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8/10/14 10:26 A

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The future depends on what we do in the present. - Mahatma Gandhi

Failure teaches success.- Japanese Saying


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I have always felt that The Joy Is In the Journey. Life is short. Enjoy each moment. Open your eyes to the joy around you.

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Look for the joy eah day and don't dwell on the down side. Life is too short to waste in negative thinking.


Get wisdom, get understanding: forget it not. Proverbs 4:5


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Progress represents my path!

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I didn't "make it happen" the first time, I "made it happen" the last time!



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I loved your topic. Too often seeing this journey as a chore is what leads to failure. I had lost a lot of weight 2 years ago, then gained it all back. But I am back on course now and determined to succeed. I will remember to seek the joy in the journey, and celebrate any successes. Thank you!
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There are many moments of joy, despite the difficulty faced in becoming healthier.


If you focus on results, you will never change. If you focus on change, you will get results.

- It's Janine!


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Every day is a new challenge! Enjoy the journey and do not be to hard on yourself! I have been yo-yoing for years now. I am hoping that this will be the last time. I am making changes to my lifestyle! I can do this! emoticon

Keep on moving....

Everyday is a new day.

Gratitude--every day!

You cannot begin a new chapter until the last chapter is finished.

Perseverance is the key!


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Mine would have to be passage. A passage into constant change. Turning inside out and right side in. Not leaving a stone unturned to hand myself this precious gift of health. Whatever it takes.



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I love the reference to Don Quijote!!! Yes, we are fighting back the years of bad choices that made us so unhealthy. We are getting there, though. Every windmill that goes down is a victory in our quest for health and satisfaction with our bodies. Have a terrific day!

"God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and love and a sound mind." 2 Timothy 1:7


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Mine's an adventure... As a senior ... am pushing myself to get out of my comfort zone... and enjoying... life... Life is Good!



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8/8/14 11:47 A

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BERRY4

Thanks for posting this!
I've been on my journey for 2.5 years. I've had a few minor missteps along the way, but nothing even close to a stumble. As I'm enjoying the fruits of my labor, so to speak, I find I start taking some of it for granted. That's why I logged in today for the first time in awhile. To reground myself.

I've looked at all those synonyms. I've even looked up some definitions to see if any are a 'best fit'. Most, seem to imply some sort of "end" or completion. Even though the word "journey" implies a trip from one point to another, I'm going to simply go with journey.

When I started my journey, I didn't have an end. It was sort of an existential suggestion of some possible but undefined outcome. Sure, I had specific goals. I still have goals of continuing my journey. They're just simply events to keep the journey going. I don't want an ending. I might reach it.

Seriously, this was the post I needed to see and think about.







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8/8/14 7:48 A

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For me it is remembering to follow the Buddhist path, living this very moment as it comes.



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8/7/14 11:12 A

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I am becoming more excited each day. I am about to take on a new challenge and am looking forward to success!

KEEP ON KEEPING ON! I CAN DO IT!

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8/7/14 11:05 A

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I like this topic! finding "joy in the journey"
Sometimes i feel the joy within as i take this journey called "life".
There is much to learn along the way - many thoughts and feelings surface along the way.
Some of these are welcomed and some are pushed away.
At this moment I feel glad to be sitting here - breathing - and having a place to express my self.

There is more then joy in the journey and for that i am grateful.




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How can you not have joy in the journey when our Lord is walking beside you.....He knows every temptation, every guilt, every feeling we suffer, and is there for us to help get through it. What a friend! Thank you for your message Campinann

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Migration for me--it's a long way, it will take a long time and much determination and it won't be easy, except I don't plan to come back here again!
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"I can't get there from anywhere but here."

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[X] 2 weeks: New water bottle
[X] 1 month: New gym shoes
[X] 3 months/10% body weight: New workout clothes (still haven't bought these yet!)
[ ] Birthday: Come and gone, no idea what to get myself :-(
[X] Cool weather: new hiking stuff
[ ] ONEderland -- start planning our next major vacation!
[ ] Someday/bucket list goal: hike to Havasupai Falls (and out again...)


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I am finally learning to enjoy the journey instead of dreading it and it is helping me see my food choices and exercise in a whole new light.



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I love the idea of hunger being power. thanks!



