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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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-SHOREIDO- 6/21/2013 10:57PM

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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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DR8561 6/21/2013 12:28PM

    I needed that today. emoticon

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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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ELRIDDICK 6/21/2013 7:55AM

  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

    emoticon rules

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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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MJREIMERS 6/20/2013 8:15AM

    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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    emoticon advice!!!! emoticon

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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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Short blog for short on time

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Back to the basics is definitely the order of the day, week, month, year(s)...

* Remember, most of all, that you are worthy of the feel good feeling of nurturing YOU, no matter what is going on around you.

You are worth watering (just like the plants).
You are worth feeding healthy food (like the children).
You are worth taking for a walk (just like the dogs).

YOU are worth it. Spark on!

p.s. for those of you who are praying/following along with Kelsey's health issues... her mom reports yesterday afternoon, her heart is beating and pulsing, lungs still a little stiff but getting better pressures. She is off a couple of the drugs, but still sedated and machine assisted living. It's been a week, but I've been peeking at internet medical sites and the fulminant myocarditis that she was diagnosed with *does* have a good prognosis, according to some of the things I've read... as opposed to "acute myocarditis". So many things I never wanted to know about medical terminology. But for those of us on the praying side? She's slowly, slowly healing... but healing. Keep on a-prayin' folks. And thank you!

  
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DEBRITA01 6/19/2013 11:43PM

    Still praying for Kelsey and am glad she is making some progress. Also, sending up prayers for the family during her recovery period. Thanks for the update.

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LEANJEAN6 6/19/2013 7:16AM

    Hi Barb!--Nice to hear she is doing OK!------The basics on here are so important!-----Eating what is in the frig----that helps too!--LOL---- Yesterday I was the grass cutter--the weed whacker--- to-day I am the banker----AND--get this-----it IS warming up , up here in the North---Lord Love A Duck!!!---Hava good day!-Lynda emoticon

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LESLIELENORE 6/18/2013 11:08PM

    Glad to know she is doing better!

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WATERMELLEN 6/18/2013 8:00PM

    Glad that the update is positive!!

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KLMEIRING 6/18/2013 6:10PM

    Good news concerning Kelsey's progress. Thanks for the update.

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PATRICIAAK 6/18/2013 6:09PM

    PTL!

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MSLZZY 6/18/2013 5:38PM

    Thanks for the update and I will keep Kelsey and the family in my prayers. HUGS!

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BROOKLYN_BORN 6/18/2013 1:03PM

    Thanks for the update on Kelsey. Each day a little better - good news.

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DLDMIL 6/18/2013 11:41AM

    continuing to prayer for Kelsey and entire family.

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DALID414 6/18/2013 11:17AM

    Thanks for the reminder of being worthy.

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1CRAZYDOG 6/18/2013 9:01AM

  MANY prayers. In cases like that you really have to measure the progress in small bits. May Kelsey continue her healing.

HUGS and smiles.

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GABY1948 6/18/2013 8:40AM

    Good news on Kelsey...thanks for the report!

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KELLIEBEAN 6/18/2013 8:10AM

    The basics can make a huge difference in our lives. Thanks for the reminder!

I have been following your blogs and praying for Kasey. Thank you for the update. I will keep the prayers going.

Have a beautiful day!

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Dads and fitness

Sunday, June 16, 2013

Having been a part of running and now multisport events over the decades, I can't help noticing how many Dads are the athletes. Or how many Dads are bringing the kids to watch Moms who are athletes. Fitness is a family pattern.

And I think about my childhood, and the things my own Dad did to encourage us kids in being fit. This might be a trifle subtle, because athleticism was NOT at the top of the parental list of approval. However, Dad insisted that we all learn to swim. And Dad and Mom's financial situation and the city's school transport situtation were such that we WALKED to and from school. Dad made sure we all had bicycles for transportation. And we used them, too. He was also a fan of kites, and going out to fly them.

Later in life, when I made my first big push to lose weight and took up running, Dad got on the band wagon and started a walking program of his own. Mom and he often went for a walk of an evening, just so they got some time away from the kids.

From a nutrition perspective? Dad was a big proponent of eating the veggies. Granted, they came from a can, and included corn and peas as staples, BUT, the idea was there. And he was a huge fan of breakfast, every day... one of his staples was oatmeal. Granted, it was loaded with brown sugar and butter, but the idea was there, too. So I do a few things differently these days, but the important bit: parents are extremely important role models.

So if you're a mom or dad... doing what you're doing on Spark? Not just good for you... good for the little ones whose eyes are following you around!

LIFE is good. Spark on! And Happy Father's Day!
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BLUENOSE63 6/18/2013 6:56AM

  My Dad and Mom were both from small towns where slo-pitch was a huge game and skating in the winter. Yep we all played ball and skated from the time we were small. My brothers and I are in our 50s and have all remained very athletic to this day!

I miss my Dad everyday and thank him for making me who I am so that I can continue to show my son how important health and exercise are in life!

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LEANJEAN6 6/17/2013 9:33PM

    It sounds like you had a good Dad!---a good role model----and now look at you----a role model for us all! Lynda emoticon

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MIZCATHI 6/17/2013 4:10PM

    I was thinking about my Dad and fitness the other day as well. I remember when we entered our Teens and had just moved to a new home in the suburbs after growing up as city kids. We were bored to tears. He started taking us to the track to run. The intention was there, but after awhile he bored of the routine and pretty much insisted we do it without counting on him. Still, in just introducing us to the importance of exercise is something that lasted in my mind and I've always gone back to it after periods of being a couch potato.

