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  • Day 2 of Taming Your Sweet Tooth

    11/21/2015 9:15:08 PM, by CLAIREMZM

    It's near the end of the day and, surprisingly, I haven't really craved sweets today, even after eating a chocolate chip cookie today. It was probably because of the setting--I was at an outdoor event where our church was doing an outreach and I didn't bring anything to eat. So whatever those who we... Read more

  • Joined the "Tame Your Sweet Tooth" Challenge

    11/21/2015 11:21:42 AM, by CLAIREMZM

    My sweet tooth has been going crazy lately! Seriously, to the point of knowing that this isn't healthy. So when I saw the "Tame Your Sweet Tooth" challenge, I figured it would probably be a good idea. I need to do SOMETHIING about it. And since I'm voluntarily removing myself from Facebook for ... Read more

  • The celery didn't like me

    11/19/2015 9:25:32 PM, by LIBERTY_JOY

    The other day I had some celery and carrot with hummus for a snack ... which tasted delicious. About two hours later though I had a monster stomachache which lasted for several more hours. I had eaten dinner in that time as well but for some reason I wondered if it connected to the celery which I kn... Read more

  • 100 DTWL - Days 17-18

    11/19/2015 9:09:05 PM, by LIBERTY_JOY

    Day 17 - Stop wasting food This lesson talked about how when we keep eating food we don't need (for fuel purposes) then we are wasting food anyway; and rather than waste the food by gaining weight we should throw it out instead. For the most part; I'd much rather prepare less or take a smaller ... Read more

  • 100 DTWL - Days 15-16

    11/18/2015 9:49:32 PM, by LIBERTY_JOY

    Day 15 - First two bites In the lesson for day 15 Linda wrote about how the first two bites of food will always have the most flavour and how after that you are just "feeding". She then suggests that after having the first two bites perhaps you don't need to have any more. Most of the discussio... Read more

  • 100 DTWL - Days 13-14

    11/15/2015 11:27:44 PM, by LIBERTY_JOY

    Day 13 - Oops I forgot to eat Day 13 of Linda's book talks about those times people forget to eat or try to "save up" their calories for a later meal e.g. skipping lunch so that they can have a big dinner; and then discusses why this doesn't help and can be harmful in losing weight. The assignm... Read more

  • Biggest Loser team challenge.... Check this out!

    11/13/2015 2:28:39 PM, by -WRKNG2ABTTRME-

    If you're looking for a challenge and ready to make a commitment....I have the challenge for you! Biggest Loser is the name. It's a 10 week commitment. You have several little teams (with 24 members) that compete with each other. Main requirement is to weigh in each week. If you know for some r... Read more

  • Well that was dangerous

    11/12/2015 7:43:47 AM, by LIBERTY_JOY

    After writing about the biscuit (cookie) I've been having for a snack in an earlier blog I thought I'd recheck the calories on the nutritional tracker. Then, I moved on to looking them up online to be double sure ... which led me to a page of many different biscuits all nicely pictured in full colou... Read more

  • 100 DTWL - Day 12 - Fuel or filler

    11/12/2015 7:08:11 AM, by LIBERTY_JOY

    Today's lesson was looking at the content of the food we eat -- what we eat that is for fuel and what is more for filler rather than fuel. For example, comparing protein snacks for fuel compared to eating candy or cookies which falls under filler. 1. Record each of the foods you eat today, then... Read more

  • 100 DTWL - Day 11 - Two purposes of food

    11/12/2015 6:55:37 AM, by LIBERTY_JOY

    In the lesson for day 11 Linda mentions two purposes for food - eating for fuel and to appreciate flavours. I can think of a lot of reasons for eating that don't fit in this including many that have led to weight gain; but, I think I'd still say that the purpose of food is to fuel my body. I think a... Read more

  • Letter to myself

    11/11/2015 9:20:31 PM, by LIBERTY_JOY

    Dear me, I can't remember if I've ever written a letter to you (me) before or not, my sense is the answer is most likely "no". In writing this I also think it feels like more than time this was done. I know I've written diary entries before, and blog entries, but a letter to myself feels strang... Read more

  • 100 DTWL - Day 10 - Appreciate good support

    11/11/2015 3:49:33 AM, by LIBERTY_JOY

    Day 10 is about appreciating the good support our friends and family provide. Particularly with reference to the compliments they give. This also includes things like learning to receive compliments; not setting people up (e.g. does this make me look fat?); and suggests dealing with self esteem issu... Read more

