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The KISS Principle plus The 5 P's

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

If you look at my “ticker” you’ll notice it’s not to awfully ambitious. In my last posting I said I’d weigh on Monday and take life in ten pound increments. Well, I forgot about being away from home yesterday. I wanted to work off the scale I’d weighed on since the beginning of Spark, the one in my bathroom. So I waited until this morning to weigh in.

(Lesson Number One: Ya have to be flexible. Rigidity produces stress which in turn induces failure which causes that littler voice to say “Nader, nader, nader…..” One day’s difference in a life time doesn’t make a huge difference. I woke up focused and ready to make the scale groan.)

My first goal is lose ten pounds. Ultimately I am sticking with my long term goal of dropping one hundred pounds but gosh almighty looking at that ticker and thinking about one hundred pounds well it sends me in search of a donut. Ten pounds is manageable. It’s the KISS principle in action – “Keep It Short and Simple” My focus is to lose ten pounds and I’ll work towards that. As I stated last week when I reach the goal I’ll have a happy dance moment and set the ticker for another ten pound loss.

(Lesson Two:” Dance with what brung ya!” This isn’t to very difficult. Track your food John. Make sure you are getting the best nutritional bang for your buck and look for moments in your day to exercise. Read The Spark again and spend a lot of time breathing deeply. Fruit and/or veggies at every meal. Lottsa water.)

My son Paul is a huge disciple of The Five P’s – Prior Planning Prevents Poor Performance. After I weighed in this morning I went to Kroger and purchased a bunch of fruit. I came home, mixed it all up in a large bowel and had a nice breakfast and put a huge gold star before my name for starting my day with a healthy meal. Put another way it goes “Fail to plan, plan to fail.” When I finish this blog Joan and I are going grocery shopping. I have this thing called “a list.”

(Lesson Three: “There has got to be a pony under here somewhere!” I put a lot of weight back on, but I didn’t put it all back on. I’ve kept thirty two pounds off. A gold star again. Positive thoughts produce positive results. )

Hope you have a great day.

  
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SILLYHP1953 10/12/2011 11:14AM

    I can't change my ticker because I'm in a team challenge and the leader is using our tickers to keep track, but I like the idea of just concentrating on 10 pounds right now. I just ate four prunes for my morning snack at work instead of the normal Cheez-its.

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NEEDTOLOSE100LB 8/24/2011 9:15AM

    Accentuate the positive...Jiminy was right. We don't generally tip our plate up and eat all at once, nor do we jump right into running a 10K, so why should we expect our weight loss to be instant? Keep it real and keep up the good work.

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SNOWANGELDIVA 8/18/2011 12:22PM

    emoticon You're -32lbs.
emoticon "Fail to plan, plan to fail"....I'm writing that down and posting it EVERYWHERE.

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NASFKAB 8/17/2011 12:30AM

  All the best to you

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CARTOONB 8/17/2011 12:00AM

    Great attitude! BTW...LOVE your background. That is some funny stuff!

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GEEMAWEST 8/16/2011 8:15PM

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LYNMEINDERS 8/16/2011 7:05PM

    Go John....you can so do this....
I love the 5P's...that is awesome...

i also love your gold star concept...
I used to do that for my kids when they were growing up....they would have certain tasks and would get a star when they completed them...
you could create yourself a chart and put a gold star on it everytime you achieve one of the tasks....eg....as you said...started the day with a healthy meal.....
Yay....Good motivation and it is visable and visual.....

Just a thought.....



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BECKY3774 8/16/2011 6:33PM

    Great job John!!

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GIRANIMAL 8/16/2011 6:00PM

    Thirty-two pounds is absolutely a lot to keep off. This is no race -- just keep chipping away at it, and you'll get to where you're meant to be!

Good job on breakfast, and I hope your shopping trip with Joan yields all the nutrient dense, super-good-for-you food your fridge can hold.

