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4/1/11 11:14 A

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Every year I have walked in the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure 5k Walk for breast cancer, and I always thought how much better it would be if I ran the 5k. I never had the courage to do it or the motivation. This year I have finally made a promise to myself and my high school Latin teacher that I would run the 5k this year. You see, my high school Latin teacher, Mrs. Gibson, sadly passed away from breast cancer this year, and I feel like I am not only running the 5k for myself but for her as well. She was an inspiration to me when she was alive, and now she will always be an inspiration to me in her afterlife. You could spend five minutes with this amazing woman and feel the positive power that she had. Mrs. Gibson, this race is for you.

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3/29/11 2:27 P

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I HAVE THE "ONLY A POUND" POEM ON MY FRIDGE.... TO REMIND ME THAT A POUND LOSS IS ONE STEP CLOSER TO MY WEIGHT LOSS GOAL!!!

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3/13/11 9:03 P

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My inspiration is knowing there are people just like me trying to lose weight and live healthier, I know I can share what ever and not be lectured or put down. In fact, I am always lifted up.

The Lord is my tower and my strength!


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3/11/11 3:01 A

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I love reading all your posts! I had a blah day today but reading this makes me feel like tomorrow will be a better day and that I can get back on the horse.

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2/27/11 1:15 A

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My inspiration is knowing I am not alone and that other people understand what it is like to fight this battle for their whole life. I have never been anything smaller than chubby. I am finding that with weight loss, things change. You change mentally as well as physically and dealing with the mental part is just as hard as changing your eating habits. Why we eat is just as important as what we eat. Thanks for all the inspiration!

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2/26/11 10:24 P

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I found this poem and thought that it was so true!!!

Hello, do you know me?

If you don't, you should. I'm a pound of fat,

And I'm the HAPPIEST pound of fat that you would ever want to meet.

Want to know why?

It's because no one ever wants to lose me;

I'm ONLY ONE POUND, just a pound!

Everyone wants to lose three pounds, five pounds, or fifteen pounds, but never only one.

So I just stick around and happily keep you fat.

Then I add to myself, ever so slyly, so that you never seem to notice it.

That is, until I've grown to ten, twenty, thirty or even more pounds in weight.

Yes, it's fun being ONLY ONE POUND OF FAT, left to do as I please.

So, when you weigh in, keep right on saying, "Oh, I only lost one pound."

(As if that were such a terrible thing.)

For you see, if you do this, you'll encourage others to keep me around because they'll think I'm not worth losing.

And, I love being around you - your arms, your legs, your chin, your hips and every part of you.

Happy Days!!!

After all, I'm ONLY ONE POUND OF FAT!!!

- Author Unknown

Lauren

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2/17/11 10:56 P

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I had lost from 217 to 162 then got ill and after seven months found that my weight had crept back up to 186 and that inspired me to get back on track.

The Lord is my tower and my strength!


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2/15/11 7:07 P

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I have struggled with my weight for as long as I can remember, but what got me motivated to really do something about it once and for all was the honesty of a 6 year old - my son. We were watching TV one night and a commercial came on for a weight loss program and my son said, "Mommy, you should do that." This was not the first time he's mentioned my weight. I usually get upset because it hurts my feelings and that's what happened this time too. But after I got over being upset, I really thought about why he said it. I think he just wants me to be healthy and I think he wants to be proud of me.

I had a doctor appointment scheduled the next day and when she asked me about diet and exercise (like she always does) I gave her an honest answer instead of a non-commital "It's going ok." I told her I was completely frustrated, that I felt like I was eating healthier than I ever had before, and that I had been exercising fairly regulary for the past year and a half, but I'm not seeing results. She told me about Sparkpeople and suggested I use it for the nutrition tracker, if nothing else. She said I was probably eating way more than I thought and when I started Sparkpeople the next day, I found that she was absolutely right. That was 4 weeks ago and I have lost almost 9 pounds since then and I really feel like this will work for me.

Angel :)

"Even if you are on the right track, you'll get run over if you just sit there."


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2/10/11 12:27 P

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Today, I've been inspired by the quote from Return of the Jedi (since I watched it last night) "Luminous beings are we; not this crude matter". It helps me to realize that there is more to me than a physical body that will never be "perfect" according to some people.

You can make it a great day or not. The choice is yours.


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2/3/11 12:54 P

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Just the way I feel since I started eating healthy and exercising is inspiration enough. I feel incredible!

