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Sunday, September 22, 2013

ďGratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend. Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today and creates a vision for tomorrow.Ē
― Melody Beattie

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ALEXSGIRL1 9/24/2013 6:43PM

    very good quote

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    I love this!! Great quote!

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The only way out is through

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

We are here to not simply breathe, not to exist, but to be alive. Fully alive. When we don't, we feel lost, discontent, overwhelmed. Follow your passions. Use it as your guide. The more alive you become, the more you are on the right path. Live your life with passion instead of fear. You will find your place and purpose.

Let's push.

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ALEXSGIRL1 9/8/2013 7:58PM

    awesome blog thank you

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    This was really inspiring. I agree. I tend to just go with the flow way too much.

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LAWANDMUSIC 8/21/2013 7:09PM

    YES!!!! Keep on keeping on!

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The eggsperiment

Saturday, September 01, 2012

I like this emoticon emoticon emoticon

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    I'm really into eggs. I eat 6 egg whites a day. I find as I get older I have gotten tired of chicken but not eggs.

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KICK-SS 9/2/2012 1:04AM

    It is my understanding that the egg yolk is FULL of vitamins, minerals and all things good - INCLUDING the fat in them too. I think eggs are very healthy. I eat at least one egg (in my smoothies in the morning) every day and oftentimes egg salad or an omelet or something later in the day.

They say that eggs are one of natures most perfect foods out there (and I tend to believe that personally). I've always eaten a lot of eggs - it's my "go to" when I don't know what else to fix.

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DESERT_BIRD 9/1/2012 10:17PM

    Thank you, Diane. I forgot to post the second part!

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DIANE7786 9/1/2012 8:28PM

    The blog was written on 2/1912. The blogger planned to eat 2-3 eggs per day for 2 months. During that time he planned to blog about his experiences. At the end of two months he would assess his weight, get blood tests and see if lean body mass changed. Scary that he never updated his blog. One wonders if he had unsatisfactory results he didn't want to share. The question remains...are egg yolks healthy?

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My new daily workout

Sunday, July 01, 2012

I've done it twice and will continue to work it until my calves no longer

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    I wish I could do something like this but I'm sure my M.D. would nix it.

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ALEXSGIRL1 7/7/2012 2:48PM

    sorry i missed your birthday missed you emoticon emoticon emoticon

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VISUALLYRICS 7/6/2012 1:22AM

    Outstanding...I am so pumped! emoticonand thanks for sharing!! glad I saw your blog! emoticon

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-LINDA_S 7/1/2012 6:08PM

    I saw this but never got around to trying it. Maybe it's time...thanks!

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ILOVEJIM851991 7/1/2012 5:18PM

    looks like too much impact for me but you go get it also I hope you had a happy birthday

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Tuesday was my birthday

Thursday, June 28, 2012

Tuesday was my birthday. I remember I posted my first blog post on my birthday three years ago. Not much of a post. Iíve never been a wordy person. I havenít posted many blogs, but lím still here.

In the last three years Iíve changed my Sparkname, changed my pictures, changed my page, changed the background color several times depending on my mood; Iíve taken my page offline for a time. Iíve made it private, public, posted a few blogs, and joined a few teams, never very active in them. Iíve taken breaks from SP, but Iím still here.

Iíve had some hard lessons in my life but Iím still here.

I was what my dad called ďpleasingly plump.Ē Even as a child I knew that there was only one person who should find my plumpness pleasingÖand that was me. But I didnít. I can remember in grade school that I wished I could cut the fat off my midsection. My mother would say do situps, run around the block. And I would a few times but I always thought that there must be an easier way. Always looking for the easy way.

I turned to my food. At age 16 I started reading everything I could about nutrition and health. I was in a constant state of indigestion, so I started with Colon Health by Dr. Norman Walker.

So I became a health nut. I read and followed Letís Eat Right to Keep Fit by Adele Davis, Sugar Busters!: Cut Sugar to Trim Fat by H. Leighton Steward, The Pritikin Program for Diet and Exercise by Nathan Pritikin, Dr. Siegalís Natural Fiber Permanent Weight-Loss Diet. That one REALLY worked for me. With all that fiber, I got down to 135 pounds from 175 all-time high. Then I got hemorrhoids.

Then I did Weight Loss Clinic and got down to 118 pounds by eating 500-800 calories a day. (I KNOW)

But I felt great at that weight.

I've read countless books and articles in my quest for better health and fitness. I have started and stopped many plans (that were working). Why stop? Whoever stops something that is working before they get to their goal? Well, people who get hemorrhoids from following a plan that is working, thatís who.

To this day the word plump does not sound pleasing at all.

At age 48 I found a Naturopathic doctor who set me straight. My fasting blood sugar was 113. He told me anything above 100 is cause for concern and that I was headed for diabetes.

Tuesday morning my blood sugar was 82, the lowest itís ever been. The lowest I could get was 92 and that was on a strict nutritional plan. And I struggled to keep it under 100.

I attribute my 82 BS to consistent exercise and healthy eating.

I still have fat to lose around my midsection. And I am determined to get it off. I know what works. I know how hard I will have to work. I know it takes discipline. Now that Iíve got my BS under control, I will concentrate on the extra fat around my midsection. I am tired of looking in the mirror and seeing my pregnant self at age 57.

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    You have really done a great job of finding what works for you. I wish I could do the same.

Last Monday when I went to the doctor he was convinced I had full blow diabetes but I don't and I don't even have prediabetes. If there is a reason for that it is because I watch what I eat part of the time and get some exercise in. I don't want diabetes so I really have to straighten up.

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VEGGIE-FITNESS 7/1/2012 7:13AM

    Happy Belated Birthday from Okinawa!! emoticon You look absolutely gorgeous to me and taking care of your blood sugar and overall health will only enhance that, so do your best and keep glowing!! I miss you my friend!! emoticon

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PRUPLEBEAR 6/29/2012 5:51AM

    Happy late birthday!

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KATANNAH 6/28/2012 12:06PM

    Happy birthday, my Sparkfriend. I'm so glad you're still here and still going strong. You inspire me and remind me that the investment I'm making now will pay huge dividends for my future. I wish you all the best in your continued journey, and I'm glad I get to see you at some of the crossroads.

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CORKY982 6/28/2012 11:42AM

  Happy belated birthday!

You sound very determined, I'm sure you'll get there. Just keep up the good work :)

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