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Victory

Monday, February 07, 2011

I did it.

I ate breakfast. I had a healthy lunch. I did not snack on candy. I drank my water. I went for a walk (in the sunshine).

When I was tempted, I prayed.

I am bouyed up by all of the inspirational tales I read on SP this morning.

It's a GREAT DAY so far! I am filled with encouragement!

  
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RACINGSLUG 2/7/2011 9:59PM

    It's so wonderful when everything goes right. Make sure to give yourself plenty of credit for every healthy thing you did!

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SLIGHTLYBRAINY 2/7/2011 9:46PM

    Sounds like you had a good day. Once good choice almost always turns into two. Try and stay focused, some times it take conscious effort to change the lifestyle at the very beginning, but it can be done.

You can do it!!! Lets make tomorrow Victory 2!

Terri =)

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MUGGLE_MOM 2/7/2011 9:38PM

    You Go Girl!!!!!

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    Good job! The Lord can give us strength when we need it all we have to do is ask like you did.
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LITTLEFARMMOMMA 2/7/2011 5:18PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticonI am so proud of you!

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SLFRISBEY 2/7/2011 5:02PM

    Woohoo! Sounds like a wonderful day! :)

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The Reluctant Health Nut

Friday, February 04, 2011

I am doing it, but I am doing it kicking and screaming.

I have been struggling so much lately, and that is because I am surrounded by things out of control and I am powerless to stop life from spinning. This is nothing new. My reaction is a bit off kilter, and this is what I am working to change.

I can't fix my parents' health issues. I can only control my reaction to it.

I can't stop traffic irritations. I can only control when I leave to go somewhere and deal with conditions as they are.

I can't stop people from doing things I wish they wouldn't - I can only control whether I ignore it or obsess over it. I am working from changing these responses from these to just acknowledging them if need be and then trying to let them go.

I am getting in my own way lately. I have a lot on my plate (no pun intended) and most of it is there because I put it there (again, no pun intended - but it is very apropos.)

Just for today, I am not going to stew that a colleague is up for a significant promotion and I have to interview him for said position. Truth be told I am mad as hell about it - but I need to get over my bad attitude pronto so I don't say something stupid. Where is the girl that used to have such an open mind? I cannot remember what I did with her!

Just for today, I am going to find a way to walk for 30 minutes.

Just for today, I am going to cut myself some slack, and stop pretending that I can somehow be perfect.

Just for today, I am going to set up a plan and track my carbs.

Just for today, I will spark and remember how much I enjoy doing that.

Happy Friday, Sparkies!



  
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JANICE611 2/4/2011 10:09PM

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LOOKN_UP 2/4/2011 8:24PM

    Aww, you do have a lot on your plate right now. I'll keep you in my prayers... When is the interview?
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MUGGLE_MOM 2/4/2011 4:42PM

    Breathe in. Breathe Out. Good advice any day.

Just for today, you are being the absolutely best MickyMax that you can.
I would never pretend to understand how hard things are for you, but I can completely relate to having to deal with issues, like parents' health or job idiots that are beyond our control and yet have major affects on us. I hope that you got your walk in. Maybe play with your weights when you get home for a few minutes. I find that working out in any form makes me so much better able to handle the issues at hand.

I'm wishing you only the best my friend.
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SARAWALKS 2/4/2011 4:33PM

    Yep, time for deep breathing and maybe a little journaling. Sometimes that helps me stop obsessing over whatever...
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DJS-DEBBIE 2/4/2011 1:02PM

    I have to remember that...just for today I am/will...

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PARKERB2 2/4/2011 12:46PM

    I've heard a little stress is good and it sounds like your trying to get a handle on it. Remember to take care of Number 1 first and the rest will follow. Solve one problem at a time, those that you can solve and leave the rest to God. Have a good day and keep Sparking as that helps, especially the bogging. We're here for you. emoticon

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MADKAPKID 2/4/2011 12:10PM

    first, you are not alone. Just do step by step and it will all work out. Have a joy filled day, Karen

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LARIJOY 2/4/2011 11:55AM

    Everyday is a new day, with new chances to behave in a way that is healthy and positive.
I don't know about you, but I have yet to build a functioning time machine, which means that we can't go back to fix the random times we don't live up to our own standards.
All we can do is note those times and use that info to do better in the future.

i love that you are rebooting yourself for the day.
Beginning again is not against the rules, buddy.

