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My dear Spark friends!

Tuesday, December 24, 2013



Joyful greetings this holiday season!

I hope all of you far-and-near bask in contentment --
Alone or surrounded by family and/or friends
Lights or shadows
Music or quietness
Going out or staying in
Vegan or omnivore



And in the midst of it all --
May we have gratitude for the gifts and for the lessons
For all we have and for those things that have been taken away
Most of all, for the love that is the glue holding this crazy life together
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Maha

  
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KALIGIRL 12/29/2013 1:07PM

    Here's to the joy of the season!
Wishing you all the best!

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MEDDYPEDDY 12/29/2013 12:17AM

    ...and Iwish you a happy new year!

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LOPEYP 12/28/2013 7:49AM

    I hope you had a nice Christmas!

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MAW_OH 12/27/2013 9:56AM

    Hope you had a great Christmas!

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JESPAH 12/26/2013 8:52AM

    Aw, lovely. Joy to you and me.
http://www.youtube.com/watch
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2WHEELEDSHARON 12/25/2013 10:33PM

    This blog is a fantastic holiday gift! emoticon

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QUEENOTHEFOREST 12/25/2013 9:55PM

    Joy to you Maha today and every day.

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CRYSTALJEM 12/25/2013 9:55AM

    Thank you Maha. The same to you. Love and light. Namaste. CJ

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GOANNA2 12/25/2013 5:18AM

    Blessings to you too my dear Maha.
Joy and Peace for all mankind always,
not just at this time of the year.
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PEACEFULONE 12/25/2013 1:01AM

    Many blessings to you dear Maha! Thank you for being such a wonderful teacher with all that you share you have blessed me immensely! May peace and happiness be abundant for you in 2014!
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DAISY443 12/24/2013 7:47PM

    You have said what I feel and can never express. Thank you and Happy Holidays to you, my friend!

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BILLB000 12/24/2013 6:18PM

    Thank you Maha. As usual, I love your message. Take good care of Maha this holiday season. I feel blessed to know you.
Bill

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DOR2BFIT 12/24/2013 5:17PM

    Lovely! Happy Holidays to you!
Love,
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THINFITFEMINIST 12/24/2013 4:43PM

    Loved this blog.

Happy holidays.

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MISS_VIV 12/24/2013 4:02PM

    Spark family is fantastic. Sharing our gratitudes, joys and blessings.
So sweet that Maha puts this all in perspective.

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DDOORN 12/24/2013 3:49PM

    Gratitude is what breathes life into our living!

I'm so grateful for our SparkFamily and the wonderful connections that would have never happened without SparkPeople!

http://www.grat
efulness.org

Don

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WATERMELLEN 12/24/2013 3:06PM

    What a lovely seasonal message! Thank you, MAHA!!

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Really...EVERYTHING?

Saturday, October 12, 2013

  
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BUNNYCATS 11/10/2013 5:26PM

    The world is full of suffering. It is also full of overcoming it.”
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PEACEFULONE 11/6/2013 11:30PM

    Yup, I can manage that for today, but on some days grateful is going to have to share the time with sad and/or angry. It's all part of the yin and yang.

“If we never experience the chill of a dark winter, it is very unlikely that we will ever cherish the warmth of a bright summer’s day. Nothing stimulates our appetite for the simple joys of life more than the starvation caused by sadness or desperation. In order to complete our amazing life journey successfully, it is vital that we turn each and every dark tear into a pearl of wisdom, and find the blessing in every curse.”
¯ Anthon St. Maarten, Divine Living: The Essential Guide To Your True Destiny

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EOSTAR_45 10/17/2013 1:46AM

    What if indeed.

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VALERIEMAHA 10/14/2013 10:06AM

    Dear Curious (responding to DOKEYOKEY below),

These are my thoughts on this knotty idea, dear kindred spirit on the Path: Perhaps "grateful" isn't exactly right..."acceptance" may be better, though being able to look at our predicament -- e.g., no partner at this moment -- with gratitude may be a sign of spiritual maturity. To be able to say sincerely, "what I have is enough...it's what I need for now, it is providing me with the lessons I need at this stage." Perhaps?

