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This Mornings Vlog YouTube Address ............

Thursday, December 02, 2010

Some of you wrote and said you couldnt open my Vlog this morning. I neglected to give you the YouTube address. Here it is

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JPRICE217 12/2/2010 5:28PM

    Thank you

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You Are Courageous.............. Oh Yes You Are

Thursday, December 02, 2010


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PROT358 12/5/2010 11:21PM

    This deserves to be posted as a popular or featured blog. Will definitely return to this one again and again! Thanks so much for the reminder.

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FIT-WHIT 12/5/2010 10:30PM

    Incredible vlog! Thank you for sharing your inspiring thoughts-- you are so right. It takes so much courage to make the commitment to healthy choices each and every day, knowing that we may not be the best, and may not ALWAYS make our goals, but the important thing is that we HAVE goals, and we WORK toward goals. That takes a lot of courage.

WTG with your small victories-- it's the small ones that continue to add up to HUGE victories in the long run, when choosing a salad over fries is automatically what you PREFER and the gym seems to call your name sweetly rather than beckon with the threat of guilt should you miss it. The triumphant big victories are a result of all the small ones each and every day. Keep up your inspiring courage-- you're making a difference here in your own life, and the lives of so many others.

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LIFEGENESIS 12/3/2010 1:35AM

    YEAH FOR YOU! No fries! Woot! Love your vlogs! Keep being Courageous! :D

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LJOHN44 12/2/2010 8:57PM

    I bet you're a great dad. You're kids are lucky to have you! You are a wise man thank you for sharing your wisdom with your Spark family.

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ATREAT4ME 12/2/2010 8:36PM

    A lot to think about here. We went out to dinner tonight and I was feeling bad about eating out. But, I did have some victories. I chose well, I left food on my plate because 1) I recognized I was getting full and 2) i now know that it's better to leave it on the plate than to eat it. Thank you for this post. I think I was courageous by going out and leaving the safety of my home-cooked meals. It was the best choice for my family and I made the best choices for me. I'm feeling so much better about the whole experience.

Thanks for the framework!

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SIMPLELIFE4REAL 12/2/2010 7:20PM

    ANEPANALIPTI mentioned your blog in her friend feed so I stopped by to check it out. You are right! We all have courage by sticking around and showing up. The small victories you talked about with your lunch are just the sort of things that make us successful. Weigh to go!

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ANEPANALIPTI 12/2/2010 6:57PM

    John, I CAN"T EVEN PUT INTO WORDS how asdj;afjjj;djka;dfjs;dfjk!!!!!!!!!!
!!!!!!!!!!! Ah you're SO RIGHT!!!! I can't believe this is something I never thought about! How do you do that?? I admire your insight SO MUCH.

Thank you x10000000 . If this had been written I def. would have copied it down into my journal like I did another one of your blogs. emoticon

You know we're so doing this right???


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GETFIT2LIVE 12/2/2010 3:10PM

    Thanks, John--we ARE courageous, aren't we?


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KML410 12/2/2010 12:34PM

    Thanks John for another great blog. Your words inspire me to continue my journey. It's people that have the courage to put their thoughts in these videos that keeps me going. Thanks for all you do! emoticon

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LOTUSFLOWER 12/2/2010 12:00PM

    THANK YOU for this!!! This was so powerful and exactly what I needed to hear this morning.

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DISCOVERLLH 12/2/2010 11:53AM

  John, this was the BEST v-blog I have ever seen! Definitely going to save it and listen to it over and over as I venture into believing that yes, I am a strong person who has the courage to CHANGE. It's a new concept for me. Thank you!!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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MARCYNA 12/2/2010 10:57AM

Coming back,we're coming back.
It means we're trying anyway - whatever the results, we are CORAGEOUS & WINNERS. Little victories MATTER emoticon

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GEEMAWEST 12/2/2010 10:27AM

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WALKAWAY 12/2/2010 10:00AM

    John, I can't tell you how much I enjoy your blogs. Thanks for the reminder and thank you for your courage.

Have a great day. emoticon

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DOLLBABE56 12/2/2010 9:29AM

    I needed your blog today. Thank you for always giving the support I need. Oh, and btw, I can really tell that you have lost weight - it shows in your face! Good on ya!

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MUSTANG_SALLY2 12/2/2010 8:34AM

    Thanks for reminding me. I am working diligently at creating a healthier lifestyle but sometimes that mean little voice in my head gets loud and I forget that I'm making progress.

