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20 Quotes for Getting Through Tough Times

Monday, January 17, 2011

Taken from:

1. Tough times never last, but tough people do. - Robert H Schuller

2. The difference between stumbling blocks and stepping stones is how you use them. - Unknown

3. Never let your head hang down. Never give up and sit down and grieve. Find another way. And don't pray when it rains if you don't pray when the sun shines. - Leroy Satchel Paige

4. A problem is a chance for you to do your best. - Duke Ellington

5. I ask not for a lighter burden, but for broader shoulders. - Jewish Proverb

6. If you don't like something change it; if you can't change it, change the way you think about it. - Mary Engelbreit

7. When things are bad, we take comfort in the thought that they could always get worse. And when they are, we find hope in the thought that things are so bad they have to get better. - Malcolm S Forbes

8. Prosperity is a great teacher; adversity is a greater. Possession pampers the mind; privation trains and strengthens it. - William Hazlitt

9. Show me someone who has done something worthwhile, and I'll show you someone who has overcome adversity. - Lou Holtz

10. I love those who can smile in trouble, who can gather strength from distress, and grow brave by reflection. 'Tis the business of little minds to shrink, but they whose heart is firm, and whose conscience approves their conduct, will pursue their principles unto death. - Thomas Paine

11. If you aren't in over your head, how do you know how tall you are? - Unknown

12. The friend in my adversity I shall always cherish most. I can better trust those who helped to relieve the gloom of my dark hours than those who are so ready to enjoy with me the sunshine of my prosperity. - Ulysses S. Grant

13. The bravest sight in the world is to see a great man struggling against adversity. - Seneca

14. Adversity is a fact of life. It can't be controlled. What we can control is how we react to it. - Unknown

15. The true test of a person character is how they stand during test of adversity - Unknown

16. The hardest struggle of all is to be something different from what the average man is. - Charles M Schwab

17. He knows not his own strength who hath not met adversity. - William Samuel Johnson

18. In times of great stress or adversity, it's always best to keep busy, to plow your anger and your energy into something positive. - Lee Iacocca

19. Prosperity makes friends, adversity tries them. - Publilius Syrus

20. One who gains strength by overcoming obstacles possesses the only strength which can overcome adversity. - Albert Schweitzer

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DETERMINED_SOUL 1/22/2011 9:49AM

    Thank you for sharing.

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JWOURMS 1/19/2011 7:36AM

    simply - Thank-you!

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TOTHEFUTURE1 1/17/2011 10:54PM

    Great thanks

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SHERYLP461 1/17/2011 10:31PM


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NEWNAC304 1/17/2011 5:27PM

    Thanks for sharing these.

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THEWINNER33 1/17/2011 2:57PM

    Truly awesome. Thank you for posting. Marcia

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THELOOK 1/17/2011 2:10PM

    Awesome! Especially on a day such as today :)

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EFOX2011 1/17/2011 2:06PM

  I love this! I'm a big quote person so this is great.
Thanks for the inspirational/motivational thoughts!

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Cataclysm (World of Warcraft)

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Well, it has been a week since Cata release, so I figured I would write what I thought about it so far.

First off, questing and leveling was a great experience, especially in Vashj'ir and Uldum. The storylines were great, and there were a lot of cut scenes. Same with the worgen starting area. It was a lot of fun.

Instancing (normals. haven't done heroics yet) was a little bit of a disappointment because of the changes to healing. There is starting to be a healer shortage (we are now getting instant queues). Current mana and spell costs mean that we aren't the best at keeping DPS up if they do something they shouldn't -- like standing in the fire, etc (And I suppose it makes sense that we shouldn't have to take responsibility for their mistakes). Emergency heals drain your mana fast. Priests are having the worst trouble and seem to be going out of mana even when not emergency healing. In heroics, some people are kicking them before the pulls even start.

I am lucky that I play a holy paladin. We seemed to have fared far better than the other healers and after a few initial hiccups, I'm doing quite well now. I still have to choose to let the DPS die sometimes (or hover at low health), though... It sucks. Most groups don't realize yet that CC is now important in instances, so it can be intense as well, if there are large pulls. Situational awareness is also key, more than it was in the past. An example of that is Halls of Origination. The first few pulls can spell a wipe if people aren't careful about interrupting spells (and if they don't CC). That much damage simply can't be healed through.

PVP, on the other hand, is still great for me. The boyfriend and I are fighting up the arena ladder. He plays a frost DK and we're still owning the socks off people. We still need better gear though. Due to horrible luck in instances, we're pretty much in quest blues and greens... and we don't have time to do battlegrounds since we're trying to get prepared for raids. (Though I'd much rather say "Pfft" to raids and kill people, honestly).

I am disappointed that the new battlegrounds just seem to be WSG and AB on different terrain, though.

