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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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ROCKYCPA 3/9/2013 8:51PM

    Great blog - thanks for sharing!

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MJ7DM33 3/9/2013 8:33PM

  WTG!

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EABL81 3/9/2013 7:48PM

    Avoided the binge - way to go! emoticon

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JAMER123 3/9/2013 6:33PM

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Your last sentence says it all!! Love it & hope it came off easily.

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INGMARIE 3/9/2013 5:13PM

    emoticon Get well soon emoticon and thanks.

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A-DAY-AT-A-TIME 3/9/2013 4:44PM

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THOMS1 3/9/2013 3:33PM

    Good job. I hope you're feeling better soon. emoticon

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BARBARASDIET 3/9/2013 3:24PM

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REDGALE 3/9/2013 3:13PM

    You're a good motivator! Thanks for the reminder about the long view of lifestyle change. Be well!

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TINY67 3/9/2013 3:03PM

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HLOCHRIDGE 3/9/2013 2:45PM

    Get well soon!!

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KACEYSW 3/9/2013 1:37PM

    I completely understand the creeping crud. I have been fighting it for a fe weeks now. Wasn't in my plan book, either. Just bunkum that decided to visit my crazy life.

I always appreciate your quintessentially British take on things, Chantal. As I have said before, your outlook reminds me of my late husband and his own inimitable British wit.

Feel better, and don't let the boogers get your knickers in a twist.

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TRISHMO1 3/9/2013 1:21PM

  love your humour get well soon emoticon

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JOANNHUNT 3/9/2013 1:21PM

    KEEP FOCUSED ON YOUR JOURNEY. DON'T LET A COLD STANDIN YOUR WAY OF SUCCESS. HANG IN THERE THIS TOO SHALL PASS (THE COLD). emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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FLRED12 3/9/2013 12:58PM

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IAMAGEMLOVER 3/9/2013 12:58PM

    I hope you will feel better soon. Have you look under the bed for your mojo? Mine was hiding in the closet.

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JUDYAASH 3/9/2013 12:54PM

    Love it!! I'm there.

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SHOAPIE 3/9/2013 12:54PM

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RAWCOOKIE 3/9/2013 12:41PM

    See, that's what happens when you don't wear your cardi!
I'm sure it's no consolation to you, but I have a cold/annoying cough too - and was munching sugar-free herbal cough drops all day yesterday! Today I'm necking the Covonia! It has but a stop to my jogging programme - but I've been hula-hooping and rebounding at home.
I am glad to read that you've been to the gym again - back on the road!
Have a lovely weekend whatever you do (I've got Dickens' 'Our Mutual Friend' from the library - renewed it once already and I'm nowhere near the middle of the book yet! Early night for me - hot-water bottle and a good read!


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SUSIEMT 3/9/2013 12:40PM

    What a good girl you are! Woo Hoo to you!

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GRIZ1GIRL 3/9/2013 12:28PM

    Realizing that there's no end in sight can sometimes make a "healthy lifestyle" journey seem REALLY long. Thanks for sharing! Always nice to know others feel the same way...

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JSEATTLE 3/9/2013 12:03PM

  Your humor & wit will carry us both through! Thank you for the inspiration and hope you're feeling much better! Spring is around the corner.....

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KAMOFARRELL 3/9/2013 12:00PM

    emoticon emoticon days ahead

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MIMIDOT 3/9/2013 11:47AM

    Sorry you're not feeling well. But you still give us the greatest blogs. Hope you perk up soon. You have journeys to take us on. lol get your mojo back soon!

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DNRAE1 3/9/2013 11:43AM

    Hate it when the food explosion happens! LOL Have a wonderful day! and I loved the section where you told us about what our SparkJourney really is supposed to be! Thank you!

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SENIMMO 3/9/2013 11:40AM

    Didn't you have this porridge problem before? I thought the resolution had been to make it in a ridiculously over-sized bowl for the amount you were making...

I totally understand the rotten cold. I may end up going out for cold medicine later. Ugh.

Get well soon! And have fun cleaning the microwave. I'm sure the cats won't have any interest in what's in there while you're doing it... emoticon

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AMANDACOETZER 3/9/2013 11:23AM

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NOTSOFLUFFYDAD 3/9/2013 11:18AM

    What a great blog to start my day with!

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MILLIE5522 3/9/2013 11:15AM

    Who would have guessed that a microwave could be a slimming aid? I use my dog to help me to not finish that last bit of bisc.......er Ryvita emoticon

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SAMI2012 3/9/2013 11:12AM

    You always have the best things to say! Keep up the great attitude and feel better soon!

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PATRICIAANN46 3/9/2013 11:12AM

  What a wonderful way to start my day!!!!! emoticon I emoticon your blogs........and, you are right, this is a JOURNEY, made up of individual days that we must make as successful as possible.
Have a good "rest of the weekend."

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SLIMLEAF 3/9/2013 11:02AM

    The penultimate line of your blog made me laugh. I often have that problem too!

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MARIONJEANA 3/9/2013 11:00AM

    Don't you just hate it when your food explodes!
Hope you feel better soon. emoticon

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OFGREENGABLES 3/9/2013 10:46AM

    porrige is the best way to ward off sadness... and winter...

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NEPTUNE1939 3/9/2013 10:43AM

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JERICHO1991 3/9/2013 10:39AM

    getting ready to make some oatmeal, myself.

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SIMONEKP 3/9/2013 10:09AM

    emoticon I love porridge, people in the US look at me funny when I say that, some folks even ask me "what exactly is porridge?" I don't really know how to answer that. What do you consider a lo-cal porridge?

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WAKINGTHETIGER 3/9/2013 9:57AM

    Sorry you are feeling low with that cold. You are so down to earth in your blogs that I smile, I laugh and I get motivated again knowing there is someone out there who loses a third of their oatmeal to the microwave too.

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SKYVALLEYGAL 3/9/2013 9:56AM

    Enjoyed your blog. Hope you feel better soon! emoticon

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NIKKIJ55 3/9/2013 9:48AM

    Thanks for sharing. Get well soon!

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DJSHIP46 3/9/2013 9:33AM

    Don't you just HATE when the porridge boils over in the microwave emoticon I do! Hope you feel better soon emoticon

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NICOLED40 3/9/2013 9:33AM

    Loved this!

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CARPROTH 3/9/2013 9:29AM

    In my book, you're fortified with a plethora of fortitude! Whether it;s a travelogue or mindful musing, your blogs are always a bright spot in my day - just don't stop writing.

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CHRISBEM 3/9/2013 9:28AM

    having food explode in the microwave is a good tool to make sure we don't over eat :)

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JIMDAB 3/9/2013 9:13AM

    Great Blog!!! Thanks!

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GARDENCHRIS 3/9/2013 9:09AM

    feel better ....take care of yourself.

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