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Happiness Mantras

Friday, August 22, 2014

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I am participating in Oprah & Deepak's Expanding Happiness 21 Day Meditation Experience and yesterday they offered the mantras we are using.


www.chopra.com/ccl-meditation/21dmc/
expandingyourhappiness-mantras.html?ut
m_source=eyh-nurture&utm_medium=email&
utm_campaign=eyh-nurture-7


Ananda Hum - Day 1
Ananda represents the energy that generates the transcendental bliss of existence. Hum means “I am” so this mantra helps your individuality resonate with the inherent happiness of life.

Shum - Day 2
This mantra is often associated with the 6th chakra, the energy center for intuition, insight and inspiration. It is also connected with the goddess Lakshmi, the agency in Nature that bestows abundance and all possibilities. This mantra helps activate your creative insight, inspiration, and knowing that when you are connected to the Source, anything is possible.

Shanti Hum - Day 3
Shanti is the sound for peace. Peace in the mind, peace in the world, peace in all of nature. Hum affirms that this is your identity, your true self. Repeating Shanti Hum is a quiet declaration that universal peace is your essential nature.

Aham Prema - Day 4
Prema means love. It includes divine love, human love, and universal love. Prema is the cosmic force of consciousness that holds everything together. Aham means “I am.” Aham prema is an affirmation that your core self is pure love and it puts your life energy in resonance with the love principle running through existence.

Lila Hum - Day 5
Lila is the playfulness of life at the basis of all creation. It instructs us that life isn’t compelled by responsibility, laws and determinism. Life springs from play, light, freedom, and joy. Lila Hum identifies your consciousness with this playfulness at the core of creation.

Shreem - Day 6
Shreem is another mantra associated with the goddess Lakshmi. This is the divine essence of abundance, happiness, beauty and beneficence. When our awareness is filled with positivity and the quality of infinite possibilities, it is filled with an empowered hope that can create change.

Sarvatva - Day 7
Sarva is the root of the Sanskrit word for wholeness, the All, or totality. This mantra declares that the wholeness of the universe dwells within our individual consciousness. This gives reality to our feeling of completeness in our being.

Shree Ram - Day 8
This mantra combines the energy of Shree, which is divine joy, auspiciousness and abundance, with the energy of Ram, a mantra which strongly draws those divine qualities directly into the physical body and into the emotions. It has the effect of creating a surge of bliss. Traditionally it is also considered a powerful healing mantra.

Dharma Hum - Day 9
Dharma is the life purpose that leads to our spiritual awakening. When we are following our dharma, we are following our bliss. We are aligned with the blissful flow of spiritual evolution.

Sampriya Hum - Day 10
Sampriya is spiritual love in action. It is affection, caring, and loving. This mantra brings the pure love of our non-local, immortal self into our physical, localized self, making divine love, human love.

Om Mitraya - Day 11
Mitraya is the is God of friendliness and harmonious cooperation. Om Mitraya cultivates feelings of kindness and helpfulness.

Kleem Upahasa - Day 12
Upahasa is the spirit of laughter. Kleem is a mantra that attracts whatever you are asking for. Kleem upahasa attracts mirth and laughter into your life.

Shreem Namah - Day 13
Shreem is the goddess of joy, abundance and beauty. Namah means respect, by bringing our full conscious being into appreciation or gratitude. This mantra cultivates a feeling of appreciation and gratitude for the abundance in life.

Rabhasa Hum - Day 14
Rabhasa means the passion of living. It conveys the sense of a rushing or surging force of energy. Rabhasa hum, means we identify our consciousness, or life force, with the powerful passionate energy coursing through the universe. It gives us a passionate enthusiasm for life, and growth.

Ravaye Hum - Day 15
Ravi means the radiance of the supreme spiritual light. It is the radiance of the spiritual sun. This mantra activates the radiance of our spiritual light, expressing our true nature as bliss.

Prasada Hum - Day 16
Prasad is a divine gift or blessing. Prasad is also that state of divine generosity that uplifts and blesses. Prasada hum aligns our awareness to this state and the process of giving as well as receiving blessings.

Seva Hum - Day 17
Seva is the Sanskrit word for service. Seva is action performed for the sake of others, but more specifically it is action that is not motivated by individual desire. Instead, it is action prompted by the impulse of spiritual growth and freedom. This is why wisdom traditions extol service as a path to enlightenment. Seva hum stirs this selfless impulse and instills the joy of helping others as its own reward.

