Friday, January 24, 2014
THE WEIGHTLOSS CHALLENGE CONTINUES FOR ANOTHER MONTH DUE TO POPULAR DEMAND! - 199 POUNDS LOST SO FAR AND COUNTING!
Have you all heard the Fable of the Tortise and the Hare? (you will find the story at end of this blog if you need a reminder).
Well now is your CHANCE to sign up for the FEBRUARY weightloss challenge.
This challenge has been so successful for participants in January that we are going to run it for another month - so far the combined teams have lost a total of 199 pounds since 1st January 2014! WOW! WOOHOO!
Here is a snapshot of current weightloss totals that are still being counted:
HARES = 97 pounds
TURTLES = 102 pounds
Looks like the hares took a tiny snooze somewhere along the track during this race and will need to fight hard to make a come-back but there is still time left in the month to do this - meanwhile the turtles are going steady and strong!
We had 61 people sign up for January and are expecting a lot more to sign up in February so don't hesitate - sign up now and join in the fun and motivation!
The way it works is YOU decide if you want to be a Hare and lose weight fast and furious (TEAM AMY) or a Tortise and lose weight slow and steady (TEAM JILL). Once you decide you sign up and log in your weight weekly. The results are based on the team's effort so we don't want you gaining weight as that will negatively affect the teams points - we want you losing weight so we WIN the challenge!
The winning team for that month will receive the trophy! YAY The team leaders will be posting up exercise suggestions, motivation and progress reports and there is also a team thread where we can motivate each other etc.
I am on the HARE team so you are either with me or competing against me. Here is your chance!
Do you need more motivation to kick start 2014? Well here is your chance!
Do you want to lose weight and have fun doing it? Well here is your chance!
Do you want to jump on board TODAY straight away? Well here is your chance!
Do you need a reason to lose some of those Christmas/New Year pounds? Well here is your chance!
Do you enjoy a good challenge? Well here is your chance!
Do you like to be part of a team and be motivated by others? Well here is your chance!
Do you want to reach the end of February 2014 feeling fit and fantastic? Well here is your chance!
Do you want this New Years resolution to go off with a bang? Well here is your chance!
To sign up visit the Hopeful Hearts Breaking Free From Hurts Team and go to the 'Motivation and Team Challenge Section' or contact me and I'll send you a team link.
Then go to either of these threads:
For the team visit thread 'Team Amy sign up for BWAL challenge'
For the team visit 'Team Jill sign up for BWAL challenge'.
If you have any further questions you are welcome to contact the Team Captains via their sparkpages:
Team Amy - HARES
Team Jill - TURTLES
I have found this challenge to personally be very motivating for me and the pounds are coming off again - as a HARE I want to WIN this! LOL
The Children's Story about the Tortise and the Hare
One of Aesop’s Fables
Once upon a time there was a hare who, boasting how he could run faster than anyone else, was forever teasing tortoise for its slowness. Then one day, the irate tortoise answered back: “Who do you think you are? There’s no denying you’re swift, but even you can be beaten!” The hare squealed with laughter.
“Beaten in a race? By whom? Not you, surely! I bet there’s nobody in the world that can win against me, I’m so speedy. Now, why don’t you try?”
Annoyed by such bragging, the tortoise accepted the challenge. A course was planned, and the next day at dawn they stood at the starting line. The hare yawned sleepily as the meek tortoise trudged slowly off. When the hare saw how painfully slow his rival was, he decided, half asleep on his feet, to have a quick nap. “Take your time!” he said. “I’ll have forty winks and catch up with you in a minute.”
The hare woke with a start from a fitful sleep and gazed round, looking for the tortoise. But the creature was only a short distance away, having barely covered a third of the course. Breathing a sigh of relief, the hare decided he might as well have breakfast too, and off he went to munch some cabbages he had noticed in a nearby field. But the heavy meal and the hot sun made his eyelids droop. With a careless glance at the tortoise, now halfway along the course, he decided to have another snooze before flashing past the winning post. And smiling at the thought of the look on the tortoise’s face when it saw the hare speed by, he fell fast asleep and was soon snoring happily. The sun started to sink, below the horizon, and the tortoise, who had been plodding towards the winning post since morning, was scarcely a yard from the finish. At that very point, the hare woke with a jolt. He could see the tortoise a speck in the distance and away he dashed. He leapt and bounded at a great rate, his tongue lolling, and gasping for breath. Just a little more and he’d be first at the finish. But the hare’s last leap was just too late, for the tortoise had beaten him to the winning post. Poor hare! Tired and in disgrace, he slumped down beside the tortoise who was silently smiling at him.
