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Wii, Wii, Wii All The Way Home

Monday, January 07, 2013

Roughly, five years ago my daughters, at the time in their late teens begged for a Wii for Christmas. They told me how it would help them focus on exercising and they would save money on gym memberships, which they could put in their savings account to pay for tuition and the like. It was an investment. After conferring with the treasurer, aka Joan, we decided to make the purchase. Three hundred bucks later a brand new Wii and a Wii Fit were sitting around the TV. For the first few months, the girls hit it hard. They even purchased Zumba for Wii and Wii Dance. A year later, my “investment” was gathering cobwebs. Oh, they come over and use it from time to time. That occurs, I’ve noticed, when there is an item of clothing that doesn’t fit and it’s time to get radical.

It sits next to the TV expectantly waiting for someone to use it for something. I decided that someone was me. The older I get the harder it is to start my day with some sort of flexibility. Yesterday after church I looked through games available. One had this scary picture of Jillian Michaels staring out at me and was quickly put back in the drawer. I tried one that had a personal trainer with it and I think I disappointed him. He kept telling me to “do better.” Just out of curiosity I put in a kick boxing game and after about two minutes my blonde twenty something opponent was sitting on my chest pumping her fists. I told Joan that when I was twenty I wouldn’t have minded but at sixty, well, it was downright embarrassing. Then I discovered it Wii Sports. I plugged it in and after a few instructional moments I was bowling!!! I played two games and moved on to golf where I discovered I have the same proficiency in video land as I do in real life but……………… I was moving, stretching, and having fun. When all was said and done, I had played for around twenty minutes. Total calories burnt = 83 according to SparkPeople.

This morning at 5:30 AM Joan walked down the stairs wondering why she had been woken up to me shouting “Yes, yes, yes!!!” When I told her it was because I’d bowled a 200 game she sorta looked like she was going to have me scheduled for a psych evaluation.

You have to start somewhere I have this right there in my living room. Twenty minutes each morning is a great way to start my day and…………. That blonde kick box avatar better get ready. One day she’s going down!!!!

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SILLYHP1953 1/30/2013 4:34PM

    I believe it's time to dust mine off and get out the Just Dance games again.

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GEEMAWEST 1/10/2013 9:40PM

    I absolutely love Wii bowling with my residents. One time I actually got a Turkey in the last frame. It was awesome and we talked about it for days. Well, I talked about it for days. I use the Wii fit in the mornings, it's part of my new goals. It gets the blood pumping and it's FUN!! 200? That Great! Wish we could play together virtually. Now that would be fun!

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DEE797 1/9/2013 6:34PM

    Sounds like you are having fun. I use our Wii and fitness games almost every day.

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REGILIEH 1/8/2013 11:35PM

    We got a Wii for Christmas and after reading your blog I can't wait to use it! We also got a new TV and just got it set up so next will be the Wii. emoticon emoticon

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MIATIA1 1/8/2013 2:36PM

    You had fun and got to exercise, now that sounds interesting... I'm Glad you found something you like AND CAN DO!!!! emoticon

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GETFIT2LIVE 1/8/2013 1:20PM

    Great way to start your day, John! I have both editions of Wii Fit; you might try some of the yoga moves they have, it really helps me with flexibility. WOO HOO for finding a fun way to be active!

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NASFKAB 1/8/2013 10:38AM

  great must try it

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ANDYINBC 1/8/2013 9:29AM

    You will have to try Wii Fit. There are some fun fitness games and activities in there. It has been around for years so you should be able to get it at a reasonable price.

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CRYSTALJEM 1/8/2013 7:46AM

    Awesome as always! Yep, I use the wii sometimes, but like most things, kids stuff gathers dust all too soon! Great blog, keep up the great work, and that avatar better watch out! CJ

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HEALTHIERKEN 1/8/2013 12:51AM

    Loved this blog! I've been wondering about getting a Wii for DW who can't exercise much because of a bad back. Sounds like this is something she could have fun with!

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GOLFCHICK2-0 1/8/2013 12:41AM

    My wii got me started on my trek to fitness. I'll be forever thankful. I JOP back on occasionally. I have to get back on it now, my 6 & 10 year old nieces have been challenging me to Just Dance. Wasn't so bad when I was kicking their little butts. Now, they're catching up and (gasp!) beating me! Can't let that happen. Back to the dance floor!

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CARTOONB 1/7/2013 10:37PM

    Those Wii avatars and Wii games have a vindictive side. Just watch out for them!

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SGRAY478 1/7/2013 10:15PM

    I love the Wii Fit games. I especially liked that I Could put the step Counter on and still watch my normal TV shows!