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It is so hard to get back in shape after a long illness, but I am trying. I want to feel good again, and regain my joy of life outside as well as inside :)

Get wisdom, get understanding: forget it not. Proverbs 4:5


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today, my joy is that i JUST did it. and now it's done. it wasnt fun today, but i managed to do it.

Blessed are the flexible, for they shall not be bent out of shape.


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I find that as I age (hopefully with dignity) I have become less cynical of myself and I am really aware that joy comes from within and it is up to me to share that joy with others and especially to let the joy overflow into myself. Joy comes in the morning....and God's mercies are new every morning......Now that is something to be joyful about!!!!



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For me it has to be Odyssey,Quest and Adventure! This is an epic journey and yes there is a great deal of joy in the journey. Even when I am down, I can always find pockets of joy in my day.

Love, Light and Laughter,
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Just when the caterpillar thought the world was over, she became a butterfly.

Who says Goddesses have to be anorexic?

Joy is what happens to us when we allow ourselves to recognize how good things really are. (Marianne Williamson)

You can't get to a place that you don't believe exists. ~Unknown~


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Forgetting the former things and moving forward.

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No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.

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"Girls compete with one another, WOMEN empower one another".


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adventure for me as Im coming to life with the opportunities that are opening up to me - I'm tired of being a spectator of life and am determined now to live to the fullest



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Embracing my hunger as POWER instead of ohmygodIneedtoeatdoritosnow! :)

It Is What It Is.... :)


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8/1/14 10:13 A

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Make sure that you celebrate the victories, however small, that you achieve everyday. Even if it's just eating one chocolate chip cookie instead of two. Remember the old days when it would've been six cookies. Always remember that you can start over this afternoon, tonight, tomorrow. Yesterday's bad choices don't affect today's choices-unless you use them to help yourself break that cycle. Most importantly don't judge yourself by the food you eat, the exercise you do, or the number on the scale. We are all so much more than that. Most of all, remember that you are worth a healthy lifestyle and the great feeling that comes with that.



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I like campaign. It sounds somewhat like a military mission!

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Exploration is the best word for me. I'm trying to discover just what I am capable of in all areas of my life. How fit can I becme? How far can I go?

I love pushing myself to my limits, then finding ways to overcome them. I guess the words adventure or qwest also would apply but to me it's about exploring all the possibilites and make the most out of each and every one!

The minefields of life never go away, we just get better at navigating them.

The only place success comes before work is the dictionary.

For I know the plans that I have for you says the Lord, plans for good not disaster that shall give you hope.
Jeremiah 29:11


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My joy comes from sharing of the life of the tallgrass prairie. My wife and I are docents and I believe our journey is to teach others the need for the preservation and conservation of the various ecosystems of the tallgrass prairie.

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Stay grounded in the present moment.



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I like "Odyssey" - an epic adventure to last my lifetime, filled with smaller stories of triumph and tragedy and with an ending to last the ages. And of course, with a cast of characters and me as the great heroine.

Edited by: MADDANCER at: 7/30/2014 (18:46)

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For me I think the words adventure and quest best represent my journey. I am on a quest to discover the healthy fit version of me. But it's also an adventure as I try new things and reach goals that at one time seemed so far away.

~~ Michelle ~~

Don't waste your time with "could've," "would've" or "should've." Focus on "can," "will," and "do."

Time will pass no matter what .... will I be closer to or farther from my goals

It’s not that some people have willpower and some don’t. It’s that some people are ready to change and others are not. Finally, I am ready to change!


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What a fantastic way to look at this. For me, it is a journey and a migration. It is migrating from unhealthy habits to new habits. However, along the way of the migration, it is a journey with a lot of new things to see and do!

Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were going to live forever.

It is health that is real wealth, not pieces of gold and silver.


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my sons encourage me to keep going.



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This spoke to me, because one of my challenges on my Inspiration Board is : "Find the fun in it again!"

"You'll accomplish more if you start now."


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Mine is between a wandering and a pilgrimage. I wander through life, not a great planner, but sometimes joy is much more unexpected that way. A pilgrimage because once I make it, it will definitely be a spiritual experience!



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adventure! I never know what to expect each day and am curious about where I will end up!

