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Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Well here it is wednesday and i'm still on plan. No cheating, no snacking uncontrollably, no missed days of exercise (even though one day was light). wow who is this person? It's me, I had to get serious after two weeks in a row of gains. It was me, plain ole me. I cheated, I snacked, I lied to myself, I slacked on exercise. I mean who was I kidding? certainly not you, it was ME.

I'm 65 spark points away from 30000. That means tomorrow I will hit the bit 3 0. wow. I have been dedicated to spark for a long time now. I think it is time to get rededicated to me. So hopefully with my weigh in post this coming week I will have a loss. Now I gained a pound last week but was down a inch...go figure. So it is coming off just maybe not on the scales. Which again spark says in an article that we shouldn't hold stock in just the scales. But I know I could of done much better.

So I'm back at it. Today, but then again this is about taking this journey one day at a time. emoticon

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EVVYSBABY 3/11/2010 1:34PM

    Welcome back - rededicating is an awesome way to take a new look at what you know you need to do! You can do this!

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IUHRYTR 3/10/2010 10:16AM

    One meal, one exercise, one positive day at a time. Keep up a good effort. -- Lou

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    emoticon on an emoticon week!!! emoticon ... I just know you can!!!!!

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Being an example

Sunday, March 07, 2010

Your example is far more influential and inspiring than any words of instruction, or threats, or even words of encouragement.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

As I sit here I wonder how I can be an example to others. I don't need to wonder, i'm already doing it. Each day that I choose to live a healthy lifestyle i've shown others it can be done. I don't do it for the glory, or the outward appearance that gets attention. I do it for ME. I do it for the health benefits, my bmi is dropping and soon i'm going to be in the healthy range. I've finally not obese anylonger, i'm just overweight. Overweight is good, for now. So the next time we think about not execiseing, eating that donut, or the extra helping, (me included because these are my gray areas), we need to remember we may be setting an example for the one person we want to help. For me that is my daughter. I love her and who she is but I worry about her and her weight. So instead of pushing, which doesn't work, and instead of nagging, which really doesn't do it, I'm goin to be the leader, set the example and show her what healthy living is all about. I'm going to get there from here with all your help.

On this sunday be an example in all that you do, say, eat, and are. God bless.

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MICIASHAKIRA 3/7/2010 10:56AM

    I agree with you. I'm trying to be a good example for my daughter also. Eventhough I feel like she doesn't listen to a word I say, I know she's watching me. So I try to do all the right thinks so that she will know how a healthy woman should act, carry herself and make the right choices.

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IUHRYTR 3/7/2010 9:18AM

    We never know who is watching us, waiting for us to succeed or fail. So why not live as if they are watching us succeed? -- Lou

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    How beautiful! We are examples even when we don't realize it! Thanks for a beautiful blog.

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A wealth of happiness

Saturday, March 06, 2010

The greatest wealth is health.
- Virgil

If you have health, you probably will be happy, and if you have health and happiness, you have all the wealth you need, even if it is not all you want.
- Elbert Hubbard

Do you have a wealth of happiness? This is the question of the day. On most days my answer would be yes, then there is the days when I would have to think about this question. I think we all take for granted the wealth we do have. We are always looking for more. I will be honest here and say I am. Now should I step out of myself and look at me I would have to say yes, I have a wonderful husband, two great children (though my son is still a work in progress, but he is growing up finally), I have an awesome grandson, I have a roof over my head, food on the table, and a job on most days I love. So I"m wealthy.

I have my health, and at this time in life that is awesome in itself. I've shed a few pounds, I exercise consistantly, I get regular check ups and I'm so close to my goal weight that i can reach out and touch it, but does that make me happy? No, I still will find trouble spots, things i want, or think I do anyways. We never seem to be happy with what the lord has provided us with. Instead of seeing what I or we don't have, we should be looking at what is right in front of us all the time. Be thankful and grateful.

I'm thank ful on so many levels, but I'm not quite there on all levels yet and to be honest I don't know if I ever will be. When i see myself at goal I wonder if I will be magically happy with me or will this just be the next step in many that i take to find the magic cure. I say I will be, but then I wonder, what will I work for then? Does it all stop? I have to move to the next level in the phase. I'm not there yet, so I haven't come up with that one. I'm still on this one and if I get too far ahead of myself I may trip up. What will I do when I reach my goal? I"m not sure yet because I have never reached it. I've actually never been this close before, kinda scarey, But i'm ready. I"m ready to see what is at the finish line, I'm ready for the happiness I just know is going to be waiting for me. Or so we would like to think.

