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If At First You Don't Succeed...

Sunday, September 06, 2009

Yes, us northerners must re-invent ourselves when the colder weather comes along!

Last winter I tried cross country skiing for the first time and was a bumbling, fumbling mess! My balance is SO POOR! This winter...?

Sigh...I guess I keep at it and try again...lol! Can't throw in the towel JUST yet...!

Beyond this? My 'millwork and outdoor walks / jogs continue unabated! :-)


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    You go, Don! As a teen, my first ski trip was possible because my aunt loaned me skis. Turns out they were cross country skis, and I was taking downhill lessons. I kept trying, too - but with the right equipment. LOL

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4A-HEALTHY-BMI 9/7/2009 6:43PM

    Try snowshoeing?

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VARMINT3 9/7/2009 9:00AM

    Good luck and keep trying!

I have run through a Binghamton winter outside (before I got my treadmill) and it is "possible" - but not a ton of fun LOL! I got a Gore Tex outfit and layers, layers, layers and even at about 5 below was not too cold. I did really like running during a snowfall (on side streets only to be safe, not out on the road) - it was so quiet most of the time you could hear each flake falling...

So, there are options if the ski thing doesn't work out - but XC skiing sound like way more fun! I did it once when I was in HS, but I lived in IL then & there were NO hills, so fewer challenges to balance.

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ROYALETBONE 9/6/2009 12:47PM

    I suggest you get some Nordic trekking sticks and practice before the snow comes. The sticks raise your caloric usage 20-35% while doing normal walking, and really prep you for X country skiing. Honest! I love them for hill hikes and rough trails, but as prep for skiing, they can't be beat.
I loved X country skiing. Not too likely in Oakland, Ca these days. Have fun!

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L*I*T*A* 9/6/2009 12:19PM

    way to go...........all efforts will lead to success................blessings and hugs.............lita

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Walking Down Another Street

Thursday, September 03, 2009

This poem has made the rounds among those in recovery from addiction and / or mental illness. It is also SO apropos for myself and my recovery from food addiction also!

I thought I would pass this along for those who may not have seen this before as I suspect a few of you might relate to this one...!

Thank goodness to SparkPeople for shining a bright light down "another street!"


by Portia Nelson

I walk down the street.
There is a deep hole in the sidewalk
I fall in.
I am lost ... I am helpless.
It isn't my fault.
It takes me forever to find a way out.


I walk down the same street.
There is a deep hole in the sidewalk.
I pretend I don't see it.
I fall in again.
I can't believe I am in the same place
but, it isn't my fault.
It still takes a long time to get out.


I walk down the same street.
There is a deep hole in the sidewalk.
I see it is there.
I still fall in ... it's a habit.
my eyes are open
I know where I am.
It is my fault.
I get out immediately.


I walk down the same street.
There is a deep hole in the sidewalk.
I walk around it.


I walk down another street.

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    That poem was part of my spiritual direction internship. Someone read it out loud, and we actually acted it out as a class. Very memorable. Thanks for passing it along!

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CAOMAGIC 9/6/2009 1:07AM

    I am in stage III, moving toward stage IV in this scene. Knowing where I am and taking responsibility for that makes me know that I will see recovery also. Thanks for sharing!!!

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BJENKINS1014 9/5/2009 11:20AM

    Thanks! I hadn't seen this before, but I love it! It fits for all addictions and bad habits.

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TRAINOF4 9/5/2009 8:34AM

    Absolutely true. Thank you for sharing!

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APPYMORGAN 9/5/2009 2:06AM

    this is so amazing I just posted a blog about this very poem too. Great minds must think alike. emoticon

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ZELLAZM 9/4/2009 2:26PM

    New to me, too --- a great message! thanks for sharing it with us here.


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L*I*T*A* 9/3/2009 9:52PM

    great..........thanks for sharing.............blessings and hugs..............lita

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MSPUDGE 9/3/2009 8:35PM

  That is priceless! Have not seen it before. Thanks!

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Coming Around the Bend...Inspired 'Millwork!

Tuesday, September 01, 2009

Thx to EVERYONE for the well wishes! A good night's sleep has made a big difference...not out of the woods, but coming around...! I HAVE been taking my penicillin faithfully since Sat., just felt a bit discouraged yesterday as it just didn't seem to be making any difference. I'm always skittish about taking antibiotics as I don't want them to lose their potency so that when I REALLY need them to work, they WILL!

