Words of Wisdom

Problems are not stop signs, they are guideposts.

Motivational Sayings borrowed from Weight Watchers

This time it's about me.

It is not enough to stare up the steps, we must step up the stairs.

If you always do what you always did...you'll always get what you always got.

Live by design, not by default.

Making excuses doesn't change the truth.

If you want to get somewhere you have to know where you want to go and how to get there. Then never, never, never give up.

And what happens if you do give up?

You don't have to like it, you just have to do it.

I plan to live forever; so far, so good.

The struggle is nothing compared to the humiliation of being completely out of control.

I don't think I want to be "hugely" successful any more.

Back in the saddle again.

I love being a Loser.

A year from now you'll wish you had started today.

When thinking about eating, say to yourself, "Do I love you enough to wear you?"

Time is not the enemy here; my impatience with it is.

You know, sweetie, you really don't have a long way to go. What you have is today. You have today to go. You are going to go through each day, one day at a time, no matter what else you are doing. All you have to do is focus on today. Today, try to stay within points. Today, drink your water. Today, journal. Today! That's all, just today!

The garbage can or your can.

Pardon my English, but you have to want to lose weight "badder"than you want anything else or it won't happen.

Never surrender; never give up.

We each are on our own journey; different paths will be taken. You need to be on the right one for you.

It's not a DIE-it; it's a LIVE-it.

I've come too far in life to take orders from a cookie.

Why is it so hard to follow what we know is true?

It's not about pounds lost. It's about behavior changed.

Let us endeavor to so live that when we come to die, even the undertaker will be sorry.

Strive to be the kind of person your dog already thinks you are.

No more waiting. If it's worth seeing, listening to or doing, then see it, listen to it or do it NOW!

Thomas Edison failed 3,000 times on his way to inventing electricity. Like Edison, you will not be remembered for the times you fail, but for the time you finally succeed.

Don't give up what you want most for what you want at the moment.

Strength is a matter of the made-up mind.

Nobody ever drowned in their own sweat.

No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.

If you fail to plan, you plan to fail.

Results. Not excuses.

If you're not living on the edge, you're taking up too much space.

The best thing about the future is that it comes one day at a time.

Nothing tastes as good as thin feels.

You can't make footprints in the sands of time sitting on your butt...and who wants to make buttprints on the sands of time?

Begin where you are. But don't stay where you are.

Satisfaction does not come from indulgence. It comes from achievement.

If opportunity doesn't knock, build a door.

A good plan executed right now is better than a perfect plan executed next week.

Some days you gotta dance.

Obstacles don't have to stop you. If you run into a wall, don't turn around and give up. Figure out how to climb it, go through it or work around it.

Start getting real.

It's time to be accountable for your own actions.

You only have one life, what body do you want to live it in?

It's not what I say that counts, it's what I do.

The road to 'there' goes through 'here'.

When there's a hill to climb, don't think that waiting will make it smaller.

Whatever you want to do, do it now. There are only so many tomorrows.

What you eat in private you wear in public.

The only person who can stop me is me--and I can take her!

Those who want milk can't sit in the middle of the pasture and expect the cow to back up.

There's no crying in baseball!

I will lose weight because I've finally figured out who I am...and I'm not fat.

I don't want to check out too soon.

Strive to be 1% better at the 100 things you do everyday!

It ain't rocket science!

I always wanted to be somebody; I guess I should have been more specific.

I am strong enough to conquer anything, even myself.

One day, one hour, one minute at a time...whatever it takes to get to my goal.

The greater part of our happiness or misery depends on our disposition and not our circumstances.

Each day brings you one step closer to your dreams coming true.

Remember, this is a lifetime project, not just a one week deal.

To err is human, to love unconditionally is canine.

An obstacle is something you see when you take your eyes off the goal you are trying to reach.

If hunger is not the problem, food is not the answer.

Persevere! With patience all things are possible.

Know what is eating you BEFORE you start eating.

