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Spark Nebraska GREEN!

Sunday, September 30, 2012


Kick off for participating in the Spark Nebraska 5% Challenge that starts today.

With a shout out to my other Spark Teams that evoke the color green: the Turtles over 50 reaching our goals, of course... and the Military Mamas and Papas and the Blue Star Moms (for Army Green, with a nod to my son, currently serving).

Spark on through another 8 weeks of challenge! emoticon

  
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    Life's good; Spark on!

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SLENDERELLA61 10/1/2012 6:03PM

    Life's good. Spark on!! You are SO right!!

Loved seeing your animated face move and hearing your cheerful voic,e as well as the inspiring message of the challenge you are undertaking and the races you are preparing for! Thanks for posting a vblog. Very cool!!

Go Green!!

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RONALANA 10/1/2012 11:10AM

    Good luck! Sounds like a great and fun challenge!

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    Nice vlog style:) Good luck!

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    Awesome!!

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MIMIDOT 10/1/2012 9:04AM

    Great video! I;m waiting to start a challenge myself. They are great fun!

Good luck in yours! Spark on!

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    Good luck!! emoticon

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  Ohhhh-Rah!

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NEWMOM20121 10/1/2012 8:37AM

    Great challenge.

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KALIGIRL 10/1/2012 8:21AM

    10 cups a day! Wow - fun challenge - love your 'form' of communication!

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LEANJEAN6 10/1/2012 8:20AM

    Wow--Wonder if I could do it---Lynda

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    emoticon Wonderful to see your blog featured in the Spark Mail. What an honor. emoticon

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JANEMARIE77 10/1/2012 7:34AM

    thanks for the wonderful video blog your plan is great and to see your smile and enthusiasm just made me smile too. best of luck and I'll be looking forward to your updates

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    Good luck!

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    yippy !!!!

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    okay now!

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The Green Team has a SERIOUS Advantage with you on their side!! I know you will blow those Challenges out of the Park!! I am looking forward to reading all about it - And maybe hearing it, too? I loved putting a Voice with your Photo.

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MAGGIE805 9/30/2012 7:48PM

    Go, Green!!! emoticon emoticon What a great challenge! Good luck emoticon

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LINDAKAY228 9/30/2012 4:41PM

    SOunds like an awesome challenge! Great way to get your training in. I enjoyed watching your Vlog. I have yet to do one. The laptop I bought 2 years ago came with a built in camera and I have never ever used it LOL. Good luck with all the goals!

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MNTWINSGAL 9/30/2012 4:16PM

    Great Vlog, Barb! It's always so nice to hear the voice that goes with the face and the written words. You are a very good speaker...should do this more often.

Your accent reminds me of my Nebraska relatives!

Good luck on the Nebraska Green challenge!

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NIKKICOLE83 9/30/2012 2:43PM

    GO BIG GREEN!!!! I am happy to be part of the team and I commit to getting 400 activity minutes minimum each week. Can't wait for us to DOMINATE! I am already 3 servings of water in and I will chug until I hit that 10. Now out to encourage our other members. By the way, I love your page background!

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DLDMIL 9/30/2012 12:54PM

    Good luck on your challenge. Look forward to hearing about your trip across America. emoticon

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MARATHONDAD 9/30/2012 12:27PM

    good luck I am on the firecrackers

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_LINDA 9/30/2012 11:48AM

    Your green team has an unfair advantage with you on it lol!! You are going to rock this challenge! You go girl!!
Great to see and hear you on Sparks this morning!

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SHARON10002 9/30/2012 10:54AM

    Good luck with this team challenge, Barb. We all know you are going to "rock these next 8 weeks"! Loved seeing you via video! You should do more of the video blogs!

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DNRAE1 9/30/2012 10:47AM

    Go Green! emoticon emoticon emoticon (just a few green things to cheer you on!)

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1CRAZYDOG 9/30/2012 10:30AM

    Spark on Barb. You rock! Good luck w/the challenge.

God boess our soldiers and familis. Prayers and hugs.

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MILLEDGE2 9/30/2012 10:27AM

    I'm not from Nebraska, but I'll be cheering for Nebraska Green!

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1CRAZYDOG 9/30/2012 10:26AM

    wonderful blog! good luck w/the challenge, Barb! you rock for sure!

