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Weekend Survival

Saturday, April 24, 2010

“You’re bored aren’t you?”

That would be Joan watching me stand in front of the refrigerator, peering inside looking for something to eat.

“No,” I would reply somewhat defensively and with a know it all sniff. “I am just a bit hungry.”

That’s how you get to weigh three hundred twenty six pounds. The weekend shows up. You have survived the rat race. There is grocery shopping, soccer practice, ballet rehearsal and fill in whatever else your family is involved in and now you have some free time on your hands so you are going to sit down and relax, which means to those of us who are overweight we are going to justify over eating. I mean, don’t we deserve it?

I lived like that most of my life and every year a few more pounds crept on. I ate out of boredom and stress. I am changing. Oh, I still get the “craves.” I think I always will. But since I have joined Spark People I have come up with three new strategies that have helped me survive weekends. I’d like to share them.
One, I have learned to plan better. In this busy world we have a lot going on from seven am Monday until five pm Friday. Things we might be getting done during the week, we put off “until the weekend.” The weekend arrives and we have so much activity and our “to do list” is so large that half way through it all we realize we aren’t going to finish. Stress sets in. Can you say “binge eating?”

It’s raining here this morning and it’s supposed to rain all day. That means no gardening or outdoor work. I have to pack to be out of town all of next week and no matter how you cut it, you still have to buy groceries. I knew all this earlier in the week. The lawn got cut on Wednesday, and I asked me son if he’d come over mid week and cut it again. Joan and I went grocery shopping last night. It was a “two-fer.” We got the shopping done and instead of sitting around last night we were active. I really wish Spark People would add a cardio category called “Navigating Wal-Mart on Friday evening.” In other words I try to plan so my weekends aren’t so stress filled. Rest is a really important factor in maintaining a healthy life style. Get your eight and BTW it is true “Nothing good happens after midnight!!!”

Two, Listen to your body!!! Let me repeat that. Listen to your body. As the weather warms up we step out the front door to get the morning paper and we see all the runners, joggers, cyclists and walkers flying by. We get pumped. We get dressed and we fly out the door and come home an hour later standing in a puddle of sweat. By noon we are exhausted and we either pop in a DVD and graze or we take a nap. How do those six am people do it? They do it because they know that’s what works for them. During the week I exercise anywhere from the mid afternoon until the early evening. I usually exercise in one session. On the weekends I usually get up, eat breakfast, wait an hour, (Even though Joan is pacing upstairs right now waiting for my hour to be up!) go an exercise. I usually do a bit more exercise on weekends because I will split it into two sessions. If the weather’s nice we will ride bikes or walk, come home, grocery shop and then head to the gym. That’s what works best for me, because I listen to my body. I have learned not to save all my cardio for the weekends so that I am wore out by mid day. Just because everyone else does it one way doesn’t mean you have to do the same. Listen to what your body tells you. If you take the time to listen it will guide you. Then one day you look in the mirror and you see a healthier you.

Three, I bet you can’t guess this one. Keep telling yourself you are worth it. Even wonderful old me gets down sometimes. I see these hard bodies flying around the track and I see my jingly middle aged belly in the mirror as I walk by and I get down. Losing fifty seven pounds in four months is quite an accomplishment but I start comparing myself to others and then it seems futile.

I have a new affirmation. Well it’s not new. A friend gave it to me years ago, he used it and got amazing results

“Every day, in every way, I am getting better and better.”
I am and so are you!!! I can feel it

Off to the gym

Have a good weekend

  
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JPRICE217 4/25/2010 6:15PM

    i am over 40 way over 40 but i dont remember all of the songs. i do like to walk with music.

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MOTIVATIONFOUND 4/25/2010 2:17PM

    Another great blog. I agree with you about the navigating Walmart category - that should definitely be out there! :)

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CROBINGO 4/25/2010 9:53AM

    I vote for "navigating Walmart" fitness points!!!

Great blog and spot on as usual. Thanks.

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JUSTFOXXY 4/25/2010 9:00AM

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CMBELISLE 4/25/2010 7:37AM

    Thanks to the predicted rain, I had some great plans for this weekend that included cleaning my desk and possibly tackling my dining room table - it's been covered in stuff since the floods here last fall. Well, my plans flew out the window yesterday, but I just might get around to some of it today. I hate cleaning, mostly because I never know what to do with all the stuff that needs to be put away or find a home. It's too much like "work" and I really don't like "working" on weekends.

I treasure my weekends as they are the only time I don't have think too much and I can relax. If I feel like I need to take a nap, I usually will. If I want to read a book, I do (I read a half of one yesterday). The one thing that carries through to the weekend though is the exercise. I always do my cardio (usually a little more than during the week) and when it's not raining and the pollen count is reasonable, I get outside and walk - paying attention to nature - birds chirping and squirrels running around. If I can and it's needed, I do yard work. I look at it as my time to reconnect with myself and the earth.

