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Zen Flow=Still mind + Busy body

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Hi..thanks for stopping by yesterday and commenting on my blog :)

Today I continued to track all my food, drank water and exercised...

I've been focusing on making healthier food choices today..and I had lots of veggies and stayed within my calorie range :)

I worked at some projects today..I made 2 smallish candles from the remains of old candles, I painted an old blackboard with new blackboard paint and finished knitting a scarf...

I read some more in my books about happiness..found some really great stuff :)

It's really, really cold here now and will stay that way for a few days..we got a wee bit more snow but still not enough to snowshoe!! haha...

Lunch today was a tuna wrap with extra veggies and spinach..supper was turkey stir fry with extra veggies...I also planned the menu for the rest of the week :)

I found some new poems by Ilan Shamir...from advice from nature...check out the web if you like

Advice from a Snowflake emoticon

Keep your cool

Appreciate small wonders

Let your plans crystalize

Take time to chill


Celebrate your uniqueness

It's okay to be a little flakey!!

Well time for me to comment on 10 blogs and then post to the 5% challenge...thanks for dropping by and keep on Sparkin'

emoticonLove Donna

The best book so far is called "It's All in Your Head..Thinking Your Way to Happiness" by Stephen M. Pollan and Mark Levine

-Happiness doesn't come from actions, it comes from attitudes. The secrets to happiness are all in your head.

-We confuse pleasure with happiness.

-You have the tools to be happy today. All it takes is changing your attitude toward yourself and your place in the world.

-The secrets are also already in your head, since they're eternal truths we've learned and either ignored or forgotten.

-Instead of thinking our way to unhappiness by living out harmful attitudes, we can think ourselves to happiness by adopting healthy attitudes.

-Don't compare yourself to others. You're just where you're supposed to be.

-Don't be pessimistic about the future. Things get better.

-Stop being your own worst enemy. Own your success.

-Asking for help isn't a sign of weakness. You don't have to go it alone.

-Don't wait for the best or right time. There's no time like now, so take the action.

-You don't need the best, your best is enough.

-Stop looking backward in anger and regret. The past is past.

-Stop living in the future. Tomorrow is too late.

"Happiness is a how, not a what; a talent, not an object."
-Hermann Hesse


  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

BEATLETOT 1/19/2012 11:24PM

    I love reading about your meals....they sound so yummy!

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WATERMELLEN 1/18/2012 7:22PM

    This happiness stuff is powerful! I do agree about the importance of attitude. Barring occasional crises, most of us are just about as happy as we choose to be: and for sure, happiness is not "pleasure"!!

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MARITIMER3 1/18/2012 6:17PM

    Love your advice from a snowflake! I will definitely pass it on. It sounds as if you had a very successful day.

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KIM--POSSIBLE 1/18/2012 5:57PM

    Sounds like a very productive day!! Thanks for sharing the quotes!

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HELLODANAE 1/18/2012 12:02PM

    loved them all but today this is my favorite -Instead of thinking our way to unhappiness by living out harmful attitudes, we can think ourselves to happiness by adopting healthy attitudes. !!!!

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MRS_EVA_K 1/18/2012 8:00AM

    love the advice of a snowflake!

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TEXASTITCHER 1/17/2012 11:25PM

    I haev been in a class studying virtues - the first one we studies was happiness. You are correct - you need to get out of yourself to be truly happy.

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CERIUSLY 1/17/2012 10:34PM

    Wow! You keep busy! Sounds like you are a crafty girl. I love all the happiness!

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LINDABENEDICT 1/17/2012 10:26PM

    Great blog, great ideas ! Thanks !

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RUTHXG 1/17/2012 10:01PM

    Your food sounds great, as do your craft projects!

I think we should all be a little flaky, like snowflakes. emoticon

Cheers! emoticon

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VICIOUS421 1/17/2012 9:49PM

    That was AWESOME!!!!!!

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MOMFAN 1/17/2012 9:48PM

    My happiness comes from Joy in the Lord. I have to be careful to keep my focus on Him.

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KAYTIE22 1/17/2012 9:45PM

    Sounds like another jam-packed day for you and very successful. Amazing! You are doing a good job staying with your plan and goals.

This was a great blog. Thanks for the link to the YourTrueNature website and the good quotes about happiness. I will definitely keep a copy of those quotes.

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-WRKNG2ABTTRME- 1/17/2012 9:41PM

    I really enjoy your blogs!

