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Thank you SP for making me an exercise addict!

Thursday, April 10, 2014

I just got back from my doctor appointment where we discussed my high cholesterol problem. She gave me the green light to keep on fighting it WITHOUT medication!
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She actually said I have nothing to worry about. My good HDL cholesterol is more than enough to protect me from all the bad effects of LDL.
And who is responsible for this?


For those of you who are not familiar with all this cholesterol terminology, the HDL – also known as the good cholesterol – is not largely affected by the things we eat. But it can increase dramatically with cardiovascular exercise. The more we work out, the better chances we have of increasing it and creating a healthy cardiovascular system as a result.

I explained to my doctor that for the last three years I have been gradually making exercise a habit. I usually work out five or six times a week now and no matter how hectic my life gets, I always try to exercise at least three times even if it's just a long walk. She told me I couldn't have offered a more precious gift to myself.

I know I'm lucky. I like exercise. Not everybody does and there are people who have a really hard time making it part of their lives. But our bodies were made for it. They need it to function properly. I bet our hearts and our muscles feel like they're being punished when we don't use them for what they were made to do. Have you ever thought about how the human heart reacts to exercise? Isn't it amazing that the more we exercise, the slower our resting heart rate gets? The heart gets stronger and it doesn't have to work that hard. It's like we're actually helping it get some rest!

Thank you, sparkpeople, for making exercise a habit for me. For giving me a way to fight negative feelings without food. For showing me how to make my body healthier and my mind calmer. For introducing me to a tool that adds strength to my life both physically and mentally.

I’ve been trying to make my friends and family realize that. I haven’t always succeeded. It’s not easy to make a sworn couch potato see the truth that lies beneath the habit they are too scared to quit. But I will keep on trying. Because if there is one "secret" about weight loss that needs to be shared, if there is one healthy habit that works and needs to be shouted out from rooftops, it’s this one.
Our bodies love exercise and they will always be thankful for it in many ways.
Do you love your body enough to exercise?

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ANNIEONLI 4/19/2014 8:21PM

    LOVE that doc told you to stay OFF medication! YAAAAAY!!!! emoticon

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TRAVELGRRL 4/16/2014 7:56PM

    I too am an exercise addict. I find the stronger I get, the more I enjoy working out. I think that's why couch potatoes are so resistant. I remember when I would watch the clock all the way through my weight-training class, and felt winded after the warmup! Now I'll do the whole 75 minutes and then get on the treadmill.

Congratulations on that wonderful doctor report!

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TINAJANE76 4/14/2014 6:08PM

    Good for you, Elle! I'm like you--I have a family history of high cholesterol that's only been compounded by previous poor lifestyle choices. But like you, I've also been able to get my HDL levels up by exercising and managing my weight to counteract the negative effects of a total number that's on the high side. I've read that a ratio of total cholesterol to HDL cholesterol that's less than 4 is considered good. Last time I had mine checked (which was more than a year ago), it was 2.7 so I'm definitely doing something right!

We're doing the sensible thing with advice and guidance from our doctors, so I'd say we're way ahead of most people.

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IMREITE 4/13/2014 1:42AM

    I used to hate exercise. it was not fun. then i started doing videos and some of them were a lot of fun. then i picked up some from the library and i foud i really enjoyed them.

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DUXGRL1 4/11/2014 9:37PM

    It has become a daily, non-negotiable part of my life, the reason I have been able to maintain my weight loss!

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KANOE10 4/11/2014 7:03AM

    I have grown to love exercise also. My good cholesterol was way high..maybe the exercise helped.

You have found a tool to increase your health. I am so glad you have a doctor who is willing to let you stay off medication and work on exercise and eating.


I always liked the comment that goes, " I may be slow, but I am doing laps around the person who is sitting on the couch!'

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PAULALALALA 4/10/2014 7:49PM

    emoticon this statement:
“I bet our hearts and our muscles feel like they're being punished when we don't use them for what they were made to do”

Just love your writing style! When I read your posts I’m always thinking “that’s exactly how I feel…wish I could have come up with those words to express it!” I too, feel very fortunate that I’ve come to love that feeling of release when I’ve completed a good workout. I feel like I’m thinking better, breathing better, and generally looking at my world with a more positive viewpoint than before the workout session.

