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~~Remember this motto to live by: "Life should NOT be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in an attractive and well preserved body, but rather to skid in sideways, drink in one hand, body thoroughly used up, totally worn out and screaming "WOO HOO! What a ride!"
~~I want to be the kind of woman that when my feet hit the floor each morning, the devil says, "Oh crap, she's up!"
~~It may be that your sole purpose in life is simply to serve as a warning to others.
~~ Jillian tidbit: There’s a great payoff in failing…it gives us another chance. Failure is the best teacher of all.
If you really put a small value upon yourself, rest assured that the world will not raise your price. ~Author Unknown
You have brains in your head.
You have feet in your shoes.
You can steer yourself in any direction you choose.
You're on your own.
And you know what you know.
You are the guy who'll decide where to go.
~Dr. Seuss
A gold medal is a nice thing - but if you're not enough without it, you'll never be enough with it. ~From Cool Runnings
Courage does not always roar, sometimes it is a quiet voice at the end of the day saying..."I will try again tomorrow.
~~“If a man is called to be a street sweeper, he should
sweep streets even as Michelangelo painted, or Beethoven composed music, or Shakespeare wrote poetry. He should sweep streets so well that all the hosts of heaven and earth will pause to say, here lived a great street sweeper who did his job well.” Dr Martin Luther King Jr
~~Right actions for the future are the best apologies for wrong ones in the past. -- Tyron Edwards
"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. Tomorrow is a new day; you shall begin it serenely and with too high a spirit to be encumbered with your old nonsense." Ralph Waldo Emerson
You take your life in your own hands, & what happens? A terrible thing: no one to blame. ~Erica Jong
Be who you are
and say what you feel,
Because those who
matter don't mind. and
those who mind don't matter
by Dr. Seuss
'Life is not the way it's supposed to be. It's the way it is.
The way you cope with it is what makes the difference.'
sarah marie~~01/09/80~~8:19 p.m. 7'10", 21 inches
amber renee~~08/20/81~~4:27 a.m. 6'15", 20 inches
kimberly nicole~~11/04/83~~1:04 p.m. 8'11", 21 inches

charles joseph~~05/01/99~~4:55 a.m. 6'10', 21 inches
klaudia ann~~12/07/01~~ 10:43 p.m. 8', 21 inches
kelvyn james~~12/23/04~~ 8:22 a.m., 8'8", 21 inches
khloe nya~~07/28/09~~7:55 a.m. 8'5", 19 inches
lillian jewel~~12/17/09~~10:05 p.m. 7'12', 19 inches


!!!!!!DIET SECRETS!!!!!!

everyone seems to want to know your diet secrets- sheesh, i wish it were so easy!! but i do think there are some, and thought i should start listing some:

~~be good to yourself, love yourself, how can you expect anyone to love to, to want to be with you, if you don't love yourself? if you can say you're fat and worthless, doesn't that give others license to do so?? so love yourself, take care of you!! and demand the same from others in your life!!
~~connected to above- but, we so beat ourselves up, we have to be at least as supportive to ourselves as we are to others, i try to talk to myself as i would talk to my daughter- if she called me to say she was awful and worthless cuz she ate a burger.....would you agree? heck no, you'd boost her up, support her, push her back up on that train!! remind her of the good she's done-- at least do the same for yourself!!
~~smaller goals, looking at the big picture still kills me, so smaller, more attainable goals-- being successful is a huge boost!
~~changing goals- not just weight loss, BMI, clothes sizes, the scale may not always be your friend, but there are other things to feel good about also
~~getting healthy- even if the weight isn't falling off, i have huge quality of life issues, so getting healthy is extremely important!!
~~NO EXCUSES!!! no pms, no nasty boss, no life sucks, etc........ it's all about choice- my choice- my commitment- if i eat that bloomin onion-- all by myself.....i did it all by myself-- NO EXCUSES!! make my choice, live with it, and CHOOSE to do a lot better the next day!!!
~~forgive yourself- we're only human- we will never, ever be perfect.......every day is a new day......and not "dieting"- but making lifestyle changes, finding a way to live for life-- it takes some time, some trial and long as you learn from any slip- it's not a failure- it's a lesson!!
~~no special diet- eating healthier- counting calories-- i treat my calories like money- i have so much for the day- have to decide how i want to spend them, blow then on, try to get as much bang for the buck as i can!!
Law of the Garbage Truck

One day a couple hopped in a taxi and took off for the airport. They were driving in the right lane when suddenly a black car jumped out of a parking space right in front of them. Their taxi driver slammed on his brakes, skidded, and missed the other car by just inches! The driver of the other car whipped his head around and started yelling at them. The taxi driver just smiled and waved at the guy. Surprisedly, he was really friendly. So the couple asked, 'Why did you just do that? This guy almost ruined your car and sent us to the hospital!' This is when their taxi driver taught them what I now call, 'The Law of the Garbage Truck.'

