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A question of identity

Friday, December 13, 2013

I just visited a dear friend who's struggling with cancer. (She's doing very well at this time.) I hadn't seen her in several months, and when she asked me how I was doing, I answered, "I'm fat". She answered, "YOU are not fat. Fat is not who you are. You're so much more than that!" Coming from her, it was a potent reminder that having extra fat on my body does not define who I am. I'm so ashamed of my excess weight that I'm always conscious of it. But it does NOT define me! I want to get rid of the excess weight on my body in order to be healthier and better able to express who I really am.

  
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JUST_TRI_IT 1/12/2014 6:05PM

    Sigh... I am sorry that this is how you feel :( Your friend is right.. and it is the same response you would have given to her. But somehow it is hard to give ourselves the same kindness.

Be well,

Diane

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TWESTEN1 12/21/2013 4:48PM

    Love that! Thanks for sharing. We all need to remember that :)

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AJDOVER1 12/15/2013 12:19AM

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What's you plan now and how can we help?

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THINFITKINDVGAN 12/14/2013 5:36AM

    Ok, so a question? Who are you really??

I agree with your friend that our body does not define us. What does? How we treat others is what I've found. It isn't about us so much as it is about us interacting with others as you are doing here on Spark.

What we give defines us.

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NEW-CAZ 12/14/2013 3:03AM

    Wise friend! emoticon

You have the tools here on Spark to achieve your weight loss goal but remember your friends words- you are one special person with talents and a wonderful personality, you can do whatever you put your mind to!! emoticon emoticon

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_LINDA 12/14/2013 12:19AM

    You have a special friend, may she win the fight against cancer!
Its great to hear from you, its been far too long!
I miss hearing of your walks in beautiful places. Perhaps its time to start again. Its never too late.
You are not a slave to your weight. You can do what ever you put your mind to!
Please take care of yourself!

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WALKINGWOMAN07 12/14/2013 12:07AM

    You have a very wise friend. (and may she continue to do well).

Rej - it is SO good to see you here again. :-) I have missed you.

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CARTOONB 12/13/2013 11:38PM

    Sounds like you have an intelligent friend. And, you're pretty darn smart to listen to her!!

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MOTHERBEAR4 12/13/2013 11:05PM

    So true - And it's sad that many of us ~ me included that let our fat define us and prevents us from new experiences. You do have a very wise friend!

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LJCANNON 12/13/2013 10:54PM

    emoticon Your Friend is Right. We are So Much MORE than the Number on the Scale or what Size clothes we wear. I am glad that she called you on that.
We need to recognize our own True Value!

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DEBRITA01 12/13/2013 10:23PM

    You have a very wise friend! emoticon

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New Year's evaluation

Sunday, December 30, 2012

I usually take advantage of this time of year to reflect on the past year, and plan for the coming one. emoticon

As I look over the past year, there are many things I'm grateful for. There are also disappointments, one of which is my lack of follow-through as far as my health goals are concerned. Maybe I should rather say lack of consistency. Some weeks/months, I'd give myself an A+ for physical activity (my biggest challenge), but at other times, it's an F, and that F can be (literally) deadly.

I've found an excellent (free) life planning tool that's helping me to work through my goals in different areas of my life. It's useful for evaluation and planning. Anyone can sign up to receive the free document by email at michaelhyatt.com/life-plan I do want to warn anyone who might be offended by Christianity that Michael Hyatt's document, "Creating Your Personal Life Plan", while containing strategies that can be useful to everyone, is written from a strongly Christian perspective.

As I review my goals for 2013, I wish you success in achieving your own health and fitness goals in the coming year! emoticon

  
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SHAPNUP 1/20/2013 5:22PM

    I wish you the best with your Life Plan. Having a plan is the best way to start. I'm working on a plan right now, too, and HOPING it will turn out to be a healthy life plan. As long as we don't give up, we can do it. And we're never alone... emoticon

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NEW-CAZ 1/7/2013 3:42PM

    interesting link Rej. Good luck with your plan emoticon

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LYNETTEMOM 1/1/2013 7:57PM

    thanks for the tip; I intend to have a look as my story sounds similar to your's

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AJDOVER1 12/31/2012 8:05AM

    I checked out the link, it sounds very interesting. Thanks for sharing it! I wish you all the best for health and happiness in the New Year!

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MEDDYPEDDY 12/31/2012 5:26AM

    Thanks for the link interestiong! And good luck with your plan!

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WALKINGWOMAN07 12/31/2012 1:08AM

    Excellent blog, Regjj! And thanks for the link, I have taken a look at it too - I might give it a try also.

Wishing you all the very best in 2013!!!