Happiness is here and now, happiness is not lurking around the next corner, we make our own happinesss. One of my daily steps on this journey is to give myself one compliment daily. I have to tell ya on somedays that is very difficult. The I find I can only come up with one or two on others and sometimes they have nothing to do with my body image. What is wrong with yourself when you can't see any goodness or find something you like about yourself? I mean we got us here, I know I did this to me on my own. So in the meantime did i lose me also? I mean if i don't like me who is going to fix that problem but me.

Well i'm all for fixing it, and from this moment on i'm going to struggle hard to find something new daily. If I find i'm starting to not find new things then it is up to me to figure out why. What do you see when you look at yourself from a distance? Do you find a happy person? DO you see sadness, unhappiness? Then look a bit harder and closer, I know there is something awesome about all of you or us. We can find it, we just have to look closer. I am going to get there from here. ONe minute, step, and day at a time.

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    What a beautiful blog. We are works in progress. One day at a time.

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IUHRYTR 3/6/2010 8:42AM

    Determination leads to results. Keep up a good effort. -- Lou

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Going all the way

Friday, March 05, 2010

There are two mistakes one can make along the road to truth - not going all the way and not starting.
- The Buddha

I recieved this quote this morning and it so reflected us here on spark. Some start and never finish, some never really start. We are all here for a purpose. Our own purpose. And this lifestyle is something in which you get out what you put in. Now i'm not perfect and there are days I don't put much in but on many days I give all I have and then some. I have a goal, I will succeed. There is no other way. This has become my destiny. No matter how long it takes, no matter the hills I have to climb, no matter the pot holes, or pitfalls, I'm going to succeed.

I have the plan, I have the energy, and I have the power. Now it is up to me the make this work. I will get there from here. No excuses, no slacking (not a lot anyhow). So now i'm off to get this day started with a bit of exercise. God bless and have an awesome day.

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IUHRYTR 3/5/2010 8:19PM

    Great determination and positive attitude. You'll make it. -- Lou

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THE_JULES1 3/5/2010 11:37AM

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    Oh so true! Thanks for the thoughtful blog!

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CHIPPERGAL 3/5/2010 7:54AM

    I love this quote- I printed it out and will post it on my frig for us to see numerous times a day! Thanks and have a great day yourself.

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Hello friends

Wednesday, March 03, 2010

emoticon as I sit here typing this blog i'm thinking what a nice couple of days i've had. I have stayed on plan, gotten in some exercise, I say some because I really could of done more.

spent yesterday at the hospital in the morning, my grandson had tubes in his ears. He is fine and you would never know he had it done. The wonder of being two. I had to then go to the doctors for myself to have a recheck on a pap test. The last one didn't come out quite right. He said i'm on the very low end so he feels this is just a precaution. I say for the precauthion he can do this as many times as needed. To sum up I had no time. Then today I got some work done at home before an appointment for me. I got a new cut this time. It was time. We are going to let it grow out some and then watch out. But for now she did a great job on me. I think after a certain point we all have to take the time for us. JUst something small if that is all you can do. shoot the hair made me feel like a million bucks today.

Then to top off my wonderful day I wore a pair of levi jeans that i've had in the closet for some time. I always said the size was wrong when I bought them. Well hello spark they fit now, and they are loose. I'm glad I decided to put them on this morning as in a bit they may be for the goodwill. emoticon It is funny but I had the gain this past week and it seems when I take measurements they don't change. Well there sure are changes going on here. Spark always said to keep a piece of clothing around and weekly or monthy try it on. I can tell you this is a big boost to any self esteem.

I intend to get some much needed exercise in tomorrow and then my weigh in is sunday. I"m going to see a loss, nothing less will do. I'm going to get there from here, one day at a time.

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IUHRYTR 3/3/2010 9:07PM

    You are making impressive progress. Keep up the good effort. -- Lou

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    That's right! You are. You are headed in the right direction. You are doing the right things. You are taking such good care of you. Keep up that great work!

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