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Breaking my streak

Friday, March 21, 2014

This morning when I logged in to Spark, I was surprised to find that I had failed to log in yesterday. I was actually disappointed that I had broken the streak I had begun when I returned after an extended absence. Well, I told myself, it was your birthday, and other activities replaced
the usual time spent at the computer. Once this was brought to my attention, I began to look a bit deeper. After all, what difference does missing a day really make? After some reflection the only honest answer I could find was that it depends. It depends entirely on me, and the next choice I make.

To my credit, I will say that I did fairly well (not perfect) following my plan. However, I do know that without some type of accountability I will continue to stray further away until the components of my plan are completely ignored. I have chosen Spark as a means of achieving that accountability. Yes, even if that means just logging in. I also know that I am a creature of habit. I have the freedom to choose which habits I will adopt. I am opting for better health, Improved well being and a good quality of life. This means that maintaining accountability will remain an important part of each day.

Excuses abound for not sticking to a routine. Will missing a day make a difference? In the long run it is certainly not something to beat myself up over. Damage control is possible, and all I need to do is to make the next choice in accordance with my plan. Even if it is something as simple as logging in to Spark, and keeping the Streak going. emoticon

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NEW-CAZ 3/22/2014 3:40AM

    I know, you feel like kicking yourself right? I hate when that happens, but we're only human LOL
Have a great weekend hun emoticon

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JTREMBATH 3/21/2014 2:42PM

    I would the to do that mine is quite high at the moment.

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JENNY888 3/21/2014 1:48PM

    Every once and awhile my ISP connection takes a dive for the day. I hate that it breaks my streak but I have just got used to it. Streaks are only to motivate and not to make one feel bad. What you do today and tomorrow counts more than what you did yesterday. By the way, Happy birthday!

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Ideal Weight

Monday, March 17, 2014

Ideal what? Is there such a thing as an "ideal" weight? These are a few of the thoughts which occurred to me recently when I was asked what I would consider an ideal weight for me. Now, I do know that weight is relative, it differs from individual to individual, and that it is only one of the many components which contribute to our health. Images of my teenage years immediately passed before my eyes. Yes, I will admit, that in an ideal world the scale would once again read the same, (and effortlessly stay there) I would wear a size five, and tuck in all of my shirts. Reality, however, is that I am now older, my metabolism is slower, and I no longer wear a size five. Oddly enough, when I did, something told me I was still too heavy.

I begin to ponder the duality inherent within the concept of an "ideal" weight. It has both a subjective and an objective component. I react to the subjective component first with what may be an unrealistic expectation and distorted image of myself. This is, of course on an emotional level. Secondly, there is the bottom line. Reality. This is the reality. This is what is-and what it takes to remain in optimum health. Much has been written on the scientific and physiological details.

Time has altered my perspective. For me, my "ideal" weight is the weight which results in and maintains my health and quality of life.

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NEW-CAZ 3/17/2014 11:53AM

    I don't know about an ideal weight, but I feel most "comfortable" at 126

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JINX6543 3/17/2014 10:34AM

    There is more truth in your words than in any solid number from a scale. When I ponder my expectations of an ideal weight for myself, I come up with the same result every time which is, "the weight at which I look and feel my best."

Thanks for sharing your thoughts.

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LOFLLAMA 3/17/2014 10:34AM

    This is such a fascinating concept. It's funny because at 19 my 'ideal weight' was 115. At least that was where I was & stayed. At 115 now would be disgustingly skinny! Even if I could get that low I would never be able to maintain it. I give myself a 5 pound leeway now because I cannot stay at 140 every single day.

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Focus on the Positive

Saturday, July 13, 2013

It is always easy to look at the negative side of things. Research has proven that those who look at life and its challenges with a positive attitude are more likely to have good outcomes-in all areas of their lives.

