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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: 82,474

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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    16 days ago
    Thanks for the goodie!
    17 days ago
    I just checked my email--thanks for adding me as a friend!
    17 days ago
    How I wish I had gotten your cup of coffee just five minutes sooner, before I finished off a bag of cookies, lol! This could have been a binge but it's not anymore. Thank you for being there for me too.

    Good job on not letting on about the cake. Good thing you tasted a crumb beforehand. It's hard to change our ways but once aware, in time, it will be easier and we will be better people for it.

    Next time, I'll have the coffee first and remember you my friend.
    17 days ago
    You are being polite. I have had doctors who were of zero help and to whom I have said "Duh!" when they have made obvious observatons--this is not something I would have done in the past, however. I find a new doctor. My current PCP is a DO and she's helpful. If I don't somebody--a doctor in this case--what I need, then how can I expect them to help me. They may have more knowledge, but I know my history better than they do. Test results provide the basis for their recommendations. The numbers never lie (or should I say, if the testing was done accurately!). I had a wise cardiologist who would not let me read the report from a certain test I had taken because she felt I would make too much of it. She did tell me, though, not to expect to live as long as I might have thought I would. Four years ago, she said everything was normal--that I was one of the "lucky" ones. I'm not with that insurance carrier any longer, but my new cardiologist says everything is normal! At first, the truth was devastating...but after reading about Dr. Norman Cousins, I allowed myself no more than 10 minutes of self-pity a day. I mentioned this with a person I met in the waiting room at the NEI/NIH during one of my appointments who offered another perspective: Ten minutes of self-pity is too much time to waste in your day. I now agree with him. My complaining isn't going to change anything, but doing my best to work for a change will help. As for my doctor visits to the NEI (National Eye Institute), those doctors rely on facts, truth. I learned to interpret my test results (graphs, photos) and now, after ten years of seeing them, they find no evidence of the disease that sent me there. I am part of a study so they will continue to monitor my vision (which is tied in with another health issue--diabetes). The truth, in its myriad forms, is the way through difficulties in life. Thanks for listening! I really did like reading your blog. It provided food for thought!!
    17 days ago
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