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There is no easy way out!

Wednesday, December 05, 2012



I know there have been times in my life when I have wished there was an easy way or a "magic pill" to lose weight. I can also tell you that I have tried many, many things, but nothing has worked except hard work, dedication, perseverance & the support of others.

SparkPeople is what you make it. You can still try to do this on your own, but I am having much more success with the support of my SparkFriends & I know others are, too.

I have also learned something about myself on this journey. I am a better person, a stronger person, for doing the hard work. I don't get as discouraged when the scale isn't moving because I know in my heart I've been making those healthy choices day in & day out & I've been exercising like I'm supposed to.

Remember . . . slow & steady wins the race.

So, roll up your sleeves & let's get to work!!!

Blessings to you!! emoticon emoticon

  
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SUPERSYLPH 7/10/2013 11:24PM

    emoticon I'm fired up!

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  Nice, Let's do it as we go to take us closer to where we always want to be. emoticon

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BUSMOM27 12/19/2012 9:58AM

    Thanks for the encouragement.

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MARYELLEN301 12/15/2012 10:03AM

    AMEN! It works if you work it and it won't if you don't!

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LESLIE56 12/14/2012 5:59PM

    We have so many mosquitoes up here, we'd all be, just skin and bone. I love this poster, emoticon

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CM_GARDNER78 12/13/2012 11:57PM

    HAHAHA - the mosquito is the unofficial state "bird" of Michigan........I would be rail thin by now! ;-) LOL You are 110% correct - I LOVE SP!!! :-)

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EFFRAYECHILDE 12/12/2012 9:05AM

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CATHOLICCORGI 12/10/2012 4:57PM

    AMEN! Tell it like it is!

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SPECIALGURL7 12/10/2012 3:14PM

    Thank you for the encouraging words. Support is key to success.

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SLIMLEAF 12/10/2012 11:56AM

    Thanks for this encouragement. It's tempting, when hearing of the success of others, to assume that they're somehow better or more self-controlled or have some other advantage over oneself, but as you say, there is no easy way. We just have to work at it, and if we do that, perhaps we 'ordinary' folks can become successes too.

I sure hope so.

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WHITEANGEL4 12/9/2012 8:14PM

    Correct slow and steady committment makes you a winner

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REGSHAR 12/9/2012 10:16AM

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LOVE YOUR MOSQUITO SAYING, HOW I WISH!!!
TOGETHER WE CAN DO THIS, LET'S KEEP ON PLUGGING!!!

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LUNAESTRELLA 12/8/2012 2:03PM

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LEANMEAN2 12/8/2012 6:28AM

    True! Thanks for sharing.

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SUSIESLIM62 12/7/2012 10:43PM

  emoticon and so true. The support and encouragement of others on the journey help so much, but in the end you have to make things happen. emoticon emoticon

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MMCKIE 12/7/2012 9:35PM

    Thank you for your inspiring blog...I totally agree. This site is such a gift!

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DRUIDPRINCESS 12/7/2012 4:48PM

    Thank you so much for your blog! I am sure I will use your quotation about mosquitoes many times as Australia begins its summer!

I always look forward to reading your words of wisdom, as they are always full of thought and fun.
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HOLLYM48 12/7/2012 1:45PM

    SO SO TRUE! Everyday I think about the changes that I have made and how much better I feel. I love the support spark people offers but it is up to me to make the changes and continue with the changes to see the difference it can make! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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DABLUECAT 12/7/2012 1:34PM

    Yeah, the magic pill. If it was so easy, everyone would do it. Think I need a brisk walk!

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FIRECOM 12/7/2012 9:03AM

    As to mosquitos. I wish that Noah would have left them behind.

Great, fun blog.

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KELLYPAQ 12/7/2012 6:07AM

    Thanks for the reminder that my journey is what I make it. I reap the benefits according to the effort I give.

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LAWANDMUSIC 12/6/2012 11:14PM

    Very good!

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PCASEY7 12/6/2012 11:10PM

    Great blog and oh so true!

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HYATTI1 12/6/2012 11:05PM

    Nothing worth while comes without hard work.

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Am STILL GRINNING from your mosquito joke !

You are SO RIGHT.

I have been down in the dumps
all day today - job rejection
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And was not going to bother exercising

BUT your blog has inspired me !
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as soon as I post this,
am going to walk in place !
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Have a Fabulous Friday !

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BLESSINGS!
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MARYJEANSL 12/6/2012 10:45PM

  Boy, the way mosquitos love me, if they sucked fat instead of blood, I would be Twiggy! Yes, I just dated myself. If only it were so easy...

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ROCKYCPA 12/6/2012 10:17PM

    Thanks for the post!

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TJCADDO 12/6/2012 9:53PM

    So true!!! But this weight mirror made me feel better. www.makeovr.com/weightmirror

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    The truth has been spoken and spoken well!! emoticon emoticon

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MARYHENNIG 12/6/2012 7:40PM

  Every little bit helps...just keep moving in one direction.

