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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.

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Is this some kind of trick??? hmmm it's working...

Monday, May 23, 2011

emoticonI turned my computer on late in the day, yesterday. I am months behind in catching up on emails and such...and since I only get 10 points a day for Spark emails, max...(it was up to 50 when I first started) if I miss a day, I can really see the number of emails grow... but for the last week or so, I have been pretty good about hitting my 10 for SP and answering what else has been sent... the 760+ emails I had April 1 is well under 500... and shrinking... until yesterday... I had an email outpouring that boggles my mind!

Yesterday I had over 40 new emails... how could my number climb so dramatically???... YIKES!!! Most of the emails were "A new comment on your SparkPage!" Was there some mistake??? So I began to read the comments and I cried, along with the "OMG's" that followed, as I read each one... yesterday, I was the MOD... my sparkpage was featured on "Family Health and Wellness By SparkPeople" email... as Motivational SparkPage... I had no idea that would happen... and, certainly, the last 8 weeks of struggle had really kicked my butt so as to say...and I was not feeling very say the least!

If I had any doubts that Sparkpeople was the way to regain my health and control over my eating...the emails I got yesterday tell me otherwise! The support system we have here is unmatched on any other "diet" site!

I will try to answer each of the posts...yes, over, the comments on my last blog...and today I logged my morning meal and drank water as I plan my 2.5 mile walk. Now I have to be motivated...just to deserve the recognition!

Like I've said here before, sometimes God whispers in your ear...and sometimes he uses a baseball bat and megaphone to get His message across... Today I will "Be still" so that I can hear Him... uh, although my butt still hurts a bit from being kicked back to reality.

Today I promise to log my food...accurately... drink all my water, walk my walk and (try to) step back into the self motivator mode. I am humbled by the amazing support this community gives its members and now I have to work my *ss off to be a good example so that I may motivate others.

Thank you, SparkPeople and SP members,... once more you have proven that this site and community support are the reason your success has not dwindled and, in fact, has grown! I pray to see less of all of did that come out right ? the future...and less of me when I look in the mirror!

One day at a time, sweet Jesus, one day at a time!

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CHATTIEGIRL 6/14/2011 11:32PM


Keep on going girl and do what you can because it all adds up. People get busy and I have been going to my Spark friends and you would not believe all the ones that haven't written a blog since last year. Glad you are back with us . God bless you always. Learn from Spark people each day.


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MS.ELENI 5/24/2011 7:34PM

    You deserve MOD. You have been an inspiration to me for a long time emoticon

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BAKER1009 5/23/2011 3:03PM

    I'm so proud of you! And if you were struggling, then this should certainly do the trick for you!
Enjoy your day in the spotlight, and Spark On my friend!!

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    Congrats, Marjijane!! Hang in there! The fact that you aren't giving up on yourself is inspiring to me!!



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GINGER1OF16 5/23/2011 12:42PM

    Impressive! Are we related? I am so proud of you, sis. Hang in there and keep up the good work! emoticon

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FJELLREV 5/23/2011 12:25PM

    Wow, congrats!

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A big Question for anyone who works (hard) at this!!!

Monday, May 09, 2011

Why is it that when I decide to step off the "wagon" (food plan, accountability for food consumption) what I see is nothing but level ground... easy to maneuver and very little assistance needed to forage for the 'forbidden' foods and to avoid exercise???


Why is it that when I decide to climb back on the "wagon" (food plan, accountability for food consumption, tracking food and exercise)... I need the help of the fire department with a lift ladder to help me back up???

Why is it that taking self inventory kicks my butt and the bright light of reality blinds my view of self???

Two months ago I was doing great...tracking, moving, drinking liquids... thought I could handle a couple of days on my own... yikes!!! What was I thinking???? How can I prevent that from happening again???

One day at a time, sweet Jesus...that is my 'battle' cry... I never wanted to have to start over, again...but here I am... a baby in the SP system... Let's see what today will hold...

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SAVINGHANNAH 5/23/2011 3:39PM

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GINGER1OF16 5/23/2011 12:47PM

    The good news is: WE ARE ALL STILL HERE instead of MIA!!
"Rally 'round the flag, boys". emoticon

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DOLLIE6 5/22/2011 5:57PM

    You already know we can never step away from doing what we are doing for our health or we will pay the piper. I am on month two (20) pounds gone. But I should not be here doing this again. I was just going to do it on my own, I know what to do, I won't overeat if I don't count, I will never gain that 130 pounds back. Well I did!!! I am going to lose it again and learn to maintain. Please don't mess up all the hard work you have done. You look beautiful and happy. Sorry to rave, I know we all do it, but why don't we stop doing it and be happy and healthy.

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AMATTLIN 5/22/2011 5:05PM

    I know how you feel. My mother some days tells me that I am getting obssessed with calorie counting and everything. I am like you. To me it a one meal/snack at a time and one excercise at a time. I only hope that this will be a life changing thing for me not just a diet.

