Thought for the Week

This Week:

“An early morning walk is a blessing for the whole day.” – Henry David Thoreau

 

Last week:

“Sometime the most important thing in whole day is the rest we take between two deep breaths.” – Etty Hillesum

 

 

“If something stands between you and your success, move it. Never be denied.”  – Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson

 

 

This is probably one of my favorite quotes of all times.  I make this analogy every single week.  I have taught Dave Ramsey’s course FPU for 5 years.  He makes reference to WW and FPU.  It is so true!

“Your diet is a bank account. Good food choices are good investments.” Bethenny Frankel

 

 

“Success consists of going from failure to failure without loss of enthusiasm.” Winston Churchill

 

 

“Don’t waste a good mistake…learn from it.” Robert Kiyosaki

 

 

“Good health is not something we can buy. However, it can be an extremely valuable savings account.” Anne Wilson Schaef

 

 

“We all understand the importance of asking for help, but those who achieve big things are the ones who accept it when it’s offered.” Simon Sinek

 

 

“Movement is a medicine for creating change in a person’s physical, emotional and mental states.” Carol Welch

 

 

“I survived because the fire inside me burned brighter than the fire around me.”

Joshua Graham

 

 

 

“Clutter isn’t just in your home, attic, garage or office. Clutter is also in your mind, and distracts you from the amazing things you are meant to do.”

Katrina Mayer

 

 

 

“It is better to look ahead and prepare, than to look back and regret.”

Jackie Joyner-Kersee

 

 

“Positive people have negative thoughts, too. They just don’t allow those thoughts to grow too big. And they make sure to stop them from following them around all day.” Karen Salmonsohn

 

 

“Success today requires the agility and drive to constantly rethink, reinvigorate, react and reinvent.” Bill Gates

 

 

“Mindful Eating is eating with intention while paying attention.” Kati Konersman, RD

“When walking walk, when eating, eat.”

 

 

“Man is a tool using animal. Without tools he is nothing, with tools he is all.”  Thomas Carlyle

 

 

This happens to be probably one of my top ten favorite quotes!  This is where weight loss all beings-mind.  And, what you think in your mind, will show through your actions, which will lead you to lead a healthier life!

“Weight loss happens from the neck up and shows from the neck down.”

 

 

”Take care of your body; it’s the only place you have to live.

“Treat food like medicine to the body.”

 

 

“We have thousands of thoughts a day – how can you use them for good?”

“Positive thinking will let you do everything better than negative thinking will.”

 

 

“You can change anything but not everything!”

“Someone should open an ice cream shop with flavors like “Don’t Be Sad” and “You Deserve Better.”

 

 

“A moment of self-compassion can change your entire day. A string of such moments can change the course of your life.”  Author Unknown

 

 

 

“Great things are not done by impulse, but by a series of small things done together.”  Vincent Van Gogh

 

 

This quote all backs to what we were speaking about in the meeting rooms this week:

  1. Prepare a healthy holiday mindset
  2. Create a plan
  3. Manage expectations
  4. Making the most of your quality time (family, friends, yourself)

“Planning gives you control: and being realistic helps you achieve your goals.”

 

 

 

Sometimes we just need a few laughs:

“November 6, 2016 will be the end of Daylight Savings time.  Hope you don’t forget to set your bathroom scale back 10 pounds on Saturday night.”

“I just did a week’s worth of cardio after walking into a spider web.”

“A recent study has found women who carry a little extra weight live longer than men who mention it.”

 

 

“You cannot climb the ladder of success dressed in the costume of failure.”

 

 

This thought puts in all in perspective:

“Never let a stumble in the road be the end of the journey.”

 

 

This happens to be one of my favorite quotes from Zig Ziglar.

“Remember that failure is an event, not a person.”

 

 

 

Going with our theme this week, all about managing your time and realizing the importance!

To realize the value of one year,
ask a student who has failed his final exam.

To realize the value of one month,
ask the parent of a premature baby.

To realize the value of one week,
ask the editor of a weekly newspaper.

To realize the value of one day,
ask a daily wage laborer who has a large family to feed.

To realize the value of one hour,
ask lovers who are waiting to meet.

To realize the value of one minute,
ask a person who has missed the train, the bus, or a plane.

To realize the value of one second,
ask a person who has survived an accident.

To realize the value of one millisecond,
ask the person who has won a silver medal at the Olympics.

Treasure every moment that you have! And treasure it more because you shared it with someone special, special enough to spend your time. And remember that time waits for no one.
Author Unknown

 

 

We’ve all 87 SmartPoints days – not tracking them does not make them go away. So track, learn, and move on.

 

 

The older I am getting the more I understand this quote:

“Be fearless in the pursuit of what sets your soul on fire.”  Unknown

 

 

This poem was written by one of our leaders.  Love how it refers to this week’s topic!

Summer’s over,

It’s time to assess,

Got something to celebrate?

Or a need to confess?

Did I eat some good food?

Did I stay on track?

Did I stay right on plan?

Or enjoy some slack?

Learn from the past,

And use what you know.

Grab a goal for September,

And ….AWAY we GO!!

 

 

 

“You don’t have to be great to start, but you have to start to be great.  Zig Ziglar

 

 

Don’t let the scale determine who you are!  I can’t say this enough.  Be good to yourself.  This includes eating the right nutritional foods, move, be grateful what your body can do!!  If you do these things the weight loss will follow and good health!

“The scale can only tell you what you weigh, not who you are!”

I saw this quote once and reminded me of a poster I saw once:

“This scale can only give you a numerical reflection of your relationship with gravity.  That’s it.  It cannot measure beauty, talent, purpose, life force, possibility, strength, or love.”

 

 

One of the biggest myths many of us try to achieve is perfection.  I find this particularly true when it comes to tracking for many people.  For example, I hear a lot from people that If they weren’t 100% on the program today they might as well give up tracking for the day.  Or if they went over in their SmartPoints for the day but by noon.  The day is ruined.  Remember a common myth is perfection.

“Have no fear of perfection – you’ll never reach it.”  Salvador Dali

“If you look for perfection, you’ll never be content.”  Leo Tolstoy, Anna Karenin

“I am careful not to confuse excellence with perfection. Excellence, I can reach for; perfection is God’s business.”   Michael J. Fox

“Persistence. Perfection. Patience. Power. Prioritize your passion. It keeps you sane.”
― Criss JamiKillosophy

 

 

 

 

Winifred Morice is a motivational nutritionist and certified hypnotherapist and contributed and co-authored a book with Richard Simmons, “The Richard Simmons Farewell to Fat Cookbook.”

Step by Step by Winifred Morice

This weight loss business gets me down

It all seems far too hard;

I do so well for weeks on end

Then somehow lose my guard.

I judge myself for every slip

And sometimes cannot see

That life could be much better

If I’d be less hard on me.

The truth is that I have lost some weight

And that should give me hope,

But now and then I just flip out

And feel I cannot cope.

I need to look at what I’ve done,

Acknowledge my success

And know there is no hurry

Just as long as I progress.

Whenever I lose half a pound

That sure beats gaining one;

If I could look at life this way

I know I’d have more fun.

I need to tell myself each day

To take things meal by meal

And not to get so overwhelmed

by everything I feel.

Exercise, while still a grind

Which leave me stiff and sore

Also gives me energy

I’ve never had before.

 

So all an all it’s worth it

If I can just hang in;

those little steps I take each day

will guarantee I’ll win.

 

 

 

Inspirational “Everything good, everything magical happens between the months of June and August.” ­ Jenny Han, The Summer I Turned Pretty

Jenny Han is an American writer.  She has written 12 books for children and teens.  Several of her books have been on the New York Times Best Seller list.  She also won the Young Adult 2015-2016 Asian/Pacific American Award for Literature.  She has written books in series or trilogies.  Her third book from the “To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before trilogy is called “Always and Forever, Lara Jean” due out in spring 2017.

“Control the things you can control ­ that’s the best you can do!” ~ Anonymou

“You’re more than a number ­ so treat yourself that way.” ~ Anonymous

“I feel that luck is preparation meeting opportunity.” Or, good things happen to those who plan! – Oprah

Clutter can cost you: in time, effort, peace of mind – and the ability to make healthy decisions. – anonymous

 

 

“Stop hating yourself for everything that you aren’t. Start loving yourself for everything that you are.” – Unknown

 

 

“Set a goal that makes you want to jump out of bed in the morning” – Anonymous

 

 

“We travel not to escape life, but for life not to escape us… bucketlistpublications.com

Interesting website to look at and dream!

 

 

“When it is obvious that the goal cannot be reached, don’t adjust the goals, adjust the action steps.” ~ Confucius

Confucius was a Chinese teacher, editor, politician, and philosopher.  Confucius believed and emphasized in personal and governmental morality, justice, and correct social relationships.  He believed and taught the Golden Rule:  “Do not do to others what you do not want done to yourself.”  He was born in 551 BC and died 479 BC at either the age of 71 or 72.  There aren’t any existing paintings or sculptures of Confucius.

 

 

Appropriate for this week’s topic:

“Tired and hungry are two different feelings with two different solutions.”

Do you ever hear yourself say these things?

“Time stands still best in moments that look suspiciously like

ordinary life” – Brian Andreas, writer and artis

“Time stands still best in moments that look suspiciously like

ordinary life” – Brian Andreas, writer and artist

 

 

 

Chance of Success:

“I won’t” – 0%

“I can’t” – 10%

“I don’t know how” – 20%

“I wish I could” – 30%

“I want to” – 40%

“I think I might” – 50%

“I might” – 60%

“I think I can” – 70%

“I can” – 80%

“I am” – 90%

“I did” – 100%

 

 

“Nature is not a place to visit. It is home.” – Gary Snyder, American Poet

Snyder is best known for his works as a poet but was also an essayist, travel writer, translator, and educator.  He has won notable awards including the Pulitzer Prize for poetry in 1975.

 

 

“Time stands still best in moments that look suspiciously like ordinary life” – Brian Andreas, writer and artist

 

 

“You don’t need sugary sports drinks. Grab H2O when you work out.” Riss Giuffre, personal trainer, Wello.co

“We generally change ourselves for one of two reasons: inspiration or desperation.” Jim Rohn

 

 

 

“Having a solid crew makes the journey more fun and successful.” – Kim, Leader

As most of you know, I made Lifetime after 7 unsuccessful attempts in 11 years.  The first 7 times I never stayed for one meeting.  I would weigh and leave.  Obviously, this wasn’t working.  The 8th time, I joined and stayed for every single meeting.  This was the key to my success.  It was being around those people who were going through the same thing, listening, learning, and being able to help others.  This is what Weight Watchers is all about.

 

 

 

“The only real stumbling block is fear of failure. In cooking you have got to have a what-the-[heck] attitude.” Julia Child

Julia Child was an American chef, author and television host. She is best known for her French cooking which she began pursing in 1946.  She began her career as a research assistant working with Secret Intelligence division.  She also worked as a top secret researcher and with a team of developers working on a shark repellent needed to make sure the sharks wouldn’t explode ordinances targeting German U-boats.  It was only after meeting and marrying her husband, Paul Cushing Child where she became interested in French cooking and find dining.  She is best known for her television show “The French Chef.”

 

 

 

“Part of the secret to success in life is to eat what you like and let the food fight it out inside.” Mark Twain

Known as the father of American literature, Twain’s real name was Samuel Langhorne Clemens. He was an Amercian author and humorist.  He is best known for this literary works of The Adventure of Tom Sawyer and Adventures of Huckleberry Finn.  He was born shortly after a visit by Halley’s Comet and predicted he would “go out with it”.  He died one day after the comet came the closest to the Earth.

 

 

 

“A plan is what, a schedule is when. It takes both a plan and a schedule to get things done.”  Peter Turla

Peter Turla is known as the “Time Man.” He is a time management expert, author, and was a NASA rocket designer.  He actually helped design the propulsion system of the Saturn 5 rocket.  He founded the National Management Institute after he wanted to sharpen his own time management skills.  Others saw his talents and wanted him to share his techniques of practical, productive, and effective techniques to getting more done in less time with less effort.  He presents his information to support staffs in business, government and other industries.  He has been featured in many articles in the such publications such as the New York Times, Industry Week, USA Today, and The London World News.  He also has been featured on over 200 radio and TV shows.

 

 

 

“It is not the mountain we conquer, but ourselves.” – Sir Edmund Hillard

Hillary was born in Auckland, New Zealand. He was a mountaineer, explorer, and philanthropist. He was part of the ninth British expedition to Everest and was the first to climb on May 29. 1953. Time magazine named him one of the top 100 most influential people of the 20th century.

 

 

“You can only grow if you’re willing to feel awkward and uncomfortable when you try something new.” Brian Tracy

Brian Tracy is one of America’s leading authorities on personal effectiveness. This also includes developing human potential and the art of salesmanship.  He is a master of developing self management skills.  He speaks 4 languages and has contacted seminars to hundreds of thousands in 80 countries on 6 continents.  He is the head of 2 companies and as consulted with more than 500 corporations.

 

 

“Setting goals is the first step in turning the invisible into the visible.” Tony Robbins

Tony Robbins is an American motivational speaker,[1] personal finance instructor, and self-help author. He is the author of several best selling books including : Unlimited Power, Unleash the Power Within and Awaken the Giant Within. Forbes has estimated his earnings at approximately $30 million in 2007when he was named Forbes magazine “Celebrity 100” list. He grew up in a family with different fathers and a mother who abused drugs and alcohol. He was the primary caregiver of his siblings and was elected student body president his senior year. He grew 10 inches during his high school years which was later attributed to a pituitary tumor. He left home at the age of 17 when his mother chased him throughout the house with a knife. He never returned and worked as a janitor. He never attended college yet wrote numerous books and has become one of the most well known self-help authors. He actually started his career with Jim Rohn promoting his events. Jim Rohn is one of my favorite motivational speakers of all times.

 

 

 

“Loving yourself…does not mean being self-absorbed or narcissistic, or disregarding others. Rather it means welcoming yourself as the most honored guest in your own heart, a guest worthy of respect, a lovable companion.”  Margo Anand

Margo Anand is a French author, teacher, seminar leader, and public speaker. She taught as an adjunct professor with Deepak Chopra at his seminars.  She also has taught with Dean Ornish at retreats for heart patients.

 

 

“I am who I am today because of the choices I made yesterday.” Eleanor Roosevelt

Eleanor Roosevelt also known as “little Nell” was married to Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1905. She became one of the most outspoken and politically involved wives of a U.S. president. She was the mother of 6 children and while Franklin was president she gave numerous press conferences and wrote a newspaper column. After he died, she served at the United Nations. Here she focused her efforts on human rights and women issues.

 

 

“Your diet is a bank account. Good food choices are good investments.” Bethenny Frankel

Frankel is an American reality television personality, talk show host, author, chef, and founder of Skinnygirl cocktails.

 

 

“In one minute you can change your attitude and in that minute you can change your entire day.” Spencer Johnson

Spencer Johnson is an author and best known for his ValueTales series of children’s books He also wrote the 1998 motivational book Who Moved My Cheese?, which recurred on the New York Times Bestseller list. He also is a speaker and management consultant.  His books have been translated into 60 different languages.

 

 

 

“It is the nature of thought to find its way into action.”  Christian Nestell

Nevill was also known as Christian Nestell Bovee. He was a writer from New York and wrote two books:  “Intuitions and summaries of Thought and Thoughts” and “Feelings and Fancies.”

 

 

“Everything looks impossible for the people who never try anything.” Jean-Louis Etienne

Etienne is an author and international adventurer.  He is also the first man to walk solo to the North Pole in 1986.

 

 

As we are setting New Year Resolutions, I thought I would share some “goal” quotes. Pick one of these to be your quote for the year!!

Setting goals is the first step in turning the invisible into the visible. Anthony Robbins

Goals are the fuel in the furnace of achievement. Brian Tracy

Without goals, and plans to reach them, you are like a ship that has set sail with no destination. Fitzhugh Dodson

Goals are dreams with deadlines. Diana Scharf Hunt

You must have long-term goals to keep you from being frustrated by short-term failures. Charles C,. Noble

Success depends on getting good at saying no without feeling guilty. You cannot get ahead with your own goals if you are always saying yes to someone else’s projects.  You can only get ahead with your desired lifestyle if you are focused on the things that will produce that lifestyle.  Jack Canfield

 

 

 

“Instead of spending time being bothered by things that you cannot control, invest your time and energy into creating the results you desire.” -Jensen Siaw

Jensen Siaw is a motivational speaker, performance breakthrough coach and communication expert. He is from Asia and has spoken to over 50,000 audiences throughout the world.  He specializes in coaching leaders and sale professionals to learn better performance and results.  Some of his customers include Fortune 500 companies such as Coca-Cola, Roche, Prudential, Zurich Deutsche Bank among many others.  He has 11 different professional and psychological certifications and degrees.

 

 

 

“The secret of change is to focus all of your energy, not on fighting the old, but on building the new.” Socrates

Socrates was a Greek philosopher and one of the founders of Western philosophy. His works looked at key moral concepts, such as Good and Justice.  He wrote a lot about how to solve s problem.  The problem would be broken down into a series of questions, and the answers to these questions, would eventually help the person find the answer.  This is known as the scientific method.  This was the foundation of political philosophy and ethics.

 

 

“Your life doesn’t get better by change.  It gets better by change.”  Jim Rohn

 

 

“Not what we say about our blessings, but how we use them is the true measure of our thanksgiving.”  W.T. Perkiser

 

 

 

W.T. Perkiser was a preacher, scholar and author within the Church of the Nazarene.  He was born in 1910 and died in 1992.  He was born in Vallejo, California.  W.T. earned a MA and Ph.D in philosophy and education.  He moved to Kansas City where he was a professor of the English Bible at Nazarene Theological Seminary for many years.  He was the author of many books one being “The Gifts of the Sprit.”  This book references the Holy Spirit and the purposes and uses of the Gifts of the Spirit.

 

 

“Those who have no time for healthy eating will sooner or later have to find time for illness.”– Edward Stanley

Going with the topic this week and discussing supermarket grocery shopping, this poem was written by a fellow leader, Cindy. Enjoy!

Off to the grocery

With list in my hand.

With strong determination

I’ll follow my plan.

Just look at those “others”

And what’s in their cart!

Obviously they don’t know

How to shop smart!

It may take a little longer

To read labels…you see

But determining the Points

Will certainly help me

And for those who use scanners

It’s a breeze….you’ll see!

 

 

“Do not wait: the time will never be “just right”.  Start where you stand, and work whatever tools you may have at your command and better tools will be found as you go along.”  Napolean Hill

If you ever have a chance you should read about Napolean Hill. He was an American author and wrote about the principles to achieve success.  He is the author of Think and Grow Rich which is one of the best-selling books ever.  He overcame many obstacles and situations in his life.  He lost his mother at 10 years old and later was nurtured and encouraged by his step mother.  The person who is primarily responsible for Hill and his career would be Andrew Carnegie.  Carnegie instilled in Hill that if you know exactly what you want there is no difficulty in believing in your own ability to succeed.

 

 

“One of the best ways to make changes in your life is to change your environment. This then changes you.” Robert Kiyosaki

Robert Kiyosaki is an American businessman and the author of Rich Dad Poor Dad. His company provides personal financial and business education to people through his books, seminars, columns, and radio shows.  He has been a entrepreneur all his life.  Starting his own business at the age of nine.  He and a friend began melting down lead toothpaste tubes and forging lead coins in plaster-of-paris molds.  His father then explained this was illegal and not a good idea.  From there he worked in a grocery store but sooned early on that you need to have control over your own financial life.  He worked for three hours for 10 cents per hour pay.  He grew tired of being exploited for labor and asked for a raise.  He pay was cut and told to work for free as a financial lesson.  This led him to start his own comic book library business, which was extremely successful.  He also was in the U.S. Marine Corps., and then worked for Xerox selling copy machines.  From there he worked various other positions until finally establishing an international business education company.  He retired at age 47 and started another company which owns and operates the Rich Dad and Cashflow brands.  This company operates in over 100 countries and provides financial education to millions.

 

 

“There is no one giant step that does it, it’s a lot of little steps.”– Peter A. Cohen

Peter A. Cohen is the former Chairman and CEO of Shearson Lehman Brothers. Currently, he serves as the Chairman and CEO of Cowen Group.  His career has been in the financial industry and when Shearson merged with American Express in 1981, he held the positions of President, COO, Chairman and CEO.  He was the youngest person to head up a major Wall Street firm at the age of 36.

 

 

 

“Time And health are two precious assets that we don’t recognize and appreciate until they have been depleted.”  ~Denis Waitley

Denis Waitley is one of America’s most respected authors, keynote lecturers and consultant on high performaning human achievement. He has sold over 10 million audio programs sold in 14 languages. He is the author of 16 books including The Winner’s Edge. He is also author of the all-time best selling audio program, The Psychology of Winning.

 

 

“There’s a difference between interest and commitment. When you’re interested in doing something, you do it only when circumstances permit. When you’re committed to something, you accept no excuses, only results.” ~Unknown

 

 

“It’s amazing what ordinary people can do if they set out without preconceived notions.” Charles Kettering

Think about how this quote parallels the weight loss journey. We do have preconceived notions about how to lose weight. Kettering was an American inventor, engineer, and businessman. He Holds 186 patents for products such as the electrical starting motor and leaded gasoline. He also invented Freon while working at DuPont Chemical Company. He continued to work at DuPont and developed Duco lacquers and enamels, paint used for automobiles. He actually had to drop out of Ohio State University because of eye problems. He took a job as a telephone line man. He was able to return years later and earned his degree in electrical engineering. He also said another one of my favorite quotes: “I notice the larder I work, the luckier I get.”

 

 

“Success is a state of mind. If you want success, start thinking of yourself as a success.” – Joyce Brothers

Dr. Joyce Brothers was best known as an American psychologist. She also was a television personality and columnist, She wrote an advice column for 53 years beginning in 1960 to 2013. She also was famous for solving the $64,000 Question which she answered questions about boxing. She credits her remarkable memory for knowing the answers to all the questions. She was on the show for 7 weeks and became the 2nd person and only woman to win the top price. She then appeared on the successor program $64,000 Challenge 2 years later. This show matched up contestants with experts in the different fields. She also won the maximum prize. Dr. Laura Schlessinger and Dr. Phil McGraw credit her for inspiring to pursue psychology.

 

 

“If you can imagine it, you can create it. If you can dream it, you can become it.” – William Arthur Ward

William Arthur Ward was born in 1921 and was a motivational speaker and author. He wrote over a 100 poems and articles. These poems and articles were published in such publications as Reader’s Digest, The Upper Room, Science of Minds, The Methodist Layman, The Christian Advocate. He was a captain in the U.S. Army and received a Master’s Degree from Oklahoma State University. He is one of the most quoted writers in the publication Quotes. This is a weekly paper for public speakers. He has numerous quotes that you should check out. He also held many positions on board of directors of various organizations and also served as the Director of Methodist men in the Central Texas conference and Assistant to the President at Texas Wesleyan College.

 

 

 

This was shared by a fellow leader. Thought it was great.

Seven Good Days to Go That piece of cake I see is near One nice big slice…oh dear, oh dear. Although the pounds might not show, I only have seven days to go! A day of shopping to the mall we go, For pizza OR salad choices, you know… I’ll have the salad and have no fear – Only six days to go, weigh-in is near! I will eat my tuna planned lunch; A great big burger I will not munch. Tuna is very healthy, you know… Besides, I have only five days to go! For breakfast, one egg, toast, and juice – Kid’s pancakes are left – let the dog loose! On my waist that food is thin Besides, it’s only four days till I weigh in! Breakfast – I’ll eat well today; I know more weight I’ll lose that way. For supper – a healthy meal I’ll eat, Just three days until those scales I meet! Boy, eating out can be really rough, Yet – if I plan, it won’t be too tough. I have made good choices and I have no fear – In just two days good things will appear. Now my weigh-in day is in sight! Yet with my great week, the scales I won’t fight. I’ve been so good I could just swoon, One day to go – it’ll be here soon! I am so proud, I am on my way, Just can’t wait to weigh in today. I know exactly what the scales will show… A loss for me, way to go!

 

 

“Character cannot be developed in ease and quiet. Only through trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened, ambition inspired, and success achieved.” – Helen Keller

Helen Keller was an American author, political activist, and lecturer. She was deaf and blind and was the first person to earn a bachelor of arts degree. Helen was born with the capability of seeing and hearing. But, at 19 months of age, she got either scarlet fever or meningitis which left her deaf and blind. When trying to work with Helen, the family was referred to Alexander Graham Bell who advised them to contact the Perkins Institute for the Blind. Here is where Helen met Anne Sullivan, who also was visually impaired, became Anne’s teacher. She became her governess and then companion. She began to teach Helen how to communicate, by spelling words into her hand. Keller eventually learned to speak and gave speeches and lecturers. She read lips and used her sense of touch to understand others. She wrote 12 books and various articles. She also became the first person to introduce the Akita dog to the United States from Japan. She was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Lyndon B. Johnson.

 

 

“You may have a fresh start any moment you choose, for this thing we call ‘failure’ is not the falling down, but the staying down.” Mary Pickford

All I can say about Mary Pickford, what an interesting woman. She was born in 1892 and died in 1979. She was born in Toronto, Canada. She was the co-founder of the film studio United Artists and one of the 36 founders of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. She was called “America’s Sweetheart and was married 3 times including Douglas Fairbanks and Buddy Rogers. She is ranked the 24th on the list of greatest female stars of all times.

 

 

 

“A healthy outside starts from the inside.” – Robert Urich

Urich was an American film, television and stage actor and producer. Over his 30-year career, he starred in a record 15 television series. Some of the shows he was in were Love Boat and Spenser for Hire. He was diagnosed with synovial cell sarcoma in July 1996. He continued his career and raised money for cancer research. He was declared cancer free in 1998 and it returned in 2002. During this time he won an award from the John Wayne Cancer Institute and the Gilda Radner Award for his work raising cancer awareness. He was named national spokesperson of the American Cancer Society.

 

 

“If you don’t see yourself as a winner, then you cannot perform as a winner.”  Zig Ziglar

Ziglar was an American author and motivational speaker.  He influenced with his teachings almost 250 million people.  He wrote 33 books, made videos and recordings, and presented all over the world.  His best-selling book, “See You At The Top” has sold 1,707,00 copies.  His son, Tom Ziglar is the president and CEO of the Ziglar Corporation.  I love his personal mission statement:  ” My missiom is to help you become significant by equipping you to help others become significant.”  You can also apply this to our own meeting room.  We help each other become significant in the meeting room and beyond.  This is the chemistry in the meeting!!

 

 

“Embrace your body, it’s the most amazing thing you’ll ever own.” – Anonymous

 

 

“Time is the most valuable thing a man can spend.” – Theophrastus

Theophrastus was a Greek philosopher and scientist. He studied in Plato’s school and was the successor to Aristotle. His interests included botany, ethics, grammar, history, and logic. Even during 371-287 BC, they understood the concept of time and how important it is too man.

 

 

“Live as if you were to die tomorrow.  Learn as if you were to live forever”.  Mahatma Gandh

Gandhi was the leader of the Indian independence movement in British-ruled India.  He was born in 1869.  This quote I feel says what WW has been trying to do for the last 50 years.  Change your relationship with food and teach you how to make healthier choices for your lifetime!!

 

 

“It is not joy that makes us grateful; it is gratitude that makes us joyful.” – Brother David Steindl-Rast

Brother David Steind-Rast is a Catholic Benedictine monk.  I think I have stumbled upon the person who has embraced, studied, written about etc on our topic of this month.  He is a monk and interfaith scholar who participates in interfaith dialogue and works on the interaction between spirituality and science.  He believes happiness is born from gratitude.  We must slow down and look where we are going and most of all, to be grateful.  Each one of thins describes one of our topics this month:  happiness, slow down (mindfulness), look where we are going (keep goals and why’s close by) and now most of all the topic of gratitude for this week.

 

 

 

 

“Meditation can reintroduce you to the part that’s been missing.” – Russell Simmons.

Russell Simmons is an American businessman.  He co-founded the hip-hop music label Def Jam.  He also designed the clothing line Phat Farm, Argyleculture, and American Classics.  Claremont Lincoln University awarded him an Honorary Doctorate Degree for promoting mindfulness, compassion and interreligious collaboration.  He was married to the model Kimora Lee from 1992 – 2006.  One of his latest books include:  “Success Through Stillness:  Meditation Made Simple.”

 

 

 

“Ambition is the path to success.  Persistence is the vehicle you arrive in.”  Bill Bradley, American basketball player

Bradley is an American Hall of Fame basketball player, Rhodes scholar, Gold medal Olympic winner, and 3-year term senator from New Jersey.  He was born in Crystal City, MO and was involved in basketball, Boy Scouts (Eagle Scout and a member of the Order of the Arrow.), good academic records, and was offered 75 college scholarships, and declined them all to attend Princeton.  Prior to attending Princeton, he would practice 3 ½ hours a day after school, 9-5 on Saturdays and 1:30-5 on Sundays.  He would put 10 pounds of lead slivers in his tennis shoes, setup chairs as opponents and wore eyeglass frames that had a piece of cardboard taped to them so he couldn’t see the floor.  A good dribbler never looks at the ball.  He kept a very intense schedule at Princeton, as well, which included four hours of classes, four hours of basketball practice, studied average of 7 hours each weekday and up to 24 more hours each weekend.  He also taught Sunday school at a local Presbyterian Church.  He wasn’t the most skilled player but the difference they say was his self-discipline.

 

 

 

“Leave all the afternoon for exercise and recreation, which are as necessary as reading. I will rather say more necessary because health is worth more than learning.” – Thomas Jefferson

As we all know, Thomas Jefferson was an American Founding Father and the main author of the Declaration of Independence.  And, of course, he was the 3rd president of the United States.  I find this quote so interesting because Jefferson was an avid reader and depended on books for his education.  In 1770 his home, which contained 200 volumes) was destroyed by a fire.  Jefferson than began to collect title and by 1815 he had 6,500 volumes of books.  He collected thousands of books which were part of his library at Monticello.  He learned languages such as Greek, Italian, French, German and Spanish.  He also invented the swivel chair and the Great Clock, powered by Earth’s gravitational pull on Revolutionary War cannonballs.  He died at age 83.  At his bedside shortly before his death, he said these words:

“I have done for my country, and for all mankind, all that I could do, and I now resign my soul without fear, to my god, – my daughter to my country.”  He fell back asleep and awoke later that evening.  He asked the doctor “Is it the fourth yet?”  The doctor said it will be soon.  So, on July 4th, 10 minutes before one o’clock, Jefferson died.  This was the 50th anniversary of the Declaration of Independence.  John Adams then died a few hours later uttering his last words:  “Independence Forever,” and :Thomas Jefferson survives.”  Not knowing Jefferson had died himself.

