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A Gentle Encouragement - Tales From 100# Down

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Thursday, February 20, 2014

Hello Friend!

All of us have traveled along the freeway and seen the guardrail where the ground falls away, crosses water or runs near another roadway. It's to help slow if not stop the car from plummeting into a more dangerous situation when it veers from the main roadway. Let this blog be a "guardrail" on your journey to "Health & Fitness".

Did you start the new year with great enthusiasm and hope of making progress only to find yourself here in the waning days of February having made no progress? Maybe it's worse. Maybe you started the year with hope of losing and find yourself up 5, 10, or maybe 20 pounds.

Let me help you get back on the main highway. I know where you are. Years ago I lost about 80 pounds. Some event (maybe a vacation) came along and I gained 10 pounds back. I told myself that I would get it off because I had before. That soon became 15 and again I had the same attitude of I will get it off. I'll start tomorrow. Tomorrow came and I found myself back in the drive-through lane at McDonald's for a sausage biscuit and again I said "tomorrow". That was back in 2004. TEN YEARS AGO. I regained EVERY bit of that weight and THEN some. I ended up at 350 lbs plus. Why? Because I said tomorrow. Because I didn't embrace that I must get back on the road now.

Food was my comfort. It was my reward. It was my perk. It was my right. It was my CRUTCH. It was my OBSTACLE. It was a momentary pleasure for a whole "lotta hurt".

Friend... if this is where you find yourself. Take heart. You CAN get back on that roadway but stop putting it off until tomorrow. There is yet time today to eat healthy food, get exercise, drink water, make a grocery list for fruits, vegetables, lean protein etc. You can toss those cookies, chips and candies in the outside garbage can then dump kitty litter on them to keep from digging them back out (yes people DO that when food is their comfort).

Please don't do what I did. It took a toll on my health and I only had to work hard to get it all off again PLUS that extra.

So stop right now and look in the mirror. Tell yourself YES, I can do this. YES, I WILL do this. YES, I am going to start NOW!

Forgive yourself... then get busy!

See you on the journey!
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NASFKAB 3/6/2014 10:56PM

  great advice thanks

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SUSIEMT 3/6/2014 4:06PM

    Thank you Suzanne!

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MRSRIGS1 3/2/2014 6:01PM

    Awesome blog! Thank you! emoticon

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DEEGIRL50 2/25/2014 6:53AM

    emoticon Yes, I can do this. Thank you for an inspirational post.

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MARYHENNIG 2/24/2014 9:31PM

  well said

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KATRINAKRAUT 2/24/2014 7:51PM

    Sigh....I am there. No fun.

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ROXYCARIN 2/24/2014 6:42PM

  Thank you

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LIFEINTHEZONE 2/24/2014 12:57PM

  Thank you! This is just what I needed today! And today, not tomorrow!

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MAWMAW101 2/24/2014 12:20PM

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What a great blog, thank you for putting it into words. Not only does it "ring a bell" with me but today it sounds a loud gong!
All my company from the weekend has gone home leaving the extra goodies in my fridge. Now I know what to do with them!
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Phyllis~~

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FRISBEE1949 2/24/2014 9:41AM

  what a great blog! i so enjoy so many of the blogs because it is a boost to me to strive to do better. i have not attained what i had hoped to this past month and one half but i am still on the road. thank you for this post. it was an eye opener for me! have a wonderful spark day! firs bee 1949

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PENNYPEARLS 2/23/2014 9:32PM

    Well said! Thanks for the encouragement. emoticon

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BACATAC 2/23/2014 7:10PM

    Your blog is very inspiring.
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RUBYSNANA 2/23/2014 5:23PM

    Love your positive attitude, and yes we can do this! emoticon emoticon

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MOMMY445 2/23/2014 1:49PM

    so well said!

