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My Spark September Challenge

Monday, September 01, 2014

The Step Into September Challenge ~ Let's start a new season on the right foot! Log at least 500 fitness minutes in September with your Spark to win a special virtual trophy. ~ I can do this! It's only about 17 minutes a day which I can easily do with my Gazelle. Okay.. place that on my to-do-list.

I'm not happy with myself this past week. I didn't even get a medal. I knew I was lagging behind. I could feel it. The scales showed it. But that doesn't mean I'm a loser it just means I've lost out on some time I could have spent on myself. This brings me to something else as well. Giving time to myself.



Let's see a raise of hands for others who find this a difficult task.



The job I have is a helping one. I provide information and referral for a 2-1-1 agency in Ohio. We provide this information for anyone who calls but generally a four county area. Our callers are needy. They need help finding food pantries, electric or gas assistance, perhaps they are in an abusive situation and need a domestic violence shelter, it is my responsibility to help them. With a job like this there also comes a lot of stress. Sometimes you take the call home with you and mull it over instead of leaving it at the door when you leave. I'm one for doing that. I want to be someone they can turn to in case they need me again. But...where does that leave me?

I need to find me time! Bottom line. My boyfriend lives we me. I work full time. I make time for church. I make time for my mom's and siblings. My me time is generally writing poetry / songs or being on SP. I don't count my exercise as me time even though I'm by myself. It's time I set aside for me but it just isn't the same. I read a good article this morning on SP 8 ways to put yourself on your priority list (You can read the article here) www.sparkpeople.com/resourcewellness
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So I think this month I'm going to work on me time, along with getting that 17 min a day in everyday for the September challenge.



Just for kicks:


Have a blessed Monday ~ Donna

  
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DIMARKS 9/1/2014 3:05PM

    Me time is a great plan! I read an article that said we should treat ourselves as well as we do all the others we care for. It really resonated with me. I was feeding my dogs expensive grain free treats and food but cutting corners on my own nutrition. Now I put my needs up there with everyone else. It's really made a difference in my stress level. Good luck with your goals. We are all there to support you on this journey.

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It's Finally Friday! WooHoo!!!!

Friday, August 29, 2014



Today I want to talk about fleas. Yes you heard that right fleas. They seem to be pretty pesky this years and my poor dog looks like he has a mohawk he has eaten that much of his hair off of his body. Scoobies a big dog about 100 lbs and he looks so funny right now. We have done front line and pills but they aren't helping much. I ran a cross a great article How to Get Rid of Fleas Naturally which you can read here www.wikihow.com/Get-Rid-of-Fleas-Nat
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I hope this helps someone get rid of those pesky little boogers.

I also ran across something in our local newspaper that I got a BIG kick out of. It's a typing error but so worth my funny for the day. It is actually the DOOBIE BROTHERS that will be playing....



Now I know why so many young men are going to be there.. emoticon

Have a blessed Friday everyone and let the weekend begin ~ Donna

  
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LACEYKYLE 8/29/2014 3:52PM

    I pray the natural remedy works for Scoobie!! The newspaper was pretty funny!!

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MCJOYFUL 8/29/2014 1:26PM

    That's too funny!

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SCRAPPYGAMBLER 8/29/2014 11:07AM

    Thanks for the laugh!

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BLACK-PRINCESS 8/29/2014 7:22AM

    Thankz 4 sharing.
I always try the home remedies 4 my 2 dogs & it works better than a vets way.

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ELRIDDICK 8/29/2014 7:18AM

  Thanks for sharing. Comfortis worked great for us. It killed so many fleas that even our neighbor's yard was pest free within a month. We also had to go ahead and have out pet get a steroid shot to stop the itching right away. Sometimes all it takes is one bite to start the itching skin reaction when there are no other fleas around.

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DEW1960 8/29/2014 7:16AM

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Have an awesomely blessed day today, it's Friday.

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Welcome - To Your Holiday Weekend!

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Thank you Sparkers

Thursday, August 28, 2014

I wanted to thank everyone for stopping by my blog "Name five non-scale victories you have accomplished" and making it a featured blog. The results are in and many people do not just rely on those scale numbers. Whew!!!!!!!!! What a relief. emoticon

So today is a blessing. I'm up! I'm awake! I'm ready to seize the day!



I had also forgotten that I have a three day weekend coming up due to Labor Day emoticon . For those who may not be familiar with Labor Day it is a day to celebrate the achievements of our American workforce.



My co-worker and I have had a blast this week since she's been back. There's nothing like being able to laugh-out-loud during your work day.



