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01/16/2020 "With the new day comes new strength and new thoughts." ~ Eleanor Roosevelt
I woke up this morning feeling pretty good. PT went well but when I got home I ate like I had a tape worm. I had an all or nothing attitude and continued to over eat. But, I am not going to let one bad day prevent me from trying again tomorrow. Tomorrow I'll wake up rested with new strength and new thoughts - for a better day.

01/14/2020 No words of wisdom today. I am tired and ready for a good night's sleep. Stay positive my friends.

I/13/2020 "What you do has far greater impact than what you say." ~Stephen Covey
That is a favorite saying of my mom and husband. Actions speak louder than words. It's easy to say I'm going to do this or I'm going to do that but for those of us who tend to procrastinate it takes us awhile to get started. The saying is true though or at least it has been for me. I know as I start something and don't tell everyone I get more encouragement and support when people start to see a change. The support and encouragement then becomes a motivator. So now I'm going to sign off and take action on some things I need to get done.

01/12/2020 "Focus on your potential instead of your limitations." ~ Alan Loy McGinnis
My sciatica and osteoarthritis are my only limitations. Discipline, and mindset are my weaknesses. I know my weight loss journey is a process and life style change. I usually focus on the things I didn't do or should've done - that's mindset and can sabotage my end goal. I'm 68 so I know these changes will take time. This coming week I will focus on my potential, and concentrate on what I did well during the day; when I showed discipline and a positive mindset. DISCIPLINE, DISCIPLINE, DISCIPLINE.

01/11/2020 "Changing your mindset may change the situation." ~ Lisa Rusczyk
With my sciatica issues interfering with my fitness plan during this new challenge I must change my mindset instead of letting it get the best of me. I'm frustrated but must rethink what I can do to be successful until I'm able to get back on track. Let your current mindset be positive and move you forward.

01/10/2020 "A winner is a dreamer who never gives up." ~ Nelson Mandela
I keep signing up for these weight loss challenges. I think about what it will be like when I reach my goal weight. I know it's a journey and a life style change and as rocky as the road becomes I'm determined to persevere. I'm a dreamer. Are you? Be a dreamer. Be a winner!

01/09/2020 "The only real mistake is the one from which we learn nothing." ~ Henry Ford
I've come to realize that I will have both good and bad days in my weight loss journey. I have also come to realize that there is no quick fix and this will take some time. I will have ups and downs. Instead of beating myself up on the bad days I reflect on where I could improve and what I can do so I will be more consistent. As long as I learn along the way I will be able to lose weight, develop some good habits and healthy lifestyle changes.

01/08/2020 "You can't cross the sea merely by standing and staring at the water."~ Rabindranath Tagore
I'm starting a new 12 week challenge today. My plan is to jump in, get my feet wet and make a splash! How about you?

01/07/2020 "Make each day your masterpiece." ~John Wooden
Whether you create a bold, colorful abstract or a soft, subtle landscape make each stroke count. Make a statement and let everyone know you are here to do your best. You are a contender!

01/06/2020 "Give the ones you love wings to fly, roots to come back and reasons to stay." ~Dalai Lama
Over the holidays I was able to spend time with my family whom I don't get to see on a regular basis because of travel distance. As difficult as it is to have those you love so far away I found contentment in seeing how they've grown and become independent (wings to fly). Family and family traditions are very important so getting together and spending quality time together is always such as blessing and when it's time to say good-bye we focus on the next time we'll be together. (roots to come back and reasons to stay).
Cherish the moments you spend with your loved ones.

01/05/2020 "If we all did the things that we are capable of we would literally astound ourselves." ~Thomas Edison.
My problem is that I don't like to venture outside my comfort zone too much. I sometimes have the 'all or nothing' attitude and need to remind myself that going slowly and taking small steps will give me confidence and a greater sense of self worth. Those little steps I take today may lead to bigger steps tomorrow. So, step outside your comfort zone and let the good come in.

01/04/2020 "There is more to life than increasing its speed." ~ Mahatma Gandhi
We live in such a fast paced world that we forget to slow down and enjoy life's little pleasures. We need to take time for ourselves. Find time in your day to stop and see the beauty that lies right in front of you.
01/03/20 "Hope forever tells us that tomorrow will be better." ~Richard Daly, God's Little Book of Hope.
"...encouragement is the fuel of hope. It's true that people become what you encourage them to be, not what you nag them to be." ~ Zig Ziglar, Over the Top
I think faith goes along with hope. Hope is for the future and faith is for the present. When I rely on my faith everything seems more hopeful and I can be more positive. Positivity wins over negativity and I can be more encouraging to others. Win, Win - we all have a better day and become better versions of ourselves.
May your day be filled with faith and hope.

01/02/20 "The future depends on what you do today." ~ Ghandai
Today began with extended prayer time and reflection on last year and how this new year will unfold. Today is the beginning of a new chapter and I want it to be a page burner.

01/01/20 " A new year, a new decade, a new day to be the best you can be. Wishing you health, happiness, and hope!" ~ Catherine Pulsifer

12/31/19 "The new year stands before us, like a chapter in a book, waiting to be written." ~ Melody Beattie.

Member Since: 3/18/2018

Fitness Minutes: 19,010

My Goals:
I have 50+ pounds to lose and am determined to stick with it. I joined Spark People with the mindset that I would keep myself accountable. I will set S.M.A.R.T. goals to achieve the best version of myself by adopting a lifestyle that includes a fitness and nutrition program. My goal is to become the best version of myself.

My Program:
Grow Young Fitness (an online fitness program for seniors)
Gym membership
BL/BLC challenges

Personal Information:
I am happily married to my high school sweetheart. We have a son and daughter and 4 grandchildren. We are both homebodies because we moved a lot when we were first married. We lived in Grand Rapids, Michigan; Middletown, Ohio; Chicago Illinois; Beulah, North Dakota; Yuma, Arizona; and Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
I am a retired elementary school teacher. I loved teaching and love retirement. I enjoy cooking, reading, gardening and spending time with friends and family. I love sunshine and the rocky ocean shores.

Other Information:
When I was little I used to cry because I was so skinny. HA! Until I was in my 40s I could eat as much and whatever I wanted without gaining weight. Then, my metabolism slowed down. Yikes. I had never had to control my eating before. I tried losing weight on my own but until this past March (2018) when I joined Spark People did I actually get serious about it. I tried some spark and calendar challenges but it wasn't until I joined the White Rabbit BLC37 team that I actually felt I would have the support and encouragement to be held accountable in developing a healthy lifestyle change.

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