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A November full of Thankfulness #1

Friday, November 02, 2012

There is this little "game" on Facebook, that I started taking part in a few years back. During November, many folks put a simple status statement: "Today I am thankful for..." every day from whenever they start up to the US Thanksgiving Holiday. Some for the whole month. It sort of prepares the mind.

Some interesting entries show up there. For my November blogs, I'm intending to focus on gratitude, because it DOES prepare the mind for more than the holiday. It encourages positives in our lives in general. Being grateful for what we already have, rather than worrying about what we don't makes us fit and able to accept and recognize even more good.

That said, I'll share my FB "thankfuls" from yesterday and today, to get started. Some of these may seem trivial and shallow, some deeper, as the days roll by.

Yesterday I was thankful for tastebuds and good coffee. OK, the good coffee might be a little shallow, but tastebuds? Yeppers, the whole sense of savoring what nourishes us is wrapped up in tastebuds. I have found over the past years of dealing with being a compulsive eater... when I'm binging, I'm not even tasting, really... just shoveling volumes in... wanting but never getting.

As a recovering compulsive overeater, I'm eating less... but I find I am enjoying it more. I'm really grateful for those taste buds that enable that enjoyment!

Today, I add to the list that I am thankful for "off" buttons. They should be used whenever what you're hearing or seeing gets to be "too much". Political ads! Oh, yes, and the telephone has an "off" button too. Robo-calls! Today, I AM thankful for off buttons.

Life is indeed good. Spark on! emoticon

  
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MSLZZY 11/7/2012 6:04AM

    Hurray for tastebuds and off buttons. Appetites
should have off buttons too LOL!

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SHARON10002 11/5/2012 10:15PM

    I'm with CBarb and am thankful for caller ID on my phone so I don't answer those calls. I'm with you on the coffee and tastebuds - nothing like a good hot cup of coffee as you like it on a chilly morning!

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SLENDERELLA61 11/4/2012 7:42AM

    Eating less and enjoying more --- yep, I can relate to that!! And off buttons are something to be thankful for, too. I'm looking forward to this new seasonal theme, Barb. Way to go.

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_LINDA 11/3/2012 4:21PM

    I am still guilty of eating too fast as I always seem to be in a rush to go somewhere, get something done. It is so easy to overeat like that. I for sure need a 'slow' button for eating.
I am extremely grateful for an unlisted phone number. When I moved to this apartment, they would not let me take my old number with me, they were putting me on a new exchange, and I actually had the foresight so request an unlisted number, so my number has never been published anywhere and that cuts down a lot on nuisance calls especially the ones that address you by name like you are an old friend! I still get the robo calls that dial every phone number in sequential order, but they are thankfully not so common.
You sure can come up with great ideas for blogs!

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DALID414 11/3/2012 1:57AM

    Tasting food is how I stopped binging. I take a bite, close my eyes, smell the food still in hand, deep breath in, chew, chew, chew... SO much more fulfilling that shoveling it in.

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KARIDIAN1 11/2/2012 8:41PM

    I really like it when occasionally the phones at work are down at work. Peace and quiet and can actually get get things done. I don't miss them at all.

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AMANDAUNBIDDEN 11/2/2012 7:00PM

    I like this idea! I think I will start posting something I'm thankful for everyday on my blog or status. Sounds like a great idea!

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PHEBESS 11/2/2012 5:32PM

    I think being thankful for coffee and tastebuds definitely belongs together - not shallow at all!

I'm thankful for that first sip of Earl Grey tea! Especially in the morning.

So go ahead and enjoy that coffee, savor the rich warming liquid as it fills your stomach for zero calories! And THAT is something to be thankful for!

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LESLIELENORE 11/2/2012 2:16PM

    I am thankful I don't own a TV! I miss watching a few shows, but I don't miss the commercials!

