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Wednesday, February 06, 2013

Today is day 40 of my current streak! (Previous streaks; 290 days and 13 days.)

I've been dealing with back pain for a few days and because of that I have not been able to do my regular workouts. Its been very frustrating. I WANT to workout, but I know I have to take it easy right now. I just hate the delay! I am on track and I know where I want to go, and I resent this roadblock that is in my way.

Last September, I wrote a blog called "No Detours." I have to admit, it was a little naive of me! But you know what? I'm a work in progress, and I'm learning as I go along. Now I know that there WILL be detours on my journey, and I need to expect delays.

There are things that I can control. There are detours that I CAN steer clear of. But sometimes, there are detours and delays that you just can't avoid. But that doesn't mean giving up and going back in the wrong direction! It just means that you have to take a new approach, and keep going to the best of your ability.

I've had plenty of detours since I started my journey last March, and now I know that I need to expect them to happen from time to time. I don't like it when it happens, but its not going to make me give up.

Its great when everything is going right and I am moving in the right direction. But things happen along the way. There have been many times since last March when I have had to take a detour. I hurt my knee last summer and was unable to do my DDP Yoga workouts. I dealt with it by staying on track with my eating, and doing chair exercises until my knee healed up.

Also last summer, we were hit with a huge storm called a derecho, which left us without electricity for a week, with temperatures near 100 degrees. That was a detour, and I dealt with it by working out at 4 in the morning when it was cooler! We have a small generator so I had a fan blowing on me while I worked out, but it was still a challenge.

I've had to deal with family emergencies, a bout of the flu, insomnia, stress, and all sorts of things along the way...but I never used those detours as an excuse to give up. They may have slowed me down, but they never stopped me.

So for now, my detour is dealing with back pain. Its frustrating, but I will not let it defeat me. I'm still heading in the direction of my goals. I'm just taking a brief detour, and thats ok.

My theme for the month is to be my own Valentine, and I am going to love myself enough to keep on going!


Member Comments About This Blog Post:
KELL724 2/7/2013 7:48AM

    I love your blogs, you are so inspiring. emoticon emoticon

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JANEMARIE77 2/7/2013 7:48AM

    you got it we don't stop we just get the job done different chairs exercise a walk instead of a run and much much more care with our food intake keep pushing

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PENOWOK 2/7/2013 7:17AM

    That's why you are making it happen!! Way to go, Pixie!!

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FERFEY02 2/7/2013 7:02AM

    Wow... Thanks! This blog really speaks to me.
I do hope you get some relief from your back pain soon. emoticon

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GRUMBLEGIRL 2/7/2013 6:53AM

    Hope you feel better. You always find the best images/quotes!!! Take care. emoticon

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BESSHAILE 2/7/2013 6:48AM

    yup - Remember to ask yourself "What's the next best step?" and then take it.

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SANDYCRANE 2/7/2013 6:38AM

    I have learned that losing weight has all kinds of challenges. I figured I would be down 50 pounds by now and I am not even close. But I get a lot of realistic help from you. Thanks for your insightful blogs, they have helped me out a lot.


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WILSON1926 2/7/2013 6:30AM

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GRAMPIAN 2/7/2013 6:23AM

  Well done. emoticon

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DUSTYPRAIRIE 2/7/2013 6:01AM

    Being prepared is the way to go! That means expecting Life to happen, not fantasy.

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TRYINGHARD54 2/7/2013 5:51AM

    great blog... hope your back heals soon.. give it time... hugssss

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COOKIE_AT_51 2/7/2013 5:44AM

    Way to stay focused emoticon Make sure you take care of yourself emoticon

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NCSUE0514 2/7/2013 4:53AM

    Great job - stick with it!

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LRSILVER 2/7/2013 4:42AM

    Great blog. Thanks for reminding me that progress is not a straight line

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SATCHMO99 2/7/2013 3:15AM

    Great blog. I know back pain is awful, but research now recommends staying moderately active - i.e. walking - as better than lying around.

Always take the scenic route, and factor in rest breaks! Remember life is a journey, and I'd prefer not to reach the destination too soon emoticon

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MICKEYH 2/7/2013 2:10AM

    Great blog !! Thanks for sharing. Sorry to hear about your back pain. Please, take care.
When your back healed and starting your exercise, how about putting some back support belt? I do not lift heavy weight but I do wear a belt. actually kind of a fat burner tummy belt. Mine is not too thick but its not too thin either and feels protecting my tummy and back. Also this belt really sweat my tummy and back. Helping me get lid of fat and protection. So it's a win win situation. (*^^*)

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LOLABLACK69 2/7/2013 1:30AM

    Hey Pixie! Hope you get well soon! Don't be frustrated. Take the time to work on some other issues if you have them, or just to lift up your spirit with other things that you love and don't have that much time for usually... Try to make the best of this hurdle, if possible!
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    Hey Sparkfriend!! Hope you feel better soon!! We'll just keep chipping away at this journey, a little at a time! emoticon emoticon

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TREYONE 2/6/2013 10:34PM

  Hope your back starts feeling better soon!!! We all hit delays in our jouney, the key is to stay focused on what our path is and how to back to it!!!! emoticon emoticon

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REGILIEH 2/6/2013 10:11PM

    emoticon about your back. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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SIMONEKP 2/6/2013 9:56PM

    The road is long but it leads to a better place.

