 12 step materials around the house, and read them, I would say "daily", but that would be a perfectionist statement. Close to that. I both pray (talk to a power greater than myself, whom I choose to call God) and meditate (listen for what God has to tell me).

I journal, which helps me identify emotions and intellectually to deal with them. Some of this journaling is on paper and y'all never see it. Some of it is pretty open, right here in the blogs.

Reading is one of the great joys of my life, and I tend mostly toward fiction to fuel my imagination (and give me something to mull over while running, riding or swimming when I let my mind wander). I like themes of good versus evil and complex characters. Traditionally I have some self-help book or another "in progress" at any given time.

And I Spark. Spark is about far more than nutrition and exercise advice. It's also (for me) about finding kindred spirits, hidden around the world. We are not alone. We are journeying through our lives, working out the puzzle of what our personal missions might be... and hopefully, by sharing them, Sparking one another to make a difference in our lives, our communities, and ultimately, in the world.

Life is GOOD. Spark on! emoticon emoticon emoticon

  
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FRABBIT 12/13/2012 4:54PM

  Inspiring!

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CADDYBROWN 12/11/2012 5:09PM

    Thank you for the thoughts. I need to keep these things in my formost mind to keep from failing.

Caddy

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BEAUTY_WITHIN 10/22/2012 12:14AM

    Love your blog! :) I need to build a better routine for myself :)

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SUPERSYLPH 10/16/2012 12:09PM

    Great blog, and your background full of pictures is motivating! I need to get out there and do some of that!

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NOVELAFAN 10/16/2012 11:42AM

    Haven't thought of the 12 step angle before. Definitely will keep that in mind going forward because I'm obviously a food addict too. Thanks and keep up the great work. Looks like you had a heck of a great time at that mud run.

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GODDREAMDIVA1 10/11/2012 8:34AM

    Thank you!

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NLYR20 10/9/2012 11:14AM

  Awesome!!

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PENOWOK 10/7/2012 9:16PM

    well said!!

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JURASSICSUE 10/4/2012 12:25PM

    I agree about reading - have you ever tried audiobooks, I love that I can listen them whilst I walk, doubling up on the healthiness!
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KHALIA2 10/2/2012 1:04AM

  I also rely on the Higher Power in my life. I began my day with Him each morning. Then, and only then, do I began the rest of my day.

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CHERIRIDDELL 10/2/2012 12:21AM

    I love to read and I agree with you about Spark !

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FATHINSN 10/1/2012 10:53PM

    Agree wholly, especially the part about reading - that also one of the joyous things in my life :D

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MARYJEANSL 10/1/2012 9:05PM

  Well said - and I agree that you have your act together.

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LAWANDMUSIC 10/1/2012 7:18PM

    Thanks! You are an inspiration to me!

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MONTREAL12 10/1/2012 6:55PM

  Loved your inspirational blog! It takes courage and conviction to manage ourselves and you are certainly on the right track! emoticon

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OKGOATGAL 10/1/2012 1:22PM

  I appreciate your honest and upbeat outlook. :)

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LANEE24 10/1/2012 10:55AM

    So TRUE!!! Life is good!!!

Best to you in all of your endeavors.

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FARIS71 10/1/2012 9:29AM

    That is all awesome! You've got it together lady!

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DMEYER4 10/1/2012 7:22AM

  great blog. Thank you

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SLFGOLF 10/1/2012 1:00AM

    One thing that sparkpeople has done for me has shown me that life really is good. The more positive things we look at and find, the more positive happens.

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CHERYLSBUTT 9/30/2012 9:25PM

    Life is good and gets better as we find the person GOd intends us to be!!!

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PCASEY7 9/30/2012 9:01PM

    I agree life IS good and we shouldn't take it for granted! Great post - keep em coming!

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PATRICIAANN46 9/30/2012 8:53PM

  You are so right. Sharing thoughts with fellow Sparkers is an important part of every day of my journey. emoticon

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REENIE131 9/30/2012 8:38PM

    Thank you for sharing. Life IS good!

