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Spark Break for Travel

Thursday, March 29, 2012

I will look forward to catching up with you guys some time next week. I may steal a few computer minutes here and there, but overall I will be absent.

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JOYATLAST 4/1/2012 7:14AM

    Have FUN!

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    May you enjoy your break where ever you are and whatever you do.

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MAMASUDS 3/30/2012 2:11PM

    Have a great week!

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CHICKEYBABE 3/30/2012 1:40PM

    We miss you already. Have fun and hurry back.

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ZELLAZM 3/30/2012 8:22AM

    Look forward to hearing about your travels - have a great time!

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NANCY- 3/30/2012 7:35AM

    Enjoy!!! But know you will be missed.

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JLITT62 3/30/2012 5:35AM

    Have fun!

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TRAVELGRRL 3/30/2012 2:47AM

    Take care and we'll leave the light on for you!

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VISUALLYRICS 3/29/2012 10:21PM

    Enjoy!! ...your travels! emoticon

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WARMSPRINGDAY 3/29/2012 10:00PM

    May God grant you safe and happy travels. Eager for when you'll be back.

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Today's Strategy for 100% Compliance

Monday, March 26, 2012

This is what I needed today to pick up where my mental toughness let off. Guess I wasn't singing loud enough. Couldn't resist the baked goods while shopping. Ridiculous calories.

What matters is what I do after I've failed: Measure and track everything, drink more water, go to strength training class, healthy dinner, don't stay up too late.

"When you make a wrong turn on the road, your GPS does not go berserk, berate you and drive you off a cliff. It calmly tells you to get back on track."
quote from ~Indygirl

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MAMASUDS 3/30/2012 2:21PM

    I love the "Knight Rider" setting on our TomTom. It says we have altered course and that we should resume our mission before innocent bystanders are injured. So, next time you get off track, imagine Kitt in the background saying "we need to minimize civilian casualties."

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    It's so nice to move beyond beating ourselves up. Maybe you should just plan for a baked treat when you go shopping then you
a. don't have to perceive you have done something "wrong"
b. feel relaxed knowing you are allowed to eat this because it is in your plan
c. can actually give yourself credit for sticking to your plan

Now you deserve flowers. emoticon

or - they make duct tape in so many colors now. We can buy red and cut it out in the shape of lips and no one will know it is there.

Comment edited on: 3/27/2012 3:17:42 PM

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NANCY- 3/27/2012 1:08AM

    I love Indygirl quotes.
What is past is done... what matters is what are you going to do now and: emoticon
Don't lose your confidence if you slip.
Be grateful for a pleasant trip,
And pick yourself up; dust yourself off;
Start all over again.
You are doing it my friend!

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INTOTHESOUTH 3/26/2012 9:49PM

    Great attitude! Of course we are all going to make mistakes, but it is always how you pick yourself up afterwards that counts! Way to go fellow firecracker.

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WATERMELLEN 3/26/2012 9:00PM

    Great blog. Like you say: move on.

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CHICKEYBABE 3/26/2012 6:59PM

    Heh it is all about the journey Free. It is the process and what we learn and do during that process and the person that we are at the end. We are a sum of all of our day to day experiences and not just of one single moment. You are doing great!

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AVANELL 3/26/2012 6:05PM

    Amen! Our GPS lady says "turn around when possible"! I love your attitude!


Don't let the rock in your path cause you to fall down and stay down! Get back up an go again!

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TRAVELGRRL 3/26/2012 5:41PM

    I love those Indyisms too!

Had to laugh at the photo -- I could have used that this weekend, myself. Oh well, stand up, dust off, carry on! I see I've missed a few of your blogs, so I'll have to go back and catch up.

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VISUALLYRICS 3/26/2012 5:33PM

    What a Splendid attitude YOU have!! emoticon my Spark Friend for getting back on track!

I love your blog - right to the point! You're the Champ!! ~ Laura emoticon

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Sing and Remember

Sunday, March 25, 2012

Steve Siebold on says to clarify your weight loss goals to the point where someone could wake you up at 4 in the morning and say "What are your goals?!" and you could spit them out even in a half dazed state of sleep. Siebold says this level of mental clarity is crucial when the going gets tough, "which it will."

