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It's The Little Things, Isn't it?

Thursday, September 06, 2012

My journey towards health has included a really hard look at the things that upset my sense of balance and wholeness. I’m sure you have them too and when we stop and look at them we discover they are the tiny and inconsequential issues, like a penny on a rail track that seem to dislodge our sense of balance and equilibrium.

My sister-in-law posted a comment on Facebook that I disagreed with. As Joan will tell you I’ve never met a discussion I didn’t like. I usually jump in with both feet, as I did with this one. Apparently my sister-in-law took so much issue with my comment that she decided to no longer be my friend on Facebook. I have to admit, it hurt.

I went to the bank to deposit a check shortly after I found out I’d been kicked to the curb, lol. The teller in the drive thru is an old friend. I asked her if she was behaving and she laughed. “I never behave John. I’m the black sheep. You know what that’s like. You’re one yourself.”

What the He** did that mean?

I drive away wondering if there is some cosmic and karmic plot to derail my bliss. But, ahhhhhhhhh, instead of grabbing a cookie or pie or putting on a disguise and slinking down the narrow carbohydrate alley of sin, I took three or four deep breaths smiled inwardly and went on with my day. I nodded a prayer of gratitude to the Divine within me and realized I am one fortunate person………. For a lot of reasons.

The door swings both ways, doesn’t it? Those little things that often send us into a tailspin can also be the things that keep us on course.

Namaste

  
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LIFE-FAITH 9/10/2012 9:04AM

    emoticon I so understand! An interesting thing happened to me at my cousin's wedding so many years ago - I mentioned to my siblings that I feel like the black sheep of the family... they all said NO they were the black sheep of the family... hmm perception!
I am the wild card...great blog! Jean

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SPSPSP1 9/10/2012 4:00AM

    Being a black sheep can be a great thing! Good for you for staying "on course".

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KELLYPAQ 9/9/2012 8:02AM

    Some days it seems like the world is against us. Be strong in yourself and don't worry about what the naysayers think.

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MCFERRET 9/8/2012 6:31AM

    You find your own path and are not defined by the comments and actions of others. I think you are in good company!

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MYOWNHERO 9/8/2012 12:48AM

    Hey, we are who we are. I'm the black sheep in my family and I have learned to love that about myself. Namaste.

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NASFKAB 9/7/2012 10:16AM

  Payno attention to what others think does it matter?

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SNOWANGELDIVA 9/7/2012 10:11AM

    Black sheep are usually the ones that stand for something and rarely fall for anything.
Badge of Honour, my friend...


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LYNMEINDERS 9/7/2012 6:48AM

    I join the black sheep of the family...I love being one...it is superb

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CARTOONB 9/6/2012 10:34PM

    Is being the black sheep a bad thing? Good to hear that you stayed on track.

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LINDA7668 9/6/2012 8:25PM

    It's too bad that your sister in law can't handle someone having a different opinion. Hopefully, you two can work through that.

I think your friend meant the black sheep comment as a compliment. You refuse to think within the tiny boundaries of that box that we are taught to live within. Because of that, you have given many of us things to think about that we may not have considered before. Thank you for that.

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HDHAWK 9/6/2012 7:31PM

    It's probably better to be a little on the black sheep side and speak your mind than to let things burn under the surface (like someone I see in the mirror everyday)!

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BGRN13 9/6/2012 5:57PM

    Thank you for posting this. I've list weight & gained it back too. I guess I know this is a lifestyle change & not a diet, but I'm really struggling b/c I'm not seeing results. I feel like I'm failing & don't know how to stop the downward spiral I'm in.

Your blog proves to me I'm not alone & some people DO make this work somehow.

Thanks!

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REGILIEH 9/6/2012 4:52PM

    Wow! I would say your sister-in-law needs to grow up, how childish she acted.

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POPSY190 9/6/2012 3:05PM

    Black sheep are treasured here (NZ) for their difference. Beautiful things are made from their wool.

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MORTICIAADDAMS 9/6/2012 2:18PM

    Nothing wrong with being a black sheep if you really are. Life would be pretty dull with nothing but white sheep. LOL. I would not worry about what other people think. Just be yourself, everyone else is already taken. LOL.

