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This is the first day of the rest of your life.

Monday, March 04, 2013

This is one of my dad's favorite sayings. I was reminded of it this morning as I have been reading through other's blogs. So many people have been saying that they've experienced some kind of down fall - like starting, stopping, then coming back to SparkPeople to find they are at their heaviest or letting life get in the way of doing what they should for their weight. But, I really think that we all need to remember that we will all run into bumps in the road - no path is perfectly smooth. And, we are blessed with each new day - and every one is the first day of the rest our lives. With each new day we get a completely fresh start, a tabula rasa (a Latin term used in teaching meaning blank slate).

What will you make of your tabula rasa?

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NORWOODGIRL 3/4/2013 12:49PM

    Absolute fact. Every day, every hour, every minute, every second is an opportunity. Life is all about choices.

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MOIRA2 3/4/2013 6:37AM

    emoticon for the boost I needed today!

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S-N-I-P 3/4/2013 6:09AM

    I going to do the best I can with my Tubula Rasa !!!
Thank you this is really a nice way to think about the day ahead.

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ZOSBOS 3/4/2013 4:38AM

    Love the positive vibes from this blog - thanks for sharing!

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Non-scale improvements

Sunday, March 03, 2013

I decided to try out SparkCoach. Today's lesson was on using non-scale indicators of how my program is helping me. Today is one in which I needed to be reminded of that...I had done so well the last few days - had seen nice jumps down in the scale... And then today, the scale jumped back up.

But I have to remind myself I am seeing other improvements - my walks at Indiana Dunes State Park are getting easier, I'm noticing improvements in energy and in my moods. I've had problems with muscle twitches, and those are starting to go away.

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MOMMY2MADILYN 3/3/2013 5:57PM

    emoticon seeing those improvements is such a Fantastic way to know you are succeeding!! emoticon

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FOUNDER3 3/3/2013 5:43PM


Thanks for stopping by my blog and leaving encouraging comments. It is so helpful just to be here with people who understand my issues.

I love the idea that you are able to walk the Dunes. Sounds wonderful. I am in NW Ohio, Toledo, and it is pretty flat here. That's ok, 'cause right now I am not able to walk a lot, and certainly not uphill!

Did take a nice little walk on Friday as mentioned at one of our beautiful metroparks. We have an amazing Metro park system here, I think there are about 9 parks in Toledo area all very lovely.

I did go to the gym yesterday, did 20 minutes on the seated ellpitical, then went in the pool and exercised, got into the whirlpool etc. Felt better.

Last night went to dinner and a play with friends and had a lovely time.

Today had breakfast with friends and then went to the gym and swam for 40 minutes, and then exercised in the water for another 20. Whirlpool, sauna, etc. Feel a million times better now.

Picked up my friend Diana after swimming, and we took a ride around town in the sun for about an hour. Sun is a big help to me as well.

Thanks so much for the support. Right at this moment I am feeling great. That's the minute that I can live, the one right now.

I agree so much that non scale related changes are a million times more important. Of course ultimately, we want to move the scale, but I have learned that I do better if I watch I how feel, how things fit, enjoying healthy food, and learning to love myself.

Glad you are finding improvement in your exercise routine, that is really the best for me because it helps EVERYTHING!


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NORWOODGIRL 3/3/2013 4:58PM


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friends and laughter

Saturday, March 02, 2013

Yesterday, I was feeling really lonely after work and didn't want to go home and be alone. I decided to go out to a bar that I hadn't been to in awhile. It ended up being exactly what I needed. I ended up running into two friends I had lost touch with...ended up having a nice, wonderful evening with the two of them.

When I went home, I got a call from my best friend, who recently moved across the country (she's the one on the left, hugging me). She was saying that she missed some of our crazy outings. We ended up laughing hysterically over the stupidest stuff.

And all that love and laughter last night so helped me today! The scale dropped 2.3 pounds since yesterday!

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PEZMOM1 3/2/2013 4:22PM


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NORWOODGIRL 3/2/2013 3:21PM

    Laughter and friends - the world's best therapy! Congrats.

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LAC936 3/2/2013 2:47PM

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If there is no wind, row

Friday, March 01, 2013

I read this on my SparkCoach final page today. I love this saying! It applies to so much - if one thing doesn't work, try something else til you find something that does work!

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NORWOODGIRL 3/1/2013 8:26PM

    I haven't read this before. Thanks!

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may fall, will not fail

Thursday, February 28, 2013

I was looking at a site with inspirational songs...loved these lyrics from a Brian McKnight song

I'll never give up
Never give in
Never let a ray of doubt slip in
And if I fall
I'll never fail
I'll just get up and try again

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PEZMOM1 3/1/2013 9:53AM


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BROOKLYN_BORN 2/28/2013 6:58PM

    I love songs with inspirational lyrics. I sing them in my head while I run. I don't even need an I-Pod.

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NORWOODGIRL 2/28/2013 5:54PM

    Great lyrics! Thanks for sharing.

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