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The ABC's of motivation: remember

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Finding motivation slipping? Then the word for today might be of service.

Today's word is remember. According to Webster's, one sense of the word is "3 to bear in mind; keep in the memory; be careful not to forget 4 to keep (a person) in mind with some feeling, as of pleasure, gratitude, etc."

The person I want to focus on keeping in mind, in considering motivation is oneself! And being careful not to forget? That this person is worthy of taking care of, of proper nutrients, of sufficient activity, and rest.

If struggling, it is well to remember what it felt like to skate along in the sunshine of grace when it seemed easy to care for ourselves! Wanting to get that feeling back is strong motivation to take care / make a good decision... one more time... to keep putting one foot in front of the other on the path to healthy living.

Because living is a good thing. Living well and healthy and happy... the best.

Spark on! emoticon

  
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KARIDIAN1 10/24/2012 9:11PM

    Thanks for the reminder. My motivation has slipped several notches the past few months. And the scale shows it. Pounds gained back. emoticon

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WATERMELLEN 10/24/2012 7:42PM

    Remembering is really key. Remembering to check the calorie count on the mini cinnamon bun, and on the two bite chocolate brownie -- yeah. And opting for the fat free sugar free yogourt (35 calories) instead!!

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NIKKICOLE83 10/23/2012 10:27PM

    Whenever I feel discouraged, I remember how empty I felt and sad I was when I was nearly 300 pounds. That usually snaps me into it.

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MSLZZY 10/23/2012 10:14PM

    You share all your wisdom so graciously!
Thanks for sharing. HUGS!

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NEW-CAZ 10/23/2012 12:40PM

    Wise words Barb and another outstanding blog!
So often we forget to keep the balance in our busy lives, rest is equally important!

Hope you're having a good day hun emoticon

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1CRAZYDOG 10/23/2012 12:07PM

    Your last sentence says it all . . . and is my motivation; to live well and happy!

HUGS GREAT blog.

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LESLIELENORE 10/23/2012 10:01AM

    I need to remember to rest more!

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SLENDERELLA61 10/23/2012 9:49AM

    Another great blog, Barb! Yes. Remembering both times I suffered from lack of taking care of myself and times I enjoyed because I have taken care of myself are both motivating!!

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LINDAKAY228 10/23/2012 9:44AM

    If we don't spend a little time remember both how good it felt to do something new or special, and how it felt to be where we used to be before getting healthy, we forget and it's easy to slip back into old habits.

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_LINDA 10/23/2012 9:37AM

    This can work in reverse too -remembering what it was like to be overweight, obese, tired, plodding and to never wanting to go back there ever again as being fit gives you lightness on your aching feet and a sense of strength and power and that feeling you can do anything you set your mind to. Yes. Remembering indeed.
Thanks for thoughts!

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LOVE_2_LAUGH 10/23/2012 8:49AM

    Great words of inspiration.

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DLDMIL 10/23/2012 8:34AM

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STEADFASTNSEE 10/23/2012 7:53AM

  Thank you for helping me to "remember" this! HUGS

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DNRAE1 10/23/2012 7:40AM

    Truth - "keep putting one foot in front of the other on the path to healthy living." Ups and downs happen, but REMEMBERING to keep on plugging away will get us through any downs! Thank you for making me think each morning. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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The ABC's of motivation: quality and quantity

Monday, October 22, 2012

Yep, we get two words today.

According to my trusty Webster's the sense of quality I want to highlight is "3 the degree of excellence which a thing possesses 4 excellence; superiority ". And for quantity, I'm choosing the simple "1 an amount; portion".

Measuring motivation is a tricky thing, it being "elusive" as I noted in my "e" entry. Quantity: how much motivation is enough? And quality: is one kind of motivation superior to another?

I think I pretty much covered that quality doesn't matter to anyone but yourself in the "personal" entry yesterday. That takes care of judging it against someone else's stated motivation. However, within ourselves, do not some motivations have a higher strength, or quality in keeping us going?

So if motivation seems to be flagging, it bears a fresh look. Matter of fact, one of the questions my JC consultant asks each week is "what's motivating you this week?" What a great thing to do... examine what's powering our efforts... for quality and quantity.

As for "how much is enough"... that one's truly simple: however much it takes. If it's just a little nudge, but it helps me make a better decision, it is enough. If I'm having a tough day, it might take more... thus the examination for the quality of my motivation for the day is more important.

So... just for today: what is motivating you? Is it important to you? And is it enough?

Remember what you really want today... and may you have a healthy, well-lived one! Because today is all we really have. emoticon

  
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WATERMELLEN 10/22/2012 8:19PM

    The quantity of motivation is that amount I need to stick to it, today -- might be less than yesterday, more than tomorrow . . . all relative.