Karuna Hum - Day 18
Karuna is pure compassion borne of the knowledge of our absolute connection to everyone. Karuna hum elicits compassion for all from this place of shared consciousness in every person.

Vedohum - Day 19
Veda is the unmanifest wisdom of life underlying all creation. Vedohum affirms the reality of this infinite knowledge within our awareness and encourages it to guide our thought and action. The awakening to this knowledge brings an upsurge of bliss in consciousness.

Shanti Vira - Day 20
Shanti is universal peace, and vira is infinite strength or power. Shanti vira not only brings peace, but it gives you the strength to be peaceful even in circumstances where it might be instinctive to retaliate. It gives you the courage and clarity to be your true self in all situations.

Purnamidam - Day 21
Purna indicates the fullness or entirety of creation. It is a fullness that means Nature is inexhaustible no matter how much it gives or creates. The mantra Purnamidam reveals that this fullness of Nature exists within our essence. We are that same wholeness of Being.

Aham Brahmasmi - Day 22
Aham means “I am” and Brahmasmi refers to the pure existence, or Brahman. Together this mantra means, the core of my being is the ultimate reality, the root and ground of the universe, the source of all that exists.

Life Indeed is GOOD - better when we can share the gifts we receive on our way to becoming
"AWAKE, ALIVE, AWARE AND APPRECIATIVE OF ALL that IS".

Namaste
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LINDA! 8/22/2014 10:29PM

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ONEKIDSMOM 8/22/2014 7:57PM

    I've been doing this one, too... love the peacefulness of meditation, and these are a nice length.

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-WISPY- 8/22/2014 7:43PM

    Enjoy the new meditation course you have joined Kali.

Hugs Wispy

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WATERMELLEN 8/22/2014 4:42PM

    What a comprehensive list -- for reference. Thank you for your generosity as always.



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SANDICANE 8/22/2014 2:33PM

    Ditto Sage150's comments!

And, truly, thanks for sharing!

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SAGE150 8/22/2014 1:59PM

    That was really informative. I know I won't remember all of them, but now I have a place where I can come back as a reference. Thanks!

Sage

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INBRAZILFORNOW 8/22/2014 8:59AM

    Thank you for always sharing your gifts.

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Remembering to Fuel our Bodies and Minds

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Wanted to share a wonderful article linking diet and mental health.
www.takepart.com/article/2014/04/03/
powerful-connection-between-food-and-b
rain


Although a small sample and short period (97 mood disorder adults over 3 days), Karen M. Davison, Ph.D., R.D. found participants’ vitamin and nutrient intake was “consistently and reliably” associated with better moods and mental health.

She has authored several studies linking nutrient intake with improvement in mood in both adults and children and although a relatively new field, the research holds much promise:
www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed?cmd=Sear
ch&term=Bonnie+J+Kaplan



www.dailygood.org/story/837/the-link
-between-eating-well-and-mental-health
-steve-holt/


Michael Berk, a professor of psychiatry at the Deakin University School of Medicine in Australia, suggests “Traditional diets—the kinds of foods your grandmother would have recognized—have been associated with a lower risk of mental health issues” (Norwegian, Mediterranean and Japanese diet have proven protective).
www.washingtonpost.com/national/heal
th-science/can-what-you-eat-affect-you
r-mental-health-new-research-links-die
t-and-the-mind/2014/03/24/c6b40876-abc
0-11e3-af5f-4c56b834c4bf_story.html


What we eat and how we change our diets affects our ability to digest food @ best and inflammatory bowel disease @ worst.
www.nature.com/nature/journal/v505/n
7484/full/nature12820.html


While we all want change (and we want it yesterday), what these articles suggest to me is that we take it slow.
That every day is truly emoticon and that we respect the wonderful machines we call our bodies and begin to fuel our brains with foods our grandparents ate. (After all, heredity is half the equation…)

For more information and to follow upcoming research, visit
www.isnpr.org/

Life is GOOD
Here's to Living it Daily, Gratefully and on our way to becoming "AWAKE, ALIVE, AWARE AND APPRECIATIVE OF ALL that IS".

Namaste
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WATERMELLEN 8/22/2014 7:50AM

    Love your research back-up as always, and totally "believe" it from my own experience. Eating well makes me feel better -- even if I think I want those potato chips, I don't really. .

