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SparkCoach Challenge: Accomplishments

Thursday, December 20, 2012

Today, SparkGuy's challenge is to list 3 recent accomplishments:

1. Stayed mindful Sunday while eating 2 meals out and stayed within my calorie range.
2. Got the 2 messiest surfaces decluttered before MIL's visit.
3. Finished the Christmas cards before Christmas

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BLUEBIRDSFLY 1/1/2013 4:02PM

    I find it really challenging to stay mindful of my food when eating out so I consider this a great achievement. Ditto for your major declutterment (is that english???) and finishing your christmas cards. Much feel very good. emoticon

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DIBANANA 12/25/2012 5:51PM

  Celia I want to do SP Coach but I figure I can't do it from here. I don't have the tools to do any exercise other than walking and with my schedule I only have so much time. I would love to know a little about it from your view. Is it mostly mind exercises or is it a combo?


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BECKYLIZ 12/21/2012 8:44AM

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INTHEGAP 12/20/2012 2:24PM

    Great accomplishments, especially the mindfulness while eating out TWICE. Good for you!! emoticon

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HELEN_BRU 12/20/2012 10:25AM

    A little bit at a time will get all the work done!

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KANOE10 12/20/2012 10:13AM

    Great accomplishments. It is not easy to stay mindful while eating out. I am cleaning today also for guests. How nice your cards are done.

Have a great day. emoticon

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BETHGILLIGAN 12/20/2012 7:51AM

    Good for you!!!

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It's Okay to Grieve

Friday, December 14, 2012

What a heavy day. How do we admit that so much evil exists as to execute one's mother, 20 little kids, and even more? My heart is heavy, and I couldn't get through dinner without tears running down my face. I give myself permission to grieve, even if I've never met any of those killed or their families. I do know my cousin's sweet daughter attends a school about 10 minutes away from the scene of today's slaughter, and they are devastated. It's okay to grieve.

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SOXYINMO 12/17/2012 7:40PM

    "Any man's death diminishes me because I am involved in mankind..." John Donne.

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GRATEFUL_BEING 12/17/2012 8:16AM

  Thank you for this Celia. I'm at a loss for words still trying to process this tragedy.

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BECKYLIZ 12/15/2012 5:59PM

    I had to stop listening to the news because my heart was hurting so bad, for the children, for their parents, for all the injured. So heartbreakingly sad.

I prayed all night.

Comment edited on: 12/15/2012 6:04:10 PM

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INTHEGAP 12/15/2012 1:08PM

    There just isn't a word, is there, for how horrific this all is? :(

Shortly after the Columbine shooting, there was a shooting at the small-town school where 2 of my children attended. Edited ~ I went on about this a bit but I took it out because this isn't my blog and felt I should. It's on my blog, if you want to read it.

I know 'a little' bit about what these people are going through. It just breaks my heart in a trillion pieces. Every day I am grateful that I have my children. I hug them and tell them I love them EVERY single day.

Comment edited on: 12/15/2012 2:37:22 PM

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    It truly is so sickening. I really can't even think about it and am avoiding watching television. I'm praying for all those families devastated by this but I can't allow myself to be bombarded by the media. I know it will be too much for me.

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TORTISE110 12/15/2012 6:33AM

    So hard to accept that school was not safe for those little ones.

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STORMIWEATHER 12/15/2012 3:31AM

    my prayers goes out to the families and community of Newton

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PINKNFITCARLA 12/14/2012 10:34PM

    I so agree Celia. What a horrible, horrible thing to happen. I got breaking news text at work and was in shock, then listening to WTOP on the way home had me in tears the entire drive. It is ok to grieve, I am grieving and most if not all of the nation I'm sure is also. I couldn't bring myself to watch FOX 5 news tonight.

May all those little people and the others RIP and may their families, friends and yes, even strangers find comfort...somehow, some way.....


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DIBANANA 12/14/2012 8:17PM

  Today is such a sad day for so many. Our hearts go out to those families who have lost loved ones, the first responders who had to see it and those that attend the school.

I thought the Trooper that was giving the news conference was doing such a good job of discussing but being careful of the families feelings and I was proud of his efforts.

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CARRAND 12/14/2012 8:02PM

    I have been grieving, too. What a terrible tragedy.

When is this country going to have a rational discussion about the easy availability of guns in this society?

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BETHGILLIGAN 12/14/2012 7:33PM

    My heart is heavy tonight. There are no words to describe this horrible event. My prayers go out for those babies and their families and friends as well as for the teachers/administrators who tried to protect them.

