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I want to be a strong Senior


Wednesday, April 03, 2013

I've been thinking about several friends I have who are in their 80s and 90s. Wonderful ladies each one, and strong in so many ways. If I am privileged to live that long I want to be strong - physically, emotionally and spiritually.

Spiritually, I am confident in my Christian faith and I am working towards being stronger in this area. Easter was especially meaningful to me this year. It always is of course, but this year the message of Resurrection and renewal was especially meaningful to me. After all this Spark journey is definitely one of renewal in all parts of our lives, is it not? emoticon

So I need to become stronger emotionally and physically. I started exercising in a more focused way this week. I feel so much better when I do this - why do I slack off? I don't know, but my goal is to be consistent in my exercise. I usually use WATP DVDs and resistance bands for strength training. emoticon emoticon I love using Coach Nicole's resistance band workouts. I am going to start going for walks outside now that spring is here.

Emotionally I still have some work to do also. I need to reduce my dependence on food to bury my emotions. I'm the type of person who eats when she's sad, eats when she's happy, eats when she's stressed, eats when she's angry - you get the picture. emoticon SparkPeople has many resources to assist me in this area, I am going to start using those resources more.

So I am still on the journey. I have hit many bumps in the road since I joined Spark, it's been 3 years I think. Many of those bumps were self imposed. Even so I have learned so much and gained so many friends I cannot regret the time I have been here without making any weight loss progress. I am determined to make progress, I'm taking all the steps I need to smooth out the bumps. But when I do trip up, I am going to depend on you my Spark friends to encourage me and remind me why I'm here.

Attitude of Gratitude for today:
emoticon Spring - looking forward to blossoms, leaves and green grass. It's not here yet, but I know it's on its way. emoticon
emoticon My senior friends - they are such examples of graciousness and strength
emoticon Motivation to do better, I'm determined to stay motivated this time. Kick me in the butt if I start to slip my friends. I give you my permission.

Have a great day my friends. We have so much to look forward to, enjoy every step of the way.

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ROSEWCI 4/6/2013 6:25AM

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NORASPAT 4/4/2013 8:56PM

    Oh I knew you were having a good week as soon as i saw the title. Way to go. The power of positive thinking.
DH is loving his hip. It was only done in January. The surgeon did not want any PT done fr a month. I was not happy but once he explained DH exercises were what he wanted it made sense. After checking his hip. The Dr said he did his exercises so well he did not need any thing else. It will be re-evaluated in one year.
I am so happy you are doing so well. I did some yard work went to the movies and now I have to walk with Leslie. After 4 mile walks often over last week I managed to gain weight. I rarely weigh in but I am in a challenge so it had to be done HUGS Pat in Maine. WAY to GO GIRL!!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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CAT-IN-CJ 4/3/2013 8:52PM

    Love it!!!

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SPARKLINGME176 4/3/2013 8:02PM

    This is lovely! I do a gold Zumba class with people in their 80's & 90's! They move a little easier than the rest of us, but they are doing great!

I've read a book, The raw food detox diet book. Natalia Rose says we are feeding our bodies today, for ourselves when we ARE in our 90's. How do we want to treat ourselves NOW to be strong & healthy, then! This 1 thought REALLY helps me through any temptation to eat junk!

Thanks for the blog!

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LJCANNON 4/3/2013 5:35PM

    emoticon Being a Strong Senior is My Number One Goal! Right behind that is keeping the weight I've lost OFF Forever!! The Key to both Goals is to Stay Active, and stay Consistent with Strength Training. I fully believe that you CAN become 'Addicted' to Exercise, in a Good Way and that Our Senior Years depend on us being Strong.

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AUNTB63 4/3/2013 5:29PM

    I enjoyed reading your blog. Consistency is the key to exercise. When I am not consistent I become complacent. Sparking always motivates me as there are so many struggling with this journey and yet there are those who are just working their plans and succeeding. Best of luck to you on this journey. emoticon

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NORASPAT 4/3/2013 5:27PM

    ANNIE, I am going to be 70 this year. How did that happen it just flew by.
I am happy being on this site I have great friends here.
I should be doing house work but this is so much more fun to do.
Any time you need a nudge or a budge just say the word. HUGS thanks for commenting on my Blogs. HUGS Pat in Maine. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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BAMAJAM 4/3/2013 12:41PM

  I enjoyed your blog... It gives me renewed motivation ( as a senior )...

Remember the movie, Pillow Talk, Doris Day and Rock Hudson? Doris Day turns 91 today--- heard this on the news. How incredible is this!

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GAILANN48 4/3/2013 11:37AM

    Thank you, Annie, for both your reflections and for your honesty. Your forthright blogs always strike me somewhere between my eyes and my heart. :)

Yes, I want to be strong as a senior (I'm 64 now...but getting younger :)), and strong not just in body, but in spirit, faith, mind, grace, and probably other ways I need to consider.

I won't kick you, Annie, ever. But I'll nudge you and I'll encourage you, if you still give that permission, and I'll cheer you whatever is going on. You're such a special woman, and that's something that has to go a long way in motivating you to make the changes you want to see.

emoticon emoticon :) Gail

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LIVINGLOVINLIFE 4/3/2013 11:30AM

    Blog for thought. Thank you. I too am trying to be more positive in my thoughts and actions. Spring time is such a motivating time. Time to get out and enjoy all the wonderful things around us. Pat

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