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Locating The Diamonds

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

There is an old song that has a line it that goes, “Some days are diamonds, some days are stones.” I have come to believe that there are diamonds every single day of my life. It’s just that some days I have to look a bit harder for them than others.

It’s only Wednesday and this week has already been a challenge and a half. My travel level increased dramatically which means my food options decreased in proportion. The challenge became closing my eyes, and repeating to myself over and over ‘I will not eat off the dessert tray. I will not eat off the dessert tray.” Before you ask, of course there hasn’t been any fresh fruit!!! Breakfast has been okay because I have been able to get egg white omelet with fresh veggies and a banana. For lunch I ordered a chicken and veggie wrap that could have fed my family and I didn’t eat the wrap. I have gone to bed early but I always toss and turn when I am in a different hotel every night.

Yesterday afternoon when we finished our session at the labor leader summit I changed clothes and went to do week three of C25K. I have repeated the first three weeks because I have not felt comfortable moving on. That’s caused me inner anxiety because you know as a people pleaser I am always, always going to compare myself to other people and you know if I’m not better than I’m not equal. Why can’t I be like the cool kids? LOL

I have been using Robert Ullery’s podcasts to train with. He seems like a really cool guy but basically going into my sixth week, well the music is starting to get on my nerves and my mind is playing one of these “Let’s hurry up and get this over with!!!” tunes. It was ninety seven in Nashville yesterday and running outside at 3:00 pm would probably be suicide. Fortunately the hotel has a really good gym. I got on the treadmill and decided since I knew my intervals I was going to use my own music. As I warmed up I started to think about how frustrating this was getting because having to be better than everyone I hadn’t been able to run a 5K fifteen minutes after starting my training!!!

As I worked through the intervals something happened that has never happened to me before. I believe runners call it “finding your stride.” My mind was so distracted that it took a few seconds to realize I was jogging effortlessly and felt like I could do it forever. That’s where I found my diamond. It came from the past six weeks of grinding it out, switching my routine a bit and hanging in there.

The diamond is surrounded by a lot of stones but you know what? Those stones make it shine that much brighter. It sustained me. When I woke up this morning all the stones were still there but I knew the hard work will produce another diamond soon.

I use my running simply as an example. You might struggle a bit in other areas and just wonder if all this life style change stuff is a bunch of bunk. I do at least a thousand times a day. But then in His mercy, wisdom and love, God gives me a diamond to treasure and it sustains me.

This is tough stuff. It’s hard work. Please remember:



Have a good Wednesday

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KLEONIKI 6/28/2010 11:55AM

    Well, my diamond for today was EXACTLY the same...
Started to jog and after some time of mind travelling i realized i was running effortlessly and PLEASANTLY!!!!
I thought it was something IMPOSSIBLE.
Let's dream of all those impossible desirable things...i am positive they are in their was of changing into possibilities...

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JENNY888 6/25/2010 10:29AM

    You are a diamond in many of our lives. Thanks for the great blog.

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WYNAMT 6/24/2010 12:45PM

    WOW! You are a most insightful man! Why yes, there are diamonds all around us and with a little work and polish we all can find some! CONGRATS on the run!

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NEEDTOLOSE100LB 6/24/2010 10:46AM

    The thing about stones too is that they eventually grind down and disappear. Diamonds are a lot tougher to find, but they are worth it. Glad you found your diamond and your stride. Thank you for the continued encouragement.

PS: I live is is it hot this year. I have not been able to walk at lunch and it is showing in my stuck numbers! Haven't come up with a good substitute yet either...


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KSGROTHE 6/23/2010 8:05PM

    emoticon on finding your "diamond" on the treadmill!

I need to search for today's diamond. It's been a bit of a rough day, but I did get some walking in at lunch.

Keep up the good work! emoticon

- Karen

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SUSIEMILO 6/23/2010 7:22PM

    I needed to hear this -- thanks so much for writing.

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JPRICE217 6/23/2010 6:52PM

    Good blog there is always a diamond in every day someday it is in the rough but it is there emoticon

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CHANGEDIN09 6/23/2010 4:56PM

    As always..a great post. where do you come up with this stuff?

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MARCYNA 6/23/2010 3:38PM

    I really loved this blog, it was like finding a diamond today....thanks!!!! emoticon

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TXNANA_4 6/23/2010 3:11PM

    Boy did I need this today! Thanks John!

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    I hope you find lots of diamonds today and maybe even some gold. LOL

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JAE_HENNINGTON 6/23/2010 1:06PM

  thanks for the your words of wisdom, it is always much appreciated

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PRINCESSNURSE 6/23/2010 11:14AM

    Congratulations on finding your stride! Now you ARE a runner!

