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There's Freedom in Health

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

There's freedom in health. You can do what you want. You don't have to stop and think about it - Can I do this? The hesitation and the worrying are gone. You can stop fretting and move with ease and know that step after step, your body will be there to support you.

I had a good week. Last Friday, I had the day off. My boss gave it to me as a nice little bonus. I was ready for it. I enjoyed it. I tackled overdue errands and soaked up as much of the sunshine as I could. It was a perfect 70 degree day. As I was moving trash containers around outside, I was thinking what a gift it was to be able to move freely. Even though my knee has been bothering me as of late, I have been able to walk, and get around without issue.

There's a lot of freedom in being able to do things and go where you want to without stopping to worry about - will I fit on the ride, squeeze into the booth? have a place to sit? You know these questions if you have asked them yourself.

The answer is not only can you do it ---- but you should. My quality of life has improved dramatically when I make the small steps to improve my cardio, eat better, move around more. Success begets success. It's easy. Once you start moving a little and prove to yourself that you can do it, you want to do more.

So that is where I am. I have proved to myself that I can do it, and I want to move a little more.

What are you going to ask yourself today, sparkies?

  
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MRSCRITTERS 3/24/2011 5:46PM

    Your blog posts are always so awesome and inspiring.
I just moaned that i had to go out in the rain to walk the dogs, but now i am greatful i was able to go out and walk, and in fact i actually enjoyed splashing in the puddles in my rain boots
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PARKERB2 3/24/2011 7:34AM

    I am moving more and enjoying it! I try to do more and more until I'm up to about an hour of exercise, be it walking, lifting weights, etc. Glad you blogged on this topic today and hope all is well with you. Have a good day. emoticon

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JEN_BACK2BASICS 3/23/2011 3:08PM

    Awesome!! I still ask myself those questions out of habit. Eventually I will realize I'm smaller than I used to be and I can fit between those two chairs or hop on that ride.

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NOTABOUTHEFACE 3/23/2011 11:38AM

    You preach the truth sister! Here's to freedom! emoticon

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BAYBELIEVER 3/23/2011 11:05AM

    Way to go! Someone else had posted a status this week that she finds it incredible that she has to EXPEND energy in order to GET energy! Aaaah. Kind of like the gift that keeps on giving, you know!?!?
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STARRPARENT 3/23/2011 9:45AM

    Little daily things mean so much when you're able to do them. Like you said, fitting in booths at restaurants or fitting in rides. Plus, you're able to keep up with your kids who like to do those kinds of things.

It is wonderful to be healthy!

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CIVIAV 3/23/2011 9:42AM

    There is indeed freedom and I love it. Last year I broke my ankle and was bedridden for a couple of months and housebound over the winter. It is like flying to be able to move around despite the snow this year and my body feels just that much better being 30lbs lighter.

I was thinking about what you were this morning as I was taking the steps and realizing I'm not as out of breath as I was. I am game to take on additional fitness activities too.

WOOHOO for us!

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CHERKYLE 3/23/2011 9:39AM

    YEs Yes!! I have asked myself those questions! One of my low days was when I rode amusement go carts on vacation. I could not buckle the strap, but instead of drawing more attention to myself I went (1/2 buckled) the buckle got caught in the wheel and shut my ride down that I had to be escorted from! The embarrassment! I was mortified!

Never again!! The weight is slowly but surely coming off!!

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BRAVENEWGRL 3/23/2011 8:54AM

    There is a lot of freedom in not having to over analyze every task or fun thing. I had never thought of it that way...

Congrats on the loss today!!!
Have a great day :)

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JIMDAB 3/23/2011 8:51AM

    Very good point!!!!! Thanks for the reminder and the motivation.

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Recognition

Friday, March 11, 2011

I was truly tired going to bed last night. It wasn't even 10pm, and I was already in there. I remember wanting to eat, but deciding to go lay down instead and this thought popped into my head.