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TRIANGLE-WOMAN 1/7/2013 8:16PM


Cheers to having fun!

I should try the Wii, or x-box kinect, or play station or any of the other video bits and pieces that my DH and kids use....

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CRANRANA 1/7/2013 7:30PM

  Exercise you enjoy is the exercise you keep doing---so whooping and hollering while bowling is a GOOD thing!!

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TEDYBEAR2838 1/7/2013 7:05PM

    Good FOR YOU! Moving is so much better than sitting in a chair.

I find wii to be a good form of exercise. Try the Tennis it's GREAT!

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ONEKIDSMOM 1/7/2013 7:04PM

    OK, she said as she pulled herself off the giggle heap on the floor... that did it! Have fun, John!

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IMSMILEY88 1/7/2013 6:45PM

    What a great place to start! In fact, 2.5 years ago, I started SP with tracking food... and Wii! Since then, I lost 30 pounds... ran 4 half marathons... competed in 2 sprint triathlons... and more! Well, I have to admit I've backtracked again and have to lose 15 of those pounds again. But, I KNOW I can do it. And, I might just get back on that Wii for awhile. It's fun. It's convenient. And, it burns calories!


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AJDOVER1 1/7/2013 6:38PM

    way to go!

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SHERIO5 1/7/2013 6:18PM

    Love it!!

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MYOWNHERO 1/7/2013 5:38PM

    Hey that sounds like fun!

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SLIMLEAF 1/7/2013 5:19PM

    Excellent! All that fun and exercise in your living room - perfect!

I look forward to hearing how you progress with the kick boxing. In fact, just imagining you doing it is making me smile.

How good is that? You get to exercise and increase your mobility, whilst having fun AND it's entertaining your English friend into the bargain! emoticon

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WEEPINGANGEL74 1/7/2013 5:12PM

    There are lots of fun Wii exergames and they can work wonders on the body! Have fun!!

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VICKI-BISHOP56 1/7/2013 5:07PM

  I love it!! You made me laugh. I love the "SWEATIN TO THE OLDIES" with Richard Simmons. Never got a chance to get a Wii, but it sounds like it'd be a lot of fun. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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BEAUTY_WITHIN 1/7/2013 4:46PM

    That game is a GREAT workout! Look up the calorie count here on spark for it :) Good incentive!

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LYNMEINDERS 1/7/2013 4:39PM

    Go John...its a great start for you in 2013....well done

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HDHAWK 1/7/2013 3:49PM

    emoticon I have not one, but 2 Wii's sitting in my house. One for my son and one for my stepdaughter. When we merged homes we became the proud owners of 2 Wii's. I keep looking at the thing thinking I should give it a try. Sounds fun now that you've described it!

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TMW54812 1/7/2013 2:47PM

    Funny and informative've inspired me to check Craigslist for a Wii! emoticon

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JEWITCH 1/7/2013 2:38PM

    I love the Wii especially when you haven't been exercising regularly. It is a good way to get on a schedule. Keep it up.

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MOBYCARP 1/7/2013 1:49PM

    Q: What is the best type of exercise for weight loss?
A: The type that you will actually *do*.

I hope the Wii works out well for you as a routine, until such time as you have some other form of exercise you'd rather spend the time on.

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JOPAPGH 1/7/2013 1:41PM

    Try the yoga in Wii Fit with the balance board.

My son graduated from a Wii to a Wii U and we inherited his Wii. I'll get it set up by the end of February....

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DEBRITA01 1/7/2013 1:26PM

    Loved the title...just had to read the blog:) Yes, I "bowled" a few games with my little GS this morning (he kicked my butt) but it was fun and we were moving. I do use my Wii each morning to weigh and play a few games on Wii Fit and Wii Sports Resort. Time to dust off my Zumba and Dance Party...good way to beat the winter doldrums and get moving. Glad you are making good use of your investment! emoticon

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ANATASHIKI 1/7/2013 1:18PM

    lol , I was considering buying one emoticon

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KENDRACARROLL 1/7/2013 12:49PM

    Glad you dusted off your wii. I love the Wii bowling game :)

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PRESBESS 1/7/2013 12:49PM

    Atta boy! Make it happen!

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PAANDRUS 1/7/2013 12:38PM

    Sounds sooo familiar! I have a Wii also..its gathering dust as we speak! I have
been thinking of hooking it up again but upstairs where we spend more of our time & might actually use it! I will get that done! Good for you that your attempting & when your kickboxing match goes on Pay Per View...let us know!!