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LOGOULD 9/30/2012 7:17PM

    Oh, you are so right - life IS good! I, too, have come to the part in this program where it is less about losing weight, but about being happy and whole and fit - physically, mentally and spiritually. It is a balancing act to be sure, full of all kinds of challenges and goals to chase, but that is what keeps it interesting and keeps me motivated!

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CUDDLYPOLARBEAR 9/30/2012 3:15PM

    Great post....

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SHAZG321 9/30/2012 2:56PM

    THANK YOU FOR SHARING emoticon

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52114ME 9/30/2012 2:55PM

    Thank you for reminding us that we are not alone in our journey.
You sure look like you enjoyed the mud run. Personally I can't imagine doing it.
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WONDERFUL2BME 9/30/2012 2:47PM

    Life certainly IS good!

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ARUSHING2 9/30/2012 2:04PM

  You share food for thought here, thanks.

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TDEMAIO2 9/30/2012 8:41AM

    emoticon life is SO good :D

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KELLYPAQ 9/30/2012 8:25AM

    Good read. Especially liked te last paragraph. Sometimes it's hard to remember that we are not alone.

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LEANMEAN2 9/30/2012 7:22AM

    Thanks for sharing

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JSTETSER 9/30/2012 6:46AM

    Nice blog!

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KASEYCOFF 9/30/2012 2:23AM

    You're my hero, Barb...
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CICELY360 9/30/2012 1:25AM

  Good blog

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EVWINGS 9/29/2012 11:44PM

    Great blog entry. Thanks for sharing. Hasn't this challenge been wonderful?

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JAMER123 9/29/2012 11:34PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon LIFE is good! I think that all those are good but find the Sparking the best with the friends made that are friends for LIFE!!
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EDOODLE1 9/29/2012 10:58PM

    You diffidently look like you had fun, I did this too this year and it is a great cause emoticon for the breast cancer which I did it for.

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MICHELE142 9/29/2012 8:33PM

   
The reading of this blog came just at the right time. emoticon

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30 Blogs Hath September #27

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Link to TanyaP71's original question list, in case anybody wants to join the journey... you know there's no requirement you had to start on a specific date! I just thought it was a catchy title when I picked to start September 1st. www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo
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Today's topic: "Have you ever hired anyone to help you with your journey? A personal trainer. A dietician/nutritionist? A wellness coach? A life coach? What worked and didn't work? "

Absolutely I've hired, bought, struggled, etc.! In the end you do it yourself. But to ask a professional for help along the way? Well worth the investment, in my book.

Some people you probably already employ to help you on your life journey: how about your doctor or dentist? Your minister or priest? A therapist (physical or mental)?

Thing is, you cannot BUY a fitter self. It's a totally "do it yourself" project. But you can rent a lot of cheerleaders and find recipe books along the way.

I have joined gyms. I have purchased equipment. Bought books. AND I have hired personal trainers. I have taken advantage of workplace wellness and university coaching opportunities. I've learned a lot from the professionals I employed.

One tip I have if you *do* hire one... make sure the fit is right, that you can communicate. If you don't respect their style, or it ends up demotivating you... CHANGE trainers / coaches. It's OK... this is a professional relationship. It's not your job to please them. (This is addressed to the people pleaser in some of us.)

And leave Polly Perfectionist on the cutting room floor... some of these folks will give you conflicting advice, and you'll just have to figure out what works for you NOW... (this can change over time, trust me.)

LIFE is good, people... here's to appreciating every minute of it! Spark on! emoticon

  
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KARIDIAN1 9/27/2012 9:35PM

    A good fit is so important with any instructor. Even when I took guitar lessons it was important to feel good with his teaching style and instruction. The owner of the music shop had a big hand in that, he matched us up based on knowing me as a customer and knowing the instructor as a teacher. It worked out well.



