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I am 66 and on a quest for better health! I want to maintain my weight loss and get off blood pressure meds if possible! ETA: GOAL MET!! As of April 1 I am off all BP meds!!!! Thank you Lyn-Genet Recitas and 'The Plan'!!!

My new love is hiking - in May 2011 we did a road trip out west that included Sedona, Grand Canyon, Bryce Canyon, Zion Natl Park, Arches Natl Park, Canyonlands Natl Park, and Yellowstone. It was awesome and hiking these parks helped me make great progress ...
I am 66 and on a quest for better health! I want to maintain my weight loss and get off blood pressure meds if possible! ETA: GOAL MET!! As of April 1 I am off all BP meds!!!! Thank you Lyn-Genet Recitas and 'The Plan'!!!

My new love is hiking - in May 2011 we did a road trip out west that included Sedona, Grand Canyon, Bryce Canyon, Zion Natl Park, Arches Natl Park, Canyonlands Natl Park, and Yellowstone. It was awesome and hiking these parks helped me make great progress in conquering my fear of heights!! I can't wait to go back!! Update - went back to some of the same parks and some new ones in May 2012 - again LOVED it!! In Febuary 2013 hiked in Yosemite and Sequoia National Parks - life is GOOD!
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On October 29, 1941, U.K. Prime Minister Winston Churchill visited Harrow School to to hear the traditional songs he had sung there as a youth, as well as to speak to the students. When he was invited to give a speech, Churchill stood before the students and said,

"Never, ever, ever, ever, ever, ever, ever, give up. Never give up. Never give up. Never give up."

To be successful in your life and business, here is what Winston Churchill told us:

"The pessimist sees the problems in every opportunity. Whereas the optimist sees the opportunity in every problem"

"Never give in, never give in, never; never; never; never - in nothing, great or small, large or petty - never give in except to convictions of honor and good sense"
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Thomas Edison said this when questioned about his failure: "I have not failed. I've just found 10,000 ways that won't work."
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"People are just as happy as they make up their minds to be."
Abraham Lincoln
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I cannot tell a lie - I shamelessly stole this site and these quotes from another Sparker, KrzyKat3. I even left in some of HER quotes that really resonated with me because I don't want to forget them!! Feel free to borrow them yourself, but please give her credit if you do! (I DID tell her I was borrowing them!):
QUOTES: http://www.quotegarden.com/perseverance.ht
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A hunch is creativity trying to tell you something. - Frank Capra

There are so many things that we wish we had done yesterday, so few that we feel like doing today. ~Mignon McLaughlin

We tend to forget that happiness doesn't come as a result of getting something we don't have, but rather of recognizing and appreciating what we do have." Frederick Keonig

Friendship with one's self is all important, because without it one cannot be friends with anyone else in the world. -Eleanor Roosevelt

Our greatest asset is patience; our greatest weakness is throwing in the towel. Banish discouragement and feelings of impossibility by working hard, doing more, and not giving in! A diamond was only made beautiful after millions of years as a lump of coal. From Donna aka Walkersss

Some People weave burlap into the fabric of our lives and some weave gold thread. Both contribute to make the whole picture beautiful and unique.... Unknown

my motto is anything lost is not a gain, anything maintained is not a gain. I can live with no gain! ---- me (KrzyKat3), 01/31/10

At times our own light goes out and is rekindled by a spark from another person. Each of us has cause to think with deep gratitude of those who have lighted the flame within us.
— Albert Schweitzer

People are so worried about what they eat between Christmas and the New Year, but they really should be worried about what they eat between the New Year and Christmas (copied from another sparker)

"If I start, I finish" --- me-(KrzyKat3) motto for 2010

"if we did all the things we are capable of doing we would truly astound ourselves." - Thomas Edison

"Time is a dressmaker specializing in alterations." -Faith Baldwin (From Marilyn - I personally think God could be substituted for Time in that one. I think He often works with our mistakes to keep our lives on His tracks.)

