“I began to believe that the promises of the world are for the most part vain phantoms, and that to have faith in oneself and become something of worth and value is the best and safest course. -Michelangelo********* Every adult in America is thinking one common thought today: It’s tax day. The economic condition of our country, our state, our counties, our school districts and our own personal finances is a much different picture than we are used to as Americans. Most of us are feeling the pinch in one way or another.—–There are many external factors in life that we have little or no control over, but our weight is NOT one of them. When times are tough and we find ourselves in challenging situations, we need our health, strength and self confidence more than ever. It’s the one thing YOU CAN CONTROL!!! If you can control nothing else this evening, take charge of what you chose to eat or not to eat. Choose to step out and take a stroll around your block tonight and smell the flowering trees in the air rather than sit on your couch with a helping of Baked Cheetos watching tv as if it were still winter time!!! No one can take away the good habits you are developing and no situation has to force you to make choices that are not the best for you. Stand strong and give yourself the gift of your health. Have faith that ANY investment of time or resources that you put toward taking care of yourself is going to pay a priceless return. Enjoy this journey…it’s called LIFE and it’s a gift. ——–The WW meetings have been fantastic this week! I am vowing to start putting the weight loss totals on the blog each week b/c it is amazing. I am always happy to see the meeting rooms full but I am even happier when I see so many people being extremely successful!