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"Do I Need A Mentor?" It Just Might Help

Monday, October 04, 2010

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JPRICE217 10/8/2010 7:42AM

    John thank you for the great blog. You are right we all do need a mentor and we need to be a mentor.

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MARCYNA 10/6/2010 9:53AM

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IZZYAGGY2009 10/5/2010 10:08PM

    Really some great wisdom, in that advice. Thank you for sharing! emoticon

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REJ7777 10/4/2010 11:30PM

    It's always saddened me when people become inactive on SP, especially when they had become SP motivators. It makes you wonder where they are now.

I have a good mentor. She encourages me when I need support, but she's not afraid to give me a swift kick in the rear end when I need one! I wouldn't be where I am without her support! emoticon

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SPARKENISTA 10/4/2010 6:18PM

    John-- emoticon for your comment on my blog. I'm sure you know that it's always easier to take care of someone else than it is to take care of yourself. As a professional counselor, you know that your objectivity is the most important tool in your arsenal.

Having said that, I must say that I had never thought of my parenting in exactly the way you did. Of course, I had to problem-solve to make sure that all the pieces of my son's life were in place. However, I never thought of it as problem-solving. I thought of them as life. I thought of them as not negotiable.

I have to say that you are more of an expert at parenting than I--you have eight times more practice. So you would know.

Isn't it funny (not the ha-ha kind) that I never thought that way about the pieces of my life. In that regard, I am sure I am Everywoman/man. But that doesn't mean it's okay. Part of this exercise called life is becoming increasingly self-aware which also makes you more other-aware.

I think it's also very interesting that in this blog, while you throw out a valuable thought/tool you are also self-protective in asking people not to ask you to be a mentor by telling them that you are a professional who gets paid for that and that you are already doing it gratis for some people on the site.

In any case, I am up and running for the 90- (now 89-day) Push. I am glad to be back in your sphere of influence. We'll keep each other in our radar and see how to project that forward to a successful goal--to be followed by another goal?



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ANEPANALIPTI 10/4/2010 2:31PM

    I've looked through mine and thought the SAME thing about how a lot of them are gone.

SO agreed on the "she'll let me eat the cookie" and having friends who would be like: "uh, don't really see why that would be an issue/problem/hard for you"

and I JUST realized it, it took me a few moments but YUP you remind me of tom hanks a bit. :-)


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STORMTMB 10/4/2010 2:22PM

    While I don't have a mentor here, I have one in life and he's the absolute best. We've had this relationship for 23 years, so I totally agree with what you're saying. It's so nice to have someone for advice who has already been through it all. And, darn it, he's always right - especially when it's not what I want to hear.

I just made a spreadsheet to keep track of my next 89 days!!! I'm gonna push to the end of the year. Looking forward to it.

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ISHIIGIRL 10/4/2010 2:20PM

    Thanks for sharing your thoughts. Its very true you get better results if you are supported and a mentor is a great support system. It should be a secret of success!

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KATRIONAH 10/4/2010 2:16PM

    John, This is a great idea! A person who can have your back..... is in the program so know the ups and downs....and someone who can objectively listen and help. I know there are days I could really use one. Thank you for the idea.....and I hope you have a joy-filled day....Share your smile, Karen emoticon

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90 Day Push

Sunday, October 03, 2010

How much of an investment are you ready to make in you?

That’s the question I asked myself when LAWRALOO invited me to participate in the 90 Day Push Team. Time flies quickly when you are having fun and her invitation forced me to realize that 2010 with all its victories and all its minor setbacks would soon be over.

Where would I be when we dropped all the balloons and streamers on December 31? How many goals would I have reached and what would I look like? I get caught up in the day-to-day like everyone else. Making sure I log my food, do my cardio and show up for my personal training sessions sometimes seems like it that’s about all I can handle until I stop, take a deep breath and realize that I can’t see the forest because of all the trees!!

