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LUVS2WIN67 Posts: 1,060
12/3/12 2:37 P

I love Pinterest. I find the boards so helpful, especially the Health and Fitness ones. I am just getting back to SP after a bit of a hiatus but am determined to meet my goal, not just get close.

NANCYPAT1 Posts: 48,892
11/30/12 7:24 P

I have found that there have and ARE always those unlikely sources of inspiration around, but MIRACULOUSLY, they seem to appear when we are OPEN and ready to HEAR them. I have described a daily devotional booklet I have been reading for years. At the beginning of September I picked it up and for the first time ever I read the prayer on the BACK COVER of the booklet and it was EXACTLY what I needed to hear. That may not sound surprising until I tell you that I picked up an OLD copy of the pamphlet and when I looked at the cover I discovered it was a 2001 copy and NOT the current one for the last quarter of 2012. My mother and father always read these little free pamphlets that are available at our church and apparently THAT prayer has ALWAYS been on the back cover and at age 63, having been reading them on and off for more than 50 years JUST discovered THAT prayer that I NEEDED to have THEN.

Things I have gotten on here have helped me in school, church, and family. Very few things that I come across only apply in a single context. I am really glad you found YOUR inspiration when and where you did and that it is working for YOU.

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11/30/12 11:44 A

I've been doing really well for the past two weeks. It got me thinking about why I can do this now, but failed so many times in the past to lose weight.
SparkPeople has been a huge help, but I have to say that I've been motivated by people and things not related to fitness and weight loss.
Probably my biggest source of inspiration is my coworker. In her teens, she was an Olympic-level gymnast, but an injury ended her career. Now she, like me, works a desk job. She put on weight over the years from being less active. About a year ago, she started eating right and exercising every day without exception.
I've watched her go from being a little puffy to now she's in incredible shape. It took a year, but she told me about the triumphs and tribulations of each step. But she talked about it in a way that wasn't preachy or intimidating. She was just as amazed as we were at how quickly her body changed.
I began asking myself why I couldn't do the same. I started eating the way she ate and exercising every morning even when sleeping in was very tempting. Her behavior has influenced me more than any exercise video, personal trainer or expensive weight loss membership plan.
Another unlikely inspiration is Pinterest. Don't get me wrong - SparkRecipes is a great site that I use all the time. But Pinterest really got me interested in cooking at home. The recipes posted there exposed me to blogs about cooking styles I'd never even heard of. I learned how to use ingredients I've never tried. It was like browsing a huge library of tastes (and the lush photography didn't hurt either.)
I began cooking more at home and experimenting with different dishes. Now hamburgers and pizza taste bland to me. More exciting are the stirfries and slow-cooker dishes I can tailor to my personal taste.
What are some of your unlikely sources of inspiration?

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