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Monday, October 15, 2007

I have just spent the past hour reading through the blogs for today. It is encouraging to read that so many of you are getting what this lifestyle journey is all about, the Whole person.
Thank you for allowing me to journey with you and be inspired to become all that I have been created to be.

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FLUFF-N-STUFF 10/17/2007 8:30AM

    "Travel together through Life's Journey" I love the sound and meaning of that. Tis has become so much more than a last ditch effort to lose weight, hasn't it. It has become a wonderful chance to connect with others, to not feel alone, and to not want to let your friends down. And the wonderful side effect is how good we feel when our body fills with endorphins from even minor exercise.

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NJMATTICE 10/16/2007 9:39PM

    Wonderful work this becoming stuff! I'll take your stair climbing and trade you some deep breathing and as I do I'll say "out with the negative . . . in with the positive. . .out with the negative. . .in with the positive. . ." It is so good to be hiking with you.

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NUTMEG25 10/16/2007 7:33PM

    Thank you for visiting and for liking my blogs.
Hugs, Meg

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Where is the priority?

Sunday, October 14, 2007

I have now entered into Phase 3 of the SP plan and as I read through my emails and posts and the information that is available to me on this site I have to ask myself what is important? Am I here to eliminate weight or am I here to learn new habits that will sustain me in a healthy manner for the rest of my life?
Well it's both. But which is the priority? Which one am I more focused on?Which one stands on it's on? I can eliminate the weight and feel great and be excited, but without having worked hard to learn new habits and have them stand up for a lifetime, the weight elimination will not stand on it's on.

The weight elimination is a bonus. It's the gaining of health and learning new habits that is important. Quick fixes and magic pills would only give me a temporary elation. Each hurdle in the road is a challenge placed before me and should be viewed as an opportunity to learn and grow and become a stronger whole person. If I look for the easy way, I deny myself the opportunity to feel total accomplishment and pride with a lesson well learned; that I worked hard to reach my goal of a sustainable healthy life.
Taking the easy way out only shows I did something, it does not show that I have learned anything. So the next time that hurdle in the road presents itself I won't have the skills necessary to jump it and continue on.

I remain committed to my healthy life and the changes I will continue to make to sustain my health. I am greatful for the opportunity that SP has offered me to learn to overcome the hurdles and to gain pride and respect in myself for a job well done. A job worth doing is a job worth doing well.
I would not offer less to my boss, so why would I offer less to myself?

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NJMATTICE 10/14/2007 10:58PM

    On to phase three! I was telling my thin husband the other day that I have weighed more and felt thin and weighed close to my goal weight and felt fat. Meaning that focusing on developing the proper attitude is my priority. Healthy attitude. Realistic expectations. Loving responses to myself and others. The amazing thing is that with my present attitude adjustment, my weight is adjusting itself. It no longer matters to me where I eventually wind up in the numbers, what matters is the quality of life at any of the numbers, including the number I am at today. What a gift this new focus has been. What a joy.

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MARLA7 10/14/2007 7:36PM

    Wanda, That's so important. Anyone can LOSE the weight... it's learning to KEEP it off for LIFE that counts. Otherwise, we'd be singing the same song & dance & the weight will just come back on. Life is a learning process - so is getting & staying healthy...it's all a learning process. Thanks for your blog. It really said it all.

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YOYONOMORE1 10/14/2007 6:56PM

    Hi Wandah, you have such a way with words. I'll have to admit when I first signed on with SP my thought was to lose weight, but as I read post's and articles I realized it needed to be more than that, the light blub came on and I realized it had to be a change in lifestyle in order to work and be able to maintain and each one of us has to make these changes for ourselves no one else can do it for us, we can support, encourage and motivate but in the end it is up to each individual to make the changes that will make their life a healthier one. I am so thankful for this site and our team, it sure makes the journey more enjoyable.


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SILKMOM 10/14/2007 4:40PM

    Wanda....I moved on to Stage 3 as well. This last week, I have thought about the same things you wrote so eloquently. Thanks for sharing honestly. It helps to know that I am not alone on the journey. We're on this quest together. Blessings,

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DDPATTERSON01 10/14/2007 4:21PM

    Wanda, that was very eloquently stated. Thank you for sharing it here.



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Here we go again.....

