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That Groucho was a pretty smart guy. The only way I make is every day is to tell myself that it is my choice to be happy or not. I really try to get up every day with a bright outlook. It sounds corny but it works for me, and Groucho! (when he was alive of course) Sherry

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10/4/09 2:34 A

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Sunday October 4th

Forgiveness is the answer to the child's dream of a miracle by which what is broken is made whole again.

Think with our illness and the havoc it plays in our lives forgiveness is essential. And it begins with forgiving yourself so you rebuild your self esteem. And do to the different stages of our BP we may need to ask for forgiveness from our friends and families to repair and rebuild or relationships and make them whole once again!

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10/2/09 12:30 P

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As a Wiccan, I've been labeled as having a kind of mania before by docs. My current doc doesn't label my religion as a sickness thankfully, but it has happened in the past.

This is relevant because it brings up imagination vs. mania vs. reality. Some people would label Wicca as imagination altogether, some would throw it into the mania category, and some accept that it is my reality.

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Great points Gracie!

If I didn't have imagination or dreams, I would not be alive inside.

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10/1/09 4:03 A

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October 1st

Our imagination is the only limit to what we can hope to have in the future. Charles F. Kettering

I think we get caught in the trap of questioning our imagination. It is just a goal we want to achieve or is it a grandiose idea from a hypomanic or manic state?? So I think sometimes we don't listen to our imagination and don't get the benefit from following through on our imagination and the goals it leads us to. So I encourage you to develop your imagination versus always thinking I can't go any farther with it because it isn't reasonable or feels uncomfortable. Yes we need to stay within certain parameters of our illness but lets not forget our imaginations or dreams.

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September 23rd

Courage is the human virtue that counts most--------------courage to act on limited knowledge and insufficient evidence. That's all any of us have. Robert Frost

There are many virtues that count. Courage is important. Facing a new day, difficult challenge, things we go into by living. I would like the courage to thrive.

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September 23rd

Courage is the human virtue that counts most--------------courage to act on limited knowledge and insufficient evidence. That's all any of us have. Robert Frost

I think every member on this team is courageous. We all face an illness that has endless sypmtoms to deal with and we deal with it with COURAGE-the amount of knowledge about our illness changes everyday-we learn things and doctor and scientists learn things more meds come out to treat symptoms but we have to be courageous to reach out and find out about BP and about the meds available to us and other alternative treatments as well.

My hand goes out to all of you for the courage and bravery that you all face everyday!!

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September 22, 2009
"The direction of change to seek is not in our four
dimensions: it is getting deeper into what you are,
where you are, like turning up the volume on the
amplifier." Thaddeus Golas

This just shows how important to find yourself-to figure out who your and where you are inorder to make changes. To look deeply within to find the path you need to take to improver your life in the areas that are important to you and that would aid you in your quest for a healthy lifestyle and weight loss journey!


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9/21/09 12:20 A

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SEPTEMBER 21ST 2009

"What we hope ever to do with ease we may learn first to do with diligence" Samuel Johnson

Wow I really find this fitting in 2 ways. In our strive for a healthy life style including weight loss we have to be diligent about practicing the small little things over and over to make it a habit not just an occasional trial. A new healthy lifestyle will get easier as we stick diligently with our new habits.

Secondly it just reinforces the need to learn snd continue learning about our disease. We have to be diligent in keeping ourselves connected to our treatment team and our families and friends. Plus we have to continue to stay on top of our symptoms and keep up to date with current treatment options available to us!!

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9/15/09 1:44 A

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9-15-09

Pain when properly handled can shape a life for greatness. Charles Swindol

I find this quote to be very appropriate to our disease. The emotional pain we deal with each and everyday shapes us for a better life. A life will more stability and more hope and promises to be the best we can be and find within ourselves our own greatness.

