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Passing along a great blog post!

Friday, September 09, 2011

My sparkfriend crazydogladybo posted this and it made me smile. Thought I would share it with all my sparkbuddies! Enjoy and pass it on...

"I'm not hot or gorgeous. I don't have an amazing figure or a flat stomach. I'm far from being considered a model, but I'm ME. I have curves, love my PJ's, and I go without make up. I'm random and crazy, I don't pretend to be someone I'm not. I am who I am. You can love me or not, it won't change ME!!!"

Give yourself a hug today and smile at yourself in the mirror and be thankful
for who you are today!! There is only one you and she deserves to be cherished!
Hugs Barb

  
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PCOH051610 9/14/2011 7:00PM

    It is so true, isn't it!? Thanks for posting this!

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MOTLEM 9/9/2011 9:41PM

    Yes, it's pretty cool.
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NANCYLEE46 9/9/2011 4:26PM

    Thanks for the lift in spirits and thank crazydogladybo for posting her original blog on this.
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TYME2BME 9/9/2011 3:13PM

    Thank you for sharing this. I enjoyed reading it and it is so true.

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FUNFROG79 9/9/2011 1:41PM

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Vacation and Exercising at the Beach

Friday, August 12, 2011


Can you say VACATION!!!
We are heading out to go camping in our trailer at the beach next week. We will be staying at an RV resort for 2 weeks and away from the normal exercise routine of home. I am leaving the exercise bike at home (it doesn't fit in the trailer!!!) and have come up wih a set of vacation exercise options...
1.Taking my bike along so can ride around camp, into town near our campsite, to the beach and on the beach when there is a low tide, and on trails in local state parks
2.Taking a kick board along so that I can swim laps in the pool during "adult pool time" at the RV park pool.
2.Planning some beach walks and hikes in the nearby state parks
Also need to keep eating healthy while enjoying the local cuisine!!
1. Plan to keep eating my daily morning oatmeal to keep my fiber levels up
2. Going to buy local shrimp and make bbq chicken tenders and make salads to take to the beach in a cooler for lunch or make tuna salad or chicken salad sandwiches.
3. Will plan in the calories for meal out and plan lots of barbecue dinners at camp
4. Definitely need to budget in some calories for smores, ice cream sundaes and smoothies! Vacation won't be vacation without the favorite foods!!

I am making a plan and going to have a healthy and fun vacation! How about you sparkbuddies? What do you do when you go on vacation...do you make a healthy plan? Do you say whatever...it's vacation and not worry about it? Do you think my plan sounds OK?
I know that I will not keep up the exercise if it is not fun and part of our daily activities so I am sticking to things we all love to do as a family or that are available to me during resting at camp times. I plan on burning some calories jumping in the waves, playing pool volleyball and riding funny ocean bikes too! Building Sandcastles should also be on the Sparkpeople daily exercise plan (don't you agree!!) Summer and Camping and the Ocean have been part of my life since I was a little girl and it is such a healthy vacation destination. I just need to put down the library book, get out of my beach chair and enjoy the view as I go walking and riding along the coastline...what's so hard about that?? emoticon Smiles and Sunshine to you today!

  
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NANCYLEE46 8/25/2011 6:18AM

    Can't wait for an update Barb.

I know you will do just fine.

I usually get more fitness in while on vacation - the time to be creative and also try new activities.

Thinking of you.

Nancy

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AMBERLOU_87 8/13/2011 6:43AM

    I love the idea of biking around at your destination instead of driving! It's been something I've wanted to do myself when at the beach but I've always had a baby with me when I went or was with my family who weren't into that kind of thing. I hope you have an amazing time and and reward yourself by choosing things you feel good about eating!

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MOTLEM 8/13/2011 5:33AM

    I am sure you will enjoy.
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CRAZYDOGLADYBO 8/12/2011 7:17PM

    Have a great time!

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SANDMSHELL 8/12/2011 4:27PM

  Excellent plan and I am sure you will find other activities as well. Enjoy your vacation!

