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Looking for changes...and finding them

Sunday, July 29, 2012

I am post bilateral knee replacement (and I can not tell you how many different Physical Therapy receptionists, when hearing that the reason I wanted to come in for therapy was "bilateral knee replacement" ask, "which side?") and I can see changes! Beyond the obvious, I mean. I stand longer, I ask Leslie less often to get me things, and I worked out on the gym fitness floor on the treadmill and the stationary bike yesterday, instead of the pool. (Not that there is anything wrong with the's just fun to have other options.)

Plus, while watching the Olympics, I see the Coldstone Creamery ads and think that the portions seem too big. THAT IS a BIG change. Of course, I am watching the Olympics and wishing I was an athlete. And now, I think: that could be possible. I don't mean just working out. Which I've been doing. I mean something else that I am still trying to figure out, that I have yet to define. It's an urge I have every time the Olympics come around...yet this time it feels like it might be different, attainable, achievable somehow.

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NEWME0519 8/4/2012 2:39PM

    Some day you could make that urge a reality but one day at a time! Good luck on your recovery!


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FLYGAL5 7/29/2012 4:00PM

    I can hardly wait to see how far you go... today the fitness floor, tomorrow is a bigger better world.

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PAXTONBLUE 7/29/2012 3:36PM

    Glad you are feeling better emoticon emoticon emoticon

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I have let go of 122 pounds

Sunday, December 11, 2011

Jus' sayin'.

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NEWME0519 12/23/2011 1:51AM

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FLYGAL5 12/11/2011 8:00PM

    Waay cool! emoticon

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All time fave SP miscue during search

Thursday, December 08, 2011

I was searching for "satsuma" and got this:

Did you mean sadism?
Search results show foods shared by other members (but not approved by SparkPeople) Learn More


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FLYGAL5 12/10/2011 6:22PM

    Wow, And as I read this I happen to be eating a satsuma, what are the odds of that?

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POSITVEGRRRL 12/8/2011 12:18PM

    Lol! No silly search machine! We meant delicious citrus fruit.

In defense of the search engine and spelling machine...Satsuma is a non-english word.

Good one though!
Thanks for sharing.

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Tattoos on the Heart: The Power of Boundless Compassion (author Gregory Boyle)

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Great book about working with individuals who are or have been gang-affiliated by Gregory Boyle. Tons of quotable moments, to wit:
"There is nothing 'once and for all' in any decision to change. Each day brings a new embarking. It's always a recalibration and a reassessing of attitude and the old, tired ways of proceeding, which are hard to shake for any of us."

So true. So applicable.


Small victories

Monday, June 27, 2011

I was at Whole Foods the other day, getting some fruit. I was with a friend who was getting lunch. I had a sandwich that I was planning to eat for lunch. And that's what I did. No extra snack. No caloric beverage. No dessert. For a "splurge" I bought a couple of magazines.

I ate out at a restaurant last week, and had half my entree. I split a dessert. I DID NOT gain weight as I usually do.

I went to a Pride celebration last night, and while I noshed, I didn't go over the top.

I am proud of myself for the mindfulness and ability to focus on my long-term goals it takes to continue to move forward, bite by bite, step by step, stroke by stroke in the pool, curl-up by curl-up in Pilates, decision by decision.

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NEWME0519 6/28/2011 12:21PM

    Ari, a small victory is progress towards a larger goal!

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ROYALETBONE 6/27/2011 11:39PM

    Keep on keeping on. Choices, that's all it takes, one at a time. I'm still suffering from some injuries... and feel like 'holding my weight' is all my victory that I need right now. Feeling ok... but moving slow.
So proud to see the 'lost 100' comment. Congrats, although I know it is just one milestone. One stone at a time. Woot, woot!

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FLYGAL5 6/27/2011 5:54PM

    Right on friend. Shh, don't try so hard that your soul pushes back. Small steps over and over.

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