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Whoa .... where did June GO?

Saturday, June 30, 2012

Seriously, it feels somehow wrong that June raced by so fast. There went mid-month, Summer started and bam, tomorrow will be July.

On that note, however, it's time to do my review of June goals and start thinking what my July goals should be.

== June goals ==

1) Weight stably at or below 185 pounds.
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It feels really strange to see these numbers on the scale, to be honest. I am now back into the realm of my past "heavy" back in the days when I would say I'd never weigh over 200 pounds. (Which I thought was true as I'd topped out at 198 on the day before my first daughter was born weight one ounce short of 9 pounds.) I typically bounced between 165 and 185 while married.

2) No more than one fruit bar and one fiber bar per day.
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This wasn't hard to do - was just a decision I had to make and having it as a goal made it a good reminder.

3) Find out likely cost of dental visits (consult, X-rays, fillings, etc).
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Found out the cost of the initial appointment (X-ray, consult, clean) and scheduled the appointment. Kept getting told my teeth were in amazingly good condition, but that was definitely relative.

The relative part is that 1) I haven't seen a dentist in probably more than 15 years, 2) I've been an incredible slacker at dental hygiene, and 3) I've always had a sweet tooth, so much sugar in many forms has been in my mouth. So "amazingly good" is two major cavities, one that might need a root canal, as well as about 8 more teeth with minor cavities. Gum-wise, most is reversible, but I have at least three areas that I let go too long and that will require regular cleaning and dental hygiene habits to keep from worsening.

4) Figure out a workable way to keep up with Friend Feed.
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I'm still fine-tuning, but what I really had to learn is that I don't HAVE to Like / Comment on every status. I don't HAVE to go back 20 pages and make sure I've seen every single pound lost, point won, blog written. Instead, I usually try to go through one page at least once or twice a day.

Sometimes I hate the idea I'm missing things. I feel bad going to a friend's page to read their blog and seeing that I've missed several past blogs. But I'm not a superwoman and I'm not being paid to keep up with everything from everyone, so I have to fit it into my life and I have to trust that there are plenty of other SparkFriends out there keeping up with each other.

5) Complete the exercises for the 1st Habit - Be Proactive.
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I did part of this goal. More than once through this month, I paid attention to my reactions to situations and aimed to be more proactive. but I wouldn't call this done. The whole thing of "where did June GO?" is that I really feel like I missed some week somewhere. I did NOT keep this in mind daily, doing the 30-day challenge. Nor did I accomplish anything in terms of my job situation.


Supportive Sparkler Team Challenge:
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I had set our Team Challenge for June to be doing one thing consistently this month (with each of us choosing our "thing"). My "thing" was dental hygiene - which tied into the goal above about pricing out a dentist.

When I say I had poor dental hygiene, I mean TERRIBLE. I usually only brushed my teeth if they bothered me. I couldn't even promise that was once a week. I had a toothbrush at work and a toothbrush at home, but more often I cleaned my teeth with a fingernail (scraping) or finger (wiping). For a couple years I had a bad gum habit - a pack a day. (LOL, The most consistent thing before June had been rinsing with mouthwash since I joined the gym, because they have little containers by the sink and cups.

For June, I consistently cared for my teeth - fully brushing, flossing, and rinsing - once a day, every day. Yes, that's still not as much as recommended, but now that I've had the dentist appointment and my teeth cleaned, I'm working on twice a day.


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I'll end with this - June's daily weigh-ins.



Now, my scale only happens to weigh in half pound intervals, not tenths or ounces, hence the clear breaks up and down. I weigh myself daily and record it on the site that graph is from as well as SparkPeople.

The white diamonds on that graph are the actual weight for that date. The red line is the trend, the direction my weight is changing over time. The green lines just show the difference more or less than the trend line.

Part of what I want to show here is how weighing daily could stress someone out even when they're losing comfortably. From the beginning to end of June, I went from 190.5 pounds to 184.5 pounds - a 6 pound loss. During that time I "gained weight" on 11 days, stayed the same on 7 days, and "lost weight" on 12. If I'd let daily weigh-ins drive my mood, I'd have been upset more than half the month. And for what?!

