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GET A SECOND OPINION

Tuesday, February 08, 2011

Avoid making the same diet mistakes twice by seeking feedback from a professional. If your budget allows, enlist an R.D. for a onetime assessment of your food log. Same with fitness: Hire a personal trainer for a session or two and adopt some new exercises while perfecting your form. A qualified mentor can determine where you are falling short and suggest exactly how to improve. Sure, it can be a blow to the ego-and maybe the wallet-to discover the error of your ways, but it will accelerate your growth tremendously.

“To be challenged is good. The challenged life may be the best therapist.”
—GAIL SHEEHY, American writer

  
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SVELTINGTON 2/8/2011 6:53PM

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DRAGONRIDER1 2/8/2011 7:36AM

    I agree that professional guidance is very important. If you can't afford the expense doing some common sense reserch on the internet will help you. Using the right key words though is important when using the internet because if your careless with the input you won't get the answers you want. All professionals, i.e Registered Dieticians as well as personal trainers have a licensing board or regulatory agency. If you want information start there, or you can go to the website for the American Heart Association, or the diebetic association and they might be able to give you some guidance.
Just some thoughts.
Have a great day.


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LLLAWSON 2/8/2011 7:32AM

    All so true!!

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BLEGNER1 2/8/2011 7:30AM

    I have been thinking the last few days that I might get a personal trainer to work with me one day a week. I won't do it until the weather gets a tad bit better because I would not want to schedule something and then be snowed in. I may check into the beginning of March. Your words have been helpful to me in firming up my decision. Thank you so very much. emoticon

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TLPSR523 2/8/2011 6:45AM

    sounds good.

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LIVE IN THE NOW

Monday, February 07, 2011

Anxiety is a useless emotion. Its only function is to derail your focus and rob you of valuable energy that you could channel into creating your new life. To knock it out, root yourself in the present moment by asking yourself how things are right now. Are you taking measures to achieve your goals? Good! Dealing with the tasks at hand helps pave the way to a better future.

  
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SVELTINGTON 2/7/2011 4:06PM

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DDOORN 2/7/2011 9:13AM

    Take the energy from your anxiety and channel it into ACTION!

Great thoughts/strategies! :-)

Don

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LLLAWSON 2/7/2011 7:31AM

    Love it. So true. Perfect timing. After going to wedding show yesterday I realised how much needs to be done and have been thinking about it non stop since yesterday. Realize this morning I need to take it in small chunks or maybe offer them money to elope. LOL JK!!

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Clear the Clutter

Sunday, February 06, 2011

This may seem unrelated to weight loss, but it's not: Getting organized frees up the mental energy and precious time that disorganization robs you of. Devote 15 minutes daily to going through your mail and straightening up-you'll notice a difference in your state of mind right away.


What’s big and gray and doesn’t matter?

An irrelephant. emoticon

  
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KIMBERLEY225 2/7/2011 1:20AM

    I can't live with clutter! LOL I love to organize and re-arrange all the time to avoid clutter. I agree about the peace of mind you have when your surroundings are clutter free!

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SVELTINGTON 2/6/2011 1:13PM

    I agree!



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DDOORN 2/6/2011 12:12PM

    It's SO connected to our new, improved SPARKED way of living! You bet!

Don

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LLLAWSON 2/6/2011 8:08AM

    So agree with this. Feel so much better when things are clutter free. Have been work the last 3 weeks to de clutter some areas like my bedroom. Sleep so much better in that clean room now.

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GMSHEVCHUK 2/6/2011 7:36AM

    I was just thinking that taking ROX525's idea and creating a new Spark Streak might be a good idea to keep me motivated to clean some things out.

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JUDITHANNIE 2/6/2011 6:56AM

    I've been trying that and not doing very well yet but won't give up. We have such a small house and we're both pack rats so it's hard but when I do finish a cluttered room I do feel much better. Keeping it that way is the challenge...thanks for the tip Judy emoticon

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ROX525 2/6/2011 6:49AM

    HaHa. I cleaned a shelf, drawer, cupboard, closet, etc. every day for over a month and boy did I feel good. I even slept better!

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Have a healthy hero

Saturday, February 05, 2011

Pick someone in your life you admire-not necessarily someone who runs marathons or eats ultra-healthfully. Your grandfather, a college professor, a friend-it doesn't matter as long as it's someone you look up to and have respect for. Whenever you're doing something outside your comfort zone or feel yourself losing steam, visualize this person at your side, telling you how much he or she believes in you.


What’s a common ailment among elderly kangaroos?
Roo-matoid Arthritis. emoticon emoticon

  
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SVELTINGTON 2/6/2011 1:14PM

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MOM4407 2/5/2011 9:09PM

    Great Idea.

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DDOORN 2/5/2011 10:37AM

    Great idea...you can even take it a step further and remember some of the particularly helpful, supportive, inspirational things this person might have said to you and "hear" them all over again during a tough time in one's life.

Don

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SHAPNUP 2/5/2011 7:50AM

    This is a great idea! I immediately thought of my mother. She has always been a great role model spiritually, she has never let anything stop her, and she's filled with common sense and love. I never thought I would say this, but I wanna be like my mom! Thanks for a great idea. emoticon

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Zip It!

Friday, February 04, 2011

Stop the negative self-talk-no more chatter about perceived body flaws or how you lack the strength and ability to be fit. Self-deprecation serves absolutely no purpose except to make you feel bad. So stop it. Now. Instead, say something nice and complimentary about who you are and what you CAN do.

  
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JESSFLO1 2/4/2011 1:00PM

    that's right... we CAN do this. I just keep telling myself over and over! Thanks for being such a positive influence! :)

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LLLAWSON 2/4/2011 8:18AM

    So true. Sometimes we are our own worst enemies.

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