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I am back! I have been away too long and have let my health slip. Best way to success is to surround yourself with like minded individuals striving for the same goal. So here I am. determined to reach my goals.

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Some of my Favourite Quotes, listed below...

Be who God meant you to be and you will set the world on fire. St. Catherine of Siena

Nothing great is ever achieved without much enduring.
St. Catherine of Siena

Know what's weird? Day by day, nothing seems to change. But pretty soon, everything's different. Bill Watterson (Calvin and Hobbes)

If you want something you've never had, you must be willing to do something you've never done. Thomas Jefferson

You can't leave footprints in the sands of time if you're sitting on your butt. Who wants to leave buttprints in the sands of time? B. Moawad

Failures do what is tension relieving, while winners do what is goal achieving.
Dennis Waitley

Your present circumstances don't determine where you can go; they merely determine where you start.-Nido Qubein

Being challenged in life is inevitable, being defeated is optional. -Roger Crawford

Striving for perfection is the greatest stopper there is. It's your excuse to yourself for not doing anything. Instead, strive for excellence, doing your best. Sir Laurence Olivier

It is good to have an end to journey toward; but it is the journey that matters, in the end. Ursula K. Le Guin

It is not the mountain we conquer, but ourselves.
Sir Edmund Hillary

I still find each day too short for all the thoughts I want to think, all the walks I want to take, all the books I want to read, and all the friends I want to see.
John Burroughs

Lack of activity destroys the good condition of every human being, while movement and methodical physical exercise save it and preserve it. Plato

Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed in the things you didn't do than by the ones you did. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover. --Mark Twain

Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with all your might... Ecclesiastes 9:10

Nothing Without Effort ... nil sine labore (Old Latin adage)

Success is a year-round choice. You must decide what you want, why you want it, and how you plan to achieve it. No one else can, will, or should do that for you. (SP Article)

Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall. Confucius

There's no use talking about the problem unless you talk about the solution. Betty Williams

Great works are performed not by strength but by perseverance. Samuel Johnson

Act the way you'd like to be and soon you'll be the way you act.
George W. Crane

What would life be if we had no courage to attempt anything?
Vincent van Gogh

A man who wants to do something will find a way; a man who doesn't will find an excuse. Stephen Dooley, Jr.

Be not afraid of growing slowly, be afraid only of standing still.
Chinese Proverb

Fall seven times, get up eight. Japanese Proverb

The difference between a successful person and others is not a lack of strength, not a lack of knowledge, but rather a lack in will. Vince Lombardi

Knowing is not enough; we must apply.
Willing is not enough; we must do. Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, therefore,
is not an act but a habit. Aristotle

It is not enough to take steps which may some day lead to a goal; each step must be itself a goal and a step likewise. Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Success is the sum of small efforts, repeated day in and day out. Robert Collier

Discipline is the bridge between goals and accomplishments.
Jim Rohn

You will never plough a field if you only turn it over in your mind. Irish Proverb

The principle is competing against yourself. It's about self-improvement, about being better than you were the day before.
Steve Young

Throw back the shoulders, let the heart sing, let the eyes flash, let the mind be lifted up, look upward and say to yourself... Nothing is impossible! Norman Vincent Peale

All men dream but not equally. Those who dream by night in the dusty recesses of their minds wake in the day to find that it was vanity; but the dreamers of the day are dangerous men, for they may act their dream with open eyes to make it possible. T.E. Lawrence

The way to gain a good reputation, is to endeavor to be what you desire to appear. - Socrates

The fact is, that to do anything in the world worth doing, we must not stand back shivering and thinking of the cold and danger, but jump in and scramble through as well as we can.
Robert Cushing

For my daughters...
Courage, sacrifice, determination, commitment, toughness,heart, talent, guts. That's what little girls are made of; the heck with sugar and spice.
Bethany Hamilton (greatest female surfer of our time)

When eating a fruit, think of the person who planted the tree. Vietnamese saying

I fear not the man who has practiced 10,000 kicks once, but I fear the man who has practiced one kick 10,000 times. Bruce Lee

The real glory is being knocked to your knees and then coming back. That's real glory. Vince Lombardi

You can't get much done in life if you only work on the days when you feel good. Jerry West

Be miserable. Or motivate yourself. Whatever has to be done, it's always your choice. Wayne Dyer

Invictus by William Ernest Henley (1849�1903)

Out of the night that covers me,
Black as the pit from pole to pole,
I thank whatever gods may be
For my unconquerable soul.
In the fell clutch of circumstance
I have not winced nor cried aloud.
Under the bludgeonings of chance
My head is bloody, but unbowed.
Beyond this place of wrath and tears
Looms but the Horror of the shade,
And yet the menace of the years
Finds and shall find me unafraid.
It matters not how strait the gate,
How charged with punishments the scroll,
I am the master of my fate:
I am the captain of my soul.

