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Sunday, May 12, 2013

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I just wanted to take a moment to celebrate each and every one of you who have taken the time to come alongside me during this difficult time in my life.

I cannot tell you what this means to me.

I suffer from social phobia and am a near recluse. One of my Spark goals is to overcome this disabling fear of being in the public eye and of having relationships with people.

When I found the "Where are YOU walking to?" Spark group, it was literally as though someone threw me a lifesaver. For the first time I am getting out in the sunshine and walking at least three times each week. It is only on my street, but it is outside. I haven't done this in 12 years.

I have a gym membership, but it became difficult to keep the schedule because of lack of sleep. The only time I felt comfortable going to the gym was in the wee hours of the morning when no one was there. I might see one person when I was coming or going, but for the most part, I could exercise by myself without anyone seeing me...except the cameras of course.

And this is the hardest thing I've ever admitted online.

SO thank you to you all. You are amazing people who give me courage and hope that I can indeed beat this thing and get my life back.

YOU are worth celebrating!

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  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

ADAGIO_CON_BRIO 5/13/2013 1:30PM

    Thank you!

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MAWMAW101 5/12/2013 10:47AM

    Thanks for my rose. The more I know about you, the more I so totally admire what you are doing! You are doing great just keep heading toward those "monks"!

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CURRENTFAN 5/12/2013 10:47AM

    Hi, Josie!

Thanks for stopping by my page and commenting on my blog.

Great job tackling your fears! You CAN do it!

Happy Mother's Day!


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SWEETNEEY 5/12/2013 8:55AM

    Glad you are feeling better about yourself. One step at a time - I have a mild case of social phobia. I try to make a date with at least one friend to go out at least once a month. So we'll go to plays, or openings of events. This month, I am going to call her and suggest we go to a premiere of local movie. It's tough because I am quite happy being at home, exercising either at the gym or on the road by myself and chaufeuring my son around.
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SANDICANE 5/12/2013 8:45AM

    I too have found amazing people here on Sparkpeople and share your joy of them and their support!
Keep Sparking!

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Saturday, May 11, 2013

I have made some decisions that have been very difficult to make but that I think will be very good in the long run.

The past month or so has been an emotional land-mine.

My husband still hasn't found work and we are both fighting depression.

I don't think I have lost any weight this week, but I don't think I've gained any either. I will find out when I weigh in tomorrow.

I think it is time for my walk so I can click off another couple of miles toward Subiaco and the monks. At least I'll feel as though I'm accomplishing something.

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  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

MAWMAW101 5/12/2013 7:57AM

    Please keep up those walks. That is one thing I learned years ago from a very smart therapist after the death of my son. It has kept me (relatively) sane for a long time. There will always be set backs but "this too shall pass!"
Today I will carry you in my pocket as I practice for my 5 K Walk by taking a very long walk.

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HAPPYDOES 5/11/2013 7:55PM

    Thank you both. I keep saying that God is our Provider. He knows our needs and He will provide.
He hasn't let us down yet, and I know He won't let us down in the future. He is mighty to save.
We've never been through this for this long a period of time.
It is definitely a test of faith and I keep looking in the scriptures for encouragement.
The one thing I know is that as long as I have the Lord, I have all the I need.

Thank you so much for coming alongside me right now. I hate that this stuff doesn't go along with my "HappyDoes" and my Sparkpage. So much has happened recently that blindsided me, and I am not a very strong Christian, but I am learning to be one.

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ANGELZWINGZ4 5/11/2013 7:47PM

    Keep the faith. I've been unemployed for 2 years now. I'm a single Mom and everyday I remind myself that there are people worse off than me. I know this is not a permanent situation. I just cannot see the finish line yet. Things will turn around.

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EMMACORY 5/11/2013 2:17PM

    All we can do is live today and make the best decisions that we can. I will pray that a job opportunity will open up for your husband. Even in the midst of challenging times we can be grateful for life, relationships, health. Blessings on your day and the days ahead. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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I'm getting stronger

Wednesday, May 08, 2013

I live in a hilly region...7 miles from town...1/2 mile from the country club. My house sits waaaaay up on a hill....among the trees.

And my next door neighbors have cows. emoticon

So walking around here is a real workout, especially since I have been a couch potato for the majority of 12 years.

When I started my walking routine, it was to the end of the road and back, which amounts to 1 mile. I had to stop several times along the way and huff and puff until I got my breath back and my legs stopped hurting enough to keep walking.

That was two weeks ago.

Yesterday I walked two miles without stopping even once. emoticon

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DEBORAH2180 5/9/2013 10:44PM

    Yahoo! Yippee! Yay! You rock! emoticon happy dance!

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JENNAWW4LIFE 5/9/2013 9:51PM

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That is wonderful progress! And it will continue to get better as you go along ... way to make it happen!

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ARIZONAMARY 5/9/2013 1:35PM

    That is FANTASTIC! You deserve a round of applause!

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A_BIT_AT_A_TIME 5/9/2013 8:50AM

    That is Wonderful!! Way to go! And its great that you feel stronger. Congratulations! emoticon

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SUMMER2203 5/9/2013 6:20AM

    (looks like someone is gonna be ready to walk to town soon!! :) )

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SUMMER2203 5/9/2013 6:19AM

    it is crazy how quickly our bodies can change!!! you should be so proud, that is awesome!

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CATHWREN 5/8/2013 7:16PM

    That's great! It is amazing how fast we can get stronger once we make the move to work on ourselves.


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CJJANISS 5/8/2013 7:07PM

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MAWMAW101 5/8/2013 6:50PM

    As the saying goes "You've come a long way Baby!" Congrats on your great accomplishment. Of course I'm a lot older but it has taken me 2 months (not weeks) to finally walk 2 1/2 miles today on my way to a 5K two weeks from now.
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Monday, May 06, 2013

I've been away for several days.
I went to see my family in another state and it was an emotional minefield nearly the entire time I was there.

