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The Power of Words

Friday, November 21, 2014

Just thought I'd share this inspirational, short video.


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IMEMINE1 11/22/2014 4:59AM

    I always loved this one. emoticon

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LOVINGKATE 11/21/2014 2:31PM

  So BEAUTIFUL!!! So AWESOME!!!!! Some thing I must remember every day.
The power of words. Gives me tears..

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DSHONEYC 11/21/2014 10:35AM

    Love it every time I see it! emoticon

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JUST_BRENDA 11/21/2014 9:04AM

    Yep, I teared up too... Thanks for sharing!

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IDLETYME 11/21/2014 8:41AM

    Beautiful blog - made me cry. There are good people around! emoticon

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To Streak or Not to Streak...

Monday, November 17, 2014

I stopped attempting the no-sweets streaks, because the more I tried to avoid them, the more I craved them. I figured that by taking the focus and pressure off the streaks, I wouldn't crave them as much.

I was wrong. emoticon

It's gotten worse than ever, since now it feels like I have no boundaries. So, I am back to counting my no sweets days.

My goal is to abstain from the sweets until Thanksgiving, I plan on having pumpkin pie, continue counting until Christmas Eve, I'll be making a cake, then until New Year's Eve. This will give me something to look forward to.

I've learned that it's better to have short streaks than none at all!

Counting today, there are 45 days left for the whole year! There is still time to accomplish a goal or two! emoticon

It's Monday and it's raining, but....

Have a good one, sparkfriends! emoticon

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VTORIA3 11/19/2014 12:34PM

    Some things work, some don't. It's always good to test what is most effective. For me, boundaries seem to be helpful.

You are off and running another streak! emoticon

You GO! Girlfriend!! emoticon

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IMEMINE1 11/18/2014 5:09AM

    You have to do what works. You can do it!! emoticon

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KING_SLAYER 11/17/2014 5:58PM

    You could also do a 6 days per week streak and allow yourself something sweet on the seventh day. That way you're being good 6 days out of 7 and don't have to wait too long to have your treat!

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1CRAZYDOG 11/17/2014 11:58AM

    emoticon Sometimes that restriction leads to craving! Good that you're willing to work with it. Good luck w/your plan.


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DSHONEYC 11/17/2014 11:19AM

    emoticon Finding out what works for you is half the battle.

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LOVINGKATE 11/17/2014 9:45AM

  emoticon emoticon Fruit is my sweet zone, good luck on your streak.
The sun is shining this Monday but it is 7degrees and wind chill of -11.
Have a great Monday anyway. emoticon

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IDLETYME 11/17/2014 9:15AM

    I wouldn't be able to NOT eat sweets. I allow myself a piece of chocolate in the evening. Good luck!

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I think it's a good idea, Julia. I will abstain from sweets until Thanksgiving, too!

blessings, Bee

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HEALTHIER-VICKI 11/17/2014 9:03AM

    I can remember growing up and sweets were only allowed either for special occasions or else on Saturdays. Not during the work week at all. I'm thinking I may go back to that way for myself. It'll give me something to look forward to once a week. emoticon emoticon

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JAROL7 11/17/2014 8:53AM

    Streak or not, it's a good decision.

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ICECUB 11/17/2014 8:38AM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon EVERYTHING IN MODERATION.

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Saturday Self-Pep Talk :)

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Stepfanie, a friend of SparkPeople, says:
"At some point you realize that life is just that: life. Ups, downs, good, bad, it's all just life. It all balances out, and letting every little bump in the road sideline you is no way to live."

She is so right!

Dear husband had to work today, so I got up early with him, but I've been battling with the notion of going back to bed or working out! emoticon


The last time I posted, I publicly committed to a workout, and it helped motivate me, so I'm doing it again today!

I am going to go downstairs and do a workout, then update it here!

Thank you all, for being so wonderful, caring and supportive, especially in my last blog!

I couldn't do this without my sparkfriends! emoticon emoticon

10:15 A.M. Update:
Yes I Can! Thank you, guys! emoticon

Started with the 2 Miles: Walk-N-Tone, with 3 lb. weights, to make it more intense.

