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Another letter to me from the psycho who lives in

Monday, October 17, 2011

Dear Self,

Yep, you really have things bungled now don't you. You ate chips two days in a row and didn't go to the gym in almost a week. Betcha feel like quitting, don't you? You should, because you are nothing but a failure and you are going to quit one of these days anyway. Cue the sound of a car screeching to a halt but instead of a car it is my racing thoughts......



Okay, so here is the version I am re-writing...cue the sound of crumpled up paper........



Dear Self,

I love you warts and all. You are not perfect and you have slipped up (albeit very mildly) but in your opinion that doesn't matter. You are still thinking you slipped up and therefore have no option but to quit. Seems like you are letting your perfectionism psycho win...again! If one of your dearest SparkFriends wrote about this same topic you would be the one telling them to learn from their mistakes, move on and learn from the experience. Why are you so different? Is it because for the first 45 years of your life you have let the psycho tell you how you should feel? I'm thinking that is what is going on. So, you know what you are going to do? YOU are going to think of all the positive things you did over the past week - the week you think was a complete waste and has you wanting to throw in the towel.

Yep, you managed to get in over 500 fitness minutes last week, you helped organize and completed a fundraiser for feral cats, you spent a wonderful day with your mom, you were told by several people how happy you look, you cooked several meals at home, you had two doctor's appointments, you worked each day, you talked a dear friend through a tough time, you blogged several times, you were active on Spark and you ate chips. Why does the last thing somehow erase all of the good things you did...and who said chips were that bad anyway? Remember moderation?!

Anyway, you went back to the gym today and guess what? There were no alarm bells ringing that announced to everybody that it was almost a week since you've been there. The important thing is you went! You are making an effort AND you are not quitting, plain and simple!

Susan

P.S. I think you are beginning to realize that the psycho in your head doesn't have the final say anymore...you are starting to fight back! So proud of you!

  
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CODEMAULER 10/21/2011 5:27PM

    Well stated; maybe we need to send our inner pyschos on a long trip far away...!

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JOANNANOW 10/19/2011 11:07AM

    I'm proud of you too Susan! emoticon emoticon

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NEWMAC2011 10/19/2011 10:50AM

    That is a fantastic turn around in your thought process. We all slip up, big time or sometimes just a small slip. But we will all be successful as long as we just keep going. Only those who quit don't succeed and you're obviously going to be successful!

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BOVEY63 10/18/2011 11:17PM

    I am so proud of, and inspired by, you too!
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CALGARYNEWF 10/18/2011 5:17PM

    Loved this blog Susan!!!! You're absolutely right, too often we take a minor setback and let it derail us completely. I think it is a huge breakthrough when we can really see the slip up as a minor setback and just continue on. You have made so many strides these last few months..WOW!

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JLITT62 10/18/2011 7:41AM

    Great job! We'll probably always beat ourselves up for slipping up, but the ability to move on is the most important one.

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_LINDA 10/18/2011 2:24AM

    Well said, and way to fight back! You really are awesome!
Now tell yourself that a few hundred times until it sticks!! I had some chips too. I also had dainties at the Saturday bridge party. And guess what, I ENJOYED them. But I am not a failure. I eat so many healthy fruits and veggies daily that those occasional strays are just a drop in the bucket, not opening the flood gates.
Keep up the great work!!!

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CHUBRUB3 10/17/2011 9:46PM

    Here! Here! Great job! You did a GREAT Job!
Now tell psycho to move on out, he isn't welcome here anymore.
Hugs,
Angela
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WELLNESSME09 10/17/2011 9:46PM

    WOW!!! Fantastic blog. You are definitely not a quitter. Great attitude. emoticon emoticon

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THETURTLEBEAR 10/17/2011 9:39PM

    AWESOMENESS!!! I don't let mine win anymore either!

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TEMPEST272002 10/17/2011 9:30PM

    I'm so proud of you! This is exactly how you keep moving forward. You didn't quit. You went back to the gym & now it will be easier to go for your next workout.
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APIRLRAIN888 10/17/2011 9:28PM

    Lol love it

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SVELTEWARRIOR 10/17/2011 8:33PM

    YAY!!! Put that psycho in her place!!!!!!!!!!!!! I am so in awe of your ability to stop that negative voice in your head! You are truly doing great!

Mo

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MRS.PRINCIPAL 10/17/2011 8:02PM

    Great blog! Way to get back in control and back to the gym!

