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"The Climb"

Thursday, August 28, 2014

“The Climb”

My granddaughter attended her first hip-hop dance class on Monday evening, 8/25. She was so excited, so happy. I asked, “What did you dance to?” She said, “Hannah Montana, ‘Hoedown Throwdown.’” She went on to tell me she’s the tallest girl in the class. She is tall. I told her to remember she’s in a beginner’s class (She has friends who have taken dance before and are in a different class.) because she has never taken a dance lesson before. She’s 8 years old. Her reply was “That’s okay, Grandma. They don’t know what I can do!”

I thought about what Abby said. She got on the computer when we came home and located the music. She put on her own little recital! I went on to do other things and heard “The Climb.” Abby used to love everything about Miley Cyrus/Hannah Montana. The music is from the “Hannah Montana Movie.” Is was a good movie, good music and it is from earlier “Miley Cyrus’ days. She’s having a lot of problems now, but she is very talented.

Abby’s comment ‘They don’t know what I can do!’ and the lyrics to “The Climb” just kept running through my mind. I found the lyrics to “The Climb” - powerful words. It begins . . .

I can almost see it.
That dream I’m dreaming.
But there’s a voice inside my head saying
'You’ll never reach it.’

So many times I’ve dreamt and envisioned how I will look (the healthy Babs again) and how I will feel to be fit again. Then I slip and that negative voice in my head returns. “Who are you kidding!”

. . . I got to be strong
Just keep pushing on

Ain’t about how fast I get there
Ain’t about what’s waiting on the other side
It’s the climb, yeah!

Wow! My granddaughter’s “They don’t know what I can do!” and lyrics by Miley Cyrus have definitely gave me an “Ah ha” moment. I CAN do this. I WILL do this.


It’s the climb. It’s all about the journey, the journey to a healthier lifestyle. It’s how I get there and what I’m willing to do to get there that will keep me there. Slow and steady is fine with me. I have to put one foot in front of the other. I have to plan each move, each meal/snack, walk, swim, cycling or whatever I plan to do to climb that mountain. I will climb. I have to ‘Just keep pushing.’ When I reach the summit, I will be a very happy, healthy Sparkie!! It's a learning process. It's a journey. It's something I CAN and WILL do - with a little help from my friends.


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DOLLIE6 9/4/2014 6:04PM

    oh I love this. I keep thinking one more pound closer to goal. I know I will reach my goal. Thank you for sharing.

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IOWAGRAMMA 9/2/2014 2:04PM

    How did I miss this? Anyway...glad I found it today!! Awesome message, Babs, and such a great way for us to keep looking forward...AND upward!! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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~KINDREDSPIRIT~ 8/31/2014 4:22PM

    I loved that song The Climb - so inspiring and surely fit Miley Cyrus at the time. Good movie too. You are so right that we can all take lessons from it. I know exactly what you mean...I was doing so well 1.5 pounds loss a week until I lost 9 pounds and then this diverticulitis hit. I wasn't up to much as I was so out of it. No loss for the past 3 weeks and, while that is disappointing, i am NOT giving up. I think the challenge has pulled me through my regular ups and downs and during a discouraging time.

You have to find what works for you to make you continue despite all the ups and downs. And I know you will because there is 'determination' in you Babs...I have heard it.

take care

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PYNETREE 8/29/2014 4:47AM

    Take the Inspiration from where ever you can!Don't be the one telling yourself, that "You Can't Do This!"
Believe in yourself. emoticon

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JILL313 8/29/2014 1:15AM

    I love Abby's I Can Do it Attitude and yours also. Think we can & we will rather than being negative even if we haven't had a really good day does help all of us. I can relate to how Abby might feel as all my life in school I was either the tallest or next tallest girl. Now, I'm glad I'm tall but when I was a kid everyone thought i was older than I was just because I was taller than all my friends. I used to love Millie Cyrus but don't enjoy much of anything about her lifestyle now. But, I'm in no position to judge her as maybe fame and fortune gets in her way.

What a great blog writer you are but then I know you're a great writer so any blog you write will be an outstanding one. I love how much spunk little Abby has and I know you do also as well as love her unconditionally.

Things are settling down to a more normal pattern at home so I hope to try to catch up on SP as I feel bad I haven't chatted all week. . .I love you and all my good SP like Jeannie.

Enjoy your long weekend. Maybe some water walking you'll be able to get in with Abby over the weekend.

Love You,

Jill emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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SPEDED2 8/29/2014 12:31AM

    One step at a time will take you to your destination. emoticon

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MOONGLOWSNANA 8/28/2014 3:52PM

  My granddaughter has been playing Defying Gravity on the piano all day. I am on that trip also. I just came back inside from aqua aerobics for 40 minutes and swimming for 20. I showered and am ready to fix dinner. I feel good, at least better than I did before I hit the water. And tomorrow is another day to shine! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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If I was a sculptor, but then again . . .

