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Only At McDonalds

Friday, November 09, 2012

Every morning, Monday through Friday, being the dutiful and loving husband I have become, I sit at the McDonalds drive thru and order a large black coffee for Joan. On Saturday and Sunday she brews her own pot. I donít ask why. Itís how Iíve stayed happily married for close to forty years. This morning we got up earlier than normal for some reason which meant the drive thru line would be sparse. As I am pulling into line I saw there was only one car ahead of me; a very high end BMW. The car was sleek and that amazing midnight blue I love so much. I rolled down my window and waited, and waited a bit more and waited even longer. I line was forming behind me. You could feel the karmic impatience oozing out of the us.

Iím a compulsive eaves dropper. Itís where I get a lot of my ideas. I craned my head a bit and heard the gentleman in front of me going through a laundry list of food related questions. Was their biscuits gluten free? If not did they have a gluten free alternative? Did the sausage and bacon contain preservatives? Those were the types of questions he was asking. Now before you get all judgmental on me here I applaud the dude for wanting to eat healthy and stay as natural as possible. But, seriously friends, at McDonalds? Youíre looking for gluten free?

Iím not sure who became frustrated first him or the attendant but he gunned his finely tuned engine and sped away without ordering. Joan said that maybe the guy makes it a habit of exasperating fast food attendants, causes them to lose their tempers and then sues them for a large sum.

Maybe itís how he can afford a BMW.

It is a true story friend. I have enough of these to share. I donít have to make them up.

Namaste

  
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GIRANIMAL 11/13/2012 2:17PM

    I hear you. Beyond-relaxed standards for what qualifies as "food" are the biggest reason I don't touch any fast food anymore. (Luckily for me, in this case, I don't travel much!)

Maybe he's not from the U.S. From what I understand, gluten-free menus are practically the norm in other parts of the world. And the FDA is far more lax about chemical preservatives and such than equivalent regulating bodies in others countries, so maybe McD's has to be cleaner elsewhere?

Of course, I like Joan's suggestion too. emoticon



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CMBELISLE 11/13/2012 11:15AM

    I have to say that some people will ask questions of the staff when all they need to do is look online or ask for the restaurant's nutrition and allergen information. If the employee had been trained properly, he would have given a copy to the person.

I follow a gluten-free and MSG-free as much as possible. McDonald's is one of the few fast food places that is MSG-free for the most part (sauces and salad dressings have to be checked closely). For gluten-free, you have to learn to navigate their menu and not be in the super-sensitive category of gluten intolerance (cross-contamination can be a problem for some).

While McDonald's has several menu items that qualify in the cardiac-arrest-inducing category, they have had many that are healthy. Many fast food chains (mostly chicken places) use MSG in nearly everything they serve - some even put it in their biscuits and croissants.

The most important thing to know about fast food chains - their nutrition and allergen information is available online. Know before you go - works for losing weight and avoiding allergens.

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CARTOONB 11/9/2012 9:23PM

    Better be careful...he might read blogs and sue for libel too. emoticon

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DEBRITA01 11/9/2012 6:33PM

    Having started a wheat-free diet this past week, I can relate. However, I wouldn't expect Mickey D's to have much to offer. Quite possibly he had limited options but if he has that many ?'s, he needs to go in - or risk having some irate fellow customers who haven't had their coffee yet!

I love to eavesdrop and people watch, too...our fellow humans are just fascinating! emoticon

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LYNMEINDERS 11/9/2012 5:29PM

    i love it and also Joan may have a good point....

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MEWHENRYSMAMA 11/9/2012 3:36PM

    Thanks for sharing...true stories like that are the best!
Have a great week end and keep your eyes and ears open...you never know what is coming next...I am waiting...
Hugs,
Mary

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HKARLSSON 11/9/2012 3:31PM

    *sigh* Oh, the humanity.

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PURPLE180 11/9/2012 1:40PM

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AMAS92568 11/9/2012 1:10PM

    That's hysterical! Couldn't he just look at the picture menu and answered his own questions? Doofus.

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REBECCAMA 11/9/2012 1:03PM

  Maybe there was some reason he couldn't get to a store.