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EJOY-EVELYN 10/17/2011 7:57PM

    Complete with the psycho music you made me smile at your great wisdom. You're so brave to admit mistakes made . . . something a perfectionish has a great deal of difficulty with. And now to take action WooHoo! Keep making those lousy moments make less and less impact on your action . . . other than to allow you to forgive yourself, learn, and move on! You SO have it TOGETHER! You go, girl!

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ESILBO 10/17/2011 6:58PM

    VERY HAPPY FOR YOU THAT YOU MADE THE RIGHT CHOICES...YOU ARE SO RIGHT ABOUT ONE LITTLE THING DESTROYING THE MANY GOOD ONES...
THANKS
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GLORYANDME 10/17/2011 6:31PM

    Way to let that psycho have it! lol
I like the way you got back to reality and told yourself the truth! As I have learned reality is my friend! You are doing a great job as evidenced by your ticker. Keep up the good work! emoticon

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KAYDE53 10/17/2011 6:01PM

    No, you're not a quitter and you're not a psycho either!! Aren't you glad that you went back to the gym and got back in the groove?!! Like you said, learn from your mistakes & move on!! Great blog!!! emoticon

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~Choose your friends wisely while staying true to oneself~

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Hi,

I'm not about to start bashing any of my friends but I came to a realization this week that has been another of my personal emoticon moments! I have to plan ahead at all times and cannot let my friends lead me astray with their unhealthy choices. Only then will I be a positive role model!

One of my dearest friends is about ten years older than I am. She is also the head of the humane society that I am involved with so I interact with her quite frequently. However, for the past month of so we haven't been together a whole lot due to both of us being quite busy. Me with my new exercise and fitness adventure and her with her granddaughter!

Well, for the past week or so we were together almost everyday planning a dog walk in a neighbouring community. It was a fundraiser to help with the Trap, Spay & Neuter, and Release program we are involved with because of a huge problem with feral (wild) cats. Today was the actual walk but we did up "treat bags", educational pamphlets, kerchiefs for the dogs, media interviews, etc...etc....

She eats horribly and can't exercise due to health issues. And I let her food choices be mine over the past few days. Just yesterday while on a last ditch run to Walmart to pick up last minute supplies she bought me a bag of chips and a chocolate bar and then took me out to supper at a fried chicken joint. Oh course, I was starved but if I had been prepared it wouldn't have been so bad. Some fruit and a simple sandwich would have gone a long ways to curb my hunger and I wouldn't be so poisoned with myself today.

Anyway, since I am learning that I can't just blog about a problem without coming up with a solution (this is yet another emoticon moment) I am devising a backup plan for times like this. I also didn't get to the gym all week AND I didn't get as much walking in as I wished but I did glean some knowledge. Ultimately, any decisions I make are made by ME and I cannot let a well-meaning friend cause me to veer off the course I've decided to follow.

I don't have to chose between a great friend and a new lifestyle ~ I just have to plan ahead!

Susan

P.S. Tomorrow is another day so I'm not knocking myself out worrying about a week full of questionable decisions....a year ago I would have just quit but now I'm moving on!

  
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TRULYVISIBLE 10/25/2011 11:54AM

  As a cat lover I thank you for being involved in this. Next time you are with your friend, why not bring her healthy snacks. Maybe she will like them and start asking you questions about healthy eating. You may convert her.

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BOVEY63 10/18/2011 11:15PM

    We all need that light bub to come on!
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I love your commitment to our furry friends - they need more people like you!
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JETTANALA 10/17/2011 2:48PM

    hooray for those light bulb moments!

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IMIN2GENES 10/17/2011 8:05AM

    Great job! Some very good insights. I know I'm always much more successful when I plan ahead.
Chris
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ZIPCONTROL 10/17/2011 4:17AM

  Next time...carry food for both of you. Maybe you'll help her learn to eat better.

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_LINDA 10/17/2011 2:44AM

    I think that is wonderful you are helping out with the Humane Society!
Good for you trying to stick with your efforts at a healthy lifestyle and plan your food ahead of time. It is tough to do when you get so busy..
Make your next week awesome!
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KAYDE53 10/17/2011 12:15AM

    You're so right and planning ahead will work!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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NEWMAC2011 10/16/2011 11:47PM

    That's a huge accomplishment, sticking with it instead of quitting. Besides, a few days of making unhealthy choices doesn't derail or reverse all the progress you've made. Planning ahead is key. We often get so hungry that we can't control what we eat. Being prepared will help keep that in check. WooHoo to you and your lightbulb moments!

