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Celebrating Serenity

Monday, November 10, 2014

I am celebrating a return of serenity in my life. My friend Morticia, reminded me of the Serenity Prayer. Grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change. My mom had the entire prayer posted on her bathroom mirror and I saw it frequently.
In these past two months, I have learned to accept that I cannot control another person's health and that there will be miles separating me from my mom. I have let go of guilt.

So thanks to all of my Spark Friends. Your blogs and comments have supported me. I can feel my energy of happiness returning.

The good news is that I am still maintaining my weight loss as I enter year 4. I continue to exercise and eat healthy.

I like this quote: "For each mile that keeps us apart, there is a warm thought that keeps us together."

  
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IRON_RESOLVE 11/22/2014 12:31AM

    I think the serenity prayer is so helpful, and can be applied to any life situation. I lived so far away from my parents my entire life, and it was especially difficult, when they each developed cancer. There are so many things in life which will be beyond our control, so if we can teach ourselves to just let it be, when we cannot change something, then we are so much better off in the long run.
Once again so many of your friends comments echo my thoughts. Indeed, you are an anchor an inspiration. Thanks for this post. I am so glad your energy and happiness are returning.

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TORTISE110 11/20/2014 6:41AM

    Family is so complicated and so rewarding at times. We all need the serenity prayer! You are such a spark, you know that, right?

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MJZHERE 11/16/2014 8:09PM

    Congrats on 4 years! That's great. I am glad the prayer is helpful to you.

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BROOKLYN_BORN 11/14/2014 7:51PM

    That prayer has been part of my life too. It's nice to read the comments of all those whose lives it has touched as well.
I'm glad you are in a good place now.

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HOLLYM48 11/14/2014 4:30PM

    Congrats on entering year 4 of maintaining your weight loss! We know that is no easy feat! Life is never easy is it! Sending you warm wishes for the serenity in your life to continue. You can only be in charge of yourself! Hugs!

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RR1_RR1 11/13/2014 10:49PM

    I know that prayer- God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change;
courage to change the things I can;and wisdom to know the difference. I have a lot of friends whose lives were transformed by that quote.

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MJREIMERS 11/11/2014 9:15PM

    Serenity. An act of acceptance for things that we cannot control and that gives a sense of peace. I'm glad you have found it. It's never easy to accept when loved ones live so close away. I wish I could say or do something to make you feel better. I can send you positive energy and emoticon ! Hang in there, friend and keep that quote close!

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ALIIDA 11/11/2014 7:34PM

    I'm so glad you've found peace with the help of the serenity prayer. I think we were all worried about you because of the strain of your mother's illness.

Four years is awesome. You're one of the star maintainers helping us to keep our weight steady with your example and encouragement.
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LINDAKAY228 11/11/2014 4:07PM

    You're doing so great! We can't change anyone but ourselves. We can give them information or whatever but it's up to them whether they use it or not. Glad you've been able let it go.

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GOCALGAL 11/11/2014 1:26PM

    emoticon emoticon 4 Years! You should be So proud!
Another great, inspirational blog. emoticon

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FREGGIE 11/11/2014 8:08AM

    That is great news that you have maintained a healthy weight for FOUR years! Congratulations. You're an inspiration.

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GOANNA2 11/11/2014 6:47AM

    So glad you have accepted how life is. It just is and
I'm happy for you. I also look at the Serenity prayer
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DDOORN 11/10/2014 11:31PM

    The Serenity Prayer has come to my rescue many times in my life. I often reference it for my clients' use also.

Keeping your eye on your health and maintenance is definitely one of those things over which you DO have control...excellent job!

Feel us in your pocket "with you" in paying back and forth those "warm thoughts!" :-)

Don

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SUSUSUZZZIE 11/10/2014 10:55PM

    What a wonderful reminder about the serenity prayer. It's one I haven't thought of for so long but it is very meaningful. So thank you for paying that forward. I'm glad you are finding some comfort in trying times. Take care of yourself!

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KENDRACARROLL 11/10/2014 10:52PM

    Being able to accept the things you cannot change is huge, so is having the wisdom and courage to change the things you can. It took me a long time to even comprehend the serenity prayer. Practicing this has definitely helped me keep my sanity. Happy you're experiencing the same.
Congratulations on your maintenance. Well done!

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_LINDA 11/10/2014 10:00PM

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So glad you have found peace. Its hard to watch a loved one make unhealthy choices :-(( But they do have to want to help themselves.
This meditation series I took was also about letting go. It was very good.
May you have a peaceful and happy maintaining for many more years. 4 years shows you own it!
I love that quote! A special thought from a sensitive and caring Spark friend!

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MICKEYH 11/10/2014 8:31PM

    I like the quote too. Glad you've find your serenity. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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GABY1948 11/10/2014 8:08PM

    I just recently started following you so I don't understand all this but I do know that what is happening to you now is a good thing. Serenity is what SHOULD be...the fact that you are getting it back is awesome! The fact that you have kept your maintenance and are still going into year four is OUTSTANDING!

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BUTTONPOPPER1 11/10/2014 8:02PM

    I'm so glad to hear that you are finding peace. It takes a lifetime of practice to master the art of serenity. I'm not there yet, but I agree with you that being here at SparkPeople and benefiting from the support of my friends here is helping me make progress toward achieving strength, courage, and wisdom. You are such an anchor and inspiration to so many of us here, Kanoe! I'm very grateful.

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JEANKNEE 11/10/2014 7:32PM

    Happy to hear that you are celebrating both serenity and entering a 4th year of maintenance successfully.

Appreciate the quote shared at the close of your blog. One of my sisters will be moving thousands of miles away soon. We're close and have never been physically separated by more than a dozen miles. It is going to take some adjustment for me.

Acceptance
Courage>Wisdom

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GINA180847 11/10/2014 6:38PM

    The serenity prayer is huge in my life, not because of addictions but family concerns.

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THOMS1 11/10/2014 4:56PM

    Great quote. I wish you success in your 4th year of maintenance emoticon .

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REGILIEH 11/10/2014 4:01PM

    I love that quote! You must remember it when thinking of your mom. You deserve to be happy! I am so glad you are on that footing again.

Hugs!

Anne

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1CRAZYDOG 11/10/2014 3:28PM

    HUGS HUGS HUGS That is a wonderful prayer that I use all the time as well.

I feel for you. My Mother (Alzheimer's) is 2 hrs. away w/Dad as main caregiver.) I really want them to move up here closer to me, but no go so far.

We can only do so much, right!

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KELLIEBEAN 11/10/2014 2:24PM

    So glad you are feeling peace! What a beautiful quote!

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KRISZTA11 11/10/2014 2:21PM

    This is the best attitude possible.
You can do your best to help and educate, but you can not control the other person - and it is good this way.
I had to accept this fact with my husband and my kids too.
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ONEKIDSMOM 11/10/2014 1:31PM

    That's a prayer that never gets old, but grows more meaningful with every passing day. May you have serenity for today.

