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Enjoying a Healthy On and Off Line Community

Monday, February 04, 2013


On Spark we talk quite a bit about the people who get in our way while we try to change our every day fitness and eating habits. But today I am thinking of people in my life who smooth my way on this path.

In addition to my Spark friends who are amazing, I also have a supportive and active husband who is always willing to go walking with me. Together we plan our lives around getting workouts in and keeping our calories in line. He's working out with a trainer right now, and I mix it up with home and gym workouts. Sometimes together and sometimes separately, we make it work. It's also great to travel with someone who wants to do "moving" vacations and we both enjoy that.

I have a fitness buddy in our neighborhood and she and I do intense workout walks together. (Sometimes referred to as 'forced marches' by some not so supportive, but very funny neighbors). A neat thing has happened along the way. My buddy has gotten another neighbor involved; they do strength training together (their schedules are more alike than mine is, with theirs). Now all three of us are supporting one another in staying fit. We all cooked together last night for the Super Bowl and had delicious as well as healthy food.

I am also looking carefully at my regular doctors and plan to switch to ones who really believe in a commitment to an active lifestyle.

As I approach Valentine's Day, and the end of my first year on Spark, I'm grateful for the support that surrounds me every day both on and off line. I'm loving my healthy community!



Member Comments About This Blog Post:
TRYINGHARD1948 2/5/2013 2:52AM

    It makes life so much easier when you have a supportive family and friends, on and off line.

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OKBACK2ME 2/5/2013 1:35AM

    You are so lucky to have such a supportive husband. Mine will do short walks, but he is not really and exerciser, takes after his Mom who called a Taxi once for just a block! Hey I guess it's in his genes!

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BROOKLYN_BORN 2/4/2013 9:09AM

    "Together we plan our lives around getting workouts in and keeping our calories in line"

I am really in awe and envious of this.
While DH & I favor "moving vacations" as well, the rest of the healthy lifestyle you describe is a work in progress to put it as kindly as possible. (as I described in this morning's blog entry).

Thanks for sharing this.

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TANYA602 2/4/2013 8:51AM

    What a really special way to recognize community! Your husband sounds like mine - isn't it wonderful having a best friend in your partner, both in workouts and fitness and in travel and fun? Without mine, I don't know that doing my first 5K yesterday, with him by my side encouraging me the whole way, would have meant the same. He grabbed my hand as we crossed the finish line and that meant the world to me!
I love that you have a neighborhood challenge going - what a cool way to get everyone together, and the Super Bowl party sounds like a blast!
I hope you have a wonderful week!

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KANOE10 2/4/2013 8:16AM

    That is wonderful that you have people who actively share exercise with you! I ma with you on finding a doctor that supports an active lifestyle. Plus we all love the suport from Spark People.

Great job of staying healthy.

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CELIAMINER 2/4/2013 8:03AM

    What a beautiful tribute to people who help you in life! Glad your Superbowl cooking was healthy, and thanks for reminding me I need to schedule my annual physical.

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DMEYER4 2/4/2013 6:49AM

  congrats on finding so many supportive and wonderful people in your life. I also just celebrated my first anniversary on Sparks on the 3rd of February and am so glad I found this site.

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