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Tuesday, May 09, 2006

Spark People, Healthy Reflections: (copied from a spark newsletter post on 5-7-06)

"The last dejected effort often becomes the winning stroke

We keep hearing about how persistence is often the key to success. But what do you do when you've been striving for so long that it seems like your goal is never going to see light? How do you deal with the fear that you're about to fail? Simple. Give it just one more shot. And then one more. Think about the sweat and time you've committed already. You've come this far, you'd be unfair to yourself if you quit without a fight. Even if the odds are way out of your favor and you can't see how it can possibly help, reach out and take one last swing. You never know what will happen. Big, meaningful achievements don't just happen when everything goes your way. How many times have you seen tennis players make miraculous winning shots while lunging for a ball that seemed impossible to reach? Sometimes, you can find victory in the effort."

Now me.......

When you have been a part of something for 4.5 months, you do not give up.

When you truly belive in the logic of the program, you do not give up.

When you have developed your personal goals and objectives and a reasonable plan for achievement, you do not give up.

When your desire to win, outways your fear of loss, you do not give up.

Like my friend, "FITNESS" says, ATTITUDE!, ATTITUDE!!, ATTITUDE!!!



Posts from "Words of Wisdom and Winning The Losing War:

Tuesday, May 09, 2006

Though my journey may sometimes seem like an impossible one, I am always moving closer to my destination.

"Though our life journey may be long and peaceful, we need to be ever vigilant and aware of our true objectives, lest imperceptible digressions mount into unacceptable consequences." UK

It is OK to fall - we are only human. But we DO need to accept the consequences of our actions and put a corrective mechanism in place to make sure we stay on our course to a healthy life.

"..... don’t live with regrets. Approach life with perseverance and dedication to the things that matter most to you. Success is never easy. It remains up to you whether you will give up, or fight through the tough battles to earn whatever it is you want.

A fragment of a poem by Ralph Waldo Emerson is telling:

"Finish each day
And be done with it.
You have done what you could.
Some blunders and
Absurdities have crept in.
Forget them as soon as you can."

Move on with your life. Keep reaching for your goals and you will achieve them. One minor setback is nothing if you really want something and are willing to work for it."


120 days

Sunday, May 07, 2006

I have been part of sparks now for 120 days as of tomorrow. This is the longest period of time that I have been able to stay with a "program". In the past I have been able to drop more weight in a shorter period, but this time it is VERY different. I am very happy with my progress and am looking forward to many more months and years of healthy, spark living ahead, on my journey to a permanent, better me.

The thing that makes this site and this program so remarkable is not only the experts and the strength and logic of the program's components, but more importantly, the participants; the living, breathing fellow human beings that are all focused on saving their lives. Being a part of this mass of motivated committment, and sharing and learning how to overcome our faults while celebrating our victories, is am amazing idea that has come to life, here. I am very fortunate indeeed to play a small part. I believe that when you get to this point (4 months or so), you realize that you have an obligation to not only yourself, but also to the program and to your fellow participants to nuture and counsel.... as best you can. To that end, I accept the responsibility and the challenge and look forward to what lies ahead.


Thoughts about falling....

Wednesday, April 26, 2006

If I have fallen, if only for a day, I will be stronger because of it. In overcoming my obstacles I learn. Through struggle comes strength. This is all part of a better life. NEVER GIVE UP. NEVER GIVE IN TO DEFEAT. To give up is to abandon any hope - and I know that with hope, kindness and love, anything is possible. So when I see myself taking one step back, I will stop -- and take two steps forward and solve the puzzle of WHY it happened and institute a correction mechanism. The next time I start to slip, I will then be able to catch myself before any harm is done. Finally, ATTITUDE, ATTITUDE, ATTITUDE!!! I need to remind myself that this is MY journey, with my own personal reasons for success as I adopt a strong and consistent ATTITUDE for achiving my goals. Here's to my health!


Great advice from Sparkies!

Tuesday, April 25, 2006

POSTS by Sparkies that I would like to remember:

One of my recent posts…”Success lies with the right attitude. Knowing you will be successful is the start. Attitude is everything.”DENNISBISHOP

“I'm only as far away from my goal as I allow myself to be.” ROKA_GIRL

“When you get down and out because the scale says you only lost one pound, take a moment and think about what a pound of hamburger looks like. If you can't visualize, go to the freezer to check it out.” SPROUTDL

The next two are from the spark page journal of sparkie REBCCA:

“Sometimes a thought or concept strikes a cord and makes an imprint. The most recent one for me was the offering that a rich person is not a person who has the most, rather a person who needs the least. I have traded shopping for gathering things to give away. It has pleased me to find that I seem to be finding greater gratification in simplifying my life than in getting something new. There are treasures to be found in this lesson for me” by REBCCA

1. Be Impeccable With Your Word
Speak with integrity. Say only what you mean. Avoid using the word to speak against yourself or to gossip about others. Use the power of your word in the direction of truth and love.

2. Don't Take Anything Personally
Nothing others do is because of you. What others say and do is a projection of their own reality, their own dream. When you are immune to the opinions and actions of others, you wonít be the victim of needless suffering.

3. Don't Make Assumptions
Find the courage to ask questions and to express what you really want. Communicate with others as clearly as you can to avoid misunderstandings, sadness and drama. With just this one agreement, you can completely transform your life.

4. Always Do Your Best
Your best is going to change from moment to moment; it will be different when you are healthy as opposed to sick. Under any circumstance, simply do your best, and you will avoid self-judgment, self-abuse and regret.

“I believe that when you push yourself to do the best that you can do, physically or otherwise, you get results. Even if pushing, for you, is to walk up one stair. When we push ourselves we ultimately feel better about who we are” MISSLEAH


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