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SMILINGEYES2 11/10/2014 12:32PM

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My mother, when I moved away, said: "You can be 1,000 miles apart but be close or you can be in the same room but 1,000 miles apart. It is all in the attitude." Obviously you care and the heart is in the right place. Continue to take cook care of yourself.

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SMILINGEYES2 11/10/2014 12:32PM

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My mother, when I moved away, said: "You can be 1,000 miles apart but be close or you can be in the same room but 1,000 miles apart. It is all in the attitude." Obviously you care and the heart is in the right place. Continue to take cook care of yourself.

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SMILINGEYES2 11/10/2014 12:31PM

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My mother, when I moved away, said: "You can be 1,000 miles apart but be close or you can be in the same room but 1,000 miles apart. It is all in the attitude." Obviously you care and the heart is in the right place. Continue to take cook care of yourself.

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SUBMOM2 11/10/2014 12:00PM

    Congratulations on beginning year 4 of maintenance! That is fantastic. How wonderful that you are celebrating serenity as well. It's funny how we can return to something (like the Serenity Prayer) again and again and find comfort there.

Thanks for the inspiration!



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FEEDTHEHUNGER 11/10/2014 11:52AM

    That prayer is the whole ball of wax to me, reminding me again and again to seek the peace of acceptance and to let go of trying to rule the world (as if I could). I am glad that your happiness is returning and congratulations on making it another year on maintenance, no small thing!

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MORTICIAADDAMS 11/10/2014 11:49AM

    That prayer has saved many times. I'm glad it gives you comfort. There is no time nor room for guilt in your life. I loved the quote. Vast miles and even death cannot separate us from those we love. We keep them in our hearts.

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PATRICIA-CR 11/10/2014 11:10AM

    emoticon again and again for your maintenance. emoticon

I'm so happy you're coming back from problems you cannot change. I know the feeling. But our lives are worth living in spite of, and happily living them. Keep it up emoticon

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FUNLOVEN 11/10/2014 11:06AM

    However the Serenity Prayer reads knowing even just a part of it can be a comforting. Accepting things as they are and knowing what we can change and can't change is a HUGE lesson for all of us to learn. I am grateful that you are finding peace again in your heart.

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BOOKAPHILE 11/10/2014 10:58AM

    I love that last quote in regard to your family so far away!

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SANDICANE 11/10/2014 10:17AM

    So glad to hear things are "settling out" for you...yes, happiness and serenity are in our minds...sometimes there's so much clutter in mine that I can't find them though....

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WATERMELLEN 11/10/2014 10:00AM

    You are a loving and kind and attentive daughter to your mother.

And I am so glad you've let go of guilt and permitted serenity to return.

I am sure that's what every mother would want to give her daughter --



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SANDISOCAROLINA 11/10/2014 10:00AM

    The Serenity Prayer speaks to me as well. emoticon All we can know is that we're not in control of choices others make or that destiny makes. Your compassion shines and with compassion comes deep feelings. That is a good thing.

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CRUISEGAL55 11/10/2014 9:57AM

    I, too, recite the Serenity prayer. Happiness is not the absence of problems but the ability to deal with them.
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NELLJONES 11/10/2014 9:30AM

    Actually the prayer really says " Grant me the Grace to accept with Serenity those things which cannot be changed..." We have shortened it with time and use, but it's worth remembering that Grace is a gift from God, available to all who ask.

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No longer a Spring Chicken, but there is a spring to my steps and the best birthday gift.

Sunday, September 14, 2014

I am celebrating today. I am officially 65 and certainly not a Spring Chicken anymore. However, there is a lightness and a spring to my steps. I have the energy of happiness. Like MJREIMERS says, " I feel like I am aging younger."

I commented that I once went to the grocery store and bought 5 20 pound bags of potatoes. They filled up the cart. I looked at those potatoes and envisioned them on me. That is what I used to carry around. I donated them to a shelter. I may just do this every Xmas as a reminder of the past verses the present.

My best birthday gift was finding my mom a caretaker in a private home. When I found that my brother had moved her, there was an immediate lightening of my stress. I physically felt a relief and felt so much happier. I had not realized the weight of the stress that I have been carrying was so heavy. Stress really does invade you.

I felt like I had lost the 100 pounds of potatoes.

I am grateful for my life of maintenance. Next month I will officially reach my 3rd year of maintenance and my 4th year of being binge free.

I am the healthiest I have been in years and plan to stay that way.

My Sparktime is invaluable. The warmth and support here is a joy to my life.
I thank all of my friends for being here.

  
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WHITEANGEL4 11/21/2014 4:03PM

    Welcome to the world of medicare and social security. With the current insurance situation, medicare is a releaf

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LORIVIOLA 10/23/2014 12:22PM

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good for you!
and good idea about the potatoes!

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SANDICANE 10/21/2014 4:43AM

    This is a great blog. It's now October and this is the first time I've seen it, but that doesn't diminish it's greatness. You are the main maintence inspiration in my life and I love the idea of purchasing potatoes and donating them that equal the weight I've lost. Oh my, that would be quite a visual reminder of where I've been, and where I never want to be again.

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SANDISOCAROLINA 10/17/2014 9:57AM

    I must have missed this wonderful blog of yours during the storm of packing we were doing! Wishing you another Happy Birthday and I love love your potatoes analogy. You are one awesome woman making a big difference here and elsewhere. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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CORNERKICK 10/13/2014 5:54PM

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DIANNEMT 10/11/2014 12:16PM

    Fantastic!! YOu are a role model to me!!

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TUBLADY 10/8/2014 7:53AM

    So happy for you. And belated happy Birthday.
I wasn't feeling the spring in my step at 65, was obese and could hardly walk.
But now at near 73 it's another story.
A whole different wonderful life that I am so grateful to have ..
With Spark and the amazing friends, I will continue to have faith and belief that life does get better. You just have to be on the right track.
Stay strong, positive, believe in yourself.
Spark on.!!
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BOOKAPHILE 10/1/2014 10:26AM

    I love the potato illustration. I've been thinking similar things as I've hauled some items from Dad's home. It's a good feeling.

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SCOUTMOM715 9/30/2014 10:01PM

    Happy belated birthday & congrats on 4 years of being binge free! emoticon I love the idea of donating the 100 lbs of potatoes to represent the weight you have lost. emoticon

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SUNSHINE20113 9/30/2014 3:20AM

    Congratulations! So much truth about stress. I submitted an important paper last week, and the next day weighed a pound less!! (Weird, that)

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CUTENHEALTHY 9/29/2014 12:25AM

    Congratulations on 3 years of maintenance!!! You are so inspiring and also so giving and supportive to others. Enjoy your lighter load! Happy birthday! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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NASFKAB 9/28/2014 1:05AM

  Happy Birthday ONLY 65 am 72 keep pushing

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MVKNET 9/27/2014 1:05PM

  Praying that this next phase of your life is wonderful. Full of happy moments. Eating healthy and exercising is going to keep you young for a very long time. Blessings emoticon Blessings Marsha

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TORTISE110 9/27/2014 7:16AM

    Happy birthday, you spring chicken! (I'm 67...) You look awesome and I definitely know the 'aging younger' feeling. Isn't it awesome?