If I looked at my weight on a weekly basis instead, here's what I'd have seen:

June 01 = 190.5
June 08 = 188.0
June 15 = 187.0
June 22 = 187.5
June 29 = 184.0

I might have freaked out over that half-pound gain, which even showed up on my graph as a small plateau / gain in the trend line and been stressed that my whole month was messed up.

Instead, I ate more because I was legitimately hungry on the 23rd (after the high weigh-in for the second day) and on the 25th ... both days seeing a drop in weight after. What happened? Probably the fact I upped my weights on a few machines, tried out the StairMaster and upped the resistance on the elliptical. My body was adjusting.

  
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TANYA602 7/2/2012 3:16PM

    I'm always so impressed that you do such a great job reflecting back on the month and your goals. Good for you for getting into a routine with your dental habits. I am not big on going to the dentist, but have luckily found a good one and this past year have heeded the warnings about cleaning and potential for gum disease. argh. It's no fun getting older.
6 pounds over the course of the month is AWESOME! Congratulations on all your efforts and hard work. Let's hope July is a bit slower for us all!

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REDCHAIR 7/1/2012 11:01PM

    This blog really helped inspire me to get my goals together for the next 10.5 weeks. I love your blogs so full of great information!!! Good luck with your goals! emoticon

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TIFFY0906 7/1/2012 9:45PM

    Congrats on your Jun successes

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TALENKARR1 7/1/2012 7:44PM

    Where did June go? I can't for the life of me figure that out ether. I know how hard it is to keep up whith your friend feeds. I figured If I subscribe to there bloggs it would tell me everything that I need to know. But sadly most off the time I miss there victorys.....*sigh* All the goodies points to buy with and no where to spend them! The bloggs take about minute and a half to read and with my small group of friends I cn comment on all. Gonnaa be harder to do that with larger group but it is the best solution I came up with

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1STMOMMY1991 7/1/2012 7:17PM

    it's great to see your numbers going down...keep it up!

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PATTOMMC3 7/1/2012 3:51PM

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SPARKFRAN514 7/1/2012 12:20PM

    I have to agree that the month went way to fast seems like summer always flies by and then winter seems to stay fore ever. I like your goals emoticon
it always fun meeting our goals . i think its emoticon you did not get discourage or beat your self over the changes in your weight . have a great trip down the trail to the finish line. emoticon

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MEH50BEWELL 7/1/2012 12:05PM

    Awesome accomplishments! And a 6 lb loss for the month. I think that is fantastic. Keep up the great work! Just think July you could be writing another 6 lbs loss and you are right- they go by so fast. emoticon emoticon

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FINALLYBEINGME 7/1/2012 10:08AM

    Congratulations on doing so well in June..wishing you more of the same in July :).. emoticon

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MUSOLF6 7/1/2012 9:30AM

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SBNORMAL 7/1/2012 7:25AM

  Keep working on your goals and tracking!! You have done excellent with your losing , you are a role model for us all.

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SERENAMICHELLE 7/1/2012 1:49AM

    Awesome job tackling your goals this month!!! I'm terrible at keeping up with my friend feed- in fact, I never really noticed it much before because I have little time to log my things on SP before I have to get off. I feel bad because everyone else is great about liking and commenting - but as a mama of 3 young children, I don't have much time to go through and read, like, and comment. Try not to feel bad- there are those of us who completely understand.

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ANGELWENDYMAMA 7/1/2012 12:10AM

    If you don't read every blog, I understand. You may like to read mine from Friday night/Sat. morning called "20+ Ways My Love Life Has Improved with 70 lbs Weight Loss" or something like that. :)

I struggle to keep up, too.. I have a lot of Sparkfriends.. Hrm.

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PS10711 6/30/2012 11:58PM

    5 goals for the month of June that you completed. So that what accounts for your success. You have inspired me to put two goals in writing. emoticon for the blog

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STEFICHELLE 6/30/2012 11:48PM

    My June disappeared as well. One move and a summer re-certification class and the month was entirely gone! You however did a much better job than I did at meeting goals.

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FRANCES-AGAPE 6/30/2012 11:41PM

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YES, didn't June fly by !

Have a WONDERFUL July

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BLESSINGS!

