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Today is your day.

Thursday, March 03, 2016

You're off to great places. Today is your day. Your mountain is waiting, so get on your way. Dr. (awesome) Seuss

I had a great day yesterday, and can't wait to climb today's mountain.

I started off with physical therapy. Stacy is pushing me hard. I want her to. My knee bend is up to 96 percent, so I'm still hanging in there. Great way to start my day.

Then I went to my darling Daughter's co-op to by yogurt (Stonyfield organic) that was on sale. My DD was painting a sign. She got hired by the marketing department part-time to do her favorite thing, ART. They were smart enough to notice her talent and she is now doing all the signs for the store, and they are AWESOME (just like she is).

Then I stopped by my favorite thrift store, the Assistance League, because all clothes were half off, and I had a coupon. Bought two shirts for the gym for a couple dollars and found my DD a pair of really cool boots (she LOVED them).

The fun part was that I saw a woman volunteering there that I had not seen in a LONG time, and she was effusive in her flattery of my weight loss. I am at loss sometimes with that kind of talk and try hard to play it down. She was with another woman, who was very interested in HOW I did it. She said, Weight Watchers, Nutri-System? I believe I wrinkled my nose and said, NO. Don't do any of those, please. I told her about Spark, and also told her that no matter what or where you did it, counting calories, finding a good exercise program and sticking with it, and TRACKING were the reasons I was not only initially successful, but still successful.

I had a knee brace on, and the woman asked me what was wrong with my knee. I told her that I got a new knee a month ago, and she said, AND YOU ARE WALKING AROUND? Sure, and I feel pretty good, I told her. (No limp, Stacy will NOT let me limp.) The gal got a knee replaced and told me she has not walked in five years and she has gained fifty pounds. I told her that I completely understood how that could happen, as it happened to me, but thought that it would be good for her to at least start walking. She asked me how much, with a really worried face. I said, start with ten minutes, and work up to at least thirty. My friend was nodding. They were both smiling at me. My friend, looking at me said, Jane, how old are you, you must be close to my age. I looked at her and said, how old are you? 48. I said, not even close, smiling...I turned 60 a month ago. They both gasped (literally, and I laughed out loud). Nothing is more fun than to feel good, to know you FEEL good, and to have it acknowledged, especially by me.

I left them with the Spark website address, and an address for an online chair yoga class, and the idea that starting new faddish exercise that you won't ever sustain is not ever a good idea. I told them that you need to find exercise you will do for the rest of your life, and you need to understand you are not dieting, you are changing the way you look at food. I told them about looking at labels, counting calories, looking at sugar and fat content, and left there thinking that MAYBE I got a couple women to think, which made me very happy.

Then I signed up for a water yoga class. Right up my alley. Water is so much easier to exercise in, and I love yoga, but can't do it well yet. It is at 6:30 in the morning, once a week. I decided that doing that would really get me going one morning a week, and I then can transfer what I learn by doing it myself at the YMCA pool.

I came home and put together a closet unit I bought for my DD, then made bran muffins. Then I collapsed.

Go out and make today your day. I'm certainly going to climb at least one mountain today.

Spark on.
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    Sounds like a PERFECT day!!!! emoticon
    1870 days ago
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    What a great day! I get so excited hearing about your progress and it's always such a great feeling to spread the *spark*! Also, I'm so glad you mentioned the Assistance League. I had never heard of them, and they sound like a great alternative to a lot of thrift store and donation places that I feel conflicted about. Thank you!
    1875 days ago
    You deserved every compliment you have been given! Your therapy is going well because of the effort you are making. I love to read about your progress because it is so inspiring! Go YOU!
    1875 days ago
    Well done!
    1876 days ago
  • L*I*T*A*
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    1876 days ago
    My heart was leaping out of my chest as I read this. I love that comment that you got your new knee a month ago and you're walking already! Yes, you are! Because you're AWESOME!

    That is my new favorite Dr. Seuss quote!

    Please send a picture of one of MF's signs. Or a lot of pictures of all of them! I'm dying to see them. OK, not actually dying, it's a figure of speech. Let's just say it would make my heart sing to see them. No, that's not quite it either. Hearts don't have mouths or vocal cords.

    It would make me very happy! Yeah, that's the ticket! LOL XOXOXOXOXOXOX
    1876 days ago
    1876 days ago
    This has to be one of the best success stories I have ever read...it's so real, so down to earth and wonderful. And you helped two other people who can really use it...that's so great! And who wouldn't what to look in their 40s when really in their 60s emoticon emoticon
    Your knee recovery is going well...I will be getting one as well and am so scared!
    Can you share with me the online chair yoga class? I would so appreciate it!
    Continued success!
    1876 days ago
  • PHOENIX1949
    1876 days ago
    You rock!! emoticon
    1876 days ago
    emoticon You are a walking advertisement for eating well and exercising.
    1876 days ago
    All sounds wonderful and Inspiring!........ and congratulations on those well-deserved compliments you got!... emoticon job!
    1876 days ago
  • HOLLYM48
    Busy lady! Way to go! I too spread the spark everywhere I go. There is no such thing as a magic bullet and you are so right, this lifestyle has to be sustainable or it will never last. Losing weight only gets you so far, keeping the weight off is the toughest part of the journey. You have to walk the walk for the rest of your life. I love what I learned here, I love how I eat and I love that I have changed.
    Spark on and keep on spreading the spark. You are awesome!
    1876 days ago
  • no profile photo JEANNETTE59
    You're definitely off to a great start. A start that would have many heading for a nap. Hope the rest of the day is a wonderful adventure.

    1876 days ago
    You awed thos 2 women for they saw a great lady full of health and life. Congratulations on all compliments! You earned everyone of them. have a great sinshinny daymy friend. emoticon
    1876 days ago
    As always, you are such an inspiration and you bring me great joy. As awful as I feel right now, you managed to make me smile and remember the good things! Thank you for that!
    1876 days ago
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    Your my hero.
    1876 days ago
    SparkPeople should be paying you!! You are such a great advert for this wonderful healthy way of life!
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    What a great day! Your advice to that woman was so valuable. I totally agree with your statement about finding exercise you love. I've tried all kinds of different things over the years, but they typically were fun for a few months and then I'd go back to not doing them. I now have a varied program that I have been doing for years. I credit SP teams for encouraging me to try new things, and surprise (!) I found out that I love gym classes. I love the great music we exercise to and the fact I have made so many new friends.

    As always, wonderful blog! emoticon
    1876 days ago
    Terrific! I just turned 62 and I tell you . . . I feel much better than I did in my 30's, 40's or 50's! HURRAY for self-determination and SP. You are a SPARK! Glad you encouraged that woman to walk, even just 10 minutes. That's how I started. Now, after my right knee replacement I can walk and walk and walk some more.

    HUGS Jane, you're an INSPIRATION!
    1876 days ago
    What a great day. Love how you may have inspired someone to start on a healthy path. Must have felt wonderful to get all that positive feedback, how satisfying.
    1876 days ago
    Enjoy your day
    1876 days ago
    Wow! Wow! WOW! Such great feedback for your hard work!!! You might not even have to climb that mountain, you can FLY!!!

    Well done!
    1876 days ago
    Awesome! I have had a great day so far. I got my haircut, YEAH!
    1876 days ago
    A great day indeed.
    1876 days ago
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