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Contemplating Joy

Monday, June 24, 2013

This morning something struck me in my Spark daily e-mail. It was the grin on the face of the "success story" featured blog. And it was MOBYCARP's blog about battling to maintain motivation. And it has been my own reaction (physical and mental) to the prospect of the overtime. It is the reminder of the JOY that comes with shedding weight and becoming active.

And it is the reminder of how much easier life is in the lower weight range than it was in the upper range! Not that life becomes perfect, it does not. All those things that drove you nuts at 225, still drive you nuts at 125.

BUT... you do different things with the nuts. And if you are wise, you pay attention to small details.

Last night, I got myself out the door. It was warm and the sun shone down, even though it was "late" in the day. It started out as a walk, just to get the 10,000 steps in. Moderate speed, I told myself. It's warm out here. I was wearing shorts, walking shorts, not running shorts. But I had on my Lincoln Marathon tech shirt, kind of my personal statement to myself that I'm NOT going to let this OT thing get me down.

I flipped on the Runkeeper app on my smart phone, as well as the tunes, and started down the sidewalk. I turned into the neighborhood park. When I got to the other side of the park, I had a choice to make. Loop back into the neighborhood, or cross the street and go "around the lake". Often this decision hinges on whether there is a break in traffic. It's a busy street.

There was a break, so I crossed the street. I was now committed to go by the golf course. I told myself I would go see the lake, but I could turn around after I had gone 15 minutes, to get my 30 minutes of walking, no matter what, in.

But something happened. I hit the ten minute mark and shortly thereafter made the turn into the walk-way between the golf course and the houses of the neighborhood. And my... legs... wanted... to jog. So... I... did. Intervals, right? 1 minute... then walk again?

You could almost see the stress get stripped away as this progressed. I stopped worrying about the time, and just jogged to the end of the lane where it would turn. I took a walk interval. I jogged slow and easy... and it came to me as the joy in motion grew... and as the stress melted away... that all those motivational speakers are right.

Right about what? That the hardest part of your workout is getting yourself to walk out the door to begin with. Once you start, the joy takes over. OK, this may not happen the very first time you work out (on the other hand, some people do become addicted at first outing)... BUT once you have done the hard work, this corner DOES turn... and you get to "here". Here, where the fit body has a mind of its own about what it wants to do.

If you have it with you, the music gets to you: Don't stop believing, the eye of the tiger, what makes you beautiful, walking on the sun, tubthumping, some nights... all the tunes I had downloaded as rewards for myself. They just pulled me along.

I finished that run/walk at 4.12 miles. "Just to get 10,000 steps in." But I got a whole lot more. Drenched in healthy sweat, I followed up with a shower and a proper bedtime.

Now it is Monday morning. I am armed for this work week. Let me savor and remember this workout. A good workout is a way to remind myself that fit is where I want to be... that for as long as I'm granted the ability to be active, I need this. Remember.

LIFE is good... Spark on! emoticon emoticon

  
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MONTREAL12 8/2/2013 4:47PM

  "Don't Stop Believing" so true; as the saying goes "don't give up on ourselves" emoticon if only we stay focused and try.

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MARYJEANSL 6/26/2013 12:49AM

  Well, I have never - and I do mean never - found joy in exercise, but there is no doubt that the results of exercise can bring joy.

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WATERMELLEN 6/25/2013 9:31PM

    Super blog: positively joyous! Joy surprises us . . . sometimes when we least expect it.

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    emoticon I try to do this. Remember what the warm water feels like. Sometimes it works, other times it doesn't.

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ANYVAR54 6/25/2013 2:54PM

    Great blog, great work out.

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LINDAK25 6/25/2013 1:22PM

    Beautiful! (Ode to Joy)

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JSEATTLE 6/25/2013 11:57AM

  Great! Put on your shoes and get yourself out the DOOR!!

