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Phenomenal Woman

Thursday, April 18, 2013

A fellow sparker (Thanks VLINDER) reminded me that today is poem in your pocket day. I'd like to share my favorite for all of my phenomenal spark friends.

Phenomenal Woman

Pretty women wonder where my secret lies.
I'm not cute or built to suit a fashion model's size
But when I start to tell them,
They think I'm telling lies.
I say,
It's in the reach of my arms
The span of my hips,
The stride of my step,
The curl of my lips.
I'm a woman
Phenomenal woman,
That's me.

I walk into a room
Just as cool as you please,
And to a man,
The fellows stand or
Fall down on their knees.
Then they swarm around me,
A hive of honey bees.
I say,
It's the fire in my eyes,
And the flash of my teeth,
The swing in my waist,
And the joy in my feet.
I'm a woman
Phenomenal woman,
That's me.

Men themselves have wondered
What they see in me.
They try so much
But they can't touch
My inner mystery.
When I try to show them
They say they still can't see.
I say,
It's in the arch of my back,
The sun of my smile,
The ride of my breasts,
The grace of my style.
I'm a woman

Phenomenal woman,
That's me.

Now you understand
Just why my head's not bowed.
I don't shout or jump about
Or have to talk real loud.
When you see me passing
It ought to make you proud.
I say,
It's in the click of my heels,
The bend of my hair,
the palm of my hand,
The need of my care,
'Cause I'm a woman
Phenomenal woman,
That's me.
Maya Angelou

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CHALLENGEME4 4/18/2013 1:37PM

    THANK YOU.....YOU reminded me who I am......Phenomenally I am a Phenomenal woman emoticon emoticon

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WELLNESSME09 4/18/2013 7:58AM

    Lovely poem!

Thank you for sharing. emoticon

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Triumphant Return Part 2

Monday, April 15, 2013

What does one keep saying as they fall off track and start again, over and over and over. It is scary how quickly a person falsl back into past patterns and the price of that is very high. For myself, I have to face that I have gained over 40lbs, undoing months of hard work. I have a whole laundry list of reasons why it happened, but none of them change the scale.

However, I can't dwell there, instead I have to move forward from this day knowing that I am worth it and I can do it. Instead of focusing on the failures of the past months, I will focus on the success of each new day. I will celebrate myself, my choices and my triumphant return (part 2).

I'll share a quote I found here on the Sparkpeople..

If you are tired of starting over, stop giving up!

  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

DEBRA0818 4/16/2013 7:26AM

    The Big Book of AA tells us that compulsive overeating does for us what we cannot do for ourselves and if we don't do it (compulsively overeat), we become restless, irritable and discontented. Eventually, our mind will take us back to compulsive overeating through craving. As a result, we admit that human efforts are useless against the process and we realize that our defense MUST come from a higher power. That is the genius of OA: it recognizes that human effort alone cannot return us to sanity, a sane way of eating or a sane body weight. By working the 12 steps, you practice daily the solution to this seemingly intractable problem!

If you need a 12-step sponsor, you may be interested in this resource: a telephone meeting on Saturday at 6:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time. Dial in at 209-255-1000 P.I.N. code 740111.

I was amazed by it and I feel like it's really helping me turn things around for good.


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NEWFREEDOM4ME 4/15/2013 3:51PM

    emoticon welcome back!

It is only a failure if you stay off track. You keep getting back on...that is what is important. Never give are worth it! Today is a new day, new beginning. Focus on Today, the past is the past..can't change it...don't live there. Stay in the moment.


Have a great day,

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MOTHEPRO 4/15/2013 11:04AM

    Welcome back! You can do it. Just take it one day at a time.

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Triumphant Return

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Well, not only did i not hit my goal, I gained 25 pounds in my absence from Spark People. I got stuck in the cycle that I couldn't 'start again' until I had lost what I had gained back. That is such warped logic.. : ) I am ready to forgive myself the past months and reclaim what is rightfully mine.. control, self-worth, confidence and sucess!!

I'll share my current favorite quote

It's not who you are that holds you back, it's who you think you're not!

I am moving forward.

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FAVALL 11/27/2012 9:38AM

    Welcome back! Now, don't hesitate or doubt your decision. Jump in with both feet! See you on the boards.