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SVELTEWARRIOR 10/16/2011 11:22PM

    Those are definately some great aha moments!!!!

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THETURTLEBEAR 10/16/2011 8:56PM

    So many fabulous insights! Good for you!

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EJOY-EVELYN 10/16/2011 8:39PM

    Great decision in your title! It takes a while sometimes for us to learn where we're the most vunerable. Now you'll know how to be a great role model for your next time or next friend who invites you into the part of their day that involved breaking bread. 8-)

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JOANNANOW 10/16/2011 8:26PM

    Planning ahead works and owning your eating habits does too. I need to do more of that too. I love the way you think keeping the friend and dealing with the social eating in a good way! emoticon

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CRAZYDOGLADYBO 10/16/2011 8:12PM

    Yeah to you!! Great idea and I love that tomorrow is a new day! emoticon

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APIRLRAIN888 10/16/2011 7:54PM

    Yes to planning ;) and poisoning yourself lol ...I feel that way now too....it's yum for a second...and moan and groan..bloat and ick for rest of day

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KAMAPERRY 10/16/2011 7:28PM

    Way to go girl, I have a friend like that. She used to chide me, but now she respects the way I eat.

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ESILBO 10/16/2011 7:21PM

    GREAT DECISION...KEEP GOING, YOU DESERVE THE BEST
HUGS
LISE

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TEMPEST272002 10/16/2011 7:13PM

    Great aha moments on a few fronts there. Blogging helps me think things through to a solution too. It's hard to establish new habits, but once you have you won't think twice about eating healthy on the road. I keep small bags of nuts & protien bars in my purse & car so that I don't get too hungry. Learned that lesson - again - from the rumball incident. How did the walk go?

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Watch only if you have a sense of humour! (video)

Saturday, October 15, 2011

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This was sent to me by a dear gay friend who lost his mom to breast cancer. Ironically enough his partner's mom is a breast cancer survivor. It is funny yet certainly gets the message across!

Busy day ahead for me....dog walk tomorrow to raise funds to neuter/spay a feral cat colony in a nearby community. Today we have to finish all of the details.....sshhhhh....don't tell Maddy and Louisa they are walking for cats.....growl!

Susan

P.S. I am typing this with no glasses on as I have misplaced them again.....have to wait until my husband gets home to resume the search!!! Blind as a bat......

  
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CALGARYNEWF 10/16/2011 1:28PM

    Thanks Susan! emoticon

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THETURTLEBEAR 10/16/2011 10:16AM

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ESILBO 10/15/2011 8:20PM

    THANKS FOR SHARING...IT SURE GETS THE MESSAGE ACCROSS
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LISE

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MRSJERRYBUSH 10/15/2011 3:00PM

    Very good reminder--and men do get breast cancer, too! My sister just finished 32 radiation treatments and, believe me, a mamogram would habve been much less painful.

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KAYDE53 10/15/2011 2:49PM

    emoticonCertainly an eye catching way to get this important message across!!! Thanks!!!

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KAMAPERRY 10/15/2011 2:26PM

    OMG! Now I am sweating, lol. Yummy!

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BOVEY63 10/15/2011 12:22PM

    Love the link ~ Oh la la!
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Your secret from Maddy and Louisa is safe with me. Have a great walk and successful fundraiser!


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AZURELITE 10/15/2011 11:50AM

    Love the link! Thanks for the laugh & what a great reminder!

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TEMPEST272002 10/15/2011 11:39AM

    I won't tell the dogs they're walking for cats if you don't! lol DeeOhGee's best friend is a cat - she'd be happy to walk if we were nearby. I really admire you for the time and energy you give to the animals in your area.

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LESLIES537 10/15/2011 11:37AM

    LMAO!!! *wiping the drool from my face* That was great!! Must share that one! Thanks for the laugh this morning! emoticon

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CHUBRUB3 10/15/2011 11:37AM

    emoticon Susan! Hope you find your glasses, your typing is wonderful with out them.
Have a great walk and I will watch the video.
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GLORYANDME 10/15/2011 11:27AM

    It is certainly a reminder to me! Need to also get a mamogram soon! Enjoy your walk tomorrow with your pup and hope you have great weather. It is a wonderful thing that you are doing for the cat community. emoticon

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EJOY-EVELYN 10/15/2011 10:52AM

    Sweet! It brought a smile and makes light on a serious subject. I just accepted a request to knit a prayer shawl at my church for a woman with breast cancer. We need to be more diligent in making sure we take the steps to good health. Thanks for sharing! I loved the end of the credits where even the older fella was pretty svelte! 8-))

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SVELTEWARRIOR 10/15/2011 10:18AM

    First I am impressed at how well you did this blog without your glasses!!!!! I really loved this link, it gets a message across with humor...oh yeah it's not bad to look at either!!!!

