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Tuesday, July 29, 2008

I wrote this last year on another blog and I wanted to share it with my spark family as I think the message is so important.

Entry from August 29th, 2007

Here in Siberia we live next to a school that has a small courtyard for soccer and so on. Every so often I see an old man out running in circles around the area. It is his very own personal track. He wears a brightly colored jumpsuit with white tennis shoes. Nothing fancy--no Nike or Adidas here--just the will to get out there and do something good for his body.

Today as I was watching him I thought to myself how many times I have said, "If I only had a trainer at a gym, I could change. If I had someone to workout with, then it would happen for sure." We all can make excuses in life for why things do not happen, but in the end it is what is inside of us that will ultimately decide the life we live, not our surroundings or our circumstances. Each one of us has the ability to wake up each morning and start over. There is not a gym in the world that will do it for you, not a pill or a trainer that will take the place of one's determination to meet a goal.

I have now lost a total of 38 pounds and still have a long journey ahead of me, but I always want to remember that I am the only person in control of what I eat and how much I move. I was thinking today, "What will I do today to change myself for the better?" I love that each morning is a renewal of what we were, what we are and what we hope to be.

I heard someone once say that we should replace the phrase "I can't" with "I am not willing to" and see how many things in life we can in fact accomplish if we just make the effort.

Just a thought.....
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    You can't imagine how badly I needed to read this. Thank you for taking the time to re-post and sharing your insights with us.
    By the way, I'm so jealous. I've always wanted to visit Siberia, especially Novosibirsk and Lake Baikal.
    4554 days ago
  • .TARA.
    Love it! Thank you so much for sharing this again. I just posted in my own blog about eliminating the word "can't" from my vocabulary altogether. We can do anything we put our minds and hearts into!

    4555 days ago
    I LOVE IT, thanks so much for bringing that to us.
    4555 days ago
    I like your reflection on the man- no fancy outfits, just his desire to run!
    Oh Jen, I am taping back into that person within me. Granted, I am going at snail-pace, but I can feel it! I used to be like you- on fire!
    It kind of slipped away and even though I kept up with my workouts and enjoyed them tremendously, I lost that person within me that is willing!
    You are so right on the willingness part- I lost my willingness and I am glad to say that at least, I could see that while it was and is happening!
    Thank you for sharing this! I want to keep thinking of the man without the legs for whom you sprint around the corner and the man, running around the park! I bet you the man, who runs around the park thinks about the man without the legs, as well!

    4555 days ago
    WOW! I am so glad you re-posted this! I missed it the first time. I just welled up with tears. It is SO TRUE! Thanks so much! As always, you inspire me when I need it most! Love ya! emoticon
    4555 days ago
  • MARLIE13
    Ooh that gave me goosebumps! Thank you for sharing that with me. My motto when I finally "finished up" loosing the remaining pounds was similar. I kept thinking, if only this or that, when such and such happens...and then it clicked, "WHY NOT NOW?" Why not me...why not now?! Jen, you are a blessing to me and so many others. Thank you!
    4556 days ago
    I remember reading this on your blog a long time ago! Its one that stays with you! So true!!! thanks for re-posting!!
    4556 days ago
  • ~LASYL~
    Another one of Jen's Gold Nuggets! Thanks for re-sharing that with us. I needed that this morning to enforce the force within me. I have a goal to reach and it starts with doing something about it...., everyday!

    Love ya,
    4556 days ago
    and a GREAT one, at that!!
    thanks for sharing!
    so true.
    4556 days ago
  • no profile photo MRSPRINCESS07
    Great Blog Jen! You're so right! There is nothing that we can't accomplish that we want bad enough. It may take time and hard work, but it CAN happen. It's amazing how your perspective and thoughts change when you begin a journey like this. How far we've come in a year...we all have proved that nothing is impossible and that we have the power to achieve what we most desire. Thanks for sharing this blog, it's a great way to start the day!
    4556 days ago
    I like the word switch idea.... no one WANTS to be a failure.
    NO Excuses is right .... JUST GET UP AND DO IT!

    HUGS JEN... love starting out my day with ya.
    4556 days ago
    Amen, and HALLELUJAH!!! :)

    While I was training my "Biggest Loser" team, I found this concept to be true. All the motivation and resources I provided didn't matter a hill of beans unless each person made the commitment within their hearts. You have to WANT IT!!! No matter where you are, you can make it happen.

    No excuses.

    Thanks for the reminder, my sweet friend! :)
    4556 days ago
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