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Blocking The Sun or Getting In My Own Way. (Once Again)

Friday, March 25, 2011

I was poised to have a really good week. I was headed to Nashville on Monday and Tuesday to teach a seminar on communication issues. I havenít seen some of these people since before Christmas. I was excited about catching up with them. I have a new coaching client. I had my first meeting with them yesterday and I always enjoy getting to know people. Itís a new person with a fresh set of goals. It always energizes me. Later this afternoon I have a massage scheduled and tomorrow we help our youngest celebrate his twenty fourth birthday.
Then I decided to get in my own way. I donít know if it ever happens to you but with me I get this feeling of somewhere between being a super hero and God. Conventional wisdom gets lost in the shuffle along with nutrition and exercise. Forget about The Spark, The Scale and The Gym. You are John, you are on a roll and you can cut the heads off those dragons in short order, canít you? Sure you can, sure you can.

You have been a Sparkler for going on two years and havenít you lost a total of seventy one pounds? That little self-deceiving voice says ďTYVM logic and reason, Iíll take it from here.Ē You forget about that harmonic balance of body, mind and soul.


My largest issue is getting in my own way and sabotaging myself. Itís heading out of town without a good nutrition plan. Itís not planning my day so there is time for exercise in a surprisingly well equipped hotel gym. Itís cocking my head towards the sky and saying ďIíll take it from here.Ē Itís buying into all the myths and fallacies all over again.

Without balance in my life, without harmony, without the admission that I canít do this alone I am doomed to repeat the same behavior over and over again. It is no wonder when I step on the scale, that it didnít move from the past two weeks.

The good news is Iím here, again, today ready to begin again, ready to create more balance in my life and hopefully I am a bit wiser for the experience.

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TRACEY5280 3/28/2011 10:47AM

    Oh how I know that cocky feeling! And gained back 10 lbs! Working on getting back to what works, what I KNOW works, and living a healthy life. Thanks for that post.

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MARCYNA 3/28/2011 3:24AM

    Right attitude; right frame of mind; the force be with you!!!!! emoticon

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JPRICE217 3/27/2011 10:11AM

    I very good eye opener I do the same thing. O how I need o get back on track.

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ANEPANALIPTI 3/26/2011 3:50PM

    Recognizing the weakness, naming the achilles heel makes you stronger, because then you can work WITH it.

U can totally do this John. :-) I believe in you!!!!


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KC1948 3/26/2011 3:33PM

  Hi, JohnT. I never realized, until I read your post, that my grocery store alsohas two entrances: one by the fruits and veggies aisle; and one that goes by Starbucks, pastries, etc. Thanks for the honesty, inspiration, and insight.

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KATHRYN1955 3/26/2011 2:54PM

    It is indeed an ongoing struggle. There is a commercial out (I forget just what it is about) that says that you have to head into the wind if you want to get off the ground. I have just decided today to get back to Sparking in earnest. It is so easy to forget how far we have come and to focus only the negative. Also it is so easy to only focus on the scale/measurement portion of success instead of the more intangible measures like the support of wonderful friends and family, healthier lifestyle choices, new skills etc. Perhaps we are more afraid of success than failure (after all, we are used to failure!) and that is why we sabotage ourselves on a level that we can see and feel.
Anyway, hang in there, as you can see from all the responses, we are truly all in this together.
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WALKNLOVE 3/26/2011 8:31AM

    TYVM? Anyways, isn't it funny how we think to ourselves, "you've got this, no problem", when that's what got us in this mess to begin with? HAHAHA We just have to laugh at ourselves sometimes.I KNOW I can't do it alone.I'm glad I have God on my journey to help me, or I would have given up along time ago. I am also thankful for friends like you who "keep it real". Thanks for sharing with us, and helping us keep it real as well, and let us know, that we are all in this together :)

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MARTHA503 3/26/2011 3:55AM

    Can totally relate. You, know 2 steps forward and 3 back; Thank god there's always the opportunity to start anew.

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GEEMAWEST 3/25/2011 10:15PM

    You're right on with this one, John. But then, of course, you usually are right on with all of your blogs.

