Prince! The Greatest!
older pic of Antonio, love it!
"When we least expect it, life sets us a challenge to test our courage and willingness to change; at such a moment, there is no point in pretending that nothing has happened or in saying that we are not yet ready. The challenge will not wait. Life does not look back.
When you find your path, you must not be afraid. You need to have sufficient courage to make mistakes. Disappointment, defeat, and despair are the tools God uses to show us the way
Life has a way to test a person's will.
Either by having nothing happen at all, or by having everything happen at once." Paolo Coelho
When another person makes you suffer, it is because he suffers deeply within himself, and his suffering is spilling over. He does not need punishment; he needs help. That's the message he is sending. — Thich Nhat Hahn
"Thinking about how we mourn artists we've never met. We don't cry because we knew them, we cry because they helped us know ourselves." Juliette ElusiveJ (from Twitter)
"Live as if you need to have no approval for your thoughts, because I do that! Be yourself!" kayah
"I don't really much care what people say about me; because it is a reflection of who they are!" Prince
"This has been a major conundrum for me: Why is the flow state of consciousness so often described as “losing yourself” to an activity, when the default mode brain network is highly active while people are in the flow state? The default mode network plays an important role in self-related cognition and personal goal processing. The flow state is characterized not just by activation of the default mode network, however, but also by the relative *deactivation* of areas of the lateral prefrontal cortex that play a role in working memory and metacognition. So I’m thinking that the “losing yourself” metaphor for flow that is so prominent is incorrect. It’s actually quite the opposite. When in flow, what is actually happening is that you are totally BEING YOURSELF. Without self-criticism. Instead of losing yourself, you are being yourself. The key distinction here is that losing your *sense* of self is not the same thing as losing your self. At least, that’s my latest thinking about this." Scott Barry Kaufman
"The pain of yesterday is the strength of today." Paulo Coelho
"Just because your past may not have been perfect, doesn't mean that your future can't be amazing." Robin Sharma
"Learn to be comfortable in uncomfortable situations!"
"People who have nothing to say, usually talk a lot. People who have a lot to say, use few words chosen carefully...."
What will you get to see because you did the stuff you didn't feel like doing?
"We need to let loose of things that are bothering us and holding us back from being the people we are called to be. So I got to quit sweating the little things. Life is too short to let it bother me!" Spark Member Bob~
LET GO...or be dragged!! Decide to release the hold on what you've been hanging on to that has kept you stuck, frozen, ashamed or indecisive. Let go of the clutter in your life, and decide not to do harm to yourself in your own mind. Allow yourself permission to release any memories of experiences that keep you from creating your GREATEST life. Look around the spaces of your life and take time to clean up, clear out, throw out what doesn't serve you. Do you own the stuff in your life...or does it own you? Learn to live with less. The more you release...physically and mentally, the more space you will create for new energy, new relationships and friendships and brand new perspectives on life. Sometimes, less is more! Free yourself to live a life you love! You Deserve! — Les Brown
"People don't understand that to achieve the feeling of being alone and loving your own company is such a strong commitment to yourself and also an empowering step in your life. This is one important thing that every person must experience."
"Stop blaming myself for others stupidity." Me!
“You don’t learn from things going well, you learn from things when they don’t go well, there is a reason for that. It gives you the opportunity to make choices and grow from it.” Paul Michael Glaser
“The only key fear is helplessness in the face of our mortality. I can choose to celebrate my courage in the face of helplessness and have compassion in my fear, compassion for myself and my sadness. It became something I could practise so, when I was having a difficult time, I could put my hands together and be thankful for this opportunity to remind myself of my connection to my spiritual existence.” Paul Michael Glaser
"The truth is, of course, is that there is no journey. We are arriving and departing all at the same time"---David Bowie
"The Bad News! You cannot make people to like, validate, understand, accept or be nice to you, the good news is that it doesn't matter!"
“Don’t take anything personally. Nothing others do is because of you. What others say and do is a projection of their own reality, their own dream.” ~ Don Miguel Ruiz
"Open minded people do not impose their beliefs on others. They accept all of life's perspectives and realities, doing their own thing in peace without judgment!"
