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Who would have guessed it? Ė Iím not hungry! Ė A new revelation for me!

Friday, December 03, 2010

I love food! I always have and always will. I've pretty much told myself this message all my life. Within the last five years, I have come to believe that I will always have a weight problem because of my love of food. While I donít see that love ever really going away, something really strange happened today:

I ate so healthy today, I need to add calories I wouldn't typically add. But my health education reminds me itís not good to cheat my body out of the calories it needs to live a healthy lifestyle.

Todayís feeling is RARE. I'm actually thinking about which high calorie food I might add thatís both light and healthy.

About the only thing different that Iím doing this week is eating more fruits and veggies, as well as learning and living the new Weight Watcher program that just came out this week. For backup personal research, I continue to track my food and activity with SparkPeople. I'm guessing all those fresh fruit and veggies I've added, are doing their magic.

Have you noticed a change in your perception of food when you increased your intake of fruits and vegetables?

  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

SHELLEY147 12/3/2010 8:31PM

    Love this post! You are making so many great changes in your life! I have noticed that there are days I need to really think about what else I can add to get in enough calories! Never in a million years would I think that...I am used to having to figure out how to cut calories! :) The fruits and veggies just fill me up so much I'm not hungry! YAY for us for finally living the good life!! ~huge hugs~

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CERIUSLY 12/3/2010 8:28PM

    Great blog! Enjoy those freggies!

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MUEHLBBO 12/3/2010 8:12PM

    So great. I'm with you on not being hungry and still having calories to burn. Keep up the good ways.

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VENISEW1 12/3/2010 7:33PM

    Love it! That's the best feeling isn't it!

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Get over yourself!

Wednesday, December 01, 2010

With all the wonderful resources we have available, we can get pretty wrapped up in ourselves. Weíre learning great ways to make self improvements that lead toward being a much healthier person. WooHoo! Please make the choice to stay involved. Be patient: There will always be hurdles to overcome. Be persistent: Make life-long learning a virtue that helps you meet your goals. Be philanthropic: Find ways to give back.

Would you like your report card to read any of the following phrases?

ďPlays well with othersĒ
ďGood team playerĒ
ďWell done, good and faithful servant!Ē

If so, then your revelation today (or not) may very well be this: Itís not all about me, me, me, or you, you, you! If Iím being too bold, please forgive me. Iím probably ďpreaching to the choir.Ē I doubt if I have many blogs left in me, so Iím probably not saying anything new . . . Most of my friends are already very generous people.

One surefire way to keep your friends, meet new people, and build great character is to see and act on the gift of goodness in your friends and family and by giving back to others and your communities. As much as we might like to shoot from the hip a little too quickly, we must be carefully not to be too judgmental or murmur, grumble, and complain. Many fine people give back as leaders and active participants within the SparkPeople community. Many also give back within their neighborhoods and find ways to reach out to beyond their immediate borders to help make this world a better place to live in. Wow . . . what a gift! You become the blessing to others! By giving, you put your focus on reaching out to others, leaving your mind off of those bad (unhealthy) habits you learned. Ultimately, you find great personal blessing in this new focus.

For me, I strive to find improved ways to live under the unconditional love God has for me . . . such great grace, mercy, and forgiveness is ours. Regardless of your faith, you are loved! I appreciate your presence within this wonderfully diverse SparkPeople community.

Are you leaving your legacy of giving in good hands!

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MSKITYOCAT 12/1/2010 6:37PM

  I think so. Blessings on your journey.

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SHELLEY147 12/1/2010 6:36PM

    I have found that offering to help out alot keeps my mind occupied with so many things, I can't focus on negative thoughts or bad habits! :) The more I reach out here on Spark, the more I have to focus on good habits and staying motivated! I'd like to think my report card would read...'plays well with others, but is a bit talkative!" :)

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Why is there such comfort in doing the same olí same olí?

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

When I wrote my mission statement, I made sure diversity was a key factor in my mission. My friends are quite diverse, I wear what most people would consider diverse clothes, and I give back to my community in some very diverse ways. Why, then, do we often find such great comfort in doing the same olí same olí routine of both eating and moving?

For me, itís safe. I feel a sense of guarantee in the outcome.

As soon as we reach a plateau in life, the first piece of advice we often get is to spice up our diet (literally with the spices we use or remember to vary the colors of our foods to reflect the entire rainbow) or try a new exercise regime. There is something to all this talk! When I walk now, I often try to ask my walking partner to speed it up a smidge before returning back to our regular pace. Apparently, our bodies need the challenge in order to improve our level of fitness!

This week was big for me . . . I added strength training and walking to my health plan. While Iím not doing them all that well, I somehow know Iím doing something kind for this carbon-based life form that has both been wonderfully created and richly blessed. Just as my faith life requires a life-long study in the Word to make progress, the many resources of SparkPeople encourage me on to make personal improvements, which ultimately helps me better serve God. How cool it that?

Do you find creative ways to spice up activities in your life?

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HEALTHYSOON2 12/1/2010 11:20PM

    Change is good. I've figured out that I stick with exercise when I have a lot of routines and plans to choose from. But I'm with you on the food. I love eating the same ol' same ol'. It's something I look forward to. It's one of the things that I'm having a hard time with. But, I haven't given up...

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EJOY-EVELYN 12/1/2010 7:03PM

    I hear you, Shelley! While WW recommended exercise in week three or four, my overweight mess-of-a-body had no desire to even begin that realm . . . I think I waited at least three months.

