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Critical Mass

Friday, January 06, 2012

I got on the elevator this morning with a guy that I've seen in passing. He is usually not Mr. Chatty, but he was friendly this morning. He got off the floor before me, and I noticed when he got off, he sort of bolted down the hallway.

My first thought was, "he's a hard worker."

Where did that come from? I don't even know what he really does, and just that burst of movement of activity put that thought in my head.

In my normal way, I started thinking about what kind of impression am I leaving?

Don't I kind of just shuffle around these hallways?

For those that work with me, and know me, they also know I have an extremely strong work ethic, and can probably rattle off a dozen good qualities (my sense of humor, ability to laugh easily, encouraging of others, quick thinker, calm under pressure, friendly, smart, sociable).

However, for those that don't know me, what am I really saying about myself?

Hmmm. This is something to think about.

I am making good progress on the self care line-up. (Thank God I got my hair done!) I dress professionally, speak well, but I could be doing a lot more to make my outside match my inner self.

I have reminded myself that all things work for the greater good. The efforts I make on my own behalf to look beautiful, and to fuel my body nutritiously will pay off in dividends when I leave that good impression that I am seeking.

I am absolutely convinced that changes in my lifestyle will bring about a happier me because I will be proud of the choices I am making. I am not going to pretend that being thin fixes anything, but aiming for wellness and health will bring positive changes to my life: longevity and feeling good while I am here. I am not just trying to improve the duration of my life, but also the quality.

Impressions aside, -- my life is what I make it.

What are you saying about yourselves, sparkies?

  
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SKY2012 1/11/2012 1:42AM

    very touching post, yeh!!!!!!!!!!!

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TEDDYBEARGIRL 1/6/2012 6:28PM

    I use to say that I must not care but now that my actions match my words i hope I am giving off a much better impression now.

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_KATHY 1/6/2012 4:38PM

    I'm reminded of a co worker years ago. We were coming out of the ladies room headed for the drinking fountain. She was a rabbit and I, a tortoise. She whipped around me and got her drink quickly. I did not. I observed then that she was very thin and energetic looking, I was not. I decided thin people just move faster. So, what does that mean? I dunno. One Thing, thin people just have faster metabolisms. Perhaps. So, I should move faster and speed up my metabolism? I dunno. I know I feel more energetic when I act more energetic. Or perhaps I am more energetic because I feel more energetic. What was the question? LOL :)
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Kate

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DIFROMWYOMING 1/6/2012 3:04PM

    I do believe that how we feel about ourselves inside reflects on the outside, and I do not think it has anything to do with size. But our energy, our positiveness, our confidence, our self esteem: those all show through clearly to others. It's an important thing to be aware of, thanks for sharing this today.

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JESSICA2140 1/6/2012 1:56PM

    It's not the best thing, but you're totally right! Humans are kind of judgemental creatures, no matter how you look at it, and appearance is always the #1 way people initially judge a person. For sure...I think we're all trying to change people's initial impressions of us!!

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KKINNEA 1/6/2012 1:02PM

    I agree with your thoughts and love that you don't focus on the thinness part - some people look too thin and give the impression of bad health!

I'm a hustle-down-the-hall person myself - being more fit just means I'm faster at it than before!

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MAVERICK59 1/6/2012 12:56PM

    I enjoyed reading this. Lots to reflect on here. Thank you for sharing your experience.

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LINTPICKER 1/6/2012 11:39AM

    very true, we make impressions to others without even trying. Let's make a good one.

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DOODIE59 1/6/2012 11:33AM

    Good blog, Mickey. Yes, it is true that people makes judgments on what they see initially (what else do they have to go on?), so it is important to have your external self reflect the quality of your inner self. Also, keeping your glorious self locked "inside" means you are not interacting fully with the world around you. All power to you on making the inner and the outer come together! Baby steps, big jumps, backslides, whatever it takes ... Believe, and support your quest to become a Unified One.:)
Deirdre

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GEORGIA_KAY 1/6/2012 10:30AM

    Love this blog. It really does make you stop and think about how we're appearing to other people--especially casual acquaintances or co-workers. I also agree with you when you say that putting forth the effort to look better on the outside improves how you feel on the inside. I need to start caring a little more about how I look now. Thanks for the nudge :)

Another Great blog--thanks for sharing it.
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CIVIAV 1/6/2012 10:30AM

    vinteresting!