How do I want the year to end for me? What’s the main thing I want to accomplish between now and December 31 and am I ready to forgo all my excuses about the holidays and open houses and all the stuff that comes creeping up during November and December?

When I ran my first 5K last Saturday (See my blog “What I Learned Going Up The Hill”) I reached a make or break point. The last half mile of that race was straight up hill. Gut check time for John. Do I finish the race and live with this incredible sense of accomplishment or do I stop and walk the rest of the way because, well because it’s just too darn hard to make it? I’ll spoil the ending for you. I made it up the hill and when I did I walked away knowing, not just believing, but knowing I could do anything I set my mind to.

That final hill was so steep that no one was on either side of it. If I had stopped to catch my breath or walk no one would have known. No one but me. On December 31, after you climbed that hill, after you decided on the one major thing you want to accomplish in the next ninety days the person cheering the loudest will be yourself.

This stuff is hard to do alone. Those of you who have been Sparking for any length of time know that, especially around the holidays. Temptation abounds!!! Yikes, here come all those Christmas cookies!! Thus the 90 Day Push. You are not alone. You will be supported by positive people who not only want to see themselves be successful but want you to reach your goals as well.

In the end it’s up to you. It will be difficult at times. You will be tempted.

Are you worth it?

Do you deserve to be successful?

Who do you hang with?

When I answer those questions correctly and create a clear vision of where I want to go and what I want to do, I am encouraged by my final outcome. All the activity and effort will give me a goal.

So what’s your goal for the next ninety days and what are you willing to invest to reach it? For my part I want to turn to my left and right and know I am part of a group of positive, motivated people who will challenge and push me right along with them.

Here’s the team link:

Maybe you’ll choose not to join us and if you don’t we will miss you but that’s cool. Think about the rest of the year though and how you plan to make it the best ever.........FOR YOU

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TRIPLE_EMME 10/7/2010 12:10PM

    Hi John!

This is a great blog!

Even though a few days have passed and it is now 85 days left for 2010, I'd like to join the 90 day push. My goal for the remainder of the year is to be active and get my fitness minutes.


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AKATUJE 10/6/2010 4:59PM

    Great blog as always!!!!

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TIME4AFITME 10/4/2010 9:41PM

    great blog! I need to think on that one.

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PSSN4FITNESS 10/4/2010 2:40PM

    What a great story and exactly what I needed to hear! I am facing my own hill at the end of the race right now. I am on to my last 10lbs and it is so tempting to just give up so close the to finish line. I am glad that you pushed through your 5K. The 90Day Push is a great idea! Press on and Press HARD!

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DEE797 10/4/2010 2:20PM

    Thanks for the reminder about planning ahead and where do I want to be by year's end. Think I will join up and find out.

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MUSTANG_SALLY2 10/4/2010 12:28PM

    I joined but am not sure what goals I want to set. Have to think about that.

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WISEONE68 10/4/2010 9:49AM

    I joined and I am very excited to begin to ponder the goals and what I want to look like and think of on December 31, 2010!!!

As I say "good-bye" to this of the goals is to say "good-bye" FOREVER to the pounds lost over the next two months as I attempt to reach weigh goal before November 30th!!!

thanks for your inspiration!!

Blessings emoticon

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LEANJEAN6 10/4/2010 7:42AM

    Wow---- It sounds good to me----- I will join in--

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DOLLBABE56 10/4/2010 7:08AM

    This is a wonderful idea and something I know is going to help me in so many ways.

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ANEPANALIPTI 10/4/2010 6:12AM

    As I read your blog I'm listening to Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer. emoticon Why did youtube recommend that after listening to Dean Martin I have no idea!!! Maybe it knows that I'm going to be in Chicago with my family for Christmas? THANKS JOHN! I'm IN! Even with the festivities and being away from routine and home, I'm IN! I'm not scared anymore! emoticon



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JAKEANDNELLIE 10/4/2010 3:44AM

    I joined the team!
I felt much like you did - a deep sense of personal accomplishment - when I hiked a difficult trail earlier this week. It involved lots of climbing over boulders and through narrow places - I wasn't sure I could do it but I surprised myself!
Now, I'm going to find more ways to challenge myself. Who knows what will happen or where I'll be in the next 90 days - the adventure is just beginning!

