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Monday, February 18, 2013

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63KEEPONGOING 2/18/2013 10:18PM

  What is spark guys check in? Glad you got so very many points!

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JUSTPEACHY1 2/18/2013 6:59PM

    emoticon Elaine!

OK, now I must admit. You need to tell me what Spark Guy"s check-in IS!!!

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JANETELIZABETH1 2/18/2013 3:03PM

    Good for you Elaine!!

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Tuesday, December 04, 2012

GOALS??? emoticon emoticon

My Goals:

S= specific
M= measurable
A= attainable
R= realistic
T= timely

This is the best time of year...Christmas is a wonderful time to set new goals.
I am thankful for my Team of Champs II who have decided to encourage one another to set new goals. What??? December set goals??? A present to me!!!

A new mindset and this is what I have come up with:

1. Willingness to do something for me emoticon a trip to the gym, a walk, some lifting of weights, L.S.

2. Make it personal ~ a present for me emoticon Salads...full of crunchie veggies.

3. A Quality gift ~ fight for health... emoticon emoticon wear the fitbit and watch it click off steps...and calories burned!

4. Know my TRIGGERS ~ Wheat, Sugar, High Carbs (50-80) emoticon Clear out my cupboard, fridge of these temptations.

5. Count Calories ~ Replace with Count Your Blessings. emoticon Bite it/Write it!!

6. Thought Life ~ Healthy Fats, Brain Food, Desserts, keep it moderate. emoticon ???Positive ~ what melts fat away???

7. Eye Gate ~ emoticon "O, be careful little eyes what you see..O be careful little eyes what you see...for the Father up above is looking down in love."

8. Emotional Scars ~ know your family, past experience, what makes me think I must have another piece of cake, ten cookies, several bon bons? Work on knowing myself more clearly with wisdom from God.
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9. Educate yourself ~ your experiences emoticon

10. Expectations ~ BE REALISTIC!!! MOVING TO GOAL. emoticon

11. FORGIVE YOURSELF!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon


Taken with my Princess Mia...trying to jump out of my arms. 12/4/2012

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JUSTPEACHY1 12/5/2012 9:20PM

    Elaine, Great blog! Thanks for sharing with the rest of us. I like your goals - I think they're realistic. I also like your photo of you and Mia. emoticon emoticon

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JANETELIZABETH1 12/5/2012 1:41PM

    Thanks for posting your thoughtful blog Elaine....we can make a list like that and read it often!
What a CHAMP you ARE!!!
Love the new pic of smiling you holding tight to princess Mia!!

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GRANDMANANCY 12/4/2012 5:44PM

    GREAT Elaine. I need to take a page from your post and think about MY GOALS.

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NELLIEC 12/4/2012 4:26PM

    I really like this list!

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Saturday, August 04, 2012


Chapter 6 MTC

Come up with a spiritual marker. Examples: frame a word that means the most to you, write the word “peace” on your scale, write your new name on a white stone.

Yes, COURAGEOUS!!!!! emoticon It takes awesome courage from God BECAUSE IT IS COMMITMENT IN STONE.

My one word is TRANSFORMATION...change, alteration, changed; substituted, modification, remodeling, reconstruction. revolution, reprogramming,refinement, revision, exchange the old for NEWNESS!

Written on a white rock and in my living room "TRANSFORMATION".

Philippians 3:21 says it like this...'He will transform our lowly bodies'...of course speaking of our heavenly bodies.

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ZELLAZM 10/18/2012 6:07AM

    Renewal leads to transformation - may your heart and mind be renewed today! Good to be back on SP and catching up with my friends and their blogs.


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BESTSUSIEYET 8/24/2012 9:01AM

    My One Word for this year is RETURN ... and as I read your blog today, I realize Jesus is in the process of Transforming me as I continue to Return to Him.

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ABETTERSOUL 8/24/2012 8:48AM

    Behold all things become new...In Christ we are a new creation! Awesome!

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GOURMETLOSER 8/10/2012 9:03PM

    A great word. Isn't that what our faith in God is all about!

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JUSTPEACHY1 8/8/2012 10:37PM

    Elaine, I love your word. That's what we're all looking forward to isn't it; to be more and more like Him! Thanks for sharing. emoticon Ena

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MOMMA_BEAR_69 8/5/2012 10:22PM

    Amen! Thank you.

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GRANDMANANCY 8/5/2012 7:51AM

    Thanks Elaine ! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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LHLADY517 8/4/2012 11:01PM

    Yes, He will transform us.

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Thursday, July 12, 2012

Got a plan & 'DO THE RIGHT THING'...one of the first steps to developing a healthy lifestyle of eating..it is realistic and I am accountable since I have started with SPARK PEOPLE!!! emoticon

Charting my food intake on SPARK NUTRITION GUIDE
emoticon(I chose a plan for heart health) It keeps me accountable.
emoticonThe thing I love about it is that I can see each day by doing the tally of each food item. I see what I am missing out on in my nutrition and make it up by eating those food choices. I am hopeful as I walk through the grocery isle knowing that the foods I put in my cart are those healthy choices!!!

emoticon emoticon emoticonFoods that give me the nutrition I need to be fit; fresh vegetables and fruits plus other healthy foods... emoticon
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(Chapter Four ~ Made To Crave)

It is important to have these friends to:
~ Listen
~ Be there for me
~ Help me remember why I am doing this and what I hope to accomplish in the long run.