Good job on the eating out victories. Every positive choice spirals up into the next positive choice! Have a great day!


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DADDYTREVOR 12/2/2010 8:14AM

    Thank you.

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WISEONE68 12/2/2010 8:10AM

    Love you new background pick, John!! What a great moment in your journey!!!
Video would not load this a.m.--will check back later to view the vlog. Sounds very, very interesting!!!

Have a wonderful day!!!!

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One Day At A Time

Wednesday, December 01, 2010

Joan is on vacation this week so we are headed to Louisville this morning and will not return until late afternoon or early this evening. I will be AFK.

I did want to share my progress with you, though. I reached 75% of my goals yesterday.

My exercise goal was 50 minutes. I exceeded that goal. I exercised 80 minutes. This included a walk and a personal training session. I was/am pleased.

I met my nutritional goal too. My largest meal of the day was breakfast and, in a good way, everything went downhill from there. I am finding that if I plan one meal ahead and enter it in the food tracker it gives me a sense of stability, Call me crazy!!!

Finally, I didnít eat or drink anything after 6 pm for the second day in a row. This is my weakest area. I am a ďnight nibbler.Ē I have to balance this a bit and maybe you guys can help. I woke up this morning feeling a little weak. I needed to eat right away. I was a bit light headed and my stomach felt a bit off. Once I ate I was okay.

The goal I didnít reach, again, for the second day in a row was the goal of relaxing/meditating. I ran out of time. Gotta work on that one.

Three out of four isnít bad. I thought of something my dad used to say as it relates to being perfect:

ďThe day you finally become perfect is the day you need to start looking for the angels to come and get you!!Ē

Be blessed today

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ANEPANALIPTI 12/5/2010 2:20PM

    I think the goals you've set are nice and balanced- hows the meditation going?

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MSSUNBUG 12/2/2010 3:21PM

    Sounds like a successful day. Maybe you might consider a planned, light snack after dinner? To me, the planned piece is the key...

Love that saying from your dad!

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CATHERINEL66 12/2/2010 11:35AM

    You know what I think is EVEN BETTER than 3 outta 4, or even 4 outta 4? What's better YET is that you keep in going. That's the big message that I'm seeing. You haven't thrown in the towel, or said "oh, this isn't working" or just wandered off. Nope, you've taken the airplane in for maintenance as needed, looked at some re-gearing options, LOL, and are making it better all the time.

You rock, buddy!! Keep on flyin'! I'm impressed and proud of you.

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TRIPLE_EMME 12/2/2010 10:23AM


Three out of four is pretty darn good!!!

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TRUE-NESS 12/1/2010 10:47PM

    Congrats on the successes today! On the last goal that you did not reach....try the Morning, BEFORE you get started with your day. If your goal was to do it in the evening, then try a BATH, rather than a shower. Baths can be very relaxing and you can meditate. I have some of my best prayer times with God in the shower or tub. Maybe it's more of a girlie thing to take a bath with candles surrounding the tub but it's very relaxing. Try it. :-)

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LOVEZ2SEW 12/1/2010 10:41PM

  Totally awesome! I'm a night nibbler too --gotta stop that! Hope you have a great time in Louisville! Love your positive energy!


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    It sounds like you were experiencing hypoglycemia. I believe in controlled snacks because otherwise you are going 12 plus hours with no food in your system. Not a good plan.

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HDHAWK 12/1/2010 6:07PM

    A little protein in the evening wouldn't hurt. You're doing great!

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GIRANIMAL 12/1/2010 1:39PM

    Awesome job! Three out of four is darn good, my friend, especially after only two days.

If you're crazy, then I am certifiable -- I had my entire day of food pre-tracked by 9:30 a.m.! It just takes the "can I eat this? will I blow it?" pressure off. I don't do it every day, but when I can, I do. It also helps make up for my abysmal weekend tracking record in my mind. emoticon

I read recently that a small complex carb snack before bedtime is a good way to stave off the morning crash. For example, even just a half cup (or less) of brown rice. I often use BTINTERNET's suggestion of a low-fat mozzarella cheese stick too.

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BTINTERNET 12/1/2010 12:08PM

    Nice job!

