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Playing harp.. and the indoor pool here at the B&B... best motivators

Seeing this picture should remind me to GO IN THE POOL every day.

Walking the dragon... three times a day


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There are some goals that you don't even know you have. You act as if..... because you really don't believe you can.... and if you don't ACT as if it is possible, then there is no possibility of success, right? Then surprise! One day you realize you did it. And it is.... very emotional... realizing you could reach a goal. Realizing what or who you really want to be. Realizing you can do anything one step at a time.

"It is hard to have confidence in yourself. So tempting to give up after trying and failing. Yet we all MUST keep trying. Success is just waiting to happen and we have to give it a chance." I wrote this to an SP member and was so struck by my own words that I decided to copy it onto my page to read again and again when I feel like giving up. Who knew I was so smart?

"To have faith, is to trust yourself to the water.
When you swim you don't grab hold of the water,
because if you do you will sink and drown.
Instead you relax, and float."

I joined SP in July 2008 and have seen small but definite changes in my life. I don't try as hard as I used to and funny enough that has been a good thing. I used to diet or take on hard fitness programs.. and quit. I'd sabatoge myself or life would happen and I would give up. Now, I exercise regularly and with more variety. I have learned to eat with an awareness of carbs, fats and protein and spread my food over the day. I rest and get better sleep. I have trimmed my blogs and kept the meaningful ones. It's a slow journey for me but I realized today it is downhill since I came to SP. That's a GOOD thing, lol. I have diabetes and 50 years old so, you know, it is really hard to have the scale show my progress. I have let that go. It is about being accountable and as I get used to a new "habit" making it a part of my lifestyle. I think my new friends on SP will continue to challenge and inspire me to be all that I can!

SP has shown me that I can live healthier. I have physical goals, eating goals, drinking water goals, sleeping goals, lol - sexy goals... and I want to feel strong, fit and toned. SP is also helping me control my blood sugars. I am learning to live now the way I want to live in the future. The bonus is I am losing weight.

Physically: I swim, do aquafit. I'm a Rideau Trail Nut because I am writing a historical fiction about the building of the Rideau Canal which goes from Ottawa to Kingston and I am determined to walk the length of it. I have an artificial knee but have discovered walking with poles gives me stability and confidence to walk rough terraine plus build some arm strenth. Strength training has revved my metabolism and toned my body so I feel... sexy.

I run a small bed and breakfast. A year ago my dream was to make it spa/fitness oriented and as of January 2010 that dream has become a reality. When I have SP guests it is a gift to my program as we can eat and exercise together.

Problems: My biggest problem is consistancy. Life happens. I balk at failure and at success. That's the beauty of SP because it helps me build healthy habits. When something goes wrong... which is always does... SP helps me regroup my goals and continue on. I'm in for the journey!

"If you can't fly then run. If you can't run then walk. If you can't walk then crawl. But whatever you do, keep moving." - Martin Luther King, Jr

"Some people come into our lives and quickly go, while others stay and leave footprints in our hearts and we are never the same." Thank you Spark Friends.

Added May 30, 2015 from Marianne Williamson's "A Course in Weight Loss", 21 Spiritual Lessons for Surrendering Your Weight Forever":

p. 21
"Dear God,
Please free me
from false appetites
and take away my pain.
Take from me my addicted self,
and show me who I am.
Unchain my heart
so I might live
a freer life at last.

Member Since: 7/10/2008

Fitness Minutes: 82,504

My Goals:
1. Walk the entire Rideau Trail end to end. Done!
2. Stabilize my blood sugars Done!
3. Strengthen and tone my body to feel great and look sexy. A work in progress, hehehe
4. Learn to eat and exercise consistently and live like I want to see myself in 20 years, today! Oh yes, I'm doing great!
5 Lose 50 pounds. Well, I think I have 20 to go!

My Program:
1. Log my food as often as I can.
2. 3x/week strength exercises from SP
3. Walking trails when I can (because I love it)
4. Aquafit, swimming or water walking (because I can).
5. Gardening (because I have to)

Personal Information:
I am Canadian, 54 years old, and was an OT before I retired. Now I run a small bed and breakfast so I work most weekends. It has allowed me to have my own indoor pool and gym! I participate in Nanowrimo every year. I have 3 growns daughters and have been in love with my DH for over 30 years.

Other Information:
I love Diana Gabaldon and Jack Whyte books. My eldest daughter has Asperger's and other health issues and will probably live at home many more years. My other two daughters are amazing and awesome and moving gradually away from home. I plan the harp. I love rocks and trees and water.

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    Thank you for the encouragement, I know I can do this, it might be an easy thing but I don't consider myself a quitter. Talk with hubby at noon and I think with the copy of letter from Dr. and everthing that he is on board and will give me the support I will need. He says he needs to lose a little also. The only thing that bothers me, is we have different tastes, where I could live on soups, and stir-fries, and hubby is a meat and potato guy. Well, we work thru it. I think I am up to the challenge.
    2 hours ago
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    Thanks for the recipe Justyna, I will be making these cookies. I have maple syrup in my fridge right now but probably not enough so I will buy some more. Thank you!
    3 days ago
    Want to love? Be love. Want peace? Remember your worth and God-infused ability to receive and give love. Daniel Lewis
    4 days ago
    Sometimes the greatest gift you can give another is to ask for help. There is pleasure in giving. Gail Lynne Goodwin
    4 days ago
  • v EILEEN828
    OK, I'ma askin'. How about those tahini cookies? They sound possibly awesome for me, won't know til I see the ingredients. I can make some substitutions. I'm not sure about the nuts yet. Doctors say that if your allergic to peanuts then you should avoid tree nuts. I didn't believe that until recently I notices some reactions to cashews and pistachios. Then right after that I found out that mangos, cashews and pistachios are members of the poison ivy family and that I should avoid them. I don't know about the rest of the nuts, I'll probably have to try them out one at at time. The mango skin contains the same chemical that makes poison ivy itchy, who knew? I love mangos, we always cut off the skin and I haven't reacted that I noticed, but then I wasn't looking for it either.
    5 days ago
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