Mediocrity Is Tenacious

I read this quote the other day and it resonated with me ... my friend and I were discussing how throughout our lives we have overcome one challenge or another and how good we felt about it. I told her how I was in the zone when I lost weight a few years ago and that when I was hurt, I let it slide and lately I have let mediocrity take over and why? Because it was easy. It was almost like I accepted it and believed it would just be better to give up... 

After I read this quote it made me remember how we might stumble and fall but we have a choice of staying there or getting back up, dusting myself off and making another choice.... because it is right, we are never done. There is no ending, there is only continual change. . . we don't just work out in the gym and say there, 'I'm done'... we can't just say I ate healthy and 'that's it'. I think we all want that, I know I wish it was easier as it sometimes feels overwhelming.
I am not back on track yet but I have a desire to get there, I haven't even had the true desire in such a long time. It has been frustrating to me as exercising is not easy at all, I am cognizant that I am going to have to put in more time at a slower and easier pace... I also need to commit to finding other ways to get to where I want to be. Just because I could walk for hours in the past doesn't mean that is the only way I can back to the path, the one where I felt healthy, strong and happy with where I was.  I was worried as winter is on its way and that time of the year tends to sideline me as it does many people...

Instead of thinking/believing I am set up to fail because of the weather, the weight and the physical pain I have... I just have to find another way, there is not just one path for us to get us to where we desire... There are many trails, falling backwards happens to us all, not staying there is a choice we each make. I was feeling helpless, out of control... sure there was no way to deal with the setback in my health...
Then I read the quote which popped out at me and reminded me I am tenacious, I have always been this way... I have made it through so many trials where once I was sure I wouldn't make it through. Like the quote says mediocrity is tenacious, I have to be more so... I need to be stronger than mediocrity... I cannot be comfortable when I make it to a certain destination... as the truth is that we should never be complacent and stop... we need to be reaching for the next desire that can help us grow.

I don't want to accept that failure is easier because I am tired of trying... that is definitely mediocrity that has found a way in ... basically, I let my guard down and I gave up but thankfully I don't have to stay there... I don't have to give up, I can keep fighting and I can succeed... I have to make that choice, I have done it in the past, I know I can do it again... that is how tenacity beats mediocrity...
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  1. Years ago, my husband had a picture on the wall of his office at work. It showed a frog caught by the head in a big bird's mouth, but the frog had his hands around the bird's neck. The caption said: NEVER GIVE UP.

    And that's the truth! Keep going. You'll find your way. :)

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  2. Mediocrity does have a way of sneaking in and making you feel comfortable. It's hard to move forward though, if you're comfortable. I've been taking faith steps over and over again and they're not comfortable but they're paying good dividends. No idea what took me so long to step out of my comfort zone, but I'm sure glad I did. :)

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  3. Obrigada, Launna! *.*

    Ao sentir que você tem o controle da situação as coisas ficam mais fáceis! Como você comentou, existem vários caminhos. De vez em quando escolhemos os errados, mas aí é só fazer o retorno e escolher por outro caminho!

    Ótimo domingo!

    Beijo! ^^

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  4. You are more tenacious than mediocrity, that's for sure. About exercise, since where I live the weather is also very bad, I go to the gym o the swimming pool. Have a wonderful week ahead!

    Jasmine ♥♥♥

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  5. The first quote is so true. It's no easy to come forward though... mediocrity is tenacious! But you are strong Launna and you known: it's be better to give up!!!
    Have a great week!
    Kisses, Paola.

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  6. Oh, this is so true. I always say I'm stubborn. But I think the right word is tenacious.

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  7. very impressive sharing you sound greatly strong person and i am sure that you will be able to reach where you want to soon .
    best wishes for steps you take ahead dear

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  8. I think this is something we all struggle with. But there is truth in the quote about eating a person who doesn't give up.
    R

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  9. Launna you are doing great, and don't forget to be kind to yourself. You have had a lot to deal with.

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  10. Woot, woot! Lets kick mediocrity in the rear! =) I'm okay with blending into a crowd, but on a personal level, I always crave growth--in whatever realm I may occupy. I think we all do. It's part of our nature. No one wants to stagnate, but it is easy to let life take the wheel. You have to consciously be driving if you want to get where you intend, eh? You and me, let's do this exercise thing. Even if it's only ten minutes a day until we build up to something better. We can do this!

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  11. "You're never done." That is such a true statement, but I never really thought of it in those terms before. Great post! Very thought-provoking.

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  12. Great Quotes Launna, and great Post too!

    kisses

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  13. I can so relate to this! Weight has always been a "touchy" subject for me - 9 out of 10 times I feel I am not good enough just because I am fat! Exercising is not easy - I've tried and given up...then got back on track...but after working out and still not dropping the kilos as fast as I'd like is heart-breaking....Also, maintaining the lost weight is a pain - I guess I just don't try hard enough to maintain a healthy lifestyle *sigh*

    I'd just like to tell you not to be so hard on yourself. I don't think you are slipping into mediocrity...It's a struggle, and as you won't ever give up (we are all here to support you), you are sure to win the battle!

