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I cry for no reason. I'm happy when it's inappropriate. Music mends a broken heart. Things I love? ~~~ my husband, my kids, good coffee, chocolate, hot showers, soft pillows, shouting out loud, dancing in the rain, the color orange, Christmas lights, sleeping in, eating out, making up, slowing down, moving forward, not looking back, getting it right, and not being left (alone that is). My husband is my best friend, and I'll follow him to the ends of the earth (even if he won't stop and ask directions.) My kids are my life and I give everything I have to them. I make little time for myself, but I'm trying to change that. I believe in miracles, faith and love; in Santa Claus, the Easter Bunny, and the stupidity of mankind; in smiling too often, Fairies, and happily ever afters. I believe we create our own destinies, and life is what you make it. So, saddle up, take that leap, and may you get the chance to "live like you were dying."

This is something I picked up from Jillian Michaels' newsletter and I thought it was just so motivational that I wanted to share it with everyone!

The Negativity Police

Is your inner voice a trash-talker? If you've tried and failed to reach your fitness goals in the past, negative thoughts might have been what held you back. Want to succeed this time? Get your journal (or log on to your online Fitness Diary). It's time to get some of those thoughts out of your head and onto paper. Ask yourself the following questions:

1. Do you have a negative self-image?
Do you constantly say things like "I'm fat" or "I'm ugly"? Do you pick yourself apart and beat yourself up when you look in the mirror?

2. Do you lack self-confidence?
Do you doubt your ability to achieve your goals, weight-related or otherwise? Do you dwell on your perceived limits or fears? Do you doubt your ability to accomplish the things you want to accomplish?

3. Do you feel powerless?
Do you feel as if you have no control over your life, or do you rely on excuses like "I'm genetically predisposed to being overweight"?

4. Do you label yourself in self-deprecating ways?
Do you think and talk about your failure to lose weight as a foregone conclusion? Do you refer to yourself mockingly (or not!) as a stereotype — the happy/funny fat person in the room? Is your e-mail address "fatso@blank.com"?

Now think about your responses. How would you describe the tone of your answers? Are they affirming and constructive, or downbeat and destructive? Want to turn your thinking around? The following question will help you understand why you have been propagating these destructive thoughts and behaviors so that we can cut them out at the root.

5. How is this negativity hurting you?
Is what you say about yourself really the truth? Or is it a defense mechanism? And if so, against what? Are you just making complicated excuses? How does this kind of negativity help you achieve your goals? The answers to these questions should help you start to see what's at the root of your negative thinking.

Now go back and answer the five questions again, and force yourself to use only positive terms. It can be hard to let go of these negative thought patterns. Often, they're the result of years of self-loathing and your internalizing of the negative opinions and judgments of others, but you can do it. Remember, knowledge is power. Next time one of those negative thoughts crops up, you'll have the awareness to cut it down.

Member Since: 2/4/2008

Fitness Minutes: 3,910

My Goals:
We have a wedding to attend in July... so that's my goal. 40lbs by July 13th. I'm afraid that might be asking for a little too much... but I have high expectations!

My short term goal is to lose 10% of my body weight (17.6lbs) by my anniversarry on April 5th.

My Program:
I'm just taking it one day at a time, and doing the best I can each day.

Carbs and finding time to exercise are my weakness, but I'm getting stronger everday!

Personal Information:
They call me Tara ~~ I will be 24 in April ~~ I currently park my car in Indianapolis, IN (whoot whoot Nap Town!)~~ I have two adorable and amazing little boys. ~~ And the most awesome husband on earth! ~~ I'd be nothing without my family

Other Information:
"Courage is being scared to death, but saddling up anyway." ~ John Wayne

"Find out who you are.... and do it on purpose!"

"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."
-- Ralph Waldo Emerson

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