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MARCHing on……

Monday, March 12, 2012

There are more than 10 million registered Sparkpeople world wide. 11,739 registered the same week I did which makes me part of the team “SP Class of June 20-26, 2010.” There’s only a hand full of us from that week that are still blogging regularly and just a couple of us that huddle every day. There’s no telling how many others are still Sparking or who have restarted or how many times they have. I do know that in two days, on March 14, 2012, there will be 100 days until my 2nd SparkVersary, my 65th birthday, and the first day of summer. So I’ve decided to make every day count towards those special days and see just exactly what I can accomplish in the next…



I’ve had wonderful success since joining SP and until this February was losing weight monthly. Some time in January of this year my hip began giving me problems. I had retired my cane but had to get her out again and reduce my exercise program substantially. Pain is very debilitating, both physically and mentally, especially when you’ve been feeling and doing so much better and all of a sudden you’ve lost control over what you can and can not do. I’ve watched many of my Sparkfriends struggle with illness and medical issues that raise their ugly heads just as they have found a clear path to healthy living….



Some times it’s not a health issue… finances, family problems, spiritual conflicts, old habits that are sparked by emotional issues like anniversaries of sad or painful events can wreck havoc with our resolve to get healthy. Some times we are our own speed bump.



Never the less, these challenges are all a part of life. Some days are a breeze and we blow through them unstoppable, filled with a sense of purpose and determination. Some of those days get strung together and we look back and think “WoW, who was that girl???” Other days we stumble along and wonder, “What is wrong with me???” There’s nothing WRONG with us. We are human, physical beings learning and growing as we venture daily through the school of hard knocks. This is when we pick ourselves up and March on!!



I believe, for me, that attitude is foremost in how we exit and enter each period of our lives. We can not expect to be perfect or without flaws. We are bodies in motion…. works in progress. There will be challenges, physically, mentally and emotionally. Some days will be better than others so grasp the good days with both hands and ENJOY. Because these too shall pass, as do the tough times.… remembering



“Your living is determined not so much by what life brings to you as by the attitude you bring to life; not so much by what happens to you as by the way your mind looks at what happens.” ~Khalil Gibran



We all have our own set of keys… Do not put your keys to success in someone else's pocket; keep them in your own.

For me, Winston Churchill said it best….

“Never give in. Never give in. Never, never, never, never--in nothing, great or small, large or petty--never give in, except to convictions of honor and good sense. Never yield to force. Never yield to the apparently overwhelming might of the enemy.”

Life is not the enemy….



“We do not live an equal life, but one of contrasts and patchwork; now a little joy, then a sorrow, now a sin, then a generous or brave action” ~Ralph Waldo Emerson

Life is the challenge. I’m ready!!!!!! Are YOU?



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ROSGETSSERIOUS 4/28/2012 5:21PM

    Great blog - have a fabulous 100 days!

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SHERYLDS 4/25/2012 9:33AM

    ALL SO TRUE...... emoticon

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INFLATED 4/25/2012 1:26AM

    Jenny sent me to read your blog. It is very inspirational. Thank you for writing it to encourage your fellow Sparkers.

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JSALERNO 4/24/2012 5:15PM

    GREAT BLOG

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RAINBOWMF 4/24/2012 5:02PM

    Makes since, can I put it into action?

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RONCON41 4/24/2012 4:26PM

    Jenny B. referred me to your blogs. What a gift you give to all who read them! Thank you so much for sharing these. WOW! We all need positve thoughts and to realize we aren't flawed; only human. Always I think of Cher in one of her movies with the advice to 'SNAP OUT OF IT!' We sometimes will sink into the 'mire' of life because that IS life, on occaision. Love the 100 DAYS idea!

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BOBBIENORTHERN1 4/24/2012 4:24PM

  What we believe in our heart gives us our mind set, or set mind or our attitude.

