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Woo Hoo! Get that DVD collection out and get that workout you should have gotten all along! If it is not too hot/cold outside where you live... get yourself OUTSIDE & enjoy the beauty that is all around!





Join a great bunch of Sparkers on one of the best teams on Spark! "Done Being The Fat Girl"
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Cut back, read labels, drink more water, stop wasteful snacking, get off of the couch and do something.
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Hey Everyone, Linda here! My nickname is Meraina, I am also known as the "Tiny Closet Dancer"! **name given to me be TANSHAN1**(been known to dance the Done Girl dance in the office closet @ work!)
Welcome to my Spark Page! Thanks for visiting!
I so Love the Cupid Shuffle & Zumba DVD's!
Done Girls have some awesome friends I have met IRL! Love the team, wish I could meet everyone on the team! LOL

***AB~ Anti-Blah is the bomb! Love the team! Love the chat! This private team is awesome! Always got your back & ready to bust someone up for messing with ya!
Love ya girls!

Member Since: 6/27/2007

Fitness Minutes: 65,834

My Goals:
#1 Main goal lower cholestrol/triglyceride intake.

I know what to do and I am doing it!

Done Girls R.O.C.K!

I Love the book "The Spark"!
It has ignited me to do better with my life and live healthier & happier than ever before!

*I am now reading (Reader's Digest) "Magic Foods for Better Blood Sugar". Although my sugar/glucose is fine. This book is awesome and I am losing weight again & eating RIGHT!

**Done Girl Of The Week 3-16-14!!**

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I dance every day.I walk daily & on the weekends I walk twice a day!

I am learning more and more everyday. Thank you SP for being free & informative! Thank you my Sparkie friends & especially my Done Girls & AB Girls! YOU ROCK!

Personal Information:
My nickname is Meraina *AKA Tiny Closet Dancer,

I've been married 25 years. We have two children. & now one grandson!

I enjoy Bluegrass Festivals. We (my family) play and sing Bluegrass Gospel Music.

I love to visit coastal states! Wish I was on the beach!

I collect Lighthouses of all kinds.

Other Information:
I love to read Christian Romance novels, settings in the wagon days.

Favorite movie: "Facing the Giants", "Courageous", "Flywheel" "Though None Go With Me" "WWJD" ALL A MUST SEE! GREAT CHRISTIAN MOVIES!

My favorite quote:

"Life is not about waiting for the storm to pass, but learning to dance in the rain!"

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    Life begins outside your comfort zone
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    15 days ago
  • v SURVIVOR61
    It's extremely common to hit a plateau at some point during your weight loss journey. Obviously it can be really discouraging when the number on the scale doesn't move. There is good news — We've got some tips to help bust through that plateau and see the number get lower and lower.

    1) We need to re-evaluate our caloric needs - as we lose weight, our bodies tend to burn fewer calories at a slower rate, therefore we need to consume fewer calories. You will either need to burn more calories or consume at least 500 less calories per day

    2) Getting Back to Basics: Writing down everything we eat in a food journal to make sure we are still on track. Remember portion control is just one key to permanent weight loss.

    3) Moving More: Are you still trying to get in those extra movements like you did when you first started losing weight. Once we obtain our weight loss goal, we sometimes slack off on the exercise a bit. And just go to the gym or use our home equipment and forget to park out a little from the grocery store or maybe walk to it if it is close enough.

    4) Choosing Fresh Foods over Pre-Packaged: fresh over processed is always best. You know what your putting into your body.

    5) Getting in Your Daily Water: Yes that still counts. Make sure you didn't slip back into your old latte' ways and now your adding extra calories by drinking them in. Water is still the best way to go. You can still change things up by adding fresh fruit to the mix.

    6) Stress: Stress is always a factor in weight loss and weight gain. It can go either way. So make sure you take some time out for you. Even if it's just a few minutes in the bathroom to relax in the tub. Just lock out the world and do you...You deserve it!

    15 days ago
    People underestimate their capacity for change. There is never a right time to do a difficult task.
    ~ John Porter ~

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    16 days ago
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    emoticon Dangers of Nighttime Snacking

    The best way to curb your nighttime eating habits for good is to use short term strategies. These will help you to break the habit.

    If you can replace the snacking with a healthier habit, then maybe you won't feel the need to eat mindlessly in the evening or while watching T.V. Use one of these tips (or all three) to change your night time snacking.

    Try to move away from the food. You're more likely to eat too much at night if you are always around food. So after dinner, put off cleaning the kitchen. This might mean that if you postpone the clean-up for just a little while, or at least until you aren't tempted to eat the leftovers. Or better yet, try delegating the job to someone in your house who isn't on a diet or at least get help with the cleaning the plate.

    Another great way to get away from food is to go for a walk after dinner. This will give your brain time to catch up with your stomach and receive the signal of feeling full. Even if your walk is just 15-20 minutes long.

    Using a "meal-ender" is often a way to curb our appetites. Some of us like to use mint-flavored gum to diminish the desire to eat after dinner or to simply go brush our teeth and floss-along with a dental health bonus. Most of us don't like the taste of food when we have a mint flavor in our mouths. .

    You can also try using MealEnders. These small candies claim to "reset" your taste buds so that you won't feel the urge to eat. MealEnders contain no stimulants and are regulated as a food product so they have to follow strict guidelines of the Food and Drug Administration, unlike many diet and weight loss supplements.

    Be a smart television watcher. Most of us eat at night when we are in front of the television. We will just sit there and snack mindlessly on unhealthy snacks. This is where you need to take action and plan for healthy snacks and/or distractions. Some researchers believe that certain action shows make us eat too much food. Regardless of your show preference, however, you can create healthy eating habits in front of the television to eat less and lose weight.

    My favorite way to eat less is to keep my hands active. I fold laundry or do other simple chores while I watch TV. If I really want to eat - and I know I've eaten enough for dinner - then I will use specific strategies to control snacking in front of the tv. I also make sure that I follow good portion control guidelines if I choose to snack while watching TV.

    Remember, snacking isn't necessarily bad for your diet. But eating when you're not hungry is never a good idea. Learn to eat a healthy at appropriate times and then create habits to stop snacking so much at night. You'll reach your goal weight faster and you will keep your weight off for good.
    16 days ago
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    You know I just love the name of my team "Keep Walking With Jesus". It says it all! Walking with Jesus.

    Jesus walked every where and so did His disciples. Jesus set the example for how we should live, eat and exercise.
    He did not need all these fancy machines to stay healthy and in shape.

    Jesus ate fresh fish, lamb, poultry, beef, fruits, nuts, veggies and honey. Nothing was refined or artificial. In Jesus' day they didn't fry foods, it was baked or cooked over an open flame.

    Can you imagine eating like our Lord? Walking in His footsteps? Just think about it, treating our bodies like our Lord treated His. Wouldn't that be great!

    Be Blessed and think about eating Healthy unrefined foods. emoticon
    17 days ago
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