And that is all I have to say about that!!!

Happy Thursday everyone ~ Donna

  
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ROSEWCI 8/31/2014 4:17PM

    WooHoo! A big CONGRATS to you Donna! emoticon

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SPARKFRAN514 8/30/2014 2:24PM

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MCJOYFUL 8/28/2014 9:22PM

    I love the frog quote!

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SAGE150 8/28/2014 7:36PM

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RHOOK20047 8/28/2014 12:03PM

    Thanks Donna, for your upbeat blog. Yes we have to find the Non Scale Victories to get us over the hump when our weight loss stalls. I am taking tomorrow off so I will have a 4 day weekend. But I am sure my wife will have lots to fill the time. Have a great weekend!

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WORKNPROGRESS49 8/28/2014 8:05AM

    emoticon Wishing you a Happy Thursday as well emoticon

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No matter how slow you go

Wednesday, August 27, 2014



So I'm checking out all of the Spark e-mails this morning and noticed the above pictures (thank you SP) in one of them. And I got to thinking about the entire concept behind SP to begin with and how SparkGuy says: "10+ fitness minutes--done consistently--can transform your life. This is the top strategy I used to create the SparkPeople program"



Think about that 10 minutes a day. It's not much time, but if done consistently you will begin to see results. I've been a part of SP for quite a few years. I've dropped over 50 lbs the slower way but I'm not in it for immediate results, I'm in it for life time changes. Remember my recent blog about non-scale victories? Everything adds up in time. Including that 10 minutes. 10 minutes a day x 30 days is 300 minutes x 12 months is 3600 minutes a year or 60 hours total. When you first began your journey you didn't even exercise. For most people that 10 minutes eventually begins to accumulate even more minutes until you are doing marathons and bench pressing and everything else you can think of that you could never do before. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

Be your own cheerleader emoticon Heck.. be everyone elses too!!! It surely can't hurt right? Be kind to yourself. It matters. You are the only that can take care of your own body.



Have a blessed Wednesday ~ Donna


  
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MCJOYFUL 8/28/2014 9:23PM

    That is so true! The small steps add up!

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SPARKFRAN514 8/28/2014 11:26AM

    emoticon emoticon We just need to remember its just 10 mins we can do and like you said they add up watch
we just need to take care of those 10 mins a day and the pounds will take take care them selves . happy emoticon
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ROSEWCI 8/28/2014 5:39AM

    emoticon You GO girl!!! emoticon

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SURVIVOR61 8/27/2014 7:55PM

    Kudos, great job... I firmly believe in SP and reaffirm these statements in my Health Tips. But let's not forget Faith in God and faith in yourself. You can do this, believe it, live it, commit to it. Start with that 10 + minutes a day and start a streak.. Once you reach this goal, reward yourself with a non food reward and then start a new goal, a new streak! Isn't this Awesome...

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1STBUCKETITEM 8/27/2014 7:06PM

  emoticon Just 10 minutes... emoticon always remember that!

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PEGGY11 8/27/2014 12:34PM

    Never giving up is going forward no matter what that lying scale said. LOL.
I am moving a lot more now and I think the scale will show it. SP. said slim people always seem to be moving even if it isn't considered "exercise" So I am moving. Walking, canning , laundry moisturizing hubby's feet and legs, 6 jars of relish done, putting more on tomorrow. I have to get more peppers and onions and celery this morning. So glad store is across the street since we still don't have the car running.

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WORKNPROGRESS49 8/27/2014 9:18AM

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BARB4HEALTH 8/27/2014 8:35AM

    emoticon Enjoyed this blog! Thank you! I am a slow mover, too, and sometimes go so slow I go backwards! emoticon

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REJOHNSON3 8/27/2014 7:47AM

    Good morning, Donna, on this wonderful Wednesday morning. And I too agree!

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WDIPIM 8/27/2014 7:26AM

  God Bless

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That's all I've got to say about that!!!!!!!

Tuesday, August 26, 2014



'Nough said!!!!!!


Have a blessed Tuesday everyone ~ Donna

  
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SPARKFRAN514 8/28/2014 11:27AM

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PEGGY11 8/26/2014 9:13AM

    I told my husband this one and I got the look. LOL

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WORKNPROGRESS49 8/26/2014 8:33AM

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HAPPYSOUL91 8/26/2014 8:03AM

    That explains everything emoticon

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RIDLEYRIDER 8/26/2014 6:48AM

  I'll vote for that one!! emoticon

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