Hugs to you!!

PS Also understand about the care around your mom. Hard and stressful. I hope her new location gives you more meaningful time with her.

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SUSANNAH31 9/26/2014 10:37AM

    Happy birthday! Shedding stress is just as important as shedding the weight.



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KELLIEBEAN 9/24/2014 8:06AM

    So sorry I missed this! I hope you had a great birthday and here's to continuing to age younger!

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TJOHNOCONNOR 9/23/2014 2:55PM

    Congratulations! We can celebrate together. Swing by my page and take a look if you like. emoticon

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JEWELY_ROADS 9/21/2014 2:05PM

    emoticon Fellow Virgo friend!
You are an inspiration to me! Thank you! emoticon

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HAKAPES 9/21/2014 1:57PM

    You are a role model!

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ARTISTSBRUSH 9/21/2014 1:25PM

    Congrats on growing younger! Its kind of like a reverse mortgage in a way! Congrats especially on being binge-free. I know that does a lot to lighten the soul.

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WRITERWANNAB 9/20/2014 12:53PM

    Happy belated birthday! A young man recently asked me if I mind getting older. I replied, "Not when I consider the alternative!" Enjoy all the life in your years & here's to burdens being lightened! emoticon

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IRON_RESOLVE 9/20/2014 12:15AM

    I love reading your blogs, and everytime I do, I come away feeling better about my own life, and that I am going to someday be in Maintenance for 3 or 4 years, and someone will read my blog saying I also did it.
You really are an inspiration.
I also find, every time I read your blogs, that other people's posts echo my thoughts, and I believe you reach so many people on a deep level.
I am so glad you blog. I am not good at it. I use the backspace key more than I post.
One thing I found most shocking was that you said you were 65, as you clearly look 10 years YOUNGER. Yes, you are indeed aging younger.

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MAGGIEROSEBOWL 9/19/2014 9:19AM

    Happy Birthday Pat! As much as I don't wish to be years older, at 63 and 9 months, I am seriously looking forward to my 65th birthday and Medicare. What a load off my mind that will be. And when Du hits that magic "65" in three years, it will sure relieve a lot of stress. Insurance has been a real struggle lately. And when Du can't work, we will have to pursue insurance via the ACA, and I've certainly got more questions than answers about that. Glad you got your stress taken care of, now perhaps you can concentrate more on yourself, although I know there are always others that we women seem to have/take responsibility for caring for. As I take care of Du and all the struggles we are enduring, I wonder who will be doing this for me someday when I am all alone. My boys are very involved with their own lives. Sometimes, I want them to quit obsessing over their own (to me) trivial problems and help me with my more serious difficulties, even though there is nothing they can do really. But someday, when I need help with these issues, I sure hope they are there for me. I know what you mean about feeling like you've got a "spring" in your step today. I feel better today at 63, than I felt at 43 or 53, and I KNOW I am healthier!!

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ALEXZANDRIA999 9/18/2014 3:03PM

  Happy Birthday and thanks for the inspiration.

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ALIIDA 9/17/2014 5:29PM

    Belated emoticon. I think the idea with the potatoes is great, too, and I think I understand what you mean about aging younger because with the help of Spark, I think I'm aging younger too. I'm so glad your mother is in a safe place and your stress has lifted. You have several great anniversaries all together! emoticon

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BETRHO48 9/17/2014 5:16PM

    WOW! What an inspiration you are to those of us who are coming along behind you traveling the same road.
Thanks for sharing.
~Beth

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MRSFANCYLADY 9/17/2014 2:21PM

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Happy belated birthday! Your success is a valuable inspiration to us all! We appreciate you sharing your story with us. Looking forward to joining you in maintenance! Hope you had a wonderful birthday!

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MARYJEANSL 9/16/2014 11:51PM

  Happy Birthday to you! I am so happy for you that your mother's situation is working out well and your stress has gone down. I know how difficult that is. My mother has dementia and it has been very tough (though, truthfully, almost all of the work and stress fell on my sister) finding decent caregivers for her.

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1STBUCKETITEM 9/16/2014 2:49AM

  emoticon You made me emoticon when you told us how you looked at the bags of potatoes. I'm glad I'm not the only one that looks at food that way. I walk to the grocery store, and Saturday when I got home I actually weighed myself, still holding all the bags of groceries which I carried home (a mile walk). I weighed the same weight as when I started with SP on June 24th. I have lost just over 33 lbs. since then! All of those grocery bags full of veggies, fruit and healthy protein weighed 33 lbs. I actually started this weight loss journey on May 5th when I weighed in at 278 lbs. So, today I weighed in and discovered that I have lost more than half the pounds to my goal! Wow! Rid of 63 lbs.! emoticon Just another 60 lbs. more to goal!! I'm really going to do it this time. This website has really been such a help to me. The tracking, the fitness videos, the nutrition guidelines, the articles, and most of all the interaction and support from people on the same journey.
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JERICHO1991 9/15/2014 11:52PM

    Thanks for sharing your successes. Great job!

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JIBBIE49 9/15/2014 11:48PM

    Since so many people today don't know how to cook, (yes, real potatoes even), I'd buy boxes of Instant Potatoes if I were going to make a donation of them to a shelter.

I'll be 65 next month (signed up for Medicare already) so I know where you are in this race. Just found out on Facebook that a girl I knew in school who was a year younger died this past week-end as she'd had cancer, and then her brother came home from the funeral and had a heart attack and died. Frank was 68. So, we really have to work at taking care of ourselves. Glad you are keep keeping the weight off.

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BONNIEB1947 9/15/2014 7:53PM

    Good for you and you look amazing! I would never have guessed your age! You sound wonderfully confident and you are so inspiring!

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JSEATTLE 9/15/2014 7:53PM

  You have done so well!! Please keep it up and keep on inspiring me to do the same. So glad you found a good place for your Mom. Family stresses can be so hard.

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DOLLIE6 9/15/2014 5:11PM

    emoticon These have no calories. Just happiness. This was a wonderful blog. I am looking forward to being able to write the same uplifting blog.

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IAMAGEMLOVER 9/15/2014 5:07PM

    emoticon emoticon I like your idea of the potatoes and donating them to a shelter. I lost 120+pounds and it will be 2 years of maintenance for me on 12/28. I never could have done it and kept it off without sparkpeople and my friends.

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NONNAOF2 9/15/2014 4:07PM

  Happy Birthday! What a wonderful idea in donating food in the weight that you have lost! Congratulations on the maintenance, too! By losing the weight and keeping it off, you have extended your life to enjoy it with a healthier body! :-)

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LINDAKAY228 9/15/2014 3:57PM

    I missed your birthday so a happy belated birthday! I love the idea of the potatoes!

