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Quote Digest 27 - Overcoming

Sunday, March 18, 2012

If I put half as much energy into changing my life as I do into griping about my life, I'd only weigh 3 pounds by now!
- from PrincessNurse SparkPage

. . . In the past I would have just said "Too much going on - I'll get my diet started after things settle down." Well we all know things never "settle down" so we have to just go through the turbulent waters sometimes and keep a steady hand on the helm.
-from ID_VANDAL blog 5/10/10

I am going to breathe this week in. I am going to live each moment ~
~ for the stuff that seems hard to bear, I AM GOING TO rely on God's strength and comfort.
~ when I might get overwhelmed and think I don't have time to exercise, I AM GOING TO evaluate the benefits, the stress release . . .
~ when I get going on a project or task, and think I can "just grab something" I AM GOING TO be mindful that I eat healthy, and that I eat enough.
- from BELIEVE-IT blog 5/30/10

A fellow Sparker said, "If I think I can't do it, I just do it anyway". That statement truly changed my life. So now I say to myself, "I feel terrible, I guess I will go for a walk now". In the past, I would have gone to bed.
- from FrenchToSD 5/11/10 comment on Missy7Kids 5/10/10 blog

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NANCY- 3/19/2012 10:17AM

Wonderful messages.

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REJ7777 3/19/2012 4:22AM

    A digest of quotable quotes from our remarkable SP community - what a great idea! Thanks for the inspiration.

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ADJQUILTER 3/18/2012 8:06PM

    emoticon emoticon for sharing these gems. Very inspiring!
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TRAVELGRRL 3/18/2012 4:48PM

    The first one cracked me up and made me laugh out loud! That's ME to a "T"!

Thanks for sharing the quotes, there is a lot of combined wisdom on this website!

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MAMASUDS 3/18/2012 4:21PM

    Thanks for sharing your inspiration! Way to go!

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ZELLAZM 3/18/2012 4:18PM

    Great gleanings - thanks! I'm glad to have these as I get started on the new week!

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WARMSPRINGDAY 3/18/2012 4:13PM

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I needed all of these and many of them echo exactly where I am right now or where I want to be.

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VISUALLYRICS 3/18/2012 4:03PM

    Nice quotes!! What a great site this is! emoticon

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JOYATLAST 3/18/2012 4:02PM

    emoticon Here's to Overcoming!

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CHICKEYBABE 3/18/2012 3:58PM

    Your quotes are awesome! I have belonged to many different weight loss communities in my life including Weight Watchers for many years but I have found none that compared to the support and encouragement that we get with SP. What is truly amazing is that you don't even have to make yourself known. You can browse Spark Pages and glean the jewels that speak right to your heart and then incorporate them into your being a success. Thanks for gleaning these thoughts and jewels of encouragement and inspiration and then sharing. MOVE IT ON! Lisa emoticon

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Figure Out What Went Wrong

Friday, March 16, 2012

Assignment for Spring 5% Challenge-- Why diets have not worked in the past:

stubbornness and self-indulgence. over-emphasis on pleasure from food. turning to food when bored or emotional. letting tracking slide. letting myself get too hungry. doing something else while eating.

Strategies for Success NOW: Say Dr. Beck's "No choice" and's "100% compliance.". Track relentlessly. Plan meals ahead of time. No distractions while eating. Choose healthy indulgences (premium freggies, excellent meat and fish). Plan wholesome non-food indulgences. Have a stand-by meal on hand. Have a stand-by snack in the car. Brush my teeth extra times.

Why exercise has not worked in the past: Too little of it....due to laziness, stubbornness, distractibility, procrastination.

Strategies for Exercise Success NOW: Schedule mandatory exercise appointments. Choose a streak to target. Remember how good I'll feel later. Voice my intentions to others. Set up exercise dates with my daughters.

Overall: Mental toughness. I want this. Go for it.

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WATERMELLEN 3/17/2012 12:04PM

    Wow, this is blunt (and so true). You've been channelling Steve Siebold for sure. Every (healthy) diet works so long as I stick to it!

Love your wallpaper!!

And: thanks so much for your kind comment on my "best dressed" blog . . . hesitated about that one, don't wanna seem braggy: but it's not about the clothes, really. It's about the exercise!

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NANCY- 3/17/2012 9:11AM

    Wonderful strategies!!!
Sometimes it takes a bit to find what we like as exercise. Scheduling definitely helps.
You are doing....

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SUPERMOUSE35 3/17/2012 1:33AM

    Awesome. :D

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WARMSPRINGDAY 3/16/2012 8:10PM

    How did you like the mental toughness course? I found some great takeaways.

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    This strikes a chord with many of us our here in Sparkland. It is important to know the whys of our past failures so we don't repeat the behavior. What is different now?

The plan. I think we use to wish and hope, now we have THE PLAN.
Determination. Wiser and older, been there and done that.
We have some success under our belts, we know what works and what doesn't.
Support. I appreciate the support of Sparkfriends so much. My hubby usually says, you don'nt need to do that, I love you the way you are. It isn't so much about how I look as how I feel. He doesn't get that as much as my fellow Sparkers.