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CHANCETARYN 4/10/2014 6:45PM

    Key word for me was 'gradually'. I'll keep plugging away. Great perspective, thanks for sharing this. emoticon

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FIT4MEIN2013 4/10/2014 11:46AM

    Me, too. I used to say, "Starve me, but don't make me exercise!". Now my day feels off and I feel incomplete without my workout.

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DISNEY4537 4/10/2014 11:43AM

    Great blog! Way to go on your cholesterol! That is awesome! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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THOMS1 4/10/2014 11:29AM

    Good blog! I have learned on my journey that exercise is a must and now I feel I couldn't live without it. emoticon

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MICKEYH 4/10/2014 11:08AM

    emoticon emoticon yes, I love my body enough to exercise daily. I'm trying my DH to understand this whole system works regards to relationship with exercise and our cholesterol terminology. So he can appreciate exercise. All I can do is try. Hopefully he'll get it soon. Thanks for sharing. Great blog. emoticon

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ISLAMOM 4/10/2014 9:48AM

    Yep! What a wonderful perspective--and I am starting to become an "addict" myself (to exercise, that is)....I had a about 5 days last week when I didn't exercise and my legs were actually hurting me from NOT fact, they were screaming at me!! It probably had to do with my 30-hour (largely seated) travels home and a combination of factors, but once I started moving again the awkward pain went away! How weird is that!


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    Funny how it is possible to enjoy something that is good for you. You have discovered the trick which is to do what you enjoy and avoid what ou dislike.

Make Today the Greatest Day of Your Life

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MARYBETH4884 4/10/2014 9:39AM

    I have become an addict too!! Never would have believed it 2 years ago!! Keep moving, you know it's good for you!!

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Things beyond our control

Tuesday, April 08, 2014

Last week I had some blood tests done as part of my yearly thyroid check which I had actually neglected for a couple of years.
The good news is my thyroid is still holding strong to the hostile antibodies of Hashimoto disease.

And now the bad news. My cholesterol levels…
Higher than ever.

And I'm not only surprised or shocked by this.
I'm angry. Mad. Furious.

During the past three years, I've lost a considerable number of pounds. I have been avoiding fatty and highly processed foods. I have consumed huge amounts of oats which is said to stop the absorption of cholesterol. I have been exercising consistently and I have my HDL levels - the good cholesterol – to prove it. In short, I've been doing all the things a doctor would advise a patient with high cholesterol. And they would be supposed to work, right? They would eventually reduce cholesterol.

But mine stubbornly keeps going up.
I don't know if it's my genes. My mom has had high cholesterol for a long time but then again she's been a bit overweight all this time. I don't know if it's some kind of hormonal imbalance that causes it. I don't know if my body is trying to remind me that not everything is within my control.

But I know one thing.

I could easily label this as "beyond control". I could forget about all the ways I have learned of how to keep it in a normal range. I could stop eating in a cholesterol-mindful way and stop exercising. After all, whatever I do is not enough, so why should I bother? It's my body who's doing this, not me, I can't escape my nature. I could take responsibility off my shoulders. Oh, that sounds liberating, doesn't it?

The truth is that there are things about our health and our bodies that are beyond our control. The whole weight loss idea is much more than calories in – calories out and is affected by lots of factors that we can't even identify sometimes, let alone controlling them. But does that mean that we have to give up and stop trying? Where would we end up if we accepted the idea that we have no control over our health and our bodies? It would be a relief to deny responsibility. But it would also be the beginning of a self-destructive way of living.

I may be furious with my body for not abiding with the rules. I did my share and I expected it to react accordingly. The fact that it didn't gives me one more reason to strike back. New plan, new rules. I have to get even more mindful of what I eat. Pay even more attention to fat and cholesterol content. Maybe even try to lose a few more pounds and get to the lower end of my normal range.

