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Healthy living

Friday, June 14, 2013



I like that SparkPeople is about a healthy lifestyle rather than a diet. I have tried nearly every diet under the sun, & none of them worked for me. I couldn't handle the deprivation.

I had to have something I could "live" with the rest of my life & this is definitely it!! I've been here at Spark just over a year now & if it hadn't been working, I'd be long gone by now. No, the scale hasn't moved very fast, but that's ok. Sidenote: I broke through a 3 month plateau this morning, emoticon emoticon SparkCoach Plateau Busting program.

This journey is about more than the scale. For me, it's about consistent exercise, eating healthy foods & feeling amazing -- it's about the NSVs (non-scale victories). There are so many things I can do now that I couldn't do before & that's exciting!! emoticon

This is what it's all about:



I can live with this. I can still eat 2 bites of cake & not totally wreck my plan.

Find what works for you & be consistent with it. While you're at it:



Blessings to you!! emoticon emoticon

  
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BONNIEMARGAY 6/15/2013 4:27AM

    Yes!

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    Great blog. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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JAMER123 6/14/2013 10:42PM

    The last comment is the potent! Enjoy your Life.......It is the only one you will have!!
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ELVISINTHEHOUSE 6/14/2013 10:36PM

    Congrats on breaking the plateau! Nice message. Thanks.

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LJR4HEALTH 6/14/2013 9:58PM

    So very true great post

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KARENLEIGH32 6/14/2013 8:03PM

    Congrats on your success! Happy for you to have gotten past the plateau!

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CAT-IN-CJ 6/14/2013 6:44PM

    You are SOOO right. I love the Spark concept in its entirety.
It is about health . . .

and don't ya just love SparkCoach?!
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COCK-ROBIN 6/14/2013 6:11PM

    Beautiful!

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DAISYGIRLM2 6/14/2013 5:12PM

    emoticon I am so happy for your success in breaking out of the plateau!! I love your inspiration and positive attitude!!

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CINDYAST 6/14/2013 10:43AM

    Congratulations on busting through the plateau!!!! emoticon I feel the same way about Sparks, it's something I can live with as a lifestyle instead of being on a "diet". Thanks once again for a blog that says so well what I think but can't put into words myself!

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BIGPAWSUP 6/14/2013 10:30AM

    Awesome blog and oh so very true! I'm so happy for you. Wishing you continued health and success!

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NANCYRUBIO 6/14/2013 10:09AM

    Well done, I will get back in my circle.

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MATTEROFHEART 6/14/2013 9:59AM

    emoticon emoticon on finally breaking through that plateau!!!

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JESS0107 6/14/2013 9:15AM

    That is why we are not on a diet!! We are on a lifestyle change and it is going to last!!

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PROUD-GRANDMA 6/14/2013 8:48AM

    emoticon I love this new lifestyle!

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MARYJOANNA 6/14/2013 8:47AM

  Your blogs are so thought provoking and informative! Keep up the good work!

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KJELLYBEAN15 6/14/2013 8:44AM

    Great job on breaking though!

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TDEMAIO2 6/14/2013 8:37AM

    emoticon on breaking the plateau woo hoo :D yes this is a life style : ) I live- it not die-it :D

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THEBEV2 6/14/2013 8:22AM

    "Diets" never worked for me either. It was only when I decided to make my focus a healthy lifestyle for life that the pounds began to drop. And if I really want a treat, I have one - in moderation and counted into my daily totals. For me, tracking what I eat daily has been an eye-opening experience. Congratulations on breaking your plateau - I'm on a 3 month plateau myself but trying not to focus on the scale. Thanks for your blog!

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Don't be afraid to start over.

Thursday, June 13, 2013



After you've been on this journey for a while, you may get to a point where you're stuck. It's ok to go back to the basics. Sometimes we need that structure.

The good news is that as the days fly by, you're the pilot & you have options. emoticon I love having options!!!



Don't just stop when you're in a rut. Keep moving forward.



You can start over as many times as you want, but this time, let's make sure we FINISH!!



Blessings to you!! emoticon emoticon

  
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BONNIEMARGAY 6/14/2013 4:37AM

    Thank you!

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JAMER123 6/13/2013 10:43PM

    We may never finish but when we make a fresh start, we may need to find a new path to walk. Good lessons of us all!!
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KARENLEIGH32 6/13/2013 10:15PM

    Sometimes starting over is good, it helps to learn the lesson better!

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MATTEROFHEART 6/13/2013 9:46PM

    Very good! I love fresh starts!

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ANHELIC 6/13/2013 2:28PM

    Great encouraging sayings. How true they are. Thanks for sharing.
Blessings
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CAT-IN-CJ 6/13/2013 12:46PM

    That's exactly what I'm doing. After my initial weight loss,
I kinda hit a brick wall..... decided to listen to my body.
Held steady at that weight for 6 months.

