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Sunday, February 08, 2009

I have had a week of tracking, eating within my cal range, exercising and getting a lot of sleep. Did I lose anything? No, I stayed the same. BooHoo! But I gained a lot of valuable lessons.

To persevere and wait on God’s timing (ugh, how I hate the patience thing!)
To try things for awhile, be persistent and consistent
I will continue to follow with tracking, exercise and eating and tweaking it as I see needed. I will stick with what I am doing for now and give this plan a chance to work. If I stay consistent I will know soon enough.

I won’t give up and I won’t let the discouragement allow my energy and motivation to fade. I was frustrated and down yesterday, but I feel good and energized today!

I couldn’t do all this without all of you! My wonderful friends who are so encouraging and supportive! Thank you!!

A lot of the change in me has been in my approach to everything in my life. So much has happened to me and my family in the last couple of years, but especially the past year. I can’t change that. I felt so helpless and hopeless and I can’t fix things or people. But I can change how I look at things, how I approach things.
It is like magic! I am truly amazed at how I am responding in a new way to things in my life. I am standing strong and tall and facing things head on. I am not allowing things to get at me as much. I am putting up my hand in that “stop fashion” when challenges arise and saying, Stop, don’t come any closer. Whether it is a situation or person that is causing my stress, I am standing firm and making my boundaries clear with others that I have had enough.

You know what is really amazing? When you calmly and wisely set boundaries with others and put the choice back in their hands of how THEY will react everything changes! They can’t stay mean, or angry! It diffuses the situation!!

Those of you who really know me know all that I have been through especially lately. You have told me I am strong, but I haven’t felt that way lately. I had to dig really deep, take a step back and reassess where I was at, where I was going and where I needed to be right now.
I am learning that I need to be there for me first. That is really hard. I can’t stand the thought of not being there for others. But I think I still am, just giving a smaller portion of myself, but a better quality. So less time and more quality equals success! I am applying this to all parts of my life.
Somehow over the past couple of months this has really started to shape me. But this past week, I really feel it working! I am ready to take the rest of this weight off. I WILL do it.
I am so blessed to have my Spark Friends and Spark Jewels (you know who you are) to support and encourage me.
I am ready! I am so ready! No excuses! I am committed to being the best me, so I can give the best of me.
Hugs!! Cathy
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    A big emoticon to you. I do so admire your attitude.
    We all need to take care of ourselves in order to take care of others, So well done you for listening to yourself, and not to the many 'voices' out there. I too am not very patient, but as my mum used to say:
    Patience is a virtue, Virtue is a grace, and grace is a little girl who wouldn't wash her face... Always brought a smile and took the sting out of having to wait!!
    4323 days ago
    emoticon A big WOOHOO! for you Cathy! I know you can do it! You have shown how strong you are in so many ways in the time that I have known you - and you continue to grow in strength. I am proud to call you my friend! Hugs, Carole
    4452 days ago
    Great blog, Cathy! It sounds like you have learned some great insights and are learning some important lessons on your journey. That is what makes the journey so interesting! I wish you much success and will be right here cheering for you all the way! Hugs, dear friend!
    4452 days ago
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