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CHARTHESTAR 9/15/2014 3:29PM

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great idea about the potatoes! Someday I am going to do that with you!

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PATRICIAANN46 9/15/2014 2:32PM

  emoticon and Many, Many, more!!!!! And.........I hope you don't mind if I borrow your Potato Donation idea...........That is the best idea I have heard of in a long time. emoticon
And........... emoticon on ridding your life of stress in the very important area of your Mom's care and on maintaining your Healthy Lifestyle.

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A decision about what to weigh is a decision on how to live and clues on successful maintenance.

Saturday, September 06, 2014

I like this quote. " A decision about what to weigh is a decision on how to live." In other words, if you are committed to staying at your goal weight, you have to adopt the life that goes with it. This means that you not only have to live in a way that matches your goals at the moment, but you also have to accept that you will be doing this for the rest of your life.
I am content with this life I have chosen of maintenance.

In Refuse to Regain the author offers clues about reaching what she calls Senior Level of Maintenance. This is when you realize that you are more comfortable with your food choices and are a lot better at managing your weight than before.
Here are clues to this new level;

You rarely miss your old way of eating.
( I do not miss the bingeing on unhealthy foods that I used to do.)

You enjoy and prefer your new eating habits.
(I have healthy foods that I do love to eat)

You no longer feel controlled by food.
(I do feel much more control over my food choices and that food is no longer my enemy.)

You are comfortable with eating many of the same types of food repeatedly.
(This is very true.)

You are not particularly interested in Sugar Foods or Refined Carbs.
( I have lost much of the desire for these foods..but not totally!)

When you do occasionally eat these foods, you are not compelled to overeat and are able to return to your plan the next day.
( I have stopped bingeing. Once in awhile I might eat to being too full but it is on a healthy food.)

When you choose to eat foods that are off your plan, you generally find them less enjoyable.
( Here I deviate..I usually enjoy the foods I choose to indulge in.)

You know intuitively the foods and amounts that will keep you from gaining weight.
( I do know what foods and amounts will be keep me maintaining.)

You are acutely aware of unhealthy diet habits of those around you.
(This is an odd clue. I have noticed that I am very aware of healthy fit people and admire them for staying toned and thin.)

You feel free.
(A big yes here. I feel the freedom of being thin and managing addiction.)

The final comment is helpful. " When you are a senior maintainer, it does not mean that you will never have a difficult day, but it does mean that you have found peace with the way you think about food, physical activity, and priorities."

I have found my peace.

I am dealing with family health issues. I am still maintaining and am glad that I have found peace in my weight, when other areas of my life are not peaceful.

Thanks to all of my Spark Friends for being here.

  
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LORIVIOLA 10/19/2014 2:30PM

    GOOD FOR YOU!
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BOOKAPHILE 10/1/2014 10:21AM

    I needed to be reminded of this today! Thanks for the reminder and the example.

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JEWELY_ROADS 9/27/2014 2:46PM

    Thank you for re-inspiring me to "pull-up my socks" and get my priorities straight!

While I'm not far off my goal weight and I still look great ( haha, so people tell me ) "I" prefer to be a few pounds lower where my clothes fit nicer and I feel better!

So thanks for the boost! And reminder, I do want to reach the level of a Senior maintainer vs. falling back to bad, unhealthy habits.

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BLAZINGSWORD 9/22/2014 8:39AM

    Yes, I hear where you are coming from. Eating basically the same foods that have made us healthier is a lot easier than not.

I mean, look at animals, they eat the same things basically over and over again but have you ever seen a fat animal in the wild? I haven't. So that really shows me something.

And many people who we would never think has a weight problem, little did we know that many of them are careful about what they eat, and some of them are long time calorie counters as well.

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ARTISTSBRUSH 9/21/2014 1:37PM

    Thank you for posting this.

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BOILHAM 9/12/2014 10:15AM

    Great blog, thanks for sharing.

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MVKNET 9/11/2014 11:02PM

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OHMEMEME 9/11/2014 10:50PM

    Awesome blog!!! I've heard you reference the book Refuse to Regain before and have been checking out the website. Enjoyed and may buy the book. Congrats on finding your peace. Keep Sparking!

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RR1_RR1 9/10/2014 10:57AM

    Yay! I admit I enjoy the splurges too lol. But also sometimes crave veggys and healthy food so thats good.

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NUOVAELLE 9/10/2014 3:23AM

    Those are great clues and you seem to have all the characteristics of a successful maintainer. Even at the ones you deviate like the off-plan foods you enjoy once in a while. I find it much more balanced and normal than getting to a point where you simply don't enjoy food anymore!
Thank you so much for sharing these. I may have to look into this book. It sounds like what I currently need to read.

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SUSIEMT 9/9/2014 3:32PM

    I quite agree! Especially with your statement about being comfortable with eating many of the same types of food repeatedly!
I never tire of the foods we prepare especially since they taste so good!


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NASFKAB 9/9/2014 1:30AM

  awesome thanks for sharing

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MARYJEANSL 9/9/2014 12:24AM

  "I have found my peace." Love it!

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BOPPY_ 9/8/2014 11:16PM

    Thoughtful.
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ANNIEONLI 9/8/2014 7:56PM

    "Senior Level of Maintenance" - - I like that a lot!! Congrats on the popular blog post! Well deserved, Sparkfriend!!!!


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    nice

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JEANKNEE 9/8/2014 5:17PM

    Congrats for finding your peace!

Wishing you continued success with maintenance and managing the curve balls life throws our way.

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MRSFANCYLADY 9/8/2014 3:33PM

    Beautiful! I can only pray that when I reach this point in my life, I can remember this blog. Take care and stay strong through your health concerns.

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KIMBERLY187 9/8/2014 2:41PM

    I agree. Thanks for sharing!

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GOCALGAL 9/8/2014 2:11PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon for sharing such valuable information! For me "peace" and stress both seem to mean a gradual backsliding . I am aware that I do not make the best choices.

Those questions spoke to me especially "live the way that matches your goals". It's inspiring to know that it can be done. emoticon I hope the stress issues are quickly resolved. emoticon

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MAGGIEROSEBOWL 9/8/2014 2:04PM

    Great blog Pat! I think at our age, maintenance is tough, simply because our calorie consumption (at least this is true of me) needs to be very low as we enter the years past menopause (well I can't speak for you, but I am past menopause). So anything we eat that is carby or sugary, will put us over our limit for the day and if we keep doing it, will eventually lead to a gain. That's what happened to me over the seven months between Thanksgiving and the end of June. That's when I joined my first Dietbet for motivation to get the scale moving the OTHER direction. At that point I had gained 32 lbs. from my low of 150 lbs., which I had maintained for 2.5 years. Today, after two consecutive Dietbets (both of which I won), and into my third, I am down 20 pounds, on my way back to 150 pounds, I hope! The bad food still holds an allure for me, but I am proud, that as you say, "I am managing my addiction." I do have family problems as you mentioned you do too, and that is stressful, but I know it is better to be healthy and deal with the problems, than it is to add to the problems by being FAT and unhealthy again.