Friday, August 30, 2013

If I was a sculptor, but then again . . .

Who knows. I think I've become a sculptor, a sculptor of me - sculpting my own destiny.

I’ve been on a ‘losing streak’ this summer. In our Team, Over 60 with 100 - 200 pounds to lose, I lost 8.5 lbs in our summer weigh in challenge. I am thrilled.

What has been different in my life this summer? How have I lost that weight and what have I done differently?

What’s been ‘different’ in my life is (and this is a “News Flash” for my teammates) an extreme amount of personal stress, problems within my home, a lot of ‘unhappiness’ since May. So what does Babs do when she’s stressed? In the past, I turned to food. I deserve comfort; right? I do deserve comfort, but this time I was determined to find it somewhere BESIDES food.

I enrolled in an online fine arts class. You should see the smile on my face just typing those words. Oh, and I’m not wiping chocolate off my mouth, and I’m not rinsing peanuts and/or Snickers down with lots of diet sodas either. Fine arts. Who woulda thunk that would do it??

Art has been my passion since I was a child. I love it. As my teammates know, Art resides underneath my bed. He was my first, and only, attempt at sculpting. Why haven’t I don’t more sculpting? I had so much fun. I flew to Indianapolis to create Art about 9 years ago. He’s such a cutie - a little old for me, but adorable. One of these years I’ll make clothes for him.

Why not ‘sculpt’ me, my destiny, my future, my life - and without food as my main focus? Why not do something that makes ME happy rather than unhappy?

The ‘comfort’ of poor food choices is only for a moment, instant gratification. Then it becomes guilt and a burden. I have to ‘carry it’ around with me. Been there. Did that. I am now ‘sculpting’ my future, sketching what I want my life to be - now and into retirement. I couldn’t be happier. It shows in my choices of what I decide to put into my body. It shows in the fact that I am exercising - ME! Imagine that. I just can’t wipe this smile off my face.

“I saw the angel in the marble and carved until I set him free” Michelangelo

I used to take weekly painting classes. They were terrific. I could draw, paint, chat with friends and eat - all at the same time! The shop where I used to take classes closed. I continued eating. I should have continued taking classes!

My ‘fine arts’ class is through Craftsy. I had never heard of them. They offer all kinds of online classes, i.e. jewelry making, cake decorating (Let’s not go there!), sewing, quilting . . . I clicked on ‘fine arts.’ I knew immediately which class it would be for me. “Perspective in Landscape Drawing” I clicked on ‘meet the instructor’ and I knew immediately - this is for me!

You see. When I grow up, I want to be an artist.

“One can have no smaller or greater mastery than mastery of oneself.” Leonardo da Vinci

Happiness. Smiles. Feeling good about me. Doing something for ME. That’s all it took. Well, not exactly ‘all it took’ but it played a major role in my weight loss - - and so the sculpting began.

I’m drawing my happiness from within. I’m sketching landscapes, as well as sculpting a way of life that I will continue into my retirement. I’m painting a bright future for myself, and I have high hopes of leaving behind wonderful memories of a smiling grandma, a grandma who is happy. Paint my world happy!

A change of attitude. Reworking my ‘diet’ - as in ‘food plan’ - and daily smiles for myself and my grandchildren.

“Every artist dips his brush in his own soul, and paints his own nature into his pictures.” Henry Ward Beecher

“For me, painting is a way to forget life. It is a cry in the night, a strangled laugh.” Georges Rouault

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DOLLIE6 9/4/2014 6:07PM

    This is so great. It touched my soul. I love to draw.

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SPEDED2 8/29/2014 12:35AM

    Thank you for sharing your plan. emoticon

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CTUPTON 7/18/2014 12:44PM

    YOU are AWESOME! Please continue to describe your art. chris

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AUNTALICE2 7/13/2014 12:45PM

    I didn't belong to SP went you wrote this blog. It is so inspiring! I had such a negative day yesterday and this just brings me up. Looking for more of your wonderful blogs!! emoticon

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SUE_2U 3/11/2014 3:20PM

    That is an awesome idea. I joined Craftsy a long time ago for the yarn art, but I didn't know they had painting classes. I should get back into it. emoticon

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IOWAGRAMMA 9/3/2013 1:29PM

    So sorry I was away from SP when you posted this up, Barb, and didn't get to it until today. I love your "new view" and attitude. It's wonderful to see that huge smile on your face and to know you are finding happiness in all the right places! Keep up the great work you've been doing and remember to keep enjoying life and all it has to offer you! Hugs and love!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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GRANPATTIE 9/3/2013 11:22AM

    Babs, what a great blog! I'd missed it. They roll off the screen so fast(on the side of the team page) and then they're gone and no one knows they're there. I think that happened with my last one, or last few.

