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YOUR DAILY SURVIVAL KIT FOR THE NEW YEAR

Wednesday, January 06, 2010

YOUR DAILY SURVIVAL KIT FOR THE NEW YEAR

Today, I am giving you a

D A I L Y S U R V I V A L K I T

to help you each day............

Toothpick ... to remind you to pick the good qualities in everyone, including yourself.

Rubber band ... to remind you to be flexible. Things might not always go the way you want, but it can be worked out.

Band-Aid ... to remind you to heal hurt feelings, either yours or someone else's.

Eraser ... to remind you everyone makes mistakes. That's okay, we learn by our errors.

Candy Kiss ... to remind you everyone needs a hug or a compliment everyday.

Mint ... to remind you that you are worth a mint to your family & Me.

Bubble Gum ... to remind you to stick with it and you can accomplish anything.

Pencil ... to remind you to list your blessings every day.

Tea Bag ... to remind you to take time to relax daily and go over that list of God's blessings.

This is what makes life worth living every minute, every day


Wishing you love, gratitude, friends to cherish, caring, sharing, laughter, music, and warm feelings in your heart in the 2010 year.

  
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JEAN524 1/6/2010 5:49PM

    emoticonThanks for sharing. emoticonJean

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SHANSHE 1/6/2010 5:42PM

    LOVE it, thanks!

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PKSBELIEVEINME 1/6/2010 5:36PM

    Great blog!

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RAINBOWMF 1/6/2010 4:36PM

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CHER83 1/6/2010 2:50PM

  I AGREE WITH WHAT YOU WROTE!! THANKS FOR THE KIT!! LOVE SHERRY!! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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LAINIESNEWLIFE 1/6/2010 1:54PM

    Thank you, Barbara! This is great!

Hugs,

Lainie

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FARM-CHICK 1/6/2010 8:46AM

    emoticonlove it

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KITT52 1/6/2010 8:43AM

    oh how sweet that is...
thanks I need all those things everyday

Kitt

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DBELLE39 1/6/2010 8:17AM

    Thank you for my survival kit -- I love it.

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LOLAJO54 1/6/2010 7:55AM

    nice --- emoticon Jo

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The new me for 2010 !

Tuesday, January 05, 2010

~A man who wants something will find a way; a man who doesn't will find an excuse.~ - Stephen Dolley Jr.

I posted this quote on my Spark Page today and got thinking about what it is saying.

Speaking with a Spark Pal last night we discussed a mutual Spark Pal who had done so well reaching her goal and the one thing that we both agreed on was the steady weight loss, the never giving up or giving in on her healthy journey.

Ironically I read her Blog today (Kitt52) and she said ~~I guess the feeling for food will never go away so I need to deal with it... ~~

So back to this quote ~A man who wants something will find a way; a man who doesn't will find an excuse.~

How many excuses do we make to justify why we eat unhealthy, why we can't workout, why we don't drink our water, why we put everyone else in top priority, why we let an upset in our day throw us off our program?????

It's time to look at those who are successful in their weight loss journey at what they did. Yes they worked darn hard for where they are, but they kept their eye on their goal, they persevered, they stopped making the excuses.

it's time for me to stop making the excuses, how about you?

  
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FAYEPLAY 1/6/2010 7:41AM

  true, true, true

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JEAN524 1/5/2010 7:10PM

    You're right. It is time to stop making excuses and thinking that tomorrow is the day we'll begin. It's very true also that we need to focus and remember our goals. Thanks for a great blog. emoticonJean

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LAINIESNEWLIFE 1/5/2010 2:20PM

    emoticon I totally agree with you, Barbara! Thank you for sharing your quote and thoughts.

Hugs,

Laini
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FARM-CHICK 1/5/2010 1:59PM

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WINNIEATWELL2 1/5/2010 1:37PM

    Ya, you betcha ya. Time to adjust our thinking and move forward!! Good blog!

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RAINBOWMF 1/5/2010 12:22PM

    Barbara , the wheels never stop.
When we read what others have done
we feel their high and we know we can do it too.
Many times we have been lost a long the way but there is
no reason we can't get on the right path and stay there.
We are all human ,we have dealt or not dealt with food
all our life. Inside us somewhere is the strength to
put a plan in motion to gain what Kitt and others have
found.