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TERRIPAL1 12/14/2012 7:29PM

    Omg thank-you I'm far away and upset and crying , just thinking how the families must feel. I'm glad you wrote this blog you're right it's ok so for today, I'll just grieve.

Hope you're ok! emoticon

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Cookies: Truth in Advertising

Sunday, December 09, 2012

If you're like me, you get daily e-mails from SP on various topics, one of which is a daily recipe. This week there was an entry for Cranberry-Almond Oatmeal Cookies, with a picture that looked like the wonderful cookies served by Subway, so I decided to try the recipe. First, I read all the comments and suggestions made by readers through the years and altered my own recipe accordingly. The end result, while certainly tasty, looked nothing like those luscious Subway cranberry-almond cookies. Instead, they are about 2 inches in diameter (to eke out the 48 servings the recipe claims), dense, and chewy if not overbaked. My recipe is here:


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UUCEEJAY 12/12/2012 9:04PM

    Looks good. I will have to try them. emoticon

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DIBANANA 12/12/2012 6:25AM

  Funny Celia. I know for me my idea of a serving of a cookie is way different from reality. I am trying to break away from sweets but it is hard.

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DAYSPRING-STAR 12/10/2012 8:54AM

    I smiled as I read your blog. I made the banana oatmeal cookies Saturday.


I altered the recipe a bit adding some M&M's since I made them with my 4 year old granddaughter. They looked nothing like the photo and tasted OK. Last night I ate way too many of them. This morning I tossed the rest into the trash!

Slowly I'm learning better to waste than to "waist." LOL. These SP daily cookie recipes are doing me no favors as them play with my mind.

Comment edited on: 12/10/2012 8:56:33 AM

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PINKNFITCARLA 12/9/2012 10:42PM

    For the most part I've had good luck with the recipes I've tried. Was this a Chef Meg recipe or a member recipe?

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_LINDA 12/9/2012 9:30PM

    I didn't know Subway had cookies, but I don't get to go very often, none anywhere near me. Nice of you to try them and tell us the reality. my favorie are giner molasses cookies.

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CARRAND 12/9/2012 7:07PM

    A 2 inch cookie just isn't very big, is it? No wonder it's low calorie.

I buy gluten free cookies at Whole Foods. They are really good. I nuke one in the microwave for about 15 seconds to warm it up before I eat it. Yummy. But not low calorie. Gluten free products usually have more calories and less fiber than regular stuff, but I'm gluten intolerant so that's what I get.

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GINGERHAWK 12/9/2012 6:32PM

    Thanks for sharing your feedback. I find that a lot of the pics don't really align with reality on here when it comes to the recipes. Often the outcome is good, but not quite as expected.

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PARKERB2 12/9/2012 5:33PM

    Choco is my favorite.

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JODROX 12/9/2012 5:32PM

    Mmmmm.... cookies.....
That's a pretty low-cal cookie! Do you love 'em?

Comment edited on: 12/9/2012 5:33:56 PM

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Life vs. Plans

Saturday, December 08, 2012

Started my day rushing out the door, mat in hand, to a make-up yoga class. Jumped in the car, turned the key, and...clack-clack-clack...dead battery. Called AAA to come out and replace the battery, all the while not feeling particularly stressed. This calmness when things don't go as planned is unusual for me, so I took time to reflect on why. The simplest explanation seems to be the stress-busting skills I have picked up in the last few years, from a personal retreat, from yoga, and from SP, especially the Meditation and Mindfulness Team, which has encouraged me to develop a meditation practice. Sure, the negative is that missing today's class means I won't have time to make up all the yoga classes I have missed before the session ends, but here are the positives:

1. Receiving the gift of an extra hour in my day by not driving to/from yoga.
2. Using that extra hour to declutter the two worst surfaces. I'd been trying to get to those for a month, and I wanted them cleaned well before MIL's arrival, so we didn't do the usual crisis cleaning trick of dumping everything (important papers, trash, and all) into a box to get it out of sight.
3. Having time for my second cuppa.
4. Meeting an absolutely wonderful AAA technician, also retired military, who spent four years in Air Force pararescue, then crossed over to the Navy and served as a Navy Seal the remainder of his career.

At this point, I'm feeling centered and energized, so on to that to do list.

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SWEDE_SU 12/11/2012 3:01AM

    wonderful example of positive thinking!

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DIBANANA 12/9/2012 4:56PM

  Great job looking at the positive. I try to do that more often than not.

I can remember my mother dumping everything into the washing machine! LOL I should remind her of that for a laugh.

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ROCKRUNNER404 12/9/2012 3:22PM

Way to think it out. emoticon

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KANOE10 12/9/2012 7:24AM

    Great way to stay positive and making the best of yur day!