  • 100 DTWL - Day 9 - Here's what I want

    11/11/2015 2:47:53 AM, by LIBERTY_JOY

    Day 9 is more about support and identifying the kind of help and support that we want from those around us and helping us to discover this by way of a quiz. Again, as with yesterdays lesson, the choices given for types of support are ones that vary a lot for me. Sometimes in connection to what is go... Read more

  • 100 DTWL - Day 7 - I can do it

    11/8/2015 6:36:01 PM, by LIBERTY_JOY

    Day 7 of Linda's book focuses on the concept of "I can do it" and becoming our own cheerleaders by encouraging ourselves with words, and by looking at others who have lost weight so we can think that if they can do it, so can I. This fits with a lot of the way spark people is set up as far as creati... Read more

  • 100 DTWL - Day 6 - Protecting your program

    11/6/2015 7:46:26 PM, by LIBERTY_JOY

    Day 6 of the 100 days of weight loss was about protecting your program at all costs. As part of that Linda suggests using the phrase "not just yet" when faced with food invitations in situations where your program might be threatened. That way you can limit the temptation when someone is offering... Read more

  • One of the greatest gifts ...

    11/5/2015 6:36:28 PM, by LIBERTY_JOY

    One of the greatest gifts I think there is, is the simple gift of listening. So often people crave to be heard; long for someone to share with; hunger for others to respond in a way that shows they took the time to really listen. Instead it seems that many people are poor listeners. It mig... Read more

  • WHAT TO DO .

    11/5/2015 11:30:12 AM, by SMIDGON

    HELLO ALL We all are still hanging in there. It seems like the week between chemo s are his best time! But, wouldn't you know both weeks of Thanksgiving Giving and the week of Christmas are both Chemo weeks,! Thanksgiving Day is when he gets the pump take out. And, that is Thanksgiv... Read more

  • 100 DTWL - Day 5 - The magic notebook

    11/4/2015 11:47:09 PM, by LIBERTY_JOY

    Day 5's discussion is about using a notebook to record thoughts and to record things like food urges. The suggestion is given that if you come across a food you really want but can't fit into your plan at that time, it might help to record the food including the smell etc and think about when you co... Read more

  • The difference of a few little letters

    11/4/2015 5:16:41 PM, by LIBERTY_JOY

    Recently I wrote that "healthy living is my commitment (thanks Zip for the reminder) Today I added that to my spark page but I wrote I started to mentally adjust what I was writing to include healthier rather than healthy. In a way there is nothing wrong with that, I DO want to make healt... Read more


    11/4/2015 11:17:05 AM, by JHENNINGTON65

    Have you doubted your progress, regretted your choices, put yourself down? Remember that you are doing just fine. Remind yourself right now that no matter what it looks like, you are doing the best you can. And getting better. Encourage yourself, support yourself, and celebrate every little thing ab... Read more

  • 100 DTWL - Day 4 - Boundaries

    11/4/2015 7:17:55 AM, by LIBERTY_JOY

    Day Four in the 100 Days of weight loss book talks about boundaries; and following those rather than rigid guidelines. The advantage of having boundaries is that they are more flexible. Linda Spangle also mentions identifying a narrow road and wider road in connection to the boundaries; times where ... Read more

  • Some days ... just getting up is an achievement

    11/3/2015 5:02:48 PM, by LIBERTY_JOY

    I really had to rely on the motivation of yesterday's blog commentary regarding "keep going" and "just to it" Struggling to get past the overmath of what felt like a big letdown last night, and bought up a lot of sad, lonely, why bother thinking and a real sense of weepy depression when I woke ... Read more

  • Self care

    11/2/2015 6:39:37 PM, by LIBERTY_JOY

    Self care is an area that I've fallen short in for most of my life; and one where I need to learn about, practice and do! Being here on Sparkpeople ... taking part in the various teams and using the resources is one part of doing that self-care... Read more

  • 100 days to weight loss - Day Three

    11/2/2015 6:34:10 PM, by LIBERTY_JOY

    No matter what Just do it Day three in Linda's books continues the discussion about the differences between being interested in losing weight and being committed to losing weight. Some of these differences including when you are committed you do things anyway whether you feel like it... Read more

  • CHOOSE YOU THIS DAY...OA thoughts

    11/2/2015 12:25:20 PM, by JHENNINGTON65

    Each day I have a decision to make, "Am I willing to do anything to stay abstinent, to stay spiritually connected and to be of service to those I encounter?" The essence of the steps, for me, is be free of the self-centered defects that feed my disease and not my spirit. Step three is a decision a... Read more

  • How quickly fitness levels drop!

