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A New Year!

Tuesday, January 07, 2014

As I sit before my computer, I am truly struck with the irony of the cliché about time flying! It does......year after year. New years always give me a sense of urgency. Always filled with resolutions, goals and personal demands. Because I am a very analytical person I have always started my new year with lists of things to accomplish. But, they lost meaning because they were just lists. This year I am going to approach it very differently. I am going to make lists of intentions.
I intend to:
1. Appreciate myself and others more
2. Center myself for a better understanding of my body and what it needs
3. Feed my body in a healthful way
4. Enjoy the movements of my body in exercise, work and play
5. Celebrate life and its abundance
6. Feel gratitude as if tomorrow all I had was what I was thankful for today
7. Value faith, family and friends above things, jobs, ego and money
8. Live in the moment and not worry about yesterday and tomorrow
9. See divine in everyone
10. Not question so much- what is my purpose- as live each day as if it were my purpose

A Blessed and Happy New Year to All! Namaste

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PATRICE_E 1/25/2014 1:54PM

    Wow! I LOVE #6! Happy 2014. (And yes, January has nearly zipped by already!)

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MCJULIEO 1/8/2014 9:32AM

    Good ones!

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MKMMARTY 1/7/2014 10:27PM

    I like your list I just might borrow a coupe intentions for my own..

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BILLB000 1/7/2014 10:25PM

    Any one of those intentions has impact and strength all it's own. Such a wonderful and positive list. I am going to borrow this list for myself as I consider my new year. Thanks. Great blog.

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What's the Use?

Sunday, February 03, 2013

Ha! It is February already and I am finally looking at 2013! Where does the time fly?
I want to discuss a conversation I had with a friend recently. We were out to eat at a Mexican resturant and catching up with each other's busy life. She has always been single(no kids) and I am finally an empty nester( 2 kids in college). We are both in our mid 50's. Ok that's all the background you need......

We started talking about our jobs. We both talked about looking for a change. Me because I am afraid healthcare reform will have a huge influence on my type of work and she because she is bored and unchallenged. As we talked about it, she ended our conversation with: at our age what's the use changing?

We started talking about what we had been up to and I asked her if she had taken a vacation or done anything fun this past year. She told me she didn't have anyone to travel with. I suggested joining a tour group and she said: what's the use in spending all the money to vacation with strangers.

We talked about our weight. I said I was planning for some big changes this year! I told her about new healthy recipes, yoga, being more active and taking a hiking vacation. Her response again was what's the use in denying yourself what you really want at our age? Now that made me really think....what we really want.

I really want:
To lose 40 lbs
To be more active and adventurous
To live longer and healthier so my husband and I can enjoy retirement when it comes
To dream still. Have destinations I want to see, strangers I want to meet, food I want to taste
To continue to be a role model for my kids even though they are adults
To set goals and achieve them "at our age"
To stay in love with life and appreciate each day as a gift
To be so filled with gratitude for the little things that I am blown away with the big things
To give back to others even if it is just a smile
To be spontaneous and have an open mind
To love a new challenge to learn, grow, and meet goals
To know that I am a child of God and keep His love flowing through me to others

We may have 2 totally different attitudes entering this phase of our lives, but I was grateful for our really made me think. Neither of us is right or wrong it's just all about :What's the use? I choose to live it fully!

  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

PATRICE_E 7/17/2013 1:02PM

    Oh the sad sound of hopelessness.... I'm so happy you are in your friend's life to be a great example of loving kindness--both to her by not judging her, and to you by treating yourself with the respect and care you deserve. I hope your actions show her how fun life can be when you just keep practicing and believing.


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SMARGED 2/24/2013 11:27PM

    I just now read your blog... and I love it! What a great attitude you have! emoticon

Thanks for sharing! emoticon Marge

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MTRACHEL 2/17/2013 9:10PM

    I LOVE your attitude!

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BILLB000 2/6/2013 8:17AM

    Love your blog and the healthy fresh perspectives you share. The cup really is half full isn't it? Thanks for sharing your thoughts. I had many very similar thoughts when turned 60, which has become almost a mission statement for me.
Keep the faith.