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JESSIEJUICE 8/12/2011 1:17PM

    Sounds like a great plan! I try and budget for some indulgences but overall eat the same as I would at home (or I purposefully seek out lighter options at new places). There are a lot of options for exercise near you- I bet you'll end up torching more calories than you think because you'll be having so much fun doing it!!

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FUNFROG79 8/12/2011 10:37AM

    YOU ARE GONNA DO AMAZING! ENJOY! emoticon

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My Feel Great Weight?

Sunday, July 31, 2011

I have decided to continue with my weight loss and get healthy goals with a new thought on my mind. I am going to seek to find my "FEEL GREAT WEIGHT!" I want to get to the point where my body looks good to me, I feel comfortable in the clothing that I wear each day and where I am in a healthy BMI range. From what I read this will be a weight range in which I can be stable and comfortable with just my regular healthy eating and consistent exercise routine. Not sure what the scale will say when I get there but don't think it really will matter if I can look in the mirror and feel cute and curvy and happy with what I see. What do you think Sparkfriends? Do you think there is a "Feel great weight" for all of us and how can we know when we find it? Would love to read your thoughts as I set some new goals and reach for the new healthier Barb!! I think I will find her somewhere in the next 25 or so more pounds...Hmmm....Smiles Barb

  
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NANCYLEE46 8/6/2011 10:57AM

    Love your idea - whatever works for you to look and feel better about yourself. I love you anyway and so does GOD but since we are journeying towards being healthier this is an awesome motivator.

Nancy

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ALMOMMA 8/2/2011 10:38PM

    I think a " feel great weight" is the best way to go. We can set a number goal to give us an idea of where we need to get to, but only our body knows for sure what it needs! When it says "I FEEL GREAT" and you agree then that is when to stay put and love life as you are! We can all do it!

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MOTLEM 8/2/2011 2:10AM

    Yes there is a 'feel great weight'. Your idea is good.

Trouble is with me is, when I get there, I get complacent. Maybe it's a subconscious thing, like if there's not some weight there to get rid of, what do I do? Ya! I must have weight to get rid of, because I have had weight to get rid of all of my life! Take that objective away from me, and what have I got? Ya!

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FUNFROG79 8/1/2011 8:35AM

    I like"feel good weight" and that's what I'm aiming for. I think you are doing an amazing job on yourself! emoticon

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FITKITTYMAMA 7/31/2011 10:31PM

    I definitely agree that there is a "feel great" weight for everyone. There is a range that our bodies function and feel their best.

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VICTORIA_THOMAS 7/31/2011 6:30PM

    I actually think that finding your "feel good weight" is much better than setting a goal weight. Some people may come up with these super low numbers that may not fit their body frame or agree with their genetics and they end up crashing and burning at the end. I think that if you set a feel good weight, the only way you'll know that you made it is when you start feeling good! That means that progress can be endless and the scale can never disappoint you. I think this is a really cool thing to do Barb! emoticon emoticon

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CRAZYDOGLADYBO 7/31/2011 5:36PM

    I love this! This is how I am starting to think too! I think that we will know it when we are comfortable, fit and healthy!


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I want what I want!!!

Saturday, May 14, 2011

I went to the story today and tried to find a pair of shorts that fit me right and didn't have metal on them. I am allergic to nickel which is in most metal used on jeans and in pant buttons and so need to buy a pair that has a plastic or non metal button on them. I was so excited to get to buy a smaller size until I got to the store and could not find what I wanted!!!! Instead every pair of shorts looked like every other pair of shorts and not one looked like what I wanted!! So I came home and feel frustrated!! I will try again another day and at another store but here is my blog thought for the day....I want what I want!!!! Any one else ever feel that way when you go shopping?? Barb

  
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TEDDYBEARDONNA 5/15/2011 7:50AM

    My biggest issues with shorts right now is getting the length that I want. I have a friend, who I haven't seen in ages but she had the same issues you do. Her DH put varnish or something on her zipper and other metal and it solved her problem. Sounds like your only choice is almost shorts with elastic.

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LINDAF49 5/15/2011 1:56AM

    YES!!!! and WHEN I want it!!!

