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Finding Peace In Difficulty

Saturday, January 08, 2011

Yesterday was my last chance to get a fitness class in for the week. I had intended to go to yoga Monday night and Joan reminded me we had a commitment. Wednesday I was planning on attending Upper Body Blast at three thirty. I got really excited. So did the client that called at three needing my help. Yesterday was going to be different!! I had a client visit in the morning. It was a two hour car ride each way, so I got up at five, showered, meditated, ate breakfast and headed out. I planned on being with them until noon and then a two hour car ride home put me back here at around two. Plenty of time for Lower Body blast at three thirty. (Thatís in the ideal world where I have a full head of hair.) The client had a laundry list. I didnít leave until around three. I donít need to detail the rest.

Last night I was one depressed John. I was looking forward to those classes and they didnít work out. The more I thought about it the more I realized I could do one of two things: I could stew in my own juices all weekend, get a mask and a gun, rob a bakery and soothe my anger, or I could look for a way to make peace with all of this because as the clean version of the old saying goes ďStuff happens.Ē

I have no control over the past and little control over the future but the present, right in front of me, is within my grasp. My schedule for the next two weeks is worse than this past week. There will be no chance to do any of the three classes I am interested in until roughly February 1. But what can I do? First I came to terms that my job is really nontraditional. Itís not nine to five, itís not always Monday through Friday, and as my loving wife will tell you it can be awfully difficult to make plans unless you put them on the calendar three months in advance. Thatís the life I decided to live. I love it and my work and Iíve been successful at it. However, it often gets in the way of my health journey. Itís hard for me to get a routine in place.

Light bulb!!!

I went to Target, found a nice calendar that I could carry around as well as a black pen and a red pen. When I returned home I copied my schedule for next week using the black ink. Next, I took the red pen and worked out an exercise schedule. I left some room to move things around should my schedule change. It gave me a chance to think about how Iím going to exercise the two days Iím in West Virginia next week. I found some peace. I realized that Saturdays and Sundays for the next six weeks are going to be dull, dreary and with little to do. Sitting right up the block is my gym and while I may have to nip and trim on my week day workouts I will have all Saturday and Sunday to get in a few good workouts. It sure beats the snot out of sitting on the couch and repeating ďDonít eat the cookies, donít eat the cookies.Ē I found some peace.

If someone told you this journey isnít difficult they lied to you. Itís challenging, difficult and often full of self-doubt and pain. Just ask anyone who has reached their goal. What I have found from following those people is that amidst the tempest in the tea pot, they found some peace and that peace helped them cope with the difficulties. I learned this past week that you canít sit around cryiní about what didnít happen. Go look at yourself in the mirror, smile and ask yourself ďWhat can I do today?Ē I did.

Iím headed to the gym. The past is well its past, LOL

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WALKNLOVE 1/12/2011 7:11AM

    Instead on donning your mask & becoming "Twinkie Killer" (haha), I am glad you chose to make a positive change. My husband always says, you can be part of the problem, or part of the solution. I am glad you chose "solution". John, put on the whole armor of Christ & your "Superman" clothes & be all God has called you to be! You know, to God, you are superman, because with Christ living inside of you, you can do all sorts of things you otherwise would not be able to do! Have a great day and thanks for the reflections!

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MARCYNA 1/10/2011 4:11AM

    Lovely lovely blog. It deeply resonated with me. You're focusing on your victories not on your losses, you deserve A++++++ emoticon emoticon emoticon

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SILLYHP1953 1/9/2011 8:12PM

    Have you checked out sparkpeople's exercise videos? There are MANY 10 minute fitness ones that really give you a workout. Some of them you don't need any equipment, some you need some hand weights and/or a chair, and some use the ball. But they made a real difference in my stamina and fitness when I was doing them regularly (the 28-day bootcamp) and it's pretty easy to fit in 10 minutes here and there, especially when you don't have to leave the house.

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GO-LOEW 1/9/2011 10:27AM

    You have a good plan going. What kind of work do you do?

