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When Downhill is Uphill

Tuesday, November 06, 2012

Yesterday, a staff member walked out the door in slow motion, or so it seemed.
After she left, I was exclaiming, "nooooooo" as I realized an important document was left behind.

I had a lot on my plate yesterday (and, in fact today as well - ha ha). I didn't think I could spare the time out of the office as every waking minute was accounted for and paired with a task. But, it had to be done, and I did not have anyone else available who could do it, so off I went. It seemed as if I was transported there in no time. It was a cool, brisk walk.

On the way back though, I realized, drats that is a steep uphill. It was even more annoying that I dropped my fitbit 2 days ago and it is among the missing. It's not in the house; it is somewhere in the world. I do not foresee myself replacing that little number. I huffed and I puffed but I made it back to my desk. It was not without considerable effort though.

Here's something great that came out of this interlude. I CAN DO IT! I DID IT. I AM DOING IT. I see myself from the outside in. I have turned the corner. I am right on the brink of success when I was on my biggest losing streak ever. IT IS BEAUTIFUL! I AM BEAUTIFUL! (WE ARE ALL BEAUTIFUL!)

Take a moment to humor me, sparkies: Tell me something beautiful about yourself. If you are stuck ask me, I will tell you!

HAVE A WONDERFUL DAY!

  
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TJCADDO 11/20/2012 2:57PM

    Something beautiful about you is your big big heart and sense of humor and making others feel good about themselves.

Me.... I have a good smile! emoticon

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GEMINIGEM6 11/15/2012 4:33AM

    That's great! You did it! :)

Something beautiful about me-I never quit...even when I feel like giving up...I find I'm still kickin' months, years down the line. Lol. Thx for asking that question to make us say something positive about ourselves. :)

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MAVERICK59 11/13/2012 11:21AM

    You are a blessing to us.
Hugs,
Belinda

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MSHOPPER63 11/9/2012 9:03PM

    Mickey this is FANTASTIC !! The revelation that you can DO IT !! I am soo proud of you my dear.

Something beautiful about me -- My caring personalities.

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TEDDYBEARGIRL 11/7/2012 1:50PM

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TONYVAND1 11/7/2012 9:57AM

  emoticon emoticon I would replace that fitbit right away I love mine. emoticon

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RAINBOWFALLS 11/7/2012 6:18AM

    Great job getting it done! We had a sneak of sun yesterday and I made it outside for a walk. emoticon

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NORWOODGIRL 11/6/2012 10:48PM

    Not replace your fitbit? Horror of horrors! My addictive personality would have great difficulty living without it. emoticon

Keep that losing (winning!!!!!!!!) streak going.

Your blog is so great to read. Very inspirational.

Hmmm....somet
hing beautiful about myself? I am empathetic and caring.
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DMSPEER93 11/6/2012 10:19PM

    How inspirational! You can do this! We must always look for the positive in everything! God bless your efforts a hundred fold! emoticon

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DOODIE59 11/6/2012 7:49PM

    I just might have to purchase a fitBit. It sounds so motivating. Congrats on the change in you:) Same person, but BETTER:)
Take care
Deirdre

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DIFROMWYOMING 11/6/2012 7:15PM

    Wonderful Mar. You ARE beautiful. Hmmm....I think that trying to be someone who gives back to the world instead of taking- is beautiful. So I suppose that is me! emoticon

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MICKEYH 11/6/2012 5:25PM

    You are so beautiful in and out, I am so beautiful, we are so beautiful !!
Thank you for sharing!! emoticon emoticon

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CARRAND 11/6/2012 5:09PM

    You ARE beautiful.

I spent the last few weeks canvassing for my favorite candidate. Today I spent almost 6 hours walking around the neighborhood knocking on doors of supporters to get people out to vote. Three year ago I couldn't have lasted even an hour of walking. I've lost weight and increased my exercise and now I have the energy to do the things that are important to me.

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FUZZIEBEAR3 11/6/2012 11:36AM

    I am strong, and every workout makes me stronger and amazes me that I perservered and I can do it.

I love the rainbow of leaves in the background here.