 

 

 

 

“He who distinguishes the true savor of his food can never be a glutton; he who does not cannot be otherwise.”  Henry David Thoreau

Thoreau was an American author, poet, historian, philosopher and many other roles.  He is best known for his book Walden.  Walden was a book about simple living in natural surroundings.  Of the 20 volumes of writings, there are several writings that actually influences and were the source of today’s environmentalism.    He studied at Harvard and took classes in philosophy, mathematics, and science.  He refused to pay the $5.00 fee for the Harvard diploma.  Therefore, the Master’s Degree he declined to purchase has no merit.
He didn’t have an interest in any of the usual professions; however, he and his opened a grammar school in Concord, Massachusetts.  He had several essays but one entitled Resistance to Civil Government was and created a radically new form of social action.  He died in 1862 and at the age of 44.  He is regarded as one of  the most foremost American writers and is buried in Sleepy Hollow Cemetery in Concord Massachusetts

 

 

 

 

“My doctor told me I had to stop throwing intimate dinners for four unless there are three other people.”  Orson Welles

What a man.  Welles was an American actor, director, writer, and producer who worked in theater, radio, and film.  He is well known for his Broadway hit of Julius Caesar in 1937.  Then, in radio, 1938, The War of the Worlds and then in film, Citizen Kane 1941.  He worked on hundreds of projects throughout his lifetime.  He used crash diets, drugs, and corsets to slim down for his early film roles.  Once he completed a project, he consumed vast amounts of high-caloric food and booze.  His weight was anywhere from 180 (at the age of 13) to 250-275 pounds in 1953.  He remained obese which restricted his travels, aggravated other health conditions such as asthma.  He died of a heart attack in 1985 at the age of 70.

 

 

 

 

“My refrigerator is powerful. In fact, it has a direct link to my overall well-being.” – Kris Carr

Kris Carr is a New York Times and #1 best selling author, wellness activist and cancer survivor.  She has written Crazy Sexy diet and Crazy Sexy Kitchen.  She also documented her journey in Crazy Sexy Cancer.  She is a vegan, practices yoga/meditation and an animal lover which she has two rescue dogs.  She has also appeared in television on Law & Order and was the Bud girl for two Budweiser beer Super Bowl commercials.  The cancer she was diagnosed with was Stage IV of a extremely rare and incurable, Epithelioid Hemangioendothelioma.  This cancer affects the liver and lungs.  She also has a blog website and has been awarded several recognitions.  She also appeared on the Oprah Show with Randy Pausch on confronting death.  Pausch was a Professor of Computer Science, Human Computer Interaction, and Design at Carnegie Mellon University.  He was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer and given only a few months to live.  If you haven’t read Randy Pausch’s book, The Last Lecture, I would highly recommend.

 

 

 

 

 

By reading these quotes today, can you tell what was on my mind?  Plan, Plan, Plan.  It is like in real estate:  location, location, location.  Read these quotes and develop your plan this week!

“Success doesn’t just happen. It’s planned for.” – Anonymous

“Make failure your teacher, not your undertaker.”Zig Ziglar

“By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail.”  Benjamin Franklin

“If you don’t know where you are going, you’ll end up someplace else.”  Yogi Berra

“Unless commitment is made, there are only promises and hopes; but no plans.”  Peter F. Drucker

 

 

 

“Unexplored paths lead to undiscovered treasures.” – Constance Chuks Friday

Think of your unexplored paths to healthy living and you will find your treasure.

 

 

 

“Even if you’re on the right track, you’ll get run over if you just sit there.” Will Rogers

Rogers was a Native American cowboy, vaudeville performer, humorist, social commentator and actor.  He made over 71 films (50 silent) and wrote over 4,000 nationally syndicated newspaper columns.  He was the highest paid Hollywood actor at that time.  He died in Alaska in 1935 when the plane he was flying in with aviator, Wiley Post, crashed.  He was a man of many talents and interests.  They range from being a rope act in the Ziegfeld Follies, radio host, lecturer, and of course, actor.  But, of course, he was always interested in cowboys and horses.

 

 

 

 

“Beware the hobby that eats.” – Benjamin Franklin

Benjamin Franklin was one of the founding fathers of the United States.  He was a man of many trades including author, politician, scientist, diplomat, and postmaster.  He was one of 17 children in his family.  Franklin’s schooling ended when he was 10 years old!!!!  When he as 15, he founded the New England Courant, the first independent newspaper in the colonies.  You should really read his history, what a man of many many attributes, inventions, and distinctions.  He struggled with obesity his entire life which resulted in many health problems.  When he signed the US Constitution in 1787, he was rarely seen in public from then until his death.  He died from pleuritic attack at age 84.  Over 20,000 people attended his funeral in 1790.

 

 

 

 

 

“Great things are not done by impulse, but by a series of small things brought together.” – Vincent Van Gogh

A famous Dutch Post-Impressionist painter.  He had a great influence on 20th century art.  He produced more than 2100 artworks including 860 oil paintings and more than 1300 watercolors, sketches, drawings, and prints.  He created these works of art which include some of his most famous in the last two years of his life.  He died at the age of 37 by a self-inflicted gunshot wound. He is well known for his portraits, self-portraits, landscapes, fields and sunflowers.  He suffered from various mental illnesses which today’s psychologists have diagnosed up to 30 different kinds.

 

 

 

 

“A good plan today is better than a perfect plan tomorrow.” – George S. Patton

General Patton was  United States Army general who commanded the Seventh United States Army and the Third United States Army during World War II.  He knew at a very young at age he wanted to be a hero due to the fact his previous ancestors fought in the Revolutionary, Mexican, and Civil Wars.  He graduated from West Point and participated in the Stockholm Olympics in 1912 in the first Modern Pentathlon.  Later he was stationed in the Mounted Service School in Fort Riley, Kansas where he became the school’s first Master of the Sword.  He received numerous awards including the Purple Heart and other awards from other countries including Britain, Belgium, Czechoslovakia, and Luxembourg.  His nickname was “Old Blood and Guts.” And “The Old Man.”  He died on December 21 in Heidelberg, Germany from injuries suffered in a car accident.

 

 

 

 

 

“I already know what giving up feels like. I want to see what happens when I don’t.” – Neila Rey

Neila Ray is the author of 100 No-Equipment Workouts.  She also creates visual, and easy-to-follow workout routines.  She developed the fitness program “30 Days of Change” on the Internet.  She believes fitness should be fun and accessible for everyone.  She has 10 years experience in running, body weight training, martial arts, and boxing.

 

 

 

 

“A positive attitude causes a chain reaction of positive thoughts, events and outcomes. It is a catalyst and it sparks extraordinary results.” – Wade Boggs

Wade Boggs is a former American baseball third baseman.  He played for 18 years with the Boston Red Sox, New York Yankees (won the World Series) and Tampa Bay Devil Rays (had 300 hits).  He was elected in 2005 for the Baseball Hall of Fame.  Boggs also played in the longest game in professional baseball history, 33 innings over 8 hours and 25 minutes.  Boggs was a very superstitious eating chicken before every game, woke up at the same time everyday and took 150 group balls in practice.  He took batting practices at 5:17 and ran sprints at 7:17. There are several others but one I found interesting which we as Weight Watchers members can identify with, Mental Rehearsing.  Before each game, he visualized 4 at-bats before a game and he successfully hit all four.

 

 

 

 

This quote reiterates the concept of this week’s topic of Mindful Eating.  Zen is a school of Mahayana Buddhism.  It was founded in China during the 6th century where it was known as Chan.  Zen also expanded to Vietnam, Korea, and Japan. The teachings revolve around rigorous meditation practices which practice Buddhism and incorporates into daily life and benefiting others.

“When walking – walk. When eating – eat.” – Zen Proverb

 

 

 

“Being defeated is often only a temporary condition. Giving up is what makes it permanent.”  Marilyn vos Savant

Marilyn vos Savant is an American magazine columnist, author, lecturer, and playwright.  She is the writer behind “Ask Marilyn” column in the Sunday magazine, “Parade.”  She is known as being listed in the Guinness Book of World Records for the “Highest IQ” category from 1986 to 1989.

 

 

 

“Encourage, lift and strengthen one another. For the positive energy spread to one will be felt by us all.” – Doris Day

Doris Day is in her 90s but I have always been a big fan.  Probably one of my most favorite movies starred her, Rock Hudson or Cary Grant.  She actually was going to be a professional dancer; however, when she was young a car she was traveling in was struck by a train which crushed her right leg and she was unable to pursue becoming a professional dancer.  She starred in 39 films, television shows, and to this day is an animal activist.

 

 

 

“If you focus on results, you will never change. If you focus on change, you will see results.” – Jack Dixon Tips, Food Finds, and Ideas

How true is this!  If you focus you energy on change, it will happen!!!  But, if we keep looking at our end result, we miss the journey.  This is what it is all about, changing our relationship with food!

 

 

 

 

I read this quote and just couldn’t get it out of my mind.  I looked up who James Stockdale was.  Stockton was a United States Navy Vice Admiral.  He was one of the most-highly decorated officers in the U.S. Navy.  He was awarded 26 personal combat decorations including the Medal of Honor (highest military honor) and 4 Silver Stars (3rd highest military decoration).  He makes reference to Vietnam where he was the highest-ranking naval officer to be held as a prisoner of war in Vietnam for 7 ½ years.  When asked how he survived those years, he was an optimist.  He said the POWs would get their hopes dashed and they died of a broken spirit.  He survived because he never lost hope and dealt with each day one at a time realistically.  He had both of these philosophical approaches; therefore survived!  He also was a Vice-President candidate in 1992 with Ross Perot under the independent ticket.

“We will all experience disappointments and crushing events somewhere along the way, setbacks for which there is no “reason”; no one to blame. It might be a disease; it might be injury; it might be an accident; it might be losing a loved one; it might be getting swept away in a political shake up; it might be getting shot down over Vietnam and thrown into a POW camp for 8 years. What separates people, James Stockdale taught me, is not the presence or absence of difficulties, but how they deal with the inevitable difficulties of life.”

Jim Collins (Management guru, author of “Good to Great: Why Some Companies Make the Leap… and Others Don’t“)

 

 

 

 

Exercise to stimulate, not annihilate. Set small goals and build upon them.”  Lee Haney

Lee Haney is a professional body builder who is the joint record holder for winning the most Mr. Olympia titles with 8 (tied with Ronnie Coleman) He is also the chairman of the President’s council on Physical Fitness and Sports appointed by President Bill Clinton. He was preceded by Arnold Schwarzenegger. He currently has a television program on Trinity Broadcasting Network called “TotaLee Fit with lee Haney. He teaches the importance of physical and spiritual growth.

 

 

 

“Great things are not done by impulse, but by a series of small things brought together.” – Vincent Van Gogh

Oh how true this is!!! We have been talking about how to make those small changes for changing our behavior for the long term! As you probably know Van Gogh was a very famous artist. He suffered from years of anxiety and mental illness and died at age 37 from what believe was a self-inflicted gunshot wound. Many of his best known works were painted in his late twenties. He produced over 2,100 piece of artwork which consisted of oil paintings, watercolors, drawings, sketches, and prints. He lived in France where he found the French Impressionists. He was influenced in the southern part of France by the sunlight which is reflected in his paintings. He was a very interesting man but suffered from various mental issues which resulted in him in severing one ear and supposedly in him killing himself. I have always loved his works of art. I actually have two prints hanging in a spare room.

 

 

 

 

As I have been saying in the meetings this year (all 14 days!), now is the year to take action. Next New Year’s, we aren’t going to have the resolution to lose weight. So, I found this quote and though it is so appropriate for taking action now and stop delaying. I hear “someday” in the meetings a lot. Instead of someday, let’s say today.

“There are seven days in a week and someday isn’t one of them.”

 

 

 

 

“The healthy life: It’s not just about losing the weight; but about losing the mindset and lifestyle that got you there .” – Steve Maraboli

Oh my gosh! This quote is fantastic. I never knew much about Steve Maraboli until I read this quote! He is a speaker, bestselling author, internet radio commentator, and motivational speaker. He has published his works in 25 different languages and spoke in over 30 countries. His most famous book is: Life, the Truth, and Being Free. It is a book filled with many words of wisdom. It deals with the primary issue of how to save this world without losing ourselves. His secrets are engage life, align with the truth, and find the freedom to create something better for those we touch every day.

 

 

 

This is probably one of my most favorite quotes of all times.

“People are so worried about what they eat between Christmas and the New Year.  What they should really be worried about is what they eat between the New Year and Christmas.” – Anonymous

When I read this quote I also think about the analogy I often make.  Someone says to me that they blew it by going out for dinner once or twice in one week and didn’t make such wise choices.  Well, my response is:  there are 19-20 meals left that week that is what you should focus upon.

 

 

 

 

I ran across this quote a couple of weeks ago, and I felt it would be so appropriate for the month of January:

“Do something today that your future self will thank you for.”

I then ran across another article which listed 12 things you would be thankful for in the future (written by Marc Chernoff)

The list included these couple of thoughts:

  • Being the change in the world you would want to see in the world. ( I think we all should take note of this in today’s world)
  • Picking yourself back up (important in the world of WW)
  • Choose you! (think positive!)

 

 

 

“Success is how high you bounce when you hit bottom.” General George Patton

General Patton was  United States Army general who commanded the Seventh United States Army and the Third United States Army during World War II.  He knew at a very young at age he wanted to be a hero due to the fact his previous ancestors fought in the Revolutionary, Mexican, and Civil Wars.  He graduated from West Point and participated in the Stockholm Olympics in 1912 in the first Modern Pentathlon.  Later he was stationed in the Mounted Service School in Fort Riley, Kansas where he became the school’s first Master of the Sword.  He received numerous awards including the Purple Heart and other awards from other countries including Britain, Belgium, Czechoslovakia, and Luxembourg.  His nicknamewas “Old Blood and Guts.” And “The Old Man.”  He died on December 21 in Heidelberg, Germany from injuries suffered in a car accident.

 

 

 

 

Christmas Cookie Rules…

If you eat a Christmas cookie fresh out of the oven, it has no calories because everyone knows that the first cookie is the test and thus calorie free.

  1. If you drink a diet soda after eating your second cookie, it also has no calories because the diet soda cancels out the cookie calories.
  2. If a friend comes over while you’re making your Christmas cookies and needs to sample, you must sample with your friend.  Because your friend’s first cookie is calories free, (rule #1) yours is also.  It would be rude to let your friend sample alone and, being the friend that you are, that makes your cookie calorie free.
  3.  Any cookie calories consumed while walking around will fall to your feet and eventually fall off as you move.  This is due to gravity and the density of the caloric mass.
  4. Any calories consumed during the frosting of the Christmas cookies will be used up because it takes many calories to lick excess frosting from a knife without cutting your tongue.
  5. Cookies colored red or green have very few calories.  Red ones have three and green ones have five – one calorie for each letter.  Make more red ones!
  6. Cookies eaten while watching “Miracle on 34th Street” have no calories because they are part of the entertainment package and not part of one’s personal fuel.
  7. As always, cookie pieces contain no calories because the process of breaking causes calorie leakage.
  8. Any cookies consumed from someone else’s plate have no calories since the calories rightfully belong to the other person and will cling to their plate we all know how calories like to CLING!
  9. Any cookies consumed while feeling stressed have no calories because cookies used for medicinal purposes NEVER have calories.  It’s a rule. So, go out and enjoy those Christmas Cookies – we only get them this time of year.

 

 

 

 

In tradition of Thanksgiving, Erma Bombeck once wrote:

No One Diets on Thanksgiving what we’re really talking about is a wonderful day set aside on the fourth Thursday of November when no one diets. I mean, why else would they call it Thanksgiving”?

Erma Bombeck wrote 15 books which most became best sellers. She wrote over 4000 newspaper columns and she was read by 30 million readers in 900 newspapers in the U.S. and Canada. She once lived next door to Phil Donahue in the 1950’s when she was married and raising 2 children. She was diagnosed with polycystic kidney disease (a congenital defect) when she was 20 years old but managed to live her life until she died at the age of 69 from complications from a kidney transplant.

 

 

 

 

 

A fellow leader shared this with us:

T  hink – I am a Weight Watchers.

H .ave a vision.

A .n anchor will keep you on track.

N .ext week – weigh in.

K .eep an eye on your portions.

S .tay with your plan.

G .reen is good.

I …nterrupt food with water.

V .ow to make good choices.

I …nvite someone for a walk.

N .avigate well,.

G .o for the GOLD!

 

 

 

“The next big thing is the one that makes the last big thing usable.”  Blake Ross

Blake Ross is a software engineer and developer and is the co-creator with Dave Hyatt, Mozilla Firefox, the internet browser.  He went to work as a intern for Netscape Communications Corporation at the age of 14.  He enrolled at Stanford University and began working on an open source project and in 2003 all of Mozilla’s resources were devoted to the Firefox and Thunderbird projects.  In November 2004, Firefox was released and took a considerable amount of the market share from Microsoft Internet Explorer.  There were over 100 million downloads in less than a year.

 

 

 

 

“It is not the mountain we conquer, but ourselves.”  Sir Edmund Hillary

Sir Edmund Hillary was from New Zealand.  He was a mountaineer, explorer, and philanthropist.  He is best known to be the first person to climb the summit of Mount Everest.  He has been named as one of the 100 most influential people of the 20th century.  His love for climbing started when he was 16 years old.  He went with his school to Mount Ruapehu.  He was 6’5” and was uncoordinated but he noticed he was much better off than his peers and was physically stronger.  He began climbing in the winter and helping his brother being a beekeeper.

 

 

 

“Confidence is a habit that can be developed by acting as if you already had the confidence you desire to have.” – Brian Tracy

 

 

 

I just recently setup Twitter and am following Inspirational Quotes @Inspire_us.  Each day they have quotes that are right on, no matter what is going on in the world.  Today I found this one which is perfect for us and our weigh loss journey:

“You’ll never leave where you are until you decide where you’d rather be.”

And where does weight loss start?  Those of you have been in my meetings over the years have heard me say that weight loss starts in the mind and heart.  This reinforces the thought.

 

 

 

To celebrate our topic for the month of October, I have found a couple of wonderful quotes which capture the true meaning of change.

“”In a chronically leaking boat, energy devoted to changing vessels is more productive than energy devoted to patching leaks.”  Warren Buffet

The caption on Warrant Buffett’s senior yearbook picture said:  “likes math, a future stockbroker.”  He held many odd jobs as growing up including selling gum, delivering newspapers, selling golf balls and stamps, and detailing cars.  He was rejected by Harvard Business School and he enrolled in Columbia Business School.  In 1954, his first job was working with stocks and he earned $12000 a year in 1952.  He purchased his first home in 1957 for $31,500 in which he still lives.  What a success story!

“”The best thing you can do is the right thing; the next best thing you can do is the wrong thing; the worst thing you can do is nothing.”  Theodore Roosevelt

 

 

 

Theodore Roosevelt was the 26th President of the United States.  He was also a naturalist, soldier, explorer, and historian.  He was a very sick child who suffered from asthma.  He studied very hard as a result of this since he was unable to be very active.  He was home schooled and studied biology and became interested in the navy.  He was the first president to concentrate on conservation and expanded the national parks and forests.  He focused on the Caribbean and built the Panama Canal during his presidency.  He is famous for the quote:  “Speak softly and carry a big stick.”  He also won the 1906 Nobel Peace Prize.  He died in 1919 from various health conditions he contracted while traveling to the Amazon jungles.  Also, another person who overcame obstacles and was determined.

 

 

 

You’ve got to get up every morning with determination if you’re going to go to bed with satisfaction.”

“It’s good to have money and the things that money can buy, but it’s good, too, to check up once in a while and make sure that you haven’t lost the things that money can’t buy.”

Both of these quotes come from George Horace Lorimer.  I try to live my life by these principles.  Lorimer was an American journalist and author .  He was the editor of The Saturday Evening Post.

 

 

We heard some great quotes this week in the meeting room with our success stories.  So, here are a few:

“Motivation is what gets you started.  Habit is what keeps you going”.  Jim Rohn

“The joy I feel when I look in the mirror lasts so much longer than the joy I felt when I eat candy”.

“Whether you think you can or you think you can’t you’re right”.  Henry Ford

“You are what you eat, so don’t be fast, easy or cheap”!

“Well done is better than well said”.  Benjamin Franklin

“You don’t always have to make the best choice, but you can always make the better choice.”

This is another shared by David who reads this to his classes. Click here.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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“Failure is simply the opportunity to begin again, this time more intelligently”.  Henry Ford

I have used several of Henry Ford’s quotes in the past.  He actually failed and went broke five times before he finally succeeded.  He developed the mass production techniques for the Ford Motor company to turn out one Model T every 24 seconds.  He also developed the production line for the automobile that moved versus the employees move.  The Model T changed America by making the car for the average American and costing $300 (which in today’s dollars would be $7000).

 

 

I read this quote from another leader.  It is awesome!

“Success required backbone, not wishbone.”  Debbie S.

And another:

“Life has no remote… YOU have to get up and change it yourself.”  Tracy S.

And another:

“You don’t drown falling in the water, you only drown if you stay there.”Barb  L

 

 

I thought this quote says it all.  Isn’t it the truth?  It all goes back to another quote I read years ago, “Treat food like medicine to the body.”  OR  “You are what you eat.” OR “Eating in private…shows up in public.”  OR “We eat to live, not live to eat.”  I could go on and on.  But remember this quote:

“Your body keeps an accurate journal regardless of what you write down.”

 

 

 

“Act the part; walk and talk exactly as if you were already the person you want to be.” Brian Tracy

Brian Tracy is an educator  and helps individuals and organizations achieve their personal and business goals.  He has consulted with over 1000 companies, has spoken to over 5,000,000 people in 55 countries, and is the top selling author of over 45 books.  He has also writted over 300 audio and video learning programs which have been translated in more than 20 languages.

Thought  I would share a few quotes, I have heard recently on www.weightwatchers.com that I feel would be very helpful to us all as we pursue our goals in life:

“Steady and low, learn as you go.  Lose too fast, it may not last.”  Louise F.

“I may not be where I want to be, but I’m better than where I was.”  Heather J.

 

 

 

“I don’t believe you have to be better than everybody else.  I believe you have to be better than you ever thought you could be.”  Ken Venturi

Ken Venturi was an American professional golfer and broadcaster.  He was inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame in 2013.  He was the winner of 14 events on the PGA Tour.  This included the U.S. Open in 1964.  Venturi fought many health battles during his lifetime.  He suffered from severe stuttering when he was young.  He was in automobile accident in 1961 and his career suffered.  He also was diagnosed with carpal tunnel syndrome in both wrists.  I find it interesting that the two careers he had, Vanturi had suffered from health issues that would make this almost impossible to continue in the careers he did.  He also was Sports Illustrated magazine’s Sportsman of the Year and the PGA Player of the Year awards in 1965.  He died at age 82 from a spinal infection, pneumonia, and an intestinal infection.

 

 

 

 

“The great thing in the world is not so much where we stand, as in what direction we are moving.”  Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.

Holmes Sr. was an American physician, poet, professor, lecturer, and author.  He was a member of the Fireside Poets.  This was a group of 19th century American poets from new England.  The group was made up of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, William Cullen Bryant, John Greenleaf Whittier, and James Russell Lowell.  This was a source of entertainment for families that were gathered around a fire.  Oliver Wendell Holmes Sr. suffered from asthma as a young child and was very talented but also very talkative and known for his precociousness.  He was accepted into Harvard at age 16 but decided at age 21 decided the legal profession was very cold and cheerless.  This is not like his son, Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr. who was an American jurist and served as an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States from 1902 to 1932.  He also attended Harvard and Jr. has been identified as one of the three most cited American legal scholars of the 20th century.

 

 

 

 

“I attribute my success to this:  I never gave or took any excuse.”  Florence Nightingale

WOW, how powerful!  Florence Nightingale was the founder of modern nursing as we know today.  She was the “Lady with the Lamp” because she would make rounds at nights to visit patients.  She founded her own nursing school at St. Thomas Hospital in London.  She received her calling to serve others and to be a nurse, early in her life.  Her family was very angry about this decision.  They felt a woman during the 1800’s needed to become a wife and mother.  She continued on with nursing and even wrote her own book on nursing which became the curriculum at the Nightingale School and others.  She died at age 90 and declined the offer to be buried there and is in the graveyard of St. Margaret Church in East Wellow Hampshire, England.

 

 

 

 

This quote says it all after last week’s topic “Bounce Back.”  Keep these words near by:

“When you have had a bad week, you really need your meeting.  When you’ve had a good week, your meeting needs you.”  Either way, we need the meetings!

 

 

 

 

“Your body will argue that there is no justifiable reason to continue.  Your only recourse is to call on your spirit, which fortunately functions independently of logic.”  Tim Noakes

This was sent to me by a member who actually is a runner and received this quote from Runner’s World.  I believe this is true with no matter what you do in life!  Your spirit gets you through life and what keeps you going!!!

 

 

 

“He who has health, has hope.

And he who has hope, has everything”  Benjamin Franklin

A very simple quote, but oh so true!  Franklin was was one of the founding fathers of the United States.  He was one of 10 children and his schooling ended at age 10!  He continued to be an avid reader and learned many things through this discipline.  He was an author, printer, policitian, postmaster, scientist, inventor statesman, and diplomat to France.  One of his inventions includes the bifocals. He also published the Poor Richard’s Almanac and was one of the founders of the University of Pennsylvania.  He also was involved in such fields as meteorology, electricity, Atlantic Ocean currents, etc.  After reading his biography, I am amazed at how much this man knew.

 

 

 

 

Love this quote.  I don’t know how many times I hear from members, “I will come back when I can attend the meetings or life slows down or I lose a few pounds (yes, this is said) or when some life event happens.  This all means “Not Now.”  Therefore, it isn’t a priority and becomes never.  Don’t let your “Not Now” turn into “Never.”

“How soon “not now” becomes never.”  Martin Luther

Martin Luther was a German monk, Catholic priest, professor of theology and was an integral part of Christianity to become known as the Protestant Reformation.  He is honored on February 18in the Lutheran Calendar of Saints and in the Episcopal Calendar of Saints.  In the Church of England’s Calendar of Saints, he is commemorated on October 31.  During his  monastic life, he devoted much of this time to fasting, long hours in prayer, pilgrimage and frequent confession.

 

 

 

“Success is almost totally dependent upon drive and persistence.  The extra energy required to make another effort or try another approach is the secret of winning.”

Dennis Waitley, motivation speaker, writer, and best-selling author

Denis Waitley is an author of 16 non-fiction books, including “The Winner’s Edge” He is also has produced 10 million audio programs sold in 14 languages.

 

 

 

 

“You are what you are and where you are because of what has gone into your mind.  You can change what you are and where you are by changing what goes into your mind.”  Zig Ziglar, motivational author and speaker

Zig Ziglar was an American author, salesman,  motivational speaker and author of 48 books and/or publications.  He was the 10th of 12 children.  He lost his father and sister at age 6 and within 2 days of each other.  He began his career in sales selling pots and pans and within several years was ranked 2nd out of 7000 sales people for another company and later 1st in a company of 3000.  He then went on to publish books, speak around the country, and appear on many TV and radio programs including 60 minutes and 20/20.

 

 

 

 

This particular quote resonated with me this week.  It seems there are many people carrying a heavy load(s).  The older that I am getting I have discovered a secret to getting through uneasy or difficult times.  It is looking outward and expressing true and genuine kindness, care and empathy to others.  This will make the other person feel so much better but you as well.

“In life you can never be too kind or too fair; everyone you meet is carrying a heavy load. When you go through your day expressing kindness and courtesy to all you meet, you leave behind a feeling of warmth and good cheer, and you help alleviate the burdens everyone is struggling with”.  Brian Tracy

Brian Tracy is an author and motivational speaker.  He has consulted for over 1000 companies.  He also has given training seminars and addressed more than 5,000,000 people in 5,000 talks and seminars in over 55 countries.  He has written books about economics, history, business, philosophy, and psychology.  He is a top selling author of over 45 books and translated into dozens of languages.

 

 

 

 

I found this quote and absolutely loved it!  As most of you know, Rick and I facilitate Dave Ramsey’s Financial Peace classes for 6 years now.  It has been very rewarding and taught me a lot about life.  One of Dave’s famous quotes when talking about getting out of debt is “We aren’t in the microwave business here….we sell crockpots.”  I always refer this quote to someone who is struggling and wants to see results yesterday.  This isn’t the way life operates.  But, we fight this everyday.  The quote below is also from Dave Ramsey and gives the same idea and makes us realize that single moments don’t define our lives.

“Life is a filmstrip, not a snapshot.”

 

 

 

“The major reason for setting a goal is for what it makes of you to accomplish it. What it makes of you will always be the far greater value than what you get.”   Jim Rohn

I have to say when I found this quote, it has become another one of my favorites.  This is so true and especially think about how it relates to our weight loss journey.  Yes, our ultimate goal is to be at a healthy body weight.  However, the journey and what we learn along the way is the most important.  In your weight loss journey, you learn how to live life and be able to learn how to make those healthy eating choices, decisions to become more active, and changing some of those unwanted habits.  This is far more important because these things (behavior changes and developing healthy habits) will get you to your ultimate goal but adopt this as your new healthy lifestyle.  This is what maintenance is all about.  So, the moral of this quote is:  Enjoy the journey.

Jim Rohn was an American entrepreneur, author and motivational speaker.  He wrote the book “Five Major Pieces to Life Puzzle.”  The believed there were five components to success:

Philosophy – how you think

Attitude – how you feel

Action – what you do

Results – measure often to see if you are making progress

Lifestyle – the kind of life you can make for yourself out of the first four pieces

This about how each one of these components fits in with our weight loss journey.  Pretty close!

 

 

 

 

A few leaders shared their favorite quotes this week.  Here are some of my favorite:

“The more investment you have in your beliefs, the harder it is to change them.”

“Losing weight is hard.  Being overweight is hard. Choose your hard.”

“Don’t give up on what you want the MOST for what you want in the MOMENT.’

“A moment on your lips….a lifetime on your hips.!”

“If hunger is not the problem, food is never the answer.”

“If the scale owes you, it will pay you back.”

“Lose the way you intend to live it.”

“The difference between try and triumph is a little “oopoh.”

 

 

 

An optimist is someone who goes after Moby Dick in a rowboat and takes the tartar sauce with him.  Zig Ziglar

When I read this quote, I just loved it.  Can you imagine having this much optimism and knowing you will do it!  We need to do this everyday on our journey to be healthy and be at our ideal weight!

Another quote he wrote and I try to live this everyday:

“If you go looking for a friend, you’re going to find they’re scare.  If you go out to be a friend, you’ll find them everywhere.”

I can’t tell you how lucky I am to have two work environments that foster this type of attitude.  When we turn to others, we become content in ourselves.  In today’s world, we need to be more like this.

 

 

 

 

“The chains of habit are too weak to be felt until they are too strong to be broken.”  Samuel Johnson: English writer

Johnson was born in 1709 and was an English writer, poet, essayist, moralist, literary critic, biographers, editor and lexicographer.  Matter of fact, after nine years he published “A Dictionary of the English Language.”  He suffered from Tourette syndrome and died at age 75 and buried in Westminster Abbey.

 

 

 

 

Totally loved this quote!!!!  I believe this is what Nike means when they say:  “Just do it!”

“Most people spend more time and energy going around problems than in trying to solve them. –Henry Ford

Living in Detroit for 9 years, Ford Motor company is an institution.  I would drive by their world headquarters just as I would Chrysler and General Motors and just be in awe of the size.  It is hard to believe that he started by being a watch repairman.  When his mother died, his father wanted him to take over the farm.  He hated farm work and left to become an apprentice machinist.  He became an engineer with the Edison Illuminating Company and would work with gasoline engines.  He met Thomas Edison and he encouraged him to design and build a vehicle.  Ford left the company and founded Detroit Automobile Company which wasn’t successful and dissolved 1 ½ years later.  He collaborated with people such as John and Horace Dodge and then founded the Ford Motor company with $28,000.  The Model T was introduced in 1908 and cost $825.00 which would be $21,650 today.

 

 

 

I have been speaking with quite a few members lately about setting goals.  Many of you look at your total weight loss as being your goal.  You must begin at the beginning.  Start making your goal, the first 5 and then the next 5, and so on or 5% or 10%.  You must start out small!  Here are some famous quotes about setting goals.

