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Sunshine after the yesterday's storm.

Thursday, July 17, 2008

What a beautiful sun shine day today, just perfect for our Capital Exhibition Parade. 1000's of people lined the streets of Edmonton to watch the parade....I on the other hand was at work!
As much as I would one day like to be watching the parade live, I must admit that I enjoy watching on TV better! Mostly because I really have a difficult time with all the crowds that get into their vehicles after and all try to get to the where ever they are going at the same time! LOL.
The exhibition will continue now for the 10 days. I'd love to go to see all the exhibits, but we'll see if we actually get there or not. I'm not into the rides as I like my feet firmly planted on the ground...fast rides leave me feel a tad unwell!

Not much happening for news today. A nice peaceful day, work to keep me busy, meetings that didn't go on forever, sun shine, emails from friends, well within my calorie range, lots of water has been drunk, walking done, now it's time to put my feet up and enjoy the evening.

Thinking of you all and trusting that your evening will be just as enjoyable.


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DHARBBY 7/18/2008 7:51AM

    I'm with you about the rides!! It's funny how things change. When I was younger, I LOVED roller coasters!!!! The bigger and more dangerous the better I liked it, but NOW!!!!! NO WAY !!! You couldn't PAY me to get on one! LOL And you're so right too about the crowds and getting out of there! LOL You take your life into your hands doing that!! lol
I'm glad you had a nice peaceful day. I hope you have a good day today! And hey...it's FRIDAY!!! So that automatically makes it a good day. LOL Love and hugs.

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MAURIZIA 7/18/2008 7:36AM

    Wanda, so what's that like - meetings that don't go on forever?? Hahaha...The ones that do seem not to accomplish much - do you agree? That parade sounds like fun - but I second the vote that watching it on TV is best! That's what I do with the Bristol 4th of July parade here one town south of mine ! This year they estimated about 200,000 people - YIKES! I get anxious just thinking about that horde! :) Glad you had such a good day! ~~ Maurizia

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ALFREDIA 7/17/2008 11:38PM


I don't always like to be in big crowds. When we have gone to ballgames I am a little tense until we get out of traffic. It seems everyone wants out right now and if I were driving we wouldn't leave for at least thirty minutes so I wouldn't have to worry. LOL Bob always pretty much takes it in stride.

It's great that we have the technology that brings such events as the Capital Exhibition Parade right into your living room. What wonderful gifts God blesses us with everyday.

What a relaxing and great day.



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MARLA7 7/17/2008 9:15PM

    Wanda - I'm like you... I don't like rides either. I get sea sick!!! LOL Enjoy the exhibits if you get to go. If not... just relax & take life easy.
Love ya, Marla

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POLLY20 7/17/2008 8:42PM

    Wanda, You are really enjoying watching the Capital Exhibition Parade.. What an exciting event going on right there in your own town.. A short meeting, that is wonderful.. Three cheers for the one who put it together.. What a great gift not to have been listening & maybe half falling asleep with a long & drawn out presentation.. I just checked out Marie's Blog & I actually got chills, while I was reading & responding.. It's a good decision that you made to keep your feet grounded.. I'm getting a little seasick just thinking about the rides.. I'm a little dizzy anyways.. Little Vertigo going on.. I really hope that you & Gary find some Peacefulness in this evening
Keep smiling & enjoy this world that we live in.. You brighten up our lives, & Marie Lights up our lives.. True Motivators.. Love Ya

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Here's a list worth reading....

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

You may have seen this before, but a reminder is always a good thing! Even if you can't do everything on this list, doing one thing if a start!

Tips for an exceptional, superb & powerful life!

This is long but so worth the read and so refreshing.

1.) Take a 10-30 minute walk every day. And while you walk, smile. It
is the ultimate antidepressant.

2.) Sit in silence for at least 10 minutes each day. Buy a lock if necessary.

3.) Buy a TIVO (DVR), to tape your late night shows and therefore get more sleep.

4.) When you wake up in the morning complete the following statement,
'My purpose is to________ today.'

5.) Live with the 3 E's -- Energy, Enthusiasm, and Empathy.

6.) Watch more movies, play more games and read more books than you did last year.

7.) Always pray and make time to exercise.

