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A Touch of Honesty.

Sunday, September 26, 2010

I do not change my weight ticker anymore. Yes, I will if I get to 115.0 but not after that.

Why? Because I want people to see this can be done. I want people to know that no dream is impossible. 95 lbs gone forever.

I will tell anyone, anytime, what I weigh that morning because yes, I weigh every day. But maintenance means fluctuation and I don't feel the need to keep changing the ticker.

This is what SP is all about, helping one another to reach previously thought impossible dreams! The Spark Program works! Start with Stage One and do the steps no matter how silly they seem. I only missed the collage but I might just make one this year for getting me to follow through with exercising!

Hang clothes on the closet door so you can try them on whenever you start to get discouraged! That really works!! Even if they still don't fit, you will know if you are getting closer!

Eat the calories SP tells you to eat! Do not be afraid! Concentrate on your Cardio and you will be burning calories!

Call on me if you need me! That is why I am still here. We all need each other to make this happen!

I love you!
Linda
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**When I first heard people asking for a special maintenance ticker I didn't understand. Now that I am maintaining, I can really see the need.
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FIT-AT-50 10/1/2010 6:06PM

    Great blog, Linda. I can relate to every single point. Maintenance is possible and wonderful and I'm completely convinced that it can last a lifetime! I do believe that at some point, I won't think of myself as being "in maintenance." Having been "in maintenance" for a little over a year, I rarely think of maintenance eating anymore. Healthy eating, which includes proper calories for my current weight, has become my normal, and it is obvious that it is your new normal, too!

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Take care & SPaRk On!
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SIMPLELIFE4REAL 9/28/2010 2:34PM

    I really think there should be a special ticker for maintenance. When I got to goal last year, it was one of the things that threw me off that there wasn't one. It should be a special color and clearly designated.

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SOPHIADARE 9/28/2010 10:28AM

    It really helps, too, that you make this statement about fluctuation at maintenance from having arrived at maintenance and having stayed there.

You have the credibility to say that and we can understand that you have arrived at a lifestyle change, and that you keep checking to make sure you're maintaining the changed attitude, but you're also not getting overly worried about every little thing.

Thank you and good for you!

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TUDI4480 9/27/2010 11:17PM

    What a great blog! Thanks for all you do. You make a difference for so many, including me! Keep on keeping on. And, always enjoy the journey.

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GRALLEN 9/27/2010 9:00PM

    Boy, I needed this blog. I'm not really putting in the effort to lose the weight and this week I've decided to re-focus my attentions. Some of that re-focus is relinquishing some of my team leader duties. I've already put some feelers on some of the teams. I'm glad you are here and keep writing these blogs. They really encourage me.

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SLENDERELLA61 9/27/2010 7:57PM

    Another great blog, Linda! I think you are right. Changing your weight ticker daily or probably even monthly is too much when you are maintaining. I'm grateful that you are here for all of us.

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REBECCAMA 9/27/2010 9:33AM

  Thanks for this. I've been wondering about some people's tickers. I suppose another option would be just not to share your ticker at all. Leave it hidden.

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ASTORRES1 9/27/2010 8:36AM

    I agree...I stopped changing mine for every lb or two I yo-you with.....



amy

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MSLZZY 9/27/2010 6:49AM

    I don't change but ticker anymore either. Maintenance means being ever vigilant with my daily choices and activity. It's great to know you are still there for all of us. HUGS!

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SHERRY257 9/26/2010 7:54PM

    Linda, thanks! I just love your inspiration and encouragement. 95# Wow! emoticon

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MERRY40 9/26/2010 7:27PM

    Way to go, Linda! Congratulations on your awesome accomplishment! I hope that within the next year, I will be able to have had the great accomplishment that you have had. I've been at a standstill for awhile now and I need to get motivated to cut back even more and eat healthier. I hope that I can learn what you now know. God bless.
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TRYINGHARD1948 9/26/2010 4:06PM

    Linda, you are inspirational. Thank you for being you.