And........I agree with Barb. emoticon

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CARTOONB 3/25/2011 9:57PM


I've found that when I don't plan, I do so much worse. I have my breakfast, snacks, and dinner planned for tomorrow. Must need ot get lunch planned so I can be in calorie range...on a weekend!

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LYNMEINDERS 3/25/2011 9:43PM

    I know exactly what you are saying here....

Everytime I succeed at this I sabotage myself.....working on changing it.....

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MADKAPKID 3/25/2011 4:23PM

    John, its step by step. Some days it may be a step back...but each NEW days offers us a chance to step on forward again. YOU have been doing well and have an amazing story to tell. YOU can do this. I know you will! Have a joy filled day, Karen

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DIASTER 3/25/2011 2:26PM

  Right on. You have the ability to put into words exactly the same things that are playing around in our brains.Wonder why we think we can just take over and do it our way when our way is what go us into this state in the first place.You seem able to hit it right on, could it be we all have the same general struggles with food choices and mental lapses? Or maybe we are just human

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REJ7777 3/25/2011 1:59PM

    We need to be ever vigilant! I started slipping a couple months ago, and regained 13 lbs. *Thinking* about exercising, rather than actually doing it. Eating trigger foods. I've been off target mentally. I think that what's different about this time, though, is that we catch ourselves before we slip too far. I've moved back from thinking to doing, and the scale has started moving back downward. I think there's a way in which this battle will be lifelong, and we can do it!

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GIRANIMAL 3/25/2011 12:57PM

    You know, I still want to believe that one day you WILL be able to "take it from here." That's the point, isn't it? For living healthfully to become second nature. So perhaps balance and patience, dear friend.

Or maybe I am projecting. emoticon Either way, I know you'll work this out. You always do! (Actually, it sounds like you already have.)

Sorry so busy this week and just catching up -- miss you!

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ALLISON145 3/25/2011 12:14PM

    You can do it, John! Just don't give up!

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MORTICIAADDAMS 3/25/2011 12:05PM

    There will be those days and weeks for people who fall off the wagon but people who never quit never have to really fail. They just take longer to get to the finish line.

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LINDAJ0621 3/25/2011 11:48AM

    I think most of us here can relate, John. I know I spend a LOT of time getting in my own way..LOL. But, the winning part is knowing that and getting back on track. You are obviously a winner!!! Have a wonderful day!

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GETFIT2LIVE 3/25/2011 11:48AM

    Every day, every moment we have a chance to start again--which is a good thing, because I need lots of restarts along the way! Lack of planning is what trips me up over and over; you'd think I'd learn that and ALWAYS plan ahead, but no, I don't. Glad you're here, we need one another!!

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VMASSEY1 3/25/2011 11:35AM

    I know exactly what you mean. We will be going to Las Vegas at the end of April and I am wanting to stay with my plan. We do this every year and I always end up sabotaging myself before it is over. One year I was going to go to Curves every day we were there and it cost me 20 dollars to just go one way. Someone from the club brought me back to the hotel. The hotel has a gym and it cost 30 dollars a day to use it. I was going to walk and take the Duece and by the time I got to the bus stop I had already walked 1 mile. So I used that as my exercise because when I walked back that would be 2 miles. But yes we need to get back on the horse again and ride off into the --- wherever we need to be. But I know from whence you come. Good Blog. emoticon

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CHUEYSMOM 3/25/2011 10:39AM

    Been there done it! Took the is great to be able to start again each week. =)

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HLPRATT 3/25/2011 10:24AM

    I know exactly what you mean!

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SMOCKON 3/25/2011 10:24AM

    LOL! It's like my boss says (and I agree): God is my secret weapon. I'll handle it until something comes up that is totally beyond my abilities, and then I'll whip out God and let him take care of it. Reminds me of the George Lopez line: "Angie, I got theeeeeess!!" That line usually comes right before a disaster.

As always a great point, and one that hits me hard. Thanks!

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TRIPLE_EMME 3/25/2011 9:58AM

    I'm glad that you are here, again, today!

I wish you balance, my friend.

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TRAVELGRRL 3/25/2011 9:44AM

    I was reminded the other day that we are presented with the same lessons over and over again until we learn them.

We hear the message of God and the Bible endlessly in different forms each Sunday; we learn the same subjects in school year after year; why should this be any different?

