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It's Not the Load that Breaks You Down

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

This morning I had a nice run with my new RUNNING shoes! I believe this is the first pair of running shoes that Iíve owned. Iíve had tennis shoes, cross-training shoes, walking shoes, etc. So Iím pretty excited. All because I made my boss feel bad. Long story short, my boss was posting crazy stuff on my Facebook page and I cut her from my friends list. My birthday came up and she felt bad and got me a gift card, etc. I added her back and got myself some running shoes!

It was pretty early, but there were a few folks running and walking by the water. Even though we werenít all going the same speed or at the same point on the boardwalk, it felt like we were all there together. We were saying ďgood morningĒ or ďhowís it going?Ē and it felt like a community. Then this one dude ran by, who looked like he was in great shape and going at a fast pace. I said ďgood morningĒ. He looked all mean and tense and looked at me like I was a weirdo. I felt like saying to him, ďbeing healthy is more than being able to run fast.Ē

In fact, being healthy is much more than being able to run a marathon. It is a balance of so many things. Eating right, exercise, sleep are all great ingredients. But, sometimes we overlook the other ingredients, such as being happy. Iíve had my share of chronic depression, so I know what itís like. Iíve walked that same boardwalk with a knife in my hand, pondering if life is worth living. But now, Iím running that boardwalk, enjoying my life! Life IS worth living!

So this morning, on my way into work, I decided to take a longer path in. For one, I can use a little added exercise. For two, I wanted to go out of my way to greet as many people as I could. Usually I avoid a certain hallway where I know there is a lot of people. This time, I walked down and greeted almost everyone I saw. I want people to feel good about themselves. I want to be a positive influence in other peoplesí lives.

It just so happened, that I saw this quote walking into work this morning:

ďIt's not the load that breaks you down, it's the way you carry it.Ē - Horne, Lena

So if something is weighing you down, maybe it is the way you are carrying that load. I know Iíve carried my lifeís load the wrong way for too long. Now it is time to move on and move into a newer and better me.

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CHELLIE-9 10/2/2010 8:15AM

    *smiles and huffs hello as she jogs by*

Great blog btw!

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MMS354 9/30/2010 9:26PM

    Congrats on the running shoes - aren't they great? I love how you see that simply greeting people with a happy hello can make you feel better. During my last long bike ride, my friend and I shouted out hello to everyone we passed (it was yucky out so there weren't too many) and it was interesting to see people's reactions. Most responded positively but there were a few grinches, too. Who knows - maybe they're the ones who need it the most but don't know how to show it.

Great blog!

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DHSPARK 9/30/2010 8:23AM

    Your blogs are always interesting to read. So insightful and so sharing of your life experiences.

Having the 'right' shoes for each 'sport' really helps. Glad you like your running shoes and it was nice of your boss to give you the gift card! HAPPY BELATED BIRTHDAY!

Thank You for this post!

I hope you don't mind, but I'm going to use the quote for my 'status' today...I really like it!

Have a Terrific Thursday...
Deb :) :) :)

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RYANDEJONGHE 9/30/2010 7:35AM

    Thanks for the support everyone. You all mean the world to me.

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FREECLOUD 9/30/2010 12:04AM

    Loved the blog today! Good for you for taking the long way to share some of that positive aura you've got going on.

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VEGGIEHIPPIE89 9/29/2010 11:57PM

    How perfect. I completely agree! I have always said hello to people I was walking by, even though so many people just ignore me, every once in a while when I say hi to them they just light up! It makes it SO worth it!

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BARCLE 9/29/2010 11:06PM

    emoticon what a fantastic blog! You've really got it sparking on emoticon

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ADRE20 9/29/2010 10:49AM

    Great quote, it really make me think about how I've been handling things in my life. Way to go on the running! Keep up the good work!

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VAMANOS 9/29/2010 10:49AM

    What a wonderful message for me to see first thing this morning! emoticon

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Moti-moti got a lot of motivation!