Actually McD's has made a big deal about being healthier. They offer salads, apples, juices, etc.. There are a lot of ways to eat gluten-free for lunch and dinner. So maybe his request isn't as odd-ball as it seems.

Or maybe he's trying to get McDonald's to add some gluten-free items to the menu. If the employees get peppered with requests, maybe eventually Corporate will hear it, and make the necessary changes.

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MOBYCARP 11/9/2012 1:00PM

    Long before I found SparkPeople, I decided it was less stress to go inside and wait behind people who couldn't decide what they wanted than to wait in line in the drive through. You can still get stuck behind someone like this, but at least you're not burning gas and breathing carbon monoxide.

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ILIKETOZUMBA 11/9/2012 12:27PM

    LOL seriously, why on earth would anyone think McDonald's would have gluten- or preservative-free anything? I mean, order a yogurt parfait or something where you can be reasonably sure the ingredients aren't THAT bad if you really need to get some fast food...I can't even fathom why this guy would bother with those kinds of questions at a McDonald's - and in the drive-thru! At least go inside so you're not holding everybody up! Bizarre. Thanks for sharing this story, it made me laugh. :)

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MISSB8604 11/9/2012 11:20AM

    People are something else!

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SIMPLY-4-ME 11/9/2012 11:11AM

    There always has to be the one that will hold up a line. LOL
Glad you had the patience.

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STHAX10 11/9/2012 11:04AM

    I know, it is so funny, right??? I just cannot see how someone so ignorant can afford that nice of a car!! Maybe McDonald's can make separate menus that are for the "healthy and ignorant" eaters out there...

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LANEYPUDDLESMOM 11/9/2012 11:01AM

    Thanks for the laugh !! It is kind of scary that he is allowed to drive on our highways... lol emoticon

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MAMADWARF 11/9/2012 11:00AM

    What I am learning since my niece was recently diagnosed with celiac disease is, you quickly figure out exactly where you can eat when you are on the road. And for any gluten free folks reading this, in and out is the only fast food place. Order the burger protein style which is lettuce wrapped and no bun and the fries are gluten free. Otherwise, go to a store and grab a KIND bar.
I'm wondering if maybe he was caught without some food and he was more mad at the situation than at trying to eat healthy so where really quick.

Sorry to change the tone of this, but it is just another perspective...I also love eavesdropping john!!

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LISALGB 11/9/2012 10:58AM

    Too funny!! Sounds like he has more money than common sense!!
Thanks for the laugh!

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PIPERCHICKAB 11/9/2012 10:54AM

    Some people! Funny story!

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MUSTANG_SALLY2 11/9/2012 10:53AM

    LOL How mixed up must you be if you're looking for healthy alternatives at McD's?

Thanks for making me laugh.

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ANATASHIKI 11/9/2012 10:46AM

    lol , I was wandering what's with that status before . I tend to agree with your wife, someone who searches for healthy food at a fast food shouldn't have a driver license emoticon well , some salads if you skip the sauce aren't that bad though emoticon

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DABLUECAT 11/9/2012 10:42AM

    Rich, simply rich!
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NASFKAB 11/9/2012 10:35AM

  FUNNY CANT HELP LAUGHING only you would mention it thanks

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MORTICIAADDAMS 11/9/2012 10:30AM

    Sounds like the guy was up to something. No one thinks you are getting healthy gourmet food at the Golden Arches.

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CRYSTALJEM 11/9/2012 10:29AM

    Hilarious! Thank you as always.

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HDHAWK 11/9/2012 10:27AM

    There's my chuckle for the day! emoticon

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SEESKO 11/9/2012 10:22AM

    To funny! He could have ordered some apple slices maybe! :)
And you really can't beat a large black coffee for 1 dollar! Congrats on a long and happy marriage. My husband and I have only been married 12 years, but would wager that coffee could be the key to happiness!

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We're Going To Be Okay, Really We Are

Tuesday, November 06, 2012

It doesnít matter who wins the elections in the USA. Americaís future is safe and sound. As long as we have bright, young, forward thinkers like Rachel ďFitzĒ Fitzpatrick we are going to be okay. I take the liberty of calling Rachel a good friend and I know for sure she is an inspiration. We only met once, at a birthday party a while back, and since then have been Facebook buddies. Rachelís is in her twenties and full of optimism and enthusiasm for life and everything thatís in it.

