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Thursday, September 26, 2013

A friend sent this to my Bible Study group and I can't resist passing it on to all of you:

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SUEPERWOMAN 10/13/2013 4:03PM


God must really be wanting me to hear this today. It's so interesting, this is the SECOND blog today where this was featured. Thank you for sharing it. God bless you.

Love, Ginger

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MADTHENURSE 9/26/2013 7:34AM

    Nice... Thank you for sharing!

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Thursday, December 08, 2011

I am not sure where to go with this, but I am having tremendous difficulty making a bucket list. I am happy with my weight loss so far. I am down 33 pounds from last January and have just a few more to go. I am confident I will reach my goal but am not stressed about it. As I read and re-read Chapter 9m though, and it asked for a bucket list, I don't know where to go with it. I've read the helpful hints and ideas. I'll soon be 61. I have no desire to para-sail or make a million dollars. I like my job and the people I work with. I am happy with where I live (in between offspring) and don't really plan to make any major changes in my near future. Maybe in the next 9 years when I am able to retire, but not now. I have had many opportunities that the average person hasn't had and am content to be where I am and doing what I am doing. I believe in Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior, so look for the day when He returns or takes me home, whichever comes first. I have long ago given up other kids of dreams. It was very difficult for me to make the motivation poster. I love my children and grandchildren, but my weight loss was for me and if I die tomorrow, that's fine with me, too. I am content here or in heaven, wherever God wants me at any given moment. So how do I write a bucket list when I have no burning desire to do anything I haven't already done. That said, I will happily go and visit grandkids, but that's not a bucket list kind of thing. Any ideas, anyone??

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JMAHNKEN 7/25/2013 2:54PM

    A Bucket list would be hard for me too. But I really like the ideas above! I think doing something secret for some one in need is a great one. And or maybe "Paying it forward" would be kind of the same thing? A list of things to do with and for the grand kids could be really nice. Maybe even take a trip, even if it is only a day trip with the grand kids to some place that you really like that they have never gone to before. Or maybe there is something that you really like to do that you could teach your grand kids? Or maybe you could start to right or video tape a message to the grand kids telling them about your family history.

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MOSTMOM1 12/10/2012 8:03PM

    Nothing wrong with being content, nothing at all. I'm pretty sure that's how it's supposed to be. Maybe there's something new you'd like to try, just for the fun of it? Maybe learn something new? That can be refreshing. Or maybe just continue to get better at something you're already doing? I think personal growth stuff makes for great bucket list items. Doesn't always have to be skydiving, right? I am NOT planning on jumping out of any planes soon...

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CATHOLICCORGI 12/30/2011 7:49AM

    Oh, How I can relate to what you are saying! I have the joy of the Lord in my spirit, and just get into "seasons" when I fall off track... this time when I did, the Lord led me to SP. What a gift it is! I bought The Spark and have read up to Part 2. God's timing is SO awesome! I will begin Part 2 on Sunday.
I've written in a journal my whole life, and I KNOW how God is directing my journey here. I have sort of been through a "dark night" of my soul(for over a year),and as I was wandering in the desert asking for direction, SparkPeople came up in an article I was reading. DING!
I am content, and feel I am in the center of God's will right now. I am happy. I, too, have experienced more... in my 56 years... than many who live to 100.
Perhaps we need to ask for a new vision... no, maybe a new way of seeing what we are already looking at.
I like the idea of doing something for someone else. I am going to consider a bucket list of stepping out of my comfort zone and reaching out to others in new ways...
God has a plan!
Thank you so much for your blog!
Peace be with you!

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NINALEE35 12/19/2011 1:55AM

    I have a problem with a bucket list, too. How about doing a secret something for someone every day for a month? That's not exactly a life-changing event, but it could be life-changing for someone else.

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KATIECHILD 12/13/2011 1:39PM

    What about taking a trip, whether it's only a daytrip, or a week long and go visit a new place somewhere, like a national park or somewhere with historical significance or plan a small hike you've never been on and have a picnic?

