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Live life to the fullest.

Thursday, December 27, 2012



The thing about living life to the fullest is that there are going to be days that are not so great. I used to hate those days, but I have come to realize that without those rough days, I wouldn't appreciate the good days as much -- I'd take them for granted. I don't ever want to take anything for granted.

There are days that you are going to fail, but:



Pick yourself up & keep moving forward.

Remember that:



Also keep this in mind:



Push through the rough days as best as you can. Your SparkFriends are here to help you.



Thanks to all of you who have helped me through the rough days.

Blessings to you!! emoticon emoticon

  
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IMEMINE1 12/30/2012 8:41AM

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    Failure is NOT AN OPTION! emoticon

Thank you for the inspiration!

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FUSIONFITNESS3 12/27/2012 4:29PM

    Thanks for the reminders. Picking up the pieces and moving forward after the holidays.
Maria

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    Great blog - thanks for sharing this emoticon

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    emoticon blog. Thanks!

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GIRLINMOTION 12/27/2012 11:04AM

    Well said!

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    Very nice indeed
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COCK-ROBIN 12/27/2012 8:28AM

    Thanks! I'll remember that.

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BEBOP4ME 12/27/2012 8:07AM

    A fitting after Christmas blog for the many that are struggling after all the holiday temptations!

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How to have a lovely day.

Wednesday, December 26, 2012



Today's blog is simple. I really don't need to add a lot to it.

I'm going to try a few now:

I'm smiling at you. emoticon

emoticon so much for all your support & encouragement. Y'all are emoticon

I wish you a very lovely day!!

Hmmm. I do feel like it's going to be a lovely day now. emoticon

Blessings to you!! emoticon emoticon

  
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    Smiling back at you. emoticon emoticon

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LISAN0415 12/27/2012 10:05PM

    Just to add a funny:

For some people I meet, I'd like to add "Take a bath or shower" to the perfume line
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But seriously this was sweet-

smiles to everyone!

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    And blessings back to you!! emoticon emoticon

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COCK-ROBIN 12/26/2012 10:50PM

    Great! You're doing good.

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KARENLEIGH32 12/26/2012 2:03PM

    Just the right amount for today!

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Wishing you all a wonderful day!

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SAINTBETH 12/26/2012 11:33AM

    Thanks you!

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MARYJOANNA 12/26/2012 10:29AM

  So simple and so true!

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111BUTTERFLY111 12/26/2012 10:21AM

    Beautiful!!

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    emoticon Thank you beautiful. I hope you have a fantastic Wednesday.

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ROX525 12/26/2012 8:35AM

    Awwww...thank you.... same to you

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TDEMAIO2 12/26/2012 8:34AM

    I will : ) Thank you and you have a GREAT day too : )

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Same to you too!!! And you have a nice Boxing Day.

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KKKAREN 12/26/2012 8:19AM

    Good points to remember and impliment!

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Plans & resolutions.

Tuesday, December 25, 2012



This is one of my favorite verses. I know that the plans God has for me are good & are plans of hope & to bring me a bright future. That makes me smile. emoticon He has my best interests at heart.

In the past, I have not made resolutions for the New Year because I'm not very good about following through. On many occasions I let circumstances derail my efforts. I have realized on this journey that I was not relying on God as heavily as I should have to give me the strength to do this. He cares about this because I care about it, so I should definitely include Him.

So, I can & will resolve to continue eating healthy foods & I can & will continue to exercise. I've been doing that for 6 months & I'm sure I can continue. I also know that now I'm in better physical shape, I need to push myself a little more during exercise. I have a deadline in mind because our goals should have deadlines, but I'm not going to stress about how long it takes. I'll get there when I get there. Slow & steady wins the race. emoticon



One foot in front of the other, one good choice after another. With God's help, I CAN do this!!



I'm headed toward my dream of being the weight that I was when I got married.



I have some work to do & I'm going to roll up my sleeves & do it!!

Who is with me?

Blessings to you!! emoticon emoticon

  
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LISAN0415 12/26/2012 8:00AM

    You are so right, and you are right about deadlines or goal dates- it does keep us more accountable. Just like work projects, if they said just get this done whenever we can, it would get pushed behind some other priorities/duties, but if they said, get it done by Friday, we make it on the top of our priority list and it gets done!

Best wishes, I know 2013 will be a great year for all of us!

Lisa


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    Very good!

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    Great job and Merry Christmas

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    Good for you! And Merry Christmas!

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Do you have a wrinkled soul?

Monday, December 24, 2012



Enthusiasm is a tough thing to hang onto all the time. Especially when circumstances are weighing you down, your weight is weighing you down or [fill in the blank with your reason].

One of the things suggested in The Spark (by SparkGuy Chris Downie) is to make a collage of why you want to lose weight or why you want to reach whatever goal you may have set (half marathon, marathon, etc.). On your collage, include reasons why you want to reach this goal and also make sure you include photos. They can be photos of anyone -- they don't have to be of you.