He explained that many people are like garbage trucks. They run around full of garbage, full of frustration, full of anger, and full of disappointment. As their garbage piles up, they need a place to dump it and sometimes they'll dump it on you.

Don't take it personally. Just smile, wave, wish them well, and move on. Don't take their garbage and spread it to other people at work, at home, or on the streets.

The bottom line is that successful people do not let garbage trucks take over their day. Life's too short to wake up in the morning with regrets, so...
love the people who treat you right. Pray for the ones who don't.

Life is ten percent what you make it and ninety percent how you take it!

Have a blessed, garbage-free day
been on the typical dieting yo-yo for as long as i can remember, i believe it's now or never, but i've got to do it- hopefully, this time, with help-- i can finally get it done
been here a couple months now- wow, what a great community

seeing how successful some have been already, seeing how many people think and feel some of my same difficulties-- i feel so at home here

i hope i can help others as much as they are helping me!

the most important thing i've had to learn, is this slow and steady road.......patience is not one of my virtues, but the fast, un-healthy dieting has never lasted for me, so if i take this slower, day by day- sheesh, on a rough day it really is hour by hour-- this slower journey should get me to my goals

seeing how well others are doing here really does motivate me!!!
6-20-08 up-date

wow, still here, still sparking!!
still trying to find my niche here, not sure exactly where i fit yet

the challenges help me, a lot!! knowing i have a team to be accountable to- sometimes that's all i need to not go grab a cheat meal

i do know i'm moving slow........but i totally believe that has been my downfall before- too fast, too much- and then not truly building healthy patterns to sustain

i know i have lots of head stuff to work on yet........i still want to eat, a lot, all the good un-healthy stuff! so i struggle with that daily..... i'm a "volume" eater- need a lot of food to satisfy- grabbing something on the go has never been my has been my relaxing friend........something to keep me company for a while, so i'm struggling to find healthy foods that takes a while to eat!!

but i'm still here- really, i'm at a crucial time for me- i've gotten to this point before, and then put it all back if i can get through this, keep going, keep succeeding........i believe i can make it

having smaller goals is the only way i can do this!! if i look at the big picture, i get frustrated! so i've had weekly goals, monthly first big goal i set when signing up here was a goal weight for my b-day.............2 months away yet...........but i have to stop myself cuz i'm getting antsy to get there and pick my next goal........but that gets me scared of the big picture again....

but i'm still here............still working at it............

definitely learning daily from spark!!
8/21/08- up-date- birthday up-date- see blog
Heather Small - Proud Lyrics

I look into the window of my mind
Reflections of the fears I know I've left behind
I step out of the ordinary
I can feel my soul ascending
I am on my way
Can't stop me now
And you can do the same

What have you done today to make you feel proud?
It's never too late to try
What have you done today to make you feel proud?
You could be so many people
If you make that break for freedom
What have you done today to make you feel proud?
There once was a woman who woke up one morning, looked in the mirror, and noticed she had only three strands of hair on her head

Well,' she said, 'I think I'll braid my hair today?' So she did and she had a wonderful day.

The next day she woke up, looked in the mirror and saw that she had only two strands of hair on her head.

'H-M-M,' she said, 'I think I'll part my hair down the middle today?' So she did and she had a grand day.

The next day she woke up, looked in the mirror and noticed that she had only one strand of hair on her head.

'Well,' she said, 'today I'm going to wear my hair in a pony tail.' So she did and she had a fun, fun day.

The next day she woke up, looked in the mirror and noticed that there wasn't a single strand of hair on her head.

'YEAH!' she exclaimed, 'I don't have to fix my hair today!'

Attitude is everything.

Be kinder than necessary, for everyone you meet is fighting some kind of battle.

Life isn't about waiting for the storm to pass . . . It's about learning to dance in the rain!!!
not really up-dating here any more, this is long enough- i use blogs now for up-dates

Member Since: 3/5/2008

Fitness Minutes: 51,954

My Goals:
dieting- obviously-- getting better with working out-- considering a gym, but that's rather intimidating-- trying to find more options, so i don't feel deprived-- just really want to feel better

100 lb gone goal~(207)~~~ 10/01/2008
BMI- (started at 45.3)--"only" over-weight~(BMI- 29.8 at 202)~~~ 10/22/2008
ONE-derville~(199)~~~ 11/05/08
130 lbs gone- 03/21/09
BMI- normal~(163)~~~


!!BACK UP TO 227 LBS!!
~~no more one-derville
~~BMI back up to OBESE--35.1

let's do it again.......

My Program:
atttempting to watch what i eat- doing some exercise at home

Personal Information:
divorced, grown kids-- i do work too much, and have often used my weight as an excuse to not get out and do much- i used to be pretty self-confident, sure would like that back again

Other Information:
love to read, the csi type shows on tv, most of my "hobbies" are pretty solitary

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    Hi! Just a shout out to congratulate you!

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    Again, Congratulations Beautiful!

    Thanks for spreading a little beauty, love, friendship, and support into my life!

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