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The Significance of Slippage in a Walking and Weight Loss Program

Updated on October 7, 2013
Oh, Did You Guys Notice That I Gained Some Weight?
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Shoots of Winter Wheat
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It can definitely be frustrating...

...when the bathroom scale that has consistently reflected lower numbers month after month abruptly reverses direction.

Dammit! I gained a pound this month!

Add to that an addictive personality syndrome...you know, the one that brandishes the all too familiar (and self-destructive) rationalization of in for a penny, in for a pound: Since I failed a little, I might as well fail a lot.

And if that thought process takes hold, it's not long before its close cousins--negative thinking, self-pity, and justification--join the sinking ship.

Who am I kidding? All this walking...it's hard work, and for what? Who cares if I lose weight? Such a stupid idea!

Life on that living room couch was so much simpler. Shoveling potato chips, fried chicken, doughnuts, and Neapolitan ice cream into my mouth during commercials (and between commercials), and guzzling on soda pop made the anxiety and pain of every bad memory of my miserable life so much easier to deal with. And on good days, I might even convince myself that there's such a thing as forgetting...or, better yet, escaping from my ugly self.

Except...there's no such thing as escaping oneself, is there? Nope, I'm doomed to this self-imposed Hotel California. This bloated lead zeppelin. This overgrown couch potato. This behemoth of a rotten, stinkin', puffy beached whale.

Let's face it. I'm a failure. Always have been and always will be.

And why in the world did I ever write monthly articles about my walking and weight loss? It would have been one thing to keep a private journal, one that I could rip up in putrid self-disgust. But to write for a public online forum like HubPages? OMG! What the hell was I thinking?

Yeah, I can see them all laughing at me now.

What an idiot I am!

I'm going crazy here. I need some comfort. Think I'll head on down to Walmart and grab me a box of doughnuts.

Which Way Do I Go?
Which Way Do I Go?
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Blue Mountains to the Southeast
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A Stand of Evergreens and Maples Conceal a Farmer's Home
South to Milton-Freewater, OR
South to Milton-Freewater, OR
A Throw Rug of Wheat Stubble Extending to a Dark Olive Carpet of Maples and Sycamores Hiding the City of Walla Walla
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At the fork in the road...

...I had a choice to make.

It was only a pound. 16 ounces. A mere pittance of regression.

But for me, it was an invitation--a psychological portal, if you will--for all my past demons to find a way back in.

As tempting as it was to succumb to the notion of giving up, I closed my eyes and pondered two things.

One was bad.

The other was good.

Individually as well as collectively, they were motivators.

The Bad: 51 days ago, I suffered a transient ischemic attack (TIA) aka mini-stroke.

The Good: As a result of my walks, I have intimately experienced the Walla Walla Valley, and in the process, I have become better acquainted with myself.

The Bad can be an effective incentive for behavior modification, but fear of a negative will never be enough. Wielded unwisely, it can quickly turn to destruction.

The Good is vital as an effective filler for the void where bad habits once resided, but unbridled optimism in the absence of guarded vigilance can leave one vulnerable to future attacks.

To truly change for the better, one needs the complementary union of both motivators.

And my choice?

I cling to both for dear life!

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Slippage...

...doesn't refer to my falling down while walking in inclement Pacific Northwest weather.

Slippage refers to a small glitch in one's recovery. From a big picture perspective, slippage can be a therapeutically healthy thing. Every slight setback along the road of progress is a lesson waiting to be learned. More often than not, we gain more insight about ourselves and the world we live in as a result of making mistakes.

Utilizing a hypothetical example with the help of our good friend and fellow HubPages writer in Olympia, Washington, if success is the graduation diploma, then slippage was the day that my English teacher, Bill Holland, gave me a D for writing a very boring introductory sentence. The temporary failure taught me a key lesson that I will never forget.

So I gained a pound. I could whine all day about how hard I worked to walk X number of miles during the month. Rather, I have less stress in my life by accepting my fallible self and candidly admitting the following truths:

  • The TIA episode scared the crap out of me, and I lost my confidence and my bearings. It's taken me over 7 weeks to get to where I'm ready to dive full speed ahead into my projects once again.
  • I gave into lazy behavior and rationalized doing other things rather than walking.
  • Our family went on vacation, and though we walked a lot each day, we ate a lot of hotel continental breakfasts and theme park food.
  • It rained a great deal in the Pacific Northwest, and I used that as an excuse more often than not, even on good weather days.
  • I ate a lot of peanut butter sandwiches at all times of the day during the month of September.

And I gained 1 pound.

My Walking Program for 2013

Days Walked
Elapsed Days
% of Days Walked
127
273
46.5%
Miles Walked
Goal
% Towards Goal
759.75
1000
75.98%
Weight on 01/01/13
Weight on 10/01/13
Total Weight Loss in 2013
228
209
19 lbs

A cursory glance at the chart...

...provides me with a very effective tool for transforming slippage into a constructive learning curve.

It's a concept successful individuals adeptly use.

Affirmations.

But how do I turn failures into affirmations?

Great question, and I'm glad I asked it on your behalf. Here are a few examples of affirmations I can extrapolate from the chart.

  • So far this year, I have walked almost every other day. I am keeping a commitment to myself.
  • Through nine months, I have walked almost 760 miles. I am making good progress towards my annual goal.
  • I have lost 19 pounds since January 1st. I am losing weight.

These positive declarations are so much more constructive and definitely healthier than the hurtful and self-loathing statements found in the first section of this article.

Jousting with a Quixotic Trio?
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Consequently, for the remaining 85 days...

...of 2013, I arrive at the same fork in the road every single morning. And I'm challenged to make a key decision.

Is this the day I give up on myself? Fulfilling a lie that I believed and perpetuated for all of my youth and a good portion of my early adulthood--that I'm good for nothing and destined to fail?

Or do I confront the lie and gallop full speed at the windmill?

For the past nine months, I've jousted and prevailed over the giants of apathy, mediocrity, and sloth.

I've ambled through the rustic and picturesque Walla Walla Valley and reveled in her white fur coats of winter, multicolored sweaters of spring, blue and emerald polo shirts of summer, and amber windbreakers of autumn. I've also put in guest ambulatory appearances west of the Cascade Mountains in the logging-turned-antique-store bedroom community of Stanwood; the meteorological opposites of Kona and Hilo on the Big Island; and the pedestrian-congested theme parks of Orlando, Florida.

One thing's for sure.

I'm NOT letting an errant pound--or any other form of slippage--impede my rendezvous with success.

Aloha!!
Aloha!!