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SANDICANE 8/21/2014 10:37PM

    Interesting that I have been "feeling" better since I've been eating better. I attributed the change to great friends here on SP as well as purposefully working on mental happiness every day. But hey, maybe I can drop the friends and stop working as long as I'm eating healthily??? (just kidding)

Love your blog...blog on girl, blog on!

namaste

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NANCYPAT1 8/21/2014 9:57PM

    Thanks for sharing this with us

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ONEKIDSMOM 8/21/2014 8:18PM

    So much truth there, Becky! Our grandmothers were pretty smart, huh? Every day a fresh start, every day the body needs its proper fuel. Learning to be "normal" for some of us *is* a slow process... but if we just keep waking up every day and show up for LIFE, we get there! AWAKE, ALIVE, AWARE and APPRECIATIVE of ALL that IS... love it!



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-WISPY- 8/21/2014 5:51PM

    Anything that can help those with mental illness is great progress.

Thanks for sharing.

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PHOENIX1949 8/21/2014 5:02PM

    Great food for thought, pun intended. Thank you.

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SAGE150 8/21/2014 9:27AM

    Interesting how a diet full of tofu and salads does not beat the regular modern diet. It seems variety is important, too.

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The Power of Hobbies

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

CRYSTALJEM’s status and my DailyGood.org email “came together” this morning.
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She is wondering why she doesn’t have “time for all the things she loves outside of daily responsibility” and the e-mail centered on the Power of Hobbies.

The first paragraph says it all:
“Children naturally love to play and explore and use their imaginations -- but as adults, we often get so sucked into work and the demands of daily life that hobbies and creative outlets completely fall by the wayside.”
www.dailygood.org/story/782/the-powe
r-of-hobbies-carolyn-gregoire/



Carolyn Gregoire higlights five successful people who demonstrate the value of creative side projects in her post @
www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/05/29/wa
nt-to-be-more-creative-_0_n_5367423.html


Their ‘secrets’?
1. Get up half an hour earlier (‘make’ time)
2. Use ‘different’ expression mediums (Gaurabh Mathure, creator of www.thinksketch.com/ shows his ‘take’ on note ‘taking’
3. Add music into your life
4. Find what gives you satisfaction and personal fulfillment

Joyce E. A. Russell in www.washingtonpost.com/business/capi
talbusiness/career-coach-the-value-of-
hobbies/2013/05/03/ffa53f2c-b294-11e2-
bbf2-a6f9e9d79e19_story.html
notes Michael Brickey (author of “Defy Aging) describes an ideal hobby as:
1. diversion (escape from daily life)
2. passion (engage in something you love)
3. creation of a sense of purpose
So what do hobbies have to do with emoticon

Everything.

Instead of “cutting back on certain choices, be it eating desserts, drinking alcohol, or perhaps just sitting on the couch watching TV”, living a healthy lifestyle is just that, LIVING.

As Dale Carnegie noted, “Get interested in something. Shake yourself awake. Develop a hobby. Let the winds of enthusiasm sweep through you. Live today with gusto.”

After all, Life is GOOD
Here's to Living it Daily, Gratefully and on our way to becoming "AWAKE, ALIVE, AWARE AND APPRECIATIVE OF ALL that IS".

Namaste
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NANCYPAT1 8/20/2014 10:14PM

    Thanks - I needed this today

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COASTAL6 8/20/2014 9:30AM

    My hobbies are: gardening, reading yoga journal, art with oil pastels.
Thanks for sharing this, I read all the articles!
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SANDICANE 8/19/2014 9:24PM

    It certainly was a gusto day at my house...hope it was for you too!

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ONEKIDSMOM 8/19/2014 8:07PM

    Even with all my training, I love to curl up with a good thriller or fantasy novel. But my training and treating it as a second job (one that I love and am passionate about)... is a HUGE boost to sanity.

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_LINDA 8/19/2014 7:10PM

    emoticon Totally on the same wavelength. My Mom kept her sanity working three jobs as a single Mother by making time for her bowling. Sparkpeople has always said busy people need to have 'me' time to be able to unload stress and be able to keep functioning at a frantic pace. I am fortunate I am able to indulge in my interests, which has no doubt kept me from really getting depressed with my condition..

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-WISPY- 8/19/2014 6:44PM

    I love to play and create.
My aim is to make everything I do into something I love.
Seem to remember you posted something along those lines a while back Kali,
and I must have taken it on board.
Life if for living with joy. Being retired, I have plenty of time to do things I love to doa.

Thank you for sharing.

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MJ-SHE-BEAST 8/19/2014 1:52PM

    I couldn't imagine a world in which I couldn't try to create something when the muse inspires. Excellent blog!

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ERNOINACTION 8/19/2014 12:21PM

    This is so true. It goes along with the lifestyle change idea. You really have to look at all aspects of your life. Thanks for sharing!