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VONBLACKBIRD 9/6/2012 1:03PM

    We sometimes see ourselves differently than other people do..I just accept it and if I seem to be the "black sheep" then I'm fine by it. It used to bother me to be different but now I feel blest that I'm different and I flaunt it now...Don't let the buzzards get you down.

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WONDERFUL2BME 9/6/2012 12:03PM

    Great reactions to undesirable emotions John. It really is a huge step in awareness to understand how you use to react to these situations and how you choose to react to them now. I am still working on this myself! It isn't always so easy to see this when you are in the midst of it. I will try to be this perceptive next time.

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BEAUTY_WITHIN 9/6/2012 11:40AM

    Sorry to hear about your sister in law :( That does hurt when people - especially family - does stuff like that. But don't let it bother you. Have a talk with her about it the next time you see her, and see if you can get it ironed out. Maybe she misunderstood something you said?
Anyway, take care my friend. :)

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MAMADWARF 9/6/2012 11:28AM

    Isn't it weird when people say things like that about us when we dont see ourselves like that at all?

I will argue to the bitter end over something I am passionate about.I am always bewildered when someone is offended because I thought we were just having a healthy discussion and exchange of ideas.

Embrace your inner black sheep, john. At least you are being true to yourself. Plus, its awesome not to be like everyone else.

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Gratitude Buddies :)

Wednesday, September 05, 2012

I was listening to a podcast on gratitude yesterday when the speaker made a suggestion. She challenged us to find a Gratitude Buddy. We’d email this person daily and share one thing we were grateful for in our lives, at that moment. She suggested we do it once a day and that we keep our Gratitude Buddy accountable and vice versa. We could be as brief or as detailed as we like.

I could say “I am grateful for my wife,” or say “I am grateful for my wife because of the wonderful, caring person she is. I’m grateful because she is supportive of all the stuff I do and when she has to be critical she does so as gentle and as loving as possible.”

It causes me to pause for a moment and honor the people and things in my life I am grateful for and to stop and take a deep breath and see what is here, right in front of me. It is part of my awakening.

I just thought I’d share this with you. I’m looking forward to uncovering all my gratitude. What about you?

Namaste

  
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GIRANIMAL 9/10/2012 1:12PM

    Perhaps you remember I was all about gratitude a few months ago! I posted two whole blogs and then just kinda let it drop for reasons I absolutely cannot recall now. LOL

I do know that it made me feel better -- brighter and more optimistic -- even just for those few moments of my day.

Email buddies is a great idea! I have tons of good intentions, I just can't ever remember them. A daily email would be fantastic, since I do check email nearly every day, as I'm sure most people do.

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IT-IS-WHATITIS 9/9/2012 5:04PM

    Another great blog! I am truly Blessed and have a lot to be thankful for. Thanks for the reminder I should realize it more often.
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LOUISE6296 9/9/2012 4:37PM

  If you start a gratitude team, I'm in.

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SNOWANGELDIVA 9/7/2012 10:13AM

    Gratitude buddies...fabulous positive approach.

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GEEMAWEST 9/6/2012 9:41PM

    This is great! Hubby and I have been going through a rough time lately and we actually discussed separating. Instead we decided to appreciate each other more and be grateful for what we do have. It has worked wonders and has fallen over into other areas of my life. Sometimes the simplest things work the best!

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NASFKAB 9/6/2012 8:55AM

  thanks for reminding how much we have to be grateful

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LYNMEINDERS 9/6/2012 7:02AM

    Gratitude is something that is often neglected today....thankyou John...timely reminder

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ANGELWENDYMAMA 9/6/2012 3:00AM

    Check out the blog I just posted about Gratitude Journals.. I just saw on the Dr. Oz show a piece with Dr. Andrew Weil who said that keeping a gratitude journal for a week will improve your happiness for up to 6 months after.. So I want to keep a gratitude journal on here.. and maybe on paper, too. I am wondering if there is a SparkTeam for Gratitude and if no, would you like to start one with me?

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REGILIEH 9/5/2012 8:59PM

    Your Gratitude Buddy will be blessed!

