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6/25/14 12:56 A

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“When defeat comes, accept it as a signal that your plans are not sound, rebuild those plans, and set sail once more toward your coveted goal.” ~ Napoleon Hill

Just because you start out on your journey a certain way…it does not mean that it’s the right way for you. Do not get discouraged. What works for one, does NOT work for all.

My mom noticed that I was doing something different in my routine. She asked “is this one going to help you lose weight? Nothing seems to be helping with that.” I knew this was not meant in a bad way at all. I’m one of the lucky few that has an amazing relationship with my mother where we can speak open and honest and usually don’t offend the other. LOL She knows that I’m a LOT healthier than I was when my journey began, but knows that I am struggling with the weight.

My point? I have NOT given up! I continue to move forward. Even after slipping over the last 12 days (yes…12 days. And several of those were the flu).

Now…I found this article on SP today. Please remember to STAY HYDRATED!!

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6/23/14 7:03 P

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“It is our attitude at the beginning of a difficult task which, more than anything else, will affect its successful outcome.” ~ William James

This is a true statement. Whether you believe you can or you can’t…you’re right.

I set mini goals for myself inside of my big goal. My goal was to complete a 5K this year. The first time I went walking around the neighborhood and hit 1 mile, I cried a little. It was a huge accomplishment for me. When I hit 2 miles…same thing. I just kept cheering myself on in my head. And I didn’t care about what I looked like walking down the street with my hands up in the air like Rocky. LOL I had accomplished something. And it felt amazing.

I tell myself every day that I can do this! I can get healthy. I can lose weight. I can jog. I can quit smoking (even though I have, it’s still a daily battle). I can live longer for my children. Everything with me is “I can” even when there are days that look like an “I can’t”.

Be strong. We CAN do this!

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6/11/14 6:41 P

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“Attitude: It is our best friend or our worst enemy.” ~ John C. Maxwell

And sometimes it’s sneaky. You think it’s your best friend and then turns on you! LOL

I’ve been keeping a slow and steady pace. I do my Biggest Loser Weight Loss Yoga every morning. I completed a 5K. I’m watching my calories every day. Yet the scale is climbing and climbing. Hmmm… Couldn’t figure out what was happening!

I called your co-leader (KimS76) on a completely unrelated issue about allergies. We go through the usual. Laundry soap (same). Body wash (same). Hmmm… What about food? Well, yah! Huge change. I’m eating better but that shouldn’t affect me negatively. STRAWBERRIES! I’m allergic to the darn things. LOL I know this…but it didn’t even cross my mind that the smoothies that I drink in the morning contain that many. Add to it that I was drinking them almost every day. BOOM! Itchy hands. Itchy feet. LOL Oh yah…and side effect of strawberry allergy…WEIGHT GAIN!

Now…I wasn’t really letting the scale get the best of me. But it was confusing me. I wasn’t doing anything wrong, and it kept smacking me down. It took talking to Kim to realize what the issue was.

Try and keep your attitude positive. It may not be something as simple as my strawberry allergy…but maybe there’s something that you’re not seeing. Don’t let yourself get discouraged over a bad day or a bad week. A journey like our lifestyle change is a rest-of-our-life roller coaster. We need to accept the good with the bad. We just need to keep our chin held high and strut with our accomplishments!

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6/10/14 12:25 A

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“Don’t compromise yourself. You are all you’ve got.” ~ Janis Joplin

You can achieve anything you put your mind to.

Last year at this time, I knew I wanted to do a 5K but didn’t think I actually could. It took a major “Ah-ha!” moment for me to start my journey to actually DO a 5K.

And I’m happy to report that on June 7, 2014 (the same day I hit my 15 weeks of NOT smoking), I did my first 5K with my daughter! We conquered the Color Me Rad and had a BLAST!

We were not timed. We were not judged. We just had fun. We completed it in about 60 minutes and hugged at the end…covered head to toe in colored powder.

A truly AMAZING experience!

There are always people that will try to get in your way and rain on your parade…You’re in it for you! I know sometimes that it's easier said than done...DON'T LET THEM GET TO YOU!! Don't let them change YOUR goals! Chances are that they are so full of negativity because they are jealous of you and what you CAN do!

Love yourself and everything else will fall into place.

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6/5/14 11:46 P

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"Obstacles are those frightful things you see when you take your eyes off your goals.” ~ Sydney Smith

True statement. If you look away for one second...It seems that everything starts piling up in front of you. Don’t let this happen.

I’ve printed little motivational pictures and placed them around my bathroom. My boyfriend hadn’t been over in a while. He walked in and started giggling. He told me it looked like one of those motivational stores. LOL I told him... “It keeps me going. That’s all that matters.”

