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Be Positive. Be Yourself. Believe!

1/1/16: I Thank God for the progress in 2015...The journey continues...

6-16-15 I am still sparking and come on occasionally. I have been trying to pay more attention to losing weight. I just don't have a great deal of time to be on the computer but I just want to encourage everyone to keep up the great work! Set goals. Take Action. You can only start from where you are.

1-18-14 At Christmas, I started on this journey again. I am going to do this THIS year. ...
1/1/16: I Thank God for the progress in 2015...The journey continues...

6-16-15 I am still sparking and come on occasionally. I have been trying to pay more attention to losing weight. I just don't have a great deal of time to be on the computer but I just want to encourage everyone to keep up the great work! Set goals. Take Action. You can only start from where you are.

1-18-14 At Christmas, I started on this journey again. I am going to do this THIS year. Most of my 2014 goals have to do with becoming a "better" me. I'M LOOKING FOR SPARKFRIENDS. I will need the support. Thanks and Blessings to everyone.

8-10-13: Starting Over. I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. With You, I can do this!

*****Received a challenge from a friend to lose 10 lbs over the holidays. To be above the norm. So if I do that, I will be a breaker...in the hundreds at 196. Here I go.....*****

I am beginning day 1 of the 100 Day Challenge. I will be attempting to exercise for 100 days straight. I think this challenge will be a great motivator for me. Day one.

21. At any given moment you have the power to say this is not how the story ends. However, saying is one thing, you must also change your actions to change the direction of the story. The best stories involve people who undergo a dramatic internal change which manifest externally.

20. "Comparison is the Thief of Joy"~Theodore Roosevelt.

Saw this on someone's page. The quote really does help me not to compare my weight loss journey to anyone else. There are a lot of motivating people out there; however, my weight loss is personal. As long as I don't give up and I am seeing progress, that's a good thing. Onward!!!

19. Sometimes results are not evident at first. Under the surface is budding the rose of success.

18. I'm DONE saying I'll start over tomorrow & knowing "tomorrow" will never come

I'm DONE waiting for tomorrow

17.
1. Know WHAT/HOW much you eat
2. Shut up and sweat � you have to WORK it off
3. Do it every single day � make it a lifestyle

16. Everyday you wake up you must ask yourself the question, "What will I believe today?" don't choose to believe bad things about yourself. Expect the best out of yourself. Get the best out of yourself!

15. Don't sit around thinking bad thoughts. Think what you want to think. Think good thoughts about yourself, about other people, and about life. --Joyce Meyer

14. I don't know what the key to success is, but the key to failure is trying to please everybody. ---Bill Cosby

13. I will remember to have a good attitude during tough times.

12."A tree with strong roots can withstand the most violent storm. But a tree cannot grow roots just as the storm appears on the horizon." -HH The Dalai Lama


11. Don't be easily offended...Sometimes people don't know they are not thinking. Be kind.

10. " People who fail to achieve their goals usually get stopped by frustration. They allow frustration to keep them from taking the necessary actions that would support them in achieving their desire. You get through this roadblock by plowing through frustration, taking each setback as feedback you can learn from, and pushing ahead. I doubt you'll find many successful people who have not experienced this. All successful people learn that success is buried on the other side of frustration. ~ " Unknown

9. "Someone who is busier than you is exercising right now."

8. Unhappiness has a greater price. Live the kind of life that excites you to get out of bed in the morning, one of color and joy. This is my goal. I am not there yet but it is my destination.

7. I'VE GOT AN ATTITUDE. Attitude is a MINDSET that takes precedence over all other facts. Attitude affects my altitude. I can change my attitude. I can be positive in my thoughts about my life. I don't have to accept failure as the norm. It is only failure if I stay down. I'm up and I am alive. "I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength." This is what my MINDSET is set on. I'VE GOT AN ATTITUDE.

