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......... And Then There Are The Days Things Go Right

Thursday, August 19, 2010

I was looking for a way to make a point this morning and as I puttered about I just couldn’t reach out and grab hold of anything. Nothing seemed to suit the message I wanted to convey until I read a response to yesterday’s blog. It wasn’t so much the response that struck me but the quote the Sparker is using as their profile icon. MESEATURTLE says “Someone who is busier than you is running right now.”

Amen. I should just end here and let all of us dwell on that for a day or so.

I wrote yesterday about kicking myself in the butt for slacking off from time to time and some of you wrote back basically saying, “Hey John, you have accomplished SOMETHING!!!” Yes, I have and I want to keep accomplishing a whole lot of something’s not only in my health journey but in other areas of my life. But what I thought I’d do this morning is share with you some of the things I do when things are going well and when I do these things on a consistent basis things go well more often. (I know “Duh, John.”)

1. “Someone who is busier than you is running right now.”

I can find a million reasons not to begin my day by being active. The biggest one is time. There is work and social commitments and well, you name it. I have found that when I do something, anything for the first twenty minutes of my day I feel so much better throughout the day. It’s like I get this infusion of energy inside of me. Usually it’s nothing to heavy or taxing. I may walk around the neighborhood for twenty minutes or so. I may ride my bike and get all the kinks out. It not only raises my heart rate a bit it but I get a chance to look at what I have going on that day and start making plans on what’s going to get done first. I find I am more alert and focused and when I do my cardio or personal training later in the day I am more focused and the workout is so much better because all eight of my cylinders are firing.

2. “Lunch hour should be a full hour.”

I made this commitment when I realized that on days like Tuesday of this week I got up uber early and headed off to see a client. It wasn’t practical to invest the first twenty minutes of my day getting active. But……… I will block off a full sixty minutes for lunch. That time is not to sit and graze. I’ll eat a sandwich or a salad and then I’ll get up and walk around, pedal the cycle for fifteen minutes or so. Nothing to drench me in sweat but again to give my body some consistency in motion.
I have all but stopped scheduling luncheon meeting with people. I realized it was an unhealthy behavior from my previous life that gave me an excuse to eat poorly. If the only time a client has is between noon and one I will acquiesce. Most people understand when I tell them I have that slot filled. Most importantly it allows me to control what’s happening to me.

3. R-E-L-A-X

Even if it is only for ten minutes, sometime in the middle of my day I lean my head back. Close my eyes, forget about everything and relax. It is the total and complete opposite of what I do in the morning! This ten minutes or so is to disengage. It’s a pause, a break or whatever you want to call it. I use yoga breathing as a relaxation technique and when I commit to doing it consistently it has great benefits. I am prospering while having panic/anxiety issues plus I get this massive dose of melancholy on a regular basis and this ten minute respite clears the deck and allows me to focus on the positive values in my life.

4. There is no substitute for a good sweat!

I am fortunate to have the resources to be able pay a personal trainer. Beyond the two sessions a week we work together she has crafted a workout schedule for me that has me doing a variety of things six days a week and then taking one day off. Two of those days are personal training days, one day is a body pump class. The other three days are cardio days and right now that involves training for a 5K. I am up to 2.3 miles!!! Go me.

5. “Someone who is busier than you is running right now.”
There are many people in this world who are a whole lot busier than I am right now and manage to get a lot more done than I could ever imagine. I believe more and more every single day that if I find more reasons to do things and less excuse not to do things, I will be a healthier and happier John. I am finding that the real struggle has nothing to do with food or exercise or other peoples demands on my time. It has to do with the battle I wage in my head each and every day. It is all about choosing what path I am going to walk down.

6. Sleep is good!!
I have found when I do some light exercise two to three hours before bed I sleep much better. It may be walking around the block a few times, picking up sticks and weeds in the back yard or pruning my garden, but I have found that when I end my day by kicking myself into gear a bit, I sleep better and wake up feeling rested.

When things go right, this prescription makes for a really happy and motivated John

  
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RJFERRARO315 8/20/2010 11:22PM

    What great insight! I like hour lunchs too...never could understand why my company prefers 30 minutes. emoticon

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CLOVER2 8/19/2010 9:55PM

    Thank you again...you know, one of the first things I do when I get online is to see what you have written for that day. If there is nothing I am disappointed, but I always know there is always tomorrow! This post was interesting to me, because over the last few days I have realized that you really are human, with human doubts and failings, just like me! I seem to have put you somewhat on a pedestal, and I keep thinking how could I possibly do the things he does?!? He's so strong and so sure, how am I EVER going to be there? But I can see that you have days just the same as mine.

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MORTICIAADDAMS 8/19/2010 4:29PM

    You have some really great tips for better health, John. If you follow them you just might live to see 100. emoticon

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MOTIVATIONFOUND 8/19/2010 3:25PM

    Excellent blog, John. I find that I am my worst enemy when it comes to finding time to work out, etc. as well. I remind myself every day the path I have chosen and it's a great path! I am healthier than I've ever been and I'm going to be stronger and in better shape than ever before too long. It's all about choices and we're making some great ones here!