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ILIKETOZUMBA 6/25/2013 11:20AM

    Good for you!! And you're so right. Once you push past that initial hard part of getting out the door and getting going, it just feels great to go be active! Also, I love all the songs you mentioned and I totally have all of them on my ipod exercise playlist too! :)

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IDICEM 6/25/2013 10:39AM

  Way to go! It's a wonderful feeling when you're outside and you set just one more goal over and over again. Doesn't happen to me much on the treadmill, but outdoors it happens more and more. Love it!
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DJSHIP46 6/25/2013 9:55AM

    Thanks for sharing... I really need to get out there and contemplate some joy myself!

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DIANNEMT 6/25/2013 9:18AM

    I got out this AM--needed a 30 minute workout. I had the heart rate monitor and workout tape--and ended up doing 2 sets!! I am so proud!! I never got to "joy" but I did get to "I can't do this--wait, yes I CAN".

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    I am so happy for you... emoticon and thrilled for this joy!

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MIMIDOT 6/25/2013 8:41AM

    You're so right! If you start moving you don't want to stop. No matter if it's walking, running, or aerobics. Just start!
Thanks for sharing.

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SHANNONY84 6/25/2013 8:19AM

    You inspired me this morning! Great blog! Spark on!

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MOMMY445 6/25/2013 8:01AM

    such a wonderful story! thank you so much for sharing and have a fabulous day!

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WATERDIAMONDS 6/25/2013 7:54AM

    "Here, where the fit body has a mind of its own about what it wants to do."

This is so true but so hard to explain to someone who feels it will never be true for him or her.

Thank you for putting into words what it's really like. I will share this blog with my sis-in-law who looks at me as if I am crazy when I come home drenched with sweat but overjoyed and who tells me every time, "Well, I'll never get to that point."





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PENOWOK 6/25/2013 7:30AM

    I know that feeling of just wanting to break into a run--and I am not a runner!! Good for you for letting joy win!!

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DOGLADY13 6/25/2013 7:21AM

    I love when that happens! I'm happy for you.

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CHERYLHURT 6/25/2013 7:02AM

  Great blog!

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ANGELN325 6/25/2013 6:49AM

    Awesome! I used to love exercising until I injured myself. Now I'm at that point where I just need to get myself there where I recapture that joy again and learning my limitations and working within my limitations. Can't wait until my shoulder is fixed and if it means surgery so be it. At this point, I just want to be able to do what I want to do. LOL

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JANEDOE12345 6/25/2013 6:35AM

    Hard work or good play pays off!

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THEBEV2 6/25/2013 4:58AM

    I did the exact same thing last night, here in very warm south central pa. I often use the "I'll just walk for 1/2 hour" to get myself out the door. Then something wonderful kicks in and before I know it, 4 miles have gone by. And I love doing intervals. Keep up the great work and thanks for your always motivational blogs!

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    Great blog

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    I love when this happens; dragging your feet out the door, returning exhilarated! emoticon

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Would you believe...

Sunday, June 23, 2013

I need a pep talk on Sunday? Isn't that church day? Don't you get the pep talk at church?

Well... yes, but... there are pep talks and there are pep talks.

First, to give God glory, let's give folks an update on Kelsey... a story abundant with gratitude. I'm going to quote her mom's latest FB status, posted last evening:

"She got a bath today and the nurses washed her hair..She's stable..She had an issue with bleeding today, where the tubing goes into her artery..they are controlling it..they woke her up some today, to check to see what she can do..blink her eyes, squeeze their hands, wiggle her toes..She's sedated again..She's still on the ecmo machine, still on the ventilator..her heart is beating and pulsing..pray that her heart and lungs keep healing."

This is now well into the second week on that heart-lung machine, but the fact that she can blink and squeeze hands and understands the doctor's requests to do these small things speaks well of ongoing recovery, slow as it seems to those watching.

Prayers are a wonderful thing... knowing they are being raised helps everyone keep positive. And here is her (Kelsey's) daughter, playing in the hospital's healing garden. Clearly being well cared for by other caring relatives / friends:



Praise the Lord of Life and the God of Wisdom in providing and preserving these lives.

You know, now that I've posted this... I almost don't need that pep talk! But, in any case:

Remember all you have to be grateful for, today and every day... use this to combat the things you feel negative about, until the negative turns around and God's purpose in it is revealed.