Setting goals is the first step in turning the invisible into the visible.  Anthony Robbins

Goals are the fuel in the furnace of achievement.  Brian Tracy

Without goals, and plans to reach them, you are like a ship that has set sail with no destination.  Fitzhugh Dodson

Goals are dreams with deadlines.  Diana Scharf Hunt

You must have long-term goals to keep you from being frustrated by short-term failures.  Charles C,. Noble

Success depends on getting good at saying no without feeling guilty.  You cannot get ahead with your own goals if you are always saying yes to someone else’s projects.  You can only get ahead with your desired lifestyle if you are focused on the things that will produce that lifestyle.  Jack Canfield

 

 

 

“We can let circumstances rule us, or we can take charge and rule our lives from within.”  Earl Nightingale

Earl Nightingale is a fascinating man.  He wrote “The Strangest Secret.”  He was a radio personality and had the radio show, “Our Changing World.”  This show became the world’s most highly syndicated radio show of all times.  He wrote “The Strangest Secret” because he was searching for answers to life’s questions.  He grew up among 3 other siblings and always wondered why people turned out the way they did, why some people were rich and some were poor, some happy, some sad.  He researched these questions for years and finally came to the conclusion:  we become what we become is no secret at all, we know it all along.  This is why it is strange that we don’t know about it!!  “We Become What We Think About.”

 

 

 

 

“Visualize this thing that you want, se it, feel it, believe in it.  Make your mental blue print, and begin to build.”  Robert Collier, American author of self-help books

One more famous quote:  “See things as you would have them be instead of as they are.”

Robert Collier is known for his book “The Secret of the Ages (1926).  His books were referenced in the movie, “The Secret” by Rhonda Byrne.  He was to become a priest but decided to move to West Virginia where he began working as a mining engineer.  He moved to new York City and worked in advertising.  Earlier in his life he was told he had a seemingly un-diagnosable illness which was cured by Christian Science.  This is where he became interested in health and he investigated how the mind and physical self work together.  This became the theme for his set of books on practical psychology, The Secret of the Ages .  He then also wrote four more courses.  They have been translated into German, Italian, French, and Spanish and sold all over the world.

 

 

 

“A #2 pencil and a dream can take you anywhere.”  Joyce Meyer, Christian author and speaker

I love this quote when it comes to journaling.  Not only your food and PPV, but your thoughts, feelings, etc.  She hosts a television show, Enjoying Everyday Life with an audience of 4.5 billion people.  She has written over 100 books which have been translated into 100 different languages.  Not only does she people find hope through Jesus but she speaks and writes about such topics as mind, mouth, moods, and attitudes.

 

 

 

 

I loved this quote!!  This is what Weight Watchers is all about.

“To preserve health is a moral and religious duty, for health is the basis of all social virtues.  We can longer be useful when not well.”  Samuel Johnson, English Author

WOW!  If you have a chance read about this man.  He is not only an author but poet, essayist, moralist, literary critic, biographer, and editor.  His health problems included:  tuberculous scrofula, gout, testicular cancer, pulmonary fibrosis, cardiac failure, hypertension, Tourette syndrome, depression, poor eyesight, and obsessive compulsiveness.  I know why he wrote the quote above.  Although, he overcame many of these diseases and health issues, he became a poet, essayist, moralist, literary critic, biographer, and editor.  If you have ever heard of the book by James Boswell – Life of Samuel Johnson (one of the greatest biography written in English), this is written about him.  One of Johnson’s works was “A Dictionary of the English Language.  This book was the beginning of the dictionary that only 150 years later was replaced by the Oxford English Dictionary.

 

 

 

 

 

“Food is an important part of a balanced diet.”  Frannie Lebowitz, American author and public speaker

Frannie Lebowitz is an American author of several books including Metropolitan Life and Social Studies.  Both of these books are collections of comedic essays.  She was expelled from high school and received her GED.  He was hired by Andy Warhol and then worked for Mademoiselle magazine.  She is also known for her appearances on the David Letterman show along with playing a judge on the TV show, Law & Order.

I also love another one of her quotes:

“As a teenager you are at the last stage in your life when you will be happy to hear that the phone is for you.”  Sometimes, I feel this is so true.

 

 

 

 

I felt this quote was appropriate for last week’s topic:  emotional eating.  Something that came up in each of my meetings was that you choose your attitude and how to deal with it.  So, this quote says just that:

“”Change the way you look at things and the things you look at change.”  Wayne Dyer, self-help advocate, author, and lecturer

Wayne Dyer was born in Detroit, Michigan and spent his first ten years of his life in an orphanage.  He has overcome many different obstacles in his life to make his dreams happen.  He motivates others to do the same by writing over 30 books, various audio programs and videos, and has appeared on thousands of television and radio shows.  He is known as the “father of motivation.”

 

 

 

 

 

I found this quote one of the best ones I have read in a long time.  This is what each one of us should strive for.

“To laugh often and much; to win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children….to leave the world a better place….to know even one life has breathed easier because you have lives.  This is to have succeeded.”  Ralph Waldo Emerson

Emerson was an American essayist, lecturer, and poet.  He gave over 1500 public lectures throughout the United States.  These lectures then became his published essays.  Most of his writings were philosophical in nature and he believed the universe is composed of Nature and the Soul.  He died at the age of 78 from complications of pneumonia.  He is buried in Sleepy Hollow Cemetery in Concord, Ma.

 

 

 

 

 

“Refocusing on what you do want will take you in the direction of what you want.”  Joe Vitale, American entrepreneur, self-help author, and singer

He has written many books and is known for his marketing books:  “There is a Customer Born Every Minute” and “New Age Law of Attraction.”  He claims he is the first to offer eclasses (email classes) beginning in 1999.

 

 

 

 

 

“There are no shortcuts to any place worth going.”  Beverly Sills, American opera singer

I remember growing up and my mom used to play opera all the time.  I wasn’t a big fan of it but I respect anyone who can sing like Sills.  She was extremely talented and performed hundreds of operas along with performing on shows with Danny Kaye and Carol Burnett.  Her career started at the age of three when she won a “Miss Beautiful Baby” contest and she sang the song, “The Wedding of Jack and Jill.”  She continued to perform on radio and then on stage.  She married and had 2 children.  Muffy who is profoundly deaf since birth and Bucky who is deaf, autistic, mentally retarded and epileptic.  I found this quite sad since her children probably never heard her sing or they couldn’t fully enjoy.  She was also a step mother to her husband’s three children, which one of whom is mentally retarded also.  She continued to sing and retired in 1980.  I have a great deal of respect for her and she actually scaled back her career to take care of her family.  She then was chairman of the Lincoln Center and Metropolitan Opera.  She even appeared on “The View” as Barbara Walters best friend.

 

 

 

 

There are no secrets to success.  It is the result of preparation, hard work, learning from failure.”  Colin Powell, American military leader and diplomat

I know this month Weight Watchers is identifying 4 Secrets to Weight Loss Success.  But, he is absolutely right.  It all boils down to prepare, working hard, and getting feedback from our failure and learning from them.

 

 

 

 

 

 

I felt this quote says it all regarding our desire to start the program and sticking with it.  I though appropriate for this time of year with New Year resolutions and goals.  Remember this in February!!!!  Janet Erskine Stuart was a Roman Catholic nun and educator.  She was the youngest of 13 children!  Many of her beliefs in education are what shaped our beliefs today.  She believed that we must “bring up children for the future, not for the present.”  She also felt it is who we are is what educates a person not so much what we say or do.  And, she also was a parent advocate in that they have the right to ask the teachers:  “What have you done with my child, for my child.?”  Definitely, a educator with a heart to truly teach.

 

“The great thing and the hard thing is to stick to things when you have outlived the first interest, and not yet got the second, which comes with a sort of mastery.”  Janet Erskine Stuart

 

 

 

 

“Progress is impossible without change, and those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything.”

George Bernard Shaw, Irish playwright and a co-founder of the London School of Economics.  Shaw wrote many pieces of journalism but he wrote more than 60 plays. He was also an essayist, novelist, and short story writer.  He wrote mainly about social problems such as education, marriage, religion, government, health care, and class privilege.  He felt the working class was being exploited and wrote about equal rights for men and women and promoting healthy lifestyles.  He is the only person who was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature and an Oscar for his work on the movie Pygmalion.  This screenplay was later led to the movie and theatrical musical My Fair Lady.

 

 

 

 

 

As we are setting New Year Resolutions, I thought I would share some “goal” quotes.  Pick one of these to be your quote for the year!!

Setting goals is the first step in turning the invisible into the visible.  Anthony Robbins

Goals are the fuel in the furnace of achievement.  Brian Tracy

Without goals, and plans to reach them, you are like a ship that has set sail with no destination.  Fitzhugh Dodson

Goals are dreams with deadlines.  Diana Scharf Hunt

You must have long-term goals to keep you from being frustrated by short-term failures.  Charles C. Noble

Success depends on getting good at saying no without feeling guilty.  You cannot get ahead with your own goals if you are always saying yes to someone else’s projects.  You can only get ahead with your desired lifestyle if you are focused on the things that will produce that lifestyle.  Jack Canfield

 

 

 

 

 

Here a few of my favorite, fun holiday quotes:

“Remember-it’s a HOLI…DAY not a HOLI….WEEK!”

“Don’t stuff your face, Face your stuff!”

“Make sure you serve yourself islands, not contintents.”

“Those invisible extra multiply and divide all over your body.”

“The first two bites of what you love….is what you love!”

“Prior planning prevents pudgy people.”

“If you gobble, gobble, gobble, you will wobble, wobble, wobble.”

“The minutes spent at the dinner table won’t get you fat…it’s the SECONDS!”

And most of all:

“Remember for the holidays, it’s not what’s in your stomach that counts, it’s what’s in your heart.”

 

 

 

 

As 2013 is closing and 2014 is about to begin, I always reflect.  As I always tell it the way it was, 2013 was a very difficult year for me and my family, but we persevered and I have to say if you believe in what you can do and want to do, you will do it!!!!!!  My husband after 30 years in IT, decided enough was enough.  No more.  So, he quit his position and the industry.  He has been an adjunct professor for quite a few years and truly loves it and loves the academic world.  He has so much experience and wants to share!!  So, he went after what he wanted and that was to work for a college setting that he truly believes in and wanted to make a difference.  I have to say after 7 long months, he landed his dream job!!!  I so admire him for what he did, and the trust he had in God and in himself.

Why I am telling you this is because you must believe in yourself.  If you do, good will come!!!!  You can do this.  I challenge you to have 2014 be the year for you.  As a quote from Taylor Swift:

“This is a new year.  A new beginning. And things will change.”

And, also one of my favorite quotes which can be used from day to day:

“Although no one can go back and make a brand new start, anyone can start from now and make a brand new ending?  Carl Bard

 

 

 

 

 

I had these two quotes in my “quotes to share file”, so I thought I would write them here:

“One bad meal won’t make you fat, just like one good meal won’t make you skinny.”

I hear this many times when someone states they ate a bad meal out at a restaurant and this is why they gained weight.  If you put it into perspective, one meal out of 21 won’t cause you to gain weight for the entire week.

“Ditch those “I can’ts.”

Dump those “why me’s.”

Drop those “If only’s.”

Then listen, Hear that?

It’s the sound of “I CAN.”

I will, watch me!”

Remember, you CAN, and you WILL!

 

 

 

 

 

A little Thanksgiving Trivia to talk about at the Thanksgiving dinner table.  Impress your family and friends:

  • When turkeys reach maturity, they can have as many as 3,500 feathers.
  • The average weight of a turkey purchased at Thanksgiving is 15 pounds.
  • Forty-five million turkeys are eaten each Thanksgiving.
  • Twenty-two million turkeys are eaten each Christmas.
  • A large group of turkeys is called a flock.
  • Make turkeys gobble.  Hens do not.  They make a clicking sound.
  • The long fleshy skin that hangs over a turkey’s beak is called a snood.
  • The color of a wild turkey’s naked head and neck area can change blue when mating.
  • Make turkeys are nicknamed “toms” while females are called “hens.”
  • Wild turkeys can run up to 55 miles per hour.
  • The heaviest turkey ever raised was 86 pounds.

 

 

Remember this as you sit down for Thanksgiving dinner this week:

“The minutes spent at the dinner table won’t get you fat.  It’s the “seconds.”  Country Magazine

Also:

“In a perfect world, all machines would function perfectly, except the bathroom scale.”  Country Magazine.

 

 

 

 

 

 

I found these two quotes.  The first keeps haunting me and nothing to do with healthy living, but had to share:  “Every job is a self-portrait of the person who did it.”  Author Unknown.  I love it.  Take pride in what you do.

The other I received several years ago and puts food into perspective.

“Some things food can and cannot do

Food can fill our stomachs.

It cannot fill our souls.

Food can nourish our bodies.

It cannot nourish our hearts and minds.

Food can make our taste buds happy.

It cannot make us happy.

Food can give momentary pleasure.

It cannot give lasting pleasure.

Food can distract us from our pain.

It cannot take away our pain.

Food can be controlled.

It does not control us.

Food serves a purpose.

It does not give us purpose.”

Diet and Your Emotions:  The Comfort Food Falsehood by Joan Esherick, Mast Crest Publishers 2006

 

 

 

 

 

 

“We can let circumstances rule us, or we can take charge and rule our lives from within.”  Earl Nightingale

Earl Nightingale is a fascinating man.  He wrote “The Strangest Secret.”  He was a radio personality and had the radio show, “Our Changing World.”  This show became the world’s most highly syndicated radio show of all times.  He wrote “The Strangest Secret” because he was searching for answers to life’s questions.  He grew up among 3 other siblings and always wondered why people turned out the way they did, why some people were rich and some were poor, some happy, some sad.  He researched these questions for years and finally came to the conclusion:  we become what we become is no secret at all, we know it all along.  This is why it is strange that we don’t know about it!!  “We Become What We Think About.”

 

 

 

 

 

I heard a quote last weekend, talking about the power of the group:

“Alone we can do so little, together we can do so much.”  Helen Keller

Helen Keller was the first deaf blind person to earn a Bachelor of Arts degree.  Helen was born with the ability to see and hear.  But, at 19 months old, she became ill with an acute congestion of the stomach and the brain.  This was probably scarlet fever or meningitis.  This left her both deaf and blind.  During her life, she was a political activist lecturer, and author who published 12 book and several articles.  Her life has been the subject of several movies and documentaries, which the best known was The Miracle Worker starring Anne Bancroft and Patty Duke.

 

 

 

 

I love this quote.  I believe hard work will get you everywhere in life.  My father was the hardest working person I know.  I thank him for giving me a strong work ethic.  I only wish he was still here to be able to share these things.  A couple of interesting facts about Thomas Edison:  he holds 1093 U.S. patents in his name.  Edison also only had 3 formal months of education and the rest was taught by his mother who he attributes his life and accomplishments.  He also was deaf at a very young age attributed to scarlet fever and recurring ear infections.  He also found 14 companies, including General Electric.

“The three great essentials to achieving anything worthwhile are; first, hard work, second, stick-to-it-iveness, and third, common sense.”  Thomas Edison

 

 

 

 

Powerful quote!

“There is no moral value to food.  It only has the power over us when we ascribe power to it.  Otherwise food should nourish our souls and bring strength to our bodies and we should enjoy it!”

This really can be used with anything in life not just food.  Only when we let something get the better of us, do we lose power and control.  This goes along the same lines as my favorite quote:  “Treat food like medicine to the body.”  This has been my motivator for almost 10 years.

 

 

 

 

 

“When diet is wrong, medicine is of no use.  When diet is correct, medicine is of no need.”  Ancient Ayurvedic Proverb

I saw this quote on Facebook and I thought it was so true.  But, I wanted to know a little more about what is Ayurvedic.  I did some research and found out it is a healthy lifestyle that people in India have used for 5000 years.  It concentrates on good health and preventive types of treatment for illnesses through lifestyle practices.  These practices include massage, meditation, yoga, herbal remedies, and dietary changes.  It is a holistic type of medicine and views the body and mind as a whole.  There are 5 nature elements to ayurveda which are space, air, fire, water, and earth.  Then, there are 3 elements to the body which are Vatta, Pitta, and Kapha.  These are called doshas and they must balance with the elements of nature.  This is optimal health.

 

 

 

 

 

This thought for the week comes from Julienne Berk, author.  It talks about Habits which is the topic for this upcoming week.  I love this topic since I truly believe that developing, establishing, and performing good healthy habits are what will get you to Lifetime and beyond.  I can’t even begin to tell you the amount of habits I have broken and recreated over the years to keep at my goal weight and maintain.  There are also some not so good habits, but you know, this is a work in process and I have to forgive myself and move on.  Life is too short to dwell on those things. Keep moving forward!

“Habits?  The only reason they persist is that they are offering some satisfaction.  You allow them to persist by not seeking any other, better form of satisfying the same needs.  Every habit, good or bad, is acquired and learned in the same way – by finding that it is a means of satisfaction.”

 

 

 

 

 

I heard this quote during a meeting this week:  “There is no such thing as failure.  What is failure is to keep existing in failure.”

So, if you keep doing what you are doing and it isn’t working, it is failure.  You want to succeed, so do something different!

 

 

 

 

 

I saw this one day and thought this is what the meetings are about and especially after this week and our topic:  Believe!!!!

The extra degree

At 212, water is hot.

At 213, it boils.

With boiling water, comes stream.  And steam can power a locomotive. It’s the extra degree that makes the difference.

 

It’s your life

You

Are responsible for the results.

It’s time to turn up the Heat

To get what we’ve never had.

We must do

What we’ve never done.

 

Get that extra degree in your Attitude

 

The only thing that stands between a person and the what they want out of life is the

Will to try it

And the faith to believe it’s possible.

 

The extra degree in your Belief in yourself

Belief fuels enthusiasm and

Enthusiasm

Explodes into passion.

It fires our soul and

Lifts our spirit.

 

Focus – heat up your success by focusing on your goal!

Having a simple clearly defined goal can capture our imagination.

Inspire passion,

It can cut fog like a beacon in the night.

 

213 degree – Perseverance

Perseverance is not a long race.

Its many short races,

One after another.

Walter Elliot (Scottish politician) born in 1888.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Many times in order to find my thought for the day, I have books of quotes and start searching by category.  More times than not, I just open the book and there is the quote on what I was searching for.  Well, to coincide with this week’s topic:  Believe It Will Work, I thought I would Google motivational quotes on believe.  OH BOY!  There were hundreds if not thousands.  Funny though, as I was reading through them, one thing that came through was it depends on each person what their definition of believe in yourself is.  Each person is on their own unique journey and their ideas of believe are coming from different perspectives.  What is yours?  Here are a few of my favorite:

“You can have all the tools in the world but if you don’t genuinely believe in yourself, it’s useless.”  Ken Jeong (comedian, actor, and physician, starred in Hangover trilogy and the comedy series “Community”)

“If you believe in yourself and have dedication and pride – and never quit, you’ll be a winner.  The price of victory is high but so are the rewards.”  Paul Bryant  (former college football player and coach of the University of Alabama for 25 years)

“You are Braver than you Believe, Smarter than you Seem, and Stronger than you Think.” Winnie the Pooh (a bear also known as “Pooh Bear”)

“I read and walked for miles at night along the beach, writing bad blank verse and searching endlessly for someone wonderful who would step out of the darkness and change my life.  It never crossed my mind that that person could be me.”  Anna Quindlen (author and journalist)

 

 

 

 

 

“The future you see is the future you get.” Robert G. Allen

Robert G. Allen, best selling author and renowned financial advisor.  He graduated with an MBA from Brigham Young University in 1974.  He began his career in real estate investment and wrote the book “Nothing Down.  This book was on the New York Times bestseller list for 58 weeks.  He has written 4 other bestseller books including The One Minute Millionaire and has also co-authored a book with Mark Victor Hansen.

And, here is one more awesome quote I found on Robert G. Allen’s website and it is a quote from Eric Butterworth.

“There is no such thing as a lack of faith. We all have plenty of faith, it’s just that we have faith in the wrong things. We have faith in what can’t be done rather than what can be done. We have faith in lack rather than abundance but there is no lack of faith. Faith is a law.

 

 

 

 

 

 

From the same Weight Watcher’s cookbook:  Greatest Hits, 250 Classic Recipes from the Sixties to Today., I found some of the following meaningful quotes:

“I asked the (Weight Watchers) leader, “Please teach me how to feed myself, because I already know how to diet.”  After that day, I never missed a meeting for 68 pounds.  I finally decided not to walk out on myself this time.”  Sandy Foley, Leader, Long Island, New York

“There was something magical about those meetings in the early days of Weight Watchers.  Together, we felt we could do anything.  I’d snack on slices of cucumber dipped in mustard, but in my mind, they were French fried dipped in ketchup.”  Patty Barnett, Editorial Consultant, Weight Watchers International

“My favorite foods are cheese, chocolate (dark only!) and pastry.  But I’ve been able to stay within goal-weight range for 19 years.  I often count Points in my head.  My lifesavers are carrots and grapefruit juice.  If I’m, feeling puckish, I eat carrot sticks, and if I crave sweets, I try a sip of grapefruit juice.”  Linda Huett, former President and CEO, Weight Watchers International

“In the seventies we did a survey:  We asked members which foods they missed the most when they were on the Weight Watchers program.  I expected answers like ice cream or chocolate.  But the number one response was – peanut butter!  We were finding that people would be able to lose the weight, but then they wouldn’t know how to add back the foods they had missed without going overboard.  So the Program became more flexible, including more foods, even wine.”  Felice Lippert, Cofounder, Weight Watchers International

 

 

 

 

 

If you haven’t read the book (which I have recommended many times in the past), Talk to the Mirror:  Feel Great About Yourself Each and Every Day by Florine Marks, you are missing a truly great book about finding out who you are and loving and supporting yourself.  I used to work for Florine back in Michigan when I worked for Weight Watchers there.  She then relates her writings to the weight-loss experience.  Each chapter has some great quotes and I was reading through it the other day and came across two quotes I wanted to share with you.

“Never regret.  If it’s good, it’s wonderful.  If it’s bad, it’s experience.”  Victoria Holt

“To be successful, the first thing you have to do is decide what you want. The second thing you have to do is decide what you’re willing to give up to get it.”

Florine Marks

 

 

 

 

“Exercise is the king, nutrition is the queen, and together they make a kingdom.”  Jack LaLanne

Jack was born in 1914 and is a famous exercise guru, nutritional expert, motivator, and speaker.  He is known for his bodybuilding and hosted the longest running exercise show in history, 1951-1985.  He also designed the first leg extension, pulley machine using cables, and weight selectors.  He is still alive at the ripe age of 95 and works out 2 hours a day.  He does an hour and half of weight training and half hour of cardio such as swimming or walking.  He is also is known for two other quotes from a Today Show interview with Katie Couric about nutrition.  He said:  “if man made it, don’t eat it”, and “if it tastes good, spit it out.”

 

 

 

 

“Ninety-nine percent of all failures come from people who have the habit of making excuses.”  George Washington Carver

George Washington Carver was an American scientist, botanist, educator, and inventor.  His research was based on the idea that he wanted poor farmers to grow alternative crops as a source of their own food and other products to improve their quality of life.  He developed 105 food recipes and 100 products such as cosmetics, dyes, paints, etc using peanuts.

He taught his students made different virtues and he developed the eight cardinal virtues for his students to strive toward: 1.  Be clean both inside and out

2.  Neither look up to the rich nor down on the poor.

3.  Lose, if need be, without squealing

4.  Win without bragging

5.  Always be considerate of women, children, and older people.

6.  Be too brave to lie.

7.  Be too generous to cheat.

8.  Take your share of the world and let others take theirs.

 

 

 

 

 

“The great thing in the world is not so much where we stand, as in what direction we are moving.”  Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.

Holmes Sr. was an American physician, poet, professor, lecturer, and author.  He was a member of the Fireside Poets.  This was a group of 19th century American poets from new England.  The group was made up of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, William Cullen Bryant, John Greenleaf Whittier, and James Russell Lowell.  This was a source of entertainment for families that were gathered around a fire.  Oliver Wendell Holmes Sr. suffered from asthma as a young child and was very talented but also very talkative and known for his precociousness.  He was accepted into Harvard at age 16 but decided at age 21 decided the legal profession was very cold and cheerless.  This is not like his son, Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr. who was an American jurist and served as an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States from 1902 to 1932.  He also attended Harvard and Jr. has been identified as one of the three most cited American legal scholars of the 20th century.

 

 

 

 

 

And for last week’s topic on dining out, I found this.  It really works!

Your Age By Eating Out

It takes less than a minute.

1. Pick the number of times a week that you would like to go out to eat.

(more than once but less than 10)

2. Multiply this number by 2

3. Add 5

4. Multiply by 50

5. If you already had your birthday this year add 1763.

If you have not, add 1762

6. Now subtract the four digit year you were born

You should have a 3 digit number

The first digit was your original number (how many times you want to go out to eat in a week)

The next 2 numbers are YOUR AGE!!

OH YES it is!!!!!!!!!!!!!

 

 

 

 

 

Fellow leader wrote this poem for this week’s topic:  Building a Smarter Salad.  I thought it was pretty clever.

Rhymes with arugula! Let your “inner” health freak out! Build a salad– worth talking about! Put some “adventure” in that bowl, get a little funky, build a salad with soul! Ditch the iceberg- try Arugula Boston, Bibb- Endive….Hal-la-Luly-Yah! Chicken’s good- but how ‘bout steak?, Shrimp, tuna, crab- give your salad a shake! Feta, goat, blue cheese or cheddar You can go fat free- but “reduced” might be better! Mandarin oranges, apples or grapes, Pineapple, berries- all sizes and shapes. Onions, mint, peppers, tomatoes and corn… Jicama, and cilantro and a “salad is born!” Dressing, oil- lemon juice..just a drizzle, For flavors to pop, mingle and sizzle! A salad or a work of art, it’s hard to tell the two apart!

 

 

 

 

 

“The difference between a successful person and others is not a lack of strength, not a lack of knowledge, but rather a lack in will.”  Vince Lombardi

Vince Lombardi is an American football player, coach, and executive.  He is considered to be one of the best and most successful football coaches in history.  He started coaching at St. Francis Preparatory School and Fordham University.  He also coached at St. Cecilia High School, United States Military Academy, New York Giants, Green Bay Packers, and the Washington Redskins.  He never had a losing season which also includes preseason and postseason.

 

 

 

 

 

This is a great quote from the great Lou Holtz.  After reading his biography, he is the only college football coach to lead six different programs to bowl games and the only coach to guide four different programs to the final top 20 ranking.  His career record is 249-123-7 (college) and 3-10 (NFL).  His bowl game statistics are 12-8-2.  He certainly knows about ability, motivation, and attitude!

“Ability is what you’re capable of doing.

Motivation determines what you do.

Attitude determines how well you do it.”

 

 

 

 

 

I found the topic for this week very interesting, the Ripple Effect.  I kept thinking about a pebble and the ripples it makes in the water when you throw it into the pond, lake, ocean, etc.  The following poem was written by James Foley who is an American film director and screenwriter.  This poem is so true and describes the ripple effect when using unkind and careless words and cheer and kindness.

Drop A  Pebble in the Water

Drop a pebble in the water: just a splash, and it is gone; But there’s half-a-hundred ripples Circling on and on and on, Spreading, spreading from the center, flowing on out to the sea. And there is no way of telling where the end is going to be.

Drop a pebble in the water: in a minute you forget, But there’s little waves a-flowing, and there’s ripples circling yet, And those little waves a-flowing to a great big wave have grown; You’ve disturbed a mighty river just by dropping in a stone.

Drop an unkind word, or careless: in a minute it is gone; But there’s half-a-hundred ripples circling on and on and on. They keep spreading, spreading, spreading from the center as they go, And there is no way to stop them, once you’ve started them to flow.

Drop an unkind word, or careless: in a minute you forget; But there’s little waves a-flowing, and there’s ripples circling yet, And perhaps in some sad heart a mighty wave of tears you’ve stirred, And disturbed a life was happy ere you dropped that unkind word.

Drop a word of cheer and kindness: just a flash and it is gone; But there’s half-a-hundred ripples circling on and on and on, Bearing hope and joy and comfort on each splashing, dashing wave Till you wouldn’t believe the volume of the one kind word you gave.

Drop a word of cheer and kindness: in a minute you forget; But there’s gladness still a-swelling, and there’s joy circling yet, And you’ve rolled a wave of comfort whose sweet music can be heard Over miles and miles of water just by dropping one kind word.

~By James W. Foley~

 

 

 

 

 

 

For those of you that have a dog, you can totally understand this quote.  I was gone for 5 days visiting my mom in Michigan.  When I returned, I received the welcome fit for a queen.  I don’t know who missed each other more, me missing her, or her missing me.  They become a part of who we are.  The picture of my dog, Misty is below.

“Help me be the person my dog thinks I am”.  Author Unknown

 

 

 

 

Seeing Florine’s chef the other day reminded me about her book, “Talk to the Mirror, Feel Great about Yourself Each and Everyday.”  I dug it out and going to read again.  I encourage every woman to read it.  The book is very easy to read and includes some self-assessments that will wake you up!  There was on quote that stuck with me (page 106) under the chapter:  “A Whole Lotta choices Goin’ On.”

“It is not our abilities that show what we really are.  It is our choices.”  J.K. Rowling

Rowling has been named by Forbes magazine as the 1st person to become a billionaire by writing.  She, of course, has written the Harry Potter series.  She has led a very interesting life which includes a divorce, single motherhood, living on welfare, depression, estranged relationship with her father, mother who died of multiple sclerolsis, and she had also contemplated suicide at one point.

 

 

 

 

 

“A goal should scare you a little, and excite you a lot.”  Joe Vitale: American entrepreneur and self-help author

Joe Vitale is a self-help author and he claims to be the first person who offered email classes.  His first book was the “ Zen and The Art of Writing.”  He has written numerous books and had the starring role in the movie “The Secret.”  He has starred in 4 movies and his clients include The Red Cross and PBS.  He has written numerous books including “There’s a Customer Born Every Minute” and “Meet and Grow Rich: How to Easily Create and Operate Your Own “Mastermind” Group for Health, Wealth, and More

 

 

 

Does this quote sound so much like our journey as we are moving toward our healthy weight and lifestyle???  I loved it because it reaffirms that weight loss begins in your mind!

“First comes thought; then organization of that thought, into ideas and plans; then transformation of those plans into reality.  The beginning, as you will observe, is in your imagination.”  Napoleon Hill (personal success author and lecturer).

 

 

 

Ten Little Weight Watchers

10 little Weight Watchers joining in a line,

One hated vegetables, then there were 9.

9 little Weight Watchers say, “This is Great!”

One said, “I can’t do it all along,” and then there were 8.

8 little Weight Watchers say, “This is Heaven!”

One had a birthday, and then there were 7.

7 little Weight Watchers getting thin for kicks.

One said, “Program and fun just don’t mix” and then there were 6.

6 little Weight Watchers, see how they thrive.

One said, “Just this once won’t hurt,” and then there were 5.

5 little Weight Watchers beating at the door.

One weighted and left each week, and then there were 4.

4 little Weight Watchers from fat they’re getting free.

One heard, “Dear, you’re much too thin,” and then there were 3.

3 little Weight Watchers see how well they do.

One went on vacation, and then there were 2.

2 little Weight Watchers, life has just begun.

One got off program, and then there was 1.

1 little Weight Watcher standing all along.

The body’s gotten little, and how the pride has grown.

1 little Weight Watcher, at goal she looks divine.

We, each of us, can be that one, and not the other 9.

