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ďTry to Remember the Kind of September... and If You Remember Then Follow.

Tuesday, September 23, 2014


ďTry to Remember the Kind of September... and If You Remember Then Follow."

I love this time of year! As a child, September represented a new beginning as I eagerly returned to school with my supplies: a new box of crayons with perfect tips, a package of markers in so many colors, that bottle of glue with the orange lid, maybe last yearís ruler and scissors cleaned up, but definitely new pencils each with the entire eraser still intact!

My most beloved back to school item was a three-ring binder equipped with pocket folders, tab dividers, and plenty of ruled notebook paper. Ah, my instrument of organization just waiting to be filled with all that I determined to be important to my success.

As I lay in bed last night noticing my body's complaints after yet another evening of snacking with neither hunger nor restraint, my thoughts went back to the two previous Septembers. I realized that I felt so much better then because I was eating, moving, thinking, choosing, and acting according to an intention, a sacred agreement with myself, to improve to my health. I remember that kind of September.

So when I got on the scale this morning and took in itís quantification of my here and now this September, I wasnít shocked, I didnít break into tears, I didnít scream or shout, I didnít go on an eating binge, and I didnít condemn myself.


The gem, the magic, the blessing is that I am not looking back with regret. This is progress, this is a new me.

As much as I remember being oh so very close to my goal weight last year before stepping away from my program, I am now to a greater extent looking forward to feeling slender, vibrant, and healthy again. I know I can do this. A healthy weight is my birthright and my destination.


What supplies do I need this September for my eager return? Iíll be on the look out for helpful tips. There are many colors in the rainbow of health; Iíll stick with what works best for me, Iíll measure my progress, and Iíll adjust, cut out, or erase what doesnít advance my journey.

What's my instrument of organization?

SparkPeople!

SparkPeople: that place I go to set my goals, to plan my program, to track my fitness and nutrition, to document my progress, to research health topics and find recipes, to support and be supported, to inspire and be inspired.

SparkPeople: that place that I have determined is important to my success.

My sparkĎs burning bright as I remember my sacred agreement with myself. I am ready to follow my plan, to resume my journey. My desire for improved health is growing more intense, beckoning me, this September, to remember and followÖ





  
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TRIANGLE-WOMAN 10/6/2014 11:49AM

    Woo Hoo! I'm right with you sister!

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NEWNANCY2012 9/27/2014 6:50AM

    I'm so glad I found your blog, while I was checking to see how many of my Sparkpeople friends were still active. It brought back fun memories of going back to school. I enjoy seeing the small children going back to the elementary school near my home while I'm in my front yard cleaning up my flowerbeds getting them ready for next spring. emoticon

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ONTHEPATH2 9/26/2014 10:22AM

    Welcome back!!!! Awesome blog. Hit home with me. Glad that spark is burning bright!!!

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LOVINGKATE 9/24/2014 10:04AM

  I love your blog. SP is the right place to be. You are on the right track.
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USMAWIFE 9/23/2014 11:59PM

    I loved your blog

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MORTICIAADDAMS 9/23/2014 8:23PM

    You made me want a new box of crayons!! And some markers! LOL. I like new beginnings in Fall too. It's the perfect time to get serious!

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SLIMMERJESSE 9/23/2014 7:23PM

    Lovely blog, Sharon. Welcome back.

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GEORGE815 9/23/2014 6:53PM

    I love September too.

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April: Fools? Nah! Potential, Passion, and Progress!

Tuesday, April 01, 2014

Happy April 1st! April Fools? Not!!!

Potential, passion, and progress? Absolutely!!!



No fools hanging out at SparkPeople! We are here because we are intelligent and know with SP resources and community support, we can make progress toward whatever it is that we really want in terms of our health. We can transform our thoughts, our attitudes, our actions, and yes, our bodies. We can do it!

I'm back with renewed focus and passion because of the avalanche of evidence over the last few months: I feel and look better, my medical tests show that I am healthier, and in general my well-being is enhanced when I am following the SP plan.



It's not always easy, but I have to admit, it's simple:
1. eat within my calorie range
2. move my body
3. drink my water
4. track, track, track
5. and get involved in the SP community for support and celebration.

My ultimate goal for April is to lose 2 lbs per week by following these five simple steps.

Sure, there's plenty of choices that I will have to make throughout my day minute by minute to accomplish each step for the 30 days of April. I am so grateful that I have this opportunity to choose and also to learn and adjust when I make unhealthy decisions. The lessons are so important in my journey because they highlight where my potential for growth lies.