While it is something we will always need to work at, I believe eventually weight control will stop being the struggle it is now. Have faith!

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MARITIMER3 3/25/2011 9:37AM

    Hi John - I can so relate, and I'm sure everyone else reading today's blog can too! Your honesty is refreshing. We all set up situations to sabotage ourselves (or block the sun), but we often tend to make excuses... you tell it like it is.

You're back on track today. You are a success... you've lost 71 lbs. for goodness sake! I'm looking forward to hearing of the birthday celebrations. Have a great week-end.

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SILLYHP1953 3/25/2011 9:37AM

    It is rather easy to get humbled...and something I need to learn over and over. Humbleness.

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DOLLBABE56 3/25/2011 9:22AM

    here here!

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NASFKAB 3/25/2011 9:11AM

  Good comment you are so honest about what went wrong

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And Then I Thought Of YOU

Thursday, March 24, 2011

I'm a member of Optimists International. We gather each week and mostly we work on fund raising activities that benefit kids either though community involvement or through scholarships. At the end of the meeting we recite the Optimists Creed. It is based upon the poem written below. As we recited it yesterday I thought of YOU. You are the person who inspires me, motivates me and helps me along this sometimes steep and narrow path I climb. I thought I'd share it with you since the poem and you have so much value to my life and journey

Promise Yourself........

To be so strong that nothing can disturb your peace of mind.

To talk health, happiness, and prosperity to every person you meet.

To make all your friends feel that there is something special in them.

To look at the sunny side of everything and make your optimism come true.

To think only of the best, to work only for the best, and to expect only the best.

To be just as enthusiastic about the success of others as you are about your own.

To forget the mistakes of the past and press on to the greater achievements of the future.

To wear a cheerful countenance at all times and give every living creature you meet a smile.

To give so much time to the improvement of yourself that you have no time to criticize others.

To be too large for worry, too noble for anger, too strong for fear, and too happy to permit the presence of trouble.

~ Christian D Larson
Your Forces and How to Use Them 1912

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TRACEY5280 3/28/2011 10:51AM

    Thank you for posting this. I copied it and plan to carry it with me to refer to on those days...

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MIBELLALUNA 3/26/2011 1:24AM

    good one!!

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LYNMEINDERS 3/25/2011 9:38PM

    Love it....thankyou

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BRYLIA 3/25/2011 5:57PM

    I love that John. What a great organization to belong to(I hadn't heard of it before). Imagine what the world would be like if everyone followed that creed :)!

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GIRANIMAL 3/25/2011 2:38PM

    Talk about words to live by! Thanks for some extra inspiration at just the right moment - as always. emoticon

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DOLLBABE56 3/25/2011 8:18AM

    I need this today.

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MARTHA503 3/25/2011 4:50AM

    You did it again, JOHNTJ, Beautiful!

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ANEPANALIPTI 3/25/2011 4:35AM

    thats beautiful!!

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CARTOONB 3/24/2011 11:27PM

    I like it!

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CARTOONB 3/24/2011 11:27PM

    I like it!

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REJ7777 3/24/2011 10:23PM

    Great recommendations! emoticon

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WATERMELLEN 3/24/2011 10:20PM

    My DH is an Optimist too -- and I've always thought this creed was very inspiring!! This is a remarkable group of people at SP and they do keep us optimistic!!

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GEEMAWEST 3/24/2011 9:02PM

    Would you mind sending me this everyday in an email for the rest of my life? OK, I was just askin'.

I will print it out and post it at work and at home.

Thanks Buddy!

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MKPRINCESS007 3/24/2011 8:23PM

    Love this, John! :)
I had heard of the Optimists before, but am so excited to see this creed. I need to print it out and put it up in my office.

you are the best!

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KELLY40222 3/24/2011 7:16PM

    This is a club we all need to join!

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MARATHONMOM26.2 3/24/2011 7:00PM

    I need to say this every morning so that I am focused for the day ahead. Thank you for sharing!

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MADKAPKID 3/24/2011 5:24PM

    Now this is Awesome! Thank you. Have a joy filled day, Karen emoticon

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DAWNEBLUNDA 3/24/2011 4:57PM

    Awesome post. You always have such good things to say! Will you loan my some of your creative, insightful nature? Thank you...I may just print this out and put it up in my kitchen. (Because, although I am an optimist, my lovely hubby, is kind of a pessimist!) Thanks! emoticon

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    What a great creed!! Love it.