The Spark Coach challenge of the day was to find three positive things accomplished today. My immediate response was What? Three things-impossible! Then, as I continued to listen to the encouragement to find more, and then perhaps to make this a daily practice my own negative voices began to grow louder and louder. I decided, after a tiring day that I had had enough. I was going to try something different. Surely I could come up with three positive things I have accomplished. Nothing was said about them being monumental,

Here are a few things which came to me as I began to allow my focus to shift.
(1) I cleaned the bathroom, (2) unloaded and put away the dishes, (3) Disinfected the counter-tops, and (swept the floor in preparation for running the steam mop). Nothing grand, simple every day tasks.

However, the exercise made me realize that I had accomplished something. Perhaps I will work on making this a habit. Somehow the day looks a bit brighter as I recognize that fact that good things have occurred, and it is all too often that the small things are overlooked.

I see this so often in my attempts at weight loss. Often, there is no outward sign of progress.
However, a closer look often reveals forward movement. Looking at the positive steps I have taken, and the changes made will help provide me with the motivation I need to continue.

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LINDAM.1 11/25/2013 5:37PM

  Good Idea thank you for sharing emoticon

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MONGO2TEN 7/15/2013 6:46AM

    Great idea. I'll do that today as well!

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NEW-CAZ 7/14/2013 2:42AM

    emoticon emoticon Keep positive!

Have a great day today emoticon

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BUSYGRANNY5 7/14/2013 2:07AM

    Good for you... positive self talk is so much more productive than seeing only the negative!!! Keep on keeping on!

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AWESOMECHELZ 7/13/2013 10:39PM

    I started practicing looking into the positives of my day a few years back and it does make me feel good about myself. Maybe every night, before bed, write down 3 positive things from your day. On my rotten days, it is harder but practice makes perfect. emoticon
emoticon Chelsea

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BECCAZEN7 7/13/2013 8:56PM

Missourians! Team

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TRACYDH 7/13/2013 6:23PM

    you know, I give this task to my kids quite often when I hear their negative self talk - but haven't really challenged myself to do so! new habits...

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An Unexpected Turn

Monday, June 10, 2013

I found Spark in 2007 as the result of health issues. A sedentary lifestyle, poor eating habits, and self-imposed isolation was destroying me. However, there remained a tiny piece of myself that wanted more. I did not like the future which lay ahead. I had no idea where the road would take me, but as I took that first step I knew it would only get better.

Admittedly, I was not very accountable in the beginning. It was mainly the recipes, and nutrition tracker I would use. A bit later I began to read more of the articles. I do not remember when I made my first post. However, I know it was at least three years before I began to interact on the site. This was a tremendous step for me, and I have been blessed to "meet" so many wonderful
and caring individuals. The courage and strength of each inspired, and continues to inspire me in so many ways. emoticon This is why I always try to encourage new members to interact as soon as possible.

With the help of Spark and my friends, my initial faltering steps became steadier. A few years later I was stronger and healthier than I had ever been. My life changed dramatically for the better. There are no words to express the gratitude I feel.

Throughout this time, the majority of my focus was on regaining and maintaining my health, and ultimately the quality of my life. Meal planning, cooking, exercise, and Sparking. It has been a road of twists and turns. Spark was there through it all.

I have learned many things, and have made many changes. One of the things I have learned is that it is necessary to re-evaluate your routines and determine whether or not they are working. Recently, as I was once again admonishing myself that I am not "Sparking" as much as I should, I am neglecting my friends (who are never forgotten and mean so much), I realized it was time once again to take inventory.

I believe that the intent is not to create stress, but to help ease the journey and stress of our challenges through encouragement, support, and education. I began to gradually open my eyes to what was nagging me. I, had, at some point, become overly invested. What a realization! For me, it is time to change the direction as I continue down the road.

Taking the principles I am learning and using them make it necessary to alter the manner in which I use my time. New avenues are opening and exciting things lie ahead. However, this means some things will need to change, and one is not to allow my spark to go out, but to carry it with me as I continue my journey. This may mean loosening my grip, but I will not be letting go. emoticon

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BLEGNER1 6/15/2013 4:57PM

    I have been on the big girl size just about all my life so my attitude is take me as I am or don't take me at all. I do feel ashamed of the weight I carry not because of what others would thing, but because I know that it is not good for me There is no way I can hide it so while I attempt to get rid of the lbs I will hild me head high and know that I am unique!!