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ANATASHIKI 8/16/2011 2:12PM

    I'm doing the same thing , make "small"goals , 10% weight or 5 % weight or even less . sometimes it takes a month to loose a pound . I don't care how much it will take for all I don't plan to give up and hope that life will be good to me and won't interfere

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KKINNEA 8/16/2011 2:12PM

    Nice job!!

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MORTICIAADDAMS 8/16/2011 11:40AM

    32 pounds is a lot to keep off. Celebrate that and work on the rest.

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PGNBRI 8/16/2011 11:26AM

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We're all here rooting for you and supporting you!

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MISSROCKABILLY 8/16/2011 11:01AM

    It sounds like you have a great plan, John! You can do this, and we are all here to help you, one step at a time!

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GOOFIERNU 8/16/2011 10:45AM

    You can do this. You've done it before, you can do it again. "Progress, not perfection."

And holler if you need a leg up. We're here for ya. emoticon

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BLACKROSE_222 8/16/2011 10:32AM

    Great blog - and great job on the breakfast! emoticon Gold Star for you!

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SPARKLISE 8/16/2011 9:51AM

    Glad to read you found your spark again! emoticon emoticon

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FLA-1956 8/16/2011 9:45AM

  You'll reach your goal. I'm rootin' for you. emoticon

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BRIGI28 8/16/2011 9:39AM

    I know 7 P's....

Prior Proper Planning Prevents Pi$$ Poor Performance!

Makes me laugh, thanks for reminding me!


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ERLYWA 8/16/2011 9:31AM

    I'll never forget what a sparkfriend said to me once, when I was just starting my journey and told him I was overwhelmed at having 100 lbs to lose. He said, "You don't have 100 lbs to lose, you have just one to lose. Then just repeat 100 times." I loved that, b/c it reminded me to keep it simple, one pound at a time!

Your positive attitude/approach is going to take you right straight to your goal weight, I just know it! :)



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RNCMOM4 8/16/2011 9:22AM

    Love this blog! Do you work in the corporate world - as those are acronyms we use at our company - I like how you are relating it to our own personal goals!

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MOMONTHERUN1 8/16/2011 9:14AM

    Your positivity is contagious!! Great outlook and I know that you can do whatever you put your mind to. Keep up the positive thoughts and it will happen!!

Lianne

P.S. I like your background. It made me smile and LOL.

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A Family Moment

Saturday, August 13, 2011


A family trip to the North.

  
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SILLYHP1953 10/15/2011 2:43PM

    That was so cool being in the car with you and your family!! You make me laugh.

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ANNE-ELIZ 8/16/2011 2:15AM

    Ahh. road trips... emoticon

Sometimes they you wish they could last forever, sometimes they seem like they do...

Looks like you were having a good time, though!

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GIRANIMAL 8/15/2011 11:55PM

    Love it! Glad you had a fun trip. And how fun for me to learn that Katie looks so much like her handsome dad! emoticon Also, I expected as much, of course, but Joan really does have the air of a saint. emoticon

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LYNMEINDERS 8/15/2011 7:41PM

    Totally awesome John....
Real Family moments....

NOMORESTALLING I think has answered your family question.....lol....
Maybe sharing the answer with your family will bring about a sequel video blog..... emoticon

trust you enjoyed the trip....

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SNOWANGELDIVA 8/15/2011 1:10AM

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This is why I vlog too....it's my turn to talk!!!
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Great hat, John!!

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NASFKAB 8/15/2011 12:28AM

  Fun blog thanks

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NOMORESTALLING 8/14/2011 11:29AM

    Too late it's posted LOL


Love the argument going on! LOL
I do believe the term is Taxidermist and what he does is considered taxidermy.World English Dictionary
taxidermy (ˈtæksɪˌdɜː
;
;mɪ)

— n
the art or process of preparing, stuffing, and mounting animal skins so that they have a lifelike appearance

[C19: from Greek taxis arrangement + -dermy, from Greek derma skin]

taxi'dermal

— adj

taxi'dermic

— adj

'taxidermist

And there you have it!
But then what do I know LOL

i WANT THE HAT i COULD GIVE IT TO SEVERAL FAMILY MEMBERS LOL

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FROGGERHKC 8/14/2011 10:56AM

    LOL I love the hat! :)

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ANATASHIKI 8/14/2011 1:55AM

    lovely family! emoticon emoticon

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COUCHDIVA333 8/13/2011 10:21PM

    lol!

