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You are not alone.

Monday, June 03, 2013



I have received so much support here on SparkPeople (SP)! If you haven't yet reached out to the SP community, you're really missing out on a great resource for inspiration, motivation & support. I am convinced that this is the reason SP works for me when nothing else has. I am a super busy person, so I don't have time to go to weigh-ins & meetings, but I do have a few minutes to Spark each day. emoticon

Any time you take the time to encourage someone, your life will be enriched. ~ Pastor Mike H., Sunday Sermon at my church ~



Thank you for taking the time to encourage me. I am so blessed!!

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    What you give, you get. It comes back to you. Wow! Powerful message. Thanks for sharing. Much continued success on your journey. And you are right! This is such an awesome place for support and encouragement. I'm new - but every minute I spend on this site, I a moment worth living cause I just get so much out of it.

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    Thank you for being inspiring!

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ILIKETOZUMBA 6/5/2013 12:30PM

    Love this blog I too am grateful for all the support I get on SP, and I should post a similar blog expressing that the way you have. Great idea, and great job to you!


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    I am so glad I found Spark People. It is people like you who make this site so remarkable.

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MILLIE-MILOU 6/5/2013 4:56AM

    I too have a busy life so weigh ins and meetings just get in the way of cycling, dog walking and other fun things. Sparking keeps me on the straight and narrow, so to speak. Your blog is wonderful and you are so right about how encouraging other Sparkies are.
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    I am so thankful that Sparkguy started this site and kept it free so that we can connect with others and find the motivation we need to keep going!

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    Well said, I wholeheartedly agree! Amen!

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    You are so right about the support available from SP - I make a point of checking in every day no matter how busy or stressed, because the people make it so worthwhile!
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    You are an encouragement to us all!!! emoticon

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    Thank you! Once again a great reminder!

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    SO TRUE ABOUT SPARK PEOPLE. THEY ARE THERE NO MATTER WHAT TO HELP IN ANY WAY THEY CAN. INSPIRATIONAL PEOPLE.

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    Right back atcha.

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    Great blog! Thanks for sharing.

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    Great blog! Thank you!

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    "What you give-you get!"
I love that! And I needed to read that today... And everyday!
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Difficult doesn't mean impossible . . .

Sunday, June 02, 2013



Some things just take hard work -- that's the way it is. I know that there are days when I wish losing weight was easy, but if it was, would I learn anything about myself? Probably not.

On this journey, you'll find out who you really are. I already know this about myself (I'm the one hanging upside down):



emoticon But there is so much more to me than that.



Who are you? Are you strong? Kind? Courageous? Giving? Let go of the limitations you put on yourself & find out who you really are. I'll bet you surprise yourself, too. emoticon



Difficult doesn't mean impossible!

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ANHELIC 6/2/2013 11:55PM

    Great inspiring messages. Thank you for sharing.
Blessing,
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    Thank you so much!

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    Great! Blessings to you to.

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MIDNIGHTER1 6/2/2013 11:59AM

    That is almost like a motto I use,"Hard does not mean impossible" This is great.

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CIRANDELLA 6/2/2013 11:59AM

    Beautiful thoughts, NILLA - thank you!

I've found that when I keep trudging along, I suddenly find myself at my destination - and what a wonderful surprise it is!

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BIGPAWSUP 6/2/2013 11:55AM

    wonderful blog - really gets ya thinking. I like that!

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MATTEROFHEART 6/2/2013 9:44AM

    Loved this! Still discovering who I am!

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    Perfect! We are all working so hard and need to be reminded sometimes that we will achieve our goals. emoticon

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COCK-ROBIN 6/2/2013 9:26AM

    Wonderful! I liked this blog.

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    "Difficult doesn't mean impossible!"

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Is your food a WMD?

Saturday, June 01, 2013



WMD = Weapon of Mass Destruction

Or you could rename it: FMD = Food of Mass Destruction

One of my sweet friends blogged about some out of control eating recently. My heart went out to her. I've been there & done that & I've got the (X-large) t-shirt to prove it.

