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We've Lost A Child --- It's A Good Thing!!!

Sunday, October 07, 2012

I walked into the kitchen one afternoon in late August to find my wife and daughters sitting with their arms crossed. After close to forty years of marriage I smelled only one thing trouble for me. When Joan begins with Let me start by telling you how much we all love you.. it usually means its the last positive thing Im going to hear for the next half hour. I was half right, lol. She realized Id been through a lot in the past six months with my dad passing away and my back injuries, but, she added, my weight had ballooned to a really unhealthy number. Id gained back the eighty pounds Id lost plus added another ten pounds to that. Like the government, she and the girls were here to help.

Their proposal was simple. We would all make a real conscious effort to live and eat healthy from food choices to exercise options. Maybe that would help me get back on track. We did the ceremonial cleaning of the cabinets and stocked it with good stuff. Katie and Maggie both joined Weight Watchers. Its what works for them. Katie is a lifetime member having reached her goal weight and keeping it off for a year a long time ago but by her own admission she had slipped a bit. Maggie said it would be good to feel good again. Joan has major food allergies so eating is always a challenge for her. She has always used a high protein diet with success and of course I use Spark People.

Our goal wasnt to lose weight as much as it is to live healthy. In the past six weeks we have eaten out much less, gotten rid of the sugar and carbs that always tempt us and its been fun working out with my adulate daughters a few days per week. Its been nothing to adventurous walking and swimming. Joan and I exercise together in the pool three to four days a week and she and the girls have their own regimen. Everyone is much more relaxed. Its good to turn to either side of me and know I have support at home as well as here at Spark. When I open the cabinet I see healthy options rather than all the junk. We go out to eat, as a family, every two weeks, and the options are healthy ones, fresh fish, chicken and veggies. The French fries are fading in the rear view mirror.

I weighed myself yesterday a 1.4 pound loss for the week and a total of close to 16 pounds, in the past five weeks. Katie sat back and said, Between the four of us weve lost right at 60 pounds. Thats a small child.

Its a child Im glad to be rid of.

Namaste

  
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LIBBYL1 11/11/2012 10:45PM

  Thanks for making me laugh!

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MAZDAWD50 10/16/2012 11:41PM

    Congrats and keep up the good work. It's great that it is also a family affair.

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    You are all inspirations!!! emoticon

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FATHINSN 10/14/2012 9:18PM

    One of lost things that we can celebrate happily is pounds losses :D I like that your family wanted to intervene in your life, to make everyone in the family has better lifestyle :D I'm still trying to do same thing with my parents and elder brother, have inches in progress and miles to go!

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ADELE66 10/13/2012 1:21PM

    Sounds like you have a wonderful family!

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KARRENLYNN 10/13/2012 2:16AM

    Hi John,

Congratulations on your decision to be healthier and your progress so far. Having family support is really important to our success. Keep going and we'll be cheering you on!


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IFEOMA4 10/12/2012 5:14PM

  emoticon its nice to have home support.

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DRAMAGIRL32 10/12/2012 12:59PM

    Great job! I love how it's a family effort to be healthy. That must be helpful and a great bonding experience for all of you.

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GARDENCHRIS 10/12/2012 10:14AM

    glad you have such nice support!

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MANILUS 10/11/2012 5:42PM

    Congrats on your progress and you are blessed with a supportive family! I am an individual champion. Keep up the great work!!

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SUSANELAINE1956 10/11/2012 3:53PM

    Good job! emoticon

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SPIRALDOWN 10/11/2012 12:29PM

    Very positive...WTG

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TASHANCARRION 10/11/2012 8:50AM

    WAY TO GO!!! Doing it as a family is awesome. Thanks for the motivation!!!!

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CHANGINGELAINE 10/10/2012 8:59PM

    It's great that you are on this journey as a family!
I am lucky that my husband has joined me also on a path to better health.
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ANASNEWBODY 10/10/2012 8:20PM

    Thank you, I enjoyed your blog. Continue your success and happiness. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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NESARIAN 10/10/2012 8:04PM

    emoticon Such a loving family unit! This was so sweet to read about!

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2TIGRE 10/10/2012 3:17PM

    What a great story!!! I love reading posts like this - they're so inspiring and motivating. Keep up the good work.