Some of you may not have access to printers. That’s ok! Write it out and stick it on the wall. Ask a friend to print it for you. You don’t need 25 pieces of paper covering your wall either. If 1 or 2 works for you...Just do 1 or 2. Have fun with it! And be proud of it! And of course...it doesn’t have to be the bathroom. LOL The kitchen. The hallway. Your desk. Your treadmill. Where ever you’ll see it!

Keep your eye on the prize and you’ll always be able to see the light at the end of the tunnel.

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6/5/14 1:16 A

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"Motivation is what gets you started. Habit is what keeps you going." ~ Jim Rohn

I both agree and disagree with this. For me...my motivation is my children. And when I start slipping...I have to remember that motivation.

I've been on my journey for a little more than 3 months and I'm still having a hard time with the habit. I think mostly because I keep finding excuses. But...the motivation always kicks back in.

So in my case...My motivation keeps me going. I think it helps that I WANT my habit to be jogging. I truly enjoy it.

Find your motivation and find your habit and you WILL be happy.

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6/3/14 6:20 P

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“How different our lives are when we really know what is deeply important to us, and keeping that picture in mind, we manage ourselves each day to be and to do what really matters most.” ~ Stephen Covey

Why did you start your journey? Was it for health? Your children? A personal goal to meet? And when you wake in the morning…Do you keep why you started in front of you? Are there pictures on the walls?

Different things motivated us to start our lifestyle change and journey. Different things keep us all going. But we all have one thing in common… To reach goals. Do NOT let anyone tell you that you can’t. Because you CAN!

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5/21/14 4:15 P

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“Failure is not fatal. Only failure to get back up is.” ~ John C. Maxwell

Apparently, I’ve had a rough month and didn’t even know it. LOL I jumped on the scale yesterday morning and I’m up 11 pounds since 4/23! OUCH! I actually weigh more now that I did when I started my journey 3 months ago.

I don’t feel like a failure though. Not at all. I did a 5K on Saturday morning at the beach. I still haven’t smoked in over 12 weeks. I just need to crack down on my eating habits a bit.

As long as you can figure out what went wrong and do something about it…You’re good! Don’t let the little things get you down. The good thing about tomorrow? It’s a new day. That means you can start fresh.

We can do this!

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4/28/14 1:02 A

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“It is our attitude at the beginning of a difficult task which, more than anything else, will affect its successful outcome.” ~William James

I started my journey for the final time about 3 months ago. That's when I decided to quit smoking. Once that decision was made...everything else just kind of fell into place.

But...believe me when I say, every day is a new challenge.

There is always something that sneaks up on me. Just the other night I had a craving for a cigarette that would NOT go away! Last week...I injured my calf while jogging. That put a kink in my workouts. Went tonight and did 4 miles...with a lot of pain LOL But most days, I'm able to look at my situation with positivity.

The first time I hit a mile while walking....I cried. LOL The first time I hit 2 miles...I cried. Same for 3 miles. And when I beat my own time for 3 miles. It's such an amazing feeling!

Because I am so new to my journey...I am happy with every little thing that I do. Even if I only do 20 minutes of yoga...I'm still doing something. A simple, slow walk around the block. Still doing something.

Everything that you do is more than the person on the couch is doing.

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4/23/14 11:39 P

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“Opportunity may knock only once, but temptation leans on the doorbell.” ~Unknown

Opportunity knocked for me about 2 1/2 months ago when I found out that I could get Chantix (to help me stop smoking) for only $10. It was previously $250/month with my old insurance. Opportunity knocked and I answered with open arms.

Now... Every so often... Temptation is trying its darnedest to get me! Today is one of those days. I sat down to do my emails because I wants a cigarette today... BAD! LOL I'm not gonna lie.

But I have a choice. The choice to NOT smoke and continue in my lifestyle change. Or the choice to grab a pack of cigarette and smoke (and yes...I do still have the last pack I opened when I quit).

Tonight my choice is to grab a handful of butterscotch candies, grab my computer and let others know that I'm working through a struggle. And for today, I'm winning.

Keep yourself open to different opportunities. You never know what may come your way. But beware the temptations. They may appear to be a godsend....but will probably end up biting you in the rear.

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4/23/14 12:47 A

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“What you eat in private will show up in public.” ~Unknown

This is so true.

How many times have you not logged something that you've eaten in the middle of the night? How many times have you told yourself that one extra scoop of ice cream won't make a difference?