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CC3833 1/7/2013 12:37PM

    Haha this is great! Every little bit of movement really does count. I can't forget that! Go you!

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KT-NICHOLS-13 1/7/2013 12:30PM

    Our Wii isn't used nearly as much as it should be; however, the Mr and I get pretty competitive when we play each other at tennis. So much so that we have to move furniture to give us "equal" playing ground. HA! I kick his butt in tennis and he kicks mine in bowling. *Good Times* Enjoy the Wii games ... they really are a lot of fun.

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    Love this, John, and it sounds like a great way to start your morning. I'll be waiting to hear about when you show up that kick box avatar.

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Slaying The Dragon --- One Head at a Time: Excercise

Sunday, January 06, 2013

At the start of the New Year, I wrote about going back to the future; taking a snap shot of the past and formulating some effective goals for the next year. As it is with you, my ultimate goal is health.

The decision was made to eat this sandwich one bite at a time so my first area of concentration was my exercise program. I looked at my work out schedule, and I realized it had no pattern or plan. I worked out when I could and when I couldn’t, well I couldn’t. I had nothing to refer to. I showed up at the gym and would do whatever, for however long and once I began to sweat I’d feel satisfied and move on to the next thing which was usually lunch! I’d show up five days in a row and follow it up by missing seven. There was no rhyme or reason. Last Sunday I sat down with a legal pad and roughed out a schedule. I have aquatics personal training each Tuesday and Thursday so those two days were easy. It’s 35-40 minutes of stretching, weights and cardio, all in five feet of water. On Monday, Wednesday and Friday I devoted twenty minutes to the elliptical and recumbent bike. That’s followed by twenty minutes of aqua cardio. I showed this schedule to my trainer and she suggested Saturday be my “wild card day.” Maybe I’d walk, or hike or ride my bike – something different. Right now that’s a challenge with the weather being unpredictable. Sunday is my day of rest. Rest is as important as exercise because it helps me focus on the balance in my life. (One of the most profound thoughts that crossed my mind came before I injured my back and was running. I asked myself if I was running towards something or away from something.)

Rest is critical and crucial. Without rest, the body strains and tries to keep up with all the insanity we are putting it through. A rest day automatically creates flexibility in my life. That was evident last week. My trainer called me Wednesday night and said we had to cancel our session in the morning. Without giving you TMI someone opted to use the pool instead of the restroom and the pool was closed for twenty four hours. Could we make up the session on Sunday? She suggested I designate Thursday as my rest day. In the past, when I was cramming ten pounds of sugar into a five pound sack this would cause a lot of anxiety. Instead, we moved off days. Julia, (my trainer) is willing to make the investment as long as I am. That’s important. She is there for me to the degree that I am there for myself.

This plan is for January. At the end of the month, I may adjust it or continue as is for February. I’m keeping a spread sheet of activity and the exercise plan is dead in the center of my bulletin board to refer to. I know this might sound elementary to you but to me it’s a means of focus. Lord knows I can use some focus.

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CRYSTALJEM 1/8/2013 3:08PM

    You've got a great plan and great support. Sounds like you're out for the win! Love to see friends doing well. CJ

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CC3833 1/7/2013 11:12AM

    That's a great plan. I know it seems really stupid to write things down, but for some reason when it is written you do it! It's like when you put things into your tracker so you do it because it would suck so much to take it off!

It's so awesome that you workout 6 days a week! I need to get my bum into gear. I spent money now I have to use the videos! There are no excuses I don't have to leave my house to get things done!

Can't wait for you future blogs. You really get my hamster wheel going!

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MOBYCARP 1/7/2013 7:10AM

    Some people can eat naturally without tracking. I'm not one of them. I have to track everything, or it can get out of control.

Your blog made me realize that the same is true of exercise. I can pretty much exercise naturally without a formal plan, though I do keep records of part of what I do. But you made me realize that for some people, exercise is like eating is for me: If they don't track, it gets out of control one direction or the other.

It's always a pleasure to read a blog that makes me think.

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TRISTAROSE 1/7/2013 6:58AM

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NASFKAB 1/7/2013 5:01AM

  great way to start the year you can do it

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LYNMEINDERS 1/7/2013 3:00AM

    Woohoo can so do this...great way to start the year.....
Begin with the End in Mind

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REGILIEH 1/7/2013 12:14AM

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GEEMAWEST 1/6/2013 7:05PM

    Great plan! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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SLIMLEAF 1/6/2013 6:51PM

    This sounds a really good plan (and a really good attitude too!), John.