    11/2/2015 2:50:52 AM, by LIBERTY_JOY

    I did my first strength training video recently and noticed that I could hardly get through it; even using the lightest possible weights. On one hand; that was partly connected to recovering from whiplash and dealing with neck and shoulder issues ... but on the other I could really tell that after a... Read more

  • 100 days to weight loss - Day Two

    11/1/2015 7:42:13 PM, by LIBERTY_JOY

    521 Committed not just interested I am committed to achieving my goal of losing weight and getting healthier. I'm committed to finding a way through the excuses and to the other side; and to doing the work needed. This is something I need to do for me; there is no real alternative - If I don't ... Read more

  • 100 days to weight loss - Day One

    11/1/2015 6:41:26 AM, by LIBERTY_JOY

    The first of November this year for me means ... starting to work through the Linda Spangle book "100 days to weight loss" with several others in the team by the same name. The first day includes looking at and listing some of the things that I've done that haven't been helpful behaviours or wh... Read more

  • Some reasons for following a healthier way of life

    11/1/2015 1:58:29 AM, by LIBERTY_JOY

    I'm worth it I want to be healthier I want to be stronger I want to be fitter I want to feel more comfortable in, and with, myself I want to have fewer health concerns I want to do what I can to prevent and/or delay more health concerns I want to lower my blood pressure and hopefully c... Read more

  • Choose You This Day

    10/31/2015 12:12:48 PM, by JHENNINGTON65

    Today is not just any ordinary day. Today is a day that matters. Today you will have the choice to make a difference in your life and those around you. Today you will have the choice to smile rather than frown, be grateful rather than selfish, lift up rather than put down, accept rather than reject ... Read more


    10/30/2015 10:51:22 AM, by JHENNINGTON65

    And acceptance is the answer to all my problems today. When I am disturbed, it is because I find some person, place, thing, or situation—some fact of my life—unacceptable to me, and I can find no serenity until I accept that person, place, thing, or situation as being exactly the way it is supposed ... Read more

  • The word "DON'T" and my reaction

    10/29/2015 8:31:40 PM, by LIBERTY_JOY

    The other day I received an email which announced in the subject headline "Don't" followed by what it was telling me I shouldn't do. For some reason, I was very aware of how I reacted when I read those words. I seemed to freeze, take it as a personal attack and then wanted to delete the email withou... Read more

  • Updated spark goal board

    10/29/2015 7:32:52 PM, by LIBERTY_JOY

    Feels very nice updating a recent goal complete goal and adding some new goals to reach! Need to find a few new quotes and images to go with the update 244 how about everyone else? are you remembering to use and update your goal boards?... Read more

  • An Inspirational Prayer

    10/29/2015 11:38:52 AM, by JHENNINGTON65

    Do not look forward to what may happen tomorrow; the same everlasting Father who cares for you today will take care of you tomorrow and every day. Either He will shield you from suffering, or He will give you unfailing strength to bear it. Be at peace, then. Put aside all anxious thoughts and ... Read more

  • "Oops, I did it again."

    10/28/2015 10:25:35 PM, by CLAIREMZM

    Remember that Britney Spears song from 2000? I have to admit all I know is a small part of it, and that is, basically, the title of this blog. So, if you think this blog is about that song, it's not. It's just about slipping back into bad habits. Again. I'm not about to give up, alth... Read more

  • Work stress, control and other things

    10/28/2015 9:56:36 PM, by LIBERTY_JOY

    Some days, it just feels ... difficult. Where decisions being made by people who don't have full understanding of a situation but totally impact my work by what they decide. Where everything seems up in the air and I can't bring it back within control. Not that I ever have control; ... Read more

  • It must be exhausting being a fly ...

    10/28/2015 7:34:26 PM, by LIBERTY_JOY

    Yesterday I was watching a blow fly, circulating seemingly non-stop around my bedroom and came to a quick conclusion - it must be exhausting being a fly! I think at the time I was also feeling very low on energy myself; and it is one thing I've been wondering about how to improve on. Seems I've... Read more

  • JOHN

    10/28/2015 9:37:26 AM, by SMIDGON

    PRAYERS for John please prayers for John. This morning he is running a temp.. First it was 100.5 Then, 99.5 Now, 100,9 THANKS janet ... Read more