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Do You see possibilities or problems?

Friday, December 02, 2011

A man who wants something will find a way; a man who doesn't will find an excuse.
- Stephen Dolley Jr.
This quote and the following came in an email today. It relates to the decisions that I made today. Because they were not happen stance, they were choices that I made.
Do you see possibilities or problems?

It's been said that some of the smartest people around would make lousy entrepreneurs. How can that be? The fact is, some people are so smart they can easily see all of the problems, roadblocks, and snafus that they'll need to overcome to succeed. They can think of all kinds of reasons why their idea won't work. This knowledge can overwhelm any thoughts of possibilities or dreams. When you think of your goals, do you focus on the positives of making it happen, or the negatives of potential barriers? To reach your goals, you gotta really want them. More importantly, you gotta really believe that you can do it. Think more about why you CAN make it happen instead of why you can't. No more excuses.

I have to pick up the pieces and see the possibilities in these choices, and the opportunities of the future. I have to throw out the excuses, and the negatives and the barriers. I have to pick myself up and continue onward. AND I WILL.

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SILVERBIRCH65 12/12/2011 4:09PM

    This reminds me of the story my SIL tells about meeting my brother. It was the end of the summer. She was leaving town. They had one date. Then she found out she was going to be around for another week. Should she call the cute nice guy she had met to tell him she'd be around a bit more, or would that just sound too eager?

She called a friend and asked what she thought. The friend said "No way, don't call. You'll sound too lame and eager."

She called another friend.

In fact, she kept on calling friends until someone said "Sure, call him! GO for it!"

They've been married fifteen plus years now.... *g*

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SPARKYCARLEY 12/5/2011 6:25PM

    Wow! Awesome blog! If that's not motivational than nothing will survive the cut. Excuses be gone. It's time to focus on the positive; and on our Father in heaven; and make some progress.

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MRS*RADISH 12/4/2011 7:48PM

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MOMMA_BEAR_69 12/3/2011 11:16AM

    Great quote and great blog!!! Thank you for sharing some great ideas regarding pros and cons. Focusing on the pros and believing in them is definitely the way to win the battle.
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SUNRISE14 12/3/2011 7:26AM

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RGEETING 12/3/2011 12:46AM

    AGAIN!!!! I lost what I had written!!!! argh! here we go again....

Definitely - seeing potential verses seeing problems makes a difference...

and now - I'm probably going to over analyze this... but...

I think of the passage in Luke - about who builds a tower and doesn't count the cost?
and of Nehemiah who had a plan laid out in advance to rebuild the Jerusalem walls and presented it to the king...

I think it's important to go into this journey of ours with our eyes open. Maybe it's because I'm a detail person... but I'm good at making the lists, at seeing possible roadblocks. It helps so that we can make a plan to get around the things that sabotage our success - like what you mentioned on your last blog... realizing that just having the almonds with you wasn't enough... or that not eating your full breakfast put you at risk for unplanned for hunger...

This journey of ours does have a price... probably different for each of us. and we DO need to count that cost going into it...

I'm also learning . . . that if the person beginning this journey isn't ready to make the sacrifices/costs necessary, no amount of thinking positive thinking will bring success....

Ok - enough philosophizing for tonight!

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MTPOETNH 12/2/2011 11:16PM

    Sort of like the question, do you view the glass half full or half empty. Looking for the positive is so much more productive than focusing on the negative. You may even be able to see a more creative way over barriers. Thanks for sharing !! I Enjoyed your blog.

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MILLISMA 12/2/2011 9:24PM

    I've always loved that quote and your blog is great!

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1CRAZYDOG 12/2/2011 9:10PM

    This is a favorite quote of mine!

For me, I think perfectionism hindered me, because I would be so wrapped up in the CONS of a situation (every situation has both the pros and the cons to be weighed carefully) and wouldn't take a look @ the pros! Because I was too busy picturing failure! I've learned to let go of a huge amt. of that perfectionism, but know it is something I'll probalby always have to work on. Great quote, great blog.

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What a wasted day!

Friday, December 02, 2011

Okay, you all need to know that I am not perfect. I really messed up bad today. I let my guard down. I confessed in my Spark Live Mind class this morning what I ate so I don't need to repeat it.
This is going to be my journal entry about what happened, so that I don't repeat it. I got up early because I had a doctor's appt. at 8 AM. For breakfast I had a piece of low fat swiss cheese and a WW container of yogurt. This was much less than I usually eat. That was my biggest mistake.
Then I forgot to take my morning medications.
I do carry Almonds in my purse, but did not eat a few of those when I got hungry. I went to Target because it was open, to get a Christmas tree ornament for a party I am going to tomorrow. I found an ornament. I managed to get out of the store without buying any snacks.
My plan was to get peppermint bark at a local store that sells produce and at Christmas time sells special snacks to take to the party. They didn't have it.
So I went over to Walmart. Unfortunately, I was getting hungry, so I bought the two things that I love to eat, and my snacks for the party tomorrow, and dug into the junk food on the way home.