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MIPALADY23 10/10/2012 3:08PM

    Sweet!! Nice job!! I'm soooooo excited for you!

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BLESSED2BEME 10/10/2012 12:18PM

    So glad the entire family is in on this together! There is no better support system than that of a family who is working together for the good of each other:)

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ONEATATIME3 10/10/2012 9:58AM

  Lucky to have a loving family who cares so much for you. emoticon emoticon

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STEADFASTNSEE 10/10/2012 8:50AM

  Great Job John! And I too was tricked by your title a bit. HUGS!

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KANOE10 10/10/2012 8:11AM

    Great support with your family.

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MYGOLDENBOYS3 10/10/2012 7:38AM

    Thanks for sharing. Yes, it is a family affair...cannot have two different eaters in the house it doesn't work. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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MERRIKATE 10/9/2012 5:23PM

    Yay and BIG BRAVO to you and to all your 'girls', John -- what an inspiring bunch you are! Hang in there, knowing that you've helped me and no doubt others too to get back on track starting Now.
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MORTICIAADDAMS 10/9/2012 2:52PM

    You and your family are doing fantastic!! That is an amazing amount in 5 weeks.

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ILIKETOZUMBA 10/9/2012 11:53AM

    This was so beautifully written, and what a fantastic inspiring story! Your family sounds wonderful and caring and committed to one another. I don't want to sound cheesy, but this was really heartwarming to read. :) Thank you for sharing. And congratulations on you and your family's weight loss! LOL I love the comparison to a small child. I always like to think that I've lost a teenage girl (120 lbs), and I envision myself carrying around one of my cousins on my back all day long as the way I used to be when I was 244 lbs. I really enjoy comparisons like that. I'm glad your family lost this child! :)

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KIMPY225 10/9/2012 10:59AM

    Traffic job! keep up the awesome work!

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WALKINGCHICK 10/9/2012 8:11AM

    Well done you - on hearing the sentiment from your family, on acting on this sentiment, and on making the progress that you have in this short time. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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PRAIRIECROCUS 10/9/2012 1:46AM

    Good for all of you !
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FLUTTER-BY)L( 10/9/2012 12:22AM

    love that it has involved the entire family. Awesome accomplishment


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PCASEY7 10/8/2012 11:28PM

    Good for you all! You must be really proud! You're a great example of getting back up, dusting yourself off and trying again! Keep up the great work!

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ROCKYCPA 10/8/2012 11:26PM

    Good job - congrats on losing a "child".

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WORKINGSTIFF 10/8/2012 10:46PM

    John-

How great that you and your family are there for each other. Alone we can do a lot, but with the help of others, each can be unstoppable!

Thanks for sharing.

Helen

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MELLABELLAS 10/8/2012 10:34PM

    Great job!

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ROCKETGIRL229 10/8/2012 9:01PM

    Congratulations! I hope this week is great to you!

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CHUM48 10/8/2012 8:28PM

    Great support system you have there!

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BEAUTY_WITHIN 10/8/2012 8:25PM

    Very awesome!

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The 13th Apostle

Friday, October 05, 2012


A blog about me and you :)

  
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LOLAINSC 10/8/2012 4:06PM

    Couldn't agree more--so we better get to work writing Acts 29.
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KELLYPAQ 10/8/2012 6:03AM

    I also couldn't see your post, only the title and the comment " a blog about me and you".

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LOUISE6296 10/7/2012 10:18AM

  Could you post the 13th Apostle again? It just never came through. Thank you. I'm sorry to miss it. Lou

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NUNZIATA43 10/6/2012 12:52PM

    John,

Thoroughly enjoyed your introspection! Gives me something to ponder and I have not though along these lines in the past, but it certainly makes sense. I appreciate that you go ahead and "put it out there'" for us. Love the video (and your hat of course lol). Have a wonderful day and weekend. I can honestly say my day has improved because of you! God Bless! Nanci emoticon

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KATHIC2 10/6/2012 9:50AM

  You are a very wise man. Thanks!