Conserve your health and your energy, so you can do the most important things:

1) "Eat what's in the bag"... even though there is no bag today, you have the plan, and you know what WOULD be in it! emoticon

2) "Remember to go to recess"... emoticon

3) Prepare for the week ahead... bag those healthy snacks so you'll have what goes IN the bag. Get the laundry done so you'll have the most important bit of your wardrobe for the upcoming week: athletic socks! emoticon

4) Hug someone today! (Going to the Mellers with my sis & her daughter... might be a few others there to add to the hug crew...) emoticon

5) Drink your water (it will keep you away from the popcorn?) emoticon emoticon

6) Go to bed on time and get that routine re-established.

LIFE is good. You *do* love your work (blog about that sometime). Spark on!

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WATERMELLEN 6/25/2013 9:32PM

    Very nice! What a little cutie!!

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SHARON10002 6/24/2013 10:23PM

    So very glad to read this news! Will continue to keep her in my prayers as well!
What a little cutie pie her daughter is.

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MSLZZY 6/23/2013 10:41PM

    emoticon A super pep-talk and great news on Kelsey! HUGS!

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    Thanks for the news and positivity!

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MOBYCARP 6/23/2013 8:47PM

    And a thought for the work day tomorrow: If you have to work extra hours, you deserve extra recess breaks. Stay sane, and defend those healthy habits!

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1CRAZYDOG 6/23/2013 6:14PM

  With all that's going on for you, I'm glad, VERY glad, for the positive news. Kelsey's sweet daughter looks adorable!

HUGS and smiles. Enjoy your Sunday.

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OVERWORKEDJANET 6/23/2013 6:08PM

    Thanks and many more good wishes for the young lady. She is in many good hands.


I made my lunches for the week; multiple types of roasted veggies to eat warm or cold.

Recess was painting and scraping spackle.

Went into work for 4 hours so lost 6 for the day.

Drank tons of water.

Life IS good.

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DLDMIL 6/23/2013 1:55PM

    Prayers and hugs for everyone.

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GABY1948 6/23/2013 1:47PM

    Great Glry to God! That is wonderful about Kelsey. Contiinuing to pray for total restoration and healing...He can DO it!

Have a great week, Barb...you know Whose hands you are in!

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_LINDA 6/23/2013 1:05PM

    That is good news Kelsey is able to do these things, hoping this means she is on her way to a recovery and that the virus has run its course. Its a scary, scary thing to think there is something out there like this that can put people's lives in danger :((


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DEBRITA01 6/23/2013 12:37PM

    Praise God that Kelsey is healing and showing signs of improvement...she and her family are in my daily prayers. There are so many blessings all around us and often times we don't take notice of all of God's miracles - seen and unseen. Thanks for sharing the reminder & pep talk...we can all benefit from that! emoticon

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OPTIMIST1948 6/23/2013 11:57AM

    For me, its keeping the bras clean - got plenty of socks. Still, all words of wisdom!

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MJREIMERS 6/23/2013 11:18AM

    I'm out of the loop on Kelsey, but I'll add her to my prayer list. Everything you stated in this blog is true! Sometimes we get so caught up in our daily life that we forget what is really important. emoticon and emoticon !

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SPINNINGJW 6/23/2013 10:48AM

    Silly Barb, popcorn is for THROWING, not eating!

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DEBRA0818 6/23/2013 10:18AM

    Glad to hear that Kelsey is on the mend -- what a scary thing to happen to a young mother and those who love her.

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CELIAMINER 6/23/2013 10:09AM

    Needed this message today to nudge me out of my "own little world" mental state and see the big picture. So much to be grateful for, and I'm happy Kelsey is doing better...your prayers are working. Blessings to Kelsey and her family!

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ELMA1913 6/23/2013 9:46AM

    Great message!

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One day

Friday, June 21, 2013

Today.

It is a gift.

Let me see it as such, and appreciate it as such.

Let me not try to repaint it into what it is not.

Let me live it, and allow the feelings brought on by my will be washed over and processed in a healthy way. Let me be willing and able to be used for the purpose of my maker.