Irene

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_LINDA 12/30/2012 11:49PM

    Good for you on never giving up and looking for any way you can to improve your healthy lifestyle! Thank you for sharing the link!
Here is to a New Year with more A's then F's
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Spark On my friend!
Hugs,
Linda

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DEBRA0818 12/30/2012 11:33PM

    One of the great things about life is that we get a chance to live it and make choices each day -- in a sense every day is a clean slate and we can choose to take a better direction. I love the New Year for it's "fresh start" vibe -- something I'm in need of in 2013.

Happy New Year!

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CARTOONB 12/30/2012 10:18PM

    It's good to know that you found a tool that you can use to help you plan for a better you. Thank you for sharing it with us. And good luck to you on your future consistency!!

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DINIE123 12/30/2012 9:53PM

  A new year, a new me. I liked the blog and thank you for the michaelhyatt life plan reference, I tapped into it and think it will be wonderful. Thank you for sharing. I also can get A+s on occasion, but the F's seem to dominate my grade card. 2013 will be different, because I will make it different. Keep up the good work. Diane emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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Going on a SparkDiet

Sunday, May 27, 2012

I enjoy using SparkPeople.com a bit too much - reading and commenting on blogs, writing blogs and receiving feedback, earning SparkPoints, etc. I especially love interacting with my SparkFriends. I need to cut down on the amount of time I spend on the computer. Even as I'm writing this, I feel like trying to find a great picture to add to this blog, but I won't. It's not the best use of my time right now.

I need to take a SparkBreak. I think that by pulling back, I'll be better able to determine which SparkTools to use, and which ones not to use.

I wish you success in reaching your health and fitness goals! emoticon

  
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ONEKIDSMOM 5/28/2012 6:18AM

    Understand completely. Doing is more important than documenting. As I was riding my bike yesterday, I thought about what I would blog, and the need to *do* to have things to write about struck me as one reason blogging works. If I'm not *doing* anything, I have nothing to write about.

However, if I need to *do* more, sometimes it means I must write less. And that's OK. Real life trumps the on-line... every time. Live it. With blessings!

- Barb

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SUNNYARIZONA 5/27/2012 9:03PM

    I sure understand what you are saying here. On my vacation, I actually broke my addiction to getting a certain number of spark points a day. Now, I log in, play trivia, and a little more. But the compulsion is gone. A real relief.

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LITTLEBO 5/27/2012 4:42PM

    I'm thinking I need to start setting a timer....ironically, experts say one of the reasons our society is becoming fat is because we spend too much time behind the computer....

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IMIN2GENES 5/27/2012 4:15PM

    It is easy to get caught up and lose track of time. I wish you the best and hope you find what works best for you!
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NAYPOOIE 5/27/2012 3:02PM

    I know what you mean.

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SAL2525 5/27/2012 2:20PM

    Oh boy ! That is so easy to have happen. Take a break and return when you are ready! Balance is an elusive thing to find at times!

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DEBRITA01 5/27/2012 1:24PM

    Good luck and God bless you as you try to find a balance that is right for you. emoticon

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_LINDA 5/27/2012 1:05PM

    It sure is easy to get caught up in it so you do need a break for sure. I have burnt many a midnight hour trying to catch up on people's blogs as they all seem to post them in my late evening hours, but that isn't helping my insomnia any. This website is as addictive as any TV show or games you might play. So enjoy your freedom and do more things that are healthy and active, so then later on we can read your success blog of how you lost all the weight you wanted to ;)
Will miss you! Like I tell my Spark friends, I don't care if you comment on my feed or blogs, I just do those for points. I am here to see how my friends are doing in their journeys..
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NEW-CAZ 5/27/2012 11:05AM

    Hi Rej it's easy to get sucked into SP, enjoy your break and keep your goals in mind emoticon

I'll miss seeing your ikkle messages but really understand, enjoy your break emoticon

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AJDOVER1 5/27/2012 10:54AM

    I'll miss you! Your huddle comments are a great inspiration to me. I wish you all the best.
Hugs,
Aurlie

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ARLENE_MOVES 5/27/2012 10:50AM

    Understand as I had to do that about a month ago -- took a whole month off. Now, I don't do as much -it is helpful to back off.

Enjoy you and your time!

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CARTOONB 5/27/2012 10:42AM

    We will miss you but totally understand that you need to do what is best for you. Good luck on determining what will work for you.

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WALKINGWOMAN07 5/27/2012 10:39AM

    Rejj, I understand this, but oh, I will miss you so much!

Irene in BC

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Walk on Mount Belleview

Saturday, May 19, 2012

My sister has been asking me to go walk at Mount Belleview with her. But I've been avoiding it because of that little word "mount". It's not a big mountain, but with all the extra weight I'm carrying, it's a challenge. Just last March, I could barely walk to the neighbor's house near my parents' house, just a few hundred feet away. And that nutty sister of mine wants me to climb a small mountain?! emoticon

Well, today she persuaded me to try it. It was pretty slow going.