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PROMISE2DESIGN 2/4/2011 11:47AM

    You're not alone and you are doing a terrific job! You're an inspiration to us!!! You are ****TRYING**** that's all any of us can do. emoticon

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SLIGHTLYBRAINY 2/4/2011 11:17AM

    Some times it is just taking it moment by moment and remember this is about our health too.

Take a deep breath. The most profound thing I read on someones home page once( and I wish I could remember who it was to give credit to) but if "hungry is not the problem, food is not the answer". So stick to your food plan for your health, and for the rest of it, take a deep breath and try and let it go.

Terri =)

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LITTLEFARMMOMMA 2/4/2011 10:26AM

    Oh, can I ever relate! Hang in there and keep this attitude and you're going to make it! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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BAYBELIEVER 2/4/2011 10:15AM

    That's right! Get it down on "paper" and it will help you be that much closer to the reality! Hang in there. You are right, you really need to let go of those things you can't control. Have a great weekend!

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You attitude is already better by writing this blog!
Have a Fantastic Friday & a Wonderful Weekend!
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KIYOSHI04 2/4/2011 9:41AM

    you can do it... just for today. today is all that matters.

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    Happy Friday to you, too!

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Today is the first day of the rest of your life-you've set some good goals for yourself for today. It's so hard to let the bad stuff slide away-that interview will be hard for you, I'm sure.
Thinking of you.

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NOTABOUTHEFACE 2/4/2011 9:23AM

    Sorry there's some poopie stuff going on but you're right, let go of the stuff you can't control as much as you can. (Though it is dang frustrating, eh?) I've heard listening to classical music while driving can reduce your stress response by 56%. Give it a try! :)

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Little by Little - You Can Still Get There

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

My commute this morning was sucky. Predicted snowfall began 12 hours early, surprising even the weather channel! Ha! Accidents all over the place, and one in particular which slowed down the first half of my drive to about 2.5 mph over the course of 5 miles. It was a long stretch of letting the brake pedal up slowly, inch ahead, and then repeat. My calf was burning, and it made me think of two things:

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2) Though moving inch by inch, I was still moving, still headed in the right direction, and eventually, I was going to reach my destination.

Hmmmm. Food for thought. I was not racing, but I was still making progress. Even though I was barely moving at times, I was still a bit closer to my goal. I was well ahead of where I'd be if I left later in the morning, or where I'd be if I went off track. It made a lot of sense to me this morning, to take my time, just keep moving little bit by bit, and eventually I would get there. I stopped being concerned about the timing of when I would get there, just that I would do it safely.

That's how my journey for health is shaping up. I am moving SLOWLY towards my goals, but eventually I am going to get there. Sometimes when it seems I am spinning my wheels, or barely moving, I am doing okay, because eventually I will inch forward again. Until then, it is important that I keep my eyes focused straight ahead and just keep going.

It took me longer than I had hoped when I started out this morning, and I know I have similar feelings in my journey. Getting to my destination and meeting my goals will be all that more richly satisfying when I do keep moving ahead bit by bit. I'm not in a race. I'm just moving ahead bit by bit.

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GAYLE-G-63 1/26/2011 2:30PM

    Great blog and absolutely wonderful attitude! Thanks for sharing.

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RACINGSLUG 1/26/2011 2:07PM

    Haha! WONDERFUL metaphor for life. We got a nice morning surprise as well. I had to keep rolling down my windows and use the snow brush to clean off my right rearview mirror because the snow would obliterate my view in just minutes. What can we do but keep moving forward? Enjoy the music on the way. :)

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RIGBY31 1/26/2011 11:58AM

    #2 has become my mantra! Good for you... making traffic totally work in your favor!

