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The ABC's of motivation: key

Monday, October 15, 2012

My little Webster's defines key, in one sense as "3 something regarded as like a key in opening or closing a way, revealing or concealing, etc.; specif. a) a place so located as to give access to or control of a region [Vicksburg was the key to the lower Mississippi] b) a thing that explains or solves something else, as a book of answers, the explanations on a map, the code to a system of pronunciation, etc. "

I personally believe the key to motivation may be as individual as each of us as human beings are... and perhaps the feeling of finding a "kindred spirit" along the journey to health and wellness is at least in part finding others who have a similar key to unlocking our potential.

Here's to finding our keys, and unlocking that elusive motivation. Spark is a piece of that key, at least for me. Writing these blogs to boost my own motivation is another. Seeing the echo in the comments? Priceless. Spark on! emoticon

  
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1CRAZYDOG 10/16/2012 11:35AM

    Yes! Motivation truely comes from within and the key is knowing ourselves inside and out; being brutally honest with ourselves; assessing ourselves and making our plans to move forward. Those are the keys. And the assessing continues as we make sure that our plan is working! If not . . . time to change yet again!

Fantastic blog, Barb!

HUGS

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LESLIELENORE 10/16/2012 9:28AM

    Spark is definitely an essential key for me. It helped start me on this journey, and has kept me going even when I want to quit.

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CONCHA77 10/16/2012 9:05AM

    Always looking for my keys, Barb. Literally. haha. Great Blog.

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WATERMELLEN 10/16/2012 8:38AM

    . . . the key changes from juncture to juncture as we keep changing . . . and that keeps it challenging for sure.

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DEBRA0818 10/16/2012 7:28AM

    The key to my motivation comes from some mysterious place influenced by a wide variety of things I try to keep in place: tracking, regular exercise, prayer, blogging, reading success stories, results. If I let these things fall away, I find myself slipping away. So, here I am! Reading a success story!

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LEANJEAN6 10/16/2012 6:56AM

    you keep me motivated Barb-----I'm still shaking here remembering our ""bat"" in the house--Did you let it out? emoticon

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DEBRITA01 10/16/2012 6:31AM

    SP is a huge part of the key to my motivation, too emoticon

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NEW-CAZ 10/16/2012 2:59AM

    You're so right Barb, whenever I feel at a loss I turn to SP and my friends on here.


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_LINDA 10/16/2012 1:50AM

    Spark works for me too. The key to motivation for me is finding food and exercise I love to do so I will always want it. This leads up to keeping out of the wheelchair and maintaining both my weight and independence!

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DALID414 10/16/2012 12:00AM

    I have my key!

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The ABC's of motivation: juncture

Sunday, October 14, 2012

Today's word is "juncture". The senses of the word I want to expand upon in my alphabet of motivation is from my little Webster's here. "3 a point of time 4 a particular or critical moment in the development of events; crisis 5 a state of affairs".

At this point in time (NOW), we each have the opportunity to make a particular and critical difference in the development of our lives. We may or may not feel a sense of crisis about the now, or the state of affairs we find ourselves in, but NOW (at this juncture) is the only time in which we make decisions and choices.

So the idea of applying a juncture to motivation? Is simply to use WHATEVER is my current state of affairs as fuel for my motivation to take care of my self and my health!

Every fresh moment, a new juncture... a new decision point. What shall I do in this moment? Spark on! emoticon

  
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WATERMELLEN 10/16/2012 8:36AM

    Be here now, indeed . . . since it's the only option, gotta maximize it!

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KAYLA0041 10/15/2012 9:23PM

    Your positive attitude is so infectious. Thank you for being you!

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CEHALLA 10/14/2012 11:13PM

    This really made me think. Each moment in our life holds infinite possibilities for us to take advantage of. I can choose to be a better person from one moment to the next if I just stop and take a minute to look at what I'm doing.

I live too much on auto-pilot and let the minutes just pass me by. This is the time to change!

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_LINDA 10/14/2012 11:00PM

    Another great choice! Every day is certainly a juncture and its only you that can choose the path you want to take -today I overate on the treats. I just can't resist that incredible Farmer's Market Flapper pie and super sized chewy ginger molasses cookie :P But I also did 2 and a half hours of tough hiking so not all sloth..

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DEBRA0818 10/14/2012 9:40PM

    CS Lewis said that each choice we make is taking us a little closer to heaven or a little closer to hell. We get to decide. Which is scary sometimes.