8.) Spend more time with people over the age of 70, and under the age of 6.

9.) Dream more while you are awake.

10.) Eat more foods that grow on trees and plants and eat fewer foods that are manufactured in plants.

11.) Drink green tea and plenty of water. Eat blueberries, wild Alaskan salmon, broccoli, almonds & walnuts.

12.) Try to make at least three people smile each day.

13.) Clear your clutter from your house, your car, your desk and let new and flowing energy into your life.

14.) Don't waste your precious energy on gossip, energy vampires,
issues of the past, negative thoughts or things you cannot control. Instead, invest your energy in the positive present moment.

15.) Realize that life is a school and you are here to learn. Problems are simply part of the curriculum that appear and fade away like algebra class....... but the lessons you learn will last a lifetime.

16.) Eat breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince and dinner like a college kid with a maxed out charge card.

17.) Smile and laugh more. It will keep the energy vampires away.

18.) Life isn't fair, but it's still good.

19.) Life is too short to waste time hating anyone.

20.) Don't take yourself so seriously. No one else does.

21.) You don't have to win every argument. Agree to disagree.

22.) Make peace with your past so it won't screw up the present.

23.) Don't compare your life to others'. You have no idea what their journey is all about.

24.) Ladies - Go on and burn those 'special' scented candles, use the 600 thread count sheets, the good china and wear our fancy lingerie now. Stop waiting for a special occasion. Everyday is special.

25.) No one is in charge of your happiness except you.

26.) Frame every so-called disaster with these words: 'In five years, will all this matter?'

27.) Forgive everyone for everything.

28.) What other people think of you is none of your business.

29.) Time heals almost everything. Give time, time!

30.) However good or bad a situation is, it will change.

31.) Your job won't take care of you when you are sick. Your friends will. Stay in touch with them.

32.) Get rid of anything that isn't useful, beautiful or joyful.

33.) Envy is a waste of time. You already have all you need. God
provides remember?!

34.) The best is yet to come...........in Heaven!

35.) No matter how you feel, get up, dress up and show up.

36.) Do the right thing!

37.) Call your family often.

38.) Each night before you go to bed complete the following statements:
'I am thankful for __________.' And Today, I accomplished _________.

39.) Remember that you are too blessed to be stressed.

40.) Enjoy the ride. Remember that this is not Disney World, and you certainly don't want a fast pass. You only have one ride through life, so make the most of it and enjoy the ride.


Have a Blessed day.


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MAURIZIA 7/17/2008 11:22AM

    Wanda, such a wonderful list...that is getting printed here as well - a copy for home and a copy for work! I learn so much from you...thank you for sharing...Being a positive blogger (tho' I've missed 2 days thanks to work & a virus) has made SUCH a difference in me - even in this short time. Thank you!!! ~~ Hugs, Maurizia

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POLLY20 7/17/2008 8:29AM

    If everyone could live this way, what a wonderful world this could be
Just to take the time to make it all happen & make it all a habit..
Great message.. I do have a copy of this as well.. I just need to read it more often.. Love & Hugs Polly Thanks for sharing this with everyone Wanda emoticon

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TRES_ME 7/16/2008 10:51PM

    What a great read Wanda! Thanks so much. emoticon

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KSNICKER 7/16/2008 9:20PM

What a wonderful list... I know that I've read it before, but like you said worth the reminder... I thought that #14 was a good one too... Think I'll send a copy to DH... LOL
I'm saving a copy for me too... Thanks...

AND Thanks for the Anniversary Song... hee hee
You even sang on key... LOL

Talk to you next week...



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ALFREDIA 7/16/2008 9:18PM


Even when you've seen these before it always bears reading and implementing.

Donna is right you always have such wonderful things to share with us. Thanks for being so supportive.


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DHARBBY 7/16/2008 8:02PM

    I loved this also. I am definitely copying this too to put up in front of me. It boggles my mind every night when I read your blogs!!! I just don't know how you do it. It's easy to read on paper, but so hard to do, at least for me, but at least I'm not giving up and every single thing that you and our fellow bloggers write help keep me going! So thank you again for another inspiring writing and directions on the right way to live a happy, positive life! I knew there had to be directions somewhere!! LOL
Have a wonderful night. Love and hugs.

