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I will stay positive this year. When I am positive all things are possible. Staying positive gives me hope.
I didn't start this journey to lead an unhappy life full of restrictions and deprivation. I started this journey to live an improved, fully active life without weight restrictions. I call it Physical freedom.
I have learned some wonderful tools on this journey that I want to share. Dr Amy Johnson's free online 23 page booklet, Fighting the Urge has helped me overcome that ...
I will stay positive this year. When I am positive all things are possible. Staying positive gives me hope.
I didn't start this journey to lead an unhappy life full of restrictions and deprivation. I started this journey to live an improved, fully active life without weight restrictions. I call it Physical freedom.
I have learned some wonderful tools on this journey that I want to share. Dr Amy Johnson's free online 23 page booklet, Fighting the Urge has helped me overcome that negative inner voice that says Eat it. NOW! She gave me the tools that I successfully used to stop my compulsive eating. It really works! DrAmyJohnson.com
I also am learning from Renee Stephens free online podcasts at Inside Out Weight Loss (IOWL). Renee's has shown me ways to change my journey and remove my fears. She describes a life of being Naturally Slender and not a life of constant struggle to lose or maintain my weight. Want that! Please read my blogs for details.
My personal Super Hero, Amy Cuddy, has given me a free 2 minute tool to FEEL Powerful in any situation. If you ever feel powerless around food, or about your struggle or inability to change, please watch this free video. It could change YOUR life, too.
Here is the link: www.ted.com/talks/amy_cuddy_your_body_lang
Prior to joining SP, my comfort zone was ignoring my weight. Today, I am taking responsibility for the choices I make, one by one. I let fear keep me from even trying for years. It was scary to make this decision.
I lost 80 pounds in 2009 with SP but faltered and regained 60 prior to restarting this journey. Making and meeting achievable goals is the first step in the process of change. I accept that I am pursuing a healthy lifestyle to the best of my ability.

Inspiration shamelessly stolen from SP:
No one is forcing me to take this journey or behave in a certain way. I am doing this because I want to become a healthier person.
By transforming our thoughts, our attitudes, our actions we can transform our bodies.
I can keep reliving a hurt from the past or I can move forward and focus on today and on happier times, and people in my life.
I need to treat my body with respect and care to change negative feelings about my body. Make one healthy choice or exercise today.
I can resist those demanding primitive brain responses to overeat because I recognize them as primal thoughts, unworthy of my attention. I can dismiss them, refuse to comply and remind myself that they are powerless to make me move. It's my decision and choice to not respond. Empowered! DrAmyJohnson.com
Poor choices ALWAYS have a cost and we really can't avoid being responsible for our choices because eventually we become unhappy enough to begin this journey all over again.
Listen to your better angel. Don't quit.
Who knew that losing the weight could be so complicated? But it sure is worth a little confusion.
The real reward is peace. It's not a reward that I can see or touch like new clothes, but I can feel it and that's enough. That is more than enough.
Awesome, Unconditional love of self!
This is not about now, this is about always.
Like any addict, I need to come back to the structure and support that is SP and I'm going to renew by coming back to it. Triangle-Woman.
It's a muffin. Your entire day isn't lost because of a muffin.
I am GOOD at getting back up. I can always get back up. I will Ask when I need help on the rough parts of the journey.
Remember how GOOD you felt just after you started this journey and how bad you felt the day before you started this journey. It sure helps to defuse those "it's too difficult" feelings we all have sooner or later.
"It doesn't matter how slowly you go, only that you keep going." Confucius.
Not trying to be PERFECT just to be consistent. If I don't let myself enjoy companionship with friends, including the occasional drink or bread, then I don't have a prayer of winning.
Change your body language to powerful poses for 2 min/day and change your cortisol levels!
It is NOT a lower number on the scale that makes all the work you are putting into your weight loss efforts worthwhile. What makes it worthwhile is the increased happiness and other benefits that come with doing the best you can to eat a healthy diet, being as fit and active as you can, and doing all the other things that make you feel good about yourself.
It's so easy to stop trying and settle in to the comfort of our successes. My knees don't hurt each time I get up from a chair. I can walk farther, faster and easier without getting out of breath. Put those in a box with a bow next to the Snickers and those are the ones worth picking up. The good feeling I get from physical freedom tastes sooooo sweet.
I am different NOW!
Getting the body you want is 10% what you eat and 20% fitness and 70% clearing the neurological junk and changing your body from the Inside Out.
When I need comfort I need Touch My Feelings (TMF) with tea (T) a polar fleece(F) throw and a movie (M) with great music so I will feel better.
Accept life's interruptions. Let go. Striving for a "perfect journey" is part of "All or Nothing Thinking" that can lead to feelings of failure.
Meditate on your life in this exact moment not on your age. Make your priority spending time with family and friends, caring for your health and body, eating well, exercising regularly and helping others. Make daily life a reflection of those priorities.
The "oops days" always teach me something that the "I've go this" days never could. I love the I've got this days and I'm learning to love the oops days.
Winning doesn't always finishing first but getting the best out of yourself.
Motivation is what gets you started. The joy of healthy living is what keeps you going.
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My Goals:
Physical Freedom.
To become resilient in my journey.
My new goal is to design and refine a quiet accepting journey that feels so comfortable that I'd miss it if it were gone.

