I am a 40 something gal living in Arizona after living in California my entire life. I have taken on the task of losing 100+ pounds and nurturing my mind, body and spirit in the process. This is my story...
1. To be healthy 2. To stop taking medications for Blood pressure, Cholesesterol, etc. 3. To no longer do insulin shots 4. To no longer have to wear a CPAP machine from Sleep Apnea 5. To feel good in my own skin 6. To have better self esteem 7. To put my actual weight on my Driver's License 8. To no longer have to wear 3x or ever be over 300 lbs. again 9. To not be ostracized in public due to my weight again 10. To not have to worry about if I will fit in a booth at a restaurant 11. To not have to worry about breaking a chair if I sit on it 12. To no longer be considered MORBIDLY OBESE 13. To tackle the emotional reasons why I became obese 14. To be physically strong and flexible 15. To be able to tell others that I achieved my goal and they can too 16. To be able to enjoy more in life 17. To be able to do a 5K walk/run for charity 18. To be with friends and do active things like hiking and biking 19. To no longer feel like a prisoner in my own body 20. To be ALL that I can be!
After a while you learn the subtle difference between holding a hand and chaining a soul.
And you learn that love doesn't mean leaning and company doesn't mean security.
And you begin to learn that kisses aren't contracts and presents aren't promises.
And you begin to accept your defeats with your head up and your eyes ahead, with the grace of an adult, not the grief of a child.
And you learn to build all your roads on today because tomorrow's ground is too uncertain for plans, and futures have a way of falling down in mid-flight.
After a while you learn that even sunshine burns if you get too much.
So you plant your own garden and decorate your own soul, instead of waiting for someone to leave you flowers.
And you learn that you really can endure; You really are strong, you really do have worth. And you learn, and you learn
With every goodbye you learn.
When things go wrong, as they sometimes will, When the road you're trudging seems all uphill, When the funds are low and the debts are high, And you want to smile, but you have to sigh, When care is pressing you down a bit Rest if you must, but don't you quit.
Life is queer with its twists and its turns, As everyone of us sometimes learns, And many a failure turns about When they might have won, had they stuck it out. Don't give up though the pace seems slow, You may succeed with another blow.
Often the goal is nearer than, It seems to a faint and faltering man, Often the struggler has given up When he might have captured the victor's cup; And he learned too late when the night came down, How close he was to the golden crown.
Success is failure turned inside out The silver tint of the clouds of doubt And you never can tell how close you are, It may be near when it seems so far; So stick to the fight when you're hardest hit, It's when things seem worst that you must not quit!
Go placidly amid the noise and the haste, and remember what peace there may be in silence. As far as possible, without surrender, be on good terms with all persons. Speak your truth quietly and clearly, and listen to others, even to the dull and the ignorant; they too have their story. Avoid loud and aggressive persons; they are vexatious to the spirit. If you compare yourself with others, you may become vain or bitter, for always there will be greater and lesser persons than yourself. Enjoy your achievements as well as your plans. Keep interested in your own career, however humble; it is a real possession in the changing fortunes of time. Exercise caution in your business affairs, for the world is full of trickery. But let this not blind you to what virtue there is; many persons strive for high ideals, and everywhere life is full of heroism. Be yourself. Especially do not feign affection. Neither be cynical about love, for in the face of all aridity and disenchantment, it is as perennial as the grass. Take kindly the counsel of the years, gracefully surrendering the things of youth. Nurture strength of spirit to shield you in sudden misfortune. But do not distress yourself with dark imaginings. Many fears are born of fatigue and loneliness. Beyond a wholesome discipline, be gentle with yourself. You are a child of the universe no less than the trees and the stars; you have a right to be here. And whether or not it is clear to you, no doubt the universe is unfolding as it should. Therefore, be at peace with God, whatever you conceive Him to be. And whatever your labors and aspirations, in the noisy confusion of life, keep peace in your soul. With all its sham, drudgery, and broken dreams, it is still a beautiful world. Be cheerful. Strive to be happy.
My New Mantras
My Happy Place
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