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There's a difference between interest and commitment. When you're interested in doing something, you do it only when it's convenient. When you're committed to something, you accept no excuses; only results. -Kenneth Blanchard

A man who wants something will find a way; a man who doesn't will find an excuse. - Stephen Dolley Jr.

The greatest accomplishment is not in never falling, but in rising again after you fall."
~Vince Lombardi

Write Down Your Goals!”
By Al Argo, Motivational Speaker & Marketing Strategist

“IF you don’t write your goal down on paper,
Beware, it may try to be an escaper.
But when you do write your goal in your journal,
What you have done is planted a kernel.
And everyone, who knows anything knows,
That what a man reaps is what a man sows!
So write down your hopes and journal your goals
And press on through the highs and the lows.
Through the thick and through the thin,
If you never, never quit – eventually you win.
In every failure is a seed of success,
So keep trying, keep trying –
And you’ll be the best.
Write down your goals
And surprise the rest.”

Have a great day!

I am unlimited.
I take responsibility for my life.
My every action is a conscious choice.
I can accomplish anything good that I truly set my mind on.
I keep focus, and persevere.

I have been with sparks now since February 09. I am a 47 year old female currently working as a community nurse, I enjoy helping people. I am a private person who enjoys exercise, photography and having fun. I have a wonderful husband and a daughter who is 16 . I have been fighting with my weight since my daughter was born. I guess you can call me a yo yo dieter. This year I am trying something new I am changing my lifestyly to a healthier happier life. I have started eating clean foods and trying to eliminate all the chemicals and processed foods from my diet. I am no longer dieting just eating good healthy foods. I have tried many other programs but I guess never really took it as a life style change and the weight always crept back on. I have always worked out at a gym and tried to stay physically fit, but somehow it never became a habit. Now I am doing exercise everyday as part of my daily routine, just like showering or getting dressed. I break it up into small steps . As soon as I get up I grab water and do a 20 minute circuit training and then I am set to have shower and start my day. I later add more cardio and some weight training or yoga. I have already noticed an increase in energy and my clothes are starting to fit much better. I have actually stopped weighing myself as so many people get so caught up on the numbers. I am hoping that this is my last change. One I will carry through for the rest of my life and my daughter will also carry on with hers.

To be nobody but yourself--in a world which is doing its best, night and day, to make you everybody else-- means to fight the hardest battle which any human being can fight; and never stop fighting. EE Cummings, poet

Life is not a 'brief candle.' It is a splendid torch that must be made to burn as brightly as possible before it is handed on to the next generation.

- George Bernard Shaw, Irish critic and playwright

Finish each day
And be done with it.
You have done what you could.
Some blunders and
Absurdities have crept in.
Forget them as soon as you can."
by Ralph Waldo Emerson

You are special
I will always love you
I will protect you
You are wonderful
I love you because you are my child
You are the best
You are soooooo beautiful
my inner child

Life is either a daring adventure or nothing. Security is mostly a superstition. It does not exist in nature.
- Helen Keller

Play with life, laugh with life, dance lightly with life, and smile at the riddles of life, knowing that life’s only true lessons are writ small in the margin.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie


I am your constant companion.
I am your greatest asset or heaviest burden.
I will push you up to success or down to disappointment.
I am at your command.
Half the things you do might just as well be turned over to me,
For I can do them quickly, correctly, and profitably.
I am easily managed, just be firm with me.
Those who are great, I have made great.
Those who are failures, I have made failures.
I am not a machine, though I work with the precision
of a machine and the intelligence of a person.
You can run me for profit, or you can run me for ruin.
Show me how you want it done. Educate me. Train me.
Lead me. Reward me.
And I will it automatically.
I am your servant.
Who am I?
I am a habit.

~Author Unknown

The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.

- Martin Luther King Jr., civil rights icon

Keep away from people who try to belittle your ambitions. Small people always do that, but the really great ones make you feel that you, too, can become great

In our lives, we have two or three opportunities to be a hero, but almost every day, we have the opportunity not to be a coward.

ONE SONG can spark a moment
ONE FLOWER can wake the dream
ONE TREE can start a forest
ONE BIRD can herald spring.
ONE SMILE begins a friendship
ONE HANDCLASP lifts a soul
ONE STAR can guide a ship at sea
ONE WORD can frame the goal.
ONE VOTE can change a nation
ONE SUNBEAN lights a room
ONE CANDLE wipes out darkness
ONE LAUGH will conquer gloom.
ONE STEP must start each journey
ONE WORD must start each prayer
ONE HOPE will raise our spirits
ONE TOUCH can show you care.
ONE VOICE can speak with wisdom
ONE HEART can know what's true
ONE LIFE can make the difference.
It's up to you.

