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Motivation Momentum

Monday, April 16, 2012

I need help! I am still on-target for my 1000-miles-in-one-year goal. This goal has become so big in my mind that quitting is almost incomprehensible. Yet with all my walking, and even stair climbing, my body shape just won't change. I don't lose weight, my hips don't shrink, and my waist remains the same. Why? Oh, I know why.

It's my eating. I make a commitment to a nutrition goal (sweets-free, tracking, water intake, healthy breakfast, freggie intake... you name it, I've committed to it) and break it within two or three days. I've reasoned with myself: being lighter will make my walking (someday running) easier, I'll feel better, I'll sleep better, I'll look better. I've even got very reasonable weight-loss goals and benchmarks like my 10-year-wedding anniversary to give me motivation, but they have nothing on the siren song of ice cream or a good meal. I need nutrition motivation! Any thoughts?

If I had half the motivation momemtum for eating right that I do for walking, I'd be unstoppable!

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SPARKSPEAKS 4/22/2012 10:00PM

Have you ever considered asking your self if the awnser to thequestion feels heavy or light ??? If the awnser feels light then it is a double yes and if its no then well there you have it...

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JUSTA123 4/20/2012 11:54AM

    Oh I know you can do it, it's not easy, but nothing good comes to easy, there are plenty of healthy options for sweets, my favorite is a 60 calorie yougurt mixed with frest strawberries or blueberries. I love peanut butter in fact I eat it almost every day, but I found an alternative called :Better then Peanut Butter it is all natural with half the fat and calotirs I eat it on a fold it with banana satifying and nips the sweet bug in it's track. I am not perfect lord knows I falter regularly, but small changes one at a time will get me there. Hugs my friend! emoticon

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SUZIEW27 4/18/2012 6:51PM

    Man, I have the same issue!!! I get plenty of exercise but it's the nutrition that is killing me. I can do good for about a week and then I reward myself (with food) for that good week!! Sometimes I almost thing it would be better to just go off all of the bad stuff cold turkey but everyone says not to do that!!

I do think there is a flip side of not bringing junk in the house, it's keeping the healthy options in the house as well.

I know you read the blog I put up last night, I have a couple other little things like that I've shared with my BLC team over the past couple of weeks. I'll find them and email them to you this evening. They may help, they may not but sometimes you find a little help in all of this information we have on diet!!

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CITYGIRL27 4/17/2012 8:30PM


Truthfully, the best thing for me is to stick to the rule that I must track my food BEFORE I eat it! Often that makes me realize what I'm about to eat is going to ruin my totals for the day, and I change my mind.

Temptation is everywhere, and if it's not in your house, it's still at the office, as you drive past those drive thru's, etc. So, I always have snacks in the house for my daughter. But just like I wouldn't let her do it, I don't allow myself to go overboard. I'm a big believer in portion control. If you just have to have something that's not too good for you, track it, and then just have a little bit.

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SUNRISE14 4/17/2012 11:18AM

    You got to have a plan ! If i can help let me know ! emoticon emoticon

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TOOTHFUL99 4/17/2012 9:53AM

    I agree with everyone who says not to bring those things in the house. If you have to keep your husband in snacks, buy him the things that you don't like, so you won't be tempted. That's what I do.

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VERNITA4 4/17/2012 8:28AM

    Don't bring it in the house....and when you do, make sure it's a small portion.

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CAROLZ1967 4/17/2012 7:35AM

    Getting the junk out of the house is a necessity if you can't resist it or keep it in moderation. But you have to look at what is going on mentally too. I think that the way we think about food, the way we value it, etc. all makes a difference in our weight loss success or failure. I think you are still looking at those tempting "bad" foods (not really bad, but you know what I mean..."unhealthy" foods) as something so good...someone you are being deprived of, like you are being punished in this new lifestyle, if you can't eat them. You are the one missing out and changing your diet to a more healthy one is like the "negative part" of switching to this healthier lifestyle, right?!?! Be honest now! I think most of us when we were overweight or if we are overweight and maybe are new to this journey feel this way, have this "mindset". And that some day must change!! One day it might just click, like it did for me. I finally realized that, that thinking is all wrong! I am really NOT valuing my body by eating that way! I am really not valuing myself by shoving "junk" in my mouth that I KNOW is bad for me! I am intentionally hurting myself!! And by eating healthier, that is valuing myself, truly loving and caring for myself, my body! But as long as you view this eating healthier plan as a punishment and a "negative", you may always struggle with eating right, eating these junk foods in moderation only. Might want to give that all some thought. P.S. Even in maintenance stage, it is still tough. Every day is full of choices and they may get somewhat easier, but there are still struggles. Each day I still have to work hard and make that commitment to focus on my goals, even if it's "maintaining".

