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Thursday, July 04, 2019

I am still around. I have been going to the gym five days a week and taking spinning classes, power lift (weights) and I'm still running. I don't run like I used to. My body has told me all those miles don't do this body good, but that's ok.

Instead of focusing on what I can't do, I choose to have gratitude for what I can do. I will be 52 very soon. I have a wonky thyroid, certain body parts that "complain" more than others and body parts that seem to be in a race with gravity. Yet, I am grateful.

I am grateful that I can exercise to the extent that I can. I am grateful that I can run on the trails that I love. I am grateful that I am stronger and have more muscle, even though my saggy skin doesn't show it as much. emoticon I am grateful that I can still do what I want and not need to call my kids to do things for me. I am grateful that all my kids have reached adulthood and are doing well.

I am even grateful for sad things. Our little kitten Indie was lying on the stairs. One of my kids was carrying down laundry and stepped on her; she did not survive. I am grateful that I was present during this difficult time and that she knew how much I loved her. I am grateful that I was so attached to this tiny one in the 4 weeks we had her.

I am grateful for friends that I know, yet don't see as often as I like. I am grateful for my family and friends that are like family. I am grateful for all the people that I know because of my healthy lifestyle. Of course, the sparkfriends, the trail running friends, and the gym friends all have brought a different type of friendship, but one that I value.

I am grateful for those that are reading this and find something worthwhile in it. I hope that we all can show gratitude for the little things in life. It is the little things that are often the "big things" that matter the most.


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    Hi Mako! Enjoyed the update! Your exercise routine is impressive! Keep doing what you love. It’s great to keep exploring new things. Keep what works and move on from what does not or no longer does! Best wishes with the new upcoming job. It takes special teachers to teach special kids. You look fab in your family photo! Thank you so much for Sparking! Long time, consistent Sparkers like you are my go to motivation and inspiration!
    467 days ago
    What a wonderful blog! Thanks for the update! You are such an inspiration here on Sparks Mako! I'm so sorry to hear about your little kitty!
    Sending lots of hugs and love your way today! xoxo
    479 days ago
    So sorry to hear about your poor kitty
    481 days ago
    I am so sorry about Indie.
    484 days ago
    What a wonderful blog! Always best to focus on what we CAN do. So sorry about Indie! Big hugs to who stepped on her. That has to be tough!

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    484 days ago
  • ALICIA363
    Good to hear from you!
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    484 days ago
    emoticon So sorry about the loss of Indie and glad you carry gratitude for the short time she was in your lives. Much gratitude shared here, Mako. Keep living and loving your life! emoticon
    484 days ago
    Awwwww, so sorry about the loss of your precious Indie. So hard!

    As our bodies age, they do have a way of letting us know what is acceptable or not in terms of activities. And this definitely does change over time. So, embracing that which we CAN do is wonderful. That's where the focus needs to be.

    Hope you had a wonderful 4th.

    484 days ago
    emoticon So much to be grateful for! For what we CAN do, rather than over-extend mourning for what we cannot.

    So sorry about your little Indie. Hope your kid that stepped on her is doing OK with the situation (must be tough on him/her).

    emoticon Keep that spark alive!
    484 days ago
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