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WEKIMER 8/13/2011 9:19PM

    Wonderful video. Thanks for welcoming me to the 90 Day Push and have a safe trip.
Love your Dr Phil background. He always tells it like it is. And he does resemble you too. Guess you might have already been told that one. kim

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GEEMAWEST 8/13/2011 9:04PM

    That was so cute! Thanks for sharing.

p.s. I love the new Dr. Phil background.

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SHERRYJVP 8/13/2011 6:47PM

    what fun..and a new word has been created and I like it. You are a funloving family. God Bless you.

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HDHAWK 8/13/2011 6:46PM

    emoticon So cute John! Have a wonderful trip and safe travels!

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MKPRINCESS007 8/13/2011 6:21PM

    Love this John! You know I have to look this up............hold on a minute....

World English Dictionary
taxidermy (ˈtæksɪˌdɜː
;mɪ)

— n
the art or process of preparing, stuffing, and mounting animal skins so that they have a lifelike appearance

[C19: from Greek taxis arrangement + -dermy, from Greek derma skin]

taxi'dermal

— adj

taxi'dermic

— adj

'taxidermist

— n

You look like such a fun family.........love it! Hope you have a great time on your journey! Thanks for sharing........

Karen

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MIZZSB 8/13/2011 6:15PM

    I LOVE IT!!!
i dont know which it is but it made me smile!!
Great video just before i go to bed :)

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BECKY3774 8/13/2011 6:12PM

    Too funny.....neither! Taxidermy is the act of doing the preserving, but the other two words aren't in the dictionary....have a fun trip~ It looks as if it's off to a great start! Say hello to everyone! emoticon

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It's Okay............

Friday, August 12, 2011

It’s okay to admit it. You’ll have lots of company when you do and you’ll find you are not alone. Some days I’m leading the pack. Go ahead!!!

Accountability sucks.

It neatly and succinctly points out all of our soft and weak spots and I have never been able to write a story, poem, or song that sings the praises of accountability. I’ve never heard anyone whisper behind my back “Did you know he’s REALLY accountable?” It sucks. Every morning you get out of bed and you look out over your day and you either sigh or grunt. Accountability can be like a hundred pound stone in your back pack. It weighs you down. It makes you stumble and fall. No one is ever praised for being accountable. Has your boss ever called you into their office and told you that you are an accountable person? Usually we are told the exact opposite; we need to become more accountable for our thoughts words and actions.

It sucks. It sucks because we know those talking heads and speaking points so neatly displayed on a Power Point presentation are absolutely right. We falter, we fail, we get lost because we rarely hold ourselves accountable. Maybe I’m being too harsh. Maybe you are great at holding yourself accountable. If so, could you write and tell me how you do it, long term?

With accountability comes goal setting. In all honesty I approach goal setting as a “set it and forget it,” endeavor. I look at all the amazing and marvelous goals I’ve set for myself and all the goals I’ve given up on because of………. Well go ahead and fill in the blank. I’ve got a million reasons/slash excuses.

So here is what I’ve learned in convincing myself I am worth all this emotional and physical pain I am enduring: World peace goals don’t work. Everyone want world peace, but how do you get it? Everyone wants to be healthy, slender and active……….

I’m reverting to simplicity. I’ll weigh myself on Monday’s My first very reachable and accountable goal is to lose ten pounds. That’s it for right now. I believe I can even find a silver accountability lining in losing ten pounds. It sort of takes the heat off. I AM worth the effort that’s required to do so. So like it or not, here we go once again in fond, fond hope of getting the scale moving in the right direction.