Oh yea - I agree with your comment on grocery shopping, wandering through any grocery store pushing a grocery basket should definitely be considered some sort of exercise. They recently remodeled the store I go to most and I can't tell you how many times I had to walk from one end of the store to the other every time I went.

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FERNASHES 4/25/2010 2:19AM

    "Keep telling yourself you are worth it." Valuable advice, thank you!

I tend to switch it around... during the week, I'm flying from thing to thing, trying to get everything done. The only reason I eat healthy and go to the gym is because I have specifically planned for those things. On the weekend, I only have myself to please and lose that structure... and then I eat out of boredom. I'm trying to solve it by staying busier than I used to, but not as busy as during the week - balancing acting.

And I'm with you for that Chaotic Shopping category!

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JPRICE217 4/24/2010 8:30PM

    Right on john. as always a great blog. I can make plans but seems as if always changing. emoticon

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AMYTATH 4/24/2010 7:06PM

    Let me say! I have been arguing for a while that "mindlessly wandering grocery store" should be listed as cardio!!! On the listen to your body!!! THANK YOU!!!! I am sick and tired of having to argue with people why I cant get up early and work out...because my body needs the sleep!!! I have always been a "two-three hour before bedtime" workout kinda girl!!! It works for me!! Im still working on the not comparing myself to others, but for me...it kinda works to help keep my motivation...whatever works..Right?!? emoticon

Thanks for this John!!!

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GEEMAWEST 4/24/2010 6:50PM

    As always, a great blog. My weekends are usually busy with grandkids so I don't have a lot of down time, ever. Although I tell my DH often that I just need some quiet "me" time. If I don't take care of myself by getting 8 hours of sleep and some down time I feel like I'm losing my mind and then I tend to over eat. I am really working on trying to take care of myself. It's really a challenge. It's much easier for me to focus on others because then I don't have to take a good look at myself. Whoops, didn't mean to start blogging on your blog. LOL

I have to ask. Why are all the l's in your blog blue? Or is is just looking that way on my computer? Maybe I really am losing my mind.

Cheryl

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VTORIA3 4/24/2010 6:45PM

    John, you sure got this one right. Planning is critical to success. And, those craves...I guess they will be around for a long time, maybe forever, so we just have to learn to deal with them rather than cave in. Enjoy the rain...it's an excuse to be reflective rather than busy. (notice I did not say "rather than active"....yep, I am learning, so good for me!) emoticon

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TRIPLE_EMME 4/24/2010 3:37PM

    Thanks for posting this blog, John. I really needed to read it, today.

I'm extremely guilty on not "planning" my weekends. On the weekends, I usually undo all the progress that I've made during the week. I have a really good weekday routine, then I get lazy on the weekends.

My husband and I were talking about this topic just this morning. We vowed that we are going to seriously try and support each other in planning and making healthier efforts in our lifestyle on the weekends.

So far, today is going well -- and that is a GREAT thing!

Your writing was the extra shot of motivation that I needed today.

THANK YOU!!!

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STORMTMB 4/24/2010 3:03PM

    Yep, Joan got it right. I eat out of boredom much more than anything. I used to eat out of stress, but once I realized it, I control it a lot better. Actually, it's probably not "boredom" exactly - it's more procrastination (it's not like I don't ever have something to do)... lol. Have a good weekend.

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MORTICIAADDAMS 4/24/2010 2:35PM

    Very interesting to see how other people plan their weekends.

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KATIEGLEN012 4/24/2010 2:21PM

    Emotional eating takes a toll, doesn't it? Planning is everything for me. Whether it is planning my activities or my meals...planning is what keeps everything moving forward.

We can learn to do what is good for us. We can.

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BUGGYS 4/24/2010 1:13PM

    You tell it like it is, John...love your blogs because they speak the truth! Rain here too today and I just finished up birthday shopping and errand runs...home for a bit so I can get my food list together and out I go again and then home to get in some more cardio...life on the weekends is better for me now, because I plan my food and exercise inbetween all the stuff that gets in the way...thanks for your blog!

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SPARKENISTA 4/24/2010 12:15PM

    John--as usual, you bring up a lot of good points. I will begin with the last one. When we compare ourselves to others it's always a losing proposition for us. I am brought to mind the gunslinger comparison. No matter how fast one person is on the draw, there's always someone who will come along who's faster. The same is true of how we look. No matter how great we look, how hard we work, there will always be someone better. The only one we can constructively compare ourselves to or compete with is ourselves.

Think of yourself 50 pounds ago. Who was that guy? Are you better on many levels than he was? You are winning. I joined Spark the same week you did. As of this morning I have lost a grand total of...wait for it...3.4 pounds. I keep gaining and losing the same few pounds, which is a pattern for me. I am starting over...again...

If I compare myself to you I am a loser. However, I am comparing myself to me. That helps me go on. Those people who seem so buff to you are working to improve themselves. They may be motivating but it's not a competition. You are doing great.