© 2013 Hawaiian Odysseus

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 3 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    Nadine, I am so very appreciative of your following, and in a few minutes, I would be honored and delighted to reciprocate. But you must know the truth about my status at this time. I have not been writing on HP for a couple of months or so. It is a wonderful literary site with gifted and very personable people, but it hasn't been a good fit for me personally in terms of my impressionist, personal essayist style of writing and perhaps the niche(s) I choose to write about. So I have been writing solely for Bubblews at this time, and the investment of time there has been financially compensated at a much higher and proportionate ratio than while I was here. Again, this is only MY experience, and thousands of other writers are doing very well on HP. I do come back here from time to time, such as I'm doing now, to respond to comments others leave for me. Thanks so much, my dear South African friend, for your understanding and compassion. Best wishes for continued success!

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    Nadine May 3 years ago from Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

    I so enjoyed your hub. I need to lose a few pounds myself and have been on a fruit and veggie diet, and walking is a daily routine for 30 min. No coffee in the morning and evening, that is the hardest to let go of for me.

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 3 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    From one islander to another, thank you, my Filipino brother! Aloha, and have a wonderful Tuesday!

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    JPSO138 3 years ago from Cebu, Philippines, International

    Hi my friend, i sad to hear that this has happened to you. But i could see that you will surely make it through. You have such a positive attitude and this is what matters most. Wishing you best of health always... Awesome hub my friend!

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 3 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    Hi, Joelle!

    Sorry that I took so long in getting back to you. Been really busy listing, selling, and packaging items on eBay, along with other activities such as visiting and singing to the elderly. I'm still walking, and the weather has been so great here in the Walla Walla Valley that I've walked the last three days in a row, not something I usually do. Hope to have some text and pix up about current experiences on HP soon!

    Thank you so very much for your presence and gracious comments. So far, so good. I'm back on my blood pressure meds, per doctor's strong suggestions, walking consistently, and trying my best not to get too stressed about things.

    How are you and your family doing? I hope all is well with you and your loved ones. Please take good care of t hat left foot. And, mmm, chocolate croissants! Yummy! (See, I just gained a pound visualizing that scrumptious pastry right now!)

    Regarding a personal trainer, one, I'm old school and prefer crafting my own challenges...like jogging at an old man's trot a half mile to 7 tenths of a mile. One of my goals for 2014 is to go a mile nonstop. I also do interval running--dashing like a moose (ha ha!) and then walking...doing that for several repetitions. I do believe I am on good pace to meet my 2013 goal of walking 1000 miles...barring formidable winter weather, that is. That is why I really need to take advantage of the Indian Summer weather.

    Well, I need to get to work. Thanks again for stopping by, Joelle. Aloha and best wishes,

    ~Joe

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    kidscrafts 3 years ago from Ottawa, Canada

    Great hub, Joe! I hope that you are feeling better now! You shouldn't be hard on yourself! I think you did a lot of walking and it's not uncommon to have a plateau. Because of your TIA, you had to take it more easy and so it for sure affected your weight ... just a little glitch.... it will pass :-)

    Did you think of asking a professional trainer for a few lessons to go pass your plateau?

    I love to walk but since April I have plantar fasciitis in my left foot.... so not too much walking for me; the good thing, I am starting to feel a little bit better!

    We each have our days.... yesterday, I couldn't resist a chocolate croissant! I know they are not good for me.... but the temptation was just too great!

    Take good care of yourself! I love to read your wonderful hubs on hubpages :-)

    Have a great weekend!

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 3 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    Thank you so very much, Brad, for your heartfelt concern and inspiring message. You know, you would make a fine coach someday. It takes guts to come to the precipice, experience the temptation to quit, and yet eventually move forward...taking that leap of faith. We're all too acquainted with what failure feels like, so to do so at this point is something we truly are not afraid of. Ah, but to move forward into unknown territory...THAT, my friend, is the fear of success. And we both have come too far and expended too much of our time and energy and all that moves us to wake up each morning and face whatever it is we don't want to face...to give up now.

    So, as the Hawaiians say, IMUA (ee~MOO~ah)...press forward! Like Marshawn Lynch in beast mode!

    Aloha and mahalo, Brad!

    ~Joe

    PS And about those Mighty Wings...where were YOU when the lights went out? LOL!

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    Bradrick H. 3 years ago from Texas

    Hello there sir! Another awesome job of writing. While I was reading this, I was thinking about something I went through towards the end of the month of August. I had woke up one morning feel congested, but I really wanted to go jogging that evening. I left the house and when I got outside, I just couldn't do it. My body physically wasn't able to go through with it.

    I manged to catch a cold, and it sidelined me from running. What I thought would be a few days turned in a week. When I finally started feeling better, I had developed a somewhat lazy attitude about running. When I finally started back again, it felt like hell that first run back after that extended absence. It was so bad that I had to pack it in after only 1.5 miles.

    Anyway, I stuck with it, and I'm back at my peak level again. I was beginning to get nervous reading the first half of this, thinking that maybe you threw in the towel. I'm so glad that you are continuing to press forward in your walking journeys.

    You have walked a lot of miles this year. You've more than doubled in walking what I've managed to run so far this year. I say all of that to say this, it's okay that you gained a pound. It's normal, but you didn't let it take you completely out of the game, even though you entertained the idea. I commend you for that. By the way, I'm sorry to hear about the mini-stroke you had. I'm really glad to hear that you're better.

    Great job on the hub once again, and I know that you'll reach that 1,000 mile mark. Keep up the good work sir. You're an inspiration to us all on here. Voted up, rated awesome, shared.

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 3 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    As many times as I have failed, gotten back up, and failed again, I want you to know that there's no giving up in this good ol' island boy's heart...and the fact that you took time out of your very busy day (because we learn very well how to stay busy to avoid looking at or feeling all that pain--I feel you, Christin, I really do...), I finally know why I felt compelled to write this piece. I've had a whole range of responses, 99% of them positive, one of them condescending from an elite road racer, but yours is the first that reflects back that core inner pain...revealing that you truly understand that it's not so much the issue of the pound creeping back, but the deeper insecurity of "Uh-oh..did I just open up Pandora's box again?"

    Here's how I measure success, Christin: I do so in relative increments. That is, I recognize, affirm, and empower myself by shortening the amount of time it takes me to wake up from my psychological stupor and realize that I'm in negative freefall again. I train myself to change my perception. What I once viewed as failures, I now consider as small but steady baby steps towards success. Having a positive spin on each slippage helps me to raise my awareness of what I'm doing and shorten the negative cycle. I talk a lot to myself, and maybe it's a good thing I go on these long walks so I can do just that. Where once I self-medicated by going on binges, I now focus on that little boy inside of me who--once upon a time, for whatever reason--got traumatically derailed, and I gently comfort him..."I know you can...I know you can...I know you can..." That little boy, you see, responds to inspirational stories like THE LITTLE ENGINE WHO COULD.)