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JERIBERI1 8/19/2010 2:15PM

    John, this is fantastic!! Love this blog emoticon

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GREENFROGGIE9 8/19/2010 11:07AM

    Lunch hour should be a full hour.

This one is key for me. I usually take an hour for lunch in September, but for the rest of the school year, I work through lunch, usually while eating lunch. Then I come home so exhausted, that I don't feel like doing ANYTHING healthy.

Thanks for the reminder to take time for myself during the day.

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GETFIT2LIVE 8/19/2010 11:04AM

    I love that statement, too. It reminds me to just get out and do it, whether it's running or strength training or Zumba or something else. I do like the idea of committing to making lunch hour a 'sacred' time; I'm terrible about just eating at my desk and working right on through lunch, but why not block that time out to go for a walk, slip into the conference room to do some stretching, or take a 10-minute 'relax' time instead? Thanks, John--and congrats on the progress towards a 5K, you're doing great!

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STORMTMB 8/19/2010 11:00AM

    This one nailed it for me: " I am finding that the real struggle has nothing to do with food or exercise or other peoples demands on my time. It has to do with the battle I wage in my head each and every day. It is all about choosing what path I am going to walk down." So true! Have a great day, John!

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STILLPOINT 8/19/2010 10:58AM

    That's A LOT of things going right. I honestly believe we are simply tweaking....sometimes it's a step back sometimes even 2 - it's okay....we're doing our best and even when the scale doesn't show it, we are still growing.

You're doing great!

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JENNY888 8/19/2010 10:37AM

    Thanks for the wisdom.

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GEEMAWEST 8/19/2010 10:27AM

    Makes perfect sense to me! emoticon

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DOLLBABE56 8/19/2010 10:06AM

    Great advice John. I'm at my best if I exercise in the morning. I am definitely NOT a night time exerciser! Oh, my husband and I will walk Poppet, and when it isn't so hot out we taken a long walk after dinner, but that's about all I want in the evenings. And that makes both of us happy.

I find also that I need to "rest" mid afternoon. It does help to refocus.

Thanks for the blog!

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KAT573 8/19/2010 10:03AM

    Great summary! I was dwelling on the common issue many of us have, that 20 minutes in the morning is NOT a distraction but the beginning of focusing and energizing which brings much stronger quality to all actions thereafter, and the sum is always greater than the day we choose to feel there aint time.
Keep on keeping on!

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NJMATTICE 8/19/2010 9:57AM

    Enjoy the days that go right and prepare for the ones that don't. Keep up the good work.
Love,
Nancy

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MINENA1 8/19/2010 9:54AM

    Awesome blog!! emoticon

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MABTE52 8/19/2010 9:51AM

    I like that prescription. will print it out and pin on my wall!

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A Sparker's Journey of Nine Months

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

This blog was going to be about my ninth month of Spark. It was going to be about how despite a lot of tension, most of which I created all by myself, I had run the good race, fought the good fight and when the dust settled a few days ago I had neither lost or gained any weight in the previous month.

This blog was going to be a testament to my perseverance followed by your loving comments along with a few Spark Goodies, words of encouragement and a few emoticons.

“Oh What A Good Boy Am I !!!!”

Well it’s not

A few days ago I read a blog here by Giranimal entitled” I am the boss of YOU, three pounds!” I recommend you read it. The blog was a straightforward talk with her about getting back in gear and getting some things done. To me it was sort of a manifesto that said “Time to stop making excuses.” It struck a very loud chord with me. But like lots of other things I don’t want to deal with I put it in the back of my mind and went on with life. Nice blog, good thought, glad she’s my friend, yada, yada, yada. I have a lot going on in my life, lots of stress, very busy, I am fortunate to have not gained any weight at all in the past month.

Yesterday afternoon I had my fifth personal training session. About halfway through the session, right after I had done plank pushups off a weight bench, Jen looked at me and said “when are you going to stop going through the motions?” Honestly, I was a bit offended. Here I am with sweat pouring off my forehead, gasping for breath and some Barbie Doll wants to know when I am gonna get serious? We finished the workout and as she turned to leave me she said “You have so much potential. I just hate to see you waste all of it by only doing things halfway. Come back Friday with a better attitude, okay?”

I was sorta, kinda expecting an apology of sorts, ya know? I mean, I am NOT THAT BAD. Yeah, I guess I am.

I stood in the shower longer than normal trying to wash some of the sting off my psyche. As I got dressed and headed for the car it dawned on me that Jen said to me what Giranimal said to herself. “Time to get it in gear.”

It’s time to quit using my life as an excuse for not living my life. Yeah there are always going to be challenges and nights I don’t sleep and pool pumps that break and weddings to plan that no one ever seems rational about. Anyone hear a valid reason in there for not being healthy, not following my food plan, not putting one thousand percent into my workouts? I don’t either.

I woke up this morning and decide it is time to get back on track and quit being satisfied with “no gain.” It means I quit making excuses and start getting back on track. Jen has worked out a really good exercise program for six days with a seventh day of rest. She has even offered to help me a bit on the side, as long as I don’t tell anyone. (Sometimes I think we never leave high school.) Giranimal is my friend, is wise, and shares good insights just as all of you do.

Neither Jen’s encouragement or Giranimals advice mean anything unless I embrace them and make them part of my life. They are simply words and they stay words until I get things back in gear.