Hugs and prayers for our soldiers and families!

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  Thanks for sharing

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30 Blogs Hath September #30

Sunday, September 30, 2012

Last one for me... but one more time, here's the link to the original TanyaP71 list of 30 topics in case anybody wants to start their 30 blog journey NOW! No rule that says we had to all do it on the same collection of dates!

www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo
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Today's topic, as I say a sad "good-bye" to what's been a very interesting challenge: "What are you most proud of about your journey towards healthy living during the month of September?"

I had a triumph in a personal best in a 5 mile run early in the month. But that's not what I'm most proud of.

As I've said in a couple of "side" blogs, September has not been an easy month for me. I have seen my binge-monster come back. I have been SLOGGING through my workouts. I even took most of one week "off" exercise. The rebel had the bit between her teeth, for sure.

What I'm most proud of in this is that I have not tossed in the towel, as in some years past I might have done. I have a couple of upcoming events that I am still committed to, and while I may question myself, I'm still working toward them. I may be modifying my expectations (I regularly do this)... but I'm still working at it.

I'm most proud that I'm still keeping on keeping on! If you, like I, have had your slips, slides, and demons talking at you... but you're still Sparking? Pat yourself on the back. Be kind to you... reward yourself with something other than food, and Spark on with your head held high.

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DLDMIL 10/1/2012 11:58PM

    Congrats. This has been a very enlightening month reading your blogs. I will miss them, as you have encouraged a lot of Sparkers this past month. Thank you for your blogs and posts and encouragement to all of us, that it is ok to slip backwards, but to get up and continue forward. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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WATERMELLEN 10/1/2012 7:49PM

    Oh, yeah: keeping on keeping on. We can never get complacent about the effort it takes and the potential for derailment . . . .

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SWEDE_SU 9/30/2012 8:40PM

    thanks for a great month of blogs - yours have been among my favorite, very insightful, making me think about what i am doing, why, etc - i have some catching up to do, but this has really been a great exercise!

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EVWINGS 9/30/2012 8:30PM

    These blogs for Sept have been fun and self learning, I found. Yours have been great!!

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KARIDIAN1 9/30/2012 7:22PM

    Great month of blogs Barb.


And you had a great month!

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DOGLADY13 9/30/2012 6:58PM

    Sticking with something as challenging as changing a lifetime of habits is Something To Be Proud Of. Absolutely. I'm so glad I found you through this 30 day challenge. Your positive, persistence is worthy of emulation.



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DRAFTLOVER 9/30/2012 12:53PM

    Ha HA "bit in the mouth" Love it! Anyway thanks for sharing the idea for this blog challenge. And thanks for not giving up the fight. You are truly amazing and I am so glad I "happened" upon your blog. I will follow you through your journey as long as you keep posting i will keep reading! emoticon

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Your open honesty and commitment to push on encourages me.

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DEBRITA01 9/30/2012 12:33PM

    Thanks for the inspiration and for sharing your month with us. Congrats for hanging in there during the tough times. In real life they're always there to try to bring us down, but we are stronger than that. emoticon

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COMETER 9/30/2012 11:55AM

    You ARE an inspiration. And what you said about realizing that in your past, this would have been the start of a long downslide is well worth attention. Clear progress has been made in seeing that difference alone, and in being willing to have that Rebel at your side, not ignoring or denying the Rebel.

Good look with the next challenge! And THANKS.

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DR8561 9/30/2012 11:52AM

    As the saying goes, it isn't how many times you fall that count but how many times you get back up. You inspire me and many others (judging by responses to this blog). It really helps those of us who are still working to get there to know that maintainers have bad days too. You rock!
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_LINDA 9/30/2012 11:07AM

    And that is an acheivement you can be very, very proud of!! That is why you ARE a successful maintainer and a shining light for the rest of us to be encouraged by and follow!
Very well done!!
Spark on!

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BRON42 9/30/2012 9:37AM

    This was a great series! Thanks so much for sharing so much of yourself. I've appreciated getting to know you and hearing your story. Hopefully you'll keep blogging and inspiring us. Keep up the great work! emoticon emoticon

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1CRAZYDOG 9/30/2012 9:32AM

    You are an inspiration . . . keep on keeping on! HUGS!