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JMERLAU 4/17/2012 6:55AM

    Here's the deal. YOU have an addiction.. NO different than that of a smoker or alcoholic, it's an addiction. Food is just as dangerous and more so than the others, it's typically even MORE readily available to us.

I know that because I have the same addiction, FOOD! Remove the temptations, don't buy them or allow them in your house anymore. Is that an overwhelming thought, YES, I get that. I'll ask you to make ONE small change a day, maybe it'll take a week, but make one small change. You know the change I'm talking about is in your head, right? MAKE a change and make it a HABIT! Make IT, whatever IT is a lifestyle. Those small changes WILL make a huge difference in your life and add to great success and changes.

I'll leave you with this thought
you CAN NOT out work a poor diet. Simply can't be done. Walk till you are blue in the face, poor eating choices will catch up to you every time.

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MILLERGIRL719 4/17/2012 6:41AM

    Remove all temptation...clean the house of all junk........if you are nowhere near the song you can't hear it!

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BOBINVA 4/17/2012 6:27AM

    If the bad food is in my house I have a hard time not eating it. Try starting to remove some of your temptations from even being a choice.

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123ELAINE456 4/17/2012 5:03AM

  I feel for you. But you need to get back on track and just keep going on your journey. Read all the motivaitional blogs here on SparkPeople. Do differant exercises than what you are doing. You will be able to do it. It is the WAY TO GO!!! God Bless You and Have a Wonderful Week.

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PATIB13 4/17/2012 1:20AM

    I feel your frustration! I am in the same boat. I know what needs to be done, I have done it before...but why can't I do it now. The one thing that really helped me in the past was Weight Watchers, I lost 40 lbs on weight watchers and what I really like was that it was easy and I could eat that bit of ice cream or a pepsi....it worked in my life. Maybe something like that would help. Finding the right instructor was key. I had an awesome one.

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MARISPHERE 4/16/2012 11:47PM

    I've been thinking of trying calorie cycling or Volumetrics. The biggest problem is a serious lack of time for meal prep, weighing and measuring food. I need something absolutely idiot proof.

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Saturday, March 31, 2012

I did it! I once again met my monthly mileage goal! That's three months in a row, and it means I am still on track for my 1000-mile resolution for 2012 (Actually 6.21 miles ahead of schedule emoticon). My goal this month was 61 miles; I logged 61.2! emoticon Pretty impressive when my goal for October was 30 miles and I only managed to get in 24.45. I feel like I've really come a long way.

I had set another goal to work on my consistency: no more than seven days in the month with no activity logged. I did it! One day, I only had 0.72 miles, but it was still activity. There were only six days in March that I did not log any activity at all.

My nutrition choices these past fews have been lacking. (Is it wrong to eat a half gallon of ice cream in two sittings about 24 hours apart? emoticon) It was tempting to think, "Why waste my time working out tonight when I've been eating like crap?" Rationally speaking, it's easy to see the faulty thinking here. I didn't eat badly BECAUSE I was going to work out; I would have made those choices no matter what (stupid hormones). At least my workout could help reduce the negative effects of my poor choices. But what really got me to do today's workout in spite of the ice cream and tortilla chips was my monthly goal. And my previous success ("success breeds success"). I didn't want to mess up my streak of meeting my monthly mileage goal, even though I knew I could afford it and still be on track for my year. Who wants to give up a great streak for one lousy night of feeling bad about herself? Yay goals!

My goal for April is 67 miles, with no more than seven days of no activity (there are five Sundays in April).