Edited by: STILLMENEWBODY at: 7/29/2014 (16:55)
KEEP ON KEEPING ON! I CAN DO IT!

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Hike. Some parts of the path are easier than others, some are very challenging but with the right tools I can take on the challenge.


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Time to stop trying to solve things with food (lack of included) that food won't solve. Food solves one thing: bodily hunger.

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Like this topic..sort of spoke to me this morning....



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Yes, there is joy in the journey.

When I cut out junk food, I found that healthy food tasted delicious. It was a process, but so worth it. I even eat eggplant now! emoticon

People who talk about being bored - are boring.

There's a brighter day coming...


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i get it through nature



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There is joy in the journey, when there is good community!



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I am on COURSE to reach my goal of good health without needing medication to achieve it. I don't have any set timeframe but I WILL get there.

"NOTHING changes if nothing changes" Remember, while looking forward to reaching your destination you need to enjoy the journey.

With God, all things are possible.

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JOURNEY: adventure, campaign, course, drive, expedition, exploration, hike, itinerary, jaunt, migration, odyssey, outing, passage, crossing, pilgrimage, quest, route, sojourn, tour, travel, trek, trip, visit, wandering, progress...

WANDERING is the best that descibes me. i think mentally i am all over and get on the path for a short time but then taje a detour and get off track again..
I also have ocassional trips i enjoy.

Don't forget to be awesome.


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For me this has been a quest. I've discovered and continue to discover many new and interesting attitudes, habits, and ways of living. For the first time ever I'm not planning and planning and planning while accomplishing nothing. I am no longer procrastinating until I have "everything perfect so I can start". I am just relaxing and letting it happen - and guess what? It finally is happening. Best of all, I can count on it now.



Life is happening everywhere - let's get in on it!


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I am trying new things and trying to step outside the box. New recipes and then deciding if they are worth a second attempt or not. New exercises that are working all parts of my body in the comfort of my own home - who needs a gym? I find when I treat my body right I feel so much better health wise and emotionally. I don't get discouraged when I'm not successful but just keep going forward. It took a lot of years to become "smart" about choices and I truly have found joy in this journey.

Focus! You can do this!


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Adventure with progression and transformation would encompass it for me. It hasn't been easy of course, but the adventure began with the creation of my dream board/vision collage. There was so much I wanted to do, but my size limited things greatly. I decided not to wait until I was thinner to live my dreams and just did it. Why not do both at the same time?

Although I climbed that mountain, jogged on the beach, had a dolphin encounter, etc. The other adventures were simple pleasures like being able to get down in the dirt and garden, moving around easier for photography, learning exercise, and just realizing what things I could really do now. Then of course the adventure of food over the years. I've really come along way here, and I am much more adventurous in life as well.

Awesome thread! I've enjoyed everyone's comments. There are so many aspects to this transformation.

Way to Go!

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I am definitely on a pilgrimage as my journey has been a long struggle. Learning to love and reconnect with my body is an act of faith, so the analogy to a pilgrimage is apt.

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I agree 100%. My view now is that it's not about the end, it's about how you get there. Making good choices and living a healthy life is the adventure.



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Thank you, I love the idea of this being an adventure.



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What a GREAT post! emoticon

For me it is two things: a CAMPAIGN for MIGRATION. In other words, a campaign can have its ups and downs but it is ongoing and I am migrating to a happier and healthier life which will sustain me into a high age.

You don't stop doing things because you get old--- you get old because you stop doing things!


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7/23/14 9:44 P

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Only a little joy in the journey today...



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7/23/14 9:28 P

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Keep up the fight, my fiance and God and my two sons encourage me and my co-workers, I am so blessed. Ill pray for you and remember God has a plan for all of us.

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7/23/14 9:25 P

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AMEN with God all things are possible and thats why we all are able to eat the good food that God has provided us, we just dont always eat it probally the way he expects. thanks for your message

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7/23/14 4:10 P

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exercise in futility and sometimes you arrive at your different destination than what you planned for..................but you keep on packing and going on another round trip.

Plan for tomorrow, but enjoy the heck out of today.