 

 

 

 

 

 

I am quoting a thought from one of my favorite movies who just gives me that good feeling (speaking about anchors from last week), Finding Nemo.  This quote is all about mindless eating and imagine from a movie like this:

Sharks: [reciting] “I am a nice shark, not a mindless eating machine. If I am to change this image, I must first change myself. Fish are friends, not food.”

Is this not the truth!!!  Just think about and think about this quote, this week’s meeting, Mindfulness

 

 

 

 

As I was trying to look for quotes this week, I thought of four words that to me are so important when it comes to being successful in life and with losing weight and living a healthy lifestyle.  In last several months, there have been many changes in my life.  I have to say other than one other time in my life, this time has been the most difficult.  The range of emotions I would feel each day at times were overwhelming.  But, the following four words and quotes are some of the most important things to remember when you are on this journey of truly becoming the best you can be.

Attitude – Personally, I think this is number 1!!  If you don’t have the right attitude, nothing will make a difference.

“Nothing can stop the man with the right mental attitude from achieving his goal; nothing on earth can help the man with the wrong mental attitude.”  Thomas Jefferson Thomas Jefferson

Dreams – Thank you to my husband, who has now taught me dreams can come true.  He dared to dream and he is now going to be living it.  Sometimes we are our own worst enemy, look within yourself.

“So often times it happens that we live our lives in chains and we never even know we have the key.  Lyrics from Already Gone, peformed by the Eagles for their 1974 On the Border album

Inspiration – This quote says it all.

“I avoid looking forward or backward, and try to keep looking upward.”  Charlotte Brontë

Wisdom – remember this quote.  This is the program.  Be still and listen, learn the program, do it, and then share your wisdom with others (hint, hint, the meetings!)

“The first step in the acquisition of wisdom is silence, the second listening, the third memory, the fourth practice, the fifth teaching others.”  Solomon Ibn Gabriol

 

 

 

 

 

I was reading some quotes this past week, and stumbled upon some quotes about attitude.  These can relate to weight loss or just life in general.  Lately, I have had to readjust my attitude on a daily basis, sometimes hour to hour.  But, after reading these quotes, I felt empowered.  I will continue to read these daily along with my prayers!!!

“Attitude: It is our best friend or our worst enemy.” John C. Maxwell (I first heard about Maxwell from Dave Ramsey.  He is a Christian author, speaker and pastor who has written over 60 books, mainly about leadership

“The greatest revolution of our generation is the discovery that human beings, by changing the inner attitudes of their minds, can change the outer aspects of their lives.” William James (is an American philosopher and psychologist.  He did train to become a physician.  He was the first teacher to offer a course in pshychology in the United States.)

“If you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change.” Wayne Dyer (is an American self-help author and motivational speaker)

“Everyone faces defeat. It may be a stepping-stone or a stumbling block, depending on the mental attitude with which it is faced.” Napoleon Hill (an American  author and one of the first producers of personal success literature.  He was an advisor to President Franklin D. Roosevelt and wrote the book, Think and Grow Rich, which is one of the best-selling books of all times selling 20 million copies

 

 

 

 

 

David, Lifetime member sent me this poem which he heard on NPR from a book of poems by Caroline Kennedy.  Edgar Albert Guest was born in Great Britain but spent most of his life in the United States.  He grew up in “small town” America and worked as a newspaperman.  He work was syndicated country wide and is known to have one of his poem published in a newspaper everyday for 30 years.  He was known as the “People’s Poet.”  His work was first published in the Detroit Free Press which I used to read everyday while growing up.  He has written over 11,000 poems and was also host of a radio show and NBC television show, A Guest in Your Home.  He died August 5, 1959 at the age of 78 in Detroit, Michigan.

It Couldn’t Be Done

Somebody said that it couldn’t be done

But he with a chuckle replied

That “maybe it couldn’t,” but he would be one

Who wouldn’t say so till he’d tried.

So he buckled right in with the trace of a grin

On his face. If he worried he hid it.

He started to sing as he tackled the thing

That couldn’t be done, and he did it!

 

Somebody scoffed: “Oh, you’ll never do that;

At least no one ever has done it;”

But he took off his coat and he took off his hat

And the first thing we knew he’d begun it.

With a lift of his chin and a bit of a grin,

Without any doubting or quiddit,

He started to sing as he tackled the thing

That couldn’t be done, and he did it.

 

There are thousands to tell you it cannot be done,

There are thousands to prophesy failure,

There are thousands to point out to you one by one,

The dangers that wait to assail you.

But just buckle in with a bit of a grin,

Just take off your coat and go to it;

Just start in to sing as you tackle the thing

That “cannot be done,” and you’ll do it.

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Gift of Giving

As your Weight Watcher leader

I want the best for you

So each week I work hard to do what I can do.

You’re all so unique and special to me

So I hope it’s easy for you to see

Whatever you do or say to each other

Can make us feel like a sister or brother

So reach out today and touch a heart

It may just help them get a fresh start

The support we give along the way

May help another reach GOAL someday!

 

 

 

Since I was referring to kale in the recipe of the week, a member sent me this quote awhile back referring to broccoli.  Here you go!

“Broccoli may get stuck in your teeth, but French fries will get stuck on your thighs.”

 

 

 

Two quotes in the meeting room this week were both from male Lifetime members at goal.  I found interesting when we were speaking about meal planning, they said:

David:  “I think with my brain before my fork.”

Steve:  “I treat everyday like tomorrow is weigh-in day.”

These are words of wisdom from Lifetime members who we all can gain insight and knowledge from.  Thank you to both of you!

 

 

One of my members mentioned this quote in the meeting room last week.  I thought it was very profound and we all can learn from it.  How true this is.  I know we all ask ourselves, “How did this happen, I did everything right this week.”  It is at times like this is when you sometimes ask, “Why am I doing this?”  You have to dig down deep and pick yourself up and say this next week will be better.  But, the best question you can ask yourself at this particular time is:  “What did I do last week that I can review and learn?”  Nine times out of ten, we know what we did.  But, for the other times, chalk it up to some of the other reasons you didn’t see the results and move on.  You can’t dwell on what happened, only learn.  Remember the old saying:  “Hindsight is 20/20.”  (I looked up the definition of this old idiom – After something has gone wrong, it is easy to look back and make criticisms.)  From UE-Using English.com

“Don’t be upset with the results you didn’t get, for the work you didn’t do.

 

 

 

 

I ran across this thought several weeks ago and have to keep reading it over and over again since it is so true.

“If you focus on results you will never change.  If you focus on change you will get results.”

Is this not the WW 360 program!!!  Focus on your environment (spaces), focus on your routines, and you will see results!

 

 

 

 

“Everything looks impossible for the people who never try anything.”  Jean-Louis Etienne

Etienne is a doctor in sports biology and nutrition, author, and international adventurer.  He is also the first man to walk solo to the North Pole in 1986 pulling his own sled for 63 days.  His next project will be to spend a year in the Southern Ocean in a manned oceanographic platform which will drift around Antarctica in the “Furious Fifties.”  Along with the roaring forties and the Screaming Sixties represent  strong westerly winds found in the Southern Hemisphere between the latitudes of 40-60 degrees.

 

 

 

 

“If we wait to take care of ourselves until everything else is done, there will never be time for exercise. If we don’t create time, we’ll never have it”

Dr. Christiane Northrup, She is a very well known speaker and author of the New York Times bestseller, The Wisdom of Menopause: Creating Physical and Emotional Health and Healing During the Change.

Click here to read all about Dr. Northrup.  Several years ago, I saw her present at JCCC about women’s health.  She is a very inspirational speaker and learned so much.

 

 

 

 

 

From the same Weight Watcher’s cookbook:  Greatest Hits, 250 Classic Recipes from the Sixties to Today., I found some of the following meaningful quotes:

“I asked the (Weight Watchers) leader, “Please teach me how to feed myself, because I already know how to diet.”  After that day, I never missed a meeting for 68 pounds.  I finally decided not to walk out on myself this time.”  Sandy Foley, Leader, Long Island, New York

“There was something magical about those meetings in the early days of Weight Watchers.  Together, we felt we could do anything.  I’d snack on slices of cucumber dipped in mustard, but in my mind, they were French fried dipped in ketchup.”  Patty Barnett, Editorial Consultant, Weight Watchers International

“My favorite foods are cheese, chocolate (dark only!) and pastry.  But I’ve been able to stay within goal-weight range for 19 years.  I often count Points in my head.  My lifesavers are carrots and grapefruit juice.  If I’m, feeling puckish, I eat carrot sticks, and if I crave sweets, I try a sip of grapefruit juice.”  Linda Huett, former President and CEO, Weight Watchers International

“In the seventies we did a survey:  We asked members which foods they missed the most when they were on the Weight Watchers program.  I expected answers like ice cream or chocolate.  But the number one response was – peanut butter!  We were finding that people would be able to lose the weight, but then they wouldn’t know how to add back the foods they had missed without going overboard.  So the Program became more flexible, including more foods, even wine.”  Felice Lippert, Cofounder, Weight Watchers International

 

 

 

 

I have repeated over and over again throughout the years the importance of eating breakfast.  It needs to be the most important meal of the day!  Don’t be afraid to eat a fair amount of PPV to feel satisfied.  And, be sure to include different food groups.  So, when I read this quote, it brought back many memories of when our son was growing up and Winnie Pooh was a member of our family.

“When you wake up in the morning, Pooh’ said Piglet at last, “what’s the first thing you say to yourself?’ ‘What’s for breakfast?’ said Pooh.  “What do you say, Piglet?’ ‘I say, I wonder what’s going to happen exciting today?’ said Piglet.  Pooh nodded thoughtfully.  “It’s the same thing,’he said.”

 

 

 

“Ninety-nine percent of all failures come from people who have the habit of making excuses.”  George Washington Carver

George Washington Carver’s exact birthdate is not known and birth place was Diamond, Mo.  He is well known for his development of systematic crop rotation process.  He developed this to help poor Southern farmers who were planting in low quality soils as a result of repeated plantings of cotton.  He recommended farmers alternate cotton crops with plantings of sweet potatoes or legumes which were sources of protein.  This rotation process improved the cotton plantings and farmers were able to have alternative cash crops.  Along with the work of others, he developed hundreds of applications and recipes for new plants, peanuts being one of them.

 

 

 

We are at the beginning of a New Year, write down your dreams, goals, and steps you need to reach those goals when it comes to getting to your healthy normal weight and living a healthy life!!  What are you going to accomplish in 2013???  Make this your best year yet!  But, write them down.

“When you write down your ideas you automatically focus your full attention on them.  Few if any of us can write one thought and think another at the same time.  Thus a pencil and paper make excellent concentration tools.”  Michael Leboeuf

Michael Leboeuf is an American business author and consultant who has written eight books including Working Smart, The Millionaire in You, and How to Win Customers and Keep Them for Life.  His books have sold over 2 million copies and been translated into 12 languages and transferred to 16 audio and video cassette programs.  He consults with many different companies including small up to Fortune 500 companies.

 

 

 

 

This has always been one of my favorite quotes because you can always recover from the holidays if you have the “want power.”  But, it is the other times of the year that count too!  Think of it this way, if you have one week, you have 21 meals.  If you splurge on one or two meals and stick to your healthy routines the rest of the week, is it all lost??  Well, the same applies with the week between Christmas and New Year.  There are 52 weeks in a year, is one or two weeks going to make such a difference.  It all starts in the head and the heart!  You can recover if you want too!

“People are so worried about what they eat between Christmas and the New Year, but they really should be worried about what they eat between the New Year and Christmas.”-Author Unknown

 

 

 

 

“A champion is someone who gets up when he can’t.”  Jack Dempsey

Jack Dempsey was an American professional boxer.  Many of his fights set financial and attendance records.  In September 1926, Dempsey fought Gene Tunney, who won the fight.  There were 120,557 people in attendance.  This is a record for a sporting event outside motor racing and soccer.  He lost this fight but he coined the famous phrase, “Honey, I forgot to duck” to his wife.  This phrase was used by Ronald Reagan when he spoke to Nancy, his wife, when he was shot in 1981.  His record is 66 wins, with 51 knockouts, 14 decisions, 1 disqualification.  He lost 6 times with 1 knockout, 5 decisions and 11 draws.

 

 

 

Love this quote!  We become what we think we are.

“The vision that you glorify in your mind, the ideal that you enthrone in your heart – this you will build your life by, and this you will become.”  James Lane Allen, American author

James Lane Allen was a writer born in Kentucky and his articles were included in such magazines as:   Harper’s Magazine and The Atlantic Monthly.  He graduated from Transylvania University in 1872 and he was Salutatorian and delivered the graduating address in Latin.

 

 

When I read this quote several weeks ago, it was one of those quotes I couldn’t stop thinking about.  It was like “wow!”  Johann Wolfgang interested me because it is clearly a German name and with both parents from Germany, I would research him.  Come to find out, he went to school in Leipzig, Germany.  This is the city my mother was born and raised.  He is known for many different areas, such as:  poetry, theory of colors, work on evolution, loved mineralogy and has a mineral named after him, goethite (iron oxide).

“Let everyone sweep in front of his own door and the whole world will be clean.”

 

 

In memory of Zig Ziglar and his passing last week at the age of 86, I wanted to feature some of my favorite quotes.   Think of the Weight Watchers 360 program, your journey and goals as you read these quotes.

“If you can dream it, then you can achieve it. You will get all you want in life if you help enough other people get what they want.”  (Your goals and the meetings)

“Every choice you make has an end result.”  (What you eat, think, move, etc)

“You can have everything in life you want, if you will just help other people get what they want.”  (Meetings)

“People often say that motivation doesn’t last.  Well, neither does bathing – that’s why we recommend it daily.”  (This is one of my favorite quotes)

“You were born to win, but to be a winner, you must plan to win, prepare to win, and expect to win.” (Think of your goals)

“If you learn from defeat, you haven’t really lost.”  (We never fail on the program, we learn)

“Sometimes adversity is what you need to face in order to become successful.”  (This is so true when it comes to following the program, it is a process)

 

 

 

 

If you are like me, Christmas cookies are a huge tradition in our family.  Therefore, I need to figure out a plan ahead of time and how I would be able to eat my favorite Christmas Cookies.  So, I thought I would give you my Christmas Cookie Rules… (just kidding)…..

 

1.      If you eat a Christmas cookie fresh out of the oven, it has no calories because everyone knows that the first cookie is the test and thus calorie free.

2.      If you drink a diet soda after eating your second cookie, it also has no calories because the diet soda cancels out the cookie calories.

3.      If a friend comes over while you’re making your Christmas cookies and needs to sample, you must sample with your friend.  Because your friend’s first cookie is calories free, (rule #1) yours is also.  It would be rude to let your friend sample alone and, being the friend that you are, that makes your cookie calorie free.

4.      Any cookie calories consumed while walking around will fall to your feet and eventually fall off as you move.  This is due to gravity and the density of the caloric mass.

5.      Any calories consumed during the frosting of the Christmas cookies will be used up because it takes many calories to lick excess frosting from a knife without cutting your tongue.

6.      Cookies colored red or green have very few calories.  Red ones have three and green ones have five – one calorie for each letter.  Make more red ones!

7.      Cookies eaten while watching “Miracle on 34th Street” have no calories because they are part of the entertainment package and not part of one’s personal fuel.

8.     As always, cookie pieces contain no calories because the process of breaking causes calorie leakage.

9.      Any cookies consumed from someone else’s plate have no calories since the calories rightfully belong to the other person and will cling to their plate we all know how calories like to CLING!

10.     Any cookies consumed while feeling stressed have no calories because cookies used for medicinal purposes NEVER have calories.  It’s a rule. So, go out and enjoy those Christmas Cookies – we only get them this time of year!

 

 

 

“The greatest discovery you’ll ever make, is the potential of your own mind.”  Jose Silva, American parapsychologist and author

Jose Silva was an American parapsychologist and author of the “Silva Method” and the “Silva UltraMind ESP System.”  These methods of learning helps people to increase there is, develop their psychic skills, and develop the ability to heal themselves and others.  He also was the first person to work with ESP, extrasensory perception.  He did all of this without any formal schooling.  He taught himself.  He believe the mind was a powerful tool and he believed you could heal yourself.  But, it all starts with the mind.   Isn’t the same true for success?  It all starts in the mind.  If you will yourself to win, you will!

 

 

 

Does this put those pesky treats in perspective? We should think about this with the leftover Halloween candy!  A fellow leader wrote this:

Just One Little M&M?

M&Ms are really football fields.  “What does this mean?”  To find out walk with a 50 cent bag of plan M&Ms onto a football field.  Open the bag, take out one little M&M at the back of the end zone.  Eat this one M&M.  It will last in your mouth about 10 seconds.  Start to walk off your M&M by striding across the football field all the way into the far end zone.  (120 yards).  Congratulations!  You just burned off one M&M.

Now turn around and look back at the goal post.  If you’re willing to walk another football field, enjoy your second M&M. Just remember, there are 53 to 55 of those little sugar coated chocolates in the 50 cent M&M bag.  This wasn’t written to depress you, but hopefully it will at least make you think the next time you pick something up that you should think twice about.  Are you willing to spend the time and energy to burn it off?  By the way, one peanut M&M equals two football fields.  Potato chips and Doritos equal two football fields.  Chocolate chip cookies, depending on their size, equal 8-15 football fields.  A Snickers bar equals 50 football fields.  Miller or Bud Light equals 18 football fields.  A regular Miller or Bud equals 36 football fields.  A Big Mac, fries, and shake are 240 football fields or 5 straight hours of walking

 

 

 

“You have to fall from the mountain to realize what you are climbing for.”

This is so true and especially for this week’s topic.  This is the meaning of reflection.  You must look back when you have failed and find out two things:  why and what are you wanting.  The trying to find out the “why” you fallen is sometimes the easiest of the two statements.  But, to realize what you are wanting and how are you going to get there, are usually the most difficult.  We don’t like change; therefore, it is difficult to do this.  You must have patience and practice, just like with anything else in life.

 

 

“We can let circumstances rule us, or we can take charge and rule our lives from within.”  Earl Nightingale

Earl Nightingale is a fascinating man.  He wrote “The Strangest Secret.”  He was a radio personality and had the radio show, “Our Changing World.”  This show became the world’s most highly syndicated radio show of all times.  He wrote “The Strangest Secret” because he was searching for answers to life’s questions.  He grew up among 3 other siblings and always wondered why people turned out the way they did, why some people were rich and some were poor, some happy, some sad.  He researched these questions for years and finally came to the conclusion:  we become what we become is no secret at all, we know it all along.  This is why it is strange that we don’t know about it!!  “We Become What We Think About.”

 

 

“There are two primary choices in life:  to accept conditions as they exist, or accept the responsibility for changing them.”   Dennis Waitley

Dennis Waitley is an American motivational speaker and writer of 16 books including “The Psychology of Winning” and “Seeds of Greatness.”   His teachings have been written in 14 different languages and sold more than 10 million audio programs.

He has worked and counseled many thousands of people including Olympic athletes, former Apollo astronauts, Super Bowl champions, Fortune 500 executives, and returning POWs.

 

 

 

“A man is but the product of his thoughts what he thinks, he becomes.”

Mahatma Gandhi

Gandhi was a leader of Indian nationalism in India, which was ruled by the British.  He led India to independence and used non-violent means and fought for civil rights and freedom around the world.  Even after his death, he is still a beacon of hope for oppressed people around the world.  He believed in non-violence and simple living.  He made his own clothes, ate a vegetarian diet, and used fasting as a means of self-purification and protests for his many causes throughout his life.  When asked about his views, he would reply “My life is my message.”

 

 

 

I found a sheet in my file folder with several quotes and I couldn’t decide which one to use for this week’s post.  So, you are going to get all 4 of them!  Enjoy!

“Success must be felt within before it can be seen on the outside.”

“There are plenty of difficult obstacles in your path.  Don’t allow yourself to become one of them.”

“Make the most of yourself, for that is all there is of you.”

“If you don’t go after what you want, you’ll never have it.  If you don’t ask, the answer is always no.  If you don’t step forward, you’re always in the same place.”

 

 

 

If this quote doesn’t deal with this week’s topic, I just don’t know.  It is each step that count!!  These little steps are what gets us closer and closer to our goals.

“It is not enough to take steps which may some day lead to a goal; each step must be itself a goal and a step likewise.”  Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

 

Johann Wolfgang von Goether was a German writer, artist, and politician. He is known for his poetry, dramas, memoirs, autobiography, botany, anatomy, color, and 4 novels. I found his history very interesting.  He studied law in Leipzig, which happens to be where my mother was born.  Wow, the recipe I wrote was from Silesia (where my dad was born) and this quote is from a gentleman who wrote it while studying law in Leipzig.  For this to happen together is quite the coincidence.

 

 

 

I found these two quotes interesting in that they use the same words but have two different meaning when you turn them around.  The quotes are:

“A negative thinker sees a difficulty in every opportunity.  A positive thinker sees an opportunity in every difficulty.”

“First you do the right things, and then you do the things right.”

 

 

 

 

The Power to Choose

You can decide to alter the course of your life at any time.

No one can ever take that way from you.

You can do what you want to do And be who you want to be.

While your character is formed by your circumstances, Your desires can shape those circumstances.

The one thing over which you have absolute control is your own thoughts.

It is this that puts you in a position to control your own destiny.

Your greatest power is the power to choose.

 

 

I was watching the Olympics several weeks ago while I was lifting weights, hard routine but getting through it.  When I saw this story about a runner who actually broke his leg while running one of the relay races, Manteo Mitchell.  He was running the first leg for the United States in the 4 x 400 meter relay.  He heard something snap and soon realized he broke his lower left leg.  He needed to finish running so he could pass the baton to the next runner.  If he didn’t complete, the United States would no longer be able to compete in this relay.  He knew he couldn’t give up and collapse, so he powered through the race and gave the next runner the baton.  He even completed his leg of the relay one second off of his personal best record.  Matt Lauer was interviewing him after the relay and asked what kept him going.  He replied:

“Faith, Focus, and Finish.” 

Great words to live by.  My workout had a new meaning after that and I will be honest, ever since then.  I am more determined to power through some of the exercises that I feel are really tough.  The team went onto qualify and win the silver medal!

 

 

 

I love routine!  It makes me feel in control of my life, surroundings, etc.  But, we must also get out of routine to truly live in the moment.  I found this quote from Ben Nicholas.  I had never heard of Nicholas so I Googled him.  I found out he is an Australian actor and plays in the soap opera:  Neighbours.

Most of life is routine – dull and grubby, but routine is the momentum that keeps a man going. If you wait for inspiration you’ll be standing on the corner after the parade is a mile down the street.

 

 

 

I read this quote last week on the Internet.  Since this week’s topic is all about exercise,   just thought it was a pretty comical way of looking at things in the weight loss world.

“You can’t lose weight without exercise.  But, I’ve got a philosophy about exercise.  I don’t think you should punish your legs for something your moth did.  Instead drag your lips around the block once or twice.”  Gwen Owen.

She also had another quote:  “My whole routine lasts an hour and a half.  15 minutes of cardio, 15 minutes of weights, and an hour of talking myself into it.”

She has quite the sense of humor!

 

 

 

“If you want to reach a goal, you must “see the reaching” in your own mind before you actually arrive at your goal.”  Zig Ziglar, motivational author and speaker.

As I read this quote, I thought of each Olympic athlete I have heard interviewed who won a medal, all envisoned themselves winning the medal, seeing themselves cross the finish line, standing on the podium, etc.  This goes along with our Tools for Living – “Mentally Rehearsing.”  This is such a powerful tool to use and I encourage you to use it daily in everything you do.

Zig Ziglar was the 10th of 12 children in his family.  He lost his father at age 6 and his sister two days later.  He served in the Navy during World War II and then took a job as vice president and training director for the Automotive Performance Company.  He became a motivational speaker in 1970 and continues to attend motivational conferences along with write books even though he took a hard fall in 2007 and has short-term memory problems.

 

 

I always talk about how important it is to setup goals, short-term and long-term.  Recently, it seems I have had to talk to people to guide them in setting up goals.  Please this must be a part of your journey.  No matter where you are in the process:  Starting with your 1st 5 pounds or maintenance.  If you need help in setting up goals, please see me and I can help you.  But, always remember, it is one step at a time!

Setting goals is the first step in turning the invisible into the visible.  Anthony Robbins

Goals are the fuel in the furnace of achievement.  Brian Tracy

Without goals, and plans to reach them, you are like a ship that has set sail with no destination.  Fitzhugh Dodson

Goals are dreams with deadlines.  Diana Scharf Hunt

You must have long-term goals to keep you from being frustrated by short-term failures.  Charles C,. Noble

Success depends on getting good at saying no without feeling guilty.  You cannot get ahead with your own goals if you are always saying yes to someone else’s projects.  You can only get ahead with your desired lifestyle if you are focused on the things that will produce that lifestyle.  Jack Canfield

 

 

I read this quote the other day and thought it was wonderful.

“A healthy body is a guest-chamber for the soul; a sick body is a prison.”  Francois Rabelais (1494-1553).

Francois Rabelais was a major French Renaissance writer, doctor, Renaissance humanist, monk, and scholar.  His famous last words as he died, is also a famous quote, “I go to seek a Great Perhaps.”  In France, when a waiter gives you your bill, this is called “le quart d’heure de Rabelais.”  This is in memory or the famous trick Francois would use to not pay his tavern bill when he didn’t have the money.”

 

 

 

 

“Chains of habit are too light to be felt until they are too heavy to be broken.”  Warren Buffett, investor, billionaire, and philanthropist

What a man!  He was meant to be the richest man in the world from very early on.  His senior picture read “likes math, a future stock brocker.  When he was younger, he earned money by selling chewing gum, Coca Cola, and weekly magazines.  He also delivered newspapers, sold golfballs and stamps, and detailed cars.  His first income tax return in 1944, he took a $35 deduction for the use of his bicycle and watch that he used on his paper route.  He is known not to carry a cell phone, have a computer at his desk, and drives himself in his Cadillac.  He also lives in the same house in Omaha he purchased in 1958 for $31,500.  The house is valued at about $700,000 today.  One of his hobbies is he loves to play bridge and plays approximately 12 hours a week.  Many times with his good friend, Bill Gates.

 

 

We need to understand that thoughts are tools.  Are we using them as productively as we can?  Are our thoughts serving us well, or are we their victims?  It’s up to us.”

Dr. Tom Morris, Business speaker; chairman of Morris Institute for Human Values.  He is one of the most sought after speakers in the U.S.  He has written 12 books with the latest books being:  If Aristotle Ran General Motors: The New Soul of Business, Philosophy for Dummies, and The Adventure of Your Life, along with his newest book on The Stoic Art of Living.

 

 

Something in human nature causes us to start slacking off at our moment of greatest accomplishment.  As you become successful, you will need a great deal of self-discipline not to lose your sense of balance, humility, and commitment.  H. Ross Perot

Henry Ross Perot is an American businessman from Texas.  When researching Eagle Scouts for our son, I found he received the honor of “Distinguished Eagle Scout.”  He began working for IBM and met his annual sales quota in two weeks!!!!  He also founded Electronic Data Systems (EDS) in 1962 and landed his first contract after being refused 77 times.  He then sold the company to General Motors in 1984.  Both my husband and I worked for EDS for many years, and Rick was actually there during the transition.  Ross Perot also ran for U.S. president in 1992 and 1996.  His estimated net worth is around $4.4 billion and Forbes ranks him as the 76th richest person in America.  All because he didn’t take no for an answer, 77 times!

 

 

“Do not allow the first failure to destroy you, nor success to ruin you.”  Jose Silva, was an American parapsychologist and author.

I have to admit I was intrigued by this quote and thought of it as two phases in the life of a Weight Watcher member.  As we are in the first phase – losing weight.  We are always so willing to give up when we are trying to lose weight and if it didn’t produce the results we were wanting and expecting.  “We throw in the towel.”  Therefore, we never realize our full potential or get to our goal weight.  The second phase in the life of a Weight Watchers is when they do achieve Lifetime status, but then they don’t continue to come to the meetings, not weighing in, and think they have this conquered and finally it is over.  This is the worst possible thinking you can have while maintaining.  Your success, your Lifetime status, once achieved, you will return back to your old habits and regain the weight.  Is this so not true??

Jose Silva was always successful.  He was born in to a very poor family and he never went to a formal school.  He learned to read and write on his own in both English and Spanish.  He supported his family by selling newspapers, shining shoes, and doing odd jobs.  As a teenager, he employed other children to work for him as door-to-door salesmen.  After discovering a course on radio repair, he went into the radio repair business and built the largest electronic repair business in southern Texas.  This led him to study parapsychology which means para “alongside” and then psychology.  This led him to study the electric energy used by the brain to operate.  He was known as one of the leading researchers in the world on the mind and its potential.  What a success story!

 

 

“Ninety-nine percent of all failures come from people who have the habit of making excuses.”  George Washington Carver

George Washington Carver’s exact birthdate is not known and birth place was Diamond, Mo.  He is well known for his development of systematic crop rotation process.  He developed this to help poor Southern farmers who were planting in low quality soils as a result of repeated plantings of cotton.  He recommended farmers alternate cotton crops with plantings of sweet potatoes or legumes which were sources of protein.  This rotation process improved the cotton plantings and farmers were able to have alternative cash crops.  Along with the work of others, he developed hundreds of applications and recipes for new plants, peanuts being one of them.

 

 

Also, June 4th:  National Hug Your Cat Day – since this is my favorite animal of which I have one named “Whiskers”, be sure to hug your cat this week.  She is sitting here beside me purring away, talking and meowing, and every so often she has to walk across the keyboard!!  Annoying, but we love our animals!

And, the entire month of June is National Adopt a Cat Month!

 

 

As I have been talking to people in the past few weeks, it has struck me on how many people let life derail them from what they are trying to accomplish.  You must accept that life is never going to be perfect and we aren’t going to be either; however, we must accept this and continue on the road to what we want to become.  My question is: “How bad do you want this?”  Remember this question and your responses and keep them written down and in close proximity so when life does deal you the unexpected, you can read this and keep focused.  There is really only one thing you have control over and that is YOU!!

“We can let circumstances rule us, or we can take charge and rule our lives from within.”  Earl Nightingale

Earl Nightingale is a fascinating man.  He wrote “The Strangest Secret.”  He was a radio personality and had the radio show, “Our Changing World.”  This show became the world’s most highly syndicated radio show of all times.  He wrote “The Strangest Secret” because he was searching for answers to life’s questions.  He grew up among 3 other siblings and always wondered why people turned out the way they did, why some people were rich and some were poor, some happy, some sad.  He researched these questions for years and finally came to the conclusion:  we become what we become is no secret at all, we know it all along.  This is why it is strange that we don’t know about it!!  “We Become What We Think About.”

 

 

“I would visualize things coming to me.  It would just make me feel better.  Visualization works if you work hard.  That’s the thing.  You can’t just visualize and go eat a sandwich.”  Jim Carrey, Canadian-American actor

Jim Carrey is a fellow Canadian and has used visualization all his life.  Reading all about his career, I am amazed at his determination and not giving up.  He struggled at the beginning of his career.  His father would drive him to Toronto so he could perform in a comedy club there.  He bombed there and really doubted himself.  His family was struggling financially, but he continued and then went back to performing with a more polished act including impersonations of famous people.  He was noticed by Rodney Dangerfield and toured with him and landed in Las Vegas.  Here is continued to perform until he moved to Hollywood.  He continued to work in comedy clubs and made his debut on The Tonight Show.  And, the rest is history!

 

 

This poem was written by a fellow leader, Adi who posts on our staff site.  I really liked how she said “Keep on keepin on”.  This could become your anchor or your quote you remember during the course of a day and when times get tough!!

