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Priming the Motivation Pump

Saturday, December 19, 2009

I read this morning's blog by Chunkster, and it reminded me that motivation is like having to fan a fire. It doesn't automatically keep going, you have to keep priming that pump to keep it going. Since around September or October, I began to slide a bit. Not really in an awful way, but more than I'd done during this first year of healthier eating. I've also been discouraged with a forever plateau and had begun to accept that as my goal weight - like it or not. Not. I am slowly going to get myself in the right direction again. Fortunately, I haven't veered off the path too badly. Have a wonderful day, friends.

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WOLFSPIRITS 12/20/2009 2:38PM


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CONFUSEDBIRD 12/20/2009 12:02AM

    I know its hard when you start slipping. Try looking thru the motivational pages. That always gets me motivated to keep going. I think I need to visit some too since I just realized i consumer 2600 calories today =(((

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PEDIPOD 12/19/2009 11:14PM

    I completely empathize -- hard to keep up the drive when it gets dark and cold. I miss my walks

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RASCALSMOMMA 12/19/2009 11:44AM

    I know what you mean about motivation needing "stoking" every once in a while. I have a BIG procrastination problem! I need to remember this and work on it myself. You are NOT alone! Hugs to you! Laurie

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Hanging in there is the best I can do right now...

Friday, December 18, 2009

Each day seems to bring a new bump in the road, so I'm just trying to hang in there with healthy eating and exercise as best I can. Words fail me right now.

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WOLFSPIRITS 12/20/2009 11:49AM

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ALEXSGIRL1 12/19/2009 8:30AM

    emoticon emoticon emoticoni hope things turn around for you soon they usually do. emoticon emoticon

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JCORYCMA 12/19/2009 12:00AM

    Stay with us Jesse! I've been full of stress with my elderly parents. Halloween was the anniversary of my son's death. But you know what? I owe my sanity to God and my Spark friends. Eating right and exercising will help but it's the bonds with each other that sustains us. Use our shoulders, faithful spark friend -- sometimes when we feel the weakest, our friends shoulders are broad enough to carry us.
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DARLENA3 12/18/2009 10:18PM

    I am pulling for you. Life is not always fair or easy, but know that I care and pray things will get better.

But healthy eating and excercise, whatever you can do is great if it is helping you to hang in there!

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MOCNVW23 12/18/2009 9:31PM

    You got the right idea. Hanging on is the best thing you can do, it is alot better than not doing anything or giving up. Hanging on is the best thing that we all can do and what alot of us are doing,especially this time of the year. The holiday's are the hardest and all we can do is hang on, think positive, and have faith in ourselves.

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DARLENEK04 12/18/2009 8:42PM

  Hey girl, sometimes thats all you can do...just hang in and
hang on.
You will come thru on the other patient..

Supportively yours,

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THATCARRIEGIRL 12/18/2009 7:07PM

    Hanging in there is better than doing nothing - it is doing something. Every little bit helps. I think we have all had ups and downs, bumps in the road, etc. But you will get through it...just hang in there!

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WATERMELLEN 12/18/2009 7:00PM

    Step at a time: no matter what you're dealing with, good nutrition and exercise can only help.

All best! You will recover your resilience.

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LIZACARTER 12/18/2009 6:14PM

    I'm there with you! I've found my attitude and expectations are very important. If I expect things to keep falling apart, they do. If I look for the good in each day I have something positive to focus on and possibly have a better day. Let's hang in there together, we are worth it. Liz

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RASCALSMOMMA 12/18/2009 4:59PM

    Jesse honey, is there anyone around that you can use as a "sound board" to get your troubles out? I wouldnt mind hon. Do I have your contact info? May I, if I dont? Hope so. Its hard right now, but you will pull thru! Thats why you came back, hon, you were needing the love. Hugs to you and I'll look for the spark mail! Laurie

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ZUZUBEE 12/18/2009 4:53PM

    Thinking of you, and wishing you all the best as you weather a tough time. Soon you'll come through it all - just hang tight!

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JLITT62 12/18/2009 4:26PM

    Sorry to hear you're going thru a rough patch still. Hope things ease up soon!

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MBSKIT 12/18/2009 4:02PM

    Hang in there! If you are eating healthy and getting some exercise in that is all you can do!
I'm pulling for you!


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In a few days... 11 Month Anniversary on Sparkpeople! Where did the time go?

Thursday, December 17, 2009

In four days, it'll be 11 months since joining this great site. Can't believe how fast this year has evaporated. My progress has been in several non-weight loss ways, and as valuable as though I'd lost more weight. I've kept off the 34 I've lost so far, even though I've dealt with a forever plateau. According to one of my books, this plateau may be my goal weight if my body won't budge further. Have a wonderful day, friends.

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RASCALSMOMMA 12/17/2009 1:27PM

    Progress is progress and the 34 pounds you can consider emoticon to the curb! Just keep on with healthy habits and the rest should come. Hugs to you. Laurie

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It' Not Easy Being Green (Kermit the Frog)

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

I picked up a sweet little book with quotes by Jim Henson, the creator of the muppets and the voice of Kermit until he died. It's nice to read the positive thoughts and topics about creativity. I miss him on this planet and still enjoy occasionally visiting Sesame Street. One of Kermit's final quotes in the book reminds me of setting the goal of healthier liviing.

Life's like a movie, write your own ending
Keep believing, keep pretending
We've done just what we set out to do
Thanks to the lovers, the dreamers, and you.