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LITTLEFARMMOMMA 1/6/2012 10:27AM

    You know, I think there is a lot about you that shows to others more than it does to you. I don't know for sure, but that's the first thing I thought of! emoticon

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CABBAGEROSES 1/6/2012 9:50AM

    Interesting post--lots that I hadn't thought about before. I am starting to notice that as I get in better shape I stand taller and, as I have more energy and feel better, there is more spring in my step. And, like you said, when I feel good about my efforts I do feel happier and proud.

All things *do* work for the greater good.

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SARAWALKS 1/6/2012 8:57AM

    SO TRUE. Yes, even the way we move gives an impression of us. I am probably a lot more like this guy, just because I've always walked fast, & I'm always trying to get in more things in less time SO THAT I can then collapse and take time for me.
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However I've had to learn to slow down a bit when at work because sometimes there are people who want to speak to me and tell me something important, and they won't if I'm just on my own roll, so to speak...

So maybe a bit of shuffle is not a bad thing and you have something to teach this buzz buzz guy as well! emoticon

Your point is still a great one! See how it made me think... emoticon

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DGFOWLER 1/6/2012 8:35AM

    Good morning. Excellent blog just as notabouttheface stated. I have noticed a change in myself since I started getting down to brass tacks about a year ago. I have lost 30 lbs. I can wear clothes I couldn't wear before, I am walking taller. So yes definitely how we perceive ourselves inside reflects on the outside. Nicely said.

Donna

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NOTABOUTHEFACE 1/6/2012 8:07AM

    EXCELLENT blog! Everyone had better be pushing that dang LIKE button down there that reads this!

I was just thinking of this yesterday when I saw something on a talk show about the things we stick out for the public to see in your house and on your desk. It's representation of who you are and you need to think about how you're outwardly presenting yourself. I'm trying to improve!

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Let's Hug It Out

Wednesday, January 04, 2012

I've been having an up and down week. Got a case of the sickies just as it was time to step into up into high gear with my BLC challenge, and also got back to work after a 2 week hiatus. Wasn't that inconvenient? Follow up my coughing spells with being overtired, an inability to hold my pee if I go into a super hack, and I am pretty much moved into crankytown.

Residents of crankytown are frequently prone to ignore their basic needs. Instead of planning for meals, they eat the first thing they see even if it is wholly unsatisfying and contains a lot of artificial -ites and -oses. Residents of crankytown forget their well laid plans. Additionally, these same residents have a tendency to go on attack, especially at themselves.

Not today, buckaroo. I have stopped the infighting and have retreated to the grocery store after work. Not that it did not feel bitter cold, getting out of the toasty car, but it was worth the trip. I scored a rotisserie turkey breast, two heads of fresh broccoli and fresh cauliflower, strawberries (buy1 get 1 free) and a couple of non threatening things for DH. (Can you say happy camper? I thought you could).

Way to go for me! I had some of the fresh turkey and spinach tonight for dinner. I packed up the remaining turkey to take for lunch (and still have some left over.) I washed and prepped some red grapes to take for a snack. Strawberries will go for a swim in my morning oatmeal which I skipped this morning. That started the spiral off in a bad way. Now I am prepped in a good way. My bags are packed and I am on the next flight out of crankytown.

See you at baggage check!

  
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LINDAINALABAMA 1/8/2012 12:58PM

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_KATHY 1/6/2012 1:44AM

    Crankytown sucks... I'm leaving... on a jet plane... don't know when I'll be back again....oh babe, I really am glad I'm going ! Doesn't it feel so much better to fuel your body with yummy healthy food? Take two aspirin and a banana and Nike it up! :)

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JGMK55 1/5/2012 2:58PM

    emoticon We all visit cranky town on occasion, but we don't have to move in!! Glad you decided to get out of town quickly!

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TEDDYBEARGIRL 1/5/2012 1:46PM

    Glad your leaving that town LOL!

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LITTLEFARMMOMMA 1/5/2012 12:14PM

    Oh, Mickey, your blogs are good for the soul!