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TEDYBEAR2838 1/8/2011 9:46PM

    You definitely have it going on!

emoticon You Rock John!

LET'S ROCK 2011~!

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GANASSI 1/8/2011 8:26PM

    I know what it's like to have irregular work hours: I'm a musician and it seems like it's feast or famine for me. I don't even have two days that are the same, let alone 2 weeks.

Since "mastering" the exercise part of SP (or rather embracing it), I wake up every morning and try to find a window of time to exercise (or better yet, plan it the night before). Some days it's possible, some not. I changed my goal from a certain amount of exercise every day or number of times a week (which I originally thought was reasonable - but then found this applied only to those with regular lives) to a certain amount every week, to be done as *I* can fit it in. Today I took a look at the past week and realized, "Zoiks, I have to burn almost 600 calories today - and I guess and that will take care of the 75 minutes..."

I'm grateful for the weeks I AM able to find gym time - just as I'm grateful for work. The couch is no place for me! Nor for you, it seems!

Keep up the good work - you'll enjoy those classes at the gym all the more when you finally get to them.

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RACINGSLUG 1/8/2011 3:46PM

    I love it when the story has a happy ending! Our attitude will make or break so much of our experience and our success. I'm glad you chose to keep going despite the setbacks.

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GETFIT2LIVE 1/8/2011 1:57PM

    Great solution, John! Stuff happens; life gets in the way of our plans sometimes, so finding ways to roll with the punches and still keep pressing towards our goals is all part of the process. Hope you thoroughly enjoy your gym time. How far you have come! If someone had told you a year or so ago that you'd be depressed over not being able to go to a fitness class all week, would you have believed them?


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JUNEAU2010 1/8/2011 1:03PM

    Life happens! Rejoice in those differently opening doors.

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STEELKICKIN 1/8/2011 11:35AM

    That's the ticket! What's that prayer?

God, grant us the...
Serenity to accept things we cannot change,
Courage to change the things we can, and the
Wisdom to know the difference.
Patience for the things that take time;
Appreciation for all that we have, and
Tolerance for those with different struggles.
Freedom to live beyond the limitations of our past ways; the
Ability to feel your love for us and our love for each other and the
Strength to get up and try again even when we feel it is hopeless.

It looks like you've found that serenity. Now take it and run with it.

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THOMS1 1/8/2011 11:30AM

    Yes, it's a real struggle everyday. Most days I can get my workout in with no problem but, then comes the week where I hear "Mom can you watch your grandson for a couple of days this week" of course I'm happy to do it but, it does interfere with our daily lives. Have a great week and I hope your successful getting your workouts in. emoticon

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CARTOONB 1/8/2011 11:04AM

    Robbing a bakery is a little extreme, but I get where you're coming from. Good job figuring out an exercise schedule that should work for you. BTW, I really like crullers. emoticon

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TIME4AFITME 1/8/2011 10:43AM

    Nice insight . Thank you so much as always!

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CBLANK20091 1/8/2011 10:05AM

  Once again, thank you so much for the kick in the butt I so richly deserve!
I always find so much motivation and wisdome from your blogs.

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CAHUNO2 1/8/2011 9:32AM

    oh John you are good!! Just the words I need. I am still fighting the Shingles pain (for almost 10 weeks now) and yesterday was one frustrating day and I came home from the new Dr.s and ATE! I hit SP this AM and can't stop thinking of food. But You are right - I can control today and I need PEACE. I've been calling it stress but I LOVE your word so much better! Thank You!! I will now look in my mirror and ask for peace.

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HDHAWK 1/8/2011 9:29AM

    You got it John! I've been thinking about getting my calender out for that very reason, but haven't done it yet. Stop thinking, start doing. I'm getting a student teacher on Tues. which will take more of "my" time so I need to lay out a plan. emoticon

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GREENCAT1 1/8/2011 8:51AM

    Nice insight as usual John!

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IFDEEVARUNS2 1/8/2011 8:49AM

    You got it: it's a constant struggle, but well worth it. Enjoy the gym! Me, I'm heading out for a run, praying that I experience no major pain.