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Saturday Sept 12th

For Fun on a Saturday

If the person you are talking to doesn't appear to be listening, be patient. It may simply be that he has a small piece of fluff in his ear. (A.A.Milne)

Even Winnie the Pooh knows you have to sometimes be patient to get your point across. I think this is true of dealing with family and friends and others who perpetuate the stigma of mental illness and its treatment. We just need to be a broken record and be patient that eventually the fluff will fall out and they will be able to "hear" you. Sometimes I think you just would like to shake the fluff out of them but we just have to be patient and let them learn on their time frame.

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Friday Sept 11th

"The best antidote I have found is to yearn for something. As long as you yearn, you can't congeal. There is forward motion in yearning." Gail Goodwin

This just reminded me how as we work in our recovery we have to chase you dreams in order to keep forward motion! Recovery requires forward motion!

And it can me small dreams or goals to achieve to just keep us moving forward and it isn't a race to the finish. Remember the tortoise and the hare-slow and steady wins the race. Just like with our weight loss goes-it bums us out when the scale moves to slow but the weight that comes off slowly is more likely to stay off.

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9/10/09 10:53 A

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Thursday Sept 10th

"Laughter is the closest distance between two people"
by Victor Borge

This quote reminded me of one of our fellow members who has always encouraged us to smile at someone today and just how much that smile can really affect the other persons day. I know that we occasionally put up walls around ourselves to protect us. So this just reminded me of the importance of smiles, laughter and humor in our lives.

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9/9/09 2:03 A

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Wednesday Sept. 9th (yes 09-09-09)

Today's quote is for fun and enlightenment & a little reminder of how we want to be treated and be should treat others as well. From Pooh's Little Instruction Book by A.A.Milne:

"Just because an animal is large, it doesn't mean he doesn't want kindness; however big Tigger seems to be, remember that he wants as much kindness as Roo."

This quote just reminds me that we come in all sizes and packages but we really all seek out and need kindness no matter what our size or what we are dealing with. It makes my heart sing to know that this practice of showing everyone kindness regardless of size or issues,is so obvious and you all give one another support as well as space!!



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9/8/09 2:55 P

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We need to stop being so hard on ourselves all the time, and accept ourselves for who we are. We need to keep improving with positive thinking and lifestyle changes, however not beat ourselves for not looking like this or that supermodel, exercising as much as so and so, etc.

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9/7/09 1:18 A

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Monday Sept 7th

"A man cannot be comfortable without his own approval"
Mark Twain

This quote reminded of an on going thread right now-are you open about being bipolar?? I thought this quote fit right in-because if we aren't comfortable and accepting or approving of our own illness how can we feel strong enough to tell others about it. If we stop and get comfortable with who we are-regardless of our illness and accept ourselves and stop and give ourselves our stamp of approval we will just help ourselves help others understand and deal with our BP issues. I want to take this moment and compliment all of our team members who are active in NAMI!! (National Alliance on Mental Illness). NAMI works hard to help break down barriers and educate the public and fight the stigma of mental illnesses.

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9/3/09 5:04 A

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Thursday Sept 3rd

"I can't give you a sure-fire formula for success, but I can give you a formula for failure: Try to please everybody all the time" Herbert Bayard Swope


I used to be a people pleaser and soon realized that I put myself and my needs on the back burner for so long, that everyone elses needs were paramount to my own, that it left me feeling empty and unfulfilled.

For a while, in my 20's and early 30's, I was trying to figure out what my identity was. I was a wife, so tried on different shoes, being everyone else and not being myself. My ex, wasn't supportive at all. He became his father and I wanted nothing to do with that. So, I slowly came out of my shell. Shed that skin and delt with the repercusions. So, I wasn't going to let anyone dump on me anymore.

These days I work on maintaining my sanity. I work on self improvement. I enjoy helping without it being a hindrance...You know what I mean...and not to the degree where I would be enabling or codependant!

By nature, I'm a giver, so have to be careful. There are takers who will take advantage of that in a heartbeat.

So what does this quote for the day say about me?

Don't repeat history or your bound to fail.