Good luck and best wishes

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SDEHNKE 5/22/2011 9:33AM

    I am starting all over again too. I was within 16 pounds of goal weight 2 years ago and then let life's stress get to me and gained it all back and then some. I am to food as an alcholic is to booze. This will be a life long struggle. Sparkpeople gives us all the tools to conquer this though. WE CAN DO IT! emoticon


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REJ7777 5/22/2011 7:56AM

    Why indeed!?! It sure is the same thing for me. Maybe the path of least resistance is like sliding down a hill. It doesn't take any effort. But walking back up the hill does. I'm always amazed at how easy it is to slip back if I don't focus and make the effort to stay on track.

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RONOSOF 5/22/2011 7:40AM

    why? Because we all need support. We are social beings who all need to feel understood and supported. Peace and support, Mary

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JAKEANDNELLIE 5/19/2011 10:29AM

    I know these ups and downs are part of the journey, but I do wish we could figure out how to avoid them. I've finally come to the realization that I need to keep "trying on my own," always knowing that Spark is there with a safety net to catch me when I fall (and I've taken some long, hard falls!). I know that some day I'll try it on my own and that's when I'll know that I've truly learned to make better choices and to be the person I want to be. I've accepted that these trial and error periods are all part of the learning experience and should be treated as such.
Stay focused on your goals, determined to reach them, and positive that you will. That's my plan!

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CAROLIAN 5/11/2011 1:01PM

    You are NOT alone we have al lat sometime been there lol emoticon

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    One day at a time! I know that so well. I'm struggling to lose 10lbs that I gained back over the winter. I just keep plugging away. We can do it if we just hang in there!!

Be blessed!

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TERESAMARIE1959 5/10/2011 12:13AM

    I have been struggling the past two months too! I hate it as I am slowly undoing my great work! We can do this and get back on track! emoticon

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MS.ELENI 5/9/2011 5:09PM

    I have been struggling for months. We all wonder why it is so hard. But we have to keep trying

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1CRAZYDOG 5/9/2011 3:29PM

    You and almost everyone else have been there, done that. Just get back to the healthy habits you know are going to help you, a step at a time, a day at a time. You can do it.

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JAVAQUEEN74 5/9/2011 2:51PM

    Not to worry! It happens to all of us! Unfortunately, some of us --me included, need to have that structure. The structure and accountability that is SparkPeople! I do believe, though, that one of these days soon, we will OWN IT. We will LIVE IT as second nature! Just like breathing!

Hang in there girl! You've got this! One day at a time! emoticon emoticon

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SPATTEN2001 5/9/2011 2:09PM

    I can so identify with this blog ... you are not alone! I do believe that we have to dabble in the 'normal' lifestyle from time to time to keep from going completely out of control ... but, like you, the pounds just jump on during those periods even if they are just a weekend a month! Don't give up! We can do this ... support and encouragement are boundless here at SP.

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What Could I Be Missing???

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Consistency is the key to success on any goal oriented plan, and that goes for food plans! Now that I am becoming so judicious about tracking my food, I see the temptations of old mind habits that want me to become lax at what I am doing... with my food, I have been successful keeping on track, and the food demon is at bay... but, does he have other powers I was not aware of??
... today I showed a TINY loss... .10 of a pound... now since my goal has been to lose 1lb to 1.5lb a week, I must be missing something... What could it be?

I increased my activity...
I track my food and stay (mostly) within my calorie range...
So... what am I doing to slow my progress?
What am I NOT doing that slows my progress?

I know what it is!


Most days I just made the minimum of 8 glasses, in spite of my physical activity... Just a couple of days did I have as much as I needed to "flush" my system of the fat that I move... to move out!

So now I have to really make my focus... not only on what goes past my teeth with calories, but the fluids necessary to hydrate my body and keep me healthy!

I am going to hydrate! I think (in retrospect) that the food demon has an ulterior motive that I did not see until now... He knows that my focus has been on my "WON'T POWER",, you know it's what most people call "will power"... but I call it won't...because when the demon tempts me with food suggestions, I call on my won't power to say..."I won't have this right now, I can have it later, if I choose"

BUT!!!! Here is where "WILL POWER" comes through... I WILL drink more water and I will keep my body hydrated so that it can work to it's fullest (no pun intended) advantage!

I know that water is a key factor...and I know that many of us have our radar set to the food demon's powerful pull...and we forget about pushing the fluids! Some of my friends Hate water and it is difficult for them to make even the minimum of 8 a day... But... know this... the body knows best... and the scale tells the tale... disguise it if you must, drink it for your well being and track it ... just like your food... tried... you failed... and, once again, I move forward to another week of new discipline and dreams of a thinner and healthier self!

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TORTILLAFLATS 5/22/2011 1:24PM

    Thanks for the blog. I will make sure I drink more water.