  
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SILLYHP1953 10/12/2011 11:09AM

    So that's what I do with goals...set it and forget it!!! Thank you for explaining that! I, too, am getting back on track, one day at a time.

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TNANCE3 9/6/2011 1:32PM

    I believe in you, John. I know you can do this. I just wish I could convince myself that I can do it. Not doing too good at that lately. Haven't convinced myself that I am worth the effort, either. I am doing some soul searching and working on getting myself psyched up to try again to get healthier and lose about 80 pounds. I just can't seem to stick with anything and am so tired of failing. Keep the faith, stay accountable to God and yourself, if no one else. Take care of yourself, too.
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SILVERWITCH59 8/15/2011 8:15PM

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SUPREME5 8/14/2011 12:29PM

    KEEP YOUR CHIN UP AND YOUR FEET DOWN YOU ARE ON TRACK AND CAN DO THIS
TAKE CARE CAUSE I CARE

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HKARLSSON 8/13/2011 10:00PM

    You have been peeking inside my head again. Maybe I'll just make myself accountable for losing ONE pound. That's about all the motivation I can muster right now, and it sure is hard to get rid of even ONE of those little suckers for very long.

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SNOWANGELDIVA 8/13/2011 8:04PM

    emoticonYou are worth it!!!

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NASFKAB 8/13/2011 1:34AM

  Great blog

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CARTOONB 8/12/2011 10:40PM

    Being held accountable usually means taking the blame. Not a good thing!

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LYNMEINDERS 8/12/2011 10:10PM

    I agree with you John...accounability does suck...it comes back to bite us and bites us hard....

You can so loose 10 pounds.....get started and it will surprise you......right there with you

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INBRAZILFORNOW 8/12/2011 7:25PM

    Oh gosh...my thoughts are provoked! I just started back in the public schools where accountability is King and I have to remind myself that we are not dealing with a machine we are dealing with a living organism who despite our best intentions will fail sometimes due to circumstances beyond its control...not sure this is a good analogy but...I'm human. Hmmmmmm.

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MIZZSB 8/12/2011 4:04PM

    very cool!!
you can do this, 1 step at a time....

We are here for you!!

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OUTDOORSDC 8/12/2011 3:57PM

    I see you pop up on my news feed almost every day. Even on the days when I'm not here, I'm sure you're still popping up on the news feed. That seems like the most important type of accountability.

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HONORINGGOD 8/12/2011 3:14PM

    Proud of you And your worth it.

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HAPPYSOUL91 8/12/2011 1:17PM

    When you find that silver accountability lining in losing ten pounds- thow it out here, my is lost.

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KKINNEA 8/12/2011 12:51PM

    Can't tell you how to be accountable over the long-term since I keep resetting myself.

Simplicity is the answer as far as I'm concerned!!

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MORTICIAADDAMS 8/12/2011 12:06PM

    I'm about 98% at holding myself accountable. I think it has something to do with how I was raised. My father never allowed me to say I could not do something as he would prove to me I could. LOL. So I do what I have to do almost all the time but I can still cause a lot of damage in that 2% of unaccountability. LOL. If I agree to do something to someone else it will get done and I need to do the same with myself.

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GETFIT2LIVE 8/12/2011 11:43AM

    One small step, one small goal at a time. That's really the only way to do it, John; those big, huge, grand goals I've set? Yeah, they do nothing to motivate me and get me moving in the right direction. It's the small ones, the 'maybe I have some hope of getting there' goals that keep me going. And you're right--accountability sucks, but you are worth the effort.

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HDHAWK 8/12/2011 11:38AM

    I'm starting over in exactly the same way. I'm not going to try and do everything perfectly all at once. I'm going back to making improvements along the way and building consistency. We'll get there John, we've done it before!

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STILLPOINT 8/12/2011 11:30AM

    You are Worth the Effort that's required to do so! Awesome! 10 lb goal - perfect!

You WILL do it!