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NHES220 9/8/2014 12:59PM

    This is a great blog. I am about 7 lbs from goal, but I am really at a long plateau at this point. I find myself not craving unhealthy foods or my old way of eating. If I do have some of the old foods, I am able to stop when I want to. Even if I have a desert, I am usually satisfied with a couple of bites and will typically seek to share with someone vs. ordering my own. I'm loving my new level of fitness and the muscle I've gained and looking forward to my half marathon.

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MOMMY445 9/8/2014 12:30PM

    i agree. so well said.

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PACKERMANN 9/8/2014 10:58AM

    gonna go buy that book.
i have been sliding lately.
thanks for sharing!

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FUNLOVEN 9/8/2014 10:20AM

    I do so want to get to the stage in my healthy journey that you are describing! Thanks for sharing and inspiring me!

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SUSANNAH31 9/8/2014 7:53AM

    Congratulations on reaching this level of maintenance.
You can feel confident about dealing with life's issues in ways that do not involve food.

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TORTISE110 9/8/2014 6:16AM

    What a fine blog. You are controlling what you can control and accepting the peace in that even though life is uncertain. Thank you!

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TRAVELGRRL 9/8/2014 1:14AM

    Love your blog, and love the comment about "managing addiction"...so true. Also true that finding peace with weight and food goes a long way during stressful times. Thanks for sharing and giving me the "heads up" I need to get my own self back on track.

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DIANNEMT 9/7/2014 9:25PM

    I do think I will get there! Just have to figure out what my maintenance place really is--and be at peace with that number on the scale....

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SUSUSUZZZIE 9/7/2014 7:51PM

    LOVE your blog. I love having information that helps me develop goals. These are things I can work on. Some I'm in pretty good shape with but others will develop in time with much practice. Thank you for sharing.

Congratulations on finding your peace and keeping up the great work in difficult times!

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NONNAOF2 9/7/2014 7:28PM

  We all know what happens when we let things slide, so once we achieve our goal weight, the way we got there is the the reality of it all , we need to stay on track for the rest of our lives for sure, there is no turning back!

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Transition from trying to maintain to becoming a maintainer and ice cream flashbacks.

Friday, July 25, 2014

When I initially lost my weight 3 years ago, I went through the honeymoon period where I was celebrating and happily buying new clothes. However, I had fears that I would regain my weight as I have spent my life doing. I recall almost being in tears after buying small sized clothes, wondering if I would still fit them months later.

Almost three years later, I have decided that this is my summer of defining myself as a maintainer. I am no longer trying to maintain, but I have become a maintainer.
Watermelon celebrates 5 years of maintenance with an excellent blog, 5 Years of Maintaining!

http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public
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What resonated with me was her comment about having times when life interferes with exercise and fitness.
"I know I'll always get back to it and I do. Because it's who I am . . . " This is exactly what being a maintainer is. This is who I am and even if I detour for a while, being a maintainer is what I am.

LeslieSenior has been on a journey of health for 12 years. Her blog,
"The Gifts of Health and Fitness" Is very inspiring.
http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public
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I loved this thought.
"Our good health is so very much more than the number on the scale or the size jeans we buy. We all know this, but it is finally becoming a deep thread in the fabric of who I am."

I went to the store to buy a particular brand and flavor of ice cream for a my son. As I studied the ice cream I was hit with strong memories of ice cream binges..
recognizing the flavors and brands. It has been 4 years since I have binged on ice cream. I could remember that person and the unhappiness, but happily realized those days are gone.

I renewed my driver's license. It may amuse you to learn that for years I would put down the weight I wanted to weigh, but not my actual weight.
My picture of 5 years ago does not look anything like me now and I have received strange looks from clerks. I was pleased to see the smile and the confidence in my new photo which actually looks like the current me.
The contrast of my 110 pound photo was severe. I also realized that the secrecy of addiction is gone. I now put down my real weight!

In the summer and particularly in my yoga classes, I notice my toned muscles but also notice somewhat loose skin.
Greggweisbrod has maintained for one year and has offered some great insights in Time Goes By.
http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public
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This is a lovely piece of writing, especially the last line. I love perfectly imperfect in the most perfect ways possible.

"The perfect body is an illusion, as even those whom we see and think look perfect are in fact constantly struggling with the same desires to look better. You're already perfect... you just haven't realized it yet. Love yourself today, and keep journeying toward whatever future you fancy - don't waste a second feeling like you're not good enough or not attractive enough. You're already perfectly imperfect in the most perfect ways possible!



I end with Refuse to Regain comments again:
4.Climber's Fatigue: Losing weight was an exciting, attention getting makeover. Permanence requires a relentless, daily attention to detail that no one but you may notice. This phase will only work if you learn to deeply love the new you and the very process that allows you to stay as you are. Not only can you do this, but it will also be highly rewarding.

Thanks to everyone who blogs at Spark People. I value your support and insights.

Kanoe The Maintainer! or should I say The Terminator..of an unhealthy life.

  
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GRAMPIAN 11/25/2014 6:02AM

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M-BRUNER 11/8/2014 12:22AM

    #4 is now my new mantra!!!

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GRACED777 11/7/2014 7:38AM

    Congratulations on being a maintainer - I'm still transitioning to feeling like one. I still have a summer weight and a winter weight which I'm trying to bring together more, even though both are in my range. I enjoy the journey most of the time.

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MJZHERE 10/23/2014 6:54PM

    Thank you for this blog. Going to use it as a resource as I have fallen into yoyo pattern again.

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IRON_RESOLVE 9/20/2014 12:29AM

    Oh yes, another great blog. I love #4 Climbers Fatigue. "Permanence requires a relentless, daily attention to detail that no one but you may notice. This phase will only work if you learn to deeply love the new you and the very process that allows you to stay as you are. Not only can you do this, but it will also be highly rewarding."

Learning to enjoy the new you and the life that you have created.

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DESERT_BIRD 9/1/2014 12:03AM

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GABY1948 8/29/2014 5:13PM

    GREAT blog and I plan to finally make it this time to maintaining and am so thankful that I have finally found so many good blogs about the process!

Your page is beautiful! And emoticon on becoming Maintainer Kanoe!