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NANDA82 6/30/2012 11:21PM

    You've reached so many of your goals!! Congratulations!! Indeed June went by quickly, but here's July for us to maintain our good habits, catch up on whatever we missed, and create new ones! Have a great July!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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GOING-STRONG 6/30/2012 11:17PM

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SKAHONEY4U 6/30/2012 10:52PM

    I read an article that said the whole brushing twice a day and dental cleaning twice a year was made up by toothpaste companies and dentists, and that the actual scientific evidence shows theres no difference between brushing once or twice a day since it takes plaque 24 hours to form- it does for breath smelliness though. Also, the same went for 2 vs 1 cleaning visits (I should mention that they said not to go under once a day/year). Not that I am trying to promote dental hygiene slacking, but that stuff adds up in price. Also, people who floss daily live longer and have lower rates of heart disease!

Great job reaching your goals! I was super close to mine. Luckily, tomorrow starts a new month and new goals to try to reach!

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ALWAYSOWNIT 6/30/2012 10:50PM

    Congratulations on meeting your goals..

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MARYSTAN 6/30/2012 10:46PM

    Congratulations on reaching most of your goals emoticon
I agree that June went by very quickly..still can't figure out how that happened

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KALANTHA 6/30/2012 10:46PM

    You did really well with your June goals! No wonder that red line is moving steadily downward! Way to go!

Bring on July! This girl is UNSTOPPABLE!!!

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HIGHNOON 6/30/2012 10:42PM

  I agree what happened to June?
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TMCLEOD4 6/30/2012 10:42PM

    Congrats on reaching so many goals!! You are inspiring!!

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ELEMENOPEO 6/30/2012 10:41PM

    Good goals! I too cannot believe June is over. Keep up the good work!

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Finding oneself

Thursday, June 28, 2012

This is going to be uber-short for a change, mostly because I'm on break at work and just had to get this little random thought out.

There were more than a couple of statuses in my Friend Feed this morning that said something along the lines of the effort to find oneself.

The thought that went through my head:

** How can we find that which has not yet been created? ** We build who we are. We can't go backwards and become a self from our past. Even if we find that, we can't just copy it forward. We have to build our self in the now and for the future.

Then I went to do the Web search for SparkPoints and the motivational quote there was:

== The bad news is time files.
== The good news is you're the pilot.
== - Michael Althsuler

Very fitting.

  
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TANYA602 6/30/2012 1:18PM

    Perfect motivator for the day!

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NEWMOM20121 6/30/2012 12:49AM

    great quote.


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MICHELLE_391 6/29/2012 8:42PM

    I like that quote a LOT!

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ALWAYSOWNIT 6/29/2012 7:08PM

    You are so right !!

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RG_DFW 6/29/2012 9:37AM

    fitting indeed

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TRULYVISIBLE 6/29/2012 8:08AM

  Great quote, we are the pilot

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2BEABETTERME 6/29/2012 7:53AM

    That quote rocks!

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SPARKFRAN514 6/29/2012 1:34AM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon good food for thought and will be helping me as i head into week nine of my 100 day summer challenge.
thanks for your help enjoy having your feet up emoticon

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GOING-STRONG 6/28/2012 10:13PM

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JENNCABA 6/28/2012 9:33PM

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HEAT7918 6/28/2012 8:58PM

    We build who we are... I really like the idea of "creating" who I will be versus "finding" who I am... it's like free will vs. destiny!

Thank you!

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PATTOMMC3 6/28/2012 8:45PM

    Love it! emoticon

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KALANTHA 6/28/2012 7:55PM

    Love that quote!

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FINALLYBEINGME 6/28/2012 6:04PM

    Very true..taking the responsibility to build who you wanting to be is really the key to finding yourself. Thanks for sharing that thought! emoticon

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MUSOLF6 6/28/2012 5:56PM

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RUNNERRACHEL 6/28/2012 5:10PM

    Yes! No living in the past. Moving forward, creating the future. We determine it! emoticon blog!

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DAZZEEDOO 6/28/2012 4:12PM

    Interesting, and true. You've stirred some thought in the rest of us, as can be seen by the comments. Thanks for the contemplation.

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LUMADANEA 6/28/2012 3:34PM

  Very Good Thought I am rebuilding myself using my past self as a building block

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LDRICHEL 6/28/2012 3:15PM

    Good stuff!!!