Mer

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The Other Side of the Coin

Tuesday, August 09, 2011

They say that Abraham Lincoln was often ridiculed about his physical appearance. So, often, in fact that he refused to ever look in a mirror for more than a few seconds. Throughout his political career his opponents used Lincoln’s physical stature as a campaign tool against him. One author went to the point when he described Lincoln as saying “there was no physical attribute about him, at all, that was appealing.” I read last night that Lincoln confided in his wife that those verbal barbs stung and hurt him, even when he used his famous humor to deflect them.

Later in life as president of the United States Lincoln became frustrated with a number of his commanders during the Civil War. He wrote scathing letters to them and then promptly slid them in his desk drawer, never to be mailed. When he removed an officer from command he did it privately, professionally and always found some facet of the man’s performance to praise, despite the fact the commander had not performed up to speed at all times.

Lincoln was criticized in the papers and in the halls of Congress for being too easy or soft on people. He was lambasted for letting his opponents off the hook without tearing them down. Lincoln as we say today “had been there, and done that.”

I thought about this while I drifted off to sleep last night. I thought about how I felt when people made remarks or comments about my weight or my build. I thought about how much it hurt me to hear those things, how it stung. I thought about how it felt to be on the outside looking in. I thought about Lincoln.

We don’t often subscribe those raw human emotions to our historical heroes. It shocked me a bit to read Lincoln was offended by those remarks. But I realized that if he hadn’t gone through those hurtful times he never would have grasped an understanding of what other people felt when in the same situation. It’s that part of Lincoln, the kind and wise leader, we always recall, never everything he went through to reach them. Those traits were only fashioned in a furnace of pain.

I don’t like it when people say thing about me that are mean or cruel, but maybe, moving forward, like Lincoln I’ll have an understanding of how what I say and do affect other people. I sure hope so.

  
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SILLYHP1953 10/12/2011 11:06AM

    We never know what people have been through to make them the way they are as adults...unless they have a biography!!

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NASFKAB 8/10/2011 12:44AM

  Glad you could understand the pain of being misunderstood.

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CARTOONB 8/9/2011 11:36PM

    Are you saying that you look like Lincoln? emoticon

I like the idea that there are reasons we go through the pains we go through...whatever they may be.

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WANDAH3 8/9/2011 8:18PM

    Love the blog John...truer words have not been spoken. By walking a mile in some else's moccasins a person gains a much better understanding.

Hugs,
Wand
a

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LYNMEINDERS 8/9/2011 7:07PM

    Awesome blog.....and very timely....
Have a leadership situation that needs dealing with and I will remember Lincoln when dealing with it....
Has given me a different prespective for sorting it....
Thanks John

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FROGGERHKC 8/9/2011 6:51PM

    Great blog, thanks for sharing!!! :)
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WALKIETALKIE 8/9/2011 6:11PM

    And its just as bad or worse when you say those things to yourself.
Great blog.

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NEEDTOLOSE100LB 8/9/2011 4:28PM

    When I see or hear someone do something that makes me feel bad, I often wonder if I have said or done the same thing. I try to make a pact with myself not to be that way, because I know how it has made me feel. We cannot change others, but we can be aware of how we are and we can change that if we are honest with ourselves.
You are a kind and generous person. Anyone that says negative things about you does not know you and they are the poor ones. I would rather be fat and nice than skinny and mean!
Keep it up!
L.

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MORTICIAADDAMS 8/9/2011 2:15PM

    We should all refrain from making hurtful comments period and focus on what is kind, good, etc.

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SPEEDY143 8/9/2011 1:57PM

    The political arena sure hasn't evolved much. And to think how dear Mr. Lincoln's face evokes such pride and love of country now it just makes you wonder. Agreed, the pain we suffer does make us stronger and verbal abuse may not always show on the outside but it does scar us inside. Wise words today... I'll be remembering them emoticon

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GETFIT2LIVE 8/9/2011 1:07PM

    It is truly hard to let things slide off us when people say mean or cruel things, but if we can take that and use it to inspire us to be kinder and more compassionate, then maybe it's not all bad. Thanks for the bit of history, I have always admired Lincoln and do even more now!