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REGILIEH 10/6/2012 9:01AM

    Oh John! I LOVED it! I believe you are one of my angels on earth. You do inspire me and help me keep hope for all things. I hope I don't sound crazy as I'm really just a normal person but I do love your blogs! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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NASFKAB 10/5/2012 1:38PM

  great blog as usual

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GENEALOGYGAL 10/5/2012 11:46AM

    Loved your Vlog! Thank you, I will ponder your words today. emoticon

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    Great vlog,thank you emoticon

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HOAGIE22 10/5/2012 8:54AM

  Git Er Dun!!!!

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Writing Our Story Part 2: The Wonder of You

Wednesday, October 03, 2012

I was looking forward to catching up with a friend last night. It seemed like forever since we talked. I knew from the first hello that something wasnt right. Her boyfriend found himself in the unenviable position of not only losing one job but possibly two. You can only imagine the stress. Going from three incomes to one in the blink of an eye can set you into a real quick tail spin. I see many of you nodding your heads. Youve been there, so have I. Its the fear the unknown brings when it comes-o-callin. Things that were inconsequential last week now seem to be a matter of life and death and in many cases they are. So I did what a friend does, I listened.

After a bit I sort of scratched my head, contorted my face in one of those half-crazy looks and said. You realize youre one of my heroes dont you? There was a long moment of silence. Look at everything youve endured in your short life, and each time youve always been much stronger. My friend spent most of her youth and adolescence caring for a parent who was chronically ill. She missed out on a lot of things you and I take for granted, coupled with the unimaginable stress of not being able to help a parent get better. Eventually she had to make the tough decision to remove life support. In a phrase she amazes me and I reminded her yesterday.

Im not discounting how tough life may be for her in the immediate future, I just reminded her of the reservoir of strength within her. That same reservoir resides in you and me. I felt a bit small as I lie in bed last night thinking of my friend and her plight. She can summon the courage to deal with life altering events and I fall apart trying to restrain myself from eating a donut. Its not that Im weak far from it. I am ignorant of the amazing positive strength, resolve and love that are inside of me. I refuse to look in the mirror and see that warm glow that emanates from me; I only see the warts, the fat and a body that is slowly aging. I fail to take note of the amazingly strong person staring back.

So many times during the course of my day, people will tell me how great I am and I just dont see it. Thats because Im not looking hard enough. Thank You A for showing me that even in the things of life we find hard to deal with there is a moment of light and life to help us grow.

Namaste

  
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SLIMLEAF 10/9/2012 11:28AM

    "She can summon the courage to deal with life altering events and I fall apart trying to restrain myself from eating a donut. Its not that Im weak far from it. I am ignorant of the amazing positive strength, resolve and love that are inside of me. I refuse to look in the mirror and see that warm glow that emanates from me; I only see the warts, the fat and a body that is slowly aging. I fail to take note of the amazingly strong person staring back."

I really identified with that bit of your blog, except I think that I AM weak.
However, your blog post today causes me to look again and I realise that, despite my many weaknesses and failures, I do have a certain element of tenacity, determination and perseverence - I must have, otherwise I wouldn't be here now.

Thank you for helping me to realise this and thus to give me a spark of hope.

God bless you.

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NEWMOM20121 10/5/2012 8:45AM

    Thank you for sharing.

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HDHAWK 10/4/2012 6:58PM

    I'm sure she was touched by your reminder that she can get through this. What a great thing to do!

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WIFE2BOB 10/4/2012 3:20PM

    Sorry to hear about your friend and their situation. Hope it all works out ok for them.

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HLPRATT 10/4/2012 12:54PM

    I do see alot of strength in different people around me. It's harder to see it in yourself though.

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MARITIMER3 10/4/2012 11:29AM

    Your friend sounds like an amazing person... and so are you. If you can't look in the mirror without seeing warts, learn to love them by loving yourself. Remember, God made them too.

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GIRANIMAL 10/4/2012 11:10AM

    You really ARE a great friend! That is just one thing among about a billion John greatnesses though. emoticon

For the record (again), I agree with REGILIEH: you've got so much book material here! I'd also certainly buy a buch to share with the world.

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AMSPARKER 10/4/2012 7:30AM

    another great blog. i should know by now that i need to have the kleenex nearby when i read your blogs. you have lifted up my spirits and brightened my day. incredible.