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BECKYLIZ 12/9/2012 5:24AM

    I so relate to calmness in the face of the storm. Since turning my life and my will over to my higher power, who I chose to call God, two decades ago, I have experienced gradual degress of calm, humility and joy irrespective of what is happening in my life at any place or time in my life.
Loved your blog! emoticon emoticon

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INTHEGAP 12/9/2012 1:38AM

    emoticon I love your positive attitude. It amazes me, too, when something that would have made me crazy, at one time, doesn't even affect me today. I, also, think meditation has a lot to do with that. Keep up the good work. emoticon emoticon

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    Way to go on not being upset or stressed! Sometimes you just have to go with the flow.

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CARRAND 12/8/2012 9:32PM


I love your attitude!

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SOPHIEDO13 12/8/2012 4:46PM

    Glad things turned out well. Reminds me I have to declutter my dinning room table, I did so a few weeks ago, but it had a few things put on it. I am having Christmas dinner here so it needs to be done. Have a great rest of the day.

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POINDEXTRA 12/8/2012 2:32PM

    I'm stressed a lot lately - I'm going to check out that team.

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BLUEBIRDSFLY 12/8/2012 1:56PM

    Hmmm, very interesting behavior there, Celia. Have some metaphysic reasons to explain this. Write me at home if you are interested.
Love you. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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HELEN_BRU 12/8/2012 1:26PM

    hm, that AAA technician sounds interesting!

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BETHGILLIGAN 12/8/2012 12:35PM

    Wow! That's awesome!! Have a great day!!

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PINKNFITCARLA 12/8/2012 11:56AM

    Glad you were able to turn a frustrating situation around and make it positive! Enjoy your day.

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GOOSIEMOON 12/8/2012 11:41AM

    Great blog post! You reframed a frustrating situation into a productive and positive experience. Hooray for you!

You inspired me to have a better day! Thanks!

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2WHEELEDSHARON 12/8/2012 11:25AM

    Beautiful blog, Celia:-)

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Going for December Streak

Sunday, December 02, 2012

December is a very tough month, and my November record was not great with vacation and Thanksgiving, so when I read MANDELOVICH's blog today, I decided to follow her lead and set a goal of staying on track in December.

On track means each day I will

- Work out: cardio, ST, yoga, or a combination
- Track fitness
- Track meals
- Stay within my calorie range

For accountability, I'll revisit each week with results.
December 1 - 7:
Work out - 6/7 Skipped 12/7
Track fitness - 7/7
Track meals - 7/7
Stay within calorie range - 7/7

December 8 - 14:
Work out - 5/7 Not much activity on 12/9 or 12/11
Track fitness - 7/7
Track meals - 7/7
Stay within calorie range - 6/7 Went over on 12/11 but not by a lot

December 15 - 21:
Work out - 3/7 Not a good week here
Track fitness - 7/7
Track meals - 7/7
Stay within calorie range - 5/7 One day went over by 500 calories, the other day by about 50

December 22 - 28:
NOT a good week, but I enjoyed it :-D
Work out - 4/7
Track fitness - 7/7
Track meals - 3/7
Stay within calorie range - 1/7

December 29 - 31:
Work out - 1/3
Track fitness - 3/3
Track meals - 2/3
Stay within calorie range - 1/3

Total for December:
Work out - 19/31
Track fitness - 31/31
Track meals - 26/31
Stay within calorie range - 20/31

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UUCEEJAY 12/7/2012 6:53AM

    emoticon It is tough to get through the holiday season and stick with our healthy lifestyle. I like your way of keeping on track!

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DIBANANA 12/4/2012 4:41PM

  Stick with your plan and good things will happen!

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INTHEGAP 12/4/2012 1:40PM

    Wonderful goals. emoticon emoticon

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BROOKLYN_BORN 12/4/2012 10:06AM

    Good plan. Hang in there. You can do this!

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SOPHIEDO13 12/3/2012 4:13PM

    Good goals, I know you can do it. I have gotten inspiration from you and will make December count. emoticon

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BETHGILLIGAN 12/2/2012 5:43PM

    Good for you!! December is a tough month!! I'm hoping to stay on track.

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PINKNFITCARLA 12/2/2012 4:52PM

    emoticon I set smaller goals for myself this month, but I did set them :-)

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BECKYLIZ 12/2/2012 4:46PM

    Please delete

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CINCYCHIC27 12/2/2012 3:43PM

    I wish you success.

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NELLJONES 12/2/2012 10:37AM

    Sounds like a plan.

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2WHEELEDSHARON 12/2/2012 10:30AM

    Love it. You can do it!

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BECKYLIZ 12/2/2012 9:33AM

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