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DILLIGAD1956 SparkPoints: (13,834)
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1/5/12 8:13 A

Well written and encouraging. Thanks for sharing, it helped me TODAY!

Do not let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do.
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1/5/12 8:08 A

One day at a time, the best way to enjoy life. Congratulations, and keep being a joy to yourself and others.

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1/5/12 8:07 A

Great Attitude!

1/5/12 8:05 A

Thanks for sharing!

I especially appreciated when you said " I constantly said "If I ever lose the weight, I will......" That train of thought has vanished. - until reading your email, I didn't realize that I say the same thing. I need to live in the now and not live for the future!

Thanks so much for opening my eyes to this!

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1/5/12 8:03 A

Good for you... you're on your way emoticon Best wishes for continued success on your journey!!!

"At times our own light goes out and is rekindled by a SPARK from another person. Each of us has cause to think with deep gratitude of those who have lighted the flame within us." (Albert Schweitzer)
INGMARIE Posts: 9,828
1/5/12 8:00 A

woohoo, congratulations emoticon
just awesome, an inspiration. emoticon

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1/5/12 8:00 A

You have a wonderful attitude and that will get you far. Way to go. I love how you can put a positive spin an anything. You go girl!

“Worrying does not empty tomorrow of its troubles…. it empties today of its strength.”
1/5/12 7:44 A

Congratulations!! What a wonderful inspiration!

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1/5/12 7:43 A

Thanks so much for that great post! It really helped me remember the whole picture. I especially liked what you said about being glad about once being at a healthy weight. I too spent most of my life being at a healthy weight and have been getting down on myself for now not being at a great weight. One day at time is always helpful to hear. Thanks! And, congratulations for coming this far!

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1/5/12 7:39 A

emoticon with an attitude like that there is nothing you can't do! emoticon

1/5/12 7:36 A

Glad the past couple of months have brought you so much success- mentally, physically, socially and emotionally. May 2012 bring you even more rewards.

MAMANIX Posts: 13
1/5/12 7:32 A

I like your outlook! Live each day to the fullest, and take the weight issues one day at a time!Thanks for your message!

DUSTYPRAIRIE Posts: 10,443
1/5/12 7:31 A

Sharing your happiness! Great that you took the initiative and did something about the goals. Sometimes that's the hardest part!

10 And have put on the new [man], which is renewed in knowledge after the image of him that created him:

11 Where there is neither Greek nor Jew, circumcision nor uncircumcision, Barbarian, Scythian, bond [nor] free: but Christ [is] all, and in all.

12 Put on therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, bowels of mercies, kindness, humbleness of mind, meekness, longsuffering;

Colassians 3
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1/5/12 7:30 A

Congratulations on learning so fast!! You will go far with such a winning attitude!


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1/5/12 7:30 A

I so agree with the idea that we must be unreasonable and refuse to accept the things as they are..Most of the "change" I have seen in the last 50 years or so has not been the same as "progress." We have become so infatuated with "going with the flow" that we are not watching where we are going. It is hard to swim against the current, but we must go "backwards" and reevaluate those "old-fashioned" values that we are letting slip away.
Just for the record, many of us "liberals" believe in fighting for them!!

My favorite quote (from high school graduation) is " A wise man changes his mind, but a fool never does." For instance, if a political candidate comes to realize that he no longer believes in what he once did, why shouldn't he change his position? That in other terms is known as "personal growth!
thank you motivated@last for inspiring me to take a harder look at my views of the world.

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1/5/12 7:26 A

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1/5/12 7:12 A

I love your attitude. Keep up the great work. emoticon

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1/5/12 7:11 A

emoticon you are off to a great start! Keep up the great work, and you will reach your goals! emoticon

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1/5/12 7:03 A

Thank you for posting this, as a total newbie, this provides some inspiration.

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1/5/12 6:39 A

Thank you so much for such great insight. I'm glad you have memories of a healthier life to sustain you. I don't know what that even feels like. But with your insight I have a glimpse. This came at a good time for me.

Congrats and great spirit!!! emoticon

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SARASMILING Posts: 5,529
1/5/12 6:33 A

Thank you for sharing this! Nicely put! :)


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1/5/12 6:25 A

Great - well done!

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1/5/12 6:11 A

Well done, that was cheering and very nicely put! :)

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1/5/12 5:44 A

Thank you for sharing! It was a good motivation to start my day!

ELLEKTRA Posts: 2,911
1/5/12 5:39 A

wooooHOOOOO! Never give up this way of thinking and you will always shine! CONGRATULATIONS!!

FELICIA1963 Posts: 10,745
1/5/12 5:30 A

Thank you for sharing this - this is definitely what I need!

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1/5/12 5:21 A

Just what i needed to hear.I have been like that and love the way you took stock and handled the weight issue without letting it overpower you.
I still bash myself up everytime i cant fit into clothes or the scale shows yet another upward.
Inspired by you i am also going to plan outings with friends which involve fun physical activities..trekking,nature walks.Last few years its just been meeting for dinner and drinks.
You are right on track and will smooth sail to your goals.Goodluck!

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CLWALDRO Posts: 4,583
1/5/12 5:07 A

It is a magical time when what we want and reality meet. I wish you even more happiness in your life with your husband as you both journey towards better healthy. I also wish you the chance to have the family you both want. emoticon

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1/5/12 4:19 A


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1/5/12 3:15 A

You have such an amazing positive attitude. I hope we can all learn something from you. Well done and thank you.