I am going to do it. No doubt. No excuses.

My will shall shape my future.

Whether I fail or succeed shall be no man's doing but my own.

I can clear any obstacle before me or I can be lost in the maze.

Only I hold the key to my destiny.

Your thoughts become your words. Your words become your actions. Your actions become your habits.

Most people are about as happy as they make up their minds to be.

If you look up, there are no limits.

We cannot do everything at once, but we can do something at once.

Be a first rate version of yourself, not a second rate version of someone else.

Which do you prefer? The pain of discipline, or the pain of regret?

Fall down seven times; get up eight.

When faced with a dilemma, make dilemminade.

Success is how high you bounce when you hit bottom.

Do or do not, there is no try.

Practice safe eating. Always use condiments.

Vegetables are your friends!

Opportunities are usually disguised as hard work, so most people don't recognize them.

Step away from that doughnut and no one gets hurt.

If your dog is overweight, you're not exercising enough.

Where the mind goes the rear end follows.

Don't mess with a fat lady on a hot day.

Don't think about how long it will take, think about HOW LONG it has BEEN.

You know how to do it. You know you can do it. Now do it.

You can't get much done by starting tomorrow.

Learning to lose is like basic training, but maintaining the desired weight is the real battleground.

Doughnut I did NOT eat -- 0 pts

Every man is the architect of his own fortune.

The difference between FAT and FIT is "I."

People often say that motivation doesn't last. Well, neither does bathing; that's why we recommend it daily.

"I can't" generally means, "I don't want to."

Use the talents you possess: for the woods would be very silent if no birds sang except the best.

The only place where 'success' comes before 'work' is in the dictionary.

I love myself more than I love food.

One day at a time, no regrets and move on.

Breathe, Reflect, Choose.

Success is hanging on when you want to let go.

You are in this for the long haul.

In everything the middle course is the best; all things in excess bring trouble.

Today is the fattest day of the rest of my life.

If you find a path with no obstacles, it probably doesn't lead anywhere.

If nothing changes; nothing changes.

This is the beginning of a new day. You have been given this day to use as you will. You can waste it or use it for good.

He is able who thinks he is able.

There are no activity points in beating yourself up.

When God closes a door he opens a window but sometimes we look so long and regretfully at the closed door we do not see the window which has been opened for us.

An optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty. A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity.

You must begin to be today what you hope to be tomorrow.

Beginning is the hardest part.

Consider the tiny postage stamp. . . it has the ability to stick to one thing and get where it's going.

Every day brings 86,400 seconds. Whatever isn't used is lost forever.

It's hard to be fit as a fiddle when you are shaped like a cello.

A wish is a desire without an attempt.

It is fatal to enter any war without the will to win it.

Every morning prepare your mind for battle and know you can win because YOU are in charge of who wins the war.

If you value your hopes and dreams more than you value eating...you will make it.

At times some of us do more learning than losing.

There is a thin line between an irresistible impulse and an impulse not resisted.

Take the first step in faith. You don't have to see the whole staircase, just take the first step.

It takes a long time to become the person you want to be.

Either you control your attitude or it controls you.

To the world you may just be somebody...but to somebody, you may be the world.

Stay focused.

Other people's opinions don't matter.

Get real or stay fat.

Weight Watchers is like the mob. You can never really leave because you'll always know too much.

Never eat more than you can lift.

Do it now. There may be a law against it tomorrow.

Leap and the net will appear.

You don't drown by falling into the water. You drown by staying there.

Don't let yesterday use up too much of today.

Mrs. Thompson and Teddy

Her name was Mrs. Thompson and his was 'Teddy'.

As she stood in front of her 5th grade class on the very first day of school, she told the children a lie. Like most teachers, she looked at her students and said that she loved them all the same.

But that was impossible, because there in the front row, slumped in his seat, was a little boy named Teddy Stoddard.