Given that so much is different for us, we have tweaked and tweaked until I think by George, we have it this time.

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VISUALLYRICS 3/16/2012 4:51PM

    emoticon Firecracker!!!
....I hear we are rarin' to GO! emoticon
This challenge will get us movin'! R U Ready for a Light Speed style of a take-off tomorrow!
Is your buckle fastened?.....mine is! emoticon
Here's my hand, emoticon

Let's Rock this Spring!! emoticon Laura

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JLITT62 3/16/2012 4:16PM

    Excellent strategies! I may just have to borrow a few.


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NAMAARI 3/16/2012 3:19PM

    Great encouragement!!! I see myself doing some of these things, and some areas where I need to get it in practical, though! I think planning for the food, and snacks, is getting easier for me...I just have to think ahead about those things, especially if I want to eat for God's glory. I am already planning on what I will take for our church's fellowship meal so that I can eat healthy...hard when everyone wants you to try their latest dish!!! The other thing are my daily walks. I think in the past I have set my exercise goals way too high, and then set myself up for failure. Reaching them for a while, but burning out because they were too complicated to become habits. My current goal is to walk daily as long as I can, but at least 15 minutes, because sometimes my lungs just won't allow more. I am thinking about adding in some other things in a few weeks, but right now it's important to make that my best far so good, by God grace.

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TRAVELGRRL 3/16/2012 1:34PM

    This is a great blog. Let's avoid all of those lazy habits that led us back to failure.

Have you ever read "Women, Food, and God?" I didn't read it all but one thing that stuck with me the idea that staying/being on a diet DEFINES many of us. That actually we aren't REALLY interested in losing weight because who would we be if we weren't that person always on a diet?

I know this is a description of me for more years than I care to count: I'm that woman ALWAYS TRYING TO LOSE WEIGHT.

Well, I feel your determination to NOT be that person any more, and I'M determined not to be that person anymore.

But this time will be different. It will be hard and at times uncomfortable, but I am promising myself that I will PUSH THROUGH and be the healthy weight that I deserve to be.

I sense you are at that point as well, so let's join hands and become the person we've always known we could be!

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AVANELL 3/16/2012 12:49PM

    I think Joyce Meyer once said something like this, "enjoy where you are on the way to where you are going". We often look at the final destination as the goal of our lives, when, in reality, if we live just for that goal we've missed a lot of living. God will enable you to achieve the goals that you have set, but He wants you to enjoy being you on the way! You are a special person, a unique individual, not a number on the scale or a certain size when compared to someone else. You are you! Enjoy being yourself. Let others see the "you" God has created. And live the life He has given you. Enjoy the journey!


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ADJQUILTER 3/16/2012 12:32PM

    I pray that God will give you all the mental toughness you need!
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Came This Close

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Okay, it was a close call. Hold thumb and finger a centimeter apart, that close.

I really, really, REALLY wanted the * * * * [treat unnamed to spare trigger responses]. I could taste it, feel it in my mouth. I told myself that I would only appreciate the first 2 bites, and after that it would be robotic. I told myself that it would be 689 calories on the tracker. I told myself that I would wish so strongly later that I had not eaten it. But I Really, REALLY wanted it.

We had planned to get coffee, so we got coffee. I stood by the cream station, agitating. Having an internal hissy fit. Having an internal temper tantrum. Big time pity party. Said "Okay, I am really unhappy about this, but it might be possible to walk out of her without that treat." Merely acknowledging the sliim chance. Somehow I felt my feet moving toward the door.

Somehow, by God's mercy, I escaped. I didn't like it, but I dodged that bullet.

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WARMSPRINGDAY 3/18/2012 8:27AM


It's what mental toughness is all about! Responding with logic instead of emotion.

This rocks and is so inspiring and encouraging to me!

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CHICKEYBABE 3/16/2012 12:19PM

    HAPPY DANCE!! Isn't awesome when you are the conqueror and not the conquered? Good for you and looking forward to being Firecracker's together. Lisa emoticon

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NANCY- 3/16/2012 8:19AM

    Such strength!!! You Rock!!! You saved yourself for the greater reward, (which will give you greater pleasure)
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You deserve a reward...
bubble bath,
walk in the park,
Do something nice for yourself as a reward, you deserve it.

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RUNNINGOMA 3/16/2012 7:31AM

    You don't have any regrets thought either, right? Victory tastes way better!

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    Wow! Had I read this 20 minutes ago, I might have forgone that ice cream and chocolate chips! Drat! emoticon

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WATERMELLEN 3/15/2012 7:06PM


We don't have to like it, we just have to do it! Sure wish there was a Spark People nutrition tracker for the stuff we wanted to eat and didn't!! Thousands of calories foregone every day, right??

Thanks so much for the doughnut blog comment! Love your current status, trash talkin' the TV commercials!!

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TRAVELGRRL 3/15/2012 4:27PM

    Wow, lots of comments doing all kinds of dancing!

Man, even commenting on your blog we are burning calories!! emoticon

You did a great job. As Dr. Beck says, you were exercising your RESISTANCE MUSCLE! WTG!

