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Monday, July 09, 2012

Yesterday was a weird day and I was struggling with my numbers (see "Where Were Those Bootstraps????" for a recap). I suppose it's lucky, then, that I'd already scheduled a running partner for 6:30am this morning. Forced me out on my run. We were supposed to run 2 miles, but did 3.1 instead. And, since his pace is faster than mine, it was a pretty quick 3.1 miles. Talking really made the miles fly by. Long story short...I felt awesome afterwards. As usual.

Then, I got to work and logged in to SparkPeople (shhhh...don't tell). Every so often, I check my Friend Feed. For quite a long time, I never ever even looked at it...just used Spark for the trackers and that was all. I didn't engage much in the community at all. But, I'm here to tell you that the community is EVERYTHING here. It is what keeps me going every single day. I'm not exaggerating. Yeah...there's the whiners and moaners, but I tend to just skip over those. There are so many more positive messages to spend my time reading.

At the Women in Business conference I attended a few weeks ago, Mary LoVerde (a work-life balance expert who has appeared on Oprah and so many other news shows) taught us that, to find balance in our lives, we need to focus on connecting with people in our lives. Even if it is just a tiny, 5-second connection (leaving a note in your kid's lunchbox, thinking of your husband at a certain time of day when he is thinking about you) or even something larger like a ritual of a weekly run with your daughter....the key principle is that CONNECTION CREATES BALANCE. I believe her.

Do you know why? Because I logged in this morning and checked my feed and this is what I saw (one hour's worth of updates from all my SparkFriends):

VSQUAREMOM is hot and sweaty and feeling good! Bring the rest of the day on!

SWEETEYES0601 received a 1,000 Monthly Fitness Minutes award!

LIBRARYBELL1 loves and accepts myself exactly as I am!

LANGHAM71 jogged in 82 degrees weather at 8:00 am, I miss this southern weather....look forward to a better workout tomorrow. :-)

MAMALOVEBUG got her run done even though it was hard today! I'm halfway donewith my training program; can't believe I've been running for a month!

SWAYDE completed Week 4, Day 1 of C25K ... 5 minutes is an eternity when its your first time running that long!

MARYDSAN is back from lap swim.

GINGERHAWK got soaked on my bike ride in today - doh!

MOM2IAN "Workouts are like brushing my teeth; I don't think about them, I just do them. The decision has already been made."

KALANTHA got up early and is already finished her bike ride for today! Woohoooo!

MUSICALLYMINDED Today I WILL go to the gym.

SANDIEGOJOHN 5am Monday and I'm wide awake. Maybe I'm back in my early morning groove.

EMMALEMMA33 excited to take my girls swimming today!

MEMORIES7 received a 1,000 Monthly Fitness Minutes award!

SWEDE_SU did strength training today! (i still hate ST)

MOMMARUNNER77 is ready for another week of running/training for next half!!!

MARATHONDAD is getting into the intense part of his training 5 weeks till my next race!!!!!

SHIRE33 is feeling a lot better this morning. Off to run.

JAIRIE813 is feeling good after my workout. Ready to get this day started!!

Ok, my initial thoughts on this (because you know I love to make commentary):


Look at ALL these beautiful people working hard and exercising! I'm SO glad I'm part of their "cool" group this morning! It feels good to be a part of this crowd.

If all of my friends here can do it (some in much more difficult places and situations than I), there is no reason I can't keep going and achieve whatever I set my mind to!

OK, seriously...that is not a bad bit of motivation for a quick 5-minute perusal of a Friend Feed. time you need some motivation...just click "See All Updates". You might be amazed at the boost it gives you to connect with your SparkFriends in that quick little minute. And maybe, just maybe, it will help to bring things into focus...and give you just a little more balance in your life.

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
SUTERSPACE 2/8/2013 9:37AM

    Brought a smile to my face. Yes, I love my community!!

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JOANNHUNT 12/29/2012 7:52PM

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LISA_FRAME 9/19/2012 7:57PM


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FUSCHIA6 9/16/2012 11:50AM

    That's a great idea. I never do this, but I know that others do. I'm going to give it a try. Here's to progress.
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LOGOULD 8/24/2012 10:00PM

    I hear ya - I subscribed to a message board on one of my's all about people getting up and doing their workouts at 4:30AM.....and there are ALOT of people doing just that. So, tomorrow, day 3 of my no snooze streak, I wake up 15 mins earlier than my norm (5AM) - coffee is already set, DVD set out and I am going to get at least 10-15 mins in first thing in the AM. Its progress, not perfection!

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NANCYSINATRA 7/26/2012 12:56PM

    Guess I have to try that now. :) thanks.

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DEBK0923 7/22/2012 1:06PM

    wonderful blog

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JIBBIE49 7/20/2012 6:01PM

    Wonderful to see your blog featured again in the Spark Mail. What an honor. emoticon

If you look through the list of "Exercise" that you can get fitness minutes for, it includes things like "House cleaning", "Yard Work", etc. I always get my minutes from all the "work" I do daily, plus my walking, aerobic dancing, yoga, etc. It easily adds up to 2 hours. I guess a lot of people don't know you can get points for house work.

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MOMOSG 7/19/2012 8:39AM

    You always have something encouraging and thought provoking to read. I enjoy that a lot!