What if?

What if, I had absolutely no angst about anything. What if, I could just accept things as they are (including myself) and just know, deep down that everything works out, and no amount of me pushing and pulling against things is going to make a bit of a difference - except making myself nuts in the process.

What if I am completely capable at my job, and can do things well, and at times, not do things so well, and it is all still perfectly fine. Would I stop worrying about things then?

What if I accepted myself, flaws, good points, and all, and just knew, and deep down believed that I am fine just as I am. I was having a Stuart Smalley plus Sally Field moment. I am good enough, I am smart enough and doggone it, people like me. They really like me.

There's where I went last night. I put the thoughts of food aside; I pushed the concerns of the day and meetings out of my head; I stop fretting. I went to sleep and woke up feeling relaxed and realizing that is just where I am now.

I am accepting of who I am and where I am going. I know I can handle things, and I know I am facing some nonsense at work, but all of those things will work out - and I don't have to get all wacky about them,

Things are working out exactly as they should, and I choose to believe that my part in them will all work out fine.

Happy Sparking and HAPPY FRIDAY!

  
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CIVIAV 3/17/2011 7:31AM

    I absolutely love your positivity!
Subscribing now...

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GEORGIA_KAY 3/14/2011 7:46PM

    I love these "Ah Ha" moments. Glad you had one :)

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MORTICIAADDAMS 3/14/2011 12:19PM

    What a wonderful place to be in. I know that you are right.

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LINDAINALABAMA 3/14/2011 10:12AM

    GREAT BLOG.

I AGREE, EVERYTHING IS AS IT SHOULD BE AND YOU ARE GREAT.

THANKS FOR THIS.

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MSHUFFNPUFFN 3/13/2011 10:03PM

    Thank you!! Awesome blog post!! Many blessings to you on the journey--we can do this!



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DIFROMWYOMING 3/13/2011 9:33AM

    I'm tardy getting here to read this, but I should have read it days ago....just reading through this had me relaxing. Wonderful!

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HYDROQUEEN 3/13/2011 9:15AM

    Good one! Thank you. emoticon

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TJCADDO 3/12/2011 2:51PM

    They do really like you!!! You come across as caring, funny, vunerable and oh so real. Always enjoy reading your posts. emoticon

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TALLERANT 3/12/2011 10:02AM

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CLAUDECF 3/12/2011 6:16AM

    Wow! This is an awesome blog! emoticon

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MRSCRITTERS 3/11/2011 2:50PM

    Just found your spark page and blog. You are both emoticon
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DJS-DEBBIE 3/11/2011 1:45PM

    Wow, that is awesome!

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LOOZINITNOW 3/11/2011 12:37PM

    Thank you! I need to really soak this in myself.

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RIGBY31 3/11/2011 10:29AM

    Love your Smalley/Field mantra! Your blog is so positive and is a great reflection on how "all will work out fine". Thank you.

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CHERKYLE 3/11/2011 10:00AM

    Very good thoughts!!

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PLSMOM 3/11/2011 9:59AM

    Thanks for the words of wisdom this morning! emoticon

Gail

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GINA180847 3/11/2011 9:45AM

    Thank you for the very uplifting thoughts and comments. It is like a very long mantra.

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JAE_HENNINGTON 3/11/2011 9:36AM

  AS MY BEST FRIEND ALWAYS TELLS ME WHEN I START FEELING DOWN..EVERYTHING WILL BE ALRIGHT

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NOTABOUTHEFACE 3/11/2011 9:27AM

    Awesome blog. Worry about the things you have control over like your food and exercise and put the rest in the universe's inbox to take care of.

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SARAWALKS 3/11/2011 9:20AM

    Thanks, Mickey! GREAT blog, I've been coming to much the same conclusion about me and stuff and all that, over the last few years, and spark has just helped me put the pedal to the metal on it. SO TRUE. And I loved reading about your Wii baseball! You slugger! I used to play softball, had a s----y arm but was pretty good at hitting and running bases. Not a bad catcher either. Training for the 5K brings back those memories. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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The surprising effect of Wii Baseball

Thursday, March 10, 2011

I can't lift my arms too well.

