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Old 11-06-2010, 07:19 PM   #1
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Do you ever read or listen to quotes, poems, or songs that make you want to push hard. I love to read quotes of famous people, read poems, and listen to motivating songs when I need a pick me up. Post what motivates you.
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~Physical fitness is not only
one of the most important keys to a healthy body;
it is the basis of dynamic and creative intellectual activity.
-John F. Kennedy

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Don't Quit

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 turns,
As every one of us sometimes learns,
And many a failure turns about,
When he might have won had he 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 slipped 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.

- Author unknown

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Anyone into the 80's!

Move This - Technotronic
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CuCxLjZQJqs

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Old 11-06-2010, 08:36 PM   #2
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Love the poem... and needed it... thank you!
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Old 11-07-2010, 02:50 AM   #3
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Twas The Month After Christmas
Twas the month after Christmas and all through the house
Nothing would fit me, not even a blouse.

The cookies I'd nibbled, the eggnog I'd taste.
All the holiday parties had gone to my waist.

When I got on the scales there arose such a number!
When I walked to the store (less a walk than a lumber).

I'd remember the marvelous meals I'd prepared;
The gravies and sauces and beef nicely rared,

The wine and the rum balls, the bread and the cheese
And the way I'd never said, "No thank you, please."

As I dressed myself in my husband's old shirt
And prepared once again to do battle with dirt---

I said to myself, as I only can
"You can't spend a winter disguised as a man!"

So--away with the last of the sour cream dip,
Get rid of the fruit cake, every cracker and chip

Every last bit of food that I like must be banished
Till all the additional ounces have vanished.

I won't have a cookie--not even a lick.
I'll want only to chew on a long celery stick.

I won't have hot biscuits, or corn bread, or pie,
I'll munch on a carrot and quietly cry.

I'm hungry, I'm lonesome, and life is a bore---
But isn't that what January is for?

Unable to giggle, no longer a riot.
Happy New Year to all and to all a good diet!


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i love this.. its funny yet true. this poems always helps me to remember not to binge during the holidays when it seem sthere is a party or birthday around every corner.. ..
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Old 11-07-2010, 09:39 AM   #4
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“To keep the body in good health is a duty… otherwise
we shall not be able to keep our mind strong and clear.” ~Buddha
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“To insure good health: eat lightly, breathe deeply,
live moderately, cultivate cheerfulness, and maintain an interest in life." ~William Londen
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“Nobody can go back and start a new beginning, but anyone
can start today and make a new ending.” ~Maria Robinson
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“I thank you God for this most amazing day, for the leaping
greenly spirits of trees, and for the blue dream of sky and for
everything which is natural, which is infinite, which is yes.” ~e.e. Cummings
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“Happiness is your choice to make. How happy or
how miserable do you want to be?” ~Edgar Cayce
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“Put blinders on to those things that conspire to hold you
back, especially the ones in your own head.” ~Meryl Streep

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Evilwidget, glad you enjoyed it. I had this poem posted on my wall growing up. I always felt it so motivating.

Tiara, I love that poem. It is so funny, yet so motivating.

Ciao, excellent quotes! Thanks!

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More quotes

You must begin to think of yourself as becoming the person you want to be.
~David Viscott

You must do the thing you think you cannot do.
~Eleanor Roosevelt

You see things; and you say "Why?" But I dream things that never were; and I say "Why not?"
~George Bernard Shaw

Your goals, minus your doubts, equal your reality.
~Ralph Marston

You're never beaten until you admit it.
~George S. Patton

You've got to say, I think that if I keep working at this and want it badly enough I can have it. It's called perseverance.
~Lee Iacocca



Motivations for Weight Loss

M-make short term goals
O-out with the negative thoughts
T-think of why you want it
I-imagine how you will feel
V-visualize the future you
A-acknowledge your successes
T-treat yourself with respect
I-investigate new ideas and foods
O-observe your healthy lifestyle
N-never give up and never give in

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Old 11-07-2010, 02:49 PM   #6
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Earlier this year, when I was starting this journey, I got a tattoo. It's a bunch of musical notes that start on my left foot and wind their way around my ankle. On the foot are the words DEFY GRAVITY.

The song is Defying Gravity from the musical "Wicked". Whenever I've having a bad day, I look down and sing the words of that song (usually in my head, but not always - LOL). Here are my two favorite sections:

"Something has changed within me. Something is not the same. I'm through with playing by the rules of someone else's game. Too late for second guessing. Too late to go back to sleep. It's time to trust my instincts - close my eyes and leap!"

"I'm through accepting limits - cuz someone says they're so. Some things I cannot change - but 'til I try I'll never know"
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Earlier this year, when I was starting this journey, I got a tattoo. It's a bunch of musical notes that start on my left foot and wind their way around my ankle. On the foot are the words DEFY GRAVITY.