Overall the experience has been enjoyable. A bit stressful in parts, but enjoyable. More difficult than Wrath, which some people are happy about (and some people aren't). DPS can't just cruise along anymore though. They have to take an active part in keeping themselves alive.

I'd give Cata a 7/10 so far... 9.5/10 for questing, though.

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FANGLE 12/15/2010 6:17PM

    I stopped playing warcraft about a year ago and have missed it a lot. Keep blogging about it so I can live vicariously through you.

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DETERMINED_SOUL 12/15/2010 11:24AM

    Haven't purchased it myself yet, due to lack of funds but I've heard many mixed reviews. I'm glad the questing is good b/c that is what I enjoy the most.

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ADALAI 12/15/2010 8:13AM

    Loving the quest lines! I play a priest, disc normally, took my second spec in Holy (Instead of shadow) for cata, just because holy is a bit more forgiving while you are relearning to heal. And to me, it is relearning, between the DPS having to realize tanks have lost a chunk of their aoe aggro, and the ramp up to aggro is diffrent, and considering the CC issues...

But its a blast!

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Guilt and Regret

Saturday, December 04, 2010

I'm not sure about anyone else, but I have a lot of trouble snapping back after I've made a mistake. I strive to do almost everything perfectly... and sometimes when I screw up, I get frustrated and decide, "I can't do this!"

This is not, by the way, a healthy attitude! lol :)

What I need to realize more often, is that making a mistake does not mean I am less of a person. It means that I AM a person. Human beings are imperfect and we are destined to screw things up every once in a while. I am expecting too much of myself if I plan to go through this journey without a screw up or a backtrack. I am sure that there is not a person on earth who has succeeded in weight loss doing everything perfectly, to the letter.

That is why when I make a mistake, I need to forgive myself and keep going. Mistakes are tools. They teach us how to improve. They give us experience to learn from. They shouldn't be used as excuses to quit (even for a day!) or to beat ourselves up. Instead, they should help us build ourselves up stronger and give us the motivation to not repeat the behavior that got us in that rut.

If you are like me and have made a mistake lately (I went slightly over my calorie goals recently), let yourself off the hook. That mistake is now in the past. You have the present and the future ahead of you. One screw up (or even more) doesn't mean that your goals are impossible for you to achieve. Forgive yourself and keep moving! :) We can do this.


My Goal Report for the last few days:

WEIGHT LOSS: I've tracked my food and stayed within my calorie range (except for the one day I went over). I've exercised at least 10 minutes every day, most days 30 minutes or more. From November 25th through December 3rd, I lost 4 lbs! :) I started reading The Spark. Chris Downie's story made an impact on me because I also suffer from anxiety.

LEARNING GOALS: Thanks to someone on spark people, I know know what a "firm peak" is in baking! Thanks! *smile* I've gotten all the ingredients together to attempt making "mall pretzels" (
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OTHER GOALS: Panic attacks are getting a lot more frequent, but I've been trying my best to allow them to happen and not stress out too much about them. It's hard. I also made a huge vision collage on a poster board illustrating what I want to do or be in the future. I've been clipping pictures from magazines for about a year. It was fun to finally find a use for some of them. I hung it above my bed.

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MARCYNA 12/12/2010 4:10PM

    This is great, forgiveness is something we can learn towards ourselves first emoticon

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LESLIES537 12/7/2010 3:33PM

    What an inspiring blog. I just love your overall attitude! emoticon emoticon

Comment edited on: 12/7/2010 4:51:55 PM

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FIREBIRD3423 12/5/2010 2:33PM

    You are so right!! A lesson I myself need to learn. Thank you!

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STACYE13 12/4/2010 7:54PM

    That's something I've had a hard time doing. My husband says I blame myself for everything, never give myself credit, and that I need to learn to let go. I've gotten a lot better since I started being active on this site. I just bought the Spark and am reading it now.

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WONDERFUL2BME 12/4/2010 5:28PM

    I think in this same sort of way but I was able to finally turn it around when I thought 'No I am not perfect but I have lost 16 lbs and I can do it again!' I haven't lost for 3 weeks but that is because I started slacking the amount of exercise and not counting every little bite. The way to success for me is to count it all and do the exercise. Sooo, I am down 16 and I begin fresh with that in mind!

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TOTHEFUTURE1 12/4/2010 5:25PM

    Thanks for sharing. Hugs

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PURPLESPEDCOW 12/4/2010 3:51PM

    You have learned the best lesson. Warning it won't always be easy to live it. I know first hand. But knowing it is good.