Thursday, October 11, 2007

My blog the other day was talking about "the" voices, well I must say that yesterday right on que, the little voice started whining and complaining...this hurts, that hurts, come on just sit down, stay home, you can do it later! I decided to take the advice of an SP friend and drag the whiner alone with me as I headed out the door. Yep, all the way to the corner and down the street the voice kept saying..."you know this is not good, you are really going to pay for it later, feel how your ankle already is squishy and hurting." I just kept on going. Then I started to giggle as I walked, because I found myself muttering away under my breath, telling off the "other" voice. "Okay, now see what you have done. I've walked so far now that it's closer to home to just keep going on the route than it is to turn around and go back. You bloody well better make sure that I get home, cause it is going to look pretty silly if I have to sit down here on the sidewalk! See that ankle, it's going to be your fault if I can't walk tomorrow! "

Well, my pedometer arrived in the mail yesterday, so of course I had to try it out this morning ankle or no ankle. I set the pedometer all up and out the door I headed. Half way around my route, I started to smile, then I started to giggle, because it just hit me...I hadn't heard from either voice today. Good thing there are very few others on the sidewalk at that hour of the morning. I know they would have been wondering what was going through my mind. I smiled and chuckled to myself the rest of the way home. Then for good measure, I attached my pedometer again and headed off to West Edmonton Mall to do some mall walking. A slower pace, but covered another 1.53 kms. All in all a wonderful day even as I now sit here at the computer with my foot propped up.
PSSST....don't tell the voices that I am still going to aquasizes tonight okay?

Take advantage of every opportunity that presents itself to move a little or a lot.

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LATEBLOOMERAR 10/13/2007 12:01AM

    Glad to read that you ankle is holding up. Do be careful with it. I found this great salve at Walmart called Blue Emu, did wonders for mine.

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CRICKET523 10/12/2007 8:45AM

    Thank you for your encouraging words on my blog. You have a great attitude. I am inspired by how you were able to quiet that "voice". Think I shall put a muzzle and leash on mine and take her for a walk. Keep up the good work.

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MOVEITORGAINIT 10/11/2007 9:06PM

    Way to go, Wanda - voices have a tendency to eventually go away if you ignore them long enough! Funny how they sound like self-incrimination - I'm glad you had the courage to keep walking and talking. I'm sure your ankle was probably a little sore the next day, but it was also a little stronger.
I called my daughter and we went biking today - what a gorgeous day to bike! We had a ball and I feel great! Exercise does that for me. It also helps me stay away from my fav food - chocolate - because I think of all the energy I expended and how quickly a few calories can sabotage the effort.
Hang in there.

I too, believe the spiritual aspect of life is a great motivation to achieve goals - prayer is just a thought away - and what power comes with it.

Thanks for words of support on my blog. Boni

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MARLA7 10/11/2007 3:54PM

    Wanda - That's the spirit! Drag the little voices along & make them walk with you! Maybe they'll start huffing & puffing so much they'll actually have to breathe & won't be able to talk so much! LOL Keep it going! Marla

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Tuesday, October 09, 2007

Today technically is my first day of holiday this week. Yesterday was Thanksgiving day, so a holiday for everyone. This is my week of time off work, to do as I wish....but what do I wish to do?
There's that little voice (it's getting much fainter and harder to hear) that says, lay in bed, don't bother even getting dressed, have a lazy day, after all you deserve it, you work hard, you have a lot of responsibilites. Read a book if you really want to be ambitious, better yet, lie on the couch and watch some mindless tv.
Then there's the "other" voice, the one that is becoming louder and harder to ignore. "Hey!, you have a whole week off, why not get up, get dressed and go for a nice long walk! You can see if you can walk the route you mapped out in under 35 minutes. What a great day for being active...come on let's do something extra in the active department while you have this extra time! Woo Hoo, think of all those extra calories you can burn just cause you have time."
"Hey, wait a minute"...the little voice says..."I was here first and I get first dibs on what we get to do. "
"That's the problem" says other voice, "you never want to do anything."
My head is beginning to swivel like I'm at a tennis match.
"Okay", says little voice..."I'll let her do some laundry, then we'll lie on the couch"
" Nope, not good enough, we'll go for a nice walk...it's only 2.8 km and then she'll have the energy to do laundry, plus change all the bedding."
"Man, this is just not fair, Hey!, what do you think you are doing getting dressed and putting on your shoes? Listen up here, I'm the one that is in control, get those shoes off and go sit down at the computer, that will give you something to do, seeing as you want to do something."
"Hee, hee, hee." laughs other voice. "Looks like you aren't in total control anymore."
"Keep the shoes on Wanda and march yourself right out that door. Just think of what you will have to look forward to today. The satisfaction of having already done some exercise, having the energy to climb the stairs several times as you do laundry and change all the bedding, and best of all, you can sit down at the computer and talk to all your spark friends!"
Yep, I do have to admit it has been a great start to my holiday. Well, tomorrow is another day, and I'm sure the voices will once again be jockeying for first place. But between you and me and fence post...I rather think I like the "other" voice. The ideas for something to do are kinda fun!.
Which voice are you listening too today?