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PROMISE2DESIGN 1/26/2011 10:56AM

    Your attitude always makes me smile and I am so proud of you for continuing to realize the significance of going slow. Thank God you're my friend. You've been a shining star on this journey! emoticon

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SLIGHTLYBRAINY 1/26/2011 10:55AM

    Very true, what makes the most sense are the healthy choices we can make daily. Before you know it you arrive at a mile stone and see the small changes that got you that are now part of the lifestyle you live.

Good luck to you and your journey. I know you will get there and slow and steady always does win the race!

Terri =)

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BIBLIOMANE1970 1/26/2011 10:50AM

    Great point! I get some good ideas while stuck in traffic during bad weather too. lol I have to keep reminding myself that!

Sherry

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LARIJOY 1/26/2011 10:49AM

    Great blog!
Its too bad during trafic jams that we can't switch pedal feet to get an even workout! Glad you made it through the drive.
We are all baby-stepping to our weight loss goals, slow and steady.

Keep that forward motion.

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MAMADWARF 1/26/2011 10:47AM

    Love ANALOGYS! Good one!!

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MADKAPKID 1/26/2011 10:30AM

    Great blog! Thank you for sharing. ITS step by step...slowly but surely, we can achieve our goals! Have a joy filled day, Karen emoticon

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PARKERB2 1/26/2011 10:28AM

    It's your journe. You will do it your way which is the best way for you. I lose slowly but I'm the one who must realize this and realize I must take my time and the loss will come. I admire your attitude and I enjoyed this blog very much. Keep Sparking.

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AFTERMYKIDS 1/26/2011 10:21AM

    That was AWESOME!! I felt like I was reading out of the SP. Book! emoticon I love the incite! VERY TRUE! emoticon
I'm glad you made it safely.

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BAYBELIEVER 1/26/2011 10:21AM

    I love that you thought about Strength Training first! Get those calves in shape! WooHoo!

But you are right, you were still moving in the right direction and you were still going to reach your goal! I think this is a great analogy to the journey we are on. Slow and steady may not feel like we win the race, but we still cross the finish line!

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MUGGLE_MOM 1/26/2011 9:46AM

    excellent blog. I am so glad that you made it safely!

Slow and mostly steady wins the race!!! You go girl!!!!

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NOTABOUTHEFACE 1/26/2011 9:29AM

    Excellent blog and so true! We'll get there whether we have to inch our way with the foot on the brake half the time or push the d@mn car!

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DONNAEDA 1/26/2011 9:29AM

    what an aha moment for you. Congratulations

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YANSKA 1/26/2011 9:26AM

    Brilliant! This is a great blog, and it's so perfect that I came across it today. I was beginning to think that I ONLY lost about a pound again this week, but I realize that I will be LUCKY to just get up today! My weight loss is important to me but I let it run my life sometimes, so that that number on the scale often does dictate my happiness. I have to let go a little and realize that, yes, even small losses are wonderful, and that they are getting me where I need to go.

Thanks a million for writing this!

Anna

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Early Morning Babble

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

The good thing about being stressed about work, is that you can't sleep. If you can't sleep, you get up. So, I am up earlier than normal, allowing me extra time to spark, and make and eat breakfast, without wolfing it down on the way out the door. I'm also planning to hit some balls, wii style for a few mins to get jazzed up before heading to work.

For breakfast, I made my new concoction - light vanilla soymilk, i/2 a frozen banana, sliced frozen peaches and give it a spin in the blender and it is frothy, and frozen-ish and seems more substantial then it is, and truth be told, not bad. It fits into my meal plan and along with a pb sandwich, I am good to go. I wanted to throw some nutmeg in there, this morning, but my DH has the spices in disarray, but I did find some pumpkin pie spice, which in truth, may have been better, woo hoo!

I'm not sure what I am taking for lunch, or if I am taking a lunch - or will perhaps locate food at work, but breakfast is off to a good start. I think I will bring my stand-by snacks, apple, string cheese, yogurt, and nuts and get lunch later. There is a cafeteria in my building, and I can generally find good choices there.