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GEEMAWEST 6/23/2010 10:36AM

    I really needed to read this blog today, John. I have been struggling terribly lately. I will look for diamonds today. Thanks.

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DOLLIE6 6/23/2010 10:31AM

    You are so right John this is hard work and it is worth it.
I love it when you have those little diamonds appear in your day, it really does keep you motivation and you are right we need to look for them.

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MAWRTIAN 6/23/2010 10:07AM

    YEAH!!! Thanks john, your blogs make me smile.

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BAYBELIEVER 6/23/2010 10:07AM

    What a terrific attitude! I am right there with you wondering why I can't yet WALK a 5K in under an hour! And why aren't my clothes dropping of me from all the weight lost? Oh. And why haven't I lost 50 lbs yet? But we do have to find the diamonds in the midst of everything else! And thanks for saying you think about all this 1000 times a day. I thought I was the only one out there thinking this way! Hope your week and God continue to send diamonds your way. Some might be smaller than others, but they all still Sparkle!

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MINENA1 6/23/2010 10:01AM

    Oh my gosh I love this blog!! Wonderful! Thank you John! emoticon

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MUSTANG_SALLY2 6/23/2010 9:54AM

    I've never had anyone else express the feelings that I have... "if I’m not better than I’m not equal." I don't think I've even expressed it to myself. It makes me stop and think.

I'm glad you are doing well with the C25K. I have been encouraged to try it by your posts about it. I'm just at the beginning but it made feel good when I accomplished one of the intervals. LOL

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SUZANDALE 6/23/2010 9:50AM

    I too have to really search on some days to find that diamond! BUT, I do find it!! Thanks for the blog, John! And travel safely!

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STORMTMB 6/23/2010 9:41AM

    I found a quote recently that I think you'll like, "When you come to the end of yourself, God's Grace is all that sustains - And it is enough." I wear it around my neck to remind me of it over and over. I think He gives us the diamonds to remind us that He is there and still in control.

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KAT573 6/23/2010 9:02AM

    I have always preferred stones to diamonds! They are the foundation; diamonds are the diadems. So the importance of stones has never eluded me and the shine of diamonds has never enticed me; I know in gathering and placing my days of stone, my day of diamonds will follow.
Never underestimate the importance of days of stones, for they are the real bread of Life. Keep on keeping ON! emoticon

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GETFIT2LIVE 6/23/2010 9:00AM

    John, lots of people repeat weeks in the C25K plan, but I know how you feel. Why can't I do it all NOW? You are doing great, you know. Running while chunky is not easy, but it is worth it, It is amazing when you find that sweet spot in running. Gives you hope to keep doing it. There really are diamonds every day if we look for them; thanks for the reminder!


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OZARKMARY 6/23/2010 8:33AM

  Another amazing blog! Thanks! You are truly an inspiration! emoticon emoticon emoticonThink Snow!

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FROGGERHKC 6/23/2010 8:10AM

    Great blog, and congrats on your progress! I needed to hear this today, thank you for sharing!

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CROBINGO 6/23/2010 8:00AM

    Great diamond! You are definitely making it happen despite the obstacles in your way. That is amazing and shows your committment - extremely impressive.

Your blog was my diamond and I believe it will spur me on today through my obstacles. Thanks. Very timely and needed.

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WIGIME 6/23/2010 7:59AM

    Wonderful, congratulations John.

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DOLLBABE56 6/23/2010 7:56AM

    What a great "ah ha" moment! Hang in there buddy! emoticon

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CRIS76 6/23/2010 7:48AM

    A very nice blog indeed. There is always a silver lining regardless of what is going on - its just sometimes, you have to REALLLLY look for it. I was going to suggest for the C25K to make your own music with your own voice overs :)

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Stuff Happens

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Did you know that thin people live in a perfect world? They must, otherwise they wouldn’t be thin. It’s those of us who are overweight who have all those fatal character flaws. That’s why we are overweight. I promise I won’t say this too very loud. We don’t want the whole world to hear: We believe it’s our fault. We believe there is something wrong with us.

Try this on for size. Did you ever think stuff just happens. That it’s really no one’s fault and that when I believe it’s always my fault and its one of the reasons I am over weight it is only a matter of how I perceive things and that its awfully arrogant of me to believe I can control the entire universe just because I have a pitiful self image some days? (That was a long sentence.)

I had one of those “stuff happens” days yesterday. I am in Nashville facilitating a union/management leadership summit and had a curve ball thrown at my schedule yesterday morning that basically caused me to put ten pounds of sugar in a five pound sack. Stuff happens.