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PGNBRI 3/24/2011 2:30PM

    Thanks John!

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JEWELS692 3/24/2011 12:45PM

    LOVE it this is the shot in the arm I needed today and also one I can pass on... Thanks emoticon

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MARITIMER3 3/24/2011 12:16PM

    Thank you, John. Wonderful creed to live by.

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JERIBERI1 3/24/2011 11:56AM

    That's a great creed! Thanks for sharing!

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MOM2MXKE 3/24/2011 11:55AM

    Thanks for sharing. Great poem and that is great that you are so involved with making a change. I admire you! Thank you(:

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SILLYHP1953 3/24/2011 11:25AM

    Are you serious? The Optimists Club is really a club of obtimists? I've heard of the Optimist Club, but never associated them with actually being optimists!! I know what club I want to join!!

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KATYMACK 3/24/2011 11:11AM

    Beautiful creed to live by. Thank you for sharing.

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MARCYNA 3/24/2011 10:36AM

    This is GREAT....I'll send it to my best friends, thanks John!!!! emoticon

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TRAVELGRRL 3/24/2011 10:35AM

    I'll be posting this on my mirror. Thanks so much for the lift this morning!

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AKATUJE 3/24/2011 10:20AM

    How beautiful!!! Thank you for sharing!!

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THEFIRSTDAY 3/24/2011 10:01AM

    That was just what I needed to hear!

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THEFIRSTDAY 3/24/2011 10:00AM

    That was just what I needed to hear!

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NASFKAB 3/24/2011 9:58AM

  Thanks so much its beautiful

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Create In Me A Clean Heart

Monday, March 21, 2011

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LYNMEINDERS 3/25/2011 9:37PM

    Awesome...thankyou so much for this message....i like the way you look at repentance.....

enjoy cleaning the garage....

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ILOVEGRAY 3/25/2011 5:06PM

    Psalm 51:10 KJV
King James Version
Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me.

There is JOY in doing what is right!
I Agree!
have a great weekend...and our garage is in envy!

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EGR2BEME 3/25/2011 5:14AM

    Great blog John, you have no idea how timely it was for me to read this! Good luck cleaning that garage...I am off to look in the mirror!

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ANEPANALIPTI 3/25/2011 4:43AM

    Absolutely about the way that we put things....

Listening to you brings me peace and calm, and I am so thankful for you.

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HLPRATT 3/24/2011 9:14AM

    Well done I feel motivated to get that garage cleaned out

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DUTCHIEKIWI 3/22/2011 6:18PM

    Thanks for sharing your beliefs and your wisdom... :0)

( I cleaned my garage last week.... ;0) )


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JEWELS692 3/22/2011 4:43PM

    WOW John that was a grate motivational blog....are you a preacher or public speaker? You have an awesome message that realy hit home. emoticon

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MADKAPKID 3/22/2011 1:08PM

    John, I really enjoy your blogs. Your video blogs are very soothing. YOU just have That kind of voice that I want to listen. Your message is clear and thought provoking. YOU are a very gifted speaker. I do want more balance in my life and hard as it is, I want that change in me to happen. I like to keep it positive. That wth me goes a lot farther than the old school negativity! Thank you for this blog. Have a joy filled day, Karen emoticon

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CARTOONB 3/21/2011 11:09PM

    I have a garage too...and it needs cleaned...wanna come to my house the Saturday after? emoticon

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SILLYHP1953 3/21/2011 9:30PM

    For some reason I thought you were a preacher. And if you were, and you had a church here, I'd actually start attending again. Your blog reminded me of why I don't go...too much negativity. My God is a loving God, not a scaring me into heaven God.

Thank you for sharing your thoughts.

