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-LINDA_S Posts: 4,500
7/14/11 6:33 A

Changing your mindset is the first step in meaningful, longterm change for the better.


LODESTONE Posts: 3,502
7/14/11 6:32 A

Yay for you! Takes time to get the mind on the band wagon, and you've done it!

WEBWORX Posts: 4
7/14/11 6:28 A

Good for you. You're right its not a diet but a change in lifestyle. A diet just sets you up for failure. Changing your lifestyle is the only way to succeed.

XRAYLADY65 SparkPoints: (97,265)
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7/14/11 6:27 A

way to go... its definetly a lifestyle and not a diet.... thank you

BD3269PM SparkPoints: (104,929)
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7/14/11 6:24 A

Way to go! This is a lifestyle and we can do this. Sometimes we do not make the best choices but just go on and begin choosing better again.

MK1292 SparkPoints: (0)
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7/14/11 6:15 A

Thank you so much! What a good point you've made: we're all here for a lifestyle change, not a temporary change so we might as well take the steps to make it that way.

KEEPFIT13 SparkPoints: (0)
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7/14/11 6:08 A

Good work keep at it am sure you would win if you do !

NANADEELITE SparkPoints: (0)
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7/14/11 6:07 A

Thank you for your attitude which reminded me of truths I had forgotten. Now I have a little extra ammo for today (and tomorrow!). Be blessed!

CLWALDRO Posts: 4,583
7/14/11 6:06 A

I love the simple truth found in AH-HA moments. It is those learning's that help us reach new goals and conquer old fears emoticon emoticon emoticon

7/14/11 5:59 A

Your the greatest
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HARRIETJEAN SparkPoints: (0)
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7/14/11 5:56 A

What a revaltion and attitude adjustment. good for you, that turned out to be good for me too. Thank you for the simple truth, that it is much to do with our thinking.

7/14/11 5:54 A

In many ways you have reached another milestone on your journey to a healthier you.

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MELOSPARKLE SparkPoints: (0)
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7/14/11 5:47 A

That's wonderful!! Well done!

JSALERNO SparkPoints: (111,125)
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7/14/11 5:38 A

keep going

NANFACEMIRE1 Posts: 45,406
7/14/11 5:34 A

emoticon emoticon job

LOSTLIME SparkPoints: (0)
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7/14/11 5:26 A

Isn't it wonderful? Keep on sparking!

SUSANK16 Posts: 2,635
7/14/11 4:46 A

Congratulations! I can truly relate -- being a part of Spark is a mind set and helping me to develop the consistency and the skills to be able to combat those issues. It truly is a long term planning guide to make your goal.

APRIL255 SparkPoints: (0)
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7/14/11 4:44 A

So true...when our focus is better health rather than " keeping score rigidly" we allow ourselves to be fallible and love ourselves right back on track. Godspeed!

FATBARRA SparkPoints: (0)
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7/14/11 4:17 A

Keep up the good work.

FATHINSN SparkPoints: (81,015)
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7/14/11 3:51 A

AWESOME! It's our thinking that will help us, so no matter what, don't let the bad results, the bad days and bad choices let you down!

PEGFF99 Posts: 4
7/14/11 3:50 A

Great insight that slipping up occasionally is gonna happen. Besides, what's life with out an occasional onion ring.

RIBBONS2009 SparkPoints: (0)
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7/14/11 3:49 A

It helps to know one is not alone in the problems and hurdles faced. It happened to me recently, having just started on this changed lifestyle I almost gave myself up as a hopeless case! But I thought of it as inertia, having waited years to take control of my weight problem, changing was going to meet resistance, so I just picked myself up from that one slip and resumed trudging the road to fitness! I felt better the next day for doing so!

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7/14/11 3:36 A

you have the right attitude!

7/14/11 3:20 A

Thank you for writing that - it dropped into my Inbox at JUST the right time. I have lost nearly 100lbs and last night I had a whole takeaway of chips (french fries to some) to myself AND some onion rings. Woke this morning feeling lousy and that I had 'broken' my diet and felt angry with myself. I saw your post and thought 'get real - it is ONE slip on my road to a healthier you!!!!!'
Thank you and keep up the good work

WAYOFLIFE4 SparkPoints: (0)
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7/14/11 3:18 A

Your words really spoke to me, it's exactly that picking yourself up and moving forward, not beating yourself up and falling back. Thanks for the inspiration!

ELLEKTRA Posts: 2,911
7/14/11 3:14 A

What a moment, eh? Well done on facing it the only way there is! Brush that bum off and get riding again! yay!

DEBALEX SparkPoints: (50,214)
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7/14/11 3:12 A

Congratulations! It is all about our choices. Good job! emoticon

JENNYBAKER247 Posts: 2,624
7/14/11 3:09 A

Changing your mindset is what it's all about! Proud of you. emoticon emoticon

NARUZOZO SparkPoints: (10,960)
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7/14/11 3:04 A

Good luck

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7/14/11 2:31 A

Woohoo - your a master! It's this sort of thinking that makes big changes. I know it helped me to realize that I'm not overweight because of today but because of yesterday and every day I get the chance to live the reality I want!