As to the night-time nibbling, what about some tea or something? Or plan a small nutritious *if you need it* snack (a string cheese, a celery & pb, etc.) I know, I know - eating at night is generally bad, but it also depends on your system and how it handles 12 hours without food. (I can't eat for an hour after I take morning meds, so I plan to eat dinner a little later - it probably doesn't aid my weight loss, but it's a long journey and that way I don't feel like crud in the morning!)

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GETFIT2LIVE 12/1/2010 10:49AM

    You did great hitting three out of four goals; letting go of the need to be 'perfect' in all things is part of the process. We still aim high (after all, if our goals are too easy to hit, they're not going to stretch us!), but we can't beat ourselves up when we miss one or two. I am working through that, too, trying to find the balance between high goals and unrealistic expectations.

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LOOKY-LOU 12/1/2010 10:47AM

    I too am a night time nibbler! If the hours between dinner and bed (oh and potato chips) did not exist...I think I could easily be at goal weight!

I do best when I just don't eat at night...having a hot cup of tea or decaf helps me, chewing gum and drinking water while watching TV also helps... are also eating a light dinner..and I don't know that BOTH no nighttime snacking and a light dinner is going to work...think about how few calories that would be.

How about planning a bedtime snack...not a feast, but a healthy snack to sustain you until morning. Try to have it and then "close" the kitchen.

Good luck!

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SMOCKON 12/1/2010 9:34AM

    I am a night eater, too. Always have been. It's genetic, I think, because my mom is also that way. I just figure in some popcorn at night. I enter it in the tracker when I'm putting in breakfast. That way I know I have enough calories reserved for it. Somehow, knowing that I have that snack coming helps me get through dinner without overeating.

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WORKINGSTIFF 12/1/2010 8:57AM

    Right on for your dad! He's so correct. Great job John-and have a groovy day!

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AKATUJE 12/1/2010 8:48AM

    You know John, you remind me so much of David, as in King David in the Bible. You are so honest and open, and real. And i love that about you.

emoticon on your progress so far. keep at it, you shall get there. My small group leader says to take even 2 minutes to be still. Maybe you can start with 2, and build it up to the 15 you desire. God is your strength and He will help you.

I love that saying by your dad!!!! We shall find perfection in heaven. For now, let us be happy with progress.

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ATREAT4ME 12/1/2010 8:42AM

    Excellent work and excellent progress in two days time! WTG John!

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MARCYNA 12/1/2010 8:38AM

    Wow, this blog is so much YOU....I don't wanna be perfect after all I'm happy being imperfect emoticon
Blessings 2U

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Progress Versus Perfection

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

One thing Iíve discovered on this journey is that I have this nasty streak of perfection inside of me that automatically quits and gives up if something is not done right the first time, bigger and better than anyone else, or accomplished quicker than the blink of an eye. I set four goals for myself to get back on track. I was successful in two of four, or fifty percent. Initially I was disappointed.

The two goals I met were making sure my larger meals were earlier in the day and that I didnít eat after six pm last night. The payoff was I slept better than I have in a while and I am setting myself up a reminder that doing these two things produces a really positive pay off.

The two areas where I fell short were my exercise and my quiet time or meditation time. I have set a goal of doing fifty minutes of cardio a day. This is an increase of ten minutes per day over my previous efforts. I only exercised for thirty minutes yesterday leaving me a twenty minute deficit. Granted that workout was a two mile run, warm up and cool down and it raised my heart rateÖÖÖÖ.. butÖÖÖ.. This darned thing called work got in my way!!! Likewise I had set aside fifteen minutes to be quiet or as the Psalm says ďBe still and know that I am God.Ē The phone rang and the next thing you know it was time for dinner. I wanted yesterday to be perfect. I wanted to get off on the right foot.

I lay in bed last night and reviewed the day. I hit the mark fifty percent of the time and I felt good about what I did. If you averaged out my exercise for Sunday and Monday it was at fifty four minutes, four minutes a day over my goal. I am on target, even though I missed it Monday. I got up this morning and took advantage of a half hour of free time and went and walked at the gym.

Hereís my point. Progress isnít always perfect. As long as I am moving forward and hitting the mark most days then I am encouraged. One of the largest stressors I have in my life is the stress to be perfect, be better and be number one. I am finding that not being perfect is like lifting a huge weight off my shoulders.

Today is a new day and with it comes a strategy to make sure I hit at least seventy five percent of my goals. One hundred percent would be great but if all I do is reach three of four Iíll be happy.

Thatís what its all about aint it? Being happy?

