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Mountain Retreat

Thursday, June 10, 2010

emoticon After only one day in the mountains I am already feeling very much revived and full of peace! Tranquility abounds when the day is a very mild 75 degrees and the skies are a peaceful, cloudless blue!

With 2 other 4-legged buddies to get acquainted with, my little Scottie was full of energy and eager to explore. Our walk this morning had each of them trying to out-do the other in the number of times they could "make their territory" before becoming completely empty. The neighbors were friendly as we walked up one street and down another, reminding me of my small town childhood. The dogs thought it great to get some extra pats from friends we met along the way.

And late this afternoon I took a favorite book to their front porch and sat, with my dog, enjoying the weather as I read. My dog was content to observe anything that moved, without making any plans to stray from the porch. This made me both proud and thankful.

By the time I am scheduled to return home to the Phoenix heat I will be totally rejuvenated and ready to face some more HOT weather! Wonderful to have a little reprieve! emoticon

  
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ECHOBLUE1 6/13/2010 9:13PM

    Totally heavenly. I live in Tucson in the desert. Was raised in the Northwest with trees and mountains and streams and rivers and great wildlife. I miss it. Can never seem to get as far as the White Mountains. Hope to go back to green trees some day. Thanks for the peace and tranquility. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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LOVE2MEN 6/12/2010 9:05PM

  Sounds like you've found a wonderful retreat! Glad to hear you and your little buddy are enjoying the get away.

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PSMITH3841 6/11/2010 3:27PM

    Sounds like totally relaxing, rejuvenating escape....I am so jealous!!!Enjoy every minute... emoticon

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LIS193 6/11/2010 11:47AM

    Enjoy your weekend and the cooler weather!
Recharge before getting home tot he hot temps. I bet our dog likes the cool too.
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DESERTFLOWER8 6/11/2010 11:15AM

    Sounds fabulous SCOTMAMA! Enjoy the rest of your trip...

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VITCHY-VICKI 6/11/2010 8:22AM

    emoticonso glad your enjoying your time and glad little Scottie likes it too.
Have a good time
Vicki

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BLESSED2BEME 6/11/2010 12:50AM

    I'm so happy for you that you get this time away and time of renewal! Enjoy the rest of your retreat!

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LAFFLOTS57 6/10/2010 10:23PM

    Your visit sounded ooh so very peaceful. Love the descriptions and I can just picture the pups "marking their
territory theirs"! Very funny.
My pup is the same way as I imagine all are. Gotta love em tho! Enjoy! emoticon emoticon

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Being Happy With Your Life

Monday, June 07, 2010

emoticon The clock is a funny thing, it can evoke different emotions in different people. You may look at it and think how time is dragging. You may look at it and feel you have no control any longer, time is slipping by faster and faster. It could bring despair or elation, depending on what you feel is going to happen next.

Being happy with your life as it is now is an important step in a healthy lifestyle. And I'm not saying everyone needs to go around smiling all the time, or that you shouldn't try to continually better your life. But being unhappy with your life, your situation, how you look, financially -- whatever it is that is bringing the "unhappiness" into your life; it's doing more harm than good. It's eating at you the same way holding a grudge on someone eats at you. Constantly burning away at your insides.

"So! You may say sarcastically! What do you suggest I do?" And while there is no fix-all answer for all the problems, there is a way to change your attitude. You are the only one that can do it. It's hard, but always try to see the silver lining in the cloud. You've all heard the saying "every cloud has a silver lining" and it is an old-fashioned term, but it still applies. What it means, basically, is to try and not let your troubles get you down. Hang onto that sense of humor, try to still do things for other folks, see the best rather than the worst, and most of all, try to see yourself in the best possible light. If you don't love yourself how do you expect other people to love you?

  
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SEAJESS 3/26/2012 1:21PM

    As Moses said, "I set before you a blessing and a curse. Therefore, chose life!"

Thanks for the reminder that I can chose the blessing. I need help to remember to counteract my conditioned "drats" response.

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SPARKCHANTAL 2/19/2012 2:02PM

    ever watch a w.c.fields movie? he's an expert at keeping his humor amid disaster.