    All that said...here is my gift back to you. I am dropping everything I'm doing right now, and I am walking towards you. I take your hands and help you to your feet. I gaze into your eyes and lovingly smile at you. And then I gently pull you close to me and give you a great big Hawaiian hug, one that you can really sink yourself into, let go, and simply forget about all your cares. And it lasts for a perfect moment...

    Thank you for your gift of love, and it's my honor and privilege to gift you back. Aloha, dear Christin!

    ~Joe

    PS How's your son doing? Aloha and a hug for him, too.

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    Christin Sander 3 years ago from Midwest

    This made me cry! I have so been where you are and I understand that very brutal inner critic voice and the demons that come back when dealing with weight loss and gain. I have had that battle off and on a lot and I am a stress eater. I sometimes cave and some pounds creep on and then I berate myself for being a failure. Although I recognize the pattern and work to stop it - reading someone else's pain and frustration helps me to realize I am not alone in those self-sabotaging patterns. I hope you too realize you are not alone - and a pound IS just a pound! So happy you are sticking it out and not letting old patterns defeat you. You have done SO well - look at that chart :) It's not easy to stay motivated - and it really deflates us when we feel like we've failed again after a success, but don't let it stop you. How many times you get back up and all that.

    I lost a lot of weight previously - was at my goal weight, was in great shape and felt fantastic. My son was in an accident 18 months ago and the stress habits took hold. I have 20+ to lose again and I am weaker than I was before noticeably so, and in time for my 40th birthday in a couple of weeks. I promised myself I'd be back in my skinny jeans by then and it aint gonna happen ;). Trust me, I have been beating myself up too and making excuses and feeling like I failed. To top it all off, I work in the health/fitness niche, so I know what to do and how to stop being this way and that makes me beat myself up even harder for my own slips! I'm going to keep trying though, because I read this and it has inspired me. So thanks!

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 3 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    Wow, Brandi!

    That'd be SWEET if two very cool personalities with brilliant writing abilities could meet, say, for coffee. I encourage you to connect with Kathryn Stratford. As I do with you, I think the world of her and admire her spirited resolve in dealing with life's challenges head on and with enhanced desire and passion in utilizing writing as a constructive and creative outlet.

    Thanks for your wonderful reaching out, Brandi! Going for my walk now, and I thank you for getting my morning off to a great start!

    Aloha, my friend!

    ~Joe

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    CraftytotheCore 3 years ago

    I had to stop by another time. I see some friends writing about CT. I live here, near the RI border. I'm also near a reservoir. We have a beautiful state park nearby along a river leading in from Long Island Sound. Wouldn't that be something if that's the same place you all are talking about. Have a great day!

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 3 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    Kathryn, I'm definitely looking forward to reading about your future walks in Connecticut and looking at photographs of the area. My little brother once lived in CT and was married to a Sheriff's daughter. Marriage went south, and so did he...southwest, that is, all the way back home to Kaua'i. But he loved the New England area and the amazing and distinct four seasons. Once you get settled in, those of us who have missed your excellent writing (you'll find me at the front of the line) will enjoy the rewards of having been patient. I'm not kidding with the accolades, Kathryn...you have an exceptional gift of raw talent, and I liken you to a young Joyce Carol Oates.

    Have an eventful and memorable long weekend, one that involves a few unexpected life detours, including flirting with a cute barista, or pretending the guy at the newsstand is a spy, or paying for the little old lady's handful of groceries in front of you. May your life be filled with aloha adventures and Hansel and Gretel breadcrumbs that lead to flash fiction vignettes!

    With deep respect and great admiration,

    ~Joe

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    Kathryn 3 years ago from Manchester, Connecticut

    Joe,

    Congrats to you for working through this, acknowledging your flaws, and moving forward as best as you can. Thanks for sharing this internal struggle with us, and in writing this show us ways to learn from "slippages". We all have them at one point or another.

    Also, good luck with keeping the internal struggle on the positive side, and taking the best fork in the road every morning. I know that even when we decide what the best thing to do is, and talk the negativity away, it can creep back in, and rear it's angry head.

    Have a wonderful week, and some more great walks, my friend. I am going on another sunrise walk this weekend, probably Sunday morning. I look forward to it, although I'm a little sad that I won't be living here much longer. But when I move back to Connecticut, the place I am renting is in a pretty area, near a reservoir. I look forward to finding a new favorite place to walk, and a new view to see when I greet the sun.

    ~ Kathryn

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 3 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    Thanks for the heads up and great advice, Sandy. Hope you have lots of fun this long weekend!

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    TIMETRAVELER2 3 years ago

    Joe, the weight loss is very good, but I do believe it would have come anyhow. Slow it down. You are not in a race here. The big trick is going to be to maintain once you've reached your goals. I just wrote an article , mostly for you, about food and eating. You may want to take a look. I don't think it's featured yet, but it's there. Have a good one.

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 3 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    Hey, Sandy, you had me at "Joe, my dear friend," and I hung on every word that followed. Thank you for the gut-check honest feedback only a true friend can give to another. You're absolutely right. I have three more months of working towards attaining my goal...which actually just involved the number of miles I walked. Along the way, I've thus lost 19 pounds, so that became an accompanying object of measure. But you're absolutely on spot...it's not the numbers but rather the quality of life that truly matters.Thanks for the love slap--I needed that from a big sister! : ) (Being firstborn among 6, I've learned to be self-reliant and stubborn, even when it flies in the face of good sense.)

    Have a super terrific weekend, Sandy, and be safe out there!

    Aloha!

    ~Joe

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    TIMETRAVELER2 3 years ago

    Joe, my dear friend, listen up! You are not talking pounds here, you are talking health. That is a whole other thing entirely. The two should not be confused. If you let anxiety overcome you because of one pound, think about what that will do to your stress and in turn your overall well being! Stop counting the miles. Enjoy the beautiful walks and useem as time to contemplate. Stop eating junk. Instead fill your body with the many wonderful tasting, healthy foods your body needs. Make love...that burns tons of calories. Live every single day and smell the roses while you do, and you will be healthy. Trust me. I ought to know. I have survived Cancer, broken bones, un named diseases, you name it...and I'm still here with you. Stress is more dangerous than any one pound you could possibly gain, so relax. You're going to be fine.