As far as the over-extending and multi-tasking issues, one of today's blogs deals with this and explains a lot about trying to do more than two tasks simultaneously. I'm sure you'll read it. Just as they say you can't catch up on lost sleep, so you can't catch up on an activities list that is unrealistic. I struggle with this, too, as I'm sure, does everyone. In Image Consulting school I had a class with a color expert. I think of him every day b/c he preached that the important thing is the editing. That means eliminating all the great colors and shades you love in order to hone in on the one or two that will help people focus on the best for this season. It's murder to do this. But, he's right. I struggle every day to edit my to-do list. I often fail. But I try.

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JJSSKINNYGIRL 4/24/2010 11:20AM

    Thanks again for a great blog John!! I hope to increase my exercise soon. The rain will be here for us today too. :-( I was hoping to take the kids for a walk! Oh well, there will be other days!! Anyway, I do sleep better than most people. You got me thinking though. Can you sleep too much? I seem to sleep about 10 hours a night. That can't be normal. Hmmm....

Love ya John!!

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JAE_HENNINGTON 4/24/2010 11:09AM

  loved it, thanks John for being such a bright spot in Sparks.. have a great day

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WANDAH3 4/24/2010 10:07AM

    Love your three strategies.

Have a great weekend John.

Hugs,
Wanda

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CHANGEDIN09 4/24/2010 9:53AM

    Yet another wonderful post. Thanks for the motivation. I navigated walmart myself last night. Boredom and stress will kill a healthy lifestyle everytime. Better to keep busy. GREAT JOB, love your blogs..ALWAYS

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DOLLBABE56 4/24/2010 9:18AM

    I bet that we have all been there. Some are still. It is going to be raining here most of the day also. We are under a severe weather alert all day and into the evening. I hope to be able to get in a short walk or two with Poppet, but not holding much hope for that. Mike and I will probably play Wii Sports Resort. Now that will be fun.

I try to avoid Walmart on the weekends. The crowds really are very stressful. In this respect I am very fortunate to not be working at this time so that I can plan my shopping days around peak times.

Ever since "watching" your blog the other day, I have been reminding myself often that I AM worth it. I AM worth more than that. When I want to go to the kitchen to eat ANYTHING other than what I have planned for the day, I remind myself that "I am worth more than that". When I'm in line at the store and see the candy next to me, I remind myself that I am worth more than that. When sitting watching tv in the evening, I remind myself that I am worth more than that. By the way, I rarely do eat anything after 6 p.m. because I have a form of GERD and must not eat anything within 3 hours of bedtime or I (and Mike) will pay dearly for it all night.

You see, your words are helping all of us realize just how special and deserving of a healthy life we are. You are.

Have a wonderful, rainy, safe day John.



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RONDAJONES 4/24/2010 9:09AM

    Totally true...again!!! I love the comment about nothing good happens after midnight. I am such a night owl. I know that I can go to bed at just about anytime after dark, but about 10pm I start getting a 'second wind'. I have always been like that. I have learned that I can wake up and stay up all day if I do it between 4-6 and 8-10...but between 6-8 I will be EXHAUSTED and worthless to anyone! LOL

As for the exercise part of your blog...take it from me. I am a very active person. I have a 13 yo and a 1.5 year old. I bought myself a treadmill in November (saved up all year) and injured myself. I did not know until last Friday that I injured myself really bad starting a workout program. (Have I ever mentioned that I love The Biggest Loser show?) Anyway, when I first started walking, I tore my Achille's Tendon (I did not know that until last Friday) I just kept walking and the pain went away. It wasn't until the same foot literally hurt 24/7 no matter what I was doing or wearing. They BURNED and ITCHED on the bottoms like they were on fire (that stopped after a while too), but then the pain and numbness started. Well, I found out last Friday that I was a almost 40 yo woman who is REALLY inflexible (I have never been a flexible person...mind or body-LOL) but it got a lot worse after my DS was born (well, while I was carrying him...but that is another story). So, to make a long story short...we MUST listen to our bodies. PAIN=PROBLEM unless it is a stretching pain. And if nothing else...start with good stretching exercises BEFORE moving off the couch and into a 5K!!

Thanks John for your blogs. I hope you and Joan had a great workout. Oh, and sorry for the long post!! emoticon

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AKATUJE 4/24/2010 9:07AM

    Thanks John for your blog. As always, really encouraging. Been looking at all the hard bodies fly past this week as i ventured out and was starting to look down at my belly...and yes it is jingly from not working out after my babies.....and your blog is just what i need today......God bless u, and have a fab weekend.

Mega mega congratulations on your loss!!! WOW!!!

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CAROLYN1213 4/24/2010 8:57AM

    Thanks for sharing! Our plans sound similar, although I do get up early on Saturday and do that warrior running thing and run a few errand before I need a nap! I love my Saturday nap!

