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The revelation is still feeling RIGHT - We cannot "fail", "fall off the wagon", or even "do over". We are on a SINGLE journey and our weight losses and gains are all a part of that ONE journey. Regardless of our choices, good, bad, functional, dysfunctional, joyous, blessed, or catastrophic, we get to LIVE WITH THEM FOR THE REST OF OUR LIVES. We ONLY GET ONE JOURNEY and all of the mistakes, successes, etc. are PART of that ONE JOURNEY. That makes me JOYFUL.

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The revelation is still feeling RIGHT - We cannot "fail", "fall off the wagon", or even "do over". We are on a SINGLE journey and our weight losses and gains are all a part of that ONE journey. Regardless of our choices, good, bad, functional, dysfunctional, joyous, blessed, or catastrophic, we get to LIVE WITH THEM FOR THE REST OF OUR LIVES. We ONLY GET ONE JOURNEY and all of the mistakes, successes, etc. are PART of that ONE JOURNEY. That makes me JOYFUL.

I have been struggling recently because I have had to deal with watching a dear friend who happened also to be my stepmother face the final days of her life and then her death and all the implications of that loss. I have been feeling alone and lonely and hurting and sad, and then had a fall that has left me needing PT and I don't like to be less than . . . less than whole and less than capable. I continue on my journey and my roller coaster ride. I have to keep reminding myself that my journey is something of a patchwork quilt of totally separate patches that are sown together with the threads of family and friends.

Why? Why would I be JOYFUL about having to live with all of my past mistakes? I am joyful because I KNOW that the progress I see is the RESULT of the positive choices I am making now and the watering down of the negative ones from the past. I am taking my journey with all its ups and downs as a learning experience and the fact that I am still HERE and I am still learning from my journey, I am STILL ALIVE and can change. Think about it - all of those FAT people who are DEAD can no longer turn things around - they can just lie there and be DEAD - I CAN CHANGE. I CAN BECOME WHAT GOD intended me to be. THAT IS SOMETHING TO CELEBRATE. So are the little successes along the way - I ate ONE brownie, not three. I had salmon for dinner NOT half (or maybe even the WHOLE) pizza. I chose to PLAN my snacks so I can grab something healthy instead of something that makes my stomach hurt, my knees cry for relief, and my brain fuzzy. I can find a celebration and a success in lots of small things most every day. I CAN be positive even when my world is collapsing around my shoulders. I can stop and take time to talk with God about HIS plan for me while I am trying to figure out my own plans.

I added meditation and moments of conscious gratitude to my day to help me remain upbeat and positive - knowing that what I think also affects how I am doing - physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually. I try to release negativity as soon I it starts to creep in. I journal and track. I am listening to my inner wisdom more deliberately. I recently discovered Tai Chi and have added that to my days. This helps bring balance and peace to the day.

Today is the first day of this new phase of my journey. Only a phase, not another NEW JOURNEY because we only get ONE journey through this life. THANK GOD FOR THAT!!
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Member Since: 7/2/2008

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My Goals:
Wholeness, health, wellness - insulin free for GOOD - I have not needed the insulin this summer, but I am afraid with the stress of school I may have a temporary return to the insulin - BUT I will get off it for good soon.

My Program:
BALANCE - Eat natural. Eat healthy portions. Eat mindfully. Focus on faith, love, sleep, meditation, exercise, healthy relationships, and renewal. Eat so that I will live more joyfully and more serenely. Stay positive and focused on the IMPORTANT things in life - NOT THINGS but PEOPLE.

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My name is Nancy. I live in West Virginia. I teach in a self-contained special education class with students who have autism and other intellectual and behavioral challenges at a local middle school. I have a cat and my son has a dog. We live together in relative peace and harmony. My father passed away in October 2011, at age 92, so, I expect to live a LONG time in years and would like those years to be healthy. My stepmother is 90 and she and I are close friends. We swim and do water aerobics together and have gone on several trips as well.

I KNOW that my relationships are more important than THINGS or MONEY and it is a good thing that they are because I have no money. I also don't have many things, but I DO have a wonderful BLESSED GOD, a loving and gracious family and friends I can count on when I am down and/or out.

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I am blessed more than I can fathom. Maybe making lemonade isn't such a bad pass time. After all, I get so many chances to deal with challenges and crises that if I at least get the lemonade, I get something out of all these learning experiences.

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KALANTHA
12/19/2014 4:10:47 PM

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This Holiday Season, give yourself the gift of self-motivation:

1. Review your reasons for wanting to be healthier.

2. Think about how you felt when you began your new healthy lifestyle. You remember . . . tired, low energy, lots of aches and pains, miserable, embarrassed, etc. and pay close attention to the smallest changes in your body. Think about how far you’ve come so far.

3. Challenge yourself . . . the try some new, healthy food options; a new form of exercise; walk farther; run faster; whatever. Just make sure the challenge you set is realistic for you.

4. Set up reminders to keep yourself on track – they can be sticky notes taped to your computer monitor, automatic text messages/emails you send yourself, or anything else that will keep your goals front and center in your mind.

5. Surround yourself with others who are positive and motivated.

6. Read success stories or watch them on video.

7. Learn as much as you can about healthy lifestyles. In this case, education CAN be free! There is a ton of good info on this site or in your local library. Knowledge is POWER!

8. Just Get Moving! Once you start, you’ll want to keep going.

9. Keep a record of your progress. Seeing concrete evidence of your improvement will motivate you to do even more/better.

10. Help others when you can.

Keep going!

You are SPARKTACULAR!

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KALANTHA
12/17/2014 9:36:44 AM

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“Regardless of what came before or of what has yet to come, what matters most right now is how I choose to respond to the challenge before me. Will I lie down or will I fight? The choice is mine and I choose to finish strong.” (Dan Green)

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KALANTHA
12/12/2014 3:09:13 PM

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“Get Off The Scale!

You are beautiful. Your beauty, just like your capacity for life, happiness, and success, is immeasurable. Day after day, countless people across the globe get on a scale in search of validation of beauty and social acceptance.

Get off the scale! I have yet to see a scale that can tell you how enchanting your eyes are. I have yet to see a scale that can show you how wonderful your hair looks when the sun shines its glorious rays on it. I have yet to see a scale that can thank you for your compassion, sense of humor, and contagious smile. Get off the scale because I have yet to see one that can admire you for your perseverance when challenged in life.

It’s true, the scale can only give you a numerical reflection of your relationship with gravity. That’s it. It cannot measure beauty, talent, purpose, life force, possibility, strength, or love. Don’t give the scale more power than it has earned. Take note of the number, then get off the scale and live your life. You are beautiful!”

(Steve Maraboli)

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KALANTHA
12/8/2014 9:29:57 AM

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“Beliefs have the power to create and the power to destroy. Human beings have the awesome ability to take any experience of their lives and create a meaning that disempowers them or one that can literally save their lives.” (Anthony Robbins)

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