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Sailing along, Singing a song

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

I had THE best Monday yesterday! Everything went so smoothly and the day flew by! Not questioning it, just totally enjoying and putting it on my gratitude list.

I am doing better each and every day. I don't dwell on my visit to the abyss; frankly, it does no good. However, I wish I could figure out the trigger, so I can avoid it. In any event, I am back o track and so grateful for my SP family and friends for their continued support. I love you so much and I really hope one of these days I can meet some of you.

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So, I came across this quote in my studies this morning and boy did it hit home!

"The reason most major goals are not achieved is that we spend our time doing second things first."

-Robert J. McKain


I am guilty of this!*LOL* However, I am working on prioritizing things and obviously, my health comes first. Of course as I apply what I lean here at SP, all areas of my life improve, so it is definitely a win-win situation.

The sky is just starting to lighten up and it promises to be a beautiful day. Lots to do today, and so much to look forward to as well.

Have a splendiferous day and remember you are loved!

Brightest Blessings,
Amethyst

  
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EVERLEARNING 1/29/2013 1:29PM

    Yikes! Guilty as charged!
Thanks for the great quote. I find myself getting SO easily sidetracked. I need to focus more.

Hope your day is beautiful!
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KITT52 1/29/2013 11:44AM

    great quote...thanks for sharing and giving me something new to think about....

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PIXIE-LICIOUS 1/29/2013 9:46AM

    I love that quote, its great food for thought.
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Favorite Quotes Part 1

Sunday, January 27, 2013

Happy Sunday! I felt the need to find thought that inspire me today. Good and positive things to fill my mind and evict the negative things. These are some of my favorites and I felt I needed to share them.

Bright Blessings and love,
Ame
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Negativity is a very dangerous and bad drug that kills lives and our ability to make our lives what we want them to be.
-Coach Steele (Tools to Life)

There is no failure except in no longer trying.
–Elbert Hubbard

Self pity is our worst enemy and if we yield to it, we can never do anything wise in the world.
-Helen Keller

If you don’t like something, change it. If you can’t change it, change your attitude. Don’t complain.
-Maya Angelou

The last of the human freedoms is to choose one's attitudes.
-Victor Frankl

Keep on going and the chances are that you will stumble on something, perhaps when you are least expecting it. I have never heard of anyone stumbling on something sitting down.
-Charles F. Kettering


I count him braver who overcomes his desires than him who conquers his enemies: for the hardest victory is the victory over self.
-Aristotle

The best way out is always through.
-Robert Frost

Only I can change my life. No one can do it for me.
-Carol Burnett

The only conquests which are permanent and leave no regrets
are the conquests over ourselves.
-Napoleon Bonaparte

Anything you think you can become you can become. That doesn’t mean it is always going to be easy, but in the end it will always be worth it.
-Coach Steele

Come, my friends, ‘tis not too late to seek a newer world.
– Alfred, Lord Tennyson

Cherish the space between your dreams and reality. If you can dream it, you can make it so.
-Belva Davis

Hold yourself responsible for a higher standard than anybody
expects of you. Never excuse yourself.
-Henry Ward Beecher

The Great Black Things that have loomed against the horizon of my life, threatening to devour me, simply loomed and nothing more.
-Elbert Hubbard

Imaginary obstacles are insurmountable. Real ones aren't. But you can't tell the difference when you have no real information. Fear can create even more imaginary obstacles than ignorance can.
-Barbara Sher

Obstacles are those frightful things you see when you take your eye off your goal.
-Henry Ford

Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.
-Marianne Williamson

If I had my life to live over again, I would have made a rule to read some poetry and listen to some music at least once a week; for perhaps the parts of my brain now atrophied would have thus been kept active through use. The loss of these tastes is a loss of happiness, and may possibly be injurious to the intellect, and more probably to the moral character, by enfeebling the emotional art of our nature.
-Charles Darwin

Music is God's gift to man, the only art of heaven given to earth, the only art of earth we take to heaven.
-Walter Savage Landor

Music is well said to be the speech of angels; in fact, nothing among the utterances allowed to man is felt to be so divine. It brings us near to the Infinite.
-Thomas Carlyle

Music is the divine way to tell beautiful, poetic things to the heart.
-Pablo Casals


  
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PIXIE-LICIOUS 1/27/2013 6:29PM

    Thank you for the great quotes!

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GRANNY2B2 1/27/2013 5:34PM

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KITT52 1/27/2013 1:45PM

    great motivation... I need a daily does

thanks for sharing

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Goodies, another lesson absorbed, and more decisions that lead me further away from the abyss!

Saturday, January 26, 2013

Well, it is the weekend, Huzzah!

I received my Spark People Blue cup and my WooHoo teeshirt! Woohoo! *LOL* I ordered the shirt in my current size and decided it is time I have a "Before" pic taken. My plan is to buy a new shirt ever few sizes to track my progress and have a pic taken. Just need to find someone to take the pic. I LOVE my blue SP cup! I may get one in every color like MostMom1. I have even taken to sing "Spark People Cup!"

