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Reflection

Tuesday, December 06, 2011

Reflection

Before my SPARK days, quite a while ago, in fact, I was vacationing in Florida with friends and still married. The guys went deep sea fishing for the day, and Cheryle and I strolled down to the pool area. While making our way to the pool we took turns lamenting over our weight, taking turns wishing our legs, our midsection, or whatever part of our bodies we were hating on that day, were different; and suddenly we came face to face with someone who put a whole new perspective on our self-loathing. Sitting there basking in the sun, was a friendly- faced woman enjoying the air and her surroundings, making eye contact with strangers loving the whole experience of hearing the soothing sounds of the waves in the background, drinking in the Florida sunshine, laughing and living in the moment. She wasnít wearing a bikini, she wasnít even thin, but there she sat drinking in the sunshine, living in the moment, spreading her contagious joy, loving every second. The mere fact that suntanned stubs replaced her legs and feet didnít seem to matter to this lively and spirited woman. But it made an impression on us. It made us realize that there are always those dealt a worse fate than our own. That we should relish what we have and where we are and make steps to change what we do not like; and more importantly, to love what we cannot change.

So today, join me, and celebrate the you you are. The you with extra pounds, or thinning hair, the 300 lb you, the 200 lb you, the you with a walker, in a wheel chair, or without legs at all, and celebrate your life. Letís all work together to make each day a more enjoyable, and healthier experience. We may not don that bikini right now, or EVER, but we can work towards a sweeter, more spirited and healthier life!

Caren



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SHARON10002 12/20/2011 10:20PM

    Thanks for the reminder, Caren.

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CINDYCHARLENE 12/9/2011 9:57PM

    Thank you for this post. It is exactly what I have been trying to do for sometime now, living in the now, and loving it, myself and others. However I can always use a reminder now and then. It tells me I am on the right path. Blessings to you my dear.
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MARTHASPARKS 12/7/2011 4:58PM

    Wonderful blog, Caren. That woman knows how to live!

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KARENCAYFORD 12/6/2011 5:29PM

    Thank you, Caren, for this timely reminder that our lives are much more than what people see on the surface; may your fountain of life run deep!

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JUSTJOSS 12/6/2011 3:06PM

    Thank you for sharing your blog with me. Always a reminder to relish what we have instead of worrying about what we don't...

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KATHYJO56 12/6/2011 2:43PM

    Caren, Thank you so much for sharing such an inspiring story. It is one that is making me rethink a few things. emoticon

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GATEKEEPER33 12/6/2011 2:32PM

    Thank you so much Caren we all need to be reminded to love ourselves just as we are and to count our blessings. emoticon

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LAINIESNEWLIFE 12/6/2011 2:03PM

    Caren, thank you for directing me to this blog. It is awesome and oh so true. Well said! Have a wonderful day!

Hugs,

Lainie

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TIME2CARE 12/6/2011 2:00PM

    Thank you so much Caren, I needed this eye opening reminder. Hugs! emoticon

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SASSYTHING52 12/6/2011 1:55PM

    Thanks for directing me to this


i really needed this

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PILLYWIGGIN 12/6/2011 1:34PM

    I so agree Caren - Thanks for directing me to this!

"In the hopes of reaching the moon men fail to see the flowers that blossom at their feet."
Albert Schweitzer

I hope you are continuing to heal after your fall! emoticon

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TRUE-NESS 12/6/2011 12:01PM

    Well said! I join you in proclaiming/vowing to LIVE!!! (That's how I interpret all that you said.) Amen!

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1COUNTRY_GAL 12/6/2011 11:37AM

    YES I will join you and thank you for sharing and asking us to join you.LIVE and don't just exist,enjoy life no matter where your weight is. emoticon emoticonDiana

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Healthier Habits and Hints

Thursday, November 03, 2011

I wanted to share a few healthy habits I have found to help achieve my goals
They all deal with food - IMAGINE THAT friends! emoticon

First, are my whole grain 100 calorie bagels. I have discovered how helpful they are with food challenges. I am not the kind of person who can choke down the same tasty meal day after day, I need to savor the different textures and flavors on my tongue, while still eating healthy.

So sometimes for breakfast, I open the bagel, spread 1 tsp of crunchy peanut butter on each half, and top it off with sliced banana, pretending to be ELVIS of Course, and I have just had my grains, fruit, healthy fat, and protein, all within 300 calories. A great start to my day and not too time-consuming so I can make it, eat it, and still get to work on time!

