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Saturday, August 14, 2010

Updated 1/4/2010:

Although I had a great year in 2009 (see below), I put back on some of the weight I lost. Now, I want to put the reasons for me to lose weight right on my SparkPage for me to review whenever I start to get off track again.

1. I want to fit into seats better -- at movie theaters, on airplanes, at amusement parks...
2. I'm tired of shopping in the "Plus" size sections of the store. The selection there is usually terrible.
3. I do not want my knee pains and occasional back pains to turn into something more serious.
4. I'd like to have more energy.

2009 was a banner year for my family:

6/18/2009: My younger son "graduated" from elementary school AND my older son graduated from high school!

7/11/2009: Family reunion in Indiana.

8/8/2009: I married my wonderful husband! And then honeymooned afterward in Walt Disney World! (There are photos of both the wedding and the honeymoon in my photo gallery.)

9/2009: My younger son started middle school AND my older son started attending community college.

10/9/2009: I attended my 20-year high school reunion!

Also: my older son turned 18, my younger son finished his Arrow of Light award in Cub Scouts and bridged up to Boy Scouts, and I attended the first Spark Your Life Convention in San Diego! Whew, what a year!

5/7/2009 Update: I've now lost 40 lbs! Woo-hoo!
I've lost about 30 lbs since I started using the SparkPeople tools seriously in October 2007. Unfortunately, I've been gaining and losing the same 5 lbs since late October 2008. What happened in October, you might ask? Well, my sons and I moved into a new apartment and my boyfriend moved in with us. (My boyfriend asked me to marry him in November, so I'm engaged now!) This event of moving seems to have messed up the routines I had been keeping so that I have gotten off track. So, now, I need to work on my motivation, my habits and goals, and my routines. I need to rediscover some discipline.

- 2/28/2009

Quotes for me to keep in mind:

Nobody can go back and start a new beginning, but anyone can start today and make a new ending.
-- Maria Robinson

To insure good health: Eat lightly, breathe deeply, live moderately, cultivate cheerfulness, and maintain an interest in life.

- William Londen

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

Life isn't about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself.
-- George Bernard Shaw

The principle is competing against yourself. It’s about self-improvement, about being better than you were the day before. -- Steve Young

Live life fully while you're here. Experience everything. Take care of yourself and your friends. Have fun, be crazy, be weird. Go out and screw up! You're going to anyway, so you might as well enjoy the process. Take the opportunity to learn from your mistakes: find the cause of your problem and eliminate it. Don't try to be perfect; just be an excellent example of being human.
-- Anthony Robbins

The more you have, the more you’re occupied; the less you have, the more free you are. -- Mother Teresa
(This one is good for me because I am working on decluttering.)

Do not spoil what you have by desiring what you have not; remember that what you now have was once among the things only hoped for. -- Epicurus

We must all suffer from one of two pains: the pain of discipline or the pain of regret. The difference is discipline weighs ounces while regret weighs tons. -- Jim Rohn

If what you are doing is worth doing, hang in there until it is done.
-- Nido Qubein

[Y]ou must make the decision to change your life and
you must make the commitment to change your life. You must
make a PIG COMMITMENT: “The chicken and the pig agree to
co-host a barnyard breakfast and the chicken suggests they
serve bacon and eggs. The pig replies, -For you that means
involvement. For me it is total commitment.-”
(Taken from Gung Ho! By Ken Blanchard and Sheldon Bowles).

FEAR = False Evidence Appearing Real
- Hill Harper? (Not sure if he got this one from someone else or not.)

One of the things I learned the hard way was that it doesn't pay to get discouraged. Keeping busy and making optimism a way of life can restore your faith in yourself.
- Lucille Ball


1. Thou shalt not worry, for worry is the most unproductive of all human activities.

2. Thou shalt not be fearful, for most of the things we fear never come to pass.

3. Thou shalt not cross bridges before you come to them, for no one yet has succeeded in accomplishing this.

4. Thou shalt face each problem as it comes; you can only handle one at a time anyway.

5. Thou shalt not take problems to bed with you, for they make very poor bedfellows.

6. Thou shalt not borrow other peoples' problems. They can better care for them than you can.

7. Thou shalt not try to relive yesterday for good or ill, for it is forever gone. Concentrate on what is happening in your life and be happy now.

8. Thou shalt be a good listener, for only when you listen do you hear ideas different from your own. It is hard to learn something new when you are talking, and some people do know more than you do.

9. Thou shalt not become bogged down by frustration, for 90 percent of it is rooted in self-pity and will only interfere with positive action.

10. Thou shalt count thy blessings, never overlooking the small ones -- for a lot of small blessings add up to a big one!

- Author unknown

A positive attitude may not solve all your problems, but it will annoy enough people to make it worth the effort.
-Herm Albright

There are always flowers for those who want to see them.
-- Henri Matisse

There are two ways of being happy: We may either diminish our wants or augment our means - either will do - the result in the same; and it is for each man to decide for himself, and do that which happens to be the easiest. If you are idle or sick or poor, however hard it may be to diminish your wants, it will be harder to augment your means. If you are active and prosperous or young and in good health, it may be easier for you to augment your means than to diminish your wants. But if you are wise, you will do both at the same time, young or old, rich or poor, sick or well; and if you are very wise you will do both in such a way as to augment the general happiness of society.
--Benjamin Franklin, statesman, author, and inventor (1706-1790)

Earlier SparkPage Intros:

2/22/2008 Intro, saved in Blog Dated 2/28/2009

Very First SparkPage Intro, circa August or September 2007, saved in Blog Dated 2/22/2008:
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  • S318830
    That's cool. Good idea.
    3954 days ago
    Loved this idea! Great Job on 2009!
    3955 days ago
    What a great idea to record your journey by copying your page into a blog!
    3955 days ago
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