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Winter Blues...

Friday, March 01, 2013

I forced myself to go out for a walk today. I have a serious case of SAD. I grumbled, kicked and screamed literally all the way up the hill! I am absolutely sick of clouds, snow and wind!!!! It is only a 3 mile route but at least I can say I did something.

Funny thing happened once I got to the top, the sun came out for about 5 min. I actually stood in the middle of that sunny spot in the road until it went back behind the clouds. I put my face towards the sun and felt the warmth on my cheeks, oooooh.....I closed my eyes and listened to the birds chattering around me and I was in a happy place. At least for a little while. Then I felt something else on my cheeks....snow.

I had the sun for moment. Everything else stopped and I truely was in the moment. I believe the universe was giving me hope. I am closer to Spring and more sunshine everyday. We have changed into a new month and with it comes the promise of new beginnings and renewal. I am experiencing some personal new beginnings and as much as they may be welcomed, they are not easy to take. I have to believe that the sun will find me and the blossoms will begin.

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ELISADENK 3/3/2013 8:17PM

    LOL! I grumble etc when I'm out for a walk, too!!

I even wrote a song about it. (Gave me something to focus on while walking.)

You can the song, in a blog on my SPpage. Written a while back. Maybe it will help you?

Your sun moment sounds like a rainbow moment, too. :-)


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CASEYSAUER 3/3/2013 8:24AM

    I know the feeling! I am so ready for spring!

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KAPELAKIN 3/1/2013 8:05PM

    Spring is just around the corner! I am actually starting the first of my veggie seeds tonight and seeing those first little leaves poke through the soil is always rejuvenating. Maybe treating yourself to some flowers could brighten things up?

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Time for some self-love.

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

I have not been treating myself very well these last couple of weeks and it's time to change that. This is embarrassing to admit but I was laid-off from my job and I will not be getting it back. I have never been unemployed before in my life and the occupation that I have been in is slowly dwindling. I am thankful that I had the job for as long as I did but I am a little worried about the future. WTH am I going to do now?

I am going to put the focus back on myself and try and figure out what I want to do with the rest of my life. I want a whole new occupation, but what? That's the kicker, I have no real idea what exactly I would like to do. I think that I will NOT find the answer in food or beverage. I need to take some time and show me some TLC. Maybe some nice long walks and runs to have some good chats with myself and my HP to find some guidance and direction towards my future.

I have to be super aware of my food and beverage intake and pay special attention to why and when I am eating. Feel the feelings not stuff them down with items barely touching my taste buds. I have to acknowledge the process that is happening and learn to go with the flow. Have faith in myself and life.

I will start the next part of my life's journey with extra special care and attention to what my thoughts, feelings and needs are. My first step is this blog and to tell you all that this is not going to be a setback for me. It will be a rocket to send me to higher places!

(((Changinghorses))) again

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ANDY_54 2/14/2013 7:32AM

    Great attitude! I had the same feelings when I retired, kind of adrift and lost not knowing what steps to take. I ended up going to some classes and am currently looking for part-time as the employers seem to like that here where I live. So, good luck and I can only believe you'll do okay with your thoughts here in the blog.

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CASEYSAUER 2/14/2013 6:32AM

    Hey! Hang in there. Where there is a down, there is an up right around the corner!

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BERGBA7 2/14/2013 3:00AM

    Sorry that you lost your job. your attitude is the right one though! Try to find out what you want to do next, take care of yourself and something new and positive will come your way!
I go for runs and walks too when I need to think! Great tool and it keeps you from overeating!
I saw you are planing on doing a half marathon this year. I am trying to do my first HM this fall too. Wish you luck and lots of fun preparing for it!
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MJREIMERS 2/13/2013 11:24PM

    It's good that you are taking the time to step back and re-evaluate your situation. Life's journey can be bumpy with big hills. However, those rough roads make the smooth roads and down hills more enjoyable...and appreciated. Hang in there! emoticon

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PMRUNNER 2/13/2013 3:47PM

    Good luck! It sounds like you have some big challenges ahead, I hope you can stay positive and focused as you move forward!

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BARCONIUS 2/13/2013 3:46PM

    I've been there. A little different. I attempted to affect a career change back in 2011. My first job in my new career lasted 7 weeks. I was devastated. I wish I'd had your presence of mind.