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MARLA7 7/16/2008 6:38PM

    OH Wanda.... I love that. I'm copying it. Thank you. I especially could relate to #14 & #20! I'm going to keep the list on my fridge where I can read it daily. Thanks again for sharing.
)) Marla

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Tuesday's blog

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

A very chilly morning this morning as I headed out the door to work. Only 11 degrees C. (51.8F). Where did summer go???
Weather forecast is for continued thunderstorms and very little sunshine until the weekend, when it should get back up to about 25. Our Capital X days start this Thursday, they kick off with a big parade Thursday morning. Alas, I have to work, so will miss the actual parade, but I think they are going to be telecasting it on one of the local channels later. It lasts for 10 days, and if I can persuade my hubby that we should go to walk around the grounds and see all the exhibits, I may have accomplished a minor miracle. He hates the crowds and noise!

A good day today, got in some walking on both my breaks and then when I came home, I went for another much longer walk before having to pick up Shy from work. Managed to burn those 500 extra calories today with walking...yippee! I am focusing on reaching the 170's by the end of this month. I'm so close now...I can see them peeking over the hill! lol.

My girls and I are getting excited about our annual girls time. Last year Shy and I flew to Vancouver to meet Kaeli and then headed to Victoria for a weekend of fun and girl time. This year, we decided that seeing as Shy is low on funds after her Australia trip and Kaeli will be heading to Greece to complete her final semester in September that we would make our girls time just a day long event here at home. We booked ourselves in to an all day session at a spa. What a treat, we are really looking forward to it. Saturday is our big day! Next year, it will be Shy's turn to plan where we go, and what we do. We made the decision that no matter what, once a year we three get together and spend girl time together. With everyone going in different directions, we wanted to place a priority on staying connected to each other.
I love that the girls want to stay connected in this way.

Not much news in my day today, it was just a great day, lots of giggles and laughs at work.

Shy just came into the computer room and wanted to know if I wanted to walk to the store with her....why not, more exercise and another 30 walk in for the day.

Have a wonderful evening, find ways to stay connected to those that matter to you...the pay off is awesome.


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DHARBBY 7/16/2008 8:23AM

    I think it's wonderful about your "girls" day out. It's so important to stay connected, especially in our world today where everything and everyone is moving at 100 miles an hour constantly. Good for you all!!! You guys know what's important in life. What exactly is Capital X? I've never heard of that. But it sounds like fun! LOL You certainly are a little whirlwind with getting in your walking. You're doing so great!!! I'm hoping to catch up to you real soon!! LOL (I don't thing it's possible to catch up to you)
You have a terrific day and enjoy your spa day.
Love and hugs.

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REDCHICK5 7/16/2008 6:33AM

    Awww what a lovely idea - girls day! I must start something like that with my sisters and mum - esp now that we all don't live at home and are embarking on our independent lives! :)
Hope the spa is lush! thats my reward for my next goal weight...and I can't wait!! :):)
have another good day m'dear! :)

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KSNICKER 7/15/2008 8:59PM

    Brrrrr I thought it got a little chilly today... it was in the 80's here... I think 88... LOL
How nice that you have started this girls day with your daughters... Mine wouldn't even go for it I don't think... We'd have to make it a girls get together HOUR and that might be pushing it... lol

Andy's the same and Garry about those types of things . I rarely go unless I can talk my girlfriend into going which is rare too... Oh well... If you get there... Think of me and enjoy something special... lol Thanks... lol

Oh and yes Thursday is the big day... we'll be gone until Sunday... Not sure what time we'll be back...

Enjoy your girls day... Sounds so good...



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MARLA7 7/15/2008 8:56PM

    Wanda - Your girls day out sounds great! What a good idea!!! I wish I had the funds to do something like that with my daughter. She lives with us so at least we stay connected daily!

What an accomplishment you're doing with your walking. I cannot wait until my knee heals so I can get out there too. It's such a wonderful feeling!

((((((((Hugs))))))))))) Marla

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ALFREDIA 7/15/2008 8:43PM


You never know miracles may happen. I do know how he feels about crowds. When it gets really big and crowded I'm ready to go home.

