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I compete against me, myself and I.

Friday, September 04, 2009

From today's Healthy Reflections:
Winning victory against yourself

No one likes to lose. The thrill of victory after competition is hard to match. But the wins that leave the most significant, long-term impressions are the ones where you win against yourself. Beating a friend in a game of hoops is much less meaningful than setting a personal best time while running. We live in a highly competitive world, and everything around us screams that we've got to be number one in order to feel successful. Truly though, the best measuring sticks are your past and your potential--not against someone else's standards. Raise the bar for yourself!

"The best inspiration is not to outdo others, but to outdo ourselves.- Anonymous"


Every time my walking partner and I go a bit further we both feel exhilarated. It still amazes me that we can do a 9 mile walk at 3mph.
Cathy 'found' a pedometer in a purse my sister was getting rid of and since then she is really racking up the steps. It felt great the first time I could "WooHoo" her for having more steps than me. (My sister swears she looked through all the purses but never found her pedometer - she told Cathy to keep it and we bought a new one for Nancy.)
It just isn't competition to either of us, it is more like cooperation - trying to help each other to reach new achievements.
SparkPeople is like this; SP wants us to be the best that we can be.

Hugs y'all,
Linda emoticon

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MEADSBAY 9/5/2009 4:34PM

    Me. too! Me, too!
I don't have one competitive bone in my body,
never have.
I do love to walk with a friend but I like my own company just as much.
I take along 2 of my best friends-
my pedometer and my ipod. emoticon

Comment edited on: 9/5/2009 4:35:22 PM

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BLUESKY104 9/4/2009 12:07PM

    You said it Linda -- what greater satisfaction than to be able to best yourself rather than someone else and to encourage those around you to best themselves-- and by competeing with yourself you are a super inspiration to those around you!!

Keep getting in those miles for you as you inspire those around you to get miles in for themselves emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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MSCANDICE25 9/4/2009 10:42AM

    yep thats right when I give myself that push I feel great and then It makes me want to try even more!! i dont have a buddy really but this month Im challengeing my crazy kids dad to a challenge of who can lose more and yes since he's a man he will probly win the challenge of losing 4 lbs and keep it off until the 30th of this month but Im liking it beacuse im pushing myself more to walk longer and work out longer and when im done I feel good so thats a plus!! have a great weekend

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    I agree too!

I like competing with me, myself and I, often times though, I come in last place. When Me or Myself beat me they really rub salt into my wounds, LOL.

Great story, glad it works out for each of you.
Wish I could join in, maybe I could be like that Quaker Oat cereal commercial when the kids go back to school and the Shredded Wheat people is on their shoulder, yea, maybe I could do that with you, LOL

Have a great day and have a safe and happy holiday weekend too.

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    I agree. I get the most satisfaction when I push myself a little bit farther than I thought I could go. I love to get my miles in in the am before I get ready for work, but the walking I do during my lunch seems to fly because my buddy and I visit the whole time. Yesterday we were almost late getting back into work because we'd lost track of time. Believe me, walking around and around the parking lot is no fun walking alone!!!

I have a pedometer too and love it. It's great for challenging yourself and keeping track of what you're actually accomplishing.

Have a GREAT day!

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MSLZZY 9/4/2009 7:23AM

    I am my best and worst competitor. I find I can push myself to the limit, just to prove I can do
anything I set my mind to. But that can backfire as well.
Walking with a buddy is so much more fun. It makes the exercise more fun and the time passes so quickly. Have fun with the pedometer. I am taking mine to the State Fair, just to see how much I do walk there. I think I will be surprised!

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I am amazed at all of my Spark Friends!

Thursday, September 03, 2009

I am still making new Spark Friends and I am just so thankful for every one of you!

I am really enjoying seeing my Friend Feed on almost every page - it is like small windows into the lives of my buddies.

SparkPeople never ceases to amaze me.