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GRACIOUSGRAPE 8/9/2011 12:29PM

    Thanks for sharing the history lesson about a different side of Lincoln than we normally hear about! We try very hard to let those hurtful things slide off our backs, but it does hurt and tears down a little bit of our self-esteem, if we let it. We do need to realize that our words do hurt people and tear them down. We need to build them up. I, too, am a people pleaser. However, we seem to be willing to say things to our family members that we wouldn't to others, knowing they will love us in spite of it. But we need to treat those closest to us the best, because they love us for who we are and accept us for who we are.

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HDHAWK 8/9/2011 11:30AM

    Great food for thought. Then we people pleasers have to remember not to care so much about what other people think about us. Easier said than done!

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MOMONTHERUN1 8/9/2011 10:24AM

    As always a great blog and thanks for sharing!

Lianne

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KKINNEA 8/9/2011 10:14AM

    Great blog, I needed these reminders today.

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SUSANS_TURN 8/9/2011 9:25AM

    emoticon Thank you for sharing that!

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CMA444 8/9/2011 9:17AM

    Remember the phrase "Sticks and stone may break my bones but words will never hurt me."? I call BS on that statement right now. :) Words do hurt. Even if we don't let that person know that we are hurt, they still sting down deep. Great blog John!

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SHERRYJVP 8/9/2011 9:17AM

    very enlightening. thanks for sharing. I am reminded that I may need to watch what I say.

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MADKAPKID 8/9/2011 9:05AM

    John...words can STING worse than a slap in the face. People don't think about it often. Look at the comedians today that tear people apart over wieght issues....and they say its only done in fun. NO one takes them seriosuly. WELL.....the people they are making fun of do. I agree.....thinking of what we say ...before saying it is a good thing. I like today's blog a lot. Have a joy filled day, Karen emoticon

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GRAMLORI 8/9/2011 8:45AM

    Thank you. We can never be reminded enough about that. One of my favorite sayings is:

"Be kinder than necessary, for everyone you meet is fighting some kind of battle."

Thanks John. Have a blessed Tuesday!
Lori

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JAE_HENNINGTON 8/9/2011 8:42AM

  you are full of such great insights and wisdom.. thank you for sharing yourself with us...

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MUSTANG_SALLY2 8/9/2011 8:32AM

    I loved reading this. Lincoln has always been a favorite of mine. Maybe all the tough things I'm going thru right now are to help me be compassionate when I meet someone who is struggling.

Great blog John.

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With A Thud

Monday, August 08, 2011

It crept up on me this year. I guess the older you get the more you have on your mind and then suddenly one day there is a clue and you feel a bit cheated. You really wish someone had been giving you an update on a regular basis, like those apps you can get for your phone that tell you about bad weather or your bank balance. It came crashing down with a large “thud” last week when I went to Wal-Mart to buy pool chemicals. After playing a cross between Where’s Waldo and Where In The World Is Carmen San Diego, I found them tucked away in a corner near the lawn and garden department. It was just yesterday, wasn’t it, that they had their own aisle, festooned with all sorts of floaties and the like? Now the chlorine tablets were consigned to a bottom shelf in a dark corner.

Our neighbor, Vanessa, has been going back and forth for the last week or so and has that determined look on her face when she waves as she motors past. She teaches English at one of our middle schools. It’s a good sign things are gearing up when I see her running errands. School starts tomorrow.

I’ve been so busy fighting disaster and trying to stay above water that I almost missed the sign my birthday sent. It can really be a challenge when you were born in the hottest month of the year. Your gatherings are around the pool and you pray it doesn’t rain. No one feels much like eating so you put in a DVD and everyone watches a movie.

It was cooler this morning and I watched the buses make their practice runs on my street. Tomorrow there will be kids huddled on corners, parents snapping photos of the Sammy or Sally’s first day ever. College football begins in earnest and the NFL begins preseason play on Saturday.