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SEAJESS 12/30/2011 2:22PM

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SENIOR62 7/2/2011 12:12PM

  What an encouraging blog. Keep up the good work emoticon

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LIGHTHOUSE0403 2/6/2011 9:18AM

  emoticon for the reminder!

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AVANLON3 1/1/2011 3:07AM

    What a good reminder. I get so caught up in this very way.

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LUBAML 12/26/2010 12:27PM

    Great blog! Thanks for sharing! emoticonLuba

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MFRUNNER 12/10/2010 8:20PM

    Amen!

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HIKETOHEIGHTS 11/6/2010 2:54PM

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Nice blog, I admire your sparkability!

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SWISSBAKER 7/12/2010 2:27PM

  Tell us more about "georgie-porgie"..... emoticon

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MOJOGIRL 7/6/2010 3:54PM

    I love what you have written. It's a great reminder of what is important. If you are always looking to the future and not paying attention to right now the future never comes and you miss out on your life and all the opportunities that you have to just enjoy the here and now.

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BARBARAWVA 7/5/2010 1:54PM

  You are so right! I am finally back on track and am starting to feel happy about my life ... it's like I was asleep for so long and just woke up. emoticon

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THINAGAIN66 6/26/2010 3:58PM

    It's about not having what you want, but wanting what you have!
We need to be content that we have so much already and recognize that fact.

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BROWNIEISLANDER 6/18/2010 11:17PM

    Great piece of thought provoking info....Life is a joy and what
we make it.....ups and downs and all..We should all use our power for...transforming our minds and self...Keep sparking emoticon emoticon

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KENP22 6/18/2010 5:05AM

  an uplifting blog post.

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CAROLYNINJOY1 6/17/2010 5:24AM

    emoticonI've always said "don't let the hard times get you down or the good times pass you by".

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FATROCKSTAR 6/16/2010 1:49PM

    Truer words were never spoken!

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DEBRA-B 6/15/2010 6:10PM

    a good day starts with a smile, a good week with a good day. Great blog great advice emoticon

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JEAN524 6/15/2010 2:24PM

    Excellent advice which I try to follow, but don't always succeed. Thank you for posting. emoticon

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IMTHEBRAT 6/15/2010 1:33PM

    Thanks for posting that but it is not always easy to change things when every one is fighting against you or not being supportive to the changes. At least I am not the only one dealing with many of the same issues. If you all can try to keep going, what choice do I have but to suck it up and keep swimming even when drowning.
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CONURSEMAMA 6/15/2010 1:15PM

    WOW....sometimes it does take someone on the outside looking in to remind you to keep things in perspective! Thanks!!

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TAYLORMAID7 6/15/2010 11:47AM

    Thank You! Needed that today

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WRUSH68 6/15/2010 11:02AM

    Amen 2 that! I love me...that's why I'm always seeking to improve! :)

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JRDIAMOND4 6/15/2010 9:31AM

    Great blog.

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ANGELLEE94 6/14/2010 7:29PM

    Excellent points! It's all about perspective, and keeping what is most important to you in the forefront.

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WALKERSSS 6/14/2010 4:45PM

    Loved your blog. Always a silver lining and so worth finding it.

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WENDZB 6/14/2010 4:08PM

  Good advice, but a struggle to do at times.. Keep pushing forward!


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DIANALP61 6/14/2010 2:31PM

    Very good post. Unfortunately it's been hard for me to do lately. But I'll keep on trying!

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LMK359 6/14/2010 12:55PM

    I agree with your attitude. I love it. Posted on my wall is the saying "Be alive while you are alive". Make it positive.

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TERFREE 6/14/2010 10:55AM

    Thank you emoticon

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TRISH106 6/14/2010 10:54AM

    Wonder post. I try to look on the positive side of life today. I used to live in the negative world.

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CINDY1TWO3 6/14/2010 10:22AM

    Well written. I try for this most days, still struggling with the being happy with the financial part, but just need to keep moving on and smiling anyway.

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GOING-STRONG 6/14/2010 9:35AM

    Somedays it is more difficult to see that silver lining than others... but I'm trying. I love those sunny days when it works! Thanks for sharing and spark on!

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FSUWONDERCOOTIE 6/14/2010 9:12AM

    Excellent post.

