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No matter how slow you go

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

So I'm checking out all of the Spark e-mails this morning and noticed the above pictures (thank you SP) in one of them. And I got to thinking about the entire concept behind SP to begin with and how SparkGuy says: "10+ fitness minutes--done consistently--can transform your life. This is the top strategy I used to create the SparkPeople program"

Think about that 10 minutes a day. It's not much time, but if done consistently you will begin to see results. I've been a part of SP for quite a few years. I've dropped over 50 lbs the slower way but I'm not in it for immediate results, I'm in it for life time changes. Remember my recent blog about non-scale victories? Everything adds up in time. Including that 10 minutes. 10 minutes a day x 30 days is 300 minutes x 12 months is 3600 minutes a year or 60 hours total. When you first began your journey you didn't even exercise. For most people that 10 minutes eventually begins to accumulate even more minutes until you are doing marathons and bench pressing and everything else you can think of that you could never do before. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

Be your own cheerleader emoticon Heck.. be everyone elses too!!! It surely can't hurt right? Be kind to yourself. It matters. You are the only that can take care of your own body.

Have a blessed Wednesday ~ Donna

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SURVIVOR61 8/27/2014 7:55PM

    Kudos, great job... I firmly believe in SP and reaffirm these statements in my Health Tips. But let's not forget Faith in God and faith in yourself. You can do this, believe it, live it, commit to it. Start with that 10 + minutes a day and start a streak.. Once you reach this goal, reward yourself with a non food reward and then start a new goal, a new streak! Isn't this Awesome...

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1STBUCKETITEM 8/27/2014 7:06PM

  emoticon Just 10 minutes... emoticon always remember that!

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PEGGY11 8/27/2014 12:34PM

    Never giving up is going forward no matter what that lying scale said. LOL.
I am moving a lot more now and I think the scale will show it. SP. said slim people always seem to be moving even if it isn't considered "exercise" So I am moving. Walking, canning , laundry moisturizing hubby's feet and legs, 6 jars of relish done, putting more on tomorrow. I have to get more peppers and onions and celery this morning. So glad store is across the street since we still don't have the car running.

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BARB4HEALTH 8/27/2014 8:35AM

    emoticon Enjoyed this blog! Thank you! I am a slow mover, too, and sometimes go so slow I go backwards! emoticon

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REJOHNSON3 8/27/2014 7:47AM

    Good morning, Donna, on this wonderful Wednesday morning. And I too agree!

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WDIPIM 8/27/2014 7:26AM

  God Bless

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That's all I've got to say about that!!!!!!!

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

'Nough said!!!!!!

Have a blessed Tuesday everyone ~ Donna

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PEGGY11 8/26/2014 9:13AM

    I told my husband this one and I got the look. LOL

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HAPPYSOUL91 8/26/2014 8:03AM

    That explains everything emoticon

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RIDLEYRIDER 8/26/2014 6:48AM

  I'll vote for that one!! emoticon

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Are you friends / family making you fat?

Monday, August 25, 2014

Okay.. so I'm reading the spark articles this morning and one of them was an article on if our friends / family make us fat (here's the link)

Now while I must say I may / or may not agree with their conclusions I believe ultimately we still seal our own fate and we decide what we put in our mouths and eat.

Their extra encouragement may sway you but you have a mouth to say NO THANKS, just like you have a mouth to put the food in.


He says it very nicely doesn't he?

I do believe that DNA can play a part, but it's not the only thing.

I also believe we are what we make ourselves to be. It's like a promotion. You're going to work at it in order to achieve it right? Same with a healthy lifestyle. You need to work at it.

So this is my rant and rave for Monday. How about you? Are your friends / family making you fat or are you willing to owe up to the fact that you are human, you make mistakes and it all lies in your hands?

Just for kicks:

Have a great day everyone......~ Donna

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NUTRON3 8/25/2014 8:20AM


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JAROL7 8/25/2014 7:30AM

    Life is made up of our personal choices ... period.

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RIDLEYRIDER 8/25/2014 7:22AM

  I hear so many others making excuses....tired of them!

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EVIE4NOW 8/25/2014 7:21AM

  Read that yesterday. Of course we are in the ultimate control, but the article is suggesting the influence of another friend. It doesn't have to happen. A friend is just another excuse.

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Name five non-scale victories you have accomplished

Sunday, August 24, 2014

So folks...it's not all about losing weight. Can you name five things that you have accomplished as a result of changing your eating habits.

My five are:
1.) I can clasp my seat belt again without an extension
2.) I have dropped almost three full sizes in clothes
3.) I had to even buy new shoes because the others were too big
4.) My endurance is greater and I'm less out of breath
5.) I find myself wanting to exercise now instead of avoiding it (did I say that? emoticon )

Can you name another five as well?
6.) I have more energy
7.) My rings fit loser
8.) I smile more often
9.) Others are beginning to notice how much slimmer I'm looking
10.) I'm down thirty some inches overall

Why not another five too?
11.) I can tighten a belt better
12.) I can do more reps on any of my exercise than I could before.
13.) I'm on no medications at all
14.) My skin and nails are looking better
15.) I can see the difference in my before and after pictures

So how about it can you name at least five (you can name more if you want to) non-scale victories.. Let's have fun with this because it isn't always about those lbs being lost.

