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Which One Are We?

Tuesday, April 03, 2012

This was recorded yesterday, before the NCAA Championship game.

BTW: I met all three of my goals yesterday

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LADILADIDA 4/12/2012 10:46PM

    I'm starting my own team! I am both deserving AND thankful to be here in this moment. Magical combination. Thoughtful blog as always and full of heart.

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SILLYHP1953 4/9/2012 4:21PM

    Good answer fluctuates depending on my mood, my food, my sleep, my meditation. It should not fluctuate, it should be.

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GIRANIMAL 4/4/2012 1:28PM

    Such a great point! You really got me thinking. Lately, I've felt a lot like I don't belong/don't deserve my spot in this club anymore. I'm just barely squeaking by these days, tracking only MOST of what goes in my mouth and doing only enough exercise to get me to and from work. I'm constantly fearful of the scale again, I can SEE the difference around my ever-flabbier middle and I'm also starting to feel it in my clothes. Of course this means I am not deserving! I've stopped earning my membership in the Fit and Fabulous Club.

This, of course, feeds a vicious cycle! Some of my pared down exercise is legitimate (pain and disrupted sleep interfere), but even if it weren't, that negative self-talk ("You're not earning your place anymore, Angie!") does nothing to help get me back on track.

Thanks for the reminder to reconsider: I deserve good health, even when I can't give it 100%. Because any amount of effort matters. It shows I love me enough to keep going.

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CBRIGGS1956 4/3/2012 11:48AM

    John, this was a great biog and I must admit kind of an emotional for me, I have never thought of being overweight in quite this way but I can honestly say I would have to be on the latter team; with Spark People I hope that is changing. Thanks, emoticon

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SPARKENISTA 4/3/2012 10:30AM


Once again, you are amazing! First of all, you responded to my blog of today within seconds of my posting. Thank you for that. I am going to think about this contest.

I love Bones, too. That episode was on here last night! Great episode. Good choice. I'm not much of a sports fan so it would not be much of a contest for me between Bones and a game of some kind.

The gist of your blog today is really about Image, actually. You may be speaking about self-image and how we think of ourselves. However, how we present ourselves influences more than just our audience--it influences us, as well.

I certainly see your point about those teams. If they could be a draw at half-time, they could certainly have won--or at least tied (if that is an option. I would guess they would play indefinitely until someone won.)

BTW, how are you feeling? Are you still reading Sarno or have you finished?

Speak to you soon.

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MUSTANG_SALLY2 4/3/2012 8:52AM

    I'm Louvahl. (wink) I have days when I'm more confident than others but I'm in a beating myself up patch and I haven't found the exit yet. Makes life pretty tough. Working on that.

Congrats on your goals.


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Starting Again: April Goals

Monday, April 02, 2012

A week from today, my dad will have been gone a month. Between the funeral, a few trips to Wisconsin to get my mom resettled and dealing with my ever changing schedule, I woke up this morning wondering where the last month went. I sat at my desk in a bit of a stupor and realized that I couldn’t get any further off track then I am right now. In the past three or four weeks eating has consisted of what’s placed in front of me or what I grab of the run. Exercise is an exception rather than the rule. My reflective time has gone out the window --- I’m too busy being nervous and having multiple anxiety attacks, waking up in the middle of the night feeling like the world is caving in on me to spend any quality time relaxing. I look in the mirror and “ugh,” all my hard work has been flushed down the commode. To be honest, the urge to sit here and feel sorry for myself on a continual basis is a very attractive option.

The only way to get going is, well, to get going. As much as I don’t want to I am going to dust off some goals for April and slowly get back on track. Nothing earth shattering or elaborate here, just a few things to make me feel good about being John and building a foundation for myself to get back on track.

1. Stay within my calorie limits. That happens when I track what I eat. Wait, Spark gives me that tool doesn’t it?!?!? I think I’ll use it.

2. 45 minutes of exercise, 6 days per week. I just need to “do it.” Nuff said

3. Twenty minutes of John time each day to do nothing more thanb rest and reflect in my source.

Three simple, yet effective goals to help me get back on track. I'll keep ya posted

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BAMAJAM 4/10/2012 1:09PM

  I offer my sympathy to you also. May you find support and comfort from your friends and family members. May you also reflect with gratitude on the good times that will forever be cherished memories. Be good to yourself and take care of your health, John.

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SILLYHP1953 4/9/2012 4:08PM

    Yes, those goals will do it. I'm aiming for them, too, but my goal is 10 minutes a day of exercise. My days will probably have more than that, but I know me well enough to not aim any higher. I need some success! Good luck, John, you can do it.