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KARIDIAN1 10/14/2012 8:27PM

    Good word choice. emoticon

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DALID414 10/14/2012 2:51PM

    Love the J!

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NEW-CAZ 10/14/2012 2:45PM

    emoticon Barb another hit blog emoticon

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LOOK2LOVELIFE 10/14/2012 2:02PM

    emoticon emoticon Great blog! You're always so insightfull

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DNRAE1 10/14/2012 1:42PM

    Joining SP was a juncture in my life where I made a decision and continue to make those decisions and choices daily! New junctures daily! Thank you, Barb, for another thought-provoking blog! emoticon

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SLENDERELLA61 10/14/2012 1:09PM

    Hey, you did okay with J!! Very good. We can use NOW for motivation. It really is the only time we have, isn't it? -Marsha

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LAURIE5658 10/14/2012 12:47PM

    What timeing for this blog. I hit a weight that I did not like on the scale this morning. I am at a juncture and hitting the reset button. The time is now.

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1CRAZYDOG 10/14/2012 12:47PM

    What a profound blog, Barb! You're exactly right. Sometimes we don't realize how the NOW ahd HERE affects our futures! For the positive or negative, so it is really so important to thoughtfully decided what we are going to do for NOW!

Fabulous blog.

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-SHOREIDO- 10/14/2012 12:42PM

    I do believe this is "YOUR" purpose!! You make us all think!! AND in a very positve way!

Thanks Barb : )

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LESLIELENORE 10/14/2012 12:21PM

    Now is difficult to deal with at times, but you are correct that NOW is when decisions must be made. Interesting blog!

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The ABC's of motivation: independence

Saturday, October 13, 2012

According to my little Webster's independence is "1 the state or quality of being independent; freedom from the influence, control, or determination of another or others".

Similar to my "f" word, freedom, but with a slight twist. To me, independence is the feeling my grandmothers were looking for when they would intone "I don't want to be a burden..."

I know, sounds negative, doesn't it? But as we get more mature, shall we say, the ability to make our own choices about how we live our lives becomes precious. If we become burdened by ill health ourselves, we lose the ability to care for ourselves and in that process, the choice of how to live the days, weeks, months and years of our lives. This in turn puts a lot of pressure on our loved ones to make those choices FOR us.

Scary, yes, and a bit of a negative motivation. But flip it on its head and fitness becomes the key to retaining that prized independence. It's not about weight (even though we might have thought so our whole lives). It's not about comfort. It's about ability. It is about health. The ability to live an independent life, to keep our bodies and minds in the kind of shape where we are not victims but victors... for as long as possible.

The wisdom that comes with a mature perspective is valued in many societies. We need to also value it in ourselves, protect it by taking care of the bodies that house that perspective.

Here's to our Independence! It, like life, is good. Spark on! emoticon

  
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FARIS71 10/15/2012 6:26PM

    Wise words.

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ROUNDTOWNMOM 10/15/2012 5:11AM

    As one who is becoming more "mature", I appreciate this insight.............thanks for helping me once again realize why I'm on this journey!

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MARYJEANSL 10/15/2012 12:05AM

  Indeed, life is good. Spark on!

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CHUM48 10/14/2012 7:49PM

    Thanks for the motivational words!

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TDWANDD2MYK9 10/14/2012 5:13PM

    Inspirational! Thank you. emoticon

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PATRICIAANN46 10/14/2012 4:58PM

  So very well said!!!!! emoticon

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LIVELYGIRL2 10/14/2012 4:11PM

  Amen!

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MISSLISA1973 10/14/2012 3:03PM

    Amen!

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REGILIEH 10/14/2012 2:33PM

    AMEN!!!

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GALINAZ 10/14/2012 2:26PM

    You are so right! I experienced chronic back pain a couple of years ago and it motivated me to take care of my health so I can remain independent. Being able to take care of my home and myself is something I want to be able to do for a long time.

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LORILEEPAGE 10/14/2012 1:53PM

    Your definition sparked a thought. We want to become independent thinkers, not controlled by what others think of us or having them have control over how we conduct ourselves on our fitness journey. Too often I've worried what others think about how I'm doing things, but I want independence from that!

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NEWTINK 10/14/2012 1:32PM

    Very wise words indeed emoticon

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NEWMOM20121 10/14/2012 12:56PM

    Great blog. Love it.

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WALLINMW 10/14/2012 12:53PM

  Stay motivated!

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ROCKYCPA 10/14/2012 11:32AM

    You are definitely an inspiration - being independent is so important and having the motivation to keep at it. Good for you!

