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Sunday, August 04, 2013

That double half mary is only five weeks away. So this weekend, I set out to do two "longer" runs back to back. My five miles yesterday was joined by 10.2 today (with an additional 2.1 to get myself the rest of the way home with a cool down walk... I split them in RunKeeper so I wouldn't be tempted to overdo the build of total mileage... last thing I need is an overuse injury that will sideline me from either next weekend's trip or the race in five).

Where I ended up, at the far end of my jog was about 7 miles away (maybe a fraction more)... here: The lake is a place of peace, but so is the cemetary. This happens to be the one where my parents are laid to rest, and as I wended my way in that direction, the random thought popped into my head, "Mom, would you be proud of me NOW?"

Mom never much seemed to appreciate it when I lost weight and became more athletic. Don't know why, but she didn't. Maybe she thought she had to compete (I got that competitive streak from SOMEWHERE, right?) Still, I like to think that by NOW, she would be pleased to see the good that this has done in my life. No competing at this point with her on one side of the Great Divide and me on the other. But still, don't we all crave our parents' approval in one form or another? Or at least their understanding/support, even if our choices are different from what they would make for us?

Have a blessed Sunday out there fellow Sparklers... be safe, and savor LIFE, which is good. Spark on! emoticon

  
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KALIGIRL 8/5/2013 8:33AM

    May not have understood or accepted your choice, but definitely loved you. And after all, isn't that 'all' there is?
Namaste my friend.

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OVERWORKEDJANET 8/5/2013 5:26AM

    The word "approval" could be the subject of a whole blog and has been the subject of some of my therapy sessions. For good or bad we all seek it a one time or another. It helps and hurts. But we look for it anyway.

However, YOU will always rock in my book!



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BLUENOSE63 8/4/2013 8:53PM

  Well one thing is for sure...I am proud of you and all your accomplishments! Yes don't get injured before your race as you have worked too hard.

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PATRICIAAK 8/4/2013 8:16PM

    keep running

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LEANJEAN6 8/4/2013 8:14PM

    Isn't that a hoot?--We both were thinking of "Mom"-=-Great minds eh??----LOL---Lynda emoticon

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WATERMELLEN 8/4/2013 5:49PM

    So true, that we are always wondering about our parents' approval . . . Steve Siebold actually says that addiction to the approval of others is the most difficult addiction of all.

Whether she would or would not recognize the success you've made of your life -- WE recognize it and very heartily approve of it! And even better: YOU recognize that what you've done and continue to do is: AMAZING.

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1CRAZYDOG 8/4/2013 5:45PM

  Yes, I do think it's part of every kids' make up to want parental approval. I'm sure your Mom is proud of you.

HUGS

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MSLZZY 8/4/2013 4:42PM

    She would be pleased. she just didn't show it. HUGS!

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NEW-CAZ 8/4/2013 2:55PM

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DLDMIL 8/4/2013 1:16PM

    emoticon emoticon you are so inspiring.

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GABY1948 8/4/2013 1:16PM

    I agree about approval...parents can make or break their kids. You did a great job today!

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MJREIMERS 8/4/2013 12:20PM

    emoticon job on the runs and being smart about it! You are right in that we always want our parents' approval. I want you to know how much I admire you and value your advice and friendship. You are emoticon and don't forget it!!!

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Wish lists

Sunday, August 04, 2013

Remember when you were a kid and had a wish list? Things you'd like for Christmas but wouldn't or couldn't spend the money on for yourself? I find myself this morning with a wish list growing in my head. It consists of fitness gadgets I've looked at and decided not to spend the money for.

At the top of my list is body lighting, so I can run outdoors before dawn and after sunset. I've never bought it... opting for the treadmill when it's dark or slick. But I've become fonder of outdoor activity over the course of time, and if I want to keep doing it much longer into the fading sunlight... this might have to move up into the "really invest in this" category.