6. As I think about myself in my heart, this is what I become. Today, I see myself kind, caring, and positively engaged with others. To day I see myself meeting my goals (physical, financial, personal). I see.... possibilities.

5. Replacing important things in your life with work only causes anxiety to build up--not to mention that it takes the joy out of life. Stay focused on people you love and encourage them. Don'f focus on task that drain you and others of precious time.

4. The greatest good you can do for another is not just to share your riches but to reveal to him/her his/her own.

- Benjamin Disraeli, British statesman

3. Everything you do makes a difference. Even if you're not on the front lines leading the effort, you have a contribution to make. Without your contribution, no matter how small, so many other things would never happen. The world needs what you have to offer. You have no idea how the simplest of your everyday actions can effect your child, and even people you've never met (your family, too). Chances are, you'll never know. But if you're looking for a purpose to work toward, all you need is the desire and the right perspective. Define yourself as your task, and that's all you'll ever be. Define yourself as your contribution to your family (you mean a great deal), and suddenly you're a very important part of a bigger picture. The biggest pictures are the ones where there's room for everyone to be seen. "


2. Life is not about how to survive the storm but about how to dance in the rain.

1. Should you find yourself at a loss, wondering what life is all about and what your purpose is, be thankful. There are those who didn't live long enough to get the opportunity to wonder.

- Unknown
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Member Since: 5/22/2010

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My Goals:
Exercise everyday.
I want to develop this discipline. Once I have this down, I will add another goal. (6/22/2015) I think I have this area going now.

Time to add another goal:

I have been sugar free (no cookies, cakes, etc) for 2 weeks now. Heading into my 3rd week. I would like to keep this going.

I would also like to take an evening walk at least 3 times a week. It really helps me sleep better.



My Program:
Right now I am focusing on just exercise. My goal is to keep moving. I want to do something everyday. Exercise, Exercise, Exercise. (6/22/2015) This is going well.

Now...

I need to continue controlling my portions. I am using containers to control my portions. This is working well for me.



Personal Information:
My personal goal is to lose 10 lbs at a time. When I started I weighed less and have gained several lbs due to an illness. I am back and ready for change.

Goal: 212lb--I'm Done, Girl!

Goal: 201lb --I'm Done, Girl (7-30-15)

Goal: 199 (Hello, wonderland) I'm Done, Girl! (8-3-15)

Goal: 192 lb

Goal: 182 lb

Goal: 172 lb

Goal: 162 lb

Other Information:
I am making my goal "slow and steady." As long as I am losing consistently, then I am ok and on track. I would like to be at my goal weight by December 2015.



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SURVIVOR61
5/2/2016 6:51:18 PM

Did you know working out comes in many forms, and not all of them will leave you breathless and drenched in sweat? “Exercise doesn’t have to be spending an hour at the gym. Just get moving,” even if it's just for 10 minutes a day. “Take a dance class, go for a hike, walk the dog, or vacuum your house. It all counts!” So, yes, those late-night solo dance parties where you pretend you’re Beyoncé or Rita Hayworth are well worth it. Just get your body moving. Before you know it, you will have started a work out routine!




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5/1/2016 1:23:15 PM

Snacking can make or break your eating plan. Eating the wrong snacks might mean that you end up ravenously hungry by your next meal, causing you to overeat.

Be sure to incorporate healthy snacks that contain plenty of fiber. You will want to plan them into daily allotment of calories.

This will make you a Smart Snacker! emoticon



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SURVIVOR61
4/29/2016 4:33:01 PM

When you feel like your in a rut, sometimes you just need to review what to do. See if there is anything your missing. Here is a list of things to check.

1. Try a short workout. Even five minutes is better than nothing. For ideas browse Spark Peoples video library or workout generator.

2. Try a new recipe. Cooking healthy foods can be fun and it never has to be bland.

3. Eat a healthy breakfast. Your morning meal sets the stage for the rest of your day, so start it off right! Get lots of breakfast ideas here on Spark People.