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Another good I want to be a Busy body??

Monday, January 16, 2012

Hi..Thanks for all the comments on my blog :)

Today I had another good day..tracked all my food, drank all my water, rode my bike for 30 minutes..did some reading and found a couple books I had but haven't read yet on happiness.. They all had some good ideas..I liked one idea for the 4 -3-2-1 exercise so tried that today..4 mins of cardio..3 mins of strength..2 mins of abs and 1 min of stretches :) It was called the perfect 10 minute workout..

I dug up my other Jon Gordon books and am working on my energy addict :)

I also signed up to and today's quote was....

"When you discover that all happiness is inside you, the wanting and needing are over and life gets very exciting."
-Byron Katie

Well..thanks again for dropping by and keep on Sparkin'

emoticonLove Donna

Also found this...

Lazy Fast=Busy mind+Busy body
Lazy Slow=Busy mind+Still body
Zen Slow=Still mind+Still body
Zen Flow=Still mind+Busy body

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WATERMELLEN 1/18/2012 7:20PM

    I like that happiness quote!!

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BEATLETOT 1/17/2012 10:40PM

    Good job getting your workout in. My bike should be here tomorrow!!! Eeeeee!!

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TEXASTITCHER 1/16/2012 10:44PM

    Thanks for the quote

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REBECCATKD 1/16/2012 10:42PM

    Thanks for sharing!

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-WRKNG2ABTTRME- 1/16/2012 10:12PM

    emoticon blog.

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VICIOUS421 1/16/2012 9:59PM

    Love the Zen Flow!!!!!!

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MARITIMER3 1/16/2012 9:35PM

    Like the 10-minute workout!

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SPIFFDEB 1/16/2012 9:28PM

    Love the perfect 10 minute workout!!

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I've been tracking all my food today :)

Sunday, January 15, 2012

Hi..I've had a great day..tracked all my food and stayed within my calorie range :)

Rode my bike for 40 minutes and did some sorting and burning...phoned my oldest sister and had a fun visit..guess what? she wants some bull burger..haha...she lives in Saskatoon, as does our son so we can deliver it all in one trip!

I dug out my binder from the pilot project and am going to have fun using it for my healthy journey :) It will be part of my coaching plan to get these healthy habits habits
and I've found lots of assistant coaches and I won't forget all my fans..haha :)

To go along with my first step of tracking food is working toward making healthier food I drank all my water, had lots of fruits and veggies, protein and whole grains..could increase the grains...

For exercise I have faithfully rode my exercise bike for at least 6 miles everyday but one in January and that was the day I went to the spa with my sister so I walked lots and swam, too, instead. Tomorrow I'm going to amp up the exercises...

Today's challenge is to track exercise, cooment on 10 blogs and then the blog is the last thing left...

My theme for January is Energy... I have a few books by Jon Gordon and I've signed up for his emails and have been getting them for years...his fisrt books are all about energy..One's called the Energy Addict. I printed off a page of tips for a powerful new year a few years ago and while sorting today came across it..karma :)

Jon Gordon's 20 Tips for a Powerrful New Year..
1 Take a 10 to 20 minute walk everyday
2 Sit in silence for at least 10 minutes each day
3 Record late night tv and get some sleep
4 Upon waking say "My purpose is to __________today
5 Live with the 3 E's energy, enthusiasium and empathy
6 Watch more movies, play more games and read more books this year
7 Practice meditation, yoga, tai chi,qigong & prayer-provides fuel for daily life
8 Spend more time with people over the age of 70 & under the age of 6
9 Make each day a challenge instead of a chore
10 Eat more foods that grow on tree & plants & less food made in plants
11 Drink green tea & lots of water , eat blueberries, almonds & walnuts
12 Ask not what the world can do for you, but what you can do for the world
13 Clear the clutter from your house, car, desk & let new & flowing energy into your life
14 Don't waste your precious energy on gossip, energy vampires, issues of the past, negative thoughts or things you can't control. Instead invest in a gift we call the present
15 Realize life is a school & you are here to learn. Problems are just part of the cirriculum
16 Eat breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince & dinner like a college kid with no money
17 Smile more. It will keep the energy vampires away
18 Each night at bedtime say "I am thankful for ___. Today I accomplished___."
19 Develop meaningful relationships with yourself, your family, your friends & God
20 Dream more while you are awake

Well, thanks for dropping by and keep on Sparkin'

emoticonLove Donna

I really loved today's Spark quote of the day...

