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Friday, September 28, 2012

Today's topic: "What do you do for wellness? For example, to increase emotional, spiritual, or intellectual well-being? "

In fact, emotional, spiritual well-being is at the core of my program. Intellect is a tool in the process.

As a self-identified compulsive overeater, I keep 12 step materials around the house, and read them, I would say "daily", but that would be a perfectionist statement. Close to that. I both pray (talk to a power greater than myself, whom I choose to call God) and meditate (listen for what God has to tell me).

I journal, which helps me identify emotions and intellectually to deal with them. Some of this journaling is on paper and y'all never see it. Some of it is pretty open, right here in the blogs.

Reading is one of the great joys of my life, and I tend mostly toward fiction to fuel my imagination (and give me something to mull over while running, riding or swimming when I let my mind wander). I like themes of good versus evil and complex characters. Traditionally I have some self-help book or another "in progress" at any given time.

And I Spark. Spark is about far more than nutrition and exercise advice. It's also (for me) about finding kindred spirits, hidden around the world. We are not alone. We are journeying through our lives, working out the puzzle of what our personal missions might be... and hopefully, by sharing them, Sparking one another to make a difference in our lives, our communities, and ultimately, in the world.

Life is GOOD. Spark on! emoticon emoticon emoticon
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FRABBIT 12/13/2012 4:54PM

  Inspiring!

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CADDYBROWN 12/11/2012 5:09PM

    Thank you for the thoughts. I need to keep these things in my formost mind to keep from failing.

Caddy

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BEAUTY_WITHIN 10/22/2012 12:14AM

    Love your blog! :) I need to build a better routine for myself :)

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SUPERSYLPH 10/16/2012 12:09PM

    Great blog, and your background full of pictures is motivating! I need to get out there and do some of that!

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NOVELAFAN 10/16/2012 11:42AM

    Haven't thought of the 12 step angle before. Definitely will keep that in mind going forward because I'm obviously a food addict too. Thanks and keep up the great work. Looks like you had a heck of a great time at that mud run.

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GODDREAMDIVA1 10/11/2012 8:34AM

    Thank you!

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NLYR20 10/9/2012 11:14AM

  Awesome!!

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PENOWOK 10/7/2012 9:16PM

    well said!!

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JURASSICSUE 10/4/2012 12:25PM

    I agree about reading - have you ever tried audiobooks, I love that I can listen them whilst I walk, doubling up on the healthiness!
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KHALIA2 10/2/2012 1:04AM

  I also rely on the Higher Power in my life. I began my day with Him each morning. Then, and only then, do I began the rest of my day.

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CHERIRIDDELL 10/2/2012 12:21AM

    I love to read and I agree with you about Spark !

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FATHINSN 10/1/2012 10:53PM

    Agree wholly, especially the part about reading - that also one of the joyous things in my life :D

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MARYJEANSL 10/1/2012 9:05PM

  Well said - and I agree that you have your act together.

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LAWANDMUSIC 10/1/2012 7:18PM

    Thanks! You are an inspiration to me!

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MONTREAL12 10/1/2012 6:55PM

  Loved your inspirational blog! It takes courage and conviction to manage ourselves and you are certainly on the right track! emoticon

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OKGOATGAL 10/1/2012 1:22PM

  I appreciate your honest and upbeat outlook. :)

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LANEE24 10/1/2012 10:55AM

    So TRUE!!! Life is good!!!

Best to you in all of your endeavors.

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FARIS71 10/1/2012 9:29AM

    That is all awesome! You've got it together lady!

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DMEYER4 10/1/2012 7:22AM

  great blog. Thank you

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SLFGOLF 10/1/2012 1:00AM

    One thing that sparkpeople has done for me has shown me that life really is good. The more positive things we look at and find, the more positive happens.

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CHERYLSBUTT 9/30/2012 9:25PM

    Life is good and gets better as we find the person GOd intends us to be!!!

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PCASEY7 9/30/2012 9:01PM

    I agree life IS good and we shouldn't take it for granted! Great post - keep em coming!

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PATRICIAANN46 9/30/2012 8:53PM

  You are so right. Sharing thoughts with fellow Sparkers is an important part of every day of my journey. emoticon

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REENIE131 9/30/2012 8:38PM

    Thank you for sharing. Life IS good!

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LOGOULD 9/30/2012 7:17PM

    Oh, you are so right - life IS good! I, too, have come to the part in this program where it is less about losing weight, but about being happy and whole and fit - physically, mentally and spiritually. It is a balancing act to be sure, full of all kinds of challenges and goals to chase, but that is what keeps it interesting and keeps me motivated!

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CUDDLYPOLARBEAR 9/30/2012 3:15PM

    Great post....

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SHAZG321 9/30/2012 2:56PM

    THANK YOU FOR SHARING emoticon

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52114ME 9/30/2012 2:55PM

    Thank you for reminding us that we are not alone in our journey.
You sure look like you enjoyed the mud run. Personally I can't imagine doing it.
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WONDERFUL2BME 9/30/2012 2:47PM

    Life certainly IS good!

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ARUSHING2 9/30/2012 2:04PM

  You share food for thought here, thanks.

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TDEMAIO2 9/30/2012 8:41AM

    emoticon life is SO good :D

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KELLYPAQ 9/30/2012 8:25AM

    Good read. Especially liked te last paragraph. Sometimes it's hard to remember that we are not alone.

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LEANMEAN2 9/30/2012 7:22AM

    Thanks for sharing

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JSTETSER 9/30/2012 6:46AM

    Nice blog!

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KASEYCOFF 9/30/2012 2:23AM

    You're my hero, Barb...
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CICELY360 9/30/2012 1:25AM

  Good blog

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EVWINGS 9/29/2012 11:44PM

    Great blog entry. Thanks for sharing. Hasn't this challenge been wonderful?

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JAMER123 9/29/2012 11:34PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon LIFE is good! I think that all those are good but find the Sparking the best with the friends made that are friends for LIFE!!
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EDOODLE1 9/29/2012 10:58PM

    You diffidently look like you had fun, I did this too this year and it is a great cause emoticon for the breast cancer which I did it for.

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MICHELE142 9/29/2012 8:33PM

   
The reading of this blog came just at the right time. emoticon

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