By the way, thanks for being such an encouraging and supportive spark friend! That means so much to me! emoticon

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MUGGLE_MOM 1/5/2012 8:09AM

    You are totally AWESOME!!!!

Congrats on finding that flight out of Crankytown. I know many, including me, who are stuck there for a quite a while before our ride arrives. Huge Kudos to you girlfriend!!!!

Feel better too!!!

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CABBAGEROSES 1/5/2012 6:34AM

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GEORGIA_KAY 1/5/2012 12:35AM

    I love that you not only stopped the tailspin on that plane, but you than commandeered it to take you right the heck out of Crankytown!

Way To Go!!!
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DOODIE59 1/4/2012 11:06PM

    Good job on being so aware of what you have to do differently to get back on track -- and then doing what it takes. Congrats!
Deirde

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MAVERICK59 1/4/2012 10:57PM

    I am so glad that you were able to get back on track so quickly!
Good job planning out the food for tomorrow!

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THE-MORE-GIRL 1/4/2012 10:43PM

    Way to go with the self-care!

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DIFROMWYOMING 1/4/2012 10:24PM

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Where are you headed on your trip out of crankytown? Someplace warm?
Good job getting your food pulled together and now you can rest with some good nutritious food helping you heal!
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MAMADWARF 1/4/2012 10:23PM

    Awesome way to recover! Good job!

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SARAWALKS 1/4/2012 10:18PM

    Blast off! Next stop, Rockinville! Good for you for making a quick recovery!
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Embracing Change and Doing Something Different

Saturday, December 31, 2011

Sometimes we sit with what's comfortable, just because it is familiar, even if it has outlasted its purpose and no longer fits our needs. At times, I've been guilty of this with relationships, jobs, and habits.

I am working on embracing challenges, and embracing changes. I wanted a visual reminder of being capable of doing something different, so I went to a hair salon and had my hair colored, and highlighted. While I have not done it in a while at all, it was a bigger change this time around, because I went to a d-a-r-k-e-r shade. My hair is not jet black or anything, just a couple of shades into brown when it had been dirty blond for all of my life.

It's a visual cue that I am absolutely capable of making about faces and handling changes even though it might not be the most comfortable course of action.

Whatever little change you can make on your own behalf, I encourage you to do it. Now we have an easy time of turning the calendar over and beginning anew. Use this time as a fresh do-over, and make a change for yourself that puts you in the right direction.

Let's all embrace a little change and do something different.

Happy New Year, sparkies, Wishing us all of year of good health, happiness, laughter, fitness, love, peace and prosperity!

  
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JGMK55 1/2/2012 10:03AM

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SKY2012 1/2/2012 1:47AM

    you are beautiful and with a beautiful loving heart, hugs

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TEDDYBEARGIRL 1/2/2012 1:36AM

    I am making changes too....i am one month into some changes already as i choose to not wait till the new year so i got a head start LOL

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GEORGIA_KAY 1/1/2012 10:21PM

    I'll bet the darker shade on you looks lovely! How about posting a pic?
I changed the color of my hair a bit too yesterday--got rid of that danged old gray. I too love the idea that we can make changes when we want to---in just about every aspect of our lives!

2012 is going to be a good year for us all :)

We can do this, buddy!
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_KATHY 1/1/2012 11:57AM

    I like the way you think :) I made a little hair change as well yesterday. I put a, wash out in 28 days, color in my hair. I decided I wanted to end the year and start a new one with fresh, non grey streaks, hair. Not a major change, just not grey. Happy New Year to you!

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DOODIE59 1/1/2012 11:51AM

    One change at a time equals a lot of changes by the end of the year --
Deirdre

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BESTCK 1/1/2012 8:29AM

    Way to make a change and pamper yourself in the process!

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SARAWALKS 1/1/2012 12:00AM

    Good for you, Mickey! I once had a friend who said he tried to do one new thing each day, even if it was as small as driving down a different street...just something to break routine. Not a bad idea!
Happy New Year!