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NHGRL68 9/26/2010 12:38PM

    emoticon on all you have accomplished. 95 lbs is AMAZING! You're an inspiration to us all. Thanks for sharing. emoticon emoticon

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MIMICOTO 9/26/2010 10:49AM

    Great blog and great advice! Well said!\\ emoticon

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KELLEEH 9/26/2010 10:22AM

    Good advice. Thanks!

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JENNY888 9/26/2010 10:21AM

    I can see your point but at the same time I also think everyone needs to know that weight does fluctuate even on maintenance so they do not think they are different.

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JLWOF1 9/26/2010 10:14AM

    Thanks for the words of inspiration! You are a true leader! Thanks for all you do and say!

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LOPEYP 9/26/2010 10:12AM

    Anything is attainable with a little effort and perseverance!

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LIBBYFITZ 9/26/2010 9:47AM

    Thanks for the words of support! emoticon

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CINDBABE 9/26/2010 9:43AM

    Thanks for the blog, and your inspiration. It is important to have people like you for support!

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CATHEITE 9/26/2010 9:29AM

    I weigh myself every day too. I think that's important; also important to accept that minor weight fluctuations are a normal part of life. Thanks for doing what you do, Linda. You're terrific!


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MARTY19 9/26/2010 9:13AM

    Thank you my friend for posting this blog. It is something we all need to read. And having you for a friend makes this journey so much better.

Love you,
Marty

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MEADSBAY 9/26/2010 9:00AM

    Love you, too!

You always know exactly the right thing to say.

The scale can run your life- a range and some fluctuation is normal!

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_VALEO_ 9/26/2010 8:16AM

    And never ever quit your goals nor quit on you! That is why I am still here! emoticon

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PEGGYSTILLHERE 9/26/2010 8:12AM

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ONEKIDSMOM 9/26/2010 7:58AM

    Another sensible and motivating blog, Linda!

I'm kind of with you about the ticker. One thing I have never done with mine is acknowledge how far I am from my lifetime highest weight. It dawned on me just this week, that at one point in my life (1989, and again in 2005) I tipped the scale at 224 pounds. Lately, the scale is hovering around the 125 point, and showed me 124 one day... and the number "100 pounds"... "Barb, you have discarded 100 pounds since 1989... not all at once, but over time!"

So, yes, people, if you keep working at it, maybe even over decades with slips, falls and backslides, it is possible! We CAN do this, and we're worth it!

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RIMAJO 9/26/2010 7:53AM

    A great blog Raylin, lots of good input. Like Dawn, I too see you as an inspiration - you've accomplished something I'm working hard to achieve. If only I could get there quicker..


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DAWNWATERWOMAN 9/26/2010 7:25AM

    You're right... we all need one another! You are such an inspiration to me. Thanks for sharing your journey with us. Love ya, Dawn emoticon

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Life in the fast lane...

Saturday, September 25, 2010

It just sounded like a neat title for someone sitting here on my butt and sitting on my balance ball to boot!

I blog for my points - I am just so easy, lol.

I had an interesting week and yes - I climbed back up to 117.2 - OMG!!

Guess what? The world didn't end and today I am 116.7 and heading back to 115.

Life happens - I will get over it!

I binged 2 nights ago because I am human and I am crazy, lol.

If I can do this, you can do this.

Have a great night and thanks for reading!

**I was still acting crazy on Sunday! But it is still OK! Yesterday I no longer felt the hunger pangs and no more cravings. Could it be from the Full Moon??

  
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SIMPLELIFE4REAL 9/28/2010 2:09PM

    I'm learning a lot by reading your blogs. Thanks for sticking with it.
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ONEKIDSMOM 9/26/2010 7:39AM

    So simple, so true. Don't freak out. Don't give up. And you'll succeed, long-term.

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DAWNWATERWOMAN 9/26/2010 6:14AM

    Great blog. Thanks for sharing honestly. Love ya, Dawn emoticon

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WALKINGANNIE 9/26/2010 3:11AM

    You made several points Linda, as well as earning them!