There you have it.

I have been playing wii baseball for 2 days and I am still feeling it. Ha! I am becoming mildly addicted to hitting the ball out of the park - 4 home runs is my record. I am digging it and actually getting the eye hand coordination thing much better. :) BIG improvements!

I did a fitness test last night and I dropped below my actual age. Feeling good about that - especially since last time I did it I was 20 years over - ha ha --- the test does different pieces so I did not get tested on the same activities last time around, but good to know I am not old and ancient on wii last night. ha ha.

Wii is helping me get more exercise in. It may not be the same as going for a jog, but it gets me moving and for me, that is a BIG step in the right direction. I am moving forward bit by bit.

I'm glad to be working on a team challenge again. It keeps me focused and weighing in and accountable for my activity levels. It's really a lifeline.

For today - I am keeping my cool when I feel like getting riled up about things I can't control. I am going to laugh in the face of danger. (well, that might be a bit of exaggeration, but I am going to focus on staying positive.

Hope everyone has a great sparky day!

  
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FLY0NTHEWAL1 3/23/2011 5:36PM

    OH! This reminds me to plug in my wii again (it went on hiatus for a short while). I love weighing myself on there, and watching the changes. My fav is golf but maybe I'll give baseball another go (kinda suck at it ha).

Thanks for the reminder! And that bit of motivation that says that exercise doesn't have to be a chore, sometimes it can just be fun at home!

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WIGIME 3/17/2011 8:28AM

    Yep, the Wii definitely makes it more fun to work out.

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PEARL-LADY 3/15/2011 6:26AM

    I'm still to convince my hubby that a wii is a good idea! we have fun when with our kids at their homes as they have them but he is not convinced..thinks it's a fad! will have to show him a few of these pages....

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CLAUDECF 3/12/2011 6:11AM

    Wii helped me with adding up exercise at the beginning too. And it is encouraging. Plus let me tell you that it beats sitting on our butts! emoticon emoticon

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TRACSGOAL 3/11/2011 11:45AM

    I love the Wii too - it is so much fun and you don't often feel like you're exercising until you're done and then can't lift your arms. Yay on the age dropping. I love the EA Active game for Wii it feels more like a trainer led workout so that's one to consider in the future. emoticon

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MMNICKS 3/11/2011 9:26AM

    I love the WII too, if it wasn't for that game the winter would have been really devoid of any physical activity!!!

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THEONEBLUEGECKO 3/10/2011 8:57PM

    Yay for tired arms and the fitness test! I love the wii for the fact that it gets me moving when I might not be. I got the Just Dance game for it recently, and I actually find it really fun. So instead of just doing nothing, I am at least moving. That is a step forward.

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CHERKYLE 3/10/2011 10:42AM

    I love it! WooHoo on fitness test.

I also have my fitness coach (love it, but not interactive), my new favorite is Just Dance 2. I can dance in my house like I wish I could out, but am too embarrassed LOL

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Passing on pizza

Wednesday, March 09, 2011

My boss dropped by my office for a late lunch break. He invited me for pizza. I went but just had a diet snapple. We talked about how that guy IS getting the job and how I should "let it go" ha ha. Yeah, I will be all right - not happy about it - but proud of myself that I ate well today - and stuck to my plan, drank water, skipped pizza, and when I did snack - I chose an orange.

I did exercise as I promised myself. I had a good day despite issues of which I had no control. This too shall pass. Woo hoo!

Happy Sparking!

