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April 9th Morning

Tuesday, April 09, 2013

I have been thinking about what my experiences have been so far in this journey to a healthier being. I can't believe how far I have come in only a few months. It will be 3 months on April 14th. I have grown in so many ways, it is crazy!

I have said many times that this program is all about the lifestyle and becoming a healthier person. And I also say that the weight loss is only a bonus. But even in the weeks that I didn't lose, I still grew. Emotionally, mentally and spiritually. And I think that is the key to my happiness.

I talked with my niece (my exercise buddy) yesterday as we took to the park for the first time this year. Wait, it is the first time ever for me. The only other times I tried to walk this trail, once I was rushed to the hospital for emergency gall bladder surgery. And the other time
time I was trying to walk with plantar fasciitis before I was diagnosed.

Anyway, she and I talked joining into the program We want to take my grand babies walking on some local trails so that they become more healthy too. My son and daughter-in-law live in an apartment building with no yard at all and they work such crazy schedules that getting the kids out of the house is almost impossible. And now that I am getting in better shape following my back surgery in 2010, I can finally spend time with them at the park and maybe this exploring thing might be fun for them. I am hoping.

I realized that I want to be able to hike and walk and have fun. I can't do all the things I wanted to do years ago, but I can do some awesome things now that wasn't available before.

I have also started bible studes. Two actually. One is revisiting the little study book "Growing in Christ." It is a series of promises and encouragement for beginning Christians. I re-visit this when ever I feel I need to get back to basics again. The second one is atopic that is fairly new to me and I have mever encountered before. It is called " Forty-Sixty" I think I received it years ago through the "Daily Bread" devotionals. But it is a study for "Midlife Adults Who Want to Make a Difference" I believe I am at the right place in my life for this study.

And I am going to revisit my Dialectic Behavior Therapy (DBT) workbooks too. There is too much that I encounter on my healthy journey at Spark People that can be directly related to DBT.

So, the bottom line and what all this is telling me can be explained with the following quote:

Experience is not what happens to you, it is what you do with what happens to you.
-Aldous Huxley

May your journey be as fruitful as mine has been to me! God bless you all!
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