"People take different roads seeking fulfillment and happiness. Just because they're not on your road doesn't mean they've gotten lost."

H. Jackson Brown Jr.

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BEATLETOT 1/17/2012 10:06PM

    I think I've read that list before, but it's absolutely lovely and I'm SO GLAD you posted it. I wish we could save user blogs...just not on FB! I'd so save this one!

I want some bull burger, too! Can you drive down to DC and drop it off? I'm not sure if we can get beef from Canada, but maybe you can just sneak it in??? ;-)

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THISISIT-PA 1/16/2012 4:58PM

    Great execution of your goals! Loved the list, thanks for sharing!

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STILLOUT2LUNCH 1/16/2012 11:27AM

    Donna, your energy wears me out! LOL This is great. Loved the 20 power points.

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KIM--POSSIBLE 1/16/2012 10:30AM

    Sounds like you are doing well with your goals; Keep it up!

Thanks for sharing the 20 tips. Some of them, I already do, others I would like to be able to do more!

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HELLODANAE 1/16/2012 9:53AM

    Love the quote!! YOU ARE DOING AWESOME!!!! emoticon

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JSPEED4 1/16/2012 6:33AM

    Thanks for the list.

I finally got my computer to get online again. It is dong weird stuff--has ever since I got it used, but it's getting really iffy.

I paint blackboards on my walls and doors. I find chalk on the lowest shelf around the writing pens.

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DUSTYGIRL25 1/16/2012 4:34AM

    Very Nice work on your blog. I totally agree with the tracking. I have honestly tracked everyday since I joined SP and I have tracked every single bite I eat. Even if I don't feel like it. I either have to stay up late or keep up with it during the day. Sometime by mobile phone but I have to track everything. If I hadn't been tracking all food intake and all exercise everyday, I don't think I would have kept my weight loss consistently on track.

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LESLIELENORE 1/15/2012 10:34PM

    I really enjoyed reading the 20 Tips. I do a number of them already, but there are a couple I will probably add to my daily routine. Thanks!

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LORI-K 1/15/2012 10:34PM

    Donna, way to go staying on track with logging and exercise!
I just LOVE the list you shared with the 20 tips for a powerful New Year! I think I shall print it off and refer to it often. Lots of great things to ponder. Thank you!!

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KAYTIE22 1/15/2012 10:24PM

    This is an excellent blog, Donna, and you have certainly accomplished a lot today. Great job and thanks so much for posting the steps you are taking and Jon Gordon's 20 Tips for a Powerful New Year. You're doing great with your new habits for the week. WTG!

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Today's blog and comment on 10 blogs...

Saturday, January 14, 2012

Hi..I've commented on 10 member blogs so now for my blog..I was disappointed with my weigh in but not surprised..I've been way off with eating..

The blog is to be about a new healthy habit and what steps to do to really make it a habit. I've been thinking lately about my goals and habits and what would help me and I've decided I need a coach and the coach is me!!

We piloted a farm course called integrated resource management quite a few years ago. The main idea was to work together with all the professionals and learn from all their expertise....

..So I think I should apply that principle for my 2012 goals and coach myself to success. I've been assembling my team..books, articles, friends and of course everything here on Spark...and I am so bust this plateau and have the healthy life I want..I deserve it..I'm going to do it!!

So part of it is recognizing my strengths and weaknesses..

My greatest weakness is I know what I should be doing..I just need to do it. I spend so much time I have to work my plan..walk the walk so to speak..

Thanks to the Starfish 5% challenge for helping me stay within limits over the holidays and encouraging me to develop new habits and steps!! It's the steps I'm going to work's like..JUST DO IT!!

Thanks for dropping by and Keep on Sparkin'

Love Donna emoticon

The happiest people don't necessarily have the BEST of everything they just make the MOST of everything that comes their way...


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HS1056 1/18/2012 2:36PM

  You have given this some thought and made a plan. Following through is next and soon you'll see the results. You CAN DO IT!

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MOMFAN 1/16/2012 4:11AM

    You can do it! Cheering for you!

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WATERMELLEN 1/15/2012 7:12PM

    Tahnks for commenting on MY blog -- your "jack of all trades" metaphor should make for lots of self-confidence when faced with a problem, an "I can do it" or "I can figure it out" kinda thing!! And happy : you are consistently up beat, which is one of the reasons I enjoy dropping by your page so much (that and your accounts of bull burger and such!!)

