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Happy birthday, Angel. You are truly an inspiration to me and others like me. Your post today gave me a whole new perspective on what exactly it is that I am doing here on this weight loss/healthy living journey and I thank you for that.
AWESOME post. I am going to repost this for my friends on the Light Blue Bombshells BLC-11 (SparkPeople's 11th Biggest Loser Challenge).
HAPPY ONE YEAR!
MY LIFE DESERVES MY ATTENTION!
"I'm not dieting - I'm paying ATTENTION TO MYSELF." - Jennifer
LET'S GO PINK VIKING PRINCESS WARRIORS!
11/5/09 6:58 A
What a great way t think of this journey. It has made me think of this as more insightful etc. I am going to be 53 new years eve and boy I remember my kids and watching them learn to live, walk, talk, read etc. and we all know they dont stop at the first pitfall. Congrats you have done fantastic!
Edited by: HEALTHY4ME at: 11/5/2009 (06:58)
Atlantic time zone
Cindy in Atlantic Canada
To accomplish great things, we must not only act, but also dream, not only plan but also believe.
If you want something bad enough, you will find a way, if you don't you will find an excuse. ALWAYS BELIEVE IN YOURSELF!!!!!!
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62 11/5/09 6:57 A
What a beautiful way to look at our evolvement...I'm coming up on my 1 year anniversary and haved learned so much regarding getting healthy and remaining that one...thanks for the new set of eyes and blessings to you...
"Be kinder than necessary, for everyone you meet is fighting some kind of battle"
wow...This is exactly how I feel. I am 51 and have been on SP for 14 weeks, and realized as I was reading, I am creating a new me. What an awesome concept to treat myself each day, with the patience I would a new baby, and encourage, support, believe in, and that is what WP has done for me. I believe the support that is here everyday, gives me a new start, and new day and a new time!!!! Thanks for your inspiring words, and Congrats!!!!!
if God be for us, who can stand against us...
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Thank you. This is one of the best posts I have read. Congrats. Happy Birthday on turning one. I feel the same about SP .
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That was such a Great Post..Congrats on you Year..I have been up and down on here for almost a year myself.It is always uplifting to come back for help..Keep up your good work..
Eat when your hungry, Eat what you want, Stop when your Satisfied..Remember that your body does not want to destroy you, and will not go haywire as soon as you let down your guard..Trust that the two of you are working for the same end-your Health, your Happiness, & your Peace.. Geneen Roth from her book Breaking Free from Compulsive Eating..
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305 11/5/09 6:30 A
I never thought of it that way. Having cancer has changed me and the way I think. I now get up each morning to Spark and look to see the changes and what I can do better. It will be a long while before I can celebrate 1. a new life.
You've spoken eloquently the depth of my feelings for sparkpeople. Each day is a journey on a path of creating a new me, it is wonderful to have a site were information and community come together to help so many people. thanks for your message. -C. PS: Happy 1st Birthday!
Isn't it amazing how a simple website...one person's simple idea can be such a life changing experience for many of us!!! I'm working hard to have the attitude you now have. I have a gut feeling SparkPeople is also my inspiration...I think that is why I am still here today after only a loss of 5 pounds in 9 weeks. I continue to log in my foods as I shake my head when I see my mistakes. Many congratulations to you!!!
I thought your story was very touching, i will be sharing it with others. i have been doing spark for about 15 weeks now, and have taken off 27 lbs. this is the best thing i have ever came across. thankyou for sharing. ricochet
11/5/09 5:20 A
We love you, too, LIL.ANGEL! xoxo
Edited by: _SPARK526 at: 11/5/2009 (05:20)
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1,048 11/5/09 5:16 A
on your birthday (anniversary)!!! I am very happy for you. And you sound like you are a wonderful human being.I wish you much joy and satisfaction in your quests. Take care!!!
"Each morning when I open my eyes, I say to myself: I, not events, have the power to make me happy or unhappy today. I can choose which it shall be. Yesterday is dead, tomorrow hasn't arrived yet. I have just one day, today, and I'm going to be happy in it." - Groucho Marx
"If you're going to be able to look back on something and laugh about it, you might as well laugh about it now" - Marie Osmond
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4,286 11/5/09 3:52 A
Happy birthday. Your blog indicates to me that you are really mature in mind. Kids are a blessing, and it's only when we are gifted with a child that we wonder how did we survive without. So, happy anniversary to you, and happy birthday to little you. Hugs, Dave.
Exactly an year before, a 19 year old girl gave birth to a child. She was unsure whether she wanted that kid or not but the moment she looked into the child’s eyes, and saw all the possibilities that lay ahead, she knew she had made the right decision.
I was that child, I was that girl. I am my offspring, my parent and my sibling. And today..... I turn one.
And it hasn’t been easy. There were days when I was frustrated with the new me, because it was sucking out a major portion of my time. There was so much to do! New food to be bought, clearing out the hazards (junk food) out of the way, people giving their own opinion on how I SHOULD raise this child. And then there was the emotional turmoil, there were endless nights of inward crying because it wasn’t easy to let go of who I was, because my comfort zone had been blown away by a stranger. I was that stranger.
But with each day that child morphed into a different being, I started loving the process. I couldn’t wait for the morning to see what else had changed. Watching someone grow physically and emotionally is a blessing in itself. And I realized how blessed I was when I looked in the mirror everyday. I cheered for myself when I decided to go for a run instead of sitting on the couch, I consoled myself when I binged like crazy. I made a gazillion wrong decisions because the process was new to me. But I realized that everyone starts from somewhere. Everyone has a beginning. This was mine.
I was the one who fell... and I was the one who kissed my ‘owwie’ and said that everything was going to be ok. I hated myself for making stupid decisions but I truly forgave myself because I knew there was no other way around it. I knew that I wasn't innocent, I was just ill informed. And forgiving yourself is possibly the hardest thing you can do. I still struggle with it, but I have accepted that it is going to happen. And how I deal with my emotions is what defines 'Me'.
I don’t know what I will turn out to be when I grow up. I don’t know whether I would be a prodigy or not. I really don’t know. I didn’t even know I could get this far.
But I did.
And you know what? Today... I turn one :)
It is my one year anniversary with SparkPeople and I want to extend a heartfelt gratitude to everyone who is a part of this site. Maybe I would have lost weight without this site, maybe I would have even gained the knowledge. But I couldn’t have gained this wisdom without this site, or the compassion. This site has made me realize that there are people out there who are capable of giving unconditional love and support to others, expecting nothing in return. And every time I log into this site, it somehow re-instills my faith in humanity. This site has helped me become a better human being. Love you all!!!!!!
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