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Today's Inspirational Quote

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

“God never intended us to want anything more than we want Him. Just the slightest glimpse into His Word proves that, Look at what the Bible says about God's chosen people, the Israelites, when they wanted food more than they wanted God: 'They willfully put God to the test by demanding the food they craved' (Psalm 78:18). Yikes”
― Lysa TerKeurst, Made to Crave: Satisfying Your Deepest Desire with God, Not Food

It's true, people have been making food their "god" since beginning of time....and I have been guilty in the past of just that. Happy to say that through spark I have learned different!

Have a wonderful and blessed Hump Day, everyone!

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MSLZZY 8/20/2014 10:42AM

    Time to turn my attention to other things beside food. Thanks for the reminder. HUGS!

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TATTER3 8/20/2014 10:22AM

    Food is such a distraction!!

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    emoticon And it's amazing to know that even though our sight is not completely on Him, He still loves us and cares for us anyways!!

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JOYINKY 8/20/2014 10:09AM

    That is certainly "food for thought". I agree with ONEKIDSMOM, "If it's not hunger, food won't fix it!"
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LEANJEAN6 8/20/2014 9:41AM

    Too bad we enjoy food so much-----I agree-----I am working on it too tho!---Enjoy the day Gaye!~-Lynda

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  emoticon emoticon Great reminder and eye opener.
We do learn so much thru spark and OUR dear spark friends!
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SANDRALEET 8/20/2014 9:03AM

    We live in a warld of want me I

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    Happy Hump Day

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FEEDTHEHUNGER 8/20/2014 8:15AM

    It is easy to forsake the spiritual for the material which is why we need to be reminded so often that the shiny object in our hand is not God.

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ONEKIDSMOM 8/20/2014 7:29AM

    Actually this one is semi-related to yesterday's. Starvation tests the people. So... once hunger is met, we should be good, right? This one says... if it's not hunger, food won't fix it!

Have a great Wednesday!

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GOLFGMA 8/20/2014 7:13AM

    Love Lysa TerKeurst and Girlfriends In God! Great source for devotionals each day. emoticon

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GINIEMIE 8/20/2014 6:55AM

    As true as this is, I started laughing. I've spent an hour this morning trying to figure out what I can serve my pastor for dinner tonight.
See my blog and tell me what you think. He's coming tonight-nothing like waiting until the last minute emoticon
I pray we all have a great day!

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    AMEN, emoticon emoticon emoticon for sharing...

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LYNMEINDERS 8/20/2014 5:48AM

    AMEN...it is soooo true

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SCHECK5 8/20/2014 5:25AM

    Thanks for sharing...have a wonderful day!

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WDIPIM 8/20/2014 4:50AM

  very true - I'm still working on that. Thanks for the words.

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Today's Inspirational Quote

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

“In 1944-1945, Dr Ancel Keys, a specialist in nutrition and the inventor of the K-ration, led a carefully controlled yearlong study of starvation at the University of Minnesota Laboratory of Physiological Hygiene. It was hoped that the results would help relief workers in rehabilitating war refugees and concentration camp victims. The study participants were thirty-two conscientious objectors eager to contribute humanely to the war effort. By the experiment's end, much of their enthusiasm had vanished.
Over a six-month semi-starvation period, they were required to lose an average of twenty-five percent of their body weight." [...] p193

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"...the men exhibited physical symptoms...their movements slowed, they felt weak and cold, their skin was dry, their hair fell out, they had edema. And the psychological changes were dramatic. "[...]
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"The men became apathetic and depressed, and frustrated with their inability to concentrate or perform tasks in their usual manner. Six of the thirty-two were eventually diagnosed with severe "character neurosis," two of them bordering on psychosis. Socially, they ceased to care much about others; they grew intensely selfish and self-absorbed. Personal grooming and hygiene deteriorated, and the men were moody and irritable with one another. The lively and cooperative group spirit that had developed in the three-month control phase of the experiment evaporated. Most participants lost interest in group activities or decisions, saying it was too much trouble to deal with the others; some men became scapegoats or targets of aggression for the rest of the group.
Food - one's own food - became the only thing that mattered. When the men did talk to one another, it was almost always about eating, hunger, weight loss, foods they dreamt of eating. They grew more obsessed with the subject of food, collecting recipes, studying cookbooks, drawing up menus. As time went on, they stretched their meals out longer and longer, sometimes taking two hours to eat small dinners. Keys's research has often been cited often in recent years for this reason: The behavioral changes in the men mirror the actions of present-day dieters, especially of anorexics.”
― Michelle Stacey, The Fasting Girl: A True Victorian Medical Mystery

We can relate this to the starvation diets that probably all of us have tried before and some of us can actually attest to these very facts!

THANK YOU Spark for showing and teaching us a different way!

Have a BLESSED Tuesday, everyone!

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    Wow, eye opening.

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ONEKIDSMOM 8/19/2014 9:10PM

    Your body doesn't know the difference between starvation that is "voluntary" (i.e. a restrictive diet) and starvation that is imposed by natural conditions. Glad to have found SENSIBLE nourishment. emoticon emoticon

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ALICIA363 8/19/2014 7:50PM

    My first thought: I felt things like that when I tried the Food Bank Challenge!
My second thought: This reminds me of the families I work with. I wonder how many of their mental health issues could be solved with a secure food supply?

Just my two cents.


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SPINNINGJW 8/19/2014 7:06PM

    They would not be permitted to run that experiment in today's world. I would be deemed inhumane to the test subjects. Informed Consent, and all that jazz that is required now. Also to perform research, subjects must be given the option to quit at any time.

