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“Every person who is really an artist desires to create inside of himself another, deeper, more interesting life than the one that actually surrounds him.” Konstantin Stanislavski

"Just as the water reflects the stars and the moon, the body reflects the mind and soul." - Rumi

"It is better to conquer yourself than to win a thousand battles. Then the victory is yours. It cannot be taken from you, not by angels or by demons, heaven or hell."- Buddha

"Every breath we take, every step we make, can be filled w/ peace, joy and serenity." Thich Nhat Hanh

"Never be too much available for someone, otherwise you will lose your importance."

"We have the power to hold no opinion about a thing and to not let it upset our state of mind! For things have no natural power to shape our judgments!" Marcus Aurelius from Meditations

"Don’t let the fact that some people are looking at you through outdated lenses discourage you from growing and evolving in life."

"A smart person knows what to say. A wise person knows whether or not to say it."

“It is no measure of health to be well-adjusted to a profoundly sick society.” Krishnamurti

“Honestly some folk will take offence at anything, I met a bloke with no legs this morning while at the bus stop, all I asked was ‘How are you getting on?” Billy Conolly joke

"It is the mind that creates the body, it is the mind that makes you workout 4-5 hours a day. It is the mind that visualizes what the body ought to look like as the finished product!" Arnold Schwarzenegger

“Death is as sure for that which is born, as birth is for that which is dead. Therefore grieve not for what is inevitable.” Bhagavad Gita

Listen for your own deep questions and follow them. Let them guide you the way a compass guides a lost traveler, marking true north when there are no maps. Sherry Ruth Anderson.

"Be Someone Who Makes Someone Else Look Forward to Tomorrow!"

"Don't Speak Unless You Can Improve on Silence."

"Knowledge has to be improved, challenged, and increased constantly, or it vanishes." Peter Drucker

"Worry is Negative Meditation."

"When Life gives You Lemons make an Arnold Palmer!"

"'Do not be bothered by what people say as long as you are sure that you are doing what seems right to you, but be sure that you face yourself honestly.'" Anna Roosevelt

"Humility supersedes all of life's expectations. For it is one of the most difficult forms of expressions to achieve."

"All I Want is Everything."

"Beauty is the Illumination of the Soul."

"Everything changes when you begin to love yourself! You no longer send out an energy of desperation or need to be filled from the outside. You become a powerful source/force within yourself that attracts better. The more you love who you are, the less you seek validation and approval!"

"To control a people, you must first control what they think about themselves and how they regard their history and their culture. When your conqueror makes you ashamed of your history and culture, he needs no prison walls or chains to hold you!" John Henrik Clarke

"You want to fly, you gotta give up the crap that weighs you down!" Toni Morrison

"I love you in ways that are infinite and as in eternity have no beginning or end." Elizabeth Barrett Browning

"Ignorance and prejudice are the handmaidens of propaganda!" Kofi Annan

"Once you feel someone is avoiding you, never disturb them again!"

"Listen and Silent are spelled with the same letters, think about that!"

"Dialogue has to create a life, it has to be self-sustaining. Conversation is definitely not dialogue." Sam Shepard

“The temptation to take the easy road is always there. It is as easy as staying in bed in the morning and sleeping in. But discipline is paramount to ultimate success.” Jocko Willink

"Being obedient to a calling isn’t always easy. All my life I’ve simply listened more often than not and then took action. The fruit of my effort is what the world sees. The tending to the soil, the pruning, watering and light given is for me. However sometimes in real time all must bear witness to it all. Watch as we turn poison into medicine." Malik Yoba

"Don't criticize what you can't understand!" Bob Dylan

"I finally faced the fact that it isn't a crime not having friends. Being alone means you have fewer problems." Whitney Houston

"If you don't go after what you want, you'll never have it! If you don't ask, the answer will always be no! If you don't step forward, you will always be in the same place!"

"When I loved myself enough, I began leaving whatever wasn't healthy! This meant people, jobs, my own beliefs and habits-anything that kept me small. My judgment called it disloyal, now I see it as self-loving!" Kim McMillen

"You are not stuck, you are committed to certain patterns of behavior because they served you in the past. Now these behaviors are more harmful than helpful. The reason you can't move forward is because you keep applying an old formula to a new level in your life! Change the formula to get a new result!"

"Your perception of yourself affects your vibe. Love yourself, be confident in your looks, express your talents, let your good vibes flow."

"Don't let fear ruin your life, don't let your soul get tarnished by what you cannot change!"