The problem I faced career-wise was that my education (I returned to college at 47) had not prepared me for an entry level position (they warned us about that). I ended up going back for some additional training and was eventually able to land my current position.

No matter how dim things may seem, there is a tomorrow, and you will achieve it. I've found that it's in these greatest challenges that our greatest opportunities hide. Have a wonderful adventure! emoticon

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It's not all gloom and doom, come run with me.

Sunday, December 02, 2012

What a dreary day for a run. Today was one of those days that I just didn't want to do it. I want sunshine and blue skies everytime I go out. Okay fantasy land is not here. I had to choose to look for the pleasant and good along the way to make my run a positive experience not a cranky negative experience. First thing I did was drive to a place that I always have enjoyed no matter what the weather. Then I chose to find the pleasant things along the way.

I saw lots of friendly faces.

I was able to find some color to appreciate on such a gloomy day.

I had some time to reflect and enjoy natures beauty and creation.

I enjoyed the peaceful serenity of my surroundings and realize that it's not all gloom and doom after all. The sun is still above the clouds and it will return another day.

I can really appreciate how Mother Nature decorates her Christmas Tree. I wonder who she gets to put them up so high.

I was so very happy to have a snow pile still left on the ground so I could get the dog poo off of my sneaker. Poo begone! I feel much better now.

Now that was not so bad. How do you think I feel after 5.88 miles?

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CAROLCRC 12/3/2012 8:38AM

    Beautiful! Thanks for sharing.

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BOILHAM 12/3/2012 8:25AM

    What a beautiful run. Love the bison! I want to run with you there.

Off topic, but one of my favorite moments on my RV travels was when we had a hundred or more bison walk by our RV while in Yellowstone Natl Park.

Your blog made me want to go back there.

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GREENGENES 12/2/2012 10:28PM

    Very nice. Way to find your motivation.

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-AMANDA79- 12/2/2012 8:40PM

    Your friendly faces made me lol. Nice work on the run!

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KANDOLAKER 12/2/2012 7:40PM

    Looks like a beautiful run! Way to make it happen, even when you didn't want to!!

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MARZIPAN22 12/2/2012 6:23PM

    Great blog ! Your photos are wonderfully fun. It's raining really hard here and I just am hoping that it stops long enough to have a dry walk. Had planned to go out into cattle country myself, but there won't be anything more exotic than that.
5.88?!?! I love it!!

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Before and After - It can be done! I did it!

Monday, October 29, 2012

I came across a few photos today of myself from before my weight loss. Boy was I surprised. I just never really thought that I was "that fat". I thought I was a little chunky but my goodness, I was obese!

Others in my family were always larger than me and always said "You're not that fat.". I guess that I really believed them. I was a "healthy fat". I was a strong walker and in better shape than any of them. I felt strong and was pretty active compared to them.

Well, I would like to say that I just decided one day to turn my life around and make healthy choices and changes, but I can't. The truth is that one year over the span of 6 months life took a real big $h!t on me. MEGA STRESS was the cause of half of my weight loss. It truly was a very sad time, the worst time of my life.

I am here today 3 years later to say that through a total lifestyle change and focusing on myself and my well being that I have reached a comfortable and truly healthy weight. I have taken back control of my life and my health and happiness. Maybe I never really had control ever before in my life. I certainly never was really a healthy weight.

I have lost and maintained my weight loss with things I would have never even imagined were possible for me before. I watch what I eat and I exercise in so many ways that are enjoyable to me today. I love the feeling of my body changing and adapting to my new lifestyle. It is all good.

I do feel like even though 3 years ago I was at the lowest point in my life, today I have overcome and I am climbing to the highest point in my life. I said to a friend last month after winning 1st place in my age group in a race, "I am at the peak of my life right now!" Then only a second later I said "Wait a minute, what if this isn't the peak? What if I am still climbing and haven't even reached my peak yet?" Holy moly, just imagine what else I can do.

Believe in yourself and what you are capable of. You are capable of so much more then you even realize today. All you have to do is start. You have so much more power then you even know. Start by believing in YOU! I already do.


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DOODIE59 12/3/2012 8:19AM

    Thank you for sharing this -- a reminder when I'm floundering that there is hope for the future:) And I know there is ... just have to get there.

