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I am a work in progress (aren't we all?). I am trying to focus on each day as it comes. My current effort is to remind myself that today is what matters. I do not think of my choices in terms of forever but rather in terms of the moment. What have I learned in my short time with SparkPeople? I've learned that TODAY is forever. Can I drink eight glasses of water forever? I don't know, and the thought is overwhelming. But what isn't overwhelming is this: Can I drink eight glasses of water TODAY? ...
I am a work in progress (aren't we all?). I am trying to focus on each day as it comes. My current effort is to remind myself that today is what matters. I do not think of my choices in terms of forever but rather in terms of the moment. What have I learned in my short time with SparkPeople? I've learned that TODAY is forever. Can I drink eight glasses of water forever? I don't know, and the thought is overwhelming. But what isn't overwhelming is this: Can I drink eight glasses of water TODAY? Yes. Absolutely. And today is what counts. It's what matters. And it applies to every choice. Can I get in at least five fruits/veggies today? Sure I can. Can I make that decision today? Yep. That's doable. Today is my forever. Today is how I make it happen. Today is my inspiration.

Discoveries from my Journey...

1/13/2011
I am on the HEALTHY TRAIN! Choo choo!



10/23/10
I am a Goal Setter! :)

10/22/10
I am a loser! As in, I lost 10% of my weight!

10/18/2010
I am a WEEKEND WARRIOR! I will not let the weekends get the best of me! It's time for some good, healthy planning!

10/14/2010
I am a guilt-free me! I am DONE feeling bad about myself! That's my new motivational effort! I'm trying to remind myself everyday that there is no guilt in life! There is celebration, progress, success, and there is MOVING ON when it is necessary. So who wants to join me in the GUILT-FREE ME Revolution? It's time to be guilt free!

10/13/2010
I am a planner! Who knew?!

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Member Since: 7/10/2010

SparkPoints: 30,297

Fitness Minutes: 3,085

My Goals:
Returned to food tracking and weight management effort as of 7/10/14. My first goal this year is to lose approximately 20 pounds by mid-October.

My Program:
I will be accountable, but I will not be too hard on myself.

I am working on some changes having renewed my commitment in 2014. Right now, I am diligently tracking everything I eat/drink, which ensures that I log in each day. I am closely monitoring my sodium and make a strong effort to stay as close as possible to recommended daily range, due to some concerns with the way medication has affected my blood pressure. More to come!

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Indianapolis, Indiana Girl :)

Lifetime Weight Watcher Membership earned in 1997 -- I'm still very proud of this accomplishment despite all the subsequent weight struggles I've had in my life.



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KALANTHA
12/23/2014 8:04:39 PM

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For Christmas

May you have joy
in the mad rush
of preparation;

May you know peace
in the tiny margins
of time around
the busy days;

May you have star-shine
in clear night skies
for looking at;

May you have silence
now and then;

and, above all –

beyond all else –

May you have love
to give
and to receive.

(Elizabeth Searle Lamb)

Merry Christmas!

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KALANTHA
12/21/2014 9:55:40 AM

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Recipe for a Merry Christmas

To a cup of tradition, time-honored and dear,
Add a generous portion of holiday cheer,
Combine with the memories of Christmases past,
Then sprinkle the mixture with joy unsurpassed.
Add a dash of good spirits, stir fondly until
You set it to rise in the warmth of good will.
Pour love over all in generous measure,
And garnish with laughter and heartwarming pleasure.

~ Barbara Burrow ~

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KALANTHA
12/18/2014 10:39:11 AM

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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
12/14/2014 4:19:44 PM

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You have it in you

When you feel like quitting, that’s an opportunity to keep going. When you feel like giving up, you have it in you to step forward with renewed energy and to give more.

Giving up doesn’t accomplish anything, and it doesn’t make you feel any better. It just leaves you with disappointment and regret.

There’s a way to keep going, and you know it. There’s a way to keep going, and just imagine how great you will feel for choosing persistence.

If you’re weary, stop for a short while to rest, but don’t give up. Remind yourself of all the good reasons why you’ve chosen to move forward, and then get yourself going again.

If you wish to be free of the effort, then do what it takes to finish the effort. Make all your work count for something by bringing it to a successful conclusion.

The next step is right in front of you, and you have it in you to take that step. Keep going, fulfill your best possibilities, and you’ll always be thankful for your choice to do so.

— Ralph Marston


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KALANTHA
12/9/2014 3:43:25 PM

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What is a Workout?
By George Allen, former Washington Redskins Coach

A workout is 25 percent perspiration and 75 percent determination. Stated another way, it is one part physical exertion and three parts self-discipline. Doing it is easy once you get started.

A workout makes you better today than you were yesterday. It strengthens the body, relaxes the mind, and toughens the spirit. When you work out regularly, your problems diminish and your confidence grows.

A workout is a personal triumph over laziness and procrastination. It is the badge of a winner - the mark of an organized, goal-oriented person who has taken charge of his, or her, destiny.

A workout is a wise use of time and an investment in excellence. It is a way of preparing for life's challenges and proving to yourself that you have what it takes to do what is necessary.

A workout is a key that helps unlock the door to opportunity and success. Hidden within each of us is an extraordinary force. Physical and mental fitness are the triggers that can release it.

A workout is a form of rebirth. When you finish a good workout, you don't simply feel better, YOU FEEL BETTER ABOUT YOURSELF.

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