"Don't be so hard on yourself. You were only supposed to climb the mountain, not carry it! The best thing you can do for yourself right now is grow into a better person. Let go of the attachment, keep the lessons it taught you, and take the time to make your soul happy!"

"Everything can be taken from a man but one thing: the last of human freedoms - to choose one's attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one's own way." Viktor Frankl~

Just living is not enough. One must have sunshine, freedom, and a little flower. Hans Christian Andersen

“You will never leave where you are, until you decide where you’d rather be.”

100% of people who say you are too sensitive are saying that because they don't want to be held responsible for your reaction when they mistreat you!

Part of the spiritual work is remembering who you are when triggered!

"Appreciate every minute of your Life."- Luke Perry

"Do not be bothered by what people say as long as you are sure that you are doing what seems right to you, but be sure that you face yourself honestly.'" Anna "Bamie" Roosevelt

"Don't be afraid to fail, be afraid not to try!"

"Strength is the ability to make that which you believe in a reality." - Zhang Liao

"Don't Let Your Soul Get Tarnished by What You Can't Change!"

“What you really fear is inside yourself. You fear your own power”.
- Ra’s Al Ghul

"If a person wants to be a part of your life, they will make an obvious effort to do so. Think twice before reserving a space in your heart for people who do not make an effort to stay."

"A man without a vision for the future always returns to the past"

I will not allow anyone to oppress or intimidate me! Do not compromise this idea for anyone~

Keep your flaws in perspective. It’s okay to see where you need to improve, but make sure you appreciate your progress.

Dark Humour is like food, not everyone gets it!

My philosophy is: It's none of my business what people say of me and think of me. I am what I am, and I do what I do. I expect nothing and accept everything. And it makes life so much easier. Anthony Hopkins

"When we least expect it, life sets us a challenge to test our courage and willingness to change; at such a moment, there is no point in pretending that nothing has happened or in saying that we are not yet ready. The challenge will not wait. Life does not look back.
When you find your path, you must not be afraid. You need to have sufficient courage to make mistakes. Disappointment, defeat, and despair are the tools God uses to show us the way
Life has a way to test a person's will.
Either by having nothing happen at all, or by having everything happen at once." Paolo Coelho

When another person makes you suffer, it is because he suffers deeply within himself, and his suffering is spilling over. He does not need punishment; he needs help. That's the message he is sending. — Thich Nhat Hahn

"Thinking about how we mourn artists we've never met. We don't cry because we knew them, we cry because they helped us know ourselves." Juliette ElusiveJ (from Twitter)

"Live as if you need to have no approval for your thoughts, because I do that! Be yourself!" kayah

"I don't really much care what people say about me; because it is a reflection of who they are!" Prince

"This has been a major conundrum for me: Why is the flow state of consciousness so often described as “losing yourself” to an activity, when the default mode brain network is highly active while people are in the flow state? The default mode network plays an important role in self-related cognition and personal goal processing. The flow state is characterized not just by activation of the default mode network, however, but also by the relative *deactivation* of areas of the lateral prefrontal cortex that play a role in working memory and metacognition. So I’m thinking that the “losing yourself” metaphor for flow that is so prominent is incorrect. It’s actually quite the opposite. When in flow, what is actually happening is that you are totally BEING YOURSELF. Without self-criticism. Instead of losing yourself, you are being yourself. The key distinction here is that losing your *sense* of self is not the same thing as losing your self. At least, that’s my latest thinking about this." Scott Barry Kaufman

"The pain of yesterday is the strength of today." Paulo Coelho

"Just because your past may not have been perfect, doesn't mean that your future can't be amazing." Robin Sharma

"Learn to be comfortable in uncomfortable situations!"

"People who have nothing to say, usually talk a lot. People who have a lot to say, use few words chosen carefully...."

What will you get to see because you did the stuff you didn't feel like doing?

"We need to let loose of things that are bothering us and holding us back from being the people we are called to be. So I got to quit sweating the little things. Life is too short to let it bother me!" Spark Member Bob~

LET GO...or be dragged!! Decide to release the hold on what you've been hanging on to that has kept you stuck, frozen, ashamed or indecisive. Let go of the clutter in your life, and decide not to do harm to yourself in your own mind. Allow yourself permission to release any memories of experiences that keep you from creating your GREATEST life. Look around the spaces of your life and take time to clean up, clear out, throw out what doesn't serve you. Do you own the stuff in your life...or does it own you? Learn to live with less. The more you release...physically and mentally, the more space you will create for new energy, new relationships and friendships and brand new perspectives on life. Sometimes, less is more! Free yourself to live a life you love! You Deserve! — Les Brown

"People don't understand that to achieve the feeling of being alone and loving your own company is such a strong commitment to yourself and also an empowering step in your life. This is one important thing that every person must experience."