Thank you, Lord, for the abundance of clean, clear water available for me to drink, for not everyone has this.

Thank you, Lord, for the many healthy options for food to fuel my body. Help me choose wisely and without greed in their use today. For there are those who do not have enough.

Thank you, Lord, for the ability to move my body under its own power. Let me appreciate this and remember to take the moments to use my feet and legs to transport me where I need to go, and not just sit on my sit-upon!

Thank you, Lord, for a safe and comfy place to sleep.

There is so much to be grateful for, let me focus on that, and not on things that aren't going "my way". Give me the gift of acceptance of Your direction. And help me appreciate Your hand in all things.

Amen.

Oh, yeah, sorry about that, Sparklies... prayin' my way through the start of the day. Spark on. LIFE is good. emoticon

  
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PATRICIAAK 6/21/2013 10:49PM

    I'm absolutely a person who gives thanks for all things. God is good!

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BROOKLYN_BORN 6/21/2013 8:32PM

    Perfectly beautiful thoughts at the beginning or the end of the day

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SLENDERELLA61 6/21/2013 6:37PM

    Beautiful prayer. And you are right. There are many who don't have enough and here we are working hard to make good choices and trying so hard to be satisfied with enough. - Wishing you well in all things - those things you have control of and especially those things you can't control. Hang in there, Barb. I think of you often, especially when I'm trying to walk faster on my run-walk-runs!! -Marsha

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NEW-CAZ 6/21/2013 11:51AM

    Amen

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DLDMIL 6/21/2013 11:24AM

    Amen

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DALID414 6/21/2013 10:59AM

    Amen.

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MSLZZY 6/21/2013 10:35AM

    A very worthy prayer and one each of us should be praying. HUGS!

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GABY1948 6/21/2013 8:56AM

    The Lord always guides me through my days so I agree totally! Have a great day!

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LEANJEAN6 6/21/2013 8:42AM

    Wow!!--EAT What's IN THE BAG----too!----- LOL---- Hey Barb! Nice blog!-----I need to hear that prayer daily!---I hope you hava great day to-day!-Lynda emoticon

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1CRAZYDOG 6/21/2013 8:24AM

  Frankly, I think it's a FINE way to start the day! Amen!

HUGS and smiles.

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  Thanks for sharing

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Discipline

Thursday, June 20, 2013

Discipline: 1 a branch of knowledge or learning

What are YOU learning?

Me? I'm learning to live LIFE in balance.

So, for today, (and remembering what I really, really want)

* Eat (nutricious food, in balance, quality and quantity)
* Drink (lots of clean water)
* Breathe (deep, calming, being conscious every so often)
* Move (don't forget to go to recess)
* Think (Exercise your mind)
* Sleep (go to bed on time)

Spark on, my friends. WE are worth it. And we CAN do it. emoticon

  
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COMETER 6/22/2013 9:12AM

    I've been guilty in the past of thinking that a "program" and by that I mean something strict and quite separate from my normal life was what I needed.

Now I realize that basic good habits, like your rules, are the way to go. They seem so underwhelming, somehow, and I think that's why we undervalue them sometimes.

You go!

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PATRICIAAK 6/22/2013 5:02AM

    Balance is addressid in the Bible it is so important - A Time For . . .

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BLUENOSE63 6/21/2013 8:00PM

  I do terrible with gray....I thrive on discipline probably due to the OCD.

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LEANJEAN6 6/21/2013 7:24AM

    Good Morning Barb!!---- Discipline-------stick to yer guns!----Balance is so important for me!--- Lynda HAPPY SUMMER! emoticon

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NEW-CAZ 6/21/2013 7:20AM

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LESLIELENORE 6/21/2013 12:24AM

    I am good with self discipline most of the time, but there are occasions...

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NDKARIKARI 6/20/2013 11:16PM

    these are great rules. have been following your blogs for a while and you are always spot on! have a great one

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KARIDIAN1 6/20/2013 10:47PM

    Good rules.

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EBEAMS 6/20/2013 10:05PM

    Enjoy your weekend! Hugs!

