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Plans for 2011

Sunday, January 02, 2011

DJs on my radio station talked last year about picking a word for the year (as opposed to making a list of resolutions). I didn't really do it for 2010, but I think that for 2011 I would like to focus on being WHOLE-HEARTED. Whether in the physical, spiritual, or emotional realms, I don't want to just "go through the motions". I don't want to be wishy-washy, or worse, apathetic. Scripture says, "Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord ..." (Col. 3:23). That doesn't mean I will be complusive or perfectionist, but I will seek to put my whole heart into whatever I choose to do on any given day.

I was 'tickling' the 200# mark in Nov. 2008, but with God's help and I have come a LONG Way! And I don't want to backtrack! I looked back at my weigh-in results, and I only see 1x in 2010 where I was over 145#. For much of the year, I've been a little under that. My goal is to maintain the same pattern! I reset my goals, to include strength workouts 2x/week, and cardio 5x/week for 40 min. That's a moderate schedule; one I believe I can stick to.

I will continue to have my Fitness Minutes exceed my Spark Points -- to put into practice all that I'm learning from and my Spark friends!

I will try at least 1 new Spark recipe each month -- I find that looking for new healthy recipes keeps my food planning fun and reminds me that eating healthy is tasty. (One of the statements on my vision collage is Eat Bold, Not Bland!)

I am going to use "Made to Crave" as a starting point in reprioritizing: I want to seek God 1st, and not let thoughts of food be so consuming. Even thoughts of good foods can sidetrack me from my goal of Knowing Jesus more and following Him more closely. I will start a message thread on that study on the Driven By Faith Team board. I hope others who are reading/
studying that material will join me on that thread will share the things God is teaching them, too!

I've enjoyed reading the 2011 goals many of my SparkFriends have posted, and been encouraged by each one who is not just sliding into the New Year with vague "I wish/I hope" statements.

emoticon Many things will come my way in 2011 without me having any control over them. But there are Far More things that ARE My Choice -- and with God's help, I will make Healthy choices!

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VISUALLYRICS 1/2/2011 9:16PM

    {{{ Wholehearted!! }}} ...what a emoticonattitude!!
Cheering for YOU ~ Laura

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FLAME42 1/2/2011 8:35PM

    Whole-hearted, what a great choice for the new year. Your explanation is very well thought out. You seem to have your priorities right in line. Have a great 2011!

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JODIRICHARDS 1/2/2011 6:57PM

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Wonderful goals and plans! I'm interested in "Made to Crave" have not heard about it before so I guess I'll start searching. When I'm in CO made I can introduce you to some BOLD Indonesian food, do you eat spicy? I love your word choice WHOLE-HEARTED and explanation, not compulsive or perfectionist, I think that is key. Here is to a Whole hearted, healthy 2011! emoticon

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WALKINGANNIE 1/2/2011 6:52PM

    You have indeed come a long way Susie and I'm grateful that you share your journey with us. Thanks for your example, encouragement and support.

Being whole-hearted is a great approach to 2011 and I wish you a happy healthy year with many fulfilling choices.

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Made to Crave?

Thursday, December 30, 2010

I just found a link today from Proverbs 31 ministries about Lysa TerKeurst's new book, Made to Crave. A quote from the website: "Craving isnít a bad thing. Has food become more about frustration than fulfillment? Made to Crave is the missing link between a womanís desire to be healthy and the spiritual empowerment necessary to make that happen. Author, Lysa TerKeurst, personally understands the battle that women face."

Go here to read a sample chapter:
Link to info about the weekly webcast

I think the book looks really good - and I'm going to get it. I think God has something special in store here, and would love to share it with others! I'm wondering if any Spark Friends want to do this study together? We could form a team and share our thoughts as we go through the book and webcasts. Let me know!

1/3/11 Update -- I have started a message thread for this discussion on the Driven By Faith team and hope anyone interested will join me there.

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FITGAL2010 1/2/2011 12:06PM

    I could maybe find time for something like this... I am on a holiday break from a 15 min. morning devotional chat that is optional every weekday morning. I love it, and I have had the pleasure of praying for, and praying with, many women around the world whom I have grown to know and love. I'll keep an eye on this! I subscribed to your blog... Lori

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JULIEFRANCES112 12/31/2010 6:14PM

    Looks good.

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VISUALLYRICS 12/31/2010 1:41PM

    Looks neat - Let me know what treasures you find. emoticon

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MOMMINATOR 12/31/2010 12:48PM

    I would! I think it is a marvelous idea!
Thanks for the friend add, too!

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CATHYUNEW 12/31/2010 11:55AM

    YES! This is exactly what I have been looking for. I am going to try to find the book too.

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CRUISINJEN 12/30/2010 11:50PM

    This looks like a fantastic study! I may run out and see if I can pick it up tomorrow! Let me know if you decide to do this!

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NANCY-GIRL 12/30/2010 11:49PM

    I've really debated about jumping on the Made to Crave bandwagon. I really don't like how much of P31's posts, especially on FB, seem to be marketing the book. But I do think she's on to something (she IS one of my favorite writers, after all)... I think I might read it, but on my own, not w/ the big on-line study group. I'm spending way too much time on-line as it is...
Blessings on your journey through this! Let me know how it goes.

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Oil Your Lamp, Ladies!

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

This little movie is great!

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JODIRICHARDS 12/28/2010 5:36PM

    My slow internet is not helping but I'm trying to watch it.

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PAMAPPLE 12/28/2010 1:23PM

    emoticon for sharing this wonderful link!!

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JULIEFRANCES112 12/28/2010 11:38AM

    Very nice. Thanks. emoticon

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NOTSPEEDY 12/28/2010 10:54AM

    Thanks for sharing. Did you get the book?