"The worst person to be around is someone who appreciates nothing and complains about everything!"
"Don't expect her to paraphrase her life for you; she was born to be a story! And if you can't understand that, then perhaps she's beyond your reading level!" Johnny Ox
I've reached a point in my life where I find it's no longer necessary to try to impress anyone. If they like me the way I am, that's good. If they don't, it's their loss. — Unknown
”There is no designated time for anything in your life. You don’t have to have your first kiss at any certain time, you don’t have to get married in your 20′s and you don’t have to do anything just because other people think it’s best. In fact, you will be much better off if you just do what your heart says. The day you stop caring what other people think is the day their opinions don’t mean anything, because you’re not there to give them weight.” ~ Brianna West
"No matter what happens, no matter how far you seem to be away from where you want to be, never stop believing that you will somehow make it. Have an unrelenting belief that things will work out, that the long road has purpose, that the things that you desire may not happen today, but they will happen. Continue to persist and persevere." - Brad Gast
"If you want something you never had, you have to be willing to do something you've never done!"
"I'll tell you what hermits realise. If you go off into a very far forest and get very quiet, you'll come to understand you are connected with everything!" Alan Watts~
"Don't just teach your children to read, teach them to question what they read! Teach them to question everything!" George Carlin
"We must be our own before we can be another's." Ralph Waldo Emerson
Never respond to rudeness. when people are rude to you they reveal who they are, not who you are! Don't take it personally it is best to be silent!
“Success seems to be connected with action. Successful people keep moving. They make mistakes, but they don't quit.” Conrad Hilton
"When you dance to your own rhythm, people may not understand you, they may hate you! Mostly they wish they had the courage to do the same!"
"Move out of your comfort zone. You can only grow if you are willing to feel awkward and uncomfortable when you try something new." Brian Tracy
"See the glass as half full and fill it the rest of the way up!"
"If you can't figure out your purpose find your passion because when you follow your passion you have your purpose!"
"I have decided to be happy because it is good for my health!"
"Remember if you only lose 1 pound a week for a year you will have lost 52 pounds!"
“The greater danger for most of us is not that our aim is too high and we miss it, but that it is too low and we reach it.”
"You don't know how strong you are until being strong is the only choice you have." Bob Marley~
Don't take on others problems because you likely have enough to deal with on your own!
"I don't hate people I just feel better when they aren't around!" Charles Bukowski
"Don't quit your daydream!"
"That moment when you feel like giving up, when it doesn't seem worth it. That's when change happens!"
“There is only one thing that makes a dream impossible to achieve: the fear of failure.” Paolo Coelho
"I am not sorry I am agnostic, don't be sorry for me :)~"
"The secret to getting ahead is getting started." Mark Twain
"Perception defines our reality!"
"Don't stop so you have to start over!"
"Your life is your story, write well, edit often!"
"A writer is someone who taught his mind to misbehave."
"Being a writer is just a way for grown-ups to keep their imaginary friends." Brian A. Klems~
"Quality is not an act it's a habit." Mike Trout
"Nothing can stop the person with the right mental attitude from achieving their goal, nothing on earth can help the person with the wrong mental attitude." Thomas Jefferson
"Once you choose hope anything is possible." Chris Reeve
"Love knows no reasons, love knows no lies. Love defies all reasons, love has no eyes. But love is not blind, love sees but doesn't mind."
"I often think that the night is more alive and more richly coloured than the day." Vincent Van Gogh
"You get out of life what you put into it! Stop being passive and get active, no more excuses!"
"Inhale Peace, Exhale Love!"
"Happiness in intelligent people is the rarest thing I know!" Ernest Hemingway~ Have Strength & Power in Self Love...
