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You reap what you sow.

Monday, January 14, 2013



Are you sort of keeping track of the food you eat? Are you sort of working out hard? The bottom line is . . . you reap what you sow. If your heart is only half in it, then you're probably not going to have a lot of success. Believe me, I'm talking to myself here, too.

Our choices matter!!



So many times we just don't feel like it. I get that!! I have a super long day & I'm tired by noon. emoticon So many times I just don't feel like it. But I'm finding that you're either all in or you're all out. There really isn't any in between.



We need to tear down those walls & just get it done!!

So here's some motivation for you today. All I can say is "Ouch!"



Blessings to you!!! emoticon emoticon

  
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KOOKYKATHIE 1/16/2013 8:34PM

    OH MY GOSH!!! That thought of sitting in front of the mirror and eating should be enough for any over weight person to watch what they put in their mouths!!!!

My body in front of the mirror would probably literally make me "upchuck" my food!!!

You are such an inspiration to me. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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IMEMINE1 1/15/2013 5:13AM

    Double ouch on that last one.
Great blog!

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NEEDTOLOOSE1 1/14/2013 8:23PM

    Great Blog - thanks for sharing - don't think I want to eat in the front of the mirror naked. The mirror might just break.......lol emoticon

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KARENLEIGH32 1/14/2013 6:16PM

    I think I will do much better eating in my livingroom, that way I'll keep the food down! BUT I like the way you explain being all in....

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KONRAD695 1/14/2013 3:09PM

    Thank you. I especially like the yesterday's choices. I'm trying to practice them every day, and have great outcomes tomorrow.

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CINDYAST 1/14/2013 2:27PM

    emoticon Um, not going to eat in front of the mirror, naked no less! Too funny! Thanks for the laugh this afternoon.

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GIRLINMOTION 1/14/2013 10:34AM

    Right on!

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BIGPAWSUP 1/14/2013 10:19AM

    Love the last quote! Yeah, once you can pull that one off you've got it made!

Great blog!

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KJELLYBEAN15 1/14/2013 9:51AM

    Wow! I think if I had to eat naked in front of a mirror, I'd never want to eat. Great idea. emoticon
Hoping you have an awesome week.

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KARENE10 1/14/2013 8:38AM

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KIWIANN 1/14/2013 8:32AM

    emoticon Let's be "all in" today!

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ANDY_54 1/14/2013 8:15AM

    I don't want to completely *lose* my appetite so I don't think I'll eat naked in front of a mirror, lol. Great blog! Love the RLS quote.

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NANCYRUBIO 1/14/2013 8:07AM

    How true and meaningful.

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2BDYNAMIC 1/14/2013 6:56AM

    Good blog! Funny cos I just rolled out of bed ....... (3:30) and am soooooooo sleepy, BUT grabbed my coffee and tennis, and am getting to it ........... No Q.s asked ........ Just DO ............. And you reap those sweet stalks of wheat in the picture!! (Loved it!) ................ Well it s'waiting for me ............ have a great week! emoticon for the good blog!

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TDEMAIO2 1/14/2013 6:04AM

    emoticon emoticon LOve this emoticon

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BUTTERFIYEMERGE 1/14/2013 4:59AM

    AWESOME!!! Thanks for the blog today!

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WILSON1926 1/14/2013 4:29AM

    GREAT BLOG TODAY......

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Decide to try & head toward your success!!

Sunday, January 13, 2013



If you don't try, how do you know what you can accomplish? You may be able to do great & wonderful things that, up until now, you've only been able to imagine. You have so much potential!! I KNOW you can do so much more. I have potential!! I know I can do so much more!!

Success isn't easy!!



Yep, that's right -- no elevators to success -- no easy way out!! It requires work -- hard work!!



Success doesn't just fall into your lap -- go find it!!



One final thought:



I have noticed that the workouts that I used to struggle with are easy now. I need to kick it up a notch. I'm getting better at this exercise thing & with every workout you are, too!!

Blessings to you!! emoticon emoticon

  
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FUSIONFITNESS3 1/13/2013 10:28PM

    Like that last one. During one of my first weeks at the gym I remember looking at the the trimmer more fit women and thinking I can't wait for the day when it'll be easier for me like it is for them. What was I thinking? It wasn't too long when the light went on and I realized everyone calls it a workout because no matter what size or shape we are in we are all working out.
Maria

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NANCYRUBIO 1/13/2013 9:52PM

    As usually you are an inspiration!