Love y'all,
we are family! emoticon

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JERSEYGIRL24 9/6/2009 7:58PM

    emoticon for being there for all of us as well!!!

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PALESEPT 9/4/2009 7:42AM

    You amaze me too! Thank you so much for all of your kind and funny comments and help!:)


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    I agree with MIKIIO, I love seeing your comments on my feed. It always makes for a special moment in my day and feels like a gentle pat on the back!
Thank you!

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_VALEO_ 9/4/2009 1:16AM

    I so love reading your comments on my feed, you always have a word to support me or to make me laugh.
Love to see your high achievements too!

Comment edited on: 9/4/2009 3:18:29 AM

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JAZZYJUDE 9/4/2009 12:35AM

    Ahh Sweetheart...SparkPeople swells my heart too and it's INCREDIBLE of how many people on this site help each other to be on the same kind of adventure...to live a healthier lifestyle and enjoying life as it was intended to be.

I love the feeds too and like you said, it's like knowing a little extra personal info of your friend's life.

I am glad you are a part of my life's memories and so very PROUD of your success thus far! YOU GO GIRL!!
emoticon emoticon Jazzy!!

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MSLZZY 9/4/2009 12:09AM

    You are here to cheer us on so we are just returning the favor! You are such an inspiration and I thank you for all the encouragement and support! emoticon

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    Your blog Linda is quite fitting, and

yet we (all your SP friends) are amazed by YOU!

Keep up all your wonderful efforts.
And a special Thank You for inspiring me to the levels that you have. The current me is due to a great part of YOUR molding me during your tutelage Thanks again for your vote of support!

Tony emoticon

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SIMPLELIFE4REAL 9/3/2009 10:44PM

    Spark People is great! I'm amazed by it too. I'm glad our paths have crossed in cyberspace. You have definitely gotten me to walk more.

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SPARROW147 9/3/2009 8:46PM

    We are grateful for you!

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MARTY19 9/3/2009 8:40PM

    You have touched so many lives on SP. I for one am so grateful.


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BETHMOMOF2 9/3/2009 8:27PM

    You are so wonderful!

I know what you mean. I love SP. It has been such a blessing to me. I am looking forward to getting more Spark Friends but sure enjoy the ones I have now. (Like you!)

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WATERMELLEN 9/3/2009 7:58PM

    This IS a fabulous site -- and you've made a lot of friends because you are such an encouragement and support to so many people!

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    LOL I had never thought of the Friend Feed like that before. Hmmm...but I have to agree with the other poster...be careful what you see in my window at 5 am...there's a reason I exercise by myself in the basement at that hour...hee hee

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EMMABE1 9/3/2009 7:18PM

    A positive attitude, and a will to help are things people admire.
You need to be careful what you might see through your window into your buddies lives LOL!! - I hate to think what you see in mine especially at 5.00am!!
Ann emoticon

Comment edited on: 9/3/2009 7:19:57 PM

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CRUISEBOUND2014 9/3/2009 7:08PM

    You are an awesome Spark friend! Thank you for all of your positiveness and encouragement emoticon

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I copied this from ThinLynn, I love it!

Thursday, August 27, 2009

Quote of the day:

"I believe you should live each day as if it is your last, which is why I don't have any clean laundry, because, come on, who wants to wash clothes on the last day of their life?" thinlynn

So I do have clean laundry, but I think this explains my dirty floors.

Have a fun day y'all!
Linda emoticon emoticon

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MYSHERO 9/1/2009 9:24PM

    Oh, that explains why my bed isn't made up. LLLOOLL. Thanks for posting that!

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GINILEE4 8/28/2009 3:44PM

    Dear Linda, I love it!!! LOL LOL. I think it is why my dishes aren't done today!

Gini emoticon

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IVMAR1 8/28/2009 1:59PM

    Thanks for the laugh and for sharing your quote of the day! I also like the clipart you use for the quote. emoticon

Way to go!


