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I've got plenty to be thankful for

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

One of my teams has a thread about looking back at 2012. And in writing up my reply, I realized that it's been a pretty good year.

My older daughter's engagement broke off and she had to come home to live, but she has a job now, is building herself a life here, and has been a terrific workout buddy for me. I'll actually be sorry to see her move out, even if it is in the same town.

My mother's chronic health problems reached a terrifying crisis, but she survived it and is feeling better than she has in a couple years, now that they've actually solved her problem.

My mother-in-law had a cancer scare that turned out to be only a scare, which was a relief. My best friend also had a cancer scare that led to surgery to remove a huge tumor--and it turned out to be completely benign. Since she's the mom of three young kids, I was very grateful for them as well as for myself.

My younger daughter broke up with her controlling, manipulative girlfriend and starting having a life again. She missed out on one terrific educational opportunity because of this girl, and lost all of her friends, but now she's remade her friendships and is currently on a sailing adventure in the Caribbean until after the first of the year--and gets college credit for it!

As for me, I lost 70 pounds and went from being a slug to biking over 2,000 miles for the season--that's outdoor miles, not stationary cycle ones. I participated in a 150-mile, 2-day bike tour and raised over $2,000 for MS, and even though I didn't finish the second day I still felt like a success. Just this last week I participated in my first-ever 5k Turkey Trot, an activity I'd heard of in the past but had always regarded as kind of insane. I'm married to the best guy in the world, and I love my cozy little home.

Life is good.

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RICHILA 12/4/2012 1:46PM

    Your year made me smile!

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BLUE42DOWN 11/27/2012 4:09PM


Wow, what a great year 2012 was! It is actually interesting to realize that part of that is in the perspective. Some would have looked at all of those events and focused on the negatives - the scares, the breakups, the heartache. Instead, your eye is on the positives - the reliefs, the recoveries, the growth, the family and love coming out ahead!

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DATMAMA4 11/27/2012 3:30PM

    It's always nice to look back on the previous year to get this year's thoughts into perspective.

Sounds like your year has gotten progressively better!

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JURASSICSUE 11/27/2012 12:25PM

    Sounds great! It's so easy to take things for granted if you're not careful, and this is inspiring me to do a similar review of 2012. It's been a grotty year actually, but I'm sure if I look hard enough I can find some nuggets to smile about! Thanks for posting.

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CREEKLADY1 11/27/2012 11:58AM

  Sounds like you have everything under control now in your life...it's turning out k for you.

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Turkey Trot

Sunday, November 25, 2012

I am not a runner. I have resisted running most of my life. When I've tried it, it's usually ended in injury and misery.

But if I want to do triathlons next year, I have to become a runner again.

This year I signed up for my first ever Turkey Trot. The longest I had jogged (it's an abuse of language to call what I do "running") had been just over a mile, but I figured I could jog and walk and at least finish. I figured I'd jog until the second kilometer marker and then walk a bit. Daughter and a good friend were with me.

I jogged and jogged and started to get worried. Surely I'd gone more than 1k! Was I really in this bad of shape?

Then the first marker appeared. 1 MILE. Even though it was a 5k race, they were marking in miles. Well, at that point, I suddenly felt great! I was doing better than I thought!

I managed to jog the first full 2 miles, then walked for about half a mile, jogged a little more, walked a little more, and finished the last quarter mile at a jog. My time was just under 44 minutes. Not fast, but WAY better than I thought I was going to do! And I got an awesome t-shirt out of it!

It was so much fun that DD and I are signed up for another one next Saturday, the Reindeer Run. For that one we get t-shirts, plus jingle bells for our shoes. I think jogging along in the midst of all tht jingling will be fun!

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DOGLADY13 11/25/2012 5:33PM

    Terrific! It feels so good to go beyond your own expectations!

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TAFODIL24 11/25/2012 2:19PM

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SIMPLELIFE4REAL 11/25/2012 1:37PM

    That's great!! Congratulations!

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BLUE42DOWN 11/25/2012 12:39PM

    emoticon Fabulous job!

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APPLESBANANAS 11/25/2012 9:15AM

    Excellent, MissG! Did you do the one out in Lorain? I have done the cleveland one almost every year since 1999 and its a great feeling to start thanksgiving day with a calorie burn : )

I like your goal of doing a triathalon, I don't think Ill ever get there. I think they make ones that are shorter than a traditional triathalon, maybe someday Ill do one of those.

I think with running the milage can psych you out when you're newer to it...keep amazing yourself by breaking previous records and trying more milage. Just train smart and don't increase milage too fast, or you'll wind up with shin splints or other mechanical problems. Before I did my marathon I read a book about training...Marathon by Hal Higdon. I hear Jeff Galloways books are excellent and his "walk/run" strategy is what got me through the marathon when I stayed with the pace group...maybe check his book out.

Good luck, and good job on the Trot!!

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SIMPLYABUNDANT 11/25/2012 7:45AM

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Let us know how the Reindeer Run goes!

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MAGGIE101857 11/25/2012 7:30AM

    This is how it starts! Glad you had fun!!!

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FUTUREHOPE49 11/25/2012 7:20AM

    emoticon emoticon On accomplishing a great Trot! So glad you enjoyed it.
The next one looks like good fun! Wish we had that one here. I can hear the bells now.

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THE-MORE-GIRL 11/25/2012 12:58AM

    WOW, so great!

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KATHYSCOLLIES 11/25/2012 12:45AM

    Okay, so I'm just wondering.....

Do you do all these wonderful, incredibly fantastic things like this run, and that monster bike ride a while ago, just so I can live vicariously through your actions? LOL

Seriously, I am so in awe of all that you have accomplished that I am positively drooling.

