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"We know what we are, but know not what we may be." WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE

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So, no more Mrs. Doubtfire! I've eliminated almost 100 lbs.!

My story in pictures can be found here:

"[This journey] is not about achieving perfection. It's about achieving a mental and physical TRANSFORMATION. It's about optimizing your strengths, navigating around your vulnerabilities, and goin' for it! ...There can never be, and should never be, perfection in a living thing. There is nothing human about perfection, nothing to endear or inspire."

"Holy consensus, Batman. With so many 'experts' from Michelle Obama to the USDA to virtually all of the medical professionals (including doctors and dieticians) agreeing that 'Eat Less, Move More' is the way to go, you might think that it is 100% unquestionably true. But here's a queer thought... if we all agree that we know the cure for obesity, and we've spent billions on educations and programs - why are we getting fatter? In other words, why does this 'cure' suck so bad? DR. JASON FUNG

If you can identify with the above statement even a little, you need to watch this series of videos. They changed my life, and they can change yours, too (HINT: weight gain/loss is not about calories):


...and, if you are interested in healing your metabolism to the point of not having to worry about your weight again, then read this 28-part, and counting series (HINT: starvation mode is a lie that keeps you fat):


The Refiners Touch

There was a group of women in a Bible study on the book of Malachi. As they were studying chapter three they came across verse three which says, "He will sit as a refiner and purifier of silver." This verse puzzled the women and they wondered what this statement meant about the character and nature of God.

One of the women offered to find out about the process of refining silver and get back to the group at their next Bible study. That week the woman called up a silversmith and made an appointment to watch him at work. She didn't mention anything about the reason for her interest in silver beyond her curiosity about the process of refining silver. As she watched the silversmith, he held a piece of silver over the fire and let it heat up. He explained that, in refining silver, one needed to hold the silver in the middle of the fire where the flames were hottest so as to burn away all the impurities.

The woman thought about God holding us in such a hot spot - then she thought again about the verse, that He sits as a refiner and purifier of silver. She asked the silversmith if it was true that he had to sit there in front of the fire the whole time the silver was being refined. The man answered that yes, he not only had to sit there holding the silver, but he had to keep his eyes on the silver the entire time it was in the fire. For if the silver was left even a moment too long in the flames, it would be destroyed.

The woman was silent for a moment. Then she asked the silversmith, "How do you know when the silver is fully refined?" He smiled at her and answered, "Oh, that's the easy part -- when I see my image reflected in it."

If today you are feeling the heat of the fire, remember that God has His eye on you and will keep His hand on you and watch over you until He sees His image in you.

~ AUTHOR UNKNOWN (Malachi 3:3)

Member Since: 1/9/2008

My Goals:

- eliminate 100 - 140 lbs (not really sure what 'normal' for me should look like)... or whatever gets me to 20% BMI

- be as generous and loving with myself as I am on behalf of others.

- WRITE: because I owe God an answer!

My Program:

* READ/LEARN: to transform my mind. Where my mind goes, my body will follow!

* PARTICIPATION on SPARK People to keep me motivated and moving forward

Personal Information:

I am Ramona! I am 58 years old, married 20 years to my very best friend and biggest supporter, and mom to a most amazing 15-year-old daughter. I live in central Canada.

For the beginning of my journey, and for personal details see:
http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_ public_journal_ individual.asp?blog_id=910274

If you really want to know even more about me than is already reflected in my blog, just ask! :)

NOTE: My weight tracker is not a truthful representation of my weight. Instead, I am using it as a tool to help me visualize my goal as though it's already been achieved!
(Tom Venuto)

Other Information:

"I choose to know the truth about myself no matter how beautiful it is."

"Lifestyle is unencumbered by obstacles. This means that the things I keep tripping over are something other than obstructive. They are instructive, and part of the directions on my map. Lifestyle is intentional and specific to me. Lifestyle is experiencing, expressing and enjoying every aspect of my life intensely and ardently to the full." - ME -

"Justification and rationalization are only mental masturbations - in the end, you only screw yourself."

"The greatest day in your life and mine is when we take total responsibility for our attitudes. That's the day we really grow up."

"Courage, sacrifice, determination, commitment, toughness, heart, talent, guts. That's what little girls are made of; the hell with sugar and spice."

"If your dreams don't scare you, they're not big enough!" - TOM VENUTO

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    145 days ago
    Thanks for the retirement congrats!! It's amazing what we learn from each other here!!
    149 days ago
    Wonderfully astute comments on my blog, thank you! I am an introvert and have never minded being alone for long periods, it is fascinating watching the changes in others brought about by COVID isolating.
    156 days ago
    Yea for you and the kiddo dancing along with me. Tonight's blog includes a little boogie for Nursey.
    166 days ago
    Your comment was soooo helpful. Thank you! It's not mandatory here either. Grades can go up, but not down. Some teachers are definitely going overboard with assignments. It bothers me that for a while the teachers were instructed not to respond to parents?! Now they are allowed and I make it clear how grateful we are and we are all in this together. They are just as frustrated as the parents. I laughed when I read that even the patronizing folks are being so nice. There is one teacher who hated me before I even opened my mouth at parent's night. I think I reminded her of someone. I went out of my way to be nice. Well she was so thrilled and very effusive when I emailed her with a question. We had a whole back and forth and she was grateful I mentioned a glitch we found in a program she linked to online. I am glad to hear where you are they sorted things out. It gives me hope. You sound like such a great parent. I love your approach to this all.
    168 days ago

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