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MAVERICK59 12/31/2011 11:48PM

    I bet you look magnificent! Will you be posting a pic for us?
I say good for you and how cool that you didn't feel a need to go lighter!
Change is good.
Hugs,
Belinda

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Driving Force

Thursday, December 29, 2011

I've been setting new year's resolutions and goals ever since I can remember. There is one this year, though, that rises above the rest, and it is what I am committed to achieving.

Be authentic.

Just be me. and proudly be me. So much of what I have accepted in the past has been over a resignation of this is just the way things are. That is so not true. It is a cop-out to think that things are as is, and nothing can be done to change them.

I've made some progress in the last few days of recognizing that I have to be the driving force in my own life. I have stopped sitting around and waiting for things to happen. I can't always drive my destiny but I sure as heck can drive my reaction to it and be responsible for how things unfold.

To do this, I have to value myself enough to realize (and BELIEVE) that my choices are valid, and I am worth standing up for. It occurred to me that some of the people I cherish most are people who have "stood up for me" and while that is a good thing, I have to take that same tack myself. I have to stand up for me and be accountable for myself and to myself. I am building an authentic life, and it starts with the utter confidence and faith that I have it in me.

What tone are you setting for yourself?

  
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LINTPICKER 12/30/2011 9:14AM

    sounds like great goals!

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GEEKSMEGGLY 12/30/2011 12:30AM

    "recognizing that I have to be the driving force in my own life." I like that. Just what I'm becoming conscious of in my own life. I can see it will take vigilance on my part but I'm ready.

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MAVERICK59 12/29/2011 5:52PM

    You ARE incredibly authentic. It comes through in everything you write. I think all of us need to work on the 'BELIEVE' piece. You are leading us there!
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DIFROMWYOMING 12/29/2011 5:46PM

    I have always thought you were authentic! You're so wonderful and such a good friend to me. My theme for 2012 is BELIEVE. I think we all are there...and it's nice to be with my friends on this journey.

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GRINGUITA 12/29/2011 2:57PM

    Being our authentic selves is the best gift we can give ourselves and those around us. We are worthy just the way we are!

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DOODIE59 12/29/2011 2:52PM

    Just be YOU! Bring your best YOU to the table:)
Happy New Year
Deirdre

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GEORGIA_KAY 12/29/2011 2:31PM

    I've always thought you were an authentic person from the very first moment I read one of your wonderfully witty blogs. You have one of the best personalities I've ever encountered. I'm glad that you're starting to believe more in yourself now too, cause frankly, you are a real sweetheart!

We have to believe in ourselves and proudly say YES, WE ARE WORTH IT!!
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KKINNEA 12/29/2011 12:58PM

    Yes!! I'm trying to do this too so I'll refer back to you if I start faltering!

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CIVIAV 12/29/2011 12:11PM

    Be authentic. My learning exactly. With that decision I then want to make the best choices available to me. Here's to it!

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_KATHY 12/29/2011 12:01PM

    I really like that statement. " I have to be the driving force in my own life." I think that is absolutely true.
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BESTCK 12/29/2011 12:00PM

    This is so true. I was just telling a Spark Friend that we have to believe we deserve the life we live/want, in order for it to happen.

Happy New Year, friend.

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RR1_RR1 12/29/2011 11:56AM

    Shew, Ive got a lot of personality traits I need to change- such as adding a filter to my mouth and being calmer. thats the tone Im setting for this year, to be a calmer more laid back person and find comfort in my work! Lets emoticon some a this year!

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THE-MORE-GIRL 12/29/2011 11:54AM

    Standing up for ourselves is a really good skill to develop. You can do it!

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Come Back in 10 Weeks

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Somewhere around the end of February, I'll be coming back to read this blog as a milestone to myself. I am working with a group of lovely ladies, dubbed Sapphires for a BL challenge. It is just a series of mini-competitions and challenges to help keep focusing on spark work and such, This is my third one I think, and I finally have my head in the game with it.

So this is what I have planned for myself in the next 10 weeks.

I am going to stay accountable to myself. Certainly, having these little check points does not hurt and mostly encourages me to do more, be better and stick with it, but when it comes down to it, it is just me - and if I can't be accountable to myself, I've given up.