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CORNERKICK 2/6/2013 1:40AM

  I like YOUR attitude...Stay positive!

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KAYOTIC 2/5/2013 9:45AM

    What's the use? In opening the door to opportunity, and dreaming, living, being a whole, complete person? As you seem to know it's everything! Hope your conversation got your friend thinking about her options and possibilities that still await her! If not, at least you see it!

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LUCKYDOGFARM 2/5/2013 1:02AM

    Great Blog! i feel bad for your friend though. she really seems to be missing out on life. oh, i want to fix her so badly! give her a big hug and "make" her love the same God i love, hoping that HE would put the joy in her life.
i suppose she is blessed to have a friend like you who is accepting and not judging. i am 52 and i just cant see living my life in such a way.

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MKMMARTY 2/4/2013 12:54PM

    I love your perspective on life - life is not over and you lord willing have many good years ahead to live to life's fullest

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LIBBYL1 2/4/2013 12:28AM

  So sad when hear friends expressing what seems like depression.So hard to know how to help them grab onto life and opportunities again...

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    I really want to get rid of this big belly! You do what you gotta do to get there! And it feels so go when you are accomplishing each step along the way. You need goals in life, passion!
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Keep your eye on the prize!

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LJCANNON 2/3/2013 8:32PM

    emoticon We do what we do - The Sacrifices, Traveling Alone, Passing on the High Calorie Snacks (sometimes!), Going to The Gym when we'd rather read a Book, and all the Other Choices that We make on a Daily Basis - Because at "My Age" I have FINALLY figured out that I AM WORTH IT!!

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SKIRNIR 2/3/2013 7:32PM

    What's the use? I am not dead yet. That is what's the use. Why not try and get what we want, if we are still living? Seems to me if we say what's the use and don't try, then aren't we already dead?

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KLMEIRING 2/3/2013 6:50PM

    "The best is yet to come".... That's my mantra. What's the use? Well, the use is in living each day to the fullest and learning all that I can. Making the most of every opportunity. Thanks for the Blog! It is an excellent reminder for me to be grateful for every moment that I am alive! emoticon

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I Want My Body Back

Sunday, February 12, 2012

I want my body back, I REALLY do. I have been a Sparkler now for 1 year as a very passive participant. I have made great friends and learned some great ideas, exercises and recipes. But, having competed in sports before, I know that you are not a winner until you Truly feel the desire to win. Last week as I was working out I actually screamed at the top of my lungs: I WANT MY BODY BACK! At least I was alone and no one thought I was crazy. But, I could feel a transition, a challenge, a spiritual journey. I desired to win! It felt wonderful to recognize and experience that feeling again. I took the opportunity to jot it on paper, mapping the journey to lock in more commitment. I try to create that feeling before I get out of the bed in the morning, reminding myself what I will choose to do that day to commit to that desire. I remind myself all the reasons that I want that athletic leaner body:
For God- He gave me a perfect temple and I have not kept it up
For Family- be healthy and active together for a long time
For Health- lower cholesterol and blood pressure, nourish naturally
For My Job- I can contribute more when I feel my best
For Fun- enjoy all the outdoor activities, sports and yoga that I LOVE
For Style- feel comfortable and enjoy clothes again
For Others- be an example of what is possible
Most of all For MYSELF so that I feel like I am on my true journey of life not encumbered by weight, fatigue and other limiting factors.


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MTRACHEL 2/17/2013 9:08PM

    Thanks for adding me to a friend. I look forward to sharing this journey together!

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LUCKYDOGFARM 4/9/2012 12:15AM

    Great Reasons to be healthy!

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APOLLO45 3/26/2012 10:56PM

    Way to write your goals down. It sounds like you're well on your way!!!!!! emoticon emoticon

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KAI_ZEN 2/12/2012 10:35PM

    You've got this! You go get your athletic, leaner body that will let you live the life you want!!!


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ONEKIDSMOM 2/12/2012 7:50PM

    Well written and inspiring! For all these reasons... here's to taking the steps to "make it so!"