“I look in the mirror and what do I see
The person I’ve always known I can be
It hasn’t been easy,
I’ve had my ups and downs
but when I think of how far I’ve come
It’s a smile I see – not a frown.
“Keep on keepin’ on” s sometimes easier said than done
But when I look in the mirror I know that I’ve won.”

 

 

“If you’re doing something the same way you have been doing it for ten years, the chances are you are doing it wrong.”  Charles F. Kettering, an American inventor and businessman.

Charles Kettering was a very a remarkable man.  He was an inventor, engineer, and businessman.  Another quote he was famous for was:  “I am for the double-profit system.”  This means a reasonable profit for the manufacturer and a much greater profit for the customer.  He held 186 patents of which some of those inventions were an electrical starting motor, leaded gasoline, Freon refrigerant, and Duco lacquers and enamels paint used for the mass produced autos.  He also developed the world’s first aerial missile, and was instrumental in the advancement of the two-stroke diesel engine used in locomotive and heavy equipment industries.  The Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center along with the city of Kettering, Ohio are named after him.  Also, very close to where I lived in Michigan, is a high school named after him, the Charles F. Kettering Sr. High School in Waterford, Michigan.  Famous alumni who went to school there include:  Kirk Gibson, a former Detroit Tiger and Pat LaFontaine, a former NHL hockey player.  LaFontaine played for all the New York hockey teams and retired in 1998 because of the numerous concussions he suffered from.  He is the best among American-born hockey players, retired or active when it comes to his average points per game:  1.17.

 

 

“You’re not any greater when people praise you, nor any worse when they criticize you.  Who you are is how you see yourself.  Nothing more. Nothing Less.  Simply priceless!!”

I found this quote and thought it was appropriate for this week’s topic:  “Be Nice (For A Change).”  This quote says it all.  It is so important on how we see ourselves, not how others perceive us.  But, we need to be positive about ourselves and remember we are what we think.  If we feed ourselves positive messages, guess what this is going to do for the rest of your life!  You will achieve your goals, but remember, “If it is to be, it’s up to me.”  Also, one of my other favorite quotes:  “The difference between FAT and FIT is “I”.”  This is so true!

 

 

“Effort only fully releases its reward after a person refuses to quit.”  Napolean Hill

Napoleon Hill was an American (1883 – 1970) who is one of the original personal success literature authors.  His most famous book and one of the best-selling books of all times is “Think and Grow Rich.”  Early in his career, he interviewed Andrew Carnegie, one of the most powerful men in the world.  After speaking with Carnegie, he believed the process of success can be found in a simple formula and duplicated for each person.  Hill then interviewed many powerful and famous people including:  Henry Ford, John D. Rockefeller, Charles Schwab, William Wrigley Jr., Joseph Stalin, and Theodore Roosevelt.  Hill and Carnegie then developed the formula “rags to riches” then become famous in the “Mental Dynamite” series.  He has written many books which have sold millions including:  How to Sell Your Way Through Life and Success Through A Positive Mental Attitude.

 

I love the following quote because life is all about making decisions.  Think of this quote as you decide to workout or not, go to your meeting or not, make a healthy eating choice or not, etc.  We cannot let life and our circumstances take control of us and what we want to do.  We must make decisions in our weight loss journey that support us, not work against us.

“More than anything else, I believe it’s our decisions, not the conditions of our lives, that determine our destiny.”  Anthony Robbins

Robbins is a recognized authority on psychology of leadership.  He is a self-help writer and motivational speaker.  He has received honors from Harvard Business Press, Forbes, International Chamber of Commerce, and Accenture honored him as one of the “Top 50 Business Intellectuals in the World.

 

 

Since this week’s topic is all about anchors, I thought this was appropriate.  This gives you some anchor ideas regarding success and motivation.

Success

If you want to be successful and better yourself, consider these suggestions:

  1.  Start a “success drawer” – a place to keep letters and notes from people like family and other loved ones, friends, and co-workers.  When you’re felling “low” or are focusing on negatives, reread some of these materials.
  2. Place a sticky note in your car with a plus sign (+) on it as a reminder to concentrate on positive things.
  3. Place a sticky note on your refrigerator or mirror with a plus sign (+) on it.  Start your day by asking yourself these questions:  what am I happy about in my life right now?  What am I proud of in my life right now?  What am I excited about in my life right now?  What can I do today to help someone?

This is a quote from a fellow leader, Mary Sue Garvin.  This quote was printed in a Weight Watchers “for leaders only” book called “Story Book – to motivate…to educate…and inspire”.  I was given this book many years ago when I completed leader’s training and has been a great source of quotes and stories for me to use in our meetings.  Thanks for being such great members!

 

“Most great people have attained their greatest success just one step beyond their greatest failure.”  Napolean Hill.

When I read this quote, I thought of Richard Hooker.  He worked for seven years on a funny war novel.  It was rejected by 21 publishers.  The name of the novel, “M*A*S*H.”

And, I also think of Walt Disney.  Do you know he was fired by a newspaper editor because he didn’t’ have any good ideas for the paper.  He also went bankrupt several times before he built Disneyland. And, the other one, Fred Astaire’s first screen test, a memo circulated about him from the testing director of MGM in 1933 stating he couldn’t act, and can dance a little!

 

 

“Negativity can only feed on negativity.”

I never really thought about this until I read this a few months ago.  Negative thinking can only happen if you are negative to begin with.  It all starts with us.  What do you have to gain by feeding yourself negative thoughts???

Elisabeth Kubler-Ross was a Swiss American psychologist who worked with the topic death and dying.  It is estimated she taught over 125,000 students in her lifetime.  She earned 20 honorary degrees and wrote the very famous book:  On Death and Dying.

 

 

I ran across this quote and found in so true. Weight Watchers always talks about setting up our goals and breaking them up into smaller chunks, goals.  It doesn’t seem so overwhelming then.  And, your goals look more realistic and doable.  This quote asks us to look at the small things and what an impact they can have on your journey. So, my question for you, is what are your small goals????  You should have goals each and everyday.  Maybe set one up and record in your journal each day and keep track of your progress.  I don’t necessarily mean a weight goal either.  How about setting up some behavioral goals.

“Small things, done consistently, in strategic places, create major impact.  What are (your) top ‘small things’ right now?”  David Allen

I looked up who David Allen is and wow has he accomplished many things in his life.  I guess he looked at the small things.  He is the creator of time management and the method called “Getting Things Done.”  He has had over 35 professions before he was 35 years old.  He was everything from a magician to moped salesman to landscaper to an ordained minister.  He currently is an author and a productivity consultant.  He owns the David Allen Company and consults with executives on time management and productivity.  He also developed the productivity tools used on the Palm Pilot.  Obviously, we can learn from this gentleman.  Look him up!

 

 

This quote is perfect for this week’s topic.

“The point of balance is the heart. It’s the foundation on which to build. Activating heart frequencies by loving and caring will balance your system, bringing in peace in the moment. It’s the best antidote for restoring balance and alleviating stress.”  Doc Childre and Sara Paddison

How true this is!  We all want to bring peace into our lives, a sense of control.  It does help make us more balanced and help with stress levels.  We get emerged into something we are passionate about, everything else becomes less important.  I see this happen over and over again with people and their journey to health and their ideal weight.  We all want some kind of control and if we find something we feel strongly about, this will help balance the sense of being out of control.  I believe this more and more as I am getting older.

 

 

“Pain is temporary, pride is forever.”  Henry Cloud

Love this quote. If you think about this quote and what it is saying when you think of your journey to your ideal body weight and be a healthier you, it is so true.  If you really think about it, getting to your ideal body weight is a period of time.  Dave Ramsey (Financial Peace University), uses this quote all the time when he is talking about being debt.  We change our behavior when the pain of staying the same becomes greater than the pain of changing.  Consequences give us the pain that motivates us to change.  Then, once you achieve Lifetime, the pride is forever!!!  So, let’s be prideful together.

Henry Cloud is a clinical psychologist, writer, and a consultant on leadership. He has written over 20 books and probably his most famous is the book called:  “Boundaries”.  Henry has overcome many things in his life; such as developing a leg disease at the age of 4.  For 2 years, he was bedridden, in a wheelchair, braces, and crutches.  I am sure as he was going through physical rehab, he experienced pain, but this is what probably drove him to persevere during his recuperation.

 

Remember:

“Inaction breeds doubt and fear.  Action breeds confidence and courage.  If you want to conquer fear, do not sit home and think about it.  Go out and get busy.”  Dale Carnegie

Everyone knows who Dale Carnegie is!  I didn’t realize he was born in Maryville, Mo and is buried in Belton, Mo.  He was a salesman, writer, want-to-be actor, lecturer and this list goes on and on.  He is most famous for his role as a lecturer and developing the Dale Carnegie course.  This course teaches people how to become more self confident and use public speaking as that tool.  He started the class in New York in a YMCA.  It started with him teaching how to speak in public and speak on something you are angry about. He realized this helped people overcome their fears and gain more confidence.  He also changed his name from Dale Carnagey to Carnegie.  At that point in time, this was a popular name and was very well known because of Andrea Carnegie, the famous philanthropist and steel tycoon.  He is known to be the 2nd richest man of all times behind John Rockefeller.  By switching his name, this helped bring him attention and notoriety.  Very smart man!!

 

In honor of the Super Bowl this week, I have a quote from Vince Lombardi.

“The spirit, the will to win, and the will to excel are the things that endure.  These qualities are so much more important than the events that occur.”

Did you know the NFL Super Bowl trophy is named after Vince Lombardi?  He also never had a losing season as a head football coach.  He won 73.8% of his regular season games and an impressive 90 % in the post season.  When he was a young man after graduating from high school, he was studying to become a priest but after 4 years decided to not pursue this.  In college, he was not known for his athletic abilities and had poor eyesight.  He was small for his age but continued to play football.  He graduated from Fordham University and pursued law school but dropped out after one semester.  He later revealed he was close to graduating but needed to provide for his new family.  He then continued onto coaching various teams in football including high school, college, and of course, pro football.  One thing I found interesting was a quote from his son, Vince Jr.  He said a major part of his father’s success was stressing the effort more than fixating on the failures.  Isn’t this what we should do in our weight-loss journey?

 

“Be of good cheer.  Do not think of today’s failures, but of the success that may come tomorrow.  You have set yourselves a difficult task, but you will succeed if you persevere; and you will find a joy in overcoming obstacles.”  Helen Keller (1880-1968) American Writer

What a remarkable woman!  As I researched her and read about her life, she used her disability of being deaf and blind and became an advocate for many causes.  She had either scarlet fever or meningitis which resulted in becoming deaf and blind at the age of 19 months.  Not only was she an author, political activist, lecturer, but she became the first deaf/blind person to receive a Bachelor of Arts degree.  This was from Radcliffe University.  Her lifelong knowledge and teachings of Braille and sign language all began with the word “water.”  Her teacher and companion, Anne Sullivan was running water on her one hand and then motioning the word water in the palm of her other hand.  This was at the age of seven years old.  She then became proficient at also reading people’s lips and became well known as a speaker throughout the country.  As you can tell, she overcame many obstacles but was able to take these obstacles and use them to help others and causes.  Her other famous quote was:  “The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched, they must be felt with the heart.”

 

 

I love this quote!!!  We always talk about setting up habits in Weight Watchers.  This is what it all boils down to:  creating new habits and setting these up to become permanent but it does take persistence and determination.  This is true victory!

“Failure is only postponed success as long as courage “coaches” ambition.  The habit of persistence is the habit of victory.”  Herbert Kaufman

Herbert Kaufman was an American writer and newspaperman.  He has published several books and written many articles, editorials, and poems.  He is also known for the use of “Kaufmanism’s” in the English language.  An example would be “A coward can’t conquer anything, because he can’t conquer himself.”  In the English language this is known as a persuasive rhetorical juxtaposition.  This is a group of words that reverse the subject and object of a phrase to change the meaning.

 

 

This is a great poem from a fellow Weight Watchers staff member which I found on our staff website.  Enjoy and believe!

HAPPY NEW YEAR
By: Catherine Pulsifer

H appiness depends upon your outlook on life.
A ttitude is just as important as ability.
P assion find yours this year!
P ositive thoughts make everything easier.
Y ou are unique, with special gifts, use them.
N ew beginnings with a new year.
E nthusiasm a true secret of success.
W ishes may they turn into goals.
Y ears go by too quickly, enjoy them.
E nergy may you have lots of it.
A ppreciation of life, don’t take it for granted.
R elax take the time to relax in this coming year.

 

 

This is a poem that a dear member of mine from an at-work shared with me several years ago.  Enjoy!!!

January Poem

‘Twas the week or two 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
At the holiday parties had gone to my waist.

When I go 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 much 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!!

Author Unknown

 

 

 

This is a fabulous quote by Mariam Wright.  She is the founder of the Children’s Defense Fund and the first African American woman to practice law in the state of Mississippi.  She holds over 65 honorary degrees and has done many things in the way of children’s welfare, parental care, parental responsibilities in educating children on values, and racial justice issues.  This quote speaks to how all the little things we do to lead a healthier life, will add up, and we need to believe this!!

“We must not, in trying to think about how we can make a big difference, ignore the small daily differences we can make which, over time, add up to big differences that we often cannot foresee.”  Mariam Wright

 

 

I found these two quotes having to do with excuses.  We can all say we use excuses from time to time.  Don’t make excuses for not having a healthy lifestyle which includes, being at your goal weight!

“Don’t make excuses; make something incredible happen in your life right now!”  Greg Hickman

“Ninety-nine percent of all failures come from people who have the habit of making excuses.”  George Washington Carver

 

I loved this quote when I read it several weeks ago:

“Thinking is easy, acting is difficult, and to put one’s thoughts into action is the most difficult thing in the world.”  Johann von Goethe, German poet, novelist, and dramatist

I never realized who von Goethe (1749-1832) was until reading this quote.  He was a German writer, artist, biologist, physicist and polymath.  He wrote a great amount of poetry drama, contributed to literature, drama, philosophy, and science.  Hi influences are felt throughout Europe and the world.  His most famous work would be the poem:  Faust.

 

 

The Gingerbread Man

Last night I was dreaming a really good dream
George Clooney and I were eating chocolate ice cream.

But I woke from my dream with a startling fright
For something absurd had come into my sight.
A gingerbread man was looking at me.
He had black button eyes and a creepy goatee.

He jumped on my belly and walked up to my face.
“Don’t say I was here. I’d be a disgrace!
But my dear, you must know, therefore I must tell
There’s a lie going round, so stinky it smells.

This stinky ol’ lie started years ago,
Frosty and Rudolf…yes, they all know.
The reindeer and Santa are in on it too.
They know who you are and they want you to CHEW!

They want you to buy every candy you see
Every gumdrop and chocolate and to eat them with glee.
They want you to think that holidays come
With freedom to chow down on each sugarplum!

They don’t get the extent to how far you have come,
You shed all those pounds and got off of your bum.
I’ve watched from afar and have grinned a big grin,
So proud of how you’re now healthy and trim.

I know how you’ve worked so this warning comes clear,
Don’t give into lust disguised as good cheer!
You budget for fun and still eat what is yummy,
You’ve tracked and you’ve lost so don’t be a big dummy!

Remember the holidays are worth more than a bite.
They’re for family and giving and snow glowing bright.
So I’ll take my leave now and hope that you see
That Christmas is love so please don’t eat me!”

 

Thank you Pat for this great saying as you got Lifetime this week!  Congrats!

Keep coming back
It works
If you work it
so work it
you’re worth it

 

In keeping with the following quote, I urge you to determine your goal for the holidays.  If this is too overwhelming for you, setup a daily goal.  Remember it doesn’t need to be a weight goal, it could be a behavioral goal!  When  we do the behaviors and they become habits, we will reach Lifetime!!!

“The tragedy of life doesn’t lie in not reaching your goal.  The tragedy lies in having no goal to reach.”  Benjamin Mays

I had never heard of Benjamin Mays but looked him up under Google.  He was a minister, educator, scholar, and social activist.  He was a mentor to civil rights leader, Martin Luther King.  He delivered the eulogy at King’s funeral in 1968.  He held various jobs with the Tampa Florida Urban League and the National YMCA office.  He also held the position of dean of religion at Howard University.  After traveling to India and speaking in depth with Gandhi, he returned from India and became president of Morehouse College for 27 years.  Mays was a outspoken critic of segregation before the modern civil rights movement and died in 1984.

 

 

A little Thanksgiving Trivia to talk about at the Thanksgiving dinner table.  Impress your family and friends:

When turkeys reach maturity, they can have as many as 3,500 feathers.

  • The average weight of a turkey purchased at Thanksgiving is 15 pounds.
  • Forty-five million turkeys are eaten each Thanksgiving.
  • Twenty-two million turkeys are eaten each Christmas.
  • A large group of turkeys is called a flock.
  • Make turkeys gobble.  Hens do not.  They make a clicking sound.
  • The long fleshy skin that hangs over a turkey’s beak is called a snood.
  • The color of a wild turkey’s naked head and neck area can change blue when mating.
  • Make turkeys are nicknamed “toms” while females are called”hens.”
  • Wild turkeys can run up to 55 miles per hour.
  • The heaviest turkey ever raised was 86 pounds.

 

 

In honor of the upcoming Thanksgiving Holiday a poem written by a fellow leader:

Thanksgiving Choices

I could eat everything
I could gobble it down
My pants would get tighter
And I’d wobble around

This year at Thanksgiving
I will do something new
I’ll write in my Tracker
And choose Power Foods, too!

I’ll enjoy all my favorites
But will keep portions tidy
And I’ll still like myself
When the day turns to Friday

A day on the couch?
I’ll instead take a stroll
No victim to holidays, I’ll stay in control!

 

“People begin to become successful the minute they decide to be.”  Harvey Mackay

Harvey Mackay is known as one of the top five speakers in the world.  He is a nationally syndicated columnist for United Feature Syndicate and appears in 52 newspapers across the country.  He is the author of the best selling books Swim With the Sharks Without Being Eaten Alive  and Beware the Naked Man Who Offers You His Shirt.  He has sold 10 million copies of his book and they have been translated into 37 languages and sold in 80 countries.  He started in business at age 26 and purchased an envelope company, Mackay Mitchell Envelope Company which produces over 25 million envelopes a day.  His motto in life is:  “Do what you love, love what you do and deliver more than you promise”.  I have always loved his philosophy and try to follow this everyday in my own life.  He believes in building strong relationships with people and especially his customers.  He believes in the value of the personal touch.  This is something I try to do in the meeting room.  He doesn’t believe in sacrificing your own personal integrity or gain at another person’s expense.  He truly believes in the strength of the group and in numbers!!  Just like what we do in the meeting room.  He is a very inspirational man and very passionate about life.

 

I say this over and over again, this sounds like your meeting room, doesn’t it.  The more you surround yourself with those that are trying to do what you want and are successful at it, you will learn and get the same thing.  Ask you Weight Watcher staff, ask fellow lifetimers, ask fellow members – what do they do that makes them successful at what they are doing.

“If you could find out what the most successful people did in any area and then you did the same thing over and over, you’d eventually get the same result they do.”

Brian Tracy is a self-help author and owns and operates his own human resource company, Brian Tracy International.  He actually dropped out of high school before he graduated and became a laborer and traveled and worked on a steam ship.  He did this for 8 years and went to over 80 countries.  When he came back, he went into sales.  He asked other salesmen what they did to become successful.  By the end of the year, he was the number one salesperson.  Within one year, he became Vice President of the company.  He was 25 years old.  He eventually started developing seminars on the psychology of achievement.

 

 

These two quotes have to do with we become what we envision not only in our minds but in our hearts.  This is the key to successful transformation and becoming healthier and becoming our ideal weight!

“The vision that you glorify in your mind, the ideal that you enthrone in your heart – this you will build your life by, and this you will become”.  James Lane Allen (1849-1925)

James Lane Allen was an American author from Kentucky.  He has written several novels and short stories including “The Kentucky Cardinal.”  He graduated from Transylvania University in 1872 and gave his Salutatorian address in Latin.

 

“It is in your moments of decision that your destiny is shaped.”  Anthony Robbins

Anthony Robbins is an American motivational speaker which write and talks about health, relationships, motivation, and communication.  His mentor is Jim Rohn who happens to be another one of my favorite quote makers of all times.  Harvard Business School ranked him as one of the Top 200 Business Gurus in 2003.  He is famous for his firewalks at his seminars.  This is where someone actually walks barefoot over hot stones.  This is done to test one’s courage and strength and overcome their fears.

 

This puts a different outlook on your food!  Puts it all in perspective!

“Some things food can and cannot do
Food can fill our stomachs.
It cannot fill our souls.
Food can nourish our bodies.
It cannot nourish our hearts and minds.
Food can make our taste buds happy.
It cannot make us happy.
Food can give momentary pleasure.
It cannot give lasting pleasure.
Food can distract us from our pain.
It cannot take away our pain.
Food can be controlled.
It does not control us.
Food serves a purpose.
It does not give us purpose.”

Diet and Your Emotions:  The Comfort Food Falsehood by Joan Esherick, Mast Crest Publishers 2006

 

I found this thought this week, and can’t get it out of my mind.  It is so true and I urge you remember this in the busy months ahead with the holidays and such.  We spoke about priorities several weeks ago and your health is a priority!

We always have time for the things we put first!  Author Unknown

 

 

“Exercise is the king, nutrition is the queen, and together they make a kingdom.”  Jack LaLanne

Jack was born in 1914 and is a famous exercise guru, nutritional expert, motivator, and speaker.  He is known for his bodybuilding and hosted the longest running exercise show in history, 1951-1985.  He also designed the first leg extension, pulley machine using cables, and weight selectors.  He is still alive at the ripe age of 95 and works out 2 hours a day.  He does an hour and half of weight training and half hour of cardio such as swimming or walking.  He is also is known for two other quotes from a Today Show interview with Katie Couric about nutrition.  He said:  “if man made it, don’t eat it”, and “if it tastes good, spit it out.”

 

 

“Finish each day and be done with it. You have done what you could; some blunders and absurdities have crept in; forget them as soon as you can.  Tomorrow is a new day; you shall begin it serenely and with too high a spirit to be encumbered with your old nonsense.”  Ralph Waldo Emerson

Emerson was an essayist, philosopher, poet, and leader of the Transcendentalist movement in the early 19th century.  His writings reflected the thoughts that he sought to give man back to himself, as a self-reliant individual.  He once said “Make the most of yourself, for that is all there is of you.”  These thoughts support our journey through weight loss that we must take responsibility, and we are ultimately, in charge of our own destiny!  And, in addition, forgive yourself.  This is one of the most important attributes of a successful Weight Watchers member.

 

“Be around people who can keep your energy and inspiration high.  While you can make progress alone, it’s so much easier when you have support”.  Dr. Joe Vitale

Vitale at one time was broke and living in the streets.  He teaches people how to have, do, or be anything they want.  He has become one of the top marketers in the world.  He uses wisdom, spirituality, and psychology to help you become what you want to be.  As this quote states, If you want to get to a goal, you need to surround yourself with those people who are accomplishing the same things that you want.  Isn’t this what the meetings are all about, the support.  Set yourself up for success:  Come and stay for your meetings!!

 

“I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life and that is why I succeed.”

Michael Jordan, a former professional basketball player

 

“Setbacks and stressors are bridges to be crossed to our goals…not barricades to keep us from them.”  Stephen Pierce.

Stephen Pierce is an Internet Marketing Consultant.  He has had many setbacks in his life which include:  dropping out of high school at 16, caught in the middle of a drug deal gone bad and shot in the leg, went bankrupt, and was homeless.  He ended up sleeping in a friend’s office each night and had an Internet connection.  He found out he was good at choosing stocks and started giving tips on the Internet.  This soon led to a lucrative business for him.  Today, he is extremely successful and consults with many businesses, CEOs, Internet entrepreneurs, and small businesses

 

“Exercise is the king, nutrition is the queen, and together they make a kingdom.”  Jack LaLanne

Jack was born in 1914 and is a famous exercise guru, nutritional expert, motivator, and speaker.  He is known for his bodybuilding and hosted the longest running exercise show in history, 1951-1985.  He also designed the first leg extension, pulley machine using cables, and weight selectors.  He is still alive at the ripe age of 95 and works out 2 hours a day.  He does an hour and half of weight training and half hour of cardio such as swimming or walking.  He is also is known for two other quotes from a Today Show interview with Katie Couric about nutrition.  He said:  “if man made it, don’t eat it”, and “if it tastes good, spit it out.”

 

We all face change and our resistance, self doubt, and being so busy we don’t have time!  Read this poem. It is a great poem for inspiration to change our current lives and become what we can be following the Weight Watchers PointsPlus Program.  Success is knocking at your door!

The Comfort Zone

I used to have a comfort zone
where I knew I couldn’t fail.
The same four walls of busy work
were really more like jail.

I longed so much to do the things
I’d never done before,
But I stayed inside my comfort zone
and paced the same old floor.

I claimed to be so busy
with the things inside my 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 and stepped outside
to 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 are 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.
Greet your future with a smile
Success is there for YOU.

 

 

This is another one of my favorite quotes:

“The people who get on in this world are the people who get up and look for the circumstances they want, and, if they can’t find them, make them!”  George Bernard Shaw Shaw was a playwright born in Ireland in 1856.  He write music and during his career authored more than 60 plays.  He was the only person to have be awarded both the  Noble Peace Prize in 1925 and an Oscar in 1938.

 

The following 2 quotes are from one of my favorite motivational speakers, Zig Ziglar.

“Failure is a detour, not a dead-end street.”  and  “ You were born to win, but to be a winner, you must plan to win, prepare to win, and expect to win.”

Zig Ziglar has written over 29 sale and motivational books.  Ten of these books appeared on the best-selling book list and translated into 26 different languages.  He has appeared and appeared with 6 former presidents.  He has received numerous awards including the Silver Buffalo Award.  This award is given to honor those people who have contributed to America’s youth.  This is a very distinguished award and has been given to 674 individuals which includes 13 presidents, Walt Disney, and Hank Aaron.

 

I love this quote and it is so true when it comes to changing and leading a healthier life!!!!  Remember it all starts with your attitude!

“Human beings, by changing the inner attitudes of their minds, can change the outer aspects of their lives.”  William James, philosopher and psychologist

William James was one of the most influential psychologist of the 20th Century.  He spent most of his academic career at Harvard.  He studied medicine, physiology, and biology and taught these subjects at Harvard and had students such as Theodore Roosevelt.  He wrote many books and interacted with many influential writers and scholars such as Mark Twain, John Dewey, and Ralph Waldo Emerson, who was his godfather.  He suffered from many health issues throughout his life including problems with his eyes, back, stomach, and skin. He also suffered from psychological symptoms such as depression.   However, he found his career and future to be with psychology and he always said his first lecture on psychology he ever heard was the first he ever gave.  This was his gift and passion.

 

A quote dealing with ourselves:

“In reading the lives of great men, I found that the first victory they won was over themselves…self-discipline with all of them came first.”

Harry S. Truman, 33rd president of the U.S.

Did you know Harry S. Truman is famous for his many quotes?  He also is famous for:  “The buck stops here” and “If you can’t stand the heat, you better get out of the kitchen.”

 

“Inspiration does exist, but it must find you working.”  Pablo Picasso, Spanish artist

Pablo Picasso is one of the world’s most famous artists and co-founder of the Cubist movement.  He showed his artist talent at a very young age, age 7 years old.  His total number of artwork pieces is approximately 50,000 which includes not only paintings, sculptures, ceramics, tapestries, rugs, and drawings.  Some of his paintings are the most expensive in the world, as high as $106 million.  His artwork is also the most highly stolen than any other artist in the world.

 

“Ninety-nine percent of all failures come from people who have the habit of making excuses.”  George Washington Carver

George Washington Carver’s exact birthdate is not known and birth place was Diamond, Mo.  He is well known for his development of systematic crop rotation process.  He developed this to help poor Southern farmers who were planting in low quality soils as a result of repeated plantings of cotton.  He recommended farmers alternate cotton crops with plantings of sweet potatoes or legumes which were sources of protein.  This rotation process improved the cotton plantings and farmers were able to have alternative cash crops.  Along with the work of others, he developed hundreds of applications and recipes for new plants, peanuts being one of them.

 

“We can let circumstances rule us, or we can take charge and rule our lives from within.”  Earl Nightingale

Earl Nightingale is a fascinating man.  He wrote “The Strangest Secret.”  He was a radio personality and had the radio show, “Our Changing World.”  This show became the world’s most highly syndicated radio show of all times.  He wrote “The Strangest Secret” because he was searching for answers to life’s questions.  He grew up among 3 other siblings and always wondered why people turned out the way they did, why some people were rich and some were poor, some happy, some sad.  He researched these questions for years and finally came to the conclusion:  we become what we become is no secret at all, we know it all along.  This is why it is strange that we don’t know about it!!  “We Become What We Think About.”

 

 

Remember it is all up to you!!!  You are the only person who decided your destiny – Your Weight Watchers Lifetime Goal!

 The Power to Choose

You can decide to alter the course of your life at any time.

No one can ever take that way from you.

You can do what you want to do

And be who you want to be.

While your character is formed by your circumstances,

Your desires can shape those circumstances.

The one thing over which you have absolute control is your own thoughts.

It is this that puts you in a position to control your own destiny.

Your greatest power is the power to choose.

Author Unknown.

After being gone last week, I wanted to let all of you know how special all of you are to me!  We are on this journey together and I wish each and everyone the very best!  I found this from a fellow leader, Marie Hopper.  I wanted to share with you.  Thanks to all of you!!

What Kind of an Egg Are You?

Are you a Hard-Boiled Egg?

Always on the straight and narrow
Hard on yourself
Perfectionist
Guilt-ridden
Be careful or you may CRACK!

Are you a Scrambled Egg?

Can’t keep track of your points, etc
Forget to come to meetings
Too much trouble to weigh and measure food
Can’t be bothered with keeping a diary

Are you a Soft Boiled Egg?
Wishy-washy
On again/Off again
Always making Egg-Scuses

Are you a Deviled Egg?
Always try to beat the system
Fast the day before your meeting
Wear light clothes to weigh in

Are you Sunny Side Up?
Happy with yourself and your progress
Content with the Weight Watchers Program
Positive thinker

Whatever kind of Egg you are – Hard Boiled, Scrambled, Soft Boiled, Deviled, or Sunny Side Up, please remember….Each and every one of you is EGG-STRA special to me!!!!

Another fellow leader, Pat, wrote this poem, all about tracking.  I found it so appropriate from our topic a couple of weeks ago.  Enjoy!

“If I Write It All Down”

Am I making good choices, the Weight Watcher way?
Are the Good Health Guidelines a part of my day?
If I track what I eat, just maybe I’ll see
I’m staying on target. It’s working for me!

Why do I eat? Am I hungry or bored?
Or maybe I’m angry or lonely or tired.
If I track all my feelings, just maybe I’ll see
That food is for eating, not placating me.

What are my goals? Do I even know?
Daily or weekly, I should know where to go.
If I write it all down in my tracker I’ll see
That goals can be reached. It can happen for me!

How much do I move? Could I move even more?
How much food could I “earn” if I walked to the store?
If I write in all down in my tracker I’ll see
That I’m getting stronger and lean as can be!

Should I track my successes? Would that help me some?
Would it help me acknowledge how far I have come?
If I write it all down in my tracker, one day
I’ll look back and marvel. I’ve come a long way!

And what about setbacks: should I write them down?
Would it help me feel better or just make me frown?
If I write it all down in my tracker I’ll find
It’s really just feedback. It’ll help ease my mind.