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MKPRINCESS007 10/3/2010 11:34PM

    I have been full of excuses.....none of them are good.
So, yeah, I am in! Thanks, my friend ! :)
I will kick you if you will kick me, ok? Ooops, I meant cheer me on! :)

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LAWRALOO 10/3/2010 11:33PM

    You should post this under a sticky in the forums! :)))

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LAWRALOO 10/3/2010 11:21PM

    Exactly my thoughts!
I don't want to get to January 2011 and THEN make a goal to lose the rest of my weight. Why not start now? And...there's no better way to do it than with positive motivating people all around me!

Game on :)

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STORMTMB 10/3/2010 10:35PM

    Thanks, John. I just joined - ready to make these last 3 months the best yet.

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MEREDIE02 10/3/2010 9:57PM

    I've joined up! I realized that I can meet my goal weight in that time. Knowing that it is in reach feels amazing. Here's to the next 90 days!

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    I gained 10 pounds over the holidays last year and it is not going to happen this year. I am planning ahead.

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October Goals: Doing Things A Bit Bass Ackwards

Saturday, October 02, 2010

I have learned to rethink a lot of my traditional beliefs concerning health since I joined Spark a little over nine months ago. I used to be outcome oriented. I’d set a goal and then stress out over how in the name of all that is holy I was going to reach it. I’d want to lose a jillion pounds and I’d get all worked up and not eat for a week, drop ten pounds, decide it wasn’t worth it and inhale a fudge cake……… with fudge icing.

That was then, this is now.

My October goals are going to be activity oriented and that activity will lead me to reaching a monthly weight loss goal. After I write it down I am going to let go of it until October 31. I’ll weigh in weekly and all that other cool stuff but that goal will be the outcome of good activity(s)

Here we go:

I will eat within my calorie range and by doing so consume the “right” kinds of food. Lottsa fruit, lottsa veggies and just eating the common sense things I know I should eat. I am going to do this by planning better. I’m going to write my meals down for three days at a time. For me, any longer than that is foolish, because of my schedule.

Currently I am running three days per week. My runs are two mile, two and one half miles, and three miles. I am running a 5K next Saturday. I work with a personal trainer two days per week. During October I am going to add some swimming. This is part of a long term goal of doing a mini triathlon in June of 2011.

Downtime and rest are a large issue with me. I am eternally doing something. As I write this I am having a huge stress attack. I have the stomach flu and that means I am not running today. Even though I am not feeling very well there is this voice inside of me telling me not to wait until tomorrow, to do it right now!!! A friend gave me a tip. He told me to schedule my downtime just like I would schedule any other appointment. Good idea. I think I’ll use that one.
You are probably bored reading this as there are no other great revelations here. I meant for that to happen. All three of these things are reachable and attainable and when I do them and do them well I will:

Have lost 13 pounds for the month.

Party On.

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TRIPLE_EMME 10/7/2010 12:12PM


Thanks for sharing your October goals. You will do it!

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SANDYK4BAMA 10/7/2010 11:27AM

    I think I need to make a 90-day plan too. I've been waaay too lax in this area of planning. I'm wid ya!

Go John!!

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LAWRALOO 10/3/2010 6:50PM

    How much is a jillion? ;)

A 13lb loss for the month is Egg-Zellent John!

Hope you get feeling better soon so you can prep your self mentally and physically for your 5k next weekend. I know you'll do great! emoticon

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ZURDTA- 10/3/2010 8:40AM

    I think activity based goals are much better! And yes, downtime is essential, esp when ill as you coudl end up being set back a lot further.

