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CAMPINANN0324 SparkPoints: (3,041)
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8/3/14 7:41 P

I find that as I age (hopefully with dignity) I have become less cynical of myself and I am really aware that joy comes from within and it is up to me to share that joy with others and especially to let the joy overflow into myself. Joy comes in the morning....and God's mercies are new every morning......Now that is something to be joyful about!!!!

8/3/14 1:39 P

For me it has to be Odyssey,Quest and Adventure! This is an epic journey and yes there is a great deal of joy in the journey. Even when I am down, I can always find pockets of joy in my day.


GRACEISENUF Posts: 12,800
8/1/14 7:15 P

Forgetting the former things and moving forward.



No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.

Eleanor Roosevelt

"Girls compete with one another, WOMEN empower one another".
2BFITSTRONGBUFF SparkPoints: (2,830)
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8/1/14 2:07 P

adventure for me as Im coming to life with the opportunities that are opening up to me - I'm tired of being a spectator of life and am determined now to live to the fullest

GRIZ1GIRL SparkPoints: (150,777)
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8/1/14 1:41 P

Embracing my hunger as POWER instead of ohmygodIneedtoeatdoritosnow! :)

It Is What It Is.... :)
DELRIO1 Posts: 5,721
8/1/14 10:16 A

Ecology peer-reviewed papers

LJBRANDOK Posts: 177
8/1/14 10:13 A

Make sure that you celebrate the victories, however small, that you achieve everyday. Even if it's just eating one chocolate chip cookie instead of two. Remember the old days when it would've been six cookies. Always remember that you can start over this afternoon, tonight, tomorrow. Yesterday's bad choices don't affect today's choices-unless you use them to help yourself break that cycle. Most importantly don't judge yourself by the food you eat, the exercise you do, or the number on the scale. We are all so much more than that. Most of all, remember that you are worth a healthy lifestyle and the great feeling that comes with that.

7/31/14 10:36 P

I like campaign. It sounds somewhat like a military mission!

Rache'l ( rhymes with bell), Florida

BLC26-27 Azure Destinations
Super Hero Name: Turbo Wombat
Superpower: Telepathy
Weakness: Fish
Weapon: Golden Club
Mode of Transportation: Jet

"Take care of your body as if you will live forever, and take care of your soul as if you will die tomorrow."- Saint Augustine
LADYCROFT7 Posts: 90
7/31/14 5:07 P

Exploration is the best word for me. I'm trying to discover just what I am capable of in all areas of my life. How fit can I becme? How far can I go?

I love pushing myself to my limits, then finding ways to overcome them. I guess the words adventure or qwest also would apply but to me it's about exploring all the possibilites and make the most out of each and every one!

The minefields of life never go away, we just get better at navigating them.

The only place success comes before work is the dictionary.

For I know the plans that I have for you says the Lord, plans for good not disaster that shall give you hope.
Jeremiah 29:11
7/31/14 1:33 A

My joy comes from sharing of the life of the tallgrass prairie. My wife and I are docents and I believe our journey is to teach others the need for the preservation and conservation of the various ecosystems of the tallgrass prairie.

Trailtrodder emoticon

EARTH-ANGEL Posts: 310
7/31/14 12:19 A

Stay grounded in the present moment.

7/30/14 6:37 P

I like "Odyssey" - an epic adventure to last my lifetime, filled with smaller stories of triumph and tragedy and with an ending to last the ages. And of course, with a cast of characters and me as the great heroine.

Edited by: MADDANCER at: 7/30/2014 (18:46)
MCJOYFUL SparkPoints: (33,337)
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7/30/14 1:56 P

For me I think the words adventure and quest best represent my journey. I am on a quest to discover the healthy fit version of me. But it's also an adventure as I try new things and reach goals that at one time seemed so far away.

~~ Michelle ~~

Don't waste your time with "could've," "would've" or "should've." Focus on "can," "will," and "do."

