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...and so I begin... once again...

Thursday, January 26, 2012

It has been over 3 months since I shadowed the pages of with any intention of trying to grab hold the "superfasttrain" that seems to be speeding by on the weight loss tracks. I cannot, for the life of me, even think of a reason why I would ever step away from my task and obligations here. Repositioning my brain and spirit to the commitment I must make to be successful at SP has been a struggle... and why is it that my brain cannot comprehend that I AM NOT ALONE on this journey??

"I have often walked down this street before..." like a deja vu experience... yet, I am waiting for a new outcome... but not if I keep doing the same things I have been, that's for sure!

Just for today, I will record my food...I need to get a grasp on what I have been eating...I need to find that food monster and coach him back into his cage...I did it before...I know I can do it again. If losing weight is the objective, instead of losing scruples, then I really have to inventory my current habits and realign them with the successful program Chris D has laid out so very beautifully here. I can't wait until tomorrow... today is the only sure time I will have. If I remember correctly, blog entry is a great tool...

and so I begin... once again...

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HIKETOHEIGHTS 2/4/2012 12:51AM

    Nice to have you back! Love Chris D too.

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PMCOPPI10 1/28/2012 2:32PM

You are my hero!!!
Welcome back!!! emoticon

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CAMROLA 1/26/2012 11:37PM

    You are not alone, and it's so good to see you back!

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RFJSJ50 1/26/2012 7:47PM

    It seems like a lot of us lost our detoured off the Sparkpath for a time - but we all keep returning. The accountability, encouragement, motivation, acceptance,and friendship found here are unmatched anywhere else.
It's good to see you back, cousin!
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GINGER1OF16 1/26/2012 6:52PM

    Starting over again is ALWAYS better than NOT starting over again. Baby steps get you to the finish line. Even the turtle gets to his destination. Certainly i'm not breaking records, but I'm not going backwards either. It is more fun together and I'm thrilled you popped in.
Love ya lots! Ginger

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LINDAGAGS 1/26/2012 6:23PM

    Welcome back. I, too, drifted away from Spark and gained back some of the weight I had lost. I recommitted myself on January 1st, and have been tracking and exercising pretty faithfully ever since. We can do this together!

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CATIEBELLE 1/26/2012 6:07PM

    It has always been hard and it is still hard for me to grasp the concept that for me weight loss and control has to be a life long effort because I still want a quick fix. I want to eat what I want to eat and still be slim but that will never be and I love Spark because it keeps me grounded and helps me realize that I am not the only one. So it doesn't matter how many times you start again but only that you keep going and don't quit completely. You started a race so you have to keep pressing on toward the finish line no matter how long it takes. Good Luck and you can and will press on.

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LAURAS14 1/26/2012 3:45PM

    Welcome Back!!!

I think we are so smart, yet we let the worries of the world grab hold of us. I stopped thinking of sparkpeople as my place to "lose" weight. Instead I think of it as the place that helps me feel like I am "in control" of MY health and MY future. I am glad to see you blogging again. I know you can do it!!


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    Welcome Back! emoticon

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1STATEOFDENIAL 1/26/2012 3:01PM

    For some, it is harder when we try to change everything all at once. If smaller changes are made a few at a time it can make it easier to make changes we can stick to. So what little things can you do right now that will make today better and get closer to your goals?

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LYNDALOVES2HIKE 1/26/2012 12:41PM

    Welcome back!!! I'm so glad to see you are getting active again because I was definitely worried about you - let me know if there's anything I can do to help you stay active!

Lynda aka LyndaLoves2Hike

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CIVIAV 1/26/2012 12:23PM

    I am only three days in front of you. You can do it!

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MS.ELENI 1/26/2012 11:01AM

    I so can relate. I gained all my weight and can't get my motivation back emoticon

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Re-thinking my process...

Saturday, October 08, 2011

"It's just the song that never ends, it just goes on and on, my friends..."...

You know how it is when a song gets in your head and you keep singing or humming it over and over and over and then you distract yourself with something else but that song pops back into your head?????

It's like SparkPeople, once you start... you read, you learn you work your program and then you get distracted (fall off the wagon) and pretty soon the draw of your previous success with SparkPeople keeps coming back to your brain over and over .... and over... Do you know what I mean????

Right now I feel like a spectator at the big game or race... how I long to be in shape and on the playing field!... I don't want to watch from the stands!

Or perhaps it's feeling like a Wallflower at the big dance... no way you can be thin or pretty enough to be asked to dance with Prince Charming....

What is this Glass Pane in front of me that I keep hitting every time I want to throw myself into the "frey"???

Clearly I can see the past and current success of so many of my Spark Friends and supporters! I see that there is a clear spot to grab on the rail and run along side until I can actually join the race... but somehow there is oil or something on my hands and I can't get a firm grip!