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PLATESAR 5/3/2011 9:05PM

  Hi Marijane,

I think I have the answer for you! It would seem you have hit the stage where your body goes into what’s called "famine reaction". This is when your body has lost weight ‘rapidly’ and suddenly crave and needs more food because it thinks its not going to get another meal. If you try and override the Famine Reaction you WILL store everything you eat, even if its only 1200 cal. The only way to override it is to eat! I know you will loose weight by eating through this period! How do I know? An Australian Dr has studied as written a PHD on exactly this theory…..

But this book changed my life and got me out of the yo yo dieting.


I’d love to hear your thoughts?

Cheers Sarah

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    It was probably sodium. Drink that water and flush it out, girl! Whenever that happens, I drink water with fresh lemon in it, which according to my old massage therapist is supposedly is a good flusher. Seems to work for me, and I notice my skin likes the effect too.

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CMB2048 4/1/2011 10:43AM

    Just read a book called Change Your Brain, Change Your Body and not only is water good for weight loss, he talks about how important it is for your brain. If you don't keep your brain hydrated all kinds of things happen like memory loss. Interesting book. Now I drink water because it is good for my brain!

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BECCASINGSLEAD 3/30/2011 10:06AM

    It's what I've been missing, too!! It's not been very hot and I've been having lots of trouble making myself drink enough water because I end up getting cold when I drink it.

Let's drink, shall we?


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KUPUNA 3/29/2011 6:37PM

    Well said!! I hate water, but I am really trying hard to drink it to flush the fat away. Doing my best to count the cal. and carbs. for this new life style change. I really want a thinner and healthier me too.
You are doing a great job.

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MOLLYBROWN55 3/29/2011 4:16PM

    emoticon & good for you!!!

I love you!!

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MS.ELENI 3/29/2011 3:06PM

    You have sure got your food demon on the run. You are an inspiration emoticon

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CHERDOLL8 3/29/2011 1:17PM

    Thanks for the reminder of taking in that water. It is important and I do take in 8 glasses most days but when I have a week that I don't lose then I am sure if I look back over the week water will be missing.
Keep going
you can do it
you will do it

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GINGER1OF16 3/29/2011 1:13PM

    Atta girl, Marjijane! You have GREAT FOCUS. I'm proud of you. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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Tracking has made #18 a Great Thing!

Sunday, March 20, 2011

...and I go on! yes, still logging my food and still working my food and hoping that another day will be successful! The weekend is always a challenge, because there is no set schedule to follow. Saturday, #17 was a good day, with balanced meals and no major decisions to unbalance my world... I had quartet practice and I walked and had a good night's sleep. So all in all, I would say 17 was 'heaven-teen' . Today, #18, I managed to off put the offer of donuts at the church hall, but I did succumb to the call of the homemade tamales that they were selling. I knew that to log them in, they had to be weighed, so I did not partake at the hall. I waited and went home and weighed them before I ate even a sliver of tastiness. The idea of "falling off the wagon" weighs heavily on my mind, and I think this has done me good at staying the course. In other times, I would have had 3 or 4 of those tamales and never gave it another thought...but not today...hmmm have I rounded a corner?

After my breakfast of a couple of tamales, my DH and I headed north to his mother's house, where I had some fresh oranges for lunch and made it safely around the supermarket with her list of groceries with out a hitch. She offered me tamales (which we brought) for a meal, but we both opted to come home, instead of eating there. When home I had a lovely salad, some tri tip roast, tomatoes and veggie mix... yum! I even enjoyed a glass of wine...somehow, the balance has remained and my streak is intact. I am grateful even more each day as I step into the world that the food demon lives in and I manage to still his voice and make good food decisions.

I will tell you, honestly, that I would not be successful any day, if I did not use the Nutritional Tracker. Now I may not be wonderfully balanced, fat, carbs, proteins, etc, BUT I am within my calories and I am making MUCH better decisions that would never have crossed my mind if I did not promise to put that choice in writing! If you are looking for the magic pill, the key to finding it is in the use of the NT... don't let ANYONE tell you any different... food accountability makes you honest about what crosses your gums... brutal as it is, it gives you a sense of control that will help you with your impending food choices. my first two weeks resulted in 9 pounds gone, and I know that I can expect 1/2 to 2lbs a week if I keep true to the tracker. Tracking has made #18 a Great thing (Hey, there's my rhyme!)

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MOMLUPI 5/19/2011 8:48PM


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    I agree. The Nutrition Tracker is my entire key to success. Even when my physical activity is limited, that tracker keeps me losing weight in a sane manner.

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MARYB8 3/28/2011 12:03AM

    Yeah Marjie. You are my inspiration! emoticon

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GINGER1OF16 3/21/2011 2:22PM

    Atta girl, Marjijane. Keep hanging on to that focus and resolve. I'm proud of you!!

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BELLECAT 3/21/2011 8:36AM

    You are doing great! Keep it up and you'll definitely reach your goals! emoticon

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CIVIAV 3/21/2011 8:08AM

    Integrity is a beautiful thing!

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LAURAS14 3/21/2011 1:06AM

    Good for you!! I bet you are looking good and feeling great!
Keep it up!

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1STATEOFDENIAL 3/21/2011 12:58AM

Keep it up!

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