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"Tip the Scales in Your Favor" Jan 21-23, 2011

Monday, December 06, 2010

"Tip the Scales in Your Favor" is a 3 day workshop offered at Duke Integrative Medicine in Durham, NC. I participated this summer and found it extremely useful.
There is the opportunity to practice "mindful eating" (as featured on RUBY), lots of interesting education on nutrition , and daily movement options (we did Yoga, Nia and Zumba). I'd highly recommend it if you have the opportunity and interest.

The next session is being offered in January and might be helpful for someone wanting to start the new year off with more tools for success.
It is featured in Prevention magazine December 2010.
The website for registering and more information is

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KATHYJO56 12/12/2010 10:41AM

    This sounds great and I'm glad that you got to participate last year. I am assuming that you are going to again this year. Unfortunately, Columbus, Ohio is a little far to travel for this wonderful event. emoticon

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COMPUCATHY 12/12/2010 9:56AM

    Very cool...sounds like a great program. We can't have too many tools in a bag of tricks to get us on track and keep us there! I'm so glad you got to participate in this! Thanks for sharing! Have a great weekend! Spark on! emoticon emoticon

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CATIATM 12/8/2010 2:18AM

    I'm glad it helped you!

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STRINGI719 12/7/2010 2:35PM

    Awesome! I hope someone lives nearby and can take advantage of this amazing opportunity you've shared! emoticon

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NUTTYSNOOPYFAN 12/7/2010 10:25AM

    Thanks for passing along the info. Wish I were back in my hometown area to participate. It's nice to hear a program focusing on mindful eating and being in tune with your body. That's what I've been doing a lot of reading on and trying to practice instead of tracking, tracking, tracking, which feels nutty to me (and I make myself crazy doing it).

And for those who haven't practiced mindful eating, it's not only about what you're eating, it's about being in touch with your hunger cues and really paying attention to what your stomach is telling you. Geneen Roth's "Women, Food & God" is a popular book on the subject.

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CBARRETT10 12/6/2010 10:19PM

  Thanks for sharing! emoticon

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JENNIFER9907 12/6/2010 2:22PM

    THANKS FOR SHARING!! emoticon

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ITSAWRAP_DIMI 12/6/2010 12:12PM

    emoticon for sharing!!!!

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FRANCESCANAZ 12/6/2010 11:17AM

    How nice of you to share that. emoticon

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HAPPYSOUL91 12/6/2010 10:05AM

    Thx for the information

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MOCACHOC 12/6/2010 9:14AM

    Hummmm, Mindful eating is something we should always be doing. It is nothing new. We are always told be mindful of what you put in your body. If it doesn't grow in the ground, is grass fed, comes off a tree then don't eat it.

I glad it was helpful for you. We shouldn't get caught up in all these so called new fangled way to diet. Trust and believe it all has been done before with a different twist.

Keep working towards your goals and make your life not just a lifestyle change.

Peace and Love

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I am Sasha Fierce's protegee'

Friday, December 03, 2010

Even though we all have our own unique body type, there are some people we can admire for having the "it" factor.
Do you think Beyonce' walks around the house all day in a leotard? She sure wears them a lot (memories of the 1970s and 1980s Jane Fonda exercise VHS years...didn't expect them to make a fashion comeback!)
Anyway, I went to Target Thursday night (should have written out my shopping list, completely forgot the main thing I went in there for - another hot pot for my tea!) Ended up with a variety of DVDs (including Eat Pray Love) and CDs (including Pink's "Greatest Hits...so far!") and all their Oregon sugarfree Chai Latte concentrate (on sale! My little minivacation in a tall cup). But now I'm watching Beyonce's I AM World Tour with visions of getting up in the mornings to get on the elliptical when it's too dark or cold out, or at night to just dance along with all the eye candy. emoticon
So WHATEVER you need to motivate you - get up and DO IT! What are you waiting for? Your best self is waiting on you! emoticon

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JENNIFER9907 12/6/2010 2:26PM


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REJ7777 12/5/2010 12:44PM

    Just get up and move! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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COMPUCATHY 12/4/2010 8:16PM

    Sounds like a fun shopping trip (shopping...my favorite thing). Sounds like you've found your motivation! That's awesome. It really helps to have role models for our fitness...something to aspire to! Hope you have a great weekend! Keep sparking! emoticon emoticon

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FITJEANS 12/4/2010 12:13PM

    Yes I have found my inner health diva her name is fitjeans and I dont want to ever lose her , she helps me get through my workouts, push myself when i wont, eat healthy when im2 secs away from putting a french fry in my mouth when I know I dont need it. I deserve better , so I continue to push.