4. Drink your water, try adding fruit for a flavorful twist. Try to aim for 8 cups each day and you’ll feel the difference!

5. Look at Motivational SparkPages. Seeing how others overcome similar struggles and obstacles can be a great source of motivation.

6. Track your food & water today. No matter how it adds up, you’ll learn from it.

7. Update your SparkPage. It’s a visual way to track your ups and downs, but also your progress.

8. Share your goals. Whether you post them on the Message Boards or share them with a friend, you’ll be more accountable.

9. Exercise for 10 minutes. Jump rope, march in place, or do some crunches. Small amounts do add up to something big!

10. Find a buddy. Get support from friends, whether you need someone to listen or a mentor to give you ideas and encouragement.

11. Take a walk. Don’t worry about how long or far you go—just get out there!

12. Create a motivational collage. Include pictures of your goal and reasons why you want to get there.

13. Go shopping for some healthy foods. Use this shopping list for ideas.

14. Check the nutrition facts before you go out to eat. That way, you can make an informed choice.

15. Ride your bike. Even a leisurely ride has benefits for your body and mind.

16. Work in the yard. Gardening and yard work is a great way to add activity to your day.

17. Take the stairs. Even if this is the only thing you do all day, you’ll feel stronger for it.

18. Rack up those SparkPoints! You earn them for every healthy task you do on the site—talk about motivating! Aim for a certain milestone, such as 100 points, and then reward yourself with a SparkGoodie!

19. Listen to an inspirational song. Better yet, make a playlist of them so you can turn to it whenever you need a boost.

20. Re-start your SparkPeople program. Sometimes it’s easier to get back on track when you have a clean slate.

21. Measure your portions. It’s a simple way to learn how much you’re eating.

22. Eat a piece of fruit. Even if 5-9 servings of fruit and vegetables sounds impossible to you, one is doable.

23. Slow down during meals. You’ll be less likely to overeat and more likely to enjoy your meal.

24. Play! What kids call “play,” we often call “exercise.” Play a sport, a game, or use the playground equipment to bring the fun back into fitness.

25. Learn something new. Sometimes simply taking a quiz or reading an article about nutrition, fitness, or health can change your mindset and get you back on track.

In getting fit, losing one point isn’t the end of the world. It happens to the best of them. In fact, if you can consistently win a few more points than you lose, you may end up becoming a winner. With healthy eating and exercising, as long as you’re consistently out-stepping your steps back, you’re ahead of the game. If you expect perfection (and many of us do), you’re setting yourself up for disappointment and guilt.



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4/27/2016 9:15:55 PM

We often forget to take care of ourselves, when we are taking care of a loved one that is ill or preparing for surgery.

Take time out for yourself. Nurture yourself by exercising, keeping involved in activities that bring you pleasure, getting respite and taking a trip. Keep up your connections to friends. Such actions are not self-indulgent, they are your prescription for good health and resiliency like food, water, and air.

Most of all do not feel guilty. You are not doing anything wrong. After all it is important to take care of you, so you do not fall Ill yourself. emoticon



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4/25/2016 7:24:05 PM

Dropping by to remind everyone that there are 10 easy ways to lighten up almost any recipe that you have. Whenever and where ever possible always substitute what you can to save on calories and saturated fat. This will help save calories and cholesterol.

Sauté is the skinny way! A couple of tablespoons of low-sodium vegetable broth can be used instead of oil or butter in your stir fry or as the basis for a sauce. This method will add a nice flavor to your dish as well as a little moisture—and you'll save calories to use elsewhere. To get a dose of unsaturated fats, serve your broth-sautéed veggies with a side salad, and pour an olive oil-based dressing over the top.

2. Just say no to skin. Three ounces of chicken breast meat with skin has almost 150 calories; three ounces of chicken without the skin has 50 fewer calories. Tasty as it might be, the skin contains mostly heart-unhealthy saturated fat. You can cook with the skin on to retain moisture (add fresh herbs or citrus zest underneath it to really bake in some flavor), just make sure to remove the skin before you enjoy your meal to save on calories and saturated fat. Remember to be heart healthy.