If you look at that collage every day, it really does keep your enthusiasm up. It also helps to have workout/training buddies. I know that I push myself a bit harder to get to the gym after work when I know my buddies are going to be there. They always greet me with smiles & lots of hugs. If I don't show up, I have phone calls, emails &/or FaceBook messages waiting for me asking where I was. They are super great friends!



Today's challenge: Come up with a way to foster enthusiasm. Maybe it's looking at your collage or meeting a buddy at the gym. Maybe you need to change your workout music. Whatever it is, "just do it." (~ Nike ~) You won't regret it.

No more wrinkled souls!!

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GLITTER60 12/25/2012 12:24PM

    my work out buddy is hubby, but he does the walking (or treadmill) and i do my water exercises, and strengthening.

love your wallpaper

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JIGGILY 12/25/2012 2:51AM

    How true, very motivational and a great idea.
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COCK-ROBIN 12/25/2012 12:09AM

    Beautiful! And a happy and healthy Christmas to you.

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COCK-ROBIN 12/25/2012 12:09AM

    Beautiful! And a happy and healthy Christmas to you.

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DRUIDPRINCESS 12/24/2012 5:36PM

    Firstly, I LOVE your background of snowmen... I hadn't noticed them before and they really made me smile!

I always love reading your blogs. They show such depth of thought and really challenge us to DO SOMETHING, ANYTHING, that propels us in the right direction,

My city turns 100 next year and I am one of four people designing a year of dances, starting with an Edwardian 1900s dance and going all the way through the decades (Roaring 20s, Rock'n'Roll, etc) until the present day, with one dance per month.

I am in charge of costuming...so what bigger incentive do I need to look my best? But I hadn't realised that the first dance is only four weeks away... You really made me refocus (and panic) and get even more serious about my SP journey.

Love and hugs to you for a happy Christmas and an awesome new year!

Lyn (from Canberra, Australia)
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GIRLINMOTION 12/24/2012 12:26PM

    Enthusiasm is what you bring everyday to SparkPeople. Thank you for doing such a great job keeping us seeing the glass half full.

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SAINTBETH 12/24/2012 12:17PM

    Yay!

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TDEMAIO2 12/24/2012 11:28AM

    Thank you : ) Needed it emoticon

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LIFEISPURRFECT 12/24/2012 10:31AM

    Just what I needed to read. I'm going to be going for a run this morning and this will definitely help me get out the door!

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    emoticon Thanks for the inspiration today!

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NANCYRUBIO 12/24/2012 9:20AM

    Great blog for making it ha[[en to us all.

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The Journey.

Sunday, December 23, 2012



You have a purpose for this journey you are on. Our purposes might not be the same because everyone is different & everyone's journey is different. But let me ask you this . . . do you have PASSION for the journey you are on?

The journey is sometimes hard. Sometimes there are setbacks & roadblocks along the way (health issues, family emergencies, etc.). Don't quit just because you have a setback or hit a roadblock. If the passion is there, you'll keep going through the setbacks & roadblocks, or if you were diverted for a time, you'll just pick up where you left off.



I am a stronger person for making it through the rough patches along this journey.



Because I have encountered those difficult times, I am better prepared when another one comes along & I can assure you, it will!!

Only you can live your journey all the way to the end. I have SparkFriends with me for part of mine & I love the support & encouragement from each one of you. Thank you!! emoticon



Today, find your passion if you've lost it.

Blessings to you!! emoticon emoticon

  
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HZGLORY 12/24/2012 4:01AM

    Totally wonderful motivation and thought provoking!! WTG

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FUSIONFITNESS3 12/23/2012 11:05PM

    Great motivational blog. Love that last poster.
Maria

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    Thank you for the inspiring thoughts
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BECKYANNE1 12/23/2012 7:42PM

    I have always felt that everything happens for a reason. We may not know what that reason is. I have come out stronger and more determined each time I've hit that wall and I will continue to do so because I like you know something else will come up.

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DRUIDPRINCESS 12/23/2012 4:51PM

    Thank you for a wonderful blog. You have put so much reflection into it and you deserve to be proud of yourself.

Thank you for making me stop and think. I will take as much time as I need this afternoon to think back on your blog and on my own life...

Happy, wonderful Christmas to you, and an AWESOME new year!
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COCK-ROBIN 12/23/2012 4:30PM

    Thank you for another signpost on my own journey. You're doing great!

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GIRLINMOTION 12/23/2012 12:23PM

    Well put!

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NANCYRUBIO 12/23/2012 9:57AM

    Sometimes you get too tired after the long road you have traveled.

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BIGPAWSUP 12/23/2012 8:37AM

    You are such a motivation and inspiration! Thank you!

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TDEMAIO2 12/23/2012 8:32AM

    Thank you : ) This came at the right time for me! emoticon

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