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Be sure you have enough Vitamin D

If you live in the north where it is cold during the winter , be sure to take vitamin D. It helps keep your immune system active.

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Keep moving forward

I look straight ahead of me at all times. If I fall, I try to fall forward. Another thing I do is visualize myself having achieved my goal weight. Visualization is one of the keys to not only a successful journey, but to a successful life. Once you realize that you CAN do this, you start to reali...

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Keep Negativity and Bullies in the Trash

When I was young.. I was made fun of all the time and I never knew why... I never knew the true meaning of having someone to love me and me to love back.. Here even on Sparks I have ran into those who care nothing about how you feel or what you do.. I run three teams and I notice that for Points som...

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water can help in other ways besides drinking it

This is a little tip I have discovered that has been working well for me. When I sit down for a meal at a restaurant or another place that serves me something I don't need to eat, I put what I don't want on a separate plate and drizzle water over it. Who wants to eat soggy food???This way, I am not ...

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Things are not always what they Seem

Two travelling angels stopped to spend the night in the home of a wealthy family.

The family was rude and refused to let the angels stay in the mansionís guest room.

Instead the angels were given a small space in the cold basement.

As they made their bed on the hard floor, the o...

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My Daily Mantra

Beginning any new task is always difficult. Here are a few things that help me to enjoy life and value each day as a blessing! When charged with a daunting task you should: Understand that the best way is to make small gradual changes that are achievable. Realize that each day is a new day to over...

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Spend time with family and friends

Often when we begin our weight loss and healthier lifestyle journey, we find that how we spend time with family and friends may need to change. We may begin to recognize patterns such as always going out for dinner and drinks with friends, or gathering around the family dinner table laden with high ...

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Superbowl Sunday Fun

Getting ready to watch the Superbowl 50 game. Rooting for the Carolina Panthers. Are you ready for some football? I know I am ready for the big game to cheer on my team

A good thirty minute walk is all you need to get the heart pumping and improve your cardio to be on your way to a healthi...

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Planning for Ash Wednesday

This weekend begins a HUGE planned fall, with Superbowl Sunday, Chinese New Year (Monday), and Mardi Gras on Tuesday.

Sunday - Superbowl Sunday. We don't celebrate Superbowl, but we go out to eat because the restaurants are empty! (makes us feel clever.) We have been planning to visit a tac...

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6 Ways to Take a Mental Vacation

6 Ways to Take a Mental Vacation


Small stressors can quickly add up to major stress and one big stressful event can send you reeling, with no idea of how to start addressing it. If you could just get away for a little stress relief, you know you would be okay. But too few of us have the t...

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How To Lead a Well-Balanced Life

How To Lead a Well-Balanced Life

Everyone longs to be healthy and happy. After all, what's the point in working hard toward a long and healthy life if you can't enjoy it? While focusing on a healthy lifestyle by exercising and eating right is great for your body, balanced living means protect...

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