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ABBY_G 4/24/2010 8:56AM

    Thanks! Inspirational.

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JUSTLYLE 4/24/2010 8:53AM

    Great blog as usual John, I sure enjoy reading about the Life and Times of John!
Have a super weekend.
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CATHERINEL66 4/24/2010 8:53AM

    Wow, John, I didn't connect the dots and realize you'd lost 57 lbs in 4 months! Holy moly! That is a trumpet-heralding achievement!

I have used my job, which is super demanding, as a reason to "deserve" a lot of food rewards. That's how I gained about 40 lbs since moving to DC 2.5 years ago. Ouch.

I DO believe you are getting better and better every day. And the most important part of getting better and better is figuring out for each of us, what works for this lifestyle change. It's different, as you said, for each of us. And it has to be sustainable.

You are well on your way, and it's so admirable how you've worked your fitness with your spouse in to your weekends! Bravo!

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MARCYNA 4/24/2010 8:44AM

    Thanks John, I get lifted up when I read your blogs.
I was a little demotivated and you're helping me a lot.
What a progress you have made, your life seems to me so full of people, places and joy of living - much more than before.
Enjoy!!!!

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My Veggie Pizza

Friday, April 23, 2010

Here is my veggie pizza recipe. It has 382 calories the way I make it, but if you substitute low fat mozzarella for the parmesan, and no cal cooking spray for the olive oil you can reduce it a bit.

Crust:

Spinach wrap 90 calories

Parmesan Cheese 1/4 cup 114 calories
Olive Oil 1 teaspoon 119 calories

The rest of what you use veggie wise is your personal preference. Tonight I used red onion, portobello mushroom, roma tomatoes, green pepper, fresh spinach garlic and broccoli. Roughly about 60 calories total.

I brushed the Spinach wrap with a bit of olive oil spread some garlic over the top of it. Then I arranged the veggies and sprinkled a bit of generic Italian seasoning on it. I baked that in a 375 oven for fifteen minutes. I sprinkled the cheese on top and put it back in the oven until the cheese melted.

It was very filling but I really love meals like that.

I hope this made sense. you can substitute any veggie you like. I really love broccoli so I always put it on there

Love

John

  
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TXNANA_4 4/26/2010 11:00AM

    Sounds yummy! Will have to try this very soon!

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MOTIVATIONFOUND 4/25/2010 2:09PM

    Yum - that sounds delicious! I'm going to have to give that a try. Pizza is probably the #1 reason I am overweight lol. "Eating out" pizza that is. Yours sounds delicious and much, much better on the calorie count.

Thanks for sharing. Have a great day!

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DOLLBABE56 4/24/2010 10:03AM

    Sounds good John. I make something similar to this, although I use whole wheat pitas. (I have the recipe posted in SparkRecipies).

Don't you just love the fact that they are so easy - and fast to make?

Enjoy!

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KATIEGLEN012 4/24/2010 4:05AM

    Great idea...I'll definitely do this, it has so many possibilities!

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GETFIT2LIVE 4/24/2010 1:03AM

    Yum--I will have to give that a try!

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FROMTHEASHES85 4/24/2010 12:26AM

    That sounds good! Awesome idea :)

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LORING102466 4/24/2010 12:23AM

    Thanks for the great recipe. I will definitely try it out.

For those that asked ~ spinach wraps can be found with the tortillas (at least at Wal-mart) in the bread aisle.

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MISSROCKABILLY 4/23/2010 11:34PM

    Sounds delish, John! Can't wait to give it a try!

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CLOVER2 4/23/2010 11:25PM

    John, you do know that you have about a half million people who love you dearly, wow. The recipe sounds wonderful, the wrap would make a perfect "thin crust"! It sure beats a Pizza Hut Supreme!

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KBUCKMASH 4/23/2010 11:21PM

    Am behind in emails and just read a week's worth of your blogs. No pressure but want to say 'keep them coming'. You have a way of putting into words what I, and am sure others, feel and think of ourselves.
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DS9KIE 4/23/2010 11:01PM

    sounds good but what is a spinach wrap

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JJSSKINNYGIRL 4/23/2010 10:33PM

    It sounds really good, I'll have to try it some time!!

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EDUCGRAD 4/23/2010 10:16PM

    that sounds good

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GEEMAWEST 4/23/2010 10:01PM

    I'll have to try that. I love the different flavored wraps they make nowadays. Thanks for sharing.

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PKTREKGIRL 4/23/2010 9:56PM

    Oh my goodness that sounds good!

I have never heard of a 'spinach wrap' though. Where would you find that in the grocery store?

I really want to make this - looks tasty!

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MORTICIAADDAMS 4/23/2010 9:45PM

    Sounds great!!!

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JUST_TRI_IT 4/23/2010 9:44PM

    Sounds quite good!!