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7/23/14 4:06 P

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Progress because I am progressing towards the wife and mother I want to be. I am progressing towards a healthier me. I know by traveling this journey I will be here not only for my children but my husband to be for many years to come. I have 6 beautiful babies, and want more. Unfortunately I have lost 2 babies with my current partner and my body has started to fail me. I knew that having pre-e with my last 3 children and my recurrent losses was my body speaking to me. So I decided to progress towards a healthier me, so I can ACHIEVE my goals.



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7/23/14 8:04 A

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Adventure quest--I'm on an adventure that leads me in several different directions in my quest for a healthy weight for a healthy life.

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My weight is day by day becoming more dependent upon Whose I am than on my circumstances and feelings.

Life here is a one-time deal. I want to live it well.

http://barbirwin.blogspot.com


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7/23/14 7:42 A

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Crossing - from an old life into a new one.



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7/22/14 10:38 P

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My synonym for journey is "gift"!!! It is a gift I give myself to become healthier!!!

Janie Garcia Moreno

"WITH GOD ALL THINGS ARE POSSIBLE"

"PRAYER CHANGES THINGS"

"NEVER PUT A QUESTION MARK WHERE GOD HAS PUT A PERIOD!"

"WHAT THE MIND CAN CONCEIVE AND BELIEVE, IT CAN ACHIEVE!"


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7/22/14 9:34 P

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Exploration -- I feel like I'm charting new territory for me. Which is actually pretty cool, after a couple of decades of going around in circles!

Starting Weight: 260 lbs. (November 2010)
Quasi-Maintenance: 165 lbs. (June 2011)
Goal Weight: 150 lbs. (reached December 8, 2011)

Size 22W to Size 4

Currently maintaining within 5 lbs. (+ or -) of goal. I weigh daily, but also use a tape measure and the fit of my clothes to guage how well I'm doing.
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7/22/14 3:47 P

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expedition - bumps in the road, but nothing I can't overcome!



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7/22/14 3:36 P

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SOJOURN: sounds tough because it can be. The idea is to keep plodding along (some times faster than other times).

Never Give Up! Never Surrender!


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7/22/14 12:56 P

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ODYSSEY - this is a long journey for me and along the way have learned new things.

Excellent question and answers.

People!
read the INGREDIENTS!

Sharon from Florida





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7/22/14 12:46 P

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Wandering describes it best for me...
Sometimes I'm wandering aimlessly
Other times I'm wandering around looking for things to ignite me
Yes, wandering [and wondering]




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7/22/14 11:38 A

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Progress for me, because of what I've chosen to focus on: my progress all around but especially fitness wise. Before the main focus was the scale even though I had fun exercising, and I'm not going to lie the scale is one of my main focuses, but it's equal to pursuit of improved fitness. I focus more on my progress of walking faster and faster miles, eventually working my way up to jogging and running no matter how long it takes me to get to the point of doing so. I can now if I wanted to but I'm having fun with walking for the most part... So progress describes my journey the most.

Full-time Aunt

Starting weight: 309.4
1st goal: 10.4 pounds, 299 by July 2, 2014 (met June 25th)
2nd goal: 30 pounds- 10% of remaining weight, 269 by October 15, 2014 (met September 24th)
3rd goal: 27 pounds- 10% of remaining weight, 242 by January 7, 2015

~Bonnie


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7/22/14 6:49 A

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Quest...
a little like Man of La Mancha ... fighting windmills of mental blocks I have built with years of bad habits and false assumptions when it comes to food choices. Dreaming of reaching goal.
a little like searching for the Fountain of Youth ... because nothing works better at making you look and feel younger, than eating healthy and exercising.
and a little like Neil Armstrong ... except that for me it is a series of small steps for this woman and one giant leap of change in my lifestyle.

Sheryl from New Jersey, USA... EST


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7/22/14 2:44 A

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As we "journey" towards health & fitness, here are a few synonyms for JOURNEY:

JOURNEY: adventure, campaign, course, drive, expedition, exploration, hike, itinerary, jaunt, migration, odyssey, outing, passage, crossing, pilgrimage, quest, route, sojourn, tour, travel, trek, trip, visit, wandering, progress...

Which one represents your path you are on??
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"We would accomplish many more things if we did not think of them as impossible."
~C. Malesherbes~

"Your mind will be like its habitual thoughts; for the soul becomes dyed with the color of its thoughts."
Marcus Aurelius (121-180 AD)





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