Back in my pre Spark days I would have thrown my hands up and blamed myself, my poor eating habits my unhealthy appearance, etc, etc. I am upset I didn’t get my strength training in and I had to cut my cardio in half, but “stuff happens.”
The minute I allow that stuff to take control is the minute I go from being in control to being a martyr. That’s when the wheels fall off. I stayed well within my calorie guidelines and I slept well and I am looking forward to today being one of those great days that always follows the “stuff happens” day.

I can say that with confidence because I know there will be more days like yesterday in my future. Whether the absolutely great days like today come into play is entirely up to me.

Good, bad or indifferent, stuff happens. It’s got nothing to do with how much I weigh, it has everything to do with how I view myself.

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HDHAWK 6/25/2010 9:36PM

    Be sure to focus on the good things you were able to accomplish! We all have those "stuff happens" days!

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NANASHANON 6/24/2010 10:59PM

    Positive thinking is the key. If you believe you can do something, odds are you will do it. Sure, we all have those stuff happens days. The key is to try to remember everything happens for a reason.

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MARCYNA 6/23/2010 3:34PM

    Stuff happens. It's the way we react that makes us either great or mean..., therefore our greatness is in the way we react - And I am so glad you reacted beautifully.....
Anyway sometimes I still believe skinny people live in a perfect world and they can do whatever they want..... emoticon emoticon emoticon

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ANNE-ELIZ 6/23/2010 1:17AM

    Hi John!

Another insightful blog! Thanks.

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DOLLIE6 6/22/2010 6:13PM

    Thanks John for sharing. I had one of those stuff days today.
And my husband said you know what the most important thing of today is, it is that I love you and you love me all the other stuff doesn't matter. I agree and tomorrow will be better or I will find something good about it anyway.

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WANDAH3 6/22/2010 5:28PM

    Amen my friend.


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    There will always be challenges but you will be the one in charge of how to respond to them. We can some times fail to meet our expectations without being a failure.

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JPRICE217 6/22/2010 3:28PM

    I always though thin people had a perfect life, and a perfect marriage, what else would your mate need since you are already thin. How wrong I was. Stuff happens to all of us it is how you handle it that makes a difference and you handled just fine.

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GERIKRAGH 6/22/2010 12:26PM

    I have this game I play when I see a thin person. Would I trade my fat one for their thin one, along with all their problems. The answer is NO. I don't want their personality, health problems, etc. It makes me feel good about me!

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WISEONE68 6/22/2010 11:28AM

    I agree!! Stuff does happen--but, how I react/act in the situation is up to me. I cam play the victim and forget the progress I have made (30+ pounds gone!!) or, I can "pick myself up and dust myself off...and, start all over again."

thanks for the reminder (my yesterday was "icky", too--for various reasons)!!


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CHRISSYVB 6/22/2010 11:12AM

    When I have a day like that I want to crawl in bed with my friends Ben and Jerry (not as dirty as it sounds). I try to remember that I can only control My actions and My thoughts and I have to leave everything else to God.

Your attitude will always affect your altitude in life.

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JAE_HENNINGTON 6/22/2010 10:36AM

  so true, it all starts with our thoughts.. I heard yeaes ago and it has stuck with me all these years. It is not so much what happens to us in life as it is how we choose to deal with what happens to us...

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GETFIT2LIVE 6/22/2010 10:35AM

    Precisely. Stuff happens; life happens when you're busy doing other stuff, too. It's when we decide that we are NOT victims, that we have a choice, that we begin to take back control in life over the things we can and not sweat the stuff we can't. There are days when all my plans go completely wonky (that's a technical term, you know), I don't get to exercise enough, and my food options are limited to poor, bad, and really bad. That does not mean I am a failure or that I'll never lose weight, however. We can *choose* whether to let a 'stuff happens' day derail us or strengthen us; way to go in choosing to be strengthened. Have a fabulous day, my friend!

Denise emoticon

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M_E_L_I_S_A 6/22/2010 10:03AM

    Great attitude. Everyone has days like these. We just have to move and hope the next day is better! emoticon

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DOLLBABE56 6/22/2010 9:35AM

    I'm not going to say I'm surprised that you had a difficult day yesterday, or that you'll never have another one. What I will say is, you like myself, have the choice to either give up or move forward towards our goals. To live life and not dwell on the things that we have allowed to get in our way is what we all have to try and strive to achieve. I know how hard it is for me (most of the time), so I can only assume it is for everyone else (you included). Sometimes it's just so darn hard. And, sometimes we give in. It's the next step, if we allow ourselves to accept what we experienced, that we have the power to conquer the moment and enjoy life.

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STORMTMB 6/22/2010 9:33AM

    Yep! Great attitude. Great Blog.