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ANEPANALIPTI 12/5/2010 2:22PM

    Wow, how did I miss this. That is an AMAZING concept.

Progress, not perfection.

I think, I was just redefining perfection to equal progress when I adopted this and didn't let it really SINK IN that progress isn't always perfect.

LOL I'm working on it. emoticon

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MARCYNA 12/1/2010 6:55AM

    I'm Perfectionism stricken as well.
I choose Happiness though.
This is a linfelong journey and we're not Superman or Superwoman.
You're entitled to Grace and nobody's going to take it away from you - it's got your name on it emoticon emoticon

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ATREAT4ME 11/30/2010 10:47PM

    Happy. That's a mighty fine goal. Keep working on that. I don't know of one perfect person who is happy. But I know a lot of happy imperfect people. I like your goal of 75 and I think you can do it! I'll be eager to read your update tomorrow!

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CARTOONB 11/30/2010 10:24PM

    I'm very disappointed to learn that you are not perfect! emoticon

No...wait...I knew that and still want to be your friend. emoticon Good to see that you still want to be your friend too.

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BRAINYBLONDE5 11/30/2010 6:00PM

    perfection is impossible happiness is achieveable! i am proud you made 2/4 goals! that in itself IS an accomplishment!! keep up the good work :D

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KSGROTHE 11/30/2010 5:28PM

    I just caught up on your blogs from the last few days. You have been doing a lot of soul-searching, and I appreciate that you have shared your thoughts and struggles with us! I have been beating myself up and feeling down about my lack of discipline with my eating. I did fine on Thanksgiving day, I did well even, but since then my eating has been a bit out of control. I seem to be doing fine with the exercising, but not with the nutrition part of this journey. It is always a struggle for me.

I look forward to hearing more about your progress without perfection. Keep up the good work! emoticon

- Karen

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BTINTERNET 11/30/2010 5:09PM

    It's back to another airplane analogy - point it in the right direction and constant course correction. You're headed in the right direction, and 50% is pretty durn good!

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CHILDOFGOD4LIFE 11/30/2010 4:57PM

    John, You hit it right on the mark. There will be days that we do not give it 100% for one reason or another, but if we just hang in there and do what we are able to do without slacking, we will eventually hit the mark! And oh, yes, Be still, and know that I am God is one of my favorite verses! Sometimes I do my best workouts when I am having my alone times with God.

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CHILDOFGOD4LIFE 11/30/2010 4:57PM

    John, You hit it right on the mark. There will be days that we do not give it 100% for one reason or another, but if we just hang in there and do what we are able to do without slacking, we will eventually hit the mark! And oh, yes, Be still, and know that I am God is one of my favorite verses! Sometimes I do my best workouts when I am having my alone times with God.

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CHILDOFGOD4LIFE 11/30/2010 4:56PM

    John, You hit it right on the mark. There will be days that we do not give it 100% for one reason or another, but if we just hang in there and do what we are able to do without slacking, we will eventually hit the mark! And oh, yes, Be still, and know that I am God is one of my favorite verses! Sometimes I do my best workouts when I am having my alone times with God.

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HDHAWK 11/30/2010 4:46PM

    I have the same problem...make a new plan, start out gung ho, then something ruins the streak and I want to give up or at least start again on Monday. Just keep moving forward, perfect or not!

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SARAWALKS 11/30/2010 2:23PM

    "Progress isnít always perfect." I like that! I keep reminding myself of that too. I just upped my goals a bit, and yep, I am not always meeting them. But hey, what are they for? To inspire me, not to put me in the dumps!
"A man's reach should exceed his grasp, else what's a heaven for?"
I seem to remember Robert Browining said that once...

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GIRANIMAL 11/30/2010 1:13PM

    You ever notice how many of us are always chasing perfection? Kinda like rainbows. Pretty unattainable.

Unless you consider it this way: Understanding that progress is much more reasonable is kinda like the perfect revelation. emoticon

I'm proud of you. Good job!

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BKWHITE3 11/30/2010 12:27PM

    You are making progress. To be perfect in all things is too much stress to put on ourselves. Sometimes life gets in the way and we have to be flexible. Hope you have a good day today. Bonnie

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GETFIT2LIVE 11/30/2010 12:15PM

    Learning to be content with progress, not perfection, is one of the keys to making this a lifestyle, don't you think? I have the same nasty streak in me (I sometimes think God is talking to both of us about the same thing at the same time!), so I understand. Letting go of the need to be perfect, to always be the best, does indeed lift a huge weight off your shoulders. Keep pressing on, John. We always strive to do our best; if we have done that, at the end of the day we need to let go and know that it was enough.