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9/3/09 4:42 A

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"I can't give you a sure-fire formula for success, but I can give you a formula for failure: Try to please everybody all the time" Herbert Bayard Swope

Wow this really hits home with me. I have always been a people pleaser and when I could please my parents then I found other people to please: teachers as a child and nurses and doctors when I was in high school and a candy striper, then back to the teachers in college. And of course I try to be the best psych patient with my pdoc & tdoc.

But now I have decided to please me and put me first.
I bought a book called Eat Mangos Naked by SARK-It is all about regaining pleasure in your life. I know that the decisions I have made to take care off me and not everyone else and please them all has taken many by surprise and some by anger. Since my breast cancer diagnosis I have come to realize the no one but me can "fix" my life (with the exception of the Lord). So now it is all about me-not in a selfish way but in an assertive way that meets my needs. I decided not to go back to school-felt I didn't need another semester starting with a medical crisis. I made my surgery date when it worked for my doctor and I-not my mother. I am taking care of me and not going home to help her with her surgery next week cause I am still on house bound restriction and I'm not losing my health coverage so I can wait on her when I need rest for me.
I have discovered that I can take steps to please me and not everyone else. I encourage everyone of you to take a babystep towards pleasing yourself and not everyone else all of the time!

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Friday August 28th 2009
"The thing that is really hard and really amazing,is giving up on being perfect and beginning the work of becoming yourself." Anna Quindlen

To me this means don't try to be something I'm not. Sometimes I am a perfectioinist, like with a project or something, and it's good to aim high, but if and when THAT takes over, not a good thing. Then we're just compelled to be perfect at everything. I learned this lesson in my first marriage. I tried to be a good wife. This meant being everyone else except me. Finally I realized this and started being me. Saying, to hell with it all. If they don't like me for me, then no love lost. I tried being his mom, my mom, didn't know how to be me or to create my own roll in life and that relationship. Needless to say, that didn't go over to well and we divorced, but I have to say, the journey home was painful but remarkable as well.

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Friday August 28th 2009
"The thing that is really hard and really amazing,is giving up on being perfect and beginning the work of becoming yourself." Anna Quindlen

I do not know about everyone but I do know a lot of us struggle with the perfection connection. It is amazing the relief and freedom for just giving yourself a break just for a few moments or a few projects. And then that can slowly build to encompass your life. I'm mean like something as simple as not getting freaked out at yourself about your typing skills-especially during chat sessions when you can rely on spell check. Or giving yourself credit for a good day spent cleaning even though one room might not get done or the dishes ran in the dishwasher but you just didn't quite have enough time to unload them before dinner. Just little small things that we find ourselves getting all frustrated about. Wouldn't it be nice to just wow I finished cleaning most of the house-wow good for me!

I encourage you to try one little task that you can do that doesn't need you to be perfect!! Which also means you do not have to take this challenge to be a perfect team member-not the idea-just a practice run on letting go of the perfection connection we all fall into.

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Quote for Monday August 24th, 2009

"Some say the glass is half empty, some say the glass is half full, I say, are you going to drink that."

To me, this says, no matter what your position on something is, to take matters into your hands and use the tools you've got to make it happen. To not let opportunity pass you by. To not let chance for change deplete, or to just see things for what they are good and bad and use what you've got to move forward. It says to me, don't waste life's energy, use it toward the good and you'll not be spending your life force on inconsequential things.


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Quote for Monday August 24th, 2009

"Some say the glass is half empty, some say the glass is half full, I say, are you going to drink that.

emoticon Lisa Claymen

This just reminds me that it need not matter if you look at something positive or if you look at it with a positive spin-the important thing is what you are going to with situation. And that we respond differently to our different views and we need to constantly refocus on what we can do with the circumstances we encounter though out or lives.

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8-21-09

No shade tree? Blame not the sun, but yourself-chinese proverb


I think this says, you should know better when you know something that can hurt you, yet do nothing to protect yourself.

Like, I know I'm bipolar, to go off meds not a smart thing to do - so I pay the consequences...