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1DRWOMAN 12/6/2012 7:38PM

    EXACTLY!!! Whoo YA!!!!!!!!!!

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POWER2XCEL 12/6/2012 6:20PM

  I like the mosquito comment..

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KARENLEIGH32 12/6/2012 5:59PM

    Love the blurb on mosquitoes! I am on board for the race with you, slow and sure!

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LJOYCE55 12/6/2012 5:19PM

  When my scale remains stable, I will think of this . Thank you.

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    Great Blog!

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BARBARASDIET 12/6/2012 5:10PM

    Yes!

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YOU are beautiful!! ::hugs:: :-)

Tuesday, December 04, 2012



You are more than that number on the scale. Don't let that cause you to give up. The road is sometimes difficult, but the rewards are so great!! Hang in there! Let's do this together.



Challenge for today: Look in the mirror several times today & say "You are beautiful." (Thanks Kalantha -- we did this as a team challenge recently).

Blessings to you!! emoticon emoticon

P.S. Looks like little Saige can go home TODAY!!! Yay!!!! Thanks so much for your prayers. Y'all are emoticon !!!!


  
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MICKEYH 12/4/2012 5:33PM

    Thanks for the encouragement and congrats for the baby girl!!

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    emoticon Great news about your little niece!

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    Wonderful news. emoticon

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MOWINELADY 12/4/2012 12:20PM

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Thanks for the encouragement and the great news about your niece!!!

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BIGPAWSUP 12/4/2012 10:31AM

    AWESOME!!!

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BEVERLYH8 12/4/2012 8:31AM

  Love it!

I put these stickers up everywhere: http://you-are-beautiful.com/
R>:)

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KJELLYBEAN15 12/4/2012 8:17AM

    I love this. It's funny but I was listening to my ipod yesterday and the first four or five songs were about being beautiful and embracing your beauty. I thought it was pretty ironic because I had just been very critical and negative towards myself. I feel as though God wanted me to hear those songs, many of which I had never heard before. He wanted me to know that I "AM" beautiful.

And anytime I see myself in the mirror I am going to do this.
Thank you.

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LIFEISPURRFECT 12/4/2012 7:40AM

    I'll accept your mirror challenge. And so glad to hear your niece is able to come home. What a blessing.

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MLH148 12/4/2012 6:46AM

    Don't think I can accept the challenge, but I like the scale pic.
Glad the LITTLE girl is doing well.

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LYDDIECAT 12/4/2012 6:20AM

    That is great news about your niece. Just think about the wonderful example you will be setting for her as she grows up. Every little girl needs a healthy, strong woman for a role model!

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MARYJOANNA 12/4/2012 5:48AM

  That works all the time and also say God loves me!

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This is a keeper.


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LISAN0415 12/4/2012 4:51AM

    Love it, and I accept the "Mirror Challenge"

You have to do it too!
Let us know how it worked for you!

Lisa

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Live for today!

Monday, December 03, 2012



I know I've blogged on this before, but I need to hear it again today. emoticon

Live for today. Let go of the past. Keep moving forward toward the future, but don't worry about the future.

Be here now, in this moment. If you worry about the past or the future, you might miss something awesome today.

Your hard work today will pay off in huge dividends tomorrow.

A couple of you have asked me about my niece's name. It is Saige Louisa.

So you can get some perspective on how small she is, here is a photo of her holding my brother's pinkie finger:



Blessings to you!! emoticon emoticon

  
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LISAN0415 12/4/2012 4:28AM

    Today truly is the PRESENT from God!

Have a great one!
Lisa

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KALANTHA 12/3/2012 9:36PM

    That is one beautiful baby! Congratulations and love to all!

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MICHELLE_391 12/3/2012 8:27PM

    Such a beautiful little girl! Congratulations!!! Looking at that sweet face how could anyone want to do anything but be in the moment?

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CINDYAST 12/3/2012 3:52PM

    Oh my, so tiny and totally beautiful! Thanks for the reminder to be "in the moment".
Blessings!

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MOWINELADY 12/3/2012 11:03AM

    Like they say it is called the present -- which is a gift so we should enjoy where we are right now and not spend time in the past or future.

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PAANDRUS 12/3/2012 10:47AM

    Oh my!! I forget how small they can be....Beautiful picture!

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STHAX10 12/3/2012 9:56AM

    so tiny, so beautiful! thanks for sharing!!! emoticon

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MATTEROFHEART 12/3/2012 9:18AM

    Precious!!!

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MICKEYH 12/3/2012 8:41AM

    " Saige Louisa" What a beautiful name!! and she is so cute. Best wishes to her.

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TDEMAIO2 12/3/2012 8:35AM

    Babies are SO precious : ) good advice : )

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KJELLYBEAN15 12/3/2012 8:15AM

    So precious. Enjoy the day. Enjoy the now. You can't change yesterday. And tomorrow is still too far away. Live today now and give it your all. Hope you have a wonderful day my friend.

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BIGPAWSUP 12/3/2012 8:01AM

    She is so cute.

