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SMART Goals for BLC24

Monday, January 20, 2014

Our assignment for BLC24 is to come up with some SMART goals. SMART goals are Specific, Measureable, Attainable, Realistic, and Timely. I want to keep working on some of the things I started working on at the beginning of January. My three SMART goals will be:
1) Exercise at least 10 minutes per day.
2) Drink 8 glasses of water per day.
3) Track my food every day.

We're also supposed to come up with a reward system, but I haven't figured that part out yet. I've never rewarded myself for meeting goals like this, but I think it's probably a good idea. I'll have to think about it for a while to come up with some rewards.

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PINKYYSUEE 2/15/2014 10:55PM

    Great goals! If you would like to see some ideas for can take a look at my sparkpage...I have a list of mine at the top!

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    That sounds like a great plan! emoticon emoticon

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MELP06 1/20/2014 9:15PM

    emoticon I set up rewards quite a while ago on my Sparkpage, I've changed a few as times has passed and still need to add a couple. I try to pick things that are a special treat that I wouldn't normally do for myself.

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MYTHMYTH 1/20/2014 4:17PM


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    Great Goals! emoticon

I have had trouble coming up with my rewards too.

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The Writing Diet Chapter 14: Tabloid Thin

Thursday, January 02, 2014

This chapter of The Writing Diet asks us to look at and think about "ideal" body images. As an assignment, it suggests cutting out magazine pictures of bodies that you like, bodies that "speak to you of feminine beauty". Since I'm doing this online, I decided to look at my Pinterest board for pictures that I like. I often pin quotes, etc. that also have pictures on them. As I looked through things that I pinned because of the words, I realized that many of the pictures were not actually what I would choose as my ideal body. Many of the women were too thin for my taste. My ideal body would be curvy, not stick thin. For me, that is more realistic, and I also think it is prettier. So it was actually harder than I thought it would be to find pictures that I really liked. Here are the three that I chose as closest to my ideal body:

The last picture I also really like just because she looks so happy.

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KATIE5668 1/12/2014 10:17PM

    great the indeed they look healthy!

emoticon away we go for BLC 24!

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AWESOMECHELZ 1/5/2014 7:39AM

    This is an interesting blog. I would find it difficult to find photos I liked, that spoke to me about my ideal weight look. I like the third one the best. emoticon The best to you with your goals! emoticon emoticon

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JUSTYNA7 1/3/2014 12:59PM

    I know, I looked too and was surprised there was not more variation in body sizes. It's a good exercise.

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    Great pictures/quotes! I do like the bottom one too because she looks so happy. emoticon Have you seen Denise Austin, the fitness instructor/author? She always looks fit, strong, happy, not too thin. I usually think of her as an ideal size for inspiration. Thanks for sharing your blog. emoticon

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NINETOZE 1/2/2014 10:02PM

    Great idea. I love pinterest and have lots of fitness, health and food boards. I'll have to go find some healthy body images. I like your last one as well. For me the bright colors in her outfit make me feel happy.

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    I absolutely agree! A woman with some curves is way more attractive and healthy looking than a stick thin model who resembles a 12 year old boy. I think men feel the same way. I don't know why they still use models like that.

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FELINEBETTER 1/2/2014 7:24PM

    Wow! I like the middle picture the best!

You got what it takes, Girl - so I know you'll get there! I'm happy to share the journey with you! emoticon emoticon

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Excited for 2014!

Thursday, January 02, 2014

I am feeling excited about 2014! I've been working on goals and resolutions, and it has made me really optimistic about the new year.

Here are my plans for the first two weeks of January:
1) Exercise at least 10 minutes every day.
2) Drink my water daily.
3) Record everything I eat in my food journal.
4) Continue reading and blogging about The Writing Diet.
5) Join in with my new book discussion group for 100 Days of Weight Loss, and do the daily tasks.
6) Sign up for a personal trainer at my gym.
7) Buy a Spark Activity Tracker.
8) Weigh and measure myself as a starting point for the year.

I am excited to make a new start on my journey to health and fitness!

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JUSTYNA7 1/3/2014 1:02PM

    Great, doable goals. I love my activity tracker. I sure enjoyed the 100 days themes that our friend used to discuss. Also really found a personal trainer a good thing prior to my knee replacement - pushed me like crazy. I didn't lose weight but i gained confidence.

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JERSEYGIRL24 1/2/2014 11:06PM

    Sounds like a great plan. I have also signed up for the 100 Days of Weight Loss challenge, but so far I have not participated.

I do not have a Spark tracker, but I love my Fitbit. The Spark tracker sounds a lot like the Fitbit Zip (I have a different model, the One). I am sure it will help you achieve your goals.

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    Sounds like a great plan!! emoticon emoticon

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    Sounds like you have some good, attainable goals. Good luck! emoticon

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FERRETLOVER1 1/2/2014 6:51AM

    Great goals - emoticon

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Sharing an article from a Sparkfriend

Monday, November 25, 2013

My sparkfriend 123BITES4ME shared this article, and I wanted to pass it along, too!

Great idea: Tell others about your gratitudes

On Thursday here in America, we are celebrating one of our
national holidays, Thanksgiving Day. For many people, it’s
day to get together with family and share traditional meals
such as turkey, stuffing and pumpkin pie.

But the original intention of Thanksgiving was to encourage
us to remember and celebrate all the things we are grateful
for and appreciate. Here are some ideas for making this a
“thankful week.”

Find the rainbows

When you’re struggling with rainy days and whiny children,
brighten your spirits by looking for rainbows instead of
clouds. Even in the middle of a really bad time in your
life, you can always find a few things to appreciate.

