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New Toy! FitBit Surge

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Had to share - for those of you using FitBit, I was able to purchase a Surge early and I love it!
I've had it for less than a week, but used the exercise mode for my walk @ lunch and this is the data produced:

Map of Route, distance, time and pace
Elevation change
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Heart Rate Zones (peak, cardio and min. fat burn)
Calorie Burn

Minimum drain on battery
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_LINDA 12/17/2014 1:32PM

    Wow! So its a GPS too! Mine only tracks calories, steps and sleep, very basic.

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GABY1948 12/17/2014 11:51AM

    I just started reading about this but I don't need all the things it does....at least not yet. Glad you got it! Keep us posted how you like it. I just got the Garmin vivofit so I can see actual numbers! emoticon

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CRYSTALJEM 12/17/2014 7:51AM

    Very cool. I'm beginning to think I have FitBit envy :( Course I'd have to be consistent enough to warrant using one.... or maybe it would improve my consistency.... Hmmmmm.... too late to add to my Xmas list do you think?

Have a great day friend. CJ

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KNIT1PURL2LOSE3 12/17/2014 6:28AM


After being burned by the Spark Activity Tracker that was less than 25% accurate, I'm always interested in looking a other trackers with a better accuracy. Keep sharing your results!

And, emoticon

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ONEKIDSMOM 12/16/2014 8:19PM

    Oooh, shiny! New techno toys! Enjoy! emoticon

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WATERMELLEN 12/16/2014 7:01PM

    Now how cool is that? I've gotta rethink this!! Looks like a lot of fun . . .

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FITWITHIN 12/16/2014 4:53PM

    Enjoy your FitBit!

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LADEETEE36 12/16/2014 3:16PM

    Thanks for the thoughts about FitBit Surge. emoticon

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Chopra Energy of Attraction Mantras

Friday, November 14, 2014

Please enjoy these Chopra Energy of Attraction mantras.

Eecha Shakti Namah - Day 1
This mantra helps you connect with Nature’s primal impulse of creative desire. Iccha means will, desire, or intention. Shakti is the creative power within. Iccha Shakti is the inherent power of consciousness to manifest what we desire or will. As we honor our creative power, we awaken our full ability to manifest our desires.

Rasa Hum - Day 2
This mantra connects you with the vital energy or feeling of life itself. Rasa is the passion and flavor of being alive. It conveys the juicy essence of existence, the taste and sentiment of living. Rasa Hum is affirming that your core self is that essential quality of life.

Ananta Swa Bhava - Day 3
This mantra awakens your truth to the infinite potentiality of your higher self. Ananta means that which is infinite and unending. Ananta Swa Bhava means I know my own state of being is infinite and unbounded.

Ahrah Kahrah - Day 4
This mantra awakens the energy of creativity, transformation, and materialization. These primordial sounds stir the forces of creativity into action.

Shreem Kleem Namah - Day 5
This mantra affirms that you deserve the fulfillment of all your deepest desires. Shreem is the mantra associated with Nature’s beauty, love, and abundance. Kleem is the sound that attracts those qualities to you.

Hum Sa - Day 6
This mantra activates the transformative attention of pure awareness. It affirms the essential truth “I am.”

Ananda Hum - Day 7
This mantra awakens the state of fulfillment that is your true self. Ananda is the inherent bliss, joy, and fulfillment of existence. Ananda Hum aligns your Being to this reality.

Chit Sankalpa - Day 8
This mantra awakens consciousness within your desires or intentions. Chit is the nonlocal field of personal consciousness. Sankalpa is the seed of intention that contains all the information for that desire to manifest.

Om Hreem - Day 9
This mantra dissolves the illusion between the Self and the object of experience or thought. Hreem is the fundamental sound of Nature that helps individual awareness overcome limitations, and recognize its unity and universality through the power of love and attraction.

Ksham Hoom - Day 10
This mantra easily collects the diverse tendencies of the mind into a single impulse or point of focus. Hoom is the primal energy of spiritual transformation, purification and vitality. With the focusing influence of Ksham, this mantra opens a two-way flow of energy between the individual and the universe.

Yoyatah Hum - Day 11
This mantra awakens the quality of infinite flexibility and fluidity of pure awareness. This sound identifies one’s awareness with the frictionless movement of consciousness.

Samyama Hum - Day 12
This mantra activates the manifesting properties of your true self in meditation. Samyama is the awareness that integrates silent, focused, and fluid awareness into one’s state of consciousness, and that is your true self.

Sharavana Bhava - Day 13
This mantra attunes your intentions with the intentions of the cosmos. This activates the purposeful force of intention to transform present circumstances into favorable opportunities.