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WATERMELLEN 9/27/2012 9:30PM

    LOVE "SUPPERED" as a past participle.

I've had a few too many "loud and bossy" personal trainers . . . I need that quiet meditative state, and I don't need anyone providing forceful or perky "encouragement" to exercise . . . not at all!!

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DRAFTLOVER 9/27/2012 3:54PM

    Life IS good and you are so right. We need to appreciate it RIGHT now. Not when we are at our ideal weight......

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KNEWMETODAY 9/27/2012 1:18PM

    The beauty of Spark is that you don't have to buy/rent/lease cheerleaders because they come free of charge!! For me, the friendships formed because of our common goal keep me coming back and keep me wanting to do more/better. I know exactly where to go when I need a boost...and I have never yet failed to get one.

There is absolutely positive strength in community.

Kathy

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NEW-CAZ 9/27/2012 12:44PM

    Oh to be able to afford such luxuries. I dun diddly did it all on my own and I am proud I did.

As you said only you can DO it! You have to be in the right frame of mind to want fitness and good health- it's hard work to start with but once you have the basics you know it's worth the journey and it becomes second nature and much easier.

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DLDMIL 9/27/2012 12:10PM

    Great advice. Thank you. emoticon

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1CRAZYDOG 9/27/2012 11:48AM

  good advice to move on if the trainer/coach isn't a good fit for you! Doesn't mean they're deficient as a traininer/coach . . . just not meeting YOUR needs.

Ad as far as Polly Perfectionist . . . yeah . . . daily work on that one to keep her in her place. Not always easy, but with practice, a little easier each day.

Agree with Lynda -- you are a great role model!

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LINDAKAY228 9/27/2012 10:40AM

    You are so right about making sure the person you hire is a good fit for you. They can give direction but ultimitely it is up to us!

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KAYLA0041 9/27/2012 10:13AM

    I agree this is a do it yourself project - I am constantly trying to increase my knowledge and trying to figure out what works for me.

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DEBRA0818 9/27/2012 9:54AM

    There is so much good help out there if one uses it as help and not as a defense against change (like I did). I used to join WW or other diet program, gyms, etc. and think that they would change me so that I would become the person who would do the things that would get me to where I dreamed of going. No such luck. As you say, it's a DIY project; they are just the tools and/or cheerleaders.

Now I get it!

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DNRAE1 9/27/2012 9:08AM

    We would all love to have the "magic pill", but you're right, it is a work hard, do-it-yourself project all the way with helpers and pointers (for the right directions) along the way! Thank you for another great blog!

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LDRICHEL 9/27/2012 8:56AM

    I love these words - so full of wisdom!

I have quite enjoyed "getting to know" you these past 27 days. You inspire me every single day, y'know.


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LAURIE5658 9/27/2012 8:40AM

    I have a hire right now that is worth every penny and I love her. She absolutely fits my needs and my lifestyle. I have had some in the past that did not last long at all.

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DEBRITA01 9/27/2012 8:31AM

    A DIY project...I like that! Something to think about today... emoticon

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MIZCATHI 9/27/2012 8:26AM

    As soon as I can afford a few hours for a personal trainer I'm doing it! (unemployed)

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KALIGIRL 9/27/2012 8:13AM

    Life is good - and here's to going with the 'good' flow - finding what works and what doesn't and being willing to leave the remnants on the cutting room floor!
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LEANJEAN6 9/27/2012 8:06AM

    I've done just about everythjing to lose weight--It's the encouragement on here which helps me a lot too--Enjoy to-day Barb!--You are my role model!-Lynda emoticon

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Nebraska 5% Challenge pre-challenge items

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Stole the title from AmyLouLopez!

Plan:
1. Your exercise - mine is to follow my half-marathon lead-up training plan. I have another 7 1/2 weeks of mapped out exercise, which includes two short and one long run a week plus cross training.

