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My incredible, and oh so healthy mom!

Sunday, May 12, 2013

“All that I am or ever hope to be, I owe to my angel mother.” ― Abraham Lincoln

Today as we honor our mothers, I want to take some time to reflect on my incredible mother.

My mother is many things to me and is one of the most positive, generous, energetic, and selfless people I know. But since this is Spark, I want to focus on the amazing healthy habits she has instilled in me, because I feel she is also a wonderful role model for health.

My mother will be 74 years old (this Tuesday) and you'd never know it. She is fit and trim, exercising regularly, but never obsessively. She eats delicious healthy foods in moderate portions slowly, because she prefers them. But if she's in the mood, she can also eat decadent and/or junky foods, without any guilt.

My mother's weight is always the same. She has clothes she wore 20-30 years ago and they all still fit. If she gains a few pounds, she adjusts so they come off, but never with any panic or stress.

My mother is always optimistic. She sees all the good in life, all the good in people, and finds a way to find the silver lining in any situation. She reminds me to focus on all the good in life.

My mother continues to learn and grow. For example, she will be spending two weeks in Paris this summer, taking an intensive course on Instrumental Enrichment, which is a teaching methodology she uses when working with her students, who have autism and Down Syndrome. Oh, yes, she still works, teaching students with very special needs, finding joy and energy in that work.

My mother always makes time for culture and social engagement. She purchases season passes to the symphony and theater because even though she feels tired after working hard, these activities fill her soul and make her life worth living. She regularly sees her friends, meeting in museums or having dinner parties.

My mother is always ready to help in any way. When my husband was diagnosed with cancer, she was immediately there. She helps care for my daughter, and helps to take away any extra stress in my life so that a very difficult situation is a bit easier.

I cannot really express how incredibly lucky I feel to have such an amazing mother. Happy mother's day mom! I love you!

"Mother's love is peace. It need not be acquired, it need not be deserved." Erich Fromm

My amazing mother, and her amazing mother (who lived a healthy 90 years!)
  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

HEALTHYBARB1 6/15/2013 10:52AM

    Yay for Mom's!!! What a special tribute to her!!
Smiles Barb

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FLORIDASUN 6/15/2013 8:14AM

    We all have our 'earth angels' in this world...and your mother is surely yours! emoticon I loved your tribute to your can tell her that she has raised a VERY FINE daughter as well! emoticon emoticon

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TINAJANE76 5/14/2013 6:51PM

    Your mom is a true gem, Julie! It's wonderful to have such a great role model who must be a powerful influence on the kind of mom you are. Happy Belated Mother's Day to you and your lovely mom!

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LCERVERA 5/14/2013 5:59AM

    Beautiful tribute to your mother! I hope she is on Spark and got to see it!
Have a great week.

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WILSONWR 5/13/2013 1:05PM

    What a great Mom! Thanks for sharing!

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IMIN2GENES 5/13/2013 12:41PM

    What a wonderful tribute to a wonderful woman! How blessed you are!

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MADLYINLOVE 5/13/2013 9:49AM

    What a life lived thus far, and a brilliant model for balance in life!

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NUOVAELLE 5/13/2013 1:36AM

    What a wonderful tribute to a woman who deserves it! She's a great role model for everyone around her.
I hope your Mother's Day was beautiful.

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MINIUM 5/13/2013 12:54AM

    How sweet! Beautiful picture and portrait! As I was reading your blog, , I was thinking that it could have been my mother you were writing about. How lucky we are to have such wonderful role-models around us.

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SVELTEWARRIOR 5/12/2013 11:41PM

    Beautiful tribute and picture!!!!!! Treasure your Mom.....I miss mine so!!!

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RUNNERRACHEL 5/12/2013 10:11PM

    What a beautiful tribute to your mom! How wonderful that she instilled a healthy, balanced way of looking at food and exercise. She sounds like a very giving, wonderful person! emoticon

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_JODI404 5/12/2013 8:06PM

    What an awesome role model you had!! I'm so enjoying seeing everyone's pictures and stories of their Mom today!!

Happy Mother's Day!

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LYNCHD05 5/12/2013 5:32PM

    That is a very special tribute and you are very special too for recognizing how special your Mom really is. She sounds like someone I would love to meet.

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CMCGRUN 5/12/2013 3:18PM

    Aww, what a wonderful Mother!

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WATERMELLEN 5/12/2013 11:02AM

    What a fabulous blog: I'm sure your mother will love it (when you forward it to her!) I'm so happy to know that you have her in your life.

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HEALTHYGRAMMY49 5/12/2013 10:41AM

    A beautiful tribute to your mom!

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WORKNPROGRESS49 5/12/2013 9:24AM

    What a beautiful tribute and picture!!!! emoticon for sharing!! emoticon emoticon

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