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NITELITE72 7/15/2012 11:25AM

    So loved this...thank you!!

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CORINA-MOMOF4 7/14/2012 4:43PM


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DEBK0923 7/13/2012 2:36PM

    greaqt blog

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SPECIALGURL7 7/12/2012 3:28PM

    When I first joined i did not post in the community, but now I go for it. Support is necessary on this journey. thanks for the reminder.

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HONORED1 7/12/2012 1:25PM

  Thank you for sharing - very inspiring!!

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LISA_FRAME 7/12/2012 12:07PM

  Great post!

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GRAMSANDY291 7/12/2012 11:14AM

  I was sick most of June. I started walking more each day.Now I Am going to water arobics and the pool every day. I have more energy than I have had in a very long time.

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LAMDRRNM 7/12/2012 10:42AM

  Okay I know this is off-topic a little bit but I think the way they get so many fitness minutes is that they pre-fill in their future exercises. Maybe if they schedule them in ahead of time, they're locked into doing them. But what a great way to keep on track! You too! Keep going!! Way to use Spark People to the fullest :)

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NWFL59 7/12/2012 9:47AM

    Thanks for sharing. emoticon

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CASSIOEPIA 7/12/2012 9:21AM

    Love this!

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    I was on Spark for several months before I found the FriendFeed. It's absolutely wonderful! (I log in at work too -- shh!)

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LRSILVER 7/12/2012 7:26AM

    Thanks for sharing. I did not know about friend feed for a long time either.

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LITTLEROX20 7/11/2012 9:55PM

    I need to be more active in the SP Community

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SHOAPIE 7/11/2012 6:37PM


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ISABELLE31 7/11/2012 5:16PM

    Great idea!!! :)

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    Great blog - thanks for sharing.

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1STICKBLUES 7/11/2012 11:09AM

    this was great & super motivating! thanks!

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KICKINGKILOS 7/11/2012 10:43AM

    Wow. Today I treadmilled. 30 mins.
And I plan to step back once kids sleep.
Now...I wish I could Run...but I walk
But does my walk count.
I wish i could run like U guys

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ROJAKHAN 7/11/2012 10:41AM


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MOMMY445 7/11/2012 10:34AM

    i also totally agree!

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MAGGIEROSEBOWL 7/11/2012 10:26AM

    Spark friends have kept me motivated during my weight loss, and still do during these last (almost) 15 months of maintenance. I honestly don't think I could have achieved what I have without this site, the resources here, but mostly the PEOPLE here. Thanks for being one of those motivating individuals!

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MITCHARVEY 7/11/2012 9:27AM

    I didnt know I could view a friend feed! thanks for the info... it will be a great place to get motivated. emoticon

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NIGHTOCUPS 7/11/2012 8:56AM

    Totally agree, connecting with others really makes things easier.

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ALHINTON891 7/11/2012 8:16AM

    I agree! It is the community aspect that makes all of the difference.

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BOOCH6 7/11/2012 7:46AM

    Thanks so much ! I'm off to check out my friends feed and make sure I've added you !!

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JPEARL127 7/11/2012 7:31AM

  Again, you have shared something that we can all benefit from--I never thought about checking in on the friend feed, in fact, I haven't really used the friend feature. Like most newbies, I think I am into the trackers right now and don't realize how many other things SparkPeople has to offer. Oh, I also enjoy following the recipes, as we have found many new dishes!

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ILOVEJIM851991 7/11/2012 7:17AM

    it's nice to know someone is actually looking at the comments emoticon

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OLIVIANIGHT 7/11/2012 7:13AM

    Where is this friend feed? I want to jump on that bandwagon!

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LEANMEAN2 7/11/2012 6:46AM

    Thanks for sharing

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SHIRE33 7/11/2012 6:45AM

    I read the updates at least twice a day. So motivating.

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SUSANS706 7/11/2012 5:59AM

    Love my emoticon

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BLUEJEAN99 7/11/2012 1:56AM


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EATVEGAN 7/11/2012 1:45AM

    Hey, thanks! I didn't know this place existed. I've been wanting to check on friends but had to do it one at a time. emoticon Now, thanks to you, I can be more efficient. emoticon emoticon

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HYATTI1 7/11/2012 1:09AM

    Yep the sparks feed is really a door opener to what is going on with your friends.

Congratulations on the extra mile during your run.


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LANGHAM71 7/10/2012 11:39PM

    You just discovered the "friends feed" is about time ! LOL


Knowing my Spark Friends are working hard, even some harder then me and in less shape ans situations to better themselves motivates me.

And thanks for mentioning me in your blog, let's me know that someone hears me and sees me pushing on. :-)

I'm watch you and others as will.

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HERZINGM 7/10/2012 11:07PM

    Thank you for the reminder to connect with my SparkFriends! Great blog :)

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REENIE131 7/10/2012 10:33PM

    Great blog!

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KPETSCHE 7/10/2012 10:15PM

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ELLESSE0 7/10/2012 9:49PM

  It is really motivating scrolling through that list. Thanks to you and all the rockin' people on here! emoticon

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MISSLISA1973 7/10/2012 9:46PM

    Insert {Rock On!} emoticon here. emoticon

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BARBARASDIET 7/10/2012 9:34PM

    Have to try it!

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