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The first day of a streak is the hardest

Monday, January 03, 2011

I'm working on developing a long streak of doing 30 minutes of cardio exercise each day. I started it on the first day of the year. It turned out that I had a really hard time getting started that day. I found myself telling myself that I could wait another day to start. Finally around 6:00 pm I overcame this suggestion and headed off to my treadmill. It felt great.

That is why streaks are so powerful. The longer they are the less inclined you will be to break them. Today is the third day and I plan to continue the streak.

  
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KICKINGIT@56 1/3/2011 6:50PM

    I use streaks to help me maintain a good habit that is already formed. When I try it with something new, it doesn't last long and then I get discouraged.

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SUSIEPH1 1/3/2011 12:53PM

    Thats wonderful Margi,
Yes ! my friend !.
It is much better to exercise in small amounts ... Not only is it better for keeping focused.. it is great for your body!.
This way of exercise keeps your body guessing!

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MRDPOLING 1/3/2011 12:42PM

    I find that around the 15th day of a streak is when it gets hard for me. I'm usually good for a week or two then the enthusiasm wears off.

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BIGDOG18 1/3/2011 11:05AM

  Once you get on a streak it's hard to stop

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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 www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo
urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=3851861
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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.

  
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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

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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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