Believe in your heart and soul that you can do what ever it is you need and want to do and you will do it and then do it with all your heart, soul and body and keep you mind set on progress and smiles and laughter, and singing, and dancing and moving and never give up or quit just keep living life to the fullest with each new day because each new day is a brand new start to a brand new life. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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LOLAJO54 4/24/2012 2:01PM

    just the best ---
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keep on sparking

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AUNTIEA1959 4/24/2012 1:09PM

    this blog had been forwarded to me by JENNYBAKER247 - very inspirational!

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123ELAINE456 4/24/2012 11:55AM

  Awesome Blog Very inspiring. Enjoyed reading it very much.We all need to be mineful of our lives and try to do better each and every day. Need to be helpful to everyone as the need arises etc. Thank you for writing this. God Bless You and Have a Wonderful Week.

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NEW-CAZ 4/24/2012 11:20AM

    Wonderful inspiring blog, Jenny sent me to you.
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IDLETYME 4/24/2012 11:13AM

    Your blog was recommended to me by JennyBaker247 and I'm so glad she did. Your positive attitude is an inspiration! Thanks so much! I hope your hip pain is getting better. emoticon emoticon

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JENNYBAKER247 4/24/2012 10:48AM

    A treasure house. LUV it!!! emoticon

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CHATTIEGIRL 4/4/2012 9:23PM

    Hi Linda;

You said it so well and we should all join the challenge and be better and stronger by summer. God bless you always. Live life with zest and love every minute of it.

Smile Joyce

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WALKIN4JEANIE 4/1/2012 6:01AM

    Oh, you are so right! Nothing worse than when the pain sets in just as you are doing things right. I love your attitude. Thanks for inspiring us all... emoticon

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SUE_2U 4/1/2012 3:28AM

    Ok, I really needed to read this just now. I've been frustrated. Thank you so much! emoticon emoticon

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INFLATED 3/22/2012 7:19PM

    JENNYBAKER247 referred me to your blog. I agree with you, our attitude is everything. I have known people in the hospital that were terminal and yet were able to convey beyond their failing bodies, a positive attitude, in such a way that I came away feeling blessed myself for the opportunity to visit them.

I really liked the speed bump analogy. It comes at a tough time I am having right now with my eating.

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SURFKITTY 3/18/2012 7:51PM

    I'm one of the ones who joined the same week you did, I'm still here, off and on. I do have to say though that when I slack off SP for awhile and then decide to come back and be more active, your blog is one of the first places I hit because you have such an amazing attitude, I keep hoping it'll rub off on me. ;)

Keep up the work, you're doing great, and motivating other people along the way.

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ROSGETSSERIOUS 3/16/2012 6:10AM

    Great blog to inspire everyone - thanks for writing it.
Cheers
Ros
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MOMAJUDE 3/15/2012 3:49PM

    found this via the huddle. I missed by two days, joined June 28,2010. You have motivated me.

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JINLYNN 3/14/2012 11:57PM

    Enjoyed your blog - you have a wonderful positive attitude and that can make all the difference in how we respond to life and its challenges. Sorry to hear about your painful hip - not sure what you do for exercise, but going to the pool is helpful for me - I have arthritis in my knees, so doing land exercise is painful. The water helps take the pressure off joints and makes moving so much easier.
Hang in there, and as you say, never give up!
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BLESSEDGMP 3/14/2012 10:47PM

    Great Blog can I join your challenge. Actually I have less then 100 days. I am having my second knee replacement in mid May so I am really trying to lose as much as I can by then but I to stalled out in February and March. I keep going up and down the same 5 lbs. We seem to have a lot in common. I also am God's child and a grandma and deal with daily pain. I am going to befriend you I hope you don't mind.
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Pat AKA Blessedgmp ( the gmp stands for GrandMa Pat LOL)

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KAYTIE22 3/14/2012 9:52PM

    Great blog! Love your positive attitude. You're always an inspriation to me.