Pema Chodron says, "Life is glorious, but life is also wretched. It is both. Appreciating the gloriousness inspires us, encourages us, cheers us up, gives us a bigger perspective, energizes us. We feel connected.

"But if that's all that's happening, we get arrogant and start to look down on others, and there is a sense of making ourselves a big deal and being really serious about it, wanting it to be like that forever. The gloriousness becomes tinged by craving and addiction.

"On the other hand, wretchedness--life's painful aspect--softens us up considerably. Knowing pain is a very important ingredient of being there for another person. When you are feeling a lot of grief, you can look right into somebody's eyes because you feel you haven't got anything to lose--you're just there.

"The wretchedness humbles us and softens us, but if we were only wretched, we would all just go down the tubes. We'd be so depressed, discouraged, and hopeless that we wouldn't have enough energy to eat an apple. Gloriousness and wretchedness need each other. One inspires us, the other softens us. They go together."
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KALIGIRL 10/14/2013 9:40AM

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Yep - everything!

Namaste my friend
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DOKEYOKEY 10/14/2013 8:32AM

    Hey, Maha -- This is an interesting idea, but why do you think it is useful? For instance, why should I be grateful for the lack of a life partner? Is it part of the "Loving what is" material? Signed, Curious (aka Kathleen)

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LADYFROMTHEWOOD 10/14/2013 8:05AM

    Acne, fat, cat hair, and housework. I will find a way - means I'm living and have plenty, I have lovely fur babies, and a family that lives in our home.

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PHEBESS 10/13/2013 4:58PM

    Okay, I can settle for ALMOST everything. I don't think I can be grateful for spiders or rats.

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MTRACHEL 10/13/2013 1:34PM

    Some more good words shared by you...and I am still remembering the wonderful Wendell Barry poem about giving myself away

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HIPPICHICK1 10/13/2013 1:14PM

    What if we decided to be grateful every day?
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WATERMELLEN 10/13/2013 12:39PM

    Canadian Thanksgiving here -- and yup, I'm grateful for everything.

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JESPAH 10/13/2013 11:27AM

    Um, okay.

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SLASALLE 10/13/2013 9:15AM

    Well, it's pretty funny, because I had this absolutely, totally, completely stellar day yesterday ... and had posted about it in both of my gratitude spots ... then I saw this!!!! :-)

As usual, you're right on target, my dear!!!

xoxoxo

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GOANNA2 10/13/2013 8:11AM

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I am grateful for a beautiful day with my friends
sitting in a restaurant ovelooking the mighty Pacific.

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CRYSTALJEM 10/12/2013 5:55PM

    Today I am grateful for everything. Thank you Maha.

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DDOORN 10/12/2013 2:44PM

    Got my mile of gratitude today! :-)

Gorgeous fall weather!

Don

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Fall Song, Mary Oliver

Monday, September 30, 2013



Fall Song

Another year gone, leaving everywhere
its rich spiced residues: vines, leaves,

the uneaten fruits crumbling damply
in the shadows, unmattering back

from the particular island
of this summer, this NOW, that now is nowhere

except underfoot, moldering
in that black subterranean castle

of unobservable mysteries - roots and sealed seeds
and the wanderings of water. This

I try to remember when time's measure
painfully chafes, for instance when autumn

flares out at the last, boisterous and like us longing
to stay - how everything lives, shifting

from one bright vision to another, forever
in these momentary pastures.

~ Mary Oliver ~
(from American Primitive)

via Joe Riley at Panhala.net

  
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HIPPICHICK1 10/1/2013 1:15PM

    I walk in the woods almost every day and her description describes those walks and those things that I think.
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    Such a beautiful thought-provoking poem. emoticon

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    Wonderful emoticon

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JESPAH 10/1/2013 8:44AM

    I will go to the woods again ....