Thanks for sharing!!!

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_LINDA 10/15/2011 10:09AM

    Great link Susan!! emoticon emoticon If it gets just one more woman to check themselves, it will be well worth it!! A nice bright, sexy wake me up to my morning! Too bad I don't have those fancy electronic gadgets!!
You did very well to type without your glasses, I sure couldn't. I always make sure I put my glasses down in the same spot every night -not hard there is only room for them in one place lol.
Have a fabulous weekend, enjoy!!
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A crazy lady has taken over my body and mind! (Pictures)

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Hi,

Yes, for somebody who lives with mental illness on a daily basis I think it is ironic that I think I've been taken over by a crazy lady. Maybe it is just my warped sense of humour coming to light but I really do have to wonder who I am turning into.

I know from experience that depression is a nasty, nasty illness and one over which you have little control. But you do have a wee bit of control and you've got to fight back even if your efforts are unnoticeable to others. When I was truly depressed I didn't want to get out of bed much less have the energy to put one foot in front of the other. And people telling me to exercise, well, they just didn't understand. Sure it sounds good - move you body and it will suddenly release all of these feel good hormones - but for somebody truly depressed the solution isn't that easy.

But now that my depression is quite manageable (knock on wood) I have learned to incorporate exercise into my little bag of magic tricks that keeps me on track. It is there along with my daily multi-vitamin, time my dogs, a good night's sleep, a warm bath and my husband's love. By itself I don't think it would have done the trick but now exercise is helping to keep me on an even keel.

I've been feeling low the past few days but I've kept walking. I didn't make it to the gym many days but I have walked at least five kilometres each day which is a far cry from how I reacted to stress even a few months ago. Who knew that a few hundred kilometres under my belt could make such a difference? Wow!

So to those who live with depression cut yourself some slack. Don't expect that exercise will be an overnight cure but consider it something to add to your routine of "feel good tricks". It has certainly been working for me!

  
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LESLIES537 10/14/2011 10:50PM

    Excellent advice! A++++ on this blog! emoticon emoticon

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BOVEY63 10/14/2011 3:37PM

    I am so happy for you!
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Have a wonderful weekend!

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ARLENE_MOVES 10/14/2011 2:14PM

    I have not experienced it first hand, but my dh does. I would like to understand it more. I've read some good books on the topic but I agree that if you don't experience it in you own body, it is very difficult to understand. I try tho...


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NEWMAC2011 10/14/2011 1:57PM

    Keep those endorphins flowing! Good for you!

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ZIPCONTROL 10/14/2011 1:00PM

  emoticon It sure does feel good !

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_LINDA 10/14/2011 10:45AM

    So glad you are finding things to help you Susan. Its nice to hear and see you are not totally alone in your struggle, just look at all these comments! Far too many people are battling this demon :((
Keep on fighting the good fight, you are doing it!!!

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SVELTEWARRIOR 10/14/2011 1:32AM

    Thank you so much for sharing. I am glad you found things that work for you.

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JOANNANOW 10/14/2011 12:08AM

    It's a long time since I experienced an immobilizing episode of depression but that experience sits at the back of my mind like a shadow that could grow any time. I know that exercise helps keep me on an even keel among other things. I'm still amazed at how many km you cover on your walks Susan! You are doing so well! I hope the fall coming on with the fading of the summer light will not affect you too much. I know that is always hard on me. Have you added full spectrum lights to your environment?
Wishing you a happy Friday. emoticon emoticon

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THETURTLEBEAR 10/13/2011 11:16PM

    Great to hear!

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HEALTHYBARB1 10/13/2011 10:37PM

    Love the pictures...your blog makes me smile. I think we all feel like some other woman inhabits our brains and bodies at times! My other woman just jumps in an attacks my immune system...keep kicking her back out though! I needed some humor and a different perspective this week....Thanks for sharing. Hugs Barb emoticon





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PONYFARMER 10/13/2011 10:23PM

    Yep, can so relate and you are correct that no one understands unless they have been there.