    Best Wishes!!

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  14. It's not easy to go on fighting and never never giving up, Launna. Sometimes I think we are as Rocky Balboa, do you remember him?, he goes down and then stands up, never beaten because his inside strength makes him a great fighter.
    A big hug, Launna :)

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  15. Mediocrity is a tenacious little bugger, so we need to be even more stubborn about succeeding.

    All the best!

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  16. You can do this Launna, you have the desire, you have the strength, you have the support (I for one am definitely behind you!) you can get back on track and you'll feel amazing! Keep going! Thinking of you xoxo

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  17. I was needing this. I've been caught up in my depression in the last few weeks and I had zero desire to do nothing, you could say I was less than mediocre. This text inspired me to get back in track, to do things I should have been doing for a while and try some news things to get over this dark fase. Thank you again Launna, you are always a ray of sunshine in my life x3
    xoxo
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  18. Your will, strength and passion for life is remarkable, Launna. I know you don't see yourself in that light but I do as with many of your readers. Whenever I feel down and demotivated, I always hope over to your blog and read a couple of your posts, they are always uplifting and give me a surge of much needed energy to move forward.

    Shireen | Reflection of Sanity

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  19. Never giving up is key! Although it can be hard to think positively when we are struggling. The important part is not giving up.
    Beautetude

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  20. My dear sweet friend, remain diligent against mediocrity! It is a silent killer! Glad to see you wont give up... - http://www.domesticgeekgirl.com

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  22. One thing I always tell myself is, "There is nothing to it, but to do it!" I don't remember where I heard it, I know it was on TV at some point when I was a kid. It stuck in my head, and I have used it so many times. Instead of talking about doing whatever it is, it's better to get started for myself. Then when I have finished the task, I feel a great sense of accomplishment and the only person that I had to be accountable to was myself. That's how I deal with mediocrity, when I come face to face with it. I hope you stay positive and beat those hurdles Launna!

    xx,
    Tania
    http://inspiremyfancy.blogspot.com/

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  23. Damn straight! If mediocrity is tenacious we just have to be even MORE tenacious :-)

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  24. Amiga Lau bom dia existe vários caminho mais só um é o certo
    vá sempre no seu alvo por que o coração é mentiroso cuidado,
    tenha uma semana abençoada, obrigado pela visita.
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  25. Somehow I am stuck in this mediocre life bcoz i find comfort in it which is actually bad bt that does not mean I have not gone through trials and troubles and I tell you there has been no end to it... I have had such emotional, depressing and frustrating days bt I would praise myself for coming out of it everytime and I know I have been a fighter.. everyone has their way of getting over problems and as u rightly put what u may have done years ago may not work now.. My phone not working has been a good lesson for me in a way as it gave me time to reflect on my life even though it was hard and frustrating.. Looking forward to new beginnings.. have a great week ahead Launna ♥

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  26. Oh those challenges. You just don't know what they might be. Work, lately..has been a struggle. Its as if you can't do enough. It doesn't help the AC quits. I didn't even want to be there, and I still get put down and yelled at. Yes, even at the library..it can be miserable. So, its good to be prayerful..to endure those moments you hope don't last too long. Great to see your update!

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  27. You know, Launna? Slip into mediocrity is one of my biggest fear!
    And this is pretty understimated on the majority of the people!
    I was so relieved when I've read this post, since it means I'm not the one who think that way!
    I'm always a bit scared to talk of it because I don't want to give the wrong idea to be a pride and insensitive person who think that is better than others, for the only fact I costanty try to don't give up and to improve myself despite everything.
    Obviously it's pretty normal that sometimes happen challenges and struggles that stop or slow you, but isn't overcome them and try to still be good that makes us better person? :)
    xxx
    s
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  28. What an amazing quote, and the more I think about it the more I like it. Sure glad I read your post today, Launna. It was exactly what I needed.

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  29. Hello Launna - the fact that you wrote "I am not back on track yet but I have a desire to get there" ... the important words 'desire to get there' is so positive.

    Positive is good

    All the best Jan

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  30. Dear Launna,

    The struggles and tribulations or life are never ending and its the unending faith and ambition that keeps one going. You are a survivor and a fighter you will win.

    PS: The poem I wrote on : Woman of Substance is dedicated to women like you and many others, who refuse to be tied down by destiny or circumstances.

