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Friday, March 05, 2010

Seriously, that first morning glance in the full-length mirror, where you check to make sure the tags are tucked in and you're OK to go out the door and on with your life? I noticed that I look taller.

Well, of course, I'm NOT taller... in fact, on my doctor's measuring stick, I've shrunk a bit from my adult tallest... but since I am not as wide, I do in fact look taller. My shape has changed.

OK, for those of you who have been normal weight all your life, this is probably a "huh?" kind of moment. But you fellow Sparkers who have been up and down the scale, you know what I'm talking about. This different shaped self takes some getting used to!

So I have to look at myself in the mirror and tell myself: "This is me. This is who I am. This is what I look like." Told to oneself with love and acceptance, no matter what is there to reflect back, this can be an incredibly affirming thing to do: "I am worth taking care of. This body is the only one I'll ever have... it deserves my best effort to take care of it, as it has been taking care of me my whole life."

Now, step away from the mirror and go live life to the fullest! emoticon

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MSLZZY 3/5/2010 10:09PM

    When you see what a change you've made in your life and like what you see, you even stand taller. You've done an awesome job and should be proud of yourself! You earned it with hard work and dedication. You are a WINNER! emoticon

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MRS.DOYLE 3/5/2010 6:31PM

    Yes, I've had this moment as well and, although the measuring tape tells me I'm the same height, my legs have definitely got longer because my trousers are flapping around my ankles. I think it is all the Pilates I do.

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SMARTIEBEE 3/5/2010 1:55PM

    I know what you mean - I do feel taller too! And sometimes I still don't recognize me when I first see my reflection. It does take some getting used to - But in a good way!

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CELESTIALAXIS 3/5/2010 12:53PM

    Wow I just looked at your pics, impressive! Look at those abs! I'm 28 and super jealous, lol. Keep up the great work!

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    Yup - I feel taller too! All 5'1.5" of me!


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KALIGIRL 3/5/2010 10:13AM

    Very cool - I actually think we are taller (@ least inside).

I'd been struggling with determining what my 'maintenance' weight would be. I reached goal prior to a January trip and kept losing. (Couldn't figure out how to get calorie range adjusted). I liked the new 'weight' and decided to stop - just got over the crud (@ least 95% so) and lost another 4 pounds.

Anyway, I've finally decided I don't care what the scale says - I really like what the body looks like in the mirror. (Well, if you ignore the old saggy skin...) I really like the shape and am looking forward to improving it though exercise!

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DEBRA_T 3/5/2010 8:51AM

    You not only look taller, you look younger, more energetic, more competent, more vital -- there's a tremendous payoff for following your very, em, tall order to take care of yourself. Great job, Barb!

And I love the way you ended your blog because, quite frankly, another change that occurs with weight loss if you're doing your inner work all the way down -- you no longer need to pin yourself to your own self obsession. You're okay, you don't need to check, you can go out in the world and leave the mirror to those who do.

Cheers, Deb
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WALKINGANNIE 3/5/2010 7:53AM

    Yes - great observation!

Necks definitely get longer when we lose weight and I'm sure that we walk taller as we're not being pulled down by excess weight.

You are so worth taking care of and doing a great job of it.

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I am an active person!

Wednesday, March 03, 2010

Pep-talk time! This affirmation popped into my head this morning as I was getting ready for my day. I decided it was blog-worthy.

Beyond just being active for today, or for a week, or even six months, for long-term maintenance of a healthy lifestyle, I must reshape my thinking into "this is part of me: I am an active person!"

I paused to visualize this, over the years: yes, I am an active person. My body loves to move. I get spontaneous urges to move, just like a little kid. I need to not suppress them!
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WALKINGANNIE 3/4/2010 12:49PM

    Yes you are active! Your latest photo is evidence of that. You look great - so fit and healhy.

A lovely sight for you son to see. Hope you have a great time together.

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MSLZZY 3/3/2010 5:06PM

    Perfect! Just keep thinking that way!

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DEBRA_T 3/3/2010 1:22PM

    A great insight to share -- it's how I became a non-smoker too. I just keep saying to myself "I am a non-smoker!" and very quickly I could no longer relate to the person who looked forward to a smoke on the balcony.

I am an active, fit person who enjoys life more than food!

Cheers, Deb
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KALIGIRL 3/3/2010 10:41AM

    Let that active girl out!!!

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    You always have such a positive attitude - love that!

My body loves to be active too ... unfortunately my mind hasn't quite caught up with it - ha ha.

Have a great day!

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NELLIEC 3/3/2010 9:48AM

    Definitely! For a time, I thought I wasn't very active. However, I have discovered that I am very active for my age! emoticon Being on SP has helped me in a lot of ways, including activity!

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KELLYTHEFIT0710 3/3/2010 8:28AM

    It's so wonderful to have the awareness of our bodies-we do need to move! I love going to the gym and working out, but I also need to move throughout the day. I have a desk job, so I'll be sitting for long periods of time before I realize that I've been on my butt too long!

Thank you for sharing about your healthy choices-you have inspired me today! emoticon

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SUNNY332 3/3/2010 8:08AM

    I know exactly how you feel. The more active I am, the more active I want to be.

My muscles are responding to my work and the aches and pains I used to have in the mornings are no longer there. I am loving my new life.

Today is the day your soldier arrives? I will be thinking of you! I am so happy for you. Enjoy the day to the fullest.

Hugs, Sunny

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Roller coaster Tuesday

Tuesday, March 02, 2010

Communications snafu had me incredibly high about 11:30 this morning when my daughter in law called to say our fella would be coming in to local airport, not the one three hours away, and his flight would get in at 6 p.m.