I am going to move more. Two nights in a row, I had wicked - wake up screaming cramps in my foot/leg. I could not scream out for fear of waking hubby (tough work hours) and I remedied with a cold leg shower (hokey pokey in and out of tub). (double note to self - this works better if you remove pajamas first,...but sometimes that can't be helped!) I experimented last night by doing 50 mins of the wii which including a lot of jumping around during a tennis match and voila, no cramps. I am going to repeat this time and see if this continues to help. Makes sense to me.

I am going to be an advocate on my own behalf. I am dreading (yes, you read that right) going home for Christmas. There is always considerable tension, drama, disappointment when I go home for Christmas. My mother and I are not muy simpatico, and while I love her, I know I just don't live up to her expectations and desires of me. I am leading an authentic life. I am loved by many, just as I am, even fat, people love me. I have had a conversation before with her about this, and she continues to miss the point, so now, I just swallow and go. (an example - she told me I was lucky to find a husband, and she still can't believe that my beautiful (thin) sister is solo and I have someone. Makes me want to say :P

I am going to believe in myself. I am an expert in the work I do. I am a great manager and team leader. I know my stuff. I have no reason to think less than of myself. I am a rockstar just as I am.

I am going to find reasons to laugh, even if I have to manufacture them. Remember "Wooly willy" and other such children's games where the little magnetic pieces could be drawn around the face with a little magnetic pencil and shavings of some sort encased in plastic. I have recently purchased a couple of these throwbacks and other kids' toys to remind me to share a bit of whimsy and silliness. One great things about working with kids, is that it forces to think like them sometimes. These ones are college aged, but just like me they have a need for downtime and laughs. We're kindred spirits.

I am going to stretch and strength train, even if it is only for 5 mins a day,

I am going to de-clutter our house and make it guest worthy. I am not going to freak out if someone comes over (after I clean). I am going to be more organized and happy.

I am going to be grateful. I have so many blessings, including myself. Of course, I am grateful for so many dear and wonderful Sparkies!



  
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AKCHELLE 12/28/2011 7:56PM

    Bananas or V8 juice help tremendously with the leg cramps.
Take care and keep on moving!

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GEORGIA_KAY 12/21/2011 6:49PM

    LOVE this blog!! I know you're going to rock the socks off of this challenge!

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CHERKYLE 12/21/2011 12:13PM

    I think I did all I was supposed to to join the BL challenge but don't know what team yet??

Somehow I got "unsubscribed" from your blogs, but im back LOL

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FOXYFOTOGRAPHER 12/21/2011 1:06AM

    I joined the BL Challenge, too! I'm on the Lime Team! Good luck!!

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PLSMOM 12/20/2011 11:26PM

    Great job on the blog. I really liked this:
"I am going to stay accountable to myself. Certainly, having these little check points does not hurt and mostly encourages me to do more, be better and stick with it, but when it comes down to it, it is just me - and if I can't be accountable to myself, I've given up."
I need to remember this....thanks for the reminder.

Hugs,
Gail

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LBEEKMA 12/20/2011 7:44PM

    Thanks for your inspirational blog. I just logged on to sp for the first time since Aug. and made a 60 day commitment to myself. I loved reading about your positive attitude. My weight/self-worth have always been so inter-related. This is my first xmas without my parents around and it's been tough to lose the people in my life that gave me a little self worth. Now I'm trying to find it within myself. Thanks for sharing your positive energy!

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LINDAINALABAMA 12/19/2011 2:51AM

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such honest sharing. fantastic!!!

you've set some great goals for yourself and very reachable ones too.

i love to laugh also. if you want, you can start a new thread under sapphire chat and name it jokes or funnies and post them there. i will add some too.

let's have a super winter challenge.

linda

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SHELLYKOCH1 12/17/2011 11:37AM

    Awesome! What a great blog. A true inspiration. Thanks for sharing!



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PATRISNA 12/17/2011 9:37AM

    emoticon Blog.

I eat bananas almost every day. if I miss a few days then I get leg cramps. I thought leg cramps are caused from low potassium in your system.

I have been working on our house. I slowly making progress. Very slowly. lol

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COPEMA 12/16/2011 8:54PM

    I love your positive attitude. You're on a mission to lose weight for yourself, not for anyone else and when it comes down to it, that's why we all should be on this journey. MAVERICK59 is a buddy of mine and I agree with her comment -- sounds like your husband is the lucky one!! You go girl, too!