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LOFLLAMA 6/12/2013 7:04AM

    You are wonderful! emoticon

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BLEGNER1 6/11/2013 9:21PM

    A very meaningful and thought provoking blog;;;;;; Thanks

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DEEEBEE 6/10/2013 10:50PM

    What a wonderful thought! You've learned some lessons because of Spark and have succeeded, but life calls you onward. You will always carry the Spark with you. Please check in as often as you can. Your friends will want to hear from you.

DeAnne, Missourians Team

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NEW-CAZ 6/10/2013 4:37PM

    What a wonderful blog! Beautifully written.
Spark on! emoticon too

Have a great week

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AWESOMECHELZ 6/10/2013 3:49PM

    My dearest friend,

What a beautiful blog and pretty powerful. emoticon I didn't know this story about you and I thank you for sharing it. Sometimes I spend too much time here in SP reading and writing but never wasted time. Thanks for being my friend here and for your honesty in sharing, and I hope to continue this great journey with you for years to come. God bless you!

Love, Chelsea emoticon

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ONUTHIN125 6/10/2013 3:40PM

    emoticon Awesome blog! I really do understand many things that you said. Because of my weight, I have become an island all to myself. I do not want to interact with anyone other that my Hubby. Thank you so much for sharing what I have been afraid to face. Spark On my friend! emoticon emoticon

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Wednesday, March 20, 2013

The path of our lives has many milestones. Some we choose to celebrate and others ignore.
They are often a time of reflection. Today is one of those days for me . One of my recurring themes has been friendship. The nature of our relationships change with time. Old friendships fade as new ones begin to blossom and grow. It is not the result of conflict but of growth and life experience. We are bonded by our memories of the past and shared experience. This will never change.

After a week of celebrating, the day finally arrived. I have now seen half a century. Many things surfaced. All of the changes I have seen, and my own development were brought to mind. I could enumerate many, but one thing really stood out. This being that I feel more connected and related to the wonderful individuals I have become acquainted with through Spark. It is as if I share the same kinship with them. There have been times when I have spent more time with them in a truly meaningful way.

I am grateful to each and everyone for the support, comments and inspiring goodies. I realize I am remiss in my responses. I have no words to express how much each of my Spark friends has touched me. They have been instrumental in helping me through some difficult times and helping to celebrate those which are special.
Thank you everyone, and keep your spark burning brightly. You never realize the affect you may have on another. emoticon emoticon

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KHORAH 3/27/2013 11:56PM

    Well said, I am new to this .. I joined yesterday and so far after reading a few stories, I am convinced that I came to the right place for support and encouragement I am turning 62 in June, I want to fully enjoy my retirement. Losing weight is always been hard for me, but I am positive that with this group of great people, I will have a better success story. Reading your blog today, inspired me. Thank you

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DEEEBEE 3/21/2013 8:29PM

    So glad that SP has been helpful to you. It has helped me, too, and I feel like you do, that you have some friends here. And Happy 50th!

DeAnne, Missourians Team

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AWESOMECHELZ 3/21/2013 9:45AM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon That's wonderful! And your blog is really a great one showing reflection. I hope you celebrate your day with loved ones. I will be 50 next month and I can relate to a lot of what you said. Thanks for sharing. Love, Chelsea emoticon

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TORTISE110 3/21/2013 6:48AM

    Happy birthday to you! Loved my 50's and hope you do too. It can be such a freeing time.


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NEW-CAZ 3/21/2013 3:46AM

    emoticon and thank you

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ONEMONSTERSMOM 3/20/2013 11:53PM

    Happy birthday and thank you. emoticon emoticon

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SISTERPRETTY 3/20/2013 11:39PM

    emoticon thanks for the encouraging words as wrll as the food for thought emoticon emoticon

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