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DANCINCAJUN1 3/14/2012 2:34PM

    AH so is the demise of my Spark Team with 25 thousand and some odd members who joined ... who is in the huddle? only me !! but I do see some blogs so I know they are still around .... even our Leader is not active !! but we do continue on .... just a great blog and loved the pix .... Roc
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KATHYJO56 3/14/2012 1:04PM

    I love this blog! Now, I understand why a Spark Friend referred this blog to me. Thank you for sharing some profound wisdom. emoticon

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    emoticon emoticon emoticon WE CAN DO IT ! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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NEW-CAZ 3/14/2012 4:02AM

    gerat blog! hope your hip is better soon!

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JENNYBAKER247 3/14/2012 3:56AM

    Your backgroud picture is amazing! Hey, ALL your pictures are amazing!!! Loved this blog. Thanks.
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CHEROKEE1946 3/13/2012 10:35PM

    Linda Love your blog. So inspiring and you really hit the nail on the head for a lot of us. Your back ground picture is really beautiful. Sorry to hear about your hip, have you been to the doctor to see what is causing the pain. Have a great day and the best of luck with your challenge.

Hugs Colleen

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RFJSJ50 3/13/2012 5:08PM

    First, I want to tell you how much I enjoy your background picture! My heart lightens every time I see it!
Second, your words ring so true for so many of us. There are times I just jog along on this journey but those times are balanced by my stumbles over the speed bumps (I've even fallen into a few ditches along the way!). The important thing for both of us is that we just keep plowing forward and are learning to overcome any obstacles we meet along the way.
I was really down yesterday with some hurt feelings (family, again) so made poor choices BUT I've jumped over that speed bump and am back on the road.
Stay strong and determined. You truly inspire me to keep going!
Sheila

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TORTILLAFLATS 3/13/2012 2:26PM

    Me too Linda. Love your Blog and all the soul searching you put into it. Sure made me think!!! emoticon

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LYNDALOVES2HIKE 3/13/2012 10:46AM

    Very cool blog - thanks for posting it!

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YIGOBUTTERFLY 3/13/2012 7:49AM

    So sorry your hip is giving you problems again. Do what you can but do be careful.

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PATTILYNN224 3/13/2012 7:27AM

    Love your blog and you too!

I hope your hip is soon better.

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MISSY455 3/13/2012 1:42AM

    Love the blog and love your attitude more! You have such a wonderful sense about how you are approaching life, and all that it throws your way. Wishing you much success over the next 100 days (and beyond!)
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IOWAGRAMMA 3/12/2012 10:40PM

    Linda, absolutely love your comments today! So very true and right on the mark! Imagine all that can be accomplished in 100 days...WOW!! You will make incredible and awesome progress, I'm sure, and I'm pulling for you (us, actually) all the way! Love and hugs, Jeannie

PS...I'm assuming you've had the hip evaluated, right? I doctored for a year or so before I finally saw an orthopod who recognized the arthritis for what it was. Now, with 2 new hips 5 years ago I have NO hip pain. What a relief that was!! Best to you, Spark Sister!!

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JILL313 3/12/2012 5:18PM

    Linda, You are such a smart and wise woman--absolutely love your blog and so agree. I'm really sorry about your hip pain. Doesn't it seem at our age in regards to medical problems it's just a matter of time--so glad you're handling it well. It is all about a healthy and positive attitude and living our lives to the fullest. Wishing you the best in the next 100 days as you've had great WL success so far. Like they say, You've come a Long Way, Linda!!

Love,

Jill

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It’s February so "You gotta have heart"

Friday, February 17, 2012

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Remember the saying….. "When I am old I will wear purple."


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On the other hand how about…. "When I am old I will eat purple."

From the Archives of Toxicology & www.disabled-world.com... The Power of Purple

Diseases such as Alzheimer's, Multiple Sclerosis and Parkinson's can be fought with the power of purple fruit and veggies, according to a recent study. Research from the University of Manchester in the UK has found that a contributing factor too many serious diseases is poorly-bound iron, which causes dangerous toxins called hydroxyl radicals to be produced. These can, in turn, react with the components of living systems. These toxins, however, can be protected against by consuming nutrients called 'iron chelators' which bind the iron tightly. Iron chelators are found in green tea and brightly colored fruit and vegetables, with purple fruit reported to be the most effective.