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TAMPATINK67 12/16/2011 12:14PM

    Sounds like a great plan - enjoy the challenge and the season!

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TEECEA 12/16/2011 9:44AM

    Love your blog...wishing you much success & a very Merry Christmas!!!

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THE-MORE-GIRL 12/16/2011 12:23AM

    This is a wonderful plan! Now let's get it done! We can do it!

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SARAWALKS 12/15/2011 10:40PM

    WOOT! Whimsy and silliness, great helps in negotiating the holidays and blowing off insensitive remarks from one's near and dear...
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LITTLEFARMMOMMA 12/15/2011 9:21PM

    I really like this idea! Good for you! I hope when you come back to this blog, you are amazed at how you surpassed your expectations! Fantastic! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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DIFROMWYOMING 12/15/2011 7:59PM

    Oh gosh I remember when my dad was alive...I did not look forward to going there for the holidays. He was very abusive personally and I had put up with that my entire life...but there came a time when I knew I was worth more. So we would go...but I stopped making the commitment to stay (we were close enough to go back home) and if he became outrageous...I would just pack up my kids and leave. I did it for my own sanity-but I also did it to make sure he knew I was done. Maybe that was kind of extreme, but it had been awful at my house before that!
I also get those cramps. A lot. I take magnesium and vitamin D...and I do drink a lot of water before I go to bed. I even tried the bar of soap at the end of the bed even though there is no way that scientifically works! But...I still get them. When I lost weight they lessened...so I suppose I know what to do to help them!
We will survive, my friend, because we are worth it!

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GRINGUITA 12/15/2011 6:10PM

    Occasionally I get those awful leg cramps too. One thing I find that helps is Magnesium but I also take vitamin D so that may be helping me too. I just read recently that drinking a large glass of water before bed also helps -- especially for those of us who have problems with legs swelling during the day.

I wish you the best during our Winter challenge.

Your Sapphire Sister,

Bev Anne

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MAVERICK59 12/15/2011 5:23PM

    I love your blog. It is so uplifting. I love your humor and your sense of self. Good for you, and it sounds to me like your fella is the lucky one!
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WINTERSMAGIC29 12/15/2011 1:52PM

    It does sound like your head is really in the game and I know you're going to rock this challenge!! You might try taking some Vitamin D to help with those cramps, My hubby would wake with cramps in his leg several times a week and I'd get them maybe once a week and we started the D and I haven't had one since!!

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BESTCK 12/15/2011 1:42PM

    I like your letter and from the sounds of it, our families are very similar! Does you Mom know my Dad? He once told me I don't deserve a man like my husband. (I told him he was wrong, I deserved a man exactly like my husband, who is by no means perfect!) And since my folks are divorced I am STILL having to work my holidays around their needs. It doesn't make it very festive. LOL

You are a Rock Star and a very positive influence in my life.


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DOODIE59 12/15/2011 11:13AM

    You do have a lot of blessings, including your husband (shocking though that may seem to some:)). When family members make the kind of comments your mother makes, they are most certainly addressing fears of their own. As long as you're going home, make the best of it, enjoy the things you're looking forward to, and take the opportunity to be your own best (you know, the woman the rest of your world loves:)). Your mom does love you -- her anxieties get in the way of her saying what she really feels.

Best of luck with your Sapphire challenge, and have a wonderful Christmas:)
Deirdre

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KKINNEA 12/15/2011 10:54AM

    These are great - I'm sure you'll look back in February having accomplished each item!

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CIVIAV 12/15/2011 9:38AM

    As a parent I can only hope that I haven't left this kind of legacy. I know mine did and it's a lot of hard work to rise up to it. We are doing great things here!

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THE-MORE-GIRL 12/15/2011 9:12AM

    You ARE a rockstar!

I have a similar thing with my mom. She loves me and is proud of me, but she really believes, deep down, I'd be better and happier if I weren't fat. It's a lifelong struggle for her (she's been dieting since she was young, too), so I've basically forbidden diets/weight as a topic, and we manage. Good luck with being around it on the holidays!

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