"Don't wait for a light to appear at the end of the tunnel, stride down there .... and light the bloody thing yourself." - Sara Henderson, Australian Outback Station Manager and Writer

Try.
Try again.
Try harder.
Try tomorrow.
Try thinking about what has worked in the past.
Try and ask someone who has done it.
Try and figure out what is not working.
Try it a different way.
Try it once more.
Don't stop trying!
~author unknown ~ From RainbowMF

"Women are like teabags. We don't know our true strength until we are in hot water!"- Eleanor Roosevelt

"Flops are a part of life's menu and I've never been a girl to miss out on any of the courses." ~ Rosalind Russell

"Character consists of what you do on the third & fourth tries." James A. Michener

"Do not take life too seriously. You will never get out alive." - Elbert Hubbard

The best kind of friend is the one you could sit on a porch with, never saying a word, and walk away feeling like that was the best conversation you've had. ~Author Unknown

"The miracle isn't that I finished...the miracle is I had the courage to start." - John 'The Penguin' Bingham

"Always be a first-rate version of yourself, instead of a second-rate version of someone else." Judy Garland

"When the Japanese mend broken objects, they aggrandize the damage by filling the cracks with gold. They believe that when something's suffered damage and has a history it becomes more beautiful. ~Barbara Bloom (from Donalie)

Today is where my book begins, the rest is still unwritten... Author Unknown

People often say that motivation doesn't last. Well, neither does bathing - that's why we recommend it daily." --Zig Ziglar

The best inspiration is not to outdo others, but to outdo ourselves. ~ Author Unknown

Its hard to beat someone who never gives up. Babe Ruth

"Love yourself, Forgive yourself. Be true to yourself. How you treat yourself sets the standard for how others will treat you.
Steve Marabol

"Encourage yourself, believe in yourself and love yourself. Never doubt who you are." Stephanie Lahart
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Member Since: 1/21/2010

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My Goals:
My top goal is to get fit and healthy! In 2014 I want to increase my strength training and work on getting my house organized. I've let that slip in the past couple of years - time to add some balance back to my life!

My Program:
I am eating according to 'The Plan' guidelines. I've FINALLY been able to ween myself off Blood Pressure meds! I'm still in the process of 'testing' foods to see which agree with my body but I'm loving the knowledge I've gained from 'The Plan'.

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I am originally from central Texas but have been living in Georgia most of the last 30+ years. We recently moved from Suwanee, GA to LaGrange, Ga when DH retired.

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"Worrying does not empty tomorrow of its troubles, it empties today of its strength." Corrie Ten Boom

"Failure is simply the opportunity to begin again, this time more intelligently." -- Henry Ford

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

"Behold the turtle! He makes progress only when he sticks his neck out." - James Bryant Conant

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TERRI518
11/21/2014 7:38:43 AM

Thank you for your comment on my recent blog post. I totally agree with you. It's important to recognize that success will have its ups and downs. When we do end up the downs that we pick ourselves up and continue on. Have a fantastic Friday!



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STLOUISWOMAN
11/18/2014 11:41:17 AM

Thanks for stopping by & for the birthday goodie.



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ROX5CAR
11/14/2014 6:53:19 PM

WTG on all your hard work and getting off the BP meds!!! It's the truth that healthy living can turn bad health around! keep going!



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TRANSFORM-ABBY
11/5/2014 11:36:54 AM

Worry over the future breeds anxiety. Fretting over the past breeds depression. Both can stop our good movement forward and put us in front of the TV with a bad movie and too much of the stuff we don’t need to put into our bodies. That horrid cycle, of course, breeds regret and dread that brings us to more of the same. I believe that is called “insanity”.

Instead work to stay in the present taking the next step needed for living to the full the “now” that is before you, having learned better ways from past experience and pushing forward with hope that right action now will produce a better tomorrow. This is living life with power that produces a good outcome and protects our journey from wasting away.

Plan for the future, yes; but let the first plan be to live your best you in the now you have to possess.




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FLYCHRISTI
10/28/2014 3:03:20 PM

Thank you very much for the nice comment on my blog!
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