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BOMBCHELL23 4/12/2012 5:30AM

    What an inspiration you are for the attitude of sticking with it. I am glad to hear you are doing so well and accomplishing so very many goals. I am on springbreak this week and honestly resting more than I normally would be and trying to catch up on homework.

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ELIZACG9 4/10/2012 11:24AM

    I think your doing really good, I don't track miles but, maybe I should keep an eye on that more. emoticon emoticon

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GOODGETNBETR 4/8/2012 2:50PM

    Congrats on the mileage success! emoticon The food part will work itself out in time.

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WENPLUSKEN 4/6/2012 10:21AM

  May you find even more little successes this month even besides your walking goal. May you find awesome reminders during the month of oh so how worth it all it is and have those in your life that would help you to keep on keeping on!

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CELLISTA1 4/5/2012 10:59PM

    I can't tell you how much I enjoyed reading this blog! Your joy is absolutely infectious! Congratulations!

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PATIB13 4/5/2012 12:07PM

    Good luck!!! Hormones, yea they do cause craziness, but good for you for stilling getting your activity in and not just saying awww who cares.

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IONA72 4/5/2012 4:56AM

    Good luck on your journey, stay strong.

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XRSIZE18 4/5/2012 12:34AM

    WOOOOOOOHOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO! This is awesome! You are darn tootin' Success breeds success (so maybe you should make some babies...) haha.

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CITYGIRL27 4/2/2012 10:46PM

    Great job!! You should be very proud!!

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CAROLZ1967 4/1/2012 9:54PM

    Great job!!

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CAROLZ1967 4/1/2012 9:52PM

    Great job!!

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SUZIEW27 4/1/2012 9:25PM

    emoticon! emoticon You did it!!!

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MARISPHERE 4/1/2012 7:17PM

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Here's to an Awesome April!

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CINDHOLM 4/1/2012 2:59PM

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MRFUZZ 4/1/2012 2:41PM

    You are on a roll! What a streak! Sometimes it really isn't "wrong" to eat the icecream. You are no longer in the all or nothing thinking about diet and exercise. So these are long term changes. Your consistency is so impressive! Great role model!

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BEATLETOT 4/1/2012 10:16AM

    Awesome job!!! You are doing wonderful!

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DANILYNNG 4/1/2012 10:04AM

    Great job in March and great goals for April! emoticon

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Speaking for themselves

Thursday, March 29, 2012

My health charts speak for themselves, but I'll add a little commentary anyway. That's just the way I am. emoticon

I've never had a problem with my cholesterol level, but it is still exciting to see the steady decrease over time. All this exercise and eating right is paying off somewhere! emoticon

I thought I would see more of a drop in my blood pressure, but you can see here that it has stayed relatively the same all along. Still, this is good because I've always had good numbers in spite of my increased risk due to Mom's high blood pressure and Dad's heart disease. I'm sure my level of activity has helped keep my pressure from creeping up too high. I have what they call a "quiet" pressure, so it's hard for the machines to read my numbers. Who knows, but my bp may have been a little elevated from the frustration of having sat through four or five tries to get the machine to read it.

This is the most disappointing chart. I would think my exercise would have reduced my pulse over time, but here it seems to have steadily increased. Boo! This was taken almost two weeks ago, so it's hard to say if maybe I may have walked. If so, maybe my pulse was elevated because of that. Still, it's not a bad number, so I'm not too upset. It's just a number I want to watch over time.

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MARISPHERE 3/29/2012 9:21PM

    I love how attentive you are. Those results look good, don't worry about the pulse! emoticon

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TWINSFITBY40 3/29/2012 11:44AM

    It's great that you keep tabs on your health the way you do. It is important for us to see how our health is changing along with our waist size. It's a good idea to keep an eye on anything that you feel may be a bit increased so you can sort of nip it in the bud. Still you are doing very well. Good job and keep up the good work!! Maria

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JUSTA123 3/29/2012 8:51AM

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CAROLZ1967 3/29/2012 8:26AM

    The pulse can be affected by anything in the moment so you do have to consider possible contributing factors (walking fast/hurrying, stress, etc). But cholesterol is reflecting the long term, not changeable minutes beforehand. So that's great! It's an important one too, especially your HDL number. I believe they put more importance on that number than the overall, now. You probably got the breakdown, right...HDL, LDL, the ratio (important too) and overall number? Ask for it if it wasn't on your info given to you. I'm sure they got it. Great job though! :-)

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MAGGIE101857 3/29/2012 6:40AM

    The pulse will drop..you were probably just excited about posting these great results!!! Super job!!!

