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Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Well, I felt like I was going great, back to blogging regularly, on schedule with workouts and food was back in calorie range....then the tailspin dad had to have quadruple bypass surgery today, he's the main caregiver for my mom who is legally blind and has c.o.p.d. and the upcoming weeks are not going to go too smoothly...his surger went well today, thankfully, but the recovery is going to be long and arduous. Trying to keep positive and work on controlling what I can, but I'm having a bit of a panic attack.

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DOINFINE 1/24/2010 3:47PM

    Another Spark friend, lifting up prayers. emoticon

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KATVHALE 1/22/2010 7:04PM

    Keep looking up!! God will get you through this! Your spark family is praying for you and your family!!


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LWINTER 1/21/2010 10:22AM

Health problems in parents can be a hard hand to deal . . . You are up to it! Just care for yourself as well as you care for your Dad and Mom. You CAN make time for yourself! Enlist the aid of others (or even hire some!).


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DEE107 1/20/2010 8:02PM

    Adding you and your dad and your family to my prayers

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NANADA1947 1/20/2010 5:04PM

    i, too, will be praying for your family..keep positive thoughts and remember that GOD never gives us more than we can handle.

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CALIMAN1 1/20/2010 3:23PM

    Just popped in to offer my prayers as well. One day at a time, one step at a time, even one breath at a time...your spark friends are here for you to offer encouragement, prayers and mounds and mounds of whatever support you need.

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SWIMLOVER 1/20/2010 3:21PM

  I will be praying for your dad, your mom, you and your entire family.

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RACKETMOM 1/20/2010 2:27PM

    Wow, that's a lot to have to deal with! But I am confident you can do it!

Remember you are a strong person and in those times when you feel the weakest, your Spark friends are here for you!!

Also, I am reminded of the Scripture where God tells the apostle Paul, "My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness"

I will certainly pray for your dad's recovery, and, of course, strength for you and your family!!

Take Care-

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EGR2BEME 1/20/2010 3:02AM

    Just read your blog...wishing your Dad a speedy recovery. As someone mentioned, you have always been a great inspiration to many.

Take care of yourself - reach out to your SPARK friends when you need to - praying for you and your family.


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MKPQ51 1/19/2010 10:22PM

    Hang in there. You've been an inspiration to so many of us. Letting us know that you're having trouble keeping on schedule is an encouragement; it shows us that our journey to a healthier lifestyle is something that will be forever challenging and that even the best of us have to work at it.

My prayers go out to your dad and mom and the rest of the family. I hope your dad's recovery will go better than anticipated.

Glad to read you're trying to keep positive and working on control of what you can. As you already know, exercising will help keep the stress at bay; so, if you're able, go for a run whenever you feel a panic attack coming on.


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SNAZZYPS 1/19/2010 10:13PM

    You are an amazing woman - I have no doubt that you will have the strength to take care of yourself as well as your parents. Just remember to ask for help if you need it. My thoughts are with you and your parents that all will be fine.


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CARRAND 1/19/2010 9:29PM

    Wow, I[m so sorry. You must really be stressed. I hope all goes well with both your parents.

Just remember that you need the energy you get from eating right and exercising even more when you are stressed out. Food feels good momentarily, but doesn't really help in the long run.

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Learning to love healthy food at any age

Saturday, January 09, 2010

You may have heard the phrase "an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure" and it is certainly true. Western culture stresses the importance of regular medical care almost as much as it does a healthy diet for children. But which do we take more seriously? A French fry certainly won't cause obesity as long as it is the exception and not the rule. We can all make better choices for our children's diets. This week, think about substituting a more nutritious food in place of a sugary snack or cereal. Include whole grains and fresh fruit and vegetables in your meals instead of going through a drive-thru. The healthy habits your children learn today come from your example and will impact them for the rest of their lives. Give them the best you can and their bodies will thank you.

Just as children need to learn to enjoy healthy food, so do we. Being open minded to new foods and making a conscious decision to enjoy those foods that are healthy is what this lifestyle change is all about. When I hear the word moderation, I cringe because that to me means an unwillingness to change. I've come to realize during these past four years that the quality of calories consumed is equally, if not more, important as the quantity. If you think in those terms you can begin to accept the necessary changes required to finally break the cycle. I realize there are a multitude of marketed diets that tell us we "can" enjoy the foods we love and still lose weight, and they are correct, we can, but unless we really change our old ways, and yest that includes giving up many of our beloved foods, than we will never win this battle!