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MARCYNA 4/4/2012 6:55AM

    Back to basics, you can make it John. You've handled a lot, please be kind to yourself. I'm sure you have done the best, I'll pray for you.
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CMBELISLE 4/3/2012 12:17PM

    I'm inclined to agree with Sparkenista. Unless you were doing that kind of exercising three to four weeks ago, starting off a bit slower will get you back at it with less likelihood of burning out.

Give yourself time and small, attainable goals - you'll get to your big ones in time.

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NEEDTOLOSE100LB 4/3/2012 9:52AM

    These certainly seem like simple enough goals. Funny how the simplest things are what we really need to get back on track.
I wish you the best in maintaining these goals and I extend my condolences on the grief you are experiencing. Just remember, you need to take care of you too. Things will go through their cycle, but don't let it rule you. Do as you are doing and take it by the horns and move through it. Again, you will become a better person in the end. (how you can be a nicer, funnier or better person than you are is hard to believe, but you will)

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LYNMEINDERS 4/3/2012 4:06AM

    Love your goals John....need to take them on board myself....

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NASFKAB 4/3/2012 4:03AM

  Take it very slow hugs

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MAMADWARF 4/2/2012 11:26PM

    Dealing with a loss lie that is very difficult. Nothing feels normal and the things that were normal before it happened are just too much. Just take it one day at a time and be kind to yourself.

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7356WILMA 4/2/2012 11:26PM

  It is so nice that we can start over!!

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CARTOONB 4/2/2012 11:10PM

    May the Force be with you.

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JRZG8R 4/2/2012 10:53PM


It is admirable that you want to get back on track. It sounds to me that you may be tackling too much at one time. You can do it all but think back and I believe you will recall the time and effort it took to build those great habits. I am not trying to dissuade you only to remind you to give yourself some leeway as you get back into the swing of things. The all or nothing road usually ends with nothing.

I am so sorry to hear about the loss of your father. I hope the you find peace and balance. Take care my friend.

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SPARKENISTA 4/2/2012 10:25PM


Give yourself a break--you're only human. 45 minutes 6 days/week? Too much! Only 20 minutes of John time to relax? Not enough. You'll get back in the saddle. Take it slow.

This is a formula for self-sabotage. Relax a bit. Allow yourself to grieve. Move back into your regimen slowly.

You are the same wonderful John whether you work out 45 min./day or not.

I feel sure about this.

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    Dealing with a death in the family is tough, John. We are dealing with the same things and almost a year later things have not let up. Just get through a day at a time. I tell myself daily to stay sane and this too shall pass and it will. Good luck with your goals.

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HDHAWK 4/2/2012 7:14PM

    These 3 goals will get you going in the right direction. I'm here for you!

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GEEMAWEST 4/2/2012 7:05PM

    That's all we can. Just get back on the horse when we fall off. I'm here for you, John. And I really mean that from the bottom of my heart.

Love and Hugs, Cheryl

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YOYONOMORE1 4/2/2012 4:09PM

    Well John, you are still here and you are still willing to give it all you got, that says a lot, you haven't given up and you aren't afraid to start it all up again. Just one day at a time, that's the way to do it and you will. Give yourself all the time you need to work through your grief.


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GOLFCHICK2-0 4/2/2012 3:18PM

    We start again every morning. You're just smart enough to give yourself an extra push!!
I like your simple goals. Keep up the good work John!!

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DEE797 4/2/2012 1:34PM

    One step at a time! emoticon emoticon

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ANATASHIKI 4/2/2012 1:10PM

    you know , it's sad , I'm nowhere better than you with the me time and 20 minutes is very little and we still barely manage to do that emoticon

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TRI_BABE 4/2/2012 12:23PM

    Yeah, it's a fine balance between resting and healing your body and then letting stressors get the best of you. Good job for getting back on track!

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AJDOVER1 4/2/2012 11:27AM

    You can do this!

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LUCYJOY 4/2/2012 11:13AM

    Grief is a funny thing and those anxiety attacks that wake you-I think doing what you have to do to get through it isn't feeling sorry for yourself.

That said, been thinking along the same lines. I don't feel much like living since my son died but the only way to do it, as you said, is get up and do it-which is my goal for this week. Bought food I could tolerate eating/drinking yesterday that will keep my glucose level and my calories in range and I am making myself get up in the morning and not try to sleep my life away.

I hope you can stick to your new plan.

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GETFIT2LIVE 4/2/2012 10:55AM

    Life sometimes throws us curve balls that make it difficult to stay on track. You're still here, though, and you are worth the effort; don't ever forget that, John, and don't give up. One small step at a time; you can do this.


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ANDREWS_MOM 4/2/2012 9:31AM

    Great goals! emoticon
It's so easy to get off track just with life in general - nevermind all of the stress and issues you've had recently. I spent the good part of last year mostly off track, unfortunately. March was my 1st full month of being committed again.
You are an amazing person who does so much for everyone else- you deserve this for yourself. emoticon

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How Commited Am I ?