Another thing I have looked at somewhat longingly but shrugged off is a Road ID. These are little bracelets or anklets that you wear or weave into your shoelaces when you're out on the road working out. Rather than carrying full driver's license or whatever... if anything untoward should happen, this links folks up with who you are and can be linked to an online data base that contains any vital health info someone would need when treating you (medical allergies, hidden conditions, anyone?)

And I have total envy of the fitbit you can wear while swimming. That's a somewhat bigger ticket item... but one of these days...

The fancy Garmin GPS watches, too... although I'd have to have one of the better ones if I wanted to wear it TRIing.

I use my wish list as my rewards list, too. For sticking with the healthy habits, I will get myself a new toy/tool. Feeds the geek in me, and supports the fitness work, too.

What's on YOUR wish list? emoticon

  
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KALIGIRL 8/5/2013 8:52AM

    Here's to wish lists as incentives! And thanks for reminding me about the road ID!

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MILLEDGE2 8/5/2013 7:38AM

    Oh, yes, you DO need that Road ID! Even if you only have one incident in all your time outdoors, it will pay for itself on that day!

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MOBYCARP 8/4/2013 7:08PM

    Body lighting is a must if you're going to run after dusk or before dawn on public roads. It doesn't have to be terribly costly; my headlamp + taillight + reflective harness I hand the taillight on together cost less than a pair of running shoes. And replacing batteries for the lights is a lot cheaper than replacing the shoes!

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PHEBESS 8/4/2013 7:02PM

    A massage therapist for weekly massages, no matter where I am in the world!

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WATERMELLEN 8/4/2013 5:55PM

    A kayak. Or a canoe!!

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DALID414 8/4/2013 4:33PM

    A foldable bike emoticon

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DLDMIL 8/4/2013 1:15PM

    Top of my wishlist is a rowing machine. I better invest in the ID as I am always leaving my house or office without an ID and a phone.

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SPINNINGJW 8/4/2013 10:55AM

    My wish list right now consists of one item: A JOB!


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LOSTLIME 8/4/2013 10:52AM

    Great wish list! Some of those are on my list too!

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OVERWORKEDJANET 8/4/2013 9:59AM

    I think the ID is a necessity, not a wish item. I drum that into DD's brain all the time. Who will they call if your can't talk???????????
She took a spill the other day after wheel was repaired. Luckily she didn't get hurt but had she hit her head??????

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CONCHA77 8/4/2013 9:56AM

    You deserve them all, Barb. emoticon

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ONMYMEDS 8/4/2013 9:34AM

    I never run outdoors without my Road ID. It's a worthwhile investment. And I love my Garmin. Rewards? No. Birthday presents.

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NEW-CAZ 8/4/2013 9:27AM

    I'm thinking of getting a stamima aero pilates machine! emoticon

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DEBRITA01 8/4/2013 8:37AM

    The Road Id seems like a good investment and idea if one ventures away from home. I'm pretty sure you'll earn all the items on your list. A Fitbit is on my list.

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1CRAZYDOG 8/4/2013 8:34AM

  All wonderful rewards! Keep on pushing, one thing @ a time and it'll happen. But then I'm preaching to the choir on that one, eh! LOL

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GABY1948 8/4/2013 8:24AM

    My only wishlist is to move to AZ which we plan to do but after we no longer have responsibilities in MI.

Your wishlist is excellent! And what is the OT for if not to turn around and spend it...and especially on things that are HEALTHFUL for you! Put them on a list, and tick them off AS YOU GET THEM! They are all really GREAT!

Have a GREAT Sunday

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MSLZZY 8/4/2013 7:40AM

    A treadmill-plus the room I need to put it in LOL!

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PATRICIAAK 8/4/2013 7:34AM

    indoor swimming pool

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KELLIEBEAN 8/4/2013 7:28AM

    I'm would like a fit it. I have been through SO many pedometers. that it makes me tell myself to stop spending money on gadgets.

I forgot about the bracelet. I read about that last year before I started running consistently. That is a great idea! I do ride my bicycle in addition to running so I should get one.