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AVANELL 3/15/2012 4:19PM

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You made it! Hats off to you! Now do the "smarty pants dance"!

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    You won the challenge, like Daniel Webster and the devil. Giving in is why we are in the space we now have. Resisting gets us where we want to me and you just showed us how it gets done.

I'm doing a happy dance for you.

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ADJQUILTER 3/15/2012 4:01PM

    All things are permissible, but not all things are beneficial. Congratulations on resisting the temptation! Each time you do that, you get stronger.
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VISUALLYRICS 3/15/2012 3:38PM

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....hear that!!! ...? it's ME emoticon dancing away crazy style because my SP buddy walked away - Such Courage emoticon....such strength!
emoticon Oh Yeah! are making this a habit - so cool!

emoticon We're in this together, Laura

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MAMASUDS 3/15/2012 3:33PM

    Victory! WooHoo! Way to go! Do you see those little guys dancing on the table and having a party just for you. And next time it will be even easier! Love ya!

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JDBOYAR 3/15/2012 3:06PM

    Good For You

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Thursday, March 15, 2012

Last December, going for a Guiness record for basketball free throws, 54-year-old Bob Fisher made 2,371 accurate shots in one hour. This blew out the old record of 1,968. To fight fatigue, he has developed five shooting techniques for each hand.

Full story:

Precision basketball is not my own goal, but I was fascinated by his remarks:
“I’ve gotten better,” he said as friends, relatives and curiosity seekers applauded. “I’ve gotten better, and I haven’t reached my potential yet.”

Reaching my potential. Intriguing thought. What is my potential? Am I ready to work for my own personal best?

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ADJQUILTER 3/15/2012 4:05PM

    You were made for more! God has great and perfect plans in place for you! Approach everything you do with the attitude that it is holy since you are doing it to honor God.
Your attitude and determination will get you there with God's help.
You go, girl!!!!
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TRAVELGRRL 3/15/2012 1:24PM

    I believe being "present" and active on Sparkpeople attests to your quest to work toward your own personal best and highest potential.

We've been assigned this body by the Creator, and it is our responsibility to honor and nourish the vessel we've been given. I believe it is only then that we can do our best work.

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VISUALLYRICS 3/15/2012 11:13AM

    Good for you! Find Your potential. emoticon
Potential energy is stored energy just waiting to be used. I think that makes me Energy in Motion...Lol!! ...I have this craze I'm going through or perhaps it IS my adopted lifestyle - I've got to move, Move, MOVE!

One things for sure - I burn a lot of calories... emoticon

Here's to your personal emoticon!! , Laura

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MAMASUDS 3/15/2012 10:38AM

    Ah, we are a work in progress, ever changing, always improving. Our potential, hmmm, that is a very allusive concept that I think only our creator knows the answer to.
I do know that we are on the right path though. I know there is always room for improvement and as long as we are moving forward, we are doing good.
Thanks for walking with me on this path. Can't wait to see where striving for our potential will take us.

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DOWNPORT 3/15/2012 10:32AM

    Definitely food for thought (if I may use that expression!) LOL And certainly something for me to consider as I have never thought of reaching my potential before when bearing in mind my healthy lifestyle. I think in terms of reaching a goal - but that is not necessarily the same thing! Thanks for giving me a new slant on things!

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NANCY- 3/15/2012 10:29AM

    Being here..
Changing your mindset...
moving forward....
You betcha .. you are moving toward your potential.
You will be more than pleasantly surprised at what your personal best is.

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Stealth Kindness

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

My sister has low vision due to diabetes and also a prosthetic leg. Today at lunchtime she heard the garbage truck picking up in front of her house and thought, "I'll be done in just a minute and go collect those empty cans." (Sometimes they roll around in the street and get damaged, so she wanted to bring them back to the house promptly.)

No more than 5 minutes later, she was going out the back door and found that one of her neighbors had ALREADY brought the cans up to the house for her...and disappeared! She said this has happened several times recently, and she has no idea who is being so thoughtful. They perform this kindness and scoot away so quickly, she can't even catch them in the act!

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WARMSPRINGDAY 3/18/2012 8:28AM


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NANCY- 3/15/2012 10:11AM

    It is the little things that mean so much and it only takes a few seconds to show kindness.

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ADJQUILTER 3/15/2012 6:12AM

    My DH always does that for some of our neighbors. I pray each day to be granted the opportunity to be a blessing to someone. WHen it is unseen and unknown, so much the better. Then, the recipient only sees the face of God.
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RUNNINGOMA 3/15/2012 5:31AM

    Wonderful when there are still people in the world who love their neighbors as themselves!

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MAMASUDS 3/15/2012 2:48AM

    May we all follow this example and practice stealthy acts of kindness this Easter Season. Whose Secret Angel can you be this year?

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CAMEOSUN 3/14/2012 11:46PM

    emoticon Those are the best kind of neighbors to have.

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VISUALLYRICS 3/14/2012 11:14PM

    Thank You Lord for using loving people to work acts of kindness in the lives of others!! Wow! I love to hear stories like this! Thank you for sharing...

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