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Twelve Things You Should Know

Thursday, January 06, 2011

My baby sister recently turned fifty and she sent me this email earlier this morning. I am not sure of the source and neither was she but I think it's some pretty good advice.

"For a lark yesterday, I tweeted 12 things that I wish I had known when I was 25. Maybe they'll help a 25 year-old person you know. Or you!

1.) So I'm 50 today, and I'm going to tweet what I wish I knew at 25. First up: Stop worrying so much! It's useless.

2.) Being a saint means being yourself. Stop trying to be someone else and just be your best self. Saves you heartache.

3.) There's no right way to pray, any more than there's a right way to be a friend. What's best is what works best for you.

4.) Remember 3 things and save yourself lots of unneeded heartache: You're not God. This ain't heaven. Don't act like a jerk.

5.) Your deepest, most heartfelt, desires are God's desires for you. And vice versa. Listen. And follow them.

6.) Within you is the idea of your best self. Act as if you were that person and you will become that person, with God's grace.

7.) Don't worry too much about the worst that can happen. Even if it happens, God is with you, and you can handle it. Really.

8.) You can't force people to approve of you, agree with you, be impressed with you, love you or even like you. Stop trying!

9.) When we compare, we are usually imagining someone else's life falsely. So our real-life loses out. Ie, Compare and despair.

10.) Even when you finally realized the right thing, or the Christian thing, to do, it can still be hard to do. Do it anyway.

11.) Seven things to say frequently: I love you. Thank you. Thank you, God. Forgive me. I'm so happy for you! Why not? Yes.

12.) Final 50 y.o. lesson: Peace and joy come after asking God to free you--from anything that keeps you from being loving and compassionate."

Hope you have a great day.

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STEELKICKIN 1/7/2011 10:53PM

    I think we would all be better off if we just remembered to do these things....most definitely, the headaches would be gone, the sadness and anxiety removed from our hearts and our shoulders would be freed from incredible weight. Amen, John, thank you and thanks for your sister for sharing these awesome words of wisdom.

God bless you and many hugs from me to you...

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MSSUNBUG 1/7/2011 10:11PM

    Amen! These are great!

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ANEPANALIPTI 1/7/2011 9:05PM

    WOW these are REALLY powerful!!! THANKS!!!!!

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MYOWNHERO 1/7/2011 5:05PM

    Your baby sister sure is smart! Happy birthday to her and thanks for sharing.

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CARTOONB 1/6/2011 9:57PM go back and live with what I know now! And I'll probably be saying that again in the next ten years. Or even next year.

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TEDYBEAR2838 1/6/2011 9:40PM

    Great advice John.

Let's ROCK 2011!

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TIME4AFITME 1/6/2011 7:14PM

    Thank you for sharing. That is great I am going to keep a copy of that. Good to read at any age

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SILLYHP1953 1/6/2011 1:45PM

    How wonderful it would have been to have my 50 year old self come talk to me when I was 25, or better yet, 18. But would I have listened?

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IMREADY77 1/6/2011 11:51AM

    Wow! Thanks so much for sharing. I've learned allot from you, just from that blog. That's a real blessing to me. Thanks once again! emoticon

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KAT573 1/6/2011 11:06AM

    THANK you for sharing that! I especially love and have come to realize 7-12 and I am so GRATEFUL that I have! I am going to pass this on, if you don't mind, after I print it out!

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2WHEELEDSHARON 1/6/2011 10:53AM

    How beautiful. The one about how our deepest desires are God's desires for us makes me remember that everyone is doing their best even if I don't think so!

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JAE_HENNINGTON 1/6/2011 10:31AM

  great wisdom...thanks for taking the time to post..Now if I can just remember these things myself

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EMTFF376 1/6/2011 9:57AM

    Holy cow. I turn 35 in a couple weeks and I should rewrite these on that day (with proper citation). The sooner we can live by these, the better... ESPECIALLY #1! I am a horrible worrier.

Thank you so much for sharing these. It seems to have come at a perfect moment in my life.