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KATHIC2 10/4/2012 7:10AM

  You are wise and wonderful!

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CARTOONB 10/3/2012 11:13PM

    You are a great friend.

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ONEKIDSMOM 10/3/2012 6:51PM

    Once again, great insights and truths pervade your blog-space. Thank you. I needed this today, too! emoticon

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LUCYJOY 10/3/2012 5:16PM

    You know, I had to laugh-I've survived a ton of horrible things and gotten back up. But my battle with but restraining myself from eating cupcakes? Can't seem to concur that one-it makes me feel weak.

Liked your blog. Hope things work out for your friend.

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MORTICIAADDAMS 10/3/2012 3:24PM

    I think many of us worry about things that are of little consequence and value. Beauty is fleeting and some day if you make it to a ripe old age what will be important to you is the morals you have, the values, the friendships, the person you are. While it's important to be a normal weight in order to be healthy and avoid chronic illnesses striving to fit an image of beauty seems rather worthless to me. Being the best person you can be is much more important and in that regard you and your friend will be in good shape. Stop basing your self esteem on what you look like but who you are.

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ANATASHIKI 10/3/2012 2:28PM

    lol, it's funny you're talking about this today , I just switched a shift with a colleague so I have this interesting work schedule: last week 99 hours of work , this week 80, next week 75. and before you ask it is illegal . so it made me good to remember I probably can survive this, thanks!

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JEANNETTE59 10/3/2012 2:14PM

  Thank you and may God Bless You.

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REGILIEH 10/3/2012 11:01AM

    John, I wish you would publish a book of all your blogs, I would buy at least 100 to give to all of my friends and neighbors. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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NASFKAB 10/3/2012 9:49AM

  thanks for pointing out that we are not alone

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SHERIO5 10/3/2012 9:34AM

    I think that is why we aren't designed to operate alone, we sometimes need someone to come alongside us and remind us of our strength, and sometimes lighten the load.

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ANGIEJAY77 10/3/2012 9:25AM

    Thank you for posting this blog. It really hit home for me because I am going through a similar situation as your friend. But you're so right...we don't always see how strong we are. And, really, if bad things never happened, we'd never gain the strength we need.
Thanks for the reminder!

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Writing Our Story Part 1: The Here and Now

Tuesday, October 02, 2012

I saw a cartoon the other day that pictured of an attorney talking on the telephone. The caption read, Im sorry mam I never heard of anyone suing a mirror manufacturer. Im not a huge fan of mirrors. They point out things Id rather not see. They point out the here. Im not always in the mood to deal with the here and now. Let me create a vision of the future. Its much less threatening and easier to manage. Ill only get a negative payoff from the future when it fails to come to pass and Ill blame myself, just like I do for everything else that goes wrong in my life. Remain positive, listen to uplifting music create a collage of everything you always wanted and allow it to collect dust somewhere. Its not real.

Wow John, thats an awfully dim view of things. Im making a point. We are so, so caught up in the latest and greatest feel good that we neglect to look in the mirror and love and appreciate the current version of ourselves. What do we think that well learn all that positive behavior and loving appreciation of ourselves once we reach our goals? We view it as a reward. I can finally be. Everything else in our world suggests practice makes perfect. We dont hop in a car at the legal age and take off down the road. We practice, we study and we gain experience.

Its hard to look in the mirror and see the real value we offer this world. Were too caught up in reading other peoples stories and wishing that we somehow had the wisdom to be like them. The here and now cries out Here I am, warts and all. I have something unique and special to offer you. Some days the mirror is clear, some days dusty and some days I swear its cracked, but its MY mirror, created just for that amazing, yet often flawed version of me. There is no before and after, there is only now and the now should be embraced, warts and all starting today.

On my bulletin board this morning: My name is John. I am warm and witty and Ill be the best friend you ever had. I am charming but I also believe that at times there is no one who knows any more than I do. My smile and booming voice fills a room when I enter. I do not suffer fools patiently and often wish the world moved at my pace. I take time to share part of me with everyone I meet because I know what its like to feel abandoned and without a friend. I am a compulsive over eater, an emotional eater and I struggle almost daily with the fear brought on by panic/anxiety disorder. They are fears that almost never come true. I love to smile.