Integrated management sure is an idea I can adopt too (although not for a farm . . . ): great concept!

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GETTHERE135 1/15/2012 11:21AM

    I completely understand what you are saying. I know what to do it is just doing it and to continue doing it where I falter.

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STILLOUT2LUNCH 1/15/2012 11:01AM

    So, exactly what are your goals for this week? What specific habit do you wish to incorporate into your routine? I have the same tendencies as you as far as doing more planning than doing. Be very specific about what you want to do and just do it (as Nike says.) Have a great week.

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HELLODANAE 1/15/2012 10:37AM

    thanks for sharing how you feel it really made me think about what's going on with me emoticon

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BECCIE0524 1/15/2012 8:52AM

    Great Blog! You can do this!

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RAINBOWCHOC 1/15/2012 5:34AM

    keep blogging! it helps us all

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TEXASTITCHER 1/15/2012 12:35AM

    Thanks for being courageous enough to blog. I don't but I thought I could comment on some.

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LESLIE_2B_LESS 1/14/2012 10:43PM

    emoticon blog & great goals!

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KAYTIE22 1/14/2012 10:10PM

    First, thanks for stopping by my SparkPage and for leaving your comments. Also, thanks for all of your encouragement and support over the weeks.

As always, your blog is a good one and you have come up with a good plan. We're usually good at coaching other people but sometimes forget to put ourselves on the list. You sound ready and motivated. I know you can do it!

Have a great week!

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Spreading more bull around...

Friday, January 13, 2012

Hi.. we went up to Weyburn again deliver some more bull burger to frineds there and Hubby needed to see is boss over a meeting he missed...

I picked up a few things and mostly used gift cards where possible..spent less than $10 so did great...I looked for candle wicks and couldn't find them anywhere..might just make my own out of waxed string or something..any ideas...that and I was looking for chalk to go with my blackboard paint projects and I couldn't find chalk..either the blackboard craze has sold out the chalk or it's a thing of the past with all the white boards and erasable maarkers?

I just spent some time going through my house and I found 4 little pieces of chalk and the eraser but no luck with wicks..did I mention I'm a hoarder and my house is a mess..:( I did some more magazine sorting this morning and laundry..I rode the x bike after we got home from Weyburn...oh yeah I vacuumed too...

Hubby has the hockey game on but I have no interest in hockey since the last game and he got all grouchy over the out come?!! Not my idea of entertainment anymore :( Once he falls completely asleep I'll turn it least the computer never has a temper tantrum :)

Well enough about my rant..I'm gonna try and get lots of extra points today and try for my 1000 points early this month too. The new 5% challenge trip is to the Grand Canyon and the LTGL points are for blogging and commenting on blogs :) love it!!

Thanks for dropping by and keep on Sparkin'

Love Donna emoticon

Positive thinking is the SPARK that makes dreams happen


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GETTHERE135 1/15/2012 11:18AM

    I totally forgot about this yesterday, but I have seen Martha Stewart to use 100% cotton string, tied to something like a washer or nut put at the bottom and then wrapped around a pencil that you rest across the jar then when wax is cool you cut the string to about 1/4 " to light.

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ANNIEONLI 1/14/2012 4:24PM

    LoL -Love the title!!
Good heavens - hubby does the same thing but with football!! Good thing it's seasonal!

hugs from one sports widow to another!

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MOMFAN 1/14/2012 2:03PM

    My suggestions is Walmart.

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BEATLETOT 1/14/2012 1:51PM

    Good job spending only $10! That's great!

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RUTHXG 1/14/2012 1:30PM

    Good luck with finding the craft items . . . I have no advice for finding either one.

I'm a bit of a hoarder too, but today I'm cleaning/organizing! Looking forward to a much brighter house by the end of the day.

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GETTHERE135 1/14/2012 10:35AM

    Did you try craft stores for the wicks and chalkboard paint? Also I don't know if you do any online shopping but I'm sure you can find both there, probably both if you did an online craft store. Good Luck!

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BECCIE0524 1/14/2012 7:39AM

    I love gift cards! Good luck on your weigh in today!

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MARITIMER3 1/13/2012 10:02PM

    Gift cards are great - I have some to use as well. DH gave me one for new clothes, but I'm going to wait until the spring when HOPEFULLY I'll be getting close to goal.

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