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Saturday, March 09, 2013

Well, Today I pre-ordered the new book [THANK YOU, Dottee] and got 3 months of coaching for free! And I REALLY need it! I've gained 20#'s since hitting my goal weight in April 2011. Yes, it's discouraging! But somehow getting this free membership today is giving me HOPE! The first thing I read was to treat yourself the way you would treat others. I would NEVER tell a good friend, or one of my children, that they were a fat pig, and there was NO HOPE! Yet, I told myself that everyday this week! And yes, it was a MISERABLE week of defeat!!!!!

So on the coaching video today, I was encouraged to write myself a letter AS IF I was my own best friend, so here goes!

Dear Susan,

I know you've been pretty discouraged over your inability to find that motivation that helped you lose 63#'s. I know it's discouraging to have your clothes feel tight, and to look at your closet full of size 4's and not be able to wear them. I can feel your pain! However, this is NOT the end of the story! I believe that you can do this through the strength of Jesus! I believe that you CAN eat moderately and healthfully through the power of His Spirit in you! I KNOW that you can lose these 20#'s and I'm going to be your CHEERLEADER, and not your worst enemy! From now on, I will be for you and NOT against you! I will ONLY speak those things that will energize and encourage you in the journey! I won't tell you self-defeating words like I've been telling you! From this time forward, I'm your new best friend! Now LET'S DO THIS together, shall we!

With love, Your inner voice! emoticon

Still no job--March 12th will be four months with no work. I'm SURE this has added to my stress and emotional eating, but thus far and NO further!

Thank you for NOT giving up on me, dearest friends! Today is a day of NEW BEGINNINGS!

Dum spiro, spero, "While I breathe, I hope". -- Latin Proverb

"You either sacrifice today to reach tomorrow's goals, or you give up your dreams in favor of the fleeting comfort that's distracting you." Dave Griffin

"Sometimes life is so intense and demanding that it just sweeps us along. Weeks and months can go by and we have forgotten to be Deliberate & Strategic about the things that matter most, our marriage, children, and spiritual family. Some of these ideas can be woven into the natural rhythm of life (like meals), others will take some scheduling. Either way, ask God for the grace to be proactive as it pertains to loving. Donít let your self-life get the better of you, causing you to be sucked into an endless whirlpool of superficial existence.

I heartily encourage you to live life to the fullest in Christ, valuing the precious people in your life. Time goes by so quickly, donít waste a minute. Everything you do, do it all for the glory of God, as a act of worship. Love well, love consistently, and love with extravagant abandon." Tim Johns [my dear brother in Jesus and the pastor that officiated at our wedding]

Okay, OFF TO THE STARTING LINE!!!! Here I go again, trying to REMEMBER that the ONLY way I fail is to QUIT!!!!! Love you all so dearly!!!!!

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
PRESBESS 3/14/2013 12:37PM

    I love your heart felt blog. I'm cheering you on... all the way to your goal line and beyond.

Keep moving forward.
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    HURRAY, Susan! Good for you! I am so glad you are ready to kick these pounds to the curb! I am, too! Let's do it! emoticon

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COACH_NICOLE 3/13/2013 3:51PM

Great letter. I hope you enjoyed that process. Thanks for pointing me to it.


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LIVELYGIRL2 3/12/2013 4:54PM

  Yes, you spoke it loud and clear! emoticon

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SAL1512 3/12/2013 12:55PM

You have encouraged me.
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KADULAC 3/11/2013 5:46PM

    Great letter. I should write one to myself. I'm sorry that your DH is still without a job. Praying God gives him one soon.

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CRYSTLE4HIMTX12 3/11/2013 3:10PM

    You should be so proud of yourself woman. You are pushing forward. You'll regain the ground you have lost. emoticon

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MINDY502 3/11/2013 11:07AM

    I love your letter to yourself outstanding. We need to be our own cheerleaders dont we instead of being the negative one. I know you can do this and you will accomplish it because you believe that the Lord is your strength and he will see you through like the rest of us. Have a blessed week!

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CRYSALLIS1 3/10/2013 6:23PM

    It looks like you have a wonderful best friend. Believe in her (you).

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ABETTERSOUL 3/10/2013 1:29PM

    emoticon TOGETHER!!! I am here emoticon you on!!!

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DOROTHYBERO 3/10/2013 11:04AM

    Beautiful blog - you are an ispiration to us all!

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PATTYKLAVER 3/10/2013 7:41AM

    I ordered the book and the cookbook in hopes of re-sparking myself too. I've gained about 15 pounds and really need to get about ten of them off.

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EJOY-EVELYN 3/10/2013 12:38AM

    When I saw that offer by SparkPeople, I almost couldn't resist. This weeks 5% challenge has been the busiest one of all (lots of blogging . . . something that takes a lot for me to do). I have a house full of company and have been playing tour guide to the area and have had but a moment to catch my breath on all the aspects of Spark that I so enjoy keeping up with. Know you have been in my thoughts and prayers on so very many occasions.

You are stronger than you give yourself credit for sometimes. May you and your husband feed off of each other's strength during this difficult time. I understand it may take its toll on you in worry and possibly lack of sleep, but remember to give it to God. God wants to lift your burdens and carry them for you. Shalom, my dear friend! Hug, hug -- Evelyn

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SWIMLOVER 3/9/2013 4:47PM

  emoticon Blog, Susan! emoticon with the strength of JESUS!



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    And...the only way you fail is if you don't even try!!
Wishing you every success Susan, emoticon emoticon I'm praying for you!

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KMICHA 3/9/2013 4:04PM

    emoticon emoticon Susan!!!! You can do it!!! We cheering you on too!!!

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MILPAM3 3/9/2013 3:52PM

  Especially liked the William London quote!

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2BEHEALTHY2014 3/9/2013 2:06PM

    I tend to eat myself up and say things I would never say to someone else. We all need toworkhsrder being our ow best friend. Great blog!

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SCHNOOTIE 3/9/2013 12:12PM

    What a wonderful blog full of encouraging words and full of love towards yourself. When I read your letter, I thought how different I would look at myself if my inner self got to write me a letter of encouragement too. Maybe I will give it a pen and have it start writing.
Be blessed and yes, our Lord Jesus helps us each day. We just have to let Him come to our rescue :)

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    So glad to see you are blogging again. Wonderful insights here. I do the same kind of thing to myself, say things I'd never say to anyone else. Such good advice. I'll continue to be praying for you and the job situation. I know you guys won't starve this summer with all your gardening. God is faithful. Pam

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ERIECANALGAL 3/9/2013 11:58AM

    emoticon blog. emoticon I am joining you emoticon in this endeavor.

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LJCANNON 3/9/2013 11:27AM

    emoticon Great Idea!! That is Great Advice on So Many Levels!!

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GRACEISENUF 3/9/2013 11:27AM

    emoticon God will not let us fail. He WILL finish ALL the work he has begun in us.


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MOBLUEBIRD 3/9/2013 11:19AM

  Thank you -- I feel like your inner voice can be mine, too!

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WARRIORGIRL121 3/9/2013 11:13AM

    emoticon Beautiful, Susan! Thank you for sharing this! Have a blessed day!

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ELRIDDICK 3/9/2013 11:10AM

  Thanks for sharing

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