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STEELERCRAZY 4/23/2010 9:43PM

    Mmmmmmm.... emoticon

Thank you, thank you, thank you, thank you, thank you....

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What We Are Worth

Friday, April 23, 2010

The next time you are sitting in line at the local drive thru, see how long it takes before you become impatient. It takes me all of twenty seconds before I start tapping my foot, massaging the steering wheel and muttering “Come on, what’s the hold up?”

Instant Gratification

We now live in a world where we expect, no that’s not right, we demand satisfaction and perfection in a nano second. If we don’t get our fix and get it quickly we race off to another venue to find it.

So is it any wonder that I sit here this morning, shaking my head and wondering why the scale hasn’t just taken off and shown an eight zillion pound weight loss over the past three days? Why do I sit here so amazed that I am not in Olympic athlete condition in just a few short months?

Instant Gratification

Do it quicker, do it faster, build it bigger, be thinner, fitter and more intelligent without even getting out of bed and do it all by lunch. Our relationships aren’t built or fostered, they are created in an instant and if they don’t suit our fancy, away we go looking for someone else who will give us what we want/need.

These stuff aint easy friends, this life style change. It assaults our senses on so many levels and causes us to examine not only what goes in our mouths but what we think and what we believe. It is hard work, not for the faint of heart or the weak of mind. It is for super heroes, for warriors and angels.

It’s for people like us. It is for people who are worth it.

Okay, so maybe you are like me and it didn’t dawn on you until recently that the reason you didn’t give yourself everything you needed and wanted was because you diminished your value. Maybe it was the “S” word.

Maybe you’re scared. Maybe you’re scared to be healthy. It means you have a responsibility to yourself and oh, oh, here it comes, to other people. It means you have to do something you been scared to do like maybe create a video blog because you might be scared that people are gonna look at you and think you is fat and ugly and all that middle school crap we never grow out of. And then you won’t have any friends and have to eat lunch alone.

Or you ask yourself, who am I to spout all this stuff? I’m just the fat guy. You have lots of doubts and lots of uneasiness and you think maybe it’s just better to crawl back in your hole and main line Ho-Ho’s.

This stuff aint easy. It means you are constantly looking and evaluating and deciding what you need to do or be or……

You are worth it, so am I.

Last night I sat down to dinner, well within my calorie limits, comfortable and confident. I had prepared a nice salad and a lean pork chop. Roughly five hundred calories. I had some wiggle room left. Joan had baked two dinner rolls for me. They wouldn’t have put me over the limit but they were carbs I really didn’t need. I sat there looking at them for a long time and then said,” I’m not gonna have the rolls.”

This stuff aint easy.

Don’t be too quick to pat me on the back. I am going to give a lot of credit to my new Spark friend CATHRINEL66. She posted two blogs, one Wednesday and one Thursday on the choices we make when we eat. I suggest you read both of them.
So I sat there last night and I had to make a choice and this may sound awfully corny to you guys but I said to myself “Ya know what John, if CATHRINEL66 can make the right choice so can you!!! You are worth every bit of it.” I didn’t eat the rolls.

Later I went to the gym and I was so proud of my choices that I worked out an extra five minutes. I am worth it.

No, Spark friends, this stuff isn’t easy but it sure feels good when we get it right.
You are worth every ounce of sweat you produce and so much more. You are a miracle of creation. You are a hero, a warrior and an angel.

Have a blessed Friday


  
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SOOTHINGGLOW 5/18/2010 8:53PM

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SISNEROSMD 4/30/2010 4:37PM

    Thank you!

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LEEBEE108 4/28/2010 6:37PM

  "This stuff isn’t easy but it sure feels good when we get it right" -That couldn't be more true! All of the hard work pays off eventually if we give ourselves a chance. In time, everything we do will be worth it! Congratulations and keep it up! emoticon

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TONISTRELEC 4/28/2010 11:03AM

    I enjoyed this Thank You!

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TONISTRELEC 4/28/2010 10:52AM

    I enjoyed this Thank You!

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HOWDOIHEARTTHEE 4/27/2010 9:08PM

    Wow!

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WEMINICH 4/27/2010 5:30PM

  Lovely

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BERGIE8771 4/27/2010 3:02PM

    It is so tempting to "do" a biggest loser type of weight loss, instead of the turtle!

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CHARLPN 4/27/2010 11:51AM

    Great blog. I really enjoyed reading. It sounded so much like me. You are right. WE ARE SOOOO WORTH IT!!! Keep up the great work. emoticon emoticon

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HAVERYJ 4/27/2010 11:10AM

    Thanks for sharing this! I often feel let down when I don't see instant results and I appreciate the reminder that we're worth being patient with ourselves.

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CHRISTINESMOM 4/27/2010 10:31AM

    Congratulations to you on this great blog. I'm going to be conscious of being more patient with my weight loss journey.

