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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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111BUTTERFLY111 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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111BUTTERFLY111 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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This is SO true! Keep rocking it girlfriend! emoticon
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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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111BUTTERFLY111 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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Life has no remote!!

Wednesday, January 09, 2013



Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results. ~ Albert Einstein ~

Sometimes you have to change things up. If your tactics are no long working, something's gotta give. Time to add more exercise to my day or maybe increase the intensity. This plateau's gotta go!!!

I'm trying to get my hubby to go do some geocaching with me (GPS treasure hunt) on the weekends when it isn't so cold (I don't like the cold). I read about it in one of the SP articles over the weekend & it sounds so fun!! Here's a link to the article:

www.sparkpeople.com/resource/fitness
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We have a GPS that has a walking mode & when I searched for our zip code, I discovered that there are about 40+ "treasures" in my area.

For information on what geocaching is, how it works, & "treasures hunts" in your area, check out this website: www.geocaching.com/ . Doesn't that sound fun?

Today's thought:



Blessings to you!! emoticon emoticon

  
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NEEDTOLOOSE1 1/9/2013 9:35PM

    Sounds like fun, let me know how it turns out.

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FUSIONFITNESS3 1/9/2013 9:30PM

    Geo caching is such a great family activity. I've gone a few times and today I was thinking about how I need to get out and do it again. It's amazing how many there were just in my little pocket of the world. Sounds like there's quite a number there to keep you busy for a bit too. Enjoy. Let us know how it goes.
Maria

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KARENLEIGH32 1/9/2013 5:29PM

    From what I understand geocaching is great! My nephew takes both his children to do it, but I'm with you I would need to wait for warm weather. Hate the cold!

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CINDYAST 1/9/2013 3:32PM

    My husband and I got into geocaching a few years ago. It's amazing how many places we've been to through geocaching that were in our area that we'd never heard of before. We've also done some when we've gone on vacation, but found that's a lot more difficult if you don't know the local landmarks to get you to the starting points. We even put out three caches ourselves. It is fun! Enjoy!

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LISAN0415 1/9/2013 2:32PM

    That sounds like lots of fun, let us know how it works out! take a camera with you!
Lisa

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BIGPAWSUP 1/9/2013 11:27AM

    Have fun with that. We were supposed to go once with friends (we don't have a walking GPS) but it got cancelled. Sounds fun.

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SUSIESLIM62 1/9/2013 11:04AM

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Good luck persuading the hubby and happy hunting! emoticon

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GIRLINMOTION 1/9/2013 9:44AM

    Geocaching is a great family activity. I have a friend that is really into it. When we went camping last year she made a list of all the ones in the camping area and we all went. Lots of fun.

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KJELLYBEAN15 1/9/2013 9:35AM

    That sounds like fun. I will have to check it out. I think my girls would really enjoy something like that.

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LEVELPATHS 1/9/2013 9:20AM

    No way! 40 in your area? I'm gonna check this out! :-)

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KIWIANN 1/9/2013 9:14AM

    Geocaching is on my "to-do" list, too! It does sound like great fun!

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MLH148 1/9/2013 7:08AM

    I personally have over 30 caches I have hidden. It is so fun. And, it's not what's in the caches-- it's the journey. Through it we've found great trails and state gamelands we go to again and again. It is so fun. Don't start with micros. Start with bigger ones til you get some "caching sense". One was hidden behind a reflector in a bowling alley parking lot - an hour hunt in a not great place. I prefer a big ammo box after a mile hike! Some people hide ones and like it if there are lots of DNFs (did not find). Makes feel smart. My caches are easier to find. I want people to go to someof my favorite spots. Have fun!

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LABRATIAM 1/9/2013 6:44AM

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WILSON1926 1/9/2013 6:39AM

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111BUTTERFLY111 1/9/2013 6:16AM

    I used to LetterBox ... it's a lot like Geocaching except without the GPS. Soooo much fun ... you get outdoors, you get exercise and there is a point to it other than exercise. Enjoy! I hope he goes with you!!

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MARYJOANNA 1/9/2013 5:50AM

  Life is always changing, and if something doesn't work out go at it in another way.

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DAWN14163 1/9/2013 5:40AM

    Geocaching is a great fun way to discover the local area! Have fun!
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COCK-ROBIN 1/9/2013 5:35AM

    Wonderful!

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COCK-ROBIN 1/9/2013 5:35AM

    Wonderful!

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OTEN36 1/9/2013 5:32AM

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Treasure hunting sounds like a blast.
I should know by Sunday if I have to change things up a bit.
This plateau's gotta go!!!
I can't say I'm on a plateau but "live in fear of the next one" if that makes any sense.
Right now I just don't know how to squeeze anymore exercise into my already long day.
It will have to wait for my day off. I'll put thought into it between now and then.
have a great day.
dee

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NCSUE0514 1/9/2013 4:46AM

    Love it!

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How to love your life. :-)

Tuesday, January 08, 2013



I appreciate my life so much more as I strive to live a life of gratitude. Times are still hard, but I can deal with whatever may come so much better when I practice gratitude on a daily basis.



We have so much to be grateful for & there are so many things we tend to take for granted.

Today: Count your blessings.

P.S. Thanks so much for all your suggestions for sleeping better. I'm still in a bit of sleep deficit, but I slept so much better last night. emoticon

You ROCK!!! emoticon

Blessings to you!! emoticon emoticon

  
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WILSON1926 1/9/2013 6:40AM

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YOU INSPIRE ME.
MICHAEL

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FUSIONFITNESS3 1/8/2013 5:26PM

    Such a positive reminder. Thanks. Where do you always find your beautiful posters?
Maria

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MATTEROFHEART 1/8/2013 11:57AM

    Thank you for the reminder today!

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1EMMA2011 1/8/2013 10:42AM

    Beautiful!! emoticon

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KJELLYBEAN15 1/8/2013 10:04AM

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GIRLINMOTION 1/8/2013 10:02AM

    We are all truly blessed. Just waking up in the morning is a good start of gratitude.

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KIWIANN 1/8/2013 9:03AM

    That to-do list is perfect!! You, and your uplifting blogs, are definitely on my gratitude list!! emoticon emoticon

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BIGPAWSUP 1/8/2013 8:58AM

    Thanks for the reminder. Need to do this more.

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LIFEISPURRFECT 1/8/2013 7:52AM

    I have started, before my feet even hit the floor in the morning, to mentally think of 3 things that I'm grateful for. I find when I do that, my day is so much better. Thanks for the reminder that we are truly blessed in our lives.

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COCK-ROBIN 1/8/2013 7:45AM

    And blessings to you!

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COCK-ROBIN 1/8/2013 7:45AM

    And blessings to you!

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TDEMAIO2 1/8/2013 6:07AM

    emoticon GREAT emoticon

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MARYJOANNA 1/8/2013 5:18AM

  What a list of things to be thankful for. We are so blessed in this country and we sometimes forget that!

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111BUTTERFLY111 1/8/2013 5:15AM

    My list is so long ... I'm so glad you are on it!!! emoticon

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EDITOR 1/8/2013 5:10AM

    Ah, yeah! Without a gratitude attitude we dwell in an inferno on earth. God is great and greatly to be praise. If we shortchange Him of thanksgiving, we come up deficit for the day.

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OTEN36 1/8/2013 5:07AM

    Glad your feeling better.
Have a great Tuesday.
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LEVELPATHS 1/8/2013 4:48AM

    You rock too! :-)

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