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Had to post this article...Going through the Emotions!!

Friday, February 21, 2014

Just found this article by Mike Kramer and it verbally speaks of the journey of life and our struggles and our triumphs and how to deal with it all and come out triumphant!! My favorite quote is...."Two roads diverged in the woods and I took the one less traveled by and THAT has made all the difference." Mike really reminds us that we can do this one day at a time! I know that many of you like me have both triumphs and struggles on this get healthy road we are traveling and I hope this article encourages you as much as it does me!
Smiles Barb

Going Through the Emotions
Why It's Worth the Trouble
-- By Mike Kramer, Staff Writer

The world can be a beautiful place, full of possibilities and life. You can feel invincible and in control. But itís not always like that, is it? The world can also be a stressful, upsetting, confidence-crushing place. At times, it seems like even something as clear-cut as weight loss is harder than it really needs to be. Is it worth the trouble, you ask. Why am I banging my head against the wall? Is it really doing any good?

Youíre darned right it is!

When life and your mind are full of troubles, when things seem out of control, youíve got to take control of what you can. When confidence is low, thatís exactly when you need to be at your healthiest, your strongest, your most energetic. Thereís no better time to create your own little corner of sanity and positive feeling. The best way you can do that is to stick with those small daily weight loss goals.

You can be the hammer, making things happen, or you can be the nail that sits there and gets pummeled over and over. If youíre starting to feel like a nail, itís up to you to keep your program moving forward. Gather yourself together, draw a line in the sand and refuse to give in to the doubts and temptation to give in or quit.

Youíve probably heard this story before, but since youíre here, itís worth retelling: A frog, hopping around the farm, minding his own business, fell right into a pail half-filled with cream. Swimming frantically, he found the sides too steep and too high. Determined not to give up, he continued to struggle. He kicked and squirmed, kicked and squirmed until at last his churning had turned the cream into a block of butter Ė allowing him to hop right out. He never gave up!

Hereís how your story and his intersect. If he only saw the hopelessness of his situation and started feeling sorry for himself, he would have sunk to the bottom. But instead he kept kicking. He kicked not because he knew it would help him escape, but because he was compelled to, he had no choice. He kicked because the alternative was no alternative at all.

From the frogís point of view, all he was doing was treading water (or cream), doing what he could in a bad situation. If you keep kicking, even if it just seems like youíre treading water, youíre actually causing real change that will make a huge difference later on.

There will be good days; there will be bad days Ė sometimes several in a row. There will be lazy days and discouraging days. But there will also be days of revelation, days of making a breakthrough, days of being proud of who you are becoming, days of wanting to climb on top of your success and reach for the stars, because you just know that anything is possible.

These are the days that make it all worthwhile. These are the days that let you deal with those other, not-so-great days. Once you know those bad days will be there, itís easier to accept them at face value and deal with them. But you have to keep kicking on those bad days to get to the good ones. If youíre not kicking, youíre sinking.

Donít let the world or your own doubts take away one of the most positive things you have going for yourself Ė your determination to create a healthier, more energetic, more vibrant, more wonderful YOU.

  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

NWILKER 3/5/2014 10:48AM

    Just what i needed! Smooches!

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MARTHAWILL 3/3/2014 7:27PM

    Just found this. Thanks for sharing. You are always inspiring Barb.

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ADRIENNIE 2/26/2014 4:08PM

    Great wisdom here! Thanks!

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GRACEOMALLEY 2/26/2014 1:29PM

    Thanks for sharing the wisdom and spirit of this!

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TEDDYBEARDONNA 2/26/2014 12:44PM

    Thanks for sharing.

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BBONET 2/26/2014 7:09AM

    I had also read this article when I was going through my rough patch. I think it is awesome!! Thanks for sharing! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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SNOWFLAKELILYM9 2/22/2014 12:35AM

    Barb, great article, very encouraging and helpful!!! Thanks for posting it!!!

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THETURTLEBEAR 2/21/2014 7:14PM

    That Robert Frost poem is one of my favorites. Great quote!