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DOCYJK 6/22/2010 9:31AM

    It is all about attitude, no doubt about it John. We can choose how we act, and how we react! I've had a bad couple of weeks, but yesterday was good, and today will be even better. I can only take steps forward because the past is in the past! Have an awesome day!!! Yvonne


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DAWNDMOORE40 6/22/2010 9:12AM

    Yes it's all in the way we look at things that happen in our life! I try to look at it as, "When God closes one door, he will open another." I don't know when because it's on his time frame, but I believe if I have enough faith, he will always work out the situation. Keep your chin up and have a great day! emoticon

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PINETREEGIRL 6/22/2010 9:08AM

    Yes--it's all perspective.
I think that the smaller benefit to working out is the exercise, and the larger benefit is the self-esteem boost and the confidence!
I love your image--10 pounds of sugar into a 5 pound sack...argh, how poignant. emoticon

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FROGGERHKC 6/22/2010 8:59AM

    I agree! Everyone has one of those days, but all we can do is accept that stuff happens and move on and not let it ruin another day. Hope today is a great day for you!


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GREENCAT1 6/22/2010 8:53AM

    I agree with you, John. Stuff happens to everybody. Your attitude is great. The day after IS a great day! Hugs!

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Gaining Support

Monday, June 21, 2010

I’ll be the first person to stand up and admit I have whined and complained about not receiving the ever elusive “Support.” It comes in all shapes and sizes and I often use it as an excuse for not being successful as in “If I only had the support of my…….”

Yesterday I learned a valuable lesson, one of those Holy Spirit inspired moments, that was both humbling and motivating at the same time.

Joan and I have six children. That means Mother’s Day and Fathers Day often resemble Christmas morning. Despite our pleas to not go over board or “just get us a card……..” there are a coffee table full of gifts on Sunday morning. Yesterday was no different except for the type of gifts I received.

My daughters pooled their resources’ and got me a watch that calculates my heart rate and my calories burned along with a few neat other things. They said since I had started running I could use it. Two of my sons purchased me the book Vegetarian Cooking For Everyone by Deborah Madison, which is about 8 million pages long plus a magazine subscription to Cooking Light. Very cool. Finally, two other sons got me a very nice Wok, with all the stuff I need to burn the kitchen down with.

The best present was that moment of inspiration God chose to share with me. Each of the kids explained their reasoning for the choice of gift. They wanted to support my life style change and recognize what I accomplished. That’s when it hit me; ‘If you want support show some results to gain the support.” I did, I am and I will. I saw a very clear picture of me in the past throwing up all sorts of excuses for me not being healthy and the largest one was no support. But as I thought about it I realized who would want to support someone who isn’t, hasn’t and won’t do anything about their state of affairs? I mean I wouldn’t.

The moment my family saw I was serious: Those times when I opted for the gym rather than going to have a beer or eating at home and turning down an invite to eat at a restaurant they saw I had made a commitment.

People can’t and won’t support what they don’t see. Don’t misconstrue what I’ve said here. It doesn’t always have to be dropping sizes, inches or pounds. It simply comes when they see us living what we say.

The Bible puts it much better

“By their fruits ye shall know them.”

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HDHAWK 6/25/2010 9:34PM

    Just got back from vacation and am catching up on your blogs. What a wonderful gift your children gave you! Fantastic!

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JUNEBUG4967 6/23/2010 1:31PM

    Sounds like you had a wonderful Father's Day! And a great epiphany. It's wonderful when you realize something like this.

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WANDAH3 6/22/2010 7:27AM

    Don't you just love those "ahhhh" moments!

Hope you are having a great day,

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MAMA_PICANTE 6/22/2010 1:01AM

    Dear friend! As I read all of the words from your blogs, you are becoming a great inspiration in my life! I do need this in my life at this point in time. But who doesnt need them! You have to be a motivatioal speaker in your work field! If not God has placed you here where you belong! Thank you for uplifting me to realize I am and I can be!

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MISSYSHELLC 6/21/2010 10:48PM

    Very powerful blog! Thanks for sharing. Sounds like you have great kids!

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PHEBESS 6/21/2010 9:28PM

    Hug those kids for me - they sound great!

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WATERMELLEN 6/21/2010 9:01PM

    Great great blog: if you want support, DO something that's supportable!! Gonna remember this, thanks!

(and your kids sounds like lovely people!)

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KLEONIKI 6/21/2010 7:21PM

All this change is good for you and for those you love too!
Isn't it the perfect motivation this loving supporting touch of family?
Last night i was talking in the car with my elder son and i mentioned my weight; he looked at me and told me:" hey1 don't pass it unoticed it is something we applaud at.." i felt i could run those extra miles completely refreshed by his eyes watching / budding my journey..
love dear friend

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JPRICE217 6/21/2010 6:28PM

    Great blog It is great when people notice the hard work you have done. Keep it up. Keep on showing your fruits.