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  31. Isn't it great to run across a poem or quote that speaks to who and where we are? I love that. As I look back at my life there were so many times I felt beaten, but something in me just kept getting back up, determined to do something better and to be better. I admire that you do that, and graciously share it with others so we can remember to get strong and stay strong, never allowing an obstacle to be better than we are. HUGE Hugs...RO

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  32. I couldn't agree more!♥ I had a sports injury a few months ago and I still cannot get back on track, exercising is painful and difficult for me right now, it's so frustrating. So I feel you, Launna.♥ Maintaining a healthy lifestyle is definitely a neverending process full of ups and downs.:/ But you are a strong person and I'm sure you will find your way to achieve anything you want! Kisses!

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  33. Yes! We must always strive to do our best and never give up. This isn't always easy, especially when we're tired or are experiencing setbacks, but we have to keep trying.

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  34. Launna! A Maybelline faz muito sucesso aqui no Brasil. Justamente por ser uma marca com produtos maravilhosos e com preços acessíveis! *-*

    Ótima quarta!

    Beijo! ^^

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  35. Oh man, this is so true on so many different levels. When it comes to working out, it really is hard to start back at it again. Once you get in the habit of working out, it gets so much easier! But I understand that it can be difficult if you've gone a long time without doing it. I went a few months without doing much and I felt terrible. Just remember that any kind of exercise will ALWAYS make you feel better <3 I've never regretted a work out :)

    Have a wonderful day!

    xo Azu

    www.raven-locks.blogspot.com

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  36. Hi sweet Launna,
    I agree with the first quote.
    I think we choose the right way and that means that we are to build our future. I have convinced myself that in my life can not exist mediocrity. But I'm afraid to fall into this negative moment.
    Have an adorable day
    kisses
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  37. You have always seemed like a very strong, willpowered woman to me, Launna, so I know you will get there. Maybe take a different path to it this time, like the quote, maybe don't try the one you did before as it doesn't work anymore xx.

    Raindrops of Sapphire

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  38. I love the idea of many paths to your goals especially if one fails. You are a fighter and I know you will never give up. Hugs!
    www.effortlesslady.co

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  39. Dear Launna,
    mediocrity is tenacious, much more than my efforts to loose weight... Just 3 kilos, but I'm not able to reach my goal...
    I wish you a wonderful night :)

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  40. I love and admire how you write from the heart. I have written a couple but never published. Reading your post gives me the courage to speak.
    So thank you.

    Love

    Shanel

    http://babblingonbeauty.blogspot.co.uk/2016/09/12-beauty-advent-calenders-2016.html

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  41. Que maximo amei a postagem, bom final de semana e obrigado pela visita
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  42. Launna when I think you can't get anymore positive, you come up with another thought that sets me thinking! Stay in the game! And that;s going to be my motto!

    Love you loads,
    Nilu

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  43. I really love the quote, Launna! I remember hearing on numerous occasions that hanging in there and not giving up, even when things are difficult. I think you do this, dear Launna, and this is to be commended!

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  44. Hi Launna, that quote is deep on all levels. I love it too. We must never give in or give up. Life is full of falling and getting back up, then keep pushing. The cycle repeats. And with each fall, comes lessons we need to do better subsequent times. Lessons we need to ultimately 'grow'. The second quote also resonates with me. And gosh you have a fire in you Launna. Mediocrity doesn't stand a chance with you. So get back you will and I pray we all do. Cos just like that quote, it's hard to beat a person who gets back up.


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  45. this is so true Launna. There are times I feel like giving up but there's a fighter in me that refuses to. Giving up, I believe, is never an option. Have an amazing weekend. You shine.

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  46. Hi Launna. How are you? You are so true.. Never give up! That is the key and the spirit! Keep inspire us Launna! Wish you a really nice and wonderful weekend.

    Love,
    Dascha

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  47. I think everyone struggles with this so don't feel alone. I wish you all the best Launna.

    xoxo, rae
    http://www.raellarina.net/

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  48. Yes, it is hard to beat a person who never stays down. Never give up is the motto everyone should follow.

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  49. I like this quote of having several paths so if one path is blocked we can always continue, there is not just one path, I love that :)
    wishing you all the best in your path choices dear Launna
    xxx
    www.travelera.es

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  50. Having a desire to make a change is the first step. It is hard to force things to happen if you don't want them to happen. I am glad the desire to make changes in your routine is there and the rest will start to follow. :) Wishing you the best of luck on your journey!
    ~Jess

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  51. Launna! Naquele vídeo eu falei sobre três produtos da Vult que eu amo. Acredito que essa marca só existe no Brasil!

    Ótimo domingo!

    Beijo! ^^

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  52. I had to pin the quote, Launna. Mediocrity is so easy to do! But we have to stay in the fight ♥

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  53. You can succeed and you will! I once had a boss tell me my biggest strength was my tenacity. It is a very good thing to have. Hugs!

