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“Those who forget the past are condemned to repeat it.” ― Chuck Palahniuk, Choke

Friday, January 25, 2013

I hesitate to say I would change anything about my past. the main thing I always think I would change is that I would finish college & have gotten a degree. But....then I probably would not have met & married my husband who is the best man in the world & would not be the Mom to our 4 beautiful children which is the achievement I am most proud of...so...., instead of wishing to change the past here are the lessons I would like to learn from my past:

1) appreciate who I am, how I look & the body I have today.

I was naturally thin for YEARS....& always wished to be thinner, prettier, etc. The body I have today is not perfect, but, it is mine & it takes care of me & does amazing things.

2) just because you can do something, does not mean you should do it.

Back to the young naturally thin years - I ate anything & everything I wanted & it never affected my weight when I was young & that was my only concern. I should have been fueling & caring for my body & thinking about nutrition & health. I also have always been able to drink beer "with the guys". Frankly, my tolerance is amazing. But just because I CAN drink lots of beer certainly does not mean I should. & just because I CAN order pizza or go through a drive through easily - does not mean I should.

3) the most important relationship to culitvate is the relationship you have with yourself.

I have always been an involved, perhaps over-protective, Mom - the friend people reach out to when they are troubled - the daughter/granddaughter who remembers b-days, etc. & all that is awesome & I am proud of it. But - I am in the place in my life where I finally realize that the more I care for myself - the happier I will be & then I can be even better at all those things.

So I guess the recurring theme here is to put myself on my own list. & not just on the list for fun things like GNO & parties, but for healthy things to be the best me.
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SHELLEY81 1/27/2013 8:49PM

    Keep putting yourself on that list!

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THEMRSH 1/27/2013 8:34PM

    You are worth it girly! Put yourself on the list!!

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LADYJ6942 1/26/2013 11:51AM

    Oh so true.

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PANSYGAL 1/26/2013 11:38AM

    This was such a great post! It was so motivating, and I need that! Good luck on your journey too!

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ARKPLE 1/26/2013 9:28AM

    I have #2 on my blog too. I wish I could have told myself that years ago. Love that you're putting yourself on "the list." xo

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PALMTREEGIRL1 1/26/2013 8:16AM

    Tricia! This is an awesome blog!!! So insightful and wise! Your head is in the right place - you will succeed!

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DOOBRIE 1/26/2013 6:12AM

    Great blog. It's easy for us mums to put ourselves last all the time, but our families need us to be happy and healthy too!

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GIELLIOT 1/26/2013 1:07AM

    So true! Thanks. emoticon

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KIBAISREADY 1/25/2013 11:13PM

    Great blog girl! We live and learn from our past. Cheers to a better future!

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SACHABEE 1/25/2013 11:00PM

    Way to stay positive and use your past as a learning experience!

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ALEXSGIRL1 1/25/2013 8:04PM

    i really really love this blog and you too . happy you have found a secret to happiness loving you just as you are and looking to the happy positive side of life.

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RISAMEANSLAUGH 1/25/2013 7:02PM

    Hi EugeneRugosa,

I think this is a seriously awesome post! Your reasons are helping my resolve and motivation!! I think the insight you have written will help me keep my mind on the right track. So I thank you for that.

I would like to mention that I believe your quote is from Edmund Burke (I checked and say that George Santaya is often credited though).

Thanks for listening AND posting this!
Sincerely,
Riisa
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ERW001 1/25/2013 6:40PM

    Great list. I am coming to the realization of #3 now too - taking care of yourself will enable you to take better care of others. emoticon

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JUSTAGIRL45 1/25/2013 6:28PM

    Well said!
I especially like #2. It sounds a lot like what I say to my kids and husband.
Thanks for sharing! emoticon

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