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AZCUPCAKE 6/21/2010 4:08PM

    You have the courage of your convictions this time around, and your family can see it, plain as day! You will enjoy the Father's Day gifts they gave you even more than usual, because they will all be new "tools" in your ever-increasing healthy-living toolbox! Bravo to your family, but most of all, bravo to YOU. I count you as a wonderful source of personal support, by the way! emoticon

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BECCALYNN75 6/21/2010 2:02PM

    I need to print out, post, keep, memorize, etc. those last three paragraphs!

It sure was a Holy Spirit inspired moment for you, and one for me when I read this. He knows how hard headed I am and sent me to two similar blogs in a row. The other mentioned being your own cheerleader - you said your own support - same idea. Maybe hearing it twice will help it sink in for me!

People can’t and won’t support what they don’t see.
I need to apply this to my weight loss goals, and several other areas of my life.

Glad you had a great Fathers Day!

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SUSIEMILO 6/21/2010 1:29PM

    Excellent blog -- and so very true.
I heard a motivational speaker on tape years and years ago (Tony Robbins?? -- can't remember which one of them it was) and the basic message for achieving ANY kind of goal was:

There is no credit (the get it now and pay for it later kind of credit)
You have to do the work FIRST, and then see the results.
And, as you've pointed out, it apparently works that way with support as well. I never really thought about it before reading this, but it does make sense.
When we live the way we say we are/will -- people notice, and that's when they know we are serious about it.

That was an awesome gift you got (and the ones from your kids sound great as well)
You've been blessed with a great family, and they are blessed with a Dad that is doing a health make-over so that he will be there for them for a long time to come.
Great job John!
You're doing it right.

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CMBELISLE 6/21/2010 12:37PM

    There's about a million old sayings that come to mind. One being, "You can lead a horse to water, but you can't make him drink." Helping (and supporting) people is easy when they are willing to do something to help themselves and this is true in all aspects of life.

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SGRAY478 6/21/2010 12:37PM

    Well said!

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CRIS76 6/21/2010 12:09PM

    I realllly enjoyed this blog! Thank you for sharing and inspiring.

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MAWRTIAN 6/21/2010 9:58AM

    Preach brother!! Praise the Lord!! God still speaks to us and what a blessing are the times we hear Him. The scripture is alive and pertinent to our lives, YEAH!!!

This gives me hope that if I keep walking this Spark walk I will see some change too.

Thanks always for your blogs and Happy Fathers day!!!

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MARCYNA 6/21/2010 9:56AM

    Somewhere in the Bible the Lord says :'I'll help the corageuos fighter'
Up to us to be corageous fighters.
Then He'll give us His help emoticon

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JAE_HENNINGTON 6/21/2010 9:51AM

  I have always found myself getting upset with people who cry to me that they need my help and when I give them my support and advice they continue to go on and keep doing what they do without trying to change. Thanks for your insightful blog. You have given me some things to think about. May I say you are blessed to have a great supportive family, and even more they are blessed to be able call you dad

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GETFIT2LIVE 6/21/2010 9:46AM

    Funny how that works, isn't it? Once we make the commitment and actually start moving the right direction, we often discover support in unexpected ways and places. What a blessing!

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STORMTMB 6/21/2010 9:20AM

    Sounds like a great day, John, celebrating with your Holy Father and with your children. Sounds like there was a lot of excellent communication and love in all directions. You are blessed to have children who love you and recognize how they can support you on your journey. You also have a Father who speaks to you on a regular basis. And, like your children, you are listening to Him. Bless you and your continued journey.

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WALKNLOVE 6/21/2010 9:08AM

    God has given you such wisdom John! ( I think I will adopt you! ;) You have a beautiful family who supports you and THE GOD who also helps you on every step of your journey! You are truly blessed. I too, am blessed to call you friend because when God provides you with wisdom, and you share, that wisdom gets passed on to each of us. I can often relate to your struggles...and fortunately, I also seem to share your positive attitude, even though at times, doubt can also rear it's ugly head.BUT DOUBT is just like satan....speaking untruths into our, let us instead LISTEN to "THE WAY~THE TRUTH~THE LIGHT~THE LIFE" that guides us on THE PATH to Godly living (in all areas).Have a great day John! You are truly amazing! emoticon

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MINENA1 6/21/2010 8:58AM

    So very true! Great blog! You are blessed with GREAT kids! What a great Fathers Day you had. Hope you have a wonderful day!

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CINDYMCD1 6/21/2010 8:56AM

    You are blessed!

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WISEONE68 6/21/2010 8:54AM

    Amen! You know, I deal with something similar...I come from a family of overweight/large women. When I start to get healthier and lose weight, some of my family asks, "Why are you doing that? You are fine the way you are." (Read: we are all fat, just join the club!)