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ITSAWRAP_DIMI 12/4/2010 7:47AM

    L O V E it!!!!! Yea Target can have that effect on people...ME TOOOO!!!!
Great Blog!!!! I feel the inner diva arising!!!

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CATIATM 12/4/2010 4:47AM

    I love curvy bodies. Sickly stick figures have never seemed attractive to me.

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HAPPYSOUL91 12/3/2010 10:16AM

    I am a Tina Turner fan....big time! Some are truly blessed with an outstanding body

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STRINGI719 12/3/2010 9:59AM

    Gotta love Target - it should be called the hundred-dollar-club, just like CostCo and Sam's, because I can't EVER go in and just get what I needed!

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PAIGESMAMA 12/3/2010 9:29AM

    Wow what a hot bod!!!!

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SPARKLE1908 12/3/2010 8:30AM

    Makes total sense to me...I need to find my "inner" diva and release her....lol

I totally understand about Target...I love that store and rarely come out with only the thing I went in there for!!!!

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Sometimes we have to stand up for ourselves...

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

It's hard to let go of old habits. And even harder to let go of old roles.
Especially when it comes to parent - child roles. Even more when you've had a critical parent.
Don't get me wrong - we can love someone without reservation,
and they can STILL step on our last nerve.
So I'm at Mom's, and waiting for her to come home so we can go out to dinner. Some two hours later (!) she gets home and the third friend we plan to eat with has already had a snack and can't go for another hour. Okay...
So we reach the restaurant, and I order the take home box WITH the meal, and immediately divide more than half of the plate into the container. Water for drink (those of you who have been down South understand the phenomenon known as "Sweet Tay." Diabetes inducing with more teaspoons of sugar than your average soda...)
So we get home... and she falls asleep watching a movie I brought.
Then I remember I'd put a diet Dr. Pepper into the ice container in the freezer, and go to pull it out before it bursts all over the inside of the freezer.
That's when it happens... She says, "Are you eating AGAIN?"
Never mind that I've made "great" strides in my weight loss efforts this year.
Never mind that I've completed a half marathon.
Never mind that I only had one meal, waiting most of the day for her, and didn't even eat all of that.
Never mind that I didn't go into the refrigerator FOR anything, just to prevent a problem and a clean-up.
So as harsh as it may seem, I had to stand up for myself.
I told my mother I did NOT appreciate her monitoring my food intake, nor making assumptions - I was NOT eating and I hadn't even been able to eat normally that day, waiting for her.
emoticon At any rate, I'm home now... and will be back on MY schedule.
And I will continue to practice good habits, continue to lose the excess pounds, and ultimately replace that critical parent voice in my head with loving affirmations.
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CATIATM 12/1/2010 9:19AM

    Parents are master button pushers. It's great that you stood up for yourself. Just remember that it will take time to redefine that relationship, and you may have to speak up for yourself more than once befroe you get through to her. Good for you!!

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COLD_GOLD 11/30/2010 10:57PM

    I'm glad that you stood up for yourself. It takes practice to be able to set those kinds of boundaries. It's also true that our parents "get in our heads" quite a bit... keep up the good work!

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KIRSTEN 11/30/2010 8:43PM

    Sometimes spending time with your parents just makes you appreciate your life as an adult without them. It's so amazing how quickly they can make you feel like a helpless child, sometimes without even saying a word. Way to go on standing up for yourself !

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LITTLEGIRLSMOM1 11/30/2010 6:38PM

  I lost my mom 1 year ago. Oh how I wish she was still here to get on my nerves. Yeah, we had our differences but you miss all that when they are gone. Have patience.

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MTULLY 11/30/2010 12:31PM

    Some people have no filters, and unfortunately your mother seems to be one of them. Perhaps she had an equally critical mother, and that was her role model. No doubt she had no idea how hurtful her comment was. You needed to stand up to her in order to reinforce the healthy lifestyle choices you have been making. Having read your Spark page, I would say you are a pretty amazing person. Stay strong and focused - take care of you. You are worth it!

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HAPPYSOUL91 11/30/2010 11:31AM

    Excellent on sticking up for yourself, this is a big step. Also, it is great getting on your own schedule.


