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A short motivational video - 212 degrees

Monday, August 16, 2010

My Mom sent me the link for a short 3 minute video to remind us that it is that little extra effort, that one additional degree, that makes the difference between staying where we are or finding real power and making change in our lives. I liked it, hope you do as well!
212 degrees


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ADELCASALE 8/23/2010 8:26AM

    I also love this one. I nice way to start my day. Have a great one! emoticon

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BARBARAROCKSIT 8/16/2010 11:31PM

    one of my favorites. Thanks for reminding me about it.

Happy Healthy week!


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RED_WRITINGHOOD 8/16/2010 9:35PM

    Thank you for sharing that ;) I hope you have a wonderful week!!

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Updating my passport - Eat Love Pray inspired!

Sunday, August 15, 2010

Went to see the new Julia Roberts film Eat Love Pray (based on Elizabeth Gilbert's book) today with my daughter - LOVED IT! I had listened to the book on tape some years ago, but the performances were excellent and even better was seeing the different global locations. I love to travel and experience different cultures, and when I was in college, after taking Spanish in high school and German for my BS, I took Italian with the intention of traveling to Italy. I haven't made it there yet, but this reawakened the desire.
If you've read the book or seen the movie, what did you think?

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JODILYNNREEVES1 8/17/2010 9:20AM

    I can not wait to see it. The issue with me going to the movies is that the closet movie theater is 60 miles away one way. So I do not go see them much.

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LINDAKAY228 8/16/2010 10:28AM

    I haven't seen the movie or read the book but want to see the movie. I don't watch many movies, but this one really caught my eye. I can't wait to see it. I love to travel but haven't traveled out of the country (except for the border town of Palomas Mexico about 90 miles from me. Won't go there right now though because of current sitautions and it's too dangerous). There are so many places within the US I still want to see.

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FRANCESCANAZ 8/16/2010 9:27AM

    I have not, but I will. Gracias.

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KIKA209 8/16/2010 12:15AM

    Now I want to go watch the movie! ... maybe I should read the book first lol. I, too, love to travel and experience different cultures.

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BARBARAROCKSIT 8/15/2010 10:45PM

    Love to travel but haven't in a long time! I've been thinking about going to see the movie .. now I will :)


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Fitness is a leaky container

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

The importance of putting together a string of active days has been proven to me since joining SparkPeople. I have been trying to lose weight for a verrrrry long time, but stayed in the same 10 lb range. I've been trying to comfort myself that at least my body fat was slowly creeping downward. Frustrated, I set a goal to complete a half marathon, knowing the training needs would force me to be active on a more consistent basis. However, once I was MENTALLY ready to DO WHAT IT TAKES to get at least 30 lbs off, I looked for a way to make that a reality. SparkPeople was the method, and it's working! In 2 weeks I've lost 8 lbs, and I have been eating well, people! This is nothing short of a minor miracle.
So I wanted to share an example of how to visualize your fitness that has helped me. The USE-IT-OR-LOSE-IT principle is very real. I used to be very active, but after my divorce and other life changes I suffered such depression that I literally could spend days in bed. So my muscles suffered, and the fat accumulated.
When you exercise, imagine it as putting water into a container. You want to fill the container. However, as you pour a cup in, you discover a leak in the bottom of the container. When you add the water steadily, you can raise the level - but if you were to stop, your container would slowly empty out.
It's the same with your body and fitness. When you have a regular routine (it doesn't have to be EVERY day, rest is important to the process), you are adding to the level of your fitness. But if you stop, you will lose some of those abilities and accomplishments. You container will run dry. If it were a bank account, you'd eventually go bankrupt.
So being more active has been a huge part of getting these pounds off, and believe me! I DON'T WANT THEM BACK! I SURE don't want to carry the extra weight 13.1 miles on November 7!
May you reach all your fitness goals and make regular exercise part of your life.

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DAVEINSEOUL 8/15/2010 12:53AM

    Consistency is the key. I'll take one day off every now and then to let my key muscles and joints recover, but then I'm right back at it.

Your right. Fitness is a 'bank account' that can be drained through non-use. Thanks for the analogy.

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BRADIA 8/11/2010 7:01PM

    Thanks for the analogy

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LIVIN4TOMORROW 8/11/2010 12:00PM

    I love your example! That's so TRUE! Thanks for reminder!

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RUNNERGRL7380 8/11/2010 7:31AM

    Great anaology!!! Keep up the good work!!

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NANFACEMIRE1 8/11/2010 4:51AM

    That sounds like a good way to do it. Keep up the good work. Nancy

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ALLISAMAZING 8/11/2010 12:14AM

    That's a great analagy. Thanks for sharing it :)

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LIBRARYLASS 8/10/2010 11:12PM

    I second that, it is a good anaology! Thanks for sharing it!