Staying connected with your girls is awesome. Enjoy that walk. Getting to the 170's Yeah. Is there really a numer like that on the scale. It goes by so quick on mine. Especially since it's digital. LOL

Wow that weather up there if it keeps that up you may need to hunt up the fall and winter clothes.


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Weekend report

Monday, July 14, 2008

We went away this weekend. It was a great opportunity for me to see just how much my lifestyle has changed. I didn't have access to a computer and we were attending a family celebration where I had no control over what would be served. I'm thrilled to say that my thinking has definitely changed. I was very aware of the foods that I did eat, and because they were also foods that I was familiar with, I had a pretty good idea of what the calorie count would be. By my calculations (mentally calculations...oh oh!), I believe that I stayed with in my calorie range quite well. I ate lots of fresh veggies and fruit, yogurts, baked potato, passed on the meat, more because meat just not appeal to me, passed on the desserts, as once again, I don't have a sweet tooth and they really didn't appeal to me, drank lots of water(I took my own water with me, so always had some ready), as I don't drink alcohol that worked out great. I found it very interesting how my first thought before reaching for any food, was....can I afford to eat this today! LOL. I even managed to get some walking in, not as much as I would have liked, but figured the visiting with family that I hadn't seen for years was good mental exercise. We did have a great weekend. Garry's Mom and Dad were there, his brother and SIL came from BC and aunts and uncles from Saskatchewan as well as his sisters from Calgary, and I wowed them!
I was interested to note that the first remark from any of them was "You look fantastic...you look so young!" the weight elimination was secondary. I did some meditating on the "look so young" part and came to the conclusion that it may have more to do with the facts that I have so little stress now in my life and the spiritual journey that I am on has brought me so much more peace and acceptance, my positive outlook on life and refusing to allow negative energy be a part of my life, than with the actual weight elimination. Not to say that the weight elimination doesn't have something to do with it, but it seemed to be of secondary importance to those I talked to. Coming from my husband family, that is big....weight is a much discussed subject with many of them!
I'm thrilled to report that when I weighed in this morning...I have eliminated another pound! Go ME!
I am feeling much more confident that I will not have a hard time of maintaining this lifestyle once I have reached my goal weight. Although it was only a weekend, it was a weekend of no computer access and knowing that it was an automatic response to ask myself "can I afford to eat this today" has been a wonderful boost to my confidence. When we go away now in August to another reunion, we will be gone for 4 full days, no computer access, and again no control over foods served, but I will pack up my own snacks, fruit and water, and I'm set.

Am I excited about what I've learned, you bet!

Did I miss you guys, yep! Was thrilled to read your blogs this morning and see how positive you all are. See you don't really need me to help you see your positives, you are doing so well on your own! I'm a proud Momma! lol.


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DHARBBY 7/15/2008 9:17AM

    I have been anxiously awaiting the report from this reunion!! And I am definitely NOT disappointed in what I've read!! Good for you!! Not only did you make good choices, you ELIMINATED a pound on top of that!!! Yay for you! I'm proud of you. I agree with you that the reason for your "looking younger" is a result of your mental re-shaping than weight elimination. Nothing will age you faster than stress and unhappiness. I think you're going to be great at maintaining and handling your new lifestyle. You're working on the WHOLE package and not just the weight. I just can't tell you how wonderful I think you are. Love and hugs.

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MAURIZIA 7/15/2008 7:22AM

    Wanda, you are FABULOUS, girl! My vote is with Marla, Marie, Kathy & Polly - we missed you! I was so excited when I saw the email about your blog - your positive attitude rubs off on us - while we work at making it a habit for ourselves!

I'm so excited for you - especially that the weight was secondary to how stress and positive thinking can take years off one's body! I can't wait to get to the point where I don't have to write it down...but when I'm away - I keep my trusty little notebook handy - I still need that visual.

Welcome home! ~~ Hugs, Maurizia

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ALFREDIA 7/14/2008 11:20PM


Now that you stated where you were I now remember that in your blogs. Just a senior moment. We get so used to your encouragement and that contagious postive attitude of yours. You were missed.