Wednesday, March 28, 2012


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SILLYHP1953 4/9/2012 4:06PM

    I went through...not a dark night of the soul, but maybe a twilight of the soul recently, and think I am finally ready to accept some things I wasn't ready for before. I feel like I'm ready for my life.

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ANDREWS_MOM 4/2/2012 8:39AM

    Intelligent, thought provoking & Right on the Money ~ as usual!
Thanks for sharing your thoughts & wisdom!

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CARTOONB 3/31/2012 9:56PM

    Is this like the chicken and the pig and a plate of ham and eggs? The chicken was involved...the pig was committed. emoticon

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SPARKENISTA 3/29/2012 12:35PM


Your blog touched me today, more than usual. I hear what you are saying. What you are really saying is that you (and everyone else) are human. You do what you can when you are up to it.

I know, your topic is "commitment" which means "do it whether you want to or not". However, we are not robots. When we are stressed, we react. I just attended a webinar where the famous hosts, coaches, said that they are doing better now b/c they no longer have a "9-year-old" running their businesses. In other words, they are calling their prospects, writing their books or blogs and fulfilling their goals.

Good for them. I bet they don't do that every day or every time. I know I don't. I'm better than I was. Maybe I have a 12-year-old running my business.

I have been where you are many times--on many levels including weight loss and gain. Right now, I am focusing on the positive. I mean, instead of one veggie, I have three or four. This fills me up, gives me added nutrition and kind of edges out extra protein and starchy carbs that I may have eaten.

In any case, give yourself a break. Think of the things you DO commit to--your family, your extended family here, your business and clients--don't focus so much on the negative. You are a great guy. Focus on that.

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LUNDIEP 3/28/2012 11:39PM

    Great timing on seeing this one for me. I'm out of town, visiting family, and also preparing for a 5k. I've been mulling over whether I would actually go running while I'm away from home.

And dangit - you're challenging my commitment! :) THANK YOU!

Good stuff. Glad to see you.

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AJDOVER1 3/28/2012 10:32PM

    I'm finding my commitment to a healthy lifestyle has turned into a very isolating experience. None of the cool kids are walking at lunchtime and then eating a salad. I wish you all the best.

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WARMSTRONG2 3/28/2012 3:16PM

  You are saying what I should be thinking. Thanks!

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SNOWANGELDIVA 3/28/2012 1:51PM

    Good Morning, John!
(Oops, afternoon. Don't mind me I was sure it was Tuesday up until 2 hours ago. Tee hee.)
It's only a "FAIL" if you quit.
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CATHYHASSPARK 3/28/2012 12:54PM

    I am listening to what you are saying and you are totally right , and it gave me alot to think about , am I committed? I am going to be totally looking into that, and I now have something to write about on my blog thanks!! Finding out what is right for me , and not go along with what other people say.

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GIRANIMAL 3/28/2012 12:53PM

    Good timing as always! emoticon

Two things: I realized today part of the reason I am so hesitant about my new fibro treatment, even though I desperately need the relief, is the fear of such a commitment. It's more change, and I don't like change! LOL And the only drawback to holistic plans (as opposed to a pill or other quick shot) is they take commitment. A lifelong change, not a fad.

I also am seeing that some of my frustration with my elusive goal body is that some of it might not be the right goals FOR ME. I have never been a small (except for preemie birth) or athletic person in my life. I may never have small calves, thing thighs or ripped abs. I may never be at the lower end of a "healthy" BMI, but instead always just about a point under the radar! And you know what? That's OK! Because super-athlete is not ME. I just want to live a healthy, relatively pain-free life. It's OK if I don't feel the need to run marathons and constantly challenge my endurance, etc. I am active. I eat well 98 percent of time. And that's what "physically healthy" is FOR ME.

You know when your tiny doc says to stop obsessing about 10 pounds, it's time to look at what tricks your brain is playing.

Finally, I hate to hear you use the word "fail." I know and am glad you're not saying you are a failure, but still. You always learn so much -- and actually use that knowledge! -- every time you fall short of a goal. That's not true for everyone. And it's certainly no failure in my book.


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MS_CURVEY24 3/28/2012 12:39PM

    I loved listening to your blog!!

I consider myself to be very committed. Have I been in the past? No. Something wasn't right, and I just wasn't ready for a change in my life. Now, this time is different. it's a change I can feel, and now it's a change that I'm living. I may be just starting out, but I know I can do it! I have faith in myself that I never had before.