Although I have to go through some urban stuff first.

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SUBMOM2 10/1/2013 1:52AM

    Beautiful.

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MTRACHEL 9/30/2013 10:20PM

    Perfect for today. Thank you !

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GOANNA2 9/30/2013 8:01PM

    Love your Mary Oliver poems.
Have a great October. Hope you are keeping well.
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SNOWYOGA 9/30/2013 7:33PM

    This is really nice emoticon Thank you!

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ADAGIO_CON_BRIO 9/30/2013 6:38PM

    Just lovely!
Thank you!

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SLASALLE 9/30/2013 5:08PM

    She's back ... and with a favorite author/fall reminder, no less!!!! Welcome home, Maha!

xoxoxo

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CRYSTALJEM 9/30/2013 5:01PM

    :) This poem made me smile and sigh - it's exactly how I'm feeling. Off for a walk in the wind through the woods. Loving autumn. Thanks for the poem.

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DDOORN 9/30/2013 5:00PM

    Another Oliver gem...autumn seems to mark time more than the other seasons, with such a mix of emotions!

Curious about your new profile image...traveling...?

Don

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WATERMELLEN 9/30/2013 4:53PM

    Walking in the woods yesterday, I was so conscious of the sound of wind in leaves, which we will enjoy for about a month more: and then not at all until late May when the foliage is back to full leaf again.

The colours are gorgeous and I do love the winter too but . . . "longing to stay" is an emotion we do feel most keenly in the autumn. What a lovely poem, thank you!!

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Summer's end

Tuesday, September 17, 2013



Blazing summer days: no force could bring them back.
Clouds suddenly rising off the river, lovely, so lovely,

ducks leave a bridge's shadow, paddling into fine rain,
and butterflies flutter out, frolicking in field breezes.

The willow won't survive nights and days much longer,
and waterlilies will only open two or three more times.

If the changing sights of a single year haunt your eye,
why wonder that a palace lake is ash among the kalpas?

-- Lu Yu

"Light Rain" from Mountain Home: The wilderness poetry of ancient China, translated by David Hinton

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With summer's end comes finally the six-day retreat "Healing Yourself Is Healing the World."

I leave Sunday, Sept 22, with three girl friends (one of whom is Robin, GENKI_WARRIOR!) for Magnolia Grove Monastery, Mississippi, in retreat with renowned Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh. We are going there in my little camper, Kurma (Turtle) Avatara, a 1984 Toyota Dolphin. Two of us will sleep in the camper and two in a tent. We will return Sept 29.


Thay, as Thich Nhat Hanh is affectionately known

Peace is present right here and now, in ourselves and in everything we do and see. Every breath we take, every step we take, can be filled with peace, joy, and serenity. The question is whether or not we are in touch with it. We need only to be awake, alive in the present moment.
-- Thich Nhat Hanh

magnoliagrovemonastery.org/index.php
?option=com_content&view=article&id=48
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Calligraphy by Thay

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Post Script


With Robin at Magnolia Grove Monastery during retreat, in front of the beautiful Rising Tide Meditation Hall, where Thay offered the deep Teachings in his clear, lucid manner


Robin and I among one of the many groups of volunteers during the retreat of about 1000 atendees!


Sitting together after one of the walking meditations led by Thay
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In other news, I will be participating in the Conway Fall Cycling Classic the day before we leave for the retreat. Unlike my biker dude friend Don, I will only be cycling 32 miles. No comparing though...I'm out there doing SOMETHING.

I have also managed to lose 17 pounds over the summer, every pound a struggle. I have six more to go to reach the desired 130 lbs. and I'm hopeful! And SparkPeople.com continues to be an important source of lively and supportive friends and tools which profoundly assist the process.

It is also my last semester in obtaining a BA in Spanish Literature at a local university, with a heavy schedule of papers and oral presentations between now and semester's end in December, scary but do-able, I think.