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LUCYCAN7 8/19/2014 2:04PM

  A shame the extremes people will try to lose weight!Amen to Spark
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GERIKRAGH 8/19/2014 10:29AM

    Interesting article.

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JOYINKY 8/19/2014 9:49AM

    Too descriptive of too many of my earlier years. Never want to go back there!

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GINIEMIE 8/19/2014 9:41AM

    Oh wow, I didn't know about the study but it did bring back memories of my behavior in my early thirties when I was trying to lose weight the wrong way. I thank God that I gave that up for my husband and children's sake.
To this day I think I hurt my children's psyche with my obsession to lose weight and look good. I'm glad I've turned to sparkpeople and wished I could convince my daughter and her family to do so too.
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SANDRALEET 8/19/2014 8:15AM

    So true obsession about anything is not good poor diets can harm you

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FEEDTHEHUNGER 8/19/2014 8:03AM

    Those effects of starvation were life-long for many of the participants, many of whom choose professions in the food industry as if to insure themselves they would always have access to food thereafter. How many of us surround ourselves with food as a reassurance we won't starve?!

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Today's Inspirational Quote

Monday, August 18, 2014

“Sacrifice brings with it huge results.”
― Sereda Aleta Dailey, The Magnificent Weight Loss System

This applies to anything in life but most assuredly to our eating!

Have a blessed Monday, everyone!

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    Happy Monday

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ONEKIDSMOM 8/18/2014 8:17PM

    A truism, what you added. And to the time we devote to fitness, too!

Hope your Monday blessed you, too!

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    Self control is so hard!

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    The sacrifice often seems small compared to the achievement. emoticon

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GERIKRAGH 8/18/2014 10:21AM

    So true.

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FEEDTHEHUNGER 8/18/2014 10:21AM

    And then, the really cool part is that after a while it doesn't feel like a sacrifice anymore but a blessing.

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    emoticon emoticon emoticon and you have a bless day too.

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GINIEMIE 8/18/2014 9:54AM

    Perfect in every way. Sacrifice is good for the mind, body & SOUL!
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    This to can go to far

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Today's Inspirational Quote

Sunday, August 17, 2014



It's the beginning of a new week....let's all go DO something and make it count! While you are out there be a blessing to someone else....it will bless you!

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    A winning attitude!

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GINIEMIE 8/17/2014 8:54PM

    OK, got a goal for the week! Actually I was told just to BE for a while. So I'll be in the moment with a plan to not overload my food intake on my birthday.
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    Sounds like a plan to me!!! Have a great day!!!

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FEEDTHEHUNGER 8/17/2014 8:51AM

    I often find that what strengthens me the most is helping another person.

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SANDRALEET 8/17/2014 8:50AM

    I will live believe do whot is healthy at peace with myself

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ALIIDA 8/17/2014 8:23AM

    Nice!

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    Thanks for sharing

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JOYINKY 8/17/2014 7:49AM

    I like it!

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NANCYPAT1 8/17/2014 7:34AM

    I like that attitude - we can achieve whatever we set our sites on

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    Lift someone else up and you will be lifted up also! We think alike! emoticon

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    Great mindset!

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Today's Inspirational Quote

Saturday, August 16, 2014

“That we need help is easy to see every time we walk down the street.
The experts confirm what the obscured view in front of us tells us.
They estimate that 64% of adults in the United States are obese and
that this percentage is growing. Even our children are being affected,
as nearly every one in three American children under the age of 18
is overweight.”
― Jeff Schweitzer, Calorie Wars: Fat, Fact and Fiction

I don't know about anyone else....but these numbers are atrocious to me! But more government control is NOT the answer! So keep spreading the Spark, please!

Have a blessed Saturday...I think we are in for a rainy day!

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ONEKIDSMOM 8/16/2014 4:22PM

    Motivation is such an individual thing. It has to come from within or it will not last. One thing I get asked regularly is about what someone can do to motivate their husband, wife, son, daughter, etc. to "do something" about their weight. They see my success and think I'll somehow be able to give them an answer.

The answer is: NOTHING. Just love them. Support them. Don't preach. Be an example of non-judgmental love and acceptance. Don't push things at them.

Yes we need help. But the help has to come from one another, not from some centralized control.

Oops... 'fraid I got up on a soap box here... I'll step down. But keep on Sparkin'... I'm agreeing with what Gaye said! emoticon

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NANCYPAT1 8/16/2014 3:53PM

    It is a major problem and one that the so-called experts really haven't a clue about.

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GERIKRAGH 8/16/2014 1:39PM

    We ready have too much government.

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LKWQUILTER 8/16/2014 1:34PM

    I agree with you Gaye. Get the children to moving and playing instead of sitting in front of the tv/ipods/computer/etc. That goes for adults too--everyone needs to move and not sit all the time.

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LUCYCAN7 8/16/2014 1:31PM

  I agree with you Gaye,we do not need government control!!When I was a
child we got plenty of exercise,we did not want to stay inside,like the
children do today.We did not get to go to fast food resturants,either!!
We had to eat what our Mother prepared us as well.Very interesting
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JUDY1676 8/16/2014 1:00PM

    emoticon !!! The fast food and processed foods are literally killing us!

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FEEDTHEHUNGER 8/16/2014 9:28AM

    There is a confusing matrix of messages coming at the average person to both overconsume (Supersize it!) and be thin. We can see which one is, unfortunately, winning.

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SANDRALEET 8/16/2014 9:06AM

    Fat and under murished

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JOYINKY 8/16/2014 8:45AM

    One answer to childhood obesity is making the streets and parks safe. It does tak a village!

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(Despite having to work today)

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