Your quote is going on my page, I will see it everyday.
I am going to make it this time! I have read this many times before and it not mean as much as it does now. Thanks for the blog!

~A man who wants something will find a way; a man who doesn't will find an excuse.~ - Stephen Dolley Jr.


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LOLAJO54 1/5/2010 11:07AM

    Barb awww so true
Kitt is amazing we shall keep our eyes on the prize..
no excuses - no stalling
I am number 1!
thanks Barb!
I'm with you.
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FLMOMX2 1/5/2010 10:28AM

    Great blog. So true!! emoticon

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_KRITTER_ 1/5/2010 10:25AM

    Great blog! And so true! Where there's a will, there's a way! :)

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CHRISJAKE 1/5/2010 8:47AM

    Great blog Barb!!! Its also a great quote to make you think. We know you can reach your goal.

Look forward to seeing you reach your goal in 2010!!!! THanx for the great blog once again!!

HUGS

Chantell
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KITT52 1/5/2010 8:36AM

    Good Morning....it's Me Kitt..lol
I'm reading your blog....what a grand feeling to know I'm talked about and that all my hard work paid off for me and also to help others. I could not be more delighted....
I too read your sparkpage and thought yep that is so true, if you want something bad enough YOU will find a way.....
it is about setting your goals, ones you can live with.....and then keep going no matter what....I'm here any time you need support or feel free to ask me any questions, I like sharing my success

thanks for a huge boost this morning


HUGS



Kitt

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MOTHER-NATURE 1/5/2010 8:32AM

    Barbara that is my number one goal this year and that is to search the boards and seek out all the ones like kitt52 who have reached their goals .. I want to know what they did that worked for them ... I am on a search for what's working for people because I truly do know what doesn't work .. thank you for this blog my friend.

Hugs

Niki

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Reflections on 2009 and my goals for 2010