3. Squeeze on the citrus. This adds a powerful flavor punch with minimal added calories, I use citrus on steamed veggies instead of butter or over a salad instead of a dressing. It’s even great on fruit salad in place of sugar and adds some zip when squeezed onto a pasta salad or into my morning water. Don’t forget to use the flavorful zest of citrus fruits as well on your cooking as well! Wash a lemon, orange or lime, then use a zester or grater to add the zest to dishes such as baked seafood and some chicken dishes.

4. Be choosy about cheese. When using a mildly flavored cheese, such as Monterey Jack, you need more cheese to taste it. But when you choose a cheese with intense flavor, you can actually use less and still get the same effect. Try a reduced-sodium feta, sharp Cheddar or aged Parmesan next time. Light cheese wedges such as The Laughing Cow brand are so useful when you're watching fat and calories, too. I love mixing one of these soft cheeses into my scrambled eggs or noodle dishes instead of loading on the shredded mozzarella. My husbands mom turned me onto the Laughing Cow Brand during the holidays. She always makes us a cheese basket every Christmas.

5. Now let's all Go Greek. Tangy, fat-free Greek yogurt is a healthful replacement for sour cream. You can try this switch in herbed and spiced dips, tacos, nachos, enchiladas, chili, baked potatoes or throw it in a cooked dish as a thickening agent. You’ll save 45 calories for each 2-tablespoon serving. I just love all the possibilities with Greek Yogurt. Don't even get me start with fruit!

6. Your produce is so flexible, I love this. It adds body to soups and sauces just by using pureed vegetables instead of heavy cream, evaporated milk, butter or cheese. This move will also add fiber and nutrients to your dish for very few calories. A puree of carrots will add texture to meatless spaghetti sauce, and mixing a blend of beans into a chili or soup will add flavor and thicken it, all with very few added calories.

7. Cottage cheese is a favorite, that I love to cozy up to even when it comes to a light snack. But, when a recipe calls for a significant amount of a crumbled cheese, like feta or ricotta, substitute half the amount with reduced-fat cottage cheese. This will retain taste, texture, protein, and calcium while ditching some of the fat and calories. This works well for stuffed peppers and most baked pasta dishes and my favorite lasagne.

8. Pump up those veggies! You can easily reach the recommended five servings of fruits and veggies when you’re cooking at home. Veggies can compliment any dish on your planned meal, try adding nutrient-packed bulk to the meal for few calories. Just add chopped asparagus, mushrooms, tomatoes or onions to your next omelet, even red peppers (or a frozen stir fry mix) to baked casseroles, or any kind of beans to a pasta salad. Include fresh or frozen spinach in pasta sauces and soups, and broccoli in your casseroles. The possibilities for adding veggies are endless with any dish!

9. Cutting the cream. When making cream-based soups, sub fat-free half-&-half for heavy creams. Works just as good and tastes just as great as moms. This switch up gives soups a creamy taste and velvety texture just without all that saturated fat of a heavy cream. This will work great in pasta sauces too.

10. Try making your own marinade. Marinate lean meats in vinegar and citrus combos (with a bit of Olive oil added) rather than a ready-made oil-based dressing. I also recommend trylng a fruit juices or wines. These agents will still tenderize and flavor the meat, and a mix of herbs and spices will bring out the flavor! (You'll also cut out a lot of sodium by not using the store-bought varieties!) Try cutting the meat in strips before dousing it to really let the marinade take effect.

You can see, there are endless ways that you can boost the nutrition and reduce the calories of almost any recipe. Try getting creative and experiment a little with your favorite recipes. You may just find that you like these new ways of cooking just as much or even better!

However you decide to cook... always remember to weigh and track you meals with Spark People's tracker!





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