To eat mindfully and when life sends a speed bump. Turn things around, start walking within 24 hrs.
Interim goal: 200lbs.
To learn to live comfortably in a slim, fit, healthy body.
To search daily for insight & motivation.
To spread the Spark and seek support for the Journey.
To weekly check and be accountable.

My Program:
Overall goal is to get healthy and be able to do the things I want to do and to feel good about being in my own skin. I've summed that up as Physical Freedom.
My strategies:
Finding healthy foods I like to eat
Eat in moderation
Find physical activities I enjoy doing.
To diligently and honestly track my nutrition and fitness.
I met my goal of walking 300 min. a month. I exceeded that goal and achieved 500 minutes 5/2014. My new goal is 500 fitness minutes for 6/2014.
Expect 10-15% inconsistency allowing 1-2 slip-ups or bad days a month with food or fitness.
When I can walk comfortably for 20 minutes, 4-5 times a week for 20 to 40 min. I will increase my activity by beginning a C25K interval run/walk program. Getting closer!
Monthly reward for sticking to my goals 85-90% of the time, regardless of weight loss or gain.

Personal Information:
I am in my 60's, married and live in Southern California. I can't help aging, but I can control HOW I age!
Yes, this journey is hard. Each and every day it is hard. I give my journey my all each and every day and then I give it 10% more. Nothing is as hard as my life before the journey so at the end of the day. I need to keep reminding myself that today was easier than my life before. That is what really makes this journey worth it.
Push through the tough moments. Find a way. When it's important but it looks impossible and you’re up against it, step back for a minute. Ask yourself to use your resolve to think of a way to get through this. If you can't think of a way this minute, wait until tomorrow because you always overcome given time.

Other Information:
I accept that I am pursuing a healthy lifestyle to the best of my ability. I have some wonderful new tools to fight compulsive overeating. Please read my blogs for details. I feel powerful & successful and have reduced my stress and fears.

I need to remember to be gentle with myself when my choices are not quite as good as I would like but I've learned that getting down on myself really won't help.

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Member Comments:
7/29/2014 7:54:32 PM

Thanks for stopping by and commenting on my blog. I really hadn't thought about cool whip and strawberries, guess I was fixated on the strawberry shake. Sounds like a wonderful treat. The strawberries blended with diet ginger ale sounds pretty good too. Need to put it on my grocery list for this week. Thanks for the wonderful suggestions. Your support means a lot to me.

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7/24/2014 6:17:39 AM

Thank you so much for your wise comment on my blog. I think I'm going back to the original opinion I had that fitness is not connected to spiritual development for me, though I can see how it could be for other people. Each to their own :-).

Have a great weekend!

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7/21/2014 6:12:18 AM

Thank you for the insightful addition about deserve. It's a great idea that by saying "deserve" we're pretending to ourselves it comes from something outside ourselves rather than a decision we're making. I love it. It shines more light on the little tricks we play on ourselves. emoticon

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7/20/2014 9:24:50 AM

You have come a long way in a short time and are really doing awesome... Thank you for reading and commenting on my BMI blog. Your words are truly inspiring to me. Also thank you for the friend add I have added you right back ... Hope you are having a great weekend ~~~~ Smiles Darlene

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7/18/2014 4:05:00 PM

“I want you to embark on the truth of loving yourself because when you love yourself and when you appreciate yourself, you will make healthy changes in your life for healthy reasons.”
-Steve Maraboli
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Hi! Thank you for reading and commenting on my blog, "A Non-Scale Victory At The Grocery Store." Have a great day!

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