Friday, January 01, 2010

For a challenge on one of my teams we have to do a relection on 2009 and our goals for 2010. I was reading through my Sparks team boards and came across this post on a link to something from Jillian on Biggest Loser and wanted to share this.

~~~It happens you over-indulged over the holidays, missed a few workouts and now you feel like you've fallen off the weight-loss wagon. It's tempting to mentally slap yourself around, right? (Or head for the fridge.) Before you start, I want to remind you of something: Being hard on yourself is so 2009 that's the Old You.

The New You knows how to deal with setbacks and get back on the wagon. And after all, there are no mistakes, just learning experiences. Weight loss is a process it takes time. You will encounter small failures everyone does but every pound you gain can be lost.

And if you miss a workout, it's not the end of the world! Get to the gym the next day and continue to focus on your short-term goals. Just because you made bad choices today doesn't mean you can't start over tomorrow. New day? New beginning. And don't you forget it! ~~~

So 2009 is the old me and 2010 will be the new me.... and am finished looking back at 2009 as it wasn't a good year for me but I know 2010 will be a wonderful year for me.

My goal is to get under 200 lbs by my birthday and I have until Sept 5th to get this accomplished.

My first week's challenge in January is to workout daily for 30 min.

Exercise has always been a challenge for me so I know this is something I need to do.

I will also be doing my detox program from Simply for Life, I need to get rid of my sugar cravings and junk food cravings that I've allowed over the holidays. This means being very strict with my starchy foods, only one serving daily for 3 weeks.

  
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PATTIDGN 1/4/2010 1:16PM

    just love Jillian and the biggest loser program. The works are a wonderful motivation to keep our goals in 2010. thanks for sharing some very powerful words from a fav coach. good luck to you in 2010, you will succedd with this positive attitude. My fav quote, more attitude, less fattitude!!!

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KRZYKAT3 1/3/2010 4:09PM

    Love these words thanks so much for sharing!

new me in 2010!

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BRITOMART 1/3/2010 2:14PM

    You GO, girl. We're all in this. I like your birthday deadline, think I'll swipe the idea for my goals this year. Walk right toward tomorrow; we'll all be right there with you..

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GEMGODDESS 1/3/2010 1:42AM

    Here's hoping 2010 is a better year. You CAN do it!

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TREA241 1/3/2010 1:04AM

    Good luck with your goals and as long as you keep telling yourself 2010 is the year for you and that you can do it, you will be extremely successful!! xoxo -Andrea

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-LORI-B 1/2/2010 8:54PM

    This will be the year for all of us.. You can do this and we are all here in this together!
Lori

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FARM-CHICK 1/2/2010 2:32PM

    you always have great blogs thanks for sharing!

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LIVE_TO_LOVE 1/2/2010 11:21AM

    WOW, FANTASTIC BLOG ~ just what I needed to read...THANK YOU! GOOD FOR YOU for detoxing! I am joining you on the sugar and caffeine. We can do it!! You are such a strong support ~ I really appreciate your friendship and am so GLAD we are in this together. :) My birthday is in Oct....I would LOVE to be 200 by then as well ~ great goal and one of the BEST presents we could give ourselves. One day at a time starts TODAY.
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BEBRENDA 1/2/2010 8:23AM

    Barbara, 2010 is going to be a great year for all of us! I know that you can get in the 100's before your birthday--that will be so exciting! Happy New Year! Take care! :) Bren emoticon emoticon emoticon

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HICALGAL 1/2/2010 3:35AM

    consistent baby steps will eventuallly get you to your goal. all the best in the new year! emoticon

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RAINBOWMF 1/1/2010 10:40PM

    Thanks again for the words from Jillian's mouth. So true.
You are a winner all the way and I know you will reach your goals.
We are not going to mess around we have to step into the new year with gusto, we will stick together like glue, lets do it.

Love Mary

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MOTHER-NATURE 1/1/2010 8:40PM

    Barbara emoticon emoticonblog ... I know you will reach your goal and I am betting you can do it before your Birthday .. I am going to be behind you all the way

Hugs

Niki

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DBELLE39 1/1/2010 6:56PM

    What a winning attitude! You can achieve your goal by your birthday! 2010 is here & its full steam ahead! Let's go!

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JEAN524 1/1/2010 6:08PM

    Great start to the New Year and great attitude. I am sure that 2010 is going to be the year you achieve your goals. emoticon emoticon emoticonJean

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SRTACALIENTE 1/1/2010 5:56PM

    Good Luck I have the same goal I want to be under 150 lbs by this time next year. We can do this together

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KASTEACH 1/1/2010 5:56PM

    Barbara....thank you for the inspirational post! I like what Jillian said and it is so true....goodbye 2009 and hello 2010!
Your goals are very doable and I wish you the best of luck with your journey. You have a positive attitude, keep up the good work!
See you on the boards!
Kathy

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LOLAJO54 1/1/2010 5:26PM

    Barb we all well most of us faultered the past year so only looking forward in 2010 and learn from our mistakes..
thanks for this great blog and your goals/plans are doable and you will do it all.. emoticon Jo

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FLMOMX2 1/1/2010 5:08PM

    You can reach your goals. So go do it!!!