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KLMEIRING 8/4/2013 7:25AM

    Yes, I have a wish list, but you are much braver than me concerning the outdoor workouts when it is dark outside. Many of the roads that I enjoy for my walks don't have any sidewalks and it can be tricky to have a plan of escape for the occasional driver who approaches much too close for comfort. I have not crossed over to the thought of being able to be outdoors to exercise at night yet.

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LESLIELENORE 8/4/2013 6:53AM

    My parents got me a RoadID for Christmas last year, and I wear it every time I leave the house, even when I go paddling. I would like a Fitbit, but can't afford it right now. That is great that you can reward yourself and pacify your inner geek at the same time!

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JSTETSER 8/4/2013 6:42AM

    I have seen the Garmon bracelets. They are awesome!

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MARYANNB25 8/4/2013 6:31AM

    emoticon WISH LIST. I'M SURE YOU WILL GET THEM ALL.

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OneKidsMom does anger management on two feet

Saturday, August 03, 2013


Beware, Barb's experimenting with new software... learning to merge her Webcam talks with her phone video... and today I'm sharing it with my Spark buds!

The things I'm having to manage anger about range from losing my sister in law waaaay too soon to my way of thinking to the tight time crunch and unrealistic expectations. And it's not just anger. Add sadness. Add fear or anxiety. Add in any negative emotion that could use a little "management". Here's what I'm doing about them these days.

  
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DOGLADY13 8/5/2013 9:38PM

    Indeed. Spark on, Sister, Spark on!

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PATRICIAAK 8/4/2013 11:21AM

    take care

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CONCHA77 8/4/2013 10:02AM

    LOVE LOVE LOVE! I did see your video and yes, how amazing it is when we take the time to see all of life's pleasures. It soothes the soul. What a Blessing.
Thanks for sharing your world, Barb.

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LESLIELENORE 8/3/2013 7:02PM

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MIRAGE727 8/3/2013 5:53PM

    I love it, Barb! Great video AND your solution is perfect! Be well, my friend!
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DLDMIL 8/3/2013 5:48PM

    Thank you so much for your vlog today. It home today for me as well regarding "stress/anger" management. July was not a good month for me with the death of my father, and it has been hard at times to do my job as an HR Manager with some of the people I have to work with. I will definitely take your words to heart today and learn from them going forward. I need to get up earlier every morning and meet the sun for a grateful few minutes of peace and beauty.

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DEBRITA01 8/3/2013 4:13PM

    Good to hear the voice that goes with the wise words. What a great way to manage stress/anger...thanks for taking us along today. emoticon

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AUNTB63 8/3/2013 2:54PM

    Absolutely a great blog....good work on merging your video of the lake....so peaceful looking so early in the morning. Have a wonderful weekend.

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SPINNINGJW 8/3/2013 2:13PM

    Nothing quite like a lake at sunrise to make everything right with the world.

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WATERMELLEN 8/3/2013 1:22PM

    Love this blog -- it's great to hear your voice, see your face and share your gorgeous sunrise world.

I agree that "stress" is often unacknowledged anger. But -- sometimes that anger is a signal that something needs to change and we suppress it and call it "stress" because we're not ready yet to make the change.

You just mind find that "Mind Over Mood" workbook useful: I know I do when it's time to rethink management of the inevitable anxiety or depression that living life will generate!

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STR458 8/3/2013 1:04PM

    emoticon beautiful

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MNTWINSGAL 8/3/2013 12:51PM

    Good job! You people who understand technology always amaze me. And as always, great to hear your voice!

Have a wonderful weekend! Can't wait to find out the new HOH on Sunday!

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LJCANNON 8/3/2013 12:21PM

    emoticon Love To "Hear" from you!!
The Tips on Anger Management are very good!!

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ANDI571 8/3/2013 12:12PM

    Yay! So good to hear a voice behind the picture. Awesome!

You were preaching to the choir today. I had one of those stress anger related moments this week with a loved one. It wasn't pretty. I needed your lake for sure.