Dear cholesterol, time to let you know who you're messing with.

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POPSY190 4/8/2014 8:47PM

    I once knew a Physical Ed teacher exactly the same and she was very fit and conscious of eating well etc. It was just part of her make-up. You can't alter what you've inherited but you can make sure it doesn't get any unnecessary opportunities to get out of hand!!! That's what I tell myself when I look at all the heart problems in both sides of my family tree. emoticon Well done, for not letting the test results weaken your resolve to maintain your efforts. emoticon

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MICKEYH 4/8/2014 6:23PM

    Sorry to hear about your cholesterol. Not knowing for the cause must be very frustrating. Sending players on your way. Hope you can get them under control soon. emoticon emoticon

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DUXGRL1 4/8/2014 6:20PM

    I don't blame you for feeling frustrated when you have been so good. I get frustrated sometimes when I lose weight so slowly, but always ask myself, like you, what is the alternative, giving up and going back to the way I was before? Can't do it! Keep up the good attitude.

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ISLAMOM 4/8/2014 6:11PM

    Hooray for you! You've definitely got the right attitude! Don't give in or give up! You will beat this one way or the other! emoticon

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PATTISTAMPS 4/8/2014 1:24PM

    Sometimes it does not seem fair - you eat right, you exercise, and still have high cholesterol! And you know someone else who is an overweight couch potato with normal levels. But all you can do is play the cards you have, and cope with it. My total cholesterol has never been over 200, but the triglycerides and bad cholesterol were high and my good was low. I have gotten mine to good levels with the combination of diet, exercise and medication, but my husband cannot get his down. You are doing the right things, and imagine what might be happening if you didn't! So keep on fighting it. The side effects of being thinner and healthier are one advantage!

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THOMS1 4/8/2014 11:10AM

    Keep on what you are doing. Looks like your high cholesterol could be in the genes so I guess I would consider the medication otherwise you are putting yourself at risk. emoticon

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JITZUROE 4/8/2014 10:58AM

    Cholesterol really can be a sneaky beast. I agree! I remember being very thin (size 2), running alllll the time and doing marathons. I ate clean and was told that I had the cholesterol of a 50 year old man who ate pastrami
Sandwiches often. Ahhhh it drove me nuts!
In my instance, my body was raging its own internal battles at the time, and no one had any idea yet. My EM seemed to trigger all sorts of wonkyness in my body, and my cholesterol was one of those things.
Weird part is that now that my condition is in full bloom of it's mean-ness, my cholesterol finally seems to be getting back to normal. So amazing and maddening how internal things with our body can sometimes wreak havoc in other areas.
But I firmly believe that your cholesterol will be arm wrestled down to a great number for you soon! I know your determined spirit will find out what needs to be changed, if anything. Yes, cholesterol be warned! You need to start behaving better. Oh yes!!


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AEROBISAURUS 4/8/2014 10:38AM

    emoticon You got it sister! You are in charge. If that Cholesterol knows whats good it'll start shaking in it's boots! You got to face the facts and keep your chin up. Stay positive and healthy!
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2BEHEALTHY2014 4/8/2014 9:50AM

    That would be frustrating. I'm glad you're not letting it change your new healthy lifestyle. emoticon

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AMARILYNH 4/8/2014 9:46AM

    I've never had high cholesterol (it doesn't run in my family) but I have battled high blood pressure for about 15 years. Although I was at my goal weight, when another Sparker mentioned that she was going to try 'The Plan' (its kind of an elimination diet) by Lyn-Genet Recitas I was curious and checked it out on and on her website. You can download a 'sample' to your kindle or computer here:

which I did. I was intrigued enough to order the book and try the 20 day plan starting January 6th of this year. I didn't stick to it exactly but rather 'tested' the foods that make up my normal eating plan. The results? I lost 7 more pounds and my blood pressure dropped significantly. I am maintaining that loss and finding it (the eating plan) easy to stick with.