Yeah on the reunion and all the positive comments you received from Gary's family. That sounds so great they were on the supportive side. Great job on the eating those times are always challenges. Can't wait until it becomes second nature for me and I can be fabulous because of it. LOL


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KSNICKER 7/14/2008 9:10PM

    Wanda - Don't go thinking we don't need you... You are our Positive leader... We DO need you... I'm still learning... lol So no weaning me off yet... hee hee

You did so well on your trip... and wowed everyone... Woo Hoo! But I knew you would... Thanks for sharing your tip about the comment..."can I afford to eat this today" I may use that one when I go for 3 days starting on Thursday. It will be the same for me... No computer and it will be hard to keep on track eating out most meals. I will bring fruit and water... but the other meals I will just have to make good choices... So hopefully I can learn from you...
I appreciate you sharing with us... It is such a help for me...Thanks

So glad that you enjoyed yourself...

Have a good night...


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POLLY20 7/14/2008 9:03PM

    Wanda I'm so glad that you & Garry got to go away.. It's great to visit other places.. Good for you both.. Getting away is always so good for the soul.. tom & I are going to Maine for an overnight.. We all missed you so much, but glad that you are back with us.. You also missed our Friday night Sock Hop.. Lots of fun & Music & Friends.. Love Ya Polly

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MARLA7 7/14/2008 7:52PM

    Wanda - Oh, but you're wrong. We do need you! Always. Missed you. So glad you had an enjoyable time, wowed them all & continued making your healthy choices. After all, this is our new way of life. So glad you're back.
(((((((((((Hugs))))))))))) Marla

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My essay!

Thursday, July 10, 2008

Today Marie's blog inspired me to do my own blog about how my attitude changed to one of success!
Thank you Marie...and here's my essay...don't mark too hard lol.

I was in the same boat as everyone else when I started SP...blaming everything and everyone else for my health and weight issues...my low self esteem too. I had read a book called the "Law of Attraction" by Esther and Jerry Hicks. It talked about how we are really the creators of our own reality. How focusing on all the negatives only brings more negative into our lives and keeps us in a downward cycle. How changing our focus to the positives brings positiveness into our lives and we can begin to create the reality we want and desire. We don't get handed it on a silver platter, we have to work at it. With God's intervention, I found SP's website. At first I was very afraid, I didn't want to attempt another diet...and fail once again! I was tired of feeling like a failure. After about a week of lurking around the site, I realized that it was NOT another diet plan, but rather a lifestyle change. Okay, maybe this was worth another second look. I knew that I wanted to be healthier, I was aware of all the reasons why becoming healthy were so important, I didn't want to live my life any longer as a person who felt so unworthy of even taking up space in the world. So....what was I going to do?
Well...if I'm the creator of my own reality...yuck, I didn't like the reality I was living. If I was going to create the life I wanted, I was going to have to get real! Acknowledging that I am the only person responsible for my actions and reactions was my first step forward into creating my new lifestyle. I WAS RESPONSIBLE for how my life was/is. Now that's a heavy! Life is all about choices, what choices am I going to make. I am not a child anymore dependent on others to guide my choices, I am an adult fully capable of making those choices for myself. Along with making those choices comes the responsibility of accepting the consequences of my choices....another heavy! If I'm the one making the choices, then that means I, not anyone else, am responsible for the outcome. Okay...lets start tracking the nutrition and tracking the fitness....having a visual display for me was and is a key factor in my success. If I wasn't going to make wise choices in my food or exercise, then I wasn't going to see the results I wanted to see. When I wrapped my mind around all these concepts, the path to health became easier. Knowing that everything that I do has a consequence and in order to obtain positive consequences....I have to make wise choices has made this journey a wonderful challenge. I know that I will succeed, because I am choosing to succeed. I know that I will maintain this new healthier lifestyle, because I choose to maintain it. Each morning I choose to greet the day in a thankful attitude, after all I woke up didn't I? I can choose to be miserable or I can choose to be happy, I can choose to eat healthy or not, I can choose to exercise or not....I can choose to be positive or not! Life is all about choices....my choice....to be the best person that I can be, to be a positive influence for others and to have the reality that I desire....health, happiness and wonderment at all the blessings that God provides. God loves me and wants only the best for me, so why would I not want the same for me?
With God's love and gentle guidence in my life, with the support of so many on SP, the positive bloggers group, the challenges and the willingness to get real about myself, the choice to create the reality I want is in itself a reality. I am worthy of being in this world.