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MYCATIZZY 8/27/2009 8:01PM

    Thanks for the smile. I now know why I don't clean the house daily.

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MSLZZY 8/27/2009 4:22PM

    There is still life after dirty floors and laundry. It dosn't do itself but as long as I can walk on the floor and find a clean shirt in the closet, I'm OK!
Thank ThinLynn for me!

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MISSPJ 8/27/2009 2:00PM

    Well, if you are like me, I live in my house, it is not a show home and I have better things to do than obsess over moping a floor every day lol

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ONMYWAYTOGOAL 8/27/2009 8:56AM

    I agree. LOL!!

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When I had my computer at the shop recently, while he was waiting for some action on the computer, he took his hand and touched the top of the computer. His hand got dusty, LOL. He ended up taking a rag and some kind of spray to wipe it down, I was embarrassed but also got a kick out of it. Remodeling the house, is a dirty job and the dust settles DOWN to the 'puter.

Have a great day!

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MARTY19 8/27/2009 7:26AM

    Cute and oh so true.


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MARLENE2995 8/27/2009 7:04AM

    That's great! Thank you for sharing.

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_VALEO_ 8/27/2009 6:59AM

    Right now, my life is packed in numbered boxes... way too many boxes.
What a metaphor of my life!

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I have reached my Goal Weight at last!

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Ok, I reached it last month - but yesterday I had an "episode" after donating blood platelets that forced me to realize that, yes, I have indeed lost enough weight.

Donating platelets means being hooked up to a machine that filters your blood (draw & return, repeat) for about 90 minutes up to 2 hours. While it is the most worthwhile gift I can give, it is also incredibly boring. Squeeze the ball when drawing blood, release and relax during return.

All went well other than I was extremely cold and felt more tired than usual. As always, I bring my lunch and eat immediately after the run is completed - I have to sit 15 minutes anyway. And I bring a good Carb lunch due to the drop in blood sugar; now you know why they serve sweets after donating blood. I bring a PB&J on my homemade bread and I am generous with the PB&J.

After finishing my lunch, I got up and immediately felt wobbly - not good. In that next few minutes I knew I have already reached my goal weight. No need for another pound.

Your goal weight number is only a number. Your body will tell you when your ideal weight has been reached. I am choosing to listen to my body so my goal weight has been changed to show 120 and I will now hover around this number as maintenance.


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KENNYWHEELS 8/29/2009 10:42AM

    emoticon emoticonon all your hard work. you deserve it

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LIVNFITNHAPPY 8/27/2009 8:14PM

    Do you Believe it! You have shed the equivalent weight of a small person!
Doesn't it feel incredible not to be carrying that extra person around with
you each step of the day! Congratulations again to you! YOU ARE AWESOME and so generous in the way you share what you have learned on this journey. I have said it before and will say it again, that your assistance and inspiration has made all the difference in reaching my own goal weight!
Thank you and Many Blessings to you as new goals continue to unfold!

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MONGO2TEN 8/27/2009 7:37AM

    Great job! Congratulations:)

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_VALEO_ 8/27/2009 4:44AM

    Congratulations for reaching your goal and for donating your blood!

Can't donate my blood anymore because of my underactive thyroid, it's good to know that healthy persons donate.

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SOCAL_MOM 8/27/2009 1:15AM

    Congratulations. I believe you are one of the first SP's to welcome me to this site and it is such a treat to see you reach your goal. Congratulations. I know you will stay where you want to be.

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JERSEYGIRL24 8/27/2009 12:15AM

    emoticon on reaching this milestone, and emoticon for helping so many others along the way.

BTW I gave platelets once, and it was not a good experience.

Again, seize the day!!! You deserve it.


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GINILEE4 8/26/2009 4:16PM

    Linda, You have reached the beginning of the rest of your life!!! Incredibly thin, I might add. emoticon on reaching your ideal weight and emoticon on knowing when to begin living. It couldn't happen to a nicer person and I am soooo happy for you.