Well, this time around, I am telling all of them I am running this race in September (15K). All knew the last time I ran it I came in dead last---2 1/2 hours after starting.

A couple months ago, I got a note in the mail from my mother (one of the only folks still using the USPS!)--she had cut an article from Parade magazine with exercises for runners to warm-up before a race. In the margin she wrote: "maybe this will help." S-U-P-P-O-R-T

I shared just so you knew others experience the same frustration--and, the same "holy ghost" moments of realization!!

you are awesome!! and, an inspiration!!

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DOLLBABE56 6/21/2010 8:51AM

    So John, you did have a wonderful Father's Day! It was fantastic how everyone showed their support of you. It just proves that you sometimes have to "earn" support.

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DOLLIE6 6/21/2010 8:45AM

    Sooooooooooooo true. Have a great week.

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PEACHES_3954 6/21/2010 8:37AM

    Your kids sound really great! Good luck on your journey and with all of your goals

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ELLEN0407 6/21/2010 8:34AM

  your blog had me tearing up. you have a lovely family. i love the support they are giving you. they really believe in your quest for health and are behind you 100%. you are truly blessed not only because you have this great family but because you realize it too. have a wonderful day!

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Accountability Is Not A Dirty Word

Friday, June 18, 2010

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MAMA_PICANTE 6/22/2010 1:11AM

    Thanks again! You are not arrogant in any way! Your disposition and friendly face show the compassion you have for others.

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BRYLIA 6/20/2010 1:38PM

Happy Fathers Day! Wishes for a successful couples shower and have a terrific weekend. Enjoyed your thoughts as usual! Lisa

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NANHBH 6/20/2010 1:27AM


Nothing self-serving about this message! It's one that everyone needs to hear! Thanks for sharing it.


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GRANDKATZ 6/19/2010 11:11PM

    Absolutely an outstanding blog!

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SAFFSTAR 6/19/2010 12:41PM

    Great blog, as ever John. You're completely right too - you are a great writer and speaker and you continue to motivate and inspire so many of us. Hope you have a wonderful weekend with your family, love Beccy xx

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ELDORADO2 6/19/2010 11:11AM

    thank you for sharing your thoughts. I wish you mush success on this healthy journey

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SAZZY12 6/19/2010 3:13AM

    Awesome Blog! I love it! Have a great day !!!

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CHERYL1057 6/18/2010 9:05PM

  emoticon video
Really made me stop and think life in general.

Hope you have a wonderful Father's Day.

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JPRICE217 6/18/2010 8:47PM

    Great blog We are accountable for yourself. There is to be to many wanting to blame other people for everything. It is time to step up and be accountable.

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TNTEACHER2 6/18/2010 4:18PM

    Hi, JOhn.

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KSGROTHE 6/18/2010 3:14PM

    Thanks for sharing your thoughts on accountability! I have a tendency not to want to be accountable. I think it often leads me to be too critical of myself because I have perfectionist tendencies. But clearly accountability doesn't have to be that way for me.

Have a happy Father's Day! I hope the wedding shower is great fun for your whole family!

- Karen

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CCBULLDOG 6/18/2010 1:48PM

    Great vlog. I really enjoyed your thoughts on this. Thanks for posting! emoticon

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BSKTCON 6/18/2010 1:31PM

    Accountability is a struggle for me as well, John. I have finally faced the fact that yes..this is a difficult journey. But I can do it. I got where I am by myself, and I will reach my goals by myself. My family and friends will help me when they can, but it all falls on my shoulders. I now hold myself accountable for my life, my happiness, my attitude and my weight. It feels good to accept myself for who I am, and to know that I can work toward goals that will make me healthy and fit.

Thanks for the reminder!

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NJMATTICE 6/18/2010 1:12PM

    Accountability, to me, is synonymous with "living in the light" and that's what I believe I'm called to do. I'm not saying that I'm good at it, but at least I understand the concept. I'm trying to step out of the shadows here and into the light. I give myself "props" for my continued efforts. Happy Father's Day to you. Have a great shower. And thanks for taking the time to share. Always appreciated.

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GETFIT2LIVE 6/18/2010 11:05AM

    John, you never fail to make me think--and smile, especially at your video blogs. I love seeing and hearing you; guess maybe one of these days I will have to try doing one myself. emoticon

I appreciate your view on this. Accountability is NOT a dirty word when we hold ourselves accountable to keep growing and using the gifts we have been given. Have a blessed Father's Day--keep running!


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JAE_HENNINGTON 6/18/2010 10:08AM

  you are so inspiring to me. Everytime I read or hear your blog it gives me pause to think and I can come up with an idea to write about. I hope your Fathers Day weekend is filled with lots of love and smiles...