Happy Sunday to all of my friends. ~ Donna

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ANDI1984 8/28/2014 12:34AM

    1) I've lost enough fat that I can almost fit into my wedding dress (probably another 10 pounds and I'll be there!)
2) I can walk farther without feeling like I'm going to die.
3) I actually ENJOY walking and find it's a perfect "me time".
4) I'm being a great role model to my kids by choosing healthier foods and exercising.
5) My kids are getting more interested in hiking with me! :D

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RAVENBIRD 8/27/2014 8:44AM

    Thank you for your blog. Came in right on time. Was getting pissed at the scale.

1. Having courage to join the Rec. Center and signing the contract for one year (it was hard - on social security and it could have been by visit instead of by year).
2. Bathing suit getting almost embarrassingly too big.
3. Swimming longer distances for longer time span - loving it.
4. Swimming at all!!
5. Not crazy hungry - appropriate hungry
6. Being really really choosy about what munchie I'll eat if I'll eat it and feeling good at the end of the decision process. Mindful munching.
7. Sleeping better - feeling rested - no naps
8. Eating better - remembering how to cook and actually cooking! I was engrossed in convenience foods.
9. Cooking is fun again.
10. Finding myself looking for things to do instead of what restaurant to go to.

Actually, I really need to stop typing. I am so glad you posted because I wasn't looking at this stuff. It's important stuff.

Thank you very much for this blog.

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DLITE719 8/26/2014 11:22PM

    Congrats on your non scale victories. Keep up the good work.

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RENATA144 8/26/2014 11:12PM

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1. My pants fell down
2.i can fit behind my steering wheel
3. I fit into chairs better
4. I get compliments
5. My blood glucose has gone down/ I have good numbers

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THEVOW2013 8/26/2014 10:37PM

    1. i love looking in the mirror
2. Men stop and stare at me...I mean complete strangers, lol
3. I enjoy shopping for clothes
4. I actually enjoy running (it's still very challenging)
5. I call myself an athlete

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EMMACORY 8/26/2014 8:09PM

    The NSV are so important in staying motivated. emoticon

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SAGE150 8/26/2014 8:02PM

    Best blog I have EVER read! Thanks so much for writing this.


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VK2Z10 8/26/2014 9:30AM

    my 5 NSV:
1. i am less critical of myself
2. i am drinking plain water more often
3. i am more willing to walk more often
4. my mother hasn't made any fat comments recently
5. i am more active

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1STBUCKETITEM 8/26/2014 3:11AM

1. Able to go up and down the stairs without going one step at a time with only one leg.
2. Arms stronger and my hand grip is stronger even with arthritis.
3. Walking better and most of the time with less pain in my hips and knee.
4. Hooking my bra on the tightest hooks and now forced to buy a couple new ones just to get me through the next half of my weight-loss journey (LOL).
5. Seeing less and less of a double chin!
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WRITERWANNAB 8/26/2014 12:31AM

    A lot of you are doing great! emoticon

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JIBBIE49 8/25/2014 11:43PM

    Great to see your blog featured in the Spark Mail.

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My 5:

1. Went from size 14 to size 4
2. Can wear children's size XL
3. More stamina
4. More conscious of what I am eating
5. Compliments from friends and acquaintances

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JERICHO1991 8/25/2014 7:50PM

    Thanks for the great list of NSVs.

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WITCHYONE333 8/25/2014 7:48PM

    The scale talks to you once a week. All the rest of these victories speak to you every day. emoticon

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LIVELYGIRL2 8/25/2014 7:34PM

  Oh boy, so GOOD!!!! love it! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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PATRICIAANN46 8/25/2014 6:05PM

  1. Being directed to the 35 year Class Reunion upstairs when I was supposed to go to the 50 year Class Reunion downstairs........made my night!!!

2. Had to have my wedding ring resized.

3. The capris that were too small last summer now fall off.

4. A collegue I used to teach with didn't recognize me.

5. Much more energy.

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CFMOSS 8/25/2014 4:54PM

    Oh excellent...you are doing so well....making me smile. Awesome.
My five:
1. clothes fit better
2. do muffin top
3. running again and running longer
4. better endurance for aikido
5. an occasional compliment on how i look.

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JSEATTLE 8/25/2014 3:38PM

  1. I have more energy.
2. I sleep like a baby.
3. I'm wearing more fitted clothing.
4. Others have noticed.
5. I feel good about myself.