Saturday, January 09, 2010

what makes an athlete? The desire and dedication to pursue a particular sport, day after day, week after week, month after month for the sheer enjoyment. It's more than muscle and heart. It's brainpower and guts. It's wanting it more. It's having a dream.

ath-lete: a person trained or gifted in exercises or contests involving physical agility, stamina, or strength; a participant in a sport, exercise, or game requiring physical skill

We are athletes. We struggle against iron weights, cardio machines, inclines, declines, water, ice and roads in our athletic endeavors. Daily we trudge to our place of sport, don our gym gear and give our all to training hard. Keep your head in the game when your train. Be present for every step, movement, thought, stroke and struggle. Write it down. Live it and breathe it. Think of yourself as an athlete treat your body like an athletes and celebrate your life.


Enjoy it all

Saturday, January 09, 2010

You can't do anything about the length of your life, but you can do something about its width and depth.

- Shira Tehrani

Enjoying the marathon

Life is like a marathon. We run and run, not knowing where (or how far) the finish line lies. We focus so intensely on prolonging the race but sometimes--despite our best efforts--the race is cut short. Too often we don't relish the path of and enjoy the details instead of just pounding the pavement of life. All of life contains bumps in the road but it is up to us to determine the quality of our lives. Remember, we don't always determine the distance, but we can determine the path.

This is so not where I thought I'd be when I began 4 years ago. Even though I probably didn't admit it to myself at the time, seriously thought that I would lose some weight, look better then go back to my old self. Because as we all know, eating healthy and exercising are not fun, and they certainly are only a means to an end and once arrived at, we can go back to our old ways....LOL along the way I've found that I enjoy it all, eating properly makes me feel better than any "comfort" food of the past. Exercising is so much more enjoyable than laying around doing nothing at all. I wish that I could make others understand the feeling that enjoying exercise can give you. How great it is to look in the mirror and see the changes that your body has made from the time you've spent exercising. And re-programming your mind to enjoy and want healthy foods instead of the fat laden, nutritionally devoid fare from the past. The old food made me sluggish and unfulfilled, instead of giving me energy to get the most out of my day and my life!

It's better late than never to finally learn these lessons!


Problem solving

Thursday, January 07, 2010

A rock pile ceases being a rock pile the moment a single man contemplates it, bearing within him the image of a cathedral.

- Unknown Author

Being a creative problem solver

Creatively approaching situations is an invaluable tool in life. While others might not always see things from your point of view, you will probably find that you are pleasantly surprised at the results of your endeavors. Draw upon time-endured and proven resources, but don't be afraid to strike out and try new ones.

This is very appropriate for me as my youngest daughter and I are constantly finding ways to do things when we don't have quite all the things we think we need. You realize how resourceful you can be when you do try to stretch yourself and your mind. That doesn't just apply to dieting or exercise, but to everything in our lives. It's a good feeling when you think outside the box and find solutions to problems.....

Today was an example of how I can solve problems that interfere with my normal work out routine. As I've said before, I've been very fortunate to have undertaken this journey with a single-mindedness that allows me to concentrate solely on myself and utilize my time at my own discretion. I recognize that for many this isn't possible, and I give credit to those who must juggle many responsibilities and meet the needs/demands of many, because that can certainly be a hindrance, and require a very strong commitment to one's self. But as of a month ago, I've begun babysitting my new(the one and only) grandbaby on Thursdays and Fridays. I've struggled to find a way to keep the workout schedule consistent and uninterrupted. So, I've changed my schedule to include a lifting/cardio day on Saturday(morning spin class) and perhaps do spin on Sunday(my least fav day to do spin as I'm not a fan of the instructor and her music/methods). But it just didn't seem right to do nothing on the babysitting today baby Jackson and his Gammy went for an hour walk through our family peach orchard along with his dog Cider. It was very cold here, but I purchased stroller "coat" for his jogging stroller and the sun was nice and bright making for a wonderful way to get some cardio. I can say for sure that pushing a stroller through rough terrain up and down hills, etc....and my calves and hamstrings are letting me know about it tonight....but well worth it as the 3 month old babe got an hour of sleep while I got the exercise!


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