Namaste emoticon

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Let's take a look at the past year!

Sunday, December 11, 2011

Tomorrow is my one year Sparkversary. What a year it has been for me. When I stumbled on this website, I was disgusted that I had let myself get 40 pounds overweight and have no will power to do anything about it. I was dedicated for 2 days and worked out until I had to crawl up and down stairs. Then I would do nothing for a week. Then, you guessed it, I would torture myself again to the point of pain..... ahh the cycle. And food? I would eat no carbs and rebound with weight gain. I would eat no fat and rebound no sugar and it sounds like basketball and that is what my stomach was looking like too!
With Sparkpeople, i rediscovered how much I liked to exercise the right way. I rediscovered my passion for yoga and combined that with a reasonable elliptical and weight workout. Sometimes I am a bit sore but not to the point of agony! I love looking forward to exercise and thinking of it as "my" time. I have developed a pretty consistent workout routine through the year.
With the food part, I did not do as well. I lost 20 pounds at one point and then did the worst thing I could do. I had not developed enough of a habit to abandon the food tracker, but I did just that. And once I wasn't logging the food, I also lost portion control logic! I found myself cutting out breakfast again because I was too busy to eat! I stopped planning ahead so I had no food to take with me to work. I gained back 10 pounds. But, by looking back I can see where my mistakes were. Next year I will log my food daily and be mindful of proper portions. I will make the commitment to plan ahead and NEVER skip breakfast. I will continue to incorporate vegetables and fruits into my daily intake.
So, did I fail? Hmmm Isn't it interesting we look at things as pass or fail. Maybe that could be another thing to work on next year....not grading myself! I have to think of it as a life long journey to becoming the best me possible and taking care of the only body I will ever have. I want to remain active and healthy for as long as possible. I want to be an example for others. I want to respect the temple God gave me and look at this journey as a thank you to Him.
Speaking of thankful, I am so thankful for finding this wonderful site. It has educated me and encouraged me to push myself and set goals. I met wonderful people that encourage and support me along the way. I am looking forward to setting new goals for next year! I am looking forward to discovering more about life! Namaste my dear Sparklers. emoticon

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BILL60 12/12/2011 9:03AM

    Well said. Hope next year brings you closer to your goals.

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KASEYCOFF 12/12/2011 3:01AM

    I think that's what it's all about, kiddo - we take two steps forward (lose weight, work out, start to get healthier)... then lose momentum, have a stall, hit an obstacle (stop exercising, get sloppy about portion control)... gain some of the weight back or realize our health just isn't improving, and get back in there and work at it again.

You're entirely right: it's about planning ahead, about seeing mistakes and not failures, about realizing it's lifelong and not some kind of 'temporary' change.

I'm with you on the goals. I love New Year's, maybe even more than Christmas, lol...

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To BE or NOT to BE

Friday, November 04, 2011

Choices. Did you ever think about all the choices you make (or choose not to make) in a single day? Most of us rely on past habits to make these choices for us. It would be exhausting to stop and think about every action before you take it. is the poor habits that have gotten us where we are!!
I decided to be more of a participant in my daily choices and was astonished to see some of the autopilot choices I was making throughout the day. It's true, I have changed some major bad habits this year in my new sparklife and I am proud of those. Now, it is time to drill deeper and see what other behind the scenes habits have been holding me back. For example why does "I deserve a treat" always mean some sort of sugar? When the weekend strikes why is staying up much too late and watching TV a reward? Why can negative self talk keep me off the track for a full day? These are all choices and I CAN control them if I recognize them as they dance in front of me. And maybe the biggest question yet is why do you go through so much of the day on autopilot? That is really not being an active participant in the day. So from now on I choose TO BE!
Create a great day my sparkling friends!

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APOLLO45 11/5/2011 9:24PM

    Hi there!! Thank you for being my inspiration today!

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LUCKYDOGFARM 11/5/2011 2:20PM

    WooHoo! i choose to Live Life To The Fullest!

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JENNGIVLER 11/5/2011 11:23AM

    Exactly what I needed to read today - thank you.

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