Start by watching for positive things that show up when you
weren’t looking for them. Label these tiny bright spots as
rainbows—gifts that slip in quietly, giving you an emotional
boost right in the middle of an otherwise difficult day.

Cultivate a sense of gratitude about the simple things that
happen in your life. Be thankful each time that your
children arrive home safely after school. At bedtime,
appreciate your cozy blanket and the way your pillow fluffs
up under your head. Pay attention to these rainbows and
consider all the ways they help you feel better.

Gratitude journal

Now take another step and start writing down all the things
you are thankful for. Call this your gratitude journal or
your rainbow list. Watch for bits of joy, kindness, and
beauty that cross your path. Keep your notebook handy this
week and record all of these special things.

Put your favorite people, events, or places on your
gratitude list. Include your friends and family members,
then add acquaintances such as the friendly neighbor who
always waves as you drive past.

Think about the subtle rainbows such as the person who
delivers your mail during the middle of a snowstorm or the
grocery clerk who slips your eggs into a separate bag to
protect them from breaking.

Fill some of your journal pages with great memories and
events from the past. Recall favorite books that give you
great insight or music artists who move you to tears. At the
end of each day, read from your gratitude journal and
celebrate what’s good in the world.

I recently heard that it’s physically impossible to feel
angry and grateful at the same time. So if you find yourself
frustrated with life challenges or bad drivers, immediately
pull out your list and review a few gratitudes. You’ll
discover you can instantly change your attitude as well as
your actions by simply focusing on the good things in your

Tell the world

To take this a step further, share your gratitudes with
others. Look for opportunities to tell people that you
appreciate them and the things they do. Say it to the wait
staff at your favorite restaurant. Express it to the person
who bags your groceries, smiles at you on the bus or holds a
door and allows you to go first.

Food starts to seem less important when you’re handing out
rainbows to people around you. In fact, you’ll soon begin to
see gratitude in them as well. And maybe you’ll even prevent
others from eating in response to their troubles.

Anytime you’re tempted to eat away a bad day, get grateful
instead. Instantly change your attitude and your actions by
going back to your journal and reviewing the good things in
your life. Then pass it on to the world.

Know others who've got a minute? Forward this ezine and
brighten their day.

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SLIMSHANN 12/12/2013 12:08AM

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HEALTHYNEWPAIGE 11/30/2013 12:05PM

    emoticon for sharing!!! I love it!! I am grateful to have you as my SP friend!!! emoticon

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JUSTYNA7 11/26/2013 1:08PM

    Love this, thank you! emoticon

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MELP06 11/26/2013 11:54AM

    Love! emoticon

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SPARKLINGME176 11/25/2013 12:13PM

    How lovely! Thanks for forwarding this to YOUR SFriends! I am grateful for you! Happy Thanksgiving!


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The Writing Diet Chapter 9: The Snack Attack

Friday, November 15, 2013

This chapter asks us to examine snack attacks and describe a typical one. I don't know that I have a "typical" snack attack. When I do snack, it is on the evenings and weekends, because I'm not allowed to snack at work. I snack for many different reasons, as discussed in my previous blog about chapter 6. I snack on many different kinds of foods. Sometimes I want something salty, like crackers; sometimes I want something smooth, like cheese; and sometimes I want something sweet, like chocolate. Sometimes I stick to one food, and sometimes I will alternate between salty and sweet. The amount I eat varies, also. Sometimes I can eat just a little, but too often I eat a lot. I think this new plan of writing about it will help, and also asking the four questions from chapter 4. I just need to make myself do those things instead of snacking mindlessly!

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SOFTLYOPTIMIST 11/18/2013 1:13PM

    I've seen others talk about this book, perhaps those who are doing it could set up a team for it? It does sound a good, helpful book.

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JUSTYNA7 11/17/2013 11:26PM

    I'm realizing that I may reach for the snack for different reasons and it may come in different forms... but in the end I feel.. shame, frustration. I see so often that the snack attack (which I distinguish from a reasonable snack that is part of my food plan) is sabatoging my efforts. I rationalize that "it's not that bad" but I looked at a blog recently that recorded all the snack attack calories and for me it is so true... if I only eat my healthy foods I SHOULD lose weight... but I don't because I CHEAT. Stopping that pattern amazed me. I didn't even realize I could. I was afraid of the effects on my blood sugars. Anyways... just sharing...

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    Taking out a pre-planned amount and putting away the bag/container, then drinking something after eating sometimes helps, especially if I wait about 15-20 minutes afterward. Snacks are so hard to do away with, but I've figured out that if I have three meals of real food (not snack foods), I don't feel so hungry and sometimes don't even want my snack. Unfortunately, on work days it's not really possible to do that unless I am organized which I'm not yet, but I am currently working towards.

Writing about your food situation is a great idea since it gives you an opportunity to reflect and adjust what you do if needed. emoticon emoticon

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AMARILYNH 11/16/2013 3:16PM

    I'm trying a new plan at my house. I can HAVE a snack, but other than my planned afternoon snack of a Greek yogurt (I need the extra protein) I can only have fruit. This is working well for me MOST of the time. Not always!! I went back and read your 4 questions blog - VERY good questions!!

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LETHA_ 11/16/2013 12:56PM

    I love your determination to work on your snack issues.

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MYTHMYTH 11/16/2013 7:55AM

    I would have a really hard time eliminating snacks from my diet. Although I have really cut down on high calorie ones - every other week or so I get this craving for salty, crunchy potato chips - and I can limit myself to one little bag. The thing that I am wondering is WHY do we crave salty things? Do you think it might be because we need more salt?

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