Wasn’t it just yesterday we were buying sunscreen and insect repellent? Hadn’t we just aired out the tent and made sure there were no rips and tears before we set off on a season of camping? Gosh, I just opened the pool last week, didn’t I and why were we having such a big barbecue only a few days after the Fourth of July?

Summer slipped through my fingers again. Like a friend you plan on calling for weeks and weeks, summer left without a forwarding address. Oh, it’s no cooler, and I’m not breaking out the fall and winter clothes just yet, but all the events that mark her slow withdrawal are clamoring for my attention. I think about my summer “to-do” list and vow that next year I’ll complete it.

Thank goodness there is always a next year.

  
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SILLYHP1953 10/12/2011 10:59AM

    I remember my grandmother telling me that the older you get the faster time goes. I'm probably about the age she was when she told me that. Didn't understand it back then but sure do now.

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REJ7777 8/11/2011 6:20AM

    I've been feeling the same thing. Where did the Summer GO?!

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RACINGSLUG 8/9/2011 5:27PM

    I know time flies, but I can't say I'm sorry to see the end of summer. This one's been grueling!

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MOMONTHERUN1 8/9/2011 10:26AM

    I think that older I get the faster the whole year goes by.

My son doesn't go back to school until Sept. 6th, but I wish that Michigan would start going 10 out of the 12 months.

We've enjoyed our summer, but didn't go to too many places becuase I need to save money for my Half Marathon in February.

Have a great day John!!!

Lianne

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WANDAH3 8/9/2011 7:34AM

    Wow, school starts early in your part of the world. The kids here don't go back for another couple of weeks. But then again, your part of the world probably gets out earlier so it all equals out.

I can't believe where the summer (did we have one?) has gone. I'm looking at my garden and realizing that so much needs to be done with canning/preserving in the next couple of weeks. Time to start thinking about next year's garden *grin*

Have a great day and PS...Happy Birthday.

Hugs,
Wanda

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LYNMEINDERS 8/9/2011 3:21AM

    Your not the only one who experienced summer slipping through this year.....
my summer fully slipped through....don't think I really saw it apart from the beautiful weather while we were on holiday.....
And yes....It is great that there is always next year.....
Unfortunately a lot of those have slipped through on me as well....

Trust you are going well and all is good in your world.....
Blessings

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NASFKAB 8/9/2011 12:30AM

  Interesting blog

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CARTOONB 8/8/2011 11:22PM

    It didn't get warm here until July, so fall can't start until November. Right?

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SUSUSUZZZIE 8/8/2011 11:14PM

    I've been having similar thoughts about the end of summer, though as Irish said... we haven't had but a few real summer days.

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RUN4FOOD 8/8/2011 5:34PM

    In Houston we are really ready for some sore of change. This summer has been and continues to be extremely hot and extremely dry. The national weather guys are saying it will likely be under this dry pattern until the spring of 2012. We already have lots of trees that are dying. I work just across from the largest park in Houston and it's tough to look out and see all the brown trees. Thanks for the heads up on summer being over. We usually get lots of notice since we normally plan on our first cool day being mid October. emoticon

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GIRANIMAL 8/8/2011 4:52PM

    Yep, the older I get the faster summer hauls on through!

Still on my to-do list for next summer -- and yes *sigh* they will probably still be there next summer -- are going swimming at least once, and buying (and using) derby skates! And flying the BF's pirate kite. And at least one picnic!

Geez, where the heck DOES summer go when you have to work and do laundry and buy groceries and act like an adult?! emoticon

Ah well, we did barbecue more this year than in years past. Yum. emoticon

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QUIKSYLVER 8/8/2011 3:29PM

    Super fast summer! But I am READY FOR SOME FOOTBALL!!! emoticon Go, Boise State!!

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MIZZSB 8/8/2011 2:23PM

    i hear you John.. cant believe its already august either.
schools dont start untill September 5th over here so the schools still have their summer break. But in a few months we have thanksgiving, xmas, sinterklaas.. time flies!!!