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YESCURLYCAN 11/27/2012 8:49AM

  Love the quote! I am glad that you are back and ready to get your spark on! emoticon emoticon

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Are you giving up?

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

So, last night as a reached for a pizza roll, my husband asked me.. "So, are you just giving up?" My first reaction was to be defensive and lash out. Then over the course of the night I realized he had asked out loud the question I have been asking myself all week. "Are you giving up?".

I joined Sparkpeople in February with the goal of losing 100lbs by November. With each month, I watched my actual line and my goal line get farther apart. It is the way it always seems to go.. I start out gang busters and then incrementally, almost imperceptibly, I end up going back to living my life the exact way I used to. And that is where I am at now. From menu planning every week, tracking everyday, drinking at least 8 cups of water, participating in SP challenges, working out with a trainer twice a pizza rolls.

Two weeks ago, I was elated to finally meet the mini goal of being under 250lbs. Which is why I can't explain why this week I gained 7lbs, after a free for all week. And if I'm being honest, it felt good to not worry about it.. to not have to plan, track, make the right choices all the time. It felt comfortable.

But I know it is that same 'comfort' that got me in this position to begin with. I have to find a way to get that 'comfortable' to be 'uncomfortable'. And replace it with a better lifestyle. I'm just not sure how to do that.

But I do know that I am going to keep trying. I know that I am not living the life I was meant to live and I am not the person I was meant to be. So, I have to move past the pizza rolls and find that person. I am worth it. And NO, I AM NOT GIVING UP!

  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

YESCURLYCAN 7/29/2012 2:48AM

  Wonderful blog! You will always be in the game if you don't bow out. You may fall, stumble and be down for days but just get back up and back in line. It happens to everybody; this we know. I applaud you for not giving up.

Just a suggestion: Since you know you start out like gangbusters only to slow down later, why not set a small goal and work on achieving that? Whether it be a shirt that's too tight/ unwearable or 10 pounds. If you are under 250, why not work on getting under 240? Keep sparking because emoticon

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JUDYAMK 7/24/2012 8:17AM

    My husband ordered a pizza I refused it. I instead made a huge salad loaded with all kinds of vegetables & I always add a quarter cup of nuts which gives it a good taste. I had fat free dressing & only a spritz because it takes away the taste of the vegetables if too overly saturated.I started over as of Sunday (read my naked blog ), What I really examined put a big boost in me just since then.I quit I refuse to allow food to make me it's victim of obesity!!! NO MORE!!!!!!!!!!!!

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ELRIDDICK 7/24/2012 8:12AM

  Thanks for sharing

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GUCCI9300 7/24/2012 8:12AM

    emoticon ~~ We all hit that bump in the road where we feel like giving up but push through it - you can do this / you are so much stronger than you give yourself credit for!!! emoticon

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Never Quit Pledge

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Taken from mamawalmart's blog

I have added my name to the bottom of the list.

Never Quit Pledge

Wednesday July 11, 2012

Today, I promise I will not quit.
I pledge that no matter, how many ups and downs I pass through, I will continue on my journey.
I pledge to make a NEW START today, and forgive myself for my past, and to stop being so critical of myself.
I pledge to take control of myself, to stop making excuses, and stop blaming other people or situations.
I pledge to treat myself as I would my best friend, because that is who I am.
I pledge to stay in the race and to be a WINNER!

signed: Leisa (Sunflowergal40)

Signed: Chris (chriskenandkids)

Signed: Linda (scoutmom715)

Signed: Nancy (tedybear2838)

(from Linda S. Jayne (Geminisue)

Signed: Vicki aka VICKI-B--56

Signed; Pixie (Pixie-Licious)

Signed: Gloria (GloriaB73)

signed Fran

Signed Sarah (Millie 5522)

Signed Shelby (theshelbster)

Signed Beckie (BIRKIE528)

Signed Debaune (Doobie893)

Signed by Wallahalla on Friday, June 29, 2012

Signed by Karen (MAMAWALMART) on June 29,2012

Signed - Cindi (cklroberson) July 11,2012

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MERETONI 7/11/2012 7:58AM

    I love how this is going around!

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DLDROST 7/11/2012 7:40AM

  signed dld

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