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Motivation

Friday, May 30, 2014

As a part of the "Living the good life" challenge for the 8th week of the 5% Spring Challenge Team, we are granted 5 points for a blog entry. To help my team I have tried to post a blog daily, and today is the last day. Most blogs I have posted are a result of some team challenge, I am not readily eager to post to the public. SO SP has a tool for motivation in the challenge Teams. If I am able to overcome my privacy for 5 points, why can't I dedicate to 1700 calories a day? Many blogs talk of streaks of under 1700 calories a day, or even 1500, and I love 2000+ or-, Guess I need to look at the weight loss success of teammates and follow their lead.

  
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SOPHINEZ 6/22/2014 2:02PM

    I completely understand the privacy thing. I have been a member since 2006 and also need to kick up my commitment!

What I have read about the blogging, is that you can do it without putting your privacy at risk; since health and wellness journeys have a universal theme; sharing your struggles to your comfort level and learning that you are not alone is a critical tool.

Most of my blogs are celebration of what is good in life, flowers, art, my husband's school kids, my children's endeavors and where I take walks or what I ate that was tasty.

I am so proud of what SP has done for millions of people where the medical community has failed in general. I can speak with perspective as I am a medical professional raised by medical professionals.

The blogging or sharing pieces help one to see their progress and know others have done this and that we all can. We are social animals and we need that belonging piece.

SP also offers real solutions and real tools without pressure and it is free!

I have been referring my patients to SP since 2006, and ironically, nearly 100% of them have met and sustained their goals; I, however, have not, YET!

You can do this! I can do this! We can do this!

And, THANK You for mentioning the 2000 calorie thing. I really have a hard time coming in under 2100/day! Since this is a long haul, I know I have to do this in a way it is livable, so I am really focusing on enjoyable fitness and really yummy low density, high value foods!

I wish you the very best. I am at 246.5 today, I need to get to a healthy BMI...which is 154ish. But I am thrilled I am no longer 256 (highest weight).

Enjoy! And glad you liked the Peones!

Cheers!
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ROCKPORT9 5/30/2014 7:45PM

    Let's streak! I am finding those who ate successful recently on working on streaks.

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Never too old to learn

Thursday, May 29, 2014

For years I have been tracking my food and getting the total calories, carbs, fats, etc. After the new change on the tracking page, need I say I don't like change, I discovered the total report which gives the breakdown by each tracked item. I have been wanting to do this for years and it has been there all the time! Oh well, maybe I should stop fussing about Windows 8 and just learn how to use it.

  
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KIM--POSSIBLE 5/30/2014 10:54AM

    I like having the breakdown by meal on the tracking page. Helps me see where problems lie- tired in the afternoons on days I didn't have much protein at breakfast, dizzy when I've overloaded on carbs (even fruits, etc. not processed stuff), oops, trying not to get too much sodium I am not getting enough!)

As I learn more about the system, I find "new" things I didn't know were there- and I've been on SP for 5 years!

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TEXASTITCHER 5/30/2014 10:13AM

    I'm still on XP and resisting the change. I have had to add Chrome and Firefox, because IE does not do will on all websites. Keep up the good work and we will be successful. Join the interim challenge to keep moving forward.

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PLMITCH 5/30/2014 9:15AM

    Thankfully my company is still on Windows 7 so have not had to cross that bridge just yet. My personal machine is a Mac, so no issues there. As far as the SP changes, I'm dealing with them...

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TRICIA1957 5/29/2014 11:21PM

    I'm not too happy with changes either but I have discovered that reading the ingredients and calories, fat, carbs, etc on packages has made me more aware of what I put in my mouth. Sometimes us old dogs can learn new tricks.

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What is the bottom line?

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

We are all familiar with the statement starting," the bottom line is......". It is used in business all the time and in government too. Well, what is the bottom line in getting healthier and in my case lighter? SP has us track food and exercise in a very convenient format, even by our phones. SP provides articles on all aspects of a healthier lifestyle, free. We have teams where we share hopes, success, doubts and disappointment and share encouragement. We are urged to get exercise partners to keep motivated. We have challenge teams that make us look to being a helper for the team so we are successful in the overall challenge. How can we avoid leading a healthier life and getting more fit and in the great BMI zone? To me, I am the bottom line for leading a healthier life and getting in good shape and in a healthier BMI zone. If I don't use these tools, I don't make anything new. If I don't motivate myself, emails, articles, Goodies and teams are like tv shows I don't watch, no impact in my life. Good teams kill the pity party, tell you to get up and do what you know to do and give you new ideas on how to reach your goals but I have to put this into action. So THANKS to all my teammates that have kept me wobbling in the healthy direction and I promise to give my best effort to bring success to my teams as I approach a healthier life.