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GETFIT2LIVE 1/6/2011 9:24AM

    Wisdom seems to run in the family, John! Great list; thank you for sharing it, and thank your sister for us all!

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LIFEISSWEET2 1/6/2011 9:10AM

    Thank you for this great blog!

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KATHRYN1955 1/6/2011 9:01AM

    Thanks, John for this list. I have just copied it out and am going to go over it more slowly. I especially like #12.
Take care,
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CAHUNO2 1/6/2011 9:01AM

    Great things to remember!! Several I need to think of each day. emoticon

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HOT4FITNESS 1/6/2011 8:58AM

    Thanks for sharing!

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CICI510 1/6/2011 8:53AM

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CBRED1628 1/6/2011 8:53AM

  Thanks. I also favor number 8. Good advise for anyone at any age. :)

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MARCYNA 1/6/2011 8:39AM

    Hey, that's great----Particularly # 8 I have to learn by heart and repeat so many times to me....thanks to sis & you emoticon emoticon

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Two Words That Have To Go

Wednesday, January 05, 2011

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MSSUNBUG 1/7/2011 10:23PM

    Breaking free from perfectionism was a necessary precursor to achieving any of the goals I set for myself. Abandoning the "deadline" mentality, the "x pounds by x date" mentality was infinitely freeing. It left me only able to celebrate whatever came, rather than bemoan what WASN'T coming. I cringe when I watch people setting these sorts of goals here since I think it sets us up for, as you've already articulately pointed out, perfectionism, judment, and then ultimately their good buddy, failure.

I may have mentioned that I read this great book at the very start of my journey (need to reread it, actually!) called _Life Without Ed_ by Jennie Schaffer. I went into it believing there would be nothing for me to relate to (it was recommended to me that I read it), and I walked away with heaps of hope, insight, and tools for dealing with my own perfectionism. I believe with all of my heart that once we get that out of our way (perfectionism), once we're able to treat ourselves with kindness and compassion, once we make the space to be in support of ourselves, the need for goals is really only secondary.

I hope you feed that wonderful head and heart only good, healthy stuff this year--sounds like you're well on your way.


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TEDYBEAR2838 1/6/2011 9:55PM

    This is a emoticon blog!

You are so right. How do you do it?

Let's ROCK 2011

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GIRANIMAL 1/6/2011 12:34PM

    Thanks again, my dear friend, for yet another eerily well-times reminder. (How do you keep doing that?!) LOL

Perfection and (nearly always unfounded) guilt are two of my lifelong arch-nemeses. But I am getting better, oh so slowly, in no small part because we've talked about this before. emoticon

Happy new year to you, John. I know this is going to be your best yet!


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HDHAWK 1/6/2011 10:34AM

    This blog was fantastic. It really hit home for me. I focus way too much on my screwups, my not being perfect, instead of what I do accomplish. By the way, 68 lbs. is no small accomplishment!

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MARCYNA 1/6/2011 9:07AM

    Oh my, this is my main problem, perfectionism is killing me emoticon

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ANEPANALIPTI 1/6/2011 3:54AM

    WOW - "why don't we monitor what goes into our heads" Abso lutely flipping brilliant.

It's like a fountain that is never ending right in you???????


"not always upset for the reasons we think"

I really liked this whole blog - with this attitude you will be kind to yourself and you will reach that very attainable goal!!!!!!!!

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CARTOONB 1/5/2011 11:30PM

    Perfection is a hard one to get away from. Good luck with that. When you figure it out, give me some pointers, k?

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SILLYHP1953 1/5/2011 9:35PM

    You're really good at making me think. I've known for many years that I'm a perfectionist, been working on it for a while because it tends to keep me frozen. And I've been in judgement of myself for MANY years, working on that, too. Forgiveness.

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MRSSTOGS 1/5/2011 3:51PM

    This post is beautiful - I normally don't watch video posts, but I was curious. You've put your words together so well.