So, which fruit and vegetables fit into the purple category? You may be hard pressed to think of more than a couple off the top of your head, but actually the list is pretty extensive, and includes blackcurrants, blackberries, blueberries, plums, eggplant, beetroot, elderberries, grapes, pomegranates, prunes, figs and raisins – and then you have purple variations of common produce such as purple potatoes, purple asparagus, purple cabbage and purple carrots.
The study is the first to link the presence of poorly-bound iron with so many diseases, and highlights the important role it plays in helping other supplements fight disease.

I got my Medicare card in the mail yesterday and I thought OMG I’m OLD!!!! Which made me giggle because I’ve never had a problem with my age. In fact I’m like those little kids, when asked how old they are, and they answer, “Almost 10!!!!” When they’ve just had their 9th birthday. I never hesitate to add that half year mark once Christmas comes and until this June I’ll answer proudly, “Almost 65!!!!,” if asked.

I’ve worked hard to reach this age. I wear every grey hair and wrinkle as a badge of courage because like Bette Davis said, “Getting old is not for sissies.” I know there’s plenty of woman out there who freak at turning 30, frown at facing 40, flirt with cosmetic surgery at 50, but then realize by 60 that… this ain’t bad at all.



With that being said I’d like to introduce you to some role models for a future you may be dreading. Just remember the alternative next time you think you don’t want to grow old and get over it, its 2012…. bring on the Glam-mas!!!!

Advance Style, a blog for woman from 80 to 100 years old who are living large and loving it.

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RIP Zelda Kaplan, 95. She is featured in the video... Died Wednesday 2/15/12 at the Joanna Mastroianni Fall 2012 fashion show during Fashion Week, in New York. This picture was taken just before she was seated, only minutes before she left for that great catwalk in the sky.

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MARSHASTAR 2/19/2012 10:15AM

    I like that name "glamm mas".
Thank you for this great blog. I do need an attitude adjustment.
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HEALTHYGRAMMY49 2/18/2012 5:05PM

    I've never seen purple carrots or asparagus...white asparagus, but not purple. I would love to try it. I wonder if my son (chef) has ever cooked with them...bet he has. I'll ask him? Think Whole Foods might carry them? Yum! Now I want to try them!

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BLUE42DOWN 2/18/2012 1:14AM

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I had never heard of purple carrots before. (And that sent me off to learn there are lots of carrot colours out there. Wow!)

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JILL313 2/17/2012 11:11PM

    Linda, I also am going to be on Medicare next month and that makes me happy as it'll save me a lot not having to pay almost $500 for private health insurance. I chose to go with an advantage plan--Blue Shields 65+ it actually seems to cover more with less co-pays. I really don't feel that old , it's mainly a mental attitude and I chose to think young as 65 is only a number and actually nowadays it isn't that old. Plus like you said I'm not ready for the alternate route. I've always loved the color Purple but until reading your great blog I didn't realize how important it is to eat Purple foods. I will be doing just that--thank you sweetie for sharing this good information. I can tell you're very young at heart and that's wonderful--hold on to that!

Love,

Jill

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LYNDALOVES2HIKE 2/17/2012 8:50PM

    Love the picture of the woman playing hop scotch - woohoo!
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Getting back to my ticker weight…

Thursday, January 26, 2012


New Year, same goals... healthy living and a happy heart.