For me the way I learn something to this level of automatic, intuitive ownership is to sing it. Over and over. (For example, in this process there came to mind a French song I learned as a child; it is stuck there forever!) So I looked at my lists and tried to cut things down to an irreduceable minimum that I could sing.

*Be thin for God's miracles in my life.
*Feel good when I look in the mirror.
*Wear cute clothes and walk tall and proud.
*Honor my awesome Creator.
*Do fun stuff. Live better and longer.
*Inspire and encourage others.

I'm singing it to a simple nursery tune. Past experience has proven it will be popping into my head at unpredictable times. Now maybe it will tra-la-la into my thoughts when the going gets tough, which it will.

But I'd still rather not be waked up and questioned at 4 a.m.!

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HEATHERSUEM 3/27/2012 7:21PM

    I can definitely do that. I sing everything. It would only make sense to sing myself thin too. emoticon

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ZELLAZM 3/27/2012 4:29PM

    I love the idea of singing your goals!

Which French song would that be? We had an LP of French folksongs when I was a kid and I can still remember a lot of the words. In fact, I'd rather have "Il etait une Bergere" going around in my head than the silly German popsong that's been there since I watched part of an awards show over the weekend!

Mental toughness - I just started the videos but am putting them on hold till after my project is finished.

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RUNNINGOMA 3/26/2012 11:37AM

    Great idea!

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BIGLITTLEWOMAN 3/26/2012 11:37AM

    What inspiration!! I don't remember Steve S. telling us this, makes me wonder what else I did not absorb. Good thing I'm listening again.

As I'm reading your blog, I see the birds flitting around with the ribbon in their beaks. You have a way of making me think light and airy as opposed to heavy and serious. Life is good. emoticon

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NANCY- 3/26/2012 10:38AM

    Great Idea! I used to remember telephone numbers by giving them a rhythm (now they are on a contact list on my cell phone, lol.) Putting our goals to a rhythm is a stellar suggestion.

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AVANELL 3/26/2012 8:44AM

    Reminds me of a scripture in Job 22:28: You will also declare a thing, and it will be established for you; So light will shine on your ways.

What we say carries a lot of weight in influencing how we act. So, sing your way to success!


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ADJQUILTER 3/26/2012 7:23AM

    What an awesome idea! I'm more of a lyrics person, but I suppose I could borrow a tune from somewhere. It would be a good thing to be humming when I'm on my stationary bike. Some days, I play old hymns in my head while I'm riding. You are just full of great ideas! Thanks so much!
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WARMSPRINGDAY 3/26/2012 4:38AM

    I like the idea of singing it. Songs are so easy to memorize. Might have to follow through on that suggestion.

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VISUALLYRICS 3/25/2012 10:07PM

    Uh-oh..... emoticon I've got my own tune in my head now.... Lol!!
Just look where this blog has led me - Music is my passion! Now to come up with the words..... emoticon

emoticon Songbird! ~ Laura

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VALLITTLEMAMA5 3/25/2012 10:06PM

    Sounds like fun! Singing can solidify memory and also brighten the day. What a great plan!

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Speed Motivating (a la Speed Dating)

Friday, March 23, 2012

Want to get recharged in sixty seconds or less? Scan a few pages of your friend feed! It's amazing what cream you hit right away, just skimming . . . you get the condensed version even from "friends of friends!"
[see bottom of page if you need help finding your full friend feed]

For example, these are all BLOG TITLES. Simply blog titles. And they're underlined for you on the feed! It's like a quick highlight reel of encouragement and advice nuggets!