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STRINGI719 11/30/2010 11:05AM

    Wow, I can't even imagine my mom saying something like that to me. I am proud of you that you defended yourself. Much too often, I'll just bite my tongue if someone says something I disagree with so that I don't "make waves". You have really done something great for yourself!

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RED_WRITINGHOOD 11/30/2010 10:45AM

    Good for you!! You had every right to stand up for yourself! I think we always should. You should be very proud of yourself! You have done an amazing job!!

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PAIGESMAMA 11/30/2010 10:26AM

    My husband does that with me about food. I told him I have lost weight and I know what I am doing.

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SPARKLE1908 11/30/2010 9:34AM

    Kudos to you for standing up for yourself...maybe your mom didn't really "realize" what impact she was having on you with her criticism...now she may pay more attention and try to show her support in a more positive way!

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LADYGWEN25 11/30/2010 9:14AM

    GREAT JOB!! Way to go for sticking up for yourself! I know i can be critical of my daughter (she's 16) sometimes. She's smart but sometimes clueless.. Your blog reminded me that maybe a gentler approach.. Even with her weightloss...She is about 20lbs overweight... carries it ALL in her stomach area she's prediabetic and has high cholesterol like her father.. And even though i very rarely buy junk for home.. It's like she gravitates towards all the crap even though i tell her no or "are yousure that's a good food choice?" IDK.. she's 16 .. maybe it'll grow on her.

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SKIRNIR 11/30/2010 9:10AM

    I think you did well, myself. My mom is like that too and my solution has been to move out of state. I should call her more often, but even on the phone she sounds disinterested and downright bored. Sometimes I fill the silence talking about my son, then I hear that she told my sister that I talk about my son too much. Like she shows interest in anything I talk about?

And when it comes to eating a lot of times... I have to say I do better eating more often and not getting ravenously hungry. When I get too hungry, it takes too much food/time to make me feel not hungry and I eat too much. Every time, so I snack, as that is the best way to keep on track calorie wise and not get too hungry.

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THEREALDINANE 11/30/2010 9:06AM

    emoticon My mom takes a different approach, but I feel the same pain. I wish I could stand up to her like you did to your mom. Good job. emoticon

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LINDAKAY228 11/30/2010 8:47AM

    I totally understand the critical parent thing and standing up for yourself! My mother passed away a year and a half ago, but she was always critical, even though I did know she loved me. THe last few years of her life I slowly learned to stand up more for myself. Slowly she did start to respect that, although she would still fall into the habit sometimes. There were also behaviors that I learned to stop hiding from her because she was so critical. Such as things I liked to do that she thought I (a woman basically) shouldn't be doing because they might be dangerous. Traveling along and things like that which I would try to hide from her but started being able to just be myself and let her know I loved her but I didn't always agree with her. It was super hard but worth it. You need to do what you need to do. Congratulations on standing up to her and making that stand!!

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GEMINISUE 11/30/2010 8:21AM

    I understand only too well what you are saying and it only ends, when the life of that person ends. Sad, but so true. They don't change! and if by some chance, you reach your goal, expect to hear "Are you sick? You need to see a doctor, somethings wrong" Or you might hear "Finally, or about time" or "How long before you gain it back"

Sweetie, You just need to come to grips with this kind of person, and hold your head high, see only when you need to, and do everything you can to make yourself, feel great!

You are succeeding! You will reach Goal and you Will Keep It! Three Cheers, for you my Friend!

Yip Yip Horay!
Yip Yip Horay!
Yip Yip Horay!

So proud of you

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RWALTON730 11/30/2010 8:10AM

    I can empathize. Seems every time I see my mom she asks if I have gained weight, but usually in a veiled way like... "Looks like you and Lee have enjoyed cooking a lot", or "Are those pants new? They look a little tight." And then again she will just come out and say that I appear to have put on a few pounds since she last saw me. I have learned to say no, and either tell her I am the same weight or have actually lost a few pounds. It can be very frustrating. Keep positive thoughts in your head and tune out the negative.


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MYUTMOST4HIM 11/30/2010 8:07AM

    you handled it the best you could!!! Head on is usually the best way

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DADDYTREVOR 11/30/2010 8:06AM

    Relationships are the hardest things. Stand your ground (as you did), but don't keep the negatives. Find ways to bless your relationship with your mother, like smiling and giving a hug when it seems like she is giving you a hard time. You don't have to defend yourself. Give back goodness when attacked, persevere with patience and serenity, and don't succumb to harmful emotions. Surrender leads to victory for everyone in situations like this. emoticon

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Just 10 bracelet works!