Love ya,

Gini emoticon

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MARTY19 8/26/2009 3:48PM

    Linda you are so incredible. I am glad to see that you are on maintainace. I didn't want you to get too thin.


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INKAGOAL2012 8/26/2009 1:34PM

    You are an amazing inspiration. emoticon

Comment edited on: 8/26/2009 1:34:33 PM

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ONMYWAYTOGOAL 8/26/2009 1:04PM

    Good News Linda!!! I'm so happy for you! Let the maintenance begin! emoticon

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MSLZZY 8/26/2009 12:52PM

    The body does tell us when you reached your ideal weight. My body has been telling me that for a month or so and I have chosen to listen to it. The scale is still there to consult but it
spends more time in the dark. I don't feel the need to check on a daily basis.
Congratulations on your goal weight and happy maintaing to you!

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NONNI060809 8/26/2009 12:44PM

  Good job listening to your body! It seems to me that this whole journey is about conciousness and awareness. You are really doing that!

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JANEYSMILES 8/26/2009 12:42PM

    Oh my gosh, amazing job!!! Way to stick to it the whole way. You're inspiring!

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Blog Prompt: What motivates me most?

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Today I would say it is the idea of finally reaching my goal weight.

Last year it was getting into the clothes hanging on the closet door. All through the 2008 Holiday Season I would look at goodies everywhere and think of those "hot red shorts" hanging on the closet door. No sweet looked as good as getting into those size 6 shorts was going to feel in June at the family reunion!

This year the family reunion came and went - the red shorts? Too large!

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CHOCMOM 8/28/2009 10:10AM

  That is what is happening to me - I have clothes that I am aiming for and then I get ready to try them on and they are too big. Awesome feeling. You look great!

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GRACEISENUF 8/27/2009 3:20PM

    emoticon emoticon Your determination finally paid off!

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PRINCESSFEE 8/27/2009 6:25AM

    Way to go on those shorts being too big for you!!! What inspiration!!

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BABYFACE26 8/27/2009 1:27AM

    I have a pair of green shorts, one size down. I can get into them, but they are still too snug to be comfortable. I can't wait till I'm wearing them.
You are awesome!

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IVMAR1 8/25/2009 3:27PM

How did you feel when you realize that the "hot red shorts" were too large? Isn't this great? Good for you!! I wish I had your motivation and self-control. emoticon emoticon


Ivmaris emoticon

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GINILEE4 8/25/2009 3:23PM

    Hey sweetie,

Can you send me the red shorts? LOL LOL Ilove you and your wisdom,


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FINDINGREALME 8/25/2009 9:11AM

    Very cool about the shorts!! It's a wonderful feeling when you have set a goal and met it -- you should be very proud!!

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Ain't that the pits!

Great insight but even better results than you had perceived!

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ONMYWAYTOGOAL 8/25/2009 8:53AM

    Linda, you've far exceeded what you started out to do. How awesome is that?! Your success is inspiring and I love to watch your progress. Thank you for sharing your journey with us!

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MARTY19 8/25/2009 7:08AM

    I would have to agree. Smaller clothes are a great motivator.


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MSLZZY 8/25/2009 6:46AM

    Imagine that! What a nice surptise! You've had a fantastic journey! WTG!

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REILLYGIRRRL 8/25/2009 6:38AM

  Wow, that's great!

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BLUESKY104 8/25/2009 6:36AM

    What an awesome image and what a SUPER accomplishment you have made.
You inspire me emoticon I have a pair of shorts waiting for me in my closet and a pair of pants -- going to get them out and have them even more visual.
Thanks for the share on those shorts of yours emoticon

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PATTYOGREEN 8/25/2009 6:15AM

  Great job with those shorts!!

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MONGO2TEN 8/25/2009 6:09AM

    My family. I want to be there for them and to be healthy. I also want to be a good role model for my grandchildren.

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