The Story of Everest

Until one is committed, there is hesitancy, the chance to draw back. Always ineffectiveness.

Concerning all acts of initiative (and creation) there is one elementary truth, the ignorance of which kills countless ideas and splendid plans: that the moment one definitely commits oneself, then providence moves too.

All sorts of things occur that would never otherwise have occurred.

A whole stream of events issues from the decision, raising in ones favor all manner of unforeseen incidents and meetings and material assistance which no man could have dreamt would come his way.

I have learned a deep respect for one of Goethe's couplets. Whatever you can do or dream, begin it. Boldness has genius power and magic in it.

--W.H. Murray,

"No kind action ever stops with itself. One kind
action leads to another. Good example is followed.
A single act of kindness throws out roots in all
directions, and the roots spring up and make new
trees. The greatest work that kindness does to
others is that it makes them kind themselves."
Amelia Earhart

Jan 1, 2016 ... The day I poured out my last bottle of Coke and haven't touched the stuff since then!

Member Since: 10/15/2009

Fitness Minutes: 127,613

My Goals:
For 2016...

185 lbs. and at my goal weight.

Complete a 10K run

My Program:
Eating whole foods. No Fast Food. No carbonated drinks.

Off the couch more than on it

Daily workout

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I am Andy, a 52 year old vice-principal, from BC (Canada). I have been on Spark People for a few years and met the greatest people. Please add me as a friend and feel free to keep me on track. If you want, I will do the same. For me, it always seems that I can get started but lose motivation. I am hoping, that with your support, I will keep on track and live life in a healthier way.

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Success is a year-round choice. You must decide what you want, why you want it, and how you plan to achieve it. No one else can, will, or should do that for you. (SP Article)

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  • v BDTHOM
    Thanks for the dumbbells goodie. Most of my ST is body weight exercises. What would I do if I actually reduced my body weight. Whew! Now I have the solution.
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    21 days ago
    OMGoodness! Who let the Dawgs out - again! emoticon
    Spring has sprung and it's time for another 5% Challenge! emoticon
    Are you ready? Well get ready, because it starts in 5 days, emoticon
    Let's kick some weight to the curb! emoticon

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    21 days ago
    I gather from the comments you were once a dawg! I have been here for awhile and love the support. Never have made the 5% goal but still can dream and run with the pack. Am adding you as a friend. emoticon
    21 days ago
    Good Morning Andy!

    I used to have a Golden Retriever mix and he was the most wonderful "lump" dog! If he wanted hugs, he'd climb up in my lap. Otherwise he was always happy to just lay by my side.

    But the Maltese-Bichon is a "froo-froo" dog, they love to prance around saying "look at how pretty I am!" and "you have GOT to love me! I'm so precious!!"

    Actually, they're both smart breeds.

    Nopers, just another dawg in the kennel. I've been with the Dawgs ever since my first 5% Challenge - but I've never quite made the full 5%. I just love the team. Diane is crazy but awesome. For support, you cannot beat the dawgs.

    I hope you find the team to be a good fit.

    Huggers to you and DW,
    40 days ago
    emoticon Andy !! Hey what do ya know this "OLD DAWG" is STILL here !! emoticon I am doing SO WELL with now losing at a progressive rate. So how about catching us up on how you are???

    Remember "Once a Dawggie, ALWAYS A Dawggie !" Awwww LOVE the pups !! Hope you will be doing some blogs from their view point at watching you progress. When you were on I had Princess (Princey, Wincey) who was a black ME Coon. Sadly she passed full of cancer (it was very aggressive she'd of died in 7 days and it had just been diagnosed. Due to all of her other health issues she was always at the vets.

    Now I have Isabelle (AKA Izzy) who's SO FUNNY !!! Likely your familiar with Ceri's cat "Queenie" who it's HILARIOUS to read her blogs !

    READY TO RUN????
    41 days ago
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