You're comment about "sitting with the cool kids" really hit me though. Is that what I want? Well...yea, I guess. I've never been one to be "cool". I was picked on endlessly in school, mostly because of my brother's handicaps. Part of me DOES want to be in the cool crowd, but then the other side says, "But you are you, and THAT crowd isn't you!!" I am slowly leaning toward being who I am. We don't feel like we have to keep up with the Jonses' so to speak. We're pretty different to begin with! I mean, I have had 3 kids in 5 years, we homeschool our children and we make our own bread! Where I live that's pretty different than the average Joe. However, feeling like you have to keep up with homeschoolers can eb a challenge too, but we made this decision for our kids. So we do what's right by THEM, not everyone else. :)

I realize I have written you a chapter book, and I apologize. :) I loved your weblog, and i definately look forward to more! Have a lovely day!

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REDSHOES2011 3/28/2012 12:10PM

    What has made me successful is I am running out of family and fast-they don't grow on trees. Looking efter myself for my sons sake is not too huge a goal for anyone person.. emoticon

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The Frustration of Chronic Pain or "Is There Anybody Out There?"

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

I was always one of those “Thank goodness it wasn’t me” people. I watched friends and colleagues struggle with chronic pain issues and doctors who couldn’t quite place their hands on a diagnosis and would throw up their hands in frustration. I always felt so lucky. I sat and read GIRANIMAL’s blog this morning about trying to find a source and solution to her pain and I found myself nodding my head and uttering a soft “Amen,” to what she wrote. This blog is in support of her and so many of us who end up getting lost in the maze called the medical system.

Last May I woke up one morning with stiffness in my left leg. Nothing horrific, mind you, just stiffness. Being 58 I wrote it off to approaching old age and popped two Advil. I took my morning walk and noticed my leg was getting stiffer and tighter with each step. My lower back began to tighten. To compensate I began to favor my right leg which in turn began to stiffen as well. Pain started shooting up and down my legs and my lower back often felt like a knife was being stuck directly into my lower spinal column. My primary care physician was on vacation so I went to an Urgent Care facility. They X-rayed my back, gave me some muscle relaxers and anti-inflammatory’s and sent me on my way. Other than a few bone spurs and the ever faithful catch all phrase “John you are not getting any younger,” I had most likely pulled a muscle. Heat and exercise was the prescription. Two weeks later I wasn’t any better, as a matter of fact it felt as if my ankles were fused and turning in a small circle was a real adventure. I was afraid of falling. Every time I stood up I ached. To compensate I was leaning backwards when I walked. My primary care said I looked like I was 9 months pregnant. She suggested working with my trainer on stretching exercises. By this time I was popping Advil like jelly beans and my hamstring muscles were shortening from lack of activity. A month later I was worse so we began the cycle of tests. Cat Scans, MRI’s and the like led to Neurosurgeons, Chiropractors and Physical Therapists. All began by telling me I was overweight and needed to exercise and once I did, well things would go back to normal. “Thank you John, lemme have your co-pay and have a nice day.”

“By the way doctor, I can’t exercise because I can’t move!!!” Everything was tight and stiff and everyone told me if I’d just lose weight everything would work out. I’m a compulsive over eater. I am a stress eater. It was like no one listened to what I was saying. I couldn’t move. I began walking with a cane and only traveled to places I had to travel to. I was ashamed and embarrassed. I walked like I was ready to fall over!!! I lived in fear of the pain. It consumed my entire life. I lived in fear of falling down and even taking a shower each morning was an anxiety ridden experience. What if I fell? Depression set in and I’d sit in my office and stressed that no one could tell me what was wrong. Emotionally I did a huge number on myself. “After all,” I reasoned “this had to be MY fault in some form or fashion, didn’t it?” I lost some alleged friends. People I had exercised with, had run with, had gotten healthy with began to avoid me. It was like they could “catch” my pain. Some alluded to lack of will power and discipline. I felt embarrassed and ashamed to visit clients. I did a lot of phone work. This was a long, painful and lonely walk. Nothing I did provided me with any relief. I hurt more and more and the doctors became tired of seeing me. By September I hate to tell you I was almost agoraphobic.

One Friday, shortly before Christmas a Spark friend, SPARKENISTA, suggested I read a book by a doctor that had been able to help her. I downloaded the book and two chapters in I was in tears. This dude was talking about ME!!! It was like he sat at my kitchen table and wrote the book based on my symptoms. With each page I was writing issues on a notepad to talk with my doctor about. The book is called Healing Back Pain by Dr John Sarno. I won’t do a lengthy review here but he basically says that while you are in pain, you are not hurt. The pain is real, it has a cause and that cause is stress and tension. It’s called Tension Myositis Syndrome or TMS. I didn’t have any organic issues, no slipped discs or ruptured discs or compressed nerves. My mind decided all my tension was going to settle in my lower back and legs. Once I understood what was happening I began a really slow road back. I had a number of issues I needed to deal with, all of which were causing stress and tension in my life and I began to notice that when a bad situation occurred my back got worse. My doctor(s) were and are skeptical. It doesn’t fit on an intake form or a box you can check.