At the end of the Fall semester in December, with the beginning of winter, I am affirming a thought-dream of a road trip in my camper to California, arriving in time for a New Year's Retreat in Santa Barbara and then to visit Thay's Practice Center, Deer Park Monastery, in Escondido. My plan is to then (for an undetermined period of time) visit beloveds in the San Francisco Bay Area, dear friend Kathy north of Sacramento (Vivian too!), and then sell the camper there (a temporary antidote to my financial woes) before boarding a flight San Francisco-Quito, Ecuador. We'll see how it all shakes out!

  
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JUST_BREATHE08 9/28/2013 11:08PM

    Amazing blog, Maha. Thank you for sharing!

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_VALEO_ 9/27/2013 6:11PM

    So many events are happening in your life right now. It is amazing how vibrant you are. And determined to achieve to your goals!

Today, I thought of this untranslatable, but so beautiful word: serendipity.
I wish you that for the rest of the year... whether you decide to settle down in Ecuador for a while or permanently. Just listen to the signs.

As you should be in the middle of your meditation retreat... I will tiptoe out of your blog.

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FRECKS96 9/26/2013 12:55PM

    Just seeing your name pop up in my feed made me smile. I hope you have a lovely ride and a safe journey. Blessings to you, dear Maha!

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DDOORN 9/25/2013 9:32AM

    This must be your ride...?

http://www.arkansas
outside.com/events/conway-fall-
classic/

Can't wait to hear all about it!

LOVE the quote by *Thay*...except when he says "We need *only* to be awake"...makes it sound so easy...! :-)

Don

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JESPAH 9/20/2013 8:45AM

    Great to read this! :)

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SUSANNAH31 9/19/2013 11:02AM

    Valerie,

How wonderful that your life is rich with energetic activity, goals soon to be realized, celebrations with friends, and promising adventures for tomorrow.

That little camper was a great traveling companion for you. I often think about the summer we spent time in it together -- and then went on to stay at the beach.

I wish you the best as the months go by and you shed what's past and soar on to new adventures (all, of course, after you finish those required papers that will be due LOL).

We will always be friends.

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MTRACHEL 9/18/2013 11:40PM

    It means so much to me that you will be in retreat with Thay! This is the first time in 10 years that I will miss his North American retreats. It's inspired me to read more and sit more. Last night at my local Sangha, we read the poem "Call Me By My True Names" which is why I posted part of it..thanks for finding the story and link.
Peace is the Breathing,
Happiness is the walking.
I'll be thinking of you all next week!
Rachel

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SLASALLE 9/18/2013 7:57PM

    You are amazing and inspiring in many ways, dear one. I hope your upcoming trip and retreat is all that you are wanting to experience. As for the rest, I'm with you ... visualize it and see what happens.

Much love,
Stephanie

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ABURRIS2 9/18/2013 1:05PM

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What wonderful plans! Life is rich.
Wouldn't it be lovely to connect while you are close by?

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GENKI_WARRIOR 9/18/2013 11:55AM

    Looking forward to our time with Thay! I'm so very excited about sharing this golden opportunity of blossoming forth with such dear sisters!

May you have a safe and wonderous journey to Cali! I think I'll go with you! ;) ;)

xoxo

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As I Walk with Beauty

As I walk, as I walk

The universe is walking with me

In beauty it walks before me

In beauty it walks behind me

In beauty it walks below me

In beauty it walks above me

Beauty is on every side

As I walk, I walk with Beauty.



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HIPPICHICK1 9/18/2013 10:13AM

    You're going to a six-day meditation retreat with Thich Nhat Hanh?!
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Wow! emoticon on the 17 lbs lost over this summer! That is incredible!

Your trip west sounds amazing and then on to Ecuador. Nice!!