Most people here will understand the binge problem. You have got yourself under control by compensating and getting back to where you want to be - and that is ....

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JHADZHIA 9/25/2010 10:51PM

    Good for you not worrying about the binge and getting right back at it!
Keep it going!
Enjoy your Sparking evening!

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SLENDERELLA61 9/25/2010 10:15PM

    I'm a binge eater, too, Linda. My binges have become smaller and less frequent and healthier food, but I still have a pattern of doing great for days or weeks and then just losing it and eating ridiculously. It is reassuring to see how well you are doing, even with being human and perhaps a little bit crazy, like me, at least when it comes to food. Keep up your good work. You'll be where you want to be in no time. I'm right behind you, working to get off 1.8 pounds.

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LIBBYFITZ 9/25/2010 8:00PM

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FORMYDARLINGS 9/25/2010 7:58PM

    I don't worry about you my dear. You have control even when it seems you haven't.

Gini

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MARTY19 9/25/2010 7:56PM

    Anything for points huh. You are awesome. Nothing gets you down. Just like the energizer bunny. LOL!

Love you,
Marty

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GOALIEGRANDMA3 9/25/2010 7:04PM

    You are always such a joy to read. emoticon

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MEADSBAY 9/25/2010 6:56PM

    OMG- you're a human BEAN!

Still my hero, though.

What size ball do you need to use for a seat?

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LOPEYP 9/25/2010 6:32PM

    Nice to hear that you are like me! emoticon

Have a great night!

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Paraprosdokian Sentences, LOL!

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

From my BIL today, in an email:

A paraprosdokian (from Greek meaning "beyond" and "expectation") is a figure of speech in which the latter part of a sentence or phrase is surprising or unexpected in a way that causes the reader or listener to reframe or reinterpret the first part. It is frequently used for humorous or dramatic effect, sometimes producing an anticlimax . For this reason, it is extremely popular among comedians and satirists. Some paraprosdokians not only change the meaning of an early phrase, but also play on the double meaning of a particular word, creating a syllepsis.

I asked God for a bike, but I know God doesn't work that way. So I stole a bike and asked for forgiveness.

Do not argue with an idiot. He will drag you down to his level and beat you with experience.

I want to die peacefully in my sleep, like my grandfather. Not screaming and yelling like the passengers in his car.

Going to church doesn't make you a Christian any more than standing in a garage makes you a car.

The last thing I want to do is hurt you. But it's still on the list.

Light travels faster than sound. This is why some people appear bright until you hear them speak.

If I agreed with you we'd both be wrong.

We never really grow up, we only learn how to act in public.

War does not determine who is right - only who is left.

Knowledge is knowing a tomato is a fruit; Wisdom is not putting it in a fruit salad.

The early bird might get the worm, but the second mouse gets the cheese.

Evening news is where they begin with 'Good evening', and then proceed to tell you why it isn't.

To steal ideas from one person is plagiarism. To steal from many is research.

A bus station is where a bus stops. A train station is where a train stops. On my desk, I have a work station.

How is it one careless match can start a forest fire, but it takes a whole box to start a campfire?

Some people are like Slinkies ... not really good for anything, but you can't help smiling when you see one tumble down the stairs.

Dolphins are so smart that within a few weeks of captivity, they can train people to stand on the very edge of the pool and throw them fish.

I thought I wanted a career, turns out I just wanted pay checks.

A bank is a place that will lend you money, if you can prove that you don't need it.

Whenever I fill out an application, in the part that says "If an emergency, notify:" I put "DOCTOR".

I didn't say it was your fault, I said I was blaming you.

I saw a woman wearing a sweat shirt with "Guess" on it...so I said "Implants?"

Why does someone believe you when you say there are four billion stars, but check when you say the paint is wet?

Women will never be equal to men until they can walk down the street with a bald head and a beer gut, and still think they are sexy.

Why do Americans choose from just two people to run for president and 50 for Miss America ?

Behind every successful man is his woman. Behind the fall of a successful man is usually another woman.