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HLPRATT 11/30/2010 11:47AM

    Yes I think the quest to be perfect would be a huge stress in anyone's life. Just being able to say you are making progress and going in the right direction should be enough. You'll get there

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My Plan To Get Back On Track

Monday, November 29, 2010

This blog is not going to be fun or inspirational. It may even be a bit dark and a tad bit depressing. So if youíre looking for light and fluffy today this is not the place to be. If you are interested in reading about how I plan to get back on track, read on.

I realized yesterday how far off the path Iíd gotten. Iíd convinced myself that I could cheat a little bit here, a little more there and things would be just fine because after all I run three days a week, let my personal trainer push me to the brink of death two other days and Iím adding spinning and yoga to freshen things up. I forgotÖÖÖÖ Iím a Spark rock star. So I can put whatever I want in my mouth, smile big for the camera John and the weight will melt off. Yeah right. I have made no progress for close to three months. Iíve been treading water. Sixty four pounds and it stopped. It bothered me till Iíd get one of those sweet little Spark Goodies from someone who found my page and found me inspirational. Did I mention Iím a Spark rock star?

My pastor cut me to the quick yesterday morning. He made me realize just how far away from who and what I want to be Iíd gotten. It was much needed and Iím grateful but itís sort of like having a tooth pulled. You know it needs to come out but it still hurts to no end when it does.

I woke up at two thirty this morning and proceeded to have a full blown panic attack. I have been dealing with these for over twenty years and intellectually I know no real harm will come from them. Itís like riding out a really bad storm. You know it will end and youíll be exhausted. I also know that the fears that trigger and precipitate them arenít realistic and I can honestly tell you none of them have ever come to pass. They are just like throwing one more piece of wood on a roaring fire. The flames get larger. Last nightís theme was failure and stupidity and thatís the short version. I finally fell back to sleep only because once the storm is over you are exhausted and canít help but sleep. I never wake up feeling rested after having one of these episodes. I feel drugged and like I am walking through Jell-O. I feel disjointed and out of touch and quite honestly I am going through the motions today. In short, starting over, getting back to basics really sucks.

No one can do this but me. You can pray for me all you like, Iíll appreciate it and thank you. You can write to me and inspire me, and Iíll be grateful to you. But when all is said and done only I can do this. Itís just me and me and while I have faith in myself and know that eventually it will all work out I also am aware that going back to what worked and letting go of those bad habits that crept back in is difficult and not always welcome.
So here is my short list of new goals to help get me back on track.
1. I noticed that my daily cardio time has remained the same for a year, roughly forty minutes per day. That allows me to wimp out at times so I have raised it to fifty minutes. I can handle that and it will give me a bit of a jump start.

2. Things work much better for me when my caloric intake resembles a decrescendo. My largest meal is breakfast, then a smaller lunch and finally a light supper. Along with this I am wrestling the carb monster. If I have a secret affair itís with bread of all types. Suffice to say Iíll be in a foul mood for a few days as I rid my body of those sticky and icky carbs. I need to return to water and tea instead of diet coke.

3. No food after six in the evening or three hours before retiring, whichever comes first. This will help me sleep better.

4. Meditation is medication for the mind and soul. I convinced myself I was too busy to take that ten to twenty minutes per day to revitalize and rejuvenate and keep my center of balance in focus. Today we begin again, slowly, but refocusing on the John who walks in the light surrounded by a positive energy vortex.

I am not giving up. Iíve learned to much about me in the past eleven months to quit now. I wish I hadnít gotten so far off track, but I did and now itís time to keep flying the plane through the storm once again. Thank you for caring about me and for loving me and simply for being there. Iíll return the favor.

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TRIPLE_EMME 12/2/2010 10:26AM

    It looks like you have a good, solid plan outlined.

Now, work your plan!


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KATJAMN 11/30/2010 11:01AM

    The important part of the story is, you are back. You have a plan and you know what works for you.
Thank you for your honesty and your vulnerability.
You can do this, you already have achieved so very much, the rest is all about balance.

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ATREAT4ME 11/30/2010 9:30AM

    I applaud your frank assessment of your efforts. I will stand in solidarity with you. You wrote several things that echo my own feelings...