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SLAYINGDRAGONS 9/18/2013 9:03AM

    Amazing life, amazing plans and goals! Inspiring. emoticon

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KALIGIRL 9/18/2013 8:54AM

    emoticon journey my friend.
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BILLB000 9/18/2013 12:18AM

    You have some amazing plans, Maha. And to attend a retreat with Thich Nhat Hanh. How wonderful. You have accomplished much this year. Most of which is to inspire the rest of us.

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WATERMELLEN 9/17/2013 10:17PM

    What wonderful plans you have for this fall season!! Challenging, satisfying, and adventuresome!

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SNOWYOGA 9/17/2013 9:15PM

    I like your blog! Thank you emoticon

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ME_HERE_NOW 9/17/2013 8:42PM

    oh and the road trip, and the races & fun - you take my breath away!!

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ME_HERE_NOW 9/17/2013 8:42PM

    you are always off on an awesome adventure, i love it! congrats on making so much progress while enjoying life's up & downs, and kicking but in school - you are my hero!! xoxo!

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FRANCESCANAZ 9/17/2013 6:59PM

    Oh no you are selling the Dolphin??? I'll buy it! Hope your semester ends wonderfully and your trip is beyond perfect. Te amo!

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GIRANIMAL 9/17/2013 5:34PM

    Maha! You're going on a retreat with Thich Nhat Hanh?! So dreamy! I hope it's magical. emoticon

emoticon showing those pounds who's boss! Amazing. So proud of you!

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SUBMOM2 9/17/2013 3:58PM

    Good for you, Maha! Your plans inspire me!


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GOANNA2 9/17/2013 12:43PM

    Congratulations on the weight loss and on
getting your BA. Did I tell you I finally started
my BA (History) this Semester? I will take a lot
longer than you to finish mine though.
Good luck on the bike ride and the road trip to
California. It will be sad to sell the van I'm sure.
Do you plan on living in Ecuador for a while?
God bless you and thank you for the wonderful
poetry. Have fun on the retreat. I'm envious.
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2WHEELEDSHARON 9/17/2013 12:38PM

    Have so many sublime, adventurous moments! Thank you for sharing your journeys.
Way to keep at the Spark loss!

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CRYSTALJEM 9/17/2013 12:35PM

    Congrats on the weight loss! Had my physical and dr informed me my
Weight has been 122 for the last 5 years. He triple checked. lol. I know I fluctuated in the last 2 but apparently September is my maintaining month.

The retreat sounds wonderful. But you're selling your van? What about the road trips? Looking at upgrading maybe? emoticon

Regardless, I hope all your plans work out just as you've envisioned. CJ

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SIMPLELIFE4REAL 9/17/2013 12:34PM

    Thank you for sharing the poem and quotes. You have wonderful plans to look forward to, may they all come true and more!

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MISS_VIV 9/17/2013 12:14PM

    emoticon Wishing you great success on your forthcoming ride and blessed peace and joy for your retreat. Putting forward pleasant thoughts and prayers for safe journey. Special prayers for your thought-dream of your California trip. Looking forward to some meaninful time with you and Kathy while you are in the area. emoticon

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RIDMYCOCOON 9/17/2013 12:06PM

    emoticon I hope your thought dream comes to fruition. Congrats on the tough pounds. I am sure you will reach your goal. Your retreats sound lovely. Enjoy! emoticon

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The good news and the bad news....

Monday, July 01, 2013



Yeah, let's meet there to talk about this --

I have good news and not-so-good news: After embarking upon a conscious program (once again) of portion control, watching the types of foods consumed, tracking food, and exercising to begin getting rid of the 15 pounds that have crept up on me from about two years of careless eating, the good news is that I have maintained a month-long streak of daily exercise.

The not-so-good news is that after the first of June official weekly weigh-in that showed a decrease to 142 pounds, the scale popped back up to 145-ish and has been hovering there ALL MONTH, today included. Nor are my clothes even ONE SPECK looser. And I do NOT want to change the weight ticker back up to 145 -- NO! The major point I'm making here is that in 30 days I didn't drop an ounce! That just doesn't happen when I'm focused on losing...I've always lost an average of one, up to two, pound(s) per week, which should result in me being a minimum of four, maximum of eight, pounds down at the end of June.