I'm lit up by my April 3P mantra: potential, passion, and progress! What is your plan for April? No fooling, you already have what you need to end the month of April in a healthier place than you are now. Let's go! We can do it! Spark on!

  
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MCJULIEO 4/28/2014 11:20AM

    That really hit the spot this morning!

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    This is a good blog. Thanks for sharing.

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GARYNANN 4/5/2014 1:15PM

  Stumbling is part of life...

We "all" have up and down days!

Sometimes we think we're the only one stumbling and falling down but there are lots of us...

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KIN59VARA 4/5/2014 5:41AM

    Count me in! I want to make this a great April!!!

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    thanks for your inspiration
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MARYJEANSL 4/3/2014 8:54PM

  Wonderful positive, uplifting blog. Just what I needed today.

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AMBER461 4/3/2014 8:27PM

  Very inspiring , thanks for sharing.

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    You said it all! Great Blog!
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NONNAOF2 4/3/2014 2:55PM

  A great mantra for us all! :-)

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JERICHO1991 4/3/2014 10:49AM

    Thank you, inspiring and motivational.

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  Stay motivated!

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VAINVT 4/3/2014 9:09AM

  Great quotes, and great thoughts.

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  There are so many amazing positive, helpful people here. emoticon

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  good blog

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AMBER461 4/2/2014 9:53PM

  Thanks for sharing. Love your five interesting.

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JSEATTLE 4/2/2014 9:16PM

  Yay! Great basic pointers. I will follow them with you.

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    YEP. TOTALLY AGREE.

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    Thanks for sharing

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    emoticon Great mantra!

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    very well said.

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SDEHNKE 4/2/2014 5:06PM

    When you realize how simple it really is you wonder why you didn't do this sooner but, you're right, it is hard. Food is to me what drink is to an alcoholic. I reach for food when I'm sad or stressed or happy. Anything really. And that's such a hard habit to break.

Thanks for saying this.

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    What a great plan.....one for us all!!!! It really is very simple....

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MOVEITMARY 4/2/2014 3:46PM

    Those five rules are really all the goals I need. Keep it simple and rock it. :)

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An Experiment in Miracles

Monday, October 21, 2013

"You have to be willing to accept the information, you have to be willing to work hard. You have to be motivated to go to practice with an open mind."
-Brandi Chastain

This morning I found my way to one of my dear SparkFriend's blogs.
www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo
urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=5518530


There is always a lesson, a challenge, a gift meant for me if I pay attention when I explore and interact with the SparkPeople community. Yes, along with the Spark inspiration, seemingly unrelated pieces from multiple areas in my life begin to appear, flow, and join. I notice the gradual development of a common theme, or perhaps a grand scheme, that I need to address, practice, or transform in my life. I could be used to it by now, but I choose to enjoy the magic and wonder of this creative process.

Today's offerings are about miracles, purpose, congruency, and love. I don't yet know how these ideas fit together, but I'm giving my SparkFriend's challenge a try. She suggested writing down 3 or 4 thoughts and saying them four times a day for a week.

My list is in the form of affirmations:
1. I am a miracle; God has a purpose for me.
2. I am recreating the outside me to be congruent with the inside me.
3. I choose love as my antidote to fear.

What will become of the union of my cerebral thoughts with HAWTGRANNY2014's challenge of repeated awareness and intention? What will be the practical application to benefit my health? My experiment has begun... I'll report back in a week :)

Meanwhile, SparkFriends, may your journey to health and well-being beckon you into action TODAY. May your Spark energize your travels TODAY... and TODAY may you heed that voice saying, "Go on, take a step forward, you can do it..." Believe, my SparkFriends, just for TODAY.

"I do believe we're all connected. I do believe in positive energy. I do believe in the power of prayer. I do believe in putting good out into the world. And I believe in taking care of each other."
-Harvey Fierstein

  
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JSLATE2K 11/20/2013 8:34AM

    I like the concept of affirmations, in so far as I have the capacity to accept them with true faith. Lately, my capacity for true, unqualified faith has diminished, so my single affirmation has been, "I have faith in faith".

Thank you for this post, and particularly for the quote from Fierstein - if anyone knows the importance of taking care of each other, I'd say it's him; he's seen a lot; he's lived a lot; and most importantly, he's shared a lot.