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FUN2BAROUND 9/5/2012 8:53PM

    Very powerful stuff, there. Thanks for the reminder that we have so many things to be grateful for - and need to be able to recognize the magnitude of those blessings.
I am grateful for this very eloquent reminder, JOHNTJ1!!!

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FERGSGIRL2 9/5/2012 6:07PM

    Great idea, and I will be more focused to do this daily. Thank you for sharing again!

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HDHAWK 9/5/2012 5:07PM

    Wonderful idea! I need to start a gratitude journal, but once again, I don't seem to be able to make time for the variety of things I would like to do. I do try to think them in my head though!

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DUTCHIEKIWI 9/5/2012 4:24PM

    Its a great day to appreciate all the wonderful people in our lives!

Peace!

Dutchie

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MAGGIEROSEBOWL 9/5/2012 2:39PM

    What a great idea. I may do it with a blog each day. I have so much to be grateful for and sometimes I forget that.

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MORTICIAADDAMS 9/5/2012 2:24PM

    Great idea! I have tons to be grateful for.

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LEB0401 9/5/2012 2:02PM

    This is fantastic! You should create a forum.

Today I'm grateful for my smartphone that keeps workout music pumpin', tracks my runs, and stores all the healthy recipes I've pinned.
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DR8561 9/5/2012 12:52PM

    I just got back from a walk on my lunch break. Thankful for my job and the ability to get out and stretch my legs. Great post! emoticon

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HAPPYSOUL91 9/5/2012 11:19AM

    Every morning I do my "high five" on a spread sheet....5 things I am grateful for this day, everything from people to things such as electric toothbrush to home, location or whateve.

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LESSNESS1 9/5/2012 11:03AM

    great idea i will be using it emoticon emoticon I give you a 10 for how you spoke about your wife, love it.

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VONBLACKBIRD 9/5/2012 11:03AM

    Great idea!!!

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LESSNESS1 9/5/2012 11:02AM

    great idea i will be using it emoticon emoticon I give you a 10 for how you spoke about your wife, love it.

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CRYSTALJEM 9/5/2012 10:55AM

    What a great idea. I love how you described your wife's ability to be gentle and loving in criticism. This is something we should all endeavor to do. Kindness has such a positive effect. Thank you for sharing.

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TRISTAROSE 9/5/2012 10:49AM

    I am greatful to have you as a Sparkfriend and for all your thought provoking blogs!


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WONDERFUL2BME 9/5/2012 10:42AM

    I am thankful for all the comforts I have. As I lay down my body eatch night in a cozy, comfortable, and safe place, I am most thankful. At the same time, I ask blessings on those less fortunate.



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TONYVAND1 9/5/2012 10:36AM

  emoticon emoticon Love the idea.

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KKKAREN 9/5/2012 10:29AM

    sounds like a good idea!

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PARAN0RMAL 9/5/2012 10:28AM

    That is an excellent idea! Thank you for sharing!

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Thought I'd Share: The Us We Dont Consider

Tuesday, September 04, 2012

So I was thinking, I know you know that there's the "you" that you know you are - adventurous, good-looking, and fun to be around.

And I know you know that there's another part of "you" in the unseen who you've kind of temporarily forgotten - who completes you, loves you, and knows what's really going on.

Well, how'd you like it if I removed the veils? Just for a second? Gave you a glimpse of who that special, divine, otherworldly essence is, so that you might at last begin to comprehend how extraordinary, sublime, and divine you really are?

Okay?

It's me,
The entire Universe

  
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LYNMEINDERS 9/5/2012 6:55AM

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DUTCHIEKIWI 9/5/2012 12:31AM

    I think I'm blushing! ;-)
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GEEMAWEST 9/4/2012 10:46PM

    Good Looking? I love you, John! emoticon

Seriously, you are so right!

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CARTOONB 9/4/2012 10:34PM

    What happens when you put the veils back?

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CBRIGGS1956 9/4/2012 8:52PM

    thank you

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REGILIEH 9/4/2012 11:42AM

    Interesting!!!

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MEME102 9/4/2012 11:18AM

    Ahhhh, that's thought provoking for sure. I believe it's the little girl inside of me that no one knows about but me! (b/c everyone else thinks b/c I'm an 'adult' now there's not a little girl left - boy could I tell them a thing or two) She's striving to come out and be all the can be!!!

