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Sunday, August 05, 2012

I just love this saying..I really need it about now as well..thinking I may blow up and tape to my bathroom door so I will see it and get off my duff more..This heat drives me to just want to sit around and do nothing..Sure I can hand stitch and stay busy but it isn't going to help in the exercise department...as I've said before, I DO NOT like exercise..I don't mind walking.............when the weather is nice but to exercise another part of my anatomy is like pulling teeth...I need someone wiht a wet noodle after my duff to get me moving...any takers?????

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MISSY455 8/6/2012 1:53AM

    Exercise is still a four letter word for me too ... work! I agree with LadyJ, you need to find an active activity you like, and do that for exercise. I am lucky that I have a Curves within a mile of my house. When the weather cooperates, I can actually walk there and back.

I love your idea of blowing that up and posting to motivate... emoticon

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TRAVELGRRL 8/5/2012 5:31PM

    I know what you mean! We do our exercise first thing (8 miles, started at 5:40 this morning IN THE DARK), but then we are done for the day! OR, we'll go to the fitness center and then...we're done for the day. (as in spending the rest of the day in the house sitting on our duffs.)

This Arkansas heat is KILLING me this year.

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LADYJ6942 8/5/2012 5:22PM

    Too cute, find an active activity you like vs simple exercise and it'll be easier to get moving. That or early morning or evening exercise in the heat helps too.

Good luck, you can do it!

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Saturday, August 04, 2012

I just read an article here on SP about 10 Strategies for Success.

1. Start Small.....We tend to make our goals so large sometimes that they become unattainable..so we need to start with smaller goals we can reach..Say 2-4 pounds lost a month, 10minute daily walks..these are the ones I have started out with and have stuck with since January..it is slow but its progress.

2. Get it on paper......better yet post it on your SP page front and center for everyone to see and it will keep you accountable.

3. Focus on everyday habits......if you make a goal of eating more fiber every day for a week then focus on this every day..don't overload yourself with too many goals at a time..but keep focused on those you do make..make it a habit..after 30 days it should become second nature to you.

4. Always see your goal....write it down and post it on your bathroom mirror or refrigerator or in bold letters on your SP page..but always think about your goal and what you have to do to obtain it.

5. Be consistent.....if you decide to walk everyday then do it at the same time every day..if you measure your food, never skip a time where you measure thinking you can eyeball it and be fine..or if you plan to drink more water, then keep water with you at all time and be consistent in all you do.

6. Never Stop Learning....there is so much information in the world today and so much we can learn about getting healthy and doing the right thing for our bodies..SP has lots and lots of info and why I love SP so much.

7. Come out os seclusion.....sometimes when we are overweight we tend to hide from others..we will cover our fat with loose baggy clothes..we will not tell anyone what we are doing and when we eat, we sometimes hide to eat as we dont'others to know how much we really eat..but if we are open about everything like many of us here then we not only help ourselves to seem real but we help others in the same walk they are doing.

8. Allow for Setbacks....sure we aren't going to do it right every single minute of every day...it is a struggle and sometimes we lose that struggle...but instead of just chunking it all and saying "whats the use?" and use it as an excuse to pig out or skip a walk..we need to realize we all have times where we take a step backwards..but learn from our mistakes and realize noone is perfect and get back to it and do it right the next time around.

9. Trust your plan....if you have set good goals that are attainable you need to trust that plan to work,...you may not see much in the way of weight loss and it may be slow as snails..but if we keep trusting that it will work...then later one down the road we will realize hey I've lost this much or hey I can walk a mile or hey I can run a marathon..etc..

10. Have fun!!! Always remember to have fun..find ways to have fun exercising..one I watch here does alot with a hula hoop and it sure looks like she is having so much fun..I noticed the ad for the Bollywood exercise so I'm taking the plunge and buying those CD's as it looks like so much fun and not so hard on the joints..Find ways to prepare your food that makes it fun..be a kid again..try new veggies and fruit..just have fun getting healthy.

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MISSY455 8/5/2012 2:15AM

    I also read this article not long ago. All great points! Thanks for the reminders :-)

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MCJULIEO 8/4/2012 6:35PM

    Excellent points!

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READYBETTY 8/4/2012 3:55PM

    Great list! I'm working on #1 & #8. I have to tell you you're pic put a smile on my face. I always think I weigh less after a bathroom trip.

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HEYITSJUDED 8/4/2012 3:24PM

    Thanks for sharing! #8 is my problem, don't like setbacks!

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MARYLEE56 8/4/2012 1:21PM

    I need to work on #7! Thanks for this.

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AMDODSON12 8/4/2012 1:18PM

    Great blog! I think that setting small goals is so important. I have started with the following goals: items to cut from my diet , track my food, and drink more water. I of course had to eneter a target weight but I chose an attainable weight and will change it when I achieve it.