Anyhow, I took the day off from working out yesterday, pretty rare for me! And listened to my body and got a good night's sleep.

This morning's 'millwork was fairly inspired as well. Remember the book / movie, 'Running With Scissors'? The scene where they randomly point to a name in the phonebook as an "omen" or "answer" to a question posed by the family? What fun! :-)

I sorta use my mp3 player in a similar way sometimes...it's always set to 'shuffle' so I never know what's coming up next. Sometimes it seems to 'pick' just the right tune and today was one of those times.

I have a surprising number of tunes on my player which aren't really fast-paced, some outright ballads...but often these tunes have messages which are inspirational and motivational...doesn't matter that they're in-sync with my steps!

John Lennon's "God" popped up...and after denouncing every deity he says: "I just believe in me!" I then remembered why I chose to put that song on my player: the declarative pronouncement that *I believe in myself* is what I do every time I get on the treadmill, lift those dumb bells, hop on my bike or into a kayak! And no matter what one's spiritual practices may be, I believe that when we believe in ourselves, take care of ourselves we are tuning into the will of our God, Allah, Buddha, etc.

Then came James Taylor's "Carolina In My Mind"...his singing of going to Carolina in my mind seemed to resonate a sense of *centering* and *grounding*...I can go to "Carolina" whenever I want to by hitting that *zone* during my workouts. Although this song didn't pop up, I thought of "Song For You Far Away" and felt a sense of channeling to my family which is flung out across America as if someone took a paint brush and flicked us across the continent far and wide...but this song seems to bring out a sense of connectedness nonetheless.

Although my player didn't seem to pick any up-tempo tunes (other than one, can't remember what it was...) which could get me to pick up the pace beyond my baseline of 4 mph @ incline of 10, I felt it was telling me to take it easy, enjoy your 45 minutes...you can kick it up a notch some other day.

Which I'm sure I will!

Have a SPARKING day everyone!


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    I missed your illness. So glad you shared your songs. I am always so impressed at your poetic perspective. I particularly like your image of Song for You Far Away, channeled to your family. Nice, Don.

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ZELLAZM 9/3/2009 3:41PM

    Sorry to hear about the ear problems --- I was having a similar problem before I left for the States a month ago and still have a bit of residual "sloshing". It sounds like your shuffler knew you needed a more relaxed workout as you recover and as you take those antibiotics!

Thanks for the welcome back...I missed SP for sure!


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MSPUDGE 9/2/2009 12:08AM

  So glad to "hear" from you, that you're on the antibiotic and will be protected from auditory harm. Had me going there for awhile! Had more than some of us worried about you! You are just such a Heartbeat of SP. I'm amazed you're back working out already, and posting, and getting on with it, not lolling in bed pleading illness, which says a lot about your core strength and fortitude. I am much relieved you sought treatment, and hope your infection clears readily!
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More Kayaking SparkRally Fun!

Monday, August 31, 2009

Mother Nature held out and our local SparkTeam met for a potluck picnic lunch and kayaking fun out on Dorchester Lake...woo hoo!

ORIGAMIFREAK, leader of the Ithaca & Finger Lakes SparkTeam, brought her waterproof camera for some great pics of us in action out on the water. Here is a link to her terrific pics and even a short, high speed video!


Unfortunately I've been fighting off an ear infection which is sorta dragging me down a bit today, feeling out of sorts...I think I'm paying the price of shorting my sleep too many nights!

So off I go to hit the sack! I'm sure I'll feel better tomorrow...nite all!


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    Loved the photos! The video with the cloud cover and light was beautiful. Makes me want to kayak. Thanks for sharing the link.

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    Aaah, now I remember the ear. (I'm working backwards down your blogs.) Well, I hope you healed quickly! (Feel free to contact me if the antibiotics didn't take.) I'm going to look at the pictures. I learned about underwater cameras earlier this year, and am considering it. So, I can firsthand see the fun! Glad it was wonderful time for you.

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LADYWEZ 9/1/2009 1:46AM

    Sounds like you guys had a blast. Sorry I missed it.


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L*I*T*A* 8/31/2009 10:39PM

    sounds and looks like everyone had great fun............way to go............blessings and hugs..................lita

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4A-HEALTHY-BMI 8/31/2009 10:29PM

    It was very fun! I enjoyed meeting TARA925 and EZMERELDA.

