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The revelation is still feeling RIGHT - We cannot "fail", "fall off the wagon", or even "do over". We are on a SINGLE journey and our weight losses and gains are all a part of that ONE journey. Regardless of our choices, good, bad, functional, dysfunctional, joyous, blessed, or catastrophic, we get to LIVE WITH THEM FOR THE REST OF OUR LIVES. We ONLY GET ONE JOURNEY and all of the mistakes, successes, etc. are PART of that ONE JOURNEY. That makes me JOYFUL.

I have been struggling because I had a nasty adventure on and then off of the dreadmill at the fitness center in December. I didn't break any bones but pulled muscles in my right shoulder and bruised my left shin from ankle to knee quite seriously. Even after a half of a year, it is still discolored and swollen. Just last week, my orthopedic doctor said my knees need to be replaced and like right after the dreadmill incident, i have to admit that I still don't like to be less than . . . less than whole and less than capable. I continue on my journey and my roller coaster ride. I have to keep reminding myself that my journey is something of a patchwork quilt of totally separate patches that are sown together with the threads of family and friends.

Why? Why would I be JOYFUL about having to live with all of my past mistakes? I am joyful because I KNOW that the progress I see is the RESULT of the positive choices I am making now and the watering down of the negative ones from the past. I am taking my journey with all its ups and downs as a learning experience and the fact that I am still HERE and I am still learning from my journey, I am STILL ALIVE and can change. Think about it - all of those FAT people who are DEAD can no longer turn things around - they can just lie there and be DEAD - I CAN CHANGE. I CAN BECOME WHAT GOD intended me to be. THAT IS SOMETHING TO CELEBRATE. So are the little successes along the way - I ate ONE brownie, not three. I had salmon for dinner NOT half (or maybe even the WHOLE) pizza. I chose to PLAN my snacks so I can grab something healthy instead of something that makes my stomach hurt, my knees cry for relief, and my brain fuzzy. I can find a celebration and a success in lots of small things most every day. I CAN be positive even when my world is collapsing around my shoulders. I can stop and take time to talk with God about HIS plan for me while I am trying to figure out my own plans.

I added meditation and moments of conscious gratitude to my day to help me remain upbeat and positive - knowing that what I think also affects how I am doing - physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually. I try to release negativity as soon I it starts to creep in. I journal and track. I am listening to my inner wisdom more deliberately. I recently discovered Tai Chi and have added that to my days. This helps bring balance and peace to the day.

Today is the first day of this new phase of my journey. Only a phase, not another NEW JOURNEY because we only get ONE journey through this life. THANK GOD FOR THAT!!

Member Since: 7/2/2008

Fitness Minutes: 349,187

My Goals:
Wholeness, health, wellness, and a balanced positive enriched life.

My Program:
BALANCE - Eat natural. Eat healthy portions. Eat mindfully. Focus on faith, love, sleep, meditation, exercise, healthy relationships, and renewal. Eat so that I will live more joyfully and more serenely. Stay positive and focused on the IMPORTANT things in life - NOT THINGS but PEOPLE.

Personal Information:
My name is Nancy. I live in West Virginia. I teach in a self-contained special education class with students who have autism and other intellectual and behavioral challenges at a local middle school. I have a cat and my son has a dog and another cat. We live together in relative peace and harmony. Deaths and stress wreak havoc on my life and health

I KNOW that my relationships are more important than THINGS or MONEY and it is a good thing that they are because I have no money. I do, however, have some of the most awesome relationships!

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I am blessed more than I can fathom. Maybe making lemonade isn't such a bad pastime. After all, I get so many chances to deal with challenges and crises that if I at least get the lemonade, I get something out of all these learning experiences.

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    Just wanted to say emoticon & give you some words to think about:

    The greatest amount of wasted time is the time not getting started.
    -- Dawson Trotman

    Procrastination seriously drains our energy and our morale. What remains undone nags at us and we feel guilty about the things we need to do. emoticon

    What are you avoiding? Try to make a list of items and then review each one. Does it really need to be done? After you've reviewed your list, prioritize it and start one task today.

    Martin Luther once said: How soon not now, becomes never.
    NO MORE EXCUSES!! Make it happen now.

    Do you know what happens when you give a procrastinator a good idea? Nothing! That is right nothing. If you want something to happen, then YOU must do something NOW!

    What are you procrastinating? Don't hold yourself back - Your life is waiting!!!

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    4140 days ago
    Welcome, Nancy Pat! I too live in West Virginia,the Charleston area, and I am so glad to see both WVU and Marshall have fine teams this year. (Well, we will see about Marshall, but hope springs eternal! emoticon

    I too teach school, this year 5th for the 1st time in 16 years! (total of 25) Like you, I decided I would age graciously and healthy!

    Welcome to Spark People!
    aka Katy
    4145 days ago

    Happy Humpday

    The smallest change in perspective can transform a life. What tiny attitude adjustment might turn your world around?
    -- Oprah

    Don't forget to workout today emoticon and stay hydrated emoticon

    Health & Happiness
    Anastasia emoticon emoticon
    4146 days ago
  • v MOMMA_BEAR_69
    I saw on the huddle wall that you are making progress. WAY TO GO!!!
    You can do this!! Together we can do this...nothing is to big for us to overcome!!! Keep up the enthusiasm, walk a little more every day. Keep it all going on!!!
    God bless you.
    4147 days ago
    You're doing GREAT ! Keep it up ! emoticon
    4148 days ago