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 3 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    Pamela, if I might borrow an old cliche, your reputation precedes you, and so the gracious words that you've blessed me with tonight are that much more meaningful to me. You speak and write from your heart, the very organ I'm hoping to help God rejuvenate by way of these long walks and cathartic flash personal essays.

    The morning after I had this TIA episode, I stubbornly went on a long walk. A couple of days later, while meeting with my doctor, I asked him if I could continue walking, hoping that he would say yes. And he did. I just didn't want to take this lying down. I felt strongly that my health had deteriorated in recent years because I had grown lazy and complacent. Walking--taking some form of action as opposed to remaining idle--seemed like a good idea. Truth is, I needed to do something...I needed to feel as if I was fighting hard for my life...and walking offered me the dual opportunity to rage against the unwanted intrusion and utter a prayer of thanksgiving.

    Pamela, I appreciate your visit tonight, and I wish you the very best. Thank you for your wonderful support and encouragement. Sweet aloha!

    ~Joe

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    Pamela Kinnaird W 3 years ago from Maui and Arizona

    This is grand! I love this hub -- except for the part about your mini-stroke. Whoa, that is serious. Mini-stroke is sort of a synonym for the word 'accident' with the definition of a sudden, unforeseen, unintended and unplanned event. It's a real wake-up call which, unfortunately, some of us don't get. Some people just get the major stroke or fatal heart attack.

    'I arrive at the same fork in the road every single morning....' and 'and prevailed over the giants of apathy, mediocrity, and sloth.' -- these were my favorite parts. Really enjoyed this, Joe.

    And walking in the rain -- some of my best walks were in the rain, alone, thinking creative thoughts.

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 3 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    Going backwards, Heather dear, because that's how I roll sometimes (LOL!), thank you for mentioning my family. Yes, they're doing just fine, thank you. As you may know, I'm a hubby/dad who's still in transition with this new stage in life called the empty nest. While our cat, Kona, serves me very well as a pseudo-child, I really must be more discipliined in vigilantly guarding against any of the neighbors hearing me refer to him as "Son" or "Boy." My innate quirkiness already has the neighborhood on alert, and I really don't want to give them more ammunition. They see me at the local thrift stores sniffing clothing (I'm just checking for cigarette smells), trolling the women's shoe racks (yes, public, there is such a thing as exploring new eBay niches), and carrying bundles of USPS priority mail boxes and unusually shaped large envelopes bursting at the seams. Hypersensitivity to 911 urban legends has them scrutinizing this dark-skinned Hawaiian and guessing at which country in the Middle East I might be from...and, by the way, what's he really packing in those big boxes he mails out everyday? Hmm...

    And so it goes, Heather, and I'm having a whale of a carnival time playing right into their nosey small town gossipy ways...just loving every minute of it!

    All that said, life is good, really good, and I am so very thankful to have a bit more time to write about the humor of it all. Thanks so much for your wonderful presence and literary contributions...to me personally and to the HubPages community as a whole. Here's to more of your successful ventures, edible body paint notwithstanding. : )

    With awesome aloha and rambunctious respect,

    ~Joe

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 3 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    I receive this award on behalf of the many dear writer peers like you, Jaye, who exemplified the reaching out, caring, empathy, strong shoulders, smiles as well as tears, and so much joyful fellowship in this marathon walk called life. If I was deserving, it was only because I emulated what I had been given. So it's only appropriate, my friend, that we celebrate this one TOGETHER!

    Aloha always, Jaye!

    ~Joe

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    Heather May 3 years ago from Ohio

    Joe, I am so sorry to hear of your mini stroke but so thankful for your walking. While you "never know" ...your walking journey may have saved you from a major one. I think your walking is so much more than losing weight....it is definitely an inspiration. Think of all the hubs you have put together and think of all of the hubbers you have inspired through the words you formed while in the relaxation of your blissful journey.

    As for the 1 pound....the average person can vary a few pound based on---let call it digestion. so don't sweat the 1 pound..

    Your walks are not only therapy you for --but for us too. Wear your badge (1 pound) courageously and attack your next walk with it in mind. Or just forget that stinkin pound and clear your mind and take in the beauty and the quiet!

    Hope the family i s still well :)

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    Jaye Denman 3 years ago from Deep South, USA

    Hi (again), Joe - Congratulations for your 2013 Hubbie Award. I voted for you in several categories, so I'm thrilled to see your contributions to our HP community recognized. When you consider how many overall HP members there are, winning a Hubbie is quite an achievement. It's one you richly deserve.

    Aloha, my friend,

    Jaye

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 3 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    Aw, shucks, Mary, you surely have a way of bringing out the Huck Finn in me...except in my version of the classic Mark Twain character, I'm wearing an aloha shirt and coconut hat, and it's not a corncob pipe I'm smokin', either, but rather a sixties thing that was familiarly known as a rhyming couplet...the first word being MAUI. LOL! Just kiddin'! It's been decades...like other things...sigh! Maybe that's why I walk so much these days. Ha-ha!

    Yep, you and I are indeed unique. We're proverbial fringe misfits that like our literary counterpart, "The Ugly Duckling," just happened to show up in the wrong era and at the wrong crossroads...only to find, later on down the road, that we were something very special and quite endearing.

    That's my fantasy, and I'm sticking to it! : )

    You're tops in my book. I hope you know that!

    Thank you for the wonderful and inspirational quotations from Dr. Franklin and the lovely Ms. Keller as well as the allusion to the original and even more quirky Walter Mitty, Miguel Cervantes' unflappable DQ! Reading about him when I was a little boy gave me the first clue that in some cultures, the X is silent.

    And in other cultures, XXXOOO means:

    Aloha, dear Mary!

    ~Joe

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 3 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    Suzie, thank you so much for your lovely mindfulness and rip-roarin' enthusiasm about life and connections with others. I am honored and very grateful for the HP recognition, especially in light of the fact that the votes were "of the people, by the people, and for the people." Certainly, for me, anyway, the incentive for staying with HP has not been financially-based, although I can promise you I will continue working hard on that aspect...no, my motivation is the pure pleasure of connecting with other...and, in the process, discovering the nuances of the written word, the empowerment people receive and give back through literary endeavors, and a more intimate sense of self. The thing I love about and benefit the most from you and your writing, Suzie, is your peaceful groundedness. I want more of that in my life. Blessings and aloha this overcast autumn day in SE Washington state!

    ~Joe

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    Mary Craig 3 years ago from New York

    I have two things to say to you my friend;

    “I didn't fail the test, I just found 100 ways to do it wrong.” ― Benjamin Franklin AND "When we do the best we can, we never know what miracle is wrought in our life, or in the life of another." - Helen Keller.

