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Fortitude

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Friday, March 08, 2013

Ah, an interesting quality and one in which I am lacking. Fortitude involves the courage to keep trying even when you've filleted your flat and you can't find your mojo.

And when things you can't control get in the way.

Take this week. This week I was planning to start a gym streak. The weather's warmed up a bit, spring is here in a washed out and feeble sort of way, and so far 10 people have mentioned how nice my new dress looks on me (I've put notches on my desk at work. No I haven't but for a minute you thought I had didn't you? I actually have a little tally going on a post-it note. In my head).

Getting back to what I was supposed to be talking about, I have enough stuff to feel motivated about, and then guess what happened at work yesterday morning? I started to go down with a cold.

'Oh what fresh hell is this?' I said to myself, in Dorothy Parker mode.

Felt increasingly grotty, got home, mooched around, went to bed early, slept badly, woke up at 3am with my right nostril stuck to the pillow with . . . sorry that really WOULD be too much information wouldn't it? Bleugh bleugh blah. Drifted back to sleep, woke up at 5.15am, reached for trashy novel, dozed, woke up at 6.45am, reached for Laptop, logged on to see if I've got a new popular blog award and I haven't and if you think I don't care about not getting one you're mistaken, tried reading the Guardian website www.guardian.co.u
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but too much like hard work switched off Laptop and mooched for 15 minutes.

And remembered that the SparkJourney thing is lifelong, it's about what you do every hour of every day, it's not about short-term goals it's about the bigger picture. So no good lying around in bed and saying 'I'm going to go down to Tesco's and buy myself a binge cos I feel lousy and I had plans for today.' There'll be plenty of other days when I don't feel very Sparkly and it's no good using a cold as an excuse to eat junk. There'll always be an excuse to eat junk if you want one and I've been doing a lot of that recently.

So I got up and made healthy low calorie porridge for breakfast and ate two-thirds of it.

Just off to scrape the other third off the inside of the microwave.

Speak soon.
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SUPERSYLPH 7/28/2013 12:37PM

    "Just off to scrape the other third off the inside of the microwave."

Awesome, I'm not the only one! However, I used to close it shut and pretend it didn't happen. Out of sight, out of mind. It sounds like a job for Future Mandy to handle.

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FIRECOM 3/28/2013 1:46PM

    After reading this blog, I have started (today) a 4 week program with a PT to work at getting my balance and strength. Thanks for stimulating this mid-course maneuver for me.

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PAULAROCKS3 3/18/2013 11:07PM

    I love the sound of the word "mooched" - what does it mean? lol Here it means that I borrowed something from someone without the intent ot giving it back - like mooching a smoke, or $5....

Regardless, thanks for making me laugh!!

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KAYYAK1 3/16/2013 12:22PM

  As always a great blog.

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KALEWINE 3/14/2013 3:14PM

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LAHUDSONCHEF 3/13/2013 10:29PM

    You make me laugh! Good for you on making the best decision, instead of throwing in the towel.

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MISSBOOBOOKITTY 3/13/2013 6:37PM

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GARDENQE2 3/13/2013 6:18PM

    Another fine blog!
You can even find the humor in feeling ill. Get well soon!
It's great to hear someone use the word "grotty." It's a perfectly apt description.
I thought I was the last person on earth.... emoticon

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GRGAP86 3/13/2013 1:40PM

  great blog, hope you feel better soon.

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SJKENT1 3/13/2013 9:37AM

    I just want to give you a big hug!!! Sparkle on my sister!

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SORLANDO21 3/12/2013 11:39AM

    Feel better!

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LEANMEAN2 3/12/2013 7:47AM

    Thanks for sharing. I really enjoy your blogs.

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FALLNTENN 3/11/2013 6:07PM

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You showed some fortitude in passing up on the junk food. Keep up the good work.


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DMGODDESS 3/11/2013 4:48PM

    Nice, you made me chuckle :D

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LISA_FRAME 3/11/2013 4:24PM

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GK1963 3/11/2013 4:20PM

    I so enjoy reading your blogs and I hope you feel better soon

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ALIWVU121 3/11/2013 3:23PM

    Hope you feel better quickly!!

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FANCYFREE15 3/11/2013 2:34PM

    I so enjoy each and every one of your blogs! Hope you're feeling better soon! emoticon

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52114ME 3/11/2013 11:12AM

    Feel better soon!
Good job not using the cold as an excuse to munch.
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MOMOSG 3/11/2013 10:33AM

    Lovely! Fortitude .... I'm lacking in that area lately. As for spring, it's showing signs of coming but isn't here yet. What we have is grey, dismal rain. The only upside to that is some of the snow may disappear by the end of the day!