One good decision at a time (Klong8)

Making a Difference (MamaSuds)

I need to have more faith in myself (Nancy-)

It's a Mindset (HawkEyeRant)

More Stress but a Good Run Today (HoundLover)

I have to believe: "He will finish" (MI-EllKayBee)

Truth Check Today (Klong8)

No excuses (SherylDS)

NOT Going to guilt myself further off track (Namaari)

Renew Yourself (LadyRose49)

Following in the Footsteps of Faith (MJRVIC2000)

Savouring Life Through the Five Senses (Watermellen)

Control Your Thoughts - Control Your Life (ID_Vandal)

Feeling Armed...And Ready (TravelGrrl)

I need to suck it up (Nancy- )

Strong Is the New Skinny! (VisualLyrics)

It's Good to be Listened To... (Little-Lori)

I'm not there yet, but I can see it from here ( MobyCarp)

A New Normal (CameoSun)

Depend on Christ ( LadyRose49)

Use It and Move It (BigLittleWoman)

Dieting is Permanent (Watermellen)

More of Just Life (I.M.Magic)

Let's Not Miss It! (MamaSuds)

I am a Finisher - Whatever It Takes (WarmSpringDay)

I Choose to Succeed Every Day (SetAGoal1)

Wasn't that fast and easy? And don't you feel better already? Try it some time!

[To find your friend feed, go to the My Trackers bar and click START. Look in the bottom right corner of the white box area and click the red letters which say "SEE FULL FRIEND FEED.]

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MAMASUDS 3/25/2012 12:15PM

    Thanks for the speedy motivation! Now if I could just get warm. BRRRRR, I'm cold.

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LEAN-N-LEXY 3/24/2012 8:53AM

    Those are awesome.

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WATERMELLEN 3/23/2012 7:25PM

    Didn't know about this . . . what a great idea. Speed motivating!! Thanks!!

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ID_VANDAL 3/23/2012 6:47PM

    You are amazing. I just read your last few blogs and I'm sitting here just thanking God I came across you here in Sparkland.

You bring so much to your blogs and always have something that makes me think!!

Great job and thanks alot. I didn't know about that friend feed either so thanks for that!



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BIGLITTLEWOMAN 3/23/2012 12:15PM

    That's a nice efficient way of finding good material and insight. Thanks for this, it seems like a timersaver and almost guarantee of finding motivation.

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CHICKEYBABE 3/23/2012 10:40AM

    You are so smart! I do look at feeds but go to every single page. Duh!!!! I didn't know about the friend feed. THANKS! You are absolutely right about motivation from others and many days it is our blog entries that keep me on my feet and moving in the right direction. THANKS FOR THE LEARNING! Lisa emoticon

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NANCY- 3/23/2012 10:16AM

    Those titles do suck me in. I scan the Friend Feed to to check on folk's status too.

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    Hey, I did not realize how easy that was! Thank you, my friend! emoticon emoticon

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ADJQUILTER 3/23/2012 6:14AM

    Great idea! Also a good way to speed check for anyone who might need a little extra encouragement. emoticons are the best!

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WARMSPRINGDAY 3/23/2012 5:14AM

    You are so right! Love it!

I love looking at my friend feed, but don't find time to do it every day.

Blessings on your day, my friend!

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VISUALLYRICS 3/23/2012 1:30AM

    emoticon Lol!! Great idea! very uplifting!

I am finding out that "Strong is the new skinny!" my own life every day ....more & more!

TGIF!, Laura emoticon

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Unsubscribe to Junk [Food]

Monday, March 19, 2012

The more I clean up my eating habits, the more I discover that so many treats I used to love are delicious only in my memory.

I will not list them --- because I myself am easily triggered, and I'd rather not read a blog and find that its details have triggered my cravings for junk! But I'm talking about packaged, processed food, and fast food, and a few restaurant specialties thrown in. They just don't live up to my self-indulgent expectations! (with a few exceptions, like . . . . oh, never mind!)

It's disappointing enough to make a poor choice and know I am compromising my goals. Then when it doesn't even taste very good, or I didn't remember it being so waxy, or there's a chemical aftertaste . . . . Rats! Why did I do this? This has happened plenty of times before! Why don't I remember that the pleasure payoff is rarely what I expect?

