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Showing up like it's my job


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Monday, April 21, 2014

I haven't written a blog in a very, very long time, though admittedly I write one every nite in my own head and then run out of time the next day when my ideas are fresh. But today I am using a school comp day - one I earned for doing some extra work during the summer - and am at home trying to play catch up with life. I am amazed at how very little it feels like I've accomplished, though if you saw the two videos DH and I put together for friends and family you may disagree with that statement.

A week ago we got back from New Orleans - we were there for the wedding of a former student, to celebrate our 25th anniversary, and to play tourist at the French Quarter Festival. We managed to walk over 42 miles in the 5 days we were there (and we even lifted weights in the hotel workout room twice), we ate what we wanted but were still mindful, and we had an amazing time. And this was the very first vacation where I wanted my picture taken!



It's been one year now since I've been at my lowest weight, and while I have sometime in May marked as my Maintenance Anniversary, I've managed to stay at this weight for over a year, only during the winter holidays gaining back up to 8 lbs. I treat each day as it's another day to be my best self - to eat right, to exercise, and to lead by example. Last May I got rid of all of my clothes that were "big", knowing that if I had them 'round I could fit into them "if I had to." I've joined challenges, virtual walking groups, and have even initiated walking groups at school with other teachers. I've had to do this, if for no one else than me. NONE of this was about dieting. EVER. It wasn't about just losing the weight. It was about living longer, enjoying time with my husband (who is already one of the most active people I know, and at 17 years older than me was destined to outlive me if I didn't make some changes). It became about "showing up everyday" as Jillian Michaels says. There are days that I ache - my hips, my feet, my knee. You name it. I've come to accept that I am going to be 50 in a few months (though inside my head I still see myself as somewhere around my 40s - and the "Real Age Test" has me pegged at 42.8). But I do what I need to do. I count my calories. I track my fitness. I leave my husband love notes around the house, reminding him of how much I appreciate him for being my best friend and for loving me so deeply for the past 26 years. I show up every day as if it's my one job. And honestly, some days I sure wouldn't mind calling in sick or playing hookey!

This past weekend my brother and his wife came down for a visit - we haven't seen them for a few years - and we took them out to try SUP. Because it was on my SILs bucket list, DH videotaped the whole thing. I was shocked to see the footage and see myself. And yesterday, for the first time in many, many years, the whole family was together. I am hoping my dad sends some pics so I can post at least one of my brothers and me. All three of us have been working to get healthy this past year and it shows. I loved being with them and am sad today thinking it may not happen again anytime soon. Time truly does fly, doesn't it? Where has this past year without my dear Auggie gone?

On a final note, I don't believe in luck. I don't consider myself lucky to live where I do, or have the job that I have, or to be in such amazing relationships. I believe we all have the ability to put ourselves out into the world and live the life we want to live. We may have obstacles to overcome along the way (or hurdles to jump, as one of my students put it), but we can all jump high if we get a running start.

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MJREIMERS 5/23/2014 6:48AM

    I love this! Life is what we make of it and you are making the very most of it! emoticon and keep living life to the fullest!

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CHANGINGHORSES 5/22/2014 5:43AM

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You are an inspiration in many ways!

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MARIO432 5/20/2014 11:32AM

    Tanya what a great blog.
I believe it's all about choices.
Wishing you continued success.

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CHAOSDAD71 5/19/2014 9:21AM

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ADVENTURE-GIRL 5/18/2014 11:46PM

    Great blog!

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FAIRHAVENQUEEN 5/18/2014 9:11PM

    Thanks for taking part of your precious comp day to write this. Very good words of wisdom here!

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SAMMYSWEETPEA 5/18/2014 6:32PM

    Showing up every day is so important for success. Consistency really is the "magic"

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CRUISEBOUND2014 5/18/2014 6:56AM

    Awesome Blog! Life is too short. You are doing a wonderful job in living life to it's fullest potential. Very inspiring!

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CELIAMINER 5/17/2014 9:10AM

    Good for you! You've found the secret to your own success!

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SUNSHINE20113 5/16/2014 5:13PM

    Showing up everyday - that's great advice! Thank you.

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MOMMY445 5/16/2014 9:51AM

    you are very inspirational,Tanya! have a wonderful day!

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MANDELOVICH 5/16/2014 4:40AM

    Great blog, great ideas and yes, it's all up to us!!

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HAKAPES 5/15/2014 1:56PM

    Congratulations!
I love your final note - I share your thoughts. We all have the ability to use the life around us as a resource vs. as an obstacle. It's just how we look at things, as enablers, or dis-ablres.

You look great on the photo!

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ECCOVISION1 5/15/2014 1:54PM

   
Congratulations for having such a healthy lifestyle!
You have a great attitude!

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ADRIENALINE 5/15/2014 1:20PM

    You've accomplished a tremendous amount and look great. Congratulations!

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NELLJONES 5/15/2014 8:46AM

    You are blessed. Sounds like a gratitude blog to me.

