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Reflections Upon Three-Year SParkversary

Thursday, January 05, 2012

This month marks three years on SP and I have to say that I've given back as much as possible. Bought products, brought in new members, spread the word, etc. So, with that said, I feel a lot of gratitude.

As I read newbie blogs and smile at all of the familiar thoughts, feelings and expectations that are there in the beginning, there is a lot to be said.

One thing that sticks out right now, though, is that I used to think it was a cliche when more experienced members would remind me that this is a journey. I thought, sure, but I just wanna get these extra lbs off and then blow this town. (smiling)

However, it IS indeed a journey of much more than just lbs lost. Forming new, healthier behaviors is part of the adventure and one that is such an investment in the good health that I've continued to enjoy. How can I possibly expect all of the lifelong behaviors to change in a mere three years?

So, this is a journey that you can either relax and enjoy, or fight yourself every step of the way when the inevitable setbacks occur.

I vote for relax and enjoy. Sure, it takes work. But it's sooooo worth it.

Wishing all a wonderful day.

  
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SIMPLELIFE4REAL 1/17/2012 9:24PM

    Great attitude! Congratulations on your emoticon

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NANCY- 1/6/2012 8:05AM

    Wise reflections!
I loved where you said: "investment in the good health" To me that is what coming to SP is all about. And let's face it we are SOOOOOOOOOOO worth it.
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STRIVER57 1/6/2012 7:36AM

    yes. thank you.

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NATPLUMMER 1/6/2012 6:55AM

    You nailed it!

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JLITT62 1/6/2012 5:02AM

    So very true!

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KRISTINE99 1/5/2012 9:07PM

    Great reflections! Congratulations on your three-year SParkversary :)

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A Few Pats On the Back for 2011

Wednesday, January 04, 2012

I wasn't going to look back, but on NY Day, I started to remember some things that I did in 2011 that I feel good about. In the midst of continued loss of loved ones, and feeling like it was another year in the grief clouds, I DID manage to get some things done.

- Gave up TV totally. Hooray for me. I feel so much better.
- Gave up sport shopping. Empty hours, buying things just for the sport of it.
- Sugar. I think I have a handle on it this time for good. I really do.
- Zero credit card balance maintained.
- Completely outfitted my home with serious emergency supplies.
- Kept up with SP and fairly good healthy behaviors.
- Learned to let go a bit better. I'll never be a pro, but letting go has always been one of my biggest challenges.
- Continued doing consultant projects in the midst of a terrible job market.
- Stayed active. Walking, plays, concerts, etc.
-Other stuff too silly and/or personal to mention. (smiling)

Wishing all a wonderful new year.

  
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SIMPLELIFE4REAL 1/8/2012 8:27PM

    Congratulations on all your accomplishments last year.
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RR1_RR1 1/5/2012 8:22PM

    Ok I think I want to copy these and make them my goals too- those sound right up my alley as well and I admire that you accomplished them! I gave up TV too incidentally because my TV broke and too much of a hassle to buy another- its better to read anyways and theres so much junk on TV. Ive caught up on all the classics from doing it! Hope you have a wonderful NY as well! emoticon

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LIVINGFREE19 1/5/2012 9:16AM

    That's a lot of things and very important things!
Way to go, friend!
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NANCY- 1/5/2012 8:23AM

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You are Amazing!!! What a wonderful list!
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CATLADY52 1/4/2012 4:17PM

    Way to go gal! Sounds as if you accoplished quite a bit. emoticon

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BARBBF 1/4/2012 2:44PM

    WOW!!! Fantastic...wish I could have done 1/2 as well.


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KRISTINE99 1/4/2012 2:26PM

    Excellent resolutions for 2011! Can't wait to see your progress for your resolutions for 2012. Keep up the good work :)

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JLITT62 1/4/2012 12:36PM

    A great list!

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NATPLUMMER 1/4/2012 10:13AM

    Awesome!!

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SEPTEMBERSPIRIT 1/4/2012 10:13AM

    That's an incredible list for 2011! emoticon emoticon and all the best as you strive for new goals in 2012!!

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The Caterpillar Thought Its World Was Ending...

Tuesday, January 03, 2012

...and then it turned into a butterfly. (Proverb)

I ran across this proverb on a book cover while in a store this morning. I have felt like that caterpillar so often during this past few years.