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

On my way in to work today, I was remembering an old Marine Corps chant:

Moti-moti got a lot of motivation!
Dedi-dedi got a lot of dedication!
To the corps!
Whose corps?!
My corps!
Your corps!
Our corps!

Iím sure we can mix this up a bit and chant about who or what we are dedicated to, but we are dedicated! And being dedicated makes us motivated!!! I donít know what your drive is, but recently for me it is some kind of innner fire. I canít really pinpoint it. I would have to say it came after a mixture of things. First was the positive doctors visit and second from stepping on Wii Fit for the first time.

Speaking of that docttors visit, that was terrifying for me. I was AFRAID of going. I hadnít been in years and the last time I saw a doctor they said I was borderline diabetes and high cholesterol. I hadnít done much of anything since then, but play Halo and eat pizza and drink beer. I thought if I went to the doctor, they would tell me I was going to die and that I needed to eat dog food the rest of my life.

What caused me to see the doctor? I changed my insurance. Instead of insurance through work, I decided to be seen here where I workÖthe VA. When I signed up, they automatically scheduled me for a check up. Well, with much nervousness and worries, I went. They did everything on meÖbloodwork, EKG, weight, etc. Overall, things looked pretty good. Iím coming back here for a sleep test and Iím seeing someone for depression issues (which spark has been awesome with helping me on), but overall I feel like Iím getting on the right track.

As for the Wii Fit, there is just something about it that makes you want to get on it and see your progress. I canít say it would work as the only exercise for me, but it is really, really good.

So thatís a long way of saying, Iíve got that inner fire going and I want to keep it going.

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EPHY-MARIA 9/28/2010 2:49PM

    Hi there! I'm really glad that everything went well with your check up and that you turned out to be just fine; it's always such a relief, especially if it's been quite some time since your last visit.

I don't have the Wii Fit, but I do have the EASA. I would definitely recommend you the More Workouts version, it's trully challenging and definitely improves your stamina. When thinking of buying the Wii, I read quite a few reviews and all pointed to the fact that Sports Active is more of a fitness programme than the Wii Fit. Having been the absolute definition of a couch potato my whole life, I decided to take it seriously and went for the initial EASA version. It's been now a year that I've used them both and I'm still awed at the results. Actually enjoying fitness for the first time ever! You could also give it a go! emoticon

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RYANDEJONGHE 9/28/2010 2:24PM

    Thanks, yeah, I just googled the only part I could remember. So much came up! I do this for any song I hear on the radio too. Just google the part you remember with quotes around it.

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MMS354 9/28/2010 2:21PM

    Oooh, I love singing cadences in my mind when I jog and work out. Can't remember too many any more. So glad to hear that inner fire is sparked and burning! I started May 31 and am finally FINALLY feeling that my flame is no longer on the verge of going out every 5 seconds.

Keep up the great work! Any if you know any more cadences, maybe you can post them someday???? :) Melissa

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What Goes Up Must Come Down

Monday, September 27, 2010

OK, third day in a row where I have either gained or stayed the same. I'm not concerned though because I've added strength training to my workout and I've done everything right that I know to do. I've set my goals in weight and workouts and have been hitting those ranges. I'm feeling great and my body feels more energized. Towards the end of the week, I'll take another measurement to see if I've lost any inches in my gut and hips.

As for today, back to work I go. I've got plenty of sleep and my goal is to limit the stress. I've got a new pedometer and plan on getting up and getting some steps in on breaks, etc.

Good luck today everyone! Make it a good one!

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MEZZED 9/29/2010 6:24PM

I stopped paying attention to the scale. Last week it said 233 lbs. Early today it said 227 lbs. Nothing has changed, last week I had stopped exercising due to the craziness of my life & this week I started exercising again.

Great way to keep your motivation up though!

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RYANDEJONGHE 9/28/2010 10:26AM

    Thanks all! You mean the world to me!

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TURQUOISELOTUS 9/27/2010 11:03PM

    What a great attitude! If you are feeling energized and more fit, that's even better than what the scale has to say. Keep up the great work!