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DAWNDMOORE40 2/23/2014 1:49PM

    emoticon blog! You should be proud of yourself for not giving up on a healthier you! I don't believe that you ever have to look at this journey and say that I failed. You may get off track sometimes or maybe for a long time, but you can always start again! You are doing that and you are a wonderful person! Keep it up! You will have the success your looking for, but my number one suggestion I always give is focus on you and being healthier, and not so much about the numbers on the scale, but how you feel and the more you focus on that and what works for you, then the rest will fall into place! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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BRASKIN 2/23/2014 12:33PM

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NWESCH24 2/23/2014 12:28PM

    what a great blog, thank you! I want to recommend this as a read to a friend on SP who is struggling. I do believe this will help her. So upbeat, so positive, so uplifting. Thank you again!

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DNRAE1 2/23/2014 12:11PM

    Thank you for your wise words. I need that right now! Thank you again.

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DCWILLIAMS831 2/23/2014 11:56AM

    Thank you! I definitely needed to read these encouraging words.



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BEAUTIFUL_REINA 2/23/2014 11:25AM

    Thank you for your encouraging words.

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PREACHERLADY565 2/23/2014 11:13AM

  We all need guardrails on our journeys. Thank you for sharing

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AJB121299 2/23/2014 10:12AM

    nice

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WWGAL2 2/23/2014 10:07AM

  Thank you for the encouragement. Like so many others before me posted, you said just what i needed to hear. I was feeling low today and trying to motivate myself by looking around on SP and just happened upon your blog. There is always time to make a good decision in the day even if its right before you go to bed so don't put it off till tomorrow. Thank you again. I am going to remind myself of your blog throughout my day

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CHERIJ16 2/23/2014 9:51AM

    Thank you for sharing. You really spoke to me because that is where I find myself right now. It is just what I needed to hear.

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JOYFULMOMTO5 2/23/2014 9:28AM

    Great encouragement!! emoticon

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GEMINICHIK 2/23/2014 9:21AM

    If today we don't succeed....get back to it tomorrow

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OFFICIALOLDY 2/23/2014 7:25AM

    I'm SO glad that SparkPeople highlighted your blog today. I really needed this timely, well written, heartfelt wake up call. I started the year fine and then a bunch of "stuff" hit me and I started to say, "tomorrow...". Thanks to your blog I'm saying, "today - right now and forever!" emoticon

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RUBYSNANA 2/23/2014 5:46AM

    emoticon Like you, I lost weight only to find 6 years later that it has come back on, and - getting it off seems harder this time around. Thank you for reminding me that this is my tomorrow and not to waste it. You have made me more determined than ever.
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DEE797 2/22/2014 10:21PM

    I needed to read this today, thanks…. emoticon

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JOANNHUNT 2/22/2014 10:14PM

    AWESOME BLOG. THANK YOU FOR SHARING.

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AJB121299 2/22/2014 9:55PM

    nice

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PSIMSON 2/22/2014 8:17PM

    What a terrific blog entry. And you are right - you CAN do even one thing today to set you on the right path, rather than waiting for tomorrow. Thank you for sharing your journey.

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DUSTYPRAIRIE 2/22/2014 5:58PM

    Thank you Thank you Thank you.

I have gained back 5 lbs. Right now is when to get back on track!

You are awesome!

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CUDDLYPOLARBEAR 2/22/2014 5:57PM

    Thanks for sharing

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JODYANNA 2/22/2014 4:43PM

    Thank you! Have not lost...have gained a few... and was just thinking how I've really got to start for real tomorrow, since today's almost over anyway. Then I read your blog and said "shame on me"! There's still time today!

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KELLYB60 2/22/2014 4:15PM

  Good advice! Thanks for sharing - I was feeling that way. I haven't gained, but I haven't lost any yet this year. I set some big goals - need to work on them today!

Thanks!

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CROETHLE1 2/22/2014 3:18PM

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Thank you for sharing, you are an inspiration!

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JUNETTA2002 2/22/2014 12:31PM

    Love the blog thanks for the insight

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