Have I not been precise enough in entering food each day? That's the first thing that came to mind. I'm purdy obsessive about it but it's still possible that I'm under-estimating or forgetting here-and-there...but NOT.ONE.POUND in the entire month, with daily exercise to boot???

I'm drinking eight-ten cups of liquid per day. I'm generally doing a fairly decent job of portioning out carbs, proteins, and fats by SparkPeople standards, though my diet is not as protein dense as classic meat diets, nor do I feel we need the level of protein often recommended. I generally tend to be high in carbs, because I consume a high level of complex carbs -- yesterday is fairly representative, i.e. blackberries, apple, plum, cantaloupe, sprouted whole grain bread, toasted oats, yogurt, tofu, etc. My protein sources yesterday included yogurt (Greek), tofu, the bread, peanut butter, walnuts. My distribution yesterday was 48.5% carbs, 22% proteins, 29.4% fats, very close to recommended values.

I'm not losing.

This is NOT typical when I get up-close-and-personal with eating, exercise, and tracking.

I'm stumped and confused and not sure what to do.


Ok, ok! so that's not the answer.
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I guess this is a good place to begin (again).
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We're on top of this one!
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Yeah, yeah.
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Naw, this couldn't possibly have *anything* to do with it, uh uh.
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I will not let a temporary set-back deter me...I will NOT give up.
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Never hurts to review the basics:
Carbs
healthmeup.com/photogallery-diet-fit
ness/good-carbs-why-are-complex-carboh
ydrates-important/18931

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Protein
http://www.ehow.com/facts_5169416_protei
ns-important-diet_.html
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Exercise
www.npr.org/blogs/health/2013/04/15/
176920391/how-exercise-and-other-activ
ities-beat-back-dementia

  
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_VALEO_ 8/7/2013 12:22PM

    How have you being doing since this blog?

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MTRACHEL 7/17/2013 10:33PM

    It's a challenge to feel good about something that doesn't make one feel good! The only comment I can add is that sometimes when I exercise, I don't eat enough....more burned.needs more fuel.....or I don't eat the right balance..and that gets in the way.

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NVDONNA 7/11/2013 10:49AM

    I agree with the other posts. You are most likely building muscle and your body is adjusting. Keep up the hard work. The results will come and reward you. What is the alternative? Giving up?nah..that's not you!

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KALIGIRL 7/8/2013 10:25AM

    Sounds like building muscle mass to me - could be a good thing?

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OVERWORKEDJANET 7/6/2013 7:14AM

    Love the Cookie Monster.

I feel your pain. I sucked it up put my weight in the tracker. I avoided the scale for 10months.
Gained 15 pounds since last summer

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SUSANNAH31 7/4/2013 8:58AM

    The other posters have said it all, really.

It sounds as if you are doing everything right with food and exercise.

Enjoy yourself, have fun.

(And maybe you want to get a new scale. LOL)


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JUST_BREATHE08 7/3/2013 1:33PM

    emoticon You Know You Can!! I have faith in you. Have faith in yourself. emoticon You know sometimes it just happens that way.

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ME_HERE_NOW 7/3/2013 12:16AM

    maybe it's just the universe reminding you that you are a badass, no matter what the scale says! i'd imagine just DOING RIGHT feels pretty good, get by on those vibes for a while and the rest will fall into place! keep that streak going! so proud of you!

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2WHEELEDSHARON 7/2/2013 9:55PM

    3 pounds could mean muscle, sodium, not enough water, stress... but I'm blaming everything on Mercury being Retrograde. Hang on, we're coming out of it.

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RIDMYCOCOON 7/2/2013 6:21PM

    My two cents: Life has cycles. I believe that includes our weight. We are talking about three pounds not thirty. Hang in there and keeep fighting the GOOD fight!