Time will pass no matter what .... will I be closer to or farther from my goals

It�s not that some people have willpower and some don�t. It�s that some people are ready to change and others are not. Finally, I am ready to change!
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7/30/14 10:25 A

What a fantastic way to look at this. For me, it is a journey and a migration. It is migrating from unhealthy habits to new habits. However, along the way of the migration, it is a journey with a lot of new things to see and do!

Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were going to live forever.

It is health that is real wealth, not pieces of gold and silver.
SUNSHINE99999 Posts: 10,285
7/30/14 10:20 A

my sons encourage me to keep going.

7/30/14 10:11 A

This spoke to me, because one of my challenges on my Inspiration Board is : "Find the fun in it again!"

"You'll accomplish more if you start now."
LIVIN4LISH Posts: 1,404
7/30/14 10:00 A

Mine is between a wandering and a pilgrimage. I wander through life, not a great planner, but sometimes joy is much more unexpected that way. A pilgrimage because once I make it, it will definitely be a spiritual experience!

7/29/14 4:53 P

adventure! I never know what to expect each day and am curious about where I will end up!

Edited by: STILLMENEWBODY at: 7/29/2014 (16:55)

-The Golden Rules of Tracking are: if you bite it, write it; if you drink it, ink it; if you snack it, track it; if you nibble it, scribble it; if you steal it, reveal it; if you grab it, bla

-�A true friend knows your weaknesses but shows you your strengths; feels your fears but fortifies your faith; sees your anxieties but frees your spirit; recognizes your disabilities but emphasizes your possibilities.�
William Arthur Ward
KBURGOS05 Posts: 102
7/29/14 1:54 P


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7/29/14 12:04 P

Hike. Some parts of the path are easier than others, some are very challenging but with the right tools I can take on the challenge.


Time is EST - US/Michigan

"Food is not love, comfort, or an anxiety pill."

Time to stop trying to solve things with food (lack of included) that food won't solve. Food solves one thing: bodily hunger.

Winter 2016 5% Challenge Goal:122
SUSAN727 Posts: 1,556
7/29/14 9:10 A

Like this topic..sort of spoke to me this morning....


"If it is to be, it starts with me!"
NENATO2 SparkPoints: (183,631)
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7/29/14 8:50 A

Yes, there is joy in the journey.

When I cut out junk food, I found that healthy food tasted delicious. It was a process, but so worth it. I even eat eggplant now! emoticon

People who talk about being bored - are boring.

There's a brighter day coming...
DELRIO1 Posts: 5,721
7/29/14 7:38 A

i get it through nature

SANDICANE Posts: 3,393
7/29/14 6:54 A

There is joy in the journey, when there is good community!

PJB149 Posts: 1,116
7/29/14 1:57 A

I am on COURSE to reach my goal of good health without needing medication to achieve it. I don't have any set timeframe but I WILL get there.

"NOTHING changes if nothing changes" Remember, while looking forward to reaching your destination you need to enjoy the journey.

With God, all things are possible.

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7/29/14 1:18 A

JOURNEY: adventure, campaign, course, drive, expedition, exploration, hike, itinerary, jaunt, migration, odyssey, outing, passage, crossing, pilgrimage, quest, route, sojourn, tour, travel, trek, trip, visit, wandering, progress...

WANDERING is the best that descibes me. i think mentally i am all over and get on the path for a short time but then taje a detour and get off track again..
I also have ocassional trips i enjoy.

Don't forget to be awesome.
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7/27/14 1:23 P

For me this has been a quest. I've discovered and continue to discover many new and interesting attitudes, habits, and ways of living. For the first time ever I'm not planning and planning and planning while accomplishing nothing. I am no longer procrastinating until I have "everything perfect so I can start". I am just relaxing and letting it happen - and guess what? It finally is happening. Best of all, I can count on it now.