I believe this kind of help is beneficial to me for my 'self control' 'discipline' 'stick-to-it-' whatever you want to call it.

In my case this help comes through my Teams right here on SPARK PEOPLE!! What a blessing to know I can call on them any time
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TOPS (Taking Off Sensible) is a local support group where I weigh in weekly.

Another form of support has been my family as they are there for me to support my decision to healthy living. They too are focused, especially I gain a lot of strength for my exercise plan when I see my youngest grand daughter loving her own exercise plan and sticking to it faithfully. My oldest daughter who struggles with parkinson disease is such an inspiration to me. She is realizing her dream in becoming a pilates instructor, with a focus on those who have the same disease as she. We as a family support her...Odie their black lab is the star!
emoticonPaws for the Cause ~ Parkinsons!! I do the walk when possible! emoticon

*****Last but not least I want my life to please my God and He is there for me 24/7 and is my main source of strength.
*****He is my Rock!!*****

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MOMMA_BEAR_69 7/14/2012 11:36PM

    You are doing a wonderful job, Elaine!!!
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JUSTPEACHY1 7/12/2012 11:17PM

    Great blog, Elaine! And I love having Spark friends for accountability! emoticon Ena

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NELLIEC 7/12/2012 4:17PM

    Having a good support system is great!

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JANETELIZABETH1 7/12/2012 3:53PM

    You've developed some wonderful healthy habits there Elaine...
That's right we need to keep fresh supplies of fruit & veggies readily available so they can become our first choice and as we enjoy them we can actually 'crave' them. Who would have thought it? lol

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Thursday, June 28, 2012

Chapter 3 ~ Getting A Plan

"My changing body revealed all my secrets...poor food choices were sabatoging my body, my mental energy, and even my spirit. Food had become like a drug. And, honestly, a good drug choice for a Christian woman. Every church event I attended readily provided my drug out in the open with no hesitation or judgement."

These are the words of Lisa Terkeurst author of Made to Crave.

Even as the hard work of digging, spading, planting, watering, weeding a garden reveal the end results; the proof of the result is in the PLANNING. The ultimate goal....aka end results will come when there is a specific PLAN.

Eating vegetables and fruit with abandonment, keeping the fat low (reading labels for nutrition values, and not buying anything higher than 4 grams of fat.), doing the same with carbohydrates (keeping a journal), sugar (reading the nutrition value and let it be the 3rd ingredient or more), protein at nutritional value. Using the Spark People tracking will show all these values. It will lay out for you a Healthy Heart Guide, a Diabetic Guideline, a low fat guide, Calcium values, Fiber values....all of this to produce a PLAN.

Now, that PLAN will only work if we WORK THE PLAN.

Someone had to learn the discipline of giving up some things and that someone was me!!! Those things were poor food choices that were sabotaging my body, my mental energy, and even my spirit. Did you get that .... past tense, were!!

"This journey will require you to make some tough sacrifices, but I've come to look at this process as embracing healthy choices rather than denying myself.
Speaking of gardens, I have a funny truth to share about the healthy eating plan I chose. Basically, I eat what a wild animal eats - meat and things that grow naturally from the earth. I was immediately encouraged by the possibilities of this new eating plan. I have yet to see an overweight animal in the wild lamenting over excess cellulite."

Along with Isaiah 43:18-19 "Forgetting the former things...

Psalm 34:4-8 "I sought the LORD, and he answered me, he delivered me from all my fears. Those who look to him are radiant; their faces are never covered with shame. This poor man called, and the LORD heard him; he saved him out of all his troubles. The angel of the LORD encamps around those who fear him, and he delivers them. Taste and see that the LORD is good; blessed is the man who takes refuge in him."

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JUSTPEACHY1 7/6/2012 12:55PM

    THank you Elaine for sharing this with us! I think I can summarize it like this: PLAN IT, WORK IT, PRAY IT!
Blessings, Ena emoticon

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MOMMA_BEAR_69 6/29/2012 6:52AM

    Totally true that a PLAN will only WORK if YOU WORK the PLAN! Great blog and a lot of food for thought!! Thank you so much! Made to Crave is a book that is worth reading. I will definitely be looking for it.

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BEAGLEMAMA2 6/29/2012 5:00AM

    Thanks for sharing...it is true that a PLAN will only WORK if YOU WORK the PLAN!

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ZELLAZM 6/28/2012 1:33PM

    Good thoughts, thank you for sharing them - must read her book someday!

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BOBBIENORTHERN1 6/28/2012 8:45AM

  Oh this is such a good blog and so filled with truth.

I just loved reading this and so agree.

Thank you so much for your thoughts.

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