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FREECLOUD 9/27/2010 11:01PM

    I think I'd trade weight loss for energy any day of the week ;) Keep movin forward!

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BELFASTBIKER 9/27/2010 1:37PM

    Sounds like a man with a plan. :)

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ABRANNEWME2014 9/27/2010 10:56AM

    You should have taken your special day off...What kind of pedometer did you get....I love mine


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REALLYHOPIN 9/27/2010 6:45AM

    great attitude! Pay no attention to the numbers, it's more about how you feel...

Be good to yourself!

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Spark Streaking!

Sunday, September 26, 2010

I just got back from my run/walk and started posting my spark status update to Facebook. Well, I got two instant messages from people on facebook, both asked, "why are you up so early?". One was going to bed after getting home from working a late shift and the other was going to work. I should have told them, "I'm going streaking."

You see, I'm already past a week on streaking 90 minutes of exercise a day. I've got nearly an entire month of spinning that wheel! Two weeks checking in with that Wii Fit. Lots of streaks everywhere. So yes, I'm up early to start streaking!

I'm thinking about adding another streak...getting 7-8 hours of sleep. So, so important. I've done this for the last 4 or 5 days and it feels great. Between stretching and sleeping, my body feels pretty good in the morning. Much better compared to the days I would stay up until 1 or 2 a.m. and then be woken up by the kids at 6:30 or 7. lol

Don't think I'm a perfect sleeper though. During my last checkup, my doc noticed a little blip on my EKG that might signal something like sleep apnea. I actually am going in for a sleep test this Wednesday. So, we'll see. Until then, I'm going at it!

Happy Streaking Everyone!

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RYANDEJONGHE 9/28/2010 10:27AM

    Thanks! I'm going here at the VA Hospital. I'm a little curious about how they are going to have wires attached to me. That and if I'll fall asleep while I know they are watching. I've been trying to get more sleep lately and it has been taking me a little longer to fall asleep.

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LYNN323 9/26/2010 8:39PM

    where are you going for your sleep test? I went last year to Gaylord (I am now the proud owner of a CPAP machine..although I'm not as faithful as I should be using it:). Anyway, if you'd like any information or have any questions about the test.. pleasse feel free to drop me a line.
Glad to hear you're doing your workouts as well.. I go to the gym every other day, but am thinking about adding to that. So far just thinking...

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I'm Eating Ice Cream Guilt Free

Saturday, September 25, 2010

Last night, I scooped out and filled a bowl full of ice cream...guilt free. OK, to be honest, the bowl I used was a Tupperware container made to hold condiments or something. You could probably fit a pickle or two in it. But, I made full use of it and fit an entire half cup of ice cream!

Why was I able to do this guilt free? Because, I'm a streaker! No, you don't have to close your window shades. I'm fully clothed, rest assured. I am hitting my steaks on exercise, tracking food, and spinning that wheel! Yesterday, I walked home from work, which was just over 3 miles. Then, I danced like a fool, keeping my pants off the ground. And then, I scooped out that lovely ice cream.

Sure, sugar this and sugar that. But, you know what? This is something I want to do the rest of my life. I don't want to say "no" to ice cream forever. I want something I can live with. And, if getting one of my dairy servings comes in the flavor of mint chocolate chip, so be it!

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FREECLOUD 9/25/2010 4:54PM

    My husband's grandma used to say "everything in moderation!" and she lived to be a very healthy and happy 84. Life is too short to deny ourselves a little bit of the good stuff.

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LYNN323 9/25/2010 10:58AM

    I could not agree with you more! As soon as you started feeling "denied"...you go off the wagon. It's impossible to succeed in losing weight if you go about it as a DIET. There should be nothing off bounds...as long as we account for it. I do believe in ALL things in moderation.. moderation being the key word:) I always weigh and measure my foods.. when possible. Great way to make this plan work. Good for you... and best of luck emoticon

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YESIWILLDOIT 9/25/2010 7:43AM

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I am very PROUD of YOU!

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