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Sure, you have to be in the right mental frame of mind, but last night when Mom asked me to pick up some OJ, I went to the convenience store and right beside the refrigerated items were the shelves of processed foods, including (gasp!) cookies! I looked at them, walked away, walked back, and then remembered the little bracelet on my wrist reminding me I "just needed to get to the next 10 lb loss mark." And I walked out of the store victorious and cookie-less!
So thanks Dr. Oz for helping me have a visible reminder of my willpower, and to keep the short term goals in mind. Step by step, we can reach our goals. It's one decision at a time.
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Since so many people have asked - go back to the Nov. 16 and 17 blogs for more information on how to order your OWN "Just 10" bracelet! Thanks, Dr. Oz & Zappo's!

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ONEKIDSMOM 11/29/2010 6:45AM

    Here's to talismans... whatever it takes to remind us of our greatest need/desire in times of temptation. emoticon

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STRINGI719 11/28/2010 10:59PM

    Thanks for an awesome blog - Way to Go!!!

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THENEWME43 11/28/2010 9:04PM

    emoticon You're doing a emoticonjob!

I'd love more info about the bracelet! emoticon

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ANDI571 11/28/2010 7:24PM

    I was wearing my Stay Strong bracelet, and it would remind me why I was doing this. I haven't been wearing it, and I didn't walk past the cookies this evening.

Good for you!

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HEALTHYARTIST1 11/28/2010 7:13PM

    This is just like what we call, "touch stones", when you touch them they remind you of your faith with God. And it really works, one time my DH was having surgery and they had a code Blue and I thought it was him. As I sat there I remembered my bracelet, which I touch and was then able to silent say a prayer. It felt warm and comforting so I can imagine the bracelet to eat correctly would do the same thing. Love the idea!

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SLBRANTLEY 11/28/2010 6:56PM

    Please, tell me more about the bracelet! I'm excited because it's working for you! emoticon

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BUGGYS 11/28/2010 6:54PM

    I may just have to give these bracelets out as stocking stuffers! emoticon

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LITTLESPARKLER 11/28/2010 6:53PM

    That's so cool. I have never heard of the bracelet, sounds awesome!

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PURPLESPEDCOW 11/28/2010 6:20PM

    I am going to check this out. I need a visual daily reminder. And good for you for using yours!

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HOPE2011 11/28/2010 6:11PM

    Great job! I hope to get mine by the end of the year - I ordered late. I hope it does the same for me - a visual reminder of the commitment I made to myself.

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FIGHT2SURVIVE 11/28/2010 5:16PM

    Tell me about these magic bracelets. I rarely get to watch Dr. Oz but love him. Do you buy these or just make your own or what?

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HAPPYSOUL91 11/28/2010 4:55PM

    Great job, you should really be proud of yourself!

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NUTTYSNOOPYFAN 11/28/2010 4:32PM

    Excellent! I'm waiting to receive my bracelet in the mail. emoticon

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KIRSTEN 11/28/2010 4:30PM

    Great job! I just ordered my bracelet yesterday, and I look forward to it.

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JMCADE 11/28/2010 4:18PM

    Wow hadn't heard of this. Looks like it is working for you. I'll have to go to the website and check it out. Thanks

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ELLDEE57 11/28/2010 4:00PM

    what is this braclet? Is it any or a special one. Good Idea.

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GEMINISUE 11/28/2010 3:59PM

    Good Job, and you just reminded me, I ordered one, and it should be coming, soon!

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LKB_717 11/28/2010 3:46PM

  Nice Job!!! emoticon

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Team Tempo

Saturday, November 27, 2010

(FYI - this blog is mostly for the SparkPoints... but I DO love my Tar Heel basketball!)
emoticon The boosters for the UNC Women's Basketball team are Team Tempo. Jessica Breland, one of the stars, is playing again after undergoing chemotherapy for lymphoma. She has started a fund for kids with cancer, The Comeback Kids. T-shirts are available as part of the fundraiser.
Here's to all those who treat cancer, to those who are diagnosed, to those who survive to thrive, and those who leave us too soon but are forever in our hearts. emoticon

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HAPPYSOUL91 11/28/2010 9:39AM

    Nothing wrong with doing it for spark points! I sure agree with forever in my heart!

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KATHYJO56 11/27/2010 8:10PM

    Your blog may be for points, but I loved it. emoticon emoticon

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