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Word of the Week! ATTITUDE!

Monday, May 07, 2012

emoticon The Spring 5% Challenge is in the last week. As I reflect over the last 7 weeks, and evaluate my success, (or disappointment about weight loss), I realize I need look back further in order to clearly understand how much I've progressed since joining Spark People.

I left this comment on a friends Face Book page today: If we don't take care of ourselves first, we get in our own way and slow up the process.

I've spent most of the past 7 months taking care of me first. Eating what I wanted, when I wanted, not exercising, not doing any of the "shoulds" I "know" I should do in order to be healthy.

I also left this comment on a friend's blog today: We learn and grow and grow as we learn. Each restart finds us better prepared and stronger than the time before.

2010 - I lost 40 pounds and felt better than I had in 20 years.

2011 - I was ill most of the year and gained most of the weight back

NOW! I'm feeling better all the time.

NOW! I've decided I'm no longer going to should on myself. (you oughtn't to should on yourself either)! emoticon

Saturday was weigh in day, and I was afraid to step on the scale, so..... I somehow forgot to do it. Today I decided to give myself permission to not be a should-der.
Great news! The scale didn't break when I stepped on it! The sky didn't fall, I didn't cry and say "I shoulda' known better".

I didn't gain back the whole 40. I only gained back 29!

ATTITUDE BABY! Change your attitude and change your life!

This is a recycled blog from April 15, 2010, when I weighed 11 pounds more than I do today! I didn't write the verse, perhaps you've read it before, but I sure would like to live it!


There once was a woman who woke up one morning, looked in the mirror,
and noticed she had only three hairs on her head.
'Well,' she said, 'I think I'll braid my hair today.'


So she did and she had a wonderful day.

The next day she woke up, looked in the mirror
and saw that she had only two hairs on her head.
'H-M-M,' she said, 'I think I'll part my hair down the middle today.'


So she did and she had a grand day.

The next day she woke up, looked in the mirror and noticed
that she had only one hair on her head.
'Well,' she said, 'today I'm going to wear my hair in a pony tail.


So she did, and she had a fun, fun day.

The next day she woke up, looked in the mirror and
noticed that there wasn't a single hair on her head.

'YAY!' she exclaimed.
'I don't have to fix my hair today!'


Attitude is everything.

Be kinder than necessary,
for everyone you meet is fighting some kind of battle.
Live simply,

Love generously,
Care deeply,
Speak kindly,
and count your blessings continually.
Life isn't about waiting for the storm to pass...
It's about learning to dance in the rain.

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Member Comments About This Blog Post:
HEALTHYBARB1 5/12/2012 11:02AM

    Thanks!!! Dancing in the rain and jumping in the puddles is something I started learning from my younger dd loved to go for puddle jumping walks when she was 3 years old and lots of giggling took place on those escapades!! I also love the idea of not "shoulding" ourselves!! That will be going in my journal today!! Hope you have a wonderful weekend and a great Mother's day!! Your word blogs are encouraging to me as we all work on getting healthier one day at a time together...thanks for the words!!! Smiles Barb

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SPARKCHANTAL 5/9/2012 4:11AM

    i'm SINGing in the rain....


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OLDERDANDRT 5/8/2012 11:14PM

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CANDOK1260 5/8/2012 8:33PM

    great blog nice poem

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TWNOMWE 5/8/2012 8:12PM

    emoticon emoticon
It is the way we look at the glass (half empty or half full). I chose half full all the time. emoticon you are a winner in my circles so keep going!!!

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    Great Poem! You are right. It's all in your attitude. Thank you for sharing.

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BAKER1009 5/8/2012 9:18AM

    Great blog Ceri!! I've missed hearing from you. I know life has been busy back home...moms kept me posted.

Hope to hear from you more often!!

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RUFFIT 5/8/2012 8:39AM


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MIZZSB 5/8/2012 8:30AM

    sooooooooooooooooooo true!!!!!:)

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VEMAN1 5/8/2012 8:03AM

    I remember this blog! Well, attitude is the first filter in our repsonse to anything. Try to keep a positive outlook today. Avoid typing, saying, or thinking un, non, no, and not. Your perception will blossom as you have.

Let's do this thing together!

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NINJA-NED 5/8/2012 7:55AM

    fabulous. thank you. today i will focus on being kinder than necessary. i really struggle with that, especially at work :-)

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    Yes it IS ALL in the TUDE !!!! INDEEDY SO !!!! GOOD BLOG !!! Love the story of the lady with the hair,,, LOL When do we ALL have the 3 hairs,,,down to the No hairs? Wish more people had such a GREAT TUDE !!!!

Please DO NOT worry about the gain, for as you said, at least over all there is a LOSS !! WOOHOOOO !!!!! Thats a GOOD THING !!!! I've ALSO had a loss overall,,, MINUS 100lbs !!!!!! OVERALL ! Sure some gains and loss, but as you said,,,,CELEBRATE those losses !!!

Ur doing FANTASTIC Ceri !!!! Now to adjust things, and get ready for the SUMMAH challenge,,,with the NEW TUDE YOU CAN DO IT hon !! YOU CAN DO IT and Y? Cos your STRONG !! And DO YOU WANT THIS? Only YOU can answer it,,and how BADLY Do you WANT IT? Again,, only YOU can ANSWER IT !!!! I SAY WOOHOOOO !!!

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GRANNYSUE9 5/7/2012 11:29PM

    Great blog! Think we all need some "attitude adjustments"! That's what I used to tell my kids when they were smaller.

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DONNACFIT 5/7/2012 11:27PM

    Loved your your attitude!!

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EJOY-EVELYN 5/7/2012 9:07PM

    You've been taking care of so many others through your inspirations within the 5% challenges . . . now it truly is time to put yourself first.

You can do whatever you set your mind to. You're the greatest, Ceri!

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MARTHAWILL 5/7/2012 8:44PM

    Love it. Thanks for sharing.

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YIWEN39 5/7/2012 8:08PM

    Great blog :-) Thanks and emoticon

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NYKIMMIE 5/7/2012 8:06PM


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