BRING IT.... 2012





Clichés for sure but those are my mantras for a successful 2012… oh, those and getting back to my ticker weight =] One more pound and I’m back on track. Yep, I enjoyed the holidays with all their “once-a-year” indulgencies. Single serving Trick-Or-Treat-treats…’lil devils. Didn’t have them in the house but the grandkids were more than willing to share. The my personal favorite… Thanksgiving, and it was delish!!! Didn’t send enough leftovers home with the guests so it was the feast that kept on giving and giving and giving. Before I knew it was time for Christmas cookies, candy, fruitcake, gingerbread, our wedding anniversary with lots of treats and finally New Year’s Eve/Day celebrations all traditionally delivered on a platter with fancy toothpicks and rolled up in some sort of sweet or savory blankets. Once the tree came down I thought it was over… NOOOOOOOOO here comes DD with treats from her hubby’s side that she forgot to give us and since DH and I were de-toxing from months of chocolate, that tin seduced us within seconds. By then the scale was up four solid pounds and it was time to put the desserts away and get SparkSerious again. It took less time to take three of the four pounds off than it did to put it on and with one more pound to lose my weight tracker will make me an honest woman once again. I’m actually proud of myself because I didn’t let the holidays or weight gain derail my journey. In the past I would have continued over eating until I put the 73 pounds I’ve lost back on and then some. Not any more. I’m healthier and wiser thanks to Sparkpeople and all my SparkFriends. I’ve watched and learned from others success and failures. We are all the same and yet so different. One man’s meat IS truly another wo-mans poison. Finding what works for YOU is a huge part of the process and mixing it up when we get stalled keeps us moving forward.

What's the trick???



I started out doing this for my family. I wanted to be around to watch my grandkids grow up and be fit enough to help my mom. I wanted to participate more in daily routines and get off my heart medications and not be in so much pain. I never thought I’d feel as good as I do or be able to do all the things I’m doing today. It’s my own little miracle and I thank God every day for giving me the strength to stay focus and my dear husband for his unconditional support and appreciation. Now I do it for me because I deserve to feel good and enjoy my life.

Nineteen months and counting… I’m very excited to see what I can accomplish in the next five months when I’ll celebrate my 65th birthday and second SparkVersary. I know my limits... but I’ll never stop trying to exceed them as I gently remind myself to.....





  
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JOANNS4 1/30/2012 7:03AM

    Great attitude and good advice. Working on it one day at a time.



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IOWAGRAMMA 1/27/2012 9:02PM

    emoticon Like you, in the past I've always let myself get totally derailed when I'd go slightly off track, but also like you, for some reason that isn't happening now. Bad day? Move on! Bad meal? Get it right next time! I guess I've learned that it truly is not all or nothing. So happy that you're doing so well and that you indeed do have a happy heart! Also love the "never quit unless you're dead" poster!! emoticon emoticon

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FRANCO1230 1/27/2012 1:19PM

    Always, always, always love your inspiring blogs...I especially love the 'Never quit...unless your dead' picture. Priceless! ...and, oh, so true!

Your holiday "food journey" sounds much like mine. Thoroughly enjoyed it, totally over it, time to move on!!! Way to go on your great success thus far...your physical AND mental awakenings. What a great outlook you have set for yourself as we set off on this new year & headed towards year-2 on SP....can't believe how fast it's gone!
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MISSY455 1/27/2012 1:26AM

    You are doing emoticon I love your determination, and focus! You are obviously finding what works for you.
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JOANOFSPARK 1/27/2012 12:54AM

    awesome blog and mantras!! good for you for not letting the holidays derail you.....and I am so proud of you for already losing 3 of those nasty pesky sneaky pounds that snuck up on you... emoticon

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JILL313 1/27/2012 12:45AM

    Earlier today I left a long comment on your page but now I'm tired. . .I loved your blog and your determination to get the weight off once and for all. I have no doubt you will do just what you set out your mind & body to do. Your are doing it for yourself and all your loved ones.

Hugs,

Jill

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KAYTIE22 1/26/2012 10:19PM

    You are always an inspiration. This is a great blog and very uplifting for me to read. I hope to get SparkSerious again SOON. I really admire your positive attitude, commitment and your way of attacking your plan head on. Good for you. I know that you're going to finish what you started with flying colors!

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RFJSJ50 1/26/2012 7:49PM

    When will I reach your level of wisdom, my friend?
I've had so many ups and downs that I feel like I'm building a staircase - guess I just need to consider it a staircase to success!
Sheila

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GEEKYGRANDMOMMY 1/26/2012 5:55PM

    Great advice.