2. Your meals - I am following a maintenance range, Jenny Craig foods as part but not all of it, and track my food on another site.

3. Your involvement - this is my first challenge with the Spark Nebraska team and I'm hoping it doesn't push me over the edge to overcommitment, but just fits in nicely with what I'm already doing. My plan is to check in the challenge threads on the team site at least every other day.

Updated goals:
Maintain within 3% of 122 (my center of maintenance range).
Don't get injured while exercising.
Don't embarrass myself at the Governor's Cup (Oct. 21 15 K run) or the Women's Half Marathon (November 18th).

Head in to Winter with my head held high and my body fit.

  
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_LINDA 9/28/2012 11:58PM

    I don't think you have anything to worry about! You have got this!

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KALIGIRL 9/27/2012 8:20AM

    Don't get injured is right! You'll do super!

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LJCANNON 9/27/2012 6:52AM

    emoticon I Love that 'Not Getting Injured While Exercising' is part of your Plan!! That should be on EVERYONE'S List!!
emoticon I'm with DraftLover, I can't imagine a scenario where you should/could/would be Embarrassed?! You are doing an AMAZING Job and we are all Proud of you!!

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DEBRA0818 9/27/2012 5:36AM

    Hard to believe that 1/2 marathon is coming up so quickly -- but awesome that it is!

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DRAFTLOVER 9/27/2012 5:20AM

    Im not sure how in the world you could embarrass yourself? You my friend ROCK! What other site do you track your food on?

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    Great plan and goals! emoticon emoticon

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KARIDIAN1 9/26/2012 9:51PM

    You rock!

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1CRAZYDOG 9/26/2012 9:21PM

  DEFINITELY a great plan and DEFINITELY hold your head high!!! HUGS

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30 Blogs Hath September #26

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Today's topic: "Do you like to exercise alone, with a partner, in a small group, or in a large group? Why? "

Mostly, I am a solo exerciser. I love those times walking, running, swimming, biking when my mind can wander and resolve whatever is out there to be resolved.

That said, I also love "eventing" when I am being active around a lot of other active people. I love walking or jogging slow and talking with a friend or with my son (miss him). Much philosophy and encouragement can be shared.

So, I'll take some from column A, B, AND C!

Life's good. Being able to move is good. Spark on! emoticon emoticon emoticon

  
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_LINDA 9/28/2012 7:38PM

    I have always been solo, doing my own DVD's and exercise machine at home, but went to aquafit class because I enjoyed the music and different moves. I found it frustrating in some ways dealing with people, because in that class there were some people who seemed to be there only for socializing and were not even following what the instructor was saying and you would have to go around them when moving back and forth, but that is the only one. When I got the free pass to my city's facilities and started taking other classes, I enjoyed them and enjoyed the competition who could keep up the best, etc., etc. I walk & hike with Mom, but might as well be by myself as she insists on single file one behind the other to allow for bicycles to pass which are everywhere on the paths. She claims she can't hear me so we never speak. She also doesn't go as fast as I would like either. So while I experience all three, the bottom line is I am in my own world doing my own workout if I want to get a good one. I have quite a bit of focus and concentration as doing the movements properly (especially in kickboxing) is critical to prevent any injury.
So glad you can enjoy all of them!

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WATERMELLEN 9/26/2012 10:25PM

    I like going to the gym with DH or a friend and then pretty much working out solo . . .

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KARIDIAN1 9/26/2012 10:10PM

    I usually do everything with my husband. Some bike riding alone while he is at work on my day off.

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ME_B4_INSANITY 9/26/2012 1:11PM

    I love a good walk to find my center, but nothing like a group class to bring out the competitive in me, so I push myself harder. Not a bad thing!!!

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DLDMIL 9/26/2012 11:56AM

    I am mostly a loner, but enjoy meeting with my excerise group twice a week. emoticon

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LINDAKAY228 9/26/2012 11:53AM

    I like exercising iwth a friend also once in a while, especially hiking, but I am also basically a loner exerciser. I like to be alone with my thoughts, or if using the stationary bike at the gym or the treadmill to read a book on my Kindle or watch netfix on my phone.