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RWALTON730 12/28/2010 10:28AM

    Thank you for sharing. It is great!

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HAVE-MERCY 12/28/2010 6:14AM

    Love this! O so true!! Thank you! emoticon

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I Quit!

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

It's been a long month ... fun vacation, a little work, the out-of-town kids and grandkids in town for Christmas ... good things, and I'm grateful to have had them. But there also was thyroid surgery (PTL, no cancer!) and a bad cold that came on right after surgery and doesn't want to let go. I've spent the last 12 days feeling like a wet noodle, needing naps daily, not sleeping well at night, coughing, being congested, missing my exercise and feeling it in my lower back. UGH! I Quit doing most of the healthy things that have enabled me to lose 55 lbs and maintain that loss for almost 18 months.

Kind friends wisely told me to take care of myself, and try not to overdo. (Thanks!) But in my mind that turned to doing only what I felt like doing. And because I had no energy, what I felt like doing was NOT wise! I fell back to my old habit: reach for sugar hoping for the quick burst of energy. The one batch of cookies and candy here at the house caught my attention far more often than I want.
emoticonThis month is nearly over, and as of today, Spark Friends, I QUIT!
* I Quit turning to sugar -- I packaged the remaining goodies & put them in the freezer to take to the office when I go back in a few more days.
* I Quit sitting around doing nothing -- I may not be able to do full workouts, but I can do a little each day!
* I Quit telling myself that "taking care of myself" means returning to old, unhealthy habits.
* I Quit focusing on myself instead of looking to see how my Spark friends are doing and try to encourage them.

If you are ready for a change, please join me! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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CATHYUNEW 12/29/2010 7:06PM

    I am proud of you for taking charge. I just read an article yesterday that talked about success through using I statements. It looks like that just is what you are doing!

emoticon You are right in all of your statements and I know you will feel better soon with this great attitude! Colds will pass with time, whether we baby them or not, but a healthy life style takes us being in charge!

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LOSE4LIFE47 12/29/2010 11:49AM

    I'm with you & that is a wonderful way to QUIT!!

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SLENDERELLA61 12/28/2010 8:11PM

    That's the way to quit!! Keep it up!! - Marsha

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SKINNEYLIZ 12/28/2010 3:41PM

    I like your idea of quitting, and I think I'm going to try it to refocus myself back to dieting and exercise

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ABETTERSOUL 12/28/2010 1:44PM

    I like your way of "quitting". emoticon

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PAMAPPLE 12/28/2010 1:13PM

    I like the idea of doing a little exercise everyday until you get your full strength back. Good for you with packing up the goodies in the house and saying no to sugar for quick pick-me-ups. I'm looking forward to hearing more about your progress on the road to good health!! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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NORTHWOODSMOM8 12/28/2010 12:40PM

    BLESS your sweet Susie heart!!!!! I love you and I'm ready to join you in the lifelong quest for better health and LIFE! Out of our innermost beings will flow that river of Living Water! {{{{{hugs, my precious friend}}}}}

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SEWINGMAMACDS 12/28/2010 11:21AM

    Joining the "I Quit" League! Praying you feel better soon!

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NOTSPEEDY 12/28/2010 10:37AM

    I would love to be a quitter too. I'm starting today. Thanks for the prod.

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VISUALLYRICS 12/28/2010 10:09AM

    I LOVE you right back!! emoticonI am with you...keeping the remainder of this year STRONG! emoticonWe can do it! ....I never feel crowded with all of this company...the company of Spark Friends!! emoticonI am empowered!

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HELEN_BRU 12/28/2010 9:38AM

    I'm on as well! With my 50 SparkGoodie Points this morning, I bought myself a Pedometer! Yahoo!!


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FLAME42 12/28/2010 9:31AM

    For once quitting can be a good thing, as long as you list certain habits as you did. This is just a better way of "taking care of yourself". Be a quitter, my friend!

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AUNTB63 12/28/2010 9:05AM

    I too have been battling a cold........nothing like you, but I did fall back into some bad habits.........thanks for reminding me that I NEED to quit focusing on me (and waiting to feel better). I WILL quit with you. emoticon

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PURPLELVR7 12/28/2010 8:09AM

    sounds good, I will join you

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ANGELCOWBOY1 12/28/2010 6:35AM

    I am ready to join you also - I quit too! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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CYCLINGSANDY 12/28/2010 6:23AM

    Yeah. Susie! emoticon I choose to join in this effort! I did not have surgery,but have got off track since moving to Germany. No more excuses! We will conquer this battle. emoticon

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HAVE-MERCY 12/28/2010 6:16AM

    I am ready to join you! I quit too!!!! emoticon

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Letter to Santa

Friday, December 24, 2010

My 6.5 yr old grand-daughter wrote this on the white board in my kitchen today:

Dear Santa,
Can I have a reindeer?
You don't need eight
if there really magic
I'd like to fly to school.
Your friend, Eden
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It never hurts to ask, right???
Wishing you all the things you haven't even dared to ask for!

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PAMAPPLE 12/28/2010 1:39AM

    Aren't kids great with the things they say!! Very cute and clever!!

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SEWINGMAMACDS 12/25/2010 12:38AM

    How cute!

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FLAME42 12/24/2010 11:36PM

    How very true, it never hurts to ask. Sometimes we do get some seemingly impossible things!

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JULIEFRANCES112 12/24/2010 11:10PM

    Kids are so adorable. Merry Christmas!

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PURPLELVR7 12/24/2010 7:12PM

    very cute

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CATHYUNEW 12/24/2010 4:42PM

    Ohhh! how adorable! I love that age. Thanks for sharing :)

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VISUALLYRICS 12/24/2010 4:32PM

    LOL!! How dear! emoticon

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