So.What about you?

Namaste

  
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KELLYPAQ 10/5/2012 5:59AM

    You always give me something to think about during the day. Glad I found your blog.

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HDHAWK 10/4/2012 6:55PM

    Love it John!

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KATHIC2 10/3/2012 8:36AM

  You are a wise and thoughtful man.

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JENAE954 10/3/2012 7:35AM

  Thought provoking words!
Thanks for your wise words.
Can't wait for your next blog...
Thanks

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ANATASHIKI 10/2/2012 2:50PM

    lol, I usually don't "see "the image in the mirror and lately my only problem is the rebellious hair that grows too fast.I don't know if I accepted myself or whatever . I KNOW I am extraordinary. so are you. emoticon emoticon

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SHERIO5 10/2/2012 2:05PM

    You've written some powerful stuff here, my friend.

I (and most people I know) struggle at some point with worth, what constitutes value, and certainly, physical attractiveness, or lack of...sigh...but the truly lasting things of value and worth won't be found in the mirror, as you've put so well!

So, as I read recently, breathe in God, and be thankful, breathe out, and smile!

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KIMCOLLINGS 10/2/2012 1:06PM

    Love this. Something I really struggle with but such a terrific reminder.

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CHANGING-VICKI 10/2/2012 11:35AM

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MARITIMER3 10/2/2012 11:07AM

    I am so grateful that my husband accepts me. Warts and all!

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LANEYPUDDLESMOM 10/2/2012 10:33AM

    MIRROR REFLECTIONS.......

Wow John...Talking about Food For Thought!!!!

Kind of difficult to respond to this one! I love what you are saying and I am sure you are an absolutely wonderful man and Joan a wonderful girl, too. I think perhaps she might reflect your true beauty. You must admit..The mirror makes it much easier to shave each morning.

For me..I like my mirror. the reflection is not as pretty as I would like physically, but it does keep me honest. Sometimes I gaze into my own eyes and stare long enough to try and see my own soul.

I like honesty..In myself and in others. That is what I like about you.

You know the song," Im not as Good as I once was...Well, I am thinking that applies to just about everyone over the age of 28 that has NOT had Botox or some other enhancement. lol.

It is not about how we look as you well know. It is about being the person God created us to be. It would be so much easier for us to have to gaze into a pool to see our reflection..that way we do not have to see ourselves as the world sees us.

I spent the last 4 years depressed about my husband getting killed. I have moved on or at least in the process of moving on. I have had to use Music to cheer me up at times..To lift my spirit a bit. I say Use what ever it takes..Do whatever it takes.

The mirror reflects the physical part of you, but your Smile reflects your soul.

I am me.. God loves me. My Doggy loves me. Infact, My Dog thinks I am the best and most beautiful person on Planet Earth. Who Am I to argue with Laney Puddles..

Have a truly Blessed Day. We will be your mirror..My mirror says you are a nice looking man with a heart of gold. I'll bet if I asked your better half she would say the same thing..
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HLPRATT 10/2/2012 10:20AM

    I love honesty and you are right there John. That's the trouble with that mirror it doesn't lie and sometimes I'd rather not face it. But not facing it or beating ourselves up doesn't help either. Honesty is a valuable commodity,

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MORTICIAADDAMS 10/2/2012 10:12AM

    I simply love myself warts and all. I don't spend much time analyzing myself. As Popeye says, " I yam what I yam.' LOL.

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JAE_HENNINGTON 10/2/2012 10:12AM

  I always enjoy your posts.. I am trying to rewrite my own story into something that is outtstanding and so different from my past.. my thoughts get in my way of believing things can be different.. i am working on it

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REGILIEH 10/2/2012 9:51AM

    Oh John, I wish I could know you and Joan in person, how great thou art! You are one of the very best things about Sparkpeople! I think your mirror is the Best! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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NASFKAB 10/2/2012 9:33AM

  GReat

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October Goals

Monday, October 01, 2012

Success can be vastly over rated. Mostly, its the day to day things, the often tedious and boring things that make the difference between us running around doing the happy dance or sitting with our head in our hands and wondering what happened. Its called the day-to-day for a reason and quite often, to use a scientific term ---------- It sucks.