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MVKNET 8/27/2014 9:09PM

  I so look forward to the day I can call myself a maintainer. You are such an inspiration to me. Blessings,
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SNOWYOGA 8/15/2014 12:42AM

    Great blog, thank you

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MRSRIGS1 8/13/2014 6:24PM

    GREAT blog, thank you! P.S. I still lie about my weight on my driver's license (LOL)

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BABARR67 8/12/2014 11:09AM

    This was a great blog! I missed it too! I'm glad I stopped by your page today:0)

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MJREIMERS 8/10/2014 2:12PM

    I have no idea how I missed your blog. It is emoticon and well deserving of a Featured Blogger Post! You are emoticon and kudos to you for recognizing the great blogs written by others. emoticon

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MVKNET 8/7/2014 10:38PM

  Wow I feel so privileged to be your Spark friend. You are such an inspiration to so many. When I read about your journey I think Well if she can do it, then I can do it. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon Blessings,
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LWILKINS60 8/4/2014 1:49PM

    What a great read! Thanks!

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MAMA_CD 8/3/2014 8:48AM

    emoticon Excellent leading the path to maintenance for others!

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TORTISE110 8/2/2014 7:07AM

    Another magnificent blog

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RR1_RR1 8/1/2014 5:22PM

    I can definitely relate to the binging. My weakness is pizza. Im a carb addict lol. Inspirational blogpost for sure!

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NASFKAB 7/31/2014 8:20AM

  wonderful thought provoking blog thanks for sharing & congratulations on being featured in spark

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MAYBER 7/30/2014 11:32PM

    Thank you for sharing your wonderful attitude
You are a success one day at a time
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SUSIEMT 7/30/2014 9:26PM

    YEA you!! We can be terminators together!!

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MARYJEANSL 7/30/2014 8:15PM

  Congratulations! You should be very proud. :-)

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SIZE8NOTSOMUCH 7/30/2014 7:26AM

    How very well written, thank you for sharing. I hope one day to be a maintainer...

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SUBMOM2 7/30/2014 12:07AM

    Good for you! You are a maintainer! Glad you are finding such support on Spark People!

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SJKENT1 7/28/2014 12:20PM

    thank you!

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ALIIDA 7/27/2014 10:52AM

    You inspire me and so many others with your kindness, and you are one of the people who prove to us that it can be done. I'm near to maintenance and you and this wonderful site keep me going where in the past, I've turned round and gone back up again. emoticon emoticon

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SLIMMERJESSE 7/27/2014 9:35AM

    Mega-congrats!

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TINAJANE76 7/27/2014 9:29AM

    Wonderful, wonderful blog--I just love it! I've also seen various shifts in my identity from yo-yo'er, to trying to maintain, to becoming and living as a maintainer, so I definitely identify with everything you've written as someone who's coming up not far behind you. I always love the wisdom in your blogs and how generous you are with others who are navigating this process. You are a huge part of what makes this community so great--thank you!

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ANNIEONLI 7/27/2014 7:22AM

    Wonderful blog! A much needed read my friend!

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CICELY360 7/26/2014 11:07PM

  good blog

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JSEATTLE 7/26/2014 7:59PM

  Thank you for inspiring me and so many others. Keep on maintaining!!

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DDOORN 7/26/2014 7:54PM

    KANOE10 the Defiant Maintainer! Woo hoo!

Thank you for your compendium of wisdom from our SparkFamily maintainers! Definitely a "keeper!" :-)

Don

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DIANNEMT 7/26/2014 5:50PM

    Lovely!!

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PATRICIAANN46 7/26/2014 5:49PM

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You gave Kudos to others who have inspired YOU. DON'T FORGET that YOU inspire us too. You have done and continue to do an emoticon job!!!

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WATERDIAMONDS 7/26/2014 1:32PM

    I am nearly giddy from reading this and the other blogs youŽve cited here. What a wonderful, wonderful life to which we can all look forward!

Perhaps my favorite line is, šThis phase will only work if you learn to deeply love the new you and the very process that allows you to stay as you are.š

IŽd simply like to add: The weight-loss phase, which sets us up to succeed at maintenance, will only work if we learn to deeply love the REAL us that we hide behind our comic-tragic masks of unhealthy living and unhappy hearts.

I love your blogs. Thank you so much.



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LIVELYGIRL2 7/26/2014 1:16PM

  I totally loved how and what you shared. I like how you supported your thoughts with other Spark People's insights.

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PENOWOK 7/26/2014 12:27PM

    So true. The attention goes away when you hit maintenance do the motivation has to be intrinsic. You have done well!!

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SUSANNAH31 7/26/2014 11:14AM

    Congratulations on the best success there is!!
It is so good to have you here to cheer the rest of us on, too!

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NONNAOF2 7/26/2014 11:09AM

  I have gone up and down with my weight and various times, but now I am at a mind set where I truly believe finally I will be successful. Losing the weight can be exhilarating, but maintaining it is another thing, I will do it with a better support system!

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ALEXSGIRL1 7/26/2014 10:45AM

    love your blog and the much wisdom it contains best blog ever!!!! I love the end terminator of un healthy life. you are such an inspiration keep writing you will convert a lot of people to a healthy life hugs

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PATRICIA-CR 7/26/2014 10:43AM

    Hats off to you! BRAVO!!

I've never been able to maintain, so I greatly admire the people who is able to maintain. For me, getting down in weight is difficult but not as difficult at maintaining. Thanks very much for your insight, very motivational and encouraging for me emoticon

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IMEMINE1 7/26/2014 10:30AM

    Great blog. You are truly an inspiration and a great motivator.
Thank you for all you do here on spark people.
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    Congratulations on your maintaining healthy life. Thanks for the encouragement.

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The longer I maintain, the more I love being thin and "you always gain your weight back."

Friday, July 11, 2014

I have decided that part of maintaining, is not only being relentless determined, but it also being feisty. I am considering myself, a feisty maintainer! Almost three years ago, two co-workers took me aside and said separately, " You have lost a lot of weight, however, you always gain it back. You should not get so thin."
At that time, I lacked self confidence in my ability to keep weight off, and I responded with something like I hope I can keep it off this time. Now, 3 years later, as I reflect on these comments, I would answer in a different way. I would say, " I have worked hard to get to this healthy weight. My doctor and I are both happy with this weight. I would really appreciate your support instead of your criticism." I realize now that these comments were very negative and treated me as a failure. I do not deny that my co-workers have seen my yo-yo pattern over the years. However, who gave them the right to comment and be negative about me doing something positive? I am much more self confident now. I have actually confronted my boss and told him he needed to support my efforts rather than tell me that I needed to stop losing weight as I was thin enough. Thus..yay for being feisty.

As I am in my third summer of maintenance, I really am growing in being calmer and believing that I am maintaining.
The longer I maintain, the more I love being thin. This is true. I really enjoy the energy, the happiness, the muscles and toned body, and the fitness that comes with being thin, I like this thin body. I still have to look at my shorts to make sure they are size 6, even if I know they are..LOL.

My summer discoveries are yoga..definitely a good new workout for me. I also am experimenting on new recipes like cauliflower pizza crust. I have also increased my daily walks by 10-15 minutes.

Thanks to all you here who write blogs. They are my daily inspiration and support.

