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The Youth Of Your Future

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Saturday, December 21, 2013



Today is day 14 of my current streak!

As most of my Spark friends probably know, I love to share motivational quotes. Here is one of my favorites;

"In terms of days and moments lived, you'll never again be as young as you are right now, so spend this day, the youth of your future, in a way that deflects regret. Invest in yourself. Have some fun. Do something important. Love somebody extra.
In one sense, you're just a kid, but a kid with enough years on her to know that every day is priceless."
-Victoria Moran



The term "the youth of your future" really strikes a chord with me. I'm 52, and I have a lot of regrets over how I've neglected my health for so many years. Beginning in my late 20's, I spent too much time sitting on my bum, overeating and just not caring. There was always that mythical "someday", when I was going to turn it all around and get in shape. I would watch infomercials for various workout programs and fitness equipment, and feel so inspired! I'd say "Yeah, someday I'm going to do that! Someday I'm going to lose this weight and get in shape! But right now....I think I'll go get some french fries and a milkshake."

I remember many times watching the Biggest Loser, while eating an entire bag of chips and a pint of ice cream. It was my bedtime "snack", which had more calories than most people should eat in an entire day!



And the motivational quotes...I had a notebook full of 'em! I'd read them and feel inspired to make a change in my life. I'd say "Yeah! I can do it! I can do it...tomorrow! Or....maybe next week!"



It wasn't until 2012, when I was a couple of months away from turning 51, that "someday" finally arrived. I woke up and realized that while I was waiting for my life to start happening, it was already happening, and it was passing me by.

When I was younger, I used to daydream about what my life could be like. But suddenly, at 51, I realized my daydreams had changed. I was no longer dreaming about future possibilities. I was daydreaming about the past, and wishing I could go back and start over. Wishing I could go back and take better care of my body.

I spent a few weeks being depressed and feeling sorry for myself. There was anger and regret. I was mad at myself for wasting my youth with an unhealthy lifestyle! But the closer I got to my 51st birthday, the more I realized that I had to stop feeling sorry for myself, and start doing something to change things. Otherwise, I'd just keep getting older and looking back on my younger self and wishing I'd done something different.



Well, it wasn't easy. But I got started. I struggled, and I got strong. I got healthier. I lost 71 lbs. And even though I'm only halfway to goal, I know that someday I will look back on this time of my life, and I will be proud of myself.



No matter what age you are now, this is the youth of your future. Make the most of it. As Victoria Moran said, "invest in yourself." Do it now, so you won't need to look back with regret. Your future self is depending on you!





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TERRIJ7 5/10/2014 11:25AM

    Agreed!

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LORIVIOLA 4/24/2014 9:17AM

    my youth is my future too. thank you for the inspirational quotes and pics. where do you find them all? they are emoticon

have an emoticon Spark-ling day!

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GRAMPIAN 3/6/2014 10:28AM

  Lots of wisdom there. emoticon

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SGCSVCEEC 1/6/2014 8:37AM

    Inspirational! emoticon

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WOOFERCOALBOY 1/1/2014 7:41PM

    When I lose motivation, I'll check in with you.

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EFFRAYECHILDE 12/30/2013 1:11PM

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JERICHO1991 12/30/2013 9:35AM

    This is the youth of my future. Thanks.

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CORNERKICK 12/28/2013 2:15AM

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CANDYM7 12/26/2013 4:38PM

  This was very inspiring thank you for sharing your story I know I can relate to it

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ANGELN325 12/25/2013 9:38AM

    You are how old?! Dang woman...you look young and awesome and I want all that. I've had some missteps this year, but I thank you for always encouraging me and prodding me along. I think my focus is still too much on losing weight than making healthy changes and I'm going to fix that today and my goal for 2014 is going to be on my health with no weight loss factored in. I got a wake up call on my blood sugar this month so I'm going to be not only mindful on what I eat, but exercise. I started really doing that again and I can see how helpful it is with the blood sugars, but food has to take center stage because my energy levels seem to be determined by what I eat and drink. As always, great post!

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MCCC75 12/25/2013 8:27AM

    Thank you for your inspiration today! I feel like you are my twin except you write so eloquently! Have a very Merry Christmas! emoticon emoticon

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REMAREIS 12/25/2013 7:38AM

  Well said/ emoticon

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MRSRIGS1 12/24/2013 12:11PM

    The youth of my future thanks you! GREAT blog!


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SIMONEKP 12/24/2013 10:29AM

    great blog, youth of my future is a great phrase.