Unfortunately, I can barely agree about the need for perfection and the result of judgment; I can't see judging yourself, I can't see judging you - when I look at you, I remember the first time we "met," where you were then, and I'm consistently blown away by your progress. You haven't lost 5 or 10 vanity pounds - nothing wrong with those who want that, of course - you have earned enough, worked enough and stayed motivated enough to lose so much weight that your WHOLE BODY looks different! The change is so easy to celebrate that I suppose I must forget that our demons come from within, and that I can't convince another human being to see themselves through my eyes.

You are not perfect, John, but you are a champion. You are triumphant. And you'll keep going.

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SLIM.CHICK 1/5/2011 11:25AM

    My thoughts:
The act of judging is habit and a choice.
Perfection in this world does not exist as things are always changing and evolving.
I like to think my spirit is an example of perfection.

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AMP6411 1/5/2011 10:23AM

    Great vlog! Very true words there, which made me feel not so alone with those two words that do indeed have to go. Thank you.

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UNLIKELY 1/5/2011 10:11AM


I was blown away by your honesty. It made me feel connected to you in such a strong way and connected to everyone in such a strong way because truthfully, doesn't everyone do that to themselves? When I make the simplest mistake I sit in the harshest judgement of myself and tell myself how stupid I am. I know logically that this cannot be true because I have accomplished things like graduating from college. But, I still cannot help feeling that way and judging myself for those small failures. I did that just this morning and it will probably ruin my whole day. I have to stop putting that garbage in my own head, as you say. Thank you so much for this blog!

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SMOCKON 1/5/2011 10:00AM

    Well, in my book, 68 lbs. is incredible! If a friend or coworker lost that amount, you'd say, "Wow, Bob, you are looking fantastic! It's amazing that you lost 68 lbs. in one year." And you'd mean it. Why do we hold ourselves to a higher standard?

I started to give up because I only lost about 30 lbs. in 2010. But you know what? I can reach my goal weight because I've already proven to myself that I can lose weight--not immediately, not even fast--but I can lose. I may not reach my goal weight in 2011 either, but I am going to end the year weighing less and being healthier than I am starting it. I know you are, too.

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DOLLBABE56 1/5/2011 9:43AM

    Your blog is soooo true. I've got the devil on one shoulder, angel on the other thing going on too. I would bet that most everyone does. Good luck to you and me and everyone else with working on this.

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EMTFF376 1/5/2011 8:39AM

    Wow! Thanks for the video blog this morning.

60 pounds is amazing! My total weight loss was 70 and it took me a year and half! You are doing great things for yourself.

I agree with perfectionism. I am a victim/offender/whatever you want to call it as well. I have set goals for myself (my blog 1/1/11). I believe they are much more realistic, attainable and measurable than in years past. I believe writing them down and revisiting them on a daily basis helps. I have them posted on my fridge. I walk past each day and read.

You are such an inspiration, John. Don't let that perfection demon (that most of us have under the bed) tell you any different. You are amazing and you have a lot to be proud of in your accomplishment column! :)


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Helping Me, Helping You

Wednesday, January 05, 2011

The more I share, the more I grow. The more I grow the more capable I become. To me, it's never been about getting, it's been about giving. A month or so ago I completed a process that will allow me to be a professional Life Coach. Took the necessary classes, passed the tests, etc. I have one requirement left to fulfill and I believe it's a good one. I am required to do Life Coaching with three people for free. In return those people can write a testimonial. These three people should not be friends or family.

The process involves evaluating yourself in five key life areas, choosing up to three of those areas you'd like to improve in, having a vision statement created for you and then setting a series of goals and objectives to reach those improvements. This is not therapy. As one of my instructors said "Therapy looks backwards coaching looks forward."

It's a great time of year to do something like this. So, I am offering three people the opportunity to work with me for approximately 5 - 7 hours in accomplishing the above tasks. When you are finished you will have a pretty clear cut set of goals to move forward with and I'll complete my certification.

What's required of you?

You must have a sincere desire to improve yourself. I'm like a personal trainer only I deal with the mind, heart and soul, so to speak.

