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Our Spark Journey is Like Flying A Kite

Have you ever thought about the fact that life is like flying a kite? As life happens and envelops us, and we move from thing to thing, we usually find ourselves “gliding” along , but holding back, sitting on our heels, reluctant to let out our string while we wait for the “perfect conditions”, or “just the right moment”, to pursue a strong desire, a dream, or to simply try something new.

As we know all too well - that never seems to happen. Life always becomes a ...
Have you ever thought about the fact that life is like flying a kite? As life happens and envelops us, and we move from thing to thing, we usually find ourselves “gliding” along , but holding back, sitting on our heels, reluctant to let out our string while we wait for the “perfect conditions”, or “just the right moment”, to pursue a strong desire, a dream, or to simply try something new.

As we know all too well - that never seems to happen. Life always becomes a little “gusty”, and sometimes, just downright windy. Just when we think things are going along smoothly, and we’re crusin’ along happily in our little corner of the world, and we’re enjoying ourselves - the conditions will suddenly change.

There will always be extreme gusts of wind that temporarily shake us violently to our very core, throw us off course, and may even be strong enough to send us into a tailspin from which we can’t seem to recover, and that slams us into the ground. Then there are times when were moving along with everything going just as it should, when suddenly, all our wind suddenly dies - disappears - and there is no wind at all, leaving us grounded. No matter how fast we run, or how hard we try, we are unable to get ourselves airborne again so we can try again to soar.

In those moments, if we can remember to embrace the strong, gusty wind, and in some small way anticipate, and appreciate the sharp and unexpected twists, turns, and gut-wrenching dives, it might help us to stay aloft, and keep from nose-diving into the ground. If you think about it, a kite flies higher in an adverse wind, so don't despair when you face a strong, gusty head wind. Lean into it, breathe deeply, center yourself and your thoughts, and let the wind carry you higher so that you may once again soar to new heights.
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Member Since: 3/10/2010

SparkPoints: 124,081

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My Goals:
Winter 5% Challenge Goals

* I will track my food and water every day.

* I will track my exercise every day.

* I will concentrate my efforts on a combination of strength training and cardio to achieve my weight loss goal.

* I will strive to exercise every day, but will exercise no less than 5 days a week for a minimum of 30 minutes each day.

* I will aim to accumulate at least 800 Spark Fitness Points every month.

* I will follow the nutritional guidelines set forth by Spark People for me during this challenge.

* I will strive to stay within my Spark nutritional guidelines during this challenge.

* I will stay focused on my efforts to help me move forward to achieve my goals.

* I will strive to lose 12 pounds by the end of this challenge.

* I will eat between 1200-1600 calories/day

* I will try to burn 650 or more calories each week






My Program:
I am doing 30 minutes of exercise at least 5 times per week.

I am focusing on the foods that I eat and how they fit into my nutritional guidelines for the day.

I am also drinking my water, and logging it every day.

I will resume strength training at least 2 times per week.

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I am a certified Ai Chi Trainer, and love the water. It is a very giving, healing thing.

Ai Chi, like life, is all about balance - mind, body, and spirit.



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GODS_SERENITY
3/27/2015 4:39:06 PM

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IMLOCOLINDA
3/27/2015 1:55:43 PM

Some people bloom late. emoticon Some very late. emoticon And some, very, very late. emoticon

But they all bloom. And the longer it takes, the more spectacular it is.

Quite the deal, huh? emoticon



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NANFACEMIRE1
3/27/2015 12:48:38 PM

Hi Sharon, I just noticed that I posted this on my page instead of yours when you last visited my page. Sorry you are so late getting it.



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CORKYTHEMOM1
3/27/2015 9:58:19 AM

emoticon Sharon!! I’m dropping in to cheer you on! Goals can only be achieved when we set them and do our best to reach them! Exhibit a DO IT NOW attitude! Commit to daily healthy choices! Persevere in permanent lifestyle changes! Let me hear you yell, “WE CAN DO IT!” TOGETHER, We Are Making RESULTS Happen! Have a WOOHOO weekend!


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IMLOCOLINDA
3/26/2015 1:38:14 PM

This is from the Cleveland Clinic and I thought it was so good I had to copy and share with my Spark Friends!
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"What has your body done for you lately? A whole lot, actually! Focusing on function, not form, can encourage healthy habits.
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Loving your body and treating it well — with nutritious food, regular exercise and enough sleep — go hand in hand. Understanding your thoughts and feelings about your body can be useful, especially since that mirror, mirror on the wall can be the most fickle of them all. emoticon The media messages we take in, from Facebook to advertising, as well as other people’s opinions, can strongly sway how we view our bodies. Create a wellspring of inside-out body love by taking a trip outside the appearance paradigm. Instead of focusing on what your body looks like, focus on what it does for you. Perhaps it allows you to run around with your kids or grandkids, walk up stairs, or sit on your porch and wave to neighbors. Maybe it supports you while walking, playing tennis or climbing mountains. emoticon emoticon emoticon Consider your senses: Does your body let you see sunsets, listen to music and laughter, and smell fir trees? Your body, whatever its shape, size or condition, allows you to live your life. Make a list of all the things your body does in a day, and be especially sure to include those little things you used to take for granted. Then spend time appreciating it — you’ll be even more motivated to eat well, move regularly and keep up the other habits that contribute to a strong and healthy you!"
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