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Pressing Forward.

Thursday, December 31, 2009

Living Life Fully Meditation

Today's quotation:

A new year can begin only because the old year ends.-Madeleine L'Engle

Today's Meditation:

The most important part of these words to me is the idea of us allowing the old year to end. If we really want to move into the new year in fresh and exciting ways, then don't we have to leave the old year behind? Can we make a clean start on a year while we're carrying the baggage of yesterday around with us? What we did yesterday is now gone, and what we do today very soon will be in the past. When tomorrow comes, I hope to live that day on its terms, and not try to bring today into the mix.

Of course, years don't end at all except in the artificial human construct of time. To trees, January first means nothing at all, for trees live each moment as it happens. We humans, though, are obsessed with the idea of time, and we like to see time clearly and strictly defined. But just because we define time doesn't mean that we leave yesterday's affairs with yesterday--we like to mix yesterday's problems with those of today, making this day even more confusing.

Madeleine makes sense, though, when she points out the importance of the old year ending. When a movie ends, it's over. We can carry its memory with us, but it is over. When a year ends, we can allow it to be over, but most of us don't do so. Rather, we keep thinking about mistakes we made or problems we had, effectively bringing them into the new year with us. But we don't have to do so.

When today comes to an end, I sincerely hope that I can put this past year behind me and focus on what tomorrow brings into my life. If I can do that, then next year will start with a very positive focus and without many of the worries and concerns that certainly don't need to be there.

Questions to consider:

Why do so many people carry their yesterdays into today?

What does it take to allow a year to end?

How can you make sure that your new year starts out in very positive ways?

For further thought:

Drop the last year into the silent limbo of the past.
Let it go, for it was imperfect, and thank God that it can go.-Brooks Atkinson


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DJS-DEBBIE 12/31/2009 4:20PM

    Wonderful blog, Bre! Here is to a new better year for all of us.
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BARBARAROSE54 12/31/2009 2:52PM

    Lots to ponder on here Bre !

Wishing you a Happy New Year and all the best in 2010 !

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HOLLYJENNY 12/31/2009 11:08AM

    I just want to take time to say thank you for this blog. This has been a really hard year for me but it is behind me now. I'm looking forward to the future. I don't want to take any of the bad habits and negativity from 2009 into 2010. It's a new year and a new day! Thanks again for a great post! Happy New Year and Best of Luck to You!!! emoticon

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EWYLIE12 12/31/2009 10:12AM

    Great post! I think this is where not being able to leave the past in the past. Thats a huge problem of mine. I love the new year. Fresh start, new things. I think people can hold on to so many negative things from the past that it turns into almost a poison. Hard to give yourself permission to move on when you feel like you have screwed your life up from past decisions. BUT. what better time to start again than the new year? I learned so much this year that probably doesn't amount to much to others, but what Ive learned has been life-changing for me. I think it all is in the attitude and how positive you choose to be. HAPPY NEW YEAR!

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Moving On!

Monday, December 28, 2009

A LOT of us struggled through the holidays. I hadn't been doing so well either but the day after Christmas I picked myself up and got back into the game. I refuse to give in to defeat and so should you. I've started back over with Fast Break Stage 1 and feel really good about it. I'm choosing to take my weight loss a little slower than before because I got loss somewhere and forgot this is about changing MY lifestyle NOT dieting. I believe that's the reason why so many of us fail. We tend to forget about ONE day, ONE step, and ONE pound at a time. We expect too much too fast. Anyway, I have to do what's best for SELF and hope that I can continue to be a encouragement and uplift others as I go forward on this journey. Yesterday is GONE, learn from it and MOVE ON! Today is a NEW day! Start here emoticon YOU CAN DO IT!!!

Being accountable to somebody doesn't hurt. It don't have to be everybody but find ONE person you can tell your STUFF to, it helps. The day after Christmas, I got on the scale and it read 235 but I didn't let it control how I felt. I got back on the wagon believing that I CAN and WILL do it! Positivity works! Today I got on the scale and I'm 233.0 and I'm just as proud of that as I am of drinking my water daily and cutting back on the junk. It's ALL good! emoticon emoticon

Have a Sparkling day!
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TRAVELNISTA 12/28/2009 7:04PM

    Great idea. I think that most breeze through the stages. Spark wanted me to go to Stage 3 months ago but I decided very happily to stay at Stage 2.

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DARA52 12/28/2009 11:36AM

    Thanks, Bre. I too need to restart. I am just not losing at all. Not gaining but... you are right. We can do this and one step at a time is one step further towards our good health and life! Hugs to you. Dara

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BARBARAROSE54 12/28/2009 11:35AM

    emoticon good for you on changing your lifestyle. Good blog Sabrina !

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DJS-DEBBIE 12/28/2009 11:30AM

    Great blog, Sabrina! You are very inspiring!

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Finding my way back.

Sunday, December 27, 2009

The last couple of days has been good. It hasn't been a struggle to do, what I know, I need to do. I even got through last night without eating and that's BIG for me. When it felt like total defeat, I'm proud of Self for sticking and staying NO MATTER WHAT. I thank God for this community because there's MUCH love and support here. Thank you ALL for the kind words of encouragement as I went through my struggle. It was truly heartfelt and appreciated. May God bless each & every one of you!

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SIANAN74 12/27/2009 7:47PM

    Way to go!

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Merry Christmas!

Friday, December 25, 2009

“What is Christmas? It is tenderness for the past, courage for the present, hope for the future. It is a fervent wish that every cup may overflow with blessings rich and eternal, and that every path may lead to peace.”— Agnes M. Pharo

May your day be merry and bright!
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IMREADY77 12/25/2009 12:18PM

    Merry Christmas! emoticon

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Still Struggling.

Thursday, December 24, 2009

Status: Still fighting to survive.

I refuse to give up on me. I haven't been around much because of the way I've been feeling. I know that keeping stuff in can be dangerous so I've decided to say out loud, I've gained 5 pounds. God knows I'm fighting with everything, to live. At the end of the day I'm finding myself(I think), no better than the day before. Night time eating is at a all time high. It's almost as though something in me has broken. The spark, is gone. Today I got up just like I've been doing for the past couple of weeks, starting over again because I know I can do this and I'm trusting God to give me those things I stand in need of. I know He listens and respond but I MUST be patient and wait on the Lord.

Have a great day!

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    Sabrina, Keep tracking and hang in there. Your spark will be strong once again! emoticon

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TRINI_TEACH 12/24/2009 10:24PM

    It's good that you are monitoring yourself. Don't give up! You have done a phenomenal job!

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BARBARAROSE54 12/24/2009 10:18PM

    It's the time of the festive season, just hang in there and once the New Year starts you will too !

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SIANAN74 12/24/2009 12:11PM

    It's the holidays hun! There's not just tons of naughty food but loads of stress/emotional roller coasters! Don't be hard on yourself... just 24 hours and everything will be back to normal.

The spark is not gone, it has just dimmed a little. With patience and faith, nurture the flame within and you will find the spark is stronger than before.

Merry Christmas!

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