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Be prepared
Apply sunscreen

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8-21-09

No shade tree? Blame not the sun, but yourself-chinese proverb

I guess this gives new meaning to bloom where you are planted-this just seemed really odd so I thought i'd share it and see if anyone had any impressions


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All I can say today is I need to tattoo that one !

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August 20th, 2009

"Always be a first-rate version of yourself, instead of being a second-rate version of someone else."
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This just reminds me to be me-the best me I can be-and to realize the best me is much better than the me-striving for another persons best. We are all different individuals and offer different perspectives, talents and gifts to the world. I just places into perspective the need and drive within myself to be perfect, to leave nothing out, and to panic if someone says something I didn't think of-I don't always take into count that I may have said things that they didn't think of. This leads me to try and focus on my best not the next persons and to put my best foot forward and work together with others to collaborate with each other to make the world a better place by each of us doing our best and creating something amazing emoticon emoticon emoticon

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August 18th, 2009

"It is a mistake to try to look too far ahead. The chain of destiny can only be grasped one link at a time." Winston Churchill

I think this is often true for us-when we get totally caught up in planning too far into the future. If we have a goal and plan that will take months or years to come to fruition we can get stuck dwelling on the end result instead of just taking it in smaller chunks one "link" at a time. We get trapped won't the goal right NOW! We need to realize reaching our goals takes time and each step adds up and soon you are at the top of the stair case. Or as Mr. Churchill would say add one link to the chain of destiny. emoticon

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Hi All!
I like this quote and try to remember it often.

‘Do one thing every day that scares you’ [Eleanor Roosevelt]

For me, the thing that scared me today was actually posting on a SparkPeople forum. It's not frightening per se but I've been avoiding it for so long and hoping to get my bum in gear with managing my eating and losing weight and managing my bipolar better.
I hope you like it and it can be helpful to you.
-Meg

Edited by: A_POKEY_TURTLE at: 8/16/2009 (03:58)
-Enjoy the little things for one day you may look back and realize they were the big things.


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The stairs seem to me as our trip down to a healthier size. We do take bumps along the way. Trying the low carb way, clogging our arteries, over exercising, drinking too much water, running potty every 10 min.

But as long as we keep going and holding on to the handrail we will make it!

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8-15-09 Please note that today's quote is more a for fun than seriousness. I just thought for weekend question we'd try something fun!! Please enjoy!


From Pooh's Little Instruction Book-inspired by A.A. Milne: If possible, try to find a way to come down the stairs that doesn't involve going bump, bump, bump, on the back of your head. emoticon

I thought this was cute and kind of similar to how we deal with trying to come down from a hypomanic or manic period. It is so key for us to "come down the stairs slowly and safely" Don't you just experience days were the walk down is like banging your head every step of the way-I know I do. When I am overly emotional with either end of my mood flucuations I feel like I am just clunking down the stairs without using any of the skills I've learned and feel my head banging down the stairs or up against a wall. I kind of think this is also like just being hard on ourselves-just not paying attention to ourselves and our needs while we are busy taking care of others ,like or families and friends and even complete strangers, that we just pay no attention to what we are doing that hurts us while we are just racing around pleasing them.

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Well I guess that's a positive way of looking at it.

I always refur to it as the Dr. throwing darts at a dart board to see what sticks.

Usually the first one never sticks.

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"All life is an experiment. The more experiments you make, the better." Ralph Waldo Emerson


This is the philosophy that I take with med changes. They are just one big chemical experiment. Things differ chemically in your body at different times and with different life circumstances. So experimentation to improve is always welcome-with in reason of course.

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I like that...
those who (truly) matter don't mind!

I don't have much of a "filter" and pretty much say what ever even thinks about popping into my head. We call this impulse control. Note to self* look it up some day LOL

The only person in my life who doesn't mind is my DH, and maybe my DS cuz he has BP also. (but you can't tell your kid everything)

The only other people in my life Mom, MIL, bestest friend, I can't really - truly say what I feel but then again I think that's ok. Somethings should be withheld.

