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Friday, March 22, 2013

Gotta admit, I slacked again in the area of posting to SP ... (and I had computer issues)...BUT I DID maintain a healthy level of calories while I was away, at least.

So two other SP "wanderers" (lol) and I challenged each other to 'come home' within 48 hours. We are to post 1 blog, sign each other's wall, and track at least one meal to get going again.

Here I am, Ladies: I'll be looking for you within the next 36 hours. Clock's ticking... just sayin'...

(I'm glad to have accountability partners in life. Thanks for my friends, Lord!)

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MARYJOANNA 3/23/2013 5:29AM

  Don't let go of God's guidance in your life!

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EDITOR 3/23/2013 4:23AM

    His guidance is so sweet. We never know who we will meet on SP or who will respond or why!

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LIVELYGIRL2 3/23/2013 12:36AM

  Good idea. emoticon

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"Best Quote Yet"

Saturday, March 02, 2013

I think it was Editor...yes, I'm sure it was, in one of her Lenten Diet devotionals recently...
She said, "Nothing tastes as good as skinny feels!" That really stuck out to me! I've been telling myself that every time I feel tempted to cheat. Sometimes it works, and sometimes it doesn't. Overall, I think it is the best motivation I have ever heard.

Recently, I modified it just a bit (apologies, Friend...) I tell myself, "That doesn't taste nearly as good as you would like to look in a few months... So, which would you rather have? You can only choose one or the other!" And sometimes it works... at other times it doesn't.

I've come to the conclusion that human motivation is just not enough sometimes. It really IS a spiritual battle! The immaterial part of me wants to be free, but the flesh is demanding and weak. The apostle Paul himself struggled with this issue of the flesh. He said, "I keep under my body and bring it into subjection..." Oh, I wish I could say that as well. Until then,
I will make it more a matter of prayer to resist, to exercise, and to gain control of the flesh that keeps my spirit imprisoned. ...and I will keep telling myself, "NOTHING tastes as good as skinny feels (or looks!)" Great idea, Sparkfriend. Thanks for the movtivation once again!

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AVANELL 3/3/2013 4:52PM

    Death to the flesh is often a moment by moment crucifixion. Paul said he died daily and I recognize that he was speaking of facing death each day for the cause of Christ, by we also have to die to the flesh or it will rule over us. When Cain was mad at God for not receiving his offering the Lord told him that "sin lies at the door. And its desire is for you, but you should rule over it." The same is true with our sinful fleshly desires and cravings that want to rule us and cause us to live unhealthily. If we don't rule over it; it will rule over us. Whatever works for you is the key to your success!

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EDITOR 3/3/2013 5:10AM

    My goodness how God improves our every thought, desire and progress! I can barely keep up on some days here on SP. Can you imagine how busy God must be? Father, bless my friend in Christ, Donna, and give her the grace and strength to do what is right and timely in her life. Amen

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CHERIJ16 3/2/2013 7:59PM

    That has always helped me too but I first heard it when I joined Jenny Craig or Weight Watchers. Unfortunately I forgot to say that to myself and gained back all the weight I lost on both programs! Now I am definitely ready to change my lifestyle with Spark People and I will keep reminding myself that "nothing tastes as good as thin feels".

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"Budgeting for the Belly"

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Thank God for moms :) Mine lives in the apartment attached to my house. Tonight she surprised the kids with pizza since my husband was working late and she wanted to spare me another night of cooking! What a dear :)

...And what a test! My brain just doesn't "know when to say 'when' " in regards to pizza...
But tonight, I actually stopped at two pieces, and I stayed within my calorie limit for the day.
Know what helped? Before I ate it, I tracked all my food for the day and found out what I could afford. You might say, it's like budgeting. If the calories aren't there, we can't afford to spend them, right? (Love, love, LOVE that tracking device on SP!)