I woke up in the best mood this morning! Lessons are sinking in and I continue to learn new ones. My favorite one thus far I've learned is from Lily on this week's edition of Spark Radio. Lily and Karen were talking about how hard it is to get back into the positive thought patterns after over indulging. We all know that it's so easy to spiral out of control once a negative thought and feeling show up. Now, for me, this is not only goes for food, but for everything mental, emotional, spiritual, and physical. Which is why it's so hard at times to come out of the downward spiral. Negativity propagates insanely quick.

Lily discussed something she tells her clients when they stumble and start to spiral down. She tells them to do 1 tiny act of power, like 50 sit ups or going for a walk, just something positive!

As I am dealing with so many things in my life which all seem to bear down on me, I took Lily's advice. I normally do my laundry on Sunday, in a routine rut don't ya know. Anyway, I felt so good last night after work, I felt I needed to do something productive, so I did my laundry. It made me giddy with delight that it is done. I know it sounds silly, but that empowered me! So much so, that I had a bowl of cheerios with raspberries for dinner. Yes, that was an act of power as well. Friday nights I usually get fast food for dinner. So I kept my calories (and everything ) in range! Everything is interconnected; the mental, emotional, physical and spiritual. That's what I love about SP. It is not just about weight and fitness, it's about life and how you choose to live it!

It is the little things, my friends! Tiny acts of POWER! Thank you Lily for that sublime advice.

Today my act of power is to empty 3 boxes in my living room and dispose of everything I don't need, want, or doesn't serve/inspire me any more. Who knows, perhaps I'll do more?!

What will be your tiny act of power today?
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Much love and bright blessings!
Ame

  
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HEYRED221 1/28/2013 4:57PM

    I like that - tiny act of power. Great idea. Wishing you a wonderful week emoticon

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PINKNFITCARLA 1/26/2013 1:09PM

    emoticon I love spark people goodies!

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Lessons I have learned part 2

Friday, January 25, 2013

Okie dokie, I'm back and feeling better. I'm still mulling things over, but this is what I know. I am still working on weeding through my CLUTTER and I know this is playing a part in where I am at the moment. With so much chaos surrounding me outside, it's hard to tame the chaos inside. I'm constantly distracted by the mess, even though I am making progress with it. Not only is it interfering with my emotional/mental inner work, it is not very conducive to my spiritual inner work.

This isn't an excuse...it is a very real problem that I am working hard on, going through a lifetime of memories and "stuff" I have "pack ratted" away. Letting go is VERY hard and I'm half tempted just to throw away everything I have had packed away. If I wasn't afraid of throwing away something important, I would just haul it all out to the trash. So I just soldier through.

As for more immediate and helpful lessons I have learned from experimenting: I discovered that even though 100% whole wheat bread has more calories than my 100% wheat sandwich thins, they are denser, fill me up better and last longer than the thins.

I have learned that usually no matter what I have for breakfast, I'm hungry within an hour or two. I tried something different this week. I had oj, southwestern eggbeaters, a morningstar prime griller patty and two pieces of whole wheat toast. I felt satisfied and didn't start to feel hungry until just before lunch. Another thing that seemed to help was having some tea as I work in the morning. It keeps me feeling full longer.

I have committed myself to other little things in my quest to get on my feet again. When making my pb&j sandwiches, I won't take anymore extra tastes of peanut butter as I am making and after my sandwich is made. Oh! And no more spoonfuls of peanut butter and honey, or syrup or nutella at night when I have the mega munchies!

One good thing about the tea is I am getting more water. I drink a lot of water, but I know I fall short at times.

I am going to make the "instant" oatmeal recipe in the Spark People cookbook so I can have a more nutritious oatmeal.

This has taken me forever to write tonight. I have been at this for a couple of hours. I have admitted to a lot tonight. Stuff that I have never admitted to anyone. Perhaps I feel I need to be more honest here amongst my family. Maybe I need to do this to take responsibility "Out Loud" as it were. *Shrugs* I don't know...

What I do know is that it is past my bedtime, I'm feeling a wee bit better and not as far down in the abyss. I saw a rainbow as I arrived home tonight and I took that as a positive, hopeful sign. Of course any day it rains, I feel immeasurably better.

Good night and sweet sleep.

Ame

  
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GOLFLADY11 1/25/2013 1:35AM

    Sweet dreams to you. Good for you for owning up to things!!! Don't we all have issues like that? I'm proud of you and glad you're making progress. Aren't we all just a work in progresss. We are staying in our winter digs but once I get home it will be time to face the music. Hope I can be as stalwart as you.!!!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon Wishing you lots more rainbows!!

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SAKS20111 1/25/2013 12:30AM

    one item at a time! :-)

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ZRIE014 1/25/2013 12:26AM

  it is starting to drizzle here in san diego. have a great sleep emoticon

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Lessons I have learned this week

Thursday, January 24, 2013

Here I am on my break, sitting in my car and listening to the rain. This is been a week of deep introspection, and lessons learned. I believe this is helping as I try to get back to my normal, cheerful, and sassy self. Finally gaining the courage to step on the scale, I find that I am at my beginning weight. Somehow, and I haven't figured out why yet, this does not upset me. This is my jumping off point. I'm starting fresh!. Rats its time for me to go back to work already. I guess that this will be a multipart blog.

Later. Hugs

  
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CINDYSDAY 1/25/2013 9:58AM

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SPARTAN40 1/24/2013 2:37PM

    Sounds like you're making progress. You don't have to start off sprinting. I only matter that you're starting.

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