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Armed, Optimistic and Ready for 2010

Monday, January 04, 2010

Things in motion tend to stay in motion. Wasn't that a Physics principle I learned in high school? Well, my momentum from 2009 has carried over and I am armed with the tools I need to continue this healthy living adventure.

Exercise and healthy eating are aspects that have improved my ability to deal with life's challenges. Specifically, I've lost 6 dear ones in the last two years, and I now have 4 more who are just about ready to depart as well. Seeing them deteriorate before my eyes is a process that is not easily understood unless you've been through it yourself. Suffice it to say, it has knocked me for a loop in many ways.

However, due to keeping myself healthy and happy (there's a core of happiness in my heart that is a flame that does not go out), I am able to deal with things so much better than when I was out of sync with healthy habits. I'm on much more solid ground and armed with tools to cope, as well as physical health and stability to aid in the process.

My continued gratitude to SP and all of my friends here. Let's make this a year to remember.

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WOLFSPIRITS 1/5/2010 5:36PM

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ZUZUBEE 1/5/2010 7:47AM

    You are a strong person! It's inspiring to hear that you are able to stay focused on your program with all that you have going on. Congratulations to you and yes, let's make this an awesome year for fitness! We all can do it!

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WINNINGSPARK 1/5/2010 3:06AM

    I love your attitude and your gratitude. Grief, in my experience is one of the hardest things we ever have to deal with and sometimes that anticipatory grief is even harder. Good for you for focusing on the coping tools you have and being willing to keep that core flame lit. My wish for you is that you be given whatever tools and strength you need to keep putting one foot in front of the other and moving forward.

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SKYEFYR 1/4/2010 6:54PM

  Way to go Jesse!!!

Sounds like you're all geared up for success! Take me with you!!!

Seriously, here's to a fantastic year for both of us. This is the year we're going to lose it!

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KO1215 1/4/2010 3:36PM

    You have a great attitude! Keep it up!!

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Shorts, Sunshine, Sweatin and a 2-hour Walk

Sunday, January 03, 2010

Oh, how I complain about living in San Diego! Whine, whine, whine about high cost of living, tough job market and a host of other things. But the long and short of it is that it's January 3 and I have overdosed (in a good way) on sunshine during my lonnnnnng walk. Maybe I'd better rethink those complaints.

Wishing all a wonderful 2010.

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JLITT62 1/4/2010 9:39AM

    Girl, I'd trade my eyeteeth to be living there right now! You can come enjoy our lack of sunshine & single digit temps any time you want.

Oh, and did I mention the killer wind chill?

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RASCALSMOMMA 1/3/2010 7:53PM

    the two that left comments before me obviously live near me! Enjoy your sun! tc and thanks for the letters! emoticon emoticonLaurie

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    Okay now - see here! Count your blessings. It is 12 degrees here right now and is going to get down to 0 degrees tonight. It has snowed every day since Christmas Eve and I couldn't go walking if I wanted to. I'm just giving you a hard time for fun. I do love the pretty snow and winter sure makes Spring and Summer seem extra special. I'm thinking about getting a recumbent cycle so that I can keep getting some cardio each day. I think it might be a long winter here. Enjoy the sunshine - I love sunshine too!

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DIOZZE 1/3/2010 6:36PM

    I will trade you places. I have 21 degrees here and definitly not out walking.

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Went to the Movies w/o Popcorn or Candy

Saturday, January 02, 2010

There used to be a day when there was no way that I could go to a movie w/o a feeding frenzy of treats. After a year's healthier journey, I went to the movies today and didn't even miss the treats. I'd eaten a healthy breakfast, had my water beside me, and had already planned a healthy lunch afterwards. Hooray, hooray! Looking forward to another year of treating myself right.

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    Good for you! I love to go to the movies. It is really hard not to snack when at the movies at least for me. We went to see Avatar which is a almost 3 hour movie. We had eaten breakfast before leaving and had lunch right afterward. So I didn't miss the snacks at the theater to badly. I am still working on it.


