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Surrounding Myself

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

I took a note from something I learned through my daughters. It's something I've heard and understood before, but it really resonated with me this morning. My kids emulate the people they hang around. When my daughter worked in retail with a bunch of smokers, she picked up smoking and a few other bad habits. When she joined Junior ROTC, she became a stellar student with real ambition.

We're all like that, aren't we? Whether we like it or not, we are a product of our situation. It's up to us to mold that situation into something that is healthy and satisfying for us. For me, and many others that frequent Sparkpeople, I move closer to those life satisfying goals when I surround myself with people like you that support those goals.

I blogged recently about committing to intensifying my workouts. Pam made a suggestion to set a mileage goal instead of minutes or pedal as fast as I can a few times while biking. I've done that before, but the friendly nudge was just what I needed. So, after a healthy breakfast and a glass of lemon water, I biked for the usual 30 minutes this morning, but I pedalled my heart out for one minute four different times. It felt awesome! A minute went by faster than I thought it would too, which tells me I haven't lost the endurance.

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AWESOMECHELZ 12/24/2013 7:21PM

    Thanks for sharing because it is very true. We do influence each other here and it is wonderful. emoticon

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JMARIES51 12/24/2013 4:35PM

    Good way to set the short term goal. I like to walk and jog to music and I will say, ok, I am going to jog really hard for this one song. The time goes by quickly and I get my steps done before I have time to really think about feeling tired.
I notice here on Spark people that I gravitate to people who are really pushing themselves. This really helps me push myself harder. Great blog.

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GORIANA 12/24/2013 4:23PM

    emoticon I love sprints too.

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PKCTTS 12/24/2013 3:00PM

    It works both ways - I was going to veg out and do some Sparking while I have about 20 min between things in the kitchen. You've motivated me to use that time on the bike. Off I go . . .

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DTSOBEL 12/24/2013 2:10PM

    emoticon on the pedaling.... 1 minute is a lot when you are using your all. And you did it 4 times, emoticon .

On the Sparkpeople trivia, there is a question about how much you will overeat if everyone around you overeats, or something like that. It is true, when we surround ourselves with healthy minded people, we will do better.

Keep up the great job.

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JCARDINAL 12/24/2013 12:21PM

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NEPTUNE1939 12/24/2013 10:46AM

    Great blog. Record keeping allows one to stay on track. I use Excel my strength training. We have good days and not so good as life fluctuates, But with tracking it can fore warn us before we reach rock bottom. emoticon Merry Christmas emoticon Earl

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