  
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NHES220 9/8/2014 1:32PM

    Good for you and way to go on being fiesty! I think those people were just reflecting their own failures - they also have probably lost weight and regained it. I too have done that in the past, but not this time. The difference this time is that it is not a diet but truly a lifestyle change. I am 20 months into this lifestyle change and I'm not going back!

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BLAZINGSWORD 7/23/2014 10:44AM

    You go girl! I love what Neptune said! Take a long walk off a short pier, maybe then they will cool it! LOL!

You are so right when it comes to wanting to live the rest of your life healthy, and happy! And the best thing is that as a maintainer, you will continue to do those things to keep you in the best possible health of your life.

Yay to no more Yo-Yoing! It's wonderful to wake up in the morning raring to go and enjoying your life. It's what makes you happy.

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TORTISE110 7/23/2014 5:50AM

    I believe you! We can and do change for so many reasons. You have worked hard and are thoughtful and vigilant. Thank you for this helpful blog!

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DOKEYOKEY 7/21/2014 8:55AM

    I'm back near where I was when I began losing weight, but I'm going to take inspiration from the idea of being feisty -- and also from remembering the pleasure it is to be in a body that feels good!

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DDOORN 7/20/2014 9:12PM

    Maintenance takes incredible energy...what better way to reflect that than by being feisty! Go YOU! :-)

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IRON_RESOLVE 7/19/2014 10:49PM

    I love that you are a feisty maintainer. You have worked really hard. I can't wait to one day say I am heading a 3rd summer of maintenance. Thanks for your blogs which inspire us all.

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GRACED777 7/18/2014 1:38PM

    I like this post. You are a real overcomer. Keeping weight off is hard to do, but possible. I'm working on it too! Have a good weekend.

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MJREIMERS 7/17/2014 10:24AM

    I love your blog and I believe I may be a "feisty maintainer," too. I like your take on your coworkers. I guess "you've shown them" and you've proven to yourself that you can do it!!

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BROOKLYN_BORN 7/16/2014 12:40PM

    "Feisty maintainer!" I love that term. Good for you!

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TRAVELGRRL 7/15/2014 12:00PM

    Yay for you! I like all those things too: "energy, happiness, muscles and toned body, and fitness!"

I still have a ways to go, but your success is so encouraging to me. I am glad you've learned to stick up for yourself -- being feisty is a good thing!

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IMEMINE1 7/15/2014 9:30AM

    emoticon I love yoga. I am almost to my goal weight and am nervous about the maintenance part. I hope I can can do as well as you are doing. emoticon

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JEANKNEE 7/14/2014 2:24AM

    Thanks so much for this blog. My fitness buddy and I have recently been on the receiving end of similar comments by our co-workers. Hoping to grow in conficence and join you in the ranks of the feisty.

Your accomplishments inspire me and give me hope.

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DESERT_BIRD 7/13/2014 2:23PM

    I love this blog! I am smiling as I read this and all of the comments. I can't wait for someone to tell me I am getting too thin. I will think of you and your feisty attitude and I will know just what to say!

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GOCALGAL 7/13/2014 9:59AM

   
I am ever so slowly "maintaining" my way down to goal . I've failed so many times that I began to doubt that I could ever maintain my currant weight let alone reach even lower.

emoticon for once again sharing your insight, wisdom, encouragement and "feistiness" with us! You inspire me to know that it's hard work but it is possible.
BRAVO!! for 3 years maintenacne!

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TINAJANE76 7/13/2014 9:57AM

    Hooray for your feistiness! It can be hard to let negative comments like that roll off our backs, especially if they're well intentioned.

I'm not far behind you on the maintenance front and can see how my journey is echoing yours in many ways. It keeps getting better and better--although I still can't believe I am where I am sometimes too!

Thanks for YOUR blogs and positive presence here as well. I just love our community of maintainers!

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MILLEDGE2 7/13/2014 9:40AM

    You inspire so many of us! Congratulations on three years and here's to many, many more!

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SUBMOM2 7/12/2014 9:05PM

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Congratulations on your third summer at maintenance, and for being feisty!! Your blogs are an inspiration to so many of us still trying to locate our feisty switch. Keep up the good work!

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THOMS1 7/12/2014 2:09PM

    I truly love your blogs as you are such an inspiration to me. Keep them comin. Have a great weekend and I look forward to reading more. emoticon emoticon

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WATERDIAMONDS 7/12/2014 9:12AM

    Having engaged in and maintained my first truly healthy streak for the last several months, I finally comprehend your statement, "I really enjoy the energy, the happiness, the muscles and toned body, and the fitness that comes with being thin."

The longer I stay on my streak, the happier I am. I sincerely love the peace of mind, the increased stamina, the swell in self-confidence that are coming my way because I have committed to--and stuck with--my new habits.

I thank you so much for your willingness to share your experiences with us. YOU are a role model and a gift!





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ALIIDA 7/12/2014 6:49AM

    I'm so pleased for you and inspired. Your kindness and your blogs help us to lose and to know that it's possible to maintain. The person who said the same thing to me is not an unkind person, but another of our group, who has always been lean, thanked us for never bugging her about it. I hope the remarks to me will stop, or that I can find a kind but firm thing to say to stop her.
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THINFITFEMINIST 7/12/2014 6:28AM

    I applaud not only you reaching a healthy weight and your maintenance, but your feisty attitude also.

I think there are 3 phases: 1)getting there 2)remaining there 3)Not thinking about it. #3 is where I want to be.

This is my 3rd SparkLife and 3rd attempt towards the #3 aspect. Tired of the re-do! I've learned a lot, endured even more and am wanting to get this over with for good.

Again, congrats and more power to you....er us!

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NUOVAELLE 7/12/2014 3:13AM

    Feisty maintainer! I love that!
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Your determination and confidence is so inspiring for all of us.I had heard these comments, too, back when I lost the weight. My response was "I'll do my best". I don't know whether I would have given the same today but I find the comment as rude and thoughtless now as I found it back then.
Isn't it great that we have fought against the odds of these people and we've been successful contrary to their beliefs? So far, at least! And we'll continue doing the same, right sparkfriend?
Keep on inspiring us!
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BUTTONPOPPER1 7/12/2014 2:57AM

    Wow, you're creating your own happy life story, and you give me inspiration to do the same! It's been such a long time since I was thin that I've forgotten what it feels like, but since restarting SparkPeople a few weeks ago and cleaning up my habits a little, I'm starting to have fleeting (very good) memories of a thinner me. Thanks for your blogs and your kind comments on everybody else's, which I love to read.

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SANDISOCAROLINA 7/12/2014 1:33AM

    You got your power back! emoticon Feisty is freedom. Good for you! Thanks for sharing in your blogs. It's a tremendous help in so many ways. HUGS.

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_LINDA 7/12/2014 12:09AM

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You go girl!!! Way to stand up for yourself and with your boss no less!! So very impressive!! A good reason to show you WILL maintain, that there is no more yo yo on the horizon!
Loved to read this!! Truly motivating!!