It starts today and it continues tomorrow.

I have had the opportunity to learn so much from all of you. It’s time I quit going through the motions and put it into practice. Yes, I am pleased that I have lost seventy four pounds in nine months. I’ll be more pleased when I lose the last twenty five, keep it off for a year, run my first 5K and look at myself with satisfaction.

All the tools are right in front of me. I need to pick them up and build the house. Your encouragement means a lot to me, but only I can do it.

  
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KATHRYN1955 8/20/2010 8:27AM

    Great reminder that "good enough" is not always good enough!! I have maintained a 20 pound loss for 3 months, but have slipped back into that complacent, easy place. I know I have "done well", but I also know if I am really honest with myself that I am capable of much more. (And that applies to all areas of my life!!) I think it is human nature to take the path of least resistance, but there comes a time when one needs to dig deeper and push harder. For starters, I am signing back up at the gym today!
Take care,
Kathy

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DOLLBABE56 8/19/2010 9:58AM

    I believe that it is when we become too comfortable with "ourselves" that this is the time to take it to the next level. We need an extra push sometimes to get us started. Oh sure, we may feel that it is unreasonable or even confusing to even consider applying ourselves with more determination or direction, but it is just what we need. It is just what I need. That's why I have to change things up occasionally, change my menus, change my exercise habits, even change what I wear. Helps to keep me focused. Also, tracking meals and exercise is an enormous help to me.

So, in other words - it is good that you realized that Jen was encouraging you and not meaning to hurt you (although it may have hurt at the time). I'm glad you were able to see that.

We are all so grateful to have you as an inspiration to us!

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MORTICIAADDAMS 8/18/2010 9:24PM

    Your personal trainer gave you a spanking, John. Better pony up as you are wasting a valuable resource the rest of us would love to be able to afford. emoticon

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TINKERBELL200 8/18/2010 7:15PM

    I hate when that happens, but in a good way! You are exactly right John. You are the only one who can make the changes and make it happen!

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HDHAWK 8/18/2010 6:08PM

    Yes, that's a little stinging, but I know I've fallen into that category of late. Thanks for the reminder. Don't forget though, you have done very well in the past 9 months!

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DEE797 8/18/2010 3:15PM

    Boy, did this blog hit me squarely in the emoticon butt. I have been feeling this way as well, not giving it my all. Thanks for sharing this with us.

Wishing you continued success on your journey! emoticon

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MARCYNA 8/18/2010 3:02PM

    A good trainer recognizes a person's potential.
You will make it.... in due time - you're just born to this new life, give yourself time emoticon

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SMOCKON 8/18/2010 2:27PM

    Ouch! I'm in the same place, and this was a kick in the pants. Thanks for the blog.

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TXNANA_4 8/18/2010 12:28PM

    This really hit home with me. Thanks for another GREAT blog!

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TNTEACHER2 8/18/2010 12:06PM

    John, you are doing well. It is BARBIEDOLL's job to tell you to try harder. Do what she says as best you can, just do not get discouraged. You love God, you love your family, you work regularly, and you are determined to lose those last 26 pounds. Good for you!

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BECCALYNN75 8/18/2010 12:06PM

    Were you talking about you or to me? First I read the blog you refer to and it slapped me on one side. Then your blog got the other! OK, I get it - now to "Get it in gear"

Wishing you the best my friend as we both try to take this journey to that next step!

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WISEONE68 8/18/2010 11:57AM

    You got it!! I love these "a-ha" moments we have when we realize that all the things we have been hearing are NOT for others--they are for US!!
So many times my Pastor will say from the pulpit while he is preaching--"Don't be thinking about someone ELSE in your life who needs to here this message--YOU need to hear this message." Isn't it like us (me) to say..."OOOOOOH, Patty needs to hear this," or "I will buy the CD and give it to my boss!!"

I call myself, God's Stubborn Child. He must tell me things time and time again to finally get through. On my favorite show--NCIS--the "boss" slaps his employees on the back of the head to "get them in line." Well, I have had a few "God slaps" myself...boy can THEY hurt!! But, it is just to let me know--"Hey, I have been TRYING to tell YOU something--not your mom, not your sister, not your friend--YOU!!" L-I-S-T-E-N!!

Sounds like you, and I, finally listened and heard. Now comes the hard part--putting it in action. Like you said--it starts today, continues tomorrow. Love it!!! emoticon

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CATHERINEL66 8/18/2010 11:36AM

    I think that it's not so much about pushing hard on the losing weight - though that's it's own animal. What I hear you saying and what really speaks to me is that you can NOT make excuses with stress level/activities/obstacles to managing the nutrition and fitness. I have a "big job" and not managing its impact on my life was the single biggest reason that I put on 40 lbs after moving to DC (for the job).

I applaude you in catching yourself falling back into that pattern early, and holding yourself accountable to yourself.

Personally, I find it's the beginning of letting things slide that creates the slippery slope ... once I'm there, I can just slide on down, LOL! And land in the chips and twinkies awaiting me at the bottom! All in the name of "stress".

