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Three Encouragements

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

How's it going there?


Not too bad, all things considered.
Thanks for asking.

It's been a couple of weeks since I blogged last.
Time for a quick post.

Life's busy.
Very busy.
About a week of a stomach bug followed up by three days without power or running water.
Work's been action-packed and the family has had lots of things going on.

Busy busy.

The weather is starting to warm up a bit.
And this, coupled with the move to Daylight Savings Time means that it is still reasonably light outside at 730PM.
That will make for more outside activities.

Over the past week I had three people ask how much I'd lost.
That's always encouraging, isn't it?
I think so.

On the topic of encouragement I'd like to offer up these three tonight:

First, there's no law that says you have to keep making poor choices if you happen to make some today.
No law whatsoever.
You can choose to make better choices.
And in the big picture those couple of bad choices - eating too much, skipping a workout, whatever - aren't likely to ruin things forever.
But turning that small number of bag choices into a stream of bad ones probably will make things harder and harder for you the longer they go on.
So recognize the poor choices for what they are, learn from them and get working on making better ones.

Second, you are a work in progress.
An imperfect person who deserves a little slack now and then.
I am too.
Sometimes I forget that.
How about you?
Recognize that you have value and worth and that even when you screw up or let yourself down, you are still someone who matters.
And someone whose value and worth isn't based on your perfection or lack thereof.
You and I will mess up sometimes.
You and I won't always have the best of days.
That's OK.
Don't beat yourself up.

Third, encouragement is free.
So "share the love", so to speak.
Because you simply cannot bottle that stuff up.
You've got to give it away for it to have any power.
And with all the pain and trouble and frustration that the world has in it, encouraging others is a great way to help "shine a little light" into that darkness.
I've been encouraged by so many of you.
And it means a great deal to me that you'll take the time to do so.
I mean that sincerely.

Weight loss is hard stuff - it takes commitment and focus and sometimes we need a little encouragement.
So make a point to encourage others, OK?
And I'll do the same.

If you are having a hard time, recognize that you are strong.
Strong enough.
Strong enough to overcome these hard times and succeed.
You are far stronger than you might think you are.

Make it a great day!


Member Comments About This Blog Post:
CLPURNELL 3/14/2013 4:06AM


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INTHEGAP 3/13/2013 2:27PM

    I really needed to read this today, Matt. Thanks for always being so encouraging. Sorry you are so busy ~ but happy to know you are feeling better again. :) emoticon emoticon

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KARENCRANER 3/13/2013 10:50AM

    Thanks, Matt, just what I needed to hear today!

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KABMPH 3/13/2013 9:00AM

    Glad you're feeling better! And be glad you got over being sick by the time the power went out! Whew!!

I like encouragement #1. I try to eat pretty healthy and eat minimally processed foods. I was reading something recently that was suggesting that to do this, "choose up." If you do this with one or two items, then one or two items more, all of a sudden you're eating much better over time.

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CELIAMINER 3/13/2013 7:51AM

    You're amazing! With all you have been through the last couple of weeks, you STILL come forward to motivate others! Woohoo!

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DOVESEYES 3/13/2013 1:33AM

    Yay you're back !!! and with encouragement too. O joy!!! I love to be encouraged as much as I love to be straightened out when I've lost the will to keep going

You Rock!!!

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DALID414 3/12/2013 11:20PM


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SUGAR0814 3/12/2013 10:50PM

    Thanks for sharing! And glad you're feeling much better! emoticon

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MICKEYH 3/12/2013 10:45PM

    Thanks for sharing. Glad to know, you are feeling better. Take care.

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TIMOTHYNOHE 3/12/2013 9:52PM

    Welcome back.

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BOOKAPHILE 3/12/2013 9:04PM

    I'm glad you're feeling better and back to blogging!
Your second point resonates with me. Works in progress indeed.

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BOGUSANNIE 3/12/2013 9:04PM

    That bug HAS been a pesky busy one this year, hasn't it?!

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CAKEMAKERMOM 3/12/2013 8:30PM

    My thoughts exactly. Sounds like that bug is going around everywhere, it didn't miss us either.

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CAT-IN-CJ 3/12/2013 8:18PM

    Thanks, I needed that!

And SO glad you're feeling better.

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    Appreciate your words! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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SEEINGCLEARLY53 3/12/2013 8:08PM

    emoticon ,,thanks for sharing!

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