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RUNGRL2013 3/11/2013 9:14AM

    I like what you say about it being a lifelong goal, and I'm starting to think fortitude is an 100% mental thing. You can do it when you finally get your head on straight--I think you do:)...am working on mine emoticon

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CFMOSS 3/11/2013 7:42AM

    Here's to fortitude....strength moving into the next moment.

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TENACIOUSTRISH 3/11/2013 4:17AM

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LIBBYL1 3/11/2013 2:24AM

  scrubbing microwaves I am sure expends a lot of calories!!

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MBEHNKEN 3/10/2013 11:33PM

    Good luck and get better.

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AJB121299 3/10/2013 8:52PM

    Nice

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LOVEANTIQUES 3/10/2013 8:38PM

    Thanks for the reminder about the long haul. I just had unexpected surgery which has set me back all week. Unfortunately, we made cookies this week, which I have not avoided enough. I'll get back at it soon and will make better food choices until I can. Thanks!

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5FOOTRUNT 3/10/2013 6:48PM

    Fortitude sounds so good right now. It makes my aching body feel good. What a wonderful word. It builds just saying it. My family are all under the weather as well. I haven't been so great. Thanks for the pick me up. Hope you feel better soon.

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FRAN0426 3/10/2013 6:33PM

    Spring is not here yet, mounds of snow still on the ground. We have had some 30 degree days so some of the snow is melting, but March is out third snowiest month.
Yes, getting ill can put the brakes on doing a lot of exercise, but then your body does need rest when not feeling well. Take care and feel well soon.

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KBEHNKE81 3/10/2013 6:06PM

    Doesn't matter how big the bowl is, the porridge will still overflow if you don't stop to stir every now and then,'specially if you cook with milk instead of water. I've encountered pretty much every cooking disaster - whether sick or well. Hope your mess is a rarity. Get well soon.

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FIRECOM 3/10/2013 2:52PM

    Nothing causes us to put on the brakes more than being under the weather. Hang in there.

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IACTA_ALEA_EST 3/10/2013 12:52PM

    great background foto....

I cant relate to losses in fortitude, but like the tide, it surges!

Get ready for the surge you are building!

Cheers
Ali

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GEORGI1832 3/10/2013 11:28AM

    You made me smile this morning and I love starting the day that way. Thanks and feel better soon. Off to make some steel cut oatmeal...think that's porridge to you?

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NEWMOM20121 3/10/2013 11:20AM

    Hope you feel better soon. Still love the blog.

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LINDAKAY228 3/10/2013 10:41AM

    Spring kind of sprung here, with temps in the 70's thru Thursday but then Friday and Saturday snow showers. Supposed to be back in 70's by midweek. That's crazy New Mexico weather. Sorry about the cold and hope you feel better soon. congratulations on choosing the healthy porridge instead of the binge! I love the way you right. You make me smile but at the same time get a point across. Hope today is a good day for you!

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CAMSEDGE 3/10/2013 10:37AM

    You are entertaining...as usual. Yay for humor...how else would one bouy oneself up on such days...and how come the really great days tend to be less memorable...lol

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BARBARAJ73 3/10/2013 10:35AM

    Spring hasn't sprung here - at least not for real. But the sun did appear yesterday, my crocus are sending up green shoots, the walking path is dry (at least for today) and the snow pack gets lower every day. All good things.

Hope you are feeling better - and emoticon on another VFB award!!

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WATERDIAMONDS 3/10/2013 6:46AM

    So nice to see that didn't lose your sense of humor when you became ill...

And thanks for the little reminder that there we seldom have a genuine reason for not just getting on with it.

Hope you feel better soon.

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DONDAIN 3/10/2013 1:36AM

    Thanks this was great as I have a cold too and it put that kabash on my plans of starting the C25K program. Feel better soon. emoticon

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    Hope you feel better soon! Great blog! emoticon emoticon

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DANAPRIME 3/9/2013 9:46PM

    Good on you! Hope you feel better soon!!!!!!!!

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LIVELYGIRL2 3/9/2013 9:24PM

  Good for you. I love your humor.

Obviously a cold is a decent reason to slack , but as we know that sets off a cycle of poor choices.

Wish I could emoticon bring you soup.

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