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Eleven and a half months from now

Saturday, March 24, 2012

Two weeks ago, I posted a blog, "A Year From Now." In it, I laid out for myself the activities I feel will, if done consistently over the course of a year, do the most toward creating the person I want to become and the life I want to live.

In response, I designed an accountability record I could use to keep track of my daily efforts at including those activities in my routine. Week one went quite well. The accountability record only lasted one week, I did not print one for week two, and now I don't believe I did too well for week. I do know that I ate rather poorly and slacked off in several of the areas I have deemed important. It amazes me how much one sheet of paper can help keep me focused on my dreams and goals.

Therefore, this morning, I sat down and created another sheet. This one is still one page; however, it has less (much less) room for details. It has become simply a check-off sheet. Now, my one page covers 10 weeks instead of just one! It goes all the way through June 2. Even though it doesn't start until tomorrow, I am already responding by including these priority activities into my day today.

I think I am going to journal about my life as it is right now so that when -- on March 11, 2013 -- I look back on the year, I can see how far I have come. Who knows? Maybe my 365-day experiment will lead to revolutionizing changes. Maybe it will fall completely flat and life will look much like it does today. Either way I win. Obviously, if my life is revolutionized, my plans were a success. If, however, life looks pretty much the same as today, I will have learned that the things I expected to work did not and it will be time to try something new. I will have a definite line in the sand showing what is working and what isn't. And I will be glad I keep record.

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YIWEN39 4/5/2012 7:50PM

    Excellent plan! And I absolutely LOVE the inspirational pic ;-)
Let us know how you get on emoticon

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XRSIZE18 3/28/2012 12:32PM

    Such a good idea. I love the journaling idea. I wish I had enough TIME to do that... but it would eat into my sparking haha!

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JUSTA123 3/26/2012 6:35AM

    Sounds like a plan! emoticon

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CTTAGENT 3/25/2012 2:10PM

    Good for you for setting your goals. The use of check boxes sounds like a good way to keep track without being time consuming.

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    You are on the right track. Sending you more positive and healthy vibes!


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SUZIEW27 3/24/2012 9:50PM

    Love this idea!!! This list will keep you accountable!! Way to go!!

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JOANNANOW 3/24/2012 5:33PM

    Good thinking ... you are definately heading for success! emoticon

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BABY_GIRL69 3/24/2012 5:13PM

    Making plans & having goals is what is all about.

God bless,


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BEATLETOT 3/24/2012 4:13PM

    Good thinking!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

Some gold stars for your checklist! =)

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LIVELAUFLUV 3/24/2012 4:02PM

    Great job! I know I need to write things down or they don't get done!

We'll be cheering you on all year!


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MARISPHERE 3/24/2012 3:04PM

    Of course, I'll be watching and cheering you on.

I'm falling behind a bit on the walking, at 235 rather than the 240 I'd planned for. But, I'm still plugging away. We'll have successes to show for this year, I'm certain!


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BOSS61 3/24/2012 2:12PM

    This good idea transcends Spark. Keep us posted on how you do!

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MARIE-STRONG 3/24/2012 1:55PM

    I tend to write plans, too! I LOVE them! I have plans for days, weeks, months and years. But only seldom am I able to check everything of. (And I feel like a looser) Mine are often too detailed emoticon. My solution is, that a plan is nothing but a draft. It helps me to see where I want to go and what I want to accomplish on that way. Today it is more about milestones than details. And about creating habits. The simpler a plan is the easier it is to follow!