Shreem Namah - Day 14
This mantra helps to manifest divine abundance to bring us closer to spiritual fulfillment. Shreem is the mantra associated with Nature’s beauty, love and abundance. As we magnify this aspect of our awareness, we open our life to receive unlimited blessings and fulfillment.

Brahm Ananda - Day 15
This mantra expands the happiness or bliss of your true self to others. Ananda is bliss, and Brahman is the totality of the universe. When we use this mantra, we share our bliss with the all existence.

Gum Namah - Day 16
This mantra removes obstacles by creating a larger wholeness that includes everyone. The seed mantra Gum is the energetic force of Nature that overcomes difficulties and hindrances – not through opposition, but by expanding one’s consciousness large enough that it can include the obstacle.

Aieem Namah - Day 17
This mantra activates the creativity within pure awareness. Aieem is the mantra associated with Nature’s creativity and knowledge. As we use this mantra, we entrain our consciousness to create with wisdom and balance.

Hoom Namah - Day 18
This mantra invokes divine grace and support. The sound Hoom is a transformative energy, like a spiritual fire, in which old patterns of belief and thought are cleared away so that positive, life-affirming patterns can take their place.

Om Brahma Namah - Day 19
This mantra engages your true self with the creative power of the universe. Brahma is the divine force of creation. When we use this mantra, we are harnessing the force of creation in our life.

Parameshwari Namah - Day 20
This mantra invokes the sum total of the creative potential of creation. Parameshwari is cosmic creativity as the divine feminine. As we honor Mother Nature at the core of our consciousness, we instill the qualities of love, care and affection into all we manifest.

Sarvesham Shantir Bhavatu - Day 21
This mantra is a desire for peace for all beings. The meaning of this mantra is, “Let there be peace, health, and wellbeing for all beings, for everything in creation.” With this mantra, we create an influence of harmony and tranquility for all those around us.

Aham Brahmasmi - Day 22
This mantra affirms the universality of your individuality. It means, “I am the wholeness of existence – my consciousness is the same as the consciousness of the universe.”

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QUINNDOWLYN 12/4/2014 12:14PM

    Thank you emoticon

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GABY1948 11/17/2014 6:45AM

    These are great! I'm saving this! emoticon

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ONEKIDSMOM 11/15/2014 7:19AM

    The amazing thing about mantras is that even reading the definitions tends to bring peace. Meditating with them... solidifies it (the peace). Namaste. emoticon

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-WISPY- 11/14/2014 6:24PM

    Blessings on your journey, my friend. Hugs Wispy

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MJREIMERS 11/14/2014 3:55PM

    This is so strange! I just went to a Meditation 101 class that spoke about this exact thing, but not in as much detail. The presenter was certified with Chopra himself! Isn't life great when "coincidences" happen. emoticon

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Bonus Blog - Motivation while the Earth (northern hemisphere) starts to sleep

Friday, October 10, 2014

Just read ONEKIDSMOM and SISSIE21's blogs and they both resonated with me.

Barb talked about bad behavior 'moments' and Sissie talked about 'journey' discouragement.
While one is a consistent emoticonturned athlete and the other a emoticona month ago, both have lost/regained/lost substantial amounts of weight and both
(in my opinion) have difficulty staying motivated once emoticonarrives.

emoticonhours shorten and emoticonbecome a distant memory.
We don't get the same reward from a emoticonor a emoticonas we did from a emoticon
Motivation goes emoticon and discouragement goes emoticon

While weight is not my focus, I can relate to ups and downs in motivation - some days I'm a couch emoticon some days not, but because of some new apps, I'm finding myself 'interested' again and am actually tracking food.

emoticon especially my emoticons, but have found a new (easier) way for me to stay motivated and wanted to share.

I upgraded my phone to ios8 and it comes with
which to put it kindly is awkward @ best @ least for me.

To get the info I track linked, I needed to connect multiple apps to each other including
, , and , but most importantly my 'new' MyFitnessPal.

I adore even though the only data that links to HealthKit is nutrition and weight (thru connection with Fitbit)).

I stopped tracking food on Spark ages ago for multiple reasons, and while as ONEKIDSMOM notes, "knowledge is not enough to guarantee behavior" if it's not easy, I'm not on-board. You know - excuses, excuses, excuses....

Tracking food on MFP is like 'falling off a log'. Quick Tools allow multiple meals to be copied in seconds and the coolest - you can import recipes from the web! www.myfitnesspal.com/recipe/box
As a curmudgeon in disguise, I also love the ad-free site.
While I will continue to check in with my emoticon and teams, I wanted to offer a 'new' potentially motivating option and another way to become "AWAKE, ALIVE, AWARE AND APPRECIATIVE OF ALL that IS".


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HIPPICHICK1 10/22/2014 9:45PM

    Nice to know you'll still be around.
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-WISPY- 10/15/2014 10:41PM

    So pleased you will also share your wonderful self with us here Kali.