Well done, my friend, well done! You are one determined, amazing woman!


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ZRIE014 11/25/2012 12:30AM

  you might be setting too high of goal if you have not been running. set a goal of a 5k at a period of time in the future and measure yourself to it. take little steps first. emoticon emoticon

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RESTORED_ME 11/25/2012 12:13AM

    Fantastic... anything faster than your power walk is jogging to me.

Here is a suggestion to get you back into the swing of things,

Stay fit and motivated during the busy (and calorie-filled) holiday season by pledging to run at least one mile every day, Thanksgiving through New Year's.

Pledge to run/walk at least one mile every day, from Thanksgiving (that's Thursday, November 22) through New Year's Day. Track your mileage and keep it moving!

For more info see:


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Disappearing for a while

Monday, November 12, 2012

I just realized that I have a HUGE project due two weeks sooner than I realized, so I'm not going to be around very much for the rest of the month. I will try to keep up the Sparking, I just won't have time for Spark People. Will be thinking about you all, though!

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YESCURLYCAN 11/20/2012 7:53AM

  Wishing you lots of luck on your project on a happy thanksgiving emoticon

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Q8PRINCESS 11/13/2012 10:39PM

    Good luck with the project!

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KATHYSCOLLIES 11/13/2012 2:59AM

    You will be missed, so hurry on back as soon as possible!

Hope all goes well with the big project! Remember to spend at least a few minutes every day just on YOU - no matter how busy or stressed you are.


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BJUMPINGFORJOY 11/12/2012 9:58PM

    I know that you will be back when you finish your project. We will be waiting for you.

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WALKINGGRANDMA 11/12/2012 5:56PM

    Take care of your life. Spark will be here when you return.

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SIMPLYABUNDANT 11/12/2012 4:36PM

    Good luck with your project! Take care and know we'll be here whenever you can get back!

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RICHILA 11/12/2012 3:19PM

    Good Luck on your project! Take good care of yourself! emoticon

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ESCHLETZ 11/12/2012 3:10PM

    I'll miss seeing your "fishy" face on here for that while, but best of luck on your project.

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CAKEMAKERMOM 11/12/2012 2:49PM

    Good luck with your project! May it turn out nicely!

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It's my life

Saturday, November 10, 2012

Something I said in a comment today, but I need to have it here to remind me:

It's important to stop thinking about a "finish line" and instead concentrate on the journey. Every day I eat better and work out is a day that I am healthier, and that is the most important goal. Reaching X pounds is not really an end point, because an "end" implies that you can stop what you're doing. If we stop what we're doing, we will defeat the purpose.

Accept that you are awesome RIGHT NOW. Not 10 pounds from now, not 50 miles from now. Your life isn't on hold because you are working out and eating right; you are working out and eating right because this is your life.

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SIMPLYABUNDANT 11/13/2012 8:31AM

    This is absolutely true! I see so many challenges here on SP that involve losing X number of pounds by such-and-such a date, and I think that kind of thinking is setting yourself up for failure. What happens when such-and-such a date arrives? Why not just pick a way of eating that is healthy and allows one to live without feeling constantly deprived and embrace that for the rest of one's life? I have been an on-diet/off-diet-compulsive-overeat
er for the last 25 years (am now 61), and it is finally sinking in how hurtful that pattern has been to me. Thank you, Miss G!

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MAHGRET 11/11/2012 9:58AM

    Thanks for sharing!

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ANGELARPACK 11/10/2012 10:47PM

    I can't seem to find the right diet combo. Yes, you need to love yourself as you are, You are beautiful. You just need to reduce some of your beautifulness, Not everyone can handle all that wonderfulness,

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KATHYSCOLLIES 11/10/2012 10:13PM

    Very well said indeed! This ideology is one that we all need to embrace wholeheartedly, remember, and put into action!

The putting it into action is something with which I struggle on a daily basis. I excel at torpedoing myself, as well as being the absolute QUEEN of the dubious art of procrastination.. a bad combination no matter how you try to sugar coat it.

Right now the 'if onlyies' are still mostly in charge, but they are slowly being knocked into the ground.


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SIMPLELIFE4REAL 11/10/2012 2:57PM

    Right on!!

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CREEKLADY1 11/10/2012 1:29PM

  The way I feel about it is if you are healthy...why worry about the weight coming off...concentrate on being healthy and happy!

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Allergic to candy??

Friday, November 02, 2012

My allergies have been particularly hideous the last couple days. No amount of antihistamine has been enough to stop my left eye from feeling itchy and sore.

This happened last month, too. Right after I'd eaten a bunch of those silly Brach's pumpkins. This time? Halloween candy.

So I'm going to stay away from refined sugar products for two weeks, then try something sugary and see if I have a reaction. Now, some people might just plan never to have sugar again, but I am all about everything in moderation.

Except things that are trying to kill me. I don't eat shrimp or lobster because I am allergic--the kind of allergic that can kill you. And if candy turns out to be causing an actual allergic reaction, then I will be giving that up, too.

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DATMAMA4 11/3/2012 12:45PM

    I've often thought it might be easier if I were allergic to the things that aren't good for me...but that goes along with having to deal with the allergic reactions if I accidentally or purposefully eat those things.

I hope you're not allergic after all, but I also hope you're able to get to the root of the problem.

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SIMPLYABUNDANT 11/3/2012 11:01AM

    Oh, dear...I hope you can get to the bottom of your allergy. How aggravating! Some time off refined sugar couldn't hurt. I need to do the same myself!

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CAKEMAKERMOM 11/2/2012 7:52PM

    What other things are you allergic to? Most candy is processed on the same equipment or in the same building as nuts, milk, and many other common allergies. I hope you figure out which ingredient is doing this to you.

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