    You didn't really think I'd stop at two did you? Your references to Don Quixote truly made me smile for after all, aren't we all chasing windmills in one way or another? Right now I'm in the midst of quitting smoking and watching the scale climb....lots of things going on in this mind that's for sure. Your determination and addictive personality are well understood. It was my addictive personality that led me to so many years of smoking in the first place!

    You, my dearest friend, are such a wonderful writer. You make even the bad sound good! We face those damn forks in the road every day.

    As for your Award, while I definitely love that you got it, its not the one I voted for you either, but it is certainly well deserved. Seems you and I march to a different drummer than the rest my friend, but that's okay, we still have our music in our heads and our writing in our hearts. So very good to see you back! Keep those oldies rollin'.

    Voted all the way across and shared because you truly are the best!

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    Suzanne Ridgeway 3 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

    Hi Joe,

    Oh how I have missed your writing! My failing and I apologize my Hawaiian friend. You have had a great year in your goal and are well on the way to achieving your goals. We often have slippage in our plans , god knows I have and it is determination, regrouping and setting off again that keeps us focused. Look at what you HAVE achieved, a 19 lb loss, well done you!! A little lb up will surely be a memory in your ultimate result.

    Congrats on your hubbie award, was SO thrilled to see you among the winners! You got my vote!

    Keep on walking my friend you are "playing a blinder" as my dad would say! LOL Aloha Joe ~

    Up, interesting , awesome shared!

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 3 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    Hi, WND!

    Thank you so much! With dear hearts like you, it's just a natural thing for me to enjoy our communication and fellowship here on HubPages. YOU are a very good reason why I chose to hang tight with HP when a lot of people were abandoning ship. I am deeply grateful and indebted to you. Aloha, my friend, and be sure to pet the charming canines for me. Good night!

    ~Joe

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 3 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    Thanks, Brandi! Yes, indeed, I am sticking with my walking program. It is so true, however, how the daily responsibilities can distract a person from a core schedule of events. Then again, it could just be my lack of adequate planning. I know I'm probably preaching to the choir, my dear, but I seem to have too many irons in the fire. I marvel at how prolific a writer you are. Perhaps you could pen a hub sometime about how you attack your day.

    I am so grateful for your congratulatory message, Brandi. As much as I love the writing here, I enjoy even more the opportunity to become better acquainted with the human interest stories of the writers themselves--the "living hubs," if you will. On a daily basis, I am enthralled, enthused, and deeply motivated.

    Ah, life is good, Brandi! With that, I'll bid you aloha and a good night's rest!

    ~Joe

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 3 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    Why, thank you very much for those gracious remarks, Sally! Yes, I've been on hiatus, it would seem. But I'm back once again and rarin' to go. I haven't seen notifications for your wonderful writing for some time, either...let's hope that was only due to the normal distractions of life and not some high tech glitch. In any event, I am so happy to hear from you again. I'm grateful for the dear and talented writers here on HP, and I'm especially blessed and tickled to have a lovely young female friend from Norfolk.

    Aloha, and thanks for blessing my evening!

    ~Joe

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    wetnosedogs 3 years ago from Alabama

    Hawaii,

    Just wanted to stop somewhere on your hubside and congratulate you for being recognized as the Most Supportive hubber.

    You are the best.

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    CraftytotheCore 3 years ago

    Joe, Congratulations on your Hubbie Award.

    Isn't it funny what fear does to us? This article is excellently written. I have no excuse. There is a treadmill staring at my from the living room. But do you think I walk on it when it rains? LOL Actually, I've been to known to walk in the rain. But just saying. I know how you feel friend. You've made a lot of progress. Keep at it. You will go farther on your walks.

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    Sally Gulbrandsen 3 years ago from Norfolk

    Not sure why but this sounds like a familiar story Joe. Hang in there Joe.

    I have missed you and for some reason I have seen no notifications for your Hubs lately but perhaps that was because I was away too.

    I saw you had won a Hubber Award last night and I thought I would just stop by your pages and say - well deserved dear Joe, you deserve it and thank you for all the kind words you have passed my way this year.

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 3 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    Hey, Cris!

    Thanks for poppin' up a second time tonight! I love it! Got a busy day tomorrow, so I better hit the sack. I hope to get at least a short walk in, and then we're driving for about an hour to Hermiston, OR, where my wife has an appointment and I get to spend "me" time at Starbucks and hopefully do some writing. Come join me? Aloha!

    ~Joe

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 3 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    Hi, Faith!

    Thank you so much, and congratulations to you, dear friend, as well as to our writer peers who have been blessed by your presence and personal witness here on HubPages and were gracious in acknowledging your Christ-centered walk. Sending you love and hugs from SE Washington where it's been raining for most of the day but shining big time in my soul. Aloha, Faith!

    ~Joe

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 3 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    Hi, Maria!

    Thank you for your thoughtful and empathetic response to this hub, Maria. I treasure your input, and I honor your output. While I am pleased and grateful for the most supportive hubber accolade, the irony for me is that I feel like I have received far more than I've given.

    I hope and pray that all is well with you and that you're engaged in fun and challenging projects. Wishing you the very best, Maria!

    Hugs and aloha!

    ~Joe

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    Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

    CONGRATS to you my dear friend, Joe, for receiving a Hubbie for most Supportive Hubber!!! So well deserved. I have felt your special kind of support in your commenting each time you grace my hub space with your presence.

    Hugs and love to you from southern USA,

    Faith Reaper

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    Maria Jordan 3 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

    This is an authentic and honorable piece of work, Joe. You describe what so many of us feel when we make a slip up, no matter how big or small...

    I was so happy to see your win as most Supportive Hubber. Congratulations and thank you for your positive and upbeat philosophy which touches us all.

    Hugs, Maria

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    CrisSp 3 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

    ...and they listened to me and counted my vote. Way to go Joe! Happy dance for winning!

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 3 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    Hi, Cris!

    Thanks for all that love you're showering down from way up there in the stratosphere! In the Walla Walla Valley, it's showing up in the form of 50% rain, 25% cloudy and overcast, and 5% rain. What about the other 20%, you say? Oh, mostly marshmallows...a couple of stray cats...and one St. Bernard dog haplessly holding onto one of those tiny umbrella favors that bartenders stick into a mai tai!

    I'm guessing that in the poll, you chose the one about using slippages as opportunities to learn something. Hope I nailed it! You strike me as a free spirit who's not afraid to be adventurous with just the right mix of savvy, moxie, and compassion to turn unfortunate events into powerful object lessons. (Even the rude passengers that you encounter every now and then.)

    Thank you for the smiles and hugs you brought my way this wet and windy SE Washington afternoon. Aloha, dear friend!