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VMASSEY1 3/21/2011 4:40PM

    John you are truly an inspiration I love the way you talk. You are a man after God's heart and I know that is not all that you meant. But you are right about we are the only ones who can make those changes. I don't have a garage to clean but I do have 2 bedrooms that used to be my kids that I have just put stuff in and I need to do something about them. So I am going to get started on them. Next week is Spring Break for me at school and now I have something to do. Thank you.
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MKPRINCESS007 3/21/2011 4:30PM

    Hey John,
I had so many thoughts while listening to you speak. First, awesome blog! I so agree with you that we need to work daily, or chip away, toward our goals. I believe that sacrifice when needed, and thanksgiving when needed are timeless and part of our spiritual process. We fail, flounder and stumble, but not considering those times to be our greatest gifts, no matter how challenging, means we are learning nothing in our life process.

A colleague of mine, from way back when, used to use a phrase all the time (he was a psychologist) for when people are stuck, or process is halted etc:

Thanks for putting these thoughts so eloquently into words. You are awesome!

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SCHNEBL 3/21/2011 3:23PM

    Well spoken! I am cleaning my garage Saturday as well.......

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COOP9002 3/21/2011 2:34PM

    Thanks for sharing

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KATIEANN59 3/21/2011 1:52PM

    Thanks for this blog. it is very inspirational. God Bless!!!!

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NEHITA 3/21/2011 12:49PM

    I LOVE THIS BLOG!!!! emoticon

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NETGNAL 3/21/2011 12:37PM

    Loved the blog! Thanks for sharing a well thought out sermonette!

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    This was my memory verse for the week, Psalm 51:10-12 "Create in me a clean heart, O God and take not thy Holy Spirit from me, restore unto me the joy of Thy salvation and grant me a willing spirit to sustain me". I will be honest, when I was working on this, the praise and worship song of the same title and very similar words takes over and I think I know the words so I don't pay as much attention as I should. But today I noticed that last bit "...grant me a willing spirit to sustain me."

It is exactly as you said. We have to be willing to do the hard work. My thoughts went to my house. I want to move but God isn't opening any doors. My house is a real mess and not in any condition to move. If I really want to move, I need to get ready to move. Then I will be in a much better position for God to open doors for me. He is patient but He's not a hurry-up-and-wait kind of guy, which is exactly what He'd have to be for me right now.

Thanks for your thoughts on this!

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    THANKS - This was great....really got me thinking!

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Who Knows Best? I Do!!!

Friday, March 18, 2011

I am learning to trust myself, my feelings and my intuition. I am learning to be confident in the fact that more often than not I know whatís best for me. Call it intuition, or a gut level feeling, it is the knowledge that I have inside of me, everything I need to be a successful and well balanced person. Thatís the easy part. The hard part is putting it into action. Being overweight creates a confidence crisis all its own and the longer I am overweight the deeper that crisis becomes until I begin to doubt my ability to do anything well. I have found myself on more than one wild goose chase. I have fallen prey to those ďget thin quick schemes.Ē They are the ones that promise health happiness and a brand new car in about thirty days if you promise to do one simple thing --- never eat again. They also issue you a thirty percent discount coupon on a funeral. I have been mesmerized by the photos of men in Brooks Brothers suits gazing smugly at me as if to say ďUhm, John, this isnít for you.Ē The list goes on.

Who do I listen to? Who has the wisdom and knowledge to know whatís best for me?

I do. I do if I take the time to listen to that voice inside of me that slowly and gently guides me towards health.

I do, when I put my life in focus and in balance and do the hard work up front it takes to get a good picture of myself, what motivates me and what brings me success. It happens when I believe I am worth all the effort, whether its successful at first or not, I am painting a very clear picture of who I am and where I am going.

I do, when I put on blinders and just for a little bit block out even the most well intentioned friends. I look deep into my soul and I see a clear vision or picture of myself and where I want to be and then I act on those positive urges that move me towards health. It means I may never run a marathon, participate in a triathlon or swim the English Channel. It means I probably wonít be invited to sit with the cool kids at their lunch table. So maybe I start my own lunch table and re-define cool.

I do, when I finally look in the mirror and acknowledge that I deserve everything I have ever dreamed of and that I have the intelligence and the ability to go out and get it. Not tomorrow, not next week but RIGHT NOW. It happens when I have enough faith in myself to claim my spot.

I am not advocating that you live on a mountain and refrain from taking any advice what so ever. I am suggesting that you and I decide when that advice is right for us. So many times we defer to people, not because we believe they are right but because we donít have the faith and confidence in ourselves to say otherwise. Itís as if we look in an emotional mirror and see all the spots and warts we have and decide maybe someone else knows better.