Anyway, WOOHOO for YOU-HOO! I'm so glad you signed up for a class that makes you so happy. I've signed up for a couple but haven't taken them yet. They're knitting things. And to tie the art and sculpting idea to what we're all working on here....genius!

Just loved it. And so well written!

Pattie emoticon emoticon emoticon

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JAOTAO 8/31/2013 12:00PM

    What a wonderful, heartfelt blog. It brought tears to my eyes. I love the quote you shared about Michelangelo -which if we look at our own bodies is so true, I celebrate your joy and your passion ... you deserve all the fun and happiness in the world. I'm so happy you are able to take that inner smile and reflect it back out to the world. I am so pleased to have met you and call you friend! Love you Babs, Jackie

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TORTILLAFLATS 8/31/2013 1:36AM

    Oh Barb, you brought out the big smile on my face too! I can read the joy you are experiencing from your art! I am so so proud of doing something just for you and for the weight loss.
I know you lost your fur baby and that was stress and also would make you unhappy but I don't know what else you were going through. You carried it and hid it well. You know I am here for you anytime you want to chat.

This Blog should win an award. Stay joyous and keep pushing! It looks good on you!

Hugs, Gail

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JOANOFSPARK 8/31/2013 1:12AM

    emoticon That is so cool...and good for you... :) emoticon emoticon emoticon

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BELDONDOG1 8/31/2013 12:53AM

    Babs, I am so proud of you and so happy for you!!! It has to be a wonderful feeling to be so involved in something you love!!
“For me, painting is a way to forget life. It is a cry in the night, a strangled laugh.” Georges Rouault This is so beautiful to me--it expresses how I think you feel.
Good Luck, hon!! (hugs) Noel


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JILL313 8/30/2013 11:27PM

    OMG Barb, I had no idea you were going through a stressful time at home, etc. So Happy you' ve-discovered a way to let the steam off without turning to food and emotionally trying to eat the stress/problems away. it's wonderful you're enjoying your new Art Class so much!! We all need something we enjoy doing and it's especially wonderful that you're also very good at drawing, painting, sculpting, etc. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon Such a well-written blog that comes from your "Heart". I think you are such a kind terrific person and friend. Please talk to me anytime you need to talk it out as I'm a really good listener and can be very objective when it's something others are going through. You express yourself so well with words, that's also a talent.

Hugs & Love,


PS Enjoy the Long Weekend!!

Hugs & Love,


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NANCYPAT1 8/30/2013 9:44PM

    So pleased to hear that life has provided you with an alternative to food to supply some comfort. Keep up the GREAT work.

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SPEEDY143 8/30/2013 6:16PM

    emoticon art is food for the soul and when our souls are satisfied we tend to make better choices. Love your attitude Barb emoticon your smile is contagious... continue to draw and eat a emoticon YOU are glowing emoticon emoticon

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    So pleased for your weight loss and that you have found a new way to "feed" yourself. I think you're right, art feeds the senses and sometimes I think that in the past I was using food to dull my senses because it is like they have come alive again. Love your quotations, too. Beautiful blog. Best wishes for good health and happiness.

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GOLFGMA 8/30/2013 1:46PM

    Great that you found something you love. I used to take art classes and I would get so involved in a landscape I would forget to eat anything for hours. emoticon

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ERINLINDSAY83 8/30/2013 1:22PM

    This is an awesome post! Good for you for finding an alternative way to comfort yourself! Love it! Enjoy!

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My One Word Blog Entry

Friday, October 26, 2012

I absolutely loved the idea of the 'One Word Blog Entry.' So here's mine.

You can copy and paste into your own blog, change the answers to suit you. It's really hard to use one word answers.

Where is your cell phone?


Your hair?

Your mother?

Your father?

Your favorite thing?

Favorite drink?

What room are you in?

Your hobby?

Your fear?

Where do you want to be in six years?

Where were you last night?

Something that you aren't?


Wish list item?

Last thing you did?

What are you wearing?



Your life?

Your mood?

Missing someone?


Your car?

Something you're not wearing?

Your favorite store?

Your favorite color?

When is the last time you cried?

Where do you go over and over?

Favorite place to eat?

Favorite place I'd like to be right now?

This isn't nearly as easy as it looks. It's really pretty hard to say what you want to in just one word. It's good discipline though. Come on. Give it a try.


