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It seemed impossible, and then my sparkfriends stood beside me

Sunday, September 27, 2009

When I went to the doctor, and found that I weighed 210 pounds and had high blood pressure, I knew I needed to do something. It seemed impossible, I was so out of shape. I didn't have time. I didn't have will power. It was too hard. And then I found Sparkpeople and my Sparkfriends stood beside me.

"Researchers studied 34 students at the University of Virginia, taking them to the base of a steep hill and fitting them with a weighted backpack. They were then asked to estimate the steepness of the hill. Some participants stood next to friends during the exercise, while others were alone. The students who stood with friends gave lower estimates of the steepness of the hill. And the longer the friends had known each other, the less steep the hill appeared." (Tara Parker-Pope"What Are Friends For? A Longer Life" in the NY Times (April 20, 2009))

I was a woman who could barely complete one minute on the elliptical, one day this week-I completed 2 hours. I was a woman who had no will power, one day this week-I ate a half cup of ice cream (or less), and put the carton back in the refrigerator where it remains. I was a woman who didn't have time to exercise, this week I took an afternoon off to be sure I got my bike ride in. This week when I could not get my bike ride in because it gets dark too early, I was an elliptical marathoner! This week, once again, I stood with my Sparkfriends, looking at the hills we face on this journey-we smiled at each other-and we said. "We can do this."
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