But good for you for making strides and doing what helps. You rock!

Oh and you are amazing to me, I am a bit embarrassed that I struggle with depression. I guess I have bought into what those who don't know and have not experienced think of us. I worried my entire life that I would be crazy like my mom. Gratefully I only have depression and she had so much more wrong with her that she tried treating with alcohol.

Thank you for the blog!

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CRAZYDOGLADYBO 10/13/2011 8:26PM

    That is awesome! I am so glad that exercising helps emoticon

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RIVER331 10/13/2011 8:16PM

    Well said! Exercise is so helpful to me too, even (especially?) just walking. Nutrition has also helped me immensely! Glad you're feeling better!! emoticon

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ESILBO 10/13/2011 7:27PM

    THANK YOU FOR SHARING, I HOPE IT WILL HELP MANY PEOPLE... BUT YOU ARE SO RIGHT WHEN YOU SAY THAT WHEN YOU ARE IN THERE, EVEN TRYING TO PUT ONE FOOT IN FRONT OF THE OTHER IS ALMOST IMPOSSIBLE...I AM NOW AT YOUR LEVEL, AND I DON'T WANT TO GO BACK...I REALLY HOPE EXERCISE WILL KEEP ME OUT OF THAT...FOR EVER
TAKE CARE
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LISE

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YIWEN39 10/13/2011 7:25PM

    Glad you seem to have found what works for you :-) Best of luck on your journey :-)
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JENN03275 10/13/2011 7:23PM

    I too have the daily burden of depression. I find that exercise does help but there are days that I can't muster up any extra energy that requires me to do it. Somedays, going to work has taken the last bit I had. I have it under really good control but as you know, there are bad days!!

Keep up the good work!!

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CODEMAULER 10/13/2011 7:18PM

    Exercise is good for so many things and I'm glad that you've found an extra great way that it works for you!

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MRS.PRINCIPAL 10/13/2011 7:08PM

    Glad you have found something that works for you!

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CALGARYNEWF 10/13/2011 6:54PM

    I love reading your blogs Susan! You truly are an inspiration, in more ways than you even know! emoticon

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APIRLRAIN888 10/13/2011 6:34PM

    Reading ur blogs I wish my mom had the understanding u have! She completely lost the second relapse (read suicide)
I was there when we couldnt get her off the couch and take shower...she was a well kept woman! I mean no hair out of place!

Pops mostly importantly! U r awesome and thank u for putting awareness!!!!

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EJOY-EVELYN 10/13/2011 6:33PM

    This is what I call a revelation. Praise God for the insight you have developed. Hug, hug!

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WELLNESSME09 10/13/2011 6:25PM

    emoticon I have been there a few times in my life but has overcome it. emoticon you are absolutely right about exercise, it sure helps.
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Where do you walk?

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Hi,

As many of you know I get most of my exercise walking so I got to thinking about where my SparkFriends walk. I mostly walk in the woods along old abandoned roads used when the pulp and paper industry was in its heyday but sometimes I walk the streets in our town. I really don't like the latter very much as I let my mind wander when I walk and you really can't do that when walking amid traffic.

So, where so you walk? What do you see along your way? Do you vary things up or keep to the same route?

When I walk in the woods, it is on different trails but the scenery is pretty much the same. It isn't boring in the least and if you are real quiet you might see wildlife you don't normally see. The other night while driving to our walking spot (it was 9:00 p.m.) and there are no lights we saw a huge moose walk out in front of us. Luckily we were still in the car because the dogs would have chased it into next week given a chance.

Speaking of walking at night, my friend dropped off safety vests for the dogs to wear when we take them out at night. I wear one all the time so it is nice that the dogs have theirs too the rare times we go out after dark.

I prefer walking mid-afternoon (only because I work in the mornings) and I like to have supper in the oven when I leave the house. That way there is no excuse for not eating right when I get home. Tonight it was chicken and beef plus veggies. My husband had gone berry picking this afternoon and said the house smelled divine when he walked in the front door.

I've been feeling off the past few days but have still managed to get outdoors. I think most of it was because of that time of the month - thankfully none of the full blow depression although I've been mighty tired. Can't figure that one out but I've napped each day for the past three or four days. Hmmm?

Talk to you all later......