"Iíd convinced myself that I could cheat a little bit here, a little more there and things would be just fine because..."
"I've been treading water,"
"When it's said and done, only I can do this."
"I am not giving up. Iíve learned to much about me..."

It is quite a journey we're on. All I can say is thank you for sharing the work of self-assessment with us. I wish you the best in your plan to get back on track. I believe you will do it! I am grateful to have found your page, not because you're a star of any kind, but because of the honesty and integrity you bring to this effort. I aim for that!

Rock on, superstar! ;-)

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ANEPANALIPTI 11/30/2010 7:49AM

    I'm here for you EVERY STEP of the way, k??? emoticon


We ARE doing this. We are NOT gliding on our achievements thus far. We are pushing the envelope, acknowledging what's going on, that something needs to be dealt with, calling it by its real name, getting through it, standing up, brushing ourselves off and yeah, if we need to, Back. to. Basics. Whatever it takes.

Hey, how did yoga go?

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TRUE-NESS 11/30/2010 6:05AM

    That's a great plan. I need to piggy back on that plan too!

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AKATUJE 11/30/2010 4:33AM

    I agree with PP that you do not give yourself enough credit for all you have done. I thank God because your story just makes me keep going. Not only have you lost 64lbs, you have run 5k!! And you look great!!!

I think that sometimes, we let the numbers on the scale dictate whether we are making progress or not, which is just not right. I weighed the same when I was running 1 minute and when I was running 20 minutes. I let that get to me and I quit. And I still weigh the same emoticon You have learnt, done, achieved a lot, and you deserve a huge pat on the back.

I am sure you will get there, I believe in you, and do not forget for one moment that you are a Hero to so many here, myself included. All the very best wishes!!!!!!

Love and blessings!!!!!


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SAMGERBINE 11/29/2010 11:08PM

    Its awesome that you're learning from things that are happening to you. It seems that some people (myself included) don't really do this. We tell ourselves that we don't know why we don't feel good, but we really do!

Way to go!

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LESLIES537 11/29/2010 10:53PM

    I wish you the best of luck and thank you for letting me know that I'm not alone. emoticon

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CARTOONB 11/29/2010 10:11PM

    Okay, so I'll pray for you and do what I can to support you. But I'm also going to pray for Joan...and hope she doesn't have to harm you while you get rid of the "sticky icky carbs"!

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MUFFINK9 11/29/2010 7:14PM

    Yes I have been in a complacent spot too and started coasting for 5 months! So I am fighting back by increasing cardio and learning to snowshoe. Good luck John!

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JAY75REY 11/29/2010 6:57PM

    Hey, join the club! I finally faced the scale and have actually gained 10 lbs after a long long plateau. S___! There's my tooth being pulled!

I'm not as motivated right now as you, but by reading about your specific steps, they all make sense and I'm glad I'm not alone in this struggle. I refuse to give up and gain all my weight back! I had gotten stuck at 40 lbs lost. I'm at about 30 lbs now with the gain, but that's ok. NO MAS!

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GEEMAWEST 11/29/2010 6:49PM

    Mind if I piggy back on your plan? It's just what I need to do too. And forget the "rock" part, you are a "Spark Star"!
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SPARKENISTA 11/29/2010 6:34PM

I admire your persistence and your renewed schedule. However, you are running yourself down and are not giving yourself enough credit for losing 64 pounds!!

I get what you are saying about allowing bad habits to take hold again. However, your body is making a major adjustment. You have lost the major part of a person. Where are you counting your blessings and your achievements?

I'm all for the meditation. It is medication. It is also too easy to push aside. However, it is a huge tool for taking stock and "getting" what really counts. As I said before, prayer is us talking to G-d. Meditation is G-d talking to us.

I am sorry to hear about your anxiety attack. It is probably related to the negative self talk in which you are wallowing. You ARE a superstar. Don't forget that you have influenced and encouraged hundreds of people this year. I have seen your friends list. I am among those myself.

While self-evaluation is important, negating your accomplishments, of which there are many, is a big no-no. Is this the message you want to send? How about those of us who have not achieved all that you have? This week you told me to appreciate that I didn't gain weight. That helped me a lot.

I am confident that you are back on the horse and heading for the finish line!

You are my hero!