My mind is reminded of my favorite and first quote that I read when I joined Spark, so long ago! "It's hard to beat a person that never gives up." Babe Ruth

...and so I persevere! Please be patient with me while I grab on and catch up!

One day at a time... one day at a time.... one day at a time....sigh!

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CHATTIEGIRL 12/14/2011 9:28PM

    Hi Jane;

This is a while back but it is the same all the time. We reach our goal or take off a lot of weight and look good so we have to continue on but why we are there, no never there because this is a life long commentment to keep our bodies healthy.We need to eat healthy and exercise and you see a big percent of the public doing it. Older people are realizing they can live longer and healthier to enjoy life. So lets join the club and have a great life. God bless you always. Learn something new every day.

Smile Joyce

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LYNDALOVES2HIKE 11/13/2011 7:39AM

    We all waver along the way but that's why we're all here - to keep each other going!

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MOLLYBROWN55 10/20/2011 1:56AM

    h\Hey Lady! It's your fault I'm here at Spark people! I'm back at the beginning one more time, but I won't quit & want you to stick with it as well! One thing we know is that we all love one another. Well I think we somehow also make ourselves accountable to one another. Just something to think about. :)

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GINGER1OF16 10/19/2011 3:17PM

    Small victories add up and motivate up to keep going. That is where I am right now.
I have faith in you!!!! Hang in there and find a workout buddy under your nose!!

Love, 1of16

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PMCOPPI10 10/19/2011 2:08PM

    Okay, so what is new for our family team?
Are you thinking about a game or a goal for Halloween?
How about the ABC of Candy? Just thinking?
I love you,

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LINDAGAGS 10/9/2011 1:40PM

    Keep it up. You can do it!

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MARISERV 10/9/2011 7:06AM

    One great thing about Spark is that you learn you are not the only one who feels the way you do. We are the norm and not the exception. There are so many of us who share the same emotions, same difficulties, same setbacks. Knowing that you are not alone in this and have the support of your spark friends makes the difference emoticon

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GRATEFULADY 10/8/2011 10:57PM

    Hummm!!! You have put into words what many of us think......thanks for sharing..... emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticonLet's keep working it!!!

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MS.ELENI 10/8/2011 8:42PM

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Yesterday's today... is today's yesterday... deep...

Tuesday, October 04, 2011

Okay, so I survived yesterday, my today, yesterday, meant working the pieces of my day a little bit at a time... I did not get my food logged, but I did not go overboard on any thing I ate...and in fact, I am pretty sure (by my calibration in my brain) that I stayed well within my calorie range.

Today I sank to the depths of having a healthy breakfast, a wonderful salad at lunch...and a candy bar...or was it two?....but still I am in a good place for Today. and fruit and veggies for dinner will only make me feel better.

I work my program, I tell myself, one day at a time. Today however, I worked my program one food decision at a time. Good, bad, no judgement, no guilt and basically no thrill when I chose chocolate over yogurt. I walked for 30 minutes at lunch time and that was good... the parking structure where I work is covered, so the rain did not bother me. I took the stairs to the 4th level and started down from there...perhaps tomorrow I will go the other direction. :)

I promised myself that I would blog the truth and work on me another day in a row (that's two)... and I did. So help me, God, that a third day granted will not be taken for granted, I will do my best to avoid the chocolate choice and make good water and food decisions.

Today was just that.... today... and the only day I had to make good choices... I hate that I am human and weak, but I am glad that I have SP to come to to help me with making a plan for good choices on my next today.


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PMCOPPI10 10/5/2011 3:07PM

    keep going !!!

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MS.ELENI 10/5/2011 11:24AM

    One bite at a time. You can do it. emoticon

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BECCASINGSLEAD 10/4/2011 11:47PM

    Sounds like a good day...fruits and veggies, some exercise and being honest. Nothing to be ashamed of on this one.

Be blessed!

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Monday, October 03, 2011

TODAY is my priority... Just today.

Today I walked at lunch time... I spent time eating the things that are good for me and I read a little.... This is how I started when I first came to SP...

I am walking back to my basics... recording my food ... making rest a priority, and feeling pretty good about .... Today. Yep, just Today... for this is the day that God gave me to try to make better choices... and Today has been a good day for those better choices. Someone asked me about tomorrow...and I said... Today, today is the day I am working on... I cannot work on my tomorrows until I have today taken care of...and that is my priority... TODAY.

One Day At A Time... Today.

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PMCOPPI10 10/16/2011 5:05PM

Please just keep going and don't give up....
Missing Marti today and don't want to bury another sister.

I love you so much,
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    Way to go, Marjijane!! I'm glad to see you back.

emoticon & Harmony


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PMCOPPI10 10/4/2011 1:02PM

    I am so glad that I logged into sp today.
Both you and Ginger are encouraging team leaders that even I feel motivated again.