The stress of emotionally and physically dealing with the things that were going on in the family caused a fibromyalgia flare as well as triggered emotional overeating.

I didn't have a lot of choice in the foods that were offered to eat, and there were two parties as well. Thus I gained nearly two pounds while I was away.

But, I've been there and done that before, so I'll just work on losing it again.
I got home around two-thirty this morning and have been really tired and rather sad today.
Tomorrow I am going to begin again walking toward Subiaco and the monks.


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MAWMAW101 5/7/2013 8:22AM

    So glad you are safely home, that is the most important thing. My belief about the greatness of Sparkpeople is that it reminds us that no matter what, we must live in this world and deal with all the things (and people) that come our way. This MawMaw is so proud of you for knowing that you can't change everything so just keep working on yourself! Well done!
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HAPPYDOES 5/7/2013 3:57AM

    Thank you, Julie.
Yep. I'll be alright.
I've been reading some blogs and commenting.
I'm already feeling better, getting my mind back in focus on losing the weight, and especially getting motivated again and more upbeat.

It's been a really tough couple of weeks but I'm going to do all I can to turn the negatives into positives.

I will try to get over to your page later today and catch up on what is happening in your world.

Thank you for stopping by and leaving a word of encouragement.

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QUADCMOM 5/7/2013 2:12AM

    Welcome home. I hope you got some rest. Don't worry about the two pounds. You will get it back off quickly.


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I'm taking this party to the monks!

Monday, April 29, 2013

I found a SparkTeam that was tailor-made for me when I was looking for a walking guide to 5K.

It is called "Where are YOU walking to?"

As a life-long exercise-resistant couch potato who loves to travel, this is the perfect motivational tool to get me up off the couch and on my feet. In this group, you choose a place anywhere in the world that you want to walk to, calculate the mileage, start walking and tracking it daily. And, I suppose, if a person really wants to, (s)he could put up a map and plot it each week as the mileage is ticked off.

I'm EXCITED! And since I can only have ONE ticker here on SP (grrr), I'll change my weight-loss ticker to a mileage countdown to my destination. (edit: Well, crud! There is no mileage ticker! Ok, so I put in a suggestion for one.)

I have decided to walk my weight-loss party over to the monks at Subiaco, AR. That's a fair distance for a beginner, I think...not so far that I will get discouraged and give up easily, and not so close that it isn't really a challenge at all, or a challenge that isn't long enough to build a habit of walking. Besides, I wonder how long it has been since the monks have even seen a party balloon? emoticon


It is 207 miles from my house to the abbey, and I would seriously like to go there in reality and spend a weekend, sans party balloons (out of respect for the monks). The route I plan to take is going to be such a beautiful walk through the Ozarks. So I will look through pictures of the Ozarks daily before I go on my walks and think of these as I put one foot in front of the other.

Ya know what? Armed with this new motivational tool, I may have found the key to realizing my dreams of running races someday. Here's why: I can use this virtual travel thingy as I train daily so that my training isn't just boring training, but instead, is traveling somewhere! And I can tick off the miles toward a place I want to go, and change the destination repeatedly each time I arrive. I am so stinking EXCITED!

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4/29/2013: 207 - 2 = 205 (I wonder how much thinner and healthier I will be when I finally arrive?)
5/07/2013: 205 - 2 = 203 (I'm back from out of state and back on my virtual party trip.)
5/09/2013: 203 - 2 = 201 emoticon
5/11/2013: 201 - 1.6 = 199.4 (Big dogs loose on property at corner; didn't want to go near them to finish 2 miles and don't know the mile markers to make it up if I walk the opposite direction)
5/14/2013: 199.4 - 2.4 = 197
5/16/2013: rained out
5/17/2013: 197 - 2.5 = 194.5
5/19/2013: 194.5 - 2.8 = 191.7
5/21/2013: 191.7 - 2.4 = 189.3
5/23/2013: 189.3 - 3.7 = 185.6

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SHOES17 8/10/2013 2:59PM

    Okay and so we are off!! emoticon

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CATHWREN 4/29/2013 12:50PM

    Terrific idea for motivating yourself and keeping things interesting. Good luck with your "visit."

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CHIRPGIRL 4/29/2013 12:39PM

    Great idea, Josie! Thanks for steering me to your blog and I wish you many beautiful adventures on your walk.

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DEBORAH2180 4/29/2013 12:33PM

    OMG! I love this concept! That's for sharing! I am going to get right on it now and choose a really cool place to walk to! Hmmm, maybe I will walk around the Great Lakes! Or to Wisconsin Dells...

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HAPPYDOES 4/29/2013 10:39AM

    I've got mine all mapped out with Google maps. I just put in my address and theirs, and then clicked on the walking Icon, and clicked.

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MAWMAW101 4/29/2013 9:38AM

    Oh I definitely meant virtual--if I did it literally I might finish for my 100th birthday! When I looked at the map I think I'll walk through the Hoosier Forest, over the hills of Jasper & around Patoka Lake. That should keep me moving all summer.
We used to take the kids to Holiday World every summer and I did ride those coasters but it has been a while since I've been there.
There is a place on here to map that virtual trip--I have done a couple but somehow don't always save them/or just can't find them again. I'm a little slow on remembering how it all works on here.
Hope you got those new walking shoes I sent, your going to need them!

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MAWMAW101 4/29/2013 7:46AM

    I love this! We have an abby in southern Indiana that I've always wanted to visit. First my 5K Walk and then I'll walk to the abby and since it is in the general area I'll walk to Santa Claus Land (Holiday World) and ride the rollercoasters!
Enjnoy your walk today!

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