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Peace of Mind

Friday, May 28, 2010


Member Comments About This Blog Post:
TIME4AFITME 7/4/2010 7:50PM

    Great blog. I get such a great feeling after listening to one of your vlogs or reading a blog. thank you for being you

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KASEYCOFF 6/2/2010 7:09AM

    Good blog, good motivation - great points about commitment and making choices. My favorite quote is attributed to Abraham Lincoln, 'Most folks are as happy as they make up their minds to be.' Yepper, it's all about choices, ain't? :-)

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LIVING-BETTER 5/30/2010 4:58PM

    hello dear John!
Have a nice week and stay as positive and good as you are!

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MISHKALA 5/30/2010 4:10PM

    Thank you John for the wonderful words of encouragement. It's a long battle and it's easy to get discouraged. Especially when I have hormonal weight gain. You're kind words were just what this tired soul needed. God bless and have a wonderful time with your family! emoticon

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STOLTZY64 5/30/2010 2:39PM

    John...I love your blogs! They keep me encouraged, and they show what a special, sweet person you are. Have a wonderful weekend. You are part of my new family too!!

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WANDAH3 5/30/2010 10:11AM

    Thank you John, your support and encouragement is so appreciated.


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SUZANDALE 5/29/2010 1:01PM

    Thanks again, John!! I have had a really bad week and not sure why! The one thing I have done right is to check in daily with SP! I make sure I read blogs for support, motivation, and encouragement! And you never let me down! LOL! Have fun this weekend! And thanks for being here!
Luv ya!!

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JPRICE217 5/29/2010 8:56AM

    John you are the special one! I am pleased that you think of me as family, because I think of you as my family. Look forward to herring about your weekend. Love jane.

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SHER11 5/29/2010 12:29AM

    Thank you John for your video blog. Always motivational and inspirational.
Hope you have a wonderful weekend.

Love ya too

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XENA1956 5/28/2010 11:05PM

    Great blog. Have a great time at Indy 500, wish I could be there with you. Love the car races, Indy or Nascar. Hope you have Peace of Mind for the rest of your life. And I love the fact that you help children. Another A+ for you emoticon

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HAWAIILINDA 5/28/2010 10:14PM

    thanks once again John, I hope you have an excellent long weekend!

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JUSTFOXXY 5/28/2010 9:43PM

    John, you are a wonderful man.

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PUCCIOLA08 5/28/2010 6:03PM

    Hi John,

I'm brand new to SP, just joined early this morning. You are the first blog that I have subscribed to, I loved the optimism of this blog. I have been feeling down lately, which is when I decided it was time to reach out and seek help, and I found this amazing website and your blog made me seriously smile. I'm 22 and i hope this doesn't sound weird but you remind me so much of my father. He is in Germany right now and has been there for a few months and I miss him like crazy, so needless to say your blogs seem extra special to me :)

I hope to see more of your blogs soon!


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TINKERBELL200 5/28/2010 5:59PM

    Wonderful blog John! Love the optimist creed, first line! Good line to live by! Thank you for the encouragement! Have a great time with the family this weekend! The race sounds very exciting!
And never give up! And yes, we're still here! Two years with Spark's now! I'm so very thankful I found it! God bless!

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ALLISON145 5/28/2010 5:32PM

  I love your video blogs, John. Thank you!


Have a great weekend!


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RONDAJONES 5/28/2010 5:00PM

    Looked up that poem up online...hanging this all over my house! LOL I went to the Indy back in '90...haha. I had just gotten my car back from the shop a week or two earlier, drove there in the middle of the night. I reached the "line" about 5AM and by 7 my car broke down. Cam Shaft bolt cam off. ALLLLLLL those one would help me push it! LOL My friend and I pushed it through the line because I was NOT missing it! I had won tickets from the local radio station. Anyway, we were behind a guy that was leaking a bunch of something out of his ended up being water. He had it packed LITERALLY with ice and beer! LOL Funniest time I have ever had! Enjoy!

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LIFEGENESIS 5/28/2010 3:36PM

    Thank you for your sincere words. ((HUGS)) You are a great motivation/inspiration.

Oh yeah...and one more thing.

I promise.

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KSGROTHE 5/28/2010 3:26PM

    emoticon for this great video blog, John! I may have to listen to this sometimes when I'm feeling down. It's very uplifting!

Have fun in Indy! You'll be within 5 - 10 miles of my parents and sisters! (I grew up about 5 miles or so from the Indy 500 racetrack, but I've never attended the race!) I'll be camping at Big Pine with the boy scouts this weekend.

- Karen

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2BEATIT1 5/28/2010 2:45PM

    Hi John,
You are such an inspiration and encouragement to the rest of us. Thanks for taking the time each day to write your blogs.
As I read your latest one, I felt your thoughts could be summed up in the words of the old hymn ONE DAY AT A TIME by Cristy Lane
May these words encourage you and all your readers to remember we are only promised today. So let us take One Day At A Time. and trust the Lord for His strength.


I'm only human, I'm just a woman.
Help me believe in what I could be
And all that I am.
Show me the stairway, I have to climb.
Lord for my sake, teach me to take
One day at a time.