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TALENKARR1 6/28/2012 1:54PM

    another something to think about.....you come up with alot of thoughs lol

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JSLATE2K 6/28/2012 1:54PM

    Interesting quote. It reminds me that when I'm at my healthiest, I reflect on the past, plan for the future and live in the now.

~John

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WAYSOFGRACE 6/28/2012 1:31PM

    Finding oneself, to me, is defining who I am at this moment, and deciding if this is who I want to be or make changes. It's an every day occurence, and I don't even really think about it. I just go ahead and do it. That's just me I guess.

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DENNETJ 6/28/2012 1:12PM

    I often think I'm trying to find myself when really what I am trying to do is decide who it is I want to be and work towards being that person.

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ARNETTELEE 6/28/2012 12:48PM

  Time flies when you're having fun!

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SparkPeople desk calendar - journal about motivation

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

So along with the shirts and mug, with my SparkPeople order I got a free calendar (the office desk kind where you tear off each day and the weekends are grouped together).

My first day (Friday) looking at it was about tracking cholesterol. Thought about that, decided not right now. I'd added calcium and fiber at the beginning of June and don't want to throw another nutrient in while I'm learning the ropes of balancing those two. So far, so good, though I do bounce over and under - by my trend stays in a reasonable range. I might make cholesterol the next just out of curiosity, but that will be a couple months.

Today's was about thinking about motivation and writing in a journal about what motivates us.

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Does this sound familiar? Well, okay, so my blogs haven't actually been about WHAT motivates me so much as about motivation in general. And one of the replies on my blog about even world-class athletes have meh days really resonated and has stuck in my mind:

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JSLATE2K: I think a lot of people confuse motivation with being enthusiastic for, or excited about, something. None of us feel excited about the same thing day in and day out, but having a purpose that is in alignment with our core values is something that generally doesn't change.
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A couple of the examples they listed made me shake my head - not me. Self-esteem has never been an issue. I am self-deprecating (I can put myself down and not think that makes me less - like calling myself a klutz) I don't achieve to my real potential, but I have something innately in me that believes in my worth and power as a being. Happiness also has never been an issue. I can watch a bird in a tree and be happy, it's that easy.

Then something kind of nudged its way to the forefront of my thinking.

** My motivation is, at its core, to grow. **

Everything I do is driven by a desire to make today better than yesterday and tomorrow better than today. I want to grow in ability, grow in fitness, grow in knowledge, grow in financial condition, grow in relationships, grow in so many things.

Any goal I set is a forward look at where I want to grow in an area.

Working out is growth in fitness and strength. Even those days I struggle with it, consider saying "screw it", I don't - because the only way to grow is to push against the resistance. Eating right is growth in health and physical condition. Putting aside savings and an IRA is growth in my financial future. Reading and studying is growth in language and understanding and knowledge.

What continually motivates me is measuring my progress as I grow.

Did I learn a new word? I'm excited and motivated to read more and find even more words?
Do I have more in savings this month than last? I'm excited every time I see that number and want to find ways to set a little more aside.
Can I lift more weight than a week or month ago? I'm excited and looking forward to the next muscle I'll be pushing a little harder.
Am I naturally including more veggies in my meals? I'm excited and watching for new ways to include other options.

In a sense, the mental idea I have for my motivation are the redwoods out at Big Basin. Death takes even trees on occasion, through fire or storm, and when they topple their rings are seen. I want my life to be like one of those trees, decades of living and growing recorded in the ripples outward to those I have a positive impact on.

So, no, my motivations are not fitting into a certain size, or seeing a particular number on the scale, any other measurable and quantifiable end result. My motivations are the steps along the way, the changes, the improvements, the knowledge that I have grown and am growing and will grow.

  
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MEH50BEWELL 6/28/2012 11:48AM

    It's all about the journey - not the destination. Well done!

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BERKCHIK 6/28/2012 1:16AM

    Beautifully put. And such great reasons to be motivated!

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PATTOMMC3 6/27/2012 6:09PM

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SPARKFRAN514 6/27/2012 11:55AM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon you gave us something to think about to not look at motivation over all to find in the small every day things like you said add more weight to the work . and enjoy the small things like learning a new word thanks for sharing emoticon

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SMILES650 6/26/2012 10:39PM

  Well written and thought provoking, thanks! emoticon

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JSLATE2K 6/26/2012 10:07PM

    The best thing about motivation is that it's yours - not somebody else's idea of what it should be. You've certainly given it a lot of thought - and found yours. Not that it was lacking - you just put a name on it. Congrats!