Eating vegan as much as I can to reduce the sodium further, walking at least 90 minutes a day and getting back to 6-9 miles 5 times a week. Working on my strength training and tracking my steps each day. Getting into hiking more since it is so fun & a nifty workout. I drink tea, water, coffee, some soy. Seldom drink soda, never smoke & very rarely drink, no white products, avoid sugar and pretty much all dairy. I don't care for sweets too much. Eating more of the fruits I can tolerate well like apples, peaches, strawberries, oranges, red grapes, bananas in breads or smoothies.
Not really looking to lose much more weight for the most part (in maintenance) since I am within the range for my height and my clothes are feeling and looking quite good lately. I started at 143 and I am at 127 pounds now which is about right for me. I feel stronger and have more energy and want to gain muscle and greater health.
I joined Spark People, to keep gaining motivation to stay with exercise & a good nutrition, its a lifestyle. Plus my mood is always great after I exercise and I can see and feel the benefits of working out regularly! Always trying to get in the right amount of sleep since I deal with insomnia.
Making sure I am tracking, calories out are more than calories in for the day, keeping calm and even, practising meditation, deep stretching and proper breathing. Each month I will have short term goals and set long term goals. Also making sure I have time for my writing, journaling, reading, cooking, learning foreign languages, making sure I am taking care with my emotional health and having fun with my life~
"Your happiness is up to you. Whatever happened in your life to make you who you are up until this point is irrelevant. It is your responsibility now to take control and change your life to be what you want it to be. Energy and persistence conquer all things. Make time, not excuses."
Sometimes the greatest mystery in life is who we truly are~
"Some people think luxury is the opposite of poverty. It is not. It is the opposite of vulgarity." - Coco Chanel Hehehe!
I speak English, Spanish, Italian & Russian. I can read and write Portuguese & French passably!
Learning to be more positive and grateful instead of dwelling in negative thoughts and feelings!
Continue to gain core balance, energy, strength & flexibility! Practising Yoga, Pilates, Strength Training, Walking, Fitness Blender, Zumba (yeah, going back to it) & Belly Dancing.
To gain the maximum health benefits possible by staying a life long exerciser!
I would like to stay round 118 pounds. Its more important to me to feel good about my appearance. I am achieving a leaner build and muscle from strength training!
7 hours of sleep!
keep reducing sodium!
eat vegetables & fruit!
reduce bread servings!
drink water and tea, 64ozs a day!
120 minutes of exercise in a day!
Walking 11,000 steps 5 days a week!
Yoga 5 times a week!
Strength Train 3-4 times a week!
Cardio 4 times a week!
Dance training 3 times a week!
Practising getting in more movement in a day. Practising Yoga, Pilates, Belly Dancing and Strength Training on those two days.
Getting in proper stretching every day for 30 minutes minimum!
Getting the required 7 hours of sleep in a sleep session. (I work overnights so it can be a challenge some days.)
Eating properly & mindfully! Getting at least 64oz of water and proper liquids daily!
Tracking progress in my blog and in my daily planner!
Eating mainly vegan, getting enough calcium and all the vitamins I need to function properly!
Reducing sodium levels substantially is my main food goal. Also eating fruits and vegetables with every meal~
Maintaining good habits all year around as not to lose any ground!
kayah from Planet Earth in a place called California where I was born and raised.
I bleed San Francisco & Denver Orange & Angel red~
Don't believe in "religion" but have respect for everyone and their beliefs & thoughts. I do believe there may be a higher power and I follow many ideas of Buddhism.
"If we were doomed to live forever, we would scarcely be aware of the beauty around us." Peter Matthiessen
I like documentaries, action movies, travel and travel programs, sports and dancing. I don't watch much TV but I keep up. I have over 400 DVD's and rarely go to the movies.
I love amusement parks and will go on many rides unless it jerks you round. I can't do it.
I read, write and listen to a lot of different music a great deal of the time. I read Non Fiction, History, Linguistics, Medicine, Literature, Religion, Spirituality and cooking related books.
I have a cat Smokey a Russian Blue and I think he has me trained pretty well.
This FitBit battery was changed 5/25, 8/14, 11/7, 1/23, 4/10, 5/11, 7/27, 10/13, 12/29, 3/15, 6/2, 8/25
Secrets of Success
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