33 min. on the treadmill & 5 min. on the Total Gym, (Total steps: 5,345)

I'm off to the shower. I am going to take a walk on this sunny, 37 degrees day, and buy some grapes to snack on this evening. emoticon

Have a wonderful day, and weekend! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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IMEMINE1 11/22/2014 5:01AM

    emoticon Way to go. emoticon

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VTORIA3 11/19/2014 12:32PM

    What a great blog. Clip art and photos are spot on! It captures perfectly what I go through so many days. I love the you rallied and that fitness triumphed! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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SPARKFRAN514 11/15/2014 6:37PM

    emoticon We are all getting this journey on the spark tail under control. i had thought about staying snug in my bed but a little group of my Spark friends got me out of bed dressed and out the door with Racey (my fur baby) for brisk walk it was 15 dreg gees. home breakfast and off to week week 3 of Yogi it getting easier and tth trainer told me she could see how much i have improved !!! we have two more free classes to go then we have to pay 11.00 dollars a class. glad things are sparking along so well. Racey has talked me into two more walks they are not long but we get out and move. thanks for being a spark friend in my ear. emoticon

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KING_SLAYER 11/15/2014 6:25PM

    Good for you! I almost always opt for bed!

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DSHONEYC 11/15/2014 6:21PM

    You are a better woman than me today... working out with a mop, broom and washing machine.

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BEESTILLANDKNOW 11/15/2014 12:52PM

WOOHOO, you did it!

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LOVINGKATE 11/15/2014 12:14PM

  emoticon emoticon emoticon I love Leslie Sansome!! I have several of her videos. Have a great weekend.

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LOVENHWOODS 11/15/2014 11:15AM

    emoticon Nothing feels better than exercising first thing in the morning!

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READY4CHANGE81 11/15/2014 9:18AM

    YES YOU CAN!!!!! We are all here for you!

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RICKHANN 11/15/2014 8:50AM

    Way to go. A morning workout will make the whole day brighter.

Love the Nike Homer!


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BERGBA7 11/15/2014 8:42AM

    Wohoo...and did you do your workout as promised?
I am pretty sure you did!

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ELRIDDICK 11/15/2014 8:27AM

  Thanks for sharing

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HMBROWN1 11/15/2014 8:27AM

    Have a great weekend. Sounds like you are off to a good start.

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1CRAZYDOG 11/15/2014 8:12AM

    Yee Haa! I was up early w/my DH too as he has a flight to D.C. this morning, so out the door @ 5 am (we were up @ 3:45 am. One cup of coffee and the idea of a work out won vs. going to take a nap, too.

Have a great Saturday!

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Self-Motivation and Accountability

Monday, November 10, 2014

"Hope is a renewable option:
If you run out of it at the end of the day, you get to start over in the morning."
~ Barbara Kingsolver

So, I am starting over this morning. I haven't been able to commit to my daily intentions yet, my heart hasn't been in it.

Family problems and loneliness are my roadblocks lately. Been feeling emotionally and spiritually empty.

Emotional because husband is in his own little world, dealing with his own self destructive behavior, and I'm just missing my mom who I used to be able to confide to about anything.

And spiritually because ( I hate to admit) I've been struggling with my faith since my parent's ordeal in the last two years, trying to understand God's ways. I want my faith back! My life is empty without it!

My parents are gone now, they are finally at peace, but I continue to search for inner peace. I am sabotaging my efforts and I want to stop this behavior.

The only way to come out of this is to do something about it now, be accountable, so I am going to workout now, push myself because if I don't push myself, nothing will change.

So for today, I am publicly committing to do something positive for myself.

I will update my workout in a little while!

11:30 A.M. My Workout Update:

I started out with my favorite workout DVD, 2 Miles: Walk-N-Tone with 3 lb. hand weights.

And 35 min. on the treadmill. Total steps for both workouts, 6,634.

I feel so much better and I am so grateful to you, my sparkfriends! Thank you from the bottom of my heart for your support and encouragement! emoticon

Now on to plan healthy meals! emoticon

Have a great Monday! emoticon emoticon

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SPARKFRAN514 11/15/2014 6:43PM

    Always appreciate the day the Lord gives you Blessed Marie Rose
The biggest thing is: when you struggle, FORGIVE yourself,

"Faith is taking the first step even when you don't see the whole staircase. " Martin Luther King, Jr.
Love your quote added to my collection sounds like you have a plan in place and remember keep trying we are not perfect no one is
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FRABBIT 11/11/2014 6:35PM

  Sorry to be late posting this but hope today was a good day for you. This is a wonderfully written blog - thanks for sharing it with your Sparkfriends. Great job on the workouts. So sorry to know that you have lost your Mom and that you are struggling but totally understand. (I lost my Mom 10 years ago and still miss her guidance and support tremendously).

