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"Hitting the Reset Button" but with experience gained from the past

Sunday, January 02, 2011

Thanks to my time on Spark I can set much more realistic goals now. This week I want to blog on positive things I have gained from Spark and how I intend to use them for a great 2011.

My first step this morning was to use an idea I gained from reading JOHNTJ1's blog toward the end of last year. If you would like to read John's blog yourself you can find it at

John wrote "If you check out my Spark Page youíll notice my ticker says ďzero.Ē Thatís because I reset my weight goals. Iím not going to give myself a chance to fall back on past performance." When I read this I knew that it was something I would have to do myself for 2011. I want everyone, including myself, to see my progress in 2011 and not gains I made two years ago.

It was an easy change. I went to my Spark Page and edited it. My current weight was the starting point and I set the goal weight at 60 pounds less as I have a goal to average 5 pounds per month this year. I or my Spark friends can see just where I am at reaching my goal throughout 2011. I am holding myself accountable for all to see.

I also changed the background and icon on my ticker. One of the main streaks I plan to track this year is to run at least one mile every day of the year. I will keep track of this in streaks. I thought the runner background was appropriate for 2011. I chose the heart icon because I wanted to remind myself of how good it will be for my heart and health.

I will blog more about my new goals and implementation throughout January. I decided to reread "The Spark". I am finding that to be very valuable.

I also look forward to reading all the blogs of my friends in Spark. Many of these blogs add to my Spark knowledge and encourage and teach me new techniques. I want to thank everyone whose words like JOHNTJ1's words that have helped me in 2010. Your taking the time to share your experience both positive and negative along with your methods of attacking the negative has made a great difference to me. emoticon

I am not starting over again, but instead resetting my goals.

  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

SUSIEPH1 1/2/2011 6:25PM

    Way to go Margi..
I love that you are resetting your goals ...
will look forward to seeing you on the Challenges .. They are there to help you stick to your callories and also your exercise. I have found that by recording them each day I can keep my self honest!
and it is so encouraging to see my efforts ... Great to have you back so seriously my friend

Hugs Susie emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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CALIKIKI 1/2/2011 1:50PM

    Sounds great!

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MAGPIE74 1/2/2011 1:45PM

    I was debating about resetting my weight for the exact same reason you mentioned. I think it is an excellent idea. Now off to read John's blog!

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REBECKY44 1/2/2011 1:29PM

    That's a GREAT idea! It's a good way to reset and recharge!! Making changes on your SparkPage and/or Ticker is a way of saying..."Watch out.. things are changing!" Well done! WooHoo!

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SASSACAIA 1/2/2011 12:26PM

    Excellent ideas! You are going to OWN 2011!!


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PRYDEQUEEN 1/2/2011 12:23PM

    Thanks for the suggestions! Happy New Year!

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MRDPOLING 1/2/2011 12:09PM

    Wise, be this action - Yoda

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2010 is almost gone

Friday, December 31, 2010

It is hard to believe that 2010 has almost come and gone. I'm looking forward to 2011 and what I can accomplish.

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MAGPIE74 12/31/2010 10:18AM

    Good-bye 2010. Welcome 2011 - bring it on, I am so really for a better year to come my way!

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MRDPOLING 12/31/2010 4:06AM

    2011 is going to be the year of the Spark!

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SUSIEPH1 12/31/2010 4:03AM

    I Wish you a Wonderful Sparkfilled 2011.
I also Wish you a Safe, Healthy,Fit and Happy year ahead ..
Thank you so much Margi For all your support and friendship ..
Always in my thoughts Hugs Susie emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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CALGARYDAVE 12/31/2010 2:53AM

    I hope you have lots of success.

I'm glad to see 2010 gone, it wasn't my best year, but 2011 is another story! emoticon

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Use of a camera to record nutritional information

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

I like buying foods out of the bulk bins at a local market but it always makes logging nutrition difficult. Writing down all the information posted on the tag takes forever and by the time I get home I don't know what is what.

Suddenly an idea came to me. Why not just take a picture of the label. It included the price and all of the nutritional information. When I got home I transferred the photos to a folder on my desktop to be pulled up when I use the ingredient to be logged into Spark.

I thought someone else might be able to use the same idea.

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DCGUY72 12/30/2010 12:29AM

    Brilliant ! I've been snapping pics of lots of other things, but hadn't thought of doing this one... love it :) Submit it as a "Secret"... this is a cool practice !

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EGRAMMY 12/29/2010 10:27PM

    Great idea to share. Hope you put it as a Spark idea.

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MRDPOLING 12/29/2010 6:42AM

    Hey now that's a good idea!

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STRONGERLEANER 12/28/2010 11:14PM

    I take pictures of nutritional information sometimes too. I have found that most of what I want to log is already in the Spark Nutrition tracker.

