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Perfection is over-rated

Tuesday, January 01, 2013

Happy New Year Sparkies,

This morning when I logged into SparkPeople I was very tempted to restart my program but then I paused and asked myself why I want to do that, and whether I would be symbolically destroying the progress that I have made in the last bit. I have not been perfect, but I have made progress.

My commitment to myself is simply to bring my A-game. I'm not going to be perfect, because I am not able to be that. I am able to be the best I can on any given day. I can choose to bring myself to everything I do, and this is the choice I am making.

Love and my A-game,

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MRS_TOAD 1/4/2013 8:25AM

    You have grown so much since I met you! emoticon

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JINLYNN 1/2/2013 4:59PM

    Great attitude! emoticon
Perfection is over rated, and any progress is a reward in itself!
Best wishes for a wonderful 2013!

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LYNNWILK2 1/2/2013 2:26AM

    Wonderful choice and wonderful reason! Go YOU!
Life doesn't have a restart button, so we continue to build on all that has brought us to where we are now... the bad and the good has all made us a better us today. Glad you didn't reset your program records.

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BLESSEDBEING 1/1/2013 11:35PM

    Good to hear from you again, dear! I fizzled out my first time on Spark, then later just jumped back in and ramped it up. Those lost months were just part of the larger picture, a necessary detour to bring me to the point of determination to keep at it and find the tools to keep me motivated--for me it was setting point goals, and then discovering the joy and power of teams, and being very active on just a few. I trust you will find the recipe that works for you and keeps your Spark ignited.

Wishing you joy and success in the new year!
Blessed Be, Amanda emoticon

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MBGUYER 1/1/2013 10:15PM

  any progress should be relished -- even not slipping into old habits should be relished! Go for it!! :)

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FATHINSN 1/1/2013 2:27AM

    Way to go!

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Coming in last

Monday, December 10, 2012

Hello my Sparkies,

Thanks for the comments on yesterday's blog they did make me feel better.

I am planning on running more than walking the 5k but I am not yet going to be at the point where I can run the entire race.

Today's SparkPeople feature is about finding your reason to race:

It mentions the fear of coming in last and I can honestly say that I conquered that fear quite accidentally on my 18th birthday. In South Africa there is an open water swim called the MidMar Mile, it takes place around the second weekend in February, which is also the weekend around my birthday.

I entered it around my 17th birthday but I bailed before the half way point, but when I bailed I said that I would be back the next year and I would complete the race. The only person who I was racing the next year was me and the following year I entered into the race and I completed the mile in just over an hour.

At the end of the race with some of the male contestants getting hot on my tail when I was handed my medal and I realized I was the last finisher part of me felt a little bit of shame, and this I am convinced was pure cultural conditioning, but the bigger part of me was proud. I had done what I set out to do.

Love and coming in last,

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FATHINSN 1/1/2013 2:28AM

    That's really great! You made a promise to yourself and you did it!

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LIBBYL1 12/14/2012 10:53PM

  finishing can never be failure! and the midmar is fantastic...

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JINLYNN 12/13/2012 1:20AM

    You are doing this for yourself and no one else - so just go out there and do your best and enjoy yourself!!

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MRS_TOAD 12/11/2012 8:43AM

    You are a winner despite the placement. You finished the race and met your goal!

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EBPOOKIE 12/10/2012 1:14AM

    Trisha i have to tell you that was my fear but i was walking my half marathon my ultimate goal was just to finish it. i didn't care about coming in last so long as i finshed i had one gal who was infront of us she was so busy worrying about that same thing that she ended up rolling her ankle and had to stop at the aid station she told me later that when she left aid station she knew we had passed her up at that point now it was just finishing. I was 3rd to last but i waited for her and cheered her and her mom she was in tears when she crossed that finish line and i congratulated her i was happy she finshed because i knew she was hurt. I learned it didn't matter as long as i finished so you just keep doing and you will be great inside. Completing something hard is the best feeling you can ever have!! Keep training and i bet you will do fine. I am now training to do a 5k walk/jog. I always do a child abuse 5 which i walk this year i want to jog it. :) shortly afterwards i'll be doing my next half and hope to shave time off my last... You can and will do it!! emoticon

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Disjointed Ramblings

Sunday, December 09, 2012

Hello my Sparkies,

I went for my first training workout for my 5k today. I did just under 3 km in just over 30 minutes, which I was happy with.

For the most part the workout was a very pleasant experience but one encounter has left me with baggage which I need to process. One of the people I encountered along my route preached to me that wearing black meant that I had no chance of ever entering heaven.

The interesting things here are I don't believe in the Christian theology's concept of heaven, my vision of the summerland is much less restrictive. I think part of my baggage is the fact that I wished I had handled the encounter differently, but I am not sure how.


I was planning on doing the Jillian Michaels DVD tonight again but I am actually tired and am not fully recovered. The important thing is for me to remind myself that I can do this slowly, I did not get this out of shape quickly and it will take me time to get into shape...but I am moving in the right direction, or at the very least making sure that I am not moving in the wrong direction.


