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More of the Same

Tuesday, January 01, 2013

Does that sound inspiring? For 2013? Maybe not.

But: what I'm doing is working for me.

No spectacular "successes", but no dismal failures either. Tracking, exercising, staying within a reasonable weight range, accepting the ups and downs and doubling down on the ups until they're downs. . Feeling healthy, fit, happy most of the time, able to cope with the ordinary vicissitudes of life with more or less grace.

This is not about a destination. This is for me a life-long journey. So it's more of the same but recognizing that the scenery changes along the way, And I notice the changes of scenery, yes I do. One of the great pleasures of my life.

Yesterday, a male gold finch in winter plumage at my kitchen window feeder. Not six feet away. Cautiously keeping the feeder between me and him, just sticking his head around from time to time. And singing loudly! Letting me know: seed appreciated, thank you!! Message noted.

My fragrant bouquet of white carnations on the table, with pine boughs . . . and just beyond the gold finch, a pine tree heaped with sparkling white snow.

So more of the same also means paying attention to the freshness and the variety and the uniqueness and the peaceful sameness too of all that matters.

That paying attention happens best for me when I'm healthy and fit and strong. I know that is so from all of the times when I haven't been healthy and fit and strong. I notice it and appreciate it and cherish it.

So: more of the same, please. More of the same. And I'll keep doing all I can to remain healthy and fit and strong. And paying attention.

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
PHOENIX1949 1/1/2013 4:51PM

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WILLOWBROOK5 1/1/2013 3:18PM

    Beautiful post!

"This is not about a destination. This is for me a life-long journey."

And what a wonderful journey it is. Wishing you Happy Trails in 2013!

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CARRAND 1/1/2013 2:56PM


I love your attitude.

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NANCY- 1/1/2013 2:15PM

    I love that you do what you need to do for you.

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SLENDERELLA61 1/1/2013 2:10PM

    Fantastic blog!! It deserves a Popular Blog award. Your insight of (1)sameness contrasted with (2)awareness is profound. Congrats on establishing a lifestyle that supports your health! Congrats on your fitness consistency that makes your healthy lifestyle central to your interesting and significant life!! -Marsha

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KALIGIRL 1/1/2013 12:46PM

    Here's to more of the 'same'!

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ONMYMEDS 1/1/2013 12:43PM

    What a great blog. Just, right.

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TRAVELGRRL 1/1/2013 11:29AM

    Great blog! Love your insight. I feel your peace and serenity jumping off the blog. Finding what works may not be a destination, but it certainly is a wonderful place to stop and enjoy where you are and how far you've come. emoticon

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_LINDA 1/1/2013 11:05AM

    emoticon That is great when you have a successful formula and can follow it. I do well too when I stick to the same routines and keep the same foods always available. They work and that is the bottom line!
Here is to maintaining a healthy lifestyle and rocking in the New Year!
You are a fantastic inspiration to me, keep on being your amazing self!
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DAISYBELL6 1/1/2013 10:29AM

    I'm with you, Life is good now, not perfect but good. I will be glad to keep everything on an even keel. I am warm, comfortable, (but challenged), and would like to keep things this way for a long time. I know life will move on and things will change but I have found peace within my healthy eating and moving lifestyle and I love it. Thanks for sharing your feelings. Reading your blog got me more in touch with mine!

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BROOKLYN_BORN 1/1/2013 10:13AM

    What a lovely sentiment! Just what I needed to hear this morning!

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KANOE10 1/1/2013 9:50AM

    That is a great blog. That is exactly how I feel..more of the same everyday. That does not mean static as you point out..there are ups and downs and you need to work on the ups to get them back down.
It also means enjoying life.

Happy New Year.

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DEBRA0818 1/1/2013 9:36AM

    When it's working, it's working! Here's to more of the same in the New Year and all throughout the year!


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ISHIIGIRL 1/1/2013 9:16AM

    Wow, Great attitude. Me too, I think Ill have more of the same

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NITTINNANA 1/1/2013 9:13AM

    Terrific! You've made me hope that I can say much the same next year. But for now, with only 3-1/2 months of SP under my belt, I'm still trying to figure out what will work.

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ONEKIDSMOM 1/1/2013 9:07AM

    Happy New Year, Ellen! emoticon More of the same sounds "just right"!

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