You will have to verbally communicate with me either on the telephone or through video chatting. I prefer to use Skype for video chatting so if you are interested and not in the USA its not a huge obstacle.

Anything you and I talk about remains confidential. You might be contacted by the certification group just to verify I went through the initial process. There are no strings attached to this and I'm not selling anything. You would be helping me as much as I might be helping you. Actually I can't take too much credit for this blog it was Joan's idea. She thought it would be a good way of giving back to all who have helped me.

If you are interested send me a Spark Mail and I'll give you further details.

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TEDYBEAR2838 1/6/2011 9:44PM

    Wow, John that's great. Maybe sometime in the future, you can give us some ideas of what you do with the people you work with. I am totally clueless, even after reading this. SO maybe some examples??

Hey, whatever it is you will be emoticon at it!



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WALKNLOVE 1/6/2011 8:00AM

    YOU WILL BE WONDERFUL!!!!!God has truly blessed you, but you will also be such a huge blessing to anyone whose life you touch by the power of God at work within you! emoticon

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MARCYNA 1/6/2011 6:49AM

    Truly wonderful...I am really amazed of your being a life-coach and Ii admire you...

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SILLYHP1953 1/5/2011 1:26PM

    Wow...I would definately be interested, so put my name in the hat. You've not said anything I disagree with in your blogs, and they have inspired me, so I think you'd be a great life coach. And tell Joan going on sp with this was a good idea.

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SLIM.CHICK 1/5/2011 11:36AM

    I would be happy to take you up on your offer.

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CICI510 1/5/2011 8:35AM

    That is so awesome!! I'm excited for you!! :)

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MSSUNBUG 1/5/2011 8:20AM

    This is a fabulous idea, John. I wish you all the luck in the world with it. Whoever decides to take you up on this offer is L-U-C-K-Y to have you on their team, for sure!

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When Nothing Is Something

Tuesday, January 04, 2011

My favorite Christmas gift this year came from Cracker Barrel. It was a 4 x 7 black and white wall hanging of a tree without leaves standing beside a gravel path and a fence running in front of it. The caption below read ďBe still and know that I am God.Ē Since Christmas Day it is what I have been called to do and be Ė for right now Ė and I have fought my Creator tooth and nail. I know none of you guys ever do this but I always think I know better. I take a walk every morning. Itís above and beyond any cardio or strength training I might do that day. Itís an opportunity to focus and center myself for the day. This morning I argued and struggled and made what I thought were pretty good cases about how I should wind myself up and plunge right in to 2011. Set all sorts of goals and objective and the like.

ďBe still and know that I am God.Ē

Iím getting tired of hearing that. I tug at the leash. I want to write powerful, motivating blogs, articles and books that articulate these lofty or deep goals that everyone will drop their jaw in amazement over. In truth I am looking to validate my own worth by a lot of activity. If Iím busy Iím valuable. In His infinite wisdom God stands perfect and patient and I keep hoping the leash will break and Iíll run hither and yonÖ.

I have no goals or objectives for 2011 except to be healthier tomorrow then I was today. My goal right now is to listen to the soft and still voice inside of me and to those of you that the voice of the Spirit encourages me to listen to. It is to be still. During my walk this morning I felt a great surge of peace at one point. To put into words ďI felt spring in twenty five degree weather.Ē There was a clearing in my mind and I saw one simple yet perplexing goal. My goal is to be John. In her blog earlier this week CATHERINEL66 said something about ďpeeling the layers of the onion back.Ē I have done a lot of that since I began my journey in earnest a bit over a year ago and now itís time to do more.
I will track my food, and exercise and meditate and rest but mostly my quest this year is to be John and to do so as quietly as possible. John got fat when John got lost and now itís time to look for him and bring him home. Thatís my goal, doing something by doing nothing.

I will leave you with this thought, however. I have over 600 Spark Friends. Close to one third of them havenít been active in over a year. I have thought of deleting them and then low and behold one or two of them wrote me telling me they came back. If you are here and you are struggling and sweating and wringing your hands realize you one of those who will not quit or give up and who is searching to locate yourself.

Be blessed today.