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CATHERINEL66 8/18/2010 11:36AM

    I think that it's not so much about pushing hard on the losing weight - though that's it's own animal. What I hear you saying and what really speaks to me is that you can NOT make excuses with stress level/activities/obstacles to managing the nutrition and fitness. I have a "big job" and not managing its impact on my life was the single biggest reason that I put on 40 lbs after moving to DC (for the job).

I applaude you in catching yourself falling back into that pattern early, and holding yourself accountable to yourself.

Personally, I find it's the beginning of letting things slide that creates the slippery slope ... once I'm there, I can just slide on down, LOL! And land in the chips and twinkies awaiting me at the bottom! All in the name of "stress".

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NJMATTICE 8/18/2010 10:25AM

    "It's the circle of life. . ." decided to sing this morning. It's human nature to try to maintain that homeostasis. We're always trying to get to that point of perfect rest. Congrats on taking that psyche sting like a man and seeing the value in it instead of dismissing it. Not an easy thing to do. I'm proud of you. Thanks for communicating all that is being shown to you. It is a great service to us all.
Have a great day and go get 'em!
Love,
Nancy

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GETFIT2LIVE 8/18/2010 10:19AM

    Sounds like Jen has your number, John--and mine! I realized this morning much the same thing, that lately I have been more going through the motions than seriously committed to *make it happen* for myself. Oh, I'm losing tiny amounts with occasionally a little more, but not much. Haven't been to the gym in awhile--transportation issues, hubby isn't going because he's working on projects at home, etc., etc. Those are just excuses, not reasons. Thanks; I needed this today.

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KAT573 8/18/2010 10:05AM

    I think you are doing very well, and there is nothing wrong with allowing the body to acclimate to a certain weight over time before pushing on.

I also think that, given what YOU want to accomplish, Jen has a point. So I am sure you will be working with her and getting where you want to go! emoticon

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STORMTMB 8/18/2010 9:46AM

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YOGINI_JACKIE 8/18/2010 9:12AM

    Such a good "conquer the world" attitude. A lot of times it gets more difficult to reach your goal when you're close to it, but with your state of mind, you are more than capable!

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MOMTO3BOYZ2000 8/18/2010 8:49AM

    I feel I'm in the same place you are. After losing 60lbs in 6 months, I feel the past month I have been slacking off and the excuses have come rolling in. Starting today...no more!
Thanks for the push!

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FROGGERHKC 8/18/2010 8:47AM

    Great blog John! I need to do this as well. Thank you for sharing, I needed to hear this today! Keep on going, you are doing great!!!!

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VTORIA3 8/18/2010 8:44AM

    I like this no nonsense blog. It really struck a chord with me. Time to put some action around the words. Great, great blog, John. Best to us. emoticon

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MKPRINCESS007 8/18/2010 8:38AM

    Oh heck yeah! Not trying to be an enabler here, but you have lost a whole bunch of weight. You didn't do that by slacking or giving it half an effort. I have been on Spark for a year and a half and I have lost 15 pounds. Now that, my friend, I would call a hal a** effort. :) So, yes, I agree, time to give it a big push for the last 25! But, when life throws some curve balls, don't be terribly hard on yourself. Ebb and flow, ebb and flow. All we can do everyday is get up and give it our best shot again. I KNOW you will do this. No doubt. :)

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10,000 Things......

Monday, August 16, 2010

I was up early this morning. Joan and I drove back from Wisconsin after a very nice weekend with family, both in Chicago for a wedding and in Milwaukee for a bit of a family reunion. Because I took Friday and Monday off the rest of my week is brutal. Sparing you the details I’ll say this; each day starts very early and ends very late.

I was thinking about that while I was waiting for Joan in the car. She was saying good bye to my sister and I just wanted to get moving. I decided to check the email on the Blackberry while I was waiting. I saw a friend’s name that I hadn’t heard from in like forever. I opened the email and this is what it said:

"Isn't it rather mind-numbing, John, that for everyone, always and forever, they have 10,000 more things to be thrilled about, than not. U R Blessed.”

I didn’t feel blessed right then and there. I felt tired and wished the eight hour car ride home was more of a click my heels and I’d be relaxing in my recliner. I did what John always does, I felt sorry for myself. I was tired and didn’t really want to even think about Tuesday. Poor John.

"Isn't it rather mind-numbing, John, that for everyone, always and forever, they have 10,000 more things to be thrilled about, than not. U R Blessed.”

My sister, Mary, is a cancer survivor. She’s been cancer free for ten years. I hold my breath every time she goes in for a checkup. Prior to that she had a very difficult time conceiving. She had four miscarriages before my niece and god daughter Melissa was born. Mary is one of the kindest and most generous people I know. She has time for everyone.

My brother-in-law Mike lost an eye in a hunting accident when he was ten. Later as a volunteer fire fighter he witnessed a man being electrocuted in a live power line. He was powerless to help because of the high voltage. His daughter was married Saturday evening and I don’t know if there was a happier guy on the planet that night. He’s sixty and a runner and told me when I run in my first 5k he will run with me.

"Isn't it rather mind-numbing, John, that for everyone, always and forever, they have 10,000 more things to be thrilled about, than not. U R Blessed.”