As I learn and grow I am finding I know best. It doesnít really matter what you think of me whether you love me or not. It matters what I think of me. You may argue with me that I am learning to lean to heavy on emotion and feeling and not enough upon intellect. I am happy you have come to that realization in your life and that you believe that is what works best for you.

In my top ten favorite things about Spark, right up there, close to the top, is the exhortation for me to be myself, travel my own path and find others who feel like me.

Folks like you!!!!

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MARCYNA 3/23/2011 4:18PM

    You're the best emoticon

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IFDEEVARUNS2 3/22/2011 4:02PM

    Love it, John! But I'm willing to bet you will run that marathon some day..... emoticon

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LINDAJ0621 3/21/2011 10:17AM

    Another great blog, John. I agree with you that we should learn to be happy with who we really are and whatever works best for our own selves! As to the nay sayers..."forget about'em"!!!

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SILLYHP1953 3/20/2011 7:16PM

    Do they teach self-esteem classes in school yet? I hope so. Your mention of lunch tables brought up memories of school.

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ANEPANALIPTI 3/19/2011 9:50AM

    This post shows such STRENGTH. Once I heard a saying that the mind is worked like a muscle and you've got that John, you are like a top top top personal trainer of the mind.

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SANDYJAS 3/18/2011 11:06PM

    Heck yes! Can I sit with you at the New Improved Cool Kids Table? .... gosh now I am remembering that the kids who weren't cool were queer! Way back when.

And he title of your blog .."Who Knows Best?" just shows what a long way we have come. Back then, it was Father Knows Best. Now it's I know best. And to trust yourself is the best thing you can do. Out of all those voices, it is indeed you that knows best!

So happy you discovered this :)
You are the cool kid and you know best!


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ERICASB 3/18/2011 10:59PM

    such beauty in words

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TIME4AFITME 3/18/2011 10:52PM

    I agree! Great blog!

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SKYGLIDER1 3/18/2011 10:50PM

  Great blog John! You expressed your honesty well. I believe it is the 1st hurdle many have to face thru this journey to good health,including myself. Although we diet & exercise, sometimes we may have a wondering "eye" for a quick fix. Realization-there are no quick fixes to a healthy lifestyle.

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CARTOONB 3/18/2011 9:35PM

    I agree with John.

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NJMATTICE 3/18/2011 9:24PM

    Way to be the "boss of your ownself".
Enjoy your weekend.

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KSGROTHE 3/18/2011 5:19PM

    emoticon blog! I'm still learning this and finding that it takes some work to build up the faith in myself.
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- Karen

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    Yep, there is no one size fits all in life. We each have to make our life fit us.

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NUTSNUTSGETEM 3/18/2011 11:07AM

    Great stuff!

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MARATHONMOM26.2 3/18/2011 10:56AM

    Isn't that the truth? Until and unless we believe in ourselves and trust that we are worth having our dreams come true it won't happen. No one else can do that for us...

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PGNBRI 3/18/2011 10:15AM

    Well put! I'm slowly learning to have more faith in myself instead of doubting all the time.

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MADKAPKID 3/18/2011 10:12AM

    I LOVED this one. And, good for you on trusting yourself. I have come a long way with this one but still have a ways to go. For me, when eating and living healthy I just plain feel better. My mind is more clear and I have real focus! Knowing me is okay! And, I am now listening to me and trusting me more. Have a joy filled day, Karen

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TRIPLE_EMME 3/18/2011 9:45AM

    I'm glad that you are learning to trust yourself to know what is best for you!


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    Well put, John! I am a big proponent of doing what is right for you, no matter what anyone else says, and who best knows what is right for you? You do!

Love this, thanks for sharing these thoughts with us this morning!

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HDHAWK 3/18/2011 9:42AM

    This is a tough one, but I'm getting better at it all the time. You are too John!

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QTEALADY20031 3/18/2011 9:36AM

    This is a wonderful blog and so very true.....we need to listen more often to that little voice inside us that tells us what is right for us. I liked your comment on starting your own lunch table. Have a great week-end!! emoticon June

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GEEMAWEST 3/18/2011 9:27AM

    Well said!

