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Thursday, May 09, 2013

This is kind of a long vlog, but I thought it was important to share this side of Sparking. I know you usually see me bouncing around, or hula hooping up a storm. And most of my days are like that. I’m naturally wired to be a high-energy person; just ask my family and in-person friends (ha ha). But I’m also a real person, which means that not every day is hunky-dory. I thought it would be good for you to see one of those days and how I handle it now, with my Sparkish approach.

Sparking (like anything else) doesn’t have to be all-or-nothing, hit it out of the park every time, fast and furious. I’m learning that slow and steady really and truly counts for a lot and consistency can take you a long way. So, push yourself when you need to be pushed, rest your wings when you need to rest; it’s ALL good and it ALL counts! :)

Spark on, Brave Sparkers! (I will be bouncing again soon!)
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    789 days ago
    I really like this topic. Everyone should read/watch this!
    1721 days ago
    Ah! So true emoticon
    1723 days ago
    Enjoy your vlogs. Such a high-energy and positive personality. What a joy! Thanks for your effort to inspire others. Hope today is a feel-good day filled awesomeness for you.
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    1762 days ago
    Reading this blog post has been such a wonderful blessing to me. Thank you, Shelli!
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  • MAW_OH
    Hope you are feeling better and that your presentation at church went well!
    1780 days ago
    God uses a MAC??? LOL!!!

    You know what, Shell, it does all count! I can tell that you are hurting - see it in your eyes. I bet you didn't gain 5 pounds when you weighed in.

    I so needed to hear this pep talk today. I took a sidewalk dive during my run on Memorial Day and skinned up my knee, elbow, and palm pretty badly. I had to pull back from my triathlon training, which was really frustrating me. The triathlon is on Sunday. I'm still not healed, my elbow sidewalk burn continues to crack and bleed, my knee is still pretty bruised, but I can take the race slow and steady. I may not break any personal records (wait a minute, this is my first triathlon at these distances, so YES I WILL set records!), but I can walk instead of run. I may have to swim and bike slower than I have been doing in training. But I can move and I can finish - safely and without further injury.

    Thanks for always being such an inspiration to us. I am holding you in prayer for a complete recovery -- soon!
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    1783 days ago
    I am so glad you shared the hard part of the journey, I don't know why but it helps. I have been deing with a diabetic foot issue since fall and I have been letting it roll off my back but this latest set back I have had in the healing process has been the hardest. I took a big emotional down loop for a couple of weeks about it, and then I was able to bring myself back up to the place you are talking about. Just another part of the journey and slow and stead wins the race. I just love to walk and the weather is so good now in Colorado and I hate giving up that walking every day! But like you I need to do what I need to do to heal so I cut down the exercise completely for a couple of weeks and that has helped the healing process so much. I hate it though, I now have learned to love exercise daily and I feel like a prisoner not doing it. Well all this wining to say, Kudos to you for sharing the difficult part as well a the great part!! I Hope your disc goes back to the place it needs to be soon. I have two bulging discs in my lower back so I know the TLC that takes to get it back in working order! Hugs Susan
    1784 days ago

    Shelley, you SO inspire me! I know all of this in my heart and pretty much live it day to day, but having you put it out there like this gives me the little boost I needed today!

    1787 days ago
  • GEORGE815
    Keep bouncing. Keep sparking!
    1790 days ago
    I love your perspective! Thanks so much for sharing.
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    1794 days ago
    Great blog!!! And even when you are talking about bad things and set-backs you still have such a positive vibe!!!!
    Thank you very much for sharing this!!!!!!!
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    Hope you feel better soon! emoticon
    1800 days ago
    I hope you are better and better each day! I do not always get on to see everything, there's just too much. but, today i was lead here, somehow. The timing could not have been any better. Not to give "too much information" either, but, i have an infection that seriously slowed me down, with fever, etc. i managed to hoop for 15 minutes but that was only because i was trying to kill time before the Dr appt. Got an RX, and eventually, after the meds kicked in, to walk 2 miles (slowly) with a friend.
    this evening ran up and down the stairs several times MAKING IT FLY. After i saw your blog (a while ago ) about that, i made a big paper airplane. It's been sitting on the shelf since that time waiting for me to find the right time to do it. I also had to look up how to make a video on my camera. i dont know yet if i have anything worth posting, but, it's another thing i learned because of you!
    i wanted to say THANK YOU, for the laughs, the inspirations, and for reminding us that SLOW SPARKING COUNTS TOO.
    1802 days ago