The song is Defying Gravity from the musical "Wicked". Whenever I've having a bad day, I look down and sing the words of that song (usually in my head, but not always - LOL). Here are my two favorite sections:

"Something has changed within me. Something is not the same. I'm through with playing by the rules of someone else's game. Too late for second guessing. Too late to go back to sleep. It's time to trust my instincts - close my eyes and leap!"

"I'm through accepting limits - cuz someone says they're so. Some things I cannot change - but 'til I try I'll never know"

Very creative!
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Old 11-07-2010, 05:50 PM   #8
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This is my life philosophy (and will go in my signature line soon).

Every day do something to make a better tomorrow.

My favorite and someone in 3FC has this in her signature line:

Teddy Roosevelt

"It is not the critic who counts; nor the one who points out how the strong have stumbled or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the one who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood, who strives valiantly, who errs and comes up short again and again; who, at the best, knows the triumph of high achievement, and who, at the worst fails while daring greatly, so that their place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who knew neither victory nor defeat."
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Old 01-05-2011, 03:50 AM   #9
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Sittin' in my room staring at the wall
Wonderin' about the meaning of it all
Why is it this thing called life
Has got me goin' crazy
So I open up your word and let it speak to me
The purpose and the plan that you've designed
Is clear to see, and I believe

Chorus:
I'm gonna live for today
I'm gonna follow in your way
I'm gonna let my little light shine
Like there's no tomorrow
I won't worry about the past
I know my future is intact
So I'll choose to live my life one way
I'm gonna live it for today

You told me not to worry
About what lies ahead
So I am gonna focus on today instead
Making every moment count and counting
Every single blessing
I'm gonna set my mind on the
Here and the Now
This is what I want my life to be about
And this is How...

i just heard this song and i love it. Sometimes it feels like im so busy worrying about my weight that i dont enjoy life that around me. instead im busy worrying about calories and portion size ....just thought id share ..
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Old 01-05-2011, 06:59 AM   #10
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Every day, on my Facebook page, I post a quote about what I am thinking about or feeling that day. Just reading the quotes online to find the right one for the day - is always helpful and positive for me.

Today's quote: ‎'When things seems to be going against you, remember that the airplane takes off against the wind, not with it.' ~ Henry Ford

Yesterday's quote: ‎'I had the blues because I had no shoes - until upon the street, I met a man who had no feet. ' ~Ancient Persian Saying

Monday's quote: Today is your day! Your mountain is waiting. So... get on your way.” - Dr. Seuss

Sunday's quote: "Cheers to a New Year and another chance for us to get it right." – Oprah Winfrey

My favorite quote of the hundred's I posted on my FB page last year is in my ticker area:

"Knowing trees, I understand the meaning of patience. Knowing grass, I can appreciate persistence." ~ Hal Borland
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"how few there are who have courage enough to own their faults, or resolution enough to mend them" Benjamin Franklin

"It is easy to sit up and take notice. What is difficult isgetting up and taking action" Honore de Balzak

"As soon as the fear aproaches near, attack it and destroy it" Chanakya

"Do not pray for easy lives. Pray to be stronger men" JFK

"We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars" Oscar Wilde.

Those are my favourites, always struck a cord with me
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I love and adore the singer/songwriter Dar Williams. One of her songs, "You're Aging Well", includes lyrics that can still bring me to tears, even after all these years. They remind me of where I come from, and where I can go, and why it's worth it:

Now when I was fifteen, oh I knew it was over
The road to enchantment was not mine to take
'Cause lower calf, upper arm should be half what they are
I was breaking the laws that the signmakers made
And all I could eat was the poisonous apple
And that's not at story I was meant to survive
I was all out of choices, but the woman of voices
She turned round the corner with music around her,
She gave me the language that keeps me alive, she said

"I'm so glad that you finally made it here
With the things you know now, that only time could tell
Looking back, seeing far, landing right where we are
And oh, you're aging, oh, and I am aging, oh, aren't we aging well?"


The whole song is really worth listening to. If anyone's interested, someone made a video with lyrics and put it up on youtube here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wRLSH5WuVqg
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I will post some later, because quotes are my fave things evar. haha. My manager got me a quote book for xmas! Cuz I'm forever saying, "Oh, there is this quote I like...." and sharing it.

haha.

Some of these had me in tears. Lovely. Thank you!
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I've always been a sucker for good song lyrics, and quotes. The one that sticks out to me is "I'm just out to find the better part of me" by John Ondasik (better known as Five for Fighting).
A few great feel good songs that always inspire me, or make me smile are Feelin' Groovy by Simon and Garfunkel, I Feel the Earth Move by Carole King, and Mr. Blue Sky by ELO.
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This one is on the background for my sparkpage:

"Success is not final, failure is not fatal, it's the courage to continue that counts." -- Winston Churchill
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