  
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SVELTEWARRIOR 10/15/2011 6:41PM

    I love to walk. It depends on how much time I have. If I have only an hour or so I walk around my neighborhood. If I can spend alot of time I walk along the bike trail. It has such beautiful views of the river. When the weather keeps me indoors I do my Walking Away the Pounds dvds.

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EJOY-EVELYN 10/14/2011 9:14AM

    Great topic, as walking is my favorite fitness activity. As a fairly private person (yes, my hubby says I lied), I walk indoors or with a Sasone DVD. I most enjoy the lakefront trails and parks with a camera in my purse. Thanks for sharing. Great blog topic .. . encouraging great feedback.

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_LINDA 10/13/2011 10:59PM

    Good for you getting your walking in! At my Mom's I get to hit the river trails, I prefer the rough, unpaved ones as they are softer and easier on my joints. Where I live I have no choice -its mostly cement walking as the parks dotted throughout the area are small and take me at most ten minutes to get around and I find going around and around the same place just too boring and their paths are all paved.
Part of that course I took on live well with chronic conditions dealt with recognizing the signs of depression. One of those was feeling tired and wanting to sleep all the time. The lady I was talking to who was diabetic took one look at the list and realized just how much of the criteria she met :(( She is on Sparks but has an awful dial up connection and can't use all of the features here :( I hope to keep in contact with her.
Or you could be low in iron because of TOM, wouldn't hurt during those times to increase your iron..
Keep up the great work!
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RJSAMS 10/13/2011 2:28PM

    I like walking outdoors, but in the winter, I have also gone to the Mall of America to walk. It is open early for walkers (stores are closed--no temptation!) and 6 times around is a full 5K. Since there are 3 floors, we go once each direction on each floor, so you see new things each time around. I'm wondering about running in there this winter--I've seen runners, but the floors are concrete underneath the carpet, and it could be hard on the joints.

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BOVEY63 10/13/2011 12:56PM

    My two daily walks are pretty routine. The first one is 2.5 miles before work and I walk the city streets to the post office, through the city park, on a trail along the lake and back on the streets to my office. The second is on all city streets as I walk home for lunch - 1 mile each way.

Evening and weekend walks do vary from a designated walking trail, hikes near old mines (always do this with a walking partner) through the woods and around several area lakes. On these walks I am usually accompanied by my youngest son and the dog.

Happy walking!
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THETURTLEBEAR 10/13/2011 11:49AM

    My street (with hills); my local state park (with big hills and rocks); woods; other parks and parkway trails...anywhere I can!!
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GLORYANDME 10/13/2011 11:42AM

    I love walking in the nearby woods. Its nice too because I can let my dog off of her leash to run. Have to be careful now because it is hunting season. After work, if it is too late to walk in the woods, I walk my neighborhood. I get a good work out due to the 2 large hills. A nice tool that SP has that I use is the mileage tracker, where you can put in the route you walked and it will tell you how many miles you walked and calories burned! Happy walking! emoticon

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IMIN2GENES 10/13/2011 9:04AM

    I love walking in the woods too! When we have the chance, we go to one of the local hike/bike trails in our area and hike through the woods. When I go at work - I work on a military post - I have a lot of walking/jogging trails to chose from. These vary widely on hills, shade, etc. One goes around a pond, one goes around the perimeter. I pick whichever one suits me that day but I always try to mix it up. When we can't get to the local trials, I'm lucky enough to be in a neighborhood close to a local regional park. We have walking/jogging trails that connect up to the park trails so I'll go to them too. No moose for me (that would be AWESOME!) but I do see a variety of deer, foxes, racoons and other small mammals. It's fun!
Chris

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CODEMAULER 10/13/2011 8:41AM

    I live and work downtown, so the bulk of my walking is either my commute or running (well, walking) errands. As you pointed out, it's not a good idea to let your mind wander.

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My husband and I walk to the Farmer's Market on the nice weekends. Sadly, that will be coming to an end for us before long. Else we walk in the skyways, the Minneapolis answer to downtown in winter.

http://www.minneapol
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NINJA-NED 10/13/2011 7:16AM

    i love to walk in the woods too. we have a lot of parks and great hiking trails, so we are quite lucky. however, i must admit that i do most of my walking on the treadmill because i can easily fit it in during my lunch.

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JLITT62 10/13/2011 5:17AM

    I do a LOT of walking in our neighborhood, but I get bored easily, so there are several parks/trails I visit on a regular basis too.

No moose - very occasional deer, lots of rabbits squirrels & chipmunks, the occasional groundhog.