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GOHUSKERS2 6/14/2010 8:42AM

    Very well written and really good advice.

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SSCHULTZ59 6/14/2010 8:08AM

    good advice but so hard for me to do.. i have not been happy with myself in 50 years. hard to break the bad habits.

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KENP22 6/14/2010 5:38AM

  it is good advice to look for the good in other people. for me, it is a lot harder to find it in myself. good blog entry.

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DEVORA4 6/14/2010 5:00AM

  well written and I agree BUT not exactly easy for me to do emoticon emoticondebby

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MEDICINESQAW 6/14/2010 3:02AM

    God bless you in your journey!

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CINABEE 6/14/2010 12:39AM

    work in progress

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SPIRITDANCER3 6/13/2010 11:28PM

    I will resolve just for today to be happy. Abraham Lincoln once said, "Most folks are as happy as they make up their minds to be."

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ECHOBLUE1 6/13/2010 9:09PM

    I'm working on it ! ! ! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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FISHKNEES 6/13/2010 6:27PM

    Well Thanks...you are right on target...happiness can come from the smallest places...good advice

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SPIRITCATCHER 6/13/2010 5:48PM

    A lot to think about!

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VALPAT1 6/13/2010 5:39PM

  So true!

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DARKKAT 6/13/2010 5:02PM

    Good advice - thank you.

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BRIDETOBE52811 6/13/2010 4:17PM

  Exactly. Well put!

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AAAANNA 6/13/2010 3:22PM

    So true, and so often we loose sight of the basics, thanks for the reminder.

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LORISEVERANCE 6/13/2010 2:03PM

    nice reminder, especially on a difficult day! thank you!

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NWILDES 6/13/2010 12:57PM

    I've never met a person who has nothing going for them. Sometimes we lose sight of our blessings and gifts. Thanks for the reminder to all of us to fine tune our attitudes and enjoy what we do have.
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My Weekly Reward

Sunday, June 06, 2010

emoticon I finally broke my plateau of 145 pounds -- which had been the very same for the last 6 days! So -- on the 7th day he rested -- and my scale dropped down to 144.6; which to me indicated time for a little reward. I went to Costco and bought a new pair of shorts, and don't ask me why I picked up a size 12 instead of a 10 -- habit perhaps! I tried them on when I got home and they fit me perfectly, or so I thought at the time. In fact, I wore them the rest of the day! Now I'm noticing they are actually quite large around the waist -- I should have chosen the 10! They were such a terrific buy I think I'll go back and buy a 10 and also an 8 (as incentive material).

Another treat I allowed myself was a leisurely soak in the tub complete with bubble bath, candles and a good book. This treat is a very relaxing way for me to end my day, and ensures a good night's sleep.

I ended my day as I stretched out in bed, spoiled and pleased, by feeling very good about my life and the way I am progressing. It's a good feeling to get a pat on the back every so often (even if it's from yourself).

  
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CHRISTINEIH 6/16/2010 9:37AM

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VALPAT1 6/13/2010 5:42PM

  Congratulations and keep it up to reach your goal and have even more treats. It sure is encouraging to some of us.

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PSMITH3841 6/7/2010 4:12PM

    emoticon Don't you just love it when the size drops! This is what you're working for, go get those 10's! emoticon emoticon The relaxation treat sounded emoticon

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LIS193 6/7/2010 11:09AM

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We don't have a Costco but I love some of the clothes at Sams Club.

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THPEAKY 6/6/2010 10:41PM

    Yay for you!!! Your determination is contagious!

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BLESSED2BEME 6/6/2010 3:16PM

    Congrats! That is awesome weight loss and a wonderful reward for it. Good for you!

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DRAFTLOVER 6/6/2010 1:20PM

    Oh yes go ahead and pat yourself on the back after all who knows better then you the amount of work you have put into "you"! Congrats on the size 10's! Maybe someday I will be there to. For now I'll enjoy my size 14's.....

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Loyalty Like No Other

Friday, June 04, 2010

emoticon When my husband was diagnosed with stomach cancer we were devastated. The doctors at Mayo did not pull any punches and he was told up front there was no chance for surgery, chemo or anything -- they would keep him comfortable with medication and that was all they could do.