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CHANGING-TURTLE 8/25/2014 3:25PM


1. Got to buy new clothes because I dropped 5 sizes
2. People notice my weight loss
3. Put a smile on my doctor's face, the same doctor I came crying to 2 1/2 years ago saying I wanted to lose weight.
4. Off med.
5. Feel sexy in night gowns

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ONTHEPATH2 8/25/2014 3:04PM

    Love it! Congrats!

1. I can take the steps to our office without getting winded!
2. I can walk five consecutive miles!
3. I fit into my skinny jeans and no longer have to buy plus sizes!
4. I can tie my shoes without having to put my foot up! (it still pinches a little when I bend over, but not like it used too!)
5. My double chin is getting smaller!

Heck with that number on the scale..... this feels great!

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NONNAOF2 8/25/2014 2:12PM

  I love your list! It would be great to get to where I wouldn't need medication, I take so many now!
My list of five would be:
1.) I can breathe better now!
2.) I can keep up a better walking pace!
3.) I'm feeling better about myself!
4.) I'm able to avoid the wrong foods!
5.) I have more energy at the end of the day!

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LCRUMLEY81 8/25/2014 12:45PM

  Thank you. need these ideas

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MAGGIEROSEBOWL 8/25/2014 12:25PM

    1. Feeling proud of myself when I see people whom I haven't seen in a while. (I used to try to avoid running into them at all costs--I was so ashamed of what I'd done to myself.)

2. Being able to walk wherever I want--not being able to walk long distances really limits what you can do in your life. I no longer have those limits.

3. Shopping for clothes everywhere (not just in the large size catalogs)!

4. Not being afraid to go to the doctor, for fear of the lectures about my weight.

5. Being able to keep up with my grandkids. Taking care of them is such a joy in my life!

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DIAMOND102 8/25/2014 12:06PM

    Love this blog it is inspiring and motivational because I had not thought of all of the things that shows my accomplishment without using the scale it's true: I feel more energetic
I am happier with a smile
I move more
I check myself out more
I eat healthier
My attitude is more positive
I am loving me.

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STARFISH1961 8/25/2014 11:33AM

    Great concept!
Wonderful motivating pics too.
I will think of 5 positive changes now.

Have a great day , Keep Sparking emoticon

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1MORNINGWALKER 8/25/2014 10:43AM

    emoticon I agree with all your victories, I share many of the same emoticon emoticon emoticon

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TRUCKER72 8/25/2014 10:14AM

    I love the last pic about kindness.

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DIANNEMT 8/25/2014 10:03AM

    Very good--I will need to come back to this in about a month after I REFOCUS!!

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SUSIEMT 8/25/2014 10:01AM

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HMBROWN1 8/25/2014 7:55AM

    Great work! You should be very proud of your accomplishments!

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CHERYLHURT 8/25/2014 7:32AM

  Lots of non-scale victories!

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BESSHAILE 8/25/2014 7:27AM


lots of victory going on in this blog!

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LILLILYNN 8/25/2014 7:17AM

    This is awesome.
1) making better food choices
2) my niece asked if I lost weight
3) I'm drinking more water
4) my husband told me he's proud of me
5) I'm proud of me

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FELINEBETTER 8/25/2014 7:17AM

    What an excellent reminder!!! Thank you for sharing this blog!! emoticon

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PENOWOK 8/25/2014 6:46AM

    Excellent! I think lots of people forget about the NSV's and concentrate on the scale, and you have shown how many fabulous benefits come from the quieter victories!!

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TRYINGHARD54 8/25/2014 5:57AM

    ill let you know when I get to my goal weight.. :-)

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ROSEWCI 8/25/2014 5:36AM

    WooHoo! You GO girl!!!!

My five:

1) I feel great!
2) I've dropped 2 clothing sizes!
3) I have more energy!
4) I feel in control of my eating!
5) People are starting to notice!

WooHoo for all of us! We're doing it! One day at a time!!!

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Saturday, Cleaning Day

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Cleaning my little heart out today. I got so much sleep last night I didn't wake up until after 9 am. I'm normally up around 6 am for work, but none-the-less it felt good to finally sleep some.

On the list for cleaning today, dishes, laundry, bathroom, and floors. I did my bedding last night so that is done and out of the way.

I also have to do some grocery shopping. We have a water advisory and I'm out of water.. emoticon I have to have that...

My co-worker comes back to work on Tuesday.. sure am missing that girl!

This is what my cats say about Saturday ~

Inspiration quote for the day ~

Just for kicks ~

Happy Saturday everyone ~ Donna

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SURVIVOR61 8/23/2014 9:59PM

    Awesome Blog girl!! I finally reached my goal of 10,000 steps, but it took my disabled butt all day to get there. We have 5 acres and it takes a lot to take care of it. Mowing, tree trimming, hauling limbs, burning them, rolling out the water hose, rolling up the water hose, taking out the trimmers and putting away the trimmers. Next comes repairing the fence line and more tree trimming, lawn mowing. WooHoo

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