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Core Health Beliefs

Friday, January 24, 2014

Today's SparkCoach challenge is to write myself a letter as my own best friend. While mulling over the challenge, I tuned into the Fatloser course lesson #19
( www.fatloser.com ) and decided to write this blog instead. I've been following Onekidsmom's comparison of Fatloser homework questions from two years ago and from the present. Since this is my first time in the course, I can't compare, but I am pleasantly surprised by my answers to today's questions on beliefs. First, I have to note Steve Siebold (Fatloser coach) uses the word "diet" in the way we at SP use the words "lifestyle change," and after failing many "diets," I prefer "lifestyle change." So here are the questions and my answers, with some of the wording borrowed shamelessly from SparkPeople (especially the Mind Over Body plan), some from my friend Wendy Bumgarder ( walking.about.com ), and some from my own experience.

What are your five strongest beliefs about dieting?
1. Diets are limiting; lifestyle change is open ended.
2. Diets are superficial; lifestyle change occurs on many levels.
3. I can (and do) eat my favorite foods but as occasional treats and in smaller amounts even WHILE losing weight and while keeping it off.
4. Lifestyle change is long-term, while dieting is short-term.
5. The scale is only a tool; non-scale victories are just as elating.

What are your five strongest beliefs about exercise?
1. 10,000 steps a day is not enough; aim for at least 3000 steps in 30 minutes (get some cardio).
2. Strength training is a must.
3. Flexibility is important (yoga, pilates, any regular stretching).
4. Trying to force myself to like an activity is like dieting...formula for failure. Finding a fitness activity I enjoy keeps me coming back.
5. Changing up fitness routines keeps things fresh.

Have these beliefs contributed to your being fat?
Um, no. These are the beliefs I cultured and nurtured with help from SparkPeople to help me lose the weight and keep it off.

  
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TORTISE110 1/30/2014 8:21AM

    HI Celia, This is an interesting blog. I like that it talks about our "beliefs." What we believe about our efforts here, makes a difference. And I surely agree that picking things we like to build our fitness around is motivating. Thanks for the post!

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KIMBERLY_Y 1/29/2014 1:18PM

    Way to go! Love those beliefs. Thanks for sharing.

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BROOKLYN_BORN 1/28/2014 1:00PM

    Your beliefs are my beliefs. It nice to see them so logically stated. Good job!

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TECH1960PS 1/27/2014 10:13AM

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KANOE10 1/25/2014 9:35AM

    Those were very positive and realistic core beliefs. I like changing up exercise routines to keep them fresh. I also like non scale victories being just as important as the scale.It is a lifestyle change.

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BOOKAPHILE 1/24/2014 3:45PM

    Yes. I came at it from this angle as well...stating what I believe now rather than the beliefs that allowed me to get fat. My current beliefs should help me maintain my goals. I'm so thankful to Sparkpeople for giving me the initial tools to achieve my goals. Steve Siebold has helped ramp up my motivation in maintenance.

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CARRAND 1/24/2014 2:45PM

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KAB7801 1/24/2014 1:07PM

    I like! Well said

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TENNESSEEWALKER 1/24/2014 9:13AM

    Well said! Thanks for sharing with us this letter to yourself.

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WORKNPROGRESS49 1/24/2014 9:08AM

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KALIGIRL 1/24/2014 9:07AM

    "4. Trying to force myself to like an activity is like dieting...formula for failure."
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DIBANANA 1/24/2014 9:06AM

  Very positive Celia! Good job

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My Spiralizer Arrived!

Sunday, January 12, 2014



Thank you, U.S. Postal Service, for delivering my new kitchen tool earlier than expected! I went right out and got a zucchini to make for dinner. The Bitoni Spiralizer (slightly heavier than the less expensive ones shown at Amazon) quickly and easily turned my zucchini into a bowl full of zucchini "pasta." I made a homemade marinara sauce from what I found in the pantry (canned tomatoes, garlic, a teensy bit of olive oil, oregano, and salt/pepper). Then I microwaved the "pasta" for about a minute to heat it and get it to the crisp/tender stage, not mushy. It was delicious and SO easy!