I remember a couple years ago when Mount Bellevue had become one of our *routine* walks, barely challenging at all. How could I let myself lose so much hard-earned ground as far as my health and fitness are concerned? emoticon




This is a little side path we've never taken. We'd like to go see where it goes.




I ended my day with a lovely visit at my parents. I'm blessed to still have both my parents who are in their mid eighties. My sister (walking buddy) lives with them, which is why they've been able to stay in their own home until now.

  
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SUNNYARIZONA 5/21/2012 9:16PM

    Good grief, these pictures look like Mt. Lemmon!!! Where is this???

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YIWEN39 5/21/2012 8:07PM

    Beautiful trail :-) Great for you that you went for it even when you thought it would be hard :-) emoticon

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LIGHTHOUSEGIRL1 5/20/2012 9:52PM

    Glad you went for it anyway....great pictures. What a beautiful setting to go walking...you are blessed !! Have a great week emoticon

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GOPINTOS 5/20/2012 8:27PM

    Beautiful trail. Makes me want to ride my horse again! I havent been trail riding for quite some time :)

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Smile and Enjoy the Rest of Your Day!
Melinda (gopintos)
Wheat Belly Team

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AJDOVER1 5/20/2012 9:09AM

    How beautiful! I'm so glad you went, aren't you?

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LASKIE2 5/20/2012 8:52AM

    This looks like at great place to walk every day. Its looks as if you are challenge with your walk with the high and low interval of the trails.

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IILAAD65 5/20/2012 6:59AM

    Sounds like a wonderful family.. I CAN be adopted!! lol

What a wonderful sister to LOVE you so much she remained persistent in getting you on the MOUNT.. :)

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NEW-CAZ 5/20/2012 3:38AM

    What a beautiful and challenging walk Rej and YOU DID IT!
The more exercise you do the easier if becomes and the healthier you'll be!

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_LINDA 5/20/2012 1:41AM

    Wow! I just love a rustic trail like that! This brings back memories of when Mom and I did a road trip to BC and hiked trails like that. She thinks she is too old now, but with all the fitness classes and hard work gardening and cleaning house and 10 km a day trail walking she does, I bet she could hike circles around most people! She will be 76 in August and has two artificial hips..
Your wonderful sister is turning out to be a great fitness buddy for you! Good for you taking it on! Sure you have to start at the beginning (been there, done that SOO many times), but keep your eye on the prize -that you know you can do it, and that eventually it will get easier and then you will be wondering what on earth were you so worried about! You can do this! You can reclaim your life back!
Go Rej, Go!!
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WALKINGWOMAN07 5/19/2012 11:56PM

    What a beautiful walk! Looks pretty steep in places - and you did it! Amazing that you have progressed so much since last March - good for you.

And yes, you are lucky to still have your parents - and to have that wonderful sister (She sure sounds she is.)

Keep sharing those hikes!

Irene in BC

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CARTOONB 5/19/2012 10:40PM

    Imnglad your sister talked you into climbing that mountain! It is gorgeous. Looking forward to you showing us where it goes.

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Walk at the Open Air Base

Monday, May 14, 2012

Rain was forecasted for today, but it turned out to be a sunny, humid day. When my sister 1st called me to go for a walk, I'd just gotten home from work and hadn't had lunch yet, so she went alone. I was surprised and happy when she called me back in late afternoon and asked if I'd been out for my walk yet. I hadn't. So off we went, me for my 1st walk and she for her 2nd.

Just a couple weeks ago, everything was brown. It's great to see things becoming green again.






  
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LALASLAND 5/17/2012 2:39PM

    I just love to get out in nature! What a nice time! emoticon

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GOPINTOS 5/16/2012 9:00PM

    Beautiful!

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Melinda (gopintos)
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CARTOONB 5/15/2012 9:06AM

    I'm so glad that you were able to go for a walk! Gorgeous area!

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NEW-CAZ 5/15/2012 3:24AM

    What a wonderful place to workout in, thank you for sharing the pics with us
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_LINDA 5/15/2012 2:29AM

    Awesome! I have never seen the tri lobed flower before what is it? Great photos! You sure have one wonderful sister looking after you to make sure you get out for your walks! My sister and I never did one thing together but it didn't help we have always lived far apart as she moved to another city as soon as she was of legal age to do so. I was 16 at home with Mom when she left.
Keep on enjoying those fabulous trails! Look forward to seeing them with you!

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WALKINGWOMAN07 5/15/2012 1:21AM

    Love the woods walk. And the trillium!
Irene in BC

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ANDBEYOND 5/14/2012 9:34PM

    GREAT WALK IN GREAT ATMOSPHERE!

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