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KELLIEBEAN 6/17/2013 8:53AM

    My parents did not encourage activity or healthy eating. They did the best they could but these items were not on their list of priorities.

My daughter has actually inspired me and keeps me going. It fills my heart with joy when she tells me she's proud of me.

I love being active with my kids.

Great blog!



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BROOKLYN_BORN 6/17/2013 7:05AM

    What a nice memory of your Dad! I'm glad you shared this.
I grew up in a "mixed" marriage. Dad was proud of my athleticism. Mom hoped for a more traditional (pre Title IX) daughter.

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OVERWORKEDJANET 6/17/2013 5:47AM

    I was also influenced by Dad. Even after a stroke and advanced age he still strove to walk his morning mile. At 86 he pushed his walker with the seat, stopped every so often and chatted with neighbors on his walk. Taught me a lot about perseverance.

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PATRICIAAK 6/17/2013 12:38AM

    Parental influence is so powerful - even years after leaving the nest.
Your Dad sounds wonderful.

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LESLIELENORE 6/17/2013 12:14AM

    My dad turned 70 this year and still walks 2 miles every morning rain or shine. I want to grow old like him!

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ANDI571 6/16/2013 11:50PM

    Reading your blog brought back memories of my parents. Like me, mom was a professional dieter and did every fad diet. She was doing low carb before low carb was cool. Dad never really ever had a weight problem, but he did have heart disease when he got older. I don't know if it was in his genes, or the type of food he ate. Mom was a really good cook.

Mom would do things like Jack LaLane, leg exercises, and all most of us do. It's funny I hate all that and don't last long when I try. But growing up, we always camped and had our bikes with us. We would usually go swimming. We would hike and just have the best time. Guess what my favorite exercise is, walking and hiking. It just makes me feel good and it always brings back good memories. So mom and dad both instilled good habits into me without even knowing it.

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LJCANNON 6/16/2013 11:19PM

    emoticon As Parents it is important to do the Best we can to influence the Kids to be the Best They Can Be!!


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MJREIMERS 6/16/2013 7:01PM

    Great blog and so true. My kids are pretty active and I like to set a good example. Both my girls are active and my older boy is now running and working out with a friend. He often plays basketball and baseball with his younger brother and their buddies. Here's hoping they have a long and healthy life!!! I've set the example now it's up to them! emoticon

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SPINNINGJW 6/16/2013 5:07PM

    Athleticism was certainly NOT at the top of the list for priorities in school, but when I took up diving, Daddy was there with his camera. He got a couple of shots blown up to 11 x 14 and hung them on his den wall. Never was sure at the time whether he was proud of my diving or proud of his photography, but years later said it was a little bit of both.

By the time I was older, there was the walking trail that started at Cotner and Vine by Bethany Park. Dad regularly walked that trail to 48th street and back. At one time, I believe his pace was about 4 mph. (the math major in me calculated it)

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WATERMELLEN 6/16/2013 2:28PM

    Very nice Father's Day tribute: with your brother weighing too, doubly nice!!

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MOBYCARP 6/16/2013 2:14PM

    Other Dad activities:

Gardening: The total activity didn't take with me, but I learned how to spade and prepare a garden bed, without power tools.

Lawn mowing: There was never a riding mower, and for a while there was a muscle-powered push mower.

Planting trees: Dad didn't hire a landscaper. He dug the holes, or had a kid dig the hole, and planted the tree himself. That's digging with a spade, not with a backhoe.

The stories: Dad moved to Fairbury, and saw a town he could walk all the way across. I don't remember that time, but I sure remember Dad talking about it. The story about how he used to laugh at the neighbors who drove to the grocery store, because it was only a quarter mile (or was it a half mile?) from home. How that influenced where he bought a house, within walking distance of two grocery stores. "Walking distance" to these stores was over a quarter mile but under a half mile.

Vacations: Camping, hiking up Scott's Bluff, walking/hiking the trails at Chadron State Park.

None of it was competitive athletics, but a lot of it was active.

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DLDMIL 6/16/2013 1:01PM

    Great blog, thanks for sharing. My Dad is better today about nutrition than when I was a child. My Mother has always been the nutrition person in our family and my Dad is finally eating his "green" veggies.



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-SHOREIDO- 6/16/2013 10:35AM

    Great blog and your right. Chi;dren (which we all are) learn more from what they SEE than what they hear. Tis true!!

Enjoy this beautiful Father's Day!!

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DOGLADY13 6/16/2013 10:18AM

    I was thinking similar thoughts about my father this morning, too. I miss him even though it's been 20 years, some days it feels like yesterday.

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KLMEIRING 6/16/2013 9:41AM

    I wish I could say that my Dad was an example in the areas of nutrition and fitness, but he was not. At least not when I was growing up. I went to visit him last year and he does seem to be paying more attention now, but he was definitely not one to encourage those behaviors when I was learning all of my daily habits.

Oh well, he is who he is and I love him because he is my Dad!

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BUSYGRANNY5 6/16/2013 9:34AM

    Great blog for Father's Day! Thanks for sharing!

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1CRAZYDOG 6/16/2013 8:48AM

  Isn't it amazing to look back and realize how much information we've absorbed just observing our parents. Really puts things in perspective when you think about how what you do on a daily basis affects your children . . . forever!

Hope you have a wonderful Sunday. HUGS and smiles.

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MSLZZY 6/16/2013 8:33AM

    Leading by example is an excellent way to ease children into a healthier lifestyle without going into the "diet" syndrome. Good point!

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