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TAMMYLO 6/18/2010 9:47AM

  good for you

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WISEONE68 6/18/2010 9:35AM

    GREAT blog...again!! thanks, John!! I just had an epiphany on Accountability:

Account--"a narrative or record of events; a written or oral explanation" (this is our trackers, and others telling us things we have done wrong/right and encouraging us in our times of struggle)

Ability--"physical or mental power to perform; a skill or talent" (this is what we know to be true--we have the ability, skill, power and talent---we must use them to the fullest!!)

We hold ourselves accountable (and others); and, by doing so, we become BETTER!!

I'm making my list now...

be well!! Have a great FATHER'S DAY!!!!

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DOLLBABE56 6/18/2010 9:31AM

    It takes courage to be accountable to yourself.

Sounds like you have a fun and "interesting" weekend ahead of you. Enjoy it!

Happy Father's Day!

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GEKKO1 6/18/2010 9:25AM

    The word "accountable," in it's many forms such as "Accountability" is usually used as a "negative" but can be either negative or positive! It's another word for responsible or responsibility. You're accountable for your own actions - you're responsible for your own actions!

Using the word responsible as a positive, however, sounds more pleasant to the ear than using the word accountable as a positive. Who's responsible for creating this great meal? Who's accountable for creating this great meal?

The word can be either, but I do agree it is usually used in a negative setting most times. The word seems to have a harshness or a "matter of fact-ness" to it, which I think is what has landed it in the negative department.

Have a great Father's Day!


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ROLANDD 6/18/2010 8:20AM

    Accountability is a dirty word to those whom don't like to look in the mirror, they might have to be accountable to that person they are looking at! They don't like being accountable to themselves let alone to anyone else, because it makes one look at their flaws and shortcomings. But, if you don't hold yourself accountable you never progress and that definitely gets you no where. Does this make sense to you?

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HDHAWK 6/18/2010 8:13AM

    Have a wonderful weekend! You have a lot of fun things planned!

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This Is One for The Book...........

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Rarely if ever do I blog twice in one day. I could not pass up this opportunity and I think you will agree with me when I am done.

One of the clients I am coaching approached me a few months back about my weight loss. He asked what I did. I offered to let him read The Spark and told him I would answer any questions he had afterwards.

I could tell right away that he wasn't really into it and I basically left him alone. I am trying very hard to live by the motto "Nothing changes until something changes."

He called me a few minutes ago. He was down and a bit depressed. His "diet" wasn't working out to well.

I asked him why.

Get ready. Here it comes.

"The people at work are getting upset with me because of the noise my stomach makes when it growls. It's so loud that they cant concentrate on their work. I tried eating more food, the healthy kind like you said, but it growls even louder. I am going back to my old eating habits. I cant afford to lose my job because other people are disturbed."

There was more than a moment of silence.

I told him that I could write a book on the excuses for eating poorly. I made up a lot of them all by myself. However, the one he had just given me was unique and one I had never heard before. I told him he must of put a lot of time and effort into coming up with that one and I was impressed ----- For all the wrong reasons.

"So," he said. "It's okay for me to quit dieting, right? I shouldnt be offending people, right?

I dont have to make this stuff up friends. I have enough of it happen to me every day. If you listen close enough you will hear some faint incoherent babbling.

It's just me.

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IMJUSTDUCKIE 6/20/2010 1:28PM

    WOW.... Just think... What if he had spent as much time Making Changes w/SP (the right way) as he did making up that excuse?! (Inserting Eye Rolling Smilie Here...)

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MARCYNA 6/20/2010 12:53PM

    I left million diets because of : stress, fatigue, my sweet tooth....the list is endless...but this is a lifestyle and I just can't leave it.
Pretty much like you can't let Mr. Right (or Ms. Right) on the basis of silly excuses.... emoticon.

Congrats to you for spreading the spark!!!!!
PS Anyway if I were your client, I'd try sipping some water....the noises would stop.....

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MINDAC20 6/20/2010 8:38AM

    Now I've heard it all!

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USERNAMEDD 6/19/2010 4:54PM

  What an interesting reason to quit dieting.

Maybe he'll rethink it when he is ready emoticon

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SUNSET09 6/19/2010 10:53AM

  You ansered his questions, he didn't like it and he's giving up! As you stated and I like the way you put it, Nothing changes until something changes". He'll remember you after he loses his job for being too fat! emoticon

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AZCUPCAKE 6/18/2010 7:57PM

    Just when you thought you had heard them all, a new excuse just pops up like that! Thanks for sharing with us.....and I thought that I was a giant rationalizer! I feel much better about myself now! emoticon

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WALKNLOVE 6/18/2010 6:35PM

    haha...that's a new one!

