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The Power of the Board

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

I enjoy racking up spark points! I enjoy sending spark goodies to other sparksters. It's all fun, and it keeps the motivation going! I noticed (about one year ago) that 10 points could be earned by creating a vision collage. Mmmmmm, did I want to do that? Yep! But for more than the points, it sounded like a great idea to pull my thoughts together of just why I'm on this journey to better health and fitness.

I collected magazines from different places of business until I had a nice stack. I purchased a good sized white poster board and a few fun things to use. I wrote down all the reasons I wanted to live a healthy lifestyle and then went through those magazines for pictures that appealed to me.

I fully realize that my collage is NOT spectacular! I am NOT an artist! In spite of all that it came together in a way that resonated with me. I have it mounted in my laundry room and I look at it everyday. I have a photo of it on my computer screen as well. It was worth all the effort and then some, and I am so very glad I took the time to create it. It has been a powerful tool that has contributed to keeping me focused and on track. Just what this sparkster needs!


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TRAVELGRRL 7/22/2014 2:38PM

    Love your board! Keep up the good work!

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FOCUSD 7/22/2014 12:46AM

  Very nice.

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2DAWN4 7/22/2014 12:39AM

    I love your collage. You have inspired me to make my own!

I too love collecting sparkpoints! It is just fun!

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BUTTONPOPPER1 7/22/2014 12:37AM

    What a good idea, to put together something that organizes your motivating thoughts and to post it where you can see it often. I am totally unfit as a visual artist, but I have a lot of store-bought visual aids that I see every time I open my closet--I'm talking about all those pants, jackets, shirts, and even coats that I can't button, many of which I bought and love but have NEVER been able to fit into. This time, I've really gotta do it, because I'm down to only about four shirts that fit! Thanks for this cheerful blog. It's great to get some positive energy!

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Organized kitchen!

Thursday, July 17, 2014

I love having an organized kitchen!

I guess it really is organized!

My niece and her husband are visiting and she commented that it was the most organized kitchen she had ever seen!

Now if I can just get the rest of the house whipped into shape!!!


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WOMANWITHGRIT 7/19/2014 2:18PM

    I'm always on the approach to an organized kitchen!

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JPANNELL0 7/18/2014 10:33AM

    Thanks everyone! It helps to eat healthy when you don't have to hunt and search for what you need!

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TRAVELGRRL 7/18/2014 6:52AM

    Good for you! A place for everything and everything in its place, right??

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BUTTONPOPPER1 7/18/2014 1:25AM

    I'm jealous! My kitchen is usually not organized, but when it rarely is, I know how good it feels. It's great that you can maintain the order--it surely reflects your hard work, because kitchens are always being used and have a tendency to get messy really fast. Good job!

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NYARAMULA 7/18/2014 12:33AM

    Well done!

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MICKEYH 7/18/2014 12:12AM

    Love organized kitchen too. emoticon

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Day 99...

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Tomorrow is a big deal for me! As I checked into SP this morning I look for that streak number and today it's 99! It seems impossible, but it's true. I have checked in everyday, and tomorrow will mark my 100th day of checking in!

That simple, but vital action, has made a huge difference for me. When I started the streak, I had no idea the benefits would be so incredible.

I'm a believer in the statement that by small and simple things, great things can come to pass. Checking in consistently is a good example of that.

I have become so much more focused, and realistic since checking in everyday. I have not always made the best food choices, but when I have not, I have pulled in the reins much more quickly than ever before.... and that is a big step for this Sparkster!

Checking in has kept me positive, and that is critical for I think most everyone here to be successful in this journey to a healthier and fitter life. I make sure I give myself a pep talk each day, evaluate my successes and where I can make improvements, and also find an inspiring quote each day. In addition I read success stories keeps that positive flow going!

I apologize for repeating some of the same thoughts from previous blogs, but I feel this is worth repeating!

Big question.... what to do to celebrate my 100 day streak? I'm thinking it's time to download some fun workout music!!! :-)


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BUTTONPOPPER1 7/16/2014 6:53AM

    What a good example you are! You have used some very important words here to describe how we all should be--consistent, focused, realistic, positive--and how we'll feel if we follow your lead--incredible and successful! Thanks for sharing this, and congratulations!

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BLUEROSE73 7/15/2014 11:19PM

  That is awesome Judy. You can do this. Keep up the good work

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TRAVELGRRL 7/15/2014 11:19PM

    GREAT job, Judy!

Whenever I'm off Spark for a while the weight creeps up, plain and simple.

That's started already and I've made a commitment to be more active on Spark. I tell myself "I don't have time" when we're on vacation for months on end in the trailer, but the truth is that I almost ALWAYS have internet and could do it if I want.

So it may be repetitive, but not for me, and it was exactly what I needed to hear! Congrats on your 100 day anniversary!!!

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Lessons from a former thumb sucker

Sunday, July 13, 2014

I was thinking today about a story my mom told me about myself when I was about 3 years old.

I was a devoted thumb sucker. Nothing would part me from that thumb.

When my mom was getting me ready to go to a doctor appointment, I was busy sucking that thumb and she said, " Oh Judy, What would Dr. Rosen say?"

I immediately pulled it out and stated, "I'm not gonna do it anymore".

That 3 year old Judy didn't! My mom would hear me whimper and cry in my sleep as I would start to suck that thumb and then pull it away.... in my sleep! She said she just wanted to put it in for me, it made her feel so bad to see me going through that withdrawal process!

There have been times in this weight loss journey that I wondered where that strength was... certainly if I had the determination as a 3 year old to stick to a change in behavior I could do it again... couldn't I?

Well, it's just not so black and white with eating. However, with the information I have learned on this website, and the inspiration of seeing others meet their challenges, I have tapped into that determination I had as a 3 year old.

Yep, I'm feeling good.

Yep, I know I know this is a constant effort to do those things that keep me on track. By golly, I'm sticking to my guns! I am just as strong willed now as I was decades ago!


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TRAVELGRRL 7/15/2014 7:32PM

    What a great story and a great inspiration! Thanks for sharing. :D

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BUTTONPOPPER1 7/13/2014 4:50AM

    What a touching story! Isn't it great that we can look back on our lives, find meaning in things that happened a long time ago, and get wisdom from it? And you're so right--eating problems are not nearly so black and white as a lot of other bad habits. Reading this sent me back to a few of your earlier blogs, which I also enjoyed. Thanks for sharing your story, and good luck in staying on track!

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ALICIA214 7/13/2014 12:59AM


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Come a ways since November!

Friday, July 11, 2014

I looked back and saw my blog about my husband being a bit of a saboteur. As I think back and how I have done these past few months, I think I was the one chiefly responsible for his bit of food pushing.

I have checked in with SP consistently now for over 3 months, and guess what???? I have been more consistent in my healthy habits and choices!!! Go figure!

I have also made the effort to keep my cute husband in the loop about my goals and desires and he has been very supportive. Lots to celebrate for sure!

It's by small and simple things that great things come to pass! Making smart food choices, drinking enough water, staying active, getting enough sleep, and keeping that positive mindset nourished all adds up to SUCCESS!!!

Yep, I'm feeling good.... really good! GO JUDY!!!

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MICKEYH 7/12/2014 2:57PM

    Glad you are feeling good.
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LOVE_UTOPIA 7/12/2014 10:41AM

    WAY TO GO JUDY!! emoticon

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SWEDE_SU 7/12/2014 12:11AM

    well done! that feeling of consistency and progress is a great one, and having husband support along the way really helps!

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DARLENEW58 7/12/2014 12:02AM

  I totally understand,I thought the same of my love, but I'm the keeper of this body!

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