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EARTHSEAME 8/19/2014 12:06PM

    I love my meditative crochet sessions!
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SUSANNAH31 8/19/2014 10:07AM

    It's true that changing our eating habits involves giving up some things.
We give up some much-loved high calories foods -- except for an occasional treat.
We give up larger portions.
We give up our old comfortable ways of buying food and eating.

During that process, we can feel the loss -- feel as if we are doing without some favorites in our lives.

Filling that hole - or replacing that loss -- goes a long way to being successful in making a permanent lifestyle change.

Exercise is often the logical choice - since it contributes to our physical fitness and can help with our weight loss.
Hobbies, too, are important because they allow for creative expression.

Whatever activities we choose, though, it should be ones that we enjoy and are passionate about.

What a helpful blog this was.
Thanks!




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Tracking to Heighten Healthy Lifestyle Awareness

Monday, August 18, 2014

WATERMELLEN’s blog www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo
urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=5761319
about wearable syncing fitness trackers got me thinking this morning.
As an investor in McDonalds, I was emoticon to see data posted 6 days ago.



As an advocate for healthy living, I was delighted to read, “Studies today show that the most rapidly growing segment of Americans adopting healthier eating habits is primarily middle income consumers. For years, price and availability have long been viewed key barriers to attracting this middle income shopper”
www.investing.com/analysis/has-healt
hy-eating-hit-a-tipping-point-222329

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Even Walmart is getting into the ‘healthy’ business
blog.fooducate.com/2014/04/16/will-w
almarts-recent-move-be-the-tipping-poi
nt-for-organic-food/


So, what do McDonald’s visits have to do with wearable fitness trackers?

They ‘round’ out the picture for me.
WATERMELLEN asks if fitness trackers are invading our privacy by collecting data without our permission.
While I am a privacy nut,
(no tracking or cookies on the computer; no location or history collection on the phone)
I have no concerns about anyone tracking my steps, exercise or weight (all my FitBit does). With any luck, ‘they’ are and the data will add to research re: weight/exercise.

I also have no concerns about ‘them’ collecting my food intake (as I have to assume emoticon ‘shares’ it with advertisers). Again, the question is, what can they do with it (besides target me with annoying ads)? As with fitness trackers, if the nutrition tracker data is adding to research (completing the picture) and heightening healthy lifestyle awareness, I’m all in!

After all, Life is GOOD
Here's to Living it Daily, Gratefully and on our way to becoming "AWAKE, ALIVE, AWARE AND APPRECIATIVE OF ALL that IS".

Namaste
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_LINDA 8/19/2014 7:19PM

    emoticon -I really don't care who knows what I eat, weigh and do for fitness. If they use these stats for the greater good, that is fantastic!
Our biggest grocery chain in Canada has gone with a new concept in rewards cards -it will 'learn' what you purchase in groceries and give you dollar off incentives to buy compatible or related items, that is, to keep on buying what you like and try other stuff too. Pretty advanced stuff. Direct marketing with a vengeance! I have, for example, never been given a meat product for a discount, but get all kinds of produce -items that are usually never discounted, making me a very happy vegetarian!

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LINDA! 8/18/2014 11:30PM

    There are so many positives...even those that are not of the highest economic standard are able to make such healthy changes. The middle class is rapidly changing their lifestyle and eating habits. Wonderful news!

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NANCYPAT1 8/18/2014 10:37PM

    Interesting information

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-WISPY- 8/18/2014 10:20PM

    As for me, possibly my age, it amazes me that so much stuff about everyone in the world is transmitted all the time for any number of different reasons.

I accept it because there is no alterntive these days really unless you do not go on line at all.

Just my opinion. :O)

I am a lateral thinker, so mine often differ from the majority.
Used to hate that, I so wanted to conform when I was younger.
Now I am happy to be me.



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SANDICANE 8/18/2014 9:46PM

    I would love to see healthier choices for fast food/restaurants. But honestly, I can MAKE healthy food FASTER than the time it would take to go out and get it! And, I know exactly what's in it (well, sort of anyway).

I'm with Watermellen about the privacy thing and I'm hoping SparkPeople aren't selling all my nutrition tracker info to someone who is going to try to derail me!!!

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ONEKIDSMOM 8/18/2014 8:30PM

    What a great attitude about the fitness / healthy lifestyle tracking. If it fuels demand for manufacturers to offer healthier options, great. emoticon

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WATERMELLEN 8/18/2014 4:40PM

    Very reasonable stance -- and for me that food tracking sure is important in particular! (Not much on my food tracker that's gonna be of use to advertisers anyhow, quite frankly . . . )

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INBRAZILFORNOW 8/18/2014 10:30AM

    Wow, very thought provoking and I love your back page!