    ~Joe

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    CrisSp 3 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

    hawaiianodysseus: You never fail to inspire your readers with your fantastic hubs, much more to entertain and enjoy.

    I love the way you're perfectly embracing imperfection in the end.

    Needless to say, gotta spread the good (forget the bad) vibes in this piece (sharing) and voting up, etc. Keep well my friend, Joe.

    Love from the sky~

    P.S. I took part in your poll. Guess, which one did I tick? :)

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 3 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    Aw, Pearl, thanks so much for understanding where I'm coming from and that you do see the sense of humor, even when it's downplayed or just a quiet whisper between the lines. Absolutely, it's not so much the pound that I joust with...it's my obsession, the next person's obsession, America's obsession, and the world's obsession with things that really are of no consequence when held up to the Light of Eternity. The tempering of my addictive personality has indeed been more apparent because of my walking, writing, and--yes!--even my eBay involvement. But I'll always struggle with it. The ultimate peace comes from absolute faith in The One who painted the tapestry I immerse myself in each time I stroll these small town roads and country lanes.

    Thank you for stopping by, Pearl! Aloha!

    ~Joe

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 3 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    Hi, Eddy!

    Thank you for your gracious support! I'm definitely not giving up!

    With aloha and great appreciation,

    ~Joe

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    Connie Smith 3 years ago from Southern Tier New York State

    Joe, I love that you are not giving in; that you are not a robot, but human like the rest of us, and that you share your very valuable life experiences and rationale with us. I treasure you, your sense of self and your selflessness, and most of all, your sense of humor!

    Be well and happy, my friend ;) Pearl

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    Eiddwen 3 years ago from Wales

    How inspiring Joe; loved it and voted up for sure.

    Strong; powerful and thank you for sharing.

    Eddy.

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 3 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    Sage advice, my dear Lisa!

    While I struggle with an addictive personality, in the long run, I am making great progress in discovering who I am during these morning treks through the Walla Walla Valley. I'm grateful for your mention of me being an inspiration. In truth, you don't know how many times I've used the knowledge that I would be writing a hub about a specific theme as impetus to keep putting one foot in front of the other. I am kept accountable, you see, by my desire to live and share the experience.

    The issue of the one pound was more symbolic than literal for me. The truth is, I want to never again lower myself to being a tuber on the living room couch. I want to intimately experience life, not just settle for watching it happen as a drama or comedy or segue on the 6 o' clock news. I want to make love to our planet, not relegate it to something constrained within a glass monitor.

    Thanks for reading and commenting on this piece, Lisa. I've long appreciated your great talent, and I'm privileged and honored to have you as a fellow writer and dear friend here on HubPages.

    Aloha, and have a good night's rest!

    ~Joe

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    LKMore01 3 years ago

    Reading this honest proclamation reminded me of the Rumi poem with the lines, "Come, come, whoever you are.

    Wanderer, worshipper, lover of living, it doesn't matter

    Ours is not a caravan of despair.

    Come even if you have broken your vow a thousand times,

    Come, yet again, come, come. "

    Be gentle with yourself my friend and keep on walking. You are an inspiration.

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 3 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    Hi, Paula! So good to see your lovely face and hear from you again. You know, what you said about that pound makes a lot of sense. I know for certain that my clothes are baggier on me, so on one level, I know that there are other measurements by which one can assess one's progress in an exercise and weight loss program. But it is still true that--for me, anyway--the addictive personality issues need to be confronted and dealt with on a daily basis.

    In several ways, the unique ambiance of each walk lends credence to the notion that on any given day, this could be my final frontier...and what would I want to draw from that particular walking experience to share with others? On HubPages, every dear and precious person that I meet--like you, Paula--is a blessed reason for me to take that first step...

    ...In my walking...in my writing...in my being.

    Reaching out and touching you tonight, I wish you sweet aloha!

    ~Joe

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 3 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    Faith, I can always count on you to leave such quality comments. Long before I had the pleasure of making your acquaintance, I would unabashedly read through other people's comments. I first began noticing your lovely acknowledgment of other hubber's work--intriguing writers like wetnosedogs and billybuc, for example--and I would wonder about you: hmm, she's quite the insightful and empathetic person...

    So I always delight when I hear from you. If we assess our fellow writers and their pen names, your literary moniker here on HP most appropriately fits, like a tight glove, who you are as a person.

    So, thank you, my friend, for being a heart-written epistle and a soft-spoken yet powerful light in the darkness that, even as I share these words with you, threatens the security of our globe. Like any of us, HP may have its faults, but it's thus far been a rewarding platform for me in terms of building and maintaining such wonderful connections with others. On this side of heaven, we just never know when the things we give of ourselves might just make that eternal difference for someone.

    So, with all that said, keep your little light shining, my friend! Aloha, and have a wonderful night's rest!

    ~Joe

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    Paula 3 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

    Awwwwww, Joe, Honey...sorry I wasn't close by to come to your rescue! If that happens again....Think of it THIS way: That one pound gain was nothing more than the fact that all that wonderful, healthy walking you're doing, is replacing the soft jiggly flesh...with toned, taut muscle.....AND MUSCLE WEIGHS MORE THAN FAT. You didn't gain a pound of "Joe-Fat"....you gained a pound of firm, sexy muscle!.

    You have the right attitude! Hang in there!..........UP+++

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    Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

    Aw, my friend, Joe, yes, the addictive personality syndrome ... I know it well and it is tough to deal with ... it runs rampant in my family, so I understand completely! What an introduction there, and I see you have been reading our dear friend Bill's writing about introductions. It kept my attention and I could relate too, truly.

    Wow, I just want to say how proud I am of you for taking your health so seriously after your scare, and sometimes it does take such a scare indeed to wake us up. Now, maybe if I had such glorious views to see on a walk, I would most likely jump out of bed and hit the road to take it all in ...His beautiful creation and I hope the air is clean and crisp to take deep into your lungs. Your cell takes amazing photos! That is all I ever use too. Yes, one must keep in touch with one's sweetie, who I am sure wants to know about her sweetie being just fine.

    I see that mountain top ahead of you, and I can see you going right over the top of it one day. I have faith in you, and we know that faith can move mountains right out of our way.

    I really love reading your writing for it is so genuine and so you ... awesome.

    Up and more and sharing

    Hugs and love to you and yours this lovely southern evening,

    Faith Reaper

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 3 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    Hi, WND!

    Yeah, a tad bit too many P & B sandwiches, I'm afraid! LOL! Thank you so much for your encouragement. I want you to know, from my heart to yours, that I won't ever quit on myself. It has been a godsend to write these personal testimonials about walking and what i'ts done for me...and if doing so has been a blessing to others, I am so very, very grateful.

