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Progress not Perfection

Friday, April 09, 2010

I've made excellent progress this week --- walking most days, and that will continue on this weekend. I am starting to see more of my warrior spirit re-emerge. I think I'd forgotten how strong I can be, and let so many things chip away at my spirit until I gave up for so long.

That era is over. Come what may, I will stand strong and be able to defend my needs and be the person I was meant to be. I can't believe that I let myself get that down over stupid things. Geeeeeez! I really needed a long time to break out of that. Truth is that is hurt so much, that I could not believe it happened to me.
But now, I am finally seeing past it.

Here's to shaking yourself off, dusting off your shoulders and getting back in the game. There was a time when I didn't think I was worth it, and then I stopped that thinking. I let myself fall back into that trap when life's little problems seemed overwhelming and insurmountable.

It's all right to take reality breaks, and it's all right to forgive yourself for making mistakes. It's also a fact that other people are going to let us down, and sometimes we're not going to be able to get over the things they have done. I realize this now. All that being said, it does not negate the responsibility I have to myself in taking care of myself.

So this is the line in the sand for me, for what I am willing to do to put myself first and make changes. I am putting my sneakers back on and going outside for a 20 minute walk. I don't care if it is raining a bit. I am going outside anyway. :)
I think I will walk down to the flower store and buy myself some flowers.

Thanks for letting me get that off my chest! Let's make it a great day!

  
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JESSBOND 4/9/2010 6:13PM

    That is the spirit!
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LAURA9021 4/9/2010 11:59AM

  emoticon Awesome attitude, always put yourself first!

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LOOZINITNOW 4/9/2010 10:26AM

    emoticon attitude! I have walked in the rain before and found out that I don't melt! Who knew?? LOL! emoticon

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YESITSDEB 4/9/2010 10:04AM

    You're in the positive attitude zone! emoticon

Have a great weekend! emoticon

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FOREVERBT 4/9/2010 10:02AM

    I can feel your strength

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JOKNOWS 4/9/2010 10:00AM

    Enjoy the flowers! Love the new warrior MickeyMax. She's emoticon

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JOKNOWS 4/9/2010 9:59AM

    Enjoy the flowers! Love the new warrior MickeyMax. She's emoticon

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DONNAEDA 4/9/2010 9:54AM

    What a wonderful attitude. You are putting yourself first and that is a good thing. You are evolving into a beautiful healthy woman. You go girl!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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MUGGLE_MOM 4/9/2010 9:51AM

    You are sooo worth it.

Congrats on "shaking yourself off, dusting off your shoulders and getting back in the game".

You deserve it!

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No PAIN, No GAIN

Thursday, April 08, 2010

Ha! It's not what you are thinking. :)

I had this thought while slipping off to dreamland last night. I was basking in the the feeling of having completed 10,000 steps yesterday, and it occurred to me that "nothing" hurt. Not my legs, my ankles, my feet, my jaw, not my head, my stomach. Nothing hurt. I can't remember the last time I laid in bed and felt no pain. I felt free.

I even did a mental doublecheck. Is everything attached? Yup? Pain? Nope.

Amazing.

I ate a lot of chocolate yesterday, but I didn't gain. I'm not proud of my candy consumption but I am proud that my overeating did not keep me from walking, and then walking some more, and walking again today.

I used to have a hard time with separating the two - that somehow if I ate chocolate, it would negate the ability for me to walk. I was wrapped up in all or nothing thinking.

Now I am taking steps, literally, to change myself --- physically and in every way. I still drive early to work, but for the past couple of days, I go to my office, and then put my bags down, and then go hoofing for a while. Not too shabby.
I am so proud of myself for continuing on ---- and not going back to the office just because I could hear mowers and smell grass being cut. There are acres and acres of grass here, so I went walking into town.

The magnitude of this for me is huge. I am the same person who would try to get meetings moved to my building so I did not have to walk far. I hardly recognize her and it's only been a couple of days.