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KLEONIKI 6/18/2010 5:42PM

Every time i grow more surprised of the creativity we have in making excuses...

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SUSIEMILO 6/18/2010 4:50PM

    Oh Lord!
That's a first. Apparently his co-workers would rather he be fat.
(and I hardly need to point out that he must be in starvation mode if his stomach is growling, so he's doing it wrong anyway)

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NEEDTOLOSE100LB 6/18/2010 4:13PM

    Definitely worth the second blog of the day. Reminds us that we each have to WANT to change to actually change. Thank you for sharing!


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RONDAJONES 6/18/2010 3:48PM

    That is even better than I can come up with. Hey John...I would write a book. With your FT job, us, and the clients you are going to start having asking you about would probably be a NY Times best seller! I would call it Excuses, Ramblings, and My Soft Mumbling. LOL I am sure there are better titles out there...but this will get you started! Thanks for sharing. Pretty lame...but better than mine! ;)

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TRACYDUKA 6/18/2010 11:57AM

    Dang, I wished I had his glasses, they must be a beautiful shade of rose.

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JAE_HENNINGTON 6/18/2010 10:10AM

  some people will come up with almost anything to keep from taking care of themselvesand doing what they know they need to do

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ABETTERJILL 6/18/2010 9:13AM

    What a joke!

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SUNSHYNDREAMER 6/17/2010 11:47PM

    Wow, that is one I've never heard before. In a sad kinda way it is the funniest excuse I have ever heard. I guess he just isn't ready to face changing.

Bless you for being there to try to support his efforts by introducing him to The Spark. It just too bad he's no ready yet.


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TINKERBELL200 6/17/2010 9:26PM

    How creative that is!! In your last line I thought you were going to say if we listen close enough we could hear your stomach making noise! emoticon It kind of scared me John. Seriously speaking the guy just doesn't want it, see it, or dream it as much as we all do or did! Otherwise he wouldn't give up! It is, what it is! He just not fully persuaded!

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CARTOONB 6/17/2010 9:24PM

    Wow! I guess he's not ready for the change.

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GEEMAWEST 6/17/2010 8:14PM

    That's a new one for sure. Unbelievable, but I believe it!

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PENNYAN45 6/17/2010 7:07PM

    We wouldn't want to offend anyone!! So we should eat!!!!


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HAPPYPATTY1 6/17/2010 6:00PM

    Does this guy think dieting means giving up all food?

Truth is stranger than fiction...

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LIQUID11 6/17/2010 5:40PM

    You could tell him, on my behalf, that he could make a fortune and lose a ton of weight, if he could only channel all that vivid imagination of his, into something more creative…
Story Making? Scripting? The Sky is the Limit…

Baron Munchausen RE-INCARNATED !!

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CMBELISLE 6/17/2010 5:38PM

    The funniest things in life aren't found on television or in the movies, they happen right next to us every day.

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MSAEBARRON 6/17/2010 4:40PM

    WOW, lol. That is one of the best/worse excuses EVER. I mean, really??

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WANDAH3 6/17/2010 4:31PM

    I'm still giggling...that one takes the top rating in WOW EXCUSES!

You should have told him...sure, quit dieting and start living a healthy lifestyle! It's not about depriving ourselves, it's about changing the way we live.


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HDHAWK 6/17/2010 4:02PM

    Well, you're right John. That's one I've never heard! You would think all us "expert" excuse makers would have used them all by now!

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GETFIT2LIVE 6/17/2010 3:57PM

    Oh - oh - oh - that is truly the most unique excuse I have EVER heard!!!

I may have to go explain to my coworkers why there are tears running down my face and I'm on the floor . . . so funny, and at the same time so sad!

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JPRICE217 6/17/2010 3:55PM

    best excuse I have ever heard

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LISALIVING1980 6/17/2010 3:55PM

    OOOOOH WOW! LOL i've never in my life heard that excuse EVER!! And like you, i've heard it all..most coming from myself!! lol

I kinda feel sorry for him. That's a shame.

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    ROFLMBO!! Truly pathetic.

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MINENA1 6/17/2010 3:49PM

    Oh wow!!! I've never heard that one either. So sad.

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FROGGERHKC 6/17/2010 3:48PM

    Never heard that one before... lol


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MUSTANG_SALLY2 6/17/2010 3:48PM

    LOL That's the best one I've ever heard!

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CRIS76 6/17/2010 3:47PM

    That is a hum-dinger of an excuse... but something even more so familiar was this individual looking to someone to validate that quitting was ok.

Well, I hope you explained the carb/protein eating to help him along....

I'm still in w-o-w mode on this one :P

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STORMTMB 6/17/2010 3:46PM

    I might use that one!

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