Two weeks ago, I decided it's time to start at the beginning again.
I signed up for SparkCoach and am giving it the same focus
as I did the first time (last October).

I am a different person now; I'm learning even more
and looking at things differently this time.

And I am a winner!!!
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PROUD-GRANDMA 6/13/2013 12:26PM

    Life is full of choices! Love it!

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DAISYGIRLM2 6/13/2013 10:49AM

    You are truly amazing!! emoticon

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111BUTTERFLY111 6/13/2013 10:29AM

    emoticon blog!!!

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KATRINA023 6/13/2013 10:28AM

    Thank you for this post. I'm so glad I bumped into it today. I needed the reminder that it is OK to start over. Starting over isn't failing; starting over is stilll moving forward. My starting point isn't the same as when I first started SP. emoticon

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NANCYRUBIO 6/13/2013 10:07AM

    YES! emoticon

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JESS0107 6/13/2013 10:04AM

    Every day is a new day!! emoticon

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MICHELLE_391 6/13/2013 9:23AM

    Long time no comment on your blog - I've missed you (my fault) This is perfect for me today. Strugging to stay on plan, have started over, and over, and over...

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BESCATS 6/13/2013 9:12AM

    A great and encouraging blog. I did just go back to the basics of the diet I was on almost 2 years ago, just to lose the 5 lbs. I gained in two weeks. IT WORKED !!

We should have all those pictures/quotes handing in our kitchen.

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MJLUVSANIMALS 6/13/2013 9:05AM

    Everyday is a new start.

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ELMA1913 6/13/2013 8:15AM

    Thank you - just the motivation needed this morning!

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OWL_20 6/13/2013 7:20AM

    These are great reminders, thanks!

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TDEMAIO2 6/13/2013 7:19AM

    LOVE this!!! emoticon

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BIGPAWSUP 6/13/2013 6:43AM

    emoticon Thanks for the kick in the butt!

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COCK-ROBIN 6/13/2013 6:27AM

    Very inspirational post! Thank you.

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SUNNYLIFE72 6/13/2013 5:45AM

  Love the inspiration! Thank you!

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CARL-ASCHLUGE 6/13/2013 5:27AM

    Nice!

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MARYJOANNA 6/13/2013 5:23AM

  Keep on keepin on!!

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Start where you are . . .

Wednesday, June 12, 2013



You don't have to be a gym member to follow this journey. You can work out at home or outside. I am so blessed that I can afford to go to the gym because I know me & I know if I come home before working out it'll be a lost cause. I'll go straight to the computer or to my evening chores.

Don't have weights? No problem -- use bottles of water or cans of soup. There many, many great videos on SP including chair exercises that will truly make you sweat. I did a few of those when I hurt my foot.

Do what you can do. Build on it every day, little by little & you WILL see progress.

Don't wait for conditions to be perfect to start. Trust me . . . they will NEVER be perfect enough . . . it's a flimsy excuse. Been there, done that, used that flimsy excuse, etc. emoticon



Five minutes is better than nothing. emoticon



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Blessings to you! emoticon emoticon

  
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KATRINA023 6/13/2013 10:32AM

    What a great blog! Thank you for this one, too. emoticon

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ANHELIC 6/12/2013 10:53PM

    Great blog. A little humour goes a long way too. I walk on my treadmill when it is too hot outside and do it in 10 minutes at a time. My arthritis knees won't take more. emoticon emoticon

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CAT-IN-CJ 6/12/2013 7:33PM

    So true (and funny) !

I have no gym membership - my house is a gym. I use it as an obstacle course for fitness.

It all boils down to this - if I want to do it, I'll find a way.
If I don't want to do it, I'll find an excuse.

emoticon I know because I'm doing it!
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ELMA1913 6/12/2013 2:55PM

    Love the ideas and the quotes!

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BONNIEMARGAY 6/12/2013 2:17PM

    Cute!

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NANCYRUBIO 6/12/2013 11:08AM

    Love the quotes~

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    You are truly amazing! emoticon

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    Wonderful and motivating! emoticon

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HOLLYM48 6/12/2013 8:49AM

    I love working out at home and know that I might not make it to the gym. Thank goodness there are so many options. emoticon

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PROUD-GRANDMA 6/12/2013 8:45AM

    I love the working out outside in the fresh air. Great post.

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BIGPAWSUP 6/12/2013 6:45AM

    emoticon This is so true!

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MLH148 6/12/2013 6:40AM

    Love the Cohen quote. Thanks

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111BUTTERFLY111 6/12/2013 6:26AM

    Soooooo true!!! I dropped my community gym membership because I wasn't using it. I really like working out outdoors or at home better. It simply fits into my schedule better. Trying this and that over time really helps us to determine what we need and what we like. It just has to work for us is all.

GREAT blog, Sheila! Hope your day is awesome!