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GETFIT2LIVE 3/18/2011 9:24AM

    Yup. Learning to listen to our own bodies, to get in tune with our own hearts, is one of the keys on this journey. Some days it's harder than others to tune out the voices clamoring to tell us what to do. It's up to us to evaluate all the options and find what's best for us.

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DDOORN 3/18/2011 9:18AM

    Always great when we can become mindful enough to tune into what "works" or DOESN'T work for ourselves!


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DOLLBABE56 3/18/2011 9:01AM

    This is so true. Not just in our health journey, but in every aspect of our lives. Good on ya.

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WALKAWAY 3/18/2011 8:58AM

    emoticon for the reminder that I do have the wisdom inside me. Some days we just have to dig deep to find it.

Have a great Friday.


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Update On My Back

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Many of you inquired about how my back is feeling. I thought I'd give you a quick update.

It hurts, LOL

I have most of my range of motion back without uttering words not printable on a family web site. The pain has diminished. I have not taken any of the pain pills (I dont believe in narcotics) nor any of the muscle relaxants. (I had to work.) I have been getting by on Aleve. I ran into my doctor at the grocery this afternoon (It's a small town!!) She said it looked like I was better. No running for at least two weeks and no strength training for thirty days. She told me that as long as the pain is diminishing every day there should be no permanent damage.

It only bothers me when I am up and moving for any length of time.

Thank you all for your concern and your love

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SILLYHP1953 3/20/2011 7:12PM

    Yes, ask your doctor about doing Yoga like ANEPANALIPTI suggested.

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MOMONTHERUN1 3/19/2011 10:17AM

    Get better soon and take it easy. You don't want to be out of commission for too long... emoticon

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ANEPANALIPTI 3/19/2011 10:16AM

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LYNMEINDERS 3/19/2011 3:21AM

    So Pleased to hear that is is slowly getting better....

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TRIPLE_EMME 3/18/2011 9:42AM

    I'm glad to hear that you are feeling a little better!

While you have to take some time off from your fitness activities, I hope that you manage to make your self care a priority.


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ACIMPEGGY 3/17/2011 10:59PM

    SO glad you're better!

I like to take as few drugs for my knee as I can, too, but today I succumbed to my first ever cortisone shot. Dr. says knee replacement... emoticon

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CARTOONB 3/17/2011 10:29PM

    Give G-Ma the muscle relaxers and I'll take the pain pills! LOL! emoticon emoticon

Glad you're feeling better.

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GEEMAWEST 3/17/2011 10:15PM

    Can I have you pain pills and muscle relaxers? emoticon
Sorry, but I'm a wuss when it comes to pain, don't like it one bit. Glad you're feeling better.

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NASFKAB 3/17/2011 9:28PM

  Get well soon. Take it easy.

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MADKAPKID 3/17/2011 7:39PM

    Juat try to relax and take it easy so your back totally heals. Glad you are doing better though. Have a joy filled day, Karen

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LUVMYK9S 3/17/2011 7:33PM

    Glad to hear that you are getting better. Take the time, rest and heal. I too do not like to take any type of pill, especially pain killers, even when I broke my jaw and when I broke my back I would not take pain meds. Take care of yourself and you'll be back to running in no time.

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CATHERINEL66 3/17/2011 7:28PM

    Ugh. This is sad to hear you're out of commission right now. I'm glad it's improving.

I encourage you to grab hold of the tracker and your diet and take the opportunity to continue losing weight through careful management and non-food "rewards" and really conscious self care. After being laid up for almost 17 weeks (yep, it was that long) I really had to work at this -- and did so happy to not gain any weight back. You can too :)

Get better soon!

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HDHAWK 3/17/2011 7:13PM

    Glad to hear you're healing. Patience my friend.

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KELLY40222 3/17/2011 7:02PM

    I hope you are back up and running soon. There is nothing worse then back pain.


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GETFIT2LIVE 3/17/2011 6:47PM

    Back pain is one of the worst, ugh! Kind of hard to get away from it, to put it mildly. Glad to hear that you are getting better and it doesn't look like you did any real damage. Take good care of yourself--but that doesn't mean sit and eat cookies and ice cream to feel better . . . that's my tendency when I hurt!


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