“You don’t learn from things going well, you learn from things when they don’t go well, there is a reason for that. It gives you the opportunity to make choices and grow from it.” Paul Michael Glaser

“The only key fear is helplessness in the face of our mortality. I can choose to celebrate my courage in the face of helplessness and have compassion in my fear, compassion for myself and my sadness. It became something I could practise so, when I was having a difficult time, I could put my hands together and be thankful for this opportunity to remind myself of my connection to my spiritual existence.” Paul Michael Glaser

"The truth is, of course, is that there is no journey. We are arriving and departing all at the same time"---David Bowie

"The Bad News! You cannot make people to like, validate, understand, accept or be nice to you, the good news is that it doesn't matter!"

“Don’t take anything personally. Nothing others do is because of you. What others say and do is a projection of their own reality, their own dream.” ~ Don Miguel Ruiz

"Open minded people do not impose their beliefs on others. They accept all of life's perspectives and realities, doing their own thing in peace without judgment!"

"The worst person to be around is someone who appreciates nothing and complains about everything!"

"Don't expect her to paraphrase her life for you; she was born to be a story! And if you can't understand that, then perhaps she's beyond your reading level!" Johnny Ox

I've reached a point in my life where I find it's no longer necessary to try to impress anyone. If they like me the way I am, that's good. If they don't, it's their loss. — Unknown

”There is no designated time for anything in your life. You don’t have to have your first kiss at any certain time, you don’t have to get married in your 20′s and you don’t have to do anything just because other people think it’s best. In fact, you will be much better off if you just do what your heart says. The day you stop caring what other people think is the day their opinions don’t mean anything, because you’re not there to give them weight.” ~ Brianna West

"No matter what happens, no matter how far you seem to be away from where you want to be, never stop believing that you will somehow make it. Have an unrelenting belief that things will work out, that the long road has purpose, that the things that you desire may not happen today, but they will happen. Continue to persist and persevere." - Brad Gast

"If you want something you never had, you have to be willing to do something you've never done!"

"I'll tell you what hermits realise. If you go off into a very far forest and get very quiet, you'll come to understand you are connected with everything!" Alan Watts~

"Don't just teach your children to read, teach them to question what they read! Teach them to question everything!" George Carlin

"We must be our own before we can be another's." Ralph Waldo Emerson

Never respond to rudeness. when people are rude to you they reveal who they are, not who you are! Don't take it personally it is best to be silent!

“Success seems to be connected with action. Successful people keep moving. They make mistakes, but they don't quit.” Conrad Hilton

"When you dance to your own rhythm, people may not understand you, they may hate you! Mostly they wish they had the courage to do the same!"

"Move out of your comfort zone. You can only grow if you are willing to feel awkward and uncomfortable when you try something new." Brian Tracy

"See the glass as half full and fill it the rest of the way up!"

"If you can't figure out your purpose find your passion because when you follow your passion you have your purpose!"

"I have decided to be happy because it is good for my health!"

"Remember if you only lose 1 pound a week for a year you will have lost 52 pounds!"

“The greater danger for most of us is not that our aim is too high and we miss it, but that it is too low and we reach it.”

"You don't know how strong you are until being strong is the only choice you have." Bob Marley~

Don't take on others problems because you likely have enough to deal with on your own!

"I don't hate people I just feel better when they aren't around!" Charles Bukowski

"Don't quit your daydream!"

"That moment when you feel like giving up, when it doesn't seem worth it. That's when change happens!"

“There is only one thing that makes a dream impossible to achieve: the fear of failure.” Paolo Coelho

"I am not sorry I am agnostic, don't be sorry for me :)~"

"The secret to getting ahead is getting started." Mark Twain

"Perception defines our reality!"

"Don't stop so you have to start over!"

"Your life is your story, write well, edit often!"

"A writer is someone who taught his mind to misbehave."
Oscar Wilde

"Being a writer is just a way for grown-ups to keep their imaginary friends." Brian A. Klems~

"Quality is not an act it's a habit." Mike Trout

"Nothing can stop the person with the right mental attitude from achieving their goal, nothing on earth can help the person with the wrong mental attitude." Thomas Jefferson

"Once you choose hope anything is possible." Chris Reeve

"Love knows no reasons, love knows no lies. Love defies all reasons, love has no eyes. But love is not blind, love sees but doesn't mind."