I walked one half mile yesterday. I haven’t walked that far in close to a year. I was a bit sore and stiff but it felt good. I swim daily. I’m dealing with my “issues” and realizing that nowhere in my script does it say I have to be perfect. Like GIRANIMAL I still wonder why no one would listen. It’s not important now, only my recovery is. I have good days and bad days and this may be around for a while. There’s bitterness inside of me. The so called experts wouldn’t listen. They told me I was fat. “Lose weight and get over it.” The bright lining is I found out the why. My dad passing a few weeks back caused a bit of a setback, but I am learning.

My next vista is to lose the 90 pounds I gained back during this ordeal. I slid down a mountain and now I have to muster the resolve to climb back up once again.

Here is to all of us who are searching.

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TINIWINI 6/26/2012 12:31PM

  Thanks for sharing this with us. My husband has been suffering with mild lower back pain and we believe it is stress related and he is stressed out over thinking about making a doctors appointment to have it looked at because we can't really afford any new medical bills....bills are a stressor for him etc. It is one big vicious circle. I will have to look for the book you mentioned. Thanks.

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LUCINDARW 4/26/2012 9:52PM

    Thank you for the blog! Some of it hit home so I have an idea what you are dealing with. Glad you are on the mend and have a positive attitude. Keep up the good work. Lucinda

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MISSPEACHES3 4/12/2012 11:11AM

Oh my goodness. I am so sorry that you have had to go through all of this. But what a blessing that you are on your way back. emoticon

While I was reading this, it was just like I had typed it myself. I have been through the same things myself. Including the Neurosurgeon. I have been seen by so many doctors, that it is not even funny. I just knew that someone could find a solution for the pain in my legs.

I believe there are reasons why things happen. I believe that my coming across some of your blogs has been a blessing.

Thanks my Spark friend.


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SILLYHP1953 4/9/2012 3:56PM

    Thank goodness you found that book and thank goodness for GIRANIMAL. My son saw a doctor in the ER when he was young for some stitches in his leg and the doctor had a pin on his coat that said "Question Authority". That's my kind of doctor. You had a rough time and I'm glad you're climbing back up the mountain.

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ANDREWS_MOM 4/2/2012 8:44AM

    I am so sorry for all the pain you have had to go through & continue to experience. You are such a strong person & it's amazing all of the support you provide for each of us here when you have your own very difficult battles goin on.
Chronic pain/illness/disease is an awful thing to have to deal with- both phyiscally and mentally. For me, as bad as the physical can be (gastroparesis/digestive tract paralysis/global motility disorder) - i sometimes believe the mental is even harder- just knowing that 99% chance it's never going away. But, that's life. There are people dealing with a whole lot worse. We only get one chance & we need to make the best of it, right? :)

Sounds like your will is strong & I am praying your pain will subside and I know you will do this.


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TEACHING1ST 4/1/2012 7:47PM

    Oh, John, it hurts to read this. I only read blogs occasionally and I've gotten so much from yours---but I didn't realize the pain and heartache you've had. You always deal with things head-on...and I'm hoping you'll be able to start back on the journey as before. Losing a loved one IS a setback. I lost my husband in Dec.'10 and my dad Nov.'11. But you can do it----as others have said, with God's help and your determination, you'll do it!


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WALKNLOVE 4/1/2012 7:52AM

    You WILL make it John! I believe in you! Just remember, "YOU can do ALL things through CHRIST who gives you strength." And "With God, ALL things are possible." HE is your healer and He will walk with you through this, because He promises to NEVER leave you or forsake you. Praying for you my friend....and I count it a blessing to call you that! You are an overcomer! Victory is yours! emoticon

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MORTICIAADDAMS 3/30/2012 10:30PM

    It sounds like you hit bottom and are climbing your way back out now. Take your time. You have plenty of time to get there.

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ANJAYS-JOURNEY 3/29/2012 7:07PM

    Way to go, that type of attitude you can do it, I too suffer from the debilatating and ongoing saga of chronic pain, feel free to read my blogs if you like

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SPARKLISE 3/29/2012 6:31PM

    You were lucky in a way that another member got you that book!
|Good luck on your road to recovery!

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FANAMAMA 3/28/2012 8:38PM

    God bless you John for your openness and honesty. You have helped so many people today. I pray you find the way to heal. emoticon

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MUSTANG_SALLY2 3/28/2012 9:21AM

    I'm searching. My pain is in my neck and shoulders. I'm learning as I go. I have great hope that you will work thru this and that you will feel better. When your back hurts, everything hurts. Ugh.