With sad hearts we returned home, neither of us wanting to face the truth. We knew in our hearts that the end was inevitable and within six short months we would no longer be a happy couple. Each day changes became apparent as the scale continued to show the tale, down, down, down. Finally at 110 pounds we decided to no longer have him step on the scale.

Our Scottie, JB, knew something was wrong. She would lay at my husband's side for hours on end. If he layed down for a nap, she would lay beside the bed. We did not trust her to lay on the bed with us any longer for fear she would jump on my husband's stomach and hurt him; but she would lay in a chair watching us, or lay as close to the bed as possible. For a dog that was used to spending many hours each day running and playing outside this had to be a supreme act of love to put it all aside and take up a position of guarding a loved one. Dogs have an inner sense and it was proven each and every day as she kept her vigil.

One Sunday morning was the final day, the last breath, and as tears fell in the final goodbye, I lifted JB and placed her next to my husband, thinking she may wish to say goodbye also. But dogs think differently than humans when it comes to death, and knowing her master was no longer occupying the body on the bed, JB simply turned her head and stared at me. I understood her chore of keeping watch and trying to keep him safe was over, not to be forgotten, but moving on.

It's been several years now since that happened, and I have a new Scottie. I have noticed some of those same traits in her. When I'm sick and stay in bed, she will also lay down somewhere in the bedroom to "keep an eye on me and guard me."

  
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HOWMANYCATS 6/14/2010 11:30AM

    Thank you for sharing your story. I too am amazed at how our dear pets seem to know just what we need, when we need it. I'm sorry to hear of your loss but and glad your JB was able to help.

I am also a 'Scot Mama' of one and a 'Scot Grandma' of two . . . so I may be a little partial when I say that Scotties seem especially attuned to our needs!

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FISHKNEES 6/13/2010 6:32PM

    I have cats that do the same things...They watch over me when I am in bed not feeling well...they watch GM from her doorway, we have taught them not to jump on her bed so they sit outside her door...when she is really restless they come get me to check on her.they are amazing little animals..I love them so much

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PSMITH3841 6/6/2010 10:04AM

    No one will EVER convince me that our pets do not understand our needs...their unadulterated love is there when we need it the most....Thank you for sharing this sad time (I have a lump in my throat the size of Rhode Island) and confirming a pet's love and loyalty to the human it was given the responsibility to care for.... emoticon

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ANNANN63 6/5/2010 12:48PM

    Pets are truly special. I am blessed to have my very special Joey puppy.

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THPEAKY 6/5/2010 10:12AM

    Dogs are definitely a blessing! And I was blessed by the story and sorry for your loss: your husband was blessed to have you!

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IMEOWASWELL 6/5/2010 9:48AM

  That is what you call a true friend. It is ironic that you wrote this blog. Yesterday, I had to say good bye to a good friend after 20 years. My cat. He listened to my sorrow when I lost my husband 20 years ago.

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CATLADY52 6/5/2010 9:47AM

    It can be said many times that 'man's best friend is his dog' and I am sure that is true. Last year when my late husband was going thru chemo, his cat was hovering nearby for the last few days. She now has adopted me as a nightime companion. Just having her in the bed is comforting.

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VITCHY-VICKI 6/5/2010 5:53AM

    emoticonSorry for your Loss Eve but he is in a better place and so glad your first Dog watched over him
Glad you have a new dog and that she is watching over you now.
Thanks for the story and God's Blessings
Vicki

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REENIT 6/5/2010 1:34AM

    I am so sorry for your loss and thank you for sharing. Yes animals are amazing. I recently was having a bit of trouble with my heart so I had a heart cath at the hospital. When I got home, my chihiahia who barks at anything that moves all day long took up post, curled at my feet and was amazingly silent all day. My big guy - layed by my bed. I dont think either of them left the bedroom all day for even a drink of water.

Animals are amazing.

Thanks again for sharing.
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DESERTFLOWER8 6/5/2010 12:19AM

    I am very moved by your story, Scotmama..to the point of tears. Thank you for sharing.

