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Tommy Europe made me cry....

Thursday, September 01, 2011

The rules of Sparkpeople say that we're not allowed to post other people's words, that we should instead putup a link BUT this came to me in an email and there's no link to post. So I'm going to take the chance of posting it, even if it only reaches a couple people before it gets taken down, IF it gets taken down. Here goes:

Have you ever seen a really impressive "before" and "after" photo on a weight loss product?

Well, there's something that the diet industry doesn't want you to know. There is more involved than just the diet product, and it's the same across the board.

Look into the eyes of any person in their "before" picture and you'll see that they are deeply disturbed. The body they have is no longer in sync with the body they are able to accept.

They changed the body that they accept, and became disturbed.

Now look into their eyes in the "after" picture – see the sweet satisfaction? They now live in the body that they decided they could accept. What an amazing feeling that is.

Why are you still living life in your "before" body?

Sure, you have obstacles that get in your way – your schedule, your job, your kids, the weather, your knee injury from college…but ultimately you have the body that you accept.

I'm going to repeat that so it will really sink in.

You have the body that you accept.

Transform from "Before" to "After"
You may not realize it, but you already posses everything you need to transform your body, and it all starts with taking responsibility for the body that you have today.

You are in your current shape because, until this moment, you've been OK with it.

Oh I know you aren't thrilled with it, and you even talk about losing weight and getting fit - but you haven't changed what you'll accept.

Here's how to transform your body in 3 steps:

Step One: Feel Disturbed
It has been said that emotion creates motion. This is essential when it comes to personal transformation. Just like those folks in the "before" pictures, to transform your body you must first decide that you can't live another day in the body you currently have.

Get your emotions stirred up. Make a list of all the reasons that you're ready to lose weight and get fit. Get disturbed.

Step Two: Decide What You Want
Without clarity you'll never get where you want to go. Now that you're disturbed with the body you have, decide what the body you can accept looks like.

Think in concrete and specific terms. Just like the captions under ‘before" and "after" pictures - "Shannon lost 50 lbs," "Matt lost 8 inches from his waist," "Catherine went from a size 20 to a size 4."

Get a clear picture in your mind of what you'll look like in your "after" picture and decide what the caption will read.

Step Three: Take Action
The time spent between your inspiration (now) and taking action determines whether you will succeed or fail. Don't allow yourself to get stuck between inspiration and action - there is always something that you can do immediately.

I hope this reaches you as it did me.

  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

GAYEMC 9/5/2011 1:58PM

    Thanx for sharing! Good inspiration to start BLC17. Disk in the mail last Thursday, let me know if you get it or not. How's Roo?

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BLACKROSE_222 9/2/2011 10:20AM

    Nice article. I hope it sticks around.

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BOBBYD31 9/1/2011 11:19PM

    good one

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TORTUETOO 9/1/2011 11:18PM

    This is great - and you credited the source, so I hope they don't make you take it down. Thanks for sharing!

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ETTEZEUS 9/1/2011 11:08PM

    Thanks P!

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CASSIOEPIA 9/1/2011 10:54PM

    Got it read before it goes down! Thanks for sharing P.

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I don't have morning sickness...

Sunday, August 28, 2011

I am, however, randomly subjected to mini exorcisms. Roo doesn't understand the concept: morning sickness is called such for a reason AND it's supposed to go away after the first trimester. HA. *MY* daughter will reject anything, any time and with enough force to make me wish I was never born.
On the plus side, I only have (theoretically) ten more weeks to go.
She must know I'm irked with her today. She's been making my belly dance for the last hour. It's cute. It reminds me that I already love her and I would lay down my life for her. OTOH, she made me miss my workout this morning, therefore, she's grounded until she's 2. Or 35. I'm not sure quite yet.

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ETTEZEUS 9/1/2011 8:56AM

    LOL! At the rate she is going, she'll be grounded for life...but then, you'd never get to use her room as anything else....LOL

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GAYEMC 8/30/2011 8:31PM

    LMBO Peny! You better set her straight before she developes bad habits and takes over your life. Oops, isn't that what babies do?

I so missed seeing you at H2C this year but glad you were still a part of it. And yes, I have a disk of pics for you. email me your address at and I'll get it in the mail.

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BLACKROSE_222 8/29/2011 9:33AM

    LOL - I hope you get your workout in soon... perhaps she just figures she is working out by moving - so you don't need one too.

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ONE*BUSY*MOM 8/29/2011 1:54AM

    I haven't been sparking lately, so I haven't been keeping up on blogs. Congrats on the baby GIRL! It's fun being able to experience raising each gender -- so glad you'll get the chance, too. Take care!

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ZLWIDOW 8/28/2011 7:11PM

    Funny!! I hope she settles down soon for you.

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SAMMYSWEETPEA 8/28/2011 4:28PM

    You're funny Penny! Hopefully Roo lets you work out a bit later.

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Vacationing (part two)

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

So where was I? Ah yes, Friday we visited Penticton. Vacation tip #1 - NEVER go anywhere without your swimsuit. We got to Skaha Lake and no one had theirs with them, including me. *sigh* two hours later, we came out of Sport Check and I had the most expensive bathing suit I've ever purchased for myself. The lake was worth it though. Hang on, I'll show you:

Saturday, we began our trip back to Calgary. We stopped at the Log Barn in Armstrong:

and the D Dutchmen Dairy in Sicamous:

AND the Enchanted Forest:
Finally, we stopped in Golden for the night.
Now we're back home in Calgary. I did a lot of walking on my vacation. No running or roller-blading at all.... and I didn't track a single calorie.