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PCOH051610 2/21/2014 6:04PM

    Thank you! emoticon

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EJOY-EVELYN 2/21/2014 5:00PM

    Thanks for the words of encouragement. I'm just turning things around in my life . . . a little less stress and a lot better eating. Time to take good care of this temple and stop with the "talk" and just do it! Hug, hug -- Evelyn

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WIZKEY 2/21/2014 4:28PM

    Thanks for sharing!! I liked the part about feeling like you're treading water. I have been stuck for awhile, but I know I just need one more "kick" and I will get there!!

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HEALTHYGRAMMY49 2/21/2014 3:00PM

    Thank you for sharing the article. My favorite part was the frog . . . "He kicked and squirmed, kicked and squirmed until at last his churning had turned the cream into a block of butter Ė allowing him to hop right out. He never gave up!" Let's learn from him and emoticon.

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IMIN2GENES 2/21/2014 2:52PM

    emoticon Thanks! I needed that reminder.

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SVELTEWARRIOR 2/21/2014 2:27PM

    Wonderful blog!!!!

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Gonna Rock 2014

Thursday, January 09, 2014

So 2014 has started out with a bit of pain...fibromyalgia...and a bit of a cold...vitamin C and cold ease are my friends....BUT...I have taken this time to look at my real goals for this next year and have a good plan in place....
I will take one day at a time and make lifestyle changes that will lead to a healthier me for a lifetime!
My goals for this year:
1. Exercise 4 -5 days per week inside.
2. Exercise 1 to 2 days per week outside.
3. Eat in my calorie range with plans to increase protein, fiber and freggies and keep fat levels, carbs and occasional treats in a healthy range for my body.
4. Work on decreasing my autoimmune drugs as able to decrease my bodies holding on to weight around my tummy.
5. Do core body exercises 3 - 4 days and weights 2 - 3 days per week.
6. Use stress balls and do deep breathing exercises daily to facilitate healthy heart, blood pressure and increase natural relaxation within my body.
7. Plan one day a week of wandering in the world and enjoying creative brain time!!

Hopeful to see the following results:
Scale: Decrease of 2 pounds per month this year to reach my goal of 170 pounds by end of 2014.
Medical: Blood Pressure and Immune System test results will be in normal range and maintainable without other medical intervention.
Personal: I will feel increased energy, be able to work at my job and enjoy time going places with my DH and family and friends with less impact from fibromyalgia pain or physical tiredness from health weakness.
Creativity: I will be encouraged as I spend time out in the world around me and my time as an artist, writer and seamstress will be supported and enlightened by what I see and enjoy!

Hope you are all ready for a great 2014 and using this time at it's beginning to imagine all that this new year's possibilities hold for you and your health!!
Lets ROCK 2014!!
Smiles Barb
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JDUFORD 1/12/2014 8:40PM

    Wonderful goals and a positive attitude. emoticon

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MARTHAWILL 1/12/2014 5:05PM

    Great attitude!

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IMIN2GENES 1/11/2014 8:46PM

    Sounds like a plan! We're SO gonna rock 2014!

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THETURTLEBEAR 1/11/2014 11:53AM

    I know you can do this!

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TEDDYBEARDONNA 1/11/2014 10:19AM

    Great post. You can do it.

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EJOY-EVELYN 1/10/2014 11:53PM

    Your possibilities rock, girlfriend! Let's rock this next 5% challenge together.
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GEMLADYONE 1/9/2014 8:24PM

    Great goals! emoticon Your success is totally in your hands, and you are right, you will feel so much better, even after just a month. Go for it! emoticon emoticon

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MISSJULESCA 1/9/2014 7:50PM

    I have Fibromyalgia too, and I understand how you feel. One of my goals this year is to start a new career in real estate, and I worry about my energy levels sometimes.

But I think taking better care of my health will help me push through and move forward -- even if it's at my own slower pace.

I wish you lots of luck in 2014, and I hope all your goals come true!


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Happy November!!

