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Had to post this article...Going through the Emotions!!

Friday, February 21, 2014

Just found this article by Mike Kramer and it verbally speaks of the journey of life and our struggles and our triumphs and how to deal with it all and come out triumphant!! My favorite quote is...."Two roads diverged in the woods and I took the one less traveled by and THAT has made all the difference." Mike really reminds us that we can do this one day at a time! I know that many of you like me have both triumphs and struggles on this get healthy road we are traveling and I hope this article encourages you as much as it does me!
Smiles Barb

Going Through the Emotions
Why It's Worth the Trouble
-- By Mike Kramer, Staff Writer

The world can be a beautiful place, full of possibilities and life. You can feel invincible and in control. But itís not always like that, is it? The world can also be a stressful, upsetting, confidence-crushing place. At times, it seems like even something as clear-cut as weight loss is harder than it really needs to be. Is it worth the trouble, you ask. Why am I banging my head against the wall? Is it really doing any good?

Youíre darned right it is!

When life and your mind are full of troubles, when things seem out of control, youíve got to take control of what you can. When confidence is low, thatís exactly when you need to be at your healthiest, your strongest, your most energetic. Thereís no better time to create your own little corner of sanity and positive feeling. The best way you can do that is to stick with those small daily weight loss goals.

You can be the hammer, making things happen, or you can be the nail that sits there and gets pummeled over and over. If youíre starting to feel like a nail, itís up to you to keep your program moving forward. Gather yourself together, draw a line in the sand and refuse to give in to the doubts and temptation to give in or quit.

Youíve probably heard this story before, but since youíre here, itís worth retelling: A frog, hopping around the farm, minding his own business, fell right into a pail half-filled with cream. Swimming frantically, he found the sides too steep and too high. Determined not to give up, he continued to struggle. He kicked and squirmed, kicked and squirmed until at last his churning had turned the cream into a block of butter Ė allowing him to hop right out. He never gave up!

Hereís how your story and his intersect. If he only saw the hopelessness of his situation and started feeling sorry for himself, he would have sunk to the bottom. But instead he kept kicking. He kicked not because he knew it would help him escape, but because he was compelled to, he had no choice. He kicked because the alternative was no alternative at all.

From the frogís point of view, all he was doing was treading water (or cream), doing what he could in a bad situation. If you keep kicking, even if it just seems like youíre treading water, youíre actually causing real change that will make a huge difference later on.

There will be good days; there will be bad days Ė sometimes several in a row. There will be lazy days and discouraging days. But there will also be days of revelation, days of making a breakthrough, days of being proud of who you are becoming, days of wanting to climb on top of your success and reach for the stars, because you just know that anything is possible.

These are the days that make it all worthwhile. These are the days that let you deal with those other, not-so-great days. Once you know those bad days will be there, itís easier to accept them at face value and deal with them. But you have to keep kicking on those bad days to get to the good ones. If youíre not kicking, youíre sinking.

Donít let the world or your own doubts take away one of the most positive things you have going for yourself Ė your determination to create a healthier, more energetic, more vibrant, more wonderful YOU.

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
PCOH051610 6/7/2014 1:25PM

    Great story and really good point to the whole thing. Thank you for sharing

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NWILKER 3/5/2014 10:48AM

    Just what i needed! Smooches!

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MARTHAWILL 3/3/2014 7:27PM

    Just found this. Thanks for sharing. You are always inspiring Barb.

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ADRIENALINE 2/26/2014 4:08PM

    Great wisdom here! Thanks!

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GRACEOMALLEY 2/26/2014 1:29PM

    Thanks for sharing the wisdom and spirit of this!

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TEDDYBEARDONNA 2/26/2014 12:44PM

    Thanks for sharing.

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BBONET 2/26/2014 7:09AM

    I had also read this article when I was going through my rough patch. I think it is awesome!! Thanks for sharing! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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SNOWFLAKELILYM9 2/22/2014 12:35AM

    Barb, great article, very encouraging and helpful!!! Thanks for posting it!!!

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THETURTLEBEAR 2/21/2014 7:14PM

    That Robert Frost poem is one of my favorites. Great quote!

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PCOH051610 2/21/2014 6:04PM

    Thank you! emoticon

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EJOY-EVELYN 2/21/2014 5:00PM

    Thanks for the words of encouragement. I'm just turning things around in my life . . . a little less stress and a lot better eating. Time to take good care of this temple and stop with the "talk" and just do it! Hug, hug -- Evelyn

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WIZKEY 2/21/2014 4:28PM

    Thanks for sharing!! I liked the part about feeling like you're treading water. I have been stuck for awhile, but I know I just need one more "kick" and I will get there!!

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HEALTHYGRAMMY49 2/21/2014 3:00PM

    Thank you for sharing the article. My favorite part was the frog . . . "He kicked and squirmed, kicked and squirmed until at last his churning had turned the cream into a block of butter Ė allowing him to hop right out. He never gave up!" Let's learn from him and emoticon .

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IMIN2GENES 2/21/2014 2:52PM

    emoticon Thanks! I needed that reminder.

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SVELTEWARRIOR 2/21/2014 2:27PM

    Wonderful blog!!!!

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