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Stop making life so difficult and stop being so uptight. Let yourself go with the flow.
It doesn't mean you must give up on any of your goals or compromise your values. Simply find a way to live those values and to move toward those goals within the context of what's already happening.

Listen to your intuition. Instead of endlessly analyzing and strategizing, go with what you feel is right.

Have the confidence to know that you can successfully handle whatever may come along. Truly enjoy the experience of being alive and immersed in the wonder of it all.

Accept that there are things you simply cannot know right now. Act peacefully, purposefully and intelligently on what you do know.

It will be all right. For within the constant, wondrous flow of life is all you need to make it so.

-- Ralph Marston

21st June 2009

Hi all, time for another update.

I have been with Spark for three and a half months, in that time I have discovered many new things,

Diet and Scales are not the answer,
Healthy Lifestlye is.

Supporting friends and giving them your love have also helped me.

Blogging, I have never completed this before and now I find it is one of the most important tools on spark.

Spark Goodies, how fantastic are they, to recieve and to give.

Spark Points, another way of measuring how you are going.

Exercise, use to be a dirty word but not any more.

“The path of least resistance has been cleared for you,
but the road to success is one you must build yourself.”
Michelle C Ustaszeski

May 14 2009
Hi all I have decided to update my page a bit. I think you all know the song from the movie 'Dirty Dancing', I've had the time of my life'. Well this is how I have felt during my time with Spark People.

I have made some wonderful friends and joined two fantastic teams that are always there to support me.

I have come to realise that diet and food reduction combined with exercise is not what leads to a healthy lifestyle. It is also the mind set, all the old garbage that I have carried around with me that makes me an emotional eater.

In the three months there has been many 'light bulb' moments for me personally. These have included the way I viewed food and how I coped with stressful moments.

The most wonderful thing that has helped me in this journey is my blogs. They are the outlet that I use to 'put pen to paper' with my feelings.

I also get great enjoyment in reading my friends blogs and have come to realise that we all have stress and how we deal with it.
But do not get me wrong there have been many laughs along the way too. Sheila's belly dancing after eating chilli just to name one.

I know I am going to sound like a broken record but the fact is Spark People and my Spark Friends have given me 'the time of my life'.

Hi all, my name is Kerrie and I live on the South Coast of NSW. Those who know the area I live near Kiama about two hours drive South of Sydney. I discovered this web site by accident and have enjoyed it ever since. In fact it has become a morning addiction with my breakfast and coffee. As I become more use to the site I am finding it a great tool for the journey that I have untaken. I have four sons and a beautiful granson. I find that I am in the time of my life were I can become quiet selfish with my time as I enjoy my meeting my friends and the peaceful time that I do my quilting. Above all I intend to enjoy my weight loss journey and stop being so hard and critical on me.

A Motivational Poem
Just One
By Author Unknown
(thanks to Jane for submiting)

One song can spark a moment,
One flower can wake the dream
One tree can start a forest,
One bird can herald spring.
One smile begins a friendship,
One handclasp lifts a soul.
One star can guide a ship at sea,
One word can frame the goal
One vote can change a nation,
One sunbeam lights a room
One candle wipes out darkness,
One laugh will conquer gloom.
One step must start each journey.
One word must start each prayer.
One hope will raise our spirits,
One touch can show you care.
One voice can speak with wisdom,
One heart can know what's true,
One life can
make a difference,
You see,
it's up to you!

I Wish You Enough
By Author Unknown
Recently I overheard a Father and daughter in their last moments together at the airport. They had announced the departure. Standing near the security gate, they hugged and the Father said, 'I love you, and I wish you enough.'
The daughter replied, 'Dad, our life together has been more than enough. Your love is all I ever needed. I wish you enough, too, Dad.' They kissed and the daughter left.
The Father walked over to the window where I was seated. Standing there I could see he wanted and needed to cry. I tried not to intrude on his privacy, but he welcomed me in by asking, "Did you ever say good-bye to someone knowing it would be forever?" "Yes, I have," I replied. "Forgive me for asking, but why is this a forever good-bye?" ."I am old, and she lives so far away. I have challenges ahead and the reality is - the next trip back will be for my funeral," he said. "When you were saying good-bye, I heard you say, 'I wish you enough.' May I ask what that means?'"
He began to smile. "That's a wish that has been handed down from other generations. My parents used to say it to everyone." He paused a moment and looked up as if trying to remember it in detail, and he smiled even more. "When we said, 'I wish you enough, we were wanting the other person to have a life filled with just enough good things to sustain them." Then turning toward me, he shared the following as if he were reciting it from memory.
"I wish you enough sun to keep your attitude bright no matter how gray the day may appear.
I wish you enough rain to appreciate the sun even more.
I wish you enough happiness to keep your spirit alive and everlasting.
I wish you enough pain so that even the smallest of joys in life may appear bigger.
I wish you enough gain to satisfy your wanting.
I wish you enough loss to appreciate all that you possess.
I wish you enough hellos to get you through the final good- bye."
They say it takes a minute to find a special person, an hour to appreciate them, a day to love them; but then an entire life to forget them. Remember to tell your family and friends that you wish them enough!

To all of you reading this, I wish you enough.

Member Since: 3/1/2009

Fitness Minutes: 15,802

My Goals:
To drink 8 cups of water a day.
To get 8 hours of sleep a day.
To do 8 hours of sewing a week
To take the journey in steps starting with

10% of my weight

Increase my exercise

My Program:
Following my tracking in the nutrition guide.

Personal Information:
My Name is Kerrie and I live about a two hour drive south of Sydney in Australia. I am married and have four sons rangeing from 25 to 33. I have worked all my life until I had an industrial accident and that is when I started to put on my weight. I then went to university where I completed my BA Honours and my Masters. Since then I have enjoyed my time meeting with friends going to lunch and most important of all, doing my quilting.

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  • v JIBBIE49
    I read your old blog about being addicted to sugar and wonder how you are doing now. I'm reading THE SUGAR FIX by Richard johnson M.D. and I recommend watching him on YouTube. Also, watch the series THE SKINNY ON OBESITY with Robert Lustig M.D. His new book "FAT CHANCE" comes out in December. Listen to his lecture Sugar: the Bitter truth. I learned so much. emoticon
    3237 days ago
    Hey, there, girlfriend! Long time, no see! Hope all is well with you and yours and that I'll be seeing a lot more of you now that I'm back on SP.

    Kath emoticon
    3248 days ago
  • v EMMABE1
    Have a Happy, Healthy Sparkling New Year
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    3499 days ago
  • v MAMAT08
    Hi Kerrie, Just checking in to see how you are doing. Hope all is going well. How is baby Rambo doing? I hope he is getting stronger by the day. He has been in my prayers. Stay strong and keep sparking. emoticon
    3576 days ago
    Kerrie Glad you had a Great Girly Day, that always makes a Gal feel great.
    Hope Little Rambo is still doing well, and the DDIL is calming down.
    Hugs and cheerio for now Rosalyn
    3583 days ago
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