I'm cheering you on (albeit very quietly!) from my litle corner of England.

And, perhaps just as importantly, I'll try to find a way of getting my own exercise and nutrition plan in order too. I tend to do loads of exercise, don't sleep enough and eat too much. Definitely time to get a better balance, I think.

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PATTYCAKE17 1/6/2013 5:41PM

    after a very successful "run" I slipped back to my old habits and am not sure why. I probably will not know except as hindsight when something I'm doing right shows me where I went wrong emoticon If that makes any sense? I am needing to stop and redo my plan going ahead. I totally understand where you're at and it makes me think of the slogan: "If you fail to plan, you plan to fail." emoticon emoticon emoticon

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ANATASHIKI 1/6/2013 4:02PM

    sounds good and reasonable. and not resting means eating a lot of stupid things for me. emoticon

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DEBRITA01 1/6/2013 2:19PM

    Sometimes we just have to write it down to help us regain focus. I'm glad you also included rest, so important (note to self). Wishing you all the best with your January plan... emoticon

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VICKI-BISHOP56 1/6/2013 12:24PM

  You're setting goals and sticking to them. That's the important thing. emoticon

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HDHAWK 1/6/2013 12:08PM

    My exercise plan has been like yours. Sporadic and whatever works for the day. I too, have been trying to make it more structured. It doesn't always happen as planned and I'm also working on not letting that stress me out! One step at a time.

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WEEPINGANGEL74 1/6/2013 11:05AM

    Sounds like a good plan and an excellent place to start gaining that needed focus.

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CARTOONB 1/6/2013 10:48AM

    I like your plans. Looking forward to watching your progress.

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FUN2BAROUND 1/6/2013 10:40AM

    Its a good idea to start with a plan. I'm in the same position. A foot injury completely derailed me so I'm starting from square one. Chances of getting back on track without
a plan? Probably not going to happen. Thanks for reinforcing this idea for me!

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ONEKIDSMOM 1/6/2013 10:32AM

    Yep. Having "the plan" pinned to my board at work keeps the focus on "there's more to life than work". Good plan, and good plan to adjust the plan... you know what I mean. A blessed Sunday to you, John!

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TEDYBEAR2838 1/6/2013 10:21AM

    Enjoy your rest. You were writing this as I was commenting on your
last blog.

Great seeing you and hearing your words.

Very Encouraging

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Facing The Music

Thursday, January 03, 2013

‘Nothing happens until the pain of remaining the same, outweighs the pain of changing.” Arthur Burt.

Despite conventional wisdom, to the contrary I love Facebook. If it weren’t for Facebook (and Spark) I wouldn’t know some amazing folks from all over the world, most of whom I’ll never meet. A friend posted this quote today and encouraged us to share. For me it is timely.

I hadn’t weighed myself since November 17, 2012. Maybe it’s happened to you. One bad day turns into a bad week, in which you promise yourself the next week you’ll buckle down and OMG who needs to be depressed especially around Thanksgiving and Christmas. So you don’t step on the scale. You fudge on tracking your food, especially when the calorie total looks like the fiscal cliff. You’re a bit ashamed and a tad bit embarrassed. You rationalize that you’ll hit it hard between Thanksgiving and Christmas, but you don’t. There are all sorts of functions. OMG it’s not YOUR fault all those cookies and candies and gobs upon gobs of mac and cheese, sausage balls and other tasty treats are the ONLY thing you can find to eat because you do not want to offend Gloria from accounting whom you barley speak four words to the rest of the year but, hey, its Christmas, right? She worked hard making those things.

When you pass the room your scale is located in you can almost hear it ask you what’s going on. Like those little kids selling candy at the intersection you refuse to make eye contact and hurry on past. Christmas and New Year’s Day come and go and as you are trying on clothes that fit 6 weeks ago, you find them snug. It’s been so long that even you don’t recall when the last time was you weighed in. Maybe you hid your ticker so your friends couldn’t see it.

Tuesday morning I forced myself to weigh in. Yes’ Id gained weight but not as much as I though. In 6 weeks I’d gained 4.8 pounds, largely due to a very brutal personal trainer who works me hard two mornings a week. A voice in my head said real slowly. “You can’t measure your progress and come up with a plan until you can see where you are currently.” In other words, you won’t know where you’re at till you climb on the scale. In the spirit of openness and honesty, I was relieved I’d only gained what I did but then it dawned upon me that I’m still morbidly obese. The late Billy Joe Royal started a song this way “The games people play, every night and every day……”

‘Nothing happens until the pain of remaining the same, outweighs the pain of changing.” Arthur Burt.