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ANATASHIKI 9/4/2012 9:57AM

    emoticon I like TUT too!

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NASFKAB 9/4/2012 9:09AM

  thanks for sharing

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September Goals

Monday, September 03, 2012

My plan this month is simple. It’s to concentrate on the areas of my health journey that need the most improvement. I split them into three areas of concentration and you’ll notice there is no number attached. If I follow my intentions here I will lose weight this month. I won’t add the stress of moving towards a specific number because I have learned the body will do what the body will do. No cop out, just a bit of realism. Here they are:

In September I’m going to concentrate on portion control as well as staying within my calorie limits. It means I’ll measure my food when it’s practical and use good sense and the correct portions to stay within my calorie limits. This has always been a weak spot for me so I might as well start off building a solid foundation. No more, lol, “guesstimating.”

Keep on Moving. I can create a million reasons not to engage in some form of physical activity so this month I'm going to switch things around and make exercise more of an adventure. I am starting a Vinyasa Yoga Class on Friday morning and I can’t wait!!! I love the water so I'll spend more time there. I'm exercising 30 minutes, 6 days per week and I'll keep on doing that. I'm shooting' for consistency. No matter how great I feel I’ll stop after thirty minutes. No matter how many excuses I make I’ll do something for thirty minutes six days a week. The hardest part is going to be letting my body rest one day. Like so many others I am caught in the trance of believing I need to be doing something all the time or I have no value. Sigh

When I become tense I eat. When I am anxious I eat, when I lose focus I eat………… I am therefore I eat. I am adding three short periods of “quiet” each day. Lasting 10 minutes at the most, they are times to stop what I’m doing and focus on letting everything settle and regain balance.

Nothing real fancy here but I’m sure you have felt the same thing --- Consistency can be awfully dull and boring but produces such amazing results.

  
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BESSHAILE 9/9/2012 7:39AM

    I bet that last one will bring the most amazing results!

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CAROLZ1967 9/5/2012 8:41AM

    Great goals and realistic too! You can do it!

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ROSGETSSERIOUS 9/5/2012 8:10AM

    Great goals - you can do it! Consistency will bring awesome results.


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MEME102 9/4/2012 11:21AM

    Good thoughts and a good plan -- may have to develop something like that on my own if you don't mind that I 'borrow'....Good luck and while I'll be waiting for a progress report - no pressure!

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YIWEN39 9/4/2012 8:31AM

    Sounds like a great plan, John! Best of luck and keep us posted emoticon

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LYNMEINDERS 9/4/2012 6:47AM

    Greta goals John...you can so do it....right there cheering you on

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CARTOONB 9/3/2012 10:08PM

    Good goals...and good luck!

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_MOBII_ 9/3/2012 7:01PM

    Consistency isn't always boring...sometimes knowing what comes next is comforting!

It sounds like a great plan!

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MORTICIAADDAMS 9/3/2012 6:04PM

    Sounds like a great plan. We will be here to support you along the way.

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AJDOVER1 9/3/2012 3:58PM

    Consistency may be boring, but it works! September will be a great month for us!

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CUPCAKZ 9/3/2012 2:48PM

    Those sound like great goals. Consistency IS tough but plodding away day after day DOES produce results. Have a great September, John!

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    emoticon plan - I like the word 'consistency'
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ANDYINBC 9/3/2012 1:11PM

    You can do it...and you will!

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BARB5970 9/3/2012 11:10AM

    I really like the idea of spenting at least 10 minutes of "quiet" time and "being present". This is something I believe I need to add to my day. So, John, I hope you don't mind, but I'm steeling this idea and adding to one of my daily goals, as well. As always, thanks for sharing.

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VONBLACKBIRD 9/3/2012 10:34AM

    Great plan and certainly do-able...Keep us posted.

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ISHIIGIRL 9/3/2012 10:34AM

    Great goals! You can do it!

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NASFKAB 9/3/2012 10:20AM

  great goals you can do it

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    I'm with you! emoticon

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REGILIEH 9/3/2012 8:04AM

    Good plan! You'll do it!