The best are along bodies of water.

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ZIPCONTROL 10/13/2011 2:18AM

  Sooo jealous ! I live in the city and there are no nice places to walk nearby. I'm forced to walk in a small (read tiny) park in our community. I just seem to keep going round and round. I feel like a character out of The Truman Show. Or I walk on the treadmill at the gym....booorrrriinng !!! But with my iPod for company ...it just makes it doable.

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NEWMAC2011 10/12/2011 11:32PM

    That sounds like a wonderful place for a walk. I live in south FL where it is so hot & humid for much of the year so I don't walk outside often. Sometimes at night but I only walk around my community. Sometimes my DD & I walk together which I really enjoy because she talks to me about everything going on in her life.

Wish I lived some place with nice woods or where I could hike. One day I want to live out West!

Keep on trucking! Good for you for getting in some exercise even during tom!

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APIRLRAIN888 10/12/2011 11:06PM

    Wow sound nice! I run at my park' only recently that I added walking I realized how Beautiful it is! Its a lake and my course loops around it, on road and in park.

Right now it's so beautiful!

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KAMAPERRY 10/12/2011 11:03PM

    I walk on the greenbelt. An area of walk that leads thru a park(with a lake and ducks) thru the golf course and goes on for miles either way from north to south.

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IAFARMERWIFE 10/12/2011 10:04PM

    I have four different routes I take. They are all different bike/walking trails and it just depends on my taste for the day. If I need a long hilly route, I take my favorite one. But if I'm in a hurry, I take the one around the a lake. I have a flat one and try to add some distance by going through a residential section. I love to walk also, thanks for sharing today. emoticon

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SCOOTERGIRLOZ 10/12/2011 7:51PM

    Thanks Susan for the cheerful smiley. When you come visit, I will take you where I walk 70% of the time. I will never tire of it because it's along the Sydney Harbour foreshore, opposite the Opera House, around Luna Park where there is a secret garden (should video-blog the garden one day) and often across the Harbour Bridge itself to go to uni. 10% of the time along the Opera House itself and surrounding Botantical Gardens. 5% in the public gardens that backs onto some original mansions in Mosman. The remaining 15% is walking my partner's dog across boring industrial streets to the fenced dog run and I enjoy watching him run flat out.

Did you know that one of the Spark tools is to create Fitness Maps to graphically display your route. Other sparkers can see and track. I used it before to measure the distance and to figure out how much time I have to allow. Here are mine:

http://www.sparkpeople.com/re
source/fitness_maps_saved.asp?u
ser=scootergirloz

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JOANNANOW 10/12/2011 7:12PM

    Hi Susan, I walk in the woods too. There is a pretty little lake with a wonderful trail around it, the walk it just over 3km. There are a number of camp sites around the lake but there are few campers. On weekdays I rarely see another soul weekends are a bit busier. I see bear sign but have yet to meet a bear. The moose and deer are out there too but we have not met. Mostly I see birds osprey, grouse, ducks,ravens and the occasional owl. Lots of squirrels that entertain my dogs no end.

There is another walk that is just over 2KM and it is a trail that goes around a natural wet land and in the spring there are geese and ducks there.
On the days that I don't get to go on those walks I just walk to the dead end on my road. It is only a KM round trip but it 's better than nothing. I wonder why my neighbours go out so rarely... I almost never see anyone on that walk either. I live in the forest I don't see any neighbours during the months that there are leaves on the trees but in the winter I see a couple of houses across the way. When I get to the dead end I can see Burns Lake in the distance and the lovely rolling hills. My dogs find this little walk interesting every time... it amazes me that they are so easily pleased!
Every once in a while I walk in the village just for a change but the dogs prefer the woods I think the pavement is just harder on the feet and they have to be leashed in town.
I really admire the distances you cover, it makes me feel whimpy when I see how far you go! I think you are younger than I am ...my old feet get pretty tired. I have a part time job that is running errands for the local college among other things and I don't call that going for a walk but up and down the store aisles is hard on my old feet too. Not complaining as long as I can run around I'm happy! Keep on keeping on!
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CALGARYNEWF 10/12/2011 6:31PM

    I'm so envious Susan. Most of my walking these days is done inside the gym. It's usually close to dark before I get home from work and walking in the woods in calgary (especially after dark is not the safest thing to do). I miss that about Nfld!!!!! I really enjoy the trails and parks around here on the weekends though

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