  
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BESSHAILE 3/8/2014 7:47AM

    Oh too cool!
I just bought one of those too - a cheap one because it was a point of purchase impulse buy - but it looked SO cool.

I can't wait for zucchini spaghetti

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THINFITFEMINIST 1/17/2014 7:47PM

    I'm 100% raw and use to do that with zucchini and loved it! My Spiralizer kept on breaking where the handle and the armature connected. Since this time I have gone on to juicing and smoothies and don't make any big meals.

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THINANDFITEMILY 1/17/2014 3:51PM

    this is on my wish list!- and I will look up your model. It sounds solid.
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SUSANNAH31 1/13/2014 10:29PM

    I'm very interested. I've never made vegetable pasta - but I can't wait to start.
I'm going to order one up today! Thanks for the great idea.

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JEWELS571 1/13/2014 3:53PM

    very cool!

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BROOKLYN_BORN 1/13/2014 3:38PM

    Oh, it's a KITCHEN gadget! I was picturing some kind of artist tool (think Spirograph). I'll have to google that. We raised a LOT of zucchini last summer.

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KALIGIRL 1/13/2014 10:37AM

    Don't ya just love it!

PS - love that you set the table for one - we've used the kitchen counter a little too much lately - think I will follow your example and take pleasure in our meals...
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KANOE10 1/13/2014 8:20AM

    Zuchinni pasta is one of my favorites.. Yellow squash is also good. Yum.

Thanks for sharing a healthy meal.

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PINKNFITCARLA 1/12/2014 10:47PM

    Looks awesome! Thanks for sharing.

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BETHGILLIGAN 1/12/2014 8:28PM

    Looks yummy!

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TENNESSEEWALKER 1/12/2014 7:41PM

    Lovely presentation, wine and crystal. Ah!

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CARRAND 1/12/2014 6:55PM

    It certainly looks good!

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BOOKAPHILE 1/12/2014 5:28PM

    I'd never heard of one. Now I'm curious.

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DIBANANA 1/12/2014 4:56PM

  I saw this and added to my Pinterest to buy later. Glad to hear it works! The one I saw was Williams Sonoma. Do you think that is a good brand?

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WATERMELLEN 1/12/2014 4:14PM

    Very cool!!

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OOLALA53 1/12/2014 3:21PM

    I just went to Amazon to look for this better one, but Bitoni didn't come up. There was one that said it was less flimsy than others offered, but it was unavailable now. Did you get yours online?

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KAB7801 1/12/2014 2:37PM

    Interesting!

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SparkCoach TV Challenge: Nope

Tuesday, October 08, 2013

Today's SparkCoach challenge is to turn off the TV for 24 hours. Not happening. Not today. I have enough days in the week when the TV remains off, but Tuesday is NCIS, and DH and I love to kick back and watch Gibbs, Tony, McGee, Abby, Ducky, and "Mr. Pahlmah" (sadly no Ziva now) take on the bad guys. Sorry, SparkDude! Another day.

  
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TORTISE110 11/18/2013 7:29AM

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TORTISE110 11/18/2013 7:29AM

    I love a good NO WAY!

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BESSHAILE 10/17/2013 8:57AM

    LOL - and there are always Other Days you can turn off the telly.

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GRANDMABABA 10/16/2013 2:35PM

    We love NCIS, too. Unfortunately, I enjoy far too many shows. Ouch!

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BROOKLYN_BORN 10/12/2013 6:24AM

    We're NCIS fans too, but we record them so we can fast forward through commercials. Otherwise, during the endless commercials we tend to nod off and miss the conclusion. Seriously, sometimes if I can't get to sleep I'll turn on an infomercial channel and next thing I know it's morning - my personal solution to insomnia.

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KANOE10 10/9/2013 7:32AM

    I like NCIS aso. There is always another day to keep the tv off.

Have a great day.

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BETHGILLIGAN 10/9/2013 7:18AM

    good for you!! Sounds like that's a "special" time for you and hubby that you should not sacrifice!!! Hope you enjoyed the show!