We had a very pleasant family get together today and one of my extended family members who is a professional sports trainer made an interesting point. He said that whenever he ever finds out one of his players has been taking illegal substances he reminds them that they can get the results without them, it just takes longer.

Love and lots of disjointed rambles,

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MRS_TOAD 12/11/2012 8:41AM

    emoticon on completing Day 1! Sounds like a great outing.

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JINLYNN 12/9/2012 11:41PM

    Congratulations on doing so well on your first training session! emoticon

As for the comment about wearing black...I think that person needs to take their brain in for servicing - they obviously have a screw loose!

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EBPOOKIE 12/9/2012 5:36PM

    Trisha are you running you 5k? or walking?? I'm just started training for a jogging a 5k.

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QUEENREAP12409 12/9/2012 2:04PM

    I wasn't aware that wearing black meant you couldn't go to heaven, and I have four baptist ministers in my family. They all wear black too.

I think that person is just a special kind of crazy. It takes all kinds I suppose.

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I lost 1lb in 1 day - Just by staying in bed

Saturday, December 08, 2012

Hello Sparkies,

First off, thank you for all the well wishes I am feeling much better.

Secondly, the disclaimer, the title is a very tongue in cheek and is not a way that I would recommend going about losing weight.

On Thursday night I developed some symptoms of gastroenteritis and according to the internet your best treatment is to ensure that you are resting while getting plenty of fluids and avoiding some of the foods that could irritate the intestinal lining further.

Yesterday, I spent the day in bed watching t.v. I would have spent it watching t.v. and reading if it wasn't for the fact that I had left my kindle at my dad's house the day before.

So I spent yesterday in bed and I had absolutely no appetite, in the morning before I had read about avoiding certain foods (like bran and dairy) I had one of my weekday breakfast's of bran flakes with milk and then I headed back to bed with my laptop, where I stayed for most of the day.

I made some sports drink to keep up my electrolytes and to get some carbohydrates in because to say I had no appetite would be an understatement. I did absolutely no exercise and just took it easy (although I did make sure that I did not go to sleep, thus ensuring that yesterday evening I had a fantastic night sleep).

My caloric intake yesterday was incredibly low: well under 1000 calories which is not where I like to be, nor where I should be. Today I will make sure that I snack my way up to 1200 calories at least.

Ideally I would like to exercise today but the smart part of me is saying that I should not...and so I will listen to the intelligent part of me. Sorry Jillian, I'll be back tomorrow.

The thing is getting healthy is a process and listening to my body and respecting it enough to rest when I need to is not going to set me back significantly, especially when I will start again as soon as my body is ready.

The most interesting thing about yesterday was it was a normal day for me before I was on the right medication, the level of discomfort was normal. I like my new normal and I don't want to go back.

Love and recovery,

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MRS_TOAD 12/9/2012 8:35AM

    It's so great that you listened to your body. You got rest, hydration and hopefully will be back to normal soon.


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ANGRITTER 12/8/2012 2:44PM

    Good for you! My roomy has been sick for the past several days... she's 66. She doesn't cover her mouth when she coughs and washes dishes in cold water. So I have been rewashing everything - I even ran it all through the dishwasher to assure all germs were gone. I have been going throug Lysol wipes like a fiend, and I even though we live at opposite ends of the house, I feel like I am coming down with something.

I am cold and cannot wrm, even curled up in bed, then I get overly hot. I am now drinkingbalck coffee with hot cocoa in it - one of my favorite drinks now - and still cannot get warm. So I may snatch some of the Pedialyte in the fridge for the dogs and mix it with my water.

And thanks for the reminder to take a day off every once in a while!

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JINLYNN 12/8/2012 2:36AM

    Glad to hear that you are feeling a bit better.

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Friday, December 07, 2012

Friday's are my rest day, which is a good thing because I have been bitten by a dreaded stomach lurgy, hopefully all will be right with the world tomorrow and I'll be able to start training for my 5K but I will have to see. The most important thing is simply to take it gently and make sure that I am not under-recovered when I start training.

According to Dr. Sparkpeople (a.k.a Health A to Z) the best thing to do with Gastroenteritis is to just rest and make sure that I am getting plenty of fluids, also I am hoping that this lasts closer to the one day than to the seven.

Love and taking it easy,

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BLESSEDBEING 12/8/2012 11:06AM

    Rest and relaxation are a necessary aspect of nurturing ourselves and creating the healthy balance and vibrant well-being we desire. Take good care, my friend!

Blessed Be, Amanda emoticon

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JINLYNN 12/7/2012 9:03PM

    Rest and take care of yourself, and I hope you will feel a lot better soon!

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EBPOOKIE 12/7/2012 9:55AM

    emoticon Feel better soon. Rest & keep hydrated!!!

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ANDRIANA11 12/7/2012 5:39AM

    Take it easy. I did not have Gastroenteritis last week. But I was just burned out. Anyway I learnt the importance of resting and the better you are rested and healed the better you will train and the satisfaction is simply phenomenal.
Enjoy your rest day
Stay mindful of your nutrition
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