Should I write down my thoughts? What would that do?
Would it help me to focus, keep pushing on through?
If I write them all down in my tracker, I bet
I’ll share them with others, inspiring them yet.

Tracking’s a habit, a good one to follow
But don’t just write down the things that you swallow.
Write everything down and you’re bound to go far
And you’ll learn about you: What a wonder you are!

This poem goes along with last week’s topic, Excuses for Exercise.  I felt it was a little too long for the meeting but it so worth to read and written by a fellow staff member.

What’s your excuse?

Here are mine
It’s impossible to do because
There just isn’t TIME

What if it rains?
I might get wet
Or I could fall on the pavement and
that would be the worst thing yet!

Sometimes it’s too hot
Or sometimes too cold
Sometimes my buddy
Puts me on hold!

When I arrive home
There’s so much to do!
My family wants dinner
And I do too!

Then there’s laundry and dishes
And emails galore
I need to watch TV
to rest from my chores

Besides a dog could bite me
or a mosquito or two
my, on my, what would I do?

I could get a sunburn or hay fever
and end up in bed with a pain reliever!

My knees hurt, my back hurts
What should I do?
I can barely bend over
to tie my shoe

The clock ticks away ….always too fast
I’ve ran out of excuses ….imagine that at last!

Instead of debating and making up reasons
I need to overcome obstacles as we start a new season.

I’ve spent 30 minutes with all this talking
When it’s a fact
I could have been walking!

“Challenges are gifts that force us to search for a new center of gravity.  Don’t fight them.  Just find a different way to stand.”  Oprah Winfrey (“O” magazine-October 2002)

Did you know that Oprah was originally names Orpah after a Biblical character but her family didn’t know how to pronounce it so they called her Oprah.  Even though she experienced a great deal of pain in her early life, she did become an honors student,  voted most popular girl and was a member of the number two high school speech team in the nation for dramatic interpretation.  This earned her a full ride scholarship to Tennessee State University.  Her first job was working in a local grocery store.  She then won Miss Black Tennessee beauty pageant.  A local station discovered her and was hired to do the news part-time.  She then did several different television jobs and when she was doing the her talk show AM Chicago, it was Roger Ebert who convinced her to sign a syndication contract with King World. This is when “The Oprah Winfrey Show” began on September 8, 1986.

Don’t keep letting things get in the way of your desire to become the best you can be.  You need to decide yourself and have the desire from inside to make it happen.  Love this quote!

“We can let circumstances rule us, or we can take charge and rule our lives from within.”  Earl Nightingale, author

Earl Nightingale was a motivational speaker and author.  He wrote the book, “The Strangest Secret, How to Live the Life You Desire.”  He was one of 12 surviving Marines on the USS Arizona during the attack on Pearl Harbor.  His radio program, “Our Changing World” became the most highly syndicated radio program of all times and was heard in over 30 countries along with the Armed Forces Network.

“Give people the ability to do what they would want to do if they only knew they could do it.”   AND, YOU CAN DO IT! David Burrus

Daniel Burrus is one of the world’s leading technology forecasters and business strategists.  Over the past 20 years, Burrus has earned a worldwide reputation for accurately predicting technology driven trends and their direct impact on the world of business.  He is the author of 6 books, and The New York Times has referred to him as one of America’s top three business “gurus.”

This quote is so true.  Think about it, I speak with so many members who say they have attempted weight loss many times over.  Well, if it was easy and we didn’t know if we succeed, when we finally do, how sweet is that!  Also, you will appreciate it even more and apt not to let it go; therefore, getting to Lifetime!

“Victory is sweetest when you’ve known defeat.”  Malcolm Forbes

Malcolm Forbes was the publisher of Forbes magazine.  He started writing and publishing as early as age 8, where he wrote and printed a household newspaper. he then owned his own printing press by the time he was 13 years old.  By the age of 15, he was publishing newspapers for home, scouts, and school.  He then went to college at Princeton, served in the Army, and then went to work at Forbes magazine which his dad founded.  He died of a heart attack at age 70.

A member sent me this picture from when her daughter went to France.  Notice how the large and super sized cups are referred to in the restaurant.

 

I thought this poem written by another fellow staff member was appropriate

I thought this poem written by another fellow staff member was appropriate for last week’s topic about tracking.  According to this poem, we have no excuse not to track!

Though we don’t know where we’ll eat.
Or how much, or why, or when
We can always try to track
Just as long as there’s a pen…..

If you buy your lunch to go
You can track upon the bag.
If you buy a brand new shirt
You can track upon the tag.

You can track upon a napkin
When you’re sitting in a bar.
Put a post-it on your dashboard
And you’ll track inside your car.

You can track on candy wrappers.
Yes, that would be all right
Or the wrapper from your straw
When you’re drinking Diet Sprite.

You can track inside a notebook.
And here’s an awesome tip:
You can track, when at the bank,
On a cash deposit slip.

You can track in any store.
Simply track on your receipt.
In a restroom you can track
On a toilet paper sheet.

You can track on crumpled papers
In the pocket of your jacket
In a diner you can track
Upon a Splenda packet.

You can track upon a tissue
Before you blow your nose.
You’ll be glad to hear this poem
Is coming to a close……

When your day is almost over
Add the points up as a whole.
And you’ll be glad
That you stayed in great control.

Losing weight is hard. Maintaining weight loss is hard.  Both require a great deal of effort.

“The more effort you give, the more you expose yourself to the possibility of disappointment.  But that is certainly no reason to avoid the effort… For effort, while it can sometimes bring disappointment, more often brings great accomplishments. Every experience, no matter what the outcome, adds richness and dept to your life.  With the positive moments you build joy, and with the difficult times you build strength.  Engage yourself fully in the details of living, and with each day you add value to your life that cannot be taken away.  Be an active, enthusiastic participant in this day, and you’ll come away from it with real, lasting treasure.”  Ralph Marston

Exert the effort for yourself this week.  You are SO worth it!!

Enough said

So many of us need to understand that we what we are doing to our bodies now will affect us in the future.  We must remember this not only with our own lives but those of us around us.

“We live our life day to day…. Then we have to live in the house we built (our body).  Our choices, now will build the house we live in later.”

This is exactly what the WW PointsPlus Program is helping us with today!!!  Helping us with making those healthy, smarter, wiser choices to live a healthier life today, so that now and later we can have a better life!  It is like your own “Do-it-yourself” project!

“If we wait to take care of ourselves until everything else is done, there will never be time for exercise. If we don’t create time, we’ll never have it”

Dr. Christiane Northrup, She is a very well known speaker and author of the New York Times bestseller, The Wisdom of Menopause: Creating Physical and Emotional Health and Healing During the Change.

 

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This thought for the day was one I found the day after the meeting topic from last week was finished. It is so true that we need people around us.  We have to build our support team to support what we are trying to do and that is live a healthier life!

“I’m a success today because I had a friend who believed in me and I didn’t have the heart to let him down.”  Abraham Lincoln

From a fellow staff member.  This twist on Dr. Seuss Green Eggs and Ham by Theodor Seuss Geisel.  He not only wrote the 44 children books but also was the cartoonist for many of his books.  He also worked as an illustrator, political cartoonist, and worked in the animation department of the US Army.  His birthday, March 2 is declared as National Read Across America Day.  I have dressed up many of years as Dr. Seuss and have read countless Dr. Seuss books to the kids at school.  How fun!!!

Can I eat this?
No I can’t.
Will I eat this?
No I shant.

I will not eat my favorite sweets.
I will not eat my favorite treats.
I will not eat the things I crave
and in my mind I must be brave.

However………

I want to eat this, I cannot lie.
I want to eat this, so I’ll try.
I will savor every bite.
I’ll eat slow and do it right.
I will use a smaller dish
I’ll take as much time as I wish.
I will fit it in my week,

with my 49 extra I won’t have to sneak.

See…………….

I can have this, Yes I can.
I can do it with the PointsPlus Plan.

What do you put first in your life?  What do you put after that and after that?
This is one of my most favorite quotes and so true with everything in your life.  I urge you to remember as life gets hectic these upcoming spring months:

We always have time for the things we put first!  Author Unknown

A favorite poem of mine.  Sometimes it does feel like your goal is never going to happen.  But, the best line of this poem is “It’s your next move that counts…..”  Ths is the most important part of this journey.  There is a fork in the road, where do you want to go?  I have people write down on a piece a paper some of their thoughts.  Draw a line down the middle of the paper.  On the left, ask yourself why do I want this and what do I have to gain and write on the left.  Then, on the other side of the paper, ask yourself and write, if I don’t achieve your goal, what do I have to gain.  You will find the left side of the paper will be a lot longer!  Sometimes by doing this exercise, puts it all in perspective and we see it in black and white.  The thoughts aren’t all jumbled inside of our head with hundreds of other thoughts.  Try it sometime.

Don’t Quit!

When you’ve eaten too much and you can’t write it down.
And you feel like the biggest failure in town
When you want to give up just because you gave in.
And forget all about being healthy and thin.
So What!  You went over your points just a bit,
It’s your next move that counts… So don’t you dare quit!
It’s a moment of truth, it’s an attitude change.
It’s learning the skills to get back in your range.]
It’s telling yourself, “You’ve done great up till now.
You can take on this challenge and beat it somehow”
It’s part of your journey toward reaching your goal.
You’re still gonna make it, just stay in control.
To stumble and fall is not a disgrace.
If you summon the will to get back in the race.
But, so often the strugglers, when losing their grip.
Just throw in the towel and continue to slip.
And, learn too late when the damage is done.
That the race wasn’t over…they still could have won.
Lifestyle change can be awkward and slow.
But facing each challenge will help you to grow.
Success is failure turned inside out,
The silver tint in a gray cloud of doubt.
When you’re pushed to the brink, just refuse to submit.
If you bite, you write it….But don’t you dare quit!
Courtesy of fellow WW leader, Terri.

“Don’t wait until everything is just right.  It will never be perfect.  There will always be challenges, obstacles and less than perfect conditions.  So what.  Get started now.  With each step you take, you will grow stronger and stronger, more and more skilled, more and more self-confident and more and more successful”.  Mark Victor Hansen

Mark Victor Hansen is the founder and co-creator of the Chicken Soup for the Soul book series with Jack Canfield.  Mark is an American inspirational and motivational speaker, trainer and author.  He has sold over 140 million books and owns over 100 licensed products for this series. When I researched him, I found out my alma mater, Northwood University honored him in 2000 with the Outstanding Business Leader of the Year award.

“The secret of health for both mind and body is not to mourn for the past, not to worry about the future, or not to anticipate troubles, but to live in the present moment wisely and earnestly.”  The Buddha

Buddha was actually a spiritual teacher.  He was the founder of the Buddhist religion and his full name was Buddha Shakyamuni.  His name can be translated by dividing the name into 2 separate words.  “Shakya” is the name of the royal family which he was born, and “Muni” means “Able One.”   He was a royal prince in 624 BC in northern India, also known as Nepal.  Buddha also refers to anyone who has achieved full enlightenment.  The word Buddha actually means “the awakened one.”  A person actually awakens from ignorance and sees things the way they really are.  The Buddha is free from all faults and mental obstructions.  He knows everything from the past, present, and future. He is also free from discrimination and accepts all living beings.

Back by popular demand!  Stay tuned to your meeting room in the next couple of weeks, we will be starting the traveling tracker.  So, with this announcement, I thought it would be appropriate to present this poem again.  I featured back in 2008 and had a lot of great comments.  Enjoy!

If you nibble it, scribble it.
If you bite it, write it.
If you drink it, ink it.
If you snack it, track it.
If you steal it, reveal it.
If you sneak it, leak it
If you chose it, disclose it.
If you hog it, log it.’
If you snort it, report it.
If you grab it, blab it.
If you indulge it, divulge, it.
If you imbibe it, inscribe it
If you ruminate it, enumerate it.
If you ingest it, you guessed it.

“Finish each day and be done with it. You have done what you could; some blunders and absurdities have crept in; forget them as soon as you can.  Tomorrow is a new day; you shall begin it serenely and with too high a spirit to be encumbered with your old nonsense.”  Ralph Waldo Emerson

Emerson was an essayist, philosopher, poet, and leader of the Transcendentalist movement in the early 19th century.  His writings reflected the thoughts that he sought to give man back to himself, as a self-reliant individual.  He once said “Make the most of yourself, for that is all there is of you.”  These thoughts support our journey through weight loss that we must take responsibility, and we are ultimately, in charge of our own destiny!

“Don’t wait until everything is just right.  It will never be perfect.  There will always be challenges, obstacles and less than perfect conditions.  So what.  Get started now.  With each step you take, you will grow stronger and stronger, more and more skilled, more and more self-confident and more and more successful”.  Mark Victor Hansen

Mark Victor Hansen is the founder and co-creator of the Chicken Soup for the Soul book series with Jack Canfield.  Mark is an American inspirational and motivational speaker, trainer and author.  He has sold over 140 million books and owns over 100 licensed products for this series. When I researched him, I found out my alma mater, Northwood University honored him in 2000 with the Outstanding Business Leader of the Year award.

Winifred Morice is a motivational nutritionist and certified hypnotherapist and contributed and co-authored a book with Richard Simmons, “The Richard Simmons Farewell to Fat Cookbook.”

Step by Step by Winifred Morice

This weight loss business gets me down
It all seems far too hard;
I do so well for weeks on end
Then somehow lose my guard.

I judge myself for every slip
And sometimes cannot see
That life could be much better
If I’d be less hard on me.

The truth is that I have lost some weight
And that should give me hope,
But now and then I just flip out
And feel I cannot cope.

I need to look at what I’ve done,
Acknowledge my success
And know there is no hurry
Just as long as I progress.

Whenever I lose half a pound
That sure beats gaining one;
If I could look at life this way
I know I’d have more fun.

I need to tell myself each day
To take things meal by meal
And not to get so overwhelmed
by everything I feel.

Exercise, while still a grind
Which leave me stiff and sore
Also gives me energy
I’ve never had before.

So all an all it’s worth it
If I can just hang in;
those little steps I take each day
will guarantee I’ll win.

Several people have asked for this poem recently.  I found it from a fellow leader.  If you ever feel like quitting even outside of losing weight, read this poem:

Don’t Quit!

When you’ve eaten too much and you can’t write it down.
And you feel like the biggest failure in town
When you want to give up just because you gave in.
And forget all about being healthy and thin.
So What!  You went over your points just a bit,
It’s your next move that counts… So don’t you dare quit!
It’s a moment of truth, it’s an attitude change.
It’s learning the skills to get back in your range.]
It’s telling yourself, “You’ve done great up till now.
You can take on this challenge and beat it somehow”
It’s part of your journey toward reaching your goal.
You’re still gonna make it, just stay in control.
To stumble and fall is not a disgrace.
If you summon the will to get back in the race.
But, so often the strugglers, when losing their grip.
Just throw in the towel and continue to slip.
And, learn too late when the damage is done.
That the race wasn’t over…they still could have won.
Lifestyle change can be awkward and slow.
But facing each challenge will help you to grow.
Success is failure turned inside out,
The silver tint in a gray cloud of doubt.
When you’re pushed to the brink, just refuse to submit.
If you bit, you write it….But don’t you dare quit!

Courtesy of fellow WW leader, Terri.

A fellow leader wrote this poem and I thought it was a great reminder of our Nine Healthy Guidelines.  Be sure to review these!!  They can be found in you Getting Started Book Week 1 starting on page 61.
Nine Is Fine!
Keep your focus on the nine
I guarantee that you’ll feel fine.

Fruits and vegetables, leafy or raw
At least five servings is the law.

Pudding, yogurt, or even cheese
Helps you get your dairy needs.

Choose whole-wheat pasta and brown rice too.
The processed versions should be very few.

2 teaspoons of oil are a daily must
Safflower and olive are types you can trust.

Cakes and cookies may be a special treat
But you must limit the amount you eat.

Soy products, beans and meat that’s lean
Keep you satisfied and provide protein.

Let green pyramids be what you choose
These are the foods that help you lose.

6 glasses of liquid is the amount that’s right
Anything will be okay, even Crystal Light.

Move 30 minutes most everyday
Make it fun, it’ll be more like play.

A multivitamin you should take
It’s for your healthy for goodness sake.

Fit these all in day-to-day
Soon you’ll be hearing yourself say,
“I feel great and I’m looking divine
Because I’ve included my daily nine.”

Roberta Brenick

“Confidence is going after Moby Dick in a rowboat and taking the tartar sauce with you.”

Zig Ziglar, motivational author and speaker; author of 48 books and/or publications.  He was the 10th of 12 children.  He lost his father and sister at age 6 and within 2 days of each other.  He began his career in sales selling pots and pans and within several years was ranked 2nd out of 7000 sales people for another company and later 1st in a company of 3000.  He then went on to publish books, speak around the country, and appear on many TV and radio programs including 60 minutes and 20/20.

What goals do you have for 2011?  Remember:

“Think big and don’t listen to people who tell you it can’t be done.  Life’s too short to think small.”

And, remember Mark Twain:

“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do.”

And, one of my favorite quotes from the Family Circus comic:

“Always remember, Billy, ‘GOAL’ begins with ‘GO’.”

“I think I’d like to be remembered as someone who beat the odds through just plain determination….that I persevered.  Because I think that being somewhat of a pest to life, constantly plaguing and pursuing, will bring results.”  Sylvester Stallone, American actor

When reading an article about Stallone, I was amazed by some of the obstacles he has overcome during his life.  The one obstacle that has probably affected him the most and could be responsible for who he is today happened when he was actually born.  During his birth, his mother suffered complications and the doctors were forced to use two pairs of forceps to help his delivery.  The forceps were misused and this caused a severed nerve.  This caused the lower left of his face (lip, tongue, and chin) to be paralyzed and resulting in his slurred speech which he is known for today.

Just a few “out of the ordinary” tips for the holidays wanted to share with you!  Okay, if you read them I wanted to share with you for just a laugh, by no means do I endorse or recommend any of these tips.  I want to put that on the record!

  • Avoid carrot sticks. Anyone who puts carrot on a holiday buffet table knows nothing of the Christmas spirit.  In fact, if you see carrots, leave immediately.  Go next door, where they’re serving rum balls.
  • Under no circumstance should you exercise between now and New Year’s.  You can do that in January when you have nothing to do.  This is the time for long naps after the buffet table and carrying a 10-pound plate of food and that vat of eggnog.
  • Speaking of eggnog, drink as much as you can.  And quickly.  Like fine single-malt scotch, it’s rare.  In fact, it’s even rarer than single-malt scotch.  You can’t find it any other time of the year but now.  So drink up!  Who cares that it has 10,000 calories in every sip? It’s a treat!
  • Best advice of all, if you come across something really good at a buffet table, like frosted cookies in the shape of Santa, position yourself near them and don’t budge.  They’re like beautiful pair of shoes, if you leave them behind, you’re never going to see them again.
  • Same for pies, apple, pumpkin, mincemeat, have a slice of each.  When else do you get to have more than one dessert?
  • Did someone mention fruitcake?  Granted, it’s loaded with the mandatory calories, but avoid at all costs.  I mean, have some standards.
  • One final tip, if you don’t feel terrible when you leave the party or get up from the table, you haven’t been paying attention.  Reread these tips; start over, but hurry, January is just around the corner.

 

This was a great poem written by a fellow leader regarding the retirement of the old program:  Momentum.
Retirement poem for Momentum
You have shared with your members,
the knowledge for them to succeed.
You have cared for your members,
when they were in times of need……
You have shown us a new way to think about food
you taught us to say, “NO” without being rude.
You have armed us with knowledge
to make better choices, for health
and as we all know, knowledge is wealth.
You taught us to come to our meetings, for cheers
these lessons we will remember for many years.
As the time comes to bid you a fond farewell,
we make room for the NEW, in our hearts you will dwell.
We will think of you fondly, as you ride off in the sun.
Happy retirement Momentum.
A NEW chapter has begun.

I thought you would get a chuckle out of this one:
“In a perfect world, all machines would function properly, except the bathroom scale.”  Country Magazine

“I will see it when I believe it.”
Dr. Wayne Dyer, motivational author and speaker and author of over 30 books, audio programs and has appeared on many radio and television programs over the years. .  Did you know he has overcome many obstacles in his life?  He was born in Detroit, Michigan and spent most of his teen life an orphanage on the east side  He was a guidance counselor in at a local high school after graduating from Wayne State University with a degree in counseling.  He also was a professor of counselor education at St. John’s University in New York.  He announced in 2009 that he has chronic lymphocytic leukemia.  He currently resides in Hawaii with his 3rd wife.  He is the father of 8 children.

As I promised, some one-liners for the holiday:
“He who stuffeth, puffeth.”
“Don’t be a turkey! Remember what you want the most and make it happen.”
“If you stuff, you will puff.”
and, of course, the one quote everyone should know:
“Nothing tastes as good as thin feels.”

How about this great use of the word Thanksgiving to help keep us focused on the basics of the program.
A fellow leader shared this with us:
T  hink – I am a Weight Watchers.
H .ave a vision.
A .n anchor will keep you on track.
N .ext week – weigh in.
K .eep an eye on your portions.
S .tay with your plan.
G .reen is good.
I …nterrupt food with water.
V .ow to make good choices.
I …nvite someone for a walk.
N .avigate well,.
G .o for the GOLD!

I found some of these fun quotes for the upcoming holiday:
“Remember – it’s a HOLI…DAY not a HOLI…WEEK”
“Don’t stuff your face.  Face your stuff!”
“Make sure you serve yourself islands, not continents”
“Those invisible extras multiply and divide all over your body”
“The first two bites of what you love…..is what you love!”
“Prior planning prevents pudgy people”
“If you want a little behind, you must leave a little behind”

Everything you always wanted to know about turkeys but were afraid to ask!  You can surprise all of your family and friends on how intelligent you are regarding the famous bird:

When turkeys reach maturity, they can have as many as 3,500 feathers.

  • The average weight of a turkey purchased at Thanksgiving is 15 pounds.
  • Forty-five million turkeys are eaten each Thanksgiving.
  • Twenty-two million turkeys are eaten each Christmas.
  • A large group of turkeys is called a flock.
  • Make turkeys gobble.  Hens do not.  They make a clicking sound.
  • The long fleshy skin that hangs over a turkey’s beak is called a snood.
  • The color of a wild turkey’s naked head and neck area can change blue when mating.
  • Make turkeys are nicknamed “toms” while females are called”hens.”
  • Wild turkeys can run up to 55 miles per hour.
  • The heaviest turkey ever raised was 86 pounds.

 

Also, I received an email from Irwin the other day asking about how much you would have to walk in order to burn off the calories of one M&M.  I thought he was trying to “stump the leader.”  Well, I found something and here you go.  It puts it into perspective.

Just One Little M&M?

M&Ms are really football fields.  “What does this mean?”  To find out walk with a 50 cent bag of plan M&Ms onto a football field.  Open the bag, take out one little M&M at the back of the end zone.  Eat this one M&M.  It will last in your mouth about 10 seconds.  Start to walk off your M&M by striding across the football field all the way into the far end zone.  (120 yards).  Congratulations!  You just burned off one M&M.

Now turn around and look back at the goal post.  If you’re willing to walk another football field, enjoy your second M&M. Just remember, there are 53 to 55 of those little sugar coated chocolates in the 50 cent M&M bag.  This wasn’t written to depress you, but hopefully it will at least make you think the next time you pick something up that you should think twice about.  Are you willing to spend the time and energy to burn it off?  By the way, one peanut M&M equals two football fields.  Potato chips and Doritos equal two football fields.  Chocolate chip cookies, depending on their size, equal 8-15 football fields.  A Snickers bar equals 50 football fields.  Miller or Bud Light equals 18 football fields.  A regular Miller or Bud equals 36 football fields.  A Big Mac, fries, and shake are 240 football fields or 5 straight hours of walking.

This is one of my favorite short stories.  I thought I would share this and make the analogy for the holidays.  In years past, did you stop working the program and stop coming to your meetings during the holiday season.  Were you too busy, thought it was too hard with all of the holiday temptations, or felt you would just start back after the holidays.  Well, you do this every year, and it continues not to work, don’t you want this holiday to be different?  Don’t start the new year with regrets, once again.  Work the program this year, come to your meetings, and make yourself a priority.

Autobiography In Five Short Chapters
By Portia Nelson
Chapter I
I walk down the street
There is a deep hole in the sidewalk.
I fall in.
I am lost…. It isn’t my fault.
It takes forever to find a way out.

Chapter II
I walk down the same street.
There is a deep hole in the sidewalk.
I pretend I don’t see it.
I fall in again.
I can’t believe I am in the same place.
But it isn’t my fault.
It still takes a long time to get out.

Chapter III
I walk down the same street.
There is a deep hold in the sidewalk.
I see it is there.
I still fall in….It’s a habit.
My eyes are open.
I know where I am.
It is my fault.
I get out immediately.

Chapter IV
I walk down the same street.
There is a deep hole in the sidewalk.
I walk around it.

Chapter V
I walk down another street.

“Don’t wait until everything is just right.  It will never be perfect.  There will always be challenges, obstacles and less than perfect conditions.  So what.  Get started now.  With each step you take, you will grow stronger and stronger, more and more skilled, more and more self-confident and more and more successful”.  Mark Victor Hansen

Mark Victor Hansen is the founder and co-creator of the Chicken Soup for the Soul book series with Jack Canfield.  Mark is an American inspirational and motivational speaker, trainer and author.  He has sold over 140 million books and owns over 100 licensed products for this series. When I researched him, I found out my alma mater, Northwood University honored him in 2000 with the Outstanding Business Leader of the Year award.

Napolean Hill is one of my favorite quote makers.  Google him sometime and see what he has done in his life, a great motivator.
“Every adversity, every failure, every heartache carries with it the seed on an equal or greater benefit.”
“If you do not conquer self, you will be conquered by self.”
“What the mind of man can conceive and believe, it can achieve”
Napoleon Hill was an American (1883 – 1970) who is one of the original personal success literature authors.  His most famous book and one of the best-selling books of all times is “Think and Grow Rich.”  Early in his career, he interviewed Andrew Carnegie, one of the most powerful men in the world.  After speaking with Carnegie, he believed the process of success can be found in a simple formula and duplicated for each person.  Hill then interviewed many powerful and famous people including:  Henry Ford, John D. Rockefeller, Charles Schwab, William Wrigley Jr., Joseph Stalin, and Theodore Roosevelt.  Hill and Carnegie then developed the formula “rags to riches” then become famous in the “Mental Dynamite” series.  He has written many books which have sold millions including:  How to Sell Your Way Through Life and Success Through A Positive Mental Attitude.

I have featured this once before several years ago.  But, I thought it was appropriate after having a conversation with one of my members.  Remember the key is to not quit.  Also, the famous words of Dave Ramsey, financial guru:  “People in our culture today, they want to microwave everything, and really the way business is done wisely is with a crockpot.  This also applies to weight loss!
Don’t Quit!

When you’ve eaten too much and you can’t write it down.
And you feel like the biggest failure in town
When you want to give up just because you gave in.
And forget all about being healthy and thin.
So What!  You went over your points just a bit,
It’s your next move that counts… So don’t you dare quit!
It’s a moment of truth, it’s an attitude change.
It’s learning the skills to get back in your range.]
It’s telling yourself, “You’ve done great up till now.
You can take on this challenge and beat it somehow”
It’s part of your journey toward reaching your goal.
You’re still gonna make it, just stay in control.
To stumble and fall is not a disgrace.
If you summon the will to get back in the race.
But, so often the strugglers, when losing their grip.
Just throw in the towel and continue to slip.
And, learn too late when the damage is done.
That the race wasn’t over…they still could have won.
Lifestyle change can be awkward and slow.
But facing each challenge will help you to grow.
Success is failure turned inside out,
The silver tint in a gray cloud of doubt.
When you’re pushed to the brink, just refuse to submit.
If you bit, you write it….But don’t you dare quit!
Courtesy of fellow WW leader, Terri.

I shared this with you many years ago, but I just love this poem and ran across it today.  This reminds us to eat our veggies!  A great story written by a fellow leader, Suzy Jones in the Weight Watchers Story Book.

Instant Garden of Success
Plant five rows of Peas:
Patience, Perseverance,
Preparation
Planning and Positiveness

Include three rows of Squash:
Squash negativity,
Squash Dieting,
Squash Deprivation

Add five rows of Lettuce:
Let us be Positive
Let us take Responsibility,
Let us be in Control,
Let us reward our Accomplishments,
Let us be Empowered

No garden is complete without Turnips:
Turn up with a Positive Attitude
Turn up with a Smile, Turn up with New Ideas,
Turn up with Real Determination,
Turn up with Success

May your garden flourish!

With football season upon us, I thought this quote from a fellow leader, Rosa Hirsch would be appropriate.
“When you are working towards your weight-loss goal, you are like a football player trying to score a touchdown…Sometimes you can run straight up the field.  sometimes you must run up the sides and sometimes you must dodge obstacles, like other players.  But you will always try to find a way to reach the goal if you believe the goal is important enough.”
How many of you have weight-loss goals?  The last two weeks I have been challenging each meeting to develop some short, medium, and long term goals.  We are using our first goal date to coincide with the end date of the Lose For Good campaign, Saturday, October 23!  Ask yourself, “What is it I want to accomplish between now and then?  Be sure to setup weight and/or behavioral goals.  If we do the behaviors, we will become healthier and lose weight.  Be sure to remember and ask yourself:  “Wouldn’t it be nice to not have to make a New Year’s Resolution anymore to lose weight?……………..

With football season upon us, I thought this quote from a fellow leader, Rosa Hirsch would be appropriate.
“When you are working towards your weight-loss goal, you are like a football player trying to score a touchdown…Sometimes you can run straight up the field.  sometimes you must run up the sides and sometimes you must dodge obstacles, like other players.  But you will always try to find a way to reach the goal if you believe the goal is important enough.”
How many of you have weight-loss goals?  The last two weeks I have been challenging each meeting to develop some short, medium, and long term goals.  We are using our first goal date to coincide with the end date of the Lose For Good campaign, Saturday, October 23!  Ask yourself, “What is it I want to accomplish between now and then?  Be sure to setup weight and/or behavioral goals.  If we do the behaviors, we will become healthier and lose weight.  Be sure to remember and ask yourself:  “Wouldn’t it be nice to not have to make a New Year’s Resolution anymore to lose weight?……………..

“First say to yourself what you would be; and then do what you have to do.”  Epictetus.

Epictetus was an ancient Greek philosopher who lived from AD55 – AD135.  He was born a slave until his banishment and then moved to northwestern Greece.  He believed that all individuals are responsible for our own actions and they can control and examine these actions through self-discipline.  This sounds like something we could use as advice for losing weight.  We are in control of our own actions as we venture on our weigh loss journey.  We need to learn from what we do but also control overselves.

With the start of the football season around the corner, a great quote from “the Great Vince Lombardi.”

“It’s not whether you get knocked down, it’s whether you get up.”

Lombardi is one of the greatest football coaches of all times.  Did you know that he actually entered college to study to become a priest.  He did this for two years until he decided to go to Fordham University where he was on the football team and part of the “Seven Blocks of Granite” while playing the fullback position.  He graduated magna cum laude and went to work for a finance company during the day and went to law school at night.  He decided to take a teaching and coaching football position at St. Cecilia High School  and the rest is history.

This is a great quote to accompany our Lose for Good Campaign which kicks off this week!  Let us help others!  Our loss and can be someone else’s gain.