I say all this because cholesterol is one of the diseases Lyn-Genet says her clients have 'healed' by eating foods that their bodies don't react to. That is why I tried the Plan - because she also said her clients had been able to quit BP meds! I began weening myself off BP meds last month (by first cutting the pill in half then taking a half every other day then as of the first of this month quitting them completely.)

Words can't describe how thrilled I am to be off prescription meds!! I'm 66 years old and have been trying to get off BP meds for years. I lost weight, upped my exercise - while my BP got better, when I'd try to quit the meds it would go right back up.

Would 'The Plan' work for you? I don't know - but it is certainly working for me!! You might want to investigate it!!

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TINAJANE76 4/8/2014 9:08AM

    So sorry to hear about this, Elle! With my dad's recent heart surgery, I also keep a close eye on my cholesterol levels and the amount of dietary cholesterol I consume.

As NELLJONES said, there are many naturally thin people who eat well and still have high cholesterol. My mom's best friend is one of them. She's barely 100 pounds soaking wet and has always been thin and otherwise healthy, but her cholesterol is through the roof! If diet, exercise and maintaining a healthy weight aren't enough, maybe it's time to consider medication to help get things under control.

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KANOE10 4/8/2014 8:33AM

    I would be frustrated also as you have been working so hard on getting that cholesterol down! I suspect that your body has some genetics that make it hard to lower cholesterol.

There are things that are beyond our control. You are right..we can't give up. but must continue to look for new ways to get healthy. I liked the comment.." You can throw in the towel or you can keep the towel to wipe off the sweat from your efforts!"

I know you are strong and dedicated to health! I know you will find a way to take on this issue.

I am so happy your thyroid is stable.


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NELLJONES 4/8/2014 8:32AM

    There are people who have been thin all their lives and who still have high cholesterol. Cholesterol lowering drugs are for everyone, not just the overweight. The drugs work better at a normal weight, but normal weight doesn't preclude their need for everyone.

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The two habits that put my maintenance on auto-pilot.

Thursday, February 27, 2014

It's been over a month since I last blogged. During this month, I've been a bright example… to avoid at all costs!! My life has been "enhanced" with many kinds of worries and troubles, the "sanity-threatening" type. Consequently, I had little time for SP and I allowed myself all kinds of off-track behavior. I repetitively indulged in many temptations like sweets, pizza and wine, I habitually surrendered to emotional eating because it was simply the easiest way to deal with negative feelings and I even gave myself excuses – yes, I confess, I reached this level of self-destructive behavior – for overeating when my day was full of difficult situations.

And, of course, I would avoid the scale… But I had already signed up for the BLC24 with the panthers team, so a weekly weigh-in was necessary. So, every Wednesday morning, I would take a deep breath and face the ultimate judge of my eating habits…
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"Oh, please, don't be very angry…"

"I shouldn't have eaten that pizza yesterday…"
"Please, show me the same number as last time and I promise I'll be a good girl from now on…"

And miraculously, it seemed to work! The scale would show almost the same number every time! It seemed too hard to believe and I even had to try a different scale to make sure mine wasn't lying!
But it was really happening. I was maintaining my weight through a period that was logged as "completely off-track" in my mind.

Now how did this happen? When I seriously think about it, there are two reasons that my body had switched to auto-pilot and was actually maintaining even though I wasn't trying at all – or at least I didn't feel that way and I'll explain the difference in a minute.

The first one was exercise. A habit I'm mostly proud and happy for having established. During this health journey I've had my ups and downs, like we all do, but I never allowed myself to go back to couch-potato mode. I have an amazing streak of 141 weeks of at least 3 workouts per week. It's usually 5 or 6. Being on the move constantly is my way of life. I don't have a car, I walk to wherever I want to go, I never use elevators and I grab any chance I get to keep my muscles active and my cardiovascular system in good health. This has nothing to do with how I eat. I've separated it in my mind and even on my overeating days, I still do my planned workout.

The second reason is vigilance. "What vigilance???" you’re going to ask. "Just minutes ago, you confessed having indulged in a great number of edible temptations!"

Indeed, I have.