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SLAYINGDRAGONS 7/2/2013 1:39PM

    I understand completely. This is where I am, too. I have determined to be persistent. Even if I do not win the weight battle, I KNOW I have done the right things for my better health and well-being. In past years (before SP), I always gave up and gave in. I couldn't live with constantly being hungry and feeling deprived and that was the only way I could find to be thin. I refuse to return to that. I also will not make exercise such a priority that I do not live doing anything else than that! My strong points are not in that area. So. I. will. do. my. best. and. if. that. means. I. do. not. lose. the. weight. I. will. not. let. it. stop. me. from. living!

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HIPPICHICK1 7/2/2013 11:39AM

    The only thing that I think keeps most people from losing weight is that we tend to work out more and more while eating less and less. You've got to fuel that body for the increase in exercise. I usually eat about 100 calories less than my BMR and add in 300 calories worth of exercising each day. Some days I eat less, some days I eat more and some days I work out less and some I work out more. But I'm no expert otherwise wouldn't I be at my goal weight now instead of being on a two year plateau?
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DDOORN 7/2/2013 10:32AM

    Been struggling here as well so I'm without much in the way of suggestions, except I still maintain that food choices are the critical piece for weight loss...not exercise.

Exercise is the critical piece, IMHO, for toning our bodies and INCHES lost...among other great things like lowering blood pressure and overall health.

Don

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CRYSTALJEM 7/2/2013 10:04AM

    I find my weight is affected by heat and humidity. Might the weather yore having cause some fluid retention Eric that might be having even a little impact? Great streak though. Hang in there your body will find its groove.

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FLORIDASUN 7/2/2013 8:22AM

    Are you drinking plenty of water? Remember you are 80% is...it 80%??? water and you need plenty to metabolize what you are eating. Especially kicking up the exercise you probably lose a lot of it.

I don't do well with tons of carbs no matter how good they are. I read once that the old blood line Type O...reverts back to the caveman days when a good amount of their food was meat based. Unfortunately it wasn't the hormone pumped meats that we get today...so I try to limit my meat intake to once a week. But too many carbs seem to throw me under the bus...over OVER the bus...scrambling for my next meal...carbs stoke my hunger train.

I know your weight will stabilize and I think your weight is pretty darn stellar...I wouldn't worry my pretty little head dear one...as long as you feel energetic and healthy...who cares about that stupid scale?

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GOANNA2 7/2/2013 4:42AM

    Thank you for the links and quotes Maha.
Sorry to hear that you haven't lost but it is
great to think you didn't gain any weight.
One day you will see the loss as you are
doing everything right. Maybe ease up on
the exercise, don't really know, but I know
you will be where you want to be in a short
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CORNERKICK 7/2/2013 3:12AM

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SNOWYOGA 7/1/2013 11:31PM

    I'm sorry, but sounds like you caught it in time, but I can't help, but wish I was already were your at, but in time And thank you for the links! And emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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BILL60 7/1/2013 9:11PM

    Just keep going and you'll see those results come your way real soon.

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IAM1WEVRY1 7/1/2013 8:17PM

    I know where you're coming from! Everything everyone else said is true.

But here's an idea I've been exploring with some success. Consider the possibility that something you're eating, something you eat regularly, something "healthy" actually causes you to have an anti-inflammatory response: swelling, water retention, etc. It's not that you're allergic, but you may have a sensitivity. So, for me, so far I'm finding that I don't do so well when I eat pasta (we're talking whole grain here) and also that some foods need to be cooked. Basically, I'm cutting back on soy, gluten, diary, and added sugar.

So far I've lost 10 lbs.

Here's how it works for me: I weigh myself everyday. It's really interesting because sometimes the amount of food/calories is low and I actually gain 5 or more pounds weight the next day. Other times, my calorie intake is much higher and I lose several pounds. So, I evaluate what I ate at those different times and try to notice a trend. I have a feeling it would work better if I were more disciplined i.e. starting with something of a cleanse and gradually adding things back in. But who has that much disipline?

