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One foot in front of the other

As I keep moving each day I notice how different each day feels. Some days I'm totally exhausted and it is difficult to get going to do any of those things that I know my body needs me to do. Some days I think I could walk/jog/run/dance all day long. Because of multiple sclerosis I rarely know wh...

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I want to be the healthiest me that I can be...

What is my motivation to keep moving throughout my days? What is my motivation to eat whole foods most of the time? What is your motivation? Why are you here? Some days I just want to encourage others as I respond to blogs and Spark pages. But, mostly my own motivation to be the healthiest me t...

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Take advantage of every extra minute

There was a time when I believed I needed to set aside a big block of time to fit in exercise a few days each week. But, since establishing a few new and simple habits I realize that every extra minute can provide a place to gain strength or get in valuable steps, etc.

I need few props. In ...

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Buddies for Every Season!

When my kids were teen I had a neighbor that was my dear walking buddy. We had our three mile route clearly in mind morning after morning as we walked and talked through so many triumphs and challenges of our lives.
When I went to work full time I had to give up this fun time and it was a very...

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Just Do It Now!

I have probably procrastinated away many months, perhaps years, of my life. I've known for ages that if I put off something, I'm far less likely to ever do that thing today. Though I'm far from perfect, I'm getting better at following this title. I am more likely to schedule the things I don't wa...

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10,000+ Steps, the easy way...

Since getting a reprieve from multiple sclerosis symptoms that for many, many years kept me from walking as much as I would like, I got a sudden ability to begin getting 10,000 steps per day almost five months ago. In recent weeks I've gotten 14,000 - 17,000 and even in excess of 20,000 on some of ...

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Just for today...

I've spent too much time in my life thinking that I will do certain things when I'm a certain weight, a particular size, can buy just the right clothes, etc., etc., etc. What a waste of precious moments and energy. All that worry and waiting only made me miss out on adventures that I can never cap...

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Distraction Solutions for Avoiding Unhealthy Choices

On days I spend most of my time indoors at home, I really struggle to eat as I should. But, I find that distraction helps even indoors.

I can turn on the music and sing and or dance along. I chew gum at the end of a meal to put on the brakes with the food. Some days I make calls to shut-...

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Hang with Success!

Some days I enjoy being the one who is on track when I visit with a friend. One friend probably has 100+ pounds to lose, but finally seems to be making healthy choices. We worked through a weight loss study together a few years ago. I lost. She gained. Clearly, she wasn't ready. But, now I loo...

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Play like you're six years old!

Recently, I had another opportunity to take care of my six-year-old granddaughter while her mom taught a class and her dad was at work. Dad often takes care of her because as a neuro-critical care physician his schedule is pretty odd. But, once a month or so I get to babysit and it is always a joy...

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