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SAGELADY2 9/3/2012 8:02AM

    Sounds good. Got me to thinking about what mine are this month. Breaking the month long stall is one of them. :-)

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    Good luck!!!!

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Some Success At Last!!!

Sunday, September 02, 2012

I lost another Spark friend the other day. I’ve been there myself. You are ready to hit the “delete” button on your account and find some corner to hide in. You are frustrated, you are ashamed, you are scared and most of all you just do not understand why “this thing,” doesn’t work for you. You tell yourself it is time “for a break,” or “time to move on.” I’ve been there, I’ve done that and I proudly possess the scars, wounds and insecurities to prove it.

I started my journey almost three years ago believing that if I ate right and exercised daily I’d look like a cross between Tom Cruise and Matthew McCounaughey. I lost 80 pounds, looked good, felt good. I worked with a personal trainer ran a few 5K’s and life was good. It was after about 6 months that I hit a plateau. I used all the traditional wisdom and nothing seemed to work. That plateau lasted close to two years. Truth be told I regained all the weight I lost because the only logical explanation for my issues were that I was a goof, up, screw up, sort of guy who wasn’t worthy of health. I pushed myself physically to the point where I incurred two moderate to severe injuries. The downward spiral steepened. My dad died in March and I immediately put on 10 pounds. I was right back to where I started.

Jesus tells the story of the Prodigal Son. There is a passage in the story that sees the father looking at the son returning home, “While he was a long way off.” The son, tired and dejected was coming home; hat in hand to ask forgiveness. The father, miles away leapt for joy. In so many ways I am that son. My head would spin, the scale would groan as much as my back and legs did. I felt eons away not realizing I was millimeters close to finding the right combination.

I wouldn’t give up.

I’d like to tell you it was because a few angels appeared in the corner of my office and showed me the light. Plain and simple, at age 59 I want to live a long time. I lost 6 pounds this week. I didn’t do anything spectacular. I discovered what worked well for John, put blinders on to the rest of the world and showed a bit of success. I exercised 30 minutes each day, I stayed within my calorie limits and I took time to “be present,” at least for ten minutes each day. Tomorrow I’ll write a blog on my September goals.

Today I am going to bask in the glow and joy of success. It was a long time coming. My confidence level is high right now. That’s because after 3 long years I do believe, in my heart, my own mantra, “I am worth all the effort I put into myself.”

Don’t give up dear friend. The road may be steep and long but every now and then there is an oasis of enlightenment that makes this journey worthwhile. As Cat Steven once said “Oh I’m on my way I know I am, somewhere not so far from here……”

Namaste

  
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SCRIPTEDFLIGHT 8/3/2013 2:42PM

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SILLYHP1953 1/30/2013 10:48AM

    Thank you, thank you, thank you for still being here when I came back after a few months hiatus. I hadn't read blogs since July but I started reading today.

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SEPTEMBERSPIRIT 9/13/2012 7:12AM

    I've been here for 6 years and hit a 3 year plateau and currently back at that range - struggling to move beyond that barrier again. It's so good to know we're not alone in the journey. And you're right - we sometimes have to put our blinders on and do what works for US. Thanks for sharing your wisdom.

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TERRIJ7 9/12/2012 1:29PM

    Well done, John!

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MYUTMOST4HIM 9/11/2012 8:54AM

    Wonderful encouragement - thanks for being so transparent

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LIVINHEALTHY9 9/9/2012 8:13PM

    Good for you for staying strong and sticking with it.

I am struggling with seeing any results lately and it is frustrating. But, I am not going to give up.

Thanks for sharing your blog.

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JUNETTA2002 9/8/2012 6:49PM

    Good For you. You can do this. Just remember one step at a time.

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KSGROTHE 9/8/2012 2:40PM

    emoticon I've been away for a while myself. I keep telling myself I need to get back on track, and then I don't. I've put back on all the weight I lost + 10 lbs or so. Blech. I sunk into bad habits which I'll have to break again. Inertia makes it hard to get started again.

Thanks for the inspiring blog!

- Karen

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LEANMEAN2 9/8/2012 7:50AM

    Thanks for sharing.