Sorry Marie...it's more than 100 words, but they are my words, my journey, and now my philosophy about life.

If you haven't made the true commitment yet to a healthier you, do a reality check and see who is really holding you back from having the life you want. If you are willing to get real, I will be thrilled to encourage and support you in anyway that I can. Join in on some positive blogging and see if life doesn't change for the better.


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SPORTZFAN25 7/14/2008 4:41PM

    Awesome blog! Thank you for sharing a small piece of you that has made a big impact! You are AMAZING!

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POLLY20 7/11/2008 3:35PM

    You summed it all up Wanda.. I have followed you for almost 11 months now.. I think that we started somewhere about the same time.. I started Like on Aug 12th.. I remember when we would try to encourage all of the new Sparkers.. I loved how you welcomed every-
one.. I can remember just what you said to all.. I was the same way & I think that we complimented each other.. Now You are doing so much to keep every one activated & moving right along.. I think that
your Blog thought us a a great lesson.. Marie, You had a lot to do with this as well.. Opening & Inspiring Wanda.. You both have created so much positive here. we Salute you both.. Thanks for all the Encouragement.. & keep making it happen.. We are all in this together.. Love & Hugs Always Polly Are you going to stop by the Sock Hop today? Fri & Sat Night Sock Hop.. Love Ya

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MARLA7 7/11/2008 10:49AM

    Wanda - Your blog was right on! Kevin is always talking about consequences & repercussions from the choices we make in life. He's made some bad ones in the past but always stood up to the plate to face the consequences... I thank God that he makes better choices now! He used to drink & do drugs back in the 70's...but hasn't touched any of that for years & years. (I married an ex-hippy!)

But, I also find myself making better choices daily...because if you keep making the wrong ones eventually they catch up to you...and the only person you're really hurting is yourself.

I'm proud of you for that wonderful essay! You've got your head on straight & you're helping others daily by example.

)))))))) Marla

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DHARBBY 7/11/2008 8:28AM

    As usual Wanda, you know exactly what to say and how to motivate! Everything you've said is so true. When I get a minute today, I want to send you aprivate e-mail. I really do want what you have. I know life is about choices and consequences and acceptance and change, I just wish I had to the tools besides desire to make it happen. Although, I have to say that I'm really trying and I, too, feel fate brought me here to SP. And all the wonderful people here have helped me in so many ways, not just weight, which for me is really great. Thanks so much for starting this and being you, you have helped so many of us get on the path in life that we want to be on, but just weren't sure how to get there!!! Reading the blogs shows that (except mine lately lol, although even there, the old me would have just quit instead of plugging on).
I think you truly are an angel sprinkling that fairy dust!!! Love and hugs.

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MAURIZIA 7/11/2008 7:23AM

    Wanda, thank you for such powerful words...and I just want to know if you were sitting on a branch of the tree outside my counselor's office the other day...since we talked about this exact thing. You have so inspired me to take that hard look at my own reality...which, as I sit here this a.m., is exactly what I need to do.
Thank you so much for sharing this. ~~ Hugs, Mauri
P.S. I'm with Marie & Kathy - the teacher in me says A+!

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ALFREDIA 7/10/2008 11:04PM


I agree with Kathy you deserve an A+. You are at the head of the class and we all want to be right behind you or maybe we want to first. he he

Thank you for all the encouragement you give and for sharing your story and thoughts with us.

As I said I know these things but have failed to make the choices that lead me in the direction I want to be. I have no intention of giving up and all of you have made me feel so comfortable in being me and sharing my thoughts. This is a journey but I plan to have the time of my life getting there and enjoying all the positives along the way. My glass is still half full. LOL


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KSNICKER 7/10/2008 10:05PM

    Ok... Where's the red pen... I need to make some marks on this essay... lol ....................A+ right at the top...
WOW you have such a way with words... And you are so right... It's all about choices... I told Marie that I get up each day and re-commit but the better word is Choose... I get up each day and Choose to continue on this healthy lifestyle journey... and yes sometimes I fall or chose something different but then always get back to making the better choices again...

Thanks for such a powerful blog... And reminding me that all I need to do is choose...



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