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STACYJANE77 8/4/2012 1:11PM

    Thanks for sharing that!

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Prayer Answered

Friday, August 03, 2012

I had mentioned here to several people to pray for my SIL who is my husband's youngest sister. She has been through breast cancer and is over a 5 year survivor..well she got a bad report from her mammogram and also ultra sound and was sent to Little Rock to the cancer center doctor to do some kind of biopsy..well she called after her appointment today and is not going to have a biopsy after all..it seems that fatty tissue has built up in the area of the mammogram that showed a spot..But since she has been having problems from the nerve damage that was done when she had lymph nodes removed and also partial masectomy ..they do suggest she have a breast reduction..so she is looking at surgery with 3 week down time..she teaches school and is going to wait until Christmas to have it..
But the good news is the cancer has not returned..and I'm so so thankful..there were so many who had her on their prayer lists and I do so appreciate it and prayer does work..God is a healing God..Thanks.

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CAKAROO 8/4/2012 9:05AM

    glad to hear she does not have cancer

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MISSY455 8/4/2012 12:36AM

    Your family must be very relieved. I hope her recovery is quick after her surgery.

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BLUESKY104 8/3/2012 11:04PM

    emoticon news

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HICKOK-HALEY 8/3/2012 10:17PM

    That is good news! I hope the surgery goes well when he has it.

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MAZACK 8/3/2012 9:35PM

    I am so glad that she got a good report. Prayer does work.

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READYBETTY 8/3/2012 8:40PM

    Thank God for answered prayers! God is so good!

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MARYLEE56 8/3/2012 8:26PM

    What great news!

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KCWIND 8/3/2012 8:20PM

  Yes!!!!! My daughter and two sisters are cancer survivors. My sisters both had breast Cancer, So happy for your SIL!!!!!!

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PATTOMMC3 8/3/2012 8:01PM

    I am so glad the cancer isn't back and I hope her surgery goes well!

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LALMEIDA 8/3/2012 8:00PM

  Glad she is cancer free.

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what I made today

Thursday, August 02, 2012

I'm in a round robin yahoo group of just 5 people..We all are making sewing box kits..we decorated our own boxes and then are doing the round robin on the things we put in it..I have passed on my needlebook which is a bird theme in aqua and reds..It was a lot of fun to decorate this box and may have to make others for gifts.

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IAMFRANSGIRL 8/4/2012 5:37AM

    How darling! It's going to be a lot of fun to use.

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MAZACK 8/3/2012 9:38PM

    Very pretty. You are so talented.

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ROBINT63 8/3/2012 9:35AM

    What a beautiful sewing box! emoticon

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CAKAROO 8/3/2012 8:00AM

    great job!

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NIMAWEYGH 8/3/2012 3:09AM

    Oh my gosh I love it Barb. I wish I was a 1/10 as creative as you are. I would be a forced to be watched ......................YOU ROCK!

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MISSY455 8/3/2012 1:19AM

    How neat! You have so many talents...very impressive :-)

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READYBETTY 8/2/2012 10:43PM

    Lovely! So pretty!

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MCJULIEO 8/2/2012 6:55PM

    Yummy! You did a BEAUTIFUL job!

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Laugh for the day

Wednesday, August 01, 2012

I thought this was so funny and wanted to share with you...But sometimes it seems like this is true..we are what we eat..and how much we eat..

Feeling better today but still being lazy..temps are in the low 100F's..which is better than the 112 we had one day..but still not good..managed to get 40 minutes of exercise in and ate within my calorie range so doing all right.

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DRAGONFLY02 8/2/2012 2:42PM


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FLEURGARDEN 8/2/2012 10:35AM

    LOL :-)

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WAYSOFGRACE 8/2/2012 8:30AM

    I love it! Glad to hear the temperature is coming down for you. We are heading into an upward trend here, with humid air and temps in the 90's by tomorrow.

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IAMFRANSGIRL 8/2/2012 5:20AM

    Glad you're feeling better and thanks for the laugh!

*goes looking for a skinny person*
*wonders if they'd taste okay with curry*

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MISSY455 8/2/2012 2:20AM

    emoticon emoticon on the exercise!!! Loved the joke...so true :-)

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NIMAWEYGH 8/2/2012 12:07AM

    Giggle snort chuckle................. emoticon

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HICKOK-HALEY 8/1/2012 10:46PM

    Cute cartoon. Hang in there. Fall will be here soon!

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READYBETTY 8/1/2012 10:44PM

    Well now I know what to add to my tracker....

Enjoyed the joke!

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BLUESKY104 8/1/2012 10:08PM

    Super laugh for the day - thanks for sharing emoticon

Understand feeling lazy with it being so hot - emoticon on getting exercise in anyway

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CAT609 8/1/2012 9:28PM

    Funny thanks for sharing

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TRAVELGRRL 8/1/2012 6:47PM

    Great job! Love the joke!

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