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1CRAZYDOG 9/26/2012 10:44AM

  Definitely mix it up. I definitely do my best thinking when on a walk or ride but do like variety too. Great questions! Great blog.

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KAYOTIC 9/26/2012 10:29AM

    Mostly I work out alone, but have come to LOVE my small group fitness class, we encourage and push each other with the help and encouragement of our trainer...

I also have enjoyed the larger group classes I've taken, although the timing of them usually don't work that well for me, and I find they aren't as intense as I'd like, but they are fun.

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LDRICHEL 9/26/2012 9:30AM

    I am also solo...but was shocked to find that I don't hate running with a partner. Haha.

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DOGLADY13 9/26/2012 8:58AM

    I like solving the world's problems on a long run.

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KALIGIRL 9/26/2012 8:32AM

    Here's to 'mixing' it up!

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KAYLA0041 9/26/2012 8:31AM

    Overall I am a loner when I work out but enjoy like you when eventing I love the challenge of group.

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NEW-CAZ 9/26/2012 8:10AM

    My exercise time if my ME TIME and woe be tide anyone who interupts it LOL.
Having said that I'd love to try a small Zumba or Line Dancing club!

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DNRAE1 9/26/2012 8:08AM

    Actually, I'm an A, B, and C'er too! Love it all!

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46SHADOW 9/26/2012 8:08AM

    I like that you'll take from column abc or d. I used to rely on exercising with a friend to get me out of the house but found that it works better on my own juice. But I'd have to agree that sometimes it works to mix it up. Llove your back ground pictures of the mud run and the smile on your face.

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LEANJEAN6 9/26/2012 7:58AM

    SOLO-----I do my best thinking when out alone on the trail--love yer blogs--Lynda emoticon

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MSLZZY 9/26/2012 7:23AM

    I usually go solo but going with a small group
might be nice too.

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30 Blogs Hath September #25

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Link to original questions list... we're getting toward the end now... how quickly it goes: www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo
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Today's topic: "Is there any form of fitness/exercise that you tried and gave up? Is there any form of fitness/exercise that you would like to try?"

Tried and gave up: Jazzercize, or dance class of any kind. Not for me. I ended up in tears. Twice. I felt so... inadequate, ignorant, and out of place. Even writing about it brings the sting of tears... or maybe it's the melancholy of Autumn joining with that memory! Not... for... me. Don't do anything that doesn't feel like you!

Would like to try? Already doing everything I wanted to try: I swim, I bike, I run, I walk. These work for me. But someday... on my bucket list?

Maybe... just maybe... work on upper body enough to be able to do unassisted pull-ups? Hand over hand monkey bars? Climb a wall? But if it turns out I detest it, I give myself full permission to give up after a single session!

  
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62NVON 9/26/2012 8:29AM

    I do pretty well with basic aerobic moves, but I'm extremely uncoordinated with dance moves. Luckily there is a wide variety of workouts out there to suit each of us. No point in doing something you hate just for the sake of doing it!

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LOSTLIME 9/26/2012 6:33AM

    I am not much of a dancer. I have tried a zumba class. It was fun but I simply have no rythmn at all! My hips go the wrong way from what you're supposed to do. I feel like a stick figure in a cartoon! But I will keep trying.

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DALID414 9/25/2012 11:49PM

    I feel clumsy in step classes!

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EVWINGS 9/25/2012 8:00PM

    Great blog!!

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DOGLADY13 9/25/2012 7:53PM

    I want to be able to do a real push up and I wouldn't mind being able to do a pull up either.

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KARIDIAN1 9/25/2012 7:23PM

    Not a dancer either. Two left feet and no timing.

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LINDAKAY228 9/25/2012 4:19PM

    I'm a total clutz in any kind of dance class LOL! Definitely not for me!