Life is for living!

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JENNYBAKER247 Posts: 2,624
1/5/12 2:48 A

emoticon Way to go!!! FANTASTIC!!! Well done!!!

There are no problems….only solutions!!

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A smile is an inexpensive way to change your looks. ~Charles Gordy

Wrinkles should merely indicate where smiles have been. ~Mark Twain

A smile is the light in the window of your face that tells people you're at home. ~Author Unknown
CHANTING Posts: 28
1/5/12 2:01 A

Thank you for giving me hope in losing weight. You are so lucky to have a very supportive husband.

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1/5/12 1:39 A

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1/5/12 1:16 A

I love your positive spirit!

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1/5/12 1:15 A

You thoughts were so inspirational You have a great supportive husband. And wanting to start a family is an awesome motivator. You seem like you are a great person and I believe you will reach your goals one day at a time. Power to you! Keep up the great work.

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11/19/11 9:08 P

Thank you so much for your kind words!!! I hope by writing this I can help someone!!! Enjoy the rest of your weekend!!!

If you believe you can do it, then you can!
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11/19/11 5:53 P

Just what I needed to read today!
Thank you for taking the time to share. I am three & 1/2 mos in and drink in every single encouraging word. I bet you blessed a lot of people w/ your post!

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TENACITY918 SparkPoints: (13,180)
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11/19/11 12:34 A

Thanks everyone for taking the time to read my post and for your kind comments!!! I hope writing this can provide some help or insight for someone!!! Have a great weekendd!!!

If you believe you can do it, then you can!
MOTIVATED@LAST Posts: 14,905
11/18/11 11:05 P

Some great lessons learned there!

The reasonable man adapts himself to the world; the unreasonable one persists in trying to adapt the world to himself. Therefore all progress depends on the unreasonable man.
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11/18/11 7:56 P

I am so glad for you. Here is a virtual hug from all of us. emoticon

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11/18/11 7:19 P

The lessons you have learned are really valuable! Great work!


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11/18/11 1:12 P

What an inspiring message for all of us! Keep that spark burning! You are doing GREAT!!


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11/18/11 11:59 A

Thanks for your great post! These lessons in 2 months will set you up to reach your goals one day at a time. Thanks for posting to inspire others to do the same.


"Your daily actions and words impact more people than you ever realize!" -- SparkGuy

KAIPOW88 Posts: 257
11/18/11 10:28 A

Thanks for the words of wisdom, they're all so true! It's amazing to find that being kind to yourself is the foremost integral park of weight loss. Without it any "diet" is bound to fail. Keep pushing forward, you've done amazing so far!!

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11/18/11 10:21 A

Two months ago I took the first step in changing my life. I recognized I needed to change. I was unhappy with myself, especially the way I looked and felt plus I knew my health was suffering because of my self-neglect and unhealthy habits.

Fast track two months later and this is what I have learned:

~1~ Take it one day at a time, one step at a time. Keep in mind the overall picture but focus on the small goals, the mini-ones that breakdown the big ones. With this in mind, I take it day by day, and know what I want to accomplish each week and each month. For example, before I would think about all the weight I needed to loose but now I focus on the loosing the next pound. I use to think about everything I needed to give up but I have learned I can have a piece of chocolate but I don't need to eat the whole box. Portion control and moderation is the key.

~2~ Before I would beat myself up about letting myself gained so much weight. I would constantly bash myself by saying 'How could I have let myself get so big when 5 years ago I was at a healthy weight of 150 lbs?' Now I draw on those times as inspiration. I know what it feels like to be healthy and happy and adventurous and positive and absolutely amazing!!! Channeling that inner self makes me move, eat healthy, and feel awesome!!! One of my spark friends privately wrote me and told me that I was lucky...She said that I know what it feels like to feel and be healthy. And I think that she is right.

~3~ I am stronger and more determined than I ever thought I was. With each passing day, I actually surprise myself when I exercise longer than planned and it amazes me that exercising has become easier even though I work harder with each passing day. I also have the willpower to say no to unhealthy food and I am enjoying healthy food again. Berry Sorbet (with hardly any sugar) and fruit smoothies have become my daily treats.

~4~ I don't need to be 150 lbs to enjoy life; I can live life and embrace it right now. For the past year or two, I constantly said 'If I ever loose the weight, I will......' That train of thought has vanished. I am planning and enjoying adventures now. My husband and I enjoy more time with friends now and we go do something fun every weekend. It is so much fun going on a mini-adventure every weekend and exploring new places. It is the best reward for me after a successful week.

~5~ The only person I am in competition with is myself. I am always trying to better myself when it comes to exercise; for example, walk faster, try something new, and challenge myself. I consider this a journey of self-discovery and I am realizing that even though I may be obese, I am pretty fit and my endurance is really remarkable.

~6~ I have always known that my husband is amazing and the best but these two months have made me realize is the word amazing doesn't serve him justice. His support, his encouragement, and belief in me has reached a whole new level these past months. My husband has always been a fit person and a healthy eater and its great that we are getting to share this lifestyle together.

~7~ I am doing everything in my power to become healthy so I can increase my changes to have a baby. My husband and I really want to start a family but I think my weight is preventing us from this. It makes me happy.

~8~ I am embracing the power of positive thinking. I think of everything is an opportunity to improve or better myself!!! Remember...Life is what you make it and any negative situation can be turned into a positive one as long as you approach it with a positive attitude and smile!!

If you believe you can do it, then you can!
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