Life is happening everywhere - let's get in on it!
VUKELK Posts: 596
7/27/14 10:15 A

I am trying new things and trying to step outside the box. New recipes and then deciding if they are worth a second attempt or not. New exercises that are working all parts of my body in the comfort of my own home - who needs a gym? I find when I treat my body right I feel so much better health wise and emotionally. I don't get discouraged when I'm not successful but just keep going forward. It took a lot of years to become "smart" about choices and I truly have found joy in this journey.

Focus! You can do this!
LOLEMA SparkPoints: (105,894)
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7/25/14 12:51 P

interesting sparkers

KEEPITSIMPLE_ SparkPoints: (76,146)
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7/25/14 12:06 P

Adventure with progression and transformation would encompass it for me. It hasn't been easy of course, but the adventure began with the creation of my dream board/vision collage. There was so much I wanted to do, but my size limited things greatly. I decided not to wait until I was thinner to live my dreams and just did it. Why not do both at the same time?

Although I climbed that mountain, jogged on the beach, had a dolphin encounter, etc. The other adventures were simple pleasures like being able to get down in the dirt and garden, moving around easier for photography, learning exercise, and just realizing what things I could really do now. Then of course the adventure of food over the years. I've really come along way here, and I am much more adventurous in life as well.

Awesome thread! I've enjoyed everyone's comments. There are so many aspects to this transformation.

Way to Go!

Dear Lord, set my sights on You and Your great attributes. Help me to live in Your presence, dependent on Your guidance each day. In Jesus� name, Amen.

CRAMPERELLA Posts: 1,537
7/25/14 11:34 A

I am definitely on a pilgrimage as my journey has been a long struggle. Learning to love and reconnect with my body is an act of faith, so the analogy to a pilgrimage is apt.

ANDIE130 SparkPoints: (5,794)
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7/24/14 10:48 A

I agree 100%. My view now is that it's not about the end, it's about how you get there. Making good choices and living a healthy life is the adventure.

KDYLOSE Posts: 1,072
7/24/14 10:38 A

Thank you, I love the idea of this being an adventure.

If this was easy I would have done it already.
7/24/14 6:02 A

What a GREAT post! emoticon

For me it is two things: a CAMPAIGN for MIGRATION. In other words, a campaign can have its ups and downs but it is ongoing and I am migrating to a happier and healthier life which will sustain me into a high age.

You don't stop doing things because you get old--- you get old because you stop doing things!
SANDICANE Posts: 3,393
7/23/14 9:44 P

Only a little joy in the journey today...

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7/23/14 9:28 P

Keep up the fight, my fiance and God and my two sons encourage me and my co-workers, I am so blessed. Ill pray for you and remember God has a plan for all of us.

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7/23/14 9:25 P

AMEN with God all things are possible and thats why we all are able to eat the good food that God has provided us, we just dont always eat it probally the way he expects. thanks for your message

ETHELMERZ SparkPoints: (141,767)
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7/23/14 4:10 P

exercise in futility and sometimes you arrive at your different destination than what you planned for..................but you keep on packing and going on another round trip.

MRSREAVES2B SparkPoints: (7,232)
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7/23/14 4:06 P

Progress because I am progressing towards the wife and mother I want to be. I am progressing towards a healthier me. I know by traveling this journey I will be here not only for my children but my husband to be for many years to come. I have 6 beautiful babies, and want more. Unfortunately I have lost 2 babies with my current partner and my body has started to fail me. I knew that having pre-e with my last 3 children and my recurrent losses was my body speaking to me. So I decided to progress towards a healthier me, so I can ACHIEVE my goals.

GRACED777 SparkPoints: (80,075)
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7/23/14 8:04 A

Adventure quest--I'm on an adventure that leads me in several different directions in my quest for a healthy weight for a healthy life.


My weight is day by day becoming more dependent upon Whose I am than on my circumstances and feelings.