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MSLZZY 8/3/2013 12:06PM

    Totally awesome. You must get up as early as I do.
At the time you were out at the lake, I was already
outside feeding the dog and chicks in the backyard
and preparing to go to the café for coffee. Sunrise
and morning are the best time of day to get into
the moment. Leaving the stress and anger behind
is always a good thing. Spark on! HUGS!

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GABY1948 8/3/2013 10:53AM

    THANKS for coming by to tell me it was working! This was SO worth coming back...AND it helps to have a voice to the person!

You are doing GREAT in all you do and sharing it with US!

I also am a morning person so we have even more in common than I knew already! GREAT video! emoticon I love your lake too!

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1CRAZYDOG 8/3/2013 10:52AM

  Ok, tried again and the video happened! You're soooooo right. So much of going thru life situations does involve anger issues, anger management and I feel uncomfortable thinking that about myself too! But, my dear, you are NOT alone. And for sure, WHO can be angry when you see such beauty as that lake, that sunrise. I typically am out the door by about 5;15 am (but . . . bad girl . . . don't always have my breakfast eaten yet! But I do when I get back. Ok, I digress). There is nothing more a sigh from Him that you have this day to do the best you possibly can with than a sunrise. Walking just sets your mind and soul free (for me anyway!) Better than any therapist's chair! LOL

Thanks for sharing (true to my persistent self, I came back because I HAD to see your vlog!)



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1CRAZYDOG 8/3/2013 10:47AM

  Uh oh! Sorry, I couldn't get the video to work either. But my deepest sympathies on the passing of your SIL (I know it's been awhile, but she went through soooooo much! )

HUGS and prayers and smiles.

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GABY1948 8/3/2013 10:24AM

    I don't get the video..it says it is almost available.

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Realities of maintenance

Friday, August 02, 2013

I got a really nice SparkMail message in response to yesterday's blog on entering Year 4 of maintenance. It included a link that discusses some research into what motivates us at work. And face it, it is WORK to maintain.

In case anyone else might be interested, it's a bit long, but definitely instructive from many perspectives: www.ted.com/talks/dan_ariely_what_ma
kes_us_feel_good_about_our_work.html


Thanks anja for sharing it!

Then this morning, I was looking at my statistics for the past year, in terms of the "drifting":

I've shown these graphs before... I deliberately made this one 365 days long, and it shows the drift going "up". Disturbing? Maybe, and maybe not.

In the wake of looking at THAT reality, another piece of this morning's motivation puzzle arrived in my inbox in "Today's Top Stories" here on SparkPeople.com. The question it asks is whether it can be unhealthy to be "too lean". www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?po
st=is_being_really_lean_really_worth_it


There are many, many aspects to a healthy lifestyle. One of the biggest, most important is the recognition that nothing is a constant. It is an interconnected collection. The body is complex, and responds differently to behaviors. There IS such a thing as overtraining. There IS such a thing as the starvation response. There IS an impact to the body and its tendency to hold on to weight related to stress. But there is the bottom line, for each of us: is what we are doing worth the benefit we get from it?

Every one of us has to answer that question every day. And we act on the answer, one day, one decision at a time. The trends, the cumulative effect, is what we see in the graphs. How we respond to those graphs, to the number on the scale, to setbacks... that's what determines how it continues.

And continuing the journey is what maintenance is all about for me. Today, is it worth it? For me, today... absolutely!

So...
* Drink the water.
* Eat what's in the bag, that's why you packed it.
* Remember to go to recess.
* Encourage others... for someday you may need encouragement yourself.
* Breathe and know that you are alive on the planet, regardless of what else swirls around you.

LIFE is good. Spark on! emoticon

  
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KPETSCHE 8/4/2013 5:58AM

    Many good points! Thanks for sharing.

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LJCANNON 8/3/2013 8:51AM

    emoticon Yes, Maintenance IS "Work" but it IS Worth It!!

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LESLIELENORE 8/2/2013 10:25PM

    Motivation is tricky. I want to work out more than I have been lately, but I have had to balance it with things I need to do with my family. Lately family has won more often than not, and I have seen an increase in my weight, but I don't regret what I have been doing. Since I can still get into my size 8 jeans I am okay with it all.