    Thank you so much for your generous and loyal support over the past umpteen months. You have my back, and I have yours! Aloha and HP friends for life!

    ~Joe

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 3 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    Thank you very much for your powerful insight, CF. While I totally understand where you're coming from, I have not experienced a loss of interest from my circle of peer writers/readers. Not all of us are blessed with the vigor and vitality that you and your circle have at this time in your life (as I once did). No, my aspiration is to reach out to those who have never had that physical status or once did but, due to errant choices, went down the wrong path. We who seek to better ourselves have to start at the point that is the least painful to us. You may already be at the point in the spectrum where you don't have to bother with the the little stuff...such as a pound here or a pound there...but for many of us, that is the stark reality we wrestle with. You may be at your optimal end, and I admire you for challenging yourself to increasingly greater achievements, but if you look a little closer, there are many of us ex-couch potatoes who are doing the very same thing at the level we currently are able to perform at.

    When you talk about change being empowering, you're preaching to the choir, Liam.

    Me? I'm more interested in reaching the spectators who line up on the side of the road to watch you guys fly by on your bicycles. They're equally worthy of reaching their goals, one hard-fought pound at a time.

    Aloha, Liam!

    ~Joe

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 3 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    Hi, Bill!

    Thank you for reinforcing my simple attempts at photography. On my walks, I always carry my cellphone with me because of the iRunner app on it as well as the obvious benefit of being able to communicate, if the need should arise, with my wife. I'm so tech illiterate that I'm okay with just pointing and shooting. Sometimes, my focus might be off, but I do what I can with the limited skills set that I have. LOL!

    All that said, you know that I love your writing and photography. Just wanted you to know that I reinforced my bdegiulio fan club status by casting well-deserved votes for you in the recent HP Hub Awards. It's one thing to write excellent articles about exotic birds and Marco Polo country, but the delicious dressing you put on your writing in the form of outstanding images are second to none. You're a versatile and talented individual, Bill, and I am blessed to be a fellow writer and peer here on HubPages. Aloha, my friend, and have a terrific week!

    ~Joe

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 3 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    Ah, my prolific and talented business and tech writer friend, Heidi! Thank you so very much for stopping by and sharing your smile and delightful comments. I always like how you offer up such unique and socially connective responses to people's hubs. You definitely put time, effort, and emotional investment into these, and I definitely appreciate you for that.

    Similarly, with twelve personal essays about walking--one for each month--I wanted each to have a unique and indelible effect on my peer readers. By addressing the joy or, as in this hub, the angst within, my hope is that I'm touching a familiar chord in others. Your comments reflect that you definitely connected with me at some level. Thanks for your responsive as well as reflective gift, Heidi! Aloha, my friend!

    ~Joe

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 3 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    Your smiles and blessings are graciously received and--oh, so!--appreciated, Dahlia! I've always been curious about your unique HubPages pen name. Should you ever disclose how you came by it, I would definitely be enthralled. It is my genuine pleasure to have you stop by for a delightful Hub visit.

    I've sorta been out of circulation for a while, dabbling now and then, here and there, in other people's comments sections. But I truly desire to get back into a steady stream of Hubbing activity. As winter approaches, it would appear to be a timely decision. Something about cold weather and savory hot beverages appeals to my inner muse. That said, I look forward to a nice exchange of literary gifts these next few months, Dahlia! Are you game? Thank you, dear friend! Aloha!

    ~Joe

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 3 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    Hi, Bill!

    Your comments jazz up the beat of my heart, buddy! Thanks so much for weighing in!

    The group process was something I resented--silently at first, and then gradually in a more assertive and vocal way--but I honestly learned a lot about being forthright about my stuff, good or bad. When I read your words, I am blessed with the honesty of the stuff I read between the lines as well...like watching a movie with the dual perspectives of actor and director. We appreciate moments of connecting, serendipity, getting it right by not being afraid to be wrong.

    I took a short season to withdraw from the world..."safe within my womb," as Paul Simon once wrote. And now, I'm emerging from the den like Punxsutawney Phil on spirulina (I don't know what the hell that means, but it sounded cool. LOL!) Anyway, it's good to see your familiar handsome face, Bill, and to be called your brother. Means everything to me, brah! Tell you what, just for old time's sake, let's pretend we're at Shakey's on 6th Ave sharing a large pizza and drinking root beer!

    Aloha, my friend! Always a little down on a Monday following a Seahawks loss,

    ~Joe

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 3 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    Jaye, if you weren't from Jackson, Mississippi, I'd swear you were a Georgia Peach! : ) Thank you so much for your contagious enthusiasm for life and your gracious encouragement. I am equally thankful for and motivated by what you've shared about me being an inspiration to you. Going on these walks is never a lonely activity because I have you and so many of our fellow Hubbers in my heart and on my mind as I stroll along. The azure blue of summer skies is slowly being replaced by a backdrop of gray and charcoal as the heavenly stagehands get the stage ready for the next act. And me? I'm a perpetual audience member for the Big Play. Aloha, my dear friend! It's always so nice to hear from you!

    ~Joe

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 3 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    You're absolutely spot on, Liz! Thank you for your encouragement and support! That addictive personality rears its ugly obsessive-compulsive head every now and then, so thank God for the walking and--yes!--the writing that provide absolutely incredible cathartic "letting go" of all the garbage stressors! I'm amazed that I kept this walking program up so far this year, and I'm almost at year's end. I actually like my chances of meeting my goal, even if it means trudging through the heavy snowfalls. The energy and inertia have been good, and I'm looking forward to more walking adventures in the new year. Aloha, my friend!

    ~Joe

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 3 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    Hi, Heather!

    Photography is not my strong suit, so I really am very grateful for your kind words. Yes, during the holidays, I swear that half of the weight I put on comes from just smelling the savory aroma of things cooking in the kitchen. I make up very well for the other half by bringing to the table a decent (okay, sometimes indecent) appetite. LOL! The main thing is that we have fun, fellowship, and lots of love to spread around during these festive occasions. Thank you for your visit this afternoon! Aloha, Heather!

    ~Joe

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 3 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    Hey there, Shauna!

    Thanks for weighing in with your gracious presence and comments this morning, my friend! It's uncanny to think that I was just in your "neck of the woods" less than a month ago, traipsing around those huge theme parks! Loved the scenery, hated the humidity! But that's what showers are for! Got a few of those outdoor ones as well, complete with the thunder and lightning! I'm happy to report that the only gators I saw were on Splash Mountain. : ) I'm sticking with my walking and exercise program, Sha, and appreciating the good changes that are coming about. And I'm making good progress modifying the addictive personality stuff. Aloha, my friend!

