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Oh, the Places You'll Go!

Friday, January 25, 2013

You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose. You're on your own. And you know what you know. And YOU are the one who'll decide where to go...”
~Dr. Seuss ~ Oh, the Places You'll Go!

Hi me!

Too bad that book was written in 1990 - a few years before you turned 16 (quite a few years). You could have learned so much and had so much more confidence in yourself! You might have realized that you didn't need to be like everyone else. You are great just the way you are.

I would tell you to keep active! You always loved outdoor activities - keep doing them. Find people who have similar interests and join them.

Make healthy choices when you eat meals away from home - stay away from the fast food joints! Eat more fruits and vegetables. Even though your parents' idea of veggies is potatoes and corn, start eating green veggies. Have fruit for dessert instead of ice cream.

Stop skipping meals to stay thin! You may be able to "diet" for two weeks and lose 15 pounds but it will only come back eventually and one day your metabolism will slow down to a point that the weight won't come off as easily. Eat breakfast! Your body needs fuel and Cheetoes doesn't cut it!

Don't start smoking to lose weight! Sure, it will work at first but soon you'll be able to eat and smoke! Then you'll have two problems! When you finally quit smoking, you'll gain twice as much weight back! It isn't worth the health risks!

Learn to eat in moderation - you don't need to "give up" foods for the rest of your life. You can have them in small quantities. Make them a treat - the pleasure of a box of candy can be spread out over 3 or 4 weeks - you don't need to eat the whole box in one day.

And don't give up! You're strong and you can persevere! If you feel alone, reach out and get the support that you need. You have friends and family - you can do it. You're your own worst enemy!

“So...
be your name Buxbaum or Bixby or Bray
or Mordecai Ali Van Allen O'Shea,
you're off to Great Places!
Today is your day!
Your mountain is waiting.
So...get on your way!”
~ Dr. Seuss ~ Oh, the Places You'll Go!

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CHALLENGER15 11/30/2013 7:58AM

    My oldest SD is a second grade teacher, and she uses this in both her classroom and in some motivational things she does. My own DD used it at her high school graduation. Good words, true words, and special memories!

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XXMILAXX 1/30/2013 5:13AM

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HEALTHY-SPARK 1/29/2013 4:56PM

    Great idea!

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FITMAY 1/28/2013 8:57PM

    I LOVE it!!!
Oh the places we still will go! emoticon your way!
May

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THEMRSH 1/27/2013 8:21PM

    I love Dr. Seuss! emoticon blog!


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GREENKATS 1/27/2013 2:28PM

    I love the quotes from Dr Seuss, so very relevant. Excellent advice to your younger self.

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HIKER-SQUIRREL 1/27/2013 10:13AM

    emoticon thanks for sharing.

I can relate to so much of you blog. I can remember those weeks when I'd lose 5 pounds by hardly eating, and think, "hey, this isn't so hard!" And then the shock of seeing the scale going up after just a few days of healthy eating. It took me so many years to understand that you could lose weight without being hungry all the time.

I'm so proud of you for making healthy choices now. emoticon


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DWEBI09 1/26/2013 5:41PM

    Good advice Grace! I think we need to keep talking to our inner selves to do these things. We are our on motivators!

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BOBANDTY 1/26/2013 5:19PM

    I love this Grace! Such wonderful advice!

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CHERYLN 1/26/2013 9:20AM

    What a great post, Grace! You have learned moderation so well, you can be proud of yourself. One day at a time, we're getting there.

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LITTLEDEBI 1/26/2013 9:01AM

    Nicely written with some good advice.
One thing we are not getting older we are getting better!!!!!

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DETERMINED_SOUL 1/26/2013 8:31AM

    Dr. Seuss is one of my favorites! This blog is very insightful to your past struggles. I think it is great that we are getting them out in the open. You have come so far and are doing such a great job!

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HEALTH4LYFE 1/26/2013 8:24AM

    I can relate to all of what you posted. I wish Dr. Seuss had written that book much earlier too since he seemed to have the insight many of us could have used growing up. emoticon

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NEVADAPP 1/25/2013 9:29PM

    Great advice!

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