Other times, I use left over chicken from a rotisserie chicken, open up those sacred little bagels, put on some chicken, sprinkle some cheese on top, melt the cheese, and add a slice of tomato or some chopped black olives - and I have an easy, healthy, nutritious meal quick. I add some green beans on the side or cottage cheese and I'm good to go.

Use your imagination to make wonderful tasty morsels fit for a spark queen or king. Add your favorite veggies, pizza sauce, or meat and have mini pizzas - add cheese and garlic for garlic bread - mushrooms, cheese, almonds, artichoke hearts, whatever you decide!

My latest hint I'd like to share is this, I found I can NOT keep a whole package of weight watcher ice cream sandwiches or the like in my freezer, it tempts me all day, all evening as if it's screaming come and eat me. So I know I can not buy them. But I have found if I can add the calorie count on special days, I can pick up a single serving and enjoy the ice cream treat withOUT the dreaded guilt for consuming too many of them in one day. Then there is no temptation!

I'm hoping someone out there in our SPARK world can benefit from my treasured findings; or maybe even SHARE some of their own!

Here's to Healthier Habits! emoticon Caren

  
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LINDYPAINTS 11/7/2011 5:26AM

    Great ideas, thanks for sharing.
I also have discovered that bulk packs are too much temptation for me... these days I am VERY careful about what I bring home because if the cravings hit, nothing much is safe! LOL emoticon

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LUVDOGZ 11/4/2011 9:13AM

    Great ideas! I am learning about not having a whole package of something at home. It seems to be better for me as well, when indulging in a small treat, to eat it outside the house. It is too easy to go back for more when its a few feet away, calling my name!

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PIXIE-LICIOUS 11/4/2011 4:43AM

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1COUNTRY_GAL 11/3/2011 11:43PM

    LOve your healthier tips,sounds great.I love pizza and have to watch the salt.I have to not even have the temptation foods in the house or they haunt me and say it's okay to eat this or that and I have a hard time saying No to that monster emoticonof temptations! I try to have healthy snack stuff,including nuts,fruits and veggies and I have plain Cheerios to stave off cravings.Best wishes,on your healthy lifestyle journey's, emoticon emoticon emoticonDiana

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PILLYWIGGIN 11/3/2011 6:28PM

    Great ideas!
I find if I start well with a good breakfast it helps me to stay on track for the rest of the day.
I like fresh fruit, nutty muesli and natural low fat yoghurt for breakfast which I have after a good walk. I have a banana very early to wake my stomach up and give me energy - all that is about 350 cals and keeps me stuffed until lunch.

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J0ETTE 11/3/2011 6:13PM

    Those are wonderful tips. I use quite a few of them myself. :)

My newfound favorite 100 calorie snack is: 1/2 serving (9) kelloggs all bran crackers and a wedge of laughing cow cheese.

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KATHYJO56 11/3/2011 4:03PM

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Today my spirit soars!

Monday, October 24, 2011

Today my inner spirit soars!

Today I feel as though I can climb mountains, walk trails, and even sing on-key!
However, the truth is, right now, this day, I can not climb mountains but I can
put one foot in front of the other and walk a bit, or ride my stationary bike, both
things I could not do 12 weeks ago.

Now, I NEVER could sing on-key, and that will NEVER change, but it doesn't keep me from singing my made-up songs loudly while my spirit is energized! LOL!! Just because I can't sing well, doesn't make me stop my singing, and that is fine with me.

So I shall continue my journey with joy in my heart and a song on my lips, while my spirit soars, I shall put one foot in front of the other and journey onward until the day I can master a mile, and a hill, or even a mountain!

Let's all SOAR today in our own, varied and unique ways - if it's by walker, by chair exercises, by two steps or two miles. Journey onward sparkers and sing out loud even if it is off-key!

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1COUNTRY_GAL 10/30/2011 5:43PM

    emoticon emoticonYOur heart has a beautiful positive inspiring tune and it is so refreshing and I can feel the harmony and happiness you have.You Go Girl,keep on singing,you are a Star! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticonDiana

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KELLYBEANER77 10/26/2011 11:47PM

    What an absolutely uplifting and powerful blog...I can hear the song in your type....thanks, you made my day :)

Also, congratulations to you for putting one foot in front of the other...and feeling good/great about it :)

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WILDFIREKRISTIN 10/26/2011 11:35PM

    I'm singing off key with you Caren! Way to go with this lovely attitude. I am so glad you are moving and doing things only a couple of weeks ago you couldn't do. Imagine what a few more weeks will bring!
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J0ETTE 10/24/2011 1:16PM

    Singing off key.. Awesome!

