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MOTIVATION comes 2 x 2.

Monday, November 26, 2012

I was looking at my passport the other day and realized it had expired in May. I went to our local drugstore to get my passport pictures made while I waited and brought them home to begin the application process.

I had to fill out the forms online then print them out, attach the new photo in the required spot and enclose my old passport. I flipped it open. There was my 2 x 2 picture taken 10 years ago. My hair was a little longer, my face less wrinkled, but oh my was I a LOT larger.

I looked at my new picture which does show the advance of 10 years but how thrilling to see the change in my size! Of course that picture is only a head shot so I have to tell you the things I COULDN'T see in the picture but that have changed also.

1) I have new knees. My last trip overseas required wheelchair assistance and I found many of the places we were to visit unfriendly to handicapped individuals so had to rely on photographs my husband took while I waited outside/in the car.

2) I have normal cholesterol, triglycerides, and glucose levels.

3) I belong to and USE a gym (the USE is important as I had belonged to one years ago but rarely went.)

4) I am eating many new fruits and vegetables and have eliminated some foods entirely from my life (carbonated beverages, hamburgers, etc.).

5) I have more energy, stamina and a happier frame of mind.

6) I have many wonderful friends here at Sparkpeople.

7) I'm doing many things that used to be on that "when I ______" list.

8) I'm enjoying the wonder of every day.

Things CAN change - it just requires some work!

Pressing on!
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LYNMEINDERS 12/2/2012 12:50AM

    things certainly can change

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JERSEYGIRL24 11/27/2012 1:03PM

    Great blog! I have to renew my driver's license in the next few weeks, and I am looking forward to having a new picture taken. I was close to my all time high when the last one was taken.

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123ELAINE456 11/27/2012 6:35AM

  Awesome Blog!!! I am very proud of You for all your Accomplishments you have done and compleleted. You are an Inspiration to Me and everyone else. Keep Pushing Forward. God Bless You and Have a Wonderful Week. Enjoy Today. Take Care.

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COCK-ROBIN 11/26/2012 10:32PM

    Very good! I'm proud of you.

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FUSIONFITNESS3 11/26/2012 9:37PM

    emoticon news!!! You've experienced so many positive changes over the last while. I am so excited for you too!!! Those old photos are stark reminders of where we have come from as we so often don't recognize the change in the gradual day to day and week to week successes. Just had my passport renewed in February and am stuck with it another 5 years (Canadian). Every time I pull it out I am surprised by the transformation over this past year. Perhaps that's a good thing to remind me of where I don't ever want to be again.
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TREYONE 11/26/2012 9:32PM

  What a great posting - it really does point out the need to recognize the positive changes that we don't see immediately!!! emoticon

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CHUNKYMONKEY36 11/26/2012 7:57PM

    What a great post. I wasn't feeling very motivated to work out tonight but you just changed that!

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MADAMES 11/26/2012 6:17PM

    What a wonderful story! So happy for you!
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SWIM53055 11/26/2012 5:50PM

  AMEN! How exciting!

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GINGERHAWK 11/26/2012 5:49PM

    These are such remarkable accomplishments - you should be SO proud of all that you've accomplished in the years that have passed since that last passport photo. Nice job!

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