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JUST_TRI_IT 1/6/2013 9:36PM

    Wise inner voice!

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TEDYBEAR2838 1/6/2013 10:19AM

    I LOVE this blog. It's so true.

I was lax over the holidays also, but was the same Dec 31 as I was Jan 1.

I guess that is a real accomplishment on the good side, but not such
an accomplishment on the other side. Could have been a big gain.

SO, I'll accept that and move on.




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HLPRATT 1/5/2013 9:00AM

    Sometimes I forget how hard it is to step on the scale. It's better not to know sometimes. But then there's that honesty issue. It's a new year and time for new things. Hang in there

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REGILIEH 1/4/2013 1:05AM

    What a emoticon quote and of course so very true!

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    Time to get busy for both of us. LOL.

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GEEMAWEST 1/3/2013 10:17PM

    I forced myself to weigh in this morning. Our scale broke several months ago and I never replaced it because it was easier not to know. But the good news is that I weighed myself on the Wii Fit balance board, which means I've started to exercise in the morning before work again.

We can do this!! Together!!

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CARTOONB 1/3/2013 9:36PM

    Good blog! At least you now know where you are. And since you know where you want to go, the hard part is over, right? emoticon

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MARITIMER3 1/3/2013 6:25PM

    Good one, John, and very true. It's all about taking responsibility and being consistent. Congratulations on gaining only 4+ lbs. over the holidays. Your personal trainer will get it off quickly.

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LYNMEINDERS 1/3/2013 5:02PM

    Amen...Love this...exactly what was needfed for me today..thankyou for your impecable timing

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PATTYCAKE17 1/3/2013 4:47PM

    emoticon for sharing and THE GREAT QUOTE! So true. Please see a movie called Lbs. (pounds) about a morbidly obese guy and how he changed his body and his life. It was my motivational video yesterday.

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TMW54812 1/3/2013 4:29PM

    My last two months were very similar, but I gained 11 pounds. Restarted yesterday and have had two good days.
May 2013 be a healthy, happy one for both of us!


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ANATASHIKI 1/3/2013 3:38PM

    lol , you're very brave , ther's no way I'm stepping on the scale before a "perfect" least emoticon

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CC3833 1/3/2013 2:00PM

    Great blog... don't we all know what it is like to avoid the scale -_- BUT! The only person who we are hurting is ourselves... Great job on weighing in! I am getting my 90 day work out dvd in today! Woohoo! Going to post before pics and measurements... EEK! Keep pushing forward!

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LOVINGKATE 1/3/2013 10:25AM

  Good Morning John. HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!!! We need to move forward and learn from our mistakes. I know those goodies all to well myself. But I am ready to get back on the band wagon and get going and feel great again. Sugar is a very bad high. Veggie city here we come. Don't forget the fruit and whole grains. Love you John and we can do this together. Being the biggest family member really hit home for me so I'm going to make 2013 work for me and be healthy. Move more and laugh often!!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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KATHRYN1955 1/3/2013 10:00AM

    How true....I have found the very same thing. My only saving grace is that I keep going to the gym with my buddies 3x/week and now all that snow needs shovelling.
However.........that is not enough to offset all those extra calories. I am tracking my breakfast right after I finish this sentence!!
Happy New Year!!
And I do like that quote.

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HDHAWK 1/3/2013 9:52AM

    You have a very wise friend. Why do we let ourselves fall under the spell of all those goodies? Time to move forward. Here we go!

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SLIMLEAF 1/3/2013 9:27AM

    Hello John (and Happy New Year!).

I can identify with your blog post today, but empathy won't help much, will it?

So instead I'll say, "OK, my dear friend, what are you going to do about it and how can I help?"

Perhaps in helping you, I will also help myself - and I certainly need to do that.

Let me know what you think.

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TRIANGLE-WOMAN 1/3/2013 9:24AM

(¯`♥´¯) .♥.•*¨`*♫.♥
.´*.¸.•´♥ John,

Thanks for speaking the truth again!!! We are all with ya!

Now get inspired and DANCE, DANCE, DANCE to that music!!

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(¸.•´ .♥ (¸.•´ .♥ (¸.•*´¨`* ♥☆¸.•*´¨`*♥☆
`*♥☆ Thanks for Spreading the Spark!!!

p.s. Check out IOWL Podcasts. They speak to the "away from" motivation in your quote. And they speak to so much more about the "inner" work we need to do before the "outer" change manifests!!

You can find links to the podcasts on the IOWL Team

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SHERIO5 1/3/2013 9:23AM

    Great quote!