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JINLYNN 1/26/2012 5:33PM

    Great blog - full of determination, commitment and a wonderful positive attitude.
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Rest In Peace 2011…

Saturday, December 31, 2011



Bidding 2011 a fond farewell for it was an awesome year of growth for me personally. Yes, the year was far from perfect. The world is in turmoil, as it has always been. The media makes sure we hear about it even if the facts are skewed… hey, they have to pay for those $500.00 suits they wear on air and give those bonuses to the 1% who really do need another vacation home as millions struggle to put food on their tables. We suffered financially along with so many in 2011. In fact we haven’t had a paycheck since June. If you have any experience with being self-employed there are years that you have no time and lots of money and some with lots of time and no money. Living off our savings, 401K and our equity line makes for more than a few sleepless nights but then what are those lifelines for if not to grab onto when needed. I know from experience that this too shall pass and life will go on. And if you have your health… you have everything.



In the past I’d have eaten my way through the stress… but not this year. I faced my stuff instead of stuffing my face and ended the year in better shape than I started it. Normally I’d be up a few, if not several, pounds by years end. This year I’m tickled to have lost another 30 pounds!!! That’s a half a pound a week. I’ve gone from a size 5X to XL, loss more inches than I’ve kept track of and have a renewed sense of self-worth. Life is good and worth living again. I’ve always been a positive, happy person. My bane of existence is pain. I’ve had arthritis since my twenties and the extra weight didn’t help my knees or hips. My back hurt, my neck, my wrists… my FEET!!! Every thing hurt. Pain is very debilitating both physically and emotionally. And when you start having more bad days than good the future looks a bit bleak. And if you fall into the habit of letting the bad days over shadow the good ones that zest for life is diminished. So what do you do in your mid sixties to reignite that Spark?

Well, I joined SP and made a lifestyle change. I know diets are temporary. I’d lost 125 pounds in 9 months when I was 33. And I kept if off through 2 pregnancies and for about a decade. Then the pounds came back because life is stressful and food is comforting. And when you don’t feel worthy you stop loving yourself. When you stop loving yourself you stop taking care of yourself. I didn’t know how to love myself more than food until I made my health and well being a priority. Yes, it takes time and effort to make changes and turn ones life around. For me portion control is the key, water is the fountain of youth and exercise empowers me. So I track my food to watch my calories but I eat every thing. Nothing is taboo. And with that attitude I’m living in the moment… not looking forward to “cheat days” or the weekend or once I reach goal. I eat to live not live to eat. I’ve become a picky eater too so I make sure my calories are satisfying and fall within range of my needs. I drink a minimum of 15 glasses of water a day and when it comes to exercise I K.I.S.S…. “Keep It Simple SWEETHEART.” I have more stamina now that I’ve lost over 70 pounds but my knees and hips are still shot so I don’t run 5Ks or use a treadmill or even break a huge sweat when I exercise. I do strength training three times a week and I walk all year and swim in the summer… but I also do all my own housework and yard work and clean for my mom and actually go shopping now instead of ordering online. I play at the park with my grandkids and we are camping again. I don’t beat myself up for not being able to do what others can. Nor do I choose to do nothing because I am limited. I’m gentle and kind and forgiving when I want to lose myself in a box of See’s candy because I’m human and I make poor choices. But not to the extent that I use to. If I over eat or don’t exercise I start again right that moment… not tomorrow, not next week or next month.



Sparkpeople motivated me to change my life and as my healthy life style becomes a habit the future looks bright!! I’m excited to continue this journey into 2012. I CAN do this the rest of my life… one day at a time…. so

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CHATTIEGIRL 1/24/2012 2:29AM

    Hi Linda;

Sometimes we forget that we are just human beings and can do what we can with our limitations. People look at me and wonder how I do what I do but I will never stop until the day they put me in the ground. I love life and live it for all it is worth. So go as far as you can and stay as healthy as you can, love life. Learn something new every day. God cless you always.