When I was going through the book The Beck Diet Solution, for a while I rated splurges numerically. With pop, for example, which was my downfall for years, I would rate how good I expected it to be. Always 10. Then I gave a number to how good it actually was, in reality, that moment. Usually the first sip was 9 or 10, then my satisfaction would fall to 4 or 5---if I was even paying attention. (The other pattern this made me notice is that I usually savor the first bite of a treat, and often after that I'm on autopilot.)

So that was one helpful element, and I do have that as a daily pop-up reminder on my ipod: Unhealthy foods do not satisfy.

This morning I ate something that is NOT on my diet. I rationalized it, of course. I had several persuasive excuses. For one thing, it was in the middle of my two-mile walk. Which it cancelled out, of course.

So while pondering those 200 calories I wished I could have back, I was making a mental list of the other junky things which I KNOW from experience are NOT WORTH IT. I wanted to impress on myself to STOP that useless input.

I CAN UN-SUBSCRIBE TO THAT FOOD ! Just like out on the web---when I think a blog will be informational and it turns out to be just a series of advertisements, I can unsubscribe! In my mind I went click, click, click. Check off that box. Not desirable to me any more. Not turning out to be what I really wanted. Unsubscribe.

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AMAZINGMOMMY4 3/22/2012 11:35PM

    Love it !! So true!!

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AVANELL 3/21/2012 10:52PM

    Great idea! Thanks for sharing it with us!


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NEWKAREN43 3/21/2012 9:19PM

    I love your rating system! I like that you rate it from 'before' and then give it a current satisfaction score. Soda is a great example for me as well, Diet Coke was always 'the thing' but recently, I take a slurp and it's like, are you sure it's Diet Coke? It doesn't taste right. Therefore dis-satisfaction...Great blog, good stuff. Thanks for sharing.

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WATERMELLEN 3/21/2012 8:58PM

    Really love this "unsubscribe" concept. I've "unsubscribed" to donuts, for sure . . . but potato chips? Hmmm.

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WARMSPRINGDAY 3/21/2012 5:08AM

    Love this.

I like the idea of rating splurges numerically. As always, you inspire me.

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ADZY86 3/20/2012 10:24AM

    You are so so right, and what a fantastic way of looking at it! I only really properly had the realisation last week that some foods just do not taste as good as I imagine(d) them to be. Without naming the food and setting myself off, that is one thing that I have most definitely UNSUBSCRIBED too! I sure hope I don't have to go through the experience of trying something again before I realise I need to unsubscribe though!
Thanks so much for the idea!

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NANCY- 3/20/2012 7:54AM

    I wish I had read this yesterday morning.
What a wonderful perspective.
"We don't do that. "

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    Two new techniques in two days. Unsubscribing to trigger foods and flipping coins.

Don't forget that tv commercials are the equivalent of SPAM. Don't watch them, it is all propaganda!

Good thinking FL. emoticon

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MAMASUDS 3/19/2012 5:52PM

    Way to go! Oh how I have been right there with you. So many things have been checked off of the list over the years. Often I wish I had unsubscribed for real, when I try the junk item again and remember that I didn't like it last time either. Rats! Okay, mental unsubscribe is the task next time around. Thanks for the visual!

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GLAMOURGIRL-9 3/19/2012 3:50PM

    LOVE IT!!!! emoticon

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VISUALLYRICS 3/19/2012 2:49PM

    What a SeNsAtiOnaL Idea!!! - to UNSUBSCRIBE TO JUNK FOOD!!!!


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    That is a GREAT way to think about things! Thank you for sharing this wisdom!

I am so behind, but just plugging along, and I will eventually get caught up reading my friends' blogs. There is so much less stress with less "stuff" to do with my Sparking. I am not worrying about the points so much, and just tracking the necessary things and keeping up with blogs of my best SparkFriends. So much nicer! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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TRAVELGRRL 3/19/2012 2:04PM

    I love this! What a great way to think about it. "Unsubscribe." emoticon

We are evolving.

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READYRACHEL 3/19/2012 12:39PM

    Great idea. Thanks for sharing!

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ADJQUILTER 3/19/2012 12:03PM

    I like that idea! Unsubscribe to things that are not beneficial. Zap!!!! History!!!!
Thanks for the inspiration!
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