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Day 3-spark coach -- struggling!

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Daily Visualization

Imagine that you're out to dinner and you order one of the healthiest options on the menu instead of your usual order. How does it make you feel to have made the healthier choice? Think of that feeling if you have to face tough food choices today.

I am not sure why I chose to start the Spark Coach right now. I am doing all the wrong things! I have been 'good' for several months now. Using Dr. Fuhrman's eat for Health plan which is a plant based eating plan. It is meant to actually heal the body, not just lose weight.

Maybe when i ordered the Wendy's strawberry shortcake parfait, I should have imagined Dr. Fuhrman sitting in the car with me. I went to a local park and watched the ducks while I ate. and yesterday from the Chinese place, I ordered my steamed vegetables but today 'got into' the leftover sticky General Soa's chicken and the pork fried rice. I had some last night too after my husband went to bed. emoticon

Fuhrman says we will learn to love the new, healthy eating style and prefer these much healthier meals.

Maybe I am rebelling. I don't know. Fuhrman's plan made me more successful than anything else I tried. I lost my food cravings. I wasn't hungry and if I was, a normal portion of a plant-based meal would do the trick.

What I am eating right now is very salty and sticky and sweet! Probably a nice big plate of a vegetarian meal would taste better. I will sit here and imagine myself eating that.

  
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OOLALA53 8/17/2012 7:26PM

    It's actually typical to have these swings when you try to do plans like this cold turkey. Research shows that people have more success weaning themselves off rich foods over time while incorporating more fresh foods as well. It probably takes a couple of years for the transistion to become more solid. And plans that don't allow for partaking at social events also tend be abandoned within the 2-year span. Personally, unless you have a serious health condition that demands it, I think you can't spend your life bringing your own food to events or foregoing everythign that's there, especially if you like the food! The alternative is to force yourself to learn to eat smaller amounts. Not easy but it has shown more long term success. Processed foods make you want more, but they can't jump into your mouth on their own. Don't give up learning this skill.

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JANIEWWJD 8/17/2012 4:41AM

    I know you can do it right!!! emoticon

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FRAN0426 8/16/2012 11:39PM

    I know for me I wouldn't be able to eat mainly a plant based meal , but if it works for you --hey what ever does the job. I choose to eat what I like and smaller portions, that way I don't crave what I would want. Remember though that eating something different some time isn't the worst, you can start over tomorrow and not have to feel guilty.

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JEWELMAKER1 8/16/2012 11:03AM

    I am having a very hard time sticking to "clean eating". My grandson snacks all day, and I resisted for months and now...I am not doing very well. The scale proves it. We will move past this, but we have to keep trying and not let our moments of weakness derail all of our good efforts.

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VTMAID 8/16/2012 9:35AM

    I find I just have to look at my weight loss journey as a job. It's the only way it works for me--I am so driven. I know, I need to take time and smell the roses, but that's just not me.
Everyone once in a while those, those darned Milky Ways or potato chips get in my way. So........I take them out of the equation by saying they will cause me to do my job less well, so I don't eat them!
Weird what mind games we play!
Hugs,
Karen

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FITMARY 8/16/2012 7:31AM

    Don't be afraid to do what works! Sometimes I drift away too, even though I know what works and have evidence to prove it! Why is that?
But we CAN get back on track!!!
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1STATEOFDENIAL 8/16/2012 12:28AM

    Making an instantaneous and drastic change will cause your body to react and throw a temper tantrum. The body likes consistency, so changes are supposed to be made slowly over time. Making fast changes can be stuck to for a short time, then the body physically reacts and tells you it wants what it used to have.

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EATVEGAN 8/15/2012 11:20PM

    I went to a potluck luau yesterday. I could have just planned to not eat, but to visit and eat at home. But no, I ate at the potluck. There were lots of vegetable and pineapple dishes and rice, but most contained meat. I ate them, and the jello salads, and the dessertS, but would have felt better if I'd planned better. I'm not strong enough to eat at a thing like that and not eat it all. So I'll know better in the future. I have no problem going out to eat with someone and just having a diet soda. Because I know I have my food, which I enjoy, at home. emoticon
Janet

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SUSIEPH1 8/15/2012 11:00PM

    Hi Chris I can certainly relate to this .. We need to choose something we like and have a half serve !! .
Then fill up on fresh fruit and veggies .. this will satisfy us much better and make it easier to stick to eating within our calorie requirements!!.

We can do this my friend ... its not easy and Rome wasn't built in a day .. but each day we choose to eat clean is a bonus and we will feel the pride within ourselves that will encourage us to continue on this so important journey to fitness and health ..
Much love my friend ... Susie emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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SUZRAI 8/15/2012 9:28PM

    well, I read that today and I don't believe that what i envisioned was what they were looking for.

I envisioned that I had a salad (very nice and appealing) in front of me and that my companion (who I assume was David) had a nice juicy filet mignon.