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DEBK0923 10/14/2012 11:09AM

    great blog

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LEANJEAN6 10/14/2012 10:24AM

    Oh Barb--Let's hope we learned our lesson eh?----I do feel better--- What will happen to you?--Did you not qualify?---Geez!!!!--Hope I read it wrong---LOL--Live and learn eh?---LOL-Lynda emoticon

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OFGREENGABLES 10/14/2012 10:19AM

    yes - be a burden when burden means you are looking after yourself.

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PENOWOK 10/14/2012 10:16AM

    Boy how I love my independence...I am temporarily living with others until my house sells because I am working out of town and it's harder to be independent... I grab little opportunities...

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-SHOREIDO- 10/14/2012 10:03AM

    YES!! That's the answer I've been looking for. To allow my body to function under its own influence only!
This is my "wow" moment for Sunday!!!
Thank You my friend!!

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DEBBY4576 10/14/2012 9:44AM

    The giving up of independence is the biggest hurdle for your loved one when they no longer can live alone. We need to strive to not let that happen to ourselves for as long as possible. When my then 82 year old mother (will be 91 next month) came to live with us, the biggest problem we had was her struggle to stay independent while living in our home. I realize now, that I did not help or understand this for many years. ,Thank you for posting this. Seeing with my own eyes the gradual loss of herself to age, I wondered how to avoid that for as long as I can for myself. You've laid out a way.

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DJSHIP46 10/14/2012 9:03AM

    Thanks for the reminder that I'm hangin' on by a thread.

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MIMIDOT 10/14/2012 8:07AM

    Understand your blog completely. It's so true! I"m almost 73 and never want to be a burden to my family. That's what keeps me exercising. Rock on!!!!

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TRYINGHARD54 10/14/2012 7:51AM

    great blog !

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JANEMARIE77 10/14/2012 7:19AM

    Amen

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DEBRA0818 10/14/2012 4:37AM

    Being fit, free and independent is a wonderful goal to emulate! We may not always be able to control that with diet and exercise, but without diet and exercise we are sure to lose it quickly as we age. Here's to making it work out on the plus side for as long as possible!

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TORTISE110 10/14/2012 4:09AM

    Well said. Captures an inportant motivation for me. It is our job to keep ourselves as strong as we can.

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LESLIELENORE 10/13/2012 4:56PM

    I completely agree!

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SLENDERELLA61 10/13/2012 2:20PM

    Here, here! Here's to keeping our minds and bodies in shape so we are the victors!! Not victors of a race, but victors of independence and victors of life!!!

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WILLOWBROOK5 10/13/2012 2:20PM

    Excellent blog. I couldn't agree more.
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WORLDSERIES11 10/13/2012 1:44PM

    Loving your series!! You nailed this one on the head.
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SYNCHRODAD 10/13/2012 12:32PM

    Great blog. Just found you. Your are a thinker. I am further along the road that you, and your thinking is right along my lines regarding independence. You say it very well, very, very well. Thanks, friend.

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1CRAZYDOG 10/13/2012 11:48AM

    Fantastic blog! Yup . . . the eyes on the prize for me is maintaining and/or improving my health so I can do for myself.

HUGS

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KRISZTA11 10/13/2012 11:39AM

    Totally agree...
I believe staying fit adds several years of productive, enjoyable and independent to the life of women and men.


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DLDMIL 10/13/2012 11:01AM

    Independence emoticon you definetly nailed this one.

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The ABC's of motivation: heroes

Friday, October 12, 2012

Today's word is hero (or if you want to change the gender, heroine). Reason I include both is because of the sense of the word I want to use. My little webster's defines hero as "4 the central male character in a novel, play, poem, etc., with whom the reader or audience is supposed to sympathize". There is a similar clause for heroine, "2 the central female character in a novel, play, etc., with whom the reader or audience is supposed to sympathize".

There are other clauses that talk about the great strength and courage, nobility, exploits, achievements and so on that we normally associate with heroism... but I'm more interested at this point in my saga of motivation with who we choose as our role models... who we sympathize with, how we write the story of our lives.

When you were a kid, who were YOU in the plays or stories you wrote in your head? Who did you pretend you were, left to your own devices? Who did you look up to? Has that changed over the years and decades?