And yes, we all can use the reminder to live in the day/moment.

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MARYJOANNA 12/3/2012 5:57AM

  You are blessed to have such a cute niece!

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NANCYRUBIO 12/3/2012 5:30AM

    Saige Louisa. your are so small! Learn all the wisdom you can from your Aunt. It will benefit, your in all you do or see.

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COCK-ROBIN 12/3/2012 5:04AM

    very beautiful.

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NCSUE0514 12/3/2012 4:42AM

    She's beautiful.

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Be proud of who you are (plus more pics of my new niece).

Sunday, December 02, 2012



We are all human & we all make mistakes. Keep pushing, keep trying & don't ever give up!!



Be kind to yourself. Forgive yourself when you make a mistake. Just keep looking forward & move on.



A couple of pics of my new niece:

She totally rocks this hat!!



She's not much bigger than my brother's hand.





Blessings to you!! emoticon emoticon

  
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BIJALS 12/15/2012 2:50PM

  So cute, love the hat!! emoticon

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HISARTIST 12/6/2012 8:49AM

    Love the post...and the little bit of adorableness at the end just adds icing to the cake! Enjoy...the perfect Christmas present!! And the hat is absolutely adorable too!!


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MICHELLE_391 12/3/2012 8:54PM

    Your niece was born into the perfect family: one with fashion sense and mad photography skills!

She's just beautiful!

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LISAN0415 12/3/2012 2:16AM

    P.S. sorry, did I miss her name somewhere?



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LISAN0415 12/3/2012 2:13AM

    Oh she's a doll and a half!!! Must be good genes in your family!!!!

Congratulations to your family on bringing another precious one to this world, we need more great people in this world!

Please tell your brother and sister in law they just gave me the WORST case of Baby fever! We would love a little girl in the future!

ANd yes she rocks that hat to the Max, she could sooooo be a Baby Model!

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MICKEYH 12/2/2012 11:51PM

    She is soooo cute !! emoticon emoticon

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1EMMA2011 12/2/2012 10:54PM

    What a precious baby!!

Thank you for your positive outlook!!!


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MOWINELADY 12/2/2012 1:19PM

    Your niece is so cute. Thanks for all your wonderful motivational pictures!

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PROUD-GRANDMA 12/2/2012 11:57AM

    She's precious!! I love your post!

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OTEN36 12/2/2012 11:42AM

    ohhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh tooooo cute.
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KONRAD695 12/2/2012 10:52AM

    That is the cutest most beautiful baby. Sorry, your quotes will have to take a back seat to the photos.

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JACKIE542 12/2/2012 10:43AM

    Beautiful post, your Niece is very beautiful too! emoticon

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ERINMARIE424 12/2/2012 10:01AM

    very inspirational start to my day - thank you! Your niece is adorable and that hat is so cute!

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COCK-ROBIN 12/2/2012 9:27AM

    Awwwww, your niece is SO cute!

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COCK-ROBIN 12/2/2012 9:27AM

    Awwwww, your niece is SO cute!

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TDEMAIO2 12/2/2012 9:23AM

    God Bless babies :D She really is BEAUTIFUL :D treasure every moment with her : )

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NANCYRUBIO 12/2/2012 8:47AM

    My hope for her is that she learns and lives with the rest of this posting.

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BIGPAWSUP 12/2/2012 8:29AM

    Those are great quotes to remember. And that is the cutest hat. What a little angel!

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Be all you were intended to be.

Saturday, December 01, 2012



Recreating yourself is hard. It takes sacrifice & letting go of some things you've been holding onto for a long time. It takes serious self-examination. It can even be painful.

Instead of dwelling on the negative aspects of recreating yourself, focus on the final result. You'll be better, stronger, faster (kinda sounds like "The $6 Million Man," right?) emoticon

Always focus on the positives, then the hard stuff won't seem so bad. Let's do it together!! There is always strength in numbers.

Blessings to you!!! emoticon emoticon

  
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BIJALS 12/15/2012 2:52PM

  Sigh, if only I actually knew what I was intended to be... emoticon

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MICKEYH 12/1/2012 9:09PM

    Yes, we all need to focus on positive side of aspect, instead of negative side. I heard the words like " No pain No gain " ? We should appreciate our hard work and sometime pat our shoulder ourselves. Have a wonderful weekend. .

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MATTEROFHEART 12/1/2012 7:46PM

    So glad to have SparkFriends to help through this journey!
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BIGPAWSUP 12/1/2012 5:13PM

    You are awesome! Thanks for being such an inspiration!

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PROUD-GRANDMA 12/1/2012 2:41PM

    Love it! So true! Thank you for sharing!

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KONRAD695 12/1/2012 12:17PM

    Completely right. My re-invention of myself went hand in hand wife some marriage difficulties. Now mind, body, and relationship are all stronger.

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That is so true.
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COCK-ROBIN 12/1/2012 8:34AM

    Very good advide! Thank you.

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COCK-ROBIN 12/1/2012 8:34AM

    Very good advide! Thank you.

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