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HAWTGRANNY2014 10/23/2013 6:37PM

    Awesome blog and I thank you for such a glowing recommendation. You know that I believe there are no coincidences and that we meet others as a way of waking up and learning. I believe we all leave a little piece of each other when we leave, even if just given by a smile from a passerby. we were meant to meet and share our spirit of life. We both desire to make our bodies healthy. I don't have to be a movie star just a healthy version of myself. We will make it. It might take longer than some for us to realize that the strength has been there all the time. Have the best day and I love the holly. Namaste, Pam

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D_4RECOVERY 10/23/2013 3:02PM

    Love your list of affirmation. Hope you are having a great day. emoticon

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SUEPERWOMAN 10/22/2013 11:55AM

 
Beautiful blog!

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COOKIE_AT_51 10/21/2013 9:07PM

    emoticon I love your writing style ... This sounds like a great idea. I will be looking forward to the week #1 results.

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-BLESSINGS- 10/21/2013 5:31PM

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and I love your experiment... yes... please keep us posted...

~Wishing~ you a ~MERRY~ MOTIVATIONal MONDAY~ Deby

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STEVEN_D 10/21/2013 2:19PM

    Sounds like you are on to something with this.

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MANDELOVICH 10/21/2013 1:39PM

    Beautiful thoughts. I love this practice. Eager to hear how it goes.

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GRANDMABABA 10/21/2013 1:28PM

    Great blog! Our witness is so much better when we treat our bodies as temples of the Holy Spirit! When my choices stray in the health and fitness realm it usually means I'm not paying nearly enough attention to the spiritual part of who I am. These bodies of ours are such miracles. It is an honor to be able to take the very best care of them we can. Great success to you!

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A Lifestyle Change I Can Live With (Part 2)... Butternuts, Magic, and Kelly

Friday, October 18, 2013

A couple days back I shared one of the permanent lifestyle changes I want to make. I want to improve the quality of the food I eat (while reducing the quantity) by eating seasonally and locally. As I wrote, I believe this is a nutritious, cost conscious, and delicious choice.

We have been blessed by friends and neighbors who kindly share the excess of their gardens. The harvest of Butternut Squash is bountiful this season!

I like to either bake or microwave Butternut Squash and eat it simply with a sprinkle of cinnamon, black pepper, and Molly McButter. The other day I baked two so that I would have some left over for one of my Fall favorites, Butternut Squash Soup.

My intention was to use my usual recipe which calls for some apples (this year from my very own tree!). However, change is good, and I recalled a recipe I pulled out of Redbook Magazine a few weeks back. I remembered those "Marketing savvy" words on the cover which always catch my attention:

"MAGICALLY MAKE YOU LOSE"

Those tantalizing words on a magazine, book, TV show, website, etc... Oh how they pull me in! "Lose," yes I want to lose weight! "Magic," uh, that means it must be easy! Wow! Put the two words together? emoticon You've sold me!!!



(Sorry Kelly, you weren't what caught my attention!)

Anyway, moving along here, I found that the recipe for Kelly's Butternut Squash Soup had ingredients I liked, seemed relatively easy, and sounded fairly nutritious. So last night I gave it a whirl.

Keep in mind that I did start with already prepared squash. I think I will do that from now on. I might even bake the potato along with the squash next time. I like the flavor baking or roasting adds to many freggies.

I'm thinking this recipe would also work well with pumpkin substituted for the squash and I could probably still add in some apples if I wanted. I never experimented with recipes before joining SparkPeople... see how the mind opens to new ideas in a supportive community?

Let me tell you, this was the best butternut squash soup I've ever had! Delicious, filling, so satisfying! I enjoyed a serving last night for dinner. Today I had another serving for lunch. This is one of those special recipes where the leftovers get even better. I appreciated that the chilled leftovers did not separate as can often happen with a creamy soup. Wondering if that's because of the coconut milk instead of dairy milk.

Will I magically lose? Well, yes gradually if I drink my water, move my body, and eat within my calorie range. All are lifestyle changes I can live with! emoticon

Oh, did you want the link?
www.redbookmag.com/recipes-home/tips
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sbourne?src=soc_fcbks#slide-1


Spark On!!!

  
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COOKIE_AT_51 10/19/2013 3:41PM

    emoticon for the link emoticon

Is the soup savory or sweet? I want to try something like this as I am trying to eat more "freggies".

I will let you know if I make it.

Cookie

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BUGQUEEN01 10/18/2013 4:56PM

    So glad that your soup turned out so great! That recipe is a keeper!

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D_4RECOVERY 10/18/2013 2:25PM

    I love reading my spakfriends recipes and how they cook. I'm a horrible cook so I live vicariously through all of you. This sounds so good and looks delicious on the link you posted. I'm so happy you have friends who share..I do too and I am thankful for each and everyone of them. I am also thankful for you and my other spark friends who share this wonderful journey we are on. emoticon

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