Then there are you. Maybe you are one of the four hundred plus people here I have added as a Spark friend. I do not have adequate words to say what you mean to me. I read what you write, or the stories of your effort and your successes and all I can say is that I am honored to be your friend. Sometimes I cry when I read how happy you are because you have kicked an obstacle to the curb and are doing the most amazing happy dance.

There are things I don’t even realize in my life that are such blessings. I over look them in my haste to pursue my own agendas in life. I get in one of those funks and I shake my hands at the heavens and blame everything and everybody for my woes whether they are real or imagined. I do not see those blessings.

Could we start a list, me and you? I will keep track. Send me a blessing in your life or have another Spark Friend send it to me. I will compile a list and when we reach ten thousand I will figure out a way to publish them so the whole world will have ten thousand blessing to identify with. They don’t have to be Spark Friends blessings. They can be family members, or co-workers or anyone you know. We can create a list of hope for some people whose faith may be running low.

Will you help?

"Isn't it rather mind-numbing, John, that for everyone, always and forever, they have 10,000 more things to be thrilled about, than not. U R Blessed.”

  
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XENA47 11/9/2010 12:46PM

    I am blessed to be able to pursue the kind of work I love while my husband supports the household. emoticon

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FAYEBAYE 8/28/2010 11:56PM

    I am blessed to have people that I don't even know care about my well being and to provide me with the encouragement to be better every day.

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ASANTIAGO2 8/25/2010 4:46PM

  I am blessed to be able to grow more spiritually and as a person each day.

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LADY_KATHY 8/25/2010 8:55AM

    thanks for sharing this blog. I'm thankful for my Lord who is my strength.
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TXGRANDMA 8/23/2010 11:03PM

    Such a great blog! What an inspiration and how true! Thanks for writing it! It makes me remember all of my blessings, of which I try to be mindful and Thank God every day. emoticon

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JEWITCH 8/23/2010 5:47PM

    Love your post and it is so true, if we all just look around we all can 10,000+ things we have been blessed with each day. From the round 17,280 breaths each day, to watching a butterfly flutter in the garden, to the hugs from family and friends. Sometimes we just need to slow down and observe what this wonderful world has to share with us to remember all the blessings that are in our lives and stop for a moment and say "THANKS!" and enjoy. Thank you for sharing with us and reminding us of all those blessings we sometimes just take for granted. I hope you have a beautiful week. Brightest blessings and warm hugs.

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ROCKINFOX 8/23/2010 12:53PM

    I have the most amazing friends that anyone could ever ask for, and I am truly blessed!

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SWTSUCCESS2012 8/23/2010 2:27AM

    What an awesome undertaking! I consider myself blessed for having found the love of my life 17 months ago. I never knew it was possible to feel so loved and I thank God every day. Thank you for your blog and God bless! emoticon

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DIANNARUCKER 8/22/2010 3:13PM

    Wow, what an awesome blog. I am blessed to have three healthy children who love me. Recently my two sons had a disagreement. They are 5 years apart and don't always see eye to eye. I told them I was very upset to know they weren't talking. Today the oldest called to tell me that they had mended their fences. Yes I am very blessed to see them grow and be able to figure things out for themselves.

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WALKNLOVE 8/22/2010 6:29AM

    I am blessed even beyond words!!!!!!! I count you as one of those blessings!

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SURENDERISNOTME 8/20/2010 8:44PM

    I have been blessed over and over again over the years. My husband has been had multiple heart attacks over the past 10 years. When the doctors gave him little chance of recovery. We were both blesses with him pulling through. His health has improved over the past couple of years. Even his doctors are some what amazed.

Debbie

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JAMJOJAM 8/20/2010 2:01PM

    Thank you for the great reminder to count our blessings, all 10,000 of them. emoticon

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ISHIIGIRL 8/20/2010 1:23PM

    I am blessed with a great job that I generally love. I work for a company that is forward thinking, financially responsible, a nonprofit who believes in its employees to make a difference. I don't always appreciate these things. Thanks for the reminder.

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DARBYMCC 8/20/2010 12:13PM

  Like the others who have posted, I have a multitude of blessing, and your entry was a good reminder that they exist. I'm blessed with a happy, healthy 10 month old who is always happy to see me, a wonderful husband who works are to provide for us, loving family and friends. We have the things that we need and are able to afford many things that are just wants.

Truly Blessed

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DARBYMCC 8/20/2010 12:13PM

  Like the others who have posted, I have a multitude of blessing, and your entry was a good reminder that they exist. I'm blessed with a happy, healthy 10 month old who is always happy to see me, a wonderful husband who works are to provide for us, loving family and friends. We have the things that we need and are able to afford many things that are just wants.

Truly Blessed

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DARBYMCC 8/20/2010 12:12PM

  Like the others who have posted, I have a multitude of blessing, and your entry was a good reminder that they exist. I'm blessed with a happy, healthy 10 month old who is always happy to see me, a wonderful husband who works are to provide for us, loving family and friends. We have the things that we need and are able to afford many things that are just wants.

Truly Blessed

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DARBYMCC 8/20/2010 12:06PM

  Like the others who have posted, I have a multitude of blessing, and your entry was a good reminder that they exist. I'm blessed with a happy, healthy 10 month old who is always happy to see me, a wonderful husband who works are to provide for us, loving family and friends. We have the things that we need and are able to afford many things that are just wants.