I haven't set any monthly goals myself, and I think I should follow your example and set some good activity based ones. Anything I lose will be a bonus for me!

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ANEPANALIPTI 10/3/2010 6:19AM

    I like it!!!!

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STORMTMB 10/2/2010 8:10PM

    Hey John, some of us stop by every day because you're a great guy and good friend - not just for the grand revelations! Good luck with your goals. Sounds like a great plan.

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    Sorry to hear you're not feeling well. I hope you're back to 100% very soon. Sounds like you have a great plan for October. You can definitely do it. :)

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HLPRATT 10/2/2010 4:49PM

    It's hard not to be goal oriented and not to be self critical. It's so important though to look at the big picture and understand your emotions. I like that scheduling down time I may give that a try

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    I might be interested in the fudge cake with fudge icing if it can be done low calorie, low carb, and low fat. emoticon

Great job on the weight loss!! Amazing!

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CATHERINEL66 10/2/2010 3:08PM

    Sounds great to me! If you take care of the fitness and nutrition, the weight takes care of itself!

I HAVE to plan rest days and down time ... otherwise I will just keep on going or stress when I'm not. It's particularly important in my head so I'm not stressing over it.

Looking forward to October progress with you!

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_COSMOPAULATAN_ 10/2/2010 12:26PM


"I used to be outcome oriented. I’d set a goal and then stress out over how in the name of all that is holy I was going to reach it. I’d want to lose a jillion pounds and I’d get all worked up and not eat for a week, drop ten pounds, decide it wasn’t worth it and inhale a fudge cake……… with fudge icing."

Yeah... I so relate friend. I still struggle with that. Sometimes. Which is better than all the time. Keep on inspiring us, John. You are amazing!

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MSSUNBUG 10/2/2010 11:32AM

    Sounds like some great goals. I too like to keep my goals active. I'm sorry to hear you have that nasty stomach bug that's going around. Do feel better!

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STARGLADE 10/2/2010 11:15AM

    Excellent idea, scheduling your downtime. When I had a fuller life (working 40+ hours, mother/wife, etc) I had to do the same thing. Being laid off for as long as I have been has shifted that somewhat. However--it's important to treat downtime equally importantly. If that means writing it into your calendar, then write it into your calendar. We NEED downtime, just like we NEED food, water, and exercise.

Good job, man. Keep it up!


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DOLLBABE56 10/2/2010 10:59AM

    This sounds like a good plan John. A "doable" plan. Give yourself time to feel better.

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CARTOONB 10/2/2010 10:58AM

    Great idea to goal your activities, not the result of those activities. I'll be rooting for you!

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JAE_HENNINGTON 10/2/2010 10:31AM

  I am thinking your friend gave you some very good advice.. schedule your down time.. I always think of it like this.. even Jesus needed to get away from the crowds and have quiet times.. if he needed to this being God.. make sense I would need to do this to.. You have a great weekend John.. rest and feel better emoticon

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ANNASBF 10/2/2010 10:14AM

    I'm thinking exercise and activity have become a strong habit.... which causes you stress when you can't do it... so it is the OTHER side of creating a new habit. That is what makes a habit work....for good or ill! All the things you mention... some pounds lost, running distances, and preparing to run a 5K... maybe you are taking your accomplishments for granted a little bit .... I'm reading this and feeling very happy for you with all your efforts. This is actually very -not boring- to me! The idea your friend gave you to schedule down time is a great thought... it also means to ACCEPT some down time... especially with an illness. I understand the fear that many express - once I sit down, or stop the the healthy thing I could fall down that spiral and never get up to do a dern thin! I don't think that is part of your makeup anymore...of course you are going to slip on a chocolate cake, but who wouldn't and as long as you get right back up...and use a napkin for your chocolate chin...I'd say let bygones be bygones and schedule the knowledge that you can count on yourself to begin again...and again...and so on. I hope the organizing you plan to do eases your mind during your illness. Take care.