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IMEMINE1 11/11/2014 5:17AM

    emoticon Hang in there. You have to work on your inner self. emoticon emoticon

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KOHINOOR2 11/10/2014 10:04PM

    Many Hugs!!! emoticon emoticon Thanks for sharing.

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1CRAZYDOG 11/10/2014 9:03PM

    ((((HUGS))))) I am so sorry for your struggles. It just doesn't help if your husband is emotionally unavailable. **SIGH** Went thru that too. It's upsetting, and I feel so for you.

You can spark me anytime if you need to chat.


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KING_SLAYER 11/10/2014 5:11PM

    I completely understand about feeling empty. I have felt empty on many levels for years now. Good for you for doing something about feeling "blah" and getting in a workout!

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CRYSTLELYNN2015 11/10/2014 2:54PM

    Awesome on your positive commitment to yourself today.

Praying that God will help you reignite your faith and give you peace in the midst of your storms. emoticon

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SHARSUE 11/10/2014 11:56AM

    I'm sorry to hear that you're struggling, but congratulations on taking steps to find your motivation. Please know that you're NOT alone-- there are plenty of people here on SparkPeople cheering you on! And also know that God is with you, even if you can't feel Him right now. I have had my own struggles with faith throughout the years, so I can understand what you are going through.
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BEESTILLANDKNOW 11/10/2014 11:45AM

Good work! Your gray fitbit is cute! I've never seen that color. I have the raspberry zip!

I need to get on the treadmill right now! emoticon

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DSHONEYC 11/10/2014 10:38AM

    The faithful love of the LORD never ends! His mercies never cease. Great is his faithfulness; his mercies begin afresh each morning.

My heart goes out to you. You are on the right track this morning. Start by taking it to the Lord in prayer, knowing the above is the truth.


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LOVINGKATE 11/10/2014 10:19AM

  Good for you!! I will be praying for you. Some times when I feel I can't do it any more, all I say is Jesus, he knows what is going on in my life. I call to him for help and he will carry me. emoticon

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BEESTILLANDKNOW 11/10/2014 10:17AM

I am sending you my personal email in your Spark mail box.

You need a friend, PRONTO!~ I want to be that for you, Julia.
You have too much going on to keep it all in.

check your mailbox......

love you, Sister!!

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Self-Destructive Behavior

Friday, October 31, 2014

I am trying very hard to come out of this binge eating mode. I was doing so well in mid August to mid September, and then it all stopped and I started falling back into my old self destructive habits.

What's ironic is that I indulge in sweet-junk food to make myself feel better, yet I end up feeling worse than ever.

I've noticed that I am triggered by certain events lately, when I'm feeling lonely, (husband is working late and son is out with friends) or right after a stressful dentist appointment.

I have to find ways to counteract these triggers, come up with some coping strategies.

Learn to "like" being by myself again.

Find comfort in something other than sweets or junk food.

What are some of the ways you relax and pamper yourself without food, Sparkfriends?

I know that when I eat healthy and exercise regularly, I feel great! The hard part is getting back on track again. I am going to keep trying though, a brand new month tomorrow, that's always inspiring!

For those who celebrate Halloween, Happy Halloween! Have fun and be safe! emoticon

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--CHERYL-- 11/3/2014 9:45PM

    emoticon It's all mental. Keep your eyes on the prize...

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VTORIA3 11/3/2014 8:40PM

    I used to love doing jigsaw puzzles.... it has been 2010 since I last did one. On occasion I like to take a day and do nothing but watch movies on tv...

What is it about those bad habits that tend to creep back in our lives so easily? Dunno. I do know that we NEVER give up. We rock, girlfriend! So let's keep at it, cause we are so worth it! emoticon emoticon

Here's to us, a great November, and easy healthy days!!

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DSHONEYC 11/3/2014 7:18PM

    emoticon and take a look in the full-length mirror. Tell yourself you are "bigger than the binge".


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KING_SLAYER 11/2/2014 8:37PM

    I think I'm lucky when it comes to binge eating. I rarely do it and when I do it's because I'm hungry and there access to something that satisfies my palette. Things like a bag of chips (doritos) or a can of nuts (cashews, pistachios, honey roasted peanuts).

Loneliness doesn't bother me, I'm an introvert and have been completely single since 1998. I've gotten used to the "alone" feeling. Hell, I usually feel alone when I'm in a crowd of people!