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SWEDE_SU 7/12/2014 12:02AM

    you are a tremendous success - three years! and your blog is an inspiration, we do need to be feisty! and the way you are always there to cheer the rest of us on during our journey to reach the same place, well, just know you are greatly appreciated and admired! emoticon emoticon

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STEPH-KNEE 7/11/2014 11:27PM

    You are fabulous and I am glad you are feisty, RAWR! emoticon I really think as each day, week, month, YEAR passes and you are maintaining, your confidence grows that much stronger. I can see how in the beginning of maintenance there is still that fear, that fear that this will be like "all the other times we gained it all back", but I think if we can make it over that hump, there are only good things on the horizon.

I know that my family and coworkers were waiting for me to gain the weight back. My family didn't mean it in a bad way, and they never really made nasty comments, but they had seen me gain and lose 40 pounds several times.. so they were just waiting for the other shoe to drop. My coworkers are just nasty people (many of these people have weight issues of their own) and I do believe they HOPED I'd gain it back, they were failures at weight loss, so they wanted me to be too. If I was successful (especially without surgery), then it would prove that it could be done, and that their excuse that "no one can lose weight" was no longer valid.

Did your coworkers have a weight issue? It doesn't matter, I was just curious myself, because I know that I get the most flack from the overweight ones. But I do also get flack from the super skinny ones, which always makes me giggle. At my skinniest I won't be smaller than them, so they need to get over themselves! ;)

It just shows how much you've grown as a person, that at first you questioned if they might be right, but now, you've proven to yourself as well as everyone that you are strong enough to maintain, and more importantly you are able to stand up for yourself if need be! You are fabulous and an inspiration and role model to us all! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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KOHINOOR2 7/11/2014 8:05PM

    emoticon emoticon You are a great inspiration to all of us. Keep speaking up for yourself and don't listen to other peoples negative judgements, keep up the great work. emoticon Thank you for sharing. Have a greet weekend.

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GOANNA2 7/11/2014 7:58PM

    Congratulations on the 3 years. You are such an
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ONEKIDSMOM 7/11/2014 7:34PM

    I LOVE your attitude! I too am getting feistier about maintenance the longer I stay here. I, too, love being fit and trim. Life is just so much easier when I am. By the way, I just went back to count on my fingers... this would be my fifth Summer of maintenance... and by now? The comments about "skinny" have stopped (thank goodness) and people at work just accept me as the new me.

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WATERMELLEN 7/11/2014 7:15PM

    What a fantastic blog! Love to hear that you are speaking up for yourself and REFUSING to be criticized for your self-discipline and your success in maintaining!! Your co-workers will get the message eventually . . . and maybe someone of them will emulate your excellent modelling of healthy behaviour!!

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HOLLYM48 7/11/2014 7:06PM

    Well awesome for you! I am so happy for you for being in the 3rd summer of maintenance. This is not an easy task as we know! It takes just as much work if not more than losing to maintain and to keep the promise to ourselves that we are worth all of this effort. Keep up the great work and you decide for yourself if you look good and healthy! I am sure you do and the doubters can just be ignored! Kudos to you for all the good work you have done!

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MARILYNROBERT 7/11/2014 7:02PM

    I'm so proud of you and you are a huge (not in body size of course) emoticon inspiration to me. I'm going to be with you in maintenance someday and I look forward to learning more and more from you over time. All your lessons that you pass on to us are meaningful. emoticon emoticon

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SMILINGEYES2 7/11/2014 5:04PM

    You give me hope. I am still losing but rate slows as I get down. In the past I would yo-yo. I have seen others who had the surgery gain and I have seen those who maintained. I hope to be one who continues to follow healthy eating with activity. Thanks for showing it can be done.

The nurse warned that as we lose others will say too thin and express concern we are suck. They would not do this for a friend who has always been thin. I appreciated her heads up.

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MICKEYH 7/11/2014 4:47PM

    I thank you for writing this blog! You really are my inspiration! Yes, BIG Yay, to being feisty maintainer!! I shall follow your feisty attitude. Lol)) and you are so right about no one has right to give us negative criticism who is doing positive things for her. Right on! Keep on keeping on us!! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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MORTICIAADDAMS 7/11/2014 4:01PM

    You worked hard and the results are there for all to see. You are healthy and you look great and feel great. It doesn't get any better than that.

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MANDELOVICH 7/11/2014 3:46PM

    Bravo to you! Firstly for 3 years!!! Amazing! And for speaking your truth and honoring yourself! Woohoo!

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LORILEEPAGE 7/11/2014 3:34PM

    How's the pizza crust? You are a great example. I've done a new yo-yo in the wrong direction and I've concluded that extra weight on my frame makes me tire more easily when exercising.

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PHOENIX1949 7/11/2014 3:09PM

    emoticon Hooray for feisty girls! emoticon

I feel privileged to have connected with maintainers through the Mental Toughness Program and my Virtual Trek through Australia.

I've stalled, yet again, in my quest; however, reading Blogs such as this are good for me to read and take in.

Thank you for sharing.

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SUNNYBEACHGIRL 7/11/2014 3:07PM

    It is not always easy to stay with your own internal compass. Be healthy your way

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LESLIESENIOR 7/11/2014 2:19PM

    Congrats on you confidence, fitness, and good health! The people in our lives who try to trip us along our path have their own problems. They are usually insecure and jealous. It is a form of bullying. It can happen in any area of our lives. I have learned that I don't have to be defensive about anything any more. I just try each day to be a good living example for my kids, friends, and community. I'm so happy that you are doing so well. Hooray and keep enjoying your great life!

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GINA180847 7/11/2014 1:47PM

    Your blogs are an inspiration to me. When I get on this computer it is hard to find the time to blog as once I track, answer all the emails etc. 2 hrs. have gone by and I am running out of time and steam. I truly have perfected the art of letting people just be they don't need to share every thought they have as in thinking for your own good maybe you should not go as low in weight as you have. One needs to trust that people do not do these things without putting a lot of thought into them. Then all that is needed is just to be supportive of their actions showing them that you think they are capable.

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TULIPVIC 7/11/2014 1:41PM

    Once when I was a little below goal weight, my doc said not to lose any more weight. That was all it took for a 15 pound gain almost immediately! Thanks for giving me a different perspective when that happens again.

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KRISZTA11 7/11/2014 1:35PM

    emoticon to your weight loss and maintenance success!

Too bad people often just say what is on their mind, and think this is a good thing and they are just being honest : (
It is true that there is a bog risk of regaining weight - - but telling you they don"t believe in your success certainly did not help. Great job you proved them wrong!
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I share your love for yoga!
In the weight loss phase I used to think it was worthless as it does not burn many calories. But the flexibility, calmness and happiness that comes with yoga practice is worth every minute!
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SHERYLDS 7/11/2014 1:33PM

    You inspire us....as well as all the kindness you share by encouraging us.
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