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DJ4HEALTH 12/8/2011 11:21PM

    Maybe make a list of what you want to do with your grandkids?

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Goals and dreams

Sunday, November 13, 2011

I have failed so many times that long ago I gave up goals and dreams. Long ago, I would have said I wanted to weigh 135 pounds, like when I was in high school. Long ago, I would have dreamt about going to a beach and wearing a pretty swimsuit without having to cover all of the fat. There were so many things I would have done and would have wanted to do. SparkPeople, the book, and my success so far are re-awakening y hopes and dreams. I am down 21 pounds since the beginning of the summer with 9 pounds to go to hit that long ago goal. I am happy to be going slow right now, because I started at a pound a week. I am eating more now and that is good so I don;t experience that "starvation" mode with my body. I have yo-yoed for so long, I'd rather be a turtle. Thanks Chris. Thanks SparkTeam. You have made this work for me!


high or low

Friday, November 04, 2011

I like to challenge myself. It's as though I am always in a contest against my best previous score. I guess you would say I am competitive but not so much against others (though that happens at times). In this weight loss journey, I am really trying to settle in to doing my best day to day and not so much competing with myself to get the lowest number of calories.

I am one of the fortunate ones. My husband makes most of the meals, so I can just enter the info into the nutrition tracker. That's good and bad. I don't always have the info until after the meal. Here's where the competitive nature comes in. I want to beat the numbers. I look at the ranges available to me and I want to beat them...every day. Some days, the meals are a bit higher in calories, or I had a snack that was a little higher and my numbers exceed the limit. So the next day I will try to go a bit lower,...then I am sometimes too low and looking for something light in the kitchen that can bring my numbers up a bit. I forget that it's not all about numbers. It's about the big picture and less about whether or not I am within the budgeted calories. I know if I am too low, my body will think I am trying to starve it and stop metabolizing the food. My greater issue is hitting the mark in some of the nutritional areas I watch. Calcium, for example is very hard for me to take in enough without exceeding calories.

So now that I am accustomed to documenting my food, I need to start tweaking my intake to meet the mark in all of my nutritional areas. Can I do it? Yes, with the help of SparkPeople and the tracking systems!

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UMBILICAL 11/4/2011 8:58PM

  Logging is a key to success.

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Reflections on Chapter 4

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Motivation--being the turtle--blaming others. Yes, these have all been challenges for me in the past. My motivation continues as long as I am losing weight...Oh, but if I skip meals or find a diet pill or a diet drink I think I can trust I could lose weight faster...And then my husband wants pizza for dinner and I am supposed to eat half of it...

So what is different this time? I've been working this plan for about 3 1/2 months. I am the tortoise, and I have been losing weight steadily. This week, I didn't realize the food I was eating had so many calories...I hadn't logged it in yet and was surprised when I looked at the calorie count. My husband does the cooking so I have to figure it out after he has everything made. Oops. But, like Chris says, look at all I have gained by losing already! Wow! I'm in smaller clothes, I feel better and I am happier with myself. I have increased confidence! I CAN get right back in the saddle and I CAN say NO to more than 1 piece of pizza or whatever else my husband thinks I should be splitting with him. It'll re-heat as leftovers in a day or two. Today, my co-workers went to the Pumpkin patch with the kids and brought back a bunch of candy. I said, "No, thanks, but thanks for offering!" It felt good.

I can say NO!

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FLPALM 10/15/2011 11:54AM

    Way to GO! I cook, but my hubby has HELPED completely! He is right this! One of my favorite recipes! I have logged nearly EVERYTHING on my food tracker, that comes into our home. Groceries in...start tracking! This has worked wonders for me! I, also, use the RECIPE CALCULATOR, print out recipes and have made a "COOKBOOK" of my own.

So good luck, my friend, and may we go through this journey together.....see you at the finish line! emoticon emoticon emoticon

My tracker is a TURTLE, slow and steady, but I am determined to Win THIS RACE!

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