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What’s Keeping Me Motivated to Keep it Off


I want to thank you all for being there with me this past year. It’s been life-changing for me and I hope you’ve gotten something out of my column and blogs! As a parting note, I wanted to pass on some of my favorite quotes. They give me a boost each time I read them. Each one was chosen because of something I was going through in the last year. I hope you enjoy them and use them to inspire you in your next year!

“Don’t think about the future. Just be here now. Don’t think about the past. Just be here now.”
 — Ram Dass

“Patience is bitter, but its fruit is sweet.”
— Lida Clarkson

“It is only the first step that is difficult” 
— Marie De Vichy-Chamrond

“Simple can be harder than complex: You have to work hard to get your thinking clean to make it simple.”
— Steve Jobs

“To change your life: Start immediately, do it flamboyantly, no exceptions.”
— William Jones

“I have not failed. I have just found 10,000 ways that don’t work.”
— Thomas Edison

“At first glance it may appear too hard. Look again. Always look again.” 
— Mary Anne Rodmacher

“No great goal was ever easily achieved.” 
— Margaret Thatcher

“Diets, like clothes, should be tailored to you.”
— Joan Rivers

“It is good to have an end to journey towards; but it is the journey that matters, not the end.” 
—Ursula K. LeGuin

“It is healthier to see the good points of others than to analyze our own bad ones.”
— Francoise Safan

“Cooking is an art, but you can eat it too.”
— Marcella Hazan

“If you aren’t nurturing yourself, what kind of a mother can you be, anyway?”
— Sandra Scofield

“Whatever is good to know…is difficult to learn.” 
— Greek Proverb

Our 2011 Weight Loss Diary writer, Stacy, is a 35-year-old former teacher who is looking to get healthy and boost her self-esteem over the next year. Follow along as she goes after her goal!

Who’s helping Stacy?
Life coach Michelle Hastie, nutritionist Ruth Frechman, R.D., and personal trainer Whitney Cole.


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