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LEANJEAN6 11/2/2012 2:12PM

    I am grateful to be able to stay home to-day!--I love it!!!
I am grateful for my good book--"'The Hobbit""---
I am grateful that I haven't eaten Halloween Candy to-day---
I am grateful for Spark friends such as yourself, who give their time, even when they are at goal, to keep people like myself, keeping on---
I am grateful that I am healthy---AND--old----
I am grateful that I do not live along a coastline, where storms hit---
I am grateful that I could zip up my jeans this morning---
I am grateful for my 2 Germans and my fat cat---
Oh Barb!!---You made me think here-----so much to be thankful for-----
The poor people in New York City--- emoticon

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DLDMIL 11/2/2012 12:11PM

    emoticon looking forward to reading more of your blogs.

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FALLNTENN 11/2/2012 11:09AM

    I'm thankful for coffee and taste buds, too. I never thought of OFF buttons before, but you are so right about that. There are many things I really enjoy turning OFF.

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NEW-CAZ 11/2/2012 9:53AM

    Thankful the sun came out- makes such a difference to my mood emoticon emoticon

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1CRAZYDOG 11/2/2012 9:19AM

    Thankful for caller i.d. ont he phone! I don't even answer those robo-calls! PHEW Enough is definitely enough with that.

Thankful today is Friday! Almost the weekend. DD has 1/2 day so we will do some power shopping! That translates to speed walking the mall, while window shopping, though I know we'll do some damage to the credit card as DD needs a few things. But we'll look for sales!

HUGS

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DEBRITA01 11/2/2012 9:13AM

    I know what you mean about learning to stop and savor food instead of stuffing one's mouth. Food takes on a whole new flavor. And yes, please, to the OFF button for all the annoying things in life! emoticon

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WATERMELLEN 11/2/2012 8:14AM

    Taste buds and off buttons: yeah, both of those!!

And thanks for your comments on my MMOB blog. It's amazing, from the perspective of an outsider, how shrill and uninformed and incessantly partisan the American political "debate" can appear to be . . . . yeah. That's verging too closely on NOT MMOB however.

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DEBRA0818 11/2/2012 8:10AM

    I'm with you 100% on the non-tasting aspect of the binge -- by shoveling volume into the mouth hoping for a certain taste (which never comes), I miss the actual taste of the thing I am consuming. Chasing the taste never works, only stopping to savor it does!

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WELLNESSME09 11/2/2012 7:45AM

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Now I know my ABC's - the recap of the motivation words

Thursday, November 01, 2012

A is for awe, as in wonder at the process.
B is for bond, the agreement with self.
C is for courage to take on the task.
D is for discernment, to see what's going on.
E is for elusive, the nature of the beast.
F is for freedom, what following the path gives us.
G is for grin, that it puts on my face.
H is for heroes, who give us the vision.
I is for independence, a goal for so many.
J is for juncture, the point of decisions.
K is for key to unlock our fire.
L is for legacy with which we honor our loved ones.
M is for mission, the purpose we have.
N is for necessary, for without motivation we cannot succeed.
O is for opportunity, we seek and find each day.
P is for personal... we each make our own motivation.
Q is for quality and quantity, how much and what kind we need.
R is for remember, when the going gets tough.
S is for sleep, to keep us from flagging.
T is for tend, what we do to support the continuing motivation.
U is for understand... those a-hah! moments.
V is for variety... if one form of motivation doesn't work, try something else.
W is for worth, something inherent in our humanity.
X is for Xerox, you can't copy my motivation, nor I yours.
Y is for yearning, the spark that drives us to start taking action.
Z is for zen, the illumination of our wholeness.

This is to be saved as a starting point... just in case I blog another alphabet in the future... and it makes a bookend to the recap of the prior two years, so I don't have to search too far back to find them!

I only have one alphabet in me each year... and NOW, it's November... and time to start a new theme. Bet you can guess what! emoticon

  
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SLENDERELLA61 11/4/2012 7:39AM

    Great recap. Well done!!!

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_LINDA 11/3/2012 3:30PM

    Great recap of your list, nice to have a summary right there for reference! It should be printed out and put on everyones's wall!