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Healthy Habit Forming

Friday, August 15, 2014

I’ve been contemplating my healthy journey and re-read some of my blogs to see what challenges and opportunities I faced in the early days. I met original goal weight December 13, 2009, (one day before my 58th birthday) primarily through CONSISTENT food tracking.

I was struggling then (as now) with incorporating exercise into my life and did some research on how long it takes to form a habit, which of course I blogged about…
www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo
urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=2772252


The interesting thing to me is James Clear updated his blog this summer
www.huffingtonpost.com/james-clear/f
orming-new-habits_b_5104807.html

and cited the same source.
www.ucl.ac.uk/news/news-articles/090
8/09080401

www.spring.org.uk/2009/09/how-long-t
o-form-a-habit.php




The “answer”?

An average of 66 days. 2+ months.
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Not only that, it’s a curved relationship…


We move into the ‘automatic’ mode early in the practice, but need commitment to continue as some of us (me included) are ‘habit-resistant’.
But the ‘good’ news is missing a SINGLE day did not reduce the chance of forming a habit.
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The ‘bad’ news; it will take us “anywhere from two months to eight months to build a new behavior”.
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As Clear notes;
1. “…there is no reason to get down on yourself”
2. “…you don't have to be perfect”
3. “…embracing longer timelines can help us realize that habits are a process and not an event”

His recommendation:
“The only way to get to Day 500 is to start with Day 1. So forget about the number and focus on doing the work.”

Life is Indeed a Journey and a GOOD one @ that...
Here's to Living it Daily, Gratefully and on our way to becoming "AWAKE, ALIVE, AWARE AND APPRECIATIVE OF ALL that IS".

Namaste
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_LINDA 8/19/2014 6:58PM

    I first read on Sparkpeople that it takes only 30 days to form a habit. Very interesting. With the huge number of people on this website, it would be interesting if they did studies and maybe take a second look at what they are promoting. The larger the cohort the more accuracy.. I can see that it may take longer. Sounds more realistic when you are trying to break a bad habit of a lifetime, or do something you really don't enjoy..

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SANDICANE 8/16/2014 7:42AM

    I love love love your blog! Cheers to day 1!!!

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NANCYPAT1 8/15/2014 10:11PM

    I know I am habit resistant and that I tend to think that missing a day is a catastrophe although I have to deliberately plan for some days off.

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WATERMELLEN 8/15/2014 8:49PM

    No question that I too am "habit resistant" when it comes to good habits -- now it takes only 1 bag of chips to resume that old bad habit . . . or at least to want to!!

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ONEKIDSMOM 8/15/2014 7:58PM

    Yep. emoticon Forget about the number and focus on doing the work. Our bodies are ALWAYS tracking!

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ALICIA363 8/15/2014 7:50PM

    Learn something new every day! I am sure feeling that habit-resistance to the walk/run plan right now!
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-WISPY- 8/15/2014 6:27PM

    So loving this much more realistic approach. I have tried the 21 days with very little long term success. Guess I am one of those hardened couch potatoes. :o)
I do what I can by doing things I enjoy. In my case mainly gardening - oh and walking when I am out family or friends.
Spark has worked for me in regard to the food - however I am 5 years here and still need to record my food every single day to stay on track. I celebrate when I am on holiday or for special occasions. Thank fully I have found a way of eating I can live with, hopefully for the rest of my life. But it does not involve denial. I have tried this many times and it does work to lose weight but I have always regained it. This time I am in for the long haul and knowing myself, denial sets up a craving. This is just me. Not saying anyone else should you my methods.
I love it that we are all free to find and do what suits us personally.

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JFEETTERE 8/15/2014 2:02PM

    emoticon to know emoticon

1 month into paleo and moving forward in a most positive way!
It's even better to know that I'm helping myself form a new habit emoticon

Comment edited on: 8/15/2014 2:08:40 PM

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DUSTYPRAIRIE 8/15/2014 12:35PM

    (((gentle hugs)))

Once I gave myself grace it got easier. We can both be proud of our self!


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COASTAL6 8/15/2014 11:04AM

    Good Morning, Sweetie emoticon

I'm day 33 of my exercise streak, it does take commitment. Believe me I would like to take a day off, but I would be mad at myself for that, I just love to walk, bike, and swim, I would never give up on a day!
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