However, I keep working at life a day at a time. I'm a very different person as a result of all of the people I've lost, and I'm still trying to make the acquaintance of this new person.

If I stay in motion, I may turn into that butterfly one of these days/years. I'd even settle for a moth! (smiling)

Wishing all a happy day.

  
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NANCY- 1/5/2012 8:18AM

    I see you as a butterfly.

Thanks for the sunshine and New Year's wishes. With the windchill the sunshine is a blessing. Wishing you a happy and healthy 2012.
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SIMPLELIFE4REAL 1/4/2012 7:07AM

    happy day to you too!!

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KRISTINE99 1/3/2012 7:18PM

    Good luck on your "butterfly transformation"! You can do it :)

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MARY1313 1/3/2012 3:08PM

    Awww that is a great post!!! Good luck!

Mary

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NATPLUMMER 1/3/2012 2:06PM

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MISSIFISH 1/3/2012 1:57PM

    Good luck with your metamorphosis!

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36% Surveyed Have Already Broken their New Year Resolutions!

Monday, January 02, 2012

I had to smile as I saw this statistic from the Rose Parade TV coverage a few minutes ago. You can't just flip a switch and change behavior. When folks do that to themselves, they're setting up inevitable disappointment. That's one of many reasons that the SP site is so valuable - shaping new behaviors that will last over time.

I also laughed out loud over the surfing dogs float. Unreal! Watching this parade is in honor of my dearly-departed cousin (like a sister) who flew out four years ago to fulfill a lifelong dream of seeing the Rose Parade in person.

We then met for the rest of the day (I live about three hours from there) and evening at the Queen Mary. It was a wonderful day, and a wonderful lifelong friendship together.

Wishing all a fun day.

  
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IDLETYME 1/3/2012 12:01PM

    Instead of Resolutions, it's better for me to have a 2012 Plan. It's not as restrictive.
Resolutions your supposed to keep. A plan is just s nice thing!!!!!! emoticon

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DDHEART 1/3/2012 10:02AM

    I love how your memories of your cousin are now more sweet than sad...oh, I know how much you miss her but I can tell that now you're savoring memories and hurting a bit less. Now....as to the statistic...how true that our instant results desired society has set up a lot of failure....this is why thinking about this not as a diet but as a lifestyle with little changes that up to big rewards....well, it's all about change!

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SCOOTER4263 1/2/2012 6:28PM

    Precisely why I do not vow. I know darned well that I'd break my vows before the sun set on the first day. emoticon

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NATPLUMMER 1/2/2012 5:02PM

    Not surprised.

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WYO_CASEY 1/2/2012 3:52PM

    That's a crazy high statistic! Weird!

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MZZCHIEF 1/2/2012 3:13PM

    Sounds like a super memory to remember your cousin by!
I don't do resolutions, I set intentions instead... sounds kinda like the same difference only with intentions you've got more wiggle room... its not as black and white as resolutions... so the fall from the wagon isn't as great, making it easier to get back on! hahahaha

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Okay, It's Here. Now What?

Sunday, January 01, 2012

I'm not concerned about the goals I met last year, or resolutions for this year.

I'm more concerned about laughter and peacefulness. Leaving myself alone instead of being so centered on self and weight loss and all that goes along with this constant monitoring of food intake, exercise, etc.

In fact, I'm just happy for being. Just being. Nothing lofty or fancy.

That's enough for now. Peace, quiet, and somewhere down the road, who knows?

  
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AMBERZADE 1/1/2012 8:05PM

    I can understand this!!

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SCOOTER4263 1/1/2012 6:37PM

    Excellent choices, my friend. I've found that the constant nattering away at myself to limit this and lift that haven't done a darned bit of good - all I've managed to do is to generate more stress and self-doubt.

Wishing you peace and happiness in the New Year.

Karen

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NATPLUMMER 1/1/2012 2:25PM

    Sounds great to me :-)

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BOBBIENORTHERN1 1/1/2012 1:46PM

  That's exactly where I am at so, I understand this blog to the uttermost, I am me and I am here and I am alive and living life to the fullest just by me being me and being here.

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NANCY- 1/1/2012 9:21AM

    Being happy for just being is amazing.
Here's to 2012.

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SEPTEMBERSPIRIT 1/1/2012 6:32AM

    I just read an article and it said if you make a commitment to self-love - then that's all it takes. When we take care of ourselves - everything else just falls into place. I wish you all the best for the year ahead!

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