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KARIDIAN1 11/1/2012 8:27PM

    Great list. Whats up next?

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WATERMELLEN 11/1/2012 8:25PM

    What a gift this alphabet was for all of us: thanks for the recap!!

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DLDMIL 11/1/2012 4:09PM

    Great blog and a lot of work. Thanks for being so inspiring. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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1CRAZYDOG 11/1/2012 12:28PM

    Wonderful!!!!! HUGS

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WORLDSERIES11 11/1/2012 12:13PM

    I have really enjoyed the Motivational ABC's!!! Thanks so much for sharing. Looking forward to what November has to offer!
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OPTIMIST1948 11/1/2012 12:02PM

    I havent been able to read all of the blogs, but your recap makes me go back and read them! Fantastic. Well done. Sure to strike the spark in all of us.

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LESLIELENORE 11/1/2012 11:56AM

    I thoroughly enjoyed your October blogs. Looking forward to November's.

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LAURIE5658 11/1/2012 11:20AM

    I have thoroughly enjoyed your October blogs and look forward to November!

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DEBRITA01 11/1/2012 9:40AM

    Thanks for sharing your ABC's of motivation...something I lack some days. Reading what motivates others is often a springboard to get me back on track. I have no idea what your next theme will be...but looking forward to it, all the same. emoticon

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KANOE10 11/1/2012 8:50AM

    Those are great motivational ABCS. Great points to live by!

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NEW-CAZ 11/1/2012 8:47AM

    all were wonderful in their own right Barb! thank you for some motivating and inspiring words emoticon

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DEBRA0818 11/1/2012 7:57AM

    They were all great, Barb. Very clever and creative and most of all, helpful. I am thankful for your presence on the boards every day! And I think I'm going to do the 30 days blog you did last month...

Spark on!

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RIDLEYRIDER 11/1/2012 7:33AM

  Great! A great motivational tool. Thanks!! emoticon

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Bonus blog: Happy Halloween

Wednesday, October 31, 2012



Just gotta share the iPumpkin. One of the teams at work has placed this entry in the pumpkin decorating contest. It's too cute not to share.

Of course we also have more classic entries.



I was NOT going to even buy the candy this year. But ended up caving last night. It's tucked away in a tub and what doesn't get handed out at the door tonight? Is intended for a box to Afghanistan!

Remember how your mom would make you eat a "real" supper before she let you out the door to trick or treat? That's the deal with the treats... give your body what it needs first! Then you're not as tempted by the goodies!

Life is good. Spook... uh... Spark on! emoticon

  
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SHARON10002 11/5/2012 10:18PM

    An ipumpkin - who da thunk it? Did they win? I did not to buy candy this year as we're joining friends for dinner tonight.



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KANOE10 11/1/2012 8:51AM

    Cute pictures. I hope you enjoyed Halloween!



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_LINDA 10/31/2012 10:38PM

    Cute! I had a great time seeing some nicely decorated yards and tons of great costumes, both at the mall and among the 89 children that came to my Mom's house. Took care of most of our treats to be sure. Not sure how the photos I took will turn out or when I will ever get the time to upload them :P All my internet time is spent catching up with all my buddies.
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KARIDIAN1 10/31/2012 8:30PM

    Fun contest for work. I had today off, but stopped in at work. Many were wearing costumes. Was a fun day for all.

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MNTWINSGAL 10/31/2012 6:39PM

    Happy Halloween! I always used to take my leftovers to work...with nowhere to send it this year, maybe the Troops would be a good option. Except it's soda and chocolate. Neither would probably travel well....

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DEBRITA01 10/31/2012 6:19PM

    Love the pumpkins! Trick-or-Treat has been postponed in my area, so I've got a few more days to forget the candy is in the house :( So far, keeping the bags sealed has kept my hands out...hope I can stay strong! emoticon

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LESLIELENORE 10/31/2012 5:16PM

    I am taking my 7 year old niece trick or treating tonight. Of course it is raining, so hopefully she won't want to stay out very long. I am also dressing up my dog in a costume. He hates it, but I am just mean enough to force him to wear it.