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FATROCKSTAR 12/4/2010 3:20PM

    We are all human-you have to learn to forgive yourself, and push on! Normandy emoticon

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BOBBIEMATTSON 12/4/2010 3:13PM

    I have the same problem! After i indulge i fell bad and say "oh well I already messed up why not more". But i keep trying to remind myself that 1 miss step is not the down fall of my sucess it is giving in to that voice in side me that says "you messed up why not eat some more." that will be my down fall.

Your post has helped me and inspired me. You're right Humans are imperfect. and i should no expect myself to be perfect all the time. emoticon

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APIRLRAIN888 12/4/2010 2:33PM

    Let the past be the past. Your body is working hard to burn the excess. Or is trying to store it as fat :)
Help it or prevent it by creating a calorie deficit!

If you need a do over. Press The reset button.
This is your journey, you have total control over it. You can choose to suceed Or sabotage.

Which one will you choose?

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You Can't Achieve It In A Day

Thursday, December 02, 2010

Weight loss isn't easy. Sometimes it is very frustrating as you see the scale slide up instead of down, and you feel cheated because you reap no rewards for your hard work. Sometimes you lose nothing. And sometimes you just want to lay in bed after a long day instead of pushing yourself to exercise.

But the thing is, everyone who has lost weight (especially a large amount), has had to deal with these problems at one time or another. No one starts a weight loss program one day and posts an "After" picture the next. It will never be instantaneous, no matter how much we wish it to be so. Losing weight is a one day at a time journey.

Roadblocks pop up and challenge us. Temptations abound. But the harder it becomes, the sweeter success will be. When you really work for something -- when you persevere and put a lot of time and effort into achieving it -- once you finally DO attain it, you feel so much more accomplished and proud than if you had been handed it.

If we had a fairy godmother who was able to wave a wand and make us fit, thin, and healthy, would we appreciate our new bodies quite as much as we would if we had struggled to sculpt them?

I don't believe I would. And I know that once I reach goal weight (and I will), I will be so proud of myself for sticking to it. Because it is an amazing accomplishment and requires so much dedication and motivation.

All of you who are working on your goals should already be proud of yourselves, no matter what the scale tells you this week or next week. Look back at all the work you've put in, all the self control you've exercised, and all the motivation you've kept thus far. See how amazing that is. And keep it up. You can do it!! And I can't wait to congratulate you once you get there!

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SUNSHINEGIRL49 12/4/2010 12:01PM

    This was what I needed to read today! Thanks so much.

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APIRLRAIN888 12/3/2010 9:54PM

    wonderful blog! love it! so true

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MARCYNA 12/3/2010 5:16AM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon

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FLY0NTHEWAL1 12/3/2010 12:02AM

    Beautifully put. Two thumbs up to you!

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BRIAEL 12/2/2010 4:04PM

    What an excellent attitude. Thanks for the inspiration today! :)

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BRAINYBLONDE5 12/2/2010 3:14PM

  I had a rough day and reading this definitely lifted my spirits. thank you :D

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ANALOGY 12/2/2010 3:10PM

    Thank you for happy and true thoughts!

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JTB1972 12/2/2010 2:30PM

    Very encouraging thanks for sharing!

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  I saw your blog title in the Wii Fitness Group we belong to and had to say thanks for writing & sharing it here. Very inspirational & best wishes for every success! emoticon

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LIVELAUGHXO 12/2/2010 1:48PM

    Great to read - very encouraging!! Thanks for sharing your thoughts!

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NIKNAK1980 12/2/2010 1:39PM

    You are so right! I know that I certainly wouldn't appreciate it nearly as much if it was just handed to me. I lost 70 lbs back in 2008 and it was due to a lot of sweat, tears, and dedication. I have since gained most of that back but am currently working towards a new healthier me! Too many people expect that "instantaneous" result and it's just not a reality. Kudos to you for your hard work & good luck on your continued success!

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Goal Report: Nov 29th

Monday, November 29, 2010

Things I did today to contribute to achieving my goals:


I kept in my calorie range all day but have not exercised yet (but I will, once I finish posting this update). I checked out The Spark at my local library. I'm keeping myself wonderfully hydrated and will probably end the day at 9 cups of water drank.


This morning I went to my mother's and we made waffles from scratch with her new waffle iron. She is an extreme cooking beginner as well. I learned what "Folding in" meant in baking. I'm still rather confused about "Peaking" when whipping things. What the heck is a firm peak? ;)

While at the library, I picked up a few books on both massage and nutrition.


All I did for cleaning was to tidy up a little and recycle the plastic bottles.

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CTEMPLE 12/1/2010 2:34AM

    A firm peak is a bit you pinch upwards from your whipped anything and it stays up, doesn't flop down again and becomes flat.
Claudia emoticon

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BRAINYBLONDE5 11/29/2010 7:53PM

  wooohooo for a good day! :) keep it up!

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SYDNEY_DE 11/29/2010 7:50PM

    Congrats on meeting your goals!

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