“A tree is known by its fruits; a man by his deeds.”  Saint Basil

Saint Basil was a saint known for his generous workings with the poor and underprivileged.  He was known as Bail of Caesarea and born in 330 and died January 1, 379.  He was an influential 4th century Christian theologian.  In Greek traditions, he is also known as Father Christmas.  On January 1st, it is customary to serve Vasilopita bread.  This bread is baked with a coin inside.  This day is celebrated by visiting family and friends and singing New Year’s carols and setting a place for St. Basil.  He is also known for building Basiliad, which was a large facility built outside of Caesarea.  this facility housed a poorhouse, hospice, and hospital.  At the time it was build, it was known as one of the wonders of the world.  He was a very caring and unselfish saint whose mission was to help others.

I loved this quote when I saw it, along with the person’s who quoted, his line of business!

“I believe life is a series of near misses.
A lot of what we ascribe to luck is not luck at all.
It’s seizing the day and accepting responsibility for your future.
It’s seeing what other people don’t see
and pursuing that vision.”

Howard Schultz – owner, chairman, and CEO of Starbucks Coffee.  He has been a very driven man in his career.  He was born in Brooklyn, New York and lived in the housing projects.  He turned to sports and received an athletic scholarship to Northern Michigan University.  He received a bachelor’s degree in communications.  He started his career with Xerox and then went to work for Hammerplast, a Swedish drip coffee maker.  He traveled to Seattle to visit a Starbuck’s store and then joined them as Director of Marketing.  He is a lover of coffee drinks, and this is probably responsible for the immense growth of Starbucks.  He traveled to Italy and noticed coffee bars were everywhere.  They were not only a place to get a good cup of espresso but also a meeting place for people to visit, etc.  This is how it all got started.  He also owns a significant portion of Jamba Juice.  He used to be the owner of the Seattle Supersonics and co-wrote the book, “Pour Your Heart Into It.” In 2006, he was the 354th richest person in the United States.  All because of a cup of coffee and a passion!   buona tazza di caffè  (Good Cup of Coffee in Italian!)

I thought you might like to read a funny this week!  This comes from a fellow leader and she says:  “the scale is a guide, not a God.”  And, this is the story:

A member brought her this joke, which was about a teacher and she asked her students what religious objects they had in their homes.  One boy answered, we have a picture of a beautiful woman with a halo holding a baby and every day my mother kneels in front of it.  The next little boy said, “We have a brass statue of a man seated with crossed legs and a Chinese face, and everyday my parents burn an incense stick before it.  Then a third boy piped up, “In the bathroom we have a flat, square box with numbers on it.  Everyday my mother stands on it first thing in the morning and screams, “Oh My God!”

I encourage you to read the following quote and sit and ponder it.  You are the only one that is responsible for you.  Embrace this journey that you are toward a healthy lifestyle and weight.  I challenge you to take today and make this the first day of your journey, no matter if you have 100 pounds to lose or you are at goal. I always used to say “Wouldn’t it be nice to be able not to have make a New Year’s Resolution about losing weight.”  Decide today to make this the first day of your renewed journey.  With the start of the school year and September right around the corner, it is ironic that of the 8 times I tried to lose weight over an 11 year period, I started the majority of time in the month of September.

“The best day of your life is the one on which you decide your life is your own.  No apologies or excuses.  No one to lean on, rely on, or blame.  The gift is yours-it is an amazing journey-and you alone are responsible for the quality of it.  This is the day your life really begins.  Bob Moawad

“When we set goals, they work in two ways: We work on them, and they work on us.”- Bob Moawad

Bob Moawad was the founder of Edge Learning Institute in 1973.  This company uses leadership and personal development processes to help shape leader, managers and employees of some of the top companies in the world.  He is the author of such books as “Mistakes are Great”, “Whatever It Takes:  A Journey Into the Heart of Human Achievement”, and “Dare to be Different.”

“Celebrate what you want to see more of.”
Thomas J. Peters is an American writer on business and management practices.  He is best known for the book “in Search of Excellence” that he co-authored with Robert H. Waterman, JR.
So my question for you is what do you want to see more of?  Do you want to see yourself practicing the 9 Healthy Guidelines, being at your goal weight, being more active, making healthier choices each day….  the list could go on and on.  Embrace the program and your capabilities.  You can do this!

Many of you requested that I put the vacation poem on my website.  Thank you goes to Cindy Brown, a fellow leader.

Vacation, Vacation
I can hardly wait.
My fun won’t be determined
by what’s on my plate!

I will plan my snacks & plan
my buffet.
So previously pounds lost will
stay away!

I’ll sip drinks slowly and savor each bite and after each meal
I will write, write, write!

I’ll stay at a place I can walk or I can bike
and wear some new clothes that I really like!

I will not be stressed.
I won’t be uptight.
When I return….
I will weigh in light!

“Nothing can stop the man with the right mental attitude from achieving his goal; nothing on earth can help the man with the wrong mental attitude.”

Thomas Jefferson, 3rd U.S. president

I read and learned quite a bit about Thomas Jefferson.  Of course, he was the 3rd president of the US and the main author of the Declaration of Independence.  Besides his political involvements, etc., he was a man of many other interests.  He was an architect, archaeologist (developed various excavating techniques), gourmet, wine lover, bird and fish enthusiast, and the founder of the University of Virginia.  He died on July 4th, 1826 which just so happens to be the 50th anniversary of the adoption of the Declaration of Independence.  He died just a few hours before John Adams, his partner in the quest for independence for our country.

I had a dear member ask me last week what has made a difference in my weight loss journey and maintaining the weight for 17 years.  Well, I wouldn’t be telling you the whole story if I didn’t say working for Weight Watchers has made a difference.  It not only has helped me personally, but has allowed me to help you.  And, this is what it is all about!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I shared the thought below with you several years ago, but I think it is worth repeating.  Think of this thought, as you make yourself a priority and get to your weight loss goals and your goals in life too!
Servings:  1
Estimated Points value per serving:  0
Course/ Light Meals
Ingredients:
1 c. vision
1 c. commitment
1 c. discipline
1c. self-control
1 c. sacrifice
1 c. conviction
1 c. imagination

Instructions for the recipe for success.
In a large part of your life, add 1 c. vision.  Make up your mind which direction to go and strive for it everyday.  Add 1 c. commitment.  Commit yourself everyday to reaching your goal.  Add 1 c. discipline.  Discipline yourself to do what you must do to keep the commitment and hold onto the vision.  Add 1 c. of self-control.  No matter what temptation comes, remember you have a choice.  Add 1 c. sacrifice.  Be willing to give up bad habits for good habits.  Add 1 c. of conviction.  Have the courage to stand your ground knowing that you are mixing the right ingredients tougher in your life.  Add 1 c. imagination.  Imagine what all this cooking will achieve in the end.  Bring all of these things to a boil.  Now pour it all into the rest of your life for success.  Keep on cooking.”
Robert Coskrey, a poet born February 21, 1968

What happens when you sit on a grape?
It gives a little wine!

Why was the tomato blushing??
Because it saw the salad dressing!!

Why is it not wise to tell secrets in a cornfield??
There are too many ears….

What is small red and whispers??
A hoarse radish

Why did the tomato go out with a prune??
Because it couldn’t find a date!

What is green and goes to summer camp??
A Brussel’s scout!

How do you fix a broken tomato??
With tomato paste!

And my favorite…
What is a vampire’s favorite fruit??
A neck-torine!

“The mind is a powerful thing.  I really believe that it all starts in your head!  As Dave Ramsey would say, “Winning at money is 80 percent behavior and 20 percent head knowledge. Most of us know what to do, but we just don’t do it.”  This same philosophy applies to our diet.  It is 80 percent behavior and 20 percent knowledge.  Here are two very true quotes about our thoughts and how they affect what we do.

“Once you replace negative thoughts with positive ones, you’ll start having positive results.”  Willie Nelson

I read up about Willie Nelson.  What an interesting man!  His mother left 6 months after his birth and his father left a few years later.  He was raised by his grandparents who started his music career by giving him mail-order music lessons at age 6.  He was a disc jockey, joined the air force but was discharged 6 months later due to back problems, and went to school to Baylor University to become a farmer.  He is also a black belt in Tae Kwan Do.

The other quote I found comes from Rhonda Byrne.  She is the author of the book, “The Secret.”  This book is written in 46 languages, sold over 16 million copies, and has been on the best seller lists of the New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal.  This book is about the most powerful law in the universe.  She studied various religions, and fields of human endeavors throughout thousands of years.  She speaks of how we have the power to turn any weakness or suffering into strength, power, perfect peace, healthy and abundance.  She was even named one of “The Time 100:  The People Who Shape the World in 2007.  Her main theme throughout her life is “Ask, Believe, and Receive.”

“Your life right now is a reflection of your past thoughts.  That includes all the great things, and all the things you consider not so great.  Since you attract to you what you think about most, it is easy to see what your dominant thoughts have been on every subject of your life, because that is what you have experienced.”

“Stay committed to your decisions, but stay flexible in our approach.  It’s the end you’re after.”  Anthony Robbins

You probably have seen Robbins on infomercials, etc on television.  He is a motivational speaker and self-help author.  He actually started working with Jim Rohn, another one of my favorite quoters!!!  Robbins is also known for seminars, firewalking, starring in numerous movies and television shows, etc.  He once said that happiness and success needs to be based on how you live your life not what we have.  How true!!

This came from a fellow leader.  I thought you could use a chuckle!
You know you’re a Weight Watchers member when…
– you start telling your coworkers the Points in their lunches.
– you calculate the Points in your dog’s food.
– you take off your earrings before you weigh in.
– you try to calculate activity Points for typing!
– you run to the bathroom like 3 times before weigh in to make sure you are “empty”
– you wear the lightest clothes you own to get weighed
– you refer to points like it has money value (ex. I charged 3 points or that cost me 3 points)
– you panic when someone invites you to go out somewhere and you don’t know the points.
– you know how much your underwear weighs (even an ounce makes a diff on weigh-in day!).
– all foods in your cabinet are marked with point values in big, bright marker colors.
– you start growling at your hubby if he tries to steal some of your carefully pre-measured food.
– you now consider foods as point worthy or unworthy.
– you know the location of every public restroom within a 5-mile radius of your home.
– you haven’t balanced your checkbook in weeks, but your food journal is kept down to every half point. :)
– your WW leader won’t call on you in meetings because she wants somebody else to participate, for once.
– all your friends have become Weight Watchers, and you’ve started your own e-group
– you dare to wear that slinky dress out of the house because it doesn’t fit like a sausage casing any more
– store-bought cake with cheap “butter cream” is gross and you don’t finish your courtesy slice at the party.
– you buy a digital scale for your bathroom
– you can ‘eyeball’ an ounce of cheese to the 10th place.
– you are thirsty all the time
– if your boss knew how many pee breaks you took you’d not only be fired, you’d owe the company
– the water filter that is supposed to last 3 months lasts 3 days
– your cat hates you because you give him fat-free milk
– you deliberately take the crappiest parking space every day at work
– you develop such incredible bladder control that others can come into the restroom, finish, wash hands, and leave again before you finish
– you drink more water than Niagara Falls.
– you accidentally drink a regular soda and want to freak because you could have spent those points elsewhere
– you have a brand new car and walk to work to earn activity points
– you’ve gone to bed to avoid eating
– you refuse a free lunch because you already planned one
– you eat a whole can of green beans cold with vinegar and enjoy it!
– you once walked a half hour to dinner all dressed up on vacation to earn points
– you can look at others and know how much they weigh
– you won’t even eat a TicTac offered to you because those add up
– you drink a full glass of water before eating to slow down the process
– you peeeeeeeeee all day every day!!!!!!!!!!!!
– you go to the movies and don’t get anything to eat
– you go to restaurants and often order children portions or appetizers for your meal
– when everybody in your family starts counting their points, too
– when you can’t lace your bodice any tighter, but you can still breathe
– when eating over at friend’s place you start to look for the Nutrition List on the bottom of the plate.
– everybody asks, “How did you lose all that weight so fast?”
– you can’t imagine life without your journal
– your Pointsfinder is strapped to your chest
– your husband doesn’t want to be home for dinner anymore and is eyeing your dog’s juicy steak.
– other people around you feel guilty for the food THEY are eating
– you & your co-worker can just give each other “that look” when a person walks into the room -meaning there might be a candidate for our (WW at Work)
– you wonder how many points your cat is eating.
(for the die-hards) You CALCULATE how many points your cat is eating.

“Exercise is the king, nutrition is the queen, and together they make a kingdom.”  Jack LaLanne
Jack was born in 1914 and is a famous exercise guru, nutritional expert, motivator, and speaker.  He is known for his bodybuilding and hosted the longest running exercise show in history, 1951-1985.  He also designed the first leg extension, pulley machine using cables, and weight selectors.  He is still alive at the ripe age of 95 and works out 2 hours a day.  He does an hour and half of weight training and half hour of cardio such as swimming or walking.  He is also is known for two other quotes from a Today Show interview with Katie Couric about nutrition.  He said:  “if man made it, don’t eat it”, and “if it tastes good, spit it out.”

I was riding in the car the other day and listening to Dave Ramsey, of course!  He read this quote (as he does everyday), and I couldn’t help but think, this is one of the best quotes I have ever heard.  The quote is from David Campbell, and it can be used with your money as he was referring to, but it can also refer to your weight, etc.  As I have always said, those two behaviors, parallel each other so much.  This is going to become my new mantra.  Do you try to remember it is you want?  You also have to know what it is you want with your WW journey.  I urge you this week to think about that, what do you want??????

“Discipline is remembering what you want.”

“I attribute my success to this:  I never gave or took an excuse.”  Florence Nightingale
Nightingale was a nurse, statistician, and writer.  Much to her parent’s dismay, she felt her true calling was to be a nurse and help those who were sick and in need.  During the Crimean War, she took 38 nurses to treat over 8000 men suffering from malaria and cholera.  She was shocked by the unsanitary conditions which during these times is was unbelievable that one in six soldiers actually died from wounds suffered during the war.  She was very vocal and became instrumental in helping establish the Sanitary Commission which later formed the Army Medical College.  She was a heroine!!

I think this short story sums it all up for us and the importance of our meetings and the support we receive.  Remember this is a journey we are all on!!!!  Enjoy getting to know yourself!

One very hot day, a little boy was trying desperately to move a huge stone.  His face was flushed and streaked with sweat as he pushed the stone which would not budge.
His father came along, paused, and asked in an unsympathetic way, “Son, are you doing the best you can?”  The boy straightened up in surprise.  “Of course I am, Father!” he answered indignantly.  Hi father persisted:  “But are you sure you’re doing your best?”  Without a word, the little boy got a new hold on the rack, bent his knees and made another mighty effort.  But the stone was too big.  “See Dad?” he asked, showing he had done his best without success.  “But you still aren’t doing the best you can” his father insisted, “because you haven’t asked me to help you.”

How long it takes some of us to learn this same lesson.  Sometimes doing the best we can is impossible unless we are willing to call on others to help us.  Author Unknown  (Weight Watchers Storybook, To Motivate…Educate…and Inspire…

“Priorities lead to Prosperity.”

This quote is so true!!!!  Once again, this comes from a financial guru and confirms how we treat our money is how we treat our diet and weight loss program.
If our priority is to become healthy and at our ideal weight, then we will prosper in those two areas!

Michelle Singletary, nationally syndicated columnist for The Washington Post.  She has written 3 books, the latest being:  “The Power to Prosper.”  She primarily writes about personal finance.  She has appeared on all three major networks and has appeared on such shows as Oprah, Today Show, and The View.  Her column appears in over 100 newspapers across the country and after her first year of writing her column, she was nominated for the Pulitzer Prize.  She has also hosted various radio programs, conducts workshops, and volunteers to mentor those facing financial issues.

Great quote:

“The first step towards getting somewhere is to decide that you are not going to stay where you are.”  John Pierpont Morgan

He was an American banker and financier.  In 1901, he was one of the wealthiest men in the world.  He formed the company – General Electric in 1892.  He also started J.P. Morgan & Company, Chase Manhattan Bank and United States Steel Corporation.  He had contracted rheumatic fever at age 15, and it took him over a year to recover but he continued his studies.  He was a very savvy businessman and had organized or underwrote the securities for 42 corporations. He definitely lived this quote!

Love this quote!
“People are always blaming their circumstances for what they are.  I don’t believe in circumstances.  The people who get on in this world are the people who get up and look for the circumstances they want, and, if they can’t find them, make them.”  George Bernard Shaw
George was an Irish playwright.  He also wrote novels, essays, plays, and short stories.  He was the first person to ever win the Nobel Prize for Literature and the Oscar.  He wrote the play Pygmalion.  If you didn’t know this is the play in which the stage play and film:  My Fair Lady was adapted from several years later.

This quote has come up in the meeting room several times in the last month, so I thought I would share:
“Don’t put off what you want the most for what you want at the moment.”  Author Unknown
Remember this quote the next time you are tempted!!!!  This will change your perspective not only with eating but with many other aspects of our lives.  Such as:  I want to sleep in; however, I want to better shape!

Answers from last week’s trivia:
He saved 77 lives while working as a lifeguard in Rock River in Dixon, Illinois.  Ronald Reagan

 
He was an Eagle Scout and received the Distinguished Eagle Scout Award.  He also worked as a ranger for Philmont at Taso, New Mexico.  Donald Rumsfeld

 
He worked in high school at a local baby furniture where he also learned Yiddish.  Did you know Yiddish is a high German language written in the Hebrew alphabet?  Colin Powell

 
He was voted to the most likely to succeed in his high school.  John Kennedy

I thought I would share 4 quotes with you from some very well known statesmen:
•   We must use time as a tool, not as a couch.”  John F. Kennedy
•   Whatever your next challenge maybe, do it well!  Do it with tolerance and understanding of others.  But, do it with all of the drive, enthusiasm and joy of life you have in you.”  Donald Rumsfeld
•   Every new day begins with possibilities.  It’s up to us to fill it with the things that move us toward progress and peace..” Ronald Reagan
•   “There are no secrets to success.  It is the result of preparation, hard work, learning from failure.”  Colin Powell, U.S. Army General and statesman
Trivia:  Can you match up these facts with the appropriate person above?  Answers will be given next week under this tab.

•   He saved 77 lives while working as a lifeguard in Rock River in Dixon, Illinois.
•   He was an Eagle Scout and received the Distinguished Eagle Scout Award.  He also    worked as a ranger for Philmont at Taso, New Mexico.
•   He worked in high school at a local baby furniture where he also learned Yiddish.  Did you know Yiddish is a high German language written in the Hebrew alphabet?
•   He was voted to the most likely to succeed in his high school.

Love this quote!  Going back to some discussion we have regularly in the meeting room about forgiveness and let the past be the past and not to beat yourself up.
“Never let yesterday use up too much of today.”  Will Rogers
The main thing is that you learned something from the past.  This is especially true if you think you have “screwed up” and ate too many points or ate something you shouldn’t have eaten or not exercised, etc.  Remember it is about the choices you have made and not let this rule what you will do in the future.  I urge you to take responsibility, own it, and move on. But, most of all, hopefully, you learned something.
Did you know Will Rogers was a humorist, comedian, vaudeville performer, actor (silent (50) and sound (21) films), social commentator (wrote 4000) nationally syndicated newspaper columns, and was a Cherokee cowboy?  I read the story of his life and was amazed by what this man has accomplished.  He died in 1935 with Wiley Post (aviator) while they were flying a small airplane near the Alaska Territory.  Wiley Post was the first man to fly solo around the world.  During several of their airplane trips in Alaska, Will would write his newspaper columns on his typewriter in the plane while Wiley flew the plane.  A man’s work is never done!

A great quote from the creator of Winnie the Pooh, A.A. Milne.  This quote came from Christopher Robin and said to Pooh in one of the famous Pooh bear books.
“Promise me you’ll always remember:  You’re braver than you believe, and stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think.”
Milne was an English author and playwright.  He had one son (yes, you guessed it; his name was Christopher Robin Milne).  Did you know how Winnie-the-Pooh got his name?  The animals used in the Pooh stories were inspired by his son’s stuffed animals.  The stuffed bear was originally named Edward.  The bear was renamed Winnie (Winnipeg) after a Canadian black bear which was used as a military mascot in World War 1 and left to the London Zoo during the war.  The Pooh part comes from a swan called “Pooh”.  These stuffed animals are now displayed in New York.

How many times have I said this in the meeting!  We must surround ourselves with those things that we want to be and become. So, achieving your lifetime goal, you would focus on coming to the meetings, tracking, planning meals, reading about good health, watching health and healthy cooking shows, screen savers with inspirational quotes, and the list could go on and on.  Well, this quote from Jack Canfield, author of the Chicken Soup for the Soul series says it all!  Did you know he and his co-author, Mark Victor Hansen have over 200 titles and 112 million copies in print in over 40 languages with the series, Chicken Soup for the Soul books.  In the last 15 years, these books were among the top 150 best-selling books.
“The Law of Attraction state states whatever you focus on, think about, read about, and talk about intensely, you’re going to attract more of into your life.”  Jack Canfield

I have been thinking quite a bit about habits these days and how they can prevent us from getting to our goal and how they can help us.  We just have to focus and work at the good ones!  I found these two quotes that reiterate this thought:
“Continuing to cling to the patterns you know inhibits your ability to discover what you don’t know.”  Eric Allenbaugh (leadership consultant, keynote speaker, and best selling author.)
“Life is a process of working out what’s not working for you and disentangling yourself from it and trying then not to walk into the same thing again.  Watching your patterns and correcting them if you can.”  Siobhan Fahey (one of the founding members of the rock group, Bananarama.)

Love this analogy of purchasing a house to your weight loss journey.  This was written by a fellow leader, Marie Carney and appears in a small book I was given when I became a leader many years ago, “Story Book….To motivate..Educate… and Inspire.”
Losing weight is like buying a house.  It requires work and thought and creativity.  When buying a home, it’s not easy to come up with the down payment, let along closing costs and moving expenses.  But when people are focused and determined, they find a way.  They set priorities and ask for help – like getting a mortgage.  Then it happens… a home of their own!  They can hardly believe it!  Of course, it’s seldom as perfect as they might have hoped.  But it’s real and it’s theirs.  Now all of their money struggles are past and they will never have to worry again.  Right!  Wrong!
Now comes the monthly mortgage payments and the never-ending repairs and renovations.  Homeowners learn to accept the fact that owning their homes will always require an effort.  Maintenance is a matter of making that monthly payment even when the water heater breaks and the bathroom needs paint.  But they do it because owning a home is worth it and they are determined to help control their own fate.  They will never go back to renting.
so it is with weight loss….The initial loss and the maintenance require vigilance – but it is a vigilance that is worth the price.  And, although they may always be some struggle attached, your commitment and resolve will help to form good habits which will make the struggle easier.

“Everything in your life gets better when you get better, and nothing is ever going to get better until you get better.”

A great quote from Larry Winget.  He is an author and speaker on business and personal success.  He is known as the “Pitbull of Personal Development®”  He is the author of 5 New York Times/Wall Street Journal best-selling books.  One of his books includes:  “Shut Up, Stop Whining & Get a Life.”  He is known for his uniqueness and wearer of cowboy shirts and cowboy boots, Lots of them!!!!

I found this quote last week and felt it said it all when it comes to the “dreaded plateau.”  Plateaus are a normal part of the weight loss process.  But, so many of us, get frustrated and give up!  You need to persevere during these times.  I felt this quote says it all!
A plateau is like a pebble.  Hold it too close to you eye and it fills the whole world and puts everything out of focus.  Hold it at a proper viewing distance and it can be examined and classified.  Throw it at your feet and it can be seen in its true setting – just one more, tiny bump on the pathway to success.  Author Unknown.

“The sages do not consider that making no mistakes is a blessing.  They believe, rather, that the great virtue of man lies in his ability to correct his mistakes and continually make a new man of himself.”

Wang Yang-Ming (12472-1529) was a Chinese philosopher.  He is also one of the world’s greatest master of Confucianism along with Confucius.  What is confucianism, you ask?  It is a Chinese ethical and philosophical system which stresses the importance of moral development which believes a person should be governed by moral virtue instead of coercive laws.

Many of you asked that I put the poem that I read during last week’s meeting on this website.  Well, here it is:

What Food Can and Cannot Do
Food can fill our stomachs.
It cannot fill our souls.
Food can nourish our bodies.
It cannot nourish our hearts and minds.
Food can make our taste buds happy.
It cannot make us happy.
Food can give momentary pleasure.
It cannot give lasting pleasure.
Food can distract us from our pain.
It cannot take away our pain.
Food serves a purpose.
It does not give us purpose.
Food can be controlled
It does not control us.
Author Unknown

Also, I always speak about in the meetings about surrounding yourself with those things that help and remind you of your dreams, goals, etc for losing weight.  This quote is from Jack Canfield, author of the “Chicken Soup for the Soul©” books.  So, this week think about what you can surround yourself with in your environment to help you be successful.  Perfect quote for this week’s topic:  Setting up your kitchen for success.

“The Law of Attraction state that whatever you focus on, think about, read about, and talk about intensely, you’re going to attract more of into your life.”

Some of my favorite sayings are Chinese proverbs.  There are thousands addressing various aspects of life the Chinese used to teach children and adults alike.  One of my favorites is:

“The gem cannot be polished without friction, nor man perfected without trials.”

This is a perfect illustration of how we need to continue on the program.  As we talked in the meeting last week, you can follow the program and not be perfect!!!  What is important is what you do with the information, what you learned, and the sweet success and journey you have taken along the way!

“Your imagination is your preview of life’s coming attractions.”

A great thought for you to ponder this week from one of the most intelligent and influential men of our times.  He was named Time magazine’s Person of the Century in 1999.  Did you know he had early speech difficulties but was the top student in his elementary school?  Also, he failed the entrance exam to a technical school in Switzerland, he spent two difficult years after his schooling to search for a teaching job, and he was passed over for a promotion in 1903 at the Swiss Patent Office.  So, you can see, he overcame obstacles in his life, but he was very successful!  So, use your imagination and envision your coming attraction:  Lifetime!

This came from our staff site and is a poem by Lisa Crozier entitled “Eat to Live.”  I actually heard this about 6 years ago, “Eat to Live, not Live to East,” and it changed my life and how I look and treat food.

Eat to Live
When the time has come, and the lights grow dim
For what things will I smile of how my life’s been?
Watching a sunrise from the crest of a hill
Hearing crickets chirp as the air grows still
Laughing with a child in a game of peekaboo
Holding them close when their heart is broken, too
Taking a risk and baring my soul
Dancing to the rhythm of the thunder roll
Experiencing all I can fit into my days
Climbing and playing and trying new ways.
Of embracing the world, of living this life
Of finding the path through prosperity and strife
These are the things that will make my heart glad
The memories I’ll cherish in all that I had
My life isn’t about what I put in my mouth
But of loved ones, experiences, and vibrant health
That give me strength needed to LIVE while I breath
And in full brilliant color, my life’s tapestry weave
I won’t live to eat, but I will eat to live
and I’ll be proud of who I was, giving all I can give.

Another fabulous quote from one of my favorite, Jim Rohn, entrepreneur, author, and speaker.  He helped launch the careers of Tony Robbins, Brian Tracy, Mark Victor Hansen, and Jack Canfield.

“Either you can run the day or the day runs you.”

This fits right into the discussion I have with a lot of members.  We have a tendency to let everything else get in the way of some of those things that are important to us, such as being healthy and losing weight.  Take charge of you and of your day, activities, “to do” lists, etc.  Make your health and the health of those around you, one of your highest priorities.  It always goes back to that old saying, “If you don’t have your health, you don’t have anything!”

“Failure is the opportunity to begin again more intelligently”.

Henry Ford

Ford was, of course, the founder of the Ford Motor Company in Dearborn, Michigan.  A couple of things about Ford, did you know he was awarded 161 patents?  His work included watch repairman, machinist, worked on the family farm (which he disliked), worked for Westinghouse and serviced steam engines, ran a sawmill, and it all started with him building the first self-propelled vehicle called the Ford Quadricycle.  This was a very interesting vehicle since it was driven by a chain and the wheels were 4 bike tires.  It had only two gears 10 mph and 20 mph.  And, it didn’t go in reverse!  He originally sold the first vehicle for $200.00.  Going back to the quote, do you think he failed during his beginning years?  He certainly didn’t let this discourage him, and he continued to go on and then partner with people such as Edison and Firestone.
As a side note, did you know Ford also began the 40 hour work week, along with profit sharing?  An employee needed to work for the company at least 6 months and Ford’s Social Department needed to approve how an employee conducted their lives before they would be considered part of the profit sharing company.  We have come a long way!

 

 

IF I LOST 1 LB. A WEEK I WOULD WIN IN 2010

By Valentine’s Day
I’d be 6 lbs. lighter! I’m loving it!
By St. Patrick’s Day
I’d be 11 lbs. lighter! With the
luck-o-the Irish I’ll make my goal.
By Easter
I’d be 13 lbs. lighter! I’d be a cuter
bunny.
By Memorial Day
I’d be 21 lbs. lighter! Won’t let it
rain on my parade.
By Independence Day
I’d be 26 lbs. lighter! I will declare
my freedom from overeating!
By Labor Day
I’d be 35 lbs. lighter! What a
wonderful reward for all my hard
work.
By Columbus Day
I’d be 40 lbs. lighter! What a joy to
discover what I can do.
By Halloween
I’d be 43 lbs. lighter! I didn’t think I
had a ghost of a chance.
By Thanksgiving
I’d be 47 lbs. lighter! I’d have so
much to be thankful for.
By Christmas Eve
I’d be 51 lbs. lighter! Talk about
being merry.
By New Year’s Eve
I’d be 52 lbs. lighter! It’s not just
a new year, it’s a new ME!

“Twas the week or two 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
At 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 not 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!

 

Recipe for Success
Ingredients
1 cup of vision
1 cup of commitment
1 Cup of discipline
1 Cup of Self-control
1 cup of sacrifice
1 cup of conviction
1 cup of imagination
In a large part of your life, add 1 cup of vision. Make up your mind which direction to go and strive for it everyday Add 1 cup of commitment. Commit yourself everyday to reaching your goal. Add 1 cup of discipline. Discipline yourself to do what you must to keep the commitment and hold on to the vision. Add 1 cup of self-control. No matter what temptation comes, remember you have a choice. Add 1 cup of sacrifice. Be willing to give up bad habits for good habits. Add 1 cup of conviction.
Have the courage to stand your ground knowing that you are mixing the right ingredients together in your life. Add 1 cup of imagination. Imagine what all this cooking will achieve in the end. Bring all of these things to a boil. Now pour it all into the rest of your life and you have the recipe for success. Keep it always on simmer.

“Rudolph the Happy Weight Watcher”
Rudolph the happy weight watcher
had to track his every bite
and if you ever saw him,
you would use your measure-rite
All of the other members,
wanted to be just like him..
they never let happy Rudolph
run out after he weighed in.
Then one foggy holiday eve,
the leader came to say
Rudolph with your belt pulled tight
you have reached your goal tonight
Oh how the members loved him
as they shouted out with glee
Rudolph the happy weight watcher,
soon you’ll get your lifetime key!!

I thought you would enjoy this quote!
“In a perfect world, all machines would function perfectly, except the bathroom scale.”  Country Magazine.

As you prepare for the holidays, read this poem from a fellow staff member.  Your meetings-It makes a difference!

December – Such a busy month-but, lots of fun, too.
There’s decorating, shopping-little time just for you.
In the midst of the rush, parties and food-
Less time for the program?? Not in the mood?
I have a plan that will keep you on track-
STAY FOR YOUR MEETINGS-Relax and sit back.
Forget the hustle-bustle, all the things you must do.
Thirty minutes each week will refresh and empower you.
So, have fun this December-maintain if you choose.
Just stay for your meetings, No January blues!