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GONNAGETFIT11 8/10/2010 11:10PM

  That is a really good analogy! Thanks for posting that! I never thought of it that way before.

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Even good change can be stressful

Friday, August 06, 2010

This is only my second week on SP & so much has changed! I'm making my meals, drinking my water, upgrading my phone and computer in order to better use this site, meeting wonderful new people and learning how to earn SparkPoints. Even though back pain prevented my usual activity, the silver lining was several friends came over to help and we purged enough clutter to completely fill two trash toters!
The interesting part is even though I could have done "more," each day there came a point where I just needed to pause. emoticon Too many changes too fast can be overwhelming. So even though I am committed to improvements, it's "progress, not perfection."
I believe the reason it is "so hard" to lose weight is if it came off fast, we would not learn the lesson. By sticking to the "eat less, move more" mantra, learning new skills then practicing them, it will be more likely that I will maintain the weight loss instead of yo-yo.
So to all you turtles out there, yes, "slow & steady" not only wins the race but creates the habits necessary to stay the winner.
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Wishing you every success on your journey, you definitely have the right attitude to achieve great things. emoticon emoticon

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    emoticon to SparkPeople!

I truly believe that progress not perfection is the only way this journey will ever work.

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CBARRETT10 8/6/2010 5:20PM

  Great attitude, great blog! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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GBSLIM 8/6/2010 9:44AM

    Welcome to Spark!
Wow for being a new Sparker you sound like an old pro.
Keep those thoughts and no doubt you'll have great successes.
Best wishes for a fruitful journey.

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183WANTS2B140 8/6/2010 6:03AM

    Well said. I really need to learn that lesson this time.

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SUZIEGREY 8/6/2010 5:41AM

    You've got the right attitude. Most of us have been the tortoise and ended up getting nowhere. Don't strive for perfection. I find regular small goals are much more achievable.


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IONA72 8/6/2010 4:59AM

    Good attitude!! emoticon

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TURTLERAE55 8/6/2010 1:08AM

    This is a nice blog.

Keep up the good work. emoticon emoticon

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Calling all Turtles!

Sunday, August 01, 2010

I have noticed that lots of us are using the Turtle as our weight loss ticker emoticon
I use it because my motto is "The turtle only makes progress when it sticks its neck out." This reminds me to be brave, try things, don't hide inside a shell, keep making progress even when the going seems SOOOO SLOW, and in the end by being persistent I will win instead of the hare.
So anyone who is using the turtle emoticon (or simply likes my philosophy),
emoticon emoticon PLEASE add me as a SparkFriend and leave a comment on my SparkPage emoticon WE CAN REACH OUR GOALS!

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TEENYNE 8/29/2012 12:03PM

    I'm a hundred years late but adding you as a friend today!

I don't use the turtle on my ticker, but my one of my family members has taken to affectionately calling me Turtle because, in my "old age," I'd become a bit of a recluse.

I applied a modified version of your motto to my life - be brave, try new things, stop waiting for "the perfect time" to do the things I've always wanted to do and start creating the "fabulosity" for myself. Step one was selling my house, packing my car and moving to Durham from Cleveland, Ohio last year.

I've got many more things on my "to do for a fabulous life" list, including rediscovering my waistline and running Rocky's route to the Philadelphia Museum of Art (corny, I know - but I'm wanna do it anyway!).

I'm excited to add you as a SparkFriend and to travel the road together to reach our goals. Yay US!

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EMILYJEN 8/11/2010 9:31AM

    I like the turtle because I went to University of Maryland - Go TERPS!!! I use the little yoga lady for my ticker. But my 8 year old daughter likes to change it often so maybe the turtle will be next :-)

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    I love your motto. Adding you as a friend, let's do this!

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CBARRETT10 8/5/2010 5:13PM

  I don't use the turtle, but I feel at times my weight loss is at a turtles pace! Slow at this point is okay, I welcome the slow and easy as opposed to nothing at all emoticon I'm adding you as my SP friend to help motivate me on this journey! Good luck! emoticon emoticon

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SHAKENMA 8/4/2010 11:12AM

    Don't use the turtle...like the motto though. emoticon

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WENCHMAID 8/1/2010 7:18AM

    What if I have a turtle tattoo?? ;-)

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NEXTYEAR 8/1/2010 7:03AM

    I haven't used the turtle, but I am very happy with slow. I know it will all come off eventually. Best wishes!

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KBUCKMASH 8/1/2010 1:56AM

    I use the turtle because that is the way my weight is coming off, which is okay. After all it was the turtle who won the race with the rabbit.

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MISFIT_KT 8/1/2010 1:33AM

  I really like that motto! I opened this blog because turtles use to me one of my favorite animals.

I had never heard that motto before, but i love it! Thank you

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