That's what I am doing just stepping forward a little bit at time, but it is sure adding up. emoticon

  
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DJS-DEBBIE 4/8/2010 8:19PM

    You have made a huge leap here!

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KIMSTUTZ 4/8/2010 6:12PM

    i am so with you on getting past that all or nothing attitude. i liked your analogy that if you ate chocolate you couldn't walk, LOL

thats like if i eat one piece of pizza i might at well eat the whole thing. who am i really hurting? way to go!

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KIYOSHI04 4/8/2010 12:50PM

    awesome job, you!!! that is a wonderful feeling. and way to go on walking despite the chocolate. you didnt give up and give in. keep it up.

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SLIGHTLYBRAINY 4/8/2010 12:06PM

    How exciting to see yourself change, and all for the better. Keep up the good work your so worth ever ounce of effort!!!

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Keep it up!

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LOOZINITNOW 4/8/2010 11:20AM

    Fantastic!

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MYSTIC_WOLFE 4/8/2010 11:13AM

    I am excited for you. I know the feeling and joy of that freedom. No pain! I am sick (I think) with a cold (I think) but it hasn't came all the way on. It feels like a healthy type of sick if you know what I mean. Much love and continued success and freedom in your journey.

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JESSBOND 4/8/2010 11:04AM

    You are doing great!!! It is so good to exercise and feel no pain!
Keep it up!
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YESITSDEB 4/8/2010 10:01AM

    You are on your way and your sparkfriends are walking right beside you! emoticon

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TINARENA2 4/8/2010 9:04AM

    I love your post, it is so uplifting. Walking, the easiest exercise of them all can do so much for us!! Congrats on your awakening, it is a great accomplishment!!
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PLAYBLUES22 4/8/2010 8:55AM

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Walking to me is the best exercise going, no money involved, no equipment , no stress emoticon

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MEL_UNRAU 4/8/2010 8:52AM

    AWESOME!!! Way to go, my girl!!! You are on your way!!!

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MUGGLE_MOM 4/8/2010 8:49AM

    I love the way that you are recreating yourself.
Remember this awesome feeling and keep it with you always!
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DONNAEDA 4/8/2010 8:49AM

    Congratulations on your major accomplishment. The feeling you are having is call "being healthy" That is the most wonderful feeling in the world. You think you can take on all comers. Now if you could only get that chocolate under control. Try to carry a stick of gum around with you. When you see the chocolate put a piece of gum in your mouth. See if that will help.

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10,000 steps reached

Wednesday, April 07, 2010

I DID IT! WOO HOO! I reached my goal today. I am doing virtual somersaults!!!

WOO HOO!

  
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DATARN 4/7/2010 11:28PM

    YAY!!
You are awesome!!!
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DJS-DEBBIE 4/7/2010 9:43PM

    Way to go! That is fantastic!

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MUGGLE_MOM 4/7/2010 9:36PM

    You Go Girl!!!!

That's the way to do it!!!

I am sooo impressed!!!!

Keep up the great work!!!!

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It's a Good Morning!

Wednesday, April 07, 2010

Good morning, Sparks!

I left the house a wee bit late today --- not late for work, just later then I like to leave because traffic really builds up the later into the morning it gets. I like to leave early and beat the heavier traffic as it makes for a happier commute for me and everyone else. ha ha ha.

I did, however, squeeze in breakfast of Special K red berries cereal and a banana before I left home. I have not had breakfast at home in weeks. I usually snack in the car on the way in, but that's not the healthiest way to handle it.

I arrived to work with minimal hassle (and no honking), and then walked the 700 steps to my office. I walked up the big hill (which I frequently avoid by taking stairs or elevator) but this morning up I huffed and puffed.

Dropped my bags off to the office and then did not even log on my computer. I went right back out again. I took my cell phone and key and that was it! I was wearing my pedometer also. I set an alarm on my phone to let me know when it was 8am and I should be heading back. So I walked down by the football stadium (I work at a university) and encountered quite a few other people along those paths as well.