  
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MAGGIEROSEBOWL 3/14/2011 11:54AM

    Skipping the pizza is HUGE...a gigantic step towards achieving your goals. Way to go girl! And don't let him tell you any differently, your size had lots to do with that other guy getting the job...there is a terrible fat bias still prevalent in America. You can't prove it, they will deny it, but it's there. Just wait til you're skinny, then see who gets the GREAT job---YOU!!! You will finally be judged by your ability, instead of your size.

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CLAUDECF 3/12/2011 6:14AM

    emoticonPassing on stuff that you like is hard work! Congratulations!
I haven't visited your blog for a long time and am happy to see how well you're doing. (I am faithfully following your feed though) emoticon

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THEONEBLUEGECKO 3/10/2011 8:58PM

    emoticon You are doing great!

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CHERKYLE 3/10/2011 10:39AM

    Passed on pizza! you go girl! I dont think I could have done t!!

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SLIGHTLYBRAINY 3/10/2011 12:30AM

    Good for you! Letting go of the food when things are not "perfect" really is hard. But in the long run, we feel so much better for the good choices that we made rather than the momentary pleasure of the food (and for me usually followed by hours and hours of guilt)

You are doing great!!!

Terri =)

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BRAVENEWGRL 3/9/2011 10:58PM

    Yeah!!!! Can you send me some of that willpower? I need it!!!! Yeah you for making good choice. Bet you feel better for it! emoticon

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DJS-DEBBIE 3/9/2011 10:57PM

    Good for you!

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I Believe in You

Tuesday, March 08, 2011

All it takes is a little belief. If you can't find it in yourself. Find it in Spark. If you can't find it in Spark, come to me. I will believe in you.

I've been off and on the wagon more times than I can possibly count. What has always made me succeed when I was on the wagon? The realization that someone (has been various people) has believed in me. Dare I say it, now? Yes, at times, like now - it has been me, myself and I that have been the driving force behind the belief.

There are so many others. Those of you who will comment on this page are certainly at the top of this order, and I appreciate it, more than you know. It's this little group that has pulled me along, even when I fought it kicking and screaming.

I exercised tonight, just like I said I would. That little act of sweating (and breaking personal records on wii batting practice) has an outstanding effect on my belief system. Yes, I can do it. Yes, I am doing it.

Right now, it is not about the 200lbs I am going to lose. It is about the 30 mins of exercise I promised myself I would do. It is about the blood sugar measurement that I said I would test and I am doing it. It is about making a promise to myself and keeping it. It is remembering who I want to become and who I am. I am that ballsy chick who does not back down, no matter how tough the challenge is or how long it is going to take.

It is about making a difference in my own life and then daring myself to prove it and follow through. Yup, those are the things I am doing. I believe in us.

  
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CAROLFAITHWALKR 6/1/2011 7:55PM

    "Right now, it is not about the 200lbs I am going to lose. It is about the 30 mins of exercise I promised myself I would do."

Thanks I really needed that.

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LMCCARTHY75 3/23/2011 10:37AM

    thank you it helps


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CIVIAV 3/17/2011 7:30AM

    I don't yet know you but I sure as heck believe it! WTG!

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HARTKITTY 3/16/2011 4:56AM

    Thank you for this I totally agree

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KJMAZ2011 3/15/2011 6:02PM

    Great post! Thanks for sharing your story. I needed to read this today. I BELIEVE IN YOU AND ME!

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DUSTYGIRL25 3/15/2011 4:29PM

    Yay for You! You are doing so Fantastic! Beautiful blog! Thank you for sharing your story! emoticon

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SUGARBEHONEYPIE 3/15/2011 1:14PM

    emoticon I so agree with it not being about the total amount to lose but the daily choices that all add up: to feeling more energized, happier, more mobile. And oh yes those choices do add up, over time, to weight loss as well. I only focus on 5 lbs at a time. We can do this! emoticon

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THEBRIGHTERSIDE 3/15/2011 10:04AM

    Your post literally brought tears to my eyes...I think it was because I promise myself everyday...this is what Im doing for ME. I needed the reminder today most of all...thank you!