I ate more of the junk later in the day, and physically I feel awful. I do not want to do that again. Ever. I want to make wiser choices.

1. I should have had a better breakfast.
2. I should have thought about what I would have eaten.
3. I should have chosen smaller portions of those foods that are my down fall. (I can choose to eat them, it would just be better to do it in moderation.)

Okay change I should haves to I will. Plan my breakfast, actually I was more into reading the paper and relaxing to get going than I was in getting ready and eating a good breakfast.

1. I will plan a healthy breakfast, if I had added a slice of whole wheat toast, and eaten my banana with my breakfast, it would have been satisfying.
2. I will think before I eat.
3. I will choose smaller portions of my foods that I choose.

Okay. Tomorrow will be better. I am going to start over.

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MOMMA_BEAR_69 12/3/2011 11:01AM

    "Success is doing your best" How simple that is!! Your best may be different each day but you can continue to do your best. Congratulations on your plans for doing better. Blessings to you as you continue your healthy lifestyle journey.

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WIXNWAX 12/3/2011 10:36AM

    Isn't it nice to know that we are all human and that we all make mistakes? The important thing is to not condemn ourselves, but to realize our mistakes and move forward! Congratulations on your wisdom! :)

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LITTLEGUYSMOM1 12/3/2011 7:37AM

    Good for you for recognizing what led you to overindulge and making plans to do better in the future. I agree that a great breakfast can start your day off right. Very smart letting yourself have treats in moderation. Great goals! You can do it!!

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RGEETING 12/3/2011 1:03AM

    Wow! I didn't know that you weren't perfect!!!! I'm so disillusioned! lol not really...

In fact, I commend you for sharing it... I'm not always that transparent...

You do know where wisdom comes from (after taking into account that godly wisdom comes from God), don't you? from messing up ourselves...

That's why we can tell our daughters not to use certain pans for certain foods, or to make sure they stir continuously something on the stove.... because when we used that pan, it really burnt; or when you don't stir, it sticks or doesn't cook right.... :-)

Sounds like you're wise! :-) Have a great tomorrow!!!!


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Meal Plans 3

Thursday, December 01, 2011

Meal 6
Homemade turkey soup
turkey broth from turkey bones
2 cups of chopped turkey
1 onion diced and cooked in olive oil
celery - 3 stalks diced and cooked with onion
can of diced tomatoes added with juice
spices - thyme, basil, marjoram, bay leaf
Add 1 mini cup of brown rice pre-cooked per serving.
Rolls whole grain from Walmart

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LITTLEGUYSMOM1 12/2/2011 2:31PM

    Sounds yummy!

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RGEETING 12/2/2011 2:11AM

    sounds delicious! you can cook for us anytime! :-)

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Meal Plans 2

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

One of those goals that I made for myself was to come up with 2 weeks of menus for myself that I could have so that I could rotate meals.
Last meals were recorded on 11-3-2011

Meal 5
Cod fish, or Salmon fillet fried with small amt of olive oil
1 half of a sweet potato baked in the toaster oven
5 oz of fresh spinach steamed in the microwave
4 oz of mushrooms cooked in a small amt of olive oil

We had this tonight and my husband really enjoyed it.

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SERENEMOM71 12/1/2011 12:56PM

  Good for you!

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WIXNWAX 12/1/2011 11:28AM

    Way to go, Ravyna! :)

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MOMMA_BEAR_69 12/1/2011 4:27AM

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Bettered my time for walking a mile

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

On Monday my time for walking a mile was 28 min 47 sec.
Today I walked a mile in 26 min 12 sec.
I shaved off a total of 2 min 35 sec.

It may not seem like a lot but for this 56 year old body that has been out of shape for some time, and that has replace knees, It is a great victory.

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Watching the movie "Chariots of Fire" about Eric Lidell who was a runner in the 1920's from Scotland. I ordered this movie off of Amazon for some motivation in my journey. Awesome.
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MOTIVATED@LAST 12/1/2011 5:26AM

    Well done on improving your time.

Chariots of Fire is such a great movie!! Awesome soundtrack!

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MOMMA_BEAR_69 12/1/2011 4:26AM

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You are doing a super job!!! Keep it up.

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FAITH2BWELL 12/1/2011 12:16AM

    emoticon If only I can get started. Keep up the good work.

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Happy WITH you about your shorter mile time!!!!

Are you familiar with Eric Lidell's complete life's story? You can read a synopsis of it at
iddell His parents were missionaries. After the Olympics, he became a missionary to China and had a family. Things got dangerous there, and he sent his wife and children to safety and stayed behind where he served in an internment camp until his death. I remembered being amazed at the rest of his life, having only heard about the "Chariots of Fire" version - His sacrificial and dedicated life for god was so much more than that!

Enjoy, my friend!

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