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Focus on your goals ...

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Focus on your goals

Calm your mind. Quiet all of the distractions surrounding you. Concentrate on the one task at hand. In the moment of need, silence your brain and allow yourself to stay focused. Save your worries about tomorrow and guilt over yesterday's failures for another time. Maybe you need to meditate, pray, or simply spend a few moments quietly gathering yourself before tackling a project.

Concentration is the ability to think of absolutely nothing when it is absolutely necessary.
- Ray Knight, professional athlete

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CJJANISS 7/19/2013 11:04PM


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MORTICIAADDAMS 7/10/2013 10:52AM

    Great advice!!

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WOUBBIE 7/10/2013 9:27AM

    I let stress get to me so many times. Sometimes the best thing I can do to get a grip and relax is to put the heels of my hands over my eyes and black out everything visual for a few seconds. I can almost HEAR the million little "thoughts" and impulses go dark along with my vision and suddenly I can think straight again.

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HELEN_BRU 7/10/2013 7:09AM

    I need to think about that! Thanks.

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Explore. Dream. Discover...

Friday, July 05, 2013

Explore. Dream. Discover.

The green of all the fields is mine;
The stars, the night, the wind at play,
A peaceful heart, while quietly
I go my way.

Max Ehrmann

Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.

- Mark Twain, American writer

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FLORIDAGHOST 7/8/2013 11:11AM

    Great blog. Thank you for the reminders in great quotes.

Have a great one!

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  Oh, this blog really has tickled my imagination of how great life truly is and how I can live it having fun living life to the fullest and enjoying every second of every new day with all the warm and loving people that I have contact with especially here on sparkpeople.


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    Love the quotes!

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TONYAB2000 7/5/2013 10:59AM

    Beautiful! Thanks for sharing!

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Another Chance ...

Friday, June 28, 2013

Another Chance

How often we wish for another
chance to make a fresh beginning.

A chance to blot out our mistakes
And change failure into winning.

It does not take a new day
To make a brand new start,
It only takes a deep desire
To try with all our heart.

To live a little better
And to always be forgiving
And to add a little sunshine
To the world in which we're living.

So never give up in despair
And think that you are through,
For there's always a tomorrow
And the hope of starting new.

Helen Steiner Rice

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GOCALGAL 6/29/2013 12:02PM

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Thanks for sharing such an inspiring poem!

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HELEN_BRU 6/29/2013 8:04AM


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    I've always loved Helen Steiner Rice's poems. She is fantastic.

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Remember the 'Healthy' with the 'To-Go'

Friday, June 14, 2013

Portable Snacking Tips and Ideas ...Remember the 'Healthy' with the 'To-Go'
-- By Laura Bofinger, Staff Writer

* Celery sticks with peanut butter and several raisins on top
* Rice cakes with peanut butter (good for getting a protein punch)
* Low-fat cheese cubes
* Hardboiled eggs
* Deviled egg (wrapped in plastic wrap)
* Fruit yogurt cup (add in some fresh fruits or nuts for a boost
* Trail mix
* Nuts or nut mix (stick to just a handful)
* Vegetable sticks with a little packet of dip (lowfat salad dressing packets found in salad bars work as easy-to-pack dip)
* Broccoli or cauliflower bites
* Half of a turkey or tuna sandwich on whole-wheat bread
* Cucumber slices (lightly salted or with nonfat Italian dressing)
* Yogurt and granola
* Leftover chicken or turkey slices (great to eat cold)
* Healthy fiber-rich or grain cereal (great to eat dry from a baggie)
* Pickles (wrapped in foil or plastic wrap)
* Box of raisins or other dried fruit
* Half a large whole wheat bagel with light cream cheese
* Apples, bananas, strawberries (any fruit works, these are naturally portable)
* Mixed berries (these freeze well in plastic bags)
* Whole-wheat crackers and low-fat string cheese
* Grapes in a baggie
* Fruit smoothie in a thermos
* Tuna and cottage cheese in mini-containers

The trick here is to be prepared and get creative! Get your fresh fruits and vegetables on the weekend in preparation for the week’s snacking. Keep small-sized plastic containers for packing up small portions. Take note of the healthy foods you need to keep stocked in the house for future quick and healthy snack preparation. These will become automatic items for your grocery list. You may find that you start to replace a few nonessential, calorie-wasting items with your new healthy snack list.

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MORTICIAADDAMS 6/14/2013 10:30PM

    Great snacks!!

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HIKETOHEIGHTS 6/14/2013 10:07PM

    emoticon thanks for the healthy tips, I always needs some.
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  Excellent blog...and thanks

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WOUBBIE 6/14/2013 10:40AM

    All excellent ideas!

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MSGO72 6/14/2013 10:16AM


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PMRUNNER 6/14/2013 7:04AM

    A great list! I already use many of these, but you have added a few good ones I should add to my shopping list! Much better than a cookie at the coffee shop or a trip to the vending machine! (my DW and kids call the vending machine snacks "pick ups". She has been getting better about packing fruit and other healthy snacks so there are a lot fewer trips through the drive through and stops at the vending machine).

Take care, thanks for sharing!

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JSTETSER 6/14/2013 5:41AM

    Thanks for the hints! I'm getting ready to head out for the weekend.
You are awesome!
Have you ever heard of the Cathedral of the Pines? Beautiful spot! Here's a great shot

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Making the most of every day and every hour ...

Sunday, June 02, 2013

Making the most of every day and every hour

I still find each day too short for all the thoughts I want to think, all the walks I want to take, all the books I want to read, and all the friends I want to see. - John Burroughs, essayist and naturalist

Before you plan another day/week/month/year, write this thought at the top of the paper: " I Cannot Do Everything. "

Life becomes easier when you accept the fact that you will never be able to do everything you want.

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ELSCO55 6/12/2013 11:04PM


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    It's the truth but it still sucks. LOL.

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WOUBBIE 6/2/2013 10:54AM

    "Life becomes easier when you accept the fact that you will never be able to do everything you want."

Did you read my mind yesterday? I just got taken to task for thinking that very thing!!

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MJRVIC2000 6/2/2013 7:49AM

    There is HOPE in Jesus! Make your daily walk always with Him. God Bless YOU! Vic.

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GOLFGMA 6/2/2013 7:14AM

    True, but, we keep trying! emoticon

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