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KLEONIKI 11/29/2010 5:06PM

Your plan sounds realistic and drastic; stick to it!
stay free to change it when you feel tired, disinterested or just blue..
I am grateful for those moments too, since almost all i have learned in life came from lost battles...or moments of hesitation..
I am ABSOLUTELY sure that
we keep on learning,
we keep on proceeding,
we keep on moving towards our secret unspoken unrevealed goals even when we seem stagnant and stuck...
Just give a name to this , just give a name to that obstacle in front and you will automatically lead it to retreat..

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MARCYNA 11/29/2010 2:05PM

    Just LOVE your new background, John, you look wonderful!!!Thanks for being my hero emoticon emoticon
PS Secret affair too for me with any type of bread!!!

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_AIYANNA_ 11/29/2010 2:05PM

    Thank you for the kind comment on my page and for showing me the way to get back to where I was going. We can do it I know!!! I promise to sit down and prepare my plan tonight and to set it in motion first thing tomorrow.

Hugs xxx

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DEE797 11/29/2010 2:01PM

    John, wishing you all the best as you refocus on what matters most. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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JRIMM4 11/29/2010 1:34PM

    Even those 'Rockstars' among us need to step back, regroup, and begin anew from time to time. Recogniging the need and taking the actions are what truly set the 'Rockstars' apart.


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LOTUSFLOWER 11/29/2010 1:31PM

    Wow, I have been struggling with this treading water myself for the past month or so. Thanks for posting your plan to get back on track, I found it very helpful.

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DEBRITA01 11/29/2010 1:17PM

    This seems to be a reocurrent theme with many blogs...must be the time of year or something. ..people riding the tide and realizing that they aren't really on included.

Wishing you luck as you recommit to you...You are right, John. WE are the only ones who can do this for OURSELVES. The love, care, and support of others is appreciated but it's ultimately up to us...

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TEEKAY25 11/29/2010 1:12PM

    I am struggling with the same thing and this morning after my 4:15 am devotion reading about self-control and realized how easy it is to allow temptation to have a foot in the door; even when it has even the tiniest of foothold space it allows a whirlwind of discord to free flow in. Thanks for posting what I'm feeling, thanks resetting your small goals, you SP Rock Star emoticon emoticon (LOL), and thanks for being transparent and authentic!! It truly is a lifelong commitment to health and not a 6-month long or year-long deal.

Wishing you a beautiful day!

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BTINTERNET 11/29/2010 1:08PM

    This is a great refocusing list. Good luck!

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GIRANIMAL 11/29/2010 1:05PM

    Hiya, John! You're still a Spark rock star who "walks in the light surrounded by a positive energy vortex." (That made me smile inside and out.) I don't have to tell you this but I will anyway: these "setbacks," long or short, are part of the learning process. Behavior modification is hard. It's like learning to walk again, so of course you're going to stumble. It's the very thing that teaches us!

Thankfully, I've only had one true panic attack in my life (after my mother died) but it was enough. I really feel for you there.

But nice work coming up with a solid plan! The small increase in cardio alone will probably do you wonders. I'll be joining in you in trying to whip that carb monster back into submission! And seriously, one of these days I am going to remember to make the time to meditate. Because of course it's magical. Like I said, great plan!

You're gonna be back to the new John before you know it. And we'll be here with you no matter what!

Much love.
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GETFIT2LIVE 11/29/2010 12:56PM

    Even rock stars can slip into old habits now and then. 'Cheating' is what has killed my weight loss efforts in the past--thinking I was doing so well I could afford to have a little of this, then a little of that. Before I knew it, I was back into old habits and had gained back everything I had lost. What a blessing to have your pastor's message give you a 'wake up' call before you got that far and help you get refocused again! You're right; no one can do this for you but you. Sounds like a solid plan to get back in the 'losing' column to me. You are a winner, John; you've been learning lessons that will stand you in good stead for sticking with a healthy lifestyle for the rest of your life. Keep flying your plane through the storm; there's blue skies ahead if you keep going.


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FUZZY1TOO 11/29/2010 12:36PM

    Hi John. There's no easy quip platitudes here....just a heartfelt thanks for reminding me that I'm not alone in this journey. I, too, have stalled for various reasons and have put off having that l'il talk with myself. I guess if you can have it, so can I!
Good luck getting back on that bike and hitting the trail's not always, but it is always worth it. Okay, I lied, that was a pretty easy quip platitude, wasn't it? emoticon
Have a great day and don't let those carbs bring you too close to a bear with a thorn in it's're better off without them anyway.

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