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JAE_HENNINGTON 4/27/2010 9:33AM

  thanks John, You are an inspiration. so happy when i can read your blogs

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URESKY 4/27/2010 8:09AM

    I love it. You are very right. I am always in need of instant gratification. I like the eye opener. Thanks

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DEBLYNN323 4/27/2010 7:10AM

    Yes, some days it is challenging to feel I'm worth it, but then I realize how much I have to gain by the positive choices I make. emoticon

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LEEANNE1980 4/27/2010 4:51AM

    Love it! You are a hero, a warrior, and an angel. Who could possible stop us besides, ourselves? WE need to be our own Superheros!

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KLOSH1 4/26/2010 11:46PM

    thanks for your inspiration!

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SHANA100100 4/26/2010 11:39PM

    Sometimes it's hard to believe "I'm worth it." This was great, and being aware of that doubt will help me etch away at it. Thanks for writing something so moving.


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BROWNIEISLANDER 4/26/2010 9:05PM

    Great blog.......As true as the air we breathe,for most of us....We need to be calmer. emoticon

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TINAFITE 4/26/2010 8:03PM

    I really liked this post!!! I really, really liked it!! WE ARE WORTH IT and we should be proud of that. Thanks for sharing this and for motivating me more to continue to do what right for me and my body! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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ROTTLADY 4/26/2010 5:59PM

    emoticon that was great. It made me appreciate all that I do have going for me. I developed being patient when I lost my mobility ten years ago. G+For the last 16 months I have become inpatient with myself for not being able to do more. I have come a long way and know I will complete the journey.

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KOSHIE1 4/26/2010 5:46PM

    I'm just sitting here with my jaw dropped open...
stunned and totally moved....

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BETHIE-22 4/26/2010 4:54PM

    Beautifully spoken - glad I stopped by to read it!

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PATTYLOO 4/26/2010 3:50PM

    Powerful post. It explains the synergies created when we make one good choice. Example, bypassing the dinner roll helped motivate the extra 5 minutes of exercise that same day. Your blog shows me how putting one foot in front of the other (in the right direction) will lead to something great.

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STARINTHESKY 4/26/2010 1:48PM

    So true! emoticon I often eat what I shouldn't and then once I start eating right again for all of 2 seconds, I hate that it takes me so long! This was a great reminder!

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MAJOOD85 4/26/2010 11:29AM

    Thanks for sharing!!! :)

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CHRISSYVB 4/26/2010 10:45AM

    While reading your blog I was reminded of how many choices we make and how they are not always easy.

When my daughter was young I would give her choices (1) pick up your toys now or (2) sit in time-out first and then pick up your toys. After a few times she looked at me and said, "I don't want any more choices!" as only a 2 year old could.

Sometimes I feel like a 2 year old when faced with dinner rolls. I'm glad you acted like an adult.

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50PLUSBABY 4/26/2010 10:27AM

  This broke me down to tears as I was at the verge of giving up. I have been at the same weight going on 2 months, infact I gained some of what I had lost yet I increased my workout. I did not do any workout this weekend and was so moody and did not want my husband asking me about weight loss because I did not want him to think " just like you always do all the time losing then gaining". I will get up and continue the journey knowing that at some point I will get gratification just not instant. My clothes are fitting better and infact I wore I suit to church that I could not fit in . But it is not happening fast enough, especially when I gained 2 pounds that I thought were gone.

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LITTLEIOWAN 4/26/2010 9:36AM

  Thank you for this blog. I had just gotten on the scales and I have not lost an ounce. I went out and sat at my computer, my husband said how much have you dropped I told him not a ounce. He looked at me, I was reading your blog. You gave me the Spark I needed. I am going to eat my breakfast and go and do my 3.3 mile walk . Go to work and after work go to the gym. Tomorrow will be another day. emoticon

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MAYANA 4/26/2010 9:20AM

    REALLY GREAT AND VERY TRU TOO THANK YOU FOR SHARING... emoticon emoticon emoticon

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ASSYRIA1 4/26/2010 9:08AM

    Thank you so much for this! I NEEDED to read every word of this, especially today. perfect timing... thanks again warrior


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NYARAMULA 4/26/2010 8:22AM

    Thanks for reminding all of us that we are worth every effort.

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DSTEDMAN 4/26/2010 5:53AM

    Nicely said. I've been struggling a lot with motivation the past few months --trying to keep myself focused on the choices that I can make right now rather than the incorrect choices I made yesterday. I am right there with you. -- I was able to turn down the chocolate cake yesterday and it made me feel great. emoticon

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GEMINIJENNY25 4/26/2010 3:15AM

    so true about wanting/expecting instant gratification!! you are so right. it's all about the small choices you make. all those small things add up to big ones. emoticon feeling great about yourself tastes so much better than those extra rolls!!!

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APPLEPIEDREAMS 4/26/2010 3:13AM

    Thank you for sharing!

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HEARTSTOPPER 4/26/2010 12:15AM

   
Thanks for sharing.