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SPARKFRAN514 11/2/2014 3:53PM

I agree its hard not binge at different times me its at night after dinner I save some spark time for then since I have a streak going of not eating at the computer first I said I could read blogs and messages articles just not touching the key board . next challenge and its the one I am in now noting at the computer desk but my water bottle and it has to have lid.
If I want some thing to I have to sit at the dinning room table and use a plate set the timer and make it last 10 minutes. I some times drink some flavored tea itís the holiday season so they have some great flavored ones I have Ginger bread sugar cookie peppermint and Carmel apple in the cupboard.
Made my self a book of favorite quotes I read do mini work outs at the commercial breaks in shows
I have also down loaded Spark Guys mini book . Do you like doing crafts it keeps the hands busy and who wants food grease on the craft itís the perfect time for crafts with the holidays coming up. Here are some of my favorite quotes.

ďInside each of us is a passion flame. Whether it burns us or fires us in the direction of our dreams is purely a matter of choice.Ē Tom Cladis
When we take the focus off the scales amazing things can happen Coach Nancy

Every day is a new chance to take steps towards reaching your goals! Just keep doing your best, and never give up. Always remember that you are worth the effort!
Life is like a camera focus on whatís important capture the good times developed from the negatives . If things donít work out take another shot just keep filming

You are capable and worthy of being and doing anything. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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READY4CHANGE81 11/1/2014 8:42PM

    I can SO relate to this and feel like I have finally broken the cycle that has continued for months. I have had to truly work on my thoughts and feelings and not let that dictate what I put in my mouth. When I feel any emotion (sad, depressed, lonely, anxious) I immediately reach for food to console me. I know the more junk food I eat...the more I crave. Once I consume the food I generally feel a lot worse...which keeps the cycle going. Please know that you are not alone in this. I know how it feels. (HUGS)

What has worked for me is finding other things to occupy my time. If that doesn't work...maybe try brushing your teeth, taking a hot shower, reading a good book, go for a walk. ...or even drinking a bottle or two of water. Lately, I've been getting on spark when I feel the urge to (binge) eat.

I have struggled with binge eating since I was little and I think even when I reach goal weight it will be something that I will need to continue to work through for the rest of my life.

We are here for you spark bud!! Keep your head up and pushing along! I have faith that you can/will do this!! :)

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Something that has been working for me is washing my hands.
It gives me this perfect little "time out" as I literally "wash away" my feelings of the moment. It gives me a brief few minutes to relax, enjoy the warm water and the bubbles, and then try to set myself on a better course. It doesn't always work, but it IS helping me.

I have also declared a particular tea, it is lemon and ginger, to be my "peace in a cup". I just sit quietly while I drink it, and I enjoy the warmth.

Here's my warmth trifecta. Do you have a heating pad? Put it on your back for a few minutes while you watch TV.. It soothes the heck out of me, lol.

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FRABBIT 11/1/2014 11:58AM

  I agree - a new month is always inspiring. Let's make November a great month!

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AQUA_CAT 11/1/2014 9:12AM

    Hi Julia - I had the same kind of week. I am feeling better today since it is Saturday and I have a lot of time and space.

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IMEMINE1 11/1/2014 7:35AM

    When all alone plug in an exercise video OR fill a tub and take a relaxing bath with a good book or do something you like to do.
Think of it as your time. emoticon

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KOHINOOR2 10/31/2014 9:57PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon Happy Halloween !!! Thanks for sharing.

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LOVINGKATE 10/31/2014 5:57PM

  emoticon emoticon YOUR emoticon.
I Love to read good books, put puzzles together and sew or stitch, that is what I do to keep my hands busy.

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PYNETREE 10/31/2014 8:22AM

    You are singing my song! I do good for so long..then slide back into old familiar bad eating habits.

You are making improvements just by recognizing the problem, and searching for an alternative plan.

Wishing you Strength! emoticon Eat Smart!


Happy Halloween emoticon

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1CRAZYDOG 10/31/2014 8:03AM

    Well, you've figured out 2 triggers (and lonliness is a biggie with me, too!) Sooooo, then it's onto an action plan to figure out what a non-food "fix" might be. For me, I:

call a friend
call my sis
take a walk
crochet or keep my hands busy with something

The thing for me is keeping my mind and hands BUSY!

The 'ideal' is not to have it in the house in the first place, and I don't, but DH and DD DO.

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CHICAM 10/31/2014 7:43AM

    Good for you keep trying you will feel so proud of your accomplishments emoticon .

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