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PATRICIAAK 8/2/2013 7:53PM

    trends say a lot.

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SPINNINGJW 8/2/2013 6:21PM

    That TED talk was really good. I struggle with motivation sometimes, and I am not always sure what makes me tick. My personality makes me a "helper" and I need to every now and then step back and take care of myself.

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GABY1948 8/2/2013 6:12PM

    You speak to me today for sure! Thank you for all the information...and these are all things I have truly been thinking about...I am 65 now...not 25 nor 35...but 65...and thankfully, I believe that I am FINALLY coming to grips with some of this...you were a HUGE help today! emoticon

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DLDMIL 8/2/2013 1:41PM

    Thank you for sharing.

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CELIAMINER 8/2/2013 9:53AM

    I didn't have time to listen to the whole Ted talk, since I'm just taking a Spark break at work, but I plan to listen later.

You have a great attitude about your "drift." I also read the SP article today on being too lean, and I had read another article a couple of months ago about what it takes to get figure-competition lean and how to do it wrong (exercise excessively, restrict calories excessively) and right (work with a real trainer to get the best exercise/food mix for you). So what's your next step? Will you redefine your maintenance weight? Perhaps 120 was too light? Hope you'll blog more about these decisions, because many of us are right there trying to make similar choices.

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1CRAZYDOG 8/2/2013 9:52AM

  OH boy . . . I'm in year 3 of maintenance and it is definitely something that requires work . . . maybe a different "work" than the weight loss process, but we have to be ever vigilant.

HUGS and thank you for sharing this. Great advice.

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JANEMARIE77 8/2/2013 8:26AM

    well said thank you

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AUNTB63 8/2/2013 8:18AM

    Thank you for sharing this info today. I am just starting out on my maintenance and I know it could be just a difficult as when in the losing phase, but with your inspiring words I know it is possible to continue this journey....one day at a time and still succeed. emoticon

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KALIGIRL 8/2/2013 8:12AM

    Would be interesting to know the lean to fat ratio over the year... I can fluctuate 5 pounds over a week, yet the L/F ratio barely moves.
emoticon measurements... I'll take WALKINGANNIE's home-weight any day.

Here's to breathing and being alive and a wonderful article on mindfulness you might be interested in...http://www.dailygood.org/story
/497/5-ways-to-bring-mindfulnes
s-into-everyday-life-headspace-
com/


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WATERMELLEN 8/2/2013 7:55AM

    Wow! Both of these links: excellent.

I've sent the Ted talk along already to a couple people.

When I think about motivation I want to bring all of this to bear: not just for weight loss maintenance but in my "work" life too.

Thanks, Barb (and Anja of course).

Got me thinking . . . and I like that!

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KRISZTA11 8/2/2013 7:55AM

    Congrats on this year of Maintenance!
I don't know where those pound did go, because I can't see any extra pounds on your tri photos ; )
Your active lifestyle and your persistence is an inspiration.
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LEANJEAN6 8/2/2013 7:31AM

    I enjoyed this Barb!--It shows that you continue on to keep the weight off---I'm impressed-----So many people gain it back----because they don't do the tracking like you!---Good for you!----Hugs-Lynda emoticon

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A new month begins, and a New Year of Maintenace

Thursday, August 01, 2013

In August, 2010, I declared myself "done" losing at my JC center, and entered "official" maintenance. I weighed about 2 pounds more than I do right now at that time. My weight over the intervening years has been as much as 7 pounds less than it is now... and it has drifted up to 4 or 5 pounds over at times... but in about a week, I'll be entering what I will consider YEAR 4 of the current maintenance.

What is the hardest thing to maintain in living a healthy lifestyle? Hands down, for ME, it's motivation. I fight the battle of motivation on a regular basis. I'm sure I'm not the only one. That's why we Spark! When one is down, another is "up" to offer a hand, or vice versa.

What am I proudest of in this maintenance, as opposed to previous attempts as "staying there"? That I have not allowed things happening around me or in other areas of my life to overwhelm my determination to keep healthy habits in my life "at some level". I have drawn that "line in the sand" I've blogged about. I haven't just wished... I've acted.

