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I'm forty-eight and work in the medical profession and, I suppose, like most of us, have reached that place where weight gain around the middle has become a real problem. I have a very hectic life and need the motivation to get back on the right track again.

I just thought I'd use these as my "words to live by" for 2010 ~ I love what they say to my soul! Blessings - Beth


Go placidly amid the noise and the haste, and remember what peace there may be in silence. As far as possible, without surrender, be on good terms with all persons. Speak your truth quietly and clearly; and listen to others, even to the dull and the ignorant, they too have their story. Avoid loud and aggressive persons, they are vexations to the spirit.

If you compare yourself with others, you may become vain or bitter; for always there will be greater and lesser persons than yourself. Enjoy your achievements as well as your plans. Keep interested in your own career, however humble; it is a real possession in the changing fortunes of time.

Exercise caution in your business affairs, for the world is full of trickery. But let not this blind you to what virtue there is; many persons strive for high ideals, and everywhere life is full of heroism. Be yourself. Especially do not feign affection. Neither be cynical about love; for in the face of all aridity and disenchantment it is as perennial as the grass. Take kindly the counsel of the years, gracefully surrendering the things of youth.

Nurture strength of spirit to shield you in sudden misfortune. But do not distress yourself with dark imaginings. Many fears are born of fatigue and loneliness. Beyond a wholesome discipline, be gentle with yourself. You are a child of the universe, no less than the trees and the stars; you have a right to be here. And whether or not it is clear to you, no doubt the universe is unfolding as it should.

Therefore, be at peace with God, whatever you conceive Him to be. And whatever your labors and aspirations in the noisy confusion of life, keep peace in your soul. With all its sham, drudgery and broken dreams; it is still a beautiful world. Be cheerful.

Strive to be happy.

--- Max Ehrmann, 1927

Member Since: 11/28/2008

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My Goals:
I'm hoping to lose enough weight to be happy, once again, in my own skin :^) and to get my doctor off my back - LOL! And I believe Spark People is the perfect place to do it!

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I currently do a combination of daily treadmill and free weights combinations every day - making sure I do at least 100 crunches of some kind. My abdomen is my real "problem area"

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My name is Beth Smith and I'm from a small town in the Northern Shenandoah Valley called Front Royal, Virginia. I've been a medical professional for the past thirty years, working in the field of radiology and currently specializing in nuclear medicine. I'm married and am very active am my church, missions, and Emmaus.

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Philppians 4:13 I can do all things through Christ, who gives me strength.

Proverbs 3:5-6 Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not rely on your own understanding; Think about Him in all your ways, and He will guide you on the right paths.

"I believe that, when I stand before God, God will simply ask me, 'How did you use the gift of Life I gave you?" Pope John Paul XXIII

"God's work is not in buildings, it's in transformed lives." Ruth Bell Graham

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