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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.





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Rideau Trail Nut

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 ...
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.
Amen"
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Member Since: 7/10/2008

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My Goals:
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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CATLOVER110
7/9/2015 4:21:25 PM

Thanks for telling me about your "I matter" list. That's a great idea! emoticon



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7/9/2015 12:49:21 PM

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“My life, my happiness – it’s all up to me, in each moment. It has been there all along. It’s not something I have to find or seek’ it’s already there, waiting for me to accept it waiting for me to open my heart.” Caroline A. Shearer
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BUSYBEE37
7/9/2015 8:44:17 AM

Thank you for commenting on my blog. I am going to ask her to take anything she brings home, if not, it will be tossed.



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AAAACK
7/8/2015 4:16:21 PM

You said: I am good at routine but I need spontaneity too. Not balance. No... wish it were balance I seek. No... more like an alternating current for a battery. Which means sometimes taking a break might be good, then come back. Consistency is awesome... until it isn't. Does that make any sense? We are meant to LIVE.

I think you and I define balance differently. I think what you are describing in those sentences IS balance, the way I define it. Balance means alternating, it means sometimes, it means is and isn't, and being comfortable with all of it. That, to me, is balance. Being able to LIVE and understand and love the "sometimes" of it all. Figuring out where you belong in there, and finding a way to accept the push and the pull, the on and the off, the striving and the taking a break. Does that make sense? There was another blog you wrote where you addressed these things, but then said it wasn't balance. And I was struck by it then, too. So now I think that you are defining balance as something different from what I am.

I don't see balance as something static. I don't see it as even a routine. It's more like an acceptance that things/priorities/bodies/lives will be ever-shifting and making sure you take care of yourself in it all. Like the time you take for YOU among the time you spend on your guests, family, and home. I see that as balance. It doesn't mean equal. Not at all, just that many portions in your life have some amount of space, but that you are one of those portions. And sometimes the "you" portion will be larger or smaller, depending on how all the other things are going. The trick is to not let the you portion disappear entirely. That's how I see balance. Keeping yourself somewhere in your life's balancing activities.

Anyway, that's how I see it. I don't know if I'm even expressing it right. Does it make any sense? And is it different from how you see it?


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UP-2-ME
7/8/2015 3:51:27 PM

Hey, Justyna, this is a "virtual" walk Just as ONTHEPATH2 (Barb on our "I Matter" team) is doing the Pacific Crest Trail, I am doing the Florida Keys Trail through the walking4fun.com website. Some other brave and adventurous soul(s) did the real walking and photo taking.

I just enter my SAT recorded steps and get to see what I would have seen if I had the time and energy to actually walk the walk! emoticon

I'm behind on several of your chat topics...sorry! emoticon



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