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WOLFSPIRITS 12/18/2009 11:21AM

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    Awesome thoughts. Glad I am not Miss Piggie anymore. emoticon emoticon

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VICIOUS421 12/17/2009 2:11AM

    I love Kermit! He has some awesome saying! I miss Jim Henson, he made the world a much better place with his Muppets!

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RASCALSMOMMA 12/16/2009 10:07PM

    Thats from the Muppet Movie! Did you ever see it? If not I wont ruin it for ya but if you havent YOU HAVE to see it! It is WONDERFUL. "Read my lips" WON-der-FULLL!!

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Thanks to Sparkfriends, My "Break" From Spark Was Not a Long One

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

I never cease to be amazed at how precious the spark network of friends is! Honestly, I'd never blogged before coming to this healthy website and the idea was alien to me. But I immediately understood the value of reaching out, sharing my thoughts, and documenting my progress (or lack thereof).

A week ago today, I decided I'd had enough. With so much going on in my life with relatives' illnesses and imminent departures from this planet, I felt that doing this website was the least of my concerns. I'm not a big fan of structure or routine of having to do anything each day , so the fact that I've participated in this website for nearly 11 months is mind-boggling.

The kindness of those who reached out and said that they'd "leave the light on for me" and hoped that my break wouldn't be too long was truly touching. And was instrumental in making me realize that I need this website and its accountability until - someday - I will know how to do it on my own.

My heart wants to tell all of you how much you've helped in reaching out to me during this time. It is when I want to isolate the most that I really shouldn't.

Thanks again, wonderful sparkfriends.

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WATERMELLEN 12/17/2009 9:16PM

    So nice to have you rejoin us!

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STLRZGRRL 12/17/2009 8:57PM

    When the world is coming down around your ears... the first thing we let go of is taking care of ourselves...

I'm so glad you're giving YOURSELF the time and care you need so you can continue to keep the glue that holds the world together from coming unstuck...

I don't know what they'll do when we stop being sure that EVERYTHING gets done!!!

You rock, SJ!

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THEADMIRAL 12/17/2009 8:42PM

    I'm so glad you're back! I missed you. emoticon

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1NICUBABE 12/17/2009 7:52PM

    Glad your back. emoticon

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HICALGAL 12/17/2009 2:55AM

    glad you're back. emoticon

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VICIOUS421 12/17/2009 2:08AM

    I am glad you are back, I missed you!

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DARLENA3 12/16/2009 8:56PM

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We all need someone sometime, I need you. Lets do this together, support each other, teach each other and certainly reach out to each other.

Love ya !

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HOKU-ALOHI 12/16/2009 8:37PM

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Talk about brightening my day and getting an early Christmas gift!!!
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I am so glad you took some time for yourself and that you are already back!!!
After a long day of job searching out-and-about, to finally come home and see this message...WOW I AM SO STOKED!!!!
Hurray Jesse's Back!!!
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Hugs and ALOHA ~ Maya

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WOLFSPIRITS 12/16/2009 12:48PM

    WE ALL NEED A BREAK ONCE IN AWHILE. I KNOW I DO! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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ZUZUBEE 12/16/2009 7:49AM

    We all need a breather once in a while - I hope your break gave you a renewed perspective and energy! I am sorry to hear of the serious health issues within your family and will keep you in my thoughts. It's a tough thing to experience at any time, but I think more difficult during the Christmas season, when the rest of the world is joyous and merry - too much of a contrast... Take care and check in when you can! emoticon emoticon

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LIZACARTER 12/16/2009 7:42AM

    It's sometimes hard to keep on doing, but in the long run you see that you are better off for continueing to try. Hope that is clear as mud, lol.

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CORNPICKER73 12/15/2009 9:56PM

    emoticon Glad to see you back. You have a lot going on, and that can be so overwhelming. Keep taking care and know that we're here.

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    I'm sorry that I've been a little out of touch too. I had no idea you are going through such a rough time, but I'm very glad you are here! SP has gotten me through some very rough patches, so I know what you mean! If there is anything I can do, please keep me posted.

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JERSEYGIRL1950 12/15/2009 10:57AM

    Hey Jesse, Glad to see you back..this was a bad year for me at the library since my computer burned out and waiting for hubby to be off the road 61/2 weeks to bring back my laptop...LOL doing alot of hours till xmas and hope the new year brings back a regular rountine and schedule..I have felt many times like have been there for me and here's too a better new year for us both. Hugs

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RASCALSMOMMA 12/15/2009 10:51AM

    Jesse, as one of your Spark friends, I am SO glad you decided to stay with the program. Even if a person cannot lose the weight they need to (or THINK they need to, in some cases) Their very presence and the fact that they are learning new things and practicing them; The upbuilding comments that they make, and the encouragement they give others is a MAJOR asset to this community. And thats what we are: a community. We are not a faceless chat room. WE CARE. All of us. So when someone is down, the rest "pick em up!" I found that out when I reached out and I'm glad you did too. You will have success. Just keep learning what to do and then putting it into practice and your health will get better! MANYYYY HUGS surround you. But the first is from me and Rascal!

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DEBMORSE1 12/15/2009 10:50AM

    Welcome back! I hope that your head, and your heart, and your life are in a better place than they were before you felt the need to leave. Blogging is really great therapy, and your SparkFriends are here for you. Take care! Best wishes, Debbie Morse

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