What a great way you found to solve that riddle! emoticon emoticon

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CINDHOLM 3/24/2012 1:21PM

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CAROLZ1967 3/24/2012 1:11PM

    Great idea. I can easily believe how much that 1 piece of paper helped. It's the constant reminders, like that list or a vision board, photos, etc. that guide us and our actions. I love all your learning and it's fun to be a part of it and learn myself as well. :-)

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A Year From Now

Sunday, March 11, 2012

A year from now, what will I wish I had done today? Or better yet: a year from now, what will I be glad I did today? I sat down to answer that question for myself this morning. I am going to print it out and post it where I can see it often as a reminder to myself of what is most important to me so I don't forget what I want most when I want something lesser in the moment.

A year from now, I will be glad if I:
*did physical therapy exercises
*did strength training
*added mileage
*ate nutritionally
*protected our financial interests
-saved instead of friviously spent
-followed the budget instead of following our feelings
-studied the philosphies and practices of the financial greats
*practiced housekeeping skills
*developed healthy habits like daily flossing
*made memories instead of biding time
*given myself to important relationships
*developed my inner self
-spiritually (i.e. through study, meditation, church attendance, practicing what I believe)
-relationally (i.e. developing the parts of me that bring good to my relationships or learning how to minimize the personality traits that bring harm to my relationships; learning how to respond differently to different people's needs; learning about other people's cultures, thought patterns, and priorities)
-mentally (i.e. challenging myself to learn something new, like a new skill or a new word)
-philosophically (i.e. reading biographies of successful people such as SparkPeople success stories, listening to master teachers like Jim Rohn and Denis Waitley, finding motivational graphics like the two in this blog)

These are the things that, if I do them today (and tomorrow and each day after), I will look back and be glad. These are the things that are going to create a 2013 even more amazing than a 2012, which is well on its way to being even better than 2011.

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MELP06 3/11/2012 4:01PM

    This is great Lisa! You will make this a great year!

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LOTUSBURGER 3/11/2012 3:45PM

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TWINSFITBY40 3/11/2012 3:25PM

    Lisa, It sounds like you are doing some great soul searching. It changes the perspective for your goals and gives more motivation for longer term goals. Great thinking. Good luck on your journey. Maria

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CINDHOLM 3/11/2012 2:31PM

    Great List, enjoy the journey emoticon emoticon

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JOANNANOW 3/11/2012 2:13PM

    Enjoy the journey it sounds like you know where you are going! emoticon

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BOBINVA 3/11/2012 1:28PM

    That is a great list. Have a wonderful year.

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BROADBRUSH 3/11/2012 1:14PM

    the years go by so fast - they seem like one month - BB

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CAROLZ1967 3/11/2012 1:04PM

    I really love this! And your list is very similar to a list I could (& should) make! And I love that quote about "trading what you want most...". Never heard it before but I love it. It speaks volumes!! I may look for that one and print it out too.
Ever read or listen to Dave Ramsey? A big, successful financial guy. I started his program over a few years ago and got my hubby to go to one of his speaking events. That helped get him on board. I have friends that have been very successful with his program and we have too, just not as fast! It really works for EVERYONE, (sort of common sense really), as long as you stick to it! I struggled with the idea of going to an (almost) all cash system but I did it and am so thankful we did!! Now I'm not worrying the second week (after getting paid, & leading up to next pay day) wondering if we will have enough for that bill due in a few days, etc. Now if I buy an item for me or my girls and use the cash in the designated "envelope", I don't feel guilty or worried b/c I know it's ok, as that is what the $$ is there for! He's worth looking into if you haven't before. I've read a few of his books too. Has a great website and a 12 week program as well. Just a thought!

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MRFUZZ 3/11/2012 11:46AM

    That's very motivating! Will definitely help me see the bigger picture every day when I don't want to do something!

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MARIE-STRONG 3/11/2012 10:30AM

    That is food for thought! Thank you! emoticon

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MARGOMCP 3/11/2012 10:03AM

    Practiced housekeeping skills? Really? I was kept awake last night by thinking about the dust and imagining a crew like they have for the hoarding shows, coming in to clean (gently, since the "hoarding" is minimal, just a light surface covering on all table top and dresser spaces with "stuff" :-) and which included an electrician to take apart ceiling fans and clean, oil and care for them well so they quit squeaking, etc. LOL! But is that really one of the things that is important and that you'll think about on your dying bed; I should have cleaned more/better?

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XRSIZE18 3/11/2012 9:57AM

    What a great idea!

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