~John

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TALENKARR1 6/26/2012 8:40PM

    definityly something to think about

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KALANTHA 6/26/2012 6:45PM

    Simply a fantastic blog. Competition, for me, goes hand in hand with motivation. But it's not competition with others; it competition with MYSELF. Like you, I want to see improvements over time and that's what motivates me to keep going.

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SNAILTURBO2GO 6/26/2012 5:27PM

    I track cholesterol because that's what got me here, I was tested at 338, YIKES! I'm 29 too! So I put is on my tracker to see what the heck was going on and found out it was all the fast food! Anything fried is horrible! Just throw it on the tracker to look at it under your daily report. Just so you can see what foods that you eat now that have high cholesterol. Dont sweat it, just look at it and then start focusing on it once you got the hang out what you are doing now.



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STARTINGINLIMBO 6/26/2012 5:26PM

    Good stuff. Well said.

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TIFFY0906 6/26/2012 5:19PM

    emoticon blog

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2BEHEALTHYRME 6/26/2012 3:24PM

    Great blog, thanks for sharing. I can totally relate because I am pushed from an innate need to better myself and my circumstances. Reading your blog reminded me that it is progress I strive for, not perfection.

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CHUBRUB3 6/26/2012 2:21PM

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2BEABETTERME 6/26/2012 2:20PM

    Love your attitude about motivation! Something for me to ponder and strive for.
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APONI_KB 6/26/2012 1:06PM

    all very true and quite altruistic really

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HOPEFULHIPPO 6/26/2012 12:59PM

    I've been thinking of heading over to the Spark store myself.

:o)

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JACKIE542 6/26/2012 12:27PM

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JANESLOSS 6/26/2012 11:29AM

    Another great blog!
I have grown by just reading and pondering your blogs! Thanks!

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LGAR519 6/26/2012 11:15AM

    You are a deep thinker!! I never have been. Could be because I only had a high school education. I don't figure things out, study them, analize them. I just do them. More power to you.

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SHERIO5 6/26/2012 10:15AM

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DEBPRE16 6/26/2012 10:14AM

    Great blog - it gives me a new way to think about motivation and remember that the small steps all count.

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AMANDASHRINKING 6/26/2012 9:48AM

    i had actually seen that about ordering 20 bucks and getting the calendar ...I wanted to get the sparks people rubber braclets for along time I might do that and a towel NOW THAT A TOWEL WRAPS AROUND ME AGAIN...

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NEWMOM20121 6/26/2012 9:38AM

    Super great blog. I love it. I will be thinking about it as I take my walk today.

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ZANNBEE 6/26/2012 9:15AM

    Loved this attitude. What a great and inspiring blog.

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AMYTRIPP 6/26/2012 8:47AM

    Very nice! It's great that you know yourself enough to divine your true motivations.

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ELEMENOPEO 6/26/2012 8:23AM

    Love the idea of life like rings of a tree. You are inspiring as you take things slow and steady and track only a few at a time. emoticon

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MUSOLF6 6/26/2012 7:59AM

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ROXYZMOM 6/26/2012 7:52AM

    Awesome blog! I love your analysis. Those "little" achievements we make along the way are great motivations for moving forward, along with the excitement we feel when we realize we actually did what we set out to do. I am also motivated by others, working to reach their goals.

You are a great motivator!

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RG_DFW 6/26/2012 7:31AM

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FLEURGARDEN 6/26/2012 7:22AM

    Great blog! I once heard someone talk about their viewpoint on goals and motivation and how they decided to look at it from the perspective of their funeral and what people would say about them - what they meant to those people, the things they remembered and admired them for and all that. So much more than what size they wore or other measurable goals, and much more like those rings in a fallen tree.

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LISALOSING52 6/26/2012 7:16AM

    Great Blog, as always... emoticon

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SWEDE_SU 6/26/2012 4:41AM

    as always, a great blog - thank you!

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MAMAWALMART 6/26/2012 2:18AM

    I could not have said it any better. I'm glad we all are not the same. Being motivated differently helps us learn from others.
Thank you for keeping me motivated.
God Bless and Keep Smiling
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Karen

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NYADAE 6/26/2012 2:16AM

    This is an amazing blog, and I got so much out of I can't even describe it! When you talked about finding what motivates you being growth, and about being excited about new abilities of each muscle, I was impressed! You put it so elegantly!