And ditto quality: sometimes the trivial desire to fit into my generous size 6s is enough, sometimes I really have to put the boots to myself (radiation: never AGAING!!). Just depends upon the day.

Two Q words: both quintessential to motivation, that's for sure!!

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KARIDIAN1 10/22/2012 4:35PM

    Snuck in tow words I see. For me, I want to be and stay as healthy as I can so I can enjoy my self in years to come and stay active.

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DLDMIL 10/22/2012 3:01PM

    My refusal to take meds for my oseoporosis is my motivation for now. Thank you for your continued thought provoking blogs. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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LESLIELENORE 10/22/2012 12:15PM

    Today I am feeling pretty low energy, but my dog is motivating me, because he's got to go out... no matter how sluggish I feel!

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_LINDA 10/22/2012 11:11AM

    Today, I am trying to keep my calories low as I did no exercise this morning. I will of course speewalk to the club, and I expect a huge bridge game with at least 35 tables which will mean both rooms full and lots of running passing boards between teams. So it won't be a sit down day for sure :). Cold with flurries today, snow tomorrow, big motivation to keep moving and warm!!!

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1CRAZYDOG 10/22/2012 9:57AM

    Motivated and ready to go! Great blog.

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NEW-CAZ 10/22/2012 9:52AM

    wanting to be healthy/independant keeps me going emoticon

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ASHPATCH11 10/22/2012 9:47AM

    love this

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DNRAE1 10/22/2012 7:58AM

    I was so off base when I started reading your blog. You applied the words to motivation, and I had immediately applied them to nutrition! Excellent! and appropriate for both skills we need! Motivation: check out my blog about french fries, and you will see what is motivating me today!!! emoticon

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MSLZZY 10/22/2012 7:55AM

    Being the best I can be is what keeps me going.
Thanks for keeping me motivated. HUGS!

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Bonus blog: The Governor's Cup

Sunday, October 21, 2012

I have used a phrase to describe my eventing, regularly, to justify my expectations of myself to "finish in an upright position, with a smile on my face, wanting to do it again."

That phrase is "I'm not a *real* runner". I have used specific races to justify this. The ones where, it is my contention, "The real runners show up for these." Two such races are the Buffalo Run and the Governor's Cup. The Buffalo Run and the Governor's Cup are the only two track club sponsored events that give out age group prizes. For the Buffalo Run, the prize is a T-shirt (every participant gets running shorts, only the winners get the t-shirts). For the Governor's Cup it is money... or rather a gift certificate to the primary running store in town, which in my mind is as good as money. Every participant gets a running shirt, but only the top two in each age/gender group get a gift certificate.

At the Buffalo Run this year, I finished 4th in my "division"... just out of t-shirt range.

Today... well! First let me say it was Not what most runners would consider prime running weather. It was clear, not too breezy, but it was, face it, HOT for this time of year. The race started at 3 p.m. They sent off the 15K folks first, to get us around the capitol and off on our way before the 5K folks started. We share part of the course, you see, and they don't like to get folks too confused about where to go, right?

I chatted with other runners, tried to find myself a place where the "about 11 minute mile pace folks" would be lining up. Mantra to self: just another workout, run easy. Run SLOW. Don't trip on the cracks. Watch your footing. And keep putting one foot in front of the other. Repeat for 9.3 miles.

Some people run with ipods and ear buds. I run with just me and my thoughts. I run with observation of the people around me. But I pretty much ran my own race today. Slow, steady, walking only at the water stops. And I carried water on board, mindful of the heat: my camel back was full and jostling on my back.

Through the water stops, I pretty much gulped a mouthful or two and dumped the rest onto my shirt for temperature control. Camaraderie was great. I even had a little kick left to sprint (for me) across the finish, and I noted as I went along that I averaged about a 10 minute pace (final results showed it as 10:04) per mile. I felt really, really good about this outing. Now it's just a matter of MAINtaining fitness, and making sure I'm ready for the three miles more that is a half marathon in four weeks. emoticon

I figure the heat today was good training for Florida! And the Florida race is at least at a decent running hour... 7 a.m., right? Or is it 8? Whatever, it's morning!

Oh, and I can no longer say I'm not a real runner. Because I came home with a second place gift certificate. It doesn't quite cover my entry fee, but it will start me on the pair of shoes I want for that HM.

Oh, yeah, it's been a good day. emoticon

  
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GABY1948 10/20/2014 9:02AM

    I must not have been a "groupie" yet back then! You did emoticon and look how far you have come (in miles)!

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SWEDE_SU 10/23/2012 6:32AM

    emoticon emoticon you *are* a real runner! emoticon

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WATERMELLEN 10/22/2012 8:16PM

    Hurray hurray hurray: second place in a "real race"!! That makes you a "really real runner", right???

Soooooo cool. Hope you get a great new pair of runners: they'll inspire you in Florida!!