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  54. I always feel so good after reading your letters and feel connected to almost all. Sometimes it feels like we all are in the same boat of emotions and feelings and these are similar in one way or other!! Thanks for always motivating me :) <3

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  55. Sometimes in life it is necessary to visit the valley. The valley is where we take stock, reflex, measure/evaluate our choices, deconstruct our consequences and gather lessons learnt and learning strategically find ways in implementing those lessons.

    "There is value in the valley" -Iyanla Vanzant

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  56. I like the quote that says that sometimes you have to find a different way to achieve your goal. Adapt and overcome.

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  57. The tenacity overcomes almost everything because we have to keep going dear friend .
    Your publication conveys a beautiful message.
    Hugs !
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  58. and how important is to accept the failures, and the ups and downs because we are not perfect but our desire to overcome and keep onto the goal is the most important to feel good!
    kss a lot dear Launna
    =)
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  59. Oh wow, your words are really powerful in this post, Launna. The motivation you're showing here works in different levels. You could be talking about exercise, diet, school, a job, a dream, life itself! I particularly loved the phrase "Falling backwards happens to us all, not staying there is a choice we each make", you nailed it with those words. I really hope you find a way that suits your current conditions and helps you to be back on track at the same time. :)
    xx

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  60. Very inspiring! I have noticed to that walking I like to do is in a limited time these days. The fall..and it seems to be shorter than ever. Life is always evolving. At one time, it was easier to move with it, but then more obstacles are more apparent as we age. Then when you here from your physician..walking is not enough..you need to keep that heart-rate up. Still, we need to be diligent and that can be the hardest. Just yesterday I heard about FTD. I thought it had something to do with flowers..no dementia. I thought I had to be hearing that wrong. How, this certain kind can affect you as early as your 40's where you lose the idea of understanding language.

    So much to be thankful for and so much to be worried about, too. All the best to your writing! And goals!

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  61. Wonderful post - it gave me strength where I didn't know it was needed. Sigh - the cycles of life. I'm getting ready to get my exercise in (the one I recently wrote about). Yesterday that humidity and temp was just nice enough that I was able to enjoy a walk and it felt so good. Nothing like getting outside, but when you can't you've got to push through your other options. Just as a side note, I'm going to msg you a link in FB something I wrote once upon a time. I read it from time to times and it still resonates with me for one reason or another. It's title Failure is not an option.

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  62. Sempre procurando o seu alvo, tenha uma semana abençoada, obrigado pela visita.
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  63. I like the way you put your heart and soul into your writing Launna. You're absolutely right, we have to continually ask ourselves how we can do better, and make sure we don't get too comfortable with where we are in life. Once we reach a milestone, there's something else which requires our attention, so we're continually striving towards something new.

    I'm glad to hear you're focusing on the future in a positive way, and determined not to accept mediocrity. With determination, you WILL get there!

    Lots of love Saba xx

    www.trulymadlydeeplyfashion.blogspot.com

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  64. I think that words have the power to turn tables for us. They could change everything about a person.
    my story is similar, a poem 'if' changed it all for me.

    f you can talk with crowds and keep your virtue,
    Or walk with Kings—nor lose the common touch,
    If neither foes nor loving friends can hurt you,
    If all men count with you, but none too much;
    If you can fill the unforgiving minute
    With sixty seconds’ worth of distance run,
    Yours is the Earth and everything that’s in it,
    And—which is more—you’ll be a Man, my son!

    The one you quoted is an exceptional piece. I'm adding it to the list of things that keep me going.

    Take care Launna :)

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  65. i agree we always have to keep pushing ourselves forward

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  66. Passando para ti deseja um belo dia, obrigado pela visita.
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  67. Dear Launna,
    have you ever had the feeling that, despite nothing seems to happen, something important is coming up???
    A big kiss!

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  68. Launna, a sombra que mostrei é simplesmente maravilhosa! Aliás, aquela marca tem itens muito bons. Compro sempre os produtos!

    Ótima quarta!

    Beijo! ^^

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  69. Hello dear: I hope you are well. I don't go to the gym and I don't always eat healthy, I think we need to enjoy life sometimes. I am doing good dear, sorry for not answering before. xoxo

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  70. Diet and exercise just has to be a way of life. I'm not very good though about the diet thing. I LOVE food! But I DO stick to regular exercise though---only because Zumba is something I love to do and never tire of. I think that is key.

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  71. Dear Launna,
    I wish you a lovely weekend. Time is tough, I sleep just little, I had fever, but still want to go on.
    A big hug!

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  72. It is easier said than done sometimes, but you're absolutely right. Staying down is not an option at all. Thanks for the motivation and keep em coming, beautiful.

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  73. Sending you lots of love and light dear Launna..... I'll be needing the same as I become more conscious of eating healthy and trying to lose all this weight....

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