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Hopes - Dreams

Saturday, December 08, 2012

“Always concentrate on how far you’ve come,
rather than how far you have left to go.”

Each of us has a story to tell about where we've been. The story is based on the facts of our life. We know where we’ve been and where we are. The stories are as numerous and distinctive as there are people on Spark People.
Where each of us is going is based on individual hopes and dreams. Hopes and dreams are elusive and ethereal, but we still have them and strive to reach them.
A hope is a desire that you expect to obtain. You hope to lose a few pounds and every time you open Spark People and record the food you eat you are 1 step closer to that hope as you defined it.
A dream is an idea created in the imagination. You dream of having a perfect body draped in designer clothes. A dream is always just out-of-reach when seen by the reality of daylight.
Are hopes or dreams your achievable goal that will set you up for success?

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68ANNE 12/10/2012 5:41PM

    It is the journey not the destination

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1st blog

Tuesday, December 04, 2012

This is my 1st blog and I’ll try not to get to wordy. I’m a story teller for 2 reasons. I tend to have a good long-term memory, and I’ve “been there done that” in so many cases.
I’ve never considered myself thin even when I weighed 110 lbs because I have been “top heavy” since 7th grade. My most exciting day was when I bought a skirt and slacks at the 5-7-9 shop. Because no one in the family was top heavy, I was always considered over-weight. I did most of the things other kids did – run, jumped rope, rode bicycles, roller skated, played sandlot baseball, etc. So that is my life history.
I am now 60 lbs overweight. If I discuss it at all, I tell people I gained 10 lbs with each of 3 children, 10 lbs when I quit smoking and 10 lbs – now 20 – just because I like to nibble. I had an excellent marriage and wonderful jobs but they were very stressful, especially a very needy husband.
Now I have an autoimmune condition (MS) that challenges my balance and mobility and being over-weight does not help it. I joined a fitness ctr which does seem to make me feel better, but for a variety of reasons mostly related to fatigue and mobility issues, the lbs are definitely not melting away.
I do want to point out that I am not a victim or a survivor. I am a thriver and I can do anything I want to do as long as it doesn’t require walking more than about 10 feet. When I go to the fitness ctr, I do the stationery bike or treadmill about 1x / wk. I am not riding or walking cross country pace and though a jogger before jogging was even a word, a slow walk suits me just fine now. I do the weight machines about 3 x / wk.
The Spark People site has been an interesting support base. I like logging my food as it makes me more aware of what I am eating. Mom always said to write down what I ate, but that lasted about ½ of 1 meal. What a pain. My husband was Type 1 diabetic, and he said I should go on a diabetic diet, which I never did. Now they are both getting their way. I use the SP nutrition log to write down what I eat and I am doing a lot of the diabetic type eating I was accustomed to making for my husband. So, I guess it is true that there is nothing new under the sun.
Some people say being positive and optimistic is redundant, but I am just that – positive and optimistic. I am positive I can do this and optimistic about the outcome.
There are a lot of “I’s” in this blog, but it is good to hear from you.

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SUSIEPH1 1/28/2013 10:31PM

    Just love your positive blog .. You are so right .
We do need to track everything we put in our mouths
And I am so impressed with your attitude to your medical problem.
Love that you enjoy the Gym . I used to go to the gym and hope I will be cleared to go back soon .. Hugs Susie emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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TIME2BLOOM4ME 1/28/2013 10:20PM

    You are a THRIVER !!!

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~INDYGIRL 12/29/2012 7:27PM

    I LOVE LOVE LOVE that! I am not a victim or survivor, I am a thriver.... Oh I so love that!

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KADYSMOM11 12/7/2012 5:05PM

    You have the right attitude and that is half the battle! Good luck! emoticon

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WATERDIAMONDS 12/5/2012 4:15PM

    You wrote, "I am positive I can do this and optimistic about the outcome."

Both states of mind will serve you so well as you work your way back to great health. Good for you!

Best of success.

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ROSE-LITE 12/4/2012 10:51AM

  oh yeah....keep on trackin' Nancy... it helps a lot.... and Mamishel153... "all the weigh" ha! good one

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MAMISHELI53 12/4/2012 10:40AM

    Keep tracking and keep blogging. I pray success for you all the way...all the "weigh", haha.

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