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8/14/09 1:03 A

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Motley, OA programs are personal, you pick your own except if you get into a program that uses gray sheet or something. You might want to check out the OA website to see about the free online group, you can try that and see if it feels right to you.

I found OA not helpful for me, I need my spark flexibility and the Spark Positivity. If I look huge in the mirror, I check my attitude. I am not by body, my body is just the clothes I wear while I am here doing this work. I do better when I manage to be gently supportive of my own journey. Spark is about positivity. And that for me is the ONLY way.

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8/13/09 1:07 P

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I know it is hard, but it is so worth it. You believe all the negative and bad things you tell yourself right? Well, sometimes rerecording our negatives into positives help us start to believe them. After over a year on this journey, I still wake up every morning and find one thing that I like about myself. I tell myself whatever it is and when some negative thought enters, I stop, and figure out how to make that into something positive and then I focus on the one thing I like. Evenutally you do start to retrain your brain into loving yourself. You are worth loving. You are worth this journey. You are worth more than choking your feelings down with food. It can be as simple as I like the way I did my job today, or I like my smile. when a negative thought like "I'm so fat" comes into your head, stop, and say, "I'm bigger than I want to be, but I'm working towards my goal." Something as simple as turning it into a postive works wonders with your self esteem. Beleive me, when I started this journey, I hated to even look towards a mirror, I hated myself, I hated my fat body, I hated how I let myself get to that point, I hated not having any energy, or not being able to play with my kids. It was hard getting up 3 flights of steps to my apartment. I hated life. It is hard, but you can do this. Believe in yourself and make that committment. good luck.

1 bite at a time = 1 choice at a time.
Choice is in our power; take the power and run.

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Nothing is forever why not live for today and make it the best day ever.

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8/13/09 12:49 P

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Thank you all for the replies. I feel that getting dressed in the mirror really did wake me up. I still went out to dinner that night with my boyfriend but felt gross the whole night for eating. I feel like I am in a carb coma right now. Carbs are by biggest weakness and I can't seem to stay away from them. Maybe I should join OA but I feel it would be very hard to give up sugar and bread.

I feel like I have NO energy today. I have only been awake for about 3 hours and yet I feel exhausted and drained. I don't even know how I am going to find the energy and strength to exercise later.

It's very hard for me to try to pick something I love about myself each day because my self esteem is so low.

"I am a smart, intelligent, fun, loving, caring, beautiful woman!"


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8/13/09 10:33 A

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find one thing every day that you like about yourself and love it. Focus on that every time a negative comment thought or look comes into your head. eventually it will be habit and you will learn to love yoruself.

1 bite at a time = 1 choice at a time.
Choice is in our power; take the power and run.

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Nothing is forever why not live for today and make it the best day ever.

I am my best friend.


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8/12/09 4:06 P

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YOU ARE BEAUTIFUL- Inside and out! and we are all trying to get healthy together, the right way (which doesnt include living on carrots alone). Be strong, give it time, eat healthy and exercise. And PLEASE dont hate yourself! Be thankful for everything you DO have. Focus on the good and not the bad. We are all here to support you. emoticon emoticon

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8/12/09 3:16 P

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You are beautiful inside and out...you must remember this. We all have days when we do not like what we see in the mirror, but we are God's creation and we must be happy. Of course, we all have goals we need to work on, but we must be happy even when we are on the road to reaching our goals.

"Forgiveness is the fragrance a violet sheds, after a heel has crushed it." ~Mark Twain.



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8/12/09 11:00 A

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Precious Rachel - What wonderful words folks have shared with you - I pray that you take them to emoticon . Please don't waste the moments of your life being down on yourself. Instead use the report from the emoticon to encourage you to make changes where you see they are needed.

I realize that when you & I look in the emoticon we are doing so from a different "season" of life. In the past I have had the same type thoughts as you & allowed myself to feel discouragement; however, now I look at the image in the emoticon & rejoice that I have the knowledge (& help needed) to work on improving what I see!

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Something to know about this gal "Ima" - I follow the Savior of the world!

I stand in awe of the salvation, through Christ Jesus, that Creator God has granted me. May you enjoy the same!

I am so very thankful that the door of access is permanently open to The Creator & His beloved Son, Christ Jesus!

"Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord." ~ Psalm 33:12 --- IN GOD WE TRUST

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8/12/09 10:30 A

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Okay let's be honest. The first thing you have to do is change your words..."HATE"...does not belong in your vocabulary especially when it comes to YOU!! I can remember "feeling" ugly (which I'm not, I might add!)...when I was 55 lbs. overweight, but only because the mirror does not lie.

So, love yourself the way you are...and work towards a new you, recognizing that along the way you will learn and grow so much.


"We are twice armed if we fight with Faith"
Plato

"Don't ever let your fear grow larger than your faith"
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8/12/09 12:02 A

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Hey there and I know exactly how you feel. When Im getting dressed I HATE my tummy but I am working on it and thats all you can do is eat healthy and work out. That helps me so much even in my head when I look in the mirror after I work out I feel thinner knowing that I didnt lose weight in an hour ya know it makes me feel better to work and eat well.

***~KEEP IT MOVIN~***
***~SO YESTERDAY~***


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8/11/09 11:31 P

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A doctor had prescribed antidepressents when I had a lot of stress at previous job. I would cry and overeat. I still think the meds helped put the weight on. I had bought a trailer for my son and me to live in. He hated trailers. There'd be animals crawling around under it. The power went out in both the bedrooms and I had no one to fix it.
I'm trying to deal with stress now instead of eating. My son is getting me to walk with him. He pushes so I make more effert. When he thinks I can go further, he addes an extra distance.
I went from antidepressants to herbal supplements. I feel better.

"Que Sera, Sera" What will be, Will be.

Feel your emotion, don't feed your emotion.

(For my bowling)...The only difference between try and triumph is a little umph!

We could learn a lot from crayons... Some are sharp, some are pretty and some are dull. Some have weird names, and all are different colors, but they all have to live in the same box.


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8/11/09 10:31 P

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It was looking in a mirror that forced me to join SP!
yeh! for the mirror!
You are not gross, God only made beautiful people!

Phyllis
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IN GOD I TRUST!

If you can imagine it, you can achieve it; if you can dream it, you can become it.
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Goals are the fuel in the furnace of achievement.
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8/11/09 10:27 P

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Skinny doesn't equal pretty; it comes in all sizes...

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I feel the same way. Where did my stomach muscles go I wonder? Clothes used to fit me better...
After being here a year I know my mind set is slowly changing.

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8/11/09 7:47 P

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So sorry for your sadness. I went through this before I joined spark. I thank God for mirrors. I did not realize how much weight I had gained until looking in a mirror at my brother-in-laws last year. It did sadden me but woke me up.

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8/11/09 7:28 P

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I'm sorry for you pain. But think of this as a wake-up call. Eat healthy, drink plenty of water and exercise. This is the healthy way to lose the weight.

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There are two options regarding committment - your either IN or your OUT. There is no such thing as life in-between.

A person who wants something will find a way..
A person who doesn't will find an excuse...



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8/11/09 7:20 P

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You are beautiful, just as you are today. Learning to love yourself is such an important aspect of this journey...treat yourself at least as well as you'd treat one of your dearest friends. I honestly don't believe you'd think one of your friends was "gross" just because she'd gained a little weight...learn to treat yourself with that same respect and kindness!

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8/11/09 7:15 P

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Hi there! I have a feeling if we asked your boyfriend if he thought you are beautiful the answer would be an emphatic . . . YES!!! We are all beautiful no matter our size, weight, hair color, race, etc. Enjoy dinner with your boyfriend and if you have a drink tonight, toast to your beauty!

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8/11/09 6:52 P

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Hi motley
No matter how big you are you are still beautiful. Your body is only a small part of beauty. You are in the perfect place to change your way of life. No matter how hard things get we will all be here for you. Just remember to smile we all think you are beautiful just the way you are.
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8/11/09 6:35 P

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Wow, I knew a gained a lot of weight recently but there is nothing like watching yourself get dressed in front of a mirror. I forced myself into a pair of jeans that only fit because they are 'stretch.' I saw my stomach and profile and I am totally disgusted with myself. I am HUGE! And now I have to put on a happy face and go out to dinner with my boyfriend? How is that going to be possible? Is it sad I want to drink the pain away. I'll go to dinner and try to be happy but I feel I need to live of carrots the next few days. I have not been this big since I was 13! So grossed out :(

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