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-SHOREIDO- 9/30/2012 9:22AM

    Barb(Amazin)
Another mind tickle and enjoyed every minute. Good Blog!

"The readiness is all" (my favorite) ; )


Look forward to your October thoughts! Have a nice Sunday!

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DNRAE1 9/30/2012 8:45AM

    Your blogs have been inspiring this past month, so thank you. Mostly because of SP I have not let myself STOP slogging! It is a joy to see myself work past days that before would have stopped me in my tracks and had me backsliding Big Time! But I haven't done that once since joining SP, thanks to you and many other inspiring people on this website. Have a great October! emoticon

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LAURIE5658 9/30/2012 8:41AM

    Barb, after enjoying a great fitness routine I ran 2 marathons that ultimately caused me to rest. I am now trying to gget my old routine back and I will get there. Go me and go you!!!

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LEANJEAN6 9/30/2012 8:23AM

    Keep on--keep on -blogging--Sparking---Barb--I enjoy reading aboutcha--and it enco emoticon urages me to keep on too-Lynda

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FALLNTENN 9/30/2012 8:19AM

    Your September series of blogs have been enlightening for me. Thank you so much for sharing your thoughts and ideas.
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MILLEDGE2 9/30/2012 8:05AM

    An excellent conclusion to this month! We measure ourselves against "perfection", which may be a good motivator, but why is it so hard to remember that when we give up if we don't reach it (and we NEVER reach it!), we were destined to fall short in the first place? If perfection is the goal, failure is assured! Hope your October goes really well! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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BROOKLYN_BORN 9/30/2012 7:58AM

    You deserve to be very proud of yourself.

Thank you for posting the link to the topics. As newly active on SP, I wondered where they were coming from. Although I completely missed participating in this challenge in Sept (although I did start blogging), I think that answering the questions will give me insight into myself. Good luck on your continuing journey.

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MSLZZY 9/30/2012 7:32AM

    A very strong and positive attitude and one that
will surely carry you forward. You are such a great
inspiration. Thanks so much for sharing 30 days
of reflection and commitment. HUGS!

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KANOE10 9/30/2012 7:20AM

    You know I have also had workout issues where you are slugging on, I think I have reached a plateau where doing the same thing over and over again is not burning the calories as my body is used to it. But like you..all we can do is keep on, keeping on.

You are doing a great job of working through the trials of maintaining and still continuing to exercise and try to eat healthy.

I thought these questions were fun also..but also self reflective.

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30 Blogs Hath September #29

Saturday, September 29, 2012

Today's topic: "There is so much MORE to you than your wellness journey. Please share 10 facts about yourself that aren't related to your weight loss journey, how you eat, or how you exercise. "

As I mentioned on some of the other Challenge bloggers entries for today - this one offers the most opportunity to surprise each other... and find connections / differences!

1) I have 3 sisters and a brother, an ex husband and a son.

2) Both my parents have passed on, but both were writers. Dad was a journalist. Mom was a poet. No wonder I'm confused.

3) I am owned by a cat, but I'm really a dog person. RIP Diamond, 1996 - 2011.

4) I once tried the National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) but for me it was a dismal failure. I got to about Veteran's Day before I ran out of words. One day I shall try again. I have a local friend who not only completed it, but published her novel!

5) I have been walking while reading since second grade, when my mom would let me walk to the neighborhood library on my own. My knees still bear the learning scars, but I'm pretty good at it by now.

6) I grew up without a working television in the house, from first grade through junior high school.

7) I find myself translating Bible verses in my head whenever a service I'm attending is using anything other than King James. The poetry of that version has been ingrained in my brain from childhood. Probably also explains my love for Shakespeare. It's a language unto itself, the English of that period.

8) I am definitely a morning person, not a night owl. In college I once answered a phone call in the middle of the night, sat up and delivered the message to my room mate when she returned at two a.m., and didn't remember any of it in the morning. Never trust what I say or do after nine p.m.

9) In my youth I worked as a directory assistance operator. I used to have about 100 frequently requested numbers in my memory bank. And one of my freakish talents even now is associating the names of small towns in Southeastern Nebraska with the 3-digit telephone prefixes of the wire phones there.