Life here is a one-time deal. I want to live it well.
EREBECCA1 Posts: 95
7/23/14 7:42 A

Crossing - from an old life into a new one.

JANIEWWJD SparkPoints: (327,498)
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7/22/14 10:38 P

My synonym for journey is "gift"!!! It is a gift I give myself to become healthier!!!

Janie Garcia Moreno




CSROBERTSON621 SparkPoints: (118,538)
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7/22/14 9:34 P

Exploration -- I feel like I'm charting new territory for me. Which is actually pretty cool, after a couple of decades of going around in circles!

Starting Weight: 268 lbs. (November 2010)
Quasi-Maintenance: 165 lbs. (June 2011)
Goal Weight: 150 lbs. (reached December 8, 2011)

Size 22W to Size 4

Currently maintaining within 5 lbs. (+ or -) of goal. I weigh daily, but also use a tape measure and the fit of my clothes to guage how well I'm doing.
SLUGGER17 SparkPoints: (90,427)
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7/22/14 3:47 P

expedition - bumps in the road, but nothing I can't overcome!

PROPMAN1 Posts: 3,557
7/22/14 3:36 P

SOJOURN: sounds tough because it can be. The idea is to keep plodding along (some times faster than other times).

Never Give Up! Never Surrender!
GRAMCRACKER46 Posts: 1,400
7/22/14 12:56 P

ODYSSEY - this is a long journey for me and along the way have learned new things.

Excellent question and answers.


"It's not what you eat between Christmas and New Years that matters, it's what you eat between New Years and Christmas that counts. "

Sharon from Florida

PATTIEMCD Posts: 1,104
7/22/14 12:46 P

Wandering describes it best for me...
Sometimes I'm wandering aimlessly
Other times I'm wandering around looking for things to ignite me
Yes, wandering [and wondering]

BMCC488 SparkPoints: (52,140)
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7/22/14 11:38 A

Progress for me, because of what I've chosen to focus on: my progress all around but especially fitness wise. Before the main focus was the scale even though I had fun exercising, and I'm not going to lie the scale is one of my main focuses, but it's equal to pursuit of improved fitness. I focus more on my progress of walking faster and faster miles, eventually working my way up to jogging and running no matter how long it takes me to get to the point of doing so. I can now if I wanted to but I'm having fun with walking for the most part... So progress describes my journey the most.


Starting weight on 5/28/14: 309.4
1st goal: 299 by July 2, 2014 (met 6/25/14)
2nd goal: 269 by October 15, 2014 (met 9/24/14)
3rd goal: 242 by January 7, 2015 (met 1/28/15)
4th goal: 218 by April 29, 2015 (met 5/6/15)
5th goal: 196 by August 19, 2015 (met 9/9/15)
6th goal: 176 by April 28, 2016
SHERYLDS Posts: 14,447
7/22/14 6:49 A

a little like Man of La Mancha ... fighting windmills of mental blocks I have built with years of bad habits and false assumptions when it comes to food choices. Dreaming of reaching goal.
a little like searching for the Fountain of Youth ... because nothing works better at making you look and feel younger, than eating healthy and exercising.
and a little like Neil Armstrong ... except that for me it is a series of small steps for this woman and one giant leap of change in my lifestyle.

BERRY4 SparkPoints: (187,051)
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7/22/14 2:44 A

As we "journey" towards health & fitness, here are a few synonyms for JOURNEY:

JOURNEY: adventure, campaign, course, drive, expedition, exploration, hike, itinerary, jaunt, migration, odyssey, outing, passage, crossing, pilgrimage, quest, route, sojourn, tour, travel, trek, trip, visit, wandering, progress...

Which one represents your path you are on??

"We would accomplish many more things if we did not think of them as impossible."
~C. Malesherbes~

"Your mind will be like its habitual thoughts; for the soul becomes dyed with the color of its thoughts."
Marcus Aurelius (121-180 AD)

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