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Change is not always a bad thing...

Wednesday, May 08, 2013

One thing I have to remind myself with each passing year and that is we are not meant to remain the same year end and year out. We are meant to evolve with the obstacles that get in our way. As I have said in the past--we have two choices--we can elect to remain where we are OR we can rise to the occasion and move on past these obstacles.

I feel the past 8 years since I began my journey that I am constantly shifting my focus, just like one does when standing on a wobble board. If you do not shift your weight, you're bound to fall off. But if you are willing to shift your weight, before you know it you have achieved the balance that is needed to stay on.

Healthy living is not a temporary fix for your problems. It's a lifestyle that we must commit to for the rest of our lives. But this does not mean you have to workout 2-3 hours a day and commit to a PERFECT diet--doing so only keeps us trapped in that diet mentality.

I am not one to have do-overs, resets, begin-agains--the reason, they keep me stuck in that diet mentality. Stress can do crazy things to our bodies and our thinking. A few days ago I was looking through some photos from 2010--I was shocked to see that I was looking a little pudgier than I had in the few years before. But this year was EXTREMELY stressful--having to deal with issues at home and losing my MIL to liver cancer, it was hard. While my eating was not the best during this time, I was committed to my workouts, especially my runs.

We can't remain perfect--to me it's very self-defeating to do so. As my new mantra states, we learn more from our mistakes than we do from doing everything perfectly. Go out and embrace the joy of living--you do not have to have a PERFECT life to live a healthy life--LIFE IS MEANT TO BE ENJOYED!!!

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SPARKFRAN514 5/20/2013 11:45PM

    Glad I found you so disappointed when I went to share something with you. you were so helpful to me in 2012 when i was i hurt before my race i saved your encouraging words so this year after my race i went to tell about this years Bloomsday and Poof you were gone. Trained this year from the first sat in March until The last Sat in April . Our race was May 5 and I did it walking in 2 hours 32 minutes and 28 seconds not fast like you but it much better than my 3 hours 40 minutes last year . enjoyed your blog on change how very true and helpful as we continue on the spark trail. glad you are still here. the shirt this year is a pretty gray and its and X large not a 1 x like last year. emoticon

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PATRICIAAK 5/20/2013 9:46PM

    Amen

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LBTHOMASJR 5/16/2013 8:44AM

    Great Blog. You are spot-on about the efect of stress in our lives. If I were some smart research scientist, I think that is where I would focus my life's work...discovering and better understanding the effects of stress on our bodies and how we can better cope with it.

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BOBBYD31 5/12/2013 6:32PM

    so very true. you must evolve(change/adapt) to continue to move forward otherwise you will continue to go in circles. as the body continued to fail me when it came to running my search lead me to cycling, swimming and then triathlons. now to get the weight back down

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MIAMIA7 5/12/2013 5:35PM

    All so true my friend. I always feel like a work in progress...but try to never get too down on myself if I slip up.
Thanks!

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ACTIVE_AT_60 5/9/2013 10:10PM

    So true Nancy!!! Well said

"We are meant to evolve with the obstacles that get in our way" ... exactly my thoughts - as I turned 60.

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JEM0622 5/8/2013 10:13PM

    Too true! You probably didn't know what has happened to me since mid-November when you saw me this past weekend, but it was indeed a change/shift in my journey. And part of getting back on track (not with nutrition but fitness) was a commitment to this event. I am so glad I did!

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BE-THE-CHANGE 5/8/2013 9:29PM

    Great post!

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SHEENADEE 5/8/2013 7:42PM

    New name, same wonderful Nancy. Thanks for this thoughtful blog.

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KA_JUN 5/8/2013 12:13PM

    You're right, it's not about perfection, it's about a holistic lifestyle change where we feel better, can do the things we want to do, strive to achieve things we once would have never imagined! Go for it! emoticon

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BLESSED2BEME 5/8/2013 11:35AM

    So true...I'm getting better and better at moving away from my 'all or nothing' mentality or that everything has to be perfect. It is a slow process but I can see the light at the end of the tunnel - as in my tunnel vision!

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ONCEUPONABOD 5/8/2013 10:37AM

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