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  • #91
    Adina, you exemplify the Law of Attraction. Like attracts like. Positive attitudes bring positive blessings. Attitude is everything. A lesson we can all learn.

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    • #92
      Originally posted by GirlyMuscle View Post
      Adina, you exemplify the Law of Attraction. Like attracts like. Positive attitudes bring positive blessings. Attitude is everything. A lesson we can all learn.
      Speaking of positive blessings....that's what this site has been for me!

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      • #93
        Like Attracts Like

        So, I was thinking about a comment our little miss girlymuscle left for me yesterday about “like attracting like.”

        Specifically, I was thinking about this phrase and how it applies to me.

        You see it all the time. It starts way back in elementary school. Clicks emerge from common bonds. Even if that common bond is as simple as being on the same bus, wearing the samae clothes, or being in the same homeroom.

        These days, I tend to spend the most time with my gym buddies. And yeah…that follows form with like attracts like.

        When I was heavy, I tended to stay with the heavy people. And…OK…I’m a girl. I liked it when my friends were bigger than me. I won’t lie! But again, like with like.

        I remember being on a plane once. More than twenty years ago. It was a college trip to Europe. There was this one tiny little thing who was part of the group. Wanting to be that size so badly, I decided to watch her. In my mind, I just knew she could not possibly be eating that much less than me.

        But boy was I wrong. I don’t know how that little squirt survived on what she ate.

        And here’s what I took from that trip: Tana was eating to live and I was living to eat.

        Tana could not be bothered with eating when there were things to do, places to go, or people to see. While I was planning every outing around which destination had the best food available.

        And even though I wanted what Tana had…I lived under the like attracts like principle. I stayed with my people. I wanted to be like Tana, but not badly enough to leave the safety of my like/like shelter.

        But there came a time along the way, that even though I didn’t like it, and it was scary, I had to go against the grain. I had to go to the gym even though none of my friends were going. I had to order salads while they ate fries. I had to go to bed while they went out, so I could be rested for the gym.

        You see, that group I spent all my time with, because we were all like each other…they didn’t want to be any other way. But I did. I wanted to be a Tana.

        I had to go to the place that had the people I wanted to be like. And I had to keep going until I became the person I envisioned in my mind.

        And everything changed, because I did it long enough. I went in to that gym against the grain…and became part of the grain.

        At least, that’s what I think the gym manager meant when he said I was part of the wood work!?!?!

        Not where you want to be yet? Maybe you need to go find your different.

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        • #94
          Yep. Been there, done that, too!

          And now you know why I hang out at a board full of bodybuilders.

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          • #95
            Originally posted by FitAdina View Post
            So, I was thinking about a comment our little miss girlymuscle left for me yesterday about “like attracting like.”

            Specifically, I was thinking about this phrase and how it applies to me.

            You see it all the time. It starts way back in elementary school. Clicks emerge from common bonds. Even if that common bond is as simple as being on the same bus, wearing the samae clothes, or being in the same homeroom.

            These days, I tend to spend the most time with my gym buddies. And yeah…that follows form with like attracts like.

            When I was heavy, I tended to stay with the heavy people. And…OK…I’m a girl. I liked it when my friends were bigger than me. I won’t lie! But again, like with like.

            I remember being on a plane once. More than twenty years ago. It was a college trip to Europe. There was this one tiny little thing who was part of the group. Wanting to be that size so badly, I decided to watch her. In my mind, I just knew she could not possibly be eating that much less than me.

            But boy was I wrong. I don’t know how that little squirt survived on what she ate.

            And here’s what I took from that trip: Tana was eating to live and I was living to eat.

            Tana could not be bothered with eating when there were things to do, places to go, or people to see. While I was planning every outing around which destination had the best food available.

            And even though I wanted what Tana had…I lived under the like attracts like principle. I stayed with my people. I wanted to be like Tana, but not badly enough to leave the safety of my like/like shelter.

            But there came a time along the way, that even though I didn’t like it, and it was scary, I had to go against the grain. I had to go to the gym even though none of my friends were going. I had to order salads while they ate fries. I had to go to bed while they went out, so I could be rested for the gym.

            You see, that group I spent all my time with, because we were all like each other…they didn’t want to be any other way. But I did. I wanted to be a Tana.

            I had to go to the place that had the people I wanted to be like. And I had to keep going until I became the person I envisioned in my mind.

            And everything changed, because I did it long enough. I went in to that gym against the grain…and became part of the grain.

            At least, that’s what I think the gym manager meant when he said I was part of the wood work!?!?!

            Not where you want to be yet? Maybe you need to go find your different.
            Adina, have you found that due to your lifestyle change that you have drifted away from these group of friends? I ask because obviously you have different interests now!

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            • #96
              Originally posted by GirlyMuscle View Post
              Yep. Been there, done that, too!