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LAINIESNEWLIFE 1/1/2010 5:04PM

    Great goals, Barbara!! You can do it!!

Hugs,

Lainie

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SHANSHE 1/1/2010 5:00PM

    Barb, great goals and a wonderful attitude too. Isn't it strange how what Jillian writes we can so easily adapt it and allow ourselves to think that way too? I think it is because we know she is right!
Shan

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CHRISJAKE 1/1/2010 4:49PM

    GOOD LUCK BARB!!! I KNOW you can do it!! You've proven you can. Once again thank you for sharing the quote from Jillian. Its soooo true!!

HUGS

Chantelle

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My New Year's Resolution !

Thursday, December 31, 2009



As I reflect back on my year I take pride in knowing that I stayed the course for the most part.

This coming year I will persevere and keep my eye on my goal.

I plan on going to the Dominican Republic in April along with my Sparks Pals Mary (RainbowMF) and Jo (GrandmaJo09). I want to look good in my bathing suit, last time I was there 2 years ago I was weighing in close to 300 lbs.

I will get back on my program I follow from Sparks and Simply for Life and continue weighing in with my consultant every Saturday morning.

I will workout on my Wii every day and ride my bike and do strength workout while watching tv. My new workout I have started is marching, so will also be doing this through out the day. As the weather permits will also get outdoors and walk.

I have no problem drinking my 8 - 10 glasses of water daily, or getting my 8 hours nightly sleep.

Just need to stop making excuses and just do it !

www.sparkpeople.com/resource/motivat
ion_articles.asp?id=388

  
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KRZYKAT3 1/3/2010 3:53PM

    A trip is certainly worth burning through a few goals for! Sounds like you three will have a blast! I am hearing your roar across the continent! Much success for you!

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BEBRENDA 1/2/2010 8:19AM

    Barbara, I am very proud of you! You have come a long way since your last trip! Happy New Year! Take care! :) Bren emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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WINTER20101 1/1/2010 11:22AM

    Great Blog Barb....buddy we all know you can do it.....look at what you have done already.....iam with you 100%!! watch us go.....happy 2010!!

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CHRISJAKE 12/31/2009 11:34PM

    Good Blog Barb!!! You know what you need to do and I just KNOW you will do it!!!

HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!

HUGS

Chantell
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DBELLE39 12/31/2009 10:59PM

    Excellent goals for the new year Barbara! You can & will succeed!

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RAINBOWMF 12/31/2009 9:15PM

    Let the spark come alive!!!
We will be doing this, yes we will.
I will write my blog to morrow.
I am so ready for this.
You are a strong woman and I know you
are going to shine and do this for you!

Love Mary

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LOLAJO54 12/31/2009 6:46PM

    excellant---know you will do it
just know you will cause it is for you!
emoticon Jo

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SHANSHE 12/31/2009 5:27PM

    GREAT goals for the New year Barb!

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AMSHONK 12/31/2009 4:13PM

    Happy New Year! My resolution, don't let too much time go by without telling the ones you love, that you love them. Family and friends need that. 2009 was a very difficult year for me, here's to 2010 being so much better. I'm down 14 lbs of the 30 I want to lose.

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LAINIESNEWLIFE 12/31/2009 2:12PM

    Happy New Year, Barbara!

Those are excellent goals. You can do it!!

Hugs,

Lainie

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KASTEACH 12/31/2009 2:10PM

    Happy New Year to you and I wish you "happy sailing" with all your goals for 2010! You have accomplished so much and I wish you continued success with your journey!

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CHER83 12/31/2009 1:54PM

  HAPPY NEW YEAR!! MAY 2010 BE FILLED WITH THE BEST LIFE HAS TO OFFER!! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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FLMOMX2 12/31/2009 12:55PM

    What a great goal.

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BUTTAPECANB 12/31/2009 11:13AM

    Way to put those plans in writing. I'm sure you'll make it to your goal. Happy New Year.



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_KRITTER_ 12/31/2009 11:06AM

    That's a good plan of action and a great goal to strive for! You can do it! :)

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FARM-CHICK 12/31/2009 10:46AM

    have a wonderful 2010 New Year!!!

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JEAN524 12/31/2009 9:37AM

    Sounds good to me and I hope nothing gets in the way of you achieving your goals. Happy New Year! emoticonJean

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KITT52 12/31/2009 8:34AM

    Sounds like a great plan.....
keep marching...
I march through out my day too..
I march for the 2 minutes when I brush my teeth, I use an electric toothbrush, plus while curling my hair, or doing dishes...I think it really helps speed my metabolism...tones my legs and it helps keep me thinking healthy thoughts.....

have a happy and Healthy New Year.....

you go girl


kitt

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JAZABEE 12/31/2009 7:37AM

    Happy New year my dear friend, great plans for 2010.
You should be very proud of yourself you did great this year and you will continue to do so....Allthe very best to you..
Your going to look smashing in that swim suit!!

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KENDALL7261 12/31/2009 7:04AM

    Happy New Year friend! May all your hopes and dreams come true in 2010!
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Confess, forgive yourself and move forward

Sunday, December 27, 2009