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MOBYCARP 6/20/2013 8:35PM

    What a writer! You captured the essence I need today, and did so in a lot fewer words than I used.

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SLENDERELLA61 6/20/2013 7:22PM

    Learning to live life in balance -- what could be better?!! Another great blog, Barb.

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    emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon for another great blog. I so look forward to reading each one.

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MSLZZY 6/20/2013 12:08PM

    I am learning that you have a lot of the answers and I can always count on you to put things in perspective. Thanks for the guidance and motivation to do what needs to be done. HUGS!

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1CRAZYDOG 6/20/2013 10:11AM

  good rules to live by!

HUGS and smiles.

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NELLJONES 6/20/2013 8:29AM

    Hard to believe that sometimes I need to be reminded to breathe, but I do.

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    Yes, emoticon ! I need to remember the breathe and be conscience more often! (You know me and my personality.) emoticon emoticon for the reminder!

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LEANJEAN6 6/20/2013 7:55AM

    And EAT what's in da bag!!!!----LOL------Well, Discipline is good!!-----To-morrow is the 1st day of summer!-----We made it thru this wet Spring---Hugs, Lynda

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DEBRITA01 6/20/2013 7:51AM

    I'm learning to not make the same mistakes over again by remembering what I REALLY want, too.

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WATERMELLEN 6/20/2013 7:44AM

    Discipline is a somewhat scary word . . . sounds a bit stern and forbidding. But interpreted this way just a life-long learning project about moderation! Balance!

I continue to be a student . . . .

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Basics, remember the basics

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Stuff that's going on around and emotions that present to your mind... are just stuff. Like a baby, your body needs to be taken care of, no matter what.

* You need to drink your water.
* You need to eat a balanced, nutritious menu.
* You need to get up and move around.
* You need to breathe.

and You need to sleep.

Take care of you, for without taking care of those basic physical needs, you won't be taking care of whatever that is that floats around demanding your attention. One... decision... at a time.

  
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ROXYZMOM 6/19/2013 11:10PM

    Thanks! I needed that!!

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PATRICIAAK 6/19/2013 7:29PM

    As all great coaches say, 'Back to basics'. I guess this blog qualifies you as a great coach!

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PATRICIAAK 6/19/2013 7:22PM

    As all great coaches say, 'Back to basics'. I guess this blog qualifies you as a great coach!

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ON2VICTORY 6/19/2013 6:56PM

    right on!! I have been hitting the reset button quite a bit lately.... breathe deeeeeeeeeep!!

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LESLIELENORE 6/19/2013 2:18PM

    I haven't been getting enough sleep, and I am really feeling it today. Thanks for the reminder!

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UWPALUM 6/19/2013 1:38PM

    I can always use a reminder about the basics! Thanks!

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DLDMIL 6/19/2013 12:19PM

    Thank you for reminding us of the basics. It is so true.

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MSLZZY 6/19/2013 12:10PM

    An excellent blog! Take care of the basics! Can do!

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DALID414 6/19/2013 11:24AM

    Great pep talk, I know it's for you, but I really needed it too.

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DEBRITA01 6/19/2013 10:39AM

    Simple, but often forgotten during life's busy times. Good reminder for all of us. emoticon

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KATELOSS2009 6/19/2013 10:22AM

    we all forget... thanks for the reminder!!

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LORILEEPAGE 6/19/2013 10:12AM

    Sometimes I forget to breathe. I'm a shallow breather and sometimes my hubby says,"Are you breathing?" Haha

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-SHOREIDO- 6/19/2013 8:39AM

    I needed that !!!! Thanks Barb for the "basic"

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ANDI571 6/19/2013 8:33AM

    If we can just hold on to those basics during our emotional life's moments it will help keep our balance. emoticon

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WATERMELLEN 6/19/2013 8:08AM

    On the plane: secure your own oxygen supply first!

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    Thanks for the reminder. emoticon

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MJREIMERS 6/19/2013 7:43AM

    Simple, but true. Thanks for the reminder since some of us get caught up with other facets of life!

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MAGGIE101857 6/19/2013 7:36AM

    So true! Good words to start the day!

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