Truly Blessed

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CCLEADBYEXAMPLE 8/20/2010 11:39AM

    What a wonderful blog! I am blessed to have wonderful people near to me that love me no matter what: my other half Jason and my best friend/older sister Jess (and her family-husband Kyle and my little munchkins Knick, Kaleb, and Kaleigh). I am also SO blessed to be able to coach other people and see them emerge as a person!
Casey

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WEMINICH 8/20/2010 11:03AM

  Brilliant!

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JECKIE 8/20/2010 10:39AM

    Wow. This post actually brought a physical reaction to me. What a simple, yet powerful, statement.

I have felt so incredibly blessed this year to have my amazing sisters and my new nephew to love and cherish. THIS is what life is about!

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WINNINGWALK 8/20/2010 9:40AM

    I am just so thankful that I am relatively healthy and have four good working limbs. When I go to a clinic or a hospital -- it just reminds me again how very, very blessed I am with the "basics" that we so often take for granted!

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SKINNYMINNIE25 8/20/2010 9:05AM

    My life is one big blessing...my children, my spouse, my job and Real Love.

www.reallove.com
R>Skinny

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RACHEAL01 8/20/2010 7:37AM

    Thanks John your blog certainly puts things into perspective. I was feeling sorry for myself that i didn't have enough free time to do things with - but I think i should be grateful that i have a secure job that pays enough to keep us fed and a roof over our heads and still have a bit left over for us. I'm grateful and blessed that i have a loving partner & family who accept me for myself - and a dog that loves to sleep on my feet and keep me warm. Thank you.

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GRAMMACATHY 8/20/2010 3:01AM

    The obvious blessings of course are my family and friends. Two less obvious blessings are the beautiful sunrises out my window and the monthly full moon which also rises behind the hills with an amazing yellow orange glow in the Autumn months.

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CATHRINE2010 8/19/2010 8:59PM

    I am very blessed to have a great business and a wonderful understanding Husband and family. I am also blessed to have put God in charge of my life so I don't have to worry about anything. emoticon

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PRINCESSNURSE 8/19/2010 5:57PM

    John---I have too many blessings to count---my growing relationship with God, my family, my friends, my co-workers, my job, my brain that can think, my feet that can run and of course I am thankful each and every morning for my first cup of coffee-lol. I am a nurse and recently contracted Hepatitis C from a needle stick from an infected patient. It was very upsetting (and still is) BUT after several days of emotional turmoil I realized that I never question the many many blessings I have so I will choose not to question this situation. I will instead choose to use it to better myself and look for the unexpected blessings that will result for it

PS~ :-) Great Blog!

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CHANGINGELAINE 8/19/2010 5:19PM

    I have so many blessing it is hard to know what to write. My grandson would have to be at the top of my list though...he is pure joy and makes my mother, his great grandma so happy.
God bless you for such an inspiring blog.

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JAYJAY44 8/19/2010 4:47PM

    What a wonderful blog! I am blessed to have lived long enough to have discovered family members that I never knew existed!

A few days ago I returned from my 2nd family reunion that my sister and I hosted and while it was a lot of work, I'm still on a "high" because of its success!

Discovering new family members was like discovering new life. I saw myself in so many of their faces! We're all colors of the rainbow with some of the same traits and I embraced them with all my heart and I thanked God for bringing them into my life to share a part of themselves with me!

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MESEATURTLE 8/19/2010 6:39AM

    What a wonderful blog!!!I better get going as i have to make my list!!

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JESSICA0431 8/18/2010 9:02PM

    This is one of the best I have ever read here on Spark...

I pRAiSe GoD for a body that can run, jump, sweat, taste, sleep comfortably, move, love, feel, cry, walk, skip, RUN!!!

(I can NOT wait for the book)

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MARCYNA 8/18/2010 2:59PM

    Having YOU as a friend, that's my blessing!!!!!!!!!!!

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SMOCKON 8/18/2010 2:26PM

    I am blessed with two healthy, wonderful daughters who make me laugh every day. I am blessed with a faithful, loving husband who is a great father to our daughters. I am blessed with a steady job that allows us to have everything we need and many of the things we want. I am blessed with a loving and close extended family. I am blessed to live in a country where peace is the norm and not the moments of silence between bombings and gunfire.

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SANDYK4BAMA 8/18/2010 2:11PM

    Well John, I'm in a funk today, and you have caused me to think of those 10,000 things. Here of some of mine: 1) I have a wonderful husband who loves me - and not only that, he SHOWS me. 2, 3)I have two (not just one) but 2 healthy beautiful, smart, kind, generous daughters. 4)I have a mariad of friends who help me heal my wounded heart on so many levels that I could never even begin to repay them for all they do for me (and you are one John). 5) My parents are still alive. 6) I have a great job in a company that I've wanted to work for for years. 7) I have a mini-van! (I love it too). 8) I have a soft comfy bed to lie my head in each night to rest. So many in the world do not have this blessing that God saw fit for me to have. Isn't it odd that He picks us - sinners that we are - and just let's us have these awesome things!? 9) I have a house that is big enough for me and my family, and also to move my mom in when she will FINALLY agree to. 10) I have been shown so much love in my life, that if I would just chose to, it would obliterate any hurt/pain that I've ever endured. That's just ten, but there are so many many more. To me, those are biggies.

