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Before the blossom comes some dirt!

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Saturday, May 12, 2012

I love to work in my flowers. I love the blossoms and the birds and butterflies they attract. There is something quite satisfying about looking out the window and seeing all those flowers.

I went to the local home store today to buy some annuals and perennials for the beds as well as some seeds for the fast growing annuals. I spent over two hours digging in the murky clay soil working in some top soil and peat moss and setting my flowers into the dirt. It was HARD work. My back ached, my shoulders ached and I have a quarter size blister on the palm of my right hand from the hand spade.

I came in to clean up and realized I would have to get the mud off my shoes and launder my work clothing. I got grimy and dirty and my hands are so dry from the earth that I've been applying lotion over and over. It's WORK.

Why do I do it? Because I love the blossoms!

This is how your journey to "Health & Fitness" is too. Of course we all want to be healthy and fit. We all want to look good in our clothing and feel better. But you can't have the blossom without digging in the dirt first! Then comes the fertilizing and the watering and the pinching and pruning and the WEEDING. THEN you get to enjoy the blossom.

Just like a tender shoot that is trying to grow you can't pay attention to it part-time. If you only tended it on Mondays and Tuesdays it would parch in the hot sun. If you ignored the weeds they would soon overtake the plant. If you failed to provide proper nutrients/fertilizer it would soon quit producing blooms.

How can you possibly hope to have steady, sustained weight loss if you only pay attention to your program a few days a week? What about that water? How about those nutrients? Are you giving your body the fuel it needs? Too much fertilizer ruins the plant. Too much FOOD takes it toll on you too! How about the pruning and pinching? Are you getting that exercise you need?

You are going to have to get dirty (sweaty) if you want to have the blossom. It takes effort and time AND it takes continuous attention.

So are you ready to dig in the dirt? Do you want to blossom?

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CYNLETSIM 2/7/2014 6:16PM

    I loved this blog. It is very motivating to think of nurturing myself as I would my flower beds because they are a labor of love, and I should be too!

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VBA2009 2/25/2013 1:23PM

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ALIDOSHA 10/25/2012 4:23PM

    Beautiful! emoticon

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NVRDWN88 10/12/2012 3:57PM

    Beautifully put well done and true

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TONISTRELEC 8/9/2012 3:14PM

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BISSA7 7/3/2012 11:54AM

    What a good way to think about weight loss!

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LQUEST4754 6/24/2012 9:42PM

  Way to go!

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GINIEMIE 6/17/2012 10:13AM

    Thank you for an analogy that I can relate to. I'm going to do a little watering, pruning and get dirty.
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BRADIA 6/16/2012 12:06AM

    You said it justs right. Congratulations.
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EMILYDOODLE 6/13/2012 3:08PM

  i love your blog, i too love to work in my flower garden and listen to the birds chirping. we have a bird feeded, squirrel feeder and hummingbird feeder. love just to watch them on our deck. can't get any better than that!

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WIDARLING 6/9/2012 9:12AM

    I really enjoyed your blog. I thank you for sharing. God bless

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GRACERINGER 6/8/2012 8:29PM

    Well said!

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ARCHIEMITCHELL 6/7/2012 8:05AM

    An excellent analogy and one that has inspired me. I have to nurture and care for myself as I do for others.
Nancy

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MOLLFOX 6/6/2012 2:37PM

    My mother loves her vegetable garden, and I've grown up helping her and listening to this very idea of a 'garden life' and its benefits. Thank you so much for applying it to fitness! Such a motivational blog post. God bless!
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ROZEEROZ1 6/6/2012 12:55AM

    I love your blog!!! What a new way of looking at life. It makes sense that we got to dig through a lot of dirt to get to the blossoms. LOVE IT.
Dorothy

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TERRIJ_1 6/5/2012 3:59PM

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LOGOULD 6/4/2012 12:33PM

    Such a great analogy. This lifestyle requires patience and effort, but the reward is SO BEAUTIFUL! Thanks for sharing!

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CINDYBEL 6/4/2012 12:06PM

    Great analogy. emoticon emoticon

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DIANAPALMER2 6/4/2012 11:26AM

    Wow, PINKHOPE, I think your "before the blossom comes some dirt" blog was written just for me as I sure can relate to it. I love to garden, even though it takes hard work, as the results are so worth it. When you in turn compared it to being healthy & fit it really spoke to me. I just seem to do real good for a few days and then "go off the wagon" as I call it and eat too much. I need to treat myself like that tender shoot in the garden so I will feel, look, and be more healthy. I so enjoyed your SparkPage & reading about your progress. Thanks for motivating me.! emoticon

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ELLDOCKE 6/4/2012 8:29AM

    So true and very motivating. Thanks! emoticon

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MOOOOW 6/4/2012 12:55AM

    Very good blog. Because I have a tendon injury in my leg I have been working out in my swimming pool. My husband does not like to have to trim around flower beds in the lawn so I have placed pots of flowers around the pool area. The smell of the gardenias and lavender in my pots make working out so much nicer. I have hung hanging baskets from the wooden fence separating my pool from the drive. It make me feel that I am doing my workout in a garden bursting with fragrance and color. Thanks for sharing.