Mrs. Thompson had watched Teddy the year before and noticed that he didn't play well with the other children, that his clothes were messy and that he constantly needed a bath. And Teddy could be unpleasant.

It got to the point where Mrs. Thompson would actually take delight in marking his papers with a broad red pen, making bold X's and then putting a big "IF" at the top of his papers.

At the school where Mrs. Thompson taught, she was required to review each child's past records and she put Teddy's off until last. However, when she reviewed his file, she was in for a surprise.

Teddy's first grade teacher wrote, "Teddy is a bright child with a ready laugh. He does his work neatly and has good manners ... he is a joy to be around."

His second grade teacher wrote, "Teddy is an excellent student, well liked by his classmates, but he is troubled because his mother has a terminal illness and life at home must be a struggle."

His third grade teacher wrote, "His mother's death had been hard on him. He tries to do his best, but his father doesn't show much interest and his home life will soon affect him if some steps aren't taken."

Teddy's fourth grade teacher wrote, "Teddy is withdrawn and doesn't show much interest in school. He doesn't have many friends and he sometimes sleeps in class".

By now, Mrs. Thompson realized the problem and she was ashamed of herself. She felt even worse when her students brought her Christmas presents, wrapped in beautiful ribbons and bright paper, except for Teddy's. His present was clumsily wrapped in the heavy, brown paper that he got from a grocery bag. Mrs. Thompson took pains to open it in the middle of the other presents.

Some of the children started to laugh when she found a rhinestone bracelet with some of the stones missing, and a bottle that was one quarter full of perfume. But she stifled the children's laughter when she exclaimed how pretty the bracelet was, putting it on, and dabbing some of the perfume on her wrist.

Teddy Stoddard stayed after school that day just long enough to say, "Mrs. Thompson, today you smelled just like my Mom used to." After the children left she cried for at least an hour.

On that very day, she quit teaching reading, and writing, and arithmetic. Instead, she began to teach children.

Mrs. Thompson paid particular attention to Teddy. As she worked with him, his mind seemed to come alive. The more she encouraged him, the faster he responded. By the end of the year, Teddy had become one of the smartest children in the class and, despite her lie that she would love all the children the same, Teddy became one of her "teacher's pets."

A year later, she found a note under her door, from Teddy, telling her that she was still the best teacher he ever had in his whole life. Six years went by before she got another note from Teddy. He then wrote that he had finished high school, third in his class, and she was still the best teacher he ever had in his whole life.

Four years after that, she got another letter, saying that while things had been tough at times, he'd stayed in school, had stuck with it, and would soon graduate from college with the highest of honors. He assured Mrs.Thompson that she was still the best and favorite teacher he ever had in his whole life.

Then four more years passed and yet another letter came. This time he explained that after he got his bachelor's degree, he decided to go a little further. The letter explained that she was still the best and favorite teacher he ever had. But now his name was a little longer - The letter was signed, Theodore IF. Stoddard, MD.

The story doesn't end there. You see, there was yet another letter that spring. Teddy said he'd met this girl and was going to be married. He explained that his father had died a couple of years ago and he was wondering if Mrs. Thompson might agree to sit in the place at the wedding that was usually reserved for the mother of the groom. Of course, Mrs. Thompson did.

And guess what? She wore that bracelet, the one with several rhinestones missing. And she made sure she was wearing the perfume that Teddy remembered his mother wearing on their last Christmas together. They hugged each other, and Dr. Stoddard whispered in Mrs.Thompson's ear, "Thank you, Mrs. Thompson, for believing in me. Thank you so much for making me feel important and showing me that I could make a difference."

Mrs. Thompson, with tears in her eyes, whispered back. She said, "Teddy, you have it all wrong. You were the one who taught me that I could make a difference. I didn't know how to teach until I met you."

Warm someone's heart today ... pass this along. Please remember that wherever you go, and whatever you do, you will have the opportunity to touch and/or change a person's outlook. And please try to do it in a positive way.

"Friends lift us to our feet ."

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