10) I have a love/hate relationship with approval / attention... you know what I mean?

LIFE is good. Spark like you mean it! emoticon

  
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_LINDA 9/30/2012 10:57AM

    Interesting information -so you were the forerunner of all these people walking around and texting lol. I could never do such a thing, I am too klutzy and need to watch where my size 9.5 mens shoes are being placed at all times. I also prefer to look at my enviroment and see things going on around me. But I do wish I could find more time to read. I may have given up TV two years ago, but its been filled with my computer time :P Sparks is all I have time for, and reading my friend's blogs like yours has been rewarding, entertaining and inspirational and I thank you for this excellent series of blogs you have put out. So happy they are getting the recognition they deserve!!
Spark on!

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MEDDYPEDDY 9/30/2012 1:51AM

    Yes, that was a good blog! Thanks I loved to read about other things than your health journey!

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  I am so glad you all have zest for life!

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DALID414 9/29/2012 6:47PM

    With you on #10

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LINDAKAY228 9/29/2012 5:30PM

    It was so interesting to read these facts about you and helps us get to know you a little better. Thanks for sharing them!

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QUILTINGB52 9/29/2012 4:22PM

    I can relate to many of your 'facts of life'. It was a bit embarrasing in the 60's to explain to my history teacher that I was unable to do my assignment because we didn't have a TV. In fact, when I moved out on my own I didn't buy a colored TV until the mid 80's and in the mid 90's I gave up cable and haven't had a working television in my house since 1995.

Reading books, creating quilts to donate and researching genealogy fills most of my time now.

I grew up with a wringer washing machine, an Iron-rite, and hanging your clothes outside to dry.

During high school, my first job was a zip coder. That was long before computers became handy. And after I graduated, I was an assistant cake decorator - a dangerous job, when you are an emotional over-eater!

I am very much a 'night owl' and spent about 90% of my work-life on night shift. Having the phone ring in the middle of the night, fixing problems and then rolling over and going back to sleep was my "normal".

And now when I get knee-deep in genealogy data....I can frequently be found heading to bed, quick before the sun rises!




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KARIDIAN1 9/29/2012 3:38PM

    Thanks for sharing! What a fascinating person you are.

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DEBRA0818 9/29/2012 3:08PM

    Another thing we have in common: I love the King James translation of the Bible (as well as the formal prayers in the Anglican Book of Common Prayer 1928). There's something so much more glorious and uplifting in the baroque expressions of worship.

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SLENDERELLA61 9/29/2012 1:39PM

    Fascinating! You can walk and read??!! Except on a treadmill under 3 mph, I definitely can't. My mother hated TV and still blames it for much of society's ills, but we had one from the time I was 6 years. So you actually grew up without one? Very interesting. Can't wait to learn more!!! -Marsha

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RONALANA 9/29/2012 1:34PM

    Nice to know a little more about you! emoticon

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BD3269PM 9/29/2012 9:58AM

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LAURIE5658 9/29/2012 9:42AM

    You are simply amazing just with the reading and walking alone! You rawk!

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1CRAZYDOG 9/29/2012 9:31AM

    You are such an interesting person! Walking and reading @ the same time for me would be utter disaster!!!! HUGS and enjoy the weekend.

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LEANJEAN6 9/29/2012 9:29AM

    Life just rolls on Barb---It can interfere with Sparking if we let it-----enjoyed yer blog--Makes me see that we all have to make choices---You are a great role model-Lynda emoticon

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NEW-CAZ 9/29/2012 9:28AM

    Loved learning more about you Barb!

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EBEAMS 9/29/2012 8:49AM

    8, 9 and 10 are totally what I can relate to. People at work call me a roladex but when you do that kind of work, it's just normal! Sounds like you've had quite an interesting life ... Drive on!

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DNRAE1 9/29/2012 8:49AM

    Cool blog! I loved learning new things about you! I used to (notice the "used to") read and walk at the same time as a kid too! Mom used to set me outside on a chair, so I'd get some sun while I was reading. emoticon

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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.

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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

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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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DOOBIE893 9/30/2012 7:56AM

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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

   
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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
urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=5038746


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.

Great blog hun emoticon

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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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