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JEZEBEL2880 12/24/2013 1:00AM

    I reached that "looking into the past, rather than the future" stage in the last couple of years! I have chronic pain that just keeps getting worse, and I can't help but wonder if better care to myself could have prevented it. All I can do is work hard now to improve my health and hopefully ease my symptoms, if not cure them. Good Luck to you :) Stay motivated!

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ISABELLE31 12/23/2013 11:59PM

    Great blog, as usual. Thank you for sharing!

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TAMMYINPA 12/23/2013 8:17PM

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AJB121299 12/23/2013 8:11PM

    nice

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MYLIBERTY 12/23/2013 7:50PM

    What an awesome blog. It is so inspiring. Thanks so much.

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NO-MAS-2013 12/23/2013 7:46PM

    This is great! Very Inspiring and just what I needed tonight.

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PURPLEPEONY 12/23/2013 7:01PM

    Just what I needed to hear! emoticon

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RENATA144 12/23/2013 6:56PM

  Happy holidays !!! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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RENATA144 12/23/2013 6:55PM

  emoticon for reminding us that it is our choice how our story will be written. emoticon

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CECELW 12/23/2013 6:23PM

    Once again you have managed to truly inspire. There's always regret. Regret can be our teacher if you think about it.

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MICHELEBDAVIS 12/23/2013 6:16PM

  Thank you so much for this blog. After the day I had yesterday, this is just what I needed to hear. This reminds me of things I knew but so often forget. I appreciate your reminding me.

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CHANGING-TURTLE 12/23/2013 2:52PM

    emoticon emoticon You so inspire me to do better

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MYAKAYAH 12/23/2013 1:11PM

    Yes, its important to be our own hero and cheerleader! Stay strong and positive and love yourself, its the most important thing~

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AZ_CAT_PERSON 12/23/2013 12:40PM

    Thank you so much for the additional motivation. I felt the same way when I turned 50 but I didn't do anything about it until after a year later.

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GRLTAZ 12/23/2013 12:39PM

    Pixie,
You little motivator, you. Just what I needed today. Thank you !! TC

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SIZE8NOTSOMUCH 12/23/2013 12:07PM

    Thanks Pixie... Merry Happy Monday!!

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GLASSART43 12/23/2013 12:03PM

    You've definitely given me something to think about - another well-expressed blog, Pixie. emoticon emoticon

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SLIMLEAF 12/23/2013 11:11AM

    Another great blog, Pixie.

And you make an excellent point about not putting things off for some undetermined day in the future. I'd better set some definite goals for 2014!

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JRRING 12/23/2013 10:27AM

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SHANNONY84 12/23/2013 9:11AM

    Keep pushing. Your always motivational!

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MJEFFERSON23 12/23/2013 7:56AM

  Thanks I needed that!

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DEEKELLYE 12/23/2013 7:31AM

    Love your blog and your quotes and pictures. So very true. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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WISHICOULDFLY 12/23/2013 5:57AM

    I can relate to this more than you will ever know. emoticon Beautifully done!

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TOBY7823 12/23/2013 5:22AM

    emoticon I need all the motivation I can get this week!

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123ELAINE456 12/23/2013 5:19AM

  Awesome Blog As Always. Well Said Pixie. Very Inspirational. Keep Sparking!!! WTG!!!

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NEWTINK 12/23/2013 4:53AM

    Very good emoticon

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BANNERMAN 12/23/2013 1:28AM

  Good work.
Thanks for sharing.

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BLUEJEAN99 12/23/2013 12:56AM

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FINNLANA 12/23/2013 12:24AM

    emoticon I love your blogs Pixie so inspiring and so real! Thanks so much for the motivation and how true with age comes wisdom and it's never too late to become your own hero, I just turned 50 and have been been reflecting on alot as well and getting healthier now while we are still young (cause everyone knows the new 50 is like the old 40) is the kindest thing we can do for ourselves. emoticon emoticon

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DIANER2014 12/23/2013 12:13AM

    Thanks for the inspiration! emoticon

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GINA180847 12/22/2013 11:27PM

    Finally the penny drops. Why doesn't really matter just that it does.

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JIBBIE49 12/22/2013 10:45PM

    I'm 64 and know so many people who have died already. Linda had a stroke in March and died. Wouldn't have thought it of her since she was never obese and always in great health. Kay and Brenda both died from cancer. Yep, this is the only life we ever get, so making the most of each day is what matters.

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JCERNEK 12/22/2013 10:15PM

    emoticon so true! emoticon

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CRAZYWOMAN200 12/22/2013 10:14PM

    emoticon Great blog post! Thank you!!

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