So as I set my October goals I bear this in mind. Simply put Ill continue with what worked in September and refine it, add to it, explore different avenues and venues. Here are my plans for October:

1.) Im going to work on food variety with an emphasis on more vegetarian meals. Truth be told I love veggies but I have a huge lazy gene in me that would rather wait in line at McDonalds than prepare a nice stir fry. Im going to substitute lower calorie foods when possible. I adore butter. Recently I have been using butter substitutes and they take a bit of getting used to but once I do they are fine. I plan on exploring other possibilities.

2.) I met with a yoga therapist on Friday for two hours and we discussed ways to reduce my back and leg pain levels while increasing my flexibility. The pool is providing me with good opportunities but I am getting bored and I KNOW what happens to me when I get bored. I have a bit of a challenge. As George Clooney said in O Brother Where Art Thou? This place is a geographic phenomenon. Its two weeks away from everywhere. There is not a lot of hands on support in my community. Im going to drive two hours one way to work with the yoga therapist

3.) Everything that happens in my day hinges on that first important step I take each morning. If I am mindful and practice relaxation and meditation each day I find clarity and control over my actions. My anxiety levels decrease and I make better choices. When I fool myself into believing that I can get by for a few days is when I run the ship aground. Some folks raise their eyes at this but let me ask you a question? If you are diabetic do you randomly take insulin and pray your blood sugar levels will work themselves out? Of course not!!! It seems that when we deal with the emotional or spiritual we put a different spin on things. My October goal is to be more consistent in this area while accepting what is in my life.

Namaste

  
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LYNMEINDERS 10/7/2012 6:45PM

    Great Goals John

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SHERIO5 10/1/2012 7:07PM

    Great goals!

I'm sorry you have to drive so far to reach your yoga therapist, but maybe you can get some "maintainence" type exercises to do after a few sessions. I love yoga for strength and relaxation, and primarily, for pain relief. If you haven't discovered them already, there are yoga DVD's which are done well and can help you with pain relief, or beginning or maintaining your practice. I do most of my yoga at home.

Best wishes on your October goals, and your continued success!!

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JEANNETTE59 10/1/2012 5:50PM

  I center myself with prayer and meditation morning and nightand can't imagine life without this practice.
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AJDOVER1 10/1/2012 4:38PM

    You reminded me what a friend once told me, "I mediate every day, unless I'm too busy. Then I meditate more often."

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ANATASHIKI 10/1/2012 2:57PM

    sounds like a good plan . good luck on sticking to them !

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JENAE954 10/1/2012 12:24PM

  You really (!) are goal oriented.
Good for you!

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BEAUTY_WITHIN 10/1/2012 11:50AM

    Awesome goals! keep up the great work!

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NEELIXNKES 10/1/2012 11:18AM

    Sounds like good goals. emoticon

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DOTTIEJANE1 10/1/2012 10:46AM

    You are so right day to day , choice by choice is what breaks or makes this journey. Have a FAB. OCT .

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REGILIEH 10/1/2012 10:36AM

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OUBACHE 10/1/2012 10:10AM

    Great goals. I would love to learn how to meditate to reduce anxiety. I'm going to make it a goal of mine to find someone who can help me do this. Keep up the great work!

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SUNSHINEGB 10/1/2012 9:22AM

    Right on! I make out my goals for the month but it is the day by day stuff that makes it or breaks it.
Wishing us the best for the month of October!
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MISSPEACHES3 10/1/2012 9:06AM

    Love the great attitude. emoticon emoticon

Thanks for posting.

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NASFKAB 10/1/2012 9:05AM

  great goals best of luck

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MORTICIAADDAMS 10/1/2012 8:56AM

    Good luck with the goals. I hope you have a great month!

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BUSYGRANNY5 10/1/2012 8:46AM

    Good for you!!! Keep on keeping on!!!!!

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KITT52 10/1/2012 8:25AM

    you are so right this is a day by day journey ....finding what works and sticking with it..

Have a healthy Oct.

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TRISTAROSE 10/1/2012 8:23AM

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