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GETFIT2LIVE 10/2/2010 10:07AM

    My feelings too, John. My goals this month are focused on the things I am doing to keep on this healthy journey, not how much weight I want to lose. Scheduling down time is wise, otherwise it may not mappen. Feel better soon, though!

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NJMATTICE 10/2/2010 10:06AM

    Sounds like you are set for a fine and successful October. Get well soon.

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HDHAWK 10/2/2010 10:04AM

    Nice plan for Oct. John. I too, am trying to rely less on the scale and more on how my clothes fit. I too, struggle with downtime. I always say I need more of it, yet when I get it, I don't always know what to do with it. I'm usually still doing something even when relaxing. I think it comes from years of running around, raising 3 kids, taking care of a home, and having a full time job. I'm working on it. I've made a list of the things I enjoy doing when I have down time so I don't find myself wandering around looking for something to eat at those times!

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MARCYNA 10/2/2010 10:00AM

    Scheduling downtime is great, we are not machines and we're programmed to have some rest.
I agree to you plan, it's sensible and attainable. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
PS I had the same attitude- outcome oriented- and by this time I'd have drowned all my worries in tons of ice-cream emoticon emoticon

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How I Am Learning To Let Go

Friday, October 01, 2010

I am not sure if what I heard was embarrassment, frustration, anger, or maybe a combination of all three, but the voice on the other end of the line was loaded with it. Gil called to tell me he had just terminated an employee of forty years for theft. After a long investigation it had been determined that the employee had been stealing material and using equipment for his personal use for many years.

“I blame myself,” Gil began” For being so trusting. “I should have been more skeptical of people and maybe this wouldn’t have happened!”

Gil’s been with his company for close to thirty years. I asked him if this had ever happened before and he told me it hadn’t.

“So,” I said. “You are going to completely scrap your belief system because of one occurrence?”

“He took advantage of me. It’s my fault.”

I bring this up because I received a few questions about yesterday’s blog. A few folks wondered how you let go and how you began to forgive. Really good question.

You begin by telling yourself you are going to stop blaming. Mostly you stop blaming yourself because once you get in the habit of unchaining yourself from the wall it becomes easier to unchain the rest of creation. If you are like me you wake up in the middle of the night sometimes and you begin thinking about all the missed opportunities, mistakes and really stupid decisions you made during your life. The more you think about them the angrier you get and when you run out of room inside of you to blame yourself, you start blaming other people. Maybe it’s the DH or DW. Maybe its mom or dad or the boss. It doesn’t matter; assign blame so you can get back to sleep.

The cycle is self-perpetuating. We blame ourselves and then in order to live with our less than enlightened decisions we come up with a justification for our actions and we cling tight to it. Usually those justifications involve other people.

It’s okay to be wrong. It’s okay to make mistakes, even if those mistakes are horrific and terrible. We all make them. What we have done is elevate mistakes to be synonymous with sin. And God knows we can’t live with sin!! We have to drive our mistakes out with a whip a, chair and a gun. Next thing you know we are in the buffet line with all the other “sinners” and we are chowing down. Somehow it feels better when we eat. Then we look in the mirror and we say “yikes!!!” We is fat!!! Who do we blame for that? Hmmmmmmmm I know I’ll blame me. It’s like a dog chasing it’s tale.

I am not perfect, neither are you and I don’t know that I know any perfect people. I do know some smart ones and they are the folks who begin with really tiny steps and say the first thing I am going to do is stop blaming me for my past. It’s done, over, kaput.
I realized a few months ago that if I didn’t stop all the self-blaming I was doing I’d never STAY healthy. I’d eternally take weight off and put it back on because there would always be something or someone to blame. When I stop blaming myself I stop blaming other people because of the freedom I feel inside. It’s like a huge weight is lifted and I have space and time for all those wonderful, healthy activities.

When I get in the habit of not blaming I can learn to forgive, especially myself, for my mistakes. That makes it easier to forgive everyone around me and when I learn to do that I learn to let go of those things that hold me back.