Smile Joyce

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DESERTBLUECAT 1/21/2012 6:17PM

    Thank you for your inspiring words! I'm bookmarking this page so that I can find it when I need to get back on track or just remember how to successfully work this program or be kind to myself when I'm not perfect. I especially like "Portion control is the key, water is the fountain of youth, and exercise empowers me." A simple phrase to live by daily.
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LYNDALOVES2HIKE 1/1/2012 11:12PM

    Great blog! HAPPY NEW YEAR to you as well
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FRANCO1230 1/1/2012 7:13PM

    So much to take away from this blog! I wish you much continued success in 2012, and I know you will be great. Being kind to yourself (I am slowly learning with age) is key! Sounds like you have definitely found yourself on the right path. Whether you walk, run, or, at times, even have to crawl, stay on that path...and, as always, BRING IT!!!
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JINLYNN 1/1/2012 3:27PM

    What an inspiring blog - Thank you for sharing so honestly and from your heart. Your positive attitude and the successes you have had this past year are outstanding and such a source of motivation for me.
As we begin a new year it is good to look back for the past one and see how far we have come. My last year was not perfect, but it was certainly better than most of the 50 odd years before that.
I wish you continued joy, happiness, and success as you tackle this new year.
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MISSY455 12/31/2011 10:35PM

    Congrats on completing a very successful year! I know with your awesome attitude 2012 will be great!
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RFJSJ50 12/31/2011 7:43PM

    Oh, Linda! Your words mean so much to me and have provided me with a much needed "kick in the rear!" I am adopting your attitude and hope to write a comparable, positive, inspiring blog at the end of 2012.
I need to relearn to love and accept myself to move forward. I need to quit listening to the "negative Nellies," both the internal voices and the friends with their never-ending advice and scorn.
THANK YOU!
CONGRATULATONS ON A YEAR WELL LIVED!
Sheila

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JOANNS4 12/31/2011 7:42PM

    Happy New Year and keep the great attitude. I am wishing many good days for you in 2012. emoticon


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CJMOK1121 12/31/2011 6:54PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon Thank you Linda, What a AWESOME blog, I'm learning slowly to take it easy on myself, I've been at this loosing weight and a healthy lifestyle for many years now and always end up wrecking myself. I'm learning at 67 that I can really do this and not to be so hard on myself when I make bad choices. I'm so thankful for friends like you and the rest of my sp friends. HAVE A GREAT 2012.

YOUR SP FRIEND: CJ from OK. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon Those back bends are my favorite, they make me smile. I use to do them. 60 yrs ago. LOL

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IOWAGRAMMA 12/31/2011 6:19PM

    emoticon Well done! I, too, am looking forward to 2012 as continuation of what I've started this last year. When I saw my nurse practitioner yesterday she asked me what was different this time. Hard to put into words, but you have the essence of what I told her right here in your blog! Happy New Year, dear friend!! Jeannie
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KSNANA2 12/31/2011 5:32PM

    Happy New Year Linda! I think you have done a great job and are doing it with a wonderful attitude! You are already a success, but here's hoping 2012 will have more good things in store for you.
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ESILBO 12/31/2011 4:30PM

    GREAT BLOG LINDA, SOME OF IT I COULD HAVE WRITTEN IT...WE COME FROM FAR BUT WE ARE MAKING IT HAPPEN...
HAVE A GOOD ONE MY FRIEND
LOVE
LISE

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PAWKETS 12/31/2011 3:47PM

    Keep up the good work and the awesome attitude
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SANDYZEE 12/31/2011 3:26PM

    CONGRATUALTIONS, I would say you are a sucess!

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Wish you more and more good days.
Sandy in Ca.

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Happy Birthday Jesus

Sunday, December 25, 2011



www.youtube.com/watch?v=kWq60oyrHVQ

  
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LUVS2BIKE101 12/26/2011 5:53PM

    Precious video. And the picture of Jesus is awesome. Thanks for sharing.
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JILL313 12/25/2011 10:36PM

    Thank You Linda for sharing this. I really hope your Christmas was wonderful and spent with family and friends. Mine was blessed and I will cherish the memory of it. God Bless you and your beautiful family.

Love,

Jill

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2ABBYNORMAL 12/25/2011 8:00PM

    Such a beautiful picture! Thank you for sharing.
Have a Blessed Christmas and New Year.

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