DOTTIEJANE1 SparkPoints: (187,113)
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7/14/11 2:30 A

Great attitude, this is a lifestyle journey . emoticon emoticon

SAMAR24 Posts: 14
7/14/11 2:28 A

What a great positive attitude! I so know what you mean about beating yourself up, so glad you could move beyond that. I'm still working on that myself, but I hope to develop that skill soon!

SRIVERS1 Posts: 24,283
7/14/11 1:35 A

Congrats! Keep up the great job!

LYNMEINDERS SparkPoints: (379,011)
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7/14/11 1:04 A makes a big differece when aa change kicks in....
Well done....
One day at a time, one choice at a time, one step at a time....yay

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7/14/11 1:03 A

Great way to turn it around !Congrats on that. ! You should be proud of yourself
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7/14/11 12:51 A

CONGRATS!!!!........................ISN'T IT LIBERATING.



I.M.MAGIC Posts: 13,195
7/14/11 12:43 A

An epiphany! LOL

Love it when you get to the point that you stop kicking yourself and just get on with what comes next! Lifestyle, here you are! LOL

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7/14/11 12:40 A

I'm like that a lot so I can relate. Recently, I've adopted a much better attitude towards it. I know it won't always be perfect but it's to get right back on it and, like some have already said here, make changes so it happens a lot less. This was a great inspirational post. A lot of people need this kind of motivation, including me! So thanks :)

TLE1103 SparkPoints: (101,791)
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7/14/11 12:31 A

Stay positive and take one day at a time!

7/14/11 12:23 A

Great Job! You WILL achieve your goal - you go girl! emoticon

DCRAWFORD78 SparkPoints: (0)
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7/5/11 7:36 P

Your words are right on the spot! I am doing so much better realizing this is for LIFE.... on so many levels!

7/5/11 7:08 P

I love the way you put that, that there is no "going off". I just got to the point where I realized this too. In the past, I have had an all-or-nothing attitude so when I would make a mistake, I would blow it for the rest of the day or week and then restart again. I would get so discouraged if I wasn't perfect at it all of the time. But now if I slip off I know to just get right back on track and make changes so it doesn't happen again. A healthy lifestyle means doing my best all of the time, and constantly sticking to my goals even if I mess up. It does not mean doing super good for just a while and then going back to my bad habits. Since I am trying to change my lifestyle I have to learn to make healthy choices all of the time and learn to continue staying on track to reach my goals even when I mess up.

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7/4/11 7:43 P

I'm glad you made that breakthrough in thinking, it's so much better to be able to learn about yourself and work on setting yourself up to have a plan of action next time instead of beating yourself up about it this time!

DEBBIEOLMOS57 SparkPoints: (0)
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7/4/11 6:06 P

you are so right

DIANEKB2 SparkPoints: (0)
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7/4/11 5:14 P

Congrats on not getting down on yourself!
I've noticed a few changes in myself as well. I used to stress out about not getting things done or doing things perfectly, but since I've started to read the spark, start a jounal and start my 28 day journey, I've noticed that those things don't bother me anymore. For example, I'm a clean freak. I always have a list of chores to do everyday. Before, if I missed doing something, I'd freak out. The other day, I just didn't have the time for chores and I actually heard myself saying, "Oh well, it just won't get done"! I couldn't believe those words came out of MY mouth!
It's only been a few weeks, but I'm beginning to see changes in myself that I didn't believe could or would happen.

Thanks Sparkpeople!

SPARKGUY SparkPoints: (69,980)
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7/4/11 10:48 A

Thanks for sharing -- what a great post! By doing this you are showing:
1) That you are growing your personal leadership skills
2) Now you are inspiring others by posting this so you are being a leader to others


KELLY_SP SparkPoints: (138,675)
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7/4/11 9:12 A


Thank you for sharing your experience! Your positive and determined outlook will lead you to success. Keep reaching for your goals.

Be well,

25OPTIMIZE Posts: 18,109
7/3/11 10:08 P

I really like your post, and the hope that it represents. Congratulations on making the switch over to a "Lifestyle" mentality, rather than just another diet.


DCRAWFORD78 SparkPoints: (0)
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7/3/11 3:56 P

So, for the first time since I started this journey recently, I overate. In the past my reaction would have been telling myself things like "you're so stupid" or "Can't you commit to anything?" Or even worse "Don't you even love yourself enough to try?" Even thoughts like, "Oh well, I blew it, and then I would go off the diet and forget it. What made the other night different was amazing to me. My first thought was, ugh, I overate. But right away, I began planning what I will do when faced with same situation again. Since I am looking at a healthy lifestyle, there is no "going off" there is just going on with making better and better choices. I am enjoying this new way of thinking and getting healthier!

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