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"Love is an act of endless forgiveness, a tender look which becomes a habit." John Updike

This just reminded me of how important we begin with loving ourselves and forgiving ourselves is such a key. I think we are much more likely to show others love and forgiveness than we are ourselves. Just think how much more we could love and forgive others if we just started with ourselves. Taking care of ourselves allows us to have more to share.

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"Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don't matter and those who do matter don't mind."
Theodore Suess Giesel (Better know as Dr. Suess)

I think so often we get caught in the trap of what to say we feel because we are afraid of how others will respond to our actual feelings. Do I tell everyone I am manic or depressed or irritable or just what ever. I think it takes a big step for us to just be honest and admit how we feel and do we really need those negative people in our lives who can't handle those things. The truth is these are a part of us and they are not going to disappear so focus on the ones who matter and don't mind. And are even supportive!

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This is a good one
Brings to mind two things


1 Corinthians 10:13

No temptation has overtaken you
except such as is common to man,
but God is faithful,
who will allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able,
but with the temptation will also make the way of escape,
that you may be able to bear it.



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QUIZ FROM BOB GREEN'S BOOK.........
#3 Do you frequently use excuses to get yourself
out of doing what it takes to reach your goals?

Greene goes on to explain how he has become intolerant of excuses. And tells about what he calls "chronic excuse syndrome". He won't work with a client if during their initial consultation he hears three or more excuses.
I don't have time
I don't like to sweat
My family would never eat that
I'll start on Monday
I have asthma
I can't afford a gym membership


#7 Are you afraid of change?
We like our comfort zone, and change takes out of that. It usually requires you to overcome fear. Fear of change can be paralyzing. *Many use their excess weight as an armor against change.

It hits me. That's me. I use my "armor" to protect me from my goals. After all nobody expects much from a 300lbs water buffalo, Right. If I can't control what I stuff in my mouth then how can I ever___________fill in the blank.

We hide behind our weight.
Kinda silly how an elephant can be a wall flower.

So I guess I can't let my size hold me back.
And I have to find a new "armor" to hide behind.


pretty cool visual on my photo gallery
of my new "armor" see if you can find it.


Edited by: 3CHIHUAHUA at: 8/11/2009 (05:58)
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Life only demands from you the strength you possess. Only one feat is possible-not to have run away.

Dag Hammarskjold-Nobel Prize winner

This just hit home for me-perhaps I need to come to terms with the strength I possess. I am really working on taking responsibility for my choices and actions right now. I have been running away from my strengths and a lot of other things too. I am finding the need to reach way down deep in that pit of depression and despair and pull out the strengths and I think everyday I live is a utilization of the strength I possess and have not runaway from. For running away has never solved anything and has sapped the strength I have. So go for it live life and stop running away there is something wonderful inside of you look around inside or out and find it.

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Hmmm I never thought about it. But I guess your right, it takes Perseverance to continue taking our meds every day 365 days a year 2 & 3 times a day.

I remember for years I would stop taking the medicine cuz I thought nothing was "wrong". Well hello that is (hopefully) happens when you take it.

Very hard on My husband. Still not good at educating others. Mom comes to mind, 3 of her 4 children have this. You think she would read a book or two.

I totally attribute perseverance to exercise as the reason for my weight loss. 73 pounds in 28 weeks means something is happening. Just fear it is not going to STAY off.

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Perseverance is a great element of success. If you knock long enough and loud enough at the gate, you are sure to wake up somebody. Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

I think perseverance is key to so many things we deal with because of our BP: finding the right pdoc, finding the right med combination, educating our friends and family. Plus there is the perseverance that we deal with within ourselves-we have a continuous battle to keep going-to keep persevering in the rest of our lives.

Corri :)
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"We have to fight them daily, like fleas, those many small worries about the morrow, for they sap our energies." Etty Hillesum

Etty Hillesum was a young woman who was Jewish and from the Netherlands-she voluntarily went to a Nazi work camp to help her fellow Jews. She died at Auschwitz.