Namaste Wispy

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SUSANNAH31 10/15/2014 7:15PM

    I'm glad you are still participating with our SP community - in spite of using other tools for recording your exercise and food.


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GABY1948 10/11/2014 1:41PM

    Think "someone" is trying to tell me something....my son just mentioned joining "my fitness pal" too....I am going to go check it out! Thanks for the info!

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KATHIC2 10/11/2014 8:16AM

  So nicely said. once again. Just started using myFitnesspal. Thanks for the encouragement.

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ALICIA363 10/10/2014 8:11PM

    emoticon for triggering the surfing that led me to the quote I needed to see today.

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WATERMELLEN 10/10/2014 7:33PM

    Will have to check out "my fitness pal" but gotta say -- so glad you're not leaving us here!!!

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ONEKIDSMOM 10/10/2014 6:59PM

    The commitment to continue to find tools that work for YOU, as an individual, and to share what's working... that's the essence of the journey, isn't it? My phone is running out of app space... I've also noticed the need to have multiple tools synch up... and it is a tangled web indeed.

RunKeeper links to Withings, which links to SparkPeople. Fitbit links to Walk This Way (the workplace wellness app), and can be used as a backup link to SparkPeople if the Spark Activity Tracker gets left off. Endomondo links to NOTHING! But the national bike challenge, of course.

In the end, simplicity has to rule. And you've found what works for you. Thanks for spreading the word! emoticon

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TERRY0217 10/10/2014 4:19PM

    Thanks for all the info....I'm starting to feel like it's hibernation time...
We'll have to look to each other for more motivation during these cooler (and colder) days...

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_LINDA 10/10/2014 12:30PM

    That is awesome you found a way to get interested in tracking again! I do not have one of those fancy phones, so its Sparkpeople for me.

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WIFE49 10/10/2014 11:46AM

    WOW. That is a lot of information. Not sure how you feel about using the Spark nutrition tracker. I personally love it.

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SISSIE21 10/10/2014 11:45AM

    Wow, love this blog! very informative. I also agree with ONEKIDSMOM.. Knowledge I have plenty of. i've lost the weight before so I KNOW how. but knowing how and turning it around into changed behavior. it is so, so hard.. Once the switch happens, it will be reasonably 'easy' to keep going. but turning the switch on. that is the mystery to me.. sometimes you can be so down that behaving your way into feeling better doesn't work, because you just feel like it is too much. I will get here, and it will be because finally the click will happen.. And sharing with spark friends not only the highs but also the very low moments of this journey is what makes SP so powerful to me..
Thank you for all the info and your support. emoticon emoticon

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Exercise and Health - Blog 3C: Serotonin & the Mind

Wednesday, October 08, 2014

My apology for the ‘spread out’ timing of these blogs, but so much research is still needed and I am hopeful I will not add to ‘disinformation’…

If you recall, there is a blood barrier that prevents serotonin from crossing, so the 5-20% (depending on who’s measuring) produced in the brain is used in the brain.


And as noted before, the neurotransmitter serves multiple functions, including body temperature regulation, sleep, mood, appetite, and pain.
While light/dark (Blog 3B) assists in emoticon and diet (Blog 3A) assists in appetite; mood, memory and cognition remain in the domain of the brain.

(National Institutes of Health)

And “Growing evidence suggests that those effects (serotonin) play an important role in learning and memory.” www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23104855

So what can we do to increase serotonin in the brain and improve memory, learning and mood?
(especially as days 'shorten' for those in the northern hemisphere)

We can try ‘Mood Induction’ www.nature.com/protocolexchange/prot
where we can use movies, music and feedback to alter our moods www.psych-it.com.au/Psychlopedia/art
or per Alex Korb, Ph.D. www.psychologytoday.com/blog/prefron
recall positive events to increase “serotonin production in the anterior cingulate cortex, which is a region just behind the prefrontal cortex that controls attention” (much quoted, but couldn’t find any research to back up his assertion)

In fact, the jury is still out on the mood-serotonin link… www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PM

More recent research suggests Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT) which focuses on how our self-talk influences our emotions and behavior

might indeed increase serotonin.
A study published September 2014 in Translational Psychiatry “is the first study to demonstrate differences in SERT methylation change in association with response to a purely psychological therapy” (CBT) www.nature.com/tp/journal/v4/n9/full
and a new brain scan “can provide an accurate image of whether the neurotransmitter serotonin in the brain is working”. www.rigshospitalet.dk/RHenglish/Top+

CBT has major links to meditation awareness training (MAT) www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24719002 which has been shown to increase regional brain gray matter density www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PM

And the combination, Mindfulness-based cognitive behavioral therapy (MCBT) has been shown to be effective in treatment of depression, bi-polar and anxiety disorders. www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22340145 as well as increasing memory specificity contextualscience.org/system/files/B
You can find more information here: www.goodtherapy.org/mindfulness_base

So where does that leave us (besides pursuing my typical tangents)?