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PKPKPK1 6/3/2012 11:37PM

  Love the analogy. Love to garden too. It sure is hard work. I haven't been to my gym in a few weeks and was thinking I sure had gained 3 or so lbs. lo and behold, when I got on that dreaded scale, I had lost a couple of pounds!! Go gardeners! I look forward to coming home to sit on my deck and enjoy the beauty of flowers and fruit of our labor...mental and physical rewards.

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BLUESKY104 6/3/2012 10:44PM

    emoticon as a fellow gardener love your gardening analogy in relation to the journey to a healthy weight. Thanks for the inspiration to look at it in a different light.

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KNITSTASH 6/3/2012 5:59PM

  thank you for the great thought! I just got in from working outside and this really rings true!

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DOVEFLIGHT76 6/3/2012 5:22PM

    I've got a LOT of dirt to dig. Thanks for the blog.

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CAROL494 6/3/2012 4:58PM

  What a COLORFUL analogy! Thanks for sharing your comments! emoticon

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BELDONDOG1 6/3/2012 2:57PM

    Thanks for the blog! At this time in my life, I really could use a little more of getting my hands dirty! I love blogs that after I read them, I still am thinking of them--and yours is one of those.

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LBSPOERL 6/3/2012 12:10PM

    I absolutely love this!! What a great and vivid analogy to use! So often we forget little parts here and there that we need to continuously tend too, only focusing on the ones that we think are important that day. It's important though to look at ALL areas of upkeep with a garden and flowers when noting progress, just like ourselves! Thank you for a motivational entry - this just sparked me!

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MMGTHIN 6/3/2012 11:57AM

    It's SO TRUE! emoticon

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JEWELSNKTOWN 6/3/2012 8:45AM

    Great blog!

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LORELAI19 6/2/2012 11:03PM

    Excellent Blog!! There is always work involved in anything worthwhile!!
The analogy is perfect...funny that I have always been ready to work in the garden for the health and well being of my flowers and plants...but I have put the work of caring for myself aside....thanks for the motivation!!
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PRAIRIECROCUS 6/2/2012 10:44PM

    I loved your blog, too !
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BGRN13 6/2/2012 3:39PM

    I loved this blog! Very inspiring. I too love gardening and never thought to compare my health with my gardening! Thanks for the great writing! emoticon

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KAYLSLYNN 6/2/2012 2:47PM

    i love digging in the dirt that is what i am doing today. Thank you for your post it was really good. I love vegetable gardening also. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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ANNE1123 6/2/2012 2:06PM

    Loved this blog!! emoticon

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FELICIA1963 6/2/2012 10:12AM

  How true - thank you for reminding me of this - determination, motivation - I need it all!

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OSUBUCKI101 6/2/2012 9:15AM

    Loved loved this! I'm not much of a gardner...I strive to keep my kids and dogs alive :) but I do admire those beautiful flowers and gardens my friends are able to cultivate. The analogy of digging in the dirt is perfect for weight-loss and health! Beautifully written and so right on target!

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LINKYSD 6/2/2012 7:47AM

    Loved your analogy. I am so grateful that I am able to get out in my garden now that the weather has moderated. I noticed the other day that my cucumbers have started to bloom. Thanks for the wonderful message.

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VAMPYRE03 6/2/2012 3:51AM

    That was really beautiful!!!! I was actually thinking of planting some lavender under my bedroom window tomorrow to get the wonderful scent to waft into my room, and now I think I'll plant some flowers (like sunflowers) as well... so when asked how does my garden grow... I can say as it gets taller, I get get skinner... great way of helping keep things into perspective... emoticon emoticon

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VXWALL1942 6/2/2012 1:38AM

    Or...in other words...Bloom where you are planted! After doing the necessary maintenance. Thoroughly enjoyed the blog.

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DRB13_1 6/1/2012 11:11PM

    so glad to read your blog in the featured email!
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JIBBIE49 6/1/2012 10:54PM

    emoticon Wonderful to see you blog featured in the Spark Mail. What an inspiration you are to others. emoticon

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LADYGATOR44 6/1/2012 9:57PM

  I too enjoy gardening(flowers & vegetables. It is hard work but so worth it when I reap the beauty & fragrance of the flowers and enjoy the fresh tasty vegetables. Besides the work gives my body the exercise it needs. Thanks for the analogy and encouragement.

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LADYGATOR44 6/1/2012 9:51PM

  This analogy is right on. I'm in the process of maintaining a garden (flowers &
vegetables). The work is worth it when I reap the beauty & fragrance of the flowers and enjoy the fresh tasty vegetables. My body also benefit from the hard work and exercise that's required to maintain my little Garden of Eve. I enjoy it.
Thanks for the analogy and encouragement.

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WRITINGDIVA1 6/1/2012 8:40PM

    Love the analogy. Thanks!

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PTANGELES 6/1/2012 8:37PM

  Attitude and motivation are crucial to a successful weight-loss program. You've shared both with us all. Thanks.

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CHERYLSBUTT 6/1/2012 8:31PM

    I love it too!
Thanks for the analogy and sharing your gift with us!

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HYATTI1 6/1/2012 6:46PM

    Great theory.

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LAURACONNER 6/1/2012 6:19PM

    Great digging and rewarding blossoms


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