Today, is a new day with new goals. Like the trains that I saw on my trip, it's time to get on track.

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CYBERQT 8/24/2011 3:09PM

    I looove D- Dutchmen! We stopped there Sunday on our way back from Kamloops.

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COOPSM 8/23/2011 5:01PM

    You look FANTASTIC girl!!! was pooh there too?? hes my fav, then tigger, the Eeyore!!

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BLACKROSE_222 8/23/2011 11:32AM

    I still haven't been to the Enchanted forest, but I will get there one day! Looks great!

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TORTUETOO 8/23/2011 11:05AM

    Penny, you look great! And it looks like you had a good time, too!

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CASSIOEPIA 8/23/2011 9:20AM

    Hey, we swam in that lake too! Good memories :)

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ETTEZEUS 8/23/2011 8:37AM

    Love your vacation pictures!
Looks like you all had a fantastic time!
You look great too!

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WYOMOL 8/23/2011 7:29AM

    thanks, looked it up on a map and now I know where you were - cool!

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Vacationing in BC

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

So here I am, fresh off vacation and already ready for another one. Went to see my doctor this morning. Lots of good news, Roo's heartrate is fabulous at 152 bpm and my blood pressure is equally fabulous at 110/80. *AND* I get to see her next week in an ultrasound. I'm pretty excited. Of course, I'm only getting this "extra" ultrasound view because of "advanced maternal age". But whatever, I'll take it.
British Columbia was beautiful. We left Calgary last Sunday bright and early and arrived in Westbank (home of RACING4ME) that evening.

The next day, we headed off to Beaver Lake Lodge for three days of camping. We rented what they call a "camping cabin". Basically, it's four beds and a table - a place to stay dry should Mother Nature try to ruin our fun. And we did have fun! Lots of walking trails, a petting zoo, a lake to swim in or fish or boat on. We did all of it, too. Not so much the fishing because, initially, the boys weren't interested but then Logan found a stick, Colin bought a hook and the rest was history.
Our humble abode:

The fearless Captain:

Peddling their way around the lake:

The one that didn't get away:

My newest cupholder:

After camping, we went back to Kelowna. I love this city.

Okay, I'm apparently out of memory and cannot post more pictures. Looks like I'm posting TWO blog entries tonight. emoticon

  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

SUNSHINE084 8/24/2011 1:45AM

    Glad you had a great time in B.C. very close to where I live.. or 8 hrs away... I should say. Where are you from?

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SAMMYSWEETPEA 8/24/2011 12:34AM

    Awesome pics Penny!

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COOPSM 8/23/2011 4:59PM

    Love the pictures, glad you guys had fun!!! BP is awesome...great job!!! Bet you can't wait to see Roo again!!!

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GAYEMC 8/23/2011 12:18PM

    Looks like you were in a beautiful spot and the cabin is so cute. Can't wait to see more pics.

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BLACKROSE_222 8/23/2011 11:31AM

    LOL - GREAT Pics! It looks like a great vacation, and I love the built in cup holder - one of the things I'm looking forward to is seeing what I can 'hold'... but I still have a while before we start trying.

Glad you had fun!

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KASHMIR 8/23/2011 9:26AM

    Looks like you all had a blast!

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CASSIOEPIA 8/23/2011 9:23AM

    That sounds like an awesome way to camp, and it looks like you had some good weather.

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WYOMOL 8/23/2011 7:19AM

    Love the blog and pics, especially the cupholder :); it's probably somewhere in your blog or our team chat, but where exactly in BC?

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MKKAYA 8/23/2011 1:52AM

    Nice pictures Penny - where are the pictures of you and Trish???

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TURTLERAE55 8/23/2011 1:06AM

    It looks like you are having lots of fun.

Enjoy and have a safe trip back home.

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Weekend Challenge

Friday, August 19, 2011

Week 2 Weekend Challenge

"It's a mixed bag" with a summer time theme

1. Water fight - "Drink 8 glasses of water a day" 1 point per day
2. Gardening - "Eat 5 Fruits and Vegetables a day" 1 point per day
3. Support - " Support your fellow dragons" 1 point per event up to 3 points per day comments on their blogs, spark pages, give a goodie
4. Cardio - 1 point for each 30 minutes - up to 4 points max per day

Bonus of 5 points for doing all 4 everyday
Bonus of 15 points for doing it all 4 days

1. Water fight - F 1 , S 1, S 1, M 1 - 1 point per day
2. Gardening - F 1, S 1, S 1, M 1 - 1 point per day
3. Support - F 1 , S 1 , S 1, M 0 - 1 point per event up to 3 max for day
4. Cardio - F 1, S, 1, S 1, M 0- 1 Point for each 30 minutes max of 4 points

Bonus - F 5, S 5, S 5, M 0 - every day bonus 5 points
Bonus - Doing it all 4 days - 15 points

Total Points - 29

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LIZZYP609 8/22/2011 9:49PM

    yea, u got me on this one for sure! I only got 20 minutes of cardio today! Darn headaches anyway!


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BLACKROSE_222 8/19/2011 9:59AM

    Woo Hoo!

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LIZZYP609 8/19/2011 8:25AM

    Great!!! I am stealing your idea! Sounds like you are having fun on your vacation!

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FRIENDOFBACH 8/19/2011 1:10AM

  I like this! Great motivational tool.

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