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LINDAKAY228 10/22/2012 2:55PM

    WooHoo! Congratulations!!!


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MSLZZY 10/22/2012 7:57AM

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NEW-CAZ 10/22/2012 3:06AM

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MNTWINSGAL 10/21/2012 11:33PM

    Well, congrats! I'm not paying attention, or I would have wished you good luck before the race. Clearly, you didn't need it! You Rock!

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LESLIELENORE 10/21/2012 10:28PM

    How awesome! emoticon

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DALID414 10/21/2012 10:23PM

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SYNCHRODAD 10/21/2012 9:44PM

    "Good" barely describes your day. "Great!, Tremendous!, Impressive!, Shoes!" Now those are better. What an achievement! Every body used up the good icons, so I just say "congrats!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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_LINDA 10/21/2012 9:31PM

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Wow 10 min per mile! Sounds fast to me! Why it sounds like a *runner* to me!
Welcome to the big time! No more 'gimmies' for you!
You are amazing Barb!! You got that marathon coming up!!!

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MOBYCARP 10/21/2012 9:01PM

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Be careful; those age group awards are addictive!

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KARIDIAN1 10/21/2012 8:50PM

    Congrats on a great run. You made it and placed to boot.

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-STARRYEYED- 10/21/2012 8:40PM

    emoticon emoticon So cool that you will be able to get shoes for the half marathon! Thanks so much for your blogs. You are so inspirational!! emoticon

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1CRAZYDOG 10/21/2012 8:40PM

    Good job!!!!!!! HUGS

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DNRAE1 10/21/2012 8:15PM

    Fantastic! Yup, you've achieved Runner status! emoticon

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SLENDERELLA61 10/21/2012 7:58PM

    CONGRATULATIONS, BARB!!! You are a runner, oh, yeah! That was a great time and a great run.

I'm pretty sure we do start at 7am; I'll look it up soon. It may be hot. Probably will be. We'll be fine. I can do a 5K @ 10 minutes per mile, but I haven't been training near that fast. Hope we can find a pace that is good for both of us. I'm sure we can. Take care. Can't wait!!

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CEHALLA 10/21/2012 7:53PM

    congratulations on your 10 minute miles! You are so humble, barely mentioning at the end of the post that you won 2nd place! Feel free to shout from the rooftops--You are a Real Runner!

I'm really happy for you. I'm currently working on becoming some kind of a runner. And I'm happy for 15 minute miles at this point!

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LAURIE5658 10/21/2012 7:44PM

    Barb, it was a banner day for you!!

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LEANJEAN6 10/21/2012 7:41PM

    emoticon emoticon Oh my goodness--You really did well! Whatta day you had! You really are something else!! I'm impressed----And you sound so happy!! emoticon emoticon emoticon --Lynda

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The ABC's of motivation: personal

Sunday, October 21, 2012

Today, let's get personal! As a word, that is. My trusty Webster's tells me that something is personal (it's an adjective, after all), it is "1 of or peculiar to a certain person; private; individual".

WELL! I can't think of anything much more personal than the motivation to live a healthier, fitter more nourished life! We each one of us has reasons, deep in our hearts, why we want to do this. It could be rooted in love for our families. It could be rooted in a sense of mission or purpose (another great p word). It could be somewhere tied up in our sense of identity (I AM a fit person, no matter what my current body state). It could even be self-identified as something we don't want to share: vanity, or whimsey, or whatever, shallow?

But the important thing about motivation and it being personal is that what motivates me might not motivate you, and vice versa. It does not matter! Don't let anybody tell you your personal motivation isn't worthy of the struggle! It is. Why? Because you as a human being are worthy of it.

Here's the deal: it can change over time! My reasons for wanting to be fit and healthy today are not the same as they were 30 or 40 years ago. Today it's about feeling good for the time I have remaining on the planet, whether that be one day or fifty more years. Perhaps that is a function of where each of us in our sojourn on the planet, but there 'tis. Pass it on. Pass on the message of worthiness. The message of purpose, place, and value.

And pull that motivation out, hold it close to your heart... that prize you want? It's yours for the effort you put in. Go get it today! Spark on! emoticon

  
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_LINDA 10/21/2012 9:37PM

    You are personally showing us how to get motivated and inspired by goals you set for yourself, and mulling it all out in thought provoking blogs! YOU ought to be writing for Sparkpeople!!

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KARIDIAN1 10/21/2012 8:56PM

    You have to do what works for you.

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SLENDERELLA61 10/21/2012 7:47PM

    "Feeling good for the time I have remaining on this planet..." I hadn't thought of it exactly like that, but yes, that is definitely a great motivation! The exercise and the good eating does make you feel really good. Thanks for another great blog and reminding me of some important truth.

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DALID414 10/21/2012 7:31PM

    Some have told me I take things personal, well DUH if they're happening to ME they ARE personal!!