I am who I hang around with. Hang with naysayers then you’ll be a naysayer.
Gil probably didn’t sleep too well last night.

Been there, done that.

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    Poor Gil!!

I NEVER wake up in the middle of the night and think, "If only............" Mistakes are blessings. They are meant to teach you something. The mistakes I made in my life are some of the most pivotal moments in my life - life changing. I learned from them and grew and became the person I wanted to be because of them.

You need to tell Gil to embrace his mistakes as learning experiences. And you need to not fret over missed opportunities but celebrate the opportunities you did take. The good decisions you made. Living in the past is futile and wastes valuable time that you can be devoting to having a wonderful here and now. Who has time to look for a place to put blame? You have too many good things to do and so do I.

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CATHERINEL66 10/1/2010 1:30PM

    I heard this one loud and clear .... I think it all starts with ourselves. And the second I start blaming others, I take it as a big signal to look at the pot calling the kettle black (self projection!).

Good blog!

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CINDYHOUGHTON 10/1/2010 12:27PM

    I love what Joyce Meyer says: hurting people hurt people and we are always looking for where to place blame. Addicts don't begin to heal until they take responsibility for their own actions and neither do the rest of us. We cannot control anyone but ourselves;. Let's do the best we can to do so and pray for everyone else!Good blog!

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WISEONE68 10/1/2010 11:53AM

    Great blog, Friend!! Forgiveness is I said before, and will share till it doesn't make sense to me any longer...

"Unforgiveness is like drinking poison and expecting the other person to die."

When we don't forgive, we are only hurting ourselves and our relationship with the Lord!!!!

Have a great day!!!

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MUSTANG_SALLY2 10/1/2010 11:43AM

    Thanks John. I'm working on it.

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ZURDTA- 10/1/2010 11:41AM

    True, John...

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GETFIT2LIVE 10/1/2010 11:08AM

    You are wise, John. Forgiveness is essential to our own freedom; we only tie ourselves up in knots and strengthen the chains that bind us to the wall when we choose to not forgive. Forgiveness is not a feeling; it is a choice that we make, sometimes once but more often day by day, minute by minute.

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NJMATTICE 10/1/2010 9:47AM

    It's an important job to be at peace with ourselves. I find that there's little peace when you are attending to a fresh wound. It just plain hurts. Like a cut. You have to dance around a bit, blow on it, "ooh, ouch, ouch, sheesh, (whine, whine) shoot!" etc. Then when the initial pain gets under control, then you can get to the healing and forgiveness. You friend Gil is freshly wounded. Still dancing around. I hear his pain. Ouch! But blaming only helps us cling to the pain. Some of us seem to like pain. That way we have an excuse to use our medications. I'm learning to accept the pain for what it is, experience it, let it run it's course and then move on. Thanks for the thoughtful blog Mr. J.

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AKATUJE 10/1/2010 9:31AM

    Somehow it is hardest to forgive me, but ia m learning slowly that God loves me and forgives me and practicing to let go of my mistakes. You are so right, they do chain us to a wall and keep us in the same nasty place. Out with my whip!!!


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JAE_HENNINGTON 10/1/2010 9:26AM

  Oh my dear friend.. we always seem to be on the same page.. I have for awhile now ( ok a lifetime) been trying to let go and forgive those in the past who have hurt me and helped mold me .. I say I do.. but then have no desire to let them back in my life to do it again.. so is this true forgiveness or just something I do for self protection I am not sure...I am learning these life lessons and I am determined to keep on the road no matter how bumpy it gets... thank you for being a friend and being inspiring to us at Sparks

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September Update and All Sorts of Other Ramblings

Thursday, September 30, 2010

My friend MEZZOANGEL wondered in her blog yesterday about the impending season of winter and how it would affect her workouts. Great minds think alike!! Me too!!