You are beautiful, you can do it. emoticon

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_KATHY 11/6/2012 9:45AM

    You are awesome and I'm so proud of you. About me? I was thinking this morning while still in bed, that I am a deeply caring person who cries at the news and touching movies. So, I think that is beautiful :)

Have a great day and stay safe!

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SWEETYOUNGTHING 11/6/2012 9:26AM

    Sometimes God slips in gentle reminders that we can do it. Good for you. I hope you find your Fitbit. I've misplaced mine several times since I purchased it 5 months ago and when I realize it's not clipped on my pants, a frantic search ensues! I've managed to avoid flushing it down the toilet so far (a worry of mine!) and would have to replace it if I did such a thing. I love the accountablity it gives me.

Keep pushing and always take the time to love yourself. Thanks for posting, Pat emoticon

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WELLNESSME09 11/6/2012 7:44AM

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Wishing you great success towards your goals! emoticon emoticon

Hope you have a wonderful day also! emoticon

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ONENEL 11/6/2012 7:42AM

    We never know what we can accomplish until we try-once we Do It- we feel that sense of accomplishment. Congrats. Remember that feeling.

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LINDAMARIEZ1 11/6/2012 7:31AM

    I am proud of you! Spark on GF!

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Breaking News

Saturday, November 03, 2012

This just in! Newsflash!

My body likes to move. It a-p-p-r-e-c-i-a-t-e-s movement. I can't believe how much in this past few days I have realized how much better I feel when I am up moving around. It is not just my body. It is my spirit. It bleeds into my emotional well being. I feel happier. I am lifted. It is all because of moving around more that I realize that I am gaining momentum and rediscovering the awesome woman that I am.

I like myself more. I am giving myself a pat on the back for not only moving, and yes, burning calories, but feeling good about how I look, and what I am doing for myself to get myself to that place. Of you all know that place: the happy place.

Lately, I am there more often than not. and why? Well for one, I am not stiff as a board for having just parked it one the couch and sat around like a bump on a log all day. Same goes for my desk at work. I find myself standing more and having meetings elsewhere, not just in my own office, but places to get out and about.

I am calmer. I am better peace with my decisions. I am taking time to think things through instead of coming up with a rash answer and a one size fits all approach. It definitely does not, and hey, I am okay with that.

Let's all move around a little more sparkies. What is your newsflash?

  
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CHRISBEM 1/8/2013 7:54PM

    Moving can be so good for the soul. When I get really down, I'll go for a super long walk and always come back feeling better.

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SWEETYOUNGTHING 11/5/2012 11:37AM

    Good for you - go, go go! Great rewards - Pat

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_KATHY 11/4/2012 10:36AM

    You are indeed in your HAPPY PLACE and that makes me happy :)

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NORWOODGIRL 11/4/2012 8:08AM

    Your enthusiasm is contagious. I'm going to post this, leave the computer and GOYBAD (Get Off Your Butt And Dance) to some music. emoticon
Congratulations on loving your body!

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CANDY58 11/4/2012 7:59AM

    How wonderful for you emoticon Keep it up!!

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RAINBOWFALLS 11/4/2012 5:03AM

    emoticon Great job getting to that place! Exercise is a wonderful thing!

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MICKEYH 11/3/2012 11:21PM

    Wow!! I am so glad, you have found the joy of moving again!! Me too. So, I feel your happiness. Thanks for sharing. emoticon emoticon

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DOODIE59 11/3/2012 10:36PM

    Your newsflash is wonderful:) Live it.
Deirdre

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HOTPINKCAMARO49 11/3/2012 10:33PM

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DIFROMWYOMING 11/3/2012 10:32PM

    Mine is too depressing to post...:)
I'm glad you are feeling so GOOD, Mar. That is awesome.

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BRACEYM1 11/3/2012 10:23PM

    I am so happy for you. Congrats!

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Don't Deprive the World

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

I know this really amazing person. He's got everything going for him. He has a beautiful family, he's got a great job, musically talented and many gifts. He frequently gets down on himself. It's easy for me to look from the outside in and wonder how can this be? It looks like everything is as it should be.

Flipside the mirror around and I am looking at me. I am the first one to find so many flaws that most would overlook. Overloaded with flaws to the minutest degree. And then, lately, there is something else. A profound and significant understanding that I am just as remarkably special as those I hold in high esteem.