We all need heroes... someone to admire or look up to. In the 30 Days Hath September blogs, I named Sister Madonna Buda as among mine. Interesting timing to get the H today and the I tomorrow, but she's registered (at age 82, remember) to participate in the world championship Ironman Triathlon in Kona Hawaii, tomorrow. I swear I did not plan this timing, but picking "hero" today, and with the potential to choose "Ironman" tomorrow? A way to put my fandom down in a blog again! And of course I'll be monitoring live feed coverage of the event... because it is motivating to ME.

Motivation is an individual thing. Choice of heroes? Definitely individual. But it is worth examining: what about these people brought about their choice for you? They have some quality that you admire. And in some small way, when making choices in your life, you may be more likely to embrace that quality in yourself.

So if I admire Sister's determination, never quit, keep coming back attitude toward her sport? I will want to adopt that kind of attitude in my own life. I will look to her and her life's work as motivation to continue my own.

This does not mean that we ARE our heroes. We are unique to ourselves. But who is to say... we could be SOMEONE's hero! Grandkids? Nieces and nephews? Teammates? By acting like our "health and fitness" heroes, we might just help someone else along the way to a healthier life. By acting like our "character" heroes, a better, more compassionate, fuller life. We could... with the motivation of heroes... just end up with a better world, one human life at a time!

Life is good! Spark on. emoticon

  
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SHARON10002 10/19/2012 5:46PM

    You are one of my Spark heroes that motivates me with all that you do and accomplish. I wonder how many of your fellow competitors have thought the same thing at the finish line? Have you given any thought to that?

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LEANJEAN6 10/13/2012 7:41AM

    My hero on SPARK, is you!!!!---You inspire me to keep at this---somedays against ALL odds------I hope you will be here fpor me always Barb!-Lynda emoticon

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OVERWORKEDJANET 10/13/2012 6:32AM

    Said it before and will again. You are my hero! emoticon

And a hundred thousands or so of men and women in unifoms of camo, white, blue or green!

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KARIDIAN1 10/12/2012 9:57PM

    You are a Hero! Great blog.

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NIKKICOLE83 10/12/2012 8:29PM

    For me, H is for happiness. I want to be completely happy with myself and deal with the issues that are keeping me from being happy.

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LINDAKAY228 10/12/2012 1:34PM

    I love Sister Madonna Buda too! I just finished reading her book a couple of weeks ago even though I had heard of her before that. She truly is such a hero, or heroine if you prefer.

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RONNIEHUEY 10/12/2012 1:26PM

    Good blog

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LESLIELENORE 10/12/2012 12:58PM

    emoticon I want to become my own hero. That is one of the reasons I push myself so much. Great blog!

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WILLOWBROOK5 10/12/2012 10:13AM

    Great blog and you are a great role model!

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1CRAZYDOG 10/12/2012 10:07AM

    Wonderful blog! My first hero and heroine . . . Dad and Mom. As a family we lived thru some mighty lean years, BUT the was never, ever a shortage of love in our family. Never.

My 2nd heroine . . . my little sister. She has fought kidney disease her whole life, and lymphoma for the last 10+ years. Never a complaint . . . always questioning "What can I do for myself to make things better, or at least reach the optimum that is possible." Sweet sister, you are the wind beneath my wings.

And, Barb, YOU are a personal heroine. Never afraid to extend yourself, fear or failure or not. That's what it's all about!!

HUGS for a fantastic blog.

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WATERMELLEN 10/12/2012 9:29AM

    Lots of heroes here, for sure: number yourself in the first echelon of those who motivate us all.

Gotta say . . . for myself I aspire to a kind of matter of fact non-heroic "this is who I am". As in "You don't have to be a front page person to live a life that's genuine and proud/you don't have to be a full blown hero to keep from getting smothered by the crowd/For the best way to live is from the heart/And the best thing to do is your own part/Any life that you choose can be the best/You of all people can be blessed". Yeah, esoteric song lyrics that are often the sound track to MY life!

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DNRAE1 10/12/2012 8:49AM

    That's what heroes are for....someone we can emulate and look to for motivation and direction. Great blog!!! emoticon

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DLDMIL 10/12/2012 8:11AM

    A great thought provoking blog. emoticon emoticon

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_LINDA 10/12/2012 7:59AM

    I think that is awesome your hero is Sister Madonna Buda, she is truly amazing and if I wasn't going over to my Mom's for the weekend (internet connection from heck that does not even allow me to watch a 2 min video, I would love to see that race myself) You and Marsha are my Spark heroes, hoping that I can be as fit and active as you two are when I reach my senior years, but the hero in my 3D life has always been my Mom, who has never given up no matter what she faced in her life..
You rock girl! Can't wait to see what you will think of to do next!!