What keeps me going, when the going gets tough? The knowledge, gained the hard way, that not everyone HAS a choice. But that I do. I would be dishonoring those who have no choice if I chose to do nothing to help myself live healthier!

I am thinking of my sister in law, who succumbed to ALS in the past year. I am thinking of service men and women and first responders who lost their lives in the line of duty. I am thinking of those with debilitating illnesses that prevent them from exercising.

My own obesity was behavioral, and yes, I used food as my drug of choice, as a compulsion / addiction. It got in the way of living the life I envied others for having: an active life.

While I've been battling the number on the scale for my entire adult life (started the last year in high school trying to control that number)... I have learned things THIS time that just didn't stick before. I have learned that it is NOT the number on the scale that makes me happy. It is the sticking up for myself, it is the behavior that takes care of ME. It is a HEALTHY form of selfishness. It is that I am worth not MORE nor LESS than another human being, but worth AS MUCH.

And it is the behavior that drives my health. The number on the scale is not my grade. The time across the finish line is not my grade. But they are milestones, like a point on a GPS, that tell me where I am.

And know what? Right now? Today... I'm in a good place. I am living!

To dos for today:
* Drink that water.
* Eat what's in the bag, it's why you packed it.
* Prioritize what you work on.
* Remember to go to recess.
* And respect yourself. YOU are a valued member of the human race!

emoticon emoticon emoticon Namaste.

  
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PATRICIAAK 8/1/2013 10:07PM

    congrats

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WATERMELLEN 8/1/2013 9:22PM

    Great blog, Barb.

To be worth 'as much" is enough, isn't it?

And when you are enough, and have enough -- it helps not to eat too much!!

Congrats on moving fourwards!!

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DLDMIL 8/1/2013 1:57PM

    Hoorah!!!!

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LJCANNON 8/1/2013 1:43PM

    emoticon Happy Anniversary, AND Thank You for the Motivation, Encouragement and Support that you so Generously hand out every day!! It is Appreciated More Than I Can Say!!

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DALID414 8/1/2013 11:13AM

    Namaste

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NEW-CAZ 8/1/2013 11:02AM

    emoticon Barb emoticon emoticon emoticon

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NEW-CAZ 8/1/2013 11:02AM

    emoticon Barb emoticon emoticon emoticon

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CELIAMINER 8/1/2013 10:00AM

    Love the HEALTHY form of selfishness! Thanks for an inspiring blog, and emoticon on your upcoming maintenance emoticon

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LESLIELENORE 8/1/2013 9:46AM

    emoticon emoticon 4 years is great!

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LEWILL1982 8/1/2013 9:37AM

    Great blog, thanks for sharing! As I've struggled to maintain in the past, I agree, it was the motivation that I lacked at times, that, and having a conscious goal to work towards. I love the reference about doing this because we CAN and there are so many who CAN'T. Congratulations on your maintenance and all the things you've learned along the way. You are an inspiration to me!

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1CRAZYDOG 8/1/2013 9:18AM

  Congratulations Barb! It is a real achievement. HUGS

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KALIGIRL 8/1/2013 8:25AM

    " I have learned that it is NOT the number on the scale that makes me happy. "
Here's to the day we all realize the same - the day we realize our health and what we can do with these marvelous machines called our bodies make us happy.
Namaste my friend and congrats on emoticon in maintenance.

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GABY1948 8/1/2013 8:20AM

    emoticon and inspiring for sure!

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MIRAGE727 8/1/2013 7:38AM

    Yeah, Baby!
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Thank you for sharing! You own your life, Barb! You walk the walk! Stay strong, my friend!
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MSLZZY 8/1/2013 7:23AM

    emoticon In the end, it is what makes and keeps you happy that matters the most-not the scale, not what others think but just YOU. HUGS!

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CANADIANFROG09 8/1/2013 7:18AM

    Your Do's all Doable! emoticon emoticon

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