I thought this quote was relevent to us as we tend to be worriers-we are constantly battling the fears of meds not working, depressions or manias setting in, and just everyday worries that get magnified by our illness. It just reminded me to not get so focused on the all the worries of the future and what it will hold and stop using my energy up on these worries. (I am not saying do not look toward the future and goals ahead-just to relax the obsession type thinking)

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In matters of style swim with the current; in matters of principle, stand like a rock.

Thomas Jefferson

Sometimes it's easier to travel the path of least resistance but that doesn't exercise my spirit. Take a stand and be counted.

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7-24-09: 'Here is a test to find whether your mission on Earth is finished: If you're alive, it isn't.'
Richard Bach

It's not over 'till it's over. I have to ready myself each day for new challenges and rise up to meet them. Some are harder then others, but hopefully with some grace and determination we will succeed!



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In matters of style swim with the current; in matters of principle, stand like a rock.

Thomas Jefferson


I liked this quote because it seems to fit with how important it is for us to stand up for ourselves-especially with the pdoc and our meds and symptoms. It is so easy to just go with the flow instead of standing up for ourselves. We need to take chargge and get our needs met.

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7-24-09: 'Here is a test to find whether your mission on Earth is finished: If you're alive, it isn't.'
Richard Bach

This means a lot to me as someone who was once rather suicidal. I had a long two years where it seemed like I woke up every day and asked God why I still had to go on, why couldn't he call me home. I felt very distant from God and just wanted the pain I felt to end. Somehow in the quietness of my time alone, I finally was able to hear God's answer that life is a game and the way to end it is not up to me, but that it must be played to its end. There are no "do overs" there is no getting back to homebase because you don't like how things are going right now. You have to play the game. Rather like this quote by Richard Bach.

For me the mission is to play the game of life to the best of my ability. And that's the way I have been trying to look at it: play.

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"I, not events, have the power to make me happy or unhappy today. I can choose which it shall be."
Groucho Marx (of the Marx brothers vaudeville act)

I am working really hard on this quote right now. Happy sparks are trying to shine through. When they do, I feel wonderful.

I have been forgiven more then I have forgiven and loved more then I have loved.


I am thankful for spell check and, dictionary.reference.com/ .

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"I, not events, have the power to make me happy or unhappy today. I can choose which it shall be."
Groucho Marx (of the Marx brothers vaudeville act)


Ever since I joined Curves and have been working out my outlook has been more positive. I've finally been doing something for myself. Also, it doesn't hurt to feel the endorphins flowing and the calm after a hard work out. After my melt down last week, I decided it's time to work on the inside as well as the outside. Have been doing things for myself and it feels good to do. For the longest time, I just kept letting a little bit of myself go more and more until I just neglected myself! So, I got a haircut (it's been years!), will do my nails, a facial, things to make me feel good, like I'm doing something for myself, taking an interest in putting my best foot forward. It was a switch. I guess I had to hit that divit in the road to find out what I'm made of. I'm not thinking too much about the bipolar. Just doing things to make myself happy and it's working. I haven't been this motivated since I started Sparks over two years ago - and the weight is starting to come off! AMEN!

I choose to not binge, I choose to not snack, I choose to not implode or explode!

It's within our reach. We need to have faith in ourselves that we can do it, be better, get better and have confidence while on the journey to better health.

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"I, not events, have the power to make me happy or unhappy today. I can choose which it shall be."
Groucho Marx (of the Marx brothers vaudeville act)

This really hit me. With all the cognitive therapy I've had this is teh ultimate base-that we can choose how to respond and how to feel. This is a concept that I can grasp on an intellectual level-but have a really hard time applying it to my mental health. I feel like to much of the time I give my illness the power and do use my own power-I know for me this is a key point I need to work on!!

