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4/7/12 1:06 P

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I thank you all for your kind words! Really you are the best!

shortly i leave for the river. this 55 year old momma is about to resume practice of her beloved Dragon boating Sport that I ahve neglected. My noodle like arms are going to get a work out paddling. MG has zapped me of mys trength but i'm going to fight back for it.



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4/7/12 12:51 P

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emoticon , DebbieAnne!

For this gal the most beneficial aspects of SP have been the encouragments from friends/teammates & reading the heartfelt sharings on threads & Blogs.

Reading your words has me motivated to press on to goal & to continue sharing with others as I feel led.

And to your daughter -

emoticon emoticon Happy Birthday! emoticon emoticon

I pray that her day is as special as her sweet mother is!

May we all enjoy continued success on this wonderful journey to being all we can be!

Ima

P.S. I am going right now to sign up to receive notification of your Blog entries. I regret not having done so before now. Actually, it was only a couple of weeks ago that I realized that we could have notification sent to our e-mail. emoticon

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“There is a plot in this country to enslave every man, woman, & child. Before I leave this high & noble office, I intend to expose this plot.” ~ John F. Kennedy (seven days before his assassination)

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4/7/12 11:11 A

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Cathycounts,

I just returned too. So true on all you wrote. My biggest (or one of them) is going to extremes including how much time I have spent on SP. Either hours or not at all. This time spending a little time in the morning and in the evening. But most of all always telling someone else they are important and worthwhile.
Cathy! You really do count!!! Have a great day and today will be day 5 of consecutive exercising. emoticon

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4/7/12 2:33 A

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Thank you everyone for the different motivating thoughts. I have found since returning to my sparks page and friends that seeing the success of those who have remained faithful to losing and sparking has been a great motivator for me.

I returned to sparking yesterday 04/05/2012.

Also, today spending $80 on healthy food was a motivator. I feel that I was worth every penny spent and will continue to shop healthy.

Today was my 4th day of consecutive exercising. I'm giving myself a pat on the back for every good choice and stop kicking myself for the bad choices in the past that has me where I'm at today. If I learn from my past then it has served me well.

If I want my weight to change then I have to change what I have been doing in the past.

New day, New Choices!

Giving up is not an option, But for the grace of God there go I.

When I am weak he (God) is strong.



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4/7/12 1:00 A

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"Faith is taking the first step even though you don't see the whole staircase" This is a quote from Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

You have shown us how important it is to take those first steps each and every day. It can be scary to not know how it will happen or if your health can begin to get better, but you have shown us that it can improve. Congratulations.

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4/6/12 9:31 P

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emoticon Exactly!
the only real failure is the one who doesn't try.



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4/6/12 8:41 P

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Debbie, I hope you know I was trying to joke a little. Of course there is no competition. And you are right that everyone can do only what she can and start from where she is. emoticon

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4/6/12 8:36 P

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God bless you! you are really amazing!!

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4/6/12 7:59 P

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What an inspiration! emoticon to you!

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4/6/12 4:51 P

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Debbie, you are the motivator. My struggles seem insignificant compared to what you have overcome. You are my inspiration

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There are two options regarding committment - your either IN or your OUT. There is no such thing as life in-between.

A person who wants something will find a way..
A person who doesn't will find an excuse...



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4/6/12 4:22 P

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Love you, Debbie. You have truly inspired me.

I agree that sometimes helping out another makes us forget our health issues or our problems. I love to read others blogs as they often inspire me.

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4/6/12 4:19 P

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From this day forward I want to be a motivator as well as to be motivated by others. I have a walking off diabetes DVD and tonight I will walk at least a mile. LOL I rescue animals so often-right now it is a Simese mixed cat-but now I need to rescue me from bad habits and so often a bad attitude. Debbie you are my inspiration. I had my health for so long and then I got older, had back surgery and just thought I could coast on my past young active adult life. Doesn't work very well now i am in my early 60's. I have seen such couragous SP members and I would one day like to be counted as one.

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4/6/12 3:48 P

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4/6/12 2:50 P

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Oolala, That's why ia m trying to do this to get it across to others the importance of not waiting until it's "too late" .

Here in this team i don't always talk about myself but in my blogs I call it as it is.

I'm not trying to "compete" with others but to be the healthiest i can be. Share with others what works best for me and i know it may not always work best for others.



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4/6/12 1:40 P

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You're a true inspitation Debbie.

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4/6/12 1:29 P

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Holy mackerel! I can't compete with this. But it does seem true that a lot of people don't get serious until their health strikes out at them. Even then, many continue not to change their habits. It's frightening. I feel lucky that it never got that far with me. However, even with good habits, there are no guarantees, but I feel I've done a lot to change already. If I have to face more, so be it.

I hope someone gets the message who really needs it today.

Over the last few years here at Spark, mostly the Living Binge Free team, and on the No S Diet official site and the team here, I've posted literally thousands of times. I hope it's helped a few; it's helped me just to do it! I'm down 17% of my weight, into my normal BMI range and things are getting easier all the time. Food is not my nemesis anymore! emoticon emoticon

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*The No S Diet saved my emotional life! Four years and counting. nosdiet.com/ *Be happy with this moment. This moment is your life.
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4/6/12 1:22 P

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you are indeed an inspiration to one and all who read your blogs

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4/6/12 12:34 P

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Not just to others but to yourself.

I received the nicest letter from one of you members jsut now. she ahs read my blogs over the years and knows of my stuggles not only with my weight issues but my health as well. April 17th marks my 4 year anniversary here on Spark people.
I ahve tried to motivate you all into a success story and jsut this week I sent in my own success story with before and after pictures. I've lost about 80 pounds. Yes it's been a struggle for me. I'm not GOD I ahve lots of flaws and endured lots of pain and I ahte to exercise.

I am legally blind with a guide dog Leone a lovely yellow lab who encouraages my walking. Because of a diagnosis in November with Myasthenia Gravis I ahve used that as an excuse for not exercising but my Dr.'s are pushing me to do so just use common sense in knowing my limits.

I'm type 2 diabetic and this is such a struggle for me in itself. I had a follow up Dr. appt. Tuesday after lab work & brougyht my A1c down from 8.2 to 5.8. I am very proud of myself. thanks to SP diabetes support and other motivators.

I have overcome my Emotional Eating after a diabetic blackout and fall down a flight of hard wooden stairs. this was my wake up call. I am learing not to reward myself with sweets when i do something right.

Don't use excuses for your bad habits. Know you aren't alone in your struggles. there is aways someone out there worst off than yourself.

Not only am I legally blind I am profound deaf with the aid of a Cochlear implant. I raised a daughter as a single mom. she's celebrating her 22nd birthday next week.

Come on Team! Inspire me!



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