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WATERMELLEN 10/21/2012 6:02PM

    I absolutely agree that my motivation changes . . . not just over the decades, but over the week even now, and sometimes even minute by minute. From the deeply serious/spiritual to the absolutely trivial and superficial. It's all fuel for the hard work that MAINtenance requires!

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MSLZZY 10/21/2012 1:49PM

    You put a good deal of thought into this and
it was a great motivating article for me.
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LINDAKAY228 10/21/2012 12:13PM

    Another great blog! Each person's journey is personal and individual. We have to make it our own personal journey and not what someone else is doing, even though we share a lot of similar ideas and goals.

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ANDI571 10/21/2012 9:18AM

    Words of wisdom. Sometimes we let what others are doing influence us to the point we forget what our own journey entails. Thanks for the reminder that we have to our ownself be true. emoticon

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DEBRITA01 10/21/2012 9:12AM

    Good pep-talk to start this day! emoticon emoticon

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LEANJEAN6 10/21/2012 8:34AM

    Motivation is a struggle for me--but Spark friends , such as yerself, certainly pull me along---Lynda emoticon

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1CRAZYDOG 10/21/2012 8:11AM

    AMEN! I have only been "spaking" for 2 yrs. ( 3 in Feb.) and for sure the motivation is very personal and evolving with each new phase of the journey! Excellent blog!! THANK YOU! Hugs

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NEW-CAZ 10/21/2012 8:03AM

    Wonderful inspiring blog again Barb, you have the gift of motivating others emoticon

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DNRAE1 10/21/2012 7:16AM

    Personal motivation! great blog...thank you again for your thoughtful posts. emoticon

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OVERWORKEDJANET 10/21/2012 7:15AM

    You great motivator, you!

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The ABC's of motivation: opportunity

Saturday, October 20, 2012

Today's word is opportunity. According to my version of Webster's, this is "1 a combination of circumstances favorable for the purpose; fit time 2 a good chance or occasion, as to advance oneself".

What could be a more fit time than TODAY? Or NOW? Thing about opportunity is that when it arises, we have to be ready for it! An opportunity to take a trip, or meet someone special, or participate in a joint event... those things happen when they happen. If we don't prepare for them (like, say, for example... that half marathon in a month) we are not able to take advantage of them!

So here's to the opportunities in life to grab a little of whatever motivates us. To be on the lookout for things that can move us in the direction of a healthy life, body, mind and spirit! Because life is good, a fit life better, a healthy one... the best!

Spark on! emoticon

  
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WATERMELLEN 10/21/2012 6:04PM

    True in the short term (parking further from the door, or walking instead of driving) and in the long term (grabbing that opportunity to get ready for winter skiing . . . ).

Yeah. I'm gonna be opportunistic!!

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KARIDIAN1 10/20/2012 10:58PM

    Opportunities are all over, you just need to pick the ones you want.

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DALID414 10/20/2012 1:59PM

    Cheers to Opportunity!!

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SLENDERELLA61 10/20/2012 12:41PM

    You are SO right!! Be awake to opportunities and prepared! It is very motivating to set select an event to prepare for. And it is really cool when an unexpected event comes along and you can do it, because you are prepared!! -Marsha

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JACKIE542 10/20/2012 12:27PM

    Absolutely, If we are not ready, many opportunities can pass us by! emoticon emoticon

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COMETER 10/20/2012 10:31AM

    The thing about opportunities, I find, is that they usually look like pains in the neck initially.

And the challenge we must face is to see them AS opportunities.

And then seize them, and learn from them.

I'm often struck by people's stories of learning and growth--they usually come from an unchosen "opportunity."

Spark on!

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1CRAZYDOG 10/20/2012 10:11AM

    We definitely have to keep our eyes and ears atuned for opportunities! HUGS

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LEANJEAN6 10/20/2012 9:23AM

    Wouldn't it be great to have thje OPPORTUNITY to meet all our Spark friends?-Lynda emoticon

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_LINDA 10/20/2012 8:48AM

    More pearls of wisdom! Seize the day! Don't let it slip by without doing at least one thing toward your healthy goal what ever it may be! Opportunity Opens the door!, you just have to go through it
Enjoy your weekend!

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CATLOVER110 10/20/2012 7:53AM

    You're so right that we have to be ready for it when it arises! Thanks for sharing your thoughts.

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NEW-CAZ 10/20/2012 7:42AM

    Great attitude! emoticon

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MAGGIEVAN 10/20/2012 7:30AM

    Good idea. Thanks for sharing.

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DNRAE1 10/20/2012 6:37AM

    Opportunities abound, it's just up to us to grab them and make the best of them! SP is an opportunity to be motivated on a daily basis! Great blog! Have a great weekend. emoticon

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NWLIFESRC 10/20/2012 6:33AM

    Back at ya

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