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KONRAD695 1/13/2013 9:18PM

    Your morning cups are more like double shots of espresso!! Thank you for the daily boost. emoticon

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OTEN36 1/13/2013 5:34PM

    Your doing super!
Way to go and keep up the great work.
My walks are getting better also.
Where I used to be spent at the end of 3 miles...now I go 4 miles.
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COCK-ROBIN 1/13/2013 4:42PM

    Very good! Thanks for the great blog.

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COCK-ROBIN 1/13/2013 4:42PM

    Very good! Thanks for the great blog.

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BEAUTY_WITHIN 1/13/2013 3:13PM

    Wooohoo! You can do it!

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BUTTERFIYEMERGE 1/13/2013 2:26PM

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KARENLEIGH32 1/13/2013 1:46PM

    Now where is my FitBit? I need to count the steps I climb!

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GIRLINMOTION 1/13/2013 1:29PM

    With hard work you learn things along the way. Besides, I prefer to take the stairs you get a good work out at the same time, lol.

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BIGPAWSUP 1/13/2013 12:33PM

    Awesome!!!

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HEALTHYLADY12 1/13/2013 12:31PM

    I like this blog. Look up HIIT exercises. Short but burns a lot of calories or Jillian Michaels she makes you coming out sweaty.

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TAFODIL24 1/13/2013 10:51AM

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WILSON1926 1/13/2013 9:01AM

    OMG.Look at all the staies in those pics....................What a challenge!
Your blogs inspire me.
Have a great Sunday
Michael

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KIWIANN 1/13/2013 8:45AM

    Perspective is everything! It is a much better boast to the morale to think that I am getting better rather than the exercise is getting easier! emoticon

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New way to look at a plateau & another "fat" photo.

Saturday, January 12, 2013



I seem to be going from plateau to plateau lately, so I keep focusing on those non-scale victories to keep up my motivation.

Just on a whim, I did a search for "weight loss plateau" the other day on a fitness motivation website & came across the above poster. Once I get to maintenance, I figure I should be pretty good at it. emoticon

So the morale of the story is, keep pushing, keep doing what you're supposed to be doing. I also found this helpful:



Then, yesterday afternoon while I was having a little bit of a pity party, I was surfing Facebook & one of my friends had this posted on her page.



Eeeewwwwww!! Instant motivation to keep going.

I hope you all are well, my SparkFriends!

Blessings to you!! emoticon emoticon

  
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MATTEROFHEART 1/15/2013 3:35PM

    I'm with you! I'm good at those plateaus also! I try to just be thankful that I am not gaining!!!

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COCK-ROBIN 1/12/2013 9:44PM

    And motivation for me as well!

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LYDDIECAT 1/12/2013 8:55PM

    I'm your plateau buddy, I think. ;-)

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BIGPAWSUP 1/12/2013 8:48PM

    Awesome job! You can do this.

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GLITTER60 1/12/2013 8:00PM

    i cant see my feet so i am motivated/ great wallpaper

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MLH148 1/12/2013 7:51PM

    Great job again! When you break through you make a way for a lot of us!

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KARENLEIGH32 1/12/2013 6:46PM

    If ever a motivation was needed that last picture would do it for sure!

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KIWIANN 1/12/2013 6:34PM

    Thanks for the visual motivation!!

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VTRICIA 1/12/2013 6:13PM

    Sometimes I don't feel that different, but I have to have lost 20 lbs. of fat. I was going over the numbers last night. I will blog about them hopefully tonight.

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FUSIONFITNESS3 1/12/2013 3:28PM

    This reminds of a conversation with the friend recently. Over summer and fall she had become complacent, had plateaued, but maintained her weight. Her summary was just this: From this experience I know that can maintain so that's a good thing.
Love the poster!!!
Maria

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CINDYAST 1/12/2013 3:18PM

    emoticon I like the poster about a plateau being practice for maintenance. I'd never thought of it that way. You'll break through soon! Blessings!

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KONRAD695 1/12/2013 1:57PM

    Actually, I like a "Plateau" now and then. I treat it as a body rest and rebuild session. I lose weight the same way I work out. 3 parts high intensity to 1 part rest. My personality never does well with a constant never changing pace. I think in terms of my body completely repair itself, storing the protein back into the muscles, soaking up all the water I give it, and then it's ready for work. When it's ready for work- I give it all it can take. emoticon emoticon

Remember-- your "Plateau" is over before you start losing weight, the scale is always slow to tell you this. emoticon emoticon

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NEEDTOLOOSE1 1/12/2013 1:10PM

    Now that's what I call Motivation. That picture of fat is sick. I guess that's what I needed to see, and think about when I want to pick up that food that I is not on my food plan. Thanks for the reminder.
When I get to the place where the scale is not moving and I am still eating my plan, and exercising, I am inclined to throw in the towel. I know that is the wrong thing to do, but I get discouraged. I need to suck it up and continue doing my deal and add a little challenge to workout and tighten up my eating.
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GIRLINMOTION 1/12/2013 10:14AM

    "Weight loss plateau" being just a practice run is a different way to look at it for sure. So many times people reach their goal and forget that they have to maintain it then they gain the weight back because they forgot to live the healthier lifestyle they were learning to live for the long term.