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ANATASHIKI 8/8/2011 2:10PM

    my summer to do list is surviving while everyone else is leaving for vacation , I still have a month until I can relax and think to leave myself . so , as usually , I 'm happy that the summer is over . but I know what you mean , I get this feeling every end of the year.but this year seems a little different though emoticon

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HDHAWK 8/8/2011 1:01PM

    Same thing for me. I thought I'd have some fun after teaching summer school and taking classes all of June. I'm not sure what I've been doing, but I go back to school on Monday. No classes next summer. I'm already planning for it to be different (hopefully)! I've been saying this for years!

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KKINNEA 8/8/2011 12:32PM

    Agree. Whenever the MN State Fair commercials start playing, I always feel bittersweet about the end of summer.

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RUNNERGIRL60 8/8/2011 11:51AM

    It has been fast! But im still count aug as summer I need to do some fun things yet!!! I don't have kids for school so im not done yet! I want to play more dad! Its not over please!!!!!!! Have a great one! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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IRISHBEANERGAL 8/8/2011 11:15AM

    Out here in the Pacific NW we have yet to HAVE summer... we've had a few summery days but mostly overcast and cloudy... UGHHH



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MORTICIAADDAMS 8/8/2011 10:42AM

    My summer was stolen as well. LOL. But I am getting a head start on Fall. LOL.

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AKATUJE 8/8/2011 10:08AM

    That was WAAAAAAAAAAAY too fast!! Our kids still have a month at home!!! And the weather has been really mild this summer, so i am still enjoying it...

Yes, thank God there is next year...

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-AIMIE- 8/8/2011 9:25AM

    My birthday is next Tuesday and we are on like day 60 of triple digit weather here in Southern Oklahoma so I completely understand. I can't wait for Fall...bring on the pumpkins, changing leaves, hot apple cider, and sweaters!!!

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JOURNEYTO60 8/8/2011 9:22AM

    I am a teacher and looking forward to the routines that start again in the fall. But, you are correct, the summer was so welome and now it seems to be over and I also wonder if it got by me without my really savoring it. Let's welcome the fall and live in the season!

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SHERRYJVP 8/8/2011 8:52AM

    I love getting a fresh start with the next seasons routine. I already have a new organzing plan.

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KATHRYN1955 8/8/2011 8:52AM

    Our "summer" doesn't end until after the Labour Day weekend (that's when the kids go back to school). And I must admit that I always breathe a sigh of relief even though I don't have school-age children anymore. It seems that order and routine is restored once again. There is nothing quite like that smell of autumn in the air. I am moving all the summer items on my "to do" list to the fall when it is cooler!
Take care,
Kathy
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MKPRINCESS007 8/8/2011 8:39AM

    Oh no, John..........don't be making me think summer is over.........I am having too much fun! No seriously, I refuse to acknowledge it until there are leaves all over the ground and DS has to hit the books again (not for another month here) so I will keep living in my happy place until then............. :)

Have a great day,
K

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MUSTANG_SALLY2 8/8/2011 8:36AM

    This is exactly how I feel. I haven't done one summery thing. How can that be? Ugh!

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_AIYANNA_ 8/8/2011 8:36AM

    These are the things that depress my hubby especially as regards our children. What I say to him, though is that there's no point in worrying about how time flies, just make sure you make the most of it when you can.

Here in Greece we still have another 2 or 3 months of summer heat-wise and I must admit I'm looking forward to it being over. It's no fun being stuck in the house all day :(

Hugs,
Elen xxx

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JECKIE 8/8/2011 8:28AM

    YAY FALL!!!! :)

I won't miss summer. Oh, I know I shouldn't rush time, and winter will be here all too soon, but there is nothing I love more than pulling on the sweaters, watching football and eating apple pie. I love fall more than chocolate. lol

Today, though, while it may only be 79 degrees, it's clearly still summer. In that "I'll make you grow gills it's so humid" kind of way.

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WENDYSPARKS 8/8/2011 8:27AM

    Yes summer has gone way tooo fast!!!!


Wendy emoticon

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