I should NOT have read my work email before bed. It made me fixate on this problem brewing that a big cheese will not like the answer to - the person addressed in the note with me is not as savvy as myself and I'm expecting that he may say something stupid. Not to be harsh, but he's new and doesn't often think through the ramifications of his words. I prefer to respond, offering choices in this case, and let the big cheese be part of the decision process, and if it goes awry, then the cheese does not necessarily stand alone. ha! not necessarily. :)

I took a minute to remind myself of the few challenges I have tackled with finesse in my work experience to take the edge off the morning. Those were true tests and I passed those with flying colors. All will be fine - even if I have to abandon the new guy at the curb. I am not in a reporting relationship with said new guy - even though he fancies himself "above" me because he has a higher pay grade and title.

I'd actually be fighting with myself to get up at this point, and my alarm is going off. I wouldn't call myself perky today, but I am doing much better than I'd normally be at this point. I met with my diabetes educator last night and she gave me some healthy tips about staying on track and adding variety to my menus. I have a tendency to hang onto one item and have it so much, I get sick of it and then fall off the bandwagon. My next goal is to work on meal planning. Now that I have some help from the educator/nutritionist, it should be a bit easier.

Well, off to the wii! I hope you all have a great day! Let's think happy thoughts!




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DIFROMWYOMING 1/25/2011 11:27PM

    Hope the rest of the day was as productive...I know it's difficult when work keeps you awake...I have many of those nights myself.

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BAYBELIEVER 1/25/2011 9:18PM

    Look how great you started your day off! Hope it hung with you all day, you have such a great outlook!

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TJCADDO 1/25/2011 2:05PM

    Said new guy may just have to learn the hard way. Bet when he does it will be a lesson that will stay with him for life, or at least I hope so. Glad that you see that you don't always have to be his bumper pad every time he crashes into the walls.

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_KATHY 1/25/2011 1:04PM

    Think Happy thoughts indeed! You sound very confident in your work. Confidence is a feel good thing. Soon you will be confident in your diabetes care as well. You're doing great!

Hugs
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LITTLEFARMMOMMA 1/25/2011 9:18AM

    Wow, I really love your attitude and outlook at the job! That's impressive! emoticon

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SARAWALKS 1/25/2011 8:18AM

    Aw, good for you, make lemonade from those can't sleep lemons! I like doing that too. Although I have a FIRM rule, no work email before bed, only to be broken in times of dire necessity. I can relate to how you have learned to "think through the ramifications of your words." Learning to do that has saved me so much stress and it was a tough lesson to learn. Also standing with the big cheeses when you can is a smart thing...

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MUGGLE_MOM 1/25/2011 6:31AM

    Keep that perkiness and attitude all day if you can! What a great start to your day! I hope that you did get some Wii time in and that you can sail through that meeting, even if you have to sink this guy. He will either come learn how to play politics or not, but its not your fault.

You totally ROCK!!!
But you already knew that.

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All it Takes is a Little Effort

Friday, January 21, 2011

I have just come inside from an hour of snow shoveling and cleaning off my car. 60 minutes of moving is MAMMOTH for me. I am stunned that I had not collapsed in a heap in the driveway. Maybe my version of shoveling, is the lazy man's version of shoveling, but I don't care. I moved, and darn it, I feel good. My nose is running, my lips are chapped, and I am a little frosty, but none the worse for wear. My car AND the driveway are clear. My mail"girl" will have no problems and my hubby will be surprised.

I had checked out of physical outdoor activity for some time. In fact, I am home from work yet again, because of a bit of snow and my fear of walkways. Luckily, I have a boatload of vacation time stored up and it has no effect on me for payroll. It's been rough on my hubby though to carry the burden of doing everything for us like this. Now, I can give the man a break. We do have a snowblower, but it wasn't really enough for that, just enough to be a nuisance. Reminds me when I used to of live in Boston. :)

I've been exercising bit by bit again. Fun exercise - even though - I normally would not put those words together. Something is wrong though with your approach if you can't make it all fun. I try to set up my life and goals to aim toward happiness. I think my dad partially set me on the path when I was young and had dropped out of yet another college. He told me, "Happiness was not one of my priorities." It always struck me as a kind of sad way to live. Au contraire, happiness is one of my priorities, and that's how I live my life.

