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Convincing Myself To Be Strong
Sometimes it's easy to forget the very important reasons why I'm doing this. For me it's a desire to have a better life. I want to have a longer, healthier life. I want to feel freedom from obesity. I want to experience the things in life that being extremely overweight prohibits. I don't ever want to be scared about a little twinge in my chest, wondering if I'm about to have a heart attack. I want to be active with my family, do things that we've never done, because it wasn't what fat people do. I want to swim. I want to run. I want to free my family and my mind of worry over my weight. These are the reasons I must continue this mission faithfully, honestly, and with a determined spirit.

A real transformation begins on the inside, not in a bottle or a package. The magic is sitting inside you, just waiting to be let out. The transformation is a learning process, one that comes from realizing you control your destiny, and that you can accomplish whatever you decide you're going to accomplish."

"Make the decision, then do something - no matter how small - toward accomplishing what you want."

You can achieve great things in your life, but you need to fully believe in yourself to do them!

Hi my name is john, I live in west palm beach, fl.I had a problem with my heart (A-Fib) and I was told to lose weight or I would not be around long, My goal is to take back my life,so ill be around to see my grandkids grow up,I will take all the support I can to reach my goal weight,I need all of your help thanks

I've come to terms with the fact that I CAN'T "be like everyone else" when it comes to eating and drinking what I want, when I want. I'll have to do my own thing for the rest of my life, but I'm actually okay with that.

Numerous people have told me that I inspire them. That just blows my mind! I've never been "the success story" before.

"The greatest revenge is to accomplish what others say you cannot do."

you can forgive yourself as well as others and learn from your mistakes
, problems and heartaches will be steppingstones on your path to
growing wiser and stronger. If you can love yourself as well as others ,
you will learn acceptance and understanding.

Smiling and a good laugh can change your mood, no matter what kind of day you�ve had. So do some self-medicating every time you feel your mood darkening; watch a funny movie or spend time with a friend who tells good jokes. Just laugh damn it.

Now I want to help others the way I helped myself. No matter how many road blocks life puts in the way, jump over them and keep plugging away. You will be happy you did. I know I did!

The power of prayer and determination is unstopable

...''Today, I am fortunate to have woken up, I am alive, I have a precious human life, I am not going to waste it." - the Dalai Lama

There are no secrets to Success. It is the result of preparation, hard work, learning from failure

...Just for today, I
will not worry. Just for today, I will not be angry. Just for today, I
will give thanks for my many blessings. Just for today, I will do my
work honestly. Just for today, I will be kind to every living thing. I say this twice a day and try to live my life with these beliefs

Never give up. Never give in. Never quit trying. Your dreams WILL come true...NEVER stop believing

The day you decide to change your life....It wont be easy.....It will cause you pain.....you will feel loss....It will be difficult at time...But always remember, NEVER GIVE UP!!!! Because one day in the future it WILL be easier....you WILL heal.....you WILL find a new life......& you'll be so glad you went through it all & came out the other end!

Member Since: 6/30/2010

Fitness Minutes: 36,765

My Goals:
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The power of prayer and determination is unstopable!!!
Short term goals:
..No more fast foods
...Drink more water
...l no longer eat 2 or 4 legged animals
...only eat health fresh foods
...try to help others, to meet their goals
...try to walk 10,000 steps daily
...try to get 8 hours of sleep
Long term goals
...Living longer and happier through positive thinking.
...get to my goal weight
... exercising more from this chair to a 5k
...Avoid hyper-focusing on negatives
...Get involved in charity work
...It does not matter what your circumstances are at the present moment. Think positively, expect only favorable results and situations, and circumstances will change accordingly. It may take some time for the changes to take place, but eventually they do.

My Program:
Processed sugar

Green is Gold - Green tea, that is. When it comes to powerful antioxidants green tea gets
the gold medal for the highest concentration of polyphenols of any beverage on the planet . So, drink Green Tea.
Try it with,light agave nectar.
***I do not eat anything with two or four legs.
***no fast foods.
***no diet sodas
***no fried,or high sodium foods.
***Eat fresh,natural,organic,nothing from cans ,boxes or jars.that has words on the back that you cant read or say

Personal Information:
I'm a "young" 50ish, who has struggled most of my childhood and all of my adulthood with my weight. I've been up and down and up and down. The past 5 years I've had quite a journey. I went to my higest weight ever 532 pounds. I got to the point were I was unable to to get around,could not sleep,I was only able to walk from chair to chair,my wife saved my life,she got a scale that would weight me,thats when I saw how heavy I had got,my waist size had got to 68 in..My wife and I started the south beach diet ,and as the weight came off,I had more engery and Thats when I had to get the mind set that this was a life long journey.
I AM DONE! -I am done hating to look in the mirror -I am done crying over how my clothes fit me -I am done not being comfortable enough to show myself naked to my Wife -I am done comparing myself to my friends -I am done deleting all the pictures because "i am fat" and deleting memories -I am done hiding -I am done with exuses -I am done being a fat man! - I AM

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Surround your self with positive people and shun the negative ones. Time spent with negative people can end up making you feel bad even if you were feeling good in the beginning. Your life will be much more pleasant and your weight loss goals easier to attain if you surround yourself with positive people.

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    The longer I live, the more I realize the impact of attitude on life.
    Attitude, to me is more important than facts.
    It is more important than the past, than education, than money, than circumstances, than failures, than success, than what other people think or say or do.
    It is more important than appearance, giftedness, or skill.
    It will make or break a company...a church...a home.
    The remarkable thing is we have a choice every day regarding the attitude we will embrace for that day.
    We cannot change our past...we cannot change the fact that people will act in a certain way.
    We cannot change the inevitable.
    The only thing we can do is play on the one thing we have, and that is our attitude.
    I am convinced that life is 10% what happens to me and 90% how I react to it.
    And so it is with you...we are in charge of our attitudes.

    - Charles Swindoll
    1806 days ago
    Comfort Zone
    by Anonymous

    I used to have a comfort zone where I knew I wouldn't fail.
    The same four walls and busywork were really more like jail.
    I longed so much to do the things I'd never done before,
    But stayed inside my comfort zone and paced the same old floor.

    I said it didn't matter that I wasn't doing much.
    I said I didn't care for things like commission checks and such.
    I claimed to be so busy with the things inside the zone,
    But deep inside I longed for something special of my own.

    I couldn't let my life go by just watching others win.
    I held my breath; I stepped outside and let the change begin.
    I took a step and with new strength I'd never felt before,
    I kissed my comfort zone goodbye and closed and locked the door.

    If you're in a comfort zone, afraid to venture out,
    Remember that all winners were at one time filled with doubt.
    A step or two and words of praise can make your dreams come true.
    Reach for your future with a smile; success is there for you!

    1809 days ago
    “Whatever course you decide upon, there is always someone to tell you that you are wrong. There are always difficulties arising which tempt you to believe that your critics are right. To map out a course of action and follow it to an end requires courage.”
    – Ralph Waldo Emerson

    1819 days ago
    Love,love, love your age
    1820 days ago
    What an uplifting page you have!! You are an inspiration!

    God bless you greatly as you continue to walk this journey.

    1937 days ago
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