So, fluttering heart, left work an hour early to make sure I got home to let the dog out before heading to the airport. There were three flights in the 6 p.m. hour, on two different airlines. We sat through the deplaning of each... no son. With each, the rise of hope, the fall of disappointment as other families reunited and we were left standing there.

Eventually daughter in law wheedled out of the airline people that he was NOT scheduled on a flight tonight. We're thinking he's time zone challenged and we misinterpreted the day. Same drill tomorrow?

I'm now too weary to do any stressing... substituting puppy hugs and going to bed!

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KALIGIRL 3/3/2010 11:26AM

    Bummer - hope he's home soon!

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CONCHA77 3/3/2010 7:24AM

    Ah, what a bummer that must of been.
Today will be a better day! Hugs to all of you. Enjoy your son! and, take pictures!

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WALKINGANNIE 3/3/2010 2:07AM

    What an emotional roller coaster. I hope that today brings the longed-for reunion.

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SPENCEMOMOF5 3/2/2010 11:39PM

    Sorry about the mix up emoticon I know that it will all go away with the first hello and hug! emoticon Sleep well.

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DEBRA_T 3/2/2010 10:50PM

    Awwww, what a let down today. It's too bad that communications aren't more precise and that everyone doesn't have a clear idea of what's happening. But, you know he will be home with you this week and that is probably giving you sweet dreams right now!

Cheers, Debra
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Baby steps

Monday, March 01, 2010

Daughter in law IM'd me about ten minutes ago. She got the phone call he's out of country and will know in a couple of hours when his next leg of transport will be available. So, given it took 20 hours to get over there, we are probably guessing well that we'll be seeing the guy on Wednesday.

Meantime, had trouble keeping my focus at work. Me! The work passionate person. Didn't help that I walked out the door without my packed lunch, or the first words out of my team-mates' mouths when I walked in were "We're glad you're here!" At 7:45 a.m., that is not usually good news. Crisis taken care of but it threw me off my stride for a while.

I got just ONE of my ten-minute breaks for exercise in, although my food picture looked good for the day. I went out to Subway and had a big salad for lunch.

That's OK. This week, it's one day, one hour, one decision at a time! Balance... oh, yeah, and remember to breathe. Four in, four hold, eight out. Relax...

OK, I'm good! emoticon

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JGOLFER 3/2/2010 7:54PM

    How exciting. No wonder you had trouble focusing at work - sounds like your found your balance though.

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WALKINGANNIE 3/2/2010 12:42PM

    Even the most work-focused person would be distracted by such excitement!

Well done on sorting a crisis, managing your food and keeping on top of everything with the sense of eager anticipation bubbling under.

Wishing you a wonderful time with your son.


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DEBRA_T 3/1/2010 11:19PM

    Whew! He's coming home!!!!!! That's the great news. And in the midst of all that you're having a salad for lunch????!!!! Absolutely awesome! I feel your happiness radiating all the way to Chi-town!



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SLENDERELLA61 3/1/2010 9:43PM

    Good for you for eating wisely and calm breathing during this exciting time. Take good care of yourself. You deserve it. -Marsha

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MSLZZY 3/1/2010 9:18PM

    You are getting excited and with good reason! One day at a time! I like your breathing idea, especially the relax part. You are good! emoticon

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NELLIEC 3/1/2010 9:17PM

    I could say you sound like the proverbial chicken! Breathe, breathe, breathe!!!

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KALIGIRL 3/1/2010 7:56PM

    Here's to baby steps (and having your baby home soon!

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SUNNY332 3/1/2010 7:52PM

    Breath in, breath out. Take it easy and be good to yourself.
We all would be forgetful given the circumstances.

Hugs, Sunny

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Things to do while waiting...

Sunday, February 28, 2010

I heard from my son a while ago. Leave's been put off a day. So... flexibility, flexibility! Suppose that's a hint for today to be a yoga day? emoticon

Things to do while waiting:
Church service is already over, so...

Take the recycles to the collection point
Grocery shopping
Prep next week's lunch salad bases
Oh, yeah, and if I start feeling anxious, exercise... take the dog for a walk to enjoy the day that's nicer than it has been lately.

In other words, the same things I'd do just about any Sunday. I wasn't planning on seeing him 'til Tuesday, anyway. Now maybe it is Wednesday. Patience and flexibility!

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SUNNY332 3/1/2010 8:56AM

    I know you must be a little disappointed. I certainly would be but I love your positive attitude and the ability to be flexible. The good news is that he will be here this week. emoticon, I am so happy for you.

Take care, Barb, and have an awesome week.


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SLENDERELLA61 2/28/2010 8:44PM

    I know it's disappointing, but hang on. It'll get here. Good for you for doing good things as you wait. Take care, Marsha

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VEMAN1 2/28/2010 6:07PM

    Great ideas. The lifestyle continues!

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KALIGIRL 2/28/2010 4:36PM

    Flexibility and deep breathing. He'll be in your arms before you know it.
My thoughts and prayers are with you!

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WALKINGANNIE 2/28/2010 2:53PM

    All good things are worth waiting for... but I know that the wait must be difficult for you.

Hope you have a good day and that the hours fly by for you until your son arrives and slow down while he is with you.

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FAHNZMOM 2/28/2010 1:46PM

    emoticon sounds like you have a good plan

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MSLZZY 2/28/2010 1:41PM

    Whatever day it is will be a very good day! Stay active and occupied and the time will go faster! emoticon

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DEBRA_T 2/28/2010 1:27PM

    Oh, the sweet agony of waiting for that reunion. I applaud your ability to do anything -- I would be so distracted it would be hard for me to concentrate on the tasks at hand.

Your task list looks like it will keep you busy all day!

Cheers, Debra

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