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PAULIGAL 6/4/2010 11:54PM

    Thank you for sharing this story. I am so sorry for the loss of your husband. What a good doggy you had...they really do seem to know when we need them the most.

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BLESSED2BEME 6/4/2010 11:53PM

    What a blessing to have such awesome dogs in your life. I had a cat like that who never left my side when I needed her the most. She is in Heaven waiting for me now but I'll never forget how wonderful her instincts were. They love unconditionally and give us so much more than we can give them! Thank you for sharing such a special time in your life with us!

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Why Procrastinate When It Feels So GOOD!

Wednesday, June 02, 2010

emoticon I just got home from the gym and I feel so invigorated, so alive, and deep down so downright good about life! When an hour or so at the gym can make me feel like that, it really makes me wonder what kind of an idiot I must be that I procrastinate on going there each and every day! Hey! I'm not the only one that does it..... I hear people constantly lamenting the fact that they are procrastinators about running, walking, going to the gym, anything and every thing. And when we finally DO get around to DOING IT -- we love it!

Now do we procrastinate about tearing into a pizza when one is set in front of us? Or about chicken and dumplings, BBQ ribs, a juicy steak -- or whatever your big temptation happens to be? Ha! I can see those guilty looks on your faces right now! No hesitation there, right?

As I watched the minutes adding up on the treadmill I realized how much easier it is for me to walk the 20 minutes now than it was when I first started. I love to set it on random and have the machine taking me up and down hills. Then I took a turn on the epileptic, which I do for less time because I'm still getting the feel of it. It is much harder for me to get my time in on that machine than on the treadmill, that's why I know it's important for me to push for each additional minute. The weights come next and for me it's a period of cooldown as well as working those muscles. Stretching is part of it too. And then I hit the pool for more poolside exercises (I used to do pool aerobics) and walking in the pool. In the 55+ area where I go it is considered a "walking" pool, if you want to actually swim you must go to the part that is divided off for laps. I try to get in a lot of arm and leg exercises, helping my flexibility as well as toning up.

Maybe if I do this enough times in a row it will become a habit and my body will want to go, instead of procrastinating! Do you think?

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KATRET 6/12/2010 7:41AM

    Exercising does make you feel alive! Good luck - it sounds like you are on the right track

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CATLADY52 6/4/2010 12:01PM

    Things we like to do seldom get procrastinated (if that is a real word), so we have to find ways to like such things. I'm still working on several areas of 'like to do' rather than 'have to do'. Unfortunately there are things I 'like' that end up hurting my body, so I just have to like them at a slower pace. It will work out in the end. emoticon

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REENIT 6/3/2010 10:48AM

    Nice blog and so very true. Sounds like you have a nice well rounded workout. How about writing how you feel when you workout on post it notes and putting them on your mirror or somewhere you would see regularly as a reminder ???

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PSMITH3841 6/3/2010 10:16AM

    True words, my friend....it took me awhile, but I'm now in the "I want to go" mode(but I do admit to an occasional...."nah, not today"), but for the most part, I'm ready to hit the gym as soon as I leave work. Not to mention, steady gym attendance makes for a much better reflection in the mirror....! emoticon

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DESERTFLOWER8 6/3/2010 1:19AM

    YAY SCOTMAMA!!! you rock! way to hit it! emoticon

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CBEVNOW 6/3/2010 1:13AM

    Way to go. I know what you mean,my self i cannot make good chicken and dumplings, but there is a little restaurant abut 5 miles from us ,known for home cooking. All the locals eat there cops, judges ,ministers, and us plain ole people.There specialty on Wed. and Sundays are, you guessed it , chicken and dumplings, and they are out of this world, cooked by, as they say down home cooks.When my children come to visit that is where they want to go eat. Every thing they cook is so good. oh dear I'm making my self hungry. Maybe i will procrastinate and not go there to eat Sunday. LOL Caroline

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IMEOWASWELL 6/3/2010 1:09AM

  You are doing the right things! I am so proud of you. I have been doing aquacises and trying to keep my yard done up. I just did 7 hours of lawn cutting. I think I was a doer today. Keep up the good work!

Always

June

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LOVES_ANIMALS 6/2/2010 11:21PM

    great story and thoughts. very inspiring!

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