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An Effortless 5000 Steps!

Tuesday, January 07, 2014

No "extra work" required. I walked my son to the bus stop this morning, and walked to meet him when he came home. Other than that, I did a bit of shopping (and took the dog for a short-ish walk, it's very cold and he's got almost no hair so long walks in the cold are not for him), and of course, moved around the house as normal. It totally blew me away to see that I was only 200 steps away from my 5000-step goal by dinnertime. I can see how adding another half hour or so of walking every day to what I did today could easily end up with a 10,000-step day on a regular basis. That's a nice thing to contemplate!
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BARCLE 1/7/2014 6:29PM

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CODEMAULER 1/7/2014 2:46PM

    The less effort, the more likely you'll tackle it!

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ONEKIDSMOM 1/7/2014 7:32AM

    emoticon When it comes to moving, "everything counts". emoticon

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Doing What You Can ... Part II

Sunday, January 05, 2014

Yikes, less than 400 steps on the fitbit. It's freezing outside, and almost dark. But ... I've got an audiobook to listen to, so I step out the door. And the audiobook is almost over, so I keep walking in order to keep listening. There are only a couple of streets near our house that have sidewalks, so since it's dark, I stick to the sidewalks. I end up walking the same route that I did the night before last, only since my book needs finishing, I walk the route twice. By the time I get back home, I have more than 5200 steps on the fitbit, and I've walked more than 2 miles for the day. Yowza!
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CODEMAULER 1/6/2014 1:24PM

    That must have been a good book!

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Way to go with those steps!!

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A Lesson in Doing What You Can

Sunday, January 05, 2014

My fitbit has quickly become part of my routine. (When I remember to put it on, that is!) Yesterday evening when I realized that I was way under my current goal of >5000 steps per day, I went for an extra walk around the block to make up the 1200 or so steps I was down. I ended up walking an extra 2200+ steps instead. Tonight, same deal, except it's freaky cold out - so I picked up a book of short stories and walked around inside instead while reading! Made it past 5000 steps easily. What a great feeling to realize that it was within my power to meet my goal. Feeling inspired tonight.
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CROSSEDFLAGS 1/5/2014 1:28PM

    Nice! I have been considering getting a FitBit. Looks like it works great as a motivator!! emoticon

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JUST_TRI_IT 1/5/2014 9:11AM

    Isn't it amazing how that little bitty counter can keep you moving ?!

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GAYLLYNNE 1/5/2014 8:36AM

    You go!!! That's awesome and you have inspired me to find my pedometer!!!

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ONEKIDSMOM 1/5/2014 7:41AM

    emoticon Amazing what a little motivational trick will do for us! emoticon

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"It Takes Time to be a Phoenix"

Monday, December 30, 2013

I read a quote today from the actress Sharon Stone: "When your life burns down, it takes time to be a phoenix." It resonated with me (though her trials have definitely been much harder than my own).

There's been so much loss this year for us, but some joy too. Our two little dogs died a few months ago, within weeks of each other. (We have a new dog that we adopted from the animal shelter and he's really helping us heal from that pain.) My folks are worse off than they were a year ago, and I've resigned from my job, so I can spend more time helping them out with their needs. My job was very stressful, even though I loved it, and it wasn't working for me to try to do both things, along with being available for my own family. (Many evenings after work and weekends over the past year have been spent at their house trying to handle their issues, while my hubby has been home with our son - now I'll be able to help the folks out during the day when he's at school, instead, and be home for him in the afternoons.) I also hope to spend more time with my MIL and maybe help relieve some stress for hubby in that way as well (she's also very needy, although a lot more independent than my parents are).

This is a huge change. I've worked so hard for so many years; even while I was in grad school, I was holding down two jobs at a time and juggling child care, as hubby was also in grad school and working at the time. I've been in full time work without a break since I graduated from library school a few years ago. So the idea of not knowing for sure how I'll make a living next month is scary. But I feel like I've got a glimmer of hope that some sort of balance may return to our lives, and that in another year things may be better.

I just have to remind myself: rising from the ashes will take time.

  
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GAYLLYNNE 12/30/2013 7:22AM

    Hugs!! You are at a huge turning point in your life. Change is always hard and I understand. There will come a time when you look back and will think how glad you are you made the decisions you did. You are a very good daughter, mom and wife. Keep that close!

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ONEKIDSMOM 12/30/2013 7:05AM

    emoticon Hang in there. Oxygen masks: own on first! emoticon Deep breath. Yes, it takes time. But you're worth it!

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Starting. Over. Again.

Saturday, December 28, 2013

I tried a re-start in May, but life threw me for several loops, including a super stressful work life, and difficulties faced by my aging parents. I left the job and am home now, hoping to combine providing more help to my parents with being home in the afternoons for my pre-teen son. And figuring out how to make a living from home, in a way that doesn't become overwhelming and require more attention than I have time for (after all, that's why I left my job, right?)

One of the things I've lost sight of over the past few years is the simple fact that fitness = happiness for me. So I am restarting again, and will try to keep health and happiness in the picture as part of my image of "success".

I am really looking forward to being in touch with my Spark friends again, and finding my way back to my true self - the one that knows how to be happy.

  
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JUST_TRI_IT 1/5/2014 9:16AM

    And ...welcome back :)

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DETERMINEDJANET 12/29/2013 10:41PM

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CODEMAULER 12/29/2013 11:10AM

    It's so good to see you here!

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ONEKIDSMOM 12/29/2013 9:09AM

    Oh, my goodness, this really, really rings true, and I could have written it... in fact I said it out loud to a therapist and shocked myself several years ago. It was an eye-opener to me then, as it is a re-awakener to you now:

"fitness = happiness for me"

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MICHELELYNN777 12/29/2013 8:11AM

    Good for you to take the steps that will help you be successful! You CAN do it!
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UMBILICAL 12/28/2013 10:26PM

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