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COCK-ROBIN 2/6/2013 9:17PM

    Very good! And that pic on progress is very accurate.

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    Hope you feel better soon, Pixie!!! Take care!!!

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_BABE_ 2/6/2013 9:07PM

    I like the way you improvise with chair exercises. Someone who is truly not a victim but a fighter in the war against obesity. emoticon

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KARENLEIGH32 2/6/2013 8:08PM

    Detours are to be expected and are acceptable. Its quitting that is not an option!

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DONNA5281 2/6/2013 7:43PM

  emoticon blog, Thank you for sharing.

I hope you feel better soon.

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FALLNTENN 2/6/2013 7:31PM

    I hope you feel better soon. emoticon

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JOYFULMOMTO5 2/6/2013 7:20PM

    emoticon blog!!! & a emoticon perspective!!
Keep moving forward! Any progress is success!! emoticon

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SUNSHINEGB 2/6/2013 6:52PM

    Pixie, have you had your back checked out? Could be something that could be tended to and then the pain won't come back. Just an idea, was wondering if you've been to a doctor.
Great blog!
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SNOWYOGA 2/6/2013 6:38PM

    Great blog and hope you feel better soon emoticon

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JANIGURL 2/6/2013 6:33PM

    Hope your back is better soon Pixie . I just love reading your blogs :) We will have some detours but don't let that stand in our way !!! You are so right ! Keep going Pixie! Thank you for posting this !! You're awesome !!!!!

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DALID414 2/6/2013 6:13PM

    emoticon (just not with your back)

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TERMITEMOM 2/6/2013 6:05PM

    Pixie, I hope your back feels better soon! You are right not to feel discouraged, you are such a fighter! emoticon

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MARYBETH4884 2/6/2013 5:56PM

    With this attitude you will reach your goal! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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LUVTOBOWL 2/6/2013 4:54PM

    That's the key Pixie, never give up, never quit no matter what comes you way. Besides, I need you on this journey with me emoticon . We can and we will do it.

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WACFIT 2/6/2013 4:20PM

    good blog

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SEEINGCLEARLY53 2/6/2013 3:48PM

    Another great blog,,,,,feel better soon! emoticon

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L1ZB3TH354 2/6/2013 3:37PM

    Feel better soon. Take care of that back, don't rush it. emoticon emoticon

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BEXNEW 2/6/2013 3:18PM

    "I never used those detours as an excuse to give up. They may have slowed me down, but they never stopped me" - as someone who has been derailed more than once - I really like this. I need keep this front and centre - keep my eye on the prize, so to speak!
Thanks for another great blog.


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LJR4HEALTH 2/6/2013 3:12PM

    You are doing such an emoticon job

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KATHYJO56 2/6/2013 2:53PM

    I think that you are doing awesome. I'm happy that you are taking time to remember that we all have detours. emoticon

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CHUNKIMAMA 2/6/2013 2:27PM

    You're doing amazing! keep it up! you can do it!

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ANDREA0301 2/6/2013 2:08PM

    You're doing a great job listening to what your body needs. There are days to push and there are days to rest. Hope you feel better soon!

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GBSLIM 2/6/2013 2:06PM

Sorry you're not able to do your workouts again :(
Hope you're feeling better in no time.

Another GREAT blog though (cute graphics). Thank you for this perspective. I think a lot of people are of the mind set you had in Sept. It really helps to know what to watchout for along the way.

Keep on keepin' on! emoticon emoticon ~ Jody

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MANDELOVICH 2/6/2013 2:06PM

    Pixie, you give yourself such great advice! I'm really sorry about your back, but your outlook is just fantastic and helps inspire me!!

Thank you and feel well!

Keep on keeping on. The back pain will pass and you'll be good as new!

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ROSAMARCELLE 2/6/2013 1:57PM

    You're making great progress, and you are right, no-one is perfect and we all slip up at times. emoticon emoticon

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    So proud of you, Pixie! Working through the detours makes all the difference. The important thing is that we never give up!

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