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QUIETUDEAGAIN1 4/17/2013 11:57AM

  I love purple too :)

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RETURNTOTHIN 11/10/2012 3:52PM

    Couldn't resist:
Where is your cell phone? table
Spouse? Divorced
Your hair? Mixed
Your mother? Heaven
Your father? Heaven
Your favorite thing? teens
Favorite drink? water
What room are you in? bedroom
Your hobby? sewing
Your fear? Alzheimers
Where do you want to be in six years? secure
Where were you last night? play
Something that you aren't? thin
Muffins? cornbread
Wish list item? done
Last thing you did? SP
What are you wearing? sweats
Pets? cat
Friends? limited
Your life? blessed
Your mood? peaceful
Missing someone? kids
Drinking? water
Your car? Van
Something you're not wearing? make-up
Your favorite store? None
Your favorite color? Orange
When is the last time you cried? unknown
Where do you go over and over? townhomes
Favorite place to eat? Hibachi
Favorite place I'd like to be right now? beach

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JAOTAO 10/27/2012 9:14AM

    Loved your replies to learn more about you. I just realized I didn't read one of the statements right. I listed my store as Gadgets ... What was I thinking?!? There is no store like that. Maybe it was what I like to look at while at a store? LOL Have a good day.

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_KATHY 10/27/2012 7:22AM

    Really makes you think! :)

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BELDONDOG1 10/26/2012 11:25PM

    Barb? Priceless

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ESILBO 10/26/2012 8:09PM

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IOWAGRAMMA 10/26/2012 7:43PM

    I've been thinking about this...can't figure out what my ONE word answer would be to many of them. Thanks for sharing! Love, Jeannie

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JILL313 10/26/2012 4:17PM

    Hi Barb, Really interesting answers. Good for you for trying this. It's always an eye-open to learn more about our friends. You have a busy but fun weekend planned so enjoy yourself to the Max. Take good Care.

Hugs & Love,


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RFJSJ50 10/26/2012 2:08PM

    I think I'll give it a try! Some of my answers may match yours, but many will not.

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My Promise Not to Quit

Monday, April 16, 2012

Today, I promise I will not quit.
I pledge that no matter, how many ups and downs I pass through,
I will continue on my journey.
I pledge to make a NEW START today, and forgive myself for my past, and to stop being so critical of myself.
I pledge to take control of myself, to Stop making excuses, and stop blaming other people or situations.
I pledge to treat myself as I would my Best Friend, because that is who I am.
I pledge to stay in the race and to be a WINNER!

Signed: Barb, April 16, 2012

Taken from Blog of Esilbo. We are 'spreading the Spark.'

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LIZZIE-BELLE1 11/27/2012 8:40PM


We are all in this together and we will make it through.

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COOKINGSTARS 4/16/2012 6:05PM

    way to go

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JILL313 4/16/2012 1:53PM

    Hi Barb, I also just posted up my short Pledge blog and I've always felt this way but somehow it makes it more official now. I honestly feel it was one of the best days of my life when I found Sparkpeople. I have a very long way to go in my Journey to lose weight and be healthier. . .but, giving up on my dream isn't going to happen in my Lifetime. Thank you for everything you do for the Team and I always love your positive comments and thoughts. I do agree with you as I've been and am on quite a few Teams and none of them come close to how Special and Caring that Our Team is--Love all the People! Have a Wonderful Week!



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PATTYCAKE17 4/16/2012 12:38PM

    What is the alternative? If life is a journey, you will be on a journey anyway, so you might as well make it about YOU, since it's YOUR JOURNEY!! Wish you all the best.
Put your faith in God and he will see you through even when you don't have the strength to see yourself through! emoticon emoticon

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RAINA413 4/16/2012 11:29AM

    Welcome to Spark People!! I am so glad you are here!

This is a great place to begin your weight loss journey. There are so many amazing resources to benefit from. From the fitness and nutrition trackers, to the teams and groups where you can get endless amounts of support, motivation, and advice to the articles which will make you fitness and health smart!

My best advice for you since you are new would be to set a goal for each day. It really helps give you focus and a sense of accomplishment. Also, I have to say I never used to be much for exercising, but it really is key! Use both your nutrition tracker and fitness tracker properly and accurately and you are guaranteed results!!

I started off slow. Best advice I can give you is to buy a decent pedometer. If you can reach 10,000 steps a day then you are considered to have a very active lifestyle. That is one big step towards a healthier you and it is an attainable fitness goal you can reach every day! From there walk on the treadmill or in your neighborhood. This is how I started off. Just walking. Slowly I began to go a bit faster then a bit faster. Before I knew it I was walking one minute jogging the next. This "break" between jogs soon became shorter and shorter the more often I trained. Now I am running 8 miles a day! Just take it slow. Baby steps. Focus on one goal at a time and before you know it you will be well on your way!!

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RFJSJ50 4/16/2012 11:02AM

    We're all in this together! Stay positive and focus on making it through "one day or one hour or one meal" at a time!

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