Way to go with using your resources!

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RUFFESS47 12/28/2010 10:57PM

    What a great idea good thing our Brains are still working

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MAGPIE74 12/28/2010 10:47PM

    That is actually brilliant! A photo of the nutrient info! Isn't modern technology grand!

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SUSIEPH1 12/28/2010 10:06PM

    Great Idea Margi!. Thanks for sharing !
I would also like to thank you so much for your constant support my friend ...
You never fail to make a lovely comment on my blogs or my activity feeds .

I really appriciate your friendship!
Hugs Susie

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MICHE135 12/28/2010 9:46PM

    Thats a really good idea. Thank you for sharing this. emoticon

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ALTORECORDER 12/28/2010 9:45PM

    Good idea, if you've the equipment handy and remember to use it. The best part is that you'll have a file growing at home for foods you normally eat, and won't need to do much to maintain it after the file is complete.

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BARABOODAN1 12/28/2010 9:44PM

    yeah I've been doing that also

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Crisco Butter Spray vs. Pam Butter Spray

Friday, December 24, 2010

My husband and I almost always use Crisco Butter Spray instead of butter these days. He purchased to Pam Butter Spray last time to try it. I know if we had started with Pam I would have never used butter spray again. The flavor was not like fresh butter and it had a strange bright yellow coloring to it.

If you haven't tried the Crisco spray I suggest giving it a try. It really has the taste of fresh butter but with none of the negative aspects.

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EGRAMMY 12/25/2010 6:57PM

    interesting, I am not informed on these aspects

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MRDPOLING 12/25/2010 6:52AM

    I'll have to watch for Crisco spray at Kroger the next time I go.

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SUSIEPH1 12/24/2010 5:13PM

    Thank you for Sharing Margi .. hugs Susie

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Whole Fat Dairy May Lower Type 2 Diabetes Risk-New Study

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

I read an interesting link on the net this morning. The link is included here so you can read the article itself.

The first link I read just mentioned dairy with no mention of what type of dairy. I noticed this link showed that the amount of the beneficial trans-palmitoleic acid was higher with the milks with more whole fat.

This was interesting to me. Last year I read that not all saturated fats were bad in an article that reported research on coconut oil being beneficial to those with Alzheimer's disease and other conditions. Now I read this article on the possible benefits of whole fat dairy.

Nutrition is much more complicated than originally thought. I think we all have much more to learn. Everything seems to point to moderation though and staying within the correct weigh range. All the more reason to eat a healthy balanced diet rather than going off on fad diets.

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MKT-PLAN 12/22/2010 6:13PM

    Very intersting. Thanks for posting. Hope you are having a great day!

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HEALTHYARTIST1 12/22/2010 1:01AM

    Great blog and oh yes, nutrition is complicated and each individual reacts differently to everything. I just keep going back to what has been put on this land for us to eat, keep it simple and recently my DH and I have been eating 6 meals a day per my DH's dr's suggestion, it is easier on the heart and keeps blood sugars fairly level throughout the day as my DH also had type II diabetes. This is working for us, the weight is coming off of both of us!

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MRDPOLING 12/21/2010 8:29PM

    very interesting

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HUNGRYWOMAN2 12/21/2010 8:25PM

I definitely agree with you that nuttition is extremely complex.
There are so many variables, and every system is different. The more we learn, the more confusing it becomes. However, just like everything, we need to learn what is best for us and be the advocates for our health. Thank you so very much for sharing this important information. emoticon

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MRSBENNETT2 12/21/2010 4:38PM

    This is good news because I only like whole milk yogurt and everyone knows whole milk is better in your coffee. emoticon

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TOTHEFUTURE1 12/21/2010 4:35PM

    Thanks for the link. I don't have diabetes. I like butter on my toast, maybe twice a week.

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SUSIEPH1 12/21/2010 4:04PM

    Thanks Margi for posting this article.. it is most interesting .and will help many I feel . Hugs Susie emoticon emoticon

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JENNY888 12/21/2010 11:59AM

    I don't plan whole fat either, but will feel much less guilty if I continue with 1% or 2% milk. I love that we can put everything into Spark Nutritional counters and do reports of the overall consumption. This allows us to adjust for factors such as this and still eat healthy. Yeah Spark!

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1CRAZYDOG 12/21/2010 11:17AM

    Interesting. I am diabetic and the advice has always been watch out for fats as you need to control your cholesterol. I am going to show this to my Dr.

I think your summary that all things in moderation is the best way to look @ this, though. I don't think for me whole fat milk would be healthy daily, but maybe occassionally. I enjoy yogurt and that might be one good source of healthy fat.

Have a wonderful holiday.

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