A clear conscience is usually the sign of a bad memory.

You do not need a parachute to skydive. You only need a parachute to skydive twice.

The voices in my head may not be real, but they have some good ideas!

Always borrow money from a pessimist. He won't expect it back.

A diplomat is someone who can tell you to go to hell in such a way that you will look forward to the trip.

Hospitality: making your guests feel like they're at home, even if you wish they were.

Money can't buy happiness, but it sure makes misery easier to live with.

I discovered I scream the same way whether I'm about to be devoured by a great white shark or if a piece of seaweed touches my foot.

Some cause happiness wherever they go. Others whenever they go.

There's a fine line between cuddling and holding someone down so they can't get away.

I used to be indecisive. Now I'm not sure.

I always take life with a grain of salt, plus a slice of lemon, and a shot of tequila.

When tempted to fight fire with fire, remember that the Fire Department usually uses water.

You're never too old to learn something stupid.

To be sure of hitting the target, shoot first and call whatever you hit the target.

Nostalgia isn't what it used to be.

Some people hear voices. Some see invisible people. Others have no imagination whatsoever.

A bus is a vehicle that runs twice as fast when you are after it as when you are in it.

If you are supposed to learn from your mistakes, why do some people have more than one child?

Change is inevitable, except from a vending machine.


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LIVNFITNHAPPY 9/28/2010 6:37PM

    Thanks! I learned a new word and got a lot of laughs!

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PENNYAN45 9/26/2010 5:53AM

    Very Entertaining! Thanks!


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MOODY9 9/24/2010 1:13AM

    I loved this!!

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    emoticon emoticon emoticon this was great! Thanks for the laugh

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LINDA! 9/23/2010 3:39PM

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    Wow. That was great.

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LINDABENEDICT 9/23/2010 1:22PM

    Love them !!!! Non stop chuckles !

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SOPHIADARE 9/23/2010 11:39AM

    Thanks for the laughs!

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WALKINGANNIE 9/22/2010 3:48PM

    Excellent!

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GRALLEN 9/21/2010 9:21PM

    These are great!

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CAPECODDOGFISH 9/21/2010 6:55PM

    Loved it. I hurt from laughing I'll go to bed tonight thinking up more of them.
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SHERRY257 9/21/2010 5:33PM

    Thanks! Still laughing. I printed this to read when I need a chuckle.

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MARTY19 9/21/2010 5:29PM

    I am going to email this to all my friends. It is absolutely priceless. I just hope I can stop laughing by bedtime.

Love you,
Marty

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SLENDERELLA61 9/21/2010 5:27PM

    Thanks for the smiles! There's some gems of wisdom in there, too.

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MEADSBAY 9/21/2010 5:08PM

    LOL!
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    Thanks for a good laugh emoticon

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JEAN_WIKE 9/21/2010 4:04PM

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TIPPINGPOINT 9/21/2010 3:06PM

    I like it. emoticon
Can’t resist adding a funny from a British comedian named Les Dawson

Duck goes into the chemist's shop.
“A tube of lipsol please.”
“Certainly, that will be fifty pence.”
“Put it on my bill, please


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GOALIEGRANDMA3 9/21/2010 3:03PM

    These are treasures. emoticon

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DESERTDREAMERS 9/21/2010 3:00PM

    I got these from a friend - blogged about them, too. Missed the ones about asking forgiveness and grandpa. Thanks for sharing!

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Maintenance means weight fluctuations.

Monday, September 20, 2010

Just a little FYI.

Have a great day!

**edit: I didn't say I like it, lol, but it is going to happen. Strength Training will also affect the scales - more muscle means more weight.

  
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MRS.DOYLE 9/21/2010 4:19PM

    Totally agree. I fluctuated back up to the top of maintenance last winter and don't want the same thing to happen this year. Will have to be very careful.