Here's the thing. We are all beautiful. We all have gifts and contributions to make. If you are not so sure about yourself, think of the world. Don't deprive the world of getting to know you and all that you bring. YOu are just as wonderful, just as giving, just as lovely as the next person.

The world awaits and it is a little more beautiful because you are in it. and me too.

  
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CUBBYMAMMA 11/4/2012 7:37AM

    this is wonderful -thanks for writing it!

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JEN_BACK2BASICS 11/2/2012 11:16AM

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Great message!! Thanks for the reminder.

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TEDDYBEARGIRL 11/1/2012 3:44PM

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QUILTINGB52 11/1/2012 2:34PM

    Ah yes, sometimes we are our own worst enemies. Finding self-worth and respecting ourselves helps us to become more aware that WE are just as beautiful as our neighbors!

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_KATHY 11/1/2012 1:56PM

    Absolutely. emoticon

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MAVERICK59 11/1/2012 12:46AM

    What a very special perspective you have Mar.
We are so lucky to have you as part of our world.

Hugs,
Belinda

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MAMADWARF 10/31/2012 11:00PM

    Love this! Thank YOU!

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DIFROMWYOMING 10/31/2012 10:52PM

    Love it, Mar.

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CARRAND 10/31/2012 10:13PM

    Great blog! My son needs to read this today. He is so discouraged about not finding a job. He's a wonderful, intelligent person. I wish he could see that about himself.

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NORWOODGIRL 10/31/2012 5:38PM

    This is a lovely, thoughtful post. Thank you.

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OLIVIANIGHT 10/31/2012 4:50PM

    I have a friend who is ALWAYS down on herself about everything. I feel like I spend most of my time lifting her back up again. But I never put the same effort into lifting myself up. Thanks for pointing out that I need to be positive to myself too : )

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DOODIE59 10/31/2012 3:51PM

    Very lovely words. A thought to ponder:)
Have a great one!
Deirdre

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RAINBOWFALLS 10/31/2012 3:07PM

    Great thoughts!

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LHLADY517 10/31/2012 2:54PM

    So true

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NOTABOUTHEFACE 10/31/2012 2:49PM

    Beautiful! Just like you!

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ALWYS-LKN-UP 10/31/2012 2:42PM

    That was beautifully written from a beautiful person!! Thank you for sharing!!

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NIKKICOLE83 10/31/2012 2:30PM

    That is so true. We are so quick to uplift our neighbor and forget how awesome we are, flaws and all.

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Finding Joy in Little Moments

Sunday, October 28, 2012

I am pretty happy camper. Most of my joy though, does not come from huge moments. It comes from little ordinary moments that bring me happiness. I decided to go to work today for a while. I'm salaried so this doesn't net me anything more in my pocket. We're expecting a big storm and I thought it would be wise to be on hand to answer calls that yes, the show was going on, and tickets were available.

As it turns out, it was a great idea. People were calling and I was able to assist. I also gave a ride to a friend I got to work and after the work finished I drove us to Trader Joe's. I had previously not known how to get there, so this was awesome. I bought clementines, chai tea, some mints, cheese, some gluten free rolls, and a choc cake and wine for hubby. I also bought a bunch of gift cards for my students.

Got home before the stormy weather arrived and learned work is closed tomorrow. The storm still has not arrived, but I am sure it will come eventually. We'll no doubt know it when it happens. We don't get many hurricanes in this area, but this should be pretty obvious.

I had a really good weekend, with downtime, work and happy time. Actually, it was all happy. I hope you can find happiness in your little moments, too, sparkies.

  
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PATRISNA 10/30/2012 3:51PM

    I agree it is the small things in life that often stand out as happy moments. Thanks for sharing this.