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Believe in yourself! Have faith in your abilities!!-Norman Vincent Peale

There is no telling what we are capable of without faith in our abilities. Cast doubt aside and let the winning attitude take over. At least that's what I've been saying to myself. Can't win if you don't try. So, I joined Curves. Can't do the same things expecting different results.





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When my parents were on Weight Watchers Core Plan, they lost a lot of weight, and stuck to the point method. It must be interesting to see what you are eating and how it compares to WW plan.

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You never understand a person until you consider things from his point of view.

- Harper Lee, writer

This is so true. Just as you should never judge a book by it's cover, walk a mile in someone elses shoes then maybe, just maybe you'll understand where they are coming from.

Thinking this way helps to foster a better understanding of other people. Not assuming things or jumping the gun.

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You never understand a person until you consider things from his point of view.

- Harper Lee, writer




Viewing the world though another's eyes

When baby-proofing a room, what is the best way to do it? You get down on the ground and see the world through the eyes of your baby. Never before have such dangers and opportunities for mischief been so apparent! The same is true with relationships. Many times you may try to empathize with a person by saying "I know how you feel." But do you really? When a person cuts you off in traffic, do you curse them under your breath or throw an angry gesture? What if that person is really just having a hard day, dealing with an unruly toddler in the backseat? Attempting to view the world through another person's eyes builds empathy and thus a deeper understanding of that person. Think about others you conflict with before jumping to conclusions.


For me this is about my Son. He is also BP and everyday morning and night I have to remind him to take his meds. I don't know why...He is 19 years old he should know it. But I have to remember I did not take it serious and consistent till I was past 30.


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7-22-09 (Wednesday) Two quotes that go well together:

If you want to be respected, you must respect yourself-Spanish Proverb

Believe in yourself! Have faith in your abilities!!-Norman Vincent Peale

It seems that it all starts with each of us individually. Learning to respect ourselves can be so challenging when you are continually faced with a chronic illness. And then the next related step to believe in ourselves is a challenge as well because sometimes others do not believe in us and when these others have been our family members, spouses and close "friends" who have repeatedly not believed in us we start to think worthwhile. We feel like we can't believe in ourselves because no one else does. Well my friend the buck stops here. We are not alone any more and we believe in each other and can start to trust that we can believe in ourselves and respect ourselves as well. Challenge yourself to start working with believing in yourself and respecting yourself despite the old tapes that are playing in our head. Time to change that tune!!

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If you chase two rabbits, both will escape.


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Dividing your attention between two dreams

One essential goal-setting strategy is to be as specific as possible about your desires. Write out your goals and formulate a detailed plan about how you are going to achieve this goal. Baby steps are important, but keep them focused. Often we are pulled in many directions at once. It is important though, to devote time and effort to a single goal at a time to avoid distraction that can lead to putting forth less effort. Take time to put down some of your "spinning plates" and track your progress over time


My 2 rabbits are: Weight Watchers Points and my Spark recommended calories. It's a juggling act. When I am over points most of the time I am still under calories.

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Pain when properly handled can shape a life for greatness--Charles Swindoll

Can we use our past pain to make improvements to our lives and fill out our potential. I often blame things on the illness that I could prevent if I was just a little stronger and dealt with the past in order to create a future of greatness. But it takes work to handle the pains fromo our past and even the ones that crop up today from day to day. I honestly think this is one of the reasons that my therapist is so helpful to me. She works really hard on grieving your losses and pain and moving on from them to reach you goals, hopes and dreams.

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The quote is very true; unfortunately, when I'm depressed, I have a hard time holding on to that truth. I just can't see very far into the future, it's like being in a fog. Deb

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The past cannot be changed, the future is still in your power.-----Hugh White

I think it is important to remember that the future is within our power. We can't go back and redo what has happen years ago. But we can learn from what has happened and what we have been through.

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Thank you Zfishpond, I know that God will provide a way for me to find my support system here in my new place. (Of course, my relationship with God is my best support.) I lift up my prayers with yours for your husband's health, as well.

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Will pray for your husband.

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