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1/20/11 9:37 A

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To get my work out done I remember this phrase that I read on a SparkFriend's blog: "Smart women sweat"

Ivo!


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1/14/11 7:55 P

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Well I will certainly not be afraid to try anymore. I can do it. All things are possible with God.

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1/14/11 12:39 P

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My "Aha" moment if you will was watching a home video of me taken during a cruise in '07. I lost 25lbs and kept it off for 2 years. I finally stopped being afraid to exercise and actually found that I enjoyed it. I stopped the late night trips for pizza and thai food (I was in college at the time) and started eating more frequently to keep myself from getting hungry.

I recognized that my triggers were 1) social and 2) plain old hunger. The second I get hungry, there is no stopping me. I don't know when to stop. By staying full, I never have to deal with this trigger. I am still really working on my social trigger. I have gotten my friends involved in my health journey so we are making better choices together.

I also found that I wanted to be a good example for my family. My family is plagued by every weight-related disease known, especially diabetes and high blood pressure. I saw that my little sister was on the path to that destructive lifestyle and wanted to be a better example for her.

-- Jamie
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"If your goal doesn't come with a plan, then it's just a wish" - Another Sparker

"A year from now you will wish you had started today."

"Fear knocked at my door, and faith answered." - pravsworld

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1/13/11 7:13 A

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a year and a half ago i lost 40 pounds. it was the most healthy weight loss i had ever done. but over time the weight has been creeping back and i understand that while i lost weight, i didn't loose the lifestyle that created the weight. the diet went away and the lifestyle came back in its place. so this is a lifestyle alteration for me, with weight loss as the icing on the (lo fat) cake.
my main source of motivation is the success that comes as one day builds on the next. and i am learning that forgiving a slipup is a kind of success that can be just as positive as having a good day.

focus on the parts you get right.
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12/17/10 4:47 P

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That is awesome. One thing that I have to remind myself on a daily basis, stop letting your fears stand in your way of reaching your goals. Fear is the absence of God's perfect love. Fear is the absence of faith. Fear is the absence of confidence,peace, and persistence. Stand up, stand tall, and face your fears!

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10/18/10 9:47 P

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I retired after teaching and being a VP in an elementary school. I decided that I had taken care of everyone else and now its my turn!

I eliminated my triggers---sugar, flour & wheat from my diet and lost 50lbs. I now have 50 more to lose and I joined SP last Thursday. I fond the blogs and shares very inspirational.

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10/11/10 6:28 P

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I think I mentioned this WAY back in an early blog from '07 but a turning point for me was catching a nasty stomach flu sort of thing, during which I gave up food for a few days and just kept flushing myself with water. After a while I got to thinking, "You know, I've probably got a good start on dropping some pounds. I've been putting off getting serious about DOING something about my weight. I think I'm sick & tired ENOUGH of being sick & tired so let's get the show on the road!"

That was it! I knew enough about what to do, what worked, what didn't. It was time to just follow what I knew would work!

What worked?

1st: Knowing what my trigger foods were (high carbie, sweet, sugary, pasta, pastries, cookies you name it!)

2nd: De-Junking my home of ALL such foods.

3rd: Learning to drink water, water and MORE water! Although I never prohibited diet soda or other no-calorie beverages it wasn't long before I couldn't tolerate the taste of them. Water is by far & away my top beverage, which I supplement with a morning black coffee and an afternoon green tea...no cream, sweetner, just straight up, YUM! As a reinforcer I remind myself of all the $$$ I save by passing up the beverage aisle in the supermarket. I don't drink milk, juice or any other beverage that contains calories. I would MUCH rather CHEW my calories, thank you...lol!

4th: Stocking up on veggies and expanding my previously paltry menu of veggies that I would eat. Which meant experimenting with my taste buds and trying various veggies that I had previously written off as "yuck" only to find, "hey, I can get INTO this!"

I'll save my workout tips for another post...

Keep the SPARK!

Don

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Tell Me What Is It You Plan To Do With Your One Wild & Precious Life? ---Mary Oliver

Don't die with your music still in you. -- Dr. Wayne Dyer

"We either make ourselves miserable or we make ourselves strong. The amount of work is the same." --- Carlos Castaneda

"You yourself, as much as anybody in the entire universe, deserve your love and affection." --- Buddha


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10/11/10 4:26 P

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Welcome to the new Inspiration Forum. A place to share the things that inspire you. The things that inspired you to decide to lose the weight, and the things that inspire you to keep on going.

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Whatever it is that got you started and keeps you going!



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