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WATERMELLEN 10/31/2012 4:53PM

    I'm thinking that Afghanistan MIGHT be far enough to remove it from temptation for me . . . . dunno though!!

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WORLDSERIES11 10/31/2012 12:06PM

    Cute ideas!! Happy Halloween!
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SLENDERELLA61 10/31/2012 10:47AM

    Very cute pumpkinse! Good reminder about eat the good things first. I'll make the grandkid's snack extra healthy this afternoon. Mom and Dad will have them for supper. Both are getting off a little early for Halloween!!We're just going to have so much fun. Natalie is Belle and Gwen is a bee. Fun! Fun! Fun!!

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LAURIE5658 10/31/2012 9:52AM

    I love it!!!!



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    Thanks for sharing. emoticon Happy Halloween.

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NEW-CAZ 10/31/2012 8:02AM

    Great pics, happy Halloween Barb emoticon

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MSLZZY 10/31/2012 7:37AM

    Very creative people! Don't get carried away tonight,
literally. Happy Halloween and leave the candy for
the kids! HUGS!

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RIDLEYRIDER 10/31/2012 7:36AM

  Great pics! Thanks for sharing! emoticon

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KASEYCOFF 10/31/2012 7:32AM

    Oh, I'm with you re the iPumpkin - that's brilliant!
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The ABC's of motivation: Zen

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

While I often use the term "zen" in a colloquial way to reflect a sense of peace, here's what my dictionary tells me about the real word.

Zen: "1 a variety of Buddhism, now practiced esp. in Japan, Vietnam, and Korea, seeking to attain and intuitive illumination of mind and spirit through meditation, esp. on paradoxes 2 the teachings and discipline of this kind of Buddhism"

OK, so that intuitive illumination of mind and spirit comes through motion, often, for me. That sense of well-being for me, comes from solo activity, where my mind medidates while my body moves. And this fuels my motivation to care for the body in other ways, including a healthy diet and sufficient sleep.

Whatever it is that brings you to a state of intuitive wholeness... contentment... in a healthy way... hey, it can't help but motivate a person, right?

So, here's to your "zen" and mine.

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KARIDIAN1 10/31/2012 8:32PM

    Was a very educational month reading your blogs. Zen is a good way to wrap it up.

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LESLIELENORE 10/31/2012 5:18PM

    I have really enjoyed your blogs this month. I find my zen when I get into a groove with physical activity, whether walking, running, kayaking, or working out at the gym.

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WATERMELLEN 10/31/2012 4:52PM

    Zen: that kind of meditative trance induced by expert motion, like a chef chopping vegetables rapidly and precisely with a huge sharp knife for a fantastic stir fry!!

I'd like to get to a point where my healthy eating and exercise have become zen. Something to aspire to . . .

And zen-like too, your marvellous A-Z October mediation on motivation. Thanks, Barb!! Lots to think about, lots to inspire all of us.

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_LINDA 10/31/2012 1:33PM

    Thank you for this fantastic series of blogs on what motivates you! Provided enlightment to many of us I am sure! Never hurts to get ideas from someone else. You articulate them so beautifully.
There is nothing more peaceful then walking on a quiet nature trail with the sounds of the birds chirping and critters scuttling about in the bush. For sure have to be healthy and fit to enjoy sometime vigorous activities and tough trails.
May everyone find that inner peace, so important to your mind as exercise is to your body.

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1CRAZYDOG 10/31/2012 11:20AM

    I have been waiting to see what you'd come up with for the letter Z and Zen was on my list. Great blog!

I too feel that my best times for gettig in touch with ME are when I'm moving . . . not connected to anything electronic. Just me and nature (when I'm walking outdoors) and alone with my thoughts.

AWESOME series, Barb, just awesome.

HGUS

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NEW-CAZ 10/31/2012 7:41AM

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MSLZZY 10/31/2012 7:39AM

    A toast to zen! emoticon Happy Halloween!