Much to my surprise, I handled a 40 min walk this a.m. Woo hoo! I did 7000 steps yesterday and the day before, and I am on target to hit that number again. I plan on going for a short walk again around lunch --- or possibly before so it does not get scorching hot --- (it'll be over 80 here today) --- and I am so pleased that I am walking again.

I completed a half marathon about 5 years ago when I lost a bunch of weight. I am getting back into it though. I'm not currently feeling the need to go do one of those any time soon, but right now, just today, I am enjoying how I feel, and how I can move around. I feel happy and satisfied right now. I just wanted to share!

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DJS-DEBBIE 4/7/2010 7:59PM

    Way to go! That is awesome.

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    emoticon Awesome!!! Each step just gets better and better! emoticon

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YESITSDEB 4/7/2010 10:19AM

    Now that's how you start your day off right! Well done. You'll be at 10,000 steps in now time. emoticon

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DONNAEDA 4/7/2010 10:00AM

    you go girl.............congratulations on the start of a super spark day. It is such a wonderful feeling to have started your day on the right track. Breakfast, hassle free drive to work and then even a 40 minute walk. What an accomplishment. I am so proud of you.

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MUGGLE_MOM 4/7/2010 9:47AM

    I am so pleased for you! How fabulous!!! I am much impressed!
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    That is awesome!! emoticon

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It makes a difference when you start off so well in the am! Keep up the good work!

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Walking on Sunshine!

Tuesday, April 06, 2010

Working towards 10k steps a day. Yesterday I did 7k. today I am up to 4k so far. I took a walk at lunch around campus. It was good to get out, breathe the fresh air, and make progress on my goal.

10k steps is a lot! Heck 4k steps is a lot to me. On a regular day, I think I had been doing 2-3K steps. The pedometer really helps keep things on track. I am trying to add steps in my day by adding planned walks into it. I extended my walk from the parking lot to the office. I take a walk at lunch. I think I can do better today by stopping to work a bit early, and then going out for a walk before going home. I suspect that doing so will make me less cranky, more hopeful, and a better driver. Or at least one that does not wave as often! ha ha ha

I'm setting a schedule reminder to knock of early and walk before leaving. Usually I sit at my desk right until the bitter end. I'll need to change that. The weather is beautiful and currently being so cooperative! I'll try to take advantage of that!

  
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DONNAEDA 4/6/2010 7:47PM

    by walking before you go home, you might avoid the traffic jams on the way home too. congratulations on your walking plans. You go girl!!!!!!!!!!!!

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LOOZINITNOW 4/6/2010 5:53PM

    I love my pedometer! Makes you feel a great sense of accomplishment!

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KIMSTUTZ 4/6/2010 5:33PM

    love walking on sunshiney days too! i plan on my walks right after work too, or else i get home and get too busy or decide i am too tired~ you can do it!

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DATARN 4/6/2010 3:32PM

    This is awesome. You are doing great.
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MUGGLE_MOM 4/6/2010 3:30PM

    emoticon That sounds like a great plan! You go girl!

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YESITSDEB 4/6/2010 3:09PM

    You're doing great! I haven't tracked my steps since joining SP, but I did it a few years ago and it really takes a lot of focus to get to the 10K per day. Great effort! emoticon

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SLIGHTLYBRAINY 4/6/2010 2:48PM

    Good for you. Setting a goal and working on getting there I think can be just as exciting as accomplishing it. I am so happy for you and with that goal set of walking before and after work, you will reach your 10,000 steps before you know it. So many people forget that the smallest of changes can help set healthy habits for a life time....Terri

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KOBER9999 4/6/2010 2:42PM

    Good for you!
10,000 is a lot, but you will get there.
I always feel better after a cardio workout. I just love a cardio "high", seems to last for hours.
Spark On!
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HEATHERAY39 4/6/2010 2:25PM

    I remember that song! I have been trying to walk also, although I do not have a pedometer. I drive a bus and it is hard to work in a lot of steps per day, so I make up for it with really long walks a few times a week.


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