CBT has been (actually) shown to increase serotonin and MCBT has been shown to improve memory (which has been linked to serotonin).

Bottom line?

To keep those wonderful neurotransmitters firing in my brain, I plan to analyze my self-talk and keep it positive as well as continue to meditate as I become "AWAKE, ALIVE, AWARE AND APPRECIATIVE OF ALL that IS".


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QUINNDOWLYN 12/4/2014 12:12PM

    Thank you for sharing this valuable information. emoticon

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KATHIC2 10/10/2014 8:35AM

  Great information! Thank you.

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PATTIEMCD 10/8/2014 8:47PM

    Excellent Blog !! Thank you !!!

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ONEKIDSMOM 10/8/2014 8:33PM

    Thanks for another blog packed with the back-up links to the source material. My favorite bit, your plan: "I plan to analyze my self-talk and keep it positive as well as continue to meditate"

Reading all that good stuff is made better by putting a plan into action.

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PHOENIX1949 10/8/2014 7:07PM

    Great info. Will take a while to read and digest. I saved the Mind Full or Mindful image. For now I am way too Mind Full !! Thank you for sharing your comprehensive research.

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WATERMELLEN 10/8/2014 5:59PM

    You are an amazing researcher -- and it's reassuring to know there's solid scientific evidence that we can affect the actual structure of our brains with positive self-talk.

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-WISPY- 10/8/2014 5:49PM

    Kali you are a wonder researching all this information. And giving us so much to think about on here.

I love positive self talk.

Hugs Wispy

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SAGE150 10/8/2014 3:50PM

    I am doing The Feel Good Handbook right now (CBT) in addition to psychotherapy to deal with anxiety and bipolar disorders. According to some studies conducted that are referenced in the book, there is substantial proof that it does help alievate symptoms long-term. Very good blog.

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GABY1948 10/8/2014 1:28PM

    Good information here! And you had me on the memory part. Then SMACK in the forehead on the self-talk! I am HORRIBLE to myself in that respect! I knew it wasn't good for one to have negative self-talk but now I know that it is detrimental to this aging brain!

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Bonus Blog - Healing Rhythms – 15 Steps to Relax, Relieve & Restore

Thursday, October 02, 2014

Received this in an e-mail and wanted to share.

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This is a FREE 15-day inner journey of inspirational guidance with some of the top leaders in the world of wellness. Each day you’ll receive an inspirational message and one-on-one training from masters in the field of conscious awareness. They include:

Dr. Andrew Weil
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In less than 15 minutes each day, Healing Rhythms can expand your mind-body training experience to new levels while inspiring and motivating you on your journey toward greater well-being and happiness in life. You’ll learn and grow with soothing music and expert guidance that will invigorate your mind, heart and spirit.

Now is the time, and Healing Rhythms is the program that can help you create optimal well-being in your life. By using these simple daily practices and taking a few minutes a day to reflect, breathe and relax you can infuse and reinvigorate your life with new focus and positive physical and mental energy. We invite you to join us for this amazing journey beginning October 21, to Relax, Relieve and Restore by harnessing the power of your own mind."

You can register @ www.mentorschannel.com/WildDivine/He

I for one am going to participate as I become "AWAKE, ALIVE, AWARE AND APPRECIATIVE OF ALL that IS".


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SISSIE21 10/4/2014 2:16AM

    Thanks for the link, I just joined! emoticon

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NANCYPAT1 10/3/2014 9:26PM

    Thank you for sharing this

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CRYSTALJEM 10/3/2014 10:01AM

    Sounds really interesting. Thanks for sharing, healing is always a good thing.

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SANDICANE 10/3/2014 7:56AM

    Thanks for sharing...I'm going to register!

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CATS_MEOW_0911 10/3/2014 6:08AM

    Thanks for sharing, I registered!

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_LINDA 10/3/2014 12:54AM

    emoticon Had to jump through a few hoops, but I am registered and looking forward to it!

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PHOENIX1949 10/2/2014 7:31PM

I've signed up for several items you shared in the past and been glad I did so will look into this one also.

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ONEKIDSMOM 10/2/2014 6:49PM

    Sounds like perfect timing for me... thanks for the link!

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GABY1948 10/2/2014 5:41PM

    emoticon for sharing!!!! emoticon

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WIFE49 10/2/2014 5:09PM

    Thanks for sharing.

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-WISPY- 10/2/2014 5:01PM

    I joined an 8 week meditation and yoga course 4 weeks ago. It is a daily adventure and I am really enjoying it. It is all to do with health and wellness.

Enjoy this Course you have found Kali. :)

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