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LOPEYP 9/21/2010 9:35AM

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SOPHIADARE 9/21/2010 9:24AM

    So it does, but you're AT maintenance, and what a WONDERFUL acheivement to be there! I feel honored to know you well enough to tell you how much I admire that achievement. I've only been around for the last few pounds, but wow, Linda, what a journey! You're doing a great job taking care of yourself, your wonderful husband and your great dad! Thanks for setting an example that helps me see that I can't help others if I don't help myself!

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JLWOF1 9/21/2010 7:24AM

    Good news to know. Thanks.

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UNSTOPPABLE_ 9/21/2010 6:48AM

    Ain't that the truth!

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MARTY19 9/21/2010 6:46AM

    It isn't just maitainance. LOL!

Marty

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_VALEO_ 9/21/2010 1:13AM

    I am not even in maintenance and I fluctuate a lot!

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PO_PAZZA 9/20/2010 11:42PM

    Thanks, Raylin, I needed to read that. I am bouncing like a basketball back and forth. Fortunately, it's only a pound or two, but I was so used to losing steadily before, and this is disconcerting. Comforting to read I am not alone.

Mary

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MSLZZY 9/20/2010 10:23PM

    I know the feeling! Hope your day was pleasant, too! emoticon

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GONE2BEACH101 9/20/2010 9:48PM

    LOL yeah, I had peanut butter for lunch today...a rare treat for me...it always puts me over on fat grams...

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SLENDERELLA61 9/20/2010 8:06PM

    That is very reassuring. I know weight fluctuates, but it still ticks me off when the scale suddenly shows a bigger number than I anticipated.

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... today I learned why my feet don't reach my butt...

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Yup - tight Quads!

I have been advised to do 5 on each leg of this Standing Quad Stretch and hold for 10-30 seconds.
www.sparkpeople.com/resource/exercis
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My left foot actually touched my butt again! Great reunion!!

**edit: by last night my right heel met my butt! WooHoo!
**edit: today I was able to sit cross-legged on the floor! my knees are too high, but I was sitting cross-legged!! emoticon woohoo!
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**it is Sunday and I have been doing this stretch for 6 days now and not only can I now touch my butt with either foot while wearing shoes, I discovered that my knees are also finding a lower position - more towards the floor - and my heels are closer to my body! A definite win-win situation!

  
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PLAINJANEDOE 7/5/2014 10:24PM

    I wonder if tight quads are to blame for my inability to touch my butt to my feet in Child's Pose...

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TIPPINGPOINT 9/19/2010 6:04PM

    You are doing great.
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DAWNWATERWOMAN 9/19/2010 2:09PM

    I wave at my heels when I try to touch them in the pool! I know that they are back there. One day I'll be able to blog like YOU! Love ya, Dawn emoticon

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SOPHIADARE 9/16/2010 1:44PM

    Quads are a very important stretch for me.

Thanks so much for the link to Coach Nicole's instructions. I always stretch my quads, but I don't always have a great method. Thank you for the wonderful tip and best wishes to you and your family as you continue your journey.

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GRALLEN 9/15/2010 7:07PM

    teehee I love that stretch.

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JLWOF1 9/15/2010 7:43AM

    Good stretch! Thanks for sharing!

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RISSASPIECES 9/15/2010 1:41AM

    I remember when my yoga teacher had to hand me my feet to do that stretch!

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MSLZZY 9/15/2010 12:22AM

    Cute blog! I'll have to try that.

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    That made me GIGGLE HARD!! emoticon

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ASTORRES1 9/14/2010 8:20PM

    Linda...you are too funny!!!


amy

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LOPEYP 9/14/2010 7:40PM

    Funny title. Always good to stretch! emoticon

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LIFES*2*SHORT 9/14/2010 7:18PM

  So... now when you need a good kick in the kiester... you can do it yourself. LOL

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SIMPLELIFE4REAL 9/14/2010 6:31PM

    Great! Running and walking a lot tighten up the quads. That's why it's such a common runner's stretch.

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MARTY19 9/14/2010 5:04PM

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This was priceless!

Marty

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URHERE 9/14/2010 4:20PM

    Well, now I know!

I can't sit on my heels, and now I know what to do about it.

Thanks for blogging!

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