Saturday, November 02, 2013

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Just a quick spark note to wish each of my spark buddies and very Happy November. We are starting out this month with one day of sunshine and cold (yesterday) and one day of wind storm and rain (today) I love this time of the year and all of the holiday fun ahead. I will be putting and crocheted fabric turkey on my table and then a real juicey stuffed one later in the month and we will be surrounded by those that we love.
Love the family traditions of November as well as the time to be Thankful for our bountiful lives. Wishing you each a wonderful month full of the family and friends. Let's make this season count for our health as we exercise and enjoy each day to it's fullest!!
Smiles Barb

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EJOY-EVELYN 11/3/2013 8:42PM

    Happy November! Giving thanks is regularly breathed with each prayer I say. Hug, hug -- Evelyn

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SVELTEWARRIOR 11/2/2013 11:28PM

    Happy November to you my friend!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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ANDYINBC 11/2/2013 3:09PM

    Happy November and all that goes with it!

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    Happy November!

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New Start Page...Woo Hoo!

Monday, October 21, 2013

Hi Sparkbuddies!!
I like the look of the new start page on Sparkpeople and wanted to ask each of you to share your positive thoughts with me about what you like
I like that there is a place to post goals and get daily points when I check them off!
I also love how my goals looks so professional on my page now...makes me motivated to get moving and keep my commitments to my health!!
I like that I can access so many places on spark from one page.
I like that sparkpeople keeps trying to find new ways to make it easier for us to accomplish our daily tracking and fun with friends time.
Just want to say thank you to all of the spark staff for their hard work on this...Give them a Woo Hoo and share your thoughts with me here!!
Smiles Barb

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LINDAF49 10/23/2013 12:54PM

    emoticon I keep trying to get girls encourage me...

Edit 10/31/13 OK I m m liking it more every day...just needed to go slow and learn it! Thanks!

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LASARRE 10/21/2013 11:13PM

    I like the simplicity. I love the fact that I can always see my goals. They aren't hidden on the refrigerator. So easy to get to the main threads that I post on with my teams. I really like it!

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NANCYSINATRA 10/21/2013 6:21PM

    I love the three steps but my favorite part is the goal board check in. I love that I can pick the motivational messages I want, including my OWN pictures!!

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ONYX_SHADOW 10/21/2013 2:19PM

    I like having everything right on the start page.

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PCOH051610 10/21/2013 12:41PM

    I like that it takes my goals and makes them colourful and "professional"! I haven't explored too much because I was at work when I logged in to see how it looked.

Agree, a emoticon to the leaders of Spark

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GINGER_BEAR 10/21/2013 11:44AM

    I like it. It is so much easier and faster to access the different areas. Like that the nutrition and fitness features are right there in front emoticon when we log in.

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ELLELARS08 10/21/2013 11:42AM

  I like the simplicity of the new page and that is takes less clicks to do what I want.

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Encouragement and Hugs are important!!

Monday, October 14, 2013

Asked by a Spark friend to copy and paste .....

We could all use these words of encouragement now and then.

Everyone will go through some hard times at some point. Life isn't easy.

Just something to think about... did you know the people that are the strongest are usually the most sensitive?

Did you know the people who exhibit the most kindness are the first to get mistreated?

Did you know the ones who take care of others all the time are usually the ones who need it the most?

Did you know the 3 hardest things to say are I love you, I'm sorry, and Help me.

Sometimes just because a person looks happy, you have to look past their smile and see how much pain they may be in.

To all my friends who are going through some issues right now-- let's start an intention avalanche. We all need positive intentions right now. If I don't see your name, I'll understand.

May I ask my friends wherever you might be, to kindly copy and paste this status for one hour to give a moment of support to all those who have family problems, health struggles, job issues, worries of any kind and just need to know that someone cares.

Do it for all of us, for nobody is immune.

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MARTHAWILL 10/16/2013 7:44PM

    So very true. Thanks for sharing.

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TEDDYBEARDONNA 10/16/2013 12:59PM

    Great post

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NWILKER 10/16/2013 11:04AM

    So great! Thanks for sharing!

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JAZZEJR 10/15/2013 10:26AM

    So glad to know the sensitive people are strong...I guess I don't have to worry so much about my dd. :)

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PCOH051610 10/14/2013 5:09PM

    That is beautiful! emoticon

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LINDAF49 10/14/2013 4:22PM

    AMEN! Copied it into my inspirational journal and will share it with my facebook friends s well

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