"I often think that the night is more alive and more richly coloured than the day." Vincent Van Gogh

"You get out of life what you put into it! Stop being passive and get active, no more excuses!"

"Inhale Peace, Exhale Love!"

"Happiness in intelligent people is the rarest thing I know!" Ernest Hemingway~ Have Strength & Power in Self Love...

Eating vegan as much as I can to reduce the sodium further, walking at least 90 minutes a day and getting back to 6-9 miles 5 times a week. Working on my strength training and tracking my steps each day. Getting into hiking more since it is so fun & a nifty workout. I drink tea, water, coffee, some soy. Seldom drink soda, never smoke & very rarely drink, no white products, avoid sugar and pretty much all dairy. I don't care for sweets too much. Eating more of the fruits I can tolerate well like apples, peaches, strawberries, oranges, red grapes, bananas in breads or smoothies.

Not really looking to lose much more weight for the most part (in maintenance) since I am within the range for my height and my clothes are feeling and looking quite good lately. I started at 143 and I am at 127 pounds now which is about right for me. I feel stronger and have more energy and want to gain muscle and greater health.

I joined Spark People, to keep gaining motivation to stay with exercise & a good nutrition, its a lifestyle. Plus my mood is always great after I exercise and I can see and feel the benefits of working out regularly! Always trying to get in the right amount of sleep since I deal with insomnia.

Making sure I am tracking, calories out are more than calories in for the day, keeping calm and even, practising meditation, deep stretching and proper breathing. Each month I will have short term goals and set long term goals. Also making sure I have time for my writing, journaling, reading, cooking, learning foreign languages, making sure I am taking care with my emotional health and having fun with my life~

"Your happiness is up to you. Whatever happened in your life to make you who you are up until this point is irrelevant. It is your responsibility now to take control and change your life to be what you want it to be. Energy and persistence conquer all things. Make time, not excuses."

Sometimes the greatest mystery in life is who we truly are~

"Some people think luxury is the opposite of poverty. It is not. It is the opposite of vulgarity." - Coco Chanel Hehehe!

I speak English, Spanish, Italian & Russian. I can read and write Portuguese & French passably!

Member Since: 5/20/2011

Fitness Minutes: 250,782

My Goals:
Continue to gain core balance, energy, strength & flexibility! Practising Yoga, Pilates, Strength Training, Walking, Fitness Blender, Zumba, Bob Harper & Belly Dancing.

I would like to stay round 115 pounds. Its more important to me to feel good about my appearance. I am achieving a leaner build and muscle from strength training!

7 hours of sleep!
keep reducing sodium!
eat vegetables & fruit!
reduce bread servings!
drink water and tea, 64ozs a day!

120 minutes of exercise in a day minimum level!
Walking 30 minutes 4 times a week!
Yoga 5 times a week!
Strength Train 3-4 times a week!
Cardio 4-5 times a week!
Dance training 3 times a week!

My Program:
Practising Yoga, Pilates, Belly Dancing and Strength Training 3-5 times a week!
Getting in proper stretching every day for 20 minutes minimum!

Getting the required 7 hours of sleep in a sleep session.

Eating properly & mindfully! Getting at least 64oz of water and proper liquids daily!

Tracking progress in my daily planner! No more FitBit tracking, have had horrible luck with 3 trackers no thanks for the poor performance of the devices.

Eating vegan (McDougall mainly) getting enough calcium and all the vitamins I need to function properly!

Eating fruits and vegetables with every meal; Reducing sugar in my coffee!

Maintaining good habits all year around as not to lose any ground!

Personal Information:
Football-Denver Broncos!
Baseball-Angel Red & Dodger Blue!
Hockey-Golden Knights!

Don't believe in "religion" but have respect for everyone and their beliefs & thoughts. I do believe there may be a higher power and I follow many ideas of Buddhism.

"If we were doomed to live forever, we would scarcely be aware of the beauty around us." Peter Matthiessen

Other Information:
I like documentaries, action movies, travel and travel programs, sports and dancing. I don't watch much TV but I keep up.

I love amusement parks and will go on many rides unless it jerks you round. I can't do it.

I read, write and listen to a lot of different music a great deal of the time. I read mainly Non Fiction, History, Linguistics, Medicine, Literature, Spirituality, Sports and Cooking related books.

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