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FOUNDER3 9/7/2012 10:03PM

    Been there, done that, have ALL of the Tshirts.

Since coming to Spark People about 4 1/2 years ago, I have been working on putting all of that behind me, (well, there is enough behind me already, but you get the idea).

I have up days, down days, up periods of time, and down periods of time. The only thing that has been consistent is coming to Spark People even during the really down times.

I did have a period of time when I could not use the computer because of back issues, but even then I tried to get here at least a couple of days a week.

Stories like yours, keep me grounded, keep me going.

Learning to love myself, and let go of the old negative messages has helped a lot.

Living one day at a time, one small change at a time, has made it all so much more manageable

I know something about how you feel. At least I think I do

Congratulations on bringing yourself back, and recommitting yourself to this journey. The rewards are great emotionally, mentally and physically.

I am so happy that you are here. This is the place to be, don't 'cha know!

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I know you can do it, one day at a time.

Bonnie

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GOPINTOS 9/7/2012 6:40PM

    Congrats on the 6! Weight loss is a crazy deal. Ups and downs. Just keep doing the right things, and the weight loss will come. For me, that is limiting my carbs, moderate proteins, high fats. When that quits working, I will try some other combo :)

Best of luck to you!

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XENATHOMAS 9/7/2012 6:06PM

    Namaste

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TRUCKERSMRS 9/7/2012 1:17PM

    Thank you for such an inspiring blog. We are all worth the effort - we just need to remember it at times.
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VOLLEYGIRL77 9/7/2012 11:41AM

    Awesome blog! Thanks for the supporting words :)

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    Great blog! emoticon

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TRUCKERWIFE2 9/7/2012 9:45AM

    Congrats! Keep up the good work! emoticon emoticon

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MTREFRY 9/7/2012 9:03AM

    Thank you for sharing your trials with us! You are an inspiration emoticon

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ROUNDTOWNMOM 9/7/2012 8:54AM

    You are inspiring me today when I need it most. I've not regained every ounce I've lost, but I've regained 9 lbs I didn't ever hope to gain back. Thanks for this.........and thanks for not giving up on yourself!!!!

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NESSY759 9/7/2012 8:30AM

    good job on not giving up. you can do this

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WENDENANNIE 9/7/2012 12:53AM

    Good for you dear Spark friend!

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RAINBOWMF 9/7/2012 12:14AM

    emoticon blog. emoticon

Mary

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CORINA-MOMOF4 9/6/2012 11:43PM

    great blog! You can do it!!

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FATHINSN 9/6/2012 11:37PM

    Don't ever give up! Let's us support each other through ups and downs!

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MOMKAT4310 9/6/2012 10:15PM

    Awesome. Sorry for the loss of your father. Glad you decided to stick with SparkPeople even when on the plateau. And congrats.

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TXGRANDMA 9/6/2012 10:08PM

    Great Blog! So many of us have been where you were, but are still here, trying every day to improve! If we can just get one little thing at a time going our way, then put it all together, eventually (that is the key word here!) we will get where we are going!
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ONLYTEMPORARY 9/6/2012 9:25PM

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CLUMBOY 9/6/2012 9:22PM

    wonderful blog. way to go! all the best to you.

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SPEEDY143 9/6/2012 8:44PM

    emoticon YOU are worth all the effort and your SparkFriends are encouraged by your struggles because we are all human and have..... "Been there, done that!!!!" Spark On John and emoticonon the first of many 6 pound losses on your journey to better health emoticon emoticon

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DONNAJZ4241 9/6/2012 8:37PM

    What a wonderful blog. I know exactly how you feel. It will be 2 years in October since I have joined Spark and I have struggled consistently in the past year. Every day I wake up with the best intensions...telling myself today will be the day. Sometimes I get through a day or two or maybe even 3 if I'm lucky. Then my luck runs out and I am back in the same situation...wonderful when something will "click" so I can be on my way to a healthy me. Thank you for sharing your story with us. It is stories like this that give me the courage to keep trying. Good luck in your journey!

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LOLAJO54 9/6/2012 8:16PM

    oh wow started reading this blog and it hit home big time.. I am people like this I know people like this ...