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NASFKAB 1/3/2013 9:18AM

  all the best hugs

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VICKI-BISHOP56 1/3/2013 9:13AM

  At least you know where you stand and can make a doable plan. emoticon

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TCANNO 1/3/2013 8:43AM

    If I have a bad weigh in I look back on what I have done, get the tape out, ask how I feel. Sometime I stay the same but feel great. That is enough to keep me going.

You can always come on here and get help

Good luck in getting started again.

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It Starts With My Energy

Wednesday, January 02, 2013

A young man went searching for the secrets of life. He traveled a great distance to sit at the feet of a wise and learned teacher. Each morning the teacher would greet him with a large bucket. He instructed the young man to walk down a path to a stream, draw a bucket of water, return up the hill, and dump the bucket in the well outside the temple. He repeated the task for many days. After a few weeks, he forgot his frustration and anger for being treated like a servant and walked up and down the hill without giving the task much thought. That is when he saw his destiny. He dropped the bucket and rushed to his teacher. “I can see my destiny.” The teacher smiled and replied. “It is when we lose ourselves that we find ourselves.” Through the continual repetitive activity, our mind disengages from all that is around us and can concentrate on the flow of energy within ourselves. It is where the great spiritual mothers and fathers believe we see our soul.

Yesterday I cleaned my office. Moving books and papers to new locations, screwing up my face at things I don’t recall saving. I began to stop thinking. When I allowed the divine energy to bubble up inside of me, if only for a brief moment, I saw how out of balance I had become.

Our energy is a gift from God. It is valuable and precious. My health, my success, my prosperity, each revolves around the management of the energy God gave me. In his book, The Heart of Buddha’s Teaching: Transforming Suffering Into Peace, Joy, and Liberation, Thich Nhat Hanh identifies that energy as the Holy Spirit. The energy is a divine gift not to be over looked or discounted because of a host of bad days or quirky events, but to be honored as a very precious gift. That gift of energy oozes into each crevice of our life. When I spend my days fighting windmills I mask my true destiny on this planet and end up tired and frustrated with myself and my life around me. I start “fighting back” instead of tapping the stream of energy and making peace with my universe.

Jesus tells the story of the king who prepared for a long journey. He called his three most trusted servants before him and divided his wealth equally among them. “Watch over this while I’m away,” he said. When the king returned many years later, he called the three servants before him. The first proudly told the king he had tripled what he’d given him. The second servant detailed how he had doubled the wealth. The third servant stood off in a corner and quietly approached the king. “I feared losing all you gave me so I buried it. I’m returning it to you as you left it with me.”

Despite all the spiritual manipulation, that story has weathered over the centuries, I often find myself asking, “Which servant am I?”

Namaste dear ones.

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NASFKAB 1/3/2013 5:52AM

  your blogs make me think long & hard thanks

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GEEMAWEST 1/2/2013 9:37PM

    You write such awesome blogs. Please don't ever stop!

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CRYSTALJEM 1/2/2013 9:34PM

    Excellent blog and I also have to say Trianglewoman has a very good point. Happy New Year.

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REGILIEH 1/2/2013 8:16PM

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MKPRINCESS007 1/2/2013 7:05PM

    Wonderful John...........sometimes I just "give myself" to the task, and I find I am so productive.

Hope your 2013 is a happy and blessed year for you!


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LYNMEINDERS 1/2/2013 5:43PM

    Thankyou John.....
Your wisdom and challenges never fail....

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PATTYCAKE17 1/2/2013 1:51PM

    Words worth contemplating emoticon

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DEBRITA01 1/2/2013 11:37AM

    Good thoughts to ponder...Namaste, John emoticon

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SHERIO5 1/2/2013 11:16AM

    Another thought -encouraging blog! emoticon

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HDHAWK 1/2/2013 9:54AM

    This is how I feel when I walk outside or when I'm riding on the motorcycle. Don't worry, I'm not the driver. I do my best thinking then.

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ANATASHIKI 1/2/2013 9:40AM

    hmmm , I wonder if a 4th servant that would have tried and lost it would have been scolded.I bet not emoticon and why are you talking about energy today when I have the tonus of an amoeba? emoticon

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    Loved the blog. Great way to start the year!

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TRIANGLE-WOMAN 1/2/2013 9:04AM

    In this world, I think there is place for all three servants.

Emily Dickinson lived a mostly introverted and reclusive life. Would her life have been less valuable if her work had been lost and never published?

Just some food for thought....