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HISTORIC 10/11/2007 2:39PM

    Now I now what's wrong with me - I listen to the wrong voice. Great blog.

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DEBHOLLA 10/10/2007 9:33PM

    Wanda, I heard voices today, too, and the evil one won out as I didn't do my swimming as planned. I'm going to learn to shut that one up permanently as it is very annoying, though so convincing sometimes. It's so good to know that other people hear voices, too!!

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NJMATTICE 10/9/2007 5:33PM

    The only thing the one little voice had me going on is that read a book thing. I need to program that in. I'm sure there's time for recreational reading around here somewhere. I'm glad I'm not the only one that has voices in her head! I like how the "healthy" voice is getting louder and stronger. Isn't it great? Have an active and healthy day!

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MARLA7 10/9/2007 3:04PM

    Wanda - I loved how you stifled that little voice & did what YOU wanted to do! Next time, just take your walk & tell the little voice in your head to come along...you'll argue on your path (to fitness!) LOL I needed a smile today. Thanks my friend! : )

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KSNICKER 10/9/2007 2:54PM

    Hee hee hee...too funny! Of course I'm not listening to the right voice, because I'm sitting here at the computer STILL.
But it's ok...I did finally listen to the voice that said JUST JOIN THE YMCA! So I went there and did my water arobics! Yay! It's too funny that YOU know all about these voices in my head. Oh are you trying to get me to believe that you have those voices too! hee hee hee I'm so glad it's NOT just me. Now I hear that voice saying... What about that laundry you were going to do this morning...Ok Ok I'm going already! hee hee

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Friday, October 05, 2007

As I head into the Thanksgiving holiday weekend, I take a moment to reflect on all that I have to be thankful for.
To start, I woke up this morning...many others did not.
I have eyes that see the beauty around me and can read the posts from sparkfriends, I have ears that hear the voices of my friends and family, I have legs that support me and carry me where I need to go, I have arms that enable me to hug those I care about. I have a warm place to live, I have food to eat, I have all that I need because my God is my provider. I have freedom of speech, I have the right to worship as I choose, I am loved and can give love. I am thankful that I know that living from the heart is what is important. I am thankful for the blessings that come my way each and every day, the smile from a stranger, the helping hand, the words of encouragement and support. And as I lay down to sleep each night, the assurance that all is in God's hands.
I am truly thankful for Chris and the SparkPeople website for providing me with the tools to change to a healthier lifestyle.
So yes, I have much to be thankful for. Take a moment to reflect on what you have to be thankful for, regardless of the day.
Happy Thanksgiving to everyone.

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SCRAPPYLOUISA 10/6/2007 6:59PM

    Happy Thanksgiving, Wanda. May you have a wonderful day filled with family and friends. Hugs, Shirley

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MARLA7 10/6/2007 5:17AM

    Happy Thanksgiving Wanda. Your blog was very nice. I'm thankful for wonderful new friends like you all have become. Imagine "meeting" people from far away & never having to leave your home...being able to talk to them on a daily basis. Who'd have thunk it?? LOL The internet is terrific. I'm thankful for it because that's how I met my DH! God is Good. Marla

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KSNICKER 10/5/2007 11:49PM

    Happy Thanksgiving (Monday) Wanda...I too will reflect on what I am Thankful for. Do you celebrate like we do with Turkey and stuffing and pumpkin pie and Football? And way to much of it all? Shheesh, now that I think about it, what a silly thing to do...lol
Have a great holiday...Kathy

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NJMATTICE 10/5/2007 9:53PM

    Thank you for permission to be an honorary Canadian this weekend. I will reflect on all that I am thankful for. And I'm sure I'll even more to be thankful for when "my" Thanksgiving rolls around. Have a wonderful holiday.

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