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Tuesday, February 23, 2010

A great obstacle to happiness is expecting too much

- Bernard de Fontanelle, French writer

Understanding happiness

Happiness is a state of mind, not a way of life or a destination that you'll reach one day. Bumps in the road of life are to be expected, and we cannot let them ruin our days. We often think that if a combination of factors would just fall into place THEN we would finally be happy. Satisfaction can only come from within, through truly accepting yourself, your life, and your circumstances. During this life you'll have many hard days--long work days, sleepless nights, worrying about the future, etc. This week, think about the joys of your life. Find creative ways to enjoy the little bumps in the road.

  
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GYPSYGOTH 2/24/2010 10:39AM

    oooh i like that. one of my favorite sayings has always been "to avoid chronic disappointment, lower your expectations." i try to do this with other people, especially-- don't expect them to be perfect and it won't be so bad when they are (invariably) not! same with yourself ;)

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MARYHANNA 2/24/2010 9:56AM

    Thanks for the reminder!

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FLEMIDG 2/23/2010 11:39PM

    What a great way to think. Thank you.

Darlene


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Lazy?

Saturday, February 20, 2010

Being lazy and not taking responsibility are wastes of time. Often the power for change is within us, but without our efforts things would fail or go awry. You cannot rely on help from others, only what your own two hands accomplish on their own. Hard work is a habit that needs constant attention. But be mindful that you are giving your full effort to a project. Apply yourself, value your time, and don't squander it hoping for help.

After sharing my weight loss experience with other members on the Dr Oz show, it seems at if taking action...not being lazy is one of the keys. How many of us used to sit around and waiting for something to happen that would magically take off all the weight we'd accumulated over the years. How many times did we say "if only..." or "tomorrow"...once we stopped wishing and were willing to make whatever effort it would require, just taking that first step, then we began to find our way. I've often been asked what was my motivation or key to starting this journey and why this time when all other tries failed? I believe the answer to be that I was willing to stop being lazy! I was willing to take responsibility for myself and ownership of my actions....and mostly just to act. In past attempts at weight loss, I would always look at the healthy changes as temporary, as in "when I get to my goal I won't have to work this hard or stiick so strictly to this nutrition plan". I can vividly remember being out on a walk years ago in one of my previous weight loss tries, and actually telling myself that I couldn't wait to lose the weight so that I wouldn't have to get all sweaty by working out so hard....and guess what, after losing a good bit of the weight, I did stop exercising and ----- gained it all back plus more! So this time, when I would start having those thoughts in the early days of my journey, I reminded myself that exercise is something that is enjoyable and it was what I need to do for a lifetime if I want to get to and maintain my desired level of fitness and health!

  
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CYD1057 6/16/2010 8:50AM

  True! True! True!

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My Dr. Oz appearance

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Thanks to Grant of SP I was an invited guest for the Dr. Oz 100th episode celebration. There were 100 people who ha lost 100 lbs or more without any surgical procedures. It was quite an interesting experience. While I'm just a face in the crowd, it was pretty significant to see so many people who have all come so far. There were many who used methods that are concerning to me in terms of the loss being permanent and it's funny how differnt the experiences were from person to person. It did, however, make me realize that SP provides the best and most sound program around. I' so glad I found SP and wish I could convince people to follow the principals set down here. Way too many people choose to participate in weight loss plans that are contrary to changing their lifestyle. Any "diet" that has a person eating less calories than the burn will result in weight loss. But how long can a person actually live on a "diet"? I know for me that it's only temporary and not something I can/will do forever. That's why eating sensible and balanced diets coupled with exercise is the only way to make lasting changes that you can live with forever.

The show will air on Feb 16th and I would love to find out how many other of Dr. Oz's 100s were Spark People members...anyone out there that knows of someone else please let me know!

  
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MALCONTENTION 2/23/2010 9:28PM

    I'm sorry I missed the show. Congratulations on your tremendous success! You are indeed an inspiration!!!

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LEELYNN2 2/18/2010 9:43AM

    I watched clips of the show online since DDOORN was there. You guys rock; thanks for representing us in such numbers!