Hang in there John.


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LADILADIDA 3/28/2012 9:11AM

    The medical community just does not know how to treat the cause of most chronic issues, only symptoms with drugs that cause side effects. In fairness, they do the best they can with a system that is not designed to look at WHOLE BODY health and we are the only masters of our whole body. All my health issues have always been chronic but I am thankful for them for each one brought me another step closer to the healthy path I am on. From chronic sinusitis, to plantar fasciitis, to chronic hives (which I would not wish on my worst enemy) to achilles tendonitis - with each issue I learned more about myself than I would have being healthy. I discovered acupuncture, yoga, ayurveda and the importance of nutrition in my food and herbs.

That book by Sarno is great as well as the classic, "You Can Heal Your Life" by Loise Hay, the Spontaneous Healing of Belief by Gregg Braden and I've just discovered "The Yoga of Eating" by Charles Eisenstein which is profound to me. Doing "The Artist's Way" program was also incredibly important in my progress.

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REJ7777 3/28/2012 7:30AM

    I'm really glad that SPARKENISTA told you about that book, so that you can finally work on a solution. Bon courage, John! emoticon

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NASFKAB 3/28/2012 6:39AM

  great blog

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AJDOVER1 3/27/2012 11:28PM

    I share your frustrations with the medical industry. Too many of us are getting inadequate care and being blamed rather than treated. I wish you well on this journey in health.

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GEEMAWEST 3/27/2012 11:20PM

    OMG! I could have written a good part of this blog. The doctor I've been seeing for my back pain says "well, it's just what happens, I have back pain, too."

I often feel like a hypochondriac and it's not a nice feeling. I tend to beat myself up over the pain I'm having. I've been going to physical therapy and it's so weird because some days the pain is in one area and another day it's in another area. I thought that they must think I'm making this all up.

So I've just ordered the book from the library. Thank you so much for writing this blog, John.

And I mean that from the bottom of the pain in my back. emoticon

Much, Much, Much Love, G-Ma

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CARTOONB 3/27/2012 11:08PM

    I hope this is the "cure" you need. I hate when my friends are in pain and there is nothing I can do to help.

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WATERMELLEN 3/27/2012 9:57PM

    All best to you: this is a powerful blog and you will have helped many people who read it.

Most of all . . . you're on your way. Back to where you want to be.

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HDHAWK 3/27/2012 9:40PM

    On the days you doubt yourself just remember how many us believe in you each and every day. I'm so glad you've found some relief. When we complain about having to exercise we need to remember how fortunate we are to be able to move without pain. Keep going John. We're right here with you!

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YOYONOMORE1 3/27/2012 6:37PM

    John, thanks for sharing your experience and the book, I hope you are able to get your issues resolved and heal the stress. Sometimes things affect us much more than we realize. After I lost my dad I went into a deep black hole, but over time worked myself out of it, we all deal with things differently. Praying for much better days for you.


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ANATASHIKI 3/27/2012 4:53PM

    gaaaah , if I read this earlier ! emoticon I just passed that book today in the book store ! I wanted to buy it and thought "what do THEY know? " . my doctor doesn't ignore me cause he's a friend and a colleague , but doesn't have a solution and doesn't really understand. nobody who doesn't deal with this doesn't understand.they all expect us to take a magic pill and shut up and feel good . I am a f..n doctor and I know what you say is true . the back pain is worse when the stress is bigger . nowhere in the stupid medicine books doesn't say a word about this or about stress induced stomach aches or else. stress doesn't exist there . it doesn't matter . thanks for passing by the book info! emoticon

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KATHRYN1955 3/27/2012 2:41PM

    It is amazing how all our ailments get blamed on being overweight. Do thin people never have back problems, never have digestive issues, never have allergies or chronic coughs? The list goes on and on. I do concede that being of a higher BMI can aggravate many conditions, but I get very annoyed when it is used for an excuse not to look any further or to "blame the victim." I, too, have had doctors look at me and in a condescending tone, tell me that a "few lifestyle adjustments" are what is required. News flash, do you think I don't know that?! It is the attitude that can be so disheartening.
John, hang in there, knowing that there is a name to your condition makes all the difference. Together, we can all get healthy.....there is safety in numbers!!
Take care,

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CIVIAV 3/27/2012 2:28PM

    ...and this is why I no longer second guess the power of community. the best source of help I've found to be those experiencing the same things as I do...

Nice tribute to the surcease of pain and stress...