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JLITT62 1/3/2010 5:29AM

    Excellent job! Ironically enough, we went to the movies yesterday too, only we did have popcorn (a small) because we'd earned a free one. Only that plus a protein bar WAS lunch because there wasn't enough time beforehand, and I knew I'd be starving by the time we got home (about 3 pm). And I am fine with that. But I had such a good eating day planned before that!

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ITCANBEDUN 1/3/2010 12:02AM

    Way to go!!! I went to the movie the other day and didn't get anything. But it was because I refused to pay those crazy prices and it didn't smell good to me. So I know that was a big accomplishment. emoticon

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SLIM4LIFE09 1/2/2010 10:44PM

    Awesome! I know that is one of my biggest hurdles to overcome! Great job and Happy 2010!! emoticon

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SKYEFYR 1/2/2010 10:32PM

  GO YOU!!!

I haven't given up the popcorn yet, but it's so hard to get a hand into the bag when it's in hubby's lap. I might as well give it up. :-)

And the nice part about not eating almost an entire huge bag of popcorn is I was able to enjoy dinner with him afterwards! He didn't have room and brought most of his home and it wasn't anywhere near as good reheated the next day as the night we got it. Guess I just won all around!

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RASCALSMOMMA 1/2/2010 9:28PM

    good for you Jesse!

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Enjoying "The Spark"

Friday, January 01, 2010

Have to say that this is a great way to start a new year - reading the info that reinforces all I've learned after a year (almost) on SP. Thanks to Chris and the SP team, and of course, to all my sparkfriends.

Wishing everyone a happy, healthy, prosperous 2010.

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JCORYCMA 1/1/2010 11:28PM

    I think it's a great book and a super pick to start the new year with. I enjoy your comments so much on my blogs. Thanks for being such a faithful Spark friend!
Happy new year to you too!
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LASHARINK 1/1/2010 9:08PM

    I started immediately on Chapter 1 - then I went back to the introduction because I didn't want to move to fast in the book. Chris makes a statement in his intro, "And The Spark will give you a more portable and tangible source of ongoing inspiration, to place by your bedside or take along on your daily commute." He definitely was right on point, I plan on reading the book on my commute and spreading the spark. However, I don't know if I can last that long, I just want to keep on reading and reading. I'm so excited about the book, I call my "sister" and SparkFriend today and told her I was ordering her a copy. Senility set in and I couldn't remember her address so it won't be a surprise, so at least she knows it's on the way.

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    I haven't gotten far into my copy yet - will do so soon!

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JAMMYCATZ 1/1/2010 1:42PM

    I just ordered The Spark today from Amazon - can't wait to get it. I'm glad to hear you all liked it.

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WATERMELLEN 1/1/2010 1:32PM

    It's a terrific book, isn't it?? Read it fast, loaned it to my daughter, will wrest it back from her soon so I can reread more slowly and implement some of the great suggestions, particularly about maintenance!!

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RASCALSMOMMA 1/1/2010 1:29PM

    I think Im starting a "what I learned from the spark book today topic" what do yu think? would you contribute? Hmm. Hugs.

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A Thank You to All of my Sparkfriends for Making 2009 a Sparkadventure

Thursday, December 31, 2009

It's been a tough year for me with the loss of many friends and family members, as well as other life challenges. However, the Sparkadventure was so helpful in keeping me on-track and staying accountable in this healthful journey.

Some of my sparkfriends are no longer on the site, others have hung in there, and new ones have appeared. To each and every one of you, thank you so much for all of your kindness, support, and humor.

Here's to wonderful things in 2010 for us all.

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RICH530 1/1/2010 7:54AM

    Wishing you a happy and healthy 2010!!
Make it the best ever!!!

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YICHE12 12/31/2009 7:00PM

    Passing through to wish you a Happy New Year! I hope that 2010 is gentle on you and hope to get a chance to chat with you at some point. emoticon

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