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ASTEENSTRA 2/16/2010 11:32AM

    Congratulations on the weight loss and the TV show!!! emoticon

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RACKETMOM 2/15/2010 4:11PM

    Wow, I am so thrilled that you're on this show!
I just read where another of my Spark buddies BOTZZZ was there too!
I am sooo proud of you both, you just keep on inspiring!!

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BUTEAFULL 2/12/2010 1:41AM

    fantastic wt loss emoticon

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DOLPHIN225 2/11/2010 11:58PM

    WTG, I will make a point of checking out the program. emoticon

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SOLUCKY12 2/11/2010 11:06PM

    I watch Dr. Oz a lot because it's recorded on my DVR. I probably watched it, but I don't remember anyone mentioning SP, but maybe I fast forwarded through that part because I agree with you. People that lose weight by following one of the food providing organizations are not motivating to me. I'm inspired to take better care of myself by watching Dr. Oz when I need motivation. Congratulations on being invited to his show and being an inspiration to others and spreading the spark! I'm going to look at your spark page to see if I recognize you. Thanks, Ann emoticon

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MOUNTAINBIKER1 2/11/2010 10:41PM

    That is so awesome, I'm so glad for you. Way to go on the 100 pounds down, you should be very proud of yourself. Your determination is an inspiration!

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BONNIER19 2/11/2010 10:35PM

    Thank you for sharing BAMOM19:

I love watching Dr. OZ! He is very inspiring....& always has something new to show. My name is Bonnie by the way, I hope we can become friends. Thanks again! emoticon emoticon

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MAMMABEAR-THIRY 2/11/2010 10:31PM

    Congratulations on losing 100 pounds without any surgical procedures. That is a wonderful accomplishment and you should be very proud of yourself. It must have been so exciting to be asked to be on the Dr. Oz show because of the weight loss. Keep up the good work.

Take care
Thiry

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uggghhhhhh

Tuesday, February 02, 2010

Just start getting things on track, then I get sick---stupid head cold---can't breathe stayed in bed all day Saturday---most of Sunday---then my dad ends up back in hospital---minor set back----so I haven't worked out in 6 days! I've not eaten much either so I'm holding my own. Getting back tomorrow....

  
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CATSAMS11 2/2/2010 10:52PM

    sounds like my week last week with the head cold! Hang in there and let your body heal. You will be back on track in no time. emoticon

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Regaining my sanity

Monday, January 25, 2010

a little at a time...today was day one of my re-start. I had a great spin class and an outstanding lift today. It felt awesome to be back at the gym and block out all thoughts or cares...things are improving with my day, though he's still in the hospital, which is probably better than how it will be for a while when he comes home....these next 4-6 weeks are going to challenge me beyond belief, but I'll get through it I'm sure. Even though I have to get to my mother's in the morning to get her coffee and breakfast, as well as get her meds and breathing treatment....I've made the decision that I must first get to the gym and get my workouts in, additionally, on Thursdays and Fridays when I have the baby I'm going to have to get to the gym after I take him home in order to do each days workout. I thought I would move them to the weekend (the workouts that is) but for me Sat/Sun just doesn't work. So, I'll not do spin class on those days, but instead use other cardio equipment to get in my 45-60 minutes of cardio. I will just wear my workout clothes and have my bag in the car and after I drop him off I'll go to the gym immediately....

  
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REZIZANIN 2/2/2010 12:55AM

    Hello Di,

I hope everyone in your family is well soon and that you are able to stay on track with your workouts.

You are an inspiration, even in this post b/c it shows your commitment to health and wellness when life gets hectic.

Continue to take care of yourself as you care for your family!!

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LWINTER 1/26/2010 10:12AM

    Di,
Having a plan is the best plan! LOL figuring out when you can do what and following through, no matter what--most of the time anyway. If you can't do it sometimes, don't beat yourself up over it, just do better the next day.

You have a lot to handle with both your mom and dad, take it one day at a time and take care of yourself!

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