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KAT573 3/27/2012 1:14PM

    Thank you for sharing your experience! It actually is not an unusual phenomenon, but it IS very much looked at as a physical rather than psycho-spiritual issue and so, yes, we 'miss' the train often. I am fortunate to have a pain doctor who also knows the significance of and the need to consider other than physical symptoms, which after all, being symptoms are not the 'cause'! I am glad your friend was able to direct you to yet another way of examining what was happening for you. HUGS emoticon

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GIRANIMAL 3/27/2012 12:52PM

    Thank you, my dear friend, for your unconditional love and support! I know you know what this has been like for me, and it is no "cold" consolation at all. It really does help, you know, in many ways, esp. in alleviating the mental stress, as GETFIT2LIVE says about the strange invisibility of chronic pain.

Well, now I am going to have to read Sarno's book too. emoticon

Dr. E talks a lot about this too. As an integrative physician, he is the only doctor I've ever known who believes with total conviction in the mind-body link. His first words to me were: "Well, we have a little more than 3 decades to cover -- tell me about your life, starting with your childhood to teens. Fairly healthy and happy, or not?" And we progressed from there. And I saw how old traumas and long-term stresses have greatly coincided.

He also talks about learning to take stock of what happens to your pain as new stressors arrive -- because they always will!

I am SO glad you're continuing to improve every day. I really believe we can all get better, reclaim our health. The body is an amazing piece of work. It's just sometimes it takes longer for some of us, for our specific life challenges and the lessons we are meant to learn from them.

Much love, dear friend. Thanks for continuing to be an inspiration to me.

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SPARKENISTA 3/27/2012 12:19PM

    JOHN!! I am so glad you feel better!!!

And I am so glad you read the book! Why didn't you tell me you read it and it helped? You only told me that you had downloaded it.

This guy, Sarno, is an absolute genius. He also is extremely ethical b/c he was the head of orthopedics @ Rusk Institute, part of NYU.

He basically lost a lot of surgery patients b/c they got better by reading his book and going to his classes. Probably, in the long run, he made more money from the classes and the books, but he did it in the most ethical way!

I have used the book myself and I have recommended it countless times. I wish I had stock in it--I would be a rich woman.

Thank you for mentioning me in your blog. I feel so gratified that the book has helped you!!! I hope that it helps others now, since you have such a large following and great credibility.

In particular, I hope GIRANIMAL reads it and benefits from it.

Speak to you soon!!!


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CATHYHASSPARK 3/27/2012 11:45AM

    Very touching blog john!! praying for a wonderful recovery for you , I love to walk and some times I overdo it then I have heel and foot pain that lasts for weeks, and I hear it too, lose the weight , pain goes away but you still have to deal with it in the mean time and learn how to cope!!

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MAMADWARF 3/27/2012 11:35AM

    I too have lived in fear of the pain. I have two bulged discs in my back and was told, bluntly, 4 ears ago, there was nothing that could be done and I would get worse. hen you are fat, that is what Dr.s see. They do not take us seriously and blame everything on being fat. I ahte that. I have had injections into my back once a year that allow me to function and I take 2 pain pills a day but walking has helped. Losing weight has helped. I mean, I payed tennis yesterday! I hurt but not in a debilatating way. I think the fear of the pain is worse than the actual main because it causes us not to live our lives.

I'm proud of you for walking yesterday and I hope you get better each day. I'm going to check out the book, too. Thank you for posting. I'm cheering for you john!

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ZURDTA- 3/27/2012 11:18AM

    Yep - some of my back issues is because of this. My doctor & physio told me. Back issues are difficult to pinpoint... and I am glad you found your issue and can now deal with it.

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KKINNEA 3/27/2012 11:14AM

    I totally believe that stress can do that. My chiro very much works through these kinds of issues and I've a lot from being in treatment.

So glad you found this solution and have a path and plan to move away from the pain!

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NEELIXNKES 3/27/2012 11:08AM

    Glad that you are finding some relief. Keep pushing forward!

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GETFIT2LIVE 3/27/2012 11:06AM

    John, chronic pain is one of the worst things to deal with and get a handle on. If you have a broken arm, everyone "sees" you are hurt, but pain that has no visible source, well that is another matter. Unless you have lived with it, most people do not understand what it does to you mentally as well as physically. I'm so glad you have found out what is going on and are getting relief, with or without the medical community's help. We really do have to take charge of our own health, no one else can do it for us.


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JERRYB56 3/27/2012 11:02AM

    Wonderful blog, John. My heart goes out to you. I guess we can't blame MDs too much, as they have been schooled strictly in the Western tradition - if they can't see it under a microscope, detect it in lab work, find it in surgery, or uncover it via x-ray, MRI, CAT scan, etc., then it isn't there. The mind-body-spirit link is a little difficult to accept for someone who is data driven. I guess the good news is that more and more medical professionals are receiving training and/or taking a new look at all of this. The presence of wackos and charlatans out there doesn't exactly make it easier to get around a healthy skepticism either.