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SHELLEY147 12/1/2010 6:40PM

    I'm trying to spice up my activity, but have been hampered with injuries...I did try chair exercises for the first time a few weeks ago and love it! :) I'm also doing wall push-ups and lifting hand weights. Hopefully, once all healthy I'll keep finding new things to try :)

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PAMAPPLE 12/1/2010 1:11AM

    I like the way that you are adding healthy ways of living. You will only improve the more you do them and be able to walk faster for more minutes.

I'll write more about finding creative ways to spice up activities in my life but right now I need to go to bed. Nighty night... emoticon

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Weight Loss is a Lifestyle change for the Long Haul (Part 5)

Monday, November 29, 2010

Now that Iíve tried my best to rationalize why Iíve already taken this weight loss journey at a snailís pace, Iíve decided to ďkick it up a notch:Ē Thanks, SP Buds! I say this with love, appreciation, and yes . . . just a wee bit of sarcasm and lots of laughter.

I've accepted the challenge to try to speed up my weight loss program by joining a SparkTeam Challenge: 2010 Winter 5% Challenge Community. The Challenge begins Dec 4, so you (and a Spark Friend) still have time to join one of the many teams if youíd like to join us. You're welcome to follow the link from my SparkPage. I look forward to meeting and learning from my new Teddy Bear Teammates. Nothing like a good challenge to help us mind our p's and q's (I used to work with newspaper plates of type for those of you who know what this expression means) while entering, what I consider, to be one of the toughest and longest seasons of temptations.

While sometimes I ask myself, ďWhat was I thinking!?!Ē . . . This may be just what I need to make sure I average a quarter pound stick of butter each week, and not the eighth of a pound stick in the newest Land of Lakes packaging. Both sticks represent progress, but I fear the motivation in losing too slowly may actually serve to be a detriment to reaching my goals. Itís time to get back with the program of living right!

Do you accept the gentle nudging of people through relationships or challenges to go that extra mile in the journey to a new and healthier you?

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HEALTHYSOON2 11/29/2010 1:40PM

    Hey SP buddy, I'll be meeting you on the challenge boards. Together, we can do a lot...

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BOBBIENORTHERN 11/29/2010 12:32PM

    Great inspiration for the day. You have to do what your spirit is leading you to do. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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Weight Loss is a Lifestyle change for the Long Haul (Part 4)

Sunday, November 28, 2010

I am losing weight slowly, and for me thatís primarily been an average of a quarter pound weekly (a stick of butter). Many might think that my Weight Watcher membership ($39 a month) is a waste of money. I can understand that thinking. Then I think about all the crap I used to buy in the supermarket, at the food kiosk or in the restaurant. Itís a wash that literally keeps me in the black!

Funding a weight loss plan gives me 1) in-person interaction with people who are experiencing many of the same challenges Iím experiencing, 2) a caring Weight Watcher instructor who has had me and some of my international friends aboard her sail boat; 3) a future investment in a lifetime membership that makes my future participation free; 4) access to life-long learning (a personal mission of mine); and 5) an overall an insurance policy or investment that will continue to reap rewards.

I am blessed with a wealth of resources: The resources, support, and people at SparkPeople are tremendous! Thank you! I am also supported through books (Ultra-Metabolism, You on a Diet, Your Whole Life) and through a variety of small groups: 1) weekly Weight Watchers, 2) Three-month weekly segments of a 3D group (Diet, Discipline, and Discipleship via www.3dyourwholelife.com ) at one church, and 3) A sporadically run Faithfully Fit exercise class at another church. I've given thought to checking out a Jazzercize or Zumba class, but havenít taken the leap yet.

Do you have a community of friends, family, loved ones and/or professionals that help you succeed with your goal to be healthy?

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HEALTHYSOON2 11/29/2010 12:39AM

    My family has always been supportive. Of course you know that I've recently started SP, with a great support system. I'm getting to be more active in the gym - which I hope will have some support as well.

The biggest support I've needed in my life is myself. I need to believe, I mean truly believe, that I can lead a healthy life. It's something I'm currently learning...

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PAMAPPLE 11/28/2010 10:36PM

    Yes, i have found help from Weight Watchers but when it was all over, gained back my weight... but have found the most long-term support from the community of spark people. I haven't gained back any weight that I've lost except for a few pounds but always lose more through the encouragement and help of spark friends and spark teams. The teams that I lead and have started have given me the most support.

Comment edited on: 11/28/2010 10:39:38 PM

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LYNDALOVES2HIKE 11/28/2010 9:33PM

    I agree that slow loss is the best - it gives our bodies a chance to adjust fully to the 'new' weight and helps keep it off, also results in less 'saggy skin' than rapid loss. It's tempting to want to lose quickly, just get rid of the weight, but slower is much better.

As for WW, I'm glad you are finding a lot of support there - I didn't really get the support I felt I wanted or needed at the meetings but I know it's not the same for everyone - I really like it here at SP and for the moment have given up on WW.

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SHELLEY147 11/28/2010 9:25PM

    I have support from my whole family....and my friends on Spark...and my friends in 'real life'...and Spark itself. :)

I used to do WW, but it's hard right now on a limited income. I checked out the Curves near my house, but they want a one year committment and I can't do that with the possibility of moving in February. Once I move, I will find one in that area and check them out...or maybe the Y. I believe a church on the corner near the apartment complex has OA meetings or exercise classes....I'll have to check that out too :)

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KAITLYNN51 11/28/2010 8:57PM

    I too believe that a slower weight loss is the best. I also believe like you it has to be a lifestyle change not just a diet. My belief is that there is no end point like a diet so I'm not waiting for the end point, this is my life!

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TRIGFROST 11/28/2010 8:56PM

    yes, support from hubby...

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