  
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TRICIA1957 5/29/2014 11:19PM

    Thank you so much for your daily encouragement, wit and honesty. Your blogs and post help me stay on the right path every day.

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LOLAINSC 5/29/2014 10:02PM

    Wonderful blog. You know, I bought myself a nice new wrench and a brand-name Delta repair kit, but the funny thing was, the faucet just kept dripping until I took them out of the box and used them. Humph, imagine that!
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KALISWALKER 5/29/2014 7:09PM

    I agree - Good teams kill the pity party, tell you to get up and do what you know to do and give you new ideas on how to reach your goals but I have to put this into action. Wow you have describe it well. I could never have kept on the lifestyle change without a good team. Still amazes how fortunate we are to have found Spark and how it all available to us for free.

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NUTNFANCY3 5/29/2014 6:32PM

    You encourage us also, thanks for being a part of our team!

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TEXASTITCHER 5/29/2014 9:57AM

    You are making steps in the right direction - the only person we are in competition with is ourselves - to be the healthiest version of ourselves we can be.

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BOPPY_ 5/28/2014 11:56PM

    Sounds like your doing well, and getting t\he support you need.

Congratulations.
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Rainy Day Blues

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Songs are written about all types of situations, conditions and beliefs. If we hear a catchy song we tend to "get it in our mind" and hum, whistle or sing it repetitiously. As for exercise, some days my body and spirit conspire against my health's best interest. Posting daily on Team threads and tracking my exercise is my version of the catchy tune. Thanks to SP and the Sparkers that make it worth the time it takes to post.

  
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TRICIA1957 5/28/2014 8:14PM

    Great post. Coming on SP and tracking my food, fitness, reading articles and most of all checking in with my SP friends is my favorite part of the day. Thanks everyone for keeping me motivated.

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LOLAINSC 5/28/2014 3:08PM

    LOL. I was talking to my sister and she mentioned our favorite Loony Tunes cartoon where I man finds a frog who dances and sings "Hello, My Baby." Since then, I've been singing that song and driving myself nuts! (I sing it to my cat and I think I am making her nuts, too.) Glad you found a healthier "groove" that doesn't involve making yourself crazy.
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ROCKPORT9 5/28/2014 11:22AM

    Love your motivators!

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TEXASTITCHER 5/28/2014 8:26AM

    I like to get all the Spark Points I can - which encourages me to exercise and track my foods - I like seeing the max points for those activities also.

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Memorial Day

Monday, May 26, 2014

Today we had a county-wide memorial/celebration gathering. There were many WWII veterans, male and female, Korean Veterans, Afghanistan and Iraq veterans recognized. A speaker who led troops in Iraq later called to recognize the Viet Nam veterans. Today's US military is all volunteer but in the 60's and mid 70's the draft pulled many young men into a very unpopular war. They chose to stay in the US and serve only to be cursed, harassed and vilified upon their return from what for most was a traumatic experience compounded by the lack of focus by our government and the very active objections of many people in the US. Many of my friends went over and never came back, several came back and suffered from Agent Orange poisoning and others came back with a sad heart. The television coverage of the Viet Nam war seemed to focus on the helicopters loaded with wounded and little was found that showed a positive aspect of our presence in the war. We all know what happened after we left but there is still a stigma for those who served in country. Those that served their time in Germany or some other post don't seem to have problems that arise from combat and combat support. My plea is that we all thank those that served in Viet Nam when we see their hat or service pin any time we see them. The anger should be directed at the government that created a need for American support and the American government that sent our citizens into conflict with no plan to reach a positive outcome

  
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KALISWALKER 5/27/2014 9:13PM

    Memorial Day isn't a holiday in Canada, but we honor veterans on Remembrance Day Nov. 11

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LOLAINSC 5/27/2014 5:38PM

    So very heartfelt and true. However, your post reminds me that America has gone through many hard times, many mistakes, and good people emerged who learned from them and turned the nation around, at least far enough for it to survive. Just maybe we, with the grace and help of God can do it again.
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ROCKPORT9 5/27/2014 5:24PM

    emoticon My husband and brother in law were in the Vietnam war. The return of current soldiers shows so much joy, support, apprecation.

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TEXASTITCHER 5/27/2014 10:00AM

    Thanks for your message - I served in the Marine Corp (in Pendleton CA) at that time. My husband was in the Navy also during that time. Neither of us were in that area. I appreciate your comments.

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JP6262AMY 5/27/2014 8:59AM

    Our service men and women do not need condemnation; they deserve our love and our thanks.

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