Thanks for organizing it!

Feel better soon!

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Ever Wonder if You Could Kill What You Eat?

Sunday, August 30, 2009

This article caught my eye because I have asked myself this question and I know my answer: "No way!"

However that doesn't mean I can't recognize and feel some twinges regarding the hypocracy of eating meat but not being able to kill animals to support my habit. Which always has me thinking about making a vegetarian switch at some point.

This is a VERY interesting article which will get you thinking about your approach to the food you consume.

Ever Wonder if You Could Kill What You Eat? We Did the Other Night


"Were we traumatized? Did we feel sorry for the chicken? Are we dreading this weekend, where we'll have to kill 150 more? Here's why not."

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    When I was a little kid, maybe around 6, I remember my mom making my lunch. She was at the stove, her back to me, while I dug into my lunch. When I reached the hamburger patty, something made me hesitate. It's a voice I later learned to recognize as my higher power, so to speak, or God. I asked her what it was made from, and I could tell she was avoiding answering me. So, I asked outright if it was made from an animal. That was the beginning of the end of any form of meat for me, given my innate resonance with animals. Now, I gave my own daughter the freedom to eat what she wants, and she eats meat. She told me once, though, that if she had to be the one to kill, she wouldn't. My husband also eats meat, although even when I met him, he never cooked it at home. I appreciate that you posted this.

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ZIRCADIA 8/31/2009 1:23PM

    I don't want to kill what I eat, but it doesn't bother me that someone else does it.

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WOLFKITTY 8/31/2009 11:20AM

    I don't know. I'd like to say that I COULD kill what I eat. I've certainly shot my fair share of various handguns and rifles. I think that killing for eating is more noble than simply for sport. I've gone fishing as a child and didn't have any problem with catching the fish that would be killed.

Even if I couldn't do it, I wouldn't feel guilty for eating animals that others have killed for me (grocery store packaged foods). I also wouldn't be able to be a miner for the metals and minerals that are used to build the circuitry and make up the components on my laptop. I don't feel guilty using it. :)

And killing an animal is the same as killing a plant in my book. As a child I read "The Secret Life of Plants". I believe that both animals and plants have emotions. At the very least they share the essence of life. How is farming either of them very different? Just because it's more difficult to communicate with a plant doesn't mean that it's life is less valuable.

So eat your meat in good health!
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ANGELTIMES3 8/30/2009 7:24AM

    Having been raised in the country and on farms - yes I can. But, that said, when we hunt or raise an animal to butcher we know how, why and when. It is truly and enlightening experience and makes you far less wasteful of things. Good question!!

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SUZIAND 8/30/2009 1:40AM

    I've often thought about this very discussion. Much to my dismay....it makes me realize I'm a hypocrite. I could never, ever kill an animal -- I'm even starting to have trouble killing insects and stuff. But here's the thing... I've tried giving up meat and I just can't do it. /sighs.

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MSPUDGE 8/30/2009 1:14AM

  Back in the day, the 70's, when starving in the mountains [never mind how we got there] I was the one of 5 of us who drew a bead on the deer and downed him. About 300 yards and my first rifle shot. A natural, I guess. I also helped hang him, and I was the one who gutted him. I did not butcher him, that was another person's project, but we ate that buck for over a month. And that is all we had to eat. So I have to say, been there, done that. And under the same circumstances I would do it again in a minute. At grocery stores, I only buy non-hormonal yadda yadda good stuff, and eat meat rarely. But hells bells, in a pinch, that's what the animals are there for. I think even the Bible says so.... I cannot apologize more than that. My dau is 41 and a vegetarian since just about after the deer :)

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4A-HEALTHY-BMI 8/30/2009 12:14AM

    I have wondered it, but ever since getting my hunting license about 10 years ago when I moved to NY, I know the answer.

And before I actually pulled the trigger on that first button buck, I really wasn't sure if I would do it, 'cuz I was raised in the SF Bay Area which is urban and liberal.

In the end I decided that if I *didn't* have it in me to kill and dress and butcher my own meat then I didn't have any business paying other people to do it for me, and I should become vegetarian.

I'm still an omnivore.

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MAR-TISH-A 8/30/2009 12:05AM

    Of course, we cut vegetables off the stems or pick the fruit-frequently killing the plant!

Oh, when will the insanity stop!

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