“I am worth all the effort I put into myself.”
love this

thank you

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CKAYTHOMAS 9/6/2012 7:44PM

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Never give up.

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NASFKAB 9/6/2012 7:06PM

  thoughtful great blog asusual

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KACEYSW 9/6/2012 7:04PM

    Thank you for the encouragement. Sometimes that wall seems so daunting!

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JULIA1154 9/6/2012 4:46PM

  Thank you, John. We all need to be reminded of the need to a) persevere and b) find our own path and stick with what works for us. You did so, eloquently.

(I'm sorry for the loss of your father, John. I'm sure he must have been very proud of you.)

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YAFENELRA 9/6/2012 4:15PM

    It is a long struggle but with Sparks it can be done.

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PRAIRIECROCUS 9/6/2012 3:34PM

    Good for you !
Congratulations !
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ALBERTAROSE57 9/6/2012 3:30PM

    oops, posted twice, sorry.

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ALBERTAROSE57 9/6/2012 3:27PM

    They say that messages will come when you need them the most, from the most unlikely sources. I was giving up this week, today actually. Tonight is the weekly weigh in, and with a dismal 6 weeks behind me - was ready to say wth??? I have only started my journey (again), and 6 weeks in and 14 pounds down am frustrated. I've tracked until I can track no more :P I've been so faithful of making sure I get a balance in my diet. I have ADHD, so exercise is never a problem - I just don't sit still. I have trouble not looking at the 80 pounds ahead of me, and the commitment to stick it out for as long as it takes is daunting. My knees groan, my back aches - and I have very little patience with myself. It's very comforting to know that this is quite a "normal" feeling that others have gone through. Thank you :)

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MAMAOWLS 9/6/2012 2:58PM

    Thank you for writing this it could almost be my story except that I've only put on 10 pounds. I know I just need to rededicate my self to me and I can finish the journey I started almost 2 1/2 years ago. Thanks for reminding me that I am in control and I can do it. emoticon

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GENEALOGYGAL 9/6/2012 2:00PM

    Thank you so much for writing these wonderful words of encouragement and success. The road we are on can be very hard and very treacherous at times. So happy you discovered your way back. Total success is just around each bend. You ARE worth every effort! (I say this with sweat, dripping hair and a tummy that is growling...and after all the hard work and staying on track...actually gained .8 today...haha...how in the world is that even possible?). I refuse to give up. We are so worth it.
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LOGOULD 9/6/2012 1:14PM

    SO happy for you John. It is harder to stick with the program the further along you go, and maintenance is a BEAST! I hate the word maintenance because it sounds like so much stagnation.....and then the slippery slope to putting it all back on. I managed to catch myself at a 10-15 pound gain and am almost halfway to taking it back off. Let me tell ya, it's harder this tine around, but I am beginning to realize how good it really feels - not going there again! Way to stick with it!!!

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JIBBIE49 9/6/2012 12:58PM

    emoticon What an honor to see your blog featured in the Spark Mail. emoticon

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JLLOVETT 9/6/2012 12:07PM

    What a powerful, inspiring story of SUCCESS!! emoticon Day by day, step by step, that is what I keep telling myself.. Congrats on your mental override!!

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KIARARAMIREZ 9/6/2012 11:58AM

    Thank you for that, I woke up feeling like everything I'm doing is for nothing. After reading your blog, I feel much better and very encouraged. I'm not doing it for nothing, I'm worth it! You are an inspiration, I hope you know that. God bless you

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SPIRIT42013 9/6/2012 11:56AM

    Thanks?, John!! I won't! And if I do, I hope someone will b**** slap me! Take care, and read what you wrote here OFTEN! emoticon

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WALKSINLIGHT 9/6/2012 11:28AM

    Awesome ! Congratulations ! emoticon Thanks for Sharing
and Dinja - just think, if you are losing/gaining the same 2 pounds, you are not putting on weight anymore so you have definitely started journeying on the right road - hang in there !
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GINA180847 9/6/2012 11:26AM

    Good for you John, the job is much harder for some of us than others. Be it mind clutter, stinkin thinkin, whatever, as long as we do not give up we are still in the game.

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