Twas the night of Thanksgiving, but I just couldn’t sleep
I tried counting backwards, I tried counting sheep.

The leftovers beckoned…the dark meat and white
But I fought the temptation with all of my might.

Tossing and turning with anticipation
The thought of a snack became infatuation.

so I raced to the kitchen, flung open the door
And gazed at the fridge, full of goodies galore.

I gobbled up Turkey and buttered potatoes,
Pickels and carrots, beans and tomatoes.

I felt myself swelling so plump and so round,]
‘Till all of a sudden, I rose off the ground.

I crashed through the ceiling, floating into the sky
Mouthful of pudding and a handful of pie.

But I managed to yell as I soared past the trees….
Somebody get me to Weight Watchers, Please!

This was written by a fellow leader.  She did a great job in taking one of the holiday songs and turning into a Thanksgiving rhyme!

 

May your stuffing be tasty, may your turkey be plump,
May your potatoes ’n gravy have nary a lump,
May your yams be delicious, may your pies take the prize,
May your Thanksgiving dinner stay off of your thighs!

A fellow leader reworked a Thanksgiving poem and wanted to share with everyone!
Thanksgiving Choices

I could eat everything
I could gobble it down
My pants would get tighter
and I’d wobble around

This year at Thanksgiving
I will do something new
I’ll write in my Trackers
And choose Filling Foods, too!

I’ll enjoy all my favorites
But will keep portions tidy
And I’’ still like myself
when the day turns to Friday

A day on the couch?
I’ll instead take a stroll
No victim to holidays,
I’ll stay in control!

I found this acronym from one of our fellow leaders.  I know November always reminds us to give thanks but we should do every year, month, day, hour, and minute!  Give thanks this month for who you are and what you have and will be!
T..hink I am a Weight Watchers
H..ave a vision
A..n anchor will keep you on track
N..ext week – weigh in
K..eep an eye on your portions
S..tay with your plan
G..reen is good (filler foods)
I..nterrupt food with water
V..ow to make good choices
I..nvite someone for a walk
N..avigate well
G..O for the GOLD!

What are you when it comes to your weight loss program?  Are you a pessimist or an optimist?
“A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty.”
A great quote from Winston Churchill, British statesman, author, officer, artist, historian, and artist. Did you know Churchill was a winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature for his historical and biographical works?  Also, he and Mother Teresa were the only two people who were made an Honorary Citizen of the United States while they were still alive.  Also, he also did very poorly in school during his early years and had a speech impediment, stuttering.  He was determined to make his mark on the world (as he wrote) due to his father who passed away at age 45, and Churchill felt he would also die young.

Going along with our weekly topic last week and this week:  The Healthy Guidelines, this poem was written by a fellow leader, Roberta Brenick.  It is great!  Enjoy!
 

Nine Is Fine!

Keep your focus on the nine
I guarantee that you’ll feel fine.
Fruits and vegetables, leafy or raw
At least five servings is the law.
Pudding, yogurt, or even cheese
Helps you get your dairy needs.
Choose whole-wheat pasta and brown rice too.
The processed versions should be very few.
2 teaspoons of oil are a daily must
Safflower and olive are types you can trust.
Cakes and cookies may be a special treat
But you must limit the amount you eat.
Soy products, beans and meat that’s lean
Keep you satisfied and provide protein.
Let GREEN diamonds be what you choose
These are the foods that help you lose.
6 glasses of liquid is the amount that’s right
Anything will be okay, even Crystal Light.
Move 30 minutes most every day
Make it fun, it’ll be more like ply.
A multivitamin you should take
It’s for your health for goodness sake.
Fit these all in day-to-day
Soon you’ll be hearing yourself say,
“I feel great and I’m looking divine
Because I’ve included my daily nine.”

This poem was written by a former Weight Watchers receptionist, Mary Howington and was in the Weight Watchers Story Book for Leaders.  Great poem to get you motivated for the upcoming holidays!

I Promise!
I’m gonna be gorgeous by Christmas!
I’m gonna wear plaids when I please!
No more wearing brown,
No stripes up and down.
I’ll get rid of those dimpled knees!

I’m gonna be slimmer for Santa!
I’m gonna surprise him, you’ll see!
It’ll open his eyes
When he finds that old size
Wraps twice around little old me!

I’m gonna wear bring green and scarlet,
I’ll change his “Ho Ho!” to a “Wow!”
I’LL EAT THE RIGHT DINNER
So I can be thinner.
I’m gonna get started right now!

I fell in love with this quote.  You can use this quote and make the analogy to our Weight Watchers Momentum® Program:
“There are three ingredients in the good life:  learning, earning, and yearning.”
Christopher Morley, editor and author.  He wrote over 100 books of essays, poetry, and novels.
Learning – Learning the program
Earning – Earning points for the activity you do
Yearning – Yearning for you goal!
So many of you asked that I post the “Eat When” poem on my website that I used in last week’s meeting.  I have to thank a fellow leader for writing this on the staff site.  She did a great job.  It reminds me of a Dr. Sues story.  It is an awesome poem:
“I eat when I’m angry,
I eat when I’m sad
I eat when I’m tired,
I eat when I’m glad,
I eat between meals,
I eat bedtime snacks,
I eat from fine china,
Or from paper sacks.
O eat sitting down,
I eat on the run,
I eat when I read,
I eat just for fun,
I eat when I’m pressured,
I eat to relax,
I eat when it’s time
To pay income tax.
I eat while I’m cooking,
I eat at mealtime,
Now this question you ask
(interrupting my rhyme)
Do I eat when hungry?
I really can’t say ……
I do not recall
Ever getting that way!”

This quote is really what life is all about.  What we choose to do with our lives determines who we are.  If we choose to lead a healthier life, we will become a healthier person!  We are works in progress!  It all boils down to the choices we make each day!

“The self is not something ready-made, but something is continuous formation through choice of action.”  John Dewey
John Dewey was one of the 20th century’s premier American philosophers and a psychologist.  He was one of the founding fathers of pragmatism and functional psychology.  I looked up the formal definition of pragmatism and it basically means “a practical approach to problems and affairs.”  He was an author of over 30 books and short publications.

Remember the seconds:
“Seconds count….especially when dieting.”  Great quote but remember we don’t use the word dieting!  This is a Live-it not a Die-it!

“If your eating is out of control at 10:00 a.m., you can be back in control at 10:01 a.m.  Being out of control can last only for a moment, if you let it.  Dee Rohrbacher, Former DOM, Southeast

One of my favorite quotes.  I hear this quite often in and outside of the meeting room when people talk to me about coming to Weight Watchers.  Life is never going to be perfect.  Then, it would be boring!!  Just remember we are on a journey and keep going forward!  Be the best you can be!

“Don’t wait until everything is just right.  It will never be perfect.  There will always be challenges, obstacles and less than perfect conditions.  So what.  Get started now.  With each step you take, you will grow stronger and stronger, more and more skilled, more and more self-confident and more and more successful”.  Mark Victor Hansen
Mark Victor Hansen is the founder and co-creator of the Chicken Soup for the Soul book series with Jack Canfield.  Mark is an American inspirational and motivational speaker, trainer and author.  He has sold over 140 million books and owns over 100 licensed products for this series. When I researched him, I found out my alma mater, Northwood University honored him in 2000 with the Outstanding Business Leader of the Year award.

I have a challenge for you this week to think about:  “What do you believe about yourself and your abilities to get to your ideal healthy body weight and lead a healthier life?

Think about this powerful quote from Tony Robbins, life-coaching author, adviser, and lecturer.  He is the author of the best-selling books:  Unlimited Power: The New Science Of Personal Achievement and Awaken The Giant Within.  He also is known for his motivational seminars where he uses the technique “firewalking” to help illustrate the overcoming of fears and limiting beliefs.

“Beliefs have the power to create and the power to destroy.”

I have three very thought provoking phrases for you to think about all this week.  All 3 quotes are from unknown authors.
“Tomorrow – will you say “I’m glad I did” or “I wish I had?”
“The whole purpose of food is just to stay alive – period – not entertainment, not comfort, and not as a best friend!”
Both of these quotes make us think about not putting food on a pedestal and giving it control.  One other quote that reiterates this thought:
“It’s time to re-learn what a healthy lifestyle is.  We can once again put food on a plate rather than on a pedestal.”

Napolean Hill is one of my favorite “quote makers” of all times.  This quote says it all.  Whenever I ask a new member:  “Why are you here?”  If they reply, “I want to lose weight.”  I challenge them and ask what else is there?  As Napolean says in this quote:  “burning desire.”  What is your burning desire to lose weight?  Why do you want to become healthy and be at your goal weight?  Ask yourself this question often!
“Whatever the mind of man can conceive and believe, it can achieve.  Thoughts are things!  And powerful things at that, when mixed with definiteness of purpose, and burning desire, can be translated into riches.”

I would love to share this quote with you that I received from a dear friend of mine.  It is so important to believe in yourself.  There are so many times that I hear from members, “I can’t do this.”, “If only I could do this.”, I hope I can do this.”, “I will never get to goal.”  These are all self-defeating thoughts.  We must put those out of our minds and begin to believe in ourselves.  You have the power to do this, and this you have control over.  Show the rest of the world what you can do when it comes to taking care of yourself and becoming the best and healthiest and that you can be!  I guarantee the others around you will benefit also.
“Every achiever that I have ever met says, “My life turned around when I began to believe in me.”  Dr. Robert Schuller
Dr. Robert Schuller is an American pastor and best known for this weekly “Hour of Power” television show seen around the world.  His church, Garden Grove Community Church opened in a drive in theater in Garden Grove, CA. in 1955.  It seated 300 people.  He built a new chapel 4 miles from the drive-in and conducted one service at the new chapel and then drove his organ to the drive-in and conducted another service.  Then, the congregation built another church in 1961 which had the capability of reaching 500 cars in the parking lot by having 2-25 ft. glass doors open so he could have a drive-in church and then have the other part of the congregation sitting on the inside.  What a concept!  Just like our topic this week, the congregation started out in small steps to work their way up to this unique concept.  There were also additional buildings added to the church throughout the next few years.  Step by Step!

 

When we were taking part in the Susan G. Komen Race for A Cure last Sunday, I saw a gentleman wearing a t-shirt with this quote on the back from Thomas Edison.  I was stuck by this quote and thought how profound!  I wanted to share:
“The doctor of the future will give no medicine, but will interest her or his patients in the care of the human frame, in a proper diet, and in the cause and prevention of disease.”
Thomas Edison was a great American inventor, scientist, and businessman.  He holds 1,093 patents in his name alone.  He is responsible for inventing the phonograph, motion picture camera, and electric light bulb.  He had many things happen to him in his life that he could have just made excuses and not done anything.  His teachers once said he was too stupid to learn anything.  He had 3 months of formal school training, and his mother continued to home school.  He had scarlet fever and recurrent ear infections growing up which led to him developing hearing problems, and eventually deafness.

Here are a few quotes about taking care of ourselves.  The fall is almost upon us, and I urge you to make yourself a priority.  Before we know it, the hustle and bustle of the holidays will be upon us.  There is never a better time than NOW!

“The name of the game is taking care of yourself, because you’re going to live long enough to wish you had.”  Grace Mirabella

“No man in the world has more courage than the man who can stop after eating one peanut”  Channing Pollack
“You must love and care for yourself, because that’s when the best comes out.”  Tina Turner
“Don’t dig your grave with your knife and fork.”  English proverb
“If you think taking care of yourself, change your mind.  If you don’t, you’re simply ducking your responsibilities.”  Ann Richards

One of my favorite stories of all times!  It comes to show you:  we live our life day to day…..  then we have to live in the house we built (our body).  Our choices now will build the house you live in later!  Remember, life is a do-it-yourself project!
An old carpenter about to retire is telling his boss about his plans to stop working with construction and enjoy life with his wife and kids.  He is so excited about retiring that he wasn’t even looking forward to the paycheck of that monthly.  All he wanted was to retire.  The boss was upset about losing a good worker and as a personal favor asked the man to work on the construction of one last house the old carpenter didn’t want to accept it but he couldn’t deny his boss one last favor.  So he took the job but it was clear that his heart wasn’t on it.  Consequently, he was careless and ended up using bad quality material in the construction of the house.  It was a sad way to finish such an excellent career with so many years of total dedication.  When the house was done his boss was there to inspect it.  He gave the key of the house to the old carpenter and said, “This is your house  It’s a gift for you after so many years of hard work.”  The carpenter was shocked “What a shame!”  He thought.  If he had known that it was his house he would have done things differently.

“Human beings can alter their lives by altering their attitudes”.  Norman Vincent Peale
Peale was a Protestant preacher and author of the book:  “Power of Positive Thinking.”  He was also awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom on March, 25, 1984 by President Ronald Reagan.  This is the highest civilian award given in the United States.

As I have said over and over again in the meetings, the physical part of eating is the easy part when trying to be healthy and losing weight.  It is the mental side of it all that is so difficult.  But, as the second quote states, only if you let it be!!!

“Every healthy choice starts in your mind-not in your mouth.”
Another great quote to live by:

“Nothing is a handicap unless you let it be.”  Author Unknown

I found some random quotes this week that I thought were very powerful.

“I will not let my future be determined by my impulses.”  Author Unknown
We need to think of this quote when we are faced with the desire to do something we know we shouldn’t do, such as last week’s quote, take an order from a chocolate chip cookie!

“Discover that the most powerful way to help those you love is to lead by example – and realize you’re leading by example all of the time.”  Joe Caruso

When I read the biography of this man, I was surprised to learn when he was 18 years old; he was diagnosed with an advanced form of testicular cancer.  He went through radical chemotherapy and 4 major surgeries and has been cured of this cancer.  He began studying human interaction/development and transformational thinking.  He is now one of the top trainers and consultants regarding organizational change and strategic thinking.

 

Previous weeks:

A great quote from the great Lou Holtz, former football coach, author, and motivational speaker.  He is the only coach in NCAA history to lead six different programs to bowl games.  He has also been elected to the College Football Hall of Fame.  Among one of his famous quotes:

“Ability is what you’re capable of doing.  Motivation determines what you do.  Attitude determines how well you do it.”

We always talk about this in the meetings.  It all starts in our heads and our attitude!  As Lou said:  “It’s not the load that breaks you down, it’s the way you carry it”.  We must keep positive, no matter what may happen.

We all can learn something from this poem from Winifred Morice.  She is a motivational nutritionist and certified hypnotherapist and contributed and co-authored a book with Richard Simmons, “The Richard Simmons Farewell to Fat Cookbook.”

Step by Step
this weight loss business gets me down
it all seems far too hard;
I do so well for weeks on end
then somehow lose my guard.

I judge myself for every slip
and sometimes cannot see
that life could be much better
if I’d be less hard on me.

The truth is that I have lost some weight
and that should give me hope,
but now and then I just flip out
and feel I cannot cope.

I need to look at what I’ve done,
acknowledge my success
and know there is no hurry
just as long as I progress.

Whenever I lose half a pound
that sure beats gaining one;
if I could look at life this way
I know I’d have more fun.

I need to tell myself each day
to take things meal by meal
and not to get so overwhelmed
by everything I feel.

Exercise, while still a grind
which leave me stiff and sore
also gives me energy
I’ve never had before.

So all and all it’s worth it
if I can just hang in;
those little steps I take each day
will guarantee I’ll win.

“Real success comes in small portions day by day.  You need to take pleasure in life’s daily little treasures.  It is the most important thing in measuring success.”  Denis Waitley

Denis Waitley is a respected author, a keynote lecturer and productivity consultant on high performance human achievement.  He has written 15 books, including international best sellers:  “The Winner’s Edge” and “Seeds of Greatness.”  He also has an audio series entitled:  “The Psychology of Winning” which is the best selling program on self-mastery.  He has clients that include Apollo astronauts, Super Bowl champions, Fortune 500 top executives, Olympic athletes, and returning POWs.  He is a very interesting man and we could learn a tremendous amount from him regarding winning and being successful!!

Love this thought:

“We cannot always control out thoughts, but we can control our words, and repetition impresses the subconscious, and we are then master of the situation”.

Florence Scovel Shinn, teacher and author of self-help books
She was an American artist and illustrator born in 1871 and died in 1940.  She is most famous for her book:  The Game of Life And How To Play It.  She believed that positive attitudes and affirmations made a person a winner in life, and you are able to control life’s conditions.  So, the lesson to be learned is:  “Think positive, and you will attract just that!”

 

Success
If you want to be successful and better yourself, consider these suggestions:
1.  Start a “success drawer” – a place to keep letters and notes from people like family and other loved ones, friends, and co-workers.  When you’re felling “lo” or are focusing on negatives, reread some of these materials.
2. Place a sticky not in your car with a plus sign (+) on it as a reminder to concentrate on positive things.
3. Place a sticky not on your refrigerator or mirror with a plus sign (+) on it.  Start your day by asking yourself these questions:  What am I happy about in my life right now?  What am I proud of in my life right now?  What am I excited about in my life right now?  What can I do today to help someone?   (I absolutely love this last one.  The best way to be positive, get happy, focus off of yourself is by helping others!)
Written and submitted to Weight Watchers Story Book 1995 by Mary Sue Garvin Weight Watchers Leader.  All rights reserved.

I found a couple of funny thoughts for the week and though you would get a chuckle out of them.  Here they are:

The cardiologist’s diet:  If it tastes good, spit it out.”

People are so worried about what they eat between Christmas and the New Year, but they really should be worried about what they eat between the New Year and Christmas.

I keep trying to lose weight…. but it keeps finding me!

I’ve been on a diet for two weeks and all I’ve lost is fourteen days.  Totie Fields

The older you get, the tougher it is to lose weight, because by then your body and your fat are really good friends.

A balanced diet is a cookie in each hand!

 

Only One Pound!

Hello, do you know me?
If you don’t, you should.
I’m a pound o fat, And I’m the HAPPIEST
pound of fat that you
would ever want to meet.
Want to know why?
It’s because no one ever
wants to lose me;
I’m ONLY ONE POUND, just a pound!
Everyone wants to lose three pounds, five
pounds, or fifteen pounds, but never only one.
So I just stick around
and happily keep you fat.’
Then I add to myself, ever so slyly, so that you
never seem to notice, it.
that is, until I’ve grown to
ten, twenty, thirty or
even more pounds in weight.
Yes, it’s fun being ONLY
ONE POUND OF FAT, left to
do as I please.
So, when you weigh in
keep right on saying,
“Oh, I only lost one
pound.” (As if that
were such a terrible thing.)
For you seem, if you do
this, you encourage
others to keep me around
because they’ll think I’m
not worth losing.
And, I love being around you –
your arms, your legs,
your chin, your hips and
every part of you.
Happy Days!!
After all, I’m
ONLY ONE POUND OF FAT!!!

Author Unknown

An Olathe member sent this to me several months ago.  I couldn’t believe my eyes.  It is a video from YouTube and has been viewed from people all over the world.  I would caution you as you watch this.  The man has overcome great adversity and uses the one physical asset he has in order to get up and not stay down.  He is not handicapped!  Click here to watch video!

I found these thoughts this week and thought they were awesome!

“Nothing is a handicap unless you let it be.”

“Any fact facing us is not as important as our attitude toward it, for that determines our success or failure.”  Norman Vincent Peale

Norman Vincent Peale was a Protestant preacher and author and author of the famous book, “Power of Positive Thinking.”  He is also the co-founder of the Horatio Alger Association.  This organization recognizes successful Americans in spite of the difficult circumstances they have endured.

A staff member wrote this and I got a laugh out of this and thought you might too!  Oh the games we play!

1 WEEK IN THE LIFE OF A W.W. MEMBER
Day one (right after weigh in)
Oh boy, that piece of cake I saved is near,
One big slice, I have no fear.
Besides, no pounds will ever show,
I’ve got seven whole days to go.
Day two
A day of shopping at the mall,
and a burger special – cheese, mayo and all.
I’ll walk it off and get in gear.
Six days to go, no weigh-in near!
Day three
I think I’ll skip my tuna lunch.
A Reuben Sandwich is what I’ll munch.
With maybe a shake and chips, you know?
Besides, I’ve got five day to go!
Day four
For breakfast one egg, toast and juice.
Kids left their pancakes. Oh! What’s the use?
These days wasting food is such a sin,
And it’s still four days till I weigh in.
Day Five
Boy, the weekend is really rough.
Restaurant menus are very tough!
I’ll work off this steak, no problem here.
In just three days I’ll be in the clear?
Day six
Breakfast…I’ll just have coffee today.
Maybe I’ll lose some that way!
Supper…I’m starving-I could eat a whale.
Two more days till I step on that scale.
Day seven
Now my nerves are really a wreck.
I might as well eat. Oh! What the heck!
I’ll drink tons of water and walk all night.
One day to go I’ll be alright.
Weigh in day
I polished off the pizza as a snack today.
But followed it with two bowls of Special K!
I gained two pounds can you believe?
Maybe it’s the Milky Way I’ve got up my sleeve.
Really, WW works if you just take it slow
I guess I didn’t have seven days to go!

This quote is one of Florine Marks’ favorite quotes.  She is President and Chairman of the Board of The WW Group, Inc.  When I began my career with Weight Watchers in 1983, Florine was and still is the owner of the franchise I worked for in Detroit.  She is the largest franchise holder of Weight Watchers meetings within Michigan and Ontario.  In 2003, she sold a majority of her franchises throughout the Midwest, East Coast, and Mexico.  She wrote a great book that I have read:  “Talk to the Mirror, Feel Great About Yourself Each and Every Day, An Empowering Guide for Women.

The quote if from Alfred D. Souza.  There isn’t much information about him except he was a writer and had several famous quotes.  Along with this quote, he is also famous for:  “Dance as though no one is watching you.”

“For a long time it had seemed to me that life was about to begin – real life.  but there was always some obstacle in the way, something to be gotten through first, some unfinished business, time still to be served, or a debt to be paid.  Then life would begin.  At last it dawned on me that these obstacles were my life.”
How true is this, we always wait for everything to be perfect. But, life will never be that way.  So, what are you waiting for????

Catch Yourself

The moment you feel yourself slipping, take action right away
to get back on track.  If you catch yourself quickly, you won’t fall very far.

It’s great when you can stay disciplined and focused for
long periods of time.  At some point thought, you’ll get
distracted and stray a little bit off course.

That’s not the end of the world.  Don’t beat yourself up just
because you’ve momentarily lost your focus.

Instead, give genuine thanks for how far you’ve already
come.  And then step right back on to the path you’ve set for
yourself.

Being disciplined doesn’t mean being perfect.  Remember that
what really matters is what you choose to do right now.

Even if you slip back one step for every two steps you take
forward, you’ll still be moving steadily ahead.  Catch
yourself, get back up, keep going and you’ll get there.

Ralph Marston
Author and publisher of one of the web’s most popular motivational and inspirational websites:  The Daily Motivator. Check it out!

This is a great story to accompany our “21 Challenge.”  I found it in a book I received during my leader training years ago.  It is called:  Weight Watchers Story Book.

There were three Weight Watcher members, Sue, Lynn and Judy, who loved to sew.
Sue went to the store, bought a pattern, fabric, thread and zipper.  She went home cut out the pattern, did the sewing, hemming and pressing of the dress all in one day.  It was lovely.
Lynn, on the other hand, took her time choosing the pattern and the fabric.  She spent two weeks cutting it out and then carefully sewed, hemmed and pressed it.  It took her a month to complete.  And it, too, was lovely.
Judy had a hectic lifestyle.  She bought the pattern one day, and several months later found a fabric she liked.  She managed to get half the pattern cut out and then had to put it away because company was coming…..Some time later she finished cutting it out and slowly, in fifteen minute snatches over the next six months, sewed it together.  It took three weeks to get it hemmed and another two weeks to press it.  But finally it was finished.  It, too, was lovely.  All three achieved success.  And who can say which member got the most pleasure out of her dress?
So, too, we each reach Goal in our own way and at our own pace.  Who can say which is better?

Some fun exercise thoughts shared by a great member on Fridays in Olathe.  Thank you.

Walking can add minutes to your life.  This enables you at 85 years old to spend an additional 5 months in a nursing home at $7000.00 a month.

I like long walks, especially when they are taken by people who annoy me.

I have to walk early in the morning, before my brain figures out what I’m doing.

I joined a health club last year, spent about 400 bucks.  Haven’t lost a pound.  Apparently you have to go there.

Every time I hear the dirty word “exercise” I wash my mouth out with chocolate.

I know I got a lot of exercise the last few years…..just getting over the hill.

We all get heavier as we get old because there’s a lot more information in our heads.  That’s my story and I’m sticking to it.

My grandpa started walking five miles a day when he was 60…Now he’s 97 years old and we don’t know where he is.

And, remember this quote during our busy, hectic times:
“We always have time for the things we put first.”  Author Unknown
How about putting yourself and your health first???

Opportunity may knock only once, but temptation leans on the doorbell.   Author Unknown

 

Something for fun!

Beware of the Chocolate Bunny

Beware of the Chocolate Bunny
He’ll soon be hopping your way.
He’ll bring a bunch of chocolate goodies
And leave them on Easter day.
Just a little nibble
What could be the harm?
All those tempting sugary treats
Have such a seductive charm.
I’ll nip off just a bunny ear
What’s the harm in that?
It’s not like I ate the whole darn thing
So….a little won’t make me fat.
Those ears were mighty tasty
But look at that cute little tail.
Just another nibble
It won’t show up on the scale.
The bunny looks so sad now
Just chocolate body and toes.
If I gobble up the rest of him
I’m safe…..nobody knows.
Easter week is behind me now,
Ate a little beyond my plan.
The ghosts of Easter baskets haunt
As at the scale I stand.
If I gained a little weight this week
It won’t be one bit funny.
I should have heeded that sage advise,
BEWARE OF THE CHOCOLATE BUNNY!!!!!!


“Be around, people who can keep your energy and inspiration high.  While you can make progress alone, it’s so much easier when you have support.”  Dr. Joe Vitale, marketing and copywriting author, and one of the stars of “The Secret.”
Just another quote to reinforce what we do in the meeting room makes a difference!

“Imagination is more powerful than knowledge.”  Albert Einstein
This quote reinforces the topic for this week and using mental rehearsing to be successful in various eating situations.
We can learn a tremendous amount from Einstein and how he also had obstacles in his life, but certainly overcame them!
What an interesting man!  Did you know:
•    Early in his childhood, he had speech difficulties.
•    Took violin at age six but quit because he didn’t like it.
•    He didn’t complete high school.
•    Didn’t pass an entrance exam to the Polytechnic school.
•    After graduation, he couldn’t find a teaching job for 2 years.
•    He was passed over for promotions until he mastered machine technology.

“If you give up your dreams, it’s a short walk to disappointment.”

“In any moment of decision the best thing you can do is the right thing, the next best thing is the wrong thing, and the worst thing you can do is nothing.” – Theodore Roosevelt

Here are some interesting facts on Theodore Roosevelt.  He overcame many obstacles in his life:  He was the youngest president at 42 years old when he became President after President McKinley was assassinated.
He also was the first American to win the Noble Prize, the Peace Prize in 1906.
He was quite sick as a child and later in life with asthma and a heart condition.  He still tried to remain active taking up boxing and rowing.
In October of 1912, there was an assassination attempt on him and the bullet was lodged in his chest and remained there for the rest of his life.  Even after he was shot, he gave a speech for 90 minutes.


“The education of the mind is not enough without a change of heart.”  John R. W. Scott


“What we love, we shall grow to resemble.”  Saint Bernard of Clairvaux.  Saint Bernard was born in 1090 and died in 1153.  He was the founding abbot of Clairvaux Abbey in Burgundy.  He was an important spiritual leader in the first half of the 12th century.  He was canonized by Pope Alexander III in 1174.

“Success is how high you bounce when you hit bottom.”  General George S. Patton.  Remember this week’s topic, and the discussion around relapses.  When you have a relapse, it is just that you are moving through the various levels of change.  Put it all into perspective and remember these famous words of General Patton.  Did you know:
General Patton attended the United State Military Academy, and he did so poorly in math, he had to repeat his first year with honors.
General Patton participated in the 1912 Stockholm Summer Olympics.  He competed in the first-ever modern pentathlon.  He finished fifth overall.  In one of his events, the four kilometer cross-country footrace, he hit the wall with only 50 yards to go from the finish line.  He walked to the finish line and fainted.  All of the proves he was a very determined man and didn’t let anything stand in his way to success.

“It’s easier to maintain good health than regain it once it’s lost”.  Dr. Kenneth Cooper
Dr. Cooper is 77 years old and published his first best- seller book in 1968, “Aerobics.”  This revolutionary book launched a worldwide fitness revolution.  At age 29, he thought he was having a heart attack while water skiing.  His doctor told him he was fine except he was out of shape and 40 pounds overweight due to the stress of medical school.  He lost the weight and ran the Boston Marathon the following year.  He has logged more than 38,000 miles since then!  He has written 19 books and has received over 70 awards.  He has also worked with Pepsico to eliminate the trans fats from the Frito Lay line of products.  On the back of Baked Lay’s packages, you will see another quote of his:  Fitness is a journey, not a destination.  It must be continued for the rest of your life.”

After asking the question last week in the meeting room, “What is the one thing you have mastered and the one thing you haven’t, I was very surprised to learn so many of you struggle with journaling.  I want to help you with this.  This is the one of the main keys to losing weight and discovering who you are and your relationship with food.  You will learn so much about yourself.  Please don’t be afraid or intimidated by the tracker.  It is for your eyes only.  If you are struggling, I invite you to bring me your tracker so I can help you make some changes that will help you.  I am hoping this week’s contest will help you have some fun and get you to use your tracker more!  I found this poem from a fellow leader and had to share:

To Open:
What We Care About, We Watch!
I watch my baby learn to walk,
I watch the bacon in the pan.
I watch my garden seedlings sprout
Every chance I can.
I watch the balance in my checkbook,
I watch the price of Captain Crunch;
I watch the inbox for my emails;
I watch the clock; hey, almost time for lunch!
I watch the dates on my calendar;
Today’s my meeting; I watch the number on the scale!
WHAT? You’re KIDDING! THAT can’t be right!
This week, I’ve tracked without fail!
BUT…
I didn’t “notice” that extra ½ cup,
And I didn’t count the wine.
The French fries from my kids’ Happy Meals—
Didn’t touch my tracker’s bottom line.
I bit, I licked, I tasted, I sipped,
But I didn’t count the “cost”.
So it’s what I DIDN’T pay attention to
That explains why I’ve not lost!
And in Closing:
Whether on paper, 3-month journal or eTools online,
Or  following Simply Filling and listening to this body of mine,
This week I’m watching ALL my choices for sure;
BLTs and “extras” I will not ignore!
What I care about, I watch, that’s one thing I know;
So off to a week of self-monitoring I go!

“Moderation is the key-note of lasting enjoyment.”

“No one has a greater asset for his business than a man’s pride in his work.”

“Real happiness is cheap enough, yet how dearly we pay for its counterfeit.”

“Time is a created thing.  To say ‘I don’t have time is to say ‘I don’t want to.”  Lao Tzu

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“Encourage, lift and strengthen one another. For the positive energy spread to one will be felt by us all.” – Doris Day

 

Doris Day is in her 90s but I have always been a big fan.  Probably one of my most favorite movies starred her, Rock Hudson or Cary Grant.  She actually was going to be a professional dancer; however, when she was young a car she was traveling in was struck by a train which crushed her right leg and she was unable to pursue becoming a professional dancer.  She starred in 39 films, television shows, and to this day is an animal activist.