I wanted to blog about our nation and our freedoms and how important and sacred they are. I read Rachelís posting on Facebook this morning and I was so moved. It was short and simple yet so powerfully eloquent that my words would be insignificant.

ďI'm voting because my type fought harder than any other type in America. We should exercise that right. Don't vote against yourself and inhibit your rights as a human being today. Today is not about 4 years, it's about a lifetime. Vote for you, your safety, your children's safety, and your parents safety. We vote for our future based on experience alone. We aren't voting for magic, for kings, for money, for vanity. Only you can change yourself with the tools being supplied. So hope for change in policy that helps the greater good as an American and let the individual go. God bless this country.Ē

Thank you Rachel for letting me know that when my head hits the pillow tonight our future isnít something I need to worry about as long as there are people like you willing to see a positive vision.

Namaste

  
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GEEMAWEST 11/7/2012 11:48PM

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SPARKENISTA 11/7/2012 9:35PM

    Rachel is so right! I thank G-d that I was born here, as well. And I pray for the guidance of our leaders.

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NASFKAB 11/7/2012 9:28AM

  great young woman we should all vote wherever we live thanks for writing about her

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GOANNA2 11/7/2012 12:53AM

    Voting is compulsory here in Australia. I think we should consider
it a privilege to vote and have a say in how the country is run.
Good luck America. I am just watching our new(3.51pm) and it has
been determined that Obama has been re-elected. May God guide
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STEELKICKIN 11/6/2012 10:58PM

    Rachel is one smart little cookie. God bless her! Thanks for sharing!

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LYNMEINDERS 11/6/2012 10:15PM

    Brilliant...am praying everyone in the USA votes....

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CARTOONB 11/6/2012 10:09PM

    I have always said that if you don't vote, you can't complain. For that reason, I voted!

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LINDA7668 11/6/2012 9:03PM

    She is a very wise young lady. We will be ok, no matter who wins. I hope that everyone exercised theirr responsibility to vote.

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HDHAWK 11/6/2012 6:13PM

    What a wise young woman!

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POPSY190 11/6/2012 4:58PM

    Same emoticon

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REGILIEH 11/6/2012 4:21PM

    The first thing I tell God thank you for is I was born in the USA. I have been doing this for years and years and hopefully will continue doing it for years and years.
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MORTICIAADDAMS 11/6/2012 1:26PM

    Rachel is my kind of girl. I tire of hearing people who vote only thinking of them selves instead of what is in the best interest of the majority of people. Too many people vote on a single push button issue and end up with exactly what they don't want because of it. Political parties should be required to have written platforms and those who vote should be required to read them and sign off on them before they can vote. I don't know how many times some idiot I know who doesn't read or watch the news has been fried when I told them what their party stands for. In makes it easier to be objective when you know where all sides stand.

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LASKIE2 11/6/2012 1:10PM

    Born in the USA emoticon

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MEWHENRYSMAMA 11/6/2012 12:50PM

    I so agree! I voted, I am proud I did! We are lucky to live here...
Namaste

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THEEXERCISER 11/6/2012 12:33PM

    We will be ok!

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CREEKLADY1 11/6/2012 12:31PM

  I will be so glad when this is over..I pray God takes control of this election!

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The Coach Gets Coached

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

My second swim lesson was Monday. The net result of my efforts was this slow sinking about half way across the pool. It seemed as if my arms, legs and breathing wouldn't sync which resulted in a lot of struggling. I got to the pool 30 minutes early so I could practice. Things only got worse. I'd decided 15 minutes before the lesson I was going to tell her "this just wasnt going to work."

"Pity party of one your table is available."

Julia showed up early. Well actually she came bouncing out of the locker room, grinning from ear to ear, clapping her hands and hopping up and down like a larger version of Tigger. She slid into the water and said "Okay, swim to the other side and let me watch your technique." I figured I'd do the one pass and then tell her my tale of woe, sit in the hot tub and go hide from Joan for a few years. "Swim back to me." she asked. When I popped out of the water she had a concerned look on her face. "What do you think about while you're swimming?" she asked me. "Uhmmmm staying alive and how foolish I must look." I responded.