May your journey to better health last forever:)

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CLAIREINPARIS 12/3/2012 6:18AM

    Such a wonderful inspiration! Thank you very much, this is exactly what I needed to read and see today!
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LINDAKAY228 11/25/2012 6:01PM

    You really have changed and look so good! And it is fun to find activties we love to do to help keep us fit. It doesn't just have to be about going to the gym or walking on the treadmill. There are so many exciting fun things to do that are great exercise but also so much more. You really are an inspiration!

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CAROLYN1ALASKA 11/3/2012 1:01PM

    Congratulations on your success!
You are an inspiration to all of us here on Spark who are still struggling.

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SCOTMAMA 11/3/2012 12:39PM

    Yours was a terrific story -- even though you kept my curiosity up by not telling what traumatic things happened to cause this big change. It is just amazing the way you look today, than how you were 3 years ago.

And you know something? You look way younger now!

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MARZIPAN22 11/3/2012 12:33PM

    Thank you for the thought-provoking post. I copied the hiking photo onto my motivational photos page and have subscribed to your blogs. Looking forward to hearing about your next peak!

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SPEEDYDOG 11/3/2012 11:25AM

    What a great post. Thank you so much.


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    What an amazing blog. I am so very impressed. emoticon

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MARIAJESTRADA 10/30/2012 8:46AM

    Yeah, I was thinking the same thing today. What if there is no peak but a series of peaks? So many people claim "it's too late" or that "you're too old," but I feel better now than I ever have, and frankly, I feel more focused and at the cusp of possibilities. (I'm about 1/3 through my goal.) Thank you for sharing your story.

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HAYBURNER1969 10/30/2012 8:02AM

    What a great story! Congratulations!

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MJ7DM33 10/29/2012 8:51PM

  emoticon blog! You are looking oh so good! Thanks for sharing your journey! What a way to continue to climb to your personal peak!

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BROOKLYN_BORN 10/29/2012 8:18PM

    What a wonderful story! Congratulations!
Family and friends were trying to make you feel good when what you really needed was a push to turn things around. You did that yourself. Good for you. Those pictures are great.

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ONMYMEDS 10/29/2012 8:04PM

    A truly remarkable transformation. Never stop reaching for that next peak.


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CATHGREEN8 10/29/2012 7:08PM

    Just WOW!

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Planning for a rainy week...

Saturday, October 27, 2012

Sandy has her bags packed and she is on her way! She is threatening to ruin my routine that I am trying so hard to stay into. I love my running and walking outdoors but it looks like this is going to be a whopper of a rainy week. I'll take my openings where I can get them and squeeze in the run where and when I can but I must come up with a plan so Sandy doesn't bring me down!

A- From work I can drive or walk up town to the highest parking garage and run/walk the ramps and steps in there. (Workout brought to you today by the "Parking Authority". Yes!)

B- I can do any number of the video workouts here on Spark and burn some calories that way. (I feel muscles I forgot I had!)

C- I can take the "exercise time" and convert it to "vigorous cleaning time" and really get a bang for my buck! (Now that's a good idea)

D- I can put some really energetic music on and dance like a fool cause I know that nobody is watching. (I love dancing like a fool!)

E- I can get more steps in at work if I make myself get up from my desk once an hour and take a vigorous walk around the building using the stairway for an extra boost. (I love steps!)

F- I bought a good jump rope just for occasions like this. It's time to use it. (I just have to find it first...mmm)

I'm sure there is more but this is enough to get me started. This will be the most successful rainy week I have ever had! I am committing right now to getting in at least 15 min everyday NO MATTER WHAT SANDY THINKS!

Who else is in??

10-29 Monday-SUCCESS! - 35 min - Jump Rope and Indoor Running (Take that Sandy!)
10-30 Tuesday-SUCCESS! - went w/ the "vigorous cleaning" plan today. Basement in cleaned up and I have my own personal gym. Lot's of area to run now. (Who needs a treadmill?)
10-31 Wednesday-SUCCESS!-50 min walk,3 mile. Great hill climb! (Sandy is gone but drizzle and clouds remain)
11-1 Thursday-SUCCESS!-25 min walk w/a friend. Little drizzle and chilly. (Tomorrow I will RUN!)
11-2 Friday-SUCCESS!-30 min, 3 mile Run during my lunch break. (Started drizzling as soon as I got back, Woohoo! I made it just in time.)

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