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DANCINGBRAVE 3/14/2011 10:28PM

    This was all very well put. So many times we get caught up doing for others, doing mundane tasks, everything but what we need to do for ourselves...put yourself first for once to find the way to your goals and there will still be time/energy to do the other stuff.

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DHINTON12 3/14/2011 2:08PM

    Just what I needed today........thank you

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PETTIGREW3 3/14/2011 1:50PM

    I like how you pointed out that it is not your goal of losing 200 pounds but about the small choices you make everyday that will ultimately lead you to your major goal. Live free die happy!

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PVILLAGO 3/13/2011 11:47PM

    Great Post...You are right we have to promise ourselves and believe in ourselves. Good job on the exercise and the mental motivation... keep it up..

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MAGICGIRL21 3/13/2011 11:30PM

    GREAT INSPIRATION+++

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WEEZYB7881 3/13/2011 10:11PM

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thanks for a great blog - just what i needed tonight

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SLOSS78 3/13/2011 9:48PM

    Thank you so much! I really needed that to start my week. emoticon

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READY2GET-FIT 3/13/2011 9:03PM

    You have a great attitude! I hope to find a way to believe in myself. Your post is inspiring! Thanks!

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LORIENABANANA 3/13/2011 8:56PM

    Thank you for that empowering post!
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SML128 3/13/2011 8:40PM

    I believe in you too! You are so right to focus on what we DO accomplish in a day instead of worrying about the task in front of us all the time.
Wishing you a great week ahead!

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GRANNYSQUARE1 3/13/2011 8:11PM

    Thank you. I needed that. emoticon

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CHANGE4THEBEST 3/13/2011 7:37PM

    It was your title 'I believe in you' that caught my attention and your profile picture is cute!

Great blog! The first paragraph struck a cord.. If you can't find it in spark, come to me, I will believe in you.

Thank you emoticon and I believe you too can do it! emoticon

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    Beautiful!! emoticon emoticon

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KLONG8 3/13/2011 5:46PM

    We're in this together!

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  I believe in you too! Thanks for sharing with us all. emoticon emoticon

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  Thank you for all the great words. What a difference a kind word can make!! emoticon

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ORIMOVUO2 3/13/2011 3:10PM

    great words. we can do it. way to go and dont forget to have fun on your journey

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    thanks all we need is someone to believe in us!!!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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    Loved your blog. I believe in you also. emoticon emoticon

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AMBERLEIGHM1 3/13/2011 1:22PM

    Thanks for believing in me; that makes me smile:) I believe in you too. We have fallen off the wagon for the last time. Have a blessed day.

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THENEWKAT 3/13/2011 10:58AM

    So you are right... Making a promise to yourself is perfect. I sometimes fight with myself to complete a workout. But in the long run if I don't complete my workout or I eat something wrong it is only myself that will be let down. My weight loss is not for someone else to manage but for myself to manage. So who but yourself needs to believe. It is nice to have some encouragement and someone to say Good Job! But it is you who needs to believe in yourself before anyone else really can. Thanks for the story!

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GUST804 3/13/2011 9:59AM

    keeping it simple and in the day is a good plan...thanks

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JUSLEFAIRE 3/13/2011 8:42AM

    Thank you for this wonderful blog with its gentle reminders. I like the fact that you concentrate on the day rather than the larger goal. I forget o do this and find discouragement instead.
All the best on yoour journey.
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  Thank you! emoticon We gotta hold hands and stick together, just like in kindergarten. We learned it then.

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  thanks!

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What a motivator you are. Thanks, I needed it.

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MIZKITTIE 3/12/2011 11:43PM

  Thank You! Your believing in me truly strengthens my ability to believe in myself. What a wonderful support system we have here at SP!!
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SOSMEGOD 3/12/2011 11:38PM

    Loved you Blog. Thanks for the inspiration and motivation.

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