But it seems that vigilance was always present. It's like indulging in a fully-controlled environment and state of mind. Yes, I will eat pizza tonight. If that was my weekly cheat meal, I would eat one slice. Now I'll eat two because I need to "swallow my disappointments and sorrows". But I will not allow myself to eat four like I would once do. (Not an acceptable behavior, I know. Not one I'm proud of. But still it's better than the eat-everything-in-sight mentality.)

I've managed to maintain a healthy weight through really difficult times that are not yet over. I may be at the highest end of my maintenance range but I'm still there. I can only imagine what would have happened if I had gone through this period in my life carrying my old way of thinking about eating when in crisis...

Constant vigilance is the free gift you get when fully committing to a lifelong healthy way of living. And with vigilance comes control. And moderation is part of this control. All these elements paired with an active lifestyle are keys to successful maintenance. Through good times as well as bad ones.

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ANNIEONLI 3/28/2014 6:11PM

    LOL Maintenance Auto-pilot - I like that because when I realized the same, it was somewhat freeing...and somewhat scary at the same time! Eventually, that is what will happen if you keep to the true and steady and vigilant path of change for the better...and not reverting back to the "this is what I used to do" behavior. Catching it in the act is half the battle! Congrats on this big "AHA!!!" moment!!!

As for everything else making you eat outside your norm....I hope thing are taking a turn for the better at this point in time...since it is over a month later, my dear Sparkfriend!

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SUMMARAH 3/19/2014 10:25AM

Good for you for staying off the couch, and keeping yourself moving. "Moving" is where I'm headed right now. Just in small chunks :) Have a glorious day.

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TINAJANE76 3/2/2014 7:15AM

    I know EXACTLY what you mean, Elle. I've been through some of the same struggles as you have the past six months and part of me is amazed that I'm still here and still within my maintenance range. Like you, enough of my habits are ingrained that I've been able to maintain even though my habits haven't generally been at their most spectacular. Could I have done better? Of course. Could it have been so, so much worse? Absolutely! I think we have a lot to celebrate in that we've been able to hang in there through some tough times filled with self doubt. These are the true tests of our ability to maintain and not overly rely on food to soothe ourselves. I'd say we're doing a pretty darn good job of it, lol!

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MICKEYH 3/1/2014 7:50AM

    Way to go for your great habits for exercise. I need to learn from you for the auto-pilot mode. This week I over eat and my scale doesn't lie. :(
Best wishes for all of us for a great March!! emoticon emoticon

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MARYDSAN 3/1/2014 2:58AM

    I am not at maintenance (yet), but hope to soon be there with you. Hope your difficulties melt away. Hope I also get your auto-pilot! Way to go!

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DUXGRL1 2/27/2014 7:42PM

    I can really identify with this, especially the exercise! Has REEEEEEAAAAAALLLLYYYY helped me maintain as well.

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TRAVELGRRL 2/27/2014 3:16PM

    Good for you! I hope things settle down in your life soon. ((hugs))

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THOMS1 2/27/2014 1:38PM

    Great Blog! emoticon

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123BITES4ME 2/27/2014 11:53AM

    Great Blog ..good info amusingly presented...& yep maintance is its own critter..will be thrilled when I get there!

enjoyed your writing ..thanks for sharing the insites with us!!


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FIT4MEIN2013 2/27/2014 11:24AM

    I agree that maintenance is a different animal. My hubby had surgery on Tuesday and with sleep deprivation, I too, chose to overeat rice crispy treats last night. It is the first time that I have gone over my calorie range in almost 2 years! My weight is up this am, and I know that it is very temporary! I am still in my goal range albeit at the high end.

Doesn't it feel lovely to be in control of our bodies?

By the way, welcome to Azure Island. If you haven't had a massage by tall, dark and handsome Ricardo, yet, do make an appointment with him before the end of resort week. He will work out the knots of stress and make you forget all about them! emoticon

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_JODI404 2/27/2014 10:47AM

    Great job! I really hope that these difficult times will ease for you. Eventually, this too shall pass. Hopefully soon! Great job recognizing you are doing a better job than you had thought! It's important to not get too down... celebrate what is going right. Maintaining during the most stressful times is a huge key to successful maintenance.