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Tired feet but good 5k Walk (+3.4 miles to and from)

Saturday, June 23, 2012

I managed to drag myself out of bed at 5:20 am this morning. (Ugh ... ugh ... and ugh.) Had my granola, dressed, fussed with things to make sure I had everything I could remember I might need. Carried along a yogurt for an early snack while waiting for the bus and cottage cheese and pineapple that I ate around halfway there. (Over an hour bus ride plus 30-ish minutes to walk to site.) And I was out at the bus stop by 5:50 am.

Spent about half that bus ride with my eyes closed before I finally started feeling kind of awake. Me ... awake at 6:45 am?! Bleh! =P Teehee. Yes, I can be up early. It is simply not a preferred state of being. (At least I was asleep before 11 pm.)

I had a sweatshirt on that early as it was around 51F. By the time I'd walked the 1.7 miles from the bus stop to the site (31 minutes), I was feeling too warm and ready to strip that off.

Time seemed to pass very quickly. I got to the race grounds around 7:30, picked up my packet, got my tag and bib on, used the porta-potty, checked my bag, and headed to the 5k corral. Next thing I know, they're counting down minutes to the 10k start at 8:00. I took this picture of one dressed up group I thought had really cute hats - black feathers or orange feathers in them (don't know how visible they will be, sorry!):



After all the 10k troop had set off, they moved all us 5k people forward. What is it about a sign that reads "Strollers here" that makes every person with a stroller pretend they can't read so they can push forward into the 10 minute mile or faster pack? Didn't worry me - I like to start pretty far back and pass people as they begin to spread out, strollers included. Here's the pack waiting for the 5k start:


Gorgeous blue skies, temps were up to around 60F by now and not enough breeze to be uncomfortable. We were set loose at 8:10 am. I took this picture after I got home, but it's what I'd have looked like in the race. That is the XL SparkPeople shirt ( www.sparkpeoplestore.com/product.cfm
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I took a couple more pictures with my phone along the walk - a building on the Stanford campus I remember touring in the 80s and a fountain:



I don't have the official time, but the clock as I neared the finish line said 47:10 and I'd started toward the back of the pack, so possibly under that - which I think puts me pretty squarely to a 15 minute mile as desired. \o/ emoticon

There were several young kids in this race too and I was rather impressed at one pair of boys who spent much of it running with each other. They'd get a good ways ahead, then wait on their parents to catch up. (Age guessing - maybe around 8 years old) They finished the 5k not too far behind me. Another person who finished very close to me was a little older lady who kept trying to get a few more little jog intervals right near the end.

Ultimately an awesome job and a fun run. (Those who did do fundraising did awesome - there was over $150,000 made for the Lucille Packard Children's Hospital.)

*Edit* Made this pic to add - my official 5k outfits:

  
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DEBBIELCG 6/27/2012 5:28PM

    All i can say is WOW. You have had a fantastic journey and are an amazing inspiration to the rest of us. Keep it up. I can wait to see what you accomplish by the end of the summer.

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DENNETJ 6/26/2012 5:49AM

    great job!

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THETROUT 6/25/2012 5:55PM

    I'm encouraged to go and do likewise. I have a foot issue which is getting better. Getting into good enough walking shape to walk a 5K would be awesome. You did it! Congrats on your success. emoticon

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TMCLEOD4 6/25/2012 2:37PM

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AMYTRIPP 6/25/2012 8:34AM

    Congrats! Great job! And you looked fantastic doing it! emoticon

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TAMPATINK67 6/24/2012 9:12PM

    Such a change physically. Which came first? The physical change or the mental one?!?!?

For me it was the mental one that came first! The body has been working hard to catch up!!!!!

Great time as well!

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TALENKARR1 6/24/2012 4:47PM

    YOU ARE SOOOOOO AWSOME!!!!!!! I'm proud of you way to go you rock!!! and last but not lest you looked cute in your running suit!!! emoticon

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ZANNBEE 6/24/2012 4:17PM

    What a great set of pics. Fantastic job! You are going great!