"Did you know that every time you come up out of the water you're shaking your head? You decide before you even start that you arent going to succeed." The good news is this was all uttered softly and with genuine compassion. I didnt realize I was doing that. She asked me what was my biggest concern? I told her I was scared. She decided we'd slow down and not move forward until I was comfortable. She had me do various exercises and about every five minutes she'd squeeze the back of my thigh to see how relaxed I was. At the end of the lesson she asked me to swim again and this time not to think, just swim. Things went much better.

As I went to climb out of the pool she grinned and asked me "Whatcha thinkin' now?"

"How da*n smart you are for a 24 year old." I replied.


  
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GIRANIMAL 11/13/2012 2:10PM

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I love it!

I am so proud of you for sticking with it anyway. And, wow -- she is pretty darn smart. emoticon

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FITBODME 11/6/2012 5:58PM

    YAY JOHN! I had read a previous blog that you were considering taking swimming lessions, I am soooo happy for you that you are trying! You do not look foolish, everyone that knows how to swim started the same as you, more splashing than moving right? And the Coach is right, don't think!Just keep swimming...just keep swimming...... I feel like swimming now....but stuck at work for another 1 1/2 hours. emoticon

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PATTILYNN224 11/6/2012 3:17PM

  She deserves a hug! And you too for your efforts!!

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GEEMAWEST 11/4/2012 3:02PM

    So proud of you!

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SHERIO5 11/1/2012 9:38AM

    Wow! I think your coach is a divine gift...therapist to boot! Keep trying! I think you are really making progress! emoticon

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NASFKAB 11/1/2012 9:20AM

  great instructor wish had one like her all the best

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GOANNA2 11/1/2012 8:34AM

    What a great instructor!. One stroke at a time and by jove-
you'll be a swimmer yet. emoticon emoticon

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MAUITN 10/31/2012 11:57PM

    John, I think you have met your match! emoticon

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CARTOONB 10/31/2012 11:04PM

    Dang young whipper snappers! But I love that she reminds you of Tigger! He's my favorite Winnie The Pooh character.

And listen to her...give yourself a chance to succeed!

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MORTICIAADDAMS 10/31/2012 8:59PM

    Love it. You will be a swimmer yet. LOL.

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OPTIMIST1948 10/31/2012 7:30PM

    Age doesnt always bring wisdom. Sometimes people are born with it!

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ONEKIDSMOM 10/31/2012 6:55PM

    I remember thinking that about my son a few times, too. Amazing how smart they come these days! Well done, John... you picked a winner... now you're gonna be one, in yet ANOTHER area of your life! emoticon

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JENAE954 10/31/2012 6:41PM

  Yay for swimming instructors.
They save lives!

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LYNMEINDERS 10/31/2012 6:08PM

    Hahaha...love it...I see you learning a lot from this....lol

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DEBRITA01 10/31/2012 5:52PM

    You've hit the jackpot with your instructor. She seems like an intuitive and caring person and I'm sure she'll have you swimming with confidence in no time. Others believe in us, so time for us to become emoticon believers, too!

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WATERMELLEN 10/31/2012 4:26PM

    What a totally remarkable swimming teacher you have! Wow!! I was a swim instructor/lifeguard in my teens . . . . taught my own kids to swim too . . . . and this 24 yo is totally amazing and intuitive. I'll be thinking about this "lesson" many many times and trying to use it in my own life: thanks for sharing her wisdom with all of us.

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MOBYCARP 10/31/2012 4:21PM

    I don't remember ever having a swimming instructor that good. Now you have to complete the series of lessons!

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DOODIE59 10/31/2012 3:58PM

    Sounds like you have a fabulous instructor:) Go, John, go!
Deirdre

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BETHANYBOUND 10/31/2012 1:34PM

    It's nice to have someone doing the positive thinking for us sometimes. It can be contagious. Good for us to remember because our attitudes can be infectious - whether good or bad. Today I will try to be like your coach.

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HDHAWK 10/31/2012 12:26PM

    Cool story and what a great coach! Very wise young woman!

