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What is a strength... is also a weakness

Tuesday, January 07, 2014

I have heard it said that our greatest strength is also our greatest weakness. I was talking to my mom about this last night. She pointed out that the tenacity and intensity I have focused on getting fit and healthy are also the same qualities which kept me so sick for years. Yes, I have used them to make positive changes over the past 3 years, but I am 39 years old... not that I was sick all of them, but more often than not. I tried to fix myself with doctors and medications, and I put a lot of effort into that cause. However it wasn't until I decided to take personal responsibility for my life and health, and put the effort into changing my unhealthy behaviors that I started to feel better and be healthier. I changed that focus of my intensity from looking for an external cure for all my ills, to searching for an internal solution. This change hasn't been challenged by extreme adversity yet, so I don't know how well it will hold up under crisis, but my hope is that the changes I have made will stand up under most any adversity.

An update on our Winter weather... it got down to -35 or-40 last night. Today it warmed up to -20, but has dropped once again. Cooper's walks today have consisted of walking out the door to the nearest snow drift where he pees a time or two, then he trots off a few feet... whereupon his paws start to hurt from the cold and he starts limping and I have to carry him back in the building... where he squirms to get down so he can run up and down the stairs. Resilient little bugger! It is supposed to be in the teens tomorrow. Here's hoping. Cooper is going to go stir crazy if we are stuck inside much longer, as am I. I did get in some ST today. With the 40 minutes I spent pacing and doing laps up and down the stairs with Cooper I kept my fitness streak alive. I like long walks with the dog better though.

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
FLORIDASUN 1/8/2014 7:59PM

    Cooper knows those stairs are a GREAT work out and I'm SO happy you have turned your tenacity to health... emoticon emoticon

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BONNIEMARGAY 1/8/2014 3:01PM

    Aww, Cooper's little paws!

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MOTHEPRO 1/8/2014 10:40AM


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    I'm glad your exercise streak had done so much good for your health!

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COCK-ROBIN 1/8/2014 1:35AM

    You're doing great!

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CHERIRIDDELL 1/8/2014 12:46AM

    You are doing well.I too hope you healthy lifestyle will remain with you always.

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    Wow - way colder than I ever want to be! Good for you for keeping your streak going.

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INCREDIBLYME 1/7/2014 8:55PM

    Those temps are very familiar to me. No matter what cold is COLD . Hopefully the polar vortex will move on soon and you and Cooper can enjoy outside again. Meanwhile it sounds like you are both finding ways to stay active. Hang in there. Spring is coming!

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KALISWALKER 1/7/2014 8:33PM

    -40F and -40C are the same. I am glad I moved!

personal responsibility for my life and health - yes it's something we have to learn to succeed

glad you did it!

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CRAFTSFAN1 1/7/2014 8:08PM

    OMG, I feel cold with temperatures ranging in 30F to 40F degrees. I don't think that I would dare to even try to be outside with temperatures below zero. emoticon

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CINDHOLM 1/7/2014 7:25PM

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