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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 a nasty adventure on and then off of the dreadmill at the fitness center. I didn't break any bones but pulled muscles in my right shoulder and bruised my left shin from ankle to knee quite seriously. Even after two and a half weeks it is still painful and swollen. I have to admit that I still 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!!

Member Since: 7/2/2008

Fitness Minutes: 276,365

My Goals:
Wholeness, health, wellness, and a balanced positive enriched life.

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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 and another cat. We live together in relative peace and harmony. Deaths and stress wreak havoc on my life and health

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 al

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I am blessed more than I can fathom. Maybe making lemonade isn't such a bad pastime. 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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    Thank you for taking the time to comment on my "Disappointed but I got over it fast and one song" blog. I hope you will have a terrific Thursday.

    “Miss no single opportunity of making some small sacrifice, here by a smiling look, there by a kindly word; always doing the smallest right and doing it all for love.”-Therese of Lisieux (1873 -1897) Catholic Nun
    9 days ago
  • v MAWMAW101
    Prayers for a calmer day.....hugs to you and all your fellow teachers.
    9 days ago
  • v RONDAJO56
    emoticon You are in the top 5 on fitness minutes & spark points for Overall Individual Leaderboard; Over 60 With 100-200 pounds to lose for February per team digest! emoticon emoticon
    18 days ago
  • v RONDAJO56
    A friendly reminder today is weigh in day on the Over 60 Weight Loss Challenge! This is our last weigh in for the Winter Blues WL Challenge!

    New Challenge begins March 4th!! Please join us!
    19 days ago
  • v DOODIE59
    Hello NancyPat,
    Thank you for the Sparkgoodie! And the helpful advice. Yes, this is all about treating ourselves the way we deserve to be treated = properly. Healthily. The last few days, where I've been tracking my food, have shown me just how far off the rails my behaviour has gone. I am shocked, but as others have said: It's what we do from now on that will make the difference. We can't change the past. And improvement, not perfection, has to be the approach. Kinder and gentler, on our ways to better living.
    Thanks again,
    21 days ago
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