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I Hurried Too Much!

Thursday, September 30, 2010

I found myself just rushing through the daily Spark emails, just to get the "point." Then I realized the REAL "Point" was in the contents of the emails. As I read them, I get new ideas, new encouragement, new information, well, you get the point. (Pun intended!)
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Well, I've been dieting for the past 25 years. Yo-yo-ing I should say. I start a diet and then can hardly wait to get off it so I can have -- well, you can fill in the blank. I wasn't ever committed.
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Now as I read the daily emails, other people's blogs, and all the other good information on SparkPeople, I think I'm finally getting it! The encouragement is phenomenal, the success stories a real inspiration, the wisdom endless.
I wrote this poem several years ago. I should have read it after I wrote it. emoticon

Slow Me Down

Slow me down, Lord.
I get in too big a rush
To even think,
Or listen.

Slow me down today
That I might hear
A bird
Or a baby
Or the breeze
Sing Thy praise.

Slow me down that I
Might touch a flower
Or pet a kitten
Or hug a child
And think about
Thy creation.

And thus might I
Be renewed
If I can just
Slow down.

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GETDONE 10/14/2010 5:47PM

    memories of a better time--ahh, yes emoticon

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DALOV4U 9/30/2010 1:51PM

    whoa...this blog is absolutely wonderful. Of all the blogs available I chose yours. Thank you for such beautiful poem. oOn my way home from work, I will touch a flower and hug my children.

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ANNMARY44 9/30/2010 1:48PM

  I agree, I realize once I slow down and took time each day to ready and learn.. emoticon

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Wake-up Call!

Monday, September 27, 2010

This morning I reviewed my SparkPage and noticed I joined on September 22, 2008 -- two years ago last week. Then I looked at my weight then and now -- and in two years I've gained 10 pounds. That's not where I needed to go! Now I'm 69 pounds too heavy for my height, I have diabetes with a lot of neuropathy and NEED to lose weight. I am a product of bad choices. But when I looked back and discovered what I've been doing to myself, it really was a wake-up call. I'll start this morning with a more structured healthy living plan. Nobody can do it for me, but I appreciate all the support from friends that I can get. So -- with the help of SparkPeople, I'm GOING TO DO IT!!!

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GRACIESMOM70 9/27/2010 10:54AM

  We are on this journey together and together we will do it. I joined Spark Feb 2010 and did great for 3-4 months- then fell off the wagon. I have not gained weight, which for me is good. In the past I would have but I am now almost 6 months behind on the goals I had posted. What I am happy to report is that I have learned to let go and move on. We will move on together.Have a GREAT day-remember you are not alone emoticon emoticon

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DEBGIL 9/27/2010 9:21AM

    You made good progress in the past and you CAN do it again. I am in the same boat. I did so well, and somewhere along the way I hit a plateau and then started going back up. Am working to make better choices and get moving more. We can do this! Welcome back!


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STALEYK 9/27/2010 5:33AM

    Good Attitude. Sometimes our steps are small but we are heading in the right direction. You are going to do it. We can do it together. Have a wonderful day! emoticon

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Wish I'd Learned When I Was Young!

Sunday, July 25, 2010

I'm 75. I'm just now learning several life truths that I wish I'd learned when I was young. Things like:

Nobody will take care of your weight but you. Nobody else CAN! So do it -- stay healthy!

Nobody makes you angry or sad or depressed. Your reaction is what causes these emotions, and other emotions as well. So choose ahead of time how you're going to react in different situations and live by those choices.

Time frittered away can never be regained. Once it's gone, you are that much older and can't do a single thing about it.

When you know what you want to be when you "grow up," START NOW! It doesn't matter what age you are. You can't start any younger than you are now.

Be happy! Even in the worst of circumstances, you can find something to be happy about if you want to. SO WANT TO!!!

Love yourself. You are closer to you than anyone else can ever be. You love other peopleŚlove yourself, too. You are one-of-a-kind. Nobody else is like you. Appreciate your individuality!

And I could go on and on. I wish I'd have thought of things like that at least 60 years ago, but oh, well. better late than never....

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NEXT30YEARS 7/25/2010 11:22AM

    oops...resent by mistake

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NEXT30YEARS 7/25/2010 11:22AM

    Happy 75th Year! Thanks for sharing some of life's lessons.

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Excuses, Excuses....

Saturday, July 17, 2010

I've made every excuse in the book -- most of them in the past three months. "I'm too busy." "I'm taking care of my ill husband." "I'm too stressed out." "I've just moved." "I just had knee surgery." "I have diabetes and I'm on insulin." Well, you get the picture.

I haven't said "Nobody has forced you to put a single bite in your mouth, or to stuff it full when you're out and about so no-one will see you eat." I forgot I'm totally responsible for my condition -- good, bad, or indifferent.

I tell my daughter I want to lose weight so that it will only take six pallbearers to carry me someday and she's horrified. Well, we all have our reasons.... emoticon

In all seriousness, though, I want to live a long life and I want that to be a healthy life. So starting today -- Ta! Da! Drumroll please -- I'm going to get serious about getting healthy, and that starts with sensible eating. (I've always hated being "sensible" about anything. It's not in my nature!" I'll just say that I'm going to get dedicated to becoming the best that I can be! (I can't be serious about anything, can I? S'pose that's my trouble??? emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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AUBURNGIRL2 7/25/2010 10:22AM

    Thank have really made me think and maybe I am beginning to realize that it IS only up to me. I've said that often enough to myself but didn't truly live by the words and today is a new day so once again I will start over.
My good wishes to you to continue your journey with healthful food choices and a commitment for success. Have a wonderful day.

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GRACIESMOM70 7/18/2010 12:35PM

  Take it one day at a time- it does get easier. We are all on this journey together and together we will do it. Every little step in the right direction is a step towards a healthier lifestyle. Think Positive and tell yourself that you can and YOU WILL. Have a GREAT day

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ADKISTLER 7/17/2010 9:00PM

    My wife is my inspiration. She told me, "Take care of yourself now, or someone will be taking of you later, and you might not like the way they do it."

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DUBINJL 7/17/2010 8:53PM

    I'm rootin' for you, Nina. You can really do this. Just pick out what you'd like to eat a day that comes to 1200 or 1300 calories. Write it down. Then tell yourself you'll just try it for one week and if you don't like it you can quit. Stick to it the week... When you see that you've lost a pound, try it again for another week. Before you know it, you'll be well on your way. (That's what finally worked for me.)

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POSEY440 7/17/2010 5:47PM

  Just keep thinking positive and take the first step each one will get easier use this site it is great for support. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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I'm Doing It For Me!

Saturday, April 10, 2010

I have so many reasons for losing weight -- I have a daughter who is overweight and I would like to be a good example. I have children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and each one of them gives me incentive to be as healthy as I can for as long as I can.

Oh, I've got other reasons. I'm 75 years old, have had diabetes for 19 years, and am limping around (figuratively speaking) on arthritic knees and hips.

But those aren't the reasons I'm losing weight. Oh, they count, but I'm DOING IT FOR ME!!!

I want to feel good and run and play. No, I'm not senile. I just don't feel old inside! I want to be able to stride out, not hobble, for the rest of my life. I want the feeling of Yes! I did it! I want to be able, someday, to skid into the grave broadside thoroughly used up, totally worn out, saying "Wow! What a ride!" as an unknown source once described it.

Life is fun! I want to keep it this way. I'm DOING IT FOR ME!!!

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JMCADE 4/10/2010 5:52PM

    Great Blog! I've always said that I'm doing it to keep up with the grandkids, but I like your approach so much better! Great attitude. Keep it up!!

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