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DOODIE59 1/2/2013 9:03AM

    Yes, the gift of that energy is sacred. Accepting everything with the right (open, positive) attitude is key to our own richness of experience. May I remember this at crucial times:)
Best wishes for 2013.

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Back To The Future ?

Monday, December 31, 2012

I have decided it’s time to shake things up a bit. I’m looking forward to 2013 I am going to look back at 2012. I can feel some of you cringe in horror. Our whole society is aligned to look ahead. How many e-mails have you received in the past week that talks about setting better and more effective goals for 2013? How many of those goals will be circling the drain by March 1? It is why diets do not work. We struggle to change behavior without changing or altering our thought process. Deep down inside, when we begin to alter our eating and exercise habits we form the belief we are being punished, because, after all, we are fat aren’t we. (I know I am supposed to say obese, but really, is your self, internal talk politically correct.)

Sometime today and most likely tomorrow, I am going to review my year and rather than celebrate what I have accomplished I am going to focus on where I have failed. No rousing or self-uplifting motivational talks or blogs here. Not going to focus on how wonderful I am and how much Jesus loves me even if I am fat. I am going to ask myself what went wrong. Because I have, feelings that the same things that went wrong in 2012 are the same things that went wrong in 2011 and 2010 and down the line. As someone so eloquently put it: “Any intelligent fool can make things bigger and more complex... It takes a touch of genius - and a lot of courage to move in the opposite direction.”

This isn’t going to be fun but neither is a colonoscopy and it has a positive benefit doesn’t it? I am going to examine my failures and faults. I am not going to cut myself any slack, no pious platitudes and when I am done I know there won’t be any great revelations for 2013 just the realization of what things in my life need to change.

Despite our bleating and moaning, the only person who makes anything happen in our lives, positive or negative is us. We choose what external influences enter our lives. We vacillate on the tough choices because of the “P” word. No one likes pain, especially the emotional type. It strips us naked and we see all the bumps and lumps. So we create “do betters” without ever addressing all the “what the heck happened” of the past.

The three mantras I live by have not changed; moreover, they are a work in progress, something to be refined as I gain knowledge or as I stub my toes.

I deserve to be successful.
I deserve to be open and honest with myself about those areas of my life that need attention. Dorothy’s ruby red slippers are safe in the Smithsonian. There is no magic that is going to change my current state of affairs.

I am worth all the effort I put into myself.

The key word is effort. The laws of physics apply to each circumstance in our lives: “For every action there is an equal and opposite reaction.” Positive and healthy behavior equals a healthier me. Cookies, cakes, and pies at my age are road maps to Type 2 diabetes. It takes no real effort to succumb to the will of others. When we fail the folks who tempted us are convenient foils. It is never our fault. There is no way we cannot reject our family of origin can we? I dunno, can we?

Ya are whom ya hang around with.

If you surround yourself with people who move forward, take honest but painful looks at their behavior then you too will be lifted up. For me, I’m done with excuses. I’m tired of running with the “there, there” crowd.

So today, tomorrow and into the next week I’ll take a hard look at the past year and ask myself how and where I could have handled some things in a different and more importantly WHY didn’t I have the courage to do so. The sad thing is that those of you who are in the same boat I’m in will give me a thumbs up, cheer me on, tell me I’m 100% correct and log off. Gosh I wish ya wouldn’t. I for one care about you too much to see you continue to be frustrated. Could we turn on our flashlights together and find the light of health in this next year.

As Michael J Fox once said “I’m back to the future.”

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PATTYCAKE17 1/2/2013 1:50PM

    Words worth contemplating. emoticon

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LYNMEINDERS 1/1/2013 9:28PM

    Woohoo...great blog John and very Challenging....
As I read it I know exqactly why I failed to achieve my goals last year and you are so right...unless I get to grips with that I am going to takre it into 2013 despite my positive..."this is going to be the year I achieve my goals" attitiude I have going on at present....

Thankyou so much for this....
I am NOT going to do the same things in 2013 that i did in 2012...I want different results in 2013 so I need to do different things in order to get them....

Thankyou...lets achieve in 2013 together

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MARITIMER3 1/1/2013 6:48PM

    Amen to that. No platitudes just a review of what we've done, and more importantly (for me at least) what I haven't done to be successful in 2012. As I wrote when I revised my Spark Page and rewrote my program today, "it isn't rocket science... just do it". I'm my own worst enemy because I procrastinate, and I make excuses for myself. In 2013, I will try very hard to be honest, with myself and with my Spark Friends.