That is sisterhood for you.
I love you,

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GINGER1OF16 10/4/2011 2:24AM

    Atta girl, Marjijane. You payed it forward and now get to reap the benefits. Thank you! emoticon

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MOLLYBROWN55 10/3/2011 10:00PM

    YUP!! You inspired me on one of your "todays". So here I am on SP! Keep going "sistuh"!! I'm "wit" ya!

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MS.ELENI 10/3/2011 9:46PM

    Good for you. emoticon

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KUPUNA 10/3/2011 8:36PM

    THat is the way to do it!!! One day at a time. Short term goals are much easier to meet and keep. emoticon
I am proud of you. emoticon emoticon Gloria

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As I struggle...please share your favorite quotes!

Friday, June 17, 2011

"Nobody can go back and start a new beginning, but anyone can start today and make a new ending."
- Maria Robinson

"Do not ask the Lord to guide your footsteps, if you are not willing to move your feet." Unknown

"It's hard to beat a person that never gives up." Babe Ruth

"Nobody can go back and start a new beginning, but anyone can start today and make a new ending."
- Maria Robinson

"Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that." Martin Luther King, Jr. I acknowledge that I CANNOT do this by myself and today I ask for support and words of wisdom that help my friends to be successful on this journey...

Today I am trying to take my favorite quotes to HEART! and one of them TWICE!

Today, I am here...

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LADYBUG1943 10/31/2011 12:33AM

    Mine is: "It doesn't matter how many times you fall. What matters is how many times you get up again." The person who I heard say that told about babies learning how to walk. They just get up again... we ALL learned how to walk. We just kept getting up till we stayed there.


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CHATTIEGIRL 9/29/2011 9:43PM


We all have to start some where and continue going. If we have to start over we must and we can never give up our fight to reach our goals. God bless you always. Stay as healthy and continue with your healthy life style. Learn something new every day.

Smile Joyce

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MOLLYBROWN55 6/25/2011 4:42PM

    "Don't tell God how big your struggle is,
Tell your struggle how BIG your GOD is!!"

On any journey, INCLUDING the journey of life...
"If JESUS is your CO-pilot, then YOU are in the WRONG seat!!"


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GINGER1OF16 6/24/2011 7:14PM

    "Be still and know that I am God" -- Book of Psalms

"If god is your co-pilot, you are in the wrong seat"--anon

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MS.ELENI 6/24/2011 5:21PM

    Git r Done
Be as kind to yourself as you would be to someone else.

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LUECL3 6/23/2011 4:11PM

    Quit stuffing your face and face your stuff.

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    Here are a few of my favorites:

"All things are lawful for me," but not all things are helpful. "All things are lawful for me," but I will not be enslaved by anything. I Cor. 6:12

But I discipline my body and keep it under control, lest after preaching to other I myself should be disqualified. I Cor 9:27

I can do all things through him who strengthens me. Phil 4:13

All scripture from the English Standard Version.

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JOLYNAZ 6/18/2011 10:35AM

    ...For I know the plans I have for you 'Declares the Lord', plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Jeremiah 29:11

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MARGIE4230 6/18/2011 10:04AM

    Until the pain of remaining the same is greater than the pain of change one will remain the same.

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CAMROLA 6/17/2011 9:59PM

    To thine own self be true!

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1STATEOFDENIAL 6/17/2011 8:20PM

    "to fight fire with fire and live eye for eye we'll all end up blind and burning" - Hanson "I Am"

"you've got every right to a beautiful life" - Selena Gomez & The Scene "Who Says"

"I'll take my heart and rip my feelings out before they make me doubt" - Quietdrive "Rise From The Ashes"

"hold onto the ones who really care 'cause in the end they'll be the only ones there" - Hanson "MmmBop"

"damn right I've changed I won't stay the same, thanks for noticing maybe you should do the same" - Drew Seeley "Damn Right I've Changed"

I prefer lyrics to quotes. These are a couple that stick with me - sometimes it is just a lyric sticks with me instead of the whole song!

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1MANKNEY 6/17/2011 5:09PM

    Bloom where you are planted! emoticon

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LAURAS14 6/17/2011 3:18PM

    "I love you just the way you are." - Billy Joel emoticon

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GRANDMASHOUSE 6/17/2011 2:11PM

    "I can do ANYTHING for 15 minutes" ~ FlyLady

"I can do anything for 15 minutes. I may not get it all done in 15 minutes, but I can make good progress!" ~ Me

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SLAPROXY 6/17/2011 2:01PM

    The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched - they must be felt with the heart.
Helen Keller

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CIVIAV 6/17/2011 1:06PM

    I always like the reminder,

"Be yourself, everyone else is already taken".

How is this motivational? It reminds me that I am exactly where I need to be. And that brings an extra measure of peace.

Also sending emoticon

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