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These three words should be our very foundation for starting each new day. We are given the gift of a clean slate, and 24 hours to accomplish whatever we want. We are our own designers and painters of our life. How wonderful is that?!

Life flies by so quickly. Looking back, it seems like a blink of an eye. Now, looking forward, how can we slow it down? We can if we remember to heighten our awareness to each moment, to be fully present, and be conscious of living life to its fullest each day, thereby creating enduring memories that we will treasure for years to come.

The cost is minimal. The benefit is priceless. It is about attention, focus, one day at a time, and gratitude. But we seem to forget that it is ours for the taking - the brass ring. Reach out for it each moment in every day, and grab it and hold on to it.

Begin with noticing all the little things. We tend to rush right on by while onto "more. important things or priorities". As you notice them, simply say "Thank You" to yourself, and stay in the present as much as you can each day, and watch what happens in your life.

I have done this 30 Days of Gratitude for two years in a row now, and I am continually surprised and amazed by the difference it makes in my life. I have spent this past year trying to remember each and every day to be thankful for God's little graces, miracles - the "presents" in my life. I find myself saying "Thank You" for the small things that used to go unnoticed.

Give it a try, and watch with wonder as life unfurls its richly woven tapestry in front of you. Wrap yourself in its wonder, excitement, and joy.

TODAY I CAN

Today I can complain because the weather is rainy or I can be thankful that the grass is getting watered for free.

Today I can feel sad that I don't have more money or I can be glad that my finances encourage me to plan my purchases wisely and guide me away from waste.

Today I can grumble about my health or I can rejoice that I am alive.

Today I can lament over all that my parents didn't give me when I was growing up, or I can feel grateful that they allowed me to be born.

Today I can cry because roses have thorns or I can celebrate that thorns have roses.

Today I can mourn my lack of friends, or I can excitedly embark upon a quest to discover new relationships.

Today I can whine because I have to go to work, or I can shout for joy because I have a job to do.

Today I can complain because I have to go to school, or eagerly open my mind and fill it with rich new tidbits of knowledge.

Today I can murmur dejectedly because I have to do housework, or I can feel honored because the Lord has provided shelter for my mind, body and soul.

Today stretches ahead of me, waiting to be shaped. And here I am, the sculptor who gets to do the shaping.

What today will be like is up to me. I get to choose what kind of day I will have!

Have a GREAT DAY! Unless you have other plans.
~Anonymous


Member Since: 3/10/2010

Fitness Minutes: 95,471

My Goals:
Spring 5% Challenge Goals

* I will track my food and water every day.

* I will track my exercise every day.

* I will concentrate my efforts on a combination of strength training and cardio to achieve my weight loss goal.

* I will strive to exercise every day, but will exercise no less than 5 days a week for a minimum of 30 minutes each day.

* I will aim to accumulate at least 800 Spark Fitness Points every month.

* I will follow the nutritional guidelines set forth by Spark People for me during this challenge.

* I will strive to stay within my Spark nutritional guidelines during this challenge.

* I will stay focused on my efforts to help me move forward to achieve my goals.

* I will strive to lose 12 pounds by the end of this challenge.

* I will eat between 1200-1600 calories/day

* I will try to burn 650 or more calories each week


My Program:
I am doing 30 minutes of exercise at least 5 times per week.

I am focusing on the foods that I eat and how they fit into my nutritional guidelines for the day.

I am also drinking my water, and logging it every day.



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I am a certified Ai Chi Trainer, and love the water. It is a very giving, healing thing.

Ai Chi, like life, is all about balance - mind, body, and spirit.




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  • v 1HAPPYSPIRIT
    Enjoy your day!
    1 day ago
  • v 1CRAZYDOG
    Say yes to yourself and your dreams. Nancy Brook
    1 day ago
  • v BARBIEE52
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    emoticon ~~Stir hot cocoa with a candy cane~~ emoticon
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    2 days ago
  • v SIMPLY_JUDY
    "Everyone you meet is a part of your journey, but not all of them are meant to stay in your life. Some people are just passing through to bring you gifts; either they're blessings or lessons."
    — Roy T. Bennett (The Light in the Heart)
    2 days ago
  • v 1HAPPYSPIRIT
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    "You've been given the innate power to shape your life...but you cannot just speak change, you have to LIVE change. Intent paired with action builds the bridge to success. You can't just want it; you have to do it, live it...BE IT! Success isn't something you have, it's something you DO!" ~~~~~~ Steve Maraboli ~~~~~

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    May your day be filled with warmth, love, laughter, and happy moments!

    2 days ago
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