Keep in my that you are one of MY blessngs and I am so very thankful that you are my SparkBuddy!

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MYTURN11 8/17/2010 11:27PM

    I am blessed that God put this amazing man in my life who is my husband and best friend. He is the world to me and I never take him for granted. Even though my screenname is myturn ~ it is really ourturn together. I love him so much and God knew I needed him.

I am a survivor of domestic violence from a previous marriage.

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MORTICIAADDAMS 8/17/2010 10:47PM

    I am blessed to have a family. I come from a very small family. My mom was very ill for 19 years and after I met my hubby and had a child she told my MIL that she could die in peace knowing that I would not be all alone in the world. She's been at peace since I was 46 years old. God chose to send me a wonderful hubby and my son and for that I am very blessed.

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GATOR12 8/17/2010 10:02PM

    So much to think about!! Surviving breast cancer 8 years now only the beginning. Thanks! Brenda

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TOTHEFUTURE1 8/17/2010 9:54PM

    My mother said "we are not a lucky family BUT at least we are not ARE NOT UNLUCKY FAMILY". She was a glass half full person

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ELLIE381 8/17/2010 8:32PM

    What a great blog. I have been blessed with many great things.
I hope our Grandchild who will be born in Dec/Jan will be as blessed as we have. Keep up the great work. emoticon

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INDEJAM09 8/17/2010 5:00PM

    I'VE BEEN BLESSED BY THIS SITE, SP HAS MADE ME FEEL LESS ISOLATED IN MY NEW HOME AND HAS INSPIRED ME TO BE MORE ACTIVE AND HELPED ME WITH DIETARY CHANGES AND HEALTH INFORMATION.
I'M BLESSED ALSO WITH MY HUSBAND AND PETS THAT I LOVE SO MUCH.
I'M BLESSED WITH A NEW HOME.
MY BLESSINGS ARE TOO MUCH TO COUNT.
THANKS FOR THIS BLOG!

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LINDALOO80 8/17/2010 3:19PM

    A nice blog!
I am blessed with a wonderful family, a great husband, 2 daughters and an awesome dog, along with everyone else in my extended family.

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HEARTSTOPPER 8/17/2010 3:12PM

   
I am blessed with an amazing husband, I met him on this site actually:)

HS

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ANGELBELIEVER 8/17/2010 2:41PM

    I am blessed with memories of my wonderful Mom who just died on Aug 6. I am blessed by my husband, my cat Thor, and all of my friends both on and off line. Thank you for this bog.Time can go so quickly as can lives. Everyday we have is a blessing.

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BKNOCK 8/17/2010 2:34PM

    Great blog! Thanks for sharing. I am blessed because I happened across your blog and it reminded me how blessed I am. Thank you very much!

I am blessed because I have a job and a family that loves me
I am blessed because I found Spark and I have shed 50 pounds so far.

Thanks again!

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AZCUPCAKE 8/17/2010 2:26PM

    I am blessed beyond measure, but my most precious top-of-the-heap blessings have to be my husband and two precious sons and a couple of very wonderful, I-talk-to-them-everyday friends. From there, I count my SparkPals, and our family's two dogs. I know what you mean -- that "feel sorry for myself" attitude can come on pretty darn fast, and it sometimes comes from out of nowhere, or so it seems! But you are correct when you say that such a feeling needs to be hog-tied and corralled just as quickly as possible, because it is usually standing RIGHT IN FRONT of something that is a billboard-sized BLESSING!! Thank you for reminding us that life isn't just a dress rehearsal; there is no "do-over." We should be grateful, thankful and joyful every minute we are awake for all of the good things we DO possess and all of the people who love us -- even when we don't necessarily DESERVE it, haha! Hope your eight-hour trip home was safe and UNeventful! Thank you, John! emoticon

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FIRERY1 8/17/2010 2:15PM

    I am blessed with a kind and loving husband, and a son whom I treasure. I am blessed with a comfortable home, where I can sit outside and watch ducks and birds and other wildlife come and go, and where I have kind and considerate neighbors. I am blessed with a few wonderful long-term friends who take me as I am. And I am blessed to know my Lord and Savior, Jesus, who is with me through all of life's' trials and tribulations. These blessings, and so many more...

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LUVMYK9S 8/17/2010 1:50PM

    I have been blessed with a wonderful son and husband.
I have been blessed with good friends.
I have been blessed to be working with rescuing dogs, they teach me what an amazing capacity for forgiveness and love they have.
I have been blessed with good health.

And there are so many more ... I try to find something to be grateful for each and every day!

Thank you!

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BLUEANGELLK 8/17/2010 1:04PM

    Thanks for the reminder. I have been blessed with a job that meets my needs and lets me do things for others.

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CMBELISLE 8/17/2010 12:34PM

    My blessing is that I am alive to be here for my children...no great illnesses or anything, but I know children growing up without one or both of their parents. It is a blessing that I can be here for mine.

