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Day 40 - numbers of significance

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

When I was a kid, I went to Sunday school and heard that in the Noah story, it rained for "40 days and 40 nights". I heard that Jesus fasted in the desert for 40 days. My teachers told me that "40 days and 40 nights" was a symbolic number, indicating completeness. To a pre-teen? It sounded like a "very long time".

When I was a teenager/young adult, the phrase "Life begins at 40" became popular.

Well, today is Day 40 of my 90 day commitment to 100% compliance with my plan. Of course that means that in order to be 100% compliant one has to devise a plan with some flexibility to allow for the adjustments of life. But face it, people, you know when you are "on plan" and when you are not, even when you make those adjustments.

So far, so good. I have had adjustments, but the major thrust of my plan this time was to avoid the "binge" / "uncontrolled" eating, the "don't even write it down, girl" episodes. And I have. This has sprung into the beginning of the training plan for that triathlon, and while THAT definitely has required adjustments due to weather and listening to the body (very important, people, especially for us ladies and shall we call us "mature" athletes), I'm on track.

And the interesting thing is that I'm in one of those blessed phases of training where I look forward to the workouts: yesterday all day at work I kept telling myself "I get to swim tonight". I drove to the gym full of giggles. I swam with what seemed to me ease, the breathing spaced out more, no panic or second thoughts... just keep swimming.

Tonight... "I get to run". If I'm lucky, and I get home promptly, and the weather "kind of" cooperates, I might even go outside to do so. Because last night, driving home from the gym, I saw others out running on the dry sidewalks between the snow-covered verges... and I wanted to be there, too.

LIFE *is* good. And as I keep reminding myself, because it's just bubbling over right now: "even better when I'm fit". Consistently living it consciously (forget that day 38 consciousness "hiccup"), and being creatively grateful, Spark on, my friends, Spark on! emoticon emoticon

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EMMACLAIRE5 2/12/2014 3:47PM

    Great job on your personal 40 days and 40 nights! And thinking about "getting to" do an activity is such a subtle, yet powerful, change from "having to", isn't it? Since I don't live close to the pool, and their hours aren't very conducive to my schedule, when we have a day off from school (like I do on for mid-winter break coming up)and I "get to" swim, I get pretty darn happy as well!

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SLENDERELLA61 2/12/2014 1:30PM

    Congrats on 40 days of compliance. Yeah, you!! Mental toughness for sure!!! And we get to workout and exercise. Love that attitude and embrace it! Life is good and active life is even better! Thanks for reminding me regularly. Love it!!!

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DLDMIL 2/12/2014 11:30AM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon for sharing your journey, enthusiasm, and fun side of exercising. Your blogs are so helpful to all of us.

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PEGGY11 2/12/2014 10:43AM

    Isn't it wonderful when you actually begin to look forward to doing things others call exercise but we begin to call fun. emoticon

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DALID414 2/12/2014 10:17AM

    I went to the gym on a mission yesterday: to find the assisted pull-up machine!
Wow, what an eye opener! I did 8 good reps with 80lbs and 6 good reps with 70lbs!
I think the goal is to get it down to 40lbs, which is 2/3 my weight. emoticon

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    Brilliantly put: But face it, people, you know when you are "on plan" and when you are not, even when you make those adjustments.

I'm very proud of your goal and your streak. Looking forward to cheering you on until you complete the Tri.

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MSLZZY 2/12/2014 10:07AM

    As long as you didn't get any new snow, your outdoor
plans should work out just fine. Keep on adjusting
and keep on SParking!

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PHOENIX1949 2/12/2014 9:36AM

    Reframing is interesting and when it becomes automatic it is exciting if we take notice. Your Blog just reinforced that.

Before listening to Siebold, I was often grousing because my arthritis pain, especially in my hands, required so many extra steps in getting anything done, primarily in the kitchen since we converted the convenient breakfast nook into a second home office and moved the dinette into the living room (not open concept). In addition the kitchen cooking items were moved from lower cabinets to open shelving in the adjoining utility room for improved ease of access. Now I say aloud 'just think of all the extra steps I'm getting on my pedometer.'

I enjoy reading the Blogs of more-seasoned SP veterans.

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JUST_TRI_IT 2/12/2014 9:20AM

    Oh yes..getting a tad bit jealous of others running outside as I drive home. Been there!!

Enjoy your training this week.

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LESLIELENORE 2/12/2014 9:18AM

    emoticon I am glad you had fun with Chloe yesterday. I miss running, but the weather is really limiting me.

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LEWILL1982 2/12/2014 9:18AM

    You are doing great and you're over half way there! How lucky are we that we are in a position to "get to work out" and we don't approach it with a "have to". That's a monumental statement and I wonder how many people feel that way!

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SUSANNAH31 2/12/2014 8:43AM

    I agree there is something about being on plan that makes everything seem right and under control.
My feeling is "Wow! I got to (fill in the blank) and still stayed on track today. There'$ no lost ground with the accompanying feelings of guilt or disappointment in myself.

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1CRAZYDOG 2/12/2014 8:19AM

  Awesome streak!

HUGS, Barb

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ROXYZMOM 2/12/2014 8:10AM

    You are doing great! I am so happy for you - sounds like you are really enjoying yourself!


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DOGLADY13 2/12/2014 8:06AM

    You are doing great! I'm not sure I've gotten to the giggly anticipation of swimming. It's enough that I use it as an incentive for a more unpleasant task! But man, it is inspiring to hear about your enthusiasm. It's contagious. I've been brooding about not getting my 50 Shades of Sore class today and Friday. I am going to do the full body workout that Spark created for me tonight. I have to do laundry and I can do it while the close are in the washer. Yup. It's all about making adjustments.


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KALIGIRL 2/12/2014 8:05AM

    Here's to 'getting' to exercise and looking forward to it!
So glad to hear you are doing so well and avoided those dreaded binges.

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NELLJONES 2/12/2014 8:04AM

    Only plans with legal flexibility within the plan are sustainable beyond goal. Which is way beyond 40 days, or even 400.

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KRISZTA11 2/12/2014 7:38AM

    Congrats to your 40 day streak, I'm happy for you!

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PATRICIAAK 2/12/2014 7:31AM


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WATERMELLEN 2/12/2014 7:29AM

    Just love that attitude of "I get to . . . ". Yay you!!

(And speaking of 40 . . . I'm pretty sure that my waist measurement once approached 40" . . . )

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