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8/7/12 10:03 A

never ever quit

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6/21/12 8:31 P

emoticon Happy SUMMER TIME.

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6/19/12 10:22 P

one day at a time

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5/27/12 7:28 A

emoticon Don't quit.

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5/24/12 10:50 P

you aren't REALLY too busy to take care of yourself.

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5/19/12 7:55 A

when you feel like your life has a purpose and you are "on purpose" (meaning you are actually fulfilling that purpose)... life is GOOOOOOD!

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5/11/12 11:40 P

when you finally go to sleep at night, have pleasant thoughts in your mind as you drift off.

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5/3/12 10:05 A

Having a hobby helps to keep your mind off food and snacks. A crochet project, a wood burning or carving, wirework, writing, gardening, even housework will keep your mind and hands busy.

When your mind is busy, it doesn't have time to mess with your emotions ~ that'll curb that emotional eating!

You CHOOSE what you feel. Make responsible choices.

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4/26/12 11:03 A

That's right...

Just keep putting off getting healthy...

Yes, that's exactly what death wants you to do...

Meanwhile, you waste your life because you don't feel good....

WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR???


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4/25/12 9:14 P

be honest with yourself.... what are you waiting for?

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4/21/12 10:12 A

how can you take care of anyone else, if you aren't taking care of yourself?

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4/16/12 1:19 P

ENCOURAGEMENT really makes the world a better place, whether you are giving or receiving it...

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4/13/12 6:08 P

GOAL: I want to be HAPPY... REALLYHAPPY!

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4/13/12 6:07 P

doing a little bit is MUCH better than doing nothing...

these tiny little things I've been doing (posting here daily, taking a multivitamin and omega 3 supplement, and making sure to eat oatmeal for breakfast every morning) are having a positive effect on my mental/emotional being, if not my physical being. I am starting to feel like I have what it takes to succeed again (not sure how I lost that)...

anyhow... things are starting to flow nicely... I'm looking forward to getting better each day!

ATTITUDE is enormously important.

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4/9/12 3:37 P

keep on posting here... wisdom is a lifelong process... and certainly you have something to add each month!

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4/9/12 3:36 P

originally posted 3/18/11

on gratitude...

I started a while ago listing things I was grateful for. I always felt bad that I was so terrible at getting thank you cards out in the mail, even though the thoughts and feelings of gratitude were there.

In just the past couple of days I have "felt" something different and new to me. It's a really good feeling and is kind of hard to explain.

Each day that I would make my 'gratitude list' it would evoke a feeling of thankfulness for whatever items were on that list. Some days the list would be long and some days I'd have a hard time getting beyond being thankful for air.

I had gotten off track for a while and stopped making the daily entries in my gratitude journal (along with getting away from most of the other good habits I was forming)... Once again I have found myself "starting again" and coming back to the world of healthy habits. I decided I would start my gratitude journal again.

When I sat down to begin making the list I noticed this feeling inside that really felt good. It wasn't that I was thankful for a miscellaneous happening or thing. It was that the place where I begin my thoughts and actions had moved to this place of gratitude. So now, with each action or non-action, it all begins in a place of warmth and love.

How do you get here? Honestly I'm not sure. I suppose there are many ways and for each individual the path is probably unique.

Life is pretty good when you can spend several hours mopping up after the messes puppies leave and continue to feel good... (that's what I did yesterday)



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4/9/12 3:35 P

changing habits CHANGES your life!


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originally posted 12/29/10

When it comes to rewards, I used to think they were stupid... if I needed something I would wind up buying it whether or not I earned it and if it wasn't something I needed, why would I want it... and my weight would go up and down and up and up and down and up... and I would dread doing the right nutrition and exercise routines... and because I dreaded the healthy things I would avoid them and my weight would go up...

On December 1, 2010, one of my teams put out a monthly water challenge. I decided I NEEDED to do SOMETHING and that maybe joining this challenge would be the thing to get me rolling. I decided that I would give myself a new bubble bath at the end of each week that I successfully drank 64 ounces of water each day. The first week I was successful. Off to walmart I went and bought my $4 bottle of bubble bath. I took the time to actually take the bath and enjoyed it. It was time for me. Time to think. Time to relax.

So the next week I decided I would add 20 minutes of exercise every other day to my challenge... and again at the end of that week I met with success...

Now I've completed four successful weeks, each week adding new challenges to the old ones and all the while creating new habits that are foundations of a healthy lifestyle.

I found that by focussing on a reward at the end of the week, it changed my outlook and therefore my motivation.

Before I would think how I'm fat and ugly and feel like crap and food is the only thing that easily makes me feel good, even if just for a little while, it's still yummy and I enjoy it. I deserve the goodies. I am worthy of some sort of enjoyment in life (even if it is bad for me). Exercise is a pain. I don't want to do it. If I have to do it, I'll hate it, but I'll still do it... and then I didn't...

Now... my mindset is such that I know that as long as I do these challenges, I am going to take the time to reward myself. I deserve my reward (my bubble bath). I'm being good to myself, TRULY GOOD TO MYSELF. These habits that I'm forming are going to help me along the way. I look forward to meeting my goals. While I still don't look forward to eating my veggies, I do it so that I can honestly meet my goals. It's not so much for the bubble bath now, but it is for ME. And while the activities are all the same as they were before, my attitude about doing them is all new and improved.

So... whatever you choose as a reward, make sure it is something for YOU. A gift you can give to yourself for being good to yourself. Maybe it's time in a bubble bath. Maybe it's a manicure. Maybe it's a new shade of fingernail polish or makeup. Maybe taking the time to go to the salon and let them just wash your hair (I always loved how it feels to have someone else wash my hair).... just something that's for you... maybe a new song... maybe a new candle... maybe a new air freshener... new hand lotion... a new kitchen gadget (I love my Ninja food processor)... a new pen... new paint for your bedroom... a new houseplant... some of the better dark chocolates that tend to be a little more $ than you'd normally spend and aren't bad for us in moderation...

the reward in the long run will be that you'll build good habits to last a lifetime...



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4/9/12 3:34 P

Make sure the people in your life know how much you value them. Be slow to anger and quick to forgive. Give them love and support, not judgement and criticism. Keep your heart open and let them love you back. Make memories of happiness and joy. Look to tomorrow with anticipation, not fear. Look forward to good times coming your way instead of dreading the trials you have to endure. Take care of your body and your spirit, so that you have the ability to live with joy and peace. And have peace, in knowing that this world is temporary, there is so much more out there that we can't see with our eyes ~ and it is good.... you'll just have to trust me on that for now...


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4/9/12 3:34 P

Vision is part of planning.

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4/9/12 3:33 P

Advance planning leads to success. Failure to plan is equal to planning to fail.


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4/9/12 3:33 P

Aloneness does not mean lonely.


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4/9/12 3:32 P

Having something to look forward to is very important.


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4/9/12 3:32 P

Christian meditation. With God all things are possible.

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4/9/12 3:31 P

One day at a time....

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4/9/12 3:31 P

I had a community journal that I allowed to lapse into the archives by not posting in it for over a year. I managed to find it again and so I can put all my little tidbits back in here....

These were just so tips that I felt helped me along the way and so I wanted to keep them somewhere that I wouldn't lose them and be able to easily review from time to time...


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