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NEEDBU66 1/1/2013 4:21PM

    Every day is a new day to start over new again. However if we don't learn from the past we are, as it has been said, doomed to repeat it. I agree with everyone that we are on a delicate balance. Not giving up. Not giving in. Too many "oh too bad about yesterday"s in a row will not get the fat off my gut. I really have to have more good days of caloric intake and calories burned than days of lying around eating yet one more piece of bread. I don't make goals. They do all circle the drain by Mar 1, actually totally forgotten about by Feb 1 if the truth be told. It really has to be an hour by hour thing with a remembrance of yeah, that will or wont cut it if I expect to see the weight off. Otherwise it will creep back up and I won't like my weight one year in to this thing.

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TRIANGLE-WOMAN 1/1/2013 7:47AM

    re: How many of those goals will be circling the drain by March 1?

Giggled when I read that. What a vivid image!! Also liked the colonoscopy quip.

Can't wait to read your next blog. Don't be too hard on yourself.

Now I'm gonna go and write me a blog about how great I am. emoticon

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REGILIEH 12/31/2012 11:19PM

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Happy New Year my friend. Bless you and Joan and family! emoticon

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CARTOONB 12/31/2012 10:20PM

    I like being one of the ones you hang with. Hope I'm not detrimental to you in 2013! Ha!

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NASFKAB 12/31/2012 10:05PM

  all the best for 2013 for Joan & you

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ONEKIDSMOM 12/31/2012 8:01PM

    An annual review is something most of us get in the workplace, why not in the life place? So let's turn on those flashlights, review honestly, and move into the future with our eyes wide open!

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SHERIO5 12/31/2012 6:32PM

    I too am reviewing this year..what went well...and what didn't. I reached goal...but haven't maintained....I failed to plan for maintainance...and failed to truly change my attitude toward food....I am convinced that both need to be addressed in 2013.

So I wish you courage to address what must be looked at in your own life. Happy New Year! emoticon

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MORTICIAADDAMS 12/31/2012 6:00PM

    Good luck with your goals. Have a great 2013!

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MOBYCARP 12/31/2012 5:05PM

    Thanks for the insight. It's a delicate balance, finding enough positives to stay motivated while at the same time really seeing and addressing our failures. I hope you can successfully achieve that balance and improve in 2013.

I find that I've been doing something like you describe, in a less formalized way. I've been reading my blogs from a year ago, thinking about what I thought then and what I think about that situation now, and how I would handle things differently now.

But at the same time, I can't afford to be all negative about how I should have done better. I need to simply do better going forward. That's the delicate balance I hope to achieve, and I hope you can achieve it for your goals as well.

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PATTYCAKE17 12/31/2012 1:23PM

    I hope you find your places of improvement and have the fortitude to make the changes, or corrections, necessary. Many years ago in Overeaters Anonymous I did what was called a "fearless moral inventory," and it has stuck with me over the years. It became the daily exercise it was meant to be in a later step, and it's one of the ways I self-correct as I go along. That and recognizing and apologizing for mistakes as i recognize them keeps me on a daily healing path. When I taught reading I always gave a kid kudos for self-correcting as they went along. It's such a beneficial process, and one which helps to keep moving forward while absorbing the past and letting go as the changes are made. Your blog opened up an avenue I hadn't put words to in a very long time, so emoticon , and have a truly blessed New year. emoticon

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CC3833 12/31/2012 11:59AM

    You are totally right! I think this is true! I noticed my failure in the past was not writing my goals down and then breaking them down further in order not to allow myself vague answers. This year I wrote a blog of all the things I would like to accomplish this year. It is so much easier to meet your goals when you are around like-minded people. Unfortuately, the people in my life think I am fine the way I am. But, I know me and only I can say what is good or bad. I can't wait to read your blogs. I think it will assist me when I look back each month. Have a happy and healthy new year!

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DEE797 12/31/2012 11:32AM

    Thanks for the reminder to turn on the light and see what worked and didn't work for us in the past.

Wishing you a very Happy, Healthy, and Prosperous New Year! emoticon emoticon

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HDHAWK 12/31/2012 11:30AM

    I am in exactly the same place you are John and very frustrated with how I look and feel. I'm in it with you. I want to get back to goal weight this year for my health and self esteem. I'm tired of being tired all the time!

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SUSANSERENE 12/31/2012 11:16AM

    Got my flashlight ready, John. Very insightful post and on this last day of 2012 I'm using my 20/20 hindsight to set my resolve for 2013. Thanks so much for the wise words and encouragement.

Happy New Year!

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PAANDRUS 12/31/2012 11:08AM

    Thanks for the insight...i will read it again & again thru the year as a reminder. Where Ive been & where I need to go!!!

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