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ANATASHIKI 10/31/2012 12:26PM

    I always wanted to learn to swim in childhood but didn't make it until I almost drowned . the key of swimming is relaxing and not thinking at all , let the water keep you floating . emoticon

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PRESBESS 10/31/2012 12:02PM

    Wow, you have indeed inspired me. I am not a swimmer and basically could care less about it. My husband and son both swim. At our previous house we had a beautiful large pool in our backyard that I only got in a handful of times. However, now, hmmm, swimming just might be something I look in to. I hear it's a good workout. Glad it's working out for you!

Swim on swimmer!
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CRYSTALJEM 10/31/2012 11:58AM

    I really like this blog! Congratulations - and I'm always happy to know that there are actually smart 24 year olds out there (just kidding!) Sounds like you've got yourself the perfect swim teacher.

"Well actually she came bouncing out of the locker room, grinning from ear to ear, clapping her hands and hopping up and down like a larger version of Tigger." Perfect picture, it says it all. I hope her enthusiasm for the pool continues to wear off on you little by little. Just like small steps, one at a time... it's just one stroke after another. emoticon

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REGILIEH 10/31/2012 9:59AM

    This was WONDERFUL!!!!! But John, you wrote that she squeezed the back of your THING, what is the THING??? Maybe thigh???

I am still impressed that you are swimming!!! emoticon emoticon

It is great that you are keeping on, keeping on! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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TRISTAROSE 10/31/2012 9:50AM

    I agree with LosingVicki ..... You must THINK POSITIVE!

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SLIMLEAF 10/31/2012 9:50AM

    It sounds like you've got just the right instructor there for you! I'm so glad.

I remember years ago when I was learning to drive. It seemed that there was so much to think about (mirrors, signal, steering, gear changes, braking, clutch, accelerator etc) that I thought I wouldn't ever get the hang of it. But then I looked at all the other people driving around - all different ages, shapes, sizes and levels of intellect - and I thought "Surely if they all learnt to drive, I can too?" So I persevered and, sure enough, one day I found myself driving and not even really having to concentrate on every little action. Now, of course, it's something I take for granted - of course I can drive!

I reckon it's the same with you learning to swim. Think of all the people who can swim - all different ages, levels of fitness, weight, intellecct etc. If they can all swim, there's absolutely no reason that you shouldn't be able to learn. Just take it very slowly, have faith in your instructor and don't give up!

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SENIMMO 10/31/2012 9:43AM

    Good for you! So glad you didn't give up. Sometimes the biggest battle we have in this is fears we don't even realize we have. It sounds like you are well on your way to overcoming one of yours. Soon you will be swimming like a pro and wondering what all the fuss was about emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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LOSINGVICKI 10/31/2012 9:40AM

  Good for her, and good for you!!! Think POSITIVE!! emoticon

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You Grind It Out

Sunday, October 28, 2012

Sometimes itís all you can do. You get on the scale and itís moved in a positive manner but not as far and as quickly as youíd like. You might grimace a bit. You look in the mirror and shake your head. Maybe there is a perceptible sigh. You get dressed for the gym or you walk in the kitchen and pour a huge glass of water, eat an apple or a banana. No, you donít feel like one of those cover photo success people right now. Some days you feel a bit frustrated. Sometimes it approaches anger. Youíve worked hard. Youíve passed up tasty and savory treats and youíve done all the emotional rewarding youíve read about and again, while things are moving in a positive direction they arenít moving quick enough to suit you.

You grind it out.

Youíre tired of success blogs, team challenges and tracking your food. Motivational wisdom leaves you sorta going ďEhhhh.Ē This isnít what you signed on for. But somehow you pass up the quick processed meal and you make the oatmeal. Intellectually you know you are on the right path but emotionally some days you really wonder if this is worth it. Yeah, you stumble, but you get back up. You wear those scars like badges of triumph and honor. They represent your journey forward. Sometimes itís painstakingly slow but it inches forward.

You grind it out.

With apologies to the thousands of people whoíve lost millions of pounds here the REAL success story stares at you in the mirror each morning or night. No matter how hard it becomes you make a commitment each day to move one painful millimeter towards being healthy and balance. No gimmicks, no smoke and mirrors, just plain old sweat thatís sometimes is flavored with a bit of anguish. No one denies its difficult.