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GRATEFUL_BEING 10/8/2013 3:03PM

  Lol I don't blame you. I'm not a big tv watcher, but that handful of shows that I do watch is a big source of excitement.

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_LINDA 10/8/2013 2:27PM

    Not too many people can give up their TV's! I am fortunate I was never all that addicted to it and found it easy to give it up permanently two years ago although that screen time has been all but replaced with Sparking time :P
Hope you enjoyed it!

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PINKNFITCARLA 10/8/2013 1:38PM

    Nothing wrong with that, especially when you have plenty of other days it's off. Enjoy your shows!

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KAB7801 10/8/2013 12:57PM

    Right on!

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KELLIEBEAN 10/8/2013 12:35PM

    I'm with you, DH and I can't miss NCIS! Oh how I cried when Ziva left.

Funny... Mr. Pahlmer!

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We'll be watching tonight!

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KALIGIRL 10/8/2013 12:24PM

    emoticon Now that's what I call living life!

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DIBANANA 10/8/2013 11:54AM

  I totally agree Celia! Sometimes we have to do what we have to do to make ourselves happy!

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Still voting for SparkPeople

Monday, September 30, 2013

I'll keep voting daily till the site says the round is closed. Vote here:

https://www.smallbusinessbiggame.com
/OH/SparkPeople-Inc/387418

  
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BROOKLYN_BORN 10/4/2013 7:50AM

    I've tried to vote, but the link never works for me - darn satellite connection out here in the sticks.

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KAB7801 10/4/2013 7:37AM

    Thanks

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TREEBW 10/2/2013 1:17AM

    Hey- firstly, I did not even know about this, secondly- the link is not working for me :(

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BRADMILL2922 10/2/2013 12:28AM

    Thanks for the reminder! I keep voting as well!

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PINKNFITCARLA 10/1/2013 10:38PM

    Thank you for the reminder! I voted most days, but have been so busy I missed the past couple.

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DIBANANA 10/1/2013 9:57AM

  Thanks Celia!

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BESSHAILE 10/1/2013 5:43AM

    Thank you for the reminder! I've voted but not for a few days.

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"Awesome!"

Friday, September 27, 2013

The other night, DH and I stayed at a hotel near a restaurant hosting a wine dinner so we wouldn't have to drive. The next morning, we dropped off our keys at the front desk and said we had the bill slipped under the door. The youngish desk clerk responded, "Awesome!" As we walked to the car, we pondered on abuse of the word "awesome" and wondered what adjective he would use to describe, say, the arrival of his first-born, since he had wasted "awesome" on our checkout. Just sayin'.

  
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TORTISE110 9/30/2013 8:03AM

    It is odd how we get "stuck" with phrases during certain times. Remember when "have a nice day" was used, overused and then made the butt of our jokes? I remember my parents using the word, "copasetic" which may or may not be a real word. It meant "well", as far as I can tell.

I like some of the old words like "swell," darn instead of damn, and jeepers creepers (-:
(good for October haunting!!) Thanks for the blog and getting me thinking about words today.

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SHARON10002 9/29/2013 10:42PM

    Good point, Celia. The wine dinner sounds great. We haven't done that in such a long time, and they are great fun. You certainly had a lovely weekend to be out in wine country! emoticon

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MADEIT3 9/28/2013 11:05AM

    LOL - ain't language fascinating? At least they didn't say "wicked!!"

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KANOE10 9/28/2013 9:43AM

    That is quite common,,and is " no problem" as Kali mentioned., It sounded like a fun dinner.

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DIBANANA 9/27/2013 9:44PM

  I sometimes think I live on a different planet from the young people these days! LOL

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SOPHIEDO13 9/27/2013 6:39PM

    Good point !! LOL

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1EMMA2011 9/27/2013 10:40AM

    I hear you!

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EMMACORY 9/27/2013 10:12AM

    Language takes a lot of abuse...Have a blessed day! emoticon

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BETHGILLIGAN 9/27/2013 9:33AM

    Totally agree but find myself falling in the same trap!!! Awesome blog!! emoticon

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KALIGIRL 9/27/2013 8:43AM

    emoticon Like the kids saying 'no problem'.....

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