They say practice makes perfect.

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TDEMAIO2 1/12/2013 8:42AM

    WOW that last picture :O keep going keep pushing WE CAN DO IT :D

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PARKERB2 1/12/2013 8:14AM

    What a pile of fat at any poundage. It's got to come off. We will keep on keeping on won't we. Later. and have a great day.

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BUTTERFIYEMERGE 1/12/2013 8:02AM

    THAT is motivation!! EWWWWW!!!!!

I always say when someone hits a plateau that it is practice for maintenance ... that stage of our journey where we eat the same things, do the same exercise and the scale stays the same. It's not exciting. It just is. And we need to learn how to accept that. It's a difficult place to be, at least at first, because we're accustomed to seeing that number go down most weeks. Practice makes perfect. It's OK to see the number maintain sometimes.

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Muscle vs. Fat shows importance of strength training (w/photos)

Friday, January 11, 2013



Eeeewwwwwww!! Isn't that yucky? I go to a gym where they weigh me, measure me & check my body fat content once a month. At my last weigh & measure, I had lost 3 pounds of body fat, and it only took me one month to do it. That's pretty significant, especially looking at this photo.

Now, just to show you the importance of strength training, look as this photo:



My gym has replicas like these on display near the front door when you first walk into the gym. It's pretty motivating. Just looking at these photos, I decided that I'd rather have that nice pretty lean muscle as opposed to that ugly, misshapen & freaky looking fat!! Wouldn't you? Strength training will help you with that. I emoticon emoticon emoticon my little girl muscles!! emoticon

I'm not going to lie -- being consistent about eating right & exercising is challenging. But I know how much better I feel & how much better my body feels when I do it. I CHOOSE to accept the challenge every single day!!

I've also learned that:



Today, start searching for YOUR gifts!! There are so many to be found!!

Blessings to you!! emoticon emoticon

  
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GODS_TEMPLE 1/12/2013 1:38AM

    Great visuals. I haven't seen this before. Thanks!

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LISAN0415 1/11/2013 11:34PM

    You are sooooo right, not to mention that fat stresses the body, while lean muscles helps the body! Like having lean muscle helps keep bones healthy, and more muscle increases metabolism. More causes stress on our pancreas and blood sugar levels and increases blood pressure.

Good for you for doing your research!

Keep eating well, tracking all your food, and you wil see, results are coming!
Lisa

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NEEDTOLOOSE1 1/11/2013 10:27PM

    Thanks for sharing you are one amazing lady emoticon

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COCK-ROBIN 1/11/2013 10:08PM

    And you have such great gifts!

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COCK-ROBIN 1/11/2013 10:08PM

    And you have such great gifts!

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VTRICIA 1/11/2013 9:13PM

    Thanks for the reminder. I need to look at my latest numbers. nice pix!

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KARENLEIGH32 1/11/2013 2:25PM

    I was all about cardio, but my daughter kept telling me how much more she was loosing by mixing in strength training. Her husband is an exercise freak so I figured that was why she said it. But reading your blog I see the facts to back up the story that I need to do both.

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LEVELPATHS 1/11/2013 10:39AM

    I'm really not into strength training, but after seeing the muscle/fat comparison pic I think I may have to be! And anyhow, I might have to do some for BLC21!...

Thanks for another encouraging blog! :-)

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BIGPAWSUP 1/11/2013 10:11AM

    Awesome visuals! Really make one think about what is under the skin.

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GIRLINMOTION 1/11/2013 10:04AM

    Eating healthier and exercising is one challenge everyone should be up for.

But it isn't a challenge when you have made it part of your lifestyle. Like Nike "Just do it".

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1EMMA2011 1/11/2013 10:04AM

    Fat, fat, fat go away!!!

Great Blog!!

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SUSIESLIM62 1/11/2013 9:57AM

  emoticon Wow, I'd rather have muscle too! emoticon for the information and inspiration. emoticon
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PAANDRUS 1/11/2013 9:40AM

    Sure gives a person a reason to keep going!! emoticon

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KJELLYBEAN15 1/11/2013 9:11AM

    I hate to think what all of the fat that I have carried looks like. I know I don't like what it looks like under my skin. I can't imagine it like that. Yuck!
Keep on the great work.