You lightened my day with the reality that others feel the same way I do!!! Bless you!

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CRAZYDOGLADYBO 5/14/2011 12:45AM

    All the time! I hate shopping!

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MOTLEM 5/14/2011 12:42AM

    Yes, always. I want what I WANT !!!

I sometimes shop for clothes at stores, but absolutely hate trying clothes on for size at stores. These days I buy 99 per cent of my clothes over the internet. Much better deal, and yes, more choice so that I get what I want!

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BLACKROSE_222 5/14/2011 12:28AM

    I HATE SHOPPING!!! Even when I'm able to go and get a size smaller. I'm picky, I don't like a lot of stuff that people like - and I don't conform to change very well. I understand COMPLETELY.

Hang in there, and try again tomorrow - if you need the shorts, you need them. It might take a few stores, but don't settle for something you just don't like - if you don't like it in the store, you will NEVER wear it at home... learned that the hard way many times.

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5/12/11 Fibromyalgia Awareness Day

Thursday, May 12, 2011

Hi Sparkfriends!
Today is fibromyalgia awareness day! I was diagnosed with fibromyalgia over 15 years ago and and choose not to define myself by this but decided that today of all days I should share what I know to be true and how fibromyalgia and I have learned to walk peacefully together. For any of my sparkfriends who do not know what fibromyalgia if you "google" it you will find many articles and definitions. The most important thing for you to know is that it is a disorder that causes muscle pain throughout the body. There is no definite know cause and there is no known cure. It can be totally incapacitating at times and at other times be totally in hiding. One of the most difficult things about fibromyalgia besides the pain and random nature of episodes is the culture that we live in today. Our world has expectations of productive and active and controlled lifestyles. The diagnosis of fibromyalgia takes away the ability to be in control, takes away the ability to be active and though one day you may be productive there is no guarantee that you will be able to function at the same level tomorrow or that you will even be able to get out of bed. Finding peace in the midst of this world requires a change of lifestyle and a change of life values.
I have learned to not define myself by what I can do. I have learned that I am valuable just by being Barb. A unique woman with a heart to love. a capacity for friendship and a gift of listening and supporting and encouraging. All of these are important qualities that do not require physical activity. I have been supported by a loving husband and family as I have walked this road and am blessed that they and my close friends believed in me and supported me in getting treatment and finding a healthy way to live with this pain.
I was also blessed by being able to participate in a fibromyalgia study group through the University of Washington where I live and have received much help from natural treatments to help me on this road. Exercise, learning relaxation techniques, changes in how we live our life and proactive planning and goal setting all have helped me to learn to live a life of joy and peace amidst the pain. My parents helped us to purchase a hot tub and that has made a huge impact on shortening the length of my pain episodes as well.
Fibromyalgia will always be a part of my life and though pain has the power to stop me in my tracks some days I have learned to live with it and not let it define who I am. On this day of Fibromyalgia awareness I hope to share with my sparkfriends that it is real, it affects many people in the world today and that you can make a difference by being aware of those around you that may have this pain disorder and give a gentle hug or a word of encouragement to brighten their day. If you have fibromyalgla yourself use this day as a day to read something new about this disorder and chose to be proactive yourself in setting goals and starting a new thing today to help yourself toward a healthier life. Thanks for reading and thanks for the support of all my sparkfriends as I have added in new goals with sparkpeople.com and am working on living a healthier lifestyle and losing some weight as well. Happy Fibromyalgie Awareness Day!!! Smiles and Hugs Barb

  
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LINDAF49 5/14/2011 8:11PM

    Barb, this is beautiful! I shared it on my facebook page! My battle of Diagnosed has been 11.5 years and you describe it perfectly! God bless your excellent way with words and open heart ot share. Gentle hugs ~Linda in WA

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MOTLEM 5/12/2011 11:51PM

    The uncertainty of how you will feel must be a terrible thing. You have described fibromyalgia very well. Yes Barb, you are a very special person. It is good that you have and are still receiving so much support. I am sending you the biggest, hugest hugs and hope they brighten your day today.
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