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NEW-CAZ 10/12/2012 7:48AM

    You deliver some wonderful blogs Barb, very thought provoking and inspiring.
You are one of my heroes! emoticon

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DEBRITA01 10/12/2012 7:31AM

    How great is it to have someone to look up to...someone to inspire us. If we look around, there are Heroes/Heroines doing extraordinary things in their every day life. I've "met" a few special people here on SP... emoticon

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SLENDERELLA61 10/12/2012 7:28AM

    Another great blog, Barb!! I love that we can be fitness role models (heroes) for those around us. You are a role model for me, Barb! I know you will Spark On, achieve more goals, and inspire more people. Go, Barb!! -Marsha

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The ABC's of motivation: grin

Thursday, October 11, 2012



Today's word is grin. The photo shows why. When my motivation flags, I look at photos of me in athletic endeavors. There is always a grin on my face... and it makes me want to do it again!

I had considered some other great "g" words. Motivation, for example, to me is a gift. This is the mate to my "e" entry... as elusive as it may be at times, when it reappears, it is a most amazing gift! Motivation has elements of grace to it... unmerited by anything in particular that I do, a grace from my higher power (another great G word... God).

And then, of course, my "giggle points"... a phrase you won't find in the dictionary at all. I've blogged about them before... they are those moments during weight loss (and they happen in maintenance, too) when you suddenly find yourself doing something you had no idea you would be doing. Some of my favorites were finding I could squeeze through the car door in a tight parking garage and climb over the transom. Or the day I found myself spontaneously running across a field with my then-5 year old son. Or the time I found I could flip over onto my tummy in the bathtub (ok, tmi, there!) But I'm sure you have a few, too!

Maybe I'm past giggling and have moved on to grinning. But, obviously, from the photographic proof... the surprises and joy are still there.

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WATERMELLEN 10/12/2012 9:25AM

    You've got me grinning, that's for sure! And thinking about grins at the gym, grins at the golf course, grins on my cross country skis!

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DEBRA0818 10/12/2012 6:00AM

    It's catching too -- one grin motivates another!

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SHARON10002 10/11/2012 10:23PM

    You're grinning from ear to ear! Love the giggle points concept!

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LJCANNON 10/11/2012 10:01PM

    emoticon Your Race Pictures should be next to "Grin" in the Dictionary!!


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KARIDIAN1 10/11/2012 8:17PM

    You look great in the photos. Grin is the word!

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DALID414 10/11/2012 7:03PM

    Your pix do make what you're doing seem SO fun.

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DLDMIL 10/11/2012 4:14PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon I really enjoy and look forward to each day with your blogs. Thank you so much.

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_LINDA 10/11/2012 2:45PM

    These are such great shots of you! Grinning for sure! A smile to brighten up the day!
Keep on competing, you have found your niche for sure
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WILLOWBROOK5 10/11/2012 2:00PM

    Wonderful blog. You put a grin on my face. :-D

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NIKKICOLE83 10/11/2012 1:20PM

    I just absolutely LOOOOVE that every single pic of you in your races you look so happy! If someone snapped a pic of me I would look stressed, scared, disappointed, worried, tired, etc. But you hit it right on the head when you said that these physical feats that you are accomplishing are gifts from God which should put a smile on anyone's face! This weekend I am going to work on smiling during my race!

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LESLIELENORE 10/11/2012 12:40PM

    Sometimes I forget to smile, but then I remember to and my workout feels easier.

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LINDAKAY228 10/11/2012 12:09PM

    Love the "giggle points" concept. And your grins show that you are loving life!!!

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LAURIE5658 10/11/2012 11:07AM

    My name for it is GIDDY!!!! This blog is so giddylicious!!!

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1CRAZYDOG 10/11/2012 10:13AM

    emoticon DEFINITE giggle points throughout this journey! Great word and it should be in the dictionary!

And "g" is for great . . . as in great inspiration, like YOU are! HUGS

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SLENDERELLA61 10/11/2012 10:06AM

    Love the pictures of you grinning! Motivation is part determination/commitment and part gift/grace. Grinning can help bring it out!! Thanks for reminding me!!

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DNRAE1 10/11/2012 8:16AM

    Grinning emoticon and giggling emoticon is what it's all about!!!! Great blog, Barb. emoticon

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KKKAREN 10/11/2012 8:06AM

    your pictures made me grin too!

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NEW-CAZ 10/11/2012 7:56AM

    love your outlook and attitude Barb, great pics emoticon

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