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MARYJOANNA 6/12/2013 5:34AM

  Things will never be perfect so start now where you are. Good advice in your blog!

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KIPPER15 6/12/2013 5:10AM

    Love it. So true, if you don't start, you won't start. emoticon

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COCK-ROBIN 6/12/2013 4:50AM

    A great post!

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Opportunity . . .

Tuesday, June 11, 2013



Every day is an opportunity to start fresh. Learn the lessons you need to learn from yesterday's success & mistakes & move on. Today, you can start your new ending.



It's best to focus on the possibilities rather than the problems. Possibilities can turn into amazing opportunities.



Some days, you'll be traveling a path you have never traveled before. That's ok -- just make new tracks.



Life is what you make it & I choose to make mine wonderful. Who wants to come along?



Blessings to you!! emoticon emoticon

  
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GODS_TEMPLE 6/12/2013 12:16AM

    I really like the 'new ending' quote. Thanks!

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ANHELIC 6/11/2013 11:52PM

    Great inspiration. Thanks for sharing.

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GEORGE815 6/11/2013 10:10PM

    Everyday is a new day.

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AUTUMNHOPE 6/11/2013 9:11PM

    The time you take with these is worth it. You should just be a required read when we join Spark People.

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COCK-ROBIN 6/11/2013 6:59PM

    wonderful!

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CAT-IN-CJ 6/11/2013 1:23PM

    I'm with ya!!! Wouldn't want to miss this day for anything.

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BOSSONBABE 6/11/2013 12:14PM

    Love your veggie man!

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    You are an angel!! I needed these words today!! emoticon

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FIRECOM 6/11/2013 10:41AM

    This is so inspirational. Thanks.

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PROUD-GRANDMA 6/11/2013 10:16AM

    I'm in! Thank you. Just the words I needed to hear!

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NANCYRUBIO 6/11/2013 8:29AM

    I prefer the "road less traveled"~~~

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LIFEISPURRFECT 6/11/2013 8:12AM

    What inspiring quotes, especially about the new ending! Thanks for all the wonderful posts of inspiration! They keep me going. emoticon

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MATTEROFHEART 6/11/2013 7:21AM

    I love the one about starting today to make your new ending! That is exactly what we are trying to do here on Spark People! I am so glad that we get to share our journeys together!

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MLH148 6/11/2013 7:05AM

    Another Good Morning from you to me. Thanks

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BIGPAWSUP 6/11/2013 6:48AM

    This is fantastic! Thanks

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REIKKA 6/11/2013 4:52AM

    ...anyone can make a new ending! I like that.

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MILLIE-MILOU 6/11/2013 4:42AM

    Thank you for my morning inspiration

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What took you so long?

Monday, June 10, 2013



I ask my future self this question a lot. It helps me stay focused & on track. If you're struggling each day, you may need to sit down & have a heart to heart talk with yourself.

Another thing I ponder:



These are two very powerful motivators in my life. If you need help in the motivation department, maybe you can incorporate these into your life as well.

A few of other things to remember:





And finally:



Find your big "yes" so that at the end of your journey, you can ask yourself, "What took me so long?"

Blessings to you!! emoticon emoticon

  
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GOCALGAL 6/11/2013 9:05AM

    Very inspiring! I especially liked "what took me so long?" since I am having a hard time staying focused. Thanks for sharing! emoticon emoticon

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ELVISINTHEHOUSE 6/10/2013 9:58PM

    Great advice. Thank you.

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    Yes!

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ANYVAR54 6/10/2013 1:18PM

    Thank you for your inspirational quotes, i like the one that says: "A day without fitness is like a night without sleep." I know how awful I feel after a bad night of sleep. And my body is gradually getting used to having more exercise.
Have a great day.

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DAISYGIRLM2 6/10/2013 12:57PM

    I love your inspiration and positive attitude! Thank you so very much for all you do!!

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KONRAD695 6/10/2013 11:59AM

    I have to always tell myself-

"Once I'm doing it. It seems easier!"

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MATTEROFHEART 6/10/2013 11:12AM

    Great thoughts! We will get there!!!

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BIGPAWSUP 6/10/2013 9:26AM

    Great blog! thanks.

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PROUD-GRANDMA 6/10/2013 8:20AM

    Have an awesome day. Great message!

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111BUTTERFLY111 6/10/2013 7:22AM

    Working out really is a reward. I"m soooo glad I figured that out!!

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NANCYRUBIO 6/10/2013 6:52AM

    Wish I had said that, but it is never to late to start.

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LANNIEMANUEL 6/10/2013 6:45AM

    well put.

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    Wonderful!

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MARYJOANNA 6/10/2013 5:42AM

  Definitely food for thought!

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DEEDEE1102 6/10/2013 5:00AM

    I love the "bigger yes!"
Thank you for starting my week with this!
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    Blessings to you as well. Great Blog. emoticon

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