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MSHOPPER63 10/30/2012 8:47AM

    Great blog Mickey, I hope you guys don't have too much damage from the storm. I love seeing how happy you are and how appreciative of the small stuff. That's what life is about. Love you girl,
Jo

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_KATHY 10/29/2012 1:46PM

    Living life as it happens. I think that is awesome

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RAINBOWFALLS 10/29/2012 10:17AM

    Sounds like a great day - We have teh storm coming here this afternoon. Stay safe

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DOODIE59 10/29/2012 8:48AM

    Celebrating your happy! Way to go, Mar:) Here's hoping the storm is nothing more than lots of rain and a wee bit of wind. Fingers crossed. Enjoy your day off.
Deirdre

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MAVERICK59 10/29/2012 12:15AM

    What a lovely blog today Mar.
I am glad things feel good to you right know.
You deserve peace and happiness.

Belinda

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TEDDYBEARGIRL 10/28/2012 8:45PM

    Stay safe in that storm!

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CARRAND 10/28/2012 8:12PM

    I love your attitude. You are so rights to find happiness in small things. We need to enjoy each day as it comes, instead of waiting for some future happening that may never come. We're waiting for the storm here, too. I'll bet we lose power for days. Well, that will give me some time to read.

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GOOSIEMOON 10/28/2012 8:05PM

    Thanks for sharing!



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WILDFLOWERMA 10/28/2012 7:59PM

    So nice to read such an uplifting blog - you have a wonderful attitude :)

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Turning Common Wisdom on its Side

Saturday, October 27, 2012

You know the establishment is always saying never go shopping when you are hungry?

What they should really say, is eat until you are stuffed and then waddle your booty in the store.

We didn't order appetizers as we have sometimes done in the past, and though we split some dessert, I could not finish it. What the hey? I was still stuffed (on good food) but stuffed. We stopped at the supermarket even though we knew it was going to be packed due to storm warnings for Hurricane Sandy hitting the East Coast.

I had done the bulk of my shopping earlier. This was just for supplemental stuff. I was so stuffed, I could barely look at the shelves. I wanted no part of anything dairy, including frozen things that always come ride home in my cart. I got 3 Larabars, some watermelon and some soap.

Walking around the store also helped to clear that stuffed to the gills feeling which was good. I felt way better belly-wise. I know my c=food choices today were completely fine but I definitely overate. Still, it was a GOOD shopping trip as a result.

Hope everyone is doing great, sparkies!!! If Sandy is headed you way also, batten down the hatches!

  
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CARRAND 10/28/2012 8:17PM

    We're waiting for the storm in Virginia, too. I tried to buy things that I could fix on a gas stove if the power goes out. I didn't want to fill the refrigerator and then lose it through a power outage.

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DIFROMWYOMING 10/28/2012 4:28PM

    I am just no good at turning down food even when I'm full. I almost always will keep eating. For me to leave food on the plate, especially at a restaurant, is unusual. Hope Sandy will be kind- you're in my thoughts.

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BELDONDOG1 10/28/2012 4:15PM

    I don't know you, but I like your way of thinking!! But what happens if I waddle my booty into the store if I'm stuffed or not? lol Enjoyed you last couple blogs! Noel

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HEYITSLISA 10/28/2012 9:41AM

    Stay safe!

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RAINBOWFALLS 10/28/2012 7:19AM

    Sandy is coming - I live in NY, but inland. I also had to run to the store yesterday and I hate shopping with so many people. Stay safe

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JANTWO 10/28/2012 12:50AM

    I love the " eat until you are stuffed and then waddle your booty in the store." That is such good advise!!!! Eat a bunch of healthy stuff and then go.


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_KATHY 10/28/2012 12:43AM

    Such a benign name for a trouble maker. Sandy... I'm glad you had a good day. I totally understand the overly full feeling even though it fit into the plan. I had that kind of evening. Still happy about the day in general. It's just one more day and tomorrow.. hopefully, there will be another one.

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BJPENNY70 10/27/2012 9:42PM

    Hope you don't have any damage from Sandy. I live in SC so I know how these storms are. God bless you. It is good to eat before shopping. You won't buy things on the fly like when we are hungry. Good job!

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FIT4MEIN2013 10/27/2012 9:34PM

    I see Sandy has been downgraded to a category 1. Big alarms over nothing. Glad you had a good day!

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TEDDYBEARGIRL 10/27/2012 9:33PM

    Amzing how many things we leave in the sotr whenwe are not hungry.....stay safe if you have to deal with Sandy!......i am in Oregon so i am no were near it but praying for those who may be

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