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DEBRA0818 10/31/2012 7:25AM

    One could bring oneself to a great deal of zen by meditating on the paradox that we should be mindful of our feelings but not driven by them.

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SLENDERELLA61 10/31/2012 7:16AM

    Another great blog, Barb! Way to end the alphabet with walking or moving meditation! Here's to intuitive illumination!The alphabet was great structure for your significant thoughts about living healthy. Can't wait to see what you are going to tackle next.

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The ABC's of motivation: yearning

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

In my mind, the beginning of motivation is desire. Desire doesn't get you there by itself, motivation spurs ACTION.

Yearning, according to my little Webster's, is "deep or anxious longing, desire, etc."

Do you yearn for your goals? Is your desire and longing deep? Deep enough to spur you into action (motivation)?

If not there yet... cherish the budding yearning. Let it grow. Sometimes our yearning can lead to desperation, but it does not need to go that way. Small steps can start to support success. And success builds on success.

Which then can help shape our yearnings... help us know more is possible. Dreams / longings CAN become realities, with the action that follows motivation. emoticon emoticon

That's living life on our own terms. And LIFE is good. Spark on! emoticon

  
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KANDOLAKER 10/31/2012 3:56PM

    Life is good! Thanks for sharing your wisdom!!

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KRICKET57 10/31/2012 8:22AM

    I like this!

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LEANJEAN6 10/31/2012 6:56AM

    Yearning-----Holy Cow!!!!!!--I do yearn to reach my goals!--Happy Halloween Barb!--BOO! --(trying to scare you here!)---LOL--Lynda emoticon

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DEBRA0818 10/31/2012 6:51AM

    Good one, Barb. Yearning can be created by taking small steps toward that which is not yet yearned for. We can build a heart for what we're doing here, but it does take a seemingly endless amount of trying...

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DALID414 10/30/2012 9:57PM

    I yearn to be in shape and ready for next summer

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KARIDIAN1 10/30/2012 8:11PM

    Keep your eye on the prize- yearning makes it happen.

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SUNNY332 10/30/2012 5:39PM

    Just thinking of you this morning. Everything OK?

I haven't noticed you on the Military M & P's threads so was wondering.

Hugs, Sunny

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_LINDA 10/30/2012 3:10PM

    Yes! Yes! Yes! Its that eternal yearning for something that will keep our eyes focused on the prize! You go girl!!

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NEW-CAZ 10/30/2012 1:17PM

    emoticon blog Barb! emoticon

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1CRAZYDOG 10/30/2012 12:55PM

    AWESOME blog! HUGS

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LAURIE5658 10/30/2012 12:36PM

    So very true and this is where I am right now. My motivation ebbs and flows and lately it has been AWOL. Moving upward now!

Great blog and now bring on Z!



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SLENDERELLA61 10/30/2012 11:41AM

    Another great blog, Barb! I sure spent a lot of my teen and young adult years yearning about weight, but just couldn't figure out how to make the needed changes. I'd yearn enough to motivate a fad diet, but really didn't understand and know what I needed to know to affect a lifestyle change. And, as a teen, I ate what was served me. My mom and dad both had weight problems and a lot of unhelpful diet beliefs. So, yearning is a great start, but in addition to motivation, we have to know what to do!!

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LESLIELENORE 10/30/2012 10:26AM

    emoticon So true!

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LINDAKAY228 10/30/2012 9:19AM

    Another great blog!

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WATERMELLEN 10/30/2012 8:07AM

    I've experienced lots of yearning around weight issues and I sense lots of yearning here too. But yearning without action does result in despair. Letting that yearning ripen and deepen into action is a key connection: thanks for making it so clear.

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TORTISE110 10/30/2012 6:57AM

    Yearning...intention...action!

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MSLZZY 10/30/2012 6:56AM

    Well said! emoticon

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LEANJEAN6 10/30/2012 6:49AM

    Desire--Action---Determination--all great words---- Thanks gfor remi emoticon nding us Barb!-Lynda

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