June 1: There is no such thing as wasted love.
Living Your Yoga: When a relationship ends, one or both parties may feel that their love was "wasted." But love can never be wasted; it is embedded in our being and fuels us through our whole life. Right now, spend a moment and feel gratitude for all the love you have given and all the love you have received.

June 2: To live with courage is the highest form of practice.
Living Your Yoga: It is interesting that both love and courage are said to reside in the heart. When we live by consciously choosing courage, we express life's spirit. Today express your courage by choosing something difficult to say or do. It need only be a small thing, but it will open your heart.

June 3: Security doesn't exist.
Living Your Yoga: We all long for security: from loneliness, from fear, from illness. Yet the great irony is that nothing is secure enough to last, even with the best planning. Sit quietly for a few minutes. Inhale slowly, and as you exhale let yourself settle into the awareness that all is fleeting. This awareness is the only security.

June 4: True freedom can never be taken away.
Living Your Yoga: Even if you are in jail, your inner freedom lives. Today when you hear yourself saying you are "stuck" in some way, remember that true freedom can never be touched.

June 5: Growing old is not a mistake.
Living Your Yoga: We live in a youth-oriented culture. We are given the message that growing old is to be avoided. Today celebrate your age, whatever it is. (If it's your birthday, Happy Birthday!)

June 6: Am I lovable? How I answer this question will affect me every day.
Living Your Yoga: Today when you lie in Savasana (Basic Relaxation Pose), remind yourself that you are the product of the love of the Universe. See this in yourself and see it in others throughout the day.

June 7: Our commitment is to the process, not the goal.
Living Your Yoga: Commitment to a goal can make us rigid. Instead, recommit today to the process of getting to your goal. This commitment to process will allow new information to shape your learning on the way to your goal.

*From Judith Hanson Lasater's book, "A Year of Living Your Yoga."

P is for the pet, you catch on film as they run by.
H is for the holidays,what fun to capture the bustle.
O is for the outdoors,where opporitunity is always around the corner.
T is for the time, you take to get that special picture.
O is for the obstacle, that gets in the way of a good shot.
G is for the garden, that shows nature in action.
R is for the reward, when that special photo is admired by others.
A is for the apple, that makes a great still life.
P is for the people, that are great for candid shots.
H is for the horses, that are fun to take or be in the picture with.
Y is for your time, and effort you put toward your hobby.

Why Women Cry”
A little boy asked his mother,
Why are you crying?'
'Because I'm a woman,' she told him,
'I don't understand,' he said,
His Mom just hugged him and said,
'And you never will,'

Later the little boy asked his father,
'Why does mother seem to cry for no reason?'
'All women cry for no reason,'
was all his dad could say,

The little boy grew
up and became a man,
still wondering why women cry,

Finally he put in a call to God,
When God got on the phone, he asked,
'God, why do women cry so easily?'
God said: 'When I made the woman
she had to be special, I made her
shoulders strong enough to carry the
weight of the world, yet gentle
enough to give comfort,

I gave her an inner strength to endure
childbirth and the rejection that many
times comes from her children, I gave her
a hardness that allows her to keep going
when everyone else gives up, and take
care of her family through sickness and
fatigue without complaining, I gave her the
sensitivity to love her children under any
and all circumstances, even when her
child has hurt her very badly,

I gave her strength to carry her husband
through his faults and fashioned her
from his rib to protect his heart, I gave
her wisdom to know that a good husband
never hurts his wife, but sometimes tests
her strengths and her resolve to stand
beside him unfalteringly,

And finally, I gave her a tear to shed,
This is hers exclusively to use
whenever it is needed,'

'You see my son,' said God,
'the beauty of a woman is not in the clothes
she wears, the figure that she carries,
or the way she combs her hair, The beauty
of a woman must be seen in her eyes,
because that is the doorway to her heart
- the place where love resides,'

Goals for May

Eat Clean
Circuit train daily
walk daily
drink 12 glasses of water per day

Member Since: 3/22/2009

Fitness Minutes: 6,141

My Goals:
I will try and keep my calorie intake at around 1200 cal for 7 days
Eat clean
do c25km 3x per week
walk 4 days a week
Will weight train 4 days a week
I will drink 12 glasses of water per day
I will be sure to track all my food x 7 days

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The main "enemy" of motivation is the tendency to see yourself as the hapless victim of forces (or urges) over which you have no control.
If you spend too much time working on your weaknesses, all you end up with is a lot of strong weaknesses.

- Dan Sullivan, business coach

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