“Slowly does it every time!” he said.
Sunday, January 05, 2014
Below are two letters posted up on the 'Breaking free from Addictions' thread located in the 'Hopeful Hearts breaking free from Hurts' Team.
I wanted to share them here because they are so powerful and I hope that they help you to look at yourself and be honest with yourself, as I have done.
I've come to visit once again. I love to see you suffer mentally physically spiritually and socially. I want to have you restless so you can never relax. I want you jumpy and nervous and anxious. I want to make you agitated and irritable so everything and everybody makes you uncomfortable. I want you to be depressed and confused so that you can't think clearly or positively. I want to make you hate everything and everybody-especially yourself. I want you to feel guilty and remorseful for the the things you have done in the past that you'll never be able to let go. I want to make you angry and hateful toward the world for the way it is and the way you are. I want you to feel sorry for yourself and blame everything but your addiction for the way things are. I want you to be deceitful and untrustworthy, and to manipulate and con as many people as possible. I want to make you fearful and paranoid for no reason at all and I want you to wake up during all hours of the night screaming for me. You know you can't sleep without me; I'm even in your dreams.
I want to be the first thing you wake up to every morning and the last thing you touch before you black out. I would rather kill you, but I'll be happy enough if I can put you back in the hospital, another institution or jail. But you know that I'll still be waiting for you when you come out. I love to watch you slowly going insane. I love to see all the physical damage that I'm causing you. I can't help but sneer and chuckle when you shiver and shake, when you freeze and sweat at the same time, when you wake up with your sheets and blankets soaking wet.
It's amazing how much destruction I can do to your internal organs while at the same time, work on your brain, destroying it bit by bit. I deeply appreciate how much you sacrifice for me.
The countless good jobs you have sacrificed for me. All the fine friends that you deeply cared for-you gave them up for me. And what's more, for the ones you turned against yourself because of your inexcusable actions-I am more than grateful.
And especially your loved ones, your family, and the most important people in the world to you. You even threw them away for me. I cannot express in words the gratitude I have for the loyalty you have for me. You sacrificed all these beautiful things in your life just to devote yourself completely to me. But do not despair my friend, for on me you can always depend. For after you have lost all these things, you can still depend on me to take even more. You can depend on me to keep you in living hell, to keep your mind, body and soul. FOR I WILL NOT BE SATISFIED UNTIL YOU ARE DEAD, MY FRIEND.
Your addiction and drug of choice
I Am Your Addiction
I hate meetings. I hate your higher powers. I hate anyone who has a "program." To all who come into contact with me, I wish you suffering and I wish you death.
Allow me to introduce myself. I am the disease of addiction. I am cunning, baffling, and powerful. I have killed millions and I am pleased.
I love to catch you with the element of surprise. I love pretending I am your friend and lover. I have given you comfort, have I not? Wasn't I there when you were lonely? When you wanted to die, wasn't I there when you called me?
I love to make you hurt. I love to make you cry. Better yet, I love to make you so numb you can neither hurt nor cry. Isn't it true glory when you can't hurt at all?
I will give you instant gratification, and all that I ask from you is long-term suffering. I have always been there for you. When things were going right in your life, you invited me. You said you didn't deserve these things, and I was the only one who agreed with you. Together we were able to destroy all the good things in your life.
People don't take me seriously. Take the strokes, heart attacks, and diabetes seriously. Fools, little they know that without my help, some of these things would not take place.
I am such a hated disease, yet I do not come uninvited. You choose to have me. So many people have chosen me over reality and peace of mind.
More than you hate me, I hate all of you who have a 12-step program. Your programs, your higher powers, and your monthly meetings weaken me, and I can't function in the manner I am used to.
Now I must lie here quietly. You don't see me, but I am growing LARGER than ever. When you only exist, I may live. When you live, I may only exist. But I am here... waiting and growing, ready to strike the moment you pick up... and until we meet again, I wish you suffering and death whether it be physically, mentally, emotionally, or spiritually. It's all death no matter what you call me. I am your worst enemy! I am your addiction.
HEISTHEANSWER has a great blog out today also which is definitely worth a look.
Jesus looked at them and said, “With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.”
Jesus came to-
to open eyes that are blind, to free captives from prison and to release from the dungeon those who sit in darkness.
Have a great day everyone!
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