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TXNANA_4 8/17/2010 11:10AM

    My blessings are my 2 children. We've had some very hard times but we came through with he help of God. Another blessing is my husband. He's a wonderful man and adopted my 2 children. I have 2 wonderful grandkids and about to be blessed with a 3rd.
Thank you for your wonderful words. They are truly inspiring! emoticon

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BECCALYNN75 8/17/2010 11:07AM

    Just a few of my many, many, undeserved blessings

*My salvation
*My family
*My church family
*My health
*Spark People - this blog particularly today!

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Am Amazing Dinner

Friday, August 13, 2010


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LUVMYK9S 8/16/2010 11:02AM

    I love veggie pizza and that sounds wonderful! I have a friend that just eats the toppings off of pizza and leaves the crust! I'm not disciplined enough to do that, but I do go light on the cheese and order a thin crust rather than deep dish.

Goes to show that you can have your 'pie' and eat it too! Enjoy yourself and have a great trip!
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DOLLBABE56 8/16/2010 8:48AM

    Wow, that sounds like a great pizza - and I LOVE pizza. Glad you are having a wonderful time.

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TEACHING1ST 8/15/2010 12:19PM

    This sounds great, John! Hearing your voice, you remind me of a BIL who lives outside of Chicago! Enjoy the trip and be safe coming home.

Mary

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PENNYAN45 8/14/2010 9:39PM

    The pizza sounds phenomenal!! It's almost worth an airplane trip to Chicago to give it a try!



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BRYLIA 8/14/2010 11:24AM

    Sounds good!

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BTINTERNET 8/14/2010 10:06AM

    Oh that sounds delicious

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MKPRINCESS007 8/14/2010 10:03AM

    Way to go!!!!!!!!! Seriously, those Chicago deep dish pizzas are killer I hear, so I am proud of you that you were able to make a healthy choice! Sounds like the weekend if off to a great start. Enjoy!

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HDHAWK 8/14/2010 9:02AM

    Yummy! Enjoy the rest of your weekend.

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GETFIT2LIVE 8/14/2010 1:10AM

    What an awesome way to have your cake, er, pizza and stay relatively healthy, too! That sounds like a wonderful pizza; have a great time!

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HONORINGGOD 8/13/2010 11:37PM

    emoticonyum God bless your weekend my friend

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GEEMAWEST 8/13/2010 8:43PM

    I love veggie pizza. Yours sounds delicious. Thanks for taking the time to share. Have fun the rest of the weekend.

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CHATERJOY 8/13/2010 8:29PM

    Hey back! Sounds good to me! Have fun!

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A Fun Filled Weekend

Friday, August 13, 2010

We are headed to Arlington Heights, Illinois today for a family wedding. Sunday we will travel north to Milwaukee to see my mom, dad and sisters. monday we come home. (Tuesday please be on the lookout for grumpy John!!!)

I'll be MIA until Monday evening. I hope everyone has a really great weekend and please remember that the very best coach/trainer/buddy you have is only as far away as your closest mirror. Believe in "the magic," and the tremendous beauty and potential inside of each of you. you guys are a large part of what gets me through all of this.

You are worth it and you deserve it.

  
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JPRICE217 8/17/2010 8:05AM

    Have a good visit with family and friend. Glad to have you back.

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TRISH2229 8/14/2010 4:44PM

    Have a good time!

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BRYLIA 8/14/2010 11:25AM

    Enjoy the family time together and have a terrific weekend!

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CARTOONB 8/13/2010 11:51PM

    Have a great weekend!

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MORTICIAADDAMS 8/13/2010 7:06PM

    Enjoy your holiday!!

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AJDOVER1 8/13/2010 5:36PM

    Have a safe trip. We're all looking forward to your return.

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NANASNOW 8/13/2010 4:21PM

    Have a good weekend! Thank you for your kind words!!

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LUVMYK9S 8/13/2010 3:11PM

    Have a wonderful weekend with your family!

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MISSROCKABILLY 8/13/2010 12:31PM

    Have a wonderful time this weekend!

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MKPRINCESS007 8/13/2010 12:12PM

    Have a fabulous time! :) Thanks for always bringing a smile to my face!

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TXNANA_4 8/13/2010 11:19AM

    Have a fun weekend!

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HDHAWK 8/13/2010 10:14AM

    Enjoy every minute of your weekend!

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EGGENS 8/13/2010 10:04AM

    Have a great trip!

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GEEMAWEST 8/13/2010 9:47AM

    Have a great time. I'll try to avoid you on Tuesday. LOL

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STORMTMB 8/13/2010 9:42AM

    Have fun!

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MOMGABE 8/13/2010 9:38AM

    Thanks, John. Even when your blogs are short, you always throw in a golden nugget of truth.

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YOGINI_JACKIE 8/13/2010 9:27AM

    Enjoy your weekend!

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NJMATTICE 8/13/2010 8:51AM

    Safe trip!


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MICKEYMAX 8/13/2010 8:46AM

    Have a wonderful trip!

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TOTHEFUTURE1 8/13/2010 8:36AM

    Enjoy your weekend

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ECONLADY 8/13/2010 8:31AM

    Let us know how it turns out.

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SKINNYPOWELL1 8/13/2010 8:27AM

    emoticonfor the encouraging words, just what I needed to hear this morning. Enjoy your family time.

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