HS

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LADY_KATHY 4/25/2010 10:40PM

    GREAT blog.. thanks for sharing... so many of us go though these challenges/choices.

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ANNASPARKY 4/25/2010 10:25PM

    Wow, what a great post! Thanks for saying what I needed to hear!
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ZRAMOMMA 4/25/2010 10:12PM

    Great Blog! Really needed to read this today. Thanks.

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    Great Stuff. You hit it out of the park. emoticon

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MM1993 4/25/2010 8:14PM

  that is so true. im addicted to instant gratification. in everything i do. i need to see the results right away

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DABBLE1958 4/25/2010 7:26PM

  The angry thing - yeah - it's rampant. We all seem to want things immediately, if not sooner. I remember someone telling me that it took 20 years to put this fat on, so expecting it to mystically vanish overnight is a bit much. Mind you, I am hoping for fewer than 20 years to get it off....
I suggest when waiting, everyone just take a breath. Is it really so important for you to get somewhere a few seconds earlier? And the people who talk to the cashiers in line - well, heck yeah - they are people too, and even a brief exchange makes them (and you) feel more human.

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WALLOWA 4/25/2010 6:25PM

    congratulations for GETTING it - that you are!

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TONJOTA 4/25/2010 5:35PM

    I get impatient very quickly. I do not get mad when going through drive through unless it takes more than 5 minutes. I hate waiting in line I think that I should be in and out of a grocery store and I complain to my husband when I think that people are being slow. People should talk less and stop making me wait in line. I know I should calm down and not get angry so quickly.


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TINARETTER 4/25/2010 4:32PM

    You were talking right to me and about me. Boy everybit of this blog are things I am struggling with. Thanks for sharing so others can get the boost they need to keep going.

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SNORRIS40 4/25/2010 4:28PM

    I try to look for your blog entries whenever I can. You are a wonderful writer and nail the emotions of eating that all of us face. I can truly see myself in the same situations that you describe having to deal with and the importance of choices we need to make, or how to get pass the set backs. Thank you for being able to put to words, what so many of us feel. emoticon

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Thursday, April 22, 2010


Lets Try This Again

  
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SINGLEMOM1960 5/5/2010 5:07PM

    emoticon I am worth it, and so are you.
Yes this is definitely a winner vlog. Thank you so much for this post. Tell your son he is wise beyond his years. Though he's not quite that young, "Out of the mouth of babes!"

It's been a couple of weeks since you posted this. I hope he is still smoke free. I've been smoke free for 16 years. There are days I still want to smoke.
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INDY76 4/27/2010 9:34PM

    "We" are all worth it - Thanks for sharing

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RORYTA 4/27/2010 2:59PM

    Thank you! that's all I will say.. Thank you for reminding me. It is very easy to forget.

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WALKNLOVE 4/23/2010 8:50AM

    I am so worth it and way too positive, but who cares! LOL emoticon

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WALKNLOVE 4/23/2010 8:49AM

    I am so worth it and I am way too positive, but who cares! LOL emoticon

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MARCYNA 4/23/2010 8:28AM

    This is helping me so much, I keep on repeating to myself 'You're worth more', 'You deserve more' and this also true for so many things,anyhthing can be addictive. emoticon emoticon

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KATIEGLEN012 4/23/2010 7:35AM

    It is easier to buy into the bad stuff...and I totally agree...we are worth more than that! Thanks for the post.

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JURI62 4/22/2010 10:04PM

    John, this is wonderful! We are worth more than that! I'm a ex smoker of 12 years.
I think that was easier than this last 10 lbs!
Blessings, Judy

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VTORIA3 4/22/2010 9:33PM

    Evening, John. Really inspiring blog, thank you for creating it. I really needed to hear what you had to say and it strengthened me. I am so glad to have another tool to add to my arsenal. Also, good luck to your son in trying to kick this addiction...sure wish my boy would. Isn't it also so great when we can learn from our children? Have a great night.
Vicki

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HAWAIILINDA 4/22/2010 9:19PM

    Thank you John, good inspirational words to help us get through those times when something unhealthy is calling our name.
Linda

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JUST_TRI_IT 4/22/2010 9:05PM

    John,

Not only do you write well, but you speak well. The tenor of your voice, the choice of your words, the message you share.... ALL worth the visit!

HIGH FIVE!!

D

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SPARKENISTA 4/22/2010 8:52PM

    You are so right, John. The other piece of this is that if we put our selves, our fitness and our health first we will never lose our way or be "unmotivated..." We ARE all worth more than that!

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JPRICE217 4/22/2010 8:48PM

    we are all worth more than this. You have really made stop and think.

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TEDYBEAR2838 4/22/2010 8:28PM

    You are such a motivator. Thanks John.

I'm taking the Challenge because I'M WORTH MORE THAN THAT!