So, if you can relate, I felt like I was depriving myself.

That is not the feeling that I need to recall when faced with a tough food choice. As a result I shifted my focus immediately before I could harm myself and feel deprived for the rest of the day.

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MYSTERY-LADY1 8/15/2012 8:30PM

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TWEETYKC00 8/15/2012 8:07PM

    It's not so much that you have to get the good stuff, if you force yourself into it, what good will it do when you want something else? Eat healthy, but choose something you like as well. If you like it AND it is good for you, you may not want to rebel and run for the tempting but bad choices as much.

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PATTOMMC3 8/15/2012 7:48PM

    Me too.....

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A friend's death wish -on her prayer card- Jan. 2012

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

On my friend, Mary's, prayer card was this message.
I am sure she did not write it, but I am sure she would have picked it, given the chance.


AFTERGLOW

I'd like the memory of me
to be a happy one. I'd like
to leave an Afterglow of
Smiles when day is done.
I'd like to leave an echo...
Whispering softly down the
Ways of happy times and
Laughing times and bright and
sunny days. I'd like
the tears of those who
grieve to dry before the
Sun of happy memories
That I leave behind when
Day is done.

  
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AMARILYNH 8/16/2012 6:30PM

    That is so beautiful!! I hope it brings you comfort!! emoticon

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VTMAID 8/16/2012 4:59PM

    I've never seen that poem before. It is truly beautiful.
I know you miss your friend Mary............and if I could give you a hug in person I would.
Hugs,
Karen

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OCTOBERBORN 8/16/2012 9:04AM

    Very nice. Thanks for sharing

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PATRICIA441 8/16/2012 7:34AM

  Just lost a friend yesterday. This was much needed. Thanks!

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KGWINDER 8/16/2012 3:40AM

    Hope these thoughts help support you through this.
Hugs.

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DJ4HEALTH 8/16/2012 12:00AM

    Thanks for the poem

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EVWINGS 8/15/2012 11:59PM

    Beautiful!!

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BRAVEONE92 8/15/2012 11:36PM

    Beautiful poem! I have seen this one before.
It would be great to be remembered this
way. emoticon

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EATVEGAN 8/15/2012 11:24PM

    Wouldn't we all love this. emoticon
Janet

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SHARON10002 8/15/2012 10:15PM

    What a beautiful poem. I lost a good friend a few days ago, and am going to her memorial service tomorrow. This really made me feel better, as I could picture her saying this.

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1CRAZYDOG 8/15/2012 9:55PM

    What a beautiful poem. Am very sorry for the loss of your friend.

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LJCANNON 8/15/2012 8:14PM

    emoticonBeautiful Poem, and I am sure she was a Beautiful Person to have inspired someone to choose this for her Card.

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TRY2KEEPGOING 8/15/2012 8:13PM

    What a special poem to remember your friend by. Thanks for sharing it with us.
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DANMAR1 8/15/2012 7:44PM

  Thanks for sharing this.

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SWOODMAN1 8/15/2012 6:36PM

    Sounds like a beautiful poem for a beautiful person.
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DEBPRE16 8/15/2012 6:23PM

    What a beautiful poem. Thanks for sharing it.

Debbie

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CARRAND 8/15/2012 5:45PM

    Lovely.

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SPEEDY143 8/15/2012 5:11PM

    Beautiful emoticon

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ROROSWORLD 8/15/2012 4:40PM

    Thank you so much for sharing!! emoticon

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LAVENDERLILY 8/15/2012 2:53PM

    emoticonLovely! Thank you for sharing.

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PICKIE98 8/15/2012 2:36PM

    Ironically, it made me cry, BUT for joyous reasons,, what a gift God sent you in this friend... tell her I said that when you see her in heaven!! emoticon

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WALLAHALLA 8/15/2012 2:26PM

    great words to live by

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SUZBOISANNE 8/15/2012 2:20PM

    very nice...love it!!!

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REACHING4HOME 8/15/2012 2:03PM

    BEAUTIFUL!

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CURVYCC 8/15/2012 1:44PM

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FUNKYG1 8/15/2012 1:37PM

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Beautiful, thank you.

Nora
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Aug. 21 National Senior Citizens Day (maybe coupons or deals ???)

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

National Senior Citizens Day honors our elderly population. On this day, we are encouraged to recognize and show appreciation for the value and contribution of elderly people to home, family and society. www.holidayinsights.com/moreholidays
/August/seniorcitizensday.htm


In his Presidential Proclamation (August 19, 1988), President Ronald Reagan said "For all they have achieved throughout life and for all they continue to accomplish, we owe older citizens our thanks and a heartfelt salute. We can best demonstrate our gratitude and esteem by making sure that our communities are good places in which to mature and grow older."

On National Senior Citizens Day, we should:

Spend some time with senior citizens
Show our appreciation for senior citizens
Do volunteer work in support of the elderly
If you are a senior citizen, enjoy your day any way you desire. After all, this is your day! Make sure to take advantage of senior citizens specials and discounts. There's bound to be plenty offers today.