The real hero is you. You are the hero because you grind it out. We donít always hear you going through your day to day routine. One day, you creep up on us with a huge grin, because you grind it out.

Namaste

  
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JENNYBOYKIN 11/2/2012 11:00PM

    NO ONE WORKS HARDER FOR YOU THAN YOU.. ACCEPT IT AND KEEP WORKIN! IM GRINGING RIGHT NOW!!!LOL=]

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MORTICIAADDAMS 10/29/2012 8:23PM

    I need to spend more time grinding it out and less stressing out. LOL.

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GOANNA2 10/29/2012 5:26AM

    Thanks for another great motivational blog. emoticon

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BEAUTY_WITHIN 10/28/2012 10:11PM

    Thanks for this :) today's kind of been like this :)

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MOBYCARP 10/28/2012 8:58PM

    Good thought there, on grinding it out in spite of low motivation. It doesn't just apply to the weight loss effort. It also applies to the fitness effort and (shudder!) to the maintenance effort.

If I don't want to go back to where I came from, sometimes I just have to grind it out to stay where I am. Maybe the Red Queen was a motivational expert?

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CARTOONB 10/28/2012 8:15PM

    Here's to grinding!!!

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LYNMEINDERS 10/28/2012 6:00PM

    Love it...and so so true....
i need to start doing more grinding each day in order to get the rewards....
Thanks John

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SHERIO5 10/28/2012 3:11PM

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WILLOWBROOK5 10/28/2012 1:29PM

    Awesome blog! emoticon

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MARCYNA 10/28/2012 1:24PM

    Lovely....one of these days I had the impulse of buying all the wrong food at the supermarket...I was so bored of being a,ways so careful,,,,maybe I should write a blog, what'dya think?
Lovely,
M.

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JENAE954 10/28/2012 12:49PM

  Great motivational blog.
Thanks again...

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MJZHERE 10/28/2012 10:55AM

  Thank you for such a well written, thoughtful blog.

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KATHIC2 10/28/2012 10:53AM

  LOVE IT!!! Thank you!!!

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REGILIEH 10/28/2012 10:47AM

    AMEN!!! AMEN!!! AMEN!!!

YOU ARE SO PROFOUND!!!

YOU ALWAYS KNOW HOW TO SAY IT SO PERFECT!!!

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FUN2BAROUND 10/28/2012 10:45AM

    Thanks - we all need a reminder to stick to it!
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LOSINGVICKI 10/28/2012 10:44AM

  Thanks John. I needed this today. emoticon

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DEBRITA01 10/28/2012 10:34AM

    Some days we just have to grind it out and keep those goals in sight. We are worth it! emoticon

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CRYSTALJEM 10/28/2012 10:30AM

    Timely and true. Thank you

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ONEKIDSMOM 10/28/2012 10:26AM

    Love today's message, John. So true. Each of us has to write his/her own success story. Nobody else can do it for us. emoticon

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NASFKAB 10/28/2012 10:20AM

  thanks for the blog

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HDHAWK 10/28/2012 10:17AM

    I'm finding myself there more often than not lately. Thank you!

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ANDY_54 10/28/2012 10:03AM

    Thanks so much for posting this--I'm exactly in that state. Mentally I know what needs to be done, emotionally is a different matter. Didn't count on all these "feelings". Personally I think feelings are like some relatives--you visit them once a year and when you get home you take a big nap. So I'm exercising and trying--trying!--to get into that one day at a time mode in regards to my eating. Great post--thanks again.

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A Mental Health Day

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Do you recall Charles Dickens A Christmas Carol? The three ghosts who visited Scrooge? I felt a bit like one them this morning. Joan and I are taking a mental health day. We decided life is on hold for 24 hours. I canít tell you we have anything planned. Joan is still in bedÖÖ..I felt like Scrooge because old habits die hard. The judgmental John stood with his arms folded, shaking his head with a look of disdain on his face. Thursday is a work day!!! Bad John!!! LOL.

Come close, Iíll tell you a secret, just between us friendsÖÖÖÖ.