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KANOE10 5/15/2014 8:37AM

    I love treating every day as another day to be your best self. You look lovely in your picture. Your year of maintenance and dedication is impressive.


Thanks for sharing an excellent inspirational blog.

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CHERYLHURT 5/15/2014 7:01AM

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BROOKLYN_BORN 5/15/2014 6:16AM

    How nice to have family members working toward the same healthy goals!

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TORTISE110 5/15/2014 4:37AM

    Great blog and how wonderful to have a healthy family all striving to do their best with their lives! Bravo.

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NEW-CAZ 5/15/2014 2:42AM

    emoticon such an inspiration! emoticon emoticon

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DSJB9999 5/15/2014 1:57AM

    emoticon blog, its right we aren't just lucky, some of the things we have to celebrate, we have chosen!
You have chosen so well for the right reasons.
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_LINDA 5/14/2014 10:14PM

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Fantastic blog chock full of victories and the illustration of a life well lived!
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MICKEYH 5/14/2014 10:00PM

    What a great blog and so inspiring! Congrats on doing fantastic job on your transformation and keep it off. You looks great! emoticon emoticon

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DAWNDMOORE40 5/14/2014 8:45PM

    emoticon emoticon to you for keeping the weight off! You should be very proud of yourself! You look very pretty in your picture! I am in my 40's and some days I feel like the weight wants to creep up on me, but I won't give up and I am going to keep pushing to maintain my weight that I have kept off for 4 years now! Together we can fight the norm and be stronger for it! I don't believe in luck either. I believe it's by the power of God that I have achieved what I set out to do. There were days I felt like throwing in the towel, but I look back now and I am glad I didn't give up! We always have the ability to stay successful if we always believe we are worth the fight! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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BESSHAILE 5/14/2014 8:35PM

    YAY! I love it when someone decides to really be where she is at. Congratulations on being glad to be in the photograph. I hope you have dozens and dozens more years with your husband and that there's another photo op with brothers soon.

It's really not about dieting or food or even weight. It's about choosing to live. You did. You rock

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GLORIAMAJDI 5/14/2014 8:11PM

    Love that you got so much activity in on your vacation! That is what I like to do too. I am so inspired by your blog!

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WATERMELLEN 5/14/2014 8:07PM

    No wonder you didn't mind having your picture taken: you look terrific!!

Well done, you've accomplished a great deal and are enjoying the rewards of maintenance!!

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THOMS1 5/14/2014 7:04PM

    You have done a great job. Congrats!!! emoticon emoticon

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AMARILYNH 5/14/2014 6:21PM

    I love and SO agree with this statement: "I believe we all have the ability to put ourselves out into the world and live the life we want to live." I hear lots of excuses but at the end of the day our lives are the result of our choices! NO ONE has a perfect life - our lives are much more how we RESPOND to what happens to us than what happens to us!! Congratulations on your maintenance and ESPECIALLY for loving how you look in photos these days!! emoticon emoticon

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GOGETUMX2 5/1/2014 10:34PM

    I wish I had known you would be in New Orleans. I met some other spark friends, & walked the French Quarter then!!!

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KLONG8 4/23/2014 12:12AM

    Congratulations on year (almost) at maintenance. I loved your message today. I can feel your positive energy flowing and I'm soaking it up. Glad you are joining me tomorrow for our high-speed one-two mile extra walk!

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MEH50BEWELL 4/22/2014 3:14PM

    You look MARVELOUS!!! Wonderful pic of you and your dear sweet DH.

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MNGREENEYES 4/22/2014 10:34AM

    What a great blog! Thanks so much for sharing!

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ILOVEREDPOPPIES 4/22/2014 10:23AM

    I really enjoyed your blog! Please do more of them!

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POOKASLUAGH 4/22/2014 8:32AM

    That's the way to do it! You're doing so great - love it!

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ANNEMAC5 4/22/2014 1:02AM

    Great blog, given me my push for to day

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LYNNIERN 4/21/2014 11:17PM

    You are just so freaking awesome! Love, love LOVE this blog! I was just thinking about you the other day after looking at some of your pictures and wondering about your story and your journey..now I know, you showed up every day. Thanks for the inspiration!

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2WHEELER 4/21/2014 7:58PM

    Great blog. You both look wonderful! "Showing up everyday" is one of my favorite quotes. It really made an impact on me the first time I heard it.

It's such a simple concept--doing what you have to do to be healthy and happy. It doesn't happen by reading about it or wishing for it. You're a great example that putting forth your best effort every day works.



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TRUCKERWIFE2 4/21/2014 6:44PM

    Amazing Post. You sure have come a long way. You look young enough to be my daughter and yet you are just younger than me. Keep up the good work. You are an inspiration for those of us who are still trying to figure it out. Keep up the good work! emoticon emoticon

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SAPHRAEL 4/21/2014 5:44PM

    Very inspirational, Tanya. I especially liked, "I treat each day as it's another day to be my best self - to eat right, to exercise, and to lead by example."

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