  
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SUNNYDAZE9 8/15/2012 5:52PM

    Good information. Thanks for sharing.

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POETLKNG2LOSE 8/15/2012 4:13PM

    Thanks for sharing I am 55 and my mom is 96; and she has dementia. She is slipping away since she was moved to assisted living this year. I am glad there is a day to honor senior citizens.

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REACHING4HOME 8/15/2012 2:04PM

    I WONDER IF OUR CURRENT PRESIDENT WILL HONOR THIS OR WIPE IT OUT LIKE HE DID THE NATIONAL DAY OF PRAYER?

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JESSICA2140 8/15/2012 10:20AM

    Will do!! I never miss the opportunity for a deal!! :)

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NELLJONES 8/15/2012 10:14AM

    I am caring for my 85 yr old mother, who has dementia. It's hard to stay positive. Any time with her is work. I have to remember this could be me someday.

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SILVER1369 8/15/2012 9:31AM

    Thanks for sharing this information! emoticon

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mail sorting labels for file folders--nah...just kidding!

Monday, August 13, 2012

  
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DS9KIE 8/15/2012 11:25AM

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FLAMENM 8/14/2012 9:54PM

    I would LOVE t have these for works!

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EZRIN101 8/14/2012 9:01PM

    I want them for work!! emoticon

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WALLAHALLA 8/14/2012 8:28PM

    where can i buy a set of those emoticon

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AUNTB63 8/14/2012 12:31PM

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GOPINTOS 8/14/2012 11:01AM

    Cute!

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Smile and Enjoy the Rest of Your Day!
Melinda (gopintos)
Dr Oz Show Fans Team

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VTMAID 8/14/2012 9:07AM

    Now that's really funny, Chris!
Hugs,
Karen

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FITMARY 8/14/2012 8:17AM

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LASKIE2 8/14/2012 6:45AM

    Love it!

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TWEETYKC00 8/14/2012 5:53AM

    Love it!

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JANIEWWJD 8/14/2012 1:48AM

    TOO CUTE!!! emoticon

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SUSANBEAMON 8/14/2012 12:55AM

  cute. like my filing system, back in the day when somebody paid me to file.

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SUSIEPH1 8/13/2012 11:38PM

    emoticon.
Well done !
Hugs Susie emoticon

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NANCYRUBIO 8/13/2012 11:33PM

    Like the titles. back to front or front to back.

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LJ32920 8/13/2012 11:32PM

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Soon--- I hope-- I will write my own mail sorting method!

Monday, August 13, 2012

I am not quite ready to do this. It will take some thought.

Your ideas have given me grist for the mill.

I am working on this. I can't thank you all enough!

Chris emoticon

  
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GOPINTOS 8/14/2012 11:15AM

    You will get it all figured out :)

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Smile and Enjoy the Rest of Your Day!
Melinda (gopintos)
Dr Oz Show Fans Team

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JANIEWWJD 8/14/2012 2:02AM

    Hope you get what you want. emoticon

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WALLAHALLA 8/13/2012 8:31PM

    Good Luck

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REACHING4HOME 8/13/2012 3:54PM

    BUY YOURSELF AN INEXPENSIVE SCANNER. YOU CAN PUT EVERYTHING IN ONE SMALL ENVELOPE AND DON'T HAVE TO KEEP ALL THAT PAPER ON YOUR DESK. I HAVE ONE FROM NEW EGG AND I LOVE IT. GOOGLE THE COMPANY AND SEARCH FOR SCANNERS.
ERIN

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1STATEOFDENIAL 8/13/2012 3:10PM

    I think the first step for you should be going here:
https://www.optoutprescree
n.com/opt_form.cgi
to stop a large portion of your junk mail. This will also help your credit score by stopping companies from checking your score and sending you unsolicited offers. You do have to re-sign up every now and again, like after moving, when you start seeing offers again. I've done it and it helps SO much!

After that, I suggest opening everything the minute you get it and make sure you know what it is. If it is urgent, keep it in sight where it will bother you until it gets done (doing it to get it out of your sight helps is a good motiviator) then schedule a day to do it.

If it is a bill, write the due date on the front of the envelope, then stack all the bills in order with the most recent due date on top. This way you can take 1 day each week to pull out any bills due within the next 10 days and pay them all at once.

I'd say the most important thing is to not put off looking at things. For instance, if you get a rebate check that is only good for 30 days and you don't open it for 35 days, you've just lost money. If it's a bill and it's overdue when you get around to paying it, you just burned money. A small amount of planning and some organizing can help a lot!

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SANDRALEET 8/13/2012 1:35PM

    Tell us how you do it I am not good at that.

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AAAACK 8/13/2012 12:25PM

    i can't wait to hear yours - mine is far from perfect, and I'm always looking for ideas for improvement!

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