Proud of you & sending a hug, hoping things are better soon!


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MICHIGANLORI 2/27/2014 8:33AM

    emoticon I'm still trying to figure out the auto-pilot.

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PAULALALALA 2/27/2014 7:58AM

    emoticon Very good observations!

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ISLAMOM 2/27/2014 7:57AM

    Yes, love this blog! And you are so right about the exercise and vigilance! I hope you are getting through your difficult period. I, too, am having a hard time so I can truly relate. Congratulations on your effort and we can do this!! emoticon

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Notes to our younger selves.

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Thank you for all the meaningful responses to the question I posted yesterday. If you haven't already, and you would like to add your answer or your thoughts, here's the link:

When I found this picture on the internet, I was really curious about what most people would answer. And presented here on Sparkpeople, the question gets even more interesting. Because this is a weight loss and fitness site, and it makes you wonder "Would most people give an answer connected to healthy eating and fitness in some way?" It seems that's not the case. Only three answers were directly related. There were many which were vaguely relevant but were more general and a few that had nothing to do with weight loss or fitness.

I believe that this question is mostly about regrets. What would we like to have done when we were younger but we didn't? How would we like ourselves to have been like in a younger age? Also about lack of experience and wisdom. What do we know now that we didn't know then? What valuable hint about life could we give our younger self if we could?

I'd like to share with you a short video related to the subject. It's in Greek but it's got English subtitles.

It makes you wonder… How many young people who would have such a revealing dream, would actually think about it and make a few changes to their lives?

Here's another true story. A nurse, who had cared for people in the last days of their lives for many years, revealed their top five regrets and actually wrote a book about it. These were the top 5:

1. I wish I had the courage to live a life true to myself, not the life others expected of me.

2. I wish I hadn't worked so hard.

3. I wish I'd had the courage to express my feelings.

4. I wish I had stayed in touch with my friends.

5. I wish that I had let myself be happier.

You can read the whole article here:

I'll finish this blog with my own answer to yesterday's question. So, if I could write a note to my younger self, what would I say in two words?

Use chances.

And I don't mean the chances that we can create ourselves. We get this opportunity every second. I mean those tiny and shiny shooting stars that fall on our path in life and we have to be really careful to see them and grab them before we step on them and lose them. And we have to use them wisely. For two reasons…

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ANNIEONLI 2/13/2014 6:05AM

    Use chances...I like that. Step out of our comfort zone and watch us grow!

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WATERMELLEN 1/27/2014 9:35PM

    What an interesting and thoughtful blog.

And love the idea of taking chances.

I HAVE taken lots -- and will continue to do that!

"The awful daring of a moment's surrender
Which an age of prudence never can retract
But this and this only
We have lived."

(A line from T S Eliot quoted from memory so maybe not entirely accurate!!)

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TINAJANE76 1/27/2014 6:22PM

    Very true! I love being at this stage of my life where I feel like I still have lots of my youthful vitality, but a much more balanced perspective. Things aren't always easy for me now in any department, but I feel better equipped to meet the challenges that present themselves and more confident about taking chances and seizing new opportunities. Not a bad place to be. I'm looking forward to seeing what new adventures lie ahead.

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GEORGE815 1/23/2014 8:50PM

    What sayings!

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DUXGRL1 1/22/2014 7:36PM

    Very true!

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TRAVELGRRL 1/22/2014 10:15AM

    So true! Thanks for a thought-provoking blog. Every once in a while we need to see the BIG picture and not just micro-manage our eating or weight.

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BAKER1009 1/22/2014 9:38AM

    Love it! Thanks Elle!!

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MICKEYH 1/22/2014 9:03AM

    Great blog!! I so agree on this. We can do it. Keep on keeping on and never miss our chance or use it wisely!! emoticon emoticon

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THOMS1 1/22/2014 8:29AM

    My answer yesterday was to never give up. I had been thinking of my weight and how I was always on a never ending diet and at some point in my life I just gave up and became morbidly obese. I didn't know how to live a healthy lifestyle and didn't learn how to go about it until I joined spark. Today I do live a healthy lifestyle.