              And now you know why I hang out at a board full of bodybuilders.
              ME TOO!! ME TOO!!

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              • #97
                Originally posted by tight booty View Post
                Adina, have you found that due to your lifestyle change that you have drifted away from these group of friends? I ask because obviously you have different interests now!
                It's more like a slow drifting apart. BUT...one by one, when they see I'm keeping my weight off, they're coming to my side! And that makes me VERY happy! I miss my people!

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                • #98
                  Originally posted by FitAdina View Post
                  It's more like a slow drifting apart. BUT...one by one, when they see I'm keeping my weight off, they're coming to my side! And that makes me VERY happy! I miss my people!
                  Yeah I thought that would happen Adina! But if your new lifestyle can motivate your friends to make changes in theirs, then thats a very positive thing! Since I have been prepping for my upcoming comp, I have found that I haven't seen some of my friends....just been too busy with the extra cardio sessions and in the evenings I just want to relax by watching a movie at home or by coming to MD. Today I made the effort to catch up with a friend whom I haven't spent time with for weeks and it was really good actually!

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                  • #99
                    inspiring roll model

                    Your a very inspiring roll model..especially for those who think it cant be done...a true success story..God bless every thing you stand for..Unselfishly sharing your success doesn't go unnoticed...I'm surprised your story hasn't been published or has it?
                    Live Healthy & Look Fit. Be happy

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                    • Originally posted by tight booty View Post
                      Yeah I thought that would happen Adina! But if your new lifestyle can motivate your friends to make changes in theirs, then thats a very positive thing! Since I have been prepping for my upcoming comp, I have found that I haven't seen some of my friends....just been too busy with the extra cardio sessions and in the evenings I just want to relax by watching a movie at home or by coming to MD. Today I made the effort to catch up with a friend whom I haven't spent time with for weeks and it was really good actually!
                      Very good! We never do regret time with friends, past or present do we?

                      Even if we drift away, they still hold a place in our lives.

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                      • Originally posted by lymbo View Post
                        Your a very inspiring roll model..especially for those who think it cant be done...a true success story..God bless every thing you stand for..Unselfishly sharing your success doesn't go unnoticed...I'm surprised your story hasn't been published or has it?
                        Look at you!! You look fantastic!!! WOW!

                        As far as me....THANK YOU!

                        I was the December success story of the month for FitnessRX for Women.

                        I am about 176 pages deep into a book I am writing and hope to get published.

                        Most people think the neatest thing I have done was appear on The Today Show...I did that about a month ago.

                        Telling people and writing about how to help people lose weight and achieve their goals in truly the passion of my heart...so thank you for your encouragement.

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                        • Call Your Friend

                          I was reminded of something yesterday by two different people on two different websites.

                          Twice yesterday I was asked about relationships with friends after losing the weight or going to the gym so often.

                          And here’s my take on it…

                          Where ever you started, be that as someone who needed to lose fat, gain muscle, or get in shape, we all have one thing in common: we all started out as a person who did not go to the gym and eat healthy and turned into someone who did.

                          WE are the ones who changed.

                          We used to be the “fun” ones. The ones who would eat out all the time.

                          The ones who would go to the movies and eat buttered popcorn and drink real coke. REAL. Not the diet stuff.

                          We used to eat with reckless abandon. We didn’t scour labels. We didn’t speak in terms of macros. We spoke in terms of macaroni.

                          You hear people all the time give out this piece of advice, “Don’t marry someone thinking they will change. People don’t change.”

                          Bur…WE did.

                          We started out unhealthy and became fabulous.

                          We are the ones who left our friends thinking, “What happened?”

                          They liked us and accepted us just as we are. And we have to remember that.

                          I have to keep in mind that my best girlfriend lost a big chunk of her life when I found mine. She didn’t use to worry about what she ate around me. She didn’t have to think about not going to the gym. Health and fitness were not a part of who WE were. Now it is inseparable from US, because it is MY driving force.

                          She is lonely for the person I used to be…while still proud at the same time. She does love me after all. Without a doubt I know this.

                          Today might be a good day to contact an old friend and let them know that even though you aren’t around anymore, you still love them and you’re still there for them.

                          They just don’t have to know that you’re calling them from the gym, between sets, while sipping from your protein shake!

                          I’m going to call mine.

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                          • I love starting my day like this. Thanks, Adina!

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                            • I would call my friends, but they stopped dealing with me after I got married because they did not like my choice of spouse, and even after I came back home, and announced that it was coming to an end, I guess I was not the same person they remembered, and still wanted no part of me, and STILL drifted off

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                              • Don't worry, GX. You always have ME! And I'm as good as ten of your old friends! LMAO!

                                There's a line from an old Scottish song called Caledonia that says, "I've left the friends that needed leaving, made others along the way." That's life. It happens to everyone.

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