I've done it a million times. And the only person that's going to pay the price for it, is me! There is nobody else to hold accountable. And more often than not, I feel guilty. Nobody else knows that I've done it...and I still feel guilty. Why? Because I feel like I'm not only lying to myself, but now I'm lying to everyone else.

I found a few articles tonight. I really want to get into tofu, but didn't know where to start. There are also some great idea for healthy shopping.

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4/18/14 10:58 P

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“People may doubt what you say, but they will believe what you do.” ~Lewis Cass

I apologize for missing the last two days. Been super busy. My daughter turned 17 yesterday. And we've all been prepping for Easter.

I make it a point to take pictures of my runs. The GPS that's used. My Polar unit. Me sweating LOL Sometimes I don't think people believe that I'm actually accomplishing what I am. I make little collages on my phone and post them to Facebook. LOL I text them to friends and family.

Doing that also makes it a little more real for me too. I can look at my app and say "Wow! I did more than 3 miles tonight!" And I feel even better.

It's not a bad idea to keep records of what you're accomplishing either. No matter how small you think it might be.

Be proud of everything you do. If you want to flaunt it...do it. If you don't want to flaunt...then don't. The only people who truly won't believe you...are the ones that are jealous that you're doing more than them.

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4/16/14 12:46 A

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I had something completely different in mind for today's motivational. Then I came across this video on the SP site. Many of you have probably already seen it, but it's worth watching again.

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It just proves that you can do anything you set your mind to.

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4/15/14 12:23 A

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"The choice to have a great attitude is something that nobody or no circumstance can take from you" ~ Zig Ziglar

You probably noticed in yesterday's motivation that it was very short and to the point. It probably didn't feel like much heart went into it. Well...You'd be right. I had a tough night last night. I got hurt on my jog. But stress had really been building up before that. I ended up having to cut myself short and only got 1.5 miles in. My goal was 3.2 miles.

When I got home...I was mad, sad, and just plain bummed out. I got a hold of KIMS76 and told her what happened. She broke it down for me. Pretty simple really...I don't always have to take my kids with me (yes...one of them caused the ankle roll LOL). I can have runs that are JUST ABOUT ME!

She was 100% right. And when I got up this morning...All my happy feelings were back. I got up and did a mile in the living room and got my morning started right. My ankle is still a little sore, so tonight I'll be walking and working out in my living room again.

I could've let the ankle be an issue this morning. I could've gotten up angry still and blown off my morning workout. But why? The only person it would hurt ... is ME!

Last night was a temporary setback. If you really want to call it that. I was still jogging. Still walking. Still in the fresh air. Still got a 192 calorie burn. Looking back on it...it wasn't that big of a deal. Lesson learned...Don't follow so close behind your sons Power Wheels. LOL

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4/14/14 12:34 A

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“Walking: the most ancient exercise and still the best modern exercise.” ~Carrie Latet

Walking gets you out to get fresh air. It helps circulation. It burns calories. There aren't many things that are bad about walking :)

Just remember...even if it's up and down the driveway at a turtle's pace.... you're doing something healthy and good for your body. :)

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4/12/14 5:35 P

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"Make the decision, then do something - no matter how small - toward accomplishing what you want." ~ Author Unknown

What I want is to complete a 5K. That is my first goal. I have others that come after...but completing a 5K is my first BIG goal.

In May 2013, I told KIMS76 that I really wanted to do the Run For Your Lives 5K & Obstacle Course in September 2014. That gave me more than a year to get ready for it. But I lagged. I didn't start doing anything. Next thing you know, she's telling me that she's already registered for her first 5K. Not long after that....she's completed her first and registered for more.

Today, April 12, 2014, she completed her THIRD 5K!! emoticon

And guess what? I haven't done any! BUT...I am now registered for my first 5K June 7, 2014.

It started with me quitting smoking. I needed something to do with my free time...so I took my son out to start walking. We simply went around the block. The next night, we went around 2. The night after that... 2 again...but I had him put his little car in high gear (power wheels. Maybe 6 miles an hour). I jogged for a minute, then had him drop it back to slow gear so I could catch my breath.

Almost two months later, we take his little car out, and drive around a mapped out 3.3 mile route around my house. He doesn't always go, but I love it when he does. And I don't jog the whole time. But I am able to go a lot farther in between walking.

My point? Set a goal for yourself. Large or small. And take your first step. The only thing stopping you, is you.

My next goal after the 5K? I want to do a 10K. After that...Half Marathon. Maybe a full marathon one day!

I have to reiterate what I've said before... That KIMS76 told me "Your body will do whatever your mind tells it to"

Let's do this!

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