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NEW-CAZ 9/25/2012 12:49PM

    Gave up athletics; high jump etc.
tried swimming and just hate water so no point doing something yer hate LOL'

Love walking, jogging and cycling and hauling weights around (like you didn't know).

Would love to try Zumba but there are no classes near me emoticon same for line dancing!
But hey I have a BD coming up, some DVD's maybe??


We're all different and what a sad uninteresting world it would be if we weren't.

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DEBRA0818 9/25/2012 11:02AM

    Gave up tennis because of my weight, age and knees. Ditto skiing (water and snow).

Would love to try cross-fit next year maybe...

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MSLZZY 9/25/2012 10:06AM

    Exercise tried and given up-the high jump,
the long jump and discus. High school sports
from many years ago.

Zumba might be interesting and maybe Tebow.

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1CRAZYDOG 9/25/2012 9:35AM

  High impact aerobics was something I did in my 20's, 30's and 40's, but too much for my joints now. Not gentle to the joints!!

Trying Zumba. Liking it.

HUGS!

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_LINDA 9/25/2012 9:13AM

    Wow! Very honest! Interesting too. I had never had a stitch of dance training in my life, nor did I ever consider going out to do what they call 'dancing' in a bar. I even missed my high school grad being in the hospital so missed the classic dance lessons given to everyone for the prom. So taking Zumba was far and away outside my comfort zone for this klutz with two left feet. Yep, hide in the back far corner of the class was me when I tried my first class. Yes, I struggled. Mightily. I would be going one way and the class the other. I would be at least two steps behind. My feet didn't go where my brain was telling them to go. But I LOVED the music, and was lucky the classmates & instructor were so supportive. Its not who looks the best or moves the best, the bottom line is just to move your body and have F.U.N. Everyone high fives after a class. Its like no other class I have taken. I am so sorry your experience was so horrible. I guess I got lucky with the people I took it with. Today, I keep up pretty well, but some of the moves can still stump these old two left feet. But I am just there to have fun, a relaxing break from the hard driving bootcamps and boxercise classes.
Each to his own. So glad you found what works best for you!

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LDRICHEL 9/25/2012 8:43AM

    I agree. I HATE stuff like Zumba.

I started reading the Triathlete's Training Bible last night (wow!!! SOOOO good and SO worth the $35...seriously...and that's only after ONE chapter!) I suppose I knew this in the back of my mind, but to read it was pretty cool...with swimming, biking and running, you are working almost every muscle in your entire body.

That is just a bit mindblowing to me. I might still be in my tri honeymoon phase, but I could kiss the person who invented it!!! It is such a perfect blend of physical fitness!

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EBEAMS 9/25/2012 8:29AM

    LOL ... Yep! I'm totally with you on the dance class thing! I always say I would NEVER do Zumba in a group session after trying it with a DVD at home. Someone would seriously be calling me an ambulance thinking there was something really wrong with me! I'm with you ... I really prefer the "natural" kinds of exercise for my body but I'll try just about anything at least once - provided some of them are in the privacy of my own home with no audience!

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KALIGIRL 9/25/2012 8:28AM

    Here's to finding what works for us!
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SLENDERELLA61 9/25/2012 8:09AM

    Very good self awareness! Thanks for another honest blog, especially as far as your dancing attempt.

But didn't you leave out something? Yes, you bike, swim, cycle, walk, but you actually did a triathlon (or more than one?) and color run and mud events with obstacles. You have achieved the appropriate military fitness expectations. Your willingness to tackle goals and achieve them is amazing!! Can't wait to find out how that unassisted pull up training goes. My money's on you, and if that ends up not to be for you, I bet you'll find another challenge!!

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WATERMELLEN 9/25/2012 7:53AM

    Oh my: "know thyself" . . . while considering the possibility there is still an undiscovered corner or two of yourself . . . . works for me too. But OK to make that decision: this is not for me.

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