    ~Joe

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    wetnosedogs 3 years ago from Alabama

    My Goodness! This hub started with a good scare. Don't give up. That one pound will leave, maybe come back again, just teasing you, then before you know it, you will be losing your decent amount and you can laugh that one pound good bye.

    Consider that everyone's metabolism is different. It's easier for others and some just have to work harder at it. That doesn't mean you should quit whichever way your metabolism goes. Just do what you go to do.

    Thoroughly enjoyed the lovely pictures.

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 3 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    Hi, Liz!

    I purposefully wrote the truth...it was indeed just a pound gain, but it was more to accentuate the stinkin' thinkin' of an addictive personality and how obsessive-compulsive the whole scene can get. On one level, it was a story in the present about my walking and weight loss program; on another level, it was a synopsis of my ugly past. A few days later, I weighed in at 207. I haven't been under 200 pounds since my late 30's, so that specific watermark level is important to me.

    Next year, my goals will be more generic and definitely much easier--you know, simple achievements like jogging a mile non-stop. The furthest I got this year was, ironically, a few days ago and afer I had thought about writing this hub--0.72 miles. I should have and could have kept going, but there were these two women approaching from the opposite direction, and I let my insecurities get the better of me. And it was at a slow old man's trot pace. I had been doing at least a half mile each outing prior to that. Yes, I am definitely building my endurance and stamina up SLOWLY.

    One nice thing...I think...is that when we were traipsing around in Disney World, I had to keep hitching up my walking shorts every few seconds. At one point, I had to pinch the excess and tuck it into the elastic of my underwear. Otherwise, the pants would have fallen off. No kidding! And that wouldn't have been very Buzz Lightyear of me!!!

    Thank you for stopping by to visit, Liz! Hope and pray all is well with you and the family, especially the little ones...seen and unseen. : ) Aloha, my friend!

    ~Joe

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    Liam Hallam 3 years ago from Nottingham UK

    From experience as soon as you start calling it a weight loss or fat loss program people start to become disinterested at some point. There always has to be a higher goal to it all than simply dropping a dress size. It's about long term change management and the development of successful coping patterns. From diet to exercise and everyday. A friend of mine has gone from a UK 18 to a UK 14 and lost almost 3 stone over the last 9 months after starting on a weight loss program before discovering obstacle races such as the Spartan Race which has now meant that while still a priority the weight loss is almost secondary to her training which is leading to significant weight loss. It's amazing where the journey could take us.

    People seem to see too many negatives in only losing a pound a week and start to question if all of the work is worthwhile. Gaining a pound is so much easier when you think just what it equates to over the course of a week but if it continues (Which it sounds like you're aware of) it becomes a viscious cycle of negativity.

    Change has to be empowering and without it those end goals are meaningless.

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    Bill De Giulio 3 years ago from Massachusetts

    Hi Joe. Well, you've done it again, great hub As you are well aware, in any prolonged battle there are going to be setbacks. But these can be useful and a chance to regroup and refocus. I suffer through this all the time with my running, yet I always find my way back to the road.

    I look at your progress chart and I see someone who is well on their way to achieving their goal. When you look at the big picture you don't see all the bumps along the way.

    BTW, you live in a beautiful area, loved the photos of the Walla Walla Valley. Great job Joe, have a great week.

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    Heidi Thorne 3 years ago from Chicago Area

    So, so true that fear of a negative might be a short term incentive. But the long term? No way. Sadly, many of us are more motivated by fear than success. This is what keeps us in this eternal negative loop. We're always trying to rid ourselves of negative outcomes (which is impossible).

    One pound? My weight can fluctuate by that in either direction without doing anything. Let's just say it's gravity. :)

    Don't give up! You're on the right track!

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    livingsta 3 years ago from United Kingdom

    Hi Joe, well done my friend, with your walking program for 2013. Slippage happens with everyone, but do not give up on that. One pound is something that you can lose within a day or two.

    Hope you are having a great start to the new week.

    Sending you smiles and blessings Joe :-)

    Dahlia

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    Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

    And here I thought I was the only one with such thoughts. LOL Joe my friend, you just wrote my life's story.

    One slippage for me in the area of alcohol is not a set back....it is death.

    One slippage in my writing plan may not be a set back but it is unacceptable to me, and that is not a healthy outlook at all....nor is it realistic...but it is me. :)

    Great thoughts buddy. I love how you hang it all out there and call yourself on your own excrement.

    Aloha my brother

    bill

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    Jaye Denman 3 years ago from Deep South, USA

    I'm no stranger to slippage and know the lure of that siren song, "You might as well go ahead and...." If you (and I) give in to it, all the good can be undone in much less time than it took to achieve it. I believe you will overcome the urge to give in, Joe, because you have a strength of character that must have been hidden beneath your youthful ideas about yourself. I'm not giving in, either, because you're my inspiration to regain as much good health as possible. Bravo to both of us and to all who don't allow slippage to prevail.

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    Jaye

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    Elizabeth Parker 3 years ago from Las Vegas, NV

    Joe- I just went through this. I had been doing great with exercise and eating right and then...the hot weather hit and I became too tired to walk in this heat and started gaining back. I beat myself up over it, but I'm back on track now. Don't fret- one pound can be something as simple as water weight and should come off. It's just a minor setback and you are still on your original path. You can do it!!

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    HeatherH104 3 years ago from USA

    Hi Joe! I love the pictures from your walks. You live in a beautiful area.

    Don't let one pound be your undoing! Considering you had a health scare, a vacation, and other factors I'd say one pound will be easy to recover from. I'm already dreading the upcoming holidays. Everyone in my family can bake very well making sweets impossible to resist.

    Take care and keep up the walks not just for you but so we can enjoy the pictures you take along the way. Haha! :)

    Heather

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    Shauna L Bowling 3 years ago from Central Florida

    One pound? My, my but you're hard on yourself! I see your point tho. Give 'em an inch and they'll take a yard. Or something like that. At least you have yourself and your goals in perspective; that's what counts.

    BTW, I didn't vote this way, but I absolutely HATE telemarketers! :-)

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    Liz Davis 3 years ago from Hudson, FL

    A pound? Really? I gain and lose one to three pounds on a daily basis (in my "normal" condition)!

    An obsession with the scale is due to society's brainwashing. Measure your health according to how you feel physically, mentally, emotionally. Don't decide your fate based on a number.

    Let's rejoice in the fact that you're a survivor! You might not have lived through your scary episode had you not decided to start taking better care of yourself this year.

    Hang in there, Joe! We're rooting for you.