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UNLIKELY 1/6/2011 9:22AM

  Truly, I feel like starting this is painful. As we all know our eating habits are not usually about eating at all. I don't know if I want to open Pandora's box and take a look around.

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HEALTHYME229 1/5/2011 9:43AM

    I read your blogs regularly and, even though I rarely comment, there are often nuggets of insight for me on my journey. This one hit home for me in a big way. I just completed my first year on Spark and peeled many onion layers with plenty of tears. I ended the year with more peace and joy than I can remember in years. In that process, I started to find Teri again and I started to love her again. My prayer for you is that you will find that same peace and joy as you find John and lavish upon him all the love and support you so generously give to others. From what I can tell - he is an awesome guy!

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RACINGSLUG 1/5/2011 9:13AM

    Beautiful thoughts as always. Stillness can be so hard to achieve. I think in today's era it's even harder - I noticed with some chagrine the other day that when my husband left the restaurant table to wash his hands, my immediate instinct was to pick up my cell phone and check my e-mail. It's like we struggle to let things be even for a second. Maybe because we fear what will happen if we are left alone with our thoughts. What if we get bored? What if we catch a glimpse of who we really are, and we don't like what we see? There's a popular meditation book called, ''Don't Just Do Something, Sit There!''

To be John - that is the best goal you can have. It's clear from your words you know what you need to do now. Enjoy the stillness.

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LILIVW 1/5/2011 8:41AM

    This is one of the hardest things for me to do - be still. Yesterday I was in a religious building and I still felt the stress of all I had "to do". I didn't relish the moment. This needs to be one of my goals for this year too. To enjoy/live each moment, be still and listen. Thanks for sharing.

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MSSUNBUG 1/5/2011 8:26AM

    I think I've shared recently that I've felt a bit of a need to sit back and be a little quieter on my journey. I have a friend who (when I was injured) helped me fold into resting by reminding me that everything rests. "Look outside," she said. "The leaves are turning and falling, the squirrels are gathering, everything is preparing for a season of rest. We require that too." Okay, it's not exactly what you're talking about here (lol), but it's related. Sometimes the best thing we can do is no-THING at all, the best action, inaction. The next right step will come clear.

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    Great insights. Thanks for (as always) making me slow down and think.

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SILLYHP1953 1/4/2011 7:18PM

    I do get a lot out of your blogs, thank you. And I am realizing that as long as I keep coming back I will get there. I am learning to love and accept my "not thin" me, as Marianne Williamson says.

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REJ7777 1/4/2011 7:05PM

    You write: "John got fat when John got lost and now itís time to look for him and bring him home". When the prodigal came home (in Jesus' parable), the father was watching for him and ran out to welcome him home with open arms.

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JPRICE217 1/4/2011 6:09PM

    Bless you.

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GIZZY54 1/4/2011 3:22PM

    I am "one of those who need to get back" I need to listen to your voices of encouragement instead of listening to the inner voices felling me I am no good. I, like you, need to find myself. Yours is the first blog I have read so far this year. I guess I would rather sit around and feel sorry for myself. Thanks for writing your blog.

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STILLPOINT 1/4/2011 3:19PM

    Lovely to see your peaceful mindfulness. All goals begin with a wish - we need to stop and decide what that wish is, before we jump ahead and start doing. Blessings.


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DEE797 1/4/2011 11:21AM

    What an inspiring blog you have written. It's timely and just what I needed to hear today. Wishing you success on your journey of finding John again. emoticon

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DAWNDMOORE40 1/4/2011 10:48AM

    Your blog was very inspiring! I wish you a blessed day! I hope your walk today did you some good! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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JUNEAU2010 1/4/2011 10:40AM

    May you be blessed as well!

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GEEMAWEST 1/4/2011 10:32AM

    I'm am always blessed when I read your blogs. Thank you.

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KAT573 1/4/2011 10:28AM

    KUDOS, John! I love walking and talking with God......I love that you found PEACE! It is precious and I love that you are going to be embracing more of who you are this year! JOHN is coming back home.

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