    Comment edited on: 5/17/2013 8:42:06 PM
    I hope you feel better soon.
    1804 days ago
    I have an old whiplash injury that flares up every so often so I hear you loud and clear. Home you are soon on the mend.
    1804 days ago
  • DEBI60X60
    Oh, bless your heart! Feel better soon! emoticon
    1804 days ago
    Feel better soon!! emoticon
    1805 days ago
    I hope you feel better soon. Take care and thanks for vlogging.
    1806 days ago
  • FERN1943
    You are always able to put things into perspective.Thanks for sharing. emoticon Sorry you have had to slow down. Hope you are back in TipTop shape real soon!
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    1807 days ago
    Thanks for sharing and reminding us that we all have our ups and downs.
    1807 days ago
  • COOKIE_AT_51
    emoticon even when you are "slow" sparking! You spark on Shelli girl!!
    1807 days ago
    Oh don't know how much I needed to watch this! Thanks for sharing!!


    I hope you are feeling better soon!
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  • MISSY455
    Shelli I hope you are feeling much better very soon. Thanks for sharing this part of your journey with us. You always have such a wonderful outlook on things, and I love that you share your enthusiasm with us!
    1807 days ago
    Thanks for sharing. Keep it moving
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  • AMBER461
    Thanks for sharing.
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  • BSLMKH1954
    thanks for the reminder that even with an injury we can still do some exercise.
    1807 days ago
    I can truly understand the bulding disk. Some days I can barely stand straight. Do what you can & keep stacking the post it notes, emoticon
    1807 days ago
    Dear MostMom (Shelley),
    Wow! I sympathize SO MUCH! Idk if I've got a bulging disk or just an "issue" but I recently experiences some pretty awful pain in my neck and shoulder a week or so ago. Thank you for helping me see (literally), "there are good days and bad". You handled it pretty well, I think. I sure hope you get better as soon as possible!

    In the meantime, all the best!
    1807 days ago
  • THOMS1
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    1807 days ago
    Thanks Shelli for sharing this vlog! You are an awesome inspiration to me! I hope your neck feels better soon! I do tend to be hard on myself when I slip up or have a day in which I don't have enough time then I break my streak. Thanks for giving me ideas on how to keep going. emoticon
    1807 days ago
    Hey Shelli, I love the idea of "a new high score" to keep motivation up. Words of wisdom from a master at sparking.

    Thank you for posting this.

    1807 days ago
    Thanks for sharing !. emoticon emoticon
    1807 days ago
    Thank you.. I broke my streak due to debilitating migraines last weekend. We're talking praying to the porcelain god kind of migraines. Because I lost a weekend of study (final exams last week and this week) a day without pay from work and a crazy work schedule to make up the time lost, I haven't exercised since. Talk about guilt! You're right. A new streak starts, and hopefully this new streak will last longer than my 5 month streak..
    I hope you are feeling so much better. Thank you again for the encouragement and inspiration... So long guilt, hello again to my old friend exercise!
    1807 days ago
    Just what I needed to decide to do some stretching today. Thank you. Take care. Be well.
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    1807 days ago
    Good timing for me and a nice reminder that stuff happens. I was in the middle of a good streak, when boom. 2 back to back but separate health issues that laid me up for a total of 8 weeks. I still can't resume normal activity, but I can resume some. A new high score.. I really like that.
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    Comment edited on: 5/12/2013 11:09:20 AM
    Thanks for sharing! emoticon
    1807 days ago
    You might not be breaking a sweat but you're still circulating your blood.
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    Feel better soon! emoticon
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    Comment edited on: 5/12/2013 10:35:52 AM
    Ouch! Sounds very painful and unpleasant. I hope you feel better very soon.
    1807 days ago
  • SUNSET09
    Every step is an accomplishment and every pound, exercise and inch counts! Sparkpeople keeps me on track and thanx for sharing! Motivation is always welcomed! Take good care of yourself! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
    1808 days ago
    So sorry that you're suffering. But if it had to happen glad to see it was during a time when the elliptical is offering a smooth, safe ride.
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    Comment edited on: 5/12/2013 2:09:56 AM
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