I had a chance to run last night. That was new for me. Normally I run in the mornings because it has been so gosh darned hot and it suits my schedule much better. I ran two miles in a local park and it was so nice to run into a setting sun rather than trying to shield my eyes for a rising one. (I know, buy sun glasses John.) It was chilly as the sun went down and my mind wandered to winter. What am I going to do when it gets really cold?

I was talking to a friend and the other day and he asked me if I was interested in the Lakewood Valley Triathlon. It’s a mini event we have here in June. You run three miles, cycle fifteen miles and swim one half mile. It benefits a good cause and it is more of a fun thing. The cycling and running shouldn’t be much of an issue. Doing them both on one day will present a challenge and I have eight months. Swimming on the other hand is as about as familiar to me as speaking Greek.

“So was running about six months ago,” Joan said looking over her glasses as she worked the morning Sudoku.

As usual, she is correct. Before May of this year I couldn’t have told you a 5K from a five miler. I can now.

I learned two things here. Don’t ever be scared about something new, be excited and curious and really enthusiastic about it and you will want to do it!!! I already learned my gym does have a training class starting in November for first time participants.

I will still run. I have about eight weeks left of being able to run outside here and then it’s on the indoor track and treadmill. Honestly, I am not looking forward to that at all. I like being outside and yes I could buy the insulated running gear………

I’m looking forward to mixing things up, so to speak. The first two legs of the Triple Crown (5K and 10K) are in February and March so I will shoot for those as well as becoming BFF’s with the water.

I believe my goals need to be ongoing and exciting and when they are I am more inclined to pursue them. At lunch yesterday my young client was surprised to learn I was fifty seven. I told him that’s because my mind was roughly eighteen. I believe in thinking and acting young. I have a friend whose health has declined rapidly the past two years. Nothing about has changed except his attitude. He eternally laments “getting old.” He recently turned sixty and noted he probably has about ten good years left in him. Since he adopted this mind set he has become diabetic, found out he has celiac disease and had a cancer scare that resulted in major chest surgery that side lined him for about three months. Before he decided he was “old” (58) he golfed, walked and played a very mean saxophone.

Yes, my body is aging. Yes my recovery time is longer than it was ten years ago. Ibuprofen is my best friend some days, but I am thinking ahead to lots of activity and lots of fun.
I hadn’t weighed for a month until this morning. No agenda here, I honestly forgot about it with the wedding and my first 5K. Given all the stress and running round like a chicken with my head cut off I neither lost not gained. I was pleased. I have tracked my food intake and exercise and I knew I’d face a few challenges wedding week with all the festivities. I think I did well

My measurements however reduced by one half to three fourths of an inch.

Here comes October and all sorts of new challenges. I’m so happy I could squeal.

Party On

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CATHERINEL66 10/1/2010 1:38PM

    I vote for YOU doing that mini trathlon, John! You go first, LOL, then I'll try one!

Winter worries me. Not so much the working out outside (it's plenty nice in the gym) but I worry about getting depressed. Ugh. I'm girding myself with a strong foundation of routine exercise, and I WILL stick to the running and spinning program I've established over the winter, and keep my nutrition first class. The rest will take care of itself if I take care of me.

Funny about your friend. My mom is 61, hasn't worked in 10 years, finally got disability, and works really hard at creating barriers and excuses as to why she 'can't' do anything, including biking, yoga, walking the dog, going in pools .... you name it, she can name a 'reason' why not. Sigh. You know, we believe what we tell ourselves ...

I'm telling myself that you're doing GREAT and so am I! Keep up the good journey my friend!

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MARCYNA 10/1/2010 12:06PM

    Loooooooove the'll just get into swimming in no time and it'll be so good for you John....
I'm sure you'll meet a lot of fantastic new people and you'll be happy of your decision, the stars are all on your side.
If you feel young, your body stays young.
I believe it even if I can't prove it scientifically. Go ahead, John. Well done. emoticon emoticon
PS How's your book project going?
You must have already lots of good stuff!