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CLOVER2 4/22/2010 7:38PM

    This was an incredible blog. I think you need to think about your calling!

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DOLLBABE56 4/22/2010 7:22PM

    Alright!!! I was able to watch the video. I don't know why I couldn't earlier. Computers! Anyway, great video. Yes. Thank you for reminding me that "I am worth more than that!"

Congratulations of being smoke free for more than 5 years! Good job to your son also.

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DIASTER 4/22/2010 6:12PM

  Again, thank you. "your worth more than that" just went on my motivational board, highlighted in yellow, what a great reminder!
You are just such a wonderful motivator, always with a blog that makes one think and reminder why we are on this journey.

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DOLLIE6 4/22/2010 5:58PM

    Thanks for the video. I really enjoyed it. John, I have not smoked in 21 years. I smoked 4 packs a day. I nearly killed myself. I have not thought about that in years, it really feels funny to think I ever smoked. You know if I can walk away from that kind of a habit I can do anything. Thank you for your encouragement I have been down for a couple of weeks and have not been eating healthy. Thanks for the reminder. Tell your son he is our hero does he have any more words of wisdom to share. I love when wisdom comes from the young.

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BOOKAPHILE 4/22/2010 5:09PM

    Give your son major credit for walking with some of that extra time on his hands instead of eating more than he needs. Good for him!

Thanks for working the kinks out of your video blog difficulties!



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WANDAH3 4/22/2010 4:45PM

    Thank you for such an awesome blog...yep! WE ARE worth more than that.
You've got one very smart young man for a son.

Hugs,
Wanda

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BRYLIA 4/22/2010 3:00PM

    John Thanks for another great blog. Love the video format as a change up to reading. Congrats to both you and your son for becoming a non-smoker. Keep up with your healthy lifestyle because you ARE worth it! God Bless

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STORMTMB 4/22/2010 2:25PM

    Another good one, John. And I like being able to hear your voice.

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JSAMMYE 4/22/2010 1:31PM

    Awesome video! emoticon
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SCJMAX 4/22/2010 12:06PM

  Thank you John.

I started SPARK on Monday and this morning (day 4) I talked myself into "not" going for my daily walk. Shame on me!! I am worth that walk - and I am worth this journey. *Smile* Heading out now for my 1 mile walk.

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MISSROCKABILLY 4/22/2010 10:46AM

    Thanks so much for this inspiration, John. It was a wonderful thing to come across shortly after getting up, today is going to be a good day!


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JJSSKINNYGIRL 4/22/2010 10:44AM

    First off, CONGRATS on being smoke free for 5 years!!! My 1 year smoke free is tomorrow! Your son can & will do it as long as he keeps his chin up!! It sounds like he's got it down!

What a great Blog John!! I loved it!! You are so right. All of us are worth more than that. We all know it, and it's so easy to forget. Thank you for a very heart felt reminder!

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P.S. It was nice to hear your voice!

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MARCYNA 4/22/2010 10:24AM

    Thanks, emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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MORTICIAADDAMS 4/22/2010 10:13AM

    The video didn't work for me.

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GYPSIEGIRL76 4/22/2010 10:11AM

    I woke up this morning feeling less then happy and so angry with God for so many things that I have only myself to blame for. Well from the moment I got out of bed,wiping the tears from my eyes God has been speaking to me and leading me to what I need to hear. God bless you for being one of those words of wisdom I needed to hear.

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YOYONOMORE1 4/22/2010 9:52AM

    Good job John, now we have a voice to go along with the face. We are all worth it, we just have to remember that. Have a blessed day.

Hugs,
Shirl

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MELLORI 4/22/2010 9:38AM

    Thank you! You put things in perspective! I will pass this lesson on to my son TODAY. emoticon

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ANITAECRAFTYGRL 4/22/2010 9:22AM

    emoticonThis is a VERY good post!
God's word says we are fearfully and wonderfully made, but how often we lose sight of that.
What a wonderful reminder that yes, we ARE worth it!

Make today a VICTORIOUS one!
Warm emoticonAnitaE

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DOLLBABE56 4/22/2010 9:19AM

    Well shoot! I can't get the video. Maybe it has something to do with all the security programs on my daughter has installed on computer. And I don't know enough about it to try to disarm it. Sorry.

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GEMINI7580 4/22/2010 8:42AM

  Great one. This is one of my first videos that I have watched and it is really motivating. emoticon

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JUSTLYLE 4/22/2010 8:41AM

    Another great one John and yes I'm worth more than that!

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CATHERINEL66 4/22/2010 8:35AM

    Great job on this John! I'm with you -- we are all worth much more than the sum of our faults, fallibles and temptations! And the outcomes we get from being healthy, positive people far outweighs the sum of the cookies we pass by!

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Technical Difficulty

Thursday, April 22, 2010

The video blog I posted was a repeat of my first one and I am not sure what occured, LOL

Please cdisregard

Love

John

  


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