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I want to LIVE until I die!!

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

I was just reading a few blogs while I drank my 'fake coffee' (Sugarfree fatfree caffeine free Swiss Mocha coffee - see why I call it fake?) and found a picture that has the makings of a blog in it! Its time to walk so I'll have to write the blog later, but here is the picture! Thank you LJR4HEALTH - I 'borrowed' this from you!!



I'm back from walking so I want to finish today's blog. But first, while eating breakfast just now I read a blog that you MUST read - it is an amazing inspiration:
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Onto to my thoughts on the picture above. I've had a mantra in my life for a good long time now - it is the title of this blog: "I want to live until I die!" What I mean is that I want to remain healthy and active as long as possible - then I want to die!! Oh not at the first hint of an illness - but when I can no longer find healing or take care of myself. Diabetes runs in my family - its why I began exercising in the first place (when I was about 33) and why I am so dedicated to exercise now. I know that this may be asking too much, but I believe in asking for what we want!!

I'm sure my friends and family get tired of hearing it, but I think the minimum amount of exercise one should get is to walk for half an hour a day for 5 or 6 days a week. How hard is that? Not at all hard in my mind, especially considering all the GOOD it does for your body! I truly believe that exercise saves lives - and I'm not thinking of just physical health here. It is good for your MENTAL health too!! I know a lot of you are thinking "but I just don't HAVE 30 minutes a day for exercise". If you don't have it, you have to MAKE it! And you CAN if you make doing so a priority! For years I got up an hour to an hour and a half early to run before work so I know what I'm talking about here!! JUST DO IT!! If you haven't been exercising start with 10 minutes a day. Before you know it that will be too easy!!

On to my goals for October:

ST every day (one break day per week allowed) - work one body part a day - at least 90 reps total. Yesterday was core - core is the hardest for me so I stopped after 90 reps. I'll be very happy when I can do more!

Cardio - at least 60 minutes 6 days a week. My knee felt ok so I got in 131 minutes of cardio.

Nutrition - continue to increase the fresh vegetables and fruit in my meals while eating less animal products and processed foods. Had 9 servings of freggies (not quite as good as yesterday)!

Remember to enjoy your day today - and count your blessings!! I'm counting mine and finding I am VERY blessed!

Added later: I was just reading blogs from my friend feed and read Pixie-Licious's blog from yesterday: www.sparkpeople.com/mypa
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This is another blog worth reading, as are the comments Pixie received after posting it. What an outpouring of love and concern - as my niece Keri would say, it blessed my heart. In those comments was this quote which I LOVE:
“When you are tempted to give up, your breakthrough is probably just around the corner.” ~ Joyce Meyer

And this one: Oprah said..."Forgiveness is letting go of the hope that the past can be changed."

I BELIEVE that and don't want to lose the quote!! One of the best things about SparkPeople is the support of members for each other - what a blessing!!
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SMALLSTEPS4EVER 10/19/2012 6:07AM

    AMAZING blog as usual. You continually inspire and motivate me.

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KAYMOM 10/16/2012 11:09PM

    You are a great inspiration to me Marilyn! emoticon

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CANBDONE 10/11/2012 9:55AM

    Thank you for reminding me to count my blessings! emoticon

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BROOKLYN_BORN 10/10/2012 7:16PM

    Living a long, healthy, active life is what we aspire to and we owe it to ourselves and our families to do all we can to make it happen. I definitely agree that everyone can find 30 minutes in the day for exercise, but it's easy to make excuses. That's where SP helps keep us honest, focused and accountable. Walking is my go-to exercise too.

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DEBRA0818 10/10/2012 5:38PM

    There is a YouTube video called 23.5 which says it this way: try to confine your sitting and lying down to no more than 23.5 hours per day! It's a fun way to think about the need for the body to exercise at least 30 minutes most day...

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PEGGYO 10/10/2012 4:37PM

    some great thoughts thanks

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GOTTAPLAN4U 10/10/2012 2:38PM

  I always say if you want to facilitate a walk every day get a dog. Thanks for reminding me that life is to live not to survive.
Kate

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AMARILYNH 10/10/2012 12:45PM

    LOL Sharon I'm GLAD age is just a number because mine is getting BIG!!

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LINDAKAY228 10/10/2012 12:41PM

    SUch a great blog and I love both quotes at the end. And the links you posted were such great blogs too. Thanks for sharing. I agree with you about how good walking every day is for you both physically and mentally!

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WILLOWBROOK5 10/10/2012 11:50AM

    Love that quote!

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MYHUBBYISMYHERO 10/10/2012 11:35AM

    I see it all the time in the ER, age is just a number. I take care of 30 year olds who are "older" than 70 year olds, because of the choices that they have made.
Have a great day. I am on vacation this week. Has been cold, rainy, dreary, but the sun just came out.
sharon

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PIXIE-LICIOUS 10/10/2012 8:47AM

    I love that picture!

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TRAVELGRRL 10/10/2012 8:38AM

    I'm headed out to walk too! Looking forward to the blog!

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KANOE10 10/10/2012 8:07AM

    Great picture!!!!

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