One day at a time sweet Jesus
That's all I'm asking from you.
Just give me the strength
To do everyday what I have to do.
Yesterday's gone sweet Jesus
And tomorrow may never be mine.
Lord help me today, show me the way
One day at a time.

Do you remember, when you walked among men?
Well Jesus you know if you're looking below
It's worse now, than then.
Cheating and stealing, violence and crime
So for my sake, teach me to take
One day at a time.


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ADVENTUREGIRL04 5/28/2010 2:05PM

    This is such a great blog!! Very inspirational!!!

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TEACHINMOM 5/28/2010 1:34PM

    Great, GREAT blog!! THANKS~I needed to hear this today. I have been here on SP since 2006 (with a two year "disappearing act" somewhere in the middle-but I'm here still!) and I am having problem with my thinking since I am not losing like I did at the beginning. I am really trying to get back on track and stay there and I really need to focus on the fact that I'm still here and still trying and still encouraging others as you mentioned. Anyway, this is the first of your blogs I have watched and I very much enjoyed and appreciated it. Have a fabulous, safe weekend!!!

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ELIZABETH525 5/28/2010 1:27PM

    This reminds me alot of this quote I heard years ago:

"Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that others won't feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine as children do. It's not just in some of us; it is in everyone. And as we let our own lights shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fears, our presence automatically liberates others."

I don't know how many times in the past 2 months I have had bad days and thought about NOT logging in, NOT logging foods, NOT putting down everything I ate out of guilty or shame...then I figured...everyone has bad days. I am strong enough to admit fault, to say yesterday is the past and I can make the best of today! It is those that stay around, that come up to a wall and instead of going "Oh well, guess this is the end" they say "Now how can we get around or get over this."

You are one of those people John. You see the solutions and not the problems.

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HDHAWK 5/28/2010 12:50PM

    Loved this blog John! Have a wonderful weekend and enjoy every minute of it!

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OPERATIONMILF 5/28/2010 11:20AM

    I have joined and quit sparkpeople about a million times. Maybe a little less =P

So, I asked myself why do I keep coming back? The reason is I really love to quit and I hate to fail. Temporarily quitting is a relief. I allow myself what I temporarily see as freedom. Then I realize the cage of fat and unhealthiness I have embedded myself in, and failure mode sets in.

I am here this time to not allow myself to quit. If I am doing bad, or I binge, or I don't do that workout, I will ask for support instead of running away from myself! You can't run from yourself. You can't blame life. I just love that you said hills and valleys. I need to ride this out. Thank you for reminding me about peace of mind.

I want to be special too! And for this moment I feel special because I am here. I purchased a pedometer on Amazon this morning. I have never really truly sparked. I think now it is time. :)Thanks. Enjoy your grandaughter and holiday weekend!

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HEALTHYGRAM123 5/28/2010 11:03AM

  Hi John! I am a 52 year old grandmother of 3 little girls. I am 5' 4", and weigh 195 lbs. I have Type 2 Diabetes, and am a smoker. When a friend told me about, I was feeling very overwhelmed with all that I had to do to become a healthy ME! In searching for support, I came across some of your postings. I want you to know that you have given me hope, motivation, and a sense that I may be able to do this. Starting on Tuesday, I will begin my program to a better life. I will be checking your site daily. I hope, knowing how much you are helping others ( obviously, I am not the only one ), helps you with YOUR motivation! Have a wonderful weekend with your family, and I look forward to Tuesday! Sincerely, Ruth

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GERIKRAGH 5/28/2010 10:58AM

    Right on again!

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GETFIT2LIVE 5/28/2010 10:46AM

    Thanks for sharing, John--I love to hear your voice and see your smiling face on your video blogs. I love that tenet; it's one I've written down to remind myself. Enjoy the long weekend with family (it's the best part of these holiday weekends, isn't it?) as well as the race, and keep pressing on with that C25K training!


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KATIEGLEN012 5/28/2010 9:52AM

    Have a wonderful, fun and love. How could it get any better?

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MARCYNA 5/28/2010 9:46AM

    Thanks John. To tell you the truth sometimes it was hard for me to understand your video blogs...I'm awfully out of practice and you know I'm not a I 've lost my patience with my collegue, who's been rude to me today.
But this time it was different: my listening today ' s been wonderfu l... plus I've made a committment not to lose my peace of mind for no reasons.
PS The TShirt you're wearing in the video is the EXACT color of the costume I'll be wearing for my dance show....hope you'll wear it next Friday.........I'm so sorry for the silly remark!!!!!

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BRYLIA 5/28/2010 9:34AM

    Have a great Memorial Day weekend... Enjoy good times with family especially that Granddaughter of yours and the race. Sounds like a fun filled weekend.

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    What a wonderful tenet to start the day with. I am going to promise myself this every morning--I bet it's really helpful with stress control!

Have a wonderful holiday weekend and enjoy the race!!

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EDWINA172 5/28/2010 8:29AM

    Have a wonderful weekend! Be safe.

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