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BUTTERFIYEMERGE 1/11/2013 9:04AM

    emoticon the developing muscles I have! Such a wonderful emoticon

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STEPHROCKS32 1/11/2013 9:00AM

    In addition to those great benefits; strength training adds muscle which helps your burn more fat!! Plus all those wonderful muscles are great for everyday activities, and with continuing strength training will help an older individual stay independent!! Free weights, squats, pushups, anything where you use your own body weight as resistance is the best!!

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Good health = wealth.

Thursday, January 10, 2013



I am not "wealthy" financially by any means, but I totally get this quote. Now that I have been eating better foods (giving my body the proper fuel that it needs) & exercising more consistently, I feel so much better. It's also a huge mood booster.

By contrast, if you feel terrible all the time, you not only feel poor in the traditional sense, but that's all you can think about -- how bad you feel -- how life would be so much better if you felt well. The richness & satisfaction of your life has ebbed away when you suffer from poor health. Unfortunately, there are some things that just can't be overcome & we have to learn to deal with those in other ways, but I want to deal with those on my own terms. I want to feel my best so that I can better deal with the things about my health that I can't control. Does that make sense? I still haven't finished my coffee yet. emoticon



Since I have been practicing better health habits, I get sick much less often than I used to. That's also a plus.

Good health is our true wealth. Money may be tight for you & me, but if we feel better, I think we deal with those circumstances much better. At least I do.

Blessings to you!! emoticon emoticon

  
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NEEDTOLOOSE1 1/10/2013 10:07PM

    Great - Thanks for sharing you are so right emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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KARENLEIGH32 1/10/2013 9:38PM

    I so agree! When I came to SP several months ago, all I wanted to do was sleep and I had no strength to do anything. Now to be honest I was coming off a 2 yr bout with brain cancer, but still was so healthy before that. Now I can walk up the 2 flights to my apt without gasping for breathe, I can kneel down in the floor and get myself back up, and I can walk for several miles without feeling like I'll pass out if I take another step. I owe all of this 'wealth' to eating better and taking an interest in myself. Taking the time to eat right, exercise, positive thought, my family, and SP. These things are my riches!!

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FUSIONFITNESS3 1/10/2013 5:33PM

    That makes perfect sense. My health is far from perfect but boy do I feel a lot better than a year ago because I have taken control of the aspects of my health which I could. Sure there are some aspects I can't change but life is so much better.
Another inspirational posts. Made me stop and put things into perspective and take stock of my wealth despite areas of health I have little control over.


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SUSIESLIM62 1/10/2013 2:05PM

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GIRLINMOTION 1/10/2013 10:01AM

    WOW, you thought that all up before you even finished your morning coffee. emoticon

Good health is something we should not take for granted and do need to take care of to keep.

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PUPPYWHISPERS 1/10/2013 9:31AM

    I love this blog! I was just telling a friend that I'm convinced that I don't get sick very often because I'm fit and healthy. I also have a chronic pain condition that is managed quite nicely by exercising...who knew?

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WILSON1926 1/10/2013 9:21AM

    You are right on!
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Michael

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KIWIANN 1/10/2013 9:10AM

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Good health is certainly a blessing, and one worth the effort to improve!! Wishing you an abundance of blessings!! emoticon

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BIGPAWSUP 1/10/2013 8:31AM

    As usual - you hit the nail right on the head!

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KJELLYBEAN15 1/10/2013 8:31AM

    How wonderful. Thank you.

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GINA180847 1/10/2013 8:19AM

    So true, I am so much healthier than my parents were at this age. For me the wrinkles and things going south don't matter so much as living without pain. That is worth the earth.

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GRETCHEN1976 1/10/2013 7:52AM

    You are absolutely right........I put health on my gratitude journal list every day
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MARYJOANNA 1/10/2013 5:41AM

  Health is the best gift you can have! I will take that any day over wealth!

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TDEMAIO2 1/10/2013 5:34AM

    LOVE this : ) I have had the money and I was not happy! I am very healthy and very broke BUT I am happier now than I have ever been :D

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BUTTERFIYEMERGE 1/10/2013 5:21AM

    I agree!!! I'm sooooo grateful for my health. It's a wealth I don't want to give away! GREAT blog!

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COCK-ROBIN 1/10/2013 4:45AM

    And you are rich in SO many ways!

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COCK-ROBIN 1/10/2013 4:45AM

    And you are rich in SO many ways!

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