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SHERIO5 6/24/2012 2:41PM

    You are a winner in my book!

Awesome pictures BTW. The Stanford campus is really beautiful, we visited a number of years ago...

Great job completing your race, with a very respectable time!!

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JACKIE542 6/24/2012 10:26AM

    Wow! You have come a long way. I know you will keep it up. emoticon

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HEAT7918 6/24/2012 8:47AM

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You do look sleek!

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SBNORMAL 6/24/2012 4:05AM

  You are doing wonderful and you look Great!

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YESCURLYCAN 6/24/2012 2:03AM

  15 minute mile; you rock! Glad you had a great time! emoticon emoticon

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SPARKFRAN514 6/24/2012 12:34AM

    emoticon emoticon emoticonGreat job you inspire me how hard you had to work to get to the race. When i did my 12 k in May i had to walk 2 miles from whew we parked the car to my color group. didn't have to deal with strollers until mile 5 when they caught up with me ! i was slowing down at that point . with just recovering from my ankle injury. but i have my plan in place for 2013 just think we will have a whole year of 13 in the date. ! but back to your race great did you get a shirt for finishing ? great photo boy what a wonderful change i bet your daughters are excited with the changes emoticon

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FRANCES-AGAPE 6/23/2012 11:34PM

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You are very inspiring !

Have a Wonderful Week

BLESSINGS !

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TIFFY0906 6/23/2012 11:29PM

    emoticon emoticon - your pics really show your progress - congrats

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TANYA602 6/23/2012 10:35PM

    You are AMAZING here in this updated pic! And inspirational. It seems like a 5K needs to be on my to-do list now. And getting a shapely SP T. Your hard work is paying off!

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GOING-STRONG 6/23/2012 10:26PM

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RG_DFW 6/23/2012 10:15PM

    Awesome... good day

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AMANDA_C 6/23/2012 10:10PM

    Way to go!

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JADEDCUP 6/23/2012 8:53PM

    How awesome! You are sure putting your Spark into motion! Congrats emoticon

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2BEABETTERME 6/23/2012 8:29PM

    Great time, glad you shared!
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DAZZEEDOO 6/23/2012 8:03PM

    12 minute mile emoticon !

You look wonderfully sleek in your spandex!
Nice that the weather was mild.
An hour bus ride would be(for me) the worst of it.

Continued SUCCESS!

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MUSOLF6 6/23/2012 8:01PM

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LGAR519 6/23/2012 7:48PM

    You did good! And your picture is outstanding. You look so good. All your hard work is paying dividends.

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ROXYZMOM 6/23/2012 6:54PM

    Awesome job! Great weather for a 5K. Glad you enjoyed it, and congrats on meeting your goal time!

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CHUBRUB3 6/23/2012 6:38PM

    Congratulations on your 5K and your accomplishments! Yeah!
You look awesome in your xl Spark shirt.
WTG!
Hugs,
Angela

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DLDMIL 6/23/2012 6:04PM

    emoticonGreat job.

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NEWMOM20121 6/23/2012 5:51PM

    Love the picture, you look fabulous. Sounds like a great way to start the weekend. Congratulations on a job well done.

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CATS_MEOW_0911 6/23/2012 5:38PM

    Congrats!

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FLEURGARDEN 6/23/2012 5:25PM

    Great job!

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SHEL_V2 6/23/2012 4:58PM

    Great work!

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VALKYRIA- 6/23/2012 4:53PM

    Congrats on your 15 min/mile pace! Looks like you had a great time too :)

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JENNCABA 6/23/2012 4:36PM

    emoticon emoticonYou look great !! emoticon

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ANGGEL40 6/23/2012 4:28PM

    Wow..congrats..you look great emoticon emoticon emoticon

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_RAMONA 6/23/2012 3:50PM

    You look fit and fabulous, Dahlink!

(I will never ever... not if i waste away to nothing... have a space between my inner thighs. SIGH.)

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MARYSTAN 6/23/2012 3:45PM

    emoticonCongratulation on in finishing and at your goal pace! It looks like a beautiful day, I am glad you were able to enjoy it. emoticon emoticon

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SP Shirts Arrived and I can only laugh

Saturday, June 23, 2012

Sooooo, my shirts arrived.