I'm getting ready to move forward into the new year.

Let's just say that 2009 is one of those years that I want to forget, however I always try to stay positive and will use what happened in 2009 as a lesson learned.

To say it was stressful is an understatement, to say that I gave in to the stress is a true statement. Using it for an excuse to go off my program for a lot of the year is a great excuse for an emotional eater.

And Christmas this year was a festive feast for me. So one thing I have learned is to stop beating up on myself, it has happened and what I need to do is the following:

Confess, forgive myself and move forward. Look out 2010 !

  
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GETDONE 12/30/2009 2:27PM

    Happy new year!!!! emoticon

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YANKEE-CHICK 12/29/2009 3:48PM

    Absolutely!!!!

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JUSDUCKY 12/29/2009 1:22PM

    Here's to 2010 and fresh new starts!

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SHANSHE 12/28/2009 11:53PM

    I just got caught up on all your blogs Barb! Sorry i got behind. I hope the stress of your mom being taken care of has eased some and that this coming year will be your best year yet!
Shan

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DSCHAMBERS 12/28/2009 1:46PM

    Good for you Barbararose! We learn from our mistakes. I too have used things that have caused me pain and stress as an excuse to not stay with my plan this year. A New Year looms in our near future. Have a Happy New Year.

Debbie

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UP-4-A-CHANGE 12/28/2009 1:41PM

    emoticonyou can do this goodbye 2009 hello 2010!

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B-N-ME 12/28/2009 9:22AM

    Good attitude Barb!
I look forward to hearing about you reaching your goals in '10!
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Liz

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JEAN524 12/27/2009 6:59PM

    Congratulations Barbara. I think so many of us have similar experiences and regrets but have learnt with Spark to stop beating ourselves up and start afresh. The last 3 months have been very difficult for me and I've not made progress, but I am aiming to get started again now and make up for lost time.
emoticonHappy New Year. emoticonJean

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QUEENANNE1953 12/27/2009 4:58PM

    You can do it Barb ..we all can .. good luck.

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YAFENELRA 12/27/2009 4:57PM

    A great way to feel!! You will make 2010 a far different year!!

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XINIXINIX 12/27/2009 3:34PM

    It's never too early to start celebrating your new resolve - HAPPY NEW YEAR !!!!

2010 is ripe with opportunity!

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FIGHT2SURVIVE 12/27/2009 3:01PM

    Very sound stable advice. I think forgiving ourselves for our many weaknesses is the most difficult part of all. For me, what really works is taking it to the Lord. He forgave
me all my sins by dying on that cross - for ME! So why can't I forgive myself? Do I think I am better than God? If I don't forgive myself, then His death on that cross was for nothing and I refuse to accept that.
Erin

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SPARKPIXIE 12/27/2009 2:33PM

    Well said!

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CONTRALTO 12/27/2009 12:47PM

    that's pretty much it!

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MAGA99 12/27/2009 12:30PM

    amen

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RAINBOWMF 12/27/2009 12:22PM

    My Dear Friend you lost so much weight this year.
Be happy for that, I know you are.
Dr. Phil would say Are you through with the party in your mouth? I loved that saying the first time I heard it.

January started out bad for me and I did the same as Linda with 10 up and 10 down, now I know how many times I have said this but I am saying it again . THIS YEAR WE WILL DO IT!!!!
Confess,Forgive & Move Forward --
Hand in hand we will go!

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CHRISJAKE 12/27/2009 11:40AM

    Good blog Barb!!! ANd I am with you as well. This is the year of the DIVAS!! YES IT IS!!!

May this year be the best yet!!!

HUGS

Chantelle

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WINTER20101 12/27/2009 10:56AM

    Morning Barbara,I L ove your picture....I am with you 100% Buddy...Barbara 2009 was not a total bomb for you....i know you have had a lot of stress...but look at the weight you have lost!! I Know you will finish what you started and you will get your rear right back where it needs to be.....

I am the one that has made excuses and not been true to me all the way....i have lost the same 10 lbs over and over and over.....I am real this time and it is about time.....we all at Bl will make our goals ......together as a team......

You know how to do it!! So get to it!! As Anne says .....NO EXCUSES JUST DOING IT!!

LOve LInda

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LOLAJO54 12/27/2009 10:55AM

    Yeah Barb hear yeah! right with you too!

May I suggest one more thing...
I like your staying positive --great
Come and post with your team everyday... read other posts
this will lead to good habits continued and the moral support you need through the stressful times..

Love ya sis
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Jo

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BRE2003SB 12/27/2009 10:11AM

    I'm with you! emoticon

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DBELLE39 12/27/2009 8:34AM

    Barbara, I'm right there with you in 2010! I did really well til November & December --- too many parties & socials really did a # on my weight. As I was getting dressed for church this morning, I got a bit miffed at myself because of the weight gain that is apparent --skirt used to be loose fitting, not today. But then I read your blog & it reminded me that the damage I've done is in the past, it's time to look ahead & plan my strategy for overcoming this weight gain.

Let's do all we can to become thin in 2010!

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