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CATNAP45 10/1/2010 6:36AM

  Swimming is my exercise of choice year around. They've even shown that it's good for your bone density like running is, but much easier on your joints. If you're going to take it up, I strongly suggest that you find a coach to give you technique pointers - good technique can make a huge difference. If finding a coach is not possible, there are websites like swimforfitness that offer programs of varying levels of fitness / time.

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ANEPANALIPTI 10/1/2010 4:34AM

    Ahhh I now look forward to your blogs, love them. :-)

Just like swimming is alien to you, I don't know how to ride a bike! I want to learn so bad!!!!!! I think that its so awesome that there's a program in November for first timers! YOU SHOULD SO DO IT!!!!

Having run in 20 degree weather, I HIGHLY RECOMMEND the wicking winter running gear. You just might love it!!! emoticon I find its like starting morning running, which i did recently. When you first start out in the freezing temps, you're like: WHAT IS WRONG W ME!?!?! I DIDNT THINK I HAD A DEATH WISH?!!? Then at the end you feel SO rewarded.

Woot. Looking forward to October just as much. emoticon

You go!!! :D

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    Winter is no biggie on the exercise scene and it is actually easier to me than the horrible summer heat and humidity unless there is ice and then it can be a bummer. But that is what they make treadmills for. My hubby and I enjoy our winter walks. You just bundle up and get out there. I think Dr. Roisen said it best when asked, "But what if it's hot?" And he replied, "You get out and exercise." "And what if it's raining? "You get out an exercise." "Snowing?" You know the drill.

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JUSTFOXXY 9/30/2010 7:13PM

    Learned any good Greek words lately?

Go for it! emoticon

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REJ7777 9/30/2010 1:08PM

    Squeal on!!! emoticon

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SMOCKON 9/30/2010 10:47AM

    Reading your blog always sets me up for a good day!

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STORMTMB 9/30/2010 10:14AM

    John, I like that you're keeping it fresh with new goals and new challenges, not just longer runs, but new forms of exercise. Keep up the great work, John! We're here rooting you on every single day!

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LOOKY-LOU 9/30/2010 10:09AM

    It was your 5k that actually got me to try running on Tuesday. I figured if you could do it, so could I...

Okay, so one run in (for me) start talking TRIATHLON?????

Have a good one! emoticon

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GETFIT2LIVE 9/30/2010 9:55AM

    Go for that triathlon, John! I have been contemplating doing one as well, but I have to find one that is far enough off in the future to allow time for getting a bike and getting back in the water. Way to go on maintaining during all the craziness of the month; losing in the measurements shows you're still on the right track in the midst of everything. Yes, I've been thinking about winter, too; I want to run outside as much as I can, so for me it's more about rain gear than anything else (Seattle is, uh, damp in the winter--oh wait, that's most of the year!). I want to extend my distances so I can run a half marathon(!) eventually, maybe sooner rather than later.

Winter? Bring it on! emoticon

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HLPRATT 9/30/2010 9:53AM

    Cooler weather is actually more comfortable to run in. And I think it helps my whole outlook to spend some time outside even if it's cold. (I just have to cover my ears and hands) Then there's always the treadmill when it's really cold.
You are exactly right about oldness and attitude. Youth is excited about new things and I want to keep that alive. And you John are doing a good job at that. Age dreads anything new. (Yes I can learn this new computer system)

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NJMATTICE 9/30/2010 9:48AM

    I look forward to your tales of the DEEP. Swimming is a great exercise and never hard on the aging joints. You are going to be good friends with the water, I'm sure of it. Way to keep it fresh and exciting and always evolving! Have a wonderful Thursday, John!

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STILLPOINT 9/30/2010 9:46AM

    Wonderful JOhn!!! With the wedding and all, you did fantastic with your goals this month and managed to maintain your weight. That's a great accomplishment AND you know you did well and are proud of yourself and setting goals for next month. Perfect.

Have a wonderful day,

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