I told her that I'm convinced there is something in those unhealthy foods that is addictive. When we haven't had them for a while & then eat them, we go out of control. So, being the Google Queen that I am, I found this article at Prevention.com:

www.prevention.com/food/healthy-eati
ng-tips/food-addiction-most-addictive-
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It lists the top 10 most addictive foods & tells you what's in them or how your body reacts when you see them. It was a very eye-opening article.

For me, once I start eating those foods, I cannot stop either. I don't feel full or satisfied. Even after just eating them, I am still hungry. That's a scary, scary thing. You don't hear much about people binge-eating on whole wheat bread, freggies or water, right?

I've had discussions with my doctor about eating processed foods. She said that they cause inflammation within your body because you don't digest them well. She said that inflammation in the body over long periods of time can cause all kinds of health problems, to include arthritis & cancer. Eeeeek!!

So today, be aware of what you're eating. Stay away from that Food of Mass Destruction.

Doesn't this look better (& prettier):



than this?



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MSHEL7 6/2/2013 2:55PM

    Wonderful blog. Thanks for putting it in writing for us. I often forget that the stuff I crave is made so that I will crave it. I had to totally stop soda, 1 puts me over the edge. It's okay though, I am healthier now because of it.

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CLAIREINPARIS 6/2/2013 12:16PM

    Thank you for an excellent blog! Even though we hear about those things we always need to be reminded!

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AUTUMNHOPE 6/2/2013 7:05AM

    Great Blog ! This IS me, the processed binge queen. I've eaten healthy for many years. Then binge on processed food . I call myself a carb addict, actually a processed carb addict.
If not for this I'd be about 10-15lbs. lighter. I keep reversing my progress with binges.

I stopped with soda , even diet because I learned that makes me crave the bad stuff. The visuals you added are great !

MATTEROFHEART shared this blog with us in her blog. I will read the resource later when I have more time. Thank you for sharing it with us & being so kind as to reach out to a Spark friend
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ANHELIC 6/1/2013 11:47PM

    What an inspirational blog. Thanks for sharing!!!!!

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ELVISINTHEHOUSE 6/1/2013 8:54PM

    I love the visual you gave us. I'm printing them out to stick on my frig. Although I've worked hard to go organic and non-gmo, there are still little pitfalls one can fall into, such as hidden sugar and artificial sweeteners added to foods where they simply don't belong. The food industry does everything it can to sabotage us. Thanks for the link, I passed it on to some friends who also share these concerns.
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BIGPAWSUP 6/1/2013 8:52PM

    Yummy fruit!

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DRUIDPRINCESS 6/1/2013 7:18PM

    Thank you for your blog and your link to the article. It is really very shocking. With the Summer Challenge coming up soon, there are a lot of lessons you have taught me that will help me in the months to come - Thank you!

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COCK-ROBIN 6/1/2013 5:21PM

    It looks a lot better than the junk!

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KARENLEIGH32 6/1/2013 2:29PM

    Reminds me of a commercial from back in the day. I think it was Lays potato chips ~ I bet you can't eat just one!

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MATTEROFHEART 6/1/2013 11:15AM

    Thank you for this, Sheila! I can't tell you how much this helps me! You are absolutely pure awesomeness!!!

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    The produce DEFINITELY looks more appealing! emoticon

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MFBUTTERFLY 6/1/2013 9:42AM

    This morning I'm cooking. I'm cooking massively for the week so that my food will NOT be a WMD!!! It's going to be a good week of eating at my house ... and there will be some dishes in the freezer for future busy nights!! emoticon

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NANCYRUBIO 6/1/2013 8:16AM

    My trigger is Wheat Thins. I see Bob eating them all the time. So once in a great while I do give into them. Then I am aware and won't have them for a long time. Knowing boundaries is so important. emoticon

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    Good advice. I'm sticking to freggies today.

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Take the stairs . . .

Friday, May 31, 2013



I've been taking the stairs more & more at work, even if I have an arm full of case files. By doing that, I'm getting in a bit of weight-bearing exercise (good for your bone density).