Another theory out there is that too much exercise can also cause an anti-inflammatory response. So if you're really pushing yourself, maybe cut back a bit. I have noticed that my most significant weight loss occurs when I'm not going crazy with the exercise...

So, who knows, maybe next week, I'll say what craziness, but for now it seems to be working.

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BECOMINGONE 7/1/2013 7:55PM

    you're eating healthy, you're riding your bicycle 10+ miles a day, you're doing yoga and strength training. Who cares about how much you weigh? Celebrate! You are healthier than most people half your age.

Love,
Sandra

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TRAXINA 7/1/2013 3:22PM

    Having the same problem here. I seem leaner (I use the "jump test" -- stand in front of the mirror in your undies and jump, then see how much you bounce!) but none of my clothes are fitting better and the scale isn't moving.

It can be frustrating, but our bodies are amazing machines. Spend a moment rejoicing that you can ask it to do something active every day!

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PEACEFULONE 7/1/2013 3:21PM

    Always love your quotes! With all the exercise it's probably that you are building muscle and it is heavier. Keep on with what you are doing and look for other signs of improvement like looser clothes. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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CARRAND 7/1/2013 3:01PM

    Have your measurements decreased? it's possible you are gaining muscle and losing fat. And you didn't gain, so be proud of that and don't stop now!

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WATERMELLEN 7/1/2013 2:30PM

    Out there in that field -- we're not going to be talking about what you're doing right (everything) OR what you're doing wrong (nothing at all).

You're eating in a very healthy way.

You're exercising in a very healthy way.

You didn't GAIN any weight in the last month: yay!! If weight has been creeping up, that in itself is an achievement.

You get to meet yourself there as a healthy woman who's patiently waiting for the ol' metabolism to adjust and help the weight shift direction . . . . yeah!! And in the meantime, you've gotta be feeling great with all that optimal nutrition and movement!!

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KRISKECK 7/1/2013 2:27PM

    And (on top of what other posters said) you are probably gaining muscle, which weighs more. That happens to me when I ramp up exercise, even when I've cut down on calories. Definitely recommend using measurements as another gauge.

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Cheers,
Kristin

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KAT321123 7/1/2013 1:56PM

    It sounds like you're really doing everything right. We all lose weight differently and it sure can be frustrating. I tend to plateau for several weeks (and get annoyed in the process) and then suddenly drop several pounds without really changing anything (or sometimes when I've overeaten, actually...totally annoying).

As long as you're working on a healthy lifestyle and don't have any serious medical issues, your body will catch on eventually =) Good luck!

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JESPAH 7/1/2013 1:53PM

    Unfortunately, this kinda maddening stuff happens. We have our best intentions, and we act on them, and the losses still don't come because ...

I have no idea.

I blame sun spots.

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SLASALLE 7/1/2013 1:19PM

    OK, so we're in the field beyond, and we're talking ... The first thing I would say:

Patience, grasshopper!! :-)

Your body is probably just adjusting to your new routine of DAILY exercise!!! Plus, our bodies fluctuate by as much as 5 pounds daily. Because of that fluctuation, I never count a loss as a loss until I've held that weight for 3 days. I know, I'm weird!!!

Do you measure and weigh your food? I've found that especially with fruits, which are higher in calories than veggies, it's more important. I don't worry so much about measuring veggies (although I still do), but fruits, breads (definitely weigh those), proteins, I try to be pretty meticulous.

Or ... it could simply be your body saying to you ... "Uh huh, sure. You're trying to tell me that you're going to work me EVERY day, and I'm not sure that I believe you, but just in case, let me hold out and see what happens." I'm convinced that the body could do something exactly like this ... ROFLOL

Do NOT give up!!! You're doing the right thing. Think about OTHER ways of measuring your efforts ... are you measuring your body so you can see inches go bye bye? Are your clothes feeling looser? Do you not get winded as quickly, or are you able to go further now ... stuff like that!!

Hugs,
Stephanie

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