There is only going to be one October 25, 2012 and no matter how hard you try you will never get it back. A lot of people in my life have left this planet in the past year. As if by rote Iíll pick up the phone to call them or wonder if theyíd like to go to an event I know we both like and I realize they arenít here and I wonder why I never took the time when I had the opportunity.

As I type I am glancing out my office window. There are two huge trees, one a vibrant yellow in color and the other a deep and vivid red. I never noticed them before.

No great wisdom or motivation today my friends. Iím going to sit back in my chair, feel the breeze on my face and look at those two amazing creations God has presented me with this morning --- All for my enjoyment.

Maybe later Iíll take my shoes off and walk in the lawnÖÖÖ. Ya Never Know

Namaste dear ones

  
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MTRACHEL 10/28/2012 7:00PM

    I'm going to take the thought...there will never be another October 25, 2012...with me all week. (of course I'll update the date!)

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SAGELADY2 10/27/2012 11:41AM

    Oh, that struck home with me. So many of my friends have died over the past few years. It is hard to realize that today might be the last one you have. Make the best use of the time you have been given.

Thanks for the reminder.

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LYNMEINDERS 10/27/2012 5:37AM

    Woohoo...a Mental Health day....you are awesome...people don't take those days often enough....go you and Joan

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JENAE954 10/26/2012 10:38PM

  Sounds like you are living in peace today and appreciating all of nature's blessings.
Peace

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REMEMBER2BME 10/26/2012 12:49PM

    Good job!

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HLPRATT 10/26/2012 11:58AM

    Yesterday was a wonderful 80 degree day. Me and the dogs enjoyed a long walk and all the colors. Today it's raining and 50. That weather forecast told me I needed to enjoy myself yesterday and I did. And I'm glad I did.

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BEAUTY_WITHIN 10/26/2012 1:48AM

    Hope you had a great day!

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JENNYBOYKIN 10/26/2012 1:07AM

    =]

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CARTOONB 10/25/2012 10:15PM

    Hope you enjoyed every minute of your day and that you are now fully mental. emoticon

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BEWELL48 10/25/2012 8:42PM

    Hope you enjoyed your day!
Namaste? emoticon

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ONEKIDSMOM 10/25/2012 6:55PM

    So true when we lose folks we have in our lives for so long... it makes us appreciate and focus on the day we *do* have.

Peace, John!

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TRISTAROSE 10/25/2012 6:27PM

    I love mental health days! Hope you enjoyed yours.

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MARITIMER3 10/25/2012 6:14PM

    I hope you had a wonderful mental healh day today, John. We all need to take one of them every once in a while.
gail

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MORTICIAADDAMS 10/25/2012 2:00PM

    Enjoy your down time. You have earned it.

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SHERIO5 10/25/2012 12:57PM

    Enjoy!

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HDHAWK 10/25/2012 12:23PM

    Enjoy every minute of it John. We all deserve a day like that once in a while.

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LOSINGVICKI 10/25/2012 11:55AM

  Hope you and Joan have a truly wonderful day and enjoy all there is to offer this special once in a lifetime day. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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SLIMLEAF 10/25/2012 11:26AM

    That sounds good. emoticon

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GIRANIMAL 10/25/2012 11:09AM

    Good for you! Enjoy it to the fullest.

Namaste. emoticon



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DOTTIEJANE1 10/25/2012 10:29AM

    We all need to take a day and enjoy all that God has given us glad that you are .

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DEBRITA01 10/25/2012 10:20AM

    We need more days to stop and be aware of all that is precious and beautiful in our lives. Enjoy your day...and a barefoot walk sounds good to me! emoticon

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CRYSTALJEM 10/25/2012 10:06AM

    Your present of your presence in the present was wisdom to me. Thanks for the reminder. I will do my best to do the same. Thank you. Namaste

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GOANNA2 10/25/2012 9:36AM

    Namaste. emoticon

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NASFKAB 10/25/2012 9:35AM

  great blog as usual

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REGILIEH 10/25/2012 9:33AM

    AMEN!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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JOHNMARTINMILES 10/25/2012 9:26AM

    We should all set aside a day to smell the roses. And remember, even if you smell manure, it is what makes the roses grow,

Make Today a Great Day!

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