I have been feeling overwhelmed and stuck these past few days. Try to balance my need to keep my blood sugar even, my emotional eating tendencies, my relationships, my job, and life has been feeling out of control. I stopped spinning,,. and here I go, putting forth just a little more effort than yesterday, and I am shoveling for the better part of an hour and end up physically feeling good.

That's just what it takes for me to pull myself out of that hole. Feeling good, getting it together, moving forward one step at a time. It just takes a little effort.

Happy Sparking, sparkies!

  
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MUGGLE_MOM 1/24/2011 9:10PM

    Don't you love those endorphins? I swear when I work out I feel like I can accomplish anything. Good for you, taking control and finding your happiness. I'm sorry to hear that you've been having a tough time. Please let me know if its been getting better. I'm pulling for you!!!
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WYOBZM 1/23/2011 9:14AM

    emoticon emoticon Glad you enjoyed your outdoor shoveling. I hate the ice too. Seen way to many injuries from it.
Keep up the movement, even if it is waving your arms and feet in the air during tv commercials. Movement burns calories. Have a great week! emoticon

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BAYBELIEVER 1/22/2011 4:33PM

    Woo Hoo! I found this year that I enjoyed shoveling snow again! Glad you had the opportunity to celebrate another non-scale victory!!
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JANICE611 1/22/2011 4:21AM

    Thats great!

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THEONEBLUEGECKO 1/21/2011 11:36PM

    Congratulations! Finding the fun or sense of accomplishment in exercise is wonderful and what is needed to keep you doing it. You really are great.

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DIFROMWYOMING 1/21/2011 8:14PM

    Good for you! I am a believer that motivation is a myth...if you want to work your way out of a funk it takes work to do it, not magic. I'm proud of you!

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PROMISE2DESIGN 1/21/2011 3:57PM

    An hours worth of activity is GREAT! Keep your chin up and keep at it. You are making tremendous progress!!! emoticon

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SARAWALKS 1/21/2011 1:47PM

    emoticon to be making exercise/shoveling FUN! It IS fun in a way, I was surprised to find I didn't mind it when I moved to PA. And I'm so glad happiness is one of your priorities! I hope your dad was surprised by happiness from time to time even though he didn't plan on it.
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RIGBY31 1/21/2011 1:15PM

    I completely subscribe to your happiness theory! Life is too short, gotta live large (so to speak!).

What kind of exercise do you find *fun*? I want to find mine, too. The ones I want to do, right now I'm too large and/or out of shape. But yes, I feel terrific (physically/emotionally) when I'm done moving. Good to hear from you!

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GAYLE-G-63 1/21/2011 12:46PM

    Good job on the snow clearing! It can by quite a chore.

Happiness should be everyone's number one priority. Life is just too short to be unhappy. My father wasn't a happy person either. He died at 59 and I don't think he ever enjoyed anything.

Have a great day! Be well.

Huggz,
~Gayle~

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NOTABOUTHEFACE 1/21/2011 12:32PM

    I'm about to go out and do the same. I'm gonna wear my HRM to see how much I burn. Been missing you so stop being a stranger!
Have a good one!

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SEATTLESIMS 1/21/2011 12:25PM

    I agree, finding the fun in activity makes it easier to keep coming back to it. AND it DOES make you feel so much better.. just have to keep that feeling alive in us often enough to keep us coming back for more!
Have a wonderful snowy Friday!

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MOVINLOSIN 1/21/2011 12:12PM

    Thats awesome! The feeling you get from a little activity can be the motivation to do more! Keep up the good work!

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LITTLEFARMMOMMA 1/21/2011 11:50AM

    You are so RIGHT! I can usually climb out of my funks if I'll just MOVE and DO something ACTIVE! Thanks for a great blog! emoticon emoticon

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LIVE_TO_LOVE 1/21/2011 11:46AM

    WooHOOOO! AWESOME! I love shoveling snow ~ we're getting dumped on right now as I TYPE! I think it's WONderful that you were at it for an hour. :)

I hope your list includes a little nap ~ if you're like me, the combo of being out in the cold air and the effort from shoveling hits hard sometime in the day.

I'll be thinking of you as I check off my list. :) Have a GREAT WEEKEND!!!

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