I think at the end of my life it is not going to be about my years of obesity that I will regret because many good things happened during that time but I think it will be all about family and friends and all of the things we could have said and done for them but didn't. emoticon

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MUDGE4 1/22/2014 8:08AM

    emoticon Thanks for posting!

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KANOE10 1/22/2014 8:04AM

    I agree with you about the chances! I wrote act now. I was thinking of that younger self who avoided getting healthy until I was older. My wishes that I had been healthier throughout my life!

Thanks for a very interesting blog.

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NELLJONES 1/22/2014 7:42AM

    Mostly I wish I had appreciated how fast time would fly by. Old age isn't something that just happened to other people. Here I am. Shocking!

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REDQUEEN2262 1/22/2014 6:45AM

    You are very though provoking - I enjoy reading your blogs. I agree totally, you have to take that chance! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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Please, share your thoughts!

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

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TINAJANE76 1/27/2014 6:18PM

    Take risks!

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TRAVELGRRL 1/21/2014 6:16PM

    Be confident!

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ISHIIGIRL 1/21/2014 4:34PM

    Have more faith in your relationships. They are more than you give them credit for!

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MICKEYH 1/21/2014 3:45PM

    Enjoy the moment!

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HEALTHY4CAROLYN 1/21/2014 3:36PM

    Choose wisely!!! (in all things!)

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GINA180847 1/21/2014 3:04PM

    Don't waste time angry, resentful or being sad!

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THOMS1 1/21/2014 2:59PM

    Don't ever give up!

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NUOVAELLE 1/21/2014 1:33PM

    Thank you all for your answers! Since Beth asked, my answer will come tomorrow in a new blog with some added feedback on the subject.
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MONAKIN314 1/21/2014 12:10PM

    You Can!

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MRSJERRYBUSH 1/21/2014 11:55AM

    Eat healthy!

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BAKER1009 1/21/2014 11:53AM

    what would you say miss Elle? :-)

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BAKER1009 1/21/2014 11:53AM

    You're AWESOME

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SUSANSERENE 1/21/2014 11:45AM

    Be worthy.

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MUDGE4 1/21/2014 11:25AM

    Be confident! emoticon

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ISLAMOM 1/21/2014 9:06AM

    Carpe diem!

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    I posted this on my FB page....


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FIT4MEIN2013 1/21/2014 8:48AM

    Lifestyle changes...

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AEROBISAURUS 1/21/2014 8:35AM

    You're worthy!


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PAULALALALA 1/21/2014 8:33AM

    Be Proactive! emoticon

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WATERMELLEN 1/21/2014 8:29AM

    Be kind.

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MALAMI518 1/21/2014 8:19AM

    Love yourself

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KANOE10 1/21/2014 8:18AM

    Act now.

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FT4EVR 1/21/2014 8:12AM

    Buckle up!

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INGBADEN 1/21/2014 7:52AM

    Just breathe

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TRIANGLE-WOMAN 1/21/2014 6:43AM

    Dear Younger Self,

You are thin and and anxiety prone worry wart. Please know that when you mature and learn to manage you anxieties (by a method OTHER than food) you can become thin again and not have to worry about being unhappy. Thin does not = unhappy although your subconscious might be associating thin with being unhappy.

You CAN be thin and happy.

Now go out there and do it!


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FIREFLY4407 1/21/2014 6:27AM

    Consistent balance

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ROX525 1/21/2014 5:27AM

    This is very difficult, because I would have so much to tell that younger self and really can't say it in only 2 words....

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ROX525 1/21/2014 5:24AM

    love yourself

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MILLIE-MILOU 1/21/2014 5:09AM

    Forgive early

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REDQUEEN2262 1/21/2014 5:03AM

    Stay confident.

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DRLMAZ 1/21/2014 5:03AM

  have fun

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