I've noticed that the trip back up from the 21st floor to my floor (24th) has been getting easier & easier as time has passed. Gotta love those NSV's (non-scale victories), right? emoticon I'm less winded, my legs don't burn as much & it doesn't take as long for my heart rate to go back to normal. Those are all signs that those little things I do every day are making a difference.

The transformation began as soon as I decided I needed to take better care of myself.



We only have one body so we better take care of it.



Keep making those smart & healthy choices every day, no matter how small you think they are. Every little bit helps.



And because it's Friday & everyone needs a good laugh, here's the funny for the day. My sweet hubby will tell you it describes me quite accurately. emoticon



Blessings to you!! emoticon emoticon

  
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BONNIEMARGAY 6/1/2013 4:31AM

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LITAPOWER 6/1/2013 4:19AM

    NSV - it's difficult to give them value, but they are so important! Thanks for the inspiration.

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    Great blog. Thanks for sharing.
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GODS_TEMPLE 5/31/2013 7:21PM

    When I worked at Shell Oil, I'd often walk down from the 25th floor for exercise after sitting all day...but I'd only go up a flight or two! That was a long time ago...when I was a lot younger!

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KARENLEIGH32 5/31/2013 6:24PM

    Keep it up, those NSV's in my opinion carry more 'weight' than the numbers on the scales!

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    Great NSV, YOU ROCK!!!!and thanks for the funny emoticon

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BIGPAWSUP 5/31/2013 3:30PM

    Awesome work! Thanks for the smile!

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KONRAD695 5/31/2013 3:18PM

    Thank you for the weekend smile and encouragement. It's nice to know someone else thinks the stairs are pretty cool too.

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NANCYRUBIO 5/31/2013 10:10AM

    Your cartoon was as great as your message. Blessing on you also.

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    One step at a time leads to a big success!! emoticon

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    Great job! Thanks for the funny! It DID make me laugh!!!
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  nice. Glad you are doing well. Have a great weekend.

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CINDYAST 5/31/2013 9:06AM

    Great job on the nsv! And I think the cartoon could describe me as well! Have a great weekend!

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CIRANDELLA 5/31/2013 9:03AM

    There ya go, a good example, NILLA! Love the noodle/stir fry graphic, too - LOL! Have to remember that emoticon

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Live life forwards.

Thursday, May 30, 2013



Only use the past as a lesson -- don't dwell there. Keep looking & moving forward.



It's not about a diet . . . it's about a lifestyle. Decide what you can live with.



Take one step at a time & then keep on stepping.



Do the very best that YOU can do. This isn't a competition with anyone but YOU.



Above all, remember that you are worth it.



I'll say it again: You are worth it!



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    Awesome blog. Thanks for the words of wisdom. emoticon

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KARENLEIGH32 5/30/2013 10:34PM

    The best is yet to come...for me!

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BIGPAWSUP 5/30/2013 11:26AM

    Awesome - great share and motivation.

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BAMAJAM 5/30/2013 11:24AM

  Oh this is wonderful-- once again, Sheila! What great wisdom for living a life fulfilled!

I must keep telling myself-- Do not allow problems from the past to sour your future!

Thank you, and blessings to you too!



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NANCYRUBIO 5/30/2013 8:42AM

    My worst is definitely behind me, I never want to revisit it.

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REIKKA 5/30/2013 8:08AM

    OK, OK, I'll try to stay strong!

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MARYJOANNA 5/30/2013 5:32AM

  Great thoughts. All we can do is keep progressing and learning!

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  Great blog. So positive and inspirational. Thanks for the positive quote at the end of a long workday.
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BONNIEMARGAY 5/30/2013 5:05AM

    Thank you.

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COCK-ROBIN 5/30/2013 5:05AM

    Very good!

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MFBUTTERFLY 5/30/2013 4:50AM

    Soooo many wonderful points here today, Sheila! But the one I'm taking away is the one that is supporting me emoticon today ... there is no competition. I'm moving to teams where I feel that message. Where I'm not judged. Where I can simply be me. Ohhhhh what a better place that is for my peace of mind and growth! And it's true, this journey IS all about me!

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