In the mean time, I'm so glad that you have begun to make those mind-body connections for yourself. I would humbly suggest that you add meditation to your routine, as it provides an opportunity to listen to your real self, and whatever messages about the condition of "you," might otherwise be lost in the clutter that is our busy, everyday mind.

Best to you!! Keep up the good fight!

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UNLIKELY 3/27/2012 10:58AM

  Dr. Sarno, that is good stuff! I tried to make an appointment with him here in the city, but he only has certain days that he takes appointment calls (AND he calls you personally himself to let you know those days..HIM, not his administrator, which is veyr rare these days), but every time i would call the line would be busy the entire time. A lot of people want to see him!!!!

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TERRIPAL1 3/27/2012 10:56AM

    Welcome back John! You sound confident in your continued journey!
Keep the faith and thanks for the blog! emoticon

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HAPPYSOUL91 3/27/2012 10:33AM

    Excellent blog and so happy that you read the book. Most Drs. just don't know how to deal with pain etc when they can't find a physical cause and I can understand it. This is why we need to be pro-active on our research.

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Common Sense

Monday, March 26, 2012

A friend shared this with over the weekend and unfortunatley it rang true in a number of ways. I thought I'd pass it on

An Obituary printed in the London Times....

Today we mourn the passing of a beloved old friend, Common Sense,
who has been with us for many years. No one knows for sure how old he was,
since his birth records were long ago lost in bureaucratic red tape.He will be remembered as having cultivated such valuable lessons as:

- Knowing when to come in out of the rain;
- Why the early bird gets the worm;
- Life isn't always fair;
- And maybe it was my fault.

Common Sense lived by simple, sound financial policies (don't spend more than you can earn)and reliable strategies (adults, not children, are in charge).His health began to deteriorate rapidly when well-intentioned but overbearing regulationswere set in place. Reports of a 6-year-old boy charged with sexual harassment for kissing a classmate;teens suspended from school for using mouthwash after lunch;and a teacher fired for reprimanding an unruly student, only worsened his condition.

Common Sense lost ground when parents attacked teachers for doing the job
that they themselves had failed to do in disciplining their unruly children.
It declined even further when schools were required to get parental consent to administer sun lotion or an aspirin to a student; but could not inform parents when a student became pregnant and wanted to have an abortion.

Common Sense lost the will to live as the churches became businesses;and criminals received better treatment than their victims.

Common Sense took a beating when you couldn't defend yourself from a burglar inyour own home and the burglar could sue you for assault.

Common Sense finally gave up the will to live, after a woman failed to realize thata steaming cup of coffee was hot. She spilled a little in her lap, and was promptlyawarded a huge settlement.

Common Sense was preceded in death,
-by his parents, Truth and Trust,
-by his wife, Discretion,
-by his daughter, Responsibility,
-and by his son, Reason.

He is survived by his 5 stepbrothers;
- I Know My Rights
- I Want It Now
- Someone Else Is To Blame
- I'm A Victim
- Pay me for Doing Nothing

Not many attended his funeral because so few realized he was gone

  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

SILLYHP1953 4/9/2012 3:50PM

    I had read this before but it needs reading again and again and again.

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SPARKENISTA 3/27/2012 12:22PM

    This is a great blog, John. I'm glad that you see things the way I do.

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WORKINGSTIFF 3/27/2012 9:12AM

    Let us raise a glass to Common Sense! And keep his spirit alive in each of us!

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SPARKLISE 3/27/2012 6:52AM

    Sad but true.

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NASFKAB 3/27/2012 5:33AM

  ytuth but so sad

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REJ7777 3/27/2012 5:20AM

    emoticon emoticon

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LYNMEINDERS 3/27/2012 3:07AM

    Am so pleased to receive the reminder....
it is a sad day

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CARTOONB 3/26/2012 9:58PM

    I'm saddened by his passing.

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    LOL. so true. Loved it.

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ANATASHIKI 3/26/2012 3:19PM

    I always was amazed that something so rare was called "common "

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GIRANIMAL 3/26/2012 2:24PM

    Sadly, this really does sum up the state of much of the world! Well, I for one am glad I have some "old timey" common sense left. emoticon

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KKINNEA 3/26/2012 11:47AM

    I hear this

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WILDHONEYPIE1 3/26/2012 10:56AM

    Sadly true.

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DOTTIEJANE1 3/26/2012 10:50AM

    This is true, and that is sad. Thanks for sharing .

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ANDREWS_MOM 3/26/2012 8:46AM

    Love this...and unfortunately it is so very true!

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2BEEFIT 3/26/2012 8:44AM

    I love this!

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SATYAGRAHA 3/26/2012 8:35AM

    Sad, but true. Thanks for sharing!

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