The leftoevers sure do look good, but I'm looking beyond them at the "me" that I want to see this summer... I'd rather have my goal than a bit of chewy, cheesy, salty hot goodness... (OH, I have to stop thinking about this!)

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AVANELL 2/12/2013 8:38PM

    Pizza is my downfall! I think I'm going to have to ban it from my diet forever if I can't get stopped at no more than 2 pieces. It seems to fuel my cravings and I wind up eating all kinds of other things after I have the pizza!

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EDITOR 2/12/2013 5:19PM

    Pizza is a big temptation for me. That is my one food that I refuse to ever give up. I am so glad you counted and tracked calories, knowing you could have two slices and STOPPED at that.

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"Back on the Wagon"

Wednesday, February 06, 2013

Well, I did it... I let the spark go out... But not for long~~

After an out-of-the-routine week and a birthday, I found myself not wanting to log in and record meals eaten... Not only was it going to be a disappointing total, but also it would have taken WAaayyyy too long to record every little thing!! LOL

Well meaning, loving people brought all the wrong things into the house to celebrate with me: Chinese everything, New York style cheesecake... all my favorites! Of course, the leftovers screamed my name from inside the fridge for days... I HAD to get them out of there. Unfortunately, they didn't leave the house, but rather ended up on my plate... :(

Ok, this is a new day, a new week, and and new year (51st)... Time to start again and make my new eating preferences better known. I will encourage those around me to offer me healthier choices, and I will limit my deviation from the plan to very small amounts.

That's the plan. Will it work? I believe so. One thing I know for SURE, is that without a plan, it definitely WON'T work.

Let's get back up and try again...

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SUGARSMOM2 2/6/2013 3:02PM

  crack that whip and settle down to business . a statement made to me many times over the past few years . once in awhile we tend to stray off base . need to be corrected back on course . happy that for you the stray was not to long . happy to find you back on the trail of good health . emoticon

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EDITOR 2/6/2013 2:30PM

    It is actually a good thing when the scale punishes us, so to speak. We realize what we did wrong and veered from the path. Glad to see you will be sold out again and full steam ahead!

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CREEKLADY1 2/6/2013 1:17PM

  That is so right...each one of us goof up from time to time. Don't knock yourself down because of your slip-up...just learn from it and move on!

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"Pie in the Eye"

Thursday, January 24, 2013

What a crazy day! Seems I ran to meet deadlines from sun-up 'til sun-down! Our church hosted a dinner for a family after a funeral today. As I set the desserts out on the serving tables, a pecan pie caught my eye... Definitely one of my favorites!

It was just about all I could do, but I walked away, and settled for a cup of coffee with hazelnut creamer instead! 70 calories vs. hundreds... pretty good trade off, I think :)

Although most of the "comfort food" was fried or buttered, or in some way laden with calories, I found that simple moderation was possible. Very small portions of the "bad" stuff and a hearty helping of tossed salad was actually very satisfying. I'm starting to see changes in taste and preferences... I'm so happy with that change!

Can't say enough good about this program and the wonderful team mates that keep me on track! I tell everyone I talk to about SP. It's SO helpful!

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SUGARSMOM2 1/25/2013 12:32PM

  you did a great job . hard to avoid temptation when it is staring you in the face . you are doing a very good job of changing your way of doing things . lessons we all need to heed .

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AVANELL 1/25/2013 9:57AM

    You did so much better at your funeral dinner than I did at mine! You're right.....I succumbed to the temptation to eat the cake! It probably had as many calories as the pecan pie as it was covered with coconut icing! But today's a new day! And I'll start over again!

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EDITOR 1/25/2013 1:52AM

    You did marvelous. Pecan pie is so good, but I know a slice of it is about 550 calories. How do I know? Yep, you are right. From a hard lesson learned. You really showed restraint. I have two friends that take a veggie plate to church hosted meals and pass on any other foods. They are hoping it catches on. I pass on any potlucks though because I know the ladies of churches are the world's best cooks. I admire your valiant spirit, Donna!

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