XL exercise shirt? Good fit if a little snug, but I kind of expect that. In fact, putting on my normal XL workout shirt afterward, I realized I'm probably due to try some L shirts. It's looser than I though.
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L T-shirt? .... I have an extra inch or more even around my widest point. This I did not expect. I'm not sure whether to order a medium T-shirt just to see what that works out as.
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I should put up pics, but I'm planning to crash super early. Have to be up at an unnatural hour tomorrow for the trip to the 5k. So I'm cooking my veggies, eating, cleaning my teeth, packing my bag, and going to sleep soon.

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STARTINGINLIMBO 6/25/2012 3:38PM

    Pictures please! :)

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MICHELLE_391 6/24/2012 11:19PM

    You are my hero! You got up before dawn to go exercise?! Talk about your inspirational post. Looking at your pictures - do you realize that you look younger in your most recent photo than you do in the first one? It is more than just the weight, I can't put my finger on it exactly, but you look younger.

Congratulations on completing another 5K!

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TAMPATINK67 6/24/2012 10:00PM

    Great experience to try on clothes and realize that you really are smaller. And frustrating too that new clothes are too big before you even get a chance to wear them!!!

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DURANGOREDDOG 6/24/2012 11:36AM

    Have a great race and awesome that you are getting smaller.

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SPARKCHANTAL 6/24/2012 7:41AM

    sounds delicious!

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TANYA602 6/23/2012 10:22PM

    Can't wait for pics and to hear about the 5K. Congrats on the change in T size!

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SA9CHI 6/23/2012 12:08PM

    You are doing great!

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KEEPITSIMPLE_ 6/23/2012 11:54AM

    I would love to see pics too. I would like a couple, but I'm not sure about sizing and I have a big chest. I'm so happy you need to try a Large, awesome!!

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JANESLOSS 6/23/2012 11:46AM

    I hope the Packard race went well. The weather was perfect today for a run. I'm loving this cooler weather. Have a great weekend!
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NEWMOM20121 6/23/2012 11:06AM

    Would love to see a picture. Enjoy the race, can't wait to hear how it goes.

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MEH50BEWELL 6/23/2012 11:03AM

    Good luck at the race, hoping the weather was good! I'm buying a cheap t-shirt in S- M - L. To use as my gauge in sizes I need that visual goal especially when the scale isn't dropping consistently, the inches lost are a pleasant accomplishment.

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TIFFY0906 6/23/2012 10:35AM

    I want a SP shirt but this is one of the reasons I hate ordering clothes online because sometime sizes are deceiving. Anyway enjoy the race.

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RUNNERRACHEL 6/23/2012 10:16AM

    emoticon emoticon You definitely have to post pics! Are they tech shirts?

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SHERIO5 6/23/2012 9:42AM

    Hope you have an awesome race today! Love reading about your size experiences!

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MUSOLF6 6/23/2012 8:47AM

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TALENKARR1 6/23/2012 7:20AM

    Congradulations! If it wernt for the fact we have the same type of sholders I would say can't wait to see you in a small........don't do that by the way shaving bones to drop a few inches is bad but I can't wait to see you in a s/m cause I know you can do It!

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RG_DFW 6/23/2012 7:19AM

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LDRICHEL 6/23/2012 7:06AM

    Ooooh SP shirt! I want one!

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LISALOSING52 6/23/2012 6:49AM

    Good Luck on your 5K and Congrats on the smaller sizes... emoticon emoticon

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SASSYLJB 6/23/2012 6:48AM

    WooHoo! Super awesome! Enjoy your 5 k! Keep up the great work!

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SBNORMAL 6/23/2012 4:17AM

  Order that Medium, you will be there after your race!!

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TAMPATINK67 6/23/2012 3:09AM

    Enjoy the run lady - way to go on the shrinkage... Of your body!!!

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SABRINALONDON21 6/23/2012 2:46AM

    That is great! Is in it when you try a size you think should fit and it does not? It certainly beats the feeling of having to go for a bigger size! Good luck on your 5K!

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SPARKFRAN514 6/23/2012 12:50AM

    emoticon on your shirt sizes i alway get them a litle big to allow for shirking some I think it depends on how much you pay for it and what kind of material its made of . Hope you had a good race .

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ONLYTEMPORARY 6/23/2012 12:47AM

    Awesome! The shirts do fit nicely after washing a few times.

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