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LUVDOGZ 10/24/2011 12:52PM

    Love this Caren!!! Keep on singing and moving forward girl!!

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ESYLVANTUTOR207 10/24/2011 11:57AM

    I just love the way you said this! You are positive and energized and it doesn't get any better than that. Keep peddling, keep walking and definitely keep singing with that song in your heart. A wonderful attitude, Caren.....must be that massage you just got. LOL ((HUGS))
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What A Difference A Day Makes

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

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What a difference a day DOES make. I am learning this first-hand.
Some days I wake up so energized and ready to take on the world,
my exercising minutes mount up, my food plan goes well, and I even
drink ALL that dreaded water that's so good for you! It's a joy to be
alive and success feels like it's right around the corner.

AND THEN all of sudden I awaken and it's all I can do to open my eyes, and
show up for work. Those days when every minute of my exercise is SLOWLY
eked out minute by minute, a steady torturous feat. Those are the days
my food plan is difficult, and everything is an effort!

However I am slowly learning that on the good days AND the bad days, I
just have to make the effort, do the exercise, drink the water and do the very
best I can do and NOT give up or give IN. A slow and steady pace is better than
no pace at all!

Here's to the good days AND bad, the fast pace AND slow. We just can't give
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SHAPNUP 11/2/2011 8:17AM

    I'm learning this, too! As long as we keep showing up, we have a chance. emoticon

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1COUNTRY_GAL 10/30/2011 4:52PM

    YOu are doing grreat Kid! LOve your positive healthy vibes of determination and will to just do it,know matter how you feel.Some days are just in slower motion,as long as it's progress emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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DONNAJZ4241 10/21/2011 7:53AM

    Wow, Caren, you hit the nail on the head. I couldn't have said it any better myself. Some days I wake up with the best attitude...and other days I don't know what happened. Unfortunately, I've been having a lot of the later mentioned days until this past week...I am now motivated and determined to lose the 10 pounds I recently gained. Keep at it and take one day at a time!

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MARTHASPARKS 10/2/2011 9:33PM

    It's the old story of the tortoise and the hare. Anything new can be exciting at first and then you have to get down to the work part. Fortunately with Spark, if you are having an off day, you can ease up a little on the exercise or food and spend some time surfing the site for interesting factoids and motivation! I am Little Miss Sunshine, myself but even Little Miss Sunshine has her share of rain. You have a joyful heart, so you'll be fine. When i would first struggle with the exercise doldrums, I would go and play like kids do: seeing if I could jump rope, hula hoop, climb a tree or tap dance. Mix it up for more fun!

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LUVDOGZ 9/28/2011 3:33PM

    You got it! I sure wish I knew why some days are so effortless too! I just have come to appreciate them when I have em! Slow and steady really does win the race. My all or nothing thinking of my past got me no where! Way to go!

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BARBARASDIET 9/28/2011 3:25PM

    One step--and day--at a time!!

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What A Difference A Day Makes

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

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What a difference a day DOES make. I am learning this first-hand.
Some days I wake up so energized and ready to take on the world,
my exercising minutes mount up, my food plan goes well, and I even
drink ALL that dreaded water that's so good for you! It's a joy to be
alive and success feels like it's right around the corner.

AND THEN all of sudden I awaken and it's all I can do to open my eyes, and
show up for work. Those days when every minute of my exercise is SLOWLY
eked out minute by minute, a steady torturous feat. Those are the days
my food plan is difficult, and everything is an effort!

However I am slowly learning that on the good days AND the bad days, I
just have to make the effort, do the exercise, drink the water and do the very
best I can do and NOT give up or give IN. A slow and steady pace is better than
no pace at all!

Here's to the good days AND bad, the fast pace AND slow. We just can't give
up, it's worth the effort because tomorrow is another day! emoticon

  
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SHARON10002 10/12/2011 6:21PM

    Caren,

If you HAVE to choose, its not a choice: Its a decision.
If you WANT to choose, its not a choice: Its a desire.
If you donít CARE, its not a choice: Its a reaction."

We are only human, we are not perfect. . . It's one day at a time, one moment at a time, one choice at a time . . . That's all that's expected of you, and all you can expect of yourself. If you are doing that you are living your life to its fullest, and as best you can. That's all we need to remember.


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